Pretty. Lee Ki-woo is a nice-lookin’ man to begin with, but he’s looking sharper than usual in this new photo spread for some fashion magazine I’ve never heard of called The First Class. He’s tailored and chic as a “European style chado-nam [cold city man],” just lounging around and looking fine.
I do sort of want to slap the lighting director, though, in trying for shadowy mystique and giving us a big blob of darkness instead. Concept good, execution not so good. How about we actually SEE the pretty man’s pretty face, huh? Half the shoot makes me want to tilt my computer screen back to catch more light.
Sadly, my affection for Lee Ki-woo is a bit on the wane these days, which I hope is a temporary thing purely due to his Standby character, who’s boring me. Funny how Lee first showed up on my radar as the bland second lead with potential, then shot up to love with his hilariously lazy chef character in Flower Boy Ramyun Shop, and then maintained that charm through the first stretch of Standby… and then took a big nosedive. The perils of going for too perfect, and ending up a Ken doll instead — nothing wrong with him, but he’s kinda stiff. (For more details, we discuss that whole shebang in Podcast #13.)
Still, there are upsides. Such as:
…although admittedly, these days all my Standby love is reserved for Ha Suk-jin. SUCH a great character with so many quirks, who makes Ki-woo (the character, I mean) seem even duller by comparison.
Ahem. Back to our regularly scheduled program:
- Dramabeans Podcast #13: Standby
- Standby: Episodes 15-29 (Highlights)
- Standby: Episodes 5-14 (Highlights)
- Standby: An introduction
- Movie Review: Sweet Lie (Lost and Found)
- Flower Boy Ramyun Shop: Episode 1