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Healer (Or Please Let Me Not Jinx This Drama)

What can an event that happened decades ago have to do with three people who seemingly have nothing in common? Kim Moon Ho (Yoo Ji Tae) is a popular broadcast reporter for a major news organization. Chae Young Shin (Park Min Young) is a reporter for a second-rate tabloid news website. Seo Jung Hoo (Ji Chang Wook) is a mysterious errand boy known by the codename “Healer.” When these three people are brought together, they go on an unusual journey to discover what happened years ago when a group of friends operated an illegal broadcasting station, and they try to help the people affected by the event. Can their quest to learn the truth about the past somehow help them to discover their future fates? “Healer” is a 2014 South Korean drama series directed by Lee Jung Sup.
The above quote is viki’s description of my new kdrama crack Healer. This is the first kdrama this year that’s given me just the right mix of humour, romance, tragedy, action, suspense and mystery. The balancing act that it’s accomplished thus far is quite impressive. A caveat if you will, as of this writing there has only been 6 episodes so it can still possibly go straight to hell; this is the risk you take by falling in love with an airing drama. Occupational drama viewing hazards aside, at this particular moment I am completely invested in Healer.
This drama gives me major City Hunter feels which is awesome for me because I fucking love City Hunter. The titular Healer (Ji Chang Wook) is pulling double duty with a bumbling Clark Kent persona by day and a parcour/gymnastic/martial arts Batman persona at night. Ji Chang Wook is really adept at juggling the different personalities; prior to this I had never seen a drama or movie of his but I am aware that he was stole everyone’s hearts in Empress Ki and I can see why.
Jung Hoo is an intuitive, intriguing, grumpy, unintentionally funny loner whose goal in life is to buy a desert island which is his impetus for the jobs he does. He is hilariously out of touch with current events and pop culture, with not knowing who Superman is. It made a great meta joke too since he is basically a comic book superhero come to life.
Park Min Young has found her calling as the spunky, relatable heroine; she is at her most charming as Young Shin. Young Shin is a reporter for an online tabloid with aspirations of becoming a ‘real’ journalist hence she’s on the hunt for her big break. When faced with the choice between her biggest scoop ever and helping a woman in obvious distress; Young Shin had a very human reaction, she hesistated before going to woman’s aid. It was such an infinitely identifiable response as opposed to so many of the “Candy” heroines dramaland loves to serve up, which is what won me over to the character.
Young Shin more than anyone else thus far is extraoridinally brave. Girlfriend clearly suffers PTSD from childhood abuse yet she does not back down and is especially protective of persons that she views as weaker of herself. Her emotional issues has not stopped her from developing wonderful familial bonds with her adoptive father and the ex-prisoners that he has employed over the years.
Yoo Ji Tae (Kim Moon Ho) rounds out the main leads playing what has to be the most complicated character in the drama. He is both haunted and complict in the events that link the main leads lives in the past for some reason. In his own way is trying to make amends to Young Shin for whatever incident lead to her father’s death, mother’s paralysis and everything that happened to Young Shin during her childhood. He clearly feels remorse but has not done something to actively clear his conscience.
To the world Moon Ho is viewed as a journalist who fights to ensure the stories of the underdog are properly represented however, he is aware of every dirty deed committed by his older brother and has not taken steps to deal with it. This contradiction is so well emoted by Yoo Ji Tae, you can just feel the depths of his struggle and self-disgust.
The cinematography is very slick and stylish but the drama has so much heart; and to top it off, there’s some truly spectacular wire work and stunts. In addition it has some really interesting music choices; for instance, it joins the ranks of being one of the few kdramas with a song “Eternal Love” by a non-Korean group Michael Learns To Rock (Danish pop/soft rock band) on its OST. Futhermore, if I’m not mistaken this song was played under some of the action sequences which gave an interesting contrast between the badass moves onscreen.
Additionally, the supporting cast has to be one of my favourites in recent memory and would have me talking about these characters especially Ahjumma/Jo Min Ja played by the excellent Kim Mi Kyung (who by the way is the best thing ever and my fav character thus far) for ages. Just trust me and take my word on their awesomeness.
Basically, Healer right now is everything I could ask for in an action drama and I highly recommend it.

Super Junior M- Swing


One of my first kpop (well technically it’s c-pop) groups recently released a MV and until it came out, I didn’t realise how much I missed them. SJ-M, Super Junior and SS501 (I have a deep and abiding love for Kim Hyun Joong due to Boys Over Flowers, judge me I don’t care) were my entrance to the kpop fandom. Well of course I knew RAAAAAAAAIIIIIIN!?!?!?! but that was because of Stephen Colbert’s “rivalry” with him. I remember watching Suju in Sorry Sorry and thinking that I was never ever going to remember everyone’s names, how so very naive of me.

Anyway, the Swing MV is fun to watch and the boys look sooo fine, minus that thing on Siwon’s face (WTF EVEN!?!). I’m holding firm to my belief that he pissed off a coordi-noona. I love SJ-M in suits, it’s one of my favourite things. Moreover, the dance at desks part is really cool and Kyuhyun looks so hot.

My personal favourite SJ-M MV will forever be Super Girl though because every thing in that video is on point. The styling, the choreography, the music etc. It was also my first so yay nostalgia? I really do think it holds up though, furthermore the boys look fine as fuck in it (I AM NEVER GETTING OVER SIWON’S FACE OKI).

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Fandom the First (or The One that I Remember)


Dil To Pagal Hai is the first filmi I ever saw in the cinema. It may not be the first one that I watched- one of my local television stations used to air Bollywood movies every Sunday, so Hindi language movies (with English subtitles of course) was the norm in my house. It’s absolutely the reason for Bollywood cinema being my first ever fandom though.


Let me set the stage: A young 8 year old girl and her brother are taken to the cinema by her parent. She’s not sure what they are there to see that day but it’s the movie theatre so she’s excited. The curtains open and the movie starts with this which basically blows her mind. The music, the clothes, the choreography, the SRK… Honestly, it was love at first sight. Then she sees the movie’s heroine, Madhuri Dixit, and that’s when she falls irrevocably in fangirl love  


I adore Shah Rukh Khan, I really do. It’s just a state of being that everyone I know who watched his work in ’90s and onwards exist in. I’ve seen many of his movies multiple times, enough so to be able to recite the dialogue from at least one verbatim. Madhuri is a bit different for me, I wanted to be just like her. I wanted to dress, look and most definitely be able to dance like Mads. When she retired from acting for years, I was legitimately upset by it. The SRK-Madhuri jodi in DTPH remains one of my favourite ever in part because it was just so magical for me when I saw this filmi on the big screen.


I actually credit filmis in general for several things, the major one being my ability to read quickly. It’s also why non-English language entertainment (anime, asian dramas, telenovelas etc.) have always felt accessible to me as long as subtitles were available. The only Hindi I understand or speak to this day are the words which have made frequent appearances in movies or songs.


Even though, I’m no way near the filmi fangirl I was in primary and early secondary school, Bollywood will always have a special place in my heart. After all it is my first and most familiar love.

Fandom and Me


Once upon a time there was a little girl who  was way too precocious for her own good. This little girl really loved reading and lived in her head much of the time. She was never quite comfortable with the people she knew in primary school, since there was just the slightest thing off about her in comparison with the other children. This isn’t to say that she was an unpopular recluse with no friends, far from it in fact. The little girl knew she was different and the other girls knew it too. She was quite accustomed to her friends telling her that she was weird and at some point early on embraced it. Luckily, she did have a sibling with some similar interests so she never felt completely alone but he would never completely understand how she felt about certain things.

She finally found girls similar to her in secondary school. The now teenage girl found friends who were into things like: books, anime, manga, soap operas, cartoons, sports, dramas, movies, music etc. Hell she even made one friend in particular who. like her, was interested in all of these things. Now it doesn’t seem strange that she would find people who were fans of these things; but her friend were not merely fans. They were fangirls. They cared about the objects of their interest passionately and remembered minute details that escaped the attention of the casual observer. To this day, these girls remain her closest friends because their fannish tendencies bonded them irrevocably (well that and going to an all female school).

Later on, she made new friends both online and off; because of, rather than in spite of, her fangirl proclivities. This girl’s story is most likely not unique but it hers. Moreover as a consequence of her experiences, fandom is such a personal and important part of her life.