[Review] The Lonely, Shining God-Goblin – 쓸쓸하고 찬란하神-도깨비

THE BEAUTIFUL, SHINING FLOWER BOYS

Once a powerful warrior and the king’s confidant during the Goryeo Dynasty, Kim Shin (Gong Yoo) is unfairly condemned as a traitor and executed.  Instead of dying, Kim Shin not only comes back to life but returns as an immortal goblin with a mystical sword stuck in his chest.  He continues to live for hundreds of years as the protector of souls but as he has lived all these years without love, he also suffers from depression and longs to end his life.  Legend says that only the goblin’s bride can remove the sword from his chest and give him the relief of death.

One fateful night, he saves a woman and her unborn child from death.  The unborn child becomes Ji Eun Tak (Kim Go Eun).  She has the ability to see ghosts because of the goblin’s touch and yet, death continues to chase after her.

The Grim Reaper himself has his own demons as people only become reapers because they committed a grave sin when they were alive.  However, people who have become reapers are wiped of their memories and they must live their life ushering people to the afterlife.  The Grim Reaper inadvertently ends up becoming roommates with Shin and the unlikely pair form a unique bond.  He also meets Sunny (Yoo In Na), the bright, chic owner of the chicken restaurant and Eun Tak’s boss.  He is immediately intrigued by her but unsure why he feels the way he does.  All brought together by fate, the four figure out how to defeat a dark curse that looms over them.

Crush – Beautiful

크러쉬(Crush) – Beautiful

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Just Bananas About: Week of 12/5/16

Goblin started its run on tvN this weekend and although it’s quite early, I’m impressed and optimistic about it.  Unlike Kim Eun Sook’s previous dramas, this one is a fantasy drama.  Sure, Secret Garden had fantasy elements but both of the main characters were human.  Unlike this drama, where there are gods mixing with humans who have superpowers.  The first two episodes clock in at an hour and a half each and I’m not sure if the subsequent episodes will follow suit but there was a lot of backstory that’s covered in the first two episodes.

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[Review] Train to Busan – 부산행

ZOMBIE ATTACKS ON THE KTX EXPRESS

A divorced fund manager, Seok Woo (Gong Yoo), decides to take his daughter, Soo Ahn (Kim Soo Ahn) to her mother in Busan for her birthday.  They board the KTX train in Seoul which is occupied by a variety of passengers, including a tough working-class husband, Sang Hwa (Ma Dong Seok) and his very, pregnant wife, Sung Kyung (Jung Yoo Mi), a rich but selfish CEO, Yong Seok (Kim Eui Sung), elderly sisters, In Gil (Ye Soo Jung) and Jong Gil (Park Myung Shin), high school teenagers from the high school baseball team and cheerleading squad, Young Gook (Choi Woo Shik) and Jin Hee (Ahn So Hee), and a homeless man (Choi Gwi Hwa). As the train departs Seoul, a young woman exhibiting bizarre, convulsive behavior with a bite wound on her leg boards the train.  When a train attendant stumbles upon the woman, she tries to get help but ends up getting bitten and a zombie infection spreads throughout the train.

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[Review] Big – 빅

BIG EXPECTATIONS

After a car accident, high schooler Kang Kyung Joon (Shin Won Ho) ends up in the body of 30 something Seo Yoon Jae (Gong Yoo).

The only person who knows about the switch is Kyung Joon’s teacher and Yoon Jae’s fiancée, Gil Da Ran (Lee Min Jung).

Venny – Hey U

베니(Venny) – Hey U

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Just Bananas About: Week of 6/11/12

There are currently two comedy dramas that I’ve been loving and fangirling majorly about.  Big and A Gentleman’s Dignity and here’s some of the reasons why.

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[Review] The Crucible – 도가니

SECRETS OF OUR TOWN

The Crucible is a novel by Gong Ji Young, which is based on a true story.  The film of the same name follows a new teacher, Kang In Ho (Gong Yoo), at a school for the hearing impaired children in Mujin.  He’s working there to earn money for his sick daughter but learns that the children there are being physically and sexually abused by the teachers.  When he decides to expose the crimes and fight for the children’s rights, he teams up with human rights activist, Seo Yoo Jin (Jung Yoo Mi).  However, In Ho and Yoo Jin discover that not only are the school’s principals and teachers behind the cover up but the police, local doctors, prosecutors and local churches have been paid off to keep silent about the crime.

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[Review] Finding Kim Jong Wook – 김종욱 찾기

FINDING LOVE WITH THE CLASSIC ROMCOM

I had to go back and re-watch this movie as it has been several months since I first saw it in the theaters.  However, I couldn’t resist not writing about it because I simply adore romantic comedies.  At film school, a lot of the boys would scoff at romantic comedies as mere chick films and the fact is they don’t get much love at the Oscars (except Sense and Sensibility).  Still, writers of romance, like Jane Austen, pay careful attention to nuance of gestures or particular selection of words that make a grand difference between, “You can tell me anything,” to “Surely you and I are beyond speaking when words are clearly not enough.” (from Mansfield Park)  It takes an extremely talented actor to be able to deliver such a line or give a shy glance and make it convincing.

Finding Kim Jong Wook stars Gong Yoo and Im Soo Jung.  I immediately liked this pairing.  Knowing they are friends in real life, I had no fears about their chemistry. The movie was originally a musical by playwright Jang Yoo Jeong.  She made the move to director in order to bring the story from stage to the big screen.

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