Secret Garden 시크릿 가든 [2010]

Posted by :: sixtwentyseven :: | Posted in , | Posted on Monday, December 27, 2010

Having been swept away recently by the k-pop wave, I've also started to take note of Korean dramas now. I got to admit that prior to this, the only drama I've completed are Goong, Full House(with my friend scrolling throughout the whole drama) and Autumn in my Heart (DO NOT ask me why I like this tearjerker show). I've also recently completed Personal Taste and My Girlfriend is a Gumiho, but that was when I am already in this K-pop wave. Now, while trying to finish the jap dramas that I have yet to watch, I'm instantly hooked on Secret Garden, which is still airing in Korea at the moment.

Secret Garden tells the story of Kim Joo Won (Hyun Bin), a seemingly perfect man yet with certain arrogance and childishness in him, and Gil Ra Im (Ha Ji Won), a stuntwoman whose beauty and body are the object of envy of top actresses. One day they went deep into the mountains and entered a strange house. A strange grandmother offered them chocolate to eat. The next day they found themselves changing bodies.

What attracted me to this drama is not the cast initially. I didn't even know that Ha Ji Won is the female lead in Sex is Zero. As for Hyun Bin, let's just say I'm still new to the Korean wave. So instead of the actors, it was the initial reviews that got me attracted to the show.

Although it is a bit early that I reviewed the drama since I have only watched like 5 to 6 episodes, I'm actually enjoying each episode and the standard of entertainment is consistent through the drama so far. The progression of the plot is not as slow as what korean dramas are usually like and there's always something new in each episode. Do catch it if you can.

Oh, the soundtrack is pretty good too :)

Merry Xmas~~

Posted by :: sixtwentyseven :: | Posted in , | Posted on Friday, December 24, 2010

Before I forget, I wish everyone a very Merry Xmas!!~

Lotte Gum Commercial

Posted by :: sixtwentyseven :: | Posted in | Posted on Monday, December 13, 2010

Okay I think somebody may try to whack me for this but I thought this commercial, although as irritating as hell, is darn addictive too.

Nyang~ nyang~ nyang~ nyang~ nyang~ nyang~

Hello Stranger [2010] (กวน มึน โฮ)

Posted by :: sixtwentyseven :: | Posted in , | Posted on Friday, December 03, 2010

I've just realised that for the whole month of November, I have only blogged about Cheer Chen's concert and nothing else! No reviews for any movies, dramas etc. Well, it's not exactly nothing is going on but rather whether is there any value in blogging some stuff I've experiencing during this period. Anyway, enough said for the past month and for the start of the new month it's time for another movie review!

Hello Stranger or Kuan Meun Ho in Thai, starts its run in Singapore starting from today 2 December, in selected cinemas. The show stars Chantavit Dhanasevi as the male lead and Nuengtida Sopon as the female lead. If you have watched the Thai movie "Hormones" before, Chantavit Dhanasevi should not be foreign to you as he stars in that movie as well. As for Nuengtida Sopon, she is new to me so I do not have any data regarding her except knowing her pet name is Nuna. But one thing's for sure, she is really pretty and does not look Thai. I even commented that Nuengtida in the movie looked really like Hyomin of Korean Pop Group T-ara as below:

Although the male and female's lead names are not disclosed throughout the movie, they did use pesudo names. For the male lead, he was given the "Darng" or puppy in Thai while the female lead introduced herself as "May". The story starts with the two leads going to South Korea for very different reasons. Darng is sarcastic guy with a foul mouth while May is a fanatic for Korean dramas. Darng joined a tour group to get away the blues from the breakup with his longtime girlfriend. May is travelling to Korea to attend her Korean friend's wedding but had to do so behind her over zealous boyfriend. Upon reaching Korea, Darng got drunk and ended up sleeping on the sidewalk of a backpacker lodge where May was staying. Although May tried to guide Darng back to his hotel the next morning, the tour group left the hotel without Darng. Darng decided to tag along May as his command of Korean is poor and is traveling alone for the first time in a foreign country.

Since the director is the same as Bangkok Traffic Love Story, you should be expected to have the same kind of witty dialogue that is found in this movie as well. Also, due to the popularity of Bangkok Traffic Love Story in Singapore, this movie reached our shores pretty fast as the movie was only aired in Thailand in August. As compared to the former which took almost a year to reach our shores, this movie is really recent.

Before typing this article, I have read though some other articles on the review of this movie. I'd say that for the purpose of this movie which is a rom-com, it has served its purpose well. Some articles mentioned about the impossible relationship between the two main leads, I'd say chill down and just accept everything as it is. Yes, the storyline may be a bit out of reality but I'd say the movie won't be the way it is with the sense of reality.

Also while searching the internet for more info, I found that the movie poster has 3 different variations as shown below:

From the posters, it's obvious that this will be a fun movie to watch hence I somewhat couldn't understand all the seriousness with the other articles. Most importantly is that I enjoyed laughing at the lame jokes in the movie and I came out of the cinema as a happier person. Oh, the scenery for some of Korea's famous tourist spots helps the cinematography as well with shots at Coffee Prince Cafe, Namiseom Island where Winter Sonata was shot, Nansum Tower as well as other scenic locations.

Hmm, don't know what I'm talking? Probably the pictures below will tell more.

Still not convinced about the movie? I think the movie trailer will wet your appetite!