Category Archives: Kdrama

Three Favorite Actors, Three Great Shows

It’s been a while…

A long while since I’ve been interested in a drama, much less multiple dramas at the same time. The summer left me feeling underwhelmed with the crop of dramas and even those that I did watch felt tired. Now, that being said it has been raining buckets for days in the Bay Area and there has been little to nothing to do so I said you know what, “I’m going to get caught up on some dramas”.

So, I set out to find some serious eye candy and after giving up on Fated to Love You after the first few episodes Choi Jin Hyuk had me hooked from the first few minutes of his currently airing drama, Pride and Prejudice. This show isn’t the best crime/investigation drama, but it is on par with some of my favorites like I See You and I Can Hear Your Voice. Choi Jin Hyuk makes the show watchable and is supported by a great cast that make him look so much better than his character actually is. His character is a bit boring, but he’s nice too look at…its Choi Freaking Jin Hyuk…whats not to like. Seriously though, the show does have some heart wrenching moments dealing with child abduction and abuse issues that will leave you in tears. Not the most graphic or crime heavy drama, but one that is a nice mix of various styles. Worth a watch.

We all know I love some #ducklips Lee Jong Suk, but after the disaster that was Doctor Stranger I’m still not over feeling betrayed. So when I heard that he would be taking the lead role in Pinocchio I was a bit skeptical as I had though Woo Bin had been offered the role and I would love love…LOVE to see Woo Bin and Park Shin Hye back on screen again together. That combo didn’t happen, but the chemistry between Lee Jong Suk and Park Shin Hye is working out in a strange platonic 12 year old “I like you” kind of way. It’s not believable that this couple will end up together, or even match well, but they’re fun enough on screen to keep my attention. The story also, makes a lot of sense and isn’t convoluted. My only gripe is regarding Lee Jong Suk’s character. Dal Po or Jae Myeong…hell, it doesn’t matter what his name is! It’s the same guy he plays in every drama. He’s an orphaned, well-mannered to a fault, genius with gifts 99% of the world wish they had, but never attain. I hate to say it, but after watching five or more dramas starring Lee Jong Suk he’s becoming quite type cast and I would like to see him take on some roles that add a bit of depth and variety to his character pool. Pinocchio is a great drama though, and one that could make for a great gate way drama for new viewers. It’s got all the great Kdrama tropes…a great cast and a somewhat typical story thats executed quite well.

Speaking of variety and depth…have you peeped Park Hae Jin in Bad Guys? It was this time last year I fell in love with this guy’s charm and demeanor in possibly my Favorite drama of all time, Man From the Stars and he hasn’t been a disappointment yet. I think this is my third fourth drama with him now and He’s shown a different character each time. From charming Chaebol, hot Doctor, and now psycho serial killer…this guy is quickly becoming one of my favorite drama actors with Song Jae Rim. I’m calling it now, in 2015…he’s going to be the hot ticket that Woo Bin and Lee Jong Suk were in 2013 and 2014. Bad Guys is the type of show I love. It’s a crime drama about psychopaths contracted to take down psychopaths in a very DC Comics Suicide Squad style. For each killer they track down they earn a few years off their life sentence. It has the feeling of Gap Dong (but is good) and the quality in writing and action that I cherished in God’s Gift 14 Days.

So there ya have it. Three of my favorite actors in three great new shows. I’m watching Pride and Prejudice and Pinocchio on Viki.com and Bad Guys you can find on the interweb somewhere (I’m not sure if it’s been licensed for streaming in my region)

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She’s So Lovable – Episode 5

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Why do you make a person’s heart beat like this?

Cause Si Woo…she’s so lovable! See what I did there?

So, let me get this straight. Si Woo is falling for Se Na? The cocky rude boy has a heart after all. Seen it before…only, this time I’m kind of interested and maybe it’s because Myung Soo is so darn adorable. The shows given him some decent material to work with and I’m rooting for him. Second male lead syndrome…I see you coming baby.

Krystal Jung…you’re winning me over. I fell in love with your character in The Heirs that evil delicious Bo Na and I’ve got to say. I need, like really need, to hear you say “Oh, my GAWD” one more time. Wait a minute. I think I have a thing for these idol actors who play cocky ride people. First Bo Na and now Si Woo. Oh no.

I’m really liking this show. It’s cute and simple and it’s got lots of idols to watch. The storyline is a bit contrived, but I don’t care I’m having fun!

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She’s So Lovable – Episode 1

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There’s something very lovable about this drama and it so revolves around this handsome guy named Dal Bong. You may have been expecting to see Rain, but no. Oh no no no. The star of this show is the super adorbs Golden Retreiver who is Rain’s baby. Seriously, this guys so cool with his bow ties!

It’s been a while since I’ve watched a drama. This summer’s shows just didn’t hold my interest and after the fiasco that was Doctor Stranger it was time for a much needed break. So, tonight I went to sleep early and grabbed my iPad and loaded up a certain Kdrama app and looked for something new. Something fresh…like a spring rain-fall. See what I did there? I was initially attracted to the drama because let’s be honest what’s not to like about the goofiest cheese ball idol turned actor that’s ever lived? Nothing. Then, the first five minutes hit the screen like a ton of bricks and well, there just wasn’t anything cheesy about the hour of drama I just enjoyed. You’ll have to watch the show, I’m not spoiling anything here folks.

Rain’s acting was pretty good, not so cardboard this time around, which was a nice relief. Aside from the awesome canine actor int he show the sets were gorgeous. I mean, gorgeous. I was impressed with the set design and color choices in his Jeju Island home. I want to live in a house like that.

Spoilers

I do have some questions though…

1) Did she did?
2) Who is this girl who called his cell phone…
3) Was she calling his cell phone?

I guess I’ll just have to watch the next few episodes, but if you just watched this first episode and you were confused too, let me know in the comments down below.

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Fated to Love You – Episode 4

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Well, we sure aren’t waisting any time with this show now are we? Episode four is complete and we’ve already had a wedding. Isn’t that something that you usually have to wait till episode 18 or 19 for if it happens at all? I mean, Emergency Couple gave us a wedding in episode 1, but that didn’t exactly turn out too well. One thing that this light speed pacing the show is taking that I can look forward to is some serious shenanigans now that all the tired and true drama tropes are out of the way.

Here’s what I’m hoping happens. Choi Freaking Jin Hyuk’s Daniel falls in love with Mi Young at some point because Jang Hyuk’s Gun goes nuts with paranoia. Jang Hyuk’s acting alone in that should be enough to satisfy any Dramaland fan, but imagine the possibilities. Oh man, the heartache as Daniel discovers he’s fallen in love with his sister. We might get to see The Hyuk cry. -_- whispers: he’s really pretty when he cries…it’s been compared to witnessing a live birth for the first time.. Personally, I hope to never witness such a thing, but I do want to see Daniel lose his control over Mi Young. Dramas just don’t do that kind of thing, bout time!

How cool was Gun when he was running through the hospital to stop Mi Young from having her surgery? That’s the Jang Hyuk I know. Those stunts were awesome and I think I might have woken up my neighbor I was LOL’ing so hard. I think of him as an action guy. Every drama or movie I’ve seen with him has been high octane and full blown testosterone fest so seeing him in a more comedic role is quite refreshing.

Big ups to a whole hour without #DonkeyFace Lawyer Min. Maybe, if were lucky that trash is on his way to another drama as a doctor, or spy…anything will make me happy as long as he’s not on this show again. Speaking of trash, Se Ra is on my No! I Don’t Like List!” I get and applaud that she had to follow her dream, but come on…the whole black swan thing is so over. Plus, she left Gun at the most inappropriate time. Use your words Ahjumma! That makeup though, made my lovely Wang Ji Won look ten years older than she should.

All in all, Fated to Love You is a hilarious and unexpected drama that I can’t wait to watch on Wednesday. Now, I’ve got to get some sleep or else I’m going to be looking like Gun in the final minutes of episode four.

Good night!

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Fated to Love You – Episode 3

Second Lead Syndrome

Ok, so we all know I luuuuuuuuuuubs me some #choijinhyuk something fierce, but I was really not prepared in episode 3 to be suffering from SLS… Second Lead Syndrome. But, I’ve got a bad case of SLS brewing folks and I’m not sure how I feel about that.

Firstly, I already fell in love with Gun and Mi Young. By episode 2 I deemed them OTP status. How can I expect to cheat on my OTP when my love for them is just beginning. I just can’t “stand” it!

Secondly, Choi Jin Hyuk didn’t even really have that much to do in this episode. What does it say that I’m already feeling the effects of SLS this early? What am I going to do when I get around to episode four? What about this weeks episodes? Omo…I am not prepared.

Third, is my obsession with Choi Jin Hyuk just that strong that I can’t help but ship him with whichever lead he’s put up with? The answer to that is easily, yesssshhhh!.

SLS aside episode 3 was a heck of a lot of fun. There were so many awkward moments I was literally dying from laughter. The introduction of Gun’s half brother, Mi Young’s revelation to her mother, and Gun meeting #DonkeyFace Lawyer Min take the cake for fun factor and awkward moments. Gun sure knows how to make people uncomfortable…with his words. Let’s use words, ahjumma.

Speaking of Ahjummas. I adore Wang Ji Won and am so happy to see her playing Se Ra in this show, but unless she is Daniel’s sister I feel she needs to go. I’m down for a love triangle, but it can’t deal with a four way love affair between her, Gun, Daniel, and Mi Young. I’m also hoping that Mi Young will end up being Daniel’s love interest and later discover he’s her…nah, no spoilers tonight. BROTHER. I think this show has the guts to pull something like that off. (I’ve avoided all spoilers and haven’t seen any of the precious versions of the show, but come on, he’s got to be the brother of one of the two…right?)

Loving it.

Check out more screenshots from episode 3 over at my tumblr. Sifuhallyu.tumblr.com

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Marriage, Not Dating – First Impressions – Episode 1

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The rules of breaking up? Episode one of this quirky overly dramatic show deal with the three rules of etiquette. I don’t remember what they are, but what I do remember is how nasty one of the men on the show was to poor sweet Jang Mi (Han Groo). We’ve all been in her/his situation. You’ve given a person a chance and for whatever reason it just doesn’t work or they’re just not into you and then they suddenly stop answering your calls or responding to texts. It’s a crappy thing to go through, but sadly, one we’ve all been through at some point, I’m sure. What I’m not sure about is how fun this premise is to start a new drama. I mean…

Han Groo is a pretty good actress. She’s cute and believable. Her voice isn’t annoying and she doesn’t try to be cute, she just is. She got that cute factor, but when you turn her into a crying, sniveling, stalker who wants to get married for love and can’t face the lack of rejection from her really crappy boyfriend. Eh…I’m not buying it. Half way through the episode I wanted to scream at her, “Girl, he ain’t worth it! He’s not into and he’s a fool…get some self esteem and move on!” Plus, that blonde hair is really not his color. Total deal breaker. Amirite?

I did totally dig the sets. From #DonkeyFace Bad Boyfriends cafe to Gi Tae’s swanky bachelor pad the set design was very very posh. It’s what I expect from a show airing in TvN. I always dig their sets.

The highlight of the show for me was hottie Bo bottle 2AM’s Jin Woon making a cameo in the show and hopefully he’ll be back. After Seu Long blew it in Hotel King the 2AM boys could use a decent outing in the idol turned actor arena. I’m sorry….I won’t mention Hotel King again. Shudders. Oh, I wish I could have that hour of my life back.

Not sure if I’ll tune in next week, but Marriage, Not Dating was definitely very cute and while some of the plot was a bit second year of high school I did enjoy Yeon Woo Jin as Gi Tae and Han Groo’s performances.

Anyone else checking out this new rom com?

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Fated to Love You – Episode 2

Don’t think of your name as common, but popular and well liked.

Oh man…the shenanigans didn’t take long to get started with this show! Within the first ten minutes we were witness to creeper status level 1000 and then 1,000,000 and thanks be because we got to see Jang Hyuk shirtless and then…almost nekke. Teehee!

Seriously though, besides Jang Hyuk’s glorious 38 year old body on display this episode had lots of fun moments between the leads and after the second episode I don’t care about Choi Jin Hyuk’s Daniel, #DonkeyFace Lawyer Min, or anyone else! Gun + Mi Young = OTP. These two characters have an incredibly interesting dynamic between them. One is a charismatic rich boy (seen it before) and the other a timid, pleasing, pushover of a woman (oh please, this again?), but somehow Jang Hyuk and Jang Na Ra take these -tired- tried and true kdrama archetypes and breathe fresh life into them.

I said in my First Impressions – Episode One review that I felt like the show feels like Secret Garden and that still feels true after episode two. There were moments that made you want to cry…looking at you Lawyer Min #DonkeyFace and others that had me screaming at my screen. The show’s got quality written all over it and if you need an example because your not seeing it…I offer you…

Jang Hyuk’s hair. Satisfied? Good.

Strangely, I did not miss Choi Jin Hyuk in the episode at all. He had a very small cameo and we can add futbol to his growing lists of talents, but all in all I didn’t miss him and I’m not even worried if his role is minuscule in the show. He’s only getting in the way as Jill Scott may say and I’ve already chosen my OTP and that’s Mi Young and Gun. No room for you Daniel…go find your sister.

Did anyone else notice a drastically and almost disturbing makeup job in Lee Clara? I was not digging that harsh shading in her jawline. It made her look like a plastic queen ten years her senior. No thank you, please give me Clara all natural. >_<

Tomorrow night…episode three! Whose watching?

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Fated to Love – Episode 1 – First Impressions

Fated to Love – Episode 1 – First Impressions

Within the first twenty minutes of Fated to Love I was reminded of one of my favorite dramas ever, Secret Garden.  I doubt the show will have the emotional pull that Secret Garden managed to illicit (in my opinion it’s the greatest love story ever told.) but, there was something fantastic about the first episode. 

The show is full of bright colors and insane situations that had my guts in pain from laughter.  When you watch the show a certain cherry turns up and steals the show.  Aside from the delightful sets the lead female, Mi Young (Jang Na Ra) is outfitted in some really awesome prints that would make Lilly Pullitzer blush.  They did a great job making her look adorable, sweet, and likable.  The glasses she wears, while kind of reminiscent of Harry Potter’s, adds to her innocent face.  She’s super cute and I think many people are going to like this kind hearted character.  I do have to say that I would like to see her character grow a spine and learn to say no to the people who take advantage of her.  Let’s practice…

Ahneeyo…annie…andeyo. 하지, 하지. Mi Young.  Practice that, please.

Aside from Jang Na Ra who stole the show for me the remainder of the cast is killer.  Clara Lee (Emergency Couple), Jang Hyuk (OMG he’s back), Wang Ji Won (I Need Romance 3), and to top things off Choi Freaking Jin Hyuk round out the leading cast.  By the way, that’s Jin Hyuk’s official name from here on out on this blog.  CFJH…FTW!

Jang Hyuk hasn’t been in a drama in quite a while.  Last I saw him he was kicking butt in Iris II and The Flu, but you probably won’t recognize the age defying nearly forty year old actor here.  His hair, wow his hair, is completely different than what I’m used to seeing and may give Lee Min Ho’s Gun Jun Pyo’s perm a run for its money for nonsensical hair style of the century.  It’s kind of amazing.  In other news, I’ve already started growing my hair out so I can jump on this train…sure to be a hot issue.  I’m used to seeing Jang Hyuk in a very macho save the day kind of role, but here he’s caught me completely off guard.  He’s a big scaredy cat, well quoiffed, and way to into himself.  He’s so over the top I couldn’t help laughing at him…in a good way.

Clara Lee and Choi Jin Hyuk each owned just two scenes in the first episode and didn’t share any screen time together, but it was great to see them on screen within the same hour again.  I loved Emergency Couple and hope they get to have a scene or two before this show ends it’s run.  Jin Hyuk, as usual, did not disappoint with his trademarked faces and Clara looked absolutely amazing.  Wait till you peep her outfit in Macau.  Holee meat balls, batman. 

Overall, I’ve got to say I’m digging this show.  I’ve got big hopes for this one as it’s been a long time since a dramas really grabbed my attention.  It’s got all the makings for an extremely fun ride.  Will you be watching?

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A Witch’s Romance – Episode Six

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A fourteen year gap…what’s wrong with that?

Nothing I say!

It’s been a while since I’ve gotten into a drama. Sure, I’ve watched an episode here and there, but I haven’t gotten sucked in. That point where I’m cheering for a lead and screaming on the inside hasn’t hit me with the last month’s dramas, but that changed with episode six of A Witch’s Romance.

Dong Ha impressed me with the way he stepped up to save the day for Ji Yeon at her club meeting while simultaneously confessing that he likes her in the cutest way possible.

“We like the same girl groups!” Omo, omo. Marriage material right there, amirite?

That dress Ji Yeon wore to the meeting, how cool was that thing? I’d like to know who designed it.

Episode six didn’t end on such a high note with the return of this #DonkeyFace Shi Hoon. He needs to go, I don’t like him. Since he returned I sadly will predict that the next episode or two will be all about a sad panda Ji Yeon and a melancholy love struck puppy-faced Dong Ha. Don’t waste too much time, y’all got babies to make. Ji Yeon ain’t getting any younger.

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Doctor Stranger – I’m Not Sure About This One Folks

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2014 has been an amazing year in Dramaland with superb dramas all year. Doctor Stranger was my most anticipated Drama of the year and when it debuted the only drama I was really interested in following. Every other show that’s been on just wasn’t good enough to hold my attention and those that were like Gap Dong, A Witch’s Romance, Angel Eyes, and Secret Love Affair, sadly went to the wayside due to the Sewol Ferry Accident. Over the last month I’ve gone from watching eight to twelve hours of dramas each week and blogging about them to zero. This week…I haven’t watched a single drama and because Doctor Stranger has let me down so much I’m probably not going to.

This weekend, I’ll make time to watch this weeks episodes, but I have to ask…

WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH JAE HEE!?!

Seriously, this is old news by now, but she’s driving me nuts and not in a good way. At the end of last week’s episodes I was hoping they’d shoot her and send her corpse back to Pyongyang! O_o.

Another issue I have with the show revolves around this political issue and the Prime Minister. I really couldn’t care less about him and his need for a surgery. I don’t find the storyline compelling in the slightest and wish he’d just go away. In it’s stead I’d love to see more of Doctor Oh’s family issues. Her father would make a great antagonist for the show.

Anyway,

I’ve been wanting to get that out for weeks now.

Back to your regularly scheduled programming…

– Matthew

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