The Bridge Season 2
A series of brutal murders, each sharing a signature MO, takes place across Malaysia and Indonesia. Called in to investigate, Singaporean International Crimes Division (ICD) officer Serena Teo (Rebecca Lim) takes charge of a case across the border where a family has been slaughtered aboard a luxury yacht in Johor. Meanwhile, in Jakarta, for ICD Lieutenant Heriyanto Salim (Ario Bayu), the case turns personal when his brother is found murdered in similar circumstances. Seeking answers, Heri finds a way to insert himself into the Malaysian investigation. As Serena and Heri work together to catch the killer, their inquiries lead them to industrialist/kingpin Datuk Ishak Hassan (Wan Hanafi Su), whose prominent family and known associates all have some connection to the victims. Could Ishak be next on the list, or is he the man responsible? Tracking down his more ‘unsavoury’ allies, Serena is shocked to encounter a familiar face: that of her grieving ex-partner, former Malaysian ICD officer Megat Jamil (Bront Palarae).
EP1. A Murder on the Yacht
EP2. The Disappeared Partner
Rewatch Value 8.0
This review may contain spoilersI'm going to start by saying, I will defend this drama in this review so please if you don't agree, feel free to ignore me.
I don't understand the amount of hate and scorn this drama has been collecting from basically before it even aired. I get it might not be your cup of tea, but no need to destroy it without even giving it a chance. [To defend the robot/human category I should write a whole article on its own, but. Ever heard of Bicentennial Man (1999), with Robin Williams? I, Robot? Or, most recently, the tv show Westworld? We've always been intrigued by the possibilities hidden in the A.I. realm, so really, what's so weird or wrong or hateful in a drama that takes this concept and turns it into a love story?]
I really loved the original manga and I've been waiting for a transposition that would do it justice, and honestly, My Absolute Boyfriend did not disappoint (much, but not because of the plot, which wasn't that different from the original material). I mean, this drama didn't pretend to be something it wasn’t - it's a rom-com, cute and light and fluffy, and you'd probably enjoy it much more if you don't start watching it with too high expectations.
Yeo Jin Goo’s ability to jump from a dramatic role (The Crowned Clown) to this one is fantastic, and he tackles the both of them with the same professionalism, despite the raw difference. As terrifying as he was in the role of a psychopath king, he is just as adorable in the role of a newly awaken robot built to be a Dating Companion, and clings to his girlfriend with the same eagerness and enthusiasm of a pup (every time he called her 여자 친구 my heart melted a little). At first he simply follows his code, which is why Eom Da Da doesn't trust him, or his feelings; of course, she's also dealing with the abrupt end of her seven-years-long relationship with actor Ma Wang Joon, so that's why she's cold and tries to keep a distance between herself and the robot.
I didn’t know Bang Min Ah before this drama, but I liked her despite some awkward acting in the beginning – it almost feels like this was her first job and she still needed to get her footing right. But she’s a very expressive actress, and made me cry almost every time she was even a bit sad (she’s either really good or I’m simply too empathetic, lol). It was a bit annoying at first for how she acted towards Yong Goo because instinctively I wanted to protect the pure robot boyfriend, but she managed to grow on me.
As time passes, however, we start to notice a change in Yong Goo: whereas his code should make him act in a certain way, he defies all logic and does all the opposite, to the point where he even manages to 'wake himself up' from a reset that would have supposedly taken all of the memories he had with Eom Da Da – thus preventing from ever remembering her. As his love for Eom Da Da grows, so does his intelligence evolve and advance, making him become self-aware: he wants, he feels, he longs for thing he shouldn’t – he pretends to be loved just as he loves, placing the first stone towards him becoming more human.
[The man who built him used to read him “The Happy Prince” before he was released in the world (something that tells you how this story will end from the start, so you keep watching all the cute and fluffy moments with a bitter sweetness that make them all the more precious), so really, Yong Goo was made to be a hopeless romantic: it’s not surprising that he ended up developing those kinds of feelings.]
Of course, the drama has its flaws. Like the one-dimensional "villain", Diana, who really is nothing more but a spoiled little rich girl; she’s the original owner of Yong Goo, the one who paid for him to be clear, who was however famous for destroying her robots and being generally an awful person. Which is why the man who built Yong Goo kidnaps him and sends him to another owner instead of her – he loves his creation too much to risk letting him end in the wrong hands. Ugh every time Diana appeared on screen I had this urge to hit her, which is bad because I don't like violence, but, you know - one of those sharp slaps that kdramas are so famous for?? That wouldn't have hurt. Instead, we get to watch her act badly and gloat as she hurts people, purposelessly.
And don't get me started with Ma Wang Joon - the personification of Can't-Take-No-For-An-Answer. The guy believed that he and Eom Da Da never actually broke up, so had the nerve to be jealous and annoying whenever he saw her with her new boyfriend, without all the stupid consequences of that behaviour. They were trying to justify him in the beginning with the unoriginal "he's being an ass and a terrible boyfriend because he's being threatened and doesn't want to put her in danger", but you can imagine how that worked out for him. Spoiler: it didn't. Even the writers shrugged and gave up on that storyline at some point, lol.
Some episodes are slower and more boring than others, something that can happen with 40 episodes to fill when one does not have a clear idea of what to do with the characters and the plot as it’s evidently the case with the writers. It’s like that meme – they’re a little confused, but they got the spirit. I personally wouldn’t have given Ma Wang Joon so many scenes with the protagonist: there are way too many episodes with him as the lead in the relationship with Eom Da Da, considering that they didn’t plan to make them go back together – something that it’s very, very unclear up until the last ten or something episodes, by the way and that leaves you with some weird aftertaste because you wasted too much time with him instead of deepening the relationship between Da Da and Yong Goo: it’s as if they did want to make her go back with her ex-human-boyfriend, but changed idea half-way and didn’t know how to salvage that storyline. Letting it just die and – ruining the flow.
So, the plot could have been better developed, no doubts – we could have done without a few characters or some useless plot points – but that doesn't take away too much from the final product. It's a sweet, funny, uncomplicated love story between a young woman who has been disappointed by love and is now a bit cynical because of it, and a gentle, kind robot who falls for her so much that it breaks him, in the end, and makes her fall in love with him in return. Loving her makes him human, and he prefers to 'die' instead of losing all memories of her love to save himself. Damn, the last six episodes made me cry like a fountain, but it was worth it. I never felt like his feelings for Eom Da Da were forced or fake – it’s pretty clear that the poor robot truly loves her, you can’t help but cheering for him. #protectYongGoo2k19
I personally think that the cast made a marvellous job with the (objectively scanty) material they had been given - something that with another crew of actors would undoubtedly be cringey and a bit lame, they managed to turn it into something pleasant to watch and lovely to enjoy. The actors did a good job, and made me watch the whole show without skipping a single scene, keeping me entertained until the end.
I would definitely recommend it, and 10/10 would watch again.
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My Absolute Boyfriend
Not to be confused with My Absolute Darling.
2019 South Korean television series
My Absolute Boyfriend (Korean: 절대 그이; RR: Jeoldae Geui) is a 2019 South Korean television series based on the eponymous Japanese manga series; starring Yeo Jin-goo, Bang Min-ah and Hong Jong-hyun. It aired on SBS TV's Wednesdays & Thursdays at 22:00 KST from May 15 to July 11, 2019.
Um Da-da (Bang Min-ah) is a special effects makeup artist. She is secretly dating the popular actor Ma Wang-joon (Hong Jong-hyun), who is on the rise. As Wang-joon gets busy because of work and tired of their relationship, their seven-year-long relationship ends. And that is when Zero Nine (Yeong-gu) (Yeo Jin-goo), a humanoid robot who is programmed to be in love with his one and only girlfriend, appears in her life. An accidental kiss activates Yeong-gu and he takes Da-da as his girlfriend. As Da-da and Yeong-gu get closer and fall for each other, a mystery man tries to harm Da-da by threatening her to break up with Wang-joon, who secretly wants her back. Meanwhile, Diana (Hong Seo-young), the original owner of Zero Nine, comes after them to take Yeong-gu back. In the end, My Absolute Boyfriend is about the love with a robot who is humane and unstinting. Throughout the series, Yeong-gu shows what true love is as he learns about love and becomes the absolute boyfriend.
- An android programmed to become the perfect boyfriend. He takes Da-da as his girlfriend and gives his selfless love and dedication to her.
- A special effects makeup artist at Real, which she inherited from her late father. A recent break-up with her boyfriend Wang-joon left her insecure about love. Upon activating Young-gu, she slowly begins to learn more about true love from Young-gu.
- A top actor whom in spite of his immense popularity, always seems to lose his cool around his girlfriend. He becomes jealous when Young-gu appears in his life and he tries to win back Da-da. As Zero Ten, Hong Jong-hyun plays a newer, more advanced android, also programmed to become the perfect boyfriend. Taking Diana as his girlfriend, he becomes the real Wang-joon's impersonator and tries to replace Young-gu as Da-da's absolute boyfriend.
- The original owner of Zero Nine, she is a young heiress who requested an android robot to be made due to her loneliness. She lost her right hand to a fire when she was a teenager and this led her to resent humans.
- A Kronos Heaven employee who is Young-gu's creator. He acts as a brotherly figure to Young-gu, and gives him advice in dating Da-da. The damage of a previous model, Zero Seven, leads him to prevent Young-gu's delivery to Diana.
- Leader of the Kronos Heaven research lab in South Korea, who is known as the world's best mechanics expert. He is Bo-won and In-hyuk's superior.
- Bo-won's colleague at Kronos Heaven. He returns to the company to force the delivery of Zero Nine to Diana.
- A special effects makeup artist in Um Da-da's team as well as Da-da's best friend.
- A special effects makeup artist in Um Da-da's team. The youngest member of the team, he hits it off with Bo-won as they share the same interests.
- Ma Wang-joon's manager. She is the only one to know about Da-da and Wang-joon's secret relationship, and encourages Wang-joon to go public in his relationship with Da-da.
- Ma Wang-joon's agent at KIN Entertainment. He is later revealed to be the perpetrator of the break-up threats who wants Wang-joon and Da-da to be separated so as to safeguard his "investment".
- A rookie star under Geum's agency who despises Wang-joon for being one of South Korea's top actors.
- The director of the company Diana inherited, who is the only one Diana can trust. She stays in Diana's mansion to look after her.
- The winner of the Best Male Lead at the awards ceremony in 2017. He presents the award to Wang-joon.
- Um Da-da's late father and founder of the Real special effects studio. He taught Da-da the make-up techniques from when she was young.
- The series was previously titled Romantic Comedy King, and was in talks to air on OCN but was ultimately cancelled.
- The lead roles of Um Da-da and Ma Wang-jun were previously offered to Song Ji-hyo and Chun Jung-myung respectively, but both declined.
- The first script reading was held on June 22, 2018 and filming began in July.
- Filming is complete and the series aired on SBS in May 2019. Originally scheduled to air for 40 episodes, the series was reduced by four episodes due to low ratings, as well as the suspension of the Monday-Tuesday drama timeslot that saw the following drama, Doctor Detective, move to the Wednesday-Thursday timeslot. The international broadcast remained at 40 episodes.
|1.||"Like A Starlight" (별빛처럼)||Lena Park||3:47|
|2.||"Like A Starlight" (Inst.)||3:47|
|1.||"Still Waiting For You" (바라고 바라고)||Lee Seung-hee||Lee Seung-hee||Seungjun||4:03|
|2.||"Still Waiting For You" (Inst.)||Lee Seung-hee||4:03|
|1.||"Mr. Stranger"||Kisum, Eunha (GFriend)||3:10|
|2.||"Mr. Stranger" (Inst.)||3:10|
|1.||"My Absolute Boyfriend" (초능력 나의 그대)||Shim Hyun-bo||Shim Hyun-bo||Kei (Lovelyz)||3:24|
|2.||"My Absolute Boyfriend" (Inst.)||Shim Hyun-bo||3:24|
|1.||"Already Gone" (여느 때처럼)||Yoon Song||Yoon Song||Bily Acoustie||4:15|
|2.||"Already Gone" (Inst.)||Yoon Song||4:15|
|1.||"Tuk Tuk Tuk" (툭툭툭)||Jay Kim||Park Seo-hyun||BIYA||3:24|
|2.||"Tuk Tuk Tuk" (Inst.)||Park Seo-hyun||3:24|
|1.||"It Was Love" (사랑이었다)||Minah (Girl's Day), Jung Il-hoon (BtoB)||3:21|
|2.||"It Was Love" (Inst.)||3:21|
|2.||"Error (Male Ver.)"||LoF!||Noah||3:39|
|3.||"Error (With Yeun of v!nyl) (Eng Ver.)"||LoF!||LoF!||3:39|
In this table, the blue numbers represent the lowest ratings and the red numbers represent the highest ratings.
|Ep.||Original broadcast date||AGB Nielsen|
|1||May 15, 2019||2.1%|
|3||May 16, 2019||3.1%|
|5||May 22, 2019||2.6%|
|7||May 23, 2019||2.9%|
|9||May 29, 2019||2.5%|
|11||May 30, 2019||2.9%|
|13||June 5, 2019||2.3%|
|15||June 6, 2019||3.4%|
|17||June 12, 2019||1.8%|
|19||June 13, 2019||3.2%|
|21||June 19, 2019||2.0%|
|23||June 20, 2019||3.1%|
|25||June 26, 2019||1.8%|
|27||June 27, 2019||2.8%|
|29||July 3, 2019||1.5%|
|31||July 4, 2019||2.7%|
|33||July 10, 2019||1.8%|
|35||July 11, 2019||2.4%|
- ^Originally scheduled to air for 40 episodes, only 36 episodes are scheduled to air on SBS because of low ratings, as well as the suspension of the Monday-Tuesday drama time slot. The international broadcast remains at 40 episodes.
- ^ abIn order to circumvent Korean laws that prevent commercial breaks in the middle of an episode, what would previously have been aired as single 70 minute episodes are now being repackaged as two 35 minute episodes, with two episodes being shown each night with a commercial break between the two.
- ^Park, Jin-hai (May 16, 2017). "Drama viewers angry over commercial breaks". The Korea Times. PressReader. Retrieved April 17, 2020.
- ^"My Absolute Boyfriend [Title in the URL]". Seoul Broadcasting System. Retrieved July 13, 2019.
- ^. Herald Corporation (in Korean). July 5, 2018.
- ^"Girl's Day Minah to find 'Absolute Boyfriend'". Kpop Herald. May 30, 2018.
- ^"[단독] '절대그이' 홍종현 남주인공…민아X여진구도 가세". Sports Chosun (in Korean). May 30, 2018.
- ^"Hong Seo-young to Star in "Absolute Boyfriend" With Yeo Jin-goo". Hancinema. Hankook Ilbo. July 1, 2018.
- ^. Sports Donga (in Korean). July 18, 2018.
- ^"Gong Jung-hwan to Join "Absolute Boyfriend"". Hancinema. Nate. July 12, 2018.
- ^. Sports Donga (in Korean). June 20, 2018.
- ^. Asia Economy (in Korean). July 4, 2018.
- ^. Sports Donga (in Korean). July 5, 2018.
- ^. Sports Donga (in Korean). July 5, 2018.
- ^ ab"위기의 '로코킹', 천정명X송지효 출연 불발…여진구 "검토"(종합)". My Daily (in Korean). April 11, 2018.
- ^"[Oh!쎈 컷] '절대그이' 여진구·민아·홍종현, 첫 대본 리딩부터 환상 케미". Osen (in Korean). July 10, 2018.
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Absolute Boyfriend (Taiwanese TV series)
Absolute Boyfriend (simplified Chinese: 绝对达令; traditional Chinese: 絕對達令, alternatively titled My Perfect Darling) is a Taiwanese romance drama television series based on the manga Absolute Boyfriend by Yuu Watase. Jiro Wang, member of Taiwanese boy band Fahrenheit played Night Tenjo's role while South Korean actress Ku Hye-sun played Riiko Izawa.
Guan Xiaofei, an ordinary office worker, is disheartened when she once again gets rejected by a man she loves, Shi Lun. While walking through a park, Xiaofei picks up a cellphone dropped by an eccentric salesman, Lei Wuwu. In return for retrieving the phone, Wuwu gives Xiaofei a website address dedicated to the "Absolute Darling" project. Still skeptical, Xiaofei decides to fill up her order anyway and requests her own "darling", codenamed "Nightly 01" with hundreds of wish fulfillments. Xiaofei is surprised when Kronos Heaven, the company that Wuwu works for, delivers Nightly 01 the next day, and is even more flabbergasted when Nightly 01 turns out be a hyper-realistic, human-like male sex robot whose power activation requires a kiss. Despite his function as a sex robot, however, Xiaofei refuses the offer for sex and instead wants the robot, whom she names "Wan Naite", to be her boyfriend.
However, Xiaofei is informed that after three days of trial period that she has to buy the robot for NT$100,000,000. An attempt to search for work at a club is fruitless when Naite reacts violently to seeing Xiaofei being harassed, so instead Naite applies for a job at Xiaofei's office. His unusual attachment to Xiaofei becomes a sensation at the office and attracts the attention of Xiaofei's friend, Luo Meijia, who is revealed to be the one stopping Xiaofei from having a boyfriend due to an old incident at work where Xiaofei humiliated Meijia at the workplace. At a company retreat, Meijia tries to sabotage Xiaofei and attracts Naite's attention, but her plans are unsuccessful and she herself later quits the office in humiliation when everyone discovers her true nature. At the same time, Naite also incites jealousy on the part of Yan Zongshi, a childhood friend of Xiaofei who has long been in love with her.
Wuwu later tells Xiaofei that she does not need to pay for the original price, but instead she merely has to pay for Naite's service costs as well as recording all emotions to be displayed in Naite's emotion ring: calm (white), happy (red), pleasure (pink), upset (blue), sad (black), and an increased libido (yellow). To earn more money, Naite works at a club servicing female customers, though this only makes Xiaofei jealous. One of Naite's customers is Meijia, who kisses him, causing his allegiance to switch to her due to his simple programming. Despite this, though, the fact that he still remembers Xiaofei makes Wuwu realize that there is still hope for him to return to Xiaofei, who then goes through a swimming challenge to finally be able to kiss Naite back, a task that she is successful with.
Agitated with the hard road for libido, Wuwu arranges for Xiaofei and Naite to have a honeymoon at a private island, to no avail due to Zongshi's appearance. Kronos Heaven's leader, Jiang Baiqi, also sends another model, Nightly 02 under the name of his brother and Xiaofei's childhood friend, Jiang Junshu, to steal Naite's place in Xiaofei's heart, which ends in Naite's pyrrhic victory, resulting in him having to be sent to Kronos Heaven to be scrapped. Nevertheless, Naite works his way to Xiaofei and defeats a doppelganger sent in his place for Xiaofei. Realizing that he has grown beyond his programming, Baiqi decides to let him go.
However, it is revealed that due to developing his own will, Naite is slowly dying from battery failure. Despite this, he does not tell Xiaofei and continues to make her happy in the days before his "death", all the while asking Zongshi to take care of Xiaofei once he is not around. In the final episode, Xiaofei and Naite arranges for a wedding. However, Naite and Xiaofei hold a dress rehearsal with just the two of them the night before the planned wedding, during which Naite finally shuts down, much to Xiaofei's grief. On the day of the funeral, Wuwu and Zongshi go to the church to find Naite already packaged to return to Kronos Heaven to be preserved by Baiqi until technology can improve to possibly revive him once more. Upon finding out Naite has 10 seconds left of charge, Xiaofei shares some last words with him in hopes he can still hear her.
Main article: Absolute Boyfriend § Characters
Note: Characters' names displayed as "in-drama Taiwanese name / original Japanese name"
It was announced at a press conference on October 5, 2010 that a live-action adaptation of Absolute Boyfriend will be filmed, starring singer-actor Wu Chun as "Night" and South Korean actress Ku Hye-sun as "Riiko". On May 3, 2011, Jiro Wang replaced fellow Fahrenheit band member Wu Chun as the male lead of the drama series. The series premiered on April 1, 2012 on FTV.
This is the first overseas drama to air in Singapore first before its premiere in Taiwan, although the Singapore broadcast didn't include bloopers/behind the scenes.
|Episode||Original Broadcast Date||Average||Rank||Remarks|
|1||8 April 2012||1.00||5||This includes bloopers.|
|2||15 April 2012||0.91||5|
|3||22 April 2012||0.92||5|
|4||29 April 2012||0.76||3|
|5||6 May 2012||0.67||3|
|6||13 May 2012||0.67||3|
|7||20 May 2012||0.64||3|
|8||27 May 2012||0.70||2|
|9||3 June 2012||0.58||4|
|10||10 June 2012||0.60||3|
|11||17 June 2012||0.81||2|
|12||24 June 2012||0.66||3|
|13||1 July 2012||0.86||3|
TV Ratings airing in Philippines
|Date||Episode||Nationwide (Kantar Media)||Mega Manila (AGB Nielsen)|
|June 24, 2013||01||8.9%||8.3%|
|June 25, 2013||02||10.4%||8.7%|
|June 26, 2013||03||10.8%||8.3%|
|June 27, 2013||04||10.8%||8.4%|
|June 28, 2013||05||11.5%||7.9%|
|July 1, 2013||06||9.9%||7.7%|
|July 2, 2013||07||11.5%||7.0%|
|July 3, 2013||08||12.2%||8.7%|
|July 4, 2013||09||11.7%||8.6%|
|July 5, 2013||10||10.9%||8.1%|
|July 8, 2013||11||10.7%||7.6%|
|July 9, 2013||12||9.5%||8.1%|
|July 10, 2013||13||11.1%||7.1%|
|July 11, 2013||14||11.7%||7.1%|
|July 12, 2013||15||11.2%||7.8%|
|July 15, 2013||16||12.0%||7.8%|
|July 16, 2013||17||12.5%||8.0%|
|July 17, 2013||18||11.1%||8.9%|
|July 18, 2013||19||9.9%||7.3%|
|July 19, 2013||20||12.3%||9.4%|
|July 23, 2013||21||12.4%||10.2%|
|July 24, 2013||22||11.5%||7.8%|
|July 25, 2013||23||10.6%||6.1%|
|July 26, 2013||24||12.3%||8.5%|
|July 29, 2013||25||10.3%||9.6%|
|July 30, 2013||26||9.8%||7.0%|
|July 31, 2013||27||12.5%||9.7%|
|August 1, 2013||28||11.2%||8.0%|
|August 2, 2013||29||11.4%||9.3%|
|August 5, 2013||30||11.1%||9.9%|
|August 6, 2013||31||12.1%||7.7%|
|August 7, 2013||32||11.9%||8.7%|
|August 8, 2013||33||11.6%||7.3%|
|August 9, 2013||34||11.3%||7.0%|
|August 12, 2013||35||14.0%||11.0%|
|August 13, 2013||36||11.6%||9.4%|
|August 14, 2013||37||11.1%||9.7%|
|August 15, 2013||38||9.8%||8.0%|
|August 16, 2013||39||11.7%||10.4%|
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