Favourites of 2013

I’m sorry to inflict yet another best-of list on you but I figured it would be good for my swiss cheese memory to jot these down for posterity.

It’s been a year of many firsts: my first year of K-drama watching, of blogging, of tumblr-ing (is that a word?), and of meeting a lovely community of fellow drama obsessives (that means you!) which has been totally awesome.

I wish everyone lots of love, happiness and many more good dramas in 2014!

Favourites

These worked for me in all the ways that matter–heart, story, substance and execution–and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend every one of them. In no particular order: Continue reading

Weekly OCD Drama Digest 9 – 15 December

Greetings earthlings! On a whim I got a tumblr blog  which has completely over taken my real online life. And so I’ve neglected my duties here but I will get back on track this week. Promise. On with this week’s round-up:

1. You too can own a piece of Lee Min Ho’s Heirs fugly! The actor is reportedly auctioning off his clothes from the drama which he bought at a cost of USD 50, 000. Proceeds will be going to charity. Yes my friends, you too can look just like your grandmother’s sofa: Lee Min Ho Heirs Episode 20 Continue reading

Weekly OCD Drama Digest 2 Dec – 8 December

Happy Sunday all! Trust dramaland has been treating you well and everyone is coping with the mad year-end dash. Onwards with this week’s news…

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1. It’s D-DAY: Gong Yoo appears on Running Man today! He and The Suspect co-star Park Hee Sun are first-timers and it looks like they’ll be getting their feet wet quite literally if these SBS promo pics are anything to go by: Continue reading

Heirs: The Moody Gazing of Lee Min Ho

I’ve long ago abandoned any pretense about this blog being remotely classy. So be warned: an unabashed squee fest of Lee Min Ho and his soulful staring on Heirs follows.

I used to pride myself as being immune to the charms of heartthrobs such as Lee Min Ho. I was so above all the fangirling. I eye-rolled at the sight of a billboard to promote his concert in Kuala Lumpur earlier this year and shrugged when my other half asked what the big deal was. I’d never watched a drama of his in its entirety–I dropped Boys Over Flowers and City Hunter rather quickly–so I was ambivalent about his acting ability. Plus, his mainstream look was just not to my taste. You know, I’m a sophisticated woman. I don’t do teenybopper fantasies *sips champagne*.

Now I see the error of my ways. While Lee Min Ho isn’t about to topple Gong Yoo’s place at the top of my K-crush list, in Heirs he has the uncanny ability to turn my insides into goo whenever he does the look. You know, what I’m talking about right? It’s this:  HeirsEp2_05

After watching 6 episodes of Heirs, it occurred to me that writer Kim Eun Sook must have decided to construct the entire drama around the exchange of moody and meaningful glances and sought out the best young leading man who could melt hearts or drop panties with a single fixed stare. Enter, Lee Min Ho. Continue reading

Heirs: Young Do Pets Dog, Proves He’s a Good Guy

I mentioned in an earlier post in a comment that Kim Woo Bin’s Young Do seems like he is one or two steps away from snapping heads off kittens for kicks. In the first episode we saw him bullying a junior in ways that felt more chilling and brutal than the average schoolyard taunt. It would’ve been be less unsettling if he was just plain physically aggressive. But he clearly relishes playing mind games and pushing peoples buttons, which coupled with his capacity for violence makes him a tad more twisted than your garden variety bully.

Plus Kim Woo Bin looks so otherworldly, with his pale complexion and imposing height that he does creepy so easily. Also he brings an intensity to his brand of menacing that, in a way that makes me feel conflicted about a character that I don’t like, I find down right sexy.

But it turns out Young Do likes dogs! As we see here in these stills from these week’s episodes. I firmly believe that any person who looks tenderly at his doggie like this…

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…means he can’t be all bad.  Continue reading