Drama Drop: My First Love 첫사랑은 처음이라서

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Title: My First Love 첫사랑은 처음이라서

Language: Korean

Episodes: 8

Release Date: April 18, 2019 Netflix

Starring: Ji Soo, Jin Young, Jung Chae-Yeon, Choi Ri, Kang Tae-Oh and Hong Ji-Yoon

I have been waiting with great anticipation for Netflix to air My First Love!

Ji Soo in the Lead

I was first introduced to Ji Soo through Strong Woman Do Bong-Soon and saw him again in Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo- both in which he plays the diverted love interest. Here, FINALLY he gets the limelight he deserves and I am so thrilled!

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Plot

Tae-O (Ji Soo) is given his own house for his 20th birthday with the one condition that he is not allowed to have girls over. This plan goes awry when several of Tae-O’s friends show up at his door step, desperately needing a place to stay. This is the story of a group of five friends who are support each other through ups and downs which becomes a tangle of love triangles.

Tae-O and Song-Yi have known each other their whole lives and are best friends. They have each harbored feelings for each other at some point- but they never seem to align. When they each find love interests elsewhere, they hesitate to wonder if they should have been together with each other after all.

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While this show had now great plot, nor great action – it is FANTASTIC.

I am not usually a fan of the every-day-life style drama, but this one is a bit of a roller coaster. While most couples are pretty clear cut from the beginning of the drama- this one will leave you guessing – you heart torn besides the two leads who fight for Song-Yi’s affections.

With only 8 episodes, its a fast watch that is perfect for unwinding.

GO WATCH IT RIGHT NOW I’m sure you’ll love it as much as I do!

 

Have you Watched this Drama?

What do you think of it?

let us know in the comments below! We want to hear from you!

 

 

 

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Peakboy Kpop Hype

Between the BTS army and Kdrama fans- the internet has been going wild- who is this Peakboy?

Earlier today, Taehyung, Park Hyungsik and Park Seo Joon posted a screenshot of Peakboys’s playlist – causing us all to flood to youtube.

Park Hyung Sik’s Post on Instagram:

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Park Seo Joon’s Post on Instagram:

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Taehyung’s Post on Twitter:

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So what is this all about?

And who is Peakboy?

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Peakboy just released a new teaser and a new single:

Well to be honest- we are still working on the mystery of uncovering his real name- and what exactly his connection is to V, Hyungsik and SeoJoon.

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While we are still uncovering this mystery- you can see them all together here in this photo Left to Right: Choi Wooshik, Park Hyungsik, Park Seojoon, Peakboy and Taehyung

and in this photograph of Peakboy and Seojoon:

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Can you help us solve this mystery?

What is Peakboy’s real name?

How do the boys know one another?

Drama Drop: The History behind ‘Hymn of Death’

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Title: Hymn of Death 사의 찬미

Language: Korean

Episodes: 3

Release Date:November 27- December 4 2018

Starring: Lee Jong-Suk, Shin Hye-Sun

This Netflix original is short and sweet. With only three episodes, you can finish the drama in an evening- just be sure to grab a box of tissues and a cozy blanket before you begin!

The Plot

The story begins when Yun Sim-Deok a soprano singer, meets and falls in love with playwright Kim Woo-Jin wile at university. Things become complicated when Sim-Deok discovers that Woo-Jin has family commitments and responsibilities that do not allow them to be together. Fed up with their obligations, the two tragically decide to commit suicide (no spoilers here- that is literally how the show begins!)

True Story

While the incident is famous in Korea, not many westerners know the history behind the drama- and that it is based on a TRUE STORY.

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Yun Sim-Deok (윤심덕) is remembered as Korea’s first soprano singer.

Born in Pyongyang on July 25, 1897, Sim-Deok was privileged enough to study at Kyongsong Women’s Teaching College in Seoul 1914. Education for women at such a high level was unusual during the time. Sim-Deok was eager to further her studies and became the first Korean to study at the Tokyo Music School in Japan where she met Kim-Woo-Jin (김우진).

Sim-Deok had her first debut as a soprano in 1923 and while she was admired for her talent, she was unable to make a living by singing western classical music. This forced her to change course and sing pop and fold music in order to support herself.

She famously committed suicide with Kim-Woo-Jin on August 4, 1926 at the age of 29.

Sim-Doek’s most famous recording was “In Praise of Death” (the first Korean pop song) in 1926 that she recorded with her sister accompanying her on the piano. The piece is set to the tune “Waves on the Danube” by Ivanovici.

Here’s the original 1926  recording:

For comparison here’s a modern rendition of the song:

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It is difficult to find details on the life of author Kim Woo-Jin in English.

No matter how hard I look, I can’t seem to find anything on him- though I would love to insert some of his writings here for you to read!

If you are interested in reading about Kim U-jin on Karel Capek you can find an article written by Sdenka Kloslova in Vol 32, Issue 1, Pg 84 of the Korea Journal

If you can understand Korean though- this documentary published in 1997 looking into his life may be helpful !

If you know or can access the history surrounding this author (or can translate) let us know! We would love to learn more about him!

The Period

I must admit that I am no expert in Korean history- if you were as confused as I was, I went and did some research for you, so here’s a little context for the Drama.

TLDR? Check out the highlighted sections for info directly relating to the Drama

  • Japan attempted to establish diplomatic relations with Korea which were refused. In frustration, Japan began considering war against Korea
  • Japan sent warships to threaten Korea to sign a treaty of commerce and friendship, which it did resulting in the opening of Busan, Wŏnsan, and Incheon to Japanese trade.
  • The increasing Japanese presence in Korea disturbed China who sent troops to Korea.
  • China then forced Korea to sign a trade agreement which led to similar treaties signed with the United states (1882), the UK, Germany, France and Russia who quickly established foreign missions in Seul.
  • This led to rapid modernization in Korea. Many officials and students were sent to the West, China and Japan to study technology and ideology to bring back to Korea.
  • After Japan’s victory in the Sino-Japanese War, the Treaty of Shimonoseki of April 1895 recognized Japanese hegemony in Korea.
  • Encouraged by Russia, the Korean government attempted to push out the Japanese
  • The Korean Emperor secretly sent an emissary to the International Peace Conference at the Hague in 1907 asking for help.  This plea was ignored however and by 1910, Japan dispersed the Korean army and took full possession of Korea
  • Japan set up their government in Korea. Koreans lost freedom of assembly, association of the press and the freedom of speech. The Japanese school system was enforced and as an attempt to assimilate Koreans, the Japanese language was forced onto the people while Korean language and Korean history were no longer allowed to be taught.
  • March 1 1919: The March First Movement, was a nationwide anti-Japanese peaceful protest in which approximately two million Koreans took part. The Japanese responded with brutal violence arresting 46,000 while 16,000 were wounded and 7,500 were killed.
  • Students and Intellectuals attempted to inspire the Korean people with ideals of patriotism and democracy. This was done through western-styled newspapers and through the creation of Korean novels and poems which grew in popularity
  • A big anti-Japanese Rally occurred again in Seoul in 1926
  • A Nationwide student uprising occurred in November 1929
  • Constant uprisings and WWII led to Korea’s independence in 1945 ending 35 years of Japanese rule.

To learn more check out this link

The Romance

TO be honest, this Drama is EXTREMELY TAME. Don’t get your hopes up because there is one and only one kissing scene. While modesty is one of the charms of Kdrama- this one really builds up the chemistry and tension- and leaves you a little dissatisfied.

EVEN SO, it was a nice, short little drama that I really enjoyed.

I loved the struggles of the young author, and the history involved in the series.

I had a fun time and learned something new!

If you have an empty afternoon and are ready to shed a tear- this Drama is PERFECT !

Also, its on Netflix which is really convenient. Next time your browsing your suggestions, look it up!

As a teaser, enjoy this little clip from the drama:

 

Have you seen this Drama?

What did you think?

What is your favorite Lee Jong-Suk Drama?

Let us know in the comments below! We want to hear from you!

Drama Drop: Romance is a Bonus Book 로맨스는 별책부록

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Title: Romance is a Bonus Book, 로맨스는 별책부록

Language: Korean

Episodes: 16

Release Date: January 16- March 17 2019

Starring: Lee Na-Young, Lee Jong-Suk, Jung Eugene, Wi Ha-Joon

If you love Kdrama, and you love books, than this is the PERFECT show for you!

Netflix is releasing new episodes of Romance is a Bonus Book, every Saturday and Sunday in Canada and its got us on our toes!

See the Trailer below:

The Drama revolves around Kang Dan-Yi (Lee Na-Young), and her “little brother” Cha Eun-Ho (Lee Jong-Suk).

Dan-Yi is a recent divorcee and is desperate to find work in order to support her daughter. She eventually finds work at her best friend/ honorary “little brother”‘s publishing company.

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Cha Eun-Ho, an English professor, genius writer and chief editor at a publishing company is helplessly in love with Dan-Yi and fights to find his way out of the friend-zone.

Things become complicated when the charming Ji Seo-Joon (Wi Ha-Joon) begins to show interest in Kang Dan-Yi, filling Cha Eun-Ho with jealousy.

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While I’m sure Eun-Ho will win Dan-Yi’s heart in the end, I can’t help but love Seo-Joon’s character. I can’ decide who suits Eun-Ho better!

Who do you want to see as a couple?

Can’t wait to see how this drama plays out!

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On Publishing:

As a bookworm, I absolutely love the publishing atmosphere and how important literature is to the characters within the drama.

While i’m usually not one to cry during dramas, my heart was torn to pieces when the publishing company takes its new employees to view the shredding process.

Their goal to have their books make a difference in the lives of their readers is beautiful.

 

 

Agonizing Drawn-out Scenes in K drama: Why do they do it? The K2 Parody

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If you’ve watched a K Drama then drawn out scenes in slow motion are not new to you.

EVERY drama uses slow motion and that’s because they have an important function:

  1. Suspense: Slow motion is used as a device to heighten suspense and to torture the viewer.
  2. Build relationship: these scenes set the two leads up for a romantic encounter. These moments slowly strengthen their relationship and shows them getting closer to one another. These moments set the viewer up for the final resolution when the two main characters will finally fall in love and either sleep together or get married.
  3. Playing hard to get: The oftener you have these near misses, the more the audience wants the event (kiss) to happen. If they compile these scenes well, there will be a point when the viewer can hardly handle it anymore- it increases the audiences desire for that moment to take place as it becomes the embodiment of the viewer’s plot desire.

You will recognize these moments when you see

  • long shared glances
  • watching their crush sleep
  • leaning in for a kiss

And when you see them- you know that the episode will probably end RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE of the slow motion- carrying over to the next episode- leaving the viewer EXASPERATED, and ya, you’ve got to watch the next episode or else you won’t be able to sleep.

My advice to you? always stop watching a K drama 10 minutes into the NEXT episode. You’ll get a peaceful nights sleep that way.

When we watched The K2, we found one of the MOST aggravating, agonizing, exasperating drawn out scene we have ever seen in a k drama.

We almost couldn’t handle the stupid suspense. It was too much.

If you’ve seen the scene in episode 9 , you know- it takes them 6 minutes to decide whether they should speak to each other/ knock on a door. 6 MINUTES+

It was too much. One of the most agonizing moments I’ve ever experienced in a drama.

All things considered – it is hilarious.

In good humor we decided to mock the moment. Check out our parody of this epically drawn-out moment!

JUST OPEN THE DOOR GUYS!!!

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For those of you who have yet to watch The K2– No, THEY NEVER OPEN THE DOOR to talk to each other. So all that suspense WAS FOR NOTHING

We took great pains to mimic the camera angles and costume- YES I even cut my hair to pull off the Ji Chang Wook/ Justin Bieber hairstyle.

Enjoy the bloopers at the end!

What is the most drawn out moment in K drama that got you?

Do you like this device?

let us know in the comments below!

Drama Drop: The K2 Review 더 케이투

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Title: The K2 더 케이투

Language: Korean

Episodes: 16

Release Date: September 23-November 12 2016

Starring: Ji Chang-Wook, Yoona, Song Yoon-A

If you are a Kdrama skeptic, or new to the genre, we highly recommend this drama. The show leans away from the cutesy romance and focuses heavily on its political plot and is filled with action scenes.

Watch our video for a quick version of our Reaction and Review

Synopsis

The plot follows the story of a former soldier (Kim Je-Ha) who is dishonorably discharged from the military. Wanted for committing a military crime, he is constantly in hiding and on the run, until he is caught at the wrong place and the wrong time and becomes a witness that needs to be eliminated. Je-Ha becomes involved with powerful political candidates for whom he becomes a bodyguard. Things become complicated when Je-Ha learns he is the body guard of the presidential candidate’s love child. He becomes conflicted when he struggles to understand whether he is safeguarding or holding the young woman hostage, especially after falling in love with her.

The Trailer

The Plot

I found the plot a little to politically heavy. Without an understanding of Korean government structure, it was difficult to follow what was going on and why certain developments were a big deal.

The politics got boring when the candidates continued to play a back and forth game, each trying to damaged their rival’s public appearance. While it made sense, it just got repetitive after a while.

However, I enjoyed the suspense and mystery aspect (though it was not as compelling as other dramas) as it kept you guessing.

The drama was full of action shots featuring Ji Chang Wook that was full of fantastic stunts. It was nice to see some fights that did not look pathetic (such as the PATHETIC fight between the boys at the amusement park in Accidentally in Love)

The Characters

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Kim Je-Ha: Great character development. We get a backstory early on in the drama which helps the viewer to get a good sense of his head space. Je-Ha is badass but cute, serious but funny, fighter but gentle, is suffering from PTSD.

Everything he does makes sense. His character is complex and interesting and while he embodies many contradictions- they all make sense. We know where he’s coming from, and we love him.

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Ko An-Na: Is not a believable character. She is incredibly weak and feeble, except in some rare moments where she shows courage and resourcefulness- but this is rare and only lasts a few minutes. Her character was not well thought through, not consistent and not really well acted. She didn’t deserve Je-Ha though we can see why he fell for her.

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Choi Yoo-Jin: Is absolutely psychotic. Her character is overacted- her fits are overplayed and ridiculous. Just when the viewer starts to/ wants to respect her, she falls into her psycho personality (like she is schizophrenic or something) one can’t take her seriously. We liked her strong personality that although ruthless and selfish showed a strong woman. Taking this into consideration, we were extremely disappointed that she didn’t actually persue the one thing she wanted- Je-Ha – even though it would have complicated the plot and morally been wrong, she should have expressed her desires.

Overall

I enjoyed the show, and it was really refreshing to get away from the cutesy, cliche packed, over sweet dramas.

I have to compare this drama to Healer, since they are in the same genre and have the same leading actor (Ji Chang-Wook).

While I strongly prefer the character of Je-Ha to that of Healer’s, I found the plot and supporting cast more compelling in Healer.

This Drama makes it to my top 5, but is a FAR cry from top 3 due to its weak characters and plot.

What do you think of The K2?

Do you disagree with our review?

What is your favorite Kdrama with Ji Chang-Wook?

let us know in the comments below! We’d love to hear from you!

 

 

The Accident

How Did It Start?

If we are completely honest, we once started watching a drama at 3am. We can’t remember what it was, but we do remember being unable to get through the first episode.

After this random introduction, we had no interest in exploring the genre any further. ever.

But a prank war with our housemates would turn this all around.

For efficiency’s sake, there was one housemate who payed for the Netflix and in order to get back at us, he did the most annoying thing ever: he put a parental lock on our Netflix account.

That was when we decided to turn the tables and absolutely ruin the settings on his personal account. We demolished his suggestions and currently watching lists by running children’s programs in the background while we studied. Barbie’s Dreamhouse, Peppa Pig, you name it. As we scrolled through, we noticed an Asian drama section and noting the incredibly cheesy titles and thumbnails, turned them on.

and this is where we got hooked. Before we knew it, our laptops screensavers were shining back at us- but we didn’t notice, cause our eyes were fixed on the TV.

 

Our First Drama

YUP! we had fallen right into our own trap. We accidentally fell right into the genre and have to this day, never recovered.

So what was it that caught our attention?

The South Korean Drama Noble My Love staring Sung Hoon and Kim Jae-kyung.

https://www.koreandrama.org/noble-my-love/

You can watch the trailer here:

Pretty cheesy right?

Why Did We Watch It?

So if we thought it was so cheesy, why on earthy did we watch it?

Short Episodes

One definite perk to this TV show is its length. With 15 minute episodes, we had watched several before we could decide whether we liked it or not.

We were slowly drawn into the drama with the many cliffhangers- just when we were starting to get interested, the episode would end which quickly prompted us to continue watching.

We felt less guilty since time was going by slowly- by increments of 15 minutes- and suddenly before we knew it, our afternoon was gone, and we had binged the entire thing.

New Experience

Noble My Love gave us a peak into a new culture which is different from our own.

The style of the show, its plot and filming- even the kdrama cliches (which we all know too well) were new to us and we were fascinated.

While Noble My Love is definately not the best drama out there, we’ve got to give it credit of its own OST sung by Sung Hoon.

Check it out:

We’ll leave our discussion of the TV show itself for another time.

Do you remember your first Kdrama?

How did you fall into the genre?

Let us know in the comments below!