…And drop all other dramas. Actually – you don’t have to, since nothing major is going up against Secret Garden. (OK, OK – there’s Gloria and King Geunchogo, but still…) This post will be an attempt to convince thee to start watching this drama, if you haven’t already.
I will make it very simple, short and sweet. As much as possible.
Oh wow. I didn’t expect to like this drama until I read dramabeans’ recaps. And even then I was kinda iffy (although I definitely liked the recaps for this drama more than Mary Stayed Out All Night. Who would’ve thought!?)
Anyways – on to the first impressions. By the way – I’m watching them without subs, so forgive me if I get some facts wrong (although I should have no excuse since javabeans’ recap is right. there.)
Aww – Kim Bum and Hwang Jung Eum (of Woman Who Still Wants to Marry and High Kick Through the Roof respectively) have a new CF together promoting a buffet-like restaurant called D’Maris. (I would like to see a restaurant in the States make a commercial like this. And I don’t mean your Burger King/McDonalds/Wendy’s type of thing.) This particular CF shows off Hwang’s singing and dancing, and ends with Kim Bum and Hwang doing a couple heart. Hence the “aww…”
KBS Global wrote up an interesting article covering three upcoming dramas: ATHENA, Runaway, and Secret Garden.
In these dramas, strong female leads abound, from Su Ae and Lee Jia as spies, to Ha Ji Won as a stunt woman, to Lee Na Young as an agent/official in search for hidden treasure. All of the women had to undergo training. For Su Ae and Lee Na Young, it meant a change in their public images as the graceful girl. Even though Lee Na Young previously played a father-who-turned-into-a-woman, that role does not require much physical toughness. For Lee Jia, it’s almost like a return to her roots since she did action scenes in her debut drama The Legend alongside Bae Yong Joon. And Ha Ji Won has already shown off her skills in Damo.
More and more, we are seeing stronger female leads in Korean dramas, which I think is a good thing. The perception of having a weak female who cries and dies is still lasting, and probably the first thing that pops into the uninitiated’s mind. It is so easy to say that Korean dramas do not portray women in a positive light, but the same goes for American films. Since when were the female leads from “Confessions of a Shopaholic” or “Legally Blonde” or any other romantic comedy film considered a good thing for feminists? (OK – “Legally Blonde” is a weird exception, but still…) There might be cultural arguments on why Korean dramas portray women in a certain light (such as Confucian values), but Korea isn’t all that backward. In the past year (2009-2010) we have had a fair share of strong females (Queen Seon Deok, Woman Who Still Wants to Marry, IRIS) to hapless females (You’re Beautiful, Stars Falling from the Sky), and some in between (Prosecutor Princess, Personal Taste). I’m glad that strong female characters were highlighted in an article, even though the article’s purpose was probably more to market these upcoming dramas.
Ha Ji Won is set to star in Secret Garden alongside Jang Hyuk. This will be her first drama in four years (if she becomes part of the cast) and would play Kil La Im (really – her name sounds like the word ‘lame’…), a stuntwoman who gets entangled with immature chaebol Joo Won (Jang Hyuk). Of course he had to be the cold-hearted man. She gets into a triangle with Yoon Sang Hyun‘s character, Oscar, who is a has-been Hallyu star. Phillip Lee and Kim Sarang also star.
Jang Geun Suk finished up his Asia tour in Japan the past weekend. He sang and spoke about You’re Beautiful to the fans, and also introduced his new film “You’re My Pet.” During the interviews he spoke about how he had to go on a diet and practice dancing every day in order to pull of the role that Jun Matsumotooriginated. He also noted that hopefully one day he’d be able to act in a role that would express deeper emotions. I’m getting the vibe that he would prefer if he were cast for his acting skills than his looks…
On another note – he also mentioned that he doesn’t care about the age of his girlfriend – but just wants to be the boyfriend “who can prepare breakfast for her.” Sweet!
And plenty of stars came to congratulate the couple for this event.
This morning it was on the Korean news channel, and when I saw Kwon Sang Woo holding up his baby Luke, I thought, Weirddddd! Kwon Sang Woo’s holding a baby!? And then I realized it was his baby and took a closer look, and changed my opinion to Cuuuuuuuute!
Sorry – Kwon Sang Woo just looks so baby-faced himself it’s hard to believe he’s a daddy!