[Review] Hwarang: The Beginning – 화랑: 더 비기닝

WEARING OUT THE FLOWER BOYS’ SPIRIT

After the death of the previous king, Queen Ji Soo (Kim Ji Soo) has been ruling the Silla Kingdom as regent in place of her young son, who she’s kept tucked away from enemies and assassins who are eager to seize power for themselves.  When Kim Sam Maek Jong (Park Hyung Shik) comes of age, he has grown weary of waiting for his mother to cede the regency.  In order to solidify their power, Queen Ji So creates an elite force made up of the sons of the noble families of Silla to cut across the existing power factions and bind their loyalties to the throne.  Despite Queen Ji So’s objections, Sam Maek Jong secretly enlists as a member as well as Moo Myung (Park Seo Joon), a commoner with a birth secret that even he’s not aware of.

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Just Bananas About: Week of 2/6/17

As much as I am critical of Running Man these days, the chemistry between its members is undeniable.  It actually took me a few days to watch last week’s Running Man but when I did, I just couldn’t help rolling on the floor with laughter.  Literally.

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[Review] Entourage – 안투라지

SHINE BRIGHT LIKE A DIAMOND

Based on the American series, Entourage goes behind-the-scenes of celebrity life and the entertainment business.  Cha Young Bin (Seo Kang Jun) is a rising star in South Korea and he navigates the high life with his three childhood friends, Cha Joon (Lee Kwang Soo), Lee Ho Jin (Park Jung Min) and Geobook (aka Turtle) (Lee Dong Hwi).

G2 – Young & Alive

지투(G2) – Young & Alive

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Just Bananas About: Week of 11/7/16

It’s a sad week (or is it?) in Korean variety shows.  Kang Gary shot his final episode of Running Man which aired yesterday.  He was half of our Monday Couple, the Jerry to Haha’s Tom and our favorite squid (oh-jing-uh).  Most importantly, he graced our screens every Sunday evening with sarcastic humor and athleticism.  He will always be considered as part of Running Man’s family but somehow that made him part of our family as well.  We may not see him every week but I’m sure that he’ll grace us with his presence again as a special guest.

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[Review] Dear My Friends – 디어 마이 프렌즈

I’LL BE THERE FOR YOU

A group of friends rediscover themselves as they navigate through their twilight years.

Martin Smith – Go go! picnic

마틴스미스 – Go go! picnic

As Park Wan’s (Go Hyun Jung) mother, Jang Nan Hee (Go Doo Shim) became divorced when she discovered that her husband was cheating on her.  Although she has trust issues when it comes to men, she is incredibly loyal to her friends.  Lee Young Won (Park Won Sook) was once Nan Hee’s friend from school but who have grown apart.  Oh Choong Nam (Yoon Yeo Jung) has never gotten married but that has never stopped her from befriending intellectuals who often abuse her gracious hospitality.

Jo Hee Ja (Kim Hye Ja) is the soft-spoken one of the group who was recently widowed.  Unwilling to rely on help of her children, she decides to keep living in the house she once shared with her husband to show that she is capable of doing things by herself.  After hearing the news that Hee Ja is widowed, Lee Sung Jae (Joo Hyun) reappears in her life.  The vivacious, jubilant Moon Jung Ah (Na Moon Hee) always keeps a positive attitude despite the fact that her husband, Kim Suk Kyun (Shin Gu) naturally irritable temper because she holds on to the dream that one day she and her husband will travel the world once they are retired.

As a single, unmarried woman, Park Wan is often dragged into helping out this group by her mother.  Though she hides her own pain and sadness, she begins to learn her own life lessons by observing this group.

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Just Bananas About: Week of 10/30/15

Last Sunday’s Running Man has got to be one of their most expensive sets ever.  This week’s episode featured a maze and the set design was incredibly elaborate.  While the set design was amazing (ha, get it?), I also loved that the episode felt like an old school episode with just our core cast.

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