Jive Monkey Playlist: 6/9/17

Gummy’s long-awaited studio album is finally out.  I don’t think I have any other reason for featuring her in today’s post other than I just believe in her talents as an artist.  They don’t call her a diva for nothing with her powerful vocals and confident disposition.

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[Review] Jealousy Incarnate – 질투의 화신

JEALOUSY IS NOT A GOOD LOOK ON YOU

Pyo Na Ri (Gong Hyo Jin) is a weather forecaster who dreams of becoming a news anchor.  She’s also harbored a crush on her colleague, Reporter Lee Hwa Shin (Jo Jung Seok), for 3 years.  The prickly Hwa Shin does harbor any romantic inclinations towards Na Ri until she meets his best friend and the chaebol heir to a luxury fashion brand, Go Jung Won (Go Kyung Pyo).  Unlike Hwa Shin, Jung Won is the perfect gentleman towards Na Ri and begins to develop feelings for her.

Meanwhile, Anchor Kye Sung Sook (Lee Mi Sook) and Announcer Bang Ja Young (Park Ji Young) have always been rivals when it comes to their love life and career.  Upon hearing that Sung Sook’s biological daughter and Ja Young’s step-daughter, Lee Bbal Kang (Moon Ga Young) has lost her father, they move in together.  Sung Sook and Ja Young’s lives get entangled with Kim Rak (Lee Sung Jae), the building’s landlord and restaurant owner.

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[Review] Oh My Ghost – 오 나의 귀신님

OMGEE… FIIIRE!!!

Na Bong Sun (Park Bo Young) is a young chef’s assistant at the Sun Restaurant.  She’s listless and often disassociates from interacting with other people because of her ability to see ghosts.  She’s afraid to be possessed by them.  Until, she gets possessed by Shin Soon Ae (Kim Seul Gi).  Alarmed by her sudden change in personality, Chef Kang Sun Woo (Jo Jung Seok) begins to take notice even though he does not believe in the existence of ghosts.

Han So Hyun, Jaime Park – 오 나의 귀신님 (Oh My Ghost)

한소현, 제이미 박 – 오 나의 귀신님

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Jive Monkey Playlist: 7/27/15

Oh My Ghost continues to delight me.  This week, we finally get some forward movement with some of our main characters an equally enjoyable jazz soundtrack.

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Just Bananas About: Week of 7/17/15

The new TVN drama, Oh My Ghost (Oh My Ghostess?  The jury is still out on how I’m going to translate this title.), started about two weeks ago but already I’m finding it cute and endearing.  In many ways the drama reminds me of both Chilling Romance and Master’s Sun, due to the meek female character who shuns away from people due to her ability to see ghosts.  This drama certainly isn’t rewriting the book on horror/romcoms but, as with many TVN dramas, the characters are its biggest draw.

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[Review] The Face Reader – 관상

DON’T READ THE TRAILER AT FACE VALUE

Nae Gyeong (Song Kang Ho) is the most skillful face reader in the Joseon dynasty. His life turns upside down when he is offered an opportunity by Yeon Hong (Kim Hye Soo), a gisaeng/businesswoman and at Paeng Heon’s (Jo Jung Seok), his brother-in-law, insistence, he takes the job. After reading the face of one of the guests, his skills gets noticed by King Munjong and Nae Gyeong is summoned by King Munjong to identify potential traitors that threaten his reign.

After King Munjong’s untimely death, Nae Gyeong is invited by Grand Prince Suyang (Lee Jung Jae) who yearns to usurp his nephew by whatever means necessary to become King himself. When Nae Gyeong decides to remain loyal to the late King and help Kim Jong Seo (Baek Yoon Shik) to protect the young King, it not only puts his life in danger but endangers the life of his son, Jin Hyung (Lee Jong Suk).

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[Review] The King 2 Hearts – 더킹 투하츠

ALL HAIL THE KING AND QUEEN

Set in a world where the Korean monarchy is still in power in the South, Prince Lee Jae Ha (Lee Seung Gi) meets his match in a North Korean female soldier, Kim Hang Ah (Ha Ji Won).

After a sour first impression, Jae Ha and Hang Ah work through their differences and mistrust to bring about peace between the two Koreas.  Eventually the two fall madly in love.

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