Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Hallyu: update

Hallyu: Korean dramas update

Hallyu drama fans who have cable tv, go watch these latest drama series on KBS (ch 100):

(Mon & Tue - 9pm)

Title: Hello! Miss / Hello Baby! / Hello! My Lady
Lee Ji Hoon as Hwang Dong Gyu
Lee Da Hae as Lee Soo Ha
Ha Suk Jin as Hwang Chan Min
Yoon Mi So as Suh Hwa Ran

**Lee Su-ha (played by Lee Da-hae) inherited the historical home, Hwa Ahn Dang, of the Je-an Lee clan after her father left for Seoul with another woman years ago and her mother died last year of stomach cancer. That is when her dual life began as the head of the nearly-ruined clan as she refused to give up on the Hwa Ahn Dang. But one day she meets Hwang Dong-kyu (played by Lee Ji-hoon), who asks her to sell the Hwa Ahn Dang to him by any means.
Dong-kyu is the grandson of a servant who 50 years ago ran away from the Hwa Ahn Dang after stealing its cow and a bale of rice. But after much bickering, Su-ha and Dong-kyu end up falling in love with each other. **

Hello! My Lady has yet another of my fave actress, Lee Da Hae, starring in a role that is not much different from the one in My Girl, where she's this adorable/jovial con-artist with a sad background, Yoo Joo Rin - so expect some good laughs.

Check out her character, the earnest Lee Soo Ha's crazy fashion sense. After all, she comes from a remote village. Pig-tails, knee-high socks, a myriad of weird colours and patterns... And who still calls a handphone, "portable phone"?

But I can't complain when she changed into a hanbok, for she looks absolutely gorgeous in that. True epitome of a traditional Korean beauty.

It's amazing that the 1st time I saw her acting, she was this scheming lawyer, determined to get back her ex-boyfriend in Sweet 18/18-Year Old Bride. Who would have thought that the person acting as such a mature woman was only 20, then?

Another thing, I dunno if Audi sponsored the cars in this drama but the AUDI convertibles are HOTTT!

(Wed & Thu - 9pm)

Joo Ji Hoon as Oh Seung Ha
Shin Min Ah as Seo Hae In
Uhm Tae Woong as Kang Oh Soo

**A love triangle will be occurring between the two men and a girl where a gift of psychometry and a tragic event of their childhood entwined their fates. The tragic event of their childhood entwined the fates between two men who are bonded by it and a woman who has an ability in psychometry into a love triangle.
Oh Seung Ha is a lawyer, who is destined to meet a police detective, Kang Oh Soo. Seo Hae In is a 25 year old mysterious librarian with an ability in psychometry. She is at the level of being diagnosed with amnesia/sleeping disorder and she tends to be in full concentration when she becomes too absorbed/focus into something.
Kang Oh Soo is from a rich family and accidentally caused Seung Ha to lose his brother and mom when they were young. Seung Ha studied hard to be a lawyer but he becomes a serial killer in order to seek revenge on Kang Oh Soo. Oh Seung Ha and Seo Hae In will have feelings for each other while Kang Oh Soo has a one sided love for Hae In. **

Those not knowing, Psychometry is a form of extra-sensory perception wherein a psychic holds an object in his or her hands in order to obtain information about the object or its owner.

Meanwhile, Devil/Lucifer is a stark contrast to the light romantic comedy that it replaced in that time-slot, Dalja's Spring (will go through this later).
Right at the debut episode, the plot already thickens with mystery. The sordid turn of events and the secrets carried by the characters really keeps one intrigued as each scene seems to carry clues to a dark past.

If one finds Shin Min Ah familiar, well, I guess fans of Rain (Bi) will know better. She starred opposite him in his last drama series, A Love To Kill.
Her character as the psychic who's constantly haunted by nightmares of a dark past is endearing to me and I'm curious to know how she'll turn out as she gets more immersed in her involvement with Oh Seung Ha, a lawyer with the dark, layered personality who carries a grudge from a tragic past.

The character Oh Seung Ha is played by Joo Ji Hoon, every girl's dreamboat when he became the aloof Prince Shin in Princess Hours/Goong.
His personality this time doesn't seem much different than how he portray himself in Goong. Despite the smiles and his 'pro-bono' approach as a lawyer- constantly helping under-previledged criminals; he is that cold, cold person who bears grudges deep within. And as he go around masterminding various murders, one can see that he's the sharpnel in everyone's blanket.

One might try to recall Uhm Tae Woon/Eom Tae Woong from any drama series but one that I know of is his role as the determined Byeon Hak Do in Sassy Girl Chun Hyang.
He doesn't come across a your typical hero but here, his character shines as the ever helpful detective who finds himself somewhat connected to all the serial murders that he's investigating. The mystery lies with the dark secret that he and his high school friends tried to hide. Just what convert him to be a detective from the troublemaker that he was, back in high school?

And just why is Seung Ha bearing a grudge against him?

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