Overcoming Cowardice and Immaturity in Eulachacha Waikiki

A drama about six adults coming to terms with the responsibilities and duties of adulthood, in the most banal ways possible, Eulachacha Waikiki was a pretty solid piece of work. Bearing a crass or very basic sense of humour, it was still able to deliver on some very major themes. By the end of it [...]

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Tackling Mental Health | Radio Romance

Radio Romance is another accurately timed Korean drama, given the circumstances the entertainment industry seems to be going through in South Korea. With issues regarding mental health brewing, and the rampant scandals, along with news of suicides among some famous celebrities, this drama seemed to hit at the very core of all of these issues. [...]

HWAYUGI

Treading carefully for this is by far the most technical script I have ever seen in a Korean drama. Another one added to the classics that are a Hong Sisters standard. Hwayugi was the stuff of fairy tales, with a Grimms' twist. With a plethora of gods, deities, ghosts, priestesses and ghost seeing humans, this [...]

2014: You’re All Surrounded

The last drama in the series I am covering before the finale of Hwayugi. I am covering this one because of the fact that three of the actors all teamed up for a second time with Hwayugi. Even though this is not a Hong sisters drama, but it gives us an understanding of how compatible [...]

2011: Best Love

Another classic Hong Sisters drama, that almost brings me to a close with respect to Hwayugi. Best Love stars Cha Seung Won as the iconic Dokgo Jin and Gong Hyo Jin as Gu Ae Jung. It picks up from where You're Beautiful and My Girlfriend is a Gumiho ended. The former was centered among a [...]

Lee Jung Shin’s Longing Heart

Quite honestly, writing this review is one I have been avoiding due to a single reason: Jung Yong Hwa's scandal. After the events of last December, we were all just recovering that CN Blue fans got hurt by Yong Hwa's scandal. An absolutely illogical scandal that has left me very disturbed, especially because of Yong [...]

Year 2010: My Girlfriend is a Gumiho

So I finally watched My Girlfriend is a Gumiho, after having planned to watch it for the last five years or so. It was definitely fun to watch and it helped flesh out the main elements of a Hong sisters plot. With a plot based mostly on fantasy, it had a lot more significance in terms [...]

Year 2009: You’re Beautiful

With Hwayugi's finale fast approaching, here am I paying my own kind of tribute to the ladies behind a multitude of classic Korean dramas that have defined pop culture for over a decade: The Hong Sisters. For many new fans of Korean culture, specifically dramas, these women, rather script writers are ones they are unfamiliar [...]

Trauma in the Aftermath of Man-Made Disaster | Just Between Lovers

살아남았어 다행이다 (이강두) - Because we survived, it's a relief. (Lee Kang Doo) The journey from Seo Yul in Chief Kim to Lee Kang Doo in Just Between Lovers has been fantastic for Lee Joon Ho, and it's the growth of a promising idol-actor. The show has not even been completed as I begin to [...]

Scaling the Edges of Humanity | I’m Not a Robot

Another great drama came to an end last night. I Am Not a Robot was a scientific fiction drama with a mix of romance. It had all the trappings of a conventional Korean romantic comedy, but somehow was able to deliver a very memorable story, through all its characters. It's a story that I believe [...]