Dec. 12th, 2011

dangermousie: (HGD field by miss-dian)
If I was drawn by and in love with episode 1, by the end of episode 2, to say I was obsessed was an understatement. A lot of it is due to Jung Woo Sung - I don't remember the last time I felt such a degree of unthinking, fierce empathy for a drama character. Maybe Lee Byung Hun in IRIS? (Oh, that ended so well. Let's hope this will end better because I may not survive a repeat).

Everything about him gets me - his slightly alien way of looking at things (of course, this is the first time out in a normal world in 16 years), the way he reminds me of one of those giant dogs - friendly but cautious due to past mistreatment (interesting, as Han Ji Min's character shows open affection to animals the way she cannot to humans), the way he buries his anger and desperation and hopelessness under boisterous manner. The way he is with Han Ji Min.

Oh my God, the way he is with Han Ji Min. The chemistry, the writing, the height difference, the chemistry the chemistry the chemistry. Whenever the two of them together, it all sort of kicks into overdrive - I love how their interactions - awkward, uncertain, sometimes friendly and sometimes antagonistic - just ring true. My favorite scene in that ep was when they shared a fire in that abandoned house - the little moments got me: the way he looks at her neck (he hasn't been near a woman in a very long time), the way their hands touch when he peels the potatoes for her, the way she freaks when she realizes he's a former convict, just the awkward way they hold their bodies.

And of course that last scene (forgive me for crappy quality of the caps. As a sign of my insanity, I am now getting a 1.5 gb version so better caps coming).






And of course, the mysteries are really getting me too - why did the DA kill that kid years ago? What is with Kim Bum? Is he really an angel? And why did he pick JWS to help - that brief little unmemory Kim Bum has looking at JWS on the bus, where he is picturing himself sitting by JWS' kid version - what is with that?

Also, am I getting it correctly? The kid who was JWS' friend and who JWS got framed for murdering was Han Ji Min's uncle? (Oh God, I hate HJM's Dad - pathetic, wife-beating freak).

Anyway, this is amazing. Beyond amazing.

If I could, I'd make everyone watch this.
dangermousie: (HGD field by miss-dian)
If I was drawn by and in love with episode 1, by the end of episode 2, to say I was obsessed was an understatement. A lot of it is due to Jung Woo Sung - I don't remember the last time I felt such a degree of unthinking, fierce empathy for a drama character. Maybe Lee Byung Hun in IRIS? (Oh, that ended so well. Let's hope this will end better because I may not survive a repeat).

Everything about him gets me - his slightly alien way of looking at things (of course, this is the first time out in a normal world in 16 years), the way he reminds me of one of those giant dogs - friendly but cautious due to past mistreatment (interesting, as Han Ji Min's character shows open affection to animals the way she cannot to humans), the way he buries his anger and desperation and hopelessness under boisterous manner. The way he is with Han Ji Min.

Oh my God, the way he is with Han Ji Min. The chemistry, the writing, the height difference, the chemistry the chemistry the chemistry. Whenever the two of them together, it all sort of kicks into overdrive - I love how their interactions - awkward, uncertain, sometimes friendly and sometimes antagonistic - just ring true. My favorite scene in that ep was when they shared a fire in that abandoned house - the little moments got me: the way he looks at her neck (he hasn't been near a woman in a very long time), the way their hands touch when he peels the potatoes for her, the way she freaks when she realizes he's a former convict, just the awkward way they hold their bodies.

And of course that last scene (forgive me for crappy quality of the caps. As a sign of my insanity, I am now getting a 1.5 gb version so better caps coming).






And of course, the mysteries are really getting me too - why did the DA kill that kid years ago? What is with Kim Bum? Is he really an angel? And why did he pick JWS to help - that brief little unmemory Kim Bum has looking at JWS on the bus, where he is picturing himself sitting by JWS' kid version - what is with that?

Also, am I getting it correctly? The kid who was JWS' friend and who JWS got framed for murdering was Han Ji Min's uncle? (Oh God, I hate HJM's Dad - pathetic, wife-beating freak).

Anyway, this is amazing. Beyond amazing.

If I could, I'd make everyone watch this.
dangermousie: (HGD field by miss-dian)
If I was drawn by and in love with episode 1, by the end of episode 2, to say I was obsessed was an understatement. A lot of it is due to Jung Woo Sung - I don't remember the last time I felt such a degree of unthinking, fierce empathy for a drama character. Maybe Lee Byung Hun in IRIS? (Oh, that ended so well. Let's hope this will end better because I may not survive a repeat).

Everything about him gets me - his slightly alien way of looking at things (of course, this is the first time out in a normal world in 16 years), the way he reminds me of one of those giant dogs - friendly but cautious due to past mistreatment (interesting, as Han Ji Min's character shows open affection to animals the way she cannot to humans), the way he buries his anger and desperation and hopelessness under boisterous manner. The way he is with Han Ji Min.

Oh my God, the way he is with Han Ji Min. The chemistry, the writing, the height difference, the chemistry the chemistry the chemistry. Whenever the two of them together, it all sort of kicks into overdrive - I love how their interactions - awkward, uncertain, sometimes friendly and sometimes antagonistic - just ring true. My favorite scene in that ep was when they shared a fire in that abandoned house - the little moments got me: the way he looks at her neck (he hasn't been near a woman in a very long time), the way their hands touch when he peels the potatoes for her, the way she freaks when she realizes he's a former convict, just the awkward way they hold their bodies.

And of course that last scene (forgive me for crappy quality of the caps. As a sign of my insanity, I am now getting a 1.5 gb version so better caps coming).






And of course, the mysteries are really getting me too - why did the DA kill that kid years ago? What is with Kim Bum? Is he really an angel? And why did he pick JWS to help - that brief little unmemory Kim Bum has looking at JWS on the bus, where he is picturing himself sitting by JWS' kid version - what is with that?

Also, am I getting it correctly? The kid who was JWS' friend and who JWS got framed for murdering was Han Ji Min's uncle? (Oh God, I hate HJM's Dad - pathetic, wife-beating freak).

Anyway, this is amazing. Beyond amazing.

If I could, I'd make everyone watch this.
dangermousie: (Chuno - bw by alexandral)


Just finished ep 3 of TwDR and I am mesmerized. Who knew a drama where people discuss the applicability of Confusian ideals to politics could be this compelling. I am going to miss Song Joong Ki, who gave a true tour-de-force performance as young Sejong - the scene below will probably go into my Top 10 scenes of the year:






However, the older Sejong is also fascinating and you can see the glimpses of younger self in him. I can also believe both in his fierce intelligence and strong will.



And even though I am going to miss SJK, the end of 'prologue' means that we finally get to see Jang Hyuk as the protagonist.



As always, Jang Hyuk is in top form. He has a unique brand of intensity and angry vitality, I never see from other kdrama actors. And a strong masculine physicality (I almost want to say 'machismo' but that is a very narrow and loaded word which doesn't fully fit) which is every bit as powerful as his on-screen presence. If there was a man suited to sageuks, which tend to overwhelm some actors, it would be him.

And I cannot wait to see the odd, loaded relationship between him and Sejong (whom he longs to kill) play out.


dangermousie: (Chuno - bw by alexandral)


Just finished ep 3 of TwDR and I am mesmerized. Who knew a drama where people discuss the applicability of Confusian ideals to politics could be this compelling. I am going to miss Song Joong Ki, who gave a true tour-de-force performance as young Sejong - the scene below will probably go into my Top 10 scenes of the year:






However, the older Sejong is also fascinating and you can see the glimpses of younger self in him. I can also believe both in his fierce intelligence and strong will.



And even though I am going to miss SJK, the end of 'prologue' means that we finally get to see Jang Hyuk as the protagonist.



As always, Jang Hyuk is in top form. He has a unique brand of intensity and angry vitality, I never see from other kdrama actors. And a strong masculine physicality (I almost want to say 'machismo' but that is a very narrow and loaded word which doesn't fully fit) which is every bit as powerful as his on-screen presence. If there was a man suited to sageuks, which tend to overwhelm some actors, it would be him.

And I cannot wait to see the odd, loaded relationship between him and Sejong (whom he longs to kill) play out.


dangermousie: (Chuno - bw by alexandral)


Just finished ep 3 of TwDR and I am mesmerized. Who knew a drama where people discuss the applicability of Confusian ideals to politics could be this compelling. I am going to miss Song Joong Ki, who gave a true tour-de-force performance as young Sejong - the scene below will probably go into my Top 10 scenes of the year:






However, the older Sejong is also fascinating and you can see the glimpses of younger self in him. I can also believe both in his fierce intelligence and strong will.



And even though I am going to miss SJK, the end of 'prologue' means that we finally get to see Jang Hyuk as the protagonist.



As always, Jang Hyuk is in top form. He has a unique brand of intensity and angry vitality, I never see from other kdrama actors. And a strong masculine physicality (I almost want to say 'machismo' but that is a very narrow and loaded word which doesn't fully fit) which is every bit as powerful as his on-screen presence. If there was a man suited to sageuks, which tend to overwhelm some actors, it would be him.

And I cannot wait to see the odd, loaded relationship between him and Sejong (whom he longs to kill) play out.


dangermousie: (Default)


Getting my hands on the 1.5gb version of ep 2 was very much worth it because this drama is so gorgeous, it begs to be watched in high resolution.

Don't believe me? Check out these caps )
dangermousie: (Default)


Getting my hands on the 1.5gb version of ep 2 was very much worth it because this drama is so gorgeous, it begs to be watched in high resolution.

Don't believe me? Check out these caps )
dangermousie: (Default)


Getting my hands on the 1.5gb version of ep 2 was very much worth it because this drama is so gorgeous, it begs to be watched in high resolution.

Don't believe me? Check out these caps )
dangermousie: (Chuno - hottie Dae Gil by scanky-chops)
Chae Yoon.

Underneath his composed (and sometimes even clownish) exterior:



Is an utter and complete tormented mess. To say he has a deathwish would be an optimistic way of phrasing it.



Not a surprise, seeing he's played by Jang Hyuk. To stick Jang Hyuk into romcom or similar, would be like using a nuke on a street brawl.

Also, is there something wrong with me? Because I find the below ridiculously hot.



Finally, this is not primarily or secondarily a romance drama, but the below MV with Chae Yoon/So Yi a.k.a. Ddolbok and Dahm, is promising me everything I ever want.

dangermousie: (Chuno - hottie Dae Gil by scanky-chops)
Chae Yoon.

Underneath his composed (and sometimes even clownish) exterior:



Is an utter and complete tormented mess. To say he has a deathwish would be an optimistic way of phrasing it.



Not a surprise, seeing he's played by Jang Hyuk. To stick Jang Hyuk into romcom or similar, would be like using a nuke on a street brawl.

Also, is there something wrong with me? Because I find the below ridiculously hot.



Finally, this is not primarily or secondarily a romance drama, but the below MV with Chae Yoon/So Yi a.k.a. Ddolbok and Dahm, is promising me everything I ever want.

dangermousie: (Chuno - hottie Dae Gil by scanky-chops)
Chae Yoon.

Underneath his composed (and sometimes even clownish) exterior:



Is an utter and complete tormented mess. To say he has a deathwish would be an optimistic way of phrasing it.



Not a surprise, seeing he's played by Jang Hyuk. To stick Jang Hyuk into romcom or similar, would be like using a nuke on a street brawl.

Also, is there something wrong with me? Because I find the below ridiculously hot.



Finally, this is not primarily or secondarily a romance drama, but the below MV with Chae Yoon/So Yi a.k.a. Ddolbok and Dahm, is promising me everything I ever want.

dangermousie: (Chuno - hands by alexandral)
Oh. I loved you before now drama. But now you own me.











There is dedicated and then there is running into a burning inferno of a building to rescue a court lady for the sole purpose of shaking her and yelling at her to describe the culprit you seek. Joking aside, I do find something oddly sexy about such complete and utter single-mindedness - maybe because if that dedication and intensity got turned to you as its goal - oh my.

And on that note, please please please let this be the period drama where Jang Hyuk has the girl's heart the whole way through. Even if they both die hideous deaths as the end (always a probability with a period drama), he's already broken my heart enough with unrequited love in Chuno (even though I shipped Lee Da Hae with Oh Ji Ho in that one).

Finally, a shallow comment - what with this and Padam Padam, it reminded me that much as I enjoy 'flower boys' that populate kdramas, nothing really pings it for me the way mature (30+) brawny men do.
dangermousie: (Chuno - hands by alexandral)
Oh. I loved you before now drama. But now you own me.











There is dedicated and then there is running into a burning inferno of a building to rescue a court lady for the sole purpose of shaking her and yelling at her to describe the culprit you seek. Joking aside, I do find something oddly sexy about such complete and utter single-mindedness - maybe because if that dedication and intensity got turned to you as its goal - oh my.

And on that note, please please please let this be the period drama where Jang Hyuk has the girl's heart the whole way through. Even if they both die hideous deaths as the end (always a probability with a period drama), he's already broken my heart enough with unrequited love in Chuno (even though I shipped Lee Da Hae with Oh Ji Ho in that one).

Finally, a shallow comment - what with this and Padam Padam, it reminded me that much as I enjoy 'flower boys' that populate kdramas, nothing really pings it for me the way mature (30+) brawny men do.
dangermousie: (Chuno - hands by alexandral)
Oh. I loved you before now drama. But now you own me.











There is dedicated and then there is running into a burning inferno of a building to rescue a court lady for the sole purpose of shaking her and yelling at her to describe the culprit you seek. Joking aside, I do find something oddly sexy about such complete and utter single-mindedness - maybe because if that dedication and intensity got turned to you as its goal - oh my.

And on that note, please please please let this be the period drama where Jang Hyuk has the girl's heart the whole way through. Even if they both die hideous deaths as the end (always a probability with a period drama), he's already broken my heart enough with unrequited love in Chuno (even though I shipped Lee Da Hae with Oh Ji Ho in that one).

Finally, a shallow comment - what with this and Padam Padam, it reminded me that much as I enjoy 'flower boys' that populate kdramas, nothing really pings it for me the way mature (30+) brawny men do.
dangermousie: (Legend: Kiha by alexandral)



Before I get to them though, why does Sejong not want So Yi to know that Chae Yoon is Ddolbok whom she grieved for? I honestly can't think of a reason, good or bad. Explain, someone.

Two scenes in question )
dangermousie: (Legend: Kiha by alexandral)



Before I get to them though, why does Sejong not want So Yi to know that Chae Yoon is Ddolbok whom she grieved for? I honestly can't think of a reason, good or bad. Explain, someone.

Two scenes in question )
dangermousie: (Legend: Kiha by alexandral)



Before I get to them though, why does Sejong not want So Yi to know that Chae Yoon is Ddolbok whom she grieved for? I honestly can't think of a reason, good or bad. Explain, someone.

Two scenes in question )
dangermousie: (HGD hug by miss-dian)
I am loving the relationship between Sejong and So Yi - it's purely platonic but they really understand each other on such a deep level. She's pretty much the definition of helpmeet.

The scene when he is devastated because people keep dying as the result of his efforts to create Hangul and she keeps writing 'it's not your responsibility' even as he rages that everything is his responsibility, because that is what it means to be King. Oh my God.





Also, every period drama must have its own Legolas. Too bad this one is evil.

dangermousie: (HGD hug by miss-dian)
I am loving the relationship between Sejong and So Yi - it's purely platonic but they really understand each other on such a deep level. She's pretty much the definition of helpmeet.

The scene when he is devastated because people keep dying as the result of his efforts to create Hangul and she keeps writing 'it's not your responsibility' even as he rages that everything is his responsibility, because that is what it means to be King. Oh my God.





Also, every period drama must have its own Legolas. Too bad this one is evil.

dangermousie: (HGD hug by miss-dian)
I am loving the relationship between Sejong and So Yi - it's purely platonic but they really understand each other on such a deep level. She's pretty much the definition of helpmeet.

The scene when he is devastated because people keep dying as the result of his efforts to create Hangul and she keeps writing 'it's not your responsibility' even as he rages that everything is his responsibility, because that is what it means to be King. Oh my God.





Also, every period drama must have its own Legolas. Too bad this one is evil.

dangermousie: (SKKS: Sun Joon grin by timescout)
MTF continues to be adorable and a great break when I am too brain-dead for Tree with Deep Roots.




Also this:





So, currently airing kdramas I am following in some fashion (first number is number of eps I've seen, second number is number of eps aired). In order of my obsession, from most to least.

My list and my dilemma )
dangermousie: (SKKS: Sun Joon grin by timescout)
MTF continues to be adorable and a great break when I am too brain-dead for Tree with Deep Roots.




Also this:





So, currently airing kdramas I am following in some fashion (first number is number of eps I've seen, second number is number of eps aired). In order of my obsession, from most to least.

My list and my dilemma )
dangermousie: (SKKS: Sun Joon grin by timescout)
MTF continues to be adorable and a great break when I am too brain-dead for Tree with Deep Roots.




Also this:





So, currently airing kdramas I am following in some fashion (first number is number of eps I've seen, second number is number of eps aired). In order of my obsession, from most to least.

My list and my dilemma )

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