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Rating k-dramas and their soundtracks (part three)

K-dramas have been with me ever since I discovered them last February, and they continue to bring me so much joy. If you haven’t seen them, I’ve already shared some k-dramas HERE and HERE. I hope you’ll be able to find new ones in this blog post! I’m absolutely fond of sharing them because I know that so many people also find solace in them! All of them are available on Netflix.

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Love Alarm

collage of love alarm

Cellphone app Joalarm is created. If someone likes you and they are within 10 meters of you, the alarm for the app rings. The app also shows how many people like you, but the app doesn’t reveal specific details on who likes you. Kim Jo-Jo is a high school student. She is pretty and smart. She seems like cheerful person, but her parents died when she was young. Since the death of her parents, Kim Jo-Jo has lived with aunt’s family. Living there is not easy for Kim Jo-Jo. She doesn’t download the app Joalarm. Meanwhile, Hwang Sun-Oh is a popular male student at the same high school where Kim Jo-Jo attends. He is the son of a wealthy family, but he is not loved by his parents. His best friend Lee Hye-Young also attends the same high school. Hwang Sun-Oh notices that his best friend Lee Hye-Young likes Kim Jo-Jo. Hwang Sun-Oh wants to know if his friend really likes her, so he kisses her.

Things I liked

➽ one of the most addictive k-dramas I’ve ever watched
➽ the chemistry between the female and male lead was off the charts
➽ Jo-jo’s PTSD rep was super well-done in my opinion
➽ it was actually a really thought-provoking show
➽ it played on my heartstrings

Things I didn’t like

➽ how homophobia was dealt with
➽ several serious topics could’ve been handled with more care
➽ season two had a lot of drama

My favourite song

K-drama rating: ⭐⭐⭐.5
Soundtrack rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐.5

Rookie Historian Goo Hae-ryung

collage of rookie historian goo hae-ryung

Set in the early 19th century. Goo Hae-Ryung works as a historian. Female historians like Goo Hae-Ryung are generally looked down upon because of their gender. Yet, Goo Hae-Ryung fulfills her duty as a historian. She gets involved with Prince Lee Rim.

Things I liked

➽ the main female lead’s personality
➽ the prince’s shyness
➽ forbidden love trope
➽ how the male historians finally accepted their female colleagues
➽ the historical fiction setting
➽ the female historians were supportive and friendly with each other
➽ Min Woo-won’s character was really respectable

The thing I didn’t like

➽ the ending was a tiny bit unsatisfactory

My favourite song

K-drama rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐.5
Soundtrack rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Hometown Cha Cha Cha

Collage of Hometown cha cha cha

Yoon Hye-Jin works as a dentist. She is mostly a realist, but due to her rightfulness, which is only a tiny part of her mind, her life changes. She ends up moving to the seaside village of Gongjin. There, Yoon Hye-Jin meets Hong Du-Sik. She becomes curious about him. Hong Du-Sik is called Chief Hong by the local residents. He is a handsome and smart man. Officially, he is unemployed, but he always seems busy. If somebody needs help, Hong Du-Sik is the first one to appear and provide help.

Things I liked

➽ the small-town setting
➽ Yoon Hye-jin’s character arc
➽ Hong Du-sik’s helping personality
➽ Gam-ri old lady’s wisdom, and the lovely relationship she and Du-sik had
➽ the romance was drama-free and cute
➽ it provided a lot of comfort thanks to its characters

Things I didn’t like

➽ the too many weird coincidences surrounding Du-sik
➽ how the only queer character didn’t have a happy ending

My favourite song

K-drama rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐.5
Soundtrack rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ (favourite!)

Crash Landing on You

Collage of crash landing on you

Yoon Se-Ri is an heiress to a conglomerate in South Korea. One day, while paragliding, an accident caused by strong winds leads Yoon Se-Ri to make an emergency landing in North Korea. There, she meets Ri Jeong-Hyeok, who is a North Korean army officer. He tries to protect her and hide her. Soon, Ri Jeong-Hyeok falls in love with Yoon Se-Ri.

Things I liked

➽ the forbidden love trope
➽ Yoon Se-ri’s character arc
➽ it showed how love and hope can light up even the darkest nights
➽ the thought-provoking portrayal of North and South Korea
➽ how everyone in that North Korean village was so caring, at first they seemed cold, but they have a heart of gold
➽ the humour Ri Jeong-hyeok’s soldiers provided
➽ how light and dark topics co-existed beautifully
➽ Yoon Se-ri’s and Ri Jeong-hyeok’s couple is one of my favourites
➽ how they handled Dan’s storyline after that certain event
➽ the importance of music

Things I didn’t like

➽ how ridiculously cringey it was at parts
➽ there were too many coincidences
➽ the second half which was set in South Korea was a tiny bit less exciting to me

My favourite song

K-drama rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐.5 (favourite!)
Soundtrack rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ (favourite too!)

Our Beloved Summer

Collage of our beloved summer

Choi Ung and Kook Yeon-Su broke up 5 years ago. A documentary they filmed during their high school days becomes popular. They don’t want to, but they have to stand in front of the camera. Choi Ung seems naive and a free spirited man, but he wants to have something for the the first time in his life. For that, he shows what he holds in his mind. Kook Yeon-Su aimed to become the top student at her school, but she is now an adult who lives fiercely, adapting to her reality.

Things I liked

➽ all the thought-provoking discussions the characters shared
➽ NJ’s, the idol’s scenes
➽ the realisations Yeon-su and Ung had at the last few episodes
➽ the relationship between Yeon-su and her grandma
➽ how loving Ung’s parents were
➽ it was cute overall

Things I didn’t like

➽ it was way too long
➽ the beginning didn’t really capture my attention
➽ Ji-ung and his unrequited love could have been resolved better
➽ the romance was okay, for some reason it didn’t convince me

My favourite song

K-drama rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Soundtrack rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

(Note: all summaries are from asianwiki.com, and the pictures I used in my collages are courtesy of Netflix, tvN, MBC and SBS.)

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Have you seen any of these? If yes, what are your thoughts on it/them?

Morgan

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