The Prime Minister and I


I just finished watching this drama and really loved it.

Synopsis:   At 42 years old, Kwon Yul (Lee Beom-soo) is South Korea’s youngest prime minister ever. On top of his reputation of being an honest man of the utmost integrity, he’s also a widower who raises his three children alone. But what the public doesn’t know is that despite his perfect image, Yul is actually a struggling father devoid of even the most basic of parenting skills. Nam Da-jung (Im Yoona) is a journalist who resorts to writing for a trashy tabloid to support her ailing father, but when she chases Prime Minister Kwon for a lucrative exposé, she ends up scooping a whole lot more than she bargained for and the two end up in a contract marriage. (thank you Wikipedia)

That’s your basic plot line of this romantic comedy.  Many dramas call themselves romantic comedies and don’t have enough comedy.  This one has plenty, but they are careful with its use and use it to great effect to lighten up otherwise overly serious characters.


The character of Kwon Yul is that of a stuffed shirt.  He’s autocratic, stiff,  runs his home more in a military fashion then with warmth.  You can tell he loves his kids but he has no idea how to give them the warmth that they would get from their mother, who has passed away.  He’s trying hard to be straight in the crooked world of politics and has at his side a rabidly loyal aid, played by Chae Jung-An,  who he’s known most of his life.  He’s a character that you could easily dislike at first.  In fact, you probably won’t like him until the first comedy bit happens.  This is where the comedy is used to such great effect.  All the comedy happens as imagination vignettes.  One character is thinking “oh what could happen if I do this….”   And its crazy fun.   Beom-Soo really gets to play both sides of the coin for this character because he has these moments to make the character fun so you can like him.  Without these moments, you wouldn’t watch a Lead character that is so pedantic.

Yoona gets to play our sweet but tough Da-Jung.  She’s a bit of a clutz, goofy and sincere, but she doesn’t back down.  I often have a hard time liking the female lead character in dramas for the first couple of episodes because the trend is to show a girl for whom life just isn’t working and she’s annoying.   It often takes a couple of episodes to let her calm down and just tell the story and THEN she’s good.   You don’t get that too much with Da-Jung.  She is not annoying, you love her quickly and since we start the drama with her starting her story, you’re already in her corner.   I fell in love with Yoona’s spunk when she did Love Rain, so I was happy to see her again and knew I would enjoy watching her.   Da- Jung is a brave character who just wants to make her father happy who is dying of Alzheimers and a tumor.

Yoon Si-Yoon plays our second male lead Kang In-Ho.  He’s Yul’s Chief of Staff who has a huge crush on Da-Jung.   He falls for her first and if it wasn’t for the bizarre circumstances of the plot,  the audience knows they would have ended up together.  It adds a bittersweet touch to his already sad character story.   His brother lies in a vegetable state and we learn early that In-Ho is intent on getting revenge on the person who made his brother that way.   It was nice to see Si-Yoon play a second lead character.   He’s such a great actor that he claimed lead roles very early.   Most of us know him from Baker King and then fell for his endearing character Enrique in Flower boy next door.  He has been the lead in a couple other dramas and so he’s used to holding his own.  This fares him well in this drama because Beom-Soo is so commanding of the screen as Yul that only strong actors can stand next to him and still shine.

Chae Jung-An and Ryu Jin play the loyal aid Seo Hye-Joo and Yul’s brother in law and fellow ministry official Park Joon-Ki.    Hye-Joo is has known both Yul and Joon-Ki since they were kids and has been in love with Yul since then.  She has stayed by his side through all the ups and downs and is frustrated that she can’t take her place at his side.  Joon-Ki on the other hand hates Yul, who he blames for his sister’s death. He is also jealous of him because he’s been in love with Hye-Joo since they were kids and she turned him down flat in her preference for Yul.   He works to undermine  Yul’s position as Prime Minister any way that he can.

I really liked this drama.  It had a great blend of story and comedy in the right places.  It did not go in the direction I was expecting and I’m so glad for that because I didn’t want to see good characters get destroyed.   The ending is well thought out and sweet.    Some other reviewers felt like it was rushed but I thought it was appropriate.   I was surprised how often I saw commentators upset by the difference in the ages of our two leads, about 15 years difference, but I thought it worked well once the story got going.   That never bothered me.  I also didn’t realize that I was already acquainted with Beom-Soo as an actor.  I had thought this was my first exposure to him until I found out I had already watched him in Dr. Jin.  Did not recognize him at all.   I’ve gone back to re-watch Dr. Jin just to watch Beom-Soo.

Over all, this is a really good drama with a serious story line interspersed with light moments to keep the story fun and engaging.



A Professor’s take on Kdramas and some other humor

While reading up on some drama news I saw an article on Dramafever about this economic professor who wrote a humor paper on his love of Korean dramas and what he had learned.  The paper deals with the hilarity and craziness of the kdrama mother.  A character for whom their own child is God and every potential mate the spawn of hell come to corrupt their child’s perfection.  Its funny reading and so I give you the link to his school website and look for the paper called “Introductory Korean Drama”.

Also,  here’s a youtube video from someone also talking about some of the things you may learn from Korean dramas.  LOL!


Snow and Slush

The last four days have seen an unusual amount of snow and ice descend on my city.  While we may see snow falling in the sky a few times a year,  the times when it actually lands and accumulates only happens every 4 or 5 years.   My neighborhood park has some GREAT hills to sled on and my legs feel like its been “leg day” for all four days. lol


Now we’re starting to thaw and the slush is thick since we got nearly 14 inches of snow and ice.   It was pretty while it lasted.

A Werewolf Boy



When I found this movie on Netflix, I had just finished watching SungKyunKwan Scandal.  Having thoroughly enjoyed the 4 actors who make up the main cast  of that drama (review coming later) I was keen to see what else they had been up to.  Song Joong-Ki, who you see in the picture above,  is an excellent actor and I was curious about a movie that described itself as a supernatural love story.

Soon-Yi is sitting at a breakfast table with her children and grandchildren when she gets a call from Korea.  Surprised by whatever she is told over the phone, she informs her family that she has to go back to Korea.  Once there, she meets up with her granddaughter and goes to a property that she used to live on when she was a girl.  The movie then goes back in time as Soon-Yi remembers moving to the property as a girl with her mother and little sister.  Helped by a spoiled rich brat who considers Soon-Yi his, their family soon settles into their new home.  While there, they discover a young man living as a wild animal on the property.   Cautious and starving,  he allows the family to take him in and care for him.   He can’t speak, has no manners and acts no different then any dog.  Soon-Yi is at first repulsed by this ill mannered mongrel but soon warms up to him when she realizes that he possesses a gentle nature and is willing to learn.   Ji-Tae, the rich brat with an inferiority complex, views this new male in the household as a threat to his claim on Soon-Yi as it becomes apparent that she prefers the mongrel to his money and said mongrel will protect his new family against him.  Jealous and angry, Ji-Tae starts causing trouble for the family which brings out the boy’s protective instincts with unintended consequences.

Park Bo-Young plays young Soon-Yi  beautifully.  Yoo Yeon-Seok plays our rich brat and I was surprised to see him in this film.  I had just watched him in Gu Family Book where he played a more loving character and so to see him cold and jealous was a hoot to see.  Joong-Ki performance as our werewolf boy was amazing.   You have no problem buying that he is a child brought up as an animal with animal instincts.  From his eyes to his body language, he completely sells the character of Chul-Soo.

The pace of the movie is very good.  The romance between Soon-Yi and Chul-Soo is understated but very real.  You feel the bond between them in every glance and the body language is unreal.  My only beef with the movie comes with the ending, which in typical Asian movie fashion is on the vague side.  I’m not sure why they feel the need to obscure endings, but it seems to be a cultural thing since its so wide spread.  However, the love and longing of Chul-Soo  infects every moment of the movie with heart and you are right there with him, even if the story is technically told from Soon-Yi’s perspective.

If you like a warm love story that has a mild supernatural element, great story telling and a cast that is easy on the eyes, then this is for you.  Nothing is graphic so its safe for all audiences.  As for myself?  I’ve seen this movie several times since I discovered it last year.  On a scale of 1 to 5, I give this movie a 4 because I prefer more concrete endings.


Where do I watch my Dramas?

There are two sites that I use to watch most of my dramas.   While Netflix has a nice starter set to watch,  If you want your latest updates for your favorite Korean, Japanese or Chinese language dramas, then there are a few choices.

My favorite is Dramafever, my next favorite is Good Drama.

There are those who really like a site called Viki, I can’t stand it.  Its hard to navigate and confusing as well, so the fact that it tends to have more content doesn’t interest me at all.  Dramafever is very easy to use and I consider the $10 monthly premium membership fee more than worth my time consider I ditched my cable when I wasn’t using it anymore.  All the sites are free to use if you don’t mind watching commercials.   I had no problem with it the first five months but after that I realized I didn’t need to pay 60 bucks for cable I wasn’t using.  Between Dramafever and Netflix, I have all the entertainment I could possibly shake a stick at for less then 20 bucks a month.   Good Drama is a free site where fansubs upload their work.  I like this site for the amount of Japanese and Chinese language dramas they have.

So there you go, that’s where I go when I’m looking for something to watch.


The start of rambling

Back in November 2012 I got sick.  Real sick.  More details on that later.   I was stuck in bed, not moving much and was bored out of my mind.  Flipping through Netflix I found some kdramas and because my sister had just come back from being stationed over in South Korea, I decided to give it a try.  After all, I’d grown up watching anime and so loved the story telling style.   After flipping through some options I picked the one that had a girl taking on bullies at her school.  Being a bullied kid myself, I was up for a good adventure.   The first episode of Boys over Flowers didn’t impress me much.  I thought this was glorifying class warfare and bullying, and it was like reliving 7th grade all over again. Then we got to the second episode were Jandi lays out Jun Pyo with a flying kick and I was all in.  I went on to watch City Hunter,  My Princess and You’re Beautiful and I was hooked.

I don’t have any friends who also like watching kdramas like I do so I started this blog so I can talk to whomever about something I find a passion in.    I also was an event DJ for 15 years and so love asian pop music.  So while I’m not planning on being your standard gossip site, I will talk about those stories and dramas and songs that interest me.