dangermousie: (SUFBB: bromance by timescout)


I pretty much binged this weekend (I was holding off until it was clear who the endgame OTP was going to be, I don't like shippy uncertainty). Warning - a ton of caps behind the cut (of varying sizes as the files were of varying sizes).

Does anyone else feel that this is more of a jdrama than a kdrama, back before jdramas went all procedural or wacky?

Some thoughts and a ton of caps )
dangermousie: (SUFBB: bromance by timescout)


I pretty much binged this weekend (I was holding off until it was clear who the endgame OTP was going to be, I don't like shippy uncertainty). Warning - a ton of caps behind the cut (of varying sizes as the files were of varying sizes).

Does anyone else feel that this is more of a jdrama than a kdrama, back before jdramas went all procedural or wacky?

Some thoughts and a ton of caps )
dangermousie: (SUFBB: bromance by timescout)


I pretty much binged this weekend (I was holding off until it was clear who the endgame OTP was going to be, I don't like shippy uncertainty). Warning - a ton of caps behind the cut (of varying sizes as the files were of varying sizes).

Does anyone else feel that this is more of a jdrama than a kdrama, back before jdramas went all procedural or wacky?

Some thoughts and a ton of caps )
dangermousie: (Faith bad dude by vierran45)
A video of a particular scene in this week's eps of Answer Me 1997.



!!!!! Finally! I am screaming!

And preview for ep 7 of Arang and the Magistrate. Spookiness continues and for those who like a bit of shippiness with their supernatural mysteries, the ep promises to oblige. Plus, I am snickering at Joo Wal having to *ahem* perform for the demon. Serves you right, woman killer!

http://youtu.be/evH8sIljcCc
dangermousie: (Faith bad dude by vierran45)
A video of a particular scene in this week's eps of Answer Me 1997.



!!!!! Finally! I am screaming!

And preview for ep 7 of Arang and the Magistrate. Spookiness continues and for those who like a bit of shippiness with their supernatural mysteries, the ep promises to oblige. Plus, I am snickering at Joo Wal having to *ahem* perform for the demon. Serves you right, woman killer!

http://youtu.be/evH8sIljcCc
dangermousie: (Faith bad dude by vierran45)
A video of a particular scene in this week's eps of Answer Me 1997.



!!!!! Finally! I am screaming!

And preview for ep 7 of Arang and the Magistrate. Spookiness continues and for those who like a bit of shippiness with their supernatural mysteries, the ep promises to oblige. Plus, I am snickering at Joo Wal having to *ahem* perform for the demon. Serves you right, woman killer!

http://youtu.be/evH8sIljcCc
dangermousie: (ALTK by alexandral)


I finally had time (and subs) to check out the last two of the new drama offerings - the weekend dramas May Queen and Five Fingers. Both feature convoluted family trees, abandoned children, evil parental figures, revenge, and appallingly spoiled children who grow up to be obnoxious secondaries - I think the secondary girl from MQ and secondary boy from FF are a match made in heaven. Or, more likely, the other place.

MQ reminds me of a lighter Giant or East of Eden (way way lighter EoE whose childhood portions, the best of the drama, were harrowing). Or possibly Can You Hear My Heart. The interesting point about it is that this time the protagonist of the business/revenge drama is a woman. I surprised myself by thoroughly enjoying the first episode even though it was only child actors (OTOH, I've heard the first 8 eps are child actors and no, thank you. I know it's a long drama, but it's way too long for my tastes - a couple of eps, or even 4-5). I love our protagonist and I really like the kid who is going to grow up to be Kim Jae Won. I like the kid who is going to grow up to be Jae Hee, and feel sorry for him, but the future-KJW character is just adorable. I found out by reading character description that it's KJW who gets the heroine, and I am quite happy, especially since from the description it seems he is a nicer person and yay, for once, the heroine doesn't end up with issue-laden icicle.



Five Fingers makes me think of Baker King, only with pianos instead of pastries. I liked it less than MQ because it was much gloomier - I hated pretty much everyone in it (they are all awful except for Choi Sira who is just put upon and is going to change into a monster and we know it) except for the kid who was going to grow up to be Joo Ji Hoon and the girl who was going to be Eunjung (and the latter character had only a short appearance). If I am going to watch depressing stuff, at least give me shirtless JJH to compensate! Yeah - it's very Baker King-ish, where I liked the set-up and adored the adult parts but largely ffed through the kid parts.

Not related to either of the above, but have this amazing Shi Won/Yoon Jae MV:

dangermousie: (ALTK by alexandral)


I finally had time (and subs) to check out the last two of the new drama offerings - the weekend dramas May Queen and Five Fingers. Both feature convoluted family trees, abandoned children, evil parental figures, revenge, and appallingly spoiled children who grow up to be obnoxious secondaries - I think the secondary girl from MQ and secondary boy from FF are a match made in heaven. Or, more likely, the other place.

MQ reminds me of a lighter Giant or East of Eden (way way lighter EoE whose childhood portions, the best of the drama, were harrowing). Or possibly Can You Hear My Heart. The interesting point about it is that this time the protagonist of the business/revenge drama is a woman. I surprised myself by thoroughly enjoying the first episode even though it was only child actors (OTOH, I've heard the first 8 eps are child actors and no, thank you. I know it's a long drama, but it's way too long for my tastes - a couple of eps, or even 4-5). I love our protagonist and I really like the kid who is going to grow up to be Kim Jae Won. I like the kid who is going to grow up to be Jae Hee, and feel sorry for him, but the future-KJW character is just adorable. I found out by reading character description that it's KJW who gets the heroine, and I am quite happy, especially since from the description it seems he is a nicer person and yay, for once, the heroine doesn't end up with issue-laden icicle.



Five Fingers makes me think of Baker King, only with pianos instead of pastries. I liked it less than MQ because it was much gloomier - I hated pretty much everyone in it (they are all awful except for Choi Sira who is just put upon and is going to change into a monster and we know it) except for the kid who was going to grow up to be Joo Ji Hoon and the girl who was going to be Eunjung (and the latter character had only a short appearance). If I am going to watch depressing stuff, at least give me shirtless JJH to compensate! Yeah - it's very Baker King-ish, where I liked the set-up and adored the adult parts but largely ffed through the kid parts.

Not related to either of the above, but have this amazing Shi Won/Yoon Jae MV:

dangermousie: (ALTK by alexandral)


I finally had time (and subs) to check out the last two of the new drama offerings - the weekend dramas May Queen and Five Fingers. Both feature convoluted family trees, abandoned children, evil parental figures, revenge, and appallingly spoiled children who grow up to be obnoxious secondaries - I think the secondary girl from MQ and secondary boy from FF are a match made in heaven. Or, more likely, the other place.

MQ reminds me of a lighter Giant or East of Eden (way way lighter EoE whose childhood portions, the best of the drama, were harrowing). Or possibly Can You Hear My Heart. The interesting point about it is that this time the protagonist of the business/revenge drama is a woman. I surprised myself by thoroughly enjoying the first episode even though it was only child actors (OTOH, I've heard the first 8 eps are child actors and no, thank you. I know it's a long drama, but it's way too long for my tastes - a couple of eps, or even 4-5). I love our protagonist and I really like the kid who is going to grow up to be Kim Jae Won. I like the kid who is going to grow up to be Jae Hee, and feel sorry for him, but the future-KJW character is just adorable. I found out by reading character description that it's KJW who gets the heroine, and I am quite happy, especially since from the description it seems he is a nicer person and yay, for once, the heroine doesn't end up with issue-laden icicle.



Five Fingers makes me think of Baker King, only with pianos instead of pastries. I liked it less than MQ because it was much gloomier - I hated pretty much everyone in it (they are all awful except for Choi Sira who is just put upon and is going to change into a monster and we know it) except for the kid who was going to grow up to be Joo Ji Hoon and the girl who was going to be Eunjung (and the latter character had only a short appearance). If I am going to watch depressing stuff, at least give me shirtless JJH to compensate! Yeah - it's very Baker King-ish, where I liked the set-up and adored the adult parts but largely ffed through the kid parts.

Not related to either of the above, but have this amazing Shi Won/Yoon Jae MV:

dangermousie: (B&W Chen Lin by scanky_chops)
If Shi Won/Yoon Jae isn't going to happen, I am Joon Hee/Yoon Jae all the way - this scene killed me:




The look on Joon Hee's face when the oblivious Yoon Jae is hugging him like that! I feel awful for Joon Hee because he has zero chance of his affection being returned - things look grim for Yoon Jae because Shi Won sees him only a a friend, but at least they share a sexual orientation. No matter what, Yoon Jae isn't going to be anything but straight so there is no chance for Joon Hee at all.

And you know what makes it super-delicious? Yoon Jae totally thinks Joon Hee likes Shi Won and is wildly jealous of them together:




Oh, kids! I just want to feed you all and pat you on the head and say everything will be OK.
dangermousie: (B&W Chen Lin by scanky_chops)
If Shi Won/Yoon Jae isn't going to happen, I am Joon Hee/Yoon Jae all the way - this scene killed me:




The look on Joon Hee's face when the oblivious Yoon Jae is hugging him like that! I feel awful for Joon Hee because he has zero chance of his affection being returned - things look grim for Yoon Jae because Shi Won sees him only a a friend, but at least they share a sexual orientation. No matter what, Yoon Jae isn't going to be anything but straight so there is no chance for Joon Hee at all.

And you know what makes it super-delicious? Yoon Jae totally thinks Joon Hee likes Shi Won and is wildly jealous of them together:




Oh, kids! I just want to feed you all and pat you on the head and say everything will be OK.
dangermousie: (B&W Chen Lin by scanky_chops)
If Shi Won/Yoon Jae isn't going to happen, I am Joon Hee/Yoon Jae all the way - this scene killed me:




The look on Joon Hee's face when the oblivious Yoon Jae is hugging him like that! I feel awful for Joon Hee because he has zero chance of his affection being returned - things look grim for Yoon Jae because Shi Won sees him only a a friend, but at least they share a sexual orientation. No matter what, Yoon Jae isn't going to be anything but straight so there is no chance for Joon Hee at all.

And you know what makes it super-delicious? Yoon Jae totally thinks Joon Hee likes Shi Won and is wildly jealous of them together:




Oh, kids! I just want to feed you all and pat you on the head and say everything will be OK.
dangermousie: (Capital Scandal Secrets by miss_dian)
Answer to 1997 is such a hidden little gem of a drama and I wish more people were aware of it. I have nothing in common with Shi Won at all (I had zero interest in pop music or fandom in general in high school) but nonetheless, she and the rest of them feel so real.

And then there is this:



The rest of the awesome scene )


How she can be obsessed with an idol she's never met when her gorgeous best friend is right next to her, pining for her, is beyond me, but I am not a teen fangirl. I have no idea if Shi Won/Yoon Jae will be the endgame (there IS Yoon Jae's older brother and I can see her with him instead. It would realistic even if it would make me spit nails), but for now I am just enjoying and shipping the heck out of them...

For those who are wondering whether I abandoned my great love Bridal Mask - never fear. I've been hoarding the episodes so I can watch them on the weekend - in order to be able to binge on two eps at once AND be awake and fully functional and appreciative when I watch. Spoil me and die.
dangermousie: (Capital Scandal Secrets by miss_dian)
Answer to 1997 is such a hidden little gem of a drama and I wish more people were aware of it. I have nothing in common with Shi Won at all (I had zero interest in pop music or fandom in general in high school) but nonetheless, she and the rest of them feel so real.

And then there is this:



The rest of the awesome scene )


How she can be obsessed with an idol she's never met when her gorgeous best friend is right next to her, pining for her, is beyond me, but I am not a teen fangirl. I have no idea if Shi Won/Yoon Jae will be the endgame (there IS Yoon Jae's older brother and I can see her with him instead. It would realistic even if it would make me spit nails), but for now I am just enjoying and shipping the heck out of them...

For those who are wondering whether I abandoned my great love Bridal Mask - never fear. I've been hoarding the episodes so I can watch them on the weekend - in order to be able to binge on two eps at once AND be awake and fully functional and appreciative when I watch. Spoil me and die.
dangermousie: (Capital Scandal Secrets by miss_dian)
Answer to 1997 is such a hidden little gem of a drama and I wish more people were aware of it. I have nothing in common with Shi Won at all (I had zero interest in pop music or fandom in general in high school) but nonetheless, she and the rest of them feel so real.

And then there is this:



The rest of the awesome scene )


How she can be obsessed with an idol she's never met when her gorgeous best friend is right next to her, pining for her, is beyond me, but I am not a teen fangirl. I have no idea if Shi Won/Yoon Jae will be the endgame (there IS Yoon Jae's older brother and I can see her with him instead. It would realistic even if it would make me spit nails), but for now I am just enjoying and shipping the heck out of them...

For those who are wondering whether I abandoned my great love Bridal Mask - never fear. I've been hoarding the episodes so I can watch them on the weekend - in order to be able to binge on two eps at once AND be awake and fully functional and appreciative when I watch. Spoil me and die.
dangermousie: (Love Shuffle - Kairi by topazera)


I think I have a new drama love - I am barely half an ep into AM1997 and am so very smitten. A drama about a group of friends in their last year of high school, which happens to be in 1997, the vibe feels a little SUFBB with its delicacy and joy and feeling of growing up. Even more, it reminds me of my own high school and college years. I graduated high school in 1996, and though I am not Korean and thus the specific cultural references are not applicable to me, the feel of that time in my life, as well general late-1990s relics like VCRs and chunky video games feel so hauntingly familiar. I honestly have no idea if it will work as well for someone not in that generation, but it probably will - growing up is universal.

Just as with SUFBB, the main cast is pretty much all young unknowns (I think some of them may be idols, I am not sure) but are knocking it out of the park. The only one I even recognize is Seo In Gook, who plays Yoon Jae - he had a small role in Love Rain (and was excellent in it).

This drama is more about the vibe and the feel and the relationships (friendships and incipient romance) than the plot. It's emotionally gorgeous....



Oh, and me being me, of course I have a ship: Shi Won/Yoon Jae - the brash, confident Shi Won, the rabid fangirl of H.O.T.'s Tony Ahn. And Yoon Jae, her best friend. You know, I am a sucker for a couple who have been best friends since childhoods. I mean:



Have a shippy MV. Apparently I am not alone:



I don't particularly expect anything to happen out of it, it's high school and all. But I ship it anyway.
dangermousie: (Love Shuffle - Kairi by topazera)


I think I have a new drama love - I am barely half an ep into AM1997 and am so very smitten. A drama about a group of friends in their last year of high school, which happens to be in 1997, the vibe feels a little SUFBB with its delicacy and joy and feeling of growing up. Even more, it reminds me of my own high school and college years. I graduated high school in 1996, and though I am not Korean and thus the specific cultural references are not applicable to me, the feel of that time in my life, as well general late-1990s relics like VCRs and chunky video games feel so hauntingly familiar. I honestly have no idea if it will work as well for someone not in that generation, but it probably will - growing up is universal.

Just as with SUFBB, the main cast is pretty much all young unknowns (I think some of them may be idols, I am not sure) but are knocking it out of the park. The only one I even recognize is Seo In Gook, who plays Yoon Jae - he had a small role in Love Rain (and was excellent in it).

This drama is more about the vibe and the feel and the relationships (friendships and incipient romance) than the plot. It's emotionally gorgeous....



Oh, and me being me, of course I have a ship: Shi Won/Yoon Jae - the brash, confident Shi Won, the rabid fangirl of H.O.T.'s Tony Ahn. And Yoon Jae, her best friend. You know, I am a sucker for a couple who have been best friends since childhoods. I mean:



Have a shippy MV. Apparently I am not alone:



I don't particularly expect anything to happen out of it, it's high school and all. But I ship it anyway.

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