The Best of “Monstrous”

Written by Train to Busan creator Yeon Sang-ho, Monstrous is a six-episode thriller series that tells the story of a supernatural phenomenon that happened in Jinyang County. This TVING’s offering has a shorter length with only 30-minutes per episode. Its running time might be contentious to some since Monstrous’ plot had a lot of potential…

Best Actors and Actresses of 2021

The dramas this year have been nothing but spectacular. And one of the main reasons is how talented the actors in them are. From the perfect comic timing to heart-shattering emotional breakdowns, these actors gave us standout performances we’d always remember. The Frown Crown Song Joong-ki (Vincenzo) https://youtu.be/csYTRVWWIoM His highly anticipated return to the small…

Reflection of You | Series Review

Unlike other K-dramas where we watch a character climb from rock bottom to the top, Reflection of You offers the reverse. Everyone here is self-destructive and the real antagonist in their stories are themselves. With the series starting in medias res, it wasn’t at all surprising that it piqued my curiosity right from the very beginning. The…

Movie Review: Beasts Clawing at Straws (2020)

[This review contains major spoilers] It started with a bag.  The whole violent web of events in this movie started with just one bag, albeit, a bag full of money. It serves as the plot device to connect the individual stories in Beasts Clawing at Straws.  The film started in the future timeline with the money…

K-Lookbook: Iconic K-drama Styling You Can Wear as Halloween Costumes

Halloween is just around the corner. Even though most of us will probably celebrate it via online parties, it’s not a reason to be lazy about your costume. Gone are the days that Halloween costumes should look horrifyingly scary. These days you just need to personate anyone you like. Most of the time it’s a…

First Impression: Reflection of You

Drama Profile: Title: Reflection of You / Person Who Looks Like You (literal title)Main Cast: Ko Hyun-jung, Shin Hyun-been, Kim Jae-young, Choi Won-youngWriter: Yoo Bo-ra (Rain or Shine)PD: Lim Hyeon-wook (A Person You May Know)Timeslot: Wednesday/Thursday 22:30Network: JTBCEpisodes: 16Genre: Drama thriller Plot Synopsis:  Based on the novel by writer Jung So-hyeon, Reflection of You follows…

K-Drama Reaction: Hospital Playlist 2 | Episode 12 (Finale)

We’ll always have Yulje. Episode 12 Recap The finale episode quickly started with Chae Song-hwa getting an emergency call while on her way to Yulje. Yang Seok-hyeong, meanwhile, was already in the hospital and came across the other OB/GYN staff in a crowded elevator. Unlike in the past – where he would skip those crowded…

K-Drama Reaction: Hospital Playlist 2 | Episode 11

Sometimes you need to realize you always have someone you can lean on. Episode 11 Recap Episode 11 opens with Chae Song-hwa entering Lee Ik-jun’s office to leave her birthday gift on his table. She wrote a simple ‘happy birthday Lee Ik-jun’ on the note and leave only to come back a moment later because…

Dimpled Goddesses: Korean Actresses with Lovely Dimples

Dimpled Goddess: Korean Actress with Lovely Dimples The greeks and the romans have been writing poems about women blessed by the deities with a perfect imperfection called gelasin – that indentation that appears in the cheek when someone smiles. And if the ancient poets are still alive today they would probably croon about these Korean…

K-Drama Reaction: Hospital Playlist 2 | Episode 10

I can now breathe easier as my favorite characters finally found the strength to lay everything out in the open – their truths as well as their hearts. Episode 10 Recap Just like what Kim Jun-wan told Do Jae-hak last week, he arrived at the ICU one minute after Jae-hak called. The emergency call has…

K-Drama Reaction: Hospital Playlist 2 | Episode 8

Parallels are once again apparent in the eighth episode of Hospital Playlist 2. Comes with it are reversals that make things more complicated for our beloved Yulje people. They’ll survive it for sure. But unscathed? I don’t think so. Episode 8 Recap The shared apartment of Kim Jun-wan and Ahn Jeong-won has been a set-up…

TVING reveals cast line-up for Monstrous

TVING confirms cast line-up for upcoming original series Monstrous. The supernatural thriller will star Koo Kyo-hwan (Kingdom: Ashin of the North), Shin Hyun-been (Hospital Playlist 2), Kim Ji-young (Graceful Friends), Park Ho-san (Penthouse 3), Kwak Dong-yeon (Vincenzo), and Nam Da-reum (Excellent Ga Doo-shim). The actors will take on exciting roles led by Koo Kyo-hwan who…

K-Drama Reaction: Hospital Playlist 2 | Episode 7

I’m a crumpled-up piece of paper after watching this episode because of its casually cruel take on life, love, and other matters.  Episode 7 Recap With Tchaikovsky’s music in the background, everyone in Yulje is in their marching pace: a bathless Jang Hong-do joining Chu Min-ha in their meeting at the OB/GYN floor; a blower-less…

K-Drama Reaction: Hospital Playlist 2 | Episode 6

There’s no doubt that this episode felt like receiving a warm hug after a dark and rainy day. Episode 6 Recap The episode starts with Hansel and Gretel, er, I mean Yun-bok and Hong-do buying iced hot americano at the second floor café on their first day as medical interns (see hospital positions at the…

K-Drama Reaction: Hospital Playlist 2 | Episode 5

Time surely flies fast in Yulje, quite literally. Episode 5 Recap Episode 5 opens with Lee Ik-jun mulling over his phone conversation with his sister Lee Ik-sun. Ik-sun finally confirmed that she dated Jun-wan (darn, I hate using past tense with their relationship status). In their conversation, Ik-sun also vaguely told Ik-jun that they broke…