KDrama

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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