My Girlfriend is a Nine-Tailed Fox (2010)


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Source: http://www.crunchyroll.com/forumtopic-612074/kdrama-2010-my-girlfriend-is-a-nine-tailed-fox-gumiho
 Title My Girlfriend is a Nine-Tailed Fox [내 여자친구는 구미호], My Girlfriend is a Gumiho
 Genre  Romance, comedy, fantasy
 Episodes  16
Network  SBS
 Main Cast
  • Lee Seung Ki as Cha Dae Woong
  • Shin Min Ha as Gumiho (The nine-tailed fox)
  • No Min Woo as Park Dong Joo
  • Park Soo Jin as Eun Hye In
  • Byun Hee Bong as Cha Poong (Dae Woong’s grandfather)
  • Yoon Yoo Sun as Cha Min Sook (Dae Woong’s aunt)
  • Sung Dong Il as Ban Doo Hong
  • Hyo Min as Ban Sun Nyeo
  • Kim Ho Chang as Kim Byung Soo
 Director  Boo Sung Chul
 Screenwriter  Hong Mi Ran, Hong Jung Eun
 Official Website(s)  http://tv.sbs.co.kr/mygumiho/
 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.

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  • 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)

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East of Eden (2008-2009)


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Source: http://wiki.d-addicts.com/File:EOE_Poster.JPG
 Title East of Eden [에덴의 동쪽]
 Genre  Action, romance
 Episodes  56
Network  MBC
 Main Cast
  • Song Seung Hun as Lee Dong Chul
  • Shin Dong Woo as Dong Chul – 5 years old
  • Kim Bum as Dong Chul – 15 years old
  • Yun Jung Hoon as Lee Dong Wook
  • Park Gun Tae as Dong Wook – 10 years old
  • Park Hae Jin as Shin Myung Hun
  • Won Duk Hyun as Myung Hun – 10 years old
  • Han Ji Hye as Kim Ji Hyun
  • Nam Ji Hyun as Ji Hyun – 10 years old
  • Lee Da Hae as Min Hye Rin
  • Lee Yeon Hee as Gook Young Ran/Grace
  • Dennis Oh as Mike Packard
 Director  So Won Young
 Screenwriter  Na Yun Sook, Lee Hong Ku
 Official Website(s)  http://www.imbc.com/broad/tv/drama/eastofeden/
 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?

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  • 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)

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Jejoongwon (2010)


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Source: http://wiki.d-addicts.com/File:Jejoongwon.jpg
 Title Jejoongwon/Jejungwon
 Genre  Medical, Historical
 Episodes  36
Network  SBS
 Main Cast
  • Park Yong Woo as Hwang Jung
  • Cha Jae Dol as young Hwang Jung
  • Han Hye Jin as Yoo Seok Ran
  • Yeon Jung Hoon as Baek Do Yang
  • Dulake Sean Richard as Doctor Allen
  • Kang Nam Gil as Watanabe
  • Jang Hyung Sung as Min Young Ik
  • Yoo Tae Woong as Kim Ok Gyun
  • Kim Seung Wook as Hong Young Shik
  • Jang Hang Sun as Hwang Hung Byu
  • Cha Hwa Yun as Hwang Jung Mo
  • Jung Suk Yong as Lee Kwak (Jak Dae)
  • Suh In Suk as Baek Kyu Hyun
  • Lee Hyo Jung as Baek Kyu Hyun
  • Kwon Hae Hyo as Oh Chung Hwan
  • Yoon Gi Won as Yoon Je Wook
  • Won Ki Joon as Jung Po Gyu
  • Kim Gab Soo as Doctor Yoo (Seok Ran’s father)
 Director  Hong Chang Wook
 Screenwriter  Lee Ki Won
 Official Website(s)  http://tv.sbs.co.kr/jejungwon/
 Fan Website(s)  http://dazzlingmeteor.blogspot.com/2010/01/36-episode-jejoogwon-from-january-4.html
 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.

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Winter Sonata (2002)


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Source: http://shutupletmespeak.files.wordpress.com/2011/06/winter_poster1.jpg
 Title Winter Sonata [겨울연가], Winter Ballad, Winter Love Song, Endless Love 2
 Genre  Drama, Romance
 Episodes  20
Network  KBS2
 Main Cast
  • Bae Yong Jun as Kang Joon Sang/ Lee Min Hyung
  • Choi Ji Woo as Jung Yu Jin
  • Park Yong Ha as Kim Sang Hyuk
  • Park Sol Mi as Oh Che Lin
  • Lee Hye Eun as Long Jin Suk (Yu Jin’s best friend)
  • Ryu Seung Soo as Kwon Yong Kuk (classmate who reads palms)
  • Song Ok Sook as Pianist Kang Mi Hee (Joon Sang’s mother)
  • Ha Jae Young as Jung Hyun Soo (Yu Jin’s father)
  • Kim Hae Sook as Yu Jin’s mother
  • Jung Dong Hwan as Professor Kim Jin Woo (Sang Hyuk’s father)
  • Lee Hyo Choon as Sang Hyuk’s mother
  • Jung Won Jong as Park Jong Ho (teacher)
  • Jang Hang Sun as Supervisor Min
  • Kwon Hae Hyo as Lee Min Hyung’s subordinate
 Director  Yun Seok Ho, Lee Hyung Min
 Screenwriter  Kim Eun Hee, Yoon Eun Kyung, Oh Soo Yun
 Official Website(s)  http://www.kbs.co.kr/end_program/drama/winter/
 Fan Website(s)
 Description An introverted high schooler opens up and falls in love with the girl next door, but disappears suddenly. Ten years later, they have a high school reunion – and maybe another chance at love!

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Cinderella’s Sister (2010)


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Source: http://daheefanel.files.wordpress.com/2010/06/cs1.jpg
 Title Cinderella’s Sister/ Cinderella’s Stepsister/ A Modern Story of Revenge
 Genre  Romance, Melodrama
 Episodes  20
Network  KBS2
 Main Cast
  •  Moon Geun Yong as Song Eun Jo
  • Seo Woo as Goo Hyo Sun
  • Chun Jung Myung as Hong Ki Hoon
  • Taecyeon as Han Jung Woo
  • Lee Mi Sook as Song Kang Sook
  • Kim Gab Soo as Goo Dae Sung
  • Kim Dong Hyun as Goo Joon Su
  • Kang Sung Jin as Yang Hae Jin
  • Choi Il Hwa as Chairman Hong
  • Yun Woo Jin as Dong Soo
  • Go Se Won as Jong Ki Jung
  • Seo Hyun Chul as Mr. Jang (Kang Sook’s true love)
  • Kim Chung as Ki Hoon’s mother
  • Seo Ji Eun as Nam Yi
 Director  Kim Young Jo, Kim Won Suk
 Screenwriter  Kim Kyu Wan
 Official Website(s)  http://www.kbs.co.kr/drama/cinderella/
 Fan Website(s)  http://www.soompi.com/fanclub/cinderellas-sister
 Description  A new take on the Cinderella story – everyone loves Cinderella (Hyo Sun) while the stepsister (Eun Jo) struggles.

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Vampire Prosecutor (2011)


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Source: http://wiki.d-addicts.com/File:Vampire_Prosecutor.jpg
 Title Vampire Prosecutor [뱀파이어 검사]
 Genre  Crime/Mystery, Action/Thriller, Horror
 Episodes  12
Network OCN
 Main Cast
  • Yun Jung Hoon as Min Tae Yeon
  • Lee Young Ah as Yoo Jung In
  • Lee Won Jong as Hwang Soon Bum
  • Jang Hyun Sung as Jang Chul Oh
 Director  Kim Byung Soo
 Screenwriter  Yang Jin Ah, Han Jung Hoon, Park Hyung Jin
 Official Website(s)  http://series.lifestyler.co.kr/vampire
 Fan Website(s)  http://www.facebook.com/Official.Vampire.Prosecutor
 Description He’s secretly a vampire, who uses his powers to solve crimes while planning to get revenge on his enemies!

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Fugitive: Plan B (2010)


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Source: http://opionator.wordpress.com/2011/08/17/the-fugitive-plan-b-or-domangja-plan-b/
 Title  Fugitive: Plan B/Runaway: Plan B
 Genre  Action/romance/comedy
 Episodes 20
Network KBS2
 Main Cast
  • Bi (Rain) as Ji Woo
  • Lee Na Young as Jin Yi/Jini K
  • Lee Jung Jin as Chief Detective Do Soo
  • Yoon Jin Seo as Detective Yoon So Ran
  • Daniel Henney as Kai
 Director  Kwak Jung Hwan
 Screenwriter  Chun Sung Il
 Official Website(s)  N/A
 Fan Website(s) N/A
 Description  Action AND tomfoolery with Rain as a private detective

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Secret Garden (2010/2011)


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Source: http://avrilend.wordpress.com/2011/01/20/
 Title  Secret Garden
 Genre  Romantic comedy
 Episodes  20
Network  SBS
 Main Cast
  • Hyun Bin as Kim Joo Won
  • Ha Ji Won as Gil Ra Im
  • Yoon Sang Hyun as Choi Woo Young
  • Kim Sa-rang as Yoon Seul
  • Lee Jong Suk as Han Tae Sun
  • Yoo In-na as Im Ah Young
  • Lee Philip as Director Im Jong Soo
  • Kim Ji Sook as Moon Yeon Hong
  • Park Joon Geum as Moon Boon Hong
  • Kim Sung Oh as Secretary Kim
 Director  Shin Woo Chul, Kwon Hyuk Chan
 Screenwriter  Kim Eun Sook
 Official Website(s)  http://tv.sbs.co.kr/secretgarden/
 Fan Website(s)  Secret Garden KoreanDrama Official (Facebook Page)
 Description  Switching bodies and the antics that follow!

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2011 Guerime Awards

2011 Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA)

  • Best O.S.T.: Baek Ji Young – “That Woman” (Secret Garden O.S.T.)

2011 6th Seoul International Drama Awards – Korean Drama Categories:

47th Paeksang Arts Awards – Television Categories 2011:

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An Idol Army: Thoughts On The Mega Group

Too many!

That’s what a lot of netizens say when offering an opinion on new or returning idol groups with extremely large numbers. They may have a point, but I also think that there is something to be gained from mega Kpop group.

While fans are always noting the sheer number of idol groups that debut, they seem to be especially sensitive to groups with large numbers. Five members may be ideal, but when numbers start to climb beyond that, as it does with groups such as U-Kiss (seven members), T-ara (seven members), Infinite (seven members) , ZE:A (nine members) and After School (nine members), people get antsy.  Given their success, fans seem to have accepted the large numbers in SNSD and Super Junior, but that was not easily achieved. So I wasn’t surprised at the reaction to newer, larger Kpop groups. Something seemed to snap in fans when Golden Goose Entertainment announced plans for a Japanese debut for APeace (formerly Double B/21) back in March. With 21 members in tow (yes, 21!), some viewed APeace as a science experiment gone horribly wrong, one that created a monster with the numbers of Super Junior and SNSD combined. Kpop fans flooded forums with their displeasure at the high number of members. Some wondered how all 21 of them get paid. Others complained about not being able to see them all. And still others lamented having to learn all of their names.

I have to confess, I like APeace. I like their single, Lover Boy. I find it to be a great dance song. But what can prepare you for the music video for Lover Boy? It makes me absolutely giddy, and it has everything to do with the fact that there are eventually 21 of them dancing on the screen at one time!

Maybe I like this video so much because it brings back memories of being in a marching band. I especially like the move at :41, which I’m sure will be come the international sign for “baby girl.” However, beyond my potential fangirl-y reaction to APeace, I do think that they learn from some of the challenges that other mega groups like Super Junior face, and, as a result, could make it work.

Mega groups mean mega profits for agencies, as they can strategically place members in multiple places at once, so it makes sense from their point of view. Clearly, SM Entertainment did not foresee how attached fans would get to the initial membership of a mega group like Super Junior. Now, before we get started, I like Super Junior, so I want all the ELFs to take a deep breath. I am not hating on Super Junior, but there are some things that we all know to be true. For instance, all was well in Super Junior land back in 2007 until SM Entertainment started making noises about adding more members, like Henry, to the already super large Super Junior. This prompted some fans to take action to protect the membership. Asianbite.com featured a story about fan protests over the plan. One fan stated, “We do not want Henry or anyone else to be added in Super Junior. We want Super Junior to be a safe 13-membered group.”  I believe that some of this anxiety came from the fact that fans perceived the membership of Super Junior to be set, and that the addition of Henry was not something they signed up for. As a fan, you would wonder whether or if the additions would stop.  SM Entertainment could just keep adding members, with no end in sight. However, APeace avoids this by hitting you with 21 members up front. 21 is a large number, so if you accept that APeace has 21 members, you are not likely to have anxiety about the possibility for additional members. If they added more members (gasp!), would it really be that big of a deal?

The creation of subgroups by SM Entertainment to capitalize on as many markets as possible contributes to even more anxiety around the mega group. Hey, when you are working with 10 to 13 people, you have options. But sometimes these subgroups cause challenges of their own, especially for new fans. I encountered Super Junior M before I encountered Super Junior, so I didn’t understand the relationship between the subgroups and the main group. I could not understand why I couldn’t find Henry or Zhou Mi in what I have come to call Super Junior Proper.  And don’t get me started on the guest status of Sungmin and Eunhyuk in Super Junior M right now. Are there more subgroups on the horizon? One never knows with SM Entertainment. However, APeace has the foresight to establish their subgroups up front. According to their official website, we can look forward to APeace Lapis, APeace Jade and APeace Onyx, three subgroups with seven members each. This move avoids fan disappointment and confusion.

The number of members and the subgroups are not the only things that causes anxiety in fans in relation to a mega group. One of my issues with Super Junior is the presence of the membership of Super Junior at any given time. When a news story runs that Super Junior will make an appearance, can you really be sure who is going to show up? How often do you see all of them together? Yes, we know that Kangin has a good excuse, as he is doing his military service, but when was the last time you saw Kibum? Is he even still in this group? I miss him.  This inability to predict which members of the group participate in group activities is in part linked to the busy schedules of individual members, and this is a problem for me. I was introduced to Super Junior as a group. I kinda expect them to act like the other groups I like.  You know, to be together, to show up, together. Sometimes, it just seems that they are individual artists who get together once in a while and make music. However, I don’t even expect APeace to function as a group in that way because they are rolling 21 deep. I’m not looking for them to have a deep bond with each other. I don’t know APeace, but I don’t feel that I’m expected to know them individually in this 21-member unit. Yes, I vaguely remember them introducing themselves, but who remembers that? I remember them being introduced as a 21-member group, so I don’t invest in their group dynamic, as I did with SS501 or SHINee. APeace, with its large numbers, lowers your expectations about the interaction among the members. I see them more as individual artists who come together to form the mini-nation that is APeace every once and a while. So if fans rarely expect to see them all together, then they are less likely to be disappointed.

I guess this is why I’m not up in arms about APeace. I know I won’t convince a lot of you that bigger is better, but that’s not my goal. What I am saying is that creating a viable model for a large Kpop group is worth exploring. Whatever you think of APeace or any other mega group coming down the turnpike, it takes a certain amount of expertise to promote a mega group. Somebody had to arrange 21 voices on a track. Somebody had to choreograph a dance for 21 people, and I think APeace pulls it off. They are so in sync, a friend of mine thought it was a special effect. Somebody had to film 21 people in motion. There is something to be said for the people who work behind the scenes and for the members of mega groups themselves. You try doing anything with 21 people.

Sources:

“Super Junior Fans Protest Against Addition of New Member,” Asianbite.com

Profile, apeace.jp

Photo Credits: thehottestprimadonna

Video Credits:

APeace, Lover Boy, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mvUuSfXlA7I