Tuesday, March 08, 2011

New Tales of Gisaeng: my new obsession

   I'm not sure how long it will last, but as for now, I think of the meeting at work with pure disdain, because it will deprive me of watching. Well, the fact I'm baking cookies now (*throws some to well known Ladies out there*) also takes some time, but anyway.
Actually two things draw me to this drama, but due to work I had to put it on hold, and I went back to it this Saturday. Those things are: hanboks and traditional accessories and Jun Nomin. He doesn't appear in this drama, but his wife does. Beautiful, dignified, talented woman. 

Title: 신기생뎐 / Shin Gisaeng Dyeon
Also known as: New Gisaeng Story
Genre: Romance, drama
Episodes: 50
Broadcast network: SBS
Broadcast period: 2011-Jan-23 to TBA
Air time: Saturday & Sunday 21:50

So according to dramawiki: "New Tales of Gisaeng depicts the love, sadness and pain of people surrounding a gisaeng house, where only VIPs can enter.
Dan Sa Ran majored in classical dance while attending college. Her mother died when she was still young and her father remarried, bringing with him a new stepsister and a materialistic stepmother whom she has trouble warming up to. Sa Ran comes from a poor family, but she maintains her dignity around friends who come from rich families. Either fate or coincidence brings her together with Da Mo, to whom she feels an instant attraction, but her awareness of her poor background restrains her from voicing it. A head gisaeng at Buyongkak observes Sa Ran's natural beauty and grace as well as dancing talent, and recommends her to become a gisaeng.
Ah Da Mo takes business administration training at his father's company. He does not get along with his father, who is indifferent towards his family and only shows affection towards their pet dog. Da Mo is cocky and tends to look down on women, but begins to question his attitude when he meets Sa Ran by chance. He finds himself involuntarily drawn to her, and their relationship begins."

Dan family:
Kim Joo Young as Dan Chul Soo
Lee Sook as Ji Hwa Ja
Im Soo Hyang as Dan Sa Ran
Baek Ok Dam as Dan Gong Joo
Geum family :
Lee Dae Ro as Geum Shi Jo
Seo Woo Rim as Lee Hong Ah
Han Jin Hee as Geum Eo San
Lee Jong Nam as Jang Joo Hee
Han Hye Rin as Geum Ra Ra
Lee Dong Joon as Geum Kang San
Lee Sang Mi as Shin Hyo Ri
Ah family :
Im Hyuk as Ah Soo Ra
Kim Hye Jung as Cha Ra Ri
Sung Hoon as Ah Da Mo
Ahn Young Joo as Park Ae Ja
Buyongkak :
Kim Bo Yun as Oh Hwa Ran
Kim Hye Sun as Han Soon Duk
Jung Han Bi as young Soon Duk
Choi Sun Ja as Hwa Ran's mother
Lee Mae Ri as Lee Do Hwa
Park Joon Myun as No Eun Ja
Seo Dong Soo as Ma Dan Se
Song Dae Kwan as Seo Saeng Kang
Oh Ki Chan (오기찬) as Oh Bong Yi
Kang Cho Hee as Han Song Yi
Kim Yul as Baek Soo Jung
Seol Yoon as Jang Soo Jin
Yoon Ji Eun as Song Hye Eun
SAT as Ye Rang
Lee Sun Ah as Lee Ji Hyang
Other people
Jun Ji Hoo as Son Ja
Jin Ye Sol as Jin Joo Ah
Lee Soo Jin as Sung Ah Mi
Park Yoon Jae as Oh Jin Ahm
Kim Ho Chang as Yoo Tae Young
Michael Blunck as Kyle
Shin Goo as Master Joong Bong
Min Joon Hyun as manager

Production Credits

Production Company: Golden Pine
Producer: Oh Se Kang
Director: Lee Young Hee, Son Moon Kwon
Screenwriter: Im Sung Han

At first I couldn't warm up to Seong Hun, but after 4th episode he started to grow on me. Plus, he sings good^^. 
The main girl is not some sqeaking teenager, but calm, quiet lady who knows her place in the world, yet is unable to resist her idiotic friends. Rara and her friends are just spoiled, vain and malicious young women. And from the first episode we see Rara as possessive and egocentric, yet not stupid girl. And those traits combined make really evil woman. 
Saran is aetheral when she dances and speaks, but she's firmly set on her own principles.
Head gisaengs of the Buyongkak are beautiful beyond any description, refined and perceptive.
Ah Damo is not as arrogant as he likes to think he is. Good thing, writer doesn't need to make him suffer from mental illness to see the woman he fell in love around. He's a normal young man (with swimmer body that doesn't hurt either) who just happen to change slowly because of a woman. It's his debut role, so I can give  him some slack also.
His father loves his dog more than own son. Their relationship is really messed up one.
And of course we have birth secrets so twisted I even started to draw a scheme^^