Archive for August, 2008

Korean drama review: The Devil / Lucifer / Mawang


Kang Oh Soo (Uhm Tae Woong, guy on the right) is a detective burdened by a childhood sin – a sin that will return to haunt him in his most recent case: A tarot card was sent to a murder victim with a mysterious note…

As he investigates the case (whose main suspect seems to morph from one person to another), Oh Soo meets Seo Hae, a 25-year-old psychic, who helps out the department with the cases once in a while, who painted said Tarot card.

Meanwhile, a human rights lawyer, Oh Seung Ha, takes a peculiar interest in the case … and thus begins a “triangle” (of love, and of something else altogether) which drags Oh Soo into the depths of despair.

(Like my sypnopsis? I just got bored with the same old sypnopsis I keep finding online. I thought I should just write another!)

When I first spotted the DVD boxset for Lucifer / The Devil, I walked past it, thinking that it’s just more of the same-ol-same-ol Korean romantic dramas that always gets on my nerves.

(I’m of the “if you want her, shag her” school instead of “i can’t decide if I love him/her, so I’ll play hard to get or wait till the next 20 episodes to confess my love” so I was never a fan of the genre.)

But one day, at my DVD rental shop I was bored and more than a little frustrated with my foray into another Korean drama, The Song of the Prince (Seo Dong Yo). So I read the back cover … and when it said that it was “more like CSI”, I was sold.

Boy am I glad I picked it up, because The Devil is one of the best Korean dramas I’ve seen.


Lee Eon dies in a motorcycle accident


Lee Eon dies at 27It’s always sad when a young talent dies, and when they die so suddenly and without warning … well, fans just aren’t prepared.

According to The Korea Times, Lee died on the way home after a wrap up party of his latest show, Mighty Chil-woo, yesterday at dawn: “He was riding his motorcycle when he hit a railing of the elevated roadway in Hannam-dong, Yongsan at around 2 a.m. The 27-year old actor died on the spot and was taken to Soonchunhyang University Hospital in Hannam-dong, Seoul. The police have not yet determined if Lee was drunk when he got into the motorcycle accident.”

I’m just starting to get into Korean dramas, so I don’t really know who Lee Eon is, but I was about to pick up the DVD he starred in: Coffee Prince, which is supposed to be really funny. He was the “dim-witted but loveable Min-yeop”.

You can read the entire sad report at The Korea Times and Pop Seoul. According to Pop Seoul, that particular stretch of road where he died is not well maintained and is therefore dangerous.

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