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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.

Synopsis

(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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Flower Boy Next Door, Initial Thoughts

25 Jan

Flower Boy Next Door

What can I say? I’d been looking forward to this show, not knowing what to expect, just that it was from the same people that made “Flower Boy Ramyun Shop” and “Shut Up Flower Boy Band”, which I loved. Then came the casting news — Park Shin Hye, Yoon Si Yoon, Kim Ji Hoon — and I was even more excited to see what they’d do with such a good cast. At Christmas, they gave us teaser video after teaser video, and I began to worry that there was gonna be a letdown after all this buildup.

I’m here to say, six episodes in, that it’s good — really, really good. I won’t make a final judgement until I’ve seen the last episode, but so far I’m not disappointed in the least. It’s a slower story, made up of small moments — some laugh out loud, some poignant — that come together into a whole that’s like hanging out with a group of good friends for an hour and a half every week.

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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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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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Me Too, Flower!, Initial Thoughts

29 Oct

Update: This is now finished and reviewed.

This was recommended to me by Crazy for Kdrama, and since we share similar tastes I tried out a couple of episodes. And, of course, I liked it. So now I’m officially watching it and will write a review once I finish. If you’d like to see my reactions as I watch, you can check out my Facebook page [edit: Facebook is great for posting thoughts as they happen, but not so great for checking out archives, so I’ll be posting compilations of my Facebook posts to my Tumblr as well].

I’ve watched about two and a half episodes so far, and it has promise. Bong Sun is cynical and angry, but you can see that she has heart. Jae Hee is having fun pushing her buttons, mostly because he’s bored, and she’s good entertainment when she’s angry. I like that once he sees her vulnerable side, he backs off just a little bit, but not too much.

There are some interesting side stories coming together as well. Some connected with him, some with her, some with both. Side note: It’s amazing how all these people are coincidentally connected. Big cities must have a smaller population than I thought.

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Sungkyunkwan Scandal, Initial Thoughts

19 Oct

I’m about halfway through right now, and I’m really enjoying it. More than I thought I would.

I wasn’t sure how I’d like Park Min Young in this role, but I’ve been pleasantly surprised by her acting. Yoon Hee could easily have been only a fish-out-of-water, bumbling heroine — and she is, to a certain degree — but she also has intelligence and an iron will hiding behind her innocent face, and Park Min Young gets that across very well.

From reading other reviews I knew going in that Park Yuchun is an idol and this was one of his first roles, so I was interested to see how he did. I was, again, pleasantly surprised. I’m buying his thoughtful scholar with rigid principles who’s learning that there are shades of gray everywhere.

Also, the bromance between the guys (and girl) is fun to watch, and I love that Gu Yong Ha is becoming one of their four. He’s one of my favorites in this show, and I love how Song Joon Ki portrays him as the trickster troublemaker. He’s just the right combination of bored and very curious and is just poking at people to get a reaction, not necessarily malicious, but definitely not benevolent.

I’m interested to see how the story continues, and what happens after the guys find out she’s a girl — which is totally not a spoiler, because they have to figure it out some time, right?

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