Thursday, December 31, 2020

{Review} 화유기 (A Korean Odyssey)

Original Title: 화유기
Also Known As: A Korean Odyssey/Hwayugi 
Director: Park Hong-Kyun, Kim Jung-Hyun, Kim Byung-Soo
Distributor: tvN
Released: December 23, 2017
Genre: Fantasy/Drama/Romance/Supernatural
Language: Korean
Country: South Korea
My Rating: 10/10
Add To: Netflix | VIKI
In 2017, Son Oh Gong and Ma Wang are in conflict with each other as they look for a true light in a dark world where evil thrives. Having made a contract with Seon Mi 25 years ago, entitling her to seek help from Son Oh Gong whenever she calls him in exchange for letting him free, the two meet again in a fateful encounter. From there, Son Oh Gong is bound to his protective role towards Seon Mi, the little girl he had met years ago.
~~Adapted from the classic Chinese novel “Journey to the West,” but reinterprets the story into the present day and has a romantic-fantasy twist.

{Review} 쌍갑포차 (Mystic Pop-Up Bar)

Original Title: 쌍갑포차
Also Known As: Mystic Pop-Up Bar
Director: Jun Chang Geun
Distributor: JTBC
Released: May 20, 2020
Genre: Supernatural/Drama/Fantasy
Language: Korean
Country: South Korea
My Rating: 9/10
Add To: Netflix
“Mystic Pop-Up Bar” is based on a popular webtoon of the same name and tells the story of a mysterious pojangmacha (outdoor drinking establishment) run by a prickly woman and an innocent part-timer who visit customers in their dreams to help resolve their problems.
늦은 밤, 낯선 곳에 나타난 의문의 포장마차, 그곳에서 일어나는 이야기를 담은 드라마

~~Based on: Twin Tops Bar; by Bae Hye-soo.

Sunday, December 27, 2020

{Review} 返校 (Detention)

Original Title: 返校
Also Known As:  Fan Xiao/Detention
Director: I Hsuan Su, Chaung Shiang An, Yi Liu
Distributor: Netflix/Outland Film Production
Released: December 5, 2020
Genre: Suspense/Thriller/Paranormal/Psychological
Language: Mandarin
Country: Taiwan
My Rating: 1/10
Add To: Netflix
Starts at Greenwood High School in the 1990s. Yunxiang Liu, a transfer student, steps into the forbidden area on the campus by accident, where she encounters the ghost of Ruixin Fang. Fang later unveils the hidden history and trauma over the past 30 years, and how a group of young students and teachers were persecuted as they fought for freedom in the era of censorship. Their stories keep coming back to the school like haunting nightmares, waiting to be told and revealed.

{Review} 今際の国のアリス (Alice in Borderland)

Original Title: 今際の国のアリス
Also Known As: Alice in Borderland/Imawa no Kuni no Arisu
Director: Sato Shinsuke
Distributor: Netflix
Released: December 10, 2020
Genre: Thriller/Live Action/Action
Language: Japanese
Country: Japan
My Rating: 10/10
Add To: Netflix
Arisu—a listless, jobless and video-game-obsessed young man—suddenly finds himself in a strange, emptied-out version of Tokyo in which he and his friends must compete in dangerous games in order to survive. In this strange world, Arisu meets Usagi, a young woman who’s navigating the games alone. Together, they set out to unravel one mystery after another as they risk their lives and confront what it means to live.

~~Adapted from the manga series "Imawa no Kuni no Alice" by Haro Aso.

{Review} 스위트홈 (Sweet Home)

Original Title: 스위트홈
Also Known As: Sweet Home
Director: Lee Eung Bok
Distributor: Studio Dragon/Netflix
Released: December 18, 2020
Genre: Horror/Supernatural/Thriller
Language: Korean
Country: South Korea
My Rating: 10/10
Add To: Netflix
Following the death of his family in an accident, loner Cha Hyun Soo moves to a new apartment. His quiet life is soon disturbed by strange incidents that start occurring in his new building. As people turn into monsters, Hyun Soo and other residents try to survive.

끔찍한 사고로 가족을 모두 잃은 외톨이 고등학생 현수는 그린 홈이라는 낡은 아파트 단지로 이사한다. 절망에 빠진 그는 점차 그린 홈에 관한 비밀을 깨닫는다. 왜곡된 인간 욕망을 여러 가지 형태로 투영하면서 인류를 몰아내려는 괴물이 그린 홈을 둘러싸고 있으며, 자신을 포함해 그린 홈 주민들은 그 괴물들에 갇혀있다는 사실을.

~~Adapted from a webtoon of the same name by Kim Kan Bi and Hwang Young Chan.

Saturday, December 12, 2020

{Review} 도도솔솔라라솔 (Do Do Sol Sol La La Sol)

Original Title: 도도솔솔라라솔
Also Known As: Do Do Sol Sol La La Sol
Director: Kim Min Kyung
Distributor: KBS2
Released: October 7, 2020
Genre: Drama/Romance
Language: Korean
Country: South Korea
My Rating: 10/10
Add To: Netflix
Goo Ra Ra is a naive rich girl, who dreams of being a great pianist with her father's love guiding her. But her path becomes rocky when her father passes away, and she finds herself going bankrupt. Being scammed of a home and needing an escape, she goes on a ride where she encounters an accident trying to avoid Sun Woo Joon, a diligent worker trying to meet ends. Being hospitalized with a broken arm and no place to go, guilty Sun Woo Joon decides to take responsibility and take care of her. With Go Ra Ra’s naive personality, she slowly begins creeping into Sun Woo Joon's heart, while trying to deal with the challenges of living an adult life.

에너제틱 피아니스트 구라라와 알바력 만렙 선우준의 반짝반짝 로맨틱 코미디
집안의 몰락으로 삶의 바닥에 떨어진 러블리 피아니스트 구라라가 알바력 만렙의 미스터리 청년 선우준을 만나 웃고 울고 사랑하며 서로에게 깊은 의미가 되어가는 이야기.

Thursday, December 3, 2020

{Review} 구미호뎐 (Tale of the Nine Tailed)

Original Title: 구미호뎐
Also Known As: Tale of Gumiho/Tale of the Nine Tailed
Director: Kang Shin-hyo
Distributor: tvN
Released: October 7, 2020
Genre: Supernatural/Action/Romance/Fantasy
Language: Korean
Country: South Korea
My Rating: 10/10
Add To: Viki
The mythical nine-tailed fox, or gumiho, Lee Yeon had to settle in the city many centuries ago. Able to transform into human form, he eradicates supernatural beings that threaten the mortal world. His real aim is to find the reincarnation of his lost first love. The talented television producer Nam Ji Ah works in a show that features urban myths. In the past, her parents were involved in a mysterious car accident and disappeared, and she suspects that Lee Yeon might be connected with this accident. The half-brother to Lee Yeon is the captivating Lee Rang. Despite being half-human himself, he harbors a deep-seated contempt for all people. For sport, he will unleash his seductive prowess upon his human-du-jour, by promising to grant them their wishes, only to trick them into paying a hefty price for their earthly desires.

도시에 정착한 구미호와 그를 쫓는 프로듀서의 판타지액션로맨스
구미호 이야기"의 주인공 이영이 최근 도시에 등장했다. 차갑고 잘 생긴 남자는 겉으로는 사람과 완전히 구별 할 수 없지만 사실 그는 인간의 외모를 취할 수있는 구미호이다. 이영은 외부 세계와 타 세계의 질서를 유지하고 인간의 영혼을 정화하고 혼돈을 만들어야한다. 주인공은 도시 신화에 대한 쇼를 촬영하는 TV 프로듀서 남지 아의 눈길을 끈다. 그 소녀는 그녀의 일에 매우 이타 적이며 정말 가치있는 자료를 얻기 위해 아무것도 멈추지 않을 것입니다. 이영에게는 이복형 제, 사랑스러운 이복 혈이란이 있습니다. 그는 사람들을 경멸하고 그들에게 매우 위험하지만 그의 속임수와 가짜 친절 덕분에 그는 인간의 약점을 능숙하게 다루며 엄청난 대가로 욕망을 충족시킵니다

Wednesday, December 2, 2020

{Review} 오싹한 연애 (Spellbound)

Original Title: 오싹한 연애
Also Known As: Eerie Romance/Spellbound
Director: Hwang In-Ho
Distributor: CJ Entertainment
Released: December 1, 2011
Genre: Horror/Romantic Comedy/Supernatural
Language: Korean
Country: South Korea
My Rating: 8/10
Add To: VIKI
Jo Gu, a street magician, meets a miserable girl, Yu Ri, during one of his performances, and she winds up the inspiration for his “Horror magic show.” The show becomes wildly popular and Jo Gu is now a successful magician with a model girlfriend. Yu Ri begins working as an extra on the show but the darkness inside her, something her teammate's sense, keeps her from truly connecting with anyone else. Jo Gu’s attempt to include her during dinner turns into a disaster when she gets blindingly drunk. Jo Gu calls Yu Ri the next morning, but when the phone disconnects with a weird noise, he starts to worry. When Jo Gu finds her, she confesses the long story behind her gray, wan face. Since surviving a high school car accident Yu Ri has seen the ghosts of dead schoolmates and her one-time best friend Joo Hee. Joo Hee is a ghost, following her everywhere and scaring the people around her, leaving her totally isolated. Even Yu Ri’s family eventually fled, leaving her behind to live alone in a tent, speaking only to a friend on the phone sometimes. During the course of Jo Gu’s failed attempts to find the lonely Yu Ri a boyfriend she resigns herself to the idea of her solitary life is best in the grand scheme of things. And though Jo Gu is sometimes scared witless himself, the pair starts to develop a feeling for each other. Now consumed with jealousy, Joo Hee becomes a threat during the show and prompts Yu Ri to head off to join her family to save Jo Gu. Is getting away going to be that easy, or does Joo Hee have more tricks up her sleeve?

이 세상 모든 연애는... 달콤하다? 짜릿하다? 로맨틱하다? 이 커플의 연애는 오싹하다! 남다른 ‘촉’때문에 평범한 생활은 물론 제대로 된 연애 한번 못해본 여자 여리(손예진)와 그녀에게 꽂혀버린 비실한 ‘깡’의 호러 마술사 조구(이민기). 달콤해야 할 두 사람의 만남은 그들의 행복을 방해하는 귀신들로 인해 하루하루가 공포특집이다. 이런 생활에 익숙한 여리와 달리 매번 생명의 위협을 느끼는 조구. 오싹한 난관에도 불구하고 이 연애를 포기할 수 없는 여리와 조구는 어금니 꽉 깨물고 목숨을 건 연애를 시작하는데
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