Posts tagged ‘Korean’

August 24, 2010

2ne1 US Debut!

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That’s right, people! 2NE1, the 4-girl Korean pop group is planning to debut in the United States.  And guess who’s planning to produce them?

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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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May 30, 2010

Rain on the Colbert Report!

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This is old news, mind you, but it’s still hilarious. These three videos tell the story of the “age-old” legacy between Rain and Stephen Colbert (The vids take a minute or so to load):

One fine day on the Colbert Report (during 2007):

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April 23, 2010

Coffee Prince

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YOON EUN HYE, GONG YOO, LEE SUN GYUN, CHAE JUNG AHN

This one was adorable. My cousin’s absolute favorite.

ACTING: good. I think Yoon Eun Hye was much better in this than she was in Goong. Eun Chan definitely had more character than Chae Gyung. In addition, the actors worked really well together. Everything seemed very natural.

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April 22, 2010

My Girl

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LEE DA HAE, LEE DONG WOOK, LEE JOON KI, PARK SI YEON

Oh my gosh. This was probably the most addicting drama to date. One of my friends finished it in two days–it’s 16 episodes long! That being said, there is a downside to that. . .

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April 22, 2010

Full House

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SONG HYE KYO, RAIN BI, KIM SUNG SOO, HAN EUN JANG

People say it’s the Korean version of Smiling Pasta (or vice versa, rather, because this came first) but I didn’t see it. There are a few similarities (guy is a rock star, girl is forced to meet him all the time) but those are mainly shared drama cliches, nothing more.

PLOT: there were some cute parts (like the flower scene >.<) but as a whole I didn’t see a lot of congruity, but that’s mainly due to the acting . . .

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April 22, 2010

Goong

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from left to right: Yoon Eun Hye, Kim Jeon Hoon, Song Ji Hyo, Joo Ji Hoon



YOON EUN HYE, JOO JI HOON, KIM JEONG HOON, SONG JI HYO


Fantastic starter drama: acting and actors both good, and the plot is reasonably innocent. The politics/elders aren’t boring the first time around, but they are part of what makes watching this drama a second time difficult. Plus, it’s so angst-filled and dramatic that you know what’s going to happen and there aren’t enough cute scenes to make watching it again worthwhile. Of course, I happen to have a soft spot for it since it was my very first drama and I love the actors, but some people say the acting is only mediocre. Being physically unable to make myself watch it a second time (trust me, I’ve tried three times now), I can’t really comment on that. I’m sure that after watching so many other dramas I’ll have a different opinion on it.

OST: The songs will have you crying years later. Not just the title tracks, either. It’s been three years and the instrumentals still get me emotional. *sigh* oh, the memories…

Rating: 7


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