Heaven’s Postman 2009/2010

26 03 2011

Wow!  Where to start on this movie.  First thing is that I went in with low expectations.  Han Hyo Joo (from Shining Inheritance, Dong Yi and Il Jimae)  is always very cute and happy, but I’ve never been overly impressed with her.    Hero Jaejoong (of TVXQ or DBSK fame) is playing the male lead.  I’ve never seen him act before and like many musicians turned actors, I had low expectations.

But, I was more than pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this film, due in part to some amazing supporting actors.  This piece featured two of my absolute favorites.  Shin Goo from ROYOW and Thank You was as usual – Amazing.  The other was Kim Chang Won of White Tower, Il Jimae, Coffee Prince and Queen of Reversals.  I love this actor, he just always does such a quality job and there is no shortage here in this piece.

Though there were times I was lost with the story and things weren’t clear why or what was happening, but by the end you get it.  I thought it was a very moving story and very beautifully shot.  But (here it comes ladies) the most beautiful thing of all was Jae Joong.

Yes, I’ve heard the hype about him, but other than the occasional MV, I really haven’t seen much on him.  I knew he was good looking going into this, but really and no hate mail please, there are lots of idols I could definitely skip, no big deal.  So Jae Joong was a pleasant surprise.  Yes, he was a bit over coiffed for my taste but frankly I am beginning to understand that K taste run toward over coiffed men.   He was a bit wooden at times, but also showed some really credible emotion at key plot points.  Here’s the real kicker, I loved his voice, gorgeous, sandy, breathy voice.  Okay, I admit it, I am now a Hero fan.  Their kiss was not even super hot, but he looked so manly and comfortable kissing her, I couldn’t help but fall for him, I will be adding him to my Best K drama Kiss list posted on my Best of …. lists page. Overall this wasn’t ground breaking, but I did really like it and loved getting to know Jae Joong.  Grade 8.5  out of 10.  Mostly a lower grade because the story was a bit incohesive, but that might have been lost in translation.  I am very curious to know what others thought of this drama, so kindly leave comments below.  Thanks!

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Iljimae – Kdrama 2008

31 07 2010

Just started Il Ji Mae and though I have read it has a slow start, I really liked the first episode.  Feels like a lot of set up, but I was intrigued by all the characters and can’t wait to see what happens!

Okay – a week later, I finished it and it was really good.  Lite on romance, heavy on action.  Lee Joon Ki was awesome!  Actually all of the cast was great!

This was the first historical series I have watched and though I was very hesitant (like you don’t know how much I really didn’t want to watch the historical stuff), I really liked it.  Maybe because I have watched so many relationship type series, but if was refreshing to have this be very light on romance and to just enjoy the story.  All the actors were great, especially Il Ja Mae’s fathers.  I also loved Ahn Kil Kang as Kong He (the monk­) he was so great, I just wanted to give him a big hug.  Il Ja Mae’s mother, Kim Sung Ryung  (adoptive mother) was played by the mom from You’re Beautiful and she is beautiful… seriously gorgeous even in this.

Han Hyo Joo as Eun Chae was bland.  I liked her in Shining Inheritance and she is also in Dong Yi, which I just started, but she was just so so in this series – she never pulled me in to root for her, I actually rooted for Bong soon more because she was more engaging in comparison.

Park Shi Hoo played Shi Hoo (Il Ja Mae’s half brother) and I wish they would have developed the story between them more.  I also would have liked it if they would have come together more in the end, but it was okay.  Park Shi Hoo is so cute, he was the great eye candy in What Planet are You From? and I was glad to see him here, he just finished Prosecutor Princess, so I am looking forward to seeing him in that. 

I would recommend this series as long as you fall into one of 3 categories:

1.  If you aren’t a big romance fan or as a break from the romance type series

2.  If you are looking to start a series to enjoy with a guy, he would enjoy the action.

3.  Or if you are a fan of Lee Joon Ki, he was awesome.

Overall rating: B

Good series, but not particularly memorable

I have conquered my hesitancy over historical dramas and I just started Dong Yi, which has been great so far, but 50 episodes, wow… I’ve never committed to such a long series but I’ll let you know if it’s worth it.