Jive Monkey Playlist: 9/15/14

It’s not strange for a lot of music from girl groups to sound the same. They emphasizing the sweet or the sexy and frankly, there’s no depth with the lyrics, sound or style. However, here two groups that show how strong and independent they can be while showing off a side of whimsy.

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[Review] Fated to Love You – 운명처럼 널 사랑해


After a one-night stand that results in a pregnancy, everyone’s overlooked “post-it girl,” Kim Mi Young (Jang Na Ra) gets married to Lee Gun (Jang Hyuk), a chaebol heir. Though they initially are forced into marriage by their families, they grow to love each other. Based on the Taiwanese drama of the same name, the Korean drama reunites Jang Hyuk and Jang Na Ra 12 years after their first drama together.

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Just Bananas About: Week of 9/12/14

A few back tvN started rolling out with some of their new dramas like, The Three Musketeers, which I’ve been liking, and Surplus Princess.  Both dramas air single episodes weekly unlike the double episodes per week which is the K-Drama norm.  I have to say that I don’t think Surplus Princess will be everyone’s cup of tea but for me, there’s a lot to like about this drama.

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Jive Monkey Playlist: 9/8/14

Last week, we were all saddened to hear the loss of EunB and Rise from Ladies’ Code. It’s only been a little more than a year since the group debuted. With the news of the accident, it brought a lot of fans to express their condolences and some to debate whether their schedules were overloaded.

The shocking thing for all fans of K-Pop, not just Ladies’ Code, is that we realize that this accident could have happened to any one of the groups that we follow. I’m sure we’ll find out more as the investigation continues but today, I just wanted to take a look back at their achievements.

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[Review] Trot Lovers – 트로트의 연인


Following the fallout of a scandal, a genius idol musician, Jang Joon Hyun (Ji Hyun Woo), is given the task of putting his career on hold to help a poor but talented trot singer, Choi Choon Hee (Jung Eun Ji). Unfortunately for Joon Hyun, he hates trot music but in order to repair his image his label he agrees to manage Choon Hee’s career. She only agrees to work with the arrogant star in order to support her family and payoff her father’s debt. Will the two be able to look past their dislike for each other in order to launch Choon Hee to national stage as the next trot star?

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Just Bananas About: Week of 9/5/14

So the cat is finally out of the bag.  Last week on It’s Okay, It’s Love, we left off with Jo Dong Min (Sung Dong Il) and Lee Young Jin (Jin Kyung) about to tell Ji Hae Soo (Gong Hyo Jin) about Jang Jae Yul’s (Jo In Sung) schizophrenia.

And slowly, all the characters learn about Jae Yul’s condition.

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Monkey Poo: Now Adapting K-Variety for American Audiences

Look who is boarding the Na PD train as NBC is planning to produce a travel variety show based on the hit, Grandpas Over Flowers.  From K-Pop to K-Drama, it now seems the format for K-Variety shows is making their way here.  The American version will also feature four veterans actors with a younger luggage porter as they travel their way through Asian countries. Craig Zadan and Neil Meron who is working together on the upcoming live Peter Pan musical will serve as producers and the show is tentatively called Better Late Than Never.