Abnormal Weather Cause for the High Ratings?

22 04 2010

The spring season of TV doramas has arrived and across-the-board there have been ratings higher than usual these days. Usually there is only one maybe two big doramas with ratings above 15% each season, but this time we have “Shinzanmono” (TBS) that even broke the 20% mark, “Zettai Reido” (Fuji TV) with 18% and “Keibutsu-kun” (NTV) with 17.5%. Other doramas that started one week earlier such as “Rinjo 2” and “Team Batista 2” also were able to gain higher ratings during their second week , a rare sight among doramas in general.

What’s the cause for all this? Are the doramas really that much better this season or is it something else? J-Cast thinks that the unseasonable and cold weather that is currently hanging over Japan might be the actual reason for the above average ratings. It’s not just the signs of rain that make people want to stay at home and watch TV, on the 17th it even has been snowing in Tokyo again. The city hasn’t seen snow flakes in April since 1969.

A producer from one of the five key stations in Japan on the matter: “I’m afraid to say that the abnormal weather is going to continue until Golden Week. The number of people who can’t travel to Europe because of the volcanic ash is increasing as well. On the other hand we are registering some record high ratings for most of our TV programs these days.”

The producer is optimistic that the high ratings are going to continue until at least early May. It will be interesting to watch the trend of the dorama ratings over the next couple of weeks. Yesterday the third episode of “Team Batista 2” aired and was able to improve its rating once again. Unfortunately “Zettai Reido” lost some ground this week, but it’s still close to the 15% mark.

Credits: asianfanatics


EMERGENCY: A Call to Arms

30 01 2010

Hello everybody. Alas! This is neither a news update, a fashion blast, a download, or a review of dramas. This is a personal note from I, Calista, to everyone out there with the ability and the generous heart.

I am a great lover of Bumsso. That is, the wonderful pairing of Kim Bum and Kim So Eun (Yi Jung and Ga Eul? Boys Before Flowers? Ring any bells?). Well, So Eun has a new drama coming out called A Good Day for the Wind to Blow. Maybe you’ve heard of it? Anyway, Margaret, the amazing, tireless backbone behind the greatest Bumsso site ever (this site’s download for the 2010 Bon Juk Calendar came from her) is about to embark on the great expedition of subbing for this drama (other sites are really slow and behind on subbing for daily sitcoms).

As mentioned by her, this is not a one-man project. We need lots of help and there’s a shortage of volunteers. I’m a Chinese-English subber myself, but there are also many other positions to be filled. They are listed below:

  • Translators (Both Korean-English or Chinese-English): I can translate, but if we had more this would go a lot quicker. If I translate a 30 minute episode by myself, depending on difficulty, it can take 3-8 hours.
  • Timers: Need to know how to use subbing programs, or have motivation to learn. Also need to have decently fast internet to download the raw files to time them. If I were timing, 30 minute program would take 2-4 hours.
  • Encoder: Should have fast internet to download the raw, and encode it with the sub file. All you need is a program to do it. Usually it can take 15-30 minutes to encode an episode depending on how much memory your computer has.
  • Editor: To make sure the timing is right and the translations are correct. Shouldn’t take more than 1 hour.
  • Uploader (Should also go hand in hand with encoder): Fast internet is a must. My uploading speed maxes out at 30kb/s, so I can’t really help you there. Need to be able to download and upload the raw for the other subbers, and upload the final product to hosting sites such as MegaUpload, Mediafire, Sendspace, etc, and split the videos to upload on youtube. So someone who has fast uploading and downloading speed would be most useful.

Bumsso via Margaret

If you could help, I know that Margaret, all of the waiting viewers of this show, Bumsso website, and I would be extremely grateful. Please reply to this message, message me on my email, or go straight to Margaret’s Bumsso site to let her know you can help (www.bumsso.wordpress.com).

Thank you so much.

Celebrity of the Day: Ha Ji Won

24 01 2010

For all those that have heard Wonder Girls’ famous song, So Hot, remember “legs like Ha Ji Won (하지원)”? Well, born June 28, 1979 as Jeon Hae Rim (전해림), Ji Won is one of the most celebrated South Korean actress in this day and era. She was educated at Dan Gook University. She first kicked off her career by playing supporting roles in television productions such as Nightmare (가위), Ditto (동감) and Secret (비밀). Ji Won made her breakthrough in the 2002 horror movie, Phone (폰) as a young journalist involved in a complex supernatural plot. Her role earned her a best actress nomination at the Blue Dragon Film Awards.

In the same year, Ji Won launched her singing career, releasing a music album titled Homerun. Later, she continued filming several movies such as Sex is Zero (색즉시공), Reversal of Fortune (역전에 산다) and 100 Days With Mr. Arrogant (내 사랑 싸가지). In 2004, Ji Won starred in the complicated drama, Something Happened in Bali (발리에서 생긴 일) alongside Read the rest of this entry »

KDramas (Ratings & Reviews): Boys Before Flowers

23 01 2010

Boys Before Flowers (꽃보다 男子)

Summary: This is the korean remake of Japan’s bestselling manga, Hana Yori Dango, and the hit Taiwan series, Meteor Garden. One day, delivering the laundry for a student at the expensive and prominent Shinhwa High School, poor girl Guem Jan Di accidentally saves a life and inadvertently receives a scholarship to said school in order to avoid scandal and bad reputations. There, she meets Korea’s F4, four rich, wealthy, handsome friends that preside over Shinhwa and Korea. The leader, Gu Jun Pyo, immediately butts heads with the opinionated Geum Jan Di, whilst she finds herself falling in love with another member, Yoon Ji Hoo. Soon, strong feelings arise between Jun Pyo and Jan Di. But the road to love is not smooth at all. On the way, there’s Jun Pyo’s evil mother, the difference between their social classes, the three mean girls and endless difficulties. Starring Goo Hye Sun (구혜선), Lee Min Ho (이민호), Kim Hyun Joong (김현중), Kim Bum (김범), Kim Joon (김형준), Kim So Eun (김소은).

Review: I really enjoyed this drama. It’s probably the most unhealthy, useless thing I watched that year, but it was very entertaining to watch (sort of like ice cream). I must admit, the Read the rest of this entry »

News: The Battle of Ratings

23 01 2010

Taiwanese idol drama series Down With Love (就想賴著妳) which stars two mega idols, Jerry Yan (言承旭) from F4 and Ella Chen (陳嘉樺) from S.H.E will be making its debut on television screens this weekend. To instill some hype amongst viewers, the production team aired a special episode which consisted of trailers and exclusive interviews with the cast last Sunday.

The ratings for the special trailer episode raked in a meager 0.59% as compared to Jerry’s fellow F4 band member Vanness Wu’s (吳建豪) ongoing drama series, Autumn’s Concerto (下一站,幸福), which pulled in a healthy number of 7.15% in ratings.

(F4 from left to right: Jerry Yan, Vanness Wu, Ken Chu and Vic Zhou) Read the rest of this entry »

TWDramas (Ratings & Reviews): Love or Bread

23 01 2010

Love or Bread (我的億萬麵包)

Summary: This 2008 drama reunites the co-stars for their third drama together (after It Started With a Kiss and They Kiss Again). Cai Jin Lai (Frank) is a lazy, rude fellow that has wasted away his inheritance on designer clothes and a luxurious lifestyle. Zhen Shan Mei is a trustworthy, kind young woman that earns all the money in her house. She dreams of her high school boyfriend, currently living in Mainland China, who has promised to marry her someday. However, once she abandons everything in Taiwan to chase after love, she finds that her boyfriend is already promised to another. Too ashamed to face her family, Shan Mei rents a house. The landlord informs her there will be another tenant. And the tenant turns out to be Frank! With such different personalities, the two clash, but find themselves with one thing in common: they need money. Starring Ariel Lin (林依晨), Joe Cheng (鄭元暢).

Review: Well, well, well. Here’s another drama starring the ISWAK two. And the plot also involves the both of them living together. Hmm… I must say I didn’t enjoy this drama. Joe’s acting was too crazy and unbelievable, whilst Read the rest of this entry »

News: Upcoming Korean Dramas (2010)

23 01 2010


1. Dandelion Family (장미와 민들레)

  • Air Date: 30 January 2010
  • Starring: Song Sun Mi, Maya, Lee Yoon Ji, Jung Chan, Kim Dong Wook

2. A Man Called God (신이라 불리운 사나이)

  • Air Date: 13 March 2010
  • Starring: Song Il Gook, Jung Ryu Won

3. Dong Yi (동이)

  • Air Date: March 2010
  • Starring: Han Hyo Joo, Ji Jin Hee, Lee So Yeon, Jung Jin Young, Bae Soo Bin

4. What’s Up? (왓츠 업)

  • Air Date: March 2010
  • Starring: Im Joo Eun, Im Ju Hwan, Kang Dae Sung, Jun Hye Jin

5. Personal Preference (개인의 취향)

  • Air Date: April 2010
  • Starring: Lee Min Ho

6. Road Number One (로드 넘버원)

  • Air Date: June 2010
  • Starring: So Ji Sub, Kim Ha Neul, Yoon Kye Sang, Son Chang Min

7. Gaya (가야)

  • Air Date: 2010
  • Starring: TBC*

8. Could It Be Fruit Candy? (어쩌면 후루츠 캔디)

  • Air Date: 2010
  • Starring: Go Ah Ra, Kim Tae Hyun

9. Falling In Love (폴링 인 러브) Read the rest of this entry »