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[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.

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[Thespian Review] Gong Yoo – “Big”

25 Jul

With Big finally ending and my anger still raging against that horrid ending, I want to revive a series that I dropped for reasons most likely attributed to busy schedule and reduced amount of drama viewing. But starting today and all throughout next week, I want to bring “Thespian Review,” where I analyze a specific performance from a drama, back with a bang–This week, there’ll be four performances that blew my mind away. I’ve been dying to write about these actors since I finished watching their shows: Gong Yoo in Big, Kim Soo Hyun in The Moon That Embraces the Sun, Lee Seung Gi in The King 2 Hearts, and Jung Ryu Won in History of the Salaryman. Today, let’s start with Gong Yoo’s performance.

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[Thespian Review] Lee Seung Gi – “Shining Inheritance”

14 Oct

Shining Inheritance is still one of my favorite Korean dramas. Sure, there were many times when I wanted to strangle the main characters but that doesn’t mean the story isn’t well-written. In fact, the writers set us up for big payoffs towards the end of the drama. It wasn’t a perfect drama for sure but it’s definitely one of the better ones.

Part of what made Shining Inheritance a great drama is the actors’ performances. Most of the actors here are delivering great performances, particularly the supporting actors: Kim Mi Sook, as the tyrannical step-mother, inspired me to start the Thespian Review; Bae Soo Bin is equally heartbreaking and lovable as Park Joon Sae, and Moon Chae Won, as Yoo Seung Mi, perhaps delivered the best performance. Still, we have to give credit to the main actors for anchoring a show, and no one can anchor a show quite as well as Lee Seung Gi.

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[Thespian Review] Ji Sung – “Protect the Boss”

30 Sep

Continuing the trend of neurotic lead male characters that Hyun Bin seem to have started late last year with Secret Garden, Protect the Boss introduces us a Hyun Bin-esque character in Cha Ji Heon. Ji Heon shares the same aspects as Hyun Bin’ Kim Joo Won; he’s full of himself and suffers from some mental disorder. But that’s where their similarities rest. Ji Heon is fundamentally different from Hyun Bin and that’s because he’s painfully aware of his issues, unlike Hyun Bin.

In addition, Ji Heon is played so differently by Ji Sung.

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[Thespian Review] Yoon Eun Hye – “Coffee Prince”

23 Sep

Coffee Prince is one of of my favorite dramas ever. It had a unique story, a heroine that isn’t like any other in Korean drama and its supporting cast is not distracting or heinous. But beyond those characteristics, there’s depth and a refreshing sincerity that I just can’t find in a lot of the dramas.

The success of the show, I think, rests on the fact that the heroine must be able to pull off both the boyish spunk and the feminine vulnerability of the Go Eun-Chan. Luckily, Yoon Eun Hye did just that and more with this character.

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[Thespian Review] Cha Seung Won – Greatest Love

17 Sep

2011 is really the year of the neurotic. If there was one prominent trait that appears among all our lead male characters, its their craziness. Some like Hyun Bin’s Joo Won are both painfully self-centered and nitpicky with everything. Some like Ji Sung’s Ji Heon are agoraphobic while aware of his lack of attractive qualities. All of them are obsessive by nature and whose personalities range from assholes to deuschbags. But if you thought that both Ji Sung and Joo Won are crazy, they both do not compare to the maniacal nature of Dokko Jin, played by Cha Seung Won in Greatest Love.

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Thespian Review: Wang Ji Hye – Personal Taste

9 Sep

Korean dramas are renowned for the often complicated (and annoying) love triangles that quadrangles and n-angles that seem to take over the stories. Even though we know who wins at the end (duh the two main stars obviously) we still get engaged in thinking that maybe the alternate reality of the second lead getting with the main lead wouldn’t be so bad.

In the case of Personal Taste/ Personal Preference, nothing annoyed me more than one character. She played the lead’s friend-turned-backstabber who falls for the male lead (Lee Min Ho). I hated her so much, not only for her bitchy repulsive attitude towards the lead but also for the actress’ lack of talent. Wang Ji Hye‘s Kim In Hee joins Daniel Henney’s Henry in My Name is Kim Sam Soon as one of the worst acting I’ve seen in a Korean drama.

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