Prison Playbook – Wise Prison Life, Kdrama 2017-2018

I never imagined my self that I watched this drama in the first place. It’s been long gone since I felt so alive when watching a show. Prison Playbook is a show that reviving my sense of drama addict again. I was hooked because I was looking forward to how the story goes. It was so beyond my expectation. I did not have certain expectation when I started the show. What I knew is next, I was laughing out loud, I excitingly waited for the next episode after another, I grew fond with almost every characters presented. It was entirely entertaining.

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Prison Playbook is about a year-long life of a famous Korean high pitcher, Kim Jae Hyuk (Park Hae Soo) in a prison. Jae Hyuk is ready to be in a bigger league to reach a brighter future in the US. The plane ticket has been bought, but it has to wait. That one night is changhing everything. He went to his sister’s place and only found that somebody has broken in and even worse, tried to rape his sister. He went crazy and made that guy ended up in hospital, dying. He’s sentenced one year in prison for that.

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He does not know what he’s about to meet as he is known as the ‘flat guy’, emotionless. Despite that, we know that he has his own rage. He is trying to survive each day even though his first cell mates are all scary. Of course with a little help from his own childhood buddy, the person he trusts the most, Lee Jun Ho (Jun Kyong Ho) who turns out to be a corrector officer in the same prison with Jae Hyuk. Surprise… surprise… Well, it is not what we call drama if we don’t have another character who can help him go through the tough life of a prisoner. It is Beopja or literal meaning Jailbird (Kim Seung Cheol) shows up as one of the ‘helper’ in the cell. He is a petty con artist who is bluffing more money. Not because he likes it but because he needs money for his mother.

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I personally divide this drama into two segments. The first segment is about the first experience in the first cell. It is cell full of creepy people that we can think of in a prison. The first half showing how Kim Jae Hyuk as a character makes a stand point of how he stands, and how he acts in every crisis. From the cell mates to the officers show more about what we know about a prison. Nasty temper of cell mates, greyish character of an officer, and how the newbie would act.

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Second segment is about his life in the second cell. He is moved because of one particular accident in the previous cell. Here, is looking creepier in the beginning. We have the convicted murderer who has been sentenced for 25 years – Kim Moo Cheol (Choi Moo Song). A scary-looked con artist – Kaist (Park Ho San), Go Baksa or in literal meaning Go doctor, and why he has his nickname because he is a ‘know-all’ character who lives his life very true to book, but he is in the jail because of other’s wrongful doing. We also have Janbaljang (Kang Seun Yoon) who is still young and I can say that his character is a good exampler of a prisoner in general. Once been a thief, will be a thief.

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Top, left-right: Gobaksa, Haerongie, Kaist. Bottom, let-right: Kim Moo Chul, Janbaljang, and Kim Jae Hyuk

This cell is our core of life here in Prison Playbook. Every character is wonderfully made, and make the year-long prison life be so colorful. Aside from Kim Jae Hyuk, we are introduced to another fellow new prisoner whom they call Haerongie (Lee Kyu Hyun), a graduate from a notable university, a drug addict. I may add, a very cute druggie. His present is the flower of the show. A very bright and loveable flower of the show. This cute little drug addicted adds the sweetness in the cell with his little fight with Kaist or fight with Yoodaewi, Captain Yoo (Jung Hae In) – another convicted murderer.   This is where the cutest of the show is super on. Yes, mark my word – c.u.t.e.

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Left-right: Kim Jae Hyuk, Yoo daewi, Haerongie, Kim Moo Chul, and Kaist

If you expect this is going to be a dark, thriller drama, I suggest you stop thinking about it. It is a super cute show compared to many rom-com I have seen. No, it is not a rom-com drama obviously. Nevertheless, you will find many cute actions here and there, and believe me darling, it is not lame. It is cute. That’s it.

Overall, Prison Playbook or in literal meaning – “Wise Prison Life”, gives you memorable characters, Reply franchise touch, comedic color, brotherhood, and warm tones. These are all I could think of when I finish watching Prison Playbook. It’s different yet the same from the previous dramas of the same director, Shin Won Ho whose dramas were hits. He is finally back after Reply 1988, bringing another warm fuzzy drama without family storyline as the back ground, but a whole new world – prison life. I honestly did not know what to expect. I even forgot why I wanted to watch this drama in the first place. It was full of unknown actors, dark but comedic teaser. Nevertheless, I think it is the charm of the drama. I am glad that it does not lose Reply Franchise touch but not creating a similar drama to the precedents. I mean we still see Sung Dong Il, and many many Reply actors, not to forget the prodigy element and baseball particularly, but it is not the husband hunting story or about family problems. Still, you will find similar message of  the meaning of “family”, a bond, friendship, and humanities.

It is a story about prison that I can say seems a bit unrealistic, but we are made to believe in it. Shin Won Ho has this ability to integrate every element become one. Every one has a name or at least a label, a strong characteristic to show, and many things are making us attached to each character.

Our main focus is the squad. It is our super squad, and oxygen of the show for the rest of the episodes. Every one has little story about it, and how they relate to each other. Especially Gobaksa, Kim Min Cheol, Yoodaewi, even the annoying Kaist and super cutesy Haerongie even has a melancholy background story that adds more flavour to the drama.

Moreover, it is not only about the story within Kim Jae Hyuk’s cell, but also the relationship among the prisoners and the officers. We got Leutnant Peng (Jung Woong In) who was considered ‘the bad person’ and also the naive and talkative Song officer (Kang Ki Dong). Their position makes me wonder whether it is true that such a beautiful relationship between the officer and the prisoner can be developed too.

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Outside the prisoner life, we also got love story lines outside the jailbar. Between the brothers, the lovers, and the father-daughter relationship. I can say that the romantic story is not the headline but truly plays a big role too in this drama, and makes it more watcheable. SImple, sweet, and realistic. I found Kim Jae Hyuk’s relationship with Kim Jo Ho (Krystal) is romantic in my own definition. Grow up together, fall in love, break up, still in love, and simply in love.

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The whole 16 episodes is full of laughter, a fist clenched, and a lot of baseball involvement. I am just feeling so happy watching this drama. Familiar but different. It’s been a long time I did not laugh out loud and cry so hard and fall in love with the characters so much. Prison Playbook gives me all.

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I hardly found a comedic drama as my choice to watch. Usually, it is too obvious that they are trying to be funny. That’s why I often went for thriller, heart warming drama, or a typical rom com when I felt like it. Prison Playbook is really something. Perhaps, because it is made by Shin Won Ho who is always putting friendship and raw emotions as the forte of the show. I enjoyed it. I laughed more than I can control. Scenes are made naturally as the characters are created.

Indeed, strong characters are everything. The back sound is another thing. The story itself is too good to be true but at the same time I am made to believe it. Just because the characters are made us so. We are made to grow close to each character just like Shin Won Ho’s others drama, especially Reply 1988 where we could see multi stories in one drama. Nevertheless, I think why I am so much about this drama aside for a pure laughter I get, is the faces. Most of the actors are not really well known. I mean we all know Jug Woong In, Jung Kyung Ho, and Sung Dong Il, and maybe the rising star Jung Hae in, but Park Hae Soo as the main cast? Who is Park Hae Soo anyway???

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It is actually a pleasant surprise to see Park Hae Soo back in the screen with a bigger role. I noticed him in Six Flying Dragons as Ji-ran. Here, he plays the character Kim Jae Hyuk so perfectly. It is hard to believe that he was the super power Lee Ji Ran who slay all people with axe in his body. As Kim Jae Hyuk, we see him as an ordinary man, an extraordinary baseball player, and the acnhor of the show. I am so glad that Shin Won Ho choses him as the face of the show.

 

 

 

But, of course, Shin PD does not stop there. He bravely puts other under dogs on the plate. I am happy that Lee Kyu Hyung is casted. He definitely adds so much more to the whole drama. His tone and innocent face makes it all. His character truly means so much more for the show. This is his total break out aside from his outstanding performance too in Secret Forest, but his character as Haerongie is obviously forever cherished. Just like Jung woo is forever our Siraegi oppa.

 

 

 

Lee Kyun Hyung has been around (in notable drama like Goblin and Secret Forest), but I personally think that his acknowledgement gained when he stars in Prison Playbook, and he definitely deserves it. All goes the same with Park Ho San – or Mr. Kaist. Both Haerong and Kaist have a distinct way to talk and both quarrel quiet a bit making it more fun to watch. Park Ho San’s way to talk will never ever be easily forgotten as Kaist. His character really adds up the whole squad as the super squad.

 

 

 

The three are actually Musical Actors! No wonder they can nail every single characters finely.

Aside all the underdog main stars, we are also introduced to new faces with strong memorable characters. Since everyone has distinctive characters, I will go only for my favorites.

Kim Kyung NamCan we have little space for Kim Kyung Nam? His build does not usually go for the stupid-fussy-naive character. It is more expected that Kim Kyung Nam plays a character like a good boy or a calm charming character, but he nails the character of Jun Hoo’s little brother who is just acting like a little brother.

 

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Kang Ki Dong as seargant Song is also reminding me of Manager Ha’s character in Misaeng. A sidekick but then we all grow love with the character more because he brigns so much more than just a mere supporting character.

leutnant paengLast but not least, I want to talk about Jung Woong In who has been always casted as the supported character, and his character is usually forgetable. As Leutnant Paeng is a revelation for him too. Finally, I acknowledge his mere presence as another supported actor, but with more reasons to love.

 

Oh, may I add another one? I can see the bright future of Jung Hae In very vividly. I always love an actor who can cry well. Definitely, he can cry welllll. His complex character in the beginning makes me put my hats off for him. He surely will soon be more acknowledged, and I am gladly looking forward to see more of his work.

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I like it. Even though it is absurd, less drama, too much men, not so famous actors, but I like it. That’s all! This blog is my platform to express my feeling and thoughts, so don’t expect that the posting will be so much objective. It is more about showcasing the underdogs, and this drama has it all!! It is underdog within the underdog. It is not mushy-mushy drama or pathetically trying to be funny show. It is a well made drama and real entertainment. It has made me cry too.

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Good job Shin Won Ho for another loving drama.

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Looking forward to a premium fan membership of tvN as well. Rock ON!

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All credits are from Asian wiki

 

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Along with the Gods: Two World – Korean Movie 2017-2018

Watching Along with the Gods: Two World was a spontaneous act but turned out to be a sweet discovery. At first, the trailer did not really buy me. It confused me. I could not tell what is all about. The casts were eye-catching though; Cha Tae Hyun, Ha Jung Woo, and it is nice to see Ju Ji Hoon back again. This long titled movie is a great start for 2018. I am not saying that this movie is perfect. Some of you may find it a little bit ridiculous, some of you (like me) was bought by the warm message that it wants to deliver.

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Along with two Gods is a webtoon based movie. It is Kim Ja Hong (Cha Tae Hyun), a fire fighter, who just freshly died because dropping from a tall building rescuing a girl from a burning building. A second after, he is greeted by his three, no, two of his “guardian angels.” Wheonmak (Ju Ji Hoon) and Duk Cheon (Kim Hyang Gi). Gang Lim (Ha Jung Woo) is waiting at his funeral place as a protocol. The trio guardian angel were so determined because they have something on their favor once they can help Kim Ja Hong reincarnate.

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Kim Ja Hong showed a lot of hesitation to leave the world just yet. He mentions that he needs to see his mother for the last time. Later, we figure that he has not been home for a long time. It has been 15 years that he never met his mother (Ye Soo Jung) nor his brother, Kim So Hong (Kim Dong Wook). The movie brings us to a journey of him being judged in afterlife to determine whether he can reincarnate or cannot. The trio are helping Kim Ja Hong from one trial after another based on the sins that he has made while he was alive.

While they are in their journey in he afterlife, evil spirits from hell is out and attacking ‘the afterlife world’. It means that one of Kim Ja Hong related family has died and become a revengeful spirit. Who is the spirit? Is it his muted mother or his temperamental brother? We will figure out later after Ganglim investigates in the world.

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This movie is beyond the fantasy of hell or afterlife. It is not made only for entertaining purpose. It wants to remind us about what death means, and what forgiveness means. It is a family movie colored by fantasy and a little bit of actions. It has strong characters and we will find a lot of famous names along the cameos. Maybe a little waste? However, I returned to the cinema once again… just to enjoy all the actings and the story once more. I watched twice.

Along with the gods: two world offers you some warmth in the end of the day. It is agood movie to start our 2018, to remind us about death. To live every single day fruitfully.

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If you expect this would be an action movie, better you prepare that you might find only a few of actions in here. It is a fantasy drama all in all; thus, I want to appreciate all the casts. They need to act surrounded by green screen but still can deliver an excellent performance. I have mentioned that almost all the casts are someone that we know or we see pretty often in movies or dramas. Names like Kim Ha Neul, Lee Jung Jae, Do Kyung Soo (D.O.,Exo), Ma Dong Seok, Kim Min Jong, Kim Hae Seok, and many more. It shows how serious this movie is.

Storywise, I enjoy it. The idea of judging and defending in afterlife seems a little bit redundant. But, it leads the essence of the story greatly. It increases the level of anxiety in afterlife judgement. This movie showcases how great one action does in real life. The good, the bad, does not mean anything. Things can be a little bit greyish.

Graphic speaking, I did not find it annoying. It was well-made. Smooth as it is. Thinking that the whole movie 80% has been computer generated. I especially was amazed by the picture of the hells. It was quiet convincing.

Well, let’s jump into the core of the movie shall we? The casts.

Aside from the quartet as the main casts on the posters and everywhere, we need to know that the whole cameos are all well known and notable actors and actresses. Names like Kim Ha Neul, Kim Min Jong, and Kim Hae Sook are those who appeared in less than 5 minutes period. There are names like D.O. Exo, Lee jung Jae who appeared more but not as the main casts.

Cha Tae Hyun, Ha Jung Woo, Ju Ji Hoon, and Kim Hyan Gi have done amazing job for presenting each and every character that they do have. But, my heart is for Kim Dong Wook, D.O., and Yee Su Jung for their dedication and little surprise as refreshment in the movie.

Kim Dong Wook’s name is always there but just vague. Though, he has been in many notable movies, and one of them is my favorite – Take Off (the same director with this one). Kim Dong Wook in here played as Kim Ja Hong’s little brother. I love actor who can cry well, and he’s one of them. Really. Aside from Go Pyung Ho who poked my heart hardly when he cried in Reply 1988, yes I am so weak when it comes to crying scene. The real emotional one. Though, he’s not in the interview, I think he’s holding one of the lives that the movie has.

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D.O. has never dissapointed. How one skinny boy band can act that well. He pictures a depressed kid who is in the military sevice. He can be anything. The veteran actress and actors like Ye Soo Jung and Lee Jug Jae wrap it all. Not saying that Cha Tae Hyun or Ha Jung Woo do not do anything, as usual, my eyes are for the other casts.

All in all, this movie made me watch it twice. Cried twice. Laughed twice.

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Directed by Kim Yong Hwa

Year: 2017

 

TOP 5 in 2017

Happy New Year Everyone! I wish you have a great beginning for this awesome 2018.

My 2017 was a bit flop for my reviews and blog posts. I sincerely apologise for it. I did watch some movies, some dramas, and listened to music, but I had my focus on other stuff; thus, I did not have enough materials to put up.

I am making this post, for I want to appreciate some great stuff that I encountered in 2017. Here is my top 5 in 2017. It is a mixed list between, movie, drama, actor or actresses, local or international, Korean or not. Hope give you a little nod of agree or maybe an urge to check them out.

Movie of the Year

It is hard to chose between two movies I watched in 2017. I decide to put both of them. First was The Hidden Figures, I watched it in the beginning of 2017. It was good as I have expected. Little story about it, it tells about tree colored women who worked in Nasa back then. It is a little secret that there were some colored women involved in the first time Nasa sent man out of space. It was a heart clenched movie, but with a little more fun in it. Starred by Taraji Henson as Katherine Johnson, Octavia Spencer as Dorothy Vaughan, and Janelle Monae as Mary Jackson who was the first woman earned the engineering degree. Not to forget, Kevin Costner as Al Harrison. Hidden Figures delivers the message of strength and faith.

The other was Wonder. Gosh, I have been dreaming about good family movie again, and finally Wonder came. What makes me glad that it hits popularity. It was indeed a goooood movie. My oh My, Julia Roberts indeed convince me that she is a great actress. I love everything about it. The story line, the characters, the casts, the flow, and the soundtrack!WonderHidden Figures

Song of the year must be “You Have More Friends than You Know” covered by Voctave. I know it is not a song released in the year of 2017, but it was my soundtrack for my “come back.” It rings a bell. I am not alone. You are not alone, we are not alone. Though, we are facing hardships in every shape, but we survive because we are not alone.

Actress and Actor of the year

I dont watch a lot of Korean drama, but I think in 2017, Park Eun Bin is the star. Her performance in Age of Youth 2. People grow fond of her quirky charm and her subtle love line between her character and Im Sung Min’s character. Though, they don’t declare it, but we all know that they are more than friends.

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And, we cannot leave 2017 without paying respect to Kim Joo Hyuk who left us suddenly due to car accident. 2017 was his second golden time. We can say he is on his top again. Not only because of his work as an actor, but we know him as Gootaeng oppa from 2 days 1 Night. He shows his real self while on the show, and after it, we love his work more. In the beginning of October he celebrated his birthday, 2 weeks afterward, he received an award for the first time, and a week after that, he left the world, making it harder to just let him go. Nevertheless, may you rest in peace. I have made a post about his last work Argon

Move on to singer of 2017. I may say The Barberettes with their season album, I was drawn into it. They started with Spring,Bear back in April 2017, then Summer Love in July 2017, followed by Fall is Coming in October 2017, and finally White Blanket in Dec 2017. I love how they matched their music and melody with the season. Sweet sound for Spring, Bear. Romantic for hot Summer Love. Warm and wet for Fall is Coming. And, a melody just t match the holiday season in White Blanket.  I am longing to dedicate a post for this trio. Wait for it 🙂

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Show of the year

I did not read a lot of book in 2017 nor did I watch a lot of variety show. However, I think 2 days 1 nigh stole our heart once again with their 10th years anniversary. It is an unfortunate that they have to lose one of their beloved members, Kim Joo Hyuk in October 2017, but they still tried to make all of us laugh. I love the 10th year anniversary series. Especially the part where it is supposed o be a surprised trip including Kim Joo Hyuk who has made a promise to join in. They changed to an episode dedicating to Kim Joo Hyuk. I found it was very sentimentil and a good way to say farewell to the late Kim Joo Hyuk. I always root more to 2days 1 Night compared to Running man or any other variety show to be honest. Well, I just hope the best for the show to keep running and entertaining us.

All in all, 2017 was a sentimentil year for me personally. It was a year full of struggles, lost, and it makes 2018 be a year full of hope and strength. That means, more exciting posts are coming to this humble blog where I will put my effort to support all the underdogs. 🙂

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Argon – A Farewell (Korean Drama 2017)

I am sick of saying Sorry over and over again just because I haven’t been posting any good reviews or post in a looooong time. It is not only due to lack of time contributing to this blog, but I just did not find any genuine feeling to post about a review. Yes, I don’t watch many dramas like I used to be, perhaps it is hard to catch my attention now. I have somehow different taste than I used to have. Also, I did have some busy periods.

Here, I finally found a gem in the drama world, and I think there is no better time for me to write about this drama. Argon, a drama focused on media world, combining issue, reality, and idealism in one plate, and not to forget that it was one of last projects of the late Kim Joo Hyuk who has left us suddenly (October 30th 2017). I am glad that I watched this drama after his passing, because this drama carries more than Kim Joo Hyuk as an actor, but it gives us sentimental side about Kim Joo Hyuk’s life story.

Kim Joo Hyuk died in car crash. 

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It is true that I turned my eyes on this particular drama because of the name, Kim Joo Hyuk. But, I had other reason of why I finally decided to watch it right away, and contented. I was searching on Na Moo Actors’ director IG for some Kim Joo Hyuk’s traces. Then, I found the picture of Argon’s casts. There, I saw my favorite Misaeng men. Lee kyeong Yeong, Kim Jong Soo, and Lee Seung Joon. Lee Kyeong Yeong immediately caught my interest. Lee Kyeong Yeong is a veteran actor who convinced me that I am such an ahjussi fangirl. He’s the most charismatic actor I have ever encountered. His first three minutes in Misaeng was so memorable to me. I then searched for more of his works, and he never failed me. Most of the drama was also holding a good record.

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Alright, enough for me to talk about Lee Kyeong Yeong.

Here it is a brief about Argon.

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The drama began with a cliche story line and a stereotype set up of story. Kim Baek Jin (Kim Joo Hyuk) is a te. Argon is an investigation site on a big broadcasting company HBC. He’s the chief of an investigation department named Argon. It is a midnight headline news whom Kim Baek Jin himself as the host.

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The tension is up between Kim Baek Jin and Yoo Myung Hyo (Lee Seung Joon) who obviously did not like Kim Baek Jin existence in the company just because Yoo Myung Hyo is a power-hungry man who will do anything to achieve what he wants, and gets more power.

We can picture Argon crew as the hardworking bulls who never been appreciated. They are thirst of the truth and the fact, but just like in many Korean drama, they are pressed by the power. Here, the director showcasing the dynamic between the good, the bad, and the grey. I love Misaeng spirit is alive here and there.

Lee Yeon Hwa (Chun Won Hee), a 2 year contract worker who was underestimated because they knew that she only there for temporary. However, I love how she did not become a hero in one night, there’s so much realistic emotions around her, and the relationship she built within the team.

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Since it is a 8 episodes drama only, there’s nothing much we could get in terms of long winding road to find the big case. The casts are the real forte for this drama. I can say this drama is versatile because those names who become the anchor. Big or small are all having their own story to write. It is like real setting but with typical drama flavor. Argon is like an imaginary and ideal setting of news, but the things that they are working with it is real and lots of emotions.

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I cannot deny that it has Misaeng vibe but with different color. The director Lee Yoon Jung is famous of previous work Coffee Prince. The drama has lots and lots of good lines, real characteristics, and real emotion showing. I appreciate the subtle romance, the bromance here and there, and how the leader has positioned himself again in the big company full of nasty politics.

Characters.

Let’s go from the bottom shall we?

Argon team:

Park Won Sang, Park Hee Von, Shim Ji Ho, Cho hyun Chul, Ji Yoon Ho, Ji Ill Joo, Minha.

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Let’s talk about Shim Ji Ho first. He does not appear in a lot of drama, his noticeable work is in Frozen Flower, one of the warriors. And, oh he is still charismatic. Like a good second man. His character is not loud but we know he is there.

Park Won Sang oh Park Won Sang, he is on my ahjussi fan list. Truthfully, in every drama, he is mostly just like himself. He does have a lot of similar character nowadays, but still, he nails it. On top of that, I love that he has some romantic melo moment. I mean… real romantic scenario.

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Last but not least, I give my newbie fave for Cho Hyun Chul. His character is the comedy in the team, but his genuine act is just making his character organic.

Next, the Misaeng group. (I am sorry I cannot leave it)

Lee Seung Jun. O yea… he is one hell character. I still miss his subtle character like the one he had in Misaeng. However, I can see his bright future in the dramaland. Can imagine him like Kim Tae Hoo and Kim Tae Woo who gain their position in the dramaland from the mere supporting actors.

I am so thrilled to see Kim Jong Soo againnn. Tho, I wish he can leave his suit behind and take a fatherly role more than the boss character. Still, I am glad I see him again. His character in Argon, is not so far different from his previous work. Chief in the company, having a high position, but he shows his grey side. Did not show as idealist as in Misaeng, but not as bad as in Pied and piper.

And Lee Kyeong Yeong. Oh Lee Kyeong Yeong. How come an elderly like him can be too cute to be true. Perhaps, it is my problem of having Father Complex, but really…. who can deny his sweet smile. On top of that, his role in here is clearly sweet.

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All in all, it goes all the way down to Kim Joo Hyuk who has left us not long after this drama aired. His passing was a shock in 2017. Nobody predicted this, and almost everybody realized that somehow they could relate to this guy ever since he appeared in 2 Days 1 Night.

From movie to movie, from drama to another drama, Kim Joo Hyuk shows his growth with his age gracefully. He has completed his life greatly; though, we might miss him so dearly, and for a long time, we will remember him. His work in Argon is like a sweet farewell. Love the fact he is not given a mediocre love line. Instead, he is given a role of a father. His relationship with his daughter (Ryoo Han Bi) was daring.

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On the very last scene, Kim Bae Jin says to his team

“Thank you for your hard work”

As many of us would say to him as well…

“Thank you for your hard work”

Thank you Argon for being a beautiful farewell between us and Kim Joo Hyuk, may you rest in peace.

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Directed by Lee Yoon Jung

Produced by tvN

 

Run Off (Take Off 2 – 2016)

When I saw the trailer was out, I got a mixed a feeling. I love the predecessor Take Off (2009), but the ending or the game was not really memorable. I expected that this will be too realistic meaning, no glorious ending, just a real event translated in a movie. Take Off (2009) was one of the most anticipated movies that I wanted to watch merely because of the soundtrack. “Butterfly” sang by Loveholic or in other words, all the Fluxus Stars including Clazziquai, Lee Seong Yeol, Winterplay, and My Aunt Mary. They were all my favorite singers at that time. In Take Off, Sung Dong Il’s performance never fails me. But well, it was about the first Ski Jump team of South Korea so there was  not so much to see when a man jumped up into the sky. The practice part was more exciting, but the game was just OK. But, don’t get me wrong, I loved the movie. Run Off or in literal means Take Off 2 was about woman iced hockey team. It was also based on real events. More dramas, more comical, and the game… the game was brilliant 🙂

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Run Off or Take Off 2 taken place in 2002 when South Korea wants to make the fourth national team to be able to enter Winter Olympic Games. The woman iced hockey team was not intended to be made in the first place; thus, the team was coached by a fading star hockey player Kang Dae Woong (Oh Dal Su), and the team member was a North Korean defector who was once a national team member in her country,Lee Ji Won (Soo Ae), a menace short skate tracker Park Chae Kyung (Oh Yeon Soo), a former figure skater Kim Ye Woon (Kim Ga Yeon), a former field hockey player Ko Yeong Ja (Ha Jae Suk), a high schooler Shin Soo Hyun (Jin Ji Hee), and the sport secretary Jo Mi Ran (Kim Seul Gi). We can picture a group of hopeless people gather to make a national team. The question is, what do you actually expect? Not to mention the coach was so messed up with his life. He does not have a stable life, a single father whom wife is left with an unrevealed reason.

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The team was so unwanted; thus, they only got a second hand uniforms which was meant to be thrown away, they practised in the abandoned ice hockey ring, they only got 6 main players, they were just started off messy. Until at the point when the coach realise that he too… needs to clean out his own sh*t.

He does not become a charming coach at one night, he is still forgetful about the technical terms of hockey, but he does have his own perks to be a notable coach *just like other sports game. I had fun seeing the practice session, but it was not so much compared to Take Off (2009). Nevertheless, when we come down to the game, my heart beats so much. I take my hat off to the body doubles (if they do have) since the game was felt so real. You could see the player was hit hard, the puck was thrown here and there, and as a fan of The Mighty Ducks, I could say this hockey game was rough and exciting. I love the real facts inserted in here. We are not seeing the winning team all at once, but we see the journey of becoming one. And, it takes serious sh*t to be one, including to overcome your own personal sh*t. And (again), I am sorry to use a lot of the s word haha.

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SPOV

Talking about my own opinion, I was once doubt about the movie. Oh Dal Su was known as one million fairy since all movies he featured usually be the blockbuster of Korean Movie Industry. However, as I have said before, Sung Dong Il took so much portion of the great coach in Take Off 1. Well, it was about bringing the character into life and Oh Dal Su happened to bring out a slight comedic feature in here. My points are all to the team members – almost all of them.

Let’s talk about Jin Ji hee first. I never noticed her so much to be honest with you. I just have heard about her here and there, saw her here and there, and despite how small portion she takes in this movie, she is believable enough to be the prodigy of a goalie. I love how raw her emotion is pictured. Another spot light was given to Kim Ye Won. It is not a surprise that she is always given a role of girly girl, but what I love was her transformation becoming

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one to her team member. And who does not love Kim Seul Gi. Tell me, who does not love this guffball. I love her ever since I saw her on Oh My Ghostess. She definitely becomes my favorite South Korean Actress. Her versatility is unquestioned. Oh Yeon Seo is a bit disappointing. I felt the director does not give her a lot of room as appointed captain. I expected to see more on her role as a captain or maybe she never had a big portion as a captain in her real life character? Oh well…

And now, let’s talk about Soo Ae. Ever since Athena, she could portray a stronger character. I love her backstory in here, and how she overcomes it. At first, she does not felt as the main star, but towards the end, she gradually earns a spotlight, and maybe… this movie is about her character anyway. Talking about Soo Ae’s character, meaning we need to talk about Park So Dam who plays Lee Ji Hee, Lee Ji Won (Soo Ae)’s sister. She only appears in the last half of the movie, and my oh my… Park So Dam needs to be watched out! She is young but strong.

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Last but not least, can I say moreeee about Choi Jin Woong!? He only takes a

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role as the commentator, but uugh this ahjussi puts more of his little magic. He took a part in Take Off back in 2009 when his figure was still big and not as handsome as now haha. He then was portrayed as a pessimistic commentator, and I just love his genuine actions in every single seconds. He’s truly a champ.

The point of this movie is well blended with the backstory of Soo Ae’s character, and it grows bigger because it involves South and North Korea relationship. In the end of the day, we just feel so affected with all the “drama” in the character. That’s what I personally think make the movie rich.

Overall, Run Off is a heartwarming sports movie. Naming all the big movies about sports, Run Off could be one in he line too. It deserves more spectators than it had. Though, honestly speaking, the first half was not really buying, but I love the game so much. It felt too real. I couldn’t think that the game was actually played by the double. We could not really tell because most of the scenes was taken wide or too close, not to mention the big bulky outfit covered the whole body. Nevertheless, that was the realistic part of the movie that I respected a lot.

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Director: Kim Jong Hyeon

Writer: Yoo Young A & Kim Jeong Hyeon

Casts: Soo Ae, Jin Ji Hee, Kim Seul Gi, Park Seo Dam, Oh Dal Su, Oh Yeon Seo, Ha Jae Suk, Kim Ye Won

1 Juni 2017 – Pancasila

Hey June! Dan jeng jeng Indonesia hari ini akhirnya bangkit. Memang, ini bukan bulan Agustus, bukan untuk merayakan kemerdekaan Indonesia, tetapi, hari ini dibuat khusus untuk mengingatkan kita tentang Pancasila. Terharu. Tidak salah Jokowi akhirnya yang pegang kemudi negara ini. Sudah lama, aku tidak bersemangat menulis tentang Indonesia selepas film-film dan beberapa buku yang aku review baik di sini maupun di blog lama. Khusus hari ini, aku akan menulis tentang film, lagu, buku yang bisa menggambarkan Indonesia – Pancasila.

  1. Musik

Kita mulai dengan yang paling gampang untuk dinikmati dulu. Lagu. Menurutku ada satu lagu yang bisa dibilang satu Indonesia dari sabang sampai Merauke ada di situ. Dan, kalau kita bilang lagu Indonesia yang bernuansa sangat Indonesia, tidak lain dan tidak bukan, dua nama ini langsung muncul di kepala. Guruh Soekarno Poetra dan Chrisye. Yap. Dua orang ini yang sudah menciptakan puluhan lagu yang selalu erat dengan musik tradisional Indonesia dengan sentuhan modern. Dari sekian banyak lagu, yang menurutku sangat Indonesia adalah

Serasa – Chrisye (Badai Pasti Berlalu, 1990)

Tentu saja banyak sekali lagu-lagu Chrisye lainnya yang bernuansa Indonesia, bahkan ada yang tentang Indonesia itu sendiri seperti Zamrud Khatulistiwa. Tetapi, kita bicara musik di sini. Menurutku yang paling Indonesia dan mempunyai intro terbaik adalah lagu Serasa ini 🙂 Berkali-kali aku mendengarkan lagu ini, berkali-kali di kepalaku tergambar banyak penari-penari yang masuk ke panggung dengan tarian Bali, lalu disusul dengan tarian Jaipong, seperti sedang melihat sebuah pergelaran. Dan oh my, bagian terakhir lagu sebelum penutup menurutku adalah yang terbaik.

Yang kedua adalah Dangdut is the Music of My Country by Project Pop.

Dangdut dan Indonesia itu juga satu kesatuan. Jujur saja, kamu mungkin benci mendengarkan lagu dangdut, tetapi di sisi lain, kamu juga akui bahwa Dangdut itu Indonesia, haha. Selama menjadi mahasiswa di negeri orang, aku jadi banyak mendengarkan lagu-lgu dangdut lama. 5 Menit lagi, Mari joget, dan lain sebagainya haha. Project Pop adalah salah satu icon yang aku bilang amat sangat kreatif. Lirik Dangdut is the Music of My Country nails it all, dan sangat Pancasila.

Siapa tidak mengakui perbedaan
Tidak pernah diajari di skolahan
Semua orang macam-macam diciptakan
Cakep atau jelek smua punya perasaan

Ada orang Batak, ada orang Jawa
Ada orang Ambon, ada juga orang Padang
Ada orang Menado, ada orang Madura
Ada orang Papua, nggak disebut jangan marah

*
Apakah yang dapat menyatukan kita
salah satunya dengan musik
Dangdut is the music of my country

Reff :
Dangdut is the music of my country, my country, of my country
Dangdut is the music of my country, my country, of my country
Aaaaa, oh my country

Kalo ngaku ngerti tentang persatuan
Mengapa adu domba mudah dilakukan
Kenapa smua mudah hilang kesabaran
Kenapa smua mudah diprovokasikan

Ada kulit hitam, ada kulit putih
Ada rambut panjang, ada juga rambut keriting
Ada mata besar, ada mata sipit
Ada orang kaya ada juga orang miskin

Read more: http://www.wowkeren.com/lirik/project_pop/dangdut-is-the-music-of-my-country.html#ixzz4ij0p45Fq

 

2. Film

? oleh Hanung Bramantyo. Ini sudah harga mati kalau film ini berceritakan tentang pluralisme dan artinya toleransi. Bermacam-macam agama dan suku diperlihatkan sudut pandangnya. Film yang sederhana dan penuh makna, tetapi dilarang diputar di TV nasional oleh bangsanya sendiri. Yah, sewaktu itu aku merasa masih banyak orang bodoh di luar sana yang merasa dirinya yang paling benar. Sampai sekarang kelompok-kelompok itu juga masih mengganggu ketentraman hidup di sini. Hanya saja, aku kagum sama begitu banyak masyarakat Indonesia yang masih mau menghidupi Indonesia dengan nafas Pancasila. Salut. 🙂

Film kedua adalah 2014 yang masih di bawah garapan Hanung Bramantyo. Di film ini, kita disuguhkan dengan pesta demokrasi yang makin marak dirayakan di Indonesia. Walaupun tetap saja kejadian politik baru-baru ini bikin banyak orang patah hati, tetapi lucunya, aku makin melihat banyaknya sisi orang-oran yang amat sangat patriotisme. Bisa baca full reviewnya di sini

3. Buku

Yang pertama adalah buku karangan Clara Ng – Dimsum Terakhir. Menurutku buku ini sangat Indonesia karena dia menggambarkan salah satu suku terbesar yang sudah lama hidup di Indonesia, yaitu mereka-mereka (termasuk saya) yang berketurunan China. Bercerita tentang perempuan kembar 4 dengan pergumulannya masing-masing. Cerita metropolis tetapi masih menggambarkan sedikit latar belakang keturunan China di Indonesia. Ada tradisi imlek, cap go meh, dan nilai-nilai leluhur.

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Lalu, yang berikutnya adalah Pulang oleh Leila S. Chudori. Kalau yang ini bacaan sedikit berat namun tuturannya jujur dan membuka wawasan kita tentang sejarah kelam Indonesia dan permainan politiknya di luar negeri. Bagaimana ceritanya sampai banyak warga Indonesia yang berada di negara orang. Apa yang terjadi dengan orang-orang yang ada di pulau Buruh. Bagaimana seorang perantau tetap saja rindu akan pulang.

Lucunya, beberapa hari terakhir ini saya menemukan banyak percakapan dengan banyak orang mengenai kenapa saya pulang Indonesia setelah kuliah di luar negeri. Alasannya tidak akan saya ceritakan di sini, tetapi poin yang ingin saya bilang cuma… kami-kami, par perantau yang pulang itu karena kami merasa di sinilah tempat kami. A mere of sense of belonging 🙂 

Ulasan tentang buku ini ada di sini

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Masih banyak hal yang tentunya bisa menggambarkan arti Pancasila. Semua masyarakat dianggap sama. Tidak ada yang lebih penting dibandingkan yan lain. Dari aku kecil hingga sekarang, aku selalu diajarkan asas gotong royong dan bhineka tunggal ika. Walaupun ditempa di sekolah Katolik, namun di situ aku juga ada teman yang beragama Islam, orang dari Mamuju, diajar oleh orang Flores. Keberagaman.

Dan aku perempuan Indonesia bermata sipit dan berkulit kuning mempunyai sahabat asli orang Jawa dan Makassar berhijab. Do you have a problem? Because we dont 🙂

 

 

Sabtu Bersama Bapak – Indonesian Movie 2016

Ini lucuk! sekian. Kalau dikira film ini film mellow, salah besar.

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downloadAku memutuskan untuk nonton film ini hanya semata-mata karena aku suka novelnya. Lihat-lihat pemain okelah. Lihat sutradara, kebetulan Monty Tiwa yang pekerjaannya aku lumayan suka. Pas pertama nonton, masih berasa tipikal film Indonesia yang terlalu ‘teatrikal’ dan akhirnya kurang real. But then… the magic is just started.

Film bagus kalau ceritanya kuat, flownya enak, akting para pemain meyakinkan, dan tambahan bonus, bikin aku ngakak. Sabtu bersama Bapak udah bisa masuk ke kategori film bagus. Memang masih ada yang bisa diperbaiki, but surely I enjoyed it so much. Film-film keluarga seperti ini memang yang diperlukan di Indonesia. Kita sudah jengah dengan film horror nggak jelas atau film-film percintaan remaja yang begitu-begitu saja. Terus terang tahun 2016 kemarin aku nggak begitu banyak nonton film Indonesia sebanyak yang aku lakukan di tahun 2015. Bahkan film ini adalah film Indonesia pertama yang aku tonton di tahun 2017.

Film Sabtu Bersama Bapak kurang lebih sama jalan ceritanya dengan yang di novel. Tidak ada perubahan atau penambahan berarti, tapi memang penghidupan dari novelnya amat sangat kental. Aku kira awalnya vibenya akan sama dengan film Test pack yang notabene disutradarai oleh Monty Tiwa juga, berdasarkan dari novel yang kebetulan istri dari Aditya Mulya. Ternyata nggak juga. Malah versi lebih baik.

 

Sabtu Bersama Bapak bercerita mengenai seorang bapak bernama Gunawan Garnida (Abimana Aryasatya) yang mendapatkan diagnosa bahwa dia mengidap penyakit kanker dan jelas waktunya tidak akan lama lagi. Gunawan mempunyai dua putra Satya (Arifin Putra) dan Cakra (Deva Mahenra). Gunawan mungkin tidak bisa berbuat banyak soal penyakitnya, tetapi dia brpikir bahwa ada cara lain yang bisa ia lakukan untuk tetap membantu istrinya (Ira Wibowo) untuk membesarkan kedua putranya.

Gunawan mulai merekam dirinya setiap hari. Isi videonya berisi banyak petuah dan pesan yang ingin kedua putranya value hingga tumbuh dewasa. Video pertama yang mereka tonton, bapaknya mengatakan “Bapak tahun depan mungkin harus pergi. Tapi, tidak apa bapak akan tetap bersama kalian. Senin sampai Jumat kalian belajar, Sabtu kalian akan ketemu bapak” dan begitulah kisah Sabtu Bersama Bapak dimulai.

Tiap Sabtu dari mereka kecil hingga tumbuh dewasa, kakak adik Satya dan Cakra menghabiskan Sabtu sore mereka dengan ibunya di ruang keluarga untuk menonton video-video peninggalan bapak. Itje membesarkan mereka tanpa ada masalah. Keduanya lulus sarjana. Bahkan Satya mendapatkan pekerjaan dengan gaji bagus, sudah menikah dengan Rissa (Acha Septriasa) dan mempunyai 2 putra juga. Mereka tinggal di Perancis. Cakra juga mempunyai pekerjaan bagus di sebuah bank dengan posisi sebagai Deputy Director. Hanya saja, Cakra sudah hampir 30 tahun teapi belum menikah. Ternyata ganteng-ganteng begitu, Cakra mempunyai masalah kepercayaan diri kalau sudah ketemu dengan cewek. Tahun ini, Cakra bener-bener jatuh cinta dan berniat untuk menikahi seorang perempuan yang bernama Ayu (Sheila Dara Aisha).

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Teori dari bapak sudh kenyang mereka makan, tapi ternyata pada dasarnya, Satya lupa kalau dia hidup di masa sekarang, dan ada waktunya juga dia mulai fokus dengan keluarganya sendiri ketimbang masa depan yang sudah dia rancangin. Keinginan untuk seperti bapak membuat Satya lupa bahwa setiap keadaan mempunyai ceritanya masing-masing, dan di sinilah pesan-pesan film dari si bapak mulai dicerna dengan pemahaman yang lebih.

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Aditya Mulya is one of my favorite authors. Selalu berhasil mengemas pesan dalam dengan tema guyonan. Monty Tiwa untungnya setipe. Alhasil, aku banyak ngakak. Awalnya aku kira, akan banyak mellow moment, tapi untungnya nggak. Apalagi performance Deva Mahenra yang lumayan mengejutkan.

Dari pemilihan cast, aku bilang nyaris sempurnaa.. sayang banget Monty kurang maksimal dalam casting child actor. Aku tahu masalah utama film Indonesia, belum ada aktor atau aktris anak-anak ayng benar-benar bagus. Sebenarnya ada-ada saja, atau mungkin pihak produksi yang lupa bahwa elemen sekecil apapun di sebuah film itu penting.

Dari cinematography, soundtrack, main casts and figuran (excludin children talents), semuanya sudah mendekati kata sempurna. Sebagai satu kesatuan, film ini cukup bagus. Terlebih di bagian flow. Meng-adaptasi sebuah novel menjadi sebuah film bukan pekerjaan mudah. Kebanyakan bisa saja jadi jumpy. Meman di awal, film ini terkesan agak terburu-buru, tetapi begitu masuk ke inti cerita, berjalan jauh lebih baik.

Selepas komenku tentang akting para anak-anak yang ada di film, semua cast lain dan juga para figuran dewasa semuanya oke. Abimana is my favorite actor next to Reza Rahadian. YES! I can state it like that. Performance dia di Negeri Van Oranje masih sangat memberikan kesan, dan di film ini juga bagus. Apalagi dia berperan sebagai bapak dan lawannya adalah aktris yang lebih senior – Ira Wibowo. Chemistry bapak anak juga terasa ketika dia bersanding dengan Arifin Putra. He is good. Oh iya, ini film reunian antara Arifin Putra dan juga Abimana yang dulunya bareng di Negeri Van Oranje.

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the most romantic scene – Abi and Ira 

Deva Mahenra is a pleasant surprise. Aku sebelumnya nggak pernah tahu orang ini pernah ada, mungkin karna udah lamaaaa banget nggak nonton sinetron. Tidak ada bekas akting sinetron. Kesan bodohnya juga dapat.

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Untuk Acha Septriasa, setelah nonton Test pack, aku makin suka sama aktris ini. Sebelumnya aku benci setengah mati dengan dia haha. Masih terngiang aktingnya di Heart yang gimanaaa gitu. Tapi, makin ke sini sudah amat sangat improved. Hanya saja mungkin karena karakter Rissa yang tidak beda jauh dengan karakter di Testpak. But overall, I enjoyed her performance. 

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Nah, another pleasant surprise is ERNEST PRAKASA. Idiot yang brilian. Karakter tambahan di film ini asli membuat film ini jadi lebih humoris daripada novelnya. Salah satu penyebabnya adalah karakter si Ernest di sini. Mukanya udah mengundang tawa, ditambah dengan dialog yang tepat, he is the funny creature, the firecracker in the movie.

Overall, good job Monty, akhirnya satu film Indonesia nyaris sempurna ada lagi.

 

Production House: Maxima Pictures

Director: Monty Tiwa

Screen writer: Aditya Mulya & Monty Tiwa

Casts: Abimana Aryasatya, Ira Wibowo, Arifin Putra, Acha Septriasa, Sheila Dara Aisha, Ernest Prakasa, Jennifer Arnelita

All Time Favorite – Korean Songs

Hey hey..

I am trying back on the drama-review-track. However, while keep seeking for good gems, let me give you another insight of Korean songs look like. Who does not know K-pop? Even if you are not a fan, when you listen the word K-pop, suddenly a couple of Korean skinny singers who sing and dancing popping up in your head right? Well, let me bring you to another level of K-pop or Korean song in general. Korean genre of musics are diversed actually. They do have notable rock star like Kim Kyung Hoo, legendary rock band – Bohwal who have changed numbers of vocalists *most of them going solo and successful. They do have romantic ballad singer and acoustic groups, even jazz acapella singers.

From numerous Korean Variety songs and singing competitions, I have been introduced to a sentiment side of Korean song. Don’t you know that they actually are into lyrics? For Koreans, lyrics are sentimental and powerful. They are into poem as well. Many Korean songs are actually good motivational songs. And for about 9 or 10 years of me loving Korean culture, I realise that I have the same songs over years that have to be on my top to-listen-list. From 2008 when I first fell for Korean wave, till last year. To be honest with you, I have a hard time to select only 10 as my favorites, but let’s stick with the word “ALL TIME FAVORITES”, so I will only select songs that I have listened to it numerous times, and at the longest period.

So… here it is my  countdowns of my All TIme Favorites – Korean songs edition.

10. Peppertones’ Galaxy Tourist and ABC featuring Arina MOCCA

Galaxy Tourist was once a soundtrack of almost variety shows you can name in South Korea. Well, technically speaking, Peppertones’ songs were on numerous Variety Shows as the soundtracks. Since it contains a lot of fun and airy melodies. It was a tough decision to pick my all time favorite from the numbers, but I like the simplicity about it, so yeah I think, I pick Galaxy Tourist as my all time favorite . Talking about ABC, this song is special for me since it is a collaboration between two of my favorites, and on top of that it is a collaboration between Korea and Indonesia, my country!! First time hearing it, or even saw the title with the featuring artist, I was really excited! The sound was fun and cheerful. It was like a magic combo. I love it.

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9. Just get a way, you deserve it – Sweet Sorrow

It was taken from their 4th album. Not so jazzy, but showing a lot of funny sides of Sweet Sorrow. Sometimes, you just need to get away for a while. No plan, and go! That’s what the song encourages. Moreover, the video clip is contagiously spreading happiness.

I’m getting a lot of thoughts about this and that
The heavy pressure and eyes building up in front of me
Sometimes makes me feel so suffocated

I can’t do this or that
I can’t give up this moment that I waited for
Now
I will go find the freedom that I want
It’s no big deal, I’ll go for it

8. Lazy Sunday Morning – Clazziquai

And, yes for this song, my morning anthem. Clazziquai is known as the versatile group. A little bit jazz, a little bit electro pop, and now, a little bit acoustic as well. The witty and realistic lyrics are compelling for this song.

It’s getting on Sunday morning, I get up and see silly TV talking by itself in the room. My head is spinning full of beer as thinking of my lonely late night party.

7. First Date  – Sweet Sorrow

🙂 I guess, I have to make another post containing my all time favorite tunes from Sweet Sorrow. They are indeed my number one favorite singer. Why? Because they can produce such a beautiful harmony, jazzy tunes, and sweet lyrics. Just like the First date

Even without an alarm, my eyes open wide
Lalala – my first date with you
I kick off the covers and I go to meet you
Hello, hello

6. Butterfly – Loveholic (and almost all fluxus singers gank)

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This song was sang by singers under Fluxus music. Probably, you are not really familiar with this company since the famous ones are JYP, YG, and SM *going with innitials. Notably, Fluxus music is a production house covering singers with different and various genres. From electronic pop like Clazziquai, former group – Winterplay, W&Whale, rocker – Lee Sung Yeol, accoustic group like Urban Zakapa. Butterfly is sang by Clazziquai, Park Ki Young, Lee Sung Yeol, Park Ki Young, Jang Eun A, Whale, Winter Play, and My Aunt Mary and the music is by Loveholic. It was made of solidarity since Loveholic’s main vocal was resigned. The song itself was put as the soundtrack of the box office movie – Take off (2009). I am in love with the lyrics instantly!

The foolish world doesn’t know you
It can’t see you when you are hidden in regret
I know; I see you
Your splendid wings

Don’t be afraid; you can do it
With a little wriggle,
Spread your wings and fly up

Grab your heart
Spread the wings you tried so hard to fold away and fly up

 

Taken from Princess of tea

Hangeul: lyricsmoon.com

Translation: KBS + ryukiLee @ jpopasia.com

and I am more spirited than ever after listening to this song lol.

5. Don’t Worry (originally by Deulgukhwa – my fave is from Kwak Jin Eon and Kim Feel) & Exhausted (by Yoon Jong Shin Ft Kwak Jin Eon and Kim Feel)

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I may say that Kwak Jin Eon has brought a new level to my Korean Singer favorite. LOL His deep voice is just enchanting. Also, both songs sound like a friend saying to me that “everything is going to be alright”

 

All things past is in the past
They all have a meaning
Sing to the one who left
Say that you loved without regrets

You went through so many difficult things
You lost that newness
All of the hardships
Brush them all off

taken from popgasa 

Exhausted – was definitely my song in 2015 to 2016. I listened t itevery single day! Literally. I love the mellow feeling about it, but at the same time it tells you “it is Ok to be not OK…” WEll, you need it once in a while. Just a start of acceptance and voila… some magic happens – you are able to move one.

 

I’m sorry my love, I wanted to be the source of your pride
In my exhausted day, I just want some comfort
If you comfort me, saying that you believe me
I think I’ll start to cry
I’m sitting on the edge of this night with a drunken sigh

I’ll get through it, just like you believed I would
I have only one dream
I can’t make everything go back because of how I feel today
Don’t compare me, don’t care about me, who says that’s the right way?
There is no right way, the way that I chose is my way

taken from popgasa

4. Love Recipe – Clazziquai.

On the other end, this song is my ultimate morning anthem 🙂 It is chillin, and the music video is the best. 🙂 The lyrics are simplest way to express love. It is a universal love. Can be from spouse, daughter to father, and between friends.

Honestly speaking, I didn’t like sweet things
The hot coffee that you like, the languid rain
I was just with those things because I just liked you
But at some point, I turn my head at the smell of coffe

Translation from Princess of tea

3. Let’s take a walk a little – Jung In ft. Gary

To be honest with you, I have never imagined my self like a voice of Jung In. But, turned out that she’s one of the top on my list. First time hearing her was in Immortal Songs 2, I instantly in love with her charisma. And finally I bumped into this groovy RnB. With inspiring lyrics, I voted her as the “laid-back” song of all time.

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Let’s take a walk since our hearts are feeling complicated
I think sitting as we’re facing each other is making us more exhausted
What should we do? Should we break up?
Starting all over again seems a little scary

2. Dangdanghee – She is Beautiful by Sweet Sorrow

My ultimate favorite song! It’s been my ringtone since college years. My first encounter to Korean jazz. It’s rich, jazzy, like the one you would hear in a lounge. On top of that, it was sung by my favorite singer – Sweet Sorrow. What’s more I can ask for.

1.  One Candle – G.O.D.

Ok! I don’t know why, but I am addicted to this song. The original one! which was sang back in 1990s… Yes, it was sung by an idol. g.o.d. I freaking love it. The music, the lyrics, how it combines with the raps are just inviting you to sing a long. I still have a hard time to sing the rap, but I am fully determined! Oh yes baby..

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I think, the tunes are familiar for some of you because many idols have made the cover, many amateurs use it as an audition song. It is just one of the most popular songs in South Korea – can be mentioned as a classic (20 years popularity)

On top of that, let’s see the lyrics. The rap section is making us to believe that someone is actually talking to you to cheer you up!

In this world,
There are many people who have less than we do.
For those who are struggling even now, we sing this song.
“Stay strong!”

Why is life so hard?
Who said that life was beautiful??
Since I was born, all that life gave me was more trials to overcome.
During those times, I looked into the mirror and asked myself, 
“What did I do wrong? What did I do to deserve this only happening to me?”
It feels like it’ll never change. 
Not tomorrow, or even the day after.

Don’t say that
Don’t crumble under the pressure
Whatever life gives you
Whatever you receive
Whatever this unfair world offers you
If you just accept it
Wouldn’t you be fighting it?
Would you give up?
Would you surrender to the life that fate dealt you?
Don’t bow your head to the world, don’t lose strength,
Look at us.

Chorus
When you’re tired and exhausted, lean on me
I will always be by your side
So that you never feel like you’re alone in this world, 
I’ll be right beside you, holding your hand.

All in all, I just realize that my selections are more than half about motivational songs. LOL It seems like I am carrying a hard life. Well, I think it’s more touched when you just can relate yourself to the lyrics. I can say the lists can be as “top motivational songs” lol.
Anyway, I hope I can give you more insights about Korean Wave, and not limited among the ones on the surface only 😉

All translations are from popgasa. Please check it out, it has pretty cool stuff 😉

Coming up more exciting posts – and I start watching drama again 🙂

Cheers

CVB

Year End Thoughts and Faves 2016

I know I know…

Three months hiatus with a very lame excuse was not really a good reason about it. I am in no position to do a big review about K-drama in 2016 since I have missed so many goodies in the end of the year. However, there are 5 dramas that I would love to point out. The 5 dramas that have touched my heart endearly.

2016 was a year full of events! Therefore, my mental addiction to K-drama was abruptly distracted with real-life events. I only watched a lot less than last year list. I still had some good catches, and got a few hidden gems. I have to admit that I have missed some good stuff. But, oh well… there are still next time to watch it.

Let’s begin the Countdown

5. Age of Youth – JTBC.

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Age of Youth as the title proclaims, it is about youth. Roomates, girlfights, boys, friendships. Dark pasts. Very simple and realistic. I love how the writer puts more efforts in characters and develop a beautiful lines between the characters.

I haven’t been able to talk about this drama thoroughly although, I have planned about it. Age of Youth was underrated. However, I felt the depth about the characters. Everyone of it. It brings the plainness and complexity at the same time on the plate. It does not have the big main line, small pieces completing the big picture. That’s how the drama expresses itself. I love everything about it. I love the guys, the women, the stories, the mysteries about it, and the smiley landlord. It was just one memorable simple drama.

4. Memory – tvN

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Memory oh memory. I have made a post about it in here. Frankly, Memory is not everyone’s plate. No romance, only about alzeimer disease, another underrated drama. Can be easily forgotten. However, not because I was so pro the underrated dramas, but just it has been made beautifully. Can I say that the cinematography should win something? haha. The emotion of each character is undoubtedly very powerful! We speak about Lee Sung Min here for heaven’s sake. What’s more to talk about? hahaha

3. Dear My Friends and Reply 1988 – tvN

Some of you may curse me why do I have to put these two gems together instead of making it better than another. Well well well… not because they are not good enough to beat one another, but I am just thinking that both have similar big theme going on. Both are about friendships and each character has a strong story-lines. About preference? I probably lean towards Reply 1988 more just because there are so many things that I can relate to compared to Dear my Friends – speaking of age… *cough cough*. In the end, both just left me with a lot of warm fuzzy feelings, lots of tissues, and lots of jaw dropped momments because both casts are amazing.. amazing… AMAZING!

Here is my thought about Dear My Friends and Reply 1988

2. Marriage Contract – MBC

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Finally! I finally have a favorite from a melodrama/romantic drama!! yey. It’s been years peeps! I haven’t been really hooked up by a romantic drama or a typical Korean drama. But, this is a sweet exception! It took me by a surprise that I loved this drama so much! Lee Seo Jin’s dimple? Come on! It took me more than that. I appreciate how the writer writes such a beautiful lines and scenes? Those little actions; a closed up on holding hand, a smile, a stare… bah.. haha and the ending! The ending was really a high pitch! Since it was none of our *viewers’ predictions 🙂 More about it in here

  1. Signal- tvN

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Oh yes!

Just Yes! 🙂

mmm what more to say about it? About how Jo Jing Woong’s acting slays us, or the crazy old radio buzzing on and off to stand up for justice? or about the fact that our heroes never actually met but they develop stronger bond of bromance? Which one do I have to claim that making me just voluntarily put it as the best drama in 2016? Which one!!? This drama is thoughtfully made. From the solid story-lines, and great editing, it makes us stick with it even though it may create such a confusion. Scenes from the pasts and presents are carefully made; thus, it does a good job for clarity. More about it in herehere

 

Overall! 2016 was not my year of drama. I must admit, I have watched too many dramas; thus, I have difficulty to like or enjoy one drama. Hmm.. Anyway, keep tuning in for more exciting aticles. I am planning to do another countdown of my all time favorite songs and perhaps actors/actresses of the year?

You can check on my thoughts on 2015 K-drama

 

Happy New YEAR!

a sweet witty tune from Sweet sorrow 🙂

CVB

 

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