LAW & ORDER
On Christmas morning, the body of a young, male student, Lee So Woo (Seo Young Joo), is found on the campus of an elite high school. Although the police rule his death as a suicide, an anonymous note circulates around the school which insinuates that his death was actually a murder committed by the class bully, Choi Woo Hyuk (Baek Chul Min).
Go Seo Yun (Kim Hyun Soo), Class 2-1’s class president and ace student, becomes determined to take matters into her own hands by conducting an independent trial amongst the students in order to get at the truth.
Confessions and realizations of love seemed to have been blossoming all week over K-Dramas. At least for the dramas that I’ve been watching. Before the premiere, I wasn’t sure if I wanted to commit to Hwajung as it is 50 episodes long. Sure, there are a lot of great actors in the drama but it was Dating Alone episode featuring Seo Kang Jun that did it for me. I swooned and suddenly sleep became a lower priority.
We’re 16 episodes in, so it’s more than a quarter of the way into the story, but I’m hesitant to say that the drama is good because we still have so far to go. However, I’ve enjoying the complicated relationships between all the factions that makes the drama compelling.
SEARCHING FOR THE GREAT WHITE TALE
On the eve of founding the Joseon Dynasty, a whale swallows the newly crowned Emperor’s seal on its way back from China. Eager to claim the big reward for whoever brings back the seal, Jang Sa Jung (Kim Nam Gil) and his mountain bandits head to sea to hunt down the whale. Meanwhile, Yeo Wol (Son Ye Jin), the female captain of the pirates, is also commissioned to hunt down the whale and the two groups clash in the fight to retrieve the seal.
THE SANG-SANG (AKA IMAGINATION) OF A NORMAL KOREAN FAMILY
Korean sitcoms are mad long and these days they are usually filled with inexperienced idol actors. However, they are real rating winners in Korea so I was curious to see what the fuss was about.
A couple things to remember about Korean sitcoms: 1) They are usually over 100 episodes in length, 2) K-sitcoms tend to be very slapstick with cheesy jokes. You don’t get The Office type of sarcastic jokes on K-sitcoms, 3) K-sitcoms have huge casts where the stories center around families, communities, schools, 4) The episodes are half hours (approximately 23 minutes in length), 5) They air weeknights, 5 times a week. Another thing to remember about the High Kick series in general is that they use the actor’s names synonymously with their character’s names for the most part.