September 24, 2015
The Korean term for “computer hacker” is such an obvious loanword from English that I just had to share it with you. If you have learned the Hangeul alphabet, you’ll know that
컴퓨터 해커 is pronounced kum (or kawm) pyoo tuh (or taw) heh kuh (or kaw).
(If you haven’t learned the Hangeul alphabet yet, check out my Games to Learn Korean page).
A “loanword” is a word one language has “borrowed” from another, that sounds a lot like the word in the original language. English is full of them, especially loanwords from French. Korean has a very high percentage (estimates vary) of loanwords from Chinese, but when you start getting into terms for technology and popular culture, you find more English loanwords. Korean also has English loanwords for things that don’t have an exactly equivalent Asian concept, like 뱀파이어 (vampire).
Some Korean words that sound like loanwords from English are actually loanwords from the same language that English borrowed it from (for example, 레스토랑 – restaurant, which is, of course, a French word).
You may be wondering what the difference is between the three Korean g/k-ish letters, ㄱ, ㄲ, and ㅋ. You are not alone! Here’s the best explanation I’ve found, not only for hearing the differences, but for speaking them.
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July 10, 2013
I can’t really say why balmy nights turn my thoughts to the blood-sucking undead. Summer and vampires just seem to go together.
Since my dramas-to-watch list is ever-lengthening, I don’t usually watch one I’ve already seen. However, everything I liked the first time in Vampire Prosecutor Season 1 – acting, cinematography, music – is just as good the second time around. And the two episodes that wrap up the season are considerably clearer. I think I finally have a firm grip on the storyline.
Now that I’m free to focus on details other than plot, here’s what jumped out at me.
June 26, 2013
In May, Korean cable network OCN released a lineup for 2013 that included a Season 3 for the popular vampire/crime drama, Vampire Prosecutor. Nothing more has been said, so who knows when (or if) it will happen. Fans have been waiting impatiently for quite awhile. Just in case, I decided it was high time I watched Season 2.
But first, I’m revisiting Season 1. I’m up to Episode 5, and finding it all makes a lot more sense when you’ve already seen the whole season once through. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that episodes 11-12 will be a little clearer the second time around.
If anyone knows where I can watch a version with subs other than DramaFever’s, please post a comment (Viki and Hulu both use the DF subs). I don’t know whether different subs would make a difference, but I’m curious.
You can read my episode reviews of Vampire Prosecutor Season 1 here.
September 16, 2012
The first episode of Vampire Prosecutor Season 2 is available with English subtitles on DramaFever and Hulu. I haven’t watched it yet. I think I’ll wait a bit until there is more than one episode, as patience is not one of my virtues. So no spoilers, please. I suppose I’ll have to avoid every other drama blog until I catch up!
Meanwhile, I’m continuing to watch Damo – another episode review is coming soon.
Vampire Prosecutor (Season 1) – Reviews
Also with Yeon Jeong Hun:
Can Love Become Money – Reviews
See all Damo and Lee Seo Jin reviews
June 4, 2012
You will want to watch the last two episodes of Vampire Prosecutor Season 1 in one sitting. It’s all about the hooded vampire and Min Tae Yeon’s back story now, and works best as one taut, ascending ride.
Although the action-packed two hours had the same plotting issues as earlier episodes (too many subplots, hasty and inadequate exposition of critical plot points, big holes), it was so emotionally satisfying that I didn’t really notice this until several hours later when the impact had worn off.
Somewhere along the line, reviews morphed into recaps, and have been getting longer and longer. There is too much story in the last two episodes to recap in detail, and I’m sure that’s already been done a time or two since the original broadcast in December 2011. The cloaked vampire did not turn out to be the person I thought I saw in the emergency room scene in Episode 10, but did turn out to be someone else I had suspected. However, there is another, much more surprising twist on the killings that ramps up the emotional volume to fever pitch.
SPOILER ALERT: stop here if you haven’t watched yet.
May 20, 2012
We’re back to TV satirizing TV. Ahh. This time it’s a surprisingly compatible hybrid of finding-love reality show and English country house murder. The Vampire Prosecutor (Yeon Jeong Hoon) gets called away from the crime scene early in Episode 10, leaving Prosecutor Yoo (Lee Young Ah) and Detective Hwang (Lee Won Jong) to work the case on their own.
They’ve finally started to bond – she praises his interview technique and offers to follow his plan. He recognizes her persistence and thoroughness. They rib each other about romantic experiences, and we learn his sexism is fueled by an early disappointment in love (this is rot, of course, but Lee Won Jong is so likable he can get away with it).
However, despite the growing camaraderie, they aren’t making much progress solving the crime. There are cameras all over the grounds, and the alibis all check out. Even the special insights of the Vampire Prosecutor aren’t much help.
SPOILER ALERT – stop here if you haven’t seen this yet.
May 12, 2012
Episode 9 of Vampire Prosecutor Season 1 is a tale of gangland infighting and seriously dysfunctional family relationships. Which is kind of the same thing, isn’t it? It opens with a ridiculously obscure scene, jam-packed with confusing intercuts, shifting camera angles and flashbacks, that is supposed to set up the whole storyline, but only makes sense after you have seen the rest of the episode – twice!
SPOILER ALERT: If you haven’t watched yet, stop here.
April 30, 2012
Episode 8 of Vampire Prosecutor, Season 1 opens with a car chase.
Detective Hwang (Lee Won Jong) pursues a suspect fleeing from a murder scene. He calls for backup, and is startled when Prosecutor Yoo (Lee Young Ah) responds. Working together, they manage to corner the suspect, but
SPOILER ALERT – If you haven’t seen this yet, stop here
April 27, 2012
TV mocking TV is one of my favorite things. Episode 7 of Vampire Prosecutor Season 1 opens with Chae Wook’s Invective Show. Invective. Now there’s a word you don’t get to use every day – not in my line of work, anyhow. Did you have to look it up to refresh your memory? Me too.
The fictional talk show seems mild by American standards. A supposedly ruthless host lures notorious guests onto the show with promises to avoid unwelcome topics. Naturally he breaks that promise the moment they are on the air. You’d think the title “Invective Show” would tip them off, wouldn’t you? Maybe they neglected to look it up.
It’s hard to be sympathetic towards people who are not only pretentious, criminal and even murderous, but terminally gullible on top of it. And what is up with the entirely female audience on plastic lawn chairs? But I digress. The point is, when the host is murdered, suspects abound. Topping the list is a head-tripping self-styled psychic who predicted the death. Lee Won Jong’s questioning of this suspect, who bedevils him with cryptic nonsense, is a high point of the episode.
In this episode, we learn what happens when
SPOILER ALERT – stop here if you haven’t watched this yet MORE…
April 7, 2012
There is an official Vampire Prosecutor (fan) page on Facebook, where they are posting photos from the series with Hangul words for fans who are learning Korean. Also many photos of Yun Jung Hoon. Check it out!
You can now find Mihansa on Facebook, too – visit our new page, and tell me what you are currently watching.
Yeon Jeong Hun in review:
Vampire Prosecutor (Season 1) reviews
Can Love Become Money reviews