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Author: Natalya Carpenter

The King Loves Review: When Loyalty to Friends and Family is Put to the Test

Share on FacebookShare on TwitterSubscribeShare on PinterestShare on TumblrShare on Google+LinkedinWhatsappDiggRedditStumbleuponXingMailYummly Summary: Maintaining Friendship in the Midst of Political Upheaval The Crown Prince of Goryeo (Im Si-Wan, Misaeng: Incomplete Life) is the title character of The King Loves. Torn between his father the King, and his mother, the Queen who is from Yuan, he grew up isolated. He is the first Crown Prince who is also half-Chinese in a time when blood and heritage was everything. Against everyone’s advice, he forms a close friendship with his loyal bodyguard, Rin, who is also of noble birth. As the boys grow up, they each become more conscious of the distance between...

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Ode to Joy Review – A Must-See Chinese Drama About Five Different Women, Life, and Romance

16SHARESShare on FacebookShare on TwitterSubscribeShare on PinterestShare on TumblrShare on Google+LinkedinWhatsappDiggRedditStumbleuponXingMailYummly Ode to Joy: A Contemporary Romantic Drama I start Chinese dramas on several occasions and usually, I give up about halfway through. Not because I don’t like long dramas (an average of 40 to 50 episodes). Yet, I usually find other things to watch that hold my attention longer. Until Ode to Joy. When the five vastly different women in Shanghai end up as neighbors on the 22nd floor of the Ode to Joy apartment complex, their business and personal lives intertwine. Cue the drama, romance, and most importantly, friendship that goes above and beyond being a neighbor. Five Women...

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Romantic Moment of the Week: Hanjo and Hye-Won’s Hidden Pasts From Gunman in Joseon

Share on FacebookShare on TwitterSubscribeShare on PinterestShare on TumblrShare on Google+LinkedinWhatsappDiggRedditStumbleuponXingMailYummly THE SHOW: Gunman in Joseon (Aka The Joseon Gunman) THE PAIRING: Hasegawa Hanjo/Park Yoon-Kang (Lee Joon-Gi) and Choi Hye-Won (Jeon Hye-Bin) THE EPISODE: The middle of Episode 9 THE ROMANTIC MOMENT: Hye-Won reveals her past as slave to Hanjo who tells her there is nothing to be ashamed of. What makes this romantic moment between Hanjo and Hye-Won different from so many other Korean Drama romances is that it is between the lead – gotta love Lee Joon-Gi – and the second female lead (Jeon Hye-Bin, Another Oh Hye-Young) who has a strong storyline of her own. Not...

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A Good Rain Knows Film Review – A Fragile Love Story that Holds Us Breathless

Share on FacebookShare on TwitterSubscribeShare on PinterestShare on TumblrShare on Google+LinkedinWhatsappDiggRedditStumbleuponXingMailYummly A Good Rain Knows Review In a way, I could say that A Good Rain Knows is about two friends who reunite for a few days – the end. Yet, there is something deeply moving about this film that stirs my heart the way a skipping stone lightly ripples the water it touches. A Good Rain Knows is a Korean film from 2009 with English, Chinese, and Korean spoken throughout. Outwardly simple, the film is quietly artistic. I rewound several of the scenes just because the cinematography was haunting. The way the lights twinkle in the mist, or...

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‘She Was Pretty’ Review – A Fun K-Drama About Following Your Dreams and Falling in Love

Share on FacebookShare on TwitterSubscribeShare on PinterestShare on TumblrShare on Google+LinkedinWhatsappDiggRedditStumbleuponXingMailYummly If you are looking for a lighthearted show you can enjoy with a bowl of popcorn in the evening, this romantic comedy is just for you! She Was Pretty is a 2015 drama starring Hwang Jung-Eum in the titular role, alongside Park Seo-Joon (Hwarang, Fight for My Way). This drama had me laughing out loud in every episode! RELATED: 7 Fun and Romantic Time Travel Asian Dramas The Plot A once beautiful girl who lost contact with her childhood love finally finds a job as an intern in the editorial department of a fashion magazine, The Most. To her surprise, her...

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Scarlet Heart: Ryeo Review – A Heartbreaking Sageuk (Historical Drama) with Eight Princes

Share on FacebookShare on TwitterSubscribeShare on PinterestShare on TumblrShare on Google+LinkedinWhatsappDiggRedditStumbleuponXingMailYummly Scarlet Heart: Ryeo – A Korean Drama Remake (Look – It’s Lee Joon-Ki!) All right everyone – get your box(es) of tissues ready for this historical drama starring Lee Joon-Ki and IU. Scarlet Heart: Ryeo is a 2016 remake of the popular Chinese Drama Scarlet Heart. It is a romantic drama (with eight princes, how could it not be?) full of sword fighting, and palace intrigue. Most important are the dynamic characters who undergo surprising transformations. RELATED: Romantic Moment of the Week: Queen In-Hyun’s Man and Words Time Left Unchanged The Plot A  21st-century woman gets caught in a solar eclipse...

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Romantic Moment of the Week: Queen In-Hyun’s Man and Words Time Left Unchanged

Share on FacebookShare on TwitterSubscribeShare on PinterestShare on TumblrShare on Google+LinkedinWhatsappDiggRedditStumbleuponXingMailYummly Spoilers Ahead! THE SHOW: Queen In-Hyun’s Man THE PAIRING: Kim Boong-Do (Ji Hyun-Woo) and Choi Hee-Jin (Yoo In-Na) THE EPISODE: End of Episode 14 THE ROMANTIC MOMENT: Kim Boong-Do returns unexpectedly and tells Choi Hee-Jin he’s come to stay. Before I started watching Queen In-Hyun’s Man, my only prior experience of a time-travel Korean Drama was Scarlet Heart: Ryeo which I fell in love with. I didn’t know if I was ready for another time-travelling romance after all the love and heartbreak between Hae-Soo and Wang So, but I decided to try it. I was delighted to find Queen...

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Five Times Choi Si-Won Melts Our Hearts in She Was Pretty

19SHARESShare on FacebookShare on TwitterSubscribeShare on PinterestShare on TumblrShare on Google+LinkedinWhatsappDiggRedditStumbleuponXingMailYummly I never rooted for a K-Drama second lead as hard as I did for Choi Si-Won’s character in She Was Pretty. I found this romantic comedy after seeing the lead actor, Park Seo-Joon, in the historical drama Hwarang. This show is about Hye-Jin, a once beautiful girl who goes to work at a fashion magazine and ends up caught between Sung-Joon, her childhood love (who doesn’t recognize her) and a new friend, Shin-Hyuk (played by Choi Si-Won) who sees past her appearance. Surprisingly, it wasn’t Seo-Joon that captured my heart, but the second-lead, played by Choi Si-Won. If...

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Romantic Moment of the Week: Myung-Joo and Dae-Young – A Sunscreen Kiss

Share on FacebookShare on TwitterSubscribeShare on PinterestShare on TumblrShare on Google+LinkedinWhatsappDiggRedditStumbleuponXingMailYummly THE SHOW: Descendants of the Sun THE PAIRING: Seo Dae-Young (Jin Goo-Seo) and Yoon Myung-Joo (Kim Ji-Won) THE EPISODE: The middle of episode 10 THE ROMANTIC MOMENT: Myung-Joo brings sunscreen for Dae-Young and they (almost) kiss! When I first heard about Descendants of the Sun I was skeptical. When choosing a new Korean Drama to watch, I lean towards historical shows or romantic comedies. So when I started to watch the show after hearing about its popularity, I almost didn’t stick with it. I am so glad I did. Descendants of the Sun is not just an army/medical...

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