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

Finished The Miracle We Met – Final comments

I have to say that it was a very interesting ride. There were lots of holes of course, but given the premise of the story – a man inhabiting another man’s body and juggling two families (and two different wives) at the same time – it led to really interesting questions, and as a viewer I was forever changing my point of view. Of course I had my preferences as to what I would have liked but it wasn’t a decision that I came to lightly because I empathized with each of them. Until the very end I didn’t know what the final outcome would be and that’s kind of nice!!

I really loved the acting..such strong performances all round and hardly a wasted character in sight (well there were a couple I could have done without of course). Kai didn’t have much to do beyond looking VERY pretty and that’s just fine by me. Heck I even enjoyed the ending and that was a question mark all along but I think the writers did the best they could given the pickle they’d put themselves in.  It’s a winner for me..not perfect but (for me) not disappointing either. It was so awesome to see Kim Myung-min for 17 episodes. He looked incredibly smart in his three piece suits – the perfect example of a successful banker.

#joseph-lee, #kim-hyun-joo, #kim-myung-min, #ko-chang-seok, #ra-mi-ran, #the-miracle-we-met

The Miracle We Met – First Impressions

I don’t normally juggle more than one drama at a time but I had this nightmare of it fading from my grasp just like Lee Minki’s drama did so I went ahead and started it. I did not want to miss the opportunity to see Kim Myung Min – no way! To my delight I  discovered that Kim Hyun Joo is also starring in it. I loved her alot in I Have a Lover – what a bonus!!

Of course I know that the story is not new – a man dying and waking up in another body – but I’ve always been a sucker for those. Anyway, after two episodes I can give it a great thumbs up and I hope it continues till the very end.

Let me just say that I really like the way they established the characters immediately. Kim Myung Min is married to Kim Hyun Joo but is a horrible husband and person to boot. In the short scenes where we see him he makes a terrible and real impression – kudos to him! As well, we have our other couple who are complete opposites; nice ordinary people, trying to set up a restaurant, happy with their lives and adoring each other to boot! The contrast couldn’t be sharper. The two men even cross paths where our jerk dismisses him arrogantly and sends him on his way to disaster. So, without going into details, as a result of a car accident both “die” and our “good guy” wakes up in the body of our jerk, and then the fun begins!!!

This new character couldn’t be in better hands as we see how he struggles to come to grips with his new reality. His heart and mind are dying to be with his family but that’s not possible, so he tries different ways and means to still be there for them. On the other hand he can’t ignore the jerk’s family who is now also his. I have no idea where this is going but I think it’s going to be a fun ride – at least I hope so, though I anticipate a few moments of angst along the way.

#first-impressions, #go-chang-suk, #kim-hyun-joo, #kim-myung-min, #ra-mi-ran, #the-miracle-we-met

Hmm… will we get the chance to watch?

It used to be that every time I read about an upcoming drama I would take for granted that it was something I would be able to see if I so choose to but lately that doesn’t seem to be the case.

I want to see the one with the strange title: The Guest: the Hand but not sure if it’s showing on any legal site… the same thing with Miracle We Met with Kim Myung Min. Sigh… It’s not as if I don’t have anything to watch, I just like to make the choices is all.

#kim-myung-min, #miracle-we-met, #the-guest-the-hand