May 082020
 

when my love blooms kdramaSummary: Yoon Ji Soo is in her 40s and has a son from a divorced marriage. She is having a hard time as a single mom trying to raise her son and make a living as a piano teacher. After several years, she meets her first love unexpectedly. His name is Han Jae Hyun, his senior in college who she deeply admired and loved.

Trailer: When My Love Blooms

Genre: Romance, Melodrama
Episodes: 16
Stars: Yoo Ji Tae as Han Jae Hyun
Jin Young as Han Jae Hyun (20s)
Lee Bo Young as Yoon Ji Soo
Jeon So Nee as Yoon Ji Soo (20s)



Likes: Beautiful storytelling going back and forth the eventful past and the somewhat blurry present. I love the details of the 90’s set, it was very well researched. From the fashion, hairstyle, happenings, transportation down to those little gadgets like pagers, casette tapes / recorders and analog phones. I also like the emphasis on radio stations when you can request songs and leave messages for someone on air. I went to college in the 90’s so all those things bring back old memories. The heavy focus on the love story in the past, how Han Jae Hyun and Yoon Ji Soo met, how they fell in love, how they spent time together, how they shared the same convictions, how their love was being challenged and how they got separated, shed light on why these 2 souls deserve nothing else but being reunited. I like it, I thought it was beautifully told.

The powerful couples:

Jin Young as Han Jae Hyun and Jeon So Nee as Yoon Ji Soo – Two young souls in love, full of energy, life and dreams! I love the chemistry between these two, they really looked great together. I’m also impressed by the acting. This is probably Jin Young’s (Got7) first serious drama role and I would say he did great. Same with Jeon So Nee, new face in the drama world but her performance was top. She’s very pretty too!

Yoo Ji Tae as Han Jae Hyun and Lee Bo Young as Yoon Ji Soo – getting back to you first love in your 40’s after going through separate tough lives, honestly it’s hard to imagine :). But since it’s the very handsome Yoo Ji Tae and the always young-looking Lee Bo Young, it was imaginable! These two looked great together. Plus I have a big crush on Yoon Ji Tae, those smiles made me melt!

The most beautiful reunion – at the train station on that snowy night!  I’m not a big fan of snow. Even just the sight of it on tv makes me freeze but that scene at the train station emitted so much warmth. The hair of Yoon Ji Su when she was turning around to look at Han Jae Hyun – such a beautiful reminiscent of the young past.

Those most beautiful kissing scenes on the beach during sunset both by the young past and the older present. Well, one way to reignite the romance is reliving the beautiful past eh.

The lovely poem sent by the young Han Jae Hyun to the radio station:

The End of that Summer

The crape myrtle survived that summer. The tree didn’t crumble even after a series of storms. Like a shower of hail, I hung red flowers. That summer, I was in a middle of a storm. That summer, my despair bore red flowers like they were mocking me, but after several storms, they didn’t fall. When they fell, they clung and climbed up. The stubborn flowers of the fire-breathing crape myrtle covered a small garden with blood. And my despair vanished like magic.



The OST is perfect with the melo atmosphere… When My Love Blooms OST.

I normally dislike drama ad placement but those Samsung flip phones look really good!

Dislikes: It got quite boring towards the end. It was going back and forth in slow pace. Nothing much new going on, I was falling asleep most of the time.

There was closure on most threads but I found them so cringy especially the closing of the main characters. They could have done it without that.

My Rating: 7.5 stars! (10 as highest)

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Feb 172015
 

healer kdramaSummary: Healer is known in the business as the best night courier. Partnered with the best hacker, he was able to finish some difficult jobs including getting the real identity of a young reporter whom he later liked. He pretended to be a reporter himself to be on her side and together with their new boss, a famous newscaster, they work hard to divulge the illegal activities of a group lead by the so called Elder.

Genre: Romance, Action, Thriller
Episodes: 20
Stars: Ji Chang Wook as Seo Jung Hoo / Healer
Yoo Ji Tae as Kim Moon Ho
Park Min Young as Chae Young Shin




Likes: An action-packed drama with a very good script and under a wing of a good director, just daebak! It reminds
me a lot of City Hunter. Falls on the same action-romance genre and maybe because Ji Chang Wook looks like Lee Min Ho and also because Park Min Young was present.

Enjoyable thrilling scenes make it very addictive. Hard to wait for one week for 2 new episodes but I survived it :).

The outstanding cast! I’ll start with…
Ji Chang Wook – after watching Empress Ki, you’ll definitely ask more from this guy. Tall, handsome and taking the role as Healer makes him one of coolest actor in Korea. From an emperor to a mysterious night courier, his sexiness hasn’t gotten reduced a bit.

Yoo Ji Tae – this tall, handsome and charismatic lad is just all over the screen with his presence. Almost, I said almost upstaging Ji Chang Wook but luckily the scriptwriter didn’t force his character to rival Healer’s. But I would vote for him as the best in winter outfit. Soo good-looking even when covered up.

Park Min Young – I love this girl. She can always pulls off different roles. As the bubbly Chae Young Shin in this drama, she was very natural.

Characters for honorable mention…
Jo Min Ja – our realiable hacker who was always behind our hero
Kim Mook Shik – flawless public figure and loves the way he walks, it shows he’s on top of the hierarchy
Choi Myung Hee – brave lady deserves to be with her child once more
Ki Young Jae (old) – love his facial expression and voice, the original Healer

The chemistry between the leads was top! The 2 look like real sweethearts.

The OST was great but those who watched it would likely miss this song…
It’s a beautiful feeling what we’ve got deep inside
We’ve got a flame that will last forever
Together you and I

Chorus:
Oh my love, I’m all yours
And there will never be another one
Cause I’m internally yours

Ending was great! Concise but precise. The airport scene was just fantastic!




Dislikes: That it has to end! Missing Ji Chang Wook’s pretty face!

My Rating: 9 stars! (10 as highest)

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