3 Kdrama Couples that Should Reunite

Fall is here, and that means I’m starting to daydream again about fake dramas. Sometimes I’m trying to correct something I felt went wrong; other times I’m cramming everything I love together in one place in the hopes that something awesome will happen. Whenever news of a new drama in the works comes out, it’s fun to speculate with my friends about who we’d love to see in the lead roles. So here are three kdrama couples I would love to have reunite, plus the kind of drama I’d love to see them in if I had several spare million dollars to bankroll the project and industry contacts to make sure it all worked out.

#1 – Moon Chae-won and Song Joong-ki

These two were one of the absolute best things about messy melodrama Nice Guy, and I’d love to see them back together in a similarly dark romance. While they’d both be fun in and have experience with a Joseon-era historical, what I’m really itching for would be a drama centering on the April Revolution and the establishment of the eight-month Second Republic of Korea. Moon Chae-won and Song Joong-ki could be associated with Korea University (teachers/staff/etc., but not students) or be political activists, and the finale could be the May 16 Coup.

#2 – Go Ah-sung and Lee Joon

I loved these two as teenage parents battling against rich monsters in-laws in Heard It Through the Grapevine, and I’d love to see them again in a workplace drama. (I know, I can’t believe I want that either.) Just normal, slice-of-life, try-not-to-get-fired, scraping-by-paycheck-to-paycheck stuff, where they fall in love slowly, one bitching-about-their-bosses (offsite) coffee break at a time. No rich-man/poor-girl drama going on in the background, just supportive parents who want what’s best for their children, and children who are trying to figure out what they want in life. Maybe they’ll end up together in the end; maybe someone will get transferred to an international office—either way, they’ll struggle with post-college years and adulthood and find brief moments of contentment together.

#3 – Yoon Eun-hye and Gong Yoo

You know what would honestly make my day? These two in a mystery/thriller. Yoon Eun-hye’s brother goes missing (AKA murdered, probably for witnessing something he shouldn’t have), and no one seems to care about it but her, so she starts her own investigation. Gong Yoo can either be the one detective that believes her or the PI who thinks it’ll be easy enough to track down some wayward younger brother—either way, he needs several excuses to wear nice suits so Yoon Eun-hye can wear lovely, slinky dresses. Together, the two of them will follow the corruption all way back to the brother’s body and the people who murdered him.

What kdrama couples would you like to see reunite on the small screen? What kind of show would you want them to star in? I’d love to hear it!

Cosmetics, Cameos, and Drama News

This week has been a fun one in dramaland with all the teasers dropping. Some of them are brilliant and have ramped up excitement for the shows (Wanted, Scarlet Heart: Ryeo), and others…well, I’m sure someone will have fun checking them out. If the others turn out to be better than their teasers implied, I might give them a shot. We are two weeks into June and I haven’t finished a single drama this year because I end up disliking everything I’ve tried.

  • Korea’s Cosmetics Production Exceeds W10 Trillion.” The Korean cosmetics industry is booming–anyone else remember the YWCFTS days, when everyone was clamoring for Jeon Ji-hyun’s liploss/lipstick/whatever-it-was? Over US$2.59 billion worth of product was exported in 2015, including over a billion of that to China alone. (I’ll even admit to buying these Dermal Collagen Essence face masks on Amazon. They’re fun and way cheaper than the ones they sell at my local beauty shops.)
  • Workers Say No to Forced Weekly Drinking Sessions.” Second-hand embarrassment has always kept me from enjoying the slurring-can’t-stay-on-their-feet-drunk stage characters frequently end up in dramaland, and it turns out most IRL office workers dislike it even more than I do. I’ve been at my current job for almost three years now, and I can count the times I’ve gone on after-hours outings with my co-workers on a single hand with plenty of fingers to spare. I’m with the 45% who say that once a month is more than enough.
  • Yoon Eun Hye Films Cameo for C-drama Remake of Coffee Prince with Yang Le and Xu Lu.” Apparently there is a Chinese remake of Coffee Prince, and Yoon Eun-hye is stopping by for a cameo. Huh. I didn’t know this was a thing.
  • Park Eun-bin, Park Hye-soo up for JTBC’s Age of Youth.” We need more college dramas, dammit, so I was very pleased to discover that this new JTBC program is going to center on the lives of five college-aged women. I’m not sure if the “all under one roof” thing means that they’ll be roommates (à la the sharehouse in Surplus Princess) or all in the same small apartment building (à la the heroine and second male lead in Master’s Sun). Either way, I’m excited, especially with White Christmas writer Park Yeon-sun at the helm. Any chance this will go dark? Please?