Contradiction is my specialty.

(Random Asian entertainment stuff.^^)

케세라, 세라 (Que Sera, Sera)

So upon finding a glowing recommendation (from dramabeans) for QSS, I tried watching it. Well, actually I’d glimpsed the first five minutes of it before, but got distracted and promptly forgot about it. After reading the plot description and skimming through a few MVs for it, I had pegged it as another one of those hot-looking-jerk-plus-cutesy-heroine classics. In my humble opinion the jerks have always looked more idiotic trying too hard to look good (*cough*DevilBesideYou: who honestly considers that mop sitting on Mike’s head as sexy? stylist, what have you DONE?), but they’re not going anywhere anytime soon. *sigh* Oh well. But I digress.

Back to QSS! I’m only on episode three, but I’m liking it a lot more than I expected. Tae Joo is indeed a confident jerkish player type, but he has more depth than cutesy drama counterparts. And I don’t mean the jerk with a heart of gold device that every scriptwriter feels the urge to throw in nowadays; if that concept was a sock it would be in shreds of cotton all over the entertainment world carpet. Screenwriter Do Hyun Jung doesn’t try too hard to make Tae Joo likeable, but instead portrays his flaws in a way that is fairly honest and yet doesn’t make viewers totally despise him (not yet at least, lol). And Eun Soo is definitely not the floppy female pushover I expected. She can be cute, but (as, I think, dramabeans/Sarah mentioned in one of her QSS recaps) it usually doesn’t feel forced. Most of the time, you feel her straightforwardness more than her cuteness. She’s naive but not weak, inexperienced but assertive. It’s cool. The secondary leads are also portrayed with firmness and sympathy (but not too much either way). I’ll have to see more of QSS to judge more.

And probably the thing that is winning me over to QSS right now…the OST. Love! Alex, Horan, Loveholic, it has them all, plus the non-OST songs that are sneaked (snuck?) into the drama through mall speakers and background radios. The music always blends with the atmosphere and I love almost every song. Very diversified.

I’ll keep watching. I shouldn’t have judged a book by its cover (but we all do that, lol), and I’m just glad I decided to give this another chance.^^

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November 3, 2008 Posted by | Korean entertainment | , | Leave a comment

The Elusive 27-Minute IV-cos MV, “죽어도 갖지 못할 사랑”

I’ve been hunting for ages to find the full version of this music video–the previews are ubiquitous but the whole 27-minute deal is considerably more difficult to locate. Once I found it, I had to find a way to download it. That was another adventure in itself…certain Korean streaming sites make it particularly tough to get videos.^^ I tried one or two sites which claimed to have the answer (failed) and only got my hands on the flv after several hours using Mozilla’s handy file-sniffing Download Helper. So I converted the file and uploaded it to Youtube, where I know multiple people have been hunting for it. =) If you’re one of those people, enjoy! (The other two parts are beneath the cut.) EDIT: A d/l link was requested, so here it is^^: DOWNLOAD

The work was was worth it, seeing the MV! =) I admit my main motive in watching it was to see another Lee Soo Kyung (이수경) and Shin Dong Wook (신동욱) collaboration…their chemistry was amazing in the underrated MBC drama Soulmate, and they just didn’t have enough scenes there. They did have (SPOILER!) a very long kissing scene and several long crying scenes, plus a good bit of couple-interaction. Their acting, plus Baek Hyun’s acting (his jealous glances and twisted actions really made you hate his character, which means he did a good job, lol) were the main pull of the video. Well, the song was good, too, but it got a bit overshadowed by the immensely long video. 😉 Otherwise, however, the plot just annoyed me. A lot. (Warning: Prepare for rant.)

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August 2, 2008 Posted by | Korean actors, Korean actresses, Korean entertainment, Korean music videos | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment