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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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. 🙂 Boggles the mind that FoS is the writer’s first drama and her resumé is also very short. Continue reading
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!
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
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.
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).