Well actually the last week and a day or so but you know…
This past week released several posters for shows that will be coming out soon including Encounter, Clean With Passion for Now, Memories of Alhambra, Just Dance (my personal favorite posters of the group), Fates and Furies (which has nothing to do with the super mega hit book that Obama considered his book of the year in 2015…but I digress), Praise of Death, and Top Star Yoo Baek.
Out of this group the shows, I am most looking forward to Just Dance and Memories of Alhambra. But Just Dance is my most anticipated because it just looks like happiness wrapped in angsty puppies. I luv the posters so much; they give off an emo devil-may-care teenager feel in one and a youthful innocent fun vibe in the other. Which is exactly what teenage life is right? You’re kind of stuck between pure childhood playfulness and impending young adulthood, so you live in this duology of how to act. I love how the two posters represent that.
Are you looking forward to any dramas coming up? Let us know!
“Brought together by fate, a woman who seems to have everything and a young man who seems to have nothing decide whether to throw away wealth and authority or give up an ordinary life to be together.” Wikipedia
CLEAN WITH PASSION FOR NOW
“Gil Oh-so, an employee at a cleaning company, meets Jang Seon-gyul, the boss of the company. The two are diametric opposite when it comes to cleanliness. With the help of Oh-sol, Seon-gyul faces his mysophobia and falls in love with her.” Wikipedia
MEMORIES OF ALHAMBRA
“After suffering a setback following his friend’s betrayal, Yoo Jin-woo travels to Spain for a business trip. There, he stays at a hostel owned by a former guitarist named Jung Hee-joo; both get entangled in a mysterious incident.” Wikipedia
“In a Girls’ Vocational High School in Geoje, six students dream of winning a dance sports competition.” Wikipedia
FATES AND FURIES
“Even though Goo Hae-Ra (Lee Min-Jung) is smart and beautiful, she is in a miserable situation because of her family. Her older sister attempted suicide and her father passed away. The only way she can escape her situation is with money. She approaches Tae In-Joon (Joo Sang-Wook). He is the second son of a shoe company owner. Tae In-Joon falls in love with Goo Hae-Ra.” Asian Wiki
PRAISE OF DEATH
“Based on the true story of Kim Woo-Jin and Yun Sim-Deok.
Kim Woo-Jin is a stage drama writer while Korea is under Japanese occupation. He is married with children, but falls in love with Yun Sim-Deok. Yun Sim-Deok is the first Korean soprano. She records the song “Praise of Death” which becomes the first Korean pop song in 1926. Their fate ends tragically.” Asian Wiki
TOP STAR YOO BAEK
“Yoo Baek is a former idol group member who is now a popular singer and actor. He doesn’t try to be a good guy to attract people, he is instead self-centered and brutally honest to others even if it hurts them. This gets him into a large amount of trouble so he travels to a faraway island to get away. There, he meets kind hearted people including Oh Kang-Soon. She is a physically strong woman who runs a small supermarket and also dives for abalone and sea mustard.” (edited from Asian Wiki)
Overall, am looking forward to Alhambra even though am not a fan of Park Shin-Hye. Everything looks grand about this show. And of course, Hyun Bin!
Jang Dong-Yoon is back! I will watch anything he is in. So looking forward to Just Dance. I could use a good teenage show.
Other than these two nothing excites me. I will skip encounter because so far I have not liked a single show Song Hye-kyo acted in.
Seven months ago, I didn’t even know there was such a thing as KDrama, so my opinions come from a very uninformed place. But why should I let that stop me from commenting.
Memories of Alhambra seems to be the winner. The thriller romance genre is right up my street, and the trailers seem to indicate quite a bit of sophistication.
Clean with Passion for Now will likely be a dud; plot/characters are straight out of the KDrama Rule Book (2018 edition), with the obligatory love triangle, which we can see from its first poster.
Top Star Yoo Baek also looks promising, mostly because of a female lead character that is somewhat off the beaten track, and I like the ‘fish-out-of-water’ theme (the fish here being Yoo Baek).
Just Dance. Maybe a thinly disguised remake of Bring It On (the American film)? If so, not for me.
Praise of Death. No drama with the word ‘death’ in the title gets a watch from me unless it’s about martial arts or a murder mystery.
Encounter. Theme looks to be also right out of the KDrama Rule Book – the noona romance chapter. No thanks.
Just Dance is a strange one. It is a drama remake of a documentary called Dance Sports Girls so it looks like a completely original story. But I could see them throwing in a rival dance team.
‘Praise of Death. No drama with the word ‘death’ in the title gets a watch from me unless it’s about martial arts or a murder mystery.’
BWV232, Are you me?! Exactly how I felt about this, no matter how much I enjoy watching Lee Jon-suk
The second poster of Clean With Passion For Now, the guy kinda looks like Ji Chang Wook on that angle. If i dont know that he is serving in military right now i will think thats its him 😅
I’m most excited for Alhambra. The initial posters and teasers were boring but the last teaser really heightened my expectations. Plus, it’s from Song Jae-jung, who always has interesting stories up her sleeve. I’m a tad worried this will go south like W did, but hopefully she learned her lesson on wrapping up her stories in a satisfactory manner.
I’ll check out Clean With Passion For Now for Yoo-jung. The premise is nothing to write home about, but while I love fresh concepts, the dramas that truly get me are the ones with classic themes executed well. Besides, I’m itching for something light and breezy after the stress of watching The Guest. Hopefully the pairing with Yoon Kyun-sang works out. That’s my only reservation about this drama.
I’ll also check out Death Song not just for the leads but also for the 20s setting. I love period dramas and since this one is only three episodes long, the angst won’t be overdrawn.
I’d been looking forward to Bo-gum’s comeback since Moonlight Drawn by Clouds ended, but he had to pick a noona romance melo written by the hack who did Pretty Man and Entertainer so… nope. I would’ve been all over Just Dance except high school dramas tend to give my horrible flashbacks of my own high school years so also nope. The rest don’t look inspiring enough.
From this list we’ll probably check out Just Dance, Alhambra, and Clean With Passion. I am intrigued by Praise of Death (also called Hymn of Death) because of the actors and the trailer. But that story looks way too depressing.
If Praise of Death is depressing or will be depressing, i think i’ll pass. After watching Mr. Sunshine and Third Charm, i think i had my fill of depressing kdrama that will last me a year 😂
Death Song/Hymn of Death is based on a real-life tragic romance. So yeah it will definitely be depressing. At least it will be short. The only thing that might put me off is that both characters are/were cheating on their partners. LJS’s character is married and Shin Hyesun is engaged.
Well, its definitely a no no for me.
Goodness, tragedy all around!
I know right? 😅
Alhambra, Encounter, Clean with Passion and Top Star Yoo Baek are the ones i’ll be checking on. The rest, we’ll see 😊
Clean with Passion for Now and Just Dance for me.. This year, I have only watched My Husband Oh Jak Doo as my rom-com dose, other 2018 dramas which I’ve picked were mainly non-romance and serious dramas so I’ll pick cute fluffy warm hearted dramas for the rest of the year
I kind of want fluffiness, too.
I read somewhere in twitch world, is Encounter a noona- kind of kdrama?
Yes, it’s a noona romance. I think Song Hye Kyo is about 35 or 36 and Park Bo Gum is around 26?
I hope the romance will be like Something In The Rain (the happy parts 😅) minus the annoying mother/parents thing….still my blood boils everytime i think of that
I highly doubt it :))
SHK is not known to play such characters. She goes from cute to melo I think.
I feel ya! Something in the rain was a good case study for divorcing your family 🙂
It really was.
Something in the Rain. Ugh. I saw the actress who played the mom in a couple of dramas afterwards, and I almost dropped them immediately she came along because I still had sore spots all over from SitR.
Hahahaha! She was also in Secretary Kim, but just a cameo 😅
I should be carefull not to anger you with my comments, your grudge runs deep! 😂😂😂
Oh my dear lord! Alhambra will be on Netflix!!!!!
yes! I just saw the news and came to scream out loud. You beat me Rose!
and it will air an hour after the telecast.
WHOO HOO! So excited!!!
What???? Within two hours of telecast? Wow. I’m quietly impressed with that, and it will definitely be on my watchlist. Netflix does good HD pictures.
But they ruin subtitles and sometimes OST’s! Thats the biggest complain from people.
I come here and read recaps to confirm the correct ‘meaning’.
Yep, Netflix has a long way to go with their translations. But it is cool that they have opened things up to more of an international first watch audience. SOOOOO happy they finally decided on that.
Oh dear lord again! Only one hour? Well i’ll be damn! 😍😍😍😍😍