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K-Drama Time: While You Were Sleeping Pilot Episode

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Will While You Were Sleeping be the cure for my Korean drama slump? Possibly.  

If you remember my blog post that included my anticipated dramas for 2017, you’ll know that While You Were Sleeping was mentioned there. Ever since Lee Jong Suk was casted for the lead role, I was already anticipating for it.

So was the pilot episode worth my anticipation? I could confidently say, yes.

While You Were Sleeping’s pilot episode completely gave the viewers a taste of what is in store for them and showcased so much potential on where this drama could veer off. In turn, earning my full attention.

It opens with a scene wherein Hong Joo (Suzy) dreamt of herself hugging an unknown guy. With a blood streaked cheek and snow falling around them, she uttered “I believe in you. Because it’s me, I can believe you.”. Why did she say those words? Why did she hug that guy? What happened?

Waking up puzzled with what she just dreamt of, she jots down everything that transpired. Deep inside her, she knows that it is bound to happen because that’s what normally happens with her dreams. Hong Joo’s dreams truly happen in reality. Though, it only tell a portion of what soon would happen. She doesn’t have a clear sense on what would and what could cause her dream (or the end result) for it to fully materialize. She could warn those people involved but would they believe her? They just might think that she is insane.

Planning to go about her day, her mother informs her that there are people moving in across their house. Only to be surprised that one of the guy is the same guy from her dream. Seems like the events that will lead up to what she saw is starting to fall in place…

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Strong Woman Do Bong Soon: How This Drama Bulldozed Its Way To My Heart

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Remember my recent Korean drama related post in which I have mentioned that I’m doing a marathon for Strong Woman Do Bong Soon? Well, I’m back and fresh from finishing the said show. Aside from I was itching to know what happened next after I paused on Episode 9, the main reason why I was keen on finishing it was because of my mother. She’s been bugging me to continue it because as she said, “It’s so good, especially Episodes 15 and 16”. Also, she just won’t stop talking about it and watching Youtube videos. I even have to shush her to stop her from spoiling me. It’s weird, cute and I’ve created a monster. She’s actually new with Korean dramas and SWDBS is the second one (after WFKBJ) that she finished from its first episode up until the last one. Enough about her, though.

I’ll walk you now through the things that made this show so dear to my heart. If you still don’t have any idea as to what this drama is about, here’s the synopsis as posted on its Wikipedia page and read it first before proceeding:

Synopsis

“Do Bong-soon (Park Bo-young) was born with superhuman strength. Her strength is hereditary and passed along only to the women in her family. Her dream is to create a video game with herself as the main character. She desperately wants to become a willowy and elegant woman, which is the ideal type of her crush, In Gook-du (Ji Soo), a police officer. Thanks to her strength, she gets the job of a bodyguard, to a rich heir Ahn Min-hyuk (Park Hyung-sik), the CEO of a gaming company, Ainsoft. Contrary to Gook-du, Min-hyuk is an odd man who is playful, a little spoiled, and has no regard for rules, and dislikes policemen. He has recently received anonymous threats, blackmails, and has even been stalked at an occasion.

One day, a series of kidnapping cases break in Dobong-dong, the district Bong-soon lives in, and she is determined to catch the culprit after her friend was targeted. Under the help and training from Min-hyuk, she manages to control her strength to use it for good causes.”

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Strong Woman Do Bong Soon has a solid plot with a balanced mix of fantasy, suspense, action and romantic comedy. I do think that they did well in dealing with the kidnapping arc of the plot. With the mind games, creepy-looking suspect, hair-raising sound effects and clever camera works, they were able to capture it with a very disturbing and eerie vibe. I don’t fair well when it comes to shows with suspense but the romcom in it made it bearable for me. I enjoyed Bong Soon and Min Hyuk’s characters so much. I’ll talk more about them later. 

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4 in 1: Feast on Korean Dramas

I’m sure you’ve noticed that I’ve been blogging more about books and Kpop these past few months and you may seem to think that I’m completely neglecting the other quarter of what this blog is for – Korean dramas. Well, no. I haven’t. I do watch Kdramas whenever I have free time but just didn’t have enough time to write a blog post or reviews about it. But now that I have, you might just be in for a treat. In this post, I’ve decided to talk about dramas that fit into four of my categories: 1) Finished, 2) On-Going Dramas, 3) Currently doing a marathon and 4) Highly Anticipated Dramas. So you see, this is bound to be an explosion of Korean drama titles that you might want to list down some and watch it for yourself.

Let’s get started, shall we?

FINISHED

Finally, I was able to finish MBC and Naver’s Three Color Fantasy series. It’s actually a three-part series with a total of six episodes each. It consists of the titles: The Universe’s Star, Queen of the Ring and Romance Full of Life. Based on its series title, Three Color Fantasy, the genre of this drama is fantasy and so things deemed impossible to happen – happens and brought in the excitement in all three stories. I knew about this drama because of Kim Jun Myeon’s (Suho of EXO) involvement in the first part, The Universe’s Star. Even watched it when it started airing and just decided to catch up on the other two on a latter date.

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The Universe’s Star

The Universe’s Star follows through the story of singer-songwriter, Woo Joo (Kim Jun Myeon), and Byul (Ji Woo) – a Grim Reaper.

When you think about Grim Reapers, you’ll probably picture them out as all serious and all business characters or be reminded of Lee Dong Wook’s portrayal in Goblin. But SotU injected its own fun spin to it. Can you imagine a Grim Reaper who fangirls as well? Yes, you’ve read it right. Before being a Grim Reaper, Byul is a typical student and teenager who fangirls over idols and Woo Joo is her ultimate love. On her way to school, she met an accident and died. UnLuckily for her, she wasn’t directly sent to heaven but dying resulted in to her being one of the Grim Reapers. Byul’s current status definitely didn’t diminish and change her fangirl ways. We are treated with hilarious scenes of Byul wearing her Grim Reaper attire going to Woo Joo’s location, holding a light stick and the production taking it further by incorporating a scene wherein they are participating in a concert ticketing. Fangirls can definitely relate to those scenarios.

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A Classic: Goong (궁)

Can you believe that it has been 11 years since Goong (or widely known by Filipino viewers as Princess Hours) aired in Korea? Can you believe it?

Eleven years have simply flown by, yet Goong stayed very close to my heart. My fanaticism over it is still burning so bright and stuck deep in me.

You might be wondering and asking why all of a sudden I’m bringing this all up and blogging about it. It’s because I recently binge re-watch it and my feels are going haywire. So I thought, maybe writing a blog post might get all of my feels out or at least lessen this major TV series hangover that I’m experiencing right now. It’s also fitting because during the time when Goong aired in Korea and here in the Philippines, I’m not into blogging yet and all I ever did was to collect photos from the internet.

GOONG: Thoughts and Feels trip

Watching the series again, made me notice some things that my young self might have just shrugged off at the time and so crafting this blog post is a very exciting thing for me to do. I’ll be able to rehash my feels here and at the same time do some commentary. So win-win.

STORY AND CHARACTERS

Goong is a drama based on a manwha that delves into an alternate 21st century Korean royal family with a Cinderella and a power-playing royal family member arc in it. A commoner, Shin Chae Gyeong, ends up marrying the Crown Prince Lee Shin because of their grandfather’s pact. I know, you may say that this story is too cliché and you can obviously see episodes away that these two will just fall in love with each other. I’ve seen it too but there were elements in the story that made it more exciting to watch.

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