Drama Ratings

The rated dramas are only the series that I finished watching completely (or at least 90%). I am following the system taken from dramabeans. The first number is HOW MUCH I ENJOYED IT while the second one is HOW I OBJECTIVELY RATE IT. Both are out of a scale of 10.

Japanese Movies

Time Traveller: The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (2010)

Unique and refreshing use of time travel, definitely a different take from the animated version. Quite draggy and nothing stands out except its climatic scene. (4/5)

Korean Dramas

Baker King, Kim Tak Gu (2010)

One of the most overrated dramas ever. Unique concept for focusing on bread but messily executed. Rocky start but redeems itself in the later episodes. (6/6)

Brain (2011)

Great potential for a dark series but was wasted due to the bumpy middle. Nevertheless, the build up near the ending was quite satisfying that it made up for the flaws. (5/6)

Can’t Lose (2011)

An earnest story about a couple who broke up and find love once more.  Very relatable and enjoyable scenes from the misunderstandings, break-up, jealously and reconciliation even though it sometimes felt like an endless tug-of-war. (7/7)

City Hall (2009)

Such brilliance! A fun combination of slapstick comedy and intrigue on the political scene. Bad beginning but you’ll forget that as soon as the plot picks up.  (8/9)

City Hunter (2011)

Great balance between romance, revenge, deception and action despite minimal flaws. Amazing directing and storytelling that’ll make crave for more! (8/9)

Coffee Prince (2007)

Wonderful pacing and sound plot. Amazing portrayal of raw human emotion. It definitely deserves its popularity! (7/9)

East of Eden (2008-09)

Great story of a family’s revenge. The angst and conflict will move you to support their plight. Best adult storyline and OST I’ve seen despite inconsistent acting and slow, repetitive developments (9/7)

Flower Boy Ramyun Shop (2011)

Eye-candies, funny and witty dialogues, charming characters, stand-out music and well directed. Nice use of heightened reality to bring out the purity of the theme. Although there are times when all these concepts are not stringed together neatly. (8/8)

IRIS (2009)

Weak story-telling and development that makes the elements seem quite repetitive. Mediore action scenes, mediorce acting and wasted a good premise of a plot. Definitely not worth the hype. (4/4 )

Goong, also known as Princess Hours (2006)

A personal favorite. Good balance between romance and comedy in this modern Cinderella story. Something that will always make your mood better, no matter how man times you watch it. (10/8)

Man of Honor, also known as Glory Jane (2011)

Unrealistic scenes, turbulent development and sudden change of direction of marketed plot, but somehow the cute chemistry from the lead couple and interesting secondary characters can’t make up for the mess this drama turned out. (4/3)

Me Too, Flower! (2011)

Great acting especially from Yoon Shi Yoon! Although it deserves its underrated status. (3/6)

Personal Taste (2010)

Great use of mistaken gay identity. The story had good potential but was wasted due to bad directing and terrible flow of events (especially towards the end). Amazing and solid realistic characters, which were well-acted out by the lead cast. (7/6)

The Princess’ Man (2011)

A beautiful Romeo and Juliet story! Despite it being draggy at some parts, this drama will surely make you appreciate and love saeguks [historical series]! Great acting from the ensemble cast, lovely costumes and set, great plot. (9/9)

Save Your Last Dance (2004)

Good fusion of several clichés. Moving love story filled with pain and emotion.   (9/8)

Secret Garden (2010)

Different way of using the body exchange concept. Extremely funny scenes and unpredictable characters that will confuse and make you want to watch more. (7/7)

You’re Beautiful (2009)

Exaggerated scenes that will make you laugh. Nice use of metaphors. Adorable and fun characters that you’ll surely love. (7/8)

You’ve Fallen For Me, also known as Heartstrings (2011)

Reminds you of High School Musical. It has a light, young and soothing vibe but lacks conflict to keep your interest. (6/5)

Korean Movies

My Sassy Girl (2001)

PICTURE TO FOLLOW

Quirky rom-com with a different storytelling method. Despite the craziness, the essence was quite touching (7/8)

Temptation of the Wolves (2004)

PICTURE TO FOLLOW

Very misleading plot synopsis. The twists totally caught me off guard. The story could be better but it was too rushed. (7/9)

Wedding Dress (2009)

Middling cinematography but nonetheless impressive and touching story. So Ra was really adorable, she’s such a perceptive kid that she stole my heart. (8/8)

Taiwanese Dramas

Autumn’s Concerto (2009)

Fast-paced start but nevertheless a beautiful story with realistic characters. The emotion was well acted. Love how it goes through a full circle (8/9)

Fierce Wife (2010)

Although it can get unrealistic at times, it was a wonderful take on cheating issues in a marriage. Empowering emotions and decisions that will keep you hooked. (8/8)

Hanazakarino Kimitachiche, also known as Hana Kimi (2006)

Extremely funny drama although the acting was over the top at times. Lost steam in the end which reduced my initial love for the drama. (6/6)

Romantic Princess (2007)

Such a cute, fun and feel good drama. It feels like your in a fairy tale. I love the couples so much! They are so adorable and have great personalities we can all learn from.  (7/6)

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