What I’m Watching, Maknae Version

It’s been an unusual few months for me in dramaland — Chinese dramas have outnumbered Korean dramas in my currently-watching list AND I started TWO Chinese dramas that are fantasy and/or historical in nature. Come along as I share all my thoughts about what I’m watching, as well as the upcoming dramas I’m looking forward to.

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Fangirl Movie Review: Shining for One Thing

Way back in 2022 (what?? It’s 2024. I can say that!), an amazing time travel romance drama hit iQIYI. Shining for One Thing was filled with self-discovery and longing and the best kind of angst. Karlina Zhang and Qu Chu Xiao turned in memorable performances, so I was HIGHLY intrigued when I heard a movie version was coming to theaters. Come see if I thought the experience was worth the time!

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Top Kpop MVs: Exploring Kingdom

Sometimes 4th gen kpop is on a completely different level. While groups like BTS have an overarching storyline that fans can access with a little digging (me, I’m that fan. I had to get out a shovel), groups like ATEEZ and Kingdom have concepts that are completely in your face. ATEEZ are the Pirate Kings of course, and we’ve discussed that here on the blog. But today we’re gonna take a peek at the lesser-known group Kingdom, whose concepts and music have been solid from their debut. Come see if they’re a group who should be landing on your playlists! 

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Should You Take a Ride with Taxi Driver?

The power of Lee Je Hoon is undeniable, especially when it comes to the appeal of his Taxi Driver character, Kim Do Gi. Paired with the Rainbow Taxi found family headed by CEO Jang (played by a very capable Kim Eui Sung), Taxi Driver 2 took the Korean ratings system by storm, earning a 21% viewership by its finale and becoming the most-watched drama of 2023 so far. Come see if I agree with those ratings, and if this compelling drama should be on your radar. 

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Captivated by Meet Yourself and Hi Venus: A Wang Xiong Cheng Appreciation Post

Good, sustainable writing isn’t always easy to find in dramas, especially long-form Chinese dramas. Since 2020, however, FIVE Wang Xiong Cheng dramas have made their way to the screen, proving that this writer–who has come out of nowhere–has what it takes to make a story worth watching from beginning to end. Come see what makes Wang Xiong Cheng’s dramas special, and decide for yourself if you want to watch his newest works – Hi Venus and Meet Yourself.

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