Descendants of the Sun; 2016 (w/ Song Hye Gyo, Song Joong Ki, Jin Goo, Kim Ji Won) – 4 stars – There was a portion of this show that talked about human trafficking, so of course I had to watch it to see what that was going to be about. Besides that, this show is about a couple Korean military men who are always on the go. One of them starts to fall for a female doctor. This is a story about their difficulties in their relationship as they are separated or working along side one another through their jobs. Being someone who isn’t fond of wars and military anywhere, I wasn’t sure if I’d end up liking this. I decided to go for seeing it anyway, and am glad because it was good. The plot worked together so brilliantly and they covered many of my questions throughout the series. The whole show had me anticipating certain things, had me laughing, and I was certainly crying. There was an immodest character, drunkenness, swearing, violence, and kissing.
Moorim School; 2016 (w/ Lee Hyun Woo, Seo Ye Ji, Lee Hong Bin, Shin Hyun Joon, Jeong Eugene) – 4 stars – My husband watched this one with me (the first he sat down to see). He enjoyed it as I did. There is a mystery about this school hidden away in the woods. A Kpop singer has some hearing problems and is told about going to that school, so he seeks it out. There is a rich guy who has to go to the school because his dad sponsors and helps pay for things that go on there. As they go, things from the past begin to unravel. Friendships are questioned and love may be blossoming while there too. One thing that bugged me throughout this show was that one of the characters in this gave this terrible fake smile here and there and wasn’t getting things through his head for the longest time. There is drinking in this, violence, swearing, kissing, and talk about mistresses/concubines.
Answer Me/Reply Me 1997; 2012 (w/ Jung Eun Ji, Seo In Guk, Shin So Yool, Lee Ho Won, Eun Ji Won, Sung Dong Il, Song Jong Ho, Lee Il Hwa, Lee Shi Un) – 3.25 stars – The story begins in 1997 when a high school girl is obsessed with the Kpop group H.O.T. She loves Tony especially. There is a boy she grew up with since she was born as well as his brother. Her parents pretty much treat them as if they are their sons (making them food constantly and having them over all the time or being there if they have to go to the doctor). This show is about their daily life together and what happens when the girl starts to become a woman and the two guys begin to take more note of her value to their lives. It was not as good to me as the 1988 one, but I still kept wanting to know what was going to happen. The parents of the girl in this show are the same set of actors playing the parents in the 1988 one, which I thought was precious, honestly.
content: There is a bit more talk about porn in this show though you don’t see anything, there is still immodesty and I think it is more intense visibly than any other Korean show I’ve seen thus far. There is drinking and someone about to light a cigarette. There is kissing. There is talk about a guy liking another guy. There is talk about a couple living together. There is talk about a teen girl wanting to have sex (but doesn’t). A man yells at his daughter’s lack of moral value in public due to something that happens. Swearing is throughout the show.
Answer Me/Reply Me 1994; 2013 (w/ Go Ara, Jung Woo, Yoo Yeon-seok, Kim Sung-kyun, Son Ho-jun, Baro, Min Do-hee, Sund Dong-il, and Lee Il-hwa) – 3.25 stars – I did like this the least when comparing all three “Answer Me” stories. What I did love about this one was the sense of connection as family that played through. A bunch of college kids go to live with a family in Seoul while they all were from the country originally. No matter how many years it took for them to be in college, they grew together. Some of them grew to fall in love with each other. I loved the mealtimes they had (shown in every episode, sometimes a few times).
I was a little confused when I started this series. I will warn you so that it is not as confusing. The main character calls a guy her brother in most of the first episodes, but she also has a crush on him. I nearly turned it off until they explained that he was the best friend of her actual brother who died and so she started to call him brother instead. He was the first one to live with their family while going to college, though they grew up together anyway, and her parents also call him their son. It was just so odd but I need to explain it to you in case you watch it and get really confused too.
Again, the same set of parents are in this that were in all the “Answer Me” stories. I saw the 1988 one first (in my last post about Korean Drama) and one of the dads from that show is a college kid in this show! I like that I got to see a different side to him in this. Another interesting part of this show is how much beepers/pagers were used. I remember people who had them but I was only 10 and 11 that year, so I didn’t need to use one. To see it played out, it reminded me a lot more of the culture of that time period. Throughout this show there are a few innuendos, bad language, kissing scenes, and drunkenness.