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

Chingus..hope you have a lovely Easter!

After all the rain and gloom of these past couple of days..I hope that we are blessed with glorious sunshine and balmy weather..don’t eat too many Easter eggs!

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

While on a movie binge I saw this trailer for “Shadow”

This looks amazing, especially on the big screen, and I can’t wait to see the whole thing. And for those watching Ever Night, you might recognize the general with the smirk, Hu Jun!

More on the movies seen soon 😊

#deng-chao, #hu-jun, #shadow, #sun-li

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

The Consequences of Change and Time

I came across this article and it really hit home: “When the Web Loses It’s Memory.” For those of us here who have enjoyed and lost our old “Rincón Latino” and Telenovela World sites, where we poured many, many hours worth of thoughts, summaries, and snarky comments, and obsessed over telenovelas and their characters and actors, it reminded me of just how much we’ve lost. Not just the hours of effort represented by those posts, but the contacts and friendships formed as we poured our hearts into them are now just memories.

I don’t know how long this site will keep going, but I promise here that as its Administrator I will keep regular backups and do my best to keep these memories going. And, I promise simply to enjoy it today and know that things change, people change, and software and times and what not changes, and accept it.

Carpe diem!

Shorty J-dorama “Stay Tuned!” on Netflix – Impressions

You know how so many Japanese dramas seem like they’re more like training films than actual people-driven stories? Well, this short, 5-episode (ranging from 42 to 49 minutes each) offering now available on Netflix gets a pass from me for this ‘sin’ as it was produced as a 50th-anniversary special drama to commemorate a TV station’s founding. Of course they’re going to want to highlight the workings of a TV station! But in spite of that, Stay Tuned! is a pleasant diversion and time-passer (even if it’s a little light on content, too earnest at times, and a little amateurish in its production values).

It’s the cheery optimism of the lead character, a super energetic, well-meaning, somehow making things work out little bumbler of a country bumpkin that makes this work. She manages to stumble into stories, influence team members to get creative and lift everyone’s spirits (even if she makes them cringe more often than not).

If this is your cup of cha, why not give it a try?

#hiroki-iijima, #kanako-miyashita, #ken-yasuda, #kyoko-yoshine, #stay-tuned, #yo-oizumi