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Due to my new found love/addiction (reading), it is possible that I may not post anything in this blog for a long, long time.

It pains me greatly because I have invested so much time in this blog way back. Give Me Some Dramas is like my baby. What I am regretting is my decision to have a separate blog for my book reviews, I should’ve thought better of it.

But what is done is done (I don’t want to finally admit it, but I think I have outgrown my addiction to anything asian), if ever you still want to feel my presence, you can head to my book reviews blog BookOaths. If you’re a bookworm like yours truly, a comment is gladly appreciated.

Ciao!

Thai drama review: Full House

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But you know what? Amongst all the bad things that happened, you’re the best thing in them.

Full House ThaiNumber of episodes: 20
Year of Broadcast: 2014
Broadcast Network: Channel 8
Plot source: Doramax264

Aom-am is a naive writer who got swindled out of everything she owned including her house. Stranded in Korea, she managed to borrow money from an actor Mike to return to Thailand. On her return, she found out that her house was bought by Mike. In an attempt to get her possessions back, she entered in a contract marriage with Mike. The initially business relationship between the two turns into personal as they start to rely and care for each other. Based on a popular manhwa of the same title.
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note: I have had this review sitting on my laptop for months! 

Confession time: I am not a fan of Full House (the Korean one). Truth is, I have watched the series five years after the original FH aired.

While there were things that were endearing in FH, I wasn’t much a fan of the plot  (the reason why I am bringing this up will be tackled later).

Recently, the Thailand version of FH has been “popping” up on my radar. It wasn’t until my friend/officemate shared the link of “Oh Baby I” MV on my FB wall that I have finally decided to watch it. I fell in love at first hearing the song (Mike’s voice is sooo lovely).

So my thoughts after finishing the entire series?

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In my opinion, it is better than the original version. The Korean version’s casts may have the upper-ups in the looks department but if I were to judge based on the overall impact, I choose the Thai version.

The reason why I was hesitant to watch FH Thai was because I did not find the Continue reading

Kdrama: Fated to Love You

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There isn’t a thing that can’t be done in this world – Lee Gun to Mi Young

Fated to Love YouNumber of episodes: 20
Year of Broadcast: 2014
Broadcast Network: MBC
Plot source: DramaWiki

A chaebol heir and a “post-it” girl are forced to marry after their one night stand results in an unexpected pregnancy.
Fated to Love You is the remake of the highly successful 2008 Taiwanese drama starring Joe Chen and Ethan Ruan.
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note: As of current writing, there are only 10 episodes aired of this drama. Will add more thoughts as the show progresses.

After the high that I received from watching Emergency Couple, I was disappointed to learn that the next project/character that Choi Jin Hyuk would take was the second lead guy to the Korean remake of Fated to Love You (FTLY). I have watched the Taiwanese version (although not entirely), and given Jin Hyuk’s manliness, I thought that he suited the lead guy role well. Adding to that observation was the fact that I was not overly familiar with Jang Hyuk – I have known of Bright Girl’s Success Story but I did not fancy watching it.

We can’t always win the game of life, but as long as you have that “chip”, you will always have hope and the chance, so keep it well.

Fast forward to the first episode. My opinion on whether I like the drama or not was still not formed. However, come episode two, especially that scene towards the end, I knew right then and there, that I have found the “one”.

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That one drama that can captivate me whatever it does. That one drama that will leave me Continue reading

Pinoy movie review: She’s Dating the Gangster

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This post is long overdue (should’ve posted it last week)

She's Dating the GangsterYear of Broadcast: 2014
Country: Philippines
Plot & Photo source: Wikipedia

The story revolves around Athena Dizon (Kathryn Bernardo), a 17-year-old student, and Kenji Delos Reyes (Daniel Padilla), a rebellious teenager who is reputed to be a member of a local school Sindikato gang. They begin a false romance in order to spite Kenji’s ex-girlfriend, and Athena thinks everything will be fine. She slowly realises that her life is not as steady, as her relationship with Kenji inevitably transforms into something greater.
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I have found my favorite Filipino movie of all time (and probably one of my favorite movies of all time).

She’s Dating the Gangster (SDTG) is a movie based on a popular story on Wattpad.

My first encounter with Kenji and Athena was when I first read the published book version (not the Wattpad one). After reading it, I was dumbfounded on what the “fanatics” saw about the story. I was okay with the general plot but what made me dislike the story was the “event” towards the end. I found it immature and it spoiled the whole story for me.

Prior to watching SDTG, I have watched another movie based on a Wattpad story entitled Continue reading

Kmovie review: Miracle in Cell No. 7

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Miracle in Cell No. 7Year of Broadcast: 2013
Country: South Korea
Plot & Photo source: Wikipedia

Lee Yong-gu (Ryu Seung Ryong) is a mentally challenged man with the intelligence of a 6-year-old, which is actually the age of his own daughter Ye-sung (Kal So Won) who is much smarter than her peers. The two of them lead a happy life while Yong-gu makes a living by working as a parking attendant at a local supermarket. But one day, when the police commissioner’s young daughter dies in a strange accident, Yong-gu is the one who happens to find her. He is falsely accused and sentenced to death for abduction, sexual assault, and murder of a minor. Ye-sung is sent to a childcare institution and Yong-gu gets imprisoned and assigned to Cell No. 7, the harshest cell in a maximum security prison.
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I blame this movie for my sickness last week (I was absent at work for two days).

This review will be simple and sweet. If ever you haven’t watched this movie yet, I suggest you do so now.

The thing with Miracle in Cell No. 7 is it started in a light-hearted manner (except the beginning where we are introduced to the circumstances surrounding Yong-gu and Ye-sung), the type where you’ll laugh out loud but as it neared the end, you’ll be left bawling your eyes out.

For those who don’t like overly dramatic movies, don’t be dissuaded from giving this movie a try because this is the type of movie where in the drama comes from your heart being touched after witnessing the pure love between a father and his daughter. I honestly think everyone should watch this, it is that great (it’s a new favorite).

This film turned me into an ugly sobbing mess. I was watching with my little nephew and he was asking me why I was crying and after that, I just bawled out loud (yeah it was embarrassing). Also, I was looking for more info about the movie after watching it and as I read the comments from those who have watched it, tears just started to fall.

I will not go into specifics about this film because it is better appreciated through watching but one thing you should now is the little child actress rocks!

No wonder this movie has become a big hit in South Korea :)

My rating: 5coffeess

Kdrama review: I Hear Your Voice

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Truth is more uncomfortable than lies, so most people ignore the truth. I am the same. – Park Soo Ha

I Hear Your Voice

Alternate title: I Can Hear Your Voice
Number of episodes: 18
Year of Broadcast: 2013
Broadcast Network: SBS
Plot source: DramaWiki

A thriller courtroom drama with fantasy and romantic comedy elements. It will depict the story of Jang Hye Sung (Lee Bo Young), a bold, sassy, thick-faced, comical, and materialistic public defender who becomes a lawyer after overcoming poverty and painful memories from her childhood, comes to realizations about society and justice after meeting Park Soo Ha (Lee Jong Suk), a 19-year-old boy who reads other people’s thoughts and Cha Kwan Woo (Yoon Sang Hyun), an innocent lawyer who lives a disciplined life. Jang Hye Sung is actually Soo Ha’s first love after she gave a decisive testimony on his father’s murder case 10 years ago and Soo Ha promised to protect her from the killer’s threats. Meanwhile, Cha Kwan Woo is Jang Hye Sung’s fellow lawyer who is a cheerful and idealistic former cop even though his character a bit slow, he is nice and pleasant with a firm idea of his principles and justice. Together they will team up to to find the justice in the courtroom and solve the toughest cases with less than 1% chance of winning.
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I am a sucker for Flower Boys T______T (someone please cure me of this)

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So I have dl-ed I Hear Your Voice (IHYV) since last year but I only got the time (and inclination, lol) to watch it last week.

I have heard so many positive things about Continue reading

Kdrama review: You Who Came from the Stars

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A woman is meant to be swayed by a man who holds out his hand when she’s going through the hardest time.

You Who Came From the StarsNumber of episodes: 21
Year of Broadcast: 2013 – 2014
Broadcast Network: SBS
Plot source: Asian Wiki

Do Min Joon (Kim Soo Hyun) is an alien who came to earth in 1609 and lands in the Joseon era, then lives through the next four hundred years to the present day where he works as university professor and falls in love with a haughty top Hallyu actress, Chun Song Yi (Jun Ji Hyun).
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note: This is not a full-length review, more of a rant.

Even if I am not watching Asian dramas lately, I have been up-to-date with what’s going in on in doramaland. The success of You Who Came from the Stars (YWCftS) did not miss my notice.

What prompted me to finally watch this is its nearing broadcast in one of our local channels, I thought to myself, I should not miss it because with the way that the channel is promoting it, I am sure it will be a hit.

So, after two days of watching it straight, my verdict is???

Yeorobeun, I am in the Continue reading

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