May 3, 2013
I came across an episode of the 2010 comedy drama, Secret Agent Miss Oh (국가가 부른다 – aka “My Country Calls”), which KBS America is re-running in a mid-day weekday spot. I took an immediate shine to Lee Soo Kyung as the spunky heroine, who reminds me a little of Arang in the early episodes of Arang and the Magistrate.
So far, Secret Agent Miss Oh is very female-centered. Although Officer/Agent Oh’s ethics could use some improvement, I’m keeping my fingers crossed that she won’t be too despunkified as the series progresses. Now marathoning Episode 4 (of 16) on Hulu. Watch with me, and we’ll compare notes next week.
I ran across the 2009 Korean film My Girlfriend is an Agent on Netflix last week, which is in a similar vein. I’ll probably review it along with Secret Agent Miss Oh when I finish the series.
My Girlfriend is an Agent was also known as 7th Level Civil Servant (a literal translation of the Korean title, 7급 공무원). A drama series by that name based on the film (but with different stars) was released by KBS earlier this year.
I haven’t forgotten Damo. In fact, that’s why I’m fortifying myself with female law enforcers in a lighter role, as I approach the final episode. An unhappy ending is foreshadowed in the first 5 minutes of the first episode of Damo. Not that I knew who any of those people were then, but I do now, so I’m setting out the tissues and comfort tea.
April 27, 2013
HERE BE SPOILERS
Oh wow. Check out Sam Jae’s past life review. Who would have guessed that he actually cyber-stalked Seo Young to her home with Woo Jae? I figured he just looked it up in the phone book.
The hand and foot close-ups at emotional climaxes throughout Seoyoung My Daughter really detract from the flow of the drama. It’s a shameful waste of the actors’ talents to confine them to this form of expression. Seriously, director Yoo – that’s what faces are for!
At first I thought Woo Jae’s angst MORE…
April 21, 2013
Terror Taxi or 공포택시 (2000) is not the B-horror film I expected from the title. Although it opens with a gravity-defying hit and run murder, we know nothing about the victim or the reason for his death. He is soon forgotten as we meet Kim Gilnam (Lee Seo Jin), a happy, extroverted young cabbie. Gilnam is moving up in the world, having just purchased his own car, and is planning to propose to his girlfriend (Choi Yoojung).
It was refreshing to see LSJ playing such a normal guy, since his roles tend to be deeply conflicted and/or repressed characters, often with severe anger management problems. He has said that MORE…
April 8, 2013
THIS POST IS POSITIVELY INFESTED WITH SPOILERS
Wants to marry her own dad? And that’s supposed to be sweet?? Eww.
Wait, it’s all Seo Young’s fault!? What happened to “why couldn’t you have gotten your act together a few years sooner?” (which made total sense). The karmic reciprocity of Seoyoung My Daughter is too matchy-matchy to miss, even if karma isn’t your thing. MORE…
April 4, 2013
The transition to a three-column blog is complete! I’m very excited about this, as it allows me to put a lot of stuff in formerly wasted space.
If you visited during the Invasion of the Giant Titles, sorry about that. The default text in my new theme was clearly sized to be visible from space. Why? That’s a very good question. But I’ve knocked it down to size now. Thanks for coming back – I know it was scary :)
I’ve begun to separate content into three major streams:
- Korean drama/film/TV/other entertainment
- Korean language resources, reviews and posts
- Korean culture
Eventually, if all goes according to plan, visitors will be able to sign up for only the topics they are interested in. I’m not quite there yet, but in the meantime you can View Posts by Topic using the menu in the right sidebar.
Design tweaks are still in progress, but it’s not too soon for your feedback. Is the post font size too small? Does the layout work on your mobile device? Did you have trouble finding something that you know is on the website? Should I stick with the general color scheme of the old theme, or throw it out and try something completely different? Please leave a comment with details!
Speaking of scary, on the agenda for tonight is a horror film from 2000 called Terror Taxi, starring Lee Seo Jin. I’ll tell you all about it soon :)
April 3, 2013
Revamp in progress. There may be temporary loss of some functions. If you encounter one of these, please try back in a few minutes.
If all goes according to plan, an easier to use, better organized Mihansa.net should emerge at the end.
Thanks for your patience!
April 2, 2013
Hey, it’s my 100th post! How did that happen?
SPOILERS – SPOILERS – SPOILERS – SPOILERS
Let’s see, what’s left to wrap up before Seoyoung My Daughter ends? Quite a lot, actually. I wasn’t sure the Ho Jeong/Sang Woo marriage would last, but now I’d be surprised if it didn’t. Everything else is still in development, although the clues to where many of the other storylines are going have been, shall we say, generous?
Why does Sang Woo lie to Seo Young about Mi Kyung – surely noona knows his lying face. And hasn’t he grasped yet that lies never turn out well? Sheesh, that’s the whole moral of Seoyoung My Daughter. Catch up, Sang Woo.
I can’t believe Gang Sun MORE…
March 28, 2013
A lot of Mihansa.net visitors come to ask for Kdrama recommendations, and of course we all like to plug our favorites. I decided to create a page where readers can post a comment about what kind of dramas they are looking for, and post recommendation replies to other readers’ comments.
This is already happening in the comments of My Korean Drama Lists and Intro to Korean Drama & Sageuk, but I wanted to make it easier to find for my readers, and put it all in one place. That way you can do a search for an actor, drama or genre using your browser’s page search function, and see related recommendations that have been posted previously.
I had some technical difficulties when I created this page that resulted in multiple notifications to followers. MANY apologies for that!
March 26, 2013
100% ORGANIC VEGAN UNADULTERATED SPOILERS
Hmm, Seo Young’s ex-stalker/potential boyfriend has gotten a lot more perceptive since high school. I didn’t see guilt in Seo Young’s face when she saw Woo Jae, however. First I saw pain, then fear.
As you’ve probably figured out from the numerous references in Seoyoung My Daughter, if you didn’t already know, seaweed soup is eaten on your personal birthday (as opposed to the communal birthday on the lunar New Year). Cake and presents are also common. Kids punch each other in the arm – Happy Birthday!
Returning to the theme of husbands getting new insight on their wives – Sang Woo gets a reality check on what Ho Jeong really wants. Does he understand MORE…
March 19, 2013
Episode of 12 of Damo opens in the mountain forest. It’s daylight, and soldiers are nodding off all over the camp. Hwangbo announces that he’s taking over the search and starts to rouse them, but the local commander demands that he allow the soldiers some rest after searching all night. Hwangbo starts to argue, but Officer Lee intervenes and takes him aside for a private talk. He agrees with the local commander, and accuses Hwangbo of being obsessed with Chae Ohk, not Jang Sung Baek, and running his men into the ground because of it. Officer Baek, looking on, is shocked at Officer Lee’s audacity. Hwangbo doesn’t deny obsession, but insists it’s all about Jang Sung Baek.
Hwangbo has just questioned whether Officer Lee has enough faith in Hwangbo to serve under him when MORE…