Review – King 2 Hearts / The King 2heart
Ah… King 2 Hearts… a hit from 2012 that is still great. It imagines a constitutional monarchy in modern South Korea, but with the same divide between North and South. Our male main character is the second in line to the throne, but reluctant to step up to the demands and responsibilities of his title. In an attempt to help him “grow up,” the King sends him on a peace-making mission to work with North Koreans for a military collaboration. There he meets our female lead, a North Korean assassin. Throw in a maniacal global arms dealer determined to crush the monarchy, a motley but lovable group of soldiers, royals, and all the family and political intrigue of mixing two long-separated countries… and you have an amazing show that is sure to entertain.
Overall Rating 9/10. A Fairy Tale Romance With North Korean Cuteness. Who Knew?
More discussion, ramblings and spoilers follow….
Review – Two Cops
I didn’t realize this was going to be a supernatural comedy until the end of the first episode. Two Cops is the phone “nickname” that our lady reporter gave our gentleman detective after noticing he seemed to have two personalities. One, the intense and focused detective with incredible fighting skills and a keen sense of justice – and Two, the goofy, flirtatious conman that mystically takes over our detective’s body sometimes after they were both involved in an accident together. This may be the best role Cho Jung-Seok has ever played (just kidding, he’s been great in quite a few shows) – as he gets to seriously show off his acting chops by being two believably different personalities inside one body. Everything about him changes, his tone of voice, his physicality, the look in his eyes. Its one of the best examples of one actor playing two people that I can think of. Kim Sun-Ho plays the conman, when he’s in spirit form, and excels as the lovable lawbreaker. Hyeri is simply adorable as the feisty reporter caught between these “two” men.
Overall, this is a buddy comedy. A bromance. A mix-match personality pairing in the style of Lethal Weapon, Men in Black, Bad Boys or even Midnight Run. There’s a little romance mingled in there, but really… it’s about two dudes. And it was adorable. This show was a wild, fun ride that I highly recommend. True, the first half was a bit more zany and fun than the second half, but it will still overall awesome and I loved it.
Overall Rating – 9/10. Two Souls and One Hot Body.
More about Two Cops… with spoilers…
Movie Reviews – Pure Love & My Annoying Brother
I was on a Do Kyung-Soo kick… or maybe just a crying kick, I’m not sure… but I ended up watching two Do Kyung-Soo tearjerkers back to back yesterday. They were both lovely films – full of outstanding performances from all the actors involved. Pure Love was a story about a group of teenage friends who are home for the summer in 1991, enjoying their beautiful coastal village and the pains and joys of growing up. One of the girl’s has a genetic problem with her legs and struggles to walk – while secretly hoping for an operation that will cure her. The boys in the group all love her, in their own ways, but in particular one sensitive young man who follows her around like a lost puppy. It’s a gorgeous film… a thoughtful, nostalgic piece about youth and also about the betrayal of coming of age. I ain’t gonna lie… I cried. A lot. They really did not intend for anyone to leave this movie with dry eyes and I’m sure succeeded…. cause a lot of it tore my heart out.
My Annoying Brother was, in my opinion, even better. I’m a total sucker for redemption stories. The youngest brother is a Judo champion who looses his sight during an accident. The eldest brother is a petty criminal who uses his brother’s misfortune to get out of prison on parole early. The two have been estranged for years – ever since the older brother ran away from home as a teenager. And yet, slowly, wonderfully, these two are able to come back together… and restore hope and meaning to one another’s lives. Cho Jung-Seok was genuine and hysterical as the unruly brother (seriously, I laughed a lot over this guy and his ridiculous behavior… I have an older brother, and let’s face it… they’re kind of jerks most of the time but also your heroes)… and Do Kyung-Soo was outstanding as the young man struggling to find the will to live with his new disability. This is also a melodrama… and it’s pretty freakin’ sad, too. But I also felt good at the end, hopeful even… my faith in humanity restored a little bit.
Anyways, check ’em out if you’re in the mood. Quality stuff.
Review – Jealousy Incarnate
This show really shouldn’t have been as entertaining as it was. The plot was kinda lame, the territory worn… but due to the amazing cast, it somehow managed to still be an enjoyable show for 20 something long episodes. I think the reason this show appeals to people is because the premise is appealing. Who hasn’t had a crush on someone who just didn’t feel the same way? And how awesome would it be if they suddenly changed their mind – at the exact time someone as equally awesome came along and also liked you? And… let’s shoot for the stars… how incredible would it be to date them both, with their permission, and even set up house together while they generously allow to figure out your feelings? Geesh. It’s so ridiculous and in the realm of fantasy, which is exactly why it was entertaining for twenty episodes.
The love triangle is really the only reason to watch it. There are better shows about broadcasting (Pinocchio) and there are better shows about cancer (Padam Padam), though I will admit the male breast cancer angle was interesting. The side story about the warring moms was funny and I enjoyed their love triangle as well. The side story about the teenagers, eh. I have a serious crush on Choi Hwa-Jung, who played the rich guy’s mom, Madam Kim, so I loved watching her prance around and try to reign in her empire and heir… oh my God, she was rockin’ in this show. Her stylist deserves a special award for fitting those curves to perfection. Damn.
Overall Rating – 7/10. Two Boyfriends Are Better Than One.
Review – Oh My Ghostess
Can I just say now right now that my favorite thing about this cute little show was the epic girl-friendship between the professor the shaman? How adorable were they? I loved that we had two older women coming together as friends with no common ground whatsoever other than the fact they were both lonely and needed a buddy. Sometimes that is all it takes. Their friendship made the entire story better, like having home made icing on a cake instead of store bought. Sure, we were gonna eat that cake regardless… but now it’s just so much yummier.
Oh My Ghostess was a cute, supernatural romance about a shy young girl who gets possessed by a horny extroverted ghost – which both makes her life better and worse. The horny ghost is convinced if she can lose her virginity to man of vitality, then she will let go of the grudge keeping her from crossing over to the next world. When that man of vitality happens to be the shy girl’s boss and secret crush, hilarity ensues.
Park Bo-Young was so adorable and funny in this show – jumping back and forth between a wide eyed innocent and a shameless rambunctious hussy with ease – that’s great acting prowess, right there. Cho Jung-Seok played the male lead, a persnickety chef who’s a bit of a narcissist but also a surprisingly sweet romantic at heart. His character transformation over the show was as just as impressive as the female lead. Throw in a bunch of playful restaurant coworkers, a gigantic cop with a little boy’s smile, the dead girl’s family, and a murder mystery or two… and you’ve got a nice way to spend sixteen hours.
It was a fun little romance and I can see why so many people have recommended this show over the years. Add me to the list. I recommend it too.
Overall Rating – 8/10. Don’t Die A Virgin In Korea.