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)
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.
I don’t think I’ll be able to move from Chicago Typewriter anytime soon. Sometimes, it’s the drama you promised not to invest in too much ended up owning your mind, body, and soul, not to mention the tears. CT was like that to me. It was during the pre-emptions between episodes 8 and 9 that I realized that I was lost without the drama to bury myself in, proving that I was already too deep into it. I blame the drama and its soothing, lullaby-like background songs (despite the heavy themes looming behind), which became my respite from the real world in the past two months. The wait was worth it, and I’m left feeling hollow after the finale.
I know that getting too excited for a drama this early might not be good for me as I tend to grow tired of the promotional materials, but right now, I just want to enjoy myself and get immersed in the pretty (but short!) teaser for Seven-Day Queen. Good thing KBS is at least being generous now that we’re already in May, and it’s great to know that the premiere has been moved to the end of this month instead of June as reported earlier. I’m crossing my fingers and toes that it will deliver in both visual and story; go ahead, make me smile and make me weep for the beautiful story! Continue reading “Smiles, Tears, and Glares Abound in Seven-Day Queen’s Early Promo”
This might have been circulating in media for few days already, but I only found out about it earlier yesterday! That is how out of touch I am with kdramaland these days >.< KBS is gathering the lineup for its first primetime sageuk this year, entitled Seven-Day Queen (7일의 왕비) and word is out that the main cast has already confirmed to star in the romance sageuk. The title is what makes me super excited at first, because there is no other queen in Joseon Dynasty other than Queen Dankyung who fits the title, plus the cast is already promising!
Whelp, I didn’t think that it would be this fast, but apparently Canon Korea has courted Lee Je-hoon to join Shin Min-ah as the faces of its latest camera line, EOS M6. Looks like the cameras in Tomorrow With You are a part of product placement but I thought it was for Shin Min-ah as she has been endorsing Canon since 2015 (if I’m not mistaken). I’ve said before that Je-hoon has strong ties with cameras since a long time ago, and this endorsement is his second for camera line after Samsung, which paired him up with Han Hyo-joo (they even have a cute mini movie for the CF!). Yeay for more pretties, and bonus for Tomorrow With You fans who still can’t let go of the characters 🙂
Winter is approaching; we’re coming to the end of 2016 and once again, there are lots of dramas in store for us. With shows of various premises coming up this month and the next, it’s going to be two months filled with romance, comedy and melo. Most of the October dramas are airing starting next week, while the November premieres are scattered throughout the month. Are you excited? Let’s look into the choices! [Updated]
Sometimes, we face difficulties in defining the simplest of terms because it either covers an overly broad range of areas that it is hard to pinpoint exactly what it is, or it could perhaps be due to the fact that we have never really stopped to think about what it actually means. This gives rise to different interpretations of the same term whenever we are asked. We then begin ask ourselves, can a single thing shape the meaning of a word; or are there multiple aspects which define it? And it brings me to the magic word of this post – adulthood. What does it mean exactly? With that, I will weigh in on the drama revolving around this: it is none other than Second to Last Love, SBS’ latest prime-time weekender on the block.