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San shi er yi
(2020)

Top notch, thought provoking drama with great acting.
This was another brilliantly written and thought out Chinese drama with a much more grown up and for the most part realistic story. It follows the lives of three women about to turn thirty and how that period in their lives changes their outlook and lives quite dramatically. It is a story about the struggles and strength of women but without being too female focussed. The men are not portrayed merely as side characters nor the villains, rather all the characters are imperfect yet endearing at the the same time. Once again the story telling was so clever and thought provoking and I found myself often thinking about the predicaments and emotions of the characters. It's not a light hearted or funny drama but it is really good and something quite different. The highlight for me was the extra little story of another little family at the end of each episode which I imagine more realistically portrays the average life for many in China. Highly recommend.

Roboti Aniya
(2017)

Wonderful, romantic and funny!
I totally loved this series. I wasn't sure that it would be believable, but it really was done brilliantly. Great acting, perfect balance of sadness, comedy and romance. The chemistry between the main couple was really good and all the supporting characters were lovely too. Highly recommend!!

Yi jia ren zhi ming
(2020)

11 Stars!! Best drama I have ever seen..
This drama touched my heart deeply. I felt emotions I have never felt before and fell in love with this wonderful family. Being both a child and parent and having a family that is not all blood related but just as much as a family as any other, I perhaps found this story even more meaningful. The acting was outstanding and the 5 main characters were so wonderful! The standout of course was Li Jianjian (Songyun Tan) who had something so endearing about her. She was cute, tender-hearted, feisty and so naturally loving and optimistic which was what her brothers both so needed, and her smile just made me smile. The three of them made me so jealous. What a unique and deep relationship they had that only they could really understand. Both brothers were also wonderful and the Li dad, well he just melted my heart. If we could all be such a wonderful parents and human beings! This child actors were brilliant too and so many of their moments broke my heart. Yes the ending could have been better and there is definitely potential for a second season but the first half of the drama deserved 10 starts on it's own! So many moments I will never forget and will enjoy again when I watch it again.

Yeokdoyojeong Gim Bokju
(2016)

One of my favourite K-Dramas
Like so many other dramas, I delayed watching this because of the Title, but as usual it was way better than expected. This was largely down to the leading couple. Hats off to Song Kyoung Lee for brilliant acting, she is actually so pretty but made herself seem so boyish and frumpy. The star of the show was another new actor for me in Nam Joo Hyuk. I think his smile rivals Lee Jong Suk! He played such a playful but genuinely lovely character. Great acting from both leads and the undeniable chemistry was confirmed by them dating after the show. The one annoying friend character of Kim Bok Joo was so ridiculous that I deducted a star just for her, hopefully K-dramas will steer away from the stupid side characters in future.

Pooreun Badaui Junsul
(2016)

Wonderful, romantic and so funny!
I really loved this series. I wasn't sure about the mermaid aspect but as usual I was pleasantly surprised at how well it was done. The characters were lovely, most especially the leading lady. She was so pretty, vulnerable, tough and endearing all at the same time. The were many really funny moments in this without any over-the-top side characters. And the balance of tension, drama, comedy and romance was perfect. One of my favourite K-dramas.

Kkotboda namja
(2009)

Oh dear.... Korean television wasn't always great I guess
Let me start by saying that I am the biggest fan of Korean TV and almost exclusively watch K and C-dramas which I feel are far superior than western tv these days. I totally LOVED Meteor Garden despite it's cringeworthy moments and ridiculous ending. So I thought I would go back and watch the 'classic' Korean version (I haven't seen any others). Wow, where do I start. The good points, I like Lee Min Ho and the Si Hoon character and far preferred Jan Di's friend to the same part in MG. But this series required you not to just set your brain aside, you need to put it in another room just to prevent the urge to use it from time to time. It was like they wanted certain moments or scenarios but didn't bother on any of it making sense. I kept laughing out loud at the sheer ridiculousness of the situations and stupidity of the characters. I mean MG was frustrating, but at least the chemistry between Si and Shancai was off the charts and they were actually happy together for more than 5 seconds at a time. Jan Di looked like her skin crawled every time Joo Pyo came near her. She was a sweet character, but thick as a plank and totally lacked that unique cuteness required for the role. The ending was slightly better and less ridiculous than MG but it was tedious to get through. Apart from one series, I have never rated a K-drama lower than a 8 so my 6 stars hurts, but I recommend you might want to skip this one.

Saikojiman Gwaenchanha
(2020)

Seriously not okay...
I have become a huge fan of K-dramas as well as C-dramas over the past few years and I watch nothing else. Their story telling, brilliant acting, lack of profanity and refreshing decency, are what made me fall in love with Korean TV and film. Whether it's a more realistic, gritty drama or romantic comedy, they always seem to manage to run joy and beauty throughout without shying away from real issues of life. I fear that they are becoming more Hollywood now and apart from the great acting and cinematography, this series is sadly the first drama I just couldn't continue with past the first 4 episodes. It's dark and creepy and down right scary and although the main actor are gorgeous and the cast great, it was unpleasant for me to watch, so much so that I couldn't stick it out in the hopes of it getting good. Please Korean film makers, stick to what makes Korean television so awesome! I've never given below 7 stars for any Korean of Chinese drama, so this was really disappointing.

Go Go Squid!
(2019)

Enjoyable and sweet!
I was looking for a light, sweet romance and that is exactly what this series is. The acting was good all round but I didn't quite believe the matching of the lead couple. I actually found they had more chemistry behind the scenes when watching the YouTube BTS clips. They were both very endearing though. What I loved most was the friendships. The young guys were so lovely and loved the friendship between them (seriously would love to hang our with them :-) ) My favourite characters were Demo, 97 and Little Mi - such sweet guys. There were slightly too many dramatic flash backs but most of them were necessary. I love these dramas because they celebrate kindness and integrity which we need so badly in this world.

W - Du gaeui segye
(2016)

One of my favourite dramas!
I had been wanting to watch this series for a while and was so happy to find it on Netflix recently. I'm a big fan of Lee Jong Suk and have been watching most of his previous dramas while he is doing his military service. This was a really well crafted story with excellent special effects and of course fantastic acting both from Jong Suk and Han Hyo-joo. There was loads of great comedy, romance, suspense, action and drama all perfectly blended as only Korean film makers seem to be able to do so well. Highly recommend.

Geunyang Saranghaneun Sai
(2017)

In a class of it's own!
I have been such a huge fan of K and C-dramas, I watch nothing else these days. I didn't think a Korean drama could get any better until this series which really should have remained being called Rain or Shine. The reviews in Viki clinched it for me, they were off the charts about this series. All the characters, storyline, script, cinematography, sountrack and sublime acting puts this in a class of it's own. Its real and honest, not light and fluffy but it's still so heart wrenching and melting at the same time. It's my first time seeing Junho act and oh my goodness he is incredible!! He portrays such a self assuredness at the same time being so humble and selfless and you become so mesmerised by not only his authentic portrayal but all the characters of this story. I completely forgot it wasn't actually real! I don't like sad stories as a rule but this was so worth it and I got the ending I was hoping for although it was a little abrupt. This drama and many of the moments will stay with me for a long time. Highly recommend!

Yuyeolui eumagaelbeom
(2019)

Enjoyed it more than I thought I would
I am a big fan of Jung Hae In. As expected he was great in this film as was his co-star, Kim Mi Soo. Both lovely characters very well acted. This is not a fluffy romantic film, but a more serious, gritty simple story. I like Korean dramas because they are usually free from bad language so could have done without the swearing but it was pretty minimal so not too bad. There were a few bits, like the reasons for parting, that I didn't quite understand and it could have ended a bit better but I enjoyed it anyway. What I loved most was how authentic and raw it felt, although I'm so used to watching series it felt really short!

Ildan Ddeugeobge Chungsohara
(2018)

Could have been a lot better, but still worth watching
I ignored the low star rating and decided to watch this series based on the good reviews. The bad points first. The story line. The first 5 episodes weren't great and the male lead character, Jang Seon Kyul was pretty unlikeable, you need a glimmer of hope even in the beginning. The ending really let it down the most. Firstly the stupid thought process of the leading lady, Gil Oh Sol and her father drove me nuts and as is so often with these dramas, a lot of time is wasted not saying how they feel. My pet hate is when everything is only resolved in the last few minutes of the series. On the positive side, the Jang Seon Kyul character improved drastically as the series progressed and I ended up really liking him by the end, even more so than Oh Sol who was a lovely character for the most part (except the last few episodes). The supporting characters were all great and I really enjoyed episodes 8-14. Still worth watching but could have been so much better.

Dangshini Jamdeun Saie
(2017)

Way better than expected!
I put off watching this series, because I'm not usually a fan of any 'magical' elements to stories, but based on the reviews I watched it. I was not disappointed! Brilliant acting and characters, great writing and directing and camera work. It's amazing how they weave humour, drama, tension and excitement so effortlessly. Lee Jong Suk is a brilliant actor and I love it equally when he is serious and funny and the Nam Hong Joo character was so likeable, off beat and best of all, honest! I didn't expected Jung Hae-in to be in it, what a bonus! Loved the suspenseful lawyer side as much as the romance. Everyone should watch this!

O Ma-i Bi-neo-seu
(2015)

Oh my goodness, I LOVED Oh my Venus!!
I shouldn't have let the name put me off, and watched this much sooner! There is always so much more to Korean dramas than their name and synopsis. This rom-com was so well written and acted, it had hilarious moments all the way through with no ridiculous side characters. The bonus was Henry playing the comedic one without being too silly! There was drama, excitement, sadness and the most romantic moments ever too. The chemistry between the leads was great and a good balance between passion and decency. Loved all the supporting characters and was also super inspired to get fit and eat better too... bonus! Highly recommend.

Poreseuteu
(2020)

Romantic, exciting and generally enjoyable.
I watched this based on some tremendous reviews on Viki, and I enjoyed it but not quite as much as some rave reviewers. The acting was good and the scenery was beautiful. There was more than just a lovely romance, but also a rather complicated but exciting storyline which really got interesting in roughly the last third of the series. I liked both the main characters and I especially loved Choi Chang and his infectious smile!

Kimbiseoga wae geureolkka
(2018)

Romantic, hilarious and perfectly paced rom-com!
This romantic comedy drama was a refreshing change to most K-dramas. It had a great story-line, loads of witty humour, lovable characters and a dramatic and emotional twist to the story. What I loved most was how Young Joon's character did develop but he managed to remain his usual pompous self but it was never serious and he was actually really kind a caring underneath. In the same way, Mi So just accepted him being so full of himself, not feeling the need to set him down because she knew he was really lovely and kind. The other thing I liked was the lack of misunderstandings and wasted opportunities so prevalent in many of these dramas. I loved the part where she says, I want to make things clear, so there are no misunderstandings and the scene in the cupboard, where he maturely doesn't take offence, but rather doesn't want to argue with her unnecessarily. The only thing I didn't like, was the ridiculously annoying woman Se Ra. I assume it's a Korean thing, but the stupid side characters are so unnecessary and really annoying. The actual humour was so good throughout, no silly side characters are needed. This series had more passion than most K-dramas but still very decent which I really like. Great acting and characters I will miss.

Good Morning-Call: Guddo môningu kôru
(2016)

I really wanted to love this...
I love K- and C-dramas and this was my first Japanese series. If I had never watched any other K/C-dramas I would probably have thought this was brilliant but although it was still very addictive and enjoyable to watch, it fell short of the usual brilliant standard of Korean and Chinese dramas. In the first series, I found the lead actress character to be waaaaayyy too silly to the point of annoying at times and the lead male character was just too dull. I actually enjoyed the second series much more, as the girl became far less ridiculous and more gown up and the guy warmed up and was a much nicer character. All the side characters were absolutely lovely though and there were lots of great moments and acting throughout. If you want this storyline done perfectly, watch Put your Head on my Shoulder.

Ibeon Saengeun Cheoeumira
(2017)

Just brilliant!!
I absolutely loved this series. So nice to have a more grown up story with brilliant acting and so many touching and funny moments. I just wish it didn't have to end! There was proper passion in this series for a change but still very tasteful which is what I love about k-dramas. It ended just the way I was hoping and made me cry and smile all the way through. Watch it, you won't regret it! (You can never judge these shows by their titles and pictures. They never cease to impress me once I start watching, but this one was one of the best)

Seoreunijiman Yeolilgobibmida
(2018)

One of the best dramas I have seen!!
Before I started watching Korean and Chinese dramas about a year ago, I had no idea that they were such brilliant story tellers and hopeless romantics! The storylines are obviously unlikely but the human emotion and relationships are depicted expertly and with such heart-warming tenderness. Still 17 is one of the best, if not the best series I have watched. The acting is superb and the characters are just so wonderful (loved Chan especially) that you wish you could move right in with them. There were no overacting silly sidekicks but instead natural laugh out loud funny moments and heart-breaking sadness are woven beautifully throughout the story. Like another reviewer, I have withdrawal from the characters and found it hard not to fancy Mr Gong :-) I especially loved that they ended it well, including flashbacks to some of the memorable moments in the story. Stomach dropping, heart bursting romance and friendship and moments you will remember for a long time. Highly recommend.

Chu lian na jian xiao shi
(2019)

Almost perfect!
I chose to watch this recently despite the few reviews because it has the same writer as my favourite series Put your Head on my shoulder which in my opinion is the best Asian series I have watched. ALTCFL started slowly but with lots of promise. The chemistry between the two leads was amazing but the lack of physical affection they showed to each other let it down. I love Asian dramas because of their innocence but perhaps this one was a bit young for me. I'm thinking maybe it's because Jin Mai is under 18, but not sure. Despite that the series had such beautiful, emotional story lines and wonderful relationship development. Not just romantic, but friendship and family relationships too. The acting was superb and in my option the series got better and more exciting in the middle. The only let down was the ending. It's what we all wait for and we don't just want it to to be resolved in the last episode. Overall thoroughly enjoyed this series and highly recommend it.

Put Your Head on My Shoulder
(2019)

Simply wonderful!
I have been a great fan of Korean dramas but this was my first Chinese series. At first I found the animal sounds a bit offputting but I soon got used to it and after giving it a chance ended up absolutely loving the simple romantic story and characters. I loved that we got our happy ending/s and then the story continued for a few episodes. Such a sweet, romantic series, really going to miss the characters.

Meteor Garden
(2018)

Just loved the series!
I have become a huge fan of Korean and Chinese dramas. Meteor garden was different to most Asian series, slightly more quirky and definitely a few cringe moments (London restaurant scene and the unidentifiable 'English' accents!) but with such incredible characters and heart melting moments that any flaws didn't matter a bit! I cried almost all the way through the Hot Pot episode! The friendship between the F4 was almost as endearing as the romance story and the relationship between Lei and Sanchai was incredible. Si and Sanchai had such chemistry and although frustrating at times, I just loved the relationship between the two of them. The side stories were ok but I kept looking forward to getting back to the main story line.

I want to be friends with the F4 😂! The soundtrack is something else, both the western pop songs and the original songs sang by all the F4 actors are just incredible. I have all of them as well as many other Asian drama soundtracks on Spotify and they make me smile every time. Thoroughly recommend! Be be prepared to want to binge watch 😃.

My First First Love
(2019)

Season 2
Loved the first series and romance story, but thought the second series and especially how the romance ended didn't feel right or believable. Totally thought Song-I should have ended up with Do-hyeon who had a pretty miserable conclusion. Loved the characters and friendship though and as always brilliant, acting and sweet moments throughout.

Put Your Head on My Shoulder
(2019)

Simply wonderful!
I have been a great fan of Korean dramas but this was my first Chinese series. At first I found the animal sounds a bit offputting but I soon got used to it and after giving it a chance ended up absolutely loving the simple romantic story and characters. I loved that we got our happy ending/s and then the story continued for a few episodes. Such a sweet, romantic series, really going to miss the characters.

Bombam
(2019)

Sadly disappointed with this series..
I have become a huge fan of Korean dramas with their great acting and beautiful, interesting story lines and I loved Something in the Rain, and thought One Spring night would be similar based on great reviews. To cut to the chase, the first third of the series was just toooo drawn out with way to much moping. There was a fair bit of moping and excessive drinking in SOR but once you got through that the lovely characters and brilliant acting made it worth it. I love the male lead and he made the series worth sticking with but the story had no interesting twists or heart warming sub plots. It was just a simple story line dragged out over 16 episodes. I can highly recommend Romance is Bonus Book and My First Love, but this one was mostly tedious with a few sweet moments here and there. The music was also far too repetitive, especially if you watch a few episodes in a row.

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