dangermousie: (Last Scandal by boycottbananas)
What am I talking about? It's almost October and that means IRIS and You're Beautiful are about to go head-to-head.

In one corner we have IRIS on KBS - a twisty thriller with an all-star cast which marks the return of superstar Lee Byung Hun back on small screen after 6 years. (!) Secret agents, assassins, forbidden love, total betrayal, and some really gorgeous locales.

Trailer:



In the other corner we have You're Beautiful on SBS - a romantic comedy involving a boyband with (unknown to the others) one cross-dressing girl; shades of Boys Over Flowers mania, a teen-geared trendy and popular young cast, the (unusual in dramas but dear to the hearts of many) kpop-world setting, and the writing of the awesome Hong Sisters.

Trailer (courtesy of [livejournal.com profile] uhmbrr:



Who will win? A sexy, tortured, and betrayed assassin/secret agent or the world's most adorable cross-dressing nun?

[Poll #1462163]

One thing is sure - MBC's already struggling Heading to the Ground is about to be ground utterly into dust.
dangermousie: (Last Scandal by boycottbananas)
What am I talking about? It's almost October and that means IRIS and You're Beautiful are about to go head-to-head.

In one corner we have IRIS on KBS - a twisty thriller with an all-star cast which marks the return of superstar Lee Byung Hun back on small screen after 6 years. (!) Secret agents, assassins, forbidden love, total betrayal, and some really gorgeous locales.

Trailer:



In the other corner we have You're Beautiful on SBS - a romantic comedy involving a boyband with (unknown to the others) one cross-dressing girl; shades of Boys Over Flowers mania, a teen-geared trendy and popular young cast, the (unusual in dramas but dear to the hearts of many) kpop-world setting, and the writing of the awesome Hong Sisters.

Trailer (courtesy of [livejournal.com profile] uhmbrr:



Who will win? A sexy, tortured, and betrayed assassin/secret agent or the world's most adorable cross-dressing nun?

[Poll #1462163]

One thing is sure - MBC's already struggling Heading to the Ground is about to be ground utterly into dust.
dangermousie: (Last Scandal by boycottbananas)
What am I talking about? It's almost October and that means IRIS and You're Beautiful are about to go head-to-head.

In one corner we have IRIS on KBS - a twisty thriller with an all-star cast which marks the return of superstar Lee Byung Hun back on small screen after 6 years. (!) Secret agents, assassins, forbidden love, total betrayal, and some really gorgeous locales.

Trailer:



In the other corner we have You're Beautiful on SBS - a romantic comedy involving a boyband with (unknown to the others) one cross-dressing girl; shades of Boys Over Flowers mania, a teen-geared trendy and popular young cast, the (unusual in dramas but dear to the hearts of many) kpop-world setting, and the writing of the awesome Hong Sisters.

Trailer (courtesy of [livejournal.com profile] uhmbrr:



Who will win? A sexy, tortured, and betrayed assassin/secret agent or the world's most adorable cross-dressing nun?

[Poll #1462163]

One thing is sure - MBC's already struggling Heading to the Ground is about to be ground utterly into dust.
dangermousie: (Goong beach by autumn_yaar)
So, I am all caught up with My Fair Lady (a.k.a. Taking Care of the Lady) - it really is like popcorn, easy to eat and before you know you've stuffed yourself, but ultimately on the empty side.

There are a number of positives (bright colors, snappy pace so unusual in kdramas, tendency not to drag out misunderstandings, the chemistry between the leads) but a number of issues, the biggest of which is that I cannot truly give my heart to a drama whose heroine evokes indifference at best, with my main emotion towards her being of mild irritation occasionally flaring into wild dislike.

Korean dramas, for me, are distinguished by the fact that I love their heroines - they can range from strong, emotionally damaged warriors (Damo) to goofy, good-natured fools (Hong Gil Dong) to calm and womanly (Beautiful Days) to blunt and tomboyish (Coffee Prince) to ambitious and successful (Worlds Within) to brittle rich bitch (Snow Queen) but I almost always fall in love with them.

But this is not the case here - Kang Haena is a heroine that does not work for me, whether because of the acting or the writing/directing. (I am inclined to put the blame on the latter - I have adored Yoon Eun Hye in everything else I've seen her in, so it is unlikely to be her). And I can see why the ratings are good but not as spectacular as expected. This is a drama directed at a female audience and the heroine is not relatable - I cannot relate to Haena at all, and I imagine I am not the only one. (In its gender-swapped equivalent BOF, Jandi was a good stand-in for a large portion of its female teen audience, after all).

Long and rambly )

So yes, enjoyable but, sadly, it doesn't ring emotionally real, in characters or many interactions between them. And an emotionally dishonest drama is not a great thing to get used to.

On a semi-related note, I gave up Heading to the Ground. The best thing that can be said about it is that it's innocuous and when I have personal life, a stack of books to be read that is 3 meters tall, and a stack of dvds to watch almost that high, that is not enough.
dangermousie: (Goong beach by autumn_yaar)
So, I am all caught up with My Fair Lady (a.k.a. Taking Care of the Lady) - it really is like popcorn, easy to eat and before you know you've stuffed yourself, but ultimately on the empty side.

There are a number of positives (bright colors, snappy pace so unusual in kdramas, tendency not to drag out misunderstandings, the chemistry between the leads) but a number of issues, the biggest of which is that I cannot truly give my heart to a drama whose heroine evokes indifference at best, with my main emotion towards her being of mild irritation occasionally flaring into wild dislike.

Korean dramas, for me, are distinguished by the fact that I love their heroines - they can range from strong, emotionally damaged warriors (Damo) to goofy, good-natured fools (Hong Gil Dong) to calm and womanly (Beautiful Days) to blunt and tomboyish (Coffee Prince) to ambitious and successful (Worlds Within) to brittle rich bitch (Snow Queen) but I almost always fall in love with them.

But this is not the case here - Kang Haena is a heroine that does not work for me, whether because of the acting or the writing/directing. (I am inclined to put the blame on the latter - I have adored Yoon Eun Hye in everything else I've seen her in, so it is unlikely to be her). And I can see why the ratings are good but not as spectacular as expected. This is a drama directed at a female audience and the heroine is not relatable - I cannot relate to Haena at all, and I imagine I am not the only one. (In its gender-swapped equivalent BOF, Jandi was a good stand-in for a large portion of its female teen audience, after all).

Long and rambly )

So yes, enjoyable but, sadly, it doesn't ring emotionally real, in characters or many interactions between them. And an emotionally dishonest drama is not a great thing to get used to.

On a semi-related note, I gave up Heading to the Ground. The best thing that can be said about it is that it's innocuous and when I have personal life, a stack of books to be read that is 3 meters tall, and a stack of dvds to watch almost that high, that is not enough.
dangermousie: (Goong beach by autumn_yaar)
So, I am all caught up with My Fair Lady (a.k.a. Taking Care of the Lady) - it really is like popcorn, easy to eat and before you know you've stuffed yourself, but ultimately on the empty side.

There are a number of positives (bright colors, snappy pace so unusual in kdramas, tendency not to drag out misunderstandings, the chemistry between the leads) but a number of issues, the biggest of which is that I cannot truly give my heart to a drama whose heroine evokes indifference at best, with my main emotion towards her being of mild irritation occasionally flaring into wild dislike.

Korean dramas, for me, are distinguished by the fact that I love their heroines - they can range from strong, emotionally damaged warriors (Damo) to goofy, good-natured fools (Hong Gil Dong) to calm and womanly (Beautiful Days) to blunt and tomboyish (Coffee Prince) to ambitious and successful (Worlds Within) to brittle rich bitch (Snow Queen) but I almost always fall in love with them.

But this is not the case here - Kang Haena is a heroine that does not work for me, whether because of the acting or the writing/directing. (I am inclined to put the blame on the latter - I have adored Yoon Eun Hye in everything else I've seen her in, so it is unlikely to be her). And I can see why the ratings are good but not as spectacular as expected. This is a drama directed at a female audience and the heroine is not relatable - I cannot relate to Haena at all, and I imagine I am not the only one. (In its gender-swapped equivalent BOF, Jandi was a good stand-in for a large portion of its female teen audience, after all).

Long and rambly )

So yes, enjoyable but, sadly, it doesn't ring emotionally real, in characters or many interactions between them. And an emotionally dishonest drama is not a great thing to get used to.

On a semi-related note, I gave up Heading to the Ground. The best thing that can be said about it is that it's innocuous and when I have personal life, a stack of books to be read that is 3 meters tall, and a stack of dvds to watch almost that high, that is not enough.
dangermousie: (Worlds Within by vierran45)
1. I have started Heading to the Ground and, surprisingly, I like it, like it enough to follow it.



It might be the first drama in a while that I will actually follow as it airs. Perhaps it's because I went into it with rock-bottom expectations, perhaps it's because both leading characters are nice sweet people and I am in reaction mode against My Fair Lady brat, perhaps it's because the drama doesn't take itself too seriously. Whatever the reason, HttG and its story about an aspiring male soccer player and a young wannabe female sports agent seems genuinely sweet and charming, even if it won't win any masterpiece status any time soon.

Yunho is not the world's greatest actor but he is passable (and compared to some idols-turned-actors he is pure genius *coughKimHyunJoongcough*). I must be one of ten women in the Universe who fails to see the good-looks or sex appeal (honestly, I just don't get it) but his character is so sweet-natured and goofy, it would be hard not to like him. Ga Ara is, as always, ridiculously likeable and gorgeous - she is one of my favorite young upcoming actresses.

Oh, and the opening scene is not only cheestastically overdramatic but the Yunho-in-water-with-voiceover bit reminds of of Green Rose. I liked it better when Go Soo did it :P Which reminds me, make another drama asap, Go Soo!

But ultimately, we all know I am just marking time until IRIS anyway, don't we?

Some of my IRIS motivation )

I have my doubts about Kim Tae Hee being able to pull off her role (I have seen her in Forbidden Love and Love Story in Harvard - she was breathtakingly gorgeous and utterly unimpressive in both). But surrounded by that cast, I don't much care - hopefully she either grew as an actress, had the role written to her strengths, or will be a distant muse and inspiration to Lee Byung Hun as he goes about assassinating people.

And speaking of murder and other yummy fictional stuff - Apparently they are moving upcoming Angel's Temptation to 9pm so it won't compete with the Queen Seon Deok unstoppable ratings. Makes sense - who will leave an already airing and highly iterative drama to check out another one on the off-chance it's better?

But does the earlier hour mean we won't be able to see nude Bae Soo Bin bathe in the blood of his enemies? :P

Well, at least he won't be wearing THAT! (One of these days, I must do an Andre Kim fashions post):



I really do want to check out QSD - it seems like the kind of show to either marathon on a cold day or have a weekly appointment with your TV for. Still, I am much too behind and will wait until DVDs.



Which reminds me, I still haven't finished Jumong or Emperor of the Sea. Yes, I know, I fail at drama, but those things are so bloody long! Kingdom of the Wind and Princess Ja Myung Go at its 38 and 39 eps respectively are the longest I could keep up.

And that in turn reminds me - is there any chance PJMG will be released on DVD with English subs. I'd love to own it. It's so deliciously complex but with a lovely, twisted love story underpinning it all.

Last but not least and having nothing to do with dramas, I started Simon R. Green's Blue Moon Rising, a fantasy novel and I am so very in love!

In the story, Prince Rupert of Forest Kingdom is sent on a quest to kill a dragon. Riding a unicorn (hehehehe). Everyone, including Rupert, knows it's basically a suicide mission because the impoverished, shrinking kingdom cannot afford two royal sons. But the mission does not go as planned - for one, Rupert and the dragon make friends. For another, there is Princess Julia, delivered to the dragon as a gift and terrorizing him ever since. She is as unwanted a daughter as Rupert is a son.

But when Rupert returns to Forest Kingdom, dragon, Julia, and unicorn in tow, that is when the story really begins - because Darkwood, through which Rupert had to fight his way on his quest, is encroaching on the land and will soon devour everything, leaving the land overrun with demons, if nothing is done.

I love this book. I love the mix of adventure and humor and desperation and heroism. I am crushing on Rupert, adore Julia, and am intrigued by everyone else.

Highly recommended.

ETA: OMFG, a kind soul on soompi posted a dcgallery poster for Chuno with the most detailed synopsis yet and am exploding here.

Poster behind cut )

This is going to be an epic love triangle of DOOM.
dangermousie: (Worlds Within by vierran45)
1. I have started Heading to the Ground and, surprisingly, I like it, like it enough to follow it.



It might be the first drama in a while that I will actually follow as it airs. Perhaps it's because I went into it with rock-bottom expectations, perhaps it's because both leading characters are nice sweet people and I am in reaction mode against My Fair Lady brat, perhaps it's because the drama doesn't take itself too seriously. Whatever the reason, HttG and its story about an aspiring male soccer player and a young wannabe female sports agent seems genuinely sweet and charming, even if it won't win any masterpiece status any time soon.

Yunho is not the world's greatest actor but he is passable (and compared to some idols-turned-actors he is pure genius *coughKimHyunJoongcough*). I must be one of ten women in the Universe who fails to see the good-looks or sex appeal (honestly, I just don't get it) but his character is so sweet-natured and goofy, it would be hard not to like him. Ga Ara is, as always, ridiculously likeable and gorgeous - she is one of my favorite young upcoming actresses.

Oh, and the opening scene is not only cheestastically overdramatic but the Yunho-in-water-with-voiceover bit reminds of of Green Rose. I liked it better when Go Soo did it :P Which reminds me, make another drama asap, Go Soo!

But ultimately, we all know I am just marking time until IRIS anyway, don't we?

Some of my IRIS motivation )

I have my doubts about Kim Tae Hee being able to pull off her role (I have seen her in Forbidden Love and Love Story in Harvard - she was breathtakingly gorgeous and utterly unimpressive in both). But surrounded by that cast, I don't much care - hopefully she either grew as an actress, had the role written to her strengths, or will be a distant muse and inspiration to Lee Byung Hun as he goes about assassinating people.

And speaking of murder and other yummy fictional stuff - Apparently they are moving upcoming Angel's Temptation to 9pm so it won't compete with the Queen Seon Deok unstoppable ratings. Makes sense - who will leave an already airing and highly iterative drama to check out another one on the off-chance it's better?

But does the earlier hour mean we won't be able to see nude Bae Soo Bin bathe in the blood of his enemies? :P

Well, at least he won't be wearing THAT! (One of these days, I must do an Andre Kim fashions post):



I really do want to check out QSD - it seems like the kind of show to either marathon on a cold day or have a weekly appointment with your TV for. Still, I am much too behind and will wait until DVDs.



Which reminds me, I still haven't finished Jumong or Emperor of the Sea. Yes, I know, I fail at drama, but those things are so bloody long! Kingdom of the Wind and Princess Ja Myung Go at its 38 and 39 eps respectively are the longest I could keep up.

And that in turn reminds me - is there any chance PJMG will be released on DVD with English subs. I'd love to own it. It's so deliciously complex but with a lovely, twisted love story underpinning it all.

Last but not least and having nothing to do with dramas, I started Simon R. Green's Blue Moon Rising, a fantasy novel and I am so very in love!

In the story, Prince Rupert of Forest Kingdom is sent on a quest to kill a dragon. Riding a unicorn (hehehehe). Everyone, including Rupert, knows it's basically a suicide mission because the impoverished, shrinking kingdom cannot afford two royal sons. But the mission does not go as planned - for one, Rupert and the dragon make friends. For another, there is Princess Julia, delivered to the dragon as a gift and terrorizing him ever since. She is as unwanted a daughter as Rupert is a son.

But when Rupert returns to Forest Kingdom, dragon, Julia, and unicorn in tow, that is when the story really begins - because Darkwood, through which Rupert had to fight his way on his quest, is encroaching on the land and will soon devour everything, leaving the land overrun with demons, if nothing is done.

I love this book. I love the mix of adventure and humor and desperation and heroism. I am crushing on Rupert, adore Julia, and am intrigued by everyone else.

Highly recommended.

ETA: OMFG, a kind soul on soompi posted a dcgallery poster for Chuno with the most detailed synopsis yet and am exploding here.

Poster behind cut )

This is going to be an epic love triangle of DOOM.
dangermousie: (Worlds Within by vierran45)
1. I have started Heading to the Ground and, surprisingly, I like it, like it enough to follow it.



It might be the first drama in a while that I will actually follow as it airs. Perhaps it's because I went into it with rock-bottom expectations, perhaps it's because both leading characters are nice sweet people and I am in reaction mode against My Fair Lady brat, perhaps it's because the drama doesn't take itself too seriously. Whatever the reason, HttG and its story about an aspiring male soccer player and a young wannabe female sports agent seems genuinely sweet and charming, even if it won't win any masterpiece status any time soon.

Yunho is not the world's greatest actor but he is passable (and compared to some idols-turned-actors he is pure genius *coughKimHyunJoongcough*). I must be one of ten women in the Universe who fails to see the good-looks or sex appeal (honestly, I just don't get it) but his character is so sweet-natured and goofy, it would be hard not to like him. Ga Ara is, as always, ridiculously likeable and gorgeous - she is one of my favorite young upcoming actresses.

Oh, and the opening scene is not only cheestastically overdramatic but the Yunho-in-water-with-voiceover bit reminds of of Green Rose. I liked it better when Go Soo did it :P Which reminds me, make another drama asap, Go Soo!

But ultimately, we all know I am just marking time until IRIS anyway, don't we?

Some of my IRIS motivation )

I have my doubts about Kim Tae Hee being able to pull off her role (I have seen her in Forbidden Love and Love Story in Harvard - she was breathtakingly gorgeous and utterly unimpressive in both). But surrounded by that cast, I don't much care - hopefully she either grew as an actress, had the role written to her strengths, or will be a distant muse and inspiration to Lee Byung Hun as he goes about assassinating people.

And speaking of murder and other yummy fictional stuff - Apparently they are moving upcoming Angel's Temptation to 9pm so it won't compete with the Queen Seon Deok unstoppable ratings. Makes sense - who will leave an already airing and highly iterative drama to check out another one on the off-chance it's better?

But does the earlier hour mean we won't be able to see nude Bae Soo Bin bathe in the blood of his enemies? :P

Well, at least he won't be wearing THAT! (One of these days, I must do an Andre Kim fashions post):



I really do want to check out QSD - it seems like the kind of show to either marathon on a cold day or have a weekly appointment with your TV for. Still, I am much too behind and will wait until DVDs.



Which reminds me, I still haven't finished Jumong or Emperor of the Sea. Yes, I know, I fail at drama, but those things are so bloody long! Kingdom of the Wind and Princess Ja Myung Go at its 38 and 39 eps respectively are the longest I could keep up.

And that in turn reminds me - is there any chance PJMG will be released on DVD with English subs. I'd love to own it. It's so deliciously complex but with a lovely, twisted love story underpinning it all.

Last but not least and having nothing to do with dramas, I started Simon R. Green's Blue Moon Rising, a fantasy novel and I am so very in love!

In the story, Prince Rupert of Forest Kingdom is sent on a quest to kill a dragon. Riding a unicorn (hehehehe). Everyone, including Rupert, knows it's basically a suicide mission because the impoverished, shrinking kingdom cannot afford two royal sons. But the mission does not go as planned - for one, Rupert and the dragon make friends. For another, there is Princess Julia, delivered to the dragon as a gift and terrorizing him ever since. She is as unwanted a daughter as Rupert is a son.

But when Rupert returns to Forest Kingdom, dragon, Julia, and unicorn in tow, that is when the story really begins - because Darkwood, through which Rupert had to fight his way on his quest, is encroaching on the land and will soon devour everything, leaving the land overrun with demons, if nothing is done.

I love this book. I love the mix of adventure and humor and desperation and heroism. I am crushing on Rupert, adore Julia, and am intrigued by everyone else.

Highly recommended.

ETA: OMFG, a kind soul on soompi posted a dcgallery poster for Chuno with the most detailed synopsis yet and am exploding here.

Poster behind cut )

This is going to be an epic love triangle of DOOM.

Catch-all

Sep. 14th, 2009 06:14 pm
dangermousie: (Jumong by miss_dian)
1. I know I owe everyone replies. I promise to get to them.

2. I finally caved in and bought a Kindle!

3. All of a sudden I really want to watch Heading to the Ground:



4. This poster for Queen Seon Deok is really pretty:

Catch-all

Sep. 14th, 2009 06:14 pm
dangermousie: (Jumong by miss_dian)
1. I know I owe everyone replies. I promise to get to them.

2. I finally caved in and bought a Kindle!

3. All of a sudden I really want to watch Heading to the Ground:



4. This poster for Queen Seon Deok is really pretty:

Catch-all

Sep. 14th, 2009 06:14 pm
dangermousie: (Jumong by miss_dian)
1. I know I owe everyone replies. I promise to get to them.

2. I finally caved in and bought a Kindle!

3. All of a sudden I really want to watch Heading to the Ground:



4. This poster for Queen Seon Deok is really pretty:

dangermousie: (KOTW: Yeon by meganbmoore)
There are some stories involving vampires that are plain brilliant: Buffy, for one. There are some, like True Blood, which are very romance-novel entertaining and sexy. There are some, like Twilight, which are regressive but wish-fulfilmenty for teen girls.

And then there is this:



This is the promo pic for upcoming Vampire Diaries tv show on CW, every bit as trashy as anyone could dream of.

My eyes! LJ Smith's silly but inoffensively enjoyable books have been turned into this - I am not precisely sure what "this" is, but whatever it is, it's in another galaxy from tasteful. Many have theorized that vamp appeal is sexualized/biting=sex etc etc, but I don't think I have ever seen it as tackily in your face as this - "watch us, we got a threesome!" screams the poster. It looks like the kind of flick they used to show really late on cinemax :)

Also, why does the vamp on the left look like someone's retarded hillbilly cousin?

I am so going to watch. Since when have I been able to resist a trainwreck?

In drama news, I am so excited for Heading to the Ground. We have drama cpr! That's one way to meet someone.

dangermousie: (KOTW: Yeon by meganbmoore)
There are some stories involving vampires that are plain brilliant: Buffy, for one. There are some, like True Blood, which are very romance-novel entertaining and sexy. There are some, like Twilight, which are regressive but wish-fulfilmenty for teen girls.

And then there is this:



This is the promo pic for upcoming Vampire Diaries tv show on CW, every bit as trashy as anyone could dream of.

My eyes! LJ Smith's silly but inoffensively enjoyable books have been turned into this - I am not precisely sure what "this" is, but whatever it is, it's in another galaxy from tasteful. Many have theorized that vamp appeal is sexualized/biting=sex etc etc, but I don't think I have ever seen it as tackily in your face as this - "watch us, we got a threesome!" screams the poster. It looks like the kind of flick they used to show really late on cinemax :)

Also, why does the vamp on the left look like someone's retarded hillbilly cousin?

I am so going to watch. Since when have I been able to resist a trainwreck?

In drama news, I am so excited for Heading to the Ground. We have drama cpr! That's one way to meet someone.

dangermousie: (KOTW: Yeon by meganbmoore)
There are some stories involving vampires that are plain brilliant: Buffy, for one. There are some, like True Blood, which are very romance-novel entertaining and sexy. There are some, like Twilight, which are regressive but wish-fulfilmenty for teen girls.

And then there is this:



This is the promo pic for upcoming Vampire Diaries tv show on CW, every bit as trashy as anyone could dream of.

My eyes! LJ Smith's silly but inoffensively enjoyable books have been turned into this - I am not precisely sure what "this" is, but whatever it is, it's in another galaxy from tasteful. Many have theorized that vamp appeal is sexualized/biting=sex etc etc, but I don't think I have ever seen it as tackily in your face as this - "watch us, we got a threesome!" screams the poster. It looks like the kind of flick they used to show really late on cinemax :)

Also, why does the vamp on the left look like someone's retarded hillbilly cousin?

I am so going to watch. Since when have I been able to resist a trainwreck?

In drama news, I am so excited for Heading to the Ground. We have drama cpr! That's one way to meet someone.

dangermousie: (Iljimae 1 by alexandral)
1. I am so excited for the upcoming 'special' (i.e. short) drama My Love, Ugly Duckling because it stars Kang Ji Hwan and Li Ji Ah, two of my favorites (Hong Gil Dong and Sujini - ahhhh).



Here is a youtube teaser - I still have no idea what it is about but who cares.



2. To the list of upcoming 2009 dramas I am excited about (Take Care of the Lady, Chuno, IRIS, Heading to the Ground) we add a fifth - Suspicious Heroes, about a guy who loses everything and then becomes some sort of a hero. Blah blah blah, who cares, it stars Lee Jun Ki and Han Ji Min. OMGOMGOMG. To air in November.

3. All those who are not watching Swallow the Sun, why not? As my list of favorite OTPs seemed to indicate, my preferred ship type is of the 'he worships the ground she walks on' variety and StS has it in such delicious abundance.



Here is a scene from ep 11 as summarized by Luv from soompi: JW was telling SH about his past...how he was abandoned right after he was born. He told her about the his memory of her bright eyes...he wanted to destroy the farm so she would like him. (She's rich and he's poor...if he destroys the farm then they'll be equal). But he knows...she's someone he can't have and he shed tears. He told himself that next time when they meet...he'll have confidence in himself.(This part is when they're still kids). But when they met again...he already sold his soul. He's shameful and can only look at her from far away. Falling in love with her would be a sin so he'll keep the pain to himself. SH said she had never seen eyes that were so sad. She said they should comfort each other and cure each other.



Mmm. And then he leaves her, leaving her a note that he will come back for sure and be worthy. Oh YES.

See caps from such a delicious scene )

4. I have now watched the first episode of Worlds Within and I adore it ridiculously - is so lowkey but very effective.
dangermousie: (Iljimae 1 by alexandral)
1. I am so excited for the upcoming 'special' (i.e. short) drama My Love, Ugly Duckling because it stars Kang Ji Hwan and Li Ji Ah, two of my favorites (Hong Gil Dong and Sujini - ahhhh).



Here is a youtube teaser - I still have no idea what it is about but who cares.



2. To the list of upcoming 2009 dramas I am excited about (Take Care of the Lady, Chuno, IRIS, Heading to the Ground) we add a fifth - Suspicious Heroes, about a guy who loses everything and then becomes some sort of a hero. Blah blah blah, who cares, it stars Lee Jun Ki and Han Ji Min. OMGOMGOMG. To air in November.

3. All those who are not watching Swallow the Sun, why not? As my list of favorite OTPs seemed to indicate, my preferred ship type is of the 'he worships the ground she walks on' variety and StS has it in such delicious abundance.



Here is a scene from ep 11 as summarized by Luv from soompi: JW was telling SH about his past...how he was abandoned right after he was born. He told her about the his memory of her bright eyes...he wanted to destroy the farm so she would like him. (She's rich and he's poor...if he destroys the farm then they'll be equal). But he knows...she's someone he can't have and he shed tears. He told himself that next time when they meet...he'll have confidence in himself.(This part is when they're still kids). But when they met again...he already sold his soul. He's shameful and can only look at her from far away. Falling in love with her would be a sin so he'll keep the pain to himself. SH said she had never seen eyes that were so sad. She said they should comfort each other and cure each other.



Mmm. And then he leaves her, leaving her a note that he will come back for sure and be worthy. Oh YES.

See caps from such a delicious scene )

4. I have now watched the first episode of Worlds Within and I adore it ridiculously - is so lowkey but very effective.
dangermousie: (Iljimae 1 by alexandral)
1. I am so excited for the upcoming 'special' (i.e. short) drama My Love, Ugly Duckling because it stars Kang Ji Hwan and Li Ji Ah, two of my favorites (Hong Gil Dong and Sujini - ahhhh).



Here is a youtube teaser - I still have no idea what it is about but who cares.



2. To the list of upcoming 2009 dramas I am excited about (Take Care of the Lady, Chuno, IRIS, Heading to the Ground) we add a fifth - Suspicious Heroes, about a guy who loses everything and then becomes some sort of a hero. Blah blah blah, who cares, it stars Lee Jun Ki and Han Ji Min. OMGOMGOMG. To air in November.

3. All those who are not watching Swallow the Sun, why not? As my list of favorite OTPs seemed to indicate, my preferred ship type is of the 'he worships the ground she walks on' variety and StS has it in such delicious abundance.



Here is a scene from ep 11 as summarized by Luv from soompi: JW was telling SH about his past...how he was abandoned right after he was born. He told her about the his memory of her bright eyes...he wanted to destroy the farm so she would like him. (She's rich and he's poor...if he destroys the farm then they'll be equal). But he knows...she's someone he can't have and he shed tears. He told himself that next time when they meet...he'll have confidence in himself.(This part is when they're still kids). But when they met again...he already sold his soul. He's shameful and can only look at her from far away. Falling in love with her would be a sin so he'll keep the pain to himself. SH said she had never seen eyes that were so sad. She said they should comfort each other and cure each other.



Mmm. And then he leaves her, leaving her a note that he will come back for sure and be worthy. Oh YES.

See caps from such a delicious scene )

4. I have now watched the first episode of Worlds Within and I adore it ridiculously - is so lowkey but very effective.
dangermousie: (KHYD: Jandi hide by vierran45)
Brilliant Legacy is over (don't spoil me!) but we have so much to look forward to.

NOTE TO SELF: Get a clone so you can fit in real life and all these dramas.

So, these are the upcoming Korean dramas:

AIRING

FRIEND - the most arthouse drama I have ever seen. Former friends turned mobsters played by Hyun Bin, Kim Min Joon. And Seo Do Young as the helpless to intervene in the destruction third friend in this friendship. This might be the best drama I have ever seen.

SWALLOW THE SUN - mercenaries, true and forbidden love, ANGST, tough hero who worships heroine and my huge favorites Ji Sung, Sung Yuri, and Lee Wan.

AUGUST

TAKE CARE OF THE LADY - comedy with Yoon Eun Hye as a rich girl who hooks up with her butler :P Woo-hoo! Bonus is Jung Il Woo as her fiance - I adore this guy since Return of Iljimae and will be uncanon-shipping.

DREAM - more like 'dream cast.' Kim Bum is a hoodlum who takes up professional fighting under the guidance of Joo Jin Mo. There are some ladies in it but who cares? I sure don't. I hope this one will be testosterone-fueled all the way.

HON - A horror drama starring Lee Seo Jin, one of the few actors I will watch in anything and everything. This sounds like it could be very awesome, with spirits, school girls and dead twins.

FALL

IRIS - the drama of the year for me. Arguably, the drama of the last 5 years for me. Assassins, spies, forbidden love, tough men and tougher ladies, and a cast to die for - Lee Byung Hun (finally back to dramas), Jung Joon Ho (my newest love), Kim Tae Hee (if she can act half as well as she loooks, we are set), TOP, Kim Seung Woo, and Kim So Yeon. October.

YOU'RE BEAUTIFUL - Hong Sisters, my favorite drama writers ever, are back with a drama about idol singers starring Jang Geun-Seok. This will be ridiculously awesome. October.

HEADING TO THE GROUND - Yunho and Go Ara star in a drama about a star soccer player. While I weep for the fact that it almost was Dangermousie crush's Kim Rae Won last drama before the Army, this sounds like it could be utterly fun - Yunho looks hot and I adore Go Ara. September.

CHUNO - A period drama by the writer of Conspiracy in the Court starring Jang Hyuk (OMG!) and Han Hyo Joo, and dealing with runaway slaves. I am so very there. Airing after IRIS is done. (Only fitting - of all the upcoming ones, the ones I am looking forward to the most are IRIS (above all) and then Chuno).
dangermousie: (KHYD: Jandi hide by vierran45)
Brilliant Legacy is over (don't spoil me!) but we have so much to look forward to.

NOTE TO SELF: Get a clone so you can fit in real life and all these dramas.

So, these are the upcoming Korean dramas:

AIRING

FRIEND - the most arthouse drama I have ever seen. Former friends turned mobsters played by Hyun Bin, Kim Min Joon. And Seo Do Young as the helpless to intervene in the destruction third friend in this friendship. This might be the best drama I have ever seen.

SWALLOW THE SUN - mercenaries, true and forbidden love, ANGST, tough hero who worships heroine and my huge favorites Ji Sung, Sung Yuri, and Lee Wan.

AUGUST

TAKE CARE OF THE LADY - comedy with Yoon Eun Hye as a rich girl who hooks up with her butler :P Woo-hoo! Bonus is Jung Il Woo as her fiance - I adore this guy since Return of Iljimae and will be uncanon-shipping.

DREAM - more like 'dream cast.' Kim Bum is a hoodlum who takes up professional fighting under the guidance of Joo Jin Mo. There are some ladies in it but who cares? I sure don't. I hope this one will be testosterone-fueled all the way.

HON - A horror drama starring Lee Seo Jin, one of the few actors I will watch in anything and everything. This sounds like it could be very awesome, with spirits, school girls and dead twins.

FALL

IRIS - the drama of the year for me. Arguably, the drama of the last 5 years for me. Assassins, spies, forbidden love, tough men and tougher ladies, and a cast to die for - Lee Byung Hun (finally back to dramas), Jung Joon Ho (my newest love), Kim Tae Hee (if she can act half as well as she loooks, we are set), TOP, Kim Seung Woo, and Kim So Yeon. October.

YOU'RE BEAUTIFUL - Hong Sisters, my favorite drama writers ever, are back with a drama about idol singers starring Jang Geun-Seok. This will be ridiculously awesome. October.

HEADING TO THE GROUND - Yunho and Go Ara star in a drama about a star soccer player. While I weep for the fact that it almost was Dangermousie crush's Kim Rae Won last drama before the Army, this sounds like it could be utterly fun - Yunho looks hot and I adore Go Ara. September.

CHUNO - A period drama by the writer of Conspiracy in the Court starring Jang Hyuk (OMG!) and Han Hyo Joo, and dealing with runaway slaves. I am so very there. Airing after IRIS is done. (Only fitting - of all the upcoming ones, the ones I am looking forward to the most are IRIS (above all) and then Chuno).

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