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[Drama 2010] Personal Taste 개인의 취향

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Guest krezzi

Here are the ratings for the first episode of all three new dramas.

Currently, Personal Taste is in second. I'm not sure if this news is confirmed, but it's from AGB:

Cinderella's Sister <신데렐라 언니> (KBS2) - 15.8%

Personal Taste <개인의 취향> (MBC) - 12.5%

Prosecutor Princess <검사 프린세스> (SBS) - 8%

http://www.newsen.com/news_view.php?uid=201003312329001001

thnks sayroo.

I really2 hope that the rating for PT will continue to rise.

Really hope that the korean's people will love the series.

think positive - fighting!!

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Guest Rainie

First episode was actually really funny...can't wait for more. It was a good start...poor Gae-In though, being betrayed by her friend like that. I read the character description, and apparently In-Hee (Ga-In's friend) is going to come between Jin Ho and Gae-In later on. -___-....she seems like such an evil character...

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Guest yon

ok the TNS Rating is out too..

Seoul

Cinderella's Sister - 16.2

Personal Taste - 13.7

Prosecutor Princess - out of top 20

Nationwide

Cinderella's Sister - 16.7

Personal Taste - 12.7

Prosecutor Princess - out of top 20

p.s. looks like viewers in seoul prefer PT... :P:P

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Guest miniejungle

wow, the chinese subs are out... very fast! but i can't read chinese :(

thank you all for keeping us updated with all the files and uploads. Can't wait to get my hands on the subs. I think this one is going to replace my current addiction, You're beautiful... :D the story thus far has been very interesting and I can't wait to see the rest of the episodes. It's good to see Min Ho back on the small screen again after BOF. this role is definitely more challenging for him too and i'm looking forward to his acting in PT!

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Guest Qi Luo

In regard to the rating, I was surprised because I read in LMH's thread that the show has got most viewers and apparently netizens love his acting a lot. oh well...Koreans tend to love dramatic dramas. After all, everyone has their own personal taste

Yeah... It's a pity that koreans love melodramas and dramatic dramas so much to the point that it doesn't encourage broadcast channels to try other types of dramas.

Anyway, Moon Geun Young is one of the reasons Cinderella's Sister had good ratings...

But I hope Personal Taste rates increase and gets first place instead of Cinderella's sister.

I think Personal Taste has a very unique & fresh story compared to other korean dramas. :)

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Guest webby

PT somehow saved MBC from its poor ratings in the Wed-Thurs drama timeslot. Though it's 2nd place after cinderella's sister, i'm sure its ratings will pick up after a few episodes, especially when the the story picks up as the two leads become roommates. Then again, Cinderella's sister did have better promotions, the cast appeared on Happy Together. Wish PT would have gotten their cast to promote on a variety show before their drama started airing.

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Guest freshies13

Why can't a romantic comedy ever get very good ratings. Come on its Lee min ho I thought that lots of netzins would watch it but like always Kbs always wins. I really wish the rating keep going up.

Personal taste and Lee Min Ho fighting

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Guest valley girl

i haven't downloading this drama , soon i am downloading cinderella onnie, personal taste then prosecutor Princess ..

i like SYJ.. but i like cinderella's onnie more hehhe. so i am sorry onnie.

http://img521.imageshack.us/img521/6605/pt1n6.jpg

min ho is the most stylist engineer hahah. i have lot friends whom civil engineer , architect.

the way he use his helmet it's harm himself hahaha..

the reason for using helmet is safety use.. stupid stylist. poor min ho.

anyway other reason cinderella's onnie has higher rating that is the writer.

the writer on his previous work always surpasses 30% rating.

yeah who knows today..

he is good writer especially on melodrama.

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Thanks to all contributing bits and pieces!!

I Hope Ratings would catch up, But I guess the ones who watched the first episodes of each drama would often be loyal till the series end.. :) hopefully PT can attract more viewers as time goes by :)

PT has an interesting plot and good casts and same with its contender..so arent we lucky to have the chances to watch all? ;)

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dropping by after watching Episode 1 Raw so I can't really grasp everything but I enjoyed Son Ye-jin's portrayal of Kae-in, I've never seen her in lively characters except for Alone In Love so I really looked forward in watching it because of her. She really pulled it off nicely, and of course Lee Min-ho, no more Gu Jun-pyo here, I also liked his engineer character, though still has a little bit of rudeness but loved it, how funny that there were scenes here really intended to make him look like he's really gay, as I guess the reason why he would pretend to be one when he becomes Kae-in's roommate. Over all I like the feel good vibe of the drama...I will continue watching this for sure

about the ratings, it's just the start and I know it will pick up soon, but I don't mind as I enjoy watching the drama

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Thanks Luv for the lovely screencap

Luv, would it be okay for me to used your screencap on my Personal Taste facebook??

You're welcome...hehe...

It's so challenging to keep up with 2 dramas...I hope I can still do it tomorrow...:)

Of course you can use the pictures.

SYJ is so cute in here. :wub:

ptsyj.jpg

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Guest miniejungle

Cinderella, Prosecutor, Taste: First episode impressions

March 31st, 2010 // by javabeans

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Finally! The new Wednesday-Thursday battle is off, and the results are pretty consistent with my expectations, both content- and ratings-wise.

First, the numbers: Cinderella’s Sister took the lead with a 16.7%, while Personal Taste was in second with a 12.7%. Prosecutor Princess trailed with a 7.3%. (Those are TNS Media numbers; AGB Nielsen gave the numbers as 15.8%, 12.8%, and 8.0%.)

I think it’s likely this trend will hold. After seeing all first episodes, I think it’s also an accurate reflection (for once!) on the relative quality of the shows. Each series had strengths and weaknesses, but this time I have a clear picture of which ones I prefer and why.

On to the reviews! (To the spoiler-phobes: I have avoided giving away any big plot points that aren’t already known.)

CINDERELLA’S SISTER (KBS)

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In my latest Oh My Lady recap, I mentioned the issue of a drama making an emotional connection with the viewer, and how Oh My Lady has been slow to build that rapport. In contrast, Cinderella’s Sister is very good about establishing that connection right away, and I felt myself drawn from the start.

Tonally, the first episode wasn’t angsty or tragic, and was surprisingly light. Not light in a fluffy way, but in a way that is humorous and heartfelt. (I suspect that the drama will grow heavier later, but am thankful it starts briskly.) I feel confident saying that of the three Wednesday premieres, this was the strongest first episode and while none of them sucked, it was a pretty obvious first-place. The pacing is assured, the scenery beautiful. The acting is outstanding, not just from the leads but everyone. (That would be Moon Geun-young, Seo Woo, Chun Jung-myung, Lee Mi-sook, and Kim Gab-soo. Taecyeon is not in this episode.)

Without giving away too many plot points, the gist of the story is this: Eun-jo (Moon Geun-young), somewhere in her mid-teens, is the daughter to a woman who keeps shacking up with horrible men — drinkers, beaters, lowlifes. Mom Kang-sook (Lee Mi-sook) goes from one man to another, and Eun-jo bears this stoically although she’s sick of living like this. Hyo-sun (Seo Woo) is a bright, lovable girl whose father owns a makgulli (rice wine) company. Meeting Kang-sook stirs her longing for a mother figure, and Hyo-sun does her best to push Kang-sook toward her father. Ki-hoon (Chun Jung-myung) is a good-natured employee of the makgulli company and a caring, mature older brother figure to Hyo-sun, who adores him. Though his interaction with Eun-jo is brief, he’s the only person who’s able to get through Eun-jo’s tough outer shell.

Moon Geun-young as Eun-jo is the main draw by far, and she does her cynical, hurt, defensive role well. She makes Eun-jo relatable and unique, and acts with convincing intensity. I love Chun Jung-myung so I’m thrilled merely to see him back onscreen again, but I’ll admit he doesn’t have much to do in this episode. However, his gentle, smiling presence in itself gives his character a warm aura. I am keen to see how their relationship unfolds, and by keen I mean VERY. I’m invested already.

That said, I think Seo Woo is almost as strong as Moon Geun-young. Yes, she most certainly overacts as the young schoolgirl. I suspect some viewers will find it annoying. As in Tamra the Island, I find Seo Woo’s girlish exaggerations cute rather than contrived, because they seem genuine to the actress herself, and not put-upon to force cutesiness. I am also being a little lenient because she’s playing a young teen, and will revise my opinion if she doesn’t grow out of it later. All that said, it’s the crying scene where she really stands out, and she makes Hyo-sun’s tears not only sympathetic but entirely believable. I was impressed.

Kim Gab-soo is excellent as the quiet, withdrawn father. You won’t find a trace of his creepy villain (Hon, Partner, Tazza) in this character, who is alternately gruff and vulnerable. Lee Mi-sook is the perfect stepmother to Cinderella, and she plays Kang-sook with layers of complexity. In fact, everyone plays their characters with layers, which is why I have a good feeling about this drama. It’s not simply reversing the Cinderella fairy tale, it’s subverting all the relationships and creating something new with them. I find that really compelling.

PROSECUTOR PRINCESS (SBS)

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The basic plot features Ma Hye-ri (Kim So-yeon) as a fashion-loving prosecutor who is the latest addition in the public prosecutor’s office. With her love of stylish clothing and extravagant shoes (and jewelry, and handbags), she stands out in the low-key, no-nonsense office, and not in a good way. It’s no surprise, then, that Episode 1’s plot largely centers around a pair of fabulous shoes.

As the daughter of a prosecutor, she has made it through school at his prodding, and thinks she’s finally free of all that hard work. Of course, we know her hard work is just about to start. Her first encounter with a case shows us that what she’s lacking isn’t a brain — she’s plenty smart, and she knows the law — but a compassion and connection to her cases. The law is cut-and-dried to her, and developing an attachment to her cases on a basic human level will probably figure largely in her growth.

The big lure here is certainly Kim So-yeon, whose take on frivolous Ma Hye-ri is bubbly and entertaining. I am not by any means comparing her acting to Mi-shil in Queen Seon-deok, but both roles gave me a similar sense of watching a skilled actress diving into a character with gusto and enjoying playing around. Kim has altered her intonation and speech patterns and completely changed her image, and it’s particular fun to watch her because it was only a few months ago that she was so tough and fierce in IRIS.

This is essentially Legally Blonde set in a public prosecutor’s office, and I think the similarities are pretty deliberate, down to Hye-ri’s offbeat candidness, overaccessorization, and near-garish fashion sense. For some reason it doesn’t feel like a total copycat to me, though, and I wonder if maybe the cultural differences are enough to set it apart.

Where Prosecutor Princess falters is in that everything feels just a little too familiar. I’m always looking for a drama to show that one flash of inventiveness, a twist on a trope, or a jolt of new energy — it doesn’t have to be completely new, but there’s got to be something that feels different. I don’t get that feeling from Prosecutor Princess.

The characters and plot setup are straightforward thus far. They’re aiming to give Park Shi-hoo’s character a tinge of mystery, and to their credit they achieve that, since I’m curious to know what his deal is. But that’s a purely intellectual curiosity, not an emotional one. Neither he nor Han Jung-soo’s serious prosecutor character have been explained much, but I don’t find that I’m very interested. They haven’t really broken through to give their characters life, and I thought Han Jung-soo was stiff.

There’s a yet-unexplained subplot regarding a case Han Jung-soo has been following for three years, but like with many dramas with a legal (or business) angle, the pace drags when we linger on the case. Partner lost me with its dry legal storylines despite the chemistry between the leads; I fear the same may happen with Prosecutor Princess. (At least this drama is working in an additional angle with Hye-ri’s professional and personal growth, which may save it.)

Based on the first episode, my prediction is that Prosecutor Princess will have a small but loyal following. It’s not bad, it’s just in a tough timeslot — I think those who want something more substantial will gravitate toward Cinderella’s Sister, while those who want a light romantic comedy may be more drawn to the zippier Personal Taste. I’ve been wrong before, but that’s my gut feeling.

PERSONAL TASTE (MBC)

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I said that Cinderella’s Sister had the best first episode, in that it’s the best-produced and most cohesive package. But Personal Taste is my pick for the most fun and laughs — it’s cute, well-cast, and has a freshness to its humor. The jokes aren’t wildly original, but they’re presented well and feel new for a kdrama. (I mean, a gay-blowjob joke on Korean television? Ha!) Also, every deviation that the drama has made from the novel has been for the better (so far).

If you’ve been following the novel posts, you’ll get the gist. If you haven’t, here’s the deal: Kae-in (Sohn Ye-jin) is an upbeat and good-hearted furniture designer, if naive and rather dense. She is badly hurt by her boyfriend, whom she believes is going to propose to her when he is in fact marrying her friend the next day.

In a series of chance encounters, she gets off on the wrong foot with Jin-ho (Lee Min-ho), an architect who works at a rival firm to her ex. She thinks he’s a pervert at first, but then gets the impression that he’s gay. Jin-ho, who considers her a clueless blunderer, doesn’t bother correcting her. In the next episode (we aren’t there yet), Kae-in agrees to let Jin-ho move in, fed up with straight guys and liking the idea of having a gay roommate. Little does she know that Jin-ho has an ulterior motive: he badly needs to win a building project, and needs to study her house in order to do so, as she is the daughter to the famed architect who built it.

Spot-on casting, for sure. Sohn Ye-jin is perfect as Kae-in, showing the character’s positive personality even as she bumbles through various encounters. She also lets a naivete and vulnerability shine through, making it easy to root for her. Everyone, from the main cast to the supporting members, has that extra spark that draws you to them and their roles. I have a feeling the sidekicks are going to be a hoot. I even like Kim Ji-suk’s take on his character, who is nowhere near as awful as the book character; you can see he’s conflicted and remorseful. He’s just also a wuss.

Lee Min-ho may be young (he’s even younger than Im Seulong despite playing his hyung), but he wears Jin-ho’s airs perfectly. I’ll be the first to sing Lee’s praises, but I was worried that he wouldn’t be able to emerge from the Boys Before Flowers shadow — which is considerable — or live up to expectations, particularly since he’s taken over a year to choose his next project. I think he does quite nicely.

You might say that of course I like Personal Taste because I expected to like it — but I think liking the idea actually makes it harder to live up to the hype. Episode 1 is a little unstable at times and the pacing is uneven in the first half, but in the second half it starts to gel and really work. At the end of the hour, this is the drama whose second episode I wanted to see the most.

credit: dramabeans

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tudou link from joonmedia: http://joonmedia.net/videos/play/17558/5

girl thank you so much for the link that you gave.. because of this, i was able to watch the first episode although i don't understand korean! hehehe.. but thanks anyway, i hope that you'll still post links so that we can all share the fun this drama brings.. i love Lee Min ho!! so far, i'm liking his acting here.. i like his presentation better :D

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Guest Solly

Does anyone know where I can find the Korean episode summaries in the Personal Taste's MBC website? I can't seem to find it anywhere... unless I'm blind. O_O;

I'd appreciate it if someone could tell me how to get to those episode summaries because I want to sub them. ]=

Would appreciate it!

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thanks for the tudou link, i just watch it althought i dont understand what they said but i'm really happy see minho there hehehe .. he is really handsome ... minho-sii, sarangheyo ...

big wave to all PT lovers in this thread ..

hart, hi dear, glad to see you here, have a nice day ..

BIG WAVE to this thread! Hello all PTers!

Hi Saint, glad to see you here too :D been overwhelmed with sudden burst of posts here since PT aired..LOL...i watched it in the same link where you watched it...i'll just wait until there's an eng sub to download to understand what they were saying :lol: have a nice day to you too!

i hope PT rating will pick up on the subsequent episodes...but i have no doubt on MinHo's acting...he definitely amazes us always...and what an amazingly perfect face on screen :rolleyes: :rolleyes: :rolleyes:

BIG HUG to PTers esp to... Saint, Liz, pallycute, alovebof, jenny, meow, tsuki hime, maymay, dramafan, goodayie, meteor, ktruong, blooming...miss your posts here.......hi to all other PTers here...glad there's many to share more updates, links and pics on PT!

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Guest pallycute

New MBC pic, Seulong~ :lol:

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New News!! Personal Taste DAEBAK!!!

"Personal Taste" already stirring Asia

New MBC TV series "Personal Taste" is already stirring Korea and Asia since its premiered last night, according to Korea's major broadcaster MBC on Thursday.

MBC said in a press release that the show is already receiving inquiries about overseas broadcasting copyrights and has been sold at "unprecedented prices" to several countries in Asia including Hong Kong and Thailand.

"Sales inquiries are pouring in from Japan and China, the biggest markets for the Hallyu," explained an official at Victory Production Company, who produces the drama. "It is expected to be sold at the highest price in the history of Korean dramas."

Meanwhile, many fans from Japan, China and other Asian countries are reportedly visiting the set to watch and support the show's lead actor Lee Min-ho. Some 50 Japanese fans showed up at the press conference for "Taste", held March 25 in Seoul.

Local fans are showing a lot of support for the show as well -- fan clubs of Lee and actress Son Ye-jin visited the set with food and clothes for the cast and crew.

"Taste", based on a novel of the same title by Korean writer Lee Se-in, is about a man pretending to be a homosexual in order to become roommates with a woman who wants to live with a gay male friend.

According to daily statistics released by research firm AGB Nielsen Media, the Wednesday/Thursday drama made a solid debut on the small screen last night with a viewership rating of 13.8 percent.

The second episode airs tonight on MBC.

Reporter : Lynn Kim lynn2878@asiae.co.kr

Editor : Jessica Kim jesskim@asiae.co.kr

<ⓒ10Asia All rights reserved>

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I have been waiting forever for this drama and really enjoyed watching it even if I could only understand basically what's going on. Can't wait for the subs, I think this is really going to be a good one!

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Here are the ratings for the first episode of all three new dramas.

Currently, Personal Taste is in second. I'm not sure if this news is confirmed, but it's from AGB:

Cinderella's Sister <신데렐라 언니> (KBS2) - 15.8%

Personal Taste <개인의 취향> (MBC) - 12.5%

Prosecutor Princess <검사 프린세스> (SBS) - 8%

http://www.newsen.com/news_view.php?uid=201003312329001001

This is definitely not the rating I've been imagined! I've always thought Personal Taste will be first no matter what. PT is full of interesting characters. I've been watching Korean Drama for more than 10 years, but this is the first time I saw such unique characters.

Well, now it's turn to One Day Battle, Seulong Vs Taecyeon! :rolleyes: I'm with Seulong. (Acutally with LMH & SYJ :D )

I just hope it didn't become another You're Beautiful-IRIS.

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