March 19, 2014

Casting Updates for Park Sung-woong

It was teased that Park Sung-woong might take a role in a movie with Kim Sung-kyun, but since casting rumors die as quickly as they spring up, I quelled my excitement. Well, no need for that now because it's been recently confirmed that both actors have agreed to do the movie. *throws confetti*

Kim Sung-kyun's confirmation was announced first along with Kim Sang-kyung (yeah!) and Yoon Seung-ah (pass). The movie is called 살인의뢰 which on Dramabeans named it Murder for Hire, but I'm going to call it Request for Murder until an official English title is released or an unofficial English title is agreed upon. Anyways, the movie is about a police officer and an average man who seek revenge on a serial killer.

Kim Sang-kyung will play a police officer Tae-soo who loses his younger sister to the serial killer. His role sounds similar to his previous characters, but he's a solid actor I adore so I know I'll enjoy him. Kim Sung-kyun who's basking in stardom from Reply 1994 and recently cast as a lead in a Jang Jin film (which is another combination I am looking forward to), will play the husband, Seung-hyun, who loses his wife to the serial killer and has his life fall apart soon after. It sounds like an interesting yet unoriginal character, but I have confidence that Kim Sung-kyun will do the role justice because he's just that incredible and amazing. Playing his wife Soo-kyung will be Yoon Seung-ah. I haven't really seen Yoon's dramas nor do I particularly remember her characters in anything. She was recently in I Need Romance 3. Her acting is forgettable but maybe she'll do better in movies with strong actors around her.

Last but not least, Park Sung-woong will play the killer, Kang-chun. He's still riding the wave of New World and has taken on a lot of projects. I'm glad he's playing a strong character because I think they suit him well, especially menacing yet charismatic ones. I'd rather he be a typecast into something he's good and memorable in rather than a bland protagonist or supporting character, but that's from the perspective of a fan and viewer.

While I'm ecstatic about the casting, I must admit serial killer movies are not my favorite. I still haven't been able to sit through The Chaser which I want to watch but keep pushing back. Well, with this line-up, I'll have to watch this when it comes out. Though the premise seems very much "been-there-done-that", the casting is pretty phenomenal so I have high hopes.

Via Movie Naver

March 12, 2014

Love in Memory 2- Father's Note Episode 2

Another bittersweet episode as we see dad deal with the news of his illness and get a better glimpse of his happy family. Dad's love for his wife and daughter are so apparent and that's what makes it so tragic. He doesn't have the heart to share the devastating news and chooses, instead, to hold onto the happy moments in his life. He is in denial of reality and wishes to let the warmth of the past remain intact. I can only watch as dad burdens his death by himself and can only weep alongside him for the cruelty of the world and the impending shattering of their family's quaint happiness.

March 10, 2014

Love in Memory 2- Father's Note Episode 1

The second season of the "SNS drama" Love in Memory aired last week. True to the Korean format, this season has nothing to do with the previous one. Love in Memory 2- Father's Note stars Jung Woong-in, Yoon Joo-hee, Yoon So-hee, and Kim Hyung-Bum and is about a father's parting message to his wife and daughter. Ranging around fifteen minutes in length, the episodes are really vignettes that capture the final moments of one man's life and one daughter's discovery. The show is simple in plot and delivery but that simply emphasizes the poignancy of the scenes. Rather than watching a drama play in front of your eyes, you feel you've entered a moment of intimate privacy of heartache and acceptance.

February 13, 2014

Happy Birthday Park Hee-soon

Wow, it's already February and Valentine's day is upon us. More importantly, happy birthday wishes to my favorite actor, Park Hee-soon. He's turning 44 this year (45 in Korea) and still looking stunning. As always, pic spam following the jump. Enjoy!

January 12, 2014

Happy Birthday Park Sung-woong

For some reason, I always forget Park Sung-woong's birthday, so here is a belated post (again). Last year was a pretty good year for Park with a solid performance in New World that gained him a lot of recognition. He has quite a few movies for 2014, and I'm looking forward to them especially The King's Wrath.

Movie poster and stills of the above mentioned New World

Here's pictures from the set of For the Emperor also starring Lee Min-ki. They surprised Park for his birthday.

November 21, 2013

Happy Birthday Jung Jae-young

Jung Jae-young always seems to be doing a new project, one after another. As a fan, it makes me giddy but also curious as to when he rests. Not too many pictures of him but lots of stills from his movies this year and upcoming. I can't wait to see him in these projects, plus King's Wrath (no photos here) sounds awesome but that could just be because it has Jung and Park Sung-woong!
Oh gosh, that look
Oh gosh, that smile

August 1, 2013

The Queen's Classroom: Farewell

NOTE: Does not contain explicit spoilers but the following content pertains to the last episode

As I finished the last episode of The Queen's Classroom, I couldn't help but tear up again. This show took me by surprise with its depth and humanity. It's a sophisticated look at society and the problems surrounding the educational system and youth culture. Though the issues brought up in the drama will not be easily fixed nor will there always be an optimistic ending for everybody, it gives hope that the future isn't always bleak.

However, this post is not dedicated to talking about the themes and problems the show touched upon, that's for another time. Rather, I want to say my good-byes to the living, breathing characters who allowed me into their lives and a small glimpse of their world. I will cherish the love, the laughter, the hardships, and the tears I've shared with them and as my favorite character loves to say, "I won't hold back those who leave."

The drama was able to create a world I believed in and can still imagine continuing even if it's over. Applause to the writer, director, and everyone involved who were able to orchestrate this lovely piece.

As per the title, this isn't a review, though it does deserve one (maybe sometime soon), but my farewell to a wonderful drama. Though the show is over, their lives will forever continue forward. Each striving for his or her own dreams and answers, whatever they may be. So...