Hyun Joong and Lee Seung Ki: New Singles

Hyun Joong has released the teaser for his solo song/upcoming MV, and I must say I’m quite amused by it.

I mean, we all know I love KHJ passionately, but I’m quite entertained by he how seems to have amped up the sexy/hard-ass side ever since BOF, as if he’s playing the two-edged sword of allowing himself to be more in the spotlight/play up more obviously the sex-god side of himself because of the popularity from BOF, while simultaneously rejecting that role by being in every way the opposite of his sensitive, reserved, clean-cut BOF character.

The song is just as catchy as SS501’s usually are, however, with that lovely forward driving beat I really love about them.

And, in almost more exciting news, my recent Shining Inheritance love, star Lee Seung Ki, has released his first single in over a year(yes, he has a legitimate career as a singer aside from his new-ish acting career). And I quite like it, though it’s not written by him so I’m not quite sure what that counts for.

Quick Shining Inheritance Update

Alright, so Lee Seung Ki may not be the most gorgeous man ever(and I simply can’t get over how young he looks! seriously, he brings a whole new definition to the term “baby face”. The boy barely looks a day over 20. Although upon checking Dramawiki I discover that he is in fact not much over 20, being 22, and that even though Han Hyo Joo looks older than him she is in fact the same age) but he’s got charisma to spare and is having no trouble thus far portraying his spoiled, anger-management-classes-needed character, so I’ll forgive him.

And Han Hyo Joo has pleased me by showing that she can in fact handle angst as well as bubbles – in episode 2, Eun Sung’s life falls spectacularly apart, and only spirals downward through episode 4, and HHJ handles the requisite gradual breakdown/tears/anger/grief just fine, especially in one semi-climactic scene with Ban Hyo Jung(the grandmother, also stellar) in episode 4 in which she finally reaches the end of her tether.

I am pleased also by Bae Soo Bin as Jun Se, the secondary guy, because while he’s an incredibly kind person and mildly good-looking and has a sense of humour, he’s not charismatic or, let’s face it, good-looking enough to really make me invested in the Jun Se/Eun Sung pairing, particularly as, thank God, they only have decent and not amazing chemistry(at least thus far).

I’ve reached episode 5 and things are about to take a sharp turn upwards.

I will attempt to do brief recaps of episodes 2-4 tomorrow probably.

Shining Inheritance/Brilliant Legacy

  • Title: 찬란한 유산 / Chanranhan Yusan
  • Also known as: Shining Inheritance / Brilliant Legacy / Beautiful Legacy
  • Previously known as: 인생은 아름다워 / Life Is Beautiful
  • Genre: Romance
  • Episodes: 26
  • Broadcast network: SBS
  • Broadcast period: 2009-Apr-25 to 2009-Jul-??
  • Air time: Saturday & Sunday 21:45

Cast

After hearing raves from both friends and critics, I decided to start watching Shining Inheritance/Brilliant Legacy. And I’m quite pleased with it so far; the word that springs to mind is that it’s a very very solid kdrama.  The opening scene is interesting and does a good job of setting up the four main characters and foreshadowing their future relationships; the actors and actresses are all sufficiently good-looking and charming and expressive(at least thus far) and the plot, while hardly, original, is compelling enough – it’s very hard, after all, to go wrong with a Cinderella story, which is pretty much what Shining Inheritance is. Han Hyo-Joo of Iljimae and Spring Waltz plays Go Eun Sung, the pretty, strong-willed daughter of the president of a major food company, while relative newcomer Lee Seung Ki plays her future love interest and Bae Soo Bin and Moon Chae Won round out the requisite drama foursome. Han Hyo-Joo is one of the major reasons I started watching this – I haven’t seen a drama with her before but she really caught my eye in the stills for it – and thus far she doesn’t disappoint; she carries off with ease the charming headstrong nature her character is supposed to present, though I’m watching her with an eagle eye to see whether she can also pull off the finer nuances of angst/deep emotion which I’m sure will be required of her in future. Some drama actors/actresses can only do either angst or cuteness, not both. The best excel at both and can switch back and forth with ease. I’m also interested to see that one of the characters is her autistic brother; Korean dramas deal more often than Western entertainment with mental illness/handicapped children but still not very often, so this is rather refreshing.

So yes. It’s solid. My main doubts remain whether it can go from solid to amazing, or at least remain on solid ground, and whether Han Hyo Joo is just a good or a very good actress, and whether Lee Seung Ki is good-looking to retain my interest for 26 episodes.

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