dangermousie: (Meteor Garden: love by _eyecatcher_101)
Though it obviously won't be up for a couple more days with subs.

Viikii has that 6 minute trailer subbed and it's even more hyperventilationy with subs:

Here here here.

Also, it was too brief a glimpse for me to be sure, but is Vanness' Mom played by the lady who plaied Dao Ming Si's Mom in Meteor Garden? LOLOL - quite a niche :P
dangermousie: (Meteor Garden: love by _eyecatcher_101)
Though it obviously won't be up for a couple more days with subs.

Viikii has that 6 minute trailer subbed and it's even more hyperventilationy with subs:

Here here here.

Also, it was too brief a glimpse for me to be sure, but is Vanness' Mom played by the lady who plaied Dao Ming Si's Mom in Meteor Garden? LOLOL - quite a niche :P
dangermousie: (Meteor Garden: love by _eyecatcher_101)
Though it obviously won't be up for a couple more days with subs.

Viikii has that 6 minute trailer subbed and it's even more hyperventilationy with subs:

Here here here.

Also, it was too brief a glimpse for me to be sure, but is Vanness' Mom played by the lady who plaied Dao Ming Si's Mom in Meteor Garden? LOLOL - quite a niche :P
dangermousie: (Meteor Garden: sacrifice by alexandral)
Thank you, thank you, thank you, oh wonderful [livejournal.com profile] kitkat_cat!

If it wasn't for you, I would have never heard of Next Stop Happiness (a.k.a. Autumn Concerto), a Taiwanese drama starting this Sunday, and its epic angsty romanticness sounds so ridiculously like my thing, it's as if it's been made to order.

He is a rich boy from a dysfunctional family. She is an idealistic poor orphan. He makes a bet he can win her over, but this is a drama, and they fall in love. Chemistry and angst happens. She leaves him for his own good, without letting him know she is pregnant with his child, and years later, when she lives as a single mother with her son, he comes into their lives once again - only due to amnesia, he's forgotten her entirely. Where do they go from there...

THIS IS MADE FOR ME, YOU GUYS.

Did I mention that the leads are Vanness Wu (the hottie Mei Zuo from Meteor Garden, a.k.a. Taiwanese Akira) and Ady An (The Outsiders - one of my favorite actresses ever).

They look so good and so does this drama. Here is a trailer:



I defy you not to want to watch this - illnesses, evil family, amnesia, plucky children, hockey, OTP shielding, spoiled boys reformed by love and yummy suffering etc etc etc.

GIVE IT TO ME NOW NOW NOW NOW.

I love the F4 boys most when they do angsty love stories - Jerry Yan had Starlit (and MG itself was full of angst for him, mmmmm), Vic Zhou had Mars AND Silence. Now it's Vanness' turn! HEEEEEE.
dangermousie: (Meteor Garden: sacrifice by alexandral)
Thank you, thank you, thank you, oh wonderful [livejournal.com profile] kitkat_cat!

If it wasn't for you, I would have never heard of Next Stop Happiness (a.k.a. Autumn Concerto), a Taiwanese drama starting this Sunday, and its epic angsty romanticness sounds so ridiculously like my thing, it's as if it's been made to order.

He is a rich boy from a dysfunctional family. She is an idealistic poor orphan. He makes a bet he can win her over, but this is a drama, and they fall in love. Chemistry and angst happens. She leaves him for his own good, without letting him know she is pregnant with his child, and years later, when she lives as a single mother with her son, he comes into their lives once again - only due to amnesia, he's forgotten her entirely. Where do they go from there...

THIS IS MADE FOR ME, YOU GUYS.

Did I mention that the leads are Vanness Wu (the hottie Mei Zuo from Meteor Garden, a.k.a. Taiwanese Akira) and Ady An (The Outsiders - one of my favorite actresses ever).

They look so good and so does this drama. Here is a trailer:



I defy you not to want to watch this - illnesses, evil family, amnesia, plucky children, hockey, OTP shielding, spoiled boys reformed by love and yummy suffering etc etc etc.

GIVE IT TO ME NOW NOW NOW NOW.

I love the F4 boys most when they do angsty love stories - Jerry Yan had Starlit (and MG itself was full of angst for him, mmmmm), Vic Zhou had Mars AND Silence. Now it's Vanness' turn! HEEEEEE.
dangermousie: (Meteor Garden: sacrifice by alexandral)
Thank you, thank you, thank you, oh wonderful [livejournal.com profile] kitkat_cat!

If it wasn't for you, I would have never heard of Next Stop Happiness (a.k.a. Autumn Concerto), a Taiwanese drama starting this Sunday, and its epic angsty romanticness sounds so ridiculously like my thing, it's as if it's been made to order.

He is a rich boy from a dysfunctional family. She is an idealistic poor orphan. He makes a bet he can win her over, but this is a drama, and they fall in love. Chemistry and angst happens. She leaves him for his own good, without letting him know she is pregnant with his child, and years later, when she lives as a single mother with her son, he comes into their lives once again - only due to amnesia, he's forgotten her entirely. Where do they go from there...

THIS IS MADE FOR ME, YOU GUYS.

Did I mention that the leads are Vanness Wu (the hottie Mei Zuo from Meteor Garden, a.k.a. Taiwanese Akira) and Ady An (The Outsiders - one of my favorite actresses ever).

They look so good and so does this drama. Here is a trailer:



I defy you not to want to watch this - illnesses, evil family, amnesia, plucky children, hockey, OTP shielding, spoiled boys reformed by love and yummy suffering etc etc etc.

GIVE IT TO ME NOW NOW NOW NOW.

I love the F4 boys most when they do angsty love stories - Jerry Yan had Starlit (and MG itself was full of angst for him, mmmmm), Vic Zhou had Mars AND Silence. Now it's Vanness' turn! HEEEEEE.
dangermousie: (Meteor Garden: love by _eyecatcher_101)
Both Meteor Garden and Hana Yori Dango are based on the same manga, Hana Yori Dango ('Boys Over Flowers', apparently the biggest-selling shoujo manga ever), and is the story of a strong-willed poor gal heroine and dorky and arrogant rich guy hero. I am sure I could sum it up more, but chances of you actually having me friended and yet knowing nothing about Hanadan in all its iterations are pretty slim.

MG is a Taiwanese drama adaptation and Hanadan is, of course, the Japanese one. Both were hugely successful when they came out (MG was first and started the whole F4 craze), and rightly so. A lot of people prefer the Japanese version, and it's wonderful: well-acted, with a budget the GDP of a small country etc.

But I am one of the people who, much as I love Hanadan, prefer Meteor Garden. MG is not just one of my Top 10 dramas of any country, it's also one of my comfort dramas: whenever I need a pick-me-up, I always can rely on a bit from MG to make me feel better. It was only my second drama and I adored it to bits, but it holds up so wonderfully on rewatch too.

So why do I prefer MG?

1. Inoue Mao who plays Makino in the Japanese version is a darling, but Barbie Hsu, who plays the Taiwanese equivalent Shan Cai, is my favorite drama actress ever.
2. I prefer the story to be set in college and not high school
3. There is no doubt the Japanese F4 boys are actors who range from decent to really good but...F4 are supposed to be super hot and I think the Taiwanese ones are way hotter. They fit my mental image of F4 to a tee, not the same with Hanadan boys. I grew to love them anyway but still...I mean, you'd never beat the combined hotness of Jerry Yan, Vic Zhou, Ken Chu and Vanness Wu. Seriously.
4. Is Matsumoto Jun (Domyouji) a better actor than Jerry Yan (the Taiwanese equivalent)? Yes. But Jerry Yan with his broad shoulders, dimples and height makes me weak in the knees like I am a silly teenybopper...(there are rumors he might star in a Taiwanese adaptation of Skip-Beat as Ren. If that happens, I would die of glee).
5. BIGGEST REASON: the script. MG is very very faithful to the manga. It's basically a very good, straightforward adaptation. The Japanese version takes a lot of liberties and is very loosely based on it. Which is fine, but since I am the manga story fangirl, I much much prefer the original story :)
6. The ANGST. Oh, the yummy angst.
7. It's longer so it has more time to develop the characters...I like that.

So yes, this is all a very long-winded way to say that while I love the Japanese adaptation with mad love, I adore Meteor Garden even more!

Here is a totally adorable cute OTP mv for MG. I dare you not to think it's super cute:

dangermousie: (Meteor Garden: love by _eyecatcher_101)
Both Meteor Garden and Hana Yori Dango are based on the same manga, Hana Yori Dango ('Boys Over Flowers', apparently the biggest-selling shoujo manga ever), and is the story of a strong-willed poor gal heroine and dorky and arrogant rich guy hero. I am sure I could sum it up more, but chances of you actually having me friended and yet knowing nothing about Hanadan in all its iterations are pretty slim.

MG is a Taiwanese drama adaptation and Hanadan is, of course, the Japanese one. Both were hugely successful when they came out (MG was first and started the whole F4 craze), and rightly so. A lot of people prefer the Japanese version, and it's wonderful: well-acted, with a budget the GDP of a small country etc.

But I am one of the people who, much as I love Hanadan, prefer Meteor Garden. MG is not just one of my Top 10 dramas of any country, it's also one of my comfort dramas: whenever I need a pick-me-up, I always can rely on a bit from MG to make me feel better. It was only my second drama and I adored it to bits, but it holds up so wonderfully on rewatch too.

So why do I prefer MG?

1. Inoue Mao who plays Makino in the Japanese version is a darling, but Barbie Hsu, who plays the Taiwanese equivalent Shan Cai, is my favorite drama actress ever.
2. I prefer the story to be set in college and not high school
3. There is no doubt the Japanese F4 boys are actors who range from decent to really good but...F4 are supposed to be super hot and I think the Taiwanese ones are way hotter. They fit my mental image of F4 to a tee, not the same with Hanadan boys. I grew to love them anyway but still...I mean, you'd never beat the combined hotness of Jerry Yan, Vic Zhou, Ken Chu and Vanness Wu. Seriously.
4. Is Matsumoto Jun (Domyouji) a better actor than Jerry Yan (the Taiwanese equivalent)? Yes. But Jerry Yan with his broad shoulders, dimples and height makes me weak in the knees like I am a silly teenybopper...(there are rumors he might star in a Taiwanese adaptation of Skip-Beat as Ren. If that happens, I would die of glee).
5. BIGGEST REASON: the script. MG is very very faithful to the manga. It's basically a very good, straightforward adaptation. The Japanese version takes a lot of liberties and is very loosely based on it. Which is fine, but since I am the manga story fangirl, I much much prefer the original story :)
6. The ANGST. Oh, the yummy angst.
7. It's longer so it has more time to develop the characters...I like that.

So yes, this is all a very long-winded way to say that while I love the Japanese adaptation with mad love, I adore Meteor Garden even more!

Here is a totally adorable cute OTP mv for MG. I dare you not to think it's super cute:

dangermousie: (Meteor Garden: love by _eyecatcher_101)
Both Meteor Garden and Hana Yori Dango are based on the same manga, Hana Yori Dango ('Boys Over Flowers', apparently the biggest-selling shoujo manga ever), and is the story of a strong-willed poor gal heroine and dorky and arrogant rich guy hero. I am sure I could sum it up more, but chances of you actually having me friended and yet knowing nothing about Hanadan in all its iterations are pretty slim.

MG is a Taiwanese drama adaptation and Hanadan is, of course, the Japanese one. Both were hugely successful when they came out (MG was first and started the whole F4 craze), and rightly so. A lot of people prefer the Japanese version, and it's wonderful: well-acted, with a budget the GDP of a small country etc.

But I am one of the people who, much as I love Hanadan, prefer Meteor Garden. MG is not just one of my Top 10 dramas of any country, it's also one of my comfort dramas: whenever I need a pick-me-up, I always can rely on a bit from MG to make me feel better. It was only my second drama and I adored it to bits, but it holds up so wonderfully on rewatch too.

So why do I prefer MG?

1. Inoue Mao who plays Makino in the Japanese version is a darling, but Barbie Hsu, who plays the Taiwanese equivalent Shan Cai, is my favorite drama actress ever.
2. I prefer the story to be set in college and not high school
3. There is no doubt the Japanese F4 boys are actors who range from decent to really good but...F4 are supposed to be super hot and I think the Taiwanese ones are way hotter. They fit my mental image of F4 to a tee, not the same with Hanadan boys. I grew to love them anyway but still...I mean, you'd never beat the combined hotness of Jerry Yan, Vic Zhou, Ken Chu and Vanness Wu. Seriously.
4. Is Matsumoto Jun (Domyouji) a better actor than Jerry Yan (the Taiwanese equivalent)? Yes. But Jerry Yan with his broad shoulders, dimples and height makes me weak in the knees like I am a silly teenybopper...(there are rumors he might star in a Taiwanese adaptation of Skip-Beat as Ren. If that happens, I would die of glee).
5. BIGGEST REASON: the script. MG is very very faithful to the manga. It's basically a very good, straightforward adaptation. The Japanese version takes a lot of liberties and is very loosely based on it. Which is fine, but since I am the manga story fangirl, I much much prefer the original story :)
6. The ANGST. Oh, the yummy angst.
7. It's longer so it has more time to develop the characters...I like that.

So yes, this is all a very long-winded way to say that while I love the Japanese adaptation with mad love, I adore Meteor Garden even more!

Here is a totally adorable cute OTP mv for MG. I dare you not to think it's super cute:

dangermousie: (Goong otp horizontal by syliasyliasylia)
Oh.

Gosh, I love this drama.

If gorgeous angst was currency, these people would be richer than Bill Gates.

Loveholic thoughts, eps 5-9 )

And because I've been thinking about Goong lately (unlike a lot of dramas which I love when I watch but then fade, I love it more and more as time passes), and the link I posted before has expired, here is a MV to my favorite ever Goong MV (youtube has hundreds). Actually it's probably my favorite drama MV period (there is a Mars one that might compete). Well, actually to be more correct, it's a Shin/Chae-Gyung mv (and the shippy scenes not the funny ones) as I don't think you could tell from it there are other people in the drama. But when there is Shin/CG I don't really notice other characters either.

MV reposted )

In other drama news, I am amused to note that I got my DVD of Smiling Pasta (Chinese/Malay/English subs. The subs are a bit pidgin but understandable. I'll see whether my dislike for watching on the computer is stronger than my liking for perfect subs) and they included some postcards of the F4 as well as a Jerry Yan postcard and a Vanness postcard. Yay :D
dangermousie: (Goong otp horizontal by syliasyliasylia)
Oh.

Gosh, I love this drama.

If gorgeous angst was currency, these people would be richer than Bill Gates.

Loveholic thoughts, eps 5-9 )

And because I've been thinking about Goong lately (unlike a lot of dramas which I love when I watch but then fade, I love it more and more as time passes), and the link I posted before has expired, here is a MV to my favorite ever Goong MV (youtube has hundreds). Actually it's probably my favorite drama MV period (there is a Mars one that might compete). Well, actually to be more correct, it's a Shin/Chae-Gyung mv (and the shippy scenes not the funny ones) as I don't think you could tell from it there are other people in the drama. But when there is Shin/CG I don't really notice other characters either.

MV reposted )

In other drama news, I am amused to note that I got my DVD of Smiling Pasta (Chinese/Malay/English subs. The subs are a bit pidgin but understandable. I'll see whether my dislike for watching on the computer is stronger than my liking for perfect subs) and they included some postcards of the F4 as well as a Jerry Yan postcard and a Vanness postcard. Yay :D
dangermousie: (Goong otp horizontal by syliasyliasylia)
Oh.

Gosh, I love this drama.

If gorgeous angst was currency, these people would be richer than Bill Gates.

Loveholic thoughts, eps 5-9 )

And because I've been thinking about Goong lately (unlike a lot of dramas which I love when I watch but then fade, I love it more and more as time passes), and the link I posted before has expired, here is a MV to my favorite ever Goong MV (youtube has hundreds). Actually it's probably my favorite drama MV period (there is a Mars one that might compete). Well, actually to be more correct, it's a Shin/Chae-Gyung mv (and the shippy scenes not the funny ones) as I don't think you could tell from it there are other people in the drama. But when there is Shin/CG I don't really notice other characters either.

MV reposted )

In other drama news, I am amused to note that I got my DVD of Smiling Pasta (Chinese/Malay/English subs. The subs are a bit pidgin but understandable. I'll see whether my dislike for watching on the computer is stronger than my liking for perfect subs) and they included some postcards of the F4 as well as a Jerry Yan postcard and a Vanness postcard. Yay :D
dangermousie: (Silence Vic by scottishlass)
Yes, today is photo-heavy day.

But I dare you to object considering I bring you pictures of the scarily gorgeous Vic Zhou (or Chou, I've seen it spelled both ways), member of F4, star of my favorite drama of all time Mars (and Silence and Meteor Garden and the upcoming Delicious Relationship), and generally a very hot Taiwanese actor/singer/[livejournal.com profile] dangermousie's favorite.



YUM.

Gorgeousness in pictures here )
dangermousie: (Silence Vic by scottishlass)
Yes, today is photo-heavy day.

But I dare you to object considering I bring you pictures of the scarily gorgeous Vic Zhou (or Chou, I've seen it spelled both ways), member of F4, star of my favorite drama of all time Mars (and Silence and Meteor Garden and the upcoming Delicious Relationship), and generally a very hot Taiwanese actor/singer/[livejournal.com profile] dangermousie's favorite.



YUM.

Gorgeousness in pictures here )
dangermousie: (Silence Vic by scottishlass)
Yes, today is photo-heavy day.

But I dare you to object considering I bring you pictures of the scarily gorgeous Vic Zhou (or Chou, I've seen it spelled both ways), member of F4, star of my favorite drama of all time Mars (and Silence and Meteor Garden and the upcoming Delicious Relationship), and generally a very hot Taiwanese actor/singer/[livejournal.com profile] dangermousie's favorite.



YUM.

Gorgeousness in pictures here )
dangermousie: (Meteor Garden: defiance by alexandral)
I am going away for a week and am taking (in addition to Farscape) Nobuta Wo Produce, Boku Dake No Madonna, Nana (the anime) and Magicians of Love. At the very least. Since I am going to have internet DSL in my room, you can expect a lot of posts on those, for good or ill :D

In other news, no more Hana Yori Dango promos for me before going to bed. Last night I had the weirdest dream since I was a little kid (when I dreamt I was being interrogated by a giant grasshopper). I dreamt the JE (a Japanese media giant) was actually run by aliens who used all their boyband activities as a cover for the fact that they secretly ran dwarf mines under the earth’s surface. What are dwarf mines? No idea. Not only that, but apparently the boybands are part of their nefarious plan as JE has coded subliminal training and messages in the songs so at a certain time, at a given signal, those messages will activate and all the humans will become zombies working in the dwarf mines. Yeah. I think what’s the most bizarre thing about this is that I have never seen a single JE band performance, and I haven’t heard a single JE group song unless it played in the closing/opening credits of a drama (a la Arashi’s Wish in HYD).

In my HYD/MG fever, I have also been watching Dao Ming Si’s part of Meteor Rain. (I’ve seen the other two parts a while back but never got around to DMS’ story because it was so freaking long: 2 hours!)

I am about halfway in and am pleased to note I am enjoying myself.

More specifically, the following things amuse me (Should I cut? Is there anyone on my flist who plans to watch this who hasn’t? Oh well, this isn’t spoilery anyway):

1. I am amused at the fact that even in this little ‘outtakes from MG’ story, poor Dao Ming Si gets a whole heap of angst and hurt/comfort. Nowhere near Meteor Garden levels, but then this thing is only two hours long so there’s only so much they could stuff in there. There is just no luck for that boy, huh? Of course, they definitely know their target demographic as I am slurping it all up with a spoon.

2. Even after two days wounded/sweaty/feverish/unconscious, I am pleased to announce that his hair is as flippy and gorgeous as ever. That’s some awesome shampoo.

3. And that brings me to the hair. Or actually, hair continuity. I am most amused at the fact that even though this is set 2-3 years before the start of Meteor Garden, DMS’ hair is that nice layered cut from the later part of MG, and not the horrifying manga hair of the first few eps (which he supposedly couldn’t do anything about!). No explanation given, either. Considering this is a story which is fixated on how yummy Jerry Yan looks while acting wounded and angsty, and rocking the white shirt and jeans, I can’t say I blame TPTB as that manga hair made me want to poke my eyes out with a rusty fork.

4. Dao Ming Si interacting with the adorable mute girl moppet? Is LOVE. Especially when she makes him do stuff. Because he is like 12 feet tall and is on the run for supposedly killing/almost killing someone (and he did almost beat the guy to death) but here he is getting bossed by this six year old with pigtails. Heeeeee. It’s not necessarily logical or anything, but see point number 3. This isn’t about plot, is it? And once again, they know their target demo because I SQUEE. The girl’s father is crazy though. He tells DMS he doesn’t mind him (this total stranger they found wounded on the beach) to stay in his house because he has nothing worth stealing, but he is totally OK leaving his six year old mute daughter with this guy he knows nothing about? OTOH, I guess it’s not like DMS can run anywhere :D

Of course, this made me think of Shan Cai and DMS having kids of their own and it’s a pretty terrifying thought because they’d be the most insane parents. Heeeee. Their kid will either grow up to be a total battleaxe or just think his parents are insane.

5. Did I mention the hotness? Because YES.

And that made me go look for Jerry Yan pics.

So here they are.



More pictures behind cut )
dangermousie: (Meteor Garden: defiance by alexandral)
I am going away for a week and am taking (in addition to Farscape) Nobuta Wo Produce, Boku Dake No Madonna, Nana (the anime) and Magicians of Love. At the very least. Since I am going to have internet DSL in my room, you can expect a lot of posts on those, for good or ill :D

In other news, no more Hana Yori Dango promos for me before going to bed. Last night I had the weirdest dream since I was a little kid (when I dreamt I was being interrogated by a giant grasshopper). I dreamt the JE (a Japanese media giant) was actually run by aliens who used all their boyband activities as a cover for the fact that they secretly ran dwarf mines under the earth’s surface. What are dwarf mines? No idea. Not only that, but apparently the boybands are part of their nefarious plan as JE has coded subliminal training and messages in the songs so at a certain time, at a given signal, those messages will activate and all the humans will become zombies working in the dwarf mines. Yeah. I think what’s the most bizarre thing about this is that I have never seen a single JE band performance, and I haven’t heard a single JE group song unless it played in the closing/opening credits of a drama (a la Arashi’s Wish in HYD).

In my HYD/MG fever, I have also been watching Dao Ming Si’s part of Meteor Rain. (I’ve seen the other two parts a while back but never got around to DMS’ story because it was so freaking long: 2 hours!)

I am about halfway in and am pleased to note I am enjoying myself.

More specifically, the following things amuse me (Should I cut? Is there anyone on my flist who plans to watch this who hasn’t? Oh well, this isn’t spoilery anyway):

1. I am amused at the fact that even in this little ‘outtakes from MG’ story, poor Dao Ming Si gets a whole heap of angst and hurt/comfort. Nowhere near Meteor Garden levels, but then this thing is only two hours long so there’s only so much they could stuff in there. There is just no luck for that boy, huh? Of course, they definitely know their target demographic as I am slurping it all up with a spoon.

2. Even after two days wounded/sweaty/feverish/unconscious, I am pleased to announce that his hair is as flippy and gorgeous as ever. That’s some awesome shampoo.

3. And that brings me to the hair. Or actually, hair continuity. I am most amused at the fact that even though this is set 2-3 years before the start of Meteor Garden, DMS’ hair is that nice layered cut from the later part of MG, and not the horrifying manga hair of the first few eps (which he supposedly couldn’t do anything about!). No explanation given, either. Considering this is a story which is fixated on how yummy Jerry Yan looks while acting wounded and angsty, and rocking the white shirt and jeans, I can’t say I blame TPTB as that manga hair made me want to poke my eyes out with a rusty fork.

4. Dao Ming Si interacting with the adorable mute girl moppet? Is LOVE. Especially when she makes him do stuff. Because he is like 12 feet tall and is on the run for supposedly killing/almost killing someone (and he did almost beat the guy to death) but here he is getting bossed by this six year old with pigtails. Heeeeee. It’s not necessarily logical or anything, but see point number 3. This isn’t about plot, is it? And once again, they know their target demo because I SQUEE. The girl’s father is crazy though. He tells DMS he doesn’t mind him (this total stranger they found wounded on the beach) to stay in his house because he has nothing worth stealing, but he is totally OK leaving his six year old mute daughter with this guy he knows nothing about? OTOH, I guess it’s not like DMS can run anywhere :D

Of course, this made me think of Shan Cai and DMS having kids of their own and it’s a pretty terrifying thought because they’d be the most insane parents. Heeeee. Their kid will either grow up to be a total battleaxe or just think his parents are insane.

5. Did I mention the hotness? Because YES.

And that made me go look for Jerry Yan pics.

So here they are.



More pictures behind cut )
dangermousie: (Meteor Garden: defiance by alexandral)
I am going away for a week and am taking (in addition to Farscape) Nobuta Wo Produce, Boku Dake No Madonna, Nana (the anime) and Magicians of Love. At the very least. Since I am going to have internet DSL in my room, you can expect a lot of posts on those, for good or ill :D

In other news, no more Hana Yori Dango promos for me before going to bed. Last night I had the weirdest dream since I was a little kid (when I dreamt I was being interrogated by a giant grasshopper). I dreamt the JE (a Japanese media giant) was actually run by aliens who used all their boyband activities as a cover for the fact that they secretly ran dwarf mines under the earth’s surface. What are dwarf mines? No idea. Not only that, but apparently the boybands are part of their nefarious plan as JE has coded subliminal training and messages in the songs so at a certain time, at a given signal, those messages will activate and all the humans will become zombies working in the dwarf mines. Yeah. I think what’s the most bizarre thing about this is that I have never seen a single JE band performance, and I haven’t heard a single JE group song unless it played in the closing/opening credits of a drama (a la Arashi’s Wish in HYD).

In my HYD/MG fever, I have also been watching Dao Ming Si’s part of Meteor Rain. (I’ve seen the other two parts a while back but never got around to DMS’ story because it was so freaking long: 2 hours!)

I am about halfway in and am pleased to note I am enjoying myself.

More specifically, the following things amuse me (Should I cut? Is there anyone on my flist who plans to watch this who hasn’t? Oh well, this isn’t spoilery anyway):

1. I am amused at the fact that even in this little ‘outtakes from MG’ story, poor Dao Ming Si gets a whole heap of angst and hurt/comfort. Nowhere near Meteor Garden levels, but then this thing is only two hours long so there’s only so much they could stuff in there. There is just no luck for that boy, huh? Of course, they definitely know their target demographic as I am slurping it all up with a spoon.

2. Even after two days wounded/sweaty/feverish/unconscious, I am pleased to announce that his hair is as flippy and gorgeous as ever. That’s some awesome shampoo.

3. And that brings me to the hair. Or actually, hair continuity. I am most amused at the fact that even though this is set 2-3 years before the start of Meteor Garden, DMS’ hair is that nice layered cut from the later part of MG, and not the horrifying manga hair of the first few eps (which he supposedly couldn’t do anything about!). No explanation given, either. Considering this is a story which is fixated on how yummy Jerry Yan looks while acting wounded and angsty, and rocking the white shirt and jeans, I can’t say I blame TPTB as that manga hair made me want to poke my eyes out with a rusty fork.

4. Dao Ming Si interacting with the adorable mute girl moppet? Is LOVE. Especially when she makes him do stuff. Because he is like 12 feet tall and is on the run for supposedly killing/almost killing someone (and he did almost beat the guy to death) but here he is getting bossed by this six year old with pigtails. Heeeeee. It’s not necessarily logical or anything, but see point number 3. This isn’t about plot, is it? And once again, they know their target demo because I SQUEE. The girl’s father is crazy though. He tells DMS he doesn’t mind him (this total stranger they found wounded on the beach) to stay in his house because he has nothing worth stealing, but he is totally OK leaving his six year old mute daughter with this guy he knows nothing about? OTOH, I guess it’s not like DMS can run anywhere :D

Of course, this made me think of Shan Cai and DMS having kids of their own and it’s a pretty terrifying thought because they’d be the most insane parents. Heeeee. Their kid will either grow up to be a total battleaxe or just think his parents are insane.

5. Did I mention the hotness? Because YES.

And that made me go look for Jerry Yan pics.

So here they are.



More pictures behind cut )
dangermousie: (Kurosagi: Tsurara by cherishcolors)
I keep trying to pick which dorama to watch next, but when I look at the ones I think would be fun, I don't feel super-enthusiastic somehow.

And then I realized that the reason why I was dissatsfied with my choices was because what I really wanted to watch is Vic Zhou being hot and angsty and awesome.

Of course, that is not super-helpful because if I start Mars I will not emerge for a week, at the end of which you'll find me crying and smiling at the same time with bags under my eyes the size of a small country. And ditto for Meteor Garden though there I am all about Jerry Yan. And most importantly, I've seen both of those repeatedly. There is also Silence but I confess I can't bear to watch the angst, knowing there won't be a happy ending.

And hence my dilemma. Heeeelp, I feel desperate enough to pull out Meteor Garden 2 even though I know it's a Bad. Idea.

But yeah, even though one of the things I love about doramas is the overabundance of gorgeous men, Vic Zhou (or Chou or whichever way you spell it) is still my favorite.

Vic Zhou pics )

Here is a scene from Love Storm that made me desperate to track it down:



Of course, looking at those pics isn't helping any as it's giving me a mad desire to watch Love Storm. I believe [livejournal.com profile] kitsune714 when she says it's lackluster, but it's Vic...with floppy hair! What can I say, I am amazingly shallow.

Pics from Love Storm )

I've decided it should be the law that every other drama out there should star either Vic Zhou, Mike He, Jerry Yan, or Joe Cheng. The other half should star Takki, Kame, Kimura Takuya or those Korean guys I've been discovering lately.

In other news, I finished The Duelist and I am obsessed. That scene where Sad Eyes throws away his scabbard because that's something that is used for defense and somewhere you put the sword into once you are done, so he doesn't expect to either defend himself or to ever put the sword back again? Wow.

That final fight between him and Namsoon is the most beautiful thing on film I've ever seen. EVER. And I loved her running into the entertainment district, looking for him, desperate because she wants him to deny he did all those killings and the way he looks at her with that amazing tenderness. Or the last meeting they have prior to the raid where he gives her the Minister's book and he is smiling and it's just...kiss already! But what do you think the ending means? Did he die? Did she? What does the very end at the marketplace mean? And how is it connected to the swordfight? Any thoughts?

I posted a whole bunch of The Duelist images here. Together with Rain, Lee Dong-Wook, and Lee Jun Ki, I now must see everything Kang Don-Won has ever been in. He is just all lithe grace in The Duelist, sort of like (if I felt like being baroque in my descriptions), a fallen angel...

I am actually quite interested in seeing Magic, a dorama he was in, but it's unsubbed. Booo. I do think I'll get my hands on the movie Temptation of Wolves which sounds awesomely angsty-shoujo. Fighting! Star-Crossed Romance! Beutiful Boys! Incestual Love Confessions! Gotta love Korean stuff!
dangermousie: (Kurosagi: Tsurara by cherishcolors)
I keep trying to pick which dorama to watch next, but when I look at the ones I think would be fun, I don't feel super-enthusiastic somehow.

And then I realized that the reason why I was dissatsfied with my choices was because what I really wanted to watch is Vic Zhou being hot and angsty and awesome.

Of course, that is not super-helpful because if I start Mars I will not emerge for a week, at the end of which you'll find me crying and smiling at the same time with bags under my eyes the size of a small country. And ditto for Meteor Garden though there I am all about Jerry Yan. And most importantly, I've seen both of those repeatedly. There is also Silence but I confess I can't bear to watch the angst, knowing there won't be a happy ending.

And hence my dilemma. Heeeelp, I feel desperate enough to pull out Meteor Garden 2 even though I know it's a Bad. Idea.

But yeah, even though one of the things I love about doramas is the overabundance of gorgeous men, Vic Zhou (or Chou or whichever way you spell it) is still my favorite.

Vic Zhou pics )

Here is a scene from Love Storm that made me desperate to track it down:



Of course, looking at those pics isn't helping any as it's giving me a mad desire to watch Love Storm. I believe [livejournal.com profile] kitsune714 when she says it's lackluster, but it's Vic...with floppy hair! What can I say, I am amazingly shallow.

Pics from Love Storm )

I've decided it should be the law that every other drama out there should star either Vic Zhou, Mike He, Jerry Yan, or Joe Cheng. The other half should star Takki, Kame, Kimura Takuya or those Korean guys I've been discovering lately.

In other news, I finished The Duelist and I am obsessed. That scene where Sad Eyes throws away his scabbard because that's something that is used for defense and somewhere you put the sword into once you are done, so he doesn't expect to either defend himself or to ever put the sword back again? Wow.

That final fight between him and Namsoon is the most beautiful thing on film I've ever seen. EVER. And I loved her running into the entertainment district, looking for him, desperate because she wants him to deny he did all those killings and the way he looks at her with that amazing tenderness. Or the last meeting they have prior to the raid where he gives her the Minister's book and he is smiling and it's just...kiss already! But what do you think the ending means? Did he die? Did she? What does the very end at the marketplace mean? And how is it connected to the swordfight? Any thoughts?

I posted a whole bunch of The Duelist images here. Together with Rain, Lee Dong-Wook, and Lee Jun Ki, I now must see everything Kang Don-Won has ever been in. He is just all lithe grace in The Duelist, sort of like (if I felt like being baroque in my descriptions), a fallen angel...

I am actually quite interested in seeing Magic, a dorama he was in, but it's unsubbed. Booo. I do think I'll get my hands on the movie Temptation of Wolves which sounds awesomely angsty-shoujo. Fighting! Star-Crossed Romance! Beutiful Boys! Incestual Love Confessions! Gotta love Korean stuff!

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