Hotel Del Luna

She’s a warrior of old, damned to manage this hotel of the dead for who knows how long. He’s a young man who’s father promised him to her 20 yrs before when he stumbled into the hotel, being somewhere between life and death. I must say that Oh Ji Ho is still very handsome to me, and he has great comedic timing although I think he should ALWAYS be a romantic lead in romantic mode, lol.

The first episode got pretty much to the point in letting us know what’s going on with the hotel, but the why is a mystery. The heroine is very pretty, and our hero is much more handsome than he looks in the promos for this drama. I’m guessing this is going to be a series of episodic stories related to the deaths of the characters involved, and where good and evil—— and their consequences prevail. Nice mix of fantasy with the real. Hope I like this!

Robin, I watched the short……

But delightful “A Sharply, Graceful Girl.” I enjoyed it, and found myself wanting more. Very interesting historical tidbits about the city of Kyoto, and the blooming friendship ( romance?) between these two young people. I believe Yorichan said it best regarding Kyoto— “ this small, cramped city,” but the beauty of it couldn’t be denied. What amazed me most, believe it or not, was how tangled, but orderly the vast amounts of wires connected to the electric and telephone poles were! They were everywhere! I was like “ Wow!” with one major storm to hit the power, the city of Kyoto would light up and spark like the light and laser show at Disneyland!! Beautiful cinematography, sweet relationships, and kind and thoughtful characters— even though the locals were snobs, lol……

Pi Squared

So I finished “Something in the Rain,” and sadly for me, regardless of the size and content of certain dramas, the formula will always equal pi. Don’t get me wrong, I mostly enjoyed the two leads together, except for a few unnerving, unnecessary moments. They seemed to really enjoy each other as they fell in love, and like couples who can’t enough of each other during the honeymoon stage, their appeal was satisfying on many levels. But the repetition of parental interference, coworker angst, relationships put through needless tests, and that ever present “time apart-separation” thing turns me off to some extent.

I’ve taken breaks many times for that purpose alone, but the formula remains like a ghost with no eternity to escape to. It’s become a bit like telenovelas, only shorter.

Chief of Staff

I had forgotten about this one but I knew that I wanted to see it so I started up on it. Other than the fact that it’s all about power and politics and the struggle to keep the power and get some more..I can’t tell you very much about it..other than the fact that I’m still enjoying it!!

This is the official synopsis: “The story of politicians and their aides who try to climb up the political ladder. “..normally that wouldn’t pull me in but I did want to see Shin Mina and Lee Jung Jae so here I am. I find that I don’t really NEED to know exactly what is happening..I’m more interested in seeing HOW sneaky..HOW manipulative…HOW ambitious and ruthless these people can be. THere’s enough tension to keep the audience entertained..we all know who we’re rooting for but I guess the question will be..does our hero even deserve our support? He’s no pristine character either and he has his own methods to get what he wants. THe characters are all driven by the same ambitious motivations but there is one character who is driven by other sentiments and I think this is where we go to get a breather from this nasty environment..

I’m only on ep 4 but look forward to watching the rest!

Camelia

 

p.s. this reminds me so much of Punch and I LOVED that one!!!

Something In The Rain……

Not exactly sure what drew me to this drama… I do like Son Ye Jin. I think she’s very pretty and I’ve liked her overall persona in previous dramas that I’ve seen her in. Jung Hae In, her male lead, I’m unfamiliar with, but I like him so far. She’s a supervisor at a coffee company, and he’s the younger brother of her best friend. He’s just returned to Seoul ( I guess it’s a Seoul) after being in America for the past 3 yrs perfecting his craft— whatever that is—- haven’t figured it out yet. She just got dumped by her boyfriend of a year, and is pretty bummed of course. The ex is a real jerk who was cheating on her with another “younger” girl. Our heroine is 35 yrs old and the pressure to get married is, of course, at an all time high— especially from her Mother.

It’s clear she and the hero of this story have a good relationship. I’m sure he was like a younger brother of “sorts” to her, because she was very happy to see him upon his return. It’s obvious to me that he’s probably always had a “thing” for her, but would never act on it—- at least before he left.

There’s the typical office stuff going on, jealousy, backstabbing, men who rule the roost simply because they are men. Our heroine currently lets these “freely touchy” guys take liberties and say things that we would’ve punched them in the face for, but I know, I know,——the culture and the respect your elder thing is something that they live for in these Kdramas.

I already really like the leads together, so while the other hijinks will definitely make my blood boil to an extent, I’m going to enjoy these two.

Her Private Life – all finished and I’m left

with a smile on my face! Sure..the last couple of episodes might not have been necessary since there was hardly any plot advancement..and sure..the last wrinkle seemed unnecessary..but I can indulgently forgive because I truly enjoyed watching our hero shine. Normally I do not enjoy dramas which resolves relationships so early in the drama..I usually get bored after that but this was the exception to my rule. I so enjoyed their interactions that it didn’t really matter one bit..I could watch him all day..lol..and my memories will all be about him..as per this perfect video which highlights a totally different side which I did not expect. He is usually so solemn and dramatic and unbearably vulnerable..loved seeing this playful, human side of him:

 

Thank you for keeping your promise Robin!!!

I apologize profusely for doubting you but I have to admit I’m LOVING Her Private Life now..(up to ep 10)! The silliness is behind us and all we have is a delectable couple who sizzles on screen — too sweet for words — in love and not afraid to show it, in love and not afraid to say it.

I even like her alot more. I think she’s awesome in this role because the writers have wisely allowed her to keep those very traits that make her a fangirl into showing them as a woman in love. Why wouldn’t a girl who looks adoringly at an idol not look just as adoringly at the man she loves??? It’s so real and so in character. I take my hat off to them.

I confess that part of my problem was that the idol was so bland that the hysteria made no sense to me..but now I’ve come to see his genuine (almost impossible) sweetness and he just makes me smile — not swoon — just smile, but Ryan Gold… well that’s real idol material… worthy of many screaming fangirls..lol. They’d better give this actor another leading role..pronto..that’s all I can say..he’s been wasted long enough in supporting roles!

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