Apr. 9th, 2012

dangermousie: (Goong beach by autumn_yaar)


People may disagree about how well YSH's narrative flows and how much it touches you (he is one of those who has passionate fans and mocking haters, with very few people in-between), but I cannot believe anyone would quibble with the fact that his dramas are probably the most-beautifully filmed dramas out there. To go from Love Rain to any other drama currently airing (even those I love like K2H and TEM) is to notice how inferior their (excellent by any other standard) cinematography is in comparison. Other dramas have good cinematography. YSH's dramas are poetry in motion. Literally any shot in any episode can be framed as a painting. In a way, he reminds me of Sanjay Leela Bhansali, another very idiosyncratic film-maker devoted to beauty of images and the hothouse of emotion, whose work you will never mistake for another's, and who has as many detractors as rabid fans.

Watching episodes 3 and 4, in which the love between In Ha and Yoon Hee both crests and unravels, all with understated delicacy (YSH is the proponent of old school - his melodrama is about restraint and stillness, not makjang yelling so popular nowadays. There is one small and sudden act (and quickly over) of violence in episode 3 and it shocks you to the core precisely because of its rarity), it struck me that what YSH is making is, in effect, a silent movie. There is dialogue and it's appropriate but it is utterly unnecessary - if you put this on mute and/or turned off the subtitles you will still get 100% of the story and emotional impact, not because the story is so simplistic, but because YSH manages his images so that they convey the whole story - In Ha's silouette in the rain, Yoon Hee's handkerchief, the intertwined fingers, frosted shadows of letters in the window.

I mean, look at this scene. Dialogue is unnecessary:









A silent movie is a very different art and an acquired taste. I am a huge fan because, when done right, I find that by relying solely on images, the work bypasses my reason and goes straight for the emotional part of my heart.

More thoughts and caps )

If I had to pick the most underrated airing drama, Love Rain would be it.
dangermousie: (Goong beach by autumn_yaar)


People may disagree about how well YSH's narrative flows and how much it touches you (he is one of those who has passionate fans and mocking haters, with very few people in-between), but I cannot believe anyone would quibble with the fact that his dramas are probably the most-beautifully filmed dramas out there. To go from Love Rain to any other drama currently airing (even those I love like K2H and TEM) is to notice how inferior their (excellent by any other standard) cinematography is in comparison. Other dramas have good cinematography. YSH's dramas are poetry in motion. Literally any shot in any episode can be framed as a painting. In a way, he reminds me of Sanjay Leela Bhansali, another very idiosyncratic film-maker devoted to beauty of images and the hothouse of emotion, whose work you will never mistake for another's, and who has as many detractors as rabid fans.

Watching episodes 3 and 4, in which the love between In Ha and Yoon Hee both crests and unravels, all with understated delicacy (YSH is the proponent of old school - his melodrama is about restraint and stillness, not makjang yelling so popular nowadays. There is one small and sudden act (and quickly over) of violence in episode 3 and it shocks you to the core precisely because of its rarity), it struck me that what YSH is making is, in effect, a silent movie. There is dialogue and it's appropriate but it is utterly unnecessary - if you put this on mute and/or turned off the subtitles you will still get 100% of the story and emotional impact, not because the story is so simplistic, but because YSH manages his images so that they convey the whole story - In Ha's silouette in the rain, Yoon Hee's handkerchief, the intertwined fingers, frosted shadows of letters in the window.

I mean, look at this scene. Dialogue is unnecessary:









A silent movie is a very different art and an acquired taste. I am a huge fan because, when done right, I find that by relying solely on images, the work bypasses my reason and goes straight for the emotional part of my heart.

More thoughts and caps )

If I had to pick the most underrated airing drama, Love Rain would be it.
dangermousie: (Goong beach by autumn_yaar)


People may disagree about how well YSH's narrative flows and how much it touches you (he is one of those who has passionate fans and mocking haters, with very few people in-between), but I cannot believe anyone would quibble with the fact that his dramas are probably the most-beautifully filmed dramas out there. To go from Love Rain to any other drama currently airing (even those I love like K2H and TEM) is to notice how inferior their (excellent by any other standard) cinematography is in comparison. Other dramas have good cinematography. YSH's dramas are poetry in motion. Literally any shot in any episode can be framed as a painting. In a way, he reminds me of Sanjay Leela Bhansali, another very idiosyncratic film-maker devoted to beauty of images and the hothouse of emotion, whose work you will never mistake for another's, and who has as many detractors as rabid fans.

Watching episodes 3 and 4, in which the love between In Ha and Yoon Hee both crests and unravels, all with understated delicacy (YSH is the proponent of old school - his melodrama is about restraint and stillness, not makjang yelling so popular nowadays. There is one small and sudden act (and quickly over) of violence in episode 3 and it shocks you to the core precisely because of its rarity), it struck me that what YSH is making is, in effect, a silent movie. There is dialogue and it's appropriate but it is utterly unnecessary - if you put this on mute and/or turned off the subtitles you will still get 100% of the story and emotional impact, not because the story is so simplistic, but because YSH manages his images so that they convey the whole story - In Ha's silouette in the rain, Yoon Hee's handkerchief, the intertwined fingers, frosted shadows of letters in the window.

I mean, look at this scene. Dialogue is unnecessary:









A silent movie is a very different art and an acquired taste. I am a huge fan because, when done right, I find that by relying solely on images, the work bypasses my reason and goes straight for the emotional part of my heart.

More thoughts and caps )

If I had to pick the most underrated airing drama, Love Rain would be it.
dangermousie: (BSG: Kara/Sam by cmack_icons)
I confess my interest in Rooftop Prince is beginning to wane. I am currently managing to keep up with 4 airing dramas (all three W/Th dramas and Love Rain) but I am about to add Hero to the list and try to catch up on God of War and if I will find that I need to drop one, RP will probably be the one. It's a cute, sweet drama but it's darling fluff and I am constitutionally unable to be fully invested in a fluffy drama to the extent I prefer other kinds.

This said, the sequence at the end of ep 5 was adorable.

Sequence in question )

Also, Yoochun looks about 200x hotter with that modern haircut and a smile (though he looked fine in Joseon garb) and I am excited Park Ha finally remembered the truth about Sena. Now if only she conveys said truth to Princey.

Episodes 5 and 6 of TEM gave me shivers. This drama's cat-and-mouse game is more overt than that of Mawang but not any less tense, smart and satisfying. Jang Il is such an utter black hole of moral failure. I'd almost say that his being the way he is would be sufficient punishment, except the hell that he plunged Sun Woo into deserves a more bloody repayment.




Luckily Sun Woo agrees with me. The scene above was perfect. I love that he remembers every bit of what happened but is pretending not to - his cat and mouse with Jang Il keeps me on the edge of my seat (JI, btw, still clearly manifests that he'd have no second thoughts about committing another murder if he had to. In trying to kill Sun Woo, he also killed any hope of a worthy future for himself).



Ji Wan and Sun Woo are the sole ray of sunshine in the story and I ship them in part because of that, but also because I know how much it would devastate Jang Il. In your face, soulless psycho!
dangermousie: (BSG: Kara/Sam by cmack_icons)
I confess my interest in Rooftop Prince is beginning to wane. I am currently managing to keep up with 4 airing dramas (all three W/Th dramas and Love Rain) but I am about to add Hero to the list and try to catch up on God of War and if I will find that I need to drop one, RP will probably be the one. It's a cute, sweet drama but it's darling fluff and I am constitutionally unable to be fully invested in a fluffy drama to the extent I prefer other kinds.

This said, the sequence at the end of ep 5 was adorable.

Sequence in question )

Also, Yoochun looks about 200x hotter with that modern haircut and a smile (though he looked fine in Joseon garb) and I am excited Park Ha finally remembered the truth about Sena. Now if only she conveys said truth to Princey.

Episodes 5 and 6 of TEM gave me shivers. This drama's cat-and-mouse game is more overt than that of Mawang but not any less tense, smart and satisfying. Jang Il is such an utter black hole of moral failure. I'd almost say that his being the way he is would be sufficient punishment, except the hell that he plunged Sun Woo into deserves a more bloody repayment.




Luckily Sun Woo agrees with me. The scene above was perfect. I love that he remembers every bit of what happened but is pretending not to - his cat and mouse with Jang Il keeps me on the edge of my seat (JI, btw, still clearly manifests that he'd have no second thoughts about committing another murder if he had to. In trying to kill Sun Woo, he also killed any hope of a worthy future for himself).



Ji Wan and Sun Woo are the sole ray of sunshine in the story and I ship them in part because of that, but also because I know how much it would devastate Jang Il. In your face, soulless psycho!
dangermousie: (BSG: Kara/Sam by cmack_icons)
I confess my interest in Rooftop Prince is beginning to wane. I am currently managing to keep up with 4 airing dramas (all three W/Th dramas and Love Rain) but I am about to add Hero to the list and try to catch up on God of War and if I will find that I need to drop one, RP will probably be the one. It's a cute, sweet drama but it's darling fluff and I am constitutionally unable to be fully invested in a fluffy drama to the extent I prefer other kinds.

This said, the sequence at the end of ep 5 was adorable.

Sequence in question )

Also, Yoochun looks about 200x hotter with that modern haircut and a smile (though he looked fine in Joseon garb) and I am excited Park Ha finally remembered the truth about Sena. Now if only she conveys said truth to Princey.

Episodes 5 and 6 of TEM gave me shivers. This drama's cat-and-mouse game is more overt than that of Mawang but not any less tense, smart and satisfying. Jang Il is such an utter black hole of moral failure. I'd almost say that his being the way he is would be sufficient punishment, except the hell that he plunged Sun Woo into deserves a more bloody repayment.




Luckily Sun Woo agrees with me. The scene above was perfect. I love that he remembers every bit of what happened but is pretending not to - his cat and mouse with Jang Il keeps me on the edge of my seat (JI, btw, still clearly manifests that he'd have no second thoughts about committing another murder if he had to. In trying to kill Sun Woo, he also killed any hope of a worthy future for himself).



Ji Wan and Sun Woo are the sole ray of sunshine in the story and I ship them in part because of that, but also because I know how much it would devastate Jang Il. In your face, soulless psycho!

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