My Spring Days Episode 4 Recap

Ya’ all know I adore my Kam with all my heart, but really, it’s time to send Choi Soo-young some ♥♥♥, too. After only three episodes getting to know Bom-yi, she has become one of my favorite younger female leads. What delights me is how normal the character is, though a lot nicer than I would ever be. While cheerful and kind, there isn’t a hint of the dreaded Candy. I attribute this to how intelligently the character is written, too. Yes, she works hard at her job, but it’s a career, not delivering milk. Yes, she is kind to children and old folks, but with a wink and a grin, making sure they know she’s boss.

She shines especially as an actress in one-on-one interactions with her co-stars, making it look easy when it just isn’t. Working with veteran actors like Kam, Shim Hye-jin, Kwon Hae-Hyo, and briefly in this episode with Kang Boo-ja, could be intimidating for a novice. Let’s compare dramographies – the actor playing her father has been in 56 productions to her one previous as a lead and a handful of walk-ons. It’s not like her job is to appear briefly in a scene, drop a line or two and disappear, either. She’s going toe-to-toe with Oma delivering a credible performance of the daughter on the verge of emancipation. Continue reading

Vampire Doctor K-drama Blood Prepares for Production and Spoilery Details Leak

Is anyone sick of doctors and/or vampires in your K-drama diet these days? Recent doctor dramas like Good Doctor and Dr. Stranger, or the selection of vampire dramas like Vampire Flower (see above poster) and Vampire Prosecutor. I sure hope combining the two genres is a good idea because KBS is on the verge of commencing production on Blood, the follow up drama from the production team of Good Doctor. It’s the story of the battle between good and evil taking place in a hospital where the chief of a medical department is actually a vampire. DC gall is lighting up with news this week, some of which are details about the lead characters and the storyboard, both of which are exactly the spoilers I love to get my hands on.

Production is reportedly starting background filming at the end of October moving into a Jeju shoot in early November. Considering the drama hasn’t been cast yet, I’m not sure what filming can actually take place. The drama is slated for Mon-Tues following Healer which hasn’t even aired yet since it’s following the just started airing Tomorrow’s Cantabile. The two lead characters in Blood are confirmed to be in their thirties (male lead 37, female lead 31) and the vampire concept is written as a virus that infected the male lead’s parents before being passed on to him. Check out all the Blood(y) spoilers below. My interest is officially piqued.  Continue reading

Third Preview for Pride and Prejudice Ups the Interest Level Despite Lackluster Drama Posters

I think the Korean drama Pride and Prejudice about a bunch of prosecutors fighting crime is turning out alright based on the previews and stills. It’s definitely not a romantic story about singles navigating the marriage mart but using the same famous novel title might not be that far of a stretch. I’m seeing the conflicting attitudes of pride and prejudice onscreen when the two leads Choi Jin Hyuk and Baek Jin Hee interact, shades of the typical K-drama bickering couple chemistry but not overly antagonistic.

Both play prosecutors, which in Korea doesn’t just put the criminals behind bars but also participates in certain aspects of solving the crime and apprehending the suspect. The previews reminds me of You’re All Surrounded viewed from the prosecutorial side rather than the cop side, with a senior played by Choi Min Soo leading a team consisting of smart good looking young men and one lone pretty female to spice up the joint. The drama posters are the standard stand in a group and stare at the camera but the third preview drops more of the promised excitement to come. Continue reading

Lee Byung Hun Makes an Airport Public Apology to Wife Lee Min Jung Who is Reportedly Moving Back Home

Things appear to be winding down in the public and personal side of the recent K-ent scandal where A-list movie star Lee Byung Hun was blackmail by two young ladies using a recorded racy late night conversation. One of the blackmailers was Dahee of girl group GLAM while the other being a model who claimed she was having an affair with the married Lee Byung Hun who recently passed the one year marital anniversary date with K-actress wife Lee Min Jung. The two ladies were swiftly apprehended after Lee Byung Hun reported them to the police, and even the judiciary is moving fast on this case as the trial started last week.

Since the news broke Lee Min Jung has reportedly been spending time overseas whether for work or to stay away from the media attention, and since returning to Korea she had been staying at her parents house rather than the newlywed home she shares with her husband. Yesterday Lee Byung Hun left Korea reportedly for work commitments in the US and at the airport he made a public statement to the gathered media where he apologized to his wife and family for the pain this situation caused. Continue reading

Video Preview for Episode 11 of My Lovely Girl

My Lovely Girl is headed towards it’s finale stretch and still the drama delivers only the feeling of “that’s it?” whenever the end of an episode rolls around. Oddly I can’t pinpoint exactly where things are being dulled down, much like a breadmaker would know which of the ingredients was off so the bread didn’t rise. The idol actors in the cast are serviceable, especially Krystal and L and even Hoya with his limited screen time. The veteran actors are all delivering on cue even if Rain alternates overacting (what’s with all the ugly crying, dude?) with underacting.

The Golden Retriever remains the most consistent and satisfying performer, but the story has veered from beyond predictable to checking off the boxes. I think my fondness for it is the really understated vibe, there isn’t a lot of over-the-top conflict and everything plays out rather muted. The two leads also have very sensible and low key personalities, perhaps a bit too mellow but watching them is very relaxing. I’m just waiting for the other shoe to drop in episode 11 once adorable Shi Woo finds out Se Na and Hyun Wook are dating and for Jae Young to keep getting a leg up and catching Hyuk Wook unawares with his devious plots. Continue reading

Popular Mashup C-drama Heirs From Another Star Preparing for Korea Streaming Broadcast

This post is by no means recommending anyone watch Heirs From Another Star, a webisode C-drama that mashes together the titles from two of the most popular K-dramas of last year in Heirs and You From Another Star but plotwise doesn’t really have anything to do with either drama. Smart marketing move if any because in the short month since it premiered on Chinese video streaming portal iQiyi the drama has been viewed over 70 million times and has raked in unending fascination in terms of viewer interest.

Now the online drama is heading back to Korea where it got its inspiration as the production has finished dubbing all 10 episodes in Korean and is fielding a bidding war for the online airing rights. I actually watched all 10 episodes when it premiered, it’s like brainless crack, once I started watching I literally couldn’t stop. I was riveted by the skimpy production values, how bad all the actors were (though male lead Wen Zhuo is easy on the eyes), and what a silly inoffensive watch this turned out to be. All episodes are available online so watch it below without subs if you’re curious, frankly subs aren’t even needed for this hot mess. Continue reading

Fall Editions of S.Pop Magazine Highlight Current TW-drama Eye Candy

I think S.Pop magazine might be the equivalent of Tiger Beat but for the Taiwan idol fan crowd. Nothing wrong with that, the only time I ignore a new issue is if it features leads from one of the SETTV dramas I’ve avoiding like the plague. The latest two issues have been solid eye candy for me, the September one featuring more Aaron Yan (I’m still not sick of seeing him yet) while the October edition showcases the new pairing of George Hu and Yuan Ai Fei in the currently airing daily drama Love Cheque Charge. I finally have a reason to share my thoughts on LCC, the only daily drama I’ve followed all year with an allure all it’s own. It’s not as wholesome cute as Two Fathers but focuses more on the family in the same way so the OTP romance is a slow slow burn.

What’s great is the noticeable acting improvement of Yuan Ai Fei as the drama progresses (It’s fascinating visibly seeing her getting better) while George is pitch perfect in his role in both looks, chemistry, and acting. One of my faves from him in a good long while. I’m not even jonesing for the leads to fall for each other in earnest as I find their sweet uncomplicated interactions wonderfully entertaining. LCC is such a welcome breath of fresh air it even washes away the lingering stench of crazy left behind from Aaron’s Fall in Love with Me. Though the decision to pair his September pictorial with the batshit insane second female lead Beatrice Fang is an interesting choice. Not sure anyone out there was shipping those two, like, for even a millisecond. Continue reading

Tomorrow’s Cantabile First Three Episode Ratings Each Drop Double-Digits

Hate to have to say this, but maybe K-dramas really shouldn’t attempt another Japanese manga adaptation for the foreseeable future. Or at least hold off until it figures out how to delicately flesh out the source material in a Korean aesthetic without butchering it wholesale. I haven’t written about Tomorrow’s Cantabile (Naeil’s Cantabile), the Korean adaptation of the shoujo manga Nodame Cantabile, since it premiered last week. I honestly don’t have a single good thing to say about it after watching the first two episodes so refrained from piling on or raining on the parade of those who do like it. It’s not for me doesn’t mean it’s not for somebody out there.

Sadly for production coming in with high expectations, it’s now looking more and more like a whole lot of people may not find it a palatable either despite the big name stars and big budget. TC premiered on KBS with a decent 8.5% ABG rating for episode one but since then it’s been on a fast track downward spiral, dropping to 7.4% in episode two and now to 5.8% with yesterday’s episode three. Ouch. Every previous Joo Won drama on KBS has been a massive ratings hit from Baker King Kim Tak Goo, Ojakkyo Brothers, Gaksital, and Good Doctor but it looks like his KBS hit streak has finally come to an end. Continue reading

Park Shin Hye Singles Out Former Costars Jang Geun Seok and Lee Min Ho as Working Best with Her

Park Shin Hye is currently filming the upcoming SBS K-drama Pinocchio and as a fan I’m looking forward to what she delivers this time around. I’m sure plenty of viewers are waiting to see if she’s back on top after being so lackluster in her last drama Heirs, and especially checking out whether she has romantic chemistry with leading man Lee Jong Seok. She’s featured in a Star 1 spread this week that is fall floral centric and quite lovely actually with a good balance of flowers and feminine allure.

A minor quibble would be Park Shin Hye having the same look in every picture but otherwise she’s connecting with the camera nicely. During the accompanying interview, she humbly denied any kudos for helping turn her previous leading men into Hallyu stars, instead only allowing that perhaps she helped them to shine more. When asked which of her costars she worked best with, Park Shin Hye specifically mentioned Jang Geun Seok from You’re Beautiful (both child actors, they understood each other well and got along wonderfully on set) and Lee Min Ho from Heirs (she complimented his great personality and felt they had great chemistry together). Continue reading