walkwithheroes: [Hong Gil Dong] ([Dream High] Notice You)
Some new cast members for Dream High 2 have been released. Park Jin Young is returning. In the first series he played the "misfits"' English teacher/secret tutor. Another teacher has been reviled Kim Jung Tae (last seen in Girl K will have a role, possibly as the students' teacher.

As for the students - three have been cast. Rumor has it two more student cast members will join them, though that hasn't been confirmed.


The cast: (who are all two years older than half the cast of the first Dream High)

Jinwoon (21) of 2AM has been cast in one of the leading male student roles.

Hyorin (22) of the K-pop group "SISTAR" seems to be taking on the Suzy role. Or rather a type of role like Suzy played. I say this, simply because they have a similar look.

Kang So -Ra (23) doesn't seem to be in any pop group, so I'm wondering if she'll be the female Kim Soo-Hyun of the group. At the very least, she has several acting credits to her, which is more than the other two student cast members.
walkwithheroes: [Hong Gil Dong] ([Potter Musical] Mr. Q and Voldy)
Joo Sang-wook (Giant, Thorn Birds) has gotten the lead in a new cable drama called Ten. Joo will play a former detective, whose now a police academy instructor. His character is made the head of a special crime unit - that solves unsolved or supposedly unresolvable crimes; the unit is called Ten. The drama is already being called Korea's Criminal Minds. Joo Sang-wook’s character is called Ji-hoon and is said to have a keen and logical mind.

Ten is going to be ten episodes long and will air on the cable network OCN, starting on Sunday, October 23rd. (Original information from dramabeans and reworded and edited by me)
walkwithheroes: [Hong Gil Dong] ([MSOAN] Told You Not To Like Me)
After weeks of speculation,the casting for JGS's newest drama, Love Rain has moved forward. We now know two new cast members and more about the characters they'll play. We also have a plot:



"Love Rain will be a melodrama that transcends generations. It will tell the story of pure loves with emotion that will make the viewers cry and smile. It spans from a pure love in the 1970s analog age, to a trendy love in the digital age"

The cast )




So. . .I'm guessing this is a "sins of the father/mother" type thing? Because JGS is said to be the male lead in both the 1970s and the 2012 parts of the drama. (We'll see both stories play out together.) I'm guessing In-Ha loses Yoon-Hee, but his son gets her daughter? That grosses me out a little, to be honest.




I also have to be frank: I'm not happy with Yoona casted as the female lead. Because - she's not a strong actress. She's wooden at times and never emotes as she should. I also think Yoona tends to bring down the talents of her co-stars. There were many other actresses in the 20-25 age range that would have been much better, in my opinion. I cannot remember Kim Shi-Hoo in anything, so I can't comment on him.




I hate to say it - but, my interest in this drama has waned. Love Rain starts filming next week and is shooting for an early 2012 air date.
walkwithheroes: [Hong Gil Dong] ([IRIS] Too HOT for Korean tv)
Japanese citizens are protesting Fuji TV, because they are airing too many Korean dramas and have too many Korean celebs appearing on their talk shows. Or something. They are mad about Fuji TV and their love of Korean celebs, I think. But, Fuji TV is continuing their love of Korea and its celebs with a new series - Boku to Star no 99 Nichi.


The series is a romantic comedy that tells the story of a dull 40-year-old part-time security guard, who finds himself the personal body guard of a Korean actress. The contract is for 99 days and of course, they fall in love.


The Korean actress will be played by Kim Tae Hee (IRIS;My Princess) while the security/body guard will be played by Nishijima Hidetoshi (General Rouge no Gaisen, Dolls). This is Nishijima first staring/lead role in a prime time drama and Kim is learning - and will speak - Japanese for the drama.


It begins airing in October.
walkwithheroes: [Hong Gil Dong] ([Film] Me to You)
Firstly, I want to give all my American f-listers a Happy 4th. I think it's become too crazy, but even I ate the hotdogs and the red, white, and blue strawberry shortcake.

Secondly, Myung Wol the Spy has several stills out - it looks like a fun drama with a bit of angst thrown in. Is it July 11th yet?

Thirdly, I'm suddenly looking forward to the weekend drama A Thousand Kisses because of the secondary cast: Kim So Eun (Boys Before Flowers) has been added as the leading lady's (Seo Young Hee) younger sister. She's also in love with Ryu Jin's character (Summer Scent, Loving You a Thousand Times). And Ryu Jin's character may or may not be the ex-husband of Seo Young Hee's character. How juicy!

Fourthly, a new Korean drama has been announced - Forget Me Not and the leading man is rumored to be Song Seung-Heon (East of Eden, My Princess). Also, the drama will be written by Kim Soo-Hyun, who wrote the weekend drama hits Life is Beautiful and Mom Has Grown Horns.
walkwithheroes: [Hong Gil Dong] ([Ouran HSHC] Busted)
This summer seems to be the season of cross dressing girls and manga adaptions. In July, Paradise Kiss, Star Protector Dog, and Ninja Kids!!! will hit theaters. In July the You're Beautiful remake and the unnecessary Hanazakari no Kimitachi e remake will hit the small screen. And now, I hear that the Ouran High School Host Club live action television series is a go!


I'm a huge fan of the manga and I enjoyed the anime series, but I've always been wary of a live action series or film. The manga is just so crazy and the characters just too weird. But, it's happening - there's a page at dramawiki and everything. The cast has even been announced. The cast makes me worried. Very worried.

The Cast is full of people I don't know )


Mostly, I have nothing to say about the cast. I only know Kawaguchi Haruna (who is good, and may be alright as Haruhi) and Yamamoto Yusuke, whose a fine actor, but seems terribly missed casted as Tamaki. I don't have high hopes for this series. Not just because of the cast, but also because it just doesn't seem like something that can transfer well to onscreen.


Anyway, the Ouran live action series begins this July. It'll air in the "death spot" - 12:20a.m. and will air on TBS.
walkwithheroes: [Hong Gil Dong] ([YBeautiful] Peace and Quiet)
While You're Beautiful was an internet hit, it didn't fair so well in the ratings. It averaged 10% overall; the worse overall ratings of any Hong Sister drama. Still, it's being remade - in Japan. I don't know if it aired in Japan (I think it did), but it must have been a hit there; the remake has been in the works for a year now. The Japanese You're Beautiful remake will air this July on TBS and will be "heavily" based on the Korean version of the show.


It will star actress Takimoto Miori, and three young men from Johnny's Entertainment: Tamamori Yuta, Fujigaya Taisuke, and Yaotome Hikaru. I looked up the cast: none of them have done much acting and they are all younger then their Korean counterparts. I can't help but think this is a vehicle for Johnny's Entertainment.


The only thing good thing I can think is: maybe it will have better pacing. You're Beautiful was sixteen episodes and started to drag by episode seven or eight. Japanese dramas are usually ten-twelve episodes, so maybe all the pointless stuff can be left out. *shrug*



Also - remember Hanazakari no Kimitachi e? It aired in Japan during the summer season of 2007; there was a special in October of 2008. Despite its craziness, it was a ratings hit - avenging 17.3% for the series and an 18% for the special. It was a fun little thing and then it was over. We moved on. The story was finished and we were all happy, until now. It's being remade: twice.

A Japanese remake of the series is airing - three years after the special - later this summer. It will have a whole new cast and will have Maeda Atsuko (who was awesome in Q10) taking over the Horikita Maki role.


Also - a Korean remake is coming soon. It'll be done by SM Entertainment (they did the horrible Paradise Ranch). They have revealed that they have signed a contract that will give them the publication rights for the drama production. Representatives revealed, “The Korean version will have a total of 16 episodes that draw out stories of hopes and dreams. It’s a teenage comedy with a cute, but strong storyline and a slew of handsome cast members. We’re planning to begin airing it this summer.”



I can honestly saw I'm not looking forward to either Hana Kimi remake. Why are they remaking a show three years after another version aired? And. . . the Korean version will most likely star SM Entertainment boybanders. . .most of which cannot act. *sigh*
walkwithheroes: [Hong Gil Dong] ([Gloria] Follow You Home)
You've Fallen For Me aka Festival aka Heartstrings, the romantic musical drama (also called a "youth melodrama") that airs this June, just got more interesting. It's about a girl (played by Park Shin Hye) whose from a prestigious family - majoring in traditional Korean instruments at a local music university. She goes to a concert and falls for a cold rocker (Jung Yong Hwa), whose only interested in music. As it turns out, the two go to the same school. Lee Kyu Won falls for Lee Shin at first sight, but he's already in love with one of the instructors at the university, a dance instructor called Jung Yoon Soo.


I've been a bit wishy-washy on this drama, because he basically played himself in You're Beautiful; and PSH can bring it with drama, but goes into the "overly cute/trying to hard" side of things when she does straight-comedy. That said, I think this drama just went up on my 'Want to Check Out' list because the secondary female lead has been casted - and its So Yi Hyun (Gloria, Swallow the Sun, Resurrection, etc) - whom I'm very fond of. I first saw her in Gloria, and really loved her there. So, I went back and checked out her earlier stuff. She's an actress that I think deserves more roles. Plus, Song Chang Ui (Life is Beautiful, Golden Bride, etc) will be the second male lead, a drama producer, whose found success on Broadway.


Jung Yong Hwa's character will have a crush on So Yi Hyun's professor. Park Shin Hye's character will have a crush on Jung Yong Hwa's character. I'm really hoping the writer lets SYH's character and SCU's character have a romance, whole the two kiddies have their romance. Because, I don't want to see two grown people (a 27 year old woman and a 32 year old man) in serious love triangles with their students.


So - loving the secondary leads because I know they are a great actor/actress. Little worried about the "youth melodrama" tag and a bit worried that PSH and JYH can lead a drama like this one.
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] ([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] ([Film] Golden Sparrow)
I really want to see this drama. The trailers and previews make me want it even more. It's been a long time since I've watched a Mainland China wuxia-type drama, and frankly: I'm excited. It's based on the Korean story of Iljimae, a comic by Ko Woo Yung.


Cast:


Wallace Huo as Li Ge Xiao (the hero)
Liu Shi Shi as Yan San Niang (hero's second-in-command)
Ma Tianyu as He Xiaomei (hero's third-in-command)
Shi Xingyu as Chai Hu (hero's brute force)
Edwin Siu as Ying Wu Qiu (the villain)
Deng Li Min as Gao Song
Yao Yi Chen as Zhang Zhong
Guan Xiao Tong as Chai Yan
Lv Yi as Su Ying
Tong Liya as Jing Ru Yi (li ge xiao's wife)



more behind the cut, including a trailer )
walkwithheroes: [Hong Gil Dong] ([Actors/Singers] Cuteness of Etude)
It looks like harmless fluff to me. I'm seeing shades of Full House, Playful Kiss, that sort of drama.



It'll air in Sungkyunkwan Scandal's place starting on November 8th. That means it will air against Giant and Queen of Reversals.


While, I really am looking forward to this: I like the writer, cast, and the writer of the original on-line comic. . .I'm going to go ahead and predict very average ratings. Simply because Giant is holding strong with 29% and Queen of Reversals has ratings in the 9% range. Sungkyunkwan Scandal ended in the 12% range. I doubt that anyone will switch to Giant, as it only has five weeks left. I'm thinking some will switch to Queen, as it's only in week three, and the ratings will go up to about 11%; meanwhile, others - fans of fluffy romantic comedies will stick around or go over to Mary and the ratings will be anywhere from 8%-12%.



walkwithheroes: [Hong Gil Dong] ([BBF] Surrounded by Drama)
Character's Descriptions


Mary (Moon Geun-Young) is a young woman with the energy of the sun. She looks like her dead mother, but her hot temper comes from her father. Her father always makes troubles as a failed businessman, but she also loves him the most. Because Mary can't afford to pay her college tuition fees, she temporarily stops attending school. Without having any special skills, Mary starts to work odd jobs. One day, Mary's father proposes that Mary marries a man named Mun-Gyul to pay off their debts. While Mary takes fake wedding pictures, Mary finds herself in the position of committing bigamy: marrying a second man. During Mary's first 100 days of marriage to two men, Mary starts to fall in love with Mun-Gyul. Then while working as Jung-In's secretary, she starts to develop feelings for him as well. Mary finds herself torn between two different men with different types of charm.



Mu-Gyul (Jang Geun-Suk) is the lead vocalist and guitarist for a rock band. He is chic and lives a carefree bohemian lifestyle. He doesn't talk much and only wants to make music. Mun-Gyul doesn't care about success. He also suffers trauma with his mother and, because of this, becomes tired of the women he dates and leaves them. Mu-Gyul is a bad guy to women. When it appears Mu-Gyul will never get married a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity comes about. He meets Mary, money becomes involved and a 100 days of marriage ensues. During this time, Mu-Gyul not knowing the meaning of family, surprisingly falls in love with Mary who is combative, loyal, and spunky. Mu-Gyul finds himself becoming a rival of Jung-In for Mary's love.




Jung-In (Kim Jae-Wook) is the president of music company JI Entertainment producing a music drama. Jung-In was born into a wealthy family and has never lacked money. Jung-In is also good looking and has good manners. Because of this, Jung-In appears to be highly eligible bachelor for marriage. But, Jung-In also has a cold side - he doesn't like becoming too close to people. His weakest point is that he can never say no to his father. He enters into a 100 day fake marriage with Mary and soon falls in love with Mary. Jung-In also comes across Mu-Gyul who will help fulfill Jung-In's dream in the music world. Mu-Gyul will also become a rival for Jung-In over Marry. Then Seo-Jun enters the picture.




Seo-Jun (Kim Hyo-Jin) is a sexy and sophisticated woman. She also comes from a rich family. Seo-Jun works as an actress, preferring to make movies rather than dramas. Seo-Jun broke up with Mu-Gyul about a year ago, but still occasionally attends his performances without his knowledge. She also has the same care-free spirit as Mu-Gyul. Seo-Jun then meets Mu-Gyul once again and makes a contract for a drama produced by Jung-In. Seo-Jun starts to develop feelings for Jung-In in a bizarre love triangle.




So, my guess is that Mary's father tells her to marry Mu-gyul, but she fakes the marriage, because she doesn't want to marry. Then, Jung-In comes along, and since she's his co-worker (and known him for years?), she agrees to pretend to be engaged to him, in order to please his father.


Either way, I'm looking forward to this. Nothing anyone can or will say can make me not watch this one on the 8th.
walkwithheroes: [Hong Gil Dong] ([Gloria] Carry You Home)
I have had a horrible cold for the last week. I'm still getting over it - my nose leaks when I look down. Because of my cold, I haven't done any school work; I'm so behind, it's not good. But, I have been watching dramas. That I can do any time. It's a new season in Japan, so of course I'm trying stuff out.


Spoilers! )


As for Taiwanese and Chinese dramas - it will depend on what gets subbed.
walkwithheroes: [Hong Gil Dong] ([Cinderella's Unni] Watching You)
All I can say is that it looks cute. I know several people on my flist are not interested in this for many different reasons, but I'm looking forward to it. All I can say is: remember dramas can be surprising - promos don't always tell the whole story. (Tamra the Island, My Girlfriend is a Gumiho, Cinderella Story, etc)


walkwithheroes: [Hong Gil Dong] ([YBeautiful]  Too Horrible for Words)
Dear Taiwanese drama Gods, I know you love remaking Japanese mangas into Idol dramas, but this is a bit much: "Zettai Kareshi" by Watase Yu is being made into a drama for 2011. Now, I liked the Japanese drama, because it was crack!tastic, but. . .this might be a bit much.


The drama will star Wu Chun (from the boy band Fahrenheit, Romantic Princess, Hua Yang Shao Nian Shao Nu) as Night and Go Hye Sun (Boys Over Flowers; The King and I) as Izawa Riiko. I could deal with Wu Chun playing a robot, but I really hated GHS in Boys Over Flowers, so I doubt I'll watch the show.



I do like the story, because it's weird and cracky, but. . .I don't think I could do another whole fourteen+ hours of Go's overacting. She's apparently a really good writer and director, so maybe she should stick to that? At least in my opinion.
walkwithheroes: [Hong Gil Dong] ([Cinderella's Unni] Watching You)
Mary Stayed Out All Night is an internet comic by Won Su-Yeon, of Full House fame. The story is described as a romantic comedy and is:


The story of Mary Wei (Moon Geun-Young), a young and stubborn woman with little dating experience. Her life changes suddenly when she meets tough rocker Kang Mu-Kyul (Jang Geun-Suk). The two begin dating (and may enter a contract marriage?). But, things get more complicated when Byun Jung-In, a handsome and seemingly perfect chaebol enters the picture. - by me, with info from Asianwiki and Dramabeans



Details are a bit all over the place because the drama is being tweaked in much the same way Full House was. (For those that don't know, the Full House comic took place in England, and the lead was an English actor, not Korean.)For this drama, My-Kyul is apparently going to be more 'indie' rock and more of a 'free-spirit'. According to Dramabeans: or 100 days, Mary will have an “imaginary marriage” (as in simulated) with both guys; the exact circumstances remain unclear.


The drama is being written by In Eun-ah, who wrote Goong, this gives me hope, because that was a well-written drama, that was also based on a comic. But, I'm still a bit worried.



I love Moon Geun-Young, and I do think she is one of the best Korean actress in her age range (she's a '87'er, making her 23); however she's mostly done drama roles. You see, Moon is trying to give up her "little sister" image, and has taken on more dramatic roles of late - which she has been highly praised for -, but if you look back at her acting history, she really has done mostly drama. Love Me Not, A Tale of Two Sisters, Cinderella's Sister, The Painter of Wind, Empress Myseongseong, the new play Closer, were all pieces she was praised for, and all were dramas. Of course, she also did My Little Bride and some family dramas back in her younger dramas, and those had some humor in them. MLB was a romantic comedy and even a hit. I'm just a little worried, because while I love Moon and found her adorable in the romantic comedy My Little Bride and even the romantic dramedy Innocent Steps, I still know that it's harder to do comedy than it is to do drama.


Then there's Jang Geun-Suk. In Hong Gil Dong he went from nearly wooden to 'alright' - sadly, his co-stars outshone him, and his character wasn't that well written at times. In You're Beautiful, I think he did the best he could, but didn't have much to work with toward the end of the series. While the Hong sisters wanted to parody the "Idol" set, I think they were also scared to go to far, and then there was all that unneeded drama, and well. . .Jang worked with what he had and did the best he could. I know he has a lot of comedic talent: he was wonderful in Baby and Me, where he played a rebellious high school student who finds himself the father of an abandoned baby. (Yes, it was a comedy.) Basically, I like him and think he does well when given a good script. So, if he has something to work with, he'll do okay.


As for chemistry, well, Moon could have chemistry with a rock and Jang always does well with his leading ladies, so I'm not worried. I'm actually looking forward to this one. It starts in November, after Sungkyunkwan Scandal.

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