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Sunday, December 21, 2014

[Currently Want to Ship] Kim Woo Bin & Go Ara




Hello hello this is my brand new category on this blog. The idea of weekly-shipping is suddenly popping up to my head while watching the latest Domino CF starring Kim Woo Bin and Go Ara, who are by the way the very first pair on this category.


Watching these almost perfect creatures on the CF is raising my imagination of the two in a romantic comedy production. I mean look at those two! They’re perfect for each other in a drama, or in real life, whatever, I just want to see another production starred by these two.


The story or concept of the CF itself also makes their fans (particularly me) imagines what if Ara is really a fan of Woo Bin and the two of them involve in a complicated yet sweet love story.


I’ve already pictured the two of them casted in a production with these three plots:


1. The typical Korean soap opera. The Prince and the Pauper.


Kim Woo Bin is a chaebol and the only child, who has a cool and strong image. He never smile, always serious and a bit mean (which is fully supported by his strong jaw, beautiful eyebrows, and intense gaze). Kim Woo Bin’s principle is to be the best in everything he does. He is an ambitious businessman who wants his father’s company to dominate the media business. His father, by the way, is a media tycoon who gotten ill and lies in his bed during the early episodes (if it is a drama) or early scenes (if it is a movie). With his father’s condition, Woo Bin is urged to marry. However, married is the last thing came on his mind because what he want to pursue is only business.


Go Ara is the exact opposite of Kim Woo Bin. She is a 20-something lady who works as a part-timer confetti-shooter. She never wants to have a permanent job due to her laziness. She always think that having a lot of part time jobs is better than having one permanent job because she can choose whether she want to work or not on that day. She is an orphan and lives with her mother’s best friend and her son. She is a secret admirer of her mother best friend’s son due to his charismatic appearance and how he always cares for her and treats her like a real lady. Little did she know is that the one who she idolize also develop a feeling for her.


The story of Kim Woo Bin and Go Ara starts when Ara accidentally came out from Woo Bin’s car and considered to be his girlfriend. Woo Bin seizes the opportunity and ask Ara to be her fake girlfriend for a month until he reaches his goal to dominate media business. Woo Bin promise that he will give Ara money and everything she want. Ara agrees instantly.


During their journey as fake couple, the two develop feeling for each other. In the meantime, Ara’s male roommate (her mother best friend’s son) confesses to her and Woo Bin’s first love came back from her study overseas.



2.The (almost) typical Korean soap operas. The Detective and the Reporter.


In this plot, Kim Woo Bin will become a senior police detective while Go Ara will become a rookie reporter. Kim Woo Bin and Go Ara met when Ara was assigned to post in police office where Woo Bin works. The two have history behind.


Ara, who is a junior of Kim Woo Bin in high school used to admire and love him who known as one of popular boys in school. She always makes lunch for him, gives him chocolate every valentine day, gives him cold water when he’s tired after playing basketball, etc. Kim Woo Bin who finds Ara attractive, receives Ara’s love and always takes her home after school. However, he never addresses their relationship. So, the two of them become what we called here in Indonesia as HTS (Hubungan Tanpa Status) or Unstated Relationship.


At first Ara is ok with that because she likes Woo Bin’s kind attitude toward her, but after seeing Woo Bin does the same thing for the new girl in school, Ara’s jealousy is rising. She then asks Woo Bin about their status. Woo Bin answer that they’re only best friend who comforts each other. Ara went mad after hearing that. She then decided to leave Woo Bin and dating another popular boy in school. For the rest of the high school time, they become stranger to each other.


But fate reunites these two almost perfect human again few years later. The two finds their meeting shocking. At first Ara hesitates to ask help or information from Woo Bin. But she has to do it if she wants to succeed in her career as a reporter. The two unites again. However this time the table has turned. Kim Woo Bin is developing his feeling to Ara who already has a boyfriend. Interestingly, her boyfriend is her high school boyfriend who also a friend of Woo Bin.


Ara and Woo Bin once again get tangled in a complicated story of their relationship.



3.The (more or less) typical Korean soap operas. The clueless boy and superstition lady. 


Go Ara is portrayed as the sophisticated lady who dedicates her time for work and career. She is a diligent student. She graduates faster than the rest of her batch and immediately works in a prestigious company. However, she believes superstition and fortune-teller. She also believes that her destiny is out there. Meanwhile, Kim Woo Bin is a handsome fool boy who has yet to graduate and work as a part timer in cosmetic shop.


One day a fortune-teller told Ara that she will meet a handsome tall man dress in pink that face is as perfect as Greek god who will become her destiny. Ara then went home while thinking about what that fortune-teller said. Then coincidentally Ara met Woo Bin who looks like exactly what the fortune-teller descripted.


From that day, Ara starts to chase Woo Bin and convince him that he is her destiny. However, she’s a bit disappointed with Woo Bin status which is way far than what she expects her destiny would be. Ara then starts to help Woo Bin to graduate and rebirth him to become a gentleman.


Well there you go. There are my plots for dramas or movie starred by Kim Woo Bin and Go Ara. I hope a scriptwriter will read this and my wish of seeing them in one drama or movie production will come true. Jebal!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

[At a Glance] Pinocchio (2014)


The age (or times) when I feel excited waiting for the next episode of one drama that is still airing is back! Seriously, Pinocchio is a good drama. I love the plot, the acting and the soundtrack. Though lacks few things, I still considers this one as a must-watch drama. 

 PLOT:


Pinocchio tells a story of young man name Ki Ha Myung (Lee Jong Suk) who changes his name to Choi Dal Po after being adopted by Choi family. Dal Po lives with his fake niece Choi In Ha (Park Shin Hye) who has a Pinocchio syndrome. While trying to help In Ha achieve her goal to become a reporter, Dal Po gains shocking information about the whereabouts of his father, he then decided to become a reporter, a job that he once really hate and deemed as a job that makes his family torn apart. Dal Po want to become a reporter to show the world that his family is innocence of a tragedy that happen few years ago and tells the world that a reporter should report fact only.


CAST:


Lee Jong Suk as Choi Dal Po


I saluted Lee Jong Suk for portraying Choi Dal Po perfectly. Once again he proves that his involvement in kdrama land is not only based on his good looks and perfect body. Just like his friend, Kim Woo Bin, this model-turned-actor fella is also can act. There are some scenes of him that really put me in awe.

For example is the scene where he stop lift door from closing with his foot and tells Hwang Gyo Dong (Lee Pil Mo) what television meant for him. I literally said to myself that the scene is amazing and Lee Jong Suk is awesome.



Park Shin Hye as Choi In Ha 


I don’t think I have to praise her much in here since we already knows that this beautiful lady is an amazing actress. She is versatile and can play any role in any production. Just like what she did in Flower Boys Next Door and The Heirs, she also performed well in this series. Park Shin Hye is reminded me of young Yoon Eun Hye. She can be bubbly and teary at the same time just like what Yoon Eun Hye often showed in her dramas. Playing as a girl with Pinocchio syndrome that has a huge passion on becoming a reporter, I think is not too hard for Park Shin Hye. And (by far) she succeeds on portraying her role. Yet unlike Lee Jong Suk elevator scene, I haven’t found her awesomeness point in this series. Hopefully I can find one in upcoming episodes.



Jin Kyung as Song Cha Ok


I hate this woman. It’s true, I really hate her. However, my hate for her means she is portraying her role rightly. Song Cha Ok (Jin Kyung’s role) is an evil reporter who destroys Ki Ha Myung’s family. She is as cold as an ice chip to everyone, even to her daughter, Choi In Ha. I think Song Cha Ok is the one who has the best acting in this series.  I find her acting really surprising since I never once watched her plays an antagonist role. She always looks like a tenderhearted ahjumma to me. I said so due to her role in Nice Guy and It’s Okay That’s Love. Even though I hate her role, I always expecting what’s more from her in this drama. 

Her awesomeness point for me is when she’s answer to the question, “Are you okay?” by her subordinate after her own daughter crush her in her own seminar.



Kim Young Kwang as Seo Bum Jo


Now, this is what I called a twist. Never expect that Kim Young Kwang will be casted as a spoiled and mama-son chaebol. He came on with a strong figure to me when I watched him for the first time in Hot Young Bloods. I imagine that he will be showered with the role of mafia or cocky chaebol. But no, the production team showers him with the spoiled son role instead. But surprisingly, he can pull that off. This, once again, shows that a model-turned-actor can act. Like Park Shin Hye, I also have yet to found his awesomeness point.



Lee Pil Mo as Hwang Gyo Dong


Woohoo Chief Gook is back! I’m really excited for him in this drama because I love this guy from Emergency Couple time. However, he didn’t shine as much as what he did in Emergency Couple. His character is a bit bland, I think. And the way he acts is similar to what he showed in Chief Gook role. Though at some point how he colorizes his role with comedy is a bit curing his weak presence. 


COMMENT:



I thought I won’t be jumping deep into this drama since the casts are not my favorite as well as the production crews. But surprisingly I can’t wait for the next episode of this drama now. Maybe it is because of the storyline, which centers in the life of a reporter. I always have a huge admire for reporter and broadcast station or television. I still think that being a reporter or someone who involves in television production (or any production in media) is the best job ever. This drama reminds me of the time when I still work in TV station and makes me miss that old time. It also gives me a scoop of what it is like to be work in news department of broadcast station in Korea. It seems fun and exciting.


>>SPOILER ALERT<<



The love story of Choi Dal Po and Choi In Ha also not that common. I mean, I think I never found a love story between an uncle and his “fake” niece in a drama before. How they grew up together and how Dal Po always rooting for In Ha despite his hatred for In Ha’s mother is as sweet as a cotton candy. On the other hand, In Ha’s unexpected feeling for her uncle also intriguing. How Dal Po and In Ha confess their feelings to each other and unite in the early episode of this drama also refreshing. 

As a kdrama enthusiast I usually find the female and male lead unites only when the drama is almost end. So, the love story of this two love birds is uplifting. I always was having a good time seeing lead female and lead male couple dating in a drama. How they act cute to each other and supporting each other in the sweetest way are few of my favorite things to watch in a TV production. Those scenes usually only happens for short time in a typical romantic drama series.


>>END of SPOILER<< 


The soundtrack is also excellent. I never thought that Tiger JK will sing a song for drama soundtrack. First Love by him feat Punch is my favorite soundtrack so far. From what I read in Soompi, the king of ballad, K.Will, also happen to lend his beautiful voice in this drama soundtrack. I haven’t heard it yet. But my feeling tells me that I would love his song, like I always do before. So, I think this drama soundtrack will be getting more interesting.


>>SPOILER ALERT<<



The love gestures. This teeny tiny detail from a drama is one that always makes my heart flutters. I think we’re all agree for saying that the toast kiss is one love gesture that will make people forever remembering this drama. Well done, scriptwriter-nim for giving us, a kdrama enthusiast such a lovely gesture of love. I never knew that eating a toast can lead to this amazing moment.



Another lovey-dovey gesture is the first kiss of Choi In Ha & Choi Dal Po. Aside from the unexpected and wonderful place – yes people, these fancy faces are kissing at the center of the road, under an amazing tree, and in a cold night of Seoul – how Dal Po and In Ha starts to kiss is also lovable. Choi Dal Po’s ways of refusing In Ha’s refusal and kiss her instead makes me go weeeee. I’m waiting for more of this lovely love gestures. Please, give us the (other) good one scriptwriter-nim.


>>END of SPOILER<<



Nonetheless, like other drama, this one also has goods and flaws. There are few things that I don’t like from this drama.



First one is the fact that there is no second-female-lead-love-line-with-male-lead. This (the love line between second female lead and male lead) is something that happens quite often in a drama. Yes, I know we want something refreshing and untypical. But without this, I still feel that something is missing. This drama has a love line between female lead and second male lead. So how come there is none between the male lead and second female lead or any female role. I want the female lead to feel jealous toward his man’s other admirer. So far, Lee Yoo Bi’s role is not too interesting. She is only the coworker of Dal Po, not more.



Hwang Gyo Dong or Cap’s love interest is another thing this drama lacks. Look at this handsome ahjussi. He deserves a love interest. The love story of his and some lucky girl will definitely rule out his bland role.



Well, there you go. So far, this is my [at a glance] review from the series. Hopefully I can write more review of this drama after it ends.


TEMPORARY SCORE: 8 out of 10.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

[K-Variety Show Review] KBS' I Am a Man (2014)

 
CONCEPT:  
I am a Man is the latest reality show produced by KBS. The concept is basically talk show about men's life (the difficulties, hobbies, preference, love, etc) hosted by five MCs with several guests and audience (in the studio) as its main character. The latter is the interesting part of this show.  


The show is not only inviting male audience to watch the show and claps their hands every time FD ask them to, but the show is inviting (mostly) male audience to take a part in the show and discuss the theme with the MCs and guests. At the ending of the show, the production team usually picks the best audience that represents the theme or they (the production team) conduct a special event or competition that also represents the theme and awards the lucky audience with prize. 
 
The five MCs who host the show are:



Yoo Jae Suk


Do I need to explain more about this wonderful ahjussi? I don’t think so. I believe every Kpopers must know this lovely man. Known as National MC, Yoo Jae Suk is the main MC in this show. I think the production team wants the show to success by putting Yoo Jae Suk in the center place. Well, let’s hope the magic of Yoo Hyuk will lead this show to a success story, like his other shows.



Lim Wonhui


This is his first reality show. Lim Wonhui is an actor. The one and only his drama I've watched is ‘You’re All Surrounded’. He acts well, I guess. Unlike his role at the drama (which is stubborn, cocky, and always kiss his boss’s ass), he’s so adorable and awkward in this show. Since this is his first reality show, he seem nervous and mostly in silence. Yoo Jae Suk and other MCs always making fun of him and his red ears (yes, every time he’s ashamed, his ears always getting red, adorable right?). However, as the shows goes, he seem more enjoying his place as the MCs and talks more.



Kwon Ojung


My second favorite MCs of the show!! I don’t know that he’s so sexy and charming in person. After saw him the first time in “Arang and the Magistrate” drama, I never put my expectation high of him. He seems ordinary in the series. But in here, oh my, he looks like he can compete with Oh Ji Ho! Yes, he’s as sexy as Mr. Karl! There’s something mature and appealing about the way he looks. And he’s funny too, which is a plus plus point for a man. On his MC-ing skill, I think he’s okay. He can handle Yoo Jae Suk’s superior MC skill as well as Jang Dong Min’s sharp words. His naughty thought is his signature style on the show. I’m always waits more of him on the show, I hope that this is not his last show and he will appear more in the reality show. This guy deserves it!



Jang Dongmin


A funny guy with a funny face. Jang Dong Min has a mean-guy role on this show. He always being mean to everyone on the show. Apparently that’s his trademark. However, audiences love this guy. He always gets support and audience constantly claps their hands for Dong Min. Although there is a time when they (audience) boo-ing him.



Heo Gyeonghwan


I’d like to say that he is the visual of the show. You know, like visuals in a boy group, the one with a pretty face. He is exactly like those visuals (in this show). Unfortunately, unlike any visual in the boy group which usually shines the most, Gyeonghwan is the least shining on the show. Sure, he is funny and stuff. But he’s not as good as other MC. The fact that audience always boo-ing him also makes him more desperate. I wish he will do more and not push aside every time, because he really is a funny guy. 

Honorable Mention



 Noh Hongchul


Noh Hongcul hosted the pilot episode but unfortunately KBS decides to air the show on the same slot as Hongchul’s show ‘I Live Alone’ in another broadcasting station. He chose to dedicate to his ILA show and leave ‘I am A Man’. Noh Hongchul’s departure is the arrival of Kwong Ojung on the show.


Unlike other KBS’ reality show production, I am A Man set their targets to only air 20 episodes in the first season. The continuation of the show depends on viewers’ rating and share. 

COMMENT:


So far, I’m hooked by this  production. Actually, I don’t really like the pilot episode with Suzy and Siwan as their guests. I must say the concept is a bit blurry and the MCs have yet to create strong impression and communicates well with each other. They seem a bit awkward. It’s normal of course for the pilot episode since few of them have not met each other before or even working together. However, when I jump to the recent episode, it’s getting more interesting. The bonds between the MCs are getting stronger and they seem smoother and comfort with each other when they mocks one another.



Concepts and themes of each episode are also getting funnier. Frankly, I like male guest more than female guest. It’s stressing the objective of the show, which is a show about a man, from man, and by man. Male guests also seem connect more with the audience and MCs. 


I am a man is another good show from KBS (I think). Though it's lack of clear concept and comedy in the early episode, it is still getting more interesting through times. The fact that the MCs are bonding with the audience and how the show makes their audience as the main character are the reason why this show is interesting.


I hope the production team of this show will keep up their good work and remains strong in the original concept without changing it too much.


RATE:

8,5 out of 10

Monday, October 27, 2014

Running Man Fanmeeting “Race Start Season 2 in Jakarta”


 
Saturday, October 25th is definitely one of the best days I’ve ever had. Meeting Running Man members once again and able to see them dance, sing, and playing games right in front of my eyes is a remarkable thing.


Anyway, my story on getting the ticket for this fanmeeting is pretty exceptional (I think). I’m always at dilemma on whether I have to buy the ticket or not. Luckily, the promoter of the event Munial Sport Group is conducting a quiz to get free VIP ticket. The quiz, however, is not easy. In order to obtain the free ticket, we have to take a selfie with celebrity, athlete, announcer, hence public figure, while holding sign pic #RaceStartSeason2inJKT. Fortunately I have a good friend who works in television station and would like to help me to get a picture with few Indonesian celebrities. I spend day by day chasing those celebrities while carrying my black board (yes people, I make my own sign pic in a black board). Short story, thanks to my friend and the celebrities who help me and especially for the promoter who conducted such an amazing quiz, I won the free ticket.


Move on to the night of the century (yes, it is), Race Start Season 2 in Jakarta is unquestionably the night I will not forget. Though it’s only five of seven members of Running Man who are present that night, the night is still amazing.


Thanks to the amazing promoter, the event starts on time (which is really rare to happen, especially here, in Indonesia) at 7.30 p.m. They open up the night through a VCR that playing member profile one by one on a special My Love from Another Star theme. Right after the VCR stops playing, five members of Running Man, HaHa, Ji Suk Jin, Lee Kwang Soo, Song Ji Hyo, and Kim Jong Kook are up on stage. Wearing all black outfit, the members are singing the drama ost, You’re My Destiny. Ji Suk Jin is shockingly having a good voice, I must say, while the rest of the members are (ehm) not so much, except Kim Jong Kook of course. 

 

As soon as the song is over, they’re bowing 190 degree to the audience and greet them nicely. Ji Suk Jin is trying out his Bahasa skill when saying, “Selamat malam Indonesia,” which means “Good night Indonesia,” while HaHa keep saying “Mantap”, which means “Awesome”
 

The event continues with Q&A session. When asked what makes him popular, Lee Kwang Soo answers it’s due to his sexiness and cuteness. However, when he had to choose which one is better, Lee Kwang Soo said that his sexiness is the main reason of his popularity.


Move on to Kim Jong Kook, the MC asks what makes him attractive. The ‘Muscle’ man then answers that it is his eyes. Kookie then take off his black eyeglasses and showing off his beautiful eyes.



The ‘Ace’ Song Ji Hyo is looking really beautiful with her casual outfit that night. Funny thing happen when the MC asks between 6 running man male members, which one she picks as the weakest. HaHa who is sitting beside Ji Hyo then get up and ask Ji Suk Jin to walk with him to the corner of the stage.


 
After the Q&A session, the member change their clothes and getting ready to play games with fifteen lucky fans who won the lucky draw. They play several Running Man signature games. What makes me envy is that they’re able to hug the members and take a picture together T.T But nevertheless, I’m happy for them.


Anyhow, after the game is over, the Running Man members are having an individual performance, starting from ‘The Race Starter’ Ji Suk Jin. He sings Eru’s song, Black Glasses. Wangko hyung has a beautiful voice. I don’t see him struggle at all during the entire songs, he also still able to interact with the audience.



Following Ji Suk Jin is his fellow Easy Brothers member, Lee Kwang Soo. Okay, his performance is definitely the most shocking performance, I think. Never thought our Giraffe will turn into a real man than can makes girls’ heart flutter. Lee Kwang Soo (or should I say Prince Kwangsoo?) start his performance by playing a piano intro of drama “Stairway to Heaven” soundtrack, Bo Go Ship Da. Yes people, he (really) is playing a piano! And it’s not making me want to slap him (like what Yoo Jaesuk did in episode 208) at all! My jaw is literally dropping when seeing him on stage. He’s truly like an Asian Prince in that condition. And his voice is shockingly good too. However, he’s not playing it full, he only playing an intro (or is it someone else? I’m not sure, but he looks cool either way).  He continues his “sweet” performance by giving roses to the audience.



 Later that night, Song Ji Hyo is singing her “Emergency Couple” soundtrack, Scent of a Flower and continues with Leessang’s Turn off the TV, with Kim Jong Kook and HaHa wearing Kang Gary mask. 


The collaboration continues with Easy Brothers version of Troublemaker. Lee Kwang Soo is one sexy giraffe when he shows some of his skin by wearing a sexy leopard dress, while Ji Suk Jin can’t fool his age even though he wears white wig and edgy clothes.



Later on, Kim Jong Kook is showing his overflowing charisma when he sang One Man and Maroon 5’s Sunday Morning, before HaHa transform the night into a Reggae night.


 

Dream’s dad is singing some of his popular reggae songs, including Rosa. One lucky fan who is pregnant succeed in making everyone jealous when HaHa asks her to go up on stage and serenade her in reggae-style.


 
If Lee Kwang Soo is showing some heart-melting performance, HaHa is showing energetic performance when he jumps all around the stage with his dancer. I’m not a reggae fan, but I think I will listen more to reggae songs after looking at his performance.


Soon after his reggae performance, Kim Jong Kook is joining HaHa on the stage to sing one of his popular Turbo songs, Twist King.


As soon as Twist King is over, all Running Man members are present on stage and say goodbye to their Indonesian fans. All members said they’re thankful and moved by fans’ response and reaction. They’re then taking a selfie with all audience.



Closing up the night, members are singing Kim Jong Kook’s song, Loveable, while dancing around the stage. The audience who seems to remember the lyrics is singing with them and shouts out loud on the “Saranghae!” part.


The members then do a big bow (which is really moved me, I mean come on, they’re Running Man and they’re ON THEIR KNEES in front of the audience. Yes, their forehead is touching the ground!! Aren’t they amazing??) and once again say thanks.


But the night is not over yet, the members then singing 2PM’s Hands Up as their encore song. The confetti is out and marks the end of the night. After the song is over, Running Man member still saying thank you to their fans while walking out the stage.


So..that’s it. That’s what approximately happens that night. And from that night I made a promise to myself to learn Korean and save more, therefore if they’re coming again to Indonesia next year I’ll be able to buy the most expensive ticket and take a selfie with them, aamiin!