As you can tell from my previous post, I’ve been feeling rather nostalgic lately. I’m not sure why. Perhaps it’s the hours I spend watching or reading about the manifold tribulations in Japan and feeling sorrowful and overwhelmed. My mind drifts easily when I’m in a pensive state, flitting from one thing to another, and it takes me to places that I wasn’t planning on visiting.
Last night I was in such a mood. My hands deep in dish-washing suds, one thought led to another and suddenly I found myself thinking about my favorite k-memories. Things long forgotten, things that once made me squeal in delight.
I went online and started searching. Oh the treasures I unearthed! I present to you, dear readers, five of my old favorites below.
Once upon a few years ago, a young actor took my breath away when he played a cross-dressing role in King and The Clown, a movie that would take Korea by storm. This actor was too pretty for words, something I normally would have disdained, but his charm was so addictive I couldn’t help becoming a rabid fangirl. Lee Jun-ki’s fanbase was growing by the thousands each month and it was easy to see why. Not only was the guy cute as a button, he could act!
Lee Seo-jin is very much under my radar now (I actually forgot his name as I was preparing this post, can you believe it?), but years ago he was beyond loved, all because of his role as Hwangbo Yoon in Damo. I’ve not enjoyed anything else he’s done since, though. Like the silly Damo fan that I am, I still can’t get used to seeing LSJ in a modern-day role; I want him to forever be Naeuri!
My favorite Bae Yong-joon role is his Kang Jae-ho in the 1999 drama, Have We Really Loved. Written by Noh Hee-kyung, HWRL was the first drama that I loved passionately in those days of yore when I had just discovered this glittery new toy called A Korean Drama. Playing a conflicted young man torn between two women, one a lecturer whom he loves and the other a classmate whose wealth is his ticket out of the poverty he despises, the BYJ here is chubby and has crooked teeth; in short, an imperfect BYJ who was very much perfect for me. How I miss his Jae-ho!
Here is the drama that made Lee Byung-hun an instant hit for many viewers (except one Dahee Fanel). A k-guru (on one of his exceptionally grumpy days) gave Beautiful Days a measly rating of two out of ten, but that has not dampened my love for this drama one bit. It had histrionics (and shouting) aplenty but also one delicious LBH. Case closed!
Finally, back when my k-crush closet was still a teeny thing with room for just one or two occupants, the first one to take up residence was Lee Jung-jae. It was very much love at first gasp when I watched him in An Affair where he stripped to nothing (!) next to an equally unencumbered Lee Mi-sook. I would go on to collect LJJ’s works like one possessed. You’ll understand why when you watch the MV (which can’t be embedded, dang; watch it here).
How about you? What are some of your old favorites? Do share!