Category Archives: Films/Television/Theatre

Best K-Drama ever: I Hear Your Voice

I resisted I Hear Your Voice as long as I could.

While I find Lee Bo Young gorgeous, I am not familiar with her dramas. The lead actor Lee Jong-Suk was a virtual unknown to me, and nope, I did not find him cute from pictures. I found a couple of supporting actors familiar, and that was that. Nothing from the cast screamed “Must-watch!”

The plot, as far as I could tell, was ridiculous. A high school student in love with a noona (read: older sister) ten years his senior? He can hear thoughts in people’s heads? Wth.

And just to give context: I have finished fewer than five K-series cos’ my general take of Korean dramas can be described by choice words such as “melodramatic”, “slow”, “boring”, and of course, “ridiculous”.

With that, I am going to come right out and say that I Hear Your Voice is the best K-drama I have seen, not this year, but in so far. I was hooked, watched all 18 episodes, and I am now overwhelmed by an urge to get the original DVDs.

I am now so glad that my boredom drove me to just heck-it and start on the series after doing some research (thank you dramabeans) and reading rave reviews. I was prepared to give up after half an episode, but it turned out that I have never enjoyed any other K-drama quite as much.

In a nutshell, adapted from Wikipedia:

The series blends courtroom drama and romantic comedy with elements of fantasy. Jang Hye-sung (Lee Bo Young) is a public defender who is self-preserving and jaded. Her life changes when she encounters Park Soo-ha (Lee Jong-Suk) a high school boy with the ability to read other people’s thoughts by looking into their eyes, and cop-turned-lawyer Cha Gwan-woo (Yoon Sang-hyun) who is cheerful and idealistic. Soo-ha gained his mind-reading ability after witnessing his father getting murdered ten years ago. His father’s death had initially been dismissed as a car accident until Hye-sung, then a high school girl gave  testimony in court despite the killer’s threats. As Hye-sung works with Soo-ha and Gwan-woo, she gradually lets go of her pursuit of money and glory. Together, this unlikely team use unconventional methods on their cases, proving that while sometimes justice is blind to a fault, she can still hear your voice.

Ending off with a lovely picture of the main characters. Will blog more when the mood hits me!

From left: Lee Da Hee as prosecutor Seo Do Yeon (frenemy of Lee Bo Young's character), Yoon Sang Hyun as Lawyer Cha, Lee Bo Young as Hye Sung and Lee Jong-suk as Park Soo Ha

From left: Lee Da Hee as prosecutor Seo Do Yeon (frenemy of Lee Bo Young’s character), Yoon Sang Hyun as Lawyer Cha, Lee Bo Young as Hye Sung and Lee Jong-suk as Park Soo Ha

You are the Best, Lee Soon Shin

I have written about my love-hate relationship with Korean dramas https://aserendipitiouslife.wordpress.com/2008/09/11/fantasy-couple/.  I have watched almost all the popular ones, right from Autumm of the Heart days, and  I have only completed three? four? series.In other words, despite the many, many random episodes of the many, many korean dramas I have been forced to watch (my mother refuses to change channels), the number I actually enjoyed can be counted with the fingers on one hand. Other previous K-drama posts: my lovely kim sam soon and hana yori dango

My latest favourite: You are the Best, Lee Soon Shin. I have watched 14 episodes  (think there are  50 in all), and I love, love, love it!

I am not going into details about the plot  but for basic information, just wiki. Dramabeans does great episode recaps, but there are spoilers so if you are concerned, watch the episode first :).

Why I am loving this series

1) Lee Yoo Shin (Yoo In Na) and Park Chan Woo (Go Joo Won)- they are the supporting couple- Yoo Shin is the older sister of lead character Soon Shin (IU) and Chan Woo is their neighbour/object of Soon Shin’s (predictably initial) affections.

Go Joo Won is gorgeous- 1.83m tall and strapping (check out his muscled topless body when he took care of a drunk Yoo Shin), with a very handsome mug. Chan Woo is a skillful doctor (in real life Go Joo Won apparently is a mass com graduate and plays musical instruments) who is kind, gentlemanly and considerate. Seriously, I think Chan Woo is perfect. Even when he wears a stunned expression (see below), he’s hot!!

Dreamboat:p

Dreamboat:p

Yoo Shin and him make a beautiful couple (Kudos to the pretty Yoo In-Na for  making her stubborn, rather foul-tempered character likeable and vulnerable) and the chemistry is sizzling. This pair is funny, adorable, sweet, and actually has sexual tension, rare in k-pairings.

From Episode 7: first kiss planted by a drunken Yoo Shin on a stunned Chan Woo who has always nursed a crush on his childhood playmate (Credits: Koreandrama.com)

From Episode 7: first kiss planted by a drunken Yoo Shin on a stunned Chan Woo who has always nursed a crush on his childhood playmate (Credits: Koreandrama.com)

From episode 12: Chan Woo swoops down for a sudden kiss, and adds: "If you hate me, you can stop me. I will not do it" AWWW (Credits: Facebook)

From episode 12: Chan Woo swoops down for a sudden kiss, and adds: “If you hate me, you can stop me. I will not do it” AWWW (Credits: Facebook)

Every episode has cute moments between the pair (two kisses in 14 eps!). There are also the “love rivals” (the many women who swoon over Chan Woo and the many men who want to date Yoo Shin) and they add to the joy of watching them.

I look forward to seeing how Chan Woo penetrates through Yoo Shin’s nonchalance/fear of a relationship (she keeps repeating how she wants to assume the role of a son after her father’s death), and how Yoo Shin will realise she cannot resist Chan Woo no matter how hard she tries.

2) IU who plays the hapless, oft-overshadowed-by-her-sisters plain Jane Lee Soon Shin. IU is a surprise- i am unfamiliar with her, and I only know she is a very young pop singer. But this girl can act very well. She is not stunning, but she is really cute. She can be funny, and when she cries, she melts my heart. Such a pleasure to have a pop idol who can act and emote beautifully headlining a family drama.

3) The three Lee sisters and their strong chemistry with their leading men

The three Lee sisters (from left: Yoo In Na as Yoo Shin, IU as Soon Shin and Son Tae Young as eldest sister Hye Shin)

The three Lee sisters (from left: Yoo In Na as Yoo Shin, IU as Soon Shin and Son Tae Young as eldest sister Hye Shin)

Hye Shin is exquisite and elegant (Kwong Sang Woo’s real life wife!)- her relationship with this baker/ex-convict has not been really developed but the man who plays the baker, Jung Woo as Seo Jin Wook, is hilarious. Not the most handsome man out there, but certainly tanned, fit and masculine. Anticipating more from this pair!

IU also has great chemistry with Shin Joon Ho (played by Jo Jung Suk whom I really liked in the yawn fest King2Hearts). Shin Joon Ho with his whole i-m-the-best-but-deep-down-i-have-been-hurt character couldn’t be more different from the quiet, loyal body guard Jo Jung Suk played in King2Hearts, and he nails his new role. Despite the fact that IU is probably a good 10 years younger than Jo Jung Suk, the pair has a fun, effortless vibe about them. The whole grooming-IU-int0-star concept (Shin Jun Ho is the CEO of a mega talent company) is watchable too:).

4) The overall cast

The supporting cast (the parents/grandmother of the Lee sisters, parents of Shin Jun Ho, Chan Woo’s family, and the random people who pop up regularly) are anchors of the film. They all portrayed their roles convincingly and make each character very realistic.

Special mention goes to Lee Mi Sook as superstar Song Mi Ryung and her protege Yeon-A played by Kim Yoon Seo.

Lovely and so trim at age 53

Lovely and so trim at age 53

Kim Yoon Seo playing a succcessful actress who has acknowledged Mi Ryung as her godmother/the first love of Jun Ho

Kim Yoon Seo playing a succcessful actress who has acknowledged Mi Ryung as her godmother/the first love of Jun Ho

The weakest link is Jun Ho’s very pampered and irritating younger sister Yi Jung (Bae Geu Rin). Her character is irritating, and Bae Geu Rin’s over-exaggerated acting makes it even worse. But oh well, she adds to the Yoo Shin-Chan W00 pairing (she has a huge crush on Chan Woo and awakened Yoo Shin’s jealousy).

And last but not least, the pacing is perfect. All the goodness of a family drama, without the melodrama. There is extensive character development, as well as a refreshing and entertaining plot. Plenty of things happen in each episode and there is never (so far) a boring moment. You will find yourself enthralled, moved and amused by this this drama.

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Ending off with a nice group photo of this must-watch! 🙂 For more info/updates/pix, there are FB pages- here and here.

Happy Watching!!! 🙂

What I’m watching right now

When I was writing for a living, i found writing on the blog tedious. Now I am no longer doing so, blog-writing seems rather therapeutic!:)

Clicked on my stats today, and i am a little taken aback. Thanks to all my blog posts on entertainment, i seem to have a surprisingly steady stream of daily readers (and one very free person who chalked up 432 views May 2012. Either I write very well (thanks!), he/she is very bored (hope my blog entertained you) or he/she is a stalker (highly unlikely lah) haha..

Just a quick post today- currently i am watchng TVB drama Inbound Troubles (me and B have each rented a TVB serial so that we can brush up our Canto before our HK trip) and Korean drama You are the Best Lee Soon Shin.

Am enjoying both dramas very much and i hope to find time to blog about these in greater depth. Meanwhile, if any one is bored and looking for good quality HK/Korean drama, please please go for these two.

Have a great Saturday people!

A slew of good movies=))))

First up, Black Swan starring the always-poised Natalie Portman and the sizzling hot Mila Kunis. Very interesting, intensive and beautiful cinematography, excellent acting, a strong plot – albeit one which is rather discomfitting – and basically just a film which captures a person’s attention from beginning to end.

The Town- Gritty, and i hearts Ben Affleck. Gritty, tragic, but humourous, all at the same time. Wonder why the Academy didn’t like it.

The Social Network- yes, i know i caught it late and on DVD, but what the heck. Great film- fantastic dialogue, looks like it is about the finding of FB but really is more about human nature and betrayal. And last but not least, Hereafter in the movies- loved Clint Eastwood’s Gran Torino and while I didn’t like Hereafter that much..it was still way above average.

I’m just too tired to write proper reviews anymore- this is what happens when you make your interest your income source. Wtf. Whatever, these films make me happy=))))

Robin Scherbatsky (Cobie Smulders)

My new girl-crush, Robin from HIMYM (ok i’m in love with the sitcom, i can’t help it, it reminds me of F.r.i.e.n.d.s!). The actress portraying the smart, gorgeous and somewhat boyish news anchor is the totally under-rated Canadian actress Cobie Smulders (born 1982). She is so under-rated, there are barely any pictures of her online. But I did find some, and she is so hot! Love her face- it is all pretty and sexy and yet charismatic. Bod rocks too:p

Barney Stinson, I Love You

From the god-damn-cute man to Lily (Alyson Hannigan), How I Met Your Mother, Season 4 Episode 1:

It is not sweet! It is like a disease!

I slept with Robin one time and I caught feelings! I caught feelings bad. I used protection and everything.

They are terrible, I can’t eat, I can’t sleep. She’s all I think about. I close my eyes, I see Robin. I hear a song, it reminds me of Robin. I sleep with that chick, I’m thinking about Robin.

                                                  Neil Patrick Harris- I don’t care if he is gay in real life, i love barney!=)))

Just one thing-Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1

I LOVED IT.

I don’t understand some of the poor reviews- i do think it is the best installment so far and David Yates has done a fantastic job. I guess if you are not a fan of the books, you could feel lost, but man, i really was spellbound for the 146 minutes.

I also love Ron Weasley, i do, i really do=)

Feeling tired…am in the process of kicking off two addictions. It is hard, but if i can do it until year-end, i think i will be in a good place!

Can i attend hogwarts as an over-aged student pls?