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I know, I know: where the hell have I BEEN? I’ll try explain that in my next post.  But for now, have a first episode recap.

I actually stumbled across this drama by chance. As my ‘Where the HELL have you BEEN?’ post that will closely follow will tell you I haven’t watched a drama in months (blasphemy, I know).  But I recently got a new netbook and I wanted to check if it could accommodate all my regular websites so of course I headed on to dramafever. On the front page I saw A Thousand Day’s Promise and sincerely not thinking much of it (“Oh here’s another one of these overacted soap-opera-esque melodramas” were my exact thoughts) I clicked on it. BAM. Love at first episode.

Summary

So the writer immediately goes for for the hook in the very first scene. It starts with Park Ji Hyung, whose identity is still ambiguous at this point, confessing to a woman he likes, Lee Seo Yeon, in a car parked in the middle of a field. Seo Yeon admits that her feelings are mutual and their dialogue is followed by a steamy sex sequence. Perfect way to captivate a watcher, to be honest lol. Some time later, Seo Yeon is rushing to get to somewhere but gets lost in the way. We shortly find out that her rendezvous was with Ji Hyung, who had been impatiently waiting in a hotel room for an hour and a half. When she finally arrives, he blows up on her, telling her that he had been worried sick and now half their time was wasted. They argue for a while but then they start making out.

Just as it’s getting all hot, a call for Ji Hyung interrupts them. Ji Hyung reluctantly picks up the call and on the other end of the line is a cute bubbly girl (Noh Hyang Gi)  informing her ‘Oppa’  that she just came from the doctor and she was advised to use more contraceptives. At that point, I was all wtf, he’s cheating on Seo Yeon? But no. As Ji Hyung and Seo Yeon sit down for a chat, the mood obviously ruined, we find out that he’s cheating WITH Seo Yeon. Apparently, Noh Hyang Gi has been Ji Hyung’s fiance for nearly ten years. Their parents are friends, her dad is a big boss at the hospital Ji Hyung’s dad works at, and on top of that Noh Hyang Gi has been in love with him her whole life which all somehow ended up in both families expecting and planning their marriage. However for the past year he’s been having an affair, knowing that the day would come when he’d have to get married. That day, as he tells Seo Yeon, has finally been set to be in a month; they both understand that this means that this last encounter was their official break-up. Seo Yeon is heartbroken but she puts on a calm front saying she knew their break-up was coming, and she had prepared well for this moment. Ji Hyung who honestly looks like he’s ready to burst into tears asks if it’s that easy for her to let him go. That sends them in a familiar argument: Ji Hyung had proposed that they get married but Seo Yeon had refused saying that she didn’t want all the drama that would impose in her life. (To be fair to Seo Yeon though: who the hell would want some guy to propose to them by saying “Even though my parents wouldn’t approve of you and this is going to put me and my family in deep shit, would you marry me?”. It wasn’t his exact words but that was the idea and I understand that it might make Seo Yeon feel like a charity case.) Anyways, they sadly part ways.  Ji Hyung is an emotional mess and he spends the rest of his work day in a reverie as he recalls the past. Through his flashback we are given a little more information on Seo Yeon’s background. Her father died when she was young which prompted her mother to abandon her, then six years old, and her brother,then four, to fend for themsleves.

After a couple days of near-starvation Seo Yeon’s aunt finally discovered them and took them in. Ji Hyung had been a longtime friend of her cousin, Jae Min, before he fell for her and he had first seen her over at his house. In present day and on the other side of town, Seo Yeon is putting on a poker face and ignoring all of Ji Hyung’s calls but secretly crying to herself whenever she’s alone. Her brother, Moon Kwon, calls to remind her that that day they were supposed to be dining at their aunt’s. Seo Yeon seems a little alarmed since she’s been quite forgetful recently and rushes over. At their return, they realize that she left the gas stove on when she left, which could’ve been really dangerous. Once again, she freaks out that she’s forgotten such an important detail. That same night, Ji Hyung calls Jae Min, Seo Yeon’s cousin who is also his friend, out. He had been avoiding him for the past year, and he just now finally decides to admit that he had been fooling around with Seo Yeon. He asks that Jae Min take care of her for him. (I rolled my eyes at this part– drama leading males are so stupid at times, aren’t they? Men.) Jae Min is infuriated when he learns that Ji Hyung has involved his cousin in an affair when he had specifically told him to treat her right (and by ‘right’ he meant as a little sister, not a lover) as she had had a tough life. Both men part and Ji Hyung arrives home feeling even more pathetic then he really is. (He should feel pathetic. Hmph.) He finally gathers enough balls to tell his mom that he is in love with someone else and doesn’t want to marry Hyang Gi. Close up on mom’s shocked face. End scene.

Comment

Love, love, love.  The first thing I loved about this drama is that not everything is quite as it seems at first sight. We start the drama thinking this is like any old regular story about two people in love. But wait. There’s another girl involved? What? The other girl is actually the fiance and Seo Yeon is in an affair? Wow. Ji Hyung’s a jerk. Wait a minute. Seo Yeon knows she’s participating in an affair? lol That was basically my exact thought sequence for the first 10 minutes of the drama. But I love how the writers did that. It’s like we are learning more about the characters as we observe them and in this way, it’s like the characters are developing and shaping themselves right in front of our eyes. Kind of like how it would be like in real life. I’m also such a sucker for strong female leads like Seo Yeon. I love how she’s a tough cookie and although she’s had a sad past, she works hard to make a better future for herself and her brother. I really hope the writers don’t mess her up or something. Kdramas have this bad tendency to take strong female leads and turn them into these weaklings that cry in almost every episode (coughGoongcough).  But then again, the whole drama revolves around her getting amnesia so I guess that would soften anyone up. :/ Oh yeah.  Another thing I love is how a lot of the first, second, and third episode revolvearound memories sequences but the premise of this drama is that Seo Yeon is losing her memory. It’s ironic in a sense because those flashbacks are really important to the watchers to make them understand more about the characters but Seo Yeon is about to lose that hence highlighting the gravity of that loss. All in all, so far so great.

Why I’m going to continue watching

  • Great acting from the cast
  • Interesting premise
  • Tough cookie female lead
  • I want to see Ji Hyung grow some balls so I can start to like him better
  • Intricate and purposeful writing (you can tell when I writer is writing with a purpose and not just to pad the drama with enough material to cover 16 hours)
  • Interesting use of character development
First episode ratings
How much I like it: 8.5/10
How good it was: 8.5/10
Watch it here.
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Miss Ripley was not in the least what I expected. I think I have gone soft from watching too many cute rom-com dramas because this drama struck me as very hard-hitting and serious. It’s intriguing and suspenseful but it’s neither a melodrama or a thriller. It’s hard to classify going by the first episode alone.

Summary

The drama starts with Jang Mi Ri, a young woman who works as a bar hostess in Fukuoka, Japan. She is a Korean immigrant who was adopted by a Japanese family. However, her adoptive father’s gambling habits (ohh, drama parents~~) put her in a position in which she has to work off all his debts by working in a bar. It is a job that she detests and endures solely because she was promised a visa to return to Korea the day she successfully pays everything back. Her mother, who lives in Korea, is still alive and Mi Ri wants to find her.Such a day eventually comes, and as she is promised she is given her visa. Her boss is still reluctant to let her go so she practically has to run away from him. With the help of a distraction, she is able to board her train and plane; a few hours later she lands in Korea. The difficulties don’t end here however, with only a high school diploma and no contacts, she must find a full-time job that gives her a work permit in order to be able to stay in Korea.
Meanwhile, Hotel A’s director, Jang Myung Hoon, is under pressure as a Japanese VIP guest is set to arrive soon and his only employee that could speak his native Hakata dialect has just quit. His hotel rival, Mondo Resort, already has an employee that can accommodate the Japanese guest so, the fear of losing business has him desperately searching for a replacement. We switch back to Mi Ri who is currently lodging at a boarding house. There, she bumps into our second male lead, Song Yoo Hyun, a sweet caring guy who despite his ‘normal’ exterior is also the heir to Mondo Resort.
He immediately is drawn to her at first sight but she is too cranky/tired to care or notice. After resting for the night, she begins her mission to find a job. We see her struggle and be rejected again and again because she lacks in education and experience. One interviewer even tries to take advantage of her situation by demanding a sex favor of her.  At the end of it all, she feels exasperated and tired as it all seems impossible. She’s not the only one having trouble; inside Hotel A, Myung Hoon is having a hard time finding someone with the specific Hakata accent. On top of that, he catches his attention-derived wife cheating on him and she is the one to demand a divorce. On his drive home, he nearly runs over Mi Ri who, having just escaped from the sexual assaulter, mutters angrily in Japanese. Myung Hoon immediately picks up on her Hakata dialect. He offers her a job, to which is reluctant to accept, but eventually agrees. As a condition, she asks if she is could be granted a work permit. He answers that that would be really difficult and it’s not something he can do which urges her to fib that she graduated from Tokyo University. That changes everything for Myung Hoon and he immediately hires her on the spot.

Comment
Miss Ripley for some reason reminds me of the movie Sleeping with the Enemy. I don’t know, maybe it’s just because I am watching too many dramas with a main lead with a neat-freak-on-verge-of-OCD personality (Sunny Happiness and Lie to Me, in case you were wondering). Maybe it’s the similar theme of starting a new and better life for yourself under difficult circumstances. Anyway, the plot is nice and the characters (Yoochun’s character fits him like a glove-I love it!) are well-acted but I’m still not crazy about it. This is also one of these drama where every single detail is important so you need to watch it with full attention. I’m feeling much too lazy these days to do that. Also, there is an implied sad ending happening here. And you know how I feel about those (ie. scared of them). All in all: It’s nice but somehow, I cannot get into it. I already watched the second episode and to be honest, I don’t think I’m going to watch the rest of this drama.

Why YOU should start/continue to watch

  • great cast
  • promising plot
  • Yoochun acting cute and sweet ^^
  • the intrigue of where The Lie takes her
First Episode Ratings
How much I liked it: 4/10
How good it was: 7/10
Watch it here

I finally came around to watching the first episode of BFB and it was so good. Some things annoyed me though,  like the name of the fashion company is “THE style”. Why, oh why must they do this to English speakers? -.- Also, the overall budget of the drama seems rather low in my opinion. The characters, on the other hand, are pure all-around win. Daniel Choi is incredibly hilarious and Jang Na Ra is awesome albeit a little on the boring side. There’s this one scene where Daniel Choi’s character accidentally walks a fashion show runway… comedy GOLD. Anyway, I shall leave some of my rant and raves for the First Episode Summary, which I’m working on.

TOP 5 UPCOMING DRAMAS I’M EXCITED ABOUT

1) Romance Town

Premise
Sung Yuri plays a lively maid with the drama heroine mentality: work hard and earn cash. Little does she know that working for her new boss, a handsome chaebol-type man, would be the beginning of her very own Cinderella story.

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I know, I know.  A romantic-comedy drama cannot get any more typical then this. But what can I say? I am a sucker for these kind of stories as long as they’re not too cheesy. But let’s face it, cheesiness is almost a guarantee with a title like Romancu Towoon (yes, my friend, that is the drama title in Korean). Also I definitely see some similarities between this drama and Oh! My Lady (also about a maid working for a hot boss and his child). Hopefully, this drama will be nothing like it. Oh! My Lady was just a really disappointing drama for me.

Airs
May 11, 2011

D’aaww. Isn’t he cute? ^^ Watch it for the baby, guys.

TOP 5 UPCOMING DRAMAS I’M EXCITED ABOUT
2) Lie To Me

Premise
This drama is about a woman working as a civil servant who somehow involves a hotel CEO in a mariage scam. I imagine that they then have to pretend to live a married life. The details of how and why this happens have yet to be revealed.

Comment
Yay Yoon Eun Hye! I loved her in Coffee Prince and Goong because she always adds a certain charm to her characters. However, I wasn’t a fan of Coffee House (lol they both played in coffee-related dramas) and I even stopped watching it after the first episode. I just didn’t like any of the characters and couldn’t relate to them. I heard Kang Ji Hwan is an amazing actor though, so I’m willing to give him another shot. The plot looks positively delicious. Also, Yoon Eun Hye’s character sounds kinda crazy which will undoubtedly clash with the cool reserved male character. I love character clashes, they’re my favourite form of comedy. All in all, I really really want to like this drama, so please show, don’t disappoint.

Airs
May 9, 2011
TOP 5 UPCOMING DRAMAS I’M EXCITED ABOUT
3) You’ve Fallen for Me/ Festival
Premise
Park Shin Hye and Jung Young Hwa play two students enrolled in their school’s music department. Shin Hye’s is  lively character that specializes in traditional Korean music while Yong Hwa is the badass rocker at school. Things take an interesting turn when sheltered Shin Hye’s chracater gets introduced to rock music via a concert that Yong Hwa’s band play in.
Comment
Rejoice Minwoo shippers: at last Go Min Nyo and Shinwoo reunite! And this time there is actual hope for a romance. Well, not really since Yong Hwa and Shin Hye are no longer playing their legendary You’re Beautiful characters, but still, it’s pretty close, right ? Hopefully this show delivers all the pent-up more-than-friendliness that You’re Beautiful failed to follow through with and shows us what could’ve been. lol But on a more serious note, I’m more curious then excited about this show since musical dramas are really not my thing even when done right (see Dream High). I just want to see what kind of chemistry Yong Hwa and Park Shin Hye will produce. While watching You’re Beautiful, I was was a total Tae Kyung and Min Hyeo shipper so, I see this as a competition (childish, I know). Which will be the better couple? I will definitely watch to find out.
Airs
June 29, 2011
TOP 5 UPCOMING DRAMAS I’M EXCITED ABOUT
4) City Hunter
Premise
 This was originally based on the hit 1980s Japanese anime about a player/perverted private investigator but the storyline was completely changed. Which is too bad because I would have loved to see a perverted/player-esque Lee Min Ho. Oh well. Currently, the drama revolves around the life of two Blue House (Korean White House) personnel. Lee Min Ho is an MIT graduate who works in  Blue House’s National Communication Network Team and Park Min Young is a Blue House security guard responsible for the safety of the first daughter (Kara’s Goo Hara).
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Lee

Min
Ho
need  I say more?
Airs
May 25, 2011
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