Friday, March 22, 2019

Things to Remember When Watching Spring Turns to Spring

If you decide to watch "Spring turns to Spring" just remember the following:

  1. Bom "ee" is the news anchor
  2. "Ee" Bom is the actor.

Bom "ee"

The new anchor was the second of three orphaned children, named Bom One, Bom Two and Bom Three (in Korean of course). For a surname, then were given Kim—by far the most common Korean surname:
  1. Bom One (봄일 = Bom il)
  2. Bom Two (봄이 = Bom i [pronounced Bom "ee"]
  3. Bom Three (봄삼 = Bom sam)
(In one of Korean's numbering systems, 1, 2 and 3 are 일, 이, and 삼 respectively.)

The news anchor decided she didn't want to be called Bom two, so she slightly adjusted the components of her given name's hangul from 봄이 to 보미 — from Bom "ee" to Bo Mi. Both sound exactly the same.

"Ee" Bom

In the subtitles, the name of the actress "Ee" Bom is translated as Lee Bom. That is because the Korean surname 이 (pronounced "ee" in Korean) is generally translated into English as Lee (well, except for when it is translated as Yi [pronounced "yee," I suppose]).

This can be very confusing to English speakers, who are hearing "Ee Bom" (for the actress) and seeing Lee Bom in the subtitles.

One more thing

Occasionally you'll hear one of the two persons referred to as (simply) "Bom." That is the actress, being referred to by her given name only. Her full name is Lee Bom.

When the new anchor (Bo Mi) is referred to by her full name, she is Kim Bomi.

Confused? Well, join the club.

Friday, March 15, 2019

Six Years of Korean Dramas!

It was six years ago today—March 15, 2013, on the Ides of March—that we watched our first Korean Drama, "Secret Garden." I have no regrets! During that time I have continued avoiding virtually all "linear" American television (which I consider a complete waste of time).

Friday, March 8, 2019

Blog Renamed

This week I changed the name of this blog from kdrama-fever to cjkdramas. Why, you might ask?
  1. The original name was a play on DramaFever, at one time my favorite KDrama streaming service. (DramaFever suffered an ignominious death this past year.)
  2. My interest in Asian dramas has expanded to include Japanese and Chinese dramas. Hence the letters CJK (Chinese, Japanese, Korean).

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

R.I.P., DramaFever

Today I learned that DramaFever's streaming service is shutting down. It has probably been my most-used source of KDramas for most of the 5 1/2 years I've been watching Korean Dramas.

We'll miss you. We're glad Viki is still around and hope they will take up the slack.


Saturday, March 25, 2017

Suddenly: JDramas Worth Watching!!

I started watching Korean Dramas 4 years and 10 days ago, on March 15 (the Ides of March), 2013. Since that time I've watched a few Japanese Dramas, and a couple of Chinese Dramas.

"Andoloid" and "Future Diaries" might have been the first JDramas I watched. They were really "different"--there was no way that they measured up to KDramas. (Yet I watched all the episodes.) After that was "Minami-kun no Koibito" and a number of others. I really liked "Minami-kun"


Friday, March 17, 2017

Four Years

It's been just over four years since I watched my first episode of my first Korean Drama. That was on March 15 (the Ides of March) in 2013.

Maybe I should post about what I'm watching?

Thursday, September 1, 2016

100 Korean Dramas, Start to Finish

Yesterday evening we finished watching "Lets Fight Ghost"—our 100th Korean Drama to watch in its entirety (generally 16 episodes or more).

Since watching our first episode of our first KDrama, "Secret Garden," on March 15, 2013, we've avoided many KDramas that didn't sound interesting. We've abandoned some 41 after just a few episodes. In general, however, these are <em>so much better</em> than American television (which we abandoned over 10 years ago).

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Three Years of Korean Dramas

I watched my first episode of my first Korean Drama--"Secret Garden"--exactly three years ago, on the Ides of March 2013. I've now watched 87 complete KDramas ... and abandoned 35, totaling 122 KDramas. Additionally I've completed two Japanese Dramas (and abandoned 1, if I remember correctly.

I have no plans to quit in the foreseeable future.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Korean Drama Update

Next month marks 2 1/2 years since I watched the first episode of a Korean Drama with my wife. Amazingly, we still like (some of) them. You can see our favorites near the top of my Korean Drama page.

When we started, we watched every episode of each KDrama we started. During the past year we've watched only a few episodes of an increasing number of dramas. (For a list of those series, scroll to the bottom of the KDrama page mentioned above.) Is it because we're raising our personal standards? ... or is it because the KDramas aren't as good as they used to be? ... Maybe a little of both. (Who knows?)

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

KDrama Marathon

I've been able to control my enjoyment of Korean Dramas for over 1 1/2 years, averaging one episode per day, except for an occasional two episodes (and a rare three episodes) on weekends.

Well, that changed over this year's Christmas/New Year's holiday. During the past three days I've watched the first 16 episodes of Iris (아이리스): 5 episodes on Saturday, 4 on Sunday, then 7 yesterday (Monday).

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Learning Korean: My Experiences So Far

It's been over a year since I started watching Korean dramas. Early in my KDrama adventure I decided it might be fun to actually learn a few words or sentences I was hearing.

Here are the steps I've taken so far:

1. Purchase the Pimsleur Korean Language CDs.


Wednesday, September 24, 2014

50 Korean Dramas

This week I reached a new milestone when I finished watching "Pasta"--my 50th complete Korean Drama in just over 18 months. Some have been better than average; others have been worse. One thing is certain: They are orders of magnitude better than American television.

I look forward to the next 50 KDramas!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Where to Watch Korean Dramas

Friends frequently ask me where to watch Korean Dramas. Before I mention places I've watched them, you'll probably guess that they are shown in Korean--without subtitles (of course).


Monday, August 4, 2014

Korean Drama

American television used to be interesting. In the past 10-20 years, however, it had become just plain boring. Last year I discovered the South Korean television. Now TV is interesting again. Thank you to my friends for introducing me!

Welcome to my world of KDrama!

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Korean Drama and the Ides of March

It was exactly one year ago today--March 15, 2013--that we watched episode 1 our first Korean Drama, "Secret Garden."

During the past year we have rarely (if ever) missed a day when we didn't watch at least one episode of some KDrama. We have watched 38 from start to finish, and are currently over half-way finished with our 39th. (Click this blog's Korean Drama tab to see what we've watched-ranked from most to least favorite.)

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

DramaFever

Several weeks ago, while out of town at a conference, I decided to keep up with my wife (at home) in watching the Korean drama "Faith." At the time, I thought my only viewing option was Hulu Plus--which I had grown to dislike because of their extremely annoying commercials.

The Super 8 Motel (where I was staying) filtered out the commercials. As a result, there were 30-60 seconds of silence whenever a Hulu commercial interrupted "Faith."

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Rooftop Prince: Best Korean Drama. Ever.

We finished the last two (of twenty) episodes of "Rooftop Prince" last night on HuluPlus. (Yeah, I know everyone hates HuluPlus--so do I--but "Rooftop Prince" was highly recommended.) I wasn't disappointed.

Friday, April 19, 2013

My Princess = 마이 프린세스 : Four Stars (or 3?)

We just finished watching My Princess--our third Korean Drama TV series.

I enjoyed the
  • acting (and actors)
  • interactions among characters
  • allusions to Korean history
  • the modern setting
  • the generally wholesome story line found in many Korean TV dramas

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Secret Garden = 시크릿가든 (秘密花園) : Five Stars

We just finished watching the last three episodes of the Korean drama "Secret Garden" on NetFlix. I heartily recommend it! An incredible love story, it is completely wholesome. ... And what a plot!

You'd better be a fast reader, because the English subtitles go by fast!