I just finished watching the first two episodes of Boys Over Flowers, or 꽃보다 남자, the Kdrama for Hana Yori Dango and it's not bad. It's not up to the quality of Coffee Prince, and the acting isn't as subtle and sophisticated; it's kind of campy in parts, and there are definitely some cheesy shots, but overall I do like it, and better than the Jdrama. I feel like the characters interact with each other and the world they inhabit in a more natural way, for one. Less stiff overall and a lot more passion.

The casting is better, too, especially for Tsukushi. She and her family kind of remind me of barking Chihuahas or other small species of dog, but the tenacious, spitfire fierceness and middle class values are there. Oh, for sure, definitely there. And when Makino knocks Domyouji out, she KNOCKS HIM OUT--nothing like the wimpy one-two hop and punch the Jdrama featured. I also like that she's really not that pretty. She's cute, sure, but there is a definite plainess of face compared to everyone else in the show--especially Shizuka.

Hanazawa Rui is also quite good--even if his hair is quite unfortunate, especially in some shots. (Seriously, bleach and big hair and small face is no good. NO GOOD.) I knew the actor pretty much IS Hanazawa Rui in real life, so it didn't really worry me. (Watch We Got Married!: HwangBo on Youtube if you're curious. *snerk*)

The casting for Domyouji is interesting. They made him into a very big, physical character, with the features to match, which in a way fits the character quite well. It took me a little while to get used to and tentatively accept, but it was pretty genius of the production company to take advantage of his size and have shots of him punting people across the field when he plays rugby--spot-on. But they also toned down his sociopathic tendencies, which--I gotta be honest, I really miss. He's no longer on the brink of losing his shit into a white-out haze, which is why I really came to respect Makino for standing up to him. He's no longer a vicious dog tamed, but a couple steps up: more emotionally immature kid from the start. And he is another example of unfortunate hair: permed. :( Sad 70s helmet hair. 

Also, Shizuka is GORGEOUS. Also, Makino's name in the Korean version directly translates to Gold Grass/Lawn. It's a really not-cool name and I feel for her. Also, I have no idea what the Korean names for characters are. Oh well, it's not like it matters.
I'm alive. Extremely busy, but peeking into fandom because of my excitement over the news that there's going to be a k-drama version of Hana Yori Dango coming this year-ish. I had no idea until a friend told me the news the other day. They're apparently going to concentrate on good casting, and willing to go for unknowns that can fill the part rather depending on popular known faces--which I admit was my big disappointment over the Japanese version: the production was beautiful, but the cast was weak. Pretty faces, meh acting; no one stuck out or really filled their roles, especially Tsukushi. Cute face, but not one hint of fierce spark. The one thing I'm most looking forward to from the Korean version is that; they kind of corner the market on competent (and violent) rags to riches girls. They're never afraid of drawing a little blood. :D Kamio and her publisher apparently handpicked the production company that did Goong and Fantasy Couple...so I think I'll have to check those out.

S told me that casting isn't final for anyone yet--except for Rui, who's probably going to be played by Kim Hyunjoong. HAHAHA, no need to search for anyone else, he's perfect for the part. This guy, oh man. There's no need for him to act--he IS Hanazawa Rui. By that, I mean he's one weird, oddly compelling little dude.

The link points to the reality/variety show he's doing at the moment, called We Got Married, of which the premise is that two celebrities are chosen to "get married" and act as a couple for the show. (The show is broken up into individual couples, so each couple gets about 15 minutes or so.) His "wife" is Hwang Bo, who's 9 years older, and their dynamic is kind of fabulous. She's Jangun (the General) and he's known as the Kid Groom, and just oh man, the lols.

The show is kind of weird in that they're acting, but kind of not. The show really blurs the lines because it's so up-front about the deception of a pretend marriage, but the feelings that go into the activities isn't entirely fake...or something. In any case, Hwangbo and Hunjoong are hilariously awkward together. I think it takes only a few minutes of watching to understand why he's so perfect for the part of Rui, though.

Apparently, the producers for HYD were considering HJ for the part, admittedly for his pretty face, but they decided after seeing him in this show.


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