Ruyi’s Royal Love in the Palace: E01 – E08

The wait is over and boy, am I glad the drama is finally out of the dungeon! I was looking forward to the drama since the day it was announced, and the names attached to the series day by day only makes my anticipation grew. Although it took two years and a half for it to finally see the light (aka us the viewers), Ruyi’s Royal Love in the Palace (如懿传, lit, Legend of Ruyi) arrives at the right time as I am craving for some harem drama, and I count this as my luck :’) As I have been away from blogging for quite some time, these posts will be my personal notes to keep track of the things happening in each episode for future references, should I feel the urge to rewatch certain scenes. So…dig in!

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Chicago Typewriter: Closing Remarks

I don’t think I’ll be able to move from Chicago Typewriter anytime soon. Sometimes, it’s the drama you promised not to invest in too much ended up owning your mind, body, and soul, not to mention the tears. CT was like that to me. It was during the pre-emptions between episodes 8 and 9 that I realized that I was lost without the drama to bury myself in, proving that I was already too deep into it. I blame the drama and its soothing, lullaby-like background songs (despite the heavy themes looming behind), which became my respite from the real world in the past two months. The wait was worth it, and I’m left feeling hollow after the finale.

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Train to Busan: Beneath the Zombies

Happy September everyone! Let’s hope that it will be good for all of you in dramaland~ Here I’ll be welcoming the new month with my take on 부산행 (Busan-haeng), the latest zombie film that swept the box offices of its native South Korea and countries in the world!

I had the opportunity the catch this much-anticipated film at the theatres – it was like a beautiful painting with many eye-catching elements. Then you know sometimes when we appreciate such artwork for instance and become too engrossed with the prettiness on the surface, we forget that there is also much substance within. Whatever that is inside tells us what the painter wants to portray, the story as well as feelings that he wants to tell and show. That pretty much sums up my experience with Train to Busan: with the issues explored and questions posed throughout, it was definitely more than just the zombie horror.

[This is a spoiler-free review]

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A Cute Devil’s Diary

I was looking for Han Joo-wan’s latest project yesterday when I stumbled upon a web drama he starred in earlier in February, entitled Devil’s Diary. Web drama tend to be misses for me because I often lose interest in the middle of the series (despite the bite-size episodes) but I think I am lucky to discover this one, because it is just a four-part drama, 15 minutes each. Hence, I decided to spend less than one hour for Devil’s Diary and it was such a cute, cute show.

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Please Come Back, Mister: Short-lived Happiness

There have been so many dramas that I wanted to check out recently, having heard many good things such that I didn’t want to give them a miss. This is why my watch-list has been piling exceptionally high up in these 2 months or so…therefore in an attempt to clear the list I decided to do a drama marathon and chose Please Come Back, Mister. As I dived into the show, I thought that I was only in for mainly funny substance but I was surprised at how emotional I got watching this. And these feelings don’t seem to go away – I even felt a bit sad that I finished the drama in 4 days, ha.

Ridiculously funny and yet filled with so much heart. Worth the watch even if you’re not really into fantasy (like me). I actually liked it more than I expected to – it was pretty unbelievable. 😛

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Monster – Episode 4

More hijinks ensue between the trainees as they go deeper into their training and become more involved with the complicated world of Dodo Group while their respective backstories get more detailed, especially Sung-ae’s background. Although things happening to them are in smaller scale compared to the matters involving the big shots, we get to have an early taste of what will happen when they get into the real world that will probably be dirtier than the present, as seen from the seniors’ doings. With each and everyone of them having hidden agendas, who will emerge as the ultimate winner in this round?

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Monster – Episode 3

The hour passes by even faster now that the younger characters have grown up and join the game with higher chance of winning, but also with more rivals present. More characters are introduced in this episode, which is fair considering that we are still in the beginning of the drama, but that does not mean the plot of Monster is slowing down. Not at all. The leads are just getting started but it does feel that they are slowly entering the dark world that is Dodo Group.

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Monster – Episode 2

Everything and everyone associated with Gook-chul literally falls apart at the speed of light in this hour thanks to the efficient and cunning Byun Il-jae, who emerges as the winner with the medical center as his prize. This is just the beginning for Gook-chul’s misery after the death of his parents, and life is not going easy on him at all. Maybe he can learn a thing or two for the future, preparing himself for the big bad showdown against his enemies who are growing in numbers.

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Monster – Episode 1

Almost two years after Empress Ki, writers Jang Young-chul and Jung Kyung-soon are back with another grand project that is a 50-episode drama. Monster (previously titled Tyrant) premiered yesterday on MBC, going head-to-head with the premiere of Neighbourhood Lawyer Jo Deul-ho on KBS2 and Jackpot on SBS, and the first episode retains the same feel as the duo’s previous works: dramatic with fast-paced plot. I love what I have seen so far, and I trust for it to only get better from this point.

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