Tunnel (터널)

What a freaking show.  I just finished binge watching the kdrama: Tunnel.  It is so good.

Tunnel is about a  cop involved in the Hwaseong serial murder case – based off the real “first” serial murder case in South Korea.  It is actually still unsolved to this day.  Choi Jin Hyuk (최진혁) plays the cop from 1986 and he is trying to solve this murder mystery.  While chasing the bad guy, he somehow ends up in 2016.  Soon he realizes, the murderer from 1986 has started to resume killing after 30 years of inactivity.  He believes that catching the culprit will allow him to go back in time to 1986.

 

Choi Jin Hyuk as Park Kwang Ho – I really liked Choi Jin Hyuk from the kdrama Gu Family Book (구가의 서).  In fact… I only enjoyed the first two episodes of that drama series because of the love story between Choi Jin Hyuk and Lee Yeon Hee.  Didn’t really enjoy the rest of the show…  Anyways…  Choi Jin Hyuk does an awesome job in Tunnel.  His chemistry with everyone on the cast was great.  So charismatic.  So badass.

Yoon Hyun Min as Kim Sun Jae – at first, the typical stoic and mysterious type of character… but as the show goes on – the show slowly peels away at his onion facade.  Really great chemistry with Choi Jin Hyuk.  Really great character development.  He plays the role of Choi Jin Hyuk’s partner.

Lee Yoo Young as Shin Jae Yi – she’s so cute!  and weird!  Never seen her before… but loved her acting.  She’s not pretty… but she’s so cute!  She plays the role of a criminal psychologist.

 

Overall, this show was awesome.  Reminded me of Signal (also based off the same serial murder case).  There ARE some loopholes and some things that make you go “why didn’t so and so do this instead?”  However, if you can get over those *ahem* minor *ahem* details…  this show really is very captivating.  Really recommend if you are looking for a mystery/thriller TV show with great characters, great chemistry, and all around great story.

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쓸쓸하고 찬란하神-도깨비 (Goblin)

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I just finished watching the kdrama series: Goblin (why is the English title: Goblin?).  Some thoughts below (spoilers):

Yoo Inna (유인나) is so pretty.  She has been in my top 3 female celebrities rank for awhile.  #1 is Taeyeon (태연).  The other favorite is IU (not sure who ranks higher between IU & Yoo Inna).

Kim Go Eun (김고은) is fast becoming one of my favorite actresses.  She isn’t the prettiest actress, but I find her cute and charming.

I never really watched Lee Dong Wook (이동욱) act before… but he was the best character in Goblin.  I loved how he took things too literally from Sunny.  He was the funniest character and I was more interested in the Grim Reaper + Sunny relationship than the Ddokkebi + Ji Eun Tak couple.

Yoo Inna’s character – Sunny – was also hilarious and cool.  Especially at the beginning.  Towards the end, I don’t quite understand why she left the Grim Reaper – but I think she knew it wasn’t going to end well.

Was never a fan of Gong Yoo (공유).  Not sure why… I liked Lee Dong Wook more in this drama.  In Coffee Prince, I liked Lee Sun Kyun (my favorite actor by the way) and in Train to Busan, I liked Ma Dong Seok more.

Secretary Kim was an awesome guy.  I was worried that he would be a bad person at first (because of 38 Task Force) – but he turned out to be an awesome dude.  Yoo Duk Hwa was also a very cool character.  Very different from Chaebols from other kdramas.

Have I mentioned… Yoo Inna is so pretty… 너무 예뻐요 누나!

The bromance was awesome between the Ddokkei & the Grim Reaper.  Loved how a 300+ year old and a 900+ year old were so petty with each other.  They really cared for each other – despite the snag when the two found out who the Grim Reaper was from the past.

This show got me very emotional, especially towards the end.  So much sadness.

The Goblin having to live 900+ years sounds so lonely, but to have witnessed all the deaths of those close to him for all those years…  ouch.  Not only did he live for 900+ years, but the fact that he was seeking death before meeting Ji Eun Tak is a sad fate.  Having failed to get revenge for his sister 900+ years ago must have been very frustrating for the Goblin.  Unfortunately, life ends with many regrets for most of us.  When he lost Ji Eun Tak – that was a tragedy.  What if that was her final reincarnation?!  Then they would’ve never met again, probably.

Ji Eun Tak’s life is filled with sorrow – even if she was a cheerful person.  Her fate was a cruel one.  She lost her mom at an early age, saw ghosts (and ridiculed), was friendless growing up, grew up in a cruel household, and she shouldn’t even have been alive.  Death was constantly at her doorsteps.  Even after the sword was pulled – her fate did not change, just delayed.  I know she came back 30 years later, but it just isn’t the same to me.  I feel really bad for Ji Eun Tak.  The way the Grim Reaper cried when he witnessed her death… oh man…

The Grim Reaper’s story was also painful, sad, and lonely.  The fact that he had so much regret/sorrow when it wasn’t even his current self who killed Kim Shin and Kim Sun.  His love for Sunny; so sad – especially at the end when Sunny dies.  Sigh…  The way the Grim Reaper asks for forgiveness of the female reaper – I felt madd respect.

The way things ended up for the Goblin + Ji Eun Tak and the Grim Reaper + Sunny was heartbreaking to me.  I know things ended up “well” in the end, but still…  it just didn’t feel right to me.

This drama series really made me think on Ji Eun Tak’s quote, “Even if I were to die tomorrow, I must live today.”  Life life to the fullest.  You never know when your end will come.  I need to do a better job of living life to the fullest.  I’m not getting any younger.

The OST was awesome, by the way…

크러쉬 (Crush) – Beautiful

 

헤이즈 (Heize) – Round and round (Feat. 한수지)

 

찬열, 펀치 (CHANYEOL, PUNCH) – Stay With Me

 

김경희(에이프릴 세컨드) – And I’m here

Six Flying Dragons (육룡이 나르샤)

nice fan video by EmêRâLD.K-MV+

 

So sad that this drama is over.  50 episodes and it felt short.  Top 3 favorite characters were:

  1. Kil Taemi: so flamboyant, so badass, and actually has a good realistic mind
  2. Muhyul: loved him in Tree with Deep Roots, and his younger version was just as great… 무사~ 무휼!!!
  3. Cho Young (only because I found her to be the prettiest – so pretty)

 

This drama probably easily makes my top 10, which I think is the list below (not ranked and may have forgotten other shows):

  • Tree with Deep Roots
  • Queen Sunduk
  • Six Flying Dragons
  • City Hunter
  • Queen Inhyun
  • Bridal Mask
  • Splash! Splash! Love
  • Misaeng
  • Answer Me 1997
  • I hear your voice

I highly recommend this Sageuk, even if Sageuk isn’t your thing!

Splash Splash Love (퐁당퐁당 Love)

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This has to be one of the most cutest Korean drama I’ve ever watched.  Splash Splash Love is a 2 episode Korean drama (1 hour each) about a modern (year 2015) high school girl, named Dan Bi (played by Kim Seulgi), who magically teleports into the past – specifically to the early-1400s of the Joseon Era of Korea.  There she meets Lee Do, aka the future King Sejong the Great (played by Yoon Doo-Joon), and the two of them eventually fall in love with each other.

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The chemistry between Kim Seulgi (김슬기) and Yoon Doo-Joon (윤두준) was really great.  I’ve always loved Kim Seulgi’s acting so I wasn’t worried about her and Yoon Doo-Joon definitely has improved since I’ve last seen him act; I applaud them both for bringing the funny, the romance, and emotion to the show.  I really recommend Splash Splash Love – it is short, yet filled with so much cute romance, funny lines, and heart-tugging emotions.

Also, I love Kim Seulgi.  She’s not the prettiest around, but she is one of my favorite actresses.  She’s so adorable and cute, yet seems sad and quiet deep inside – despite being known as the “cursing girl” on SNL Korea or for playing comedic roles in dramas.  Per wiki, it says she became an actress to overcome a broken heart – so that adds to the sad aura I sense around her.  Makes me want to give her a hug…

Kim Seulgi is also a great singer – having acted in musicals too.  Below are some clips of her singing.

From start to finish, Splash Splash Love was great and jam-packed with sadness, happiness, and funny.  I really recommend this adorably cute drama.