Radiant Office First Impressions

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Something of a black comedy with a slow start, but potential to grow into a decent story.

Honestly, I’m getting flashbacks of My Shy Boss right now–at least the feelings I had while watching it. That is to say, I don’t love the main girl, and I despair at the lack of chemistry between…well anyone.

This story starts off with a despondent female lead, Eun Ho Won, who is both frustrated at the literal years she has gone without a real job, and a lack of mental efficiency to change her circumstances. Did the writers intend for Eun Ho Won to look like HeiHei the chicken wearing a tie and applying for a job at a competitive company intern program?

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I’m not sure. But it sure seemed that way. Not only is she awful at interviewing, largely unqualified despite her insistence that she really really can do a good job, and rather prone to giving people the stink eye, she also gives up at the least resistance in her path. Her character says she’s patient and able to endure. She mutters it to herself constantly. But we don’t see a lot of that in the first three episodes. Or any of it?

On top of sucking at life (doesn’t this show sound uplifting?), she finds out that she might have a terminal illness after she unsuccessfully tried to kill herself. I’m not putting a spoiler alert there because it’s in the premise of the show, and all the trailers, so I figure you know that going into this. This plot point is the one that annoys me the most.

It is SO PAINFULLY OBVIOUS that a simple visit to the doctor would clear up her uncertainty about how long she has to live, or whether she’s even truly sick. But is that sort of logic found here? Of course not! They use all kinds of excuses to keep Eun Ho Won from going to a doctor. She’s too poor, or she doesn’t want to know, or she prefers living her life like she’s dying. It’s super fun!

And I’m sure that the writers have something in mind here, but the choppy excuses to keep Eun Ho Won from the doctor isn’t suspenseful. It’s dumb. And it doesn’t make sense. Or does it? We are talking about HeiHei the intern, here. Darwinism at work.

I will say, that as exasperated as I was for the first three episodes, just hanging in there and waiting for Eun Ho Won to make good on her many promises that despite what it looks like (over and over and over and over and) she is a capable human being worthy of someone’s respect, they did finally give us a glimpse of her fabled work ethic. Episode four showed Eun Ho Won pulling herself up by her bootstraps and fighting for her job.

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Expectation met, kiddo.

And if you’re wondering why I haven’t mentioned any male leads or romantic interests, that’s because there are none.

I mean he’s there. His name is Seo Woo Jin, and he has all the personality of a generic Birthday card with a Visa giftcard inside. He’s her boss, and so far, he has done nothing but…well…be her boss. There’s not even anything simmering or bubbling beneath the surface here.

There was one small romantic interaction with the second lead, who is a doctor. Who offered Eun Ho Won a free physical. Which she turned down.

Because she’s a chicken brain.

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But other than that, I guess I will have to wait for this aforementioned “romantic interest” that may or may not develop.

As far as the office drama plot goes, it’s really not too bad. I like the company, and so far, the little challenges they have faced have been enough to keep me interested. With the glimmer of hope given to us in episode four, I’m willing to hang in there to see Eun Ho Won grow a backbone that hopefully extends up to her prefrontal cortex so she can start making rational decisions that don’t make me want to poke attack her through my computer screen.

Two more things:

1.) Eun Ho Won is also maybe schizophrenic? Wtheck is with those weird visions she keeps seeing?

2.) Does everyone in Korea live in rooftop apartments? What do they do with all those rooms underneath?

And that’s pretty much it for my first impressions! I’m glad I waited until watching all four episodes before reviewing it, because believe it or not, this whole rant would have been at least 12x more scathing.

I ended up dropping My Shy Boss, so I’m really hoping Radiant Office picks up and adds some spice to their characters.

Have you watched it yet? What are your thoughts?

Have an awesome weekend, peeps!

-Devon-

 

Tasty Dude Tuesday

As you can see, my “man feature” posts are at the mercy of my inconsistent posting schedule. So we will be doing a Tasty Dude Tuesday this week instead of Man Candy Monday.

I do what I want.

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This week we will sing the praises of one of my favorite Korean actors. I’m talking weak-in-the-knees, don’t care what he’s acting in, yes please let me watch him doing anything and everything…

Gong Yoo

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First of all, it’s that cheeky smile that really won me over when I first saw him in Coffee Prince. But upon closer inspection, one cannot help but notice his smoking…

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Hot…

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Personality.

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For real though, post-military abs aside, that smile is what really melts our hearts.

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Also, it must not be overlooked that he is the best kisser in all of Hallyu. I’m not even accepting opinions on that. He just is.

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And he’s not just a pretty face. He’s got some serious acting chops, and his role in Train to Busan absolutely blew me away.

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And I really did know that in Coffee Prince when he fully convinced me that he had fallen in love with someone he thought was a boy, and was fully prepared to love her anyway. Hence, that infamous “I don’t care if you’re a man or an alien” kiss. He was so confused. And so attracted to her. He just went for it.

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Yeah. He is sheer perfection.

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Don’t be bashful, oppa! It’s the truth! *happy sigh*

What do you all think? Gong Yoo yes? No? Not your cup of tea? Never mind don’t answer that. I don’t need that kind of negativity in my life.

Happy Tuesday!

-Devon-

GIF Review Beauty and the Beast

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Quick consensus: A thrilling Fantasy with perfectly cast characters and charming songs to tie the story together.

This one is for all my non-K-fans, since I know pretty much everyone has gone to see this movie, and if they haven’t, they’ll likely get roped into it by well-meaning, but rabid family and friends anyway.

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Okay, here we go! My expectations for this movie:

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Which were quickly met with that AMAZING beginning sequence with the dancers, and the dresses, and the singing, and the glam:

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Emma Watson’s endearing, but so very autotuned first musical number:

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Gaston and LeFou as perfect cartoon incarnations:

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The Beast’s CGI:

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EVERY musical number:

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How they made the Beast charming, intelligent, witty, and 100% worthy of Belle’s love:

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All the added songs, backstory, and character building they put in to flesh out the original:

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That moment when the Beast got all hot at the end:

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And basically every moment of this movie, which was tastefully recreated to compliment the wonder of the original, while still adding depth and creativity to stand on its own:

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Thank you, Disney, for bringing my favorite story to life! I left that theater grinning like the crazed fan that I am, and I look forward to watching it again when it is released on DVD!

What did you think of the movie?

Hope you have a magical week!

-Devon-

P.S. But for real, if they were going to autotune Emma that hard…why not just get a dub voice for the singing parts?

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GIF Review Shopping King Louis

It’s that time again!

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That’s right! It’s time for a GIF review! Today, we are giving our thoughts on the popular 2016 drama, Shopping King Louis.

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I had my reservations about this one, since “spoiled rich guy who shops too much” didn’t sound terribly appealing to me. And my fears were nearly justified when at first it seemed like Louis truly was just a spoiled, ungrateful weirdo.

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But then. Oh, then, he lost his memories, and had to live with an impoverished young woman until he figured out who he was. That was when he unleashed his CUTENESS on me!

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And Bok Sil unleashed her sweet, kind, generous, beautiful soul on me. Who else would take in a strange, homeless kid with a shopping addiction and no idea where he came from?

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I spent the rest of the drama completely in love with both of them as they tackled the challenges of their past while trying to make enough money to survive in the present!

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Then the side characters developed, and ALL their plot lines had me loling so hard:

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The sad parts really did break my heart. Poor Louis! Poor Bok Sil! Poor Halmoni!

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But then just as soon as they broke my heart, it would be mended with a sweet Louis and Bok Shil moment that had me laughing out loud again.

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I guess the one negative I might give is that while Louis was affectionate enough for the both of them, Bok Sil didn’t exactly invite “skinship,” so their physical chemistry suffered a little bit. Just a little.

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But who the heck cares. Look at how adorable they are:

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Also the way that Louis reacted to bugs lol

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All in all, two big thumbs up from me! This drama made me super happy!

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I guess I’ve really been in the mood for those sweet, sugar rush dramas lately! This definitely fit the bill, and while it did have moments where it slowed down a smidge, or it suffered from Kdrama filler scenes, it always picked right back up. And best of all, it ended so nicely, with loose ends tied up, and happily ever afters established. Yay for fluffy love!

I would highly recommend this drama, so add it to your watch list!

Peace out, drama fans.

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-Devon-

 

Man Candy Monday: Aaron Yan

Can we just take a second to appreciate Aaron Yan?

Netflix recently added a slew of Taiwanese dramas, which tempted me into watching some of them. I don’t usually watch Taiwanese dramas, because even though I really love how they are about skinship, and how they really “go for it” with the romance corniness, I have a hard time with their production value sometimes. YES I’m a little snobby about it, but it’s distracting to me when I can tell they didn’t have a sound production team go in afterward to clean things up. It’d distracting when a girl touches the guy, and his mic rustles. >.> Meh.

Anyway, complaining aside, I found myself devouring a handful of these dramas. Why? This guy.

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Holy Toledo you guys. Wow. He’s super attractive, has a silky smooth voice, and compared to his acting peers, has a fantastic acting presence. He was generally the only one I could stand, which might have been on purpose from the directors? Or maybe he really is just a better actor than the people around him. I’m not sure. But I loved everything he did!

I first saw him in Just You, which was barely tolerable simply because I immediately liked his character. The girl was mind-numbingly annoying. But I suppose there is a kind of entertainment value in wanting to reach into the screen and strangle her. Dang if he wasn’t smexy, though.

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I had to applaud him for keeping a straight face during scenes like this:

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I think I would have laughed too hard to take the writing seriously. Props, Aaron. Props.

Then I moved on to Refresh Man, which had a girl I liked a little bit more. (A little…meh.) And I loved him even more, because he played the worlds biggest Love Troll. His script description: troll all the people. I mean, his face when he was teasing his main girl just made me down right happy.

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And I’m still kind of in the middle of watching it, so I haven’t finished yet. The “office drama” part of this show is boring me half to death, but I like the OTP interactions.

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Last, and certainly least, I tried watching Fall In Love With Me

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I like Aaron Yan in glasses, but I dunno if I can handle this show as a whole.

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My thoughts, exactly Aaron. Who came up with these frustrating girl characters? Why are they all so dumb? Why doesn’t anyone make logical choices when doing…um…anything?

Maybe I’ll come back to it at some point. Because let’s be honest. This guy is in it.

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YOWZERS. Okay, I’ll step away from Aaron Yan image hunting now. I hope this gave you a scrummy start to your week, and if you haven’t had a chance to see Aaron do his thing, I highly recommend giving his stuff a shot. I will endeavor to finish these dramas (I literally didn’t finish any of them. I gave up as soon as he got his girl), and give you an official gif review of them when I do!

Have a abtast-I mean fantastic week! 😉

-Devon-

 

GIF Review Something About 1%

I watched this one last month, but I’m just now getting around to reviewing it. With GIFs of course.

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So here we go. The official Dev and Corn (omg I can never use that again. Don’t let me use that) review of Something About 1%:

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How I felt about the general premise of a hot CEO being forced to date an innocent school teacher:

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And when I quickly realized that this was going to be ALL romance and OTP moments, and NO filler or pretenses with subplots no one cares about:

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But seriously like…every scene. They were ALL adorable like this:

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And this:

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And this:

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And all this fluffy, sweet goodness had me so happy I was on a sugar rush:

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Because episode after episode, I just felt happy. The whole time. Every bit was just too cute for words. And I like words. I use them a lot.

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So, in conclusion…I have nothing bad to say about this drama.

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If you want something light, and short, and purely romantic in all the most adorable ways possible, then you MUST add this drama to your watch list! It was what Noble, My Love should have been.

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This will be on my re-watch list! Especially when I’m in the mood to lose myself in something fun! Go watch it!

5 Kdrama Titles Renamed

We all love our Kdramas, but let’s face it: Some of those titles are weird!

Whether it’s because the exact translation has no English equivalent, or because the translators wanted to preserve the purity of the interpretation, the result is often the same. Completely confusing!

That’s why I wanted to try something fun, and have a go at renaming some of these titles so they make more sense to the American viewers.

Now, granted, I know that the translators who officially Americanize these titles are just doing their jobs–they’ve been asked to take Korean words and find the closest equivalent in English. But just for the heck of it, I think I can find some alternatives that you know…actually mean something when we read them.

1.) Boys Over Flowers

Okay, okay. Here’s what happened with this one. This was originally a Japanese manga, and the author of said manga made a title that is a pun in Japanese. They have a common expression that, translated, says, “dumplings before flowers.” Apparently, it refers to a flower festival they have, where people flock to the food first, and totally ignore the flowers, which were the reason they were supposed to be there in the first place. She changed the character for “dumpling” to be “boys,” which I’m sure is quite clever.

In English, it don’t make a lick o’ sense.

So, in keeping with the original meaning of the title, which really tells us to put what we love above all else, I give to you…

Love First

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If I’m being honest, I wanted to do something five hundred times more corny, but my husband wouldn’t stop laughing, so I went with his suggestion. It’s short, it makes sense, and hey, it’s what the author meant to say!

 

2.) Something About 1%

Even after watching this drama, I do not fully understand what they were trying to say here. There was a whole monologue at the end about how 1% of people are…really awesome? Or there’s a 1% chance you’ll find love? Or something? I brought my husband into the living room and made him watch the speech, and even he wasn’t exactly sure what they were going for. I am absolutely (100% haha) certain that in Korean it’s profound. In English translation it’s an odd title.

So after finishing the drama, and getting the general gist of what they were going for, I vote that we rename it:

 

You Are My 1%

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It’s a slight change, really, but I think it makes all the difference. Not only are we playing off the idea that he is the 1% financially (i.e. rich as Croesus), but we are going with the theme of the show, which is that she is the 1% in terms of rarely found selflessness, love, and true compatibility.

3.) My Love From Another Star/My Love From the Stars/My Love From the Star

We seriously could not agree on a title for this drama, could we? I’ve seen several variations, and all of them were really just trying to preserve the original translation. I give them points for exactness, but it’s a mouthful to say. My suggestion?

Star-Kissed Love

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The story is all about their love, and it just happens to be twinkled with a touch of starry space background. I think this title evokes romance, without focusing too hard on the fact that he’s an alien. Exactly like the drama.

4.) City Hunter

If you just said “sh***y hunter” in your head, then congratulations–you know why we really can’t call this drama City Hunter with a straight face. I know, I know, I KNOW. In the drama that’s what they call him. They even say it over and over again. “SH***Y HUNTER!” (For those of you who haven’t seen this one, the Koreans pronounce “City Hunter” like “sh***y hunter,” and it is impossible to ignore.) But even if THEY are saying “city hunter,” that doesn’t mean we have to. Especially because it’s an awesome drama, and it deserves a title that doesn’t cause me to giggle every time I say it.

Seoul Hunter

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Seoul sounds like “soul,” which makes it sound more bad-a. Add to that the fact that the main character is actually hunting down the men whose dirty souls managed to kill innocent people, and it’s just too perfect.

Seriously SBS. Call me. Anytime. I’m here for you.

 

5.) Moonlight Drawn by Clouds/Love in the Moonlight

This is another title that was wildly different from translation to translation, and I’m sure they did their best. But even the better title “Love in the Moonlight” doesn’t make a lot of sense. It just didn’t sit well with me. And since I happened to really enjoy this one, I’m going to rename it. Because I can.

Chasing Moonlight

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As best as I could figure, the symbolism for this drama had the prince compared to moonlight. So the original title–I think–was meant to be something like the fluffy white clouds (our main girl) chasing the moonlight (our prince). Alternatively, it could refer to the prince chasing moonlight, as in a brighter future for his people. Either way, I feel like this grabs the feeling of the adorable drama more succinctly.

So there you have it!

Not that the original titles are bad, per say, but I like to play with words. What do you think? Any that you like? Are you cursing me out for messing with the classics?

Or, do you have some Kdrama titles you’d like to see rewritten? Let me know!

Cheers,

-Devon-