SBS’s new Wednesday – Thursday primetime drama is the highly anticipated ‘Pinocchio’ starring ‘Lee Jong Suk & Park Shin Hye’. These two are among South Korea’s hottest young actors and actresses and I’m not just talking about looks.
This week tvN, airs its new drama called My Secret Hotel starring Yoo In Na, Jin Yi Han and Nam Goong Min.
tvN is the cable network that brought you dramas such as: Replay 1997, Replay 1994, Queen In Hyun’s Man, I Need Romance 1,2&3, Dating Agency Cyrano and Flower Boy series just to name a few. In the last year or so tvN has made a name for it self with these dramas. They are different from the dramas from the Big 3 tv networks, you can say they have been trend setting and stepping outside the box. Maybe it is because its a cable channel, that they are able to do more, dare to show and talk about topics generally deemed not suitable or fitting for mainstream TV.
I’m slowly, slowly falling in love…. and I’d like to say well done to k-drama ‘I Need Romance 3′. You have achieved what I think this drama has set out to achieve.
I Need Romance 3 is the third instalment of Korean cable channel tvN’s ‘I Need Romance’ series. Do not be afraid as you do not need to watch the previous two series to be able to watch the third. The only thing that connects all three series is that they all share the name I Need Romance, all three series have their own plots and their own set of cast.
It all started with the popular first series I Need Romance, starring Jo Yeo Jung and Kim Jung Hoon. The series was dubbed the Korean version of Sex and the City. Female best friend who love to chat about their love lives. The series was not afraid to talk about the more physical and intimate aspects of a relationship (hence why it was being marketed as the Korean S&tC). I did watch this first series and did thoroughly enjoy it, but I did find it somewhat predictable and that it drag on or sped through certain parts. I never did watch series two so unfortunately I can’t really comment on it but lets get back to series three!!
So this winter tvN debuted the 16 episode series on 13th January 2014, taking the 21:40pm Monday/Tuesday slot. This series stars actress Kim So Yeon (who many of you may recognise from K-drama Iris) and actor Sung Joon (starred in Can We Get Married? and Shut Up Flower Boy Band) as the leads, second leads are actress Wang Ji Won and actor Nam Goong Min. Rounding off the cast are Park Hyo Joo, Yoon Seung Ah and Park Yoo Hwan who play Kim So Yeon’s character’s colleagues.
A drama focuses on the lives of employees at a home shopping company and revolves around the competition, friendship and love between friends in their 20s and 30s. This drama will depict how working women in Korea live their lives at work and at home and how they mingle with friends and try to find love.
Taken from Dramawiki
Above is a brief plot summary taken from my favourite drama information site: Dramawiki
It doesn’t really tell you much does it?? So let me elaborate a little (more like waffle on in more detail). Kim So Yeon plays leading lady Shin Joo Yeon who is a team leading for a home shopping channel (whats up with the home shopping channel trend?), she is a woman who has closed the door on her emotions a long time ago (due to bad experiences in relationships). She’s so out of touch that she now no longer knows if she ‘likes’ someone or not.
Sung Joon plays leading man Joo Wan/Allen Wan who is a famous producer/composer who would be coming back to South Korea for a while after living in United States for 17 years (he left when he was nine years old).
So how are the two leads connected? Well Joo Yeon’s mother used to work for Joo Wan’s parents as a maid and that of course includes being a nanny/babysitter for Joo Wan (since he was a tiny baby up till the age he left for American). Being the good daughter that Joo Yeon is, of course she helps out by looking after Joo Wan as well. Let me add that Joo Yeon is six years older that Joo Wan, so this will be a noona-dongsaeng relationship. One of the reasons Joo Wan did go back to South Korea was for Joo Yeon, she is his first love, well you could say he never really forgot her. He only has fond memories of their childhood, that Shing Shing (his nickname for Joo Yeon) was a warm loving noona who taught him a lot. One of the main reasons he got into the music business was because of a memory of Joo Yeon teaching him how to express various emotions on a piano. Joo Yeon didn’t exactly have the same memories as Joo Wan, to her she remembered Joo Wan (who she called Sweet Potato as she said he was ugly as a child and looked like sweet potatoes) as a spoilt rich kid who was a little difficult to handle, add to the fact that her and her mother always had to be careful he never got hurt, sick or even upset him (you know… he has rich parents and they couldn’t afford to lose the job). As fate (and some circumstances) would have it, Joo Wan was to live at Joo Yeon’s place for the period of time he was in South Korea for.
Nam Goong Min plays Kang Tae Yoon who is the director of the home shopping channel Joo Yeon works for, Joo Yeon also calls him her Sunbae because he is her senior at the company and he pretty much trained her. Kang Tae Yoon is also the ex-boyfriend to Wang Ji Won’s Oh Se Ryung, and of course the breakup wasn’t a good one and they still have feelings for each other. Oh Se Ryung is a Top Stylist (*rolls eyes*) and rumour has it that it wasn’t just because of hard work that she got to where is is but because she had some special connections (if you get what I mean, oh and it was because of that she and Tae Yoon broke up). Oh did I mention that Oh Se Ryung was Joo Yeon’s best friend while they were in high school, I said was as they are now worse enemies, cut to the chase Se Ryung stole Joo Yeon’s boyfriend in high school and that experience also may have added to Joo Yeon being so emotionally shut off.
The most random connection is Joo Wan and Oh Se Ryung, they happened to work with each other in the US and have been good friends ever since (the end). LOL
Wow just realised my character summaries are quite long…. SORRY!! ^______^
I’m not going to go into much detail on the plot as I think I’ll leave it to you guys to watch it, but what I will go into is why I like it so much.
From the get go, and by that I mean episode 1, the series had me hooked with its cinematography. It was so beautifully filmed, how they had the flash backs into the childhood and then the present, it was just so beautiful. It just had this whimsical feel to it, a warmth glow. The drama is written pretty well, I like the fact the drama is not rushing to the finishing line but allows the time to convey each characters emotions and their story (even the sub characters).
Another HUGE factor is why I like the drama so much is because of the Original Sound Track, this was also a big factor in making the drama ‘beautiful’. So far only five parts of the OST has been released (expect more to come as the drama is still airing). First is a ballad from singer Lee Hyori called Don’t Cry, man this was unexpected from the Queen that is Lee Hyori, the song is BEAUTIFUL and fits so well into the drama and at the right times. Part two is a song by French group Peppermoon called Peu A Peu, love that its a French song, its a fun quirky song. Third song is by MBLAQ member G.O called You, this of course is more of a pop song, and it doesn’t insert into the drama as well as the others and that’s probably why it really isn’t used as a insert song (there are so few scenes you can insert it into). Its more like a trailer song, a advertisement song. Fourth song is by Korean group Linus’ Blanket called Late Love, this is is fun song with jazz elements, this song for me is similar to You as in there are not many scenes where you can actually insert it in too. The fifth OST and the latest OST to be out is my favourite of the bunch so far is a song by Korean sing Jo Jung Hee called Now and Forever. I LOVE this song!!! Seriously this song suits the drama so well and so perfectly inserted in to the drama!!! LOVEEEE. The song is in full English, I can’t say its 100% perfect English as it isn’t but its like 95% perfect! Now and Forever is a slow tempo jazz song, its got so much grooooooove, its the kind of song that makes me sway while clicking my fingers to the beat!
I do apologise as my reviews are usually like this…. its not really a review just me rambling one… XD But I leave you with a clip of Jo Jung Hee’s Now and Forever
At the moment there really isn’t any good dramas out there, I mean that across the board, whether its a JDrama/KDrama/CDrama/TDrama, there really isn’t a good one that has enticed me to follow it like a mad woman!!
BUT there are a few that I am pleasantly following, not like a mad woman (when I say mad woman I mean a drama where I would watch the raws not understanding a single word and then re-watch it when the subs come out, though this does not really apply to C&Tdramas as my mandarin is good enough to watch without subs).
Today I’m going to talk about ‘I Hear Your Voice 너의 목소리가 들려’, an SBS drama airing in the Wednesday&Thursday 10pm slot. Currently ranking #1 against dramas from the other two big channels, ‘The Queen’s Classroom 여왕의 교실’ from MBC and ‘Mandate of Heaven 천명’ from KBS. To be honest ‘I hear your voice’ doesn’t have much competition to rank #1, because the other two dramas really aren’t that good (Queen’s Classroom is like a failed attempt at Gokusen‘ and Mandate of Heaven is just boring) and IHYV is just so easy to watch, the storyline is actually good. The writers could have very easily made the whole ‘I can hear people’s thoughts’ storyline very very cheesy and wacky and predictable… but its actually quite subtle, I like.
Lee Jong Suk (male lead) as Park So Ha
Lee Bo Young (female lead) as Jang Hye Sung
Yang Sung Hyun (2nd male lead) as Cha Kwan Woo
Lee Da Hee (2nd female lead) as Seo Do Yeon
Jung Woong In (villain) as Min Joon Gook
One reason why this drama may have started off really well is because this was the drama Lee Jong Suk followed up with after the highly successful and popular School 2013 (if you haven’t watched it then go and watch it as I highly recommended it, rather reminds me of a mash up between every Japanese school drama, think Gokusen and Dragon Zakura). It was also the drama that threw Lee Jong Suk into everyones faces (like he is literally EVERYWHERE!!!) not that I’m complaining too much as I quite like him as an actor. Yes his face is a little plasticky, like it doesn’t move much LOL (I’d say its the mid section of his face the cheeks and nose) but there is a charm to his looks (yes I prefer guys with a more unique charm, pretty attractive guys are just good to look at XD).
So what is this drama about?? It starts of (like most) in the ‘childhood’ era, child Park So Ha was driving along with his father when some dude tries to murder them and fake it like an traffic accident, only to be seen by two girls, Jung Hye Sung and Seo Do Yeon. Guy gets sent to prison for murder and vows come after Park So Ha to finish the job and Jung Hye Sung for coming out and naming him in court (Seo Do Yeon never came forth so Min Joon Guk didn’t know who the other girl was).
Fast forward 11 years, Jung Hye Sung and Seo Do Yeon are in the legal field, while Park So Ha is in the last year of high school and Min Joon Guk is about to be released and so ignites a list of events, involving Jung Hye Sung’s mother being murdered, Park So Ha losing his memory and ability, Seo Do Yeon discovers her birth roots and many many more.
NOTE: [I’m not really liking Lee Bo Young’s character Jung Hye Sung, because she seems to rely on Park So Ha’s ability for her own selfish needs, you’re a public defender so act like a professional one!]
The drama is planned to finish in a few weeks but there are already calls to extend it.
Go give it a go and maybe you’ll enjoy it as much as I do..
I had too!! I just had too!! James Blunt was the MAN with that song!! hahahaha
No don’t worry I’m not about to go into a James Blunt frenzy, I’m actually going to talk about another korean drama, an idol drama might I add, You’re Beautiful. Currently LOVING IT!!!!
Stars Jang Geun Suk, Park Shin Hye, Lee Hong Ki, Jung Yong Hwa and UEE. I LOVEEEEE Park Shin Hye, loved her since seeing her in Stairway to Heaven, noticed her from that, I thought to myself ‘gosh that girl who plays young Choi Ji Wo, is so pretty!!’ Even since then I have watched the other series she has been in and also her movies.
Jang Geun Suk, noticed him from drama Hwan Jin Yi, it’s probably the series that got him popular too [what a great series it was too].
Well You’re Beautiful is about an idol group called A.N.Jell, their boss tells them that he has found another member to add into the group [much to leader JGS’s displeasing]. New member Go Mi Nam, with the advice from his manager goes to get a little surgery done and in true drama fashion it went horribly wrong. Mr.Manager now worrying goes to find Mi Nam’s twin little sister Go Mi Nyu to ask her to stand in his place until he is all fixed up! Of course she agrees, she is very naive but can you blame her?? She was brought up in a nunnery!! Well some of the A.N.Jell members find out quite early on and the rest you’ll just have to watch!!!!
OK DO NOT READ ANYMORE AS I’M PROBABLY GOING TO SPOIL IT!!!
I love Jung Yong Hwa who plays Kang Shin Woo!!! JYH is pretty damn good looking!!!! I love JGS but the character Kang Shin Woo is tooooooo AWWWWWWWWWWWWW. You know I’ve probably not felt this much love and hurt for a supporting actor in a ‘korean drama’ since Lee Jun Ki in My Girl. I kind of want PSH to go with JYH!!!! He is just sooooo lovely!! But in true drama fashion ‘The good guy never gets the girl.