Kim Yuri, Ryu Hwa-young
Okay, one more red carpet to go and we’re officially done with 2015! Last up for the Big 3 broadcasters are the KBS Drama Awards, which had a few big stars in attendance and gave out many (many, many) awards, despite not having any huge hits this year. They also chose to split the Daesang (Grand Prize) between veteran drama mom Go Du-shim (Please, Mom) and rookie PD Kim Soo-hyun (The Producers), which I always think has the effect of negating both awards. I mean, I honestly don’t know who deserved it over the other, but would it kill you to just pick one? Also, KBS officially does not get to make fun of MBC for its yearly award shenanigans if they’re going to be splitting Daesangs too.
Ah, finally an update on that movie Real, which first courted Kim Soo-hyun to play a man with multiple personalities (he has confirmed) and now adds Lee Sung-min (Hwajung) to join him.
The only description earlier reports had given us was the detail about multiple personalities, but now we have more information about its plot and genre; interestingly, there’s no mention of multiple personalities this time. Not that I mind—that was always a trend I was looking forward to seeing end. Real will be an action noir that centers around a “fixer” who takes care of all sorts of jobs in the “black world” of a glamorous metropolis, and the story kicks off when he’s approached by a reporter.
The 8th Korea Drama Festival is coming to a close this weekend in Jinju, and on Friday the 8th, it held its annual Korea Drama Awards. It’s not one of the big awards ceremonies of the year, but since it is one of few that focus on dramas, I’m always curious to see how the awards shake out.
…and then I see the nominees list and award recipients and I’m puzzled, because the picks seem so random. It’s a case where I don’t necessarily think the winners are undeserving, until I look at the people who were passed over and then it feels very strange.
Here, take a look:
girlfriday: Yunno, these days I’m really nostalgic for college because of Twenty Again.
javabeans: But you’re forgetting the part where Lee Sang-yoon wasn’t your professor in college.
girlfriday: No no, in my fantasy I go back to school and he’s my professor! For ALL of the classes!
javabeans: In this fantasy are you kicked out of school because you skipped all your classes because your ridiculously hot professor was also bullying you out of the classroom? Because, remember the part where he did that to Choi Ji-woo?
girlfriday: I would never skip his class! I would just want to listen to him talk all day long.
Well, it’s been a fun run, but it’s time to say goodbye to The Producers, which ends on a lesson about what it’s like to secure longevity, whether that’s with a program, a career, or relationships. And as the show has managed to do all series long, it’s really the relationships we care about, using the programs and careers mostly as examples and metaphors to illustrate lessons for life. It’s what makes this show-about-showbiz not really about showbiz at all—for better and for worse—but about the people who work in it. Who turn out to be, for the most part, just like the people who work outside of it, too.
Today’s episode is all about ratings, and by extension, how to get someone to turn their gaze in your direction, and how to earn their love. All our characters discover the hard way that pure effort alone isn’t enough to win hearts, and they each take big steps to chase that elusive goal, whether it’s a nation of viewers or just one.
Practically everyone takes steps forward today, and while some hearts get bruised in the process, pain in the name of progress at least speaks of growth. The show is still playing Answer Me with its lovelines, but I’ve reached the point where I’ve grown attached to their individual trajectories more than their coupled ones, so as long as they’re happy, I’m onboard. And could it be that (gasp) happiness could even suggest not winning your crush’s heart? That said, this is a K-drama so I’m not making any bets just yet…
We’re finally at the point in the story where push comes to shove—either you remain exactly as you are and sit back as the new kid on the block takes your place, or you step up your game and stake your claim, be it as the marquee variety program, the top singer, or the best friend. Today’s episode is all about Old vs. New, and the inevitable war that brews when two people fight for one title.
Today’s episode is all about lovelines, and goodness knows this is a drama that enjoys playing with all the different relationship configurations, but more than anything I feel like it’s really about friendships. Some are solidified, while others spring up seemingly unexpectedly, giving our characters a source of support from people they hadn’t necessarily expected to give it. Lovelines are fun and all (you’ll never hear me balk at a cute romance) but sometimes more than a spark of attraction, what speaks to the soul is a spark of recognition, from one person understanding the heart of another.