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, …

Foreign Drama -High-end Crush

High-end Crush 20 episodes 2016 Chinese/Korean collaboration Let me start by saying, “I hate short’s.” Now that I’ve had my piece concerning this manor, you may ask “why” I watched it?  Jung Il Woo.  Yes, that is the only reason.  It’s been awhile since he’s had a lead film, and I really like this guy.  There is something pure about his acting, that draws my attention. Okay, I admit that part of his charm is his kissing ability.  There are two kissing scenes in this drama -and both of them are fabulous.  It should be embarrassing that a good kiss scene can almost always make or break a drama for me -but I’m not! The first scene, Il Woo leans in and steals the kiss.  It isn’t a quick kiss, but simplicity beautiful and tender. The second scene doesn’t come until the last episode -but it is worth waiting for.  Like, Lee Min Ho -Il Woo can deliver a seductive kiss that leaves you hanging on the edge of your seat, gripping the sides.  It’s …

Foreign Drama – Love Truly

    I Really Really Like You or Love Truly 34 episodes 2006 Drama Fever When I turned to this drama nothing about the first picture drew me to this drama, and I was only mildly interested in the story line.  I thought since it was an older drama, it would lack some of the great aspects of today’s dramas. I was also concerned about the amount of episodes.  I tend to get tired of the longer dramas as they drag in the middle. It didn’t take me long to discover the lead male is none other then Lee Min Ki.  I watched this actor in the movie Monster.  Such a powerful performance that left me a lifetime fan.  He played such a scary, evil role -yet I was drawn to him in such an odd way. He drew me in here, in the same way.  He is a jerk in the beginning and he doesn’t change for a long time as he moves between the emotions of resentment, anger, disgust while also feeling a …

Foreign Drama -Taming of the Heir

The Invincible Lee Pyung Kang or Taming of the Heir 16 episodes 2009 Drama Fever Ji Hyun Woo just keeps stealing my heart -I can’t get enough of him.  In this drama, Hyun Woo shows you his silly, child-like side.  One moment you are swooning with his masculinity, and the next you are sure he is more a child then a man.  I will say, the sucking of his thumb was a bit over the top for me.  I simply could not fall in love with a man who sucks his thumb.  However, knowing this was only acting, I will continue to love Hyun Woo. Nam Sang Mi is a beautiful actress who will make you love her, even when you are sure she doesn’t have a chance against the ultra thin model, played by Cha Ye Ryun.  For me -if I were male -I wouldn’t have a problem between the ladies, as I really find ultra thin women unattractive. Seo Do Young is a beautiful man and a good actor.  In many ways he …