This one was a longer drama and not the kind that you necessarily wanted to do a marathon viewing of given the subject matter. I’ve seen enough dead bodies of soldiers and civilians to last me a life time..lol! I won’t touch on the background political issues because really my interest was in the characters..though there is NO doubt whatsoever that Japan IS THE BAD GUY (just in case you might have been wondering.)
I must say it was a pleasure to discover (or rediscover) these actors. I knew more OF Lee Byung-Hun than really being familiar with his acting so I appreciated getting more familiar with his work. It was a pleasure to finally see Yoo Yeon-Sook in action – first time and how lucky that I saw him in THE most awesome role..strutting around like a Samurai. Another discovery was Byun Ho Han – what a complete charmer he was! The biggest surprise was Kim Ming Jung who was just blah in Man to Man, but here she was really awesome and she had the most fantastic wardrobe I’ve ever seen (I’m partial to the turn of the century western fashion)..she looked gorgeous.
I think the writers made a real effort to flesh these characters out. Each one of them had a back story that deserved his or her own drama. All had suffered and all had taken different paths and all paths crossed in Joseon.
I think the relationship between the leads was handled respectfully (given the huge age gap) but for me the biggest plus was the relationships that grew between them all, not necessarily having anything to do with romantic love. These were strangers who came to care about each other – though not everyone cared for the CAUSE – they cared because someone else did. The bromance was strong and oh so satisfying. There was even a lightness at times (much needed, of course); how can you watch a drama like this, filled with human sacrifices and fighting for something so much bigger than them without spilling a tear or two or three? That should come as no surprise at all.
Lastly, the incredible cinematography continued until the very end and it was a visual ongoing feast!
Just because I happened to be in Netflix and I was too lazy to move on…
He (Lee Byung-hun) is not my favourite actor to begin with. I wasn’t sure what to think of his pairing with this young actress. I’m not such a huge fan of the historical k-drama (though I normally love historical dramas in general), so it had been on my radar.
First of all thumbs up for the cinematography – lovely! I think that they switch between past and present quite well as they fill in the backstories for our main characters. The child stars are really good and each situation is heartbreakinga, and give us instant understanding as to what drives these people. Our heroine is small and feisty, just and kind, and beloved, but so naive and innocent at the same time, while our “hero” is a little harder to figure out. A little boy who had to flee to escape death and was raised in America where his life wasn’t easy but he’d managed to find a form of acceptance as he joined the military and became a high ranking soldier. Now he is back, a Korean who represents America and has an agenda to follow. So far I think he’s been a little bland (only up to ep 3) but time will tell. The uniforms look great though – LOL.
I find the secondary character much more intriguing – another rebel who turned from child victim to gangster/victimizer in order to survive, terrorizing by violence when he has to. Honestly I’ve never seen Yoo Yeon-Seok before and he looks mighty fine here but I have a bad feeling about his fate. He reminds me so much of Yoo Ah-in in Sungkyunkwan Scandal, except I don’t yet see Lee Soong-ki’s counterpart forming a bromance. LOL
It’s the kind of drama so far which I can only watch in bits and pieces but I’m not displeased, only waiting for my heartstrings to be pulled in the near future. Hopefully I will be proven wrong?
All I can say is…good riddance! So glad that’s finally over..I hope that these actors choose their next projects more wisely because this one was definitely forgettable..not even the ending episode could save it..in fact it irritated me even MORE..lol!!
I needed something to wash that nasty taste from my mouth and remembered this one which is short and hopefully sweet! I know that tc ended up enjoying it at any rate..so I watched the first two episodes and am so glad I did because they were just what I needed! Light fluff..familiar characters..spoiled chaebol son who needs to grow up..unlucky misfit of a girl who has her own issues..those “fated” and continuous meetings..there were a couple of scenes where I did burst out laughing they were so over the top! You were so right tc..things happened pretty fast indeed. Second episode doesn’t make us like this guy any more than we did in the first episode..he STILL needs to grow up and learn to treat people better and I guess now will be her chance to make sure that he does because..all the laws of dramaland are in full swing and where ELSE would she land a job..but at HIS company..lol??? I do like his secretary though..nice to see one that isn’t browbeaten..in fact..the shoe seems to be on the other foot..at last..SOMEthing different. Looking forward to more silliness…..
So close… Close to the ending, close to having a plot that made sense (or that we cared about), close to having a little bit of chemistry between the leading man and lady… And so far! Spoilers after the jump.
What a yawner this was! Ludicrous in light of the fact that lots of tension filled scenes were in it, except they didn’t FEEL tension filled, though I know they were written to be so.
Probably the highlight was the surprise cameo by Song Joongki – lol – I just don’t know where they are going? Do the writers know where they’re going? It’s so confusing… it’s like they’ve put in a bit of comedy, a bit of thriller, a bit of melodrama, a bit of romance, but which one IS it?
It’s not to say that at times things can’t be mixed and turn out a fantastic scene, and I harken back to BLF (again) and the crucial scene in the meeting room when Armando’s sins are revealed as well as Betty’s knowledge of events — you could have cut that scene with a knife it was soooooooo riveting, and just when you thought you couldn’t bear the tension any longer… in bursts Patty saying coffee is served!!Woosh…hahaha…OMG!!!!!! We were feeling ALL of those feelings in that moment — what a brilliant way to blend comedy and high drama.
I’m glad the two ghost spies are finally working together! I like that actor. Hurrah for the good guys… one more member has joined!
Wait, what… after that look he came back? Spoilers after the jump.
Well..looks like we’ve entered a new phase…I think!
Sigh… I don’t hate this show, but I don’t love it either. I don’t really feel any strong emotions for it (I’m kind of like Park Hae-Jin’s deadpan expressionless face). Spoilers below.
I don’t know why, but it’s been like pulling teeth trying to get through the first 2 episodes. Maybe it’s my mood, maybe I shouldn’t watch it late at night when I’m tired, but I just kept nodding off and giving up and it took me three nights to get to the end of ep 1. I think part of it is that I’m confronted with over the top situations and I instantly start rolling my eyes.
Of course our lad looks amazing in this – finally a haircut I love! He looks super cool and super sophisticated in those dark suits and those dark sunglasses too – what’s not to love? I’m not sure I like this heroine – her look or her mannerisms – but it wouldn’t be the first time, so I’m willing to be patient. I love our villain but I think it’s because I love the actor. I can’t say I know any of these characters at all and maybe that’s why I can’t connect with them. Of course at episode two that’s a given. I’m thawing a bit now and hope to continue and become more involved. I really want to feel something and to root for them but I’m not there yet.
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I’m almost at the point where I have to pause for Suspicious Partner and so I’m looking for my next drama. I think we mentioned Man to Man so I was thinking of starting it in a day or so. Are you interested in making it a group watch? I’m happy to wait a little if you want to wrap things up with other things… course if you had other suggestions I’m definitely open and flexible!