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Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo

I just HAD to say something about this little dynamo that can hold its own against The Legend of the Blue Sea.

While many viewers were anticipating the premiere of Lee Min Ho’s latest drama, a few of us tuned in to Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo mostly out of curiosity. Well, maybe not so for Nam Joo Hyuk’s die-hard fans, but we’re talking about David & Goliath proportions when these two dramas were pitted against each other in the Wed-Thurs prime time slot.

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As I watched Lee Sung Kyung’s character transformation (from Bee-yotch Doctor in Doctors to No-nonsense Athlete in WFKBJ) in Episode 1, I had a feeling this could be her defining moment as an actor.

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Blurb: She Was Pretty Ep 14 – Heart Slayer

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Didn’t I just mention how Kim Shin Hyuk slayed me thus far in She Was Pretty?

Didn’t I just mention how AWESOME-sauce Choi Si Won has been as Kim Shin Hyuk in this drama?

SO HOW IS IT POSSIBLE HE SLAYED ME AGAIN IN EPISODE 14?! o_O

Not gonna talk about the meandering story about “Will We or Won’t We” sink plot line in Episode 14. In fact 95% of this episode was stretching The Most about doing all they can for the magazine. But, in the last 10 minutes of the 4th Quarter, my jaw slackened at how A-may-zing Kim Shin Hyuk is.

Sorta Spoiler Alert!!

He sneaks Hye Jin out for a date in one of the most unassuming ways I’ve seen (even in real life!) and she ends up spending the entire day out with him having a great meal and acting like kids at the Theme Park. He was, in his way, creating memories with her and filing them away as one of those moments in time when he fell in love and had to let go.

Of course he HAD to re-enact their signature radish scene, but this time, in a posh hotel setting…

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BLURB: She Was Pretty

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Two weekends ago, I surprised myself for carving out time to browse through currently on-air KDramas… just to get a feel on what’s going on. Y’know what I mean?

I’ve really been out of the KDrama Universe, but I knew my Sweet Cheeks, Yoo Ah In, is in SBS’ Six Flying Dragons and Lee Dong Wook will dive into a romantic comedy with Jung Ryeo Won in Bubblegum (which I shall also check out later 🙂 )

So, with zero expectations, I began Episode 1 of She Was Pretty on Friday night, 8:30pm… and by Saturday noon, I couldn’t wait for the upcoming episode of this drama. Much thanks to the Meteorically Improved Choi Si Won o_O

Who would’ve thought he could metamorphosize the 2nd Male Lead character into the unofficial MALE LEAD for this drama?!  In fact, I was ROOTING for him to be with Hye Jin instead of Sung Joon!!

What blasphemy!!  😮

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First Impression: Hwajung

Thanks to my grueling daily work schedule, I totally missed out on a few KDrama premieres. However,  I came across a snippet on how lethally Daebak the first two episodes of Hwajung were, and I JUST HAD to activate my powers to enter a parallel universe and immersed myself in Hwajung.

This is yet another take on the life of Prince Gwanghae (the latest one being The King’s Face with Seo In Guk playing the titular character). With an awesome ensemble cast of Cha Seung Won, Cho Song Ha (fave King in Sungkyungkwan Scandal), Kim Chang Wan (fave nose-picking Ahjussi in Coffee Prince), Lee Sung Min (fave boss, Chief Oh in Misaeng) and many others, I braced myself for sterling quality acting.

Hwajung_Main01First off, I had to compartmentalize “Chajumma” image of the ineffable Cha Seung Won who literally demonstrated to the rest of the world why he would be the #1 pick to be marooned with on an island.

That guy is McGyver of the Gastronomic Kind… my kinda namja 😀

Back to Hwajung…

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Upcoming Dramas January 2015

Kill Me, Heal Me

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A third generation chaebol family member suffers from multiple personality disorder after experiencing numerous life-threatening traumas. As he (Ji Sung) tries to get his life back on  track with the help of a student majoring in psychology (Hwang Jung Eum), the “seven people” whom he created in his body begin their battle to be the dominant personality who will have absolute control over his life.

Park Seo Joon plays a genius writer (but of course) who is determined to dig the secrets and stories of the third generation Chaebol. He stalks him to get the scoop but unexpectedly forms an empathy for him instead.

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Mr. Baek Ep 6: Be Wary of Calm Waters…

There is a fountain of youth: it is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of people you love.

When you learn to tap this source, you will truly have defeated age.

– Sophia Loren

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SH is left kneeling in front of the gates to his own residence, soaking wet. And DH sees SH’s dejection from his car as he drives home. SH has a pity party in a humble restaurant remembering DH’s words about his mother’s death: GB was too busy making money to notice she fell ill. HS walks by a row of shops, and it so happens the restaurant where SH is drinking his sorrows away. She remembers DH saying SH’s end as the heir to DaeHan.

And suddenly, SH clutches his chest…

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HS runs over to him, he sees her, nothing comes out from his mouth, and he slumps over her… and DH’s necklace glows inside her bag. Hmmm o_O

The greedy threesome gleefully announces to DH that they successfully chased out SH from their home. DH just doesn’t get how they were so eager to welcome him the day before but now are triumphant to have SH kicked out. Hmmm again o_O

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Mr. Baek Ep 5: When the Going Gets Tougher

Nothing makes us more vulnerable than loneliness,
except greed

– Thomas Harris

 

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YD is mad when he finds out the SH’s DNA test was a perfect match to GB’s. His wife is not willing to give up without a fight, takes photos of SH walking into his car and driving out of the parking bay. She calls someone and instructs the person to track the said car via GPS.

DH and HS are having a real conversation. She apologizes for slapping him earlier. DH must be going through his own personal crisis especially when a total stranger steps in when he is still grieving for his father. He is still stumped with the emergence of the illegitimate son for he knows his dad is incapable of emotions like love.

GB visits HS’ mum’s tailor shop and she is gobsmacked with the coincidence that his “dad” is one of her regular customers. She shares when GB was younger, her husband used to tailor suits for him.

Flashback: GB stands outside the shop in the cold with a white paper bag in hand. After some contemplation, he enters the shop and both HS’ parents greet him. His suit is ready to be picked up. GB commends HS’ dad’s skills and apologizes for not having enough money to pay for the suit. He places the paperbag of hot sweet potatoes on the table, bows in gratitude and says he will pick up his suit after he has earned enough to pay for it. HS’ dad gives the suit to him anyway. Being in business himself, he relates to the tribulations of owning one’s business and tells GB to pay when he can. 😥 Tears are streaking down my cheeks…

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