So I just started watching the new and popular Taiwanese drama In a Good Way. It's quite different from the other Taiwanese shows I've seen, and I quite like it. Just like Answer Me series, In a Good Way is set in the 90s, though it focuses much less on the pop culture references. It does have a pretty good soundtrack, tho.
But what I love are the opening and ending MVs for the show. I love the way they're filmed, I love the interactions between the characters, and I love the songs "Good Morning Hard City" by Adrian Fu for the opening and "Obviously Love You" by Freya Lin for the ending. Both videos are really awesome and I had to share them with you.
It is rare that a movie which I have anticipated and hoped to be good actually proves to be good. Usually, or at least in my experience, great expectations lead to poor results. However, Bleak Night proved to be one of those rare instances where I got what I asked for: a story that wasn't just sad - a story that would be moving. And in that test, Bleak Night passed with flying colours.
After his estranged son Ki Tae's (Lee Je Hoon) tragic death, Ki Tae's father (Jo Sung Ha), filled with guilt and regret, sets to find out what happened to his son. He finds a picture of Ki Tae and his friends Dong Yoon (Seo Jun Young) and Baek Hee (Park Jung Min) and decides to contact the boys in the hopes of hearing some answers. Reluctantly, Baek Hee agrees to meet but there is something he isn't telling. What happened between the friends? Will the father finally learn the cause for his son's death? Disclaimer: I apologize in advance if this review might retell the movie in a some parts, but because I really wanted to discuss certain aspects more thoroughly I had to explain the scenes beforehand. Also, because of that, this turned out to be a pretty spoilery review so...
It's a shame that I haven't ever done a post on SHINee, when I actually think of them as one of the most talented K-pop groups out there. But thankfully now I've got an excuse to feature them in my blog as their recent release "Symptoms" immediately captured my interest and I wanted to use it for my Melody of Lyrics series. The song is a slow jam piece with vocally powerful chorus and amazing emotions. And the lyrics were written by Jonghyun.
Thanks to the recent release of her third album and a lead role in the new drama Pretty Man, singer IU is featured in several magazines. In Céci, she looks graceful in lace while wearing a crown like a royalty. Meanwhile inElle, the atmoshpere is more casual as IU poses in a more playful manner. And lastly in InStyle magazine, IU's dressed in chic black with the overall feeling of careless elegance.
Big Bang members each get their own solo pictorials in different Korean magazines to promote their respective solo activities. T.O.P is featured in Cine 21 and W, looking like a sophisticated gentleman in both. Taeyang goes for a wilder effect in his edgy photoshoot for Elle. G-Dragon's pictorial for 1st Look shows him as the devoted artist as he is. And finally, Seungri takes on Esquire magazine, showing his confidence and sexy charisma.
So I'm a little bit late posting these pictorials of Jung Joon Young in 1st Look, Céciand Singles, but because I'm currently really crushing on him AND his amazing voice, I just had to put these up even though I've missed the right timing. But really, who cares about the timing when he looks this good on these pictures.
T.O.P is finally back! And he's back with this awesome song, which makes me so relieved. The music video, on the other hand, is...um...interesting, to say the least. My first thought about the video was that the person who came up with the idea must have been on crack at the time. Like really, the video is unique even by YG's standards. But it's also really entertaining because it's clear that none of it was meant to be taken very seriously. And that's good because I love seeing T.O.P playing around and making fun of himself.
So yeah. In short, there are only two things you need to know about the video:
A while back, I read an article by lovely Amanda at Outside Seoul on K-drama antiheroes, and I started thinking. Why do K-drama heroes tend to be such jerks? Why is is that the jerk always gets the girl? And why is that we always root for the said jerk? I can't promise you'll find answers to these questions here today, but I'm hoping that this post will help to us understand the typical K-drama jerk more as we try put ourselves in his shoes for a bit.
I've been lazy. I haven't done any Melody of Lyrics posts since August and I even haven't got a good excuse for it. But to make up for it, I have quite a lot of these posts lined up already and I'm planning to publish at least one in every week until the end of this month.
Actress and variety star Song Ji Hyo is once again the lovely model for YESSE. In this pictorial for the new winter collection, she's smiling brightly as she poses in cute and vibrantly coloured designs, proving that winter fashion doesn't have to be dull nor plain.
As today is T.O.P.-s birthday, I thought it would only be appropriate to celebrate it with his recent photoshoot for L'Officiel Hommes. The birthday boy is as charismatic as ever, looking confident and suave as he poses in chic autumn fashion with that familiar piercing look in his eyes.
It's also good to know that now we will be seeing T.O.P. more often as his upcoming movie The Commitment/Alumni will come out on November 7th. Even better, he will also be make a solo comeback within this month, and all of Big Bang will release a new song before the end of this year.
All I can say is: Happy Birthday, Choi Seung Hyun, I've missed you so, glad you're back!
Halloween would probably be my favourite holiday if only it was celebrated here where I live, but it isn't (boo). That unfortunately being the case, I usually just spend the All Hallows Eve watching scary movies, which in turn inspired me to make this list of dramas and movies to watch on this spooky October's night.
I chose all the dramas and movies in this list, either based on personal viewing experience, popularity or recommendations. But because it turned out to be quite an extensive list already, I'm now thinking that I might update it regularly with new items. In that way it might be handy for anyone who's interested in the horror genre even after Halloween.
I believe I speak for everyone when I say that Yeo Jin Goo ran away with our hearts long time ago. But now seeing this little cutiegrow up into a young man right before our eyes is still kind of amazing. Not only is his schedule rather busy - currently starring in sitcom Potato Star and preparing for the promotions of the upcoming movie Hwayi - but he is also featured in almost every fashion magazine. No need for words really, just let us admire this young and talented heartthrob as he poses for 1st Look, SURE, The Big Issue, Cine21 and Campus Cine21.
Choi Jin Hyuk is definitely getting a lot of attention these days, not that anybody's complaining. Especially when he takes off his shirt to model for Haglöfs Fall/Winter campaign, giving us a good look at his well-toned body. He is unfortunately considerably more dressed for Cremieux' Fall/Winter ads, sporting an almost preppy look. And lastly, he was one of the many young actors featured in Cosmopolitan's 13th anniversary issue photo shoot back in September.
You know that drama that you started way back when, watched a couple of episodes, maybe even reached half-way, but somewhere along you just lost interest in it. Either it didn't rock your world or it lost its appeal after the novelty had worn off. So you just left it there, unfinished, thinking to yourself that maybe you'll someday complete it once and for all. For me it's a regular thing, as I am a compulsive non-completer of dramas. Which means that there are tons of shows that I have some unfinished business with.
Actress Yoon Seung Ah models for Thursday Island's 2013 Fall/Winter collection, wearing adorable knitwear and all kinds of fun patterns for a perfect bohemian chic look. Yoon Seung Ah is known for her love for animals, which is why she also brought her own two dogs - Boo and Bambi - to pose with her in the pictorial.
Daniel Henney was the cover boy for last month's anniversary issue of Cosmopolitan (Cosmo Men). In Cosmo's pictorial, Henney spends his time in the outdoors, while conveniently also modelling bags. To promote his upcoming movie Henney's also featured in Cine21's latest issue, looking poised and sophisticated, and in 1st Look, where he's more gruff and domineering.
Doesn't Yeo Jin Goo bring out the cradle robber in all of us? The 16-year-old star, (yes he's only 16, let's keep that in mind) who just came out with a new drama Potato Star 2013QR3, is featured in Allure, Marie Claire, GQ, and Vogue.
While his pictorials for Marie Claire and Allure are simple fashion shots, Jin Goo shows tears and intensity in GQ and especially when acting out father-son scenes alongside veteran actor Kim Yun Seok in Vogue, promoting the upcoming movie Hwayi (which I can't wait to watch).
Anyone who's watching The Master's Sun at the moment probably agrees with me that So Ji Sub and Gong Hyo Jin just make the cutest on-screen couple. I am totally loving every little interaction between Joong Won and Gong Sil, so much that they make butterflies fly in my belly. I am not a huge fan of Hong sisters' writing (especially after Big) but I have to admit, they sure know how to create awesome couples.
Anywhoo, I recently browsed SBS's Youtube channel and saw this interview and I was I was just amazed at the real life cuteness between So Ji Sub and Gong Hyo Jin. I mean LOVE the couple in TMS, but after seeing this I am now no longer just shipping Joong Won with Gong Sil, but I am also shipping So Ji Sub with Gong Hyo Jin. I mean, just look at them - the giggles, the skinship, the flirty atmosphere - they are meant to be!
Unfortunately the video doesn't have subs (it does have great quality tho, so you can admire pretty Hyo Jin and ogle handsome oppa Ji Sub) but even I could understand a bit of it, at least enough to understand that these two are adorable together. But to make things easier, Dnoella at KDramaGuk also talked about the interview in one of her posts and she explained what they were roughly talking about, so be sure to check it out if you don't understand.
Shin Min Ah is second of the three cover girls for the next month's anniversary issue of Cosmopolitan. In the pictorial, she is a romantic urban-bohemian beauty, rocking a new hairdo with bangs. In August's Allure, however, Shin Min Ah stuns us with three different looks. First she's a glamorous diva, then a lively modern-day party girl, and finally a sweet elegant lady.
Choi Jin Hyuk is the guy I would want to see in a lead role already, because I'm tired of female leads saying "no" to this guy. But for now, we have to settle with him being cast as Lee Min Ho's (hot) older stepbrother in the upcoming The Heirs. It doesn't hurt either that he's gracing the pages of a bunch of magazines this summer. Prepare for eye-candy!
Monstar is one of the dramas I am currently watching and one of the best things about the show is its choice of music. From the drama's soundtrack it is BoA's "Atlantis Princess", which I hadn't heard until Monstar even though the song was released back in 2003, that I've listened the most. There are several versions of the song, first is BoA's, which is the most upbeat and poppish, then there is Lena Park's version, which is the longest, and then there is the Monstar version by Ha Yeon Soo, Kim Cho Eun and Kang Ha Neul. I think I personally like Lena Park's version a tiny bit more than the others because I love the little nuances of her voice, but all three versions are great. I also like the lyrics, which are really lovely.
Miss A's Suzy is everywhere! She's sensual yet youthful for both Cosmopolitan and GEEK, she models Bean Pole's handbags in Elle, and she takes on two different photo shoots for Harper's BAZAAR. Does this girl ever rest?
I'm half-way through Who Are You? which means it's kinda late to do a First Impressions post now, so I'm giving you this Half-time Report instead. Though, I guess, I'm still going to be talking about the same things as I would in a First Impressions post, it's just that there are going to be more spoilers. Which reminds me, SPOILER ALERT! EPISODES 1-8!
WHICH ASIAN DRAMA ARE YOU ANTICIPATING FOR THE NEXT SEASON?
And we've finally reached the end. Yeah, it took to me a lot more than just 30 days to finish this challenge, but at least I can say that I answered all my questions very thoroughly. I have to admit that the last ten days got a little bit tedious because I felt like I was talking about the same dramas over and over again, but I am still glad that I did it. The questions were fun (though sometimes a bit difficult) to answer to and they helped me to get a better overview of my likes and dislikes about Asian dramas. And I also hope that thanks to the challenge you now know what kind of a drama addict I am.
Okay, I'm cheating a bit (again). The question that I initially was supposed to answer today was Favourite thing about your favourite actor/actress, but I feel I already answered this question in day 15and 16 posts. So I decided not to repeat myself and chose a new question from another version of this challenge. I hope it's okay.
As you might know, I like to include memorable quotes from dramas to my reviews and so I tend to write them down right when I hear them in the series. So there are a lot. But instead of choosing an all time favourite quote I just browsed through my notes and chose a small selection of quotes that I like.
I think M.I.B. is climbing to become my new favourite K-pop group. I've been listening to their recent release "Men in Black" for non-stop every day and I'm just loving the energy that the boys have on stage.
So I came across this interview that they had with Allkpop last year and I had to share it with you guys. I love how relaxed and fun they are in the interview, and I like that they really try to show the viewers their real personality (Even though 5Zic says at the end of the video that he hopes that the fans won't think they are always like that. Ha, I think he's worried that fans now think the Japanese adult video star Aoi Sora really is his favourite actress XD). I'm still trying to get to know these guys but, thanks to this vid, I learned quite a lot about their personalities.
For instance: that 5Zic is the most social and articulate out of them, that despite his aggressive on-stage persona Sims isn't really that scary but actually rather cute, that Cream seems the most mature and serious out of the four, and that while Kangnam is usually very composed on stage he's quite cheeky in real life.
Hmm....the funniest? Intentionally funny or unintentionally funny? Because some dramas are incredibly funny when they try not to be. (*cough* Boys Over Flowers *cough* Dr. Jin *cough*). But seriously speaking, I usually don't like too over-exaggerated comedy (and I despise toilet humor). Yet, I have to admit that the first dramas that pop into my head as the laugh-out-loud funniest have mostly been filled with silly and outrageous hijinks. Go figure.
Umm...I'm not sure if I want to name them. You see, one of the things about overrated dramas is that they have lots of fans, and I don't want to anger anyone with what I say. Who knows, it might get a little dangerous for me. *sigh*...but okay, since I already took on this challenge....*looks around nervously* Secret Garden *runs away and hides*
It has been a while since I've finished a drama, and it has been even longer since I've finished a Japanese drama. So it's a bit surprising that the drama I'm reviewing today is Itazura na Kiss: Love in Tokyo. I have to admit, I've had a bit of a slow period with Japanese dramas. But when the newest drama adaptation of the uber popular Japanese manga Itazura na Kiss came out, I knew it was inevitable that I was going to watch it. Although I have seen, more or less, all of the previous versions and know the story all too well, somehow it just never gets old for me. Plot summary:
Kotoko Aihara (Honoka Miki) is a cheerful and optimistic girl, though not very bright. She has been in love with Naoki Irie (Yuku Furukawa), the smartest and most handsome guy in her school, ever since she saw him giving a speech at the opening ceremony on her first day of high school. When she finally confesses her feelings to him, he rejects her coldly, saying that he doesn't like stupid girls.
Then a mysterious earthquake destroys Kotoko's home and she has to move with her father to his old friend's house. To her surprise, however, her father's friend is actually Naoki's dad and the house Naoki's home. Kotoko is happy to be close to Naoki and she realizes that perhaps this is her chance to warm his heart. But her quest to win over Naoki is not that easy and is constantly interfered by a series of mishaps, other contenders to Naoki's heart, and also by Kotoko's biggest admirer Kinnosuke Ikezawa (Yuki Yamada).
New drama season is fast approaching, and although several won't air until fall there are already quite a few August dramas that have caught my eye. I won't be talking about dramas that don't interest me, which is why I also left out Joo Won and Moon Chae Won's medical drama Good Doctor. Sorry, just not into Korean medical dramas, even tho Joo Won looks cute in the stills.
Also, did anyone else predict that ghosts was going to be the next big trend after time-travel? I don't want to brag, but I totally called it in this post when I talked about Arang and the Magistrate for the first time. Although, I guess the ghost theme didn't hit off big until this year.
SNSD's Hyo Yeon contrasts softness and edge, and black and white in the newest issue of 1st Look. Her SNSD co-member Soo Young, however, models once again for Double M and for its new colorful summer collection of bags, displaying elegance and beauty.
Wow, Kim Ye Rim (Lim Kim) seems to have changed a lot since I saw her in Shut Up: Flower Boy Band. But the image-change is not coincidental as it actually came with her solo debut songs "All Right" and "Colorring", both of which I warmly recommend. And the long blonde hair and the more sultry look suits her well as she models for 1st Look, Esquire and NYLON.
We Got Married virtual couples SHINee's Taemin + A Pink'sNa Eun, 2AM's Jinwoon + Go Joon Hee, and the real life couple Jo Jung Chi + Jung In take part in InStyle Weddings' romantic wedding photoshoot. In addition, Jinwoon and Joon Hee were also recently featured in Marie Claire's sexy couple pictorial, portraying a more passionate relationship.
Henry is slowly starting to become my favourite member of Super Junior (M), even though some crazy ELFs have been hating on him recently. But how can you, when he looks so cute? In the latest issue of Céci, he lets his boyish charm shine while pouting his lips and riding a bicycle that's too small for him. Meanwhile in the pictorials for Elle and Grazia, Henry looks a bit more contemplative and serious.
Sadly, there are always more dramas with bad endings than dramas with good endings. It's not easy to write a good ending, but it shouldn't be that hard to write an ending that doesn't piss people off, right? BTW, spoilers for Nice Guy, 49 Days, Dream High 2 and Big.
Kim Bum gets close and personal in 10Asia's pictorial, brings us along for a summer vacation inEsquire, poses for his character shots in the Chinese drama The Micro Era of Love, and shows his love for animals for "Save the Polar Bears" campaign. These pictorials are not the most recent, but because I love him so much I couldn't help but still post them. And doesn't he just make you swoon with that smile?
Wow, this is such an easy question. It definitely would have to be Big for me. It was logical, satisfying and it tied up all the loose ends. I got all of my questions answered and I don't think Hong sisters have written anything better than Big. I couldn’t ask for a better conclusion for that drama...
K-pop superstar G-Dragon always gets attention for the way he looks, and judging by the following picutres it's not hard to figure out why. In the anniversary issue of Vogue, he wears a blonde wig and poses with a bare chest, making him eerily identical with the female model. Meanwhile, in a recent photoshoot for Cosmopolitan he expresses his rebellious side and sports some very questionable fashion. Oh, GD, I miss you looking normal, although you never really have.
I think these posts are getting rather repetitive because I keep talking about the same dramas all over again. I'm pretty sure that it has become very obvious which are my favourite shows because I've been talking about them a lot during this challenge. But, for the sake of it, let's go over it again.
A PICTURE OF YOUR FAVOURITE SCENE IN AN ASIAN DRAMA
Like always, I don't have just one but many. However, since I don't want this post to get too long, I just chose the first that popped into my mind. Also, to illustrate some scenes I've put a video instead of a picture. Because while a picture is worth a thousand words, I'm pretty sure a video is worth more than a thousand pictures. And be warned, this post may include minor and major spoilers for Answer Me 1997, What's Up?, Coffee House, The King 2 Hearts, 1 Litre of Tears, Shut Up: Flower Boy Band, Nice Guy and Cinderella's Sister.
Go Ah Sung, who gained her fame 7 years ago in the movie The Host, the highest grossing Korean film of its time, lets us now know that she has grown up with a new sexier look in Cosmopolitan. She is also modelling for1st Look's in a simple photoshoot, showing off her beautiful smile.
Go Ah Sung stars in Bong Jong Ho's Hollywood debut film Snowpiercer (which I am rather excited for), alongside Korean actor Song Kang Ho and American stars Chris Evans, Ed Harris and Tilda Swinton among others. See the trailer here.
Brown Eyed Girls' Ga In spends a day in the sun with Céci, models Lacoste sunglasses in a comic book inspired photoshoot in InStyle, and becomes a mesmerizing beauty for the upcoming August issue of NYLON.