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.
Lee Hyun Woo, one of the stars in the Korean box office hit movie Secretly Greatly, is featured in Céci, @star1, Elle, and, with Japanese actress Fuji Mina, in Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival's official publication PiFan Daily. I'm not going to say anything about these pictorials, other than "OMG, he is so pretty!" Just enjoy, you guys.
Actor Ha Suk Jin, who currently acts in the drama Shark, was featured in June's Vogue Girl, enjoying the beach life and giving us a glimpse of his well-toned muscles. And because there can never be enough of Ha Suk Jin, I've also added his earlier pictorial for Marie Claire, where he wears casual chic fashion.
What do you know, this question is unexpectedly easy for me. In fact, I was kinda looking forward to answering to this because I've had my answer ready ever since I started the challenge. Yay, for easy questions. By the way, this post includes some MAJOR SPOILERS! for Answer Me 1997 and Coffee House.
WHICH ACTOR/ACTRESS FOR WHICH PERFORMANCE WOULD YOU GIVE THE BEST ACTING AWARD TO?
Ooh, this is a tough one. A really tough one, actually. I feel like I am rather unqualified to really evaluate someone's acting talent, even if only for this challenge. But to make this question easier for me I slightly edited the question from "the best acting award of all time" to "the best acting award for a certain performance". Because logically speaking, I cannot give an award for whole career to someone whose career is still going on. So, I just chose a few people I think would deserve an award for specific role. Though, I think this means that today's post kinda coincides with "my favourite Asian drama character"-posts a bit. Oh well, feel free to skip if I get too repetitive.
Running Man star and actress Song Ji Hyo was chosen as the new face for Benefit cosmetics brand back in December for her healthy image. In the latest commercial stills, Ji Hyo is smiling brightly and radiating beauty as she models the new "Stay Flawless" skin products line.
And because I love Ace-Ji Hyo so much and because I can, I've also added her earlier Benefit ads which are just as gorgeous as the new ones.
Actor Lee Jin Wook looks rather nonchalant in the pictorial for Grazia magazine, dressed in intentionally mismatched clothes. He is also featured in GEEK's July issue, looking commanding in a seductive photoshoot. Lastly, we see a bit of his easy-going and cheeky side in Marie Claire, though the strange fashion might raise some eyebrows.
I have to admit, although Lee Jin Wook is one good-looking man these photoshoots (particularly the two latter ones) are pretty greasy and off-putting. I just never want to see him in denim shorts again. And no close ups of anyone's crotch, please.
HAVE YOU WATCHED AN ASIAN DRAMA MORE THAN 3 TIMES? IF YES, WHICH ONE?
I think we all have some dramas that we always come back to when the currently airing ones disappoint or when we just need some comfort. Yunno, the ones that you could watch a hundred times and never get tired of. While I don't think I've ever watched an Asian drama from start to finish more than 3 times, I have seen my favourite episodes of my favourite shows many many times. I also love to occasionally replay scenes that I think are memorable. In fact, I sometimes spend hours on just rewatching certain scenes from dramas that I have already seen many times. But I guess this is normal for a drama fan. Anyways, the following dramas are my pick-me-up shows.
I've been waiting for 2ne1's comeback ever since last summer. While I loved their last summer's single "I Love You", I felt that their comeback was rather short. This summer, however, the girls are back again with a promise to release at least four new songs from July to October, the first of which is reggae-inspired "Falling in Love".
WHICH ASIAN DRAMA(S) WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE SECOND SEASON OF?
Truthfully speaking, I am not a big fan of second seasons nor sequels because usually they tend to disappoint. If I see a show or a movie that I love I don't want my fond memories of it being ruined by a sequel or a second season that just isn't up to par. _______________________________________________________________________________________________________