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Blue Spring Fan MV

Artist: The Back Horn
Song: Seimeisen (Life Line)
Creator: zettaireality


Sang Doo, Let’s Go to School Fan MV

Artist: Jung Chul
Song: Nae Ahn Eh Da Jim
Creator: chibimikki


Blue Spring (2001)

Blue Spring

Japanese Title: 青い春 (Aoi Haru)
Genre: Drama, Adolescence, Life
Starring: Matsuda Ryuhei, Arai Hirofumi, Takaoka Sosuke
Screenwriters: Toshiaki Toyada and Taiyo Matsumoto
Director: Toshiaki Toyada

A generic boys' high school, Japan. It's a rough area. The school building is particularly run down – there's graffiti all over the walls, the building is falling to bits. Local yakuza cruise round trying to recruit boys who have proved themselves tough. The school tries hard to protect its image – the baseball team has moments of success – but basically once there, it's hell, and there's little way out. To try to kill the boredom, the boys have developed an entertaining, if rather lethal, power game to determine who becomes the boss. To their surprise, Kujo (Matsuda Ryuhei) manages to win at this game and becomes the new boss reigning supreme over the rest of the students. However, as graduation draws near and choices need to be made, problems start to arise. Kujo becomes disinterested in his role as boss of the school and his detachment causes his closest friend, Aoki, to finally snap and rebel.

Rating: A (Excellent)
Rewatch Factor: Medium
Comment: Japanese students sure have it tough when it comes to their high school years and this movie sure emphasize that issue. However, unlike other movies in similar genre like Battle Royale or Suicide Circle, this movie is more character-driven, examining the struggles of adolescent, high school boys. The movie itself is rather slow-paced, typical of a Japanese movie, but there are powerful scenes to keep the viewers interested. Matsuda Ryuhei's performance as Kujo is a plus--silent and detached, yet still very deadly and violent. The violence in this movie is rather gruesome sometimes but it isn't surprising at all. What I love best about this movie is its ability portray the different types of struggles the students have to face with when graduation is near. The only flaws I can find in this movie is that there are sketchy areas sometimes because some scenes aren't made very clear unless it's watched over again. Nevertheless, the movie reaches a very climatic and tragic ending but it fits so well with the nature of this movie. There aren't any miracles in this movie. There isn't an Onizuka from GTO or a Yankumi from Gokusen to guide these students through their most crucial time in high school. There's only reality. I really do recommend this movie to people who wants to watch a movie about life and adolescence without the sugar and fluff.


Hwang Jin Yi Teaser

Creator: chibimikki


Let’s Go to the Beach (2005)

Let's Go to the Beach

A.K.A.: Summer Beach
Korean Title: 해변으로가요 (Haebyeoleuro Gayo)
Vietnamese Title: Tinh Yeu Tren Bai Bien
Genre: Drama, Romance, Comedy
Starring: Lee Wan, Lee Chung Ah, Jun-Jin, Kang Jeong-Hwa
Screenwriters: Jo Yoon Young, and Moon Hee Jung
Director: Lee Seung Ryul
Episodes: 14

Wanting to prove to his father that he's mature and can take on important work, Jang Tae-Pung (Lee Wan) decided to leave the big city to go work at a hotel resort that his older and more serious brother Tae-Hyun (Jun-Jin) was put in charge. Reluctantly, he accepted the job as a hotel's lifeguard just to be near his first love Min Joo-Hee (Kang Jeong-Hwa). Soon, he found himself falling in love with the country place and the sassy country girl from there, Yoon So-Ra (Lee Cheong-Ah). At the same time his brother Tae-Hyun also set his eyes on So-Ra and determine to make her his own.
Source: Eversky.org

Rating: B (Wonderful)
Rewatch Factor: Medium
Comment: This is an enjoyable drama that takes a closer look at the life of a lifeguard. Lee Cheong-Ah is very fit to play the simple but strong-willed young woman from a countryside. And Lee Wan portrays well the role of an immature and trouble-making young man. For the most part the drama is a pleasure to watch with little annoyances. However, I didn't like that a "we-might-be-related" card being thrown in this drama near the end. Why is that two people who finally found their way to each other must have something to drive them a part again? A plus side of this drama is that it's fairly short so it doesn't appear to drag as some dramas. Overall, it is a great watch if you just ignore the melodrama twist that was thrown in near the end.


The Vineyard Man (2006)

The Vineyard Man

A.K.A.: The Man in the Vineyard, The Man of the Vineyard
Korean Title: 포도밭 그사나이 (Podopat Geusanai)
Vietnamese Title: Chang Trai Vuon Nho
Genre: Romance, Comedy, Slice-of-Life
Starring: Yoon Eun Hye, Oh Man-Seok, Jeong So-Yeong, Kim Jo-Seok
Screenwriter: Jo Myung Joo
Director: Park Man Young
Episodes: 16

Yoon Eun-Hye has taken the lead role for this adaptation of the book The Vineyard Man by Kim Rang. In this romantic-comical drama, Yoon Eun-Hye plays the role Lee Ji Hyun. After 3 years of unemployment since graduation, Ji Hyun worked as a temporary designer for a clothing company, but her design was stolen by the chief designer and she was subsequently fired as nobody believed her. She had no choice but to accept her granduncle’s proposal to work on his vineyard for a year if she were to inherit it. Oh Man-Suk plays the role Jang Taek-Ki who is an honest young man working in the vineyard. The two fought like cat and dog and the city girl had a hard time adjusting to living in the country where even plumbing is a big problem. However, after many twists and turns Ji-hyun adapted to rustic life and opened up to the warmhearted residents of the village as well as ends up falling in love with Taek-Ki.
Source: DramaWiki

Rating: B (Wonderful)
Rewatch Factor: High
Comment: At first I wasn't sure if I want to watch this drama because it appears boring, but I was wrong. This is a wonderful drama. This drama is what I called "feel-good" drama. Even with little drama, this drama still manages to be exciting and capture my complete attention. Yoon Eun-Hye is well suited for the role of a spunky girl. She has the face and talent to act in comedy type of drama. Additionally, Oh Man-Suk is the best person to play the role of a simple guy with big heart from the countryside. One of the big plus about this drama is that it have one of the most satisfying endings I have seen. If you're looking for a carefree drama that then don't skip this drama.


Sweet 18 (2004)

Sweet 18

A.K.A.: Little Bride, 18-Year-Old Bride
Korean Title: 낭랑18세 (Nang Rang 18 Seh)
Vietnamese Title: Co Dau Nho Xinh
Genre: Romance, Comedy
Starring: Han Ji-Hye, Lee Dong-Geon, Lee Da Hae
Screenwriters: Kim Eun-Hee and Yoon Eun-Kyeong
Director: Kim Myeong-Wook
Episodes: 16

Wedding is not consummation of love but only the beginning!
This is a story about the love between a seemingly incompatible couple, a starry-eyed and mischievous high school girl and an all-conquering and powerful public prosecutor. They overcome their age difference and an equally vast gap in social status and upbringing to weave a cute yet great story of love in a comical spin. Yun Jeong-suk is a high school girl bent on doing things her own way but is a descendant of one of the most aristocratic families of Korea, the Yuns of Papyeong. She is not interested in studying nor does she seem to have a purpose in life. But the patriarchs of her family and the public prosecutor's had already decided that their offsprings were to get married. So at a tender age of 18, she weds the son of another equally blue-blooded family of Kwons of Andong. Her counterpart is Kwon Hyeok-jun, a straight shooter who has to do everything according to the norm but still retains the purity of heart. He is also one of the omnipotent public prosecutors in Korea. But doing her duties as the wife of the first son of an illustrious family and being tamed as if she's a shrew await her...
Source: KBS

Rating: A (Excellent)
Rewatch Factor: High
Comment: This drama is reminiscent of the popular Korean movie "My Little Bride". At first I'm reluctant to see this drama because I thought it would be a recycled version of "My Little Bride" and I wasn't a big fan of Han Ji-Hye. However, I'm glad that I decided to watch it. Even though "Sweet 18" covered the same theme as "My Little Bride" the drama still manages to be different and equally interesting. Even though, some people may think Han Ji-Hye over act in this drama, but I actually enjoy her "expressive" acting. There are some cheesy moments in this drama, but those moments blend well in the drama so it's easy to watch. Don't miss this funny and adorable drama!


Mr. Goodbye (2006)

Mr. Goodbye

A.K.A.: Wild Beast and the Witch, The Beast and the Witch
Korean Title: 미스터 굿바이 (Miseuteo Gutbai)
Vietnamese Title: Hen Gap Lai Anh
Genre: Romance, Comedy, Drama
Starring: Ahn Jae-Wook, Lee Bo-Yeong, Oh Yoon-Ah, Jo Dong-Hyeok
Screenwriter: Seo Sook-Hyang
Director: Hwang Ee-Kyeong
Episodes: 16

“Mr. Goodbye” is a story about the last love of a dying man, Hyeon-seo, who had to live in loneliness after losing his both foster parents but eventually succeeded as a hotelier. He finally finds happiness when he returns to Korea, where he learns that he has a son from a woman who loves him and finally meets his biological mother. The series also sarcastically portrays good and evil of the human world with a hotel as the background. The series also depicts how hotel concierges help hotel customers heal their spiritual wounds. The upbeat and outgoing Young-in, one of the concierges, teaches Hyeon-seo the meaning of love and fights for his love with Su-jin, a doctor.
Source: Hancinema

Rating: B+ (Very Good)
Rewatch Factor: Medium
Comment: This drama got my attention from the very first episode. It is funny and refreshing. Ahn Jae-Wook is very suited to play the role of a successful man who is lonely and hard to please. My opinion about Lee Bo-Yeong have changed after this drama. Unlike her role in "Save the Last Dance for Me" her role in "Mr. Goodbye" is very sweet and likeable. However, I don't like the depressing ending, but what other ending can you really expect from a drama that titled "Mr. Goodbye."


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