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KXLA [Nov. 5th, 2006|12:41 pm]
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aluviel
news about upcomming dramas!

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Pure in Heart Drama now Playing! [Oct. 23rd, 2006|10:31 am]
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aluviel

Pure in Heart
Daily Drama
KBS 2006

Starring:

Guk-hwa ~ Goo Hye Sun
Hong Ug-yeong ~  Lee Min Woo
Park Yun-hu ~ Seo Ji Suk
Park Yun-jeong ~ Lee Yun-ji

Synopsis:

Traveling from Yanbian, China to Seoul cheerful, ethnic Korean, Guk-hwa plans to marry her fiance and start a new life.  To her dismay, he has died expectedly in an accident.  This turns her plans upside down, especially since can't (or won't) return home to China.  A series of events, brought about by her inexperience and innocence, endears her to some and causes outrage in others.   

The role of the modest and honest guy Hong Ug-yeong, who works at telecom company UT, is played by Lee Min-woo, while the ill-mannered Yun-hu, a scion of a conglomerate, is portrayed by Seo Ji-suk. The cast also includes several famous middle-aged actors: Shin Koo, who plays the oldest person in Hong’s family, and Kang Nam-kil and Kim Mi-kyung, who play Ug-yeong’s parents. Kang Seok-woo appears in a comic role of Shin’s second son as a third-class bar singer. Adding to the cheerful atmosphere of the series is Cho Jung-rin, who plays Woo-kyung’s younger sister. Han Jin-hee and Yoon Yeo-jung appear as Yoon-hu’s family.

Review:

Good - The lead actress did a great job in portraying purity without overacting.  Her charm and perkiness, in my opinion, played a big part in carrying this drama.

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Korean Drama reviews. [Oct. 23rd, 2006|10:09 am]
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aluviel




 Is currently playing on the KXLA Broadcast and I find it is diffrent than the usuall high executive falls for lonley country girl type of drama. Very well written perhpas maybe a little over acted, this drama bring fresh subject matter back into Korean Dramas. 
Highly recomend.

Invisible Man, Choi Jang-Soo [투명인간 최장수]
Submitted by dramaok on Tuesday, October 3, 2006 - 1:03pmcategory:

    
Pronounced:
tu-myeong-in-gan-choi-jang-su
Starring:
Yoo Oh-Seong (Jang Gil-San), Chae Shi-Ra (Terms of Endearment), Choi Yeo-Jin (I'm Sorry, I Love You), Jo Yeon-Woo (What's Up, Fox?), Cha Hye-Jin
Directed by:
Jeong Hae-Ryeong
Written by:
Park Hye-Ok
Dates Airing:
July 5th, 2006 - September 7th, 2006
Time Airing:
9:55 PM (Korea)
Episodes:
16
Official Website:
Related links:

Synopsis

[Special Thanks to Guest Reviewer, armanigurl  for writing this.]

A free spirited and fun loving cop, Choi Jang Soo (Yoo Oh Sung) one day discovers that his wife Oh So Young (Chae Si Ra) is giving up on him. He tries his best to hold on to his marriage, but his wife has lost faith in him. It’s her disappointment in him is for never being around when she needed him that finally takes its toll and she is determined to divorce her husband despite the fact that her two lovely children will really live without their father. After all, he’s never been around that much so she guesses that it wouldn’t make much a difference.

On the day they sign their divorce papers, Jang Soo discovers that he has Alzheimer’s disease. His life turns into a whirlwind as he struggles to convince his family that he loves them and tries his best to retain happy memories with his family before he dies. Ha Jun Ho played by Cho Yun Woo enters the scene during the period of their divorce and tries to win So Young’s affection back.

Meanwhile, Cho Hyun Soo (Choi Yeo Jin) comes out of prison to revenge on the police officer who caught her (Jang Soo) and ends up developing a loving relationship with him, looking up to him as the fatherly figure she never had.


Review

Special Thanks to Guest Reviewer, armanigurl  for writing this.]

OKAIIIIIIII”

Okaiii, here we go…. First off, before you attempt to watch this drama make sure you have all these available kits:

1) A month’s supply of tissues

2) If you don’t have any tissues, a blanket nearby should do.

3) If no blanket or tissues, your t-shirt will have to be sacrificed.

4) Some ice would be nice, if you have to go to work the next day and don’t want your colleagues to laugh at your puffy eyes.

So yeah, don’t say I didn’t warn you all, be informed, the tissue box is crucial for every single episode. This drama is the ultimate S.A.D. ahjumma drama, therefore not recommended to the guys. If you need a drama to fix you up, like us girls often crave weirdly for, this drama is probably IT. But be warned that you might end up crying till all your tears run dry. Guys would probably think this drama is too depressing. It might be better to just go out and kick some balls.

Invisible Man Choi Jang Soo

Now looking at the title, you’d think Choi Jang Soo is a comic character that can wear his invisible cape and disappear anytime he wants to right? Well, this man Choi Jang Soo is literally disappearing not because of a cape, but because of a disease called ‘Alzheimer’s’. A brain degenerative disorder that normally falls on the elderly, where their brain losses its power to remember, deteriorates and finally causes the patient to be mentally unsound and eventually dies.

Jang Soo is disappearing in his own memory, and slowly turning into a different person because of the disease. He tries his best to make amends to his mistakes before he disappears for good. And that really is the sad part, to see a man trying so hard to become important in the eyes of people he loves and displaying regret for never doing it in the beginning.

The character of Choi Jang Soo was said to be portraying the male version of Choi Jin Shil in ‘A Rosy Life’ but its still fun to throw in a female version in the drama so we get the male and female balance. Hence, So Young’s life gets tumultuous, and we the audience can’t help but feel so sorry for her for being wonder woman all these years because of her husband’s absence and yet still having to cope with so many other challenges. The biggest challenge to So Young was when she had to tell Jang Soo that she was over him when she clearly still loves him. Years of disappointment with his childlike ways has led to bitterness that neither could overcome, and the only solution was to move on without him. In her eyes, he was always a child that she had to take care of, but what she really needed was someone to take care of her.

OTT Drama Drama Drama

Everything about the script is incredibly tragic. It’s as if the writers couldn’t find any satisfaction until they killed all the audience with heartache and sadness. My only complaint is that the scriptwriters really went all out to introduce as much new diseases they could in this drama. Now, we know a lot of tragic dramas out there end up with the female lead coughing blood and going into a coffin 10 episodes later. But this drama is just a little too much when it introduces a different disease on the father, the mother, the cutest son, and the grandfather.

And the Oscar goes to….


So why did I keep watching? No! Its not my addiction to tears but in fact the incredible acting performances of the leads Yoo Oh Sung and Chae Si Ra. Especially the acting of Yoo Oh Sung. Never have I seen such display of real emotions that truly transcends beyond mere acting ability. For me, Yoo Oh Sung’s performance was perhaps one of the most captivating portrayals of a drama character this year. All the other cast also displayed remarkable acting; even the children’s emotions were very raw and real. So watch this if you are someone who appreciates good acting.

Overall this drama has average plot but incredible acting and a great original soundtrack that make the whole drama very memorable indeed. It is another drama that sends out the message about holding on to true love in midst of adversity. It is a story of how love overcomes the good, the bad and the ugly. Bringing new meaning to the marriage vows we often hear of, “in sickness and in health, till death do us part”.


Rating:
8

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Woo Hoo "Seven" in Concert! [Oct. 23rd, 2006|10:07 am]
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aluviel

Sept 25, 2006

Singer Seven, who will release a new album next month, will give a solo concert October 28 after four months off.

The concert will serve as the finale of the 2006 Seoul Music Festival, which kicks off October 8 for a 22-day run. The festival, the second of its kind, will feature various artists who will stage performances in succession to revive the stagnated domestic music industry.

The festival received a favorable response from audiences last year, as they were able to see the performances of singers Lee Seung-chul, Shin Seung-hoon, Rain, BoA and TVXQ for 35,000 won per ticket and enjoy beer free of charge.

Seven’s upcoming concert carries special significance because the singer is preparing to debut in the United States and plans to focus on his overseas activities in the near future rather than perform in Korea.

Last month, Seven enraptured Japanese audiences when he performed in Tokyo and Osaka as part of the World Tour marking the 10th anniversary of YG Entertainment, his agency.

At the upcoming concert, the singer will sing songs from his new album and previous hit songs.

Aside from Seven, the 2006 Seoul Music Festival will feature such artists as Kim Hyun-chul, DJ D.O.C., Lee Seung-hwan, Sung Shi-kyung, YB Big Mama, Next, TVXQ and M (Lee Min-woo).

The festival is being sponsored by the Seoul municipal government and the charity organization The Chest of Love, which has also staged a campaign inviting visitors to bring used books that will be donated to the needy.

Source: KBS Global
http://english.kbs.co.kr/entertainment/news/1417125_11858.html




ARTS

Landscapes of Korea The Korean Cultural Center Art Gallery presents an exhibition of modern Korean paintings, Landscapes of Korea. The exhibition will showcase the beauty of the Korean landscape through colorful paintings by artists Ho Sik Choi, Yoon Sook Koh and Han Joong Lee. The works express each artist’s subjective point of view on Korean nature, trees, flowers, waters and mountainside. The opening reception will be on Friday, March 8 from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. at the Korean Cultural Center, 5505 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles. The exhibit will run from March 8 -21. For more information, please call 323-936-7141.

Islamic Art The Los Angeles County Museum of Art is now showing the Madina Collection of Islamic art. The collection contains works of various media ranging from the late 7th through 19th centuries. The collection comprises of 750 objects collected over the past 40 years by Dr. Maan Madina, professor of Middle East and Asian Languages and Cultures at Columbia University in New York. For more information, contact 323-857-6000.

 



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