Nightwatchmen’s Journal Premiers Tonight: OCDrama Digest 29th July – 4th Aug 2014

Greetings friends! It’s been a quiet week due to the Eid break which was bliss! I managed to catch up on some blogging which hopefully I’ll be able to post this week and the next. I haven’t been able to settle on a new marathon yet, so I my drama plate is pretty empty with Fated to Love You. I think for now, it’s a toss up between Tree With Deep Roots, or Ruler in Your Own World.  But in other news…

1. The  news that excited me most this week is Kim Do Woo is returning to dramaland! Yes, she of Kim San Soon and Me Too Flower! fame is back, just after I’d finished her gorgeous melodrama 2003 Snowman which has only deepened my love for her work. And this time, she returns to cable. Love With Illy/Valid Love will air on tvN and traces the ups and downs of a married couple, with a side of adultery and a fairly large age gap to boot. I’m all for challenging material and I’m pretty sure that she’ll tackle this with her trademark warmth, humanity, good humour and lovely dialogue. The drama premiers in October, with no confirmed cast as yet though Uhm Tae Woong has been courted.

2. I hadn’t paid any attention to this drama until I came across the teaser released today with two lovelies front and centre: Kim Young Kwang and Oh Jung Se! I’ve seen a couple of different English titles for this one but I’ll stick to Dramabeans’ Plus Nine Boyswhich traces the lives of four boys/men of ages 9, 19, 29, and 39 who are cursed to face a crisis the year their age ends in 9–explains the sad sack faces in the teaser. Oh Jung Se is a 39-year old workaholic PD desperate for marriage who has to face the one that got away, played by Yoo Da In. Kim Young Kwang plays the 29-year old facing a career meltdown. Kyung Su Jin, last seen in Secret Love Affair, plays a co-worker who will presumably, help him find his way. The other 9 and 19-year-olds are Kim Young Kwang’s brothers with troubles of their own, but guess who’s the 9-year old love interest? The little munchkin from Two Weeks, Lee Chae Mi, who plays a child star competing for jobs with the 9 year-old brother! Oh Se Jung is always endearingly funny, and this omnibus-style premise sounds like it could bring something a little fresh to the table. The drama airs in late August after Marriage Not Dating on tvN.  Continue reading

Review: In A Good Way (SETTV, 2014)

In A Good Way

Premise: The adventures of a pair of best friends, Jia Ern and Ren Wei, who move to the big city of Taipei to attend university.

A wonderful treat of a coming-of-age story, In A Good Way is a quiet and gentle triumph of a drama. It’s sweetness and idealism may seem mundane or too cloying for those who prefer edgier fare, but IAGW’s warmth and it’s utterly adorable cast will win over even the most jaded of souls. It may take a while for it to sink it’s claws into you, but once it does IAGW burrows deep into your heart. Continue reading

The Nightwatchman’s Cheap & Cheerful Teaser: OCDrama Digest 22-28th July 2014

 

Eid Mubarak

Eid Mubarak to all my Muslim friends, or as we say here, Selamat Hari Raya! It’s a long weekend so I’ve been catching up on dramas and more importantly, writing. I’ve been chipping away at my backlog of reviews. How about you?

 

 

 

 

1. Jung Ill Woo vehicle The Nightwatchman dropped a teaser today ahead of it’s premier next week and it looks a lot more lighthearted than one would’ve thought. But then again, with a baddie named Psychic Sadam who looks like this…

Kim Sung Oh The Nightwatchman

…my guess is that the drama isn’t going to take itself too seriously.  Jung Ill Woo stars as a dandy prince who discovers he can see ghosts, and falls in with a band of ghostbusters that include sidekicks Ko Sung Hee (Miss Korea) and Yunho. This looks like it’s a cheerful, manhwa-like approach to a fantasy sageuk which would be a pleasant change from the rom-coms and more serious fare that’s currently airing. Or it could be this year’s version of the trainwreck Goddess of Fire. I guess we’ll find out when The Nightwatchman replaces Triangle on MBC’s Mon-Tues night slot starting next Monday. Continue reading

Eric Mun Cusses on Discovery of Romance’s teaser: OCDrama Digest 15-21th July 2014

Folks, we have a highly anticipated debut this week which I almost forgot about. It’s Okay It’s Love starts this Wednesday, and I think I’ve never seen Gong Hyo Jin look so beautiful.  Just look at her:

Gong Hyo Jin

Two thumbs up for the show’s hair and make-up, though I have a feeling lip gloss will be slathered all over on Jo In Sung. I doubt I’ll watch this one live since I’m hooked on Fated To Love You, but still…the pretty will be a powerful pull in this one. And not just with the actors too–I drool at all the frolicking under the Okinawa sunshine.    Continue reading

Top 10 Blogging Confessions

It’s been just over a year since I started this blog and to mark the occasion, I thought I would fess up and come clean about some things.

1. I lurk. A lot. 

I follow a lot of blogs and I read and enjoy a lot of stuff. But my comments are few, and if you’re not on WordPress, the chances of me commenting on your post are close to nil. I’m too lazy to have to log-in with my details every single time just to comment. And I do have a Disqus account but damned if I can remember the password. If you’re on twitter, I will likely high-five you there instead of commenting! I will try and do better.

2. I get lazy

I have a gabillion half-written posts sitting in my drafts. I lose interest as fast as I get inspired, and then another episode calls out and I’m off watching instead of writing.

3. I’m green with envy

I marvel at the copious output of other bloggers who are far more gifted than I. How do people spin an entire post out of one photograph I will never understand. Me, I look at a still and go, oh that looks nice and move on. And how on earth do y’all write 5000+ words of glorious commentary I will never know either. Teach me! Continue reading