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. 


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.


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. 


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.