Saturday, 22 October 2011

The 1st Shop: Coffee Prince - 커피프린스 1호점

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Coming up with my first Korean Drama, it's Coffee Prince. The drama has a nice storyline and I really liked the actors but it was not one of the drama's I've watched more than once =)


Plot:

Go Eun Chan (Yoon Eun Hye) is not the typical girl you would think of in a drama. She has taken over the "father part" in her family because she earns most of the money and furthermore is lecturing her mother every time she buys something expensive (a bag or a ring...). Choi Han Kyul (Goong Yoo) is the son of a rich family and taking care of anything. The most important part in his life is having fun. Unfortunately he hasn't found a wife yet which is troubling his grandmother like crazy. So she sets up blind dates for him - which he bearing more or less - and furthermore he has to open and manage a coffee shop on his own to prove that he can handle money. When He and Go Eun Chan bump into each other he mistakes her for a boy and a (brilliant) idea comes to his mind. If he lied to the "blind-date-girls" that he's gay noone of them would like to go out with him anymore. Furthermore Han Kyul is in need of waiters and Eun Chan doesn't miss the chance to earn more money so she decides to play a (gay) guy.
Another part of the story begins where Go Eun Chan and Choi Han Sung (Lee Sun Gyun) meet. Eun Chan works as a milk deliverer and always plays with Han Sung's dog (who she calls "Juliet" all the time). Seperately from Choi Han Kyul Go Eun Chan so meets the cousin - Choi Han Sung. The friendship between Han Sung and Eun Chan develops really good and some kind of love begins to arise. Ont the other hand Han Kyul (despite the fact that he still doesn't know that Eun Chan is a girl) is starting to fall for her too. So when the cousins meet (they don't have a really good realationship because they always fall for the same girl) the situations are always a bit awkward because Han Kyul thinks of Eun Chan as a boy and Han Sung knows from the start that Eun Chan is a girl.
As if the storyline isn't complicated enough Han Sung's (ex-)girlfriend is appearing. Han Yoo Joo (Chae Jung Ahn) is a really pretty woman and the two cousins have already been fighting over her some years ago (I think it's been seven years because it has been that long that she's been together with Han Sung). While Yoo Joo is trying to make up with Han Sung, he realizes that he has fallen for Eun Chan. Besides this, Eun Chan herself has fallen for Han Kyul but the two can't go out because it has still not been revealed that Eun Chan is a girl...
After some arguments (that always occur at the end of the series, so you get nervous whether they make up or not) the pairs form out of the friendship of four =)

Main Characters:
Go Eun Chan
Go Eun Chan is a lively character that misses no chance to earn some additional money. Eun Chan has several part-time jobs in order to feed her family (her sister and her mother). It seems she has taken over the "father's" position in the family because she's earning most of the money and has to watch out if her mother doesn't buy any unnecessary things. When she meets Choi Han Kyul she sees the chance of earning really much money so she agrees to play Han Kyul's gay partner and furthermore to becoming one of his waiters. As time goes by she realizes that she has fallen for Han Kyul and that she has to refuse Choi Han Sung, her boss' cousin. Go Eun Chan is the most active character in the series and although also she sometimes struggles in life, in the end it turns out well (as it most of the times does =P).

Choi Han Kyul
Choi Han Kyul is a spoiled and childish "adult". His hobbies are women and spending money. Because of his age, his grandmother is worried that he won't find a matching wife in time and so sets up blind dates for him. Furthermore he gets the order to open a coffee shop and manage it well to prove his abilities to handle money. When he accidentally meets Go Eun Chan he mistakes her for a boy and makes up the story that he's gay in order to escape from his dates. He also offers her a job at his coffe shop as a waiter. Many obstacles occur and he has to fight with his cousin over the same girl again (like they did over Han Yoo Joo).
 
Choi Han Sung
The cousin of Han Kyul lives on his own and earns his money by producing music, which makes him be in grandmother's favour. Seven years ago he fought with Han Kyul over the love of Han Yoo Joo and she finally decided to be with Han Sung. Unfortunately their relationship hasn't been too well and they broke up several times. At the moment where Han Sung becomes friends with Go Eun Chan they're currently not together. When Yoo Joo comes back to apologize and to make up with Han Sung he has to dissapoint Yoo Joo by telling her he has fallen for Eun Chan. In the end he has to accept that this time it's his cousin's turn and that Eun Chan only sees him as a really good friend.

Personal Rating:
Personally I was amazed by Yoon Eun Hye (and by the way the stylists made her look like a guy) because she really did a great working doing this drama. Something that really amazed me was the music. Through this drama I got to know Azure Ray and (now) one of my favourite songs of them: "Across The Ocean". Listen to them, they're really good!! I also love the grandmother (I have seen her in Boys Over Flowers and Protect the Boss too and she's always brilliant!), Kim Young Ok just knows how to do her job =P

Have fun watching =)

Wednesday, 19 October 2011

Hatchimitsu to Clover - Honey and Clover - ハチミツとクローバー

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The second drama I've watched was Honey & Clover. Unlike Hana Kimi, I've only watched this drama once. Still it has some really good points and the story is cute too =)


Plot:

Honey & Clover revolves around five college students that struggle with the most difficult topic of life (or so it's often said) - love. In addition to the fact that love itself is difficult enough, the main characters are all stuck in love triangles. Takemoto Yuta (Ikuta Toma) is in love with Hanamoto Hagumi (Narumi Riko), who is in love with Morita Shinobu (Narimiya Hiroki). Yamada Ayumi (Harada Natsuki) loves Mayama Takumi (Mukai Osamu) with all her strenght but he himself likes Harada Rika (Seto Asaka) a designer for who he works.
Takemoto Yuta meets Hanamoto Hagumi at the college pond one day and falls in love with her at first sight. They meet often because one of their teachers is related to her and wants the four friends to watch and consult her. Hanamoto Hagumi has lived in the countryside all her life long and doesn't know anything but how to paint. When one of her paintings is exhibited at the college Morita Shinobu is so touched (what he barely is) that he runs off to tell her how much he appreciates her work. Takemoto is jealous of his friend because he was the first one to meet Hanamoto.
Meanwhile Yamada Ayumi tries to make Mayama Takumi fall in love with her in what she fails awfully. Mayama himself is not getting tired of telling his boss, Harada Rika, how great she is but she doesn't love Mayama back.
In an accident Hanamoto Hagumi hurts her hand so badly that she can't paint anymore. Takemoto and Morita both try to stay by her side but Morita finally wins the "secret battle" with taking her away from the hospital. Finally she rehabilitates because of the good writing treatment of her friends and has to tell Takemoto that he has no chance by loving her.

Main Characters:

Hanamoto Hagumi
Hagumi is one of the five protagonists around who the story is revolving. She appears at the campus one day and meets Takemoto Yuta for the first time. Hagumi turns out to be a really skilled painter but she is extremely shy and doesn't talk very much. Although Takemoto falls in love with her, she falls for Morita Shinobu - the former best artist (sculpturer) of the campus.

Takemoto Yuta
Takemoto is an architecture student that lives together with Morita Shinobu and Mayama Takumi. They all don't have any money and therefore always craving for food. Takemoto studies architecture like his friend Mayama. When Takemoto meets Hagumi he falls in love with her at first sight. He tries to supress his feelings but he fails obviously. Unfortunately his love remains unrequited because Hagumi falls for Morita.

Morita Shinobu
Morita Shinobu is the oldest student of the university, he is already 26 years old and is in his 7th year of studying just because he's too lazy to finish his studies (although he would be talented enough to do so). When Hagumi arrives at university he is extremely amazed and touched by her paintings. Although he knows about Takemoto's feelings for Hagumi he kisses her one day.

Yamada Ayumi
Yamada Ayumi studies pottery at the university and is always reprimanding her friends. She is desperately in love with Mayama Takumi but this love is also one-sided. She is really vivacious and always expresses her feelings freely.

Mayama Takumi
Mayama Takumi is an architecture student that seems to be the calmest one of the five friends (apart from Hagumi). He works in an architecture office that is lead by the woman he's in love with. Unfortunately this love stays unrequited until the very end. He is annoyed of Yamada Ayumi and his feelings don't change.

Personal Rating:

I have only seen this series once (unlike many other dramas =) ). Still I liked the story because there seemed to be no Happy End. That may sound a little confusing because Happy End's are more relieving than sad endings but although I also really like happy endings I sometimes prefer something else than the usual =) The actors are pretty cool, first of all I watched it because of Ikuta Toma but through this series I got to "know" Mukai Osamu who is also a really skilled actor! Honey & Clover is a nice drama!

Have fun watching =)

Monday, 17 October 2011

Hana Kimi - For You In Full Blossom - 花ざかりの君たちへ

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It's been a year since I first started to watch asian dramas - especially japanese and korean dramas. The one I started with was Hanazakari no Kimitachi and I think this drama was the reason I got so fascinated and captivated by asian dramas =)

Plot:

Hana Kimi tells the story of Ashiya Mizuki (Horikita Maki), a japanese girl that lived in California, USA and now returns to Japan to meet the person of her admiration, Sano Izumi (Oguri Shun). The quiet star of Osaka Gakuen - a boy's school -  has quit high jumping after he got badly injured while having been on a training camp. Mizuki decides to disguise herself as a boy to be able to enter the boy's school.

Having tricked (almost) everyone that she's a girl, she gets to share a  room with her secret crush Sano Izumi. The principal does not know about Mizuki's real identity and neither does the clumsy vice principal, whereas the (gay) school doctor Umeda Hokuto (Kamikawa Takaya) finds out the truth quickly. Unlike you would possibly assume, he doesn't tell anyone about her gender but helps her with her mission to to make Sano jump again.
While trying to not be discovered as a girl she makes friends with the cool and funny Nakatsu Shuichi (Ikuta Toma), who was Sano's best friend before the accident Mizuki has also been involved with. As they all get closer - while trying to fulfill Mizuki's mission - a love triangle begins to develop between the three main characters. Nakatsu starts to like Mizuki without knowing that she's actually a girl and he's not gay. Sano finds out that Mizuki's a girl pretty early but still doesn't open up nor does he tell anyone and furthermore starts to fall for her. With her simplicity Mizuki pushes Sano back on the track field to train his injured ankle and train high jump again. Ashiya Mizuki has to go through the ups and downs of life, love and friendship as every teenager does and finally succeeds. 
As most of the dramas have a happy ending it's nothing different with this drama =)

Main Characters:

Ashiya Mizuki
Ashiya is a pure spirit that lives life with a great simplicity up until the point she falls in love (of course). She is no typical American girl although she has lived there for years. When she returns to Japan she disguises herself as a boy to enter Osaka Gakuen. Mizuki always admired Sano Izumi, the former high jump star of Osaka Gakuen. Because of the fact that Mizuki has been the reason why Sano got injured on his trainig camp she sees it as her mission to make him jump again. 

Sano Izumi
The former high jump star seems introverted and shy and doesn't open up to anybody anymore after he got injured. He won't even talk to his former best friend Nakatsu Shuichi who always supported Sano. He doesn't like the fact that Ashiya Mizuki is sharing a room with him at first but as the story develops he starts to fall for her. He is one of the first one's to find out that Ashiya is a girl but he doesn't reveal this fact to anybody, even Mizuki doesn't know that Sano already found out her true identity. 

Nakatsu Shuichi
The cool and funny (football and women loving) guy is in a good mood most of the time. He is very kind and tries to deny the fact that he has fallen head over heels for Mizuki because he doesn't want to be gay (although he isn't but he doesn't know that). Nakatsu helps Mizuki with fulfilling her mission because he also wants Sano to be happy again. 

Personal Rating:

It was the first asian drama in my whole life but if it hasn't been this one I'm not sure if I had continued watching asian dramas. It was such a funny and lovely drama. I really liked the main actors too, Ikuta Toma and Horikita Maki convinced me that much of their acting talent that I'm especially looking for dramas starring one of them =) I can only recommend this drama, although it's really foolish sometimes but as you continue to watch this drama you get used to it =)

Have fun watching =)

Korean & Japanese Drama Review

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Soon, I'll start reviewing the d(o)rama's I've already watched.
I will deal with Hana Kimi, Playful Kiss, Koizora, Personal Taste,... and much more =)

I hope you will enjoy it ♥