Eyecandy of the day: Hyun Bin

Hyun Bin, a South Korean actor best known for his roles in Kim Sam-Soon, Snow Queen and The World that They Live In, is not one of my personal favorite actors, but I’ll be the first to admit that his looks are rather dreamy.

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Song of the day:

“Mirotic”, the title track, single, and smash hit from DBSK/TVXQ’s 4th album, which won album of the year award at the 2008 MKMF Korean Music Festival awards.

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The World That They Live In

  • Title: 그들이 사는 세상 / The World That They Live In
  • Also known as: Worlds Within……
  • Genre: Romance
  • Episodes: 16
  • Broadcast network: KBS2
  • Broadcast period: 2008-Oct-27 to 2008-Dec-16
  • Air time: Monday & Tuesday 21:55

Synopsis:

This drama is about the process of a television drama producton. Jung Ji Oh(Hyun Bin) is a charismatic drama PD whereas Joo Joon Young(Song Hye Kyo) is a PD who is direct and confident.

Take two of the most gorgeous and arguably most talented actors from the land of Korea. Add an intriguingly unusual storyline, a compelling title, and a stunningly beautiful setting.

What do you get?

One of the most soulless, blank, boring pieces of media I’ve ever seen. I had as high hopes/expectations for The World That They Live In as most of Korea, and like most of Korea, the same reaction after watching it. For many people, their boredom/disatisfaction with World crept up slowly, almost without them realizing it; they had to watch several episodes or more before coming to the saddening and baffling realization that they were bored almost out of their minds. For me, it took a shorter time; approximately one episode.  I started watching, with full expectations of enjoying it immensely, or at least of a sharply-cut, fast-paced drama, and about halfway through, realized dimly that I wanted to turn it off and do something else. Dismissing this as some weird aberration, I kept watching, but when that episode was over didn’t go on to the next one. Coming back to it later, I started the next one, then skipped around a bit through the third – then stopped. I realized that, quite simply, I was bored – and not just mildly bored. Deathly bored.

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News Bites: The World They Live In, plus DBSK’s JaeJoong enters the acting world

I am back at college and therefore much busier, but here are a few news updates, a tad late.

In case anyone in the world missed, JaeJoong of DBSK will be making the foray into drama/acting territory, starring in Heaven’s Mail Deliverer, about a messenger between the present world and the afterworld. It sounds a good deal like the Nicolas Cage-Meg Ryan tearjerker City of Angels to me.

Meanwhile the first The World They Live In promotion has been released in the form of this gorgeous and haunting poster –

Song Hye-Go is quite possibly one of the most beautiful women to come out of Asia, and this poster shows a side of her we haven’t seen before, highlighting her classic features and sad eyes. Hyun Bin meanwhile forms a nice contrast with his glowing smile and deliberately innocent face. Definitinely compelling; whoever was responsible for this particular bit of PR certainly knew what they were doing. I’m even more impatient to see this now.  Besides, it really doesn’t get much better than this overall. Two stars, (almost) equally popular, both highly talented, nuanced actors, both beautiful and well-beloved by fans, making a come-back/return to the small screen together. Perfect.