Just Bananas About: Week of 10/2/15

I realize that I wrote about She Was Pretty last week. However, I’m having major issues with the drama. Mainly that, I love it so much and don’t have the patience to wait another week before my next fix. I literally kept hitting refresh on my computer until Episode 6 was uploaded yesterday. Siiigh, why does next Wednesday seem so far away?

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[Review] The Eccentric Daughter-in-Law – 별난 며느리


Idol Singer Oh In Young (Kim Da Som) decides to go on a variety show called Daughter-In-Law Challenge in order to boost her waning popularity. The show pairs her up with a traditional Korean family, the Cha’s. They have a successful kimchi business that incorporates all of their traditional family methods in making Korea’s fundamental side dish. Yang Choon Ja (Go Doo Shim), the tough and stubborn matriarch of the household, and Cha Myung Suk (Ryu Soo Young), a nerdy university math professor, do not see eye-to-eye with In Young at first. However, as they get to know each other better and overcome their differences, they learn the true meaning of family.

Da Som (Sistar) – 넌 내꺼야 (You’re Mine)

다솜 [씨스타] – 넌 내꺼야

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[Review] Last – 라스트


Jung Tae Ho (Yoon Kye Sang) is a fund manager who loses 350 million won in a financial deal gone wrong.  When loan sharks, whose money he lost, comes after him, he and his business partner attempt to go on the run but his partner ends up losing his life.  Desperate and broke, he discovers that Seoul Station is a haven for homeless people, complete with their own set of rules and hierarchy overseen by mob boss, Kwak Heung Sam (Lee Bum Soo).  Tae Ho vows to claw his way back up from poverty.

DinDin, Hea Rang – Do It

딘딘(DinDin) , 해랑(Hea Rang) – Do It

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Jive Monkey Playlist: 9/28/15

Gary’s latest solo album is titled “2002” to reflect his debut with Leessang and the release of their first album and all the things he went through during that time.  If you had gotten the chance to see Gary on Healing Camp recently, he confessed how he was a different person in his early 20’s.  He was at times angry and resentful.  He’s matured a lot since then and even being on Running Man was a step towards being the funny celebrity that fans all over the world has grown to love.

However, Gary’s latest album almost didn’t happen.  Haha, not really.  It’s just that the staff and cast of Running Man wanted him to think that way.  Two weeks back, the cast and guest idols were “stranded” on the island.

The last person left on the island will not be able to leave until dawn the next morning.  When asked if anyone had a schedule the following day, Gary mentioned that he needed to finish up the 10th song on his album.  The rest of the cast had to figure out how to win the missions and leave Gary as the last one on the island.

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[Review] Scholar Who Walks the Night – 밤을 걷는 선비


Set during a fictional Joseon Dynasty, Jo Yang Sun (Lee Yoo Bi) is a cross-dressing bookseller who finds and sells books to make money for her family.  She ends up meeting a mysterious scholar, Kim Sung Yeol (Lee Jun Ki), who asks for her help in finding a rare book.  Sung Yeol is a vampire who aims to bring down Gwi (Lee Soo Hyuk), who has been using his supernatural powers to manipulate the King and the kingdom for centuries.  However, he is haunted by the death of his first love, especially when he meets her doppelganger, Choi Hye Ryung (Kim So Eun).

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Just Bananas About: Week of 9/25/15

I think I found my new favorite drama for the Fall.  It’s still veeery early in the game for She Was Pretty but I like that it’s from the same producer as Kill Me, Heal Me and even brought back together Hwang Jung Eum and Park Seo Joon.

While I thought her chemistry with Ji Sung was great in that drama, especially with Cha Do Hyun and the Shin Se Gi personalities, I also thought she had great chemistry with Park Seo Joon.  Although their characters were of no blood relation, the fact that they grew up as brother and sister was always a squicky, sticking point for me.

Here they play Kim Hye Jin (Hwang Jung Eum) and Ji Sung Joon (Park Seo Joon), two elementary school friends who are each other’s first loves.  She was the class beauty while he was the fat kid.  Circumstances separated them while they were young but they never forgot each other.  Fast forward to the present, Hye Jin’s family has experienced some hard times and she’s got frizzy hair and rosacea, a trait she’s inherited from her dad.  On other hand, he’s grown up to be quite the hottie… with perfectly coifed hair.

Park Jin Young – 그녀는 예뻤다

박진영 – 그녀는 예뻤다

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