Hana Nochi Hare: Hanadan Next Season (Japanese Drama) Review

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Hana Nochi Hare: Hanadan Next Season (Japanese Drama) Review

  • Genre: Romance, School, Youth
  • Related Dramas: Hana Yori Dango; Boys Over Flowers
  • Released Date: April 2018
  • Dorama: 10 episodes

CAST:

  • Hana Sugisaki as Oto Edogawa
  • Sho Hirani as Haruto Kaguragi
  • Taishi Nakagawa as Tenma Hase
  • Tatsuomi Hamada as Kaito Taira
  • Marie Iitoyo as Megumi Nishidome
  • Mio Imada as Airi Maya
  • Jin Suzuki as Issa Narumiya
  • Keisuke Nakata as Sugimaru Eiibi

The story occurs 10 years after the original season.

Haruto Kaguragi is now the leader of the F4 or rather Correct 5. He is concerned that their once formidable school is falling into disrepute.

Kaguragi decided to do something about this.  He instigated a plan to pick up all the deadbeats and throw them out of the school.


Epidose 1

Luo Jin (Chinese Actor)

Luo Jin

Luo Jin

BioData:

  • DoB: 30 November 1981 (36)
  • Height: 1.81 m
  • Education: Beijing Film Academy
  • Civil Status: In a relationship with Tiffany Tang

Luo Jin (Chinese Actor)

Films & Dramas (as seen by GG)

Tifanny Tang (Chinese Actress)

Tiffany Tang, lovely in red Shisheido

Tiffany Tang

BioData:

  • Full Name: Tiffany Tang Yan
  • DoB: 6 December 1983 (34)
  • Height: 1.72 m
  • Education: Central Academy of Drama
  • Civil Status: In a relationship with Luo Jin

Tifanny Tang (Chinese Actress)

Films & Dramas (Seen by GG)

 

Handsome Guy and Jung Eum (KDrama) Review & Summary

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  • Genre: Romance, Comedy, Drama, Noona
  • Date Released: May 2018
  • KDrama: 32  Episode

 

Cast:

  • Hwang Jung Eum as Yoo Jung Eum
  • Nam Goong Min as Kang Hoon Nam
  • Oh Yoon Ah as Coach Yang
  • Jo Dal Hwan as Charlie
  • Jung Moon Sung as Yook Ryong
  • Choi Tae Joon as Choi Joon Soo
  • Nam Kyung Eup as Kang Jung Do
  • Shim Hye Jin as Go Eun Nim
  • Lee Moon Shik as Yoo Seung Ryul
  • Lee Joo Yeon as Soo Ji

Quick Synopsis:

It is a story about a man who is a bit of a love guru but is not interested in a relationship for himself. Added to his is a woman, who had a bitter split with an ex-boyfriend, thus giving up on relationship herself but now works as a love match counselor.

Handsome Guy and Jung Eum (KDrama) Review & Summary

Episode 1-2

I am so glad Hwang Jung Eum is back in the small screen.  I’ve missed this girl.

These two first episodes were fun but not good enough for a riveting watch.  It is too zany and noisy and the dialogues were a quick fire, I can’t keep up with reading the subtitles, especially watching it at almost midnight here in the UK.

Any from what I can gather, Jung Eum was a former sports woman, who does diving.  During a competition, she received a break-up text from her boyfriend.  With wet hair and still in her swimsuit, covered by a trenchcoat, she went to the airport pleading with her boyfriend not to leave.

Her boyfriend had made up his mind and can’t be persuaded.  The scene ended up in chaos.

This was part witnessed by Kang Hoon Nam, who just shook his head rather knowingly that the girl was doing it all wrongly to entice boyfriend to stay.

Five years later.

Jung Eum stopped diving and had developed a phobia with water as in pools, sea and rivers.  Instead she now works as a counselor in a matchmaking agency.

She was tasked to sign in a rich woman, whose father was preferred to give a million to the agency if the daughter is married of.

The woman was about to sign the contract when someone else produced a contract.  The other party was Hoon Nam.

Jung Eum was asked to wait outside.  But she saw her would be client signing the Hoon Nam contract.

She followed Hoon Nam when he left and was really annoyed with him.

As soon as she got to the office, she was told off by her manager for just leaving their client.  She was told that the client would signed the contract.

Jung Eum learned that the contract the client signed with Hoon Nam has to do with exhibiting her many Hair Hair dolls in Hoon Nam Toys Studio.

Jung Eum was so down in the dumps but her childhood friend, Joon Soo was there to cheer her up.

Jung Eum and Hoon Nam seemed to bump with each all the time, including when her diving coach which she signed on to their agency got cheated on with her man she met.  Coach Yang jumped off the bridge and Jung Eum pushed Hoon Nam to the water to rescue the coach.  In the end the coach rescued Hoon Nam and Jung Eum had to give him a mouth to mouth resuscitation.

They both stared at one another …… for the next episode. 🙂

Episode 3-4

Jung Eum was tasked to concentrate in finding better-halves for the undatables.  This proved to be near impossible.

She needed help. Her best friend Joon Soo, showed her a magazine where there is a column from a love guru.

And the love guru happened to be Hoon Nam.  The same Hoon Nam, she promised never to meet again.

 

 

About Time (KDrama) Review & Summary

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  • Genre: Romance, Fantasy, Supernatural
  • Date Released: May 2018
  • KDrama: 16 Episodes
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Cast:

  • Lee Sang-yoon as Lee Do-ha
  • Lee Sung-kyung as Choi Michaela
  • Kim Dong-jun as Jo Jae-yoo
  • Im Se-mi as Bae Soo-bong
  • Han Seung-yeon as Jeon Sung-hee
  • Rowoon as Choi Wee-jin
  • Kim Hae-sook as Oh So-nyeo
  • Na Young-hee as Jin Ra-hee
  • Jung Dong-hwan as Lee Seon-moon
  • Kim Sa-hee as Kim Hye-young

Apparently this story centres around Michaela Choi, a musical actress, who possesses a supernatural ability to see how long a person can live.


 

About Time (KDrama) Review & Summary

Episode 1 & 2

First few minutes of the first episode showed Micahaela or MiKa involved in a motorway pile up.  She walked through the chaos and we see people she passed by showing a digital time invisibly tattooed on their arms (only MiKa can see these and of course us the viewers LOL)

There was a couple where they seemed to be okey one minute and the next we can see the husband on the point of death as his digital tattoo says he has 00:00:004:50.  MiKa stood watching as the clock moved to 00:00:00:00 as the man dies.

We then find out that her time clock showed that she only has 165 days left.

She was just leaving an older woman friend in the hospital when she was knocked down by a car.

The car happened to be driven by Lee Do Ha, a chaebol, who suffers from anxiety attacks.  Due to this attack, he was not confident driving a car; he then backed his car to MiKa.

MiKa is a musical actress,  She was on her way to her audition when this minor car accident occurred.  Do Ha insisted to taking her to the emergency ward for treatment.  Fearing that she would be late, she asked Do Ha to give her a lift but ended up driving the car herself, and she was a very accomplished driver as well, worthy of Formula 1.

During the audition, she was impressive.  She had the voice, the skill, the look, but she was deemed lacking in depths when it comes to emotion about  being in love.

She was asked to choose someone from the audience to seduce.  She spied Do Ha, who was looking for her as she mistakenly took his car keys.  She kissed him but he was so annoyed.

The next time the saw once another was in China.  Do Ha had been challenged to do extreme sport like scuba diving.  Do Ha was a bit nervous about the whole thing as panic attack and extreme sport do not really go together.

It so happened that MiKa was in between jobs and part-timing as a scuba diver trainer.

During the diving, it all went well initially until they had to come up to the surface.  Everyone was accounted for except for Do Ha, who was in the middle of an anxiety attack in  the bottom of the sea.  MiKa jumped off into the water immediately to save him.

The next scene was seeing him and she noticed that her digital tattoo clock has stopped.  She then found out that everytime she sees him or be near him, her clock stops.

She had, therefore, made her mission to stalk him, get a job that would entail being near him and in the end she offered herself on a plate to him.

Do Ha actually has an unofficial girlfriend/fiancee but he was now beginning to waver towards Mika.

 

 

 

IU (South Korean Actress & Singer)

IU

BioData:

  • Full Name: Lee Ji-eun 
  • DoB:  16 May 1993 (25)
  • PoB: Seoul, South Korea
  • Occupation: Singer, Songwriter, Music Producer, Actress

 

 

IU is as popular as a singer as well as an actess in South Korea.

Her stage name was coined from I and You, which according to blurb is about unifying people to music 🙂

She is so popular and much loved that she is known as Korea’s Little Sister.

She started singing immediately as a solo artist.

This girl has a rags to riches story.  She grew up in abject poverty  She initially went and was turned down in numerous auditions but she’s one determined young lady.

 

IU (South Korean Actress & Singer)

Dramas & Films:

 

Koe Girl (Japanese Drama) Review

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Koe Girl! (Japanese Drama) Review

  • AKA Voice Girl!
  • Genre: Friendship, Family, Career
  • Date Released: 2018
  • Dorama: XX Episodes

Cast:

  • Fukuhara Haruka as KiKuchi Makoto
  • Nakamura Yurika as Kuriyama Asami
  • Yoshikura Aoi as Ochiai Ryoko
  • Nagao Mariya as Inaba Ren
  • Tsurumi Shingo as Oshima Yuichiro

After the success of Good Morning Call 2, I wanted to see Fukuhara Haruka again in another drama and thankfully she is starring in a drama as the Koe Girl.

The story is about Kikuchi Makoto, a bright girl, who had been recruited to train as a voice actress.  The training will have its many downs and later ups.


Episode 1

Makoto is in her last year of high school and yet does not know what do or study in college.

However she has a knack of getting people to listen due to her fluency and persuasive speaking as she found out whenever she helps out her mother who’s a greengrocer.

During one of her sales talk,  Oshima Yuichiro, a manager for a talent agency spied her and subsequently scouted her to train as a voice actress.

Episode 2

Lan Cheng-lung (Taiwanese Actor)

Lan Blue

Lan Blue

 

BioData:

  • Full Name: Lang Cheng-lung, aka Lan Blue
  • Date of Birth: 1 March 1979 (39)
  • Place of Birth: Yilan, Taiwan
  • Height: 1.8 m
  • Educational Background: Hwa Hsia University of Technology
  • Occupation:  Model, Assistant Director, Actor
  • Civil Status: Married to actress Jade Chou, 2 children: boy & girl
  • Award: Best Actor for Apple in your Eye at the 50th Golden Bell Awards

 

 


I first really noticed him when I saw him in the melodrama called Apple in Your Eye opposite Amber An.

I thought it was a cute romance story but I ended up crying my heart’s out late one evening watching him giving up on the lady he loved since they were young because he thought he was not good enough for her.  His action and expressions are spot on.  I really felt for his character.

And since then I am a fan.

Lan Cheng-lung (Taiwanese Actor)

Films & Dramas:

The Ex-Man 2018 (Taiwanese Drama)

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Genre: Romance, Mystery, Supernatural, Comedy, melodrama, Youth Romance

Released Date: May 2018

TwDrama: 13 episodes

Cast:

  • Yang Raine as Li Qin Ai
  • Lan Blue as Dai Hai An
  • Lu Johnny as Zhou Li Yang
  • Li Sophia as Zhong Shu Ying
  • Hai Heaven as Chen Da Fa
  • Simon Hsueh as Xu Sheng Ren
  • Wu Duke as Li Bao Bei

The Ex-Man 2018 (Taiwanese Drama)

Episode 1

I do have soft spot for Taiwanese dramas because of Joe Chen and Lan Blue.  Love them.  I always try to watch all of their dramas.

And here is a new drama starring Lan Blue as Dai Hai An opposite that very pretty actress, Raine Yang as Li Qin Ai.

Li Qin Ai and Dai Hai An were high school sweethearts.  They were so cutely devoted to one another but one day Dai Hai An wanted to break up and that was the end of their relationship.

After 10 years Qin Ai, though she has a boyfriend in a hunky guy Zhou Li Yang, she still thinks about Hai An.  It was made especially hard for her to forget him as he had become famous and his face is all over the social media as well as in television and big screen around Taiwan.

Her boyfriend who runs his own restaurant is about to pop the big question.  He hinted that they should start to look for a place for them together.

In order to really determine whether she was over her ex-boyfriend, she decided to attend her annual school reunion, which she had not done before.

There she came face to face with Hai An.  She looked gorgeous and fresh and she was ok meeting him.  But Hai An was blown away by his feelings for Qin Ai especially when he overheard, he was meant to, that Qin Ai was going to be married soon to a sexy muscly restaurateur.

Anyway life has to go own.  Qin Ai was happy at her work as a on-spot lifestyle news reporter.  She was covering a story about a van one day, when she was spotted by Hai An.  He looked at her and she looks so young and happy.  This only made him introspective and rode his motorbike to a deserted beach, where he took off his shoes, socks and shirt (wow 🙂 lol) which is reminiscent of James Blunt ‘You’re Beautiful‘ and started wading into the sea in his tight denim jeans.  Beautiful cinematography here.  Just like the song, he looks like he was about to commit suicide.  LOL but then again whether he meant to or not is immaterial because he suddenly suffered from cramps in his legs and he was going to ‘drown’

At the same time Qin Ai was hit by a car.  She was dying and the spirit of Hai An was telling her to get up.

Next episode please!

 

Tan Song Yun (Chinese Actress)

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Tan Song Yun

BioData:

  • Real Name: Tan Songyun
  • English Name: Seven Tan
  • DoB: 31 May 1990 (27)
  • Height: 1.62 m

 


 

 

 

 

 

Tan Song Yun in such a young age is a veteran already in Chinese dramas having started as a child actress in 2005.

Tan Song Yun (Chinese Actress)

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