A Year in Review: KDrama Watching in 2010

I debated for a while on whether I should write up this post. I mean, come on – every other Kdrama blogging site is doing one. Or, the ones I read do. I also admittedly have skimmed through a lot. Yes. Skim.

I have to say that 2010 was a big year for me in terms of dramas. I have never worked so closely with dramas before, and recapping is a pure joy. As I was compiling the list, I realized that I saw more dramas than I ever have in my entire life. Some were not to completion, and some were fleeting. But I included them in the list because I get to explain why I didn’t continue a certain drama. I also realized that I watched a LOT of SBS dramas. I also saw a lot of dramas that were not made or released in 2010, but more like catching up.

So here goes, a review of dramas I saw that came out in 2010 – the good, the meh, and the bad.

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The Kim Jae Wook Interviews – Part 1

I love these in depth interviews with actors – it usually reveals another side to them not seen in the dramas or the roles they portray. For Kim Jae Wook, he’s become someone who’s less of a pretty boy, more serious, and also more funny.

I have to admit – after skimming through Bad Guy (yes, I skimmed) and reading the recaps on dramabeans, the only thing I liked about Bad Guy was the soundtrack. Never fails to get my heart racing. Oh and the acting of course, except I think that the caliber of acting didn’t match the caliber of the script.

The following is an excerpt from part one of his interview, which focuses more on Bad Guy and his acting career. He noted that his character, Hong Tae Sung, may have either gone “to the countryside by himself, […] to meet his mother, or he might’ve been on his way to commit suicide.” A dark drama, indeed…

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News Bits: 7/12/10 Edition

Park Shin Hye will not appear in Playful Kiss opposite Kim Hyun Joong.

Yay!

She ruled herself out of the running by saying that even though she wanted to participate, she had already promised to work on other activities and it wouldn’t fit in her schedule. Nice way of declining an offer – and I think she’s become a pretty shrewd actress in choosing roles. I’m so glad she’s not offering to appear. Seung Yeon from KARA also had to drop out because of her group’s promotional appearances and so it looks like Kim may be the “experienced” one on set (of course, excluding the older, parental characters that may be made up of solid veteran actors).

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News Bits: 6/29/10 Edition

So all those rumors were for something. Kim Hyun Joong’s contract with DSP Entertainment was already ending, so it was about time that he either sign on with a new agency or renew his contract. His meeting with Bae Yong Joon‘s company was dismissed as a personal meeting, but it turns out it’s actually true – Kim did sign on with Bae’s company. (Judging the logo on the photo, Bae’s company KEYEAST has already staked their claim on Kim.) However, that still doesn’t mean the end of SS501, as it is still possible for them to continue as a quartet or gain some fresh blood. Kim is leaving the group though, and is likely to pursue an acting career.

After all – one must wonder – after an idol singer outgrows the group, what is to be left of his career? Naturally, he might enter the acting route, or take a role behind the scenes. Kim is only anticipating that with this sort of move, jumpstarting a (possibly) long acting career.

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An Interview with Jung So Min

Jung So Min is the new young star of the drama Bad Guy. The drama is her acting debut, but she’s also a college student majoring in acting. Jung plays the naive daughter of the Hong family, Mo Nae, and she falls madly in love with Kim Nam Gil‘s Gun Wook because he enthralls her. Basically, Gun Wook’s her first love, but she’s unfortunately getting manipulated by him.

10asia conducted a short questionnaire interview with her, and she was surprising in some of her answers. She’s a lot more tomboyish than her character, and yet she’s just as spunky. But one thing for sure is Jung is not as naive as Mo Nae, and that’s a good thing.

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The Bad Guy Interviews – Girls Have Their Say

Han Ga In and Oh Yeon Su were interviewed by 10asia, and though neither are as funny as Kim Nam Gil, Han did mention that she wished her character was more intense.

Han mentioned how she wished her character’s intentions could come out more clearly and more forcefully – even if it means she’ll be hated by audiences. I kind of have the same wish though, as I’m actually more irritated by her free and easy ways as she tries to please everyone. I don’t even know why she’s chasing after Hong Tae Sung – I don’t believe her when she does. Then again, I’ve only seen up until episode 3 so far (it’s not as compelling as I had hoped).

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The Bad Guy Interviews – Boys Speak Up First

Bad Guy is currently on break because of the World Cup, but will resume sooner than Coffee House. So the cast sat down to talk to 10asia on their roles.

Kim Nam Gil is charismatic as always, while Kim Jae Wook‘s sincerity shows through his responses.

There are some spoilers in the responses, since it assumes you’ve seen at least up to episode 5.

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Behind the Scenes with Bad Guy

Kim Nam Gil is awesome.

The following photos of Kim were published in an article, revealing his jokester side. The photos show a juxtaposition between his serious face and his comedic face. For someone to switch so effortlessly between takes is amazing. I sometimes try to stop laughing in a *snap* – as if pretending I’m shooting a serious film – and I can’t do it.

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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: 4/21/10 Edition

Not to be outdone by Park Shin Hye‘s numerous photo spreads, Jang Geun Suk is also modeling for the clothing brand Jack & Jill. In the photos he gives a variety of 8 different expressions. Already with just the hair, I can see his character in You’re My Pet coming to form. In regards to his expressions though… some of them kind of look too similar… and in the last three he looks like he didn’t know what to do with his hands… maybe it’s just the poses that are too similar since he’s in one position the entire time.

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