Here’s post four of our Drama Club.
Sometimes I am watching a K-Drama and I just can’t help but yell at the screen, “What are you doing! You clearly should choose the second banana!” K-Dramas thrive on making their leads cry with broken hearts and the aching possibility that someone else may steal away the loves of their lives. If the lead hero is not being driven away by evil relatives or suffering from a brain tumor, a second banana is there to make the lead work to secure his love. Sometimes, though, the main lead is not right for the heroine. Why do you choose the young pretty boy over the hunkalicious CEO who will give you a giant rock? Why aren’t you choosing the sweet playboy who is reforming his ways for you? Weh? WEH? WEH?! Aigoo.
Sometimes you love the second banana AND the lead. If second bananas are REALLY lucky there is another person calling them “Oppa” at the end of the series. Sometimes though, they are left crying sadly until they are cast as lead banana in your next drama. Here are six supporting leads we were hoping had a shot at the girl. You can’t help but cheer them on, even though they are trying to rival Pretty Lee Min Ho:
1. Yun Ji Hu in Boys Over Flowers.
“One will be your soul mate, the other your husband.” Never has a fortune teller had more chilling words for a heroine. Poor, lucky Jan Di she got Ji Hu and Pretty Lee Min Ho, I mean, Jun Pyo.
2. Lee Joon Gi as Seo Jung Woo in My Girl.
This second banana made all the right moves. He used his words. He led her to his many stepped thinking spot. He played his hand as well as he could, but there is just no beating your good looking cousin with dibs and a snow globe.
3. Kang Ha-Nuel as Jung Sun Woo in Monstar.
He’s handsome, rich, smart, carries a torch for Min Se-Yi for years, and plays cello so smooth and fine I had to go take lessons. Maybe if I play cello too he’ll come duet Nocturne with me. Luckily a certain gangster’s daughter with a rocking set of pipes will make him some sweet fashions and soothe his sad heart.
4. It’s an embarrassment of riches for Park Min Young in Sungkyunkwan Scandal. While I don’t fault her for choosing charismatic Park Yoo Chun (with a beard – mrrrrow!), a corner of my heart cheered on Song Joong Ki’s mischievous smile.
5. Lee Tae Seong as Bong Joon Gu in Playful Kiss.
Oh Ha Ni should be commended for her tenacity but Joon Gu would have cooked delicious noodles for you adoringly forever and he got along fantastically with your dad. I wanted Joon Gu’s noodle dream to have been realized.
6. Ryu Jin as Ji Seong Il in Baby Faced Beauty.
A handsome, rich guy, who shares your interests, whose little girl loves you, whose sister is a good friend – and you pick the guy who is 7 years younger than you with a overbearing dad? A guy moreover who is pressured into proposing because he is stubborn? Daniel Choi was cute and endearing as the lead here, but sign me up for Mr. Ji!
My K Drama friends tell me I have left out Kim Woo Bin as Choi Young-Do in the Heirs, but I think we all agree he needs to be saved for our favorite bad boy list.
My first introduction to Kdrama began with the show Boys over Flowers. My heart was quickly stolen by Kim Hyun Joong, he played the sweetest character ever. However, I was soon enthralled by the change taking place in the arrogant character of Goo Jun Pyo. His journey in that story is what kept me watching. This character was beautifully played by actor Lee Min Ho.
Min Ho is a very good actor who is also an extremely beautiful man to me. One of the benefits of being an older woman is that I’m long past the point of being obsessive in my fandom. I get to appreciate the beauty that is a person without getting psycho about it. (of course, that may be a matter of opinion. heh)
He’s played many characters, my favorites include his roles in City Hunter and Personal Taste. I loved him in Faith, Heirs and BOF, but the first two were what made me fall in love with him. I also love men who can wear grey/silver or who look great in long coats. His character in Personal Taste wore this type of clothing. I just about died as he went from scene to scene wearing my favorite looks on a man. He also wears a lot of long coats in City Hunter as well. These pictures I’ve pulled them from the internet from various places.
Adorable man with an adorable baby, its a win win.
I’d go more into his acting skills, but this post is about eye candy.
Ah, a smile. I melt for a good one.
To put it mildly, I don’t particular like angry music. It can suit a mood now and again but for the most part, I like my music upbeat and fun. This is why I love Asian pop music in general. There is a group coming out of Japan that puts the fun in death metal. I didn’t know you could that, but this is what happens when you mix 3 very cute little girls, Jpop and death metal.
I spent the first half of this video going “WTH?”. Then I just had fun with it.
The third installment of the I Need Romance series ended this week. I will be sad to see this particular storyline go. I’m a sucker for narration. I love to hear what people are thinking. This is part of why I love reading so much. Screenwriter Jung Hyun Jung has really outdone themselves with this one. The I Need Romance series have always been popular for their higher level of intimacy and relationship development. While still really clean by American standards, for those Kdrama viewers who want real kiss scenes with some heat, this series delivers.
The story line follows a group of people in their 20’s and 30’s who work for a home shopping channel. In the midst of trying to be successful at their jobs they cope with falling in and out of love, betrayals and unexpected surprises.
Joo Wan , played by Sung Joon, is a music producer who has been in love with the daughter of his nanny his whole life. Do to his mother moving to the States, he lost contact with Shin Joo Yun, nicknamed “Shing Shing” and has returned 17 years later for professional and personal reasons. When he left, Shing Shing was warm, kind and his whole world. On his return, he is less than pleased with the emotional state of the girl he’s never forgotten.
Shin Joo Yun, played by Kim So Yun, is a merchadise director for a home shopping channel. She’s tough, focused, very good at her job and trusts absolutely nobody. She was six years old when Wan came into her life and she was forced to help her mother take care of him. She nicked named him “Sweet Potato” because she thought he was an ugly baby. When our story starts, she is expecting her current boyfriend to propose to her and his way of “checking her feelings” leaves her cold and rejected.
When our Hero and Heroine meet for the first time, she doesn’t recognize Wan for who he is. He’s going by the American name of Allen Joo and while she finds him cute, he is confused and disturbed by her cold personality toward others. He immediately starts his campaign to re-enter her life and she falls for him, however, he hasn’t yet told her who he really is. When she finally finds out who he is… then the hard work begins.
3 other couples round out our cast. We have the couple who is just starting out, the friends with benefits couple and the “I regret breaking up with you” couple. To say that life doesn’t go as planned for any of our four couples is putting it mildly.
Noona romances are always fun to see for me. Not because I have any particular cougar tendencies but because Korea is very structured in their personal relationships. They have strong standards for manners between age groups, social classes, and work relationships. So to see the occasional series that challenges the status quo is always fun. Reading commentaries by local readers tend to be funny when certain situations outside the norm are presented. The twenty year age gap between our main couple in The Prime Minister and I was another one where people may have felt uncomfortable. I tend to forget ages when I’m watching these things. The characters are usually such a good fit that I forget to care that there is something slightly taboo about the situation.
Being fantasy, the writer tries to give us as many happy endings as she can and there was a realism to the 4 outcomes. Not everybody lived happily ever after but those that did, it made sense for. Those who did not, it also wasn’t farfetched why it didn’t work out.
Each episode explored a different dating idea. The pros and cons of dating within that idea. I thought this was imaginative and creative. Without feeling campy, each idea was represented well in the natural lives of our characters. As a single woman whose been divorced for ten years, I really connected with the commentary that followed the actors. The lessons learned, the thoughts remembered. Loving someone is not easy, sometimes brutal, but so worth the effort to figure out.
This was a really good romantic drama. I think you will enjoy watching it.
I will leave you with my favorite quote from the whole thing.
I’ve invited my friend Taleena who is one of my two partner’s in crime for the Bride of the Century Drama Club to join me here making posts on this blog. She’ll bring some fun content as she talks about her interests as a result of her love of kdramas. Where my love tends to influence my music choices, she loves the food. She is an ajumma just like me and will make her own introductions.
And our 3rd post for Bride of the Century is now up, so here’s our review of Episode 3.
If you click on the picture, you’ll notice big brother looking stunned in the background.
This week saw myself so busy I could hardly think straight. I feel like a zombie, I’m so tired, but I wanted to get these links up before I passed out as tomorrow starts our second week as the Bride of the Century Drama Club. I had so much fun with Firnlambe and Taleena. For several days as we dealt with trying to meet our deadlines even though the computer decided to not accept uploaded images, or recognize that we were authorized to post on it. We laughed and cried so much this week and I haven’t had so much fun in a long time. I loved being able to spend several days talking about what we liked and didn’t in this new drama. I just don’t get that with my normal circle of friends. I need more kdrama addict friends! lol!
So here we go, if you’re already on Dramafever then these are old news to you, but I’m still sharing.