Update

•November 16, 2009 • Leave a Comment

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Hey!

So my last post was part 1 of my sort of Early Happy Thanksgiving Gift and the part2 isn’t as big, but hopefully you guys will appreciate it. I’ve updated the Original Soundtracks page because I haven’t updated it in a while. There are about 10 new soundtracks up and if you guys have any one OST in particular that you don’t see there, just let me know and I’ll go search for it. I have added Megaupload and Mediafire links to a few so incase you can’t download from one, you have another option.

In addition, the Review section is going to be on a standstill until the summer because I really don’t have time to be writing a whole page on a drama. I’m going to renovate the music section so that hopefully every week I can feature a music video :) just a little something so that you guys can here me blabber some more. Also, I’M LOOKING FOR A CO-WRITER!, so pleeeeease leave me a comment if you’re interesting in writing. Here’s a poll just for fun for you guys :)

Winter Drama Pack

•November 14, 2009 • Leave a Comment

Planner for Winter

Hey guys, I promised you a drama update for the upcoming/ongoing dramas going on this winter and even though I realize it’s already November, but it’s never too late :) It is divided into three sections based on the broadcasting station and within each category, alphabetically. I put the date and air time and the casts. Most of the summary part comes from drama wiki, so full credit to them for providing this wonderful information. Hope this helps to keep you guys up to date on the upcoming dramas and something to watch or catch up on during Winter Break. If you have questions or comments, feel free to post :)

KBS

LeePyungInvincible Lee Pyung KangAir Date: Nov. 09 (Mon. + Tues.)Casting: Nam Sang Mi (Gourmet, Sweet Spy), Ji Hyun Woo (My Sweet City, My Precious Child), ( Seo Do Young (Spring Waltz, Unstoppable Marriage), Cha Ye Ryun (Style, Star’s Lover), Park Ki Woong (A Man’s Story, Love Marriage).

Summary: Lee Pyung Kang’s father unfortunately met with an untimely death before completing his ambitious work as a golf course designer. Pyung Kang came to terms with the reality as she supports the family. Eight years later, Pyung Kang who wanted to follow in her father’s footsteps to become a golf course designer, she does chores at a resort town where she meets Ohn Dal, the owner’s eldest son. Ohn Dal’s charismatic father Pyung On demands him to pass the semi-pro qualification test in a month. When he fails to make it, Ohn Dal is told that he will be removed from the inheritance list due to his incompetence. Ohn Dal and Pyung Kang, who are on bad terms with each other from the first time they met, join hands. And Pyung Kang’s journey to taming the spoiled heir finally begins!

Opinion: The cast is scattered with some rising stars, others that have tried and failed and some veterans, manly Nam Sang Mi. I’m not quite sure what to expect out of this drama, though there is a lot of room for another cliche drama. I have a fairly good impression of Nam Sang Mi and Park Ki Woong, so it’s sort of a if-I-have-a-lot-of-time kind of drama for me.

Iris

IRIS

Air Date: Oct.14 (Mon. +Tues.)

Casting: Kim Tae Hee (Love Story in Harvard), Lee Byun Hun (All In, Beautiful Days), Jung Joon Ho (The Last Scandal), Kim Seung Woo (Queen of Housewives, How to Meet a Perfect Neighbor) T.O.P.

Summary:Kim Hyun Joon (Lee Byun Hun) is an assassin who belongs to a top secret organization known as the “NSS” whereas T.O.P is an assassin who works in another secret organization located in the United States called “IRIS” and was ordered to kill Hyun Joon. Seung Hee (Kim Tae Hee) is a psychological analyst who plays an important role in bring Hyun Joon into the “NSS.” Jin Sa Woo is Hyun Joon’s colleague and falls in love with Seung Hee as well but keeps this to himself.

Opinion: This has been a oh-I-want-to-watch-but-afraid-to-be-disappointed drama. For one, the casting is filled with celebrities, not exactly the best actors and actresses. Now, Big Bang fans don’t come and machine gun me for saying this, but T.O.P. should really not be speaking English, or in his can more of a Konglish. Kim Tae Hee is a similar story. She’s got the looks, but Love Story in Harvard showed that she had a way to go, but that was years ago and I hope that she picked up some times in the last couple years. I mean, you can’t be a CF model forever. The main actor Lee Byun Hun is another reason hindering me from watching. Yea, given he’s not a bad actor, but I’m not in for a whole bunch of flying through the air and drastic matrix-style shooting, the whole time being able to see the string holding him in the air. So I would recommend this drama for the risky watcher as I have gotten extreme reviews, from excellent to the equivalent of turd.

MBC

Hero

Hero

Air Date: Nov. 18 (Wed. + Thurs.)

Casting: Lee Joon Ki (Time Between Dog and Wolf, My Girl), Yoon So Yi (City of Glass, Tell Me You Love Me), Uhm Ki Joon (Good Job, Good Job, The World that They Live In)

Summary: Hero is the story of Korea’s top reporters and ordinary citizens fighting against the society elite’s abuse of power. Jin Do Hyuk is a clever and talented reporter who ends up living a life of recklessness and despair when the woman he loved dies. He later decides to start a new life by helping other victims of society’s crimes, becoming a modern hero who battles against the non-ethical.

Opinion: The casting is fairly strong, and given, I’m not a huge fan of Lee Joon Ki, but I’m trying to give this drama a fair chance based on the some what originality of the plot. As you know, the main girl casting has just changed so, I’d give some slack for some awkwardness during the filming given that they’re isn’t much time for a second take. Definitely something to look out for :)

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Unstoppable High Kick Season 2

Air Date: Sept. 7 (Mon. to Friday)

Casting: Because of the size of the casting, I’ll just let you have the honor of checking Drama Wiki

Summary: Shin Se Kyung and Shin Shin Ae (Seo Shin Ae) are a pair of sisters who came to work as maids in Foodstuff company President, Lee Sun Jae’s house after their debt-ridden father ‘Shin Dal Ho’ (Jung Seok Yong) runs away leaving them to fend for themselves. Due to the sisters living their lives in the mountains, everything in the city (outside world) are both new and curious for them specially for the younger sister ‘Shin Ae’. Living together with President Lee are his daughter ‘Lee Hyun Kyung’, Son in-law ‘Jung Bo Suk’, Doctor to-be son ‘Lee Ji Hun’, grandson ‘Jung Jun Hyuk’ who is a highschool student and grand-daughter ‘Jung Hae Ri’. Jun Hyuk’s school deen ‘Kim Ja Ok’ is in love with President Lee who is widowed.

Opinion: Honestly, I’m weary of this drama just because it is a sequel. I have never seen a sequel to a movie or drama, American, Korean, whatever that has been as good as the first. Obviously, the producers are afraid of this too, by throwing in the old grandparents couple back into the casting and having the old members have cameos. If you check the casting, you’ll see lots of emerging singing/actors/people I don’t even know why they are acting. As you can tell there just random people in the casting as if the producer and director literally chose people off the street. Nonetheless, the ratings prove that the drama has kept it steady at around 17-19%, so I’d give it a shot if you’re just dying to taste some Unstoppable High Kick flavor.

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Enjoy Life/Let’s Not Divorce

Air Date: Oct. 26 (Mon. to Friday)

Casting: Kim Yoo Mi (I Love You, Don’t Cry, Scale of Providence), Lee Tae Sung (9 End 2 Outs, Time Between Dog and Wolf), Hong Eun Hee (Golden Bride), Kwon Oh Joong (Gourmet, Match Made in Heaven), Lee Min Woo (Hometown Legends, Pure 19)

Summary: A couple who are in a stage of weariness due to economic difficulties are at the verge of divorce. However, they take a step back out of love.

Opinion: Flat out, I could probably tell you how this drama will end. Veteran drama watchers can tell from the summary how the drama will end, but then again 99% of the time you know how the drama’s gonna end, unless it’s Beethoven Virus (that drama continues to batter my mind). I’m not so fond of the main actors and actress, but I love the supporting cast. Strong supportive cast maybe able to cover for the weak main acting. Another attempt to bring failed stars to the top. Eh not exactly number one on my list, but something to browse in free time.

SBS

Will It Snow at Christmas?

Air Date: Dec. (Wed. + Thurs.)

Casting: Go Soo (Green Rose), Han Ye Seul (Tazza, Couple or Trouble), Sun Woo Sun (Queen of Housewives)

Summary: Go Soo plays a man who was brought up by his grandmother in difficult circumstances and shows an “intelligent, masculine appeal.” His character had shared a young love with the girl played by Han Ye-seul, but through “sad circumstances,” they were forced to separate. She is the daughter of a famed doctor of Oriental medicine in a small village, although she’s always being compared to and passed over for her smarter, brighter older brother. She and Go Soo eventually reunite in their fateful love as adults.

Opinion: Ok. I have to say that I love Go Soo and liked his character in Green Rose and Marrying a Millionaire. Yea, they had flaws and I maybe too traditional minded as he does play very traditional roles, but I just love him. So naturally, this is one of my top priorities. The plot is a regular cake with some sprinkles, but Han Ye Seul was excellent in Couple or Trouble (still one of those classics, and one of the last). Given Tazza was as flop, but there’s always a bad apple. I highly recommend this as just something to watch to get some butterflies in your stomach along with some hot chocolate.

Beautiful

You’re Beautiful

Air Date: Oct-07 (Wed. + Thurs.)

Casting: Jang Geun Suk (Beethoven Virus), Park Shin Hye (Tree of Heaven), Lee Hong Ki, Jung Yong Hwa

Summary: Tae Kyung and On Yu are in search of a new member for their idol group, A.N.JELL. However, Mi Nam suffers an injury at the last moment. So Mi Nyu, his twin sister, is asked to step in for her brother. The rest of the drama follows the behind-the-scenes life of an idol group.

Opinion: I must be truthful about this drama. After seeing the posters for this drama, I thought it would be a failure mostly because Lee Hong Ki, another singer turned actor, and Jang Geun Suk and his girlish hairstyle. In addition, Park Shin Hye hasn’t been one of my favorite actresses, actually she’s really not on the likable list. But after watching since episode 7 or so, I was surprised by the talent, especially Lee Hong Ki who plays a go-lucky character. Jung Yong Hwa also does a good job playing the hunk that makes you always wonder why is playing the supporting role.

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Loving You A Thousand Times

Air Date: Aug. 29 (Sat. + Sunday)

Casting: Lee So Kyung (Great Lawyers of Korea), Jung Gyu Woon (Hateful, But Once Again), Ryu Jin (Capital Scandal), Lee Si Young (Hong Yeon Hee)

Summary: Baek Jae Hoon and his wife, Lee Sun Young, desperately try to conceive a child but are unsuccessful. They turn to their last option, surrogacy, and this is where Go Eun Nim comes in. She is their surrogate mother carrying their child but things become complicated when she later falls in love with Jae Hoon’s younger brother, Kang Ho.

Opinion: Yes. I know what you’re thinking. Another tear jerker. Yes, it is. But, I think that Lee So Kyung has really stepped up her acting in this drama and her voice isn’t as glass-breaking as usual. Jung Gyu Woon plays a similar role that he had in Hateful But Once Again and I think he does a good job of it. Ryu Jin. After Capital Scandal, I’m constantly wondering why he’s always the bad, corrupted characters. The guy is an angel. But nonetheless, he does an excellent job of acting. Lee Si Yong, I’m not so fond of, just because her characters makes me feel like I’m dragging my feet with the whole affair thing (oops!) and I know it’s gonna circle for the whole drama and poof! be gone in the last three episodes. She’s also the linchpin for the oh-it’s-a-small-world business. So, if you want some dramatic music and those dun dun dun moments where characters learn that their in love with their long lost sister or that they have some fatal cancer, it’s a good drama.

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Smile, You

Air Date: Sep. 26 (Sat. + Sunday)

Casting: Lee Ming Jung (Boys Before Flowers), Lee Chun Hee(Family Outing, Only You), Jung Kyung Ho (I’m Sorry I Love You, Ja Myung Go)

Summary: Seo Jung In is the second daughter of a chaebol family, whose family suddenly meets financial ruin. She is dumped by her husband, Lee Han Se, after their wedding ceremony when his family finds out about her family’s financial problems. Her family is then left with no other alternative but to move in with their longtime chauffeur’s family. The once rich and spoiled daughter and her family must now learn how to adjust to life as commoners in the Kang household.

Opinion: Aaaaand, I left the best for last. It is a little long, around 50 episodes, but if it keeps going as it has been, it’ll be worth all 50 episodes and I’ll be rooting for extensions. Probably from the entire Kkotnam cast Lee Ming Jung is doing the best. Kim So Eun did a fairly good drama, but I felt it fall apart at the end. And the stars of the drama are still traveling around and milking the drama that aired 7 months ago and going to the Philippines to shoot CF with models. Of course. But anyways, this drama is just filled with so many subplots and stories added with humor. No complications, and a maybe an ounce of drag, but you can’t have a drama without dragging. Lee Ming Jung  Jung Kyung Ho play their characters well and their chemistry is great. Lee Chun Hee. I love seeing him especially since he stopped filming Family Outing and I love his counterpart (who you will just have to watch and see) from Family Honor. This is probably one of my favorite dramas of all time so far and I highly HIGHLY recommend :D




 

Hey, I’m Baaaack!

•September 9, 2009 • Leave a Comment

First off, really want to thank the viewers that have been staying with me here even when I was gone for months and I’m hoping to catch some new viewers and improving my writing style. I’m back! but not daily, probably once or twice on the weekend just to put in some thoughts about more controversial issues in kpop… You’ve probably noticed that my posts don’t have pictures and videos anymore and that’s because my computer for some reason doesn’t allow the Insert Picture device to work so I’m really p.o. right now. Hopefully, I’ll be getting a new comp in December (a MAC!!) and that’ll make everything work a lot smoother. For now, I’m just trying to copy and paste. Well that’s it for now and please check out my Jaebum article… well unless you’re really sensitive because it’s not the nicest article I’ve written :) The Original Soundtrack page may or may not be updated becaus it’s been a while since the last update (I believe kkotnam?!) and for those of you asking about the passwords, please read the introduction paragraph! I also plan on releasing a Fall/Winter drama preview for you guys this weekend of the next! Please feel free to leave any kind of comments!

Jaebum Leaves For Seattle

•September 9, 2009 • 3 Comments

WARNING: If you are highly sensitive or have excessive Korean Pride you may want to stray away from this article.

I’ve been on a hiatus for a while, but with this new controversy over Jaebum and 2PM, I feel that I have to put in my two-pence. For those of you unaware of the situation, here are the facts. Jaebum apparently was on myspace and fans went on to see if they could catch a word or two. Instead, netizens decided to do what they always do and do some digging and found quotes of Jaebum calling Korea gay and so forth from about 3-4 years back. Immediately, Jaebum issued an apology about how back then he was knew to Korea and was a trainee. As a result, anti-fans and netizens went crazy and made a Jaebum Suicide Pact stating that Jaebum should commit suicide because of what he said. This petition got 3,000 signatures while another petition to forgive Jaebum acquired 6,000 signatures. In response, Jay left Korea at 6:30pm KST and was scheduled to arrive at Seattle at noon PST. Now these are the facts. Let’s get into some juicy opinion.

I’m not a really strongly opinionated person, but going to an all Korean school in Southern California can give you some perspective. One thing that’s known by us “outsiders” is that Korea are really bad at welcoming foreigners, and in this case idols. Foreigners don’t just include stars like Nickhun from 2PM and Hangeng from Super Junior, but idols from the States feel the heat once in a while as well. Maybe the fans don’t have a huge problem during the performances, but Koreans really got to tone down their pride a little bit. Focusing on what Jaebum said: “Korea is gay”. First, he said it 3-4 years ago when he was a trainee, away from his parents, contrasting cultures and language barrier. So it’s not uncommon for him to think it, it’s just that he decided to put it on myspace. Trust me, all actors/singers/idols have one point in their life when, because of netizens, they really think Korea is just retarded. But that’s why they are called netizens, because of their pointless poking and accusations. Even so, I can understand why they got angry, cuz someone called their country gay… it’s understandable and not all that surprising. The suicide pact however, was completely and utterly unecessary and absurd. Yah, Jaebum go kill yourself because you dissed my country. Get a life will you. Maybe it’s all that anger that Koreans get because they can’t masacre all the Japanese people so they put this anger out on netizens. See, now you know why actors and actresses start killing themselves all over the place. This explains it. It’s like netizens are those sassy kids that talks back to basically everyone, but then suck up to teachers. You just wanna take a bamboo stick and thwack some sense into them. And you know the best part is, netizens don’t even know their wrong and ridiculous. Like about Chansung littering during the Wild Bunny episode. OMG Chansung littered. Let’s make a huge deal. The only people can say that is if they never littered. And everyone has littered. So you netizens just keep your damn mouths shut.

You might be thinking that I’m being too harsh. Yah, but netizens have just gone over the border. I mean sometimes celebrity suicides seem distant because you aren’t constantly listening to their songs or watching their dramas. I don’t know why netizens decided to rip Jay’s head apart, but they just lost some talent and I hope they know that. And just in particular for you netizens who think that idols are perfect, they come from people. You know like the general population. Not from planet Perfect here. So I suggest you either support whoever you wanna support and just back off if you don’t like something instead of making a suicide petition. If you can spend hours finding teenie weenie mistakes of idol lives that happen to all of us, claps for you, now get your ass off the chair and go get a job, because your probable unemployed and using the library computer. Or just go get a bamboo stick or like a kimchi cabbage or whatever and hit some sense until yourself you get it, or you just die since apparently you want everyone else dead.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

•July 16, 2009 • Leave a Comment

Rating: 82/100

Probably one of my favorite of the Harry Potter movies so far, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince was quite a movie! You might be wondering, if it was such a good movie, why the low rating? Well, because plotline and and some other quirks. After watching Harry Potter movies for so many years if you still expect the movie to stick word for word on to the book and never stray away, I suggest that you never see a Harry Potter. It’s impossible to do so without making it a 4 hour movie and it’s just too much. I was surprised with the humor that was incorporated into the movie, mostly about girls and such, but it did make me laugh quit a bit. In the midst of all the horcruxes and dying, it was refreshing to have some laughter. In addition, if you like watching chick flicks this might a more enjoyable Harry Potter than the rest, as the director and producer emphasis a lot on the romance that is going on at Hogwarts. Love potions, relationships, lucky potions and much more happen. Two main relationships of course are Hermoine and Ron and Harry and Ginny. Hermoine and Ron’s relationship is one more formed out of jealousy and chance and much more obvious with Hermoine crying and anger. However, Harry and Ginny’s relationship struck me as much more subtle in the sense that it was a little choppy but it was actions more than words that showed their feelings. The graphics and scenery were great as usual, although not as much scenery as seen in the other movies. Minor characters played their part well, that it for their two-mintues on screen. Bellatrix LeStragne was quite the character and at the end I was convinced that she was deranged.

The lack of minor characters brings around the flaw of this movie, not just because it seems to be a trend in all Harry Potter movies, but because it poses a problem in the end. I’m not going to list all the things that were changed and left out because that’s all posted on wikipedia. But for example, the meeting between the Muggle Prime Minister and Cornelius Fudge at the beginning of the book was left out, posing a problem for the seventh book. Luna Lovegood was also on the screen for about 5 minutes when it seemed that she was a much more important character and shared much more dialogue in the book as she becomes an important character in the book. Lupin and Tonks and the Weasley parents also shared their two minutes on screen, but without much dialogue if any at all. It seemed that the director wanted us to dip our toes into the pool of minor characters just so we knew that the didn’t all die.

But for you Harry Potter fantics who are waiting for the final installment of the movie, it seems decided that Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows will be split into two movies the first of which will be released in November of 2010 , which will be released about 8-9 months apart. Not a really smart move and I’m sure that fans will be petitioning for months as they did for this movie… but it’s all about the marketing. Hopefully splitting the movie will give for more accurary in the movie!

The Man Who Can’t Get Married

•July 15, 2009 • Leave a Comment

The Man Who Can’t Get Married. Interesting title. Self-explanatory. Comeback drama for Ji Ji Hee and Umg Jung Hwa. This drama created a lot of hype when Kim So Eun become part of the cast, however, she was only able to land a supporting actress as in Boys Before Flowers. The casting is pretty strong, but the rating are failing miserably, most of the time barely being able to hit the top 20. Why? I really don’t know. I strongly suggest the drama. Cute love plot on the side. Funny characters. What is there not to love? Well, it seems that fans just haven’t been able to feel the beat of the drama. Maybe because there hasn’t been any car crashes, spontaneous deaths, tragic breakups in bars or running on the rain yet. Personally I try to stray AWAY from that. It’s a more slow paced drama in the sense of love stories, but it doesn’t feel dragged and Ji Jun Hee does a great job acting in here as a paranoid architect :) Strongly suggested and I hope that the directors and writers keep up the good worK!

SBS Dream: A Win?

•July 15, 2009 • 1 Comment

Dream Preview

SBS’s new drama Dream shows off it’s star studded cast in it’s 40 sec preview especailly actress debut Son Dambi and Boys Before Flower’s Kim Bum. It’s a lot of eye candy and I’m sure there is a lot of buzz going around about the cast. Kim Bum seems to be exploring different characters from a young village boy turned gangster in East of Eden to a rich boy in Boys Over Flowers, and now boxer? I hope the popularity of the cast won’t be the only thing holding up this drama and that the plot line will have some twists in it. Not tragic twists. But ones that require actual though to create. Watch out for this drama coming up after Ja Myung Go on the 27th!

 
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