Taking A Dare! -Asian drama Style Day 6 to 10!

30 day challenge

We are back with PopDramatic‘s challenge again! I hope you enjoy our comments! And yes, we are bunch of serious watchers here!

Day 6: Your favorite older actors/actresses.

Me: I used to have a crush on Kang Nam Gil. He’s the perfect father figure for Oh Ha Ni on Playful Kiss (yes, I mentioned PK again!). But now I don’t have a crush on him but still enjoy him on my mini screen. But if you ask me for an actor older than me? It would be oppa Lee Seo Jin! No doubt in my mind… Mr. Dimples!!!! Wait! Ji Jin Hee oppa and Lee Sang Yoon! Ok, I should stop. I could add more!!!

Mari: Older??? like how old? If we are speaking older older, I would have to say Lee Soon-Jae, I adore him in many shows and then just full love him once I watched him be grumpy in Grandpas Over Flowers. Yes, he can be a grumpy old man but there’s a reason to it all. He wants to get things done! For a female, I would have to go with Kim Soo-Mi because she’s a doll! I never not liked a character she’s played in any show she’s been on.

Erl: I had to read this question over and over and then, in the end, I ask Nelly what does older pertains to. Are the actors that we literally can call oppa? (e. g. Ji Jin-hee) Otherwise is it the really seasoned older actors? (e. g. Lee Soon-Jae) Since I’m still confused, I’ll just put it like this: Favorite Oppa (s) – Ji Jin-hee,  Lee Seo-jin, Lee Beom-soo. Favorite Eonnie (s) – Choi Ji-woo, Kim Hee-ae. Favorite Older Actor (s) – Lee Soon-Jae, Jung Dong-hwan. Favorite Older Actress (s) – Kim Mi-Kyung, Youn Yuh-Jung.

Sada: Ko Hyun Jung (not too old), Kim Hae Sook, Kim Sang Joong, Bana Hyo Jung, Kim Mi Suk, Lee Sung Min…I am keeping this list short.

Day 7: Your favorite child actors/actresses.

Me: I like Kim So Hyun. She’s growing up to be one talented child actress. But  another child actress that missed the spotlight is Kim Hyang Gi. Where is she? The last drama I saw her in was The Queen’s Classroom with Kim Sae Ron, another superstar child actress. On the child actor side, besides Yeo Jin Goo, I also like Park Gun Tae. Hehe… too many favorites!

Mari: You can’t make me choose!!!!!!!!!!! I love them all! but if I had to go based on talent I would say Kim So-Hyun for female and Yeo Jin Goo for male. The rest I adore but acting chops levels on these two are amazing!

Erl: Well, since kids nowadays grow up too fast for poor old me to track, this is a bit tricky. Nevertheless, there’re these kids that are my absolute current favorite. For the child actor, it’s Lee Do-Hyun, I seriously adored the child in Prime Minister and I and Master’s Sun. For the child actress, it’s Kim Yoo-bin mostly because I’m a sucker for everything really, really cute.

Sada: This was very hard to answer because all kids I liked and support are grown ups now. Here are some new kids who look promising: Baek Seung Hwan, Kang Han Byul, Kim Dan Yul.

Day 8: Worst case of Second Lead Syndrome  you’ve experienced.

Me: I don’t recall if I have any…. Hmmmm *rubs chin*. I really can’t. Wait! Kang Shin Woo from the You’re Beautiful! I was head over heal with him! Sigh…

Mari: so many, I’m famous for constantly shipping the wrong couple. The most recent one was Kong Tae-Gwang in “School 2015” and everyone has been witness to the huge breakdown I had after “Reply 1994”  and my love for Chilbongi

Erl: My worst ever case of Second Lead Syndrome was Reply 1994 (Answer Me 1994), that was the worst, ever. God, the agony! I cried literally and figuratively watching that drama and my poor heart still aches for Chilbong until now. *sigh* 

Sada: Worst was in The Greatest Love, I can’t describe how wonderful  PilJoo was. Can I say Scheduler in 49 Days? Answer Me 1994 and Five Fingers, good boy & bad boy. Love Buffet, this drama is still puzzling to me…wae not Aaron?!!!!! Sunny happiness, because bro really deserved a panda hug.

Day 9: Drama scene that broke you.

Me: I can’t particularly remember it very well but it was with the young Yeon Woon and Dong Soo in Warrior Baek Dong Soon. Their bromance was off the chart! Dong Soo’s perseverance and determination in training with Yeon Woon was daebak!

Mari: there’s two that come to my mind in an instant. *spoilers!!!* The last episode of “Mama” where the older Han Geu-Roo reads a letter to his mom and thanks her for all she did for him. He is reading the letter in the same place we first meet them when he was a little boy. The tears would not stop flowing. Then the scene in “49 Days” where Song Lee-Kyung & Scheduler are together and he remembers what happen.The motorcycle accident, the ring.. ahhhh I can’t I’ll start crying again.

Erl: That confrontation scene in Flower Boys Next Door. *spoiler alert* Cha Do-Hwi (Park Soo-jin) wanted to know why Go Dok-mi (Park Shin-Hye) was being a recluse plus she wanted to “explain” why she did what she did in the past. She said she was not as strong as Dok-mi, she needs attention, friends, etc., then Dok-mi said, “Was I not enough? Even though it was just the two of us, I was okay with just you. Better than having ten or hundred other friends, I was perfectly happy with just you.” Yeah, just pass me the tissue box will you?

Sada: Tree With Deep Roots,ending…I cried like a baby. 49 Days, every episode of that drama was sad and packed with emotions, I can’t isolate anything…drama stands for itself. The King 2 Heart, the death of the king, LSG scene at the bridge…this drama had so many amazing emotional portraits it’s hard to choose just one.  What’s up, funeral, once again, starts and ends with OMSuk. 14 Days, ending, which will erase from my memory. I must put  Woman  here too…when she found she has cancer and everything that drama is, it deserves to be here. So many left out dramas…sawwy.

Day 10: Drama pairing that you didn’t think would have any chemistry, but they did.

Me: I recently started Lucky Romance and was skeptical on the pairing of Ryu Joon Yeol and Hwang Jung Eum. I thought they wouldn’t have the chemistry we are looking for. It turns out I am wrong. They are great together! Another unexpected pairing that has amazing chemistry, on and offline, is Ahn Jae-Hyun and Gu Hye-Seon. I may be biased but I enjoyed Blood so much! Another pairing I was skeptical was with Heart to Heart’s Choi Kang Hee and Chun Jung Myung.

Mari: Lee Bo-Young & Lee Jong-Suk in “I Hear Your Voice” and since they are now one of my favorite pairings, obviously I was wrong! King of puppies works with everyone

Erl: I would have to go with Ahn Jae-Hyun and Ku Hye-Sun in Blood. I was really skeptical of the pairing but look where this pair is now. 

Sada: Yoon Eun Hye & Kang Ji Hwan (Lie To Me), I had my doubts…but they proved me wrong…Cola kiss. Jung Woo Sung & Kim Bum (Padam, Padam) they had to be here. Come on, what are the odds. Ji Hyun Woo & Yoo In Na (Queen InHyun’s Man) no-one saw this coming, right?! Beside OTP amazing chemistry, good story, fantastic dramas overall, we had true love in the end. Didn’t last,  but still proves sparks we saw. Goo Soo & Lee Yo Won (Empire of Gold), never had a kiss but had brain “cookies”. Electricity around this couple lightened the room around them. Lee Bo Young & Lee Jong Suk  (I Hear Your Voice) enough chemistry to make Ji Sung oppa jealous, Jang Hyuk & Jang NaRa (Fated  To Love You), yey for the Snail couple. Absolute  love!!!!  Ha Ji Won &Lee Seung Gi absolutely stunning couple. I don’t know is it HJW ability to adapt or LSG to grow up, but they were amazing as the King and Queen.  Ji Sung & Hwang Jung Eum (Secret), don’t know what to say here…who didn’t see it, it should. P.A. Yoona & Park Seo Joon. Oppppaaaa!

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Currently Watching: Orange Marmalade

Orange-Marmalade-Poster1Hmmmm, I really like the name. And who does not like orange marmalade on a wheat toast, right? But heh, we are not talking about that. We are talking about webtoon turned drama on KBS2 that started airing on May 15. Yes, this drama. Orange Marmalade. Before I started it, I thought I would give the webtoon a try. I read up to ep 20 something… The verdict? Too slow. I quit and hoped that the drama would be better. I know an adaptation from a webtoon to a drama can be a hit or miss. Writers often took what’s important, retained good characters and moved on with the story. I have seen a lot of webtoon dramas and most of them are quite nice. And I usually don’t read the original toon so my perspective came directly from watching the drama itself. But this time, I am a bit biased and read the toon instead. *shakes head* It’s a big mistake on my part and I shouldn’t have read it! Whacha ma called it? Peer pressure? Something like that! *hides in the corner*

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Thank goodness I stop sooner because first of all, my expectation was set up really high when I started watching Orange Marmalade. Yeah, the drama is completely off from the original and now it is heading to an unknown territory. Well, I’m not sure whether the next part of the drama is as written in the toon but for all I know, and my gut feeling says so, it is going downhill. Wae? The development of characters. Wait… what development? This drama moves too fast it skipped the formality of who’s who and what’s what! The writers expect the viewers to know everything! Hell, not everyone read the manhwa and even for me, what makes they think we would understand the story fully? First of all, the target audience for Orange Marmalade is mostly teens and young adult. If the stories are hanging and hoping that these two groups of watchers would get it, the writers should think again! And c’mon, it is a vampire drama and it supposed to be mysterious, fun and full of admiration! What is this I’m watching? And at one point, this drama is turning into Monstar! Why????

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I’m not going to dwell over how disaster this drama is with you. All I know is it made me utterly lost and somewhat disappointed with the plots. Yeo Jin Goo is a great cast as Jae Min. I’m not even comparing him to cold Jae Min in manhwa. They are two separate personalities. But sadly, I feel that Jin Goo is wasting his time. He has so much potential and this drama is a waste of his mature talent. Seol Hyun isn’t bad. I’ve seen her in Ugly Alert. Though she still needs much coaching in acting, she is definitely improving. But as Ma Ri, I’d rather keep her from talking to be honest. Yes, I’m being picky. Jong Hyun as Shi Hoo is another important character in this drama. Also another waste of talent. *shrugs* I feel sad already…

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I made the right choice of not watching Blood. I should have made the same executive decision by not falling for Orange Marmalade. Too bad I did. *head banging* And after 4 episodes, it is now officially dropped from my watching list. The preview for episode 5 seems like the drama is moving to a different period of time. The writers are using Jin Goo to lure audience again… What’s the point? I am shallow but not THAT shallow. Urgh… If you share the same sentiment as I am, I think it is time to drop this disaster drama. For those who can bear it, carry on… And good luck!

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