Bad Guy – Episode 1-2: First Impressions

Happy family? I think not.

I have to say, I was pretty darn excited for this drama.

It had mystery, action, Kim Jae Wook, Kim Nam Gil, and a whole lotta bad-ass. Who couldn’t be excited for this? (Unless you just don’t like these kinds of melodramas.) And I’ve been watching a lot of light-hearted romantic comedies that I’d like to find a good drama that feeds to my dark side.

Bad Guy isn’t bad, but it’s pacing is off. Or something about it is off. It should be weird though, since we don’t have all the pieces to the puzzle just yet. But it’s coming out in such a way that I am losing interest even though I want to know what happens.

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News Bits: 5/31/10 Edition

It’s the end of May! And a new week for Coffee House!

The above is a behind-the-scenes photo of the cast “working out” together. I’m not too sure if it’s for an upcoming episode or just the cast fooling around – either way, it’s pretty hilarious and danggg Kang Ji Hwan is fit!

In an interview that came along with the picture, the reporter asked Kang about his pairing with Park Shi Yeon, and he said though he was unsure whether they really would end up together or not, he thinks that “it’s nice to have a soulmate like Eun Young (Park’s character).” Well now – we kind of all know what that means.

But thankfully I like this drama too much to care about the love pairings now.

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Itazura na Kiss Gets the Korean Treatment

Group 8 – the production company that brought us Goong and Boys Over Flowers – will be producing a new manga-based television series – Itazura na Kiss. It is also known as It Started with a Kiss in Taiwan, which starred Ariel Lin and Joe Cheng. The story follows a young high school girl who falls in love with her senior in high school and admits her love to him. He is too cool for her though, and rejects her. So fate intervenes and causes an earthquake that destroys her house, forcing her and her family to live with him.

If you’ve seen the Taiwanese series, or heard about it, then you know what happens. I never watched it out of refusal to see something that everyone and their dog has already seen. (I’m weird like that, but the same philosophy applies to Boys Over Flowers and High School Musical.) Japan already has its anime version of the manga, which is unfinished due to the author’s death but continues to be published with her husband’s permission.

The drama will appear in the fall and is finishing up casting. Shooting will begin in July. So – WHO ARE THE LEADS!?!?!?!?!?

source: asiae

News Bits: 5/30/10 Edition

Kim Ji Hoon! He debuted in the play “University of Laughs” recently, and stars as a writer whose personality differs greatly from his previous role in Wish Upon a Star. His character is supposedly quite cowardly as he tries to get his script through the censors. In an interview, he noted that in a play he doesn’t have to worry so much about facial expressions since there are no close-ups, but he does have to make sure that his body doesn’t stand up too straight or else he exudes too much confidence. One downside about plays is that he has to memorize every line (there are no re-dos, and the entire script is ready before hand, unlike dramas were scripts come out in pages every week). But he also promised to give a different performance to audiences every night, because he’ll continually make the role more personal.

But he’s just too cute! (When he looks happy.)

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Hyunhaetan Marriage – Drama Special: Part I

I was a bit disappointed with this drama, to be honest. Maybe because it was Im Joo Hwan or because of the interesting story line that I expected more from it. But the story was typical, circular, and all too cliched.

Nevertheless, kudos to the acting of the couple – Im was pretty funny, and Akiba Rie impressed me, since she’s not really an actress.

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An Interview with Han Jung Soo – Part II

This second part of the interview focused more on his personal life, his beginnings, and his future in the business. He even mentions about his new iPhone and how he uses it to update Twitter (which is awesome, because that’s where fans like me get to see what it’s like behind the scenes of Prosecutor Princess. Stalker-ish? I beg to differ).

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An Interview with Han Jung Soo – Part I

Chuno and Prosecutor Princess have definitely increased Han Jung Soo‘s popularity, but he first made an appearance in the series The King and I. Now he has an interview with asiae, and hopefully I’ll get to see him in more projects (that take place in the modern times, and don’t involve him killing people).

Part one of the interview is as follows. It focuses on his roles in the two 2010 dramas he starred in.

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Rumor Mill: Park Shi Hoo-Kim So Yeon Coupling?

I think I have to be forcibly restrained to prevent falling into the temptation of posting this. But! since I’m not, it’s going up. 😀

Yes – another Park Shi Hoo interview – but this one is all for the rumor mill. Prosecutor Princess fans are unwilling to let go of this possible coupling (myself included), which is simply a testament to their chemistry. Though it is a relatively early-2010 drama, here’s hoping that SBS recognizes the two actors and at least awards them a Best Couple Award by the end of the year.

The following interview is one that was analyzed (but not the only one) and it completely added fodder to this rumor. But judge for yourself! I think Park is teasing fans and the reporter, and yet also his answers seem quite honest. So…

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Coffee House: Pages 3-4 Review

AISH!! I am so confused!

In a good way, of course. I am really loving this series. The ride is so much more enjoyable that I couldn’t care less about the ending. I don’t know how it is going to end (which is a good thing in my book nowadays) and I don’t know who is going to end up with who (which is also another very good thing). I am still stuck on my notion that my lead characters need to end up with someone, that there must be a romantic angle and a couple I can root for. That is one staple thing I can count on a Korean drama to have, and I cherish it so much. But this drama is throwing me off on a loop – so much so that I can’t figure out what will happen!! And I want to know what will happen!

And again – Kang Ji Hwan really is growing on me.

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