Sarang (South Korean Restaurant)

Restaurant Review & Recomendation

Sarang (South Korean Restaurant)

@ Sarang on St Valentine’s Day

As it is St Valentine’s Day today, the husband took me out for dinner.  I fancied Korean and we have just the place to go.  It is quite near us her in North West London.  It is walking distance or travel by many regular buses going to Golders Green.

The name of the restaurant is Sarang, a Korean word meaning Love.

And it was lovely inside, with lots of chairs, benches and with the ubiquitous barbecue stoves embedded into each table.

When we got there at around 1;30 pm, there were already about 4 couples dining in.

TBC

 

Le Coup de Foudre (Chinese Drama Review & Summary)

Chinese Drama  COMING SOON

Le Coup de Foudre (Chinese Drama Review & Summary)

Le Coup de Foudre poster

  • Genre: Semi-Autobiographical, Romance, Youth
  • Release Date: TBA
  • Origin: China; Based on the novel of Qiao Yi
  • Cdrama: 35 Episodes

Cast:

  • Janice Wu as Qiao Yi
  • Zhang Yu Jian as Yan Mo

If you had watched An Oriental Odyssey and was rooting for the characters of Janice Wu and Zhang Yu Jian to get together because they did have lovely sweet chemistry, then the powers that be have granted fans to enjoy a second drama for these two.

I heard the book is a sweet romance.   It is the author’s own love story which started in high school.

Yan Mo apparently was a brilliant student while Qiao Yi may be on the lackadaisical side.  Just before graduation, they promised one another to further pursue their studies abroad but due to Qiao Yi’s family situation, she had to renege on their deal.

Four years later, they are back in touch and Qiao Yi started her sweet assault to get her man back but he was already taken!  Oh No…

So this will be a treat.

Another treat is that it looks like Viki will be subbing this when it finally grace the screen.

 

No Mercy (2019 South Korean Movie)

South Korean Film

No Mercy (2019 South Korean Movie)

No Mercy film poster

  • Genre: Revenge, Mature, Violence, Strong Female, School Bullying, Action
  • Date Released: 1 January 2019
  • Origin: South Korea

Cast

  • Lee Si-Young as Park In-Ae
  • Park Se-Wan as Park Eun Hye
  • Lee Joon-Hyuk as Han Jung Woo
  • Choi Jin-Ho as Park Young Choon
  • Lee Hyeong Cheol as Ha Sang Man
  • Kim Won Hae as CEO Jung

 

This film was released in the cinema just over a month ago and I have to say it is a very watchable movie.  A rollercoaster of action and violence.

I have to commend the lead girl, Lee Si Young for the action scenes.  Apparently, she did all the stunts herself, no CGI.  Lee Si Young was an amateur boxer in real life and used to receive awards for her prowess.  It is rather empowering for women especially that Lee Si Young looks so delicate and dainty.

Anyway, the story started with Park In Ae coming out of jail after incarceration of one and a half year for being violent beyond her duty as a professional bodyguard.

She got home to a welcoming sister, Eun Hye, who is a bit simple.  Her sister begged that she does not go to school anymore but In Ae insisted that she must for her own good.

When she woke up in the morning, her sister has gone to school and left her a beautiful wrap-around red dress with matching shoes with killer heels.  The sister said that she had saved all her allowance to buy her sister presents.  In Ae was very touched.

What she does not know was that her sister is a victim of school bullying. Three girls in her class dragged her out after school and took her to a karaoke bar.

They then meet up with boys, who used Eun Hye as a bait to rob perverted men.  They would allow Eun Hye to enter a hotel room with the sexual predator and then instructed Eun Hye to go to the bathroom and text them the room number and they will come to rescue her.

The boss then beat up their victim and robbed of money.  They did this several times more until their last victim was more violent.  He was Ha Sang Man, who left his number saying that they can get the girl back once they paid the ransom.

Now the unstoppable action begins.

 

 

 

 

 

Touch Your Heart (KDrama Review & Summary)

KDrama

Touch Your Heart (KDrama Review & Summary)

  • Genre: Romance, Comedy, Workplace, Intern/Boss Romance
  • Release Date: 6 February 2019
  • Origin: South Korea
  • Kdrama: 16 Episodes

Cast:

  • Lee Dong Wook as Kwon Jun Rok
  • Yoo In Na as Oh Yoon Seo
  • Lee Sang Woo as Kim Se Won
  • Son Sung Yoon as Yoo Yeo Reum
  • Jang Ki Yong (guest ep 1)
  • Shim Hung Tak as Choi Yoon Hyuk
  • Lee Joon Hyuk as Yeon Jun Suk
  • Kim Hee Jung as Kim Hae Young
  • Jang So Yeon as Yang Eun Ji
  • Park Kyung Hye as Dan Moon Hee
  • Oh Jung Se as Yeon Joon Kyu

I have been looking forward to a collaboration between Lee Dong Wook and Yoo In Na since the Goblin.  Their chemistry crackled and her it is.

Diving in, watch this post!

Episode 1

Yoo In Na is just adorable in this drama,  I love her acting as an inept actress.  Her scene with the gorgeous Jang Ki Yong, who was a cameo role as an actor, is so brilliant,  Based on this first episode alone, which I enjoyed thoroughly, I can totally recommend this as a joyful Kdrama to watch.

Anyway, Oh Yoon Seo is the goddess of Korean entertainment but her brilliance had somewhat deemed because of she was involved in a drug use scandal.

Suddenly no one wants to know her. Because her persona was of being sweet and pure, her lack of acting prowess was ignored but now with the scandal, no one really wants to hire her services as an actress.

Her manager though brought a script when he was visiting her.  The script was not meant for her but for another actress.

Oh Yoon Seo grabbed the script and started reading it and in her mind eyes can see Jang Ki Yong, tall and gorgeous playing the lead.  The scene playing in her mind complete with theme tune was pure Descendant of the Sun.  This scene is so hilarious.

She suddenly decided that the role was made for her, the lead was her.  After all, she did study law in college.

Oh Yoon Seo called the writer and arranged a meeting.  She badgered the writer to give to the role to her.  She promised her everything.  The condition by the writer was that she had to work as a secretary in a real law firm for three months.

And here she meets a band of zany people, who are nice in their own way, which I like.

The CEO of the law firm was her number one fan.  He chose Kwon Jun Rok to be her boss.  He is quiet and rather taciturn.  And told her off for wearing party clothes, completely inappropriate for the office.

Oh Yoon Seo though has guts, so she turned up next morning prepared to tackle the secretarial job, having researched the role and duties of one.

Episode 2

Oh Yoon Seo is one determined lady.

Even the cold Jun Rok is beginning to thaw.  He realised how hard it was for Oh Yoon Seo to just overcome the constant gossips, criticism, and failures in her life and not to show negative emotion to the public.

He was also impressed that Oh Yoon Seo was not just a bimbo or scatty celebrity.  She has grit and was willing to blend in and learn.  He told her that they should start again.  He will treat her as his real secretary.  He extended his hand to shake on it and she was running back towards him when she once again about to fall on the ground but he saved her this time straight into his arms.  There was frisson there which they both felt.  ahhhh