All that we see or seem, is but a dream within a dream

All men whilst they are awake are in one common world: but each of them, when he is asleep, is in a world of his own

Plutarch

Title
 Seollyeonhwa (2015) 
Also known as
  Snow Lotus   &   Lucid Dream
Genre
Fantasy,  Romance 
Written by
Directed by
Country of Origin
South Korea
Episodes
2 full (Netflix 8 short)

oh! … brief

CEO of a gaming company, Lee Soo Hyun, is developing an online game called Lucid Dream, based on memories from his own dreams. As such, the narrative of the game undergoes changes as his dreams develop.

A woman in man’s disguise is employed to work as the sole illustrator for the game. She works diligently at drawing the characters, but, becomes confused when she realizes that the character and story reflect her own nightmares.

The CEO and his new employee share the same dream/nightmare but with different emotions and outcomes. Together the two must solve the past in order to change the future.

oh! … talks drama

Who would ever imagine that a very short fantasy kdrama that traverses the dream world and continuum of time and space could be so satisfying? But, it was!

This simple story of two ill-fated lovers written by Min Ji-eun was charming and written as a kdrama that wanders its way through the dreams, reality and reincarnation of two lovers from their interactions in the past to where they find themselves in the present day.

The script is strong and the story quaint while being fantastical. I revelled in the fact that Min Ji-eun didn’t have the leading characters travel back in time, but, instead used their dreams to bring the story full circle. Also, he used the reincarnation is a shrewd manner, having one of the characters change sex based on the actions of the past. It was a clever tactic and made for an interesting plot twist.

Director Song Hyun-wook’s opening scene with a fast-paced sword fight was choreographed in such a way that it resembled a dance sequence and the musical score that accompanied the beginning scene mirrored the action and heightened the scene. The camera work was solid for this small production with a tight budget and the CGI effects in various scenes were remarkably professional given that this kdrama worked on a tight budget compared to others and the fact that there are only two episodes for this production.

The cast was carefully chosen and the acting was strong.

Ji Jin-hee played Young San Baek, a scholar in the past timeline and as Lee Soo-hyun, an accomplished CEO in the present-day timeline. His performance was charming, it would have been easy for any female to fall in love with either character. He downplayed his acting abilities to paint a gentle soul.

Chook Young Dae, the lady who disguises herself as a scholar to be close to the man she loves and the man she is destined to marry in the past timeline, and as the aspiring artist Han Yeon-hee in the present timeline was played by Lee Ji Ah. She breathed life into both of her character’s – both have playful personalities. She used facial expression and body language to deliver strong performances in both roles.

Ahn Jae-hyeon played Ma Moon-jae in the past timeline. As the third wheel is a budding romance, Ahn Jae-hyeon faithfully depicted the jealousy and the competitive nature of his character. His face at times was scary with his anger.

Choi Yoo-ra (reincarnated Ma Moon-jae) in the present timeline is the fiancée to CEO Lee Soo Hyun. Her performance as jealous and competitive fiancée was stable. She emoted well and her performance was believable.

oh! … sidekicks

Two supporting characters that gave strong performances were Kang Tae-joo, Han Yeon-hee’s male friend was played by Choi Min, and Han Gang-hee Han Yeon-hee’s older sister played by Kim Min-hee. Choi Min’s performance while minor was charming. Kim Min-hee is growing on me as an actress – I relished in her performance in this role. She interpreted and gave interesting personality to her character.

oh! … that’s a wrap

I was pleasantly entertained by this short kdrama. It’s pure entertainment. This isn’t a deep or insightful production, but rather a fantastical romance that must be taken at face value and enjoyed. I recommend this as a good watch and something you can watch in one session on a stormy day.

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