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Ji Sung at the 51st Baeksang awards (and why he was robbed)

So the 51st Baeksang Awards ceremony took place today. I can’t speak for the movie categories seeing as I’m more of a drama person but seriously, Ji Sung was robbed. As much as I like Lee Sungmin that Best Actor award had Ji Sung’s name etched on it. And yet, he lost out. I wonder why fair award shows are such a rarity regardless of what country you look at.


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The Girl Who Sees Smells Finale Review (and I seriously love you Nam Goongmin)

And Nam Goongmin has been freed at last! I’m not going to lie, I felt nothing upon today’s conclusion. This show was so ridiculously stretched beyond belief that I’m glad for the sake of everyone involved that it’s over. This netizen’s comment (pulled from netizenbuzz) summarizes everything I felt about our final couplet of episodes.

“Never in my life have I seen such an unresolved final episode. Why did Kwon Jae Hee become a murderer, why did he want to take so many lives, what happened at the adoption, who killed his foster parents, did Oh Jae Pyo resolve his questions, how did Kwon Jae Hee survive the car being drowned in the Han river when everyone else died, how did he know that the interior was copied from the model house.. No answers at all. Why is a new episode being introduced in the final episode? There’s only so much the viewer can pass off as being a drama.. there’s no reality at all and nothing to tie it all together. It’s all so forced. I could write a better drama than this ㅡㅡ”

A thousand times, yes, random netizen. This drama honestly started off with a bang. The murder, the escape, her accident within just five minutes into the episode had me hooked instantly. So it’s rather sad to send it off with a ‘meh’ on my end. I mean, this show got bloated, crazy, crazy bloated (and it’s only 16 episodes!). We had random mushy talk, and minutes and minutes of our lead couple being cute to the point where I cheered when Jaehee appeared. We had more than enough time to address all the issues this netizen mentioned, including Yeom Mi’s father’s death, but they were curiously glossed over, hence the start unsatisfying ending.

Having said that, I’ll  remain mum on the subject of faults and focus on the good points. Mainly, Jaehee. Oh Nam Goongmin you have earned yourself a lifelong fan. That was some great acting. Regardless of where the show went, you remained consistent and really likeable. You played a villain with layers, despite those layers being ignored. I’m still sort of scared of you which means you’ve done your job.
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One year!! (and thank you, thank you, thank you!!)

I’m honestly really bad with dates so than you WordPress for that reminder up there or I’d have just binged on Kdramas and passed this day by. So…one year! Who would have thought my little corner would turn into a review page one year. I certainly didn’t. This site started as a means for me to keep in touch with my writing skills by responding to various prompts over the summer. In fact, scroll down far enough and my first post on this blog was a detailing of the rather debilitating condition known as hyperhidrosis, with which I’m unfortunately afflicted. Two months later, Nodame Cantabile swept like a hurricance into my life turning it upside down and inside out and whacking me on the head enough for me to trying my hand at living fully (still failing at that by the way, just not as badly as before). Months later, Liar Game strode in all confidence and proud, and my jaw hit the floor upon which I resumed watching kdramas, which had quite begun to bore me back then. And I’m sure you readers know what happened next. From Healer who made me all tingly to Kill Me Heal Me which wound around my heart, broke it into seven pieces and meticulously sewed it back, I couldn’t stop screencapping and sharing my thoughts with all of you.

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Thank you , thank you, thank you all so much! This is about a 100 hits a day, and let me tell you, it feels pretty darn awesome to know that a hundred people are reading your thoughts daily. I’ll be updating this site  alot more often now. And with the advent of several new dramas, perhaps I’ll take upon recapping, which I didn’t do enough of earlier (oh Doctor Frost). I’ll be expanding the download section soon as well, perhaps with links for some of the harder to find dramas. Tomorrow’s brings The Girl Who Sees Smells to a finale, and i’ll put up my thoughts on that as well. So thank you! and please continue to visit!
Oh and I love hearing your thoughts on reviews as well so just throw down a comment. Don’t be shy! 😀

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Sunshine Award Nomination (and thank you so much snow-nim!)

Yay!!!!
I am so so late with this. Thank you so much to snow-nim for nominating me for this! The guidelines are as follows:

  • Thank the person who nominated you.
  • Answer the questions from the person who nominated you.
  • Nominate a few other bloggers.
  • Write the same amount of questions for the bloggers you nominated.
  • Notify the bloggers on their blog.
  • Put the award button on your blog.

Here are her questions!
– Your favourite TV series other than Asian.

Sherlock! It’s honestly the only Western TV series I watch. I usually just stick to movies with that hemisphere. – —

– Your favourite actors/actresses: Korean and Non-Korean

I am going to go wild with this one. Here goes!
Korean: Ji Sung, Lee Boyoung, Hwang Jungeum, Park Minyoung, Ji Changwook, Lee Sangyoon, Kim Soeun, Lee Junki, Shin Minah, Kang Sora, Park Haejin, Kim Kangwoo, Ryu Deokhwan, Ji Jinhee, Yoo Ah In, Yoon Sanghyun, Lee Dahee, Kim Kwanggyu, Lee Jongseok, Kim Heesun, Kim Mikyung, Gong Hyojin, So Jisub, Ji Soo, Ji Hyunwoo, Jung Somin, Sung Joon, Yoo Seungho, Song Joongki, Park Yoochun, Nam Goongmin, Yoon Jinseo, Shin Sekyung, Park Shinhye.
Non-korean: Ueno Juri, Tamaki Hiroshi, Sakai Masato, Aaron Yan, Puff Guo, Matthew Goode, Eddie Redmayne, Alicia Vikander, James McAvoy, Emma Stone

– The best smell in the world is…….

Home! There’s this scent unique to one’s household that’s more comforting and welcome than any perfume can aspire to be.

– Most inspiring quote from a movie.

I don’t know about movies, but this one line in Kill Me Heal Me really got to met. It was in Episode 7 when Oh Rijin was trying to convince Yoseob to come down and not kill himself. She said “Everyone has several people living inside them. There’s the me who wants to die and the me who wants to live. I live everyday fighting with the me who wants to give up and the me who wants to at least grab at straws. You don’t have the courage to fight.” That was just so beautiful and so expressive of what so many million people go through around in world be in some form or another. We’re all connected by that shared pain.

– Is chemistry all about skinship and kissing?

Nope, not in my book. I mean, look at Healer where all he had to do was orchestrate that hand-holding date scene and I nearly snorted up blood. Or at Liar Game where Ha Woojin the perfect simply said “Dajung-ah” and my soul left my body. Or even at the most recent scenes of Lieutenant Yeom Mi and Jaehee in one room together. He’s a killer and she the intended victim, yet there’s the incredible awareness between the two of them that has be both weirded out and fascinated. I think one of the reasons I enjoy Kdramas is because they show that chemistry isn’t all about getting hot and heavy. I mean, sure sex is all fine and good (these people in Western dramas do go at it don’t they?) but it’s not the foundation of a relationship and I appreciate the shows that do take the time to prove that mutual trust and respect is equally, if not much more important that pleasure. Okay, that was long.

– Ballad. Yay or nay? Why?

I’m still undecided on this. I find that listening to ballads by my favourite groups is fine but I tend to get quite bored with those of other groups unless the song knocks me out of the park. And that’s pretty rare (Vixx’s I don’t want to be an idol was one of the rare shockers though. Great song.) Drama OSTs tend to capture my heart far easier be they ballads or not, but I get instantly irritated if they milk it too often (You aaaare my destinyyyyyy). So it really depends on the singer/situation!

Are you into Kpop? If yes, then your favourite group/artist. If no, any other favourite band or singer.

Super Junior for sure. They’re technically what anchored me to Kpop for the past five (going on six) years. I love some members more than others and wish other would just grow up (*coughcoughKangin*) they’re a group that will remain eternally dear to me. In terms of music though, Vixx really does have very solid releases. Other groups are hit or miss, especially girl groups.

And that’s it!

Here are my nominees

kfangurl
tweenoz
dramamochi
Su loves Drama
littlerabbitears
Midnight Express
Mookie
Hamsapsukebe
Scattered Jooni
Carrotblossompatch

And here are my questions!

If you could be a character in a K-drama/tv series, who would it be and why?
What is your least favourite K-drama/tv series of all time and why?
What in your opinion is the greatest difference between Western actors/actresses and Asian ones?
What are your views on the Hallyu Wave? Do you think it’ll continue to go strong?
You Who Came from the Stars, awesome or overhyped?
Most badass female character you’ve ever seen onscreen?

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The Girl Who Sees Smells Episode 14 Review (and YOU’RE OUT OF TIME)

This episode was ridiculously frustrating to watch and they all boiled down the same reason. Bumbling cops. You’re out of the time, you idiots. You don’t have the hours or minutes to sit, sleep, worry or cry. Get out there and plan something, anything! It’s when the writing fails like this for the sake of stretching the plot a few episodes further that I get really, really irritated. Truthfully, we truly only have enough material for 12 episodes in this show, and honestly, if they’d kept it that way (a la Liar Game though I yearn for more on that end) this could have been a stellar show, instead we’re treating to montages of our favourite duo of bumbling cops who are great as people but incredibly frustrating as cops, and Chorim and Moogak having arguments and brushing hair gently off the other’s forehead. Lovely, adorable, you two. Now can we get a handle and save Lieutenant Yeom? Yes?
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The perfume bit that I thought was going to be Yeom Mi’s ticket out was wasted in this episode as it only served to confirm that Jaehee has Lieutenant Yeom stashed somewhere in his place. Which we already knew judging by the duration between Yeom Mi’s disappearance and the drive to Jaehee’s house. There’s no way he could have stashed her elsewhere and run over to his house in time for Moogak to barge in (again). Instead, they wait three days to concoct a plan. I can understand Jaehee accepting the offer late, but not the cops and Chorim waiting this long to make the offer.
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The Girl Who Sees Smells Episodes 13-15 Review (and all hail Lieutenant Yeom)

So about those three cliffhangers of ‘Oh no! It’s Chorin and Jaehee, save her someone!” in a row. It was a rather foolish move on the writer’s part even if I do get what she’s going after. In the first cliffhanger we had Jaehee finding Chorim at the worst time possible, in the second we had him confronting whom he knew to be Choi Eunseol, in the third we have him beginning to put the whole Chorim = Eunseol equation together. Subtle differences, yet they could have been realized another way, instead of milking the same ending over and over again. Ah well, it’s not like I’m watching this show for crime procedural accuracy. The disconnect between the rom-com and crime aspects of this show are even most noticeable in these episodes though. Moogak and Chorim are adorbs as always now that we’ve gotten the obligatory angst brought on by the revelations of everyone’s pasts out of the way. Her sleeping over is cute

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those faces Moogak make scream ‘pinch my cheeks’ (seriously how have I not noticed how pinchable Yoochun’s cheeks are? Must be the saeguk hats)
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Blood Series Review (and a commentary on plastic surgery, overworked actors and Goo Hyesun)

I definitely made no mention of it throughout its run but I actually did watch Blood. Quite faithfully too. There’s something to learn from a story that went so horribly wrong right from the start, and as an aspiring writer I’m always looking to learn more on plot threads and building conflict. I managed to push myself through all 20 episodes and am still head-desking at the finale. The scriptwriter made it painfully clear that she wrote herself into a corner and had to resolve it with the random “Hey, I died. But guess what I’m back just so this drama can end on a happy note!” This drama actually did have potential so I’m actually a bit disappointed. Sometimes, I would replace Ahn Jaehyun’s frozen face with Ji Sung’s trying to imagine how he would have pulled it off and something would glimmer there for an instant a strand of perhaps greatness, perhaps mediocrity. We’ll never know, and for the sake of Ji Sung’s career, I’m quite thankful for that. Ahn Jaehyun’s acting actually improved as the drama went on, and his face did begin to thaw out but it wasn’t nearly at the level of even a supporting actor. He had a great textured voice but it’s not like people can simply close their eyes when he’s onscreen (though I did debate it a few times). This is why I’m against actors/actresses overdoing the plastic surgery. K-Netizens do tend to rip into actors they consider ugly so I can understand the pressure to change one’s looks but if doing so comes at the expense of your acting – the very thing you’re being paid to do here – I’d really just prefer the actor as he/she is. Part of me is tempted to go into a whole tangent on the slew of crazy plastic actors gracing the screen at the moment (A few minor tweaks are perfectly understandable but it really, really shows when you’ve remodeled/frozen your entire face) and how I can barely stand to look at them trying so hard to move their faces. Feel free to skip it!
Tangent:
I’ve been watching nothing but the dramas the past few weeks and so when I watched Scarlet Johansson’s Black Widow spoof trailer, I was utterly shocked at how easily she could move her face. I’m pretty sure sounded insane when I kept talking about how flexible her face was but that’s honestly how I saw it (and yes I know she isn’t 100% natural either). Plastic surgery isn’t the point here, repeated, overdone plastic surgery is the issue. L
et’s face it. From Lee Da Hae to even Hwang Jungeum who blew my socks off in Kill Me Heal Me, overly frozen, botoxed and filler-filled faces are becoming the norm in Kdramaland to the point where these actors no longer look human. From jaw-shaving to frozen cheeks, and painfully obvious nosejobs, I’d say “pick one!” because when you’ve all three plus other additions such as forehead implants and puffy lips, you sort of scare me (*coughcoughParkBom*). It’s not like PS is a decision to make that cavalierly either. This is your face, this is what people see first when they look at you. A tweak is fine but this constant refurbishing, refurnishing, and refilling is going to catch up with you at some point. And it won’t look good or feel good. Once you start, you can’t exactly stop. Case in point: Hwang Jungeum who redid her eyes and her nose. I love her. I honestly love her personality, her straightforwardness, the roles she takes, the skill and heart with which she plays them, I have such a girl crush on her. So whenever I see her face look crazy swollen and puffy, I wince internally because just google her in ‘Can You Hear My Heart’ she’s absolutely beautiful, winsome and perfect. And the last thing I want (and I’m pretty sure she wants) is for her to end up looking like whoever the rich prat is who created Versace (oops my inherent dislike of the rich is showing). It’s not to late for these actors to go into damage control and stop. And the sooner the better, for their health and our screens. 

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