drama plus minus eyecandy

In der ersten Folge passiert so viel, dass sogar mir erfahrenem K-Dramahasen schwindelig wird. Als stünde man inmitten eines Feuerwerks.

Dazu muss ich vielleicht erläutern, dass ich Yoo Yun Suk bisher nicht als den Schauspieler erlebt habe, der mich mit seiner Spielkunst beeindruckt hätte, aber dieses Projekt hat das Potential meine Meinung zu ändern. Han Suk Kyu, obwohl schon länger im Geschäft, ist ein noch unbeschriebenes Blatt für mich, weder habe ich eines seiner Dramen gesehen noch einen Film. Verbleibt bei den Hauptakteuren nur noch Seo Hyun Jin, von ihr habe ich immerhin ein Drama gesehen, aber das ist lange her und sie hatte wohl nur eine kleinere Rolle, an die ich mich nicht erinnern kann. Für alle drei Hauptdarsteller also viel „Spielraum“, wenn es darum geht mich beeindrucken zu wollen.

Zu Beginn des Dramas erfahren wir von Kang Dong Joo, ein Jugendlicher, der nach dem Tod seines Vaters in der Notaufnahme des Krankenhauses in dem sein Vater verstarb randaliert. Er wird von einem Arzt „stillgelegt“ im wahrsten Sinne des Wortes. Bu Yong Joo heißt der Arzt, der ihm einen Rat mit auf den Lebensweg gibt. Die Ärzte, die er verurteilt, weil sie einen VIP-Patienten vorzogen, obwohl sein Vater früher im Krankenhaus war und ebenfalls in kritischem Zustand. „Werde ein besserer Mensch als sie.“

Das ist was Kang Dong Joo antreibt. Seine Mutter führt ein Teigtaschenlokal und Dong Joo lernt, er schließt die Schule ab, er beginnt Medizin zu studieren. Er erhält seine erste Stelle als Assistenzarzt an dem Krankenhaus, in dem sein Vater starb. Er ist ein „kleines“ Arschloch, oder auf dem besten Weg ein Fachidiot zu werden. Er gibt nicht nach im Klinikalltag, macht sich unbeliebt, weil er gewisse Dinge, wie die des Kaffeeholens, nicht als seine Aufgabe ansieht. Seo Hyun Jin ist auf dem Weg ihre Facharztausbildung zu beenden. Sie ist Dong Joos „Sunbae“, aber auch ihr verweigert er den gewissen Respekt, der in der Krankenhaushierachie jedem abverlangt wird. Sie erteilt ihm eine Lektion und lässt ihm alle Patienten der Kategorie „exorbitantes Arschloch“ zuteilen. Er kämpft sich durch, selbst das wortwörtliche „Arschloch“ ist dabei. (Gegessen haben sollte man vielleicht vorher!)

Hyun Jin beeindruckt Dong Joo wie kein anderer es zuvor vermochte durch ihre Leidenschaft, mit der sie ihren Beruf ausführt. Er verliebt sich in sie und macht ihr kurz darauf ein Liebesgeständnis. Als sie von einem Vorgesetzten wegen unprofessionellen Vorgehens an einem Patienten gemaßregelt wird, findet er sie später weinend in einem Lagerraum. Er geht auf sie zu und küsst sie. Es ist klar zu erkennen, dass Hyun Jin mit sich und ihm kämpft. Auf der einen Seite imponiert ihr der zielorientierte junge Arzt, auf der anderen Seite erfahren wir etwas später, sie ist bereits in einer Beziehung mit einem der anderen Ärzte.

Spät am Abend sehen wir Hyun Jin am Haupteingang des Krankenhauses stehen, sie wartet während es in Strömen regnet. Dong Joo sieht sie und geht auf sie zu, er wiederholt sein Geständnis, dass er sie liebt, und setzt noch einen drauf, dass er sie küssen und mit ihr schlafen will. Hyun Jin ist verunsichert und niemand kann es ihr verwehren, auch wenn man es Dong Joo abnimmt, dass er von ihr fasziniert ist, aber die Bestimmtheit mit der er seine Wünsche kundtut. Lässt erkennen, dass er zum einen nicht viel Erfahrung hat, was Zwischenmenschliches angeht und Feingefühl auch nicht Dong Joos Stärken zählt. Seine Stärke ist zu erkennen wenn er etwas will und darin einen Weg zu finden es zu bekommen.  Hyun Jin weißt ihn darauf hin, dass sie ihm bereits gesagt hat, sie wäre in einer Beziehung und das stellt sich als wahr heraus, als Dr. Moon vorfährt um sie abzuholen.

Während der Fahrt steckt er ihr einen Ring an den Finger und sie erzählt freimütig, dass ihr heute ein  jüngerer Mann seine Liebe erklärt hat. Und schlimmer noch für sie ist, dass sie für einen Moment ins Schwanken geraten sei. Dr.Moon geht nicht weiter darauf ein, sondern legt den Gang ein um weiterzufahren, als ein Lkw in die Fahrerseite des Wagens kracht. Beide kommen zurück ins Krankenhaus. Sie auf einer Trage, ihr „Verlobter“ auf zwei Beinen. Während Dr. Moon darauf drängt, Hyun Jins Untersuchung sofort durchzuführen, scheint Dong Joo keine andere Wahl zu haben, als dem Arzt Folge zu leisten. Erst als Hyun Jin zu sich kommt, erzählt sie davon, wie Dr. Moon seinen Kopf an der Fensterseite angeschlagen hat und dies dringend untersucht werden solle, sie selbst hätte nur äußere Verletzungen davon getragen. Also macht sich Dong Joo auf um Dr. Moon zu finden und entdeckt ihn im Treppenhaus, offensichtlich mitten in einem Streit mit einer der Krankenschwestern. Die Schwester hat bei der Einlieferung von Hyun Jin den Ring an deren Finger entdeckt und ihre Schlüsse daraus gezogen. Dong Joo ist so verärgert, dass der Mann, der die Frau, in die er sich verliebt hat von ihrem Verlobten scheinbar schon vor der Ehe betrogen wird, dass er ihn nicht mehr untersuchen will. Als er sich wieder auf den Weg zu Hyun Jin machen will folgt Dr. Moon ihm. Um im nächsten Moment zusammen zu brechen. Offensichtlich hatte er eine Hirnblutung, niemand kann ihm helfen und so stirbt er in den Armen der Schwester.

Hyun Jin liegt noch immer auf der Station, als die Trauerfeier und Beisetzung für Dr. Moon abgehalten wird. Irgendwann nutzt sie die Chance und verlässt die Klinik ohne Abschied. Alle Kollegen und vor allem Dong Joo versuchen immer wieder sie zu erreichen, aber Hyun Jin scheint wie vom Erdboden verschluckt. Von Dr. Moons Affäre weiß sie nichts und so macht sie sich Vorwürfe, dass sie überlebt hat und er nicht. Wir sehen noch, wie sie beim Wandern aus Unachtsamkeit ins Rutschen gerät und unsanft zwischen Bäumen landet. Zusätzlich zu ihren noch nicht auskurierten Wunden vom Autounfall kommt jetzt noch ein lädierter Knöchel hinzu, der sie am Weitergehen hindert. Durch den Schein ihrer Taschenlampe wird sie von „Meister Kim“ entdeckt, der sie wieder zusammenflickt. Sie beschließt in dessen Krankenhaus zu bleiben, ohne je wieder Kontakt mit ihren Kollegen von früher zu treten.

Fünf Jahre später.

Dong Joo hat seine Ausbildung am Krankenhaus abgeschlossen und erhält einen festen Arbeitsvertrag, sein Pech ist nur, dass der Professor vor Ort einen Sohn hat, der auf derselben Stufe wie Dong Joo steht, was seine Ausbildung angeht. Dong Joos Vorteil, er war der beste seines Jahrgangs, landesweit. Dafür hat man als Sohn des Klinikchefs andere Pluspunkte und braucht sich deshalb weniger anzustrengen. Eines Tages wird Dong Joo die OP eines VIP-Patienten zugeschoben. Er sieht das große Risiko den Patienten zu verlieren, wäre es geringer hätte schließlich auch der Filius des Professor die OP durchführen können. Man sagt ihm die Erfolgsquote läge bei 30 Prozent, aber als er das Skalpell angesetzt hat erkennt er, dass es nicht einmal 5 Prozent sind. Wenig später stirbt der Patient auf dem Tisch. Zur Strafe wird Dong Joo in ein kleines Krankenhaus versetzt. Man könnte sagen, wäre er weniger ehrgeizig, oder auch nur etwas „schlauer“, was die Hauspolitik angeht, hätte er diese Operation ausschlagen können. Denn sie diente zu nichts anderem als den Weg für den Sohn des Chefs frei zu machen.

Als er bei der Klinik, die einsam und verlassen in einem Waldgebiet liegt und mehr an ein Horrorhaus, denn an ein Krankenhaus erinnert ankommt, entschließt er sich das Ganze zu vergessen. Er fährt zum nächsten Ort geht in ein Spielkasino und betrinkt sich an der Bar. Während er seine Kündigung auf die Rückseite seines Versetzungsschreibens notiert. Hört er hinter sich jemanden nach Atem ringen. Vom Alkohol benebelt geht er von einem Herzinfakt aus und beginnt den Mann zu reanimieren. „Meister Kim“ kommt dazwischen und es kommt zum ersten „Duell“ zwischen den beiden Ärzten.

Es passiert so einiges, und das ist noch nicht einmal die Hälfte, denn ich habe auch wenn es nicht so scheint viele Details ausgelassen. Ich bin jedenfalls drin in der Geschichte … Ich denke, ich verrate auch nicht zu viel, wenn ich verrate, dass sich Dong Joo und Hyun Jin in jener „Klitsche“ von Klinik wiederbegegnen.

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Kommentare zu: "… mehr zu ROMANTIC DOCTOR – TEACHER KIM (Einstieg)" (20)

  1. Z. schrieb:

    If I’m ‚talking‘ too much, please tell me.

    „I wonder how the KBS channel at YT will do now, after the Kocowa creation?“

    I still think KBS at YT will not be affected. I hope I’m right. They aren’t offering everything anyway. In fact, if I were them, I’ll offer the old series on YT. The weekenders, the dailies. New, popular and A-lister dramas by all means, put it up as paid content. With kdrama programming bursting at the seams and new shows premiering almost every other month, who wants to buy ‚old content‘? How much can you priced them (per episode) anyway, to make a decent profit? Not everyone can afford paid content, also, if you completely scrap the free stuff, it’s only aiding piracy. Leave some free stuff out there, see it as free publicity and keep your network name around.

    From a commercial perspective, I thought it wise that the Three Big Network are pooling their resources together and offering streaming content on their own. First: Why let a third-party take a share? The other thing is: The big entertainment agencies are joining hands with production companies in generating drama content, on top of that, cable networks are fiercely in the game – and all of these people have production budget to burn — and has a ready market in Netflix. (Who says HBO etc. wouldn’t want in on the game in the near future?) With cable-produced quality getting better, better budgets to rope in the movie stars, I don’t see them backing down. It’s no longer about better shows or ratings, it’s about who can hang around the longest.

    Will it be pricier to watch in future? Yes and no. It depends where you are and how accessible is kdrama in general – both the legal and not-so-legal content. If the market is such that it cannot be ‚monopolized‘ – that means ‚both types‘ of content are available – then prices will be fair.

    „There is a lot of Chinese content and my problem is that most love stories are too trivial for me and the other part of fantasy-historical dramas is not too much my cup of tea. I watch NIRVANA ON FIRE, it’s not bad, but in some way it leaves me hungry, „and I don’t know, if I will find the right words not to get the numerous fans coming after me.“

    I’m somewhat glad I’m given this chance to share my opinion about Chinese content. I’m always surprised by how much audiences are smitten with the genre. The draw for Western audiences seems to be a ‚different-culture‘ thing where elements appear exotic and that it’s alright to agree with the fairytale aspects – even without the depth. For the Chinese audience, it’s mostly about a ‚from novel-to-screen“ excitement, seeing your favorite story in a live-act. Maybe I’m Chinese and grew up with these stuff, be it books or shows, that I cannot see anything special. I’ve not watched everything but I usually check out a couple of new episodes. So far, I’ve ditched most of everything in the romance-fantasy genre. If I’m drawn to anything in the future, it’s likely to be for cast. I don’t have much issues with directing but the leads, if either one I don’t feel for, then I’m out. I’m generally more lax with C-dramas, TW-dramas, HK dramas, so who plays the lead characters is important. Because if I use the „J-dorama/kdrama standards and analysis“ on them, likely, I wouldn’t watch anything.

    „Nirvana In Fire“ is really good by most standards. I’ve an open post ‚attempting to explain“ stuff hat I don’t see in other reviews. The Chinese media terms such productions as „shows with a conscience“. That means they dramatize but don’t sensationalize and tries to keep in line with historical and cultural facts as much as they can. Argue all you want but it’s a FACT: A foreigner without enough knowledge on Chinese history and culture CANNOT fully appreciate the full essence of „Nirvana In Fire“ no matter how much you think you love the show and swoons over it. I hope this explains why you feel the way you feel. It’s just but another historical fiction if you see it as it is. It’s not wrong, in fact, that’s how I think you should feel. Just like, I simply know I don’t usually ‚get everything‘ off sageuks because I’m not familiar with their history, except I don’t feel as ‚hungry‘ thanks to their close association with Chinese history and culture.

    *I don’t get the „Seasons Trilogy“ either. I only finished „Summer Scent“ because Song Seung-heon and Sohn Ye-jin ‚miraculously‘ worked the show for me. „Spring Waltz“ I watched for Seo Do-young (another of my favorite who still hasn’t gotten his huge break) but I can’t remember the story or anything much. The rest, I RAN… If these shows defined anything, it’s pure melodrama.

    • Sorry, I wanted to reply a bit later, but we had a slight crisis at home last night, but it’s okay now.

      I can totally understand the business side of view, but as a drama fan, if the numbers of dramas available decreases a lot, then you wished business wouldn’t mather this much.
      As for payed sources the last time I was looking at Netflix, it had about one k-drama, an old one, of course I have seen it and only with English subtitles, so okay for me, for others in Germany not so much.
      DF and Kocowa, who knows if they will ever be available at Germany at all. DF tries to feed us with the carrot called „soon“, I don’t recall how many years now.
      So all is good, if only we knew as a drama fan in Europe, where to get our „drug“ in the future. Neither viki is responding nor Kocowa … Maybe I should write to the big in Korea, right to the source ..?
      Even D-day finally happened. I have still access to the videos, so for now, your dilemma about screen shots, gave me an idea. To save a few pictures as a memory aid on the dramas I have yet to write about. It is however bad that there will be no legal access in the future.

      Let’s keep our fingers crossed for weekenders or dailys of KBS at YT, since I sometimes need such a drama to kind of „new lease on drama“

      About hunger in concern to Nirvana on Fire. It might be because I didn’t really know what I should expect. The problem is of course in the way I approach stories. As a kid and in my youth I was an avid fan of fairytales, So the historical dramas from China make me remember those. Because they contain a lesson. I guess in another aspect it’s pretty much the only genre, they enjoy more liberty in creativity. There might be less pressure from the cultural departement.
      Anyway, I can’t tell if one really needs the cultural context in full. Since I was young, I watched stuff from all around the globe, actually, back in the 70’s and 80`s you got more deversity than nowadays. There were Russian, Czech, Australian, French, Canadian, Brasilian projects, but these days 90 percent seems to be Americank I mean from the Import.

      I guess many gamers and rolepalyers like or would like dramas like Nirvana on Fire, because of the storyline and graphics, the costumes and so on. What did I miss? Maybe the „human touch“. even there was a lot of blood, but the passion was on a level it just didn’t pick me up. Surely I was invented in the story, but more for the storyline, then the charcters, they were kind of too clean, or too unidimensional. I think that’s the only way I can describe it now, I am still unsure, if that is all of the problem. Maybe my problem is that at some parts you can take fantasy into real life one by one. As war ist still happening, people still fight, hurt and love. But that is the trouble I have with fantasy sometimes I can tolerate it or welcomen it, if it helps the story in some ways. But if it’s pure fantasy I kind of miss the real life „touch“. And looking into some of the subtitles of NIF I knoe that some things are true, but I can differ them from my point of view. It may be best to compair it with sagas, stories that have been told over and over from one century into the other. You can no longer tell what is true and what a storyteller added or left out. Anyway ….

      Summer Scent and Spring Waltz, I wondered why I didn’t have a bad „memory“ about it and had to rewatch it. I forgot only the umbrellas and the ceiling full of yellow roses remaind for Summer Scent and for Spring Waltz it was the piano sound and the yellow fields in full bloom … I couldn’t really finish the Autumn section, if a story drains me then I am really out, if it doesn’t give me the slightest thing to make it through the day- Then adios … Whoever tells me it’s their favorite show, I think they might be masochistic or as my dictionairy submits a glutton for punishment. It’s the same with the „grey shaded story“, why dould I need something like that? As for Winter Sonata, I listem more to the OST then following the story, And yet another talent wasted Park Yong Ha, I think he was really good at acting, and it always will leave me sad, when only suicide seems to be the last way …

      I am a sucker for melodramas at times but it depends on the level of the story, I am not a fan only for the label, it has to be based on a solid story.

      • Z. schrieb:

        Do you know that one reason why legal content is always ‚coming soon‘ is because the EU regulates it? I’m not sure about the details but I do know they have a quota for foreign TV content. If my memory serves me correct, they stipulates that a bigger % has to be allocated for local content programming. I don’t know if there are changes made since my last knowledge of this ruling. Anyway, I’m not sure if knocking on doors of content providers will actually help if the ruling is still in place. Honestly, I can only imagine the desperation. I sometimes wonder what if I no longer have access to Korean programming? But so far, I’m lucky. I’ve access to free legal streaming content on the Internet which includes jtbc content. I’ve an average-priced tier cable TV subscription that gives me KBS, MBC, SBS, tvN, Mnet among other foreign content. I’m bilingual so when they are no available e-subs, I still get my c-subs elsewhere. I cannot complain although I wish I could share 🙂

        Mainland content : either they take it too far – sacrificing story for romantic elements – like the current fantasy trend, or as you put it, like „Nirvana In Fire“ where it’s too ‚clean‘. Also Chinese content has a stiff censorship ruling that places limits and restrictions to liberty in storytelling. I do think NIF has the human touch, even the emotional touch but now that you pointed it out, in hindsight, I’ve to agree that the ‚passionate level‘ is lacking. I watched three modern day C-dramas not long ago: „An Alluring Smile:, „When A Snail Falls In Love“ and „Ode To Joy“. All I enjoyed but yes, during some moments, I actually did want to see some ‚passion‘ that goes beyond crushes, kisses and falling into bed. (Thanks to this discussion, this also led me to thinking about the recent K-dramas „Chief Kim“ and „Whisper“ – where the romance(or whiff of romance only) doesn’t hijack the plot like usual, but I didn’t feel anything was lacking. In fact, I thought all was in-moderation perfect. ) Before you highlighted it, I never thought much about it because I grew up on Chinese shows and maybe I’m already used to what, and how far they can offer. In fact, I’m also remembering how the recent HongKong dramas are emulating ‚the dramatic and the passion‘ of K-dramas to disastrous effect. Maybe some things are simply part of the programming/cultural DNA and cannot be forced.

        Frankly, I still don’t know if „Autumn“ ruined song Hye-gyo for me, or is it the other way around. As for „Winter Sonata“, I didn’t want to watch it simply because at then I had just finished watching „Beautiful Days“ and suffering serious withdrawals that I can’t watch Choi Ji-woo with anyone else. I did watch the first half of the first episode if that is me being fair. I’m a sucker for melodramas too but not those dreary, weepy melos that force me to cry. I love those that gut me inside out. I always said I’m a sadist to my own well-being. 🙂 BTW, Park Yong-ha’s „Loving You“ and „A Man’s Story“ are my absolute favorite of what I’ve watched of his works.

        About dailies on YT. You remember asking me about a couple of dailies and if you should watch them? I did say that „All Is Well‘ and „Two Mothers/Cuckoo’s Nest“ are pretty good and I enjoyed it. I don’t know if you watched them already. Also, the currently airing „Lovers In Bloom“, I’m watching too. Not too bad a story although Im Soo-hyang isn’t fantastic but I really love Do Ji-han. I’m staying mostly for Nam Bora and Lee Eun-hyung’s relationship line.

      • About the EU and tv …
        http://eur-lex.europa.eu/search.html?lang=de&text=fernseht%C3%A4tigkeit&qid=1501525303074&type=quick&scope=EURLEX&locale=en
        It’s a long text, basically, it is the frame, but each country has their own regulations mine has this one. There is a nice and small English version, if you switch to German, then not so small, haha …
        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rundfunkstaatsvertrag

        It’s pretty complicated, okay in small they say most of the sreen time should be filled with local stuff, but that can also be a foreign production reporting about Europe, so it is not only restricted to local productions. The bigger problem was the „product placement“ we see it in every K-drama but it is not common and not really wanted in Germany, excluding foreign streaming or broadcaster as far as I understood.

        Back to drama – I do think, I saw Winter Sonata first, 😉 so advantage for me … I didn’t dig the couple that much it was that melo-music-moody-scenario that drew me in. I didn’t cry for WS, but I did cry for BEAUTIFUL DAYS and that high pitched song is still haunting me, whenever I think of that drama. I am immun, I will not get forced to cry by any drama, it has to work hard to make me cry.
        A MAN’S STORY like this one too …

        Dailies – no I didn’t see any yet, probably not before autumn, late autumn … Or if I fall sick, but knock on wood three times, I hope I don’t.
        Since there are so many short dramas and I have watched less in the past two-three years. I have still a lot left to go and look at.

  2. Z. schrieb:

    „Asphalt Man“ is more than 20 years ago…OMG I didn’t even realize until I counted the years. Nah, I don’t think you’ll get lucky. I kinda hope SBS and MBC will follow KBS World and give international viewers free access to selected (older) shows.

    I didn’t enjoy „The King“ as much as I thought I would. The cast is good as expected but nothing surpassing their previous work. A little over-the-top show of satirical and dramatic, mostly I didn’t ‚feel soul‘, and running more than 2 hours, I didn’t see impressive climax. I know it’s ’not-your-genre‘ but along the same political-crime genre, „Inside Men“ (Lee Byung-hun & Jo Seung-woo) is fantastic. I watched both the theatrical release and the Director’s Cut, the latter version wins hands-down. More crime, not so much of politics, „Master“ (Lee Byung-hun, Kang Dong-won, Kim Woo-bin) is also very good.

    I did start a little of „Tunnel“ some time back, not finished yet. I stopped because I wasn’t in the mood then, and I want to give full attention to the show. I was happy to notice Choi Jin-hyuk’s acting is different in a good way. He was a good second lead in „Fated To Love You“. I really don’t mind if he continues to move up and down the main/secondary roles ladder. So waiting to hear what he will choose to do next. Do you know I’m not done with „Pride and Prejudice“? So many backlog 🙂

    • I am walking down the road of …
      I started to re-watch WILL IT SNOW FOR CHRISTMAS and I know why, this drama took me in so fast, because the writer didn’t spare the viewer, but it wasn’t written like a daily. You can give me 10 LOVE RAINS for this, I would pick this one even though the picture was nicely done at LOVE RAIN but the story went a badly balanced at times. Where I thought at WISFC that it didn’t give me time to feel unbalanced, it’s like you need to walk in a quick way over a pendant bridge, in order to not feel it’s too shaky. I hope, I will get to see Choi Jin Hyuk in another drama as well.
      But that you didn’t finish PRIDE AND PREJUDICE, tse, tse, tse …
      But who am I to pick at it, since I needed years to watch ROBBERS last episode. I just couldn’t watch Jang Hyuk’s tears anymore, it made me so exhausted.
      I have a huge backlog of dramas I didn’t or still have no access – anyway I am no longer writing a list for that. I take opportunities like they come and rely on my gut instincts.

      • Z. schrieb:

        I remember „Robbers“ for one thing: 2 episodes away from finishing the show. I don’t remember much only that I didn’t enjoy it. I watched solely for Jang Hyuk because of withdrawals from „Thank You“ but then, it isn’t „Thank You“.

        I never said this publicly: I’m not a fan of Jang Geun-seok (there, I said it). I just don’t get him, so „Love Rain‘ was a natural no-go. I heard a lot about how beautiful it is but NO. I feel WISFC ‚brought out a lot of quality‘ from the cast. Very much like your ’shaky bridge‘ comparison, I watched with a heavy heart because I love everyone – actors and their characters – while reminded it is a Lee Kyung-hee drama. What if someone gets sick, die, or whatever… On one hand, I wanted to finish it quick (I binged-watched) yet didn’t want the show to end.

        I will and want to finish „Pride and Prejudice“. Sometimes it’s a mood-thing. Your ‚expired licenses‘ incident sort of scare me. I’ve saved so many streaming titles ‚from everywhere‘ always wanting to watch but never did. With China’s SARFT recent clampdown on several streaming resources, I lost links too – even some ‚dinosaur-age dramas‘ that took me a while to find. I’m fully ‚awake‘ now and see the urgency of disappearing titles.

      • LOVE RAIN is beautifully shot, but with only nice surroundings and good looking people. It was kind of nicely done, I can tell a bit about the stories but the most of things about each character is gone.
        It isn’t too far from the layout draft, both of them have the parents generation and the kids to fall in love. But the characters in LOVE RAIN are a bit „llifeless“ and lackluster. I don’t feel the love of the writer for her characters. It was the same for her AUTUMN IN MY HEART, the only one in this season quartet, I never managed to finish and in WINTERSONATA, the last one, I watched several times to get what is disturbing me their. And I somehow feel it’s a lack of taking care by the writer.Jang Geun Seok is not under my favorits either but it’s not that I can’t watch him indeed I saw quite some dramas and movies with him but the last one was actually LOVE RAIN, most of them do not interest me because the story is so trivial, or seems to be that way. And all the projects wants is him as leading man, and then the cash cow will do her magic, but what works for many doesn’t always work for me. I just tried my luck at the LOVE RAIN channel and it was „It’s not available in your region“ for months but is somehow available now.
        I know many people who downloaded like crazy. I won’t do that. If it’s gone it’s gone.
        I don’t know if I get to finish, would need to watch another 9 episodes, but even if viki is no longer providing it. At least I found the videos on SBS. I won’t have subs, but that’s not that bad for a drama I already watched once. I won’t claim that I will totally understand it. but that’s okay. I just hope SBS is not taking it down around the same time, well can’t tell, since Hangul is like math to me, nice to look at but that’s it, in most cases.
        I have a lot of tagged links from earlier days, that are „empty“. I remember in my starter days that I have watched YELLOW HANDKERCHIEF at YT. The whole thing, one time and I didn’t have the chance to go back, because before we were reaching the end, the videos from the start were already gone. But I don’t regret watching it. Well back then the legal framework was different. Because downloading now is already the critical point, and downloading can be defined equal streaming, so this is a reason, why I am so hung up with the viki. I wonder how the KBS channel at YT will do now, after the Kocowa creation?
        It gets harder to watch dramas and it might get pricier, in Viki was the good option to contribute, then watch for free, sometimes content that would be locked for others … But well the land of milk and honey seems to „vanish“ or at least change. There is a lot of Chinese content and my problem is that most love stories are too trivial for me and the other part of fantasy-historical dramas is not too much my cup of tea. I watch NIRVANA ON FIRE, it’s not bad, but in some way it leaves me hungry, and I don’t know, if I will find the right words not to get the numerous fans coming after me.
        Let’s hope that we still get to watch our favorite kind of drama in the future. 😉

  3. Z. schrieb:

    I’ll do anything for Jung Woo-sung. I’ve been seeking his older drama works (way before he moved to movies) but I think you have greater love for him considering „not your genre“. But his ‚charisma level‘ is worth it. I know everyone says „Athena“ is crap. I saw the first 2 episodes, agree it’s not up to expectations somewhat ’silly‘ at places but I still want to watch it. I like Gam Woo-sung too. „Alone in Love“ and „My Spring Days“ also still sitting on my watchlist. I did watch the early episodes of „My spring Days“ and thought it’s okay but I can’t remember why I didn’t follow up.

    • Unfortunately I didn’t have a chance to see his dramas of the 90’s. ATHENA was the first, I wouldn’t say it’s really bad, but first not my genre, second not my genre … You understand I guess. I watched too many Bond movies in my youth that ruined me .. 😉
      For PADAM; PADAM viki did not get the license at first, but then they did, I didn’t have the time to work on that.
      But I watch THE GOOD THE BAD AND THE WEIRD in my city’s smallest cinema at night .. When I wouldn’t go under normal circumstances. And I never forget that the print in the program was faulty, because the movie before had excess length. So less then 10 people, me included waited for more then half an hour to get to see it. And I had to take a taxi because the last train was gone … All for Jung Woo Sung and it’s so weird when you are used to subtitles and original audio, you suddenly have the German dubbing. It sounds shallow somehow. At least I saw 8 of his movies.
      Well I don’t know why you didn’t follow up the story of MY SPRING DAYS it was a melo but I still liked it all the way through.

      • If you ever have the luck, check out „Asphalt Man“ (or „Dream Racers“) with Lee Byung-hun. They play brothers. His movie ‚Scarlet Innocence“ – if you don’t mind a lot of erotic skin – IMO, puts his acting craft at the top. „Asura: City Of Madness“ – not your genre but another project with very good acting. „A Moment To Remember“, I never forgot his charm. I rewatched the movie „I don’t know how many times‘ not too long ago. „Sad Movie“ – sad but absolutely touching. I watched a lot more. Anyway, ever since „Cold Eyes“, he has been taking on darker and more intense film characters. I like that direction. I really love reading about the screening in your cinema. Made me smile with a ‚hahaha‘. It reads like it should appear as a running piece for something along the line of „The lengths I go to for (my favorite actor)?“ I could imagine the ‚pitiful‘ scene in my head. You should share more of such ‚drama/movies‘ stories in your writing.

        PS: You know, I actually never watched any Bond movies even though it’s totally my genre 🙂

        I like „Padam padam“. Watched some episodes then stopped and still waiting to pick it up again.

        I checked back on my reviews and dates and realized why I didn’t follow up with „My Spring Days.“ I was busy reviewing „Fated to Love You“ and didn’t have time to follow up with most shows.

      • I don’t think, I will get lucky with Asphalt Man … Should I send viki a request?
        About GOOD BAD AND THE WEIRD the story is still in the „pipeline“, I should write more but – time, is not on my side.
        About skin – I am old enough, caugh, caugh, no problem …
        I saw most of his romance stuff – but before I will make a whole JWS post at a comment.
        How about The King it’s a movie that viki has surprisingly …
        I loved Padam, Padam, it had enough romance for me to stand the not my genre stuff, haha
        Fated to love you – Choi Jin Hyuk as 2nd lead haha. we do have to many soft spots …

  4. Z. schrieb:

    Oh my…yes Park Shin-yang 😉 Same here, I didn’t get „Lovers in Paris“ at all. The popularity, I don’t get it too. I can’t even remember much about the story and (yes!yes!Me too) I always wondered about ‚that outburst‘ but not curious enough to go back and wake up my poor memory. My favorite from that trilogy is „Lovers in Prague“ – underrated – enough to get into my favorites list.

    „Flying Boys“ is still in my watchlist. I didn’t „fall“ for Lee Joon-gi until „Time of Dog and Wolf“. In fact, I didn’t like him at all when I first watched him in „My Girl“ which is why I’ve not watched several of his early projects. Same too with Yoon Kye-sang. Now I love him where I didn’t. I fell for him in „Beyond the Clouds“. Both men are like fine wine, they age extremely well and their charisma powers up at the same time.

    „if one has it he has it.“
    Agree. I think some of them needs Time to unearth and slowly reveal their charisma whereas some just carries it around like a skin from the start. For me, an actor is all about charisma. I don’t really care if he can act. Acting is part talent and part skill which one can learn. Try hard enough and we can see the difference. And I don’t really care if ‚they look funny‘ because charisma takes care of everything.

    • Lovers in Prague hat the most stable story. MY GIRL never made it on my favorite’s list. I started with K-dramas in 2008-2009, so there were a lot of movies and dramas of him. THE KING AND THE CLOWN – I seriously cried and I rarely do. of course TIME BETWEEN DOG AND WOLF, ILJIMAE … Another drama I saw while airing was HERO but I stopped it, somehow it wasn’t my cup of tea, for whatever reasons. Since then I only saw him in GUNMEN IN JOSEON ans TWO WEEKS speaking of his performance the last one I liked best. You see I am not watching everything eihter even of favorite actors, if it’s a genre I do not like that much.
      So let’s hope for some more and good charisma on our screens. 😉

      • Z. schrieb:

        When I was watching „Lovers in Prague“, I was totally in love, went on episode after episode. I don’t remember much about it at this point but Jeon Do-yeon and Kim Joo-hyuk are golden as screen couple and I remember liking the story a lot. (Now I want to rewatch it…haha) I like „My Girl“ enough but also not on my favorites list. I don’t know how many times I’ve been told to watch „The King and The Clown“. I guess I really have to now. AH…Lee Joon-gi’s HERO. I recapped this one on soompi because subs weren’t available then. (You know me, I can’t ignore a cry of ‚drama help‘.) And it turned out to be a very fun show. I know it’s not popular but I thought the show is one of those ‚little delights‘. And YES! to more charismatic actors!!

      • Eventhough I wasn’t so fond of MY GIRL, when someone aks for recommendations and has preferences for that kind of drama, I even list it as an option. As you said I am not too obsessed with my taste, not to respect other’s.
        About THE KING AND THE CLOWN, there is Kam Woo Sung as well, I liked his play in ALONE IN LOVE and MY SPRING DAYS.
        That is possible, now that you mention it, it might be that I gave up HERO because of missing subtitles, today I might go through with understanding some and asuming some other things but at that time – no way.
        „Speaking about charisma“ For Jung Woo Sung I broke my principles and was subbing as well as editing and helping other translaters with ATHENA. It was not my genre, it was not my responsibility but I still did it. 😉 You know me …

  5. Z. schrieb:

    Just want to say: I’m glad you tried it. I’ve watched Han Suk-kyu in a number of things and always liked him because he’s incredibly versatile. What’s a little different this time around: for a long, long time after I finished this show, I couldn’t forget Han Suk-kyu. I couldn’t let his character go. Yoo Yeon-seok doesn’t always work for me but I really like him here.

    • To be honest it was the first project of Han Suk Kyu I watched. I liked his pleasing performance. I know that many say that about Ji Jin Hee, but I always find him somewhat stiff. Han Suk Kyu is more into the crime genre, so out of my „bag“.
      As for Yoo Yun Suk, I was recommanded WARM AND COZY and it totally did not work for me neither story plot, actors at the end I tried to watch it for Jeju Island … But here I did get to see him in character not only some nice „attachment“. Apart from that I have not seen much of him either. I bet you start to think, what did she watch the past years? Sometimes I wonder too … 😉

      • Z. schrieb:

        I saw Ji Jin-hee first in „Dae jang-geum“. Loved him there but most of anything after that, I can’t connect except for ‚The Man Who Can’t Marry“ and „I Have A Lover“. He’s a good actor and I always look forward to a new project but for me, it’s mostly disappointing. I feel he needs a well-written character to shine, although I don’t think he’s ‚wooden-sort-of-stiff“ but have to agree he needs to ‚relax‘ a little more. Park Shi-yang is in the same way.

        „Warm & Cozy“ didn’t work for me too. I watched Yoo Yeon-seok mostly in movies but he, like Lee Je-hoon never left me with that ‚lingering feeling‘ which has nothing to do with their performance. In fact I think they both are good actors. I’m still waiting for them to come along with something that will totally make me fall in love.

        Actually I have the same problem when I look through an actor’s filmography. Often I thought I’ve watched a lot of ’so-and-so“ only to realize that maybe out of 20 projects, I watched only 3, and I also wonder what have I been doing???!!! This past year especially. I recently did up a list of ‚completed dramas“ spanning 17 years (that’s how long I’ve been watching kdramas“ which at last count was slightly more than 300. I do know there’s a lot I got to catch up with.

      • You mean Park Shin Yang?
        I saw him in LOVERS IN PARIS, but that drama just didn’t caught me, everyone around was have you seen it? But I took years to finish and still I can’t recall much other then an outburst of Lee Dong Gun and the beautiful pini-red dress of Kim Jung Eun. The other was MONEY’S WARFARE but was such a sad story so ….
        Wow, 300 I joined 9 years ago but I guess I am not too far, since I didn’t watch too much other stuff.
        About falling for an actor, it is not similar like falling in love, but there is something about an actor like charisma, if one has it he has it.
        You rarely can make things work without that one of the first Korean movies I saw was FLYING BOYS and I „fell“ for nope, not Lee Jun Ki it was Yoon Kye Sang. I still like his acting even I did have my trouble with a movie he did. But even so, he is growing into acting. the older he gets the more he reminds me of Jun Kwang Ryul.

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