I saw this on my Facebook and Instagram feeds, and this is what happened to me afterwards:
I don’t remember if it was in 2005 or 2006 when I first ‘discovered’ Shinhwa through an old episode of Ya Shim Man Man. The members were asked by the MCs to show their respective ulzzang angles by first looking down and then posing at the camera at the count of three. The other five went for either the ‘cool’ or the ‘aegyo’ pose. Eric only looked up and stared at the camera.
And I found myself transforming to a puddle of goo.
Same effect now with that pic above.
It’s the Korean drama Full House, that’s what.
Though it was not the Korean drama that started it all for me, it was the one that sealed my love for anything Korean. And while it was also not the one that started my obsession (if you could call it that) over Rain (the culprit for that would be his I Do MV), it was the one that launched this roller-coaster, love-hate relationship I have with him. (As in I love him, he hates me. And vice-versa.)
PS: I actually had a 10th anniversary project in mind, and I had started on it but circumstances made me decide to not to push through with it anymore. Blame the real-life Lee Young Jae for that. What is it? Let’s just say, if you don’t have the Full House portable hard drive and you’ve been wishing to watch those BTS clips and NGs from the DVD with English subtitles, you’d probably had your wishes come true by now.
(That, or I just got lazy because transcribing the subs gave me major finger cramps, and I haven’t learned how to use Aegisubs yet.)
MBC’s reality show ‘Real Men’ had a mission in Tacloban City, Philippines and the episode was aired in Korea last night. This part had me rolling in stitches: Korean stars acting out Tagalog scenes from Filipino-dubbed Korean dramas like Jewel in the Palace and Endless Love: Autumn In My Heart. It’s like Koreanovela-inception.
credits: MBC Entertainment official Youtube channel
It seems that the current trend in Korean drama casting these days is to reunite actors who have previously worked in another project. I’m not sure when it all started, but the first one that came to my mind are Jeon Ji Hyun and Kim Soo Hyun, both of whom have worked before as Yennicall and Zampano in the movie Thieves before pairing up in the now-classic K-Drama hit, You Came From the Stars. [Edit] Correction: the earliest I could think of now are Park Shin Hye and Jung Yong Hwa from You Are Beautiful to Heartstrings.
Other on-screen couples who have reunited for another project are:
Lee Dong Wook and Lee Da Hae – from My Girl, to Hotel King.
Jang Hyuk and Jang Na Ra – from Successful Story of a Bright Girl, to the upcoming Korean remake of the Taiwanese drama Fated To Love You.
Eric Mun and Jung Yoo Mi – from Que Sera Sera to the upcoming KBS2 drama Discovery of Romance
Kim Soo Hyun and Suzy – from Dream High, to Suzy’s cameo in You Came From The Stars (then again, they never really ‘separated’ as they have been the image models for Bean Pole apparel since Dream High days up to the present)
The latest news is that after eleven years, the Stairway to Heaven couple of Kwon Sang Woo and Choi Ji Woo might reunite on screen again for the drama “Temptation“.
I can only wish that my Full House couple – no, I’m not talking about Kim Sung Soo and Han Eun Jung – would reunite for another project, too. Or is that next to impossible now? Should I bring out my “when pigs fly” card?
Edit: I’ve just realized that a Full House couple has already reunited on screen. Rain and Kim Sung Soo in R2B.
Speaking of BiKyo…
Rain is already confirmed to attend the Shanghai Film Festival for his Chinese movie, Hong Yan Lu Shui. There are persistent rumors that Song Hye Kyo might attend, as well, for the press conference of her new Chinese movie, I Am Queen.
Do your thing.
This is one of those moments that just has to be immortalized on this blog.
Last March 9, a friend made this photo of Kim Soo Hyun as her cover photo on Facebook:
Naturally, there was much teasing (because someone finally dislodged her long-time cover on Facebook ) and swooning at that handsome face. We were so entranced that it took almost three days before someone asked if Kim Soo Hyun was reading that magazine upside down.
To be perfectly honest, I was one of those who never noticed that the magazine was upside down until someone pointed it out. My Agent P senses need some sharpening…
In related news, er, “news”, this Buzzfeed article about You Came From The Stars is just cray-cray:
An Insanely Popular Korean Drama Is Ruining Lives In China