Month: June 2016

Foreign Drama -Another Oh Hae Young

Another Oh Hae Young or Another Miss Oh 18 episodes 2016 Eric (Moon Jung Hyuk) is a vocalist for boy band Shinhwa.  I’m not a fan of this group, although they do have some decent dance moves.  I remember being so disappointed last year when I found out they would be performing in NY, during Kpop.  I didn’t end up going, so it made little difference in the end. Eric seems to be most recognized for his work in the drama, Discovery of Love, in 2014.  He won 3 awards for this drama at the KBS Drama Awards. This drama can be found at http://www.viki.com.  It use to be on Hulu, but I’m not sure if it is still there. I wonder if Hulu has  deleted many of their dramas, as I can’t seem to find as many as I once did.  Maybe, it is just me.  However, I watch Drama Fever more than anything else.  I think I will have to get a viki subscription. Yep, I went and checked.  You can no longer find this on hulu.  …

Foreign Drama -Incomplete Life

Incomplete Life or Misaeng 20 episodes 2014 How in the world did I fall for a drama that isn’t filled with love?  Or, is it? Incomplete Life is a drama about the working world inside a large corporation -in Korea.  It wasn’t created to say, “this is the absolute of Korean working culture.”  It is a viewing on how it is, and how it was -to show us what needs to be changed.  Also, to show us the meaning behind ‘enduring’ ‘teamwork’ the bond of employee relationships and the corruption of the undisciplined and greedy. The good within this drama is the love a fellow worker can have for another -without a love relationship type involvement.  The bad within this drama shows us how we can allow our self-centeredness harm another out of greed and a belief of ‘superiority’ over another. According to http://www.dramasrok.com/2016/06/suicide-status-anxiety/, Korea has one of the highest suicide rates in the world.  If this is a true depiction of Korea today -no wonder. I was hooked pretty much from the first episode.  No, it isn’t …

Foreign Drama -Romantic Island

Romantic Island 100 minutes 2008 I don’t often watch Korean movies.  For me, they just don’t carry the depth of the dramas.  However, this one was available and it does have Lee Min Ki, so I watched it -and enjoyed it. Was it the best thing I’ve watched this year?  No!  But, it is kinda sweet, and kinda cute -so check it out and let me know what you think. Lee Min Ki is cute in this movie, but he doesn’t stand out and grab you like he does when he plays a role that is much deeper in character.  The deeper -the better he gets. Lee Sun Kyun hasn’t made a drama since 2014 -only movies.  I believe he is a lonely guy who hasn’t lived outside of work -and there he is set on all moves in the company -only by his design, which keeps him teetering on the edge of being fired.  Slowly, he falls for a woman that lives every moment with ambition for happiness, despite a home life that is …

irumeur -Blossom Where You Live

“Blossom Where You Live” At church, this past Sunday, our pastor mentioned Saint Francis de Sales quote, “bloom where you are planted.”    The Bishop of Geneva was telling us to rely up Christ for our guidance in life and find peace and happiness in his grace. I just read a blog: https://tomlangford.wordpress.com/2010/01/03/bloom-where-youre-planted/#comment-213, that questions this very idea.              How can we thrive when we may need more sun, more rain, more shade -the country, city or space? For the last several days, while contemplating this statement, I was not satisfied with blooming where I’m planted.  I do, however, place my faith and trust in Christ for his guidance, and greater knowledge concerning the best for me and my family.  That does not mean I will bloom where I live if I am planted poorly. God, does not always plant us where we will thrive at our very best.  There are challenges we must pass through to become the followers ‘he’ desires us to be.  There will be poor soil, lack of sun, we will become …

Foreign Drama -Full House Take 2

Full House Take 2 This is a collaborative work between Korea (32 episodes) Japan (20 episodes) and China. 2012 No Min Woo shines as always.  The man rocks any color and fashion they dress him in.  Min Woo loves comedy, so this drama has laughable moments but mostly it is endearing where each of the three main characters shine like the stars they are.  I love watching Min Woo on screen -especially when he is singing and playing instruments.  I was a little disappointed they had him sing so bad in some scenes but it was to help build up to the end. There is a full on kissing scene between Min Woo and  -but don’t worry, I watched the making of this scene and Min Woo wipes his mouth like he is disgusted afterwards.  And, the scene is not a gay scene but to save his life. If you are deeply offended by this -rethink the drama before watching. Park Ki Woong has been in Invincible Lee Pyung Kang; Bridal Mask; Good Doctor and …

Foreign Drama -Daebak

Daebak or The Royal Gambler (actual title: Jackpot) 24 episodes 2016 The Asian Prince has done it again.  Jang Keun Suk is a natural. Yeo Jin Goo is nearly as good as my Keun Suk.  I loved the moments they share as friends, the moments as brothers and then the end with the two of them together gave you hope.  Beautiful idea!  Some dramas you may recognize him from are: Moon Embracing the Sun; Potato Star; I Miss You; and Orange Marmalade. Jeon Kwang Leol is awesome.  I rarely like the evil doer -but this mans acting ability was tremendous.  He sucked you in to his thoughts, his actions and even though you hate him, you still love the scenes he’s in.  This just doesn’t happen for me often.  I give this man 5 stars for is acting in this role.  He deserves an award.  Despite being in 24 dramas thus far, this is my first time to see him on screen.  I have slated to watch Remember, and I once started I Miss You, …