dangermousie: (CH: YS gun by meganbmoore)
Yes, I know we are in the midst of a great drama season, but what can I say, I like to look ahead. Here are my Top 10 Most Anticipated, from least to most...

10. To The Beautiful You - I like schadenfreude - this adaptation of Hana Kimi, starring a bunch of idols, is bound to be horrific. The only thing better than a genuinely good drama, is a drama so bad it's fun to watch and mock. Please be this!

9. May Queen - here just for the cast. Shipping empires is not a topic that interests me, but it stars Han Hyo Joo, Jae Hee and Kim Jae Won - my kryptonite, all of them. Though please tell me Kim Jae Won is not the second lead or, if he is, that he gets his own OTP.

8. Horse Doctor - there is no way this list would not have at least one nice, traditional sageuk on the list. This one has a rock-solid cast and a pedigreed behind-the-scenes crew, even if the topic of a veterinarian becoming a royal doctor doesn't sound like a rockin' party time.

7. The Great Seer - speaking of traditional sageuks, if I had to limit myself to just one upcoming one, this one would win. I like the cast better, being a fan of most of the leads - Ji Jin Hee, Kim So Yeon, Go Soo (has he ever been in a sageuk before?), Song Chang Ui. Plus, the topic of divination and power is more my bag than medicine. Bring it on!

6. City Conquest - first, the bad - it stars Kim Hyun Joong, who is a work of art, looks-wise, but cannot act. It is also written by the writer of the trainwreck 'Lie to Me.' Still with me, guys? HOWEVER, despite his lack of acting skills, I find KHJ has a likeable screen presence and I have enjoyed him in his previous two dramas (there is also a chance he magically got better, but I am not that much of an optimist). The director is the one who did my obsession IRIS. But what draws me in is the story - based on a manhwa, this is the story of a young man who seeks revenge on society for the ruin of his family but, of course, inevitably falls in love.

5. Haeundae Lovers - it seems to be 'Time Between Dog and Wolf' as a comedy. I confess my interest went down when I realized that the rumors of Ji Sung starring were unsubstantiated and this will star Kim Kang Woo instead (nothing against the latter, but I am a big Ji Sung fan). Still, the premise, of an undercover cop who gets amnesia and believes he's really a gangster, while falling for a mob boss' daughter, seems rife with potential. Especially since the writer is the same one who did my darling City Hunter.

4. Five Fingers - About a family of pianists and evilness and birth secrets. Yes, it's a 50-episode makjang, but that won't stop me. This is the small-screen comeback of one of my earliest and biggest drama loves, Joo Ji Hoon, whose last drama was in 2007. (Said drama, Mawang, is my favorite kdrama, bar none). At this point, I'd watch it if it was puppet theater. JJH is not the only draw - I am genuinely interested - I am a lot fonder of both long dramas and makjang than most of my flisties, and the potential for angsty shippping and photogenic misery is darling. It costars Eunjung (Coffee House) as a leading lady and I like her, plus Ji Chang Wook (Warrior Baek Dong Soo) as evil incarnate, so the cast makes me happy in my happy place. Now make Joo Ji Hoon have a shower of manpain, drama!

3. Arang and the Magistrate - Lee Junki is back on my screen! In a period supernatural melodrama mystery involving a female ghost seeking justice. Said ghost is played by Shin Minah and there is a romance between her and LJK. How do I love this, let me count the ways: (a) A period drama; (b) Starring two of my all-time favorites, after a long break; (c) All the stills released are painting-gorgeous; (d) A really rarely-done concept; (e) and I am sure the romance will be beyond angsty, seeing she's a ghost.

2. Nice Guy - the more years I watch dramas, the more I realize that the writer is more important than anything, actors or PD included. No actor or PD, however accomplished, can save a badly-written drama. Luckily, this drama is a perfect combination - it stars Song Jung Ki (who blew me away in Tree with Deep Roots, and for whom this is his first leading drama role) opposite Moon Chae Won but, even more excitingly, it is written by the sublime Lee Kyung Hee, who has written drama after drama I adored. Nice Guy is a dark romantic melodrama (my favorite genre, second only to period dramas) about a man who wants to use a young woman for vengeance but ends up falling for her instead. The last time LKH did a dark, vengeance-driven romance, she gave us A Love to Kill, which was incredibly polarizing, but remains my favorite melodrama of all time (all right, tied with Snow Queen) and is in my Top 5 dramas, period. Add in Song Joong Ki's intensity and my love for Moon Chae Won, and I am sold. Beyond sold.

1. Faith - About a general who time-travels to the present to bring a doctor back for his princess, and the surgeon who ends up accompanying him back in time, this is my most anticipated drama of 2012 by far (it was vying with Bridal Mask for that slot and BM is currently airing). It would take a miracle for this drama to not appeal to me, seeing that it is written by the legendary Song Jina, who has yet to write a drama that didn't work for me, and that this is a reunion of Song Jina with her PD from Legend, a drama that is one of my all-time favorites. It is also set around the Mongolian invasions and is a fusion sageuk (so was Legend!) involving time-travel and starring Lee Min Ho, my huge crush, and the star of City Hunter, one of my all-time favorite dramas, in his first sageuek role as a general. Kim Hee Sun is beautiful and underappreciated (I must be one of 10 people who loved Smile Again) and I think will be great opposite him. Plus, on a shallow note, it will also star Lee Phillip (Legend, Secret Garden) and Sung Hoon (New Tales of Gisaeng), so if your hormones are not overwhelmed, there might be something wrong with you.
dangermousie: (HYD: finally together by mimihyuuga)
Plan to check out A Gentleman's Dignity (love the cast and the writer but 30+/40+ singletons interest me little whatever their gender).

Need to finish Love Rain (plan to binge on last four eps on the weekend).

I got more and more bored with King 2 Hearts so I am not even bothering to watch the last two eps.

Will be following Bridal Mask unless world ends or, even more unimaginably, it will suck.

Will only watch I Do I Do and Big if someone pays me. A lot.

Will be following Dr. Jin with major fast-forwarding (medicine=boring, OTP = hot).

Will pass on Ghost despite the leads unless I hear raves.

I am so behind on God of War, I just might give up until it's over.

Now that The Equator Man is done, I can marathon.

Might finally finish Ojakgyo Brothers (is awesome but not sure if double Joo Won will give me whiplash).

Will keep up with Queen In Hyun's Man.
dangermousie: (HYD: finally together by mimihyuuga)
Plan to check out A Gentleman's Dignity (love the cast and the writer but 30+/40+ singletons interest me little whatever their gender).

Need to finish Love Rain (plan to binge on last four eps on the weekend).

I got more and more bored with King 2 Hearts so I am not even bothering to watch the last two eps.

Will be following Bridal Mask unless world ends or, even more unimaginably, it will suck.

Will only watch I Do I Do and Big if someone pays me. A lot.

Will be following Dr. Jin with major fast-forwarding (medicine=boring, OTP = hot).

Will pass on Ghost despite the leads unless I hear raves.

I am so behind on God of War, I just might give up until it's over.

Now that The Equator Man is done, I can marathon.

Might finally finish Ojakgyo Brothers (is awesome but not sure if double Joo Won will give me whiplash).

Will keep up with Queen In Hyun's Man.
dangermousie: (HYD: finally together by mimihyuuga)
Plan to check out A Gentleman's Dignity (love the cast and the writer but 30+/40+ singletons interest me little whatever their gender).

Need to finish Love Rain (plan to binge on last four eps on the weekend).

I got more and more bored with King 2 Hearts so I am not even bothering to watch the last two eps.

Will be following Bridal Mask unless world ends or, even more unimaginably, it will suck.

Will only watch I Do I Do and Big if someone pays me. A lot.

Will be following Dr. Jin with major fast-forwarding (medicine=boring, OTP = hot).

Will pass on Ghost despite the leads unless I hear raves.

I am so behind on God of War, I just might give up until it's over.

Now that The Equator Man is done, I can marathon.

Might finally finish Ojakgyo Brothers (is awesome but not sure if double Joo Won will give me whiplash).

Will keep up with Queen In Hyun's Man.
dangermousie: (B&W Chen Lin by scanky_chops)
I WANT I WANT

Arang - I adore fusion sageuks, the leads are Lee Jun Ki (back from the Army, rawr!) and Shin Minah, there is a murder mystery element and, most likely, a romance between a magistrate and a ghost. How would I ever not be in?

Bridal Mask - Joo Won (!!!!!!!!!) plays a freedom-fighter against the Japanese in an adaptation of a famous manga. Everything I've seen about it indicates that it's going to be as if Capital Scandal and City Hunter mated and had an amazing baby.

Faith - Lee Min Ho in a period drama!!!!!! OK, now I calmed down. About a modern plastic surgeon who travels back in time. You know what I said about fusion sageuks? It goes double for time-travel dramas. Plus the whole 'modern woman goes back in time' is exciting. I like Kim Hee Sun, the female lead. And some of the supporting cast are ridiculously hot Sung Hoon and Lee Philip. Plus, to top it off, the writer is Song Jina, who wrote Eyes of Dawn/Sandglass/Legend/Slingshot/What's Up, i.e., she who can do no wrong.

Nice Guy Song Joong Ki gets his first lead role, opposite the amazing Mousie favorite Moon Chae Won. This would be enough, alone, to get me excited. But in a romantic revenge melodrama by the writer of Sang Do Let's Go to School, A Love to Kill, Thank You, and Will It Snow on Xmas, i.e., one of my favorite writers, and with the story of a man who seeks to use a woman to get revenge on his ex only to fall for her...yum, YES PLEASE.

The Great Seer - I don't know much about this one, but a period drama starring Ji Jin Hee means I am in.

Timeslip Dr. Jin - I am a sucker for fusion time-travel (duh), love the trailer and the stills and the cast - Song Seung Heon, Jaejoong, Park Min Young etc.

MAYBE

Ghost - I hate medical dramas but love So Ji Sub and Lee Yeon Hee. Plus, I think they will have ridiculously hot chemistry. So if the drama focuses more on their relationship (or non-medical angst etc), I am in.

I Need Romance 2 - I pretty much hated the outcome of the first one, and I didn't even watch it. But I live in hope that in this one, the gal won't go back to the cheater. Plus, I find Lee Jin Wook about the hottest thing on two legs and it's a rare opportunity to see him as the lead. Jung Yumi is gorgeous and they will make a totally eye-candy couple. So yeah, let's just hope his character is not a repeat cheater.

Vampire Prosecutor 2 - Simply because I haven't yet watched the original. If I do before this comes out, I will be all over it as I have yet to hear a single bad thing about the first one.

YOU CAN KEEP IT, THANKS

A Gentleman's Dignity - I think it's illegal to be a kdrama fan without loving Jang Dong Gun, and I do, but the male Sex in the City set-up leaves me beyond bored and so I will be skipping his small-screen comeback. Sorry!

Big - Hong Sisters are uneven for me, and none of their post-Hong Gil Dong work is in my love column (Gumiho came close, being so cute). Plus, I find the body-swapping plot grating without having even seen a second of this, romcoms are rarely my thing, and I appear to be the sole person in dramaworld who loathes Lee Min Jung, the female lead. All of this screams AVOID in big neon letters, despite my love of Gong Yoo.

Golden Time - Medical drama. Yawn.

I Do I Do - I don't like workplace dramas, I don't like younger man-older woman romanced outside of serious drama a la Majo No Jouken, all the stills I've seen yell their cutesiness, the knocked up plot does not interest me to put it mildly (contraception, use it!), I am unfamiliar with the male lead and ambivalent about Kim Suna. It all screams skip.
dangermousie: (B&W Chen Lin by scanky_chops)
I WANT I WANT

Arang - I adore fusion sageuks, the leads are Lee Jun Ki (back from the Army, rawr!) and Shin Minah, there is a murder mystery element and, most likely, a romance between a magistrate and a ghost. How would I ever not be in?

Bridal Mask - Joo Won (!!!!!!!!!) plays a freedom-fighter against the Japanese in an adaptation of a famous manga. Everything I've seen about it indicates that it's going to be as if Capital Scandal and City Hunter mated and had an amazing baby.

Faith - Lee Min Ho in a period drama!!!!!! OK, now I calmed down. About a modern plastic surgeon who travels back in time. You know what I said about fusion sageuks? It goes double for time-travel dramas. Plus the whole 'modern woman goes back in time' is exciting. I like Kim Hee Sun, the female lead. And some of the supporting cast are ridiculously hot Sung Hoon and Lee Philip. Plus, to top it off, the writer is Song Jina, who wrote Eyes of Dawn/Sandglass/Legend/Slingshot/What's Up, i.e., she who can do no wrong.

Nice Guy Song Joong Ki gets his first lead role, opposite the amazing Mousie favorite Moon Chae Won. This would be enough, alone, to get me excited. But in a romantic revenge melodrama by the writer of Sang Do Let's Go to School, A Love to Kill, Thank You, and Will It Snow on Xmas, i.e., one of my favorite writers, and with the story of a man who seeks to use a woman to get revenge on his ex only to fall for her...yum, YES PLEASE.

The Great Seer - I don't know much about this one, but a period drama starring Ji Jin Hee means I am in.

Timeslip Dr. Jin - I am a sucker for fusion time-travel (duh), love the trailer and the stills and the cast - Song Seung Heon, Jaejoong, Park Min Young etc.

MAYBE

Ghost - I hate medical dramas but love So Ji Sub and Lee Yeon Hee. Plus, I think they will have ridiculously hot chemistry. So if the drama focuses more on their relationship (or non-medical angst etc), I am in.

I Need Romance 2 - I pretty much hated the outcome of the first one, and I didn't even watch it. But I live in hope that in this one, the gal won't go back to the cheater. Plus, I find Lee Jin Wook about the hottest thing on two legs and it's a rare opportunity to see him as the lead. Jung Yumi is gorgeous and they will make a totally eye-candy couple. So yeah, let's just hope his character is not a repeat cheater.

Vampire Prosecutor 2 - Simply because I haven't yet watched the original. If I do before this comes out, I will be all over it as I have yet to hear a single bad thing about the first one.

YOU CAN KEEP IT, THANKS

A Gentleman's Dignity - I think it's illegal to be a kdrama fan without loving Jang Dong Gun, and I do, but the male Sex in the City set-up leaves me beyond bored and so I will be skipping his small-screen comeback. Sorry!

Big - Hong Sisters are uneven for me, and none of their post-Hong Gil Dong work is in my love column (Gumiho came close, being so cute). Plus, I find the body-swapping plot grating without having even seen a second of this, romcoms are rarely my thing, and I appear to be the sole person in dramaworld who loathes Lee Min Jung, the female lead. All of this screams AVOID in big neon letters, despite my love of Gong Yoo.

Golden Time - Medical drama. Yawn.

I Do I Do - I don't like workplace dramas, I don't like younger man-older woman romanced outside of serious drama a la Majo No Jouken, all the stills I've seen yell their cutesiness, the knocked up plot does not interest me to put it mildly (contraception, use it!), I am unfamiliar with the male lead and ambivalent about Kim Suna. It all screams skip.
dangermousie: (B&W Chen Lin by scanky_chops)
I WANT I WANT

Arang - I adore fusion sageuks, the leads are Lee Jun Ki (back from the Army, rawr!) and Shin Minah, there is a murder mystery element and, most likely, a romance between a magistrate and a ghost. How would I ever not be in?

Bridal Mask - Joo Won (!!!!!!!!!) plays a freedom-fighter against the Japanese in an adaptation of a famous manga. Everything I've seen about it indicates that it's going to be as if Capital Scandal and City Hunter mated and had an amazing baby.

Faith - Lee Min Ho in a period drama!!!!!! OK, now I calmed down. About a modern plastic surgeon who travels back in time. You know what I said about fusion sageuks? It goes double for time-travel dramas. Plus the whole 'modern woman goes back in time' is exciting. I like Kim Hee Sun, the female lead. And some of the supporting cast are ridiculously hot Sung Hoon and Lee Philip. Plus, to top it off, the writer is Song Jina, who wrote Eyes of Dawn/Sandglass/Legend/Slingshot/What's Up, i.e., she who can do no wrong.

Nice Guy Song Joong Ki gets his first lead role, opposite the amazing Mousie favorite Moon Chae Won. This would be enough, alone, to get me excited. But in a romantic revenge melodrama by the writer of Sang Do Let's Go to School, A Love to Kill, Thank You, and Will It Snow on Xmas, i.e., one of my favorite writers, and with the story of a man who seeks to use a woman to get revenge on his ex only to fall for her...yum, YES PLEASE.

The Great Seer - I don't know much about this one, but a period drama starring Ji Jin Hee means I am in.

Timeslip Dr. Jin - I am a sucker for fusion time-travel (duh), love the trailer and the stills and the cast - Song Seung Heon, Jaejoong, Park Min Young etc.

MAYBE

Ghost - I hate medical dramas but love So Ji Sub and Lee Yeon Hee. Plus, I think they will have ridiculously hot chemistry. So if the drama focuses more on their relationship (or non-medical angst etc), I am in.

I Need Romance 2 - I pretty much hated the outcome of the first one, and I didn't even watch it. But I live in hope that in this one, the gal won't go back to the cheater. Plus, I find Lee Jin Wook about the hottest thing on two legs and it's a rare opportunity to see him as the lead. Jung Yumi is gorgeous and they will make a totally eye-candy couple. So yeah, let's just hope his character is not a repeat cheater.

Vampire Prosecutor 2 - Simply because I haven't yet watched the original. If I do before this comes out, I will be all over it as I have yet to hear a single bad thing about the first one.

YOU CAN KEEP IT, THANKS

A Gentleman's Dignity - I think it's illegal to be a kdrama fan without loving Jang Dong Gun, and I do, but the male Sex in the City set-up leaves me beyond bored and so I will be skipping his small-screen comeback. Sorry!

Big - Hong Sisters are uneven for me, and none of their post-Hong Gil Dong work is in my love column (Gumiho came close, being so cute). Plus, I find the body-swapping plot grating without having even seen a second of this, romcoms are rarely my thing, and I appear to be the sole person in dramaworld who loathes Lee Min Jung, the female lead. All of this screams AVOID in big neon letters, despite my love of Gong Yoo.

Golden Time - Medical drama. Yawn.

I Do I Do - I don't like workplace dramas, I don't like younger man-older woman romanced outside of serious drama a la Majo No Jouken, all the stills I've seen yell their cutesiness, the knocked up plot does not interest me to put it mildly (contraception, use it!), I am unfamiliar with the male lead and ambivalent about Kim Suna. It all screams skip.
dangermousie: (HGD hug by miss-dian)
OK, my drama viewing list is officially insane.

I am following:

Love Rain (seen 2 out of 4 eps)
The Equator Man (seen 4/5)
The King 2 Hearts (4/5)
Rooftop Prince (4/5)
Hero (1/3 - in process of watching first ep)

If The Wedding Plot is going to get subbed, I am adding it in, and I must catch up with God of War.

That is insane. That's 13 hours of drama a week and I can't. But I don't want to drop anything.

Currently am trying to watch K2H ep 5 but the stream on viki is so slow argh I need my fix!
dangermousie: (HGD hug by miss-dian)
OK, my drama viewing list is officially insane.

I am following:

Love Rain (seen 2 out of 4 eps)
The Equator Man (seen 4/5)
The King 2 Hearts (4/5)
Rooftop Prince (4/5)
Hero (1/3 - in process of watching first ep)

If The Wedding Plot is going to get subbed, I am adding it in, and I must catch up with God of War.

That is insane. That's 13 hours of drama a week and I can't. But I don't want to drop anything.

Currently am trying to watch K2H ep 5 but the stream on viki is so slow argh I need my fix!
dangermousie: (HGD hug by miss-dian)
OK, my drama viewing list is officially insane.

I am following:

Love Rain (seen 2 out of 4 eps)
The Equator Man (seen 4/5)
The King 2 Hearts (4/5)
Rooftop Prince (4/5)
Hero (1/3 - in process of watching first ep)

If The Wedding Plot is going to get subbed, I am adding it in, and I must catch up with God of War.

That is insane. That's 13 hours of drama a week and I can't. But I don't want to drop anything.

Currently am trying to watch K2H ep 5 but the stream on viki is so slow argh I need my fix!
dangermousie: (SUFBB: JH/SA kiss by timescout)
Here it is...

WATCHING

Operation Proposal - sweet, melancholy, hopeful trifle. A good way to relax after a long day.
Shut Up Flower Boy Band - owns my heart, body, and soul. And possibly some more prosaic parts like spleen and toenails. I thought I was done with dramas forever (I am not even kidding) and SUFBB single-handledly brought me back into the fold.

WANT TO WATCH

Feast of the Gods - I have low expectations of this one - family dramas involving food aren't really my bag - but I plan to check it out due to my love for Sung Yuri and Joo Sang Wook, who play the leads.
God of War - [livejournal.com profile] clairiere has yet to lead me wrong as far as sageuks are concerned and the synopsis of slave rising to general, is very much up my alley. Plus, the clips look insane. Darksmurf is subbing (I thought I was going to go spare when I thought there were no subs) and I plan to hold off until the first 6-8 eps are subbed for a proper binge.
Light and Shadow - I am a sucker for both period dramas and Ahn Jae Wook. I just want to hold off until I have more time and more subs are out (once again, all hail ds).
Queen Insoo - this sageuk seems universally praised but no subs are in sight. Argh!
Vampire Idol - if only I knew where to find subs, this sounds insane and up my alley.

DROPPED

Dream High 2 - after one ep, I was both bored and lost (this has a cast of dozens and, as they are all played by idols, I had no idea who was who). I might give it another chance though, because I am fond of empty poppy spectacle. Once the ships straighten out, that is, because it seems the shipper confusion currently reigns supreme.
Fermentation Family - I was so excited for this, seeing that it starred Song Il Gook and was written by the people who did Mawang and Resurrection. And...it nearly put me to sleep. I've heard it gets good around ep 9 but the thought of sitting through 9 hours first kinda ruins any desire to verify. It's a very pretty drama but cooking as a topic is soporific.
Hanbando/Korean Peninsula - I was looking forward so much to this! Two eps in, and it makes Poseidon looks like a well of emotional truth. Seriously, no. No.
History of the Salaryman - smart but too way out there for me to watch every week. Maybe if the lead was someone I found more attractive than Lee Bum Soo. /shallow
Ojakgyo Brothers - I watched for Ji Eun and Tae Hee to get together and, when they did, I bailed. I am sure there will be some angst for them or something, but I am not in the mood. I might get back to it though - but for now I like the thought of my darlings being happy. Gloria remains the only 50-ep kdrama I watched in its entirety with no fastfowarding.
The Moon That Embraces the Sun - I genuinely get neither the rabid fandom nor the ratings - I have rarely have been this uniformly bored as I have been watching the first six eps of this puppy. Sageuk is my favorite genre and I couldn't even sit through this, which says volumes. It's so simplistic, it makes my brain hurt, but that isn't its cardinal sin (I've enjoyed plenty of dramas that made Moon look like Shakespeare), my utter lack of involvement in these characters or the plot, is.

NEVER STARTED

12 Men in a Year - I have no idea of the plot, except a vague notion it's about a professional woman dating, a topic I find duller than dirt.
Bachelor's Vegetable Store - I have yet to figure a single 'must see' thing about this drama. Maybe if I were fonder of Ji Chang Wook.
If Tomorrow Comes - I don't even know what this is about!
King Gwanggaeto the Great, sorry King, but there is only so much room on my sageuk plate and God of War sounds more like my thing. Especially since I've yet to see anyone enthused about Gwanggaeto.
Live with Style - all I think of when I think of this drama are its cutesy poster and the absence of any hook whatsoever.
Stroke of Good Luck - my mind is in the gutter :P
Take Care of Us Captain - airlines are boring but the real killer is Gu Hye Sun. I have learned the hard way that she's my kryptonite - I cannot stand her in any type of role.
Wild Romance - weird hair, OTT romcom lunacy, and sports. No, thanks!
dangermousie: (SUFBB: JH/SA kiss by timescout)
Here it is...

WATCHING

Operation Proposal - sweet, melancholy, hopeful trifle. A good way to relax after a long day.
Shut Up Flower Boy Band - owns my heart, body, and soul. And possibly some more prosaic parts like spleen and toenails. I thought I was done with dramas forever (I am not even kidding) and SUFBB single-handledly brought me back into the fold.

WANT TO WATCH

Feast of the Gods - I have low expectations of this one - family dramas involving food aren't really my bag - but I plan to check it out due to my love for Sung Yuri and Joo Sang Wook, who play the leads.
God of War - [livejournal.com profile] clairiere has yet to lead me wrong as far as sageuks are concerned and the synopsis of slave rising to general, is very much up my alley. Plus, the clips look insane. Darksmurf is subbing (I thought I was going to go spare when I thought there were no subs) and I plan to hold off until the first 6-8 eps are subbed for a proper binge.
Light and Shadow - I am a sucker for both period dramas and Ahn Jae Wook. I just want to hold off until I have more time and more subs are out (once again, all hail ds).
Queen Insoo - this sageuk seems universally praised but no subs are in sight. Argh!
Vampire Idol - if only I knew where to find subs, this sounds insane and up my alley.

DROPPED

Dream High 2 - after one ep, I was both bored and lost (this has a cast of dozens and, as they are all played by idols, I had no idea who was who). I might give it another chance though, because I am fond of empty poppy spectacle. Once the ships straighten out, that is, because it seems the shipper confusion currently reigns supreme.
Fermentation Family - I was so excited for this, seeing that it starred Song Il Gook and was written by the people who did Mawang and Resurrection. And...it nearly put me to sleep. I've heard it gets good around ep 9 but the thought of sitting through 9 hours first kinda ruins any desire to verify. It's a very pretty drama but cooking as a topic is soporific.
Hanbando/Korean Peninsula - I was looking forward so much to this! Two eps in, and it makes Poseidon looks like a well of emotional truth. Seriously, no. No.
History of the Salaryman - smart but too way out there for me to watch every week. Maybe if the lead was someone I found more attractive than Lee Bum Soo. /shallow
Ojakgyo Brothers - I watched for Ji Eun and Tae Hee to get together and, when they did, I bailed. I am sure there will be some angst for them or something, but I am not in the mood. I might get back to it though - but for now I like the thought of my darlings being happy. Gloria remains the only 50-ep kdrama I watched in its entirety with no fastfowarding.
The Moon That Embraces the Sun - I genuinely get neither the rabid fandom nor the ratings - I have rarely have been this uniformly bored as I have been watching the first six eps of this puppy. Sageuk is my favorite genre and I couldn't even sit through this, which says volumes. It's so simplistic, it makes my brain hurt, but that isn't its cardinal sin (I've enjoyed plenty of dramas that made Moon look like Shakespeare), my utter lack of involvement in these characters or the plot, is.

NEVER STARTED

12 Men in a Year - I have no idea of the plot, except a vague notion it's about a professional woman dating, a topic I find duller than dirt.
Bachelor's Vegetable Store - I have yet to figure a single 'must see' thing about this drama. Maybe if I were fonder of Ji Chang Wook.
If Tomorrow Comes - I don't even know what this is about!
King Gwanggaeto the Great, sorry King, but there is only so much room on my sageuk plate and God of War sounds more like my thing. Especially since I've yet to see anyone enthused about Gwanggaeto.
Live with Style - all I think of when I think of this drama are its cutesy poster and the absence of any hook whatsoever.
Stroke of Good Luck - my mind is in the gutter :P
Take Care of Us Captain - airlines are boring but the real killer is Gu Hye Sun. I have learned the hard way that she's my kryptonite - I cannot stand her in any type of role.
Wild Romance - weird hair, OTT romcom lunacy, and sports. No, thanks!
dangermousie: (SUFBB: JH/SA kiss by timescout)
Here it is...

WATCHING

Operation Proposal - sweet, melancholy, hopeful trifle. A good way to relax after a long day.
Shut Up Flower Boy Band - owns my heart, body, and soul. And possibly some more prosaic parts like spleen and toenails. I thought I was done with dramas forever (I am not even kidding) and SUFBB single-handledly brought me back into the fold.

WANT TO WATCH

Feast of the Gods - I have low expectations of this one - family dramas involving food aren't really my bag - but I plan to check it out due to my love for Sung Yuri and Joo Sang Wook, who play the leads.
God of War - [livejournal.com profile] clairiere has yet to lead me wrong as far as sageuks are concerned and the synopsis of slave rising to general, is very much up my alley. Plus, the clips look insane. Darksmurf is subbing (I thought I was going to go spare when I thought there were no subs) and I plan to hold off until the first 6-8 eps are subbed for a proper binge.
Light and Shadow - I am a sucker for both period dramas and Ahn Jae Wook. I just want to hold off until I have more time and more subs are out (once again, all hail ds).
Queen Insoo - this sageuk seems universally praised but no subs are in sight. Argh!
Vampire Idol - if only I knew where to find subs, this sounds insane and up my alley.

DROPPED

Dream High 2 - after one ep, I was both bored and lost (this has a cast of dozens and, as they are all played by idols, I had no idea who was who). I might give it another chance though, because I am fond of empty poppy spectacle. Once the ships straighten out, that is, because it seems the shipper confusion currently reigns supreme.
Fermentation Family - I was so excited for this, seeing that it starred Song Il Gook and was written by the people who did Mawang and Resurrection. And...it nearly put me to sleep. I've heard it gets good around ep 9 but the thought of sitting through 9 hours first kinda ruins any desire to verify. It's a very pretty drama but cooking as a topic is soporific.
Hanbando/Korean Peninsula - I was looking forward so much to this! Two eps in, and it makes Poseidon looks like a well of emotional truth. Seriously, no. No.
History of the Salaryman - smart but too way out there for me to watch every week. Maybe if the lead was someone I found more attractive than Lee Bum Soo. /shallow
Ojakgyo Brothers - I watched for Ji Eun and Tae Hee to get together and, when they did, I bailed. I am sure there will be some angst for them or something, but I am not in the mood. I might get back to it though - but for now I like the thought of my darlings being happy. Gloria remains the only 50-ep kdrama I watched in its entirety with no fastfowarding.
The Moon That Embraces the Sun - I genuinely get neither the rabid fandom nor the ratings - I have rarely have been this uniformly bored as I have been watching the first six eps of this puppy. Sageuk is my favorite genre and I couldn't even sit through this, which says volumes. It's so simplistic, it makes my brain hurt, but that isn't its cardinal sin (I've enjoyed plenty of dramas that made Moon look like Shakespeare), my utter lack of involvement in these characters or the plot, is.

NEVER STARTED

12 Men in a Year - I have no idea of the plot, except a vague notion it's about a professional woman dating, a topic I find duller than dirt.
Bachelor's Vegetable Store - I have yet to figure a single 'must see' thing about this drama. Maybe if I were fonder of Ji Chang Wook.
If Tomorrow Comes - I don't even know what this is about!
King Gwanggaeto the Great, sorry King, but there is only so much room on my sageuk plate and God of War sounds more like my thing. Especially since I've yet to see anyone enthused about Gwanggaeto.
Live with Style - all I think of when I think of this drama are its cutesy poster and the absence of any hook whatsoever.
Stroke of Good Luck - my mind is in the gutter :P
Take Care of Us Captain - airlines are boring but the real killer is Gu Hye Sun. I have learned the hard way that she's my kryptonite - I cannot stand her in any type of role.
Wild Romance - weird hair, OTT romcom lunacy, and sports. No, thanks!
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Watching:

DRAMAS

* Shut Up Flower Boy Band - kooky and with attitude

TV SHOWS

* Boardwalk Empire - still catching up
* Chuck - light and funny and entertaining as hell
* Farscape - my rewatch
* First Wave - nineties nostalgia
* Haven - duh, Audrey/Nathan 4evah.
* Sons of Anarchy - also still catching up

Anticipating:

10 Operation Proposal - I like cute fluff.
9 Fashion King - mainly in it for the cast.
8 Xuan Yuan Jian Zhi Tian Zhi Hen - sort of Chinese Paladin, with fancier CGI and Hu Ge playing evil and sexy.
7 Love Rain - I love melodramas, especially when they star Emo Prince (tm) and are directed by the four seasons guy.
6 Hanbando - thriller, politics, h/c, awesome cast.
5 The King - Ha Ji Won and Lee Seung Gi play, respectively, a North Korean operative and a South Korean prince, who have to have an arranged marriage. I was one of about five people who loved Spy Myung Wol and this seems like a higher quality take on the same thing.
4 Bridal Mask - Joo Won, my big ridiculous crush, is a superhero-type freedom fighter in the 1930s. A period superhero drama with romance? Bring it on!
3 Rooftop Prince - Yoochun (rawr!) is a period prince who catapults himself and his posse into the future to look for reincarnation of his dead love, who turns out to be Han Ji Min. I cannot wait!
2 Da Mo Yao - after about a bazillion dramas together, Hu Ge (my favorite cdrama actor) and Liu Shi Shi (my favorite cdrama actress) actually get to play an OTP! He's an icy general, she's a Chinese woman raised by an enemy tribe, blah blah blah the author is the writer of Bu Bu Jing Xin, most amazing thing ever. Bring it on!
1 Chu - Han Contention - my most anticipated, the humongous, violent Chinese epic about the struggle between Liu Bang and Xiang Yu to control China following the destruction of the Qin Empire. Bring on wars, politics, and ridiculously sexy Peter Ho!
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Watching:

DRAMAS

* Shut Up Flower Boy Band - kooky and with attitude

TV SHOWS

* Boardwalk Empire - still catching up
* Chuck - light and funny and entertaining as hell
* Farscape - my rewatch
* First Wave - nineties nostalgia
* Haven - duh, Audrey/Nathan 4evah.
* Sons of Anarchy - also still catching up

Anticipating:

10 Operation Proposal - I like cute fluff.
9 Fashion King - mainly in it for the cast.
8 Xuan Yuan Jian Zhi Tian Zhi Hen - sort of Chinese Paladin, with fancier CGI and Hu Ge playing evil and sexy.
7 Love Rain - I love melodramas, especially when they star Emo Prince (tm) and are directed by the four seasons guy.
6 Hanbando - thriller, politics, h/c, awesome cast.
5 The King - Ha Ji Won and Lee Seung Gi play, respectively, a North Korean operative and a South Korean prince, who have to have an arranged marriage. I was one of about five people who loved Spy Myung Wol and this seems like a higher quality take on the same thing.
4 Bridal Mask - Joo Won, my big ridiculous crush, is a superhero-type freedom fighter in the 1930s. A period superhero drama with romance? Bring it on!
3 Rooftop Prince - Yoochun (rawr!) is a period prince who catapults himself and his posse into the future to look for reincarnation of his dead love, who turns out to be Han Ji Min. I cannot wait!
2 Da Mo Yao - after about a bazillion dramas together, Hu Ge (my favorite cdrama actor) and Liu Shi Shi (my favorite cdrama actress) actually get to play an OTP! He's an icy general, she's a Chinese woman raised by an enemy tribe, blah blah blah the author is the writer of Bu Bu Jing Xin, most amazing thing ever. Bring it on!
1 Chu - Han Contention - my most anticipated, the humongous, violent Chinese epic about the struggle between Liu Bang and Xiang Yu to control China following the destruction of the Qin Empire. Bring on wars, politics, and ridiculously sexy Peter Ho!
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Watching:

DRAMAS

* Shut Up Flower Boy Band - kooky and with attitude

TV SHOWS

* Boardwalk Empire - still catching up
* Chuck - light and funny and entertaining as hell
* Farscape - my rewatch
* First Wave - nineties nostalgia
* Haven - duh, Audrey/Nathan 4evah.
* Sons of Anarchy - also still catching up

Anticipating:

10 Operation Proposal - I like cute fluff.
9 Fashion King - mainly in it for the cast.
8 Xuan Yuan Jian Zhi Tian Zhi Hen - sort of Chinese Paladin, with fancier CGI and Hu Ge playing evil and sexy.
7 Love Rain - I love melodramas, especially when they star Emo Prince (tm) and are directed by the four seasons guy.
6 Hanbando - thriller, politics, h/c, awesome cast.
5 The King - Ha Ji Won and Lee Seung Gi play, respectively, a North Korean operative and a South Korean prince, who have to have an arranged marriage. I was one of about five people who loved Spy Myung Wol and this seems like a higher quality take on the same thing.
4 Bridal Mask - Joo Won, my big ridiculous crush, is a superhero-type freedom fighter in the 1930s. A period superhero drama with romance? Bring it on!
3 Rooftop Prince - Yoochun (rawr!) is a period prince who catapults himself and his posse into the future to look for reincarnation of his dead love, who turns out to be Han Ji Min. I cannot wait!
2 Da Mo Yao - after about a bazillion dramas together, Hu Ge (my favorite cdrama actor) and Liu Shi Shi (my favorite cdrama actress) actually get to play an OTP! He's an icy general, she's a Chinese woman raised by an enemy tribe, blah blah blah the author is the writer of Bu Bu Jing Xin, most amazing thing ever. Bring it on!
1 Chu - Han Contention - my most anticipated, the humongous, violent Chinese epic about the struggle between Liu Bang and Xiang Yu to control China following the destruction of the Qin Empire. Bring on wars, politics, and ridiculously sexy Peter Ho!
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I was a bad bad girl and peeked at some spoilers (quasi-incidentally) and apparently cut for spoilers through current aired eps )

My current watching list Here )

Also, I know Joo Won was slated to play secondary guy in Moon That Embraces the Sun, i.e., the role which went to Jung Il Woo. People are saying he dropped out in order to take the lead in the upcoming Bridal Mask, and while that would be understandable (lead >>> supporting), how on earth did anyone, Joo Won included, think he was going to be able to be in Moon? Even if we leave Ojakgyo's eight-ep extension aside, the drama is still airing and would have been airing for 3 more weeks even without the extension. Moon is airing too. Granted, they are doing childhood parts in Moon now, but the adult stuff is slated to air (let alone start filming) before Ojakgyo's even-unextended scheduled end-date. There is no way the same actor can be a lead in one drama and a main (one of three mains) in another, without bending the laws of time and space. So I think Moon would have always been a wash-out. I mean, there is no earthly way.

In other upcoming drama news, I am mightily amused there is still not a peep about a leading lady for Shut Up: Flower Boy Band. I am kinda hoping for utter wall-to-wall slash at this point because it's frankly insane they have no gal lead cast if they plan to have one at all. Heh, I might even tune in, at this rate.
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I was a bad bad girl and peeked at some spoilers (quasi-incidentally) and apparently cut for spoilers through current aired eps )

My current watching list Here )

Also, I know Joo Won was slated to play secondary guy in Moon That Embraces the Sun, i.e., the role which went to Jung Il Woo. People are saying he dropped out in order to take the lead in the upcoming Bridal Mask, and while that would be understandable (lead >>> supporting), how on earth did anyone, Joo Won included, think he was going to be able to be in Moon? Even if we leave Ojakgyo's eight-ep extension aside, the drama is still airing and would have been airing for 3 more weeks even without the extension. Moon is airing too. Granted, they are doing childhood parts in Moon now, but the adult stuff is slated to air (let alone start filming) before Ojakgyo's even-unextended scheduled end-date. There is no way the same actor can be a lead in one drama and a main (one of three mains) in another, without bending the laws of time and space. So I think Moon would have always been a wash-out. I mean, there is no earthly way.

In other upcoming drama news, I am mightily amused there is still not a peep about a leading lady for Shut Up: Flower Boy Band. I am kinda hoping for utter wall-to-wall slash at this point because it's frankly insane they have no gal lead cast if they plan to have one at all. Heh, I might even tune in, at this rate.
dangermousie: (Default)
I was a bad bad girl and peeked at some spoilers (quasi-incidentally) and apparently cut for spoilers through current aired eps )

My current watching list Here )

Also, I know Joo Won was slated to play secondary guy in Moon That Embraces the Sun, i.e., the role which went to Jung Il Woo. People are saying he dropped out in order to take the lead in the upcoming Bridal Mask, and while that would be understandable (lead >>> supporting), how on earth did anyone, Joo Won included, think he was going to be able to be in Moon? Even if we leave Ojakgyo's eight-ep extension aside, the drama is still airing and would have been airing for 3 more weeks even without the extension. Moon is airing too. Granted, they are doing childhood parts in Moon now, but the adult stuff is slated to air (let alone start filming) before Ojakgyo's even-unextended scheduled end-date. There is no way the same actor can be a lead in one drama and a main (one of three mains) in another, without bending the laws of time and space. So I think Moon would have always been a wash-out. I mean, there is no earthly way.

In other upcoming drama news, I am mightily amused there is still not a peep about a leading lady for Shut Up: Flower Boy Band. I am kinda hoping for utter wall-to-wall slash at this point because it's frankly insane they have no gal lead cast if they plan to have one at all. Heh, I might even tune in, at this rate.
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My 15 Favorite Dramas of 2011 Post.

I use the word 'favorite' advisedly - some of these dramas aren't ones I can claim are objectively good, But all of them worked for me, made me emotionally involved, made me laugh and cry and care. And yeah, some of them ARE freaking masterpieces.

Two notes before we get into it - while all the dramas on this list are dramas which aired at least a part of its episodes in 2011, I have excluded both Gloria and Secret Garden, as they were all over my award list for last year and to include them again seems like double-dipping. Oh, and I did not include any drama where I saw less than 4 eps - that is why What's Up, Love Keeps Going and A Thousand Days' Promise are not on the list.

In any event, without much further ado, here is my list.

Behind the cut is my post on my 15 favorite dramas of the year )

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