More of the Holidays: Just Shut Up Already, Have Some Ramen!

I’m extremely thankful for the holidays, because it means I’ll have time to sit still without being disturbed at all (that includes my almost beloved iPhone.) Since the number of series that I have accumulated without me noticing it (lesson learned: read thoroughly before downloading,) I have quite a number to watch, not to mention those that I haven’t finished yet (still not done, I hope to finish it sooner.) Thus, I found myself arranging my pillows in a very comfy way, stuff toy in hand, a bottle of water on my improvise side table and this thoughts in mind: “let the Korean Drama marathon begin!” Here’s what I watched:

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Title: Shut Up Flower Boy Band (Shut Up and Let’s Go) Genre: Teen, Romance, Music; Broadcast Year: 2012; Total Episodes: 16; Cast: Sung Joon, Lee Hyun-jae, Yoo Min-kyu, Kim Min-suk, Jo Bo-ah, Jung Eui-chul, Lee Min-ki, Kim Jung-min

Summary: Joo Byung-hee (Lee Min-ki) is the crazy, free-spirited leader and vocalist of the popular underground rock group, Eye Candy. Joining him is Kwon Ji-hyuk (Sung Joon), chic Lee Hyun-soo (Kim Myung-soo), playboy Kim Ha-jin (Yoo Min-kyu), silent Jang Do-il (Lee Hyun-jae) and baby-faced Seo Kyung-jong (Kim Min-suk). When their delinquent-ridden school is forced to close down, they debate whether it’s even worth returning to high school at all. However, due to an outside confrontation with their new school’s current ruling band, Strawberry Fields, Eye Candy decides to attend Jungsang High out of spite so they can rule the school once again.

Shut Up Flower Boy Band is an atypical music drama – gritty, relentless and highly stylized to the punk sentiment, but always with heart.

I was disoriented when I started; mostly because the handheld camera was being turned upside down and it was so dark, kinda reminds me of the teens doing the documentary of The Blair Witch Project, and I’m not into horror, I rarely or never watch horror may it be film or series. Also, I was thinking this is centered on teeners (I mean teenagers, allow me to invent terms please) and I’m only familiar with one actor which is Sung Joon (I pitied his character so much in Lie to Me) but I told myself give it a few minutes before I watch something else (I did mentioned I had plenty to chose from) and so I did.

After being disoriented for a few minutes came the decision ender scene, a band rocking a catchy, melodic rock song. I can never say no to a series with rock or alternative bands/songs in it, never happened. So I found myself watching one episode after the other until the very end. And all I can say is it’s worth every minute of it. Why? Because:

  1. The story is engaging in the sense that the characters grows continuously. It’s like watching a flower bud bloom; it makes you wonder how it is going to turn out. It’s the same with this drama, with every change, you’ll wonder how the characters will follow and having experience some of the events on this series once upon a time, I completely relate with the adjustments they had to go through to fit in.
  2. Friendship was portrayed in a very deep sense, as deep as willingness to sacrifice what you value most for the sake of a friend no matter how much that decision could hurt you in the end. Now that’s beautiful. I have but a few friends, and I haven’t experienced anything like that much when it comes to friendship that’s why this aspect appeals to me.
  3. A gathering is not a gathering without food, in this drama it is ramen. You’ll see several scenes where they are eating ramen: after a confrontation, to spend more time with a girl or just plain they are hungry. Food means togetherness, no matter how simple it is.
  4. The story is realistic and is happening now. You’ll find plenty of the characters nowadays, broken family, teeners who spend more time with friends because no one is home. Teeners that engage into fist fights (I’ve seen some of those once upon a time,) get in trouble with their teachers and some being favored by teachers. Teeners trying to find a way to enjoy, a “past time” may it be good or bad.
  5. The love story aspect is not overrated, rather refreshing although the conflict of loving someone who’s in love with someone else while someone else is also in love with you is somehow ambitious to me. (I don’t want to explain myself.)
  6. The songs are awesome, in fact, one of the songs (Jaywalking) is my LSS for a few days now, I even downloaded it and it’s on repeat on my iPhone as of the very moment. The lyrics are simple yet appealing, the melody: awesome (I feel so.)

There still too much to mention on why I fell in love with this series, but words are not enough to describe it. If you haven’t seen it please do so. You won’t regret it. Make sure you have some Kleenex at hand too, you might shed a tear or two.

On a different note, I didn’t know Sung Joon could sing so well. Here’s another song from the OST:

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