about javabeans

I love Korean dramas and I write about ’em. (And write about ’em. And write about ’em. You may have noticed that brevity is not my friend. I want to be ITS friend, but it shuns me regularly.)

I’ve been watching Korean dramas (on and off) as long as I can remember, for almost two decades. My first Korean drama was the 1992 hit Jealousy, and I’ve been hooked ever since. Man does that make me feel old.

I started this site because I couldn’t find a site providing meaty (or any) analysis for K-dramas, a longtime guilty pleasure of mine. I enjoy marveling at the pretty as much as anyone, but also wanted to express appreciation for quality that didn’t automatically dismiss something for being popular. Or, on the flipside of that same coin, to discuss something popular that went beyond surface discussion of the plot or hot cast. (Although, let’s be honest! Hot cast = a nice bonus.)

My underlying modus operandi: Just because it’s pop culture doesn’t mean discourse has to be shallow. I’d like to sustain a fun but hopefully substantive level of conversation, mixed with some irreverence. Because it’s not worth it if it’s no fun.

I occasionally tweet (@javabeans). And even less occasionally blog (elsewhere, that is). There’s also a Dramabeans Facebook that gets ignored a lot.

 

about girlfriday

I’m 50% writer, 50% couch potato. I lean left; politically, not footwise. I like to make snap judgments, then reconsider them to a pulp. I enjoy grammar, if only to break some more rules. I’m a tv junkie, a critic, a fan, but mostly importantly, I’m a writer who likes to procrastinate by watching k-dramas. The fact that I can do both now blows my mind.

I feel very strongly that people can have thoughtful discourse on just about any topic, and that art—mass, pop, high, pulp, whatever it may be—can and should be discussed intelligently for the thing it is.

Hence, I thought Dramabeans would be a good place to exercise my brain. Or was it exorcise? That would explain the confusion.

About the name: A Girl Friday could rule the world, if she really wanted to. You know her—the best friend smartypants, the plucky assistant who always knows exactly what the private eye/cop/secret agent/superhero needs? She’s cute and clever and sassy and loyal, and pretty much smarter than everyone in the room. I mean, could Jack Bauer have saved one day, let alone eight, without Chloe O’Brien?

My favorite Girl Fridays are of course ones that break the mold. Willow Rosenberg and Veronica Mars are the contemporary evolution of the classic character, and give us all hope that the geeky outcast can and will save the world.

Just think of me as Dramabeans’ girlfriday: the Miss Moneypenny to javabeans’ Bond.

I sometimes tweet things I shouldn’t. And ramble on in a blog.

Meet the rest of the Dramabeans staff.

 

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780 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. 301 Jill

    Thank you so much for the music downloads! I have not watched any Korean drama before – I watch anime and somehow made it to Boys Before Flowers – I was sooo hooked. I have obsessively watched all the episodes in one week. I hum the music at work all day long and am so glad to have the full versions to play full blast.

    I haven’t read all your posts, but I will!!! I was trying to figure out why I was so nuts about this series – I didn’t really like the anime, and I think I’ve watched the Chinese (Taiwanese) version but it has been a while – and it came to me in episode 16:

    This is Jane Austen!!! I love Jane – I love her romance, her characters, especially her supporting characters, and Her Leading Men. And the F 4 are just gorgeous, esp. Lee Min J; there is also an innocence to the relationships that is, hmmmmm, refreshing, touching.

    Anyway, I burble on! Thanks! You’ve got a new steady reader! (U.S. librarian)

    Any recommendations for what I watch next??? (I am seriously thinking of starting over again with BBF!!)

  2. 302 Jill

    Oooo Oooooo Never mind about suggestions! I found your drama ratings page! I am soooooooooooo excited. Coffee Prince first!!!!

  3. 303 gbox

    hey, new to your site, but i really enjoy it! i have similar thoughts/analysis as you. some other sites are too childish/mean/stupid. and jil too was my first drama too! look forward to perusing through your site and your new updates! =)

  4. 304 Yulsy

    Came by your website, b/c I could not wait for the next installment of videos to show Boys Over Flowers. Thanks to you, I am all caught up. Since my Korean is so-so at best your summaries are quite enlightening and quite amusing. The first Korean drama I got hooked on was Jealously as well while I was in Korea in ’92…it was all the rage and Choi Jin-Sil was all over the place…quite sad about her passing. Anyway, you have a gift-4-gab and love reading your blogs in the nether hours of the morning.

  5. 305 Yulsy

    Under your “about” section, there is a cartoonish pic of 3 superladies…it reminds me of a comedy I saw about 2 years ago, but I cannot remember the title for the life of me. My then 1 year old son used to dance to the music on the show I wanted to see if i could purchase the dvd somewhere. anyway, it is about this hip funny women with goregous thick wavy hair who works in an advertising agency, see is in love with her boss who has a psycho wife that stalks him and then see falls for a younger guy that is actually an attorney wishing to be a chef…ring any bells for anyone…if so, please clue me in…driving me nuts trying to remember

  6. 306 Ida

    Hi Javabeans,

    Your site is definitely a very big help for us who are non-Koreans. There may be some comments that I may not really agree on (I mean, to each to its own right!), but I find it all witty and very informative. You are a notch apart from all the rest, and keep up the good work. You are making a lot of people happy with what you are doing, which I really DO APPRECIATE (Yehey!!!) THAT since for your to keep track of everything… its boggles my mind…

    Boys Before Flowers is definitely a favorite and I am always looking forward to your reviews (or any updates to any star).

    Keep it up! You are doing us a really good service!!

    XOXO

  7. 307 ashtoh

    Hi Dramabeans,

    Nice to meet you.
    Just want to say that you have done a very good job in updating Korean dramas.
    I myself like you, a blogger on Korean entertainment but not that strong hehe.
    coz i’m lack of understanding Korean and now i still studying.
    Keep up the good work and wish you all the best.
    Aja aja fighting…keep the spirit too…
    I will keep updating at ur page for information.
    Have a nice day..
    Cheers~~~

  8. 308 BZnJustCRZY

    dramabeans!!!
    ^__________^
    I love you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    in the sense that i really really really DO appreciate what you’ve done for all of us Kdrama fans out here who don’t understand korean nor have time to watch the whole video~!
    love you! love you! love you!
    *mmmmuah* ^ . ~
    This is the best entertainment site dedicated to drama (n fans) i’ve ever been too!
    very detailed and updated with opinions~!
    that’s the best!
    you are the best!!!
    well i’m just repeating wat everyone’s saying =.=;;
    beside it’s the thought that counts right?!?!
    I wanna help out but i don’t know any korean
    nor do i know much about computers
    but you let me know if you need an extra hand ^__^
    I’ll tell all my friends about this site and tell them to tell their friends too
    and i’ll put this site as my top fav!!
    we love you and we support you!! ^^
    truck loads of love
    DGBZnJustCRZY

  9. 309 abby

    Hi hi Javabeans
    My doc colleague is a great fan of K-drama and she introduced me to your site years ago. Your comment are witty and gives non-Koreans like a better understanding of the Korean culture and why things are done the way it is. It also gives a timely update of the latest drama.

    I truly appreciate your effort in keeping us connected.
    Much thanks.

    Fighting

  10. 310 yngma

    hi dramabeans,
    just a shout out to thank you for your up to date reviews on “boys over (before) flowers.” believe it or not i literally stumbled on the series just last Sunday – as there was nothing good on cable. I discovered the show while I was channel surfing. It’s a cute love story… And your site enabled me to get a whole dose of the tv show.
    thanks again and more power to you.
    -yngma-

  11. 311 shawtyshawtyshawty

    hello there!
    i know that this is random but i just started to listen to Sorry Sorry(my first time listening to SuJu) the other day, and now i’m really diggin it, too!!
    it’s just so catchy.

    and btw, thank you so much for the BBF recaps.

  12. 312 Balletbabeanna

    I just wanted to say komawo (I don’t know if I spelled that correctly but…) I love your blog, it makes my week. I really appreciate your in dept summaries on the dramas/ culture/entertainment world. Sometimes I’m happy to see the things I missed while watching an episode on your blog or even just the fact that there are a lot moments in dramas I wonder about something and I come to your page and see that I’m not the only one. Your summaries make my laugh and think deeper about what I’m watching ( I even go back to rewatch after reading your blog). They even have my talking to myself when I’m readiing them ( My family thinks I’m crazy) AnYwAyS THANK YOU and KEEP UP the GOOD Work!!!

  13. 313 lady maddie

    hello there,
    i love your blogsite…very informative!!!
    are you a korean and living in korea?
    thanks for all the information we always wanted in a kdrama and everything abt korean news…
    keep up the good work!!!

  14. 314 Sen

    Hi javabean!

    It is alright to download the songs right?

    there wouldn’t be any implications to it right? (no virus, legal right?)

    appreciated if u can reply through my email.

    Thanks. really love the songs. :)

  15. 315 fluffy

    HI JAVABEAN,
    your site/blog is AWESOME…content is always interesting; and your comments, while I may not agree all the time, are well written and thoughtfully put together.
    Songs are also wonderful to listen to…I have actually gone off to order many of the CDs by these artists.
    Please don’t retire…I haven’t found another site that even comes close to yours!
    Many thanks for a job well done!

  16. 316 Blur

    Hi dramabeans,
    I caught BOF on-off for the first few episodes when i was visting korea in Jan. Wasn’t too into the show. But cos its soooo huge now, i went to look for it online out of curiosity and .. found ur site!!!!
    Thanks for the great and in-dept synopsis and pics! I’m now hooked on the drama just by reading ur blog. Can even imagine the scenes from the drama in my head! It’s that detailed. Can’t wait for the next updates on BOF ep. 24 from u!
    Great writing! :))
    ps: btw, love the comments abt the song Paradise being played at all the wrong times in the drama hahaa

  17. 317 mkartadi

    Halo Javabeans, Love your blogs. Always have update info. about the lastest korean drama.

  18. 318 Curious George

    Hello DramaBeans Founder,

    You have a great site going on here. But, I would like to know your biography. Who are you? Guy or girl? Details, please.

  19. 319 gee ann

    hello.. I’m a new bloger in the entertainment industry. I like to watch korean movies and dramas since it is introduced here in the Philippines. I enjoyed mostly about the reviews and comments that you write.

    and my question is this:
    I would like to know if you are only reviewing most about the KBS shows and I don’t see if you are reviewing also the shows of MBC. I’m still curious about this two stations.. What is the difference of this stations?

    I hope you will answer this.
    just mail me gie_ann_01@yahoo.com
    Thanks!

  20. 320 Gloria

    First of all, no guarantee that you’ll read this, but I just want to say thank you again! (:
    You always deliver for me with your insightful (and funny) recaps. They make me laugh, and they also make me appreciate/enjoy the drama more. (Though sometimes I’m laughing at something in the drama that happened to be ludicrous that you also pointed out… but that’s all out of love ^ D ^) Your blog/site is one of the best sides out there for Korean entertainment (sadly you don’t do Jdramas, but it’s all good ^ W ^) and they always make me say “At least javabeans understands! ; w ;” or “That’s what I was thinking!” I think your reviews are pretty fair as well (though of course we all have our own tastes, so it’s impossible to stay completely objective). For the most part we’re pretty similar in tastes, except I can stomach dramas that are mediocre, mainstream, or melancholy. (Enjoying them is another story?) The problem with melancholy dramas is that I cry too easily, so I try to avoid dramas that are sad just for the sake of being sad…
    Anyway, your site continually helps me refrain from going to school and saying long speeches/rants about dramas and my analysis of them. Ahahah I really should stop talking so much. Thanks again, and sorry this thank you was so long! T_________T I gotta fix that.

  21. 321 Jess

    Hi javabeans ..my friend link me to this site..thankyou for a great site with updates news..i wanna ask if we can affiliate?

    http://ygworld.wordpress.com

    Jess

  22. 322 nasim

    hi .i love ur site i live in iran .in iran every one love song il gook.do you have his ID?

  23. 323 Pandamama

    I found this site while I am visiting U.S.
    Thanks for the details of “the return of Ilujime’ with so many photos.
    I am a big fan of Kim Min Jong. But, I am a way from home as his drama”Ilujime” starting in Japan.
    You saved me!
    Thanks!

  24. 324 SUPPORTEROFDRAMABEANS!!

    hey dramabeans! i know you know how to speak korean there is a site called viikii.net and there is a drama there called just looking at that fool can you translate it. it has the two newer episode 3 and episode 4 i know you only recapped episode 1 and 2. tnx!!

  25. 325 yhsarang

    Hello! You have an awesome site and I just wanted to voice my appreciation. I sometimes don’t understand fully what goes on in K-dramas as my Korean skills are limited to light conversation. I’m so hooked on Slingshot right now and if you weren’t there I probably would only understand a little more than half. (My Korean is good enough to know that the subs I find online really suck). The fact that you’re so detailed with the episode recaps are great– and I find myself agreeing with your comments. The fact that your writing is pretty good doesn’t hurt either. :)

    Anyway, I’m glad to have found you! Keep up the good work! (BTW, where do you find the time to keep up with this site?)

  26. 326 Anonymous

    it’s sooooo GoOd

  27. 327 sophiayew

    Hello,i like your way of blogging and your enthusiasm.
    Will catch your blog frm time to time.
    Keep up the good work

    i knw this is not a good question but
    May i ask ,are you a Korean ? (cause i cant see your profile)
    i’m obsess with korean food,clothes(esp traditional dress),jewellery(in drama) etc. : )

    :) frm Malaysia,sophia.

  28. 328 Kay

    Hey, since you watch so much dramas, is there any good dramas that you recommend?! (that’s new or so?) If there’s any please tell me!!!!

  29. 329 Tammy

    I just wanted to let you know that your work is awesome and SO appreciated! Because of your episodic summaries, I’ve found myself watching series that I otherwise wouldn’t have considered (e.g., Que Sera Sera and Love Marriage, which I absolutely love now and have fallen in love with Kim Ji Hoon…).

    Thank you, thank you! :) I wish people would take up this for Taiwanese and Hong Kong series… I would love to do the work myself but don’t have the software to rip the wonderful screencaps that you do for your summaries…

  30. 330 Sophie

    THANK YOU for all ur recommendations & summaries of korean dramas (((:
    it’s been a great help for me.

    VERY VERY MUCH APPRECIATED!

  31. 331 Randy

    Thank you for this web site. I love reading the comments, summaries, and opinions of other kdrama and jdrama lovers.

    Your insight about news and all the dramas is priceless. I’m so glad I found this website recently.

    Please don’t go away.

  32. 332 Haizah

    Hi,

    I really like your website. I came across it when I was looking for Boys Before Flower sypnopsis with English subtitle on google and now I’m hooked.

    Thanks to you because now I don’t have to look for other website for Korean dramas with Eng Sub. And thanks for the free language translator software that you recommend which i have yet to download.

    It’s so funny when you write what you thought of of every episode,scene,plot, etc(whatsoever they call it). Sometimes when i watch those dramas, i did thought of what u though of , you know what i mean? 😀

    Btw, i really do appreciate if you know of any website (in English) that updates Korean celebrity visits to other country. hehe.

    THANKS!!

  33. 333 popy

    Hi, javabeans
    I have visited your homepage several times however, until now I already left this message to thank you. I really like your site, especially your recaps and even more the quotes from the dramas. What a meticulous job! I came across to find out your site when searching drama “Who are you”. I have been watching a lot of K-dramas but “Who are you” is one of my most favorite. Moreover, I’m glad to read the comments on your site, especially about the drama I love because I (like many people above) don’t know anything in Korean and this is the first site having English content and comment (except for soompi). Thank you very much again, javabeans.

    Last but not least, I have a question for you. You like Yoon Kye-sang, don’t you? I mean that a little more than any actors?

  34. 334 anon

    Do you have any suggestions for purchasing korean entertainment type magazines, such as korean vogue? Can you only get these through subscription type services?

  35. 335 Max

    Why are all the kiss scenes from BOF like after school specials? Are there kdramas that are a little more, um, affectionate?

  36. 336 deedee

    i love your site. i enjoy going through every posts, especially the drama/episode recaps. keep it up! ^_^

  37. 337 Ladymoonstone

    Hi javabeans,

    I truly enjoy your site. I love reading your recaps on BBF. They are so witty and I understand the episodes much better. I am just getting hooked on K-dramas and I definitely will be a regular here.

    Thanks again and more power.

  38. 338 lot2x

    I really love your site JB and i keep open it from to time to time because i’m so excited of your new updates of my favorite actors & actresses . I’M FROM the
    PHILIPPINES . thank you JB just keep the good work & more power

    THANKS JAVABEANS!!!

  39. 339 kaylee

    I love kim bun so much

    He is Very Cute………………!!!!!!!!!!!!

  40. 340 L00L

    As a Kdrama fan, I enjoy reading your blog very much. I find your website thru a search of “The Return of Iljimae”, a series, which I love. I took cinema courses in college. The teacher mainly focuses his attention on the technical stuff: such as the position of the camera angle, lighting and stage setting. What interests me the most is the character development part, which we hardly touch base on.

    My mother is also a Kdrama fan. Her tastes are broad and vary. She can sit thru hundreds episode of one family drama and still be enthusiastic about it. However, I prefer something that is short, direct and beautifully presented with excellent plot and writing (for an example: this “Return of Iljimae” I like so much).

    One thing I find rather interesting while I was watching ROI is that certain scenes from the Spoiler and Close Caption are not reflected in the actual running drama. For an instance, in the Spoiler of Episode 16, it shows Iljimae WITHOUT his mask on fights the assassin in the woods. When we see the scene on air in Episode 17, it shows Iljimae WITH his mask on and he kills the assassin rather swiftly without engaging in a more complicated fight. Also, in the final version of the Close Caption, we see a gunman shoots Iljimae first and then pounces back, fires the gun at his partner. This is not how the actual scene plays out in the drama. And the caption of Iljimae hands tied, mouth stuffed, a small blade comes out of the front of his shoe is not in the drama at all.

    I wonder whether the director keeps these scenes in (or adjust them) merely to make the Spoiler/Close Caption more exciting, or to test the viewer senses, see if they really watch the drama carefully, or there is a different version at work (sometimes, certain scenes of a drama are manipulated to fit the viewing code of anther country)? Since I haven’t seen any other drama that does this, I am curious to know the inside details.

    Finally, I am grateful that you take the time and do such marvelous job at recapping this drama. The discovering of your blog is like having a delicious treat. I am intrigued, satisfied, and wanting for more.

  41. 341 melai04_yukashii

    hey ms javabeans, are you a korean? i just wonder because you’re very good in english writing. love your posts! thanks! :)

  42. 342 retsnom_Adedekutsu

    Just wanna say thanks a lot for this site, javabeans. ^^

    I enjoyed reading some of your articles, blogs, recaps, etc. And thanks also for the scripts.

    Thank you very much.

  43. 343 lala

    HI!

    I absolutely ADORE dramabeans and always read through the analysis. I was wondering if you run this site on your own or if you have any help? I’ve seen some Korean blogs hire applicants and was wondering if you do the same because I actually write my own essays on a few dramas I really like.

  44. 344 Anastasia ErYe

    hai…

    wau…
    thank’s alot about information n all about KIM BUM..

    I LOVE U SOMUCH KIM BUM>>>>

    JBL;)

  45. 345 pinkie

    Hi JB, I’m from Spore and just wondering where your viewers are from?

    I just happen to bump into your site one fine day some months back and cool…..like your site alot as you provide latest up-to-date news…..like yourself, I love to watch k-drama and movies. I have been to Seoul many years back with my children and my sister during Christmas and really enjoyed our trip.

    Keep up your good work though it’s hard….as it’s so time consuming…….well…really appreciate it!! Cheers

  46. 346 jay

    hi.. i’ve been reading your blog for some months now because i like the way you make your reviews.. because im not korean it kinda gives me an insight to the culture.
    i have yet to learn to navigate here in your blog. i guess like the others i’m interested in knowing what other dramas you recommend.. 😉
    i left a comment on your coffee prince episode guides. like i said i discovered this series quite recently and REALLY ENJOYED IT!!!
    i hope to read more reviews and rants from you..

  47. 347 Jo

    I’m really thankful for a website like this! I’ve only been recently addicted to BOF [it was first shown in the Philippines a month or so ago, but I only started watching the DVD last week], and it’s really a hard habit to break — which is bad since I’ve classes now. but anyway, I just want to thank you for the stuff you write. I enjoy your recaps and updates about BOF [it’s funny that I totally agree with what you say sometimes, especially those that I used to think only I agreed to]. I hope to get to know more Kdramas, seeing as how entertaining they are.

    will stay glued to dramabeans.com!

    – Jo :)

  48. 348 Keiki55

    I absoutlely love your website, I started watching Kdramas a couple a mouths age(My Girl was the 1st one I watch) have been addict since, your insights on the shown help me alot , am not korean and your thoughts on the culture and all the major subjects they have on the showns have help me greatly. Thanks so much for such a great site keep up the good work.

    luv.

  49. 349 Eliza

    Just to say thank you for your hard work subbing and keeping this blog. I have recently started subbing to Spanish (I am from Mexico) and realize how hard work it is and therefore admire all those who have worked to so hard through the years so that we(non-Koreans) may enjoy these wonderful dramas. I became addicted almost 4 years ago and have seen more than one hundred k-dramas. I am still amazed at the quality, originality and depth of many of the scripts of these dramas. I truly admire Korean actors and the acting skills, not only the lead actors/actresses but also the supporting cast: that handful of middle-aged/senior thespians who must be the hardest working supporting actors in the world and that is always a joy to watch, even though one may not know their names.

    Keep up the good work.

    Greetings and blessings to all fellow Kdrama addicts of the world.

  50. 350 J-Pooh

    I’ve seen dramabeans mentioned on some sites before but finally decided to check it out today. I just wanted to say that my first drama was Jealously as well! A friend popped it in the night before my finals and I got so hooked that I spent the whole night watching it! I compare all Kdrama love story liners to that one! ^^

    I remember the Kdrama sites back then were slim pickings. I look forward to exploring your site!

  51. 351 kurai

    javabeans-

    here is a mini-essay for ya. i hope you can wade through it. if not, it can be summed up as follows: <3!

    you should know that i am a pretty big grump when it comes to blogs. usually, i consider the majority of blogs to be nothing more than chaotic eye-candy-splattered public forums for empty-headed fangirling, which includes, but is not limited to, the over-use of tags and picspam like no tomorrow. that being said, your blog has more than redeemed blogs in general for me.

    i appreciate the organization of your site and the time and care you put into your posts. i am a longtime viewer of jdrama, but am a new kdrama fan (my big intro being boys before flowers…which should offer rehab services for its hooked fans, don't you think?) your site has really helped in finding more kdrama to watch, as well as given me a good outlet for my bbf addiction with tons of well-organized screen caps, promo shots, etc. . thanks for taking the time to post all the mp3s and photos (and actually having a searchable, accessible database!)

    mostly, i was inspired to write this post-of-praise because of your episode reviews. they actually worth reading. props to you. seriously. i'm a former english majour and self-proclaimed feminist, so naturally i like to analyze and argue for characters and plot regardless of the medium (books, movies, dramas.. 😀 ). i had found after finishing up one of my favorite jdramas (zettai kareshi) that there was nowhere to intelligently (and occasionally squee-ingly) discuss the show's themes or anything that was remotely interesting to me. kudos to you for giving these kdramas some legitimate attention in your blog!

    again, sorry for the long speech, but i have been enjoying your site so much that i thought i'd let you know that you've done a great job!

    -k

  52. 352 k-mouse

    dear dramabeans,

    i love your writing style and i must say you have really sharp analysis of each episode. putting aside emotions, you are able to analyze in depth each episode. well done! it is really fun reading your entries. often, i find myself nodding and laughing as i read. hahaha!

    i started watching kdramas a few months ago and i really love them! i have stopped watching singapore dramas. somehow, the acting skills of many actors and actresses here cannot be compared to the korean ones. ;p

  53. 353 floatingstars

    Hi Dramabeans!

    I’m a huge fan! Lemme introduce myself to you first. I’m doing this Kpop blogger feature project with other bloggers already on board. To give you an idea, I’m a writer by profession and also an Asian entertainment blogger. I’ve collaborated with other bloggers who agreed to do an interview with me so I can make a feature article about them in my blog http://www.floatingstars.wordpress.com (you can check it if you have time)… I want to show the person/ team behind K blogs from different places, and I thought about doing a feature on you! Me and all the other bloggers I know want to spread not only Kpop love but also unity among fellow bloggers! Since we’re all doing news about celebs, why not do a feature about the ones writing the news? lol. And I was hoping you could participate… I would really really appreciate it! For details, you can go to: http://tinyurl.com/le7law. Please email me at ikuzoyori@yahoo.com for questions!

    it’s gonna be fun! lots of spazzfest and random stuff! cheerios!

  54. 354 sahb

    hi, i would just like to know, what’s your nationality? :)

  55. 355 rentao

    hi, dramabeans!!! i just love the way you do the recaps of the kdramas.. can you also make drama recaps of the upcoming drama Iris?? I just so love T.O.P…well,he’s not really having the lead role, but i like his role in this drama anyway..Thanks for blogging kdrmas in english, I mean, I don’t understand korean that much but I have a dream of being fluent in it someday..Thanks a lot!!

  56. 356 kikan

    Hi, I came across your site when i searched for the OST of Coffee prince.
    I like your website, I like your review, I like the way you describe everything clearly.
    I myself like K drama a lot, although in someways, i cannot distinguished each actor by the name (its quite difficult for my indonesian tongue). Overall I like your site very much, and i Found the OST of Coffee Prince here, Thank you ….

    Keep Up The Good Spirit Java Bean (Java is the island where i was born, i thought you’re also javanese like me ;-P)

  57. 357 Lalaa

    I’ve been a fan of your site since Boys Before Flowers, but I’ve only just found this little introductory page (hopeless, I know) — well, I just wanted to comment about how much I love your site.

    I live in the UK and I’m filipino, so I don’t understand Korean or anything – I got hooked to the dramas about two years ago after I went to the Philippines on holiday (they’re pretty big there). This site is like my connection to korean drama and things that go on over there with celebrities etc since I don’t really know where else to get that info. Everything’s so clear and easy to follow, I check daily for entries, and I love how you write your reviews and recaps – they are so indepth and interesting..

    Keep up the great work dramabeans – thank youu!

  58. 358 oppa888

    Hi Dramabeans,

    Love your site, (I also love Coffee & K-Dramas)! :)
    Unfortunately I became hooked on K-Dramas after watching “What Star Are You From” with Kim Rae-Won and Jung Ryu Won. How tragic!

    However, now that I am done with all the overacted, super-cliche dramas, I try to be a little more astute with my selections, otherwise the whole experience can become a total waste of time.

    Thanks to your awesome site, I have been able to select quality dramas, and I have not yet been disappointed by your drama-ratings.

    Flowers For My Life was as you said, underated, lovely, witty with just a touch of dark humour. I too almost overlooked the Return of Iljimae until I read some of your comments. I loved the SBS Iljimae to the point (as Ive noted from other comments) I was almost too biased and programmed into not bothering with ROI. It is truly a beautifully crafted drama, great acting, script, cinematography, action, romance etc.. etc…

    Thanks again and best wishes and success to you always!

  59. 359 Khang

    sure! U so cul. i am studying Korean.

  60. 360 ~~Li.

    Hi dramabeans!

    I’m Korean but don’t have Korean parents, so therefore, I don’t get a lot of access to language/culture/anything. =[. Therefore, I LOVE coming to your site and getting all the updates. Makes me feel like I’m really Korean. =]. As for Korean dramas, I LOVE them and started watching them when I was pretty young. Because of that however, I never learned how to actually THINK about them and just took them as mindless and mentally lax fun. Thanks to your site, I’ve learned how to watch something and enjoy it while also noticing flaws and wondering if improvements can be made. Now, it’s not so mindless and something actually fun and (at times depending on what I’m watching) intellectually engaging.

    Thanks so much for your endless recaps! They’ve made staying on top of good dramas so easy!

    [By the way, I love how much you love Coffee Prince. Many of my fellow kdrama watching friends didn’t get the attraction/hype, but I’m glad someone does.]

  61. 361 Eleven11

    I still don’t quite understand exactly how I ended up watching kdramas – they’re completely removed from my little world (born and bred in New Zealand), but what can I say? I love them! Kdramas are my secret habit, I don’t think people would look at me the same way if they knew I fell head over heels for this kind of sweet stuff – so it’s great being able to read other peoples perspectives on this site (isn’t the internet awesome sometimes?).

    Flowers for my Life was absolutely beautiful, and I never would have watched it if it wasn’t for this blogsite. Same with Coffee Prince actually, that series was like chocolate for the heart (haha).

    So, simply, Thanks! =)

  62. 362 nitnotzz

    Hi Javabeans,

    Same with 385-Lalaa comment, “I’ve been a fan of your site since Boys Before Flowers, but I’ve only just found this little introductory page (hopeless, I know) — well, I just wanted to comment about how much I love your site.” Now I’m your web daily visitor.. 😛

    I watched Dalja’s spring and Coffee Prince because of your recommendation, and felt head over heel because of it. Now, I only watch Kdrama based on your ratings cause it never fails me.. :)

    Thanks so much for it and keep up the good work.. fighting!! ^_^

  63. 363 kelpem

    wow u r the great and i like going through each of ur blogs and its fortunate i came across your blog esp ur kdrama review of Boy Before Flowers…i like it and i like the drama it self…keep updating us and thanks once again…by the ways am from Bhutan…and am also a gr8 fan of kdramas and some few movies too….looking forward for ur blog updation…thnks

  64. 364 theleenbean

    haHA – i lol-ed at that bit about explaining your site to your tech guys – I never thought about what “dramabeans” would sound like to someone not into/familiar with/aware of kdramas, but i guess it is sort of a funny combination. javabeans are cool of course, but beans, i think are just one of those foods that are inherently funny, or maybe that’s just ’cause i’m immature, haha. ah well, love the name either way!

  65. 365 Ty_Sylicus

    I just found your site Googling for pics of Hyun Young, whom I just found out to have been dating Kim Jong Min from my favorite Korean group- KOYOTE!

    I was just a normal American guy until I took a trip to Korea a few years back. The time I spent there was life-changing. I got into music and dramas as a result. Also, I have a girlfriend who shares such interest.

    My first drama was “Stairway to Heaven” followed by “My Lovely Sam-Soon”- both of which I absolutely loved (I’ve yet to watch a drama that has made me cry as much as Stairway lol).

    Anyways- I’ll make sure to check out your site and see what you thought about any the dramas we both may have seen.

    Comment ya later then. :)

  66. 366 Ty_Sylicus

    P.S. You outgrew wordpress?! wow!

  67. 367 Omelete

    Hello javabean, Can I have your email or Mesengger? It will be nice having chi chat with you!!!! malvinliuwie@hotmail.com

  68. 368 UJ

    hey i just have to say you have put up a really awesome blog. I am from Pakistan and its very sad that i cant share my interest in korean dramas with any of my friends (nobody watches korean/japanese/taiwanese dramas here in pakistan…or atleast i dont know any one who does). Your blog is my very favorite for news on k pop culture and drama summaries. I was really happy to see boys before flowers episode guide here because its my favorite k drama after goong and my girl.
    keep up the good work and thank you 😀

  69. 369 tine

    Hi –

    I was looking for any updates of the whereabout of the cast on Jewel in Palace, and then I see this site. Do you have any updates with Yang mi kyung? Sad to hear that Yeo Woon-kye was gone and it was too late for me to know. May she in peace right now. Prayers to her.

  70. 370 Angie

    Hi, I was wondering if you knew the website for designer Kim Hee Soo? I saw your post on Sandra Oh and really liked Kim Hee Soo’s designs. I would’ve commented there but there was no comment box.

    Thank you!!

  71. 371 The One

    Javabeans……..I think …..I think I love you……..

  72. 372 Rita

    Hi from Los Angeles, CA. I am a new fan of this website and eagerly await emails from Dramabeans every morning.

    I have made a few posts and wish to convey again my congratulations to you and your team for coming up with this website and all writings, all the wonderful writeups and analysis of korean dramas and tv series. “Discovering” korean movies and series and seeing all korean movie stars really will make one drool and I am no exception. You and your team are such talented people and I am glad to have found this website along with the other korean forums, etc. However, Dramabeans tops them all! More power to all of you who are part of this website.

    On another note, since I am a big fan of Kim Sun Ah and Cha Seung Won, I hope that there will be forthcoming articles about them. Thanks again and kudos to all of you!

  73. 373 goldlilys

    Hi JB, goldlilys here from San Diego, CA.

    I’ve been a fan of your site since you blogged Coffee Prince. I wanted to share my opinions on how awesome that drama was when it came out, but couldn’t find a site where I could relatively have an indepth conversation with anyone … of course not until I found your site and its readers as well.

    I’m not Korean, but I grew to love Korean dramas since 2004. The first kdrama I watched was Bright Girl Success Story with Jang Nara … but the first drama I actually finished with subs is My Love Pattzi starring Jang Nara also. Yes, I became a big Jang Nara fan, but also with her costars. I started looking for more of their dramas and somehow connected dramas to favorite actors and since then I’ve watched and collected A TON of Korean dramas. I guess you may be able to say I’m a veteran Korean drama, movie, music watcher even though I still don’t know how to speak nor understand the language without subtitles.

    Thanks so much for creating this wonderful site. Do keep it up!!

  74. 374 Misao

    Hello !
    I’m French and I love your website ! It must be a very long work ! Congratulations !
    But..Because it’s in English, I (and other French people) have difficulties to read and understand all…So, I’d like to try to make this kind of website, but in French.
    I want to have your permission for inspire you website.
    Please answer me on the e-mail adress that I send.
    Thank you very much.

  75. 375 chelez

    thanks for your in depth analysis of the dramas I watch. actually, i’m more of a jdrama fan because they’re shorter and so I don’t get bored easily. i’ve only found a few exiting Korean dramas and i like reading your recaps and what you think of them. thanks so much ^^

  76. 376 Anonymous

    i like your website its so informative thank you :-)

  77. 377 sangay choden

    hellow!fren ,m very big fren of f4f4f4f4f4 i like all of them very much.plzzzzz if u hv time plzzzzz conveyyyyy my heart fell wishes 2 all of them (m tibetan gal)

  78. 378 Cyrina

    I came across your blog from someone else’s blogroll. Wow! You’re amazing! I love your site! Keep up the good work ^_^

  79. 379 Nia

    I Thank you so much for your site I love it!!!
    You’re doing a fantastic job..I’ve been visiting daily nowadays always checking for your updates, feeding my K-addiction :). By the way I love the name you chose for it dramabeans is pretty original and easy to remember. This site most definitely rocksss!

  80. 380 Angela

    Hi, I left a comment last night…but I guess it didn’t get uploaded. Well, here I go again.

    Love your site. I found it a few nights ago when I was in the middle of watching Boys Over Flowers(which I was watching whenever I had the chance (a few really late nights) but then I was starting to get bored with the plotline…the same scenario over and over again. Thanks for the great recaps and funny comments (JanDi getting lost in the snowstorm…

    My daughter and I just started watching kdramas and our first one was My Lovely Sam Soon, so that’s going to be a hard act to follow, since it was so amazing. My daughter and I are trying to improve our Korean, hope this helps. At least its entertaining and its fun to laugh at all the funny situations.

    I read your reviews so I’ve begun to watch Delightful Girl Choon Hyang I think my daughter will like it too.

  81. 381 Zenda

    HI! I really love your website! and I am really really thankful for all the updates that truly allow me to enjoy every detail! also.. the songs! its really hard to find a site like yours that offers such a variety of benefits! Thank you so much! I’ll continue to visit your website! love it! [:

  82. 382 look

    I’m so happy that there is someone like you in this world of K.drama! lol…
    When I have time, I watch the dramas and then read your recaps. When I’m pressed for time…I just read the recaps! (And I LOVE that you do screen shots because it helps me feel like I watched it)
    Great thoughts! And your humor/wit really comes across in your writing.
    You’re my hero! ^-^

  83. 383 Abie Lee

    I found your blogsite (if that’s even a word) because I’m currently obsessed with You’re Beautiful (thanks to Jang Geun Seuk). Thanks for your detailed analysis and summary of the episodes (though they’re like spoilers cause I read them before the subs come out). I haven’t been writing for quite some time so you’ll find my journal outdated (if you check it out). I feel compelled to compliment you and tell you a bit about my kdrama story. Back when AZNtv was still alive, I stumbled upon Attic Cat. I wasn’t sure what it was but I saw a few episodes and thought it was interesting. It wasn’t until I discovered Kim Sam Soon that I got hooked on Korean drama and Korea as a whole. It opened up a can of worms and next thing I knew, I was staying up all night watching Goong. Kim Sam Soon is still my fave of all time (because she was a strong female character) and I’ve been known to stop watching a drama when it gets boring. Soulmate and of course, Boys over Flowers were my latest ones finished. City Hall was good too (but I’m biased when it comes to Kim Sun Ah). I apologize for rambling… Soulmate caught my attention because Dong Wook’s character was cute and the soundtrack was just amazing (I love indie bands and especially cover bands that are just interesting). Anyone that has a good Smiths cover as part of the drama is just great to me. I love the love/hate relationship in You’re Beautiful but I have to admit that if they had a different Tae Kyung, I may not have stuck to it. Park Shin Hye is not that attractive to me (I didn’t like her so much in Goong S either and I think she’s sort of copying the Coffee Prince character too much). I’m sure I’m not the only one who loves Jang Geun Seuk and I first laid eyes on him on Do Re Mi…. I’ve had to rewatch Going Crazy Waiting cause he was in that one as well. Who couldn’t resist that killer smile and the funny faces he makes when he scowls or gets angry?

    Thank you for keeping my obsession alive. Please continue to be so eloquent and keep the flame burning for kdrama fans out there.

    BTW, I think this kdrama obsession is part of the reason why I ended up with a Korean husband and a desire to migrate to Korea.

  84. 384 SuzanneY Lilly Vueii

    Hi this is Suzanne and i was just wondering have you seen the korean drama called “Which Star Are You From.” Because i want you to post it up. Its a very good movie.

  85. 385 Special Edna

    Happened on your site by accident, but became intrigued by your excellent writing style – not found often! Cudos to you, you caught my interest and attention to an unknown subject. Keep up the good work.

  86. 386 Jung-Jae Lee

    ljj3093@naver.com

    hi~

    i,m the high school student of the korea.

    i really want to for nothing else but to see the english sub drama unstoppable high kick!!!

    this drama is my favorite drama,, and,, i hope english study this drama..

    it is no use search google.com

    i want to get the english subtitles….

    please are you send me a english subtitles, if you have..

    if you haven’t,, where i get the english subtitles??

    i,m begging you!!~~

    please,,, i’ll waiting your letter..!!!

    bye and, i,m sorry!!

  87. 387 JO

    Hi, I’m from the Philippines.Just let me tell you how I came accross to know about Korean Drama/Movies.I’ve migrated here in Canada 4yrs ago and this year when I went to work with my oncall job, there were CD’s about Korean movies that was bought by my pilipino co-workers from phil.The titles are:Beautiful Days,Lets go to the Beach and the wedding.They’re very addictive.I even watched them several times.So as time goes by I was relating these Korean movies I’ved watched from my regular job and it so happened that my pilipino co-workers too know’s a website where to watched Korean.She mentioned about MySoju.com and from then on this is where I spend most of my time watching during weekends and after work ,till midnight or passed midnight. Sometimes I prefer to watched than to go for my oncall job.
    I really enjoyed most of the movie/drama.I only choses Korean aside from others.it made me more fanatic when there are new aired programs like You’re Beautiful and etc. I’ve also found more websites by surfing and came to explore dramabeans,fan queen,Koreandrama.org and more where I can read or know more informations to go about the actors/actresses.
    The only sad part watching sometimes is when episodes from videos are broken or no longer available or under repair from MySoju site makes me fell terrible.Can you please suggest where we can get these kind of Korean movies sold somewhere in a stores.We are from Vancouver.I know where to buy these in the Philippines.They are very popular indeed.It’s also shown as one of the soap opera from the pilipino channel with tagalog subtitle.My friends would like to purchase too.
    Thank you so much
    Korea you are excellent!

  88. 388 Citybeez

    An-nyung-ha-se-yo, 안녕하세요, Hello.

    My love for history drove me to to things Korea. Malaysians are more comfortable in S.E. Asia history and European history. We often neglect N.E. Asia history, and even if we do, more often than not it is Chinese history. korea is unknown here. I’ve watched a few Korean historical dramas from KBS on our Astro channel. Hang Dong Gil, The Emperor of the sea, The Iron Empress.
    This drove me to study Korean history, especially ancient, mostly from the Internet. And while there, came across sites like mysoju, dramastyle, watchfreedrama, dramaxrazy and a couple of other sites. Since then I’ve watched Queen Seon Deok,
    The Kingdom of the wind, The King and the clown, Eight Days, the episodes of The Iron Empress I missed, also watched episode 51, but unavailable with Eng. subtitles, The Painter of the wind. Am trying to watch Jumong, but cannot get the beginning episodes. Just started watching 1st Chinese movie online, The Battle of Red Cliff, Parts 1 & 2. Now watching Princess Je Myung Go. All historical dramas. Modern dramas are sooooooo borinng.
    Each time I watch a episode, I search for the relevant info online. I think I’ll live the rest of my life hooked on Korean history. Hope to on one fine day or days to visit N.E China, North Korea and South Korea to see all the historical sites and of course their museums as well.

  89. 389 zoe

    i’m from thailand but now doing master degrees in korea. i have to write a thesis about korean wave in thailand. your blog might be very helpful to my work here. thanks.

  90. 390 =]

    My Girlfriend Loves your site, THANKS!! 😀 :DD !!!

  91. 391 lady

    i like your site. thank you for sharing your wonderful recaps and news ^_^

  92. 392 Basuha

    Oh mighty one, this site is great. K drama have been my guilty pleasure for years and I found a site that I can rant and rave on. Reading the comments it seem to have a lot of mature viewer. I love your style of writing, it has a nice blend of passion, comedy and knowledge. Look foreward to visiting this site a lot more in the future.

  93. 393 ensc

    I just wanted to add my appreciation to the chorus above – you’ve done some excellent work here.

    I just began getting into Korean Dramas about a year ago and I love ’em. After googling for recaps, your site kept popping up in the results–and now reading a dramabeans recap after watching an episode has become part of the experience of watching the drama itself. At first glance, I often miss many of the insights that these recaps are so great at pointing out.

    So… not much more to say but thank you!

    Barry C.
    Austin, TX

  94. 394 Daniel

    The recent hit of the “We Got Married” of the Gundam Couple have trigger my love in korean show.You are brilliant in expressing your interests and share it around. Thanks alot!!

  95. 395 V

    I’ve discovered this blog by looking for Creating Destiny and since then I have been hooked!!!! I am not Korean but I love watching Korean dramas it’s real interesting to watch these shows. Oh, by the way thank you for the songs!!!!!!!

  96. 396 a

    hello! : ) kudos to you for such a diligently made, interestingly written, and reader-oriented (i.e., whether the reader is a newbie or an avid fan to kdrama) blog! more power, dramabeans! <3

  97. 397 lira

    hi.. love your works! I’m also addicted in Korean dramas. i really appreciate your works.

  98. 398 AthenaLoveSuk

    Just explore your blog because wanting to vote for You’re Beautiful and Jang Keun Suk.

    Surprisingly there are some many K drama fans here with different cultural background. I save the page in my favourites and will visit your blog regularly. Thanks to JB for providing opportunities to share emotions and funs.

    Hi there, if you have not watched You’re Beautiful, please do not miss it. It is a great one and you won’t be disappointed.

  99. 399 kacci

    Hi,

    Good Day!

    First and foremost I would like to say thank you for starting this site. It’s so updated and I love it! A person in search for something about their favorite korean actor/actresses would be able to gather if not all, most of the information they need or simply want and more. Like you I love analyzing stuff but I doubt if I am as good as you in doing it. I am not much of a blogger either since I am not much knowledgeable with computers and stuff. I make do with what I have and need so to speak. If only I am half as good, I would have encountered your site long before and would have posted a message then…

    Right now I am so much into Bae Yung Joon. I have seen him before but never really paid much attention except when I was given a copy of “The Legend”. I would really like to know a lot about him whatever that may be. I’ll take the good with the bad. :)

    I love korean drama/movies/k-pops since I sarted watching and/or listening to them. But I started way too late that when you did. My first korean drama was “Endless Love – Autumn In My Heart” but then I was not very religious in watching it. But when “Full House” came by alongside “Lovers in Paris”, I got hooked and was desperately trying to secure a copy of the dramas. To date though I’m still trying. I now have a small collection of korean dramas. I intend to have more but they are kind’a hard to get by from where I currently am.

    I know I have taken much of your time when I wrote to you but then I hope you would understand. Well, God Bless you and your Family!

    A Job Well Done!!!

    Thanks,

    Kacci

  100. 400 Anonymous

    hi .. am someone from other planet :).am indonesia.32 years old and house wife.i dont know anything about korean drama until am watching that boys b4 flower .. thank you so much for making bbf crossing in my tv chanel. this drama full with teaching life,keep survive,spirirt and nothing possible in life,i love geum jun di smile :) ..
    best of luck

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