Archive | July, 2012

To the Beautiful you

18 Jul

This photo alone may have just convinced us to tune into yet another remake of Hana Kimi. Just look at the way he’s looking at her, so intense, we love it!

We never know, it could be another Boys Before Flowers – totally awful but pure drama crack.

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I need Romance 2012 – thoughts up to episode 8

17 Jul

Two reasons why we tuned in:

  1. Jung Yumi – we’ve loved her since her Que Sera, Sera days and jumped at the chance to see her in another Kdrama regardless of what it was about.
  2. Lee Jin Wook – We think he’s hot. End of. Hehehehe.

Thankfully, we finished episode 1 with more than two reasons to stick around. We were pleasantly surprised by the overall high quality of the drama. We loved the characters and the script moved along at such a great pace that an hour flew by and we were left wanting more.

Now that we’ve reached the half way mark, we thought we’d reflect on some of our thoughts on the drama so far.

The OTP:

This OTP is messy, co-dependent and have way too much history to be functional with anyone other than each other. Frankly, it’s a pleasure to see such a rich, well-developed OTP on-screen. This couple know each other on such an intimate level that we can’t help but feel like we’re watching a real couple. The fact that their chemistry is outrageously good only adds to their appeal and when we say it’s good, we mean they could start a fire with the amount of heat they manage to generate with their make out sessions!

Unfortunately, like most couples they have their issues and in this case it’s the fact that the leading man Suk Hyun is completely emotionally stunted and isn’t looking to commit to Yeol Mae. Considering she’s 33 years old, we can’t really blame her for wanting to settle down. Regardless of it being 2012, there is still a stigma attached to unmarried woman in their 30s and when the love of your life is hesitating over something that makes perfect sense, we can totally understand her impatience with him.

After 8 episodes, we’re finally beginning to get an insight into why Suk Hyun is the way he is. We like how the narrative was focused on Yeol Mae at the start of the series and now we’re suddenly hearing small snippets of Suk Hyun’s thoughts and feelings. We love when a writer is able to manipulate our feelings so easily. For us, it’s a sign of a good writer and also it bodes well for the remainder of the drama.

In regards to Suk Hyun’s reluctance to commit to Yeol Mae, we’ve got our money on a hereditary disease. He doesn’t want to get too close because he’s going to die. How very Kdrama of us, we know and hopefully, we’re just being over the top and dramatic in our predictions but it wouldn’t be the first time where a fluffy drama has gone all dark and serious on us in the second half.

A love rival we wish would just go away:

For us, the OTP is one of the stronger factors of this drama and so it frustrates the hell out of us whenever we have to watch that smug faced coffee guy – Ji Hoon aka the most boring love rival we’ve seen in ages!

Three words to describe Ji Hoon: Nice, dull and boring.

How is it possible that he shares ZERO chemistry with Yeol Mae??? Not even a small spark, nothing, nadda, zilch. It’s rare for us to like Beta males in a drama but he could be in a league of his own. He needs to get a backbone and man up! How can a guy go after a girl who confesses that she’s madly in love with someone else and that if they do go out, there is a distinct possibility that she might leave him to go back to the man she’s always loved?? Where is his pride, his dignity…his balls?

 Yawn*

We can’t emotionally or mentally connect with this couple because we know in great detail how much Yeol Mae loves Suk Hyun. So for us, they are just wasting airtime until we get back to the real OTP of the drama.

The end of episode 8 made us groan in frustration. First of all, how totally un- cool of Ji Hoon to whoop with joy when Yeol Mae allowed him to court her. Secondly, Yeol Mae must know that she’s just going to use him until Suk Hyun comes to his senses, which is just cruel.

We sense that the upcoming episodes are going to drive us mad. Sighs*

Friendship:

It’s nice to watch a drama where there is a good representation of female friendship. We love how these characters are there for each other especially when the shit hits the fan. Why is it that Kdramas all have their leading ladies suffer through their OTP heartbreak with only the pathetic love rival for company or that one female friend who is a complete weirdo or nerd?

These girls (and Suk Hoon) talk frankly about everything, not just the good stuff or the important things. They also happen to share really lovely chemistry together that makes it easy to believe that they are friends and that more importantly they do care about each other. We have a feeling that without that chemistry, the drama wouldn’t have been half as good. Watching their conversations and seeing them work through their issues together as friends is where we think we fall for them a little more every week.

One of our favourite moments with them is the scene where the girls go to support Jae Kyung after her accident. Ji Hee and Yeol Mae totally disapproved of their friend’s actions but Jae Kyung asked them to forget the situation and simply support her because that’s what friends are supposed to do. They put aside their judgement and anger and were just there for her in her hour of need. It was that moment that made them stand out from other depictions of friendship in past dramas which sadly, often come across as fake and 2D.

Props to Suk Hyun, although he’s emotionally stunted and could give the Tin man a run for his money, this guy knows how to be there for his friends when they need him.

We loved how he put Ji Hee’s good for nothing boyfriend in his place. Finally! We’ve been dying for someone, anyone to say something to that waste of space bastard. We also loved the scene where he went over to that couple that were staring at Jae Kyung. We loved how he offered to go up to every single person that looked their way just to make Jae Kyung more comfortable.

A secondary couple we can’t wait for: Ji Hee and Tae Woo’s romance

This is an awesome secondary couple. We have so much love for them and can’t wait for them to get together. Watching Tae Woo chasing down a bus and witnessing one of the sweetest pep talks ever, was a delight. Yes, we confess we were grinning like fools after that scene.

Naturally, Ji Hee has the worst luck ever and finds out that the man who witnessed one of the most embarrassing moments of her life now works with her. Of course, it wouldn’t be a Kdrama otherwise and frankly, we wouldn’t have it any other way!

We loved how he was there to witness her break up with her rotten boyfriend. What an epic break up, we loved it, we laughed us arses off at the moment she brought out the sex books and told him to study hard! Hahaha.

Nothing could have topped that scene, it was brilliant.

Now we can’t wait to watch this bickering couple put aside their embarrassment and get together. So excited!

Other thoughts:

We hate Kang Na Hyun! It’s irrational and childish but we’re 100% on Yeol Mae’s side and would have loved to throw one of those rotten stones at her face!

We loved Yeol Mae and Suk Hyun’s final break up in the school field. It was intense and angry and exactly how it should be between a couple with as much history as them. Loved it.

Who else wants Jae Kyung’s ex husband to suffer!? What a sod.

Queen In Hyun’s Man – 12-16/ final thoughts

8 Jul

We originally wrote this post the day after we finished the drama but never got around to putting it up, so we guess this is better late than never…

We watched episode 14 and thought to ourselves that it was perfect, it should just end right now and let them live happily ever after. It was satisfying and exactly what we wanted but no, it wouldn’t be a Kdrama without the writer making us squirm in our seats for another two episodes as we anxiously wonder whether they can pull off the impossible and not ruin a near perfect drama.

Trust us when we say we sweated it out in anticipation wondering whether this would be another 49 days shudder*

After we finished episode 16, we felt strange. On one hand we were terribly sad that it was over and that we wouldn’t be able to watch more of this wonderful drama that reignited a feeling that we thought we had lost for dramas but on another hand we felt kind of disappointed by the conclusion and the rationality of his return.

She called him back to 2012… not only was it cheesy but it made little sense in a mystical drama where the writer had managed to successfully set guidelines and rules as to how the magical elements of the drama would work.

The reasoning was too abstract and flimsy and well we just hoped for more, considering the writing and pretty much everything else had been spot on.

We like the notion that his phone was Hee Jin’s equivalent of the talisman and that her love ultimately brought him back to her and out of harm’s way but still, it just didn’t feel like a solid enough explanation. This drama is better than that and sadly as much as we tell ourselves not to expect too much, we still had our hearts pinned on it being that rare drama that was perfect from start to finish.

We’re not going to cry too much because this has definitely been our favourite drama of 2012 (so far).

Yes, it may not have turned out how we hoped but frankly perfection is overrated.

This drama had us emotionally and mentally hooked from episode one. It’s been a very long time since a drama has managed to solidly hold our attention from start to finish without us wavering at one point or another. It’s been even longer since we’ve watched a drama that was equally good in all areas.

We’re so pleased that this drama found itself a fan base and so many people loved it as much as we did, it would be a shame it if remained hidden under the guise of being labelled just another time travel drama.

One of our favourite things about this drama will always be the OTP.

Like we always say, a good OTP can keep us hooked on even the worst of dramas. Before the infamous public declaration of love came about, we remember sitting there week after week wondering whether they were a real couple. Their chemistry was just electric; it felt so natural and made the romantics in us giddy with excitement. When we think back to the drama, their interactions were quite mundane. They would hang out at the library, ride bikes and meet in the park. Sure, there was the public declaration of love on an airborne flight and oh yes, him turning up with multiple arrows in his body but still… we think we would have been content watching them do pretty much nothing for 16 episodes. They had us hooked on a basic level, where it was all about their eye contact and accidental touches.

Once you strip away the time travel, the famous actress meets historical scholar, all we’re left with is a guy and a girl who fall in love. We adored the fact that this couple just fell in love. Aside from time being an obvious obstacle, everything else was lovely viewing. There were just so many really sweet OTP moments that it’s hard to pick just one.

Okay, if we were going to have to narrow it down…we guess the scene where she spots him at the award ceremony was pretty awesome. We swooned like the worst type of fangirls imaginable. It was just such a great scene. Their eyes met and there were just a million emotions reflected on Hee Jin’s face. Even though the scene consisted of the OTP just looking at each other we loved how emotionally charged the moment was with the prospect of hope and disbelief all marred together.

Then there are other scenes like the hot library kiss in the lift and the scene where he brought her a car… okay the list could definitely go on but you get the picture!

Aside from loving the OTP, we loved the themes explored in the drama. As terrible romantics, we adored the idea of fate and mystical elements bringing the OTP together. We love how they were intrinsically linked and that Hee Jin was the person there to take care of him every time he escaped death. We liked how the drama explored the idea of risking everything for the ones you love and of course the idea that love conquers all- even time.

Loving the themes explored and the OTP would mean nothing if it wasn’t for the fact that we adored Boong Do and Hee Jin as individuals. If we didn’t like them as individuals, a great script, hot chemistry and lovely romance would mean nothing.

Hooray for an evolved male in a kdrama! We’re so pleased that Boong Do wasn’t an idiot leading man who was a complete bastard, emotionally stunted or just plain dumb.

Considerate, sweet and smart, what more can a girl ask for? We adored him from start to finish. His character could easily have been boring, if it wasn’t for the fact that he steamed up the screen with his OTP or the fact that we had the pleasure of watching his conflicting feelings play out on-screen effortlessly every week.

The scene where he’s writing his final letter to Hee Jin broke our hearts. It was just such a sad, emotional scene where we thought things couldn’t get worse for him and then they did. As he was such an honourable, likable character we felt for him so much when he lost everything, even his identity through the course of the drama. So even though the ending was very convenient and felt slightly disjointed we couldn’t have been happier for him when he got his HEA because he owned our hearts completely. Plus, if there was ever a guy that deserved a HEA it was him. Boy, did he suffer.

He is most definitely our favourite male character of 2012 by a long way.

Hee Jin was a treat to watch on-screen as well. She wasn’t your standard hard-working good girl or that angry damaged girl. Instead she was cheerful, thoughtful and very likable. We could so see ourselves being friends with her in real life. Plus, the girl had a cheeky, girly quality that we couldn’t help but relate to.

Who doesn’t like a girl that makes up elaborate, silly lies to get a kiss out of her OTP? Plus, we love the fact that she let her heart guide her through the course of the drama. Rationality, denial and hesitance wasn’t even an option in this drama, as soon as she met her OTP, she dived right in and fell in love. It was a refreshing and welcomed change in a drama climate where dramas love to drag out their OTP’s feelings until you reach the point where you have pulled all your hair out in frustration.

If this drama taught us anything, it was the idea that we can still find new gems that make us giddy and more importantly they can be excellent in quality. This drama has definitely set the bar for 2012 and sadly for us, possibly spoiled us a little in our expectations for any drama that follows.

Damn you drama for being so awesome!

How much we liked it: 9.5/ 10

How good we thought it was: 9.5/10

Yep, it was just that good.

A Gentleman’s Dignity – thoughts up to episode 12

7 Jul

We’ve followed this drama from the very beginning and have enjoyed it more and more as the weeks past but frankly when reflecting on it, our minds draw a complete blank as to why we like it so much.

We tried to recall what exactly happened across 12 episodes, only to be left scratching our heads in wonder. Surely, after 12 episodes something substantial would have happened in a Korean drama? But nope, not in this case. This ultimately makes us wonder, why exactly are we smitten and what is keeping us tuned in every week?

Then it hit us, this is our Pasta for 2012. It’s the OTP that keep us coming back for more because frankly everything else is a bit meh for our liking.

Hello, who doesn’t love a reformed ladies man who decides to have a one-sided crush on a woman who loved his best friend? Also, who can resist a leading man who crashes his beloved car in a fit of jealousy? hehe.

The OTP’s moments together are just so lovely to watch. You can feel their cautious sexual chemistry oozing off the screen and we just love the unpredictable nature of their actions towards one another. They have shared so many sweet moments, more so than hot ones but for us, that only makes them more charming. Especially considering he’s a reformed cad and she’s a goodie goodie. We do find it strange that Yi Soo is so flipping chaste considering her age and the fact that it’s 2012 but as it’s a Kdrama we’re always willing to suspend our imaginations.

We think the drama has done really well in developing their feelings for each other. Her crush on Tae San was handled appropriately and not ignored even when she was over him. We like how it took her so long to realise that she liked Do Jin and despite feeling sorry for her when he decided to shun her completely, we think it was exactly what she needed to realise her feelings. Also, what was she thinking wearing his shoes in that situation?? It was just so insensitive and did you see poor Do Jin’s face light up at the sight of her in them?

As soon as he brought her shoes, we knew it wouldn’t end well. Everyone knows that if you buy shoes for love ones they will run away…it’s a Kdrama must.  

Although we’re glad that Do Jin and Yi Soo’s fight was over quickly, we have to say that her kiss through the glass scene was cringy – how is that romantic or appealing to watch? Frankly, it made us go eewwww at the sight of it.

Now that the OTP have finally gotten together, we wonder what on earth the writer has in store to fill  9 episodes… The drama of Colin potentially being Do Jin’s son is just dull to even consider. We’ve seen the ‘illegitimate son come to ruin the OTP’s happiness’ story done a million times already and honestly we could live without it. So we’re hoping that the writer has more up her sleeve than that and makes us glad we stuck around. Fingers crossed*

Sorry, Yoon and Me Ah Ri lovers – we just don’t get it.

Why, why are people fangirling all over this couple??? It makes us feel like weirdos because we just can’t work out what all the fuss is about.

Naturally, we’re not blind to all the sexual tension and the potential that simmers every time they’re on-screen together but seriously, how repetitive are their scenes together, it’s driving us mad!

She throws herself at him like a giddy school girl, only for him to bat her away and tell her to grow up. She cries, he looks pained and she leaves heartbroken. The sequence would have more impact if it didn’t happen every week. Being resilient is always a good thing, but Me Ah Ri is unrealistic in her constant devotion to a man who keeps rejecting her. She’s such a likable character, we desperately want her to wake up and get over it. Let him realise exactly what he’s missing and then we’ll happily watch him grovel his way back in her life.

Yoon is the character we love dearly but boy does he test our patience. We spend the majority of the time shouting at our screen – Man up, Yoon!

We get that he’s in a difficult situation but still, it’s been 12 episodes now, we need the writer to give us some progress. Send Me Ah Ri away, give her a decent love interest, something, anything please drama writer, don’t drag their relationship out any longer!

Trouble sleeping? The perfect remedy for that is watching Tae San and Se Ra on screen.

It can’t be just us that find this couple super dull. They fight about the same thing every week and frankly we just don’t care enough about them to be bothered. Se Ra is an insecure, needy brat that takes advantage of Tae San’s love for her by constantly pushing him. Tae San does what he can to put up with her antics because the poor sod loves her…but still it makes for frustrating viewing.

We’re glad that he finally broke up with her; it’s about bloody time too. Now if she would just hurry up and realise that being married in 2012 isn’t the same as being married in 1712, we can all be happy.

The older woman and the play boy – a complicated love

We just want to beat the crap out of Jung Rok every week. Watching an adulterer is no way ever endearing, sweet or romantic. We want Mi Sook to divorce his sorry ass immediately and find herself a nice guy who adores her like she deserves.

Mi Sook is actually one of our favourite female characters in the drama. Her scenes are short but always manage to stay with us. She’s complicated and has layers to her that the other female characters lack. Despite how infuriating it is, we understand why she stays with Jung Rok, she loves him but his actions are killing her.

Watching him serenade her at work and making sure she drinks her herbal drinks is sweet but this guy has a very long way to go to redeem himself. The scene that made us realise that Mi Sook was better off without him was the scene where Jung Rok pleaded with the guys that he didn’t want to divorce his wife and he truly loved her. This scene would have been sooooo sweet and the perfect step forward if it wasn’t for the fact that it was all fake! It turned out to be a really horrible, manipulated scene that  made us think what an idiot he was and also dimmed our feelings for the other guys because they always cover for their friend even when he doesn’t deserve it.

We would love to see Jung Rok really suffer and earn his way back into his wife’s affections before they get their HEA. Until then Jung Rok is strictly in our bad books.

7 Jul

Exam season is finally over, so we have returned to our obsessive drama ways. Horray!

It’s funny, since we started blogging nearly two years ago, we’ve never gone more than a few weeks without posting something, so it felt really strange going this long without it. Blogging became this habit that quickly became a routine and we realised during this time how much we came to enjoy the process of it all and how much we missed it when we weren’t doing it.

It’s good to be back. 🙂

Heres a quick rundown of dramas we’re watching:

A Gentleman’s dignity – currently up to episode 12

I need Romance 2012 – currently up to episode 5 – we love this show!

Big – currently up to episode 5 – it’s slow moving but we’re strangely drawn to it, plus Gong Yoo is looking HOT. hehe

Sadly, no Japanese or Taiwanese dramas have caught our attention but we live in hope.