Saturday, July 07, 2007

Capital Scandal

Have been tied-up due to some personal matters and haven't been able to blog as much as I wanted. I also didn't have the time to watch 'Air City'.


this man caught my interest or my eye rather..

And before I know it, I've watched 4 episodes within 3 days. This is another gem. It's so funny. Hehe! Never knew Kang Ji Hwan can do comedy.

Capital Scandal is set in the 1930's when Korea was under Japan rule. It is a harsh time but at the same time, also when things are a dance and fashion for instance.

Kang Ji Hwan is Son Woo Wan, the son of a rich and established family. He is also the biggest playboy in the city, who in his words: "Just give him 10 minutes, and he will have any girl in the city falling for him."

Just look at his reception when he arrived back in Seoul....

an army of women welcoming him back.

Han Ji Min is Na Yu Kyung, the owner of a bookstore, a teacher by night and....a freedom fighter. She's very conservative, naïve and stubborn in her principles and beliefs. Known as Cho Maja- the last woman of Chosun, she proves to be rather immuned to the playboy's charms, much to Wan's exasperation.

Wan & Cho Maja are as different as light and day (in terms of character and physical appearance- she's way shorter than him) and.... they make the perfect couple. Cho Maja will be the death of Wan. So far, she has:

1)insulted and scolded him
2)punched, kicked and knocked him
3)made him stripped
4)threatened him with a gun
5)made him enter a boxing match (he who drinks coffee with his pinky finger up)

So far, the show has been funny but not exaggerated like Hello! Miss. It has it's serious side (afterall, this was about an important even in an unsettled time) but it's been dealt with in a light hearted far.

And I love the other couple too.

Han Go Eun is Cha Song Joo, a giseang. She is really very pretty and sophisticated. I love all her dresses and she has such a strength of calmness and strength in her...and no she is also a secret fighter.

And Ryu Jin is Lee Soo Hyun- he's the strong, quiet type but yet you could still feel that warmth in his charcter. All of us are speculating that he's hiding some secret and that he's probably really a secret fighter too but working in the Japanese government as a disguise.

The Japanese governor and his wife are hilarious.

And Wan's 3 good friends are goofy and always up to no-good but oh...they are so funny too.

Not sure if it's going to be just as good in the following episodes (it's up to ep 9 now, and so far so good), but I really hope the story will be just as funny, while still retaining it's serious underlying story. But no matter how the story develops, I'm sure the chemistry between the 2 of them will only get better. And that's half the battle won.

Unfortunately, the ratings haven't been high as it's fighting against Park Shin Yang's 'War of Money'. Haven't watched it yet as I didn't want to fall into the same frenzy as the last session when I was watching 5 dramas at one go. I did hear that it's pretty good. But then Park Shin yang is a good actor.

But it seems I may have no choice but to start this frenzy again soon as Yoon Eun Hye and Gong Yoo's 'Coffee Princeshop No 1' has just started on the Monday/ Tuesday slot (this was supposed to be Bae Yong Joon's Great King Four Gods slot originally...Sigh...)

But it seems quite promising....

And on the 18th July, there will be another competitor to the Wednesday/ Thursday time slot-

Lee Jun Ki, Nam Sang Mi and Jung Kyung Ho's 'Time of the Wolf and the Dogs'. All 3 of them look so different from when I last saw them. It's going to be another police/ secret agent story...but I'm really looking forward to watching Lee Jun Ki on screen again.

I'm going to catch up with the rest of Capital Scandal over the weekend and have a few laughs.

For more information and discussion, you can go on to soompi.

In the meantime, here's some short clips to look at:
short ngs
the boxing match
Ep 1 preview
And you must not miss Kang Ji Hwan's attempts to dance on sang sang plus. It's roll-on-the-floor funny.

And the MV, with the theme sone sang by Eru. My absolute favourite.
Capital Scandal mv
Credit: ayis indo @ soompi

Above 2 photos credit Luv of soompi


Mawee said...

if its recommended by Tiffany I would watch it ^^

but busy with studies nowadays the only drama I follow is as much as heaven and earth :(

tiffany said...

Hi mawee...

Is Heaven and Earth nice? It's pretty long right?

Studies more watch this when you have the time. I've been busy too and don't have much time for anything else.

Btw, Coffee Prince looks really interesting and I'm impressed with Yoon Eun Hye. ^^

han min chung said...

Hi Tiff.
You also liked the capital
scandal ^^.
Actually I like the scene when guys are dancing swing.
Kang ji hwan was a theatre actor of many musicals such as greese, he was denny.
Recently many young theatre actors moved to the TV for fame and money, I'm a bit sad as a big fan of musical, but still I can enjoy kang ji hwan's singing and dancing on tv it's alright.
Shin sung rok, oh man suk(the guy in a vineyard), park gun hyung(spring in heart), cho seung woo(the classic) were
all former musical actors and still do.

tiffany said...

Hi Han...Yes, I like Capital Scandal. Kang Ji Hwan is great in the drama and his chemistry with Han Ji Min is fantastic.

Really, so Kang Ji Hwan is also a stage actor then? For all the actors you mentioned, I'm not familiar with Park Gyn Hyun. I like Cho Seung Woo too.

Is Lee Seon Gyeon also a stage actor? I heard he's quite good friend with Oh Man Suk.

And oh...I am enjoying Coffee Prince Shop No 1 too. hehehe!

han min chung said...

Hi Tiffany,
I've never watched Lee Seon Gyeon's stage acting before though, yes he was a stage actor, actually musical.
Therefore he can sing very well, I expect. ^^
I love a guy who can sing well that's why I love musical actors..haha.
I want to watch coffee prince also, but how?
It's not on KBS WORLD. do you buy dvd every time or do you download it?
hmmm I have to check my Korean friend if they have pirate dvd for me. haha.

tiffany said...


I'll drop you an email later. hehe!

Mawee said...

Hi~ yes its a typical family drama, as much as heaven and earth predictable really but i`m enjoying it ^^
I will soon have to watch coffee prince yet its midterms on august and really no time much to have kdrama marathons :(

tiffany said...

maweee...too many little time...

Anonymous said...

I love this one.Started watching war of money and capital scandal at about the same time.But this is so good i stop with war of money and concentrate on it alone.It is the best drama I've seen:)