Just Bananas About: Week of 8/12/13

Another wave of fresh dramas have recently started and one which people have been looking forward to is the Hong sister’s new drama, Master’s Sun.  A horror rom com starring So Ji Sub and Gong Hyo Jin.

We’re only two episodes in and it is obviously too early to give much of an impression but I’ve felt that the Hong sister dramas always had a strong start.  Even before the start of the drama, we could see their typical wordplay in the drama’s title.  So Ji Sub and Gong Hyo Jin play Joo Joong Won and Tae Gong Shil, respectively.  Usually young men are called 군 (goon), as in Mr. and young females are called 양 (yang), as in Miss.  So the title could also be read as: Mr. Joo’s Miss Tae.

I have to admit I was a little surprised to see So Ji Sub cast in a Hong sister’s drama.  Although his character is that typical chaebol stereotype, So Ji Sub tends to play a lot of underdogs.  It’s an interesting change of pace for him and I’m eager how he’ll do with the comedy.

For now, all I can see are his sad eyes.  The same eyes which are also compared to the scholar Yi Hwang on Korea’s 1,000 won bill.  Haha, that totally made me laugh when I saw the comparison.

As for Gong Hyo Jin, I love that her character is such an oddball.  She was normal until she was given the gift of seeing ghosts.  She may have lost a bit of her sanity but the kindness and light in her helps to remain her grounded.

She tries to find the positive in her situation and has recently discovered that around Joong Won, the ghost will go away.  Though he may not like it, I love that she tries to grab him whenever she gets the chance.  Poke, poke.

For those that are worried about the horror aspect of the drama, let’s just say don’t worry.  The ghosts have this Tim Burton-esque quality to them.  Ghoulish demeanor but there are quirky things about each of them.  So for those that are easily jumpy, perhaps the ghosts themselves might provide some thrill but they’re not really all that scary.

Two episodes in and it’s fun, zippy, got a catchy gimmick and also some heart.  I’ve also been watching the other I-see-ghosts-drama, Who Are You, and there is definitely a different feel to them.  The other one is more like a crime drama where a case is solved each week while Master’s Sun is more about the stories surrounding the characters as Kingdom Shopping Mall.  Here’s hoping both dramas will provide a good ride.

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