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DryedMangoez reviews of television series, films and music.

First Impression Review: Choi Min Sik Powers the Intriguing First Season of Disney+’s “Big Bet”

Disney+’s Big Bet (카지노/Casino) is a fun and intriguing ride. Split into two eight-episode seasons, this first group of episodes introduces us to its anti-hero protagonist Cha Mu Sik played masterfully by the legend Choi Min Sik. The series is a fascinating character study of a man who from humble beginnings in rural Korea becomes an influential kingpin in the Philippine casino world.

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First Impression Review: Fierce, Yet Good-Natured Competition Power “Physical: 100,” Netflix’s Potential New Korean Hit
Recap: Ninpuu Sentai Hurricaneger with Donbrothers
Good Ol’ Review: ENA’s Fun and Engaging “Unlock My Boss” Has a Lot of Heart
Good Ol’ Review: Solid Cast Can’t Save Surprisingly Bland “Bad Prosecutor”
Recap/Review: Avataro Sentai Donbrothers The Movie – Shin Hatsukoi Hero
Good Ol’ Review: “Reborn Rich” a Refreshing and Engaging Approach to Familiar Themes

tvN’s Reborn Rich (재벌집 막내아들/The Chaebol’s Youngest Son) is a creative, high concept series that gives an interesting twist on familiar themes. Song Joong Ki’s charisma and charm is utilized to full effect and the ensemble cast is an important part of what helps the series reach its climax. While there are some missteps along the way, especially in its final acts, Reborn Rich is nonetheless an intriguing and refreshing drama.

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Good Ol’ Review: Peacock’s “The Traitors” is a Fun and Refreshing Change of Pace for Reality TV
Hindsight Review: Despite Season 2’s Last-Minute Redemption, Here’s Some Suggestions on How to Keep “Single’s Inferno” Fresh and Exciting
Good Ol’ Review: “Prison Playbook” an Unexpectedly Endearing and Impactful Series

The 2017 tvN series Prison Playbook (슬기로운 감빵생활 /Wise Prison Life) is an enjoyable, heartwarming and endearing slice of life story about convicts, their families and the corrections officers tasked with keeping them in check. Quite an interesting combination, yet the series easily delivers a wide range of emotions to tell engaging character-driven and relatable stories about life, family and friendship. A stellar ensemble cast is the strong glue that holds all the pieces together for what is a complete and satisfying series.

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