Taxi Driver: Retro Vigilantes

In reality, it’s bad news when you have a group of vigilantes taking matters into their own hands and exacting justice on villains, cos it means the judicial system has failed. But, in drama and literature, the idea of vigilantes exacting their brand of (usually violent) justice is given a romantic spin, so much so... Continue Reading →

Drama Review – Scripting Your Destiny

I'm actually quite surprised at how entertaining this turned out to be. It had the quirkiness of early Kim Eun-sook dramas, which was what gained her a lot of fans. I think the format works well too, 10 episodes of approximately 20min each, low commitment and quick to finish. The story sounds straightforward: a deity... Continue Reading →

First Impression: Youth of May (KBS, 2021)

Synopsis: Hwang Hee-tae (Lee Do-hyun) was a medical student at Seoul National University but did not graduate despite scoring well. He had a friend in hospital in critical condition, and in need of money to pay for the hospital bills. Upon hearing that this friend wanted to return to their hometown Gwangju, Hee-tae made a... Continue Reading →

Mine- First Impression

Story in a Nutshell Set in the world of the extremely rich (nope, Penthouse you're actually gaudy comparatively), Mine opens in a strange scene of a Catholic nun having some visions of two people in a pool of blood and she runs to a police station and blurted out her vision to a bunch of... Continue Reading →

Bossam: Steal the Fate – First Impression

Story in a Nutshell Set in the era of Gwanghae-gun, Show explores the practise of bossam, a practise of "kidnapping" of widows, some willing parties while others were by force. Remarriages of widows were not allowed during Joseon eras, which contributed to the development of this practice. Ba-woo (Jung Il-woo) sometimes help a neighbourhood hyung... Continue Reading →

First Impression: Dark Hole (tvN/OCN, 2021)

Storyline (including spoilers): Lee Hwa-sun (Kim Ok-vin) was a police detective tracking down a serial murderer who also killed her husband Kang Seung-beom (Heo Hyeong-gyu). This serial murderer would cover the head of the victims with a cloth bag, and then drew the eyes and the mouth on the bag. Hwa-sun received messages from the... Continue Reading →

Final Review: Vincenzo

I actually find the beginning and middle parts of Vincenzo more engaging than the ending, which kinda paid too much tribute to the Mafia-esque background of our displaced consigliere. Which is very different from the earlier portrayals of Vincenzo’s Mafia background. Back when he was dealing with Babel’s thugs, he had been rather embarrassed to... Continue Reading →

Undercover – First Impression

Story in a Nutshell Han Jung-hyun (Ji Jin-hee) and Choi Yeon-soo (Kim Hyun-joo) had their first run-in during the tumultuous times in the 90s, where university students were often protesting against the authoritarian government on the streets. They were apprehended by the police together with other protestors, and while on the way to be handed... Continue Reading →

Movie Review: Seo Bok (2021)

Storyline (including spoilers): Min Gi-heon (Gong Yoo) was a former agent of the intelligent agency, who left the agency after betraying his partner who wanted to expose the agency for illegal acts. There was a private lab which was targetted by the terrorists, and engaged the help of Chief Ahn (Jo Woo-jin) of the intelligent... Continue Reading →

Final Review: Navillera

Navillera follows the life story of our protagonist, Grandpa Deok-chul, his struggles as a young man and later as an old one battling Alzheimer’s. Like the common Joe he represents, the tone of Navillera is placid, but also warm. Sometimes, it can be rather didactic too, and leverage too much on the image of a... Continue Reading →

Drama Special: Off the Course (JTBC, 2021)

Synopsis (including spoilers): Kang Soo-ji (Nam Ji-hyun) had been living with her boyfriend Koo Sung-chan (Kim Bum-soo) in an apartment rented by her mother Kyung-hye (Park Ji-young). Soo-ji had repeatedly tried to find a job at publishing company without any success. She got comfort from Sung-chan when she met him for the first few times,... Continue Reading →

Movie Review: A Way Station (2021)

Synopsis (including spoilers): Han Ji-ah (Kim Jae-kyung) suffered a cancer relapse and had few months to live. She decided to return to her hometown after quitting her job and breaking up with her current boyfriend. There was a small local train station at her hometown, where she had frequently visited with her high school classmate... Continue Reading →

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