Well, well. Here is thundie, two posts in a row, with download links for a 2008 drama that’s likely to garner as much interest as sparrows gathering twigs in some far-flung woods. It’s nowhere near your radar, I know! But before you roll your eyes and mutter that I’m not offering (or writing about) something more current, let me hasten to say that Scale of Providence is one of the best dramas of 2008.
Once upon a time, there lived a man called Cinderella.
(What do you mean, that’s a name for girls? Says who? Some fairy tale? No, I’m not changing it to Prince! Okay, fine. We’ll just call him Cinderella Man, happy? Geez.)
He was also called Oh Dae-san. And Lee Joon-hee. Because you see, there were two of him. In build, stubble and number of earlobe piercings they were the same; even their hair was the exact length and shade. But there were also subtle differences.
If you’re like me and adore our gay couple in Life is Beautiful, I have two YouTube treats for you.
What’s special about these fan-made music videos is that Song Chang-ui, who plays Yang Tae-sub in the drama, sings on both. I hope you enjoy!
(I’m taking a short break from blogging to visit with family this week. Back next week with more posts. Keep well, all of you!)
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.
If you’ve been watching Korean dramas long enough, I’m sure there are things that miff you. For instance, two lovers circumambulate each other at the airport, always missing the other by a nose. A phone goes mysteriously dead or unanswered in the most pressing of moments. An ending is so ambiguous you paw the wall in frustration.
But chief among my pet peeves is the subversion of justice. A situation is obviously wrong but nothing is done to correct it. Lies submerge the truth and the innocent is thrown into the pits, simply because the people who are supposed to uphold justice prefer to abuse it. When the abuse is outrageous (not in scope and intensity but in how stupid and unbelievable it is), then it makes me mad as hell.
That was how I felt watching the first three episodes of Scale of Providence (a.k.a. God’s Scales, 2008), a drama that I had liked at first sight but grew increasingly uncomfortable with as I continued.