I’ve decided to change (surprise 😉 ) and to do a real time reaction post to Heirs, instead of reviews. I just don’t have the time right now. I may still do a review at the end or a rating at the end. I can’t really miss out in this… let’s just call it what it is, an attempt to do BOF right. So, let’s see how this works out.
Tangent: Have you seen the previews for Marry Him If You Dare? I am sorry for going off track, I am YEH biased. This looks sooooooooo good. In the same way I am LMH, KSA, HJW, CSW, HB, and GY biased. However, my love for LMH is waning. So, hopefully my gasp worthy love for LMH will return…
Just finished. Um wow, if anyone thought that first episode was amazing, JUST NO. I mean, Kim Tan, I hope he becomes more interesting. To be truthful, I think my highlight was Rachel vs. Young-Do as far as plot and dialogue. Otherwise, I was literally counting the minutes until something happened. However, the next episode looks better, but as of right now I could easily give this up, at least until the whole season’s over. I’m sorry Park Shin Hye. That’s really all I have to say. Oh yeah, Chan Young is cutie pie.Tweets by @PeevishMagGlass
Let me apologize and say that for a period I had given up on Kdrama, because even my favorites were in dramas I didn’t thoroughly enjoy. This was mostly due to nonsensical writing and murky plot developments. (I have high expectations). So, I had to keep myself busy with J-doramas, because that seems to be where it is at right now IMHO. Let me take some space to recommend a few J-doramas:
- Rich Man Poor Woman- yep that’s a pretty apt description. Let me add Oguri Shun, Satomi Ishihara, and corporate battleground. Quick rating: Best
- Hotaru No Hikari- a woman who is perfect at work and shamelessly lazy and uncouth at home has her boss move in with her. Quick rating: Good
- Nodame Cantabile- two very talented musicians fall in love, one battles the fear of flying and the other battles the fear of success. Quick rating: Better
- Saikou No Rikon- a neurotic husband and a happy-go-lucky wife ponder divorce, because they’re really not sure if they are in love or not. (I am dying here waiting for proper translations). Quick rating: Best
Anyways, going back to K-dramas…
Goddess of Fire Jeongi:
- Lee Sang Yoon- awesome.
- Moon Geun Young– love her and have not been super excited about one of her dramas in a long time.
- Kim Bum- I love the boys from BOF, and I think he has done really well picking projects. Still my favorite is the Still, Marry Me.
- Lee Kwand Soo- no longer watching running man, but still love the giraffe.
- Lee Min Ho– Mr. Charisma, hopefully this will once again showcase his charisma, acting, and coupling skills, because lately I have been battling to finish his dramas.
- Park Shin Hye-I have a weird affinity for PSH. To be truthful, I haven’t finished one of her dramas, yet I think she is great and one of the best young female actresses, 18-25. I still haven’t seen Flower Boys Next Door. Disclaimer: PSH is better in movies, think Son Ye Jin. Or, another thought, maybe the movies are just better than the dramas.
- Seriously, I am hoping for a great coupledom, but am also prepared for it ending up awkward. See Suzy and Lee Seungi in Gu Family Book.
- However, my biggest concern is that they are going back to high school. It may be Gossip Girl High School, but STILL. Aren’t LMH and PSH past this point in their respective careers. Then again, I can never get enough of Blair Waldorf, Serena Van Der Woodsen, and Chuck Bass.
Rich Man Poor Woman 2:
- Well, Part 1 was amazing! See above.
Park Gae In is a naive girl who designs furniture and is the daughter of a famous architect. Gae In’s father is frequently out of town for work and has been distant ever since the death of her beloved mother, which occurred in her early childhood. Therefore, Gae In is desperate for love. Gae In is in love with her longtime boyfriend Han Chang Ryul, even though he barely pays attention to her. Gae In’s friends see the problems in her relationship with Chang Ryul, but she is oblivious to the situation; he never comes to support her at her shows and doesn’t make time to meet with her at all. Therefore, when Gae In finds out that Chang Ryul is breaking up with her and is getting married, she is in a state of shock. Furthermore, Chang Ryul invites accidentally invites her to the wedding. When Gae In shows up at the wedding, Gae In discovers that Chang Ryul is getting married to one of her best friends and current roommate, Kim In Hee. Needless to say Gae In has a breakdown and the whole wedding falls apart.
At the same time, Jeon Jin Ho is leader of a small up and coming architecture firm. Jin Ho’s father used to be in business with Chang Ryul’s father, but some shady business dealings occurred. After Jin Ho’s father’s death, his family was forced out of their house and the architecture firm. Jin Ho’s mother has a vendetta against Chang Ryul’s father and wants her son to surpass their family’s old firm and regain their reputation. On the other hand, Chang Ryul considers Jeon Jin Ho a worthy competitor in design and they often find themselves bidding on the same projects. Unfortunately, Chang Ryul has not been able to enter into a fair competition with Jin Ho, because his Chang Ryul’s father intervenes by bribing people so that their firm wins.
However, a fair competition is upon us, a museum is looking to build a new building. Director Cho is in charge of the task of finding an architect. Director Cho wants the building to be akin to the home of Gae In, Sanggojae, which was designed by her father. Gae In’s father refuses to return to come back to Korea to work on the project. Thus, the winning design could come from any architecture firm. Meanwhile, Director Cho respects Jeon Jin Ho and allows him to compete with the big architecture firms, including Chang Ryul’s firm.
Back to the wedding, Lee Young Sun, Gae In’s best friend, attends the wedding with Gae In. Young Sun spots Jin Ho with his business partner in the elevator. Due to an awkward situation, Young Son mistakes Jin Ho and Sang Joon as gay lovers.
Director Choi is also invited to the wedding, because In Hee (Gae In’s roommate) is his assistant. After seeing the big ordeal at the wedding, he questions the integrity of Chang Ryul and his firm. Director Choi, also feels sorry for Gae In. Knowing her famous father, eventually Director Choi and Gae In build a business relationship that affords Gae In the opportunity to show off her interior decorating and furniture designs. Previously, Gae In has received no recognition for her work.
Gae In’s life is looking a little brighter, but she still needs a roommate, enter Jin Ho. Jin Ho is struggling to find a design for Director Choi’s project and knows that Sanggojae is the secret to success, so he must get in somehow. When Jin Ho discovers that Gae In needs money and is looking for a roommate,due to a bad furniture deal, he has a hard time passing the opportunity by. Additionally, Young Son already thinks that Jin Ho is gay and has convinced Gae In that a gay roommate would be the perfect fit. Jin Ho’s business partner Sang Joon is also willing to play the part of a gay lover.
After Jin Ho moves in with Gae In, sparks fly. Gae In wants Jin Ho to “make her a woman,” so she doesn’t lose another guy to a fast woman. Jin Ho goes along with this idea, but his conscience starts to get in the way when he realizes that he is falling in love with her.
Jin Ho is torn between winning the competition and trying to prevent Gae In from suffering from another betrayal. Furthermore, can Gae In forgive Jin Ho, if he tells her the truth. By the way, Gae In’s mature manner now is turning Chang Ryul’s head and add on to that Director Choi believing that he finally has met the love of his life in Jin Ho.
There is no top 5 here, because this drama made me discombobulated; by the end I did not care not care who Gae In ended up with, but hoped it would be someone new. Eh, I guess that’s love. Cons and Pros, so that we can finish strong. I recommend this drama, even though I probably couldn’t watch it a second time.
- Gae In played by Son Ye Jin: This character is the one of the most naive, childlike, and downright sorry characters I have seen to date. But see Pasta. At first I felt bad for her, but then I was just utterly annoyed. So if you keep in mind that this is how she is and she will get better, you are more likely to enjoy this drama. Even her work was subpar, take a good look at that singles’ desk and the chair for kids. Although, she did redeem herself in the playroom.
- Jin Ho played by Lee Min Ho: It is really hard to even like the male lead. Jin Ho is pretending that he is gay for financial gain to Gae In’s detriment. Jin Ho also is semi-seducing Director Cho. Additionally, Jin Ho makes Gae In want to get a sex change, so that they can be together. Finally, Jin Ho is sneaking around Sanggojae to find Gae In’s father’s plans, so that he can use them. Jeon Jin Ho did not really do anything for me until, he finally took some responsibility for the outcome. Then when he took some responsibility, he took too much. Lesson learned, confess early. Cheers, here’s to thinking that Lee Min Ho can save anything with his charisma.
- Cameo: Yoon Eun Hye made a cameo and all it made me think was that she would be better candidate for the female lead. I have nothing against Son Ye Jin, who plays Ga In, but I did not find her funny or light.I repeat Gae In seemed desperate, naive, and sad. I am not sure who to blame this on the writing or the acting, probably the writing.
- In Hee: Sociopath alert. Give up, Jin Ho does not want you. As bad as Jin Ho’s moral compass is, it’s not as bad a yours, not even in the same league. It’s also worse than Chang Ryul’s, Chang Ryul just wanted to be in a relationship with an adult, which Gae In wasn’t at the time. Note: By adult I don’t mean Gae In had to sleep with Chang Ryul, but she definitely needed some emotional counseling based on her and her father’s relationship. On top of that bad self analysis, In Hee also thought she could move back in with Gae In. It was so utterly baffling that it made her storyline unbelievable.
- San Jun and Youn Sun: Why can’t Sang Jun and Young Sun be together, if you are going to put them together all the time and make them look cute together, I am going to want it to work out. I know she has a child and a husband that is always out of town, but the way it is written I come out disappointed. Moreover, the writers really started to get out of control when trying to put In Hee with Sang Jun, no one deserves In Hee. Oh wait, maybe Chang Ryul’s father.
- “Game Over”: Nice kiss between the leads. One of the better K-drama kisses and a cute storyline attached to this scene. I was relieved that they finally figured out that they liked each other, but then Jin Ho did not tell her that he wasn’t gay —> back to pulling my hair out. I am not sure how many times the camera circled them kissing and then went back and forth between In Hee and Chang Ryul’s facial expression, but I did feel like I was watching a tennis match. And I thought I waited a long time in Coffee Prince for the girl to let the guy know that she wasn’t a guy.
- Lee Min Ho and Son Ye Jin: As a pair, they look good together and can certainly kiss well. However, she did not seem like best person for this character or this character needed to be better tailored to her acting strengths. If the writing was a bit more serious and more dramatic, then she would make a better fit. I know that there was a bit of drama with the broken glass, but I felt those scenes were over acted. On the other hand, Lee Min Ho’s star did not shine as bright either. I did not have a strong connection to their romance, because after the last episode I was relieved that it was over. I barely noticed that there was no marriage scene or 5 years later segment. Nevertheless, they did have some cute moments, such as when he was blow drying her hair, tampon run, and when her tummy hurt.
- No Sang Jun and Le Young Sun: The two best friends of the leads, No Sang Jun and Lee Young Sun, really saved this drama for me. Their characters had great chemistry and they were the only source of real comedy. I was really disappointed that Lee Young Sun’s husband came back. It was really awkward that he was never around, then they temporarily broke up, and later he appears in the form of some scary big guy.
- Chang Ryul’s Father: I am sorry there was another source of laughter, Han Chang Ryul’s father, played by Ahn Suk Hwan. His hair was atrocious, it put a smile on my face everytime he came on the screen. In addition to the hair, that laugh, which was a harsh cackle or something or other, was a source of relief in some of the more serious scenes. It sounded like an evil antagonist from an animated disney film. If he doesn’t already do voice overs he should.
- Chang Ryul: Unexpected love for Han Chang Ryul, played by Kim Ji Suk. Chang Ryul made a 180 and I really liked his story of redemption. I know what he did in the beginning was really really bad. I am not justifying it. Although, even I was thoroughly annoyed with Park Gae In, even though I knew she was a sweet person. Park Gae In was clingy and too forgiving.
- Director Choi: Director Choi, played by Ryu Seung Ryong, is the best character in this drama. He is understanding, serves others to his detriment, is forgiving, and sticks to his own principles. He also dresses very well. I am just sad that he did not get a happier ending.
- 111103 Son Ye Jin talks about Heechul? “maybe he’s cursing me for that right now ^-^! “ (sup3rjunior.com)
- Son Ye Jin and Lee Min Ki for Harper’s BAZAAR (tomakunisnumberone.wordpress.com)
Boys Over Flowers (Boys Before Flowers), also known as the Korean version of Hani Yori Dango is based off of the Japanese Manga HanaYori Dango. Note: Korea’s Boys Over Flowers came out after Japan’s Hani Yori Dango and Taiwan’s Meteor Garden.
Boys Over Flowers follows the tale of a middle class girl, Geum Jan Di. Jan Di is a junior at Korea’s high school for the extremely wealthy, Shin Hwa High School. In Boys Over Flowers, Jan Di enters Shin Hwa High School following an incident where she was delivering clothes on behalf of her father’s dry cleaning business. When searching for the owner of the clothes at Shin Hwa High School, Jan Di finds that the customer is attempting to commit suicide by jumping off the roof of a building. Jan Di knows that she has to deliver the clothes in order to get paid, therefore, Jan Di races to her customer. The customer, who turns out to be a student bullied by the F4, is saved when Jan Di grabs him before he falls. This incident is caught on tape and hits the news media. To improve Shin Hwa High School’s public relations, Jan Di is invited to attend the prestigious Shin Hwa High School based on her heroics.
After arriving at Shin Hwa High School, Jan Di, realizes that the school is less about academics and meritocracy and more about social status and economic power. Since, Jan Di is not rich and on a swimming scholarship, she is quickly labeled an outcast and tries to fly under the radar. However, Jan Di cannot keep quiet about one problem at Shin Hwa High School, the F4. The F4 rules Shin Hwa High School and is composed of four male high school seniors. These four males are the richest and most powerful heirs in Korea and the future leaders of tomorrow.
The F4 rules the school through fear. They place a red card in a person’s locker if they offend the F4. The red card signals to students at Shin Hwa High School to attack the person who has disrespected the F4. The most violent, richest, and leader of the F4 is Goo Jun Pyo, which makes him the most fearsome. Goo Jun Pyo is heir to the Shin Hwa Conglomerate, which owns the school and has business in just about every industry. Goo Jun Pyo lives for proving that he is the best at everything, that people outside the F4 are worthless, and that those worthless souls should be in awe of his amazingness.
In contrast, Jan Di shows that she is not in awe of Goon Jun Pyo nor is she afraid of him, when she sticks up for her only friend at school. When Jan Di’s friend spills ice cream on Jun Pyo’s shoe, he orders her friend to lick his shoe. Jan Di argues on her friend’s behalf. Jun Pyo fires back that Jan Di can lick his shoe instead, but Jan Di rebuts his request with her fist. Goon Jun Pyo astonished by Jan Di’s disobedience, puts the F4 card in her locker. As Jan Di continues to survive the attacks of Jun Pyo, the F4, and her classmates, Jun Pyo begins to admires Jan Di’s will to survive. At the same time, Jun Pyo is bewildered by his inability to stop himself from falling in love with Jan Di and becomes her protector. Continue reading