Recommended Movie – A Millionaire’s First Love

If you haven’t noticed, I am addicted to DBSK. Try to check out the archives of the songs and lyrics that I’ve posted and you’ll see that I have posted a lot of their songs. I was listening to their songs one day when my playlist played Insa which was sung by Hero Jaejong for the movie A Millionaire’s first love. Because of that, I had an itch to watch the movie again. I did download the movie not long ago and I watched it again. Though I’ve watched this for the nth time (it’s one of my favorite korean movies), it still breaks my heart everytime I watch it.

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Synopsis

Kang Jae-kyung is a typical spoiled rich kid; he’s arrogant, drives sporty cars, attends the big clubs, and rides through school corridors on his motorcycle. As his 18th birthday approaches, he’s set to inherit his grandfather’s fortune, a five star hotel. However, Jae-kyung must earn his fortune. His grandfather lays down an ultimatum; Jae-kyung is required to transfer to a new school in Gangwondo and graduate. Until then all access to his penthouse, cottage and credit cards are denied. Should he fail to graduate or drop out then he loses everything. With little choice he heads out to the countryside and a small town in which daily life is far removed from what he’s used to.

Shortly after settling into his new home he meets 19 year-old Choi Eun-whan, who just happened to run into him back in Seoul. They don’t exactly hit it off; he’s far too stubborn and cool for school, while she sees hope for him and sets out to make him see it for himself. As they eventually draw closer, thanks to a set of coincidences and school projects they learn more about one another, but soon a shattering revelation will change these people forever. (wikipedia)

The movie starred Hyun Bin (My Name is Kim Sam Soon, World that They Live in) and Lee Yoon Hee (East of Eden, One Fine Day).

Why I Liked the Movie?

This is not the first Korean movie that I saw. I’ve seen My Sassy Girl and the Classic before I watched it. I remember watching this movie on crunchyroll. I used to work in a contact center and since I had a night shift, I would usually be sitting infront of a PC when I got home so I can sleep and to make me sleepy I would watch movies. There were a lot of Asian movies to choose from but I decided to start with those which title begins with the letter A and this was the first on the list. This was probably the first Korean movie I saw with a sad ending (spoiler) and thus I remember crying during as I watched the movie. I couldn’t contain my emotions when I watched it. It was even a little embarrassing because my mom saw me crying. I think that’s why I like it so much, because this movie was the first Asian movie that made me cry.

Hyun Bin looked a little different in the movie, playing an 18 year old heir. This was one of his early movies. Though it may not be his best movie but he displayed that he can act in this movie. Lee Yoon Hee looked very charming in this movie — charming yet very sickly.

The soundtrack of the movie was a good one too. The songs make you sad. Insa (Greeting), which was sung by DBSK’s Hero Jaejoong, was very appropriate for the movie. The soft melody makes your heart break. I will be posting this song next!

Over-all, this is a very sad movie but it had the elements of a beautiful love story which you will remember.

If you’re interested to watch the movie, you can go to mysoju.

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Recommended Drama – It Started With a Kiss

I haven’t been updating this blog for days since I was a little busy — watching we got married! ahahaha 😀 Anyway I felt an urge to add another one of the dramas that I would recommend. It’s another Taiwanese dramas called It Started With a Kiss, or more commonly, to a person who watches lots of Taiwanese dramas, ISWAK. The first time I saw this was way back in college. I think it was in my 4th year (2006) when it was first shown in one of the local networks. It was shown on a Saturday. Normally, I don’t wake up early — at that time I would wake up at 12 noon. But this drama has me awoke at 9:30 AM. I remember that it was in this drama that I fell in love with Ginny and Michael (local networks usually change the names of the characters to a name Filipinos are more familiar with).

This drama is the Taiwanese adaptation of the Japanese manga, Itazura na Kiss. There are 2 seasons for this drama, the second of which is called They Kiss Again. The story of the drama is about a Girl who is not that bright but because of her courage, the man of her dreams falls in love with her.

Synopsis: It Started With a Kiss (first season)

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After an earthquake destroyed Xiang Qin’s house, she and her father moved in with the family of her father’s college buddy, Uncle Ah Li. To her surprise, the kind and amicable aunt and uncle are the parents of her cold and distant schoolmate Jiang Zhi Shu, a genius with an IQ of 200 whom not too long ago rejected her endless crush on him. Will the close proximity give her a second chance to win Zhi Shu’s heart? Or, will her love for him end under his cold words? What happens when there is competition for his heart? (dramawiki)

Synopsis: (They Kiss Again / It Started With a Kiss 2)

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The sequel of It Started With A Kiss begins with Xiang Qin and Zhi Shu’s wedding and honeymoon. Even after marriage, they experience problems and interferences within their marriage such as mistaken pregnancy, misunderstandings, and a run-in with a girl from Zhi Shu’s past. Xiang Qin and Zhi Shu switch to medical school to become nurse and doctor. During that time, Zhi Shu meets new rivals who wish to outdo him and Xiang Qin makes four new friends, and one of them likes her and wishes to replace Zhi Shu. (dramawiki)

** Yes, they ended up marrying with each other in the first season (sorry for the spoiler) as the second season tells about their married life. However, I recommend you watch the last part of the first season to know what happened to the wedding :D)

The drama stars Ariel Lin (Tokyo Juliet, Love Contract) as Xiang Qin (Ginny) and Joe Cheng (Summer x Summer, taiwanese Honey and Clover). Jiro Wang, one of the members from Fahrenheit (though if you’re a fan of their I bet you know he belongs to that boy band), also plays the Ah Jin, the guy who is in love with Xiang Qin. In the second season, there are several additional characters whom you will meet. Two of those characters are played by Danson Tang and Figaro Zheng.

Why I liked it?

I love the story! Ahahaha.. I’m sorry I’m just a hopeless romantice and I am a sucker for love stories!!! In this particular story, the not so smart girl falls in love with a boy genius.  The boy finds the girl irritating. But because of the determination of the girl (and with a little help from Zhi Shu’s mom), the boy’s heart opened up to the girl, seeing that she is the only one who could make him happy. Though the guy could not express his feelings that much to the girl, he love her none the less. Romantic isn’t it! But I do have one slight thing that I don’t get.. Xiang Qin’s character is super dumb sometimes! I would sometimes ask myself could someone be that like that? But without her character I think the story would be boring.

There is no other person that could probably play the character better than Ariel Lin did it. She looks very natural playing this character. This was the first drama that I saw which she starred in. I watched Love Contract (which she did with Mike He) last year and her character was a bit different there — she was really strong and she was intelligent, the excat opposite of what Xiang Qin is. I would have to give her a applause for her interpretation of Xiang Qin’s charater. She is a versatile actress. It was also fun watching Joe Cheng play the unfeeling Zhi Shu. Their chemistry is quite good on screen. So good that after ISWAK and ISWAK 2 they had another drama called Love or Bread.

And as you have notice I usually comment on how good the soundtrack of the drama is. For this drama its still the same, though I like the OST of the first season compared to that of the second season. For someone who likes Joe Cheng, you would be pleased to know that he sang a song for the second season (if you’ve watched the drama its the song that has the lyrics “I love what I Love, I hate what I hate..”). Cyndi Chaw (she plays Zhi Shu’s mom) also sang The Secret Hidden in the Smile.

This drama is one of those dramas that I love to watch over and over. I do hope you would fall in love with Xiang Qin and Zhi Shu as I have!

To watch this drama online you may visit this site.

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Recommended Drama – Fated to Love You

Before my friend left for China to be a language student, she left me a copy of a Taiwanese drama that she was watching. The drama was called Fated to Love You. During that time I had a lot of catching up to do with the dramas my friends were watching because back then I was so busy with work. I was still watching They Kiss Again at that time. I finally had the chance to watch this drama last October (about a month after my friend left for China) — and surprise suprise i loved it (obviously as I would not be recommending it if I did not like it :D).

The drama tells about the story of a sticky note girl and how she found (and eventually ended up) with the man of her dreams — and  all that was thanks to FATE.

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Synopsis

A really unfashionable working class girl Chen Xin Yi has the desire to tie down her handsome boyfriend to be with her. Due to certain reasons, her boyfriend gets her to go on a love cruise and she started to ponder on how to lose her virginity and tie down her boyfriend. Xin Yi ended up taking cold medicine which made her drowsy and went into Ji Cun Xi’s room. Cun Xi is the sole male heir to his family’s company and has been in love with his girlfriend, Anna, for a long time. He planned to propose to Anna on the boat but she didn’t turn up on the cruise. An island owner added drugs into Cun Xi’s drink and Cun Xi became disorientated and returned to his own room. Xin Yi and Cun Xi end up having a one night stand. Xin Yi later finds out that she’s pregnant and Cun Xi’s grandmother forces them to get married. Will a couple forced to marry for the sake of their unborn child find love with each other?

The drama starred Chen Qiao En (Joe Chen) as the sticky note girl Xin Yi (who later became known as Elaine) and Ethan Ruan (Ruan Xiao Tian) as the Cun Xi.  It also starred Baron Chen as Dylan and Bianca Bai as Anna.

Why I loved this drama (warning: spoiler alert)?

I loved this drama because it had a common story — a common story that a common person understands or can relate to. But the common story had twists that adds spice to the story. I also liked the lines that they had (although I could understand it through english subtitles). I especially liked the “words of wisdom” Xin Yi’s mom would tell. Although in the beginning of the drama, you will see that Xin Yi is the daughter who receives the least attention among her sisters, as the story will progress you will know that Xin Yi’s mom is most concerned about her youngest daughter. The series is also a very light one — there were parts that would make you want to cry, but there were also parts that would make you laugh until your stomach would ache. I especially love the part when Cun Xi would be beaten up by Xin Yi mom — the reaction is priceless! The whole story is a balance of comedy and drama.

The proposal (which you will see on ep. 23) is also one of the most romantic ones I’ve seen in the drama. I liked the idea of how they incorporated the sticky note into the proposal — I LOVE U – Z (*_*). The drama’s soundtrack is also one of the best taiwanese soundtracks I’ve heard. I loved the songs and the songs really would fit the scene where they were being played. My heart would ache everytime I hear Jin Xiu Duet’s My Happiness (Wo Do Kuai Le). I also liked the ending theme of drama (Sticky Note Wish).

This is one of those dramas that you have to see – a must see! If you don’t believe me then check out mysoju.com and see that this drama is currently on the number one list of the all time most watched dramas on their site (and I would like to especially thank RandomFS for subbing the drama :D). And if its not enough, this particular drama is currently holding the crown for the drama with the highest rating in Taiwan, having a peak rating of 10.91 during the airing of the 20th episode. And this is the highest rating a drama had in Taiwan. Because of the high ratings Ethan Ruan had to swim NAKED!

So to watch the drama go to mysoju.com.

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Recommended Drama – Goong / Princess Hours

One of the korean dramas that I am (or was) crazy about was Goong (a.k.a Princess Hours in some areas known as The Palace). It was shown in the Philippines about 2 years ago. Of course this drama (like all other Asian dramas shown on TV) was dubbed in Filipino. I clearly remembered wanting to go home early from work to catch up on the next episode (it was shown on daily, 30 minutes on primetime with commercial breaks in the local television network). And everytime I missed an episode, I would log on to crunchyroll to watch the episodes that I missed (at that time it was still available on the site).

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The story of the drama is based on the mahwa by Park So Hee.

Synopsis:

Goong is a story about young love in face of tradition, politics, and intrigue. In the imaginary world, modern-day Korea is a constitutional monarchy and the Royal Family lives in a grand Palace, the Goong. Story opens with the sudden death of the reigning the King. Faced with the decreasing popularity among the public for the Royalty, a grand wedding for the Crown Prince, Lee Shin (Joo Ji Hoon), is decided to be the best publicity move to improve the image of the Royalty and at the same time prepare Shin for immediate succession. The intended bride? The headstrong, awkward, and sweet spirited Shin Chae-kyung (Yoon Eun Hye) that just happens to go to the same exclusive art school. Chae-kyung was betrothed to become the next Crown Princess by her grandfather and Shin’s grandfather.

After 14 years of living in England with his mom, Lee Yul (Kim Jeong Hoon) appears all of a sudden. He is Shin’s cousin as well as the former Crown Prince. Everything seemed to be going normally until Chae-kyung’s optimistic spirit wins the heart of internally lonely, Yul. As the Crown Prince Shin and simple-minded Chae-kyung’s relationship appear to developing deeper feelings, a series of scandals are exposed to the public right after the pair were officially announced married. Will love prevail all in a world of political pressures and martial hardships? Or will being in the spotlight of the public be too much for the young newlyweds to endure? (http://wiki.d-addicts.com/Goong)

The drama starred Yoon Eun Hye (Coffee Prince, Vineyard Man) as the princess, Shin Chae-kyung and Joo Ji Hoon (The Devil, Antique Bakery) the crown prince Lee Shin. This was the first drama for both of them. This drama also starred  Kim Jeong Hoon (Witch Yoo Hee, and formerly from the group UN) who played the crown prince’s cousin and rival Lee Yul and Song Ji Hyoo (Sex is Zero 2) who played the ballerina and Shin’s ex-girlfriend Min Hyo-rin.

The reason why I liked this drama is because of its light hearted story. The story is fictional as kings and queens are no longer ruling Korea. It had the right amount of drama and the right amount of “kilig” moments. Also I loved the soundtrack of this drama as their songs really fit the story (though I had to google the meaning of the song :D). The song Perhaps Love, is probably my favorite Korean song — i love the melody and its lyrics. I also liked the way they ended the episodes, teddy bears depicting the scenes of the episodes. Seeing those teddy bears makes me want to go to the teddy bear museum which (surprise surprise) is in Korea. Until now, I am still watching the my goong videos and I never get bored of them

It is a little difficult to find streaming videos of Goong online as this drama is a licensed one. So you could either buy the original DVD (which is sold online) or you may go to this site.

Since I have uploaded the song Perhaps Love, I will be uploading all the others later..

This drama is a must see, especially if you’re a beginner with the Asian addiction.

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