Monday, February 20, 2012

Korean Drama: New Tales of Gisaeng

I finally finished this 52 episodes kdrama! *Gives myself a pat on the back*

I started watching this last year in September but never get to complete it until I got hooked back again this month.

The actresses and actors are all new faces whom you might have never seen on screen before. I was attracted to the plot of the drama when it started airing in Korea. However I usually only start watching when the drama is complete because I hate having to wait weeks after weeks to know what is going to happen next.

Dan Sa Ran majored in classical dance while attending college. Her mother died when she was still young and her father remarried, bringing with him a new stepsister and a materialistic stepmother whom she has trouble warming up to. Sa Ran comes from a poor family, but she maintains her dignity around friends who come from rich families. Either fate or coincidence brings her together with Da Mo, to whom she feels an instant attraction, but her awareness of her poor background restrains her from voicing it. A head gisaeng at Buyongkak observes Sa Ran's natural beauty and grace as well as dancing talent, and recommends her to become a gisaeng.

Ah Da Mo takes business administration training at his father's company. He does not get along with his father, who is indifferent towards his family and only shows affection towards their pet dog. Da Mo is cocky and tends to look down on women, but begins to question his attitude when he meets Sa Ran by chance. He finds himself involuntarily drawn to her, and their relationship begins.

Most of us do not know what is a Gisaeng. However, I believed many are not unfamiliar with the term Geisha. A Gisaeng is what the Korean call their Geisha.

You can expect to find the popular plot in most Korean drama here. Birth secrets, death, family feuds and lots of tears shed. I myself had shed at least a bucket full of tears while watching this drama. LOL.

The drama can get draggy in certain parts and certain storylines are pretty unnecessary (SPOILER: the ghost part) but overall, it is a very good watch and you can learn the culture and food of Korea from this drama too.

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