Secret Love Affair Crunchy Bites Ep. 9-10: From Sand, Chopin, Pogorelic to Aimez-vous Brahms

I love the set design of this drama, it’s obviously very detailed, and the egg cartons that Sun Jae uses as humble soundproofing materials are a very realistic touch.

Yoo Ah In SikSeekLand

Two breathtakingly beautiful episodes, I must say. If my heart could explode, it would have already exploded from mixed feelings. And I’m sure I’m not the only one for having a heart attack because of this:

The dangerous love-making scene

GIFs talk louder than words, ey!


Secret Love Affair continues being the number one drama on its slot time of all TV cable programs this week. Ratings on Episode 10 is one of the highest, peaking to 5.3% (based on AGB Nielsen’s by-minute-ratings for big cities) during the broadcast. [Note: 1% ratings in cable network is equal to 5% ratings in national TV]. The survey from AGB Nielsen also reveals that Secret Love Affair viewers range is considered wide too. From mid-20s to early-40s female and 40s to 50s males watch this show.

The piano concerto has been a hot topic among viewers and netizens for its mind-blowing performance…

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Jean Grey, Jedi Knight or Superman: Aggregating Do Min Joon’s Superhero Powers

Do Min Joon may be an alien in You From Another Star but I know him as an amalgamation of pop culture’s most memorable superheroes. It’s an embarrassment of riches. Is there anything he can’t do? Continue reading

Heirs: California Dreaming

So the general consensus is that everyone is glad that Heirs finally left California and headed back to the motherland this week. I do get it–the English was awkward, the American extras were painfully amateurish, and nothing much seemed to happen. There was a sense that this very Korean production seemed out of place in America.

But that was the point, no? Isn’t California the perfect place for these two lost souls, both out of sorts and out of place, to fall in love?


What better place than Hollywood for Eun Sang live out her escapist fantasy from the grinding poverty back home? And what better playground than Los Angeles for Kim Tan to drift in his own bubble of ennui?

California–the land of dreams where a housekeeper’s daughter could cast a spell on a chaebol heir, where her allure glows like those glorious California sunsets over the surf. It’s only possible because it is so far removed from the reality of Seoul. It’s Hollywood after all, where dreams are made, where the impossible could happen and does. Or so Kim Tan tries to sell to Eun Sang.

So we take the great American road trip with them, careening down coastal highways and desert landscapes. It’s exhilarating, the thrill of falling in love for the first time in this very glamorous, very American way. It’s impossibly romantic, and intensely pleasurable. HeirsEp3_15 Continue reading

Is SBS Shipping Gong Hyo Jin & So Ji Sub too?

Because what else explains title of the latest The Master’s Sun behind the scenes clip of the rooftop kiss on episode 12?

On the SBS site, it’s titled  [메이킹] 소지섭-공효진, 쉬지 않고 계속 키스만..이러다 사귈 듯 [주군의 태양] which translates to [MAKING] So Ji Sub – Gong Hyo Jin, non stop kisses… at this rate they might date [Master’s Sun] (translation by @gohgomah on Soompi forum). Continue reading

Calling Real Life Shippers: Gong Hyo Jin and So Ji Sub Fan Fiction to Whet Appetites [updated]

[Update: MyWebFoot’s fanfic was such a success that she’s expanded chapters into a full-fledged e-book! That Far Gone will be available on 31st January 2014! Read an except here.)

Master's Sun on set stills I first encountered fan fiction during the height of my fascination with The X-Files and my big fat crush on Fox Mulder. It led me to trawling internet message boards and fan sites, and  fan fiction seemed to me like a strange but wonderful beast borne from slightly unhinged minds.

Some of it was fun, alot of it bad fan-wank.  Nevertheless, the extent of my fandom practice has never strayed far from canon.  So imagine my surprise when I came across this TMS fan fic on Soompi forums that tickled me silly.

Webfoot Prints has been posting a set of fics called That Far Gone. It’s basically a series of snapshots of on-set encounters between So Ji Sub and Gong Hyo Jin while filming The Master’s Sun.  It’s written from SJS’s point of view, and quite cleverly appropriates what is widely acknowledged to be his introverted, gruff voice. Continue reading

The Master’s Sun: Episode 10 BTS and Other Ways to Cope With Only 1 Episode This Week


Thanks to a kind soul who translated a screencap, we know that whoever puts these clips together has a sense of humour (Credit: Soompi)

So because of Chuseok holidays (mid-autumn festival) in the ROK this week there will be only one episode of The Master’s Sun airing on Thursday.

First of all, silver linings: at least we got one! I had thought we’d have to wait until next week to find out what happened to Joong Won so, yay! On the other hand, it is only one episode. So to tide me over, here’s other TMS related stuff I could distract myself with.  Unlike me, you probably have better things to do with your time than look for coping mechanisms. But in case you need it, here they are:

1. The latest behind the scenes video of Episode 10’s restaurant scene [Update: now with English subs!]

You know the one where Joong Won swoops in and calls her ‘baby’? Yeah, so you can imagine it’s a great video for RL shippers. It’s not subbed, but you should be able to read the body language just fine 😉 Continue reading

The Master’s Sun: Episode 11 & 12 thoughts and ramblings

Master's Sun Ep12

[Spoilers to high heavens starting now]

You know, when I asked a last week what Joong Won was willing to sacrifice to be with Gong Shil, I didn’t mean for him to GIVE UP HIS DAMN LIFE!

Joong Won, you are NOT Boong Do!

Was this White Knight stuff really necessary? I took a while to pick up the pieces of my broken heart after that doozy of a cliffhanger. My fangirl heart had been thumping along swimmingly before it got the rug well pulled out under me. Because there was so much good stuff in these two episodes. So much! Continue reading