It's time to introduce another Korean variety series - the sweet, funny and heartwarming show called Dad! Where Are You Going? This recent addition to the world of K-variety seems to have already won the hearts of many international viewers as I've seen and read several blog posts about this show from quite a few drama-bloggers. And now it is my turn to say good things about this show.
It's actually been a while since I've watched a Japanese movie, or at least, one that left any kind of impression on me. Helter Skelter, however, had been in my watch-list ever since I saw the trailer. For one, it was the comeback of Erika Sawajiri after a 6-year hiatus, AND in a role which couldn't be more different from her role as Aya in my sentimental J-drama favourite One Litre Of Tears. So I was curious. Then I was absolutely mesmerized by the dramatic, yet gorgeous visuals seen in the trailer. Another big plus in my book. And lastly, I was intrigued because differently from my usual taste in J-movies Helter Skelter isn't a cutesy romance flick. In fact, there is nothing cute about it at all.
Ririko/LiLiCo (Erika Sawajiri) is a Japanese star, a model and an actress, who is seen as an representation of ultimate beauty. But unbeknowst to the wider public, Ririko's beauty is achieved through numerous painful plastic surgeries and procedures, which have started to take a toll on her body and health. At the same time as she realizes that she may lose her looks, Ririko's popularity becomes overshadowed with the appearance of young new model Kozue Yoshikawa (Kiko Mizuhara), Ririko's rival in the industry. Jealous and mentally unstable Ririko then falls into a downward spiral during which none of the people close to her are left untouched.
[NOTE: Mostly spoiler free review. The few spoilers I have included have been separated from the rest of the text and can only be seen if you highlight it.]
I can’t lie, I whole-heartedly enjoyed Werewolf Boy. I really did. It’s actually rather strange because I’ve grown dead sick of all werewolf/vampire romances in the last few years. Ever since the Twilight books, we've been flooded with these kind of fantasy movie/TV romances, each getting slightly more ridiculous than the one before (seriously though, this obsession with werewolves and vampires needs to stop). For that reason, I almost didn’t want to watch Werewolf Boy at all, but since I was drawn to the cast I had to at least give it a chance. Turns out, it was the right decision on my part.
After her father's death, Soon Yi's (Park Bo Young) family moves into the countryside, he mother believing that the fresh country air will be better for Soon Yi's lung condition. One night, Soon Yi hears something outside the house and goes to check, only to be faced with a scary dark figure. Frightened, she runs back inside the house. The next day, Soon Yi and her mother see the figure in the garden, but it turns out to be an untamed boy (Song Joong Ki), who does not know how to speak. Despite Soon Yi's objections, her mother takes him in, feeding and grooming him. Although Soon Yi initially shows no interest in the boy, she takes it upon herself to teach him manners and names him Cheol Soo. Over time Soon Yi and Cheol Soo bond and eventually become inseparable. Yet the mystery behind Cheol Soo sparks the interest of Ji Tae (Yoo Yun Suk), the son of Soon Yi's deceased father's business partner, who owns their house and has intended to marry Soon Yi.
Bae Doo Na looks fantastic in a pictorial for W magazine, wearing flowers in her two-coloured hair and posing with butterflies. Kim Ha Neul, on the other hand, shows off DAKS's DD Delight handbag collection and her own slender long legs for Elle.
Running Man star Song Ji Hyo, who is preparing for an upcoming drama Heaven's Order, models for YESSE's newest designs in a brightly-coloured pictorial and embraces bohemian chic style in a photoshoot for NYLON.
SNSD/Girls Generation members Seohyun and Sooyoung look like they're ready to pack their bags and go on a spring holiday in this month's Céci. Meanwhile Tiffany models cute outfits for Vogue Girl. Additionally, Casio has released SNSD's colorful ads for Casio's new Baby-G watch collection.
Wow, haven't done these Melody of Lyrics posts for a while now. Sorry for that. Even though I know these posts might not be among my most popular ones, I still feel bad for not doing them regularly.
Anywhoo, today I decided to pick a love song and ultimately decided for A Werewolf Boy's soundtrack song "My Prince", sung by actress Park Bo Young. It is a beautiful little ballad about young blossoming love, accompanied by guitar.
School 2013's main "couple" Kim Woo Bin and Lee Jong Suk are clearly a hot commodity with them appearing in several magazines at once. Kim Woo Bin is a sexy charmer for Singles and dressed up for dinner in Céci. Lee Jong Suk, on the other hand, shows his playful side for Céci, then models sporty clothing for Vogue Girl, and finally sits down and gets serious for Harper's BAZAAR.
Flower Boy Next Door stars Kim Yoon Hye, Yoon Si Yoon and Park Shin Hye are featured in recent fashion pictorials. Kim Yoon Hye is doll-like with multicoloured hair for Céci, while Yoon Si Yoon is an adorable man-child for Céci Campus. Additionally, Park Shin Hye models with Lee Jong Suk for Jambangee.
March's Cosmopolitan is testosterone-filled. Running Man stars and bickering friends Kim Jong Kook and Lee Kwang Soo suit up for their simple yet quirky photoshoot. Meanwhile, Super Junior's Lee Donghae gets to be the perfect boyfriend in a wedding-inspired pictorial. And finally, frequent co-stars Sung Joon and Kim Young Kwang lounge around and do some nonchalant modelling.
Up and coming young male stars Go Kyung Pyo, Seo In Guk and Joo Won grace the pages of March's fashion magazines. Go Kyung Pyo first is man with a vice for Singles magazine, and then shows his cheeky personality for SURE. Meanwhile, Seo In Guk looks like he's ready for a spring date in the park in a pictorial for Vogue Girl. And Joo Won poses, oozing with charisma for Elle and Esquire.
The March's issue of Marie Claire is features actresses Lee Yoon Ji, who is simply gorgeous in a romantic photoshoot filled with light, fresh-faced and elegant So Yi Hyun on a holiday in summery Bangok, andIRIS 2 star Lee Da Hae, who sports a short hairdo and minimalistic clothing in a grey-toned fashion spread.
Han Hyo Joo and Go Soo are romantic lovers for Cine21's promotional pictorial for their film Bandage. Han Hyo Joo also poses for Vogue Girl's March issue and shows off VIKI's colorful and fresh spring collection.
Kara's Goo Hara and actress Yoon Seung Ah are featured in this month's issue of Vogue Girl. Goo Hara brings us several different looks. In the first pictorial Hara travels to sunny and warm Phuket in Thailand, meanwhile in the other we get to see her in chic clean cut fashion and wearing pretty make-up. Yoon Seung Ah, however, shows us few simple but feminine outfits, while enjoying the warm spring light.
In March's issue of Marie Claire, actress Gong Hyo Jin has been taken on an adventure to Turkey, experiencing the culture, meeting with the locals (both humans and animals alike), and showing off Marc Jacobs' colorful patterned fashion.
Kim Min Hee and Lee Min Ki are busy promoting their new film Very Ordinary Couple/Temperature of Love in a bunch of magazines. In March's issue of Harper's BAZAAR there is a quirky couple photoshoot of both of them in silly poses. Additionally, Lee Min Ki also graces the pages of Cosmopolitan, while Kim Min Hee is seductive in GQ and modelling BEANPOLE handbags for 1st Look.
2NE1 girls Sandara, Bom, CL and Minzy are each pursuing different styles in this month's fashion pictorials. Minzy looks funky in Marie Claire's colorful photoshoot, Sandara is gentle and angelic for Elle, Bom covers herself with spring flowers in Allure, and CL is edgy in black for Harper's BAZAAR.