Archive | July, 2011

Can you hear my heart? – Final thoughts

24 Jul

 This drama finished a couple weeks ago and we’re really sad to see it go. Sob*, Sniff* and sob* some more!

We don’t know about everyone else but it was that drama that you knew wouldn’t disappoint when you tuned in every week.  There was so much to love and boy did we fall hard for it. We could go on and on…and on some more about how awesome this drama is. Everyone that’s seen it will know what we’re talking about and if you haven’t seen it- what are you waiting for?!

It’s just a top quality drama and one we would definitely recommend to all. Usually, slightly longer dramas that are family focused lose the plot along the way- it goes mad with its stereotypical family issues or crazy love rivals that needed to be killed off 10 episodes earlier. However, thankfully CYHMH managed to keep a wonderful balance between all of the elements explored and rarely did we feel the urge to want to reach into our screens and throttle half the cast, which is pretty rare for a Kdrama!

Instead this drama managed to make us: laugh, cry and fall in love with these characters week after week.  

We’re so glad that this drama ended on a high. We would have been gutted if the drama had anything other than a happy ending. We must confess that we were soooo upset when Woo Ri’s grandma died. Why does an elder have to die in every long family drama? It’s like a law; the writers can’t proceed unless someone old dies or gets Alzeimers. 

We’ve got mixed feelings about how Choi Jin Chul was punished. One of us, felt that he should have rotted in jail or at least acknowledged an apology to show guilt, seek forgiveness, anything other than pure defiance to his crimes. However, two of us thought it was perfect.  This is better than prison- he’s unable to do anything for himself, he’s alone and he’s pitied by the people he betrayed the most. Genius- loved it. Plus how amazing/ funny was Young Gyu’s confrontation with Choi Jin Chul?!  It’s a real skill to manage to make a scene hilariously funny and then incredibly emotional in a split second but this drama managed it multiple times and it’s one of the reasons why it’s a must watch for anyone looking for a good 2011 drama.   

When reflecting on this drama, we realised that we spent a great deal of time discussing Ma Roo/ Joon Ha’s character and yes, we did get a little obsessed by this very complex character. Plus look at him: he’s hot. Hehehe. Aside from being all hot and broody, we really liked how Ma Roo’s character was handled. We could understand and relate to his mixed feelings and seriously we would be just as screwed up, if we went through half the crap he did.  There was such a vulnerability to his character; he was damaged, insecure and so desperate for love. We were utterly obsessed by pretty much everything he did and said. We also loved the depiction of brotherly love between him and Dong Joo and the very complicated relationship he shared with his multiple parents. We’re glad he wasn’t made into a complete villain and was actually redeemed. It would be a little disappointing if his character wasn’t saved, especially considering how loved he was by everyone in the drama.

Was it just us or did anyone else fear that the writer was going to leave him blind or disfigured as a form of karma? If this was a J-drama that would have so happened.  Thankfully, K-dramas love their cheesy HEA and lucky Ma Roo finished the drama with not one but two mothers, a fake brother, a step sister he got over really quickly (that could have been another type of drama on its own!) and a father that truly loved him.

We would totally love it, if Dong Joo and Ma Roo won best couple at some drama award ceremony- There were far too many bed scenes and all that bromantic brooding between Dong Joo and Ma Roo, come on, they make a very fetching couple….

Although this drama was all about Ma Roo, we can’t forget the lovely Dong Joo. As a character he could easily have come across as a wet blanket, dull and insignificant in comparison to everyone else in this drama but he was so endearing and lovable. He was good, kind natured and a character that took down the baddies, got the girl and ultimately got his HEA with style and class. Plus he totally went against the chaebol stereotype- yes he was rich but he was never cold and bad tempered. He was a sweetheart through and through. Loved him. 

Woo Ri as the leading lady was an interesting character for us. She was vulnerable, tough and very likable. It didn’t matter who she acted opposite, she had amazing chemistry with everyone and definitely was one of those characters that you really hoped got a HEA.

Watch it for…

The writing- consistently good

The acting- AMAZING

The OTP- They were the sweetest couple we’ve seen in ages.

Watch it for characters that you will love- We adored Young Gyu and the Woo Ri’s grandma. They stole every scene they were in.

This is such a gem of a drama that we can’t recommend it enough- we loved it!

How much we liked it: 9/10

How good it was technically: 9/10

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Heartstrings: 5-7

24 Jul

We nearly gave up on this drama multiple times when watching episodes 5 and 6. Seriously we groaned and moaned all the way through both episodes; Shin was a love sick idiot and Kyu Won’s crush was too sudden, too unreasonable and far too annoying to watch. Then suddenly we’re watching episode 7 and we were given everything we’ve wanted since the start of this drama.  We’ve been waiting impatiently since episode 1 for Shin to realise how awesome Kyu Won is and for him to stop mooning over his dull Ballerina and now the moment has come, hooray! Yes, it was rather sudden and their feelings felt a little disjointed at times;  what with all the jumping from extreme feelings for each other but hell who cares- better late than never!

We hope that Kyu Won plays hard to get for a little while longer and lets Shin do a bit of the chasing for once. It was nice to see him be ruffled by his unexpected feelings for Kyu Won and do something other than quietly watch from a distance.  We really like the scenes where they perform together or they watch each other perform. They both manage to convey that look of being affected by the performance while trying to hide how impressed they are.  They both perform from their souls and love the music and watching them see that in each other is great as it’s a genuine connection  and it’s a much better reason for crushing on someone  than  just because they’re hot, although it helps. Heheh. 

It seems like Kyu Won and Ki Young aren’t going to be romantically connected anytime soon- gutted! We would have loved to watch them interact and watch Shin be actually jealous of a guy that is the same age and equally as talented as him. Please tell us this is going to happen?

Speaking of Ki Young- he got over his stage fright pretty quickly, especially for a guy that was brooding and angsting his way through every scene. It’s a shame because we do like a good damaged, broken character to obsess over.

Can you hear my heart? Final thoughts

24 Jul

This drama finished a couple weeks ago and we’re really sad to see it go. Sob*, Sniff* and sob* some more!

 

We don’t know about everyone else but it was that drama that you knew wouldn’t disappoint when you tuned in every week.  There was so much to love and boy did we fall hard for it. We could go on and on…and on some more about how awesome this drama is. Everyone that’s seen it will know what we’re talking about and if you haven’t seen it- what are you waiting for?!

It’s just a top quality drama and one we would definitely recommend to all. Usually, slightly longer dramas that are family focused lose the plot along the way- it goes mad with its stereotypical family issues or crazy love rivals that needed to be killed off 10 episodes earlier. However, thankfully CYHMH managed to keep a wonderful balance between all of the elements explored and rarely did we feel the urge to want to reach into our screens and throttle half the cast, which is pretty rare for a Kdrama!

Instead this drama managed to make us: laugh, cry and fall in love with these characters week after week.  

 

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My love by my side: 11-15

24 Jul

We’ve been lapping this drama up as soon as subs are made available and yes, we’ve still obsessed. It’s exactly how we like our long family drama- slightly screwed up, romantic and leaving you wondering how bad it could possibly get.

The time leap has firmly been established and we’re loving how everything is unfolding. Every scene between Mi Sol and Seok Bin is unbelievably intense; we literally find ourselves glued to the screen, watching their brutally honest, harsh confrontations of regret and longing. We’ve seen a few scenes between them now and let us tell you this- it doesn’t get boring! Honestly how are we suppose to evoke any type of enthusiasm for So Ryong and Mi Sol when their moments together pale in comparison? 
Drama what are you doing to us?

We’re surprised by how full on Seok Bin has become in his pursuit of Mi Sol- he’s even willing to get a divorce, well that is after his attempts to get Mi Sol to have an affair  earned him a slap around his face. Seriously, dude what were you thinking???? He’s already offered her money three times, tried to have an affair with her and now he’s suggesting a divorce. It’s the unpredictable nature of their encounters that keep us fascinated by this couple. Plus we can’t quite hate him because he owns up to being irresponsible and bad in the past when he abandoned her. At the same times he doesn’t shy away from declaring his feelings of love and regret. There is something about a character that is so obviously flawed that we can’t help but find compelling. Damn him.

Other quick thoughts:

-So Ryung’s grandma needs to quickly and painfully die- she’s so unbelievably annoying!

-The die list currently consists of: So Ryong’s Grandma & Aunt, Mi Sol’s Uncle and Seok Bin’s little sister. UGH. 

-We can’t believe we’re going to say this but we really like Seok Bin’s mother. She’s an absolute lunatic. Watching her stalk Yong Hoon at school and getting a DNA sample was insane but so funny. Also we really like her unexpected affection for a grandchild she so desperate didn’t want. Honestly her level of obsession to make Seok Bin an heir is ridiculously unhealthy and watching how far she will go is so entertaining. She’s the best type of villain: the ones that you love to hate. Muhahaha.

Heartstrings- 1-4

11 Jul

This drama is killing us with its boring Noona Love! Please writers; kill this storyline quickly, really quickly. The main OTP have such great chemistry, it’s a shame that so much airtime is wasted on this storyline; come on, it’s as interesting as watching paint dry. Honestly, it would be one thing if they shared even an ounce of chemistry or if So Yi Hyun could actually portray a broken, damaged ballerina well but no. Instead we’re stuck watching Lee Shin behaving like a desperate stalker – he’s much cooler than this and So Yi Hyun’s character playing a dull walking corpse. Granted she’s a beautiful walking corpse but still nevertheless a walking corpse that sucks the life out of every scene she’s in. Is it us or is she playing exactly the same character she played in Gloria? We sound like haters but trust us, we’re not. We loved her in Assorted Gems; she was bright, cheeky and very entertaining. She’s wasted in roles like this, so we’re hoping that the writers give her a quick personality transplant and cut this storyline ASAP.

 Oh no you didn’t!

Aside from the Noona love storyline, we’re really enjoying this drama. It’s such a surprise and a refreshing change from what’s currently on air. We love the OTP, the music, the feel…okay pretty much everything. Plus it looks so pretty, we love the vibrant colours and how it’s filmed.

Park Shin Hye is awesome as the leading lady- Kyu Won. For once she’s a character that isn’t as dumb as a plank or a character that suffers from working 10 zillion jobs and keeping her family out of trouble. She’s smart, speaks her mind and thankfully she isn’t a naive dumbo! She’s so good as Kyu Won that we can easily imagine being friends with her or knowing a girl like her. She’s definitely a rarity for a Kdrama.

 Also she has lots of chemistry with her OTP, yay! We demand more airtime between Lee Shin and Kyu Won; seriously all that hot, unspoken tension is amazing. The slow but steady development in Shin and Kyu Won relationship is also really lovely to watch. Its pace is realistic but at the same time it feels natural. If we had any complaints, it would be that we would have liked it if she fell for him a little later, well at least at a point where he acknowledged her as a potential love interest.

Yung Yong Hwa isn’t as bad as we thought he would be. Yes, we have previously been really mean about his lack of acting skills in YAB but surprisingly enough, he’s not too bad in this drama. If he didn’t share that great chemistry with PSH’s character, it would be a different matter but as he does- we won’t bitch too much. Heheh.

Other thoughts:

Suk Hyun needs to grow up ASAP. Honestly how childish and petty of him to do a whole drama production just to shame an ex girlfriend that broke up with him six years earlier. Get over it already! The annoying thing is that we actually really like his interactions with everyone else in the drama especially Kyu Won and Shin.

We want more Ki Young on screen!!! If you’re going to have an entrance, that’s the way to do it. Please tell us that he’s romantically linked with Kyu Won, we would love that. We’re already rooting for this couple even though they don’t exist yet…that’s not a good sign. Plus how can we not like a character that is all angsty and broken because he has stage fright?

Finally, how utterly adorkable is Joon Hee in this drama- soooooooooo cute.

Baby faced Beauty- 19-20/ final thoughts

11 Jul

This post will be short and sweet simply because let’s face it; this drama was unlikely to be blow us away with its genius or mentally challenging storyline. That said, we really enjoyed it and thought it was beyond cute. Yes, we confess to giggling along with this adorable OTP who we loved watching and for once it was charming to watch a rather trouble free romance blossom in a Kdrama. Plus BFB successfully managed the impossible task of handling two of our pet peeves in a manner that didn’t make us want to groan with frustration or throw our screen out the nearest window.

1. It survived a successful drama extension. We hardly felt it at all, thank goodness. It’s a small miracle and we’re so pleased, because seriously fluffy dramas hardly ever survive the dreaded drama extension- think: Pasta and Smile, You (shudder*)

2. Noona Love- Groan. How dull and boring is watching this scenario play out, it could have been BAD. Really bad. However, we’re pleased that it’s hardly touched upon and for once other factors aside from the leading lady being an old maid got in the way of the OTP’s HEA.

If there was one word to sum this drama up, it would be: CUTE.

Reasons to tune:

Daniel Choi- Yep, he’s made a fan out of us. More precisely his character, he’s such a sweetheart! He’s childish, sweet and so smitten by So Young that it’s impossible not to like him. He was definitely a standout and one of the main reasons we tuned in every week.

Like we said don’t bother watching this drama if you’re looking for anything other than fluffy/ cute. This drama is sweet, funny and has a great OTP that you will fall for quite quickly. Like a true old school Kdrama; the baddies are really bad, the love rival is far too perfect and the leading lady really suffers, but hey it’s all worth it when there is a happily ever after. We always feel a little uneasy when we get to the final couple episodes of a drama we have actually enjoyed, simply because Kdramas are always hit and miss with their endings (49 days anyone?), but we’re pleased to report that everything is wrapped up in a nice bow and we were left feeling satisfied by how it all panned out. 

The good far outweighed the bad in this drama. If we did have any criticisms it would be that the drama was at times repetitive- what was with all the competitions??? One, even two was exciting to watch but seriously every episode!?  We didn’t mind so much as we relished the chance to see Yoon Seo aka hateful love rival lose to So Young Muhahaha but we have a feeling that others may find the process rather annoying.  Other than that, it’s definitely one to tune into, especially if you’re looking to balance out your viewing from a more angsty drama like City Hunter.

How much we liked it: 8/10

How good it is technically: 8.5/10

My Love by My Side: 1-10

7 Jul

We finally found ourselves a long family drama this season and we’re obsessed- it’s as simple as that! My Love By My Side has all of the elements that we look for in our LFD; it’s naturally centred on a family, it’s insane, over the top and has enough makjung elements to make it crazy addictive.

The drama is from the same writer as Loving you a thousand times– a weepfest of awesomeness in our opinion. This was another drama that was absolutely nuts but written really well, so we’re confident that we are in safe hands with this writer (fingers crossed, we don’t regret our words!)

Don’t let the dull drama synopsis put you off- We know what you’re thinking: a single mother that sees the bright side to life. Yep it really does sound lame but it’s not! Trust us. The drama is presented in a realistic manner- these characters are very human; you can believe their decisions, mistakes and even their crazy actions. The drama has heart, it makes you care and want to know what happens next and most importantly we finish one episode and want to watch the next. That’s enough for us- we’re sold!

Reasons to tune in aside from the writing…

Watch it for the leading lady- Mi Sol. It’s scary to think that someone’s life could change so drastically all because of one rainy night. (Ahem, hehehe) The thing about her character we like most is the fact that she is realistic; her actions aren’t perfect but as a viewer you can relate to her and feel for her. Like all leading ladies, she’s seriously unlucky and we predicate a very bumpy road ahead of her- we can’t wait to see how crazy it all becomes before she finally gets her HEA!

Watch it for the guys- on one side we’ve got: Seok Bin aka Mi Sol’s baby daddy/impregnator. He abandoned her when she needed him most. He loves her but in the end chose to save himself rather than do the right thing and support Mi Sol. Something tells us that he’s going to regret it. The thing that makes his character compelling is the fact that we get his mixed feelings and let’s face it, the guy’s only human. We desperately want to see some Mi Sol/ Seok Bin scenes; it’s bound to be intense.

Then there is So Ryong- the leading man of the drama and all round lovely guy. Can we have one please! Seriously he’s such a sweetheart but at the same time he’s not a pushover beta male (thank goodness).  We love the fact that despite the limited scenes between him and Mi Sol, they happen to share a healthy dose of chemistry together and we have a feeling that they will make a very nice couple once they finally get past all the madness that’s bound to come their way.

Watch out for Seok Bin’s mother. One word: INSANE. Her antics are irrational, obsessive and manipulative. At first we hated her but now we’re fascinated by how far she will go. She defines the word Makjung.

We would love it if we could convince at least one person to watch this drama and then hopefully join in and gush with us. Hehehe.

A touch of everything…

5 Jul

Sadly life has been hectic and as a result we’ve had zero time to blog, which is such a shame for us because we like nothing more than gushing endlessly about our favourite obsession.  As it’s been awhile we thought we’d write up a mini-mega post about pretty much everything we’re watching/ watched in the last couple weeks.


City Hunter:

We’re going to sound like a broken record when we repeat what most of fandom have already said but we don’t care- we loving it! The twists, the turns, the oh so lovely romance- we can’t fault it! She took a bullet for him! Ahhhhhh.

Can you hear my heart?

The drama only has a couple weeks left and we’ll say it now- we’re going to miss it so much. *cries

It can’t be just us that cringes at every scene between Ma Roo and Woo Ri? Dude- get the hint, she only sees you as her brother! Honestly the scene she stayed over at his house was creeeepy.

With a just few episodes left, we really hope that crazy Madame Kang aka Dong Joo’s mother just lets her son be happy and be with the woman he loves. How cute is every scene between Dong Joo and Woo Ri, they make such a lovely couple. *Sighs



Baby-faced Beauty:

Jin Wook and So Young have to be the sweetest OTP this drama season. They are so adorable together! Sure they lack any angst and they behave like love struck pre-teens but they are so utterly charming and sweet together that we don’t care at all.

We haven’t really had the chance to blog much about this drama but we have thoroughly enjoyed watching it every week. It’s a very easy going drama with all the traditional Kdrama antics. It could have been a mundane drama but the OTP and the sweet natured charm of the drama lifts it up and makes it better. We literally groaned when the drama introduced a colour blind storyline – oh the angst and unnecessary misery for a leading lady that has suffered enough. However it was handled in a very sensitive manner and in the end allowed for the OTP to romantically develop further and enabled the leading lady to be stronger and more determined to succeed. Ultimately it was a pleasant surprise and a plot twist we thought we’d never approve of.   




With two episodes left, we’ll be sad to see it finish. Also we must confess that our hearts have soften towards the love rival over the weeks and surprise, surprise the musthavesubs girls have found themselves feeling sorry for another drama love rival…damn it. It’s just that we like how he’s so upfront and sincere about his feelings but at the same time he manages to remain manly and cool in the process. How is that possible? 
 

Other drama thoughts:

We’ve been thoroughly engrossed in My love by my side– which we love but sadly for us, no one seems to be interested in subbing this drama. Please, someone hear our cries for subs because we want more! If anyone else is watching this drama, we’d love to hear your thoughts because we’re hooked.     



We also watched the first episode of Heartstrings and really enjoyed it. We definitely plan to watch more…we just have to work out a way to get more hours out of a day! If anyone has any ideas about how to do that as well, we’d love to hear your thoughts. Hehe.