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Kdrama Trends : Lions, Tigers and Noona’s, Oh My!

One of the hottest trends in drama land this year is the “Noona Romance”.  “What’s a Noona Romance”, you say?  Well, let me explain a bit.  In Korean, the term Noona is used exclusively by males to describe a close relationship with an older female.  You might think of a Noona as your older sister and the term is used as sign of respect.  Lately though, quite a few dramas have take this classic male-female relationship and turned it on it’s head leaving fans laughing out loud at the hysterical situations these couples find themselves in and swooning over their favorite male leads who are pursuing their lovely Noonas.  So without further delay lets take a look at the top three new dramas featuring our favorite leading men and the older woman they cant help but love!

In at number 1 is…

I Need Romance 3

The first show that brought the Noona Romance to the forefront was TvN’s hit series I Need Romance which aired it’s third installment between January 3rd and March 4th.  The I Need Romance series takes a look at the various types of dating situations that we all find ourselves in and in this third installment Shin Joo Yeon (Kim So Yeon) is a successful at work, not so successful in love 33 year old career woman and Noona to the 26 year old music producer Joo Wan (Sung Joon).  Joo Wan returns to Korea after 17 years in the United States and runs straight back to Joo Yeon who does not take too kindly to her  little “brother” returning and disrupting her life.  She does, however, fall in love with his alter ego Allen Joo a big city music producer and DJ.  She remembers him as an ugly little boy and doesn’t recognize the handsome man he has become.  If you haven’t checked out this amazing title we highly recommend it for it’s realistic and mature take on dating and the absolutely adorable situations that this pair finds themselves in.  This show is sure to make you laugh till your stomach hurts and cry your eyes out.  If that’s not enough for you to check out this show maybe this will convince you, Sung Joon in a bathtub, it happened.


And the award for cutest Noona Romance in a Korean Drama goes to…

Emergency Couple

The next show that’s brought the Noona Romance to the forefront this year has just been added to Viki (European and Latin America Regions) and was a Dramafever exclusive in North America is the hit series also on TvN Emergency Couple staring the hilarious Song Ji Hyo and beastly Choi Jin Hyuk.  This show marks the long awaited return of Song Ji Hyo to drama land and is Choi Jin Hyuk’s first leading role.  Choi Jin Hyuk plays medical intern Oh Chang Min a 29 year old whose faced some ups and downs in life, but has overcome them and is on the path to success.  Everything looks great until he discovers that he’s actually working with his ex-wife, 33 year old Oh Jin Hee (Song Ji Hyo) whose also become a medical intern and hilarity ensues.  This title not only depicts the Noona Romance, but throws divorce into the storyline making for some seriously awkward situations.  If romantic comedies are your thing or you just love to laugh Emergency Couple is one you can’t miss.

Here it is folks, the Noona Romance of the year…

Secret Love Affair

This is the show that takes the Noona Romance to the extreme.  Currently airing is Secret Love Affair,  staring Yoo Ah In and Kim Hee Ae, which tells the story of Lee Seon Jae (Yoo In Ah) whose a young man in his 20’s and a prodigy pianist.  He falls in love with a much older woman, Oh Hye Won (Kim Ae Hee), whose in her 40’s, and maybe it’s their love for music or simply their unbridled love for each other but these two highly unlikely people end up in a very Secret Love Affair that is sure to thrill.  This drama is a bit on the mature side and tackles the issue of age head on.  If you’re looking for a more serious show with a never before seen storyline in a Korean drama this one is definitely for you!  Don’t miss it every Monday and Tuesday right here on Viki and Dramafever.


There it is folks, three great titles featuring three of the hottest young actors in drama land today chasing after their Noonas! 

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I Need Romance 3 – Episode 16 – The Kisses

You said that you love me
you said that you want me
your eyes, touching my heart
sweet oh na na na na naaaaa
love in the air, love in my dreams
love in your eyes, la la la laaaaa

I Need Romance 3 has been undoubtedly been my favorite drama of the winter. If you have not watched this show, you must. To say that it is easy to watch, super sweet, and will make your heart melt is an understatement. It will do all that and more. I’m so sad to see it go and for once we got a satisfying ending that wrapped all storylines with a good feeling. How often does a drama end and you don’t wish for more? One in ten, twenty? Never happened? Right!

This drama stars my favorite actress, Kim So Yeon, and for me a newcomer in Sung Joon. The chemistry between this older noona and the man whose like her little brother…the man who becomes her perfect man is palpable. They ooze charisma together and their love for each other radiates outwards from the screen and into your heart. You will love this couple. Sweet Potato and Shing Shing…live happy be happy. I’ll miss you.

You always kinda shy
you never let me down
I swear I’ll be with you
Oh Dear, na na na naaaa
love in my head, love in my soul
love with my heart, la la la laaaaaa

I’ve talked about this show before showing many different facets of dating and its maturity. This is what I love about this show. In the finale so many random topics came up like bondage, doing it with the lights on, porn, doing it with the lights off, pregnancy, and break ups…seriously. Was I watching Sex and the City? It sure felt like I was and that’s the biggest compliment I can give this show. SATC is my favorite t.v. show ever…next to Star Trek. Oh…the kisses…the kisses.

I Need Romance 3 had the most realistic kisses of any drama I’ve ever seen. From Joo Yeon and Tae Yoon, Woo Young and Jung Hee, Joo Yeon and Joo Wan to Tae Yoon and Se Ryung these kisses had passion. You could feel it. There was intent here and this show hands down wins the award for best kiss scene several times over. I can’t pick one as -the- best, but I think it has to go to Tae Yoon and Se Ryung. That kiss was just too much.

I’m sad to see this show go, but it was fantastic for about sixteen beautiful hours and introduced me to the perfect man in Sung Joon. How this jewel made it past me for all these years is beyond me. He’s not only great to look at and visually striking (dudes 6’2/186cm) he’s not a bad actor either. He’s right up there with Park Hae Jin as an actor to watch for. I’ll be checking out some of his previous work…if there is ever a drama lull. All that said, I’m glad this one is over. It ended well, so well. Perfectly. Time to make way for spring and all the new dramas. Big shoes to fill with this one…its going to be a long time before a romantic drama can top this one!

Did you check out I Need Romance 3? What did you think…let me know in those comments down below!

Love never disappears…

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I Need Romance 3 – Episode 15 – I Love You

Episode 15 was the episode I’ve been waiting six weeks for…to hear Joo Yeon say, “Sweet Potato, I love you.” She finally said it and made her way to Joo Wan’s arms after a week of being shunned the reward was worth the trouble.

Then we go to hear this…

I like to have sex when it rains.


I like to do it when its snowing.

Thank you dramaland gods, you finally have given us a mature and sweet drama that deals with big kid/adult issues. It’s appreciated.

Dating isn’t easy. I can’t stand dating and that’s why I’m happily single. This show is a great reminder at how difficult and exciting dating can be if you’re willing to go through the trouble. It’s a great reminder and this has been an enjoyable ride.

I especially liked how Jung Hee and Woo Young came together, in the end, and seem like a perfect match for each other. This couple had me cracking up for the entire show, I totally ship them. Park Yoo Hwan’s acting has really impressed me. He’s got a nice voice and relatable face. I hope to see him in many more dramas as the years roll by.

Episode 15 set us up for a happy ending on multiple fronts and I really hope we get it for all couples, especially Oh Se Ryung and Tae Yoon. I’ve always likes this couple and really want to see them reconcile. For me, they’re the couple that needs the most romance. Just a little bit of romance, it’s not that much to ask for.

As I write this it’s Monday night and I can’t wait to see what sweet situations and fun this cast will have during the finale tomorrow. Happy endings all around, please writers…please?

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My KDrama OST Top Ten

My Top Kdrama OST.

My top ten Korean drama tracks all come from my favorite dramas. No surprise there. It stands to reason that one’s favorite tracks are those from the shows you spend so much time with, or even heard. I for one do not have enough time in my life to watch every drama that comes out. Even though I make it a point to watch a lot!

1. Don’t Forget – Baek Ji Young. This, for me, is THE definition of a Korean Drama OST. Baek is one of the greatest pure singers in the world and no other song has hit me with as much emotional force as this has except for Baek’s “Shot Like a Bullet.” It is a song I still listen to after many years and nearly makes me tear up!

2/3. This Man/That Woman – Hyun Bin/Baek Ji Young. I combine these two songs because they are essentially two versions of the same coin. I do prefer Hyun Bin’s version as the emotional heart strings it pulled were greater. Both are fantastic renditions of connecting me to the greatest love story I’ve ever witnessed in Secret Garden.

4. Love is the Moment – Chang Min. This song blows me away and gives me chills every time I hear it. I think to myself, still, “take his damn hand Eun Sang! As time passes by this could surpass Don’t Forget Me as my favorite OST. If anyone is going to challenge Baek Ji Young’s vocals it could be 2AM’s ChangMin.

5. Don’t Cry – Lee Hyo Ri. This hauntingly refreshing OST blew me away. It grabbed the feeling of I Need Romance 3 perfectly and was a fresh sound from Lee Hyo Ri.

6. Because I’m Stupid – Kim Hyun Jung. When Boys Over Flowers came out I was still a Hallyu newb…a quick learning toddler, really. BoF was my first drama and until Iris came out my favorite! See how that works. Kim belonged to my favorite idol group SS501 and if it weren’t for him my ride on the Hallyu wave may not have ever included dramas. This song is dope. There is no two ways about it.

7. My Destiny – Lyn. Man From the Stars. Enough Said.

8. Now and Forever – Jo Jung Hee. Another track from the I Need Romance 3 OST. There is something special about this show and the OST. It has a sincerity and sweetness that I haven’t heard in a song before. A great follow up to Don’t Cry.

I don’t have ten favorites yet. What am I missing? Let me know down below. In the comments.

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I Need Romance 3 – Episode 14 Review

You use to be someone who was not here…my body hurts…my heart hurts.
-Joo Yeon

Warning: Episode 14 will try to rip out your heart, make your feels cry and make your feels tears shed tears. It is very very good. Kleenex level set to mandatory.

Kim So Yeon owned this episode. From beginning to end she made us cry, laugh, and for me personally I fell in love with her all over again just up like I did when I first saw her in Iris many years ago.

Shing Shing has finally realized that she’s in love with Joo Wan. Not just Joo Wan, but what he’s done for her. He’s her companion, her friend, her confidant, and someone who loves her up unconditionally. Her flashbacks to all of his attempts to break down her cold heart and watching her melt, did it give you chills? I got chills.

Her hallucinations were so sad, she wants Joo Wan to be there yet, realized it too late. Then, it rains.

I thought it would be nice if it didn’t stop raining.
– Joo Yeon

I had the same thought as Sweet Potato and Shing Shing stood under the gazebo. I wish they could stay this way forever. This wasn’t a hallucination. Joo Wan was having them too, but he obviously was handling them better than she was. This scene was one of the most beautiful in the entire show. The rain was a perfect touch as it symbolizes both rebirth and cleansing. A good omen in East Asia as heavy rain is needed before the rice harvest. On the other hand, given the heavy emotions these two were experiencing it can also represent the tears they dared not show each other. I hope next week as this awesome show comes to an end these two come back together cleansed and renewed after the rain washes their feelings away.

Check out the rest of the screen shots I took here : http://sifuhallyu.tumblr.com/post/77885015296/i-need-romance-3-episode-14-this-scene-it-was

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Sweet Potato Needs Romance Too – Part 7

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Sweet Potato Needs Romance Too – Part 7

I’ll be all around until find my love
I Will turn around until you see the truth
I’ll believe in you, whatever happens
Lets fall in love, why shouldn’t we fall in love

“Even if the sky falls I won’t see you as a man.”
-Joo Yeon

Lady, six weeks ago you were falling over yourself and this perfect guy. Sweet Potato he is not. Joo Wan is no longer an ugly little child whom you have to take care of. In fact, he’s the one taking care of your cold hearted, frozen heart. You take him completely for granted and I’m getting increasingly frustrated as you follow your path, blah blah blah. Excuse me. I had a moment.

Oh take a chance on me
Thats all I ask of you
I’ve never been in love before I met you
From now and forever I’ll love you

“Do you think this is strange?”
-Joo Yeon

YES! YES! I think it’s strange. You have two able bodied, handsome and available men at your disposal and you go with the one with a power complex? The one who can’t even say he loves you, girl…noona…Joo Yeon, get it together. Joo Wan is perfect for you. Excuse me…had another moment.

“Since we suffer and hurt so much we think the real life is supposed to be painful.”
– Joo Wan

I’ll be around now and forever, i’ll be there
Today I’m part of you so baby treat me through my lonely night
I’ll never turn around until you find your true love like mine
You’re mine

Sadly for you Sweet Potato Joo this woman has not been kind to you. She refuses to see you as a man, despite the overwhelming evidence that you’re the only real man she’s ever had in her life.

It’s time to walk away…

Sweet Potato, you need romance too!

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I Need Romance 3 – The 13th Episode – Kiss Kiss Kiss

I Need Romance 3 – Episode 13 – Kiss Kiss Kiss

I strongly suggest listening to Jo Jung Hee’s Now and Forever from the I Need Romance 3 OST

The man I kissed before. The one I embrace often and sometimes sleep with also.
The one who said I love you every time our eyes meet…is Wan.

– Joo Yeon

Episode 13 was a busy episode with a lot of story lines advancing nicely and rapidly. I especially liked how Joo Yeon and Se Ryung rapped up their power struggle over the business. Neither is likely to succeed without the other and with the help of Min Jung, a more mature HooBae Noona, (did you crack up when she said that?!? I sure did!) they seemed to have settled their grievances, for the moment. Se Ryung continues to slay me week after week. This actress, Wang Ji Won, has really impressed me with her run on I Need Romance 3 playing a grudge holding, hard hitting, boss female. Interestingly, she embodies all of the qualities I ascribe to Scorpios and she herself is one. This character probably isn’t too far off to her own personality.

Enough of my love for Oh Se Ryung…this episode is all about the kiss.

The show was chalk full of kisses, mostly involving Joo Yeon as she was a very busy woman on Monday evening sharing a kiss with both Tae Yoon and my lovely, Sweet Potato Joo! Joo Yeon is realizing that she loves Joo Wan slowly but surely. Somewhere along the line she forgot that she was into Allen Joo and stopped seeing him as a man. After her kiss with Joo Wan on Monday I can’t see any other way for her to see him. He did everything perfectly and I’m proud of him for kissing her and walking away the way he did. A wise woman once said, “aint no body got time for that!” and in Joo Wan’s case he indeed does not have time for that. I wonder if Joo Yeon will realize that she is happier with Joo Wan in her life. She searches for him when she gets home, sleeps comfortably when he’s by her side, and her heart has stopped aching since he’s returned to Korea. They are meant to be.

The best kiss award for the week goes to the adorable couple of Hee Jae and Woo Young. He finally did it and kissed his colleague and apple of his eye. These two are too cute together and I hope they over come their relationship fears and just get together already. Seriously, is Yoo Hwan not making your drama feels go crazy with his caring demeanor. When he said, “No, Hee Jae. Let me do it, you could get hurt.” after she broke her mug. Is he a sweetheart or is he a sweetheart?

The loser for me in this episode was Tae Yoon. I still like the guy enough, he’s not a bad guy, but he is simply outclassed by Joo Wan in every way. Even with his now equal position within the company, he still doesn’t see Joo Yeon as an equal of his. This is something throughout the entire show that has rubbed me the wrong way. I don’t think Tae Yoon is a bad guy, but I can’t sign up for a coupling where one has more power of the other and they don’t use it to help and cherish their loved one.

I really enjoyed this episode. What did you think of it? Let me know in the comments down below!

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I Need Romance 3 – Getting in the Way, Episode 12

I Need Romance 3 – Getting in the Way, Episode 12

Your getting in the way…of what I’m…feeling.

– Jill Scott

That’s what Episode 12 felt. There was a lot of shenanigans taking place and games being played.

1. Joo Wan was doing his best to make Shing Shing notice him.
2. Tae Yoon is stepping up his game. I kinda like him again.
3. Se Ryung is up to her old tricks, but this time I’m not sure they’ll work.

Is was a total fan service episode. We get to see into Sweet Potato’s mind and what gifts he’d like from Joo Yeon, we see hem cuddling in end, and then finally Tae Yoon sees what we all see. That Sweet Potato and Shing Shing should be together.

I really liked the episode, it was cute and a great way to lead into the final four episodes.

For a full recap of episode 11 and 12 check out TheDramaNoona’s post here:

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I Need Romance 3 – Episode 11

I Need Romance 3 – Episode 11
I highly suggest listening to Super Junior’s It’s You while reading this.  It’s perfect.

I don’t need anyone else, it’s only you to me
even if you ask again, it’s only you to me
even if you already have someone else
I can’t forget, I can’t forget

If Episode 11 didn’t make you angry as all get out I have to ask, “you human?”  This was one of the most frustratingly fun episodes of a kdrama I can remember.  It’s a testament to the writers ability to make us love certain characters for their genuine character and dislike those because they make such great foils to others.

I specifically love he way they confronted Joo Wan with Tae Yoon at the house.  The mix of first kiss jitters and gift giving and their animosity towards each other was palpable.  I loved this scene.  Sadly, I don’t care anymore that they’re fighting over Joo Yeon.  She’s been written as weak since discovering her heart and I don’t like that, not one bit.  Why does she have to be weak?  Is it because she has emotions now…are they saying having emotions make you weak?  Perhaps it’s because she’s female.  No, don’t like that either.  We started this show with a strong woman and now were ending the show with a shell of her former self.  

To tell the truth…Tae Yoon wants to start dating.

Did this break your heart hearing Joo Yeon say this?  I wanted to scream!  I might have actually.  

Right when my glare was sharp
Right when I was nailing a nail deep inside my heart
I chose you without any regrets
Yes , its you

I’m loving each of the sub couples.  The shows done a marvelous job at representing dating hell in all it’s stages and I hope we get to see them all come together and deal with life’s problems together.  Babies, infidelity, and of course the first kiss.

Oh the first kiss, we for one of those on Monday and man…was it awkward.  Two or three weeks ago I said Oh Se Ryung and Tae Yoon had the best kdrama kiss of the year and in Episode 11 we saw the worst with the same man and Joo Yeon.  Now, Tae Yoon can kiss though…amirite?  

In the end, we see Joo Wan no longer a sweet potato.  I did not like that he was forceful with Joo Yeon at all.  The fact that she said, “your hurting me” really bothered me.  She wasn’t talking about her heart, that was physical pain.  

I’ll be watching Episode 12 later today, can’t wait to see where they go from here.

Its you, its you, only you
It’s you, its you, only you
You’re the only on for me, its you
Its you, Its you

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I Need Romance 3 – Episode 10

Without flowers, without a ring, without saying I love you.

I was able to say that because I have faith and the love that you taught me when you were thirteen.

– Joo Wan

Love is a battlefield?  A battlefield?

I can’t agree…because Episode 10 has turned my feels into a war zone.  Not a battlefield, but a freaking war zone.

I’m super sad for #sweetpotatojoo.  Joo Wan is such a nice guy and so easy on the eyes.  He’s an ideal kind of guy for a lot of people.  I hope when this show ends in three weeks, yes there are only six more episodes left (it ends with Man from the Stars), this character will have a happy ending to his story.  I feel that way for him and Oh Se Ryung as well.

She’s the strongest and most honest character in the show.  Sure, Joo Wan hasn’t a flaw in his being, but she does and she owns up to those shortcomings.  Seeing her chase down Tae Yoon to be brutally rebuffed was heart renching.  She is going to bring him down and I’ll be glad to see it happen.

Tae Yoon, just doesn’t have -it- for me.  He’s over shadowed by Joo Wan and I’d really like to see him with Se Ryung.  I’ll tell you one thing.  This man does need some romance because that proposal at the end of the show.  I have one thing to say…shaking my head.

Then there is Joo Yeon who was the Bruce Willis Vad Damm Terminator on the Battlefield.  On one hand she’s killing me because she’s walking away from Sweet Potato.  The other, surprisingly I’m excited for he because she is following her heart.  I’m proud of her for playing the field, but upset she didnt consider the man buying her flowers and making her food at home.

How did last nights post go?

We are strong
Heartache to heartache we stand
No promises
No demands
Love is a battlefield


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