walkwithheroes: [Community] (Blanket Fort Love)
You're the Best Lee Soon Shin is a Korean family drama, focusing on the lives of the three Lee sisters and their mother. The drama pays special attention to youngest sister Lee Soon Shin (singer IU) as she struggles to make it in the acting world. Meanwhile her oldest sister Hye Shin (Son Tae Young) returns home from Hong Kong - daughter and secrets along for the ride. And second sister Yoo Shin (Yoo In Na) deals with work and her love-hate relationship with the boy next door, Dr. Park Chan Woo (Ko Joo Won). There is also Shin Joon Ho (Jo Jung Suk), owner of an up and coming talent agency, who takes Soon Shin on. He bets his ex-girlfriend that he can make Soon Shin a star in less than a year. Oh, and there's a birth secret.

How do I explain this drama? I decided I wanted to watch it because I really have enjoyed Jo Jung Suk in his past two dramas, What's Up? and The King 2 Hearts. I also have soft spots for IU (thanks to Dream High), Yoo In Na, Son Tae Young, and Lee Mi Sook. Plus, I really liked the idea of a family drama focusing on the three daughters (ages 34-24) and their struggles in modern day Korea. It also didn't hurt that Writer Jung Yoo Kyung (What Star Did You Come From?) was behind the drama.

Then I started watching the drama, and I quickly realized something: most of the drama comes from the birth secret. Which is, in a way, a good thing. Get that out earlier and deal with it for the whole of the drama. I do hate when secrets in Korean dramas drag. But, it was bad in another way: it made several characters unlikable. And while they were being unlikable due to the secrets of Lee Soon Shin's birth - other characters were just plain unlikable or just had no story. I know they have 50 episodes (well, 34 episodes left at this point; unless they get more episodes, which is likely with the high ratings) but the pacing feels off.

Character and Story Thoughts. Major Spoilers! )

There you have it. After sixteen episodes, one romance is moving along and the birth secret is moving (though mostly in a circle). Everything else is going rather slow, even for a 50 episode family drama. So, am I still going to watch? Yeah, but I think I'll fast forward through most of it and rely of drambeans to fill in the gaps. At least for most of the drama; I do think it could pick up in the 30s. Would I rec this drama? Maybe. But, it certainly feels like a drama you'd marathon over a month or two rather than one you'd watch over 25 weeks. I think, if anything, I'm watching for the interactions between the three Lee sisters and their respective romantic interests.
walkwithheroes: [Strange Heroes] (Look After Her)
The Great Doctor/Faith started this week on SBS. I wasn't really looking forward to it, but I was interested in checking it out. After watching the first two episodes, my snap judgement on it is: it has some flaws, but it's a good drama. Basically the story is about a modern day surgeon who is brought back 660 years in time by a general, in order to save a Queen.

It's tagline: Fantasy and history will meet. Person and person will meet. Person and heaven will meet. - Sounds exciting and life changing!

The summary from dramawiki is as follows:

Yoo Eun Soo (Kim Hee Sun) is a 33-year old plastic surgeon in the year 2012. She was originally a general surgeon, but quickly found that it was an overworked, under-paid profession and jumped ship to plastic surgery. Her dream is to someday open her own practice. But one day, Choi Young (Lee Min Ho) kidnaps her and takes her back to the Goryeo era because needing her medical skills. Their love story spans centuries but also warring beliefs. He gave up on love to be an unflinching warrior.

Spoilerish thoughts on the first two episodes )

The Great Doctor, also known as Faith airs on Mondays and Tuesdays on SBS in Korea. If interested, you can check it out(legally and with English subtitles) at Viki or Drama Fever

Promos for

Jan. 31st, 2012 08:32 pm
walkwithheroes: [Being Human] (Giddy Dorks)
stuff I'm really looking forward to watching. I'm bored, so I thought I'd share promos for shows and, upcoming episodes of shows, that I'm looking forward to.

lots of awesome )
walkwithheroes: [Hong Gil Dong] ([Tree of Heaven] Almost)
Title: We Found Love
Song: We Found Love by Rihanna
Disclaimer: I do not own the song or the clips used. I just edited the clips.
Details: :50 seconds. WMV format. 9.58 MB
Theme: A look at several ANGST couples.
WARNING: Spoilers!
Vidder's Note: I love this video!


walkwithheroes: [Hong Gil Dong] ([Z] You Were My First Love)
I have watched the first four episodes of the new Korean drama, Spy Myung Wol. The basic story, as listed on dramawiki, is this: a North Korean spy is given a mission; marry a top Hallyu star and have him defect to North Korea.

The mission is just as insane and weird as it sounds. Why go through all the trouble of marrying him? Didn't Kim Jong-il once kidnap stars to make a Korean film industry? I guess it has more power and makes them look better if the actor comes over on his own. Or something.The truth is, the marriage plan is just to cover ) Yes, the overall plot of the drama is silly and out of left field, but that hardly matters.

The real gold in this drama is the interactions between the four main characters and the stories that are forming between them. There is major back story with Myung Wol and Ryu - who seem to go way back, but try to act as professionally as possible. Then, there is Kang Woo and In Ah - they're co-stars and have known each other for at least five years; she has a major thing for him, too. Now, you have MW trying to get KW to fall in love with her. And, IA and Ryu are circling each other - she is majorly put out that he is totally unaffected by her. There are so many ways this love square could go. Already there are several new feelings bubbling to the surface. I can't wait to see where these love triangles go.

The verdict for this drama: it is awesome. Yes, the main plot is weird, but it works somehow. I think a lot of the awesomeness of this drama is the chemistry between the four leads and their interactions. I could just watch them all day.

Episodes 1-4 are out; and subtitles for all four episodes are available. The drama airs on Monday and Tuesday and is sixteen episodes long.
walkwithheroes: [Hong Gil Dong] ([49 Days] All Fall Down)
. . .was insane!

I watched RAW and OMG!

He's completely bat shit crazy. )

Also - Undaddy is totally crazy. What, he thinks that after everything YS will forgive him? Hell to the no! I can't wait until next week.
walkwithheroes: [Hong Gil Dong] (Default)
It starts April 27th. It seems too soon, as it feels like the cast and the main storylines were finalized a couple of weeks ago. That worries me, as I have a feeling the first few episodes will be very rushed. Also, a few things have been changed. The title is now The Greatest Love.

The synopsis is as follows: Ae Jung(Gong Hyo Jin) is a female band member who is already over the hill. When she enters a variety show to pretend marriage with the top star (Cha Seung Won), she gets entangled in a love triangle along with her bandmate (Yoo In Na). Yoon Pil Joo (Yoon Kye Sang)is a doctor of oriental medicine who has no interest in the entertainment industry but meets Ae Jung by chance and falls for her.

I have to admit, the synopsis worries me. GHJ's character is no longer an actress, but an "over the hill" (she's 31 in real life!) singer. The reminds me of I Am Legend, and not in a good way. And, there's a pretend marriage? Oy! Those are getting old, Korean Drama Writers. I'm also hoping the start date is wrong, because I think they haven't even started filming.

You know, I used to love the Hong Sisters, but I feel that they are doing too many dramas too close together. And, that is leading to them falling back on bad ideas and going more and more for the cliches. We'll see where this goes.
walkwithheroes: [Hong Gil Dong] ([Dream High] Broken Heart Girls)
A second season of the addictive drama Dream High has been announced. It will air in January of 2012 and will have a whole new cast. My thoughts on this are mixed, because I did love the first season, but mostly due to the characters. I'm not sure if I could take six new Idols coming in; especially as Idols can be very hit-and-miss acting wise. Hell, some of the cast of Dream High only became 'good', acting wise, toward the middle or end of the drama.

Higher-ups from KBS had this to say: “Whether we’ll be casting rookie idols like ‘Dream High’ and ‘Jungle Fish,’, or whether we’ll be going through an audition process is still up for discussion. There’s a high probability that the season will begin airing in January of 2012, just in time for winter break.”

So what might change for “Dream High Season 2″? The representative did not reveal much, but said, “The original format of ‘Dream High’ was great, so we’re planning to carry it over.”

Again, I'm not so sure how I feel about this, as part of the fun of the first season was the misfits becoming stronger and the craziness of their teachers. I guess that the second season will take place in 2012, when the original characters from season one are rising stars. Wonder if they'll cameo?
walkwithheroes: [Hong Gil Dong] ([Hong Gil Dong] Wedding Night)
A video mix using all the Hong Sister dramas: Delightful Girl Choon Hyang, My Girl, Couple of Fantasy, Hong Gil Dong, You're Beautiful, and My Girlfriend is a Nine-Tailed Fox.

Title: Lucky
Song: Lucky by Jason Mraz & Colbie Caillat
Disclaimer: I do not own the song or the clips used. I just edited the clips.
Details: 29.11 MBMB. WMV format. 3:06 minutes.
Theme: A look at the OTPs of all the Hong Sister dramas
WARNING: Spoilers for all shows!
Vidder's Note: I've wanted to do this video for a long while. It's basically my ode to the romantic-comedies/romances of the Hong Sister Dramas. Their dramas were some of my first Korean dramas, and I still love them. While I may have mixed feelings on their two newest works, I still hold a place in my heart for all their quirky characters.


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walkwithheroes: [Hong Gil Dong] ([Jungle Fish 2]Nowhere to Go)
Midas is a new Monday/Tuesday drama that will begin airing next week. For a while, I've been debating whether or not I should watch the show. To be perfectly blunt: it has things about it I like and things about it I loathe. So. . .I'm trying to figure out if its worth checking out. Or if my own foolish prejudices will stop me from enjoying what might be a great drama.

the bad )

Granted, the things keeping me away from the show aren't many and are rather silly, but they are reasons. Then, there is the

good )

It's a tie! What should I do, fan-list? I think I'll wait for the reviews.

character descriptions of four leads for those interested. )
walkwithheroes: [Hong Gil Dong] ([Dream High] 200 Days Later)
Title: Falling for the First Time
Song: Falling for the First Time by Barenaked Ladies
Disclaimer: I do not own the song or the clips used. I just edited the clips.
Details: 36.65MB. WMV format. 3:25 minutes.
Theme: A look at several 'fresh' Korean dramas and films.
WARNING: Spoilers for everything.
Vidder's Note: I love doing mixes! And, I decided to do a Korean one - using dramas and films that either focus on younger characters and/or people trying to find their true self and dreams.



Cut for dramas and films used )
walkwithheroes: [Hong Gil Dong] ([Honey and Clover] Tired&Inspired)
I like 'em.

Maybe I should expand on that )

As for My Princess - its shaping up to be a really well-written and well-acted romantic comedy.

Kim Tae Hee is brilliant as Seol - the character could be cliche, but she gives Seol humor and heart. Song Seung Hun - who knew he was funny? The two have amazing chemistry together, and I'm enjoying the way Seol and Hae Young tease one another, while dancing around all sorts of feelings - both good and bad. Jung Woo is a nice man, and I love the way he and Hae Young interact - it's like they are fighting over both women and yet. . .I sometimes wonder if they'll start making out. Plus, I love that Jung Woo is really fond of Seol and without Yoon Joo, he'd probably go for her. As it is now, he is slowly falling for her. Yoon Joo is a secondary, rich, bitchy woman of old, but there are hints of more under the surface. Or not )

My Princess is a great show, and I'm slowly becoming addicted. Dream High is also an addictive drama. This isn't a good time for me to be addicted to dramas, and yet. . . I am. Crap.
walkwithheroes: [Hong Gil Dong] ([Hnk] Julia)
The evolution of the Korean Secondary Female. Well, in a way, yes. But, then again, no. No one will dispute the fact that the average Korean drama is fairly formulaic and at times cliched. While there are different kinds of dramas: period, crime, family drama, romantic comedy, revenge, drama, etc - they all (usually) have certain things in common. There is (usually)a poor girl/boy or a woman/man whose working her/his way up, a rich man/woman whose a bit spoiled and who has a tragic past, rich and mean parents, lovable grandmothers or grandfathers, secrets, OTPs, a secondary couple made up of best friends/co-workers/family members - they help lighten the mood, wackiness, etc.

But, most importantly, in Korean dramas you have four leads: The Main/Lead Female, the Main/Lead Male, the Secondary Male, and the often times bitchy Secondary Female. The Secondary Female, is, often times, played by the less well-known actress. She's (usually) got a rather mean-girls look about her, yet the Main/Lead Male (and sometimes Secondary Male) see her as a saint. She's usually rich, cunning, bitchy, jealous, and all around possessive. In short - she's a crazy person in designer clothes.She clings, she whines, she remembers promises made in childhood. And, she makes the Main/Lead Female's life Hell. All in the name of "keeping her man" - who man not have even been hers to begin with. But, whatever - she's the crazy Secondary. Even in dramas that are focused on things other than romance - she's there, as long as romance is an element. And isn't it always in Korean dramas?

Classic examples of Secondary Females include )

For a long time, I thought: Except for a few expectations, this is the way its meant to be. Secondary Girls have their place. Then - something (slowly) started to happen. Secondary Girls were slowly being given more complex personalities and backgrounds. They were slowly being given their own storylines - and sometimes even their own OTPs. They were, for lack of a better phrase, becoming real girls!

A new and improved Secondary Girl began to show up in more and more dramas. Some dramas (All About Eve is a classic example) even began to make both female stars the 'lead' at different times of the story. Both women had issues, and neither were complete saints. When the Secondary Girl did "evil" things, we knew why - and at the end she was redeemed and a better person for her suffering.

The idea of having the Secondary Female be more complicated continued on. Maybe you hated her, maybe you had sympathetic feelings toward her - either way the Secondary Girl was a complete character. Examples of this are dramas like Legend, Cinderella's Unni, All About Eve, Dream High - you knew why the Secondary Girl did the horrible things she did; you understood her a bit better. And, for some episodes ans/or story arcs - she seemed to be the Heroine.

There's also another type of new Secondary Girl: the girl/woman who gets her own storylines and OTP. She doesn't even want the Hero/Main/Lead Male! She may even be related to him! Examples of this: Someday, Giant, Secret Garden, Gloria, Family Honor, I Am Happy, Goodbye Solo, Happy Together, to name a few. Now, granted most of these are weekend dramas and most were considered 'family' - but, it's a start.

That brings me to this: Secondary Females in Korean dramas are slowly evolving from shallow, bitchy, one-dimensional evil woman to complex, interesting, women. You may still dislike them, but at least they have personalities. In all genres (expect the romantic comedy) Secondary Females are becoming their own characters - with their own storylines, desires, love interests, and most importantly - lives. To me, that's a step in the right direction.
walkwithheroes: [Hong Gil Dong] ([Roses] Under Our Red Umberella)
It seems countries like Japan, Korea, Taiwan, and Mainland China are always using mangas, manhwas, and manhuas as inspiration for their dramas. In fact, it seems like 90% of Japanese dramas in the last few years have been based on mangas. And, how many Taiwanese Idol dramas are based on Shoujo mangas? Too many for me to count, that's how many. Also, many films are based on mangas, manhwas, and manhuas: High School Debut, Usagi Drop, Kimi ni Todoke, Tazza: The High Rollers, Le Grand Chef, Duelist, etc.

Recently, I've also noticed that all four of these countries are adapting each others stories into dramas/remaking each others' works: Old Boy (loosely based on a Japanese manga), Xuan Feng Guan Jia (loosely based on a Japanese manga), Boys Before Flowers and Let's Go Watch a Meteor Shower (based on a manga), Maou (adapted from The Devil), etc.

And, it seems more adaptions and remakes are on the way for all four countries. They'll continue to adapt things from their countries and others, as well as remake others works. This lead me to an interesting thought, that I'm sure I've expressed before: What Manga/Manhwa/Manhua do you want to see adapted for the small or large screen? And what country do you want to make it - I ask this because there are lots of Japanese mangas I like that I know couldn't be told on Japanese television - the country or origin or another country? Finally, do you want any country to remake another drama/film from another country - like Maou did with The Devil?

For me I really do think Honey and Clover would make an excellent Korean drama. It has it all: drama, comedy, love triangles, close friendships, close family relationships. And, it's already been an anime, Japanese film, Japanese drama, and Taiwanese drama. So, why not a Korean drama? I could see it being 18-20 episodes since the original manga is ten volumes. It's set in an art college, so the visuals would be beautiful. I would have worries though: like, well, remember the second half of Boys Before Flowers? But, if the writing was good and the casting was right - I can't think of anyone right now, but I'm sure there are some 20-30 year old actors who would fit the parts - it could work.

There's apart of me that would love to see Nosatsu Junkie turned into a ten-twelve episode Japanese drama. The summary makes it seem a bit weird: Teenage boy cross dresses as a girl in order to model, and must keep it a secret. He befriends than falls for a girl who wants to be a model and knows his secret. But, it works because of the heart of the manga and the chemistry between the leads.

I'm sure I could think of others, if I had the time. But. . .I should get back to studying. Or go to sleep.
walkwithheroes: [Hong Gil Dong] ([Film] A Rabbit and a Lizard)
With four episodes left, Giant is trying to wrap up its million plot lines and fill in all those damn plotholes. And while some of these things make me happy, it also makes me annoyed. Why? Because a lot of it seems rushed and half-ass.

Four episodes left and for the first time in sixteen episodes the writer remembers the plot )

In other news: episode 6 of Mary didn't air today because of the Asian Games. Funny, I thought it wouldn't air because of what happened at the boarder earlier. But, no, they canceled today's episode for swimming.
walkwithheroes: [Hong Gil Dong] ([MSOAN] Mae-Ri is Brilliant)
I continue to watch Giant RAW - as you know I'm basically watching for Min-woo and Miju, and they break my heart more and more with each episode. Seven episodes left - can they be saved? I also watched the RAW third episode of Mary Stayed Out All Night, and found it even more adorable than the second episode.

Spoiler-filled thoughts follow for Giant

Miju is really disappointing me )

Mary is freaking adorable. I want to watch Moo Kyul and Mae Ri hang out for hours and hours. Later, their friends can come over and they can all get drunk.

Merry Christmas Just Caught Her Husband Doing What? )

Tomorrow promises even more angst and laughs.
walkwithheroes: [Hong Gil Dong] ([Liar's Game] For You)
I just finished skimming episode 31 of Gloria, and I have to say: The Fab Four (JJ, KS, YS, DA) are so smart. At the same time they are breaking my heart. As for Creepy - he has got to go. Like now. Some spoiler-filled thoughts follow the cut:

Everyone knows that if you want the girl,you have to stalk her and ruin her life )
walkwithheroes: [Hong Gil Dong] ([My Lucky Star]  Quiet Love)
Well, things are certainly going to get interesting next week. The thing I really like about this show is the way it totally uses Korean drama cliches, but in a tongue-and-cheek kind of way.

Written Preview for Episode 3 ) - credits: ockoala.wordpress.com

If interested, soft-subs for episode one are out: here - credit upload to Yellow Cinema
walkwithheroes: [Hong Gil Dong] ([Being Human] Don't Forget Me)
As Giant enters its final stretch - there are nine episodes left, it enters that bit of episodes where things are wrapped up, characters are put in their places, and romances are made or broken. Things are being put into place for the Lee siblings in terms of their romances, and all I can say is: 'WTF Giant writer and producer? WTF.'

Normally two out of three ain't bad. Expect for this. )

I've never seen the writers other dramas - he's only written three others (and one was historical) according to dramawiki. But, someone please tell me he writes happy endings. If MW/Miju aren't happy at the end; if Min-woo turns completely into Satan Jr. . .I may have to cut a b*tch. I just. . . I need a candy.


walkwithheroes: [Hong Gil Dong] (Default)

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