Annnnnnnd another year comes to a close.
Big thanks to our recap minions HeadsNo2, gummimochi, and kaedejun for sharing their reviews with us and joining the spirited discussion for the Editors’ Picks this year. There wasn’t even any hair-pulling, and only one person lost an eye! It’s been a great year for K-dramas and an even better one at Dramabeans because of all our readers, so thanks to you guys for making this community what it is. Okay, enough mushy stuff.
And the winners are…
SONG OF THE DAY
Queen In-hyun’s Man OST – “내 남자, 김붕도” (My Man, Kim Boong-do) [ Download ]
My first year-end review!
I was so excited for this opportunity that I decided to watch as many dramas as I could in preparation this year, and all but forced myself to doggedly stick with obvious train wrecks because I figured, “Hey, at least it’ll give me something to write about.”
If I learned anything, it was that I should never do that again. That’s a life lesson every drama viewer should learn early in their infancy, so I’ll just chalk it up to some late blooming on my part. Ergo, take some of these review choices with a grain of salt and (hopefully) not as a pure representation of taste.
This was the year for time traveling heroes, questionably nice guys, single-minded kings, guardian angels, reapers, rockers, brothers, heroes, and hanbok-wearing chickens. Not every year has a bandwagon, but 2012 sure did; there was more time traveling than you could shake a stick at. And for most of those offerings, you’d be shaking that stick pretty angrily.
Since hindsight is 20/20, I’m riding out this year’s trend by posing this question to each drama: If I could turn back time, what would I do differently?
javabeans: New mashup! It’s Rooftop Prince meets Fashion King in… wait for it… Rooftop Fashion King.
girlfriday: Hahaha. So perfect. Is it the long-awaited sequel to Sungkyunkwan Scandal? I always knew those crazy kids were meant to be.
javabeans: So when they were fighting over sleeping positions, they really WERE just trying to get close to each other?
girlfriday: Yeah, they were like, what’s this girly other guy doing here? We were good just the two of us!
javabeans: It’s the age-old story of two kiddos from the opposite side of the tracks, one Noron, the other Soron…
girlfriday: Bickering hate turns into love…
javabeans: And transcends time, apparently. So in Rooftop Fashion King, old-timey Yoochun arrives in these suspicious new times…
Today marks the premiere of KBS’s new throwback drama Love Rain, the new project from famed season drama PD Yoon Suk-ho, starring Jang Geun-seok and Yoona. But despite the young starpower, the series premiered to disappointing ratings: 5.8%.
We’ve got questionably-foreign gangsters, immigrant smuggling, mafia-escaping escapades, country-wide hitchhiking, famous designer ex-girlfriends, secretly connected pasts, and eccentric roommate hijinks all in one hour. Whether all those things work toward telling a coherent tale is up to you, but if there’s one thing this show has taught me, it’s that most problems can be solved if you have ROLEX! Very very expensive!
Ratings dipped to 8.2% for the second episode, which means Fashion King is facing an uphill battle, especially with Love Rain premiering on KBS next week.
We’ve got a busy week ahead, with Fashion King starting us off over on SBS. It’s got a fresh-faced cast with lots of promise going in its favor, even if it seems a little tonally stunted. It’s also got a nice side of underdog potential just brimming below the surface, so now it’ll be up to the drama as to whether we see that fighting spirit come out in full force, or whether it remains just a replica of what it could be. Let’s just hope that Young-gul’s belief in the importance of a good fake doesn’t carry over to the rest of the drama.
Fashion King brought in an even 10.0% in the ratings slot, which gives it a decent foothold with room to improve.
SONG OF THE DAY
Fashion King OST – “너를 꿈꾸다” by Lee Jin-sung. [ Download ]
Well, it’s definitely going for sleek, that’s for sure. Upcoming drama Fashion King may be a story about underdogs, but you wouldn’t know from the promos. Based on these shots, I’d guess it was a Gossip Girl-esque soapfest about privileged, angsty teens and their saucy problems. The first one reads: “Running towards tomorrow and the world / Youth’s challenge, success.” So I guess this is what the fashion-mogul-to-be hero looks like after he’s all done working his way up from nothing?
With its premiere fast approaching, Fashion King is in the thick of filming, and the crew recently headed to New York for a bunch of location shoots. Among the locales they hit up: Brooklyn, the East Village, St. Mark’s.
Yoo Ah-in is our hero, Young-gul, who grows up under the care of an aunt who peddles her wares at a Dongdaemun stall. Or maybe “care” is too strong a word, since auntie treats him harshly, giving the young Young-gul the determination to grow up and make lots of money. After serving his army duty, he sets up shop himself and begins to sell at Dongdaemun.
SBS’s upcoming drama Fashion King has begun shooting, and here are some cuts from the recent shoot. Could Yoo Ah-in be any cuter? I love his deer-in-headlights look here as he dangles from a third-story window, 10 meters above the ground.
The scene called for some wire action work, and went through approximately twenty takes of Yoo jumping from the building. Afterward, Yoo admitted, “I knew there would be a wire scene today, but I didn’t know I’d be the one jumping. It was a little scary, but it was fun shooting a drama again after such a long while.” (It’s been over a year since his last drama, Sungkyunkwan Scandal, wrapped in November 2010.)
I sincerely hope everybody’s in character at this Fashion King script reading, because man, is that a collection of pissy faces or what? Then again, I’m not sure I want to watch a drama populated by characters wearing pissy faces, even if we’ve got Yoo Ah-in (Sungkyunkwan Scandal) leading the charge.
Let’s just hope the collective cranky comes from holding the drama’s initial rehearsal on Christmas Eve. In attendance, other than Yoo, were Shin Se-kyung (Tree With Deep Roots) in the leading lady role, with hot rising film star Lee Je-hoon as a supporting character. (Seriously? Lee Je-hoon is gonna be huge. He’s taken home five awards so far this year, for his roles in war film The Front Line and the dark indie drama Bleak Night. Other titles on his filmography include Gong Yoo’s rom-com Finding Kim Jong-wook and the queer film Just Friends.) Filling out the main quartet is SNSD member Yuri in her first drama role.