The Suspicious Housekeeper

The Suspicious Housekeeper

I don’t usually watch a drama because it has pretty people in it, but rather the pretty ones happened to be in it. Honestly, I think of Choi Ji-woo more of a star than an actor. She’s very charismatic, but she rarely nails her roles.

That said, Choi Ji-woo performs surprising well in The Suspicious Housekeeper. I think being robotic and cold suits her quite well. Since Park Bok-nyeo is a character that would slowly develop, I think Choi Ji-woo would handle the role well.

I’ll keep watching the show, not quite sure I’d post that often about it.

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Master’s Sun, Part 14

So neither SBS nor the production company has confirmed nor denied that episode 17 is either a special or an actual episode with real writing. Yeah, please keep the mystery to keep us taunted and want to keep watching. *Stupid tactic*

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The prediction I did just for fun just became true. 😦 HeeJoo has been imposing as Hanna for the last fifteen years. My best guess is given how materialist Auntie Joo and Daddy Joo are, I’d not be surprised that either of the elders had the conversation on “you’re not rich, therefore you cannot marry Joong Won” kind of BS started all of this. But hey, we need something to instigate the story as a whole, so I’m not going to have my CBG moment here.

It’s really sad to no end on how Secretary Kim and JuGun’s relationship end on such a note. Most love and friendship are conditional, but love and friendship based on atonement is the saddest of them all 😦

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I really smell a spinoff: How TaeYang haunted Yoo JinWoo for three years, and how she’s his muse for three years to have him generate his best work as a photographer. Please, please, please have a spinoff! I don’t know Lee Chun Hee as an actor and I already liked him within a few scenes he’s in this show.

I understand the chances of bringing the original actors back for a spinoff. I’ve read interviews on how Gong Hyo Jin is gun-shy about doing another Rom Com. Even if you can’t bring the same actors back, the story of how a ghost haunted a person for three years, turning him into the best photographer, then turn out that she’s only comatose is a compelling enough story for me. Hong Sisters, make it happen!

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I think this 꺼져 sounded most painful for the entire show. What a painful send-off. This is why I don’t watch melos, especially with So Ji-sub in it. I’d been blind long ago with all the crying.

Master’s Sun, Part 13

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Whew! I think things are on its way back to normal, depending on what “normal” really means.

I was reading Episode 14’s live recap on soompi by softycandence, and she had a really interesting theory about HeeJoo and Hanna: Hanna is the one that is dead, and HeeJoo the living one has been imposing as Hanna for the last 15 years.

That theory actually explains a lot of things. HeeJoo was abandoned while Hanna is adopted, that follows HeeJoo’s cynicism towards the world, then the kidnapping along with ransom. To make this more sickening, let’s do that whole Jekyll & Hyde gig: When JuGun was spoken to coldly, e.g. in the library and the beginning of kidnapping, it was the real HeeJoo; for the sweet moments like when JuGun was pushing the girl on the swing, it was the real Hanna. Since it was established the twins have been in on the kidnapping together, the two girls might as well “date” JuGun at the same time.

This is not farfetched in the Master’s Sun land of ghosts. The late Giant CEO spoke in riddles before it was revealed he was a cross dresser. JuGun’s dead first love may be just Hanna pretending to be HeeJoo and protecting her sister till the very end.

Oooh, I really like the idea of the guy who can also see ghosts, and is somehow connected to TaeYang. There’s a chance I like him better than Mr. Awesome Giant CEO Lee Jong Hyuk to compete for TaeYang’s affection. We’ll see about that.

Three more episodes to go. Show, don’t disappoint me.

Blind Detective

Blind Detective

To appreciate how awesome this dynamic duo is, you have to watch this: Needing You... This:

Love on a diet

And this:

Yesterday once more

The three previous movies are awesome, but…as much as I’ve been in love with Andy Lau since I was 5, I didn’t think of him as a serious actor until Infernal Affairs. Having said that, I think Blind Detective is the more polished film of the four for the Lau, Cheng and To (director) trio. I have no doubts with Sammi Cheng as an actress, it has something to do with she works well with most directors, but performs especially well with director Johnnie To. Andy has played a blind person many times in many films, but none like this one. He really surprises me this time as the titled blinded detective. He spent time doing his homework to get the little details of how a visually impaired person would live for this film. The moment that really hits me was when Johnston decided to touch Ka Tung’s face to see how she looks.

This movie also features many acting greats taking on different roles of psychotic serial killers. The two actors to watch, though, are Bonnie Wong, who played Minnie’s psychotic grandma, and Phillip Keung, the crazy serial killers with all the missing girls on his rap sheet.

Master’s Sun, Part 12

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I have to admit, I dislike certain portions of this episode, but some elements have to fall in line to cause certain events to set in motion for this episode.

I never understand the logic of family members such as Auntie where she thinks she can prevent JuGun to see TaeYang. I understand her emotions of wanting to protect her nephew from getting hurt, but her logic of only TaeYang is the one hurting JuGun and only preventing TaeYang from seeing JuGun would protect him is not something logical. So Hanna has special privileges because she appears to be rich? Then this is just Auntie’s lame excuse to get rid of a woman of a lowly social status.

While I’m not a big fan of over-the-top angst, I am a big fan of fate overcoming that angst. I like the moment when JuGun has no control of his feet and walked towards TaeYang’s office like he’s on auto pilot. Many K-Dramas have done this before: You can lose the memories, but you’re never going to lose your instinct. Love is not about memories, it’s about the sub-conscience, one layer below logic and memory. It’s like a puppy knows where to find the mom’s teats to feed, eyesight not required. These are the you-just-know moments.

I also appreciate that JuGun may have lost some of his memories, but lost none of his cold calculating personality. I found a lot of times I’m frustrated of how amnesia in a drama is done. Writers use that as a lame excuse of making the amnesia victim stupid too, and that’s not fair to the character or the audience. Fortunately this problem has not happened in this show yet.

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The other thing that really bothers me now is how Hanna and Hee Joo is related to Secretary Kim. Kim is the benevolent matchmaker of this show. Having him also indirectly responsible for the relationship strain and JuGun’s PTSD? I won’t allow my brain to go there…

Meanwhile, just look at the pretty slideshow. I’m never tired of the chemistry and skinship between the two leads, even when JuGun is in amnesia mode. I really look forward to Episode 14, and I hope the amnesia arc of this story does not last long. There are signs that Hanna may not get stuck on JuGun, but if JuGun is resuming his slimy ways, maybe another fake engagement is under way.

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My Anti-Extension Religion

Re: SBS offers Master’s Sun extension

I remember the days when my teacher asks me to write a paper, with the minimum number of words or pages that needs to be filled. I remember sometimes I’d make the paper with wider margins, padded the sentences with unnecessary words to fulfill the requirement.

The problem with drama extensions is just like that. The screenwriters are originally allotted a certain amount of time to tell a story, e.g. 16 episodes, then suddenly there’s a two episode extension. Usually the question comes down to, “Are there sufficient writing material for 18 or 20 episodes?”

The solution, supposedly, is the pad the story so the drama will make it to the number of extended episodes. However, the solution usually leads to more problems. What kind of padding material? If it’s just fluff or telling other stories for the sake of just telling other stories, it waters down the quality of the drama.

The other solution is to slow down the pace of the story and stretch it, like adding more words to a sentence. But that’s also a problem. Viewers are attracted to the momentum the drama originally built, and may not be patient enough to wait for the story to develop in a slower pace.

Extension usually means more money is someone’s pocket, it is easier for the production team to say yes than to say no. The trick is to find enough material that can still make the story have good momentum without watering down the quality of the show. This is something that only very few 16- or 20-episodes shows can do.

IMHO, I think The Master’s Sun is one of those shows that has some flexibility withthe storyline, so on the writing side, extension would not be as problematic, as to say, Protect the Boss. I’m still on board with the concept of ghost of the episode, so a few more formidable spirits should not hurt the pace of the story.

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What I’d really, really like to see, is to have Lee Jong-hyuk as Giant’s CEO come back to compete with JuGun for TaeYang’s love and as business rivals. For fun, I like them to devolve into 9-year-old boys in a recess fight for lunch money and the girl. Lee Jong-hyuk told us he can do that back in A Gentleman’s Dignity, and we have evidence So Ji-sub as JuGun is already doing that while shaking KangWoo’s beers and throw them back in the fridge.

I’m least interested in having Auntie Joo to step in and make this drama all makjang, like trying to make TaeYang go away, or have Uncle VP in this long conspiracy fit to take over Kingdom while JuGun is in a coma. There are already plenty of angst in this drama. We have yet to establish Hanna’s (HeeJoo’s twin) true intentions, her motive to steal the diamond necklace in the first place, and whether she and HeeJoo are related to the JuGun’s family in other ways besides JuGun’s initial involvement with HeeJoo. I think there’s plenty of material on that front, so detours into cliche land is something I’d not like to see.

Crossing my fingers on the extension thing. I really hate shaken beer or soda. 😛

Master’s Sun, Part 11 AKA WTF cliffhanger

Wow. Just wow. This is as alluring as ‘Who shot J.R.?’ in Dallas. Hong Sisters has managed to keep me on the tip of my toes and want to watch episode 13 next Wednesday.

My initial reaction is WTF?! But hey, we had a coma spirit before, so I have high hopes that this is just JuGun’s out of body experience, or TaeYang’s dream sequence. Like I say, there are Dallas vibes going on.

Waiting eagerly until next Wednesday…