I Love Fantasy Couple

I just finished watching Fantasy Couple yesterday. I completed 15 episodes in two days. (The dramedy has a total of 16 episodes but I saw ep.01 a while back.) I stayed up late to watch it knowing full well that I needed to wake up early the next morning for work. And when I got off work, I rushed home to watch it. So, let me just say this: I LOVE THIS SHOW!

The Hong sisters (the writers behind Delightful Girl, Choon Hyang and My Girl) have, once again, made me laugh, cry, and care for the characters that they’ve created. Credit to Han Ye Seul for portraying a bitchy, picky woman who’s surprisingly very likable. Jo Anna reminds me a lot of myself. No, rest assured. I’m not as bitchy or picky. What is similar between our personalities is how defensive we both are when it comes to emotional attachment. We shun it (being emotionally attached to other people) because we fear that we’ll get hurt.

My most favorite couple is Sang Shil and Kang Ja, although that’s not to say that I don’t like the main couple (Sang Shil and Chul Soo) and all the other odd couplings. I love them all.

Sang Shil and Kang Ja

The only two characters that annoyed me were Yoo Kyung and her materialistic friend.

The soundtrack, like almost all other Korean dramas, is awesome. The themesong is very catchy!

If you haven’t seen this yet, what are you waiting for? I highly recommend it.
Do visit the soompi thread for more in depth discussion and goodies. The link there can be found in the Drama Info: Fantasy Couple blog entry.

Sweet or Sour?

Delicious Godiva. Fantasy Couple is delightful fun throughout with tons of substance. Na Sang Shil is my type of girl. She is my new hero!

Korean Wave Waning in Asian Nations

By Seo Dong-shin
Staff Reporter (The Korea Times)

Asians are not as satisfied with Korean pop culture as they used to be, according to a report released Tuesday.

Citizens of four Asian countries are becoming more discontented with South Korean films, pop music and dramas, the Korea Foundation for International Culture Exchange (KOFICE) said, citing results of a survey it commissioned. A total of 2,109 citizens in Beijing, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Taipei, aged 15 to 59, responded to the survey conducted from early September to October.

Chinese respondents who said they were satisfied with the content of Korean dramas decreased from 72 percent in 2004 to 63.3 percent, while in Taiwan the figure dwindled from 62 percent to 57.9 percent. The dissatisfied increased from 5 percent to 5.4 percent in China, and from 1 percent to 3 percent in Taiwan.

Korean films also seem to be losing ground, according to the report. Those who were satisfied with Korean films dwindled from 60 percent to 54.6 percent in Japan, from 75 percent to 59.7 percent in China, and from 49 percent to 42.1 percent in Taiwan.

“The Korean wave seems to have passed its peak and has started to slow down in growth,” the report said. “We need to develop an advanced strategy for cultural products and to seek ways to spread universal cultural values instead of relying on a few celebrities.”

Stars who first launched the Korean wave, however, seem to enjoy continuing popularity. Actor Bae Yong-joon, who is affectionately called Yonsama in Japan, topped the lists of “best-known Korean stars” and “Korean stars whom I liked for the first time” in Japan. Actress Kim Hee-sun, meanwhile, was widely popular in China, topping the two lists.

Singer Rain, who is also known by the name Jung Ji-hoon when acting, came in first in the list of newly favorite Korean stars, with 3.8 percent in China and 6.3 percent in Taiwan.

Consumers of the Korean wave in other Asian countries are mainly made up of educated people in their 20s or conservative people in their 50s, the report said. “We need to establish strategies that can appeal to the refined city sentiment of the trend-spotting people in their 20s as well as those in their 50s who are interested in humanism based on traditional Confucian values,” it said.
Source: times.hankooki.com

doozy: The Korean wave phenomenon obviously isn’t gonna last forever so it’s only natural that people are losing interest. I wonder though, whether or not people are getting bored with the trite and cliche formula and storylines that made the wave in the first place.

Happy Holidays!

Animation courtesy of http://www.millan.net

Happy Hanukkah, Christmas, New Year, etc. everyone!
Enjoy your presents and remember that it’s the thought that counts.

A friend of mine sent me this psychology-related holiday humor. It’s quite funny.

Christmas Carols for the Disturbed

1. Schizophrenia – Do You Hear What I Hear?

2. Multiple Personality Disorder – We Three Kings Disoriented Are

3. Dementia – I Think I’ll be Home for Christmas

4. Narcissistic – Hark the Herald Angels Sing About Me

5. Manic – Deck the Halls and Walls and House and Lawn and Streets
and Stores and Office and Town
and Cars and Buses and Trucks and Trees and…..

6. Paranoid – Santa Claus is Coming to Town to Get Me

7. Borderline Personality Disorder – Thoughts of Roasting on an
Open Fire

8. Personality Disorder – You Better Watch Out, I’m Gonna Cry, I’m
Gonna Pout, Maybe I’ll Tell You Why

9. Attention Deficit Disorder – Silent night, Holy oooh look at
the froggy can I have a chocolate, why is Italy so far away?

10. Obsessive Compulsive Disorder – Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells,
Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle
Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells,
Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells,

Jingle, Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle
Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells,
Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle
Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells,
Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle
Bells, Jingle …….

The Restless Satisfies Eyes, Not Heart

By Kim Tae-jong
Staff Reporter (The Korea Times)

The new action fantasy epic The Restless (Chungchon) is visually enjoyable. State-of-the-art computer technology allows good-looking actors to live in a fantasy world, and there are spectacular action scenes.

But these elements fall flat because of the inadequate development of the story. Viewers will soon realize that the film satisfies their eyes but not their heart.

Directed by Cho Dong-oh, the film tells the story of a couple who are separated by death but meet again in “chungchon,” a place between earth and heaven where the souls of the dead stay for 49 days to erase their memories and prepare for reincarnation.

In the film, So-hwa (played by Kim Tae-hee) and her lover I-gwak (Jung Woo-sung) face a tragic fate. So-hwa is killed by villagers after being falsely accused of being a witch.

I-gwak believes her death is the result of his power to see ghosts, and his talent eventually leads him to join the royal guard of ghost hunters in the late Silla Kingdom.

The guards’ rebellion against a corrupt monarch fails, and all the members are killed except for I-gwak. While on the run, I-gwak is wounded, and he hides in a shabby temple, where he accidentally enters chungchon.

In the semi-heaven, he encounters So-hwa, who has become a goddess, but she doesn’t remember him. He finds out that the dead members of the royal guard are plotting to return to earth to change the rule of the world.

Now his former colleagues appear to be the biggest threat to So-hwa, and I-gwak decides to fight for her.

The storyline alone is enough to attract fantasy fans, and the visually superb rendition of the semi-heaven and action scenes have few technical flaws.

Rivers, mountains and temples are beautifully rendered. The scene in which I-gwak fights against some 30,000 ghost soldiers to save his lover is especially impressive.

But the story is not properly developed.

The long story, which probably needs more than three hours of running time, is cut down to one hour and 40 minutes. The result is that many important parts are missing or summarized in dry dialogue.

It’s hard to sympathize with the couple’s tragic love. It’s not easy to know how desperate the couple are to be with each other or why I-gwak wants to save So-hwa so badly. Or why the men in the guard can’t easily kill I-gwak.

All the explanation the film provides are the characters brief recollections and statements such as “I love her so badly” and “He was like my brother.”

The Restless was promoted as a film for the Christmas season, but watching it is like receiving brilliantly decorated gift box that is disappointingly empty.

Two and a half stars.
Source: times.hankooki.com

doozy: Ouch! This review is harsh. Regardless, I will still watch this movie when it’s available even though it’s probably more Korean Wave material than a solid, good movie. Eh, who cares? I like fluff stuff.

I’ll Be MIA…

I’m going down to LA for an interview so I’ll be away for 2-3 days. I’m gonna drive down there with a friend for the first time… I’m excited but also nervous. Hopefully, we won’t get lost too much coz the two of us together equals little to no sense of direction. Anyone interested in reading about my “adventures” once I get back? I don’t have a digital camera, so if I do yap about the trip, you’re just gonna have to use your imagination.

Anyway, I was making a mix CD for my trip and these songs brought back good memories. Enjoy these clips!

A Millionaire’s First Love OST
Uploaded by: winterlove6

This movie is cliche to the max. However, I enjoyed it thanks to the beautiful countryside scenery and the charms of its leading actor and actress.

What’s Up, Fox? OST
“Like Me” by Lee Sang Kyu
Uploaded by: crysalide

One of my favorite Korean dramas.

Also, special thanks to seirin for the “snow.”


The 27th Blue Dragon Film Awards

Congratulations to Gam Woo Sung and Lee Jun Ki (The King and the Clown) for winning the Best Couple Award. That’s right. Best couple, y’all!

They both look very handsome, don’t they?! (Jun Ki also got the Popularity Award. WOot woOt.)

Congratulation, Mr. Byun Hee Bong (“Yoo Rin’s grandpa”) for winning Best Supporting Actor (The Host)

Also, props to Park Shi Yeon for her Best New Actress nomination (The Fox Family)

The fur wrap thing has got to go. Nonetheless, PSY looks beautiful.
(Was she that good in The Fox Family? Now I want to watch this movie because I’m curious.)

Images courtesy of mydaily

The Opening Ceremony

Special thanks to seirin for uploading the clip.

Pop open the champagne bottles. Cheers all around!

Innocent Star Goes Sexy for KTF Commercial

No longer a girl but a full-grown woman: in a commercial for KTF music portal site Dosirak, Moon Geun-young breaks with the innocent image that has won her the adoration of fans to transform herself into a sexy musical star. In the ad, which will be hitting the airwaves on Dec. 14, she sings a new song and moves her body to some racy choreography. A music video is to be separately released. KTF will be making the commercial public on the Dosirak site on Dec. 26.

Appearing opposite Kim Joo-hyuk in the romantic film Love Me Not Moon has already shown a mature side of herself with her role as a closed-off blind woman. The film, released on Nov. 9, however, failed to perform well at the box office.
(englishnews@chosun.com )
Source: english.chosun.com

doozy: I’m not really sure how I feel about this change of image. I need to see the music video first before I can make comments on whether I like this new “sexy image.”
I wonder if the Korean public will welcome this change because it’s kinda hard, IMO, to view someone who’s been like your “little sister” or “daughter” in this new light. Nonetheless, I guess we’ll have to accept the fact that MYG is all grown up.

Supermodels-Turned-Actresses Taking Over Airwaves

Supermodel-turned-actresses are becoming a hot topic again. There are around 10 former models working as actresses: Kim Seon-ah, Song Seon-Mi, Han Go-eun, Han Ye-sul, Han Ji-hye , Hyun Young, Choi Yoe-jin, lee Hwa-seun, Jo Hyang-ki, Yun Ji-min. By any standards, they lead the entertainment industry.

(Kim Seon-ah and Song Seon-Mi)

Kim Seon-ah and Song Seon-mi have jumped to stardom by way of various projects, while Choi Yoe-jin and and Han Ji-hye have won fans for the way that they completely transform themselves into whatever roles they play. Hyung Young and Jo Hyang-ki have been busy in various entertainment programs and TV dramas, while Lee Hwa-seun has turned heads with not just her acting skills but her car racing as well. Kim Sae-rom also announced her intentions to make forays into the acting world. The result can be seen in living rooms sometime next year.

But the most visible stars among the batch are Han Ye-sul and Han Go-eun. The two are often put on the chopping block for performances that fail to live up to their looks. But this year was a turning point in criticism of their work, bringing fine appraisals for both. After taking the lead role in the weekend TV drama Couple of Fantasy (MBC), Han Ye-sul has been enjoying plenty of popularity. Han Go-eun showed off her finely matured craft as the heroine of SBS drama Love and Ambition, which recently wrapped.

But now, newcomers who only entered last year’s supermodel contests are already appearing on TV. They are Kim Su-hyun who took the top honor at the pageants and Yeon Mi-ju who didn’t receive an award but gained the spotlight nonetheless. The two appeared in the SBS weekend drama, Queen of the Game and drama special Lovers respectively. For both it is their acting debut, but they have been appraised as relatively solid.

One of the reasons for the supermodel crowd’s gaining popularity as actors is that they meet the qualifications: they are 170 cm tall or more, and their curvaceous bodies are easy on the eyes. Since they were already filtered through various contests, they are not lacking in the talent category. But voices of concern over model’s successive transfer to acting abound. “It seems that supermodel contests are becoming a means of just supplying future actors instead of living up to its original purpose of cultivating professional models,” once critic grumbles.
(englishnews@chosun.com )
Source: english.chosun.com

doozy: This sounds a bit like how TVB promotes “actresses” that originated from the Miss HK pageant. However, the difference here is that Kim Seon Ah and Co. can act. I have yet to watch Queen of the Game and am not following Lovers so I can’t say whether the new batch of supermodels-turned-actresses are any good. Hopefully, the production companies made wise choices and they’re not horrible.

Life After My Girl

I was doing a take-home quiz for my Sociology class and I thought, “gee, it’d be nice if I have a snack to munch on. Hm.. I’m kinda craving some sweet potatoes.” (Yes, that’s mostly all that I think about: food.)

Anyway, so how has my life changed after My Girl?

1. Ever since I watched My Girl, every now and then I’d get these random cravings for sweet potatoes and tangerines.

2. I’ve always had a liking for musical snow globes/water globes/waterballs/water domes/snow domes (or whatever it is that people are calling them these days…) but it wasn’t until My Girl that I actually started to collect them. And man, lemme tell you… that is one expensive hobby to pick up. And since I’m living life on a budget, expensive for me means anything costing more than 15 bucks. Thus far, I have purchased four of those things and sadly, none of them is THE ONE that inspired this hobby.
(I kinda curse Ebay for supporting my “madness” because the sheer excitement of winning a bid, like in a game, is quite addicting. Darn you, Ebay! *shake fist*)

3. I now like cute hair accessories and mismatched earrings.
(I wore one of my hair ties to work and my co-worker asked, “Did you take them from your little sister?” And I, in a dignified tone, said, “I don’t have a little sister. So no. They are my own.” And then proceeded to roll my eyes, flip my hair in her face, turn my back, and walk away. Haha. No, I didn’t do that. One, because she’s a good work friend of mine and two, can’t really flip my hair coz I wear a hat as part of the work uniform. Darn you, hat! *shake fist, again*)

4. There are new names that I can add to my “favorite actress” and “eye candy” lists. heart eyes

5. New word of the _____ (until whenever the My Girl effects wear off) is bbashya!
New phrase of the ______ is “You’ll be blessed!”

5. I now own a DVD burner. I bought it to burn My Girl on DVDs.

6. I started to use my Photoshop Elements more frequently and even stayed up until the wee hours of morning to make banners for…

7. …this blog that you’re looking at right now. wave

I have been mukgu-fied.

Btw, dear blog readers… How did you find your way here? I’m curious..

Mirror, Mirror On The Wall: Part 3

Looks: Lee Yeon Hee
Although LYH may not be what one would described as “traditionally beautiful,” her face is very unique and memorable. I especially love her eyes. They are very expressive and have alot of character.

Favorites: Moon Geun Young and Lee Yeon Hee
MGY is super adorable, not to mention talented as well. LYH is still green in the acting department so we’ll have to wait and see and I do see potential there.

Looks: Well, this batch is a bit different than the previous ones since comparing Go Ah Ra to Jung Da Bin is like comparing… oh, I can’t come up with an accurate analogy and I’m not gonna hurt myself by trying so just agree with me that it’s different.
I must say, though, Go Ah Ra is indeed beautiful.

Favorites: Lee Young Yoo and Jung Da Bin
Who doesn’t love Da Rim (Bad Family) and Shin Bi (Wonderful Life)?! Not only are they adorable, they can also act.
Btw, I do recommend Wonderful Life to those who haven’t seen it yet. It’s good. I like it.
Regarding Bad Family, you all should know how I feel about this show since I yap about its actress so much on this blog.

Special thanks to ~*kYo*~ @ soompi for compiling the pictures and posting them.
Note: These are my own opinions. If they don’t match with yours, then geez… I really don’t know what to say.