This is for all the women who want some vicarious ‘beating the crap out of everyone who’s ever looked at me sideways’ enjoyment. It’s also a whole sack full of fun even if you don’t have the urge to pummel anyone.
Do Bong Soon (Park Bo-young) is tiny, perky, and possessed of the superhuman strength that runs in the females in her family. Park brings an effervescence to the role that lifts Bong Soon above the merely cute, adding a sharp edge – the occasional side eye and tendency to inflict casual violence on the furniture to make a point gives her the quality of a human hand grenade, liable to wreak havoc at the slightest provocation despite her sweet smile and obliging manner.
Tomorrow’s review will be Strong Girl Bong Soon, so for the OST pick I’ve gone with a song from the classic girl group Mamamoo. It’s rare for me to choose girl group music, so enjoy it while you can, folks. Lyrics video follows the MV, with Hangul, Romanisation, and English translation.
This is just stitched together from a whole steaming pile of wrong. It can’t seem to decide what it is, so it veers between Cinderella rom com, mystery, and episodic ghost series, while never managing to be good at any of them.
Then there’s the acting and characterisation. Some of the actors manage, although the script doesn’t give them much to work with, but the male lead is like a lugubrious ironing board. I think if it was a choice between talking to ghosts or dating this man, I’d go the ghosts every time. In the Bad Acting Olympics, he rivals the lead from You Are Beautiful, who at least had good looks going for him.
This is mellow pastel DinDin pining, not for the fjords, but for a girl. He’s assisted in his pining by the dulcet tones of Lee Hong Gi from FT Island, who provides a calming counterpoint to DinDin’s melancholy musings.
The world’s most introverted over-thinker meets the world’s most outspoken non-thinker – what could go wrong?
Fortunately it gets better than that, because if it was just “Genius introvert falls in love with pushy extrovert”, I don’t think I could have stuck it, Sandeul soundtrack or no. I spent the first couple of episodes wanting to slap the female lead, because the character was so incredibly annoying. Most humans with an iota of empathy could tell the boss was suffering from crippling social anxiety, probably due to some past trauma, but Pushy Git Girl just kept on regardless, causing massive public humiliation and exacerbating his problems.
Confession time: I started watching the series because of this song. Yes, tragic, I know. But I’m unrepentant – Sandeul’s glorious vocals make everything better, and the song appears frequently throughout the series at appropriate moments. It’s a gentle, lyrical ballad that’s sweet and uplifting, rather like Sandeul himself, although thankfully he refrains from any leek-related activity here. Enjoy. (Series review coming tomorrow)
It looked like just another cop drama, but this little gem ticked all the boxes on my Cracking Good Series bingo card.
For starters, the cast: Lee Seung-gi as Kim Ji-young/Eun Dae-gu, whose mother was murdered in front of his eyes when he was 15, carries his role with a restrained intensity that starts at “To hell with the lot of you” and never flags. He often seems on the verge of explosion as he goes about his secret quest for revenge, hiding his real identity from those he believes to be involved, and the gradual thawing of his character after having been solitary for so long is touching without being maudlin.
Everyone involved in this debacle should cower under the Doona of Shame for all eternity. I’m even embarrassed to say I watched it.
What a complete dogs’ breakfast – the script was woeful, frequently relying on the execrable tactic of character soliloquies to reveal important plot points & describe feelings, saving all that tedious acting nonsense you might see in other K-drama.
Maybe this was because the acting was so cringe-inducing that even my cat left the room – watching Park Shin-hye totter about like a wide-eyed wind-up toy must have offended her beyond all reason.
Japan may have Godzilla, but Korea has an equally fearsome monster. The chaebol mama may not trample buildings, but she has a shriek that can shatter glass, and is equally destructive of anyone who stops her doing whatever she wants.
Anyone who watches this expecting to see another Captain Ri Jeong Hyeok from Crash Landing on You will be sadly disappointed – as this was before Hyun Bin’s military service, HB was considerably slimmer, and his character is not at all the alpha male of CLOY. But this is still an excellent series, written by Kim Eun-sook, who was responsible for the enormously popular Goblin, the Lonely and Great God.