Two brand new dramas just started last Wednesday, vying to get your attention for ratings. They are both thematically different but both highly anticipated dramas. From what I’ve seen so far from the first two episodes, I am optimistic about them so here’s a rundown of the storyline from these episodes.
On a complete sidenote, I am a little annoyed that some of the major broadcasters are inserting commercial breaks in the middle of the episode and therefore, the numbering has been adjusted to reflect the two parts as standalones. From a budget standpoint, it just means more advertising dollars can go to the production and I’m hoping that won’t make the project rely on product placement. Ultimately, this is just a minor detail and it’s easy to look past this as long as the story doesn’t suffer.
Following the outbreak of the Korean War on June 25th, 1950, the North Korean Army held superiority, both in manpower and military equipment, over the South Korean forces. So much so that the South Korean forces were pushed all the way back to Busan. General Douglas MacArthur (Liam Neeson) envisions an amphibious assault to retake the city of Seoul through the marshy lands of Incheon. However, before he is able to do so, he recruits 8 members of the Korean Liason Office to take on a secret spy mission behind enemy lines. Heading the covert operation is Jang Hak Soo (Lee Jung Jae) whose mission to obtain intel from the North Korean military offices of Rim Gye Jin (Lee Bum Soo) and provide aid from behind enemy lines so that MacArthur’s daring operation could succeed.
On the eve of founding the Joseon Dynasty, a whale swallows the newly crowned Emperor’s seal on its way back from China. Eager to claim the big reward for whoever brings back the seal, Jang Sa Jung (Kim Nam Gil) and his mountain bandits head to sea to hunt down the whale. Meanwhile, Yeo Wol (Son Ye Jin), the female captain of the pirates, is also commissioned to hunt down the whale and the two groups clash in the fight to retrieve the seal.
Following the cancellation of Come to Play, it was replaced with a new variety show called Talk Club Actors where actors sit around and talk about the day’s topic and their personal experiences. The actors are: Hwang Shin Hye, Shim Hye Jin, Ye Ji Won, Song Sun Mi, Go Eun Ah, Shin So Yul, Min Ji, Park Chul Min, Jung Joon Ha and John Park.
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.
I don’t know how many titles I’ve tried to come up with for this review. Spellbound by a Medium, Tricks of the Trade to Dating a Medium, Haunted by a Medium… I just returned to my first title. As played as it sounds, it fits. Ah, what better way to spend the summer than watching a scary movie? It’s part romantic comedy and part scary movie. Be aware that things pop out at you but overall the movie’s not very scary. It’s a little dark, a little sad and a lot campy in that vein of Hello Ghost.
Yeo Ri (Son Ye Jin) has been able to see ghosts ever since she was in high school. When they appear strange things happen to the people around her so she chooses to isolate herself from others. One day, a magician named Jo Goo (Lee Min Ki) approaches about an idea to do a horror-themed magic show after seeing her in a dark alleyway.
It’s about a love story between a down and out ex-boxer, Chul Min (So Ji Sub), and a telemarketer who is going blind due to an accident, Jung Hwa (Han Hyo Joo). Chul Min begins a new gig as a parking lot attendant when Jung Hwa hops into his booth ready to watch a drama on TV. It seems that she used to watch dramas nightly with the previous attendant who had to quit his job because he was moving to another city. Chul Min isn’t a guy who is optimistic after the cards he’s been dealt in life. However, he is taken aback by Jung Hwa’s spirit.