Strong Woman Do Bong-soon: Pint-sized Strength

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AHHHH so cute. CUTE! Strong Woman Do Bong-Soon is such a lovely fluffy drama with a surprisingly dark streak. I guess the trend these days is to have serial killers in your dramas with each one getting creepier than the one before. Park Bo Young plays Bong Soon, a girl with supernatural strength. However, she can only use that strength for the greater good or else she would break out and lose her powers. Bong Soon has a hard time controlling her power at times which leads to funny hijinks. One day she witnesses an event where a group of gangsters were bullying a bus driver and a group of preschoolers. She uses her strength to beat them up to the point where they end up in the hospital. Funny thing is that Ahn Min Hyuk, young and rich CEO of a game company witnesses this entire interaction and decides to hire her as his bodyguard. Over the past few weeks, he had been threatened by a an unknown caller who is threatening to ruin his company if he decides to inherit his father’s conglomerate. While hesitant at first, Bong Soon ends up taking the job because her dream is to become a game developer. Soon a love triangle ensues as Min Hyuk falls for her, but pretend to be a homosexual so that she can stay over at his house as a proper lady. Of course, she mistakens him as having the hots for her crush, a young police officer that she grew up with. Guk Du, the police officer doesn’t know about Bongsoon’s strength and thinks she is a childhood that needs to be protected. While this sounds all fun and games, the dark area of the show comes from a serial killer/kidnapper that is terrorizing Bongsoon’s neighborhood. The kidnapper has been taking young girls and trapping them in his jail cells as his brides. Bongsoon becomes a witness later on as the kidnapper tried to take her friend.

All three main leads are actors and actresses that I adore. They are expressive and wonderful at acting. Most importantly, they have great chemistry with each other considering the unique love triangle that we have. Whenever Bong Soon uses her strength, its quite funny considering the situations she gets herself into. Bong Soon and Min Hyuk also have a great relationship that you usually don’t see in a kdrama. Min Hyuk isn’t a complete jerk and finds this strong girl in his life very attractive. They work on building a strong foundation in friendship. They also push each other to be better and supports each other in times of need. Of course, my previous Ji Soo playing Guk Du is so adorably obliviously cute and in love with Bong Soon as well. Even Guk Du and Min Hyuk have good chemistry together even if they are always alpha fighting. I just hope to see Guk Du’s astonished reaction to when he finds out that Bong Soon is stronger than he thought. This drama has all the goodies, light fluffiness and dark crime.

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Doctors: Saving Grace

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This drama is everything I wanted and more. For once, I get to see Park Shin Hye play a character different from her previous roles. Here, she is a delinquent who gets a chance to change her future because she met the right kind of teacher. She plays Hye-Jung, a young adult who lived aimlessly and fought often. She lost her mother at a young age and her father abandons her to her grandmother because he feels like he can’t deal with her unruliness. Hye-Jung ends up transferring to a rural school.   At first, she does not even want to attend and uses the money her grandmother gave her to go clubbing. However, her grandmother showed her patience and love which slowly motivated her to go to school. Before even registering at the school, she butts heads with her homeroom teacher, Hong Ji-Hong. He believed her to be a delinquent and did not want to be bothered with her. Unfortunately, he is her next door neighbor and its a small town. However, they slowly warm up to each other after they manage a emergency situation together. A pregnant woman had passed out on the street which spurred Hong into action immediately. He was originally a surgeon who due to a tragic table death, decided to become a teacher instead. Through his quick actions, he was able to save the lady. This gave Hye-Jung the motivation to change her way of life and decide to become a doctor as well. She begins making friends at school, including the cute daughter of the principle, and top student Seo Woo. Seo Woo was the daughter of a hospital vice-president and had her future path decided as a hopeful inheritor of the hospital. She studied well and ended up tutoring Hye-Jung. Hye-Jung, who had a high IQ, grasped concepts quickly and ended up getting scores even higher than Seo Woo. Teacher Hong was impressed by her development and became like a mentor to Hye-Jung. Seo Woo, who had a crush on Teacher Hong became extremely jealous and began to spread rumors about the two having a unsavory relationship. This situation heated up to the point where the board of teachers became involved. Hye-Jung tried to convince Seo Woo to drop the case, but the situation only became worse.

Wow, wow, wow. I found that Park Shin Hye did not use a stunt double for all her fighting scenes which really impressed me. Her choreography looked very realistic and the character’s personality is very different than her roles before. She plays prickly, broody, and badass surprisingly well when I previously only saw her in squeaky Candy type roles. Mix in a gangster like Ji Soo who tries to pursue to Hye Jung (who, by the way, refuses to even acknowledge him) is even more fun. It is great seeing her try to be her own person and not taking any nonsense from someone else. While the age gap of Teacher Hong and Hye Jung may feel a little squicky right now, I feel like it will feel more comfortable when the drama transitions into their older roles. They have an nice mentor like relationship going on right now. As for Lee Sung Kyung as Seo Woo, I enjoy her non-crazy like character and how she is playing the calm and collected top student in her school.Overall, I am very interested in this drama and hope to see the high school part be played out longer.

 

Page Turner: Another Chapter of Life

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YAAAS. That is how I feel about this drama special. Not only do I get to be treated to Kim So Hyun, but I also get Ji Soo as a package. Kim So Hyun plays Yoo Seul, a piano prodigy who is number one at her art school and bitter rivals with another pianist, Jin Mok. Her mother, a piano teacher, used to teach Jin Mok who plays precisely, but with no feeling. However, through an incident while teaching Jin Mok, Yoo Seul’s genius is discovered. Thus her mom decides to dedicate her life into making Yoo Seul the best pianist ever, living vicariously through her talent. Yoo Seul is not just a bag of hot air, her talent is quite amazing and she always trounces Jin Mok soundly in competitions. Jin Mok hates her arrogance and even prays that she will get retribution. Unfortunately, said prayer seems to be heard and Yoo Seul gets into a tragic accident that takes away her ability to see. She damaged her optic nerve to which there seems to be no recovery from other than perceiving light/darkness. Meanwhile, Ji Soo plays Cha Sik, a talented pole vaulter who can’t take being looked down upon. He is playful and even a bit on the crazy side. However, he too, endures a tragic moment in his life where he aims for a vault a little too high. As a result, he acquires fractures in his back vertebrae that renders him useless in sports because extra stress would make his fractures worse. Now both Yoo Seul and Cha Sik has lost their major purpose in life. Yoo Seul, who actually doesn’t like playing piano, sees this as a opportunity to be free. Yet, her mother doesn’t want her to stop playing. She even tries to commit suicide. This makes Jin Mok feel guilty as he believes he is the cause of this. He also begins to see Yoo Seul in a different light. Cha Sik, who becomes depressed for while, finally finds his purpose in life too. After learning about his piano prodigy father from his mother, he decides he wants to do music as well. Meanwhile, Yoo Seul breaks the news of not wanting to rely on her mother 24/7 as well as stopping piano, to the horror of her mother.

Solid, solid acting by all three of our teenagers. Once again, Kim So Hyun plays that spunky, even a little arrogant teen to a tee. She never fails to garner my attention and even makes me feel sympathy for her unlikable character in the beginning. I am looking forward to how this life changing disability will affect her and how she will grow from it. Plus, I also hope she does not give up piano. More so, I am interested in how Ji Soo’s character will affect her outlook on life as well as how she will tutor him. I adore Ji Soo and his mom’s relationship in the drama. It is a high contrast from So Hyun’s and her mom’s relationship. Ji Soo’s bond depends on communication while So Hyun had repressed all her own opinions. And finally we have Jin Mok, who feels like the third leg into a probable love triangle here. I wonder if he will be able to infuse feeling into his piano playing after interacting with the new blind Yoo Seul. You know that the line between love and hate is really thin, right? We can already see that he doesn’t “really” harbor ill feelings towards his rival. He just wants her to be nicer, and now he feels extra guilty for what has happened. I am actually sad that this lovely set up will only be 3 episodes long!