Kim Hee Ae, Ahn Pan Seok Win Awards in Style & Other News: the OCDrama Digest 13‚Äď27th May 2014

Peeps, I’m late. Again. But better late with this, than with my period is what I’m saying ūüėõ (What, we’re all friends here, right? No? TMI?)

1. I don’t keep tabs on K-ent awards because they’re frankly quite bewildering.¬†I didn’t even know today was the Baeksang Arts Awards. The only drama I care about is Secret Love Affair, and guess what? The masterminds Ahn Pan Seok PD and screenwriter Jung Sung Joo won Best Director and Best Screenwriter respectively, and were probably¬†the most deserving¬†winners of the night, if you ask me.¬†(And¬†Lee Bo Young coz she’s great too.)

How much do I love that APS cooly walks up on stage in a jeans and regular shirt looking like an absent-minded professor amidst all the glitz and glamour? So humble, and so BADASS ;).  Continue reading

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Secret Love Affair: Journey to Oblivion & Back

Secret Love Affair poster

I’ve mostly kept silent here about Secret Love Affair during the show’s airing, although I did manage some¬†brief¬†incoherent gurglings about about music and mahjong and whatnot on my tumblr.

I didn’t feel I had much to add at the time because there’s been alot said about¬†this show by many others.¬†And the part of me that’s¬†lazy¬†was¬†largely content¬†to read¬†what they¬†had to say, so much of it¬†beautifully written and thoughtful.

But now that the show is done, my blog would be remiss without committing to words a few things bout this show, one that I’d been anticipating so eagerly and had made bold predictions about.

I won’t talk about whether those predictions came true here,¬†I’ll save that for another day. But I do want to talk about my strange and exciting journey with SLA. It was above all, a entirely new live-watch experience, and one that at the end of the day,¬†was¬†as¬†rewarding as, if not more so, than the drama itself. Continue reading

Yoon Shi Yoon Enlists, & Other News: the OCDrama Digest 15th-28th April

Hi all, I took a week off ¬†from writing these because I hadn’t had much time of late, and I was wondering¬†if it was even worthwhile to continue doing them. But for now I’ve decided to go on¬†if only because it keeps me on my toes. One slight change to the schedule though: I’ll post these on Mondays from now on instead.

Yoon Shi Yoon

1.¬†Yoon Shi Yoon joined the¬†Marines today, and the sound of crushed fangirl hearts echoed throughout the world. The lack of fanfare though, is class I gotta say. And at the back of all our minds we’re asking ourselves, who’s up next? Yoo Ah In, Jang Geun Seuk, Lee Seung Gi, and Choi Jin Hyuk are but a few of the boys rumoured to be enlisting this year.

Girls, we need to support each other during these difficult times. Let’s make ourselves available as marathon buddies okay. It’s a poor substitute, but what can do you? I’m up for a watch of Me Too Flower soon. Anyone care to join?¬† Continue reading

The OCDrama Digest 1 – 7 April Delayed Edition

I’m late once again my friends! But better late than never isn’t that what they say? In this week’s round-up: Secret Love Affair, drama reunions, getting married in Korea, Yoon Mirae, Lee Michelle and more!

 

1. Secret Love Affair has¬†completely swept me away both intellectually¬†and emotionally, and I’m not surprised that it’s a bonafide ratings hit in Korea. And here’s another sign the show has struck a chord with audiences, parodies have started¬†flying around. SNL¬†re-enacted¬†the drama’s infamous piano-playing scene between Yoo Ah In and Kim Hee Ae, and go on to turn other mundane stuff like eating corn into orgasmic experiences. Which is pretty reassuring for me to note that¬†it’s not just¬†my mind that’s in the gutter–the whole of Korea sees the same obvious code for sex everywhere in this drama! ¬†Also the shine of Kim Hee Ae’s make-up hasn’t escaped notice but that doesn’t really bother me. Her character is¬†blossoming like a rose in the morning dew, people!

Here’s the preview for tonight’s episode (which I haven’t seen because I don’t want to get spoiled). The plot thickens!

And speaking of Kim Hee Ae here’s a translated interview ¬†of this fab actress¬†from that steamy Elle photoshoot.¬† Continue reading

The OCDrama Digest 24th- 31st March: Secret Love Affair Edition

Friends, I’m late for this so I’ve decided to cheat and combine a few things and do the digest¬†a little differently this week. If you aren’t watching¬†Secret Love Affair¬†there will be nothing here¬†of interest I’m afraid. Sorry!

For the rest of you, keep calm and carry on.

[mild for episodes 1 -4.]

1. Episode 5 Preview

So it looks like cohabitation is in the offing, along with a pained back hug, just in case we forgot that this is truly a Kdrama. Sophisticated does not mean it can’t be¬†makjang, right?

2. Why so sexy?

We’ve entered week two of the drama that’s been fogging up my glasses with nothing more than some spirited piano playing and online chatting.¬†Being the¬†¬†professional lurker I am, I’ve seen words such as¬†“absorbing”, “heady”, “intriguing”¬†used to describe Secret Love Affair. The best yet¬†described the experience of SLA as something akin toswimming in sex soup.

That’s right, sex soup.¬† Continue reading

Secret Love Affair Drops 21-minute Preview: …And I Get Goosebumps

I have never regretted my inability to understand Korean more than this moment. I apologise that I cannot offer you any credible translations of this lengthy preview. I have only these random observations to offer:

  • The teaser devotes most of it’s time to a scene in Hye Won’s (Kim Hee Ae) house in which Sun Jae (Yoo Ah In) plays for her in what appears to be an audition. Sun Jae is nervous, and appropriately youthful. I was afraid he’d come off much older and closer to Yoo Ah In’s real age. I needn’t have worried. He’s got this. Kim Hee Ae is commanding.
  • Sun Jae’s playing moves her to tears. Then they also play together. It’s intense. They struggle to catch their breaths, post-coital-like. He shakes. She deflects. This moment is acted so damn perfectly I want to die.Secret Love Affair teaser screencap Continue reading