Monthly Archives: January 2010

Purely Rambling

Okay, so I was looking at my blog stat and since a few days ago, there was suddenly a flood (well, at my level anyway) of traffic that relates to Brilliant Legacy. Huh?? This is a curious thing since Brilliant Legacy ended like months ago. And I see that suddenly, Brilliant Legacy got popular again. What’s going on?? Is Brilliant Legacy being reaired or newly aired in some country?? I’m curious.

On another topic, who else is tired of this whole Jaebum thing?? I wrote my sympathy for Jaebum and my anger over how the public treated him back when he decided to quit 2PM and went back to Seattle. But things after that just turned me off. From a supposedly secret coverage of Jaebum’s life in America to the numerous rumours of him coming back or not coming back, the rumour that Jaebum was preparing for a solo comeback, the rumour that there would be a press con announcing his return, gawd, everything is just so overhammered. I’m sick of it. I think it’s obvious that this is all JYP’s master plan. Rather than being tacky and doing this tug and pull strategy, just get to the point. Either bring Jaebum back or just move on. This Jaebum thing is really starting to irritate me.

More JYP related ramble: I know I totally missed the boat on this one, but I’m officially addicted to Baek Jiyoung and 2PM’s Taecyeon’s song My Ear’s Candy. But I’ve learned my mistake. I went to Noraebang and sang a Baek Jiyoung’s song Like Being Hit by a Bullet and completely and utterly embarrassed myself. Now, I shall not step a foot in a Noraebang with the thought that I could actually do a BJY song ever again.

Yet another JYP related. This 2 AM guy, Im Seullong is SO.DAMN.CUTE!! I know about zero 2 AM song but I’ve been watching Seullong in We Got Married (he’s not in it but he appears like every single week) and he’s so entertaining.

So, Lee Minho has finally chosen his next role after his explosive Goo Junpyo and I say that it’s about time. I think Lee Minho has a natural talent for acting and he elevated Goo Junpyo to an almost iconic status in Korean pop culture. So I was disappointed that instead of perfecting his art like Kim Bum and Kim Soeun (who both went to do more acting, despite the general lack of success), Lee Minho chose to stick to advertisements. My point of view is that I’m afraid the longer he waits, the more expectation people would have, and there would be more pressure. Kind of like the case of Yoon Eunhye. She striked it gold with Goong, The Vineyard Man, and Coffee Prince but waited way too long after and pretty much flopped with My Fair Lady. Song Hyekyo is another case, her drama The World We Live In had really low ratings. It’s good that Lee Minho has finally moved on from his Goo Junpyo phase. He now needs to create a real image for himself as an actor.

As for Yoon Eunhye, IMO, she badly needs to do another drama soon because practice makes perfect. And less wait time makes for lower expectation.

Oh and I saw a news of this new drama called Pink Lipstick with Park Eunhye and I can’t help but roll my eyes. Wife’s Temptation, Angel’s Temptation, I Can’t Stop, and now Pink Lipstick??? You know what these dramas have in common?? They basically have the same plot! Good people turning evil and lots of hysteria in between. I caught a few episodes of Wife’s Temptation and wow, I feel like my brain cells were falling apart.

On the other hand, I watched the first 3 episodes of The Reputable Family and I’m loving it so far. The drama stars Cha Inpyo, Kim Sungmin (the awesome Billy of Fantasy Couple and is currently doing variety show Qualifying Men), and Han Goeun (her Cha Songjoo role in Capital Scandal is like one of my favourite female in Kdramas). So I have high hopes for this drama and I’m enjoying it. Which is surprising.

Okay, so two of the dramas I’m liking right now are of saeguk genre, Chuno and The Reputable Family. No one is more shocked than me. I’ve steered clear of ANY type of Saeguk but I guess after last year fantastic drama Return of Iljimae, I became more open to the idea of Saeguk.

Last, but never least. Lee Dahae admitted that she dated one of her costars in the past. OHMYGAWD!! I was a loyal shipper of Donghae (Lee Dongwook/Lee Dahae couple) for like 2 years. We used to fiddle around and finding little details of similarity between these two. I remember that one of the most ‘certain evidence’ was the fact that both their houses are decorated so similarly, down to the same wallpaper and the same dresser. Now, even if they share an interior designer, they have hired a terrible one because no designer would be so uncreative as to decorate two houses alike. I don’t care what anyone says but now I’m firmly believing that Donghae was actually real.

Teeheee…

And I’m bowing out.

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Highkick Through the Roof

I was never interested in Korean sitcom because the few sitcoms I have watched in the past (Nonstop series) have been unimpressive in terms of funny levels, general acting, and just story wise. So Highkick Through the Roof barely flew on my radar when it premiered a few months ago. All I knew was that it was a sequel of another sitcom called Unstoppable Highkick, but it’s not even a sequel because only 1 of the original actors is reprising his role.

But anyways, Highkick Through the Roof is about the Lee family headed by Grandpa Lee Soonjae, whose wife died some years ago and is now back in the dating game and is dating a school teacher, Jaok, who teaches in the same school as his daughter does. Grandpa Lee has 2 kids, the aforementioned daughter Hyunkyung and a son, who is a doctor, Jihoon. Hyunkyung’s own family consists of a husband Bosuk and kids who are students: the rebelious Junhyuk and the uber bratty Haeri. Sekyung and her sister Shinae stay in the house as house helpers after their dad runs away from moneylenders. Teacher Jaok rents her rooms to 4 people, the cutely plebeian Gwangsoo and his girlfriend Inna, the foreigner teacher Julien, and the crazy drunkard Jungeum. Jungeum happens to also be Junhyuk’s English tutor.

The first time I watched Highkick was when Jung Ilwoo gues starred in the series. Prequel Unstoppable Highkick was the one project responsible for Jung Ilwoo’s shot of fame a couple of years ago and he returned for one episode. My plan was to watch that one episode and be done with it. I just needed something to cure my Missing Ilwoo illness, but I thought the sitcom was so well done that I decided to watch some other episodes. Pretty soon I was following Highkick every single day.

Highkick airs every day weekday and is 120 episode long, with confirmed extension episodes too! When you look at the number, it seems so daunting. Having to commit to watching everyday and watching for 120+ episodes seem like such a difficult task. The beauty of it tho is that one episode is only 20 minute long and because everyday has different stories, it’s fine if you skip one day or if you fast forward. This is unlike a drama where you can really get behind for skipping an episode. With sitcom, if you don’t feel like watching today, just watch the next one.

I’m not gonna lie. I use the fast forward button quite liberally. Because not every scene can be interesting, but when that particular scene is interesting, it is downright exciting that I would rewind again and again, either to go all giggly or clutching my sides in laughter.

For some reason, Grandpa’s storylines always leave me bored. His character is not lovable nor is he funny, so I usually just watch him if he’s around some other interesting people, but otherwise, sorry Gramp. On the other side of the extreme, Jungeum is one character who I tend to rewind and watch again. Jungeum is played by Hwang Jungeum of We Got Married. I liked her in WGM a lot, and Jungeum is no exception here. She’s hilarious, she’s cute, and she’s so much fun to watch.

There are some characters who depend on the person they are around. For example, Jaok is funny when she is interacting with her host kids, but is snooz worthy when she’s with Grandpa (but that might be the Grandpa factor). Sekyung is also another similar case. She is hella boring by herself, but can be really watchable when she’s with Junhyuk or Bosuk. There has been a lot of debate regarding Sekyung. She doesn’t register with every viewers. Some comment that she’s beautifully acted and provides that silent suffering, a much welcome balance in a sitcom. Other viewers feel that she’s just being a wet blanket because she seems to cry and get all emo often.

I’m sort of inbetween. I think Sekyung is so well acted but I also happen to not like her. I’ve tried to like her because she is indeed a special character within Highkick, and an important one too. But I just can’t bring myself to look forward to her scenes. But at least I don’t fast forward her scenes like I do with Grandpa. Her character at least still involves my emotions.

The child actors must also get a mention. Seo Shinae was in the 2007 heartwarming drama Thank You. Even then, she charmed me and everyone who watched that drama with her innocent yet smart and strong appeal. She’s an awesome actress in the making. Ji Jinhee plays Shinae’s nemesis Jung Haeri. If you think you know the word bratty, think again. You HAVE to see Haeri in order to fully understand the meaning of the word bratty. Ji Jinhee is so amazing as this mini evil Haeri that it actually felt a little jarring when I saw how sweet she really is in real life. That’s the extent of Haeri character’s impact to the viewers.

We are nearing the last month of Highkick. I have my hopes on who will come out in the end as a couple so I’m crossing my fingers here. I would be superbly pissed if now the PD decides to put a twist and pair off random people together. Heed my word, Highkick PD!!

Current Events, part 2

I’ve been in a dry spell, blogging wise. I’m still watching dramas and everything but am just finding no motivation to write.

I’ll keep this simple. So, the current (drama) events are:

1. Pasta

Up to this point, Pasta is between good and just ok to me. The main couple is all sorts of wonderful, great acting, great chemistry, and has dynamic that is so much fun to watch. I normally don’t really like a romantic relationship between a superior man and a lower status woman because I find the man tends to be way too strong (case in point: Hwang Taekyung and Go Minyeo of You’re Beautiful) and I don’t like seeing the woman giving in too much to the man. But Pasta makes a relationship between a boss and his employee different. Correction, Gong Hyojin is the one making it different. She plays heroine Yookyung with such crafty cuteness coupled with some heavy guts to be pretty much one of my favourite heroine EVER in a K-Drama. It also helps that Lee Seonkyeon does his role as a boss with enough arrogance but mixes in some (comedic) vulnerability that renders him human.

So, all on the main couple front is good. However, I find the supporting ensemble to be pretty lacking. One, there is an issue of number. There are just TOO many people and really, most of the supporting characters are redundant and their own little spinoff is serving no purpose. Case in point: there are 3 chef ladies that were fired from the restaurant and they are still bumming around finding job and generally complaining and whining whenever there’s a chance. I say get rid of them for real. Another case: One of the hottie chefs are in the process of hooking up with another character’s older sister. And when I say older, I mean she could be his aunt. But I don’t care of age gap, I care about whether it’s relevant or not to the story. And it DOESN’T.

Second, supporting leads are sorely lacking in acting skills. Supporting leads are Honey Lee and Alex of Clazziquai. Alex is fine, but he poses no real personality. I forgive that because his character doesn’t demand much of him anyway. Honey Lee is the one I can’t forgive. Not only she doesn’t seem to improve her acting from Partner, I get really irritated by her character. When these two supporting leads are acting alongside the natural Gong Hyojin and Lee Seonkyeon, the gap between their acting is really palpable. They so don’t measure up to the main lead, making the love quadrangle not interesting. Thankfully, we have such an engaging main couple that we don’t even need the supporting bitches around.

All in all, though, Pasta is a fun offering for Monday/Tuesday nights. It’s got great vibe and fantastic chemistry borne by Gong Hyojin and Lee Seonkyeon.

2. Smile, You

Given up on Smile, You pretty much. It’s getting repetitive and problems are being dragged out. I’m regretting because I was really loving Lee Minjung and Jung Kyungho, but I got tired seeing similar things over and over again. I said in the beginning of the drama that even though the drama is not being inventive, but it’s strangely refreshing. Now, it’s not so anymore. Plot points are getting redundant and story getting really slow. I still think that the characters are entertaining, but with tiring storyline, it’s not helping much.

3. Will it Snow for Christmas?

I’ve hit a point where I’m tired of watching this drama. Though I prefer happy dramas, I HAVE liked Lee Kyunghee’s dramas in the past, such as I’m Sorry I Love You and Thank You. The few Sangdoo’s episodes I saw were to my liking as well. And WISFC really hit me in the first 9 episodes. It wasn’t perfect: acting is uneven with Han Yeseul pulling in less than what she should have, plots are marred with familiar cliches I’ve seen in the past.

But then, the story took a weird turn and while I felt really moved by the conflicts in the early days, I now feel that things are getting fake, like Writer Lee is forcing things to get angsty. And normally I would get angsty with her, but this time I just got annoyed. I didn’t resent her that much when she put yet another Brain Tumor in the story. But now, we have medically unexplained amnesia, faux sibling incest, and our couple still can’t get together because of their selfish parents. I’m sick that she’s throwing every cliche in Kdrama land into this one drama that was so melancholic yet so beautiful.

Hopefully, with the drama in its 2nd last week, I can find the motivation to actually trudge in and watch everything.

4. Jewel Bibimbap/Assorted Gems

Sigh, I’m so easily influenced. After Thundie thunderbolt put this drama among the top dramas of 2009, I just had to have a look. It started out okay for me, the episodes are easy to get through. But then I’m sensing a problem when I couldn’t stop watching episodes after episodes. Before I knew it, I was halfway through. And then I was caught up with the current episode. All in less than 2 weeks.This is also the reason why Smile You has taken a backseat. Sorry! But the Goong siblings are hella addictive.

I wanna do a write up for this drama so maybe I’ll save it till then.

5. Chuno

I refuse to watch this without subtitle. I need to appreciate the drama in its full view and understanding every bit of it. I saw the first 2 episodes and it’s simply breathtaking. Visual wise, it’s gorgeous as hell. And I was surprised to find that there are some comedic elements thrown in it for a good measure. It makes watching a lot more fun and I’m getting to like the characters easier. If I have to nitpick, however, I do have one tiny complain. This relates to Lee Dahae. I think Lee Dahae is one of the most talented actresses of her age. She’s lovely and beautiful, but she’s got the chops as well.

Nevertheless, I notice her tendency to be a little overdone in makeup in her dramas. I would have not complained but I do think this is a conscious decision on her part and I hate to think that it’s all about her vanity, wanting to look good on screen without regards if it’s actually fit with her character. The problem is that her makeup makes it a little jarring for me. An example, in My Girl, she was supposed to be a poor girl who was running from loan sharks. But she’s so caked up that I wonder how she can keep her lips shiny even when gangsters are on her trails. In Robbers, she was a single mom who’s busy trying to raise her daughter and making ends meet. She must’ve been over her head, but she found time to do her makeup perfectly. Now here, in Chuno, she’s supposed to be a slave, for god’s sake. But she’s so flawless and gorgeous and it’s disconcerting because you see other slaves are not caking it up on the makeup.

But anyways, that’s me nitpicking. I do think she’s acting really well in the drama and I’m enjoying Chuno immensely.

6. Highkick Through the Roof

I’ve actually been watching this for a couple of months now. Again, I was preparing an actual post for this, but then the dry spell hit and I just forgot about it. I’m enjoying the sitcom because I don’t have to focus 100% of my energy and focus here. I don’t feel guilty fast forwarding when I don’t like it because I’m not going to miss a lot of points. It’s a good fun. Hwang Jungeum of We Got Married is here and I’m having SO MUCH fun watching her crazy (much like her too, it seems) character.

These dramas are on top of the ones I’m trying to catch up, like The Reputable Family and Stars Falling from the Sky. Damn, no school is good!!