Having some serious “Degrees of Separation”

Started watching Touch Your Heart for two reasons. First, I loved Yoo In Na and Lee Dong Wook in Goblin, second, I needed to watch something that is putting out an episode weekly as my life is in super busy, have to meet commitments mode! Lol. I also need down time, and I’ve realized that these dramas provide that for me.

What’s funny, though, is that I started with Encounter and Jang Seung Jo was there — prominently, then he was in Familiar Wife, also prominently along with Oh Eun Sik, another FW prominent character who’s also now a prominent character in TYH. I’m sure that’s probably not all that unusual, but I find it funny in a coincidence kinda way…

Anyhoo, YIN’s character is a has been hallyu starlet who hasn’t worked in two years because of a scandal. She’s also, at this point, getting “older” ( though she looks young as ever) so the demand for her is at an all time low. To make matters worse, she’s not a very good actress, which seems to be an inside joke. She wants this particular role and has to go to “real” work in a law office as a secretary alongside our hero LDW. Of course, he’s not happy at all with this turn of events. The rest of the office staff, aside from one person is enamored with her. She exhibits typical star behavior, but she’s no dummy — just entitled. She knows how to work a room. She’s annoying, but still very cute.

LDW, otoh, is prickly, organized, and expects a certain standard to be upheld where work is concerned. I actually agree with him, especially in a law office, but he really needs to lighten up, if only a little. I don’t find him as handsome here as I previously have, and I really don’t like his banged hair — much prefer it off his face.

I’m really not feeling the current music tracks used in these last three dramas, they just don’t seem to fit, IMO. What I like about this drama so far though, is that it laughs at itself and plays like a movie reel from time to time, with commercial ops thrown in too. Very funny! Hope it continues!

#lee-dong-wook, #touch-your-heart, #yoo-in-na

Finished Familiar Wife

I have mixed feelings about how this one ends, but I guess that has a lot to do with how I “thought” things should go, and cause I kinda felt that Woo Jin wasn’t true to her character in one episode in particular. It was good to see that the effort on both of their parts, to approach their marriage in a completely different way held strong. There were a couple of moments where they both had the opportunity to regress, but overcame.

There were also situations and characters whose stories were left up in the air, and way too much time spent with the goings on and characters at work. I never totally understood or got a handle on the other time traveler’s story. And Woo Jin’s dad — what was the purpose of intervening there? Have to say that it’s always nice to see Jo Jung Suk tho!

Still think it’s worth the watch…

#familiar-wife, #han-ji-min, #ji-sung, #jo-jung-suk

10 episodes in — Familiar Wife

It was a given from the start that Joo Hyuk (Ji Sung) was going to learn some valuable lessons here regarding his former marriage to Woo Jin ( Han Ji Min). As I watch those lessons unfold, I have to admit that I’m moved by his reactions to his part in failing Woo Jin so selfishly. I didn’t get the impression that, initially, it was intentional, but it became easier and easier for him to neglect his suffering wife as time went on. I have to say that although we see Woo Jin’s suffering, she’s not the type you really feel sorry for, but admire. Her problems with him, her Mom, her job, and raising two children virtually on her own, could’ve caused a full blown depression, but her anger showed how much fight she has in her. In choosing another life and wife without her, Joo Hyuk sees what an admirable person she really is, and what she became as a result being married to him.

IMHO, but not really because I’m a fool for love, he should leave her be, and let her be happy. Still, I understand that he gave her no choice in their previous combined destiny, so walking away isn’t that easy. Also, the destiny that he’s chosen with Hye Won goes to prove that he just AINT good husband material. His chosen wife is rich, self entitled, and kinda unlikable, but he’s still severely lacking even where she’s concerned. I can’t not feel sorry for him though….dunno why?

One thing’s for sure…..he’s suffering! But it’s causing others to suffer as well.

#familiar-wife, #han-ji-min, #ji-sung

I hadn’t intended too…..but

I started “Familiar Wife” with Ji Sung and Han Mi Jin. I wanted to just get a taste of it and put it away for future viewing, but the first episode was so hilarious that I had to go on! I knew Ji Sung had a comedic edge to him, but Han Ji Min?!?! Who knew!

As a married couple of 5 years, they’ve hit a pretty bad rough spot, which is really serious in and of itself, but it’s so funny how MEAN she is, and how he’s so afraid of her! And boy does she curse like a sailor! The visual for me was hard to swallow because HJM is so petite and angelic looking. Yet, some of the stressors that can and do happen in a marriage can make even the sweetest person turn into a Tasmanian devil.

I’ve made it to ep 2 and the seriousness of how they’ve reached this point in their marriage is starting to unfold. Ji Sung is checking out of his marriage and fantasizing about the girl that got away. It’s a fantasy, and the story appears to be heading to a case of “ the grass is not always greener.” It’s sad to think, too, that only after 5 years of marriage, things are so bad, but again, it happens. They’ve got the cutest toddler and baby though, and I find myself looking forward to this couple working their problems out…

#familiar-wife, #han-ji-min, #ji-sung, #kang-han-na

Finished Boyfriend

I enjoyed it, but don’t really know if I did cause it’s been forever since I saw a drama, or because it was really good? You’ve got your good, bad and downright ugly to the bone characters, but how each situation is handled is well done. The dreaded MIL is alive and well, but they don’t over do the bullying that we know these $itches can cause. There’s also the ambitious mother who causes a lot of damage too, and you can’t miss the ill effects of either.

My takeaway here is that losing your honor is a bitter pill to swallow, and when they go low, you stay high. Of course I’m a romance junkie, and liked every moment of it, lol

#boyfriend, #encounter, #park-bo-gum, #song-hye-gyo, #song-hye-kyo

Hello Chingus!

Happy New Year to you all! Life has been super busy, and I’ve finally been able to “catch my breath!” I haven’t seen a drama in forever, mainly due to time constraints, and, well, life, lol, but I just felt like losing myself in something, so I’m currently watching “Boyfriend” with Song Hye Gyo and Park Bo Gum.

First impression is that he looks REALLY young! It’s hard for me to wrap my brain around him and her, even though they’ve already had some very cute moments and the chemistry is building. Song’s character is the chaebol, and she plays an ice princess pretty well. Park is a happy-go-lucky fruit vendor’s son who lands a job at her hotel after first meeting her in Cuba where he was vacationing and she was there for work. Now, reunited in Korea, their relationship is in the exploration phase. Of course it wouldn’t be a drama without her ex and his mother’s high handed interference, or her mother, who she has a very strained, tenuous relationship with.

The scenes in Cuba were beautiful, but it still amazes me that Korean movie- drama makers haven’t been able to bridge that “English” gap. The scenes with supposedly English speaking actors still come off as less than genuine, even after all the dramas I’ve watched in the past. But what they do best, even now, is the way that they build a genuine relationship between a man and woman. I love the sweetness, shyness, uncertainty, respect, and loyalty the couples give to one another. They’ve mastered honest, human emotion with a simple look, and I LOVE it!

So far so good, and I really hope it continues this way. And even if it doesn’t, I’m sure one will catch my fancy and give me that nostalgic feeling that hooked me in the first place! Hope you all are well, and life is better than ever!

#boyfriend, #encounter, #park-bo-gum, #song-hye-gyo

Just a hello!

Hi Robin and Camelia! I see that you two “serious drama queens” are still enjoying all that these dramas have to offer! Bravo! Believe it or not, I watched the 1st episode of “Mr Sunshine” (cause I’m the only LBH fan that I know of, lol) and even though it appeared promising, I’m not ready to dive in just yet. Glad you two are holding down the fort, and will be able to recommend the best of the best when I’m ready. I do miss you guys, and I hope and pray that all is well with you both. Be well chingu’s, and continued happy drama watching!!! tc