How it all started ~ The Legend

This year is sort of an anniversary for me as it was 10 years ago when I discovered Korean dramas. My, where did the time go?! πŸ˜€ I always planned on doing something to commemorate this “grand” event but never seemed to have the time. And what better way to do it than write about my first kdrama ever, The Legend or ‘The Story of the First King’s Four Gods’, as it’s also called. For some odd reason I never did write a proper post on The Legend way back when. Maybe I was too immersed in the drama to be able to form a cohersive thought on it. *g* The year is drawing to a close, so I thought it’s now or never if I want this post to be done in 2018. A picture heavy post ahead

“Sora Kara Furu Ichioku no Hoshi” Revisited

Korean adaptations/remakes of Japanese dramas have a tendency to go somewhat awry as each country’s approach to making dramas differs in places. Japanese dramas are often more down to earth and mostly feel quite real. Of course they can also be quirky in that special jdrama way that is hard to reproduce. The characters are usually pretty average as well, in a sense that there are generally no uber rich chaebol types or “geniuses” of every field ever. There’s plenty of normal worker bees of differen fields, middle class office workers and well paid professionals though. I’m talking about the “regular” jdramas here, the multitudes of manga adaptations and school themed dramas are different beasts altogether. Kdramas on the other hand often notably put an emphasis on romance, even in stories where romance doesn’t really fit in, as that seems to be what the viewers mostly want. And kdramas on the whole are very, very serious about giving the viewers what they want, even if it proves dergatory to the plot. When you mix that particular quirk of kdramas with a Japanese melo you’ll more than likely get a “Hundred Million Stars Falling From the Sky/Smile Has Left Your Eyes”. A watered down version with a tragic romantic OTP and an ending that felt like a cop-out to many.

I knew from the outset that I would not be watching the Korean remake. I’d seen the original and had no real interest in the Korean version as I had a feeling it would’t be able to capture the feel of the jdrama. Korean’s don’t generally do controversial topics, so I was sure they’d not go with That Ending, which would mean that the characters wouldn’t be the same either. I wasn’t too far off. I was curious enough to read several recaps, reviews and comments though and I realised that I’d forgotten many of the details of the original. So, I decided to rewatch Sora Kara to refresh my memory and to see how I felt about the drama now.
Warning! Major spoilers after this

Thoughts On: Life on Mars (Korea)

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When I first heard about the Korean remake of Life on Mars, I was really sceptical about it being properly done, as Korea doesn’t have a very good track record when it comes to remakes and I loved the original British show. Happy to be proven wrong in this case. πŸ™‚ Korean LoM is very good indeed. They kept the original framework, even some of the more iconic scenes, but filled it with plenty of local color. The story felt at the same time familiar and new. This is one of the rare cases where the marriage of original content and Korean flavor works like a charm. Continue reading

Very Rambly Thoughts On: Queen Seon Deok

This is probably the last of the “archeological finds” from my old LJ account.^^ It’s a compilaton of the entries I made way back when I was watching the drama. Ah, sageuks. Even when I was still the impressionable noob to kdramas I didn’t have much luck with the historicals. I always started out all eager and enthusiastic but eventually ended up disappointed. Gosh, I was SO annoyed with this one but still persisted till the end. Yup, the Early Days of Drama Addiction. Over the years there’s been only a handful of sageuks I’ve truly liked. Anyway, I went a bit silly along the way, you’ll see. πŸ˜€ I swear, it was the tedium of forcing myself to watch the whole darned thing. *g* Continue reading

Sorry, Ahn PD but I was bored to tears

I’ve certainly not watched all of Ahn Pan Seok directed dramas but I’ve really liked all of those I have seen. His style is probably not for everyone as it’s much more contempletive and lingering than what is currently in mode. His dramas, at least those I have watched fully till the end, also contain some pretty sharp insights/critique to contemporary Korean life and they tend to have rather dry and biting humor as well. My fave PD Ahn drama Heard It Through The Grapewine was downright hilarous at times. Which is why I’m miffed that Pretty Noona Who Buys Me Food (aka Something in the Rain) turned out to be such an unsatisfying snoozefest. Continue reading

Thoughts On: Buam Dong Revenge Social Club

Buam Dong Revenge Social Club – now that is a mouthful if there ever was one, so let’s call the drama BokJa Club for short. That’s what the members ended up calling their club too. *g*

I have a feeling a lot of people bypassed the drama thinking it’s one of those heavily melodramatic revenge stories, typical for Korea. Well, that’s not the case at all. Despite of the name, BokJa Club isn’t really about revenge but rather about self discovery and finding the courage to stand up for oneself. Aided by some awesome, new friends.^^ Revenge has its place in the story but it mainly acts as the vehicle for the ‘fabulous foursome’ to bond. Just as well, as they are rather bad at it. Their attempts at revenge do work at times but then there are the times things go askew in hilarious ways. πŸ˜€ Continue reading

Just Between Lovers – Up to ep 10

Why does Just Between Lovers make me feel so contented? It’s pretty sad at times. I don’t tear up that often anymore, not like I used to anyway, but I had to grab a hanky more than once while watching the last fiew episodes. I’ve seen comments on how people are not feeling the characters, which mystifies me. I’m feeling a bit too much at times. But… I’m that way too, occasionally. There have been many instances when I haven’t felt anything while others went on and on about how wonderful the characters are. Each to their own I guess. We all have our preferences. Continue reading

Thoughts On: The Package

Overshadowed by more popular, but not necessarily better dramas, The Package flew under the radar for most. Probably because the cast doesn’t have any “crowd pleasers” and the premise sounds like it would be your typical light fluff, padded with some touristy advertising for France. Well, turned out it actually has substance and those who watched the drama were pleasantly surprised. Continue reading

Drama Grab Bag

🎢It’s a beautiful skyyyy… There is not a cloouuud…🎢 Ah-hem. Sorry, been listening far too much GOT7 in the past fiew weeks. So, let’s get on with it then… After a mini drama slump I managed to find several kdramas to watch. Lo and behold, the age of miracles is not over yet! ;D Continue reading