Of late, my life has been a mess. Well, not a bad mess, but a mess it is. I finally caught the k-drama bug and I have started spending every waking, spare moment watching Korean dramas! OMG! I don’t believe I said that. Thanks to technology, I can stream it via Viki.com (there is a Viki app for Apple devices and Android devices – which means you can basically watch k-dramas anywhere on the go!) and because some dramas do not have license to be aired on Viki, I watch some dramas online on the PC too via other websites. I caught the bug about a month ago and since then, Aidan has been calling me OMA (Mom in Korean)
What have I watched so far?
My first ever Korean drama was ‘I Miss You’
Plot (taken from asianwiki)
15-year-old Soo-Yeon (Kim So-Hyun) is a victim of bullying at school. They target her, because her father is a murderer. Soo-Yeon has an ally in Jung-Woo (Yeo Jin-Ku), who always protects her from the bullies. Soo-Yeon and Jung-Woo are in love, but due to an unexpected accident they become separated. Now as adults they meet again through destiny.
Jung-Woo (Park Yoo-Chun) is now a detective and his first love has always remained in the back of his mind. Soo-Yeon (Yoon Eun-Hye) is now a rookie fashion designer who tries to have a bright personality, but still carries emotional scars inside of her. Hyung-Joon (Yoo Seung-Ho) is Soo-Yeon’s lover, who appears warm and nice, but he will try to take vengeance upon Jung-Woo
This was my first ever k-drama experience. When I started watching the first episode, I knew that I was hooked. It’s one of those dramas which carried their story line pretty well from the beginning. I enjoyed the drama at that time but it’s not something which I’d re-watch again – unlike other dramas in which I will share in a bit. My first impressions of k-dramas were that the actors have really good skin! I mean WTH? It made me re-look into my skincare regime! I love that soft dewy effect that they have – and mind you dewy as opposed to oily.
Be warned. They do alot of crying in this drama.
My second k-drama …
Plot (taken from wikipedia)
An ordinary college student, Lee Seol (Kim Tae-hee), finds out she’s a princess and the great-granddaughter of the Joseon Dynasty‘s last Emperor, Emperor Sunjong. The grandson of Daehan Group, Park Hae-young (Song Seung-hun), is put in charge of educating Seol on proper etiquette in order for her to fulfill her role. However, Hae-young is put in a precarious situation when he finds himself drawn to Seol, the girl who will take away his inheritance if the monarchy is restored.
I thoroughly enjoyed this drama. It was funny and the on-screen chemistry between Kim Tae Hee and Song Seung Hun was commendable. I can’t say the same for the rest of the cast but who cares? I was only interested in the scenes between Kim Tae Hee and Song Seung Hun Among the other k-dramas that I have watched, this is the first drama where I actually liked the way Song Seong Hun was dressed – in impeccably cut suits which complemented his body. Basically he doesn’t look sissified …unlike alot of the young Korean actors out there. Kim Tae Hee’s wardrobe as a princess is something that I am not too fond off though. Although I don’t expect her to be dressed like the Duchess of Cambridge, but a princess wearing ankle-high boots and mini skirts????? Nah…that doesn’t do it for me.
And what’s with the men dragging women by the wrist???
Would I watch it again ? Yes. And I did
Boys Over Flowers
Plot (taken from wikipedia)
Hardworking Geum Jan-di (Ku Hye-sun) attends the exclusive Shinhwa High School. She finds her shallow, privileged classmates unbearable, especially the notorious F4. Rich, handsome, and arrogant, Goo Jun-pyo (Lee Min-ho), Yoon Ji-hoo (Kim Hyun-joong), So Yi-jung (Kim Bum), and Song Woo-bin (Kim Joon) are the kings of the school and no one, not even the teachers, dare challenge them. No one, that is, except Jan-di. Angry at their rudeness, Jan-di tells off F4 leader Jun-pyo, bringing a world of trouble upon herself. The proud and persistent Jun-pyo falls hard for feisty Jan-di, but she shares a connection with the quiet, sensitive Ji-hoo. Caught between the two friends, Jan-di’s heart is torn.
OMG! The hair!!!??? I couldn’t except it at first but after a few episodes, it kinda grew on me. Also to note that this drama is based on Japanese shōjo manga series, Boys Over Flowers (花より男子 Hana Yori Dango?), written by Yoko Kamio. The lead character played by Lee Min Ho had curly hair too. When I first started watching this drama, my friend told me that our mutual friend was hooked to this drama and watched it over and over again. After completing this drama, I can totally understand why because I too was hooked to it and re-watched it I love the soundtrack in this drama. Lee Min Ho did a great job in this drama and after 2 episodes were aired, he shot to stardom. This drama did it for him. Goo Hye Sun (who played the love interest of Goo Joon Pyo) had a bumpy start to her acting in the first few episodes but overall, I think she did pretty well after the actors got into the groove of working together. At the beginning though, I thought she tried a bit too hard in acting silly – much like a 28 year old trying to act like an 8 yo – it was awful. I cringed at those moments and she did look as though she tried too hard.
Again, there are lots of moments where the men dragged the women by the wrist, and k-dramas are never complete without a scene by the river, a piggy back ride and someone getting drunk and oh ya! Back-hugging too! LOL. Am I right????
Personal Preference (aka Personal Taste)
Summary (Taken from wikipedia)
It is adapted from Lee Se-in’s 2007 novel of the same name about a furniture designer, Park Gae-in, who lives together with architect Jeon Jin-ho under the mistaken assumption that he’s gay
Ok ok. I gotta admit. I started watching this drama because of Lee Min Ho and you know what? I really enjoyed this drama too. It’s funny and the on-screen chemistry between Lee Min Ho and Son Ye Jin was really good as well. Although Son Ye Jin is 5 years older than Lee Min Ho, their age gap didn’t even occur to me in the drama – which is a good thing. I am not too pleased with Lee Min Ho’s dressing in the drama though – think fancy pastel colored jackets with hanging pants with shoes without socks? I like ‘em wearing suits like Harvey Specter! Ah well, nonetheless, he still has a pretty face The soundtrack is very good as well and yes, I have downloaded them onto my iPod
This is a romantic comedy between a clumsy love-sick girl Oh Ha Ni (Jung So Min) who has a crush on Baek Seong Jo (Kim Hyun Joong) in high school all the way to university for a total of 4 years! It was an unrequited love. While Oh Ha Ni shamelessly crushes on Baek Seong Jo, Baek Seong Jo was a cold robot to her. 13 episodes later…he finally realizes that he loves her.
This was a very difficult drama to watch but I trudged on because I wanted to give a drama with Kim Hyun Joong the benefit of a doubt. There are 16 episodes altogether. The first 12 episodes were so torturing to watch. Oh Ha Ni sulked most of the time - it was rather annoying. Baek Seong Jo was a robot. He was always mean and robotic to Oh Ha Ni but noooo, the girl was blinded by LOVE. And then from Episode 13 onwards, Baek Seong Jo came to his senses and turns from a robot to a human being with feelings. I cringed watching them together. Episodes 13-16 were all about tying up loose ends.
Would I watch it again? Hell no!
My 6th k-drama…..
Summary (taken from wikipedia)
This drama is the male version of Sex in the City about the careers and love lives of urban professionals. It tells the story of four men in their 40s who have been friends since they were 18, as they go through love, breakup, success and failure.
I enjoyed looking forward to the beginning of each episode when a prologue is shown which involve anecdotes about the 4 men’s friendship through the years. The prologues are all humorous except for an episode. The prologues are not a continuation from the previous episode’s ending nor are they related to the present storyline but they underline each episode’s theme – brilliant writing if you ask me. Apart from that…Iwasn’t too drawn to their love lives. In fact I found Seo Yi Soo’s character rather annoying. This is one drama in which I took my time finishing it. The last 2 episodes where rather unnecesary – cheesy even if you ask me but I watched it till the end anyways.