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Goong/ Palace/ Princess Hours review :)

Goong/ Palace/ Princess Hours review :)

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(another blog entry moved from elsewhere- this one was originally written in march 2010)

Goong/ Palace/ Princess Hours

This is a drama that I had heard a lot of good things about, so I decided to give it a go. It's ultimately a fantasy story about a common high school girl who suddenly finds out she's betrothed to a prince, so thought it would be a sort of goofy relief after the previous roller coaster drama I'd watched (Shining Inheritance).

There was one big problem with this show right from the start, and that was in translation. It is very hard to present to a non- Korean speaking audience the difference between the high school slang and the elegant Palace language, so the subtitles end up being unintentionally hilarious a lot of the time. If you watch a lot of foreign language shows/ movies, you're probably used to such issues.... but I don't know if I would recommend this to someone new to Asian dramas, as it may scare them off ;P.

It had some fun/silly moments in the beginning, and I am very fond of the lead actress (Yoon Eun Hye). Her character's friends really grated on my nerves at first, they have annoying screechy voices and seemed way over-caffeinated. You do learn to love them eventually though. The one quiet friend (played by Jun Ji Ae) is absolutely lovely- a truly ethereal beauty is behind those glasses. Between her and Song Ji Hyo (the dreaded love rival!), there was a lot of competition in the beauty category for this drama. The main character's physical transformation is subtly amazing- she becomes gorgeous as a princess. Every episode had her in new hair/outfits, and her beauty is pretty astonishing. I find it hard to believe this is the same woman who could pass as a "boy" in Coffee Prince! Regardless of beauty, though, Yoon Eun Hye is a great comic actress, and is a lot of fun to watch. She plays "awkward" painfully well, and you really can't help but love her :).

It took a lot of episodes before I actually liked the Crown Prince. Joo Ji Hoon is way too good at playing a prissy snotty ass. His character glides through his life with a haughty attitude, seeming not to be affected by anyone around him. In a way he comes off as sort of an dark unpleasant version of Hana Yori Dango's Hanazawa Rui. And as he transforms into a more lovable character, the Prince is so deadpan initially that it takes a while to recognize his affection and humor. The prince also has questionable fashion sense- I mean seriously, bow ties? Polka dots?! He should stick with his traditional princely garb :D. Or with muscle shirts and pajama pants, mmmm.

As it turned out, this show had a tad more drama than I'd anticipated. There are the usual antagonists and love rivals, all set to the backdrop of stuffy palace traditions and keeping the royal family from embarrassment. It's all in good fun though, and in the end well worth the time. The absolute BEST part about this drama though...? The KISSING. For the love of all that is good in the world, these people actually know how to kiss! And there are a few REALLY nice ones :D. I think it must be Yoon Eun Hye though, because the kissing in Coffee Prince was also top notch ;).

a bit of the kissing (possible spoilers):
& general mv: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8vKuk6uX3Tk

watch on dramafever.com- a great LEGAL website for watching korean dramas!
- btw do not confuse dramafever with dramacrazy :/
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