dangermousie: (Pick the Stars: facepalm by meganbmoore)
The latest news about Joo Won's spy drama is that Choi Kang Hee is considering being his leading lady.

?!?!?!

OK, the age difference between the two is 10 years (CKH was born in 1977 and Joo Won in 1987). That, in and of itself is not a deal-breaker for me - I have enjoyed the pairing in King 2 Hearts with the same age difference and am currently obsessed about Faith, where the age difference is also roughly the same.

Still, my reaction is a horrified no!!!!

1. I am OK with a younger man/older woman love story if it's presented as such (Majo no Jouken is one of my favorite dramas). Alternatively, if somehow the actors can convince me they look the same age despite the age difference, I am on board (the leads of K2H had a decade between them but they looked the same age). BUT! There is no way on God's green earth Choi Kang Hee (who looks old for her age) and Joo Won (who looks his age - he is no Lee Min Ho who can pull off playing older in Faith or elsewhere) look like they are the same age yet, according to the story, they are supposed to be. They met in college! What, she was his professor?

2. Choi Kang Hee looks older than her age. I don't find her either good-looking or sexy. Sge looks ahjumma-frumpy. She actually looked too old for Ji Sung, in Protect the Boss, and Ji Sung is her age. I can think of a million gorgeous 30+ actresses - Kim Tae Hee, Kim Ha Neul, Kim Sun Ah, Kim Hee Sun (all the beautiful women have the last name Kim? :)) Choi Kang Hee is not on the list. Buying her as a sexy, femme fatale spy gorgeous enough to snag someone a decade younger (or, I suppose playing someone way younger than her years) - I cannot buy it.

I think she'd be wrong for the role even if they cast a 3-+ actor, tbh. The thought of her opposite Joo Won, however, elevates this to the level of madlibs.
dangermousie: (Pick the Stars: facepalm by meganbmoore)
The latest news about Joo Won's spy drama is that Choi Kang Hee is considering being his leading lady.

?!?!?!

OK, the age difference between the two is 10 years (CKH was born in 1977 and Joo Won in 1987). That, in and of itself is not a deal-breaker for me - I have enjoyed the pairing in King 2 Hearts with the same age difference and am currently obsessed about Faith, where the age difference is also roughly the same.

Still, my reaction is a horrified no!!!!

1. I am OK with a younger man/older woman love story if it's presented as such (Majo no Jouken is one of my favorite dramas). Alternatively, if somehow the actors can convince me they look the same age despite the age difference, I am on board (the leads of K2H had a decade between them but they looked the same age). BUT! There is no way on God's green earth Choi Kang Hee (who looks old for her age) and Joo Won (who looks his age - he is no Lee Min Ho who can pull off playing older in Faith or elsewhere) look like they are the same age yet, according to the story, they are supposed to be. They met in college! What, she was his professor?

2. Choi Kang Hee looks older than her age. I don't find her either good-looking or sexy. Sge looks ahjumma-frumpy. She actually looked too old for Ji Sung, in Protect the Boss, and Ji Sung is her age. I can think of a million gorgeous 30+ actresses - Kim Tae Hee, Kim Ha Neul, Kim Sun Ah, Kim Hee Sun (all the beautiful women have the last name Kim? :)) Choi Kang Hee is not on the list. Buying her as a sexy, femme fatale spy gorgeous enough to snag someone a decade younger (or, I suppose playing someone way younger than her years) - I cannot buy it.

I think she'd be wrong for the role even if they cast a 3-+ actor, tbh. The thought of her opposite Joo Won, however, elevates this to the level of madlibs.
dangermousie: (HGD cheek by miss-dian)
Seeing that a bunch of new kdramas are either about to start or have been announced, I thought it would be fun to do one of those periodical 'here is what's coming up, and here are my 2 cents' posts.

Below are all the upcoming kdramas that are on my radar, alphabetical order, and what I think about them.

Thoughts thoughts thoughts )

What are yours?
dangermousie: (HGD cheek by miss-dian)
Seeing that a bunch of new kdramas are either about to start or have been announced, I thought it would be fun to do one of those periodical 'here is what's coming up, and here are my 2 cents' posts.

Below are all the upcoming kdramas that are on my radar, alphabetical order, and what I think about them.

Thoughts thoughts thoughts )

What are yours?
dangermousie: (HGD cheek by miss-dian)
Seeing that a bunch of new kdramas are either about to start or have been announced, I thought it would be fun to do one of those periodical 'here is what's coming up, and here are my 2 cents' posts.

Below are all the upcoming kdramas that are on my radar, alphabetical order, and what I think about them.

Thoughts thoughts thoughts )

What are yours?
dangermousie: (SKKS: Ja Shin grin by timescout)
Dramabeans has just made my evening by posting that Yoo Ah In (Sungkyunkwan Scandal) and Shin Se Kyung (Tree with Deep Roots) might star in a drama together, said drama written by the writer of my favorite "Something Happened in Bali."

Sadly, it's about fashion - can anything be more boring? Though I suppose since it's a Bali writer, there is a good chance the drama will leave every fictional fashionista wallowing in his or her blood.

I am glad to see YAI back in drama world and am glad to see more of SSK. But I can't help but wish it was a sageuk. Maybe one in which he is a Sungkyunkwan scholar who is secretly a rebel to avenge his brother's death and she is a mute but steely court lady who is creating a whole new alphabet. ;)

Hey, a girl can dream.
dangermousie: (SKKS: Ja Shin grin by timescout)
Dramabeans has just made my evening by posting that Yoo Ah In (Sungkyunkwan Scandal) and Shin Se Kyung (Tree with Deep Roots) might star in a drama together, said drama written by the writer of my favorite "Something Happened in Bali."

Sadly, it's about fashion - can anything be more boring? Though I suppose since it's a Bali writer, there is a good chance the drama will leave every fictional fashionista wallowing in his or her blood.

I am glad to see YAI back in drama world and am glad to see more of SSK. But I can't help but wish it was a sageuk. Maybe one in which he is a Sungkyunkwan scholar who is secretly a rebel to avenge his brother's death and she is a mute but steely court lady who is creating a whole new alphabet. ;)

Hey, a girl can dream.
dangermousie: (SKKS: Ja Shin grin by timescout)
Dramabeans has just made my evening by posting that Yoo Ah In (Sungkyunkwan Scandal) and Shin Se Kyung (Tree with Deep Roots) might star in a drama together, said drama written by the writer of my favorite "Something Happened in Bali."

Sadly, it's about fashion - can anything be more boring? Though I suppose since it's a Bali writer, there is a good chance the drama will leave every fictional fashionista wallowing in his or her blood.

I am glad to see YAI back in drama world and am glad to see more of SSK. But I can't help but wish it was a sageuk. Maybe one in which he is a Sungkyunkwan scholar who is secretly a rebel to avenge his brother's death and she is a mute but steely court lady who is creating a whole new alphabet. ;)

Hey, a girl can dream.
dangermousie: (Gloria - DA/YS carry by timescout)


I have just finished ep 2 of Thorn Birds and it's official - I am in love. Make no mistake, this is an unapologetic melodrama - three of the four protagonists have mothers who abandoned them and the story is not set in an orphanage. But I believe melodrama is like any other genre - most of what is made in it is crap, but occasionally you can find a gem. After all, both Something Happened in Bali and Que Sera Sera were melodramas.

I have no idea if TB will join those ranks but after the first two eps, I think it's very much on track. The drama's biggest strength lies in its casting. Yes, the script is fast-paced and I like the dialogues but imagine a slew of idol-wannabe-actors in the role and the drama would quickly become unbearable.

The top honors go to Joo Sang Wook who tears into his role as someone deeply scarred under his well-mannered and reserved facade. I have no idea if JSW is a versatile actor - for all I know, he'd be awful in a comedy. But he is incredible in dark adult dramas which is what this is. Just as in Giant, he steals every scene he's in - whenever he's on-screen, I can't pay attention to anyone else. It helps that he looks like a grown-up and can project a masculine/intelligent/competent vibe. Nothing against teen dramas or teenybopper idols but I prefer to watch adults.

Kim Min Jung is next - she's someone who is hateable but also pitiable. I should dislike her, and I do, but I can't wholly dismiss her - there is something irreversibly broken in her. Her hunger for power, recognition, love is what drives her. I am sure I will cheer when the heroine will grind her bones to make her bread, but I will be devastated too.

Han Hye Jin is likewise very good - I thought she was a little over-the-top in a couple of hyper moments but only a little, and she nails every quiet scene.

Seo Do Young hadn't had much to do yet other than be his gorgeous, cheeky self, but it's testament to his chops and screen presence that he's able to hold his own against his co-stars and keep my interest whenever he shares the screen with them, despite me knowing so little about his character.

Please, flist, give this one a chance. It's very very good. I don't remember the last time I've seen such an intelligent, nuanced, adult kdrama.

A few caps from ep 2 )

In casting news:

(1) Apparently, Lee Da Hae and Micky Yoochun may be cast opposite each other. I adore both of them but I cannot imagine them opposite each other at all. My brain breaks. But I have liked every single LDH drama I've ever seen, so I will probably like this too.

(2) The Hong Sisters are considering casting Cha Seung Won as the lead of their next, a drama about a romance between a popular actor and a washed-out actress. I used to love Hong Sisters and swear by them but their two last dramas really rubbed me the wrong way so my new motto when it comes to them is "approach with caution". Still, if they are casting CSW, there is no way their hero would be a spineless, cowardly, immature beta (yes, my Gumiho issues are showing) because that is impossible to make CSW into that (and he's a couple of decades too old to even try). And I have no idea who they will cast as the heroine and what her character will be, but I can't imagine her being a spineless idiot like the heroine of YAB because not only would the age be wrong, any character played by CSW would eat her for breakfast. So I am cautiously optimistic with that one.
dangermousie: (Gloria - DA/YS carry by timescout)


I have just finished ep 2 of Thorn Birds and it's official - I am in love. Make no mistake, this is an unapologetic melodrama - three of the four protagonists have mothers who abandoned them and the story is not set in an orphanage. But I believe melodrama is like any other genre - most of what is made in it is crap, but occasionally you can find a gem. After all, both Something Happened in Bali and Que Sera Sera were melodramas.

I have no idea if TB will join those ranks but after the first two eps, I think it's very much on track. The drama's biggest strength lies in its casting. Yes, the script is fast-paced and I like the dialogues but imagine a slew of idol-wannabe-actors in the role and the drama would quickly become unbearable.

The top honors go to Joo Sang Wook who tears into his role as someone deeply scarred under his well-mannered and reserved facade. I have no idea if JSW is a versatile actor - for all I know, he'd be awful in a comedy. But he is incredible in dark adult dramas which is what this is. Just as in Giant, he steals every scene he's in - whenever he's on-screen, I can't pay attention to anyone else. It helps that he looks like a grown-up and can project a masculine/intelligent/competent vibe. Nothing against teen dramas or teenybopper idols but I prefer to watch adults.

Kim Min Jung is next - she's someone who is hateable but also pitiable. I should dislike her, and I do, but I can't wholly dismiss her - there is something irreversibly broken in her. Her hunger for power, recognition, love is what drives her. I am sure I will cheer when the heroine will grind her bones to make her bread, but I will be devastated too.

Han Hye Jin is likewise very good - I thought she was a little over-the-top in a couple of hyper moments but only a little, and she nails every quiet scene.

Seo Do Young hadn't had much to do yet other than be his gorgeous, cheeky self, but it's testament to his chops and screen presence that he's able to hold his own against his co-stars and keep my interest whenever he shares the screen with them, despite me knowing so little about his character.

Please, flist, give this one a chance. It's very very good. I don't remember the last time I've seen such an intelligent, nuanced, adult kdrama.

A few caps from ep 2 )

In casting news:

(1) Apparently, Lee Da Hae and Micky Yoochun may be cast opposite each other. I adore both of them but I cannot imagine them opposite each other at all. My brain breaks. But I have liked every single LDH drama I've ever seen, so I will probably like this too.

(2) The Hong Sisters are considering casting Cha Seung Won as the lead of their next, a drama about a romance between a popular actor and a washed-out actress. I used to love Hong Sisters and swear by them but their two last dramas really rubbed me the wrong way so my new motto when it comes to them is "approach with caution". Still, if they are casting CSW, there is no way their hero would be a spineless, cowardly, immature beta (yes, my Gumiho issues are showing) because that is impossible to make CSW into that (and he's a couple of decades too old to even try). And I have no idea who they will cast as the heroine and what her character will be, but I can't imagine her being a spineless idiot like the heroine of YAB because not only would the age be wrong, any character played by CSW would eat her for breakfast. So I am cautiously optimistic with that one.
dangermousie: (Gloria - DA/YS carry by timescout)


I have just finished ep 2 of Thorn Birds and it's official - I am in love. Make no mistake, this is an unapologetic melodrama - three of the four protagonists have mothers who abandoned them and the story is not set in an orphanage. But I believe melodrama is like any other genre - most of what is made in it is crap, but occasionally you can find a gem. After all, both Something Happened in Bali and Que Sera Sera were melodramas.

I have no idea if TB will join those ranks but after the first two eps, I think it's very much on track. The drama's biggest strength lies in its casting. Yes, the script is fast-paced and I like the dialogues but imagine a slew of idol-wannabe-actors in the role and the drama would quickly become unbearable.

The top honors go to Joo Sang Wook who tears into his role as someone deeply scarred under his well-mannered and reserved facade. I have no idea if JSW is a versatile actor - for all I know, he'd be awful in a comedy. But he is incredible in dark adult dramas which is what this is. Just as in Giant, he steals every scene he's in - whenever he's on-screen, I can't pay attention to anyone else. It helps that he looks like a grown-up and can project a masculine/intelligent/competent vibe. Nothing against teen dramas or teenybopper idols but I prefer to watch adults.

Kim Min Jung is next - she's someone who is hateable but also pitiable. I should dislike her, and I do, but I can't wholly dismiss her - there is something irreversibly broken in her. Her hunger for power, recognition, love is what drives her. I am sure I will cheer when the heroine will grind her bones to make her bread, but I will be devastated too.

Han Hye Jin is likewise very good - I thought she was a little over-the-top in a couple of hyper moments but only a little, and she nails every quiet scene.

Seo Do Young hadn't had much to do yet other than be his gorgeous, cheeky self, but it's testament to his chops and screen presence that he's able to hold his own against his co-stars and keep my interest whenever he shares the screen with them, despite me knowing so little about his character.

Please, flist, give this one a chance. It's very very good. I don't remember the last time I've seen such an intelligent, nuanced, adult kdrama.

A few caps from ep 2 )

In casting news:

(1) Apparently, Lee Da Hae and Micky Yoochun may be cast opposite each other. I adore both of them but I cannot imagine them opposite each other at all. My brain breaks. But I have liked every single LDH drama I've ever seen, so I will probably like this too.

(2) The Hong Sisters are considering casting Cha Seung Won as the lead of their next, a drama about a romance between a popular actor and a washed-out actress. I used to love Hong Sisters and swear by them but their two last dramas really rubbed me the wrong way so my new motto when it comes to them is "approach with caution". Still, if they are casting CSW, there is no way their hero would be a spineless, cowardly, immature beta (yes, my Gumiho issues are showing) because that is impossible to make CSW into that (and he's a couple of decades too old to even try). And I have no idea who they will cast as the heroine and what her character will be, but I can't imagine her being a spineless idiot like the heroine of YAB because not only would the age be wrong, any character played by CSW would eat her for breakfast. So I am cautiously optimistic with that one.

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