Keeping my eye on Dating Agency: Cyrano

This doesn’t seem like it’s part of the flower boy series even though I think it’s supposed to be, but tvN’s Dating Agency: Cyrano is gearing up for a premiere soon on May 27 and from the looks of it, it’s probably going on my to-watch list. The cast doesn’t excite me at all since I’ve never seen the leads in anything though I know Lee Jong Hyuk (A Gentleman’s Dignity) is pretty well-liked from those who’ve watched him and as for Sooyoung… I don’t know. Apparently her acting is the most promising out of all the SNSD members who’ve ventured into acting but I’ll believe it when I see it.

Even though I really like Uhm Tae Woong, Lee Min Jung, Park Shin Hye and Daniel Choi, the movie version (of which the series will be an adaptation of) bored me to tears with few actual laugh out loud moments and an unengaging plot. The dating agency premise has so much potential though so it’s disappointing that the movie was a dud. With 16 episodes, I’m really hoping that they’ll change it up and judging from the character descriptions, it does sound quite different which makes me quite excited.

Since Sooyoung was supposed to play Park Shin Hye’s character, I was surprised to learn that they’ve bumped her up to leading lady status, which really does indicate that they’re gonna do this adaptation differently. And how cute is it that Jo Yoon Woo (Flower Boy Ramen Shop) will play a theater geek who designs the costumes for the dating agency?

For those who don’t know, these characters are part of a dating agency and as for what they do… I guess you can say it’s kinda similar to the movie Hitch actually. They’ll contruct elaborate scenarios (sometimes going undercover and playing different characters) that’ll allow the guy/girl to have opportunities to meet and talk to their crush, as well as dole out advice based on what they’ve uncovered from all their investigations. I’m really hoping this drama will be more fun!

Check out the teasers below:

(Source: dramabeans)


Flower Boy Next Door ep. 1 impressions

Is this what they call love at first sight? Because I am in love. It was honestly everything I hoped for and more. I just wanna run circles around my house grinning from ear to ear from how much I really enjoyed that first episode. tvN, you’ve done it again!


It looks like Park Shin Hye really is able to tone down that exaggerated cuteness to deliver a female lead that’s subtle and sweet, and so so charming. I feel so invested in her Dok Mi and it’s only the first episode. I can’t wait to dig deeper into her past to find out why she holes herself up in her apartment and is such a recluse.


For those who weren’t keeping up with the pre-release promo materials, Flower Boy Next Door is the third in the Oh! Boy series and is based off a web-toon. It is basically about the lead girl, Dok Mi (Shin Hye) who on a daily basis, spies on Tae Joon (Kim Jung San), the good-looking guy living in the unit opposite hers. She saw him by chance one day and fell in love immediately and to her good luck, realised that he’d moved in opposite.


While that’s the main storyline driving the plot forward and shaping up the series, you also have your two male leads who’ll soon fall for her and fight over her in their own ways as the story progresses. The first is Enrique Geum (Yoon Shi Yoon) who is essentially the completely opposite of Dok Mi – he’s a people person, chatters on incessantly and has no qualms being the center of attention. He’ll move in with his hyung who surprise surprise, is the same guy Dok Mi has been crushing on, and that’s where he’ll catch Dok Mi in the midst of one of her “spying sessions”.


Meanwhile, Dok Mi’s next-door neighbour, Jin Rak (Kim Ji Hoon) is a web-toon artist who’s trying to get his pitch to be successful. His friend and drawing partner, Dong Hoon (Go Kyung Pyo) lives with him (and I don’t think the short haircut is really working for Kyung Pyo, because I remember him looking so much cuter in Operation Proposal). Jin Rak appears interested or at least, intrigued, by Dok Mi and I’m curious to know to what extent he knows about her since she doesn’t seem to know him and yet, he’s aware about her loner personality (and hmmm… Something tells me he may be the one that’s been leaving the milk cartons with cute post-its at Dok Mi’s door everyday. Innnnteresting.).

One of my favourite scenes in episode 1, was when Dok Mi was knocking at Tae Joon’s door and freaking out and crying because she’s so afraid his dog’s injured and then she turns to her side and gets a shock when she sees Enrique pretending to sob next to her. That scene cracked me up so bad. I also loved the moments when they were sneaking peeks at each other across the building apartments and at the end when he finally catches her staring, and he’s glaring at her with the “I’m watching you” hand gesture, while wearing his boxers and a fluffy panda hat. I’m not even kidding.


Dok Mi is so adorable, I just wanna pat her on the head and keep her in my pocket. And Shi Yoon’s Enrique is really really growing on me. I can’t wait till their two worlds collide and he slowly brings her out of her shell.

So far, I absolutely love this world of characters that FBND has created for us (Mizuta Kouki is adorable as the smiley Japanese guy who practises his Korean before he introduces himself to his neighbours) and we haven’t yet been introduced to Park Soo Jin‘s second female lead character, but I sure hope it’s not as meddling and infuriating as her one-dimensional character in My Girlfriend is a Gumiho.


Although the drama has similar ingredients to Flower Boy Ramyun Shop, it doesn’t have that glossy sheen that makes everything look almost too pretty, which usually keeps me from really feeling for any of the characters because I’m so aware that this entire premise is set up. (Not to mention how over-the-top some of the characters were, I swear to God, I wanted to slap some maturity into Cha Chi Soo on so many occasions.) Oh please oh please, don’t disappoint.

If you want something sweet and charming, but not overly so, with a delightful heroine that’s easy to root for, and a male lead who’s… not exactly your typical K-drama hero, I highly recommend picking this up. Watch it with English subs here.

Here’s a bonus picture of our main couple looking absolutely gorgeous together for their InStyle photoshoot!


Christmas came early

This year, I’ll be celebrating Christmas overseas, and I can’t wait. I’ve started doing my Christmas shopping, though I’m in a bit of a fix since I’m broker than ever before. Hmm… may need to suck it up and beg from the parents… to buy presents for the parents. Oh, the irony…

I’m really excited about tvN’s upcoming rom-com, Flower Boy Next Door and if the teasers are anything to go by, I think we’re all in for a good time because they’ve all been so cute so far! And all! the! eye! candy! I love the long hair on Park Shin Hye too. I don’t think I’ve seen her looking more gorgeous in any of her previous dramas – let’s hope she manages to balance the cute with the flirty in this role. Other than that, I hope to god the chemistry between the leads deliver or I’ll be sorely disappointed.

It’s 4 in the morning, but exams are over so screw the body clock. I’m off to watch Pitch Perfect! Hope it’s as good as Tumblr makes it out to be.


Flower Boy Next Door? Yes, please.

Another quick post before I’m off to sleep since it’s exactly 5:55am. I bring forth good news in Dramaland! We all know tvN’s set to do another Flower Boy installment, after the success of Flower Boy Ramen Shop and my all-time favourite drama Shut Up Flower Boy Band, but casting news have recently been confirmed and two pretty well-known actors with a decent body of work will be starring in Flower Boy Next Door – which I hope is as cute as it sounds. And the actors are none other than Yoon Si Yoon (Me Too Flower, Baking King Kim Tak Goo) and Park Shin Hye (You’re Beautiful).

These two are adorable and seem to match both age-wise and looks-wise (since they have such youthful baby faces), so I hope the chemistry is as cute. Shin Hye is usually hit or miss for me – I thought she was cluelessly cute in You’re Beautiful, but that almost-exaggerated cuteness she usually brings to her roles didn’t quite work for Heartstrings, a drama that was a little more grounded.

I’ve watched the previous Flower Boy installments, and much prefer SUFBB just because it had everything I love in a drama – good music, romance, tear-inducing bromance, realistic situations and gah, I can go on and on (add this to your to-watch now if you haven’t!!!). FBRS was cute too, but it was that sort of breezy, fun watch that isn’t particularly memorable. Maybe it’s because I didn’t really love either of the two leads, though that one kiss was… sizzling (it’s worth looking up, go go).

I’m not sure what the characters for the upcoming Flower Boy Next Door will be like (though from the title, I assume they’re neighbours) but I’ll definitely be tuning in to catch the cute, and weigh in on how it differs from the previous two installments. It seems promising since the PD is the same guy behind FBRS so hopefully we’re guaranteed at least that amount of fun.

The drama will air on tvN starting 7 January 2013. Can’t wait!

(Source: Koalasplayground)