dangermousie: (Lobbyist OTP by miss-dian)
Even though I am already watching a billion dramas (Gloria, Giant, I Am Legend, Baker King, Summer Desire, LOCH2008 rewatch, Love at First Fight, Bad Love, Young Warriors of the Yang Clan, Soulmate, Gumiho Girlfriend, Men and Legends), one more just got added to the pile.

The drama is last year's kdrama Partner, starring Lee Dong Wook, Kim Hyun Joo, Honey Lee and Choi Chul Ho.

Normally I stay far far away from dramas centered around lawyers but I cannot help it here. I saw this MV and was a total goner in about ten seconds (you may have to turn the volume way up - for some reason it plays quieter on my computer than other vids).



This is the secondary OTP - from what I know through flist osmosis they were lovers but his evil family made him marry someone more suitable. But then she ended up being hired by the same firm he was working in and...things happened. I should probably be screaming 'adulterers!!!' but hey, I was always one for sexy trainwrecks. Instead of going 'how could they', I keep hoping for his wife to accidentally fall into a piranha tank (or, more humanely, divorce him for a non-cheater).

The main OTP looks pretty awesome too (an angsty playboy and a strong-willed single mother) but a lot more functional so I think I am less drawn to them (though, once again from flist osmosis, I remember there is some BIG ANGSTY SECRET (tm) why he can't be with her - something to do with her dead husband). Have a great MV:



So yes, despite normally avoiding lawyer dramas like the plague, I am about to plunge into one. The awesome cast plus two OTPs - bring it on!

And speaking of lawyers, I watched ep 5 of I Am Legend which I really like but which made me really wonder about the Korean legal system. It does not seem indicated anywhere that KJE is asking for alimony and so they are not fighting over how much she should get and there are no kids to argue custody issues about - so why the divorce is even contested in the sense that there is bitter fighting - under Korean law, could she really not get a divorce when she wants it, whatever the reason? That is bizarre. Beyond bizarre.
dangermousie: (Lobbyist OTP by miss-dian)
Even though I am already watching a billion dramas (Gloria, Giant, I Am Legend, Baker King, Summer Desire, LOCH2008 rewatch, Love at First Fight, Bad Love, Young Warriors of the Yang Clan, Soulmate, Gumiho Girlfriend, Men and Legends), one more just got added to the pile.

The drama is last year's kdrama Partner, starring Lee Dong Wook, Kim Hyun Joo, Honey Lee and Choi Chul Ho.

Normally I stay far far away from dramas centered around lawyers but I cannot help it here. I saw this MV and was a total goner in about ten seconds (you may have to turn the volume way up - for some reason it plays quieter on my computer than other vids).



This is the secondary OTP - from what I know through flist osmosis they were lovers but his evil family made him marry someone more suitable. But then she ended up being hired by the same firm he was working in and...things happened. I should probably be screaming 'adulterers!!!' but hey, I was always one for sexy trainwrecks. Instead of going 'how could they', I keep hoping for his wife to accidentally fall into a piranha tank (or, more humanely, divorce him for a non-cheater).

The main OTP looks pretty awesome too (an angsty playboy and a strong-willed single mother) but a lot more functional so I think I am less drawn to them (though, once again from flist osmosis, I remember there is some BIG ANGSTY SECRET (tm) why he can't be with her - something to do with her dead husband). Have a great MV:



So yes, despite normally avoiding lawyer dramas like the plague, I am about to plunge into one. The awesome cast plus two OTPs - bring it on!

And speaking of lawyers, I watched ep 5 of I Am Legend which I really like but which made me really wonder about the Korean legal system. It does not seem indicated anywhere that KJE is asking for alimony and so they are not fighting over how much she should get and there are no kids to argue custody issues about - so why the divorce is even contested in the sense that there is bitter fighting - under Korean law, could she really not get a divorce when she wants it, whatever the reason? That is bizarre. Beyond bizarre.
dangermousie: (Lobbyist OTP by miss-dian)
Even though I am already watching a billion dramas (Gloria, Giant, I Am Legend, Baker King, Summer Desire, LOCH2008 rewatch, Love at First Fight, Bad Love, Young Warriors of the Yang Clan, Soulmate, Gumiho Girlfriend, Men and Legends), one more just got added to the pile.

The drama is last year's kdrama Partner, starring Lee Dong Wook, Kim Hyun Joo, Honey Lee and Choi Chul Ho.

Normally I stay far far away from dramas centered around lawyers but I cannot help it here. I saw this MV and was a total goner in about ten seconds (you may have to turn the volume way up - for some reason it plays quieter on my computer than other vids).



This is the secondary OTP - from what I know through flist osmosis they were lovers but his evil family made him marry someone more suitable. But then she ended up being hired by the same firm he was working in and...things happened. I should probably be screaming 'adulterers!!!' but hey, I was always one for sexy trainwrecks. Instead of going 'how could they', I keep hoping for his wife to accidentally fall into a piranha tank (or, more humanely, divorce him for a non-cheater).

The main OTP looks pretty awesome too (an angsty playboy and a strong-willed single mother) but a lot more functional so I think I am less drawn to them (though, once again from flist osmosis, I remember there is some BIG ANGSTY SECRET (tm) why he can't be with her - something to do with her dead husband). Have a great MV:



So yes, despite normally avoiding lawyer dramas like the plague, I am about to plunge into one. The awesome cast plus two OTPs - bring it on!

And speaking of lawyers, I watched ep 5 of I Am Legend which I really like but which made me really wonder about the Korean legal system. It does not seem indicated anywhere that KJE is asking for alimony and so they are not fighting over how much she should get and there are no kids to argue custody issues about - so why the divorce is even contested in the sense that there is bitter fighting - under Korean law, could she really not get a divorce when she wants it, whatever the reason? That is bizarre. Beyond bizarre.
dangermousie: (Chuno - hands)
I liked IAL after the first two eps but after eps 3 and 4 I am officially, madly in love.

I love that this drama gives its characters space to breathe, I love that they are adults, I love that female friendship is prominently featured, I love the chemistry between hero and heroine, I love the soundtrack (they did a cover of Pugacheva's Million of Red Roses - it as surreal to hear it in Korean), I love Kim Jung Eun's tough heroine with glimpses of fragility who has ditched her stifling awful society marriage to go back to music, I love her outrageous, louder-than-life friend Fa Ja, I love her brittle fake cooky frenemy Ra Hee, I love Lee Joon Hyuk's former rock star who is now tutoring this weird ahjumma band. I love to hate Kim Jung Eun's sleazy soon-to-be ex-husband and his mistress, the equally sleazy divorce lawyer.
dangermousie: (Chuno - hands)
I liked IAL after the first two eps but after eps 3 and 4 I am officially, madly in love.

I love that this drama gives its characters space to breathe, I love that they are adults, I love that female friendship is prominently featured, I love the chemistry between hero and heroine, I love the soundtrack (they did a cover of Pugacheva's Million of Red Roses - it as surreal to hear it in Korean), I love Kim Jung Eun's tough heroine with glimpses of fragility who has ditched her stifling awful society marriage to go back to music, I love her outrageous, louder-than-life friend Fa Ja, I love her brittle fake cooky frenemy Ra Hee, I love Lee Joon Hyuk's former rock star who is now tutoring this weird ahjumma band. I love to hate Kim Jung Eun's sleazy soon-to-be ex-husband and his mistress, the equally sleazy divorce lawyer.
dangermousie: (Chuno - hands)
I liked IAL after the first two eps but after eps 3 and 4 I am officially, madly in love.

I love that this drama gives its characters space to breathe, I love that they are adults, I love that female friendship is prominently featured, I love the chemistry between hero and heroine, I love the soundtrack (they did a cover of Pugacheva's Million of Red Roses - it as surreal to hear it in Korean), I love Kim Jung Eun's tough heroine with glimpses of fragility who has ditched her stifling awful society marriage to go back to music, I love her outrageous, louder-than-life friend Fa Ja, I love her brittle fake cooky frenemy Ra Hee, I love Lee Joon Hyuk's former rock star who is now tutoring this weird ahjumma band. I love to hate Kim Jung Eun's sleazy soon-to-be ex-husband and his mistress, the equally sleazy divorce lawyer.
dangermousie: (Capital Scandal sit by miss_dian)
I had a chance to check out first eps for all three dramas I planned to watch (if they proved to be to my liking) in August. The verdict for all three is an overwhelming yes.

Giant - I believe I am hooked. First ep was mainly childhood scenes but unlike a lot of people, I happen to like childhood portions of epic narratives (must be all the Victorian novels I read growing up). I love what I've seen so far - the first ep had a very very heavy East of Eden hangover - from filters, to the set-up itself, to even some scenes (the scene with the brothers parting in the station is very very EoE and so is oldest brother jumping off the train). But that is not a bad thing for me at all as I adored EoE to bits. I am a sucker for intergenerational epic/family/revenge narratives. I am also pleased to report that to my shock, Lee Bum Soo, who looked so horrible in pictures, totally won my heart in the few minutes he was on screen (in the beginning before the drama went into flashback mode). He is in no way good-looking but there is something so magnetic about him I found myself not caring.

Gloria - actually the post heading is a bit of a misnomer insofar as I have watched first two eps of Gloria, not just one. They were both subbed and it was too good for me to stop after just one. Bae Doona is wonderful as always (has she ever been less than amazing) and her brand of pragmatic, utterly grown-up heroine with a hell of a temper won me over from the first minute she was on-screen. She is going to be a joy to watch. I also fell in love with Lee Chun Hee who plays a small-time thug and boxer and Bae Doona's best friend. I have never seen him in anything before but consider me a fan. I love their dynamic - it strikes me as real. I actually hope very much they don't hook up because I love their friends dynamic and want to see inter-gender best friends not turn into romantic partners for once. I also see no hint of any such interest between them. But, if we are honest, the reason I don't ship them is because the one OTP I got out of these three dramas so far is LCH with the suicidal rich girl played by So Yi Hyun - she is so fragile and beautiful (I am crushing) and removed from the world (her parents' reaction to her suicide attempts - eeeek). And their few scenes together are just mind-blowing to me because he is so very opposite - not pristine or upper-class and he is so smitten literally silent in her presence. Much as I enjoy rich guy/plucky poor girl OTPs kdramas love so much, I am a lot more into 'girl goes slumming' OTPs kdramas are not nearly as fond of. Plus, my favorite scene of the two episodes was the first time he saw her, when she almost jumped off the roof and you see him look and start stretching his hand very quietly so as not to spook her and then she sees him, so she composedly steps down and walks off as if she didn't just try to kill herself (and goes home and ODs).



Oh, and the later scene with them on the hospital roof (when he asks her if she needs help killing herself and also gives her back her pearl bracelet and I realize he must have picked up all the scattered pearls and strung them back together, which is doubly awesome because he needs money so badly at the time but he still doesn't sell the filthy-expensive bracelet or anything). ARGH SHIP SHIP SHIP RABID SHIP I WANT. The fourth main chracter, the illegitimate rich guy played by Suh Ji Suk is someone I really like as well - he is hardworking and so reserved as to be almost shut-down but he is not an acting out jerk or anything of the sort. I want to see him with Bae Doona on no basis at all :) I am a little less enamoured of various supporting players and the rather dingy setting can be a turn-off for some (I love it, myself) but what Gloria does brilliantly well is moments that stick in my head - the first meeting or rooftop scenes with LCH/SYH, when Bae Doona steps up to the mike and starts singing her heart out, the pearls falling off So Yi Hyun's hand as she loses consciousness, Suh Ji Suk's iron composure slipping for once as he smashes his hand against a mirror contemplating being tossed aside by his family, yet again. Anyway, it's wonderful.

I Am Legend - so much fun! Unlike Gloria and Giant, which are both epic in their different ways, IAL is small-scale. It's very woman-centric - I foresee any men will be strictly secondary, but that is not a bad thing. The soundtrack is peppy, the colors bright, but my emotions were genuinely engaged despite the oddness of the premise (society wife has enough of her awful husband and family, divorces him and starts a band). A lot of that connection is thanks to Kim Jung Eun - the star of the vehicle. She is amazing - funny, strong, pitiable, amazing. I have always loved KJE (Lovers is one of my all-time favorites) and even if Kim Sunah fans come into this LJ to decapitate me, I am glad KJE replaced Kim Sunah - I like the latter but she has a tendency to go cutesy-childlike and this would not have worked nearly as well for this. I really hate the protagonist's slimy husband and his whole family and cannot wait for KJE to become an independent rocker chick. Also, while we haven't seen much of her future love interest, he looks pretty scrumptuous, so there is that.
dangermousie: (Capital Scandal sit by miss_dian)
I had a chance to check out first eps for all three dramas I planned to watch (if they proved to be to my liking) in August. The verdict for all three is an overwhelming yes.

Giant - I believe I am hooked. First ep was mainly childhood scenes but unlike a lot of people, I happen to like childhood portions of epic narratives (must be all the Victorian novels I read growing up). I love what I've seen so far - the first ep had a very very heavy East of Eden hangover - from filters, to the set-up itself, to even some scenes (the scene with the brothers parting in the station is very very EoE and so is oldest brother jumping off the train). But that is not a bad thing for me at all as I adored EoE to bits. I am a sucker for intergenerational epic/family/revenge narratives. I am also pleased to report that to my shock, Lee Bum Soo, who looked so horrible in pictures, totally won my heart in the few minutes he was on screen (in the beginning before the drama went into flashback mode). He is in no way good-looking but there is something so magnetic about him I found myself not caring.

Gloria - actually the post heading is a bit of a misnomer insofar as I have watched first two eps of Gloria, not just one. They were both subbed and it was too good for me to stop after just one. Bae Doona is wonderful as always (has she ever been less than amazing) and her brand of pragmatic, utterly grown-up heroine with a hell of a temper won me over from the first minute she was on-screen. She is going to be a joy to watch. I also fell in love with Lee Chun Hee who plays a small-time thug and boxer and Bae Doona's best friend. I have never seen him in anything before but consider me a fan. I love their dynamic - it strikes me as real. I actually hope very much they don't hook up because I love their friends dynamic and want to see inter-gender best friends not turn into romantic partners for once. I also see no hint of any such interest between them. But, if we are honest, the reason I don't ship them is because the one OTP I got out of these three dramas so far is LCH with the suicidal rich girl played by So Yi Hyun - she is so fragile and beautiful (I am crushing) and removed from the world (her parents' reaction to her suicide attempts - eeeek). And their few scenes together are just mind-blowing to me because he is so very opposite - not pristine or upper-class and he is so smitten literally silent in her presence. Much as I enjoy rich guy/plucky poor girl OTPs kdramas love so much, I am a lot more into 'girl goes slumming' OTPs kdramas are not nearly as fond of. Plus, my favorite scene of the two episodes was the first time he saw her, when she almost jumped off the roof and you see him look and start stretching his hand very quietly so as not to spook her and then she sees him, so she composedly steps down and walks off as if she didn't just try to kill herself (and goes home and ODs).



Oh, and the later scene with them on the hospital roof (when he asks her if she needs help killing herself and also gives her back her pearl bracelet and I realize he must have picked up all the scattered pearls and strung them back together, which is doubly awesome because he needs money so badly at the time but he still doesn't sell the filthy-expensive bracelet or anything). ARGH SHIP SHIP SHIP RABID SHIP I WANT. The fourth main chracter, the illegitimate rich guy played by Suh Ji Suk is someone I really like as well - he is hardworking and so reserved as to be almost shut-down but he is not an acting out jerk or anything of the sort. I want to see him with Bae Doona on no basis at all :) I am a little less enamoured of various supporting players and the rather dingy setting can be a turn-off for some (I love it, myself) but what Gloria does brilliantly well is moments that stick in my head - the first meeting or rooftop scenes with LCH/SYH, when Bae Doona steps up to the mike and starts singing her heart out, the pearls falling off So Yi Hyun's hand as she loses consciousness, Suh Ji Suk's iron composure slipping for once as he smashes his hand against a mirror contemplating being tossed aside by his family, yet again. Anyway, it's wonderful.

I Am Legend - so much fun! Unlike Gloria and Giant, which are both epic in their different ways, IAL is small-scale. It's very woman-centric - I foresee any men will be strictly secondary, but that is not a bad thing. The soundtrack is peppy, the colors bright, but my emotions were genuinely engaged despite the oddness of the premise (society wife has enough of her awful husband and family, divorces him and starts a band). A lot of that connection is thanks to Kim Jung Eun - the star of the vehicle. She is amazing - funny, strong, pitiable, amazing. I have always loved KJE (Lovers is one of my all-time favorites) and even if Kim Sunah fans come into this LJ to decapitate me, I am glad KJE replaced Kim Sunah - I like the latter but she has a tendency to go cutesy-childlike and this would not have worked nearly as well for this. I really hate the protagonist's slimy husband and his whole family and cannot wait for KJE to become an independent rocker chick. Also, while we haven't seen much of her future love interest, he looks pretty scrumptuous, so there is that.
dangermousie: (Capital Scandal sit by miss_dian)
I had a chance to check out first eps for all three dramas I planned to watch (if they proved to be to my liking) in August. The verdict for all three is an overwhelming yes.

Giant - I believe I am hooked. First ep was mainly childhood scenes but unlike a lot of people, I happen to like childhood portions of epic narratives (must be all the Victorian novels I read growing up). I love what I've seen so far - the first ep had a very very heavy East of Eden hangover - from filters, to the set-up itself, to even some scenes (the scene with the brothers parting in the station is very very EoE and so is oldest brother jumping off the train). But that is not a bad thing for me at all as I adored EoE to bits. I am a sucker for intergenerational epic/family/revenge narratives. I am also pleased to report that to my shock, Lee Bum Soo, who looked so horrible in pictures, totally won my heart in the few minutes he was on screen (in the beginning before the drama went into flashback mode). He is in no way good-looking but there is something so magnetic about him I found myself not caring.

Gloria - actually the post heading is a bit of a misnomer insofar as I have watched first two eps of Gloria, not just one. They were both subbed and it was too good for me to stop after just one. Bae Doona is wonderful as always (has she ever been less than amazing) and her brand of pragmatic, utterly grown-up heroine with a hell of a temper won me over from the first minute she was on-screen. She is going to be a joy to watch. I also fell in love with Lee Chun Hee who plays a small-time thug and boxer and Bae Doona's best friend. I have never seen him in anything before but consider me a fan. I love their dynamic - it strikes me as real. I actually hope very much they don't hook up because I love their friends dynamic and want to see inter-gender best friends not turn into romantic partners for once. I also see no hint of any such interest between them. But, if we are honest, the reason I don't ship them is because the one OTP I got out of these three dramas so far is LCH with the suicidal rich girl played by So Yi Hyun - she is so fragile and beautiful (I am crushing) and removed from the world (her parents' reaction to her suicide attempts - eeeek). And their few scenes together are just mind-blowing to me because he is so very opposite - not pristine or upper-class and he is so smitten literally silent in her presence. Much as I enjoy rich guy/plucky poor girl OTPs kdramas love so much, I am a lot more into 'girl goes slumming' OTPs kdramas are not nearly as fond of. Plus, my favorite scene of the two episodes was the first time he saw her, when she almost jumped off the roof and you see him look and start stretching his hand very quietly so as not to spook her and then she sees him, so she composedly steps down and walks off as if she didn't just try to kill herself (and goes home and ODs).



Oh, and the later scene with them on the hospital roof (when he asks her if she needs help killing herself and also gives her back her pearl bracelet and I realize he must have picked up all the scattered pearls and strung them back together, which is doubly awesome because he needs money so badly at the time but he still doesn't sell the filthy-expensive bracelet or anything). ARGH SHIP SHIP SHIP RABID SHIP I WANT. The fourth main chracter, the illegitimate rich guy played by Suh Ji Suk is someone I really like as well - he is hardworking and so reserved as to be almost shut-down but he is not an acting out jerk or anything of the sort. I want to see him with Bae Doona on no basis at all :) I am a little less enamoured of various supporting players and the rather dingy setting can be a turn-off for some (I love it, myself) but what Gloria does brilliantly well is moments that stick in my head - the first meeting or rooftop scenes with LCH/SYH, when Bae Doona steps up to the mike and starts singing her heart out, the pearls falling off So Yi Hyun's hand as she loses consciousness, Suh Ji Suk's iron composure slipping for once as he smashes his hand against a mirror contemplating being tossed aside by his family, yet again. Anyway, it's wonderful.

I Am Legend - so much fun! Unlike Gloria and Giant, which are both epic in their different ways, IAL is small-scale. It's very woman-centric - I foresee any men will be strictly secondary, but that is not a bad thing. The soundtrack is peppy, the colors bright, but my emotions were genuinely engaged despite the oddness of the premise (society wife has enough of her awful husband and family, divorces him and starts a band). A lot of that connection is thanks to Kim Jung Eun - the star of the vehicle. She is amazing - funny, strong, pitiable, amazing. I have always loved KJE (Lovers is one of my all-time favorites) and even if Kim Sunah fans come into this LJ to decapitate me, I am glad KJE replaced Kim Sunah - I like the latter but she has a tendency to go cutesy-childlike and this would not have worked nearly as well for this. I really hate the protagonist's slimy husband and his whole family and cannot wait for KJE to become an independent rocker chick. Also, while we haven't seen much of her future love interest, he looks pretty scrumptuous, so there is that.
dangermousie: (EoE: DW/JH by meganbmoore)
I am not particularly interested in Gumiho Girlfriend, which starts next week, but that doesn't mean August is a dead month for me, as far as kdramas are concerned. In addition to continuing with Baker King and finishing Bad Guy (unless the latter really screws up its ending), here are the three dramas I intend to check out this month:

I Am Legend - I like the cast and I like the kooky premise (a divorced high-society wife returns to her roots as a wannabe rocker) and the two minutes I managed to check out before viikii shut down on me seemed delicious. BON is subbing it. Or viikii has it, if you would rather stream. First two eps are out.

Gloria - I am in it for the writer (who did delightful Pick the Stars, How to Meet a Perfect Neighbor, and Family Honor) and for its leading lady, the criminally underrated Bae Doona. Plus, the story of various not-too-well-off friends and neighbors involving singers, gangsters, and illegitimate rich kids, sounds right up my alley. 50 eps is a bit long but on a weekly basis should be doable. Plus, Gloria promises me this:



Bring it on! Haru Haru fansubs are subbing and viikii has it as well. First two eps are out.

Giant - this drama has been airing for a while (I believe it's in mid-20s) but I initially had no intention of checking out this revenge-driven family saga despite the positive reviews I've seen on-line because it usually requires something extraordinary to get me to check out something this long. I was also not familiar with anyone in the cast and thought the leading man, Kim Bum Soo, was almost agressively ugly. But just a few days ago, wily [livejournal.com profile] ockoala informed me that the main love story reminded her of East of Eden's one and if you know me, you know how I was obsessed with Dong Chul/Grace. Further digging informed me that the protagonist of Giant is apparently in love with the daughter of the man who killed his father. That really got my attention. And the below vid convinced me that while KBS will never win a heartthrob status from yours truly, he looks well enough on film unlike in pictures. Withs2 is subbing.



So, that's my August. Yours?
dangermousie: (EoE: DW/JH by meganbmoore)
I am not particularly interested in Gumiho Girlfriend, which starts next week, but that doesn't mean August is a dead month for me, as far as kdramas are concerned. In addition to continuing with Baker King and finishing Bad Guy (unless the latter really screws up its ending), here are the three dramas I intend to check out this month:

I Am Legend - I like the cast and I like the kooky premise (a divorced high-society wife returns to her roots as a wannabe rocker) and the two minutes I managed to check out before viikii shut down on me seemed delicious. BON is subbing it. Or viikii has it, if you would rather stream. First two eps are out.

Gloria - I am in it for the writer (who did delightful Pick the Stars, How to Meet a Perfect Neighbor, and Family Honor) and for its leading lady, the criminally underrated Bae Doona. Plus, the story of various not-too-well-off friends and neighbors involving singers, gangsters, and illegitimate rich kids, sounds right up my alley. 50 eps is a bit long but on a weekly basis should be doable. Plus, Gloria promises me this:



Bring it on! Haru Haru fansubs are subbing and viikii has it as well. First two eps are out.

Giant - this drama has been airing for a while (I believe it's in mid-20s) but I initially had no intention of checking out this revenge-driven family saga despite the positive reviews I've seen on-line because it usually requires something extraordinary to get me to check out something this long. I was also not familiar with anyone in the cast and thought the leading man, Kim Bum Soo, was almost agressively ugly. But just a few days ago, wily [livejournal.com profile] ockoala informed me that the main love story reminded her of East of Eden's one and if you know me, you know how I was obsessed with Dong Chul/Grace. Further digging informed me that the protagonist of Giant is apparently in love with the daughter of the man who killed his father. That really got my attention. And the below vid convinced me that while KBS will never win a heartthrob status from yours truly, he looks well enough on film unlike in pictures. Withs2 is subbing.



So, that's my August. Yours?
dangermousie: (EoE: DW/JH by meganbmoore)
I am not particularly interested in Gumiho Girlfriend, which starts next week, but that doesn't mean August is a dead month for me, as far as kdramas are concerned. In addition to continuing with Baker King and finishing Bad Guy (unless the latter really screws up its ending), here are the three dramas I intend to check out this month:

I Am Legend - I like the cast and I like the kooky premise (a divorced high-society wife returns to her roots as a wannabe rocker) and the two minutes I managed to check out before viikii shut down on me seemed delicious. BON is subbing it. Or viikii has it, if you would rather stream. First two eps are out.

Gloria - I am in it for the writer (who did delightful Pick the Stars, How to Meet a Perfect Neighbor, and Family Honor) and for its leading lady, the criminally underrated Bae Doona. Plus, the story of various not-too-well-off friends and neighbors involving singers, gangsters, and illegitimate rich kids, sounds right up my alley. 50 eps is a bit long but on a weekly basis should be doable. Plus, Gloria promises me this:



Bring it on! Haru Haru fansubs are subbing and viikii has it as well. First two eps are out.

Giant - this drama has been airing for a while (I believe it's in mid-20s) but I initially had no intention of checking out this revenge-driven family saga despite the positive reviews I've seen on-line because it usually requires something extraordinary to get me to check out something this long. I was also not familiar with anyone in the cast and thought the leading man, Kim Bum Soo, was almost agressively ugly. But just a few days ago, wily [livejournal.com profile] ockoala informed me that the main love story reminded her of East of Eden's one and if you know me, you know how I was obsessed with Dong Chul/Grace. Further digging informed me that the protagonist of Giant is apparently in love with the daughter of the man who killed his father. That really got my attention. And the below vid convinced me that while KBS will never win a heartthrob status from yours truly, he looks well enough on film unlike in pictures. Withs2 is subbing.



So, that's my August. Yours?
dangermousie: (Last Scandal: Sun Hee by anenko)
YESSSSS!

Apparently SBS announced that Kim Nam Gil's Bad Guy is back in its prior May slot and Kim Sun Ah's I Am Legend is rescheduled back to its prior August slot.

This switch-back makes utter perfect sense - Bad Guy is almost fully done filming and IAL doesn't even have its male lead cast. Now what I want to know is what on earth SBS was thinking in the first place when a couple of weeks ago they announced that they are postponing BG until August in order to stick I Am Legend into their May slot. I mean - WTF? That seemed pretty unfeasible from the start and all it achieved is making them look like a bunch of morons who had no idea what they were doing.

Though, they do realize that if they put IAL into an August slot, it may compete with Athena. In which case, game over - I doubt anything is going to take any of Athena's ratings away from it.
dangermousie: (Last Scandal: Sun Hee by anenko)
YESSSSS!

Apparently SBS announced that Kim Nam Gil's Bad Guy is back in its prior May slot and Kim Sun Ah's I Am Legend is rescheduled back to its prior August slot.

This switch-back makes utter perfect sense - Bad Guy is almost fully done filming and IAL doesn't even have its male lead cast. Now what I want to know is what on earth SBS was thinking in the first place when a couple of weeks ago they announced that they are postponing BG until August in order to stick I Am Legend into their May slot. I mean - WTF? That seemed pretty unfeasible from the start and all it achieved is making them look like a bunch of morons who had no idea what they were doing.

Though, they do realize that if they put IAL into an August slot, it may compete with Athena. In which case, game over - I doubt anything is going to take any of Athena's ratings away from it.
dangermousie: (Last Scandal: Sun Hee by anenko)
YESSSSS!

Apparently SBS announced that Kim Nam Gil's Bad Guy is back in its prior May slot and Kim Sun Ah's I Am Legend is rescheduled back to its prior August slot.

This switch-back makes utter perfect sense - Bad Guy is almost fully done filming and IAL doesn't even have its male lead cast. Now what I want to know is what on earth SBS was thinking in the first place when a couple of weeks ago they announced that they are postponing BG until August in order to stick I Am Legend into their May slot. I mean - WTF? That seemed pretty unfeasible from the start and all it achieved is making them look like a bunch of morons who had no idea what they were doing.

Though, they do realize that if they put IAL into an August slot, it may compete with Athena. In which case, game over - I doubt anything is going to take any of Athena's ratings away from it.
dangermousie: (Capital Scandal secondary otp by meganbm)
1. I continue to be boggled by the fact that there are less than 4 weeks until the premiere of Kim Sun Ah's I Am Legend (about girl-rockers, not zombie-fighters :P) and yet the drama still has not cast its leading man. That is beyond bizarre (unless they plan to have an all-girl drama with no romance which, while interesting, would be a guaranteed ratings flop). SBS' decision to bump Bad Guy (which was almost done filming) for later in order to move IAL forward seems more and more bizarre.

2. I don't post much about it because it's not very meta-able, but I keep enjoying Oh My Lady. It's my low-maintenance drama. I don't spend days in fever of anticipation for next eps or hunting for spoilers, nor am I emotionally absorbed but I do enjoy the fluff and like its characters - OML always puts a grin on my face. The romance is rather lacking, but for once I don't mind.

3. I caught up on Prosecutor Princess. The only thing yummier than angsty, drunk, breaking-down In Woo is In Woo taking an angsty shower (does anyone in Korea shower when they are otherwise than angsty? Is it a nation of miserable clean people?)



Much as I love In Woo, I sort of want to smack him for the fact that he's continuing to use HR for revenge no matter how bad it makes him feel. I can understand his desire for revenge (especially since it's looking more and more likely HR's dad was responsible for the death of IW's mother so he is trapped by his plans) but...still. (I loved the scene where he was at the bar with Jenny and was almost crying that he doesn't want to continue his revenge or to love HR either, he just wants her not to be in his life). But all I know is that when HR finds out the truth she will be davastated. I hope she never forgives him. Ever. (Yes, I ship them and I still hope that. I am bizarre.) At least not putting him through hell first. Also, can you imagine those family reunions?

4. Old news but I am still excited by it - Song Seung Heon is coming back to dramas to star in My Princess by writer of City Hall/Lovers in Paris. It's a romance (not sure if comedy or angsty). Yay!

5. Have this angsty Jandi/Jun Pyo vid just because.



6. Newest on Daemul is that it starts filming in July.
dangermousie: (Capital Scandal secondary otp by meganbm)
1. I continue to be boggled by the fact that there are less than 4 weeks until the premiere of Kim Sun Ah's I Am Legend (about girl-rockers, not zombie-fighters :P) and yet the drama still has not cast its leading man. That is beyond bizarre (unless they plan to have an all-girl drama with no romance which, while interesting, would be a guaranteed ratings flop). SBS' decision to bump Bad Guy (which was almost done filming) for later in order to move IAL forward seems more and more bizarre.

2. I don't post much about it because it's not very meta-able, but I keep enjoying Oh My Lady. It's my low-maintenance drama. I don't spend days in fever of anticipation for next eps or hunting for spoilers, nor am I emotionally absorbed but I do enjoy the fluff and like its characters - OML always puts a grin on my face. The romance is rather lacking, but for once I don't mind.

3. I caught up on Prosecutor Princess. The only thing yummier than angsty, drunk, breaking-down In Woo is In Woo taking an angsty shower (does anyone in Korea shower when they are otherwise than angsty? Is it a nation of miserable clean people?)



Much as I love In Woo, I sort of want to smack him for the fact that he's continuing to use HR for revenge no matter how bad it makes him feel. I can understand his desire for revenge (especially since it's looking more and more likely HR's dad was responsible for the death of IW's mother so he is trapped by his plans) but...still. (I loved the scene where he was at the bar with Jenny and was almost crying that he doesn't want to continue his revenge or to love HR either, he just wants her not to be in his life). But all I know is that when HR finds out the truth she will be davastated. I hope she never forgives him. Ever. (Yes, I ship them and I still hope that. I am bizarre.) At least not putting him through hell first. Also, can you imagine those family reunions?

4. Old news but I am still excited by it - Song Seung Heon is coming back to dramas to star in My Princess by writer of City Hall/Lovers in Paris. It's a romance (not sure if comedy or angsty). Yay!

5. Have this angsty Jandi/Jun Pyo vid just because.



6. Newest on Daemul is that it starts filming in July.
dangermousie: (Capital Scandal secondary otp by meganbm)
1. I continue to be boggled by the fact that there are less than 4 weeks until the premiere of Kim Sun Ah's I Am Legend (about girl-rockers, not zombie-fighters :P) and yet the drama still has not cast its leading man. That is beyond bizarre (unless they plan to have an all-girl drama with no romance which, while interesting, would be a guaranteed ratings flop). SBS' decision to bump Bad Guy (which was almost done filming) for later in order to move IAL forward seems more and more bizarre.

2. I don't post much about it because it's not very meta-able, but I keep enjoying Oh My Lady. It's my low-maintenance drama. I don't spend days in fever of anticipation for next eps or hunting for spoilers, nor am I emotionally absorbed but I do enjoy the fluff and like its characters - OML always puts a grin on my face. The romance is rather lacking, but for once I don't mind.

3. I caught up on Prosecutor Princess. The only thing yummier than angsty, drunk, breaking-down In Woo is In Woo taking an angsty shower (does anyone in Korea shower when they are otherwise than angsty? Is it a nation of miserable clean people?)



Much as I love In Woo, I sort of want to smack him for the fact that he's continuing to use HR for revenge no matter how bad it makes him feel. I can understand his desire for revenge (especially since it's looking more and more likely HR's dad was responsible for the death of IW's mother so he is trapped by his plans) but...still. (I loved the scene where he was at the bar with Jenny and was almost crying that he doesn't want to continue his revenge or to love HR either, he just wants her not to be in his life). But all I know is that when HR finds out the truth she will be davastated. I hope she never forgives him. Ever. (Yes, I ship them and I still hope that. I am bizarre.) At least not putting him through hell first. Also, can you imagine those family reunions?

4. Old news but I am still excited by it - Song Seung Heon is coming back to dramas to star in My Princess by writer of City Hall/Lovers in Paris. It's a romance (not sure if comedy or angsty). Yay!

5. Have this angsty Jandi/Jun Pyo vid just because.



6. Newest on Daemul is that it starts filming in July.
dangermousie: (Capital Scandal: height difference)
Now that I am Legend has been rushed into production for a May broadcast, I keep wondering who they are going to cast as the male lead opposite Kim Sun Ah? This is such a rush job they don't really have the time to look around.

Unless they are going for a younger man storyline, their leading guy has to be over 30 and I can't think of anyone who'd fit.

People like Kang Ji Hwan (it would actually be pretty interesting to see them together), Gong Yoo, Song Seung Heon, Cha Seung Won, Kwon Sang Woo, Song Il Gook, Park Shi Hoo, Ji Sung etc are all either doing dramas now or will be doing dramas or movies shortly and thus can't take on another one. A whole bunch of actors who'd be suitable are in the army. I honestly can't think who is left. This is completely random but Park Yong Ha is age-appropriate and has no drama coming up. But other than him I can't come up with anyone. Maybe Lee Sung Jae or Park Shin Yang (but the latter is banned by the studios). Hmmm.

Guesses? Suggestions?

I am horribly curious.
dangermousie: (Capital Scandal: height difference)
Now that I am Legend has been rushed into production for a May broadcast, I keep wondering who they are going to cast as the male lead opposite Kim Sun Ah? This is such a rush job they don't really have the time to look around.

Unless they are going for a younger man storyline, their leading guy has to be over 30 and I can't think of anyone who'd fit.

People like Kang Ji Hwan (it would actually be pretty interesting to see them together), Gong Yoo, Song Seung Heon, Cha Seung Won, Kwon Sang Woo, Song Il Gook, Park Shi Hoo, Ji Sung etc are all either doing dramas now or will be doing dramas or movies shortly and thus can't take on another one. A whole bunch of actors who'd be suitable are in the army. I honestly can't think who is left. This is completely random but Park Yong Ha is age-appropriate and has no drama coming up. But other than him I can't come up with anyone. Maybe Lee Sung Jae or Park Shin Yang (but the latter is banned by the studios). Hmmm.

Guesses? Suggestions?

I am horribly curious.

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