Finally!!! Friend 2 – The Great Legacy

I have to say, finding Friend 2 was like looking for the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.You can clearly see the rainbow but where the hell is the pot?!  – _ –

I would gladly buy the DVD so that I can replay Kim Woo Bin growling in a sexy Busan accent for almost two hours over and over again but alas the version for sale is only able to be viewed by DVD players in Region 3 – Asia.

Note to self: Self! Please buy a damn DVD player when you go to Japan next month!!!

Anyhue. I was finally able to find it on Daily Motion with Spanish subs. I can understand very basic Spanish so I was okay with that, as long as I could see the movie. It was in 10 minute increments, which would’ve pissed me off for another movie but since I’ve been looking for it for months, I was okay with that too. When I got about 30 minutes in, I found parts 3 and 4, which were English subbed AND half hour or so each. Needless to say, I was thrilled.

So, on to the movie. It was a little confusing here and there, especially with the flash backs that weren’t in the first movie. Whenever my eyebrows started to crease downwards when I got lost, Woo Woo would show up on-screen to spring them right back up into place.

He is…Kim Woo Bin is…..EVERYTHING. Seeing him act as a bad boy, not a Heirs bad boy but a GANGSTER bad boy was a huge treat for me.

My favorite scenes were when he goes to the hospital to ‘visit’ Eun-ki and when he confronted Lee Jeong-suk about his father’s death. Actually, every part of the movie with Woo Woo in it was my favorite, but that’s the fan girl coming out and I am trying REALLY hard not to go down that road at 2:37 am.

I feel like I did when I saw Woo Woo in Heirs. He totally owned his role and in doing so, stole the spot light from the more senior actors. All in all, I am happy that I found it. I would still like to own a copy. Film companies in Korea need to realize that the Noona population in America that likes Korean actors is very large. They should make these movies available world-wide so that we can buy and enjoy them, just like the Noonas in Asia.

I noticed and have also heard that Woo Woo is REALLY popular with Noonas and Ahjummas in Korea.

Bringing their babies to his fan meets dressed like dinosaurs….  ~ _ ~

 

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K Drama Nicknames

While  watching my K Dramas on the Viki app, I like to have the viewer comments displayed on the screen. They are usually at the top, while the subs show up down below. It was a little distracting at first but now I’m so used to them that I’d rather have them on than off.

It makes me feel as if I have a kindred soul watching with me. I always giggle in delight when someone posts something that I was thinking to myself…..or screaming out loud. ^ _ ^

Another part of the viewers comments that I like are the cute nicknames that they give to certain characters during the series of K Drama episodes. Sometimes the writers of the dramas give the characters their own nicknames as well.

If it is a drama you’ve seen, can you tell who they are referring to just by the nickname?

Drama – Doctor Stranger, Nickname – Lollipop Ahjusshi

Drama – You’re All Surrounded, Nickname – Boots

Drama – Secret Love Affair, Nickname – Foxy

Drama – A Witch’s Romance, Nickname – Polar Bear

Drama – I Need Romance 3, Nickname – Sweet Potato

Drama – School 2013, Nickname – F5

What are some of your K Drama Nicknames?

To Dream or not to Dream with Joe Odagiri

I know that I have been leaning very heavily towards all things Korean lately so I wanted switch it up a bit and write about one of my favorite Japanese actor Joe Odagiri in one of my favorite movies Dream.

SPOILER ALERT!

I first saw Joe in Dream, a 2008 Korean movie written and directed by Kim Ki-Duk that was a mix of very twisted romance, mystery and thriller. Joe’s character speaks Japanese for the entire movie while everyone else speaks in Korean. The interesting thing about that is everyone understands what Joe is saying and he understands them.

As someone who watches shows in both Japanese and Korean, I have to confess that I didn’t catch that both languages were being spoken at first. At one point, Joe said “desu ka” and I was like WHAT?! I then freaked out and re-started the entire movie while I ranted and raved about how Kim Ki-Duk was able to come up with such a hot concept and how cool Joe was to be able to pull it off. Meanwhile my neighbors were probably sitting with their fingers hovering over 9-1-1 if I didn’t shut the flick up.

Joe’s acting in that movie was very intense, especially towards the end when he was torturing himself to keep from falling asleep. At one point in time, when I couldn’t take watching him stab and beat himself anymore, I got mad and almost stopped watching. To me, if she was already locked up, why not sleep? Why continue to hurt himself?

A fan commented to another fan during a drama I was watching on Viki, “If you are that mad at the character, to the point that you want to choke them, then the actor is doing their job.” It is so true! When I first started watching Korean dramas and movies, some of them would get me so worked up that I thought I was going crazy. In reality, all it was just damn good writers, directing and acting.

That’s how it was for me during Dream. So of course, I kept watching. Was it out of morbid fascination or was it because of  Joe’s super realistic acting that kept me tuned in? Probably both. Either way, I’m glad I did. The ending was as weird as the rest of the movie. It left me wondering if the whole thing was supposed to be a dream or if it was only one part in particular? If it was, which part was it? Did she really turn into a butterfly and fly out of the mental hospital or was the butterfly supposed to represent her soul, since she killed herself?

I’ve watched it a couple of times now and still can’t make heads or tails of it. It was one of those flicks where I got it but not really. However, Dream is still one of my favs and is usually one of the first that I recommend for people to watch if they haven’t already.

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Korean Drama Mathematics – Lesson 3

Fact: South Korea has some of the most attractive male actors and musical artists

Examples:

Music – BTS aka Bangtan Boys

*For visual verification, please see BTS – Bangtan Boys tab & More BTS pics sub-tab

Drama – Inspiring Generations

*For visual verification, please see My Obsessions tab > Korean actors & My Top 5 Biases sub-tab

Relevant Equation:

FGIT + IG + FBRS + MTF = IRMC

*For this particular “Lesson”, there are too many equations to list all of the possibilities.

Table:

FGIT = Flower Grandpa Investigative Team, IG = Inspiring Generations, FBRS = Flower Boy Raymun Shop, MTF = Me Too Flower, IRMC = I Rest My Case

Conclusion:

I have not seen as many attractive guys as in the South Korean entertainment industry. 99.99% of the movies, dramas and music videos/programs that I have watched so far have at least 2 cute guys each.

Inspiring Generations was THE kicker. It’s like South Korea was bragging about how many hot guys they have so they decided to put as many of them as they could in one drama.

Yes, South Korea. We ALL know that you have magical water that makes 2 out of 3 babies born there look like super models by the time they are in middle school. I mean, it’s gotta be the water right???

Of course, this is all based on my personal opinion but then again, I am not ashamed to say I am extremely biased. ^_^