Tuesday, July 30, 2013

A Wedding! A Wedding!! Lee Byeong-heon and Lee Min-jeong's wedding shoot

         Lee Byeong-heon and Lee Min-jeong's wedding shoot      

Lee Byeong-Heon and Lee Min-jeong completed their wedding photo shoot.
They shot their pictures in Korea two weeks ago and they will be released on the 30th.
They wanted peace and quiet so it wasn't let known to the media. They were just an ordinary husband and wife and very beautiful".
Lee Byeong-Heon and Lee Min-jeong are getting married this coming 10th of August at the Grand Hyatt.

Source :ilyo.co.kr and Hancinema

Very exciting! As we get closer and closer to the date. I couldn't be happier whenever my favorite actors find their soul-mates!! As a fan, I only want their happiness!! So, Congratulations to the couple and I look forward to the pictures after August 10th!!

More to Come

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Hwang Jeong-eum considers role in KBS "Secrets" with Ji Sung

Actress Hwang Jung-eum is revising the script of upcoming KBS 2TV drama "Secrets". Sidus HQ reported that she is currently still thinking about if or not she's going to star in it.

The role she has been offered is a woman who goes to prison for her boyfriend who causes a hit-and-run accident but gets betrayed in the end.
Ji Sung is also revising the role of Jo Min-hyeok, a rich plutocrat's son. "Secrets" is written by Choi Ho-cheol who won an award at a script contest. The directing will be done byLee Eung-bok from KBS 2TV "School 2013".

"Secrets" will be aired in September.
Source: news.nate.com and Hancinema

If you don't know, I have mad love for Hwang Jung-eun since Can You Hear My Heart and have seen just about every drama she has been in with only one disappointment (sorry fans for Full House 2, hated it) so it is with excitement that I will be following this news and hope to see her on the screen with Ji Sung, who I also like (again, didn't feel love for The Great Seer either). Here's hoping everyone accepts their roles and I will definitely be looking forward to this in September. Do we ever have a month where our favorites DON'T come up in a drama?!! 

No Rest for the Drama Addicts!!

Friday, July 26, 2013

Be Still My Heart! Hyun Bin looks GOOD!!

Hyun Bin in this Month's Star1 Magazine for July, 2013

If you haven't seen the new and vastly improved Hyun Bin (post Marine service), you are in for a treat! All I can say, oppa: Don't lose a single POUND!

Source: Omona
More pictures available on Pinterest

Friday, July 19, 2013

Drama Thoughts- My Love Affair with Ugly Alert

Ugly Alert-A Wonderful Family Drama that I Wish More People Could Watch
Im Joo Hwan as Gong Joon SooKang So Ra as Na Do HeeChoi Tae Joon as Gong Hyeon SeokKang Byul as Gong Jin JooSeol Hyun as Gong Na RiKim Young Hoon as Han SeoShin So Yool as Shin Joo YeongHyun Woo as Kang Cheol Soo

SynopsisPeople, who have different lives, become a family because of their parents. They sometimes look down on other family members and jealous of other family members. Through all of this, they get to understand each other and cure their wounds. A man, in particular, goes through infinite sacrifices.~mydramalist

A drama that shows the meaning of family and how everyone within that frame understand and heal each other although sometimes they can be jealous and ignore each other.

My Thoughts:

I started watching this simply because of Im Joo Hwan. After seeing him in What's Up, I was really hoping that when he returned from military service that he would again return to drama as the lead. His portrayal of Joon Soo has been phenomenal.
Briefly, Joon Soo's father married the mother of Hyeon Seok and Jin Joo when he was 12 years old. After the tragic death of both parents, Joon Soo decides that he must take care of his siblings to include their new baby sister, Na Ri born shortly before the mother died.

Joon Soo takes it upon himself to quit school and work to support his family even though the step sister and brother resent him (yeah, he is 13!).
Some of the scenes between Joon Soo and Na Ri are so precious, his love of his family is so pure, he is the the sole source of support for the next 7 years.

After an unfortunately accident which Joon Soo takes responsibility for, he ends up going to prison for 12 years. As you can expect, this devastates the family but the details I will not go in to because it is the crux of the story.
After his release from prison, his story and relationship with Do Hee begins; a chance meeting whereby she learns of one of his amazing talents. 
As a result of this meeting, Joon Soo goes to work for Do Hee in her little merchandising store in one of the local market places in Seoul. 
Again, she continues to learn his many talents; especially his ability to interact with the female customers (as long as they don't touch him, a story line humorously portrayed).
Unknown to Joon Soo is the fact that Do Hee is the grand-daughter to the owner of the BY Group; a large merchandising conglomerate who specializes in clothing and designs AND who is being pursued by not one but two men: BY Group's legal advisor, Han Seo, a seriously cold and calculating man who definitely does not know how to woe a woman AND Joon Soo's step brother Hyeon Seok. Luckily, so far, the possible romance between them is pretty much an impossibility  Do Hee knows who she wants and it ain't them!
I love Do Hee's character. She is definitely not a shrinking violet! She is one of those strong, female characters that we rarely get to see in Korean dramas! Not her father or grandfather dominate her! I'd be surprised if they can force her hand. Even if its marriage or business!
Joo Yeong is definitely our typical, rich and spoiled princess! As Do Hee's cousin, she fancies herself in love with Hyeon Seok. I still love her character and she is funny in how she will do just about anything to get Hyeon Seok's attention; even though she knows he has an interest in Do Hee, she has been reassured by her that the interest is NOT reciprocated.
Na Ri is the typical, spoiled little sister. You really can't fault her too much as being the youngest, she has been spoiled by all.
Cheol Soo, best friend of Hyeon Seok, has been a surprising treat! His absolute love and devotion to Jin Joo, who is trying to avoid it at cost, is definitely making their relationship an interesting side romance in this story. He loves her and she hides her love for him for two reasons: his status and his age (yes, he is younger than her). Their story is now beginning to be developed and the future episodes will definitely bring their conflict to the forefront.
The chemistry between Im Joo Hwan and Kang So Ra is off the charts! Their play at love (his mostly avoidance) is fun to watch. Needless to say, she does not know his past yet (I'm at episode 40) but I imagine when this comes to the forefront, it will be the major conflict to their relationship. I am really curious as to how the writer is going to handle this. This subject matter is rarely featured in dramas; I think My Name is InSoo and Padam Padam are the only times I've seen this but if you ever get to see this, there is a difference: Joon Soo is INNOCENT!

SO, where am I watching this gem? Currently, the only place with some sort of subs is DarkSmurfSub Website. The subbing is mediocre for most of the episodes but any episodes that have been 100% subbed and validated are decent. I am SO happy to have found this! As I had predicted, it is turning out to be as good as I had hoped!! Now, if I could just find Sweet Springs, my drama happiness would be complete!

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

She is Wow- A Retrospective

She is Wow and a Non-Perfect Ending? 

Yes, In Typical K-Drama Fashion

First of all, if you have not seen the ending and you are watching this drama, I will give you time to click away from this rant.

Ok, What the HELL was that?!!! Seriously? Really? Did the writers change mid-way or did the drugs and medication wear off or something? What I found interesting at the beginning of the finale was that it was going the route of "Who Dun It?" and I really thought that was kind of clever. The writer(s) set up the scenario where all three female characters entered the house and had the opportunity to kill poor Sung Gi. My feelings at that time was "Ok, this is pretty neat!" 

However, then what was neat went into the, excuse my language, the wtf**kery territory! I could not BELIEVE it!! Firstly, you are going to try to convince me that all of these years, out of some freaking guilty conscious, that Gong Jung Han was having a homosexual relationship with Sung Gi simply because?!! What?!! Who the HELL would do that?!!  I literally had to stop the drama and started laughing out loud at the ridiculous notion! It's been several hours since I saw the finale and I'm still trying to figure that one out.

If that wasn't bad enough, let's not begin to forget the rushed and stupid explanation of the weirdest Housemaid ever story! After all those years, how in the hell did Jo Ah Ra and Gong Jung Han NOT know her background? Why do I say that? Because here in the US, I don't think anyone works for movie stars and other celebrities without a background check. To think that these two people who depend solely on public perception would allow someone in their home, access to everything in their home, access to their child and NOT know their background is totally unbelievable to me! Considering how private Korean stars try to stay and how squeaky clean they like their persona to remain, would you believe this?

On the brother from hell. So now at the nth hour he has concern for his sister's well-being? What happened to his concern about 5-6 episodes ago when he began trying to find dirt and gossip on his own sister? To leave him totally unscathed was a total let-down.

The General, his wife, his minions and the weirdest looking dog I've ever seen (okay some will find him cute)? They could have left that part of the finale on the cutting room floor. Just saying. Just my opinion.

Now, the only saving grace of the entire finale was Min Gyu. He was cute, funny, and adorable from the beginning to end. His conversation with Sung Gi was so sweet and personal, I really liked that scene. At the end, he didn't care so much as that he wanted everyone happy again; including his hyung!

Two final notes. 
Was the shot focusing on the bat in the basement a dig on the Korean police and their ineptness? Was I the only one who thought that? Remember, the last thing the detective said was they were looking for the murder weapon. If the bat was still in the house, why in the HELL didn't they find it?

Was I the only one who was looking from left to right; front to back when the family was sitting on the street in the car waiting for a truck, car or bus to come barreling into them, all possibly driven by the wacky housemaid? Was I really the only one? C'mon, she said even if it meant killing them all! And who said the police caught her at the airport (again, a dig on the ineptness)?

Overall, as it was only 12 episodes, I cannot say that I wasted my entire time, I've wasted a HELL of a lot more hours on a whole lot of dramas. But one thing I did get out of this was a great introduction to Jung Jin Young as Min Gyu. Before you say I should know him because he is in B1A4, you have to remember that I don't know squat about K-Pop! But now when I see his name, I will be really curious to see him again and his future roles. So for that, thank you She is Wow and no, I would NEVER recommend you to anybody!

                                  Thanks for making this entertaining!!


Sunday, July 7, 2013

Here's Movie News I Don't Remember Seeing Until Now!! SNOWPIERCER

Apocalyptic Film Starring None Other Than Song Kang Ho Coming This Summer!


Chris Evans
as Curtis

John Hurt as Gilliam

Tilda Swanson as Mason

Ed Harris as Wilford

Octavia Spencer as Tanya

Song Kang Ho  as Namgoong Min-Soo

Ko Ah Sung as Yo Na

Set in a post-apocalyptic world, a world war has ravaged the world which is now covered completely in snow. The only means for survival is to board the Transperceneige (snow train), but the train only has 1001 coaches. On the train, the poor wallow in misery in the lower decks, while the rich lives in decadence in the upper decks. Then their two worlds start to collide ... ~~~ "Snowpiercer" is based on the French comic "Le Transperceneige" by Jacques Lob. Movie will contain roughly 50% Korean dialogue & 50% English. Pre-production has commenced. Art director Ryoo Seung-Hee and his team is working on the art design - front and back of the train, engine. Source: MyDramaList

My Thoughts: Imagine my surprise when my daughter says "I know you know who this Korean guy is?" I told you, "You Betcha!" How did this fly under my movie radar? I was totally surprised! What a way to introduce the ENglish speaking public to some great Korean actors, especially one like Song Kang Ho! I really believe as more and more movies and dramas are introduced to American streaming sites like Netflix and Hulu, I expect to see more and GREAT Korean actors like Kang Ho to "cross-over" to the Hollywood screen. Okay, my daughter said she has to see this, me too!

Images from the Film:

The Cast from Snowpiercer