jTBC Drama The Beauty Inside Wraps with Decent Acting and Disengaged Narrative

This week concluded the airing of jTBC Mon-Tues drama The Beauty Inside, an adaptation of the movie of the same name but with a gender switch and also tweaked body morphing logic. Female lead Seo Hyun Jin changes once a month for a week and has managed to become a top actress, albeit one known for suddenly disappearing for a chunk of time. She crosses paths with face blind male lead Lee Min Ki and together the drama piles on the romance but I really didn’t connect with their relationship. I don’t know if it was the lack of chemistry, both have been way better with previous costars, or the general vibe that these two well-off and successful people can find a way to be with each other and navigate her face changing problem. The side stories also didn’t hook me and the only relationship I cared about, and did so deeply, was Seo Hyun Jin’s character with her onscreen mom. Those middle episodes were the highlight of the drama bookended by meh narrative and too much kissing, hugging, and professing love without making me feel the connection in my gut. Ratings wise the drama was high for jTBC, averaging in the 4% and counts as a success. I did love each individual cast member and am happy to see them below celebrating at the drama wrap party! Continue reading

Mystery Queen 2 Confirmed for February 2018 with Choi Kang Hee and Kwon Sang Woo Back Together Solving Crime

Fans of the quirky KBS drama Mystery Queen (Queen of Mystery) can rejoice now that all elements are confirmed for the sequel. Mystery Queen 2 is coming to KBS February 2018 taking over the Wed-Thurs time slot from currently airing … Continue reading

Joo Won Takes Home the Daesang for Yongpal at the 2015 SBS Drama Awards

The SBS 2015 Drama Awards wraps up the trio of year end big K-drama awards shows, and while network was the overall ratings winner for the year the selections for its awards were somewhat underwhelming. Joo Won took home the … Continue reading

Lee Min Ho and Moon Chae Won Lead the K-stars Attending the 19th Annual Bucheon Film Festival

This is one of the smaller film festivals in Korea but the Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival (BiFan) actually celebrated it’s 19th year holding the event this week. Not bad for a film festival held in one of the smaller … Continue reading

2014 KBS Year End Drama Awards

Despite being the perennial prime time ratings loser in 2014, the KBS Drama Awards was heads and tails better than what MBC put on the night before in both fashion, star power, and actually awarding quality acting. Of course not every … Continue reading

Big Man Starts this Monday as Long Preview and Stills Teases a Kiss Scene with Kang Ji Hwan and Jung So Min

KBS delayed the premiere of Big Man intentionally for two weeks after its predecessor Beyond the Clouds (Full Sun) finished up its run in the Mon-Tues time slot. The intention was to avoid the ratings dominance of Empress Ki, but … Continue reading