KDrama

Blurb: Her Private Life

It takes a rather special, out-of-this-Kdrama-universe Kdrama to get my fingers fly across the keyboard to say something about it. There were a few “close call” ones, but if I could wrestle my way out of its tractor beam’s strength, then it wasn’t compelling enough for me to write.

Until Her Private Life aired on April 10 2019.

O.mai.gad yarobun

The fact that I could only do this entry after the show has completed its run, speaks volumes of its lethal level of spazzing.

That’s right folks.
Spazzing and squeeing about it in between its weekly airing was mandatory 😆

Cliff notes version of this drama:
Sung Deok-mi is a talented chief curator of Cheum Museum of Art, who also happens to lead a double life of a fanatic fangirl of White Ocean’s Cha Shi-An. Not just serious fangirling, but she is also the fansite manager of “Shi-an is My Life” website.

Ryan Gold is a standoffish artist who suffers from Stendhal syndrome after succesfully launching his career as a much-sought after savant. He becomes the new Art Director of Cheum Museum of Art when the current director was suspended due to suspicious embezzlement activities.

After four episodes in, and an unfortunate case of presumption, thanks to an almost sasaeng, news spread like wildfire about Deok-mi and Shi-An’s supposed covert relationship.

Enter Ryan to the rescue by suggesting he and Deok-mi pretend to date to keep off Shi-An’s fanatic fans who threaten to harm her.

Can you see where this is gonna lead down the yellow-brick road? 😀

Would anyone in their sane mind refuse Kim Jae Wook – oh sorry – RYAN GOLD as their pretend boyfriend? o_O

This has been a throughly refreshing KDrama I’ve enjoyed watching in years. There was no dragging makjang episodes, the noble-idiot hiccups, the “we’re from different worlds” angle, the case of mega-miscommunication which would eventually take on a life of its own, memory loss… what else have I left out?

Oh yes! The dragon of a mother-in-law, the vengeful and sharp-clawed ex…

HAHAHAHAHA!! I’ve been watching WAAAAAYYY too many Kdramas!

If you want to witness the journey of forging a friendship, and then the blossoming of romance in one of the most mature manners ever, then plan a marathon binge soon.

Once you’re done with that, BINGE AGAIN!

And having a director who is not shy of including many kissing scenes – and I mean you count those scenes with BOTH your hands – certainly helps with this drama’s tractor beam level.
Heads Up: proceed to YouTube for their numerous Behind The Scenes takes. Freakin’ OMAIGAD 😀

This drama is SO WORTH IT ❤ !!

First Impression: Orange Marmalade

As Unkind Women bows out, another (well, a handful) comes into my viewing line up.

I haven’t had the chance to really identify the ones I want to follow, but had an inkling that the high-school/ vampire/ romance Orange Marmalade would likely fall under “easy to watch,” hence it wouldn’t be so taxing to do a recap (which I’m still mulling over).

Orange_Marm_Main01Premiered on May 15th with 2 episodes shown back-to-back on KBS2, I had to keep myself busy while waiting for the subs to kick in. It is mandatory that I totally immerse myself in the Twilight-like Korean Drama XD

The premise is rather to the point: 200 years ago, humans and vampires finalized a peace treaty, but till this day, both parties do not get along well with each other. Heck. Humans still can’t along with each other o_O

Fast forward to 2015, the story begins with the introduction of Baek MaRi (SeolHyun) riding the subway to school, Jung Jae-Min (Yeo Jin-Goo) who is a popular high school student also happens to be on the same train.

We are well-versed with the eventual pull Jae Min will experience with MaRi because she is a vampire and vamps have that I-can’t-help-but-magnetize-anyone powers 😀 .

However, MaRi tries very hard to fit in and does her very best to hide her real self.

First episode in, Jae Min has been TKO-ed by cupid…

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First Impression: Heard It Through the Grapevine

My, my… lookee here. It’s a new production from the duo who brought ground-breaking drama Secret Love Affair to epic proportions in the early part of 2014. Time lapse of one year and what do they have up their sleeves?

Another strong contender to push KDrama boundaries into the next realm 😮

The plot itself touches on a rather taboo subject of teenage pregnancy. Add in a micro-managing Super rich family and street-smart characters, I can’t help but be intrigued with Ahn Pan Suk’s decision to helm this 32-episode drama (yep, 32 o_O )

When one hears Ahn Pan Suk’s name, one automatically links that with breathtaking cinematography and a coterie of ensemble actors who most often are hired in his projects. I couldn’t help but grin when I saw familiar faces in the first two episodes.

However, when cameras entered the home of the powerful Han family, I was, in a word, gobsmacked. The uniquely Korean architecture is seamlessly woven into a modern domicile and needless to say, yours truly had to pause several times just to soak in the glorious sight.

Lee Joon and Go Ah Sung. MAN! Ahn PD must have some kind of Jedi force because their acting has improved by leaps and bounds! I am cautiously hopeful for an interesting ride come episode 3.

Finally! A KDrama that has tractor-beam grabbage of a Death Star…

Blurb: Valid Love 20

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HT reads IR’s letter and when he stumbles upon her by chance at the zebra crossing, he realized he began to feel that fluttery excitement in his heart. The light turns green for pedestrians but they both remain rooted in their position. As the timer runs down to the last 10 seconds, IR decides to walk across and HT wonders if her heart is excited seeing him again.

IR:  Long time no see [smiles]… I’ll be going.

It took 5 more seconds before HT invites her for a drink… canned drinks at a public park. He notices IR’s latest purchase at the Art store and remembers her artwork since high school. He encourages her to pursue her artistic passion.

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Blurb: Valid Love 19

Cringe, cringe :/

This is like being strapped in a roller coaster that is making its slow ascend into the stratosphere, and with each clacking on the the rail, your heart thumps faster, you question your sanity and the inevitable is within seconds as you see the front car plunge back to earth.

Strap on your seat belts, chingu, it’s gonna be a fast descending ride…

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IR gets another sac-sac attack, but this time, no one is around to help her. Not a brown bag in sight either. And no hawt KJ’s hand to grab onto either. But, hang on, a couple walk past by her IR who is wheezing on the ground, and they continue on their journey (eh? o_O ). However, Mr. Stalker-Who-Started-All-the-Crey found her and calls for an ambulance.

Meanwhile, the fire has been out on the Research boat, but there is still no phone reception on board. Al the circuits have been badly burnt. Lucky for them, another boat has arrived to pick them up and return to shore…

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Preview: Valid Love 19

 

IR: Why did you get on that boat?

HT: Has your heart ever fluttered for me? From the beginning, I have never been a man to you.

KJ: I’m not having fun. So I am ending it.

I’m sorry. I take back those words. I was wrong. Please wake up. Please.

HT: Just wake up. But I will never go near you again, not even one step. Laugh as much as you want. Love as much as you want.

Translation credit: chickfactor of Soompi Forum (Kamsahamnida!)

Blurb: Valid Love 18

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KJ announces to the Jangs that they should all live under one roof. GT wants to call the police, but HT tells him to put away the phone and help him place KJ in GT’s room. The What, Hyung? IR is at the dining table, apologizes to HT when he joins her. She didn’t know KJ would go that far. HT says it wouldn’t have happened if she had left when he asked her to do so.

IR relents and agrees to move out of the house, taking KJ with her. MIL is no longer her concern.

HT voiceover:

Letting him sleep in the house for a night, I thought too lightly of it. My wife, I and that guy, tried to sleep under one roof. That night, I had a bizarre dream…

HT and KJ are brushing their teeth side by side in the bathroom. IR runs to them and demands who squeezed the toothpaste from the middle of the tube.

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KJ and HT point at each other… and then both point toward IR. It’s actually in HT and IR’s home and she has prepared a hearty breakfast for them. They are having a cordial conversation about their weekly schedule and bicker cutely about who can accompany IR with her task. She gives them their lunch bags and pats their back as she sends them off for the day.

HT wakes up… voiceover:

It felt real, even though I knew it was a dream. Thank goodness it was a dream.

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