Episode 19 – Nobles, stalking monks & other drama crack

By Wednesday, November 4, 2015 3 1

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or a Kdrama podcast we talk an unusual amount about other Asian drama in this episode. Besides some of the latest K-dramas we also discuss a Japanese-, a Taiwanese- and a Philippine drama.

We had to. They’re absolute drama crack and we can’t wait to tell you about it!

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What we’ve been watching

These are the dramas we talk about in this episode:

  • Noble, my love (Starts 4:52 in)
    With Kim Jae Kyung and Sung Hoon
  • Bubblegum (Starts 12:12 in)
    With Jung Ryeo Won and Lee Dong Wook
  • From Five to Nine (Starts 19:43 in)
    With Yamashita Tomohisa & Ishihara Satomi
  • On the wings of love (Starts 29:51 in)
    With James Reid & Nadine Lustre
  • Moon River (Starts 39:02 in)
    With Tseng Pets & Lin Sam
  • Awl (Starts 50:03 in)
    With Ji Hyun Woo


Other dramas or movies we mentioned:

  • D-day
  • King of Dramas
  • Pained
  • Roomate
  • Heart to Heart
  • Nobuta Wo Produce
  • Proposal Daisakusen
  • Rich Man, Poor Woman
  • Shitsuren Chocolatier
  • Atashinchi no Danshi
  • Hana Kimi
  • Healer
  • Boys Over Flowers
  • My Unfortunate Boyfriend
  • Full House 2
  • My Girlfriend is a Gumiho
  • Queen In Hyun’s Man
  • Incomplete Life / Misaeng
  • Let’s Eat 2
  • Angry Mom
  • Because it’s the First Time
  • To the Beautiful You

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The next episode

The next episode should be out on Wednesday the 18th of November.
Take care until then. Fighting!

  • kittyflumpin
    November 6, 2015

    Re: From 5 to 9: Buddhist monks can marry in Japan. In fact I imagine they’re encouraged to, since the temple/head monk position is often expected to be passed down from father to son.

    Anyway, the first 2 eps. of From 5 to 9 left *such* a bad taste in my mouth. I dislike Yamapi’s character so much. Not in the “male lead is a loveable rascal” sort of way, but in a “this guy is an abuser/stalker” sort of way. I might’ve gotten past this behavior if they had dealt with it more swiftly, like if she’d called him out on it right away (instead of basically shrugging it off like she does in the beginning) and he realized his behavior is horrible and started treating her like a real person with real feelings. Then we could possibly be at a starting point for a romance.

    I had dropped it (after ep.02 I wanted to break it over my knee and throw it out the window) but people kept saying, “wait ’til ep.03 to decide.” And yes, ep.03 improved my opinion of him somewhat, but only in that it’s not *as* negative now (like he went from -100 points to only -50) and he’s still not a suitable romantic lead. Ep.03 did however win another episode’s watch from me (plus now I’m really interested in her coworker with interesting hobbies, as revealed in ep.03), though I think the main romance is a completely lost cause for me. There are so many better J-dramas currently airing (I’m watching 10 of them, along with some older series) and the next time this show rubs me the wrong way I’ll be drop-kicking it out the airlock, pronto.

    • Sofia
      November 6, 2015

      Aaaah! See, this is exactly what I was afraid of. I stopped myself from ranting about it in the podcast, but I too have a problem with stalkers in dramas.
      Like you said, if she (or somebody else) had put her foot down or called him out on it… at least the point about it not being OK would have been made.

      I haven’t seen this show. So I don’t know how light and fluffy it is. I can only imagine from Gab’s description that it’s pretty wacky. As J-dramas tend to be.
      In classic romcom J-dramas and K-drama (like for example “Protect the boss”) they tend to pass the stalking off as if the guy is so in love that he’s adorably following her around like a puppy. I can suspend disbelief for long enough to buy that sometimes. But it depends on how others react to it and how they build his character.
      Sounds like it didn’t work here. And then we are reminded of just how creepy and controlling this act really is. Wah-wah-waaaaah!

      • kittyflumpin
        November 6, 2015

        Yes, I’ve spent a LOT of time this week trying to figure out why similar behavior in other dramas can (sometimes) get a pass from me.

        I think a lot of it has to do with how the female lead’s reaction is written. For example, Hana Yori Dango’s Domyoji is similarly controlling (though to be fair, he bullies *everyone*) but his behavior is not shown as being romantic. In fact, Makino standing up to him (with a very satisfying punch in the nose) is not a *result* of his romantic interest but rather it’s the starting point of it. I guess From 5 to 9 has taken too long to get to its metaphorical “punch in the nose”, though ep.03 was a small step forward in this respect (oh how I wish it were a *literal* punch though).

        Also important is the impression we get of the guy doing the stalking. If he’s portrayed as sort of a lovesick, bumbling idiot I can deal with it because it’s made clear to the audience that he’s not an actual threat (it goes without saying that in real life it’s never “harmless”). To use your example, in Protect the Boss Ji Heon has a crush on Eun Seol (at least partly because he admires her personality) but he never comes off as domineering or scary. But Yamapi’s character… eh, maybe it’s just his acting style* but when you combine his mostly-expressionless face with the fact that we’ve not been shown any reason why he would be interested in her specifically (her spilling ashes on him at the memorial service is their only interaction before all this, as far as we’ve been shown), his behavior seems more menacing.

        I’m sure at this point I’ve spent more time analyzing this show (and trying to decide if I should keep watching or not) than the actual run length of the show itself– but I guess that’s just one of the joys of being a drama fan! XD

        *(I like Yamapi a lot in so many other things, but even I have to concede his acting lacks range. Which means he needs to find roles that fit his style as opposed to trying to adapt himself to his roles.)

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