There are a lot of great kisses in K-Land. A lot. Mostly because we wait so long for them, by the time they come we’re tightly coiled balls of anxiety and desire. Then BAM, even the most chaste peck lights up our panties and sends us swooning.
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These are just some of MY PERSONAL FAVORITES… so sorry, no Lee Min-Ho… he just does nothing for me, even though I enjoy most of his dramas. And this isn’t exhaustive… there are plenty of great smooches not listed.
Description of Kisses may include slight (or maybe big, I dunno) spoilers, so weigh how much you want to know about smooching versus how much I might ruin a show for you.
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Review – Shark
Shark is the third (and final) installment in the Revenge Trilogy by director Park Chan-hong and writer Kim Ji-woo. This drama varies greatly from its predecessors, Resurrection and The Devil. Shark is a moody, elegant revenge drama that indulges in gorgeous scenery and slow plot progression. It’s like watching a Sofia Coppola film. Everything is filtered down – the action, the romance, the mystery and the suspense – and yet its easy to bask comfortably in this dark emotional pool and allow yourself to sink to the bottom.
Kim Gam Nil is well suited to the careful, calculating man robbed of his father and young adulthood who returns for revenge. Son Ye Jin does an excellent job portraying a woman who lost her first love – and in order to find him again must face the terrible secrets of her own trusted family. Though it’s not as sexy and brooding as Bad Guy or as twisted and compelling as The Devil – Shark is an excellent series for a rainy weekend when you’d rather get lost in beautiful visuals, a slow simmer romance and a interesting mystery.
It’s a beautifully crafted drama. Meticulously crafted, in fact. Every shot, every detail, every lingering camera angle and detail hint at extra meaning. Like a Hitchcock film. Though a lot longer. It’s long. It’s 20 episodes. And there’s a great deal of “sins of the father” theme going on in this show… and more than once you will find yourself thinking, “Wait… doesn’t he/she already know this/that?” and you probably won’t be able to answer your own question and it probably won’t matter cause everyone has secrets and secret identities and everyone is lying to everyone and they can’t keep their stories straight so why should we, as viewers, have to? I absolutely LOVED this drama – and have rewatched it several times over the years (okay, okay, maybe not all of it… but probably 70%)- loving it more each time. But of course, long convoluted crazy romantic revenge melodramas are generally my favorites.
It also has one of the best love theme songs I’ve ever heard in drama. Lovely, haunting and passionate – I never got tired of hearing this song.
Overall Rating: 10/10
EXTREMELY MILD SPOILERS AND MORE
Be My Secretary! – The Beautiful Working Women of K-Dramas
Korean dramas are littered with beautiful Korean people. I get k-crushes on quite a few of them… Ko Soo, Kim Na Gil, Ha Ji Won, Yun Jung Hoon, Jun Ji Hyun, Yang Dong Geun, and so on. But sometimes they’re so awesome they seem untouchable. Even a harmless crush might stain their flawless veneer. They should be admired… like a work of art. Look but don’t touch, people!
So let us take a moment to admire one of my favorite side characters: The Secretary. Yes, I can’t even say the word secretary without thinking of that deliciously pervy movie with James Spader or the outrageous bombshell figure of the red head from Mad Men. But those secretaries were touchable… and were touched quite often on screen, if memory serves (it does, and so does my rewind button). The Secretaries we’re discussing here are the idols of Korean work life. You can worship them unclothed if you like, but they will not be moved. They have ascended to a higher plain of existence… where they can steal all our attention away from the female leads without batting an eyelash.
Who are these killer coworkers? Let us explore…
Every so often I come across one of these absolutely stunning working women… be they secretaries or coworkers or presidents or managers. Wow. Talk about incentive to get to work every morning. If you’ve seen Lie To Me, you probably noticed the extremely hot secretary lurking in the shadows of our male lead. It was hard to miss her. She seemed ten times cooler than the female lead but thankfully didn’t get entangled in a love-triangle… cause let’s face it, she was ten times cooler than the male lead too. These working ladies always know what’s really going on in the dramas. They know all, they see all. They’re goddesses amongst mortals.
Park Ji-Yoon played the secretary in Lie to Me.