First Impression: Vincenzo

Despite Song Joong-ki not really convincing me as a Mafia mobster, Vincenzo is actually rollicking good fun, especially when our Italian-Korean lawyer becomes a fish out of water in his birth country. Main cast: Song Joong-ki (from Descendents of the Sun) as Mafia’s consigliere, Vincenzo Cassano. He escapes from Italy to prevent being caught between... Continue Reading →

First Impression: Hello, Me!

Storyline: Ban Ha-ni (Choi Kang-hee) worked as a promoter for the supermarket. She was in a squid costume dancing the squid dance to promote a new squid flavoured snack, when a little boy suffered from an allergy after eating the snack sample. She was on her way to apologize to the mother of the boy... Continue Reading →

Penthouse 2 – First Impression

Story in a Nutshell This series starts two years after the end of Season 1, marked by the teenagers' now being seniors in high school (season 1 had them fighting for a place in high school). Lee Kyu-jin (Bong Tae-gyu) is now an assemblyman, staging a hunger strike against real estate laws (while secretly pigging... Continue Reading →

Final Review: Royal Secret Inspector

Before we have a deluge of First Impressions to write, I decided to get the final review of Inspector out of the way first. To summarise, this show can be condensed into a “series of near misses”. As mentioned in my earlier post, the trio bungled more things than actually settle them. And the resolution... Continue Reading →

Final Review: Hush (JTBC, 2020)

Story (including major spoilers): Lee Ji-soo (Im Yoon-ah) was an intern at Daily Korea newspaper, together with 4 other interns. She was famous for her line "Rice was more important than pen" during her interviews. The mentor for the interns was Han Joon-hyuk (Hwang Jung-min), the reporter who reported that Ji-soo's father was involved in... Continue Reading →

LUCA: The fugitive X-man

I watched 2 eps. And conclusion: I hate it. As a nitpicky Sci-fi geek, the entire premise of LUCA totally fails to wow me. For one, the purpose of creating a part-human, part-animal, part-insect (?) and part-everything else thrown in, is not very clear from the start. The lab which Dr Ryu works for, is... Continue Reading →

Final Review: True Beauty (tvN, 2020)

Major Spoilers: Lim Ju-kyung (Moon Ga-young) mastered make-up techniques to make herself more beautiful and more popular at her new high school, but she was always worried about others knowing about her secret. Lee Su-ho (Cha Eun-woo) was the first to learn about her secrets, although he seemed to be making Ju-kyung to run errands... Continue Reading →

Final Review: Mr Queen

We have our “happy ever endings” and basically, the narrative decided to take the “safe” route and return everything back to “normal”. This is despite the bulk of Queen veering dangerously on the “risky” transgender issue and whether it is ok for a man (in the body of a woman) to fall in love with... Continue Reading →

Movie review: Pawn (2020)

Synopsis (including spoilers): Doo-seok (Song Dong-il) and Jong-bae (Kim Hee-won) were working as debt collector at Incheon. They tried to collect debt from an illegal immigrant Myung-ja (Yunjin Kim), who had a nine-year-old daughter Seung-yi (Park So-yi). Doo-seok chose to use Seung-yi as collateral, so that Myung-ja would repay the debt to retrieve her daughter.... Continue Reading →

Final Review: Run On

If you are finding the finale ep of Run to be lacklustre as compared to its start, Mi-joo aptly explains it for us — there is no such thing as a “happy ending”, it is an ideal tacked on to stories in order to make reality less painful. Erm, maybe an excuse for writer-nim to... Continue Reading →

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