Drums and Dragons and Sales – Oh My! Zion Market’s Grand Opening!

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Saturday, June 29, 2013 was officially declared Zion Market Day in the City of San Diego.

 

IMG_7433The party was on Clairemont Mesa Boulevard this morning as dignitaries gathered and shoppers crowded to witness the Grand Opening Celebration of Zion Market’s new location at 7655 Clairemont Mesa Boulevard. The festive atmosphere was set in motion to the beat of drums by the San Diego Korean Pungmul School. Known throughout the Korean community (and beyond) for their beautiful, rhythmic, lively, traditional performance, the Korean Pungmul students kept the crowd entertained in the early morning heat.

IMG_7524The drums were followed by Three Treasures Cultural Arts Society Dragon Dancers in their colorful costumes. With the hope that the dragons would bring Zion Market good luck in their new location, they performed gymnastic feats and entertained the crowd with their large draconic maws. Feeding the dragon, by the way, will bring good luck to the bystanders as well! 😉

The ribbon cutting for the newly remodeled 94,500-square-foot building included local officials including three candidates running for City Council in District 6, City officials, officials from local Asian American associations, the Police Department, as well as the owner of Zion market.

IMG_7696The San Diego KPOP Flashmob brought Psy in for an appearance and danced to “Gentleman.”

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IMG_7858Inside the market, shoppers were busy shopping and cashiers were hard at work, trying to keep up with the long lines of patrons waiting to ring up the special opening day bargains. I scored some really nice organic apples. The majority of the shops on the non-supermarket side were open for business as well, including the new Boba Tea shop, Paris Baguette, Optical, jewelry and travel stores, IMG_7851and Erom, where I tasted (and purchased) some wonderfully healthy raw food packs that are made into smoothies. Yep, the green stuff to the right was what I gratefully enjoyed for breakfast after the opening extravaganza outdoors.

My favorite cosmetic counter (and my favorite cosmetics consultant) were also on hand. A little later make-up artists from Los Angeles were available to make people beautiful.

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I’m not sure when those poor folks at Zion ever got breaks today, but after being entertained, energized, fortified and beautified, I personally made my way back to my air conditioned home.

Welcome to your new home, Zion Market! See you again very soon!

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Toyota releases Video Collage of Lee Min Ho Meet and Greet

And KKonnect-ers Jini and Cheryl are in the video….

Remember the “Countdown to Lee Min Ho”? Jini and Cheryl trekked up to L.A. to see him in person, special exclusive tickets in hand. The official video from Toyota is out. Enjoy!

Sunday Drama Review – Flower Boy Next Door

(이웃집 꽃미남) Flower Boy Next Door 

Flower Boy Edition #3

The Invasion of Flower Boys

Summary:

“Flower Boy Next Door” tells the story of Go Dok Mi, an introverted girl who lives like Rapunzel, locked away in her apartment, too afraid of the outside world. But her world starts opening up when she meets her all her new Flower Boy neighbors: Enrique, the hyperactive genius, Jin Rak, the quiet romantic, Dong Hoon the playboy, and Watanabe, the foreign cooking student. They, along with her other colorful neighbors, force Go Dok Mi to start interacting with others once more, so that she can start to enjoy life and learn to love and trust again.

Characters:

FBND (2)Go Dok Mi (played by Park Shin Hye) is a reserved young woman who lives solely in her apartment and tries to avoid the outside world as much as possible. She is naturally very shy, and because of a traumatic experience in high school she is terrified to interact with strangers and has very little trust in others. She works at home as a freelance copy editor and dreams of becoming a writer.

Enrique Geum (played by Yoon Si Yoon) is the opposite of Go Dok Mi. He is a genius animation designer and made his break in the gaming industry when he was only 17. Enrique is very affectionate and sociable with others, and easily makes friends with anyone he meets because of his overly positive attitude and innocent way of thinking. FBND (3)Enrique moved to Spain at a young age and has now come back to his native country to conduct lectures and make more business transactions with Korean gaming companies. Through unusual circumstances, he meets Go Dok Mi, who lives in the apartment building next door. He had never met someone so introverted before, so he makes it his mission to help her overcome her fears of the outside world.

FBND (4)Oh Jin Rak (played by Kim Ji Hoon) is a broke webtoon designer who lives next door to Go Dok Mi and has had a crush on her for three years, ever since the day he moved in to the apartment building. He has been silently watching over her and leaves little cute messages on her milk cartons every morning. He knows she has a “fragile” personality, therefore he feels he can’t confess his feelings to her because it might scare her away. He keeps his past life a secret from his roommate, but it starts to catch up to him when shady men start showing up to cause trouble.

FBND (7)Oh Dong Hoon (played by Go Kyung Pyo) is Oh Jin Rak’s younger roommate and also a webtoon designer. Together they start up the webtoon called “Flower Boy Next Door” that seems to have a lot of resemblance to the events happening around them. Oh Dong Hoon has a fun, flirting personality and often gets scolded by Oh Jin Rak for paying more attention to girls then to their drawings. FBND (5)Watanabe Ryu (played Mizuta Kouki) is the Japanese cooking student who moved in down the hall. He doesn’t have a strong gasp of the Korean language, but he has a sweet personality and is very passionate about cooking. He came to Korea to learn more about how to make Korean Traditional dishes.

Cha Do Hwi (played by Park Soo Jin) is the young owner of a shopping mall and was Go Dok Mi’s best friend when they were in high school until the “incident” occurred. She is very materialistic and tries to act innocent in front of the guys (even though most of her intentions seem to be the opposite). She develops a crush on Oh Jin Rak and gets very upset when she finds out her crush’s love interest is her old friend from high school, Go Dok Mi.FBND (9)

Themes:

Unrequited Love:

“How timid and frail is unrequited love? A place you entered of your own accord, but you’re trapped inside and unable to find an exit. He doesn’t know a thing, and could one day leave my line of sight, and love ends passively. A love that does not bloom flowers, and thus cannot dream of bearing fruit. A love like a seed that is forgotten. That is unrequited love” –Go Dok Mi.

-Most of the characters bear unrequited loves in the beginning of this drama, and in fact that is how Enrique and Go Dok Mi bond, when they attempt to let go of their feelings for their unrequited love. Enrique is in love with his childhood friend who is in love with his older cousin. Dok Mi develops an unusual attachment to her next door neighbor that she sees through her window. Jin Rak has been watching over Dok Mi for three years even though she is unaware of his existence. All of them start off with similar, unattainable emotions but the way the three decide to let go of their love’s differed.

Depression:

“To that woman, a scar was like falling into the deep water. All the onlookers who don’t know the depth of the scars keep asking the woman why she can’t just pull herself out of the water. There are too many people who are oblivious and belittle strangers’ scars” –Dok Mi.

“People are mean when they talk about someone they don’t know. Because they don’t know her. They don’t have to think about it. But after they’ve seen you with their eyes, because you’ve shared time together, “Oh! This person is another human being just like me; she can get hurt like me”. They can feel that. “ – Enrique Geum.

FBND (10)-A scenario which I had never seen before in a Korean drama is where the main character suffers through extreme depression. Go Dok Mi has lost her faith in others, so in order to not get hurt she shuts herself away from the world. Enrique tries to get her to see the “beauty” in people (and the outside world). But he realizes throughout the drama that it is not an easy task for Dok Mi to let go of her barriers, because he is unaware of how deeply she has been hurt. This is a great point that the drama made towards individuals with depression, because more often than not, people who do not suffer through depression cannot understand how deeply depression runs. It is not a simple task to suddenly “get happy” or “snap out of it”, it takes time and patience.

Outside Opinions:

“I don’t care about key words made up by people who don’t know me” –Enrique Geum.

-Enrique may act like an ordinary person with his very relaxed, and laid back kind of way but underneath it all he is still a celebrity. This means he is constantly scrutinized by the public eye and has to keep appearances to his fans. He tries to show his genuine side, and stay as honest as possible, but even if he acts like an angel, there will always be people that don’t like him or talk badly of him. As a human being, he gets naturally hurt when he reads hurtful comments or unjustified rumors, but he tries to control the situation by not letting such words get to him. Most of those people don’t know him; have never met him, so why does the opinion of mere strangers matter to him? It doesn’t.

Symbols:

-Soccer Analogies:

-“If something can’t be blocked, don’t try and block it. You can’t play soccer with the goalkeeper alone. It’s okay for you to ask for help from the other players” –Enrique Geum.

-“After a soccer game is over, they interview the star players. After a winning game, they say “Everyone did a good job!” “I’m so proud of my team.” That’s what they say. But after losing a game, “I feel that we lost because of me,” “I’ll do better in the next game”.  That’s what they say. Whether it is true or not, that’s how people overcome painful memories” – Enrique Geum.

-Enrique would often try to get his point across (with Go Dok Mi) using soccer analogies. Since he lived in Spain for half his life, he not only learned Spanish but adopted the Latino passion for soccer. His references with his favorite sport emphasized being on a team/working with others – something that Go Dok Mi lacked experience with since she was always doing things by herself in order to avoid others.

FBND (11)-Dark Colors vs. Bright Colors:

Go Dok Mi lived in a very small, comfy apartment that had everything she needed. It was dark a lot of the times because she kept her curtains drawn and was frugal towards saving electricity. She herself, often sported heavy black jackets and other dark colored sweaters. Enrique, on the other hand, always had on orange: orange jacket, orange sweater, orange scarf, orange suitcases, etc. He wore bright colors to match his bright personality like how Go Dok Mi wore dark clothing to match her somber mood.

*Spoilers* (Do not read if you don’t want this drama spoiled for you, you have been warned!)

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Things I Liked:

  • Enrique/Dok Mi Mind reading:  Sometimes Dok Mi didn’t need to say a word and Enrique could tell what she was thinking. This of course scared Dok Mi in the beginning, because she though Enrique could actually read her mind! But no, he is just good at observing her. I thought this “connection” of theirs was very cute and added a lot to the bond they shared. It gave hints to the viewers early on that their relationship was going to be quite unique.
  • Park Shin Hye Acting: I’ve heard it from countless people already that they think this was not Park Shin Hye’s best work. And while I don’t think she is the best actress out there, I personally love her acting ability and I see her grow in each of her new dramas. I thought her portrayal of a depressed protagonist was done remarkably and was very convincing.
  • Enrique: I loved this character so much! From his adorable way of talking, to his natural “aegyo” – there was no way this guy couldn’t make anyone happy. What surprised me the most was seeing interviews with the Yoon Si Yoon because you could clearly see his talents as an actor. He has a quiet personality, which is the complete opposite of the character he played. Therefore he did a good job of projecting the energetic side of Enrique, when such a behavior is foreign to him. *Bonus* I really loved that since they made Enrique live abroad in Spain they actually gave him a couple lines in Spanish.  This was a change from the usual tradition of sending characters to the United States when they study abroad.

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  • Kim Seul Gi: Jin Rak and Dong Hoon’s webtoon editor. Some of my favorite scenes were with her in them, especially her interaction with Dong Hoon. They acted so well together, and it makes sense because later I found out they both are comedian actors on SNL Korea. In my opinion, she added the best comedic aspect to the drama.

Things I didn’t like:

  • Seo Young and Tae Joon’s early exit: Half way through this drama these two just “disappear” (both left to other countries) and I was really surprised that they never came back and made reappearances in the drama. They were key characters in the first half but since that “problem” was solved, the writers just through of easy ways to get them out of the drama. I really liked Seo Young as a character, she was fun to watch and I would have loved for her and Dok Mi to have become friends. She, like Enrique, were very extroverted characters – so she could have also had an influence in Dok Mi integration back to the outside world.
  • Episode 11/12 Kiss Scene: The moment leading up to the confession kiss was very intense and the acting between these two was done so well. Both of them were crying with all of the pent up emotions that they hadn’t been able to reveal to one another, and when it came to the kiss it just vanished. The scene was building up like a fire and then as soon as they kissed it just went poof! Extinguished itself with such a tame kiss. If the scene had such passionate lines and emotions then there should have been a kiss scene to equally match it.

FBND (8) Author’s Final Remarks: 8.6/10

Flower Boy Next Door did an excellent job of balancing between comedy scenes and serious moments. I was glad to see a drama that finally touched on the underrated topic of depression, and that had a good, realistic portrayal of it. Most of the characters had exaggerated personalities; from Dok Mi’s very serious depressive nature to Enrique’s bouncing off the roof behavior, to even Cha Do Hwi ‘s ridiculous personality. And I think they did a good job of trying to get their themes across but also adding fun to the drama. It was a romantic comedy that was indeed unique and I’ll remember this drama with fond memories.

~Millie

Friday Drama Review: “Jang Ok Jung”

JangOkJungLiveInLove_SliderThe Famous Villainess is Given a New Personna

 

 

Storyline/Synopsis: My Rating 7/10

Jang Ok Jung is a famous concubine of King Suk Jong of the Joseon Dynasty. Infamous for her role in the deposition of Queen In Hyun, she has been villainized throughout history. An interesting take on a oft-told tale, this version of the history attempts to humanize Jang Hee Bin and tell her story in a new, much more empathetic way, beginning with her early (pre-palace) days and ending with her death by poison.

 

Script/Acting: My Rating 7/10

jangWhile the story tended to bog down at times, for the most part it was entertaining and well-told. Jang Ok Jung (Kim Tae Hee) was an intriguingly thought-provoking character, ambitious but good-hearted at the beginning, becoming hurt and vindictive and finally building character to the point of self-sacrifice. Kim Tae Hee (My Princess, IRIS) brought all these characteristics to life in a convincing fashion giving us a new take to the old Jang Hee Bin character profile.

Jang-Ok-jeongkingYoo Ah In (Fashion King, Sungkyunkwan Scandal) was also provocative as Lee Soon, the skillful and powerful King Suk Jong whose only soft spots were for Ok Jung and his trusted uncle Dong Pyung. The King’s character was an interesting mix of intense, intelligent leadership and diplomatic skill and a heart-wrenching loneliness and vulnerability that comes with power and prominence. In a very early episode hs father warns the young Lee Soon that he can trust no one but himself, and the internal struggle that he feels as he resists this concept is evident throughout the drama.

Jang-Ok-jeong_46Another well-known historical character, Queen In Hyun, was played by Hong Soo Hyun (The Princess’ Man, Lie to Me). Her acting brought the needed dignity and empathy to the difficult role of the unwanted, un-loved Queen. Thankfully, the character was not a shrinking violet, hiding and weeping over the injustices done to her, but a strong, dignified woman bent on upholding the prestige of the palace. Hong Soo Hyun often plays rather unsavory characters, so it was nice to see her in a role that allowed her to stretch her abilities to include a woman of nobility and poise.

joj dong pyungTrusted friend to the king, Uncle Dong Pyung, also in love with Ok Jung (even before the king) was a great addition to the script. (Plus, a Korean drama just isn’t the same without a Ji Hoo-like character, right?) Not only was the character well played by Lee Sang Yeob (Innocent Man, Midas) but the character added a needed side-story to keep the story-line multidimensional.

JOJchoiOne of the few less-than-convincing characters in the drama was Han Seung Yeon of the K-Pop group Kara. She had the unhappy role of Choi Musuri, who became Choi Suk Bin. The role was one of a conniving, evil, self-serving vixen with no redeeming features whatsoever. A combination of unexecptional acting and a character whose scripting was not as well thought out as other characters is probably to blame for the mediocrity.

JOJjang hyunAnother less-than-likeable character, but one that was well scripted and well acted was that of Jang Ok Jung’s scheming uncle, Jang Hyun. Sung Dong Il (My Girlfriend is a Gumiho, Reply 1997) was credibly conniving, delightfully dasturdly and most definitely classified amongst the evil. Master manipulator and social climber, he provided one focus for audience hatred.

Even the actors and actresses in the smaller roles did execptional jobs bringing this story to life.

 

Cinematography: My Rating 6/10

The lush opulence of palace life was aptly portrayed in the beautiful costuming. Scenery was the same used in most historical dramas, as is to be expected. Nice touches were added such as the candle-lit welcome for Jang Hee Bin to her new home.

 

Music: My Rating 6/10

“Song of Sorrow” Im Jae Bum  http://youtu.be/TRVNxZLtuQ0

“Even In My Dreams” Zia http://youtu.be/I6WX0U1G94E

“Season of Love” Rumblefish http://youtu.be/TG6MwVenF6Q

“Living In Love” Page http://youtu.be/P3chx4E1JOk

“Voiceless” Lee Jung  http://youtu.be/zPoFcP8NXn0

“Will It Reach You?” Lee Soo Young http://youtu.be/okBFsbl-5ss

“Far Away” Sin Cho Ah http://youtu.be/jq5MSz9o0jc

 

Overall Charisma: My Rating 7/10

If I had to choose just one drama to watch about King Suk Jong’s reign, I’d probably choose Dong Yi over Jang Ok Jung. That said, the story was quite compelling and I give it extra points for so creatively telling a story that’s been told so many times before. The acting is also definitely worthwhile. While the script may be a tad slow in places, the overall storyline flows well. I truly enjoyed watching a famous villain come to life as a real human being with good points and human frailties as well, which, I would hazard to guess, might be closer to truth than the myth built over ages. But who knows?

 

Happy Drama Watching!

 

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Director: Boo Sung Chul

Writer: Choi Jung Mi

 

Korean-American Carol Kim Making a Bid for San Diego City Council Seat

CarolKim_ProfilePhoto_201305Service Oriented, Long-Time Invested Member in the Community to run in District 6 Race

 

What does it take to make your average Korean-American mother decide to run for office? OK, well maybe not quite average. Carol Kim is decidedly a cut above.

Carol Kim grew up with a strong sense of needing to give back to her community. Citing her Korean-born father as her ‘moral compass’, Ms. Kim was raised to appreciate the benefits of being raised in America. Her first job was for the Los Angeles Unified School District where she chose to work in an area beleaguered by poverty and attended by kids at risk due to socio-economic hardships. She describes the four years as rewarding.

She met and married her husband, following him to upstate New York where there was a hiring freeze on teachers. Not to be deterred, Ms. Kim branched out into another arena of public service, a non-profit organization dedicated to HIV prevention and service to those infected and affected by the disease. There she assisted a diverse and high risk population. Four years later, in 2006, they returned to the West Coast and moved to San Diego.

Here she is employed by WestEd, a not-for-profit that allowed her to wed her educational and health-oriented experience to develop programs giving youth socio-emotional support in such diverse issues as bullying prevention and career and technical education.

When the last Presidential elections rolled around, Ms. Kim realized that her passion for issues should not be confined to the home or her circle of friends and decided to volunteer. Her energy and enthusiasm quickly moved her into a leadership position for OFA, Organizing For America, a grassroots campign to re-elect President Obama. She organized volunteers during the campaign and was called upon to organize again for the National Day of Service on Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend, spearheading a project that sent personalized cards and letters to troops overseas.

OFA, now Organizing For Action, currently deals with advocay issues such as gun violence prevention, comprehensive immigration reform, and environmental issues. Ms. Kim is currently the the Chapter Lead for OFA San Diego.

cd6mapSo why run for City Council? Carol Kim cited a number of reasons. She feels it is important to take an active role in civic work rather than sitting back and complaining. There are also few women representing the constituencies although they make up half of the demographic. Through her volunteer work, she also realized that there are almost no Asian Americans participating in the political arena.

Ms. Kim feels that as a long-time member of the community she wants to represent, she understands the needs of the constituents. Her motto, or tag-line, is “Connecting Communities”. Representing areas of Mira Mesa, Kearney Mesa, Miramar, Sorrento Valley and Clairemont Mesa she sees a very diverse set of people with a diverse set of needs. Being a part of the community she is ready to listen to everyone and connect the areas and their needs in an intelligent, thoughtful fashion that makes sense for everyone. Although a member of the Democratic party, she firmly believes that most of the community concerns are non-partisan and should be treated as such.

Carol Kim will be at the Grand Opening celebration of the new Zion Market on Clairemont Mesa Boulevard Saturday, June 29.

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Carol Kim and Jini Shim of Korea Daily

Sunday Drama Review – Shut Up Flower Boy Band

(닥치고 꽃미남 밴드) Shut Up Flower Boy Band 

Flower Boy Edition #2

Bad Boy Rock Star Flower Boys = Every Teenage Girl’s Dream

Summary: SUFBB (1)

“Shut up Flower Boy Band” tells the endearing story of six boys in a high school rock band, appropriately named “Eye Candy”, and their journey to make a name for themselves. After their high school gets closed down, the delinquent boys are transferred to another high school. But this one is an elite private high school for the smartest and the richest, two traits that none of the musicians have. The boys initially refuse the transfer and decide to drop out and continue their quest to stardom, when they find out their rivals, another high school rock band called Strawberry Fields, attends their new school. They realize it might be more fun to play around with the rich kids, mess with their enemies, and conquer the hearts of their female classmates with their flower boy looks.

Characters:

SUFBB (2)Joo Byung Hee (played by Lee Min Ki) is the crazy, eccentric member of the group and also the leader of Eye Candy. With a true artist’s heart, he doesn’t ever obey the rules or uphold the expectations of society and does whatever feels right to him, and whatever inspires him. He meets a high school girl named Soo Ah who he instantly declares his “muse”. However, she is currently being courted by the leader of Eye Candy’s rival band, Strawberry Fields.  Kwon Ji Hyuk (played by Sung Joon) is the second in command of the band. He is also extremely passionate about music, and very loyal to the friends he holds dear. However, he soon finds himself attached to his best friend’s “muse” and has to hide his feelings from his fellow band members.

SUFBB (3)Lee Hyun Soo (played by Kim Myung Soo) is the band’s “Ice Prince”. He is often with a frown on his face and has a very serious, mature personality. He tends to think of the future and doesn’t live on just the present like his fellow members. He is protective of his friends and also his little sister that he takes care of, when he is not practicing the guitar.SUFBB (4) Jang Do il (played by Lee Hyun Jae) is the drummer of the group and son of a powerful mob boss. He is also very serious, is very quiet most of the time, and likes to keep his privacy, even from the members. He sleeps on the couch of his father’s billiard hall to avoid going home.

SUFBB (5)Kim Ha Jin (played by Yoo Min Kyu) plays the bass and is the band’s playboy, constantly flirting with the group’s fans and any pretty girl he meets in a club. Until he develops a sincere crush on solo singer, Ye Rim, who only treats him as a friend. SUFBB (6)His best friend is Seo Kyung Jong (played by Kim Min Suk) who plays the keyboard for the band and is the “country-boy” member. He is the baby of group, not only because of his height but because of his innocent nature. He often tries to be the peacemaker whenever the boys get into fights among themselves.

Im Soo Ah (played by Jo Bo Ah) is the shy classmate at the band’s new school. Because of her family’s tight financial situation she is forced to live in hiding from loan sharks while her father flees the country to try and make some money to pay them back. She struggles to hide her situation from her judgmental classmates with the help of the Eye Candy boys and ends up developing a strong bond with the boys, especially with Kwon Ji Hyuk. Bang Woo Kyung (played by Kim Jung Min) is a longtime friend and supporter of the group who has an interest in Kwon Ji Hyuk that she never tries to hide. She is very loud and often nags the younger boys but she is very fond of them and genuinely cares about them. She is unaware of a different member’s one sided crush on her.

 Themes:

“John Lennon said, ‘The Beatles are more famous than Jesus.’. We’re not famous or special, but we’re just doing what we want, right now. The world that surrounds us is gray and we can’t see our futures. But for now, we just shut up and run – to the time that’s waiting for us.” – Ji Hyuk.

Future: The Eye Candy boys are still teenagers, and like all teenagers they are worried about their future and most are still unsure of what path to take, what job to have, and what kind of life to live. These boys do not have social connections, family that can help them, nor do they care very much about their education. These boys love music and that’s what they are passionate about. They can’t predict how their futures are going to end up, but they can only live in the present and continue to do what they love.

Fame: When the possibility of fame and recognition is presented to the boys, all of them are willing to take it, but at what cost? They have to sacrifice their creative freedom to get their music known, and some of the members are willing to do what is need to become famous while others would rather start from scratch. Fame has tended to be the downfall for many singers and bands worldwide, and now once again, it approaches Eye Candy to test their friendship.SUFBB (9)

Friendship: The strongest emotion in the entire drama had to be the intense amount of loyalty these boys had for each other. They weren’t just friends; they were all like family to each other (especially since some of them didn’t have any family to begin with). These boys were never afraid to defend one another, instantly jumping into a fist fights and other altercations, to back up their friends even if they were right or not. Of course their friendship was tested several times with the usual seductions of life: money and girls.

 Symbols:

Rooftop Apartments: Based on the reactions of the classmates, apparently living in a one room rooftop apartment is considered the lowest one can go (economically). Both the male and female leads live in one room apartments on the rooftops of buildings next door to each other, which is how they become friends. Both of them live there because they can’t afford to live anywhere else, however Kwon Ji Hyuk isn’t ashamed of where he lives while Soo Ah tries everything she can to hide her housing situation from her peers. The immense amount of pressure to keep up appearances forces high school students to live very stressful lives. They  are always striving to be better than their classmates.

*Spoilers* (Do not read if you don’t want this drama spoiled for you, you have been warned!)

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Things I didn’t like:

  • The reason I’m starting off with this one first is because frankly, I couldn’t find anything I disliked about this drama. At least nothing very obvious that came to mind, so if there was something then it was so minuscule to the point where I don’t remember it being an annoyance. The only recommendation I can give is that perhaps it would have been best to introduce all the characters one by one in the first episode. Right from the beginning you get a lot of new faces/names thrown at you that might make it hard for some viewers to distinguish between the characters. And then they have to spend the rest of the drama “catching” up to what is happening.

Things I liked:

  • SUFBB (8)The Ending of Episode 2: If you have seen this drama then you know exactly what I’m talking about. The plot twist from the very start where they killed off the supposed “main lead”, Joo Byung Hee. His death completely caught me off guard and I remember just staring at my computer screen in horror when he got hit by the truck. And even though this move was quite drastic from the scriptwriters, it successful had me hooked onto this drama to find out what happened next, because I was quite curious on how the boys were going to react to their leader’s death, and as well I was left pondering if Eye Candy was even going to continue. But this drama did a great job of focusing the entire next episode on the mourning period for the boys. The heartbreaking moment was when little Kyung Jong wrapped his jacket around Byung Hee “to keep his friend warm” – that made me take out the tissues.
  • The Ending: This drama already revealed to the audience that it wasn’t afraid to kill of characters, so therefore I was a bit on edge about the ending. Are they really not going to follow the traditional happy ending? Turns out they didn’t do a traditional ending, but it was the most realistic ending I have ever seen in a drama. The boys break up Eye Candy and decide to pursue their own careers but they are still best friends and in each other’s lives as much as they were before. To me, even though it was a bit bittersweet that the band could not go on, I was still very much pleased with the results.
  • Jang Do il/Bang Woo Kyung: I’ve seen this drama several times, and the first time I saw it I didn’t really realize Do il’s crush until halfway through the series. Watching it again, I saw all the little subtle hints that Do il gave Woo Kyung. I thought their relationship was very cute and I was kind of hoping we could see more of what happened to them after Do il confession of giving her a surprise kiss. His shy affection towards her was one of my favorite things.
  • Silva: Teacher Silva was played by Ma Dong Seok and he was one of my favorite secondary characters. Initial I thought this character was only going to appear in the first episode since he was their old high school teacher, but then he ends up transferring to the same school as the boys so I was really excited he was going to continue being their teacher. He kept a “tough love” type of relationship with the boys; he was always on their case as their teacher, but you could tell he had a soft spot for the boys and genuinely cared about them.
  • SUFBB (7)Im Soo Ah: She was a sweet young girl, but also seemed very mature for her age and not stuck up like her peers. I thought she was perfect in her role, and most importantly, her romance with Kwon Ji Hyuk helped the story-line instead of taking over it and stealing the entire spotlight.
  • The Music: I am not usually very conscious of the OSTs (official sound track) in dramas; however since a lot of the background music was also the same songs Eye Candy performed, I got to hear them throughout the drama and get used to them. I’m not a huge fan of rock music but both “Wake Up” and “Jaywalking” are still playing on my i-pod.

 SUFBB (10)Author’s Final Remarks: 9.7/10

This is probably the highest score I’ve ever given a drama and I feel like this drama is probably going to stay up there in the top position for a while. It is my personal favorite of the “Flower Boy Series” because of the strong friendships throughout the drama. I was completely captivated by all the boys (not only because of their looks….well maybe a bit) through their dynamic personalities and the loyalty they all held for one another. All of the secondary characters, from the teachers to the classmates were also important in their roles, and the drama was able to balance between all the characters giving them enough character development. I would write so much more if I could but then I’d be writing a 20 page essay on everything I loved about this drama. If only Eye Candy was real, then I know I’d be a fan.

~Millie