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Kolorful Palette: Lee Dog-wook [Iron Man]

Out of context you might think this is an image of a man pretending he’s a dog, and you wouldn’t be too far from the truth. Hong-bin is more obsessed with smelling things than my actual dog, and he certainly has worse manners. I get the impression that this is going to be more of a Beauty and the Beast type of tale, and less of a superhero story, but I’m okay with that.

Probably like a lot of people, I’m not sure if I hate this drama or like it. One big issue is that I’ve never liked Lee Dong-wook, to the point of actively disliking him. I don’t even know why exactly, but I pretty much view him the same way I view raw tomatoes. Based on their immense popularity I know they must be good, but no matter how many times I try, I am utterly incapable of changing my personal distaste. Thankfully Hong-bin is supposed to be somewhat dislikable, at least at this point, so it’s sort of working out. Overall, the vibe of the show somewhat reminds me of a quirky indie piece I might see at a film festival. I don’t think Iron Man will ever see widespread success, but I could see it developing something of a cult following. I actually think this drama is going to have to be careful not to get too normal now, since most of the people still watching are probably sticking around for the crazy.

I have to admit that I’m pretty confused about Hong-bin’s powers in general. Did he always have them and they’re being triggered because of his emotions, or did they originally manifest as a result of his emotions? Will his powers disappear if he becomes a better person, or will he be able to use his powers for good once he changes? His array of powers is a bit confusing too. Blades and storms work so well symbolically with his tempestuousness, but what’s the deal with the smelling? What does that represent?

As far as the comedy goes, it took a while to really feel the style of the humor and appreciate it fully, but it kept getting funnier the more I watched. The regular cues that tell us we’re supposed to laugh aren’t there (such as sound effects, camera editing) so it reminds me a bit of watching U.S. shows like The Office. It takes a bit of getting used to and it’s not for everyone, but I’m at least glad to see something so different attempted in the realm of Korean dramas.

I chose to draw this scene because it really seemed to capture the oddness that is Iron Man, and it would have felt like a lie to draw a mundane-looking shot. It was weird enough that Hong-bin went through such excessive lengths to track down Se-dong (a girl he’s never properly met) but smelling her (twice!) really made it clear that he has no self-awareness regarding social norms. I’m glad that she eventually treated him like a creepy stalker because that one bizarre ballet pose alone should have been enough to send her running.

I doubt I’ll watch this until the end, especially since I’m up to my ears in unfinished dramas this year, but I’ll probably check out a few more episodes just to see where all this wackiness is headed (not to mention my love of Secretary Go; I’m a big Han Jung-soo fan). I’m not on the edge of my seat in any specific way, but it’s certainly fun to have no idea what could possibly happen next.

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Haha, nice pun there. Admittedly I thought it was a typo for a moment, until I saw the image, haha... Great artwork as usual ^^

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Lol, same here! Lee Dog-wook. Haha...

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Lee Dog-woof.

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lol win

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say what you will about Lee Do(n)g Wook, but the guy has impeccable comedic timing.

keep him the hell away from drama (hotel king-yawn) and put him in rom coms and the world will be much more cheerful!

seriously, his work on Roommate is a testimony to his comedic talent. so super subtle that minutes - hours - and even days later, his comments creep into your conscience laughing and kicking that they infect those around you.

and i agree...show needs to remain quirky weird...so that this sniffing thing isnt' something fishy. lol

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I like Lee Dong-wook in Roommate, he's funny with all their antics scripted or not, but in the dramas I have watched which he stars in (about 3), the humor and acting just doesn't hit the right spot, he looks bit tired for me. He even looks older than Secretary Go sometimes. I really tried to like Iron Man, but it just drags for me, it seems all over the place.

I'll be looking forward for LDW next project. I hope it's more amusing.

LDW, fighting!!!!!

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i love this drama...he's doing a great job and for me, he hits the spot...

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totally agree.

keep the LDW sniffing and the world will right itself.

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LOL! Lee Dog-wok! Didn't noticed that earlier. Haha

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Thank you for a very funny review. I read javabean's recap and see that she tends to like the drama, and now I see another reviews from you who offer the reason for disliking it. It highly peaks my curiosity now so I'm going to check it, just to see whose taste I'll agree with :)

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I kind of like this tv series. It reminds me of curious manga characters and those of sci-fi comixs. It looks like people with plenty of money consider themselfs as a nonreachable society, something like before with the blue blood trust, in most of the world, especially in Korea ;-).

Seeing Lee Dong Wook chasing chickens fearfully and then acting like kind of superhero I couldn't stop bursting in laugh...

His smelling ability is maybe linked with the forced loss of his beloved one, I don't know, but it's kind of funny, because even if she is running and sweating like a "pig" he doesn't mind her smell and when she speaks he is like in a trance from her scent.

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Its on the insane side and this is nothing against LDW but I really wish Ji sung would've taken this role it has him spelled all over it but oh well I have to watch episodes 3 -4 let's see if I like it ?

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Lee dong wook is the best in scent of a woman...the rest of his recent dramas are blehh ..i thought he would get better after scent of a woman but no he tend to overeact so much that it is annoying.

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Speaking of Scent of a Woman, I just finished watching it for the first time earlier this month. I came away from it feeling like it was a good choice and well worth it. :)

SOAW prompted me to finally squeeze in the time to start Mandate of Heaven and Roommate.

No point in kidding myself. Unabashedly I admit that I am on a Lee Dong Wook kick/high/craze. As a person or the persona that LDW is selling - he comes across as a person who is always willing to gives it his all through dedication and by being such a hard-worker regardless of the project. Hence, this is one of the main reasons I am watching Iron Man [aka Blade Man] and more than willing to give it the benefit of the doubt and a chance to prove itself.

I don't mind fully admitting that LDW has a tendency to overact in some his more emotional scenes and sometimes struggles with reeling in his facial expressions.

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I too was on a LDW kick recently. If you are in the mood for a melodrama and Lee Dong Wook, I recommend "La Dolce Vita", (also called A Bittersweet Life) His performance really moved me. Sometimes it was so strong I had to take a break for a day or two while marathoning it, though it continued to run through my mind. (especially at a boring holiday party, all I wanted to do was sneak into another room and secretly watch the drama on my laptop.) Very well written and acted and the soundtrack reflects the mood splendidly. One of my favorites.

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Haven't watched the show, but from what I've seen written there could be a few explanations for the rules of The show's world.

One might be existentialism. His mind creates the reality which is manifested in the world around him. That would explain why the physical forces of the world respond to his emotions.

Or maybe the story will be more along the lines of Ancient Greek mythology, wherein the unexplainable forces of nature were personified into a pantheon of Gods.

Or perhaps the 'superpowers are entirely metaphorical. Such as, his anger is what creates the storms (relational conflict) and earthquakes (instability) in his life.

The first two of these could easily be connected to their use of his sense of scent. This could be a play on a figure of speech used in the ancient world (and which is a common Biblical phrase.) It says that people are either a 'pleasing aroma', or 'a stench in his nostrils.' In the Bible it is expressed exclusively as a metaphor for God's opinion of individuals, based on their persistent attitudes and moral choices. So maybe the whole scent thing is playing on the fact that he is a god in his existential or mythological reality, and his judgment of a person's scent correlates to that divine status?

Maybe that's all a stretch, but I thought it was interesting to think about. I guess we'll see as the story unfolds.

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I love this drama! I even liked the much maligned first episode, a lot. To go back to the recent post about personal taste, this one ticks all of my boxes. As long as it stays quirky and OTT, I'm happy. And I've never been much of a Lee Dong Wook fan either (too much overacting).

Anyone else getting a bit of a I'm a Cyborg, But That's OK vibe from it?

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I love this show. It's unexpected, visually interesting, and stretches the actors like bubble gum. Granted it's pulling me in different directions but I am captured by the unknown, the promise of overcoming ones own demons and at the root, so empowering of females breaking granite hearts while standing firm in their own beliefs.

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I'm not sure I love this show yet - always mixed on LDW to be honest -- but I wholeheartedly agree on the visual interest of the filming.

I like the housekeeper/butler woman (from Miss Korea) at least as well as Sec. Go.

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Very nice picture! Well done!

I can agree that Lee Dong-wok's acting can sometimes be...unbearable...but I still like him, regardless. I've liked him since he and Shin Dong-yup co-hosted Strong Heart a few years ago. I thought he was handsome and had a very nice and friendly personality. I liked him in Heaven's Mandate (The Fugitive of Joseon as it's called on Crunchyroll.) and I like him on Roommate. Whether Roommate is scripted or not (I don't think it is entirely scripted, just some of the things they do) he's very likeable and seems very genuine. I still think of the time he pulled Park Min-woo aside to talk to him to offer encouragement and to tell him to not take things too seriously and to not be jealous or upset with Seo Kang-joon. That, more than anything, really cemented my admiration for Lee Dong-wook.

So I guess you could say I'm a fan of Lee Dong-wook the person, instead of Lee Dong-wook the actor. But I do like him in Iron Man. I think he's perfect for this kind of over the top acting and humor. Though Secretary Go continues to be the best thing in the show.

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Watching him on "Roommate" caring for and cleaning up after that sick puppy made me see him in a different light; don't think that was scripted LOL.

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Me tooo! I did say in a previous post that I didn't like his acting much, but I really like him as a person. Especially after he stepped up and took on the responsibility of that puppy. He never got mad, he just handled the situation with care and attention, like an adult.

Gosh, who buys a puppy on the spur of the moment then foists if off on another person? So selfish! I wonder if she took her home after leaving the show...?

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I'm not a fan of LDW or anybody else but I like him a lot.. I cant resist not to watch his works. .even if he overreacts (actually I dont see that annoying and I dont think he do it alot. He is wounderful most of the time). I agree with you, I didnt like IM at first but now, I'm curious about the secrets in this story.. it gets better with every new ep.

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Thanks Fanderay.

Nice artwork. Your pun and the way you played with his name was crafty. If you ever decide to draw just a picture of Secretary Go or a scene with both Joo Hong-Bin and Secretary Go, I look forward to it.

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I've only seen LDW in My Girl and Wild Romance so im kinda tempted to watch Iron Man bc it seems to be a different genre? I loved My Girl, but Wild Romance kinda deflated and got boring towards the end.

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He looks like a player and flirting a lot. I like him before but seeing him with that female kpop idol in Roommate makes me lost respect about him.

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I completely understand what you mean when you say you "dislike" LDW. I feel the same way with a lot of actors: Lee Jong-seok, Song Jae-rim, Choi Jin-hyuk, Jo In-sung, Rain... basically all the actors people on Dramabeans love.

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I will add to your list kim soo hyun, lee min ho , jang hyuk and many more kkkkkkkk

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haha, im actually really enjoying Iron man! Its a refreshing breeze from the recent, over-trope, angsty, dramas that have been out. But i cant deny that im here for the crazy lol. Its just so bizarre, but thats why i like it. At the same time its made me super interested, i mean this guy sprouts metal form his back, his mood affects the weather and electricity, he has super smeeling, and yet he is apparently unaware of his super powers. how could you not be intrigues by that?lol.

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well I like him. He earned my respect with bungee jumping in Running Man. even though then he lost it when he was hardly at home in Roommate. he is gaining it back with Blade Man, surprisingly, cause even if it is wacky and a little nonsensical, it is like...I dunno, like some european movie that barely makes sense but get awards and stuff, cause everyone is too scared to say they did not understand. you know. really putting your acting on a test. now I dont make sense. well, I have watched too many nordic movies.

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it is not that I dont understand, let me be clear. even if I am not. i do, sort of. I enjoy the fact that I dont really. or just the uniqueness. that is different. yeah.

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