Official Trailer Released for Extravagant Challenge!

I wish I could embed the video straight into my blog but I don’t have the proper upgrade for that yet, so here’s the link to the official trailer of Choi Si Won’s (My ILU), Lee Dong Hae’s and Ivy Chen’s upcoming Taiwanese drama Extravagant Challenge or Skip Beat, as the mangas are called which the drama will be adapted from. I was beyond excited for this drama to air in the fall because of a myriad of reasons that all had to do with my love for both Si Won and Dong Hae, but now the trailer has catapulted my anticipation to astronomical heights. I won’t gush here about it because I could go on and on about how excited I am, but I’m just going to allow myself to say that I’ll be shipping Dong Hae’s character with Ivy’s all throughout the drama not because I love Si Won, but because of the insane chemistry they display in the trailer alone. I adore Dong Hae but good God he and Ivy are scorching hot together. Filming for Extravagant Challenge began in early April and is scheduled to finish at the end of this month.

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Here’s an English-subbed trailer for those of you who need it. Again I can’t help but say how much I’m looking forward to this drama. Si Wonnnnnnn and Dong Haeeeeeeeeeeeeee <33333333333

An Apology From Me to You

Hello y’all! I realize it’s been more than a month since my last post and I’m truly sorry about my absence. The first semester of my senior year is winding down and I’ve been so busy trying to survive it that everything’s fallen to the wayside.. even my beloved dramas. The only thing that’s been keeping me going is my love for my ILU which has grown exorbitantly in the past few months and if I didn’t have my Si Won, I honestly would’ve died from exhaustion and stress months ago. With that being said, I’m hoping I’ll be around more during the summer as I take online classes and work full-time because in my spare time, I plan on getting back on track with translating for my beloved WITHS2 and Haru2 groups and keeping up with my blog as well. I love you all for continuing to visit my humble abode despite the lack of updates as of late, and Si Won loves you too. I’ll be back soon!

Nam Sang Mi and Daniel Choi’s Couple Photo Shoot for Cosmopolitan

Actors Nam Sang Mi and Daniel Choi participated in a photo shoot today that showcased a preppy look with the clothes designed by Mr. Preppy himself, Tommy Hilfiger. They were able to set a lively and cheerful atmosphere during the shoot, working well to create quality pictures that conveyed the “humor and wit” (which I don’t see at all in the pictures but what do I know?) concept that was intended for the photo shoot. The two celebrities are known for their stylish images and approachable good looks, and those characteristics of theirs carried over in the shoot. They were both praised for their abilities to come up with good poses and facial expressions from the staff members present throughout the shoot. Personally, I adore these two and would love to see them in a drama together instead of just a photo shoot, but I’ll take what I can get. They look gorgeous even though I know they’re posing as a couple, despite the fact that the clothes and concept of the shoot don’t interest me much. The pictures can be found after the jump.

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Woman of Many Talents

Day 10: Your Favorite Line/s by a Female Third Wheel

First off, I’d like to apologize for being so behind on this 30 Day K-Drama Challenge. When life beckons, it won’t do to disregard its call no matter how much I want to, so I’ve been incredibly busy and my blog has been neglected as a result. Also, the topic for today was really hard for me to come up with an answer for because it’s rare that I come across a female third wheel that I actually like, let alone have a favorite line uttered by them stored away in memory. I racked my brain trying to think of a response when I suddenly remembered how much I loved Hyun Young‘s character Ha Bu Kyeong from one of my favorite dramas of all time, Bad Family.

I’ve included screencaps from a bunch of different scenes that I really loved between Bu Kyeong and Kim Myung Min‘s Oh Dal Gun character, but instead of a favorite line of Bu Kyeong’s, I’m going to have to choose the last conversation Dal Gun and Bu Kyeong have before *spoiler* Dal Gun marries Nam Sang Mi‘s character Kim Yang Ah. Dal Gun tells Bu Kyeong how much he appreciated her unwavering support of him despite his gangster tendencies and gruff exterior, and that he truly cares about her as a friend, stating that it’s her loyalty that made him consider making a female friend for the first time ever in his life. After he says this, Bu Kyeong looks at him with tears swimming in her eyes and says, “I don’t know if I should laugh or cry.” Bu Kyeong has to be one of my favorite female second leads of any k-drama because she sincerely cared about Dal Gun for who he was, and if his relationship with Nam Sang Mi‘s Yang Ah didn’t work out, I would’ve been just as content if he ended up with Bu Kyeong because they were adorable together.

Hyun Young is known for her comedic timing but she exhibited a warmth behind her flighty character that I really loved, and because of Hyun Young‘s talents, Bu Kyeong turned out to be an utterly lovable third wheel who I wished would find her own happiness in the end. I know I’m gushing about the character more than the exchange I chose for this topic, but there’s just so much to say about Bu Kyeong that I couldn’t help myself. Man.. going through a few of the episodes to get screencaps made me want to rewatch Bad Family. If y’all haven’t seen it, please do. It’s a gem of a drama and condenses what family dramas try to do in 50+ episodes into a much shorter, much more pleasant 16 that zip by and leaves you alternating between crying and laughing along with the makeshift family members.

Damned Love

Day 09: Your Favorite Line/s by a Male Third Wheel

I’m tearing up just thinking about Lee Cheon Hee‘s delivery of this line “The fact that this damned love of mine… is the most shining light kindling my path.” His character Yang Man Oh spent his entire life working towards pulling himself up out of the place that society set for him, earning riches he never would’ve been able to acquire if he hadn’t been inspired by his love for his Assi to redirect his path in life. Some would call his love dogged, the way he continued to look straight ahead despite all odds in pursuit of the woman he loved for all his life, but I thought it was one of the most beautiful displays of love I’d ever seen in my entire life. Lee Cheon Hee was fabulous as Yang Man Oh, and this line sums up how strongly he cared for Kim Ha Eun‘s Lee Na Young perfectly. It’s no coincidence that Conspiracy in the Court is sweeping so many of the categories for this challenge… if y’all haven’t seen it, what the heck are you waiting for? Just know that you’ll be blown away by the awesomesauce of CitC and take my word for it.. you won’t walk away unchanged.

Will Jung Yong Hwa Get the Girl This Time Around?

Actress Park Shin Hye and CNBlue’s Jung Yong Hwa have been cast in the upcoming Wed-Thurs MBC drama Festival as the leading couple. Festival will be set in an arts school in which the main characters work hard to achieve their dreams through their sweat and tears. The drama’s said to be a melo about the days of youth when first loves and new friendships are experienced. Festival‘s garnering interest because it’s the next drama of Pyo Min Soo, who directed both Full House and The World They Live In. Park Shin Hye‘s character is described to be bright and lively, who is a prodigy (*sighs* another genius? Apparently everyone and their mother are geniuses in Korea) in Korean-style classical music and playing the gayageum, which is a 12-stringed Korean harp. Through this role, Park Shin Hye will be exhibiting a cute and lovable character whose youthfulness radiates through her actions. Jung Yong Hwa‘s character is a student who is forced by his circumstances to live in a cultured, urban atmosphere and is a musical genius (of course he is.) who specializes in the guitar. The two of them fall in love through bickering and fighting and are planning to create a fun story as well as romance. Fans have been showing much enthusiasm about this casting news even when it’d been only rumors floating around. Although Jung Yong Hwa‘s character Kang Shin Woo in You’re Beautiful had to endure through an unrequited love for Park Shin Hye‘s Go Mi Nyeo, fans are excited to see whether or not their love story will unfold this time. Festival is slated to air after Royal Family, which sets its first broadcast on the 22nd of June.

I’m not going to lie, I’m ridiculously excited about this drama because I so wanted Jung Yong Hwa‘s Kang Shin Woo to get the girl in You’re Beautiful. A lot of times I naturally go against the grain and root for the second lead when he is depicted as the silent dummy protector, and I loved how Shin Woo was always so attentive towards Mi Nyeo despite knowing that she had feelings for someone else. I thought Jung Yong Hwa did a decent job in You’re Beautiful when compared to other actors *cough plastic-face Kim Hyun Joong cough* and I’m excited to see if he’ll be able to carry Festival on his shoulders with Park Shin Hye. My guess is as good as yours, and I’m hoping that the cute chemistry they displayed in You’re Beautiful will be evident in Festival as well. Dang it, now all I have to do is wait for Royal Family to end. 😦

Via Joy News

Another One for Conspiracy in the Court

Day 08: Your Favorite Line/s by a Female Lead Character

I had a really hard time choosing a line by a female lead character. There were two that stuck out at me because they both struck me, but for entirely different reasons so I’ll include both and explain why I chose the one I did as my favorite.

Although Cinderella’s Sister was a terrible drama, Moon Geun Young‘s “He called me Eun Jo yah” still resonates with me even to this day. I don’t know what it is about that simple line of dialogue that grips my heart so tightly, but that scene from episode 3 between Moon Geun Young and Chun Jung Myung still remains one of my favorites to this day and probably will always stay on my list. With just a few syllables, MGY expresses a world of pain that her character Eun Jo has had to endure all her life and the fact that someone cares enough about her to call her by name is what begins to open up her heart to the man she’ll eventually fall in love with. I love its impact.

Kim Ha Eun‘s character Na Young said, “If you never aspire for them, how could you ever fulfill your wishes?” The magic of Conspiracy in the Court is that once you watch it, you can never erase the remnants of it from your mind. While going over the review I wrote for it once I finished watching, I started tearing up again looking at the screencaps I took because the sorrow I felt during CitC’s scenes is still present within me. Although the quote from CS is one of my favorites, this has to be my ultimate because it encapsulates so perfectly the essence of Conspiracy in the Court. All throughout the drama, the main characters tried to ignore their desires (with the exception of Lee Cheon Hee‘s Man Oh who ironically is the only one who survives… woo-hoo symbolism!) until the very end. When Sang Gyu and Na Young decide to succumb and pursue their dreams, they are killed. This was the biggest heartbreak for me because they had to live lives of such turmoil and they weren’t allowed happiness even ’til the end. Although they didn’t survive, I thought this quote expressed the sentiments of CitC flawlessly and that’s why it has earned the title of my favorite line from a female lead.

The Harmful Effects of Photoshopping

Talk has been circulating about the usage of photoshop on stars, with before and after pictures being compared. As you can see in the above image, photos of beautiful stars such as Shin Min Ah, Kim Hee Ae, Oh Yeon Soo, Kim Tae Hee, Jessica Gomez, Lee Hyori, Song Hye Gyo, and Shin Se Kyung are being doctored to improve body shapes, remove wrinkles around the mouth and eyes, making their appearances even more unrealistic and unattainable than they normally are.

Through online communities such as twitter, photos of female celebrities are being discussed, with the before and after pictures being circulated rapidly. Last October, on the SBS broadcasted Good Morning with Bae Gi Wan, Choi Yeong Ah, and Jo Hyeong Gi, alterations of photos that don’t harm the reputations of the celebrities was discussed, but this is considered something completely different.

In the image above, Jessica Gomez who is considered to have the body of a goddess is shown, as well as top stars Kim Tae Hee, Lee Hyori, and Shin Se Kyung. Kim Tae Hee, Oh Yeon Soo, and Kim Hee Ae were “fixed” so that they would have “clean faces” by getting rid of their wrinkles, while the photo of Jessica Gomez was altered by thinning down her stomach and thighs as well as her arms. In the cases of Lee Hyori, Song Hye Gyo, and Shin Se Kyung, their legs were elongated earning them a complex with the lower halves of their bodies and much criticism. Supporters of photoshopping have been making comments such as “The power of photoshop is great,” “I can’t believe Shin Se Kyung‘s legs are that short,” and “The incomparable Kim Tae Hee is also seeing the benefits of alteration.”

This just really grinds my gears. The image of beauty has been transformed so much that the concept of the ideal woman with the perfect body type is just about unattainable for us normal ladies. Despite how difficult it is to live under the scrutiny of society, these female celebrities don’t deserve to be “perfected” because what few flaws they have are somewhat visible. Is it necessary to tone down Shin Min Ah‘s S-line and slim her waist even more than it already is? And yes, Song Hye Gyo and Shin Se Kyung are short. So what? What’s the point of lengthening their legs when it’s obvious that their legs aren’t that long in real life? Photoshopping is something that’s always infuriated me because it’s so harmful and demeaning to all parties involved, and it’s completely unnecessary because it’s a universal fact that no one is perfect. I know my ranting and raving isn’t going to do any good so I’ll stop right here but I just wanted to translate this article to show that this kind of stuff STILL happens and this article gives us a glimpse of just how hard it is to endure life as a celebrity.