Lee Hong-ki, you adorable, adorable monkeyyy.
I’m still smiling from the after-effects of watching ‘Noriko Goes to Seoul’. Not because the one-episode drama is a great piece of art or anything( it’s far from that) but because I finally got to see LEE HONG-KI again!!!
For those of you not in the know, Lee Hong-ki starred in the hit k-drama ‘You’re Beautiful’ a few years back, and was the ONLY one from the cast that I wholeheartedly liked and who didn’t drive me crazy with inexplicable indecision or bad acting. From those of you who’ve watched the series, I can practically hear the gasp of disbelief, or if you’re a crazy fangirl, scream of outrage. Yes, I found Jung Yong Hwa’s acting flat and Park Shin Hye’s character’s passiveness unbearable and Jang Geun Suk’s character’s emotional constipation excruciating. IT’S LIKE YOU KNOW SHE’S INTO YOU, AND YOU CLEARLY LOVE HER TOO BUT YOU’RE TOO STUPID AND SPOILED TO JUST FREAKIN’ SAY IT. Maddening, I tell you. The first half of that drama rocked, but then when they just kept them apart due to no tangible reasons other than their own respective stupidity, it got kinda much for me. Jeremy, played by Lee Hong-ki was the anchor, the reason I’d break out in a smile, the reason I watched till the end. His child-like reactions to everything, his smile, his pout, his evil-eye expression, he made the drama truly memorable for me. It surprised me to see a singer (he’s originally a singer from the indie band FT Island) act so well. His rejection was the only one that made me cry. He should have had a role with more air-time. I would LOVE to see him in a serious role and finally ‘get the girl’, but I guess he’s too young (only 21) to be bagging roles like that (Drat!) I wanna see him happy! What’s a girl gotta do, huh?
Let’s see, he’s a good actor, he’s unbelievably cute, has an amazing voice, with the cutest set of expressions (I love his stink-face!) yet for all that he’s incredibly elusive. He’s only done THREE shows since 2009. Seeing him again in ‘Noriko Goes to Seoul’ reminded me of all this. HE’S TOO GOOD TO ONLY HAVE SO LITTLE UNDER HIS BELT. You, Mister need to get busy.
Noriko Goes to Seoul is about a middle-aged Japanese woman, Noriko (played by Takashima Reiko, whom I excitedly recognized from Yamato Nadeshiko Shichi Henge) who is diagnosed with cancer yet goes to Korea to fulfill her dream of singing before her favorite Korean star. There she meets Min-ha, played by Hong-ki and they both bond with each other and positively influence each others’ lives. Its not a spectacular drama, the parts without out two main leads tended to drag (I was alternatively gritting my teeth and laughing at the Miyuki parts). Noriko’s Korean accent sounded like the sound you make to scare little kids, and her singing was so purposefully horrible that it was just plain funny. That aside, her acting was admittedly good, and Hong-ki was spot on with his stuff too. Their unique relationship, what with her calling him ‘Master’, was funny, but its progression into a more meaningful, lasting connection was really heartwarming to watch. It was obvious how much they cared for one another. Ever since she finds out that his mother passed away from cancer, Noriko is reminded of her own daughter, and not wanting her to end up downtrodden by life and giving up, ends up pushing Min-ha towards achieving his dreams and he, in turn is moved by her belief in him. Hongi-ki is an actor who’s face is like an open book, so he’s perfectly suited to play the sulky teen with the heart of gold. Here are a bunch of stills from the drama.
This last picture in particular warmed my heart. It wasn’t part of the drama and I really was disappointed that they didn’t even hug once during the whole thing. So seeing them like this made me SO HAPPY. 😀 Go Hong-ki!!
Now I’m off to go watch ‘Muscle Girl’! 😀