Full House swept the whole Asia into drama addiction way back in 2004. The wave is on again,stronger than ever and in full force.
Korean Dramas are all about chance meetings, serendipitous moments and living life run by destiny. Full House tells you what it means to take these ideas into the next level and tells you that it’s okay to live with a complete stranger in one house.
Well, sort of.
For those of you who haven’t watched Full House (Idunno how you even lived without watching it!), it’s a story about Han ji Eun, an orphaned writer who got tricked by her manipulative so-called friends into selling her huge house without her knowledge. Then comes Lee Young-jae, a famous, narcissistic actor who bought the same house. Chaos is bound to happen as the two agree to live in the house by signing a contract on a pretend marriage, as both of them deal with crazy issues ranging from an unrequited love to who gets to clean up the dishes after every meal?
Let’s go down memory lane, shall we?
TOP 5 things I love about Full House
THE CHEMISTRY. Now this is how all on-screen couples should be like! Well, the constant bickering, name-calling and teasing can frustrate you to death but in the end you’d still understand that deep inside the obnoxious characters there seem to be something deeper that’s brewing. There were no shortage of random jokes, embarrassing moments and cringe-worthy situations. You just get hooked right on the spot!
NOTHING REALLY HAPPENS. Yes! Finally a drama where there are no incest issues, sibling rivalry, terminal illness or revenge! It’s like watching two completely different individuals catfight it out endlessly and wait which one of them gets knocked out. I mean, think about it. There was minimal set changes (house and outside the house), minimal activities (all they ever did was clean the house, Rain was supposed to be an actor but what did he really do?), and minimal supporting characters. But it was packed with a whole LOT OF DRAMA for maximum effect!
QUIRKY CHARACTERS. Huge stepdown for drama queen Song Hye Kyo who always played the quiet, lady-like and graceful role. Here you get to see her chase down her friends in dirty back alleys, walk around Hong Kong with one shoe, eat a huge bowl of rice mixed with leftovers and yes, even dance kindergarten songs. She was like a woman-child in this drama! She cries a lot and only stops when you buy her ice cream, wears pigtails, colorful mismatched outfits and sticks out her tongue when she gets pissed off! She even writes weird, out-of-this-world stories and thinks of the craziest ideas. What’s not to love?
Rain is pouring—with charisma and star quality, you can almost forgive him for being the worst stuck-up, insensitive jerk alive. He even has his OWN bare-chested photo put up in his room like that! Vain schmuck. He always screams his lungs like it’s that time of the month, he calls Han Ji Eun cruel names like rice cooker/chicken, prances around arrogantly like he owns the world, and breaks his promises every single time. He is such a control and clean freak who drives everyone nuts! But surprisingly, you can’t help but love they guy despite all his fail. He just acts all tough yet deep inside he’s just an adorkable, sweet guy.
THE LOVE SQUARE YOU JUST HAVE TO FOLLOW. Sure, they all run around in circles one person after another. But you just can’t help but wonder if the bra-showing chick ends up with the token rich Mr. Nice Guy or the loudmouthed supposed actor who looks like a popstar?
SO MANY RANDOM MOMENTS. Full House is cliche ridden—poor nobody meets rich, famous guy who’s still in love with his childhood best friend, yadda yadda. There are details too that were incredulous—like how come Rain doesn’t have a cook or even OWN modern appliances, or why the hell does he wear clothes that are two sizes too small for him? But meh, it all worked out. Plus Rain in tight fitting white pants and leather vest is more like a bonus, really. And it’s not all about trivial matters. As the story comes along it shows how family and friends are important.
FULL HOUSE SEASON 2?
news from stareastasia:
“Full House was released in 2004 and is one of the most popular Korean drama ever; and made the already famous cast, Rain and Song Hye-kyo, to the new height of their career.
It is reported that the script of the sequel is in progress, but the director and the main cast have not been decided yet.”
A season 2 for Full House is said to be expected, and there has been 20 episodes written. It is to be expected to air in August 2009.
It just wouldn’t be the same if Rain and SHK would not be in the sequel. Let’s hope this doesn’t become a flop like Goong S which starred Se7en as the prince.
FULL HOUSE TAIWAN REMAKE?
“Cross-strait film exchange takes place once again; Taiwan version ‘Full House’ will have Wu Zun pair up with mainland China’s first-line actress Zhou Xun, who hasn’t filmed a series in 6 years. Just by the male & female lead’s pay, they have to knock a massive $700,000NT per episode, and the production fees are estimated to be $3million NT per episode. However, this pair is definitely going to attract overseas earnings and it also complies with the government pushing for the idea of cross-strait exchanging.”
“The new version of ‘Full House’ follows the highly debated issue of cross-exchanging that Chinese people are currently very concerned about. This drama will be directed by Niu Cheng Zhe, and will film scenes in both Taiwan & China. The story tells of the 2 countries being separated for 60 years; Beijing girl Zhou Xun suddenly receives a notice from Taiwan informing her about her inheritance of her grandfather’s legacy. She then travels all the way to Taiwan, and discovers that her grandfather’s house has been rented out to big celebrity star Wu Zun for filming. Hence, she becomes very cold towards him, but gradually, love blossoms beneath their constant bickering and arguments. “
Yesterday, GTV Deputy Director Lai stressed that this drama is not re-filming Korea’s version of ‘Full House’, but is an adaptation of the Korean manga ‘Full House’. The storyline is not the same as Song Hye-Kyo & Rain’s version. Deputy Director Lai smiled saying: “The original manga did not have a Chinese name, ‘Lang Man Man Wu (Full House) is actually GTV’s original creation.”
Sounds promising. But I’m not too sure about Wu Zun’s acting, though. A lot of people commented that he just might not be a perfect fit for an A-list actress such as Zhou Xun. He’s definitely got the pretty boy eyecandy down to a T, but we’ll just have to wait and see!
FULL HOUSE PHILIPPINE REMAKE?
Several entertainment forums are abuzz with the newest installation of the Full House Korean drama into the Philippine waters. ” In Philippines, the show remains as the highest rated Korean drama, with a peak of 52.0% Huge network GMA bought the rights to have their own version of the show. Richard Gutierrez will be playing the role originally played by Rain/ Bi. It’s still unknown who will be the actress to portray Song Hye Kyo’s role.”
Now I’m not familiar with the Philippine version or if this news is really confirmed, but netizens from the network’s official forum site said they have seen a very short preview of it on TV just recently.
POLL BATTLE RATTLE:
(1) What do you think of the new Full House versions?
(2) Who do you think looks best to fill in Rain’s shoes? Wu Zun or Richard?
Nothing beats the original rice cooker couple.
Some photos from popcornfor2.com