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Cosmetic Surgery…anyone?

A lot of people in the entertainment business in Korea are so obsessed in cosmetic surgery. The double eyelid thing is such a big deal there. If you read the papers, well…mostly the tabloid ones…are keeping an update of who had it done and if it was well done.

MBC is scheduled to air a drama series with cosmetic surgery as it’s main theme this January.

비포 & 애프터 성형외과 / Before and After: Plastic Surgery Clinic

It stars Lee Jin Wook (Air City, Smile Again) as Han Geon Soo, So Yi Hyun (Special Crime Investigation, Resurrection) as Yoon Ki Nam and Kim Sung Min (Fantasy Couple, Tears of Diamond) as Choi Yong Woo.

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Geon Soo is an owner of a cosmetic surgery clinic that is on a brink of being taken over by the loan sharks. Another doctor, Yong Woo is helping him save the clinic. Ki Nam is the nurse that will play a huge part in completing the love triangle.

It will tackle the different reasons why men and women go under the knife just to obtain that perfect beauty that society dictates.

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As expected by many the Legend star, Bae Yong Jun took home the grand award – Daesang. Still sporting the long hair with the much needed crutches, he still look adorable in his black tuxedo and I’m sure his legion of fans can’t stop screaming infront of their television screens as he also took home the best couple and the popularity award.

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Much to my dismay, as I was rooting for the Coffee Prince pair to bag it. Yonsama’s popularity is just enormous that even if his co-actor on his drama series is but fairly new to the viewing audience, it didnt matter at all. The other co-nominees didnt stand any chance at all if he’s in the same category. Japan’s former prime minister even told the press that BYJ is more known in Japan than him.

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What made me very happy is that my favorite drama couple both took home acting awards for their effective performance in CP. Yoon Eun Hye got the Top Excellence Award and Gong Yoo got the Excellence Award. Do not make me explain how the koreans give away their awards. I am also as mystified as you all are. She looked so beautiful crying in her acceptance speech and he looked so handsome in his green ensemble grinning the whole night.

Here are the list of winners and nominees for the 2007 MBC Drama Awards.

DAESANG (대상)
Bae Yong Joon 배용준 (Legend 태왕사신기)

TOP EXCELLENCE (최우수상)

Actor 남자:
Kim Myung Min 김명민 (White Tower 하얀거탑)
Bae Yong-joon 배용준 (Legend 태왕사신기)
Lee Seo Jin 이서진 (Yi San 이산)
Choi Min-soo 최민수 (Legend 태왕사신기)

Actress 여자:
Go Hyun-jung 고현정 (H.I.T. 히트)
Gong Hyo Jin 공효진 (Thank You 고맙습니다)
Yoon Eun Hye 윤은혜 (The 1st Shop Of Coffee Prince 커피프린스 1호점)
Choi Jin-sil 최진실 (Bad Woman Good Woman 나쁜여자 착한여자)

EXCELLENCE AWARD (우수상)

Actor 남자:
Gong Yoo 공유 (The 1st Shop Of Coffee Prince 커피프린스 1호점)
Lee Sun-gyun 이선균 (The 1st Shop Of Coffee Prince 커피프린스 1호점)
Lee Jun Ki 이준기 (Time Between Dog And Wolf 개와 늑대의 시간)
Jang Hyuk 장혁 (Thank You 고맙습니다)

Actress 여자:
Nam Sang Mi 남상미 (Time Between Dog And Wolf 개와 늑대의 시간)
Wang Hee-ji 왕희지 (Ah Hyun Dong’s Madam 아현동 마님)
Chae Jung-ahn 채정안 (The 1st Shop Of Coffee Prince 커피프린스 1호점)
Han Ji Min 한지민 (Yi San 이산)

NEWCOMER (신인상)

Actor 남자:
Kim Min Sung 김민성 (Ah Hyun Dong’s Madam 아현동 마님)
Lee Un 이언 (The 1st Shop Of Coffee Prince 커피프린스 1호점)
Lee Philip 이필립 (Legend 태왕사신기)
Han Sang Jin 한상진 (Yi San 이산)

Actress 여자:
Go Eun-mi 고은미 (Even So Love 그래도 좋아)
Park Shin-hye 박신혜 (Kimcheed Radish Cubes 깍두기)
Lee Ji Ah 이지아 (Legend 태왕사신기)
Lee Ha Na 이하나 (Me Ri, Dae Gu’s Attack And Defense Battle 메리대구 공방전)

NETIZEN CHOICE (네티즌 선정)

Popularity 인기상

Actor 남자:
Gong Yoo 공유
Kim Myung-min 김명민
Bae Yong Joon 배용준
Lee Seo-jin 이서진
Lee Jun-ki 이준기
Jang Hyuk 장혁
Choi Min-soo 최민수

Actress 여자:
Go Hyun-jung 고현정
Gong Hyo-jin 공효진
Yoon Eun-hye 윤은혜
Lee Ji Ah 이지아
Choi Ji-woo 최지우
Choi Jin-sil 최진실
Han Ji-min 한지민

Best Couple 베스트커플상:
Gong Yoo & Yoon Eun-hye 공유 윤은혜 (The 1st Shop Of Coffee Prince 커피프린스 1호점)
Bae Yong Joon & Lee Ji Ah 배용준 이지아 (Legend 태왕사신기)
Lee Seo-jin & Han Ji-min 이서진 한지민 (Yi San 이산)
Lee Sun-gyun & Chae Jung-ahn 이선균 채정안 (The 1st Shop Of Coffee Prince 커피프린스 1호점)
Jang Hyuk & Gong Hyo-jin 장혁 공효진 (Thank You 고맙습니다)
Ji Hyun-woo & Lee Ha-na 지현우 이하나 (Me Ri, Dae Gu’s Attack And Defense Battle 메리대구 공방전)

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A beautiful island, breathtaking landscape and scenery with quaint little villages. A serene place but with towering raging waves. A perfect place for people to meet, fall in love and be lost in the intricate confusing world of relationships.

Another filipino movie worth taking a look is Batanes.

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It stars Iza Calzado, who played the role of a woman who followed his man to the island of Batanes, married him and tried living a peaceful life away from the hectic and stressful one she had in Manila. Then the unthinkable happened, she lost him to the raging sea. She could have went back to her life in Manila but she decided to stay in the island as it reminded her of her husband. During one stormy night, she found a dying Taiwanese fisherman played by F4’s Ken Chu near the shore. She nurses him back to health and  love will blossomed between the two despite the language and culture barrier plus the wariness of the people of Batanes in accepting him. There had been a long standing rift between foreign fishermen and the local fishermen. The taiwanese people had been caught many times illegally fishing in Batanes.

Can they make it work despite the obstacles thrown in their way?

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Directors John David Hukom and Adolfo Alix Jr. have so much appreciation and admiration for their chosen actors. They said they didn’t encounter any problem with them. They are also equally amazed by Ken’s simplicity and professionalism even with his superstar status in Asia.

It was Director Alix who thought of the idea of making a movie in Batanes. He fell in love with the place and thought of making a love story for it. He heard from the locals of stories of Taiwanese and Vietnamese fishermen being stranded during typhoon.

Ken himself was enthralled with the place and is contemplating of buying a property there. This is not the first time a movie will be shot in this place. Carlito Siguion-Reyna’s critically acclaimed and box office hit Hihintayin Kita Sa Langit chose this island for its romantic backdrop.

The story might be simple but I am so curious on how the young filmakers will execute it on the screen plus just to see the enchanting place of Batanes on the wide screen is quite enough to woo my interest.

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You can’t believe anyone will do that, right? Every person in the moviemaking business dreams of being invited to that prestigious event. An invitation means either you are a presentor, performer or a nominee. So, who is this lunatic who rejects the chance to bring home an Oscar?

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(L-R: Andy Lau, Xu Jinglei, Takeshi Kaneshiro, Jet Li, Peter Chan) 

Director Peter Chan.

He’s the director of the latest Jet Li starrer, The Warlords, along with CantoPop King Andy Lau and Takeshi Kaneshiro. It is an epic film about the Qing Dynasty. Huge cast, amazing battle scenes, detailed costumes and a great storyline.

Why the rejection? Simple reason that he wanted the film to be more known to the public when its released to the US by fall of next year thereby making it more popular and eligible for individual category nominations in the Academy Awards next year instead of rushing it for this year and be nominated only for the Best Foreign Film.

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He said he does not want to rob his cast of the chance of getting recognized by the Academy. A great risk and unselfish move by the director and just in case he didnt get notice next year, he will always have the satisfaction in knowing that the Academy already recognized his efforts.

The $40 million movie is expected to break box office records in Asia and and make a significant mark on the U.S market as well. I don’t doubt that at all, JET LI never fails to deliver. I can’t wait to see it.

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MBC Awards are slated this December and the Coffee Prince addicts can’t help but get crazy as they all are, I mean, as we all are anticipating the number of awards they will get that night. I am pretty sure that the traffic for the online streaming on that day will be super hot and the bufferings will be way too much but that will not discourage the fans from watching it live.

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I will  camp over the MBC sites just to be able to get a glimpse of my Kyul and my Chan. I hope they win something and give us all a fitting end for a very magical series. From the director to the actors down to the production people, they all deserve to be recognized for a job well done.

Some people are amazed of CP’s effect on its fans. I can cite all the reasons why but I dont think this post will ever end. There is also the great chemistry between the leading actors. If you do some research on the personal lives of Gong Yoo and Yoon Eun Hye and believe what was written about them (although quite limited and most are rumors), it is quite obvious that they don’t have anything to do with each other in the real world (i can be mistaken, i hope i am) but no one can deny the sizzling hot chemistry that those two got.

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It is quite amazing how people were so affected by their characters and was able to relate well with them. During and after the series was aired, a lot of viewers became instant fans of the two, me included. They are such good actors that you somehow kinda hope there is something going on between them off screen.

To those who already are CP addicts, you already know the feeling right? To those who haven’t watch it yet, go to your nearest DVD store and buy it or check out video sharing sites on the net and prepare yourselves to be mesmerized by Han Kyul and Eun Chan then get addicted to his YOOness and YEHness.

I promise you, its one series that will leave you asking for more. There are fans who wanted a sequel and there are those who wanted it to end just like that and be considered a classic in the future.

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The idea of seeing HK and EC again on screen bickering and kissing makes my heart go nuts but then again I fear it will ruin the magic of CP. The way the director ended the series gave its fans the chance of making their own parts two’s and three’s and that, my friends, is the reason why we kept on dreaming about it.

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Secret Sunshine…anyone?

She is sweeping the trophies this year for the best actress category from Cannes to the local Korean award giving bodies and I don’t know anything about her movie.

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It is probably an artsy film, major depression , crying buckets hysterically by the beach or in an open field and a mountain for a backdrop. I’m positively sure this is some kind of a movie that will left you thinking or that will leave their viewers to make their own closures.

Sorry for being like this. I’ve had enough of those films to last me a lifetime. Yes, you are right I do not have the right to criticize a film without seeing it. I am just sad that I will not be able to see her performance.

Lately, I kinda avoid watching sad movies or sad drama series. Maybe because it’s the month of December and Christmas is just around corner. All I want are happy thoughts surrounding my aura.

So before I get more mystical here, if you guys were able to watch Jeon Do Yeon’s movie, please buzz me up for its bits and pieces.

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Forgive me people, I am making a detour again. I am such a huge Booth & Bones/Brennan Shipper so this momentous event cannot pass in my reel history without me making a big deal out of it. I am freaking out here!

To those who have been waiting for this to happen, “CHEERS”!

Unbelievable it happened in Season 3, a lot of the fans were speculating when and where will it happen. We all have to thank the writers for taking pity in all of us. This is definitely the start of something new.

Props to Bones for being ever so cool and to Booth as well for putting back the gum to his mouth after the kiss knowing that it came from her mouth. A classic kiss under the mistletoe with a twist.

Want to relive that moment…here you go shippers…let’s watch it together for the nth time.

It can’t be considered to be a real kiss but then anything that introduces intimacy between the two, I’ll take.An early christmas gift to all BONES fans out there. 

Get the highlights of the whole thing in three parts.

Booth & Brennan Best Moments Season 3 Episode 9

Part 1, Part 2, Part 3

The final scene is so sweet…And yeah Booth…i love my christmas gift too!

Special shout out to my li’l sis…I’ve changed the theme…hope you are happy!

 

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