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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News Bits: 10/14/10 Edition

To start with – I saw the first few minutes of Runaway. And I couldn’t stop laughing. The first ten minutes are so hilariously cheesy and such a James Bond rip-off that I can’t hate it. But anyways – first two episodes are up on DramaFever!

On another drama note, apparently the EPIC KISS in episode 13 of Playful Kiss was not so epic after all. I’m not following this drama really – though I watched the first three episodes – and really, I don’t think it’s much of a spoiler to say that there was a kiss. The whole point of the drama is to HAVE a kiss. Anyways. The reason why it wasn’t so epic was because it didn’t bring in any more ratings. I’m suspecting that this drama has more overseas fans than it does in Korea, and hence it’s low ratings (6% compared to Daemul‘s 26% and Runaway Plan B‘s 15%). I think Korea is more interested in how a drama will portray current politics than say, a teen romance or an action drama a la IRIS.

It kind of reminds me when this happened, except in that instance it wasn’t about saving the ratings – it was about saving the drama (which failed).

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News Bits: 9/29/10 Edition

Runaway starts today! Woo! No I haven’t seen it yet – however, Dr. Champ is taking priority for me. After that must catch up on other dramas before I’ll even look at Runaway.

One last note on I Am Legend, since my final recap only went up last night. I definitely think that it could have been better, and it had its ups and downs. I do not think it was the best drama ever, but I am grateful for the fun moments. Despite its rocky story, the writer managed to entertain us with the characters, not the plot. I call it “brain candy” much like how some chick-lit novels are brain candy: it was fun while it lasted, but it wasn’t by all means good.

OK, and now on to the news bits of the day!

Lee Si Young, now starring in Playful Kiss, apparently underwent rigorous training and diet to play her role as tennis champion Yoon He Ra. She now only has 4kg of body fat, which isn’t really normal. Nevertheless, she’s ridiculously fit.

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News Bits: 9/15/10 Edition

Kim Ah Joong (Accidental Couple, “200 Pounds Beauty”) will star opposite Park Shin Yang in the medical drama Heaven. She will play the clumsy Go Da Kyung, a newbie who conducts autopsies. So she’s a bumbling cop/doctor? Meant to be adorable, and also probably going to win the heart of the cold-hearted Park.

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News Bits: 9/2/10 Edition

Bae Soo Bin is poised to become a big star in Japan. Or at least trying to. His previous dramas Shining Inheritance and Dong Yi have been shown in Japan, thus making his face more visible to Japanese viewers. Now, Angel’s Temptation is also going to start airing in November. While that drama is not the greatest, it is his leading role. Wonder if he’ll go hold a fan meeting in Japan some time this year…

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News Bits: 9/1/10 Edition

It’s September! New month – new start – and definitely new dramas!

For example, this week, Sungkyunkwan Scandal and Playful Kiss both premiered this week. I am itching to watch the first two episodes – probably this weekend – unless life gets in the way again.

But on to News Bits (which will be short)! Choi Seung Hyun (or T.O.P. – but I will refer to him by his real name when it comes to his acting chops in “Into the Fire”) is rumored to snag the Rookie Award at the 2010 Movie Awards. His performance was so strong that if he does win, he will be the first singer-from-an-idol-group-turned-actor to win one. And boy do I want him to win!

Hey Clint Eastwood! Hire Choi in your next movie!!!

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News Bits: 8/27/10 Edition

T.O.P. and Lee Mi Sook in a photoshoot together?! And a sexy one at that – it blows my mind how young Lee Mi Sook looks – even though she’s fifty. And T.O.P. really pulls off the whole young boy-toy look with sincerity; the photo spread doesn’t look too jokey and too ridiculous.

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News Bits: 8/26/10 Edition

Ariel Lin revealed to the press that she’s dating someone. Now that’s something you don’t admit everyday. She won’t reveal his identity but only says that he is a “big help to her acting and singing career.” Money on the manager? Anyone?

She was actually attending a press conference for Taiwan Organ Registry and Sharing Center, of which she is an ambassador.

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Long Teaser Trailer for Playful Kiss

This video merits a post all to its own (instead of being stuck in one of my ‘News Bits’). It’s so awesome that I think I’ll really watch this series. Like – REALLY watch it. There’s so many funny moments (thanks to Jung So Min‘s acting) and I’m convinced that Kim Hyun Joong – given the right role – can help carry this drama.

The real teaser trailer starts around 0:55.

UPDATE: Another teaser trailer after the jump.

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