Tabitha Suzuma, Forbidden
*chugs a gallon of water*
Lee Jong Suk @ Doctor Stranger Stills
cr: photographer’s blog
TVN’s The Three Musketeers Characters
Yeo Jin Goo - bnt International July 2014
The premise of this show promises sentimental melodrama about the consequences of giving in to passionate love, and while Majo No Jouken certainly has that, I was pleasantly surprised by how much more it delivers. The show explores what women suffer at the hands of male violence, how societal expectations restrict choice and freedom, and considers the confrontation between youth and adulthood, idealism and cynicism. The central love affair is as much about our heroine and hero achieving romantic love as it is about them wresting themselves from their societal constraints, and the show itself is as much a romantic melodrama as it is a school and family drama, with strong subplots that detail school and familial disfunction and disintegration. It’s full of women who each have their own stories and journeys, who are supportive and vindictive and hurt and in love and disappointed in what has become of their lives. The show has a generous visual vocabulary, though at times its insistence on symbols becomes cliche and overdetermined, and commits to a boldness I would have loved to have seen from Kimi Wa Petto. It comes thisclose to falling apart in the last episode, and I was scared we going to enter Anego levels of wtf-ery, but ultimately Majo No Jouken remained steady in its course. I can see why it’s a classic, and I already want to rewatch it without stopping every few seconds to take notes.
After watching some of the KBS Specials on their Youtube page, here are my favourites thus far. So if you’re interested in watching something quick, short and sweet (or you’re just in a drama slump), then check these out! The ones starred are just my faves/biases/actors I lurrrve :D