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You’re Beautiful ;; Otomen ;; Stairway to Heaven

You’re Beautiful

The management company of the idol group A.N.JELL insisted on adding a new singer to the group as the lead vocal, Tae Kyung’s voice was hurting. However,the new member, Mi Nam, had to go to the States to repair a botched eye job just before signing the contract. His agent came up with the idea of having his twin sister, Mi Nyu,to stand in for him and pretend that she was her brother. The two of them grew up in an orphanage and Mi Nyu, who was all set to become a nun, agreed to this charade as she didn’t want to spoil her brother’s chance of fame which would make it easier to look for their mother.


Usually I like checking to see what actors/actresses there are, but I didn’t for this drama for some reason. When I started watching it, I thought the actress somehow looked familiar. That’s when I realized she looked like the young actress in Stairway to Heaven. After googling it, it turns out she’s actually the same actress! It’s so weird to see how much she’s grown! Time passes by quickly, doesn’t it?

Park Shin Hye’s acting wasn’t bad really, but I’m not really a fan of overacting. Her and Lee Hong Ki both overacted a lot. It’s always interesting to see how a well known singer does in acting. I’ve never seen any of Hong Ki’s other stuff so I don’t know if it’s because the role is meant to be played like that or what. I really disliked it though LOL. Every time he appeared I’m like face palming myself. That goes for his serious moments too.

Overall I feel like the drama’s alright, I’m guessing it just had such big popularity because of the cast. Jang Geun Suk as male lead. Jung Yong Hwa and Lee Hong Ki, both singers of a band. Uee as the female antagonist. Pretty jam packed with big stars.

3/5


Otomen

The story centers around the popular high school boy Masamune Asuka, the top kendo fighter in the nation. However, beneath his cool exterior, he is actually fond of sweets and shojo manga, and is skilled in sewing and cooking. When he instantly falls for the transfer student Miyakozuka Ryo, his secret is in danger of being exposed.


My friend was talking about this drama a lot and seemed to really enjoy it so I decided to give it a try. It’s a nice light drama if you’re looking for a laugh and nothing too serious. It does give a nice lesson though, about how we should be true to ourselves. We shouldn’t hide who we are to please others.

Kind of wished that it was a bit longer. Might check out the manga for it some time! It just seems like it would be a really cute one to read!

4/5


Stairway to Heaven

Jung-suh and Song-joo grew up together. They were always there for each other. Tragedy begins when Song Joo begins his studies overseas without Jung-suh. Jung-suh’s father remarries Tae Mira. Mira takes in her two children from a previous marriage, Tae-hwa and Yuri. Yuri is envious of the life that Jung-suh leads and is determined to take everything away from her, including Song-joo. Tae-hwa begins to develop feelings for his stepsister, however Jung-suh still loves Song-joo. Five years later, tragedy occurs when Jung-suh gets into a car accident causing her to lose her memory. Together with Tae-hwa, they start anew. Song-joo is led to believe that she is dead. However, when they meet again one day, he is determined to remind her of the love they had for one another. When fate finally seemed to be on their side, Jung-suh is diagnosed with eye cancer.


Stairway to Heaven… the epitome of a Korean drama. That checklist of things needed for a Korean drama? It probably has every single thing. People getting sick, people dying, women crying, love triangles, etc. All of it.

I decided to watch this drama because I actually started in years and years ago when I was in junior high. My friends and I watched the first couple episodes together, but we never ended up finishing it. I thought I would finish it since it’s just so well known when you mention kdramas.

Was it worth it? Meh. Kind of yes, and kind of no. I’m glad I finished it because I hate leaving things unfinished and never knowing what happens in the end. At the same time getting through the drama was sort of brutal. I’m already the type of person who doesn’t really like watching sad things or stuff that are too serious because I feel like it brings my mood down. This drama is super depressing. Everyone cries in almost every single episode. I don’t even know if there is one episode where there’s no one crying. It got especially hard to watch when the main characters start bawling. They scream at the top of their lungs while crying. I guess it’s to portray how heart wrenching their pain/sadness is, but holy cow. They do it even on the street in public.

Anyone else think it’s weird how Tae Hwa was a good looking guy when he was young and when they showed them after as older people, his look completely changed. Yuri got way prettier than her younger counterpart, I mean come on, it was Kim Tae Hee playing her – the woman now known for her beauty in the Korean industry. Tae Hwa became a creepy middle aged man LOL.

Drama isn’t bad. I guess if you’re looking for something to cry to, this would be the one. Although, I don’t think I got teary eyed while watching this drama. It might be because of the excessive amount of bad luck Jung Suh goes through that made me give up. I think at some point you start to think, “Seriously? When is this girl going to get a break? Why doesn’t she speak up? Even if it’s for her father’s happiness would you really keep all this crap in?”

3.5/5

The Relation Of Face, Mind And Love ;; Hero

The Relation Of Face, Mind And Love

Handsome, successful, and talented, life is good for Kang Tae-poong, a world renowned architect who seem to live the dream of all men. But one day an automobile accident leaves him with a visual impairment that makes unattractive women seem attractive to him. Right then, Wang Soh-jung, a homely looking pet magazine reporter comes into his life. Kang thinks she is a flawless beauty until his ailment is cured and he is no longer able to recognize the woman he has fallen in love with.


I’m actually a big fan of Kang Ji Hwan so I wanted to check this movie out. He was really good in Capital Scandal! I watched Lee Ji Ah before in Beethoven Virus. The movie was obviously predictable, but did it have a unique spin on story? Not particularly.

I don’t really know if it was because of the quality of the movie that I had, but I couldn’t see Soo Jung’s imperfections. Aside from her non-perfect teeth I couldn’t really see anything on her face. Which is why I couldn’t really understand why everyone was so turned off by her in the movie. What I could understand was a factor for people being turned off are her weird impersonation of animals ::blinkblink::.

I don’t feel like Ji Hwan played the conceited, pretty boy role that well in this movie. Which is kind of weird since he played that in Capital Scandal. Perhaps it is because Capital Scandal has action in it too so he’s not completely limited to that role. I think when he found out that Soo Jung’s actually not as attractive as he thought she was while he was suffering from a visual impairment, it was a little over the top. The fact that she was right in front of him and they were on the phone with each other? Not believable. The fact that the doctor told him he has a visual impairment and even used the exact example of seeing an ugly girl as beautiful, but he doesn’t seem to hear that?? The ending in general was just so-so. I thought it was so stupid when Soo Jung had to experience the impairment and the way she reacted. A forgettable movie that didn’t bring a unique spin on a story that’s been told countless times.

2/5



Hero is the story of Korea's top reporters and ordinary citizens fighting against the society elite's abuse of power. Working as a reporter for a racy tabloid called the Monday Seoul, Jin Do Hyuk uses any means necessary to get a scoop. One day, he goes to interview Jo Yong Deok, the boss of the Axe gang, who suggests that they start their own newspaper. Do Hyuk lies about the credentials of his former co-workers when he introduces them to Jo Yong Deok as potential hires for the newspaper venture. With his former co-workers on board, he is able to launch the Yongdeok Daily together with Yong Deok. But the newly hired reporters soon find themselves sucked into a huge conspiracy that could utterly ruin their lives.
I was excited to watch something with Lee Junki again since the last time I watched one of his dramas was Time Between Dog & Wolf. This drama didn’t receive much attention though even with Junki in it. I guess I can understand why since it’s definitely not one that would deserve an award or anything. Initially I thought this drama was going to be a more light-hearted comedy. That was what I was looking for anyway. Instead it turned out to be sort of a crime/drama genre. Do Hyuk later learns of a big secret that changes his life and he decided he had to right the wrong.

Jo Yong Deok probably had the easiest part in the drama. He didn’t have to do anything. Aside from one of his first appearances in the drama where he flips out on Choi Il Doo, he literally has no emotions at all. All he does is stand there with an indifferent face and occasionally smiles. He doesn’t give off an air of authority, which I think was what he was going for when he has on his face void of any emotion.

Kang Hae Seong’s character is a bit confusing too. I don’t quite understand his huge hatred of Do Hyuk. I’m guessing he’s just jealous and doesn’t want any one to get in his way, but it’s not like Do Hyuk would’ve really gotten in his way to success in life. I also don’t get why he didn’t team up up Do Hyuk later on either. He just has to be stubborn and go his own way even though there’s a solution that doesn’t involve hurting himself so much.

3/5

That Fool && The Shonen Merikensack

That Fool

Goo Dong Baek is an honest and good-hearted postman. One day he encounters with Han Ji Soo, a top celebrity. However, an ordinary man gets no chance to show his feeling to this top actress who everyone loves. Six months period of time with her elapses like a midsummer night's dream. But he cannot just end up his love like a "dream". Shouting out love! His love has just begun.

Goo Dong Baek received a pair of tickets from his sister in hopes that he could score a date. Little did anyone know that the tickets would do way more for him than that. Han Ji Soo, in order to hide her relationship with a son of a prominent political figure, asks Dong Baek to pose as her boyfriend when things went awry that night. Being what seems to be the nicest man on earth, he agrees to do it for almost next to nothing!

Han Ji Soo is a top actress in South Korea who is in a relationship with Kim Kang Mo. It is kept away from the public though since he is engaged to a woman that his father picked as to further his father’s political career. She seems like a decently nice girl but when it comes to her love, she will do anything to protect him. Even if it means hurting everyone else around her and herself included. It’s kind of weird because I don’t really feel like she even loves her job? I know she places Kang Mo above all else but… I would think she would turn to acting to stop thinking about all the stressful stuff I guess.

Goo Dong Baek works at the post office and fails to be able to get the notice of the woman he likes. He is a good-natured person who tries to view everything in a good light. He doesn’t ask for much in life and can never say ‘no’ to others when they ask something of him. That was especially the case when the actress Han Ji Soo, whom he much admires, ask for him to pose as her boyfriend.

Baek Sung Hyun from Stairway to Heaven plays Han Ji Soo’s brother, Han Sung Chul. He’s hotheaded and isn’t afraid to speak his mind whenever he wants. He does, however, do it because he cares for his sister and only wish the best for his family. I don’t really mind his character nor his acting. Lee Chung Ah who plays Dong Baek’s younger sister Goo Min Ji is another story. She’s one of those characters who overacts and acts pretty childish which I’m not really fond of. Every time she appears on the screen you know some sort of comedic scene is going to go down.

The story is quite cute and probably a bit predictable but, nonetheless, enjoyable to watch. There are times where you get really frustrated with Ji Soo and just shake her and tell her to either man up or get the hell out of the relationship, but Dong Baek comes in to save the day. I don’t quite believe Kim Ah Joong’s acting when she’s enjoying herself around Dong Baek. It does seem kind of forced. Jung Min’s portrayal of Dong Baek seems to be a bit childish at times but he’s more believable when it comes to his feelings. Overall I think the whole cast did a pretty good job making this a fun, light-hearted drama to watch!

4/5


The Shonen Merikensack

Young record company talent scout Kanna Kurita (Aoi Miyazaki) finds a video clip of an abrasive punk rock band on the Internet. Although she knows nothing about punk music or even likes punk music, she feels the band could be the next big thing and bursts into Tokita’s (Yusuke Santamaria) office to tell him so. Tokita watches the video clip and orders Kanna to find the band and sign them to a contract. This starts Kanna’s quest to find the band known as “The Shonen Merikensack” (which translates into English as “The Brass Knuckle Boys”). What Kanna doesn’t know, but will find out soon enough, is that the video clip was filmed 25 years ago and the band members are now all washed up middle aged men.

I was actually surprised to see Miyazaki Aoi’s character in this movie because I’ve only ever watched her in Nana where she plays this frivolous little thing that is obsessed with love. In Sounen Merikensack she is an unsuccessful talent scout that hasn’t found one talent that has impressed her boss. She was on the verge of getting laid off when she came upon the band Brass Knuckle Boys.

Although Kanna doesn’t want to lose her job and go work for her father’s sushi restaurant, she seems to understand that she doesn’t have what it takes to be a talent scout. She actually accepts the fact that her contract wouldn’t be renewed and hands over her tag without a fight. Her only regret is that she couldn’t push her boss into signing her boyfriend, Masaru, with the company. Her boyfriend is a singer/song-writer that seems to be getting nowhere with his career so he tries to get by with odd jobs.

The Brass Knuckle Boys clip gave her a new hope in continuing to be a talent scout. That was until she realized they were all way past their prime. But if she doesn’t make it happen, what’ll happen to her contract with the company?

In the beginning I thought the movie was going to be an enjoyable comedy, but I became pretty bored halfway through. Maybe because none of the male characters were great looking? But I’ve enjoyed dramas/movies even if I didn’t feel like the male characters were good looking so I’m not sure what it was. Perhaps the plot wasn’t exciting enough and none of the characters seem to have qualities that made me like them. Either way the movie was pretty much a disappointment by the end. I don’t think I was even paying attention to what was going on after.

2/5


Kami no Shizuku ;; Pride ;; Boys Over Flowers

Kami no Shizuku

Kanzaki Shizuku has a natural ability to judge good wine by its color, smell and taste, in a way that makes professional wine tasters jealous. The day his father died it was revealed that his will allowed only one of his two sons to inherit his fortune, and that son is he who wins the wine tasting test. Kanzaki would probably win, if only he hadn't sworn to never taste alcohol in his life ever again.
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When I watched the first episode I thought it was going to be kind of interesting to watch. The more I watched though the less I paid attention to the subtitles because there was just so much information coming at me LOL. And I also feel a little detached from the drama because I haven’t tried these wines and I’m not really those wine fanatics. When they started describing these images or scents to me I just feel like nodding and then moving on LOL.

Didn’t really feel anything between the two characters either. Having Tomine’s younger sister there didn’t seem necessary. I thought she was going to stir up trouble, but she just appears randomly and then disappears into the background o_O.

2/5


Pride

Shio Asami, brought up in a wealthy family whose mother is a prominent opera singer. However, the bankruptcy of her father’s business forced her to give up becoming an opera singer. Midorikawa Moe entrapped Shio and claimed a victory in an opera contest. Depicts a competition of two heroines putting their pride on the line.
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I think I watched this because of the actress, Mitsushima Hikari. When I saw her in Love Exposure I thought she looked really pretty. When I was seeing what movies there were and saw her starring in it I thought I would give it a try.

I don’t quite believe Stephanie as the wealthy, well brought up girl? And she seems very… emotionless. Maybe it’s her trying to be a very cold and put together character, but I felt like she was a little lifeless. She never loses her cool and even when she does I feel like there’s not enough emotions put into it. I find it hard to believe a person wouldn’t act out in any way when Shio Asami was constantly pushed down by Midorikawa Moe o_O. The only time I guess is near the beginning when she slapped Moe.

The movie, I’m thinking, is named Pride because it’s questioning how far would you go. Would you give up your pride to achieve your dreams? Or would you be too proud to bend even a little? The two characters showcase the two extremes where Moe is willing to give it up to be an opera singer while Asami feels like she’ll never budge from her spot even if she has no money and no status anymore.

2.5/5


Boys Over Flowers

Set at a famous high school for the super-wealthy, this is a puppy love story centered on a poor girl and the F4 gang of rich kids headed by the rough and fearless Goo Joon Pyo. Geum Jan Di is a girl from a poor family but has an unrivaled sense of optimism and drive and is by chance admitted to a prestigious private high school. There she meets the infamous group of four astonishingly good looking and rich boys who are known as F4. The group's leader is Goo Joon Pyo, who is a spoiled heir to world-leading conglomerate Shinhwa. He is joined by mysterious and breathlessly handsome Yoon Ji Hoo, So Yi Jung, and Song Woo Bin. Their love story moves from Seoul to New Caledonia to Macau.
Boys Over Flowers.. pretty sure everyone already knows about this drama and watched it too haha! I’ve watched a bit of Meteor Garden and I’ve watched all the Hana Yori Dango seasons, so this was my third go at this story. I think I read somewhere before that MG stuck to the manga the most out of the 3? I’m not really sure because I’ve never read the manga nor have I really watched all of MG. Fortunately, they all have their own take of the manga they’re based off of.

Where in HYD, Makino wanted to attend the prestigious high school because of a person whom she looks up to, Jan Di got in as a means to pacify the regular folk from an outbreak of war against the Shinhwa group by Joon Pyo’s mother (Shinhwa Group’s president). So right from the start they already try to separate themselves from HYD.

I enjoyed BOF’s take on the story, but initially I was getting really irritated by Jan Di’s constant yelling ::sweat:: . I never really got over it, but I guess you could say I grew more immune to it LOL. Yes, poor, independent girls in k-dramas always yell at the top of their lungs when they speak, but she was yelling at almost every sentence and really.. my poor ears couldn’t take much of it LOL.

BOF puts two seasons of HYD into one whole season, but I feel like the pace of things aren’t too different. The number of episodes are around the same when you add it up. BOF chose Macau as the destination where Jan Di and Joon Pyo met up again and HYD picked New York, I think. It was interesting to watch it take place at a whole different setting. I don’t really know who did a more ‘racist’ job at depicting each place though. I remember people weren’t happy about how HYD had two black guys try to jump her?? In BOF they had Jan Di get into a situation where it looks like the guys were going to take advantage of her on top of stealing her belongings ::sweat:: .

Ji Hoo’s role seemed a lot bigger here than in HYD so when Jan Di gets with Joon Pyo I feel disappointed. Common, how many times is Ji Hoo going to let her trample on his feelings?? LOL.

4/5