dangermousie: (Coffee Prince kiss by alexandral)
Koreans are remaking Byakuyakou with Go Soo as the male lead (as a movie)



EEE!

I loved the jdrama (though I still need to finish it) with its very bleak storyline of a boy and a girl who each commit murder and now must lead their lives separately as best they can until a statute of limitations expires. Their victims weren't anyone society would miss (he killed his father who was her child rapist, and she killed her mother who used to prostitute her. Not to mention they both were 10 or so), but in order to protect their secret they have to do more and more awful things.

It's a really really good drama and so the thought of a movie? Especially one starring Go Soo, one of my favorites and really good at playing someone on the edge (see Green Rose for proof) makes me very excited.

In news on the opposite side of the spectrum, they are making a period medical kdrama. This will be the first period kdrama I am not excited about since that eunuch one. No thank you. I think they should have just combined the two and made a drama about eunuch in futile love with a female doctor and spared me two wasted sageuks.
dangermousie: (Coffee Prince kiss by alexandral)
Koreans are remaking Byakuyakou with Go Soo as the male lead (as a movie)



EEE!

I loved the jdrama (though I still need to finish it) with its very bleak storyline of a boy and a girl who each commit murder and now must lead their lives separately as best they can until a statute of limitations expires. Their victims weren't anyone society would miss (he killed his father who was her child rapist, and she killed her mother who used to prostitute her. Not to mention they both were 10 or so), but in order to protect their secret they have to do more and more awful things.

It's a really really good drama and so the thought of a movie? Especially one starring Go Soo, one of my favorites and really good at playing someone on the edge (see Green Rose for proof) makes me very excited.

In news on the opposite side of the spectrum, they are making a period medical kdrama. This will be the first period kdrama I am not excited about since that eunuch one. No thank you. I think they should have just combined the two and made a drama about eunuch in futile love with a female doctor and spared me two wasted sageuks.
dangermousie: (Coffee Prince kiss by alexandral)
Koreans are remaking Byakuyakou with Go Soo as the male lead (as a movie)



EEE!

I loved the jdrama (though I still need to finish it) with its very bleak storyline of a boy and a girl who each commit murder and now must lead their lives separately as best they can until a statute of limitations expires. Their victims weren't anyone society would miss (he killed his father who was her child rapist, and she killed her mother who used to prostitute her. Not to mention they both were 10 or so), but in order to protect their secret they have to do more and more awful things.

It's a really really good drama and so the thought of a movie? Especially one starring Go Soo, one of my favorites and really good at playing someone on the edge (see Green Rose for proof) makes me very excited.

In news on the opposite side of the spectrum, they are making a period medical kdrama. This will be the first period kdrama I am not excited about since that eunuch one. No thank you. I think they should have just combined the two and made a drama about eunuch in futile love with a female doctor and spared me two wasted sageuks.
dangermousie: (ISWAK first kiss by pinkfactory)
I feel like watching a cracky jdrama as everything I am watching is more on the serious side, from tough angsty cops, assassins and mobsters of Taiwan's Black and White to the war-scarred protagonists of Korea's Fashion 70s, so I think I will check out Mei-chan No Shitsuji, that cracktastic one about a girl who discovers she is newly rich and attends a school with her dedicated hot butler. Mainly because it sounds silly, a lot of flisters like it, and also while Mizushima Hiro does nothing for me whatsoever (not only does his hair need an intervension, I like my men older and way manlier-looking) I think he is a ridiculously sweet person.



I'll let you know how that goes. I know I am way behind on both Koori no Sekai and Byakuyakou (not to mention have a bunch of other jdramas I mean to watch), but I feel like something light...

Here's a MV:

dangermousie: (ISWAK first kiss by pinkfactory)
I feel like watching a cracky jdrama as everything I am watching is more on the serious side, from tough angsty cops, assassins and mobsters of Taiwan's Black and White to the war-scarred protagonists of Korea's Fashion 70s, so I think I will check out Mei-chan No Shitsuji, that cracktastic one about a girl who discovers she is newly rich and attends a school with her dedicated hot butler. Mainly because it sounds silly, a lot of flisters like it, and also while Mizushima Hiro does nothing for me whatsoever (not only does his hair need an intervension, I like my men older and way manlier-looking) I think he is a ridiculously sweet person.



I'll let you know how that goes. I know I am way behind on both Koori no Sekai and Byakuyakou (not to mention have a bunch of other jdramas I mean to watch), but I feel like something light...

Here's a MV:

dangermousie: (ISWAK first kiss by pinkfactory)
I feel like watching a cracky jdrama as everything I am watching is more on the serious side, from tough angsty cops, assassins and mobsters of Taiwan's Black and White to the war-scarred protagonists of Korea's Fashion 70s, so I think I will check out Mei-chan No Shitsuji, that cracktastic one about a girl who discovers she is newly rich and attends a school with her dedicated hot butler. Mainly because it sounds silly, a lot of flisters like it, and also while Mizushima Hiro does nothing for me whatsoever (not only does his hair need an intervension, I like my men older and way manlier-looking) I think he is a ridiculously sweet person.



I'll let you know how that goes. I know I am way behind on both Koori no Sekai and Byakuyakou (not to mention have a bunch of other jdramas I mean to watch), but I feel like something light...

Here's a MV:

dangermousie: (Lives of Others by alexandral)
I haven't had much time for dramas in the last few days but on the plus note, Baby Mousie is now trying to shape consonants with her mouth, really really hard - I think she is trying to say the letter "p". Her babble now sounds a bit more like talking.

1. I did catch up on ep 12 of Black and White which was (big shock, here) awesome. The confrontation with Zai Tian and Chen Lin = winning my heart. I confess I am getting more and more obssessed with interesed in Zai Tian and less and less in Ying Xiong - the latter is cool (and hot) but much less messed-up and not a mystery.

2. Where are the subs for Smile? I can't find any past ep 2. It's Matsujun, people. Matsujun. You are telling me that if a subber is slow others won't pick up the slack? *emoface*. Must have more Bito and Hana as am in mad withdrawal. This is the first jdrama I've been interested in, in a year+ and with my luck it's the one with irregular subs. If the subs are not coming out ever again, fine, I'll watch raw (because that's how much I love it) but still, *repeat emoface*.

3. Speaking of jdramas, I really need to continue Byakuyakou. I stopped a bit back but I loved it - must watch more. Ditto for Ice World. Am clearly lamo with no attention span.

4. Still haven't had a chance to start Brilliant Legacy but this pic of the leads cracked me up immensely:



Larger hilarious pic of male lead )

5. Is it just me or does this promo shot for Swallow the Sun makes them look like Asian version of G.I. Joe?



I especially love the dude in the pimpalicious yellow jacket. It's his cammo when he infiltrates the color-blind. But, oh boy, how is Ji Sung so darn pretty? He remains the only kdrama star, besides Hae Hee, who looked good even with the military haircut.

6. I have just discovered (yes am backward) the streaming feature on Netflix. Buh-bye world as I shall be occupied by it: they have all sorts of things there, from silent movies to anime (I am sure subbed but even if I prefer dubbed, I don't prefer it enough to not watch via streaming)

7. I think we have someone auditioning for being Young Voldemort:



I haven't seen pop star TOP (what kind of a name is it anyway? Is there another member of his band named BOTTOM?) in anything, but this pic, ott moody as it is, got me even more excited for IRIS, where he plays an assassin, presumably after our awesome leading man, Lee Byung Hun.

8. Because one can never have too much of the adorable Yoon Kye Sang (Sister in law is 19, Crazy for You, Who are you), here is a pic from upcoming Triple:

Pic here )

9. Dumas' The Women's War is quite entertaining - I don't care for the hero (don't hate him or anything but he is not particuarly compelling) but not only are the poltics fun, the two female lead characters, the "well-behaved" Claire de Cambes (who nontheless rides around dressed as a man and is actively involved in a Civil War) and Nanon de Lartigues (a very clever, ambitious lover of a powerful old Duke. She is portrayed positively, which I loved) are very very awesome. I think they should stop competing for the love of a rather light-weight hero and instead have an awesome lesbian affair.

10. Get to see Star Trek this weekend. So excited!
dangermousie: (Lives of Others by alexandral)
I haven't had much time for dramas in the last few days but on the plus note, Baby Mousie is now trying to shape consonants with her mouth, really really hard - I think she is trying to say the letter "p". Her babble now sounds a bit more like talking.

1. I did catch up on ep 12 of Black and White which was (big shock, here) awesome. The confrontation with Zai Tian and Chen Lin = winning my heart. I confess I am getting more and more obssessed with interesed in Zai Tian and less and less in Ying Xiong - the latter is cool (and hot) but much less messed-up and not a mystery.

2. Where are the subs for Smile? I can't find any past ep 2. It's Matsujun, people. Matsujun. You are telling me that if a subber is slow others won't pick up the slack? *emoface*. Must have more Bito and Hana as am in mad withdrawal. This is the first jdrama I've been interested in, in a year+ and with my luck it's the one with irregular subs. If the subs are not coming out ever again, fine, I'll watch raw (because that's how much I love it) but still, *repeat emoface*.

3. Speaking of jdramas, I really need to continue Byakuyakou. I stopped a bit back but I loved it - must watch more. Ditto for Ice World. Am clearly lamo with no attention span.

4. Still haven't had a chance to start Brilliant Legacy but this pic of the leads cracked me up immensely:



Larger hilarious pic of male lead )

5. Is it just me or does this promo shot for Swallow the Sun makes them look like Asian version of G.I. Joe?



I especially love the dude in the pimpalicious yellow jacket. It's his cammo when he infiltrates the color-blind. But, oh boy, how is Ji Sung so darn pretty? He remains the only kdrama star, besides Hae Hee, who looked good even with the military haircut.

6. I have just discovered (yes am backward) the streaming feature on Netflix. Buh-bye world as I shall be occupied by it: they have all sorts of things there, from silent movies to anime (I am sure subbed but even if I prefer dubbed, I don't prefer it enough to not watch via streaming)

7. I think we have someone auditioning for being Young Voldemort:



I haven't seen pop star TOP (what kind of a name is it anyway? Is there another member of his band named BOTTOM?) in anything, but this pic, ott moody as it is, got me even more excited for IRIS, where he plays an assassin, presumably after our awesome leading man, Lee Byung Hun.

8. Because one can never have too much of the adorable Yoon Kye Sang (Sister in law is 19, Crazy for You, Who are you), here is a pic from upcoming Triple:

Pic here )

9. Dumas' The Women's War is quite entertaining - I don't care for the hero (don't hate him or anything but he is not particuarly compelling) but not only are the poltics fun, the two female lead characters, the "well-behaved" Claire de Cambes (who nontheless rides around dressed as a man and is actively involved in a Civil War) and Nanon de Lartigues (a very clever, ambitious lover of a powerful old Duke. She is portrayed positively, which I loved) are very very awesome. I think they should stop competing for the love of a rather light-weight hero and instead have an awesome lesbian affair.

10. Get to see Star Trek this weekend. So excited!
dangermousie: (Lives of Others by alexandral)
I haven't had much time for dramas in the last few days but on the plus note, Baby Mousie is now trying to shape consonants with her mouth, really really hard - I think she is trying to say the letter "p". Her babble now sounds a bit more like talking.

1. I did catch up on ep 12 of Black and White which was (big shock, here) awesome. The confrontation with Zai Tian and Chen Lin = winning my heart. I confess I am getting more and more obssessed with interesed in Zai Tian and less and less in Ying Xiong - the latter is cool (and hot) but much less messed-up and not a mystery.

2. Where are the subs for Smile? I can't find any past ep 2. It's Matsujun, people. Matsujun. You are telling me that if a subber is slow others won't pick up the slack? *emoface*. Must have more Bito and Hana as am in mad withdrawal. This is the first jdrama I've been interested in, in a year+ and with my luck it's the one with irregular subs. If the subs are not coming out ever again, fine, I'll watch raw (because that's how much I love it) but still, *repeat emoface*.

3. Speaking of jdramas, I really need to continue Byakuyakou. I stopped a bit back but I loved it - must watch more. Ditto for Ice World. Am clearly lamo with no attention span.

4. Still haven't had a chance to start Brilliant Legacy but this pic of the leads cracked me up immensely:



Larger hilarious pic of male lead )

5. Is it just me or does this promo shot for Swallow the Sun makes them look like Asian version of G.I. Joe?



I especially love the dude in the pimpalicious yellow jacket. It's his cammo when he infiltrates the color-blind. But, oh boy, how is Ji Sung so darn pretty? He remains the only kdrama star, besides Hae Hee, who looked good even with the military haircut.

6. I have just discovered (yes am backward) the streaming feature on Netflix. Buh-bye world as I shall be occupied by it: they have all sorts of things there, from silent movies to anime (I am sure subbed but even if I prefer dubbed, I don't prefer it enough to not watch via streaming)

7. I think we have someone auditioning for being Young Voldemort:



I haven't seen pop star TOP (what kind of a name is it anyway? Is there another member of his band named BOTTOM?) in anything, but this pic, ott moody as it is, got me even more excited for IRIS, where he plays an assassin, presumably after our awesome leading man, Lee Byung Hun.

8. Because one can never have too much of the adorable Yoon Kye Sang (Sister in law is 19, Crazy for You, Who are you), here is a pic from upcoming Triple:

Pic here )

9. Dumas' The Women's War is quite entertaining - I don't care for the hero (don't hate him or anything but he is not particuarly compelling) but not only are the poltics fun, the two female lead characters, the "well-behaved" Claire de Cambes (who nontheless rides around dressed as a man and is actively involved in a Civil War) and Nanon de Lartigues (a very clever, ambitious lover of a powerful old Duke. She is portrayed positively, which I loved) are very very awesome. I think they should stop competing for the love of a rather light-weight hero and instead have an awesome lesbian affair.

10. Get to see Star Trek this weekend. So excited!
dangermousie: (Default)
I must be really slow but how did Ryo's "roommate" - the one who runs a male prostitution ring - find out the secret of Ryo killing his father? I missed it. Also, he is using that knowledge to get Ryo to help with the business in various ways, but surely, a normal person would want to stay away from a guy who offed his own parent in childhood!

Also, when Yuki wanted Ryo to have sex with the corpse of a dead client (because roommate wants Ryo to come up with a way of an alibi for the guy who really was with the lady when she keeled over) I went: "necrophilia suggestions from a girl to her sorta-boyfriend! Now you know this is not your usual Japanese drama!" (So far he refused but I am only halfway through the ep). Guys, just turn yourself in for God's sake - you both were eleven, guys you killed were a pedophile and pedophile's accomplice. You won't get the death penalty, trust me. I kinda love her reaction that this (necro) isn't a big deal because she is a child abuse victim - she doesn't have views on sex as something wonderful or fun - it's a disgusting thing that sometimes you might have to do, she is as far from normal on the topic as you can get (that is why she doesn't even blink earlier when he assumes she hates that he is working that way and she doesn't even think about the topic).

Also, the way the detective runs around grabbing people pisses me the heck off. In the US, you could just tell him unless he has a warrant he can't come into your house and you certainly don't have to talk to him if you don't want to.
dangermousie: (Default)
I must be really slow but how did Ryo's "roommate" - the one who runs a male prostitution ring - find out the secret of Ryo killing his father? I missed it. Also, he is using that knowledge to get Ryo to help with the business in various ways, but surely, a normal person would want to stay away from a guy who offed his own parent in childhood!

Also, when Yuki wanted Ryo to have sex with the corpse of a dead client (because roommate wants Ryo to come up with a way of an alibi for the guy who really was with the lady when she keeled over) I went: "necrophilia suggestions from a girl to her sorta-boyfriend! Now you know this is not your usual Japanese drama!" (So far he refused but I am only halfway through the ep). Guys, just turn yourself in for God's sake - you both were eleven, guys you killed were a pedophile and pedophile's accomplice. You won't get the death penalty, trust me. I kinda love her reaction that this (necro) isn't a big deal because she is a child abuse victim - she doesn't have views on sex as something wonderful or fun - it's a disgusting thing that sometimes you might have to do, she is as far from normal on the topic as you can get (that is why she doesn't even blink earlier when he assumes she hates that he is working that way and she doesn't even think about the topic).

Also, the way the detective runs around grabbing people pisses me the heck off. In the US, you could just tell him unless he has a warrant he can't come into your house and you certainly don't have to talk to him if you don't want to.
dangermousie: (Default)
I must be really slow but how did Ryo's "roommate" - the one who runs a male prostitution ring - find out the secret of Ryo killing his father? I missed it. Also, he is using that knowledge to get Ryo to help with the business in various ways, but surely, a normal person would want to stay away from a guy who offed his own parent in childhood!

Also, when Yuki wanted Ryo to have sex with the corpse of a dead client (because roommate wants Ryo to come up with a way of an alibi for the guy who really was with the lady when she keeled over) I went: "necrophilia suggestions from a girl to her sorta-boyfriend! Now you know this is not your usual Japanese drama!" (So far he refused but I am only halfway through the ep). Guys, just turn yourself in for God's sake - you both were eleven, guys you killed were a pedophile and pedophile's accomplice. You won't get the death penalty, trust me. I kinda love her reaction that this (necro) isn't a big deal because she is a child abuse victim - she doesn't have views on sex as something wonderful or fun - it's a disgusting thing that sometimes you might have to do, she is as far from normal on the topic as you can get (that is why she doesn't even blink earlier when he assumes she hates that he is working that way and she doesn't even think about the topic).

Also, the way the detective runs around grabbing people pisses me the heck off. In the US, you could just tell him unless he has a warrant he can't come into your house and you certainly don't have to talk to him if you don't want to.
dangermousie: (EoE)
I have finished episode 2 of Byakuyakou and it's official: I love that drama!

And you know, the OTP of this is so very much my thing, so incredibly messed up! And it makes sense they are so drawn to each other - not only was the other person the one big bright thing in their childhood (especially true for child abuse victim Yuki), and they have committed a big sacrifice/sin for the other person so the other person HAS to be worth it, in their mind, but also the other person is the only being with whom they can really be themselves, who knows about the murder(s).

Also, their reunion scene made me a bit sniffly. Trust me to ship a couple of murderers!

And this brings me to one thing - granted, I am no Japanese lawyer, but the way they live their lives in hopes of the 15-yr statute of limitations expiring so they can be together drives me bonkers. Not at them - they are traumatized (currently) 18-yr olds who need years of therapy before they can function. But at the idea! Once again, I don't know Japanese law, but I cannot imagine any court in the US severely punishing Ryo for committing at 11 a completely unpremediated murder of a man who was in the process of raping another 11-yr old; or punishing Yuki for helping him hide the fact when she was the child rapist's victim or even for the fact that she tried to do a murder-suicide with her Mom who was the one who used to sell her to be raped. I mean, honest! The publicity alone for that case would be horrific for any prosecutor who pushed for a stiff sentence.
dangermousie: (EoE)
I have finished episode 2 of Byakuyakou and it's official: I love that drama!

And you know, the OTP of this is so very much my thing, so incredibly messed up! And it makes sense they are so drawn to each other - not only was the other person the one big bright thing in their childhood (especially true for child abuse victim Yuki), and they have committed a big sacrifice/sin for the other person so the other person HAS to be worth it, in their mind, but also the other person is the only being with whom they can really be themselves, who knows about the murder(s).

Also, their reunion scene made me a bit sniffly. Trust me to ship a couple of murderers!

And this brings me to one thing - granted, I am no Japanese lawyer, but the way they live their lives in hopes of the 15-yr statute of limitations expiring so they can be together drives me bonkers. Not at them - they are traumatized (currently) 18-yr olds who need years of therapy before they can function. But at the idea! Once again, I don't know Japanese law, but I cannot imagine any court in the US severely punishing Ryo for committing at 11 a completely unpremediated murder of a man who was in the process of raping another 11-yr old; or punishing Yuki for helping him hide the fact when she was the child rapist's victim or even for the fact that she tried to do a murder-suicide with her Mom who was the one who used to sell her to be raped. I mean, honest! The publicity alone for that case would be horrific for any prosecutor who pushed for a stiff sentence.
dangermousie: (EoE)
I have finished episode 2 of Byakuyakou and it's official: I love that drama!

And you know, the OTP of this is so very much my thing, so incredibly messed up! And it makes sense they are so drawn to each other - not only was the other person the one big bright thing in their childhood (especially true for child abuse victim Yuki), and they have committed a big sacrifice/sin for the other person so the other person HAS to be worth it, in their mind, but also the other person is the only being with whom they can really be themselves, who knows about the murder(s).

Also, their reunion scene made me a bit sniffly. Trust me to ship a couple of murderers!

And this brings me to one thing - granted, I am no Japanese lawyer, but the way they live their lives in hopes of the 15-yr statute of limitations expiring so they can be together drives me bonkers. Not at them - they are traumatized (currently) 18-yr olds who need years of therapy before they can function. But at the idea! Once again, I don't know Japanese law, but I cannot imagine any court in the US severely punishing Ryo for committing at 11 a completely unpremediated murder of a man who was in the process of raping another 11-yr old; or punishing Yuki for helping him hide the fact when she was the child rapist's victim or even for the fact that she tried to do a murder-suicide with her Mom who was the one who used to sell her to be raped. I mean, honest! The publicity alone for that case would be horrific for any prosecutor who pushed for a stiff sentence.
dangermousie: (Legend: Sa Ryang by alexandral)
I have just finished the first episode of the Japanese drama Byakuyakou (a.k.a. Journey Under The Midnight Sun).

I truly love it and recommend it highly, but WARNING: it's the darkest drama I have come across. Two words: CHILD ABUSE.

Byakuyakou caught me from its opening. An elegantly dressed young woman (we later learn her name is Yuki, and she is played by Ayase Haruka) is standing on a snowy street in front of a fancy storefront, receiving congratulations, when she sees a bleeding young man stagger towards her and collapse to the shock of passerby. We later learn his name is Ryo (he is played by Yamada Takayuki) and as they stare at each other, it's clear by their voiceover narration that they know each other more than well. And then he motions for her to go away, and she walks away, weeping and thinking to herself "I will not cry."

Aaaaand, flashback to 14 years ago. This drama starts at the end and for the rest of it, we learn who Yuki and Ryo are, and what got them to this point.

When the story proper starts, Ryo and Yuki are both 11 years old. Ryo is a solemn little boy whose home life is less than ideal: his mother is cheating on his father and while the father might be oblivious, Ryo clearly knows. And then one day he sees Yuki, a beautiful young girl his age, and he is smitten at first sight. An adorable childish courtship follows and Ryo is actually even able to make Yuki laugh.

However, Yuki's home life makes Ryo's seem wonderful: earlier it was made clear she is a daughter of a broken-down alcoholic mother whose main source of income is selling her child to a child molester for sex services. I wonder who her "client" is. Or I don't.

Following Yuki one day to an abandoned building, Ryo discovers Yuki there with his father and, almost instictively, stabs him to death (I was cheering. His father trying to justify it by saying it's consensual and he doesn't love her made me want to stab him myself). That is my favorite scene so far, when Ryo is sitting in shock with his scissors going "I killed my father" and Yuki is smiling and saying she killed him instead because she's been killing him in her head over and over.

Yuki makes Ryo promise to stay away from her and pretend to be strangers, but she takes the bloody scissors and frames her mother for the murder, before killing her. And leaves. But she meets Ryo one last time and promises him she will always remember his saving her. And then 7 years pass and...end of episode.

I realy really love this drama. It's very dark but it makes sense (for example, Ryo's Dad being a child molester is very well foreshadowed before the reveal), the acting is good (the child actors were incredible), the story is interesting. And of course two protagonists are beyond messed-up as the drama shows. Ryo might have been an OK little kid if he didn't see his father engage in child rape and murder him, but Yuki was (obviously) damaged even before that, because of child abuse. I cannot wait to see when and how they will meet again, and how they will interact, being tied by their trauma and their crime.

Here is a MV for the drama:

dangermousie: (Legend: Sa Ryang by alexandral)
I have just finished the first episode of the Japanese drama Byakuyakou (a.k.a. Journey Under The Midnight Sun).

I truly love it and recommend it highly, but WARNING: it's the darkest drama I have come across. Two words: CHILD ABUSE.

Byakuyakou caught me from its opening. An elegantly dressed young woman (we later learn her name is Yuki, and she is played by Ayase Haruka) is standing on a snowy street in front of a fancy storefront, receiving congratulations, when she sees a bleeding young man stagger towards her and collapse to the shock of passerby. We later learn his name is Ryo (he is played by Yamada Takayuki) and as they stare at each other, it's clear by their voiceover narration that they know each other more than well. And then he motions for her to go away, and she walks away, weeping and thinking to herself "I will not cry."

Aaaaand, flashback to 14 years ago. This drama starts at the end and for the rest of it, we learn who Yuki and Ryo are, and what got them to this point.

When the story proper starts, Ryo and Yuki are both 11 years old. Ryo is a solemn little boy whose home life is less than ideal: his mother is cheating on his father and while the father might be oblivious, Ryo clearly knows. And then one day he sees Yuki, a beautiful young girl his age, and he is smitten at first sight. An adorable childish courtship follows and Ryo is actually even able to make Yuki laugh.

However, Yuki's home life makes Ryo's seem wonderful: earlier it was made clear she is a daughter of a broken-down alcoholic mother whose main source of income is selling her child to a child molester for sex services. I wonder who her "client" is. Or I don't.

Following Yuki one day to an abandoned building, Ryo discovers Yuki there with his father and, almost instictively, stabs him to death (I was cheering. His father trying to justify it by saying it's consensual and he doesn't love her made me want to stab him myself). That is my favorite scene so far, when Ryo is sitting in shock with his scissors going "I killed my father" and Yuki is smiling and saying she killed him instead because she's been killing him in her head over and over.

Yuki makes Ryo promise to stay away from her and pretend to be strangers, but she takes the bloody scissors and frames her mother for the murder, before killing her. And leaves. But she meets Ryo one last time and promises him she will always remember his saving her. And then 7 years pass and...end of episode.

I realy really love this drama. It's very dark but it makes sense (for example, Ryo's Dad being a child molester is very well foreshadowed before the reveal), the acting is good (the child actors were incredible), the story is interesting. And of course two protagonists are beyond messed-up as the drama shows. Ryo might have been an OK little kid if he didn't see his father engage in child rape and murder him, but Yuki was (obviously) damaged even before that, because of child abuse. I cannot wait to see when and how they will meet again, and how they will interact, being tied by their trauma and their crime.

Here is a MV for the drama:

dangermousie: (Legend: Sa Ryang by alexandral)
I have just finished the first episode of the Japanese drama Byakuyakou (a.k.a. Journey Under The Midnight Sun).

I truly love it and recommend it highly, but WARNING: it's the darkest drama I have come across. Two words: CHILD ABUSE.

Byakuyakou caught me from its opening. An elegantly dressed young woman (we later learn her name is Yuki, and she is played by Ayase Haruka) is standing on a snowy street in front of a fancy storefront, receiving congratulations, when she sees a bleeding young man stagger towards her and collapse to the shock of passerby. We later learn his name is Ryo (he is played by Yamada Takayuki) and as they stare at each other, it's clear by their voiceover narration that they know each other more than well. And then he motions for her to go away, and she walks away, weeping and thinking to herself "I will not cry."

Aaaaand, flashback to 14 years ago. This drama starts at the end and for the rest of it, we learn who Yuki and Ryo are, and what got them to this point.

When the story proper starts, Ryo and Yuki are both 11 years old. Ryo is a solemn little boy whose home life is less than ideal: his mother is cheating on his father and while the father might be oblivious, Ryo clearly knows. And then one day he sees Yuki, a beautiful young girl his age, and he is smitten at first sight. An adorable childish courtship follows and Ryo is actually even able to make Yuki laugh.

However, Yuki's home life makes Ryo's seem wonderful: earlier it was made clear she is a daughter of a broken-down alcoholic mother whose main source of income is selling her child to a child molester for sex services. I wonder who her "client" is. Or I don't.

Following Yuki one day to an abandoned building, Ryo discovers Yuki there with his father and, almost instictively, stabs him to death (I was cheering. His father trying to justify it by saying it's consensual and he doesn't love her made me want to stab him myself). That is my favorite scene so far, when Ryo is sitting in shock with his scissors going "I killed my father" and Yuki is smiling and saying she killed him instead because she's been killing him in her head over and over.

Yuki makes Ryo promise to stay away from her and pretend to be strangers, but she takes the bloody scissors and frames her mother for the murder, before killing her. And leaves. But she meets Ryo one last time and promises him she will always remember his saving her. And then 7 years pass and...end of episode.

I realy really love this drama. It's very dark but it makes sense (for example, Ryo's Dad being a child molester is very well foreshadowed before the reveal), the acting is good (the child actors were incredible), the story is interesting. And of course two protagonists are beyond messed-up as the drama shows. Ryo might have been an OK little kid if he didn't see his father engage in child rape and murder him, but Yuki was (obviously) damaged even before that, because of child abuse. I cannot wait to see when and how they will meet again, and how they will interact, being tied by their trauma and their crime.

Here is a MV for the drama:

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I am sure you've noticed, but I've been in a bit of drama slump lately.

I will try Byakuyakou but other than that, my slate is fairly empty. I don't know...I've started some I didn't hate but they didn't grab me (Spring Day, Romance etc). I did try Regatta with Hayami Mokomichi as a rower who is consumed by the guilt for a death of his best friend, especially since he is in love with that friend's girlfriend (Aibu Saki). It also has Matsuda Shota. But the same thing...it's not bad, but it didn't grab me.

So rec me! I don't care if it's Taiwanese, Korean, Mainland, Japanese. I want it a bit angsty and rather heavily into the romance. Please? Please?????
dangermousie: (Default)
I am sure you've noticed, but I've been in a bit of drama slump lately.

I will try Byakuyakou but other than that, my slate is fairly empty. I don't know...I've started some I didn't hate but they didn't grab me (Spring Day, Romance etc). I did try Regatta with Hayami Mokomichi as a rower who is consumed by the guilt for a death of his best friend, especially since he is in love with that friend's girlfriend (Aibu Saki). It also has Matsuda Shota. But the same thing...it's not bad, but it didn't grab me.

So rec me! I don't care if it's Taiwanese, Korean, Mainland, Japanese. I want it a bit angsty and rather heavily into the romance. Please? Please?????

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