Biscuit Teacher and Star Candy: Episode 2

Gong Hyo-jin is really pretty in Biscuit Teacher and Star Candy, perhaps the prettiest I’ve ever seen her. That “you’re putty in my hands” sneer is so captivating I go crazy screencapping it. At this rate (500 screencaps for episode 1 and 829 for episode 2), I’ll need a restraining order by the fourth episode. Stop being so cute, Show!

But don’t stop doling out the surprises. Because you should see how my eyes widened when THIS GUY appeared.

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Biscuit Teacher and Star Candy: Episode 1

I don’t know if it’s something in the air, or something I ate in May, but here I go again, completely charmed by a show within two minutes of its opening!

Thank you, drama gods, for a wish come true. My favorite Gong Hyo-jin role reinvented for the small screen, and with her as female lead this time! A high school setting, just like in Conduct Zero (2002). But instead of 99 minutes (the movie’s running time), I get sixteen hours of our actress at her kickass best.

No wonder I have jaw ache by the time I finish Episode 1 of Biscuit Teacher and Star Candy (2005). It’s all that grinning and giggling. Because that first episode? It’s the stuff of dreams.

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Real true love in dramas

(By Laica)

{I’m excited to introduce another guest blogger to my readers. Some of you may know Laica from the Dramabeans’ Open Thread where she’s a regular commenter. I find Laica’s writing thoughtful and eloquent and am confident you’ll love her posts. –thundie}

[Hello Thundie’s Prattle readers! My name is Laica. Thundie has invited me to be a guest blogger here on TP and I am super excited and extremely honoured to be in such an awesome company of writers (also a little nervous). I hope you will enjoy my posts.]

Ask a devoted addict why he or she loves kdramas, and you’ll likely get one of a variety of answers: the unique storylines, the language and culture, the length and format, the pretty… or probably a combination of all of these. Plus a special magic only kdramas have, which keeps us glued to our screens, laughing, crying, at times yelling, and then doing it all over again (sometimes sitting through some truly atrocious dramas).

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Favorite Male Roles (Part 2)

It was about two weeks ago that I had this ‘brilliant’ idea to create a poll of our favorite actors and their most-loved roles. So I posted the first poll (male roles) and then the second (female roles), patted myself on the back and went about my merry way, whistling.

And then it started. A reader told me I had left out Song Il-gook. Oops. Then, while happily sipping my Diet Coke at a mall, I nearly choked when one missing name popped into my head. Uhm Tae-woong!

Still, I resisted. I’m made of sterner stuff, after all.

But last night I was brushing my teeth before bed (and I tend to get some of my wildest ideas for recaps and posts when my mouth is full of toothpaste foam, don’t ask me why) when it hit me.

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Six degrees of separation: What kind of kdrama viewer are you?

A trip to the video store got me thinking: What sets me apart from that woman near me who’s also browsing the Korean Dramas section?

Look at me. I recognize most of the titles in that section. I even know which are second or third releases because the covers are different. When approached by a sales assistant, I smile beatifically and reply, “It’s okay, I’m just looking.”

That woman near me, on the other hand, seems completely lost. It’s like she’s looking at a parade of ants; how can she tell them apart? She listens attentively as the sales assistant sings the praises of Cruel Love: “This one is very good. See, Kwon Sang-woo!” It takes every ounce of control in me not to march over and snatch the set away. “Cruel Love? You’ve got to be kidding. Don’t touch it with a ten-foot pole! Here, try H.I.T. instead. It has Ha Jung-woo.”

The cashier doesn’t know it, but the customers standing in line to pay for their Korean dramas are all different. We may look like the same species, but I assure you we are each cut from a different cloth. After more than six years of “study,” allow me to present to you the six degrees separating us from each other. See if you can recognize yourself.

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Superstar Mr. Gam

Do you enjoy stories about underdogs and the tenacity and triumph of the human spirit? In these troubling times, why not watch a feel-good movie that’s not only touching but also funny and romantic?

And, don’t you want to check out a film where Ha Jung-woo speaks only one line and Gong-yoo two? The former is now critically acclaimed (and also fiercely loved by yours truly) and the latter has legions of fans thanks to a 2007 drama where coffee is the operative word. Yet in this five-year-old gem of a sports movie (based on a true story), the real star is one Lee Beom-soo.

In an interview, Lee Beom-soo said that Superstar Mr. Gam (a.k.a. Mr. Gam’s Victory a.k.a. Superstar Gam Sa Yong, 2004) is the most special piece of work for him personally and it’s easy to see why. He’s perfect here.

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