Category: International TV

DryedMangoez recaps, reviews and commentary about international (non-American) television programs.

Good Ol’ Review: Seo Ji Hoon and So Ju Yeon Power the Thought-Provoking and Poignant “Seasons of Blossom”
Good Ol’ Review: tvN’s “Blind” a Captivating Action and Emotionally-Packed Thriller

tvN’s Blind (블라인드) is one of the most legitimately exciting suspense thrillers I’ve watched. There have definitely been plenty of mystery suspense thrillers on Korean television. But Blind is one of the very few that is able to start running from the very beginning and never let up until the very last moments of the final episode. Blending together a fascinating character study, an intricate puzzle of clues and a well-paced narrative, Blind is an action and emotionally-packed roller coaster ride.

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Good Ol’ Review: Talented Cast and an Unflinching Approach Make “Weak Hero Class 1” a Captivating Must-Watch

Weak Hero Class 1 (약한영웅) is a thrilling, yet sobering portrait of young students and the different struggles, difficulties and momentary joys they experience while growing up in a society that, too often, neglects and pushes them aside. It is strongest though as a character piece, telling the story of friendship and bonds that must survive under the weight of all that is happening around them.

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Good Ol’ Review: MBC’s “Hospital Ship” an Exciting and Emotionally Engaging Slice of Life Series
Good Ol’ Review: “Once Upon a Small Town” a Warm, Charming Series
Good Ol’ Review: Some Missed Potential, but “Café Minamdang” a Fun, Easy Watch

If you want a simple, stress-free K-drama experience, KBS’s Café Minamdang (미남당) might be the series for you. If you’re looking for something a bit more than that, you might be left wanting more. Café Minamdang mixes over-the-top comedy with crime/mystery. And while it isn’t always able to seamlessly blend the two, the series is nonetheless a refreshingly easy watch compared to most of what’s on the Korean airwaves today.

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Good Ol’ Review: Herlene Budol and Joseph Marco Charm in Fluffy, Fun “Ang Babae Sa Likod Ng Face Mask”
Good Ol’ Review: “Kamen Rider Black Sun” a Refreshing and Engaging Reimagination

Kamen Rider Black Sun (仮面ライダーBLACK SUN) is a refreshing and engaging reimagination of not just the original 1987-88 season of Kamen Rider, but of the entire franchise itself. Celebrating the franchise’s 50-year history, Black Sun is a darker, more mature version of the long-running Sunday morning series. And it draws upon that history to deliver timely and universal stories though the familiar, though more mature confines within the Kamen Rider playbook. It has a little something for everyone, whether you’re a longtime fan or someone stepping into the world of masked Riders for the very first time.

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Good Ol’ Review: “Shxxting Stars” is as Charming and Satisfying as a Romantic-Comedy Should Be

tvN’s Shxxting Stars (or Shooting Stars/별똥별) is a romantic comedy through and through. It might not reinvent the wheel, but it knows what it wants to be and does it well. Yet it is also still refreshing and new while being as fluffy and breezy as a romantic comedy should be. That’s also true even when the series does dabble in more dramatic stories, especially those addressing some of the darker sides of Korean entertainment. But this stylized depiction of a world ripe for K-drama shenanigans is an absolute treat.

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