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|Title||My Girlfriend is a Nine-Tailed Fox [내 여자친구는 구미호], My Girlfriend is a Gumiho|
|Genre||Romance, comedy, fantasy|
|Director||Boo Sung Chul|
|Screenwriter||Hong Mi Ran, Hong Jung Eun|
|Fan Website(s)||http://www.crunchyroll.com/forumtopic-612074/kdrama-2010-my-girlfriend-is-a-nine-tailed-fox-gumiho (Forum)|
|Description||As a child, Dae Woong frees a Gimiho (a nine-tailed fox) and injures himself in the process. Gumiho transforms into a beautiful woman and gives him a magic bead to save him, in return for her freedom. He agrees to help her learn how to be human, and their romance blossoms.|
- Public Investigation (Jauary 5, 2012)
- Everything Sweet (September 11, 2010)
- Drama Cafe (October 13, 2010)
- 2010 SBS Drama Awards: Best Actor Award – Drama Special (Lee Sung Ki)
- 2010 SBS Drama Awards: Best Actress Award – Drama Special (Shin Min Ah)
- 2010 SBS Drama Awards: Best Couple Award (Lee Seung Ki and Shin Min Ah)
|Title||East of Eden [에덴의 동쪽]|
|Director||So Won Young|
|Screenwriter||Na Yun Sook, Lee Hong Ku|
|Fan Website(s)||http://www.spcnet.tv/forums/showthread.php?25071-East-Of-Eden-MBC-(Lee-Da-Hae) (Forum)|
|Description||Dong Chul vows to take revenge on Shin Tae Hwan, the man who killed his father. His younger brother, Dong Wook, becomes a prosecutor in order to help his brother. But, there’s a twist: Dong Wook is actually Myung Hun, the son of Tae Hwan and was switched at birth with Dong Chul’s real brother. Will the ‘brothers’ still work together to get revenge?|
- 2008 MBC Drama Awards: Daesang (Grand Prize) (Song Seung Hun)
- 2008 MBC Drama Awards: Top Excellence Award – Actress (Lee Mi Sook)
- 2008 MBC Drama Awards: Excellence Award – Actor (Jo Min Ki)
- 2008 MBC Drama Awards: Excellence Award – Acress (Han Ji Hye)
- 2008 MBC Drama Awards: Best New Actor Award (Park Hae Jin)
- 2008 MBC Drama Awards: Best New Actress Award (Lee Yeon Hee)
- 2008 MBC Drama Awards: Golden Acting Award (Park Geun Hyung)
- 2008 MBC Drama Awards: Golden Acting Award (Yoo Dong Geun)
- 2008 MBC Drama Awards: Golden Acting Award (Shin Eun Jung)
- 2008 MBC Drama Awards: PD Award (Yun Jung Hoon)
- 2008 MBC Drama Awards: Special Child Actor Award (Park Gun Tae, Shin Dong Woo, and Nam Ji Hyun)
- 2008 MBC Drama Awards: Best Couple Award (Song Seung Hun and Lee Yeon Hee)
- 2008 MBC Drama Awards: Popularity Award (Song Seung Hun)
- 2008 MBC Drama Awards: Popularity Award (Lee Yeon Hee)
- 2008 MBC Drama Awards: Writer of the Year Award (Na Yun Sook)
|Director||Hong Chang Wook|
|Screenwriter||Lee Ki Won|
|Description||Set in the Joseon era, Baek Do Yang rejects his noble status in order to work in the Jejoongwon hospital, with Hwang Jung (son of a butcher) and Seok Ran, who starts as an interpreter but wants to become a doctor.|
|Title||My Lovely Sam Soon/My Name Is Sam Soon|
|Director||Kim Yoon Chul|
|Screenwriter||Kim Do Woo|
|Description||One plucky girl, one jerky guy, one pretty girl. . . it doesn’t end the way you think.|
- Asian Movie Web (no date)
- SPCNET (August 11, 2005)
- Heroic Cinema (January 15, 2006)
- kimsamsoon.blogsome.com (February 24, 2006)
- DramasROK (March 23, 2010)
- my review=) (July 1, 2011)
- Drama Pop (September 2, 2011)
- Public Investigation (December 6, 2011)
- 2006 42nd Baeksang Arts Awards: Daesang (Grand Prize)
- 2006 42nd Baeksang Arts Awards: Best Screenplay Award (Kim Do Woo)
- 2006 42nd Baeksang Arts Awards: Popularity Award (Hyun Bin)
- 2006 42nd Baeksang Arts Awards: Best Couple Award (Hyun Bin and Kim Sun Ah)
- 2006 42nd Baeksang Arts Awards: Best Cast Award
- 2006 Seoul Drama Awards: Best Mini Series
- 2005 MBC Drama Awards: Top Excellence Award – Actress (Kim Sun Ah)
- 2005 MBC Drama Awards: Top Excellence Award – Actor (Hyun Bin)
- 2005 MBC Drama Awards: Excellence Award – Actress (Jung Ryu Won)
- 2005 MBC Drama Awards: Best New Actor Award (Daniel Henney)
- 2005 MBC Drama Awards: Popularity Award (Kim Sun Ah)
- 2005 MBC Drama Awards: Popularity Award (Hyun Bin)
- 2005 MBC Drama Awards: Best Couple Award (Hyun Bin and Kim Sun Ah)
Yes, KPK was quite busy during our trip to New York, but not too busy to make new friends! We were very fortunate to be able to spend some time with David Hou and Jackie Sia of DramaFever. As you probably know, DramaFever is a major online destination for those who are serious about getting their Kdrama on.
We’re pretty sure that David and Jackie work at DramaFever, although they were very circumspect about what they actually did. Um, now that I think about it, we didn’t check them for ID or anything, but they seem on the up and up. I’m sure they were just protecting high level DramaFever secrets. Seriously, they were very gracious in talking to us about the Kdrama industry and their hardworking crew. They also gave us the low-down on Ktown. In particular, David is directly responsible for this piece of tomfoolery.
But it wasn’t all business. Look!
You may not know it, but David has hidden grillmaster skills!
Thank so much, David and Jackie, for being such gracious hosts to KPK!
She Is Straight Gangster: Challenging Gender Roles in Korean Dramas
Dr. Crystal S. Anderson
Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities
January 8-13, 2012
Korean television dramas (Kdramas), particularly those that are historically based, represent sprawling stories that blend history with culture. Often consisting of high production values and unfolding over 50+ episodes, these Kdramas reconstruct historical narratives and legendary stories. They also infuse a contemporary sensibility by drawing on nontraditional notions of gender, heroism, cunning and valor. While such Kdramas are broadcast to Korean audiences, non-Korean, English-speaking audiences from around the world also view these dramas via Internet sites such as Drama Fever and Crunchyroll.com. These global audiences construct alternative femininities related to the female characters that challenge traditional notions of gender. Using qualitative methods and discourse analysis, I argue that global audiences construct female characters in ways that challenge traditional notions of gender. In the 2009 critically-acclaimed and popular Kdrama, Queen Seondeok, Korean women are represented as aggressive major power brokers in national politics, rather than passive bystanders, even as they occupy more traditional historical roles for women. They also exert power over men who are characterized as more powerful both politically and martially, using cunning rather than their feminine wiles. Finally, women also engage each other in ways that showcase their intellectual talents. Such constructions by global audiences allow for more diverse notions of gender in popular culture.
As you probably know, KPK does Hallyu. Most international fans of Kpop and Kdrama access their Korean popular through the Internet in general, and YouTube in particular. We know that’s where you are watching Hello Baby and Happy Together! We go where fans go, so we’re now on YouTube! Check out the KPK Channel! Like us! Tell your friends! And watch our channel because we will be bringing our insights to YouTube too!
Originally published on High Yellow February 2, 2011, Written by CeeFu
I know, I know, I talked about Boys Over Flowers before, but it warrants a revisit, and what better way to do it than with a friend! I have enlisted Nolan Nabi to rewatch the whole pimptastic kdrama again with me, and we will be discussing our thoughts on the good (the pretty boys), the bad (Jun Pyo’s psychotic mother) and the ugly (the completely unsympathetic Jan Di). Stay tuned!
Originally published on High Yellow February 4, 2011, Written by CeeFu
You know, some things never get old. Like pimptastic, overindulged Korean privileged boys entering their high school backlight with a halo of light, as they stroll in in suits and ascots. Oh, yeah, I guess I should say something about Jan Di first.
Yes, she’s plucky (kinda), I know as the audience we are supposed to side with her and her “positive” attitude. But her habit of being ambivalent isn’t attractive. F4 treats her badly, like they treat everyone badly in the beginning, but somehow that doesn’t make me like her more. She’s all for the underdog, but do you see the way she screams at her parents? You know THAT ain’t going down in the average Korean household.
One thing I forgot is that Jan Di also declares war on F4, this is after she finds out they are affluent, and before the real abuse from Jun Pyo really starts. She’s no innocent. And I also forgot how the rest of F4 laughs at Jun Pyo. I think they know he’s got issues, and secretly want Jan Di to beat him down. I also remember thinking, “Jan Di is too trusting of people she shouldn’t trust, and can’t bring herself to trust the people she should.” She calls herself a loner, and so this must explain her utter inability to deal with people in a sane way. Oops, I’m getting ahead of myself.
Nolan Nabi, what you got?
Originally published on High Yellow February 9, 2011, Written by Nabi
SUCH a good episode! I noticed that they played SHINee’s musical contribution to the soundtrack a lot during this one (which I thoroughly approve of!), so much so that I may have to go and get it. “Whether I’m making you smile…”
Alright, let’s get to business. There’s a LOT in this episode that I liked, and believe it or not I think that this was a very “good” episode for Jun Pyo! Here’s why: the first thing that needs to be addressed is the issue of whether or not he told the “Locker Room Punks” to rape Jan Di, because that’s definitely what they were going for. To me, and my interpretation of his reprimand to them, he did NOT tell them to rape her specifically, but he absolutely wanted them to scare her very, very badly. Um, so since I’ve called them the Locker Room Punks….which locker room are they in, exactly? If it’s a women’s locker room, then what the heck is Ji Hoo doing in there? If it’s a men’s locker room, what’s Jan Di doing there? And I definitely don’t think that “co-ed” locker rooms exist in this high school (or any high school, for that matter).
Second thing to address is Jan Di’s Super Totally Awesome Roundhouse Kick TO THE FACE! Yes, I LOVED this part, both because it’s a definite wake-up call to Jun Pyo but it also means that Jan Di has some fire in her blood! I love that she PHYSICALLY fought back this time! Of course, this is in the beginning stages with the whole discourse of Jun Pyo thinking that, since women say the opposite of what they mean, she is totally in love with him. What that means, in Jun Pyo-speak, is that he’s finally realized that he likes her in some way, shape, or form, but since he can’t consciously realize this he’s letting his “affections” out in other ways. Like kidnapping her and dressing her up. Honestly, that’d really freak me out, too, as soon as I was awake from my chloroform-sleep I’d be running, fancy house be damned!
At first, I was unsure about the “bee attack” that followed Jan Di leaving his house, but I think I have it figured out: I think that little scene is showing what his actions and speech are like after he’s been embarrassed – he both hides his embarrassment behind arrogance and takes it out on the people around him who have “embarrassed” him. I think this is supposed to explain his more violent tendencies, and it’s echoed by Min (I can’t remember the rest of her name!!) at the end of this episode when she says it’s also because he’s lonely. Moving on, another moment of his that I loved was just before the bee attack, when he’s upset and throwing the clothes and shoes on the ground. As Almighty Key has shown us in SHINee’s Hello Baby, bribing people for love with gifts does. not. work. But Jun Pyo is SO UPSET that it didn’t work, that he decides to take his anger out on Jan Di’s shoes. It’s such a beautiful, awkward love moment – you show that shirt who’s boss! The last moment that really caught me for him was his attempt to comfort Jan Di after she gets smacked in the face with the volleyball. Really, I loved that entire scene, but specifically when he says “Don’t cry, it doesn’t suit you.” He LIKES her fiery attitude! He wants her to keep being feisty and spirited! Then she says “I would rather die in blood than be indebted to you” and the look on his face just about killed me. That’s really all I could hear in my thoughts during that moment: “Awwww, BUT LOOK AT THAT FACE! Jan Di, why are you so mean?!” I know why she’s so “mean” at this point, but, as you can tell, Jun Pyo is my man in this show.
Which brings us to Ji Hoo. Of course Ji Hoo would ride around on a cool motorbike and give Jan Di his HUMONGOUS sports shoes to wear, which she would then thoroughly scrub down. Of course. Um, remember back in episode 1 how I was saying that I couldn’t forget what Ji Hoo is like in the manga? I would like to quote, since it happens in this episode, emphasis added: “THEN HE RETREATED INTO AUTISM.” Yes, Ji Hoo is autistic. Or, since he’s so high functioning, has Asperger’s Sydrome. Which I think he still exhibits. Which is why he drives me CRAZY. But apparently he went even deeper into a more extreme autism when his parents died, and somehow Min was able to pull him out of it. Which I don’t think works, because autism definitely is NOT temporary, but then again who’s really taking the time to look into the medical details of Ji Hoo’s past? “She’s his first love, girlfriend, and mother.” Weird.
The last thing I’ll put on here is my Random Question/Observation of the Day: Why……..why is there a mirror directly beneath the showerhead while Jun Pyo is taking a shower after Rugby Practice (a.k.a. Anger Releasing Time)? It’s so weird, I think that’s the third time I’ve seen some show have a mirror in the shower, underneath the showerhead. Is this common in East Asia? Note that I’m totally not mad that it showed him showering. I can appreciate that.
Okay CeeFu, how’s that for my first official post?
Originally published on High Yellow on February 19, 2011, Written by CeeFu
Oh my! I think this episode does a lot for character development and interaction.
So, I love the interplay between Jun Pyo and Jan Di (I’m not totally against her….yet…she still has her moments). You can tell that when he calls her a punk and a gangster that it is done from a place of LOVE. He’s so cheeky, that Jun Pyo. He was completely enjoying getting his life saved! Jan Di has a positive effect on him, he smiles much more, even if he still hasn’t gotten down the correct way to share his feelings of affection. Did you see how tickled he was when he put the ducks in the swimming pool? I thought he was going to fall out of his chair from cackling so much. He clearly cares about her, but he also relates to her in a completely different way than Ji Hoo. He’s kinda real with his. He insults her, and she gives it right back to him. For some reason, I enjoy this back and forth. Whereas Jan Di’s interaction with Ji Hoo is weird (girl, get off your knees! you could have totally bandaged his finger standing up!)
Ji Hoo and his emotional state, now that’s a different story. I know you think I’m always on Ji Hoo’s side because of his fabulous wardrobe choices, but this time I think that while Ji Hoo is a man responsible for his own choices, I wonder if his association with Min isn’t entirely healthy. I know we briefly mentioned this last time, but I’m with Ji Hoo, “Exactly who are you to him?” Are you the motherly figure, are you a potential girlfriend? Have you been playing Ji Hoo all these years, feeding your own narcissism to have an incredibly rich and attractive man at your beck and call? Min can’t be all, I’m a little jealous of Jan Di, but then continue to STRING JI HOO ALONG!!!! Ji Hoo is a MAN, with MAN feelings, you gotta treat him like a man. So her own kind of vagueness doesn’t help. Is she dumping Ji Hoo on Jan Di? Is she now supposed to fulfill this mother/girlfriend freaky role for him? I’m not really buying that Min is all that torn up about leaving Ji Hoo. C’mon! You know how emotionally fragile that man is!
This is also the episode where I get more interested in the interplay among the boys. Jun Pyo clearly knows that Ji Hoo has a thing for Jan Di, even if Ji Ho doesn’t, so he’s taking every opportunity to throw his ‘relationship’ in his face. Look, I’ve got my arm around Jan Di! Look, Jan Di’s in my room! Yet, they all rush over when there is an emergency, and that emergency is JUN PYO’S WITCH OF A MOTHER!!! You need to prepare yourself, there is a reason why they are all afraid of her. You know it’s bad when Yi Jung can barely pull of his charming wiles. SHE. IS. BAD. Although it tickles me that Jun Pyo refers to her as “the hag,” you notice he doesn’t do it to her face. She is a piece of work. Even when things are rocky, they rally to each other’s side, and this is why the Boys become more interesting to me than Jan Di.
I also find the class dynamics getting more pronounced: Jan Di is a dry cleaner’s daughter with a ‘commoner’s pride.’ They talk about her like she’s an alien. And yet Jun Pyo is cool with crossing that class barrier. Interesting. I wonder if Jan Di’s inability to be feminine is supposed to be yet another marker of her class origins. Do you notice just how uncomfortable she is when they dress her up (and yes, I realize that it is problematic that she is getting dressed, Pygmalion-style, by these boys who try to transform her)? You would think Jan Di never wore a dress in her entire life. What, working-class girls have no femininity? In her drunken state, we do get some insight into her low self-esteem. She really doesn’t think she is smart, pretty or has any redeeming qualities whatsoever. But I also think that she can be stubborn when it comes to her pride.
Jun Pyo, working on getting into Jan Di’s heart. Did you notice how closely she held those goggles? She just doesn’t know it yet….the problem is, even when she knows it, she will act the same way!