I started VIP and after 5 episodes…

So far I’m cautiously enjoying it. The main attraction for me was Jang Nara. I rarely pass up anything she’s in because she’s such a chameleon, sadly her last drama, ironically called The Last Empress, was a real dud so I was keeping my fingers crossed with this one. First of all she does do the classy look so well, those outfits fit her to a T!

She and Lee Sang Yoon play a married couple who work for the VIP special department..treating the extra rich customers with personal  kid gloves..I was actually surprised to see that they were married because their behaviour at work is so impersonal that there is no hint of a personal connection. So far his character is really hard to like..he seems so cold..so distant..so robotic..so empty…even on their ride home together there is little spoken..each one far away from the other..and then one day we discover that he is (or was) having an affair..and it’s probably with someone at the office….the audience receives the same hints as she does as she tries to learn the truth..and there is a list of possible attractive candidates to choose from. Her struggles are obvious..whom can she trust around her? In fact…the age old question that every betrayed wife asks: can she ever trust him again?

What I find interesting is that each character has their own story..very human story at that..some of their troubles we can even relate to..the feel of the show is really dark..in theme and in the visual sense..for instance..their house is always shown in shadows — oppressively so — we shall see if my interest remains strong till the end but even so..I’m not quitting on Jang Nara..lol

#jang-nara, #lee-chung-ah, #lee-sang-yoon, #vip

Happy for Hyun Bin

He’s always been one of my favourites and I felt sorry that his latest couple of dramas did so badly..but finally he seems to have struck gold because I see that the ratings are great! I haven’t seen it yet but I hope that this means that his choice of dramas has improved..either that or his luck has changed..lol!!

#crash-landing-on-you, #hyun-bin, #son-ye-jin

Chingu’s 2020 Viewing List

Completed

  1. K – What Lies Within (Entertaining, but you need a strong stomach!)
  2. K – Vagabond (Disappointing)
  3. K – Tomorrow with You (so..so..so…)
  4. K – Chief of Staff (Felt a little incomplete – obviously due to scheduled second season)
  5. K – Live up to your Name (my favourite of the bunch!!)

In Progress

Meaning, I checked them out and wasn’t in the mood, so they are on standby

  • K – Melting me Softly
  • K – Fiery Priest
  • K – Liar and his Lover
  • K – Welcome to Life
  • K – Rookie Historian
  • K – The Tunnel

This list will be updated throughout the year.

 

 

#2020, #viewing-list

I can’t settle on one!

Every once in a while I get to that undecided stage, I just don’t know what I’m in the mood to watch. I have started half a dozen and not one of them “speaks” to me right now. LOL However, I know from past experience that eventually I will find the one that will make me want to return for more and more!!

I know that we’ve all gone through it haven’t we??

A definite thumbs up for Live Up to Your Name

I was sad to see it end! A few meaningless wrinkles mean nothing when compared to the enjoyable hours spent watching the drama unfold.

Great chemistry between the leads continued till the end..but what I also loved was that they were two strong actors who gave strong performances separately and were even better when they came together. Watching Kim Nam Gil as a goof is awesome, LOL, but when he gets all serious and broody he’s even better!

#kim-ah-joong, #kim-nam-gil, #live-up-to-your-name

The Lies Within – Series Impressions

Well, you had to know that I wouldn’t wait too long to see Lee Minki’s latest didn’t you??

In his latest drama he plays a dogged detective who is asked to investigate one more case before he transfers and he reluctantly agrees. It happens to be a woman who fell out of her apartment building, it looks straightforward, especially so after finding her suicide note!  But then he comes across another case which looks suspicious too and then a disappearance and they all seem linked together.  What begins as a routine case quickly develops into something that takes over everything including working with the missing man’s wife who asks for help. The first thing I noticed ( with delight) was that he was playing a much more human character than I’ve been used to seeing and it makes such a difference! No face blindness this time! I’d forgotten that he can smile and that his face is quite expressive..lol. I love the character and I love the way he’s playing the character.

But, this is OCN, known for grittiness at the very least..and I will say that they went reallllllyyyy gritty this time — almost gruesome. I enjoyed the secondary characters too. I thought that they were really nicely fleshed out and supported him well. I wasn’t familiar with our heroine (Lee Yoo-young), I hadn’t seen her before but I had heard good things about her. She has a real presence on the screen – a softness and vulnerability about her and I’d like to see her again. This was another of those onion like dramas where you peel away layer after layer to reveal the truth and that’s a very good thing!

Thumbs up!

#lee-min-ki, #lee-yoo-young, #lies-within, #the-lies-within

Live Up to Your Name – First Impressions

This is the strange title of a drama that I’d never even heard about till it popped up on Netflix. I don’t know how I missed it since it stars Kim Nam-gil and deals with time travel (which I’m a sucker for).

The basic plot is that our hero, a doctor in Joseon times, finds himself transported to modern day Seoul and meets up with our heroine, Kim Ah-joong who is also a very driven doctor. Each character definitely has baggage to contend with and so far there is no explanation regarding the reason for any of it, though we are given hints.

I never expected the humour to be so highlighted and I’ve found myself laughing out loud at the absurdity and yet..this actor is so skilled that he really sells it. Sometimes it’s quite borderline and if it was anyone else I would be rolling my eyes and moving on but he keeps me watching because he is really able to sell me on believing his amazement at this new world he finds himself in.

Try as she might our heroine can’t get rid of him and their chemistry is very very strong. I’m up to ep 5 right now and I can see the nuances appearing as he becomes less clown-like and she becomes more vulnerable and did I mention how hawt he is looking, LOL??

#kim-ah-joong, #kim-nam-gil, #live-up-to-your-name