dangermousie: (Mawang UTW by timescout)
1. I am about half an ep into Summer Scent and it's official: I really really like it. I doubt I am going to be bawling my eyes over any of the characters as the premise is so OTT from the start - Heroine has received a heart transplant from Hero's dead fiancee - when fate throws them together, what will happen? It's a kdrama, love is what will happen. I am hopefully not old enough to be middle-aged but it's the third seasons drama I like! (I adored Spring Waltz and liked Winter Sonata). It's beautifully shot and, speaking of beautiful things, stars Song Seung Heon. Shut Up! Even without army muscles and with bleached hair (what is with the seasons people and bleached hair? First Bae Yong Joon, now SSH!), he still looks yummy enough to eat. I have never claimed to be not shallow.

2. On the other side of the spectrum is a drama I plan never to watch unless a highly targeted strike deletes every other drama in existence: Cinderella Man. I guess it proves I am not 100% shallow as I love Kwon Sang Woo and here he plays double. HOWEVER. I tried watching the first episode and was bored to exhaustion. OMG. So mediocre. It wasn't even bad so I could have fun mocking it. Knowing that some dramas start slow, I tried watching the last ep and oh God - so deadly dull - it did not improve one bit. Why, KSW, why?

3. As Resurrection was the winner of the poll with a large margin (go Uhm Tae Woong fangirls! Of which I am one!), I have started it and watched the first two eps.

The verdict? I love it to bits!



(unspoilery below)

Resurrection, by the makers of The Devil (thus it is Devil's predecessor) is also a revenge story. It stars Uhm Tae Woong in a double role. UTWs are twins who have been separated in childhood under very very shady circumstances (suffice it say, so far it seems plain, their father was killed in order to keep unsavory secrets of his 'friends'). UTW 1 has grown up with his mother and her new husband and is an icy businessman while UTW 2 who has witnessed his father's murder and does not remember his childhood as he's repressed the horror, has been taken in by a lower-class man who runs a food stall. Now UTW 2 is a rough-and-ready cop. There is also a love interest played by Han Ji Min (SQUEE) - she is UTW 2's quasi-sister, being the biological daughter of the man who adopted him. The story starts when a seemingly unexciting suicide of a middle-aged man happens. UTW 2 thinks it might be murder but little does he knows where this might lead...

I really really like it. Interesting, there are a number of Devil riffs in it - once again, there are rich icy professional and rough cop - only this time they are played by the same person and probably won't be fighting each other. I always thought that in Devil, lawyer and cop were both different sides of the same coin and here it's made literally true by them being twins. There is also the theme of revenge - where you are surrounded by past history and might not even know that - a conspiracy with connections not clearly seen at first (here even UTW 1's stepfather seems involved). The storytelling pattern seems also have the same touches - unlike a lot of revenge stories where everything is revealed at the start here, as with Devil, we are piecing it together.

Oh, and then there is the girl. Han Ji Min has the same purity of character that Shin Min Ah did in Devil - both women seem to be the one spot of sanity and happiness in the dark world - here it starts even earlier as when UTW 2 is brought bleeding and barely conscious into the house of Han Ji Min he is a child and she is the first thing he sees. But, even better, I loved the love story of Devil - it was secondary to psychological games and futility of revenge, of course, but it was so ridiculously powerful. And it looks like it will be here. UTW 2 and Han Ji Min clearly love each other but he will never admit it to her because that would bring her so much societal opprobrium - in the eyes of the world he is her brother - the way she pushes (because she does not care about societal strictures) and he pulls away is - guuuuuuh. Their confrontation when he lies that he views her only as a sister and then has to run himself literally to exhaustion in order to supress everything repeating to himself "You've done well" over and over as if trying to convince himself? My heart broke.

And of course, I can't conclude without mentioning Uhm Tae Woong. It's funny because I don't think he is very good-looking (he is pretty average if looked at objectively) but he is so magnetic and intense, I do not care a bit!

This is SUCH a good drama! I am so glad it got picked!
dangermousie: (Mawang UTW by timescout)
1. I am about half an ep into Summer Scent and it's official: I really really like it. I doubt I am going to be bawling my eyes over any of the characters as the premise is so OTT from the start - Heroine has received a heart transplant from Hero's dead fiancee - when fate throws them together, what will happen? It's a kdrama, love is what will happen. I am hopefully not old enough to be middle-aged but it's the third seasons drama I like! (I adored Spring Waltz and liked Winter Sonata). It's beautifully shot and, speaking of beautiful things, stars Song Seung Heon. Shut Up! Even without army muscles and with bleached hair (what is with the seasons people and bleached hair? First Bae Yong Joon, now SSH!), he still looks yummy enough to eat. I have never claimed to be not shallow.

2. On the other side of the spectrum is a drama I plan never to watch unless a highly targeted strike deletes every other drama in existence: Cinderella Man. I guess it proves I am not 100% shallow as I love Kwon Sang Woo and here he plays double. HOWEVER. I tried watching the first episode and was bored to exhaustion. OMG. So mediocre. It wasn't even bad so I could have fun mocking it. Knowing that some dramas start slow, I tried watching the last ep and oh God - so deadly dull - it did not improve one bit. Why, KSW, why?

3. As Resurrection was the winner of the poll with a large margin (go Uhm Tae Woong fangirls! Of which I am one!), I have started it and watched the first two eps.

The verdict? I love it to bits!



(unspoilery below)

Resurrection, by the makers of The Devil (thus it is Devil's predecessor) is also a revenge story. It stars Uhm Tae Woong in a double role. UTWs are twins who have been separated in childhood under very very shady circumstances (suffice it say, so far it seems plain, their father was killed in order to keep unsavory secrets of his 'friends'). UTW 1 has grown up with his mother and her new husband and is an icy businessman while UTW 2 who has witnessed his father's murder and does not remember his childhood as he's repressed the horror, has been taken in by a lower-class man who runs a food stall. Now UTW 2 is a rough-and-ready cop. There is also a love interest played by Han Ji Min (SQUEE) - she is UTW 2's quasi-sister, being the biological daughter of the man who adopted him. The story starts when a seemingly unexciting suicide of a middle-aged man happens. UTW 2 thinks it might be murder but little does he knows where this might lead...

I really really like it. Interesting, there are a number of Devil riffs in it - once again, there are rich icy professional and rough cop - only this time they are played by the same person and probably won't be fighting each other. I always thought that in Devil, lawyer and cop were both different sides of the same coin and here it's made literally true by them being twins. There is also the theme of revenge - where you are surrounded by past history and might not even know that - a conspiracy with connections not clearly seen at first (here even UTW 1's stepfather seems involved). The storytelling pattern seems also have the same touches - unlike a lot of revenge stories where everything is revealed at the start here, as with Devil, we are piecing it together.

Oh, and then there is the girl. Han Ji Min has the same purity of character that Shin Min Ah did in Devil - both women seem to be the one spot of sanity and happiness in the dark world - here it starts even earlier as when UTW 2 is brought bleeding and barely conscious into the house of Han Ji Min he is a child and she is the first thing he sees. But, even better, I loved the love story of Devil - it was secondary to psychological games and futility of revenge, of course, but it was so ridiculously powerful. And it looks like it will be here. UTW 2 and Han Ji Min clearly love each other but he will never admit it to her because that would bring her so much societal opprobrium - in the eyes of the world he is her brother - the way she pushes (because she does not care about societal strictures) and he pulls away is - guuuuuuh. Their confrontation when he lies that he views her only as a sister and then has to run himself literally to exhaustion in order to supress everything repeating to himself "You've done well" over and over as if trying to convince himself? My heart broke.

And of course, I can't conclude without mentioning Uhm Tae Woong. It's funny because I don't think he is very good-looking (he is pretty average if looked at objectively) but he is so magnetic and intense, I do not care a bit!

This is SUCH a good drama! I am so glad it got picked!
dangermousie: (Mawang UTW by timescout)
1. I am about half an ep into Summer Scent and it's official: I really really like it. I doubt I am going to be bawling my eyes over any of the characters as the premise is so OTT from the start - Heroine has received a heart transplant from Hero's dead fiancee - when fate throws them together, what will happen? It's a kdrama, love is what will happen. I am hopefully not old enough to be middle-aged but it's the third seasons drama I like! (I adored Spring Waltz and liked Winter Sonata). It's beautifully shot and, speaking of beautiful things, stars Song Seung Heon. Shut Up! Even without army muscles and with bleached hair (what is with the seasons people and bleached hair? First Bae Yong Joon, now SSH!), he still looks yummy enough to eat. I have never claimed to be not shallow.

2. On the other side of the spectrum is a drama I plan never to watch unless a highly targeted strike deletes every other drama in existence: Cinderella Man. I guess it proves I am not 100% shallow as I love Kwon Sang Woo and here he plays double. HOWEVER. I tried watching the first episode and was bored to exhaustion. OMG. So mediocre. It wasn't even bad so I could have fun mocking it. Knowing that some dramas start slow, I tried watching the last ep and oh God - so deadly dull - it did not improve one bit. Why, KSW, why?

3. As Resurrection was the winner of the poll with a large margin (go Uhm Tae Woong fangirls! Of which I am one!), I have started it and watched the first two eps.

The verdict? I love it to bits!



(unspoilery below)

Resurrection, by the makers of The Devil (thus it is Devil's predecessor) is also a revenge story. It stars Uhm Tae Woong in a double role. UTWs are twins who have been separated in childhood under very very shady circumstances (suffice it say, so far it seems plain, their father was killed in order to keep unsavory secrets of his 'friends'). UTW 1 has grown up with his mother and her new husband and is an icy businessman while UTW 2 who has witnessed his father's murder and does not remember his childhood as he's repressed the horror, has been taken in by a lower-class man who runs a food stall. Now UTW 2 is a rough-and-ready cop. There is also a love interest played by Han Ji Min (SQUEE) - she is UTW 2's quasi-sister, being the biological daughter of the man who adopted him. The story starts when a seemingly unexciting suicide of a middle-aged man happens. UTW 2 thinks it might be murder but little does he knows where this might lead...

I really really like it. Interesting, there are a number of Devil riffs in it - once again, there are rich icy professional and rough cop - only this time they are played by the same person and probably won't be fighting each other. I always thought that in Devil, lawyer and cop were both different sides of the same coin and here it's made literally true by them being twins. There is also the theme of revenge - where you are surrounded by past history and might not even know that - a conspiracy with connections not clearly seen at first (here even UTW 1's stepfather seems involved). The storytelling pattern seems also have the same touches - unlike a lot of revenge stories where everything is revealed at the start here, as with Devil, we are piecing it together.

Oh, and then there is the girl. Han Ji Min has the same purity of character that Shin Min Ah did in Devil - both women seem to be the one spot of sanity and happiness in the dark world - here it starts even earlier as when UTW 2 is brought bleeding and barely conscious into the house of Han Ji Min he is a child and she is the first thing he sees. But, even better, I loved the love story of Devil - it was secondary to psychological games and futility of revenge, of course, but it was so ridiculously powerful. And it looks like it will be here. UTW 2 and Han Ji Min clearly love each other but he will never admit it to her because that would bring her so much societal opprobrium - in the eyes of the world he is her brother - the way she pushes (because she does not care about societal strictures) and he pulls away is - guuuuuuh. Their confrontation when he lies that he views her only as a sister and then has to run himself literally to exhaustion in order to supress everything repeating to himself "You've done well" over and over as if trying to convince himself? My heart broke.

And of course, I can't conclude without mentioning Uhm Tae Woong. It's funny because I don't think he is very good-looking (he is pretty average if looked at objectively) but he is so magnetic and intense, I do not care a bit!

This is SUCH a good drama! I am so glad it got picked!
dangermousie: (Capital Scandal Secrets by miss_dian)
Out of about a million dramas out there this spring, this is my Drama Spring Roster, i.e. the ones I am following and thus the ones you can expect to see me blab about.

JAPAN

Smile: One episode is out so far. I am so desperate to see this one, I started watching this raw, because arashi.vox's subs are going to be a bit late. Why? I will basically watch anything Matsumoto Jun is in, and this being a love story and social commentary on mistreatment of foreigners, plus written by the writer of Hanadan and Utahime, and directed by the director of Hanadan, I am set, so very set.

KOREA

Princess Ja Myung Go: Eleven episodes are out so far. I have yet to see a Korean period drama that was not good, but PJMG seems especially made for me - a strong female protagonist, doomed love, poisonous politics, amazing fights, dysfunctional families, gorgeous art design. I love this drama so incredibly much.

Slingshot: Five episodes are out so far. I like gritty dark revenge dramas, so it would have probably always been something for me to check out, but once I found out the screenwriter was the one who wrote Legend, Sandglass, and Eyes of Dawn, I came madly on-board.

TAIWAN

Black and White: Four episodes are out so far. It is THE drama of the spring season for me. Have a bunch of my favorite actors, throw in great production values, action scenes, friendship, twisty plot, strong women, and promise of clever story and angst. I am so very sold.

ToGetHer: ten episodes are out. There is always room for whimsical, tender romantic comedy on my list, and I have been quite in love with this drama so far. Not to mention the story of an otaku and a washed-out idol is deliciously off-kilter, and I adore both Jiro Wang and Rainie Yang.

REJECTS

Atashinchi no Danshi (Japan): I like Horikita Maki but not enough to watch her interact with a bunch of remarkably unattractive men.

Knock Knock Loving You (Taiwan): Knock Knock Raping You is more like it. No thank you. I don't need a Dylan Kuo (thankfully the non-rapist in this one) fix that badly.

Empress Chin Chu (Korea): this sounds very much like my thing, being a period epic and a woman-centric one to boot, but I can handle only one long period drama at a time.

Queen of Housewives (Korea): even the title is boring.

City Hall (Korea): you know what is even more boring than Queen of Housewives? A drama about a small-town city mayor. No thanks.

Cinderella Man (Korea): glad as I am to see a drama where Kwon Sang Woo won't die in agony or have his loved ones do the same, this just sounds really really uninspired - though two look-alikes, one poor one rich, is cute enough I might check out if one of my watched dramas ends.
dangermousie: (Capital Scandal Secrets by miss_dian)
Out of about a million dramas out there this spring, this is my Drama Spring Roster, i.e. the ones I am following and thus the ones you can expect to see me blab about.

JAPAN

Smile: One episode is out so far. I am so desperate to see this one, I started watching this raw, because arashi.vox's subs are going to be a bit late. Why? I will basically watch anything Matsumoto Jun is in, and this being a love story and social commentary on mistreatment of foreigners, plus written by the writer of Hanadan and Utahime, and directed by the director of Hanadan, I am set, so very set.

KOREA

Princess Ja Myung Go: Eleven episodes are out so far. I have yet to see a Korean period drama that was not good, but PJMG seems especially made for me - a strong female protagonist, doomed love, poisonous politics, amazing fights, dysfunctional families, gorgeous art design. I love this drama so incredibly much.

Slingshot: Five episodes are out so far. I like gritty dark revenge dramas, so it would have probably always been something for me to check out, but once I found out the screenwriter was the one who wrote Legend, Sandglass, and Eyes of Dawn, I came madly on-board.

TAIWAN

Black and White: Four episodes are out so far. It is THE drama of the spring season for me. Have a bunch of my favorite actors, throw in great production values, action scenes, friendship, twisty plot, strong women, and promise of clever story and angst. I am so very sold.

ToGetHer: ten episodes are out. There is always room for whimsical, tender romantic comedy on my list, and I have been quite in love with this drama so far. Not to mention the story of an otaku and a washed-out idol is deliciously off-kilter, and I adore both Jiro Wang and Rainie Yang.

REJECTS

Atashinchi no Danshi (Japan): I like Horikita Maki but not enough to watch her interact with a bunch of remarkably unattractive men.

Knock Knock Loving You (Taiwan): Knock Knock Raping You is more like it. No thank you. I don't need a Dylan Kuo (thankfully the non-rapist in this one) fix that badly.

Empress Chin Chu (Korea): this sounds very much like my thing, being a period epic and a woman-centric one to boot, but I can handle only one long period drama at a time.

Queen of Housewives (Korea): even the title is boring.

City Hall (Korea): you know what is even more boring than Queen of Housewives? A drama about a small-town city mayor. No thanks.

Cinderella Man (Korea): glad as I am to see a drama where Kwon Sang Woo won't die in agony or have his loved ones do the same, this just sounds really really uninspired - though two look-alikes, one poor one rich, is cute enough I might check out if one of my watched dramas ends.
dangermousie: (Capital Scandal Secrets by miss_dian)
Out of about a million dramas out there this spring, this is my Drama Spring Roster, i.e. the ones I am following and thus the ones you can expect to see me blab about.

JAPAN

Smile: One episode is out so far. I am so desperate to see this one, I started watching this raw, because arashi.vox's subs are going to be a bit late. Why? I will basically watch anything Matsumoto Jun is in, and this being a love story and social commentary on mistreatment of foreigners, plus written by the writer of Hanadan and Utahime, and directed by the director of Hanadan, I am set, so very set.

KOREA

Princess Ja Myung Go: Eleven episodes are out so far. I have yet to see a Korean period drama that was not good, but PJMG seems especially made for me - a strong female protagonist, doomed love, poisonous politics, amazing fights, dysfunctional families, gorgeous art design. I love this drama so incredibly much.

Slingshot: Five episodes are out so far. I like gritty dark revenge dramas, so it would have probably always been something for me to check out, but once I found out the screenwriter was the one who wrote Legend, Sandglass, and Eyes of Dawn, I came madly on-board.

TAIWAN

Black and White: Four episodes are out so far. It is THE drama of the spring season for me. Have a bunch of my favorite actors, throw in great production values, action scenes, friendship, twisty plot, strong women, and promise of clever story and angst. I am so very sold.

ToGetHer: ten episodes are out. There is always room for whimsical, tender romantic comedy on my list, and I have been quite in love with this drama so far. Not to mention the story of an otaku and a washed-out idol is deliciously off-kilter, and I adore both Jiro Wang and Rainie Yang.

REJECTS

Atashinchi no Danshi (Japan): I like Horikita Maki but not enough to watch her interact with a bunch of remarkably unattractive men.

Knock Knock Loving You (Taiwan): Knock Knock Raping You is more like it. No thank you. I don't need a Dylan Kuo (thankfully the non-rapist in this one) fix that badly.

Empress Chin Chu (Korea): this sounds very much like my thing, being a period epic and a woman-centric one to boot, but I can handle only one long period drama at a time.

Queen of Housewives (Korea): even the title is boring.

City Hall (Korea): you know what is even more boring than Queen of Housewives? A drama about a small-town city mayor. No thanks.

Cinderella Man (Korea): glad as I am to see a drama where Kwon Sang Woo won't die in agony or have his loved ones do the same, this just sounds really really uninspired - though two look-alikes, one poor one rich, is cute enough I might check out if one of my watched dramas ends.
dangermousie: (Mars kiss by scottishlass)
Love it or hate it, Boys Over Flowers (Korea) is ending, and East of Eden (Korea) just ended too. And Starlit (Taiwan) and Return of Iljimae (Korea) (both of which I am majorly behind in) are more than halfway through.

So, which dramas which catch my attention in the spring season? This is a list of what I will probably blabbing about (disclaimer: sometimes I get excited about an upcoming drama and don't like it (Japanese Hana Kimi) or don't even watch it (Cain and Abel). And sometimes a drama comes out of nowhere and grabs me like mad (Return of Iljimae)).

Anyway, what is the list?

JAPAN



(There is no pics from it yet, so have a Hanadan pic instead)

Smile: One of my most anticipated spring dramas, this starts on April 17th and stars one of dangermousie's biggest favorites Matsumoto Jun (Domyouji!!!!) and Aragaki Yui (who I am liking in My Boss My Hero). Plus, it's a romantic drama with a totally delicious ott plot: Bito is a half-Filipino whose father has died and mother has disappeared. Despite his misfortune and the issues he deals with, such as race, he lives his life positively with a constant smile. Similarly, Hana is a young woman living cheerfully despite losing her ability to speak due to an accident. But what gets me more excited than anything else is that it's the same screenwriter as the one for Hana Yori Dango 1/2 and Utahime, three of my all time favorite jdramas - all three are in Top 10. EEEEE!



Two upcoming Fujiki Naohito dramas, one about an unscrupulous (potentially criminal) beautician, Yako no Kaidan, which starts in April, and another a mystery/comedy called Ikemen Sobaya Tantei which starts April 4th. Because I adore Fujiki Naohito.

KOREA




Princess Ja Myung Go: airing every Monday and Tuesday, PJMG has already aired one episode. Which I watched and fell madly in love. A period drama about patriotism, power, betrayal and forbidden love, PJMG looks out of this world! It stars Jung Ryo Won, Park Min Young, and Jung Kyung Ho. The story starts near the end and unravels backwards: the proud kingdom of Nakrang has fallen, because its princess Ra Hee fell in love with enemy prince Hodong who used her and got her to betray her kingdom to him. But what really happened and how? And who is the mysterious Princess Ja Myung, Ra Hee's sister, the hope of the rebels...and Hodong's real love. Seriously, I watched the first ep and there are no words for how in love I am with this drama.

Lots of caps and meta, actually )

Cinderella Man: a bit of fluffy silliness never hurts, especially when it also has the hottie Kwon Sang Woo in a double role: as a poor street vendor and (what else) a rich executive. I bet hijunks will ensue.

TAIWAN



To Get Her: Four eps are out already - it airs once a week on Sunday. Starring huge dangermousie favorites Jiro Wang and Rainie Yang, this quirky, funny, and romantic tale of a manga-obsessed otaku and a washed out former idol is on track for becoming one of my all-time favorites. To read more about it, see my To Get Her tag..




Black and White: the most anticipated drama on this list, B&W starts April 11th. It stars my all-time favorite drama actor (and one of the most gorgeous men I've ever seen) Vic Zhou. Also stars Marc Chao, Ivy Chen, and Kingone. It's a twisty dark tale of corruption, underworld, and false identities, centered around two very very different cops. I dare you to watch the English-subbed trailer long version or short version (here you can also watch English subbed clips) and not want to see this ASAP.

A lot of caps from the trailer )
dangermousie: (Mars kiss by scottishlass)
Love it or hate it, Boys Over Flowers (Korea) is ending, and East of Eden (Korea) just ended too. And Starlit (Taiwan) and Return of Iljimae (Korea) (both of which I am majorly behind in) are more than halfway through.

So, which dramas which catch my attention in the spring season? This is a list of what I will probably blabbing about (disclaimer: sometimes I get excited about an upcoming drama and don't like it (Japanese Hana Kimi) or don't even watch it (Cain and Abel). And sometimes a drama comes out of nowhere and grabs me like mad (Return of Iljimae)).

Anyway, what is the list?

JAPAN



(There is no pics from it yet, so have a Hanadan pic instead)

Smile: One of my most anticipated spring dramas, this starts on April 17th and stars one of dangermousie's biggest favorites Matsumoto Jun (Domyouji!!!!) and Aragaki Yui (who I am liking in My Boss My Hero). Plus, it's a romantic drama with a totally delicious ott plot: Bito is a half-Filipino whose father has died and mother has disappeared. Despite his misfortune and the issues he deals with, such as race, he lives his life positively with a constant smile. Similarly, Hana is a young woman living cheerfully despite losing her ability to speak due to an accident. But what gets me more excited than anything else is that it's the same screenwriter as the one for Hana Yori Dango 1/2 and Utahime, three of my all time favorite jdramas - all three are in Top 10. EEEEE!



Two upcoming Fujiki Naohito dramas, one about an unscrupulous (potentially criminal) beautician, Yako no Kaidan, which starts in April, and another a mystery/comedy called Ikemen Sobaya Tantei which starts April 4th. Because I adore Fujiki Naohito.

KOREA




Princess Ja Myung Go: airing every Monday and Tuesday, PJMG has already aired one episode. Which I watched and fell madly in love. A period drama about patriotism, power, betrayal and forbidden love, PJMG looks out of this world! It stars Jung Ryo Won, Park Min Young, and Jung Kyung Ho. The story starts near the end and unravels backwards: the proud kingdom of Nakrang has fallen, because its princess Ra Hee fell in love with enemy prince Hodong who used her and got her to betray her kingdom to him. But what really happened and how? And who is the mysterious Princess Ja Myung, Ra Hee's sister, the hope of the rebels...and Hodong's real love. Seriously, I watched the first ep and there are no words for how in love I am with this drama.

Lots of caps and meta, actually )

Cinderella Man: a bit of fluffy silliness never hurts, especially when it also has the hottie Kwon Sang Woo in a double role: as a poor street vendor and (what else) a rich executive. I bet hijunks will ensue.

TAIWAN



To Get Her: Four eps are out already - it airs once a week on Sunday. Starring huge dangermousie favorites Jiro Wang and Rainie Yang, this quirky, funny, and romantic tale of a manga-obsessed otaku and a washed out former idol is on track for becoming one of my all-time favorites. To read more about it, see my To Get Her tag..




Black and White: the most anticipated drama on this list, B&W starts April 11th. It stars my all-time favorite drama actor (and one of the most gorgeous men I've ever seen) Vic Zhou. Also stars Marc Chao, Ivy Chen, and Kingone. It's a twisty dark tale of corruption, underworld, and false identities, centered around two very very different cops. I dare you to watch the English-subbed trailer long version or short version (here you can also watch English subbed clips) and not want to see this ASAP.

A lot of caps from the trailer )
dangermousie: (Mars kiss by scottishlass)
Love it or hate it, Boys Over Flowers (Korea) is ending, and East of Eden (Korea) just ended too. And Starlit (Taiwan) and Return of Iljimae (Korea) (both of which I am majorly behind in) are more than halfway through.

So, which dramas which catch my attention in the spring season? This is a list of what I will probably blabbing about (disclaimer: sometimes I get excited about an upcoming drama and don't like it (Japanese Hana Kimi) or don't even watch it (Cain and Abel). And sometimes a drama comes out of nowhere and grabs me like mad (Return of Iljimae)).

Anyway, what is the list?

JAPAN



(There is no pics from it yet, so have a Hanadan pic instead)

Smile: One of my most anticipated spring dramas, this starts on April 17th and stars one of dangermousie's biggest favorites Matsumoto Jun (Domyouji!!!!) and Aragaki Yui (who I am liking in My Boss My Hero). Plus, it's a romantic drama with a totally delicious ott plot: Bito is a half-Filipino whose father has died and mother has disappeared. Despite his misfortune and the issues he deals with, such as race, he lives his life positively with a constant smile. Similarly, Hana is a young woman living cheerfully despite losing her ability to speak due to an accident. But what gets me more excited than anything else is that it's the same screenwriter as the one for Hana Yori Dango 1/2 and Utahime, three of my all time favorite jdramas - all three are in Top 10. EEEEE!



Two upcoming Fujiki Naohito dramas, one about an unscrupulous (potentially criminal) beautician, Yako no Kaidan, which starts in April, and another a mystery/comedy called Ikemen Sobaya Tantei which starts April 4th. Because I adore Fujiki Naohito.

KOREA




Princess Ja Myung Go: airing every Monday and Tuesday, PJMG has already aired one episode. Which I watched and fell madly in love. A period drama about patriotism, power, betrayal and forbidden love, PJMG looks out of this world! It stars Jung Ryo Won, Park Min Young, and Jung Kyung Ho. The story starts near the end and unravels backwards: the proud kingdom of Nakrang has fallen, because its princess Ra Hee fell in love with enemy prince Hodong who used her and got her to betray her kingdom to him. But what really happened and how? And who is the mysterious Princess Ja Myung, Ra Hee's sister, the hope of the rebels...and Hodong's real love. Seriously, I watched the first ep and there are no words for how in love I am with this drama.

Lots of caps and meta, actually )

Cinderella Man: a bit of fluffy silliness never hurts, especially when it also has the hottie Kwon Sang Woo in a double role: as a poor street vendor and (what else) a rich executive. I bet hijunks will ensue.

TAIWAN



To Get Her: Four eps are out already - it airs once a week on Sunday. Starring huge dangermousie favorites Jiro Wang and Rainie Yang, this quirky, funny, and romantic tale of a manga-obsessed otaku and a washed out former idol is on track for becoming one of my all-time favorites. To read more about it, see my To Get Her tag..




Black and White: the most anticipated drama on this list, B&W starts April 11th. It stars my all-time favorite drama actor (and one of the most gorgeous men I've ever seen) Vic Zhou. Also stars Marc Chao, Ivy Chen, and Kingone. It's a twisty dark tale of corruption, underworld, and false identities, centered around two very very different cops. I dare you to watch the English-subbed trailer long version or short version (here you can also watch English subbed clips) and not want to see this ASAP.

A lot of caps from the trailer )

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