Korean Drama Review: Cain and Abel (카인과 아벨)

Ratings out of 10:

Acting: 10

Storyline/plot: 10

Plot Development 8

Characters: 9

Music: 8

Production Value: 9

This was either my second or third Asian (Korean) drama to watch, and after watching countless others, nothing has beaten this yet (Well, now some dramas have beaten it, but it was still my first favorite!). I am a big romantic, so I obviously like romantic shows and movies, and this was the first drama I had watched that I really didn’t know anything about. It was recommended to me by a Korean friend, and I just started watching it without a second thought, not knowing if it had romance in it or not. Well, as I came to find out, it did have romance in it, but it did not overwhelm the main storyline. Actually, this is probably one of the most beautiful romances I have ever seen in a drama thus far, but it wasn’t actually my favorite part of the drama.

The actors did a superb job in their roles. They made you love them and hate them and sympathize with them. I don’t think I can even find a weak link in this drama because they were all so good. The two mains (brothers) Lee Seon Woo and Lee Cho In were the best actors, in my opinion, and it is always refreshing to see the main characters not being outdone by supporting characters (because that happens very often). Kim Seo Yeon (Seon Woo’s girlfriend) pleasantly surprised me. Although she was in love with one of the main “bad guys” of this drama, I couldn’t dislike her. Her acting seemed so real, and whenever she cried, it totally tore at my heart. Oh Young Ji (Cho In’s girl) also did a great job. Her character was so likeable, and her acting even more so.

This drama did a great job at keeping my attention, even though there was no mystery aspect to it. The relationship between the two brothers was heartbreaking (the chemistry between these two actors was really good). At the beginning, you see how much Cho In looks up to his older brother Seon Woo, and you see how much Seon Woo dotes on Cho In. Even as the drama progresses and the betrayal increases, the audience never doubts that the love that they shared at the beginning was fake. I think that most of the best scenes were between the brothers, especially the confrontational one near the end. Both Cho In and Seon Woo are crying and you can feel how much pain they are both going through, because although they would like things to return to normal, the pain they have caused each other is too great.

The only flaw that I found in the drama was in the plot development. Most of the plot development was good, don’t get me wrong, but there was one part that seemed to be poorly executed. At first when Cho In goes to China, Seon Woo just doesn’t want him to come back before he performs their father’s surgery, but, without his knowledge, Seon Woo’s mother orders him to be killed. When Seon Woo finds out about this, it seems like the writers wanted to point the fault to him, and even he started believing that he was the one that ordered his brother’s death…which was not the case. I thought that the writers could have smoothed this out a bit more. It would have made more sense.

Overall, this was a great drama. If you are a person who wants a drama with actual substance to watch, then this is for you. If you are a person who wants a light and fluffy drama, although this is definitely not light and fluffy, I would recommend you watch this drama. Trust me, you won’t regret it..

Overall Rating out of 10: 9

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Japanese Drama Review:白い春 (Shiroi Haru)

Storyline/plot: 8

Plot Development: 6

Characters: 10

Acting: 8

Music: 5

Production Value: 6

I just got finished watching this drama, and I really liked it, so I felt that it needed a review.

STORYLINE/PLOT:

Shiroi Haru is the story of an ex-yakuza member named Sakura Haruo (played by Abe Hiroshi). The drama begins with him being released from a nine year sentence in prison because of a murder he committed. A little bit later we find out that the reason he murdered somebody was because he needed money to cure his girlfriend’s disease. Originally, Haruo planned to quit being a yakuza member, but because of desperation, he undertook the job of murdering a man that the yakuza boss wanted dead. He gets caught for the murder, but before he goes to prison, he makes his best friend swear to give his girlfriend the 8 million yen that was supposed to be given to him. The best friend promises, and Haruo is sent to prison. When he gets out, he discovers that his girlfriend, Takamura Mariko, lived with another man while he was in prison and is now dead because she never received the money. Haruo, then, tracks down the man she was living with, Murakami Yasushi (played by Kenichi Endo) and vows to get revenge. A short while later he meets the man’s daughter, Murakami Sachi, who immediately becomes attached to him. Continue reading