dangermousie: (PMK: Yamanami/Akesato by psychodragon82)


I actually metaed most of what I wanted to about ep 3 in the previous post, so this is a jumble of a few additional thoughts and a few images from episode 3, 4/preview for 5.

Is there logic in this? Not really.

The secret of man's being is not only to live but to have something to live for. )
dangermousie: (PMK: Yamanami/Akesato by psychodragon82)


I actually metaed most of what I wanted to about ep 3 in the previous post, so this is a jumble of a few additional thoughts and a few images from episode 3, 4/preview for 5.

Is there logic in this? Not really.

The secret of man's being is not only to live but to have something to live for. )
dangermousie: (PMK: Yamanami/Akesato by psychodragon82)


I actually metaed most of what I wanted to about ep 3 in the previous post, so this is a jumble of a few additional thoughts and a few images from episode 3, 4/preview for 5.

Is there logic in this? Not really.

The secret of man's being is not only to live but to have something to live for. )
dangermousie: (Chuno - bw by alexandral)


(You can find my posts on eps 1 and 2 by clicking the 'friend' tag). I apologize in advance for covering only the first half of the episode in this post. I am very swamped and this is very time-consuming. But I couldn't go to sleep without posting about at least half of the ep.

Long long long and verrrrry long meta )

I sincerely hope someone reads this as it took me two hours to do (which is why I only commented on half an episode).

In conclusion, those who were waiting for blobless edition - there is no blob in this ep!!!
dangermousie: (Chuno - bw by alexandral)


(You can find my posts on eps 1 and 2 by clicking the 'friend' tag). I apologize in advance for covering only the first half of the episode in this post. I am very swamped and this is very time-consuming. But I couldn't go to sleep without posting about at least half of the ep.

Long long long and verrrrry long meta )

I sincerely hope someone reads this as it took me two hours to do (which is why I only commented on half an episode).

In conclusion, those who were waiting for blobless edition - there is no blob in this ep!!!
dangermousie: (Chuno - bw by alexandral)


(You can find my posts on eps 1 and 2 by clicking the 'friend' tag). I apologize in advance for covering only the first half of the episode in this post. I am very swamped and this is very time-consuming. But I couldn't go to sleep without posting about at least half of the ep.

Long long long and verrrrry long meta )

I sincerely hope someone reads this as it took me two hours to do (which is why I only commented on half an episode).

In conclusion, those who were waiting for blobless edition - there is no blob in this ep!!!
dangermousie: (Default)
I realized that while I watched it, I never properly posted about Friend Our Legend even though it entered my Top 10. FOL is a criminally underrated drama - the fact that it's a bleak story of innocence thrown away, dissolution of friendship and love, and loss of humanity probably did not help. It is. after all, a story about four male friends (and one special woman) set in the mafia underworld.

Still, it's gorgeously shot, sharply written, and impeccably acted (Hyun Bin is unbelievable in this) and deserves to be better known. I am going to do my little part by doing episode analyses/caps/recaps.

I won't start until Monday and will try to do an ep a day.

But for now, have this gorgeous, general, official FOL MV:

dangermousie: (Default)
I realized that while I watched it, I never properly posted about Friend Our Legend even though it entered my Top 10. FOL is a criminally underrated drama - the fact that it's a bleak story of innocence thrown away, dissolution of friendship and love, and loss of humanity probably did not help. It is. after all, a story about four male friends (and one special woman) set in the mafia underworld.

Still, it's gorgeously shot, sharply written, and impeccably acted (Hyun Bin is unbelievable in this) and deserves to be better known. I am going to do my little part by doing episode analyses/caps/recaps.

I won't start until Monday and will try to do an ep a day.

But for now, have this gorgeous, general, official FOL MV:

dangermousie: (Default)
I realized that while I watched it, I never properly posted about Friend Our Legend even though it entered my Top 10. FOL is a criminally underrated drama - the fact that it's a bleak story of innocence thrown away, dissolution of friendship and love, and loss of humanity probably did not help. It is. after all, a story about four male friends (and one special woman) set in the mafia underworld.

Still, it's gorgeously shot, sharply written, and impeccably acted (Hyun Bin is unbelievable in this) and deserves to be better known. I am going to do my little part by doing episode analyses/caps/recaps.

I won't start until Monday and will try to do an ep a day.

But for now, have this gorgeous, general, official FOL MV:

dangermousie: (Chuno - hanbok)


I know I have posted about the period gangster saga Friend Our Legend occasionally but I have never done proper episode reviews or recaps.



Well, I am snowed in and I have never finished the drama (there was so much going on with it that I couldn't do my usual trick and fast-forward or do something else while watching. Not to mention it was emotionally exhausting) so I have embarked on a completion/rewatch - it has been some time since I saw the earlier episodes so I decided not just to complete the remaining episodes but to go back and rewatch from the start. Or namely, from ep 2 as I have rewatched ep 1 previously.



In case you are not aware, Friend is a 20-ep drama adaptation of a famous movie of the same name, done by the same director/writer as the movie. It is set in the 1980s-1991 and stars Hyun Bin, Kim Min Joon, Seo Do Young and others as small-town childhood friends torn apart by the Mob rivalries.



Everyone acts wonderfully in it, but the drama belongs to Hyun Bin (in a heart-breaking arc of a lonely, desperately gentle soul progressing to fully blown killer psycho) and Kim Min Joon (as his former best friend, now deadly rival. I knew Hyun Bin could be amazing, but I did not know Kim Min Joon could be). The story loops in a non-linear fashion, starting out with a mob hit - Hyun Bin's character is stabbed to death and Kim Min Joon is prosecuted for it. Only the irony of ironies is - KMJ was planning a hit on him but he never had a chance to carry it out - someone else did it instead. And from then on it loops back into childhood and adolescence and the story which brought the two best friends to this point.



In addition to everything, the drama is so gorgeously shot. It looks like a movie.

Episode 2, summary in caps )
dangermousie: (Chuno - hanbok)


I know I have posted about the period gangster saga Friend Our Legend occasionally but I have never done proper episode reviews or recaps.



Well, I am snowed in and I have never finished the drama (there was so much going on with it that I couldn't do my usual trick and fast-forward or do something else while watching. Not to mention it was emotionally exhausting) so I have embarked on a completion/rewatch - it has been some time since I saw the earlier episodes so I decided not just to complete the remaining episodes but to go back and rewatch from the start. Or namely, from ep 2 as I have rewatched ep 1 previously.



In case you are not aware, Friend is a 20-ep drama adaptation of a famous movie of the same name, done by the same director/writer as the movie. It is set in the 1980s-1991 and stars Hyun Bin, Kim Min Joon, Seo Do Young and others as small-town childhood friends torn apart by the Mob rivalries.



Everyone acts wonderfully in it, but the drama belongs to Hyun Bin (in a heart-breaking arc of a lonely, desperately gentle soul progressing to fully blown killer psycho) and Kim Min Joon (as his former best friend, now deadly rival. I knew Hyun Bin could be amazing, but I did not know Kim Min Joon could be). The story loops in a non-linear fashion, starting out with a mob hit - Hyun Bin's character is stabbed to death and Kim Min Joon is prosecuted for it. Only the irony of ironies is - KMJ was planning a hit on him but he never had a chance to carry it out - someone else did it instead. And from then on it loops back into childhood and adolescence and the story which brought the two best friends to this point.



In addition to everything, the drama is so gorgeously shot. It looks like a movie.

Episode 2, summary in caps )
dangermousie: (Chuno - hanbok)


I know I have posted about the period gangster saga Friend Our Legend occasionally but I have never done proper episode reviews or recaps.



Well, I am snowed in and I have never finished the drama (there was so much going on with it that I couldn't do my usual trick and fast-forward or do something else while watching. Not to mention it was emotionally exhausting) so I have embarked on a completion/rewatch - it has been some time since I saw the earlier episodes so I decided not just to complete the remaining episodes but to go back and rewatch from the start. Or namely, from ep 2 as I have rewatched ep 1 previously.



In case you are not aware, Friend is a 20-ep drama adaptation of a famous movie of the same name, done by the same director/writer as the movie. It is set in the 1980s-1991 and stars Hyun Bin, Kim Min Joon, Seo Do Young and others as small-town childhood friends torn apart by the Mob rivalries.



Everyone acts wonderfully in it, but the drama belongs to Hyun Bin (in a heart-breaking arc of a lonely, desperately gentle soul progressing to fully blown killer psycho) and Kim Min Joon (as his former best friend, now deadly rival. I knew Hyun Bin could be amazing, but I did not know Kim Min Joon could be). The story loops in a non-linear fashion, starting out with a mob hit - Hyun Bin's character is stabbed to death and Kim Min Joon is prosecuted for it. Only the irony of ironies is - KMJ was planning a hit on him but he never had a chance to carry it out - someone else did it instead. And from then on it loops back into childhood and adolescence and the story which brought the two best friends to this point.



In addition to everything, the drama is so gorgeously shot. It looks like a movie.

Episode 2, summary in caps )
dangermousie: (HGD cheek by miss-dian)
Worlds Within has ruined me for other dramas! At least for a time.



I am not exaggerating - I tried 3 dramas tonight and had to give up - I kept comparing them with WW and they became unwatchable because of it.

First I tried Fly High - bad mistake. Apologies in advance to anyone who liked it but UGH. Even without WW's perfection, Fly High would have been atrocious - in addition to poor visual quality (which to be fair, was not the drama's fault - but the uninventive and snooze-worthy cinematography was) we had the stereotypically, irritatingly cutesy heroine (she missed her bus, hit someone with a shoe accidentally, and tripped, all within the first two minutes of the drama!) and the even more stereotypical icy family-issue-laden CEO who never works despite his lofty title (did I mention that he was supposed to be a native English speaker but I could not make out a word he was saying?). Both of the main characters were paid by actors who were unattractive and could not act. Ugh. UGH.

Then I tried Crazy for You, which I normally would like a lot - I have started it some time ago but then needed to get dvds with better subs which I finally did. But despite my liking it, it just didn't draw me in at all, even though it normally would - it was excellent, I just could not get into the mood in the slightest - WW's realness just made me fixate on dramaness of this (which is normally something I'd love). However, I see myself adoring it in the future and it's excellent example of angsty melodrama - I will definitely watch more when I am in a different mood.

The same goes for Lawyers of Korea - it's a good drama but I couldn't help but compare it with WW and had to turn it off.

And then I stopped trying. I was considering bringing out heavy guns in the shape of Friend but then decided that the whiplash shock from seeing Hyun Bin go from an intellectual director of WW to a brutal thug of Friend would be too much for me in such a short span of time :P And then I got tempted to rewatch Hong Gil Dong (or anything else period, like continuing with Emperor of the Sea or Return of Iljimae) but opted for reading instead as it was late.

You have ruined me, WW! For non-period dramas, at least.
dangermousie: (HGD cheek by miss-dian)
Worlds Within has ruined me for other dramas! At least for a time.



I am not exaggerating - I tried 3 dramas tonight and had to give up - I kept comparing them with WW and they became unwatchable because of it.

First I tried Fly High - bad mistake. Apologies in advance to anyone who liked it but UGH. Even without WW's perfection, Fly High would have been atrocious - in addition to poor visual quality (which to be fair, was not the drama's fault - but the uninventive and snooze-worthy cinematography was) we had the stereotypically, irritatingly cutesy heroine (she missed her bus, hit someone with a shoe accidentally, and tripped, all within the first two minutes of the drama!) and the even more stereotypical icy family-issue-laden CEO who never works despite his lofty title (did I mention that he was supposed to be a native English speaker but I could not make out a word he was saying?). Both of the main characters were paid by actors who were unattractive and could not act. Ugh. UGH.

Then I tried Crazy for You, which I normally would like a lot - I have started it some time ago but then needed to get dvds with better subs which I finally did. But despite my liking it, it just didn't draw me in at all, even though it normally would - it was excellent, I just could not get into the mood in the slightest - WW's realness just made me fixate on dramaness of this (which is normally something I'd love). However, I see myself adoring it in the future and it's excellent example of angsty melodrama - I will definitely watch more when I am in a different mood.

The same goes for Lawyers of Korea - it's a good drama but I couldn't help but compare it with WW and had to turn it off.

And then I stopped trying. I was considering bringing out heavy guns in the shape of Friend but then decided that the whiplash shock from seeing Hyun Bin go from an intellectual director of WW to a brutal thug of Friend would be too much for me in such a short span of time :P And then I got tempted to rewatch Hong Gil Dong (or anything else period, like continuing with Emperor of the Sea or Return of Iljimae) but opted for reading instead as it was late.

You have ruined me, WW! For non-period dramas, at least.
dangermousie: (HGD cheek by miss-dian)
Worlds Within has ruined me for other dramas! At least for a time.



I am not exaggerating - I tried 3 dramas tonight and had to give up - I kept comparing them with WW and they became unwatchable because of it.

First I tried Fly High - bad mistake. Apologies in advance to anyone who liked it but UGH. Even without WW's perfection, Fly High would have been atrocious - in addition to poor visual quality (which to be fair, was not the drama's fault - but the uninventive and snooze-worthy cinematography was) we had the stereotypically, irritatingly cutesy heroine (she missed her bus, hit someone with a shoe accidentally, and tripped, all within the first two minutes of the drama!) and the even more stereotypical icy family-issue-laden CEO who never works despite his lofty title (did I mention that he was supposed to be a native English speaker but I could not make out a word he was saying?). Both of the main characters were paid by actors who were unattractive and could not act. Ugh. UGH.

Then I tried Crazy for You, which I normally would like a lot - I have started it some time ago but then needed to get dvds with better subs which I finally did. But despite my liking it, it just didn't draw me in at all, even though it normally would - it was excellent, I just could not get into the mood in the slightest - WW's realness just made me fixate on dramaness of this (which is normally something I'd love). However, I see myself adoring it in the future and it's excellent example of angsty melodrama - I will definitely watch more when I am in a different mood.

The same goes for Lawyers of Korea - it's a good drama but I couldn't help but compare it with WW and had to turn it off.

And then I stopped trying. I was considering bringing out heavy guns in the shape of Friend but then decided that the whiplash shock from seeing Hyun Bin go from an intellectual director of WW to a brutal thug of Friend would be too much for me in such a short span of time :P And then I got tempted to rewatch Hong Gil Dong (or anything else period, like continuing with Emperor of the Sea or Return of Iljimae) but opted for reading instead as it was late.

You have ruined me, WW! For non-period dramas, at least.
dangermousie: (Capital Scandal Secrets by miss_dian)
If you want to check out the plot of Tamra the Island for yourself, dramabeans recapped the first ep. She liked it, which - well, somebody must, after all and our tastes are polar opposite so...still. Someone liked Tamra. Wow. (From what I have seen, Tamra might be in the running for the worst drama I have EVER come across. God).

In polar opposite spectrum news, Friend couldn't be better if it tried.



This was one of the most amazingly filmed scenes I have ever seen in a kdrama - it's the death of the main character, intercut with the other main character dwelling on it - the latter may or may not have planned the hit. It's amazing (Friend is a non-linear story so we see this early in ep 2, so I am not spoiling it for anyone).

Rain and death behind the cut )
dangermousie: (Capital Scandal Secrets by miss_dian)
If you want to check out the plot of Tamra the Island for yourself, dramabeans recapped the first ep. She liked it, which - well, somebody must, after all and our tastes are polar opposite so...still. Someone liked Tamra. Wow. (From what I have seen, Tamra might be in the running for the worst drama I have EVER come across. God).

In polar opposite spectrum news, Friend couldn't be better if it tried.



This was one of the most amazingly filmed scenes I have ever seen in a kdrama - it's the death of the main character, intercut with the other main character dwelling on it - the latter may or may not have planned the hit. It's amazing (Friend is a non-linear story so we see this early in ep 2, so I am not spoiling it for anyone).

Rain and death behind the cut )
dangermousie: (Capital Scandal Secrets by miss_dian)
If you want to check out the plot of Tamra the Island for yourself, dramabeans recapped the first ep. She liked it, which - well, somebody must, after all and our tastes are polar opposite so...still. Someone liked Tamra. Wow. (From what I have seen, Tamra might be in the running for the worst drama I have EVER come across. God).

In polar opposite spectrum news, Friend couldn't be better if it tried.



This was one of the most amazingly filmed scenes I have ever seen in a kdrama - it's the death of the main character, intercut with the other main character dwelling on it - the latter may or may not have planned the hit. It's amazing (Friend is a non-linear story so we see this early in ep 2, so I am not spoiling it for anyone).

Rain and death behind the cut )
dangermousie: (Damo Sung=Baek by miss-dian)
Mobster drama Friend is indubitably art. However, art doesn't get as much attention as good-looking men which is something to be occasionally thankful for as it resulted in the below Vogue spread, presumably in a bit to get the drama more exposure.



Come and see the ridiculously beautiful )

There was some interview where someone referred to Hyun Bin's looks as "you can't help feeling a heartwrenching and an undulated beauty in his face." Hmmm. First an interviewer fixating on Lee Byung Hun's 'chiseled torso' and now this. Korean interviews are a very different beast :P (It was not in an interview with Hyun Bin himself, thankfully, that this quote popped up).
dangermousie: (Damo Sung=Baek by miss-dian)
Mobster drama Friend is indubitably art. However, art doesn't get as much attention as good-looking men which is something to be occasionally thankful for as it resulted in the below Vogue spread, presumably in a bit to get the drama more exposure.



Come and see the ridiculously beautiful )

There was some interview where someone referred to Hyun Bin's looks as "you can't help feeling a heartwrenching and an undulated beauty in his face." Hmmm. First an interviewer fixating on Lee Byung Hun's 'chiseled torso' and now this. Korean interviews are a very different beast :P (It was not in an interview with Hyun Bin himself, thankfully, that this quote popped up).

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