Stairway to Heaven – 2003

19 06 2011

I know I am going way back with this one, but it was on several other peoples Best K Drama lists.  So I dove in one warm evening, wishing I had the new episodes of Greatest Love, but whatever, I was pleasantly surprised the first episode was filled with such evil characters I couldn’t help but be a bit mesmerized.   The classic retelling of Cinderella even more so than Shining Inheritance.  The second episode really excited me because I thought Yes!  Cinderalla should have had a 2nd man in it.  A good but disconnected step brother that connected to Cinderella and one who helped to save her too.

I loved the characters all played by their young counterpart… Park Shin Hye (of YB fame) Baek Sung Hyun, and Lee Wan.  I was less excited by the adult version of the characters.  My least favorite was Choi Ji Woo as Jung Suh.  She screamed entirely toooooo much.  By the 10th episode she seriously made me want to turn it off.  As compassionate as I felt for her, I just couldn’t take her constant screaming.  Shin Hyun Joon as Tae Hwa was interesting, but he has such a unique look and feel that he didn’t seem to match the younger version I already had fallen for.  It wasn’t until the end of the series that he really came back around for me and I really liked him.  Kwon Sang Woo as Song Ju was great and seemed to match up to his youth version most closely.

I feel like I spent too much time with the childhood version of these characters, so I wanted the adult versions to match up.  I found it distracting the entire series and really frustrating, especially with Jung Suh… they can’t use Park Shin Hye who is so distinct and then replace her with a girl that doesn’t have the same look and feel.  Argh!!!

Plus this was made in 2003 so I don’t know if that is why, but the other two big huge complaints would be that….

1.  They needed to edit…. Seriously the chase or find scenes were way, way too long.  I could go to the bathroom and make a meal before someone would find someone they were looking for.  They had a flashback or 3 every episode…. argh.  I could go on and on and on.  I’ve never fastforwarded through as much of a series as I did this one.  Now that may lead you to the question, then why didn’t you just stop watching?  Well, because I did want to know how it would turn out.  Seriously the first few episodes were so good that you couldn’t just walk away from the characters, but at the same time, I kept wishinng this series was like 12 episodes rather than the torturous 20.

2.  Lots of bad technical stuff.  I counted atleast 5 times that the boom mics were visible.  Really, this is rank amateur stuff.

Overall, I can see why people liked this, and yes it is emotional, whether you want to be involved or not, I cried buckets of tears through this series.  But in the end, I wish I hadn’t started it…. way too sad, way too long, and way miscast!

Grade: D

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You’re Beautiful – Episode 15 & 16

31 05 2010

Episode 15 & 16 –

Basically the last two episodes were fairly formulaic – 15 wraps it up and 16 closes it out.

Praises –

  1. Overall a great series
  2. Well paced, well-balanced
  3. Excellent casting and all gave great performances
  4. Great scenes expressing the feelings of falling in love.

Criticisms –

  1. The Shin Woo relationship never really got off the ground for me, I was never totally pulling for him, because there just wasn’t any tension there.  Although we know he is a good guy, he didn’t give any sustained pressure.
  2. They should have done more with Shin Woo and Tae Kyung, some rivalry and more jealousy.  That was underused in this series, but would have been fun to see.
  3. The Fly Me to the Moon song
  4. They didn’t end it with a kiss.  Buzzkill.

…. If I knew in advance I would have liked it so well, I would have savored it more.





You’re Beautiful Episode 14

28 05 2010

You’re Beautiful continued…

Episode 14 –  Loved the beginning of this episode, seriously I had a physical reaction when he whispers in her ear!  I also love the fireworks and flowers digital scenes.   The fan fiction montage was hilarious and this is all in just the first 15 minutes.

There is one thing as an American viewer that doesn’t translate well in the subtitles.  When TaeKyung whispers, “chohayo” the subtitle reads I love you, but this is really more of an “I like you romantically” statement.  If it were I love you he would have said sarang hae.

To the Jeremy Magic Bus scene… hmmm, I have to say, I love Lee Hong Ki but his character is so exaggerated it was hard for me to get into him… (although snaps for being the first shirtless bandmate in episode 1).  But I was emotionally moved with his bus scene.  The part that really stuck it to me is when Go Mi Nam just rode with him on the bus at the end.  Lee Hong Ki totally won me over, can’t wait to see him in more acting roles.

To the “Stars on the Rooftop post movie” scene…. I was totally waiting for this scene/moment and it didn’t disappoint.   I especially liked what Tae Kyung was wearing in this scene.  He just looked too sexy and then the little finger come hither… The whole thing was just so yummy, more please.

When Shin Woo comes home, I have to say that the writers (the Hong Sisters) really hit the nail on the head.  As far as the subtitles allow, exactly, no tension between them, he finally seems to “get it” but it is too late now.  I would have liked to see this earlier and really had some tension between him and TaeKyung.

And as a final note… Are there only 2 Caucasian actors in Korea?  In this series there are two; the unattractive “princess” from Jeremy’s dream sequence and the female doctor about midway through the episode who is the same Chef that appeared in Boys over Flowers.  I don’t know how well received she is as an actor in Korea, but here in the States, she super sucks.  I cringe with every second of her on screen time.  (update – just saw another fugly blonde on My Girl)

BTW – the kiss from episode 14 is found in my Best list… click here

https://kormerica.wordpress.com/best-of-lists/

Previously had the vid clip where Tae Kyung leans over and whispers in her ear… “Chohayo” – one of my favorite scenes, but it was deleted and I can’t find it.  Please leave a comment if you know where I can pick up back up.





You’re Beautiful Episode 12 & 13

27 05 2010

Episode 12 – The kiss really wasn’t that exciting, no fireworks, but what happened afterward I totally loved.  Her fantasy of asking him why he kissed her… this made my heart practically thump out of my chest.  Tae Kyung’s/Jang Geun Suk’s smile is a ridiculously dangerous weapon and very firework worthy.

Also I noted the electric guitar version of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”.  This song must really be a big deal in Korea, I have heard it in several dramas.  If anyone knows any additional info please leave a comment.  Thank you.

I have read that the ending line of this episode was somewhat misrepresented by the subtitle, it is more of a recognition that she likes him and he is okay with that rather than how conceited it sounds.

Check out this vid of some behind the scenes footage.  I can’t be the only person who thinks there is some flirting between Park Shin Hye and Jung Yong Hwa.  Enjoy!

Episode 13 – This is an episode that shares one of my favorite scenes and the one scene that I really wish they would have not made.  The thing is here in America, “Fly me to the Moon” is a classic.   We have heard it from Nat King Cole, Tony Bennett and Frank Sinatra.  It was painful for me to watch them murder the classic.  But there were also great moments,  I especially loved the “test” he gave her after joining the fan club.

I am continuing to learn how to make my content richer, etc.  I am updating old pages as well as starting a new page for videos, music, etc. anything that I want to share.   Please continue to return as I try to update often.  Thank you!





You’re Beautiful Episode 11 plus grocery store clip, no eng sub

27 05 2010

Episode 11 – Just two comments on this episode… Love how Tae Kyung picks up his jacket after unsticking Go Mi Nam’s fingers, very stylish.  I also loved to see Shin Woo stepping it up – about time he really went after the girl he wants.

Previously I had a  clip from the super market scene that was not in the U.S. version I saw.  Sorry it is no longer available… I hate that we can’t always tell if it has been modified/edited from the original… what’s up with that??

I found a version of the grocery store scene, but no eng sub

Please let me know if you find the clip or if you find a dead link on my site.  Thank you!!





You’re Beautiful Episode 10 plus info for T.O.P & Kim Hyun Joong video

26 05 2010

You’re Beautiful continued…

Episode 10 – Things are really starting to heat up.  The one comment I really want to make, is I love male bravado done right and Jang Geun Suk really turns in a great performance, he keeps getting stronger as the series goes on and we see the deeper layers of TaeKyung.

Here’s a fun vid on Park Shin Hye… enjoy!

I am continuing to learn how to make my content richer, etc.  I have started a new page for videos, music, etc. anything that I want to share.

Please stop by… through the bottom of the page go to Interesting Info .

I currently have a video of T.O.P. and Kim Hyun Joong,

https://kormerica.wordpress.com/interesting-info/

.  They are both really great in it, but when T.O.P. starts rapping, he just blows everything else away.  By the way, they are both contenders for the Sexiest Actor in the poll as well.  Please vote at https://kormerica.wordpress.com/2010/05/21/poll/.





You’re Beautiful Episode 8

26 05 2010

You’re Beautiful continued…

Episode 8 –

Just a fun vid showing the various photos they took for promotional things… I had a cool BTS photoshoot, but as per norm they took it down.

I am continuing to learn how to make my content richer, etc.  Please leave me a message if any of the links don’t work, etc.  I have started a new page for videos, music, etc. anything that I want to go to Interesting Info .  I currently have a video of T.O.P. and Kim Hyun Joong https://kormerica.wordpress.com/interesting-info/.