k-drama review

Devilish Joy

February 19, 2019

Assalamualaikum, hey ! Yesterday was a bit stressful for me because of last minutes cancelled classes leading me to not knowing what I should do. I hope I could stay strong for the last semester. So now, quite a title we got here, isn't it ? Actually, I don't remember the reason I decided to watch this drama but I assure you that it is an okay drama. So, here is the review !



Title : Devilish Joy / Devilish Charm / Maseung-ie Gibbeum / 마성의 기쁨
Episodes : 16
Genre : Romance
Network : MBN, Dramax
Cast : Choi Jin Hyuk, Song Ha Yeon, Hoya
Plot :

Joo Gi Bbeum and Gong Ma Seung met  by chance in Hainan and fall in love. They promised to meet again one hour after parting but Ma Seung didn't come to the place. Three years later, Joo Gi Bbeum life turns upside down. They met again by chance but Gong Ma Seung didn't recognized Joo Gi Bbeum. They kept on crossing path and ended up in love again.

I honestly didn't know how to describe this drama. It is somewhat typical but not so typical, get me ?

SPOILER ALERT

First off, the first episode bothers me a lot. I'm not sure if its because of the lighting during shooting or the effects of the video or what, but the first episode has a somewhat poor scene. It is too bright and dreamy. I do understand if it was for a few scenes, but it happened for a full episode and it kind of annoying since it is so bright. Luckily, it is just for that one episode.

Even though I am not a fan of romance drama, I had to admit that this drama is not so cringy and I had fun watching the couples. Especially the supporting character (happened every time, yea ?). The best part in this drama is the sound effect used. They made sure to include some cute sound effect for every scene that necessary.

This drama had a good plot honestly, but it is really slow pace and it almost made me lost my interest. I even skipped a few part because it was too slow for my liking. As for the characters, I think that all of the casts are well selected and  all of them played their role very well. Especially Hoya. It was very unexpected from him to act that way. I was used to him being so serious with his work, very hardworking, competitive and all and in this character is the opposite of that side. Very self conceited, quite arrogant, whiny and well, cute. It is amazing that he managed to get into that character,very natural, at that.

I honestly thought that this will be a sad ending, like Winter Sonata.  But, no luck, it is a happy ending. Tough luck, I was really prepared to cry my eyes out but no, I didn't cry when I watched this drama, even though there are many sad scenes.

"Most of the things you worry never happened, so don't worry in advance" - Lee Ha Im

Overall, it is a good drama for those who loves romance. 6/10 from me.

-thes

movie

To All Boys I've Loved Before

February 12, 2019

Assalamualaikum, hey everyone ? How's life treating you so far ? As for me, I just had a one week holiday (because of CNY, when I suppose to have only days off, but my classmates were all to enthusiastic to celebrate CNY *notethesarcasm). And, I had two quizzes today, this evening and night. I am hoping that I could excel, pray for me. Anyway, let's get to the review !

not mine; credited to the rightful owner


Title : To All Boys I've Loved Before
Runtime : 99 minutes
Genre : Romance, Young Adult
Distributor : Netflix
Cast : Lana Condor, Noah Centineo
Based on : To All Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han
Plot :

Lara Jean live as an invisible teenager girl throughout her school life until her love letter for five boys was sent. She began get attention when she got into a fake relationship with Peter Kavinsky, one of the boy who received her letters.

I have finally able to watch this movie after all effort. 

SPOILER ALERT

This movie went viral on Twitter and other social media platform prior to its released and every girl on that platform was like, 'girls need someone like Peter' and 'someone like Peter or Josh' and so on. This manage to grab my attention and I thought that this is one of those super duper sweet kind of movie. But, I am not totally wrong tho.

The flow of the story is very good, and there is no room for me to get bored. Even thought the plot is something I am familiar with, (Wattpad has tons of books that involved fake relationship and fall in love) I can say that this movie is in its own level. The insecurities of Lara Jean to fall in love because as I would like to quote, 'Everyone will leave at the end' is very relateable to me.

Honestly speaking, I do not understand those Twitter girls who went crazy to have a boyfriend like Peter because in my opinion, he is just, I don't know how to say this, um, he is, well general ? I admit that I was amazed and adore him for his handsome face and for his bravery to stand up for Lara Jean at the hallway but beside that, there is nothing else.

Despite being a romance movie, this movie didn't exclude the role of family. I really adore the sisterhood of Covey girls. I gotta admit that I am not that close to my sisters or to any of my siblings. I even put some barriers between me and my family, like there is this invisible wall between us. I don't know

And, good news to Lara Jean fans, last December, it was announced that a sequel film will be released based on the sequel novel, 'P.S. I Still Love You'.

I think, I could give a 9/10 for this. It is an enjoyable movie and really worth my time and energy.

-thes

bookreview

Empayar : Hikayat Putera Tanpa Nama by Teme Abdullah

February 08, 2019

Assalamualaikum ! So, selalunya aku post pasal movie, k-drama review je kan. Harini, aku nak buat review untuk buku pulak. Aku rasa janggal sikit nak type dalam bahasa melayu sebab selalunya buat review k-drama semua dalam english. So, bila nak tukar ke bahasa ibunda balik rasa pelik. Aku bukan rendahkan bahasa melayu, tapi sebab ganti nama untuk bahasa melayu ada banyak kan, so aku tak tahu which one yang lagi sesuai guna, aku ke, saya ke, sebut nama ke. So, aku decide untuk guna aku je.

Actually, buku ni sebenarnya adalah one of hadiah daripada 'Giveaway Saya Nak Menang Buku Terbaru TEME' by S.K last year. Hadiahnya sampai hujung tahun 2018, 31 Disember haritu disebabkan few masalah teknikal. Selain buku ni, aku jugak terima dua buku lain yang juga hasil tulisan TEME, 'Arkitek Jalanan' dan 'Impian Jalanan'.

Secara jujurnya, aku dah lama tak beli buku, tak baca buku fizikal selain buku yang aku terpaksa baca. So, aku berjaya habiskan ketiga-tiga buku tulisan TEME ni dalam masa less than one week. Terasa wow gitu. Dah lama sangat tak beli  buku, rinduuu. So, bila dah dapat free, memang pulun habis la tiga buku. 

Okay, taknak buang masa, jom start review !

too lazy to add filtering, editing and all so this is raw version =P
Tajuk : Empayar : Hikayat Putera Tanpa Nama
Penulis : TEME Abdullah
Mukasurat : 352 pages
Penerbit : Iman Publication
Sinopsis :

Ilmu itu umpama senjata yang boleh dimiliki sesiapa.
Jika senjata itu jatuh ke tangan yang baik, akan digunakan senjata itu untuk menyerang yang jahat.
Namun, jika ia itu jatuh ke tangan yang jahat, akan digunakan senjata itu untuk memusnahkan yang baik.

Out of the three books yang aku dapat, this one memang aku baca last sekali. Sebabnya aku tak pernah baca penulisan TEME, so aku decide untuk baca dua buku yang dah dipublishkan lebih awal daripada buku ni. Bagi aku, penulisan TEME memang best. Especially untuk manusia macam aku yang malas nak fikir perkataan yang complicated.

Isu agama yang dibangkit dalam novel memang apa yang tengah terjadi dekat dunia ni. Sangat mendalam. Watak manusia yang cuba tegakkan agama dengan keadaan ditentang oleh mereka yang menggunakan agama untuk kepentingan sendiri. 

Based on introduction chapters, aku sangkakan timeline yang digunakan TEME ni masa zaman kegemilangan Kerajaan Melayu Melaka dulu disebabkan gambaran suasana Madrasah Taming Sari ni. Tapi ada satu masa yang memerlukan pelajar madrassah keluar daripada madrasah, aku dah jad confuse dan akhirnya, aku conclude kan bahawa timeline dalam novel ni adalah pada masa hadapan. Pada masa yang aku sendiri tak tahu apa dunia ni akan jadi.

Untuk watak, aku ambil masa sikit nak sesuai kan diri dengan nama watak. Sebabnya, nama watak yang digunakan a bit unusual. Guna nombor. So, aku selalu lah jugak tertukar watak utama dengan sampingan. Tapi aku puji cara TEME pilih nama watak. Pendekatan yang dia gunakan ni mengingatkan aku dengan allahyarham P.Ramlee. Sebabnya ? well, both of them guna nama watak yang unusual supaya takde mana mana pihak terasa dengan apa yang mereka buat. Great job !

Last thing, plot. Bagi aku, plotnya biasa je, tapi aku rasa excited untuk teruskan pembacaan. Ingat senang ke nak tarik perhatian pembaca untuk baca apa yang kita tulis ? (just like how all bloggers are, me especially :')) Tapiiiii, aku agak tak puas hati dengan ending dia. Hish. Geram sangat ! Mereka yang menggunakan agama sebagai perisai peribadi masih berada di atas ! Haih. Harapnya adalah second book

To all bookworms, you should really really read this book. Worth your time ! 9/10

-thes

k-drama review

Lovely Horribly

February 04, 2019

Hello ! Assalamualaikum everyone ~~ Even though it is still consider as the start of the semester, I had to admit that I've been quite busy, maybe because this is my last semester, so the lecturer kinda push students. So, I don't think I can update with topic other than reviews.

not mine; credited to the rightful owner


Title : Lovely Horribly / Reobeulli Horeobelli / 러블리 호러블리
Episodes : 32, 30 minutes per episode
Network : KBS2
Genre : Romantic-Comedy, Horror
Plot :

Yoo Philip and Oh Eul Soon were born at the same time and they shared the same fated. During their life, if one person is happy, the other one will be sad and vice versa. The first time they met was when they were 10. Oh Eul Soon parents went to a spiritual ritual for Eul Soon and since then Eul Soon became sick. When she grew up, Eul Soon became a scriptwriter and had all of the bad luck of their fate. On the other hand, Yoo Philip grew up with a good luck on his side. He became a top star and a popular actor. They began to work together for a drama called, "A Ghost's Love Story" and unusual event began to start once they start to work for the drama.

Honestly, this drama had been stored in my drive for a few months. I had a really hard time resisting myself from watching another K-Drama last sem. Last semester was tough so I had to temporarily stop, so, when the 10 days semester break (I will keep mentioning this for as long as I want) start, I watched every drama to my heart content.

SPOILER ALERT

For a starter, I really love this drama. Even though I am not very fond of horror-related thing but this drama is bearable and it is not a very horror drama. From what I had watched, this drama is more to comedy rather than horror. However, to fit the horror theme, there were few scenes that made me watch with my eyes closed. I can't say that there was no romance because there definitely are some scenes that fit the elements. I was actually glad that the romantic scene were not cringy one, rather, it was a heart warming scene, so, I am very comfortable watching.

Next, I would love to talk about the cast. Overall, I am vary satisfied as the cast did an awesome job on the characters that they had. I actually kind of surprise that Eunjung from T-ARA able to act as an obsessive fan. She is scarier than the ghosts. Her obsession towards Yoo Philip is too much to the point that she willing to kill. There is another antagonist that I really despite, Ki Eun Young, a writer and also friend of Eul Soon. She constantly used Eul Soon for her kindness. 

As for the main characters, I had no comment on Song Ji Hyo acting. I think that the character suits her well. As I am a 'Running Man' fan, I had accustomed to the way she behaved and through her character, it was similar to her real personality. The only thing that made me laugh out loud is the scene where Yoo Philip imagine her doing aegyo. Like seriously, it is not Ji Hyoat all. For Park Ji Ho, this actually my first time watching his work. I am unfamiliar with his name and his style.

Lastly, the storyline. Even when Philip and Eul Soon had made up their mind to only think about them and ignore the ill-fate between them, they once again break up. I personally liked how the writer explained what happened between Philip, Eul Soon, Yoon Ah and Eun Young. To make it simple, every crisis and every plot is well explained. There was no question arises upon the ending of the drama.

For the rating, I would give, 9/10.

-thes

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