A two-episode (60 minutes total) web series about finding our soulmates, falling in love, having the courage to confess, facing rejection, and moving on. 「나의 이름에게」 / 「Dear My Name」 stars 「Gongchan」, 「Song Yoo Jung」, 「Kim Do Geon」, 「Han Chae Kyung」, and 「Baek Jae Woo」.
「경이로운 소문」 / 「The Uncanny Counter」 (2020) Season 1 was a live-action adaptation of the webtoon (“digital Korean manhwa”) entitled 「Kyeongirowoon Somoon」 (2018) by Jang Yi. It stars 「Cho Byeong Kyu」, 「Yoo Joon Sang」, 「Kim Se Jeong」, 「Yeom Hye Ran」, and 「Ahn Suk Hwan」, as the Counters–people who hunts evil spirits.
“더 킹: 영원의 군주” or “The King: Eternal Monarch” (2020) was the best science fiction and romance of the 2010 decade. I would say that this show has gained the number one (#1) spot in my list of “Top 10 Overall Best Sci-fi TV Show” pushing down “Fringe” (2008) which held that rank for 12 years.
Thirty years ago an island village was plagued by a mysterious event which shook Korea to its core. Slowly, the stories about the village faded from the memory of the nation and forgotten. However, there were survivors from the island which a group of people are hunting down to continue the forgotten research and one such survivor is a detective who will do everything to keep the demons of the island buried forever.
「도시남녀의 사랑법」 / 「Lovestruck in the City」 is a short story or short form romantic comedy drama which depicts real love stories of young people as they live in a huge busy city. It stars 「Ji Chan Wook」 and 「Kim Ji Won」. The series is also the first part of the multi-series entitled 「City Couple’s Way of Love」.
「제발 그 남자 만나지 마요」 / 「Please Don’t Date Him」 is romantic comedy done right. There are many shows categorised as “RomCom” over the years and very few deserving of this label. 「Please Don’t Date Him」 is one of the few exception as it brings out genuine laughter in every episode while building on the romantic relationship of the characters.
「더 케이투」 / 「The K2」 is a 2016 Korean action and romance drama starring 「Ji Chang Wook」 and 「Im Yoon Ah」. It tells the story of a former mercenary who was framed for the murder of his girlfriend and was later given a second chance in life as a security bodyguard for the secret daughter of a presidential candidate.
「건축학개론」 / 「Architecture 101」 is a Korean movie about first loves and making decisions. This 2012 film stars 「Uhm Tae Woong」 and 「Han Ga Inn」 as the adult 「Seung Min Lee」 and 「Seo Yun Yang」, and 「Lee Je Hoon」 and 「Suzy」 as the younger 「Seung Min」 and 「Seo Yun」 who first met in college in Architecture 101.
The YOOki (柳紀 ・ 유 기) Chronicles is ᜌᜓᜃᜒ (Yuki ・ 雪亮)’s return into casual and personal blogging. The name “YOOki” is a mash-up of the acronym of YourOnly.One and my nickname ᜌᜓᜃᜒ (Yuki ・ 雪亮).
according to Chinese legend, 「柳」 (YOO) is an ancient Chinese surname. The ancestors of the surname were closely linked with the ancient sage-king named Yu Shun. In Korea, the 「유」 (YOO) lineage traces to the Xia, Han, and Joseon dynasties. Holders of the surname Yu or Yoo had a reputation for charity and diligence.1
It is also the word for “willow” or the “willow tree” which means graceful or slender; and a tree growing near a body of water which provide continuous nourishment and resources for everyone. It can also mean to exist, an oil (anointment(?)), and simply as “U” (you).
The hanzi 「紀」 (ki) character means to record, be disciplined, provide order. While the hangul equivalent, 「기」 (ki; gi), means energy, spirit, a banner, and a period of time; and is also a suffix used to make a gerund or an infinitive.
Can you guess what I mean by 「柳紀」 and 「유 기」 as the Chinese and Korean for “YOOki”?