Sep 232020
 

record of youth kdramaSummary: Sa Hye Jun has been working as a model for 7 years but what he really wants is to become an actor. He is always compared to his close friend, Won Hae Hyo, who is also a model and comes from a rich family. Through their work, Sa Hye Jun and Won Hae Hyo  get acquainted with a professional makeup artist, Han Jung Ha, who is a huge fan of Sa Hye Jun.

Trailer: Record of Youth

Genre: Melodrama, Family, Romance
Episodes: 16
Stars: Park Bo Gum as Sa Hye Joon
Park So Dam as Han Jung Ha
Byun Woo Suk as Won Hae Hyo

Likes: Such a heart-warming story about life and experiences. This one’s especially focused on family, love and ambition and how everyone achieved their success going through failures. I like how realistic the family settings are. The bickering, favoritism, how open family members are when it comes to criticizing each other, the tension, the awkwardness of Sa Hye Jun’s family was too realistic, I could even relate to them. Same with the rich family of Won Hye Hyo, how the mom managed and controlled her kids, the cold atmosphere when everyone is at the table, how empty that big house was and how actually lonely these rich people are. And not to forget the life of Han Jung Ha who came from a broken family.

Love the characters and their convictions. I’ll focus on the main three although I would say this is one of the most character-rich dramas I’ve ever watched.

Sa Hye Jun’s perseverance to become a successful actor was truly inspiring. He worked so hard to achieve his dreams despite the criticisms he had received. He had the ambition so big that would crash obstacles which come his way. And although he reached the top, he remained a humble guy. That all made this character so beautiful. I’m not a huge fan of Park Bo Gum but I know he can act and I’ve got to give it to him, he did so well as Sa Hye Jun. And added bonus, he can speak English so well! I’m impressed!

Han Jung Ha’s calm and focused personality was her charm. She was so likeable, drawing our two main male leads to her which was very understandable. She had the courage to shift career paths despite the risk but since it was following what she loved most, she tried to pursue it. Such an admirable and beautiful character too. Park So Dam (the actress) is cute but not overly pretty which is good for the character.

Won Hae Hyo exuded coolness and elegance all the time. Definitely a rich kid just by the look of him. He trotted the runway like a pro and his face could launch a thousand me, lol! I know I’m biased. I have a big crush on Byun Woo Suk since Flower Crew: Joseon Marriage Agency. But his character here, though rich and handsome, was quite pitiful. I feel for him when he was losing his self-esteem, poor Hae Hyo :(.

Love the bromance between the three friends Sa Hye Jun, Won Hae Hyo and Jinu. Made me missed my childhood friends!

Chemistry between Park Bo Gum and Park So Dam wasn’t bad at all. I definitely love that kiss, it was full of affection. The two definitely nailed that moment.

Tear-jerker beautiful moment: Grandpa’s speech!

The featured library: Starfield Library would be on my top spots to visit in Seoul! Looked awesome!

It is a hip drama (design-wise and the focus on social media and acting industry). It’s about the lives of young people these days, their experiences and struggles. But what I like most about it was consistency to its theme, it was such a heart-warming show all though out.

And speaking of hip, the OST is too. Check out Record of Youth OST.

The list of awesome cameos in this drama is long! But my favorite was Park Seo Joon. He really looked like a close friend of Park Bo Gum here. They were so natural on screen. Seo Hyun Jin and Lee Sung Kyung as leading ladies of Sa Hye Jun in two separate dramas inside this drama also caught my attention.

I love how everyone followed the path that was best for them. Even if that means being drafted to the army :), at least for our two male leads. It goes to show that time fixes things. And since I’m a sucker for epilogues, two years later was a big bonus!

Dislikes: The Krispy Creme Donut ad was just too much. I could deal with the BMW and the Subway but the donut was too aggressive.

My Rating: 8.5 stars! (10 as highest)

Oct 172019
 

flower crew joseon kdramaSummary: The Flower Crew, a matchmaking agency during the Joseon era has a task to marry an ordinary girl Gae Dong to a blacksmith named Lee Soo but the latter becomes king overnight and left his bride unknowing where he is and what he is up to. King Lee Soo asks help again from the Flower Crew to make Gae Dong a noble woman so it would be possible for him to marry her.

Trailer: Flower Crew: Joseon Marriage Agency

Genre: Period, Romantic Comedy
Episodes: 16
Stars: Kim Min Jae as Ma Hoon
Gong Seung Yun as Gae Ddong
Seo Ji Hoon as Lee Soo
Park Ji Hoon as Go Young Soo
Byun Woo Suk as Do Joon
Go Won Hee as Kang Ji Hwa


Likes: The era. Set in the Joseon era but made brighter and less serious especially by the presence of a marriage agency that was run by flower boys! Were they really existing or were they not? It doesn’t matter, having this as the center topic of a drama was a sure hit. I’m just impressed on how the writers made single marriage cases fitted on that time frame. Some were serious and some were not but again it doesn’t matter.

The costumes. Lovely hanbeoks in bright colours! You could tell, they had a big budget for the costumes. Our flower boys were always dressed very nicely, no reason not to standout. The ladies were equally dazzling. Beautiful traditional dresses worn and even the accessories were gorgeous.

The makeup. A huge emphasis on makeup during those times. Well, I guess they had the basics like lip color and blush. Most probably, all natural and plant-based ingredients. Even better! I love how Go Young Soo professionally  applied makeup on his client Gae Ddong on her wedding day and how he transformed her into a noble-looking lady fit for a king.

Beautiful scenes. The drama was big on dreamy, beautiful scenes like the bridge scene with the lanterns – a love confession to one and a rejection to the other. Bittersweet! I love the kissing scene under the blossoming myrtle trees. Just lovely! How about the pottery-making scene? Ah that reminds me of Demi Moore’s Ghost. And I shouldn’t forget, the breakup-in-the-rain scene. Beautiful but heartbreaking!

The Flowers. Noticed the different flowers every episode that actually represents the general happenings of that episode. I thought, they were such lovely and thoughtful additions.

Camera Focus. I love how close the camera focuses on the faces. It highlights the gorgeous faces of the cast!

The Cast. And yes, talking about them, what a stunning, gorgeous cast we have here. Let’s start with our matchmaking agents…

Kim Min Jae as Ma Hoon – Although he was too baby-face for the role, I think he did an awesome job. I love his voice, I think that made up a lot for his baby face. He always sounded mature and sexy. There are still some rooms for improvement for him but Kim Min Jae has undeniably talent in acting and he’s one of the young ones to watch for.

Byun Woo Suk as Do Joon – Omo, he was super sexy in this drama! Didn’t watch any of his other dramas so I was quite taken aback by his beauty. He looked so damn hot in long straight hair and flowing pink hanbeok. Byun Woo Suk definitely nailed this character!

Park Ji Hoon as Go Young Soo – yes he’s an idol but I’m impressed with how he did so well in his character. He was able to channel that uncertain old Chil Nom character and became one of the talented matchmakers.

Seo Ji Hoon as Lee Soo – I don’t know how many times he got dumped in this drama but how could he always look adorable like a sad puppy everytime that happens. Seo Ji Hoon, such a promising young talent like Min Jae and very handsome too especially with the long hair (you know the blacksmith look).

Gong Seung Yun as Gae Ddong – I love Gong Seung Yun since Are You Human Too? Although her characters like Gae Ddong always start as somewhat annoying, she always managed to pull it off.

Go Won Hee as Kang Ji Hwa – I like the character very much. Tough, firm, knows what she want-kind of lady. I especially like her chemistry with Do Joon. Quite worthy of a spin off!



OST. My favourite song from the drama… With You. Brings back memories!

Ending. Needless to say happy. It’s a not so serious Sageuk afterall! Lots of happy endings here so if you’re a sucker for happy endings then this one’s for you. And if you’re a sucker for epilogues too like me, this one got one!

Dislikes: I’m a bit sad for King Lee Soo :-(.

My Rating: 8 stars! (10 as highest)

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