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!
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...
Park Sung-woong's new drama She is Wow premieres Thursday, April 18. He plays a famous news anchor, Gong Jung-han, who's married to a beautiful actress, Jo A-ra, played by Oh Hyun-gyung. They appear to be the perfect star couple, but in reality, they are nothing more than empty-shells and a far cry from their touted perfect images.
Jin Young (the staple idol cast member that every great drama needs) plays Gong and Jo's rebellious son Gong Min-gyu who they like to keep hidden and away from the media. Gwon Yool (Pieta) plays Ji Sung-gi, a hardworking and idealistic college student who lost his parents in high school and is unaware of the harsh realities of the world. He becomes romantically involved with Gong Jung-han.
Han Jung-soo and Ahn Sun-young play a couple, Choi Go-ya and Jin Bo-yuh respectively. He was once a famous baseball player who is gifted with incredible stamina but a lack of wits. She just wants to have children and be a normal housewife, yet after tens years of being married and continuous attempts, they still remain childless. Then to complicate matters, Jo A-ra's family moves in next door.
I don't really know what to expect. I'm thinking it'll steer more toward makjang and convoluted relationships like the other makjang tvN dramas a la Yellow Boots (bleh...), but I'll try to keep an open mind about it. At least it's only 12 episodes long.
After six years, Park Hee-soon is returning to dramaland in the up-coming SBS drama All about my Romance slated for an April, Wednesday-Thursday time slot. He'll play the second lead who helps the heroine who is a rookie politician. No confirmation about the female lead, though Han Hye-jin was cast but dropped. Lee Min-jung's name is being attached, but I hope that doesn't solidify. In the lead is Shin Ha-kyun who plays another politician who's on the opposite party of the heroine, but (obviously) they get romantically entangled and hijinks ensue.
Park's management company confirmed the casting today stating that he picked the drama because the script was fun and his friendship with Shin Ha-kyun had a positive effect.
I feel super happy that Park is returning to the small screen, but being second fiddle in a rom-com doesn't scream exciting or great to me. May be, just may be, he'll be a fun and cool second lead who isn't mentally deranged or a wet rag. At least for consolation, the lead is Shin Ha-kyun and not some young-un' who I'll want to wail in agony to see get the girl while my poor ahjussi-oppa gets the boot. My heart, it's already going through the wringer just thinking about deciding between Park and Shin. I know who'll come out in top in the end, but still, I love them both and wish them the best.
Woot, this drama could be absolute poopy garbage, but I'll enjoy every single second of it (or at least the seconds Park or Shin are on the screen, and especially if they're together).
For the time being, we can watch Shin's new movie trailer for Running Man. The movie seems like fun, and Shin looks like an adorable dork.
Director Lee Jae-yong of the movie Actresses, has a new film about to hit the theaters later this month. Like his previous work, Director Lee's Behind the Camera is sort of a documentary... heck, I'll be honest, I have no clue what the movie is.
Basic premise: fourteen actors, a movie to film, and now here's the catch, no director on set. Albeit, Director Lee will still be directing, but throughout the movie, he'll only converse with the crew on set through the internet via video chat. Tensions run high as the absence of a physical director is sorely felt by cast and crew while the cameras still roll, capturing all the interactions behind the scenes.
The cast is quite the plethora of names and credentials. To name some, Yoon Yeo-jung (The Housemaid), Park Hee-soon (The Client), Kang Hye-jung (The Marriage Plot), Oh Jung-sae (I Miss You), Kim Min-hee (Helpless), Kim Ok-bin (Thirst), Ryu Duk-hwan (Faith), Lee Ha-nee (I am the King), Kim Nam-jin (First Love of the Prince), Choi Hwa-jung (Greatest Love), Kim C (from the band Hot Potato), Jung Eun-chae (A Psychic), Esom (Ghost), and others. Yeesh, that was long.
The trailer intrigues me, but I really don't know how much of it is show for the cameras so they actually have a film at the end of the day or if it's all "real". Granted, it's probably more of a shade of grey than a black and white situation, but still... Anyways, the proof of the pudding is in the eating.