Kim Nam Gil and Kim Ah Joong Attend Well Deserved Live Up to Your Name Drama Wrap Party

Good til the last drop, that’s my takeaway from the just finished airing weekend tvN drama Live Up to Your Name (Deserving of the Name), one that I appreciate even more for really bringing back all the right touches that are unique to K-dramas. It was a time-traveling drama that didn’t waste the conceit nor let that one element drive the entire narrative, instead properly building character depth and interactions so that time-travel was almost besides the point in the emotional connection. It avoided being shoehorned into a genre, with flourishes of rom-com bickering and cuteness in just right doses toggling smoothly with serious medical and historical story to tell.

For 8 weeks it kept me interested and engaged, and in the end gave me an acceptable happy ending which properly ended the Kim Nam Gil curse whereby I’ve watched four dramas in a row where he’s died (Be Strong Geum Soon, Queen Seon Deok, Bad Guy, and Shark). His chemistry with leading lady Kim Ah Joong was phenomenal and her performance was just as strong as his in making this an equal partnership in every way whether in or out of the drama. The ratings matched the reception with the drama getting between high 5% to low 6% ratings on cable, with the last episode nearly breaking 7%. Thanks for a top notch effort and product, loved every minute of Live Up to Your Name! Continue reading

Posters and Funny Teasers for tvN Time-traveling Doctor Drama Live Up to Your Name with Kim Nam Gil and Kim Ah Joong

This reverse Dr. Jin snuck up on me but the surprise factor totally worked with this one because I’m unexpectedly intrigued with it’s lighthearted teasers when the concept seemed more dramatic and serious. Live Up to Your Name (Deserving of … Continue reading

School-aged Pictures of Popular Hallyu K-actresses Show the Before and After

I did a post awhile back on the school age before and after pictures of Korea’s male stars. It’s time for the ladies counterpart post and who better to top it off than the three renowned prettiest actresses in Korea. … Continue reading

The 50th Annual Baeksang Awards Wrap Up with Jeon Ji Hyun and Song Kang Ho Winning the Daesang

The 50th annual Baeksang Art Awards concluded last night and actually managed to not render me wholly disappointed even with next to zero expectations. I can’t say the entire endeavor rewarded and feted the most deserving movies, dramas, actors, and … Continue reading

Winners and Pretty Outfits from the 49th Baeksang Awards

Kim Min Hee is having arguably the best year of her life – she’s the newest Best Actress (Film) winner at the just completed 49th Baeksang Awards, and her newly outed relationship with Jo In Sung lit up the news … Continue reading