I was just looking back at my previous posts from years ago and realized how different things have become for me. Even my tone of voice and level of enthusiasm, or lack thereof, is different. So I’m going to try and create a fun post to bring back some positivity to my blog.
With that being said, I’m going to list off some K-drama’s I’ve watched lately. Yes, you read that correctly! I found that I needed to discover multiple ways to learn Korean and keep it fun. Billy Korean suggested watching K-drama’s, so I gave it a try!
I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it! To be perfectly honest, I didn’t even think I was watching K-drama’s for some of these.
☆☆☆☆☆ The first drama I watched was My Mister and, boy, do I love this drama. This isn’t the stereotypical romance that you might associate with K-dramas. Instead, it gives off more of a Lost in Translation vibe.
It is about a young girl and a middle-aged man who are both struggling with life in different ways. Their lives cross paths and the young girl has to make the decision on whether to help the man or find a way to use him for her own financial struggles.
IU is the main actress in this show and is also a kpop idol. She is really great in the show and was also going through sincere emotional pain during the filming period. On the day they did a reading of this show, one of her friends committed suicide. He is one of my top 3 favorite singers. The whole situation is beyond heartbreaking.
Knowing that these two incidents were going on the same day is gut-wrenching. She was posting happy instagram posts without even knowing, without anyone even knowing, how horrible the next morning would be.
After this happened, she still performed. It makes this show even more emotional and impactful because her breakdowns and tears are probably coming from a real place.
☆☆☆☆☆ The second show I highly recommend is Move To Heaven. Again, it doesn’t feel like a stereotypical K-drama. There is no romance and there is no ridiculous moments that have you cringing or rolling your eyes at the screen saying, “that would never happen in real life.” Instead, it’s about life and death.
The synopsis states that, “A young man with Asperger syndrome and his uncle work as trauma cleaners, clearing out the possessions of dead people, uncovering stories they left behind and telling them to loved ones.”
I truly think the vast majority of you will love this show! My husband absolutely loved it. So much so that he is now looking for another K-drama for us to watch together. It’s like I’m in a strange alternate reality.
☆☆☆☆☆ Persona is my third recommendation. It’s extremely short, but really interesting. It’s an anthology series that tells separate stories all directed by different directors. The actress in this is also IU and she does a really great job.
I began watching this show without knowing anything about it. I just wanted to watch another show that IU was in and Netflix gave me this one.
Needless to say I was super confused after the first episode. I was expecting an episodic series, but when the second episode came on, it had nothing to do with the first. I was also extremely confused with the storyline, until I realized what they were trying to do. The last episode made me cry buckets though because it was extremely relatable.
☆☆☆☆ Hello My Twenties. I really liked this show, so much so that even when they switched out one actress for another it really didn’t bother me. It’s cute, does have quite a bit of drama, but still makes you smile.
It’s about a group of college girls living together and learning about themselves and the world around them. They are slowly uncovering their own truths, as well as the mysteries circulating around them as a whole.
☆☆☆☆ Itaewon Class. I think the story was solid and the acting was really well done. It conveyed a lot of emotion and you really feel for the main character. He basically just keeps getting shit on and you just want to reach through the screen and help him.
It’s about a man who is doing his best to turn his life around after terrible things have happened to him. His ambition keeps pushing him forward and he even inspires others to turn their lives around as well.
☆☆☆☆ Her Private Life. I can’t stop laughing because this show is too amusing. The main character is a museum curator, who is hilariously infatuated with a K-Pop idol and trying to keep it a secret from her boss. Of course this one is very silly, but it’s just pure fun. I haven’t finished it yet, but I’m still giving it 4/5 stars because it’s so entertaining.
☆☆☆ Oh My Ghost. I really really enjoyed this one, but I’m giving it 3.5/5 stars because the ending really pissed me off. If you watch it, you’ll understand.
However, besides that, I loved the characters and the story! It’s about a ghost, who is desperate to lose her virginity, so she jumps into a very shy, introverted girl in order to hook up with this girls’ boss.
☆☆☆ Because this is my First Life. I want to give this one 3.5 stars as well. I enjoyed how different the main characters were in this story. The guy wasn’t your typical attractive male lead. Instead, his character was very dull, but I think that gave it some charm. It was sweet to see how a very extroverted and excitable girl meets this introverted man and the two pretend to be married for various reasons, like financial problems and avoiding their parents setting them up with random people.
The two move in together because the girl doesn’t have enough money to afford a place to live, relatable, and they have to learn how to live together when both have extremely different personalities.
☆☆☆ The next is definitely campy. My sister and I are watching it and can’t stop laughing at how ridiculous these characters are. It’s called Lovestruck in the City.
Actually, one of the side characters is from the group I really like, which is why I checked it out in the first place.
Despite the main guy being insanely crazy, or as my sister and I like to call him, “Level 5 Clinger,” it’s still a fun watch.
☆☆☆ It’s Okay Not to be Okay. I’m so conflicted with this one because, on one hand, it’s so unique and the characters are genuinely interesting, but there are too many cliché and cringy parts that turn me off.
I would say to give it a shot because many people give this a high rating. I just had a hard time with the romance stuff in this. Maybe I need to re-watch it, but from what I remember, it was really cringy.
☆☆ A Love So Beautiful. This was cute, but also not very memorable. I can’t think of a scene that really stuck out to me, which is disappointing because I remember enjoying it. I remember it being good enough that I was a bit disappointed when it ended.
☆☆ Another Miss Oh. So I can’t really say much on this because 1. I honeslty don’t remember much of it, so it clearly wasn’t memorable and 2. I dont think I actually finished it. I’m putting it on here though because, from what I can remember, it had good moments. I always hate rating anything 1 star, so I gave it 2 stars. Granted, I do definitely have some 1 star dramas if you care to have a “Bad TV-Show Night.”
And that’s my list! I have a ton of others that I really want to watch, but I haven’t had the chance yet. Let me know if you have seen any of these, plan to watch one of them after reading this review or know of any that you would put on the list.
Also, if you do watch one of these, let me know which one and what you thought of it! I’m incredibly curious and interested in your thoughts.