I love you, I’m sorry, please forgive me, thank you.

4 04 2013

My love has returned for you, So Ji Sub shi.

^And it’s not just because you make frolicking around in the desert look so damn good.

It’s because, you are, after all these years, (*cue Shania Twain voice*) still the one (don’t worry Eita san, you’re still the one too *major eyebrow twitch*).

For those who don’t know, let me give you a bit of our relationship history.

Ji Sub and I first crossed paths with each other in Bali. That is, in What Happened In Bali. Was he a good guy, or was he a bad guy? I never quite decided at that point. While I shipped Jo In Sung and Ha Ji Won all the way in that series, I definitely felt a little something for Ji Sub. Something good. Something intriguing. Something that left me wanting to know more.

Then on one gloriously sunny day, I was browsing through my local DVD store, looking for the next Korean drama to delude myself with, and my eye quickly became drawn to this:

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I was like, I’m Sorry, I Love You ? That’s a pretty sweet title. Filmed in Melbourne? Hey, that’s my hometown, bay-bay! And this dude, why does he look a tad familiar? Oh! It’s Kang In Wook (Ji Sub‘s character in WHIB )! WOW he looks goooood in that bandana and hobo cardigan… and with that man-hair around his face~~ Okay, fine, sold.

I went home, read the blurb for the plot carefully again and began to second-guess my decision. So, okay, someone’s going to die again in the most melodramatic of fashion. Why do all good-hearted and good-looking citizens of South Korea always go down that path? Goshdarnit, I’ve freaking paid for this. Can not let this 17 dollars go to waste. I’ll just watch it.

Four days and a city’s dam’s worth of tears later, I was like, I am SO NOT sorry. So. Ji. Sub. *sniffles* I. Freaking. Love. You.

I can’t explain logically why I love the series so much but I guess that’s how I also know it’s true love. It has been my favourite series ever since and I have no doubt it will remain so until the end of time. Irrespective of how many times Ethan Ruan strips his shirt off in any of his series, irrespective of what The Hong Sisters attempt to round up, even irrespective of how many ridiculously perfect performances Eita or Kimura Takuya pitch in (although these two have certainly brought along series that have come very, very,VERYCLOSE). Forever and a day, I will choose to scream “saranghae!” at the top of my lungs a thousand times in a dingy subway and make and eat ramen with So Ji Sub.

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To show him just how much he meant to me following that series, I went on to watch some of his older stuff (Law Firm, Glass Shoes, We Are Dating Now ). I realised he was definitely the man. I sent him off into the army, patiently waiting for his return. I knew he knew I loved him. I knew he would return a better man. I knew this would be good for both of us. I knew I could stay faithful.

Or so I thought.

After being discharged from the military, Ji Sub seemed to gravitate uncontrollably towards the big black melodramatic hole. And he only delved deeper. His mini-drama U-Turn with Lee Yeon Hee was kinda okay, but Cain And Abel ? Oh my, does life really have to be that bleak? And Road Number One ? Far too heavy. Colossal fail. It just wasn’t what I was looking for.

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His Sony Alpha CFs were amazing but I couldn’t just live on those. In an attempt to maintain the love, I picked up a few of his films (Rough Cut, Sophie’s Revenge ), I even briefly watched him as some zombie-like thing in Kitaro and the Millennium Curse. But I just didn’t get it. Apart from those rippling abs, and those long, beautiful, elegant fingers, this wasn’t the same Ji Sub I fell in love with.

I was beginning to drift away. He tried to lure me back with the wannabe tearjerker of a film Always. There were moments where I thought I could return to that place again but in the end, it just fell short. I don’t know. Intentionally aiming to make me cry just doesn’t cut it anymore. We’ve been through this before. Where I am now, I need more than that.

Feeling the emotional void, I virtually skid off the whole Korean drama radar altogether. I hid. Actually I began to explore things with a younger boy *coughs*Mario Maurer*coughs* That was light and fun (and still is >_>;;;) but something about a crime drama caught my attention once more. The Ghost. Wow, it’s finished airing already? It has received some good praise. Ji Sub has seemingly pulled himself out of all that helplessly miserable melodrama. I must give him another chance. I must watch this series.

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And I’m so glad I did. I mean, Ji Sub in a suit for, like, almost 20 episodes of the series? Glad. Glad. Glad. So glad in fact, I am actually pondering a review (though don’t put your hopes up too much, lol).

Until then, enjoy a few wallies of the man:

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Quote It: Mi Ho

17 09 2012

Firstly, yes, I am in the midst of playing catch-up with my Korean dramas. And yes, mother of crap am I lamenting my slothful efforts over the past couple of years in keeping up. But now I am inhaling it all at once. I don’t know how much of this extreme goodness I can continue to take.

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I wasn’t living… I was merely existing. I want to change, and fulfill my time as I live.

Mi Ho (My Girlfriend Is A Gumiho, episode 12.)

(Image  created by pink-kafka @deviantart. Please click on pic to be taken through to the awesome original animated version :))

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I think I have a new favourite drama heroine.

Pardon the mawkishness, but the above quote really resonates with me currently in my life, which is why I am reiterating this— I really do feel like all things happen for a reason. Just like how there is always a reason why you end up watching certain shows at a certain time (or am I just making excuses for being slack with my drama-watching? Errrrr, you decide >_>;;;) I know sometimes us fangirls, er, drama lovers, er, drama watchers may cop some flak for being apparently obsessively caught up with the “unrealistic” fantasies that Asian dramas create for us, but I don’t think you can deny that within these seemingly far-fetched stories lies many powerful messages and philosophies on life. Mi Ho‘s words here really make you pause and rethink just how precious life is— and how awesome it can be when you choose for it to be. Yeah there will always be ups and downs but being alive is a gift in itself and it’s ultimately up to you to make the most of it. Kinda reminds me of Abraham Lincoln‘s famous words:

It is not the years in your life but the life in your years that counts. “

Anyways, enough of the D&M and let’s get back to the obsessive, “unrealistic” drama-lovin’ stuff shall we? XD

I haven’t necessarily been Shin Min A‘s biggest fan in the past. I’ve always recognised the girl was equal parts spunk and hotness (have you ever seen any of her fashion shoots? She’s like a Gemma Ward cross Miranda Kerr… must be some tough genes to have there…) and she’d never really failed in any of her acting assignments et al…. but I never found myself connecting with her. Maybe it’s a jealousy/being intimidated issue, I don’t know (Fairygodmother voice: “Sloth? Envy? You are so not going to Heaven, jicksy dear!”~~) but in some ways, I kinda likened her to being the most popular girl in high school. You know, the Prom Queen, the unfairly super sassy lass who had all the boys pining after her— the girl you wished you were.

But then, I watched My Girlfriend Is A Gumiho (and did a bit of growing up in the process.) Seriously, she (and the drama) couldn’t have been more perfect if she tried. Yes, it appears that bandwagoning has become my hobby of late but, well, I. Don’t. Care. You could perceive me as a bit of a snob with selfishly lofty expectations but I like to think that I always give credit when and where credit is due. Thus, I really do mean it when I say this— Shin Min A absolutely killed it as Mi Ho. Not too many actresses can pull off such a child-like, naive girly girl role, fly off an endless array of cutesy, gimmicky phrases and hand gestures that bring about the biggest chunk of cheese ever… AND NOT ONCE get on your nerves *coughs*take note Geum Jan Di*coughs* But Min A shi was simply addictively perky-cute in this sweetest glory of a rom-com series. Bewitching, if you will. The Haterade has indeed purged itself back up my esophagus, out my big mouth and out of my body. I officially love this girl. Shin Min A was to the series what Jang Geun Seuk was to You’re Beautiful (speaking of, I totally just finished watching Ikemen desu ne i.e. the Japanese version of You’re Beautiful <3 <3 Comparison post on its way? Sure, I’m working on it~~ <3) I dare go to say that Mi Ho is my favourite drama heroine ever. I loved every part of her innocence and humanity. I loved her unconditional faith. I loved that she loved.

No doubt a huge part of Mi Ho‘s appeal had to do with the brilliance of The Hong Sisters‘ pen and incredible imagination (who, btw, if they were male, I would totes be stalking them in a wedding dress whilst caressing a Cabbage Patch doll. Yes this is a compliment. ) But of course there is only so much a wonderfully written script can take a series as, in my opinion, without the right actor or actress, it would really all just go to waste. The casting for Gumiho was so spot on it will make you never want anything to do with a series where you can imagine someone else in the role you are watching ever again (weird sentence but it makes sense. Trust me. Re-read it! Please.) Not only could I not picture anyone but Shin Min A as Mi Ho, it was impossible to imagine someone else as our gumiho-loving hero, Cha Dae Woong. Lee Seung Gi, I don’t understand it, in still pictures you don’t really do it for me, but in motion picture you just slaughter me. You have me believing. You have me loving. All I can say is, Woong ah, you can hoi hoi me anytime baby X) (and, nomu nomu nomu nomu chua !!)

And I know everyone always has to have a favourite kiss of the series, so I’ma ‘ere sharin’ mine:

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*flails hard* It’s nice to see someone in a series actually look happy while they’re smooching.

One last thing— I think I am entering second fiddle mania as No Min Woo as Dong Ju in Gumiho = OH MY let me your huntress NOW. I was actually a bit ambivalent about his character early on, but the more the series developed, the more I warmed to him. And the following words he spoke in the finale episode just tipped me over the edge;

I believed that doing what the other person wanted was love. I did that, and for more than a thousand years I have regretted it. I don’t want to repeat the same mistake.

*empties tears ducts into Pacific Ocean* T_T *throws arms wide open* I’ve been sent to hug you, Dong Ju seon saeng nim, I’ve been sent to hug youuuuuu !!!!!!!

Ahem. Yes.

Oh, btw, just how hilarious was this imaginary scene? The look on Dong Ju‘s face is freakin’ priceless.

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Seriously. I feel like his character needs his own spin-off show.

I would defs watch it X)





I rate this scene: The Naked Kitchen (Hong Ji Yeong, 2009)

28 11 2011

I never thought this day would come.

*throws pompoms in air* Shin goon is back!

I probably haven’t talked about the Korean side of things enough on this blog but seriously, Ju Ji Hoon truly does it for me. Like, from the moment I saw him rock those gawd-awful polka dot vests in Goong, he had me. I made one of those subconscious pacts with myself that it didn’t matter what he would do for the rest of his career, I would love and support him forever and always *gags up dinner from three nights ago*

Errrrr but then 2009 rolled around and boy was I about to be tested. Everybody’s favourite modern day Prince of South Korea was all of a sudden a convicted and self-confessed druggie. Okay, okay, okay, mianhaeyo, I exaggerate. Ju Ji Hoon admitted to the use of Ecstasy and Ketamine on two different occasions, which upon hearing at first, left many, many people heavily concerned for the actor’s future. Drugs, period, is not really the best thing to get involved in anywhere around the world but in South Korea? I seriously felt like crawling under a royal tonne of hanbok and crying my friggin’ eyes out until they darn well bled.

But thankfully, he ended up being dealt a pretty lenient 120 hour community service sentence and blessedly escaped time behind the bars. Once that was done though, it was “Off to the military we go!” as us fans flaunted our best baronial wave goodbye to our dearest, most beloved Shin goon (complete with a buzz cut! Speaking of which, please grow your hair back out soon. I much prefer soft wispy bangs in your face^^)

And now, here we stand, one week after Ju Ji Hoon‘s official discharge from the South Korean military and one day after his first post-military meeting with his fans (where apparently he crooned out a couple of my favourite songs— With or Without You by U2 and Iris by the Goo Goo Dolls… plus, he played the guitar, ahmargah gah gah~~~~~~) So I thought, what better way to celebrate than to share this super-duper, “I so wish I was Shin Min A shi !” scene from The Naked Kitchen ? (No, it’s not THAT scene when they meet early on as strangers and get all, ah, canoodley. That said, I probably wouldn’t have minded being in the pretty actress’s underwear, er, I mean, shoes then either. Hmm. If you want to suss it out for yourself, here is the youtube link.)

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And that, is how you sweep someone off their freaking feet <3 (who cares if she’s your hyung‘s wife *twitches left eyebrow*)

Seriously, two years has been too long. I’m so ready to see what Yonsama can do for you, Ji Hoon shi !

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