The Master’s Sun: Mid-point check-in (Episode 1- Episode 8)

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These two are killing me right now

It’s no secret that I was running rather lukewarm on The Master’s Sun when it first started airing. Wasbeing the operative word because after this week, I’m officially on board this train. Like, fist-pumping-in-the-air, grinning-ear-to-ear, heart-in-melty-puddle levels of on board this train.

The train sure took it’s own sweet time to get going, but golly, it’s now full steam ahead!  Continue reading

The stills from hell and other news

My headspace is rather limited this week so this is a cheat post of bits and pieces of interest in dramaland of late.

The worst promo stills ever

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Ji Sung, fit for ogling here. Not  in the Secret stills

The worst promo stills I’ve ever seen were released this week. I ran away screaming trying to poke my eyes out.  I’m not gonna post it  and I’m not even going to link to it, so just Google “Secret“, “Ji Sung” and “chokes” if you want to see what I’m talking about.  Continue reading

Two Weeks: Tae San’s favourite films

Two-Weeks So I’m liking Two Weeks alot. With its expert plotting, range of characters and Lee Jun Ki’s willingness to get endearingly dirty and desperate, I have few complaints.

But what I really get a kick out of the most is Tae San’s love of movies and his gut instinct of mining films for survival tips. It’s like movies are apart of his immune system.

Since I’m a little OCD(ee) here’s a list of movies he’s watched and/or referenced so far:

Episode 1: A Moment of Romance (1990, directed by Benny Chan)

Thanks to others savvier than myself, we know that this is the movie that Tae San is seen enjoying early in this  episode. I’ve never seen this but after some Google fu I kinda know why this might be one of Tae San’s favourites.

It’s a classic Hong Kong actioner starring Andy Lau as a low-level self-loathing gangster (sound familiar?) who falls in love with a wealthy good girl he takes hostage in a robbery gone wrong. The scene we see Tae San watching is the famous climax of the romance between the good girl-bad boy leads. The song that plays over this is also Tae San’s ring tone (thanks to Gabby‘s sharp ears).

Tae San also jumps on a bike to make his escape echoing the hero’s love of racing motorcycles in the movie. (Gotta respect the attention to detail in this show.) This action romance was a major hit that went on to spawn two sequels and is regarded as one of Andy Lau’s best performances.  Continue reading

Premier week smackdown: The Chaebol vs The Fugitive

It’s been a helluva week in dramaland. The dust has barely settled after the exit of I Hear Your Voice and already we’re moving on with such speed. Speaking of moving on, for those who haven’t been able to (and I know there are plenty of you out there), these translations of Su Ha’s diaries might help to soothe the pain ;P.

As for me, my dance card needs to be filled. There are only two viable contenders: Master’s Sun and Two Weeks. It’s a battle between the asshat chaebol and the douchey fugitive on the redemption trail. A completely arbitrary point scale determines who fills the spot.  Continue reading

I Hear Your Voice: post mid-point pre-finale check in

The shit has hit the fan

The shit has hit the fan

Dear show,

Remember when we first met? I was kinda in a slump. Then you came along on a Wednesday night. I liked a few things about you from the start. You seemed fun, good-looking and had a sense of humour which always gets me. You also had a dark side–very attractive. I got the sense that there was more to you than just a pretty face. My curiosity was piqued, but I wasn’t sure where this was going or how long I’d stick around. So I thought I’d keep things casual.  Continue reading

I Hear Your Voice: mid-point check in

Doesn’t this look say it all?

SHep14It’s no wonder why I Hear Your Voice gets noonas across the globe all hot and bothered. I admit this noona was slow to board this ship. I was all about Lawyer Cha and his dorky goodness. Yes, colour me crazy but Lee Jong Sook took awhile to get under my skin, and I’m still not convinced he’s a natural in the acting department. But he’s got charisma and charm, and embodies an on-the-cusp-of-manhood quality that’s damn near perfect for this role.  So now I’m fully on board and its giving me all sorts of warm fuzzies :).  Continue reading