Monday, February 25, 2013

Love Is Reel: Or The Case Of The K-couple ♥ Part 2

Well, well, well...

Looks like I am not gonna stop unless I had confessed all the K-drama couples / K-couples on my list. Without further ado, let's begin.

You're Beautiful

Park Shin Hye was said to have her first onscreen kiss with Se7en. As her career matured, she became an endorser for different products, and got to be paired with hot guys such as Kim Hyun Joong and Jang Geun Suk.

The latter became her onscreen partner in this delightful drama by the Hong Sisters. Because of their great chemistry on the set and onscreen, many fans adored them and followed their career--together! If you use search engines, Park Shin Hye's name would often be paired with Jang Geun Suk. 

In the series, Naive Girl has to please Insensitive Guy to get by, but challenges along the way made Insensitive guy realize that he had feelings for Naive Girl. At the end of the drama series, the GeunShin fans delighted for the two ending up together in the reel. And who would not love Pig Rabbit?

And here again is a typical naive yet charming girl and the insensitive, hot-headed guy. While the other heroines in the other dramas are downright annoying for not being clever, Shin Hye's role as Go Mi Nyu is more understandable. As she grew up in a sheltered cloister, she would be very ignorant to most of the things outside her shell. Go figure. As for Hwang Tae Kyung (Jang Geun Suk), there is absolutely nothing wrong with being an OC. It's just annoying sometimes...

Well, how do I call TaeNyu pairing? Lots, lots to describe this couple. Pig Rabbit couple, Hairpin couple, Star couple, Don't-Go-Where-I-Can't-See-You couple.

Park Shin Hye and Jang Geun Seok

This drama intensified my love for K-dramas all the more because of its charm and alluring nature. Anyway, this is another drama which constitutes of a pretty girl amidst handsome guys, but this also belongs to gender bender dramas. I am pretty sure that Mi Nyu, who was set to be a nun, is totally overwhelmed in having to act as a guy in lieu of her twin brother while being learned of the things that she has to know, like love!

Because Mi Nyu is surrounded by guys, it will be a given that the other guys in the group are fascinated with her.

Kang Shin Woo (Jung Yong Hwa) is your typical prince charming who is also secretly acting as Mi Nyu's knight in shining armor. I partly blame Shin Woo for not getting Mi Nyu's heart because he had all the chances, but he always acted too late. Up to now, I still want to hit Mi Nyu's head to make her realize that there is someone loving her and looking after her from behind. I wish I can rewrite the script! I was one of those viewers who were heartbroken whenever Mi Nyu rejected (even unintentionally) Shin Woo's silent acts of love. One of the things that made me cry was the chapel scene in Japan.

I don't know how you call the pairing, but I can call them the Phone Date couple, the Secrets couple, the Autograph couple, or the Shoe couple.

Park Shin Hye and Jung Yong Hwa

Wait, wait, wait... Let us not forget dear and sunny Jeremy (Lee Hong Ki)! He totally balances the atmosphere in the drama, created by the moody Tae Kyung and the kind-hearted Shin Woo. It broke my heart when he sang "Good Words" while crying inside the bus. Such a contrast! A happy song sang in heartbreaking tears.

I dare call them the Secret Bus couple, the Apple couple, the Hose couple, or the Jolie couple. Darn, I miss that cute golden retriever Jolie!

Park Shin Hye and Lee Hong Ki

Last but not the least. I know some of you will hate me, but I also adore Tae Kyung and Yoo He Yi (Uee) together! ^_^ Ohhhh, I wish to see another drama of these two!

How do I call them? Hmmm... The Bickering couple? ^_*

Jang Geun Suk and Uee

This drama is also one in my list. Who would not? Because of this drama, I got to understand the life of the members in an idol group, the challenges that they face with the people around them, and their struggles with and against each other.


Because Kang Shin Woo did not get the girl, the man behind the role got to have another chance to confess...and to get the girl!

Jung Yong Hwa and Park Shin Hye starred together for the second time in the college romance drama, "Heartstrings." The drama, which was to have 16 episodes, was cut an episode short due to Shin Hye's vehicular accident. Nevertheless, there are things in this drama that I found lacking in substance, like how Lee Shin (no, not Crown Prince Lee Shin of "Princess Hours") could have managed before, during, and after his hospitalization. I think I would have to forgive that. There are also some annoying parts in the drama, but these are not related to the main couple... It has something to do with all the love angst of all the teachers.

Because Yong Hwa and Shin Hye shared the same surname in the drama, they were termed as the Dooley couple (which means, "two Lee"... "Two" in Korean is "dool", and "Lee" is sometimes romanized as "Yi" or "I." Hence, Dool I ==> Dooley).

This is another drama wherein the girl is the perky one, while the guy is the insensitive one. But unlike Shin Hye's role in YAB, her role as Lee Gyu Won is someone who is clever (streetwise), though she is really not aware of some things outside her studies like The Stupid band. And in this drama, Yong Hwa showed the real him as he was always made to drink coffee. Uhm, maybe, Americano again?

YongShin fans rejoice because these two, who did not end up together in YAB, ended up together as a couple! What I like about these two is that Yong Hwa and Shin Hye seem to act as themselves, not as Shin and Gyu Won respectively. I also adore the chemistry that they exude offscreen and onscreen. Just check out their BTS. If you're a Doolier like me, you will see what I mean.

Park Shin Hye and Jung Yong Hwa's Kissing scene at Episode 15

There are also other cute couples in the drama, but I would like to make a special mention of Kang Min Hyuk and Woori. We most often get to see the perky girl and the moody guy, but this pairing is the other way around. Min Hyuk sported two personas here, the nerdy and unkempt ordinary boy and the hot drummer of The Stupid. And I applaud Woori's acting as the female opposite of Goo Jun Pyo minus the three other friends and the ominous red card. I like to see these two act together again.

And I call Yeo Joon Hee (Kang Min Hyuk) and Han Hee Joo (Woori) as the Choco Bar couple, or the Beauty and The (Cutie) Beast couple.

Kang Min Hyuk and Woori

God of Study

"God of Study" is a high school-based drama based on the Japanese manga, "Dragon Zakura." If you check the Japanese live adaptation, you will see that the love angles are not that obvious compared to the Korean counterpart.

Park Ji Yeon's role as Na Hyun Jung gets entangled in a love triangle between Yoo Seung Ho's chara, Hwang Baek Hyun, and Go Ah Seong's chara, Gil Pul Ip. Hwang Baek Hyun himself also gets a rival for Pul Ip's affection in the form of Hong Chan Doo, played by the adorable Lee Hyun Woo (who appeared in another K-drama, "To The Beautiful You"). Thankfully, the fifth student, Oh Bong Goo (Lee Chan Ho), is not included in any love angst whatsoever.

Go Ah Sung and Yoo Seung Ho

Go Ah Sung and Lee Hyun Woo

Park Ji Yeon and Yoo Seung Ho

The love stories do not affect much of the fact that the genre of the story is all about school and student life. Though there are conflicts between the four students when it comes to love, these do not hinder them from helping each other in achieving the goal of getting high grades for the June examination and the CSAT. In fact, after Hyun Jung and Baek Hyun's closure, the story is already concentrated on their studies and efforts to get to Cheon Ha University.

And who had noticed that this is actually Yoo Seung Ho and Park Ji Yeon's second time being together? Go check T-ara's MV, "Lies." And speaking of T-ara, have you noticed the "Bo Peep, Bo Peep" choreo in "I Have A Dream" song? And have you noticed T-ara girls being the old posse?

And oh, this may not seem much, and Han Soo Jung (Bae Doo Na) and Kang Seok Ho (Kim Soo Ro) were just being professional despite their bickerings, these two can actually have a spin-off drama... that is if the Japanese mangaka had also made a story of these two!

Kim Soo Ro and Bae Doo Na

Jungle Fish 2

This is another drama with Park Ji Yeon in it, but it will look like she is some kind of a villain that needs understanding. And again, this drama is all about studies and student life, though the topics being tackled in the drama are the serious things that a Korean high school student will face, such as suicides, the rigid educational system, teen pregnancy, heartaches and first loves, cheating, bullying, among others. Unlike the sunny "Dream High" and the perky "God of Study," "Jungle Fish 2" has a rather serious tone. I have yet to see the first Jungle Fish, though. 

This story involves six friends who had been through middle school to high school. However, the pressures in the academic battle and the attention for Min Ho Soo (Hong Jong Hyun) have two friends, Baek Hyo An  (Han Ji Woo) and Seo Yul (Park Jiyeon), getting their friendship on the rocks.

I guess I now understand why my parents ever forbade me to be in a relationship while being a student... because mixing love and study is too damn difficult! And yes, if your boyfriend dumps you and you are getting burdened with your studies, what do you do? Study even harder, that's what.

Hyo An commits suicide. Maybe it has something to do with Ho Soo dumping her, or that she was tired of being the star student (which I doubt). But the suicide is more on the corruption of the high school system that Hyo An saw as being unfair to deserving students. When she felt that no one was helping her with her crusade, she decided it was too much... and the rest is history. I won't tell you what happened because it would be no thrill. And I challenge you to go watch it! It's just 8 episodes, after all.

My OTP here is, of course, Baek Hyo An and Min Ho Soo. I found the pairing sweet not only because Han Ji Woo is pretty, but also by the fact that Hong Jong Hyun looks extremely cool being the cold guy. And had I mentioned that I love his eyes? What makes this pair different from all the other K-drama couples is because even if Ho Soo dumped Hyo An, he exerted all his effort to investigate why his ex-girlfriend committed suicide to begin with. After all, they had been friends too. Are there instances of any other guys trying to help their exes?

Han Ji Woo and Hong Jong Hyun

Though the story is mostly about investigating on the suicide with the series of clues given by a mysterious online persona, the unrequited love can never be lost in K-dramaland. While Yul is pining over Ho Soo, Ahn Ba Woo (Lee Joon of MBLAQ) is also pining after Yul. And when one heart goes for what it feels, can it decide the right thing to do? There are times in the drama when Ho Soo's search for the truth are hindered due to Ba Woo trying to protect Yul. Oh, you poor boy. No matter how bad a girl can get, there will always be a guy to take her side... And this drama is one of the reasons for the Ji Yeon x Joon shippers to jump for joy.

Dream High 1 and 2

Okay, so I am just putting them in a single thread. You know why? Even if the two stories have different plots, they are still about the students at Kirin High.

To begin with, let us start with Season 1. Primadonna-wannabe and Julliard-bound Go Hye Mi (Miss A's Suzy) finds her family bankrupt, thanks to her debt-filled father. Instead of heading for Julliard, she is forced to enter Kirin High by the loan shark, Ma Do Shik. Hye Mi's pride goes far as to even insult her bestie Yoon Baek Hee (T-ara's Ham Eun Jung) during the audition. Thus, when the two enter Kirin as students (though with many thorns along Hye Mi's path), they meet as enemies. Along the way, Jin Guk (2PM's Ok Taecyeon) and Song Sam Dong (Kim Soo Hyun) befriend Hye Mi until both guys fell head over heels for her. Another student, the fat girl with the golden voice, Kim Pilsuk (IU), gets infatuated with Korean-American Jason (2PM's Jang Wooyoung). How come Jason does not have any family name? Can he, at least, be given one? Like a Kim, Lee, Han, Jang, Jung, or Park?

Anyway... underdogs will never remain underdogs, for if you believe in your dreams, time will take you there when it is right. In the end, these six students are able to reach a good spot in the future, though not something that they had dreamed of in the past.

I like Dream High 1 for the philosophies imbibed within, which makes this drama a favorite. Though it also tackles certain sensitive issues in the Korean show business, like sexual harassment in exchange for fame, the things I always remember about the drama are the quotes that one can learn and reflect. I will consider myself a hypocrite if I say I do not appreciate the songs because I really, really do.

There are people who consider "Dream High" as the Korean version of "Glee," but I don't know. Please don't call me lame, but I had never seen an episode of "Glee." For me, the songs that the characters sing hold meaning to their hearts, matter to them, and are applicable to their present situation.

Favorite OTP, here I come!

I was confused as to whether Hye Mi should end up with Jin Guk or Sam Dong, but like the flow of the story, I begin to insist on Sam Dong for Hye Mi. There is this chemistry that I love, like they, though with different moods and characteristics, blend along well enough for them to teach each other on how to grow. Jin Guk looks good with Hye Mi, though I prefer him with Baek Hee. Thank goodness that no other person is a third wheel to our Milky Couple! ^_^

Ham Eun Jung and Ok Taecyeon

Milky couple: IU and Jang Wooyoung

Bae Suzy and Ok Taecyeon

Kim Soo Hyun and Bae Suzy

Season 2, here I come.

The students from Season 1 had long graduated, and it is Sam Dong who gets paired with HershE's Rian (Park Jiyeon) in a drama--though it was a flop on Rian's part. Wait, this is the third time that I had consecutively featured Jiyeon! Yey! Anyway, because of the laws imposed requiring underaged entertainments to study for some time, the talents from Oz Entertainment are sent to Kirin High. A sly move for Oz Entertainment's CEO. It is also a move to revive the bankrupt Kirin High...though according to Oz Entertainment's whims.

Different losers for students are also featured: such as the ugly duckling Shin Hae Seong (Kang Sora), a girl with an awful singing voice but with a flair for songwriting and music composition; Jin Yoo Jin (2AM's Jung Jin Woon), a rockstar-wannabe who is not interested in his classmates' shallowness; Park Soon Dong (ex-After School Yoo So Young), a shaman-wannabe with a nasal voice; Jung Ui Bong (JR), Id:n's backup dancer; Park Hong Joo (Kim Ji Soo), another mediocre student, and others. With the coming of the entertainers from Oz, the worlds of the original students stand on rocky ground. Why not? They are up against students who themselves are already stars: Rian and her fellow HershE members, Nana (Sistar's Hyorin), and Ailee (surprise, surprise, Ailee!), the I:dn boys Jang Woo Jae aka JB (Im Jae Beom/JB) and Shi Woo (Park Seo Joon). 

Water and oil never mix, and so do these students. Competition arise because the originals want to keep their place, but the newcomers want to overpower the students they deem losers. Even the teachers have their own petty quarrels as well.

As always, when it comes to gorgeous girls and hot guys, love will always bloom. And you can never be sure when it comes to love because someone famous just might fall for a commoner, like the way JB eventually falls for Hae Seong. They are what fans call the Rubik's Cube couple. Surprising at it may seem, Rian will not put up with this, as she and JB are ex-lovers. Sneakers place some importance to their relationship, hence they are nicknamed the Shoe couple. Yoo Jin has a one-sided love for Hae Seong, but I love the test of their friendship, especially at times when Hae Seong would sulk away after Yoo Jin "puts her down." Netizens call them the Button couple, but I call them the MP3 couple. Jin Woon has a fetish for G-minor, thus his tagline was "G-minor!!!!!" while pretending to strum his electric guitar in a harsh way. In one episode, while the Audrey Hepburn-like Rian and the seemingly uninterested Yoo Jin are having their pictorial, they, nevertheless, make pictorial fun with "G-minor!!!!" Hence, Rian-Yoo Jin couple became the G-minor couple. Nana is Shi Woo and Hong Joo's object of affection, and the guys constantly fight over her. I do not know how to call them, maybe, the Tug-of-war Threesome? As for Shi Woo and Hong Joo, I will call them "Jack and Rose" or Titanic couple because of one instance of them doing a parody of the said James Cameron movie. Last student to come in is the CEO's daughter, Lee Seul (Jung Yeon Joo). She and Ui Bong get into some occasional fights, but they end up together at the latter part of the series. Too bad, I had always thought that Ui Bong has a crush on Ailee because he seems to give some motivations at the early parts of the drama. As for the JBxHaesung vs JBxRian vs HaesungxYoojin vs RianxYoojin, the pairing got so complicated that I was a bit irritated and bored later on during the drama. Heol~~

Even the lame duck teacher, Yang Jin Man (JYPE's CEO, Park Jin Young) gets in a love triangle himself, thanks to vocal teacher Ahn Taeyeon (Choi Yeo Jin) and dance instructor Hyun Ji Soo (former leader of After School, Park Kahi).

Here is the gallery of main DH2 love teams. I decide not to put all because it is too complicated already.

JB and Kang Sora

Park Jiyeon and JB

Jung Jin Woon and Kang Sora

Jung Jin Woon and Park Jiyeon

The songs, yes the songs. Dream High will never be Dream High without the songs. What I love about the sequel is that the songs speak more about the feelings that each character has at a certain point. Three of my fave songs happen to be "Hello To Myself," "The Covered-up Road," and "You Walking Towards Me."

Anyhoo, photo credit to all owners!

Whew! Had I made this longer than I thought I should????

My list is not yet done, and I still have a lot of K-couples to confess. So, I better not let your eyes dry and tired, my dear. Until next time!

1 comment:

  1. I like all...but special I like (Park Shin Hye and Jung Yong Hwa) nice couple