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“God Only Knows”

Being a huge fan of Lee Byung Hun (as an actor), I’m ambivalent about his ongoing scandal. On one hand, I want to believe the statements released by his agency, BH Entertainment. On the other hand, I know that rich, powerful people can easily get away with their crimes – it is the poor, helpless people who get victimized in the end. (A Man’s Story and History of a Salaryman taught me that!) Whatever the case, this blackmailing incident / scandal is not his first and that’s what really saddens me.

I’m with his wife, Lee Min Jung, on this one: “God Only Knows”. Na’am, Allahu Alam. Allah Knows best what really happened.

I present to you… Korea’s Nodame!

Naeildo - The Korean version of Nodame

Nae-il – The Korean version of Nodame. Credit: asianwiki.com

Dawww! Doesn’t she look adooorable? And very Nodame-ish, at that.

I really hope that Naeil’s Cantabile (aka Tomorrow Cantabile; the Korean remake of the hit anime adaptation / Japanese drama Nodame Cantabile) will live up to my expectations – which are really high at the moment – mainly because of the leads, Shim Eun Kyung and Joo Won. Aja aja fighting!

Drama Review: Tomato

Credit: doramax264.com

Credit: doramax264.com

The plotline

Initially I was drawn towards the plot because it breathed an air of freshness into the rich man-poor woman (replete with a bitchy second lead), formulaic kdrama setting:

An incisive development of love and achievements in young people. A drama on the conflicts and love of two characters working in the shoe business. Ha-ni used to work at a department store but then she applies for a design certificate and becomes a shoe designer. By chance, she gets acquainted with Seung-jun, the son of the chairman at her company and subtle conflicts with her frenemy Se-ra arise. Sae-ra approaches Seung-jun for her ambitions but success and love all come to Ha-ni.

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My thoughts on the series

I’m inexplicably biased towards kdramas (and shows in general) from the nineties, and so I began watching the drama with high expectations. The first few episodes were light-hearted, very 90s and trendy. From the get-go, Se-ra’s character – cunning, complicated and calculating – was the most appealing of the lot. Ha-ni is your average kdrama Candy: kind, guileless and ever well-meaning; nonetheless, misfortune never seems to leave her alone.

Oh.the.chemistry!

Oh.the.chemistry! Credit: hancinema.net

It’s a shame that there was almost zero character and romantic development as the series progressed. Every episode seemed repetitive and worn-out, especially after episode 7 / 8. Don’t get me started on the endless trail of failures. Oh puh-leez, even an idiot could do better. I remember thinking for the umpteenth time, this is it! Perhaps Ha-ni will finally succeed in something. Or, at least the guy will muster the guts to speak up (I’m not specifically referring to his feelings. I just never saw him own up, despite him being “righteous” and all)… or, give Ha-ni a back-hug… or, at the very least, wrist-grab her? Nope. Mr Hopeless Lawyer was frustrating to watch till the very end.

Even the last episode appeared to head nowhere… it seemed as though the series needed 10 more episodes to wrap up. And it did, except that it settled for a very rushed and dubious ending instead, which I did NOT buy. The writer concocts a massive concoction of WTFery and, out-of-the-blue, expects us to believe that all is well, no hard feelings? Riiiight.

Tomato_08[15-53-45]Acting-wise, the second leads were consistent and did a good job throughout. Both characters were layered and complex: Se-ra was detestably duplicitous and Ki-Joon was a-mysterious-weirdo-in-lurrrve. While the female lead was cute and likable, I hated how utterly clueless she was (most of the time). The male lead is a limited actor, in my opinion. I couldn’t warm up to him. He was so spineless and unmanly that he can’t even be termed a “noble idiot”. Oh, and except the second leads, every other character seemed unbelievably childish and caricature-like.

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Credit: hancinema.net

As for the whimsical title, it hints towards the fact that the leads grew closer together through caring for tomato plants. Uhhh, it still sounds weird. After all, how many kdrama titles out there are well thought-out and / or appropriate?

My verdict

Nothing ground-breaking or distantly memorable. Overall, a disappointing series.

Rating: 5/10

Second Impression: It’s Okay, That’s Love

Mian-hae! I’ve been in a state of torpor during the last two weeks. Time for updates…

It’s been a while since I’ve dropped It’s Okay, That’s Love. Despite liking the premier episodes, episode 3 gave me the notion that the show was trying too hard to be fresh, blithe and modern (a.k.a immoral) – just that it got on my nerves instead. I struggled to finish the episode, by the end of which it became clear that the central theme of the drama had shifted from mental illness (the main reason I was looking forward to the show) to will-they-won’t-they-go-to-bed? – thus rendering the show cringe-worthy and pretty much unwatchable for me.

No sense of morals let alone Faith, materialism in full glory, wanton / unnecessary skinship, fan-service outweighing the actual storyline, hackneyed plot elements and lack of originality are some phrases that can be used to describe recent kdramas. What bothers me is that most of the audience is totally cool about them. Aigoo, the world has become so ugly.

After being disappointed by a number of dramas that I’ve picked up over the last few months, I’ve reverted to watching a couple of old dramas for the time being. I treasure old-fashioned, Islamic values such as chastity and no-sex-before-marriage a whole lot, which is why I can’t help but wistfully wonder: whatever happened to the golden, good ol’ concept of “platonic love”?

The Japanese Scientist’s Discovery of The Secrets of ZamZam Water

A humbling read about the Signs of God.

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Science, at a very later stage, reveals new secrets about Zamzam water and the way it is influenced by the verses of the Glorious Quran. YOU WILL BE STUNNED!! READ THIS!!

We have recently realized the value of the use of amulets. It has been scientifically proven that water is affected by what is recited over it. Japanese scientist Masaru Emoto has had a unique experience. He said that he had read in a book that each snowflake falling from the sky is unique. He said that his scientific instincts told him that this was not true. The geometric shape of the snowflake is determined by its chemical composition. The composition of water is well known – two hydrogen atoms and one oxygen atom. So how come snowflakes that fall from the sky are different from one another? He said: “I was determined to prove that this theory was false.”…

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