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Drama and Movie Guide by Mood – Part 1: Let’s Ugly Cry

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When I’m in the middle of watching a show I really like, it’s such a fantastic feeling. I can look forward to subsequent episodes with joy, or marathon them if it’s an older show within a couple of intense days. If only I always had such luck. The truth is, this is not normally the way it goes.. at least certainly not recently. Perhaps I’m approaching the dreaded drama burn out, but lately when I scroll through shows to watch I go “Meh, meh, meh..”. Then I look through the movies and, “Well… I don’t really FEEL like that right now”. Now here’s scenario two: I start a show, but can’t get into it, or do get into it, but get bored towards the end despite my initial enthusiasm (or the enthusiasm of other drama watchers). So why is this happening? I’ve seen many great articles about some of the causes of drama burnouts and what you can do to get though it. They are very helpful, and sometimes suggest a much needed drama break… but here’s a different approach: find something really good (which is all we really want right?).

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Top 5 Kdrama Eccentric Male leads

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Since I started watching the Korean remake of Fated to Love You, I started thinking back of some of the best Eccentric male leads. Not all jerk Chaebols are from the same cookie cutter. Here are some very special, unique male leads that I wanted to applaud for their fun spin on their characters.

5) Mr. Clueless 

Jun Pyo from Boys over Flowers (played by Lee Min Ho)

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If you could only define clueless with a person, stick Jun Pyo’s face right there. Everything about him is ridiculous, from the hair to the clothes… to the cute little laugh thinking a girl who hates him really must like him. He’s a jerk at first, but you forgive him quickly when you realize he has no idea what he’s doing and lives in a very delusional sheltered world.

4) Mr. Spoiled Super Star

Dokko Jin from The Greatest Love (played by Cha Seung Won)

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I quickly got on board with his laugh. At first I thought, what is with this guy? I soon loved how different he was. He like a spoiled super star and little kid rolled into one. His personality also added to his eccentric charm.

3) Mr. Track Suit Man

Kim Joo Won from Secret Garden (played by Hyun Bin)

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Oh the track suits. So many horrible outfits. What’s great about it, is how much he loves them. He doesn’t realize how ridiculous he looks. Not only did Hyun Bin pull off this character perfectly, but he was also very convincing with the body swap. I really enjoyed watching him playing a woman trapped in a man’s body.

2) Mr. Hand Gesture

Joo Joong Won  from the Master’s Sun (played by So Ji Sub)

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I love Joo Joong from the ridiculous hair and tight short bright pants. What killed me the most was his hand gestures as he would say “Ga-ja”. He was charming but also very silly.

1) Mr. Drama Queen

Lee Gun from Fated to Love You Kdrama- (played by Jang Hyuk)

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Alright, we are only a few episodes in and already we can see just how insane and over the top Lee Gun is. I knew he would be funny, but I don’t think I was fully prepared for him to be this dramatic. He seems to react to everything in an over the top way. His personality and appearance are very loud (hair, laugh, clothes). What I like so far though, is he also seems very sincere and has a very loving heart.

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So who are some of your favorite eccentric male leads? Did I leave out anyone you think should be included?

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Kdramadreamer Nosebleed Section – My Top 5 favorite Ahjussi’s

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I’m not a big fan of flower boys. I know a lot of you may prefer flower boys, or have some flower boys that you like. There are a few flower boys that I can appreciate but I am more of an ahjussi fan. This may be partially because of my age; I’m 29. I like watching a mature, manly-man rather than a young actor who looks like a teen.

Here’s my top 5 countdown list of favorite actors (who happen to all be ahjussi’s). I have not merely selected them for their looks but most importantly for their talent. These 5 actors I feel are all wonderful actors who are well seasoned and have mastered their craft. I do have to warn you.. this post was originally intended to highlight acting, but somewhere along the way I got a little carried away. It’s seem to taken a bit of a sexy turn.

So this is your warning, lots of hotness to follow. You’ve been double warned.

#5 Hyun Bin

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Birthdate: September 25, 1982
Height: 184cm

What I’ve seen him in:

Dramas

  • Secret Garden
  • The World that we live in
  • My Name is Kim Sam-soon
  • Ireland
  • The Snow Queen

Movies

  • Come Rain Come Shine
  • Late Autumn
  • A Millionaire’s First Love

I plan on watching him in:

  • King’s Wrath (2014)

Why I love him:

Hyun Bin was my very first Ahjussi crush. I first discovered him in Secret Garden. I thought he did a really good job acting in this drama. This was a really good character for him to play because it showed his versatility. He could be a jerk, act like a woman and be very heartfelt with lots of tears. He made me cry when he was in the car holding Gil Ra-im and also when he was crying in his house. I haven’t liked everything I’ve seen him in, but I can always appreciate his acting no matter what he plays.

Does he look good without his shirt on? I couldn’t find any resent pictures of him shirtless. Maybe he’s not as muscular as the other’s on my list, but I can see some ab action going on under this shirt. Looking good Hyun Bin.

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Can he kiss? Yes he can!

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My Favorite Kiss of his is from the movie Late Autumn (pictured below).

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#4 Van Ness Wu

Birthdate: August 7, 1978
Height: 180cm

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Everyone else on my list is a Korean Actor, but I couldn’t leave out this amazing American born Taiwanese Actor.

What I’ve seen him in:

Dramas

  • Autumn’s Concerto
  • Meteor Garden
  • Ti Amo Chocolate

Why I love him:

This is an actor/performer/designer with a lot of heart. He’s very true to himself and is very vocal about what he believes. I think this is okay, because he doesn’t push it on other people, he’s just a very passionate person. He’s a really great singer, and I enjoy a lot of his older and newer music. When I first saw him in Autumn’s Concerto I was seriously blown away by his acting skills. I hope he does more dramas. He’s really good in dramas. He seems to be focusing more on his singing career and designing at the moment.

Does he look good without his shirt on? Yes (and I know, technically his shirt is still on, and so was So Ji Sub’s, but I think you get what I’m trying to say).

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Can he kiss? Yes Indeed. Look at that kiss from Autumn’s Concerto.

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#3 Gong Yoo

Birthdate: July 10, 1979
Height: 184cm

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What I’ve seen him in:

Dramas

  • Coffee Prince
  • Big
  • Biscuit Teacher Star Candy
  • The S Diaries

Movies

  • Finding Mr. Destiny

Shows:

Running Man

I plan on watching him in:

Silenced (aka The Crucible)

Why I love him:

I fell for Gong Yoo’s charm in Coffee Prince. He was able to convey an inner struggle on screen in a way that I could feel the turmoil he was experiencing. After Coffee Prince, I went on the hunt for more Gong Yoo. I’m trying to get the courage to sit down and watch the Crucible. It’s based on a true story. If I understand correctly (and you can correct me if I’m wrong) Gong Yoo read the novel “Dokani” while in the Military. It talks about true events where hearing-impaired children were being horribly physically and sexually abused at their school. He contacted the writer and that’s how the ball got rolling. After the film came out, they reopened the investigation. A bill was then passed to abolish sex crimes against children and the disabled. His personal conviction in exposing this matter is pretty amazing. Great actor and human.

Does he look good without his shirt on? Yes. Now, are those tattoos real? I’m guessing no but they still look good.

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Can he kiss? Why yes he can. Thank you for asking.

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I really like this one too from Finding Mr. Destiny. She’s all embarrassed and then he goes in for the kiss.

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And my number one favorite Ahjusshi is… Drum-roll please..

#2 So Ji-Sub

Birthdate: November 4, 1977
Height: 183cm

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What I’ve seen him in:

Dramas

  • Master’s Sun
  • Road No. 1
  • Sorry, I Love You (2004 Drama Series)
  • What Happened in Bali (currently watching)
  • We’re Dating Now

Movies

  • Always (2011 Movie)
  • The Company Man
  • Sophie’s Revenge

I plan on watching him in:

  • Ghost (aka Phantom, 2012 Drama Series)
  • I am Ghost (Bee TV series)

Why I love him:  Okay, first of all, previously I had So Ji Sub listed at #4, but I’ve moved him up to #2. I originally posted this some time ago, but since I’ve been watching so much So Ji Sub lately, I needed to update this.

What I thought was so brilliant about him in Master’s was his hand gestures. He kept cracking me up. From the other clips I’ve seen in him you can really tell that he’s a strong actor and has taken on many different types of roles and genres. Watching him in some behind the scenes clips, he looks like a cool guy.

I have a lot more to say about him, but I need to update and elaborate on this section. I’m currently marathon watching his work, so you’ll see more updates to this soon.

Does he look good without his shirt on? Oh, yes he does! Don’t you just wanna touch them abs. Those are some fine abs.

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Can he kiss? Yes! But I couldn’t find very good images of him kissing.

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#1 Jang Hyuk!!!!

Birth date: December 20, 1976
Height: 177 cm

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What I’ve seen him in:

Dramas

Tazza
Robber
Thank You
Chuno (Currently still watching)

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Movies

Five Sense of Eros
Searching For The Elephant
Dance of the Dragon
Windstruck
Please Teach Me English

Shows

Running Man
Healing Camp

I plan on watching him in:

Tree With Deep Roots
Midas

Well, I plan on watching him in pretty much everything. But I think I’ll start with these two most likely. I have so much Jang Hyuk to watch and not enough hours in the day!

Why I love him:

Jang Hyuk has made me want to act again. When I was younger, I used to do a lot of theater and I almost pursued an acting career instead of Graphic Design. I chose not to pursue acting because I figured Graphic Design would be a more realistic career path, but acting was my true passion. I’ve never been in film (with the exception of a role as an extra in the Canadian movie Kayla (1999). Back in the day, I was in a lot of plays with our local theater group and I also performed in School Productions. I did a lot of skits as well with a different theater group and attended some acting and improv classes. I was going through my college applications and wanted to study acting. I was nervous about the acting audition, not for the monologue, but for the singing portion of the audition. I can’t really sing very well.

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Me back in acting days, 2nd from the right in dark clothes, looking pale and Gothic. Not my usual look. I’m trying to look fierce. Not my actual personality. We were pretending to be a band.

On top of that, I was taking this acting class where I felt the teacher was very critical of me and I was being challenged with some of the scenes we were working on. Despite the fact that it seemed like he didn’t like me very much, he made me the assistant director in a play he was directing and he cast me in a minor roll. The first night’s performance was fine, but the second night I forgot my lines. I somehow recovered it in a way that wasn’t noticeable to the audience, but I felt devastated that I messed up. I don’t know why I let myself get so discouraged, because I basically gave up trying after that and didn’t end up finalizing my college application for the acting program. When I watched Jang Hyuk in healing camp, I started to tear up when he was talking about how he really struggled as an actor when he first started out. I’m so glad he didn’t give up because he’s sooooo very talented. I’m not saying I made the wrong choice by not following acting, but I do think I would like to find an amateur theater group or an improv class to dabble in the art again. He brings acting alive and reminds me of why I love it so much.

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Jang Hyuk is breaking my heart right now in Chuno. I was going to marathon watch it, but the emotions his character makes me feel are sometimes difficult for me to deal with for some reason.

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When I watch his work, I see a progression in his acting. I think he was always good, but he’s really grown as an actor and become extremely versatile. I like how Drama Fan told me he looks the best in motion. I really like that statement. I think one thing that makes him truly unique when he’s doing action scenes is how much feeling he puts into it. He never breaks character once. He’s breathing in the character with every movement.

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In interviews when he speaking, he may not shout and have a loud personality, but he has no reason to. You can’t help but hang on to every word he says because he’s so engaging.

He’s also helped me gain an appreciation for different genres of drama and film. For a while, I was sticking with Romantic Comedies because I get very emotional when watching anything heavy (I think this has a lot to do with the theatrical side of me). Because I like his acting so much, it has forced me to step out of my comfort zone and really enjoy and experience different types of dramas and Korean movies. I can’t say everything he’s been in has been fantastic, but even if the drama or movie isn’t great, I just focus on him and appreciate his talent for the art.

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I’m looking forward to watching this Sageuk – Tree with Deep Roots

Jang Hyuk, if I could ever speak to you, I would tell you thank you for bringing the art form of acting alive and giving me the desire to perform again. Keep doing what you do. I’m going to keep watching and admiring you from afar, cheering you on. Jang Hyuk, Fighting!

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Does he look good without his shirt on? Oh You know he does!

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Look at those beautiful abs and strong shoulders.

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Intense eyes staring with no shirt. Omo! I wonder if he’s ticklish..

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Can he kiss? Do you have to ask? Of course he can! Yes, yes and Yes! I like this soft kiss from Chuno. The extended version where they don’t zoom out is even better. It’s very tender and sweet.

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Iris 2 may not have been a very good series, but I think we can all appreciate this.

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I have yet to watch this drama, but I look forward to it. Someone has to remind me of what it’s called so I can watch it.

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Scene from Searching for the Elephant. Aren’t they cute?

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I wish I could find a gif for the Five Senses Of Eros. I may make one at some point. I didn’t actually like the movie, but I liked the first 15 minutes of it when Jang Hyuk was in it. I think it would have been nice if they would have elaborated on that story. It’s a compilation of short films. The first story with Jang Hyuk is very sexy and has a pretty amazing kiss/bedroom scene. This movie was definitely a movie for adults only (so don’t even think about watching it kids!)

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So, do you still prefer flower boys? Hehe

Who are your favorite ahjussis or are you more of a flower boy kind of  person? I’d love to hear who your favorites are and why. I’ll dedicate a separate future post to my favorite female actresses.

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My Favorite Kdrama Kisses

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I’m a hopeless romantic. I admit, Kdrama kisses are a big part of my infatuation with Kdramas, and Asian Dramas in general. Often, however, it’s not so much the kiss itself, but the slow development of love between two characters.

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Very intense “Almost Kiss, moment”

There are also some really fantastic dramas such as “Thank you” pictured above where there aren’t long drawn out open mouth kisses, but it really doesn’t matter because the drama is so fantastic and the chemistry between the characters is already very apparent. They don’t even kiss in the above gif, and my heart still swoons.

I can’t say I’m a big fan of the open-eyed “Oh my gosh! He just kisses me kiss”. These tend to be frequent, but you do also often get some pretty good kisses as well.

Here’s my list of some of my favorite kdrama kisses

This list is not complete, because it’s based off of dramas that I’ve seen I’ve watched. There are still tones of dramas I want to watch and lots of great drama kisses yet to discover.

I was going to place these kisses in order that I preferred, but I gave up, so there’s no real order to them.

Without any further ado, here’s my list of drama kisses – Hope you enjoy!

My Name is Kim Sam Soon -“She kisses him kiss”

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Kim Sun-ah and Hyun Bin in My name is Kim Sam Soon

Coffee Prince “I don’t care if you are a man or alien kiss”

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Yoon Eun-hye and Gong Yoo in Coffee Prince

Sungkyunkwan Scandal “Out goes the candle Kiss”.

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Park Min-young and Park Yoochun in Sungkyunkwan Scandal

Please note: This isn’t the sexiest kiss, but the connotation is there. I thought it was really cute, humorous and funny.

Master’s Sun “Possessed by a ghost Kiss”

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So Ji-sub and Gong Hyo-jin in Master’s Sun

Lie to me “Cola Kiss”

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Yoon Eun-Hye and Kang Ji-hwan in Lie to me

Playful Kiss “Kiss in the rain”

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Jung So-min and Kim Hyun-joong in Playful Kiss

Rooftop Prince “Wedding Goodbye Kiss”

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Park Yoochun and Han Ji-min in Rooftop Prince

I must say, this kiss is super sad, but really beautiful.

Flower Boy Ramyun Shop “Outside kiss”

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Lee Chung-ah and Jung Il-woo in Flower Boy Ramyun Shop

I didn’t really find him all that attractive in this drama. He looked a little too feminine for my liking, HOWEVER (big however) I LOVE when he kisses her here and how he takes control. It was very manly.

The World that they live in “Carrying you to bed kiss”

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Song Hye-kyo and Hyun Bin in the World that they live in

Goong Kiss “Stay by my side kiss”

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Yoon Eun-hye and Ju Ji-hoon in Goong (Princess Hours)

Coffee Prince “If you come in I’m not letting you go home kiss”

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Gong Yoo and Yoon Eun-hye in Coffee Prince

The Greatest Love “Out of the window kiss”

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Cha Seung-won and Gong Hyo-jin in The Greatest Love

Some dramas that I liked, but felt had weak kisses that could have been better:

The Snow Queen
Boys Over Flowers

And here are some bonus kisses, just for fun:

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Suzy (Bae Su Ji) and Gong Yoo share a brief awkward kiss in Big

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Hilarious moment between Hyun Bin and Yoon Sang-hyun in Secret Garden

What were some of your favorite Asian drama kisses? What are your favorite type of Kdrama/Asian drama kisses? Please do share!

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Mmmmm Cola!

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