Her Private Life (Korean Drama 2019)

Her Private Life

Drama Rating: 9/10

Sung Doek Mi lives a double life as a successful art gallery curator and a full time fan girl Her Private Life ep01.mp4_002898528who’s popularly known online as Shi An is my Life. Though she’s famous in her online name, she does her fan-girling discreetly by covering her face while attending fan meets and concerts. In the midst of her fan-girling business, she Her Private Life ep01.mp4_001637902accidentally meets an important person she’s about to encounter in her real life… Ryan Gold. A renowned artist from New York who was recruited to become the new Director of Cheum Gallery which Deok Mi works as a curator. As both of them start working together, both clashed with their own opinions and judgement but as time went on things goes smoothly between them and they open up to each other little by little. Eventually they find themselves in the middle of a romantic endeavor. As they get closer to each other, their past is also slowly unraveled one by one.

This drama definitely nailed how fan-girling occurs, not only in Korea but in the whole world. A lot of people are wondering what runs through a fan’s head and this drama totally explains it. Though the fan-girling story line was only showed during the first few Her Private Life ep01.mp4_003339569episodes and was merely kept in the background halfway through to give way to the actual conflict of the drama, it was an enlightening watch. It would show how much money, time, effort and dedication a fan does for their idols. I may not be a full time fan of a specific idol or actor, but I had my fair share of being a KDRAMA fan altogether… so yeah. Definitely a big respect to these type of people specially when they restrict themselves to the “Look only and No touching” policy when it comes to fan-girling. Come to think of it, a lot of self-restraint has to be done when a fan-girl’s idol is right in front of them and they just want to touch that person but because of the said policy, they keep their hands to themselves and let that person pass by in peace. That’s got to be a looooooooot of will power.

Now back to my actual review.

I was thinking of the rating for this drama and ended up 1 point short. The reason for this is that the drama was far from perfect. The first few episodes somewhat gave me a Her Private Life ep08.mp4_002554451bland feeling, not because the focus was about fan-girling but it simply failed to make me feel excited. Up until episode 5 came out and followed up by episode 6, that’s when things simply made me anticipate the next episode. As to why I gave it a 9 instead of a 7, is because I give props of 2 points for the male lead. This is the first drama I’ve ever seen that had a perfect boyfriend-material-kind-of-leading-man. Therefore the name Ryan Gold is going to stick in my KDrama history, a name that has yet to be surpassed by someone who’s more than this guy. Well, a drama character of course, since a real life Ryan Gold is probably next to non-existent. I loved the drama dearly because of his character. He’s like a password because he’s the case sensitive type – he’s the kind of guy who would be thinking of other’s feelings and set aside his own. He’s very understanding beyond belief and he’s the type of guy who would swoon any woman off her feet. In Her Private Life ep05.mp4_002684248short, he’s too good to be true. Setting those aside, he does have his minor issues which I won’t dwell on since it’s going to be a spoiler but it’s what makes him an over all halfway realistic guy. Then there’s Deok Mi, a woman who has her own world and sometimes think that her idol is the center of everything. However… when she’s around Ryan Gold, she becomes an entirely different being. I would want to talk more of her character but I feel that it’s also supposed to be in a spoiler tag, so I’ll probably just simply leave it at that. What I’d like to emphasize on though are the actors who portrayed both Her Private Life ep05.mp4_002622886characters. Park Min Young as Sung Deok Mi was such an adorable actress and I couldn’t imagine having someone else play her part. She had perfect on screen chemistry with Kim Jae Wook, the guy who portrayed Ryan Gold. I usually refrain from watching behind the scenes because I hate comparing real life to drama world but here, I couldn’t help it. I wanted to know how their off screen chemistry was and when I watched it, they were both adorable and even did so much ad-lib for the drama. No wonder that their onscreen performance was so appealing, their actual selves were in sync with each other that acting along side each other was easy as pie. Not only that, everyone on set seems to have a great filming atmosphere that things were able to run accordingly. Even the director seemed to be happy in the midst of filming.

Her Private Life ep01.mp4_002514979As for the side characters, I love each and everyone of them. Even the previous chairman of Cheum Gallery Mrs. Eom who’s supposed to be an antagonist in this drama. I love how she’s always over the top with the way she speaks and dress but in the inside she’s simply a mom who cares so much for her daughter. There were two characters Her Private Life ep08.mp4_002903200.pngthough whom I initially disliked but learned to be amicable with in the long run. Nam Eun Gi and Artist Choi Da In were given the role of being such pricks. They’re the type of character that was supposed to love the main ones unconditionally but instead make their lives more complicated. But despite their Her Private Life ep05.mp4_001554386meddling ways, I’m glad they weren’t much of a hurdle for the main couple. There’s also the intern named Cindy, the sessaeng fan who’s the daughter of a chaebol namely Mrs. Eom. Despite her initial role of being an obsessive fan, I like the the fact that she had so much character growth thanks to Deok Mi and her family. I especially like her interaction with Eun Gi and a hint of something else at the end of the show. Then there’s Deok Mi’s ever faithful best friend. Lee Seon Joo a cafe owner with a rich father and was previously an avid fan girl just likeHer Private Life ep09.mp4_000440072Deok Mi but due to an early marriage because she got pregnant to a very adorable child, she became a mom and a cafe owner instead. Gaaaaaaaaad I love this woman and how she paved the way into her best friend’s love life. She’s not meddlesome but she definitely gives her all out support for her best friend and try as she can, fan-girls with Deok Her Private Life ep01.mp4_003337333Mi at the sidelines. I always look forward to their interaction together, they always look like they’re having fun even though they’re dissing some boys in the process. Then there’s Shi An, the KPop Idol who caught Deok Mi’s heart. There’s not much screen time from this cutie and he still have room to improve his acting but he did nail being an idol in this drama. Her Private Life ep09.mp4_001517182His interaction with Deok Mi and the rest of his fans did look genuine. Lastly, there’s Deok Mi’s parents. They may seem oddballs but both have big hearts and I can’t say anything more hence the spoilers. What I’d like to mention is how Kim Mi Kyung’s interaction with Park Min Young in the drama seemed real and palpable as if they have bonded together as a mother and daughter.

Overall it was a great show. It made me cry a lot by the end of the drama when the mysterious hints were finally revealed. There was an unexpected twist in the story and that totally set my emotions into berserk tears thanks to my hormones due to being pregnant, I just couldn’t contain myself to feel all the feels on behalf of Ryan Gold and Deok Mi. The OST is love love love and I would definitely recommend this drama to all those who are looking for a lot of FLUFF like literally rom-com-feeling-kind-of-fluff-with-lots-of-kissy-touchy-feels.

 

Coffee Prince (Korean Drama 2007)

Synopsis:

A tomboy is mistaken for a young man, but maintains the deception for the sake of employment. The situation is complicated when the male boss begins to develop feelings for this “boy”.

Excerpted from: MyDramalist

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Words from Me:

What’s so good about a gender-bender romcom? Well, first of all this is an acquired taste kind of drama, since not everyone likes the genre. Personally, I like it because I like girls pretending to be boys as they get into all kinds of mishaps and misunderstandings. But honestly, I don’t even understand myself as to why I find a plot like this enjoyable.

As for the story, Coffee Prince is about a girl named Go Eun Chan (Yoon Eun Hye), a poor hard working girl who is always mistaken as a guy. Then fate made her meet Choi Hang Kyul (Gong Yoo) during one of her part time jobs. After which they came to an agreement to help each other out and eventually, she ended up lying about her gender so she could work for him full time. The drama was hilarious in all angles but there is no realism in this one. It is so obvious that Eun Chan is a girl if you look closely at her chest. So I’m warning those who think that the drama is not realistic enough to be watched. Despite that little factor, I loved the drama for the cast and then the story follows. This was the second drama I’ve seen Yooncp Eun Hye in, the first one was Princess Hours also known as Goong. There was such a big character difference between the two dramas that I can’t believe she was very effective in both. Here in Coffee Prince, it felt like the main female lead was actually made for her. She wasn’t afraid to step up her game and get her hair all chopped up for the role. That’s one thing about Eun Hye that I like, she takes all kinds of roles which gives her a wide range of acting experience. Gong Yoo on the other hand, felt like a piece in a puzzlecp11-035 which completed the whole picture. He complimented Eun Hye’s character and their chemistry on screen was sizzling hot. This was the first drama I’ve seen him in and I had a really good impression on his acting style. That’s why when Goblin and Train to Busan became a hit, I wasn’t really surprised because he was a really amazing actor.

If these two main actors were great to watch, there’s also the eye candy supporting actors, the Coffee Prince baristas. This is where Kim Jae Wook comes in, my very firstSun_Ki supporting actor crush. His role as No Sun Ki, the waffle cart guy who hailed from Japan to follow his Korean wife in Seoul was a bit underrated. I wish there was more about his background story but it became very limited. I’m just glad that he had a lot of good roles after this drama. Another staff member is, Kim Dong Wook, whom I think was born as a comedian, but he can definitely act any role he wanted. In this series, he was Jin Ha Rim, one of Han Kyul’s close friends who helped out put Coffee Prince into life from scratch. He’s a pretty well off guy in the story but he wanted to follow his dreams and so he became a homeless guy who lived in a dump kind of house with the old fart cafe assistant manager, Hong Gae Shik portrayed by Kim Chang wan. Princes_PhotosHa Rim is also the bubbliest person in the Coffee Prince staff who loves annoying Eun Chan and thinks she’s pretty cute for a guy.  Aside from this, he’s also known as the actor from the movie Along with the Gods. Last but not the least is Lee Eon who acting the big bulky guy named Hwang Min Yeop, who was a pretty dumb guy but actually had a soft heart and was in love with Gong Chan’s sister. He’s pretty strong too that’s why he got hired in the cafe on the spot. I personally loved his character because he seems all big and bulky on the outside but very fluffy in the inside. His personality gave balance to the aloof Sun Ki, bubbly Ha Rim, grouchy Mr. Hong and the confused Gong Chan. Aside this, another personal detail about the actor Lee Eon, he already passed away on the year 2008 due to a motorcycle accident. He was too young and his career was on the height of its fame. The news was shocking and left me sad, but I’m just glad he was able to leave something very special behind. cp12-032As for the second lead actors, I don’t have much to say about them since I think that the drama would actually still move forward without them. Choi Han Seong acted by Lee Sun Kyun is the music director whom Eun Chan had a crush with, while Chae Jung Ahn portrayed by Han Yoo Joo was his girl friend and Han Kyul’s first love.

Another thing that makes this drama a good and memorable watch is the OST. Every time I hear the OST for this drama, I could still remember my favorite scene. For those who are reading this entry, check out the title “Go Go Chan!” from the OST’s list of titles. It’s very cute and catchy. I have rewatched this drama dozens of times and will still watch it in the near future and I’m recommending this show for those who love Gong Yoo and would want to check out his old works.

PHOTOS ARE NOT MINE, CREDITS GOES TO THE OWNER.

 

Antique Bakery (Korean Movie 2008)

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Synopsis:

As an heir to the family fortune, Jin Hyuk has money, the looks, the charm, everything except finding the love of his life. So he sets up a cake shop where women are sure to come. He hires Sun Woo, a talented patisserie who had a crush on Jin Hyuk back in high school. Along with an ex-boxing champion Gi Beom and a clueless bodyguard Su Young, the four unique and handsome young men stir up the quiet neighborhood at their cake shop, Antique. Although seemingly careless and happy, each of the four men have unforgettable past that they are afraid to face, but their secrets slowly begin to unravel.

Words from Me:

The Kmovie would have been a good queer film if not for the plot. I watched the movie earlier with a friend and am not surprised as to why 1 million viewers tried to watch this film within two weeks. How could four-hot-good-looking-irresistible stars not garner these amount of fans?

In this movie, what was really interesting was how each character had their own story to tell. I’m also glad that the director and producer gave the chance for these characters to show their own side of the story. The movie is quite long, with bits of musical pieces in between that I almost thought it was going to be like a broadway musical show up to the end.

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Joo Ji-hoon (from Goong and Mawang) who played as Kim Jin Hyeok, Antique’s owner was the most complex character in the lot. He had this terrible past which he doesn’t have closure with up until he made up the Bake shop. Jin Hyeok do not actually like sweets because of an incident 20 years ago. The only way he could move on from that was to catch the person who inflicted trauma in his past but the story does not only revolve around him. There’s more…

Kim Jae-wook (from Coffee Prince) as Min Seon-woo, the gay Patisserie (my favorite character) was VERY queer, charming, hot and definitely devious when it comes to making men; straight or gay fall for him. Only Jin Hyeok is the exception for some certain reason related in the past (again). He is the only guy who is able to resist his charm thoroughly up to the present but there would be some side story between their friendship and how things work out in favor for both of them in the end.

I loved the way Jae-wook presented his character, it seemed so real and not icky to watch all. There were several kissing scenes with a guy in this movie to show how gay his character really was. What fascinated me more was that before I actually watched the movie, I have read several comments from him as to how he was able to portray the character in a realistic manner. During the filming sessions, he admitted that he was having a very hard time internalizing his gay character because in reality he wasn’t gay. What’s more interesting is how it seemed so natural on screen, you wouldn’t even think he was uncomfortable with the whole process. He was so darn convincing that I would think he was gay if I didn’t know any better.

Yoo Ah-in (Sungkyunkwan Scandal) as Patisserie apprentice Yang Ki-beom, a punk kid who wanted to eat cakes and is running away from something. The kid is an insistent worker, stubborn but has a high respect for Seon-woo and would only acknowledge him as the best Patisserie in the whole world. He also has a sweet tooth that he became the official taster for the bake-shop.

Choi Ji-ho as Nam Soo-yeong, the guy who is unbelievably stuck with Jin-hyeok. He is the son of the Kim’s house nanny and became Jin-hyeok’s body guard in the process. He may be a bit slow, and could have been affected by the charms of Seon-woo but he has a great respect and kin-ship affection (not in a gay kind of way) towards Jin-hyeok. He always sees to it that he will be able to cater the needs of his young master.

There are other characters that have their own roles, but it would be too tedious to mention them one by one. Over all the movie’s quirkiness is thanks to these four wonderful guys. They have brought the entire film to the best of its ability that even in its 109 minutes, did not once made me feel it was draggy or boring. The mixture of humor and suspense was perfect, even the soundtrack fit so well with the whole movie. There might be some several graphics that was a bit too exaggerated but the colorful atmosphere and acting took that tiny glitch away.

The movie may not show any love interest between a man and woman, but it would certainly show how people could connect deeply with each other no matter how one is scarred from the past or has a marred future. It only shows that in the end, everyone would be able to cope up with their own personal demons.

A must see movie for those who has a queer eye and a different perspective in life.