dangermousie: (THnK hug by alexandral)
I was too tired, after the long day PLUS Winter Sonata to watch Goong or even Sweet 18, so I finished 1 Pound No Fukuin, a.k.a. the one where Kame plays a boxer who falls in love with a nun, instead.

1Pound is very fluffy and cute, if also rather repetitive and almost forgettable.

However, it is saved from that sad fate by:

1. Kame is just this adorable puppyish ball of energy. I can't resist. Physically, he is never my type (I like them more guyish), but he is one my faves anyway, due to sheer charisma. Plus, I think he is very underrated as an actor. He is rather uniformly excellent in this too (though this isn't the drama to check out his acting chops. Nobuta or Tattakoi are much better at that).

2. The fact that the heroine is a nun amuses me to no end.

3. The episode with the host club. I loled so hard.

4. The fact that at the end spoiler for ending )

I close on a vid of Kame/Nun cuteness.

dangermousie: (THnK hug by alexandral)
I was too tired, after the long day PLUS Winter Sonata to watch Goong or even Sweet 18, so I finished 1 Pound No Fukuin, a.k.a. the one where Kame plays a boxer who falls in love with a nun, instead.

1Pound is very fluffy and cute, if also rather repetitive and almost forgettable.

However, it is saved from that sad fate by:

1. Kame is just this adorable puppyish ball of energy. I can't resist. Physically, he is never my type (I like them more guyish), but he is one my faves anyway, due to sheer charisma. Plus, I think he is very underrated as an actor. He is rather uniformly excellent in this too (though this isn't the drama to check out his acting chops. Nobuta or Tattakoi are much better at that).

2. The fact that the heroine is a nun amuses me to no end.

3. The episode with the host club. I loled so hard.

4. The fact that at the end spoiler for ending )

I close on a vid of Kame/Nun cuteness.

dangermousie: (THnK hug by alexandral)
I was too tired, after the long day PLUS Winter Sonata to watch Goong or even Sweet 18, so I finished 1 Pound No Fukuin, a.k.a. the one where Kame plays a boxer who falls in love with a nun, instead.

1Pound is very fluffy and cute, if also rather repetitive and almost forgettable.

However, it is saved from that sad fate by:

1. Kame is just this adorable puppyish ball of energy. I can't resist. Physically, he is never my type (I like them more guyish), but he is one my faves anyway, due to sheer charisma. Plus, I think he is very underrated as an actor. He is rather uniformly excellent in this too (though this isn't the drama to check out his acting chops. Nobuta or Tattakoi are much better at that).

2. The fact that the heroine is a nun amuses me to no end.

3. The episode with the host club. I loled so hard.

4. The fact that at the end spoiler for ending )

I close on a vid of Kame/Nun cuteness.

dangermousie: (Romantic Princess by lolanicon)
I didn't get much further into Winter Sonata because [livejournal.com profile] filmi_girl came over last night and we ended up watching more Mars. Still love it, after all the rewatches. Spoiler through ep 13 )

I have to say, I sort of squee to see how much taller he is. When they hug (or make out, there is a make-out scene! In a twdrama!!!) she is totally enveloped. Heck, his hands are almost as big as her head :P

In other news, is anyone else excited about the upcoming Strongest Chil Woo?



It's a fusion sageuk (i.e. a period kdrama which is not eighty billion eps and is not a straight period historical thing) in which Eric Mun plays a lowly government official who is, in secret, a highly-powered and trained assassin. Goo Hye Sun (the female lead in The King and I) plays his OTP, a young woman from a noble family who, due to various hardships, ends up losing her status and becoming a palace maid.

Reasons for anticipation?

1. Every fusion sageuk I've seen, I have loved: Legend, Damo, Hong Gil Dong, Capital Scandal (though is CS too 'modern' to qualify as a sageuk?).

2. I have only seen Eric in Que Sera Sera but he totally rocked my socks there (or whatever the phrase is). He is GOOD at intense. And messed-up. Also, he is super-hot.

3. The OTP in this one is supposed to have "a tragic romance."

4. SWORDS. ASSASSINS.

5. Prettiness:



In yet other news, apparently Powerful Opponents has still, as of ep 8 (i.e. at the halfway point!) not made clear who the heroine would end up with, thus prompting an almost unheard of phenomenon in dorama world: shipper sniping. Usually, since you know from ep 1 who will end up with whom, that is the one weirdness we do not get. I'll be dissapointed whoever she picks, because I will be sad for the other one! I mean, it would be awesome with President's Son because he is so dorky and adorable and messed-up and it would be so fun to see her straighten him out and it would be awesome to see her with Gwan Pil because he is all so smouldery and reserved and when they practice together sparks fly. And so...I think she should be cloned!

Oh, and when I get home, if I feel like angstiness, I will be watching Bara No Nai Hanaya, but it not, it's finishing 1 pould no Fukuin. I mean, how much cuter can you go than Kame as a boxer with his OTP a Nun at an orphanage!

Or maybe, I'll watch the BBC romcom fun that The Student Prince promises to be.

Synopsis:

The Queen's youngest son (Rupert Penry-Jones) is off to university, mainly because "I'm hopeless at anything else". Barry (Robson Green), his new bodyguard, has no time for the royal family and left school at fifteen. He certainly didn't volunteer for this job, and is damned if he's going to enjoy it. Yet he can't help liking the hopelessly unworldly young prince, at least, until they both set their eyes on the new American student (Tara Fitzgerald).

RPJ and RG in the same show? I am set.
dangermousie: (Romantic Princess by lolanicon)
I didn't get much further into Winter Sonata because [livejournal.com profile] filmi_girl came over last night and we ended up watching more Mars. Still love it, after all the rewatches. Spoiler through ep 13 )

I have to say, I sort of squee to see how much taller he is. When they hug (or make out, there is a make-out scene! In a twdrama!!!) she is totally enveloped. Heck, his hands are almost as big as her head :P

In other news, is anyone else excited about the upcoming Strongest Chil Woo?



It's a fusion sageuk (i.e. a period kdrama which is not eighty billion eps and is not a straight period historical thing) in which Eric Mun plays a lowly government official who is, in secret, a highly-powered and trained assassin. Goo Hye Sun (the female lead in The King and I) plays his OTP, a young woman from a noble family who, due to various hardships, ends up losing her status and becoming a palace maid.

Reasons for anticipation?

1. Every fusion sageuk I've seen, I have loved: Legend, Damo, Hong Gil Dong, Capital Scandal (though is CS too 'modern' to qualify as a sageuk?).

2. I have only seen Eric in Que Sera Sera but he totally rocked my socks there (or whatever the phrase is). He is GOOD at intense. And messed-up. Also, he is super-hot.

3. The OTP in this one is supposed to have "a tragic romance."

4. SWORDS. ASSASSINS.

5. Prettiness:



In yet other news, apparently Powerful Opponents has still, as of ep 8 (i.e. at the halfway point!) not made clear who the heroine would end up with, thus prompting an almost unheard of phenomenon in dorama world: shipper sniping. Usually, since you know from ep 1 who will end up with whom, that is the one weirdness we do not get. I'll be dissapointed whoever she picks, because I will be sad for the other one! I mean, it would be awesome with President's Son because he is so dorky and adorable and messed-up and it would be so fun to see her straighten him out and it would be awesome to see her with Gwan Pil because he is all so smouldery and reserved and when they practice together sparks fly. And so...I think she should be cloned!

Oh, and when I get home, if I feel like angstiness, I will be watching Bara No Nai Hanaya, but it not, it's finishing 1 pould no Fukuin. I mean, how much cuter can you go than Kame as a boxer with his OTP a Nun at an orphanage!

Or maybe, I'll watch the BBC romcom fun that The Student Prince promises to be.

Synopsis:

The Queen's youngest son (Rupert Penry-Jones) is off to university, mainly because "I'm hopeless at anything else". Barry (Robson Green), his new bodyguard, has no time for the royal family and left school at fifteen. He certainly didn't volunteer for this job, and is damned if he's going to enjoy it. Yet he can't help liking the hopelessly unworldly young prince, at least, until they both set their eyes on the new American student (Tara Fitzgerald).

RPJ and RG in the same show? I am set.
dangermousie: (Romantic Princess by lolanicon)
I didn't get much further into Winter Sonata because [livejournal.com profile] filmi_girl came over last night and we ended up watching more Mars. Still love it, after all the rewatches. Spoiler through ep 13 )

I have to say, I sort of squee to see how much taller he is. When they hug (or make out, there is a make-out scene! In a twdrama!!!) she is totally enveloped. Heck, his hands are almost as big as her head :P

In other news, is anyone else excited about the upcoming Strongest Chil Woo?



It's a fusion sageuk (i.e. a period kdrama which is not eighty billion eps and is not a straight period historical thing) in which Eric Mun plays a lowly government official who is, in secret, a highly-powered and trained assassin. Goo Hye Sun (the female lead in The King and I) plays his OTP, a young woman from a noble family who, due to various hardships, ends up losing her status and becoming a palace maid.

Reasons for anticipation?

1. Every fusion sageuk I've seen, I have loved: Legend, Damo, Hong Gil Dong, Capital Scandal (though is CS too 'modern' to qualify as a sageuk?).

2. I have only seen Eric in Que Sera Sera but he totally rocked my socks there (or whatever the phrase is). He is GOOD at intense. And messed-up. Also, he is super-hot.

3. The OTP in this one is supposed to have "a tragic romance."

4. SWORDS. ASSASSINS.

5. Prettiness:



In yet other news, apparently Powerful Opponents has still, as of ep 8 (i.e. at the halfway point!) not made clear who the heroine would end up with, thus prompting an almost unheard of phenomenon in dorama world: shipper sniping. Usually, since you know from ep 1 who will end up with whom, that is the one weirdness we do not get. I'll be dissapointed whoever she picks, because I will be sad for the other one! I mean, it would be awesome with President's Son because he is so dorky and adorable and messed-up and it would be so fun to see her straighten him out and it would be awesome to see her with Gwan Pil because he is all so smouldery and reserved and when they practice together sparks fly. And so...I think she should be cloned!

Oh, and when I get home, if I feel like angstiness, I will be watching Bara No Nai Hanaya, but it not, it's finishing 1 pould no Fukuin. I mean, how much cuter can you go than Kame as a boxer with his OTP a Nun at an orphanage!

Or maybe, I'll watch the BBC romcom fun that The Student Prince promises to be.

Synopsis:

The Queen's youngest son (Rupert Penry-Jones) is off to university, mainly because "I'm hopeless at anything else". Barry (Robson Green), his new bodyguard, has no time for the royal family and left school at fifteen. He certainly didn't volunteer for this job, and is damned if he's going to enjoy it. Yet he can't help liking the hopelessly unworldly young prince, at least, until they both set their eyes on the new American student (Tara Fitzgerald).

RPJ and RG in the same show? I am set.
dangermousie: (My Girl kiss by meganbmoore)
After finishing Que Sera Sera, I am in a bit of a drama lull, especially since I am showing The Legend to [livejournal.com profile] filmi_girl and following Hong Gil Dong weekly, and enthusing over more than two dramas at a time takes energy. Ergo a few days to recharge.

Btw, is Kame's One Pound No Fukuin good? I sort of haven't watched any since ep 1 but I noticed that my flist almost stopped discussing it and I know the ratings aren't great. So did it nosedive in quality, or should I continue?

So, anyway, in my little recharge period I decided to catch up with a couple dramas I started and liked but then got sidetracked from. Candidate number 1 (I watched 4 eps today): Korean-Chinese coproduction Bichunmu (Or Bichunmoo), based on a manhwa of the same name (it was also made into a movie five or so years back).

Here is a wonderful MV for it. I dare you not to be interested:



Before I got sidetracked, I saw first four eps and liked it a lot, but then something else intervened and I put it aside. Well, now eight eps in, and my opinion is confirmed: it's lovely. If you like period dramas, star-crossed lovers, fight scenes, rebels etc etc, the drama is for you.

Actually, I think Bichunmu would make a pretty good 'crossover' intro for those on my flist who enjoyed period dramas via 'proper' historical/fantasy kdramas like The Legend, Jumong, Damo or even Hong Gil Dong, and want to find out if a Chinese wuxia drama would be their thing.

Because it's a Korean coproduction and is based on a manhwa, the plot is a lot more historical based, as opposed to pure fantasy, the fights are much more realistic (all the moves look like something a skilled fighter can do), and the love story is much more physical (well, as far as period dramas go. There has been kissing which is a huge deal for historicals. If you want skin, go elsewhere :P). However, because it's a Chinese coproduction, it does have a somewhat fairytale feel to it (rather wuxiaish, they always feel suspended in time), the pacing is more wuxiaish than period kdrama (not faster or slower, just different), there is the thread of people fighting to possess a specific martial art, and a number of secondary characters come across as wuxia types.

Basically it's a good intro rather than pure wuxia like Return of the Condor Heroes (which I adore, but that is like total immersion, you will either adore it or loathe it).

Anyway, the plot? It's a story of love found, lost, and then found again, with some kickass rebel battles and family issues thrown in. Our main characters are Jan Ho, a young man of noble Korean blood born in China who does not know of the fact, as his parents were killed when he was born (baddies wanted to acquire a priceless martial arts scroll). When he grows up with his 'Uncle' (in reality a loyal family retainer), his paths cross with Xiuli, an illegitimate daughter of a high-ranking Chinese military commander. We have star-crossed (and oh so doomed) love, we have Jan Ho presumed dead, becoming a powerful rebel leader. We have assassins, merchants, and a rather awesome 'other guy' for the heroine (a Chinese nobleman). It just plain rocks. And Joo Jin Mo, who plays Jan Ho, who goes from sweet-tempered naive boy to tormented (YES) embittered and hard rebel, is worth the price of the DVDs alone because of total hotness.

Eight episodes in, I have to admit, that I highly approve of poor Jan Ho's 'Uncle' being offed. It gave the guy a 'tude, angst, and some awesome black wardrobe. No wonder the OTP interferer girl (who I actually like. He hired himself as a bodyguard to her in order to get to the city where Xiuli is held) is gone for him: a reserved hottie in black who repeatedly saves your life and won't let you touch a woman's amulet around his neck? Yes please. Oh, and the OTP ran off and I presume had sex, too, but I feel nothing good will come of it. Some of the outlines of the story are similar to the movie btw, but not everything. They actually have seemed to fix all the story problems that bugged me in the movie (especially the wtf ending. Since the whole story starts with the last moments of the story and goes into flashback, I am assured that the movie's bizarreness doesn't happens).

Btw, the version I am watching is the Chinese release: 30 episodes, 40-45 minutes each, in Chinese (with subtitles). Korean TV recently began broadcasting the Korean version. On the plus side, you get to hear Joo Jin Mo and the leading lady's real voices as opposed to the Chinese dubs (which are excellent btw). On minus side, the Korean TV station hacked the drama down to fit the Korean TV episode numbers/standards (mainly in the first half). I will take dubbing over the cuts, thanks, but YMMV. I have the Tai Seng DVDs, and the subtitles are excellent. No idea if it's available to DL as I never looked.

Another MV )

[livejournal.com profile] meganbmoore, I think you'll like this.
dangermousie: (My Girl kiss by meganbmoore)
After finishing Que Sera Sera, I am in a bit of a drama lull, especially since I am showing The Legend to [livejournal.com profile] filmi_girl and following Hong Gil Dong weekly, and enthusing over more than two dramas at a time takes energy. Ergo a few days to recharge.

Btw, is Kame's One Pound No Fukuin good? I sort of haven't watched any since ep 1 but I noticed that my flist almost stopped discussing it and I know the ratings aren't great. So did it nosedive in quality, or should I continue?

So, anyway, in my little recharge period I decided to catch up with a couple dramas I started and liked but then got sidetracked from. Candidate number 1 (I watched 4 eps today): Korean-Chinese coproduction Bichunmu (Or Bichunmoo), based on a manhwa of the same name (it was also made into a movie five or so years back).

Here is a wonderful MV for it. I dare you not to be interested:



Before I got sidetracked, I saw first four eps and liked it a lot, but then something else intervened and I put it aside. Well, now eight eps in, and my opinion is confirmed: it's lovely. If you like period dramas, star-crossed lovers, fight scenes, rebels etc etc, the drama is for you.

Actually, I think Bichunmu would make a pretty good 'crossover' intro for those on my flist who enjoyed period dramas via 'proper' historical/fantasy kdramas like The Legend, Jumong, Damo or even Hong Gil Dong, and want to find out if a Chinese wuxia drama would be their thing.

Because it's a Korean coproduction and is based on a manhwa, the plot is a lot more historical based, as opposed to pure fantasy, the fights are much more realistic (all the moves look like something a skilled fighter can do), and the love story is much more physical (well, as far as period dramas go. There has been kissing which is a huge deal for historicals. If you want skin, go elsewhere :P). However, because it's a Chinese coproduction, it does have a somewhat fairytale feel to it (rather wuxiaish, they always feel suspended in time), the pacing is more wuxiaish than period kdrama (not faster or slower, just different), there is the thread of people fighting to possess a specific martial art, and a number of secondary characters come across as wuxia types.

Basically it's a good intro rather than pure wuxia like Return of the Condor Heroes (which I adore, but that is like total immersion, you will either adore it or loathe it).

Anyway, the plot? It's a story of love found, lost, and then found again, with some kickass rebel battles and family issues thrown in. Our main characters are Jan Ho, a young man of noble Korean blood born in China who does not know of the fact, as his parents were killed when he was born (baddies wanted to acquire a priceless martial arts scroll). When he grows up with his 'Uncle' (in reality a loyal family retainer), his paths cross with Xiuli, an illegitimate daughter of a high-ranking Chinese military commander. We have star-crossed (and oh so doomed) love, we have Jan Ho presumed dead, becoming a powerful rebel leader. We have assassins, merchants, and a rather awesome 'other guy' for the heroine (a Chinese nobleman). It just plain rocks. And Joo Jin Mo, who plays Jan Ho, who goes from sweet-tempered naive boy to tormented (YES) embittered and hard rebel, is worth the price of the DVDs alone because of total hotness.

Eight episodes in, I have to admit, that I highly approve of poor Jan Ho's 'Uncle' being offed. It gave the guy a 'tude, angst, and some awesome black wardrobe. No wonder the OTP interferer girl (who I actually like. He hired himself as a bodyguard to her in order to get to the city where Xiuli is held) is gone for him: a reserved hottie in black who repeatedly saves your life and won't let you touch a woman's amulet around his neck? Yes please. Oh, and the OTP ran off and I presume had sex, too, but I feel nothing good will come of it. Some of the outlines of the story are similar to the movie btw, but not everything. They actually have seemed to fix all the story problems that bugged me in the movie (especially the wtf ending. Since the whole story starts with the last moments of the story and goes into flashback, I am assured that the movie's bizarreness doesn't happens).

Btw, the version I am watching is the Chinese release: 30 episodes, 40-45 minutes each, in Chinese (with subtitles). Korean TV recently began broadcasting the Korean version. On the plus side, you get to hear Joo Jin Mo and the leading lady's real voices as opposed to the Chinese dubs (which are excellent btw). On minus side, the Korean TV station hacked the drama down to fit the Korean TV episode numbers/standards (mainly in the first half). I will take dubbing over the cuts, thanks, but YMMV. I have the Tai Seng DVDs, and the subtitles are excellent. No idea if it's available to DL as I never looked.

Another MV )

[livejournal.com profile] meganbmoore, I think you'll like this.
dangermousie: (My Girl kiss by meganbmoore)
After finishing Que Sera Sera, I am in a bit of a drama lull, especially since I am showing The Legend to [livejournal.com profile] filmi_girl and following Hong Gil Dong weekly, and enthusing over more than two dramas at a time takes energy. Ergo a few days to recharge.

Btw, is Kame's One Pound No Fukuin good? I sort of haven't watched any since ep 1 but I noticed that my flist almost stopped discussing it and I know the ratings aren't great. So did it nosedive in quality, or should I continue?

So, anyway, in my little recharge period I decided to catch up with a couple dramas I started and liked but then got sidetracked from. Candidate number 1 (I watched 4 eps today): Korean-Chinese coproduction Bichunmu (Or Bichunmoo), based on a manhwa of the same name (it was also made into a movie five or so years back).

Here is a wonderful MV for it. I dare you not to be interested:



Before I got sidetracked, I saw first four eps and liked it a lot, but then something else intervened and I put it aside. Well, now eight eps in, and my opinion is confirmed: it's lovely. If you like period dramas, star-crossed lovers, fight scenes, rebels etc etc, the drama is for you.

Actually, I think Bichunmu would make a pretty good 'crossover' intro for those on my flist who enjoyed period dramas via 'proper' historical/fantasy kdramas like The Legend, Jumong, Damo or even Hong Gil Dong, and want to find out if a Chinese wuxia drama would be their thing.

Because it's a Korean coproduction and is based on a manhwa, the plot is a lot more historical based, as opposed to pure fantasy, the fights are much more realistic (all the moves look like something a skilled fighter can do), and the love story is much more physical (well, as far as period dramas go. There has been kissing which is a huge deal for historicals. If you want skin, go elsewhere :P). However, because it's a Chinese coproduction, it does have a somewhat fairytale feel to it (rather wuxiaish, they always feel suspended in time), the pacing is more wuxiaish than period kdrama (not faster or slower, just different), there is the thread of people fighting to possess a specific martial art, and a number of secondary characters come across as wuxia types.

Basically it's a good intro rather than pure wuxia like Return of the Condor Heroes (which I adore, but that is like total immersion, you will either adore it or loathe it).

Anyway, the plot? It's a story of love found, lost, and then found again, with some kickass rebel battles and family issues thrown in. Our main characters are Jan Ho, a young man of noble Korean blood born in China who does not know of the fact, as his parents were killed when he was born (baddies wanted to acquire a priceless martial arts scroll). When he grows up with his 'Uncle' (in reality a loyal family retainer), his paths cross with Xiuli, an illegitimate daughter of a high-ranking Chinese military commander. We have star-crossed (and oh so doomed) love, we have Jan Ho presumed dead, becoming a powerful rebel leader. We have assassins, merchants, and a rather awesome 'other guy' for the heroine (a Chinese nobleman). It just plain rocks. And Joo Jin Mo, who plays Jan Ho, who goes from sweet-tempered naive boy to tormented (YES) embittered and hard rebel, is worth the price of the DVDs alone because of total hotness.

Eight episodes in, I have to admit, that I highly approve of poor Jan Ho's 'Uncle' being offed. It gave the guy a 'tude, angst, and some awesome black wardrobe. No wonder the OTP interferer girl (who I actually like. He hired himself as a bodyguard to her in order to get to the city where Xiuli is held) is gone for him: a reserved hottie in black who repeatedly saves your life and won't let you touch a woman's amulet around his neck? Yes please. Oh, and the OTP ran off and I presume had sex, too, but I feel nothing good will come of it. Some of the outlines of the story are similar to the movie btw, but not everything. They actually have seemed to fix all the story problems that bugged me in the movie (especially the wtf ending. Since the whole story starts with the last moments of the story and goes into flashback, I am assured that the movie's bizarreness doesn't happens).

Btw, the version I am watching is the Chinese release: 30 episodes, 40-45 minutes each, in Chinese (with subtitles). Korean TV recently began broadcasting the Korean version. On the plus side, you get to hear Joo Jin Mo and the leading lady's real voices as opposed to the Chinese dubs (which are excellent btw). On minus side, the Korean TV station hacked the drama down to fit the Korean TV episode numbers/standards (mainly in the first half). I will take dubbing over the cuts, thanks, but YMMV. I have the Tai Seng DVDs, and the subtitles are excellent. No idea if it's available to DL as I never looked.

Another MV )

[livejournal.com profile] meganbmoore, I think you'll like this.
dangermousie: (Legend: hands on armor by alexandral)
In a little vacuum after Legend (and before it took over, as well), in-between watching the airbrushed angst of Beautiful Days (seriously, Hero. Just ditch the family and move to Canada, Australia, or Brazil. You’ll be much happier), I have also tried watching/reading various things that I haven’t posted about before, with various degrees of success.

WATCHING

1. Angel the Series: I did start AtS and watched the Pilot. While a little clunky, it was nonetheless quite fun, whether because David Boreanaz looked quite good, I was amused by Doyle, or because of coat-billowing scenes. I like Cordelia much better than I did when I was younger (she is amusing on my screen) but I’d still sic a pit bull on her if I had to deal with her in RL.

2. I have watched Tricky Master, a made in 2000 Stephen Chow movie. The plot made no sense and was there just for very very lowbrow gags. Regrettably for my claims to taste, I LOLed throughout.

3. Me and Romeo x Juliet anime just don’t gel. It’s beautifully animated, has a cool concept and nice enough characters, but I find it a struggle to get through more than one ep at a time. I think I’ll be waving it buh-bye.

4. I have tried Legend of Hyang Dan, a two-part ‘special’ (i.e. short) drama, which is yet another reinterpretation of the famous classic Chunhyang story (you know: she is virtuous courtesan, he high official/righter of wrongs, star-crossed love blah blah). In this two-parter, the take on the story is comic and light-hearted, and largely similar to the classic tale but also with a twist. Our hero, Mong-Ryong, is a useless upperclass lamo by day but a daring Robin Hood by night. Or something. One day, running away from the law, he crosses paths not with Chun-Hyang, but her practical, sweet servant Hyang Dan. And that is who he falls in love with, not Chun-Hyang. Ergo the twist.

It appears cute enough, but trying it after the Legend is about the worst timing for it. It’s like having chips after a fancy French meal. I like chips a lot, but you have to admit, this would really not work. It also suffers in comparison both with the amazing arthousy movie Chunhyang, that came out a few years back (and was a serious, classic treatment of the story) and the adorable and sharp Delightful Girl Chun-Hyang drama from two or so years back, with its modern twist on the story. Of course, comparing an enjoyable if unearthshaking special with an arthouse film and two of the best kdramas out there is a bit unfair. It does appear a pleasant way to spend a couple of hours and I will be finishing it soon. Still, when a character made a Hong Gil Dong reference, I caught myself checking for more subs of HGD instead :)

5. By far the best of the bunch of ‘new’ things checked out is the currently airing Robbers. Robbers is a drama which involves a character played by Jang Hyuk (mmm, quite hot!), a handsome, unscrupulous conman who makes his living by preying on women and getting their money, and his interaction with a clear-headed, adorable single mother, played by my kdrama favorite, Lee Da Hae. Something tells me he will fall for her instead.

I am only 15 or so minutes into it, but I loved it. LDH is, as usual, irresistible. Unlike in her previous drama Hello Miss, she also doesn’t have to play a high-strung character, which helps. Jang Hyuk is handsome and unrepentant and while his character is not nice by any stretch of the imagination, he is incredibly fun to watch. I can’t wait to see sparks fly. Plus, the colors are pretty and other characters appear cool too. First five eps have been subbed so I foresee a pleasant catching-up.

I have also fallen behind on 1 Pound No Fukuin (and need to catch up) and can’t wait for more Hong Gil Dong.

READING

1. Heyday by Kurt Andersen. Set in 1840s USA, it’s a good read, a sort of novel Dickens might have written if he was a contemporary author. The author is a bit too fond of ‘oddity’ but it’s a good book overall. There is a love story, adventure, and a murder or three.

2. A History of the World in Six Glasses by Tom Standage. A fun and poppy (if too Eurocentric for my liking) read about the influence on human civilization of beer, wine, liquor, tea, coffee, and soda.

3. Cygnet by Patricia McKillip. Based on a post by queenofthorns. It’s a collection of two different fantasy novels. It seems good so far but I haven’t read enough to be sure.
dangermousie: (Legend: hands on armor by alexandral)
In a little vacuum after Legend (and before it took over, as well), in-between watching the airbrushed angst of Beautiful Days (seriously, Hero. Just ditch the family and move to Canada, Australia, or Brazil. You’ll be much happier), I have also tried watching/reading various things that I haven’t posted about before, with various degrees of success.

WATCHING

1. Angel the Series: I did start AtS and watched the Pilot. While a little clunky, it was nonetheless quite fun, whether because David Boreanaz looked quite good, I was amused by Doyle, or because of coat-billowing scenes. I like Cordelia much better than I did when I was younger (she is amusing on my screen) but I’d still sic a pit bull on her if I had to deal with her in RL.

2. I have watched Tricky Master, a made in 2000 Stephen Chow movie. The plot made no sense and was there just for very very lowbrow gags. Regrettably for my claims to taste, I LOLed throughout.

3. Me and Romeo x Juliet anime just don’t gel. It’s beautifully animated, has a cool concept and nice enough characters, but I find it a struggle to get through more than one ep at a time. I think I’ll be waving it buh-bye.

4. I have tried Legend of Hyang Dan, a two-part ‘special’ (i.e. short) drama, which is yet another reinterpretation of the famous classic Chunhyang story (you know: she is virtuous courtesan, he high official/righter of wrongs, star-crossed love blah blah). In this two-parter, the take on the story is comic and light-hearted, and largely similar to the classic tale but also with a twist. Our hero, Mong-Ryong, is a useless upperclass lamo by day but a daring Robin Hood by night. Or something. One day, running away from the law, he crosses paths not with Chun-Hyang, but her practical, sweet servant Hyang Dan. And that is who he falls in love with, not Chun-Hyang. Ergo the twist.

It appears cute enough, but trying it after the Legend is about the worst timing for it. It’s like having chips after a fancy French meal. I like chips a lot, but you have to admit, this would really not work. It also suffers in comparison both with the amazing arthousy movie Chunhyang, that came out a few years back (and was a serious, classic treatment of the story) and the adorable and sharp Delightful Girl Chun-Hyang drama from two or so years back, with its modern twist on the story. Of course, comparing an enjoyable if unearthshaking special with an arthouse film and two of the best kdramas out there is a bit unfair. It does appear a pleasant way to spend a couple of hours and I will be finishing it soon. Still, when a character made a Hong Gil Dong reference, I caught myself checking for more subs of HGD instead :)

5. By far the best of the bunch of ‘new’ things checked out is the currently airing Robbers. Robbers is a drama which involves a character played by Jang Hyuk (mmm, quite hot!), a handsome, unscrupulous conman who makes his living by preying on women and getting their money, and his interaction with a clear-headed, adorable single mother, played by my kdrama favorite, Lee Da Hae. Something tells me he will fall for her instead.

I am only 15 or so minutes into it, but I loved it. LDH is, as usual, irresistible. Unlike in her previous drama Hello Miss, she also doesn’t have to play a high-strung character, which helps. Jang Hyuk is handsome and unrepentant and while his character is not nice by any stretch of the imagination, he is incredibly fun to watch. I can’t wait to see sparks fly. Plus, the colors are pretty and other characters appear cool too. First five eps have been subbed so I foresee a pleasant catching-up.

I have also fallen behind on 1 Pound No Fukuin (and need to catch up) and can’t wait for more Hong Gil Dong.

READING

1. Heyday by Kurt Andersen. Set in 1840s USA, it’s a good read, a sort of novel Dickens might have written if he was a contemporary author. The author is a bit too fond of ‘oddity’ but it’s a good book overall. There is a love story, adventure, and a murder or three.

2. A History of the World in Six Glasses by Tom Standage. A fun and poppy (if too Eurocentric for my liking) read about the influence on human civilization of beer, wine, liquor, tea, coffee, and soda.

3. Cygnet by Patricia McKillip. Based on a post by queenofthorns. It’s a collection of two different fantasy novels. It seems good so far but I haven’t read enough to be sure.
dangermousie: (Legend: hands on armor by alexandral)
In a little vacuum after Legend (and before it took over, as well), in-between watching the airbrushed angst of Beautiful Days (seriously, Hero. Just ditch the family and move to Canada, Australia, or Brazil. You’ll be much happier), I have also tried watching/reading various things that I haven’t posted about before, with various degrees of success.

WATCHING

1. Angel the Series: I did start AtS and watched the Pilot. While a little clunky, it was nonetheless quite fun, whether because David Boreanaz looked quite good, I was amused by Doyle, or because of coat-billowing scenes. I like Cordelia much better than I did when I was younger (she is amusing on my screen) but I’d still sic a pit bull on her if I had to deal with her in RL.

2. I have watched Tricky Master, a made in 2000 Stephen Chow movie. The plot made no sense and was there just for very very lowbrow gags. Regrettably for my claims to taste, I LOLed throughout.

3. Me and Romeo x Juliet anime just don’t gel. It’s beautifully animated, has a cool concept and nice enough characters, but I find it a struggle to get through more than one ep at a time. I think I’ll be waving it buh-bye.

4. I have tried Legend of Hyang Dan, a two-part ‘special’ (i.e. short) drama, which is yet another reinterpretation of the famous classic Chunhyang story (you know: she is virtuous courtesan, he high official/righter of wrongs, star-crossed love blah blah). In this two-parter, the take on the story is comic and light-hearted, and largely similar to the classic tale but also with a twist. Our hero, Mong-Ryong, is a useless upperclass lamo by day but a daring Robin Hood by night. Or something. One day, running away from the law, he crosses paths not with Chun-Hyang, but her practical, sweet servant Hyang Dan. And that is who he falls in love with, not Chun-Hyang. Ergo the twist.

It appears cute enough, but trying it after the Legend is about the worst timing for it. It’s like having chips after a fancy French meal. I like chips a lot, but you have to admit, this would really not work. It also suffers in comparison both with the amazing arthousy movie Chunhyang, that came out a few years back (and was a serious, classic treatment of the story) and the adorable and sharp Delightful Girl Chun-Hyang drama from two or so years back, with its modern twist on the story. Of course, comparing an enjoyable if unearthshaking special with an arthouse film and two of the best kdramas out there is a bit unfair. It does appear a pleasant way to spend a couple of hours and I will be finishing it soon. Still, when a character made a Hong Gil Dong reference, I caught myself checking for more subs of HGD instead :)

5. By far the best of the bunch of ‘new’ things checked out is the currently airing Robbers. Robbers is a drama which involves a character played by Jang Hyuk (mmm, quite hot!), a handsome, unscrupulous conman who makes his living by preying on women and getting their money, and his interaction with a clear-headed, adorable single mother, played by my kdrama favorite, Lee Da Hae. Something tells me he will fall for her instead.

I am only 15 or so minutes into it, but I loved it. LDH is, as usual, irresistible. Unlike in her previous drama Hello Miss, she also doesn’t have to play a high-strung character, which helps. Jang Hyuk is handsome and unrepentant and while his character is not nice by any stretch of the imagination, he is incredibly fun to watch. I can’t wait to see sparks fly. Plus, the colors are pretty and other characters appear cool too. First five eps have been subbed so I foresee a pleasant catching-up.

I have also fallen behind on 1 Pound No Fukuin (and need to catch up) and can’t wait for more Hong Gil Dong.

READING

1. Heyday by Kurt Andersen. Set in 1840s USA, it’s a good read, a sort of novel Dickens might have written if he was a contemporary author. The author is a bit too fond of ‘oddity’ but it’s a good book overall. There is a love story, adventure, and a murder or three.

2. A History of the World in Six Glasses by Tom Standage. A fun and poppy (if too Eurocentric for my liking) read about the influence on human civilization of beer, wine, liquor, tea, coffee, and soda.

3. Cygnet by Patricia McKillip. Based on a post by queenofthorns. It’s a collection of two different fantasy novels. It seems good so far but I haven’t read enough to be sure.
dangermousie: (Capital Scandal by Fleur on soompi)
SQUEE! SQUEE! For I have seen the first episode of 1 Pound No Fukuin and thus have been privy to the sheer funniness, cuteness, and sweetness that is Kame And The Nun. Seriously. So funny and adorable.

Also, how can you not love dramas? Where else can you watch a story where one of the strands of the story is whether a young novice Nun would choose between the lurve of Jesus or the puppy adoration of a goofy, gluttonous, sweetheart of a boxer? Seriously. (By the way, my money is on Kame, not Jesus).

Also, I am pleased to report that Kame has actually had enough to eat by now so I no longer can see ribs. Which is a good thing. Though I still want him to keep his shirt on, unlike with kdrama stars.

This is sheer perfect adorableness.

Kame:



Nun (aka Sister Angela):



A few screencaps )

I am not going to do a huge write-up because the awesome [livejournal.com profile] kitsune714 had written the best write-up/picspam of ep 1 ever here and the equally awesome [livejournal.com profile] winterspel did a gigantic picspam of ep 1 here.

Mmmm, but as adorable and awesome as Kame and the Nun is, I have to confess that my heart still belongs to Hong Gil Dong as the drama of the season. I just started on ep 3 (didn’t get very far because Mr. Mousie, who insists on watching it with me, was tired) and it gets better and better. I can’t resist the blend of:
a. hilariously slapsticky hijinks,
b. what promises to be a complex and nasty political game, not just the simple ‘let’s restore good Prince to power, with help of noble robber Gil Dong, yay!’
c. more than a dash of Robin Hoodism,
d. a hint of future romance: Yi Nok/Gil Dong. Y/Y? The OTP that steals everything that is not nailed down,
e. plus some awesome fight scenes,
f. and that rare flash of something genuinely heart-breaking fitted seamlessly between the fun-fun-fun jokes: I am really impressed because somehow this drama can put in a scene of Yi Nok giving her hair ornament to a starving urchin with a sick brother, or the mad King lolling on his throne, ‘seeing’ the ghosts of those he killed on his path to power (he is not a good person, but it’s almost as if he is willing himself to be even worse than he is), or Gil Dong off-handedly telling Yi Nok that his mother was whipped to death for the crime of trying to run off with him (they were both slaves), and really make you pause and go ‘whoa’ and dramatically hit you in the gut, while at the same time, a few minutes later, the ep will have some utterly ridiculous, hilarious gag and make it work just as well.

I know HGD is 24 eps long, and normally that would make me groan because I have yet to see a kdrama over 16 eps which did not need trimming (heck, plenty of the 16-ep ones could benefit from trimming as well). But in this case, I am actually excited about the length because they have so much to cover.

Spoilers for eps 1-3 )

And yes, I do promise my own screencaps later. The drama is too pretty not to cap.

But for now, caps from soompi.



HGD caps )

Also, I am beginning to recognize secondary character actors, which is scary. Not only is the Umbrellas of Cherbourg (My Girl) guy is in this one as dad of Creepy Goth Girl, but Gil Dong’s dreadful and wimpy younger half-brother is also played by the actor who played Lee Jun Ki’s emo brother in Time Between Dog and Wolf, and So Ji Sub’s unquestionably lame brother in MISA. That poor actor, specializing in playing wimpy annoying characters in dramas with violent emo male leads.

Note to self: Make list of Top 10 kdramas/fave kdrama moments a weekend project.
dangermousie: (Capital Scandal by Fleur on soompi)
SQUEE! SQUEE! For I have seen the first episode of 1 Pound No Fukuin and thus have been privy to the sheer funniness, cuteness, and sweetness that is Kame And The Nun. Seriously. So funny and adorable.

Also, how can you not love dramas? Where else can you watch a story where one of the strands of the story is whether a young novice Nun would choose between the lurve of Jesus or the puppy adoration of a goofy, gluttonous, sweetheart of a boxer? Seriously. (By the way, my money is on Kame, not Jesus).

Also, I am pleased to report that Kame has actually had enough to eat by now so I no longer can see ribs. Which is a good thing. Though I still want him to keep his shirt on, unlike with kdrama stars.

This is sheer perfect adorableness.

Kame:



Nun (aka Sister Angela):



A few screencaps )

I am not going to do a huge write-up because the awesome [livejournal.com profile] kitsune714 had written the best write-up/picspam of ep 1 ever here and the equally awesome [livejournal.com profile] winterspel did a gigantic picspam of ep 1 here.

Mmmm, but as adorable and awesome as Kame and the Nun is, I have to confess that my heart still belongs to Hong Gil Dong as the drama of the season. I just started on ep 3 (didn’t get very far because Mr. Mousie, who insists on watching it with me, was tired) and it gets better and better. I can’t resist the blend of:
a. hilariously slapsticky hijinks,
b. what promises to be a complex and nasty political game, not just the simple ‘let’s restore good Prince to power, with help of noble robber Gil Dong, yay!’
c. more than a dash of Robin Hoodism,
d. a hint of future romance: Yi Nok/Gil Dong. Y/Y? The OTP that steals everything that is not nailed down,
e. plus some awesome fight scenes,
f. and that rare flash of something genuinely heart-breaking fitted seamlessly between the fun-fun-fun jokes: I am really impressed because somehow this drama can put in a scene of Yi Nok giving her hair ornament to a starving urchin with a sick brother, or the mad King lolling on his throne, ‘seeing’ the ghosts of those he killed on his path to power (he is not a good person, but it’s almost as if he is willing himself to be even worse than he is), or Gil Dong off-handedly telling Yi Nok that his mother was whipped to death for the crime of trying to run off with him (they were both slaves), and really make you pause and go ‘whoa’ and dramatically hit you in the gut, while at the same time, a few minutes later, the ep will have some utterly ridiculous, hilarious gag and make it work just as well.

I know HGD is 24 eps long, and normally that would make me groan because I have yet to see a kdrama over 16 eps which did not need trimming (heck, plenty of the 16-ep ones could benefit from trimming as well). But in this case, I am actually excited about the length because they have so much to cover.

Spoilers for eps 1-3 )

And yes, I do promise my own screencaps later. The drama is too pretty not to cap.

But for now, caps from soompi.



HGD caps )

Also, I am beginning to recognize secondary character actors, which is scary. Not only is the Umbrellas of Cherbourg (My Girl) guy is in this one as dad of Creepy Goth Girl, but Gil Dong’s dreadful and wimpy younger half-brother is also played by the actor who played Lee Jun Ki’s emo brother in Time Between Dog and Wolf, and So Ji Sub’s unquestionably lame brother in MISA. That poor actor, specializing in playing wimpy annoying characters in dramas with violent emo male leads.

Note to self: Make list of Top 10 kdramas/fave kdrama moments a weekend project.
dangermousie: (Capital Scandal by Fleur on soompi)
SQUEE! SQUEE! For I have seen the first episode of 1 Pound No Fukuin and thus have been privy to the sheer funniness, cuteness, and sweetness that is Kame And The Nun. Seriously. So funny and adorable.

Also, how can you not love dramas? Where else can you watch a story where one of the strands of the story is whether a young novice Nun would choose between the lurve of Jesus or the puppy adoration of a goofy, gluttonous, sweetheart of a boxer? Seriously. (By the way, my money is on Kame, not Jesus).

Also, I am pleased to report that Kame has actually had enough to eat by now so I no longer can see ribs. Which is a good thing. Though I still want him to keep his shirt on, unlike with kdrama stars.

This is sheer perfect adorableness.

Kame:



Nun (aka Sister Angela):



A few screencaps )

I am not going to do a huge write-up because the awesome [livejournal.com profile] kitsune714 had written the best write-up/picspam of ep 1 ever here and the equally awesome [livejournal.com profile] winterspel did a gigantic picspam of ep 1 here.

Mmmm, but as adorable and awesome as Kame and the Nun is, I have to confess that my heart still belongs to Hong Gil Dong as the drama of the season. I just started on ep 3 (didn’t get very far because Mr. Mousie, who insists on watching it with me, was tired) and it gets better and better. I can’t resist the blend of:
a. hilariously slapsticky hijinks,
b. what promises to be a complex and nasty political game, not just the simple ‘let’s restore good Prince to power, with help of noble robber Gil Dong, yay!’
c. more than a dash of Robin Hoodism,
d. a hint of future romance: Yi Nok/Gil Dong. Y/Y? The OTP that steals everything that is not nailed down,
e. plus some awesome fight scenes,
f. and that rare flash of something genuinely heart-breaking fitted seamlessly between the fun-fun-fun jokes: I am really impressed because somehow this drama can put in a scene of Yi Nok giving her hair ornament to a starving urchin with a sick brother, or the mad King lolling on his throne, ‘seeing’ the ghosts of those he killed on his path to power (he is not a good person, but it’s almost as if he is willing himself to be even worse than he is), or Gil Dong off-handedly telling Yi Nok that his mother was whipped to death for the crime of trying to run off with him (they were both slaves), and really make you pause and go ‘whoa’ and dramatically hit you in the gut, while at the same time, a few minutes later, the ep will have some utterly ridiculous, hilarious gag and make it work just as well.

I know HGD is 24 eps long, and normally that would make me groan because I have yet to see a kdrama over 16 eps which did not need trimming (heck, plenty of the 16-ep ones could benefit from trimming as well). But in this case, I am actually excited about the length because they have so much to cover.

Spoilers for eps 1-3 )

And yes, I do promise my own screencaps later. The drama is too pretty not to cap.

But for now, caps from soompi.



HGD caps )

Also, I am beginning to recognize secondary character actors, which is scary. Not only is the Umbrellas of Cherbourg (My Girl) guy is in this one as dad of Creepy Goth Girl, but Gil Dong’s dreadful and wimpy younger half-brother is also played by the actor who played Lee Jun Ki’s emo brother in Time Between Dog and Wolf, and So Ji Sub’s unquestionably lame brother in MISA. That poor actor, specializing in playing wimpy annoying characters in dramas with violent emo male leads.

Note to self: Make list of Top 10 kdramas/fave kdrama moments a weekend project.
dangermousie: (Yamapi cake by ami_kun)
...to announce that the lack of subtitled Kame/Nun is presently killing my soul!

I want my starving boxers and chirpy novices!

*weeps in emo*

If I had a dollar for every time I checked for subs, I'd be rich.

But this isn't about it. Per [livejournal.com profile] calledinvain, who is really really good about finding out stuff like this:

There are rumors that there will be an upcoming live action adaptation of Peach Girl. With Yamapi!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I made a loud, gulpy-sounding noise when I read this.

I love Peach Girl. It's total shoujo. It was my top candidate for 'should be made into a drama' award (I try to erase the horrible Taiwanese drama out of my mind).

And now it might happen?

With Yamapi? He would be a perfect Kairi.

OMG

OMG OMG

Please.
dangermousie: (Yamapi cake by ami_kun)
...to announce that the lack of subtitled Kame/Nun is presently killing my soul!

I want my starving boxers and chirpy novices!

*weeps in emo*

If I had a dollar for every time I checked for subs, I'd be rich.

But this isn't about it. Per [livejournal.com profile] calledinvain, who is really really good about finding out stuff like this:

There are rumors that there will be an upcoming live action adaptation of Peach Girl. With Yamapi!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I made a loud, gulpy-sounding noise when I read this.

I love Peach Girl. It's total shoujo. It was my top candidate for 'should be made into a drama' award (I try to erase the horrible Taiwanese drama out of my mind).

And now it might happen?

With Yamapi? He would be a perfect Kairi.

OMG

OMG OMG

Please.
dangermousie: (Yamapi cake by ami_kun)
...to announce that the lack of subtitled Kame/Nun is presently killing my soul!

I want my starving boxers and chirpy novices!

*weeps in emo*

If I had a dollar for every time I checked for subs, I'd be rich.

But this isn't about it. Per [livejournal.com profile] calledinvain, who is really really good about finding out stuff like this:

There are rumors that there will be an upcoming live action adaptation of Peach Girl. With Yamapi!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I made a loud, gulpy-sounding noise when I read this.

I love Peach Girl. It's total shoujo. It was my top candidate for 'should be made into a drama' award (I try to erase the horrible Taiwanese drama out of my mind).

And now it might happen?

With Yamapi? He would be a perfect Kairi.

OMG

OMG OMG

Please.
dangermousie: (Jumong: otp with armor)
Seeing that I am almost done with the lovely Snow White on DVD, and can take MISA only in carefully-controlled doses, on computer (I always split my dramas into computer and DVD (I usually watch one of 'each kind' at the same time...well not literally...), my DVD drama is Hotaru No Hikari, when I finish SW, but my computer drama is...

The Legend.



The Legend is Korea's last year epic fantasy drama. For a Western viewer, the best way to describe it would be as a sort of Arthurian legend, complete with politics, swords, battles, star-crossed lovers, and a brutal medieval version of polo (!!!!).

Dam Deok (played by Bae Yong Joon. It's my first BYJ drama and I think I really get the fuss now) is someone prophesied to unite fourth century Korea when he reaches adulthood. But will he even be able to survive in the cut-throat world of warring clans and court intrigue? Will he be able to fulfill his destiny? Will there be a lot of awesome battle scenes, magic, love, and hot men in armor? YOU BET.

OMG.

You guys.

I just finished the first episode and I am in love. The first episode was solidly backstory and I didn't mind. I usually forward every epic/period drama, but here I remained glued to the screen.

The first episode largely deals with what happened 2000 years before our story takes place as a head clansman tells a famous legend to his ward, an adorably tomboyish scruffy girl named Sujini (our future heroine). For a reason we find out mid-ep, the tribesmen do not want to tell this story to her at all. It is a story of the dawn of mankind, when humans were being enslaved by the Tiger Tribe, which possessed a fierce power of fire spirit, wielded by the Tiger Tribe Priestess Kajin.

Lord Hwangwoong, son of the Ruler of Heaven comes down to Earth in order to put a stop to this destructiveness and to help humans. He largely establishes peace and plenty, brings powerful protective spirits down to help, and is even kind enough to heal Kajin's wounds when he comes across her in battle. He also meets a Warrior Woman Sae-Oh, and well...Gods aren't supposed to fall in love with Humans, but...

Oh heck, it's kdrama, and it all goes to hell in a handbasket. But with awesome CGI.

How is it relevant to our story? Well, Dam Deok is in a way a reincarnation of Lord Hwangwoong and Sujini is a reincarnation of Sae-Oh, but that's not necessarily a good thing...

Normally I wouldn't care about backstory, but this first ep really held my attention. It would make a pretty good dark fairytale in itself.

Here are tons of screencaps )

Two MVs )

In other news, i've been haunting the usual places for 1 Pound No Fukuin subs. I need my Kame and the Nun fix. I am going insane.
dangermousie: (Jumong: otp with armor)
Seeing that I am almost done with the lovely Snow White on DVD, and can take MISA only in carefully-controlled doses, on computer (I always split my dramas into computer and DVD (I usually watch one of 'each kind' at the same time...well not literally...), my DVD drama is Hotaru No Hikari, when I finish SW, but my computer drama is...

The Legend.



The Legend is Korea's last year epic fantasy drama. For a Western viewer, the best way to describe it would be as a sort of Arthurian legend, complete with politics, swords, battles, star-crossed lovers, and a brutal medieval version of polo (!!!!).

Dam Deok (played by Bae Yong Joon. It's my first BYJ drama and I think I really get the fuss now) is someone prophesied to unite fourth century Korea when he reaches adulthood. But will he even be able to survive in the cut-throat world of warring clans and court intrigue? Will he be able to fulfill his destiny? Will there be a lot of awesome battle scenes, magic, love, and hot men in armor? YOU BET.

OMG.

You guys.

I just finished the first episode and I am in love. The first episode was solidly backstory and I didn't mind. I usually forward every epic/period drama, but here I remained glued to the screen.

The first episode largely deals with what happened 2000 years before our story takes place as a head clansman tells a famous legend to his ward, an adorably tomboyish scruffy girl named Sujini (our future heroine). For a reason we find out mid-ep, the tribesmen do not want to tell this story to her at all. It is a story of the dawn of mankind, when humans were being enslaved by the Tiger Tribe, which possessed a fierce power of fire spirit, wielded by the Tiger Tribe Priestess Kajin.

Lord Hwangwoong, son of the Ruler of Heaven comes down to Earth in order to put a stop to this destructiveness and to help humans. He largely establishes peace and plenty, brings powerful protective spirits down to help, and is even kind enough to heal Kajin's wounds when he comes across her in battle. He also meets a Warrior Woman Sae-Oh, and well...Gods aren't supposed to fall in love with Humans, but...

Oh heck, it's kdrama, and it all goes to hell in a handbasket. But with awesome CGI.

How is it relevant to our story? Well, Dam Deok is in a way a reincarnation of Lord Hwangwoong and Sujini is a reincarnation of Sae-Oh, but that's not necessarily a good thing...

Normally I wouldn't care about backstory, but this first ep really held my attention. It would make a pretty good dark fairytale in itself.

Here are tons of screencaps )

Two MVs )

In other news, i've been haunting the usual places for 1 Pound No Fukuin subs. I need my Kame and the Nun fix. I am going insane.

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