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Flower Boy Next Door – Fluff Lite

23 Jan

This drama is cute, quaint, so fluffy it barely constitutes as a drama. For us it’s perfect Sunday lunch viewing. It’s hardly taxing to the brain but instead a pleasant way to pass a couple hours every week. Frankly, we would have liked a little more substance but you never know maybe it’s easing us into the journey…

Wishful thinking? Maybe?

Despite everything we actually like how small scale the drama is. The characters are all well rounded and likable without ever becoming overbearing or unrealistic. Their interactions are so every day that we often forget exactly what happened in each episode because rather than a couple major scenes that drive an episode like most Kdramas, this drama is made up of lots of very small moments that piece the drama together. We think that the more the leading lady comes out of her shell, the more action and the bigger the scenes will become. It’s quite refreshing to watch a drama from the prospective of quite an ordinary/ shy character rather than the usual larger than life drama martyr.

Park Shin Hye is great as Go Dok Mi. She feels real and relatable as this recluse that is so shy that she barely speaks. She could have easily overplayed this character and alienated the audience but instead we get her fears and her distance.

Sometimes you need some random hot neighbour to get you out of your funk and we definitely look forward to seeing her get her HEA.

We’re sorry Yoon Si Yoon – we love you, we really do but you have been totally overshadowed by Kim Jung Sun.

Hello – where have you been hiding all this time?? How hot is this guy? No wonder Dok Mi spends her days spying through the window. We don’t have social or emotional issues stopping us from living our lives but we too would happily purchase a pair of binoculars and check out the view if it was that good.

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Superficial thoughts aside:

Leading lady – We love her. We can’t wait for her to become stronger and take charge of her life.

Leading man – SOOOOOO CUTE. What a darling. We just want to keep him and play all day at the beach with him. It’s a shame he’s more cute than hot. It would have been nice to see Yoon Si Yoon bring his sexy on screen. Oh well, there is always next time.

The OTP: Enrique and Dok Mi are strictly giving off the ‘friends’ vibe  and haven’t really excited the shameless romantics in us at all.

The love rival: Welcome back Kim Ji Hoon! We love his portrayal of the lovesick neighbour next door. He’s a complete sweetheart and we maybe second lead shipping already. Oh dear.

First overall impressions:

Our expectations are rather low but hopeful for this drama. We hope it surprises us and that we can hang in and finish it with big silly grins on our faces. If not, hopefully the producers find an excuse to get Kim Jung Sun topless at least a couple times before we lose interest in the drama.   

How funny ( and right) is this photo? Hahah.

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End of Year Drama Review – 2012

31 Dec

Another year down and another end of year post – Thanks for everyone that dropped by and read our fangirling, ranting and rambles this year. We thought this post would be short and sweet but by the time we had gathered all of our thoughts on 2012’s drama offerings we had somehow created this mega drama post that sort of took on a life of it’s own, so we hope you enjoy it and of course, please feel free to add your own thoughts, it’s always more fun with company!

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2012 was a really busy year for us. We didn’t watch as much as we wanted and certainly didn’t blog as often as we wish we could. Which is a shame because we adore nothing more than sitting down and fangirling our way through dramas. Having less time to dedicate to our habit and becoming more picky over the years has meant that we have physically watched fewer dramas this year and have found that we have shelved more dramas than ever before.

This years offerings have been a lovely combination of the good, the bad and the dramas you wish you could erase from your memory. With cable dramas holding their hold and giving the mainstream networks a run for their money, we’re pleased with the vast number of options we’ve had this year as well as a positive shift towards dramas pushing the boundaries in terms of genres and plots on offer, which is always a good thing in our book. With two of our favorite dramas of 2012 coming from cable networks, we certainly look forward to see what they can offer us next year, so come on cable give us some goodies in 2013!

Below is our list of noteworthy dramas we’ve assembled from everything we’ve seen and shelved in 2012.

Completed dramas in 2012:

Korean dramas:

Answer Me 1997 – The jewel in our 2012 drama crown

Despite completing this drama very recently it still finished off the year as our favourite drama of 2012.

For us Answer Me 1997 felt like it was made with so much love. The writing is heartfelt, seamless and by the time it ended we knew we had finished something special. Something that would stay with us for a very long time. As drama viewers we watch plenty of dramas throughout the year all in anticipation that it will be ‘the one’ and guess what folks, Answer Me 1997 is it!

Funny, romantic, sweet and old school in the best way possible. Watch it, you will love it.

Wild Romance – the prize for the worst hair cut goes to….

Okay, this drama was all over the place. At first it was pee your pants hilarious. It was wacky, zany and so much fun to watch. We didn’t know that Lee Dong Wook was capable of being so funny and more importantly who knew that he could work a porno moustache but he did! Sadly, the drama took a dark, moody twist where the lead lost her spunk and became all needy and pathetic and the story went from silly fun to downright creepy with a crazy stalker.

The genre change gave us a little whiplash but despite that, the drama is well worth checking out especially if you’re a Lee Dong Wook fan.

Me too, flower – Our messy pick of the year

Technically this drama was a mess. The plot fell apart towards the end and the characters lost their spark. However, the OTP kept us coming back week after week. We loved them, they felt like a real couple to us. They were two very screwed up characters that came together and were somehow functional as a couple. When everything else was a mess in this drama, this couple somehow made it alright. Both actors were brilliant, especially Yoon Shi Yoon. He was all wrong for the part but  he managed to carry this mountain of mess and made it work.

If you’re looking for an unexpectedly good OTP then look no further.

Nice Guy – The prize for the most screwed up couple goes to…

This drama was dark, depressing and intense. The writing, the acting and the way it was filmed was brilliant. That said, what was wrong with every single character in this drama???!!! Our heads hurt trying to rationalize their insane actions and there were multiple times when we wanted to punch a few of these characters in the face.

Reasons to tune in: Song Joong Ki

We’ve waited for so long to see him as a leading man in a drama and he delivered in spectacular fashion. Of course he was all kinds of hot but his acting was also wonderful. We look forward to his future projects where hopefully he doesn’t annoy the hell out of us.

If you like your dramas dysfunctional and screwed up in perfect Kdrama style, this one ticks all the right boxes.

Queen In Hyun’s Man – A nearly perfect moment in time

Nearly but not quite there.

2012 is most certainly the year of the time travelling drama and this drama is definitely up there as one to watch. We loved everything about this drama, it was beautifully executed, the OTP owned us completely and the plot was excellent throughout its run and then came that ending. Sighs* It was almost too good to be true and we were hoping that this would be that rare drama that was perfect but sadly the ending left a distinctly bitter taste in our mouths.

A lot of people loved the ending but for us it felt like a cope out. It was far too convenient and it killed some of the magic for us.

Don’t get us wrong, we gave this drama 9.5 out of 10, so we’re not going to complain that much, it’s just that it was sooooo close to being that perfect drama for us. The rare gem that we would love forever and having seen so many dramas of the years now, it’s no easy challenge to fall in that category.

Watch this drama, you won’t regret it, in our opinion it is one of the best romantic dramas to come out in a long time.

A Gentleman’s Dignity – Overgrown boys, bratty sisters who needed a slap and the realisation that we have no idea why we bothered tuning in…

Seriously, thinking back now, we don’t know what drew us to watch this Ahjussi drama where pretty much nothing happened across 20 episodes.

All we can really remember about this drama is our very strong desire to murder Im Me Ah Ri. She was a freaking grown woman that acted like a spoilt brat that cried and stomped her feet throughout the drama’s run. Groan*

The drama has left no real impact on us as viewers and there are no real moments that stick out from the dramas run.

Would we recommend it??? We’re not sure, we can’t actually remember.

Japanese Dramas:

Rich Man, Poor Woman – Our unexpected crush goes to…

This was our favourite (and only completed) Jdrama of 2012. It reminded us exactly why we love Jdramas and that maybe we shouldn’t give up on them just yet.

As well as being our favourite Jdrama, it also opened our eyes to Oguri Shun – why, why have we failed to notice this guy before???

The winner for unexpected crush of the year most definitely goes to Oguri Shun. He oozed chemistry, charm and strangely worked dodgy haircuts. Trust us, this drama has made fangirls out of us. heheh.

Back to the drama – the story was a simple love story between a socially awkward millionaire genius and a smart graduate who happened to end up working together and of course falling in love. The plot and the execution of the story was nothing to write home back but it was a pleasure to tune into every week. We were comfortable in the knowledge that the drama would make us smile and satisfy our  fluffy drama needs in the best way possible.

If you’re looking for a decent Jdrama look no further, this one will steal your heart.

Taiwanese Dramas:

Skip Beat! – Our surprise delight of the year

Who would have thought that this would be the only Tdrama we completed in 2012? Definitely not us!

The drama had so much going against it – a very loyal and obsessive fan base for the manga, two Korean actors in a Tdrama – wtf?, terrible dubbing and our expectations in the gutter before we even began.

The drama wasn’t a ratings winner but we adored it. Once the drama fixed the dubbing issue and found their feet, this drama was great fun. Ivey Chen was fantastic as the crazy but lovable leading lady and Siwon made us even bigger fangirls after his brilliant performance as Ren/ Du He Lian. He played cold and damaged so well. Considering he could only act using his facial expressions, he was pretty wonderful.

When a drama has a broody Siwon and Donghae looking hot being bad – what are you waiting for?

Shelved Dramas:

Miss Rose – Another Roy Qiu drama we just couldn’t finish..

We know, we know, what is wrong with us? It’s not you Roy, it’s just everything else that ruins it for us!

Why are all of Roy’s leading ladies so hesitate to fall in love with this HOT HOT man? Why do we have to sit through so many episodes watching these annoying leading ladies cry over past loves or cry over the fact that they are scared/ poor/ stupid???

We were so excited by this drama but it got draggy so quickly. We wanted to love it but we just couldn’t.

We have no doubt we will one day finish a Roy drama but until then we’re more than happy  to keep watching perving our way through all of his dramas until we find one. heheh

Shut up flower boy band – The best cameo in a drama goes to…

Oh, Lee Min Ki you came and went so quickly but we’re pretty sure that you made everyone that watched miss you just a little bit.

Not completing this drama is strictly an oversight on our part. All of the ten episodes we completed were brilliant. The drama was so good we made a freaking GIF out of the famous hug scene and considering we’re incredibly technically challenged that’s definitely saying something!

Life happened and we just never got around to finishing the drama. Maybe this drama will be in next year’s review or may be not…

I need Romance 2012 – When love rivals make you switch off

We switched off for one reason only – the loval rival made us want to vomit into the nearest waste basket. He was so sickly sweet and was such a soppy puppy that we just wanted to kick him. It wouldn’t have been so bad if it wasn’t for the fact that he shared ZERO chemistry with the leading lady. How is that possible – two attractive, young actors and still they failed to generate any chemistry between them- none, zero, zilch, how???

The King 2 Hearts – We know what you’re thinking, are we mad???

Yes, yes, we hold our hands up and question our sanity and poor taste in dramas for not having the desire to complete this drama. It just didn’t click for us. We didn’t have that emotional connection with the characters and as a result didn’t really care what happened to them.

Plus, watching the leading man shot his OTP in the chest sort of kills the romance for us. Just saying…

Big – The biggest disappointment of the year?? Possibly, maybe, yes…

How is it possible that the Hong Sisters could make such a boring drama???

Why did Gong Yoo  have to look so damn hot in this drama?

 (you’re welcome)

For that reason alone, we’re gutted this drama was a complete waste of time. Sob*

Other notable dramas for 2012:

Rooftop Prince – The other time travel drama

 

What is with his horrible hair???

It was a toss up between this and Queen In Hyun’s Man at the time and we picked the latter. Frankly was there any point starting another time travel drama after you’ve completed something that was so nearly perfect? Anything we watched after that epic, romantic drama would have just been crap.

Gaksital/ The Moon that embraces the Sun – When leading men turn you off…

Sorry Kim Soo Hyun and Joo Won, we’re just not fans.

 

 

– We’re sorry!!!!!

It’s the strangest thing. Pretty much everyone loves these guys with a passion but we just need to know their name is attached to drama and it’s a pass from us.

Maybe we will grow out of it like we did with Hyun Bin but until then it will take something seriously special to make us tune in or a shiny sequined tracksuit…

Time Slip Dr. Jin – We found the car wreck of the year

Thankfully we saved ourselves from this nightmare. We confess that it was endless fun reading the hilarious bitching and disgust at this poor excuse of a drama. Muhahah.

Final rambles for 2012

As you can probably tell from this post, this year hasn’t treated us too badly but of course heres hoping 2013 gives us a few more drama gems worth fangirling about.

Thanks for popping by and joining us in our rambles this year, we hope you return in 2013.

Happy New Year everyone!

Love,

The Musthavesubs girls, xoxo

Day 25: Dramas that made you change your mind

16 May

We confess we can be fickle at times, we get swept up in the moment and find ourselves passionately loving or hating dramas/ characters ect and then we do a complete U-turn and wonder what the hell were we thinking.

In honour of falling in love with our lastest drama obsession – Queen In Hyun’s Man and giving Yoo In Na a shot despite our aversion to plastic faces, here is our random rundown of drama related U-turns from over the years:

An Actor we once hated: Hyun Bin

Boy, did we hate him so much after watching him in My name is Kim Sam Soon. The ego, the weasel like face, the frustratingly infuriating way he treated Sam Soon, just everything about him made us mad. He left a really bad taste in our mouth and we avoided his dramas like the plague. Then one day, we stumbled across a trailer for Secret Garden

We went from scowling at a face we deemed weasel like to looking at him and suddenly realising what all the fuss was about. He was hot. He had unbelievably good chemistry with his leading lady, he cried beautiful man tears and he could sing. Also there is the fact that he sacrificed his life so she could live…

All it took was one over the top, shiny tracksuit and all was forgiven.

An Actor we once loved:

Kim Soo Hyun

This will upset a lot of people and even as we write this we’re preparing to hide for cover but it’s just how we feel.

We adored him in Will it snow at Christmas? His portrayal of the young Kang Jin was amazing. He was broken, intense but still so vulnerable. We confess he stole our hearts in that drama and apparently many others as well. There is no denying he is a great actor but as soon as something becomes overexposed or loved too much, it’s game over for us. A switch is turned off in our heads and suddenly, everything about them and their dramas are completely lost on us.

The nail in the coffin was his role as Sam Dong in Dream High – sure he’s cute but when people start claiming that he could be idol star with those dance moves, you know he must be overexposed.

We love this scene in Dream High, it’s so sweet.

A drama that we once loved and now wonder wtf were we thinking:

Baker King– we actually wrote a retraction post about this matter.

We remember being choked up at points, marathoning the drama because we just couldn’t get enough of it and gushing endlessly to anyone that would listen. Then we re-watched it and realised that we must have been insane because it was just ridiculous.

Damn those tears, we just can’t resist good man pain!

Even with the incentive of pretty man tears, this drama turned out to be long winded, repetitive and plain stupid at times. Hello, pretending to be in a coma to lure your enemies out is silly!

An Actor we want to change our minds about but never do:

Blue Lan

Why did it take our beloved Roy Qiu so long to become a leading man when Blue Lan clearly isn’t in the same league of awesome???

Strangely enough we’ve seen lots of Blue Lan dramas. At one point it felt like he was the only leading man available for a Tdrama. Sadly for us, every time we finished one of his dramas, we would say never again but like fools we return only to regret it later. It’s a vicious cycle and one day we’ll learn… hopefully.

The thing about Blue is that he’s not a bad actor, he can generate a decent amount of chemistry with his leading ladies and he’s not bad to look at either, (even the moustache was kind of working for us). It’s just that he plays annoying, frustrating characters that we want to punch in the face and he finds himself acting opposite love rivals that are just too perfect not to love.

We think that if he can get himself a decent role, he may turn it around and that is why we return in hope and anticipation that he won’t disappoint us again.

We guess, if it doesn’t work out, we can return to bitching about him and his fugly clothes and problem hair, we never get bored of that. Muhahah Seriously, what the hell was going on in P.S MAN?

Me too, Flower – overall thoughts/ Day 22: A drama you recently finished

9 Apr

Unfortunately, we finally understand what the bitching and sniping was all about

The last quarter of the drama was a horrible cycle of repetition, where the OTP had a fight, broke up and then got back together again. We got to a point where we couldn’t remember why they were actually apart, but we didn’t worry too much because we knew what was going to happen next anyway…exactly what happened in the last episode!

We know for a fact that if we watched this on a weekly basis while it aired, there is no chance that we would have stuck around. We would have dropped this drama so quickly and bitched endlessly about the possibilities of what it could have been. For that reason alone, we’re pleased we watched it all in one gulp because we can overlook the repetition and forgive a lot of the annoying plot devices used to keep our OTP apart.

If the drama managed to achieve one thing brilliantly, it was giving the viewers a convincing OTP. The drama managed to convey their love for each other really well, the actors shared wonderful chemistry and most importantly we cared what happened to them and were more than satisfied when they got their HEA. For us, that is half the battle won in creating a good drama. The OTP carried this drama a lot of the time and we’re pleased that the attention was rarely taken away from them.

We love the fact that Jae Hee understood her heart so well. He always came back for her, despite the number of times she broke up with him. Okay, sure every time she broke up with him was because he failed to disclose a major fact like being a millionaire or living with a woman that hates your guts but still… we can forgive him because of the way he looked at her, the way he spoke to her and the fact that he was willing to give everything up for her. Yes, there were multiple times where we groaned at his stupidity and his lack of communication skills with his OTP but we’ve concluded that our love for this OTP is irrational, alot like the drama itself and as a result, we’ve decided to just go with it and accept this fact. We were captivated by this couple from start to finish and adored every moment that they shared. End of.

We wondered why we liked this couple so much, especially when the overall drama was a complete mess and we concluded it’s because we’re complete suckers for an underdog and these two characters fit the bill perfectly. They are both really sad, damaged characters as individuals and we couldn’t help but feel for them and so to see them fall for each other and be happy was enough to make us root for them. Plus the hot chemistry helped. Heheh.

This drama had so many elements to it that were really great separately but unfortunately weren’t executed well enough in the overall drama. For example, we love the complicated relationship between Jae Hee and President Park. Their relationship consisted of this strange facade where neither of them really voiced their true feelings to each other but carried on with fake smiles because it was easier than discussing the ‘what could have been’, the ‘what ifs’ and the fact that a romance between them will always be tainted by their history.

 

President Park used Jae Hee as an emotional crutch for too long. Clearly, she was a capable and intelligent woman but she got to the point where she didn’t believe her skills without him there as her support network. The drama did well in presenting a well rounded character; highlighting her vulnerabilities and her flaws in a manner where we could understand why a character like her would unravel and turn to nasty tricks to keep Jae Hee by her side. We hate dramas where the big bad has no real reason for causing trouble and for being that annoying nuisance that interferes with the OTP. As a result, we appreciate the fact that the writer went to the effort of ensuring that she had depth and that their relationship had layers.

We loved the face offs between the two characters. You could see the tension radiating off them, the pain and the underlined chemistry was unbelievably good to watch. If they didn’t share that insanely good chemistry between them, we doubt that this drama would have been half as good. The OTP’s relationship is of course the most important factor in the drama but in many ways this relationship is nearly as important because her reaction was the catalyst for change throughout the drama.

Thoughts on other characters:

Dal mostly remained that typical 2D love rival character in this drama. Her relationship with Doctor Park was far too contrived for our liking. He was too old, she was too needy and the fact that they shared zero chemistry didn’t help. As a character she was far too driven by her pride and her ego to be relatable to us as viewers and most of the time we wished she would grow up and behave like an adult instead of this pathetic brat that wanted to bag herself a rich guy.

We really liked Doctor Park as a character, we thought he brought a balance to the drama with his comedy and his insight into the other characters personalitites.  We actually feel kind of sad that his role was cheapened by giving him this random, strange relationship with Dal.

Ma Roo was a complete sweetheart from start to finish. We’re pleased that his crush was defused quickly after Bong Sun’s rejection and he became that much needed friend that we hoped she had. He was that person that had her back throughout the drama and was there for her when her OTP wasn’t.

Moments we will remember within the mess:

Bong Sun’s house:

The scene where Bong Sun declared the house her house because she stayed was just  so perfect. It was such an emotional and intense scene. We literally had our hearts lodged in our throats, it was that good. This was the moment where we finally got an insight to her feelings for her parents. It was so heartbreaking to listen to her reasoning for staying at that house and to witness her parent’s realisation of how damaged their daughter was because of their actions.

 The rescue scene:

Okay, who doesn’t like watching the leading man/ woman rescue their OTP? We liked how the scene allowed Bong Sun to evaluate exactly what was important in her life and finally made her realise that life was too short to live with regrets. Some people may have felt that the ending was a tad rushed but we were quite pleased by how it was handled. Their feelings were clarified appropriately and in a realistic manner rather than in one giant red bow where they lived happily ever after.

Jae Hee drunk:

He was such a cute drunk…well expect for the moment where he vomited all over her!

The bridge scene:

He drove her to the other side and promised to take care of her forever. Like we said before, we love how he gets her. We liked the symbolism of them crossing the bridge together as a couple. We liked how it represented the idea that they were moving forward to a place that she always wanted to go but never dared to. However, together it was possible and that all she needed to do was trust him.

So sweet. Sigh*

Overall thoughts:

Let’s be honest here – this drama was a complete mess. The writing was repetitive, illogical and made us groan often. That said, as you may have guessed we loved the OTP. We loved the complex relationships that somehow managed to come across authentically even if they were insane. We also liked the fact that we cared enough to forgive the crap and want to see the drama through to the end to witness the happily ever after.

How much we liked it: 7/10

How good it is technically:  5/10

Me too, Flower- thoughts up to episode 8

3 Apr

Episode 7 and 8 were surprisingly great.

We expected this drama to be crap but every time we tune it, we’re pleasantly surprised by what we see.

The tone and the pace is exactly what we’ve been looking for. We adore the way that the characters feelings and thoughts are presented. They are complex, with layers highlighting how they are neither good nor bad but all very human. We also like how none of the relationships are conventional or particularly easy to watch at times. Bong Sun’s strained relationship with her parents is a key example of that. Clearly, they love each other even if their feelings aren’t voiced or conveyed that well. Okay, okay, that’s putting it lightly. Bong Sun’s dad is a total bastard but you can tell that he’s just one of those cavemen types that cries into his pillow at night or secretly loves romcoms. In real life not all relationships are easy and so it’s nice to see them presented so authentically in this drama.

Screwed up relationships aside, we could watch this drama’s OTP all day long. They are ridiculously functional despite how damaged they are as individuals and we love that about them. These two very broken characters have found each other and suddenly their lives don’t suck as much as it did. Sure, they are still surrounded by the madness that makes up their lives but that’s reality, a fact that is always reinforced in the drama.

The scene that cemented our love for them was the scene where Jae Hee broke up with Bong Sun. We knew exactly why he was breaking up with her even though it was killing him to do it but it was her response that nailed the scene for us. Watching her take the chance and open her heart to him even though she had been rejected so many times in the past got us in the best way possible. We think we loved the scene even more because it had shades of Que Sera, Sera with how desperate she came across and how intense the overall scene felt.

We love the fact that they don’t try and fix each other’s issues; they just accept each other for who they are. We also like how Bong Sun doesn’t care that he parks cars for a living and accepts that ‘he has a plan’. We can’t help but feel it’s a refreshing change of prospective from the usual attitudes of drama characters all seeking wealth and fame. Bong Sun would be content with a warm meal with the person she loves every day. Awwww, so sweet.

How deliciously messed up is the love rival Director Park in Me too, Flower – Imagine being mentally and emotionally tied to the person that killed your husband? The twisted mix of desire and hate that this character represents is fascinating to watch. We still can’t get over the fact that Yoon Shi Yoon has intense chemistry with his OTP but he also happens to share insanely good chemistry with Han Go Eun despite the age gap and the fact that he looks like a mere child next to her. Their relationship seems to be spiralling out of control and we look forward to how crazy their dysfunctional relationship will become.

Now that the OTP have acknowledged their feelings for each other, we can’t wait for Bong Sun to find out about Jae Hee’s true identity. The fact that she doesn’t think or react like rational people means that it’s bound to be entertaining or completely insane viewing. We’re happy with either! We have a feeling that this drama can do good angst when the time comes and if there is one thing we love about watching dramas- its angst.

Bring on the angst!