13 June 2017

Asian Dramas I'm Watching and Loving!

Heavy Rain #1

As much as I try to watch as many different Asian dramas as I can Korean Dramas are definitely taking over my watch lists as they're just so aesthetically pleasing and well made compared to some other dramas being made in Asia and it's no wonder that a lot of countries are remaking them into their own language. Korean Dramas are definitely popular here in Thailand and it seems like a lot of the K-Drama stars are taking over as I can't seem to walk 5 minutes without seeing Lee Min Ho or Song Joong-ki advertising the latest phone or beauty product.

마담 앙트완
Ko Hye-Rim is a fortune teller who claims she can hear the voice of Marie Antoinette but in reality she's just an ordinary woman searching for true love with a keen sense of intuition that knows how to read people, when Choi Soo-Hyun, a world renowned psychologist who's goal is to prove that true love doesn't exist, moves into the office above Ko Hye-Rim's coffee shop they find themselves working together (although begrudgingly at first) to help solve people's problems. I really enjoyed this drama, I loved the characters and seeing all their relationships develop and I also really enjoyed the side plots of them trying to source people's problems and solving them as both the leads had very different methods and goals, it's a really funny drama to so definitely check it out.


별에서 온 그대
Doo Min-Joon is an alien who has been stranded on Earth for 400 years meets popular actress Cheon Song-Yi who he believes saved him in a past life, as he tries to find out the truth about who she is the two become close and fall in love. After watching Goblin and Legend of the Blue Sea this drama came highly recommended to me as it follows a similar storyline of finding past love with mystical beings, the drama also shares some of the same cast and after Legend of the Blue Sea I am such a fan of Jun Ji-Hyun! I have to admit I didn't really like the male lead in this I found him quite flat and boring and I know this is probably how the character is supposed to be as he's a 400 year old alien with little sense of humour who's avoided connection with people for fear of revealing his true identity but compared to the amazing Jun Ji-Hyun he just kinda fades into the background but towards the end of the drama I did warm up to him and I really enjoyed watching it maybe not as much as Goblin or Legend of the Blue Sea but it's still worth a watch if only for Jun Ji-Hyun, have I mentioned enough already how much I love her?


×××ホリック
CLAMP's xxxHolic is one of my favourite ever anime/manga series and I had absolutely no idea they had made a live action version of it and stumbled upon this completely by accident. If you're familiar with CLAMP you'll how how beautiful and enchanting their artwork is and this drama brings life to that aesthetic, even the soundtrack works perfectly to add to that dreamy supernatural vibe. Ghost stories have always been my favourite and with most of the dramas I've been watching lately being romance or crime based this made a refreshing change even though I've watched the anime countless times! This drama felt a lot darker in tone than the anime, it lacked a lot of the humour of the original as well as my two favourite kawaii characters Mokona and The Pipe Fox but I still felt it was a very good adaptation and it's one I'd happily watch again and again.


태양의 후예
I have heard so much about this drama that I thought it was finally time to give it a watch, without going to much into the plot it's basically a romance story between a doctors and soldiers but it's so much more than that to and deals with themes of patriotism, duty, forgiveness and sacrifice. This was such a beautiful drama and a beautiful story I really loved all the characters and how selfless they were and I also loved the humour in the series as it worked well to lighten the mood between those heartbreaking and serious moments. I can definitely see why it was so popular, Korea knows how to make dramas!

そして、誰もいなくなった
Todo Shinichi finds his idyllic life in turmoil after a man bearing the same name as him is arrested and he's accused of identity fraud, as the story unfolds Shinichi realises that there may be something more sinister behind what he thought was a simple system error as he seeks to regain his stolen identity. Although this drama was only released last year it feels like it was made a while ago, maybe it's because Tatsuya Fujiwara is the main star and he's barely aged since staring in the Battle Royale and Death Note movies, seriously what's your secret dude? But aesthetics aside this drama was actually quite interesting and it was almost scary to see how not being a part of "the system" can affect your whole life through even the smallest ways.

Love & Sakura
Cate
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