Japanese Drama Review: Atelier

I have been looking for light and fun Japanese dramas to watch on the legal sites while avoiding the overacted slapsticky ones – of which there are a lot! What I found recently was Atelier (pronounced a-tel-yay) which was a new one to me. It is like an office drama only set in a lingerie company. The twist is that they added in the mean boss lady from The Devil Wears Prada.

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A Different Kind of Prosecutor: Hero (2001)

Thanks to suggestions from Dramas With a Side of Kimchi reader Junny, I have been watching some classic older Japanese dramas lately. Today I am talking about Hero, which aired in 2001 and was so popular it spawned a special, a second season, and two movies. It stars Takuya Kimura and Takako Matsu, who had already been together in two dramas (including Long Vacation) and had an established chemistry. It is a humorous view of a young prosecutor who had been a high school delinquent, and his unorthodox way of investigating cases. Let’s look at it and see why people loved it so much!

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Date: What’s it Like to Be in Love?

Japanese Title – Deto: Koi to wa Donna Mono Kashira

A while back I wrote about my favorite Japanese dramas and happily several readers suggested their favorites too, which all went on my viewing list. This is the first one I watched; it is very different and perhaps is the best Japanese comedy I have seen. It’s about a perfectionist economist who gets matched up with a slacker who failed to launch.

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Spooky Drama Review: Arang and the Magistrate

Arang and the Magistrate strikes me as a perfect drama for Halloween. It has ghosts, as well as a whole background of mythology that is better than perhaps that of any other drama. We get Shin Min-ah as our perky ghost, Lee Joon-ki as The Magistrate who can see ghosts, Yoo Seung-ho as the Great Jade Emperor with a Mane of Glory, hot Reapers, and Heavenly Fairies. What more could you ask for?

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14 Days of Kpop: Kdrama and Classical Piano

 

We are talking a lot of Kpop this month at Dramas With a Side of Kimchi but I feel like we have time for a little classical music. If we find it in Kdramas it counts, right?  Although there is a lot of interesting background music I could talk about, I remember being pulled in most strongly by the piano playing that took center stage in Secret Love Affair. I listen more often to orchestral music than piano solos, but I loved this. Three years ago Yoo Ah-in astounded us by playing Schubert and Rachmaninoff in concert.

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