Happy Lunar New Year! And Happy Oscar weekend. There’s a few more days to get in your votes for your favorite films. In other news, the producers of We Got Married have their hands full with all the scandals going on with some of their cast mates. We Got Married is an atypical show in which the cast members’ personal lives can influence the mood of the show. I like that the show tackled it head on.
Aileen, a mermaid princess, drinks a potion to become human after falling in love with Kwon Shi Kyung (Song Jae Rim). Unfortunately, there are consequences to taking the potion. Before her 100th day as a human, she must find her one true love or risk disintegrating into nothingness.
She dons a human identity as Kim Ha Ni (Jo Bo Ah) and takes up room and board at the Surplus House with other unemployed misfits living there: Kindhearted but Unemployable Lee Hyun Myung (Ohn Joo Wan), Foodie Vlogger Ahn Hye Young (Kim Seul Gi), Booksmart Do Ji Yong (Kim Min Kyo), Maknae Big (Nam Joo Hyuk) and Surplus House’s taciturn landlord, Lee Sun Kyu (Jaurim’s Lee Sun Kyu).
The overall story is based on the children’s fairy tale, TheLittle Mermaid, but the format is a comedy with the writers and crew (even some of cast) hailing from SNL Korea. Interspersed between the romcom drama, viewers can find skit-like elements which may be loosely related to the overall plot but added mainly for comedic purposes. I think we have seen American sitcoms and TV musical dramedies such as Glee, occasionally use this type of format but to make it a consistent element in the television program is not something we can find outside of variety shows.
After the end of the Peru trip on Youth Over Flowers, I spent like a week wondering what awful thing Na PD did next to the boys from Answer Me 1994 for their trip to Laos. Well we got our answer last Friday and it’s pretty awful. And what I mean by awful is AWESOME.
A few back tvN started rolling out with some of their new dramas like, The Three Musketeers, which I’ve been liking, and Surplus Princess. Both dramas air single episodes weekly unlike the double episodes per week which is the K-Drama norm. I have to say that I don’t think Surplus Princess will be everyone’s cup of tea but for me, there’s a lot to like about this drama.
The drama follows the journey of Shin Jung Tae (Kim Hyun Joong) from his start in Sinuiju to his rise to power in Shanghai and eventually becoming the people savior in Shanghai. Set in the turbulent 1930’s, the drama follows the changing tides of power between several different factions from Korea, China and Japan and the lives and relationships who are affected by it.
The story is based on the book about a fictional Joseon king-to-be named Lee Hwon (Yeo Jin Goo) who falls in love with Heo Yeon Woo (Kim Yoo Jung) when they are teenagers.
Jealousy and political rivalry cause their union to be separated and Hwon believes Yeon Woo to be dead.
Saved from death by a shaman, Yeon Woo returns to court as Wol (Han Ga In) with no memories of her former life. Still mourning the loss of his first love, a bitter Hwon (Kim Soo Hyun) grows curious about the shaman.