Posts Tagged ‘49 Days/49일’

Best of Dramas 2011, part one

So many dramas this year. May be getting carpal tunnel from typing my babble. #realtalk

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Kdramaland is a small, small place

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This is a chart of how super interconnected Korea is. It shows how actors in the currently airing May dramas are connected to other actors in currently airing dramas.

The first seeds of this were laid down when I randomly thought to myself, “Kang Ji-hwan is in a new drama. Sung Yu-ri is in a new drama. They did a drama together before!” The Korean industry is tightly-knit, so I knew there were more connections in the May dramas than I bothered to figure out, but it wasn’t until I actually charted the relationships down did I realize that everybody in each of the May dramas is connected to someone else in another May drama in some way, big or small.

The numbers are telling of how tiny the industry is: in a single chart of 16 actors, 5 of them are/were leads of Hong Sister dramas–3 female, 2 male. Everyone has at least one direct connection to someone else on the chart. Other fun things I noticed, after the jump.

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49 Days, final thoughts

It’s been a long ride, ain’t it? But it’s been a good, meaningful ride. What a wonderful story with insightful lessons and memorable writing.

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49 Days, episodes 1 to 8

I can’t believe how unexpectedly good dramas have been this year thus far. I had no intention of liking 49 Days because I wasn’t the least bit interested in 98% of the cast (Lee Yo-won, Jo Hyun-jae, Nam Gyu-ri, Bae Soo-bin, Seo Hye-jin), but yet here I am. C’est la (k-drama obsessed) vie.

I do have to preface with the disclaimer that even though I feel very positively about the drama so far, only eight episodes have been broadcast. At the moment, I’m tentatively erring on the side of caution, because it’s still relatively early in the game. There is the dangerous possibility of a Cinderella’s Sister redux: smooth sailing for the first half, and then mind-blowing confusion in the second.

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