After survived from a challenging week, I reward myself by watching ongoing kdrama. Currently obsessed with Chicago Typewriter which is very underrated, IMHO. This drama is superb. It definitely will be one of the best drama in my list. So, please bare with me. I’m going to rant a lot over this drama.
At first, I was curious about Im Soo Jung (@soojunglim_) who comeback to dramaland after 13 years off. She is so great in I’m Sorry I Love You also …Ing and many other movies. Yoo Ah In (@hongsick) also draws my attention since he always play a challenging character, meaningful if I may say. Just look at his previous work such as Sungkyungkwan Scandal, Fashion King, Jang Ok Jung. There is also Go Kyung Pyo (@kopular) which left good impression on me after Flower Boy Next Door and Reply 1988.
After I watch the first few episodes. I realized it is such a great drama, an unpredictable one.
The storyline. It is mostly about life of a writer but they deliver it in a very interesting way. The idea of using past (Korea in 1930) and present time as setting for their story is something that I rarely seen in kdrama world. Since ‘writer’ is the big theme of the drama, they spoiled me with many book reference, writer reference, beautiful book cafe, inspiring book quotes, and last but not least, amazing privat library of writers. Me, as a bookworm myself, could not ask for more. Books is everywhere.
The cast. I was amazed on how @hongsick perfectly portrayed the eccentric brassy filthy rich writer #hansejoo in the present time and a mysterious poised #seohwiyoung in the past as if they were two character portrayed by 2 different actor. Not to mention the deep, genuine, and cutest bromance with his literally ‘ghost’writer @kopular . The love line with @soojunglim_ which is more than just ‘cheesy’ romance. Add with an eccentric, funny, and random editor played by the #goblin secretary. All I can say, they are the best cast for this drama. .
The OST. Oh my, TVN always provides great OSTs, including this one. All OST and background music are perfectly connect to the story. So far, my favorites is Satellite by SaltNPaper also one from SG.Wannabe.
Last, I love how they include mystery, writer issues, publishing issues, politic issues, world problem, pop culture, fashion, and art in this drama without too dramatize or exaggerate.
So here are some of the OST:
1. SALTNPAPER – Satellite
2. CeeLo – Better Late Than Never [episode 1, during Han Se Joo book fansign in Chicago)
3. Celine Dion – Power of love [episode 1, the scene when the dog run to Jeon Seol instead of Se Joo]
4. Benny Goodman – Sing, Sing, Sing [episode 2, music for dancing scene of the trio in Carpe Diem]
5. Nam In Su – Impressive days [episode 2, the song that the trio sing while walking together]
6. Ruth Etting – All of me [episode 3, the record that Shin Hyul played)
7. Blooming Memories – Baek Ye Rin [episode 3]
8. The Platters – Only you [episode 4, when Bang Jin met Yoo Jin Oh]
9. Park Dan Ma – Wind [Episode 5, Su Yeon sang in Carpe Diem]
10. Park Dan Ma – Wind [Episode 5, Im Soo Jung Version]
11. Writing Our Stories – SG. Wannabe [ending episode 5]
12. Broccoli, you too – Unless give damage to others [episode 7, Se Joo and his editor at the cafe]
13. Be My Light – Kevin Oh [episode 7]
14. Ed Sheeran – Bloodstream [episode 8, when Jeon Seol and Tae Min in the café]