Have you seen the original Kdrama Misaeng: Incomplete Life, which was based on the webtoon series by Yoon Tae Ho? I haven’t, but it was highly rated when it aired back in 2014! The original story synopsis: Since he was a child, the board game baduk has been everything to Jang Geu-rae. But when he fails at achieving his dream of becoming a professional baduk player, Geu-rae must leave his isolated existence and enter the real world armed with nothing but a high school equivalency exam on his resume. Through an acquaintance’s recommendation, he gets hired as an intern at One International, a large trading company.
There, Geu-rae meets his boss, manager Oh Sang-shik, who’s a workaholic and has a warm personality; fellow intern Ahn Young-yi, who attracts her colleagues’ ire because of her impressive educational credentials and by being extremely competent at any task; and Jang Baek-gi, a geeky co-worker whose anxious nature masks his inner ambition. Geu-rae learns to navigate and adapt to corporate culture, with baduk as his guide. [Wiki]
Began airing 9/4!
After being postponed a month ago, the Chinese remake of Kdrama Full House – Midsummer is Full of Love with Xu Wei Zhou and Yang Chao Yue is set to air today 8/28! The drama follows our independent heroine who lives in a beautiful house constructed by her late father. Unfortunately for her, she has some bad friends and they trick her into thinking she has won a vacation. While she’s on vacation, they sell her house to spoiled brat superstar – our male lead. When she returns, the two are forced to live together, spurring all sorts of hijinks.
Miss S (旗袍美探) is the Chinese remake of Australian TV show Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, which was also based on Kerry Greenwood’s historical mystery novels. It follows the life of a female detective in 1920s Melbourne as she solves crimes and murders, one of which involves the kidnapping and eventual death of her younger sister. I gotta say, I didn’t expect much from the pair but now in their Shanghai glitz and glam outfits, they both look great! Who doesn’t like a female detective with beautiful clothes? 😀
If it’s not obvious, In A Class of Her Own (云上学堂) is the Chinese remake of a very popular Korean drama Sungkyunkwan Scandal in 2010! I did watch and enjoy the original, the quartet had oozing chemistry, buoyed by solid acting performances.
Let me know what you think of the remake! You get 2 episodes every Thur-Sat. VIP folks get 6 episodes in advance.
Original name is Midsummer is Full of Hearts but it has now been tweaked to Midsummer is Full of Love (仲夏满天心). It’s the Chinese remake of Korean drama Full House starring Xu Wei Zhou and Yang Chao Yue. Ah, Full House, one of the first series that kick-started the Hallyu wave for sure back in 2004, based on the manhwa by Won Soo Yeon, following our independent heroine who lives in a beautiful house constructed by her late father. Unfortunately for her, she has some bad friends and they trick her into thinking she has won a vacation. While she’s on vacation, they sell her house to spoiled brat superstar – our male lead. When she returns, the two are forced to live together, spurring all sorts of hijinks.
Rain and Song Hye Kyo were very adorable together, in my memory. *three bear song plays*
Airing soon ~
If you didn’t know, In A Class of Her Own (云上学堂) is the Chinese remake of a very popular Korean drama Sungkyunkwan Scandal in 2010!
2010! A decade ago… While I was having raccoon eyes studying during college with over 20 credits per semester, I was also nursing a blooming love for Yoo Ah In in the dark corner of my heart, who was all eyes for Park Min Young in the series. What a lucky gal, being surrounded by three very different but equally charming men.
Airing on 7/23! Check out the 3 English-Subbed trailers after the jump!
Time for the verdict of another drama adaptation of popular Japanese manga Nodame Cantabile!
Nodame Cantabile is a manga by Tomoko Ninomiya and has been adapted as live-action television dramas by Japan (with Hiroshi Tamaki and Juri Ueno) and Korea (with Joo Won and Shim Eun Kyung). The new English title is Symphony’s Romance with leads in Zhang Xin Cheng of My Huckleberry Friends and Lin Yun of Battle Through The Heaven. I personally haven’t finished either version but have heard of numerous praises for the Japanese version, for capturing and meshing the quirkiness of its characters and classical music seamlessly.