This will be a short chat and feature today of a drama I had been following for the last couple of weeks and just got round to completing today. Memory is a real and human drama that delves into justice, social class and family through the life of the morally bent workaholic
This will be a short chat and feature today of a drama I had been following for the last couple of weeks and just got round to completing today.
Memory is a real and human drama that delves into justice, social class and family through the life of the morally bent workaholic of a lawyer, Tae-Suk Park (Sung Min-Lee), who is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, and this spurs a chance for him to finally realise the things that are truly precious to him, such as his family, the truth and the memories he wants to hold onto. I was definitely set up for the twists and turns of this melodrama, and even the more excruciating moments, but the thing I was most surprised by would be the phonemonal cast who each delivered their roles with such poignancy and genuine devotion. But truly the real star of the show was Sung-Min Lee, who really portrayed the physical and emotional journey of Lawyer Park with finesse.
Memory had its teary moments but it definitely was not without its much softer and funnier moments that were effective on lightning the mood. I couldn’t recommend the drama highly enough for its touching display of a man who is clinging onto hope.
This light heart warming drama is something I never thought I would stick with for 6 months. But after 53 episodes, several tears, grunts of annoyance and hearty laughs, here is my review of All About My Mum. When you spend every weekend for 6 months with a drama you expect it
This light heart warming drama is something I never thought I would stick with for 6 months. But after 53 episodes, several tears, grunts of annoyance and hearty laughs, here is my review of All About My Mum.
When you spend every weekend for 6 months with a drama you expect it to go on forever.
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Story and Cast
All about my mum is a 2015 korean drama about San Ok, her husband Dong Chul and her three children Jin Ae, Hyung Soon, and Hyung Kyu. The drama touches on motherhood, love and the stages of life in comedic and touching ways.
As much as the drama first delves into the antagonism between Jin Ae the daughter and her mother San Ok, it really does well to give attention to all three children, their love interests and many aspects of Korean family life.
The first 20 episodes I came from not really understanding the mother to deeply symphatize with her character and adjusting to her temperamental nature.
It frustrated me that she always took the side of her eldest son despite the numerous times he was in the wrong. I was annoyed at their good for nothing father for putting the family constantly in difficult situations especially financially and the youngest son Hyung Soon, while I sympathised with his struggle of being a graduate unable to find a good job, his love arc with Chae Ri drove me mad.
So my heart was no doubt with Jin Ae, who was no doubt the rock of the family, sacrificing a lot of her own wants and needs to bail her family out.
But as the story progressed I found that I was really warming up to this dysfunctional nuclear household, while they bothered me to no end, I especially found it incredible how much I began to understand Ok, and realised just how epic of an actress Doo Shim Go actually is and just how well written her character San Ok was. I couldn’t help but really admire her.
Jin Ae played by Eugene, is the middle child of Dong Chul and San Ok. A hard-working career driven young woman who can’t wait to be separated from her overbearing mother. Jin Ae’s progress and development throughout the series is really something, as a viewer you immediately sympthasize with her and at once only regard her as probably the only sane one in the family.
Her love story with “Mr.fix-it” Hoon Jae Kang, was really warm and sweet. There is something about seeing them go from strangers to parents.
I really connected well with Jin Ae’s ambitions and values and despite her hard headed nature, she was very similar to her mother. While there were some annoying tidbits to Jin Ae’s choices during her courtship arc, such as allowing her mother-in-law get in the way of her romance with Hoon Jae.
I was glad to see Jin Ae soften up to her own mother and have her eyes opened to how much her mother actually loves her.
Hyun Soon the youngest child played by Tae-Joon Choi is the heart-throb womaniser. Straight out of college and jobless, he isn’t too confident in himself and abilities, but his development as a character really is when he meets Chae Ri Jang and begins his fling with her.
Hyun Soon compared to his elder brothers pretty decent and treats his parents far more better than his siblings, but he really lacks in having confidence in himself and possibly connecting himself to the unfiltered daughter of a major corporation was the best thing for him. What started off as a lie became genuine feelings.
While for 2 25 year olds they were annoyingly immature about their relationship running around for the first half of the series as two 16 year olds- I grew a liking to them as a couple.
The eldest, Hyung Guy played by Min-Seek Oh is an accomplished lawyer who wants to excel in his field. However he has a selfish worldview and takes advantage of his mother’s preference towards him as a means to benefit himself.
He possibly is the meanest towards h9is parents, and a lot of his activity at the start of the series is questionable. Hyung Gyu if you haven’t already guessed is not my favourite character and he is the slowest to change. He doesn’t really have an “awakening” till the last couple of episodes due to a family tragedy that really wakes him up.
Even with his relationship with single mom Hye-Joo Sun. Hyung Gyu learns to communicate his feelings a bit better, you see his selfishness and ingratitude for his mother sprout in new ways.
As frustrating as Hyung Gyu was he was really interesting to watch once you place all your frustrations aside. And while there aren’t any obvious signs of change it happens subtly.
The combination of all 3 siblings makes for entertaining viewing, and there
Back to the story, episodes 40-53 the mood of the drama really takes a dramatic shift, from it’s upbeat and friendly tone to a more serious one. I have never cried so much for a drama in awhile, it could be that I am more sensitive now as an adult or that I have too much of an empathetic nature but there is something about sticking with a series for 50 episodes that makes you feel like part of the family and their struggles.
I have to admit there were even times watching this drama that made me say that it’s worth being a mother even with its aches and pains, the sound of laughter and the joy that is shared is worth it.
I don’t think there is a song to be hated at all in this drama. With two of my favourite songs being “I will” by Kim Hyun Joong and Beige, a powerful duet with sweet notes that I like to dub as Jin Ae and Jae Kang’s song. There’s also “I Like You” by SunnyHill, this upbeat pop song that is always fun to listen to.
All About My Mum is a fun series, that is fun for all ages. While it is pretty long it makes for a great Sunday watch, especially is you pace through two episodes per week. The characters are fun and the story isn’t one dimensional, by even giving our side characters story arcs and dimensions to their characters that leaves you feeling very involved. I thoroughly enjoyed the series and I give it my highest recommendations. While this doesn’t hit 5 out of 5, a very generous rating, it gets the next best thing.
To your outer space. Boarding. Departing- Joo Eun Oh My Venus quickly established that Shin Min Ah is really is a babe; fat or skinny. Oh. My. Venus. I have just recently finished the drama and the first thing that must be mentioned as the highlight of the drama, would be the chemistry between
To your outer space. Boarding. Departing- Joo Eun
Oh My Venus quickly established that Shin Min Ah is really is a babe; fat or skinny.
Oh. My. Venus. I have just recently finished the drama and the first thing that must be mentioned as the highlight of the drama, would be the chemistry between So Ji Sub and Shin Min Ah. It has to be one of the most natural on-screen relationships since watching It’s Ok, That’s Love. While a certain arc in their relationship was set unrealistically ( I will be getting to that shortly), it is forgivable due to the eye candy of a couple they are. Between the positive message to get fit for your healths sake and turning into a ball of goo over the main leads romance; Oh My Venus really achieved what it set out to do; be an entertaining story about love and fitness. While it tried to add into the mix a twisted tale of chaebol heirs; which I felt it failed miserably at, I have to say it had achieved a few home runs for its humour and for being a simple romcom.
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Story and Cast
17 Years ago, in the town of Daegu, South Korea. A school bus is speeding through, inside high school boys get into a frenzy as soon at the name “Kang Joo Eun”. 90’s Korean music blares as the boys clamour tightly together at the windows to see, the one and only Daegu’s Venus Kang Joo Eun– Envied by Women and adored by boys everywhere. Joo Eun, an outspoken and committed character, isn’t just your typical pretty face but has her heart set on becoming a lawyer, and She really has a heart for justice and this is set in stone when we learn her ambition is to become lawyer. From what her present is telling us she has a very promising future, right? Fast forward to 2014, our Daegu Venus has become a lot less Venus and a bit more Edesia. While she has achieved her goal of becoming lawyer, she has managed to gain a lot of weight in those years and has been stuck in a 15 year relationship with her boyfriend, Woo-Shik.
When Woo-Shik officially breaks up with Joo-Eun on the night of their anniversary in order to date Joo-Eun’s former best friend Soo-Jin. Joo-Eun sets her mind on finding the legendary fitness guru John Kim, so she can return to her former glory as Daegu’s Venus.
John Kim is an heir to a lucrative business but ran away to the states to work as a fitness trainer for some of Hollywood’s elite. After a huge scandal breaks out about him and an American celebrity, he returns back to Korea under his real name Kim Young-Ho and as luck would have it he encounters Joo-Eun on several occasions helping her get out of awkward or sticky situations. Being unable to turn a blind eye to those in need; he agrees to help Joo-Eun and thus begins our leads warm and comfortable romance.
Going into the first five minutes of Oh My Venus, I couldn’t help but think of She was Pretty; it wasn’t until we got the big reveal of her weight gain that it managed to subvert my thoughts away from the similar set ups. Starting the series I was worried that I wouldn’t get into all that much; however I don’t know what it was about a chubby Shin Min Ah that changed my thoughts and shifted my pre-judgements about the show. I really liked Joo Eun as a character, she was pretty down to earth and quite tough around the edges. Most of all, she didn’t fit into the ‘one size fits all’ of a reason to lose weight. She admits that it was to get revenge and have her ex regret leaving her, it was because she started to crush on Mr.dripping-with-sexiness and wanted to be sexy too, it was also because it was a very conscious decision to improve her health after discovering she has thyroids. And because of these reasons, it really sold me into her character.
Soo Ji Sub’s portrayal of Young Ho was nothing less of a delight. From his dead pan moments to facing the monster in the closet, his performance was quite strong and though he was playing the role of a chaebol (something the story really could have done without); Young Ho most of all felt normal and lived the typical life you’d expect of a fitness trainer.
And it was this notmality that made the relationship between our two leads believable and entertaining.
It would be wrong of me to not mention Henry who plays the Korean American comic relief, Ji-Woong and Sung-Hoon who played as Jung-Sung and gave us a really compelling side story of him trying to reunite with his estranged mother.
Joo-Eun, Young-Ho, Jung-Sung and Ji-Woong were even stronger for some reason all together. They bounce off one another and it is so cute seeing all their shenanigans.
As entertaining as Oh My Venus was it didn’t go without any faults. It picked up and dropped plot points, addressed certain issues only to hastily solve them. The year gap between Joo-Eun and Young-Ho with one sided communication felt baffling. Then the relationship between Woo-Shik and Soo-Jin (second leads) could have been better handled; they were another drama that could have been explored but came across flat or ingenuine at times, especially when Soo-Jon learns that she may not be able to have children.
So much to do but so little time, and it is becoming an annoying reoccurrence when a drama like this gets over ambitious, in a bid to be different but I say if it was always going to be the typical Tom com it should own it instead of throwing chaebol twists.
There are a variety of upbeat music and ballads in the original soundtrack as necessary for a K-drama; what is a K-drama without the spanish guitar instrumental, the love song ballads and the upbeat pop song. I don’t necessarily have a favourite song but there are a select few I like more than others such as “It’s Me” and the main theme “Beautiful Lady”. It’s a bit of a shame the OST doesn’t boast for a large selection of songs by only having 8 tracks. It’s Ok, That’s Love as a 16 episode series too had a track listing of 17 songs, with all the instrumentals and third party songs included it has 50 tracks.
Oh my Venus is a nice filler after a day at work and you just want to laugh and awww without much thought. The performance between So Ji Sub and Shin Min Ah is something to really come along for, they very much deserved their KBS awards for their performances.
I give the series 3 out of 5 Dumbbells. While it scares an average rating, So Ji Sub and Shin Min Ah’s romance is something to to be witnessed.
Thank You - Aya I watched 1 litre of tears at the recommendation of a friend who finds it hard to cry and I knew at once any drama in drama land that could make her cry must surely be that sad! This will be the first post to my monthly series
Thank You – Aya
I watched 1 litre of tears at the recommendation of a friend who finds it hard to cry and I knew at once any drama in drama land that could make her cry must surely be that sad!
This will be the first post to my monthly series My (Guilty) Drama Pleasure! I was hoping to make a super cool intro but hey, what better way is there to get into a series than jumping straight in!.
1 litre of tears is the biographical story of 15 year old Aya Ikeuchi who is diagnosed with spinocerebellar degeneration. The drama depicts the next 10 years of Aya’s life as she battles to live a normal and fulfilled life under the weight of this tragic disease.
I would say that the drama is biographical loosely as there were elements to the story that were changed to suit a drama, and at the same time the drama isn’t completely inspired by as there were elements of truth here and there through the progress of the series as the story is in fact based on the diary by the real Aya, by the name of Aya Kito. Her diary was turned into a book and published shortly before her death and it accounts for her thoughts and personal
experiences as a teenager and young adult with the disease up until the point she could no longer write.
Story, Cast and OST
The story starts off with Mrs Ikeuchi sat in front of a Doctor as she receives the dreaded news about Aya, this drama does not hold back and there is a time lapse to a couple of weeks before at the Ikeuchi home and we have healthy 15 year old Aya introduced along with her family. As Aya is on her way to school she trips face forward to the ground much like the real Aya and this is the first tell tell sign we get that things aren’t right. It is from this point onward that her disease progresses rapidly, as she still has to juggle life as a teen, friendships and falling in love.
One of the things that 1 litre does really well is character development you see that not only is this a journey for Aya but for many of those who are close to her, there isn’t one person who doesn’t change or gains a new outlook on life due to her misfortune. Aya’s “I’ll do my best” attitude helps shape plenty of lives, but you really see these changes in the skeptics of the series Haruto the love interest and her younger sister.
My experience with 1 litre really gave me moments to look introspectively, it is a deep series and it will make you cry and examine life and who you are as a person. I did wrap up the drama feeling more grateful for my life, the things we take for granted like being able to run, dance, sing and live very independent lives. We kind of grow up and assume that we will get through high school, get our degrees, go into full time employment, marry have kids and we don’t ever really consider how much of a gift all these things are.
1 litre of tears reminded me of the beauty of storytelling to shape, transform, encourage and reprimand. How it is possible to completely connect with strangers in a couple of minutes.
The music in 1 litre is memorable and compliments the storyline all too well. With instrumentals that signify the pulse of hope to the echoes of a school choir resounding in the distance. Every song had its place in telling Aya’s story and the lives she touched and isn’t “Only Human” by K, a tearjerker of an ending song?!
The lyrics to the song really resonates and sums of up the desire to live as a right through this emotional ballad.
The music is so well put together that I wholeheartedly believe that 1 litre would have immediately lost half its impact if bad choices were made in terms of musical arrangement.
With a ost that will wake you up in the middle night as you hear it play mid way through a dream to remind you how much you cried into your pillow the night before, it will definitely have you saving the original soundtrack to your YouTube playlist in no time flat.
If you like crying, and if you like being inspired don’t pass up the chance to watch 1 Litre of Tears. It is a heart-wrenching but thought provoking semi biography that will leave you appreciating life even for months to come. It is a short drama that to be honest can be marathoned in a day, but I highly discourage that as it can be quite emotionally draining watching more than 2 episodes a day, I had to go a week or two without watching another episode because it was really taking quite a bit out of me to watch. There are the specials that I haven’t watched yet and a film, I will be reviewing those separately as I am still recovering from the last episode.
So with an appealing and original story, with an uplifting cast whose stories unfold in the waves of beautiful music. I give 1 Litre of Tears 5 tears out of 5. It deserves every single tear!