Wahttt ??!! after all these mind boggling blogging this past 1 year, 2 months & 11 days & i haven't blog anything about Frank Shin/Shin Dong Hyuk from Hotelier ? that is so remiss of me :(
i'm feeling so guilty coz Frank is such a special guy and he deserves all the attention he can get.
i borrowed the above title from one of the blog postings i saw in the net last night. the lady who posted the comment got simply blown away again by BYJ aka Frank Shin when she rewatched Hotelier... :D
same here, i just started rewatching the drama ( again ??!!) and the dashing M&A specialist literally swept me off my feet, oh yes, all over again ^^^
i like the concept of the drama coz it gives us this glimpse on how the usually efficient hotel staff actually goes about their daily routine & how crazy it can get but most of all, it's the story of that distant, dashing, lonely, stubborn, one-man-woman M&A specialist that caught my attention. must admit that amongst Yong Joon's dramas, i rank Hotelier just below HWRL & WLS. i feel that Yong Joon should have been featured in a lot more scenes (that's the biased byjfan in me talking
) but thankfully, Yong Joon's captivating portrayal of Frank more than made up for that shortcoming ;)
a lot had been written about yong joon's preparation in doing this drama and the impact it made amongst tv viewers in korea and beyond. not surprising at all. i think he did a great job on this one and in typical BYJ preparations prior to facing the camera, he truly succeeded in giving us Frank Shin in the flesh.
i'm reposting these 2 Hotelier reviews (from sukting and TKL, respectively) from spcnet.tv that somehow summed up how i felt about Yong Joon as Frank/Dong Hyuk after watching (& rewatching :p) the drama.
"From the harsh person who assaults others with sarcastic remarks and boorish acts, he becomes TRULY mild mannered. I like scenes when he calls her from behind most. They are cute, amazing and amusing. He can be so endearing when he does that. Dong Hyuk never lets go of any chance to show that he loves her, no wonder he emerges as the love winner. His English name and his actions really tally - Frank.
I like Bae in here more than in Winter Sonata. He is more charming and is steadfast in love & he never gives up and does not allow his prey any breathing space. He can be wilful like a spoilt child as once he has his mind set, he goes all out to get her. Be touched at the way that he looks at Jin Young tenderly. Some say his acting here is less formidable. I beg to differ. Dong Hyuk is cold by nature and doesn't know how to express himself well. Bae is a rare actor who can make you feel for him when he acts.
Bae Yong Joon was very confident in portraying this cold and aloof image of Frank Shin, a man who has no companion and friends as he is an orphan. Yet he was also able to express the emotions of the character effectively, like when Frank Shin met his long-lost father and sister. The character Frank Shin deserves an Award for "The guy who doesn't know what it means to be embarrassed". Frank Shin is one brave guy who can confess his love for Jin Young at any time and anywhere. Be it when he just steps down the plane, when he is about to board one, before he goes to sleep, in private place, in public places, when he is fully dressed, and even when he is half naked. He must be congratulated for never missing out a chance to tell Jin Young of his love. Yet, he was the only character in the series who knew what he wanted from the beginning.