What are the real ‘Oppa’ rules?

My friend and I were chatting today about my Bias list (currently only has 5 guys) and the possibility of my having to change it into two separate lists:

  1. I’m your Noona Bias List

  2. You’re my Oppa Bias List

Which brought back up the Oppa question.

Not that I plan on running around Korea and calling every guy older than me Oppa but since it is fully integrated into Korean culture, it is something that I am curious about.

I got the older brother, older male friend and boyfriend part. It’s the age part that kills me every time. With the US age and the Korean age not being the same, if you want to address someone as your Oppa, which age is the correct age to follow?

For example: If a guy was born in Korea in November 1977, he would be 36 in the US but 38 in Korea. He would turn 39 in Korea, not in November but in January.

So for a woman born in the US in November 1977, can she call him Oppa?

Based on US age he is not her Oppa but in Korean age he is.

*Please note that I was not born in November 1977 and am not using my age as this example. Kekekeke  ~ _ ~

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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K-ictionary….The new Dictionary!

Since becoming a fan of Korean dramas and music, a new version of the Dictionary has become available to me.

If it had an official name, it would probably be “K-ictionary –  The official dictionary to the South Korean entertainment industries’ female fans”.

It took me a while to accept these new vocabulary words as some of them already had other meanings based on the original English Dictionary.

Here of some examples of words that I knew before but now have new meanings to me based on the K-ictionary:

1. Ship

Dictionary – A large boat or sea sailing vessel

K-ictionary – To give a co-sign (thumbs up) to two people whom you feel would make a great couple. The couple DOES NOT have to be a guy with a girl.

Example: K pop female fans will ship two male members who are very close and display tons of skin ship with each other.

2. Skin ship

Dictionary – Ummmmm. These two words are in there but not together. Y’all know what skin is and #1 was ship.

K-ictionary – To display affection or close friendship by touching, kissing, cuddling, sitting on, laying on, dancing on, blowing air on, winking at, holding hands with another person. The people displaying skin ship DO NOT have to be opposite sexes.

Example: I don’t think I have to explain this, right? Moving on….

SkinShip

3. Bro-mance

Dictionary – Basically, this is a combination of two words, brother and romance.

K-ictionary – When two or more guys have a strong friendship and display lots of skin ship towards each other, to an outside observer, it appears as if they have romantic feelings for each other.

Example: Kim Woo Bin and Lee Jong Suk’s characters in School 2013 had an insanely intense Bro-mance that almost made all the female viewers burst into flames from all the Feels.

4. Feels

Dictionary – Your emotions. Usually termed as ‘feelings’.

K-ictionary – When someone (male or female) does something with or without meaning to, that effects you so strongly that in addition to making your feelings go haywire, it may also cause your brain to temporarily malfunction.

Example: “Oh my gawwwd…My feels!!!! J Hope, stop it!”

J Hope

I actually dedicated a blog to J Hope under My Obsessions > J Hope…Please stop, that is purely feels based. I wish I could delete it. But my Feels won’t let me.  ~_~

5. Puppy

Dictionary – A newborn to adolescent dog. Generally very playful and super cute in this age range thus making them very hard to resist.

K-ictionary – A cute Male Lead in a drama that has exhibited any of the following, but not limited to, the behaviors listed below:

1) Had his feelings hurt by a Female Lead and is crying

2) Loves someone who doesn’t love him back so he’s lonely

3) Loves someone who loves him back but for whatever reason they can’t be together so he’s sad

4) Is jealous of another Male Lead and shows it in a angry but cute pouty lip way

5) Falls over himself to do something to please the girl he likes

Examples (K drama fan comments): “Oh puppy, don’t cry! She’ll come back to you” or “Look at the puppy smiling because she complimented him!”

These are the main words that I feel a fan of k pop and k dramas will need at the Beginners level.

Be sure to look out for my next K-ictionary post for the Intermediate fans! ^_^

 

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. ^_^

Korean Drama Mathematics – Lesson 2

Fact: Most romance themed K dramas have two male leads trying to win the heart of one female lead

Examples: Cunning Single Lady, Boys Over Flowers, Prime Minister and I

Relevant Equations:

FML = S + M + C

SML = L + K + VC

FML + SML + FL = HBSML

Table:

FML = First Male Lead, SML = Second Male Lead, FL = Female Lead, S = Sarcastic, M = Mean, C = Cute, L = Lovable, K = Kind, VC = Very Cute, HBSML = Heart Broken Second Male Lead

Conclusion:

Unfortunately, these equations cannot be altered. In every single one of the K dramas I listed above, I developed such horrible SML syndrome that I even considered not watching the drama when it looked like the First Male Lead was going to get the girl. ~_~