Watching Now: Non Lakorns – Detective, Marriage and More

So right now I’m going to start trying to finish some dramas I put on hold to finish off 2020 and be able to watch a fresh new batch of dramas. But I had some dramas catch my eye and couldn’t resist turning in to watch these dramas from China, Taiwan and Korea. These are all 2020 dramas too, there are so many 2020 dramas still on my ‘plan to watch list’ still waiting for me. Oh well. On to 2021!

Other Dramas

So I’m watching a number of different dramas now, certain dramas like lakorns I like to watch on my laptop, my Netflix I like to watch on tv screen and so on.

If you’re looking to take a break from romance, I’ve got two dramas that seem fairly compelling so far.

Synopsis: Neither his forensic skills nor his deductive / inductive reasoning skills can aptly sum up the green Detective Gang Do Chang. His best qualities lie in being righteous and diligent. Returning to the force after a year-long leave is Oh Ji Hyuk, a graduate of the Korean National Police University. An unsympathetic man, he catches criminals using his keen insight and his sharp attention to detail. These opposites are partnered together to reopen a case from five years ago, when the verdict called for the death penalty for murderer Lee Dae Chul…

The Good Detective (2020) is on Netflix in the USA and I’ve been enjoying this detective drama for a while. The drama seems to revolve around an old case that needs to be reexamined now when new facts come to light. This has a teaming of opposites, an older more traditional cop and his younger, richer partner. So far I’ve watched 4/16 episodes and have been enjoying the story more and more.

Synopsis: After discovering his estranged daughter’s link to mysterious murders, a forensic detective with Asperger’s syndrome risks everything to solve the case. (Source: Netflix)

A short drama at 8 episodes, I’m already halfway through this. This is another drama, this time from Taiwan on Netflix USA and the synopsis was intriguing. The Victims’ Game (2020) also features a number of familiar faces such as Joseph Chang as a detective with Asperger’s syndrome. There are a number of twists in this one, and you do have to pay close attention or else you’ll get lost.

Synopsis: This story revolves around the cold and icy “male god” professor Zhang Sinian and the calm and sunny Yun Shu. After a fractious first meeting, where Yun Shu dressed down the especially finicky Sinian, she was shocked to find out that he was her university lecturer. Through a series of coincidental encounters, the two agreed to engage in a contractual marriage. As the feelings between them grow, how will they keep their relationship from those around them? (Source: DramaWiki; Baike.Baidu) * Adapted from novel Mr. Perfect and Miss Almost by Wanzhi

There have been any number of Chinese dramas released recently involving a married couple and I’m going to try to watch all of them!!! But not all at once, of course and I try to watch things that are finished first so I don’t have to wait for subs. I heard good things about Perfect and Casual (2020) and wanted to check it out. I don’t think the synopsis is really all that accurate, Yun Shu isn’t really calm, and Zhang Sinian is more awkward and unused to social situations rather than cold. He’s just very much in his own world, that isn’t usually the same world most of us inhabit, lol.

This drama was like China’s answer to kdrama Because This is My First Life (2017), which isn’t a bad thing. It’s got a more relaxed, slice of life feel to it like the kdrama, a contractual marriage, female leads who seem to show their feelings and fall in love first and so on. I’m on episode 14 out of 24 episodes, and the heroine already knows her feelings and tries to get the hero on board with her. They’re a cute couple and there’s another guy getting involved (her boss and hero’s friend) that’s making our hero jelly so I’m enjoying that. It’s pretty angst free. I’m not really interested in the 2nd couple, so I mainly watch for the main couple.

Synopsis: It tells the story of a domineering female CEO and a warm doctor who turn a fake relationship into reality due to practical reasons. Having exchanged their ‘I do’s’, they start on a new chapter of their lives as they learn to fall in love. Lu Fangning is the general manager of Luning Group, a large corporation in the business of home furniture. Lu Fangning is a woman who has it all – talented, beautiful and rich. Nearing her thirties, Lu Fangning succumbs to family pressures and decides that she urgently needs a husband with whom she will have a child. Coincidentally, surgeon Ling Rui appears in front of her. Ling Rui is not only blessed with good looks but also has an angelic heart, which makes him the perfect candidate in the eyes of Lu Fangning. She schemes her way to his life and they finally become husband and wife. Lu Fangning eventually realizes the error in her ways and strives to be better. However, keeping a marriage is not as easy as it seems. (Source:

I’ve just started watching Begin Again (2020), I’m on episode 3 out of 35 episodes. Honestly, 35 episodes? I don’t know. That seems…. excessive. The thing that interested me the most about this Chinese drama is that it’s based on a lakorn, Samee Ngern Phon or The Bought Husband. I like it so far, and plan to finish it, but other than that, I don’t have much to say.