Category Archives: Drama

Tomorrow’s Cantabile a.k.a. Naeil’s Cantabile

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I really couldn’t believe that they remade Nodame Cantabile in Korea.
Nodame Cantabile is one of my most favourite Manga series, Anime and live action drama. Live-action Chiaki (Tamaki Hiroshi) and Nodame (Ueno Juri) have been a great pair in my eyes and many of their fans would agree. Why did they remake such a famous drama with Joo Won and Sim Eun Kyeong. Eun Kyeong has tried a lot to act like Nodame (still I can’t compare her with Ueno Juri) but Joo Won, who is a actor for more serious genre, is definitely a wrong choice in the place of Tamaki Hiroshi in this drama.

Also, the first episode failed to impress me due to the missing funny elements like, the funny Mongoose that comes in the title song, wrong choice of the actor for Mine-the concert master of S Orchestra, last but the most important, where is the music? Isn’t ‘Cantabile’ a word that represents the music that accompany the male, female lead and us throughout the drama. Mozart’s piano sonata for 2 pianos played in this drama failed to impress me in the first episode.

Would I stop watching this drama? No.
I love the manga storyline so much that I have read the Manga more than 5 times, watched the anime many times, watched the live-action ‘n’ number of times so I would probably continue to watch this drama as well even though it is a remake.

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Nodame Cantabile, my drawing

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Korean Hotel Dramas

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It’s normal to have adopted story lines but it is too overwhelming for me to finish watching one Hotel drama and start another hotel drama immediately (where both dramas seem to share the same kind of mood) with both the dramas having cute couples in the lead roles. Finished Hotel King and started watching My secret hotel drama now…

Hotel King

Hotel King

My Secret Hotel

My Secret Hotel

The King 2 Hearts

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All that he wanted was to make her the happiest Queen in the World but what can he do being a King with Zero power and 187 IQ level. Lee Seung Gi has tried his best in this drama, the kid has shown that he can also act apart from singing. His smiles, style and gestures throughout the series are just enough to make this an entertaining drama. A very good political black comedy with Ha Ji Won and Lee Seung Gi playing their best as North and South Korean respectively that too Lee Seung Gi as the South Korean King.

Lee Seung Gi’s acting in his other dramas are not so satisfying and so I didn’t have much expectations when I started to watch this one and I was hoping how Ha Ji Won and Lee Seung Gi could make a perfect pair in a romantic drama when she is so much senior to him but I should say that Lee Seung Gi has really done a good job in this by improving his acting and his facial expressions and as always his good looks has helped him as a modern day King in South Korea. The Villain is kind of irritating but I guess that it was characterised that way so that the King and the ‘to be’ Queen will get more focus from the audience.

How annoying it would be to handle such a psychic villain, why don’t they have any good or better plan to handle that guy. Who will know if they kidnap the villain and torture him like what he does to the others in the drama. Why no one thought about capturing him silently when he enters the palace. Well that is why the drama got extended to 20 episodes. It is not boring but at one point I felt that it is too much that the King don’t have any good advisors to handle this annoying villain.

It may not be one of the best dramas of 2012 but it is definitely a must watch for the kid’s acting and romance and yes for all the political show that they have shown.

2012 – How I got addicted to Korean Dramas…

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The movies and dramas kept me really busy throughout the year. I got really bored watching the same type of romantic and thriller flicks from the West and so started a search on the best romantic movies in Cantonese and Mandarin due to the impact of the Asian DVD shops in my locality. I would never regret for that, because that is when I found the movie ‘In the mood for Love’ which was listed as one of the Top 10 romantic movie ever made in the Asian world. With this, my movie hunting expanded and I was completely anchored to Asian romantic movies after watching ‘Nodame Cantabile’, which is a live action drama with 11 episodes and 2 special episodes which can be considered as a movie.

After watching a lot of Chinese romantic films, when I was totally disappointed with the endings of some of them, my brother recommended ‘My Sassy Girl’ a famous Korean romantic movie. To be frank, I was not impressed with the famous Korean romantic flick and was not able to figure out what was so special about that film, may be the period when it got released was really dry in Korean cinema or may be the funny puking heroine looked cute or may be the climax.

I couldn’t convince myself to watch more Korean movies but the movie ‘Old Boy’ did change my perspective towards Korean Cinema. Again after a few back and forth to Cantonese and Japanese movies, I got reminded of the movie ‘My Sassy Girl’ and continued searching for other romantic movies and found a beautiful romantic movie world at this other side of the world. So far, in India, Korean thriller and horror movies have only got attention but my focus was completely on the romance genre. I am now totally addicted to Korean romantic movies and dramas which made my life really blissful.

Some of the romantic dramas and movies that I can never get rid of my mind are listed below with a simple reason that made me choose them specifically.

1) In the Mood for Love(Movie: Cantonese):

Mesmerising story telling on screen, Cast, On-screen performance, BGM, Direction, Cinematography. The movie was like a magic world.

2) Love Rain(Drama: Korean):

Cute and Refreshing way of presenting the drama, Minute details to the props and locations, Sountrack, BGM, JKS and his acting as In Ha and Seo Joon. The spell created by JKS made me watch this drama 3 times.

3) Nodame Cantabile(Drama: Japanese):

Rejuvenating classic music with romance. Comedy, Cast, story. On-Screen performance in live action made me wonder that a movie/drama can also be like a Anime. Chiaki and Nodame ruled a few months of my life with their excellent performance.

4) You’re Beautiful(Drama: Korean):

Capturing the modern Idol band members perfectly. Cast, Soundtrack, BGM, JKS and his eye liners and his costumes. This was the first JKS drama that I watched and I thought he is a girl. He was still so adorable.

5) April Snow(Movie: Korean):

This movie made me realize how cold it will be when it snows. Screenplay, Story, Cast. Bae Yong Joon and Son Yi Jin were truly amazing on the screen.

6) Playful Kiss(Drama: Korean):

Innocent romance and comedy. Kim Hyun Joong was really handsome in this drama especially when he smiles at Ha Ni. Characterization for the entire drama.

7) Marry me Mary(Drama: Korean):

JKS Hair Style and Moon Geun Young’s acting, Soundtrack. What could be so special in a drama which has no great story, it is the lead actor and the lead actress and their performance. This is why we say acting is more important in films because it can make an excellent story into a flop at box office hit and a flop story into something really special.

8) Secret Garden(Drama: Korean):

Hyun Bin and Ha Ji Won were perfect, there is no wonder why they are so famous. The character Oska was really really cute especially whenever he loses to his younger brother and just like Gil Ra Im even I was wondering why he looks happy when he loses to his younger brother in a funny way. Comedy, Cast, Location, Cinematography.

9) Chungking Express(Movie: Cantonese):

Screenplay and Story, Cast, Soundtrack, BGM, Director. Tony Leung was really a ‘Lovable Oppa’ in this movie.

10) Seducing Mr.Perfect(Movie: Korean):

Perfect sweet ending romance like in Mills and Boon stories, Characterization of the female lead.

Love Rain

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If you have not watched this drama, then you are missing some real cute entertainment… If I say that it is worth watching for Jang Keun Suk’s acting then it is not because I am a fan and so am recommending this drama but it is true that he has put in some real hard work trying to make all the 20 episodes of the drama to be interesting. Yoona has also done a great job trying to look very cute and she has really competed with JKS in all the scenes.

 

In a drama with emotional storyline where the same lead actors have to portray the characters from different time period, it is essential that they should understand that the episodes will be really predictable and every scene will be easily judged by the audience. I think they have understood this and have put a great effort to make every episode of the drama to be fresh and admirable.

 

Let’s not compare this drama with the movie ‘The Classic’ (2003) though it is true that the storyline is the same as the movie with only small changes. One reason why I didn’t like the movie was, it was very slow and the actors, be it Son Ye Jin or Jo Seung Woo didn’t perform so very well compared to the lead actors in the drama. Still I will accept that the drama team had a sample in front of them and they tried to polish the lead characters and for the lead actors too, they had a chance to see what is bad in the movie and what could be done to make it more interesting to get an emotional feel…

The locations, cinematography and the OST would really make us incline towards the drama despite of the known storyline… The lead actors costumes and make overs should also be mentioned here… I think JKS is the only guy in the world who could look cute in eye liners,crazy hairstyles and costumes… Yoona is also like a real doll and I am sure any guy would fall for a cute girl like her…

 

I felt that even though Boys over Flowers had the real flower boys of Korea in the cast listing, it did miss something in the drama which made me yawn and skip some scenes(I won’t say that I didn’t skip any scenes in Love Rain) and I can never accept it as a romantic drama but can categorize it as a ‘Flower boys’ drama but Love Rain is truly romantic so watch it without expecting much because the first few episodes might be really boring if you are new to Korean dramas and to Korean culture but still those episodes are the most important for us to enjoy the later episodes.

If you want to watch a romantic love story then be ready to get completely drenched in this Love Rain…

Mary stayed out all night

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I would give a high rating for this drama. It is a never ending funny love story… I can always remember this drama because I found out how good Jang Geun Suk can perform as an actor… I was totally impressed with JKS as an actor after watching Beethoven Virus, You’re beautiful and this drama… How can he bring so much expressions in such a small face…