Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Dramas in May-another busy month

And I thought I would be able to take a breather and watch my own collection of dramas after the March frenzy...but I guess not.. There are a few interesting dramas in May. Oh dear, when am I going to have time to watch my stock of dramas...?

Air City
Cast: Choi Ji Woo, Lee Jung Jae, Lee Jin Wook, Moon Hee Jung
Station: MBC, official site
Starts: 18th May, Sat/Sun
thread on soompi

This is probably amongst the more anticipated drama, if only because both Choi Ji Woo and Lee Jung Jae will return to the Korean small screen after an absence of 4 years and *gasp* 9 years respectively. The setting is the Incheon Airport and it is actually in celebration of the airport's 5th anniversary. Hmm...I'm sure it was supposed to be 60 episodes originally...but I guess they changed their mind and it will only be 20 episodes now.

Lee Jung Jae is a government agent working at the airport. He's incharge of security...already I see lots of pics of him holding guns and jumping around. Well, he did say he was a little apprehensive at first as he was also an agent in his last movie, 'Typhoon'.

I have yet to watch 'Typhoon' (somehow I didn't really fancy watching Jang Dong Gun as a pirate..sigh...so the disc is still somewhere in my cupboard) but I really like 'Il Mare' (forget about 'Lake House') and 'An Affair'. The game room scene made this one of the most talked about movie for awhile.

Choi Ji Woo has not had much success since 'Stairways to Heaven'. She's very popular in Japan and even acted with Takenouchi Yutaka(drool) in 'Rondo'. I heard there wasn't much chemistry between the leads though...sigh.. must be the language problem

Can't say I'm a big fan of Choi Ji Woo but I really like her in 'Beautiful Days' and 'Winter Sonata'.

She's a lot more matured now, which may be good thing.

Lee Jin Wook had a vert favourable impact in the drama, 'Alone in Love' (starring Gam Woo Song & Son Yeh Jin). Rather good looking....hehe!

I Came in Search of a Flower
Cast: Cha Tae Hyun, Kang Hye Jung, Gong Hyun Joo, Kim Ji Joon
PD: Ji Young Soon (Oh! Pil Seung Bong Sun Young)
Station: KBS
Starts: 14th May, Mon/Tue
thread on soompi

Cha Tae Hyun works in a funeral parlor, and though he has a nice, simple personality, he's not been very lucky in life. Kang Hye Jung is the daughter of the funeral parlor's owner. She's seen many deaths and have become unfeeling because of what she sees day in and day out.

So essentially, this is a love story. And it should be a very simple love story.

I don't think I've seen any of Cha Tae Hyun's drama, unless you count 'First Love'. He was one of Chan Woo's (Bae Yong Joon) friend and appeared only briefly in a few scenes. I have however, watched quite a few of his movies, including his last one with Song Hye Kyo- 'My Girl and I'. Unfortunately I wasn't very impressed- it was just a little over done in my opinion. I think he was better in 'My Sassy Girl'. Cha Tae Hyun's last drama was 'First Love of a Royal Prince'. He's looking a little fat now and I really do not dig his permed hair. Still, I've liked most of his movies so far.

Just a little side information that I can't resist putting here...both Cha Tae Hyun & Song Hye Kyo were in a drama together long, long time ago..They were in 'First Love'. Presenting a very young Cha Tae Hyun and Song Hye Kyo.


I have no impression of Kang Hye Jung, probably because I've yet to see any of her works. According to her profile, she was in 'Old Boy', 'Welcome to Dongmakgol' and 'Herb'.

Me Ri, Dae Gu's Attack & Defense Battle
Cast: Ji Hyun Woo, Wang Bit Na, Lee Min Woo, Lee Ha Na
Station: MBC, official site
Starts: 16th May, Wed/Thu
thread on soompi

Ji Hyun woo is a novelist who writes about martial arts stories. Lee Ha Na is a snack vendor who asipires to be a singer. One day they met and well... the love-hate relationship begins from there.

I've not watched Ji Hyun Woo's drama though I have seen him host a couple of programs. I know he was very popular in Korea last year, especially after the airing of 'Over the Rainbow'. How do I know? Well, when I was in a Korean restaurant last year, I happened to have a copy of the Asta TV magazine, which had him on the cover. The waitress who was serving us got very excited when she saw the magazine. Kept saying how cute he was. ^^

Le Ha Na is a pretty new actress. Think her recent drama was 'When Spring Comes'.

There was some confusion initially as some people thought it was Lee Min Woo of Shinhwa. It got quite a few fans pretty excited. Unfortunately (or fortunately? hehe!), it is Lee Min Woo, the actor.

Warfare of Money
Cast: Park Shin Yang, Park Jin Hee, Kim Jung Hwa, Shin Dong Wook
PD: Jung Tae Yoo (Bad Family)
Station: SBS, official site
Starts: 16th May, Wed/Thu
thread on soompi

Park Shin Yang is a ruthless money lender. Park Jin Hee was going to marry a divorced man to repay her family's debts. Her plans were ruined by Park Shin Yang on her wedding day. Shin Dong Wook is also a money lender and Kim Jung Hwa is a banker. Seems lots of money being involved. ^^

Anyway, I kept thinking of Eileen when I learnt about Park Shin Yan's return to the small screen after 3 years. He was last seen in the immensely popular drama 'Lovers in Paris' in 2004. She must be over the moon, especially as he also has a new movie out - 'Shiny Day'. This is with the same adorable little girl, Seo Shin Ae in MBC' s 'Thank You'.

Strange that I was just talking about Park Jin Hee the other day here. Have not really watched any of her dramas, so will have to reserve my comments.

I last saw Kim Jung Hwa in '1% of Something' with the very good looking Kang Dong Won. She's pretty and sweet and acts ok BUT she has yet to make a major impact on me. Let's see how she will fare in here as her character is supposed to be different from her previous ones.

I watched Shin Dong Wook's 'Cloud Staircase' with Han Ji Hye and gave up halfway. It was not the most inspiring drama.

Of all these dramas, I guess 'Air City' is the most hyped. The cast was recently in Hong Kong to film part of the drama. 'I Came in Search of a Flower' is the least anticipated. However, I wouldn't dismiss it as Jang Hyuk's drama 'Thank You' had the least hype and expectation when it began compared to the other 2 dramas and it turned out to have the highest ratings.

Sometimes, a simple storyline, with great acting is all that is needed.

Totally unrelated...but I'm having a little trouble remembering all the 'wooks'.

Lee Dong Wook
Shin Dong Wook
Lee Jin Wook

Much thanks to people on soompi, especially Shirley for the updated information on the various dramas.


Mauwy said...

I cant wait for Air City~~!!! I love both, Jungjae & Jiwoo, im such a big fan, heehee. Typhoon was an action-filled movie and yep, Donggun was a pirate there, he may looked icky many times on the movie but nevertheless still hot [:
Kang Hyejung~ she's not a favorite of mine but i can say that the girl has a talent, esp. in welcome to dongmagkol.
& last thing, i like ji hyunwoo, i think he can make it far since for me, i think he knows a thing about acting and one talented guy. his band wasnt too famous before but because of him being the guitarist, theyre being recognized now ^^

yeahh~~ so many dramas again... its also taking up comp. space and sleepless nights for me X.x

Lynn said...

not only the 'wook' that is making us confused(but 2 of the 'wook'-Lee Dong Wook and Choi Dong Wook will never get me confused over...hahaha)....the 'hoon' too(Lee Ji Hoon, Kim Jung Hoon,etc...)...hahahaha....

tiffany said...

Hi Mauwy...

Yeah.. looks like I better clear the current dramas on my hard disc quickly. ^^

Ji Hyun Woo....will have to reserve my comments till I see him act.

tiffany said...

Hi Lynn...

Yeah, the 'Hoon' is pretty confusing too..

Ju Ji Hoon, Lee Ji Hoon, Kim Jung Hoon, Jung Ji Hoon....

Luckily there is definitely no confusion over Bae Yong Joon. hahaha!

han min chung said...

Ji hyun woo was famous thanks to the old miss diary both of drama and movie. if you didn't have chance to watch it i strongly recommend it. quite good job.
btw i watched 200 pounds beauty Kim a joong was so beautiful and joo jin mo was awsome.
you should watch it.

tiffany said...

Han, thanks for the recommendation. I did read about the Old Miss diary but not sure if I can get them now, especially the drama as it's quite sometime ago.

louela said...

shin dong wook starred in the sitcom/drama SOULMATE, and it was AWESOME. ^__^

tiffany said...

Hi louela

I did read that Shin Dong Wook was good in Soulmate..which was why I watched Cloud Staircase. Unfortunately, the latter wasn't really very good. I'll try and get my hands on Soulmet later. ^^