I had to take a peek – first impressions of Her Private Life

I know, I really should wait for this to wrap so we could all enjoy it together, but I couldn’t. I couldn’t wait to see how Kim Jae-wook would do in his first official turn as the male lead in a romance (nary a priest’s collar in sight). I couldn’t wait to see how much chemistry he would have with Park Min-young (who is the Kim Sun-a of her generation, able to have barn-burning chemistry with all her leading men). And I couldn’t wait to see how they would adapt the story of a serious fan-girl and her world. I just had to take a peek!

Let’s just say that after the first 6 episodes I’m very pleased with everything I’ve seen so far. Her Private Life should be called “My” Private Life because it captures both the squees and giggles of harmless fan-girl (and fan-boy) fantasy world and the more obsessive sasaeng side of things too.

Kim Jae-wook has got a few more miles on him than his glorious ‘Waffle Prince’ days but they serve him well. His Ryan Gold has issues, such as painter’s block, and more, so his wary, slightly care-worn face suits the role well. And yes, dear chingu-dul, he does have chemistry with Park Min-young, and she with him. You may have seen photos with the two in what looks like a romantic near-kiss pose… (from an early episode so too soon for spoilers) and yes, it does look like a de-lish moment. Plus, I want to know the paint color they used for his apartment… a yummy, rich mix of cadet and cobalt blues…

Park Min-young and her best gal pal, played by the ever entertaining Park Jin-joo, capture all the fun and enjoyment of having a rich fan-fantasy life, though we’ll all have to admit that they spend a little too much time and money on this pursuit. (Speaking of money, how does Park Min-young’s gallery curator Sung Deok-mi afford those lovely work outfits and Christian Louboutin heels?) Kim Bo-ra is the spoiled rich girl sasaeng side of things, and things get troublesome thanks to her machinations early on in the story.

Ahn Bo-hyun plays the torch-carrying best childhood friend who practically lives with Park Min-young’s parents – so much so that you think he’s her real oppa (and not an Oppa). But there’s a funny judo moment with him and Kim Jae-wook (you may care to watch on repeat) and more with him and Park Jin-joo’s little son.

The show has also managed to include thoughtful moments on alternative romantic preferences without being preachy, and some equally appreciated adult exchanges where feelings are hurt or inappropriate actions taken and thoughtful apologies are made and taken to heart. I am enjoying that aspect of the show almost as much as the funny and romantic moments. And yes, the fan-girling stuff makes me giggle as much as Sung Deok-mi and her pal Lee Seon-joo do!

 

 

#ahn-bo-hyun, #geunyeoui-sasaenghwal, #her-private-life, #jung-jae-won, #kim-bo-ra, #kim-sun-young, #kim-jae-wook, #one, #park-jin-joo, #park-min-young

Started up on My Secret Terrius

Let me begin by saying that this is my favourite role so far for So Ji Sub..I mean honestly how can anyone resist that beautiful stoic face..you could stare at it for hours without getting tired! It’s especially entertaining because he’s got this  amazing gift of showing no emotion at first glance but then..you can see so much of what he’s feeling and thinking by looking a little closer. I love it that it’s not in your face but that it comes with familiarity and real effort on his part to show us the miniscule little holes which give us access to the real person inside. I think in a less talented actor it would have been hard to get to know this character and get past the deadpan face..I will not even mention the rest of the physical package..lol..but no..it doesn’t take long for us to see that ..far from being an anti-social grouch..that his isolation is for other reasons and it’s only that he had his reasons for cutting himself off..and hating people wasn’t one of them.

Now..if it wasn’t enough to see him all by himself..seeing him interacting with those adorable twins is simply magic..no other word for it. This guy is nobody’s idea of a babysitter..(and in real life it would never happen the way it happened here..or at least it shouldn’t)..but oh my goodness he must have had a blast filming every scene..never mind alot of patience I would imagine. They have such great chemistry too..and he looks pretty comfortable..which is interesting considering that he doesn’t have children himself. Course in reality those kids need a stronger hand to keep them in check that’s for sure.

Our leading lady is someone I don’t really know but I think she’s doing a pretty good job actually. They match very well..I’m not crazy about her character..gets on my nerves sometimes I must admit but that’s not her fault. The secondary characters are quite good..nice oneliners given with great timing..especially our villain is one of the most cowardly that I’ve seen so far but..even though he’s obvious a bad guy..just can’t seem to hate him that much.

All in all I don’t think that the drama takes itself too seriously and that makes it lots of fun to watch. I do have a quibble about how the writers have handled the plotlines involving her late husband  and subsequent widowhood but all in all..thumbs up so far..

#im-se-mi, #jung-in-sun, #my-secret-terrius, #so-ji-sub, #son-ho-jun, #terrius-behind-me

Here’s the Netflix promo for “My First Love”

My First First Love tells the story of college students and their realization of first love as they meet new friends. The series will be written by Kim Min-seo, who wrote Little Black Dress, created by Jung Hyun-jung who wrote Five Enough and Discovery of Love, and Oh Jin-seok who directed Yong-pal and Goddess of Marriage will be directing the trendy romance story.

Jisoo, Jung Chae-yeon, and Jinyoung will join the cast of My First First Love. Jisoo who made impact in Strong Girl Bong-soon, Jung Chae-yeon who gained popularity not only as a singer but with her acting in Drinking Solo, and Jinyoung, known as an all-round entertainer and for his role in Love in the Moonlight, will join as the three main cast of the series.

My First First Love will be an 8 episode series and be available only on Netflix globally in 2019.

www.netflix.com/title/81026700

My First First Love tells the story of college students and their realization of first love as they meet new friends. The series will be written by Kim Min-seo, who wrote Little Black Dress, created by Jung Hyun-jung who wrote Five Enough and Discovery of Love, and Oh Jin-seok who directed Yong-pal and Goddess of Marriage will be directing the trendy romance story.

Jisoo, Jung Chae-yeon, and Jinyoung will join the cast of My First First Love. Jisoo who made impact in Strong Girl Bong-soon, Jung Chae-yeon who gained popularity not only as a singer but with her acting in Drinking Solo, and Jinyoung, known as an all-round entertainer and for his role in Love in the Moonlight, will join as the three main cast of the series.

My First First Love will be an 8 episode series and be available only on Netflix globally in 2019.”

And one of my favorite Instagram artists, Zipcy, has done some illustrations for it: BwZNwQqg

#ji-soo, #jinyoung, #my-first-love

A New Leaf

I was browsing and came across this older drama. I had always meant to watch it because of Kim Myun Min and thought that this would be the perfect time since I just enjoyed his performance in A Miracle We Met. Have you seen it?

I’m only a few episodes in and of course have had to endure the usual courtroom cringeworthy moments and workroom antics but that’s not why I’m here so it doesn’t bother me much. I’m here for KMM, who does an exception job (as usual) portraying the unlikeable, ambitious shark with no conscience who was stopped in his tracks due to an accident. The subsequent amnesia is, of course, the reason for the rest of the story to unfold in a totally different way than he had anticipated. He’s lost none of his courtroom brilliance but he suddenly seems to have found a conscience of sorts and is looking inward at his past actions..doesn’t seem like he likes himself very much. This begs the question: can amnesia REALLY change your whole personality like this? It’s convenient in a kdrama of course but real life? Hmmmm..

The female lead is played by Park Min Young (WHY does she get all the luck..lol??)..I’m not crazy about her so far but no doubt she will be a positive influence on our grumpy lawyer. Excellent supporting cast as well..makes me appreciate how well I’ve come to know most of these korean actors.

#a-new-leaf, #chae-jung-ahn, #kim-myung-min, #kim-sang-joong, #park-min-young

One of the benefits to a KOCOWA subscription…

On those evenings when I know it’s too late to start watching something in progress (because I have little restraint and will stay up too late watching more episodes than is good for me), I’ve taken advantage of my subscription to sample some of their older titles on offer. I try and find episodes that I particularly loved in shows that I loved, like Damo (2003).

Swoon… Lee Seo-jin (who will ever be “Sawesome” to me) as the Commander Hwang-bo, the protector and love of Ha Ji-won’s police ‘damo’ Chae-ok, and their myriad looks of longing…

Here’s the DramaWiki synopsis for those of you who’ve never had the pleasure of watching this (spoiler warning: tragic) romance:

“This series took place in the Chosun Dynasty. Chae Ok was separated from her brother when her father, a nobleman, was accused of treason. She managed to make her way and becomes a Damo, a low ranked woman detective. Skilled in swordplay, she must not only fight crime but face inequality because of her status in society. Her brother grew up to be a rebel leader fighting against social injustice and both brother and sister faced off against each other on opposite sides of the law.”

#damo, #ha-ji-won, #kim-min-joon, #kocowa, #lee-seo-jin

Me, awaiting “Her Private Life”

Dare I look? Please let it be good! Give Kim Jae-wook the leading man role we’ve always thought he deserved!

#her-private-life, #kim-jae-wook, #park-min-young

Looking for something new? Maybe a Psychometric Guy is your type!

I’ve watched the first 6 episodes available on Viki (the show is currently airing) and I gotta say, I am enjoying this series so far.

You’ve got a pretty winning combination in the 2 young men who are “brothers” as the result of a traumatic past experience in Park Jin-young (of GOT7, seen previously also in Legend of the Blue Sea) and Kim Kwon (of the handsome forehead 😉). They have managed to convey a touching and natural bond in just the first few episodes, especially younger ‘brother’ Jin-young (the titular psychometric guy), maybe because he’s so used to hanging around with a group of  hyungs and dongsaengs in his group and fellow label artists. Kim Kwon’s reserved yet attentive hyung suits him to a T.

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#he-is-psychometric, #kim-da-som, #kim-kwon, #park-jin-young, #shin-ye-eun, #that-psychometric-guy