Review: Full House [2004]

Full HouseKorean Title: Pool Ha-woo-seu
Episodes: 16
Broadcast network: KBS2
Broadcast period: 2004-Jul-14 to 2004-Sept-02
Air time: Wednesday & Thursday 21:00

Cast:
Bi (Rain) as Lee Young Jae
Song Hye Gyo as Han Ji Eun
Han Eun Jung as Kang Hye Won
Kim Sung Soo as Yoo Min Hyuk

Summary [tour2korea.com]:

Han Ji-eun lives alone in the house that she inherits from her parents. Her parents named the property ‘Full House.’ She has two close friends who end up selling the house behind her back to Lee Young-jae. Through a series of incidents, the two make a contract to marry, so that Ji-eun can stay in the house that her parents built. Although not in love with each other when they marry, a love between them develops slowly over time. The feelings of love are constantly interrupted by Gang Hye- won, Young-jae’s love interest for quite some time and by Yu Min-hyeok, a man that Han ji -eun likes.

I Say…

There’s no such thing as a perfect couple or perfect marriage. There are also down times even though married couples are contented with their married life. And here are two people, proving that there is no exception from that rule. Han Ji-eun and Lee Young Jae, bound by contract.

They’re not the ideal couple, but you’ll surely learn so much from them as their story deepens. There are a lot of “love lessons” to be learned as Ji-eun cries and Young Jae keeps denying his actual feelings for the woman who is just his wife by contract.

photo3417The whole thing was based on a manhwa, and we all know how these reading materials can shout out so many emotions. But sad to say there were also a lot of things about the manhwa that wasn’t adapted by the drama. The reason is simple, and it is to provide the viewers a different angle of the story. One more thing, if they were too faithful to the manhwa they’re not going to be able to give it an identity. Of course, apart from the fact that it will be too dynamic for a 16 episode series.

As for the cast, who could’ve predicted that Bi and Song Hye Gyo will blow the house down with their acting? Before Full House, both artists were seen on heavy dramas: Sangdoo for Bi and the famous Autumn in my Heart for Song Hye Gyo. Teaming up for Full House with a lighter and more comic theme just showcased their acting skills even more. I think that Song Hye Gyo makes a pretty good comedienne despite being the weakling she was on her famous drama. Same goes for Bi, who’s actually a serious actor. These two just complement each other. They have no doubt, created a pair no one in the face of Korean drama will forget.

No matter how many times I watch Full House I’ll never get tired of it. I will always laugh and cry for all the lessons learned from it.

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Review: My Girl & I [2005]

photo11502Korean Title: Pa-rang-joo-eui-boo
Directed by: Jeong Yoon-soo (정윤수)
Running Time: 95 mins.
Release date in South Korea : 2005/12/23

Cast:
Cha Tae Hyun as Su Ho
Song Hye Kyo as Su Eun

Plot: (yesasia.com)
Bright and beautiful high school student Su Eun (Son Hye Kyo) saves fellow student Su Ho (Cha Tae Hyun) from drowning in the ocean. Su Ho does not know who saved him until Su Eun confides in him that it was her, because she has a crush on the boy. After she lost her pager during her rescue attempt, Su Ho buys a new one for her so that they can communicate with each other in secret, afraid that Su Eun’s protective parents will discover their relationship. But just as love begins to blossom for the two youngsters, tragedy strikes in the cruelest of ways.

I Say…

To be honest, it’s quite disappointing. I’ve waited so long to see this movie, and I expected highly of My Girl and I, since it made way for Cha Tae Hyun & Song Hye Gyo to work together. These two are my favorite Korean actors! It was a dream to see them do a movie together! But I felt really disappointed. I don’t know… I just think that the movie lacks substance. It’s the same movie that will make you really hurt in the end, where someone dies and they don’t end up together. Of course, as expected of Hye Gyo-shi, she looked good on tv crying, so she would also look good in a movie crying. But I just thought that the given role wasn’t really unique, and it was depressing for Hye Gyo’s first movie. She could’ve chosen a project more challenging than her character on this one. This movie seemed to have combined a number of scenes from her previous TV series like Endless Love and Full House. There were bike scenes…. scenes taken on a boat and by the sea. They may all be coincidence since this is a remake of a Japanese movie (Crying Out Of Love From The Center of the Universe), but still, it is reminiscent. I have watched all Cha Tae Hyun movies and still I’m not yet used to seeing him do drama. But this is not as bad as Lover’s Concerto yet.

Not because I’m disappointed doesn’t mean I hate the movie big time. It is worth watching, if you wouldn’t consider the memories of Hye Gyo-shi’s smash hit drams. There’s a good thing I’ve noticed in this movie. They were given equal priorities, and their respective roles complement the other. Since koreans are not really fond of happy endings, tearjerkers are to be expected. There were also lots of beautiful shots from the movie. For me, this is not highly recommended but its worth the watch for all those who like Song Hye Gyo & Cha Tae Hyun.