Forest of Secrets – Final Thoughts

I’m hesitating to call Forest of Secrets a masterpiece, as what show is truly flawless, but FoS sure comes awfully close. I finally had the time to finish it and I’m still basking in this warm glow of having watched something truly good. If I was someone more atuned to critiquing TV shows, I’d probaly find things to nitpic… luckily I’m not. FoS is the best kdrama I’ve seen in years and very likely the best Korean crime show I’ve ever watched. My hat off to the whole team, who gave us something so grounded and well executed. Even though some of the actors may have featured more prominently, mostly due to their character’s placing in the story, FoS is truly a group effort. Everyone was pulling their weight, equally.
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Forest of Secrets – up till ep 10

Da-yum, they are good! Not just Bae Do Na and Jo Seung Woo but all of them. The whole darned drama is crammed with pretty awesome actors. Well, stands to reason as many of them are movie actors and some have filmography as long as your arm. I’m loving what the writer and director are doing too. Then there are the characters. Interesting, intriguing, ambiguous and yet oddly realatable. I frequently forget that these people are made-up constructs, not real. It’s been a while since I’ve watched a Korean drama as good in every way as this one. Of course I haven’t watched every single kdrama there is, so I’m sure I must have missed a fiew. I’m sorry Signal, Tunel, Circle… et al, as good as you were, you ain’t on this level. πŸ™‚ Boggles the mind that FoS is the writer’s first drama and her resumΓ© is also very short. Continue reading

2-3 EPs of ILiCDD a day, to keep the blues away…

The tittle says it all. I Live in Cheongdam-dong is a total happy pill. Life’s been a bit on the moody side lately and I felt I needed something to cheer me up. ILiCDD is just about the perfect thing to do the trick. I remembered how good it always made me feel, so I ventured on to watch an odd episode here, another there. Once again I laughed like a hyena, teared up, went ‘aaaawwww…’ and felt much, much better because of the uplifting spirit of this gem of a drama. On that note I decided to resurrect the posts I wrote while watching ILiCDD back in 2012 (with a few minor edits). I can’t beileve it’s been 4 years already!
Oh, How I Heart You, Drama!

Of Monks and Masters – Round Two

There are shows I like a lot. There are shows I re-watch from time to time. Then there are those elusive shows I re-watch… no, I’m almost compelled to re-watch right away, after I’m done with the last episode. That is a very rare unicorn indeed. Of Monks and Masters is one of those. Which is why it’s more or less the only drama I’ve watched since before Christmas. I’ve been totally captivated and nothing else compares.
Full gushmode on

Heard It Through the Grapevine – squee post ^^

This drama! Seriously. I just about died laughing. That ending of ep 4 was… freaking HILARIOUS!!! That was possibly one of the worst formal meetings of parents-in-laws ever. Everything started out oh so genteel, fake-civil & courteous, forced smiles plastered on et al. Then, things just started snowballing, going from bad to worse till the whole thing sort of ‘exploded’. XD I laughed till I cried and just could.not.stop. I have a cold so I ended up with a bad coughing fit and almost choked. LOL!

That whole household is so strange and I kept wondering how the kids turned out this well despite of the parents, but then I remembered that they were actually more or less raised by the servants. No wonder that even after such a short time In Sang is already closer to Seo Bom’s parents than to his own. But, Mr and Mrs A-Pole do provide loads of laughs, when they are not plotting and being superior to everyone, that is. And yet, there are surprisingly sweet moments with them and the adorable baby. Gramps especially seems to be really taken with the tyke.

Gotta give it to TPTB. I don’t know how they manage to have me guaffing at things that objectively thinking shouldn’t be funny. They make us see the absurdity of these situations. Of course the really serious stuff is still serious and clearly shown to be so. This show is full of contrasting shadows, some darker than others, with just a few spots of light anywhere. A lot like the Han family mansion.

The round robin they do, panning from one room to another and from all the different groups of people to another… love it. I have this odd feeling I’m actually there, invisible.

I need to watch ep 4 again with subs as I’m pretty sure I missed some important stuff in the dialog.

Secret Door just got more interesting…

Oh my! Seo Joon Young in a new drama?! Can I squee? ;P

I’ve been brewing a post about Just You, which made me wonder what this guy has been up to lately. Nothing much since Unemployed Romance, it seemed. He is such an underrated young actor and I’m pretty chuffed that he is now part of a rather wonderful ensamble cast of Secret Door. And it’s a reunion with both Lee Je Hoon and Han Seok Kyu to boot.^^ Definitely checking the drama out. I truly hope it’ll win me over in a way Joseon Gunman couldn’t (forever sad about that).

Another Yoo Na’s Street post :)

Ok, I have a serious need to squee, so – SQUEE!!! XD

Yoo Na’s Street is a gift that just keeps giving. Every episode so far has left me with a big, happy grin on my face and it does it without any overblown, grand gestures or gaudy bling. It’s so refreshing! How can a drama that is this understated and ordinary in it’s plot lines be this engaging? Good writing really elevates even the mundane to a new level. Aded by assured directing and competent actors. I just love these characters to bits, they all feel SO real. I thoroghly enjoy watching them interact and each episode seems to reveal little bit more about about them. Sigh. I also like all these snippets of earnest conversations here and there that add even more meaning to the story lines.

I know Yoo Na is the central character here but I can’t help but to relate to Chang Man the most. It’s not because he is male (doh!) but rather because of the almost tangible warmth Lee Hee Joon brings to the character. Yoo Na is harder to root for, I can’t tell what makes her tick. She is so guarded and sort of abrubt that she comes off as stand offish. I hope they’ll let us see more what’s behind the shields as right now Yoo Na as a character is overshadowed by Chang Man and I like my leads to shine equally, each in their own unique way.

Chang Man-ah… He’d come off as almost too good to be true if it wasn’t for the fact that he has his own quirks. He can be surprisingly petty and even sarcastic at times. His humour bites, when he wants it to. He also tends to speak his mind, which doesn’t always go down so well with certain people. Yet he is always impeccably polite and respectful while doing it, ha. Still, it’s almost funny how fast he became the dependable guy everyone seems to turn to when they need a helping hand, a sympathetic ear, someone to mediate in a dispute or to sort out their messes.

Next episode looks to be the one where the rivarly between Chang Man and Nam Soo heats up. I’d rather have a bromance but with 50 episodes maybe we’ll get that too. Nam Soo’d really need a friend, preferably someone without a criminal record – just saying. He is a nice lad who is a pickpocket only because circumstances forced him to that life. It certainly wasn’t his preferred choice of occupation. Yoo Na actually choose to be one, come to think of it, so her ‘kicking the habit’ for good will not come easy. I sometimes feel like in her own mind being a pickpocket is what defines her. She needs to see beyond that before she can truly find a new direction to her life.