I Never Liked A K-Drama For Its Cinematography Until This

I usually stick by a K-drama when the lead actors are good, the humor is beyond my imagination, or the plot is currently a reflection of the goings-on in my life. All the aforementioned factors appear in this drama, Because This Is My First Life, but with the addition of cinematography and production design.

While I usually watch K-dramas to calm my mind, this one in particular always has me sitting up to rewind and take a proper screencap of the scenes I love. All the references speak to me, and I'm certain I missed spotting a whole lot more. Feel free to discuss and help me out (and possibly, fellow fans?) in the comments section. 

I'd also like to thank websites like Dramabeans and Film-grab for inspiring me to be as dutiful with screencapping and captioning. These are made possible via my viewing through the Viu app LOL and I'm only through the first five episodes, so this post will be updated us I go along (or maybe not, it depends on my energy). Please enjoy. 

 

 
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A sweater over a frilly skirt is totally my style, and it's crazy she wears it here as pambahay. Her outfit and pristine white Kitty easily makes this like a Vogue editorial (particularly the one that features Karlie Kloss doing household chores, circa November 2012).

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Biting off more cold noodles than one can chew. First of many more noodle-gorging scenes in the drama. Also, how can you not love all the vintage props in the background?

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A poster of the film The Graduate—perhaps a foreshadowing of a forced, loveless, or a rather convenient union? Which one is it, or is it all?

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Walking through this dark tunnel is reminscent of Wong Kar Wai's Chungking Express.

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Noodle-gorging photo #2

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Now it's the JaDine drama 'Til I Met You I'm seeing here! LOL

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Smoking scenes atop a sunny rooftop is always a good sign. (P.S. what follows this scene is gold!)

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Subtle, but so powerful.

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The start of a new, brighter beginning. At this point, I am infinitely drawn by the amount of sunlight persistent in this drama.

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Is that you, Adrien Brody? Can't decide if he feels to me like Adrien Brody in The Darjeeling Limited or The Pianist, but I am certainly an Adrien Brody fan and he makes a dashing Korean counterpart.

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The Graduate, millennium edition.

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Don't say I didn't warn you about all the noodle-gorging. Also, this funnily reminds my of last year's Kita Kita. 

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Note how there's now running after the bus and pounding on the windows for the drivers to stop. Instead, the newlyweds run like brothers in The Darjeeling Limited, who instead, chased after a train. A meta-reference, as Wes Anderson was also influenced by The Graduate, and in that movie, the newlyweds do make a run for the bus after a rather blasphemous wedding ceremony.

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Last but not least, Michelangelo's The Creation of Adam.

 

 

 

 

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