KHJ is the reason I started watching dramas and started listening to kpop. My precious violin playing Flower Boy gave me LIFE. Sureeeee his acting was umm… but he was so darn pretty on screen. I followed the music comebacks and waited patiently for him a good drama role…… and hope that he’d step up his acting. The best musical comebacks that I really liked were Breakdown, Kiss Kiss (J-version), and Unbreakable. The album I guess I collectively was Breakdown. It really had some good songs on it, even the ballads-ish.
Quick note about his acting… So I’ve read the Boys Over Flowers manga, watched the anime, watched Hana Yori Dango, skipped the tw drama, forever laughing at the American version that I cant watch unless I get drunk…
KHJ Drama Analysis:
Boys Over Flowers: the kdrama had sparkles, violins, Almost Paraaaaadise, and shirtless scenes… and focused more on pretty, than on acting. This is why BOF is the gateway kdrama. It pulls you in with the pretty and sends on onto a kdrama yellowbrick road to better kdramas. It will always have a special place in my kdrama heart. I should watch T-Max’s Fight the Bad Feeling to cope with BOF feels right now.
Playful Kiss- I gave KHJ a chance in BOF, but his character in PK just pissed me off. I really thought he freaking hated her. I didnt see the chemistry at all between the 2 leads. It could have been the writing, but I was disappointed because KHJ had one job: show emotion. EMOTE KHJ. Just a wink, a smirk, something after you hate on Ha Ni. The drama extensions of PK were ok. I did like them better than the drama itself. Maybe it was better writing, new writer, better acting, better chemistry?
I didnt watch him Barefoot Friends. I can barely keep up with variety, tbh. Was he his usual 4D self?
We all saw with the “Breakdown” promotions that he was working out (haiiiii) and seen in the City Conquest stills that he was still working out. I so wanted to watch this… even though I was seething with post SeNa hate.
Inspiring Generation: When I first heard he had taken this role I was like uhhhhh… fingers crossed. So far in the first episode.Shin Jung Tae is a rough character. Can KHJ really pull off this type of role? Wellll, I’m going to wait until I finish the drama until I really decide, because we alllllll know things can start out well in dramaland and go south really quick (ala Big). I’m going to stay with this drama unless Yong Tae is planning some murderous overthrow FAIL. However, if alien hottie Manager Do Min Joon shows up, I’ll roll with that storyline. Plus I always fangirl over the beginning episodes of dramas anyway…
KHJ Flashback: Flower Boy to Bad Boy
I’ll post more about my first impressions of Inspiring Generation/Age of Feeling sometime this week. After I hangout on twitter, tumblr, eat candy bars, and then workout… in that exact order.