30 Day Asian Drama Challenge – Day 5
So…the first 4 questions are relatively simple and easy enough to answer depending on how good your memory is…but from here on it starts getting really hard to answer.
Day 5: Your all time favorite Asian Drama?
Say what? All time favorite? Let me paraphrase Drew Barrymore in Ever After – it’s like asking to choose a star in the heavens to try to nail down just one drama.
I could say Hana Yori Dango…but I hate being redundant and even though I really do love it…can I call it my all time favorite? I keep going back and forth and listing and relisting the many dramas I have watched (I can actually recall watching that is) in my 6 years watching Asian dramas and I am just not happy on settling on one particular drama. I am not quite sure why that is. Why is it so hard to choose a favorite? Has no drama been able to come that near and dear to my heart or is it just my lack of wanting to point to any one thing and say “Yes, this is by far my favorite”?
So after much grumbling and complaining and whining, I have officially decided to choose **drumroll** the 2009 Korean drama Shining Inheritance (you might also know it as Brilliant Legacy). This was my introduction to Han Hyo Joo, Lee Seung Gi, Moon Chae Won, Kim Mi Sook, and Bae Soo Bin and the ever popular Cinderella story mixed with melodramatic angst.
I think this might have been the first drama I actually watched as it was airing (either that or the cute and cheesy Atashinchi no Danshi). Normally, I only watched dramas that had already been completed, so it was a new experience to anxiously await the good folks at Viki to upload and translate the latest episodes.
This drama had a great young cast and the storyline, while nothing new, didn’t get too bogged down, though there was some draggy moments of frustration. Oh, I LOVED Hwannie’s grandmother! She was awesome. I am happy every time I see her in a drama even if she doesn’t play a character I liked. And this drama really got to me with the second male lead syndrome. Bae Soo Bin as the charming and caring oppa…Why he no get the girl? Although, I was happy with Lee Seung Gi and Han Hyo Joo’s pairing, I really was, but Bae Soo Bin oppa… TT_TT
I loved this drama so much I actually forked over the money to buy the complete DVD set complete with Hwannie’s smiley face pins. If you watched the drama, you know what pins I’m talking about.