Just Bananas About: Week of 1/2/17

Happy New Year!  It’s been a mad dash for me to complete my reviews before I can put out my End of the Year TV Reports and I still got a few more to go.  If only I was better at not procrastinating… well, I suppose that’s what new year resolutions are for, right?  And still, that didn’t stop me from adding another program to watch on top of what I’m already watching.  Last year, I attempted to watch a web drama, Splash Splash LOVE, and loved it.  Each of the episodes are about 10 minutes or so in length, they don’t require much commitment and they’re often silly and entertaining.  So during the break, I was interested in doing that again and came across Seven First Kisses.

Ji Chang Wook – KISSING YOU

지창욱 – KISSING YOU

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[Review] W – 더블유

CHOOSING YOUR OWN K-DRAMA ADVENTURE

Kang Chul (Lee Jong Suk) is a former Olympic gold medalist in shooting who is accused of murdering his entire family.  After proving his innocence, he creates the W Network in order to solve cases using facts and hope that it’ll help him to find and seek revenge on the mysterious killer who ruined his life.  Unbeknownst to him and in a parallel universe, Chul is actually the main character in a popular webtoon series titled, “W”.

As a failed webtoon artist, alcoholic and divorcee, Oh Sung Moo (Kim Eui Sang) gains popularity with “W”.  However, he begins to notice that his drawings sometimes change on their own and comes to the realization that he may not be in control of his own work.

Oh Yeon Joo (Han Hyo Joo) is a resident doctor and Sung Moo’s daughter.  Upon hearing that her father has disappeared, she goes to her father’s studio in search of him.  However, she is pulled into another world and comes across a dying Chul.  Immediately her medical training kicks in and she saves his life but she inadvertently finds herself caught up within the webtoon narrative.

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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] School 2013 – 학교 2013

WELCOME BACK TO SCHOOL

The students in the 2nd Year, Room 2 at Victory High School are known for being the most undisciplined and their poor grades.  Jung In Jae (Jang Na Ra), a sweet caring language and literature teacher, is assigned as their homeroom teacher.

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[Review] As One/Korea – 코리아

IN THE OLYMPIC SPIRIT

The movie follows the 1991 International Table Tennis Championships in Chiba, Japan.  It was the first time since the Korean War that North Korea and South Korea created a unified team. South Korean Hyun Jung Hwa (Ha Ji Won) and North Korean Rhee Boon Hee (Bae Doo Na) must put aside their differences in order to beat the frontrunner, China, and win the gold for their team.

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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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