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First Impressions: “I Miss You,” “King of Dramas,” and “Can We Get Married”


My apologizes for the late update. I wanted to give each drama a two-episode watch before I gave my first impressions so it took me a while to get through them.

I Miss You

Starring: Park Yoochun, Yoon Eun-hye, and Yoo Seung-ho

Director: Lee Jae-dong (Thank You)

Writer: Moon Jung-hee (Can You Hear My Heart)

Episodes watched: 2/2

Oh the angst. But thankfully “I Miss You” is not all tears and gloom as the poster would suggest. I went in expecting heavy angst so I was pleasantly surprised by the innocence and the whimsical present in the story. For the first time, I am glad a drama started with a childhood back-story because the innocence of Han Jung-woo (Yeo Jin-gu) and Lee Soo-yeon (Kim So-hyeon) as fifteen year-olds in love help to lighten the atmosphere of the generally makjang drama. I find the parental stories typically overwrought with lots of crying, screaming, and bug-eyed glaring, which do nothing to help me build a connection to the drama. The childhood story of Jung-woo and Soo-yeon becoming friends, opening up to each other, and falling in love is where the heart of the drama lies. It is the space where the viewers can make the emotional connection to what they are watching.

Typical of a makjang, the plot and narrative elements of “I Miss You” are all set up to evoke very discrete emotions. In other words, the drama sets up each scene with flashing signs that say, “This is a sad moment,” “This is a horrifying moment,” “This is a romantic moment,” with no spectrum in between. I disliked being emotionally maneuvered this way but thankfully, the acting of the child actors and beautiful cinematography are compelling enough to bring me into the story instead of leaving me to watch it pass like an annoyed bystander.

If she does this for much longer, I think she is going to need those glasses to help keep her eyeballs inside her skull.

I think I have to watch at least two more episodes until I can make a commitment to this drama because while it is better than I expected, I still feel very wary of where the drama will turn once the childhood portion ends. That poster is seriously the worst poster ever. I want to run away screaming whenever I see it.

King of Dramas

Starring: Kim Myung-min, Jung Ryeo-won, Choi Si-won

Director: Hong Sung-chan (Take Care, Captain; Smile, Mom)

Writer: Jang Hang-joon (Sign)

Episodes watched: 2/4

Immediately off the bat, we are introduced to the pompous, self-righteous, and unlikeable lead character Anthony Kim, who is a president of a drama production company. Let me emphasize how much I hate this type of character. H.A.T. E. HATE. It is a great credit to the actor, Kim Myung-min, for drawing me in within a minute of the drama instead of sending me dashing off for the hills. I don’t know how he does it, but despite the awful character and fashion, I find Anthony Kim magnetic, hilarious, and very complex. I love how Kim Myung-min is such a physical actor, who not only speaks and emotes the character, but also inhabits the character with his entire body and aura. Guh, I can gush all day about him.

As for the story itself, I like the subject of drama production and find the take different enough from “Worlds Within” to not constantly compare. In fact, I can’t compare it all. “Worlds Within” was very slice-of-life and it took its subject matter seriously, while “King of Dramas” is sort of tongue-in-cheek and geared for the masses who are content to be entertained, not preached at. “King of Dramas” started off meta, emphasizing the ludicrousness of product placement in contemporary dramas. However, the drama never goes deep into a real critique of the current drama production system, content to remain a character-driven and mass-consumed entertainment piece. It’s good at not being pretentious, unlike it’s main character. 😉

Death by product placement.

Can We Get Married

Starring: Sung Joon, Jung So-min, Lee Mi-sook

Director: Kim Yoon-chul (My Name is Kim Sam-soon; Que Sera Sera)

Writer: Ha Myung-hee

Episodes watched: 2/6

I have pretty mixed feelings about this drama. I find the story realistic and diversified among its different characters but the subject matter itself is not something I am interested in. I particularly don’t like dramas about in-laws fighting and cheating husbands so this drama is riding a very thin line on my nerves. What keeps me engaged is the story between Ki-joong and Dong-bi and their sizzling, sexy chemistry, and the sweet and hopeful story between Min-ho, Deul-rae, and motorcycle.

This drama is populated with characters who talk a mile-a-minute (“Gilmore Girls” style) and not always in a very likeable manner. The characters just keep saying everything out loud and while it can be refreshing to have characters who actually talk through their problems, there are just moments where I want to scream, “THINK BEFORE YOU SPEAK!”  It keeps me feeling pretty agitated throughout the whole episode and it doesn’t help that the cuts are frequent and rapid. Ultimately, I think I can watch this drama with liberal fast-fowarding so I can enjoy the good without being chased away by the bad.

What about you guys? What dramas are you currently watching and what are your impressions?

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  1. lizzie #

    I came to realize most of people don’t get interested on a couple who is already together and love each other and don’t have much thouble. Most of people are interested on DB and KJ’s couple and Aunt and Motocycle ahjusshi.

    I’m interested in all couples and their story, not interested on the mother’s war at all. Which is the main plot of the drama.

    But Joonni, so this mean you don’t like HY and SH’s couple?

    DB and KJ had lots of scenes on episode 1 and 2, but then their scenes got so small….

    also about I miss you, episode 3 killed the only thing I liked about the drama.

    You’ll know what I mean when you watch it.


    November 15, 2012
    • Missy #

      I’m like you, I enjoy all the couples. I love DB’s character, I really feel for her. DB & KJ don’t have a lot of scenes together because of their situation. I love HY & SJ, even though they are already together, they still have their issues & are quite funny. The auntie and motorcycle ahjussi are super funny. I am waiting for them to get together.
      BTW How many episodes are in this show?

      November 15, 2012
    • joonni #

      I don’t like HY so much. She talks way too much and is kind of manipulative. I like HY and JH together when they are being all adorable but since their story is so intertwined with the mothers, I get really irritated.

      November 16, 2012
  2. anna #

    still looking for replacement of “Faith” any suggestion? By the way im so happy to see CHOI YOUNG at the airport yesterday as he arrived here in the Philippines…Oh my god…everybody got crazy…he’s …he’s.. so handsome…i can’t express my happiness really….so so much luv him…welcome LEE MIN HO.

    November 15, 2012
    • You saw LMH in the flesh at the airport? LUCKY GIRL! You must felt like being in heaven at the time. Did you try to reach out and touch his royal highness? We saw how crazy the fans were on the videos posted on Youtube. It must have been a riot being there in person. Was your voice among the ones we heard on the video screaming and yelling ‘OPPA’…..LOL!

      November 15, 2012
      • anna #

        my week is lee min ho’s day…yes, evrybody got crazy…filipino fans are shouting his name “Lee Min Ho.” and also shouting to him “Saranghae” he answered back “mahal ko kayo'(meaning i luv u.) they are very happy to see lee Min Ho in person. Thet joy he brought to us is unmeasurable…He’s so handsome, charming, fashionable, tall and evrything evrything…the fans here are so many…all his events here are very successfull..Thanks to Bench who is the major sponsor of bringing Lee Min Ho here…He learned some tagalog words and promised to come back again here in the Phillippines.

        November 18, 2012
  3. Dear Joonni-
    First of all, I would like to thank you for your work on Faith. The recaps were helpful and perfect for me, who doesn’t speak Korean and had been watching Faith as the first Korean drama ever. I am not ready to watch the new drama yet. I liked Faith a lot. I visited old LMH dramas Personal Taste and Hunter that haven’t inspired me much. I was thinking to watch a bit The Great Queen SD. I appreciate sharing your drama list, thanks!

    November 15, 2012
    • joonni #

      Hi Yulia!
      You’re welcome!

      November 16, 2012
  4. Mileyy #

    heloo Jooni. . I started reading about “I miss you” after faith ended just to overcome the “miss u lot – K drama Faith”. I still miss it :
    After reading update of “I Miss you” I feel that this will be another sad story which is filled with equal mesmerising happy moments between the lead couple that helps to overcome the sadness. .
    Though I am not much into this drama (its just started), roght now its just the only drama that interests me. .
    I am looking frwd to ur opinions and updates for this drama. . 🙂

    November 16, 2012
  5. Stephy #

    I am still not over Faith =( Probably going to start watching City Hunter soon. I can’t say goodbye to Lee Min Ho just yet 😉

    November 19, 2012
    • minozlove #

      I know, I am wondering if I should start this one or not, I am worried Iwill get even more depressed ay minoxy mask is on

      November 19, 2012
  6. Dreico #

    we have the same list.. except or the king of dramas.
    I’m still waiting for jo woon’s new drama

    November 25, 2012
  7. Missy #

    If you’re not watching Can We Get Married Yet?, you should! It’s on episode 10 and it’s getting so good! Only 6 episodes left 😦

    November 29, 2012
  8. SH #

    At long last, I finally saw King of Dramas! The topic is engaging. The actors and actresses are fantastic. LOVE the music. BUT I’m just not connecting with this show emotionally. The problem is that show focuses too much on the politics of drama making and inside jokes, but gives us just glimpses of the characters’ inner feelings and thoughts. Anthony is the center piece of this show, but I want to know more of Go Eun, Hyun Min, and the minor characters. Eight episodes in (or half way in), and I still feel that the show is at an exposition stage.

    November 29, 2012
    • joonni #

      I haven’t watched after episode two yet but I get the impression that this is not going to be a drama about characters. I tend to like dramas with more focus on character stories but King of Dramas is a nice change from my usual drama plate.

      November 30, 2012
  9. Sari #

    i watched king of dramas till 8 episode so far..totally addicted to this drama..Anthony is a kind of person i HATE the most (just like you jooni), but somehow he’s also the reason i addicted to this drama (thanks to Kim Myung Min).Can’t wait to the next episode 🙂

    December 2, 2012
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