Saturday, December 29, 2007

A New Year

As we stand at the threshold of a new year, many of us are thinking of all the things we did or did not do during 2007. Some are making resolutions, some never make them.

I am one of the latter.

I sometimes find myself whispering a wish out across the world though. "Be good to each other", I say, "Please don't be so filled with anger; please seek peace in every way possible."

Do wishes come true? I really don't know. But I will wish for you and from you...goodness of heart, charity toward those in need, open mindedness, fair-play, bountiful good health, prosperity, and more than anything, peace in your heart and peace of mind.

Have a fine New Year.

You are in my thoughts.

Photo courtesy of Linda A. of New York. A good and loyal soul. Thank you Linda, as always.

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Sunday, December 23, 2007

Greetings of the Season and Best Wishes

Have a safe and happy holiday season everyone!

SBS MINISERIES - LEAD (미니시리즈 부문 연기상)

This text re the SBS nominees for best lead male and female actors of their 2007 miniseries was graciously supplied by Linda A. from New York.

Linda is a loyal fan and supporter of Oh Ji Ho. She is an active and most valued member of the Oh Ji Ho International Fan Club.

As always, I am in your debt Lin. Thank you for this contribution.

Male 남자:
Kim Sang-joong 김상중 (My Man's Woman 내 남자의 여자)
Ryu Soo-young 류수영 (Bad Couple 불량커플)
Oh Ji-ho 오지호 (Get Karl Oh Soo-jung! 칼잡이 오수정)
Yoo Joon-sang 유준상 (Catch A Kang Nam Mother 강남엄마 따라잡기)
Yoon Kye-sang 윤계상 (Crazy For Love 사랑에 미치다)

Female 여자:
Bae Doo-na 배두나 (How To Meet A Perfect Neighbor 완벽한 이웃을 만나는 법)
Uhm Jung Hwa 엄정화 (Get Karl Oh Soo-jung! 칼잡이 오수정)
Lee Mi-yeon 이미연 (Crazy For Love 사랑에 미치다)
Jang Jin-young 장진영 (Lobbyist 로비스트)
Ha Hee-ra 하희라 (Catch A Kang Nam Mother 강남엄마 따라잡기)

Thursday, December 06, 2007

Oh Ji Ho Slide Show by "wilzun" of Webshots

Clicking any photo, or Oh Ji Ho's name at the bottom of this post, will take you to the original site, where you can view the pictures in full size if you wish.

Oh Ji Ho

Sunday, December 02, 2007

My Wife is a Gangster 3 - All Region Version

A Malaysian version of My Wife is a Gangster 3 is now available. It is an All Region single disc package at a much lower price than the original LE version.

My Wife is a Gangster 3 Malaysia All Region Version

HKFlix $12.95 + FREE SHIPPING THRU 12/07 ($2.95 after 12/07/07)
SPECIAL NOTE: My Wife is a Gangster 3 LE 2 Disc Set now out of print according to HKFLix.

My Wife is a Gangster 3 at Yes Asia
Enter title in YA search. Various regions, prices. Checking out page is suggested.

Super Rookie - A place in the sun at last


YA has finally produced a US version (Region 1) Super Rookie box set
It is available at a number of sites. Here we go:

HKFlix: Super Rookie US version (Region 1)
Available soon.

YesAsia: Super Rookie US version (Region 1)
Available now $74.99 FREE SHIPPING

eBay offerings: Super Rookie US version (Region 1)
Prices range from: $65.50 + $7.50 shipping
$69.99 + $8.00 shipping
$81.99 + $7.99 shipping

Amazon: Super Rookie US version (Region 1)
Available now. $89.99 FREE SHIPPING
Independent Amazon Sellers:
From: 1 USED at $56.10 to NEW from: $56.11 to $68.87
Shipping for all Independent Amazon sellers $2.98

Standard advice from this site:
When shopping at e-Bay and Amazon, check the feedback rating of the sellers. It can warn you if a seller is not the best. An unreliable seller can cause you a lot of grief. Avoid them. Rarely worth the possible small monetary saving.

Amazon’s ratings tend to be tighter (slightly lower) than eBay/ The same seller will often get a higher overall rating from eBay, possibly due to volume.

Best buy today, 12/02/07, Amazon
Second best buy HKFlix

Super Rookie - A Hyacinth Review

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Super Rookie
Starring: Moon Jung-hyuk (Eric Mun), Han Ga In, Oh Ji Ho

This was my first K-Drama. I had no idea what to expect. I was familiar with La Belle, and bought Super Rookie to see Oh Ji Ho in action again.

I downloaded a 20 minute preview from MBC’s website to get some idea about it. It took 3 ½ hours. After all that waiting, I was crushed to discover Oh Ji Ho as Lee Bong Sam, wasn’t a particularly nice fellow.

I wanted him to be a valiant hero rising from obscurity, winning the girl and the corporate war, in spite of all odds.

Boy, was I wrong! Instead, he was a tight, sarcastic, ambitious young man with an attitude of superiority that makes a viewer want to whack him on the head.

Lee Bong Sam is also a first class put-down artist, saying terrible things to and about people. He, in other words, acts exactly like the children of the super rich Corporate Gods of Korea, even though he got his job though a scholarship, and the L.K. Corporation owns him.

He’s a handsome, well dressed, well mannered employee, always getting his work done on time, but being without true originality in his approach.

He works with his ex girlfriend, Lee Mi Ok, and treats her like a doormat.

The pure hearted Kang Ho enters the scene, and the fun begins.

There is underhandedness in great abundance. The major bad-guy schemer-supreme, Mr. Song, is played magnificently by Kim Il Woo, one of the best character actors around.

As it is with good Korean Drama/Comedies the supporting cast is fantastic.

Kang Ho’s brother Min is as eccentric as possible, therefore hilarious in a pitiable way. The rest of his family is superb; totally solid, and extreme enough examples of a certain strata of Korean society, to open your eyes if you aren’t aware of it yet.

You’ll get a good jolt of corporate power being exercised over lesser beings, i.e. temp workers who get no benefits and plenty of abuse. There’s a big taste of a company pandering to the favored wealthy who work as a lark, versus the poor who struggle to maintain their status quo.

This drama does an excellent job of exposing the class struggles of Korea, and bitter unfairness where the laborers are concerned.

Lee Bong Sam has his secrets, which slowly unfold across the screen showing far more talent than Oh Ji Ho had been credited with. His frozen superiority is a perfect mask, and it never slips where it could backfire on him. He is excellent in his role. He is all he is supposed to be.

Han Ga In does not truly begin to display her abundant and wonderful talent in this vehicle. She’s very good in her role though, no doubt about it.

Moon Jung-hyuk (Eric Mun) of course, shines like a diamond in the sky.

This is a very funny show.

It's impossible to see two scheming, dignified corporate types, standing at urinals discussing business while taking care of business, wearing expressions of envy while glancing at Kang Ho, in the prime of his youth, prodigiously passing water, and not crack up.

By A. Murray aka Hyacinth