Category: KDrama, JDrama, TwDrama, ThDrama, FDrama, CDrama

Dramas and films from the South East Asian nations: South Korean, Japan, Taiwan, Thailand, Philippines and China

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.

 

 

Revenge Girl (Japanese Movie) Review & Summary

 

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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

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  • 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

 

Master’s Sun (KDrama Classic)

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Master’s Sun (KDrama Classic)

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  • Genre: ROMANCE, Supernatural, Horror, Melodrama, Comedy, Mystery
  • Date Released: 2013
  • Origin: South Korea
  • KDrama: 17 Episodes

Cast:

  • So Ji Sub as Joo Joong Won
  • Gong Hyo Jin as Tae Gong Shil
  • Seo In-Guk as Kang Woo
  • Kim Yoo-Ri as Tae Yi-Ryung
  • L as young Joo Joon Won
  • Han Bo-reum as “Cha Hee-joo” (Hanna Brown)
  • Hwang Sun-hee as “Hanna Brown” (Cha Hee-joo)
  • Kim Mi-kyung as Joo Sung-ran
  • Lee Jong-won as Do Seok-chul
  • Choi Jung-woo as Kim Gwi-do
  • Park Hee-von as Tae Gong-ri

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED VIEWING

This drama has everything and more.  If you are new to Kdrama then this is the best one to start with.

Tae Gong Shil’s name means sun in English meets the Master of the Kingdom conglomerate.  He was Joo Joong Won.  He was a gorgeous but mean, cold and unfeeling man.

This was due to the fact that he was betrayed so cruelly by his first love as a young boy.  He fell so deeply in love with Cha Hee Joo when he was 15 years old.

He woke up one day to find himself in a warehouse, his hands and feet bound by a rope and was forced to read pages upon pages of stories about murder and mayhem.  He then realised that his kidnapper was none other than his beloved Cha Hee Joo, who was asking for a ransom of a couple of billions worth of a diamond necklace, which was a family heirloom.

He got rescued but Cha Hee Joo died in the car the blew up in flames.  To the end Joo Joong Won protected her saying that she was kidnapped with him.  This big secret was eating him alive.  His post-traumatic stress disorder made him suffer from extreme dyslexia, an inability to read.

The heroine, Tae Gong Shil, was a survivor of a near-death experience.  She was in a coma for three years and when she finally came around she can see ghosts.

 

 

Legend of Dugu (Chinese Drama Review & Summary)

Historical Drama

  • Legend of Dugu (Chinese Drama Review & Summary)

  • Genre: Historical, Founding of Dynasty, Romance
  • Release Date: February 2018
  • Origin: China
  • CDrama: 55 Episodes

Cast:

  • Ady An as Dugu Banruo (Eldest Daughter of Dugu Clan)
  • Jeremy Tsui as Yuwen Hu (lover of Banruo)
  • Zu Tingwel as Yuwen Yu (husband of Dugu Banruo
  • Li Yixiao as Dugu Mantou (Second Daughter)
  • Lu Xingyu as Li Bing (Dugu Mantou’s husband)
  • Hu BingQing as Dugu Jialou (Youngest Dugu daughter)
  • Zhang Danfeng as Yang Jian ( Jialou’s husband)
  • Wang Wenhao as Dugu Xi (Minister of Northern Zhou and Head of the Dugu Family)

Synopsis:

The true king is not yet set and the Dugu family will be the key to ruling the world.

-The Prophesy

I have just finished watching this rollercoaster of a drama, which is a fictionalised version of real ancient empire builders.

I have to admit I did really enjoy the story and had so much giggles reading a fragmented and haphazard English translation of the subtitles.

The translator, blessed him, was very forthcoming with his opinion which sometimes supersedes the real translation of the subs.

There were times when a character was giving a monologue, the translator would just write it as boring. 🙂

There was also that dramatic dying scene of Dugu Banrou which would have brought tears to anyone’s eyes, instead, I had never laughed so much about a supposed dialogue.  Banrou said, “I am going to pass but you have to promise that you will turn vegetarian..”  🙂 What?!!!

Anyway, the story is about the famed Dugu girls who were a subject of a prophecy.  There were three sisters who were so different to each other.

The eldest was Dugu Banrou.  She is very mature in outlook, motherly to her youngest sister and quietly ambitious, aspiring to be an empress one day.

The second daughter was Mantou, who has some self-esteem issues because her mother was a concubine.  She thinks she was the least loved by her father and sisters.  She is coquettish, coy and uses tears as her ultimate weapon.  She uses this a lot.

The youngest was Dugu Jialou.  She is feisty, clever, happy and not easily impressed.  She was her father’s favourite.

 

 

 

Children of Lesser God (KDrama Review & Summary)

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Children of Lesser God (KDrama Review & Summary)

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  • Genre: Supernatural, Horror, Mystery
  • Date Released: 2018
  • Origin: South Korea
  • KDrama: 16 Episodes

Cast:

  • Kang Ji Hwan as Cheon Jae-In
  • Kim Ok Bin as Kim Dan
  • Shim Hee-seop  as Joo Ha-min
  • Lee Elijah as Baek A-hyeon
  • Lee Jae-yong as Kook Han-joo[7]
  • Jang Gwang as Pastor Wang
  • Lee Hyo-jung as Baek Do-gyu
  • Yeon Je-hyung (ko) as Gye Do-hoon
  • Ahn Gil-kang as Kim Ho-ki
  • Kim Hyung-bum as Choi Sung-ki/li>

 

My Girlfriend is an Agent (South Korean Movie)

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My Girlfriend is an Agent (South Korean Movie)

  • Genre: Romance, Action, Comedy, Drama, Thriller, Espionage
  • Date Released: April 2009
  • Origin: South Korea

Cast:

  • Kim Ha-neul as Ahn Soo-jin
  • Kang Ji-hwan as Lee Jae-joon
  • Jang Young-nam as Team Leader Hong
  • Ryu Seung-ryong as Won-seok

 

Synopsis:

Soo Jin and Jae Joon are passionately in love but their line of work keeps getting in the way.

They have absolutely no idea that both of them are secret agents working in different branches of NIS.

It came to the point that Soo Jin’s agency gathered information that Jae Joon was a Russian spy whilst on the other hand Jae Joon’s agency suspect that Soo Jin is working for the Russian.

What they don’t know was that bought their agencies are working on the same mission, to stop the Russian taking possession of a biological warfare of mass destruction from a corrupt South Korea scientist.

But in the meantime, Soo Jin had to find out everything Jae Joon know and vice versa.

This film is full of action and just so slapstick funny in many scenes especially provided by Kang Ji Hwan who plays the bumbling, inexperience Jae Joon against a kicking killing machine Soo Jin.

Love it.

 

Lie To Me(KDrama Review& Summary)

Drama Classic

Lie To Me(KDrama Review& Summary)

Lie To Me
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  • Genre: Romance
  • Date Released: 2011
  • Origin: South Korea
  • KDrama: 16 episodes
  • OST: Pouring Rain

Cast:

  • Yoon Eun-Hye as Gong Ah-jung
  • Kang Ji-hwan as Hyun Ki-joon—CEO of World Hotel
  • Sung Joon as Hyun Sang-hee—Ki-joon’s brother
  • Jo Yoon-hee as Oh Yoon-joo—Ki-joon’s ex fiancée
  • Hong Soo-hyun as Yoo So-ran—Ah-jung’s frenemy
  • Ryu Seung-soo as Chun Jae-bum—So-ran’s husband and Ah-jung’s first love
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  • Kwon Se-in as Park Hoon—Ki-joon’s secretary
  • Park Ji-yoon as Manager Park Ji-yoon—Ki-joon’s friend and manager of the hotel
  • Kang Shin-il as Gong Joon-ho—Ah-jung’s dad
  • Lee Kyung-jin as Shim Ae-kyung—Joon-ho’s longtime love
  • Kwon Hae-hyo as Hwang Seok-bong—Ae-kyung’s admirer and Sang-hee’s friend

Love, love this drama.  It truly is in the classic romantic mould.  The leads are both charismatic.  This might be their best ever when they were most gorgeous.

Their toothy chemistry is just stratospheric.

The story is cute but it does get slightly annoying in the end.

Anyway Gong Ah Jung had been in love with her university senior since like forever.  In university, she studied her hardest to pass the civil service exam and only then she will confess to Jae Bum.

Finally, the day came and she went looking for him.  She found him having a cosy tete a tete with her best friend, Soran.

Because of the incident, she concentrated on her job and became a manager in the Ministry of Tourism.

But now and again it nags at her that Soran got the life she wanted with Jae Bum.

She met Soran again and Soran could not help rubbing salt to Ah Jung’s injury.

Ah Jung couldn’t help herself so she blurted that she is actually married already.  She was rather mysterious with who the groom was.

But behind the scene, Ah Jung seemed to encounter the CEO of World Hotel.  He was Hyun Ki Joon, who is drop dead gorgeous but very aloof with a touch of OCD.

His aloofness was due to a broken heart and having to choose between a fiancee and his younger brother three years ago.

Hyun Sang Hee had been in love with Oh Yoon Joo since they were in kindergarten.  A few days before his brother’s wedding to Yoon Joo, he drunkenly begged Ah Jung not to go through with the wedding with Yoon Joo.

Hyun Sang Hee then disappeared.

Three years later, he is back but shying away from his brother and family.

While drinking in a club, he met a feisty young woman who was getting drunk and writing a resignation later to Ministry of tourism after a shambolic international festival she arranged,  A swarm of bees attacked the attendees, including herself.

Hyun Sang Hee had to leave the girl because he saw his brother coming towards him.

The girl fainted and Ki Joon had to take her to the hospital.

Then the fun begins.

Without telling that Ki Joon was actually her supposed husband, the news became viral until Ki Joon found out about it.

Sang Hee became the fairy godmother to Ah Jung’s Cinderella persona and helped her perpetuate her lies to save her from further embarrassment from her friends.

Ki Joon was eventually convinced to play the husband role because it would be convenient for his business to have a wife.

But the status quo did not last long as Oh Yoon Joo had returned from France and bent on starting over with Ki Joon.

The character that I felt most sorry for is of course the young and gorgeous Hyun Sang Hee.  He did care for Ah Jung very much but she was attracted to Ki Joon.

Sang Hee can’t believe it, it was happening all over again.  The girl he wanted, does not notice him but preferred his brother.

It is a happy ending, Sang Hee had really grown up, he did not run away after knowing that he can never have Ah Jung.

Yoon Joo also went back to France.

And Ah Jung stopped having a sulk in Jeju Island and will return to Ki Joon.

Love the story.

 

 

 

 

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