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by | June 5, 2009 | 155 Comments

 

What’s up, folks? I’m actually (probably) on a plane as this Open Thread posts — I’ll be on a trip for the weekend so posting will be a little lighter, but be sure to check back ’cause I’ve got some goodies planned! Hehe. Gotta love delayed blog-posting functionality. Er, I mean supa-sonic time travel, yeah that’s it.

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  1. Vicky

    Wow, I have to say, I’m more than excited for Kim Bum’s upcoming drama!
    Truthfully, in Boys Before Flowers, he was alright.
    There was obviously /some/ potential there though.
    I just hope he adapts well to his new role as a hardcore thug. (Okay, it’s just stealing money..but c’mon, KIM BUM AS ONE OF THE BAD GUYS?! Even if he does become “good” later…)

    Yep, definitely looking forward to September!

    On a side note, after the “great debate” over 200 pounds, the movie, I decided to see for it myself.
    It was a great, relaxing, and enjoyable movie to watch.
    The underlying concept, however, was…not so good. Like many others, I agree the movie should just be for entertainment purposes only.
    I have to say, I loved it!

  2. langdon813

    I’m officially on board the Binnie train!

    I’m embarrassed to admit that I’ve never seen MNIKSS (hangs head in shame) but I’m up to episode 6 and can honestly say (to Samsooki, heh heh) that it’s all clear to me now! I picked this one because I was in the mood for something fun and boy, did I get it. I literally laughed like a crazy person until the wee hours of the morning.

    Happy Friday everyone!

  3. BBFan

    Hey guys TGIF!

    Right now I’m watching Jumong. At first I was skeptical and didn’t want to commit myself to a historical drama especially one that is as long as this one. I find short comedic dramas are a great way for me to escape from the everyday. However, Jumong is really well shot and the story and characters are really compelling. I am not familiar with Korean history, but so far, this drama is worth 2 thumbs up and 5 stars.

    Have a great weekend everyone, and happy drama watching!

  4. lovenyc52

    @langdon813 – it’s ok. i have yet to watch MNIKSS as well… It’s one of those I know I should watch (like Full House… um ya haven’t gotten around to watching that either….) but there are just so many dramas currently playing that I just can’t find the time! One of these days…I will.. I swear…

    I randomly decided to pick up Brilliant Legacy last night – after Javabean’s post about how ratings were so good they decided to extend it, I thought I’d take a look to see what all the fuss is about. I actually like it – mainly cuz of Bae Soo Bin. I’ve never seen any of his previous works, but the second this man came on the screen I was hooked and watched 3 eps straight… we’ll see if I stay with it… 28 eps is a pretty darn long run…

    Happy Friday to all!! :o)

  5. heejung

    last of finals to be wrapped up next week. YESSS
    i finished my final project the morning of the day it was due. i scare myself sometimes… and yet, i have never handed in a project late. 😀

    story of a man 18 was INTENSE !!! and the shin-eunsoo scenes were SOO adorable!! they’re so cute!!

    sigh. SAT tomorrow. -_- must sleep…

  6. Kender

    Summer is finally here for me! I’ve made the grueling 15-hour car trip home from university with my father (which automatically makes any journey even more trying), and am happily settled into my room at my parents’ house. My cat has forgiven me for abandoning her and has practically glued herself to my side ever since I got back, and the dogs continually pester me. It’s very cozy.

    Also, I’m still jobless. I applied to as many places I could think of (with the exception of Kohls, where I refuse to work ever again), and no one has called me back. I’m not terribly surprised about this, since there’s such a shortage of jobs to begin with and I’m only going to be home for 2 months anyway. Still, my father is angry and yells at me to go job-hunting everyday, but I just remind him of the state of the economy and how I can’t really take any more blows to my ego by applying at places I know I won’t be accepted.

    So, instead of working somewhere, I’ve devoted my time to (a) learning how to cook things I’ll actually eat (an epic task, because I’m probably one of the pickiest eaters on the planet), (b) baking up a storm for my brother and parents, (c) writing, and (d) going through all of the dramas I watched way back when I first started watching them.

    The first drama I decided to rewatch was Prince Turns To Frog. I had a discussion about it with someone on one of these open threads a month or so ago, and I mentioned how I didn’t remember anything about it at all, and that this is the reason I thought it must not have been that good. Well, I just want to say to that person I had the discussion with, you were right. PTTF is freaking awesome, and I have no idea why I couldn’t remember it. It’s got all the right mixtures of romance and angst and cheese and cliche and awesome, along with a healthy dose of attractive Asian men. (Ming Dao, do want!) I’ve been remembering bits of the plot slowly, usually right before they manifest in the drama, so obviously I haven’t forgotten it as completely as I’d thought. I’m glad I decided to rewatch it.. I think I probably appreciate it more now, even if it’s still a pretty long 30 episodes. (I just finished episode 27, so I’m almost done!)

    Next up on my list is Magicians of Love, also starring Ming Dao and his 183 Club posse. I remember this show being cracktastically AWESOME, and I’m excited for the cheese. Warring hairstylists? Yes please.

    After that, I plan to rewatch Kimi wa Petto, a large number of Kimura Takuya dramas, and Devil Beside You. Then I can start catching up on all the more recent dramas that I haven’t had a chance to watch yet. Or maybe I’ll find even more older dramas to rewatch. The possibilities are endless when you’re unemployed for two months..

    In other news, I’m going to miss Story of a Man. D: This show is so amazing, I don’t know what I’m going to do with myself once the awesomeness ends. I’ll still have Strike Love and Brilliant Legacy, but it just won’t be the same without the darkness of the black hole that is Do-woo’s soul. :/

    Random: Last night, I had a dream that I was a member of the 1 Night 2 Days cast with Lee Seung-gi and Kang Ho-dong and the rest. (There were still only 6 of us, but I don’t remember who was missing.) Our challenge was to go to some rural village, teach the inhabitants the Thriller dance, and then bring everybody to Seoul to dance during Thrill The World. ( http://thrilltheworld.com/ ) It was pretty freaking AWESOME, because we all had costumes and stuff. I was a zombie bride, and I think LSG was my zombie groom. XD

  7. nileey

    I’m looking forward to a shopping trip with my mum tomorrow! Need to buy a pair of shoes!

  8. Alvina

    have fun on your trip javabeans! ^_^
    ~~~
    wow. I feel so stupid now. I’m now upto episode 8 of the drama Sons of Sol Pharmacy (that’s the latest on KBSW I’m guessing) but since the beginning the character of Eun-ji bothered me because she seemed so familiar.

    *slaps forehead*

    She’s the same girl from the taiwanese My Lucky Star!!!

    All in all though, I’m enjoying this drama and have fallen in love with all of the brothers. Only complaint, the character of the lawyer still annoys me. Hopefully, as I get to later episodes, I’ll find her character more likeable.

  9. langdon813

    @lovenyc52

    Funny! Full House is actually one of the first Kdramas I ever watched. Because Rain is hot and I’m shallow like that. I’ve been eyeing Brilliant Legacy as well but so far I haven’t taken the plunge. Right now I’m watching Story of a Man, Strike Love, Time Between Dog and Wolf (sort of half-heartedly, I’m only on ep 4 or 5), MNIKSS, and the Tdrama Black and White. I just finished What’s Up Fox, which was pretty cute. Recently I tried to watch 90 Days, Falling in Love Days, but the subs were not very good and OMG, it was depressing.

    Who needs sleep anyway?

  10. 10 mie

    i’m going on a trip, too! and i’ll be glad to leave s. cali because the clouds look ominous today. all thunder and lightning.

    i’m very disturbed by the news that lee chun-hee (aka. chunderella on “family outing”) may be another celeb like joo jihoon and is being tested. i hope, cross my fingers, it isn’t true.

    as for dramas, all i have to say is TRIPLE. TRIPLE TRIPLE. <3

    oh, and since this is an open thread, just wanted to comment that someone said lee seunggi’s character in brilliant legacy was not a jerk because he has some hidden issues. but actually, he does! something about seeing his dad die. and there we have it, no male character in a k-drama is ever a jerk without a reason. which, of course, allows for him to turn into the charming prince once the girl “heals” him.

  11. 11 Samsooki

    @1, Vicky

    I didn’t find 200 lb to be a relaxing movie, lol. I was on pins and needles for certain scenes, like right before Kim Ah Joong wears the red suit and goes to the birthday party (and you knew the other woman was going to wear the same suit)and also when she announces to the crowd that she was the overweight person in the picture. For some reason, I get distressed at seeing people get embarrassed, even in fictional movies and dramas. It’s a little strange because I don’t get embarrassed easily if at all for me, but maybe I do a psychological transference so I get anxiety only when other people are embarrassed…

    @3, langdon813 –

    That’s great! I am happy you like MNIKSS! :)

    Episode 6 – the calories of a kiss, the calories of love… one of my favorite episodes, I really hope you enjoy it. But Episode 7 is a killer episode. There are so many moments where I sort of wish time could freeze. Oh, and Episode 8 is great too. Actually, so are the rest of the episodes. In fact, you can probably finish the whole series tonight if you wanted to.

    …now I feel a little bit bad. Obsessing over Kang Ji Hwan in Hong Gil dong made me forget about Binnie even for a little while…

    I wonder what would happen if you put both Binnie and Kang Ji Hwan in the same series, going after the same woman…. Lee Da Hae, and you made Kang Ji Hwan the darker character with more edge to him, and Binnie was his scruffy self ala Snow Queen…. who would LDH choose?

    Who would I choose? Don’t make me choose!

    In My Girl, putting Junki against Dongwook was pretty easy to make a choice, I never felt that LDH should end up with Junki (unni! lol, what a great scene). But if you put both Binnie and Kang Ji Hwan in a drama together… one good, one more evil-ish, and then see who wins…

    Scruffy Binnie > smooth, evil-ish KJH.

  12. 12 mzpakipot

    @samsooki (re: CM kiss scene)
    what made me cringed is their age gap, though I shouldn’t be judgemental about it coz i haven’t seen the whole drama (i stopped at 3 episodes) . I think it would have been better if they didn’t kiss. A hug should been a better one.

    HAPPY WEEKEND EVERYONE!

  13. 13 Snikki

    Anybody here from Milan, Italy?

  14. 14 asianromance

    @Kender. Prince Turns to Frog is awesome!!! it’s my 2nd most fave taiwanese drama-after Fated to Love You, also starring Chen Qiao En- love her!! (and Ethan Ruan at times did look like Ming Dao too with his thick brows.)

  15. 15 Samsooki

    @6 Kender –

    Are you looking for a summer job? Maybe you could start with craig’s list for your area…. if not that, then go to the local university / community college and go to their employment office, There will be bulletin boards full of stuff for college kids to do for the summer.

  16. 16 Kender

    @ 14 asianromance – I never finished Fated To Love You.. The first episode was cute, but the second and third didn’t do anything for me, so I dropped it. I heard it got a lot better towards the end, though, (my Chinese language professor loved it, and she and I have pretty similar taste in dramas) so I may have to give it another chance later.

    @ 15 Samsooki – My mother works at the local university, and she’s been keeping her eye out.. If there were any jobs I could do, she’d tell me about them. Thanks for the suggestion, though.

  17. 17 jinkzz

    watched 7 Grade Civil Servant ( aka My GF is an Agent) at MPark4 in k-town LA… it was so much fun to watch, i laughed until my stomach ached…Ji Hwan was uber hawt and his expressions were hilarious, good chemistry with Ha Neul.

  18. 18 B.B.

    JB. Safe trip, hope its a great break. Mr Samsooki will keep us in order for you…hehe

    @ 6 Kender.

    Welcome back home for the summer……
    PTTF, and Magicians of Love, Angel Lover, I remember more as I have the 183 Club music on my PC, playlist + a couple of cracking desktops…. Sam Wang. Yup, yup.

    Like you I have yet to get to MNIKSS, its there on the watch list somewhere. Promise. Everyone talks about it, so it must be good (as with Full House, have seen) along with several others much talked about. They just get lower with all the newer – Must See – ones piled on top, as in open page and they are now on the 2nd or 3rd page. Always on the drag even with movies.

    Good Luck with the cooking.

    Long distance shopping trip tomorrow……. mmm shop till I drop.

  19. 19 Paula

    I just finished watching Boys Over Flowers the other day! :) I really enjoyed it, but it was a roller coaster of twists and turns, they just had a lot of different plots and subplots involved in that drama, its crazy looking back and thinking about everything that they had!!! I had started watching Hana Yori Dango 1&2 along side of Boys Over Flowers, then as subs for BOF slowed down, I just focused on HYD. I enjoyed both, and I can’t really pick one over the other. Some plot points were almost identical, some things were drastically different. In some instances, I like the way that HYD portrayed certain things, in other instances, I preferred BOF. But overall I’d have to say that I am more accustomed to KDramas then JDramas (HYD has only been my second JDrama, Nodame Cantabile was my first). Haven’t tried Meteor Garden and I don’t think I really want to. I downloaded the first episode, but it was such a low quality that I was immediately turned off. Sorry, but I’ve now been permanently spoiled on 700MB+ versions of my dramas! :)

    Now I have no idea what I want to follow next!!! Maybe read some reviews and see which ones are being talked about the most! :)

    But I think I may try Job Well Done, because I really like Chae Rim.

  20. 20 Yinnie

    I’m so loving Brilliant legacy atm. So sad it got extended too.
    I don’t get how Han hyo joo can pull of such a weird hairstyle. >.<

  21. 21 Samsooki

    Oh, we started Last Scandal of My Life (마지막 스캔들) last night. I had a very difficult time making the decision to go with Scandal, because Choi Jin Shil is no longer with us, and for some reason, I think watching her drama is a little bit instrusive… it is like a small window into her life right before she passed, and even the title makes me sad.

    But, wow, I was totally shocked by the first episode. Choi Jin Shil transformed into an ajumma? I was floored. Is that what all of the current stars of today will look like in 20 years?

    (still, I like the drama a lot after seeing the first two episodes- the potential is there.)

  22. 22 mehreen

    I’m torturing myself by not reading the second half of JB’s Story of a Man Ep 16 recap….because the subtitles aren’t out properly yet….OH…The….Suspense. :/

  23. 23 langdon813

    @ 11, Samsooki

    I definitely hope to finish MNIKSS tonight…in fact, since I work from home, I’m hoping to get to it a little sooner than that! 😉 I’m going on a road trip tomorrow to see Coldplay (yay) so the rest of the weekend is shot until late Sunday afternoon. Sad really, how I have to decide what activities I’m willing to participate in based on my reluctance to step away from the laptop. 12-steps, anyone??

    Also, I know exactly what you mean about being distressed; it makes me physically uncomfortable to watch people being embarrassed yet I don’t really get embarrassed often myself. I thought I was the only one!

  24. 24 MEIKO**** ^-^

    hello Everybody! ^-^

    @SAMSOOKI
    RE: LAST SCANDAL
    I watched that last week, and the first episode seemed dragging to me but good thing a continued…, coz surprisingly, this drama is really hilarious!!! Continue watching it.^-^

    have a good day everyone!!!

  25. 25 Max

    Hey everyone,

    I adore the Dramabeans index for kdrama. It is really easy to pick out the good kdramas from the ones that are less successful.

    My question: Is there a site that does this for korean movies? I can follow reviews in these threads but it can get a bit overwhelming.

    I would love it if the dramabeans site could have a index guestbook for different movies/kdramas. It would make it easier to see the peer reviews that are found in the threads. But, plan B is to find another site that would provide that….any thoughts?

    Thanks!

  26. 26 all4movies

    Working my way through Gourmet and I hope to re-watch Jumong.

    The summer is here and it’s sizzling hot.

    Have a great trip to all those lucky people who are travelling this weekend!

  27. 27 Mel

    Hey readers! I just wanted to say T.G.I.F!! WOOT! Have fun this weekend!

  28. 28 stella

    hey everyone.

    its been a long week for me, more so because last week was a short one. im glad the weekend is here but the weather in ca is whack…I wish I was leaving for a trip but nope gots to wait until next year, agh.

    right im watching 소울메이트 & its fab. I think I love the idea of each person having a 소울메이트. I hope to find mine soon~

    have a great weekend everybody!

  29. 29 mishane

    Wow, I’m late to this one and I probably won’t hang around long as today is an early day for me (one more hour of work!)

    @ 10 mie:
    –oh, and since this is an open thread, just wanted to comment that someone said lee seunggi’s character in brilliant legacy was not a jerk because he has some hidden issues. but actually, he does! something about seeing his dad die. and there we have it, no male character in a k-drama is ever a jerk without a reason. which, of course, allows for him to turn into the charming prince once the girl “heals” him.–

    Yes. I’m loving Shining Inheritance (just finished episode 9) but I was really annoyed when they started introducing the idea of there being a reason for Hwan to be a jerk. Why can’t a jerk just be a jerk? Why does there have to be some hidden angst issue? I know we all know some spoiled brats in our lives, who are just that, spoiled brats. No underlying issues. They were spoiled growing up so they stayed spoiled. But no, they had to give him a reason.

    I honestly think it would have been much better if he didn’t have the dad issue because the ‘healing’ process would have meant a whole lot more.

  30. 30 mishane

    Also I’m probably the only one who didn’t fully enjoy MNIKSS.

    I mean, I didn’t hate it, I just didn’t love it. KSA’s character was just kind of annoying, shrill, and I thought she would be more of a kick ass woman but she just kind of turned into every unmarried, older woman trying to find a husband. It was kind of disheartening to watch.

    And Hyun Bin’s character was no prince. He was spoiled also, and I never got his appeal. He was juggling these two women, made KSA feel like shit most of the time, and didn’t really have much of a spine either.

    I rated it a 7, and on a good day an 8. To be honest, hearing secondary girl speak English bumps it up a point.

    This is why I don’t want to watch Coffee Prince yet (and it’s been sitting on my HD for over a year now). I watched MNIKSS after I heard all the hype about it and it didn’t impress me. Coffee Prince has TWO things going against it: (1) I’m not a big fan of Yoon Eun Hye and (2) It just has sooo much hype, which means more room for disappointment.

  31. 31 epyc

    Any City Hallers here? This is THE drama of the moment for me and will shape up to be an all time favourite if the rest of the episodes continue to be as intense and fun. Love the unique storyline, excellent OST (Horan’s song is among the best), great acting from the leading cast topped by the sizzling chemistry of Kim Sun Ah and Cha Seung Won. I also love the whole troop of KSA’s friends with the pub bunch kind of like Bridget Jones’.

    This is my first time watching CSW and got totally blown away. He’s someone who can play Rhett Butler, Heathcliff as well as comical roles. What a shame that he doesn’t do much drama. Will have to look for his movies.

  32. 32 b020

    @29 – I am the same, I really didn’t love MNIKSS. I thought KSS was vulger and not all that great of a personality. And yeah, why would you want to be with someone that makes you feel bad about yourself? To me, she was nothing more than a whiny, desperate to get married, delusional(anyone who thinks she was ‘fat’ is delusional – most people wish they could be as ‘fat’ as her) woman that didn’t know what she wanted from herself or others around her. I only gave it a 4 but with Henney in it, I gave it a 5.5.

    As for Coffee Prince – the first time I watched it, I swear I was watching Goong part 2. Same character, same funny faces, sigh. Only good thing about CP, besides the ost, were the supporting males.

    Currently am watching an older drama, Happy Together with Lee Byun, Song Seung Hyun, etc. And I’m impressed with the cast and can’t wait to see how the show unfolds.

  33. 33 Samsooki

    @30 epyc –

    Is it really that good?

    Can you compare City Hall to other dramas you’ve seen?

    I’m interested, but I’ve not heard much about reviews or tv ratings or percentages or anything, so I’m worried that people aren’t liking it…

  34. 34 b020

    Ooooh – one comment about Happy Together and other dramas. Can someone please explain to me why there is such a heavy emphasis on blood relations? In Happy Together, the childrend from one family refuses to acknowledge the kids from another family even though they were all united in a marriage of their parents because they weren’t blood. I keep seeing this theme of blood relations being more important or places an obligation on each other in dramas – East of Eden was another one, High as the Sky/Wide as the Earth – the main guy was made to feel obligated to donate marrow to the half brother of the mom who abandoned him by the uncle who refused to let him know where his mom in the first place. Can someone make sense of this for me?

  35. 35 MEIKO**** ^-^

    @ JAVA-B
    I read MAX(24)’s comment and i have to put in my thoughts about your blog too. I only have to say I love your blog site! My guy friend (the korean who thinks he’s one of the cutest korean guys…urg!) also share similar thoughts! We think your site is very user friendly…, clear, clean and concise, without too much background colors or ads or columns that may disturb eye focus. Other blog sites take my focus everywhere at the first glance and can get confusing and tiring….too much for a millisecond of a glance! Your discussions, and news are written well too. And am glad you have well-behaved(hahhaaha) commentators! Thanks JAVA-B!

    @29MISHANE
    Hey! I know what you feel! I have my MNIKKS un-opened yet… I have been hearing that it is a very popular series, good one… that wasnt really my first impression…and i dont wana be dissapointed (especially since i bought the DVD)…so..it’s still there waiting patiently for me to start watching…
    But Coffee prince…I loved it from the first ep to the eps nearing the end…(i didnt like the end) and i didnt even know who YEH is at that time! Hope youll enjoy it!

  36. 36 xiaoSxin

    Open thread yay!

    about 2 or 3 open threads ago, i shared with everyone that I am going to New York by myself. I want to give all the readers in this great blog (especially the people who addressed my posts) a whopping THANK YOU!!!!! I am here in New York, it’s my last day and I am having a wicked time here!!!

    New York is absolutely fun!! There is something for everyone!!!!! I will definitely come back here since 4 days is not enough for me to roam around and discover this great city!

  37. 37 Samsooki

    @35 xiaoSxin –

    I just saw your post! Cool beans! I’m in one of the tall office buildings above you! I waved, but I don’t know if you can see me through the glass. :)

    I hope you got to see a musical! Please give us a recap of what you did and what was fun and what wasn’t!

    Be safe!

  38. 38 cecee

    does anyone know where I can watch Queen Seon Duk with English subtitles? I have seen the first two episodes and I am compeletly hooked!

  39. 39 k-lover

    @ cecee: Try viikii.net, they have most of the korean dramas subbed!

    Oh yeah I’m graduating today! Whoohoo! :)

  40. 40 B.B.

    @ Samsooki

    Re – City Hall. Recommended, easy watch, well paced, even the nasties are comically so. Well fitted cast of supporting actors. Some really wonderful bits of non actor film art generously scattered throughout, well fitted OST.
    Cha Seung Won has that look that replaces words, beware his words are not wasted, wit that has me in fits but is so sharp.
    Kim Sun Ah not a lady lady, until it suits her. Determined to stand for others rather than herself. Witty and a bit of a clown.

    Think, both Mr and Mrs Samsooki will enjoy.

  41. 41 Samsooki

    @37 cecee –

    What episode is Queen SD on right now? It’s a 50 episode drama that premiered May 25, a monday tuesday gig, so I am guessing maybe there are only 4 episodes aired so far?

    Viikii has the first four eps for streaming, not sure about the subbing, and I am not sure if viikii is a good site to go to, as it might be like the website mysoju, which has apparently had issues because it links streaming sites that have ripped off other people’s subs, or something like that.

    BUT, the super awesome and renowned Heavens Subbing Squad (of which our very own JB is a staff member and active translator) has the first 3 up and subbed:

    http://withs2.com/view/queen-seonduk/

    Check out their website if you have a chance!

  42. 42 epyc

    @ 32 Samsooki

    City Hall is, for a start, geared for a more mature demography – those over 20 and above. It is definitely the right vehicle for Kim Sun Ah as a 30-something, happy-go-lucky civil servant working in a regional City Hall, who enters a beauty paegent to get the prize money for paying credit card debts caused by a good for nothing ex-boyfriend (named Hyun Bin!) However, the paegent is a farce put up by the Mayor and other corrupted councillors for money laundering. KSA’s character through all sorts of funny scenarios won the paegent but didn’t get the money. This then leads to her one woman crusade to fight the council and eventually joins the race for Mayorship. Cha Seung Won plays an amibitious politician who sees the potential in KSA and wants to make her one of his political capitals. The dynamics between these two characters – to use and not to be used/to love and not to be loved – are the most fascinating aspect of the first half of this drama. CSW’s character is intriquing and one hopes that the rest of the drama will show him in full light..

    The storyline is quite unique in comparing it to other dramas. I love RomCom and my first K Drama is MNIKSS. Since then, I have watched several dozens of other KDramas with half of them that I can’t finish. MNIKSS is still my favourites together with My Girl but Coffee Prince is top of my list. I would rate City Hall among these if the second half remains as good. (The Writer/PD team was behind the Lovers series and hence, the doubt from many people but I really like CH so far.)

    It is quite true that the chemistry of KSA and CSW is the best element here but the side characters have over the past 12 episodes grown to be likeable too. The first half is really hilarious and the romance is intense. Let’s hope the second half would not turn into fully melodramatic.

    Want a taste of it, see fan-made MVs:

  43. 43 doozy

    Happy Friday, all!

    J dorama fans,

    I’m new to the world of J dorama and have recently finished watching Kekkon Dekinai Otoko and Hotaru no Hikari, both of which I loved. Do you guys know where I can find high quality video downloads with quality English subtitles for these two shows? Also, do you have any other drama recommendations? Much appreciated. Thank you!

  44. 44 passingbytime

    @ 33-b020, you raise an interesting point.
    About all the “drama” regarding blood relations in dramas:
    The way I understand it, it is simply for the drama: exaggerating little things that some cultures view as sacred, forbidden, taboos, etc. Just like all these dramas about older women finding love in younger guys.. I think it is a big deal not because it does not exist in the East somewhat “conservative” society, but because people themselves like to gossip and make a big deal out of it…

    As for east of eden: towards the ending, it frustrated me the way the mother was going back and forth in her trust for her second son whom was actually the enemy’s son. But I think it was more than a reference to the blood relation. I think there was more emphasis on the “evil” blood ties rather than the “blood ties” themselves, so I was not bothered a lot and it-the evil factor- was great for the “drama”.

    But I am sure there is more to it ( the role blood ties play in K dramas/ Eastern culture) than I am aware of.. Hopefully someone with greater insight of the culture can enlighten us ^_^. Thanks.

    I am also one of those who watched MNIKSS fully, but not because I liked it. At first it was interesting but then I got annoyed with the characters, and the way the story unfolded was not to my liking. Nevertheless, I was new to K dramas so I completed it, but I would never go back to watch it ever again. Now, I am more cautious about my K drama choices, which means fewer dramas for me to watch as I am very picky. I wonder if anyone else is like that? ^_^.

  45. 45 asianromance

    @epyc. *raises hands* I’m also watching City Hall! Cha Seung Woo’s character is driving me nuts (in a good way)- he’s stoic and devious and you never really know what he’s thinking! He’s a bit amoral. Pit that against Kim Sunah’s sometimes wacky but always honest and blunt character- fireworks!

    @samsooki. I’m not sure if you can compare it with other dramas. But what really got to me about the drama- besides the wonderful acting and chemistry of course- is the story. I really like stories where the downtrodden rises up against the conspiracy. I think Mirae (Kim sun-ah’s character) is a bit like hong gil dong (though it is a stretch). Mirae was a low level servant who unwittingly stumbles (after being used and screwed over by the corrupt city govt) into running and becoming the mayor/heroine of her city (i’ve only watched till ep 10…at this point, she is just campaigning). Hong Gil Dong didn’t suddenly decide to be a hero. Someone tried to frame him and in searching for justice for himself- he ended up helping a lot of people and realized his calling. though….I don’t think Mirae will ever be as confident and consumed by passion as Gil Dong.

    And besides, this is a asthma-inducing comedy! try not to take big bites or gulps while watching this. And there is also a good amount of seriousness to balance it out.

  46. 46 le

    did you hear the Wonder Girls will be touring with the Jonas Brothers in the U.S.?

    also, do you know anything about the rumor, SBS is saying that a Mr. A was involved in the drug scandal? they showed a blurred photo of a guy winning an SBS Entertainment Award. Netizens found out it is Lee Chun Hee, but anyone could’ve figured it out from the photo they aired. is there any truth to this? i hope this is not true, but it would make it less fishy as to why he left Family Outing only to be replaced by new members who are also actors, so focusing on the acting career isn’t a good reason to leave.

  47. 47 Jihwan

    @lovenyc52, I started Brilliant Legacy too, just because I’m on summer vacation and had nothing better to do but to my surprise, i REALLY like it. I don’t care much about lee seung ki (i really dont understand the fuss about him. he reminds me of my uncle which is not a good thing), but Bae soo bin is such a cutie. I can’t help giggling everytime he comes on screen. I know that he probably won’t end up with han hyo joo since he’s not lead, but i’m still crossing my fingers hopings that maybe just once they won’t have it so that the leads up together and the supporting cast end up alone and bitter.

    @Kender, It’s okay dear, It’s summer and theres alot of jobs openning, just keep looking and hopefully you’ll find something.

    haha, I told myself, I’d read through all the comments on the open thread (for once) but gosh I’m just so lazy.

    Oh and samsooki, I saw you in the Lee da hae thread a couple days ago. It seems like your posts on dramabeans have gained you fame throughout soompi as well. Congrats! 😀

    Well hope you guys are enjoying your friday more than I am!

  48. 48 Luv

    hey guys,
    actually summer holiday didn’t start here in the middle east
    and infact i have my exams after one week and after 2 weeks of exams
    holiday will come ohh and how much am waiting for it although i don’t have any plans prepared maybe i’ll work during holiday or i’ll travel 😀
    as for now although i have to prepare and study for my next week exams which
    i don’t have the mood for it at all, but i still following up with a man’s story (too bad it’s going to end next week :s) and brilliant legacy ,
    speaking of a mans story i really like DW’s character,ES, and Shin and am guessing that in the end DW will probably suicide or be in prison or to be killed lol

  49. 49 Samsooki

    @45,

    The SBS release of the blurred photo and the subsequent “unmasking,” that Mr. A could possibly be Lee Chun Hee, smacks of something that you would see coming out of the evil characters to populate makjang dramas like Temptation of Wife. SBS: “…but we blurred the face!” Yeah right, nice job. Might as well just put his name underneath the blurred photo.

    As of June 5th, there has been no arrest warrant issued by the public prosecutor assigned to the district case for LCH, and therefore no arrest yet with respect to this. And the police cannot arrest him (or anyone else) without a prosecutor warrant (investigation and questioning are not the same as being arrested and indicted) except in certain cases which do not apply here.

    No jumping the gun, pls.

  50. 50 Samsooki

    @46 Jihwan –

    “Oh and samsooki, I saw you in the Lee da hae thread a couple days ago. It seems like your posts on dramabeans have gained you fame throughout soompi as well. Congrats!”

    I was so surprised. I was talking with bspanda yesterday about what I watched early on and so I wanted to find my one and only post that I did on d-addicts forums (pre-dramabeans), and I find that I was quoted in soompi with respect to the Binnie / Lee Da Hae In Space Jjajangmyun Kimchi Western drama idea, and so I go to soompi and ppl are like, hey wassup samsooki, nice to have you here and I’m like oh my god, wassup. !!

    Now I have to write my Binnie in Space drama series, because LDH fans over at Soompi have been waiting for it. My initial casting idea was to have LDH be Binnie’s love interest, but maybe I will have LDH also be evil and have evil Kang Ji Hwan and evil LDH going up against good guy Binnie and good girl Nam Sang Mi…

    I wonder if LDH has the acting chops to play an evil character…

    Soompi ppl are so friendly, though.

  51. 51 Snikki

    @doozy

    jdorama rec: Zettai Kareshi

  52. 52 Jihwan

    @Samsooki, haha soompi people are sweet. Although, I only post every now and then on soompi, I still like to visit the lee da hae thread from time to time. Oh you write fanfics? I’m assuming thats what the “Binnie in space drama series” is. Now that is one hot casting, LDH, KJH, HY and NSM. I wouldn’t know who to drool over. hahaha LDH has played an evil character before. Well she was more “bitchy” than evil during her Sweet 18 days with LDG and HJH but I’m sure she would be able to pull it off.

  53. 53 hjkomo

    @ cecee

    Go for Mister X’s (WITHS2’s) awesome subs. They can’t be beat.
    He even translated the Latin. 😀

    4 eps aired so far. 3 are subbed, and the 4th is coming soon.
    We are not worthy…

  54. 54 That Guy

    Have you guys heard that Group 8 bought the rights to create a Korean remake of Gokusen???

  55. 55 hjkomo

    @ b020

    Korean culture is infused with Confucianism…so blood ties are extremely important. There’s even a commonly used proverb, “Blood doesn’t lie.”
    If Gramps were here, he could give you a dissertation on it. 😉

    @ Samsooki

    “Now I have to write my Binnie in Space drama series, because LDH fans over at Soompi have been waiting for it. My initial casting idea was to have LDH be Binnie’s love interest, but maybe I will have LDH also be evil and have evil Kang Ji Hwan and evil LDH going up against good guy Binnie and good girl Nam Sang Mi…”

    So, now you are including KJH….and he’s evil…hehe

  56. 56 carolf

    I’m really curious — where are you guys watching all these dramas?! I’m not soo new at this BUT I really only watch them as the appear on our Korean TV channels. I know there’s some sites to you can go online to watch but waiting for it to buffer takes forever. And of course, I’ve been known to purchase the box sets (latest acquisition; Beethoven’s Virus). You all must be uber rich or giving up some necessities in life (like food?) in order to pursuit this drama craze! :o)

  57. 57 Nea

    @Samsooki
    I thought it was only me! I get so flustered at embarrassing moments that my palms get sweaty, my heart palpitates and if its too bad I might have to leave the room for a minute or two. Its sad and rather embarrassing in its own right:)

    @Kender never heard about your dance…did you do well? I hear that those kind of practices go on for hours and hours to buikd up endurance. Anyway, enjoy your rewatching, Kimi wo Petto is on my rewatch list too. I was really intrigued by that show.

    And after last week’s mention of Hong Gil Dong I went back and watched it. That show is one of my favorites. Sung Yuri was wonderful in ep 11/12 when YN sees GD again after their separation. They definitely get the Sweetest Love Story Award in a fusion sangeuk or historical series.

    For those watching That Fool/Accidental Couple, I hope that you are enjoying as much as I am. This show is so different from what I thought it was going to be and I am so pleased. I am ejoying it so much that it has kept me very occupied while I wait on my fresh supply of Story of Man subs. Hwang Jung Min’s portrayal of postman Goo Dong Baek is precious and priceless. Anyone not watching this drama and want something light and sweet without the bitter taste of an angst driven storyline? Pick it up and take a peek at Goo Dong Baek! So worth it!

  58. 58 mookie

    TGIF!

    It was the 20th anniversary of the TianmenSquare massacre yesterday, June 4th. I was just old enough to have very vivid memories of watching it unfold on TV….went to demonstrations with 1, 500, 000 ppl in crowded heat July, Hong Kong, 20 years back. It was the first time I’ve cried for reasons not fully conscious to myself.

    I just thought as a semi witness of the atrocities, I’ll have to put it down somewhere ‘safe’ and I’ve chosen JB’s blog. It disheartened me when my mom warned me not to discuss it publicly for fear of any repercussions of what-ifs. As calm and resilient as my parents, I knew they had lived through the cultural revolution as youngsters and they were never the same, there was a constant well-hidden fear of the CPR, but it was never mentioned. It is really precious to have the level of openness in discussions, tolerance of diff thoughts and viewpoints and comradery here.

    Most of us have very vivid images/memories of 911. It doesn’t matter where you were that day, that moment, but when we witnessed thousands of innocent lives lost, we grieved. I’m an American, yet I felt almost less of a person to be not as affected as others. It was a while later when I realized because I’ve seen this before on June 4th 1989, and what’s worst that was a government’s calculated, systematic bloody approach to ‘take care of’ a student’s demonstration… with tanks and bullets, to this day it was absolute denial, not even, June 4th 1989 doesn’t exist. For 911, the culpit is clear, we can blame a public enemy. The massacre though, mothers of the dead were under house arrest as of yesterday. Thousands died unarmed…in the middle of that night…with the only premonition being the sudden lights out of the public square. To the CPR, was it the fact that it happened in pitch dark, with the excuse of the demonstrators being against the absolute doctrine in vogue of the regime… and citizens of their own can just vanish fr existence just because they have to halt a student demonstration? I rem the dawn of that day, soldiers were ordered to wipe off the blood and clean up the bullet holes….I saw an image of that, as if it was just another army drill. And we’re not even supposed to ask where the blood came fr? Or was it blood?! What else did the bullets and tanks destroyed that night, huh?! It was an outrageous and hideous, cowardly crime, yet with the blatant ban of any info, it was a forgotten civic unrest at best.

    My heart is still heavy when I realized how little humanity was/is worth, given how a powerhouse economically China is now. And it is disgusting to know that $ can really make the world turn a blind eye.

  59. 59 lovenyc52

    @6 Kender – I loved Frog Prince and Devil Beside You – both really fun TW dramas I can rewatch random episodes from. Have you tried Fated To Love You? It’s really good too!

    @9 langdon813 – ooh how are you liking Black & White? My friend keeps trying to get me to watch it but Vic Zhou has never really done it for me so I haven’t.. Besides Brilliant Legacy I have also been following the jdrama Atashinchi no Danshi, which I am absolutely loving. I really like Horikita Maki and Mukai Osamu so it’s been a fun ride…

    @42 doozy – d-addicts always has pretty good quality video and subs – that’s where I get all my DLs. As for jdorama recommendations, I’d definately say the Hana Yori Dango series is pretty darn excellent. Yes Matsujun is no Lee Min Ho, but i absolutely adored Inoue Mao’s Makino as well as Oguri Shun’s Rui. Madame Domyouji is pretty fierce too… Also, the Gokusen series, though has a very repetitive storyline each season, is always a fun and easy drama to breeze thru. It’s interesting to see how many of those faces have been launched from the classroom background of Gokusen into leading roles (Oguri Shun, Matsujun, Hayami Mokomichi, Mizushima Hiro, Miura Haruma…) I’d also recommend Meichan no Shitsuji and Nodame Cantabile – just watched those 2 a few months ago and LOVED them.

    @46 Jihwan – ME TOOOOO… i love the bae soo bin character so far…even if he is a lil too perfect haha.. (i’ve only watched 3 eps so far but hello MR. PERFECT much!??!) i see no appeal with the lee seung ki character. maybe he’ll show his appeal later on, but unless BSB turns all stalker crazy, i am Team BSB!!

    @53 That Guy – WHAT?!?!? Sigh… I don’t know about that.

    @Samsooki – I have yet to finish Last Scandal. I started watching it awhile ago (before her tragic passing) and have not been able to finish it since.. Maybe because it was her last project, but I just can’t get myself to watch her alive and acting so happy on screen you know? Does that make sense? However, I have to say that while I was watching it, I really enjoyed it and will one day finish it as it is sitting on my laptop waiting for me haha..

  60. 60 Samsooki

    @56, Nea –

    My sister and I both have a REALLY hard time watching embarrassing moments of other people.

    Like, I invited my sister and her husband over for dinner, and after dinner we were just chilling and watching TV and a gameshow called Password was on. And William Shatner and Aisha Tyler were there as the celebrity players. And Shatner was just…… awful. His clues were terrible, and he was passing instead of even trying. Meanwhile, Aisha Tyler was so awesome, she was nailing the game and she had like 5/5 right and Shatner was struggling to get even one right.

    I was so embarrassed by Shatner’s inability to play Password that I hid my face behind a pillow and I looked at my sister and she was doing the same thing!!! Meanwhile my wife and my sister’s husband were both laughing and enjoying Shatner making a fool out of himself.

    I have no idea why it is so hard for me to watch things like that. I just want to leave the room, hide for a little bit. Maybe it is genetic, since my sister and I both have the same issue, or maybe it is because of the way were were raised? A Korean-American 2nd generation thing? Hard to say….

    ***

    That scene where YiNok wakes up, finds the foundation beam to be still warm, and then rushes out to see HGD walking away slowly, that was pretty awesome. That night, I shortened my iPod playlist from about 44 korean ost songs, to just one song (the “If” song by SNSD Taeyeon) on infinite repeat.

    LOL.

  61. 61 mookie

    TGIF!

    It was the 20th anniversary of the TianmenSquare massacre yesterday, June 4th. I was just old enough to have very vivid memories of watching it unfold on TV….went to demonstrations with 1, 500, 000 ppl in crowded heat July, Hong Kong, 20 years back. It was the first time I’ve cried for reasons not fully conscious to myself.

    I just thought as a semi witness of the atrocities, I’ll have to put it down somewhere ‘safe’ and I’ve chosen JB’s blog. It disheartened me when my mom warned me not to discuss it publicly for fear of any repercussions of what-ifs. As calm and resilient as my parents, I knew they had lived through the cultural revolution as youngsters and they were never the same, there was a constant well-hidden fear of the CPR, but it was never mentioned. It is really precious to have the level of openness in discussions, tolerance of diff thoughts and viewpoints and comradery here.

    Most of us have very vivid images/memories of 911. It doesn’t matter where you were that day, that moment, but when we witnessed thousands of innocent lives lost, we grieved. I’m an American, yet I felt almost less of a person to be not as affected as others. It was a while later when I realized because I’ve seen this before on June 4th 1989, and what’s worst that was a government’s calculated, systematic bloody approach to ‘take care of’ a student’s demonstration… with tanks and bullets, to this day it was absolute denial, not even, June 4th 1989 doesn’t exist. For 911, the culpit is clear, we can blame a public enemy. The massacre though, mothers of the dead were under house arrest as of yesterday. Thousands died unarmed…in the middle of that night…with the only premonition being the sudden lights out of the public square. To the CPR, was it the fact that it happened in pitch dark, with the excuse of the demonstrators being against the absolute doctrine in vogue of the regime… and citizens of their own can just vanish fr existence just because they have to halt a student demonstration? I rem the dawn of that day, soldiers were ordered to wipe off the blood and clean up the bullet holes….I saw an image of that, as if it was just another army drill. And we’re not even supposed to ask where the blood came fr? Or was it blood?! What else did the bullets and tanks destroyed that night, huh?! It was an outrageous and hideous, cowardly crime, yet with the blatant ban of any info, it was a forgotten civic unrest at best.

    My heart is still heavy when I realized how little humanity was/is worth, given how a powerhouse economically China is now. And it is disgusting to know that $ can really make the world turn a blind eye.

  62. 62 Me

    @24: try http://www.koreanfilm.org:D

  63. 63 Samsooki

    @57 mookie –

    On my wall in my office facing away from the entrance to my office, I have the tank guy picture framed. On it, the caption reads “5 juin 1989 place tian an men.” Every night when I leave my office, as I walk out, I tap the picture to remind me that heroes and brave people who fight injustice aren’t just in dramas and stories, but are real.

    HGD is a favorite drama of mine now, but the mystery tank guy who stood in front of a column of tanks with nothing but a shopping bag and more courage than an entire nation, is my favorite hero.

  64. 64 Jihwan

    @ lovenyc52, hahahaha team BSB sounds so cute. sometimes I think when a writer writes a character off as TOO perfect, it just means that they’ll turn evil later on. I’m hoping that BSB doesn’t turn into some evil jealous freak as the drama progresses *crosses fingers* but i’m sure i’ll drool over him regardless.

    @56 Nea, I’m watching That fool with my mom and she loves it as much as I do. actually, I do think that the plot is quite simple (kinda like full house) but it works because of the great acting. I absolutely adore Hwang Jung Min and I have since watching “A man who was super man”. Its a shame though that the drama isn’t doing so well in ratings.

    Ahh, Hong Gil Dong. Just hearing the title makes me want to rewatch the drama over again.

    Open threads are so fun. I never realized how many different conversations are going on at once. hahaha

  65. 65 Max

    #61 (Me)
    Fantastic!! Those goldfish ratings are hilarious- and exactly what I needed to look at a TON of films in a clean way. A million thanks. (now if we could get dramabeans to put in a few comments…)

    – Max

  66. 66 Samsooki

    @55 carolf – Jun 5, 2009 at 2:38 pm

    “I’m really curious — where are you guys watching all these dramas?! I’m not soo new at this BUT I really only watch them as the appear on our Korean TV channels. I know there’s some sites to you can go online to watch but waiting for it to buffer takes forever. And of course, I’ve been known to purchase the box sets (latest acquisition; Beethoven’s Virus). You all must be uber rich or giving up some necessities in life (like food?) in order to pursuit this drama craze!”

    Just so you know, there are sites out there that have compiled a ton of k-dramas, able to be watched for free and all you have to do is click. Places like mysoju.com and viikii.net. However, at least mysoju.com has big issues, because they compile k-drama streams, but they don’t do the subbing, and they don’t care if they are directing viewers to sites that rip off the work of subbers that is being used without permission.

    I would google mysoju and then read why people are upset with them, and see if viikii.net also has the same issues. You might also try dramafever.com and soompi.com. Both soompi and dramafever have permanent links at the top of this page, on the left hand side. Also check out the fansubber’s site WITHS2: http://withs2.com/.

    If you have netflix, you can also check them out. netflix has a large collection of korean dramas and movies.

    Finally, you can buy cheap DVD sets which are bootlegs on ebay, and you can buy legit authentic DVD box sets from places like yesasia.com, dvdasian.com, hanbooks.com, even amazon.com.

  67. 67 el

    i am about to start my new job soon…yeah…the girl i currently work with is so annoying…when i change my work hours, she follow suite..when i ask for vacation, she told me she asked first…then she called me on my day off and said she was applying for the same position, i don’t even know how she got the info….i “inform”her that the position is internal and not open to public at all and that shut her up….ugh..anyway..sorry about the rant…safe weekend to all!!

  68. 68 stee

    Somebody once recommended Majo no Jouken here and I took interest in it thanks to their description. Thank you! It really is beautiful…just can’t forget it.

    I don’t like scenes where people are embarrassed or lie a lot (and therefore put themselves in dangerous situations), either. It’s very uncomfortable to watch…maybe it’s because I unconsciously put myself in their places each time.

    Up until yesterday, I somehow had the impression from what others have mentioned that Meteor Garden wasn’t nearly as good as the two re-makes. So I didn’t ever consider watching it or even just checking it out. Well, tripping on videos of it in youtube last night gave me quite a different impression! I’m so putting it on my list now.
    Shows that I shouldn’t always take someone else’s opinion for gold. That reminds me of a cafe in our town. When it appeared, there was already an established pub/cafe where everyone went and the new one seemed shabby, odd. I heard from some friends that a couple of their friends had visited it and thought the food was bad, prices high and waiting times long. So I simply didn’t even go there once, until one day about a year later I wanted to and it was gone already, bankrupt. Afterwards I heard from my own friends that the foods were actually delicious and prices lower than at the other places in our small town. I still feel stupid and regretful.

    Two more weeks, two more exams! I have to be a good girl now, unlike before the last exam when I didn’t even study because I had to watch one more and just one more episode of MnJ. Luckily this time it didn’t bite me in the backside but I’m not taking any more chances, haha.

  69. 69 lovenyc52

    @55 carolf – mysoju which is kind of a hit or miss. they do have most of the dramas upped but there are lots of broken links as well. I prefer dramacrazy.net – normally when i go there their uploads and subs are of pretty decent quality. also, dramacrazy recently started their own subteam, so some of the dramas come directly from them and they post up episodes pretty quickly. What I do like about dramacrazy is that sometimes they’ll post the raw episodes up first so people who are feening to just watch it without subs can, and then once their subs are done they’ll reupload it with the subs.

  70. 70 Jill4675

    @60 mookie I was glad to read your post. I vividly remember watching in tears for three days on CNN what happened in Tiananmen in ’89. I’d been to the PRC three times by then and was scheduled to go that year as well, which I did just a couple of months later. On the way to Harbin, I passed through Beijing and actually went to Tiananmen. Not many tourists, as you might imagine. It was really amazing to see that except for some marks here and there, there was virtually no visible evidence of the terrible events that had unfolded on the spot so recently. Spotless.

    In Harbin I recall talking with a young woman who asked me questions about what happened, since many in China had no real information.

    And now among their other “projects,” the Chinese government is demolishing the old historical parts of Kashgar (Kashi) and there is barely a ripple in the mainstream news. :(

  71. 71 langdon813

    @58, lovenyc52

    I’m enjoying Black & White precisely because of my crush on Vic Zhou! :-) It’s not reasonable, I can’t even really explain why I love him, I just do. The last episode I watched broke my heart (a plot point that I did NOT want to happen did, in fact, happen) but my devotion to Vic remains steadfast no matter how over the top he may be sometimes. I’m embarrassed to tell you how many times I’ve watched MARS!

    @67, stee

    Meteor Garden is the first BOF version I saw, so I’m partial to it, although I’ve seen all 3. The relationship between the four boys in MG seemed really genuine and sweet. Plus, Jerry Yan is a really good cryer.

    Actually, I think I just discovered another big reason why I love Kdramas so much…I’ve always been a sucker for a manly man who cries for love.

  72. 72 Jihwan

    @lovenyc52, Actually dramacrazy.net does exactly what mysoju.com does. They both link you to another website that has already uploaded the video. Dailymotion. viikii and myspace for instance.

  73. 73 Gracegracegrace

    TGIF x a million!
    Got a sore throat and congested beyond belief head/nose
    And I got 4 days of school left =] mostly just finals though.
    So all I need are some kdramas and ice cream and a blanket for the weekend! (Although I should be studying for next week…)
    I watched the first 2 episodes of Sons of Sol Pharmacy house, and I like it so far, but I’m not sure if I want to commit to its 50 epidsodes.. I always find the short dramas (20-25 eps tops) the best..

  74. 74 langdon813

    Forgot to mention…I now have a big ol’ girl crush on Kim Sun Ah. I just remembered seeing videos of her with Rain on YouTube when he invited her to tango with him. She was kind of reluctant and nervous and completely adorable…but at the time I didn’t have a clue who she was. Gee, guess I’ll have to watch it again. The things we do for love, I swear. 😉

  75. 75 mcjayjay

    i LOVE black and white, though its a bit grimmer than my usual taste, but i mean with vic zhou and his humour, i could watch anything. I really loved him in wish to see you again, and i love him in black and white at the moment.

    brilliant legacy is killing me, i HATE watching vids without subs but for BL i cant seem to wait! so im not going to download until haru2 subs release the subs so i wont keep on ruining it for me. and YEAY it got extended, ijust hope they wont extend the dramatic and hit your head on the wall parts of the drama, but the cute and BSB filled parts =D

    im currently trying to watch older dramas, but im stacking up the new ones like strike love, that fool, job well done (love chae rim), story of a man (though i saw up to ep9) the city hall, and queen of housewives. i started bad family, its pretty funny, though the story isnt deep enough yet, im on episode 5, i hope it gets better, but ive read that it does so ill stick to it.

  76. 76 lovenyc52

    @71 Jihwan – oh ya i know they link from other sites too. I just find that their links are less likely to be broken and the subs and video quality dramacrazy links from are sometimes better. But this could also be the videos I’m searching for on one site versus another. However, dramacrazy did just start their own subbing team so i was assuming that they were uploading those subs directly to their own site instead of linking from another site.

  77. 77 hanjanman

    manyage niga kandamyeon
    niga tteonakandamyeon
    neol eotteohke poneayahalji
    jaggu geobi na neun geol

    NEAGA PABO KATASEOOOOO………..

    This is what Kang Ji Hwan does to us. I’ve even memorized it by heart. I couldn’t forget the song especially when it was played at the end of, what was it? Episode 7? When everything seems lost for Hong Gil Dong and he was shot by an arrow and fell off the cliff.

    Hi five to all City Hallers and, Accidental Couple/Just Looking aka That Fool drama formerly known as Six Months, fans!!! Lovin both dramas.

    Queen Seon Deok is my current sageuk drama. There’s only 4 episodes so far but I’m so totally hooked. Go Hyun Jung is so chilling in this drama. She never fails to impress.

    It’s raining in my part of the world so I dug up my ‘comfort drama’, Spring Days. I just love the warm feeling it brings inside of me. Don’t know if we’ll ever get to see Ji Jin Hee, Go Hyun Jung and Jo In Sung share lead casting now that all these actors seem to command sole leads for themselves in dramas and films.

  78. 78 bspanda

    @60 Vivid are my memories from 20 years ago – was it really that long ago? I remember watching the TV reports, the horror and utter disbelief that something like that could occur. I was probably too young to comprehend what and why it was happening. But to this day, 20 years, I still can’t comprehend it.

    Tank Man has become a symbol of what one individual can do. His bravery and the selflessness of his action at such a dangerous time. He may forever remain nameless but his one solitary act will forever be remembered.

    May time reveal the truth. It cannot come a moment too soon.

  79. 79 kb

    xiaoSxin,

    please do tell about your experience in nyc.

    there’s a short article in the nytimes on things to do in koreantown in manhattan that came out yesterday:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/07/nyregion/07koreatown.html?_r=1&hpw

  80. 80 simi

    @carolf #56
    you can also try crunchyroll which has an agreement with MBC and carries great k-dramas like Coffee Prince, Jumong, Soulmate, Who are you, etc.
    ajaaja.com let’s you download k-dramas for free, they have a wide selection. they also post which dramas are not subbed, but most are subbed by WITHS2 which you can link. Dramafever is another great site.

    @doozy#43
    kimi wo petto, liar game, hana kimi and love shuffle are also some great j-drama. d-addicts has a list of recommended j-dramas as well. try veoh for downloads as well

  81. 81 mehreen

    I absolutely cannot wait any longer to see Story of a Man ep 16….it’s killing me…

    On the other hand, I’ll go look into Accidental Couple aka That Fool aka Six Months soon…but for now I’m content with this whole other world of entertainment:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WuhqwHnlAD0

  82. 82 luthien

    Others may have been lucky to have JPN/CHN/KOR dramas broadcasted in their local or cable stations. However, there are many Asian drama fans that have been relying on fansubbers for years. Back when D-addicts just started, it was a small community.. relying on very few fansubbers to create subs.. as the community grew, more fansubbing groups were formed, WithS2 is among them. Back in those days, SARS were fighting bootleggers selling fansubbed dvds through ebay.

    But the convenience of fast advancing technology has created the biggest threat so far.. streaming = mysoju and dramacrazy. Dramacrazy seems even worse as they (directly or indirectly) formed their own army to upload videos using difficult names.. making it hard to search.. as well as slapping their own logo on the videos. Not only that, fansubbers have consistenly requested their videos to be withdrawn from streaming sites as well as dramacrazy.. but dramacrazy ignores them and pretends they’re doing fansubbers a service by “promoting” and “advertising” the fansubbing group.

    It’s sad that it has come to a point where some fansubbers are closing themselves up from the public.. becoming a more “exclusive” group in fear of endangering themselves with someone else streaming their work. I was freaked out when timelessubs suspended their releases, kinda pulled out of D-addicts, even moderated access to their blog and releases.

    http://d-addicts.com/forum/viewtopic_73982.htm
    http://d-addicts.com/forum/viewtopic_66651.htm

  83. 83 bspanda

    OK after my previous (1st?) serious post in this blog, back to my usual nonsense………

    Hmm this Open thread really covers a wide number of topics, where shall I start…

    Re: Taiwanese Dramas – Prince Turns To a Frog el al
    PTTF was one of my 1st forays into TW dramas. At the time thought it was totally exaggerated but very cute. Probably not in my list of favs now – but still have warm feelings towards it. Also had 183 Club playlist then!

    Magicians of Love – Thought it might have been along the same cute/fun vein as PTTF. OMG how wrong was I! It was totally haywire – wanted my money back on that one. Not helped by my desire to attack Ming Dao’s eyebrows with tweezers.

    Meteor Garden – was really late to the MG bandwagon, watching it 5 years after it first aired. But could totally understand it’s appeal. Having subsequently watched the other adaptions, each brought a different level of appeal. Loved Jerry and Vic!

    MARS was one series that impressed – also you could see the improvements in Vic’s acting.

    It Started With a Kiss – too cute! One of my favs. Have not caught the sequel. Loved the OST too. Come to think of it the lead female character reminds of HGD’s Yi Nok! Xiang Quin was sweet, stupid (oh so stupid!) but endearing in her love for Zhi Shu. The supporting cast were very funny.

  84. 84 Z

    I FINALLY watched Delighful Girl Choon Hyang last week and LOVED it. It may be my second favorite kdrama to date, following Coffee Prince. And I’m pretty sure that the love/marriage contract is my favorite plot device. Between 1% of Anything, Choon Hyang, and Full House it’s just tons of fun.

    Speaking of which, is anyting keeping up with That Fool/Accidental Couple. I’m about 7 or 8 episodes in and I’m not sure about it yet. While the main character Dong Beak is adorable, I can’t find a redeeming quality in any of the other characters. I thought the manager was cool but she’s been pretty shady lately and the younger brother would be alright if he didn’t cry so much. But I’m having trouble rooting for Dong Beak and Ji Soo to get together. She spent a good five episodes being super mean to him. And not charmingly mean like in Full House of Choon Hyang but “My Secret Boyfriend Let Me Down Again So I’m Going to Take it Out on You” mean. Which is pretty confusing because that doesn’t give us much of a reason to believe that dong Beak is really falling for her and it doesn’t give us much of a reason to believe in her relationship with Kang Mo because he’s obviously a jerk and a coward.

    But the last couple of episodes have improved just enough to get me to stick with it… I was just wondering what other people thought…

  85. 85 ripgal

    Samsooki,

    You better start writing about the battle between evil KJH/LDH against the good HB/NSM right away! LDH can play evil for sure, cos she’s taken on such a role before. But KJH? hmmm… that will require some imagination, altho I’m pretty sure he’ll be able to do so given his talent and acting ability..

    Please drop in the LDH/KJH thread with your fic soon! (I lurk in both threads most of the time)

  86. 86 mzpakipot

    Hello to all my fellow City Hallers! I just have to say EP 13 is the most fun so far. Though I was a little taken back by Jo-guk’s acting cute(but he was still funny as Mi-rae) and i like the way he acted so jealous of Dr. Tak, talking back and forth. The sad back hug was very romantic. Anyways, enough about my ramblings about that…ey! what’s up with the concept of BAG as a gift? Is it tradition to give BAG/Purse to your GF?

  87. 87 carolf

    hey, thanks for all the hints and helps on where to feed the drama craze! you guys are great! this hobby has the ultimate criteria of “sharing and caring”

  88. 88 Sammi510

    I just wanted to spread the love of this following video. It’s of actor Yoon Sang Hyeon, most recently in Queen of Housewives, singing The One’s 보낼 수 없는너. Amazing. I never knew he was so good. I actually like his version better than the original, and the original is already great.
    Any comments?
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E_nFO0ZEMIg&feature=channel_page

  89. 89 mzpakipot

    correction, it’s episode 12! I must be thinking forward to episode 13, it’s driving me crazy! *toinks*

  90. 90 asianromance

    @Z. I also loved Delightful Girl Chun-hyang. It was like my 2nd or 3rd kdrama. Last year when I watched it again- as a more season asian drama watcher than I was back in 2004/2005- I realized that it was once of the most even and best-paced asian dramas out there (at least in the romantic comedy genre). There was hardly any lag and the comedic and dramatic aspects were well mixed. There wasn’t a sudden decline into melodrama. I think it might be my favorite kdrama- i always can’t decide between that, my girl, and samsoon.

  91. 91 Nea

    @84 Z
    “is anyting keeping up with That Fool/Accidental Couple. I’m about 7 or 8 episodes in and I’m not sure about it yet. While the main character Dong Beak is adorable, I can’t find a redeeming quality in any of the other characters…But the last couple of episodes have improved just enough to get me to stick with it… I was just wondering what other people thought…”

    I am watching this show faithfully and I love it! DB was the reason I kept coming back but I felt that there was a redeeming quality in JS. By the ep you are referring to, JS really picks up as a character you like(or I hope so). I’m not one to tell someone to continue watching a show more than 2 eps and definitely not beyond the 4th if you just aren’t into it, but being that you’ve kept watching, I would say don’t give up yet. JS changes or reveals to be more of someone who’s been closed off, not someone that is completely hateful or hateable. They’ve shown 12 eps now and I am growing sad that its actually going to be over in 2 wks.

    I also understand your concerns about the manager and I really didn’t like her and I’m still holding back on my overall approval but I think that she’s just someone that wants to keep things very professional. Its not that she doesn’t care for JS or that she wants to rule her or has weird loyalties to KM, its really about the job at the end of the day and not confusing personal feelings or desires with that.

    Good luck! Hate that you aren’t loving it like the rest of us. Let me know how it goes:)

  92. 92 Samsooki

    @85 ripgal,

    I always get torn when I write treatments and stories, because the characters are usually bigger than the stories, meaning that sometimes bad things happen to good characters and I can’t stop what will happen, and other times, good things happen to bad characters, and again, I can’t stop what will happen.

    The way that I learned how to write, basically, you create a story by creating characters and then letting them do whatever it is that they would do if they were sitting next to you. They are real, and so you really can’t control them. They do whatever it is that they do. All you can do is control the initial setting and initial circumstances, but once you give life to the characters, they will do what they do, and my job as the writer is just to describe what I see as it happens. Sort of like a reporter.

    If you create a character like a rugged and lonely bounty hunter, Binnie, who sees himself as being cursed and not really deserving of anything, then you’ve created a force of nature and then all you do is describe what he does. I throw in a gentle and sweet younger sister, Nam Sang Mi, and then now Binnie has to reconcile how he lives with how he can protect her. I add parents who were betrayed and killed by Kang Ji Hwan, his former foster brother, then now, I give a strong reason for living – to get revenge for the spilled blood of his parents. And finally, I can throw in obstacles like being captured by slavers and sold to a slave plantation where a rich yang-ban family live like royalty, where the arrogant and dangerous Yoon Kye Sang and the fierce and independent Lee Da Hae are the heirs to the family’s wealth, and then put Binnie and Nam Sang Mi in the slave plantation as the newest slaves, bought off of a slave ship.

    But after I’ve laid it out, the dialogue and the action that follows really has nothing to do with me, and sometimes, when you create a story like this, I find that I really hate what happens, because sometimes bad things happen and sometimes good things happen, but to the wrong people. It can be really upsetting, after you’ve invested scores of hours to create something, only to find that the characters you thought up in your head end up permanently hurt or lifeless.

    If I really care about the characters, then I can get pretty upset if I find out that the love story turns out to have a tragic ending, or that Kang Ji Hwan turns out to be too smart, too ruthless, too terrible, and my whole world is destroyed by Kang Ji Hwan’s capacity to cause pain to others.

    Anyway, I will try to write a treatment this week, and we’ll see how it goes. I really hope there will be a happy ending in my story – if it ends up like a certain fusion sageuk I just saw, I will be kind of upset. hehe.

    as the protector of his sole reason for not killing himself, his younger

  93. 93 Samsooki

    @88 Sammi510 –

    Wow, that was seriously good.

    I think he surprised the people behind him, they were sitting so still and upright and I don’t think they really knew he was going to do what he did.

    I gotta find me that song now. hehe.

  94. 94 amktsy

    lol recently addicted to something and didn’t read korean entertainment news for about a month or 2 already..now trying to catch up everything….

  95. 95 Anna :D

    To 88 and others:

    I absolutely LOVE Yoon Sang Hyun!!!
    I also never thought he sang so well but he is AMAZING!!!
    When he sang “Never Ending Story” for Queen of Housewives, a whole bunch of Korean ajummas were saying how he sang better than Lee Seung Chul.
    I don’t know about that but hes amazing anyways!!!
    TOTAL FAN! Any other fans out there???

    Oh!
    All the Dramas on Dramafever.com are english subbed.

  96. 96 AnitaLotti

    @71
    Love Black & White as well and not just because of Vic but because I think it is awsome. And as to the plot point you did not want to happen, I am absolutely sure that it is just a ruse to protect you know who’s identity and not really true.

    Nor for something completely different:
    Among all the news from stars who joined the army, there has been nothing on Kim Jae Won. Does this mean he is not doing well? Has anybody read something on him on the net?

    It is raining over here and additionally this is not a free weekend but I have “grammar” courses both today and tomorrow – sigh…

    Everybody enjoy your weekend!

  97. 97 Little Ole Me

    Hi Sarah –

    Are you sure you will not reconsider watching Brilliant Legacy aka Shining Inheritance? I am up to ep. 9 and am HOOKED and loving it! With A Man’s Story winding down, Strike Love getting some episodes chopped, won’t you PLEEEEEEEEASE reconsider? Would LOVE to read your point of view on this one. PLEEEEEEEAAAAAAASEEEEEE??????????????????????

    Have a great weekend and a great time on your trip!

  98. 98 budsdiana

    @ samsooki

    As a fan (groupie) of Kang Ji Hwan, have you seen the movie
    Rough Cut/ A Movie is a Movie? You will love KJH there, I am not a fan but a fan of So JI Sub, the other male lead. When you get to see this movie, hope you become a fan of So Ji Sub, too.

    About “If” song in HGD. Me too when I first watch HGD last Jan-Mar 2008 (when it was shown on TV in my part of the world, I was so in love with that song that I overdosed on it. At that time I can’t wait for Weds and Thus to come so I can watch HGD, specially that last 4-5 episodes. Unfortunately for me my father passed away last March 5, 2008 so I could not watch the remaining episodes on TV. Therefore, I always associate the song “IF” to the death of my dad.

    My favorite scene is when Sung Yuri and KJW embraced for the “last” time inside the “barn?” because they are not allowed to see each other anymore (or so they thought). TOTALLY A TEARJERKER. Enjoy HGD if you have not finished.

  99. 99 langdon813

    @96, AnitaLotti

    I really hope you’re right about that plot point NOT being true; the thought that it might be a red herring did occur to me but I’m a little afraid to get my hopes up!

    Something really funny to me; the guy playing Hero and the man playing the Director are father and son in real life, and they look exactly alike. I’ve noticed that in the scenes they share, they’re rarely shown in the same frame. I guess it would be too obvious that they have the exact same face (except for the Director’s little moustache)!

    @ Samsooki

    I’ve made it to Ep 14 of MNIKSS and am still loving it. I think it’s gonna be an all-nighter; I can’t leave town without finishing it!

  100. 100 ripgal

    Samsooki,

    Such a great insight on how you make-up your stories with the help of your fav actors and actresses. No worries, just let your imagination and creativity flow with the wind.. since you already have a hard time choosing over Binnie and KJH (you gonna give him a nic name or what? Hwannie?), it doesn’t really matter who wins in the end right? As long as the the pacing and writing’s good (which I believe it will be), bring it on! ^^

    ===

    Has anybody seen Memories of Murder by Song Kang Ho and Kim Sang Kyung, directed by The Host/Mother’s director Bong Joon Ho? I just finished the movie a while ago, and I was soooo blown away by it! Bong Joon Ho’s a darn amazing director I must say, no wonder The Host received so many praises. I really can’t pinpoint in exact words right now… about the beauty of this movie, despite it being a thriller/investigation movie. I need to think and reorganise my thoughts.. Anybody seen this movie?