Two dramas have really been at the top of my list these days and for entirely different reasons. The Moon that Embraces the Sun and History of the Salaryman. Have you been watching?
First, The Moon that Embraces the Sun. Yes, a lot has been said about the fabulous young cast. I can’t wait for the upcoming episode of Strong Heart as some of the cast will appear on the show. However, it’s now the adults’ turn. They’re all very talented in different ways and therefore bring different aspects of charm to their characters. But leading the pack is Kim Soo Hyun. He’s very talented. And this last episode ended with a swoonworthy scene.
RAWWWWR! Kim Soo Hyun, when did you get all grown up? (Note to self: He’s a lot younger than you. A LOT. AHHH LOT.) Now, I understand why Han Ga In was worried about the scenes with him as she’s about my age. Dammit, she’s married to Yeon Jung Hoon in real life so you got hotness at home and work? Lucky girl. So anyways… the story goes that Wol (Han Ga In) has no recollection of her younger self, Yeon Woo. She believes that she is a shaman with no powers until she is kidnapped to help the king from his nightmares unbeknownst to him. When it seems that she is actually helping, she starts to think that maybe she does have powers.
On this night, she is talking to Hwon (Kim Soo Hyun) while he’s sleeping and it seems that she is strangely drawn to him but doesn’t know why. As she holds his forehead she gets flashes of her past with him but doesn’t recognize herself. Then he wakes up. He grabs her and asks, ‘Who is she? What are her motives?’
See the whole scene here:
Next up, History of the Salaryman. I can’t describe how much I’ve been enjoying this drama. The difficult business terminology, depth of characters, the complicated relationships, and dark humor. I’ll admit that not very many people will warm up to this drama easily. You’ve got to enjoy sarcasm and dark comedy. And lots of bleeping.
Plus, the storyline is very complicated and I thank god for the lower thirds that re-introduce all the characters every episode. This drama is a sageuk that takes place in modern times. The writers took the story of Qin Shi Huang (the first Chinese Emperor), Liu Bang, Xiang Yu from Chinese history and applied it here. Set in the corporate world, it brings the element of trying usurp the reigning king and incorporates corporate espionage. Ingenious. However since many of the characters names reflect the actual people from history, that’s why all the names sound a bit strange to the Korean ear.
Although I must say that naming the main character Yoo Bang (Lee Bum Soo) aka boobs… I almost spit up from laughing so hard.
Other names that deserve notable mention: Mo Ga Bi, Chun Ha group’s Jin Shi Hwang’s secretary, means the boss or gang leader; and Yeo Chi, Jung Ryeo Won’s character, means a type of Korean grasshopper.
Besides finding out what’s going to happen next in the drama, I look forward to the epilogue that plays during the credits. These shorts are like Psych shorts that appear at the end of their episodes. They don’t really have anything to do with the plot at large but they are segments within the timeline of the drama that we didn’t get to see previously. It is just pure comedy. I mean, anything where you have Lee Duk Hwa take off his toupee begs to be seen.