My Girlfriend is a Gumiho – 2010

30 05 2011

Aka.. My Girlfriend is a Nine-Tailed Fox,  내 여자친구는 구미호or  Nae Yeojachinguneun Gumiho is the latest from the Hong Sisters.  After their last show, You’re Beautiful, I had high expectations.  That is probably terribly unfair to this cute and fun show.   This was light hearted fair and didn’t have me racing to the next episode, but I did enjoy the series and once again loved Lee Seung Gi, although he was better near the end and showed more depth both as a character and an actor.  I got a little tired of his cute good guy act and can’t wait for him to eventually take a role that really shows his acting chops.

This is the first time I’ve seen Shin Min Ah although I had heard of her from the T.O.P. girlfriend rumors awhile back.  She is very cute and though I grew to like her I wasn’t blown away by her as an actor or character.  I think she could have gone farther with the scary Gumiho stuff, but kept it all pretty tame and he big cry scene made me cringe instead of cry, but she is very cute and had some definite charm.

No Min Woo, of Pasta fame also had his second showing for me here.  It was great to see him in an expanded role and he was cute as ever. I can’t lie, he made Hyun Joong seem like an actor of depth and deep feeling, so wooden isn’t even strong enough but occasionally you could just glimpse something beneath the surface that gives me lots of hope for future roles.  I could never totally get a handle on who he was in this drama, not really a second man, not a villian.  Maybe he didn’t know either and that is why he just stood with a hollow look most of the time.  And he is much more attractive when he shakes off the perfect structure of hair and makeup and you can actually see him as a person come through.  Anyway, here’s hoping to see more of him in the future.

My favorite character was Sung Dong Il, as the director.  He was hilarious and super funny.

If you like Hong Sisters dramas, you will no doubt like this too.  It was cute and enjoyable, probably just a notch under Sungkyun Kwan Scandal for me.  It just felt like the Hong Sisters hadn’t quite thought through who these characters were and what they were bringing to the story rather than it being story driven with some cute moments and characters thrown in. Overall Grade B.

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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.