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Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Personal Taste (2010)


Country: South-Korea
Format: drama in 16 episodes
Genre: Romance, comedy
Cast: Lee Min Ho, Son Ye Jin, Kim Ji Seok, Wang Ji Hye, Ryu Seong Ryung, Jo Eun Ji, Jung Sung Hwa, Lim Seul Ong, Choi Eun Seo, Park Hye Mi, Ahn Suk Hwan, Kang Shin Il
Synopsis: Park Kae In is an interior designer whose father is a well-known architecture professor. After dating Chang Ryul for years, she gets dumped by him the night before her bestfriend's wedding. While attending the wedding, Kae In finds out that the groom is no one else than her fresh ex-boyfriend Chang Ryul. At the same time, Jeon Jin Ho is architect who is struggling to win architecture competition against Chang Ryul's father. After many unfortunate happenings bring Kae In and Jin Ho to know each other, Jin Ho ends up renting a room from Kae In and moving into Kae In's modernized hanok (traditional Korean house) called Sanggojae. Everyone have their own reasons - Kae In is in a need of extra money and thinks Jin Ho is "gay". Jin Ho is there to learn about Sanggojae to use it as a base material for his competition work.
Rating: 4/5
Firstly, I admit that I was very disappointed in the drama as it is (at least was) hyped up drama and I was expecting a lot from it. Even though it took me years until I decided to really watch, I was hoping to see an awesome drama. What can go wrong when you have Lee Min Ho, interior design+architecture, doubts in sexual orientation and two totally different characters living together?

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Kinkyori Renai (2014)


Also known as: Close range love
Country: Japan
Format: movie
Genre: romance, school life
Cast: Yamashita Tomohisa, Komatsu Nana, Mizukawa Asami, Kotaki Nozomu, Yamamoto Mizuki, Arai Hirofumi, Sano Kazuma, Furuhata Seika,
Synopsis: Kurirugi Yuni is top-marked student in her high school. Only difficult subject is English until new English teacher, Sakurai Haruka, starts to give her private tutoring in order for girl to reach the highest mark also in it. Things go a bit differently once Yuni discovers that she is falling in love with her teacher and that this might not turn out to be only one-sided.
Rating: 3/5
Based on same-named manga by Mikimoto Rin. The manga has huge fanbase and this movie was long-waited by many. Before the movie came out there was prequel drama-series what was about Haruka's high-school, before he became teacher and everything. The drama has different cast and movie cast does not make appearance in drama. (unfortunately have not seen yet)

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Gakkou no Kaidan (2014)


Country: Japan
Format: drama in 10 episodes
Genre: school
Cast: Hirose Suzu, Kamiki Ryunosuke, Ishibashi Anna, Suga Kenta, Mamiya Shotaro, Kaneko Nobuaki, Nonami Maho, Namase Katsuhisa, Asano Atsuko, Izumiya Shigeru,
Synopsis: Haruna Tsubame is young high school girl who got into prestigious high school thanks to their program for poor students to have a chance to get better education. One day she gets pushed to become the president of the student council. On the same day she meets a mysterious guy with excellent speech-writing skills. Compared to previous presidents, with his help Haruna sets out to change the corrupted high school forever.
Rating: 3/5
Well, what to say - Yanne forced me into watching it and I suffered all the way until the end. It was difficult for me to watch it, but at the same time it all was worth it.