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OKC: Rich Man, Poor Woman, Initial Thoughts

5 Feb

Rich Man, Poor Woman OKC Cover

Another Operation: Kdrama Chat poll has ended, and we’ll be watching Rich Man, Poor Woman this time. I know, I know, you’re gonna say it’s a Jdrama, not a Kdrama, but, while we’ll mostly be watching Kdrama, we’re gonna throw some other stuff in every so often, just to mix it up. Feel free to read our discussions, or, better yet, come join us!

Rich Man, Poor WomanSo, on to Rich Man, Poor Woman. In the interest of full disclosure, I’ll say up front that I’ve already watched this one, and I loved it. I’m looking forward to discussing it with the group, and I’ll be watching it with a more critical eye this time, since I’ll be taking notes for discussion.

The basic rundown is that Sawaki Chihiro is a girl just finishing up her university degree, and she’s been looking for a job for a good long while, getting pretty discouraged in the process. Hyuga Toru is a genius programmer/entrepreneur at the head of a top software company. She’s sweet and earnest, he’s a brilliant jerk, together they fight— oh wait, I meant it’s an opposites-attract type show where she gets to teach him that everybody has something to offer, even if it’s not what he initially thinks is the most valuable, plus there’s a little romance along the way.


(Via DramaWiki)

Oguri Shun plays Hyuga Toru, an affluent man whose personality is on the contrary, speckled with flaws. A CEO of an IT firm who is published on Forbes as a billionaire, Toru attained his fortune through chance and pure luck. A woman who meets Toru and eventually becomes attracted to him is Sawaki Chihiro, played by Ishihara Satomi. Chihiro is a hardworking college student at Tokyo University who has prepared for her future as much as she possibly could through studies and obtaining licenses. Despite her efforts, she has yet to land a job. Upon meeting Toru, she begins to unravel a genuine pureness inside him and solitude resulting from such pureness, which eventually draws her closer to him. The two repeatedly conflict each other, but little by little learn about one another to grow and develop together.

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Operation: Proposal [Review]

4 Feb

Operation Proposal


So, this is the first show we discussed in our Facebook group — in fact it inspired the name, Operation: Kdrama Chat. It was a really frustrating show to watch, but that made for a great chat along the way as we shared opinions, commiserated, and sometimes disagreed.

Warning: This review may contain spoilers! Proceed at your own risk.

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Full House Take 2, Initial Thoughts

24 Dec

Full House Take 2

This is the most recent drama I’m watching with my niece. We started it because it looked light and fluffy, and the actors’ hair was so atrocious, we thought there’d be plenty to make fun of. All of that is true, but we found that it has a charm to it that’s made us come back and watch it to see how everything works out.

A note about the hair, the picture at the top of the post does not do justice to how bad the hair is, so I went on a search to illustrate it and posted the results below. There’s a reason we refer to this show as Bad Hair rather than its name.

Tae Ik and Man Ok 2

Even when they redid their hair about halfway through, it wasn’t much better. Although I will admit hers is more of an improvement than his.

Man Ok new hair Tae Ik new hair

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Operation: Proposal Thoughts

16 Dec

Operation Proposal

Update: This is now finished and reviewed.

I’m trying something new! I’m watching Operation: Proposal with Stephanie from Crazy for Kdrama, our Facebook friend Laurie ADgirl, and several other ladies we know from Facebook and other web-type places, and we’re discussing it afterward in a Facebook group. It’ll be my first time discussing online with a group while watching a show, and I’m pretty excited about it.

The only thing I know about this show is what the synopsis below says, so I’m going in mostly blind. It doesn’t matter, though, because I’m sure we’re gonna have lots of fun talking about it no matter what the show is like.

We’re starting on Monday, December 17 and watching two episodes a day. If anyone would like to follow along, you can read our conversations in our Facebook group.

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Me Too, Flower! [Review]

16 Dec


There are many things I loved about this drama. I loved the main couple and how they were together, I loved the quirky psychiatrist and his odd methods of getting Bong Sun to open up, and I loved Bong Sun’s relationship with her rookie partner and how she dealt with his crush on her. I just wish that the writers had given Bong Sun and Jae Hee a better plot to frame their romance. Just when we’d see how cute they were together, they’d be yanked apart by the over-the-top machinations of Hwa Young. I’ve seen that work in other dramas, but here it felt clunky.

The characters, for the most part, were fleshed out in three-dimensions, even though they sometimes acted a little cartoonish. Bong Sun, with her temper and depression; Jae Hee with his guilt toward Hwa Young and his secret phobia; Tae Hwa with his out-of-the-box psychiatry and his own painful past; Kim Dal with her material girl pretensions with an eventual conscience; even Maru with his crush on Bong Sun. All of them were a little more than you expected, which is why I was so disappointed in Hwa Young. I think they tried to make her more, but she ended up pretty much a one-dimensional evil antagonist, and that was so frustrating when the character deserved better.

This is very rewatchable, which is what I base my ratings on, I just had to knock it down a star because it didn’t live up to its full potential.

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The King of Dramas Thoughts

18 Nov

Well, I wasn’t really looking to watch another show as it aired, but I was bored one day and caught the first episode of King of Dramas, and I was hooked.

From the posters and previews, I wasn’t sure what to make of this show — it didn’t sound interesting at all to me. But watching it is a different story. First we’ll talk about the character of Anthony Kim. He’s arrogant and a jerk with very little saving graces, but he’s played by Kim Myung Min who has a presence that makes you want to keep watching just to see what this guy will do. Second is Lee Go Eun, the idealistic assistant writer. She starts off as a little naive and innocent, but when Anthony Kim throws her under the bus as the crap hits the fan, she stands up for herself as much as she can with her very limited power. It wasn’t much, but it was satisfying. I haven’t seen Kang Min yet, as I’m only two episodes in, but from what I hear, he holds his own.

So, basically, this is a behind-the-scenes look at Korean drama-making, showing the hectic pace of the live shoots and the conditions the stars and crew live under to get the dramas made. But it doesn’t take itself too seriously, balancing on the line between comedy and drama very well so far.

I’m interested to see how this goes. If it continues as it started, I think it could be a favorite.

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Playful Kiss [Review]

5 Nov

There is a heart to this show that kept me watching even when I was annoyed by the storyline. Our heroine, Oh Ha Ni, is very adorable and not the smartest kid in school, but she’s really persistent, which is a good thing because our hero, Baek Seung Jo, the smartest guy in school, runs hot and cold in his interest in her throughout the show.

Kim Hyun Joong, who plays Baek Seung Jo was the b-lead from Boys Over Flowers, and he’s not the best actor, which makes sense because he’s a singer in his day job. It works to a certain extent here because the character is supposed to be really book-smart, but not socially smart. Oh Ha Ni’s attention revolves around him and she fully admits that her goal in life is to be near him however she can (e.g. if he wants to be a doctor, she’ll be a nurse; if he wants to be a pilot, she’ll be a stewardess).

I wish she was a little more independent by the time the show ended. The epilogue they did showed that she helped him loosen up as well, so it worked a little better toward balancing them out as a couple. But it wasn’t quite enough for me to put it on my re-watch list.

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