How does one define the meaning of life? It’s not an easy question although many people have tried for centuries to try making sense of what life means. But for starters, life is defined by the choices that people make. Each choice we make can cause shifts in the world and affect other people’s lives. Since life is defined by the choices we make, that means that inevitably each person will have a different definition for life because each person makes their own choices given the circumstances in front of them.
Woot! I haven’t done one of this in a while. This is another multi-tasking post with two different blog features combined into 1 easy-to-digest (I promise!) post that accomplishes both tasks! This one has to do with the, by now, 2-week old drama “I Do, I Do”. I give you ten reasons why I adore this drama.
There is something quite stirring about watching actresses perform. It’s a bias for me that I am more drawn towards stellar female performances than I am to stellar male performances. I just think that women have more interesting roles and are more expressive than their male counterparts. It is no surprise to find that if I were to compile a list of male and female actors whose performances I found outstanding and distinguished, three of them will be women while only two men will make the cut.
But I digress. Every single performance on this list captivated me, each actress brought a sense of vulnerability to their roles, and each character earned each tear or laugh they managed to wring out of me. Truthfully, I couldn’t have put together a better list.
Anytime I watch a KDrama (or any drama for that matter), I always have a character who I simply adore. Continue reading
There are many reasons why Korean dramas stand out as a genre in entertainment. They have a special quality that makes them different from other TV shows that have seasons and seasons worth of episodes. In short, the magic of Korean dramas is how within a span of, on average, 16 episodes, they get to earn your love and devotion and wish that it’ll go on forever. They resolve everything (with various results) and leave you feeling happy/satisfied with a tad bit of nostalgia for the yester-months when the show was just premiering.
Most of the time at least…
Many dramas tend to piss me off with how ridiculous the writers get trying to come up with stories to fill up 16 episodes and sometimes these new story lines seem hackneyed. Thankfully, Scent of a Woman escapes most of the rubbish Korean drama ridiculousness and comes out with a very consistent drama that though not flawless, seems to have all the right pieces of a great piece of entertainment. Continue reading
I’m an admitted actressexual–someone who obsesses over actresses’ performances. I’m a sucker for great acting and if I hate a lead actress in a film, it usually downgrades the experience of the whole movie for me regardless of whether the other actors, the story, etc are great. That being said, I know that Korean dramas are not the places you ought to be mining for great acting. Most actors and actresses in dramas are stilted and the ones that gain recognition for their acting often shade bits and pieces of their characters with tiny nuances. Yet, there is absolutely one performer who I dare compare to some of my favorite actresses like Maggie Cheung or Meryl Streep. That happens to be Kim Sun-Ah.
I’ve never watched My Name Is Kim Sam Soon prior to this week and I’ve got to say, “damn”. That was really good. This hugely popular (reached more than 50% viewer ratings for the last episode and averaged about 37% throughout its whole run) series featured two of the biggest stars on Korean television, Kim Sun Ah and Hyun Bin. I recently decided to watch the whole series because of my current infatuation with Scent of a Woman and my recent viewing of Secret Garden and I wasn’t disappointed. In fact, I watched twelve episodes back to back of this incredibly hilarious and nuanced drama.