We all live in a #Dramaworld

Hellooooo kdrama lovers! Has really it really been MONTHS since my last post? My sincerest apologies. Life has been kicking my ass but I’m starting to get back on track now and am excited to share my latest kdrama adventure, the Hollywood premiere of Viki’s new original series Dramaworld!

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Starring hapa heartthrob Sean Dulake and newcomer Liv Hewson, this series is Viki’s first kdrama production, they financed and produced it themselves!  And what a glamorous way to premiere their work.

Here’s Dulake and Hewson on the red carpet.
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Dramaworld is about a college student, Claire Duncan (Hewson), who is obsessed with the kdrama Taste of Love and its star Joon Park (Sean Dulake). But things are going horribly wrong  in Taste of Love — the main love interest, Seo-yeon (Bae Noo Ri) can’t even get a kiss in because her nemesis Gae-in (Kim Sa Hee) keeps thwarting their chances at love.  And as we all know, every kdrama needs a kiss between the main couple by AT LEAST the fifth episode, right? Cue magical dream sequence where Claire gets transported into the dramaworld of Taste of Love. With the help of Seth Ko (Justin Chon of Twilight fame), Claire learns that she has become a facilitator, a kdrama fanatic who must unobstrusively help the story reach its happy ending. Claire MUST get Joon and Seo-yeon to fall in love, or else DRAMAWORLD WILL CEASE TO EXIST. High stakes, right? What’s excellent about Dramaworld is its ability to poke fun at all the kdrama tropes hardcore fans are familiar with. Since the theater was packed with Viki volunteers, they screamed with delight at every reference and kpop star cameo. Chocolate abs? check Overbearing rich mother? check Subplot including a dangerous covert organization that’s spying on everyone? check

The premiere was held at the beautiful Ace Hotel. Many of the cast and crew had flown in from Korea so I’m sure they were impressed with how organized and glitzy the event was.

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After screening the first 3 episodes of Dramaworld, there was a Q&A with the cast and director Chris Martin (not from Coldplay).

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Missing Justin Chon because he had to fly down to Mexico at the last minute for a movie job

The director talked about the differences with working in Hollywood vs. Korea, highlighting the fact that in Korea they just keep shooting no matter what, which makes for very long work hours.  After the moderator’s questions, they opened it up to the audience. I was impressed with the fans that came up to ask questions. Usually when you open it up to the floor you get a couple of wackos that just gush for several minutes without asking anything of substance, but kdrama fans know how to handle themselves.Hewson shared that Girls Generation was her gateway into the kpop world. The others  shared what the first kdrama that they watched was. Answer ranged from Coffee Prince to Descendants of the Sun.

The after-party on the rooftop was an added bonus. I got to mingle with other kdrama bloggers. Plus I snagged a pic with the lead actress! And Viki’s uber-talented CEO, Tammy Nam!

 

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actress Liv Hewson

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CEO Tammy Nam, she’s a smart lady

Dramaworld has 10 episodes total, with 2 shows being released each Sunday on Viki. Enjoy!
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Special thanks to KPOP-TV for sending me to the red carpet to cover this exciting premiere!

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Fall TV

Hey those of you who watch American television. Here are my top three picks for American sitcoms that could be remade as k-dramas.

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A naive country girl moves to the big city and is overwhelmed by the metropolitan sophisticates. Her best friend takes pity on her  and sets her up on a date with her husband’s friend, who just happens to be a jaded playboy. The show’s gimmick? You can hear the thoughts of the couple from the beginning of their relationship and revel in the hilarity of gender binaries. Yes, I imagine the writers are typing away on old Mac G2’s, the plotline is extremely outdated. In fact, the show recently got axed by ABC so we may never know if this love story gets a happy ending. But I am a fan of the lead actress, Analeigh Tipton, and can totally see her character being played by Park Shin-hye. Just replace Manhattan with Gangnam and you’ve got yourself a k-drama!

Screen shot 2014-10-29 at 6.08.40 PMDid I mention this show has lots of fashion eye-candy? Another reason to watch as many episodes as you can before it’s completely removed from the fall lineup.

2. selfie

The lead romantic actor in Selfie is played by Korean American actor John Cho. This classic pygmalion tale has all the traits of a k-drama. Grumpy older, successful businessman takes a young ingénue under his wing and trains her to fit into his genteel world. Along the way, he learns a thing or two about her world and the two gradually fall in love. I was really pulling for this show to do well. I think the lead actors have a surprising amount of chemistry. John Cho has certainly moved past his MILF days and is quite believable as a love interest. Unfortunately, the rest of America does not think so, and this show is also about to be axed from the fall lineup. BOOO! Wouldn’t it be loverly if Selfie got remade as a k-drama with Lee Min-jung and So Ji-sub as the leads?
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It would certainly be a chance for Korea to show off its latest LG products.

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I had my doubts about Jane the Virgin, since I mistakenly believed it was a TV show about teenage pregnancy and that just sounded depressing. It’s actually about a woman in her 20s who is a virgin because of her strict and pious grandmother. However, after a medical accident leads to her getting artificially inseminated, her dream of becoming a teacher and marrying her cop boyfriend gets derailed. This series is based on a telenovela and has all the traditional characteristics of a classic k-drama.

Smart and modern girl who is prized for her innocence? check
Huge ensemble cast of players who are all connected via blood or secret relationships? check
Constant flashbacks to remind you of what happened in the last episode? check

And of course, who better to play the titular character than the extremely talented and chaste looking Jung So-min?
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So far Jane the Virgin is going strong on the CW with no signs of cancellation. Phew!

 

High School: Love On

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Super excited about this new kdrama which just started airing. It stars Kim Sae-ron!! (extremely talented child actress who got her big break in The Man From Nowhere.) If you’re a k-pop fan, you’ll be thrilled to know that her love interest is the lead singer of Infinite, Nam Woo-hyun.

J8l8nHigh School: Love On is a fantasy romance about an angel who is forced to become human in order to save a high school boy. Her clumsy attempts to fit in cause trouble for everyone around her, especially the boy she saves from death, but eventually her innocent charm wins him over. Episode 1 – GO!

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