dangermousie: (ISWAK rain by pinkfactory)
I've started to watch fancams of DH filming. That's it. I. Need. To. Stop.

Also, the soompi thread for that drama is somewhere I try to steer far from. Not only are the character wars full of flamey ragey fun (suprisingly, the shipper wars aren't too bad, but the 'Baekhee=awesome/psycho; Hyemi=awesome/bitch' wars are craaazy), but I get the feeling I am old enough to be any of the participants' mother. Their discussions of life and romance, regardless of their shippy preferences, make me grin nostalgically and a bit worriedly.

Anyway, my slate is pretty open - other than DH and and Gloria, I am not really following anything actively (I decided I am going to wait for My Princess to finish and then binge). So I decided to check out Joe Cheng's newest, Channel X, in which he's a news anchor accused of the murder of his fiancee. It looks gritty and good about 5 mins in!
dangermousie: (ISWAK rain by pinkfactory)
I've started to watch fancams of DH filming. That's it. I. Need. To. Stop.

Also, the soompi thread for that drama is somewhere I try to steer far from. Not only are the character wars full of flamey ragey fun (suprisingly, the shipper wars aren't too bad, but the 'Baekhee=awesome/psycho; Hyemi=awesome/bitch' wars are craaazy), but I get the feeling I am old enough to be any of the participants' mother. Their discussions of life and romance, regardless of their shippy preferences, make me grin nostalgically and a bit worriedly.

Anyway, my slate is pretty open - other than DH and and Gloria, I am not really following anything actively (I decided I am going to wait for My Princess to finish and then binge). So I decided to check out Joe Cheng's newest, Channel X, in which he's a news anchor accused of the murder of his fiancee. It looks gritty and good about 5 mins in!
dangermousie: (ISWAK rain by pinkfactory)
I've started to watch fancams of DH filming. That's it. I. Need. To. Stop.

Also, the soompi thread for that drama is somewhere I try to steer far from. Not only are the character wars full of flamey ragey fun (suprisingly, the shipper wars aren't too bad, but the 'Baekhee=awesome/psycho; Hyemi=awesome/bitch' wars are craaazy), but I get the feeling I am old enough to be any of the participants' mother. Their discussions of life and romance, regardless of their shippy preferences, make me grin nostalgically and a bit worriedly.

Anyway, my slate is pretty open - other than DH and and Gloria, I am not really following anything actively (I decided I am going to wait for My Princess to finish and then binge). So I decided to check out Joe Cheng's newest, Channel X, in which he's a news anchor accused of the murder of his fiancee. It looks gritty and good about 5 mins in!

Quick bits

Nov. 28th, 2010 09:12 am
dangermousie: (Gloria - KS/JJ prelude to a kiss by time)
1. Waiting for a direct download of Gloria to appear is killing me. I wasn't planning to watch it raw but after such a long break, I simply cannot wait. I am super excited that aparently, the shippy angst and misunderstanding between Jin Jin and Kang Suk is resolved so quickly - i.e. in this episode. I should have trusted the writer and remembered his characters always act like reasonable, smart human beings, and explain and talk things out, and not the usual drama heroes who jump to conclusions as if it was an extreme sport. On the minus side, Dong Ah gets kidnapped by Creepy (who really must get another hobby in addition to ordering hits and kidnappings. Something a tad less stressfully illegal, perhaps.) Not sure what Creepy plans to accomplish with that, but then he's not exactly a model of rationality, is he? I also like that the shippy focus alternates between the two OTPs - in the earlier eps, emphasis was on DA/YS, in the later ones, on JJ/KS, and now it depends on the episode. Gives a little variety.

2. Speaking of cool things, k-i-s-s from ep 6 of Secret Garden. I laughed pretty hard.



3. ockoala's blog has a summary and a hour-long bts special for the upcoming twdrama Channel X. Apparently in it, Joe Cheng is an anchor who supposedly kills his girlfriend, the drama's heroine Amber Kuo, and then the story goes into flashback. I always knew Zhi Shu was going to snap one of these days :) I am quite eager for CX, even if Joe Cheng is a mixed bag for me - when he's on, he's on, but sadly he mostly isn't on, outside of ISWAK dramas. (I also don't find him so gorgeous as to overlook lack of acting/good drama plot, a la Mike He).

Quick bits

Nov. 28th, 2010 09:12 am
dangermousie: (Gloria - KS/JJ prelude to a kiss by time)
1. Waiting for a direct download of Gloria to appear is killing me. I wasn't planning to watch it raw but after such a long break, I simply cannot wait. I am super excited that aparently, the shippy angst and misunderstanding between Jin Jin and Kang Suk is resolved so quickly - i.e. in this episode. I should have trusted the writer and remembered his characters always act like reasonable, smart human beings, and explain and talk things out, and not the usual drama heroes who jump to conclusions as if it was an extreme sport. On the minus side, Dong Ah gets kidnapped by Creepy (who really must get another hobby in addition to ordering hits and kidnappings. Something a tad less stressfully illegal, perhaps.) Not sure what Creepy plans to accomplish with that, but then he's not exactly a model of rationality, is he? I also like that the shippy focus alternates between the two OTPs - in the earlier eps, emphasis was on DA/YS, in the later ones, on JJ/KS, and now it depends on the episode. Gives a little variety.

2. Speaking of cool things, k-i-s-s from ep 6 of Secret Garden. I laughed pretty hard.



3. ockoala's blog has a summary and a hour-long bts special for the upcoming twdrama Channel X. Apparently in it, Joe Cheng is an anchor who supposedly kills his girlfriend, the drama's heroine Amber Kuo, and then the story goes into flashback. I always knew Zhi Shu was going to snap one of these days :) I am quite eager for CX, even if Joe Cheng is a mixed bag for me - when he's on, he's on, but sadly he mostly isn't on, outside of ISWAK dramas. (I also don't find him so gorgeous as to overlook lack of acting/good drama plot, a la Mike He).

Quick bits

Nov. 28th, 2010 09:12 am
dangermousie: (Gloria - KS/JJ prelude to a kiss by time)
1. Waiting for a direct download of Gloria to appear is killing me. I wasn't planning to watch it raw but after such a long break, I simply cannot wait. I am super excited that aparently, the shippy angst and misunderstanding between Jin Jin and Kang Suk is resolved so quickly - i.e. in this episode. I should have trusted the writer and remembered his characters always act like reasonable, smart human beings, and explain and talk things out, and not the usual drama heroes who jump to conclusions as if it was an extreme sport. On the minus side, Dong Ah gets kidnapped by Creepy (who really must get another hobby in addition to ordering hits and kidnappings. Something a tad less stressfully illegal, perhaps.) Not sure what Creepy plans to accomplish with that, but then he's not exactly a model of rationality, is he? I also like that the shippy focus alternates between the two OTPs - in the earlier eps, emphasis was on DA/YS, in the later ones, on JJ/KS, and now it depends on the episode. Gives a little variety.

2. Speaking of cool things, k-i-s-s from ep 6 of Secret Garden. I laughed pretty hard.



3. ockoala's blog has a summary and a hour-long bts special for the upcoming twdrama Channel X. Apparently in it, Joe Cheng is an anchor who supposedly kills his girlfriend, the drama's heroine Amber Kuo, and then the story goes into flashback. I always knew Zhi Shu was going to snap one of these days :) I am quite eager for CX, even if Joe Cheng is a mixed bag for me - when he's on, he's on, but sadly he mostly isn't on, outside of ISWAK dramas. (I also don't find him so gorgeous as to overlook lack of acting/good drama plot, a la Mike He).
dangermousie: (ISWAK rain by pinkfactory)
I am so sorry, Kim Hyun Joong, but Joe Cheng will always be my ideal Naoki.

Ahem.

Anyway.



Thanks the the wonderful [livejournal.com profile] ockoala, I was made aware of Joe Cheng's new drama, That Love Comes, costarring Le Fei Er.

Now, I am an unabashed Joe Cheng fangirl. It's hard not to become one after ISWAK and TKA. But, let's face it, Joe's choices of roles have been, like his buddy Mike He's, rather uneven. Have you tried sitting through Love or Bread or Summer x Summer (the latter has been voted by yours truly as the worst drama she has ever seen). So, despite [livejournal.com profile] ockoala's enthusiastic post, I approached TLC with a degree of trepidation.

I have just finished the first episode (first four eps are out, and three are subbed so far on viikii) and am so glad to report - Ockoala was right and my trepidations were groundless. TLC is lovely - it has a vibe of a mellow kdrama mixed with the freshness and emotional immediacy of a twdrama. Think of a cross between Wish to See You Again, Soulmate and Autumn's Concerto, with a bit of Starlit thrown in.

The story is pretty simple and has been told about a million times before, but it's the way it's told that counts. Ye Zi, our heroine, is a small-town girl earning money in the big city. Her paths cross with Xia Tian, a big time photographer dissatisfied with his life, and the story goes from there. It's lovely and romantic and gorgeous and just - I love.

Have a preview:



Despite the fact that this LJ is 90% kdramaland, twdramas (and by extension cdramas) will always speak to me the way no other dramas do. They were, after all, my gateway and my first love. And you never forget your first, do you?

ETA: You know, maybe more twdrama idols should go Mainland. I haven't liked anything of Mike He's in years anywhere near as much as I did what I saw of Infernal Lover.
dangermousie: (ISWAK rain by pinkfactory)
I am so sorry, Kim Hyun Joong, but Joe Cheng will always be my ideal Naoki.

Ahem.

Anyway.



Thanks the the wonderful [livejournal.com profile] ockoala, I was made aware of Joe Cheng's new drama, That Love Comes, costarring Le Fei Er.

Now, I am an unabashed Joe Cheng fangirl. It's hard not to become one after ISWAK and TKA. But, let's face it, Joe's choices of roles have been, like his buddy Mike He's, rather uneven. Have you tried sitting through Love or Bread or Summer x Summer (the latter has been voted by yours truly as the worst drama she has ever seen). So, despite [livejournal.com profile] ockoala's enthusiastic post, I approached TLC with a degree of trepidation.

I have just finished the first episode (first four eps are out, and three are subbed so far on viikii) and am so glad to report - Ockoala was right and my trepidations were groundless. TLC is lovely - it has a vibe of a mellow kdrama mixed with the freshness and emotional immediacy of a twdrama. Think of a cross between Wish to See You Again, Soulmate and Autumn's Concerto, with a bit of Starlit thrown in.

The story is pretty simple and has been told about a million times before, but it's the way it's told that counts. Ye Zi, our heroine, is a small-town girl earning money in the big city. Her paths cross with Xia Tian, a big time photographer dissatisfied with his life, and the story goes from there. It's lovely and romantic and gorgeous and just - I love.

Have a preview:



Despite the fact that this LJ is 90% kdramaland, twdramas (and by extension cdramas) will always speak to me the way no other dramas do. They were, after all, my gateway and my first love. And you never forget your first, do you?

ETA: You know, maybe more twdrama idols should go Mainland. I haven't liked anything of Mike He's in years anywhere near as much as I did what I saw of Infernal Lover.
dangermousie: (ISWAK rain by pinkfactory)
I am so sorry, Kim Hyun Joong, but Joe Cheng will always be my ideal Naoki.

Ahem.

Anyway.



Thanks the the wonderful [livejournal.com profile] ockoala, I was made aware of Joe Cheng's new drama, That Love Comes, costarring Le Fei Er.

Now, I am an unabashed Joe Cheng fangirl. It's hard not to become one after ISWAK and TKA. But, let's face it, Joe's choices of roles have been, like his buddy Mike He's, rather uneven. Have you tried sitting through Love or Bread or Summer x Summer (the latter has been voted by yours truly as the worst drama she has ever seen). So, despite [livejournal.com profile] ockoala's enthusiastic post, I approached TLC with a degree of trepidation.

I have just finished the first episode (first four eps are out, and three are subbed so far on viikii) and am so glad to report - Ockoala was right and my trepidations were groundless. TLC is lovely - it has a vibe of a mellow kdrama mixed with the freshness and emotional immediacy of a twdrama. Think of a cross between Wish to See You Again, Soulmate and Autumn's Concerto, with a bit of Starlit thrown in.

The story is pretty simple and has been told about a million times before, but it's the way it's told that counts. Ye Zi, our heroine, is a small-town girl earning money in the big city. Her paths cross with Xia Tian, a big time photographer dissatisfied with his life, and the story goes from there. It's lovely and romantic and gorgeous and just - I love.

Have a preview:



Despite the fact that this LJ is 90% kdramaland, twdramas (and by extension cdramas) will always speak to me the way no other dramas do. They were, after all, my gateway and my first love. And you never forget your first, do you?

ETA: You know, maybe more twdrama idols should go Mainland. I haven't liked anything of Mike He's in years anywhere near as much as I did what I saw of Infernal Lover.
dangermousie: (ISWAK knees by ameyadevi)


Apparently the long-rumored Korean adaptation of It Started with a Kiss is going to proceed after all.

Hmmm. Very mixed feelings on that one. The iconic twdrama version was not only one of my all-time favorite dramas, it was one of my earliest ones. Even now, when I need cheering up, I fish it out and watch some bits of it.

It's a polarizing story (my flist is equally divided between intelligent, eloquent women who adore it and intelligent, eloquent women who can't stand it) and it really stands or falls not even as much on the script as it does on the cast. Twdrama version lucked out by casting Ariel Lin and Joe Cheng as the silly, cheerful girl and the icy brainy robot-type boy she is obsessed with. The two went on to not just fame but becoming one of the most beloved on-screen twdrama pairings ever. Ariel Lin was silly without being irritating, obsessed without being pathetic, and Joe Cheng's iciness was always moderated by the barely held in check amusement and a genuine puzzled lack of understanding of human feeling. Not to mention their chemistry burned.

So yes, the casting is crucial. Dramabeans barely posted the news a couple of hours ago and the thread is already full of people's suggestions, some of which make me cringe - Won Bin and Song Hye Kyo? They are at least 10 years too old - the leads in question are highschoolers - the whole story is about growing up and discovering what you want. Or Jang Geun Seok and Park Shin Hye - the day JGS does a convincing icy reserve on my screen would be something, Park Shin Hye's attempts at dim in YAB annoyed the heck out of me, plus JGS's insane fangirls traumatized me for life. Some I could see (Im Ju Hwan and Seo Woo) except for the fact that it would be a bit of Tamra rehash (kdramas aren't keen on reusing pairings) and also conflict with IJH's What's Up drama.

I honestly have no idea who they could cast. Maybe Jung Il Woo - he is gorgeous and can do icy, and Return of Iljimae proved he is a heck of an actor so he can pull off any role whatsoever. As for the female lead - no idea. Maybe Go Ara? If only Yoon Eun Hye was 5 years younger - she is the one Korean actress who most reminds me of Ariel Lin.

In conclusion, have this adorable ISWAK mv:



I really feel like rewatching both ISWAK and its sequel now.
dangermousie: (ISWAK knees by ameyadevi)


Apparently the long-rumored Korean adaptation of It Started with a Kiss is going to proceed after all.

Hmmm. Very mixed feelings on that one. The iconic twdrama version was not only one of my all-time favorite dramas, it was one of my earliest ones. Even now, when I need cheering up, I fish it out and watch some bits of it.

It's a polarizing story (my flist is equally divided between intelligent, eloquent women who adore it and intelligent, eloquent women who can't stand it) and it really stands or falls not even as much on the script as it does on the cast. Twdrama version lucked out by casting Ariel Lin and Joe Cheng as the silly, cheerful girl and the icy brainy robot-type boy she is obsessed with. The two went on to not just fame but becoming one of the most beloved on-screen twdrama pairings ever. Ariel Lin was silly without being irritating, obsessed without being pathetic, and Joe Cheng's iciness was always moderated by the barely held in check amusement and a genuine puzzled lack of understanding of human feeling. Not to mention their chemistry burned.

So yes, the casting is crucial. Dramabeans barely posted the news a couple of hours ago and the thread is already full of people's suggestions, some of which make me cringe - Won Bin and Song Hye Kyo? They are at least 10 years too old - the leads in question are highschoolers - the whole story is about growing up and discovering what you want. Or Jang Geun Seok and Park Shin Hye - the day JGS does a convincing icy reserve on my screen would be something, Park Shin Hye's attempts at dim in YAB annoyed the heck out of me, plus JGS's insane fangirls traumatized me for life. Some I could see (Im Ju Hwan and Seo Woo) except for the fact that it would be a bit of Tamra rehash (kdramas aren't keen on reusing pairings) and also conflict with IJH's What's Up drama.

I honestly have no idea who they could cast. Maybe Jung Il Woo - he is gorgeous and can do icy, and Return of Iljimae proved he is a heck of an actor so he can pull off any role whatsoever. As for the female lead - no idea. Maybe Go Ara? If only Yoon Eun Hye was 5 years younger - she is the one Korean actress who most reminds me of Ariel Lin.

In conclusion, have this adorable ISWAK mv:



I really feel like rewatching both ISWAK and its sequel now.
dangermousie: (ISWAK knees by ameyadevi)


Apparently the long-rumored Korean adaptation of It Started with a Kiss is going to proceed after all.

Hmmm. Very mixed feelings on that one. The iconic twdrama version was not only one of my all-time favorite dramas, it was one of my earliest ones. Even now, when I need cheering up, I fish it out and watch some bits of it.

It's a polarizing story (my flist is equally divided between intelligent, eloquent women who adore it and intelligent, eloquent women who can't stand it) and it really stands or falls not even as much on the script as it does on the cast. Twdrama version lucked out by casting Ariel Lin and Joe Cheng as the silly, cheerful girl and the icy brainy robot-type boy she is obsessed with. The two went on to not just fame but becoming one of the most beloved on-screen twdrama pairings ever. Ariel Lin was silly without being irritating, obsessed without being pathetic, and Joe Cheng's iciness was always moderated by the barely held in check amusement and a genuine puzzled lack of understanding of human feeling. Not to mention their chemistry burned.

So yes, the casting is crucial. Dramabeans barely posted the news a couple of hours ago and the thread is already full of people's suggestions, some of which make me cringe - Won Bin and Song Hye Kyo? They are at least 10 years too old - the leads in question are highschoolers - the whole story is about growing up and discovering what you want. Or Jang Geun Seok and Park Shin Hye - the day JGS does a convincing icy reserve on my screen would be something, Park Shin Hye's attempts at dim in YAB annoyed the heck out of me, plus JGS's insane fangirls traumatized me for life. Some I could see (Im Ju Hwan and Seo Woo) except for the fact that it would be a bit of Tamra rehash (kdramas aren't keen on reusing pairings) and also conflict with IJH's What's Up drama.

I honestly have no idea who they could cast. Maybe Jung Il Woo - he is gorgeous and can do icy, and Return of Iljimae proved he is a heck of an actor so he can pull off any role whatsoever. As for the female lead - no idea. Maybe Go Ara? If only Yoon Eun Hye was 5 years younger - she is the one Korean actress who most reminds me of Ariel Lin.

In conclusion, have this adorable ISWAK mv:



I really feel like rewatching both ISWAK and its sequel now.
dangermousie: (ISWAK knees by ameyadevi)


Clearly, these folks aren't British.

Whoa, my eyes sort of slid out of my sockets to see something like that in a drama, even a Taiwanese drama.

This is a scene from the first ep of They Kiss Again, a sequel to the wildly successful It Started With a Kiss, a drama about Xiang Qin, an extraverted bubblehead and Zhi Shu, an unemotional brainiac. If ISWAK was all about Xiang Qin going after (and getting) her man with a scary degree of perseverance, TKA follows the beginnings of their married life - who needs a "does he love me" emo with two such different personalities having to adjust to being together.

Anyway, their honeymoon make-out killed the momentum of the story (such as it was - the first ep is basically all fanservice) utterly dead. But I couldn't really begrudge it - just like the rest of the first ep, it was a total fanservice for the ISWAK fans who have probably wanted to see something like this for 20+ eps.

Yes, indeed. People in dramas have sex. Eleventy )

And now I am off to watch Lawyers of Korea. If it has a scene similar to this, I'll faint.
dangermousie: (ISWAK knees by ameyadevi)


Clearly, these folks aren't British.

Whoa, my eyes sort of slid out of my sockets to see something like that in a drama, even a Taiwanese drama.

This is a scene from the first ep of They Kiss Again, a sequel to the wildly successful It Started With a Kiss, a drama about Xiang Qin, an extraverted bubblehead and Zhi Shu, an unemotional brainiac. If ISWAK was all about Xiang Qin going after (and getting) her man with a scary degree of perseverance, TKA follows the beginnings of their married life - who needs a "does he love me" emo with two such different personalities having to adjust to being together.

Anyway, their honeymoon make-out killed the momentum of the story (such as it was - the first ep is basically all fanservice) utterly dead. But I couldn't really begrudge it - just like the rest of the first ep, it was a total fanservice for the ISWAK fans who have probably wanted to see something like this for 20+ eps.

Yes, indeed. People in dramas have sex. Eleventy )

And now I am off to watch Lawyers of Korea. If it has a scene similar to this, I'll faint.
dangermousie: (ISWAK knees by ameyadevi)


Clearly, these folks aren't British.

Whoa, my eyes sort of slid out of my sockets to see something like that in a drama, even a Taiwanese drama.

This is a scene from the first ep of They Kiss Again, a sequel to the wildly successful It Started With a Kiss, a drama about Xiang Qin, an extraverted bubblehead and Zhi Shu, an unemotional brainiac. If ISWAK was all about Xiang Qin going after (and getting) her man with a scary degree of perseverance, TKA follows the beginnings of their married life - who needs a "does he love me" emo with two such different personalities having to adjust to being together.

Anyway, their honeymoon make-out killed the momentum of the story (such as it was - the first ep is basically all fanservice) utterly dead. But I couldn't really begrudge it - just like the rest of the first ep, it was a total fanservice for the ISWAK fans who have probably wanted to see something like this for 20+ eps.

Yes, indeed. People in dramas have sex. Eleventy )

And now I am off to watch Lawyers of Korea. If it has a scene similar to this, I'll faint.
dangermousie: (ISWAK knees by ameyadevi)
I think I will be liveblogging They Kiss Again a.k.a. It Started with a Kiss 2. I got all the eps (freed space by deleting BOF) and started watching and gosh, how could I foget how gleeful Xiang Qin and Zhi Shu make me. I am in a happy mood just watching. An ep a day liveblog seems doable.



What is TKA about? Well, the outgoing, loud, and decidely non-brainiac Xiang Qin and the reserved, intellectual Zhi Shu are now married. And marriage is hard enough to adjust to for two such different personalities, even without adding ladies who want the male half of the pair, gentlemen who want the female half. Still, the biggest obstacle is themselves - Xiang Qin's propensity for jumping to conclusions and insecurities and Zhi Shu's difficulties in expressing emotions in an open fashion.

Also, me being me, I watched the ending just to see what happened and I think my bones melted. Seriously.

Screencaps of the sweetest drama scene I have watched in months )

Here is a cute TKA mv (even if it makes the drama seem angstier than it is. It's ISWAK universe, i.e. fluffiness galore):

dangermousie: (ISWAK knees by ameyadevi)
I think I will be liveblogging They Kiss Again a.k.a. It Started with a Kiss 2. I got all the eps (freed space by deleting BOF) and started watching and gosh, how could I foget how gleeful Xiang Qin and Zhi Shu make me. I am in a happy mood just watching. An ep a day liveblog seems doable.



What is TKA about? Well, the outgoing, loud, and decidely non-brainiac Xiang Qin and the reserved, intellectual Zhi Shu are now married. And marriage is hard enough to adjust to for two such different personalities, even without adding ladies who want the male half of the pair, gentlemen who want the female half. Still, the biggest obstacle is themselves - Xiang Qin's propensity for jumping to conclusions and insecurities and Zhi Shu's difficulties in expressing emotions in an open fashion.

Also, me being me, I watched the ending just to see what happened and I think my bones melted. Seriously.

Screencaps of the sweetest drama scene I have watched in months )

Here is a cute TKA mv (even if it makes the drama seem angstier than it is. It's ISWAK universe, i.e. fluffiness galore):

dangermousie: (ISWAK knees by ameyadevi)
I think I will be liveblogging They Kiss Again a.k.a. It Started with a Kiss 2. I got all the eps (freed space by deleting BOF) and started watching and gosh, how could I foget how gleeful Xiang Qin and Zhi Shu make me. I am in a happy mood just watching. An ep a day liveblog seems doable.



What is TKA about? Well, the outgoing, loud, and decidely non-brainiac Xiang Qin and the reserved, intellectual Zhi Shu are now married. And marriage is hard enough to adjust to for two such different personalities, even without adding ladies who want the male half of the pair, gentlemen who want the female half. Still, the biggest obstacle is themselves - Xiang Qin's propensity for jumping to conclusions and insecurities and Zhi Shu's difficulties in expressing emotions in an open fashion.

Also, me being me, I watched the ending just to see what happened and I think my bones melted. Seriously.

Screencaps of the sweetest drama scene I have watched in months )

Here is a cute TKA mv (even if it makes the drama seem angstier than it is. It's ISWAK universe, i.e. fluffiness galore):

dangermousie: (ISWAK first kiss by pinkfactory)
Heh. It sounds like a research paper. Too bad nobody will give me a grant.



ISWAK is a very popular Taiwanese drama (based on a Japanese manga) starring Ariel Lin and Joe Cheng. The plot is hilarious and simple: our heroine, Chang Xin, is a high school girl who is rather on the dumb side academically and doesn't really have much of a goal in life. Well, except one goal, that is: she has a major yen for the tall, good-looking fellow student, Zhi Shu, who in addition to looks and athletic ability, is also the smartest student in school.

The story starts when Chang Xin nerves herself to give Zhi Shu a love letter confessing her feelings and he not only refuses to take it and walks by her as if she doesn't exist, but tells her "do you really have nothing better to do with your time?" That is humiliating enough, but soon after Chang Xin's housing situation becomes nonexistent and she and her widower father move in with that father's old friend - Zhi Shu's Dad. Yes, Chang Xin and Zhi Shu are, henceforth, doomed to live under one roof. Did I mention that Zhi Shu's mother, who is the one who runs the family, has decided that no girl could be better for her son?

When I first started ISWAK, years ago, it was that rare beast with dramas - love at first sight. It usually takes me a couple of episodes to warm up to a drama but here, it took less than five minutes. When Zhi Shu rejected Chang Xin and she literally toppled backward, arms still stiffly held out, from the emotional shock, and then lay there with arms still held up, it looked so absurdly anime, I knew it was love. I wanted to know how on earth those two would end up together. I marathonned the drama to the detriment of my sleeping schedule, and when we moved, I remember unearthing the DVD player so I could finish ISWAK (grinning like a loon) among the boxes.

And I think I will still love it today, even if I am fully cognizant of all the drama's problems from a feminist point of view - Chang Xin literally has no goal, no life, other than loving Zhi Shu and wanting to have him love her back, something he is not interested in for the longest time. But I don't know - somehow this drama always worked for me. Chang Xin might have odd goals, IMO, but she does get what she wants in the end, and she is pretty strong in pursuing them. And Zhi Shu ends up needing her more than she needs him - when the story starts he really is like a space alien, without understanding human emotions, or anything other than logic - I don't think he even realizes that he hurts Chang Xin because being hurt emotionally is something from another planet for him. And later, it's lashing out because he doesn't want to acknowledge he loves her. Once he does, though, he is everything that is considerate and she twists him around her little finger :D (That wedding!) In a lot of ways, ISWAK is about growing up.

Or maybe I just dig Joe and Ariel's chemistry and the trope of icy guy and warm girl chasing him has always been my favorite.

I wonder what I'd feel rewatching ISWAK. Am too lazy to do so, so instead I will watch the sequel, the also popular They Kiss Again. Seeing that it starts with her pranking him and making the whole plane watch their wedding videos as he facepalms in embarassment, I think I might enjoy it.

Here is an adorable MV:

dangermousie: (ISWAK first kiss by pinkfactory)
Heh. It sounds like a research paper. Too bad nobody will give me a grant.



ISWAK is a very popular Taiwanese drama (based on a Japanese manga) starring Ariel Lin and Joe Cheng. The plot is hilarious and simple: our heroine, Chang Xin, is a high school girl who is rather on the dumb side academically and doesn't really have much of a goal in life. Well, except one goal, that is: she has a major yen for the tall, good-looking fellow student, Zhi Shu, who in addition to looks and athletic ability, is also the smartest student in school.

The story starts when Chang Xin nerves herself to give Zhi Shu a love letter confessing her feelings and he not only refuses to take it and walks by her as if she doesn't exist, but tells her "do you really have nothing better to do with your time?" That is humiliating enough, but soon after Chang Xin's housing situation becomes nonexistent and she and her widower father move in with that father's old friend - Zhi Shu's Dad. Yes, Chang Xin and Zhi Shu are, henceforth, doomed to live under one roof. Did I mention that Zhi Shu's mother, who is the one who runs the family, has decided that no girl could be better for her son?

When I first started ISWAK, years ago, it was that rare beast with dramas - love at first sight. It usually takes me a couple of episodes to warm up to a drama but here, it took less than five minutes. When Zhi Shu rejected Chang Xin and she literally toppled backward, arms still stiffly held out, from the emotional shock, and then lay there with arms still held up, it looked so absurdly anime, I knew it was love. I wanted to know how on earth those two would end up together. I marathonned the drama to the detriment of my sleeping schedule, and when we moved, I remember unearthing the DVD player so I could finish ISWAK (grinning like a loon) among the boxes.

And I think I will still love it today, even if I am fully cognizant of all the drama's problems from a feminist point of view - Chang Xin literally has no goal, no life, other than loving Zhi Shu and wanting to have him love her back, something he is not interested in for the longest time. But I don't know - somehow this drama always worked for me. Chang Xin might have odd goals, IMO, but she does get what she wants in the end, and she is pretty strong in pursuing them. And Zhi Shu ends up needing her more than she needs him - when the story starts he really is like a space alien, without understanding human emotions, or anything other than logic - I don't think he even realizes that he hurts Chang Xin because being hurt emotionally is something from another planet for him. And later, it's lashing out because he doesn't want to acknowledge he loves her. Once he does, though, he is everything that is considerate and she twists him around her little finger :D (That wedding!) In a lot of ways, ISWAK is about growing up.

Or maybe I just dig Joe and Ariel's chemistry and the trope of icy guy and warm girl chasing him has always been my favorite.

I wonder what I'd feel rewatching ISWAK. Am too lazy to do so, so instead I will watch the sequel, the also popular They Kiss Again. Seeing that it starts with her pranking him and making the whole plane watch their wedding videos as he facepalms in embarassment, I think I might enjoy it.

Here is an adorable MV:

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