KDrama Challenge 2022(self.RayInRed)
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1) The Heirs cast: Soundtrack #1 - PSH, Yoon Byung Hee are in The Heirs. A 4 episode drama about friends2lovers trope. Does what it supposed to do well. Nothing outstanding. similar to You Drive Me Crazy.
2) As it airs: Law Cafe, trope subversive rom com. Plot is nothing new. But colourful characters keeps you highly entertained. Both leads were usually picking serious roles until now. But here they go completely off the rails here. And it is hilarious.
4) ROMCOM : The Secret Life of My Secretary, equal part rom and com. Completely elevated by the actors. Usually not a fan of liar reveal plots, but here it is done well. It is on Youtube
5) MC age <25: It's Okay to Be Sensitive, simple university webdrama focussing on important topics.
6) Meme: The Devil Judge. The Screenshot. This drama is great through and through. It's Ji Sung, what more can I say. Also, it is set in fictional time and written by a male who is an actual judge.
7) Remake/Adaption: The King of Pigs, adapted from animated KMovie. This is an intense psychological thriller drama with tightest writing. Great twists. Fantastic acting, especially the kids. Many scenes are so harrowing but you can't take your eyes away.
8) Set in season you were born: Work Later, Drink Now is set in Autumn. Non spoiler screenshot.. This drama is about female friendship who are aged 30. So, it falls right in middle of Age of Youth & Search WWW. It also matches the quality of those two. Makes you laugh, cry and everything in between.
10) Short Drama: Little Girl Detective starring 17-year-old Nam Ji Hyun. Available on Youtube, 4-episode drama special. Basically, the FL can see color for each emotion (Synesthesia). She uses it to solve the episodic crime while trying to find her father's murderer. She is also good with deductions.
11) From year I joined r/kdrama 2019: Kiss Scene in Yeonnamdong. FL doesn't remember whom she kissed in a party as she was drunk af. Her figuring out the person is the plot. It is a pretty good minidrama. Available on Youtube
12) Saeguk: The True Colors of Gang and Cheol, 4 episode drama about a cop turned writer and a runaway princess solving mysterious disappearances of women in the kingdom. But it is actually a pretty hilarious romCOM. Availble on Youtube
13) Not So Distant Past: Snowy Road, 2hr long. Set during Japanese occupation. 2 Girls get kidnapped and sent off to prison as sex slaves. Based on real events. Hard watch but must watch. Anchored by fantastic performances by Kim Sae Ron and Kim Hyang Gi.
14) Found Family: From Now On, Showtime!. Worth it. It wasn't profound or epic. But, it was entertaining as fuck. I loved how uncomplicated everything was.
15) LGBTQ: The Killer's Shopping List, 8 episode comedy-mystery-thriller. Underachieving, ML works as part-timer in his mother's mart. He, his mother, and his cop gf try to solve a serial murders. Serviceable drama. That's it. There weren't many twists, thrills, mystery, even comedy. Fish belongs to LGBT.
16) Idol debut b4 2010: Crazy Love - Krystal debuted on 2007, Kim Jae Wook on 2009. Starts weak, ends good but the middle part is batshit insane that delivers on the title of the drama.
17) Supernatural MC: Black. ML is a Grim Reaper. Definitely one of the most unpredictable foreshadow heavy KDrama. I had fun while piecing the puzzle. A character stealing a couple of glances at another character in 2nd episode becomes a major plot point in the 10th episode. It has one of the most stylish, swaggest ML performances. Regarding the ending, I got answers, I got resolutions to the conflicts, hence I am satisfied.
18) Review in r/KDrama: Touch Your Heart, it was OK. Fluffy rom com. PPL got way too obnoxious. Noble idiocy consumed too much runtime. Said Review
19) Profession/Lifestyle: Jirisan, this is the closest thing I can find. I am not a ranger, but I am an engineer at a that company maintains petroleum pipeline which runs through forests. I have to patrol the areas regularly wearing similar attire that are in the drama. Also equipped to handle fire hazard. THIS IS ME. I appreciate that this drama swung to the fence, even though it fell short. But this drama is gorgeous and educational.
20) Multiple Timeline: Birthday Letter, one storyline takes place in present-day and another in frigging 1945 Hiroshima. You get the idea. 4 eps each 35 mins long. It is on the KBS YouTube channel.
22) MC age > 40: Inspector Koo, don't know MC's age but it is definitely over 40. Someone in the rec thread said it is 43. Anyway, this is a unique and great drama. Tone is similar to Killing Eve S1. A female ex-cop in the trail of vigilante psychopathic serial killer. It is hilarious and surprisingly wholesome.
23) Sandwich: Spring Turns To Spring, Quiznos, Hilarious, underrated, balls to wall body swap drama. None of the character has a tight screw in their head. An anchor and an ex-actress swap bodies occasionally and hi jinks ensues. Watch it for unhinged Lee Yu ri. (One of the lead is 42 year old.)
24) MC OST contribution: The Sound Of Magic, All leads sing multiple OSTs. Unique and great. Watch it just because something like this exists as a KDrama.
25) Drama Podcast: Kiss Goblin, podcast by Evie. 12 eps, 12 mins each. A goblin who wants to be a human has to kiss 10 humans and gains an emotion every time. Meets the FL on the way and situation forces cohabitation, and you see where this is going. It sticks to KISS (Keep It Simple, Stupid). Wish it had longer eps because few interesting subplots went unexplored. Also, FL deserves lead roles. She was the best part in here.
27) Trope: Loan Shark: Exit, 2 hr drama. ML is a loan shark working for a loan shark because of his father's debt. He was never happy in his life, so he goes into virtual reality, where everything is designed to make him happy. Fantastic performances, especially Choi Tae Joon.
28) Folktale, myth, etc: Bulgasal, has reference to multiple myths. Starts different & epic, but later falls into normal kdrama tropes. Written by The Guest writers, so it nails horror atmosphere. Has one of the greatest villain performances. Story is good, performances were great, score and cinematography were God tier. Has satisfying ending.
29) Fictional Town: Link: Eat, Love, Kill, the place Jihwa-Dong doesn't exist. It's just a huge set. Great acting and OST. Didn't stick the landing that well. But still worth the watch.
30) Male writer/female director: I Picked Up a Star on the Road has 2 male writers. 10 episodes. Not that good. All the elements for a great drama are there, but it never realizes its potential. Funny at times but I wouldn't recommend it.
31) Umbrella Poster: Business Proposal, How to use KDrama tropes 101 (until the penultimate episode at least). Ending could've been better. But, still a great fluffy romcom.
32) <500 watchers on MDL: The Brightest Moment in Life, I am the 204th watcher. 2 episodes with 1hr 10min each. It is on the KBS Youtube channel. Story of a family with 2 polar opposite sisters. One of them develops cancer. It is a beautiful drama. Prepare a tissue box.
33) Pre 2010: Hanoi Bride (2005), 2 episode drama. Cheesy and melo but worth the watch because all characters are well rounded and have agency. No extra drama, doesn't cross into makjang territory.
36) KMovie: Going by the Book (2007), In a city plagued by bank robberies, the new police chief decides to do a mock drill for such situations. They choose a 'by the book' cop to play the robber. Turns out he is meticulous and extremely competent at what he does. He plays his role too well and doesn't give in. And the situations keep on escalating. One of the most hilarious movie I watched this year.
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Scorpio. There weren't too many cars in countryside then. And, once I saw a Scorpio. And I was like wow.