Hello Drama Fans!
It’s that time of year again when we have an exciting new crop of dramas to choose from. I thought I wouldn’t be able to recover from having to see Witch’s Romance end. Then there was New Leaf that left its fans deeply frustrated. But, here we still are hoping to find gems in this new batch of kdramas.
Without further ado (because I can go on and on, and you don’t want that!), here are my drama picks for Summer of 2014:
KING OF HIGHSCHOOL
Starring: Seo In-Guk and Lee Ha-Na
Lee Min-Seok (Seo In-Guk of Reply 1994) plays a highschool student who lives with his adopted (and adorable) father and grandfather. Due to some mysterious circumstance, he has to help his hyung and lead a double life. He is challenged to juggle his demanding dual lives as a highschool hockey superstar AND a hotshot company director. In the process, he meets a downtrodden Candy who will, of course, transform as the drama unfolds.
It’s not too original if you think about it. In fact, I watched Episode 1 with no expectations at all. I expected to hate it, TBH. But surprise surprise! It’s sooooo fun! The execution is great, and so is the acting, in particular, from Seo In-Guk. I was literally gripping my seat with excitement when I first watched this show.
So! If you want hijinks, larks, fun, and crazy excitement, try Show out. You’ll have fun, I promise!
Must say that tvN is totally coming up with great dramas. Yey!
Starring: Lee Joon-Gi and Nam Sang-Mi
Our beautiful Lee Joon-Gi has a new movie, and so of course we’re so there! I first saw our oppa in My Girl. Ah, I still remember how he broke my heart every time his schmexy eyes filled with sad tears.
Joseon Gunman is the story of Park Yoon-Kang. He is a noble’s son, and his father happens to be the head of the Palace Guards and the nation’s best swordsman. But, he finds out through painful means that the sword is no match against a gun. He gives up his sword and avenges his loved ones to become the Joseon Gunman.
I’m still in the first few episodes so I hope I got the description right.
On many levels, this drama is not original. We’ve got the cross-dressing noble woman like in Sungkyunkwan Scandal. And of course, we’ve already seen Joon-Gi as the intrepid hero in Arang and the Magistrate and Il Ji-Mae. Still, who doesn’t want to watch the transition of our oppa from swordsman to gunslinger hellbent on revenge?
I almost forgot to point out that the sword vs gunfights are just awesome. They’ll take your breath away! Now, to see Yoon-Kang matching gunslinging skills against the villains!
It’s a great cast with great writing and directing so far. I particularly think Nang Sang-Mi is doing very well playing the part of the lead. Her acting is very refreshing to me, though I haven’t seen her in other projects yet.
I hope you get better and better, Show!
FATED TO LOVE YOU (Korean version)
Starring: Jang Na-ra and Jang Hyuk
Fated to Love You is the story of a post-it office girl and a chaebol grandson. Mi-Young calls herself a post-it girl because of how others dispose of her once used. Gun, in the meantime, is being pressured by his family to marry and have children asap. Only, he’s been waiting for his ballerina girlfriend for so many years already.
By some bizarro coincidence, Mi-Young ends up in the same hotel room with Gun. And guess what? They’re both super high on a lust-inducing drink!
Now let me tell you, even though I was piqued by the premise, I hated the original version of Fated to Love You. I enjoyed the first episode, but it went downhill from there. The female lead was just so poor, weak, and downtrodden I wanted to slap her silly. If Witch’s Romance was nearly devoid of Noble Idiocy, in the Taiwanese version of Fated to Love You, it was one of the main themes that moved the story forward.
I remember fast-forwarding it though, because I had a masochistic need to know how Cun Xi fared in the end.
So, imagine my surprise when I LOVED the Korean version of Fated to Love You. I was laughing like a hyena even before the 5-minute mark. Imagine that. Not even 5 minutes and I was already rewinding!!!
Note to self. Just keep watching em first episodes!
I can’t really put my finger on how this version works. They stay true to the story. Maybe it’s how they got the best parts of what worked in the original Show. Then, there’s the leads. Somehow, Jang Na-Ra lends a quiet strength and resolve to her character that was not present in the original. Despite her circumstance and poor choices, somehow, you don’t end up hating her.
I also love the interactions between our leads. There’s something real and genuine there. Ahh, I can’t wait for the next episodes! Though I cringe at how the plot is going to move forward from now on, I somehow get a feeling that this Show will shine!
Here’s the video trailer:
And I’m going to keep the last .. and my ABSOLUTEST favorite… a secret for now. No good stills yet. Hopefully I can update tomorrow. Can you guess what it is?