Advertisements
Tag Archives: History of the Salaryman

The List 2012: Best Actress

10 Jan

Finally! My list for Best Actress this year!

Finalists:

Kim Jung Eun was so good at laying out the broken pieces of this housewife in Oohlala Spouses but let’s keep her away from playing guy characters in the future, okay? Ha Ji Won is her usual athletic self in The King 2 Hearts but she is so good at playing up Hang Ah’s girly dreams at the same time as her military roots. Jung Ryeo Won is funny and just great as a naïve screenwriter in The King of Dramas. Kim Hee Sun keeps the romance alive while Lee Min Ho stands there looking pretty in Faith.

Continue reading

Advertisements

The Lists 2012: Best Actor

10 Jan

Note: There were so many actors who made it on versions of my top 5 favorite actors that I could hardly leave mentioning any of them. But this was a great year for lead actors, who always get the best roles in Korean dramas. Ask me again another day and I might change the order and the people in my top 5. But today, these are my five favorites this year.

Finalists:

Ji Hyun Woo is intelligent, kind, special, and just plain adorable in Queen In Hyun’s Man. Kim Myung Min delivers a typically splendid performance as a perfectionist and narcissistic drama producer in The King of Dramas. Lee Jun Ki is one half of the most adorable couple on TV this past year with his intelligent and totally loveable magistrate in Arang and the Magistrate. Gong Yoo’s heartbreaking and hilarious performance is the best and possibly only good thing about Big. Kim Soo Hyun delivers a deeply felt and moving take on a King hung up on his first love in The Moon that Embraces the Sun. Sung Joon is naturalistic but super charismatic as the lead singer in Shut Up! Flower Boy Band.

Continue reading

The Lists 2012: Best Supporting Actress

10 Jan

Here’s my list of my favorite supporting performances by actresses this year!

Finalists:

Han Chae Ah is quite stunning as a foil then an unexpected troubled admirer of the hero in Gaksital. Lee Yoon Ji was remarkably wonderful playing up the troubled psyche of her character’s misfortunes in King 2 Hearts. Hong Soo Hyun was sexy, funny, and smart in History of the Salaryman. Shin So Yool embodied what it means to be a teenager going through the troughs of life in Answer Me 1997.

Continue reading

The Lists 2012: Best Supporting Actor

10 Jan

Starting off the day with my list of favorite supporting performances from Korean drama this year:

Finalists:

Yoon Woo Jin played his troubled character with such aching vulnerability and tragedy all the way to the end of Arang and the Magistrate. Sung Dong Il was the best dad on any Korean drama this year with this funny and moving take in Answer Me 1997. Kim Bum can do no wrong in my book and he does his perfectly angelic child-like thing in Padam Padam. Hoya is restrained and subtle with a secret in Answer Me 1997.

Continue reading

[Thespian Review] Jung Ryeo Won – History of the Salaryman

26 Jul

I have so many fond memories of The History of the Salaryman because it’s honestly my favorite drama so far of this year and is eternally watchable. It’s not your average Korean drama or comedy. There’s a lot of unexpected surprises in it and is packed with clever jokes and memorable scenes that I can’t believe how engrossing and damn near perfect it was. The writing was truly special but what brought those ideas and words onscreen to life were the ensemble cast who all perform at the top of their game–each and every member of this sprawling cast was really good and was really exciting to watch. I can’t wait until December when I finalize my list for favorite performances this year. I’m sure most of them will make it.

What made me even happier about this drama was how likable and how perfectly acted the four lead characters in this show. While I my favorite performance from this cast changes depending on when you ask me and I probably will write about all four individuals soon, I want to start by writing about a very memorable performance from Jang Ryu Won as Yeo-chi, the foul-mouthed chaebol daughter and heroine of this show.

Continue reading

Review/Top Ten Tuesdays: Ten Favorite Shots From History of a Salaryman Episode 1

10 Jan

In lieu of a traditional “What I Like About” review of the incredibly unconventional “History of a Salaryman”, I’d like to present my ten favorite shots from the show’s first episode. The show is visually literal and there are plenty of shots (some of them extended shots) that make this show just gorgeous to look at, not to mention very very funny.

Continue reading

%d bloggers like this: