By the by, for those of you coming to my site to look for GaKwon’s Episodes 1, 2, and 3…you can’t see them anymore because the vids I linked to got pulled from Youtube. However, if you do a bit of searching on Youtube, you’ll stumble across 2OneDay subs video channel (linked here if you’re too lazy to do the actual searching) where you will find a surplus of GaKwon, not to mention other 2AM / 2PM videos (…although I don’t know how many of you will still be supporting 2PM…).
In any case, thought I would talk about the latest addition to We Got Married (which used to be my favourite variety show, until I discovered…well, the rest of the variety shows. Still, I have fond memories of the Lettuce, Ant, AnSol, AlShin etc couples) – the ‘Sweet Potato’ couple i.e. Seohyun from SNSD (or Girls’ Generation) and Jung Yong Hwa from C.N. Blue (of ‘You’re Beautiful’ fame).
They’re a rather quirky addition that I enjoy, mostly because of Seohyun’s absolute naviety and Yonghwa’s (relatively) normality. They’re dubbed the ‘Sweet Potato’ couple in true blue WGM style due to the first episode where Seohyun’s fellow SNSD members tell Seohyun: “If you are satisfied with a husband like him (the unknown person at that point in time), then give us a hint by saying ‘sweet potato’ on screen. If you’re unhappy, then say ‘hamburger’!” and Seohyun does exactly what they tell her by suddenly surprising Yonghwa with the question: “…Do you like sweet potatoes?” (He was all EH?…o.O *blink* how did we get here LOL)
Their meeting was awkward, but cute and realistic. Honestly, of all the people who have appeared on WGM, Seohyun probably resonates the most with me, because she takes a while to warm up to people, which is what I feel most people actually do in real life (and not on reality shows that are scripted). You can see she’s determined to keep an open mind about this because whatever Yonghwa asks her to do, she’s like, “Ah. Yes. Okay.” (In Korean, it’s just “Ne…”) It’s strangely funny because Yonghwa tries REALLY HARD to get her to open up by asking questions, and the whole car scene where they’re on their way to his group’s practice studio is hilarious.
Seohyun: “I have some questions to ask you…[pulls out notebook from what Yonghwa later terms the miracle bag due to the numerous items she has in that bag]”
Yonghwa [can’t quite believe what he’s seeing]: “Eh…Yes, please go ahead.”
Seohyun: “…Who do you respect the most and why?”
Yonghwa [taken aback by the ‘profound-ness’ of her question]: “Eh? …That question’s quite…deep. *thinks very hard* Bon Jovi, because his music is always evolving. What about you?”
Seohyun: “Ah. I respect [the name of a Korean politician – I’m sorry I didn’t catch it, but I presume he’s a really good role model from what she says later]. My motto is that you have to be nice in life because what comes around goes around [or something to that effect – please feel free to correct].”
Yonghwa…blinks. The flabbergasted expression on his face is priceless. Repeated later on in the studio when she goes on about her self-development books (when Yonghwa apparently falls asleep at the sight of a book LOL).
I enjoy their interaction, so far, and it helps that they always show Yonghwa playing “I’m A Loner” (which I have developed a newfound love for) so I always enjoy those bits. Not to mention deciding to call each other “Yooong” and “Hyuuun” in order to become closer was just a genius move because it’s so funny to hear Seohyun go, “Annyounghaeseyo…Yoooong.” (Watch me splutter in laughter here.)
For those of you dying to catch it, the Chinese subtitled ones are here and the English subs are here. (It is at times like this when I thank Singapore for its strict bilingual educational system.) Have fun and let me know what you think of it. I’ve gone through Episode 2, and it’s awesomely funny (in my opinion, although I think I’ve heard people say it’s terribly boring too because they’re so awkward with each other – I thought that was the whole POINT).
Patience is a virtue often rewarded with little goodies in life like the drama that is Jo Kwon and GaIn in We Got Married. Since we were patient, Time2Sub (the subbing group that is 2PM & 2AM’s fandom) kindly gave us an extra present in the form of the most recent episode of WGM – SUBBED. So we get to watch more of the awesomeness that is Jo Kwon (and as I watched the subbed version of Ep 2, I realise anew how much my Korean fails since there were quite a few things I managed to misintepret – sorry to mislead everyone! I DID say I couldn’t understand i.e. I was guesstimating most things and yes I coined the term guesstimate, do you have a problem with that?).
Episode 2 first:
Since I already commented on Ep2, albeit raw, I won’t say too much on it, except how I really love the way they harmonize at the end (you tend to forget Jo Kwon can actually sing especially when he goes into drama-mama mode!) so let me spazz out a bit on Ep3 instead. Love these bits:
1. Where Jo Kwon pulls out the 100 rules that his fans wrote for him to live by and started lecturing GaIn about it (man, I never knew Jo Kwon was like that – if I’d lived with him I’d probably have ended up going crazy because the thing I hate most is nagging).
2. Where Jo Kwon and GaIn wake Jin Woon and Seul Ong up (HAHA JIN WOON IS ADORABLE and even better, it felt like Jo Kwon was really jealous when they woke his two other members up, which is kind of…cute).
3. Where Seul Ong and Jin Woon start teasing GaIn about living at their dorm
4. Where Seul Ong keeps calling her “Hyung sun nim” by mistake (and only realising 30 minutes later that he’s supposed to be calling her something else)
5. Where GaIn breaks out a much needed drink on the first day in her husband’s house (LOL I DIED AT JO KWON’S EXPRESSION)
Can’t wait for the next episode; it’s full of all sorts of win.
So, in case you were waiting for it, the next installment of the mini-drama that is Jo Kwon (from 2AM) and GaIn (from sexy ladies Brown Eyed Girls) is out in the latest release of We Got Married on Youtube. Unfortunately, I think the subbers are still working on getting them subbed (since subbing is not an easy task and neither is translating, and we should all be damn grateful that people are actually doing this for free…I translate stuff for work, and hate doing it, so I know what I’m talking about), so it’s only the raw videos, but if you’re craving for some laughs and if you understand any teensy bit of Korean…go ahead. Watch it. You can always rewatch the videos when the English subs are out.
Credits go to: RIcEBoIAnTh (Many thanks for the upload, I’m sure many fans appreciate the effort!)
Although my Korean is fail, I laughed my ass off watching the two of them. GaIn reminds me, a little, of Seo In Young (from Jewelery; she was one of the first couples on WGM and was paired with Crown J) in the way she acts towards Jo Kwon. At the end of the first episode, the two of them had just discovered their “new house” (the kind of house on wheels I never quite want to get, unless it’s a swanky upgraded and larger version of a caravan with satellite and internet connection) so this episode showcases what else went on that night; and of course, as with any new house, the first thing that goes on is the unpacking of their ‘furniture’.
I thought it was hilarious that, even though Jo Kwon was working on getting onto GaIn’s good side by killing all the insects for her, and unpacking leg massagers in excitment, he immediately earned a black mark when GaIn unpacked a broom and dustpan. “What’s this?” …and I couldn’t believe Jo Kwon actually said, “Well, first of all…you’re the wife…and since you’re the wife…cleaning is a must.” He even brought his mother into the conversation! (I think what he said was, “I can’t imagine what my mother would think if she saw that the house is this dirty.” but it’s a guesstimate since my Korean is fail i.e. I have never bothered to go learn it, so I could very well be far off from the truth). The best part? THE SILENCE THAT FOLLOWS and then Jo Kwon backing down and going, “Anyway…”
I DIED. GaIn is gorgeously fierce, and I love how she keeps dodging the cleaning issue and trying to make Jo Kwon do the housework instead – this is a massive power struggle in the house that I’m thoroughly enjoying! It’s seriously funny the way Jo Kwon nags on like a grandfather, and how GaIn just blatantly ignores him (SEO IN YOUNG reincarnated, I swear), although Jo Kwon gets her back by pretending there’s an insect behind her (when there isn’t). I killed myself with mirth when he burst out into song after that, and returned to the conversation of their nicknames, basically telling her he wanted to call her Baby, but he dislikes being called that himself since he wants to be thought of as a man (HAHA).
Here are more of my favourite moments:
1. When Jo Kwon ruins the new floor by dragging the glass coffee table across the floor – and how the both of them decide almost simultaneously to use the carpet to cover the scratch!
2. When GaIn discovers the “file” on Jo Kwon i.e. his whole life story (they started playing X-Files music, so how could one not love it?) and starts reciting all the women he’s had in his life (and then that whole segment where they keep yelling out stuff about each other that they’re reading from each other’s files!).
3. When they decide to burn the “X-File”s. (And also when GaIn said in her personal interview, “I will believe in Jo Kwon.” AWWWW…so sweet!)
4. When it becomes obvious that GaIn cannot cook – I shuddered at all the stuff she was dumping into the pan, and then when Jo Kwon was all like, “How can that be edible?”, she’s just like, “JUST EAT!” OHHHH I died at the expression on his face. (Even though he did say it was actually delicious…I’m just like…boy, you guys couldn’t even cook ramen properly. In fact I think it’s safe to say Hyun Joong from SS501 did a better job when he did it for Hwang Bo during their ‘honeymoon’!)
5. When Jo Kwon basically got GaIn to promise to make kimchi for him after long minutes of various strategically voiced complaints (that was hilarious).
6. When Jo Kwon exchanged the front seat of the two-seater bicycle with GaIn (GaIn takes the lead!) and they take off smoothly, even though when Jo Kwon was in front they kept stopping and falling off (in the back you can hear one of the commentators going, “…Just as I thought, females are stronger!” or something to that effect).
7. THE BEST WAS THE BIRTHDAY SONG! Although the matching PJs that Jo Kwon for them was cute – but oh, the birthday song where Jo Kwon started off normal, and went into diva ballad singer at the end just has to take the cake – literally!
8. When Jo Kwon played Falling Slowly for GaIn, and they harmonized so beautifully at the end! THEY SOUND SO GOOD TOGETHER I JUST WANT TO HUG BOTH OF THEM SO HARD.
Okay, end of highlights, and now I am just waiting for the English subs to come out so I can actually understand their banter (which I gather is actually very funny from body language, and also because I found myself laughing for no reason).
In case you thought I was finished with all the dramas I could possibly handle…well, to be honest, there was never really an end in sight. As such, after I was finished with the ever beautifully crafted Buzzer Beat and the outrageously crazy Otomen, I turned my eye towards some sister dramas in Korea. I did a one episode review on My Fair Lady, the comeback drama for Yoon Eun Hye, but as the weeks went by and the episodes continued to disappoint, I dropped the drama like a hot potato (as much as I love the girl and Moon Chae Won from Shining Inheritance, it’s not worth it to sit through an hour of pain). If you’re still looking for recaps for My Fair Lady, I can point you towards Dramabeans if you’re not aware of her already (shame on you!) since her reviews are extremely detailed, insightful and witty, all of which are highly important when reviewing. I don’t agree with everything she says, but her reviews are beautiful, and fast, and she’s quite happy to have people disagree (politely) with her perspectives (please don’t be rude), so it’s always fun to hang out there.
Going through 24 episodes of Shining Inheritance was no joke, and to be honest, I have lots to say about it, but I’ll save that for another post. I’ve also caught up on a couple of other dramas – You’re Beautiful for one, which is shaping up to be the best opening two episodes I’ve seen in KDrama this year at least; I adore Jang Geun Seuk for his portrayal of Tae Kyung and his sneer is fabulous. If Lucius Malfoy had looked this good in Harry Potter, I’d have been on the side of the Deatheaters for sure! Some reviews have been posted on Dramabeans, and I’m tempted to do my own, so if there’s time left over, you’ll probably see what I’m gushing over.
I’ve also been struggling through Dream in which Kim Bum (from Boys Over Flowers fame) acts, and despite the fact that there’s nothing wrong with the acting, or the storyline, there’s a strange sluggishness about it that makes it hard for me to waddle through each episode. Perhaps it has to do with the fact that there’s nothing, really, about any of the characters in particular that make you want to cheer for them, or cry with them, or laugh at them. In other words – bland. I do like the acting though, and I’m curious to find out how it all turns out, so I’m still holding on and going slow.
And just when I ran out of patience, I switched back to the world of Japanese drama, and what do I find?
Hidarime Tantei EYE! Yes! The exact show I was telling you to keep an eye out for! It stars one of my favourite upcoming JE boys from Hey! Say! JUMP – Yamada Ryosuke. I admit a bias right here right now, but I do think the boy can certainly act, so this is a definite plus. I’m about to make a recap of it now, but not in this post since it’s going to be long enough without the recap.
Last update: for all of you who were waiting for the English subs of Jo Kwon and Ga In on We Got Married, here it is (many thanks to time2subs2@YT and omona for the links):
It’s finally out – all we’ve been waiting for! Jo Kwon and Ga In appear on the Chuseok special for WGM (a Korean variety show). I stopped watching the show after the end of the second season I think, when the Gundam couple (Junjin from Shinhwa, and Shiyoung, an upcoming actress) made their final curtain bow – but I couldn’t resist the Jo Kwon and Ga In pairing (judging from comments in Omona, neither could they!) because Jo Kwon is just about my favouritest 2AM member now (yes, I coined the term, so sue me).
Videos here, from youtube: bewarned, they’re raw, so you have to decipher the korean yourself…
It’s all low-res and I apologise for the quality, but hey, at least it’s all out (and I promise to change the videos once I get my paws on some high-res and subbed ones). Nonetheless, even though these aren’t subbed, I’ve gone ahead to watch them, and Ga In is quite funny (she reminds me a little of Seo In Young, who was half of the Ant Couple) while Jo Kwon is of course his regular hilarious self. The part that tickled me most was when she got off the car, but was so worried about who her partner would be in WGM that she almost didn’t want the rest of BEG to leave (in fact she asked them if they could go with her, and when the car made to drive off, she actually stood in front of the car and was all like, “No! Don’t leave me!” which was absolutely priceless).
When she saw Jo Kwon in the bear suit, she almost thought he was Boom (because the rest of BEG kept teasing her about being paired with Boom) and she tried her hardest to rip the bear head away just so she could check to see who it was. She finally figured it out though, when Jo Kwon jumped into the Abracadabra parody dance, which was another LOL moment. Even after she figured it out, he didn’t want to take off the costume head, and after he did, there were these cute moments of embarrassment where Jo Kwon was all shy. I think I almost fell off my chair laughing. The two then got into a cute car that Jo Kwon had specially decorated (the heart-shaped wreath of roses was a very sweet touch) to go to their “new home” and promptly launched into a discussion of what nicknames they should call each other in order to become closer faster. (It was very funny when Jo Kwon kept coming back to “wife” in Korean i.e. 여보 (“yo-bo”) and you could see the corner of Ga In’s lips quirk, which means that she secretly likes it, but she kept telling him that it didn’t sound right. Everyone else in the show i.e. the hosts of the Chuseok special as well as the rest of 2 AM were also speculating that this was the nickname that Ga In liked the best.)
Their “home”, which was a mobile home created specially for them keeping in mind their packed schedule, is probably one of the most unique houses to appear in WGM to say the least (you can’t help thinking about the poor budget that keeps getting cut for the show, since the houses have been steadily getting worse since after the first season). It also appears that the day of the WGM shoot was Ga In’s birthday, and it seems like she expects Jo Kwon to make it up to her, so I’m looking forward to the release of the next episode. Is anyone else thinking they’d do an Abracadabra duet/parody?