[Review] Missing Nine – 미씽나인

RELOCATING HUMANITY

Legend Entertainment’s staff members and artist board a private plane to perform at an overseas.  The plane ends up crashing and nine of its passengers are stranded on a deserted island.  The passengers include Seo Joon Oh (Jung Kyung Ho), Ra Bong Hee (Baek Jin Hee), Jung Ki Joon (Oh Jung Se), Choi Tae Ho (Choi Tae Joon), Ha Ji Ah (Lee Sun Bin), Lee Yul (EXO’s Park Chan Yeol), Yoon So Hee (Ryu Won), Tae Ho Hang (Tae Hang Ho) and Legend Entertainment’s President Hwang Jae Gook (Kim Sang Ho).

Four months later, Bong Hee finds herself washed ashore in China with no memory of how she got there or what occurred on the island between the crash and her rescue.  A special investigative committee is commissioned to find out what happened to her fellow passengers and whether anyone else has survived but it is unclear if the committee has ulterior motives for looking into the crash.

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Just Bananas About: Week of 1/23/17

It’s the new year and we have a ton of new dramas to check out.  Missing Nine is just one of those new dramas that I was interested in checking out.  And it’s making me feel a little lost.  As in, I could see a lot of the plot and style of the American drama, Lost, in this one.  I’ll admit that I was one of those people who felt disappointed by the finale of Lost and here’s hoping that this one will have a more satisfying conclusion.

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[Review] Triangle – 트라이앵글

A TROUBLING TRIFECTA

Three brothers lose their parents and become separated. Twenty years later, the two younger brothers have new names and they barely remember their birth family. Jang Dong Soo (Lee Bum Soo) is the oldest of the brothers. He’s a hot-tempered cop that wants to seek justice for the death of his father and hopes to be reunited with his younger brothers again. Jang Dong Chul, who goes by Heo Young Dal (Kim Jae Joong), is the middle brother, who grows up on the streets after failing to protect the youngest at the orphanage. Jang Dong Woo, who goes by Yoon Yang Ha (Im Shi Wan), is adopted by a rich family and although he comes off as an apathetic playboy, he’s afflicted with self-esteem issues.

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Just Bananas About: Week of 6/20/14

Spring comes to an end and now we’re headed for another hot, hot summer. With all the dramas I’m watching these days, the thing that they all seem to have in common is the big reveal. The big reveal can consist of a plot element that the viewer is aware of but the characters have yet to be clued in. Some dramas hold out doing the big reveal until the last moment possible which I always hated because it’s a clear sign that the drama doesn’t have the layers it needs to complete the episodes. Recently, I’ve mentioned those reveals in some of the dramas I’ve been watching but we’ve reached the verge of another big reveal in Triangle.

Triangle hasn’t proven itself to be a perfect drama. The directing at times can be incredibly terrible focusing more on soapy reaction rather than a logical progression of emotions. However, I do think that idol actors like Kim Jae Joong and Im Shi Wan are proving that they are learning ways to improve their acting.

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[Review] Warm Farewell/Rockin’ on Heaven’s Door – 뜨거운 안녕

WARM TALE, AS TOTALLY EXPECTED

After a public scuffle, K-Pop idol Choong Ui (Lee Hong Ki) gets sentenced to 300 hours of community service at a hospice for terminally ill patients.  Though he tries to lie down on the job, Anna (Baek Jin Hee) keeps him in line.  The hospice is filled with a cast of characters who drink, smoke and even heads out to nightclubs.  One day, he discovers the hospice’s house band, Phoenix.  When the hospice’s funds run out, the band decides to enter a band competition but they need Choong Ui’s help as a skilled musician to win the prize money for the hospice.

Lee Hong Ki – JUMP

이홍기 – JUMP

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[Review] Horror Stories 2 – 무서운 이야기 2

BOO!  DID I SCARE YOU?

Like the first movie, Horror Stories 2 is an anthology of shorts with an interstitial connecting the disparate stories.  Se Young (Lee Se Young) has the ability to see into people’s past and read their minds.  Late one night, her boss at the insurance company, Manager Park (Park Seong Woong), tries to test her powers and asks her about three cases he suspects of insurance fraud.  The cases involve two friends who are waiting to be rescued after falling off the edge of a cliff; three girlfriends who set off on a road trip and become stranded after a car accident; and a young teacher who befriends a student obsessed with black magic and tries to escape from hell.

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First Impressions – High Kick 3: The Revenge of the Short Legged: Ep 1 – 4 – 하이킥! 짧은 다리의 역습: 1 – 4회

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.

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