Hello Monster (KDrama Review & Summary)

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Hello Monster (KDrama Review & Summary)

I Remember You poster

  • Also Known as: I Remember You
  • Genre: Romance, Thriller, Serial Killer, Police, Forensic, Profiler, Crime
  • Date Released: June 2015
  • Origin: South Korea
  • KDrama :16 Episodes

Cast:

  • Seo In Guk as Lee Hyun/David Lee
  • Jang Na Ra as Cha Ji An
  • Choi Won Young as Lee Joon-Ho
  • Park Bo Gum as Jung Sun Ho/ Lee Min
  • Lee Chun Hee as Kang Eun Hyuk
  • Min Sung Wook as Son Myung Woo
  • Kim Jae Young as Min Seung-joo
  • Son Seung Won as Choi Eun-bok
  • Im Ji Eun as Hyun Ji-soo
  • Nam Kyung-eup as Kang Seok-joo

I have been watching a bit of Seo In Guk’s dramas because he was so charismatic in his latest drama, The Smile Has Left Your Eyes with Jung So Min.

So this drama is next in your list.  It should be good as it has Jang Na Ra and Park Bo Gum in the cast.

Ok here I plunge.

 

Evil is hidden in normal people.

Lee Hyun is a genius, who was currently based in America, where he honed his skill and talents in forensics.

Lee Hyun holds a rather mysterious background.  He has a brother but he was currently not in the scene.

There are some extra suspicious murders in South Korea, which could be a work of a serial killer.

Whilst in the US, he would regularly receive some information regarding a murder from someone anonymous.

The last letter he received got him all curious which made him decide to go back to South Korean with immediate haste.

He did not lose any time to track the area which the letter had mentioned and it was a scene of a heinous crime.

Nobuyuki Suzuki (Japanese Actor)

Actor

Nobuyuki Suzuki (Japanese Actor)

Nobuyuki Suzuki

BioData

  • DoB: 14 October 1992 (26)
  • PoB: Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan
  • Height: 1.85 m
  • Civil Status: Single
  • Occupation: Model, Actor

Films & Dramas:

 

Holy Battle in Couleur de Rose (Barairo no Seisen)

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Holy Battle in Couleur de Rose (Barairo no Seisen)

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  • Genre: Drama, Romance, Infidelity, Life, Marriage
  • Date Released: September 2011
  • Origin: Japan
  • Doroma: 6 Episodes

Cast:

  • Kazue Fukiishi as Makoto Miki
  • Tomoharu Hagesawa as Atsushi Miki
  • Sei Ashina as Sara Nakanisha
  • Jun Kaname as Koki Asano
  • Saori Takesawa as Akaneko Tamiya

Synopsis

Beauty is a constant battle

Makoto is a married woman with two young children and a household to manage.

She is married to a salaryman who had not paid her any attention for three years since she was pregnant with her youngest.

One day, out walking with her children, she saw her husband being too familiar and loving with another woman.

When she confronted him, he said that it was just sex and nothing else and the woman was about to get married and had a last fling with him.  He said he loves her, his wife, and that is that.

Makoto was very upset but because of her children, she puts up with it.

Strangely she and her husband became a wedding sponsor for her husband’s lover and she has to give the woman away at the wedding ceremony.

At the wedding, she attracted the attention of the official photographer.  With her height and quiet demeanor, she fitted her kimono well.

The photographer approached her and her husband and broached to her about becoming a model.

Makoto is really quite a stunning woman but she let herself go. Beaten by child-rearing, housework and saving and scrimping to make ends meet.

She did try to seduce her husband into resuming full conjugal relationship but he was not interested.  In fact, he told her that she was shameless for wanting sex, she is already a mother of two.

With her self-esteem in tatters.  She needed help.

She remembered the modeling suggestion from the photographer and with much trepidation she sent her application to agencies.

As luck would have it, she got selected to attend a sort of audition for diet based modeling.

On the first day she got befriended by Sara.

Sara told her especially that she used to be a professional model but her offers dried up so she got married.  But she misses being a model so she purposely put on 10 kg to be able to enter the contest.

Because of Sara’s background, her experience is coming through, which forced the judges to disqualify her after winning the contest which was really meant for amateurs.

Sara was so upset that she slapped Makoto believing that she told on her.  Without provocation, Makoto made an enemy.

Makoto did well with her first modeling stint but found out later that she was photoshopped out of the pictures in favour of Sara.

Modeling, she found is not all it’s cracked up to be.

 

 

Kang Ji Hwan (South Korean Actor)

Actor

Kang Ji Hwan (South Korean Actor)

Kang Ji Hwan

BioData

  • Birth Name: Jo Tae-gyu
  • DoB: 20 March 1977 (41)
  • PoB: Seoul, South Korea
  • Height: 1.84 m
  • Occupation: Model, Theatre/Musical Performer, Singer, Actor
  • Work Period: 2001 – Present

Dramas & Films:

  • Save the Last Dance For Me (2004)
  • Be Strong, Geum-Soon (2005)
  • Rough Cut (2008)
  • My Girlfriend is an Agent (2009)
  • Coffee House (2010)
  • Lie To Me (2011)
  • Runaway Cop (2012)
  • Incarnation of Money (2013)
  • Big Man (2014)
  • Monster (2016)
  • Children of Lesser God (2018)
  • Happy If You Died (TBA)

 

 

 

Ripen Fruits with a Banana

Ripening tomatoes with banana, photo by PH Morton

Food Tips

Ripen Fruits with a Banana

 

Now that summer has rolled into autumn, it is now time to gather in the fruits and vegetables still in the garden before the onset of cold weather and frost.

 

 

From his experience of keeping an allotment for more than 50 years, Mick, our neighbour, and good friend has lots of tips for gardening and how to store the yield produce.

He said to ripen green tomatoes, store them with a banana in a closed container. We use spare space in a kitchen drawer.

Peter applied this tip with a few green tomatoes last night and when he checked them this morning and found that they had started to ripen. (See above photo)

Remember!

Do not refrigerate an unripe banana.  The temperature of the fridge will halt the natural ripening process of a banana and would now remain green and unripe even when taken out of the fridge.

Revenge Girl (Japanese Movie) Review & Summary

 

Film

Revenge Girl (Japanese Movie) Review & Summary

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  • Aka: Ribenji Girl
  • Genre:  Romance, Revenge, Comedy
  • Dater Released: 2017
  • Origin: Japan; based on a novel of the same title written by Erika Yoshida & Tomohide Kiyoshi

Cast:

  • Mirei Kiritani as Miki Takahashi
  • Nobuyuki Suzuki as Toshiya Kadowaki
  • Sho Kiyohara as Suga Saito
  • Fumika Baba as Mariko Nakategawa
  • Shinya Owada as Shigeru Saito
  • Aimi Satsukawa as Rinko Momose
  • Aisa Takeuchi as Misaki Houseki
  • Yuki Saito as Nagiko Kisaragi

I would have not been able to watch nor review this film if not for Rjgman56, who translate Japanese dramas and films into English.  Thank you.

This film is a Mirei Kiritani movie.  She is one of my most favourite Japanese actresses.  She always gives her all in her roles.

Anyway this movie is very lightweight but there are some funny and memorable scenes.

The beginning is hilarious if rather truthful if beauty queens would only tell their honest truth before they attempt at world peace.

Mirei plays Miki Takahashi, who is intelligent, talented and very beautiful and she knows it.

She was once again crowned as Miss Campus at the prestigious Tokyo University after third consecutive wins.

During her victory speech, she said that she always know who was going to win because she is beautiful.  She then gave a sagely advice to the newbie contestants.  She told them that perhaps before entering a pageant they should look into the mirror.  Miaou!

With all her bravado, she accidentally fell right into the arm of Suga Saito and it was love at first sight.

A year on, Miki was now working for Bulgari and Saito has started a career in politics.

Bungaku Shojo (Book Girl) Summary & Review

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Bungaku Shojo (Book Girl) Summary & Review

Book Girl poster

  • Aka: Literary Virgin
  • Genre:  Romance, Live Action Manga; Office Romance
  • Release Date: Sept 2018
  • Origin: Japan; based on a webcomic of the same title by Mayaka Nakano

Cast:

  • Aoi Morikawa as Kanoko Tsukishiro
  • Yuu Shirota as Saku Kagawa
  • Makasi Nakao as Chichiro Mochizuki
  • Rika Izumi as Mitsuki Ariake
  • Taikou Kotoono as Maki Nanase
  • Yako Koga as Akari Mishima
  • Masahiko Kawahara as Ko Mishima
  • Momoko Tanabe as Chiyoka Amamura

 

Xing Zhaolin (Chinese Actor)

Actor

Xing Zhaolin (Chinese Actor)

Xing Zhaolin – Studio Weibo Update

BioData

  • DoB: 22 July 1997 (21)
  • PoB: Jinshui District, Henan, China
  • Height: 1.89 m
  • Civil Status: Single
  • Occupation: Model, Singer, Dancer, Actor
  • Work Period: 2015 – Present

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