You are my destiny - Japanese version

Fated to love you, the Korean version of You are my destiny is one of my all time favorite Kdramas.

So when I read Ruth Navarra's post about Japanese drama's for K-drama lovers, in which she recommends the Japanese version, I figured: why not try it. To be precise, this is what Ruth wrote about You are my destiny:

'The Japanese version with Takimoto Mioro and Kizu Takumi is refreshing because it let go of the over-the-top acting and side stories.' 
But what a waste of time it turned out to be...

You are my destiny - Japanese version
The Japanese version of Fated to love you follows the same storyline more or less. It's about a very timid girl, named Aya in the Japanese version, who lets people run roughshod over her. She works at an office and her colleagues put post-its with requests on Aya for things they want her to do for them.

Accidentally sleeping together
One of her male colleagues seems to have a genuine interest in her, and invites her for a trip. He turns…

Kdrama Welcome or Meow, The secret boy

If you're in the mood for a sweet, simple Kdrama that won't break your heart, you might try Welcome, also known as Meow, The secret boy.

Meow, The secret boy Soh Ah is a graphic designer and has a long time crush on Seo Ji Hoon. They almost got together once, but suddenly Seo Ji Hoon started giving her the cold shoulder. Later on it of course turns out, it was all a misunderstanding. But by then Sol Ah has developed feelings for Hong Jo, who is a... cat!

How can you fall in love with a cat?
Hong Jo is not just any cat. He turns into a human when he's around Soh Ah. Because of yet another misunderstanding Sol Ah and Hong Jo live together. Which makes Meow, The secret boy a cohabitation drama. I always love those.

Sol Ah thinks Hong Jo is her new stepbrother Bang Gook Bong, which explains why she has no problem with Hong Jo living in the same house as her. Anyway, Hong Jo sometimes is a cat, and other times he's a man. He's very sweet, calm and understanding of Sol …

Chocolate and Vanilla: quick dose of romance

Do you need a quick dose of romance?

Then I recommend the Japanese drama Chocolate and Vanilla.

It's sweet, there's lots of romance, and it's fast.

The male lead deflowers the female lead at the end of the first episode. And the episode is only 24 minutes!
It doesn't get any faster than that ; )

And the strange thing is, it totally makes sense. As a viewer, you don't get the feeling things are rushed in Chocolate and Vanilla.

No, after only 24 minutes it makes perfect sense they kiss and make love.

Chocolate and Vanilla: the story
Chocolate and Vanilla is an adaptation of a Japanese josei manga series by Takara Akegami.

It's about the naive Risa Shiroki and Hiroto Fukami. Twenty year old Risa Shiroki is what you would call a 'country bumpkin'. She is pretty but very shy. The male students like her, but Risa doesn't know what to do with their attention.

Hiroto Fukami to the rescue
One day she's having a nice cup of coffee when she gets pestered …

The Legend of the Blue Sea: I highly recommend this Kdrama!

One of the best Kdramas that I've seen is The Legend of the Blue Sea. It's got everything that makes Kdramas great.

It's got romance,  lots of funny moments, great actors, an original story, beautiful scenery and lovely soundtracks.
If you like romantic Kdramas, you should definitely watch The Legend of the Blue Sea.

The Legend of the Blue Sea: what's it all about?
Heo Joon Jae is a con artist, who makes money by ripping off rich people who kind of deserve it. Let's say he's a bit like Robin Hood. Heo Joon Jae was abandoned by his parents, and doesn't believe in love anymore. During one of his cons he meets Shim Chung.

Shim Chung is a mermaid!
Only Heo Joon Jaeo doesn't know this.

Sim Chung goes to find Heo Joon Jae
They meet, escape from the bad guys who want to punish Heo Joon Jaeo. Unfortunately because of the bad guys they get separated, and Shim Chung erases all the memories Heo Joon Jaeo has of her.

But Shim Chung then goes to find Heo Joon Jaeo!…

Korean movie Parasite

The Korean movie Parasite won 4 Academy Awards!

Impressive, right?

So what is this movie all about?

Parasite: the story - contains spoilers
Parasite is the story of the Kim family. They're very poor and live in a basement. There's
father Ki-taek, mother Chung-sook, daughter Ki-jung and son Ki-woo .

Then one day Ki-woo's friend asks him to replace him as a tutor for this young girl of a rich family: The Park family.

Once he's successfully installed as an English tutor, Ki-woo sees an opportunity to get his sister Ki-jung a job. She poses as an art therapist, and will supposedly help the Park family's youngest son to get over some trauma.

Ki-jung then gets rid of the Park family's chauffeur, and recommends her father for the job. He then gets rid of the housekeeper, and voila Now the whole Kim family has a job working for the Park family.

They could have lived happily ever after I suppose.

But they don't.

So what went wrong?
When the Park family leave for a ca…

Kdrama Touch: lukewarm male lead

The first time I started watching Kdrama Touch, I stopped watching after 10 minutes because I thought it was annoying.

But then I decided to give it another go, and it was alright.

I was, of course in it, for the romance.

But I had to wait 14 episodes for them to get together. And even then it was all very lukewarm.

So here's my review.

Touch: the story
Touch is about Cha Jung Hyeok and Han Soo Yeon. Cha Jung Hyeok is a popular make-up artist, who's very expensive and exclusive. He meets Han Soo Yeon when he's doing her make-up. They kind of get off on the wrong foot, because Han Soo Yeon thinks he didn't get it quite right.

Anyway, Han Soo Yeon has been an idol trainee for 10 years, and when she finally gets a break something happens and she's booted from the program. That's how she ends up working for Cha Jung Hyeok.

Cha Junk Hyeok then gets cheated and loses everything: his business and his reputation. Thanks to Han Soo Yeon he kind of gets back on his feet.