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Saturday, July 5, 2014

The Heirs...romantic and cheesy

It's been a while since I watched a "recent" Korean series and about High School students.  Blame it on my real world but I can't relate anymore in cheesy lines that I used to love when I was a still student. So why I tried The Heirs  or the Inheritors? Was it because of Lee Min-ho? or I want to believe in their story?

Perhaps it's because of the media hype and the story.  Watching this show is like unwinding from things that I do for a living.  I believe that Lee Min-Ho (LMH) is popular and handsome as well as Park Shin Hye is talented lass but they're not enough reasons for me to finish watching this  drama series that's so like Boys Over Flowers' plot.

The Story is cliche with Punch of cheesiness


What we expect  in a story about a rich boy meets poor girl plot?
a. Parents' disagreements
b. self-pity of the poor girl
c. trying to fight the odds for the sake of love
d. Love triangle
e. all of the above plus other familiar scenarios

And like the other series, The Heirs grabs all the choices to make meet hopeless romantic individuals' expectations. So given these notes, I think there are reasons that make it a top notch one such as:

Impressive acting prowess from Main to supporting actors

I watched LMH in Boys Over Flowers and Personal Taste. And I can see that he's been trying to do different roles to level up his skills. Though The Heirs is very idol drama, it showcase tasteful dialogues, great turn of events and impressive acting skills from LMH ( Kim Tan), Park Shin Hye (Cha Eun Sa), Kim Woo Bin ( Choi Yeong-do) , Kim Ji Won (Rachel Yoo), Kang Mhin Yuk (Yoon Chan Yeong), Krystal (Lee Bo Na),  Kang Ha-Neul (Lee Hyo-Shin), Choi Jin Hyuk (Kim Won), Park Hyung Sik ( Jo Myung-Soo), Kim Song-Ryoung ( Han Ki-Ae), Kim Mi Kyung (Park Hee-Nam), Choi Won Young ( Yoon Jae-Ho) and others.


Apart from LMH and PSH; I commend Kim Mi Kyung and Kim Song-Ryoung because in some scenes I almost cry out of pity in their characters. I also like the bida-kontrabida stand of Choi Jin Hyuk, Kim Woo Bin and Kim Ji Won-I. But to be honest, I like Krystal's acting and character. Usually, I'm annoyed with this kind of role but she gave different interpretation.  Her tandem with Kim Mhin Yuk adds coolness to her  and his story.

Tasteful characters and intense scenes

I can see questionable scenes but I  don't think they are big loopholes  to affect the entire series. For me the big edge of the film is it's equal treatment for every characters to stand out with or without  long exposure.

  • I sympathize with Yoon Jae-Ho's old flame with Ester Lee or mother  of Rachel Woo (played by Yun Son-Ha) as well as to frustration of Hyo Shin with his parents. 
  • I don't know if a mature person like Kim Won exists in the real world for he's truly insecure with Kim Tan to the bones but I can't hate him. His character  is well-defined and yes crown is truly heavy to bear.
  •   Bullying - Choi Yeong do is well known bully not only to Kim Tan and Cha Eun Sang but also to his other classmates especially Moon Joon-Yoing ( played by Joo Yoon Wo).  But he has set of frustrations, regrets and mistakes too that drives him to be ask for forgiveness, concerns and love. 
All in all , I like this series. Congrats to cast and crew of this series. 



     

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Now Playing: Winter Sonata Rewind

ABS-CBN brings back the series that started the invasion of Asian series in the Philippines with their rerun of Meteor Garden starring Barbie Hsu, Jerry Yan, Vic Zhou, Ken Zhu and Vaness Wu. Well, I'm touch but I'm not too excited because I'm also watching again the Korean series that inspired me to travel in South Korea and admired Bae Yong Joon - Endless Love series: Winter Sonata

Conquering my Fear  to watch it  again


I first watch  Winter Sonata on GMA 7 in 2004, if I'm right.  I'm glued to the show's characters, conflicts and setting.  I had so many reasons and  chances to watch it again but I refuse to due to fear I feel same sad feeling I experienced when the show ended up sort of sad note.

So after 10 years I rewatch it again because  I was able one their setting of the program - Nami  Island. if you happen to go there and don't know about Winter Sonata, you'll probably check it  because this show is well promoted there.

Of course, after 10 years I would like to think I matured and can handle now my emotion. hehehe!

Reuniting with the characters


Some change in my perception about the show especially the actors and their characters.  Of course, the way I see Park Yong Ha is different now knowing his gone by committing suicide. Choi Ji Woon was so fine for me before but now I hate her portrayal or simply hate her slow motion reaction .   But now I appreciate Park Sol Mi  ( who married  Four Sisters and All About Eve actor Han Jae Suk last year). One remain the same - I like Bae Yong Joon's acting.  Plus the songs. 


Apart from Winter, I also rewatching Mars starring Barbie and Vic, and later Mary Stayed Out Last Night

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Summer's Desire presents extreme love triangle

After  4 years I finally watched and finished the Taiwanese drama Summer's Desire  starring Barbie Hsu, Peter Ho and Huang Xiao Ming.  It's a  TV adaptation of the same title novel written by Ming Xiao Xi produced by Ho.

Since I didn't read the novel, I'll stick with the show it self so don't get me wrong about the original  Summer's Desire or Bubbles of Summer


Almost impossible turns of events


If you are gal who like old type of series you'll probably praise how they present the love triangle angle in the show. You'll like Xia Mo's (Hsu) masochistic persona, possessive trait of Ou Chen ( Ho) and jealousy of Lu Xi ( Xiao Ming). I, myself, love the intense love among the three. But to be honest, their characters are poorly established because of the obvious pushy circumstances.

I remember the time I'm watching Devil Beside You, which is the same with this drama. Sort of preachy and unnatural flow of events. You'll ask in real life...

1. Are you going to hire strangers to act as parents of your only grandson and compensate them for the rest of their lives? 
2. Are you going to sing the same song or wear the same green lace from the start of your drama in life till your last scene on earth?
3. Is your kidney type is same with your brother and father?
4. Is the media people (especially in Taiwan) can be manipulate by powerful businessman?
5. And oh yeah, how come that you'll leave your greatest love-- who you snatch from other man, push to marry you and  so on so forth when you finally get her pregnant and tell you she's already fall in love with you? Is that called love?  

These are the questions slash doubts slash confirmations why Autumn Concerto rated better, which if I'm not mistaken showed almost the same time of this drama.  Actually, when it comes to plot  I like Summer's Desire than Autumn Concerto ( starring Vaness Wu and Ady An) because the latter offers obvious cliches in drama.   The advantage of it, it has better story line and believable scene. You can relate and have time to connect with the problems of lead characters because they are well establish. 

Top 1: Huang Xiao Ming as Lu Xi

Barbie is good and elegantly beautiful even in those scenes where she's just wearing white blouse and blue jeans.  But in my opinion, of all the characters in the show it's Lu Xi who is real and finely portrayed by Huang Xiao Ming (HXM).

It is my first time to watch a HXM's work and I'm impressed. even he sings the same song again and again, act as if there's always camera around him... he just simply believable.

From the start, Ou Chen is someone I really don't know how to explain. He drinks a lot as if that's the only thing he works on in his extravagant office. He manages different business but his routine indicates he has time for thinking for almost irrelevant things like "how to avenge to a woman who slaps you so many times?" While watching those scenes, my heart says he just giving justice for his love but in my mind, wow! Where can I find this man?

I don't know also if its only because Ou Chen is badly written and establish or Peter Ho is also ineffective in his role. He has cool stand, nice body and model like walk but in expression hmmmm.


But I hope Peter Ho will continue to produce series. As a I said this show has a nice plot so he has eyes for good project and he gets good actors. Perhaps, next time they see first what's applicable on TV series, what to change and how they gonna interpret it.