K-drama, C-Drama

I kind of dropped Turkish dramas just because they are way too long.  I still like the ones I watched- light, rom-commy stuff.  I dabbled in a couple more serious ones, and disliked them immensely.

BTW, there is going to be no order at all in this post.  We will take things as they come to my butterfly brain.

I watched all of Ming-Lan, a Chinese drama, and I loved it so much.  It was fabulous.  I am now watching The Sword and Brocade because it was supposed to be similar. I am totally enjoying it, and it is a bit similar, but one key difference is that while both the leads are essentially good, decent, and quite smart people, they just are nowhere near as smart as Ming-Lan and Lord Gu.  So people expecting MingLan are going to be disappointed, since the brains in that power couple set the bar so high.  So if you want to enjoy Sword and Brocade, remember it is *not* precisely another Ming Lan.

It is a Chinese  period drama with a couple who come to love each other *after* an arranged marriage.  They are really smart, but they don’t have the rock solid trusting foundation Ming and Gu have, and they are not the Machiavellian geniuses we have in Ming Lan and her spouse. They do gradually fall in love with each other after their marriage, which is my drama catnip. But it takes a long time, and the Mrs (Shiyi) takes longer than she should to trust her husband.  The ending felt a little bit rushed, but I still enjoyed this one very much.

 

I finished Rebel Princess (or Monarch Industry) and it broke my heart into tiny pieces more than once, but overal I found it immensely satisfactory and happy making, and the costumes are stunning.  Because I loved the male lead here so much, I also watched Longest Day in Ching-Lan, another c-drama, and enjoyed it, although it’s totally different- all war and fighting and adrenaline, few costumes, not a love story, just spiraled layers upon layers to uncover, very twisty.  And Cool.

I watched the K-Drama L.U.C.A. and I loved it until the last four episodes.  I thought I was watching a Frankenstein story with a happy ending, but I was watching a Frankenstein story with an apocalyptic ending. You don’t see the apocalypse, but you do see its birth and there’s no doubt it’s coming.  That is a dark and dramatic story and they did it well. It’s just that I ordered an ice cream sundae with whipped cream and what I got was death with a side of apocalyptic destruction and some insanity sprinkles. But the music was cool.

I am watching Song Joon Ki, I mean, Vincenzo.  I have watched enough K-dramas now that it’s pretty much a certainty he’s going to die in the end – I thought it was going to be violence, but now I think it will be cancer.  I am sad but resigned. I have no idea how this baby-faced, slender and elegant actor manages to channel such lethal energy using only his eyes and a well tailored suit,  but he does. Also, Taek is just so much fun to watch here.  The first drama I saw him in, I did not think he was a good actor, but he has improved in every drama.  This may be the best yet.  He’s fantastic.

I am slowly watching the C-Drama The General and I because Wallace Chung,  fun martial arts stuff, smart female lead and mainly Wallace Chung.  Stalled out at the moment but I will probably finish it.

I am watching (slowly), River Where the Moon Rises, mainly out of curiosity to see how well it works with the new actor since the scandal where they had to ditch Jin Soo and he’s going to join the army and maybe will never act again. Korea seems to be giving it lots of viewing love, and probably more than a few kindly sympathy watches and a lot of nosy parker and idle curiosity watches are also contributing to the rates.

I dropped My Heroic Husband (Cdrama) because it got repetitive and boring.

I was watching Sisyphus the Myth (K-drama) even though it’s a train wreck because I like sci-fi and time travel.  I just cannot at all buy the female lead as elite fighter, but I just roll my eyes and keep going. I do like her pink gun and smiley faced smoke bombs.

I am watching LadyLord (Kdrama), or rather, have watched the one episode, because Lee Minki.  Now I am watching for the next episode for more of Lee Minki, Nana, and that house, plus the cohabitation trope happening in that house. And I generally like dramas about dramas, esoecially when the writer-nim is a key player and also Lee Min-Ki.

 

I am about halfway through The Psychopath’s Diary (Kdrama).  Yeah, it finished airing a while ago.  I wanted to watch it because I really like the lead actor, but I didn’t because of the Psychopathic killer as a joke part just didn’t appeal to me.  I tried it, and in a weird way, with some stoutly suspended disbelief, it was funnier than I expected, but now I am putting off finishing it because it’s getting serious. Like a psychopathic killer isn’t inherently serious.  I dunno. I really like several of the characters.  I like the drama far more than I expected to.

I am watching a currently airing drama called You are My Hero.  It’s highly satisfying.   I didn’t know anything the show or about any of the actors.  Somebody called just a copy of Descendants of the Sun so I was curious, because that was awesome.  I am glad I am watching this one.  It’s fabulous.  It isn’t a copy, but it’s definitely in the same family.  He is a cop and a member of SWAT.  She is a doctor.  They meet the first time when she is at a bank during an attack, and he’s the SWAT guy who swoops in and saves her in dramatic fashion.  But she never sees his face because he’s in the SWAT mask. Three years later her medical team has to go for some special training with the police.  The idea is that sometimes medical and police teams have to work together so if they do some special training together it will help the medical people build endurance and help with communications between the two groups.  He’s the instructor and hes hard-core and by the book and deadly serious about his job and protecting the public and making sure the medical team measures up so they don’t cost citizen lives because they are, for example, too afraid of heights to help somebody on a cliff or or high rooftop and also in medical need.  Anyway, of course they clash, and she thinks he hates her, but he really likes her.  And there we go.  I like the screen writing, I like the actors. I like the characters. If you liked Descendants of the Sun, you will like this, too.  There is definitely that thrill of a man in uniform doing his job and doing it well.  There’s the caring, compassionate, doctor who cares about her patients.  There are the fun sidekicks.  There is also a bit of Chinese nationalist propaganda.

 

I like the couple’s relationship, and how they work together and talk things out and aren’t too stupid about things.  There isn’t really a serious villain- there are a few episodes of a story where a girl wants to be a serious villain but the couple just keep spiking her guns and everything she tries only gives good characters the opportunity to step up and be supportive and spike her guns, and that’s always satisfying.

 

I don’t know if I am just not finding them, but it feels like Korean dramas are missing the mark a lot lately.  I never thought I’d end up watching more C-dramas than K-dramas, but right now, that’s what’s going on.

I am not watching any English language shows, although I did enjoy Endeavor for a while, aside from the bed-hopping.  I have watched a few episodes of the Hawaii 5-0 remake with one of my girls, and I like it when I am watching it with her, but it doesn’t come to  mind when I am at home and thinking about what to watch.

 

What are you watching these days?

This entry was posted in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. Trackbacks are closed, but you can post a comment.

8 Comments

  1. Stephanie
    Posted April 8, 2021 at 10:33 pm | Permalink

    I, too, feel that recent Kdramas have been lackluster. Apart from 18 Again, I have not found one that has kept my interest. Maybe when Hospital Playlist comes back on, I will get more engaged.

    I have recently binged The Chosen on YouTube. Its fantastic.

    • Headmistress
      Posted April 9, 2021 at 12:34 am | Permalink

      18 Again was much sweeter than I thought it was going to be. Did you see the epidisode of Returnof the Supermen that had the actors playing old Dad and daughter? He has three little bitty kids, and the actress came over to meet him. She called the actor Dad,and he called her hsi daughter, and his middle child was just so upset about it.

  2. Frances
    Posted April 8, 2021 at 11:53 pm | Permalink

    The Split
    Shameless
    Re-runs of ER, Foyle’s War, Danger UXB (just finished), Dad’s Army, All Creatures Great and Small (both versions, much prefer the earlier one), Dalziel and Pascoe (may abandon, the books are so much better).

    Watching hopefully for the last season of Better Call Saul.

    • Headmistress
      Posted April 9, 2021 at 12:32 am | Permalink

      I have watched Foyle’s War and the old All Creatures. I haven’t heard of the others (well, I heard of ER,but never watched). So I am assuming these are English language?

      • Frances
        Posted April 9, 2021 at 1:25 am | Permalink

        All English language, mostly British. Amazing what shows up with Roku!

  3. Cat
    Posted April 12, 2021 at 11:49 am | Permalink

    I loved Psychopath Diary! I enjoy Yoon Shi Yoon’s acting the most in these kinds of roles. I started to watch L.U.C.A., too, but fell behind about halfway through and decided not to finish one I heard about the ending. It’s a little too depressing for me to handle right now.

    These days all I’m watching is 100 Days My Prince–a rewatch with my younger brother who hasn’t seen it before. I’ve been a D.O. fan since Hello Monster/I Remember You and I really enjoy his character in this drama too. Looking forward to whatever he does next now that he’s completed his military service!

    I’m in the middle of three Cdramas with my sisters but temporarily dropped them all due to scheduling issues (we’re all in different states and it’s hard to coordinate). Love O2O, The Sword and the Brocade, and Twisted Fate of Love. They’re all okay but not terribly gripping.

    What I really want to do right now is rewatch my two favourites, Just Between Lovers/Rain or Shine and Red Moon, Blue Sun/Children of Nobody. Little brother wants to rewatch Faith or Rooftop Prince. Once we’ve finished 100 Days My Prince maybe we’ll flip a coin and see what comes up!

    Honestly I’m not really feeling many of the newer Kdramas. I’ve seen some people say that they’re becoming too generic as the creators are now trying to appeal to international audiences, or maybe because their creativity is hampered by trying to avoid controversial topics (see the backlash over Joseon Exorcist and Snowdrop). I guess my taste in dramas was settled between 2012 and 2018 when I was watching the most, and as the style changes (as it inevitably will even without outside influence) I’ll return to old favourites more and more.

    • Headmistress
      Posted April 15, 2021 at 2:42 pm | Permalink

      I didn’t watch Children of Nobody because I thought it sounded too intense, and I generally prefer *not* to read or watch stories with child murder. Was it not that bad?

      I am interested in the soon to be released K-version remake of the Chinese I married my anti-fan.

      • Cat
        Posted April 16, 2021 at 4:54 pm | Permalink

        Children of Nobody I would say is a YMMV situation where it depends on what your triggers are. It wasn’t graphic that I recall, but it was perfectly clear when horrible things were happening to children (and they happened fairly frequently due to the main character’s profession and the nature of the plot). For that reason I don’t recommend it to many people despite thinking that it was very well-made and liking it a lot personally.

        So I Married An Anti-Fan looks like lots of fun!

Post a Reply to Headmistress Cancel reply

Your email is never published nor shared. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>

*
*

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.



  • Amazon: Buy our Kindle Books

  • Search Amazon


    Try Audible and Get Two Free Audiobooks

  • Brainy Fridays Recommends:

  • Search:
    Christianbook.com