dangermousie: (HGD field by miss-dian)
Someone posted on joonni.com the trailer for the 2009 version of Faith, the one with a somewhat different plot that was going to be with Kang Ji Hwan until the fact that was embroiled in a legal dispute with his management scuppered the project.



I've never seen it before and now I am DYING. DYING!!!!! Why was this not made? WHY?! Don't get me wrong, I adore current Faith but this is so much grimmer and fantasy-full, i.e., my perfect thing. And I adore Lee Min Ho (who doesn't?) but Kang Ji Hwan is another level entirely. When I think I almost had this and then the idiotic legal dispute happened and ARGH ARGH ARGH ARGH this looks like everything I ever wanted. I love grim and high fantasyish and Kang Ji Hwan and I was going to have it and it was taken away from me and I think I need a little lie down.

Instead Kang Ji Hwan made the abomination that was Lie to Me. WTF, life!!!!
dangermousie: (HGD field by miss-dian)
Someone posted on joonni.com the trailer for the 2009 version of Faith, the one with a somewhat different plot that was going to be with Kang Ji Hwan until the fact that was embroiled in a legal dispute with his management scuppered the project.



I've never seen it before and now I am DYING. DYING!!!!! Why was this not made? WHY?! Don't get me wrong, I adore current Faith but this is so much grimmer and fantasy-full, i.e., my perfect thing. And I adore Lee Min Ho (who doesn't?) but Kang Ji Hwan is another level entirely. When I think I almost had this and then the idiotic legal dispute happened and ARGH ARGH ARGH ARGH this looks like everything I ever wanted. I love grim and high fantasyish and Kang Ji Hwan and I was going to have it and it was taken away from me and I think I need a little lie down.

Instead Kang Ji Hwan made the abomination that was Lie to Me. WTF, life!!!!
dangermousie: (HGD field by miss-dian)
Someone posted on joonni.com the trailer for the 2009 version of Faith, the one with a somewhat different plot that was going to be with Kang Ji Hwan until the fact that was embroiled in a legal dispute with his management scuppered the project.



I've never seen it before and now I am DYING. DYING!!!!! Why was this not made? WHY?! Don't get me wrong, I adore current Faith but this is so much grimmer and fantasy-full, i.e., my perfect thing. And I adore Lee Min Ho (who doesn't?) but Kang Ji Hwan is another level entirely. When I think I almost had this and then the idiotic legal dispute happened and ARGH ARGH ARGH ARGH this looks like everything I ever wanted. I love grim and high fantasyish and Kang Ji Hwan and I was going to have it and it was taken away from me and I think I need a little lie down.

Instead Kang Ji Hwan made the abomination that was Lie to Me. WTF, life!!!!
dangermousie: (HGD sleep by miss-dian)
None of the dramas I am watching atm are period dramas and I cannot go too long without watching one. So I made the sensible decision to rewatch Hong Gil Dong, i.e., the drama that tore my heart out and danced on its remains. I am so very smart...





Hong Sisters are very uneven writers for me - I love some of their stuff and cannot stand the others. But while I immensely enjoy and love Delightful Girl Chungyang and My Girl, Hong Gil Dong is the only one of their dramas that made my top 10 kdrama list, the only one that I think tries to address more than the usual romcom 'when will they and how?' trope. I have not been able to truly love any of their dramas since HGD (though I did enjoy Gumiho Girlfriend) but what a way to go out! HGD is a fusion sageuk, a smart take on a Robin Hood story, very dark underneath its initially wacky exterior. They have never tried anything like this before or since, but I will always love them for doing this once.

A lot of dramas I love pale on rewatches, or even if not right away, pale once a few years have passed and my tastes mutate. This is not true with HGD. I rewatched some bits of ep 24 before settling down to a rewatch proper and it's still as good, as moving, and as cool as ever.

More thoughts and caps )

Not related, but I've been binging on Joe Dassin's songs. Bringing you my current favorite:

dangermousie: (HGD sleep by miss-dian)
None of the dramas I am watching atm are period dramas and I cannot go too long without watching one. So I made the sensible decision to rewatch Hong Gil Dong, i.e., the drama that tore my heart out and danced on its remains. I am so very smart...





Hong Sisters are very uneven writers for me - I love some of their stuff and cannot stand the others. But while I immensely enjoy and love Delightful Girl Chungyang and My Girl, Hong Gil Dong is the only one of their dramas that made my top 10 kdrama list, the only one that I think tries to address more than the usual romcom 'when will they and how?' trope. I have not been able to truly love any of their dramas since HGD (though I did enjoy Gumiho Girlfriend) but what a way to go out! HGD is a fusion sageuk, a smart take on a Robin Hood story, very dark underneath its initially wacky exterior. They have never tried anything like this before or since, but I will always love them for doing this once.

A lot of dramas I love pale on rewatches, or even if not right away, pale once a few years have passed and my tastes mutate. This is not true with HGD. I rewatched some bits of ep 24 before settling down to a rewatch proper and it's still as good, as moving, and as cool as ever.

More thoughts and caps )

Not related, but I've been binging on Joe Dassin's songs. Bringing you my current favorite:

dangermousie: (HGD sleep by miss-dian)
None of the dramas I am watching atm are period dramas and I cannot go too long without watching one. So I made the sensible decision to rewatch Hong Gil Dong, i.e., the drama that tore my heart out and danced on its remains. I am so very smart...





Hong Sisters are very uneven writers for me - I love some of their stuff and cannot stand the others. But while I immensely enjoy and love Delightful Girl Chungyang and My Girl, Hong Gil Dong is the only one of their dramas that made my top 10 kdrama list, the only one that I think tries to address more than the usual romcom 'when will they and how?' trope. I have not been able to truly love any of their dramas since HGD (though I did enjoy Gumiho Girlfriend) but what a way to go out! HGD is a fusion sageuk, a smart take on a Robin Hood story, very dark underneath its initially wacky exterior. They have never tried anything like this before or since, but I will always love them for doing this once.

A lot of dramas I love pale on rewatches, or even if not right away, pale once a few years have passed and my tastes mutate. This is not true with HGD. I rewatched some bits of ep 24 before settling down to a rewatch proper and it's still as good, as moving, and as cool as ever.

More thoughts and caps )

Not related, but I've been binging on Joe Dassin's songs. Bringing you my current favorite:

dangermousie: (B&W Chen Lin by scanky_chops)


I am quite sure I am the sole person among LtM watchers who is shipping Gi Joon with his ex. But not only is their type of story a lot more my thing than the main OTP's story (in general, conflicted pain gets me much more than romcommy cuteness - that scene where Yoon Joo's foot was cut - OMG), I am just not sold on YEH/KJH characters as soulmates - there is much more basis for long-term attachment with Yoon Joo the ex - there is all that long history - they got serious enough to get married! KJH/YEH have a ton of sexual chemistry and I can totally buy them having this amazing torrid fling, but "cannot live without each other?" Not really - they barely know each other, KJH is still conflicted about YEH vis-a-vis the ex, and YEH is in the first throes of a crush, not some fate-defying passion.

To atone, I bring you the cola kiss )
dangermousie: (B&W Chen Lin by scanky_chops)


I am quite sure I am the sole person among LtM watchers who is shipping Gi Joon with his ex. But not only is their type of story a lot more my thing than the main OTP's story (in general, conflicted pain gets me much more than romcommy cuteness - that scene where Yoon Joo's foot was cut - OMG), I am just not sold on YEH/KJH characters as soulmates - there is much more basis for long-term attachment with Yoon Joo the ex - there is all that long history - they got serious enough to get married! KJH/YEH have a ton of sexual chemistry and I can totally buy them having this amazing torrid fling, but "cannot live without each other?" Not really - they barely know each other, KJH is still conflicted about YEH vis-a-vis the ex, and YEH is in the first throes of a crush, not some fate-defying passion.

To atone, I bring you the cola kiss )
dangermousie: (B&W Chen Lin by scanky_chops)


I am quite sure I am the sole person among LtM watchers who is shipping Gi Joon with his ex. But not only is their type of story a lot more my thing than the main OTP's story (in general, conflicted pain gets me much more than romcommy cuteness - that scene where Yoon Joo's foot was cut - OMG), I am just not sold on YEH/KJH characters as soulmates - there is much more basis for long-term attachment with Yoon Joo the ex - there is all that long history - they got serious enough to get married! KJH/YEH have a ton of sexual chemistry and I can totally buy them having this amazing torrid fling, but "cannot live without each other?" Not really - they barely know each other, KJH is still conflicted about YEH vis-a-vis the ex, and YEH is in the first throes of a crush, not some fate-defying passion.

To atone, I bring you the cola kiss )
dangermousie: (Coffee Prince kiss by alexandral)
Oh my GOD!!!



What have I just seen? A real kiss in a kdrama?

Whoa.

Combine it with YEH and KJH's insane chemistry, and Mousie was fanning self, emitting barely human noises, and cursing fates which require her to delay the next ep until the evening.

Nooooooooo!!!!! I want more! I want to rewatch!

Anatomy of a kiss - a few too many caps )
dangermousie: (Coffee Prince kiss by alexandral)
Oh my GOD!!!



What have I just seen? A real kiss in a kdrama?

Whoa.

Combine it with YEH and KJH's insane chemistry, and Mousie was fanning self, emitting barely human noises, and cursing fates which require her to delay the next ep until the evening.

Nooooooooo!!!!! I want more! I want to rewatch!

Anatomy of a kiss - a few too many caps )
dangermousie: (Coffee Prince kiss by alexandral)
Oh my GOD!!!



What have I just seen? A real kiss in a kdrama?

Whoa.

Combine it with YEH and KJH's insane chemistry, and Mousie was fanning self, emitting barely human noises, and cursing fates which require her to delay the next ep until the evening.

Nooooooooo!!!!! I want more! I want to rewatch!

Anatomy of a kiss - a few too many caps )
dangermousie: (Capital Scandal sit by miss_dian)


I was about ready to write off kdrama romcoms entirely, as a genre.

And then LtM happened.



In both the ratings and fandom love romcom three-way battle this season, Best Love is a clear winner and Romance Town seems to be the alterna-quirky choice. As to LtM, even its few fans find many a flaw in it.

Not me.

Best Love actively annoys me, and while I enjoyed Romance Town's vibe, ultimately it didn't grab me. But when it comes to Lie to Me? I love love love love love love love love it!!! I am currently ensconced in my bed, marathonning it as if the world is ending tomorrow and it's making me so very happy even if my eyes are about to fall out after I watched 5 eps straight.



LtM has the slimmest of plots but it does not matter (since when has anyone watched a romcom for the plot?) because the leads and their interactions are sheer perfection - I could watch those two brush teeth for hours on end.



It really doesn't remind me of any kdrama as much as it does of my favorite twdrama romcoms - with their slim plots, ridiculous co-star chemistry, free physical affection, a certain romantic realism and utter, crack-level addiction. But if I had to pick a kdrama it makes me think of, it would be Marry Me Mary, one of the very few recent kdrama romcoms that clicked for me. At least until it derailed into a flaming trainwreck, which hopefully LtM will avoid, I adored MMM, flaws and all, due to the fact that I felt I was peeking on two awesome, in-love, insane chemistry real people.



Part of my adoration is, undoubtedly, my love for its stars Kang Ji Hwan and Yoon Eun Hye, but that cannot be just it - I like the actors in both BL and RT too. I think a large part of it that unlike wholly artificial worlds and characters of the other two, the world and leads of LtM feel real to me, even if seen through a romcom lens. I can imagine a person like YEH and KJH's characters actually existing and I can imagine the world around them existing too. It helps that neither is immature or incompetent. I am interested and invested in them. More than that, I adore them, adore them to bits, separately and together - I'd love to hang out with Ah Jung and I am crushing on Gi Joon, and together they are pure awesomeness and puppies and rainbows and kittens and snark and a vibe so intense I am surprised things don't combust when they they are within ten feet of each other.



For yes - then there is the chemistry.

Ahhhhh, the chemistry. The insane, ridiculous, 'I have rarely seen the like' chemistry.

So, thank you, LtM, for restoring my faith in kdrama romcoms!

You make me laugh and swoon and, much more importantly, you make me cry - that means I really do love these characters.



Oh, and I do wonder - Gi Joon gave up his previous fiancee because of his younger brother having a thing for her (side note - if I were the fiancee, I'd go on a flipping rampage after that sort of thing. I confess if it wasn't for my YEH love and KJH/YEH chemistry, I'd totally ship him with ex-fiancee because I am a sucker for emotionally messy relationships and angst). But it's being made slowly clear that younger bro really digs Ah Jung now - is history going to repeat itself or is he actually going to fight for her this time? (Honestly - GJ loved the fiancee but gave her up and his bro doesn't seem to have had any problem getting over her - surely that should teach GJ a lesson that his brother is emotionally fickle and that sort of sacrifice is not worth it).

I am through ep 5 (I watched the second half of 1 and then 2-5 in one day (!!!!)) and if it wasn't for the fact that I had to be functional in the morning, I would not stop even now.

Oh, and as always, I am behind on replies. I apologize and will get to them ASAP.

Also, any LtM fans on my flist, if you haven't already, you should check out Ockoala's amazing blog, Koala's Playground, for recaps, fangirling, and utter and amazing meta and squee.
dangermousie: (Capital Scandal sit by miss_dian)


I was about ready to write off kdrama romcoms entirely, as a genre.

And then LtM happened.



In both the ratings and fandom love romcom three-way battle this season, Best Love is a clear winner and Romance Town seems to be the alterna-quirky choice. As to LtM, even its few fans find many a flaw in it.

Not me.

Best Love actively annoys me, and while I enjoyed Romance Town's vibe, ultimately it didn't grab me. But when it comes to Lie to Me? I love love love love love love love love it!!! I am currently ensconced in my bed, marathonning it as if the world is ending tomorrow and it's making me so very happy even if my eyes are about to fall out after I watched 5 eps straight.



LtM has the slimmest of plots but it does not matter (since when has anyone watched a romcom for the plot?) because the leads and their interactions are sheer perfection - I could watch those two brush teeth for hours on end.



It really doesn't remind me of any kdrama as much as it does of my favorite twdrama romcoms - with their slim plots, ridiculous co-star chemistry, free physical affection, a certain romantic realism and utter, crack-level addiction. But if I had to pick a kdrama it makes me think of, it would be Marry Me Mary, one of the very few recent kdrama romcoms that clicked for me. At least until it derailed into a flaming trainwreck, which hopefully LtM will avoid, I adored MMM, flaws and all, due to the fact that I felt I was peeking on two awesome, in-love, insane chemistry real people.



Part of my adoration is, undoubtedly, my love for its stars Kang Ji Hwan and Yoon Eun Hye, but that cannot be just it - I like the actors in both BL and RT too. I think a large part of it that unlike wholly artificial worlds and characters of the other two, the world and leads of LtM feel real to me, even if seen through a romcom lens. I can imagine a person like YEH and KJH's characters actually existing and I can imagine the world around them existing too. It helps that neither is immature or incompetent. I am interested and invested in them. More than that, I adore them, adore them to bits, separately and together - I'd love to hang out with Ah Jung and I am crushing on Gi Joon, and together they are pure awesomeness and puppies and rainbows and kittens and snark and a vibe so intense I am surprised things don't combust when they they are within ten feet of each other.



For yes - then there is the chemistry.

Ahhhhh, the chemistry. The insane, ridiculous, 'I have rarely seen the like' chemistry.

So, thank you, LtM, for restoring my faith in kdrama romcoms!

You make me laugh and swoon and, much more importantly, you make me cry - that means I really do love these characters.



Oh, and I do wonder - Gi Joon gave up his previous fiancee because of his younger brother having a thing for her (side note - if I were the fiancee, I'd go on a flipping rampage after that sort of thing. I confess if it wasn't for my YEH love and KJH/YEH chemistry, I'd totally ship him with ex-fiancee because I am a sucker for emotionally messy relationships and angst). But it's being made slowly clear that younger bro really digs Ah Jung now - is history going to repeat itself or is he actually going to fight for her this time? (Honestly - GJ loved the fiancee but gave her up and his bro doesn't seem to have had any problem getting over her - surely that should teach GJ a lesson that his brother is emotionally fickle and that sort of sacrifice is not worth it).

I am through ep 5 (I watched the second half of 1 and then 2-5 in one day (!!!!)) and if it wasn't for the fact that I had to be functional in the morning, I would not stop even now.

Oh, and as always, I am behind on replies. I apologize and will get to them ASAP.

Also, any LtM fans on my flist, if you haven't already, you should check out Ockoala's amazing blog, Koala's Playground, for recaps, fangirling, and utter and amazing meta and squee.
dangermousie: (Capital Scandal sit by miss_dian)


I was about ready to write off kdrama romcoms entirely, as a genre.

And then LtM happened.



In both the ratings and fandom love romcom three-way battle this season, Best Love is a clear winner and Romance Town seems to be the alterna-quirky choice. As to LtM, even its few fans find many a flaw in it.

Not me.

Best Love actively annoys me, and while I enjoyed Romance Town's vibe, ultimately it didn't grab me. But when it comes to Lie to Me? I love love love love love love love love it!!! I am currently ensconced in my bed, marathonning it as if the world is ending tomorrow and it's making me so very happy even if my eyes are about to fall out after I watched 5 eps straight.



LtM has the slimmest of plots but it does not matter (since when has anyone watched a romcom for the plot?) because the leads and their interactions are sheer perfection - I could watch those two brush teeth for hours on end.



It really doesn't remind me of any kdrama as much as it does of my favorite twdrama romcoms - with their slim plots, ridiculous co-star chemistry, free physical affection, a certain romantic realism and utter, crack-level addiction. But if I had to pick a kdrama it makes me think of, it would be Marry Me Mary, one of the very few recent kdrama romcoms that clicked for me. At least until it derailed into a flaming trainwreck, which hopefully LtM will avoid, I adored MMM, flaws and all, due to the fact that I felt I was peeking on two awesome, in-love, insane chemistry real people.



Part of my adoration is, undoubtedly, my love for its stars Kang Ji Hwan and Yoon Eun Hye, but that cannot be just it - I like the actors in both BL and RT too. I think a large part of it that unlike wholly artificial worlds and characters of the other two, the world and leads of LtM feel real to me, even if seen through a romcom lens. I can imagine a person like YEH and KJH's characters actually existing and I can imagine the world around them existing too. It helps that neither is immature or incompetent. I am interested and invested in them. More than that, I adore them, adore them to bits, separately and together - I'd love to hang out with Ah Jung and I am crushing on Gi Joon, and together they are pure awesomeness and puppies and rainbows and kittens and snark and a vibe so intense I am surprised things don't combust when they they are within ten feet of each other.



For yes - then there is the chemistry.

Ahhhhh, the chemistry. The insane, ridiculous, 'I have rarely seen the like' chemistry.

So, thank you, LtM, for restoring my faith in kdrama romcoms!

You make me laugh and swoon and, much more importantly, you make me cry - that means I really do love these characters.



Oh, and I do wonder - Gi Joon gave up his previous fiancee because of his younger brother having a thing for her (side note - if I were the fiancee, I'd go on a flipping rampage after that sort of thing. I confess if it wasn't for my YEH love and KJH/YEH chemistry, I'd totally ship him with ex-fiancee because I am a sucker for emotionally messy relationships and angst). But it's being made slowly clear that younger bro really digs Ah Jung now - is history going to repeat itself or is he actually going to fight for her this time? (Honestly - GJ loved the fiancee but gave her up and his bro doesn't seem to have had any problem getting over her - surely that should teach GJ a lesson that his brother is emotionally fickle and that sort of sacrifice is not worth it).

I am through ep 5 (I watched the second half of 1 and then 2-5 in one day (!!!!)) and if it wasn't for the fact that I had to be functional in the morning, I would not stop even now.

Oh, and as always, I am behind on replies. I apologize and will get to them ASAP.

Also, any LtM fans on my flist, if you haven't already, you should check out Ockoala's amazing blog, Koala's Playground, for recaps, fangirling, and utter and amazing meta and squee.
dangermousie: (Default)
Kang Ji Hwan and Yoon Eun Hye have just been announced as the leads of May's Lie to Me (previously known as Secret Scandal).

*pauses*

*lets it sink in*

*shrieks like a banshee*

I officially do not care about anything else in this drama - I will watch those two make shadow-puppets.
dangermousie: (Capital Scandal: grin by miss-dian)
I am about to start on my binge of Coffee House and I cannot wait!

I adored the first two episodes to bits when I watched them, Kang Ji Hwan is my favorite Korean actor (I'll watch him read a phonebook for 20 hours), I adore Park Shi Yeon, the rather laid-back vibe fits my mood, and just overall - love! I did not watch it when it aired because I knew I would want to binge and also because it wasn't exactly clear from the outset who Kang Ji Hwan's OTP was going to be and, to be honest, I was going to bail if it wasn't Park Shi Yeon. I liked KJH's perky young assistant, but let's face it, is it any competition when PSY was (a) his own age (b) highly competent (c) totally eccentric - as eccentric as he was (d) his best and oldest friend. For once, I wanted the man to end with the smart career woman. Yay, they obliged.

Have a shippy MV. He is an eccentric author, she is his long-suffering publisher.

dangermousie: (Capital Scandal: grin by miss-dian)
I am about to start on my binge of Coffee House and I cannot wait!

I adored the first two episodes to bits when I watched them, Kang Ji Hwan is my favorite Korean actor (I'll watch him read a phonebook for 20 hours), I adore Park Shi Yeon, the rather laid-back vibe fits my mood, and just overall - love! I did not watch it when it aired because I knew I would want to binge and also because it wasn't exactly clear from the outset who Kang Ji Hwan's OTP was going to be and, to be honest, I was going to bail if it wasn't Park Shi Yeon. I liked KJH's perky young assistant, but let's face it, is it any competition when PSY was (a) his own age (b) highly competent (c) totally eccentric - as eccentric as he was (d) his best and oldest friend. For once, I wanted the man to end with the smart career woman. Yay, they obliged.

Have a shippy MV. He is an eccentric author, she is his long-suffering publisher.

dangermousie: (Capital Scandal: grin by miss-dian)
I am about to start on my binge of Coffee House and I cannot wait!

I adored the first two episodes to bits when I watched them, Kang Ji Hwan is my favorite Korean actor (I'll watch him read a phonebook for 20 hours), I adore Park Shi Yeon, the rather laid-back vibe fits my mood, and just overall - love! I did not watch it when it aired because I knew I would want to binge and also because it wasn't exactly clear from the outset who Kang Ji Hwan's OTP was going to be and, to be honest, I was going to bail if it wasn't Park Shi Yeon. I liked KJH's perky young assistant, but let's face it, is it any competition when PSY was (a) his own age (b) highly competent (c) totally eccentric - as eccentric as he was (d) his best and oldest friend. For once, I wanted the man to end with the smart career woman. Yay, they obliged.

Have a shippy MV. He is an eccentric author, she is his long-suffering publisher.

dangermousie: (Capital Scandal box by miss_dian)
Hu Ge and Bai Bing who played the OTP of The Myth are apparently costarring again in a contemporary romcom drama called Bitter Coffee which started last month.

The trailer is v.v. cute (even if it's odd to see them out of period gear).



Pity it's never going to be subbed.

Hmmm, I think once I finish with The Myth, I have to take a break from my plan to marathon Hu Ge dramas. I mean, The Myth alone was so depressing I wanted to bang my head against the wall, if I marathonned more dramas like this without a break, I'd take to drinking.

Something fluffy for me next! Probably Coffee House (speaking of coffee)

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