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!

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

It’s Okay, That’s Love (2014) tells the story of Ji Hae-Soo (played by Gong Hyo Jin), a sassy psychiatrist, and Jang Jae-Yeol (played by Zo In Sung), a naughty mystery writer and radio DJ. Read more about the synopsis and cast here.

It's Okay, That's LoveI was initially disappointed by its plagiarized teasers, but I’m happy to report that, minus the night club / bikini club scenes, the show is a pleasant mix of psychological and rom-com. I love that it is quirky, feel-good, witty and original. Consistency in the rom-com genre is a rare find but I sure hope the drama stays this way. Be sure to check this kdrama out. It promises to provide you with insights on mental illness! And love~!

First Impression: Dae Jang Geum

Dae Jang Geum posterWatching sub-par (but ratings-wise, popular nonetheless) so-called sageuks such as Jang Ok Jung, Living In Love (2013) and Empress Ki (2013) made me lose what little hope I had in finally discovering a brilliant (or likable!) sageuk … that is, until I came across Dae Jang Geum (2003).

I have been putting off watching it ever since I came across a snippet of it on BTV – perhaps in early 2013? Somehow I found the drama visibly set-like, tedious and generally off-putting. I could not be more wrong; reminds me of the time I was terribly mistaken about my Drama Love: First Love.

I wasn’t aware that sageuks could be so heartwarming, entertaining and historically accurate at the same time. One episode was enough to hook me. It gave me First-Love-ish feels with its fast-paced, engaging and endearing storytelling. While acting can make a world of a difference to a drama’s execution, tight writing and adept directing can raise a drama to “masterpiece” status. In this drama’s case, I believe writing, acting and directing are all spot-on.

I love how satisfying (but addictive!) Dae Jang Geum is. I’ve only watched 3 episodes so far (back-to-back) and it’s still too early to predict how it’s going to turn out. However I’ve only heard (ahem, read) praise about the drama and can only hope that this drama will (in sha Allah) be the first sageuk to steal my heart. Ameen! ^^