In “My Name is Loh Kiwan”, Loh Kiwan is a North Korean defector, trying to sneak into another country and start a new life. He hopes to obtain refugee status in Belgium. He crosses paths with Marie, a former female athlete, who was Korean but has changed her citizenship to Belgium. She is not trying to start a new life. On the contrary, she has given up on life.
In “The Impossible Heir”, Han Tae-O just wants to be successful. He’s got the brains to succeed. He is a human with flesh and blood just like any other human. Why should he be discounted or disregarded because of his father?
But I digress. Back to my review.
Everybody wants to ride the Korean wave. These days there are lots of ways for K-drama addicts to get their “fix”.
In “A Killer Paradox”, Lee Tang is a young man who was bullied in school. He thought of himself as a loser, someone living a life with no purpose. After he completed his mandatory military service, he went to work at a convenience store. There is nothing much to his life. But one night, he got into a fight with a stranger.
The setting for “Branding in Seonsu-dong” is Seonsu-dong district, the center of Seoul’s marketing and branding world. (A dong, or neighborhood, of Seongdong-gu in Seoul.) The storyline involves two main characters: Kang Na-eon, a successful tough no-nonsense team leader at a marketing firm, and So Eun-ho, a “righteous” intern at the same marketing firm.
“The Two Sisters” is a story about two sisters who were close but got separated because their parents divorced. Lee Hye-Won went to live with the father and Lee Hye-Ji lived with the mother. But that was not the initial arrangement. It was supposed to be the other way around. However, Lee Hye-Won whispered something in her sister’s ear, so her sister switched and decided to go with the mother.
“Queen of Divorce” begins with what looks like an operation being carried out by a special ops team for law enforcement or the military. It’s not! It’s a nasty divorce. A husband kidnaps the wife’s son and is holding him for ransom. The child is his wife’s son; not his son. If she wants him back she had better settle the divorce on his terms.
“Our Love Triangle” begins with a play where two people are expressing their undying love for each other. The play is a production by a group of students who are part of the 27th Class of Hanguk University Theater and Film Department. Yoo Hae Rin stood on her mark, said her lines, and suddenly froze, standing in a position facing the audience. She was probably supposed to be facing the actor who was playing her lover.
In “Flex X Cop”, Jin I-Soo, a rich young man, a third-generation chaebol, has a father who announced his candidacy for mayor of Seoul. During the press conference, the mayor hopeful is informed that his son has been arrested. He was not aware of that and when he went to the police station to get the facts, he was so angry with his son that he disowned him.
“Doctor Slump” explains what it means to be in a slump. When things in life just don’t go your way and it’s as if someone intentionally set out to ruin your life. When you feel like you’ve hit rock bottom. That’s a slump.
“The Bequeathed” begins with an old man who looks like he’s dying and a shaman is performing some kind of ritual. Next thing you know, Yoon Seo-Ha, who is living a dull, boring, and uneventful life, gets a phone call telling her that her uncle died and she needs to come take care of “family matters” regarding his death.