White Tower – 2007

19 03 2011

I just finished the 1st eight episodes of White Tower and was totally into this heavy medical drama.  It was at times riviting and at times a bit slow, but overall I am enjoying it!  Basically any series that has Kim Myung Min (of Beethoven Virus) and Lee Sun Gyun (of Pasta, My Sweet City, & Coffee Prince) as the leads is a winner for me.  I love both of these actors and if you have read my comments on any of the series they are in I have no trouble going on and on about them.  I have only seen Kim Myung Min in Beethoven Virus so I have a lot of respect for him after seeing him in another role and completely embodying it.  He was more dynamic in White Tower but just as commanding.  Lee Sun Gyun was more muted and this wasn’t my favorite role for him.  Even his glorious voice made little impact here.

In the first 8 episodes they complete an entire story and left me very satisfied, but just at that moment of comfort they flip the script and make my Dr. Jang the arrogant bad guy.  Noooooo, I don’t want him to be the bad guy.  Oh you writers, how could you do that and then you want to flip the script again….. argh!!!!

Overall, this was a good medical/legal drama; almost no romance, and very little humor but gritty and enthralling.  I would give this a solid B.

So here is my big complaint though!  argh!  I hated Dr. Lee’s daughter, I was annoyed by her political activism, basically a spoiled rich girl that wants to fight for the poor.  boo hooo, whatever.  She pushed that girl into the lawsuit but herself had nothing to lose if they failed, which you know initially they did and it tore up that family.  She kept pushing and kept pushing Do Young, Dr. Yeom and Nurse Yoo.  The victim should have settled, she would have won a monetary settlement and everyone else would have been spared the emotional distress of the courtroom battle.  I know – maybe it isn’t right to feel that way because her husband did die a horrible death and it was completely due to negligence, but oh I wanted to hit her and her stupid hair and tooth.  argh!

Here’s an adorable clip of KMM with his family, his son is beyond cute!

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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.