Thursday Movie Picks is hosted by Wandering Through the Shelves. Head over to her site to join in! This month's television theme is non-English TV shows. Last year I went with Japanese television, this year I'm going with South Korean TV shows. South Korea has a variety of shows, but most of what I watched are the romantic comedy types. Here are my picks this week.
Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-joo - This is a sports romantic drama about a bunch of college students trying to achieve their dream, whether it be to get to a prestigious school to further their olympic career or to get drafted to a professional team. This mainly focuses on Kim Bok-joo, a weightlifter, and her journey for her dream. Her love interest also goes in the same school, and is a swimmer with his own set of issues. This was just really adorable, and the two leads are cute together.
Princess Hours - Set in an alternate South Korea where the monarchy wasn't abolished, this is about two people who were arranged to marry by their grandfathers. One is the crown prince of the country, the other is his artistic classmate. The show focused on their lives, as well as the pressures of being royalty. This basically fed my romanticized love needs back in my teen years. I haven't watched this show recently, but I did like the leads together.
Creating Destiny - This has a slightly similar premise to Princess Hours (arranged marriage) except that the characters are trying their best not to get married. As romantic comedies go, this does go to that direction, but not without drama. I was a fan of the main actress and have liked some of her shows in the past, but this might be my favorite of hers. Although I found that it ran a bit too long for my liking, I didn't mind watching the leads together. They had quite the chemistry that they did end up dating and getting married in real life.