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    [Drama 2018-2019] Encounter / Boyfriend, 남자친구

    I'm sure you've heard this line before when a boyfriend dumps his girlfriend..."it's not you...it's me. This drama had a great storyline, the cinematography excellent and it fits right up my "all I want in a drama" category. But...in spite of all the positives that I gleaned from watching the first few episodes, I could not continue. I know, it's not the drama....it's me. I felt Park Bo Gum was miscast. He's too young and his face, although handsome, was a little bit effeminate for the role. Song Hye Kyo as Cha Soo Hyun portrayed a character so controlled and stoic so I thought that what she needed was a more passionate man that would awaken her from the placidness of her life. The encounter or love story between Cha Soo Hyun and Kim Jin Hyuk lacked the intensity I expected and without that, the rest of the drama became a meh for me. There was a total lack of chemistry and they looked more like an elder sister and younger brother. I'm not concerned about the age gap because it does work if the characters have the right chemistry to make it work (to this day My Name is Kim Sam Soon is still my favourite K drama). A So Ji Sub, Jo In Sung (think What Happened in Bali where both were fighting over the same woman) or a Lee Dong Gun (Love Now) would have been perfect for the role. They're not only gorgeous but they have the depth and ferocity to portray a man deeply in love with SHK's character.
  2. @maris1 I too at first ignored watching "My Lovely Kim Sam Soon." I probably attempted to watch it three times then stopped. At that time, I was a newbie viewer of Korean dramas so I was not familiar with Kim Sun Ah and the fact that it's a story of an older woman and a young man was enough for me to lose interest. But then I found out that this drama was one of the highest rated Korean dramas so that it piqued my curiosity. I finally decided to watch it more out of curiosity and to find out what the hype was all about. Guess what, to this day, it's still my favourite Korean drama. This drama was brilliantly written with witty, sophisticated dialogue not to mention the off-the-charts chemistry of Kim Sun Ah and Hyun Bin. I've probably watched it more than fives times already. Highly recommended.
  3. Just finished watching the final episode. I was reluctant to watch the last episode because of so many negative comments, but surprisingly, I liked the ending. This drama was more action/adventure with a bit of romance thrown in. The story followed Jin Woo, a wealthy CEO bent on acquiring the AR game before his rival beats him to it and along the way, something went terribly wrong so that he was sucked into a dangerous game of survival. The writer focused more on Jin Woo and his quest to solve the mystery behind Se-joo's disappearance and his friend's death and the others that followed. There were blatant plotholes that the writer did not bother (or too lazy) to clarify. It was never explained how a game could kill humans so I decided from that point on not to wrack my brains about it, suspended my disbelief and just enjoy the drama. Hyun Bin was just so fantastic and swoon-worthy as he battled warriors, zombies and soldiers. He must have been so exhausted in the end because of the physical demand of this role. The romance between Jin Woo and Hee Joo was more gratuitous fan service. With the little amount of time they spent together, there was very little opportunity for the romance to develop. Hee Joo fell hard for Jin Woo and was doing all the initiating, following him around like a lovesick puppy. Jin Woo, on the other hand was a reluctant boyfriend and when he reciprocated somewhat her feelings, I felt that he was just doing it to spare hurting her feelings. After two failed marriages, Jin Woo had a jaded opinion of relationships and marriage. Based on that and the fact that the ink on his divorce papers was barely dry, I really doubt that he was mentally and emotionally prepared for a new relationship. So I understand why the writer did an open ended ending. Jin Woo was more focused on his quest rather than pursuing Hee Joo. What I did not like about Hee Joo's character is that she came across as clueless and weepy. Her brother was missing, she knew that the emails she was receiving were not from her brother and yet she never bothered to look for him for one year? She cried at the drop of a hat which is kind of irritating after a while. Now, if I were to write the story with lots of adventure and sizzling romance, I would make Hee Joo portray a brilliant hacker who is looking for her missing brother. Like Jin Woo, she's also playing the game to get a clue as to her brother's whereabouts. They meet at her family's inn in Granada. At first, she resented Jin Woo's arrogant, entitled behaviour but when both of them discover they share the same mission, they get together to battle the enemies and find love along the way. Love the scenes in Alhambra and it would have been perfect if the drama was shot there in its entirety.
  4. It did occur to me after I've posted my comment. The stepmother in all probability committed manslaughter rather than 1st degree murder because her action was spur of the moment, not pre-meditated.
  5. I agree with you that bludgeoning her stepmother would be stooping to her level... that of a murderess. One cannot right a wrong by committing another wrong. I was actually cringing watching the scene while silently screaming "don't do it." I understand your premise of healing but without atonement on the part of her stepmother first, there will never be healing. As the drama concluded, there never was any form of atonement from the stepmother. So that is my problem with her character. She's narcissistic, self-absorbed, lying and cruel woman proven by the fact that, even after she killed Woo-Kyung's sister, she continued to treat her grown stepdaughter and her own daughter with the same cruelty sans the physical abuse. In spite of Woo-Kyung's attempts to win her love, she never reciprocated and insulted WK every chance she gets. She even connived with WK's ex husband to have custody of her daughter. She may even be suffering from a personality disorder. First step for WK is to ensure that her stepmother get counselling, maybe even check her in a mental institution. At the same time, WK should give time for herself to heal, let her sister mend physically and mentally, allowing her to rid herself of all the hate and resentments she felt for her mother. As a mother myself, I will never allow my daughter to be exposed to this poor excuse of a human being. I'm surprised that there's statute of limitation for murder in South Korea.
  6. This was a great thriller. The drama maintained the suspense from beginning to end, and kept me at the edge of my seat as the story unraveled. As always, Kim Sun Ah did a superb job of portraying the tragic heroine Cha Woo Kyung. Ok, having said that, I have a few gripes with the writer in that, the story did not delve deep enough to shed a light on how Yoon Tae Joo became the monster, Red Cry. Because Red Cry was the central character amidst all the savage killings, the writer should have provided a backstory of Yoon Tae Joo, what happened to his childhood from the time he was abandoned. Did he have a traumatic experience that became the catalyst for turning him into a vicious killer as well as manipulating his brother and others to commit those vicious killings? He was well educated, he seemed to have had a normal life in the States so I can't reconcile the fact the he suddenly emerged as a killer and therefore I conclude that he was nothing but a depraved serial killer and that protecting the children was his excuse to go on a killing spree. I also could not reconcile the fact the Cha Woo Kyung, after learning that her stepmother killed her sister, continued to have a relationship with her. After all the built up angst, she really did not do much to avenge her sister's death, like banishing her stepmother from her and her daughter's life. It's beyond creepy that she allowed her daughter to have a "normal" relationship with her grandmother just because she happened to like her. In my opinion, this weakened the narrative of her dedicating her life in pursuit of finding out what happened to her sister. Not only that, she was emotionally crippled throughout her adulthood as a result of being abused as a child.
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