Jan. 26th, 2011

dangermousie: (Last Scandal: hold by anenko)
Seven minutes of goodness. Have at it :)

dangermousie: (Last Scandal: hold by anenko)
Seven minutes of goodness. Have at it :)

dangermousie: (Last Scandal: hold by anenko)
Seven minutes of goodness. Have at it :)

dangermousie: (KOTW: SIG fight by meganbmoore)
Chun Jung Myung/Han Ji Hye sageuk about a son of an aristocrat and a son of a slave switched at birth, has released this teaser:



Obviously, this is from the early eps as they are still filming.

Hmmmmm. I loathe the bizarre, washed out, overlay on this - it makes me feel as if I am looking through a dirty soup strainer. It's like a 10-yr-old who got his hands on photoshop for the first time. One of the big selling points for any drama, but especially period drama, is the visuals - so why make it look so horrible in the teaser when I am sure it looks OK in reality.

Also, too much screaming. Just an awful teaser for what I am sure will be a decent drama. Compare that teaser to the one for the 2009 period drama The Kingdom of the Winds (I picked KOTW because it was also a period drama which was not prefilmed thus only first few eps were used for a teaser):



KOTW is how you do the teaser, people. That one would make me watch a drama of which I previously was unaware. The Duo's teaser would make me want to skip the drama except for the fact that I've been avidly expecting it and also know it's not as off-looking as the teaser makes it seem.

And speaking of period dramas, [livejournal.com profile] ockoala convinced me to try out Seo Dong Yo by promising me some epic period romance but I looked up the number of eps and it's 55. Fifty-five!. That's longer than Chuno and Return of Iljimae combined! *weeps* I am going to brave it anyway, so we'll see how it goes. Have a MV:



I sort of feel like a Tamra/Hong Gil Dong/ROI/KOTW/Chuno rewatch (not at the same time, obviously). I crave me some period goodness! Anyone watch Kim Suro and is it good? (Keeping in mind my adoration for period stuff and love of Ji Sung?)
dangermousie: (KOTW: SIG fight by meganbmoore)
Chun Jung Myung/Han Ji Hye sageuk about a son of an aristocrat and a son of a slave switched at birth, has released this teaser:



Obviously, this is from the early eps as they are still filming.

Hmmmmm. I loathe the bizarre, washed out, overlay on this - it makes me feel as if I am looking through a dirty soup strainer. It's like a 10-yr-old who got his hands on photoshop for the first time. One of the big selling points for any drama, but especially period drama, is the visuals - so why make it look so horrible in the teaser when I am sure it looks OK in reality.

Also, too much screaming. Just an awful teaser for what I am sure will be a decent drama. Compare that teaser to the one for the 2009 period drama The Kingdom of the Winds (I picked KOTW because it was also a period drama which was not prefilmed thus only first few eps were used for a teaser):



KOTW is how you do the teaser, people. That one would make me watch a drama of which I previously was unaware. The Duo's teaser would make me want to skip the drama except for the fact that I've been avidly expecting it and also know it's not as off-looking as the teaser makes it seem.

And speaking of period dramas, [livejournal.com profile] ockoala convinced me to try out Seo Dong Yo by promising me some epic period romance but I looked up the number of eps and it's 55. Fifty-five!. That's longer than Chuno and Return of Iljimae combined! *weeps* I am going to brave it anyway, so we'll see how it goes. Have a MV:



I sort of feel like a Tamra/Hong Gil Dong/ROI/KOTW/Chuno rewatch (not at the same time, obviously). I crave me some period goodness! Anyone watch Kim Suro and is it good? (Keeping in mind my adoration for period stuff and love of Ji Sung?)
dangermousie: (KOTW: SIG fight by meganbmoore)
Chun Jung Myung/Han Ji Hye sageuk about a son of an aristocrat and a son of a slave switched at birth, has released this teaser:



Obviously, this is from the early eps as they are still filming.

Hmmmmm. I loathe the bizarre, washed out, overlay on this - it makes me feel as if I am looking through a dirty soup strainer. It's like a 10-yr-old who got his hands on photoshop for the first time. One of the big selling points for any drama, but especially period drama, is the visuals - so why make it look so horrible in the teaser when I am sure it looks OK in reality.

Also, too much screaming. Just an awful teaser for what I am sure will be a decent drama. Compare that teaser to the one for the 2009 period drama The Kingdom of the Winds (I picked KOTW because it was also a period drama which was not prefilmed thus only first few eps were used for a teaser):



KOTW is how you do the teaser, people. That one would make me watch a drama of which I previously was unaware. The Duo's teaser would make me want to skip the drama except for the fact that I've been avidly expecting it and also know it's not as off-looking as the teaser makes it seem.

And speaking of period dramas, [livejournal.com profile] ockoala convinced me to try out Seo Dong Yo by promising me some epic period romance but I looked up the number of eps and it's 55. Fifty-five!. That's longer than Chuno and Return of Iljimae combined! *weeps* I am going to brave it anyway, so we'll see how it goes. Have a MV:



I sort of feel like a Tamra/Hong Gil Dong/ROI/KOTW/Chuno rewatch (not at the same time, obviously). I crave me some period goodness! Anyone watch Kim Suro and is it good? (Keeping in mind my adoration for period stuff and love of Ji Sung?)
dangermousie: (Love Shuffle - Kairi by topazera)
So, I have been experiencing a craving to watch some jdramas - I haven't really watched one since early 2010 when both Sunao ni Narenakute and Tsuki no Koibite exploded in such horrifying messes.

Jdramas and I have a somewhat complicated relationship - when they work for me, they really leave me breathless, the problem is the most of them do not work for me at all. Your average random kdrama I will probably enjoy OK, your average random jdrama will make me turn it off after 15 minutes.

The problem is this: the only kind of drama I hate more than a school or office story is a detective serial and between those three, that is basically 90% of current jdramas (I much prefer older jdramas - they come across as both more naturalistic and mature). It doesn't help that the jdramas fandom likes to talk about and sub are usually in one of those three genres so even if there is the most awesome low-key period romance out there, I probably won't hear of it or have subs.

There is also the shallow fact that I find jdrama actors less hot than their Korean, Taiwanese or Chinese counterparts - jdramas tend to staff their dramas with scrawny, barely legal idols and it's not my thing (I love dramas with older guys - Takenouchi Yutaka comes to mind - but they seem to be a minority of subbed ones, at least).

Anyway. But when the jdramas work for me, they really work, and I miss watching them. So some recs? For reference purposes, here is my favorite jdrama list:

1. Love Shuffle
2. Aishiteiru to Ittekure
3. Pride
4. Itoshi Kimi E
5. Hana Yori Dango 1/2
6. Tatta Hitotsu No Koi
7. Forbidden Love
8. Utahime
9. Sapuri
10. God Give Me More Time
11. Kurosagi
12. Mukodono
12(tie) Bara no Nai Hanaya

So, recs? For the record, I hated Hana Kimi, Long Vacation, Love Generation and Absolute Boyfriend (to use some popular new and old examples)
dangermousie: (Love Shuffle - Kairi by topazera)
So, I have been experiencing a craving to watch some jdramas - I haven't really watched one since early 2010 when both Sunao ni Narenakute and Tsuki no Koibite exploded in such horrifying messes.

Jdramas and I have a somewhat complicated relationship - when they work for me, they really leave me breathless, the problem is the most of them do not work for me at all. Your average random kdrama I will probably enjoy OK, your average random jdrama will make me turn it off after 15 minutes.

The problem is this: the only kind of drama I hate more than a school or office story is a detective serial and between those three, that is basically 90% of current jdramas (I much prefer older jdramas - they come across as both more naturalistic and mature). It doesn't help that the jdramas fandom likes to talk about and sub are usually in one of those three genres so even if there is the most awesome low-key period romance out there, I probably won't hear of it or have subs.

There is also the shallow fact that I find jdrama actors less hot than their Korean, Taiwanese or Chinese counterparts - jdramas tend to staff their dramas with scrawny, barely legal idols and it's not my thing (I love dramas with older guys - Takenouchi Yutaka comes to mind - but they seem to be a minority of subbed ones, at least).

Anyway. But when the jdramas work for me, they really work, and I miss watching them. So some recs? For reference purposes, here is my favorite jdrama list:

1. Love Shuffle
2. Aishiteiru to Ittekure
3. Pride
4. Itoshi Kimi E
5. Hana Yori Dango 1/2
6. Tatta Hitotsu No Koi
7. Forbidden Love
8. Utahime
9. Sapuri
10. God Give Me More Time
11. Kurosagi
12. Mukodono
12(tie) Bara no Nai Hanaya

So, recs? For the record, I hated Hana Kimi, Long Vacation, Love Generation and Absolute Boyfriend (to use some popular new and old examples)
dangermousie: (Love Shuffle - Kairi by topazera)
So, I have been experiencing a craving to watch some jdramas - I haven't really watched one since early 2010 when both Sunao ni Narenakute and Tsuki no Koibite exploded in such horrifying messes.

Jdramas and I have a somewhat complicated relationship - when they work for me, they really leave me breathless, the problem is the most of them do not work for me at all. Your average random kdrama I will probably enjoy OK, your average random jdrama will make me turn it off after 15 minutes.

The problem is this: the only kind of drama I hate more than a school or office story is a detective serial and between those three, that is basically 90% of current jdramas (I much prefer older jdramas - they come across as both more naturalistic and mature). It doesn't help that the jdramas fandom likes to talk about and sub are usually in one of those three genres so even if there is the most awesome low-key period romance out there, I probably won't hear of it or have subs.

There is also the shallow fact that I find jdrama actors less hot than their Korean, Taiwanese or Chinese counterparts - jdramas tend to staff their dramas with scrawny, barely legal idols and it's not my thing (I love dramas with older guys - Takenouchi Yutaka comes to mind - but they seem to be a minority of subbed ones, at least).

Anyway. But when the jdramas work for me, they really work, and I miss watching them. So some recs? For reference purposes, here is my favorite jdrama list:

1. Love Shuffle
2. Aishiteiru to Ittekure
3. Pride
4. Itoshi Kimi E
5. Hana Yori Dango 1/2
6. Tatta Hitotsu No Koi
7. Forbidden Love
8. Utahime
9. Sapuri
10. God Give Me More Time
11. Kurosagi
12. Mukodono
12(tie) Bara no Nai Hanaya

So, recs? For the record, I hated Hana Kimi, Long Vacation, Love Generation and Absolute Boyfriend (to use some popular new and old examples)
dangermousie: (Kenshin: b&w kiss by roninhonor)
Because I think random things as I walk, here is what I was thinking about the topic today:

1. Sam Dong is clearly having problems with his hearing and these problems are especially bad for someone looking to have a singing career.
2. Using Occam's Razor, this has to be the result of Baekhee dropping the flower pot on his head (I have no idea how feasible this is medically, but in kdrama world, where car accidents cause eye cancer, it's probable enough).
3. Sam Dong got the flower pot to the head saving Hyemi from being brained by Baekhee.

ERGO, this is how I foresee this going down:

Ironically, to me this puts paid any hopes of Sam Dong/Hyemi as the drama's OTP. Mainly because if she first fell for him and then the I-am-going-deaf-saving-you stuff appeared (or there were no flowerpot after effects at all regardless of state of her feelings), I could see the love story developing as she switches her affections from Jin Gook to Sam Dong (and then either has to deal with 'my love is going deaf and pushing me away' angst or, if there is no deafness issue at all, having a nice romance). But as it is:

1. Currently she has friendly feelings towards but no romantic interest in Sam Dong.
2. She currently has a thing for Jin Gook. If fancams are to be believed, that goes through at least ep 9 (i.e. Japan scenes)
3. At some point, probably not too far off, she is going to learn Sam Dong is going deaf, and because of her.
4. So what we currently have is Hyemi having a thing for one guy, learning that another guy is going deaf because of her (yes, theoretically she can switch her affections to SD and then find out, but how dramatic would that be? And not very kdramaish, especially since if they wanted to go that route, they would have had to start the switch in affections much earlier).
5. One does not have to be a genius to figure out that the typical kdrama "for maximum emo" thing would be to have Hyemi resolve to throw away her feelings for Jin Gook (at whatever stage they may be at that point) and get together with the guy who has wrecked his future because of her.
6. Thus a lot of emo will ensue: Hyemi will feel guilt and also shippy unhappiness. Jin Gook will obviously be miserable seeing the girl he likes date another guy. And Sam Dong is going to me miserable, knowing the girl he likes is with him only because she feels sorry for him. Isn't this what kdramas are all about?

In real life, it is possible Hyemi could be in that sort of situation and gradually discover that Sam Dong is more her thing, though even there I'd wonder at it - she would always be wondering if she just talked herself into feelings because she had no choice, not to mention that's a short road to resentment for both parties in the relationship. In drama, I foresee a lot of wallowing (at which I'll probably be amused - you guys are in high school, getting/not getting guy/girl you like is not life-ending. Outside of Hanadan, people don't usually marry their high school sweethearts). And ultimately, Sam Dong will get better/overcome his handicap/turn out to be K, and let Hyemi go.

Or not. What I typed up above are predictions based on usual kdrama cliches. This drama could be unusual and go for a different tack, who knows. I guess we'll find out.

Tbh, I don't mind Hyemi with Jin Gook OR Sam Dong (providing Sam Dong matures/wises up a bit) - my main shippy investment in this is to make sure Baekhee dies alone and eaten by cats.
dangermousie: (Kenshin: b&w kiss by roninhonor)
Because I think random things as I walk, here is what I was thinking about the topic today:

1. Sam Dong is clearly having problems with his hearing and these problems are especially bad for someone looking to have a singing career.
2. Using Occam's Razor, this has to be the result of Baekhee dropping the flower pot on his head (I have no idea how feasible this is medically, but in kdrama world, where car accidents cause eye cancer, it's probable enough).
3. Sam Dong got the flower pot to the head saving Hyemi from being brained by Baekhee.

ERGO, this is how I foresee this going down:

Ironically, to me this puts paid any hopes of Sam Dong/Hyemi as the drama's OTP. Mainly because if she first fell for him and then the I-am-going-deaf-saving-you stuff appeared (or there were no flowerpot after effects at all regardless of state of her feelings), I could see the love story developing as she switches her affections from Jin Gook to Sam Dong (and then either has to deal with 'my love is going deaf and pushing me away' angst or, if there is no deafness issue at all, having a nice romance). But as it is:

1. Currently she has friendly feelings towards but no romantic interest in Sam Dong.
2. She currently has a thing for Jin Gook. If fancams are to be believed, that goes through at least ep 9 (i.e. Japan scenes)
3. At some point, probably not too far off, she is going to learn Sam Dong is going deaf, and because of her.
4. So what we currently have is Hyemi having a thing for one guy, learning that another guy is going deaf because of her (yes, theoretically she can switch her affections to SD and then find out, but how dramatic would that be? And not very kdramaish, especially since if they wanted to go that route, they would have had to start the switch in affections much earlier).
5. One does not have to be a genius to figure out that the typical kdrama "for maximum emo" thing would be to have Hyemi resolve to throw away her feelings for Jin Gook (at whatever stage they may be at that point) and get together with the guy who has wrecked his future because of her.
6. Thus a lot of emo will ensue: Hyemi will feel guilt and also shippy unhappiness. Jin Gook will obviously be miserable seeing the girl he likes date another guy. And Sam Dong is going to me miserable, knowing the girl he likes is with him only because she feels sorry for him. Isn't this what kdramas are all about?

In real life, it is possible Hyemi could be in that sort of situation and gradually discover that Sam Dong is more her thing, though even there I'd wonder at it - she would always be wondering if she just talked herself into feelings because she had no choice, not to mention that's a short road to resentment for both parties in the relationship. In drama, I foresee a lot of wallowing (at which I'll probably be amused - you guys are in high school, getting/not getting guy/girl you like is not life-ending. Outside of Hanadan, people don't usually marry their high school sweethearts). And ultimately, Sam Dong will get better/overcome his handicap/turn out to be K, and let Hyemi go.

Or not. What I typed up above are predictions based on usual kdrama cliches. This drama could be unusual and go for a different tack, who knows. I guess we'll find out.

Tbh, I don't mind Hyemi with Jin Gook OR Sam Dong (providing Sam Dong matures/wises up a bit) - my main shippy investment in this is to make sure Baekhee dies alone and eaten by cats.
dangermousie: (Kenshin: b&w kiss by roninhonor)
Because I think random things as I walk, here is what I was thinking about the topic today:

1. Sam Dong is clearly having problems with his hearing and these problems are especially bad for someone looking to have a singing career.
2. Using Occam's Razor, this has to be the result of Baekhee dropping the flower pot on his head (I have no idea how feasible this is medically, but in kdrama world, where car accidents cause eye cancer, it's probable enough).
3. Sam Dong got the flower pot to the head saving Hyemi from being brained by Baekhee.

ERGO, this is how I foresee this going down:

Ironically, to me this puts paid any hopes of Sam Dong/Hyemi as the drama's OTP. Mainly because if she first fell for him and then the I-am-going-deaf-saving-you stuff appeared (or there were no flowerpot after effects at all regardless of state of her feelings), I could see the love story developing as she switches her affections from Jin Gook to Sam Dong (and then either has to deal with 'my love is going deaf and pushing me away' angst or, if there is no deafness issue at all, having a nice romance). But as it is:

1. Currently she has friendly feelings towards but no romantic interest in Sam Dong.
2. She currently has a thing for Jin Gook. If fancams are to be believed, that goes through at least ep 9 (i.e. Japan scenes)
3. At some point, probably not too far off, she is going to learn Sam Dong is going deaf, and because of her.
4. So what we currently have is Hyemi having a thing for one guy, learning that another guy is going deaf because of her (yes, theoretically she can switch her affections to SD and then find out, but how dramatic would that be? And not very kdramaish, especially since if they wanted to go that route, they would have had to start the switch in affections much earlier).
5. One does not have to be a genius to figure out that the typical kdrama "for maximum emo" thing would be to have Hyemi resolve to throw away her feelings for Jin Gook (at whatever stage they may be at that point) and get together with the guy who has wrecked his future because of her.
6. Thus a lot of emo will ensue: Hyemi will feel guilt and also shippy unhappiness. Jin Gook will obviously be miserable seeing the girl he likes date another guy. And Sam Dong is going to me miserable, knowing the girl he likes is with him only because she feels sorry for him. Isn't this what kdramas are all about?

In real life, it is possible Hyemi could be in that sort of situation and gradually discover that Sam Dong is more her thing, though even there I'd wonder at it - she would always be wondering if she just talked herself into feelings because she had no choice, not to mention that's a short road to resentment for both parties in the relationship. In drama, I foresee a lot of wallowing (at which I'll probably be amused - you guys are in high school, getting/not getting guy/girl you like is not life-ending. Outside of Hanadan, people don't usually marry their high school sweethearts). And ultimately, Sam Dong will get better/overcome his handicap/turn out to be K, and let Hyemi go.

Or not. What I typed up above are predictions based on usual kdrama cliches. This drama could be unusual and go for a different tack, who knows. I guess we'll find out.

Tbh, I don't mind Hyemi with Jin Gook OR Sam Dong (providing Sam Dong matures/wises up a bit) - my main shippy investment in this is to make sure Baekhee dies alone and eaten by cats.
dangermousie: (Koizora: made by me)
Thank you everyone for the recs! Please keep them coming - the more the better as I want to go on an epic jdrama binge (a semi-related question - is Buzzer Beat worth it? I love me some Pi).

Out of all the recs, I am going to start of two of them tomorrow. They being the revenge/conspiracy drama Guilty and the angsty romance Taiyou no Uta. Why those two?

I loved the first ep of Guilty which I saw a long time ago. I have a huge thing for Tamaki Hiroshi, especially when he eats his meals properly. I love revenge stories and love that the avenger in this is a woman. Win win win.

As to Taiyou no Uta, if there is anything I am a sucker for, it's for doomed and forbidden love. Throw in Yamada Takayuki (does anyone break on screen as beautifully?) and I am set.

I dare you to watch this MV and not want to check it out:

dangermousie: (Koizora: made by me)
Thank you everyone for the recs! Please keep them coming - the more the better as I want to go on an epic jdrama binge (a semi-related question - is Buzzer Beat worth it? I love me some Pi).

Out of all the recs, I am going to start of two of them tomorrow. They being the revenge/conspiracy drama Guilty and the angsty romance Taiyou no Uta. Why those two?

I loved the first ep of Guilty which I saw a long time ago. I have a huge thing for Tamaki Hiroshi, especially when he eats his meals properly. I love revenge stories and love that the avenger in this is a woman. Win win win.

As to Taiyou no Uta, if there is anything I am a sucker for, it's for doomed and forbidden love. Throw in Yamada Takayuki (does anyone break on screen as beautifully?) and I am set.

I dare you to watch this MV and not want to check it out:

dangermousie: (Koizora: made by me)
Thank you everyone for the recs! Please keep them coming - the more the better as I want to go on an epic jdrama binge (a semi-related question - is Buzzer Beat worth it? I love me some Pi).

Out of all the recs, I am going to start of two of them tomorrow. They being the revenge/conspiracy drama Guilty and the angsty romance Taiyou no Uta. Why those two?

I loved the first ep of Guilty which I saw a long time ago. I have a huge thing for Tamaki Hiroshi, especially when he eats his meals properly. I love revenge stories and love that the avenger in this is a woman. Win win win.

As to Taiyou no Uta, if there is anything I am a sucker for, it's for doomed and forbidden love. Throw in Yamada Takayuki (does anyone break on screen as beautifully?) and I am set.

I dare you to watch this MV and not want to check it out:

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