Life is Beautiful

If you have 63 hours to spare and would like to spend those hours watching something that puts a smile on your face and a lift in your steps, instead of 3-4 shorter pieces whose collective mediocrity makes you prefer chewing rusty nails as a more humane form of torture, I have a drama to recommend to you. It is one of the best family dramas that I have seen.

Slipping under many people’s radars last year, either because of its genre or because its length made one think thrice before committing, Life is Beautiful (SBS, 2010) is about second opportunities. It is about starting anew with hopefulness that today will be better than yesterday. It is about opening your heart to embrace the strange and the different, no matter how strong your creed or deep-seated your insecurities. It is about family sticking together, through all of life’s ups and downs. It is a drama so heartwarming you forget the chill outside your window, yet it is not so cloyingly sweet that you feel three cavities taking root. It is, above all, unwavering in its realism and optimism.

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Bad Family (SBS 2006)

Bad Family is a thoroughly endearing and enjoyable drama. Strangely, it must defy reviewing, because I am having a terribly constipated time writing about it. The words just aren’t coming to me like they normally do. I’ll take this as a sign from the drama gods that this is a drama that needs to be watched instead of talk about. Continue reading

Mid-Year Report Card (Part 2)

Okay! Now that we’ve sussed out the best/worst kdrama offerings for the first half of this year, it’s time to check out the lead performances and everyone’s favorite topic: the OTPs!

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Time between Dog and Wolf

(thundie: I’m absolutely thrilled to introduce my first guest blogger, ockoala, whom some of you know from the Dramabeans’ Open Threads. Please welcome her!)

For the Love of Woof-Woof:

Before diving right in, namely, to talk about one of my favorite k-dramas, I want to thank Thundie for honoring me with an invitation to write a guest post on her blog. I’ve been reading Thundie’s Prattle for almost as long as I have been watching k-dramas. Never in a million years did I imagine a day would come when I can contribute and give back to the world of k-dramas through Thundie’s Prattle. Thundie, and all the dedicated, thoughtful, and prolific writers who spread knowledge and enjoyment of k-dramas worldwide, are an inspiration to me. I am beyond excited to take a tiny step in their direction.

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Favorite Female Roles (Part 1)

Here is Part 2 of our Favorite Roles poll. Part 1 is here.

Twenty actresses and seven of their most recent or most famous roles. (They must have at least seven to qualify for this poll. Sorry, Yoon Eun-hye.) Again, in random order except for the one who reigns deservedly at the top: Korea’s first win at Cannes for Best Actress.

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Episode 1 teasers: Bad Family

If you need a pick-me-upper, look no further than Bad Family (2006).

Centered around a fake family born of tragedy and threats, it’s a delightful combo of hilarious and heartwarming. Laugh-out-loud funny and touching in all the right places, this is a drama you won’t tire of. In short, it rocks!

Since I’ve been nostalgic lately for some of my old favorites, let’s revisit the first episode of Bad Family, shall we? See if you can remember these scenes.

Why is our ajusshi mad?

Why is Yang-ah in tears?

More spoiler-free Bad Family teasers here… >>>