Pasta 2010 – K Drama starring Lee Seon Gyun and Gong Hyo Jin

13 08 2010

Pasta –

Kim Jae Wook of Coffee Prince

Fun and light…. Starring Lee Seon Gyun (of Coffee Prince) and Gong Hyo Jin (of Ruler OYOW and Thank You).  Lee Seon Gyun is an uncommon leading man, but man he has a killer voice and he was great playing this arrogant ass.  He seemed right at home.  I also really liked how natural the relationship was portrayed by both leads.  It felt real, minus a lack of serious physical chemistry.  Gong Hyo Jin is really good in everything I’ve seen her in.  She is an everyday girl too and an uncommon lead that pulls it off perfectly.  I would consider her an equivalent to a Jennifer Aniston here in the states.  Quirky, but likable.  The story never strayed too far off base on some unrelated tangent, which I was so glad.  The only noted weird scenes were the obvious throw ins to profile No Min Woo, who is incredibly hot.  But seriously, 2 shirtless scenes and a totally unnecessary drum scene (the three Italian chefs were from a band called Trax).

No Min Woo of Pasta

No Min Woo reminded me of Kim Jae Wook from Coffee Prince.  Seriously, I totally thought that was Jae Wook right up until the end.  But on closer inspection, I’ll take Jae Wook.

Kim Tae-Ho, was totally hot… ummm, can’t wait to see him again.

Kim Tae Ho

Okay, now that we got the hot cast out of the way… I really liked this series, it was cohesive and fun.  Comfortable, because the leads know they like each other fairly early on.  There wasn’t the usual struggle to get together which was a pleasant change.  I also appreciated that Lee Ha-nui as Oh Sae Young (the other female chef and former Miss Korea) wasn’t playing dirty in the arena of love.  Alex who played Kim San, is better known as the singer for Clazziquai (the OST for Sam Soon).  He also was super lovable on We Got Married, but he was excellent here and meshed well with the rest of the cast.

So here are the criticisms… It didn’t have a ton of heat, hardly even a kiss scene and considering this was a drama for a slightly older crowd, ya know.  The hottest of those was in Ep 2 when Hyun Wook kissed Sae Young in a flashback scene.  No freezer kiss for our two leads, seriously?  This was an unfortunate oversight.  I was waiting for that every time they were in there.  I always complain about this, but I think there could have been more competition between the 1st and 2nd man.  Kim San did a good job talking like he was going to do something, but in reality he didn’t make a strong move.

Overall:  Good series – 8 out of 10.

 

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Thank You – K drama starring Jang Hyuk & Gong Hyo Jin

28 06 2010

This series had me from Hello.  This was the first truly sad k drama I have seen and I cried 3 times in the first episode.  So good, so sad…

The acting was amazing throughout the series and even the supporting cast were all really good.  Shin Sung Rok as Choi Suk Hyun reminds me of a younger Cha Seung Won (City Hall).  Gong Hyo Jin from Ruler of Your Own World was as good in this as she was in ROYOW, she was excellent in a lead role.  Seo Shin Ae as the little girl, might seriously be the least annoying child actor I’ve ever seen.  She was adorable.  Jang Hyuk as Min Ki Seo was really good, an intense actor, he pulled me in and never let go.  This is the first drama I’ve seen him in, but Chuno just made it onto my must watch list.

Basically this series was an acting showcase.  Definitely not a drama for everyone, it could be slow at times and was what I would consider a quiet drama.

I would have put this up as one of my favorites, but it seemed to fizzle and lose its way a bit in the end.

Major spoiler alert:  Did they have to kill off the grandpa?  Just so sad and I’m not sure that was necessary.  It seemed to distract from the story rather than add another layer.  I also disliked how cheesy they got in the last episode, it just wasn’t necessary.  The ending, seriously that’s it?  They gave no romantic payoff.  I guess it was as subtle as the rest of the series, but I would have liked to see a little more connection with the three of them.  It felt like I had a great meal and then was served jello as dessert.  Maybe knowing it doesn’t have an amazing ending would make the whole ride better.

Here’s a series compilation vid with the music by Hun, love this song, it haunts me….

Overall grade:  A –