In The Know with Purplenette

Hi everyone.  I have time in my life now and thought I would return to writing articles.  I’m going to write this time about some Korean Dramas that have just started airing and the dramas that will be airing in March. 

 I hope you enjoy.


Heard It Through the Grapevine

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Yoo Jang Sang (Birth SecretUnexpected You), Yoo Ho Jeong (Heaven’s GardenCan Anyone Love), Go Ah Sung (God of StudyBeating Heart) and Lee Joon (Mr. BackGap Dong) are cast in the SBS drama, Heard it through the Grapevine which started on February 23rd.  It is directed by An Pan Seok and written by Jung Sung Joo who also collaborated for Secret Love Affair.

Heard It Through the Grapevine is about a prestigious family whose lives are turned upside down when the teenage son, Han In Sang (Lee Joon) impregnates his girlfriend from an ordinary family, Seo Bom (Go Ah Sung). Han Jung Ho (Yoo Jang Sang) works at a law firm and becomes involved with the appointment of a government official.  He is married to Choi Yeon Hee (Yoo Ho Jeong).  The drama is described as a “black comedy that satirizes the presumptuous and materialistic ideas by the upper class in Korea, who are indulged in imperialistic power and thrive on inherited wealth and lineage.” - Wikipedia

I haven’t started watching this drama yet.  I have read mixed thoughts on this.  It seems like it would be interesting.  


Blood

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Ahn Jae Hyeon (You’re All SurroundedYou Who Came from the Stars), Goo Hye Sun (Angel EyesBoys Over Flowers), and Ji Jin Hee (One Warm WordThe Great Seer) are cast in KBS2 drama Blood, which started February 16. It is directed by Ki Min Soo who also directed Good Doctor and Ojakgyo Brothers. It is written by Park Jae Bum who wrote the the God’s Quiz series. They also collaborated on Good Doctor.

Park Ji Sang (Ahn Jae Hyeon) is a vampire doctor at a cancer research hospital who specializes in hepato-pancreato-biliary surgery. He suppresses his thirst for blood to treat terminally ill patients. From childhood Ji Sang wants to be close to people, but he comes across as a cold person to others. Yoo Ri Ta (Goo Hye Sun) entered medical school at the age of 17. She is a talented physician and the niece of the chaebol group chairman who owns the hospital. Ji Sang finds himself falling in love with Ri Ta. Lee Jae Wook (Ji Jin Hee) is a hospital chief beloved by everyone because he is good natured, but really he is dangerous and has evil intentions. Ji Sang finds himself in a good versus evil battle with Jae Wook.

Don’t let what I’m about to write sway your opinion on watching this drama. I will just be honest with you. I love all things vampire related and most of the cast is appealing to me (I love Ji Jin Hee). However, I am not a fan of Goo Hye Sun.  I suffered through BOF and Angel Eyes, but I can’t force myself to watch this. I watched two episodes and dropped it.


Unkind Women

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Kim Hye Ja (I Live in Cheongdam-dongMom Has Grown Horns), Chae Si Ra (Five FingersQueen Insoo), Do Ji Won (Golden RainbowPure Love), and Lee Ha Na (TripleWomen of the Sun) are cast in the KBS2 drama, Unkind Women, which started on February 25th. The writer is Kim In Young who wrote When a Man's in Love and The Equator Man. The director is Yoo Hyun Ki who directed Brain and God of Study. Song Jae Rim (Surplus PrincessInspiring Generation) and Kim Ji Suk (Angel Eyes, Wonderful Mama) are also in this drama.

Kang Sun Ok (Kim Hye Ja) is famous for her cooking class teaching style where she uses harsh language and criticizes the charabol daughter-in-laws. She is married to the only son from a rich family and has two daughters. Her husband had an affair so she has been lonely for a while. Her oldest daughter is Kim Hyeon Jeong (Do Ji Won), an anchorwoman at a broadcasting corporation who has become a role model for female university students. Outwardly Hyeon Jeong is confident, warm-hearted, and considerate, but inside she feels a lot of pressure from the young up-and coming-women that causes her to hate them. Sun Ok’s second daughter is Kim Hyeon Suk (Cha Si Ra), who has an inferiority complex from being compared to her smart older sister and her grandmother’s wish that she was male. She is very honest and displays her emotions on her face. She immerses herself in dramas, exercises a lot and cares a lot about her hair, make-up and clothes. Hyeon Suk taught her daughter, Jeong Ma Ri (Lee Ha Na), to study hard so that she won't be treated like she was treated. Because of this Ma Ri never failed, from entering a foreign language high school to earning a doctorate degree. Ma Ri has always done what is expected of her, but isn’t sure this makes her happy. Due to a case, she goes through a difficult time and begins searching for herself.



I’m unsure if I want to watch this.  The writer wrote one drama that I enjoyed and one that I did not.  I thought Equator Man was excellent, but When a Man Loves wasn’t that great (of course that was partially because of Shin Se Kyung).  I love Kim Ji Suk and I’m thinking about watching this for him alone.   


Flower of the Queen

Equator’s Flower

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Kim Sung Ryoung (Cheongdamdong ScandalThe Heirs), Lee Jong Hyuk (Dating Agency: CyranoA Gentleman’s Dignity), Lee Sung Kyung (It’s Okay, That’s Love), and Yoon Park (What Happens to My Family?, Good Doctor) are cast in the MBC drama, Flower of the Queen. It begins on March 14th after  Legendary Witch concludes. The director is Lee Dae Young who directed Golden Fish and Give Me Food. The writer is Park Hyeon Ju who also wrote Wonderful Mama and Hooray For Love.  

Rena Jung (Kim Sung Ryoung) hosts her own cooking show as a star chef. She gave up her daughter Kang Yi Sol (Lee Sung Kyung) for her ambition, but her daughter comes back to confront her. She is married to Park Min Joon (Lee Jong Hyuk), the heir to Eden Group, a food enterprise. Park Jae Joon (Yoon Park) is Min Joon’s younger brother and also attracted to Yi Sol.

I’m not sure if I’m going to watch this.  It seems interesting, but there isn’t much information available and I’m not sure I can handle the abandoned child aspect.


Divorce Lawyer in Love

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Cho Yeo Jeong (Haeundae LoversI Need Romance) and Yun Woo Jin (Marriage, Not Dating, When a Man Loves) star in SBS’s drama, Divorce Lawyer in Love. It starts on March 14th after The Family is Coming ends. The director is Park Yong Soon who directed 49 Days. The writer is Kim A Jung, a new screenwriter, winner of an open script writing competition at SBS.

Ko Cheok Hee (Cho Yeo Jeong) is a unscrupulous divorce lawyer who will stop at nothing to win her cases. She treats everyone around her horribly, especially her office manager, So Jung Woo (Yun Woo Jin). Jung Woo isn’t very nice either as he likes to point out Cheok Hee’s mistakes to her face even though she is his boss. They part ways because they can’t stand to work together. Years later, Jung Woo has gone to law school and become a divorce lawyer himself. He meets Cheok Hee again. Her law license has been suspended due to misconduct and so she becomes the office manger at a his new firm. He makes her suffer like she made him in the past. They both are cynical about love due to their professions, but arguing may still lead to love in this rom/com.  

I’m not really into romantic comedies, but I like the actors. I’m not really into the "arguing until we love each other" plots. This is on my maybe list.


Missing Noir M

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Kim Kang Woo (Golden Cross, Haeundae Lovers), Park Hee Soon (All About My Romance), and Jo Bo Ah (Surplus PrincessHorse Doctor) are cast in the new OCN drama, Missing Noir M. The directors are Lee Seung Young who directed the Team 10 series and Kim Gun Hong. The writer is Lee Yoo Jin. Kang Ha Neul (Incomplete LifeMonstar) will make a guest appearance in the first two episodes.

Gil Soo Hyun (Kim Kang Woo) is an extremely intelligent person who entered Harvard University at age 10, then worked for the FBI. A mystery has brought him back to South Korea and now he leads a task force that specializes in the hardest missing persons cases involving violent crime. Oh Dae Young (Park Hee Soon) is a veteran detective of 20 years who joins the task force. Where Soo Hyun is an elite genius over-analyzer, Dae Young uses his gut and is driven by a strong sense of justice. Their relationship will be antagonistic one that will lead to bonding. Jin Seo Jun (Jo Bo Ah) is a hacker with the team.

I am definitely watching this. Kim Kang Woo is one of my favorite actors. I like his manner of speaking.  I also think this will be interesting although I haven’t watched the Team 10 series.


My Unfortunate Boyfriend

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No Min Woo (Best WeddingFull House Take 2) and Yang Jin Sung (Bride of the Century) star in MBC’s drama, My Unfortunate Boyfriend starting March 31st.  The director is Nam Ki Hoon. The writer is Lee Jae Yoon who also wrote Tamra, the Island

Yoo Ji Na (Yang Jin Sung) is an ambitious woman who will do whatever it takes to get what she wants—even lie. Her unfortunate boyfriend is Yoo Tae Woon (No Min Woo), a man that believes honesty is the best policy. This is the love story of two people who have different views of the world.

I will at least watch the first few episodes to check this out.


Do any of these airing and upcoming dramas and movies look interesting to you?

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    Liiieene Jul 25, 2015

    I watched "My Unfortunate Boyfriend" and I loved it. No Min Woo was too cute. ♥
    This was my first drama btw. :3 I'm happy I started with this drama.
    You really should watch this!

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    hazel321 Mar 13, 2015

    thanks for the update. This will help me pick my next few dramas.

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    BB26 Mar 5, 2015

    I'm watching "Blood" and believe me Ahn Jae Hyuns face is worth the watch XD and ther are many many flower 'vampire' boys !!! hehehehhehe

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    cutie26 Mar 5, 2015

    Thanks for the great article!

    I was actually thinking is there something wrong with me? that none of the airing dramas catch my interest.

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    cuzie Mar 4, 2015 - edited

    Miss your 'in the know with purplenette' articles chingu!!

    i'm watching blood right now, and gonna check the other, all of them sounds interesting except 'unkind woman', i don't think i'll watch it :)

    thx for the article!!

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      Andrea McLean Apr 30, 2015

      i was reluctant to watch for a while. i saw it this week. it's not bad, but it's not great either.

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    KatelynJaynea Mar 4, 2015

    Wow I love this article, so well put together and I have added a few things to my watch list!

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    HAVA-RAVA Mar 4, 2015

    I have high expectations for My Unfortunate Boyfriend ;W;

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    LoveAsianWorld Mar 4, 2015

    Actually a lot of the dramas sound really interesting! I am already watching Blood and it didn't start very amazing and I'm not a fan of Goo Hye Sun either but I think it's getting better now. Looking forward to Missing Noir M the most :)

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    prettytin Mar 4, 2015

    of course Missing Noir M! why? coz of Kim Kang Woo. very good actor. and so far his dramas are good (Golden Cross started out great)

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    ChelleBelle Mar 3, 2015

    Welcome back Purplenette I always enjoy your articles. I plan to watch Divorce Lawyer in Love, My Unfortunate Boyfriend and Missing Noir M and I undecided on Unkind Women I will wait and see on this one.

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    kura2ninja Mar 3, 2015

    Thanks for writing the article, purplenette. I'm enjoying the first episode of Unkind Women and looking forward to Missing Noir. I wanted to watch Grapevine, but opted out when I found out that it has 32 episodes. I'll probably just read the recaps and reviews for that one.

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    IgorSanches Mar 3, 2015

    I'm looking forward to Falling for Innocence because of Kim So Yeon, My Unfortunate Boyfriend because of Yang Jin Sung, Divorce Lawyer in Love because of the 2 main actors. Dr. Mo’s Clinic i'm going to watch if it's good, Missing Noir M because of Kim Kang Woo

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    Nayomira Mar 3, 2015

    I've been watching Hear It through The Gravepine and find it really interesting, since is so different from what've seen! About Blood I'm just suffering through it...good lord, I don't even know what to do with it...
    All the upcoming seem cool, I'll have to watch it to see xDD

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    DBSK Mar 3, 2015

    Yes to all of them except for Blood.

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    I am planning on checking out Unkind Women, My Unfortunate Boyfriend, & Divorce Lawyer In Love. I am definitely watching Missing Noir M and am currently checking the waters out on Heard It Through the Grapevine drama - although the first episode of that wasn't impressive.

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