[Review] Heard It Through the Grapevine – 풍문으로 들었소

THE TRAGIC COMEDY OF THE 1%

Han Jung Ho (Yoo Joon Sang) and Choi Yun Hee (Yoo Ho Jung) live a privileged lifestyle and their goal is to keep their money and status intact. They instill those same values in their teenage children, Han In Sang (Lee Joon) and Han Yi Ji (Park So Young).  That is, until In Sang brings home his very pregnant girlfriend, Seo Bom (Go Ah Sung), from an ordinary family. Bom is determined to endure the humiliation from In Sang’s family for the sake of her baby while In Sang struggles between his family’s expectations of him as their sole male heir and his love for Bom.

At first, I was hesitant to begin this drama as the cinematography gives it a very melodramatic and makjang look which turned me off at first. However, I was delighted to find at the heart of the drama was a humorous commentary about class and love. As much as the hilarious situations that our characters get into make them look utterly ridiculous, the drama is incredibly realistic in how the different classes view each other.

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Just Bananas About: Week of 7/3/15

Right off the heels of the Superman Returns crew’s Jejudo trip, the fathers and daughters of Please Look After Father also heads to Jejudo together. However, the mission of last week’s episode has the pairs trying to connect to each other through telepathy.

John Mayer – Daughters

John Mayer – Daughters

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[Review] Missing Noir M – 실종느와르 M

WHEN A PSYCHOPATH COMES CALLING…

When an incarcerated psychopath draws a detailed image of a current crime scene and addresses it to a former, genius FBI agent, it draws the attention from the Chief of Police. Former FBI agent James Gil/Gil Soo Hyun (Kim Kang Woo) teams up with Veteran Detective Oh Dae Young (Park Hee Soon) and Jin Seo Joon (Jo Bo Ah) of the Cyber Crimes Unit to form a task force specializing in finding missing people and uncovering the mystery behind their disappearance.

OCN has a reputation of doing male-focused, mystery crime dramas. They’re produced by the same team again and again and the formula rarely changes. However, the reason why I’m drawn to them is that the casts are usually great and the same plots are delivered with fresh and unique perspective. Similar to what magicians or illusionists do, the mark of a great crime drama is when it can misdirect the viewers’ expectations.

Kim Yoon Ah – 자각몽 (feat. 올티) (Lucid Dream (feat. Olltii))

김윤아 – 자각몽 (feat. 올티)

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Jive Monkey Playlist: 6/29/15

Released at the same time as Sistar’s “Shake It” last week, there’s AOA new mini album. The songs are catchy and upbeat and there are a lot of things that remind me of Sistar. It probably has to do with the fact that Bravesound wrote and arranged most of the tracks on it.

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Just Bananas About: Week of 6/19/15

Just when I thought I was done with one chaebol drama, I’m hooked on another. As soapy as High Society is, I found I was quickly taken with the story and the characters in it. And hellooo… there’s Sung Joon.

Acoustic Collabo – 그러지마요 (Don’t Do That)

어쿠스틱 콜라보(Acoustic Collabo) – 그러지마요

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