Earlier this week I wondered (not on this blog) if Da Ran’s character was too passive in Big, but if I’m being perfectly honest, I really like her, and I think the problem I have with her character is that I like her so much, I want more. I’m finding Lee Minjung, the actress who plays Da Ran, very loveable, so I guess I secretly just want the best for her. I hope we see a more assertive Da Ran in the future (like she is when she’s with Kyung Joon), because sometimes the Hong sisters seem to veer too far into martyr territory with their female characters, as they did with Gu Aejung in last year’s Best Love. It’s like they’ve simply stuck the tragic heroine trope in a romcom setting, and it seriously makes me want to Read More →
For a recap of episode 5- visit Dramabeans.
As viewers, we come to Gaksital (Bridal Mask) knowing Joo Won’s character, Lee Kang To is the drama’s hero. Curiously however, we have been given very little evidence he has any heroic properties. Within five episodes he has beaten, tortured and shot the heroine, Mok Dan. He has beaten up his own brother, who he believes to be mentally disabled, in a fit of rage. He has knowingly abused innocent people in his search for Gaksital, the bridal mask wearing avenger on the side of the resistance. The motivation for these acts we’re told by Kang To himself, are in order to ensure Read More →
Episode one of Gaksital (aka Bridal Mask), the new Wednesday-Thursday KBS K-drama didn’t quite hit all its marks for me, perhaps because the narrative necessarily had to pause on more than one occasion to flash back. In episode two however, the drama showed an impressive self assurance, revelling in it’s manhwa (comic book) roots, complete with extreme zooms and accompanying ‘swoosh’ sounds. This is a bold, gorgeously shot drama, and its stylistic confidence Read More →