Korean Dramas

K-DRAMA; 다섯 손가락 Five Fingers

I started liking 주지훈 Ju Ji Hoon after first watching him in 궁 Goong, which is also one of my top favourite Korean dramas. He has been acting in more films than dramas, and medical dramas are not really my style, so the last drama I saw him in was 키친 Kitchen. That was pretty good too.

He’s absolutely fantastic in this drama. (I didn’t like his hair at first. I’m glad it changed later on, lol.) It’s 30 episodes long and I was doubtful when I first started because I like things short and sweet and it’s not the type of drama I’d usually watch, but I’ve already breezed past 14 episodes without feeling bored. It brings you on an emotional roller coaster ride. I got annoyed a lot of the time by the evil characters, but it’s typical of such dramas. I like it so far though.

DailyBap Rating (for now): 3.8/5

[EDIT 17 Feb ’15] So I finished the drama, and my rating remains the same. Whilst it was captivating, there were parts that were predictable, and parts that were surprising, but the ending really threw me off; I’m not sure I quite like it. Apparently they filmed two endings and the cast weren’t informed of which one would air. I’m pretty interested in the other ending, wish I could watch it too!

Korean Merchandise

MERCH; You're Beautiful Pig Rabbit Mobile Charm

D334 301114; I bought it when I first went to Korea in 2011 and was happily using it when it slipped out and dropped onto the floor one day, both ears breaking off. I managed to find one ear, but the other is permanently lost. :( I have now glued that one ear back, years later. Time to use it again? Haha.

Korean Variety

K-VARIETY; 심장이 뛴다 Heartbeat

요즘 즐겨 보는 예능 프로그램이 SBS 심장이 뛴다라는 프로그램이다.

원래 웬만하면 멘트를 잘 안 하는 편이지만 이 프로그램을 볼 때마다 화가 나더라고.

아니 구급차에게 길을 비켜주는 것은 당연한 일인데 모세의 기적 같은 프로젝트는 왜 해야하는 건지 모르겠다. 방해하는 사람들이 참 이기적이고 시민의식이 없다. 만약에 구급차 안에 타는 사람이 남이 아닌 가족이었다면 그렇게 하지 않았을 텐데. 볼 수록 화가 난다.

Korean Events, Korean Variety

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Korean Dramas

K-DRAMA; 유령 Phantom

When I first found out about this drama, I thought it was about ghosts, lol. Hey, 유령 translates to ghost! …as well as apparition and phantom, but ghost is the most common translation.

I didn’t really read through the synopsis, so I only found out it wasn’t anything ghost related when I started watching it yesterday. Though I’ve always marathoned through dramas, I was really captivated with this one since I’ve always been interested in crime and technology type shows; I used to marathon through American crime shows like CSI, Criminal Minds, Bones, Cold Case, etc. before I got sucked into the Korean scene. xD

Of course, everything is dramatised, since that’s what draws the audience in. However, 유령 was filled with a good proportion of drama and suspense with nicely timed twists and turns (though some parts could’ve been improved).

As for the two main leads, 소지섭 was great as usual, but whilst I liked 이연희 in 파라다이스 목장, I’m not sure about her acting here. She pales in comparison to 소지섭 and even some of the supporting actors. Everyone did a good job though.

Fellow crime show fans would love this. :)

DailyBap Rating: 4.5/5

Korean Dramas

K-DRAMA; I Love Lee Tae Ri, Queen In Hyeon's Man, The Rooftop Prince

After TOPIK, I decided to take a break and I’ve been catching up on dramas by drama marathoning. I have this system whereby I watch all the dramas year by year starting with the oldest, and I usually go down the list alphabetically unless another drama catches my eye first.

I’m currently on year 2012 and completed 아이러브 이태리 (I Love Lee Tae Ri) and 인현왕후의 남자 (Queen In Hyeon’s Man). I’m almost done with 옥탑방 왕세자 (The Rooftop Prince). It’s the third time travelling drama in a row; why were there so many in 2012?! -_-;; Fortunately, they were all light, cute and funny. tvN usually produces good dramas too. It was good to finally see Kibum’s face after so long, I stayed up to finish 인현왕후의 남자 because it was just that good although some parts were draggy and I cried way too much, and 옥탑방 왕세자 has Yoochun~ ♡ I’m not being biased but his acting is pretty good. :3 The 3 supporting actors are also really cute together. ^^

However, as much as I’m a drama mania, I really need to start reading more Korean books instead. Thanks to watching way too many dramas, my listening isn’t too bad, but my reading speed is still pretty slow after 3 years. One of the reasons I find it hard to complete the TOPIK Reading section in the given time. I have much to improve and it’s going to take more effort to do so. Oops, I digress. Anyway, those dramas were fun to watch. ^^