I mentioned last week that as a resolution for the new year, I’m taking a cue from Snoop Dogg. If the drama doesn’t fit, it’s time to drop it like it’s hot. I’m committed to not committing.
With that in mind, I’ve shelved Miss Korea and You From Another Star, and I‘ve started on In A Good Way (which is going swimmingly) and re-watching Coffee Prince. For the 6th time! The latter is especially magical and I’ve decided that it’s about time I devoted some blog space to it and so, I’m announcing a series of episode guides or whatever you call postings of me nattering on about why each episode makes me so happy, Gong Yoo’s gorgeous smile not withstanding. I’m struggling to hold myself back from marathoning the daylights out of it as per usual because I have to take notes and write as I go along. But I find this only prolongs the delicious pleasure.
Pleasure, people. Isn’t that why we signed up for this drama
madness business? The episode guides will start next week. And if anyone has better ideas on what to call ’em please share! I’m stumped. But I digress (see how it gets with me and Coffee Prince?).
On with regularly scheduled programming:
1. In drama casting news, Kim Hee Ae is set to romance Yoo Ah In in Secret Love Affair, the upcoming JTBC drama by the A Wife’s Credentials team, about an older woman falling for a much younger musical prodigy. Colour me excited. Before this was announced, in my casting couch daydreams, I had envisioned Song Joong Ki being perfect for this role. Or maybe even Gong Yoo, if the drama wanted to skew older leading man (I read that he was in the mood for a sexy, adult, dramatic turn). But I’m not complaining! Yoo Ah In can rock the boyish smoulder and has honed some serious dramatic acting chops during his stint in Jang Ok Jung that a melo like this requires.
2. Tabloid The New York Post featured AJ aka Kim Jae Seop of boyband U-Kiss and his current stint as a freshman at Columbia University, likening him to a real life Hannah Montana. This isn’t as strange a juxtaposition in K-ent, as I understand many stars are concurrent students be it high school or college (whether they attend classes is another matter I suppose). But in any case, I do find it funny how he says he misses being recognised.
3. I wouldn’t be surprised if some of this inspired the making of Let’s Eat, the food porntastic show currently airing on tvN. It’s the voyeuristic impulse meets gluttony meets Korean internet culture called ‘mok-bang’, where people live-stream themselves scarfing down dinner. It seems that some of these eaters have become net celebs making big bucks. I adore me some food porn but I’m not sure if this qualifies. Gluttony isn’t sexy.
4. I’m sure a good number of people already consider Song Seung Hoon a work of art, but he now can be found literally hanging on the walls in the“Dream Art With K-star” exhibition in Seoul.
5. I trust you’ve heard of Leeteuk of SuJu’s father and grandparent’s murder-suicide by now. I read about a growing dementia crisis and other degenerative illnesses in South Korea among the elderly and there’s something about not paying enough care to the old and infirm that drives me nuts. Over here, I see retirees working at McDonald’s. Something’s really wrong somewhere if your twilight years have to be spent serving fast food and cleaning toilets. *RAGE*.