Saturday, March 09, 2013

The Greatest Love (2011 Korean TV Series)

"Gu Ae-Jung... You are my greatest  Love..."

Dear Entertainment Diary,

So, if you are a Filipino, you probably have heard about this Koreanovela as it is currently airing here in the Philippines on GMA Network.

Straight to the point, this is my most favorite Korean drama to date. Why? Simply because this is not just your typical RomCom series! I thought I Miss You is a great example of melodrama but how can this series make me cry for so many times? In other words, it contains different genres that a typical person would wanna watch to be satisfied in a lonely moment. Actually, I'm not satisfied. I'm very satisfied and enraging with different emotions as I watched the last episode! I'm actually sad that I finished this very quickly but I'm also happy that I have watched this series.

I said that this is my most favorite K-drama to date. Why? Because aside from what the title signifies, there are also many more greatest things included in this series. The Greatest Love, for starters. Then, the greatest couple. Greatest Song (Thump Thump/Heartbeat). The greatest friends. The greatest protector. The greatest/grandest entrance of the set of heart physicians ever. The greatest artificial heart. The greatest sidekick. The greatest manager. The greatest company director/president. The greatest everything! The list go on and it can take forever for me to mention it all.

I'm just glad that I came across with this drama and I'm hoping that I will watch another drama as grand and has a beautiful story as this. RomCom series don't actually make mecry. Yes, they can make me laugh and make "Kilig" for some of the comedic and sweet scenes but this series just made me cry for a lot of scenes! Perhaps, the acting of the cast just shot me in the heart then the bullet of emotions just went straight to my brain and commanded me to express those different types of emotions!

As I watch the series, I can't help myself but to laugh with Cha Seung-Won's acting especially when his mouth opens! This is the first drama of him that I have ever watched and I'm surprised that with a very masculine body and a very manly looking face like that can give us too much effortless comedic scenes! It's just that he's very perfect for the role! Again, his acting was very effortless! 

As for Kong Hyo-Jin, this is also the very first drama of hers that I have watched and I gotta praise her as well for her acting! Her, acting as a very respectful protectors of  everyone around her suits her well. Yoo In-Na, I think I saw her on Little Black Dress along side with my Yoon Eun-Hye and I read that she also starred in Queen In-Hyun's Man which will be aired in GMA Network as well as in Secret Garden. For me, she actually didn't do many evil things, as I expected her to be the very with of the series, but still she's good at acting very much in love with Yoon Kye-Sang's character!

As I said, this drama has it all. All the most "kilig" or the sweetest moments here can make you tingle straight to the bones! It can also make you cry as if you're the one in the story for being very affected especially the time when Gu-Jin sacrificed his image for her love. It can make you dance for its very catchy thee song. You can laugh every time Dok Gu-Jin opens his mouth and do all crazy stuff for his Gu Ae-Jong. You can also fell in love with Yoon Pil-Joo for he is the most perfect man and you can be irritated with Kang Se-Ri for his selfishness but most of all, we can all sympathize with Gu Ae-Jong for her braveness and for her protecting everyone she loves. You see? What can you ask for? I actually dreamed about this drama one time because I really want to watch and finish it! But although I finished it already, I think I'll still gonna watch it as I really want this drama and also, I wanna hear the theme songs; Bakit Ngayon by Julie Anne San Jose and Dugung Dugung ( Heartbeat / Thump Thump Tagalog Version) by Rita Iringan.

Here's the plot of the drama: (From  asianwiki):
"The Greatest Love" depicts a sometimes comical, sometimes sad, sometimes sweet and sometimes maddening love square between a popular actor, a washed up former pop idol, a successful former pop idol, and a doctor of traditional Asian medicine.
10 years ago, girl group "Kukbo Sonyeo (National Treasure Girls)" was the top girl group, but 18 months later the group held a press conference announcing their breakup--for unknown reasons. Since that time, lead vocalist Ku Ae-Jung (Kong Hyo-Jin) has gone through many difficulties; she released a solo album, but it flopped. Many negative rumors also swirled around her, but again, for unknown reasons, she never discussed them or explained them in any way. This led the public to develop a very negative image of her. Her father and brother lost all the money from her brief success on a string of failed business ventures. Now 10 years later, she is known to of the public only as a D-lister, the bottom of the celebrity pile, but she still struggles to maintain her career and take care of her family by appearing on any TV or radio programs that will have her.
Meanwhile, top actor Dok Ko-Jin (Cha Seung-Won) is considered by the public as the perfect man; he is an action movie star who is sexy, yet humble--to the public. In actuality, Dok Ko-Jin is arrogant, self absorbed, and downright mean to those who know him. By chance, Dok Ko-Jin and Ku Ae-Jung cross paths at a gas station. Ku Ae-Jung seems to be recognized by a young fan and, because she is flattered, stands next to Dok Ko-Jin's decked out van while he is still sitting inside--as if it is hers. After the fan leaves, she becomes curious who might be in the van and peers into the heavily tinted windows, but is unable to see anything. Dok Ko-Jin sees her trying to peer through the window and believing she is a fan of his, grabs her arm through a partially opened window and autographs his cyrptic signature onto her palm. He then has his driver drive off without identifying himself to her.
Later on, Dok Ko-Jin and Ku Ae-Jung meet again in the lobby of a TV broadcasting company. Through a series of mishaps, Ku Ae-Jung finds herself hiding in Dok Ko-Jin's dressing room and overhears a conversation between Dok Ko-Jin and his manager where she learns that Dok Ko-Jin had his eardrum ruptured during a shooting scene and he wasn't picked for a coveted movie role, even though he bribed the director with a very expensive bottle of wine. On her way out of his dressing room, she bumps into Dok Ko-Jin and when he autographs his name on her scarf she realizes that he was the arrogant star at the gas station in the van.

Ku Ae-Jung then appears on the variety TV show "Sebakwi" and lies to the staff that she can call the famous actor Dok Ko-Jin during the show's speed quiz segment. Before she goes on, she asks Dok Ko-Jin to take her call--but he refuses. However, for some reason when the show airs he changes his mind and actually takes her phone call. Unfortunately for both, Ku Ae-Jung, caught up in the excitement and pressure of the game, accidentally reveals one of the secrets that she overheard in his dressing room--that Dok Ko-Jin tried to bribe a movie director with a bottle of wine. This leads to the beginning of their tumultuous, often hilarious relationship...
We continue to see the ups and downs of their relationship and there are several surprising things that the storywriters let happen to both characters throughout the series as their relationship continues to build and develop.
Another wonderful Hong Sisters drama, arguably the best of their career, "The Greatest Love" carries a dual meaning. The most obvious is the love Ko-Jin grows to have for Ae-Jung, but just as important and poignant is the deep, sacrificial love Ae-Jung has for the people in her life. It's Ae-Jung's willingness to sacrifice herself that lies behind why she finds it so difficult to escape her bad image and the rumors that follow her."

Cast (From wikipedia):

Main cast
Cha Seung-won as Dokko Jin
Gong Hyo-jin         as Gu Ae-jung
Yoon Kye-sang as Yoon Pil-joo
Yoo In-na          as Kang Se-ri
Yang Han-yeol as Gu Hyung-kyu (Ae-jung's nephew)
Jung Joon-ha     as Gu Ae-hwan (Ae-jung's brother/manager)
Lee Hee-jin         as Jenny
Im Ji-kyu            as Kim Jae-seok (Jin's manager)
Choi Hwa-jung as Representative Moon (president of Jin's agency)
Bae Seul-gi         as Han Mi-na
Jung Man-shik   as Manager Jang
Choi Sung-min   as Kim Eun-ho (Couple Making PD)
Kim Mi-jin         as Han Myung-jung (Couple Making writer)
Park Won-sook as Pil-joo's mother
Han Jin-hee         as Gu Ja-chul (Ae-jung's father)
Jeong Gyu-soo as Cardiac surgeon
Hyoyoung         as Harumi


Episode 1
Jang Hang-joon
Jung Doo-hong

Episodes 1-2 (Quiz to Change the World)
Kim Gu-ra
Lee Hwi-jae
Park Mi-sun
Jo Hye-ryun
Lee Byung-jin
Lee Kyung-shil
Jo Hyung-gi
Kim Ji-sun
Ji Sang-ryul
Kim Hyun-chul
Park Kyung-rim
Kim Shin-young

Episodes 3-4

Park Si-yeon

Episode 9

Lee Seung-gi

Episode 10

Brian Joo

Episode 14 (Section TV)

Kim Yong-man
Gu Eun-young
Park Seul-gi
Lee Sung-bae
Seo Hyo-myung
Hwang Je-seong
Jung Hwan-gyu

Episode 15-16 (Ideal Type World Cup)

Kim Gu-ra

You can watch it if you are in the Philippines every Monday-Thursday night on GMA Network after Temptation of Wife (Philippine Version)

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