I haven’t written about jTBC drama 18 Again since it premiered but I’ve been watching weekly, addicted and totally won over by this underrated gem. The feels it delivers is similar to the second chances sincerity in Thirty But Seventeen and the catharsis of Knowing Wife, with the entire cast giving it their all and bringing to life this complete story with no weak link in acting, directing, and writing. Lee Do Hyun was the transformative heart of the series, as young again Da Young, and he’s fulfilled the promise I glimpsed when he stole the male lead thunder in Hotel Del Luna. It’s not taking away from adult leads Kim Ha Neul and Yoon Sang Hyun as older but not yet wiser Da Young, at least until he has a chance to be 18 again and realize that he wouldn’t change anything and in fact appreciated his hard knock life that was filled with more joy than sorrow, more satisfaction than resentment.
The high school kiddos were excellent as well, this was like a mini-School series where the kids got lots of character development and even their own arcs, I’m looking forward to seeing Hwang In Yeop flourish as the next It Boy to come and the others including Noh Jeong Eui, Choi Bo Min, and Ryeo Un are all quite promosing. The supporting cast was phenomenal, funny without too much slapstick, with their own quirky personalities to add color to the central family dynamic of a man and a woman forced to grow up too early but actually doing a great job of it but for feeling like they didn’t. I love dramas that allow a what-if do-ver because its like a nice reminder that we should all pause and appreciate the things we have. 18 Again = HIGHLY RECOMMEND.
Cable network jTBC‘s current Fri-Sat night new drama Falling for Innocence (Falling for Soon Jung) just started last week but the network is nearly done casting for the next drama to take over this time slot. My Love Eun Dong … Continue reading →
Tomorrow is the first test for Kill Me Heal Me as it premieres to start off the 2015 K-drama year after a ratings dismal 2014 year for prime time dramas. The toughest competition in Pinocchio heads into the final few … Continue reading →
Kill Me Heal Me finally arrives this week after a production process akin to that recent news story of a family finding grandpa expired and was just about to bury him when he revived hale and hearty. I’m so ready … Continue reading →
The first new prime time K-drama out of the gate in 2015 is really starting off on the right foot by tantalizing with so many pretty drama posters. I get the impression that effort has been taken to portray a … Continue reading →
I have to give Kill Me Heal Me credit for fixing the leak on a sinking ship. Or perhaps MBC pulled some strings to get leads Ji Sung and Hwang Jung Eum onboard so late in the game to spice … Continue reading →
I posted two weeks ago about the nominees for the 2014 APAN Star Awards and how some choices were pretty legit while others strangely unfathomable. Pretty much the usual when it comes to acting awards in Korean drama entertainment. Last … Continue reading →
While folks watching KBS on Mon-Tues may be hand wringing over next week’s ending to Prime Minister and I, I’m taking a break from over-analyzing that drama with a breather to check out the just released second teaser for its … Continue reading →
More than the other networks, it’s KBS that loves to give its dramas titles that are not literal translations of the Korean title. Recent ones include Marry Him If You Dare (Mirae’s Choice), The Fugitive of Joseon (Mandate of Heaven), … Continue reading →
Currently the cast of the upcoming KBS melodrama Full Sun is in Bangkok, Thailand filming the overseas shoot portion of the drama. Based on the synopsis the location shoot will be integral to the central plot. K-dramas are no strangers … Continue reading →
Despite my love for Prime Minister and I, its single digit ratings is clearly not bringing the happy for KBS and also for the rom-com genre in general. No wonder KBS is reaching back to its tried and true formula … Continue reading →
I noticed the Hong sisters have a hot streak of finding some really gorgeous pretty boys that are relative newbies to the small screen and then giving them good characters to build their buzz. There was Jung Yong Hwa in … Continue reading →
Yup, there is no mincing words here, gotta call it like I see it. The Master’s Sun held a press conference yesterday and released a long 12-minute preview for the drama. I was all ready to write about the sartorial … Continue reading →