just finished When the Camellia Blooms

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On the whole I did enjoy it..though for me it wasn’t without it’s hiccups..it stars Gong Hyo Jin as the single mother who runs the bar called Camellia and Kang Ha-Neul..an almost childlike man/cop who falls in love and keeps trying to wear her down to accept him. The background is the typical (I assume) small town filled with critical neighbours who have yet to accept her into the fold even after having lived there for years. She is forever an outsider of dubious character and they let her know it.

To tell you the truth I started up on it and dropped it for a while but then decided to give it another chance. One main reason for me was that I truly dislike dramas where the love story is at the beginning and there is no journey I can take along with them as normally would be the case. It was almost love at first sight for him and seconds later a public declaration..so where does one go from there? It had none of that delicious tension that I so love..the only difference is that it was all on his side!!  I think Kang Ha neul did a great job with this because at times his character bordered on an over the top innocence that would have been hard to take. Perhaps this is why I had a bit of issue with seeing them as a couple..at times she appeared almost maternal and I couldn’t see them together at all.

Also sometimes I really disliked her character and her attitude about things (for instance..being righteously indignant towards her child’s father because he wasn’t there for his son..when all along she NEVER told him about him in the first place!!)..it was her choice to be a single mother in a society that didn’t take it lightly but she seemed to not understand that her decision had consequences for herself and all around her.

And what is it about those poor orphans in Korea???? THis fact shaped her whole persona and resulted in her terrible lack of confidence..one of the pleasures was seeing her journey into a strong woman..I could have done without the serial killer plotline since I don’t think it added that much to the drama at all…in summary..while there were things I didn’t like..as a whole it had pretty strong, interesting and human characters..the secondary characters were more than fillers and..while I didn’t get to see the growth of romantic love..there was an abundance of love of other kinds…

Chocolat..some thoughts

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Just finished this drama and on the whole I enjoyed it. It stars Yoon Kye-sang and  Ha Ji Won as the main couple. I have to also put a word for the secondary lead actor Jang Seung-jo who I really liked as well.

THe basic story is that these two characters met at different times in their lives and totally impacted each other and, in true kdrama fashion, realize that fate does have the upper hand at the end of the day.  After a few twists and turns, both find themselves working at a hospice where people live the end of their lives and the drama does a great job of showing each case in a very sensitive way. I won’t lie..it’s very sad to get fond of them knowing that they will soon be gone but I tried to focus on the positive and brightness they brought…as the heroine said: They are not here to die but rather to live the final days of their lives..emphasis on “live”. I loved the reminder that at the end of the day making a person happy can be as simple as making someone a special dish..it’s the little things.

I really loved the way there was so much healing in this drama..if not physically then emotionally ..and these people really need it. They carry alot of scars. Even more than the main couple I loved the up and down relationship between the two men (who were cousins taught to hate each other)..love how they slowly realize that what they’ve been taught to do is not what they want to do at the end of the day. Even her annoying brother was given character growth..lol..though there were a few that were left intact..and that’s life too..some people are beyond repair.

Some might consider it slow..maybe even depressing at times.. and I had a bit of quibble about the ending but overall I’m not sorry that I watched it. I felt a certain comfort in watching the heroine approach life and  realize the reason why and the beautiful scenes in Greece were the icing on the cake!!

I’m going to miss my Misaeng

I totally enjoyed and appreciated all these characters (with obvious exceptions of course!)

I have so many favourite scenes, but the obvious highlights are any between Team 3 and our four newbies. One thing I found a bit jarring though was the change of location during the last episode — it just didn’t seem to fit this drama and I didn’t really see the necessity. I would have ended it at another appropriate scene, but that’s just a minor thing and didn’t detract at all from my enjoyment.

I’m so grateful that this drama was 20 episodes. I started to get sad when I approached the 16th episode and was delighted to learn that I had a few more ahead of me. And I finally got to see our dear boy with an actual forehead! 😂 Okay, I do have one complaint — I hated with a passion the helmet hairstyles we were forced to endure for the whole drama — is there no PERFECT drama?? 😂

Taking a page out of Robin’s honeybee activities

I did check out Encounter a couple of weeks ago. I guess I must be in the mood for the older dramas while I wait for new ones to end. I did have my reservations about it..simply because I couldn’t see that the pairing would work well..While I have no problem seeing Song Hye Kyo as the older, damaged, emotionless heroine (frankly I’ve never really felt any warmth from her in her dramas anyway so this seemed a perfect fit) I just have problems with our hero Park Bo-gum. It’s not only because of his age..and of course that IS one of the obvious obstacles…it’s that to me he seems sooo young..like a little puppy dog with his bright smile and sunny persona..that..while I can totally believe that he would make a difference in her life..it’s hard for me to accept that she would have a romantic interest in him. Like I said..it’s not only because of his age..because there are other actors who are the same age but are able to bring a maturity and intensity to a role that goes far beyond a number but I don’t see it here.

I’ve seen three episodes already and nothing has changed my mind about it really. HE is just too much of a Pollyana and I’m not sure how I’ll react when their relationship moves from friendship to romance..maybe I’ll be surprised but maybe not. The usual wicked mother in laws are here..the usual gossips are here..the usual fight for takeovers are here..but there are unrealistic aspects which just don’t gel for me.

Now there is an actor who has caught my fancy and whom I would have preferred in the main lead (Jang Seung Jo) I’ve seen him before in minor roles and have always remembered him and I think that if he had been cast as the hero I would have bought into this couple alot easier.

I’m not saying that I’ll drop it for now..but I’m not making any promises in future.

#encounter, #jang-seung-jo, #park-bo-gum, #song-hye-kyo

Now more than ever kdramas are appealing

Since they offer a nice break from reality..so last week I wanted my niece to try watching kdramas again..and I wanted a light entertaining drama. I settled on Oh My Ghostess which I really liked when I first saw it. I think she was successfully intrigued and she even watched a bit more when she got home. Of course by then I was involved in the drama once more so I’ve been watching it again.

I’m again impressed with the versatility of Park Bo-Young..this young actress is doing such an amazing job of portraying two characters side by side. I wonder how much preparation she and Kim Seul Gi (our ghost) had together to work on the physical traits of the portrayal? How awesome is it when two actresses are called to play the same role? Fell in love once more with our egotistical, soft-hearted chef..who is bound and determined that he will not take advantage of his “manic” girlfriend but who is there to support her in all her stages.

We also have another set of ducklings here..not as close or as lovable though but still fun to watch.  I’m just happy to look forward to the zaniness each evening and can even end with a smile..that’s really important at this moment in time!!

What are you guys watching next? Let me know if you’re in the mood for another group watch!

 

#jo-jung-suk, #kim-seul-gi, #oh-my-ghostess, #park-bo-young

Keep well my chingus!

It’s not an easy time for any of us given the crisis involving this new virus..it feels like we’re living in a kdrama where the world isn’t what it used to be and where we’re waiting for our heroes to rescue us. We need to be super hopeful that it will pass soon and super vigilant in terms of our own personal risk factors as well as those of our loved ones.  I think of you all and hope that you are well and that we all keep feeling well..I suppose being quarantined wouldn’t be so bad if we could binge watch on kdramas right? Well…we try to put a positive spin on things amidst the worry and that’s all we can do..other than keep washing our hands of course!!

Crash Landing – jump to the Finale – final thoughts

Well..that was well worth it for sure! When I finish a drama with a smile on  my face that’s a definite winner.

I know that most kdramas are about love..romantic love and everything else is sometimes just “filler” but that’s what I loved about this drama. It was definitely about romantic love (and a really special one at that) but just as importantly it was about other kinds of love as well. Those ducklings stole my heart..they loved each other..they loved their captain..they fell in love with that strange lady from the south and every action showed it.Sure..they didn’t convince me for a moment that they were really genuine hard-nosed soldiers but that was definitely beside the point.

And then there were the female ducklings..every bit as wonderful (though not as cute)..I didn’t expect them to capture my heart at all..at the beginning their roles were not quite even and I didn’t enjoy the sucking up but somewhere along the line they became equal..they supported each other..they defended each other..they really loved each other and they too fell in love with the crazy lady from the south..

But that’s not all..I also came to love Dan’s mom..it seemed like she’d be just another overly ambitious mom pushing her daughter towards a good marriage but in the end we see that she’s just a mom who loves her daughter and worries about her and is willing to let her do was SHE wants to do..awesome.

The only mom who didn’t convince me was our stepmom..I don’t think she was well written..and her conversion to a loving, supportive mom didn’t really do it for me..why did she reject her in the first place? I must have missed that part..

All along I think most of us were trying to imagine how they could achieve a happy ending that would be satisfying..well it was really bittersweet I thought..I love that they both remain forever connected and that they  are able to see each other in their Switzerland paradise but really both of them have their lives on hold..they are “alone” for the other 11.5 months of the year..and because they cannot communicate the day will come when one of them won’t show and that will be a terrible day indeed..

 

 

#crash-landing-on-you, #ha-suk-jin, #hyun-bin, #jang-so-yeon, #kim-jung-hyun, #kim-jung-nan, #kim-sun-young, #kim-young-min, #lee-shin-young, #oh-man-suk, #seo-ji-hye, #son-ye-jin, #tang-joon-sang, #yang-kyung-won, #yoo-soo-bin

Crash Landing on You – Episode 14

A couple in love can be in a world of their own..and our couple prove it over and over and over again..so sweet..and I love how he took ownership of her safety and put on his bodyguard hat..and wasn’t it a blast to see those pests as they tried to fire him..lol?

Manbok strikes again..how ingenious of him to put that mic under her bed..people feel so free to speak their minds when a comatose patient is in bed don’t they?

Our conman is certainly turning on the charm and she’s not resisting. These two are so good for each other..each one drawing those hidden qualities from within. Its kind of sad to think that she’s practically wasted 10 years having an unrequited crush on a man who doesn’t spare her a thought while right beside her she’s got someone who truly sees her for what she is and isn’t afraid to tell her so..unfortunately he’s got lots of baggage that can’t be ignored.

#crash-landing-on-you, #ha-suk-jin, #hyun-bin, #jang-so-yeon, #kim-jung-hyun, #kim-jung-nan, #kim-sun-young, #kim-young-min, #lee-shin-young, #oh-man-suk, #seo-ji-hye, #son-ye-jin, #tang-joon-sang, #yang-kyung-won, #yoo-soo-bin

Crash Landing on You – Episode 13

ok..so I ended this episode shouting..”CALL 911..she’s bleeding to death!!!”. I know..I know..it was for effect but I couldn’t enjoy it cause I wanted them to hurry..lol!

Could we be more relieved that Manbok didn’t go back to old habits and actually TOLD about the threat he was under?? That was a nice little manipulation there..I was ready to fall for it while disappointedly shaking my head..so good for him! Also love it that Seri was able to do her part..even more than she expected to do! Shall we hope that her recovery is as miraculous as that of her lover?? If memory serves, he was out taking a dozen goons down the day after surgery….fingers crossed!

#crash-landing-on-you, #ha-suk-jin, #hyun-bin, #jang-so-yeon, #kim-jung-hyun, #kim-jung-nan, #kim-sun-young, #kim-young-min, #lee-shin-young, #oh-man-suk, #seo-ji-hye, #son-ye-jin, #tang-joon-sang, #yang-kyung-won, #yoo-soo-bin

Crash Landing on You – Episode 12

Yolette’s comments appended below.

Great episode! First of all..I really love the way Seri is using her money. She’s not just a rich empty headed woman..she’s someone who has worked real hard to get where she is but now..obviously after her time in Korea..she is doubly aware..not only of  the power of status and money..she already knew that but of the good it can be used for. We don’t know enough about her previous life but I”m guessing she is a changed woman who wouldn’t relate to the girl she was previously. So..smart girl that she is..I loved it when she went to see those goons and promised them free rent if they worked for her..awesome!

And..all I’m going to say is..Tomato Cultivator..I’m going to use that phrase from now on..I loved it so much..so cute the way they introduced the music from his previous fiasco of a drama too..and earlier on we got to see snippets of Chuno too…

But..of course..the highlight of this episode was the Duckling Reunion with Mom and Dad..wasn’t that the most precious thing in the world..just so heart melting that it just brings a smile to your lips..

I have to say that I really felt for our girl though..walking into an empty home when you never expect to see a loved one again is one of the hardest thing we can ever do and she had not reason to think that they hadn’t left..heavens..they’ve said enough goodbyes to last a life time!

Also reminds me that I really don’t like surprise parties..I will never forget one that we planned many years ago for my mom..everyone pretending to forget so that the surprise would be even better..but what we didn’t think about was the miserable long birthday she had during which she felt abandoned and forgotten..and that surprise party at night did NOT make up for a terrible day.

#crash-landing-on-you, #hyun-bin, #son-ye-jin

#ha-suk-jin, #jang-so-yeon, #kim-jung-hyun, #kim-jung-nan, #kim-sun-young, #kim-young-min, #lee-shin-young, #oh-man-suk, #seo-ji-hye, #tang-joon-sang, #yang-kyung-won, #yoo-soo-bin