Boys Over Flowers – 2009

17 07 2011

So what is the appeal? What made millions of us fly into a tizzy over this series? I am in the process of re-watching it and I can honestly say that it still remains a mystery. Yet I am still drawn to it and continue to wish for things about the series because you do become so invested in the characters. Lee Min Ho just draws you in, but after 3 episodes I know he hasn’t even really begun to work his magic.

I asked a friend of mine to watch it as well, so she just started and I am hoping her objective opinion will give me some new insights into this crazy crack addiction we call BOF.

Episode 4…. Now we are getting somewhere.  They say goodbye to Ji Hoo, but we get to say hello to some quality time with Jun Pyo.  WooHoooo!  Just minutes into the episode he does the beloved scene of leaning toward Jan Di at the car and telling her some unheard statement.  Oh to know what he said!! Love this and basically my feeling is that if you make it to this point in the series, buckle your seat belt because you won’t be able to stop now.

As we leave episode 4 how could it get better, oh yes, how about a romantic “save me” moment to start ep 5 followed by a scenario all women dream of… being taken first on a shopping spree than a private jet whisks you and your best friend away to a beautiful paradise.  We won’t mention the weird choice of clothing for both Joon Pyo or Jan Di… ha.

While in Caledonia we get to enjoy the beautiful scenery and I love the tension that builds between the characters.  Let’s try and erase the image of the volleyball scene.  Not only are the outfits beyond bad, but clearly this wasn’t any of the boys better sports.

Oh the betrayal – how could Jan Di or Ji Hoo do that to Jun Pyo?  I was ready to throttle them both into the ocean.

Ji Hoo and Jan Di date…. I love the expression on Hyun Joong’s face when he gets dissed on his kiss attempt.  Perfect.  Ha.

By episode 7 things are finally all working out and then Jan Di starts avoiding Jun Pyo… why?

In episode 9 we finally get the kiss we have been waiting for… Jan Di finally doesn’t turn away.  Geesh about time.

The best kiss of the entire series comes in ep 10 in the street.  I love Lee Min Ho’s walk.  Makes me want to rip off his coat.

Then we get to the modeling stuff… ugh!  I wish they would have skipped this, but whatever…

Basically, you really get caught up, but things start to unravel to some extent in the second half of the series.  Though I continued the addiction in full force, I wished for more with every episode.

And here is the biggest gripe, I hate the ending.  why… why…why… they could have just had her and him have one happy moment in the end to finish a beautiful story, but no… she slowly creeps to him on the beach.  This ridiculously handsome, wealthy man that has been waiting 4 yrs comes with ring in hand and you just smirk.  Ugh!! why couldn’t they have given me something, anything, but no.  Just this stupid scene.

Anyway, overall this is an addictive series and the best of the Jap, Taiwanese or Korean versions… I have seen both Hana Yori Dango and Meteor Garden.  Each series has its strengths.  BOF has the best male lead though HYD’s Matsumoto would be a close second, he has that same odd appeal.  My favorite female lead goes to HYD, Makino is my favorite female lead of the three by far.  She is totally adorable and by far the least annoying.  Even Meteor Garden has some fun features and I the best theme song, but of the three it gets the most slow and is more outdated.

As one of the first series I watched it definitely solidified my love of k-dramas ad despite quite a few missteps it still sits relatively high on my favorite Kdramas of all time list.

Personal Taste – Ep 12 – 16 & romantic clip

18 08 2010

Personal Taste – Continued…

Episode 12- 15.  Wow, after a slow episode or two 12 13 14, 15 really ramped everything up.  With the exception of episode 13, which did little to further the plot, but was choc full of little romantic moments.  Episode 13 is not to be missed, I would gladly have whipped cream on my nose (and I hate stuff on my nose) for a lean over the table like that.

I wasn’t sure if this was the right role for Lee Min Ho post Boys over Flowers, but I am really enjoying him.  The role is quiet, but I love him in a more mature role.  The relationship between Jin Ho and Gae In is finally feeling real and authentic.

Episode 16 – Okay, I love that this drama is more adult and went a little farther with the relationship and implied a more adult level of physical contact between Jin Ho and Gae In, but the actual scene seemed a little awkward.  They are kissing and then it switches to a view of them sitting across from each other and him taking her strap off her shoulder.  Just didn’t seem to flow.  Just leave it with the kiss or make it more natural.  I guess it is a split decision because I hate being frustrated when they show no physical relationship between the characters, but I would have preferred them to make it sweet or sexy, not awkward.

Okay- they redeemed themselves with the morning after scene.  Gorgeous scene with them sitting in front of the glass wall and enjoying coffee together.  The words, the feel, the quiet intimacy they have between each other is what I have most enjoyed in this series.

Unfortunately – from there it just feels like the writers took a checklist and wrapped up each story, it felt rushed.  I always want a series to end with a kiss, but actually I didn’t really feel that way here, I was satisfied that they were together and the world was good.

Lee Min Ho is just so good looking, he isn’t too pretty boy, too effeminate, too masculine, too beyond, there is something “obtainable” about his look that makes him even more appealing.  I can’t wait for his next project, I just want more.  He definitely has his own acting style, at times he can seem a bit wooden, but I think that will improve with time.  It will be interesting to watch and see what type of role he takes next, but I think this was a good choice.  It wasn’t a huge stretch from an everyday man and it wasn’t extremely different than Gu Jun Pyo, but different enough in a good way.  I especially liked that he felt older and seemed comfortable transitioning from a teen heartthrob to a man.

Loved the Gai In Weather Forecast, so cute, clever and well done.  I do have to leave a comment that there is an underlying message that you have to sleep with your boyfriend to keep him, but I guess we will overlook that because frankly, who wouldn’t sleep with Jin Ho/Lee Min Ho/Gu Jun Pyo?  Enough said.

Overall I liked the drama but didn’t love it.  I never felt so compelled to start the next episode that it bothered my sleeping pattern, but I enjoyed spending 16 hours with Lee Min Ho and the rest of the cast.  They were enjoyable.  Final score: 7 of 10.

I forgot to give props to Jung Sung Hwa as No Sang Joon, he was an absolute scene stealer.

Credit to Shane Huey for vid

Personal Taste – Episode 11 & Almost kiss clip

15 06 2010

Episode 11 –

As to the opening scene… umm Lee Min Ho. Yum, yum! I love the expression of Chang Ryul and In Hee, so funny. In Hee brings up an interesting point – Is stepping back gracefully love or does love mean holding on.  I guess it depends on the situation, but how are you to know which is the right thing to do?  I also thought it was clever when Jin Ho explained that he held back because Gae In might really have feelings for Chang Ryul (nobody wants to risk being the only one at the party).

Sang-jun and Young-sun are so cute, I just laugh whenever Sang Jun is on screen.  As a side note, I just started watching an older Hong Sister’s series called My Girl and Ahn Suk Hwan who plays Han Yoon Sub (Chang Ryul’s dad) is in a much different role, after seeing him as the swarmy dad here in Personal Taste, it was weird to see him in My Girl as a kind of a sexy older guy type thing. He’s a really good slime ball and his evil laugh is just too good.  I’m sure you all noticed his assistant (sorry I don’t know his name) is the photographer from You’re Beautiful.

Here’s the almost kiss, no eng subs, but who needs subs with chemistry like that… enjoy!

Personal Taste – Episode 9 & 10 plus Kiss Vid

12 06 2010

Episode 9 & 10 – No comments on episode 9 –  good episode, advanced the story.  Ep 10 had the really cute walking in the rain scene and I love when they get back to the house and are both apologizing and Jin Ho says to Gai In, “You cook” and she looks up and says very sultry, “You know I can’t cook”.  There was something so real in that moment, just loved it.

Later in the episode Jin Ho tells Gai In that he doesn’t want to be friends anymore, similar to what he had said to his ex-girlfriend (forgot her name, but played by Yoon Eun Hye).  Again this is the stuff I love about this series, the subtle nuances that show such good writing.

Here’s the clip of the kiss in Ep 10… Enjoy!

Lee Min Ho is just so yummy!

Please check out my Top 5 Favorite kiss scenes in k drama and leave a comment if yours isn’t listed… Thank you

Personal Taste – Episode 7 & 8

10 06 2010

Episode 7 – The last few episodes were good and they did move the story forward but nothing much to really comment on, but Episode 7 was a great episode.  I loved watching Jin Ho listening to Gai In and Chang Ryul talk outside the gate.

Okay so let’s talk about typical kdrama behavior.  There have been a few other series where the quirky girl gets the button downed man or vice versa to behave outside the norm, this seems to be an important bonding moment for Koreans.  Frankly, I think Lee Min Ho could have let loose here.  I know he can yell and man he sounds really cool when he lets loose.  But I’ll take the “Ya! You’re all dead”.  I especially loved the “break up test” I was so in the moment with Jin Ho and Gae In.

I have to say that Sang-jun and Young-sun were great the whole series.  Sang-jun stole almost every scene he was in.  The supporting cast in this series really make the whole series so much better, even the parents were spot on.

This episode ends with a bang…the whole huge Jin ho reveals he’s gay in front of Chang Ryul, Director Choi and Gai in.  Wow!  Riveting stuff.

Episode 8 – This episode had so many good things… Totally unexpected scenes, for me this is what makes this a more quality series in my opinion.

As a side note, when Gai In is running around and Jin ho is watching her… Man, Lee Min Ho is just so dang cute… I can hardly stand it.  Even in that t-shirt that I can’t believe any man can pull off – you just can’t take your eyes off him.

Gai In and Jin Ho go to the movies.  Loved their cute banter and they really are starting to have a fun chemistry… and in walks Yoon Eun-hye, playing Jin Ho’s former love interest.

As an interesting side note, (this is just what I have heard via rumors) but originally this series was to star Yoon Eun Hye as the lead Gai In and Joo Ji Hoon as Jin Ho.  The two starred in Goong together, although I haven’t watched that yet, I am planning to and I’ve heard that their fan base was pretty ravenous to see them act together again.  But I’m glad Yoon Eun Hye didn’t end up the lead because I have watched Coffee Prince and though I loved Yoon Eun Hye in that, I’m hoping she will do something really different for her next project.  I really want to see her go farther away from the whole Coffee Prince thing, though this wouldn’t be the same there is still the whole playing with gender roles, etc.  Anyway, the whole thing blew up and they re-cast and got a whole new production team and that’s when Lee Min Ho and Son Ye Jin came on board.

Yoon Eun Hye was perfect as his former love and I totally bought that they could have gone out together when they were in school.  Everything about their scenes was right and I’m glad it wasn’t longer and didn’t come up again.  Bravo!

I absolutely loved the scene where Park Gai In writes on Jin Ho’s back.  I have personally loved doing that since I was a kid and trying to guess what the other person wrote.  If you’ve never done it, go get yourself a buddy and try it.  Anyway, it just felt so intimate between the two of them.  Loved it…

Below is a short vid of some bloopers, as we American’s say, or NG’s.  Enjoy!

Okay, so I have been doing this for almost a month and have had no comments, please leave a comment!  About anything or just to say hi or that you love Lee Min Ho!  Thank you.

Personal Taste – Episode 4

9 06 2010

Episode 4 – the feature was the diarrhea incident… Lee Min Ho was so funny.  He played it so straight, but he hit it right on the head.  I laughed until I cried.

Here’s a clip of the incident… So hilarious, love Lee Min Ho – Enjoy!

Personal Taste – Episode 3

9 06 2010

Episode 3  – Personal Taste continued…

The series was trudging along and then we get to episode 3, there were so many good and funny things in this episode.  Loved Gai In’s gift of doll furniture, something so sweet about it for Jin Ho.  This episode also had the oops I saw you naked.  Jin Ho is just getting out of the shower and Gai In pops in.  But the funniest part was her talking with Young Seon about his nakedness.  This episode also has him finding her just out of the shower, but she does have the benefit of a towel.  This was a cute scene, but could have had more chemistry.  I blame the filming more than the actors because it was just shot too far away and too jumpy.  The show closes with a hilarious scene of the two of them out eating bbq, so funny.  And the moaning with the leg rubs, but the best moment of the episode was the last line, maybe it’s just the subtitle that helps, but hilarious.

This vid of funny clips from episode 3 & 4… Enjoy!