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:
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.
1. I guess aside from a rather bland title, the cast and the pedigree of the team behind Discovery of Romance or Finding True Love were more than enough to get some early buzz for this going. A little teaser dropped today which is basically an amalgamation of clips that were already circulating last week. We get a teeny peek at Jung Yumi and Eric Mun‘s characters’ evolution of their relationship, starting from sweet kisses to er…the F-bomb (in Korean). It seems Eric’s character Tae Ha has some choice (and bleeped-out) words for his ex Yeo Reum when she wonders if he even knows why he got dumped (thanks Soompi translators!). The last clip is the odd one out as it’s apparently a BTS shot of the pair and co-star Sung Joon who plays Yeo Reum’s current beau Ha Jin, who I’m guessing from the swearing is everything that Taeha isn’t. Rounding out the love square is Yoon Jini as Sung Joon’s childhood friend who still pines for him. As I said before, I’m wary of this one since the two I Need Romance dramas I checked out didn’t work for me, but hey, I liked the PD’s work in Big and Adolescence Medley, so may be third time’s the charm?
2. And speaking of teasers, tvN amped up promos for The Three Musketeers with clips from rest of the crew Yang Dong Geun and newcomer Jung Hae In. The first two teasers with leads Jung Yong Hwa and Lee Jin Wook were rather ho-hum but thanks to Yang Dong Geun, I finally see some sass and spark! I’m pretty sure I’ll be watching this anyway since the production team’s track record is strong (Queen In Hyun’s Man and Nine) and it’s only 12 episodes, but it’s nice to see inklings of attitude and character right off the bat rather than predictable sword-waving and posturing. The drama premiers next month on the 17th.
3. In Kpop news Rain got baptised into the Catholic faith presumably to pave the way for marriage to his girlfriend Kim Tae Hee (which he denies, of course). And the only reason why I’m writing about this is so I can link to this post on tumblr.
4. I was poking around on Dramabeans’ archives and stumbled across an old Javabeans post ruminating about her work subbing dramas and comparing the subs of dramas that were being televised. Apart from being an interesting read on what makes a better translation and why, it’s a timely reminder for me to reinvigorate my Korean language lessons which have waned for a long time. Now that subs are available for most shows within a day, it’s all too easy to get complacent. (Until a bad edit or a terrible Dramafever translation makes me shake my fist.) For another more recent post (Javabeans’ post was from ’07) with a similar slant, read Amanda’s great Q&A with subbers of Secret Love Affair on what goes in to crafting a good sub.
5. Now that I’ve been on twitter, facebook and tumblr for awhile, I’m wondering about the merits of these mediums as spaces to check in with others and chat about dramas. I’m slowly getting used to the different mechanics and the limitations of each space, and seeing how the form dictates the kinds of exchanges and conversations you can have. I’d like to ask you guys, where do you like talking about dramas (if you do at all–hi lurkers!)? Is it on twitter? Or are you a regular on an FB group? What about forums? Do you have one go-to space or are you a social butterfly? Where do you get the most out of your interactions and why? Let me know in the comments. Your responses may be used in a possible upcoming post in the not-so-distant future 🙂
Have a great week!