Posts tagged ‘reviews’

August 10, 2010

PS Man Review

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from top left, going clock-wise: WEN SHENG HAO, BIANCA BAI, LAN CHENG LONG, SONIA SUI

The first Taiwanese drama I’ve seen that goes to 21 episodes, and for some good reasons (I’ll rant about those in a separate post so there aren’t any spoilers here).

ACTING: Lots of people gave Sonia Sui and Bianca Bai crap for their acting (they’re both model-turned-actresses), but I wasn’t too discouraged. I think I’m just bad at discerning bad acting from a weird character. To be honest, I think the roles they played called for weird things. For example:

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June 8, 2010

Soulmate Review

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LEE SOO KYUNG, SHIN DONG WOOK, CHOI PHILLIP, SA KANG, JANG MI IN AE

A very good drama recommended by Dramabeans. It’s very different, yet very touching. They essentially trace the story of a relationship that is meant to be from before the beginning onwards. What’s great is that they analyze a relationship from both the guy’s and the girls’ perspective.¬† Anyway, mix the goofy adorability of You’re Beautiful with the maturity and thoughtfulness of QSS along with Coffee Prince’s soundtrack and you have Soulmate. Not at all

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June 8, 2010

Que Sera Sera Review

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From left to right: LEE KYU HAN, YOON JI HYE, ERIC MOON, JUNG YOO MI

Amazingly deep. Definitely not for the casual drama viewer.

ACTING: The point of this drama was to be good, probably with the intention that enjoyability should follow. The acting was very good, there was a lot of energy between the characters. In addition, though this is more kudos to the writers, but the characters themselves were very realistic.

PLOT: Loved it, up until what was to me a rather lukewarm ending. Rumors have been circulating about the ending being a fantasy sequence, but watching it, I never imagined that for an instant. So I’m going to continue believing that the ending was the ending. There’s a lot of angst and a couple

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June 6, 2010

You’re Beautiful Review

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You're Beautiful

ACTORS: JANG GEUN SUK, PARK SHIN HYE, LEE HONG KI, JUNG YONG HWA

Oh my goodness. This is probably one of the best dramas out there. If you don’t realize its intent, you can mistake it as shallow k-pop mainstream crap, but it’s not. The point of You’re Beautiful is to make fun of typical mainstream Korean culture by parodying it. The greatest thing, though, is that they’ll set up these situations so that you start thinking “wow. that looks exactly like Korean Drama Cliche #2.” But then,

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April 24, 2010

Prince Turns to Frog

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CHEN QIAO EN, MING DAO, SAM WANG, JOYCE ZHAO

Thoroughly average, but enjoyable.

ACTING: The actors were good, and all the characters had good chemistry with one-another. After watching Joyce Zhao be the “tough girl” in Smiling Pasta, I appreciated her acting ability more as she was the soft, girly-girl here. The most amazing part was when Zhao’s character had her little “mental breakdown.” Her acting there was superb. Chen’s acting during her amnesia was superb as well.

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April 23, 2010

Mei Wei Guan Xi

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PATTY HOU, VIC ZHOU, ALAN KUO, MEGAN LAI

ACTORS: I loved Patty Hou, I really did, and Alan Kuo was a good too. Vic Zhou was okay acting-wise, but I didn’t like Megan Lai’s teeth (I know it sounds strange and pretentious, but it was so distracting–I couldn’t think about much else when she was talking). I didn’t feel an enormous amount of chemistry between Vic and Patty,

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April 23, 2010

Miss No Good

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RAINIE YANG, WILBUR PAN, DEAN FUJIOKA, MICHELLE CHEN

Can you tell I’m a Rainie Yang fan? Her acting was good, as usual, and the plot was pretty good, too. I didn’t like the lisp they had her do and it bugged me slightly that Tang Men never realized she was’t a gold digger (though if he still likes her I suppose it’s okay, but still. . .)

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April 23, 2010

Coffee Prince

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YOON EUN HYE, GONG YOO, LEE SUN GYUN, CHAE JUNG AHN

This one was adorable. My cousin’s absolute favorite.

ACTING: good. I think Yoon Eun Hye was much better in this than she was in Goong. Eun Chan definitely had more character than Chae Gyung. In addition, the actors worked really well together. Everything seemed very natural.

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April 22, 2010

My Girl

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LEE DA HAE, LEE DONG WOOK, LEE JOON KI, PARK SI YEON

Oh my gosh. This was probably the most addicting drama to date. One of my friends finished it in two days–it’s 16 episodes long! That being said, there is a downside to that. . .

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April 22, 2010

Full House

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SONG HYE KYO, RAIN BI, KIM SUNG SOO, HAN EUN JANG

People say it’s the Korean version of Smiling Pasta (or vice versa, rather, because this came first) but I didn’t see it. There are a few similarities (guy is a rock star, girl is forced to meet him all the time) but those are mainly shared drama cliches, nothing more.

PLOT: there were some cute parts (like the flower scene >.<) but as a whole I didn’t see a lot of congruity, but that’s mainly due to the acting . . .

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