Ever since it was first announced, the drama has garnered attention for various reasons: some finds it interesting that dramaland is welcoming a new imaginary Imperial Korea drama after quite a while (Princess Hours, anyone?), but the main attraction has the writer to be thankful for. Kim Sun-ok has scored a prime time slot for her drama after making a name for her ultra-makjang weekenders, but prior to that, she was already famous for her makjang works like her widely known Temptation of Wife. Thus, it is no big surprise that The Last Empress or 황후의 품격 (literal title The Empress’ Dignity) scored 7 to 8% ratings for its first week.
four three episodes left but another three two weekends until the final episode, nothing is set in stone about the fate of the characters in tvn’s weekend ratings monster Mr Sunshine. Although I intended to wait until the drama finishes its run, I just had to take a short peek at it…and that’s it, I’m doomed. Hence, begins the long nights (and days) of browsing without subtitles and replaying episodes until I can’t remember where I actually stop the night before. If there’s something called ‘drunk over dramas’, then this feeling is probably close to that. Or maybe, even better. Just like how ‘love’ is better than shooting a gun or getting a government post for Ae-shin.
(Find the show on NETFLIX)
The wait is over and boy, am I glad the drama is finally out of the dungeon! I was looking forward to the drama since the day it was announced, and the names attached to the series day by day only makes my anticipation grew. Although it took two years and a half for it to finally see the light (aka us the viewers), Ruyi’s Royal Love in the Palace (如懿传, lit, Legend of Ruyi) arrives at the right time as I am craving for some harem drama, and I count this as my luck :’) As I have been away from blogging for quite some time, these posts will be my personal notes to keep track of the things happening in each episode for future references, should I feel the urge to rewatch certain scenes. So…dig in!
I’ve been wanting to watch this cdrama for a while now, but I finally pushed it up the list and finished it 🙂 Jin Dong, together with a whole group of experienced casts, what’s not to love? And I must say that I’m sooo glad I placed my priorities well – frankly I didn’t expect myself to like it, but the moment you get into it you kind of see the thought they put into producing this through the scenes, lines and lyrics. Overall, I feel that a group of inexperienced actors wouldn’t have been able to pull this off; kudos to the casting director for this because they are just so good. Wow. All of them gave impressive performances which made them feel like real human beings and not mere characters.
New year, new movies of course! Although there’s not much changes except for changing number in years and age (when you’re old like me LOL), there’s something we can be sure of: new movies in production will come out. I’m ecstatic to see not one. but THREE sageuk movies making it into the list of premiering titles in February 2018: one is the ‘Joseon Sherlock Holmes’ 조선명탐정 Joseon Detective 3; the other one is the much anticipated 흥부 Heungbu; last but not least is the second part of the Korean Confucian ‘mechanics’ series, 궁합 Gunghap.
Happy new year everyone! Actors Ji Jin-hee and Jung Woo-sung are featured on Esquire Korea’s January issue – it has been a while since I shared pictorial(s) here so I picked this one 🙂 Since it’s for the same magazine, I decided to compile the two separate pictorials into one. Jung Woo-sung continues to be active in chungmuro, whereas Ji Jin-hee is coming back this year with jtbc drama Misty alongside Kim Nam-joo. It airs on 2nd February, which is quite soon. (Yay! This will be his comeback since Second to Last Love in 2016.)
I know, there is literally only 3 months left to 2017 – at this point a post for 2016 seems pointless, hah. As unbelievable as it sounds, this post has been in the works for the longest time, just that it never made its way to the ‘publish’ mode. I was actually contemplating to forget about it for good, but in the end I decided to put it up regardless of how late it turns out (I apologize).
I always say that time flies, but… how is it already September?! Despite me still trying to grasp its arrival, I realise that it’s almost the end of another year once again. Admittedly, I haven’t been on task with watching kdramas lately (the newest one I’m currently following though is Live Up to Your Name). Prior to this I caught Secret Forest (aka Stranger) and I am glad to report that I wasn’t disappointed – it had everything I just needed in a drama. Not everything needs to be dramatic and real happening; mere, small moments if enacted sufficiently well are enough to impact viewers. Every week, I found myself looking forward to watch it and at the end there was a point I actually felt that we got there so quick, hah. From the news release about the drama to the anticipation (it was Jo Seung-woo’s and Bae Doo-na’s dramaland comeback after 3 and 7 years respectively) all the way until it finished its run, it was actually months long. But oh boy, how hard the withdrawals hit.
Baby-faced Baek Jin-hee is back with another pictorial after a while with Oh Boy! magazine. It feels like forever since the last time I posted her pictorial because of the time constraint (I even missed her pretty Jeju pictorial with allure back in May ;~;) and I’ve been a bad fan, not watching her recent shows except for few early episodes of My Daughter Geum Sa-wol (I couldn’t keep up with it huhu). Here’s hoping that I can get behind Missing Nine one day despite the mixed reviews, but for now, let me appreciate the beauty~!
Gosh, I miss blogging terribly. My fingers are itching to hit the keyboard like bullets, hence here I am, accepting a challenge; just like how it all started SEVEN years ago (has it been that long?!), I am starting all over again through a 30-Day Challenge. This will surely bring back fond memories of those beautiful days, plus I’ll have something to write about instead of hitting my office keyboard out of boredom. I’ll be posting the excerpts on Twitter, while the long thoughts will be updated in this post. Dig in!