Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Review:// She Was Pretty


She Was Pretty is a romantic comedy about childhood friends who got separated and experienced a reversal of fortunes before reuniting as adults. Kim Hye Jin (Hwang Jung Eum) was a pretty, popular girl who took the chubby Ji Sung Joon (Park Seo Joon) under her wing. After his family immigrated to the United States, her family went bankrupt and they lost touch with each other. Now Sung Joon has returned to Korea as a successful editor, while Hye Jin is still trying to find permanent employment. Due to a misunderstanding, she feels the need to hide her identity from Sung Joon, but fate has made it impossible to avoid him.

The Good:  This is a feel good comedy that retains enough tension to make it worthwhile. There are wonderfully excruciating scenes, fan service in the way of bromance, womance and the classic shower scene, and a good balance of injury and redemption. 

Our four leads all gave endearing performances. Although Hwang Jung Eum seems to play every role she gets in the same exaggerated way, this one actually warranted her acting style, and her physical comedy was very much an asset.

Choi Shi Won shed his pretty boy image for a rugged, manly look. His portrayal of the zany reporter (and Second Leading Man), Kim Shin Hyuk, was over the top, but in an appropriate way. However, he also brought a sensitivity to the role that was heartbreaking.

Alongside these more extreme characters, Park Seo Joon's hot/cold/funny and Go Joon Hee's sweet and conflicted performances interplayed well which created a compelling chemistry among all four of them. This was a perfect tonic for those feeling sorry for Park Seo Joon's character in Kill Me, Heal Me.


The Bad:  The chaotic state of Kim Hye Jin was unbelievable to the point where it took me out of the story a bit at first. She had been refined and feminine as a child, but turned into a tomboyish woman with no sense of style whatsoever, with the vague explanation that she had been through hard times. Even if I accepted that her personality had completely changed, the fact that her stylish best friend and roommate had not given her a makeover so that she could pass a job interview was puzzling to me.

The pacing faltered going into the second half, which would ordinarily make me think that the season should have been shortened by a few episodes. Although it wasn't to that point, I wish they had spent less time on all the extraneous happy scenes involving the main couple, and spent a little more time fleshing out the subplots for the side characters.

The drama's flaws didn't detract too much from its entertainment value, though, which was reflected in its ratings which averaged 13.4% nationwide, and 14.7% in Seoul (AGB Nielsen).

Awards:  Hwang Jung Eum and Park Seo Joon won in several categories at the 2015 MBC Drama Awards including Top 10 Stars, Popularity, and Excellence Actor and Actress in a Miniseries. Hwang Jung Eum also won the PD Award. Additionally, Hwang Suk Jung was named Best Supporting Actress in a Miniseries, Yang Han Yeol received the Best Child Actor Award, and Jo Sung Hee won Writer of the Year. 

Monday, February 1, 2016

Happy Birthday February Week 1!

01

Minho (SHU-I)
Na Do Kyun (History)

02

P.O. (Block B)

03

Hong Suk Chun
Kim Joon (T-Max)
Kyuhyun (Super Junior)
Xero (Topp Dogg)
Yoo Jung Suk

04

Park Sang Hyun
Yejun (F.CUZ)

05

Goo Won
Kim ji Soo
Lee Sung Jin (NRG)
Oh Wook Chul
Park Gun Tae
Ryu Ji Sun

06

Chung Lim
Do Ki Suk
Jongup (B.A.P)
Jung Yoon Ho (TVXQ)
Kang Ji Sub
Kim Kook Jin

07

Jinhwan (iKON)
Joo Yong Man
Lee Joon (MBLAQ)

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

New Artist Alert:// IMFACT

Star Empire, home to ZE:A (which if I am not mistaken aren't even together at the moment, with members in the military at the time of this post.) and Nine Muses, has brought us a new batch of boys to possibly wreck some bias lists. A series of Youtube videos have been uploaded to help introduce the boys to all of us fangirls and fanboys alike. Members lines range from 93' to 98'. I feel that the intro videos for each member does well in displaying what each person brings to the table. My only hope is that they debut with the same amount of appeal or more.

They just released their debut single "Lollipop", an upbeat tune that you can't help but dance to.



Meet IMFACT:

JiAn


LeeSang (aka my Mr. Right Now Bias.)


JeUp


TaeHo


UngJae


Video Source: IMFACT Youtube Image and Information Source: IMFACT Official Website

Friday, January 22, 2016

Happy Birthday January Week 4!

22

Jinseok (SHU-I)
Jun (U-Kiss)
Lee Won Jae

23

Kwak Seung Nam (Indigo)
Song Geum Sik

24

Kim Min Suk
Song CHang Ui
Sung Woong
Youngjae (B.A.P)

25

Junho (2PM)
Kim Jin Soo
Sakurai Sho (Arashi)

26

Hyungjun (SHU-I)
Jung Chan Woo (iKON)
Kim Dong Bum
Kim Jae Joong (JYJ)
One Shot (SMASH)
Seung Hyun
Yooseung (M.Pire)

27

Choi Jong Won
Im Ho
Lee Byung Joon
Park Sang Myun

29

Ahn Se Ha
Hyde (L'Arc-en-Ciel)
Park Hoon Jung
Shin Ji Ho

30

Baek Hyun
Baek Sung Hyun
Cha Hyun Woo
Gunwoo (MYNAME)
Lee Seo Jin
Oh Man Suk
Park Joon Suk
Poppin Hyun Joon
Woogoon (Tritops)
Yoo Ha Joon

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Review:// Kill Me, Heal Me


Kill Me, Heal Me is a 20-episode medical mystery/romantic comedy about a chaebol son with multiple personalities who gets treated by a first year psychiatry resident. Cha Do Hyun (Ji Sung) loses a year of his childhood memories after traumatic events splinter his mind into several identities. Because of his position, his condition cannot be revealed, and strangely enough, he's only responsive to Oh Ri Jin (Hwang Jung Eum), a psychiatrist with no experience with Dissociative Identity Disorder. Meanwhile, her twin brother Oh Ri Ohn (Park Seo Joon), is a mystery writer digging into Cha Do Hyun's history, but it seems he already holds a big secret.


The Good:  Ji Sung gave a brilliant performance, assigning different facial expressions, voices and body language for each personality. He inspired empathy for each, and sold every scene he was in as believable, touching and entertaining.

Although the chemistry between the leads was a bit lacking at first, it warmed up in the second half and improved through to the end.  Cha Do Hyun and Oh Ri Ohn's "bromance" was spectacular and worth watching over and over.


Oh Ri Jin and Oh Ri Ohn have a warm and funny sibling relationship, though there is a sad and poignant side to it that adds another layer of emotion to the overall story.

The action and intrigue unfolded in an interesting and well-paced manner. Though somewhat predictable, the storytelling still created a sense of curiosity as to how it would all be revealed and resolved.

The Bad:  There didn't seem to be much research done for the medical aspect of the drama. It was more a romantic comedy with a medical theme, since psychology didn't play a part in the actual handling or treatment of Cha Do Hyun's condition. And although I didn't expect it to be very realistic, the resolutions that came about completely devoid of psychological input were not satisfying, and I was left feeling like all the loose ends were not tied up.

Oh Ji Rin was completely unbelievable as a psychiatrist. She was extremely annoying for the first ten episodes with her histrionic shrieking and the disingenuous, condescending tone she took at times. She was too clueless and easily flustered to have the mind or training of a psychiatrist, and it pulled me out of the story for more than half of the episodes which was a big disappointment.

Despite that, there was a lot of emotion built up in the story which ignited expectations for a ending that was at least as engaging as one of the many endearing scenes. Though many viewers might be satisfied with the conclusion, it was just lukewarm for me. After laughing and crying with these characters for 20 hours, I expected an ending with a little more intensity.

Awards:  Kill Me, Heal Me's Neilsen rating  averaged 10.1 nationwide, and 11.1 in Seoul. Ji Sung, Hwang Jung Eum and Park Seo Joon received a slew of awards at the 2015 MBC Drama Awards where Kill Me, Heal Me was Drama of the Year.  Additionally, Ji Sung and Hwang Jung Eum won the 2015 Daum Best Couple award, and at the 10th Seoul International Drama Awards, Hwang Jung Eum was named Outstanding Korean Actress and the drama won for Excellent Korean Drama. The touching soundtrack won for Best OST at the 8th Korean Drama Awards.

Interesting Notes:  Ji Sung and Hwang Jung Eum played opposite each other in the 2013 suspenseful crime melodrama, Secret Love.  Hwang Jung Eum and Park Seo Joon went on to star together in She Was Pretty which aired later in 2015.


Friday, January 15, 2016

January Birthdays Week 3!

15

Ilgoon (Tritops)
Im Sun Taek
Jun K (2PM)
Lee Jin Woo

16

Chae Jin Gun
Jay (BTL)
Kim Sung Hoon
Lee Min Ki
Seungkwan (Seventeen)
Sunghak (Big Star)

17

Hwan Hee (Fly to the Sky)
Kang Chan Hee
Kang In (super Junior)
Kiseop (U-Kiss)
Lee Soo Ho
Lee Young Ha

18

Hyun Woo (24/7)
Kang Dong Won
Park Sang Wook
Yoon Moon Sik
Youngwoo (Sweet Sorrow)

19

Park Joon Seo
Park Kwang Jung
Yamamoto Yusuke

20

Jung Woong In
Kim In Kwon
Kim Jin Geun
Kim Jung Hoon
Park Won Sang
Suwoong (Boy's Republic)

21

Andy (Shinhwa)
Baek Kwang Doo
Jin Won
Kang Seung Yoon (WINNER)
Kim Yoon Suk
Yoo Gun (OPPA)

Saturday, January 9, 2016

MV BREAKDOWN:// GIRIBOY (기리보이): Hogu (호구)

Don't let the cuteness fool you.


In this colorful video, GIRIBOY is a man who is in love with a rotten girl. It tells a tale of a man who is being...
"sucked dry"
"eaten alive"
and treated like a "personal atm/(piggie) bank"
...when the girl that he loves is using him whenever she needs something. The video and lyrics go well in a quirky and cutesy display of someone who has turned into a "sucker for love". GIRIBOY tells the story so vividly and it's only right to have a video that can convey it visually as well.

The tempo is pretty mellow and allows for relaxed listen. The colors, while vibrant, are not overbearing. It sounds like a feel good song but the lyrics kindda speak otherwise.

Check out the MV below GIRIBOY(기리보이): Hogu(호구) (Prod. by Fisherman of wybh) (Feat. BrotherSu(브라더수)). *pinches Giriboy's cheeks*