And don’t even get me started with IU and Lee Ji-hoon (whose wacky striped button downs and colorful cardigans I love), who have next to no romantic chemistry. Two of the biggest names in Korean rap are joining forces in a new venture.Tiger JK -- a member of hip-hop trio Drunken Tiger and founder of record label Jungle Entertainment -- and Dok2 -- rapper and co-founder of Illionaire Records -- have founded new hip-hop record label Ghood Life Crew, the company announced Thursday.
Like I warned in my first recap of this show back in early May, you have to be a certain kind of television watcher to watch a Korean family drama.
Family dramas target a different kind of demographic — housewives, grandparents, people with lots of time on their hands — and they generally can deal with some conservative family issues.
But even so, “You’re the Best, Lee Soon-shin” can be an epic drag, even within the weekend drama category. I’m almost joking, but since I last wrote about the drama, Soon-shin (IU) has gone on to become an actress, quit being an actress, pick up being an actress again, and find out the identity of her biological mother, Song Mi-ryung (Lee Mi-sook).
Very little happens without going around in circles, without its characters taking steps forward only to take earth-sized leaps back. Her second sister Yoo-shin (Yoo Inna) dates someone, stops dating him, gets in fights with him, makes up, and then decides to marry him, much to the objection of his mother.
There is a lot, a lot, a lot of screaming and fighting.
Soon-shin’s eldest sister Hye-shin (Son Tae-young) continues to be the shittiest, most spineless mother in the world.She’s bullied constantly by her horrible mother-in-law, taken advantage by her godforsaken ex-husband, and lets her child act like the biggest brat without reprimanding her ever.The only good influence in her life is Bread Man Jin-wook, who’s earnest and lovely, but who constantly gets slapped around by Hye-shin’s good-for-nothing daughter. Outside of the Lee family, there’s Junho, who continues to be played winningly by Jo Jung-seok, capturing realistically the awkwardness and fears of someone who has a romantic interest in someone but finds it hard to express it, despite this storyline also taking a toll on my health.Using the phrase “snail’s pace” to describe this loveline would be understating just how painstakingly slow this couple’s relationship is progressing.Things finally picked up by episodes 39 and 40, and I know what I got myself into by starting to watch a family drama, but 40 episodes to get a confession from one side just seems a little sadistic.I wish there were other characters in this story that I wanted to take the time out to write something about, but all the characters outside of the immediate circle of protagonists are horrible people, through-and-through, which is ultimately just an issue with writers who use their characters as plot points, and less because they actually wanted to craft living, breathing people.