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October 31, 2010

Hi My Sweetheart Episode 9 Recap

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I realized that the 4-8 part II recap had a bit of episode 9 in it as well, so I’ll start where that leaves off: Hseui Hai has challenged Xue Zhang to a drinking contest. BCJ doesn’t want him to, so HH starts picking apart the holes in their relationship. This gets BCJ all riled up and the four of them (including the idiotic Cristina) begin the game.

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September 17, 2010

Yamato Nadeshiko Shichi Henge (The Wallflower) Review

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The Wallflower

From left to right: KAMENASHI KAZUYA, TEGOSHI YUYA, UCHI HIROKI, OOMASA AYA, KATO SEISHIRO, TAKASHIMA REIKO, MIYAO SHUNTARO

Just finished this drama, so expect a somewhat less organized, more spaztic review than usual.

[UPDATE: I’ve started recapping the drama! Here’s the link to the first episode recap!]

I’ll start off with my completely unconventional RATING: 7/10

“What’s this?” you ask. “What on earth does that mean?” I will explain.

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September 5, 2010

Park Shin Hye in a Taiwanese Drama!

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George HuPark Shin Hye

That’s right, everyone! Park Shin Hye is going to be co-starring with George Hu in GTV‘s upcoming drama: an adaptation of the manga “Hayate the Combat Butler” (旋風管家). Okay, just looking at the title you’ve got me sold. The manga’s genre is,

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August 10, 2010

PS Man Review

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from top left, going clock-wise: WEN SHENG HAO, BIANCA BAI, LAN CHENG LONG, SONIA SUI

The first Taiwanese drama I’ve seen that goes to 21 episodes, and for some good reasons (I’ll rant about those in a separate post so there aren’t any spoilers here).

ACTING: Lots of people gave Sonia Sui and Bianca Bai crap for their acting (they’re both model-turned-actresses), but I wasn’t too discouraged. I think I’m just bad at discerning bad acting from a weird character. To be honest, I think the roles they played called for weird things. For example:

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June 28, 2010

Does Pricking Your Finger Actually Work?

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So you know how in Korean dramas, whenever someone gets indigestion they take out a humongo needle and stab at thumbs? Well, my stomach was hurting today and  my niece came over. Co-drama-nut as she is, she insisted we give it a shot. She was ready to go, but we quickly began to argue over exactly what the steps were and where the actual pricking should be. So, we looked it up, and voila!

http://kimchimamas.typepad.com/kimchi_mamas/2007/03/sick_find_yours.html

On this site, we found pretty good instructions on how to get about it. We went through the back-thumping, arm massaging, and thumb tying steps. . . but there was still a problem. My niece and I argued briefly on the location of the “nail bed”: I thought it as directly beneath the tip of the nail because I swear I saw that in a drama once, but my niece said it was behind the nail near the cuticle. She was able to cite a specific drama, so she won.

So now I’m sitting here. The pain has eased somewhat, though I now have a nerve-like pain between the eyes. We’ll see. I doubt I drew enough blood.

June 8, 2010

Soulmate Review

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LEE SOO KYUNG, SHIN DONG WOOK, CHOI PHILLIP, SA KANG, JANG MI IN AE

A very good drama recommended by Dramabeans. It’s very different, yet very touching. They essentially trace the story of a relationship that is meant to be from before the beginning onwards. What’s great is that they analyze a relationship from both the guy’s and the girls’ perspective.  Anyway, mix the goofy adorability of You’re Beautiful with the maturity and thoughtfulness of QSS along with Coffee Prince’s soundtrack and you have Soulmate. Not at all

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June 8, 2010

Que Sera Sera Review

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From left to right: LEE KYU HAN, YOON JI HYE, ERIC MOON, JUNG YOO MI

Amazingly deep. Definitely not for the casual drama viewer.

ACTING: The point of this drama was to be good, probably with the intention that enjoyability should follow. The acting was very good, there was a lot of energy between the characters. In addition, though this is more kudos to the writers, but the characters themselves were very realistic.

PLOT: Loved it, up until what was to me a rather lukewarm ending. Rumors have been circulating about the ending being a fantasy sequence, but watching it, I never imagined that for an instant. So I’m going to continue believing that the ending was the ending. There’s a lot of angst and a couple

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June 6, 2010

You’re Beautiful Review

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You're Beautiful

ACTORS: JANG GEUN SUK, PARK SHIN HYE, LEE HONG KI, JUNG YONG HWA

Oh my goodness. This is probably one of the best dramas out there. If you don’t realize its intent, you can mistake it as shallow k-pop mainstream crap, but it’s not. The point of You’re Beautiful is to make fun of typical mainstream Korean culture by parodying it. The greatest thing, though, is that they’ll set up these situations so that you start thinking “wow. that looks exactly like Korean Drama Cliche #2.” But then,

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April 24, 2010

Prince Turns to Frog

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CHEN QIAO EN, MING DAO, SAM WANG, JOYCE ZHAO

Thoroughly average, but enjoyable.

ACTING: The actors were good, and all the characters had good chemistry with one-another. After watching Joyce Zhao be the “tough girl” in Smiling Pasta, I appreciated her acting ability more as she was the soft, girly-girl here. The most amazing part was when Zhao’s character had her little “mental breakdown.” Her acting there was superb. Chen’s acting during her amnesia was superb as well.

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April 23, 2010

Mei Wei Guan Xi

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PATTY HOU, VIC ZHOU, ALAN KUO, MEGAN LAI

ACTORS: I loved Patty Hou, I really did, and Alan Kuo was a good too. Vic Zhou was okay acting-wise, but I didn’t like Megan Lai’s teeth (I know it sounds strange and pretentious, but it was so distracting–I couldn’t think about much else when she was talking). I didn’t feel an enormous amount of chemistry between Vic and Patty,

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