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Strangers from Hell (2019– )
7/10
good
24 January 2020
I suppose this drama is saying something about the potential for violence within us all or something.It's well acted, has good characters. But for me, it never really catches fire. The ending was kind of a mild surprise for me.
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East of Eden (2008–2009)
10/10
Excellent, but with faults.
19 January 2020
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I found this to be a compelling drama. The acting varies from okay to good, and above. Nobody gives an embarrassing performance, although there are sequences which the writers should have been embarrassed by. It also features more kidnapping sequences than I have seen in any other drama or movies. One character gets kidnapped at least three times. But It had some powerful moments too. The characters are well done, and the story even allows some minor ones to have a little bit of spotlight. One character, who I found to be the most interesting of the young people in the drama leaves about 3/3rd's of the way through.( Note. According to Wikipedia, she left because her storyline was reduced). But then they bring in another character, who is quickly forgotten about. There are 2 standout performances in this drama for me. Lee Mi Sook. and Yoo Dong Geun.
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The Cliff (2009– )
8/10
worth watching.
10 November 2019
Think "The Killing" substitute enverimentel issues for politics, add a touch of the supernatural, and you have "Hammarin", a 4 part drama from iceland. It all works very well. The acting is excellent.
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The Irishman (2019)
10/10
Worth the wait.
10 November 2019
I though It was an excellent movie. De Niro gives a great performance. It is particularly powerful in the very late stages of the movies. There are times though when he has that De Niro look on his face. I mean that look people in the entertainment business put on, when they want to imitate him. His face looks so tight that you might wonder if it can move at all. Other times he is more relaxed, and looks younger. But I am not sure if he was supposed to be younger. I wasn't always sure, where the movie was chronologically. But what really convinced me initially of the quality of his performance, was his superb narration. It is in the closer stages of the movie, with De Niro, as an old that his acting becomes as good as anything I have ever seen from him. I kind of found it hard to gauge Pacino's performance. The thing for me is that Pacino has given some great performances in the latter part of his career. So his performance here doesn't hold any great surprises for me. Wheras De Niro seems to be coasting along for a long time lately. His performance here makes me remember why I once thought of him as one of the greatest actors ever.

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4/10
Average
24 May 2019
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Average european thriller might have been better if it hadn't been some inane dialogue, and sexist scenes. I guess the title refers to the fact that a number of the characters are not on the level. In the case of one of the main characters, it won't come as much of a surprise to find out, he ain't Mr Nice. But the movie passes the time, and improves somewhat in the last half hour or so.
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Ganbatte ikimasshoi (2005– )
8/10
lovely
8 April 2019
A lovely drama about team spirit, and friendship. Suzuki Anne is wonderful in the lead role.
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9/10
nicely done
8 April 2019
Attractive leads, (although I thought she was too talkitive. But when the story required her to play more serious scenes, and she became less hyper,you might say, I appreciated her acting more. I think though the best perormance came from Jeon No-Min as the brother.
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Heart of a Samurai (2009– )
9/10
very good.
8 April 2019
My first japanese period drama. A slew of wonderful performances including shun ogori from boys over flowers.
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Dr. Champ (2010– )
8/10
VERY GOOD.
8 April 2019
Good cast, particutly Uhm Tae-Woong who i will add to my list of asian actors I admire. But even the pretty boys don't let the side down.
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Dong Yi (2010– )
9/10
ONE TO WATCH
8 April 2019
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Han Hyo-joo is marvelous in the leading role.She is backed up a terrific cast. For me, the standouts were Park Ha-sun as queen Inhyeon, Jung Jin-young as Seo Yong Gi. I first came across this actor in Kingdom of the winds, and loved his performance as King Yuri. It's probably the best portrayal of a king I've seen. It's how I would want a king to be. Oh Yeon Seo as Queen Inwon, Kim Yoo Jung playing Dong Yi as a child first spoiler Nam Da Reum as Dong yi's second child second Spoiler the guy who played Dong Yi's nemesis after the death of Lady Jang. The drama itself is a terrific mixture of romance, political intrigue, romance, adventure, mystery and some comedy as well. For me, the comedy was probably the weakest part. I'm not saying I didn't laugh at the antics of the two court musicians, or the idiot who was obsessed with Dong Yi, But I never warmed too any of those characters. My favorites scenes Queen inheyon's return to the palace Dong yi's entry to the palace Dong yi's return to the palace Jung Jin-young smiling in the last episode. most moving scene-Dong yi cradling her dead child Dong yi and Chun soo finding each other again. I loved the tenderness of the scenes between Dong Yi and her second son. The romance between Dong Yi and the king was very convincing. The realtionship between the two princes's was very well done. Yes, you could say the drama was quiet predictable, and that Dong Yi would always turn up trumps.But the drama was so well told, that it didn't matter, and yes, it is a great story. There is a lot of love in this series. The love between Dong Yi and her two children, between the king and Dong yI. But also between Lady Jangm and her mother, and brother. Yes, they are the villains, but they are also willing to lay down their lives for each other. At one point, Dong Yi says something like "Even the most evil person hides a tender heart" At first I thought"Really". But then I thought about it more, and realised it was true. Heck, even Hitler loved somebody. Although I'm not quite sure that's what the scriptwriters meant. Now a few things that bugged me. (1) When Consort Chun/Choi/Dong yi's room is being searched for the deployment records, lady Yu,(was it her) and her two helpers are discovered by one of the consort's attendants. Lady Yu tells her helpers to get rid of her, which obviously meant to kill her. Did those two girls really look, like they could kill anybody. But leaving that aside, there is only a brief mention of the girl's dissapearence afterwards. There is no investigation into it. I also thought that the drama didn't have to go so far as to have Dong Yi lose a child, so that the king wouldn't have had to execute her. Surely he could have stood his ground with the ministers, and said "Look, I'm having the woman I love, exiled. If that's not good enough for you, tough luck" Highly recommended. oh, yes. One other character, i liked Kang Yoo Mi as Ae Jong. It's nice to see a young person, who wasn't a beauty. I suspected, she might have been a comedien.
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The Chaser (2012)
9/10
kept me hooked.
8 April 2019
Terrific drama is absorbing all the way. Although ostensibly a revenge thriller, Power is as much a central theme. The cast are great with some terrific characters. My favourite being Jang Shin-Young as Shin Hye-ra. The ending is rather abrupt. from googling it looks like there was going to be a one off special, but it never happened.
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Darna (2009– )
8/10
enjoyable
8 April 2019
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Very enjoyable/. I had never heard of Darna before watching this series. The cast were pretty good with a lovely performance from Marian Riveria as Darna. Ding was a great mixture of obnoxius and cute.. Francesca was proably my favourite human character. Funny as hell. All the villians were good, and it seemed many if not all were bad because of bad things that happened to them. Although you could say it was their choice to go down the evil path. Darna is sexy, but also quite ruthless when it comes to dealing with her adverseries.. One of them she dispatches from behind. Although she was saving her boyfriend at the time. But she is ready to forgive too. The baddies are for the most part female, and i will pick out two favs it would be falcon lady and the alien queen. Mother love is a big theme in this series, whether it be a mother rejecting her child, a mother searching for her child, a mother obsessively loving another woman's child. The series can have you crying and then switch to a comic scene, in which you are still crying, but beginning to laugh.. I found Eduardo a little bit too clingy. Dr Morgan had one of the worst wigs i have ever seen, and I was happy when he finally got rid of it. fr mateo was a bit of a busybody. The snake legion were a bit of a disappointment really.. The fight sequences were nothing to make you go wow. Ding and Narda/Darna's relationship was very well done. So if you want a series which includes among other things silly comedy/tragedy/okay action scenes/vampires/snake people and aliens/, On the special effects. Well, we'll skip over that. you might enjoy this.
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Dae Jo Yeong (2006–2007)
9/10
Very well done.
8 April 2019
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If this series had a poster it would be say something like "The story of one of Korea's greatest hereoes" But just as applicable would be a line spoken by one of the main characters, which went something like "Nobody remains a friend forever, and nobody remains an enemy forever. I'll divide my review into sections. Performances. I'll give names of characters, as I'm not very good at remembering actors names. It's too tedious to keep looking them up. Best performance. Li Geom. (blood son of chulin and Daejo young Usually I am more impressed by the older actors in korean costume/historical dramas. But this guy was excellent. I want to see him in more stuff. The last king of goguryeo, whose name I can't remember. Wu Zeitan. dae joyung's father Those for me were the best performances. Best character and look at me performance xui rengui Funniest moment. When Xui Rengui tells hongpei to take his purple cloak off referring to it as a curtain. Most poignant scene. The death of Geomlan. The dialogue. There are at least two types of dialogue here. Professional screen dialogue, and dialogue that sounds like it was written for a school play, or that youngsters might say when playing war games.

The battle/fight/violence scenes. Was all that jumping up and down really how they faught in those days. As episodes wore on, scenes became more graphic. At first that impressed me, but later I became unconvinced by how unlikely looking the blood was. It looked just too much like strawberry jam. Scenes that kind of grew tiresome. "Give me death your majesty" I was hoping that for once someone would actually get what they were supposedly looking for. Daejoung (mostly) in disguise and peeering up from under his big hat. Characters i found a bit tiresome, but I suppose I got used to them. Heuk sodol, and the guy with the weird voice. A fascinating story, that kept me enthrallled.
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City Hall (2009)
10/10
Loved it.
8 April 2019
What a wonderful show. Kim seon-ah is absolutely perfect as the mayor who never compromises, no matter what she is put through. Whether she is playing a comedy scene, drama, romance, drama, or just being cute, she is totally convincing. She is backed up by a terrific cast. I do remember thinking in certain parts while watching that there was a hollywood elememt to it. although I'm not quite where.
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Rondo (2006– )
8/10
INTRIGUING
8 April 2019
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I suppose you could this has two distinct parts. For me the first part. which would be episodes 1-6 is the best. What I particularyly liked was the struggle for the japanese and korean to understand each other. The second part starts off very well and is always gripping. But for me, it got a bit too melodramatic at times. Then the female lead is about to do something soon into the second part. But she is prevented. Her character changes here. But she doesn't stay with that characterisaion for long. What she was going to do. or it looked she was going to do, although convincing at the time, later on, doesn't really hang together. But still second part is gripping too. sO THAT PART, gets an 8. As does the whole series.
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Attention Please (2006– )
8/10
FUNNY
8 April 2019
Very enjoyable comedy , which at least in the earlier episoodes is so light and frothy, you think it might float away. I found the lead character delightful, although she is big headed, loud, not in the least bit quite. You might say that she is not at all your steretypical japanese person. Others might want to shoot her. But as the show goes on, she does grow, although never quite losing those traits. Of course it wouldn't work if it wasn't for the wonderful lead performance by Aya Ueto
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Attention Please (2006– )
8/10
ENJOYABLE.
8 April 2019
Very enjoyable comedy , which at least in the earlier episoodes is so light and frothy, you think it might float away. I found the lead character delightful, although she is big headed, loud, not in the least bit quite. You might say that she is not at all your steretypical japanese person. Others might want to shoot her. But as the show goes on, she does grow, although never quite losing those traits. Of course it wouldn't work if it wasn't for the wonderful lead performance by Aya Ueto
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8/10
weird
8 April 2019
If you are a fan of boys over flowers, you will love this. No! I'm kidding. How to describe this. Gruesome, funny (although not very often, but I did laugh out loud at least once) bizarre, disturbing, wacked out.
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White Christmas (2011– )
7/10
worthwhile.
8 April 2019
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Maybe I should have given it an 8. But I'll stick with 7. It has a serial killer in it, but it's not about a serial killer. In a way he/she is the least important character. The acting is okay, nothing outstanding. The interplay between the characters is the most interesting thing,
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6/10
good.
8 April 2019
Last story was the best, becauise it was the most affecting.
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Big (2012)
8/10
The ending confused me.
8 April 2019
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The two leads were great. My other favourite charactor was Da Ren's teacher friend. But what was the ending about. They were supposed to have switched bodies back. But the ending didn't show that. Maybe Da ren was so used to seeing the kkj as the older guy, that, that's how she saw him as that,even when he appeared as himself.
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Mother (2010– )
10/10
Powerful and moving.
8 April 2019
If you want to watch a 11 ep drama that will certainly get the tear ducts going ,and with some brilliant performances,, I recommend this one. Although the title is mother, it might been more appropiate to call it Mothers. Though the main story concerns a woman who takes on the role of "mother" for an abused child. It also tells of other kinds of mothers too. Perhaps some of it could be seen as a little bit contrived; overall I believe it deals with it's themes in an honest way
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9/10
Great characters.
8 April 2019
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This only the second costume drama, I managed to complete. The first being Kingdom of the winds, which I think surpasses this. Although this has some of the best characters I've seen in an asian drama.

Top characters skylord. This character left the series too early. He is the most charismatic baddie, I have come across in a long time. He should have a series of his own, Moosa Baek Dong Soo. Vicous, pathetic, funny The queen. She looks like butter wouldn't melt in her mouth, but her heart is blacker than night. jin joo. She's feisty as hell, and more interesting than who i presume is the lead female Bubbling under commander hong, who is as cunning as hell, ga ok. She's probably the first character I liked, but found others more interesting as the show went on. kenzo-enigmatic Yes, all bit one are baddies It;s a while since I've seen four wimds, but I think this series has more comedy. It has some great one liners such as one of the characters being referred to as a male gigolo, It also has a nice little joke. that doesn't outstay it's welcome concerning ears being pulled. A major theme of the drama would seem to be redemption. The most moving scene is where jin joo tells the pirate chief exactly how she feels about him. The thing I'm not sure what to say without just writing. The actress playing ga ok plays the mother of a charactor who in real life is only 8 years younger than her. I think the acress playing the daughter is supposed to be playing young. The most actorly scene, is where skylord cries over the dearh of the woman he loved. Another thing I liked was the grit shown by charactors it might not have been expected of eg the son of commander hong, when confronted by skylord. my gripe. Although Im grateful for subs, it would nice if modern speech was not in it best action scene. Where the two male leads take on a load of bad guys
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Secret Garden (2010–2011)
9/10
one to watch
8 April 2019
Very funny, very touching. For the most part, a wonderful screenplay. The chemistry was good between the two leads. Bit then I often find that in these dramas. It had cliches common to korean dramas. But I tend to overlook those. The two leads gave good performances, but there were no real standouts. It made me laugh, smile, cry.
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Mackerel Run (2007– )
8/10
funny
8 April 2019
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Some very wacky visual which i liked. But for me it got more interesting around episode 4, when it settled down. Although the humour doesn't disappear completly. I did think the second male lead was a bit too pretty for his own good. I guess I'll have to get used to the two guys in love with one girl. Although this time, there is two girls attracted to one guy. Actually it could be three girls. The four leads are all likeable, although they don't all like each other. My favourite characters were the tarot reader and her friend. The lead actress has beautiful eyes.
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