Trot Lovers Starts Today, & Other News: the OCDrama Digest 18th – 23rd June 2014

Another week, another slew of drama premiers!

1. Trot Lovers is set to air in a matter of minutes, and judging by a long preview, it looks set to be a feast of campy, slapsticky fun. I can enjoy camp, and if done well with an actual storyline and sparks of delightful, zany chemistry to tie things all together which Eun Ji and Ji Hyun Woo certainly look capable of, this should go down a treat. Possibly. Hopefully. Eun Ji plays the simple, unsophisticated trot singer to Ji Hyun Woo’s snobby hotshot pro. Guess who falls for whom first?

Here’s a taste at what we’ll see tonight:

If you can’t wait for subs, Scattered Jooni’s back and doing the valuable service of writing up live recaps! And someone should do a Fugly-cap of this show. There’s so much sequins and floral ensembles here that are just begging to be celebrated.  Continue reading

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High School King Episode 1 Previews, & Other News: the OCDrama Digest 4 – 9th June 2014

Greetings all! I’m on time this week, so kudos to me for keeping to my schedule :D.

1. After a dorky dance battle teaser released last week, tvN drops a preview with actual footage from the first episode of Seo In Guk vehicle High School King. His character is seen racing from his real life as ace ice hockey player to his fake one taking over his brother’s job at an IT firm. There’s also sightings of Lee Ha Na as a geeky temp and love interest and Lee Soo Hyuk as office rival. Watching this brings back pangs of longing for Shut Up Flower Boy Band which was also a tvN show about high schoolers trying to keep their heads above water. I’m not sure what one has to do with the other, except to say that there’s a void that needs to be filled in dramaland at the moment for a show like SUFBB that can string a story together from start to finish without dropping the ball. The show airs after Witch’s Romance which wraps up this week.  Continue reading

See Seo In Guk Boogie Down in High School King, & other news: the OCDrama Digest 28th May – 3 June2014

People, it’s Tuesday and I’m behind schedule. So what’s new?! Onwards…

1. I’m not entirely sure what this teaser has to do with the drama itself about a student living a double life as his older bro, but heck, if Seo In Guk and Lee Ha Na do any of this in High School King, I’m so there. Wiggle and shimmy all you want Seo In Guk. Especially in that suit.

High School King airs June 16th on tvN.  Continue reading

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

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