dangermousie: (Last Scandal: blue by anenko)


A little disclaimer - romcom is my least favorite kdrama genre. It doesn't mean there are no romcoms I adore (there are some wonderful ones out there), but it does mean that the chances of my loving a romcom are smaller than loving a drama in any other genre. It's been years since I've loved a romcom proper from beginning to end (let's face it, Secret Garden was really a romantic fantasy melodrama with some funny bits and not a comedy).

And yet, despite it all, I really really adored the first ep of BL. I am not emotionally attached, not yet - that invisible magic switch which gets me to see these people as real beings I root for, hasn't flipped yet.

But it's a funny clever drama with huge potential. And after Hong Sisters' recent outings, it is fun for this ahjumma to see leads who are definitely adults (whatever their mental state may be - does anyone really think Dokko Jin is mature? :P)

Like in a lot of their dramas, the heroine is pretty awesome from the start but the male lead is immature and spoiled and has a lot of growing to do. (I think My Girl is the only one of theirs which actually breaks that pattern). Dokko Jin may be a huge superstar and south of 40, but he has the childishness, self-absorption and capacity for reflection of a five-year-old. Cha Seung Won, who usually excels in playing dangerous, cold, thoroughly grown-up men, is a total hoot here going all-out playing a man who is the opposite of those three characteristics. I don't like Dokko Jin as a person but he's a hell of an amusing character.

But the heart of the drama, so far, is with Gong Hyo Jin (who is an actress that I loved in everything I've ever seen her in). Ae Jung is down on her luck, her celebrity is almost gone (due to long-ago rumors which are, I am pretty sure, untrue) but her optimism, cheer and strength are wonderful. Nor is she the usual clumsy, 'cutely' incompetent heroine which the bane of kdrama romcoms. Ae Jung is very much a grown-up, a woman who earns a living, and who may be funny/be in funny situations without coming across as a nincompoop. And she and CSW have very good chemistry.

I don't have much of an impression of the second leads so far, beyond the fact that Yoo Inna plays the usual Hong Sisters plastic, brittle secondary bitch and that Yoon Kye Sang is very adorable and funny but I wish that he was able to go back to leading man status (Crazy for You, Who Are You, and She's 19 were all so awesome). But then the Hong Sisters never spend much time on secondaries - the OTP is King in all their stuff. The drama is populated by the usual cast of funny supporting characters, Hong Sisters-style.

You know, the drama BL reminds me of the most is not one of Hong Sisters', but Choi Jin Shil and Jung Joon Ho's wonderful Last Scandal. You have the formerly popular woman who hasn't been treated well by time and people around her, you have a spoiled and childish superstar with a hidden heart, you have he fishbowl funny world of celebrity etc etc. If BL can manage to be one-fifth as amazing as LS turned out to be, we will indeed have a winner!

Oh, and even though a lot of the first ep is set in the wacky, bizarre world of Korean variety shows, the drama is still hilarious if you've never watched a second of those. I found it all very funny and my total exposure to Korean variety shows was a total of one ep of WGM.

Did you work your whole way through this opus? Have a reward:

dangermousie: (Last Scandal: blue by anenko)


A little disclaimer - romcom is my least favorite kdrama genre. It doesn't mean there are no romcoms I adore (there are some wonderful ones out there), but it does mean that the chances of my loving a romcom are smaller than loving a drama in any other genre. It's been years since I've loved a romcom proper from beginning to end (let's face it, Secret Garden was really a romantic fantasy melodrama with some funny bits and not a comedy).

And yet, despite it all, I really really adored the first ep of BL. I am not emotionally attached, not yet - that invisible magic switch which gets me to see these people as real beings I root for, hasn't flipped yet.

But it's a funny clever drama with huge potential. And after Hong Sisters' recent outings, it is fun for this ahjumma to see leads who are definitely adults (whatever their mental state may be - does anyone really think Dokko Jin is mature? :P)

Like in a lot of their dramas, the heroine is pretty awesome from the start but the male lead is immature and spoiled and has a lot of growing to do. (I think My Girl is the only one of theirs which actually breaks that pattern). Dokko Jin may be a huge superstar and south of 40, but he has the childishness, self-absorption and capacity for reflection of a five-year-old. Cha Seung Won, who usually excels in playing dangerous, cold, thoroughly grown-up men, is a total hoot here going all-out playing a man who is the opposite of those three characteristics. I don't like Dokko Jin as a person but he's a hell of an amusing character.

But the heart of the drama, so far, is with Gong Hyo Jin (who is an actress that I loved in everything I've ever seen her in). Ae Jung is down on her luck, her celebrity is almost gone (due to long-ago rumors which are, I am pretty sure, untrue) but her optimism, cheer and strength are wonderful. Nor is she the usual clumsy, 'cutely' incompetent heroine which the bane of kdrama romcoms. Ae Jung is very much a grown-up, a woman who earns a living, and who may be funny/be in funny situations without coming across as a nincompoop. And she and CSW have very good chemistry.

I don't have much of an impression of the second leads so far, beyond the fact that Yoo Inna plays the usual Hong Sisters plastic, brittle secondary bitch and that Yoon Kye Sang is very adorable and funny but I wish that he was able to go back to leading man status (Crazy for You, Who Are You, and She's 19 were all so awesome). But then the Hong Sisters never spend much time on secondaries - the OTP is King in all their stuff. The drama is populated by the usual cast of funny supporting characters, Hong Sisters-style.

You know, the drama BL reminds me of the most is not one of Hong Sisters', but Choi Jin Shil and Jung Joon Ho's wonderful Last Scandal. You have the formerly popular woman who hasn't been treated well by time and people around her, you have a spoiled and childish superstar with a hidden heart, you have he fishbowl funny world of celebrity etc etc. If BL can manage to be one-fifth as amazing as LS turned out to be, we will indeed have a winner!

Oh, and even though a lot of the first ep is set in the wacky, bizarre world of Korean variety shows, the drama is still hilarious if you've never watched a second of those. I found it all very funny and my total exposure to Korean variety shows was a total of one ep of WGM.

Did you work your whole way through this opus? Have a reward:

dangermousie: (Last Scandal: blue by anenko)


A little disclaimer - romcom is my least favorite kdrama genre. It doesn't mean there are no romcoms I adore (there are some wonderful ones out there), but it does mean that the chances of my loving a romcom are smaller than loving a drama in any other genre. It's been years since I've loved a romcom proper from beginning to end (let's face it, Secret Garden was really a romantic fantasy melodrama with some funny bits and not a comedy).

And yet, despite it all, I really really adored the first ep of BL. I am not emotionally attached, not yet - that invisible magic switch which gets me to see these people as real beings I root for, hasn't flipped yet.

But it's a funny clever drama with huge potential. And after Hong Sisters' recent outings, it is fun for this ahjumma to see leads who are definitely adults (whatever their mental state may be - does anyone really think Dokko Jin is mature? :P)

Like in a lot of their dramas, the heroine is pretty awesome from the start but the male lead is immature and spoiled and has a lot of growing to do. (I think My Girl is the only one of theirs which actually breaks that pattern). Dokko Jin may be a huge superstar and south of 40, but he has the childishness, self-absorption and capacity for reflection of a five-year-old. Cha Seung Won, who usually excels in playing dangerous, cold, thoroughly grown-up men, is a total hoot here going all-out playing a man who is the opposite of those three characteristics. I don't like Dokko Jin as a person but he's a hell of an amusing character.

But the heart of the drama, so far, is with Gong Hyo Jin (who is an actress that I loved in everything I've ever seen her in). Ae Jung is down on her luck, her celebrity is almost gone (due to long-ago rumors which are, I am pretty sure, untrue) but her optimism, cheer and strength are wonderful. Nor is she the usual clumsy, 'cutely' incompetent heroine which the bane of kdrama romcoms. Ae Jung is very much a grown-up, a woman who earns a living, and who may be funny/be in funny situations without coming across as a nincompoop. And she and CSW have very good chemistry.

I don't have much of an impression of the second leads so far, beyond the fact that Yoo Inna plays the usual Hong Sisters plastic, brittle secondary bitch and that Yoon Kye Sang is very adorable and funny but I wish that he was able to go back to leading man status (Crazy for You, Who Are You, and She's 19 were all so awesome). But then the Hong Sisters never spend much time on secondaries - the OTP is King in all their stuff. The drama is populated by the usual cast of funny supporting characters, Hong Sisters-style.

You know, the drama BL reminds me of the most is not one of Hong Sisters', but Choi Jin Shil and Jung Joon Ho's wonderful Last Scandal. You have the formerly popular woman who hasn't been treated well by time and people around her, you have a spoiled and childish superstar with a hidden heart, you have he fishbowl funny world of celebrity etc etc. If BL can manage to be one-fifth as amazing as LS turned out to be, we will indeed have a winner!

Oh, and even though a lot of the first ep is set in the wacky, bizarre world of Korean variety shows, the drama is still hilarious if you've never watched a second of those. I found it all very funny and my total exposure to Korean variety shows was a total of one ep of WGM.

Did you work your whole way through this opus? Have a reward:

dangermousie: (ToH by theheaven)


Isn't it a lovely poster? It makes me happy to just look at it and conveys the lovely, warm feeling I get while watching this drama perfectly.

I am about 20 minutes into the first ep and I love it. I love the way it's filmed - crisp, warm tones, not particularly exciting cinematography but not closed-in, either. Just very solid. I love all the actors and have no objection to childhood portions at all - and if you know me and my loathing for childhood parts of storylines, that's saying a lot. I am still a little confused on who is who, but figured out that Woori is our future heroine (and eeee, her mother is deaf - I can't wait to see how this will tie into her interactions with her future OTP. I mean, assuming he even knows sign language since, if he's pretending not to have a problem, he might not. Though how does he function? Lip reading? I guess I'll find out). Woori is a kid but sharp and funny and a dreamer and so very believably a kid, with her desire to play piano so she can wear princessy dresses, or her crush on her kinda future stepbro (I think), the kid with the attitude whose father is mentally challenged. Haven't caught his name yet, but that kid is wonderful too - the believable adolescent sullenness and the edge of childhood, all mixed up. Of course, he's much too cool for 'baby' Woori. And there's our future hero, Dong Joo, who I haven't yet seen much of, but I liked what I saw - he's clearly loved and petted by his whole family (and is well-off too), but while he is clearly secure in his place in the world and the love he is 'owed', he is not bratty or spoiled with it in the least.

I am not sure why, but the vibe is reminding me a bit of Baker King, which is a good good thing.

CYHMH is by the writer of both Last Scandal (fluffy, trendy romcom with a wonderful heart) and Tree of Heaven (intense, angsty tragic melodrama that made me bawl for hours) and occupies sort of a middle ground thematically - like a melodrama, there are plenty of class differences, first love, birth issues, etc (I mean, the hero is someone who loses his hearing in a childhood accident but goes through life pretending to hear - that's not really romcommy in the least), but unlike ToH and like LS, it feels warm and optimistic.

Despite their differences, both LS and ToH gave me some unforgettable and intense love stories (ToH especially) so I hope this drama will too. I suppose I'll find out once the adults show up.
dangermousie: (ToH by theheaven)


Isn't it a lovely poster? It makes me happy to just look at it and conveys the lovely, warm feeling I get while watching this drama perfectly.

I am about 20 minutes into the first ep and I love it. I love the way it's filmed - crisp, warm tones, not particularly exciting cinematography but not closed-in, either. Just very solid. I love all the actors and have no objection to childhood portions at all - and if you know me and my loathing for childhood parts of storylines, that's saying a lot. I am still a little confused on who is who, but figured out that Woori is our future heroine (and eeee, her mother is deaf - I can't wait to see how this will tie into her interactions with her future OTP. I mean, assuming he even knows sign language since, if he's pretending not to have a problem, he might not. Though how does he function? Lip reading? I guess I'll find out). Woori is a kid but sharp and funny and a dreamer and so very believably a kid, with her desire to play piano so she can wear princessy dresses, or her crush on her kinda future stepbro (I think), the kid with the attitude whose father is mentally challenged. Haven't caught his name yet, but that kid is wonderful too - the believable adolescent sullenness and the edge of childhood, all mixed up. Of course, he's much too cool for 'baby' Woori. And there's our future hero, Dong Joo, who I haven't yet seen much of, but I liked what I saw - he's clearly loved and petted by his whole family (and is well-off too), but while he is clearly secure in his place in the world and the love he is 'owed', he is not bratty or spoiled with it in the least.

I am not sure why, but the vibe is reminding me a bit of Baker King, which is a good good thing.

CYHMH is by the writer of both Last Scandal (fluffy, trendy romcom with a wonderful heart) and Tree of Heaven (intense, angsty tragic melodrama that made me bawl for hours) and occupies sort of a middle ground thematically - like a melodrama, there are plenty of class differences, first love, birth issues, etc (I mean, the hero is someone who loses his hearing in a childhood accident but goes through life pretending to hear - that's not really romcommy in the least), but unlike ToH and like LS, it feels warm and optimistic.

Despite their differences, both LS and ToH gave me some unforgettable and intense love stories (ToH especially) so I hope this drama will too. I suppose I'll find out once the adults show up.
dangermousie: (ToH by theheaven)


Isn't it a lovely poster? It makes me happy to just look at it and conveys the lovely, warm feeling I get while watching this drama perfectly.

I am about 20 minutes into the first ep and I love it. I love the way it's filmed - crisp, warm tones, not particularly exciting cinematography but not closed-in, either. Just very solid. I love all the actors and have no objection to childhood portions at all - and if you know me and my loathing for childhood parts of storylines, that's saying a lot. I am still a little confused on who is who, but figured out that Woori is our future heroine (and eeee, her mother is deaf - I can't wait to see how this will tie into her interactions with her future OTP. I mean, assuming he even knows sign language since, if he's pretending not to have a problem, he might not. Though how does he function? Lip reading? I guess I'll find out). Woori is a kid but sharp and funny and a dreamer and so very believably a kid, with her desire to play piano so she can wear princessy dresses, or her crush on her kinda future stepbro (I think), the kid with the attitude whose father is mentally challenged. Haven't caught his name yet, but that kid is wonderful too - the believable adolescent sullenness and the edge of childhood, all mixed up. Of course, he's much too cool for 'baby' Woori. And there's our future hero, Dong Joo, who I haven't yet seen much of, but I liked what I saw - he's clearly loved and petted by his whole family (and is well-off too), but while he is clearly secure in his place in the world and the love he is 'owed', he is not bratty or spoiled with it in the least.

I am not sure why, but the vibe is reminding me a bit of Baker King, which is a good good thing.

CYHMH is by the writer of both Last Scandal (fluffy, trendy romcom with a wonderful heart) and Tree of Heaven (intense, angsty tragic melodrama that made me bawl for hours) and occupies sort of a middle ground thematically - like a melodrama, there are plenty of class differences, first love, birth issues, etc (I mean, the hero is someone who loses his hearing in a childhood accident but goes through life pretending to hear - that's not really romcommy in the least), but unlike ToH and like LS, it feels warm and optimistic.

Despite their differences, both LS and ToH gave me some unforgettable and intense love stories (ToH especially) so I hope this drama will too. I suppose I'll find out once the adults show up.
dangermousie: (Last Scandal: propose by anenko)
[livejournal.com profile] filmi_girl came over yesterday and I showed her the first 3 eps of Last Scandal. I'd almost forgotten how hilarious and adorable that drama is. It's one of the rare ones I can rewatch repeatedly.

In other news, there was apparently a photoshoot for various Chuno posters so here are pictures of Chuno cast striking poses and being bendable dolls.



My thoughts consisted of the following:

a. My God, Jang Hyuk must LIVE at the gym. Who knew slave-catching was such a good way to exercise.
b. Lee Da Hae is not only looking ethereally beautiful, she also looks like the only cast member to have taken a bath since 1546 AD. There are homeless people who'd refuse to look the way the rest of them do :) I also think she is the only one whose character has even a chance of surviving this drama - I am betting this all will end up in a pile of bodies a mile high.
c. I know Lee Jong Hyuk is a bad guy in this one, and I know he isn't even conventionally handsome, but something about him gets my hormones going in a way not even Jang Hyuk with his abs and cheeky grin can do.
d. I can't tell which ones are slaves and which ones are slave catchers as everyone looks equally ratty and miserably poor. I suppose that's the point.
e. Oh my, Oh Ji Ho looks gorgeous even with Korean Beard (tm [livejournal.com profile] alexandral).

I am so obsessed with this drama, I dreamt of it last night. Good Lord.

Enter one enter all, for cast members short and tall )
dangermousie: (Last Scandal: propose by anenko)
[livejournal.com profile] filmi_girl came over yesterday and I showed her the first 3 eps of Last Scandal. I'd almost forgotten how hilarious and adorable that drama is. It's one of the rare ones I can rewatch repeatedly.

In other news, there was apparently a photoshoot for various Chuno posters so here are pictures of Chuno cast striking poses and being bendable dolls.



My thoughts consisted of the following:

a. My God, Jang Hyuk must LIVE at the gym. Who knew slave-catching was such a good way to exercise.
b. Lee Da Hae is not only looking ethereally beautiful, she also looks like the only cast member to have taken a bath since 1546 AD. There are homeless people who'd refuse to look the way the rest of them do :) I also think she is the only one whose character has even a chance of surviving this drama - I am betting this all will end up in a pile of bodies a mile high.
c. I know Lee Jong Hyuk is a bad guy in this one, and I know he isn't even conventionally handsome, but something about him gets my hormones going in a way not even Jang Hyuk with his abs and cheeky grin can do.
d. I can't tell which ones are slaves and which ones are slave catchers as everyone looks equally ratty and miserably poor. I suppose that's the point.
e. Oh my, Oh Ji Ho looks gorgeous even with Korean Beard (tm [livejournal.com profile] alexandral).

I am so obsessed with this drama, I dreamt of it last night. Good Lord.

Enter one enter all, for cast members short and tall )
dangermousie: (Last Scandal: propose by anenko)
[livejournal.com profile] filmi_girl came over yesterday and I showed her the first 3 eps of Last Scandal. I'd almost forgotten how hilarious and adorable that drama is. It's one of the rare ones I can rewatch repeatedly.

In other news, there was apparently a photoshoot for various Chuno posters so here are pictures of Chuno cast striking poses and being bendable dolls.



My thoughts consisted of the following:

a. My God, Jang Hyuk must LIVE at the gym. Who knew slave-catching was such a good way to exercise.
b. Lee Da Hae is not only looking ethereally beautiful, she also looks like the only cast member to have taken a bath since 1546 AD. There are homeless people who'd refuse to look the way the rest of them do :) I also think she is the only one whose character has even a chance of surviving this drama - I am betting this all will end up in a pile of bodies a mile high.
c. I know Lee Jong Hyuk is a bad guy in this one, and I know he isn't even conventionally handsome, but something about him gets my hormones going in a way not even Jang Hyuk with his abs and cheeky grin can do.
d. I can't tell which ones are slaves and which ones are slave catchers as everyone looks equally ratty and miserably poor. I suppose that's the point.
e. Oh my, Oh Ji Ho looks gorgeous even with Korean Beard (tm [livejournal.com profile] alexandral).

I am so obsessed with this drama, I dreamt of it last night. Good Lord.

Enter one enter all, for cast members short and tall )
dangermousie: (IRIS by loubox)
There were so many awesome moments in episode 10 so far (this is a rare drama that gets better with each episode) but I had to stop and post this even though I am in the middle of ep yet and haven't even seen the second half.



Yes. Tae Kyung took care of sick Minam all night long. And our OCD neurotic was really good at it!

Caps and comments )

I haven't seen the second half of ep 10 but I am totally spoiled so I wonder if ep 11 will begin like this. Scene from last Scandal )

Side note: if you haven't watched Last Scandal, you simply must. It's the best example of "hero is a star" story I have ever seen and one of my Top 10 dramas. I love YAB to bits, but not the way I love Last Scandal.

P.S. I am using an IRIS icon for a YAB post as an oddball mini protest against the bizarre "if you love YAB you must bash IRIS" mentality I see in fandom - wtf! I love both and except for being dramas, they have nothing in common. IRIS is like nice strong coffee with an extra shot of espresso and YAB is like Swiss Miss chocolate. Guess what - I happen to love both for different reasons and at different times.
dangermousie: (IRIS by loubox)
There were so many awesome moments in episode 10 so far (this is a rare drama that gets better with each episode) but I had to stop and post this even though I am in the middle of ep yet and haven't even seen the second half.



Yes. Tae Kyung took care of sick Minam all night long. And our OCD neurotic was really good at it!

Caps and comments )

I haven't seen the second half of ep 10 but I am totally spoiled so I wonder if ep 11 will begin like this. Scene from last Scandal )

Side note: if you haven't watched Last Scandal, you simply must. It's the best example of "hero is a star" story I have ever seen and one of my Top 10 dramas. I love YAB to bits, but not the way I love Last Scandal.

P.S. I am using an IRIS icon for a YAB post as an oddball mini protest against the bizarre "if you love YAB you must bash IRIS" mentality I see in fandom - wtf! I love both and except for being dramas, they have nothing in common. IRIS is like nice strong coffee with an extra shot of espresso and YAB is like Swiss Miss chocolate. Guess what - I happen to love both for different reasons and at different times.
dangermousie: (IRIS by loubox)
There were so many awesome moments in episode 10 so far (this is a rare drama that gets better with each episode) but I had to stop and post this even though I am in the middle of ep yet and haven't even seen the second half.



Yes. Tae Kyung took care of sick Minam all night long. And our OCD neurotic was really good at it!

Caps and comments )

I haven't seen the second half of ep 10 but I am totally spoiled so I wonder if ep 11 will begin like this. Scene from last Scandal )

Side note: if you haven't watched Last Scandal, you simply must. It's the best example of "hero is a star" story I have ever seen and one of my Top 10 dramas. I love YAB to bits, but not the way I love Last Scandal.

P.S. I am using an IRIS icon for a YAB post as an oddball mini protest against the bizarre "if you love YAB you must bash IRIS" mentality I see in fandom - wtf! I love both and except for being dramas, they have nothing in common. IRIS is like nice strong coffee with an extra shot of espresso and YAB is like Swiss Miss chocolate. Guess what - I happen to love both for different reasons and at different times.
dangermousie: (Lobbyist OTP by miss-dian)
1. Exhibit 1:

This short preview from Next Stop Happiness.



Yuuuuuuuum. Is it Sunday yet?

2. Exhibit 2:

The makers of Lobbyist show they haven't stopped with their hurt/comfort fixation in their latest, Swallow the Sun.



Brought to you by a kdrama maker with a fixation on having his leading men bleed like a vampire dinner )

3. Exhibit 3:

Posters from IRIS. No blood on the posters themselves but I am sure a drama about spies and assassins will have plenty of that.



Have gun, will travel )
dangermousie: (Lobbyist OTP by miss-dian)
1. Exhibit 1:

This short preview from Next Stop Happiness.



Yuuuuuuuum. Is it Sunday yet?

2. Exhibit 2:

The makers of Lobbyist show they haven't stopped with their hurt/comfort fixation in their latest, Swallow the Sun.



Brought to you by a kdrama maker with a fixation on having his leading men bleed like a vampire dinner )

3. Exhibit 3:

Posters from IRIS. No blood on the posters themselves but I am sure a drama about spies and assassins will have plenty of that.



Have gun, will travel )
dangermousie: (Lobbyist OTP by miss-dian)
1. Exhibit 1:

This short preview from Next Stop Happiness.



Yuuuuuuuum. Is it Sunday yet?

2. Exhibit 2:

The makers of Lobbyist show they haven't stopped with their hurt/comfort fixation in their latest, Swallow the Sun.



Brought to you by a kdrama maker with a fixation on having his leading men bleed like a vampire dinner )

3. Exhibit 3:

Posters from IRIS. No blood on the posters themselves but I am sure a drama about spies and assassins will have plenty of that.



Have gun, will travel )
dangermousie: (Last Scandal: Jae Bin by anenko)
...if you do not read the synopsis for IRIS.



(It's funny, I can't help but picture him as Jae Bin from Last Scandal, taking on this tough-bad-guy role and then coming home to Sun Hee and the kids. AWWW. I know, I am insane).

Synopsis: Top 707 agents Kim Hyun-jun (Lee Byung-hun) and Jin Sa-woo (Joong Jun-ho) are blood brothers who swore to trust each other and unchanging friendship for life. They stand out and get noticed by the National Security System (NSS) and become the top agents. They meet agent Choi Seung-hee(Kim Tae-hee) there and both fall in love with her. But Hyun-jun and Seung-hee become close and Sa-woo fights to hide his feelings for Seung-hee. One day, Hyun-jun and Seung-hee are immediately sent on a mission to Hungary with Sa-woo. When they successfully finish off their job with immaculate teamwork and are celebrating it, a message arrives to Hyun-jun asking him to meet in secret. Baek-san (Kim Young-cheol), an executive of NSS who had been waiting for Hyun-jun orders a solo mission. Despite the tight protection of bodyguards, Hyun-jun succeeds his mission. But before escaping, Hyun-jun gets wounded by Chul-young (Kim Seung-woo) and Sun-hwa (Kim So-yeon), his targets’ head security bodyguards. After an intense, suffocating chase, Hyun-jun succeeds in escaping and hiding out in a house. But later he is shockingly betrayed by his most trusted friend, Sa-woo. After getting a bullet wound from Sa-woo’s betrayal, Hyun-jun tries to escape with Seung-hee’s help. However, Hyun-jun ends up losing Seung-hee. And his car, while being chased by the agents, also explodes. They are both misled into thinking that the other had died. Hyun-jun gets saved by an unidentifiable ‘Voice’ and learns the secret identity of a group called, ‘Iris’. 1 year later, with the two Koreas about to be reunified, Hyun-jun makes his return. After spending a nightmarish life of being betrayed and losing everything, Hyun-jun returns to get revenge on those who threw him into the living hell. With the help of the President, Hyun-jun returns to his post in the NSS. Starting a fight against the secret society called, ‘Iris’ which tries to interfere with reunification, Hyun-jun now puts everything on the line for the battle of his life.

I really hope that the living hell they threw him into is more than losing his gig and potentially a girlfriend - that would be a pretty wimpy hell by kdrama standards, especially since he'll discover his girlfriend is alive as soon as he starts back in his old job.

We'll see. With All In, LBH's plenty of practice of playing the dude who believes he lost the love of his life and channels it into wielding guns with competence.

Also, if it's somewhat loosely based on Shiri, does that mean that Kim Tae Hee is a North Korean agent who will need to be dead by the end?
dangermousie: (Last Scandal: Jae Bin by anenko)
...if you do not read the synopsis for IRIS.



(It's funny, I can't help but picture him as Jae Bin from Last Scandal, taking on this tough-bad-guy role and then coming home to Sun Hee and the kids. AWWW. I know, I am insane).

Synopsis: Top 707 agents Kim Hyun-jun (Lee Byung-hun) and Jin Sa-woo (Joong Jun-ho) are blood brothers who swore to trust each other and unchanging friendship for life. They stand out and get noticed by the National Security System (NSS) and become the top agents. They meet agent Choi Seung-hee(Kim Tae-hee) there and both fall in love with her. But Hyun-jun and Seung-hee become close and Sa-woo fights to hide his feelings for Seung-hee. One day, Hyun-jun and Seung-hee are immediately sent on a mission to Hungary with Sa-woo. When they successfully finish off their job with immaculate teamwork and are celebrating it, a message arrives to Hyun-jun asking him to meet in secret. Baek-san (Kim Young-cheol), an executive of NSS who had been waiting for Hyun-jun orders a solo mission. Despite the tight protection of bodyguards, Hyun-jun succeeds his mission. But before escaping, Hyun-jun gets wounded by Chul-young (Kim Seung-woo) and Sun-hwa (Kim So-yeon), his targets’ head security bodyguards. After an intense, suffocating chase, Hyun-jun succeeds in escaping and hiding out in a house. But later he is shockingly betrayed by his most trusted friend, Sa-woo. After getting a bullet wound from Sa-woo’s betrayal, Hyun-jun tries to escape with Seung-hee’s help. However, Hyun-jun ends up losing Seung-hee. And his car, while being chased by the agents, also explodes. They are both misled into thinking that the other had died. Hyun-jun gets saved by an unidentifiable ‘Voice’ and learns the secret identity of a group called, ‘Iris’. 1 year later, with the two Koreas about to be reunified, Hyun-jun makes his return. After spending a nightmarish life of being betrayed and losing everything, Hyun-jun returns to get revenge on those who threw him into the living hell. With the help of the President, Hyun-jun returns to his post in the NSS. Starting a fight against the secret society called, ‘Iris’ which tries to interfere with reunification, Hyun-jun now puts everything on the line for the battle of his life.

I really hope that the living hell they threw him into is more than losing his gig and potentially a girlfriend - that would be a pretty wimpy hell by kdrama standards, especially since he'll discover his girlfriend is alive as soon as he starts back in his old job.

We'll see. With All In, LBH's plenty of practice of playing the dude who believes he lost the love of his life and channels it into wielding guns with competence.

Also, if it's somewhat loosely based on Shiri, does that mean that Kim Tae Hee is a North Korean agent who will need to be dead by the end?
dangermousie: (Last Scandal: Jae Bin by anenko)
...if you do not read the synopsis for IRIS.



(It's funny, I can't help but picture him as Jae Bin from Last Scandal, taking on this tough-bad-guy role and then coming home to Sun Hee and the kids. AWWW. I know, I am insane).

Synopsis: Top 707 agents Kim Hyun-jun (Lee Byung-hun) and Jin Sa-woo (Joong Jun-ho) are blood brothers who swore to trust each other and unchanging friendship for life. They stand out and get noticed by the National Security System (NSS) and become the top agents. They meet agent Choi Seung-hee(Kim Tae-hee) there and both fall in love with her. But Hyun-jun and Seung-hee become close and Sa-woo fights to hide his feelings for Seung-hee. One day, Hyun-jun and Seung-hee are immediately sent on a mission to Hungary with Sa-woo. When they successfully finish off their job with immaculate teamwork and are celebrating it, a message arrives to Hyun-jun asking him to meet in secret. Baek-san (Kim Young-cheol), an executive of NSS who had been waiting for Hyun-jun orders a solo mission. Despite the tight protection of bodyguards, Hyun-jun succeeds his mission. But before escaping, Hyun-jun gets wounded by Chul-young (Kim Seung-woo) and Sun-hwa (Kim So-yeon), his targets’ head security bodyguards. After an intense, suffocating chase, Hyun-jun succeeds in escaping and hiding out in a house. But later he is shockingly betrayed by his most trusted friend, Sa-woo. After getting a bullet wound from Sa-woo’s betrayal, Hyun-jun tries to escape with Seung-hee’s help. However, Hyun-jun ends up losing Seung-hee. And his car, while being chased by the agents, also explodes. They are both misled into thinking that the other had died. Hyun-jun gets saved by an unidentifiable ‘Voice’ and learns the secret identity of a group called, ‘Iris’. 1 year later, with the two Koreas about to be reunified, Hyun-jun makes his return. After spending a nightmarish life of being betrayed and losing everything, Hyun-jun returns to get revenge on those who threw him into the living hell. With the help of the President, Hyun-jun returns to his post in the NSS. Starting a fight against the secret society called, ‘Iris’ which tries to interfere with reunification, Hyun-jun now puts everything on the line for the battle of his life.

I really hope that the living hell they threw him into is more than losing his gig and potentially a girlfriend - that would be a pretty wimpy hell by kdrama standards, especially since he'll discover his girlfriend is alive as soon as he starts back in his old job.

We'll see. With All In, LBH's plenty of practice of playing the dude who believes he lost the love of his life and channels it into wielding guns with competence.

Also, if it's somewhat loosely based on Shiri, does that mean that Kim Tae Hee is a North Korean agent who will need to be dead by the end?
dangermousie: (Last Scandal by boycottbananas)
I took 1463 caps of episodes 14-16 which is...rather insane. I did, however, narrow them down to 160. I had to leave a lot of awesome scenes out to do it, though.



So enter for meta, summary and caps behind the cut )
dangermousie: (Last Scandal by boycottbananas)
I took 1463 caps of episodes 14-16 which is...rather insane. I did, however, narrow them down to 160. I had to leave a lot of awesome scenes out to do it, though.



So enter for meta, summary and caps behind the cut )

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