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.

This is How a Female Second Lead Should Always Be

Day 5: Your Favorite Female Third Wheel Character

God… while looking at some screencaps for this drama, I suddenly got an urge to rewatch it so strong I curse school for robbing me of the time to do so.  I haven’t seen actress Gong Hyun Joo in many other dramas, just in the terrible You Are My Destiny which I dropped halfway because it was becoming unbearable to continue watching. In YAMD, she plays the villainous character so I was beyond surprised and pleasantly proven wrong when I saw that she was capable of displaying an incredibly sweet, loving demeanor as Oh Nam Kyung in one of my all-time favorite dramas Flowers for My Life or I Came in Search of a Flower. Flowers was one of the best dramas I’ve ever seen with one of my favorite ensemble casts of all time, and Gong Hyun Joo‘s character Oh Nam Kyung earned her place as my favorite female third wheel character because of how gracious and loving she is. She never truly becomes a third wheel character because both of the second leads understand and fully support the OTP’s love because of how indisputable it is, which is the reason why both second leads captured my heart and made me root for them to find happiness with each other (which was left up in the air so I decided to pretend things ended that way because no one can stop me from doing so :P). Oh Nam Kyung was one of the sweetest female characters to ever be written into a drama and she has held my top spot for favorite female second lead and probably will continue doing so forever.

Bidding Farewell to the Hoi-Hoi Couple

I laughed with the best of them, and cried with the worst of them. The last episode nearly had me catatonic on the floor, I couldn’t stop sobbing all throughout the entire hour. This drama was perfect to marathon because it’s zany, zippy, so adorably sweet it gave me a toothache that worsened with each episode, but inflicted a pain upon me that felt oh-so-good. It’s been weeks since I finished wiping away my tears of joy at Mi Ho and Dae Woong’s happy ending, but I still remember the drama with a boatload of fondness and judging by the sheer number of screencaps I took while watching this sucker (700 of them! I still can’t believe it.), My Girlfriend is a Gumiho has earned a place on my list of top ten favorite feel-good dramas. I’ll be continuing this review after the jump for those of y’all who haven’t seen it yet (What are you waiting for?!). And just a warning, I’m including MAJOR picspam because of the ridiculous number of screencaps I took, mostly of Shin Min Ah‘s Gu Mi Ho because I developed a major girl-crush on the character. What?

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The Meaning of Love: A Review of Alone in Love

After I finished watching the last moments of Alone in Love fade away from my laptop screen, I brushed tears of happiness away from my face with warmth in my heart. Rarely do I ever get the chance to see a k-drama so true to life, so realistic in its interactions that somehow convey such deeply rooted feelings of love, that I truly wanted to hug screenwriter Park Yeon Seon for creating such a wonderful, wonderful drama. For those of you who haven’t seen AiL yet, I’ll continue my review after the jump to avoid revealing any spoilers, because there will be some. You have been forewarned.

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Beauty in the Broken

During the two and a half months I’ve been a translator for WITHS2, I’ve met lots of new people and been exposed to many new dramas that I would’ve never thought to watch before. One of the dramas that got consistent raves from every single person I heard from was Conspiracy in the Court, most counting it among their top favorites. When thunderbolt put up the download links on her lovely blog, I downloaded them and saved them onto my external hard drive, thinking that one day, I might just give CitC a try.

I knew very little about it except for the fact that it was a sageuk that was watched by precious few when it aired, and that relatively unknown actors/actresses took on the lead roles, one of them being Lee Cheon Hee whom I’ve adored ever since Family Outing. The thought of him starring in a sageuk was a bit odd to me because I was used to seeing him as Chunderella, awkward and silly, but that side of him appealed to me so I wasn’t opposed to seeing him in a more serious role. As for the other actor and actress, I caught the first episode of Who Are You? and dropped it because Go Ara annoyed the heck out of me with her shrillness, and I was aware that Jin Yi Han was the supporting actor in that drama. Other than that, he was a fresh face to me as well. Kim Ha Eun was even less familiar to me because I knew she was acting in Chuno, but I wasn’t watching it so I had no idea what her acting was like.

Knowing that CitC was a sageuk, I downloaded the subs that wonderful MisterX translated for WITHS2 because although my Korean isn’t bad, I knew I didn’t know enough to fully understand the Korean of old. And so, for a few weeks, I had the eight episodes of CitC and the subs for them sitting on my hard drive, just waiting to be watched. Because of all the raves that I heard about it, I was almost afraid to start watching it, because I knew it’d be an intense, almost otherworldly ride. I wanted to mentally prepare myself before I dipped my toe into the rich, sensuous experience of watching CitC.

One night, I think it was a few weeks ago, I sat myself down having finished all my homework and translating duties and not having anything else to do, I thought to myself, Why not watch it now? There’s no reason to keep putting it off. And so I plugged in my hard drive, sat back, and began Episode 1. As the opening credits began, I found myself being swept away in the fast-paced scenes that were flashing before my eyes, and I almost felt like holding my breath, afraid I was going to miss something if I blinked or looked away for just a moment.

As I watched the first episode, I gasped, laughed, covered my eyes, and just reveled in the beauty that was unfolding in front of me on my laptop screen. Lee Cheon Hee was transformed into someone I almost couldn’t recognize. Fire and passion blazed in his eyes and on his face, and he radiated an intensity that I could never have imagined from Chunderella. Kim Ha Eun left me in awe, wondering how she could act out so perfectly a character who has such a tough shell on the exterior but is perpetually crying on the inside, her heart bottomless with sorrow. And Jin Yi Han… he embodies his character so well that he’s not acting, but living out Park Sang Gyu’s resentment toward his father, bitterness at being stuck in a position he doesn’t want, and longing for his lost love.

The montage of scenes that was shown in Episode 2 of Sang Gyu and Na Young’s past reduced me to a sobbing, squealing mess, and Na Young’s unendurable, excruciatingly painful suffering after her father is accused of treason made my heart constrict for her. I can’t remember when I last felt so deeply while watching a drama. CitC is masterful at making its viewers feel a myriad of emotions almost on a personal level, that’s how profoundly I wish its characters happiness, but the fact that I know they won’t get it hurts me more than words can express.

I’m only on Episode 3 so far, and yet CitC has already left an impression on me that I know will be everlasting. Thinking about the drama brings tears to my eyes, and listening to the songs of the OST make my heart thump as if I was watching its glorious scenes. I can’t watch more than one episode in a certain period of time (I’ve been giving it a week in between watching each episode) because I want to give myself time to savor and reflect on what I had just seen. Some people devoured the whole drama all at once, but for me, I can’t even fathom doing that. There’s so much intensity and sorrow that if I were to watch the episodes in a whole chunk like that, I’d be depressed for weeks, maybe even months after I finished watching its last moments.

I’m so grateful for MisterX’s impeccable subs because if it weren’t for him, despite the raves of my fellow WITHS2ers, I probably wouldn’t have began watching this absolute gem because I wouldn’t have been able to understand everything. CitC is a raw, hard-hitting, emotional roller coaster that I’m not even halfway through with, but I’m in it for the whole ride. I’ll write another entry when I’m done watching the drama because I’m sure I’ll have plenty to write about when it’s over. See you then~ 🙂

My Top Ten Favorite Dramas Continued

Here’s the second and final installment of my Top Ten Favorite Dramas list. Again, they’re in no particular order. As you can probably see from the first installment, I tend to ramble on without realizing how much I’m writing when I’m talking about these dramas that I love so much, so please, bear with me. 🙂

6. Dal Ja’s Spring

Many of the dramas I watched were at the suggestions and recommendations of my 선배 bloggers, especially the wonderfully expressive and insightful Javabeans. Dal Ja’s Spring was one of the ones that I picked up because of her good rating of the drama, and I never regretted watching it. Chae Rim‘s hair and makeup are a bit jarring at first but they eventually do a lot to add to her character’s loveableness. Lee Min Ki was flawlessly cast as Kang Tae Bong aka Spare Tire, the man of practically every girl’s dreams. The dynamic at Dal Ja’s workplace is cohesive and realistic, and the crazy twists and turns that occur add to the show’s appeal. Much of the script was witty and well-written, and I really enjoyed the character development all throughout the drama’s 22 episodes. Compared to many of Chae Rim‘s career choices, Dal Ja’s Spring was definitely a win.

7. You’re Beautiful

When I heard about this drama before it came out, I was determined not to come near it with a ten-foot pole. I’m not a big fan of the “idol groups” that are gaining momentous popularity in the motherland today, so the concept of a drama about an idol group was not very appealing to me. Not to mention I wasn’t familiar with or a fan of any of the actors/actresses involved. But at the glowing recommendation of Javabeans who I’ve trusted thus far and will trust way, way into the future, I decided to give the first episode a shot. Oh boy, if I’d gone along with my initial reaction to You’re Beautiful and not seen it, I would’ve sorely regretted it. The Hong sisters never fail to thoroughly amuse me, and they took a good turn with You’re Beautiful. The gripes that I’ve had about their previous dramas were not as bad in this drama, and I discovered the charm of Park Shin Hye for the first time. She was great as a nun-in-training turned idol-pop-star, but Jang Geun Seok‘s performance was what truly made the drama for me. I’m not going to lie, I was a Kang Shin Woo shipper all the way to the end, but that’s just because I’m a sucker for nice guys, Jang Geun Seok dove into this role with a fervor and enthusiasm I’ve never seen him display in his other dramas/movies, and he had great chemistry with Park Shin Hye. I saw Lee Hong Ki for the first time on an early episode of Family Outing and I didn’t glean much of an impression of him from it, only that he looked very feminine and he didn’t speak much. He took an awesome turn in You’re Beautiful though, and gave some of the best scenes, comedic and serious, of the entire drama. The cast was solid and played off each other really well which was evident in the acting. One thing I wasn’t too happy with was the editing which was meager at best, but it didn’t bother me too much because everything else was so great.

8. Legend of Hyang Dan

I debated with myself about whether or not I should include Legend of Hyang Dan on my favorites list because it’s definitely not a great drama. It’s entertaining at best, with winning lead actors and a good camaraderie with the cast, and humorous situations. But I decided to keep it in because of entirely shallow reasons, the main one being that I’ve been obsessed with Choi Si Won ever since I saw him on oldie but goodie variety shows such as Real Romance Love Letter and the not as well-known Jihwaza. He was incredibly charismatic in his aloofness, but he expressed sudden bursts of comedic timing once in a while that had me intrigued. They made me want to see him in more, my only other experience watching him having been the failure known as Spring Waltz. When I saw that Choi Si Won was leading Legend of Hyang Dan, despite its short length, I downloaded the two episodes eagerly, wanting to see him displaying his acting chops. He had great chemistry with the lead actress Seo Ji Hye which could be due to their somewhat closeness in age (He’s 22 and she’s 25), and the dialogue was enjoyable. A part of me wishes it was a little longer, but they made good use of the short time and kept the plot flowing well. This was the first thing I saw Seo Ji Hye in and I really loved her portrayal of Hyang Dan, so I’m on the lookout for any remaining download links of her 2008 drama I Love You with Ahn Jae Wook. 🙂

9. Thank You

Gong Hyo Jin is one of my favorite Korean actresses for good reason. She was wonderful in Thank You, playing Lee Young Shin, the single mother of a child suffering from AIDS. She gave Young Shin incredible depth and the sadness she felt at being abandoned by her parents and her first love and now the fact that her beloved daughter is suffering from an incurable disease is prevalent in everything Young Shin does. However, Young Shin doesn’t let her problems get her down. She instead throws herself into being a good mother and a good caretaker for her grandfather played by Shin Goo who suffers from dementia after having lost his son, Young Shin’s father, tragically in an accident.  Seo Shin Ae shines as Lee Bom, a child who discovers that she’s sick with a fatal disease, and displays nuances in her acting of Lee Bom that actors and actresses old enough to be her mother or father can’t even dream of displaying. Oh and I can’t forget Shin Sung Rok who plays Lee Bom’s father. He was great in expressing the frustration at the inescapable feeling that Lee Bom is his daughter, but not knowing for sure. Thank You was the first time I saw Shin Sung Rok in anything, and his performance left me with a soft spot for the actor, although he didn’t have as many scenes as I’d have liked. There were definitely flaws with Thank You, but the underlying lessons of love, appreciation and gratitude that are under the surfaces of each spoken word undermine the problems of it, leaving the viewer (at least for me) with a newfound love of family and friends. Seo Shin Ae and Shin Goo both had scenes along with Gong Hyo Jin where I cried buckets, but as the drama came to a close, I strangely didn’t feel sad. I really appreciated Thank You for subtlely reminding us that it’s the little things in life that count most, and to never take what you have for granted.

10. My Girl

Last but not least, My Girl rounds out my Top Ten Favorites list of what I’ve seen so far. It was hard choosing my final drama because it was a three-way tie between My Girl, My Name is Kim Sam Soon, and What’s Up Fox? I ultimately chose My Girl because I have a special place in my heart for it since it was one of the first k-dramas I watched and thoroughly enjoyed, and I liked My Girl as a whole more than either of the other two dramas. My standards for what I like in a drama are simple. I dislike heavy melodramas where the plot is all gloom-and-doom because life is hard enough as it is without having to watch more difficult things happening in shows that I watch to get my mind off of the problems in my life. So despite the fact that I know there are plenty of other dramas that are great despite their loaded plots, I tend to shy away from those because I’m more into feel-good ones. My Girl is without a doubt a feel-good one. Sure, the plot takes a overly dramatic turn in the last few episodes that I could’ve done without, but my love for Lee Dong Wook and Lee Da Hae helped me plow through all that until I got the happy ending I always crave when watching dramas. Because of their wonderful chemistry, I’m still holding out hope that Lee Dong Wook and Lee Da Hae will marry and make my My Girl dream come true, but we’ll see what happens. I really disliked Park Shi Yeon‘s role in My Girl because I saw her as nothing but a plot device, but Lee Jun Ki‘s character was appealing to me (despite the horrid hair). Overall, My Girl rounds out my top ten list for now, until I get the chance to watch more dramas and make a whole new list. Thanks for tuning in, y’all! Hope you have a great day. 🙂

Episode 41

Why are you doing this?//Leave this instant!//You… I’m going to call the police! (?)
Alright, that’s enough.//Well done.
What in the world is this?//Why are you treating me this way?
I warned you to stay away from my son.//Try meeting my son one more time. This is nothing compared to what will happen then.
I didn’t meet him. I told you we broke up!
Who do you think you’re lying to?//You even came all the way to the office to rob money from us!
Who are you to lay a hand on my daughter’s face?
Oh my… what is this?
You! Where do you think you’re running off to?
Mom! Pretend that you don’t know.
Tell me the truth. The asshole who played around with you and dumped you after, was it her son?
Today this bitch (?) is…
How, how, how could that woman be in that house? Were those two related? Oh my… oh my head.
You bitch! (?) Stop right there!
You’re running away after you put my daughter in this state?
This woman… you must be crazy!//Where do you think you’re touching?//(???)//You and your daughter are the same trying to blackmail us for money just to keep your mouths shut. You should be ashamed. If you live that way, you’ll be punished a thousand times.
What?//(???)//Punished a thousand times?//You must know what a thousand punishments are like then!//That’s right, why don’t you tell me how a thousand punishments feel?//After getting a surrogate because your daughter-in-law couldn’t conceive, and then having her marry into the family, how do you feel? (?)
What?//This woman.. What are you saying?//Who married a surrogate into their family?
You’re asking who? I’m talking about you!//Go and think carefully about what I said, you arrogant bitch. (?)//(?) Wow, your household is in great shape!
What is that woman talking about?//That woman must be crazy!//She’s crazy.//What?//A surrogate as a daughter-in-law?
I feel great!//But.. What have I done?//Oh my.. What’s Eun Nim going to do now?//Oh.. I don’t know anymore.//Is that really the problem right now?
After getting a surrogate because your daughter-in-law couldn’t conceive, and then having her marry into the family, how do you feel? (?)
Granddaughter-in-law, did you and Yoo Bin eat something bad yesterday? Why are both your faces like that?
Is it because Daughter-in-law is (?)? She and Yoo Bin (?) but they really look similar, like (?).
It can’t be. It’s not. It can’t.//That young lady from before..//Now that I look back on it, they do look alike.//Oh, it’s not, it can’t. There’s no way! There’s no way.//Oh, it’s not.
How could she trash our house this much?//Oh dear, there’s nothing we can save.//What is this?//Why are you sobbing like a fool when you didn’t do anything right?//They keep walking all over you because you keep acting like such a fool!//You’re not meeting that asshole again, are you?//You said that you two broke up!
We did break up.
Then why did that bitch (?) come and do all this?//I asked you if you broke up and started meeting again!
It’s not like that. We did break up.
(?) You two broke up, so why did she come and make things so much worse?//That asshole.. He’s the eldest son of the Baek family, right?
Mom, what are you going to do now that you know that?
Do you really want me to sit still and do nothing after all this?
Mom, let’s just run away somewhere far. Please, let’s just do that.
Even if we were to run away, I can’t just leave after being treated this way.//I’m going to take pictures of everything and show them to that asshole.
Mom!//Mom, why are you doing this? Don’t do this!
Let go! I won’t go.
What are you going to do after you take these pictures?
Uhnee, why does your voice sound like that?//Uhnee! It’s me, So Weol.
So Weol?//Don’t call me from now on.
Oh my… why is Uhnee being like this?//Is she mad at me about something?
Hey, why are you talking to yourself like that?
Oh, it’s Geum Ja Uhnee. After she left so abruptly, I was worried and so I called her, but she hung up on me after telling me not to call again.
I told you already not to associate with her. Whenever I see Geum Ja, she’d always call me Uhnee and say this and that..//But think about how much she’s inconvenienced our family! She knew for a fact that our Chul was getting married but she didn’t even come to the wedding.
I’m sure she has an explanation for that. Geum Ja Uhnee isn’t such a bad person.
Alright then, believe whatever you want.
But Uhnee, how much did your pay (?) come out to?
I don’t know, don’t ask.//Yes, Director.
Why is your voice like that again today?//The first episode’s ratings were a success. (?)
You don’t have to lie like that. I know the first episode’s ratings were only 15%.
You’re very greedy, you know that? Did you really think we were going to reach 20% by the end of the first broadcast? The last episode of the program that airs before our drama drew in 16%. If our first broadcast drew 12%, that’s a success.
Yes, really. So keep your strength up, and once the shoot is over, I’ll stop by.
No, it’s okay. You’re probably busy so you don’t need to stop by. Just have a good shoot, alright?//Oh, what? Are you going somewhere?
Yes, I have something I need to do.
Okay. You must be tired of being home all the time so go out and meet some friends, go shopping, and try finding a new boyfriend.
Oh, Uhnee!
What? There’s nothing wrong with that. Seon Young, you’re still young so go out and have a lot of fun, okay?
I’ll be back.
So you’re not the birth mother(?)?
So there must be another birth mother(?) then.
Yes. But ever since my child was (?), I raised him myself.//There was never a time when I didn’t see him as my son.
In these types of situations, blood-related families take precedence.
Is there really no way?
These types of situations are difficult. You must give up on (?) and (?).
But before you said that I was (?). That’s what you said.
You didn’t tell me this before.
Yoo Bin, Yoo Bin, Yoo Bin…
Was I the one who cheated? But why is it not possible for me? I’m the person who raised Yoo Bin until now. Why?
Sister-in-law, it’s probably not going to be that way.
I thought that too. But, they said it’s not possible because I’m not Yoo Bin’s birth mother(?).
To tell you the truth, I didn’t give birth to Yoo Bin. But Sister-in-law, there was never a time when I didn’t think of Yoo Bin as my child. Yoo Bin is my son. But if I divorce, I don’t have a chance.. Even though I cared for him until now, am I still not a mother? What kind of law is like this?
What should I do, Sister-in-law?//What should I do?
Sister-in-law, please drink this.
Sister-in-law, you’re the only person who knows that I’m not Yoo Bin’s birth mother(?). My mother doesn’t even know. So take this to your grave, okay? Yoo Bin can’t know about this.
I didn’t want to do this but I wound up telling you anyway.//Sister-in-law, you’re the only person I can trust right now. If I didn’t have you, I wouldn’t have had a clue about what to do.
Sister-in-law, what am I supposed to do? What about me?
Oh my, it’s time for Yoo Bin to come out. Sister-in-law, you should take Yoo Bin and go. Hurry and go. I want to see Yoo Bin but I don’t want him to see me like this.//I’ll call you another time.
Oh hello! You’re here.
That’s right Yoo Bin.//What should we…//do now?
What’s wrong?
Please get me a glass of water.
What’s wrong, daughter?
Hello, we’re home!
I’m home!
It’s not true. It’s not. Oh.
Oh Mother-in-law!
Hey! Daughter-in-law! Hey! Oh no, why is she like this? Hey! Daughter-in-law!//Hey! Daughter-in-law! Why are you like this? Oh no, why is she like this? Come to your senses!
Mother-in-law! Mother-in-law, at least drink some water.
Take it away.
Why are you being like this? Have you gone crazy? I think we’re going to have to call Doctor Kim.
No, I’m alright.
If you’re okay, then why are you being like this? Why did you throw the glass of water?
I said I’m okay! I’m fine!//Please leave.//Ah, I want to be alone!
I think the Madam has become a little strange. There are times when she’s really weird. Even until yesterday she was fine,//but why is she being like this all of a sudden?//She even disappeared at the wedding..
Give me some crackers!
Wait one second.//Yoo Bin, take these cookies upstairs and have some, okay?
Oh my.. They look alike.//How could I not have known when we’re all in the same house?//When they look so much alike?//What do I do now?//What should I do?//What that woman said must be true!
After getting a surrogate because your daughter-in-law couldn’t conceive, and then having her marry into the family, how do you feel? (?) Your household is in great shape!
Do you know how much this is? It’s something that you can’t even pay money for!
What’s going on..//Oh my. Daughter-in-law, did you slap Granddaughter-in-law?
She, she..
You! You’ve gone crazy, haven’t you?//Are you really being like this because of that lousy coffee cup?
Mother, do you know how much I treasure this coffee cup? You can’t even buy this abroad.//It’s not true. It’s definitely not true. That woman.. Just because I messed with her daughter, she got angry and lied. That must be it. Something like this can’t happen.//I would like a paternity blood test.//What is it that I need?
Please understand. You need to.//From what I can see, I think your mother-in-law is really sick.//Do you really think she would’ve done something like that if she were in her right mind?//Even if you’re completely sane, there are times when she lashes out. Don’t you remember on your wedding day? She disappeared without a word and when she reappeared, she had no recollection of that.//Oh my Lord, of course you don’t know.//Even before you two married, I went to the hospital with her, but she left me there and disappeared again.//So don’t take this to heart, alright?//Oh dear, oh my. Don’t cry, don’t cry.//I know how much stress you’re under.
I’m sorry Grandmother-in-law. I know I’m lacking in many ways..
No, that’s not true! You’re not.//But please, don’t tell Kang Ho about what happened, alright?
Yes Grandmother-in-law.
Oh, my wife is in here?//Why? Is something going on?
What do you mean? It’s nothing.
Grandmother, did you scold my wife?
Yes. I scolded her.
How could there not be any hairs? Why does she clean up so well?
Oh Mom, what are you doing here?
Oh, I’m looking for a nail clipper.
Did you come all the way up here because you were looking for a nail clipper? There should be one in Grandmother’s room.
Ah, here. Here it is.
There’s something really strange going on in this house.//I’m going to ask you one more time. Something happened today, right?
No, nothing. Hurry and wash up so we can have dinner.
Ah that punk is sleeping in here again! Again!
The more I think about it, the angrier I get.//I now know who that asshole is, so the only way I’ll feel better is to see how great he is.
Lady, lady. Where do you think you’re going? This is a restricted area and not just anyone can go through here.
I’m not someone who’s restricted, and I’m here to meet the president of this company, Baek Sae Hun.
Did you make an appointment?
Why don’t you call Baek Sae Hun and tell him that Hong Yeon Hee’s mother is here, then.
Yes?//What?//Who’s here?//Put her on.//Yes, this is Baek Sae Hun.//I’ll meet you in the company’s coffee shop.
That must be him. That’s the asshole.
Are you, Hong Yeon Hee’s…
You asshole!//You lousy jerk!//You deserve to be killed!//What are you going to do about my daughter? My daughter, huh?!
Why are you doing this? Why don’t you let go of me and speak.
Why are you doing this?!//Are you going to be as calm after seeing this?
What is this to make you act this way?
Your mother, that almighty woman, look at what she did to my Yeon Hee!//What did my Yeon Hee do to deserve this?//Why does my Yeon Hee have to go through all this? Only her?!//My Yeon Hee’s so pitiful, I can’t stand it.//What is my Yeon Hee going to do now?
Here, our (?).
Here, for my Chul too! (?)
(?), some bean sprouts?
Oh, that’s enough. This woman, oh.
Our (?) is making all this money to bring home, and his wife can’t even do this much?//Above all else, if the man brings home money, that’s when we can live comfortably.//Darling, here’s some (?).
That’s enough, can you stop it now?
What about you? What are you going to do from now on?
Oh dear.
When are you going to get your act together and stop wasting time like this?
What do you mean wasting time?
It’s only a matter of time until your baby is born.//All I’m saying is, you need to do something to earn enough money to put food on the table and making a living.
You don’t need to worry, I’m in the middle of planning something out.
What is that, Chul?
That’s right, what is it? Please tell us.
What kind of company is it?
I don’t care about another person’s company, but I’m thinking of opening my own business.
Business? What kind of business?
A chicken restaurant.
A chicken restaurant?!
No way. It can’t be that!
What? Why? What do you mean no way?
I want to tie your ties before you leave for work and iron your shirts for you, and other things like that!
Don’t worry about that.//When I leave for the restaurant, I’ll always wear a tie.
Do you really think that’s what I mean?!
Why do you have so much to say when our son-in-law says that he’s in the middle of planning it?
Then do you mean to tell me to stink of oil as I fry chicken legs?!
I’ll be the one to fry the chicken legs, so don’t worry about that either!//Nan Jung, you have to help me in order for me to build up the strength to work on this. Huh?//In order to not make you and our baby live difficult lives, I thought long and hard about it and came to this decision.
It’s not even the smell of flowers, or of perfume, but now every day I have to prepare chicken and stink of it?
All you have to do is have the baby and raise it well because I’ll do the rest.
How do you think I’m going to let you live such a hard life by yourself?//I can’t do that.//Go away.
Here we go. Nan Jung, look at this! Nan Jung, look here! I’m dancing now!//Sorry, sorry, sorry, sorry!//???//Is the baby listening to this too?//Let’s do this together, Nan Jung!

—- End of the first half, second half begins at 30:30.A

My first blog!

After reading great blogs from the likes of Javabeans, Thundie and Dahee Fanel that discuss their love for K-dramas, I’ve been inspired to start my own. I was debating whether or not I should for a while, but I officially joined the WITHs2 sub team and am currently working on my first translation as of today, and that pushed me to give this a try too. I have an eclectic taste in dramas, and I’d like to begin putting my thoughts out there as well. I’ll start with naming a few of my favorites. Most of them mirror the ones that the other great k-drama bloggers rave about, but I have a few that aren’t run-of-the-mill gushworthy choices. So without further ado, here is my Top Ten Favorite Dramas List (in no particular order).

1. Soulmate

When I first read about this sitcom/Very Funny Drama on Javabeans’s wonderful site, I felt compelled to give it a shot just because she’s never let me down before with her various recommendations. When I saw that Lee Soo Kyung was heading the cast, I wasn’t terribly impressed because I only ever saw her on variety shows such as the oldie but goodie Real Romance Love Letter and she annoyed me to death, but because I read only good things about Soulmate, I gave it a shot and boy, am I glad I did. It was a fast-paced, surprisingly touching drama that contains a few of my all-time favorite scenes in any k-drama I’ve watched (i.e: the pay phone scene between Lee Soo Kyung and Shin Dong Wook.) You wouldn’t think watching the first few episodes that such a funny show could instill such hope in us old spinsters that True Love really does exist, but it did and I’m so glad I had the chance to witness that. The only con that I can think of regarding Soulmate is that it’s really fast-paced so for those of us who aren’t fluent in Korean, it might be a tad bit difficult to keep up with. But Soulmate definitely was one of the most engaging and captivating dramas I’ve ever seen.

2. Biscuit Teacher and Star Candy

Yes, I know, not the most conventional to choose as one of my favorites, but I need to list it nonetheless. There’s something about Gong Hyo Jin acting as a well-meaning, motivated teacher who finds her greatest joy in teaching at the school she was expelled from that brightens up my day. Not to mention Gong Yoo is absolutely adorable here, but all superficial reasons aside, I loved the various storylines in which Gong Hyo Jin makes a difference in her students’ lives just by caring about them and lending them a hand or an ear or even a shoulder to cry on. Also, the romance that develops between her and Gong Yoo is one of my all-time faves because they’re so damn cute together.

3. Bad Family

I’m a sucker for dramas that are family oriented because for much of my life, I wasn’t very big on family. It was only as I grew older and learned more about life that I realized that above anyone else, family can always be counted on to be there for you whenever you need them, and Bad Family conveys that perfectly. Eight lonely strangers learn to depend on each other just as a real family does, and in turn, becomes a real family as a result. Kim Myung Min and Nam Sang Mi made this drama for me not only because they had good chemistry whether they were bickering or unwillingly developing feelings for each other, but because they, along with the rest of the cast, gave this drama heart and soul. It reminded me of what family truly means… people that will be there for you through thick and thin. Also a plus? This drama is hilarious.

4. Flowers for My Life

I am a die-hard fan of Bryan Fuller, which means I count Pushing Daisies, Wonderfalls and Dead Like Me among my obsessions. I love these TV shows to pieces, and one thought that came to mind several times as I was watching Flowers was that it was reminiscent of the sense of humor that’s used in these shows as well. Cha Tae Hyun embodies Wang Dae Bak perfectly, turning what could’ve been a flat character into one that shows great depth and strength. Kang Hye Jung killed it as Na Hana, one of the more lovable yet hopelessly flawed leading ladies in any k-drama. Given the plot of the story, Flowers could’ve taken a wrong turn and become all gloom-and-doom, but it never veered off course, and consistently left a lasting impression on me. To think that a drama that focuses on funeral homes and death made me laugh and cry, sometimes at the same time, is telling about the quality of it. Flowers hit upon the rare combination of good directing, good acting and a good script, and I really wish it received more attention from viewers.

5. Just Looking/That Fool/Accidental Couple

This drama could very easily have been a bad one. So what was the saving grace of Accidental Couple? The incomparable Hwang Jung Min. He took a character that could’ve been a dull, dim-witted one and gave him incredible wisdom and an eternal optimism about life. When Gu Dong Baek smiled, I smiled. When Gu Dong Baek cried, I cried. Every emotion Hwang Jung Min displayed onscreen as Gu Dong Baek was felt by the viewers as well, that’s how amazing Hwang Jung Min’s performance was. I personally thought he and Kim Ah Joong had good chemistry, but that might just be because I have nothing against her and all I wanted was for Gu Dong Baek to have his happy ending. I think it was Dahee Fanel who said that they could spend forever just watching Gu Dong Baek, Han Ji Soo, Sang Chul and Min Ji interact in their warm, loving manner and I strongly second that notion. As the drama progressed, it was obvious that the actors built up a rapport with each other, playing off each other’s emotions and making the relationships within the drama all the more believable. Although Accidental Couple had a mediocre script and some of the actors were sorely lacking in the talent department, I have to count it as one of my favorites because of the sheer greatness that is Hwang Jung Min, and how utterly adorable the relationship is between the two main leads.

I was going to list all ten favorites in this entry, but it’s already really long so I’ll continue in the next installment. Thanks for reading y’all, and hope you have a great day!