Wednesday, September 24, 2014

The Sunshine Award - Me?

Hello Wehaiyo readers!

This blog is not dead, but on hiatus since I have no idea how to juggle my life with a newborn child. Haha. There's so many dramas I've seen and so many reviews I haven't written yet, but believe me, I am watching them (on my spare time, perhaps 20 minutes at a time).

Why am I writing this post?



My good buddy Zombiemama nominated me for The Sunshine Award as if I deserve one! I'm not sure how many people I have inspired by providing Wehaiyo!, but I suppose at least one person is enough!

As copied from Zombiemama's website:

The Sunshine Award is given to bloggers who are positive, inspiring and spread a little sunshine with their blogs. It’s kind of like an online chain letter, but spreads happiness and light instead of ominous threats of bad luck. :)

The Guidelines:


  • Thank the person who nominated you
  • Answer the questions from the person who nominated you.
  • Nominate a few other bloggers.
  • Write the same amount of questions for the bloggers you nominated.
  • Notify the bloggers on their blog.
  • Put the award button on your blog.
I would like to thank Zombiemama for the nomination. Would it be bad luck if I broke the chain? I am on hiatus after all. Anyway, onto the questions.



If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?

I think I'd stay right where I am. I often think about this question and while I do like to travel, I'd like to travel and then come back home to what is familiar to me. I'd like to own a house someday though.


What was the best concert, gig, performance, or festival you’ve ever been to?

I think the 2011 SMTown concert was the best Kpop concert I've ever attended. I am a SM fan after all and the staff bumped my seat to the more expensive middle section where I had a great view! I almost cried watching SNSD take the stage.

What is your go-to karaoke/noraebang song (or your hairbrush-mic in the mirror song if you’re shy)?

Eh~ I'm actually really bad at singing or remembering lyrics. I really can't say!

CNBlue 2014 Concert
Choose one: Would you want to be a rock star or a movie star?

Ideally, I'd like to do a little of both. Korean rockstars such as FTIsland's Hongki and all the CNBlue members are acting so why not? Though, if I had to choose, I'd probably choose to be a rockstar and hope I'd get some side movie roles. Music is what touches people and that's what I love about it.

If money or time was not a concern, what one thing would you love to try or learn how to do?

I'd like to start my own language school, starting with Korean and Chinese.

Who was your very first celebrity crush?

It's really hard to say. I don't remember! He's definitely an older figure though.

Monday, May 5, 2014

The Second Annual Dramafever 2013 Awards Review


Dramafever, one of the most prominent online Korean drama streaming services decided to host their second annual Dramafever awards live in New York at the Highline Ballroom. Special MC, Arden Cho, was set to host the awards as well as special guests: Taiwanese actor Chris Wang (Love Me or Leave Me) and Korean actress Park Shin Hye (Heirs). There was also a mystery guest at the Dramafever awards. Special guests, music group, Magnetic North and Taiyo Na also performed at the event.

I must admit that I wasn't initially interested in seeing the Dramafever awards live because it wasn't exciting enough for me. Besides, I had to pay a ticket just to see it live. When Park Shin Hye was announced as one of the special guests, I bought my tickets early. I think it would be fun to see her semi-up-close.

As for the nominees, I half-heartedly voted because the nominees aren't particularly the choices I would pick as the best of Dramafever. The drama Heirs was noticably nominated for a lot of awards, but I expected it since Dramafever has a co-production deal with the Heirs production team, which is why Dramafever held the special Dramafever screening event in New York City.

I voted only once, but each person can vote up to once a day for his and her favorites. I believe the actual voting system itself is biased and flawed so I treated the winning results with a grain of salt.

The awards show is from 7:00PM-10:00PM in the evening, but I think even around 7:30PM, I was still standing on line waiting to get inside. Traffic was crazy that day in New York City and I wished that the Dramafever event wasn't held on a weekday. I even ran over a deep pothole, which I believed damaged my new car. I also bought standing-only, cheap tickets so I had to scarf down some tacos before I even attempt to show up at the awards show. I am pregnant after all and there is no way I would last through the awards without having a bite.

I was surprised that a lot of Dramafever vloggers such as Mister Popo and Nutty Nomads were invited to be guests at the Dramafever awards and even Dramafever staff presented the awards, but the Dramafever writers were largely ignored. I haven't reviewed any dramas for Dramafever in a long time, but at least the Dramafever veterans such as Tanya from Hallyu Know, who bought a ticket and came all the way to the Dramafever awards should also have a shot at being a presenter. It would have gave Dramafever writers the hope that writers also important too in the Dramafever community.


While I waited on the line outside, Colleen from Dramafever gave us a #DFAwardsToyota paper so that we would get some kind of special photo cards from Dramafever if we participated in hashtagging our photos of ourselves on social media. Check out the Dramafever Gallery for a collection of all pictures with this hashtag.


A man checked IDs to make sure my husband and I were over 18 years old and then stamped our wrists with a star. Later on, I had to give my ticket to the staff before entering and upon checking my star upstairs, another staff member gave me a drink ticket. Honestly, I would really prefer a non-alcoholic drink so my ticket went unused. I would have gave away my ticket to anyone who wanted it.

 

Before I move on, let's talk about my outfit. It was simple and I did not wear a dress. I really wanted to, but my pregnant self cannot fit into any of my existing dresses. Therefore, I chose my Von Vonni dress shirt paired with simple black leggings. I didn't see many people wear red carpet style dresses, but being simplly dressed is enough because it was so dark and crowded inside the ballroom. I doubt anyone was paying attention too much to what everybody else was wearing. I wore glasses instead of contacts simply because I forgot to bring my contacts. Again, I wish the event was on a weekend so I could actually prepare instead of rushing over to the event after work.

Once upstairs into the "ballroom" (I say that because the venue does not look like an actual ballroom), I picked up some Korean tourism books while passing by and they were one of the sponsors at the event. To my right was Dramafever merchandise for sale and in front of me is a picture station with a DF background. I didn't have time for that since the show already started and I was late.


To my left was the ballroom and it was packed and full of people! Arden Cho was already MCing the event and sadly, I didn't recognize her at first glance. I realized that Arden Cho is a beautiful woman and perhaps, dare I say, more beautiful than Park Shin Hye herself, though Arden looked more like a mature, beautiful person, who looked pretty in all of her dresses that night.

Sorry all, I was so far in the back that I didn't get any good shots of the presenters, VIPS, or anyone else. As I mentioned, the pictures in the Dramafever Gallery are way better than my pictures.


Before I move on to more presenters, let's take a break with a Secret song: Movie Star. Let's set the mood minus what negativity this song might bring (as the lyrics speak of the pressures of being a movie star).

Presenters:

Arden Cho, MC


Chris Wang, Taiwanese Actor

Because of Chris Wang's slick hair that night, I am reminded of HK entertainer Aaron Kwok.


Dramafever Staff Presenters

Sorry, I didn't remember their names. Sorry for such bad pictures.

Jeremy Oppa, Dramafever Staff Member, and Arden Cho

Jeremy Oppa says that one of the most common questions that he gets for his "Ask Oppa" column is people requesting Lee Min Ho's personal phone number.

Mystery Guest: Kang Gary, Korean Entertainer

Actually, Stephanie, blogger from Crazy for Kdrama tipped me off with her Instagram photo at the Dramafever awards show. I really thought she was joking, but she wasn't. Here he is, very cool and all, surrounded by pretty ladies. He promises that he will try to win best kiss next year and will work hard so that he can be at the Dramafever awards again.



Guest Musical Group: Magnetic North

I liked their music video for Home:Word, but I went out to buy some Dramafever merchandise when they were playing. They sounded good though from afar.

Mister Popo, Vlogger, with a Dramafever Staff Member

Sorry, I didn't catch the name of the staff member who presented and even interpreted for Park Shin Hye.

Nutty Nomads, Vloggers

I'm surprised that they came all the way to the east coast for the Dramafever awards. It would have been fun if they covered the "red carpet" event. I'm not sure if there was one since I came late.

Park Shin Hye, Korean actress

I feel bad that I did not capture any flattering pictures of her. At least I have videos!

Now, it's time to talk about the winners:

I don't remember the award sequence so I will just pick the category order myself. Acceptance speech videos may be found on the Dramafever's Youtube page.

Hottest Eye Candy

Song Seung Hun, When a Man Loves 
Kim Woo Bin, Heirs
Chris Wu, Substitute Princess 
Lee Joon Ki, Two Weeks
Kwon Sang Woo, Queen of Ambition 
Hwang Chan Sung, Level 7 Civil Servant

WINNER: Kim Woo Bin, Heirs


Personally, I would have voted for Song Seung Hun any day. He's just too hot to handle in my opinion. I didn't watch When a Man Loves yet, but everyone seems to be say it's a really bad drama.

Most Feels

Good Doctor 
That Winter, the Wind Blows 
The Suspicious Housekeeper 
The Master’s Sun 
Two Weeks 
Who Are You

WINNER: The Master's Sun


Another problem of the voting process is that I never watched all the dramas that were nominated. I voted for That Winter, the Wind Blows because that is such a sad drama overall. The whole drama gave me a hopeless feeling. I do understand that The Master's Sun would give the viewer all different range of emotions including a lot of scary ones. I am not brave enough to watch this drama yet.

Best Variety Show 

Running Man 
Infinity Challenge 
Barefoot Friends 
2 Days 1 Night 
Hwasin: Controller of the Heart 
We Got Married (Global Edition)

WINNER: Running Man


I love how Kang Gary is our mystery guest of the night. His acceptance speech at the end signals his entrance onto the Dramafever awards stage accompanied by two pretty ladies. Honestly, I love the variety show Running Man a lot and it's the only variety show that makes me laugh so hard that I can't breathe.

Best Ensemble 

Nail Shop Paris 
Dating Agency: Cyrano 
The Suspicious Housekeeper 
Answer Me 1994 
Flower Boy Next Door 
Good Doctor

WINNER: Flower Boy Next Door 



I really thought it was going to be Answer Me 1994, because the cast was so strong. I have a suspicion that a bunch of fan girls must have voted for Flower Boy Next Door a lot to have the cast win for best ensemble. Honestly, there was a lot of eye candy, I guess, but I don't think the cast was as strong as Answer Me 1994.

Best Bromance

Lee Min Ho and Kim Woo Bin, Heirs 
Jo Yoon Woo and Hong Jong Hyun, Dating Agency: Cyrano 
Kim Bum and Jo In Sung, That Winter, the Wind Blows 
Wen Sheng Hao and Xue Shi Ling, Substitute Princess 
Kang Ui Sik and Park Kyu Sun, Monstar
Lee Kwang Soo and Kim Jong Kook, Running Man

WINNER: Lee Min Ho and Kim Woo Bin, Heirs 


There doesn't seem to be any competition in this category. It's almost a sure-win for Lee Min Ho and Kim Woo Bin. Actually, they don't have much of a bromance in the drama, Heirs, because they are busy fighting each other until almost the end of the drama. I really wouldn't call that a bromance, but a frenemy of sorts. Sadly, I don't think I would pick anybody else to win though.

Best Bad Boy

Kim Woo Bin, Heirs
Kim Nam Gil, Shark
Jung Kyung Ho, Heartless City
No Min Woo, Sword and Flower
Yong Joon Hyung, Monstar
Yamada Yuki, Mischievous Kiss: Love in Tokyo

WINNER: Jung Kyung Ho, Heartless City



I'm really looking forward to watching Heartless City because Jung Kyung Ho seems to play such an intense character. I am definitely not going to dispute Jung Kyung Ho's win as the best bad boy.

Best Couple Not Meant to Be

Song Ji Hyo and Kang Gary, Running Man
Park Shin Hye and Kim Woo Bin, Heirs
Jung Yong Hwa and Yoon Eun Hye, Marry Him If You Dare
Lee Yeon Hee and Choi Jin Hyuk, Gu Family Book
Lee Bo Young and Yoon Sang Hyun, I Hear Your Voice
Miki Honoka and Yamada Yuki, Mischievous Kiss: Love in Tokyo

WINNER: Park Shin Hye and Kim Woo Bin, Heirs


After watching and reviewing I Hear Your Voice, I have a soft spot for the Lee Bo Young and Lee Sang Hyun pairing. The drama, I Hear Your Voice, was a deal breaker for me because the two never ended up together. If I didn't have to review this drama, I might have stopped watching. The fans, however, picked Park Shin Hye and Kim Woo Bin. While I do feel that Kim Woo Bin's character liked Park Shin Hye's character, I don't think Park Shin Hye's character ever considered his character as boyfriend material. At least, I felt that Lee Bo Young and Lee Sang Hyun's character could have had a relationship if Jung Woong In's character, Min Joon Gook, didn't interfere in their lives.

Best Couple

Bae Su Ji (Suzy) and Lee Seung Gi, Gu Family Book
Krystal Jung and Kang Min Hyuk, Heirs
Takei Emi and Matsuda Shota, A Clinic on the Sea
Lee Bo Young and Lee Jong Suk, I Hear Your Voice
Miki Honoka and Furukawa Yuki, Mischievous Kiss: Love in Tokyo
Annie Chen and George Hu, Love Around

WINNER: Krystal Jung and Kang Min Hyuk, Heirs



I didn't watch most of these dramas, but it seems like our best winning couple is appropriate. I did find the Krystal Jung and Kang Min Hyuk pairing cute and fun. They weren't the main couple, but I enjoyed all their scenes in Heirs. If there was ever a side drama, they both should star in it.

Best Kiss

Shin Se Kyung and Yeon Woo Jin, When a Man Loves
Moon Chae Won and Joo Won, Good Doctor
Lee Ji Eun (IU) and Jang Geun Suk, Pretty Man
Song Ji Hyo and Kang Gary, Running Man
Bae Su Ji (Suzy) and Lee Seung Gi, Gu Family Book
Jeon Ji Hyun and Kim Soo Hyun, My Love from Another Star

WINNER: Song Ji Hyo and Kang Gary, Running Man


Actually, I'm not sure who to pick in this category because I don't consider any of these kisses worthy of being nominated for an award. I think the audience voted for Song Ji Hyo and Kang Gary because they enjoy seeing what could have been between them. I think it's cute and entertaining (for us).

Best Actor

Lee Min Ho, Heirs
Joo Won, Good Doctor
So Ji Sub, The Master’s Sun
Jung Kyung Ho, Heartless City
Jo In Sung, That Winter, the Wind Blows
Matsuda Shota, A Clinic on the Sea

WINNER: Lee Min Ho, Heirs


Video at the awards with crowd reaction:


I am not surprised that Lee Min Ho won since Dramafever was promoting him like crazy. There is no doubt that Lee Min Ho is a great actor, but I honestly don't think his role in Heirs is enough to give him the win. His character, Kim Tan, is so helpless and impulsive that it could be off putting for the audience. I think die-hard fans simply voted every day to make Lee Min Ho a winner. Of the dramas that I have seen, Joo Won and Jo In Sung are very worthy to win this award as well. Joo Won played a difficult role of a autistic doctor with savant syndrome. I think about all the times Joo Won had to act with one shoulder higher than the other with a vacant expression on his face and I think he's a winner. For Jo In Sung, I am still falling for his crying scenes where his character is deep in desperation to live and save the one he loves. I think his performance is very memorable.

Best Actress

Lee Ji Eun (IU), You’re the Best, Lee Soon Shin
Im Yoon Ah, The Prime Minister and I
Michelle Jenner, Isabel (Season 2)
Bae Su Ji (Suzy), Gu Family Book
Jeon Ji Hyun, My Love From Another Star
Park Shin Hye, Heirs

WINNER: Park Shin Hye, Heirs


As I mentioned before for best actor, I also feel as if Park Shin Hye won for the same reason that Dramafever was promoting her and the drama, Heirs, like crazy. Her role in Heirs wasn't that awe-inspiring and I thought it was forgettable. I think of all actresses, I think Jeon Ji Hyun is worthy of winning of the award for her role of Chun Song Yi. I think it's a talent for Jeon Ji Hyun to act pompous and conceited to the point where she annoys me. She certainly got my attention in My Love From Another Star. Though, from another standpoint, if Park Shin Hye didn't win this award, would she come to the Dramafever awards? I'm thankful that she came out to meet her fans in New York.

Best Cinematography

The Prime Minister and I
A Clinic on the Sea
Isabel (Season 2)
The Master’s Sun
Shark
IRIS 2

WINNER: The Master’s Sun



The Master's Sun seems to appropriately win for this category. I haven't seen a lot of these dramas, but from the footage that I have seen so far for this drama, I think it's very creative and scary.

Best Drama

Heirs
Good Doctor
The Master’s Sun
You’re the Best, Lee Soon Shin
Gu Family Book
Mischievous Kiss: Love in Tokyo

WINNER: Heirs



Park Shin Hye's live acceptance speech for Heirs:



Why am I not surprised? As I have been mentioning, Heirs has been promoted by Dramafever like crazy since Dramafever is co-producing the drama. My favorite 2013 drama is Nine: Nine Time Travels with its many plot twists and turns but that drama isn't even nominated for an award. I didn't enjoy watching Heirs that much even though I watched every episode as it became available. The plot was going nowhere and the characters were very helpless and boring. Lastly, I had a hard time believing that this is what high school life is about. It's surreal.


After the ceremony awards was over, Park Shin Hye appeared on stage once again for an interview with Arden Cho. During the first part of the Q&A, Arden asked some general questions about Park Shin Hye's life as an actress. I honestly think Park Shin Hye can understand English because she reacted to Arden Cho's questions right away.


Then, we all watched an Heirs clip where Kim Tan and Cha Eun Sung were running away from some thugs in California. They also watched the sun set in Los Angeles. Arden Cho continued to ask questions afterwards.




Afterwards, some lucky fans get to come up on stage to personally ask Park Shin Hye a question. I'm not sure what happened, but all the fans who came up were female. I would have liked to see a male fan come up to ask a question. It was also funny that Park Shin Hye didn't know where Puerto Rico is located as one of her fans is from Puerto Rico. Park Shin Hye thought that Puerto Rico was part of Mexico. Each fan who came up on stage gets a unique gift from Park Shin Hye as well. Personally, I would have loved to receive the Heirs script book that Park Shin Hye gave to one of the fans.

Park Shin Hye ended up singing twice at the event. During the awards ceremony, Park Shin Hye came out to sing her song, "Story," from the drama, Heirs. I still have this song in my head now.


To conclude the event, after the Q&A session ended, Park Shin Hye sang "The Day We Fell In Love" from the Heartstrings soundtrack. I love both these songs from Park Shin Hye.


In between moments, I tried to go to the merchandise area to buy some Dramafever T-shirts, but nobody took action to help me and I couldn't identify the staff. When I finally identified staff members who wore badges around their necks, they were all helping other people and I couldn't wait because I didn't want to miss what was happening in the ballroom. Within this time, I overheard that if a customer buys two shirts, the customer would receive a poster for free.


I came back later on and wanted to buy couple T-shirts: one for my husband and one for me. I asked a staff member for a medium size T-shirt in men's size and he took forever to locate men's shirts. I stepped aside to watch the event while he looked for it, but he forgot about me afterwards. When I asked him again if he found the shirt, he said that he did and thought that I left when I was still standing relatively close by. Another female staff member rang me up and I gave her a credit card. I picked the Running Man poster as my free gift because it was all in rainbow and I love Running Man. What I didn't know was that the male staff member gave me two female shirts instead of one men and women's shirt. When I got home, my husband couldn't squeeze into his medium shirt and I was pretty upset and disappointed. I wonder if they even sold men's sizes in the first place. The shirts were $25 dollar each and if I had the physical receipt instead of the emailed receipt, I would have immediately saw the error of buying two women's shirts.

Dramafever Friends!


It's nice to meet my Dramafever pal, Adell, once again at a Dramafever event. I was actually standing behind her in line, but since it has been a long time since we've met, I kept wondering if she was Adell. Adell's English accent sounded familiar, but she didn't seem to recognize me so I wonder if I'd make a fool of myself if I assumed that she was Adell. Anyway, she was Adell! Adell went around taking pictures with all the VIPs. She had a lovely outfit on as well. Very dressy.


Even though my feet were swollen from standing more than three hours, I couldn't leave the Dramafever event without seeking my reviewing partner, Tanya from Hallyu Know, who recently attended the L.A. K-Pop Festival as a special Dramafever guest at the event. Tanya then introduced me to Martina and Gina, both who are also Dramafever writers. It's a Dramafever live drama club meetup! So exciting.

I'm sorry that I couldn't stick around longer to meet more people because my legs were killing me. I look for another opportunity to meet you all in the future! I honestly never saw an awards show where people stand around. I had to look over everyone's heads and I think Dramafever should have seats next time so that everyone can have a good view. I felt bad for those who paid seats to see the event because their views were obstructed by people who were standing. I heard some people who were up on the balcony complaining because they claimed that they couldn't see the stage very well. I'm also not a fan of the Highline Ballroom in general, but I wish Dramafever the best in growing the Dramafever awards into something even bigger every year.

To conclude the review, I now have two Dramafever T-shirts. I feel like I can play duel roles in a drama like Bride of a Century.

Smart Karen
Frazzled Karen

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Kdrama Review: I Hear Your Voice



I Hear Your Voice aka I Can Hear Your Voice / 너의 목소리가 들려



Starring:

Lee Bo Young as Jang Hye Sung
Kim So Hyun as the young Hye Sung
Lee Jong Suk as Park Soo Ha
Goo Seung Hyun as the young Soo Ha
Yoon Sang Hyun as Cha Kwan Soo
Lee Da Hee as Seo Do Yeon
Jung Min Ah as the young Do Yeon
Jung Woong In as Min Joon Gook
Yoon Joo Sang as Shin Sang Duk
Choi Sung Joon as Choi Yoo Chang
Jung Dong Hwan as Seo Dae Suk
Kim Kwang Gyu as Kim Gong Sook
Kim Hae Sook as Eo Choon Shim
Kim Byung Ok as Hwang Dal Joong
Kim Ga Eun as Go Sung Bin
Park Doo Shik as Kim Choong Ki

Year: 2013
Episodes: 18
Network: SBS
Genre: Supernatural, Comedy, Mystery, Crime, Thriller


Synopsis:

In a story spanning eleven years, murderer Min Joon Gook (Jung Woong In) relentlessly tries to harm Jang Hye Sung (Lee Bo Young) for testifying against him in court over the murder of Park Soo Ha’s (Lee Jong Suk’s) father. In turn, Soo Ha vows to protect Hye Sung for the rest of his life as he grows from an adolescent to a man. After Joon Gook is released from jail, he realizes that Hye Sung had become a public defense lawyer continues his revenge on her with Soo Ha blocking Joon Gook at every step. Meanwhile Jang Hye Sung struggles with the true meaning of being a public defense lawyer.

Reasons to watch it:

All the comedic moments alone are enough reason to watch this show. I even learned new Korean vocabulary like “Byung Byung” for the fart sound and the old fashioned way of saying, hello, “Hi-ru.” Of all the characters, Attorney Cha Kwan Woo (Yoon Sang Hyun) has the widest range of comedic emotions. I also enjoy every scene with Head Attorney Shin Sang Duk (Yoon Joo Sang).

Cameos are featured in almost every episode. Certainly, my favorite cameo has to be with Uhm Ki Joon, who plays the new, overachieving lawyer who replaces Attorney Cha in the story line. There are a lot of cameos, but my other favorites are cameos from Jun Soo Kyung as a dental post-it promoter, So Yi Hyun as Min Joon Gook’s lawyer for his first court case, Lee Byung Joon as the owner of a newspaper company, Ahn Moon Sook as an orphanage representative, Kim Min Jong reprising his Lawyer Choi Yoon character, Kang Nam (a member of the singing group, M.I.B. Honestly, I thought he looked familiar, but I found out later it was him) as a thief, and Jung Man Shik as a job interviewer.

The overall cast is worth it. I think the entire cast did an excellent job portraying their roles. I am especially impressed with Lee Jong Suk’s acting range, showing emotions such as happiness, goofiness, anger, impulsiveness, helplessness, amnesia “blank” self, panicked self, and Hulky Jong Suk. He wasn’t really able to show all that in dramas, Secret Garden and School 2013. The entire cast was perfectly in character. I am, in a way, sad to see such an awesome collaboration end.

Reasons not to watch it:

If you’re looking for a romantic love story, this drama will not fit the conventional love story line. I watched how Hye Sung slowly fell in love with Kwan Woo, but all of a sudden, her love for him disappeared like the wind. It is not immediately apparent that she has feelings for Soo Ha, but their love has always been implied throughout the show. I always thought Hye Sung treated Soo Ha like a brother so I had a hard time believing in their love relationship. In the end, the man who has Hye Sung’s heart is not important at all even though I was very focused on the love aspect of the show.

While our main heroine is worth cheering for, our main character, Hye Sung, isn’t exactly loveable. Hye Sung has her moments when she’s smug, dismissive, conceited, and childish. I’m so used to the main protagonist having loveable qualities that this type of heroine character is new for me. Sometimes, I wonder if she is worth all the affection from Soo Ha and Kwan Woo. All these negative qualities make Hye Sung look like an everyday, realistic character that may be worth the appreciation. Most of the times, we see her struggle through life with few stellar accomplishments. Her disappointing qualities might turn viewers off.

I found a few flaws with the story line, especially with the early court cases with the Min Joon Gook case and the Go Sung Bin (Kim Ga Eun) case. Then, there’s an inconsistent age gap between Hye Sung and Soo Ha, which I don’t bother pursuing since it’s not that important anyway.

Favorite Couple and Chemistry Factor:

My favorite couple is definitely Hye Sung and Kwan Woo. I love to watch how love progresses. The mini-steps Hye Sung took to realize that she has feelings for Kwan Woo was exciting for me. I didn’t need to know how Kwan Woo fell in love with Hye Sung, but I enjoyed their courtship very much. Even though Hye Sung was picky about Kwan Woo’s appearance, I think she loved who he was, with or without glasses. I wish I knew how their date would have went if there were no interruptions along the way. I would have loved to receive Kwan Woo’s box of chocolates. Kwan Woo would have swept me off my feet.

Favorite Scenes:

When Soo Ha was in denial about loving Hye Sung after he saw her morning-after look. Fueled by his teacher’s words, Soo Ha was so furious, he pounded the table and proclaimed that he did not like “her,” forcing the whole class to look at him along with Choong Ki, who was startled from his nap.

Hye Sung and Kwan Woo’s date scene, or what was the start of it, was cute. I loved how Hye Sung directed Kwan Woo’s look and then contemplated about showing a little more “skin” just before they were about to meet. Kwan Woo was also sweet to buy some chocolate in an ice bag.

It’s a painful scene, but I loved how conflicted Seo Do Yeon (Lee Da Hee) was while prosecuting her father in the courtroom. I also enjoyed Do Yeon’s sweet scenes with her father as they reconciled.

Least Favorite Scenes:

As I mentioned in my Dramafever review, some events simply didn’t make sense to me like Min Joong Gook spending 17 seconds to drag a pipe and his 26-second warning speech afterwards, all while police sirens were going off, indicating the police would arrive soon.

When Hye Sung went to look for Soo Ha rather than Kwan Woo in the rain as Kwan Woo stared at her from afar. That scene marks the major shift in Hye Sung’s love interest.

Min Joon Gook’s final demise was very pathetic. In the beginning of the drama, Min Joon Gook wouldn’t blink an eye to kill someone, but towards the end, he kept playing too many psychological games, allowing Soo Ha, Kwan Woo, and the police to locate him.

The Lesson:  Justice is always open to interpretation.


Theme songs:

Two songs stand out for me in this drama.
Every Single Day (에브리 싱글 데이) - 에코 (Echo) – The opening theme song

Why did you come now ( I hear your voice OST ) - Jung Yup – The romantic theme song between Jang Hye Sung and Park Soo Ha


Watch it on Dramafever for free!


Wehaiyo’s Dramafever Recommendations:

If you liked this drama, then consider watching these Korean dramas:

Good Doctor: Like Park Soo Ha, Park Shi On (Joo Won) is an autistic doctor with a savant syndrome. Not only that, he also possesses the power to view internal body organs in “3-D.” With the odds against him, Shi On must  endure hospital politics, angry mothers, and disrespect from his peers in order to continue his path to become a pediatric surgeon. Meanwhile, senior resident doctor, Cha Yoon Seo (Moon Chae Won) struggles with loving Professor Kim Do Han (Joo Sang Wook) and Shi On.

The Master’s Sun: I haven’t seen this drama yet, though it does fall somewhere in the lines of having supernatural power. Similar to how Park Soo Ha got his supernatural power, Gong Hyo Jin plays a woman who can see ghosts after a car accident. Together with a stingy and greedy CEO played by So Ji Sub, they solve ghost mysteries together.

Who Are You: I also have not seen this drama yet. Actress So Yi Hyun also plays a woman who is able to see spirits after a six-year-long coma. Together with a skeptical detective played by Ok Taecyeon, they try to help spirits rest in peace at the lost-and-found center.

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

HALLYU ZOMBIE DRAMA REVIEW: Emergency Couple Episodes 20-21 (4/4)



Zombie: Can you believe it? The end of Emergency Couple has finally come… *sniff sniff* Yes, I’m holding back my tears… but honestly, it’s not because this drama has ended, it’s more “I don’t want to say goodbye to my lovely friends!”



Karen: Me too! I am really going to miss this drama because I’ve grown attached to a lot of the characters. What will I do now? There’s an empty void in my life.

Tanya: I’m in the world of both. The story was okay…. but talking with you guys was the best!

Zombie: So what did you think of this ending? Were you happy with the way things turned out or would you have liked to see things turn out differently?

Tanya: It was satisfactory. I mean, we got enough for it to be a conclusion without forever wondering what’s going to be happening in the immediate future, unlike a certain drama we shall not name.

Karen: ...which I shall not finish. Anyway, the Emergency Couple ending was more or less unexpected for me. I expected a happier ending than the one we saw, but I suppose a realistic ending is also okay.

Tanya: They would have either needed to go completely off the deep end into unrealistic or fast forward through a lot of time in the last five minutes to give us all happy endings. It was good enough.

Zombie: I thought it was fairly predictable but not unenjoyable. I actually liked where Chang Min and Jin Hee ended up by the end, they’re in the right place to heal old wounds and move on. I was pretty indifferent about everyone else… I guess I would have liked to see Drs. Gook and Shim progress a bit farther than they did but other than that, I’ve got no qualms with this show. I’m happy it ended better than it began!

Karen: I remember that I used to hate Chang Min from the beginning because he was such a jerk towards Jin Hee. Now, I feel genuinely happy that Chang Min and Jin Hee were able to continue their relationship. I just wish I could have seen their real wedding with all their relatives attending. I want to see another fight where they actually resolve their differences instead in their post-marriage life. As for the other characters, I wish Yong Kyu didn’t have to suddenly leave the country and I’m really confused about how Dr. Gook feels about Dr. Shim.


Zombie: I’m pretty sure Dr. Gook is beginning to realize just how important Dr. Shim is to him and I choose to interpret his request to her, at the airport, to come back, as his admitting that he still has feelings for her and he’d like the chance to start over.

Tanya: He’s speaking Drgookinese for “Woman, come back!” That’s pretty much all we’re going to get from his awkwardness, but it’s good enough. Dr. Shim recognized it.

Zombie: And that’s all that matters. You’re right about Yong Kyu though. He finally gets Ah Reum to fall for him and then he has to up and leave? What’s the deal with that? Why do drama writers always feel the need to separate characters in love for ridiculously long periods of time? I guess I should just be happy it’s not Jin Hee and Chang Min, right?



Karen: Exactly! That makes no sense. And what is so special about studying abroad or even working abroad? Well, music is everywhere and I don’t see why Yong Kyu has to go so far away. Even Kim Kwang Soo and Oh Jin Ae didn’t go anywhere (but maybe it is because they are financially poor.)

Zombie: Maybe Yong Kyu was suddenly recruited to join an idol band and he’s got to go away because they’re doing a world tour! lol

Karen: Most songwriters don’t need to go study abroad. If Yong Kyu is a songwriter, he can basically write songs and lyrics from anywhere. I’m just saying that Han Ah Reum might find another boyfriend in the meantime especially when she is so popular with the guys.

Zombie: If she did, I wouldn’t be too upset about it. There’s still a part of me that thinks Yong Kyu could do better. I mean it wasn’t that long ago we were all wishing she’d drop off the face of the planet. I maybe have softened my feelings towards her a bit but that doesn’t mean I’m super jazzed about her and Yong Kyu getting together. I’d be fine if they both went their separate ways in the future.

Tanya: I think he could do better, but at the same time maybe he sees something we don’t… like her connections? Lol.

Zombie: I’d like to think Yong Kyu is above that but I guess you never know… You know, I’d really like to know what happens to Jin Ae and her family. Does she ever get a solid gig? Do they ever move out of her mom’s house or do they stay there forever? If they stay, will Jin Hee move out? (and in with Chang Min maybe?) There are a lot of questions that never got answered.

Karen: We’ll never know. Jin Ae and Kwang Soo are such fickle people. One day they are homeless and jobless, the next day they are able to get jobs. I think Jin Hee needs to eventually move out of the house because she doesn’t even have her own bedroom anymore. Meanwhile, Chang Min has the most awesome apartments though.

Zombie: He does have a really great apartment! I wouldn’t mind living there if I were Jin Hee!

Tanya: I kind of think that the living apart without any commitments while they try to figure things out for sure is a good thing. They really don’t need to go through the pressure of marriage again right now with where they are in life career-wise. And props to the moms for finally being understanding that they are adults and they are going to do what they are going to do. Just let them deal with it and take care of your own.

Karen: It’s sad that it took a person’s death to make Sung Sook realize the reality of the situation. The divorce was also sad. I wish it didn’t have to get to that extreme, but otherwise, we might not have come this far that quickly.

Tanya:  It’s always sad when life has to dish out a reminder to someone that they’re an adult and should start acting like one. It shouldn't take something like that to make you into a decent human being.


Zombie: Word! Now, with this being the last of our chats, it’s time for us to come up with a rating for Emergency Couple so what are your thoughts? Out of five zombies, how many would you give this drama?

Tanya: I’m going with 3 zombies. It wasn’t a horrible show, but it wasn’t very cohesive at times. There were a lot of stories that went unfinished on the medical side. The storyline also jumped around a bit. Watchable, but could be better.

Karen: I concur because the storyline was a bit strange, there was little to no follow-up on patient story lines, and some of the plot simply didn’t make sense to me. Despite all these complaints, I still enjoyed watching the drama for what it is: a simple love story.

Zombie: I’m with both of you on this one, Emergency Couple started out a bit rough but it grew on me as the story progressed so I too have to give this drama three zombies.



 











And there you have it folks, the end of our Emergency Couple drama review. It’s been a ton of fun discussing this drama with all of you and I hope you come back for our next Hallyu Zombie Drama Review. In the meantime, you can leave all your thoughts on the finale of Emergency Couple in the comments below!




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Miss something? You can catch up on all of our past discussions of Emergency Couple here:
Episodes 1-2: [Part 1] [Part 2] [Part 3] [Part 4]
Episodes 3-4: [Part 1] [Part 2] [Part 3] [Part 4]
Episodes 5-6: [Part 1] [Part 2] [Part 3] [Part 4]
Episodes 7: [Part 1] [Part 2] [Part 3] [Part 4]
Episodes 8-9: [Part 1] [Part 2] [Part 3] [Part 4]
Episodes 10-11: [Part 1] [Part 2] [Part 3] [Part 4]
Episodes 12-13: [Part 1] [Part 2] [Part 3] [Part 4]
Episodes 14-15: [Part 1] [Part 2] [Part 3] [Part 4]
Episodes 16-17: [Part 1] [Part 2] [Part 3] [Part 4]
Episodes 18-19: [Part 1] [Part 2] [Part 3] [Part 4]
Episodes 20-21: [Part 1] [Part 2] [Part 3] [Part 4]