dangermousie: (Chuno - slave girl)
I have checked out episode 1 of Jejoongwon - the period Korean medical drama about the start of Western medicine in Korea.

Short verdict - it's a good, competently made drama that is not necessarily my thing. Mainly because no medical drama is really my thing - I am very very squeamish. But I liked the concept and characters enough to stick around for a while.

This is our protagonist, a butcher with a sick mother, who yearns to become a doctor. It's a period kdrama so his life is full of dirt and misery and being abused by those above him in station (seeing that they are shown executing people for illegal butchering, Korea was an...interesting place to live). This actor is very good and I feel tremendously his character's desperation even if I do not find him in the least attractive and even if I feel itchy just looking at his hair.



These are the other two main characters - long-standing friends. Their lives are easier because they are both upper-class but they are both misfits - he is the son of a Justice Minister who wants to study medicine instead of government exams and she is a noblewoman hampered by her gender from achieving any ambition. Her intelligent practicality and his ruthless streak are both already evident and I like them both a lot.



This drama is ridiculously gorgeous and lush:



And the costumes are to die for.



I plan to continue even if watching butchering and surgery makes me, regrettably, a little sick.
dangermousie: (Chuno - slave girl)
I have checked out episode 1 of Jejoongwon - the period Korean medical drama about the start of Western medicine in Korea.

Short verdict - it's a good, competently made drama that is not necessarily my thing. Mainly because no medical drama is really my thing - I am very very squeamish. But I liked the concept and characters enough to stick around for a while.

This is our protagonist, a butcher with a sick mother, who yearns to become a doctor. It's a period kdrama so his life is full of dirt and misery and being abused by those above him in station (seeing that they are shown executing people for illegal butchering, Korea was an...interesting place to live). This actor is very good and I feel tremendously his character's desperation even if I do not find him in the least attractive and even if I feel itchy just looking at his hair.



These are the other two main characters - long-standing friends. Their lives are easier because they are both upper-class but they are both misfits - he is the son of a Justice Minister who wants to study medicine instead of government exams and she is a noblewoman hampered by her gender from achieving any ambition. Her intelligent practicality and his ruthless streak are both already evident and I like them both a lot.



This drama is ridiculously gorgeous and lush:



And the costumes are to die for.



I plan to continue even if watching butchering and surgery makes me, regrettably, a little sick.
dangermousie: (Chuno - slave girl)
I have checked out episode 1 of Jejoongwon - the period Korean medical drama about the start of Western medicine in Korea.

Short verdict - it's a good, competently made drama that is not necessarily my thing. Mainly because no medical drama is really my thing - I am very very squeamish. But I liked the concept and characters enough to stick around for a while.

This is our protagonist, a butcher with a sick mother, who yearns to become a doctor. It's a period kdrama so his life is full of dirt and misery and being abused by those above him in station (seeing that they are shown executing people for illegal butchering, Korea was an...interesting place to live). This actor is very good and I feel tremendously his character's desperation even if I do not find him in the least attractive and even if I feel itchy just looking at his hair.



These are the other two main characters - long-standing friends. Their lives are easier because they are both upper-class but they are both misfits - he is the son of a Justice Minister who wants to study medicine instead of government exams and she is a noblewoman hampered by her gender from achieving any ambition. Her intelligent practicality and his ruthless streak are both already evident and I like them both a lot.



This drama is ridiculously gorgeous and lush:



And the costumes are to die for.



I plan to continue even if watching butchering and surgery makes me, regrettably, a little sick.
dangermousie: (Chuno - bride)
While I often adore kdrama heroes, it is the heroine who is a deal-breaker for me. A drama does not need to have a woman in a prominent role for me to love it - as long as the relative absence of women makes sense (i.e. if someone made a drama set in the military and had only minor female characters), if the story is good, I will buy it. But if the drama does have a prominent female character, I have to like her or I bail. An unsatisfactory hero I can live with, an unsatisfactory heroine? Never.

Luckily for me, this season of kdramas is full of strong, intelligent, funny heroines. Sometimes all three at once. Here is your primer:

2009 January Heroine Roster )

And not related, but because I am a geek, I went and compared all of last week's kdrama ratings.

Ratings comparison here )
dangermousie: (Chuno - bride)
While I often adore kdrama heroes, it is the heroine who is a deal-breaker for me. A drama does not need to have a woman in a prominent role for me to love it - as long as the relative absence of women makes sense (i.e. if someone made a drama set in the military and had only minor female characters), if the story is good, I will buy it. But if the drama does have a prominent female character, I have to like her or I bail. An unsatisfactory hero I can live with, an unsatisfactory heroine? Never.

Luckily for me, this season of kdramas is full of strong, intelligent, funny heroines. Sometimes all three at once. Here is your primer:

2009 January Heroine Roster )

And not related, but because I am a geek, I went and compared all of last week's kdrama ratings.

Ratings comparison here )
dangermousie: (Chuno - bride)
While I often adore kdrama heroes, it is the heroine who is a deal-breaker for me. A drama does not need to have a woman in a prominent role for me to love it - as long as the relative absence of women makes sense (i.e. if someone made a drama set in the military and had only minor female characters), if the story is good, I will buy it. But if the drama does have a prominent female character, I have to like her or I bail. An unsatisfactory hero I can live with, an unsatisfactory heroine? Never.

Luckily for me, this season of kdramas is full of strong, intelligent, funny heroines. Sometimes all three at once. Here is your primer:

2009 January Heroine Roster )

And not related, but because I am a geek, I went and compared all of last week's kdrama ratings.

Ratings comparison here )
dangermousie: (Dr Who: snog closeup by likestarlight)
The drama winter season is about to kick into full swing - January is full of goodies. Jdrama Wallflower, about an eccentric extreme goth and four pretty boys she befriends starts this Thursday. I love the source manga so even if I am not sure how well it will be adapted, I plan to check it out. And, of course, kdramas are the ones which preoccupy me, as always. Will It Snow for Christmas will continue it's well-made angst and melodrama this Wednesday. The Reputable Family has clearly become my first addicting drama of 2010 with its period love, rivalries and conspiracies (for once, they do not center on the court but on the merchant class - very refreshing). It has aired its first two episodes this Saturday and Sunday. And a whole slew of new dramas hit this week - both medical period drama Jejoongwon, about the first Western hospital in Korea, and romcom Pick the Stars, about an icy lawyer melted by burdened-by-orphaned siblings heroine, start Monday. My most anticipated of the year, Slave Hunters, starts this Wednesday, replacing my one true drama love IRIS, and hopefully will keep up the amazing KBS streak going. Two more dramas which start Monday are not really my thing - cooking romcom Pasta (I like the cast but find cooking-themed dramas boring) and teen manga adaptation Lord of Study (I am too old for it) but you never know. 2009 has been good to me, drama-wise. Hopefully 2010 will be as well.

I am, however, a bit in-between dramas - except for The Reputable Family and Will It Snow for Christmas, I am not really watching much. Yay for next week! But meanwhile I have checked out 1997 drama Beautiful My Lady - there are no subs but it's addicting and I craved old-fashioned romantic angst. My impressions are as follows:

(1) I like the heroine and (2) I have never seen Lee Byung Hun look that young!



(3) There is amazing kissing and romantic angst:



(4) And angsty bloody hugs:




(5) You know it's an old drama when people smoke on-screen:



And last point of this post, not connected to the others. I am still obsessed with IRIS and I love its cast. Here they are at the award ceremony.

Cut as is huge )
dangermousie: (Dr Who: snog closeup by likestarlight)
The drama winter season is about to kick into full swing - January is full of goodies. Jdrama Wallflower, about an eccentric extreme goth and four pretty boys she befriends starts this Thursday. I love the source manga so even if I am not sure how well it will be adapted, I plan to check it out. And, of course, kdramas are the ones which preoccupy me, as always. Will It Snow for Christmas will continue it's well-made angst and melodrama this Wednesday. The Reputable Family has clearly become my first addicting drama of 2010 with its period love, rivalries and conspiracies (for once, they do not center on the court but on the merchant class - very refreshing). It has aired its first two episodes this Saturday and Sunday. And a whole slew of new dramas hit this week - both medical period drama Jejoongwon, about the first Western hospital in Korea, and romcom Pick the Stars, about an icy lawyer melted by burdened-by-orphaned siblings heroine, start Monday. My most anticipated of the year, Slave Hunters, starts this Wednesday, replacing my one true drama love IRIS, and hopefully will keep up the amazing KBS streak going. Two more dramas which start Monday are not really my thing - cooking romcom Pasta (I like the cast but find cooking-themed dramas boring) and teen manga adaptation Lord of Study (I am too old for it) but you never know. 2009 has been good to me, drama-wise. Hopefully 2010 will be as well.

I am, however, a bit in-between dramas - except for The Reputable Family and Will It Snow for Christmas, I am not really watching much. Yay for next week! But meanwhile I have checked out 1997 drama Beautiful My Lady - there are no subs but it's addicting and I craved old-fashioned romantic angst. My impressions are as follows:

(1) I like the heroine and (2) I have never seen Lee Byung Hun look that young!



(3) There is amazing kissing and romantic angst:



(4) And angsty bloody hugs:




(5) You know it's an old drama when people smoke on-screen:



And last point of this post, not connected to the others. I am still obsessed with IRIS and I love its cast. Here they are at the award ceremony.

Cut as is huge )
dangermousie: (Dr Who: snog closeup by likestarlight)
The drama winter season is about to kick into full swing - January is full of goodies. Jdrama Wallflower, about an eccentric extreme goth and four pretty boys she befriends starts this Thursday. I love the source manga so even if I am not sure how well it will be adapted, I plan to check it out. And, of course, kdramas are the ones which preoccupy me, as always. Will It Snow for Christmas will continue it's well-made angst and melodrama this Wednesday. The Reputable Family has clearly become my first addicting drama of 2010 with its period love, rivalries and conspiracies (for once, they do not center on the court but on the merchant class - very refreshing). It has aired its first two episodes this Saturday and Sunday. And a whole slew of new dramas hit this week - both medical period drama Jejoongwon, about the first Western hospital in Korea, and romcom Pick the Stars, about an icy lawyer melted by burdened-by-orphaned siblings heroine, start Monday. My most anticipated of the year, Slave Hunters, starts this Wednesday, replacing my one true drama love IRIS, and hopefully will keep up the amazing KBS streak going. Two more dramas which start Monday are not really my thing - cooking romcom Pasta (I like the cast but find cooking-themed dramas boring) and teen manga adaptation Lord of Study (I am too old for it) but you never know. 2009 has been good to me, drama-wise. Hopefully 2010 will be as well.

I am, however, a bit in-between dramas - except for The Reputable Family and Will It Snow for Christmas, I am not really watching much. Yay for next week! But meanwhile I have checked out 1997 drama Beautiful My Lady - there are no subs but it's addicting and I craved old-fashioned romantic angst. My impressions are as follows:

(1) I like the heroine and (2) I have never seen Lee Byung Hun look that young!



(3) There is amazing kissing and romantic angst:



(4) And angsty bloody hugs:




(5) You know it's an old drama when people smoke on-screen:



And last point of this post, not connected to the others. I am still obsessed with IRIS and I love its cast. Here they are at the award ceremony.

Cut as is huge )
dangermousie: (EoE: DW/JH by meganbmoore)
I may not be able to post this weekend so quick thoughts.

1. Congratulations to You're Beautiful for winning "favorite drama of 2009" poll. IRIS was second. Seeing how far ahead YAB was, I won't do a run-off. I don't want to break my heart again. Return of Iljimae won in the separate runner-up category, which made me happy.

Side note: whatever my issues with YAB itself, I love JGS and PSH and if we had kissing like this in the drama, I might have been more reconciled to it :P



(Yet another reason I am not big on teen dramas - as opposed to the above, they always kiss as if they are afraid to catch leprosy - BOF's infamous behind-the-scenes clip with the director telling Lee Min Ho to close his mouth and just hold it is still in my memory).

2. If you are not watching Will it Snow at Christmas, you should be. It's all about the staring.




Larger and more cuteness )

3. Trailer for Jejoongwon is out. It looks amazing:



I won't be drama-bored this winter!
dangermousie: (EoE: DW/JH by meganbmoore)
I may not be able to post this weekend so quick thoughts.

1. Congratulations to You're Beautiful for winning "favorite drama of 2009" poll. IRIS was second. Seeing how far ahead YAB was, I won't do a run-off. I don't want to break my heart again. Return of Iljimae won in the separate runner-up category, which made me happy.

Side note: whatever my issues with YAB itself, I love JGS and PSH and if we had kissing like this in the drama, I might have been more reconciled to it :P



(Yet another reason I am not big on teen dramas - as opposed to the above, they always kiss as if they are afraid to catch leprosy - BOF's infamous behind-the-scenes clip with the director telling Lee Min Ho to close his mouth and just hold it is still in my memory).

2. If you are not watching Will it Snow at Christmas, you should be. It's all about the staring.




Larger and more cuteness )

3. Trailer for Jejoongwon is out. It looks amazing:



I won't be drama-bored this winter!
dangermousie: (EoE: DW/JH by meganbmoore)
I may not be able to post this weekend so quick thoughts.

1. Congratulations to You're Beautiful for winning "favorite drama of 2009" poll. IRIS was second. Seeing how far ahead YAB was, I won't do a run-off. I don't want to break my heart again. Return of Iljimae won in the separate runner-up category, which made me happy.

Side note: whatever my issues with YAB itself, I love JGS and PSH and if we had kissing like this in the drama, I might have been more reconciled to it :P



(Yet another reason I am not big on teen dramas - as opposed to the above, they always kiss as if they are afraid to catch leprosy - BOF's infamous behind-the-scenes clip with the director telling Lee Min Ho to close his mouth and just hold it is still in my memory).

2. If you are not watching Will it Snow at Christmas, you should be. It's all about the staring.




Larger and more cuteness )

3. Trailer for Jejoongwon is out. It looks amazing:



I won't be drama-bored this winter!
dangermousie: (Capital Scandal secondary otp by meganbm)
Will be working on my "Best Kdrama Women" post and "Top Dramas of 2009" list and "Stupid OTP interloper moments" list on the weekend. Gosh, I love lists.

But meanwhile, doesn't this poster make you want to watch Jejoongwon (drama on start of Western medicine in Korea) basically right now?

dangermousie: (Capital Scandal secondary otp by meganbm)
Will be working on my "Best Kdrama Women" post and "Top Dramas of 2009" list and "Stupid OTP interloper moments" list on the weekend. Gosh, I love lists.

But meanwhile, doesn't this poster make you want to watch Jejoongwon (drama on start of Western medicine in Korea) basically right now?

dangermousie: (Capital Scandal secondary otp by meganbm)
Will be working on my "Best Kdrama Women" post and "Top Dramas of 2009" list and "Stupid OTP interloper moments" list on the weekend. Gosh, I love lists.

But meanwhile, doesn't this poster make you want to watch Jejoongwon (drama on start of Western medicine in Korea) basically right now?

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