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Sabtu Bersama Bapak – Indonesian Movie 2016

Ini lucuk! sekian. Kalau dikira film ini film mellow, salah besar.

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downloadAku memutuskan untuk nonton film ini hanya semata-mata karena aku suka novelnya. Lihat-lihat pemain okelah. Lihat sutradara, kebetulan Monty Tiwa yang pekerjaannya aku lumayan suka. Pas pertama nonton, masih berasa tipikal film Indonesia yang terlalu ‘teatrikal’ dan akhirnya kurang real. But then… the magic is just started.

Film bagus kalau ceritanya kuat, flownya enak, akting para pemain meyakinkan, dan tambahan bonus, bikin aku ngakak. Sabtu bersama Bapak udah bisa masuk ke kategori film bagus. Memang masih ada yang bisa diperbaiki, but surely I enjoyed it so much. Film-film keluarga seperti ini memang yang diperlukan di Indonesia. Kita sudah jengah dengan film horror nggak jelas atau film-film percintaan remaja yang begitu-begitu saja. Terus terang tahun 2016 kemarin aku nggak begitu banyak nonton film Indonesia sebanyak yang aku lakukan di tahun 2015. Bahkan film ini adalah film Indonesia pertama yang aku tonton di tahun 2017.

Film Sabtu Bersama Bapak kurang lebih sama jalan ceritanya dengan yang di novel. Tidak ada perubahan atau penambahan berarti, tapi memang penghidupan dari novelnya amat sangat kental. Aku kira awalnya vibenya akan sama dengan film Test pack yang notabene disutradarai oleh Monty Tiwa juga, berdasarkan dari novel yang kebetulan istri dari Aditya Mulya. Ternyata nggak juga. Malah versi lebih baik.

 

Sabtu Bersama Bapak bercerita mengenai seorang bapak bernama Gunawan Garnida (Abimana Aryasatya) yang mendapatkan diagnosa bahwa dia mengidap penyakit kanker dan jelas waktunya tidak akan lama lagi. Gunawan mempunyai dua putra Satya (Arifin Putra) dan Cakra (Deva Mahenra). Gunawan mungkin tidak bisa berbuat banyak soal penyakitnya, tetapi dia brpikir bahwa ada cara lain yang bisa ia lakukan untuk tetap membantu istrinya (Ira Wibowo) untuk membesarkan kedua putranya.

Gunawan mulai merekam dirinya setiap hari. Isi videonya berisi banyak petuah dan pesan yang ingin kedua putranya value hingga tumbuh dewasa. Video pertama yang mereka tonton, bapaknya mengatakan “Bapak tahun depan mungkin harus pergi. Tapi, tidak apa bapak akan tetap bersama kalian. Senin sampai Jumat kalian belajar, Sabtu kalian akan ketemu bapak” dan begitulah kisah Sabtu Bersama Bapak dimulai.

Tiap Sabtu dari mereka kecil hingga tumbuh dewasa, kakak adik Satya dan Cakra menghabiskan Sabtu sore mereka dengan ibunya di ruang keluarga untuk menonton video-video peninggalan bapak. Itje membesarkan mereka tanpa ada masalah. Keduanya lulus sarjana. Bahkan Satya mendapatkan pekerjaan dengan gaji bagus, sudah menikah dengan Rissa (Acha Septriasa) dan mempunyai 2 putra juga. Mereka tinggal di Perancis. Cakra juga mempunyai pekerjaan bagus di sebuah bank dengan posisi sebagai Deputy Director. Hanya saja, Cakra sudah hampir 30 tahun teapi belum menikah. Ternyata ganteng-ganteng begitu, Cakra mempunyai masalah kepercayaan diri kalau sudah ketemu dengan cewek. Tahun ini, Cakra bener-bener jatuh cinta dan berniat untuk menikahi seorang perempuan yang bernama Ayu (Sheila Dara Aisha).

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Teori dari bapak sudh kenyang mereka makan, tapi ternyata pada dasarnya, Satya lupa kalau dia hidup di masa sekarang, dan ada waktunya juga dia mulai fokus dengan keluarganya sendiri ketimbang masa depan yang sudah dia rancangin. Keinginan untuk seperti bapak membuat Satya lupa bahwa setiap keadaan mempunyai ceritanya masing-masing, dan di sinilah pesan-pesan film dari si bapak mulai dicerna dengan pemahaman yang lebih.

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Aditya Mulya is one of my favorite authors. Selalu berhasil mengemas pesan dalam dengan tema guyonan. Monty Tiwa untungnya setipe. Alhasil, aku banyak ngakak. Awalnya aku kira, akan banyak mellow moment, tapi untungnya nggak. Apalagi performance Deva Mahenra yang lumayan mengejutkan.

Dari pemilihan cast, aku bilang nyaris sempurnaa.. sayang banget Monty kurang maksimal dalam casting child actor. Aku tahu masalah utama film Indonesia, belum ada aktor atau aktris anak-anak ayng benar-benar bagus. Sebenarnya ada-ada saja, atau mungkin pihak produksi yang lupa bahwa elemen sekecil apapun di sebuah film itu penting.

Dari cinematography, soundtrack, main casts and figuran (excludin children talents), semuanya sudah mendekati kata sempurna. Sebagai satu kesatuan, film ini cukup bagus. Terlebih di bagian flow. Meng-adaptasi sebuah novel menjadi sebuah film bukan pekerjaan mudah. Kebanyakan bisa saja jadi jumpy. Meman di awal, film ini terkesan agak terburu-buru, tetapi begitu masuk ke inti cerita, berjalan jauh lebih baik.

Selepas komenku tentang akting para anak-anak yang ada di film, semua cast lain dan juga para figuran dewasa semuanya oke. Abimana is my favorite actor next to Reza Rahadian. YES! I can state it like that. Performance dia di Negeri Van Oranje masih sangat memberikan kesan, dan di film ini juga bagus. Apalagi dia berperan sebagai bapak dan lawannya adalah aktris yang lebih senior – Ira Wibowo. Chemistry bapak anak juga terasa ketika dia bersanding dengan Arifin Putra. He is good. Oh iya, ini film reunian antara Arifin Putra dan juga Abimana yang dulunya bareng di Negeri Van Oranje.

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the most romantic scene – Abi and Ira 

Deva Mahenra is a pleasant surprise. Aku sebelumnya nggak pernah tahu orang ini pernah ada, mungkin karna udah lamaaaa banget nggak nonton sinetron. Tidak ada bekas akting sinetron. Kesan bodohnya juga dapat.

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Untuk Acha Septriasa, setelah nonton Test pack, aku makin suka sama aktris ini. Sebelumnya aku benci setengah mati dengan dia haha. Masih terngiang aktingnya di Heart yang gimanaaa gitu. Tapi, makin ke sini sudah amat sangat improved. Hanya saja mungkin karena karakter Rissa yang tidak beda jauh dengan karakter di Testpak. But overall, I enjoyed her performance. 

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Nah, another pleasant surprise is ERNEST PRAKASA. Idiot yang brilian. Karakter tambahan di film ini asli membuat film ini jadi lebih humoris daripada novelnya. Salah satu penyebabnya adalah karakter si Ernest di sini. Mukanya udah mengundang tawa, ditambah dengan dialog yang tepat, he is the funny creature, the firecracker in the movie.

Overall, good job Monty, akhirnya satu film Indonesia nyaris sempurna ada lagi.

 

Production House: Maxima Pictures

Director: Monty Tiwa

Screen writer: Aditya Mulya & Monty Tiwa

Casts: Abimana Aryasatya, Ira Wibowo, Arifin Putra, Acha Septriasa, Sheila Dara Aisha, Ernest Prakasa, Jennifer Arnelita

All Time Favorite – Korean Songs

Hey hey..

I am trying back on the drama-review-track. However, while keep seeking for good gems, let me give you another insight of Korean songs look like. Who does not know K-pop? Even if you are not a fan, when you listen the word K-pop, suddenly a couple of Korean skinny singers who sing and dancing popping up in your head right? Well, let me bring you to another level of K-pop or Korean song in general. Korean genre of musics are diversed actually. They do have notable rock star like Kim Kyung Hoo, legendary rock band – Bohwal who have changed numbers of vocalists *most of them going solo and successful. They do have romantic ballad singer and acoustic groups, even jazz acapella singers.

From numerous Korean Variety songs and singing competitions, I have been introduced to a sentiment side of Korean song. Don’t you know that they actually are into lyrics? For Koreans, lyrics are sentimental and powerful. They are into poem as well. Many Korean songs are actually good motivational songs. And for about 9 or 10 years of me loving Korean culture, I realise that I have the same songs over years that have to be on my top to-listen-list. From 2008 when I first fell for Korean wave, till last year. To be honest with you, I have a hard time to select only 10 as my favorites, but let’s stick with the word “ALL TIME FAVORITES”, so I will only select songs that I have listened to it numerous times, and at the longest period.

So… here it is my  countdowns of my All TIme Favorites – Korean songs edition.

10. Peppertones’ Galaxy Tourist and ABC featuring Arina MOCCA

Galaxy Tourist was once a soundtrack of almost variety shows you can name in South Korea. Well, technically speaking, Peppertones’ songs were on numerous Variety Shows as the soundtracks. Since it contains a lot of fun and airy melodies. It was a tough decision to pick my all time favorite from the numbers, but I like the simplicity about it, so yeah I think, I pick Galaxy Tourist as my all time favorite . Talking about ABC, this song is special for me since it is a collaboration between two of my favorites, and on top of that it is a collaboration between Korea and Indonesia, my country!! First time hearing it, or even saw the title with the featuring artist, I was really excited! The sound was fun and cheerful. It was like a magic combo. I love it.

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9. Just get a way, you deserve it – Sweet Sorrow

It was taken from their 4th album. Not so jazzy, but showing a lot of funny sides of Sweet Sorrow. Sometimes, you just need to get away for a while. No plan, and go! That’s what the song encourages. Moreover, the video clip is contagiously spreading happiness.

I’m getting a lot of thoughts about this and that
The heavy pressure and eyes building up in front of me
Sometimes makes me feel so suffocated

I can’t do this or that
I can’t give up this moment that I waited for
Now
I will go find the freedom that I want
It’s no big deal, I’ll go for it

8. Lazy Sunday Morning – Clazziquai

And, yes for this song, my morning anthem. Clazziquai is known as the versatile group. A little bit jazz, a little bit electro pop, and now, a little bit acoustic as well. The witty and realistic lyrics are compelling for this song.

It’s getting on Sunday morning, I get up and see silly TV talking by itself in the room. My head is spinning full of beer as thinking of my lonely late night party.

7. First Date  – Sweet Sorrow

🙂 I guess, I have to make another post containing my all time favorite tunes from Sweet Sorrow. They are indeed my number one favorite singer. Why? Because they can produce such a beautiful harmony, jazzy tunes, and sweet lyrics. Just like the First date

Even without an alarm, my eyes open wide
Lalala – my first date with you
I kick off the covers and I go to meet you
Hello, hello

6. Butterfly – Loveholic (and almost all fluxus singers gank)

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This song was sang by singers under Fluxus music. Probably, you are not really familiar with this company since the famous ones are JYP, YG, and SM *going with innitials. Notably, Fluxus music is a production house covering singers with different and various genres. From electronic pop like Clazziquai, former group – Winterplay, W&Whale, rocker – Lee Sung Yeol, accoustic group like Urban Zakapa. Butterfly is sang by Clazziquai, Park Ki Young, Lee Sung Yeol, Park Ki Young, Jang Eun A, Whale, Winter Play, and My Aunt Mary and the music is by Loveholic. It was made of solidarity since Loveholic’s main vocal was resigned. The song itself was put as the soundtrack of the box office movie – Take off (2009). I am in love with the lyrics instantly!

The foolish world doesn’t know you
It can’t see you when you are hidden in regret
I know; I see you
Your splendid wings

Don’t be afraid; you can do it
With a little wriggle,
Spread your wings and fly up

Grab your heart
Spread the wings you tried so hard to fold away and fly up

 

Taken from Princess of tea

Hangeul: lyricsmoon.com

Translation: KBS + ryukiLee @ jpopasia.com

and I am more spirited than ever after listening to this song lol.

5. Don’t Worry (originally by Deulgukhwa – my fave is from Kwak Jin Eon and Kim Feel) & Exhausted (by Yoon Jong Shin Ft Kwak Jin Eon and Kim Feel)

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I may say that Kwak Jin Eon has brought a new level to my Korean Singer favorite. LOL His deep voice is just enchanting. Also, both songs sound like a friend saying to me that “everything is going to be alright”

 

All things past is in the past
They all have a meaning
Sing to the one who left
Say that you loved without regrets

You went through so many difficult things
You lost that newness
All of the hardships
Brush them all off

taken from popgasa 

Exhausted – was definitely my song in 2015 to 2016. I listened t itevery single day! Literally. I love the mellow feeling about it, but at the same time it tells you “it is Ok to be not OK…” WEll, you need it once in a while. Just a start of acceptance and voila… some magic happens – you are able to move one.

 

I’m sorry my love, I wanted to be the source of your pride
In my exhausted day, I just want some comfort
If you comfort me, saying that you believe me
I think I’ll start to cry
I’m sitting on the edge of this night with a drunken sigh

I’ll get through it, just like you believed I would
I have only one dream
I can’t make everything go back because of how I feel today
Don’t compare me, don’t care about me, who says that’s the right way?
There is no right way, the way that I chose is my way

taken from popgasa

4. Love Recipe – Clazziquai.

On the other end, this song is my ultimate morning anthem 🙂 It is chillin, and the music video is the best. 🙂 The lyrics are simplest way to express love. It is a universal love. Can be from spouse, daughter to father, and between friends.

Honestly speaking, I didn’t like sweet things
The hot coffee that you like, the languid rain
I was just with those things because I just liked you
But at some point, I turn my head at the smell of coffe

Translation from Princess of tea

3. Let’s take a walk a little – Jung In ft. Gary

To be honest with you, I have never imagined my self like a voice of Jung In. But, turned out that she’s one of the top on my list. First time hearing her was in Immortal Songs 2, I instantly in love with her charisma. And finally I bumped into this groovy RnB. With inspiring lyrics, I voted her as the “laid-back” song of all time.

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Let’s take a walk since our hearts are feeling complicated
I think sitting as we’re facing each other is making us more exhausted
What should we do? Should we break up?
Starting all over again seems a little scary

2. Dangdanghee – She is Beautiful by Sweet Sorrow

My ultimate favorite song! It’s been my ringtone since college years. My first encounter to Korean jazz. It’s rich, jazzy, like the one you would hear in a lounge. On top of that, it was sung by my favorite singer – Sweet Sorrow. What’s more I can ask for.

1.  One Candle – G.O.D.

Ok! I don’t know why, but I am addicted to this song. The original one! which was sang back in 1990s… Yes, it was sung by an idol. g.o.d. I freaking love it. The music, the lyrics, how it combines with the raps are just inviting you to sing a long. I still have a hard time to sing the rap, but I am fully determined! Oh yes baby..

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I think, the tunes are familiar for some of you because many idols have made the cover, many amateurs use it as an audition song. It is just one of the most popular songs in South Korea – can be mentioned as a classic (20 years popularity)

On top of that, let’s see the lyrics. The rap section is making us to believe that someone is actually talking to you to cheer you up!

In this world,
There are many people who have less than we do.
For those who are struggling even now, we sing this song.
“Stay strong!”

Why is life so hard?
Who said that life was beautiful??
Since I was born, all that life gave me was more trials to overcome.
During those times, I looked into the mirror and asked myself, 
“What did I do wrong? What did I do to deserve this only happening to me?”
It feels like it’ll never change. 
Not tomorrow, or even the day after.

Don’t say that
Don’t crumble under the pressure
Whatever life gives you
Whatever you receive
Whatever this unfair world offers you
If you just accept it
Wouldn’t you be fighting it?
Would you give up?
Would you surrender to the life that fate dealt you?
Don’t bow your head to the world, don’t lose strength,
Look at us.

Chorus
When you’re tired and exhausted, lean on me
I will always be by your side
So that you never feel like you’re alone in this world, 
I’ll be right beside you, holding your hand.

All in all, I just realize that my selections are more than half about motivational songs. LOL It seems like I am carrying a hard life. Well, I think it’s more touched when you just can relate yourself to the lyrics. I can say the lists can be as “top motivational songs” lol.
Anyway, I hope I can give you more insights about Korean Wave, and not limited among the ones on the surface only 😉

All translations are from popgasa. Please check it out, it has pretty cool stuff 😉

Coming up more exciting posts – and I start watching drama again 🙂

Cheers

CVB

Year End Thoughts and Faves

I know I know…

Three months hiatus with a very lame excuse was not really a good reason about it. I am in no position to do a big review about K-drama in 2016 since I have missed so many goodies in the end of the year. However, there are 5 dramas that I would love to point out. The 5 dramas that have touched my heart endearly.

2016 was a year full of events! Therefore, my mental addiction to K-drama was abruptly distracted with real-life events. I only watched a lot less than last year list. I still had some good catches, and got a few hidden gems. I have to admit that I have missed some good stuff. But, oh well… there are still next time to watch it.

Let’s begin the Countdown

5. Age of Youth – JTBC.

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Age of Youth as the title proclaims, it is about youth. Roomates, girlfights, boys, friendships. Dark pasts. Very simple and realistic. I love how the writer puts more efforts in characters and develop a beautiful lines between the characters.

I haven’t been able to talk about this drama thoroughly although, I have planned about it. Age of Youth was underrated. However, I felt the depth about the characters. Everyone of it. It brings the plainness and complexity at the same time on the plate. It does not have the big main line, small pieces completing the big picture. That’s how the drama expresses itself. I love everything about it. I love the guys, the women, the stories, the mysteries about it, and the smiley landlord. It was just one memorable simple drama.

4. Memory – tvN

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Memory oh memory. I have made a post about it in here. Frankly, Memory is not everyone’s plate. No romance, only about alzeimer disease, another underrated drama. Can be easily forgotten. However, not because I was so pro the underrated dramas, but just it has been made beautifully. Can I say that the cinematography should win something? haha. The emotion of each character is undoubtedly very powerful! We speak about Lee Sung Min here for heaven’s sake. What’s more to talk about? hahaha

3. Dear My Friends and Reply 1988 – tvN

Some of you may curse me why do I have to put these two gems together instead of making it better than another. Well well well… not because they are not good enough to beat one another, but I am just thinking that both have similar big theme going on. Both are about friendships and each character has a strong story-lines. About preference? I probably lean towards Reply 1988 more just because there are so many things that I can relate to compared to Dear my Friends – speaking of age… *cough cough*. In the end, both just left me with a lot of warm fuzzy feelings, lots of tissues, and lots of jaw dropped momments because both casts are amazing.. amazing… AMAZING!

Here is my thought about Dear My Friends and Reply 1988

2. Marriage Contract – MBC

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Finally! I finally have a favorite from a melodrama/romantic drama!! yey. It’s been years peeps! I haven’t been really hooked up by a romantic drama or a typical Korean drama. But, this is a sweet exception! It took me by a surprise that I loved this drama so much! Lee Seo Jin’s dimple? Come on! It took me more than that. I appreciate how the writer writes such a beautiful lines and scenes? Those little actions; a closed up on holding hand, a smile, a stare… bah.. haha and the ending! The ending was really a high pitch! Since it was none of our *viewers’ predictions 🙂 More about it in here

  1. Signal- tvN

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Oh yes!

Just Yes! 🙂

mmm what more to say about it? About how Jo Jing Woong’s acting slays us, or the crazy old radio buzzing on and off to stand up for justice? or about the fact that our heroes never actually met but they develop stronger bond of bromance? Which one do I have to claim that making me just voluntarily put it as the best drama in 2016? Which one!!? This drama is thoughtfully made. From the solid story-lines, and great editing, it makes us stick with it even though it may create such a confusion. Scenes from the pasts and presents are carefully made; thus, it does a good job for clarity. More about it in herehere

 

Overall! 2016 was not my year of drama. I must admit, I have watched too many dramas; thus, I have difficulty to like or enjoy one drama. Hmm.. Anyway, keep tuning in for more exciting aticles. I am planning to do another countdown of my all time favorite songs and perhaps actors/actresses of the year?

You can check on my thoughts on 2015 K-drama

 

Happy New YEAR!

a sweet witty tune from Sweet sorrow 🙂

CVB

 

Task Force 38 (OCN, 2016) and Let’s Fight Ghost (tvN, 2016)

Voila! I am back! Damned! It’s been months that I am not able to write a single review. However, no worries. Sivibi is definitely back. I have 2 posts in queue for you. Or more posts hehe.

Now! apologize, I can’t post quicker than I have planned, and now I am just reviewing not so new drama. But, I think I will still post it up. I merge 2 dramas; because I see similar situation happening between the two, and plus… I don’t have a lot to say for both dramas individually *sigh… Not because they are not good, but… I think, I am slightly having disappointment.

Why Task Force 38 and Let’s Fight Ghost have to be in one post? Because I see resemblance of both in previous dramas with similar situation. Task Force 38 reminds me of Last a lot. While Let’s Fight Ghost reminds me a lot of You are my Ghostess. I will talk about each drama individually and may add a little comparison in the end.

Task Force 38 is about a squad who forges and swindler people for money. You may say a Robin Hood in the Tax world. Again, they are aiming a big fish with some personal reasons. It definitely has Last element in it, remembering that both are about swindling the money. For this, I can say Task Force 38 wraps it better. Many twisted plots and more fun to watch as well. It is funnier and I love how we have mixed gender squad. The thing is, because every episode has twisted plot, I am not finding it special anymore. You kinda expect it in the end of the day. But, I have to admit, that it is brilliantly written.

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Now, let’s talk about casts. I am all about Song Ong Seok, yes that ahjumma. Exactly! Precisely! hahaha. She’s brilliant! I have never seen her in that kind of role ever, and she is rock and roll. She is usually playing as a mother figure who we pity, but not in this case. She plays an elegant boss, a little scary but good. lol. And Ahn Nae San, who does not melt for this ahjussi? I love his calm expression. Last but not least our bromance-hood as the main dish in the drama, Ma Dong Seok and Seo In Guk. Not the best duo, but I want to give credits to Seo In Guk. I am more and more and more fan of him! Ever since Reply 1997, more of Hello Monster, and oh yea… this drama too. He’s such a…. cutie who has an annoying expression hahaha… Such a contradiction in description. But yes, in short… I am big fan.As for Ma Dong Seok, not voted as my favorite ahjussi, or perhaps the role making him to be so timid. Dunno, but just the feeling is not there, but I love the cameos as well. Oh, we can’t leave Oh Dae Hwan, he’s the bad guy among all the dramas that I have seen from 2015-2016, lol. But, I love him more and more… I secretly wish, he can be big, he becomes my favorite supported actors lol.

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Now, we have tvN drama; Let’s Fight Ghost. Unfortunately, this is kinda a little bit flop for me. Everything about it is so off. I am not bought by the way Oh Taec Yeon fights the ghost. The romance is also not so interesting, not so much emotion around, though, the drama left me high curiousity about the ending. My only reason to watch the drama was because of Kwon Yool!! However, his character reminds me a lot… A LOT about Leem Jung Hwan’s on Oh my Ghostess; that’s why it reminds me of Oh My Ghostess *talking about the mystery of death lol. For this case, Oh My Ghostess wins a lot of points. Let’s Fight Ghost develops a simple story line; thus, it is boring, and somehow a bit jumpy. I don’t like the ending. tvN does not really play its magic this time.

For the actors to spot on; David Lee is the man. lol. He plays as Kim In Rang as a goofy college students. I love his acting, so natural. Usually, when you are playing a goofy character, it is so obvious that you are ridiculous, everything is pretty predicted. However, his way of bringing out the stupidity of his character is pretty brilliant. Natural, and yes stupid haha..

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I have a feeling that this drama is projecting how great Taec Yeon as a cook. More like a Let’s Eat 2 food porn shot. I know he is from 3 meals a day, but… is this about ghost? about romance? supernatural? or food? can’t really get it.

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Oh well, both are OK, I am not really excited about them. But, yeah… these are my thoughts.

I am behind a lot of dramas 😦

I haven’t watched Beautiful Minds or Uncontrollably Fonds; and KBS having new drama already. I am currently watching Drinking Solo while K2 is waiting and the Good Wife!! Oh NO!

You might have guessed, that I might skip Doctors lol just because…. just because….

Oh well,

NEXT: Age of Youth!!!

 

CVB

Dear My Friends (tvN, 2016)

Dear_My_Friends-p2The posters, promotion articles, and trailers bought me all!!! I was so excited about this drama more than other dramas prior to the promotion period. The biggest reason was the casts!!! Oh please! Who else can pull all the veteran actors and actresses as the main character if not tvN? The casts were only seen as a mother in law, a pitiful mom, or a grumpy dad, or a mere villain director who is thirsts about wealth in the other drama, but in this drama particularly, we will see them as the highlights!I also want to point out how positive was the feedback from the viewers knowing that theses casts will be the main characters. That means, the drama society has some great tastes, blocking off all the stereotypes of the drama should be. They were welcoming these grand dads and grand mas warmly as the heroes in this drama unlike what we could have thought (people would prefer Jo In Sung as the main cast right?). And, the most important thing, these casts do not disappoint us. Experience does speak louder.

Dear My Friends features all the great actors and actresses of South Korea from the 70s or 80s. Their glorious time might be dimmed a bit, but by this drama, they are let to be in the spotlight for one more time, and they do deserve it! The story is about each person of a long-life friendship and their relationship between their family members. I appreciate that the center of the story is Park Wan’s point of view (played by Go Hyun Jung). Her point of view as the ‘youngest’ cast in the bunch, changes as the plot goes. She is told as the only daughter of Jang Nan Hee (Go Du Shim), a temperament mom who owns a restaurant. We can sense Park Wan’s mother is a single fighter.It builds her up as a nagging mom. We find a lot of time, Park Wan and her mother are fighting. There are many things that disturb Park Wan. One of them, she dislike is her mom’s friends. The old folks.

One of The friends is Jo Hee Ja (Kim Hye Ja) who just freshly becoming a widow. Her husband’s death is not elaborately explained. Move on, she decides to live by herself even though everybody expects she cannot live by herself for all her life depends on her husband. She has a soft heart and very feminine compared to others, but she is eager to lead her lonely life by herself. She even makes little note to herself that she has to be independent and prepare herself to go to Nursing House when the time comes. She does not want to trouble any of her kids.

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Kim Hye Ja – Jo Hee Ja

Next, we have our ‘forever-housewife’; Nom Jeong Ah (Na Moon Hee). For all her life she only works the house chores of her own house and her children’s houses. Her husband, Kim Suk Kyun (Shin Goo) is a typical Korean husband (older generation). Nagging, sarcastic, loud, and never compliment. A pain in the ass, really! It makes Jeong Ah feels suffocated, and she truly hopes to live like a bird, free. She simply wishes for her to drink beer whenever she wants without being nagged by her husband. She only wants to do whatever she wants without getting permission by his husband.She has enough for being slaved by her husband.

Lee Young Won (Park Won Suk) lives in the glamorous life of being an actress. She is just coming back from the States bringing her not-so-young boyfriend. Her love life is complicated. Married and divorced, having an affair, and get a flower regularly by what she calls, her  true love. Behind her gleaming wealth, she has been under the surgery tables back and forth, fighting for cancer. Oh Chong Nam (Youn Yuh Jung), on the other side is the old virgin. She has never been married, and grew old feeding all of her family and extended family. On top of that, in her old age, she is still learning to get into a university. She runs a very busy life, but she is actually afraid of dying alone. She also has a crush on Lee Sung Jae (Joo Hyun) while Sung Jae is actually having a crush on Hee Ja. He even claims that she is his first love, and he still loves her.

It is like a grande look of our own life. We have a mother who is occasionally gossiping about her friends, we have a friend of our mom’s whom we can talk about things that we are not dare to tell to our own mom, we have our mom’s friends who are annoying. The drama has it all. Moreover, there are many things happened among the old folks. Though, the romance between Sung Jae and Hee Ja is a little bit hilarious, but it is a good example that the drama gives you an overview of what can be happened when you are growing old. lol. Another good thing about the drama that it presents us one solid story as a whole even hence there are so many main casts, there are so many events. Wan’s romance with the handsome Youn Ha (Jo In Sung), her affair with her senior (Shin Sung Woo, he’s super handsome in here!!!!), Wan’s daily fight with her mom. Aunt Young Woo’s secret love. Aunt Chong Nam, Aunt Hee Ja, and Uncle Sung Jae’s little love triangle, or Aunt Jeong Ah who wants to get divorce. All goes so natural. Really! All the reaction is real.Frankly, I did not know that the drama goes to what direction at first. The center is not really the center. I mean, we all know that Park Wan’s character is the anchor of the whole story, but since there are a lot of things occurred, I was just carried away. But, in the last three episodes, I finally got a glimpse to the climax. I love it!!! The writer is really something.

Do you think people are watching this because of Jo In Sung and Daniel  Henney’s appearance? Of course YES! But, surprisingly, there are also people like me who watch it solely because of the grandpas and the grandmas. I was dying to know how they would pull this off. And as you may have guessed, I love it.

SPOV

First thing first. Reality-bites dramas are a trend these days, and all because of tvN bravely takes the lead (namely Misaeng, Reply 1988, Memory, and etc). I am loving it every moment. I haven’t found it is boring. Every drama has its own twist, its own level of reality, and balance of the drama element. This drama in particular is the closest one to reality show. All the small details happening, is so close to our heart. A lot of the scenes are what we feel about our mom in many different angles. All of the characters have presented various roles that we can find in our own family. Every actors and actresses are not disappointed at all!!! Everyone of them! Even the cameos who are actually famous actors as well, they are feast of the eyes.

Talking about main characters, I can’t help but to mention one by one. Each of them is special. Each of them nails it. So bear with me, this is going to be a long SPOV, but each one of them deserves this much attention.

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Kim Hye Ja

Kim Hye Ja as Jo Hee Ja is where my heart goes. I honestly never encountered this ahjumoni before, but I knew that she was actually in a box office movie called Mother along with Won Bin before. It is enough to give a proof that she is a notable actress. She has proved it on her role as Jo Hee Ja. Among the Imos in Dear My Friends, my heart is for Hee Ja Imo. She is so fragile, helpless, but I also sense a hint of strength in her tiny self. Her struggles is aching you. I also love her dresses.I love how the friendship between her and Na Moon Hee shines. Although, all the grandparents are friends, each has her/his closest one.

Moon Jung A (Na Moon Hee). My favorite Imo!!!!! Favorite!! love her from the beginning to the end!! She is soooooo muuuuch fuuun toooo waaaattchh

 

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Moon Jung A with her two daughters

All this time, her screening time on the other drama is involving a lot of shouting and a mother role, here… her character is able to tell you a story about an old housewife, a mother of three married woman, and her pain. Lovin it. She is fun! So much fun. Really! I love her reaction to Hee Ja.

 

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Danniel Henney – Mark Smith

Lee Young Won (Park Won Suk), I only saw her once on All About Eve back in early 2000. It is so nice seeing her back again. Her character is so closed to her in real life, at least that is what I believe. Her character is those bridging characters. The one that mediates everybody. Taking a lot of blame and love at the same time.  As for Youn Yuh Jung – Oh Chong Nam, among these ahjumonis, I think we have seen Youn Yuh Jung a lot!! She is the actress that we respect. Her character in here is like a teenager though haha, maybe because she is never married. I love how the grace of age shows too when it talks about love. Her character shows a lot of ‘brains’. We can find a lot of wisdom of age through her character; dialogue or reactions. 🙂

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Youn Youh Jung & Park Won Suk

For the grandpas side; we have Lee Sung Jae (Joo Hyun) and Kim Soo Kyun (Shin Goo). Joo Hyun Harapeochi and Youn Yuh Jung Haelmoni  have been a couple before on Hotelier. Now, Joo Hyun is a mere father,a former lawyer who falls in love. hahahaha. No more charismatic leader figure, we find a lovable cute grand pa who is fighting for his first love. shihihihsihishi. Shin Goo takes the role for us to hate! lol. He is a perfect portrayal of a Korean husband. Reality says that he likes to nag a lot, and so dependable upon his wife. Can’t even get a cup of water by himself. Though, I love how his character resolves in the end.

 

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Jo In Sung, Lee Kwang Soo, Sung Dong Il, Jang Hyung Suk, Danniel Henney

 

Now, let’s talk about these flower boys, shall we?? Daniel Henney only appears less than 5 episodes, so does Sung Dong Il. Jang Hyun Sung also is not disappointed even though he only appears less than five minutes every time he’s on the screen. All the names may have been our heroes in some other dramas, but it is not the case in this drama. I love the fact that they want to be the minors here as the respectful act towards the veteran actors and actresses. On the line, we also have Shin Sung Woo for  the first half of the episodes. He’s charming!! So much! He’s a notable Korean Rock Star in the 1990s, he jumped into acting mode around 1990s and now being an active musical actor. I love the chemistry between his character and Park Wan. There is a sad yet beauty of their story. I love how they manage to solve their matters maturely. Moving to our big two heroes in this drama; Jo In Sung and Lee Kwang Soo. hahaha

 

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Park Wan & Dong Jin (Shin Sung Woo)

It is hard to place Jo In Sung and Lee Kwang Soo’s position in this drama. They only have minor characters in the drama, but both give so much more! They shine but not outshining. That’s what special about the writing and everything else in this drama.

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Lee kwang Soo – as Min hoo (Hee Ja’s son)
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Jo In Sung as Youn Ha

As expected for Jo In Sung, he makes it, and a GREAT Surprise on Lee Kwang Soo’s side. Let’s spare some times to talk about Lee Kwang Soo, our guff ball giraffe here. For many dramas we have seen him, it is automatically associated to comical side of him. More if you are a running man lover. Nevertheless, let’s get real… he’s a great actor! That’s all I can say. He, our giraffe, can cry well until we too cry. He makes us feeling his pain towards his mom. He is really awesome. He truly shines in this drama.

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Kim Hye Ja & Lee Kwang Soo

 

Now, let’s talk about Jo In Sung. When he smiles, it is game over! I love how he does not outshine the other grandparents role though he is super handsome and who doubts his acting skill? Tell me!! Who? He is truly professional. He is considered as one of Halyu Star in Korea and worldwide, but he is willing to take a minor role in this drama. He really does it well. I love how the writer creates his character. Best love story ever. Beautiful, and so closed to reality. Additionally, It is true that some of us are always excited when we see him on the screen (cheeriiing back sound*). Maybe some of you started watching this drama because of Jo In Sung and Lee Kwang Soo, maybe some of you disappointed because you can only watch them occasionally.  I enjoy the portion of each character. Jo In Sung as expected makes our heart flutters. His love story with Park Wan is one of the most anticipated scene for me personally. I feel grateful that Jo In Sung is taking the role and not others. He is truly one great – handsome – smiley – thoughtful actor!! (a big fan)

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Jo In Sung

I may say, both deserve to stand among the main casts as well because they act so well, and not over or less about it. But, that is what making me love the show even more. Because, the writer precisely write about the grandparents’ life not the handsome character as the main course. It is truly a gem. I really really wish for second season! hahahaha. PLEASE do more like this. Ok, I am bias… I love underdogs… hehehe

Moving on to our anchor of the show; Park Wan’s and Nang Hee’s relationship. It is purely like a reflection of our lives. All the reactions have the very same reason of what my mom might have done to me

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GO Du Shim & Go Hyun Jung

if I ever do something that is not what she wished I’d do. Parents always have certain expectation to their children, and on the other end, children wish to be let go. I appreciate how Go Hyun Jung portrays Park Wan. She’s always be my favorite from Spring Days (she acted with Jo In Sung too!) and Queen Seon Deok where she plays the evil mishil. She’s a diverse actress. I am saying that Park Wan’s character as an anchor of the show, because we are standing from her point of view, as the younger generation. What she thought at first, what her relationship with her mom, lover, and senior have made her. What she sees on her own family, her mom’s friend’s families. We can imply it through her thoughts. It makes the show as one of the brilliantly written drama.

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Go Hyun Jung
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Na Moon Hee, Kim Hye Ja, Park Won Suk, Go Du SHim

Lastly, again, I appreciate the writing so much. It is a grande project. A brave one. A beautiful piece. The writer; No Hee Kyung can put a great portion of each character. The reality-drama like this is tricky in terms of plot. It can go flop – boring… But, not a chance, I felt bored. Each character has its pikes and downhill. Plots are gradually improved. We know when there is a climax…. Also, the ending is a great one. It concludes everything perfectly… No death (spoiler).

The drama is a perfect picture of life.

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Dear My Friends

Park Wan once asks her grand ma – if she can define life in one sentence, what would it be…

Nothing much

 

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Kim Young Ok

Grand ma answers like that… Life is nothing much. The drama might have nothing much happening, do not expect dramatic jealousy, dramatic fluctuation of economy, or complicated relationship, the drama simply gives you insight about life itself. 🙂

NOTE: I love the costumes! Why I want to point this out, because each grandma has its own style according to their personalities. Not only sponsored fashion ad. 🙂

Thank you Pd Nim, writernim, and all the harapeochi and haelmoni

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Casts and Crew
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Casts with No Hee Kyung (writer), Cosmopolitan Korea

Currently Watching: Lucky Romance and 38 Units.

Let me know what other dramas that you might want me to review it. Kindly write any comment or send me email. I’d be happy to take it. 🙂

CHeers…

Production house: tvN

Director: Hong Jong Chan

Writer: No Hee Kyung

Casts: Go Hyun Jung, Go Du Shim, Park Won Suk, Na Moon Hee, Kim Hye Ja, Youn Youh Jung, Shin goo, Joo Hyun, Lee Kwang Soo, Jo In Sung, Sung Dong Il, Jang Hyun Sung, Shin Sung Woo

NOTE: Imo: aunts (mother’s sisters)

Harapeochi (grand pa)

Haelmoni (grand ma)

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Oh Hae Young Again!! (tvN, 2016)

I originally want to talk about this drama and the other drama (Dear My friends) together in one post, but I change my mind in the last minute. I end up having so much to say for both dramas. First thing first, Oh Hae Young Again. The thing with this drama is, I was happy and disappointed at the same time, and then felt good about it for the last episode. I will just type down what I truly feel about the drama. It is probably going to be a quiet objective post (compared to the other precedings)

Another_Miss_Oh-p1I was not planning to dig in into this drama right away. I was being loyal to watch Six Flying Dragons, but the episodes were too long, and all the people have been raving about Another Miss Oh, so I gave it a try, and hooked. However, it came a little bit off in the middle, but it was back in the game for the last episode, so I can conclude that it was one enjoyable drama.

The story of Another Miss Oh started off pretty ordinarily. Though, it has a little bit of paranormal thingy in the end, but the deeper emotional out from the character exists. Another Miss Oh, or Oh Hae Young Again is about two girls named Oh Hae Young. One is pretty Oh Hae Young (Jeon Hye Bin), the other one is Only Oh Hae Young (Seo Hyun Jin). We can have sense that there is a little bit of ‘competition.’ Things are going super smooth for pretty Oh Hae Young, her class mates are always cheering for the pretty one and leaves the ordinary Oh Hae Young alone. Note, that they went to the same high school. Ordinary Oh Hae Young accepts this situation; though, she indeed has a little bit bitterness towards the pretty Oh Hae Young. She is just looking forward to her graduation day where she is finally away from the pretty Oh Hae Young.

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Pretty Oh Hae Young, Jeon Hye Bin

Life goes on, the ordinary Oh Hae Young is getting married… or not? She thinks her life after high school will be better because there will be no more Pretty Oh Hae Young to be compared with. Tomorrow is her wedding day, but why her fiancee ( Lee Jae Yoon) just says that he wants to pull the wedding off. Her bad luck is continue with or without the pretty Oh Hae Young. At least that what she thinks.

Confusion of ‘this’ Oh Hae Young and ‘that’ Oh Hae Young still lingers around these two girls’ fate. Until ordinary Oh Hae Young meets a guy who has relation to pretty Oh Hae Young, and you can figure that the two fates are still interchanging. Involving a lot and a lot of melancholy moments plus hilarious moments as well. I will not go into very detailed description here. But, what we know, ordinary Oh Hae Young is in love with pretty Oh Hae Young’s ex-fiancee, Park Dong Kyung (Eric Mun, Shinhwa) . And let the rest of the story will be revealed once you are watching it.

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Do kyung and Hae Young

SPOV

Talking about the story in general, I have a mixed feeling about it. There are a lot of K-drama elements in it. I mean, the story requires a very great imagination from the writer side. Fate is written very precisely for each character. Like it is a must that the characters will meet at some points. Many supported characters are there for some humour too. The drama gives you some potential comical scenes (in a lot of them), but also strikes you with many many emotional moments.

The drama starts off quickly and jumps into our mixed feeling about the main characters. There’s pity and also disgust (personal impression). However, it gradually gives you more and more melancholy moments when you just take a pity on the ordinary Oh Hae Young. I admit Seo Hyu Jin’s acting in here is particularly believable and somehow she can make her character, ordinary Oh Hae Young, relate-able to us. Not exactly the same story line, but similar situation to our daily life .Though there were some scenes that reminds me of Let’s Eat 2 In the end of the day, her reaction is just… jjang

Talking about the drama from tvN, I guess this is one of the uniqueness that tvN can bring. Ordinary yet special. I mean… I have found this kind of storylines a lot in other broadcasts dramas. I tend to differentiate dramas from tvN, because it somehow feels different (recalling Misaeng, Signal, Liar Games, and others).  However, we can still find it special. There are really two things that are outstanding. One, Seo Hyu Jin REALLY makes you feel the PAIN! Really! Truly! Even though you have never shared same name with other, but she really acts like she deserves all the attention in the world. LOL. I love at some point you finally realize that the title speaks out. ” Another Miss Oh!” or “Miss Oh Again”, but I think the fittest among all is “Oh Hae Young again.. againn.. and agaiiiin” it is like the desperation of ordinary Oh Hae Young. She yells out of desperation because she feels so unfair! I cannot explain any further because it will give you a major spoiler. Nevertheless, that one particular episode (or two, or more) have made me love the show, and it is memorable.

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Seo Hyu Jin

 

Second thing; Kim Mi Kyung! Kim Mi Kyung!! Kim Mi Kyung!!!!!! She really can nail every character that is given to her! She, as a mother of Ordinary Oh Hae Young can portray her so-much-love of her daughter through her anger, her tears, her silence, her fists, gestures, and everything else. She can remind us of our own mom. I can see my mom will act the same thing to me if I have similar situations with ordinary Oh hae Young. Love it. Love her.

There are three things that surprise me. One, appearance of cameo!! There were trends in tvN dramas where cameos appeared for foresee future drama or pasts drama. For example, we have Oh jung Sae from N

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Yeon Woo Jin 

ine Plus appears on Misaeng (the preceeding drama), we have Seo In Guk (high School, King of Savvy) on Oh My Ghostess, and all the Reply 1997 casts on Reply 1994, and I was cracking up when I saw Yeon Woo Jin back as GONG GI TAE ( his character on Marriage Not Dating), except now he’s a lawyer not a plastic surgeon. HAHAHAHA I loved his short appearance so much!! Gong Gi Tae is back indeed. FYI, the PD is the same, that is the biggest reason why we can have Yeon Woo Jin as GONG GI TAE! Lol…

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Yeon Woo Jin and Han Groo, dramabeans

Second thing, you see this girl with purple hair? She is the no-sound-laugh girl from Roommate variety show by SBS, Heo Yeong Jin. She is an X-member of KARA. She is my pleasant surprise on the show. Quriky, sassy, and just because you know her on reality show, it is quiet amazing seeing her acting on this drama. She was such an innocent girl on Roommate, maybe because she’s still a newbie. Watching her playing as Anna on this drama was my pleasant surprise. It is a good thing! I am dying to see more of her as an actress.

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Yeon Jin

Third thing, it is a little bit bad surprise… at least for me. This drama also has side stories, but it is kinda a boring ones. Reminding me of earlier Korean drama. Why do I have to point this out? Because, we are talking about tvN dramas, and I am just so used to a solid side story from tvN dramas. Not saying it is sooo bad, but maybe I have my expectation, also again… because I am so used to amazing side stories to support the core story. But, tvN is the only production house which kept me watching dramas from the beginning to the end unlike other broadcasting stations dramas where I cold-heartedly left the drama before hitting certain number of Episodes. #heee

Overall, it is not a bad drama. Well, it has some down parts like the extension of two more episodes, but it deserves its popularity. The director attempts a mixture between comical drama plus emotional one. At least, he has made me weeping a lot and laughing a lot. And I love Jeon Hye Bin in here. Such a perfect fit for the Pretty Oh Hae Young. Jjang. The most important thing is what I felt after finishing the last episode. I felt pretty good. Anyway, the drama has many resemblance to Marriage Not Dating. The ending also. To give you little note, I think I enjoyed Marriage Not Dating more just because it has a consistency compared to Oh Hae Young Again. Just sayin…

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I can’t wait to review about the next drama, Dear My Friends. My heart is sold.

Sold…

Broadcasting House: tvN

Director: Song Hyun Wook

Writer: Park hae Young

Casts: Eric Mun, Seon Hyu Jin, Jeon Hye Bin, Kim Mi Kyung, Ye Ji Won, Kim Ji Suk, Heo Jeong Min, Lee Jae Yoon, Lee Han Wi, Heo Young Ji

NEXT: Dear My Friends…

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Kwak Jin Eon – the Infamous winner of Superstar K 6

Who does not know Seo In Guk? He is loved by his role on drama Reply 1997, but is everyone aware that he was debuted as a singer before? He was the first winner of Superstar K back in 2009. Then, the show has produced many great singers afterwards. There was Huh Gak who was really loved in Immortal Songs 2 despite his look is not a flower boy :). Then, the winner of Superstar K 3 was my favorite group Ulala Session, with the runner up Busker busker. Busker busker’s “Cherry Blossom Ending” is forever a spring song, it is played every where whenever spring is coming. The Superstar K 4 winner was Roy Kim who is loved by his sentimental voice with the runner up Dickpunks which is my favorite band as well. The winner of Superstar K5 is Park Jae Jung now joined Mystic Entertainment along with Eddy Kim (who’s in the Superstar K 4 before). Then we are talking about Superstar K 6!! It is Kwak Jin Eon. The infamous winner of Superstar K, I may say. Nonetheless, I watched Superstar K because of him! Now, he is finally releasing the first album after 2 years winning the competition!!

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Kwak Jin Eon

The reason why I mention about the winners of the Superstar K because it is acknowledged that Superstar K has been producing amazing singers!! They are super talented. Recalling Ulala Session, Dickpunks, and Busker busker who are not a typical boyband/band in Korea. I love how the winners or the finalists have distinct color to present, not to mention Kwak Jin Eon, our hero of the day.

 

First encounter with his deep voice was on Misaeng way before I watched the drama I guess. It was one of un-predicted video that I found when I searched for Misaeng OST. There his name was appeared with a deep voice song, a sorrowful yet promising melody. For a fun reading, you can check this blog over here 🙂 

NOTE: Please click to the link for videos and further information 🙂

His deep voice has enchanted me instantly. It raised my curiosity of this singer, and finally it lead me to his audition clips which blew me away! His first audition was his own song. He wrote and produced it, it is included in  his first album, titled ‘Regret.’ It is a song about how one wants to go back in time to avoid things that he could regret later. He mentions about wanting his mother to come back in life. In short, we know that it was an emotional song. The judge at that time was Yoon Jong Shin, Kim Bom Soo, Kyuhyun, and Narsha from Brown eyed girl were amazed by his short sentimental performance. Narsha was crying, and everybody was in silent after the song ended. Narsha said, she was curious of what has been happening in Jin Eon’s 24 (at that time) years life. They craved for more, I craved for more.

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Kwak Jin Eon, first audition

Before getting to the live show, they had to perform in a group for elimination sections. 2 group performances, and they are sooooo loved. One was a trio, Kwak Jin Eon paired with Kim Feel and Lim Do Hyun who all ended up in the big three. I could not find the title in English. Nonetheless, me and other foreign viewers were blown away by their arrangement. It was arranged by Kwak Jin Eon. There, he was acknowledged as a true artist. Moreover, we have to hear the duet of Kim Feel and Kwak Jin Eon singing ‘Dont Worry‘ by Wild Chamomile. I think it was the best cover ever! I love the song and the meaning of it, I have heard the original, the one that Ali sang on Immortal Songs 2, even Lee Juck’s version for Reply 1988 OST, I still think their rendition is the best! It is great because of the combination the low pitch from Kwak Jin Eon and the high ones from kim Feel. Damned, I just love them. Period. Then, finally it was coming to the two as the finalist. Well, we finally knew that the trophy was for Kwak Jin eon (yeaay!) However, no matter how hard I searched for more about Kwak Jin Eon, it was sooo hard. More about Kim Feel, he released his album earlier and got into Immortal Songs 2 for a couple of times.

After he was noted as the winner of Superstar K6, he and Kim Feel have been in various projects together. The LG and hite ads, a couple of movie soundtracks, and collaborated with Yoon Jong Shin as his monthly project – December. They sang a song called ‘Exhausted.’ My favorite tunes to conclude the year. Don’t know how much I replayed the song over and over again. I even copied the eng sub lyrics. It was a beautiful song.

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Finally, last Spring, Kwak Jin Eon released his first ever album! He was honest that he was under stressed while producing it. It was an album that mostly arranged and composed by him. His single ‘Go With Me’ was so Jin Eon. He started with only his voice, and it stunt me, so soothing. Based on Gaon Chart for Physical album for the week, Kwak Jin Eon’s album charted as number 10. Not bad.

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Go With Me 

Talking about the album, all the numbers are sentimental. There’s a hint of sorrowful trot plus some blues. It was a perfect album for a showering Spring. Melancholy, sentimentil, and light. I was so excited about the album, and really wish for more Kwak Jin Eon in the future. At least he can be on Immortal Songs 2 sooooon. Please please please!

As I said to you, K-Pop is so much more than the idols that we knew, it is not all about rapping and dancing, there’s a melancholy side of it as well. Kwak Jin Eon is reminding me of an old American Folk song like Carpenters, Twin Folio (korean), his singing technique is so direct but with a rich – deep toned. Combined with acoustic musics and sorrowful lyrics, it is sooo soothing. I think it is best for a raining day. It is not a sad album, and I did not understand the whole lyrics, but, I am not bored to listen to it over and over again.

Kwak Jin Eon in a few words are; conventional, deep, and warm

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Rising Stars (Korean Actors and Actresses)

This is the last episode of Korean actors and actresses edition. I will be talking about Korean Rising Stars based on my observation and my preference. I thought it would be great to mention their names. Since they have amazed me from drama to drama. They mostly are unknown before, and have made their way through their acting-persona, not only by their looks. That is why, I am so in love with them, and really hope they are going to be in this business as long as possible, and always be happy.

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This is not an official statement. I am just putting altogether for giving you considerations on these talents. Again, it is based on my point of view, so it is an honest subjective post.

  1. Kim Seul Gi.

I am in love with her. My first girl crush. She is genuine in every character that is given to her. She is witty and cute, and an actress full of emotion. Being an actress is not only putting a good face and take a good role, being an actress is taking a challenge and nails it. I love Seul Gi’s performances. Whether it is only one scene, a crazy customer, or a ghost, she is just so fun to watch. I am glad that she is one of the examples of those supported actress who finally climbs up and recognized, and finally is given a bigger and bigger role.She is one of those actresses who start with a small role, and gradually getting a bigger and more important role every day.

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Discovery of Love, KBS

2. Park Bo Young

If we are talking about Kim Seul Gi, we should not leave Park Bo Young behind. Both Bo Young and Seul Gi have been in a drama together, and that drama brings them to the fame they get now. It is in oh My Ghostess where I truly truly admire the versatility of this young actress. She is younger than me, but she has been in movies for such a long time. Speedy Scandal and Wolf Boy are the memorable roles that she got. I am not surprised if she becomes the next Gianna Jun.

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Park Bo Young

3. Jo Jeong Seok

Yes yes yes, we have to include him in the trio. Jo Jeong Seok has shown the best in every role he got. I love his work from the beginning he’s on the showbiz. He’s originally a musical actor turned actors. He got the best actor for his first movie – Architecture 101 as NabDeuKi, and he became the beloved Eun Shi Kyung in King 2 Hearts, and finally managed to get main roles. However, my favoriteee was Lee Byeong Geon in What’s Up. It was his first drama ever. Gosh. He is the next Kim Myung Min, I barely recognized him on that role, and he sang too well, he acted too well. He’s the cutest when he needs to be cute, he’s the silliest when he needs to be silly, and he is the coolest when he gets a cool role like in Oh My Ghostess. I will not be surprised if he is finally got the title – Halyu Stars in the future along with Bae Young Jun, Jang Dong Gun, and Lee Jung Jae.

4. Kang Ha Neul

My favorite musical boy too. Just like Jo Jeong Seok, he’s originally a musical actor turned actor. No wonder he sings very well in the drama Monstar. His scene stealer for me was when he was in the Heirs. Among actors in the Heirs, he is outstanding. At least for me. His acting vibe is different compared to the other actors. And… I hate (read love) his character on Misaeng. He is now slowly bur surely getting more and more important roles. He starts (like Kim seul Gi), small roles, shows up on one or two episodes, and finally gets his main role. His career is slowly stepping up, and we can sense the maturity in his acting day by day.  Hope you are in this show biz for a loooooong time.

5. Byun Yo Han

If we are talking about Misaeng, we should neverrr never ever not mention about Byun Yo Han! It was his first drama and he surprises everyone of his performance as Han Sook Yool. His working list compared to the other actors and actresses here are still minimum. But, people want to see him moree. His first appearance on Misaeng as a skinny intern with a bobbed hair will be remained for a looong time. Without Han Seok Yeol (his character in Misaeng) the life of the interns will be more devastating. Proceeding with his recent work – Six Flying Dragons, I keep repeating the action scenes when he involves in it. We believe that he is a martial art warrior! He becomes so sexy as Lee Bang Ji. His appearance now is anticipated.

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Six Flying Dragons, SBS

6. Ryu Jun Yeol

and oh this boy over here… Don’t you just love him even though he is so annoying, and he is not that handsome-actor-type. That is why it fascinates me by the fact that he gains so much popularity. We are talking of the real charm here. Many girls out there fall in love with this guy because of his charms on and off camera. He proves to everyone that he deserves to the Korean-drama-land hearthrob by earning the new actor award in 52nd Paeksang Awards. He gets the spotlight!

7. Park Bo Gum

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Park Bo Gum

This baby in here is not only cute, but his acting skill is high appraised. I mean seriously! His performance in I remember You is unforgettable, and his role in Reply 1988 is made him loved! He’s truly cute and adorable, but he can be fierce. It is what it takes to be a good actor isn’t it?! Young and talented, and cute. Don’t forget to add cute for this lil boy. I am so curious what is going to happen in 5-10 years. Will he be around? I am so sure that he is going to be more popular in this near future.

8. Kim So Hyun

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Who Are you, School 2015

She starts as a teen-actress, and she keeps on her track, and finally she is here getting our attention. Her calm appearance is different when the camera is on the roll. She is truly an artist. We can see her more and more on the screens.

9. Park So Dam

Her unique features has made her featured in a lot of movies. By this experience, she gains many recognition and finally many people can enjoy her when she comes to television. I am thrilled to see her on Beautiful Mind.

10. Han Ye Ri

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Han Ye Ri

Another actress that has a unique feature. Plus, she’s been in the movies for a while now, and finally has made her way more into dramas. I personally likes her feature. Just like Ryu Jun Yeol, she’s not the pretty-pretty actress. She is pretty because of  her charisma. That’s what I get from her appearance :). I am so amazed by her performance in Six Flying Dragons.

 

 

For the future – Nam Da Reum, Shin Rin Ah,

Child actor and actress are also amazed me. Many are so talented, but my eyes are fixed to these two names.

Nam Da Reum

He’s been around the drama land since the age of 7. Day by day, he is growing soooo handsome!!! His body figure is soo appealing for a 14 year old. LOL. I am totally sure if he keeps doing the movies and dramas, he’s going to be one of Korean Hearthrob internationally. He’s too handsome and talented to be left out. Really!!! He shocks me by his melancholy acting in Memory.

Shin Rin Ah

Who does not love Eun Soong in Marriage Contract? Her acting skill is too natural for a child actress. We think that she’s been always like that, and her love to her ‘parents’ on screen are tooo surreal. She’s indeed talented.

Wish you all the best, and I am excited with many of your new project 🙂

CVB

 

 

Paying Extra Attention on Extras (Actresses Edition)

Sorry for a long hiatus. I have just came back from a short getaway last weekend and did not get a chance to put up the promised post. Thus, to make it back in order, I will post two posts. First is Extras – Actress Edition and the second one will be about Korean rising Stars (actor/actress edition). I am an Indonesian who happens to watch a lot of Korean shows since I was young. I am not sponsored or whatsoever. I make posts in this blog solely based on my liking to things that excites me. One of them is Korean show. I have explained about how K-wave intrudes my life (in a good way) in here.. All the names mentioned here are based on my subjective point of view. You may or may not agree. Nonetheless, I created this blog to talk about those who needs appreciation 🙂 So enjoyy….

Before, I have put up posts about my favorite ahjussis (Korean-middle-aged actors) along with my favorite supported actors, now it is the turn for the supported Korean actresses.Actresses come and go. They sometimes manage to be the main star in one drama, but then poof… their popularity is coming down. These names I mention are mostly have been around Korean drama land for years and years; even though they only appear one or two episodes. Most of the time, their appearance is as important as the main characters. Whether it is small or big, they devotedly play their roles. Thus, I am here to honor them on my humble blog.

  1. Kim Mi Kyung

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For an actress of her age, she can only be an ahjumma, a mother, or some other supported actress’ role. She is like one of those ahjumma that appears a lot in many different dramas until you feel like you’ve known her well. However, the more I see her, the more I am in awe by her performance. I am glad that she got lucky to take a role in different kind of characters. She’s been everyone’s mother, but my favorite of her being a mom is in Oh Hae Young Again. She is portraying an everyday mom that we dearly know. I think we can only see based on the long list of her past works starting in the 1980s until now that she has so many experiences to be called a great actress.One plus point of her, she tries to follow the trend and digs into her self more as an actress. That is making me love every single character that she portrays. My favorites are; Healer, Missing You, and What’s Up. Truly, she is a great actress. She’s so funky as the Jo Min Ja, the woman behind healer. And in What’s Up as the ego-centric head master 🙂 I love her hairstyles on these dramas.

2. Ra Mi Ran

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Give me more of this cheetah mom!! Everybody would agree that her role as ‘Ra Mi Ran’ in 1988 is the best ever!!! She is loved by that role. She is my favorite mom!! She truly caught our attention on that role. Ever since then, we want more of her. She keeps proving that she si a notable actress by getting the best supported actress award in 52 ndBaeksang Awards for the movie, Himalaya. Ra Mi Ran Onnie… please shows up more and I am excited to see her next project. She will be a wife of none other than 1990s hearthrob – Cha In Pyo. 😉

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3. Lee Cho Hee

Finally, we are talking about a young actress here. She caught my attention on a Saeguk drama called Maid. More on Six Flying Dragons. I really hope she can be the next Kim Seul Gi. I am more than thrilled to see her as the main character because she deserves it. She is that charming actress who really shines because of her work not of her beauty. Fighting!

4. Hyun Jyu Ni

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This bad-ass gal right here is my ultimate extras. I enjoy watching her in every drama that she casts, even in DOTS. She truly has an excellent acting skills. She does not afraid to be looked ugly on camera. She just shows the way she is. I love her on Bethoven Virus and on Iris .

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In DOTS

5. Song Ok Suk

Another favorite mother here. She’s been everyone’s mom as well. She genuinely reminds me of my mom’s aunt. haha. Looking fragile, but strong inside. If you are portraying the same characters over and over again, you may display similar acting persona. However, this lady over here is always showing something different. There are more veteran actresses to be mentioned, but again… if you keep seeing them in similar characters; you’ll find there’s nothing special about it anymore.

Honorable mentions; all of the casts in Dear my Friends. These veteran actresses are…. jjang. You just cannot leave anyone here. All have captured my heart in various reasons and dramas. Kim Hye Ja is my favorite haelmoni in Dear My Friends – more to say in separate blog post. Also Na Moon Hee!! She is truly shining in this drama. I love their characters and how they portraying in. Cutenes overloaded. Park Won Suk, I first saw was yeaaaarrrsss ago, in my early years of encountering Korean drama. She was in a drama – “All About Eve,” I am thrilled to see her again in the drama. WE have to mention about Ko Du Shim, Youn Yuh Jung, and Kim Young Ok who diligently appears on every drama and gets the role of grandmother and mother again. hahaha We are not sick of them right? Without them, a drama wont be completed. One more honorable mention or maybe two; First is Jung Soo Young. She’s the best best friend ever! She’s found a lot as a best friend of the main lead a lot. There is something genuine about her that I like and want for more! I hope she can get a more challenging role in the future, and I think she will nail it. Second one is Yoon Jin Yi, she’s adorable. I love her role in Gentleman’s dignity, she is definitely deserved for more roles in the future. More to mention, but for now this is what I will say about Extras – Actresses Edition.

 

Cheers

Next will be Rising Stars (Korean Actor and Actresses)

 

CVB

 

 

 

 

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