dangermousie: (HGD by alynizzle)
I am showing The Legend to [livejournal.com profile] filmi_girl (we are up to ep 9) and it's even better the second time around. It is definitely my favorite drama and one of my favorite fictional things, period. And I love that despite all their differences of character and personality, DD and Sujini have one huge thing in common: they are uncomplicated when it comes to protecting/caring for people they consider 'theirs.' It's just the thing you do, no thinking, the end. Sujini goes after DD no matter what, and DD offered to die to save the lives of the Black Team. Yup. Mmmmm. Oh, and I hate King Daddy much more this time around. The first time, I mildly disliked but this time? He is the worst possible ruler and father. Ugh. It's all his fault, the mess the kingdom is in.

But anyway, the post is not about this, but about ep 10 of Hong Gil Dong. Namely I bring you caps behind the cut.



Caps for ep 10 of HGD )

I have also continued my watch of Legend of Hyang Dan, which continues to be cute but not earth-shaking. But it's quite pretty.



Hyang Dan pics )

And because I have them, random caps from ep 3 of Robbers.

Caps here )
dangermousie: (HGD by alynizzle)
I am showing The Legend to [livejournal.com profile] filmi_girl (we are up to ep 9) and it's even better the second time around. It is definitely my favorite drama and one of my favorite fictional things, period. And I love that despite all their differences of character and personality, DD and Sujini have one huge thing in common: they are uncomplicated when it comes to protecting/caring for people they consider 'theirs.' It's just the thing you do, no thinking, the end. Sujini goes after DD no matter what, and DD offered to die to save the lives of the Black Team. Yup. Mmmmm. Oh, and I hate King Daddy much more this time around. The first time, I mildly disliked but this time? He is the worst possible ruler and father. Ugh. It's all his fault, the mess the kingdom is in.

But anyway, the post is not about this, but about ep 10 of Hong Gil Dong. Namely I bring you caps behind the cut.



Caps for ep 10 of HGD )

I have also continued my watch of Legend of Hyang Dan, which continues to be cute but not earth-shaking. But it's quite pretty.



Hyang Dan pics )

And because I have them, random caps from ep 3 of Robbers.

Caps here )
dangermousie: (HGD by alynizzle)
I am showing The Legend to [livejournal.com profile] filmi_girl (we are up to ep 9) and it's even better the second time around. It is definitely my favorite drama and one of my favorite fictional things, period. And I love that despite all their differences of character and personality, DD and Sujini have one huge thing in common: they are uncomplicated when it comes to protecting/caring for people they consider 'theirs.' It's just the thing you do, no thinking, the end. Sujini goes after DD no matter what, and DD offered to die to save the lives of the Black Team. Yup. Mmmmm. Oh, and I hate King Daddy much more this time around. The first time, I mildly disliked but this time? He is the worst possible ruler and father. Ugh. It's all his fault, the mess the kingdom is in.

But anyway, the post is not about this, but about ep 10 of Hong Gil Dong. Namely I bring you caps behind the cut.



Caps for ep 10 of HGD )

I have also continued my watch of Legend of Hyang Dan, which continues to be cute but not earth-shaking. But it's quite pretty.



Hyang Dan pics )

And because I have them, random caps from ep 3 of Robbers.

Caps here )
dangermousie: (Legend: armor by alexandral)


Take One Spunky Widow. Add One Desperate Conman. Toss in some cool secondary characters, and neat art designs. Stir. What do you get? Robber.

A couple of eps in, and I find this drama quite awesome for a variety of reasons:

Robber has a very very cool heroine. Lee Da Hae's heroine, Dal Rae is a widow who is neither beaten-down, weepy, nor childishly cute. She is charming yet not demure, but is someone who is outspoken and someone who knows her own mind and is quite happy with her life the way it is now: living with her five-year-old daughter and her mother-in-law. She is actually a rare heroine I could see happy without a man.

I also find myself very interested in Oh Joon (the titular character, played by Jang Hyuk, who seems to be carving out a small niche playing men who fall in love with women with moppets). He is not an admirable person in the least, seeing that he is a man who seduces women out of their money. But not only is he rather fun to watch regardless, there is something more to him. In part, it's his sheer desperation (he owes money to some pretty nasty people who will off him if he doesn't pay off), but it's something else too, maybe the fact that he is a bit dorky.

In fact, I can pinpoint the exact moment Robber went from 'enjoyable' to 'oooh, must see more' for me: when it is hinted that the reason for his choice of job and running after money was to take care of his Noona (which means older sister, but I am not sure if in this case it's a courtesy title and they are not blood related). I suppose it's like Rain in Sang-Do. Just as in a Bollywood movie, no heroine is allowed to be a whore unless she has a sick mother to support, in a kdrama, no male lead can be a gigolo unless he has some pressing, altruistic reason for such an activity.

Heh.

I also like all the secondaries, and all relationships between characters, especially one between Dal Rae and her mother-in-law.

Most importantly, I can smell potential for angst the way shark can smell blood in the water, and I can tell this is going to pay off, big time. But then, it makes sense. No matter how light it started, a drama whose protagonist is a male prostitute who scams his victims, is unlikely to be Sweet-18-light.

Bring it on, say I.

Picspam of first two eps )

And because I had them, some shots from the beginning of Hyang Dan

screencaps here )
dangermousie: (Legend: armor by alexandral)


Take One Spunky Widow. Add One Desperate Conman. Toss in some cool secondary characters, and neat art designs. Stir. What do you get? Robber.

A couple of eps in, and I find this drama quite awesome for a variety of reasons:

Robber has a very very cool heroine. Lee Da Hae's heroine, Dal Rae is a widow who is neither beaten-down, weepy, nor childishly cute. She is charming yet not demure, but is someone who is outspoken and someone who knows her own mind and is quite happy with her life the way it is now: living with her five-year-old daughter and her mother-in-law. She is actually a rare heroine I could see happy without a man.

I also find myself very interested in Oh Joon (the titular character, played by Jang Hyuk, who seems to be carving out a small niche playing men who fall in love with women with moppets). He is not an admirable person in the least, seeing that he is a man who seduces women out of their money. But not only is he rather fun to watch regardless, there is something more to him. In part, it's his sheer desperation (he owes money to some pretty nasty people who will off him if he doesn't pay off), but it's something else too, maybe the fact that he is a bit dorky.

In fact, I can pinpoint the exact moment Robber went from 'enjoyable' to 'oooh, must see more' for me: when it is hinted that the reason for his choice of job and running after money was to take care of his Noona (which means older sister, but I am not sure if in this case it's a courtesy title and they are not blood related). I suppose it's like Rain in Sang-Do. Just as in a Bollywood movie, no heroine is allowed to be a whore unless she has a sick mother to support, in a kdrama, no male lead can be a gigolo unless he has some pressing, altruistic reason for such an activity.

Heh.

I also like all the secondaries, and all relationships between characters, especially one between Dal Rae and her mother-in-law.

Most importantly, I can smell potential for angst the way shark can smell blood in the water, and I can tell this is going to pay off, big time. But then, it makes sense. No matter how light it started, a drama whose protagonist is a male prostitute who scams his victims, is unlikely to be Sweet-18-light.

Bring it on, say I.

Picspam of first two eps )

And because I had them, some shots from the beginning of Hyang Dan

screencaps here )
dangermousie: (Legend: armor by alexandral)


Take One Spunky Widow. Add One Desperate Conman. Toss in some cool secondary characters, and neat art designs. Stir. What do you get? Robber.

A couple of eps in, and I find this drama quite awesome for a variety of reasons:

Robber has a very very cool heroine. Lee Da Hae's heroine, Dal Rae is a widow who is neither beaten-down, weepy, nor childishly cute. She is charming yet not demure, but is someone who is outspoken and someone who knows her own mind and is quite happy with her life the way it is now: living with her five-year-old daughter and her mother-in-law. She is actually a rare heroine I could see happy without a man.

I also find myself very interested in Oh Joon (the titular character, played by Jang Hyuk, who seems to be carving out a small niche playing men who fall in love with women with moppets). He is not an admirable person in the least, seeing that he is a man who seduces women out of their money. But not only is he rather fun to watch regardless, there is something more to him. In part, it's his sheer desperation (he owes money to some pretty nasty people who will off him if he doesn't pay off), but it's something else too, maybe the fact that he is a bit dorky.

In fact, I can pinpoint the exact moment Robber went from 'enjoyable' to 'oooh, must see more' for me: when it is hinted that the reason for his choice of job and running after money was to take care of his Noona (which means older sister, but I am not sure if in this case it's a courtesy title and they are not blood related). I suppose it's like Rain in Sang-Do. Just as in a Bollywood movie, no heroine is allowed to be a whore unless she has a sick mother to support, in a kdrama, no male lead can be a gigolo unless he has some pressing, altruistic reason for such an activity.

Heh.

I also like all the secondaries, and all relationships between characters, especially one between Dal Rae and her mother-in-law.

Most importantly, I can smell potential for angst the way shark can smell blood in the water, and I can tell this is going to pay off, big time. But then, it makes sense. No matter how light it started, a drama whose protagonist is a male prostitute who scams his victims, is unlikely to be Sweet-18-light.

Bring it on, say I.

Picspam of first two eps )

And because I had them, some shots from the beginning of Hyang Dan

screencaps here )
dangermousie: (Legend: hands on armor by alexandral)
In a little vacuum after Legend (and before it took over, as well), in-between watching the airbrushed angst of Beautiful Days (seriously, Hero. Just ditch the family and move to Canada, Australia, or Brazil. You’ll be much happier), I have also tried watching/reading various things that I haven’t posted about before, with various degrees of success.

WATCHING

1. Angel the Series: I did start AtS and watched the Pilot. While a little clunky, it was nonetheless quite fun, whether because David Boreanaz looked quite good, I was amused by Doyle, or because of coat-billowing scenes. I like Cordelia much better than I did when I was younger (she is amusing on my screen) but I’d still sic a pit bull on her if I had to deal with her in RL.

2. I have watched Tricky Master, a made in 2000 Stephen Chow movie. The plot made no sense and was there just for very very lowbrow gags. Regrettably for my claims to taste, I LOLed throughout.

3. Me and Romeo x Juliet anime just don’t gel. It’s beautifully animated, has a cool concept and nice enough characters, but I find it a struggle to get through more than one ep at a time. I think I’ll be waving it buh-bye.

4. I have tried Legend of Hyang Dan, a two-part ‘special’ (i.e. short) drama, which is yet another reinterpretation of the famous classic Chunhyang story (you know: she is virtuous courtesan, he high official/righter of wrongs, star-crossed love blah blah). In this two-parter, the take on the story is comic and light-hearted, and largely similar to the classic tale but also with a twist. Our hero, Mong-Ryong, is a useless upperclass lamo by day but a daring Robin Hood by night. Or something. One day, running away from the law, he crosses paths not with Chun-Hyang, but her practical, sweet servant Hyang Dan. And that is who he falls in love with, not Chun-Hyang. Ergo the twist.

It appears cute enough, but trying it after the Legend is about the worst timing for it. It’s like having chips after a fancy French meal. I like chips a lot, but you have to admit, this would really not work. It also suffers in comparison both with the amazing arthousy movie Chunhyang, that came out a few years back (and was a serious, classic treatment of the story) and the adorable and sharp Delightful Girl Chun-Hyang drama from two or so years back, with its modern twist on the story. Of course, comparing an enjoyable if unearthshaking special with an arthouse film and two of the best kdramas out there is a bit unfair. It does appear a pleasant way to spend a couple of hours and I will be finishing it soon. Still, when a character made a Hong Gil Dong reference, I caught myself checking for more subs of HGD instead :)

5. By far the best of the bunch of ‘new’ things checked out is the currently airing Robbers. Robbers is a drama which involves a character played by Jang Hyuk (mmm, quite hot!), a handsome, unscrupulous conman who makes his living by preying on women and getting their money, and his interaction with a clear-headed, adorable single mother, played by my kdrama favorite, Lee Da Hae. Something tells me he will fall for her instead.

I am only 15 or so minutes into it, but I loved it. LDH is, as usual, irresistible. Unlike in her previous drama Hello Miss, she also doesn’t have to play a high-strung character, which helps. Jang Hyuk is handsome and unrepentant and while his character is not nice by any stretch of the imagination, he is incredibly fun to watch. I can’t wait to see sparks fly. Plus, the colors are pretty and other characters appear cool too. First five eps have been subbed so I foresee a pleasant catching-up.

I have also fallen behind on 1 Pound No Fukuin (and need to catch up) and can’t wait for more Hong Gil Dong.

READING

1. Heyday by Kurt Andersen. Set in 1840s USA, it’s a good read, a sort of novel Dickens might have written if he was a contemporary author. The author is a bit too fond of ‘oddity’ but it’s a good book overall. There is a love story, adventure, and a murder or three.

2. A History of the World in Six Glasses by Tom Standage. A fun and poppy (if too Eurocentric for my liking) read about the influence on human civilization of beer, wine, liquor, tea, coffee, and soda.

3. Cygnet by Patricia McKillip. Based on a post by queenofthorns. It’s a collection of two different fantasy novels. It seems good so far but I haven’t read enough to be sure.
dangermousie: (Legend: hands on armor by alexandral)
In a little vacuum after Legend (and before it took over, as well), in-between watching the airbrushed angst of Beautiful Days (seriously, Hero. Just ditch the family and move to Canada, Australia, or Brazil. You’ll be much happier), I have also tried watching/reading various things that I haven’t posted about before, with various degrees of success.

WATCHING

1. Angel the Series: I did start AtS and watched the Pilot. While a little clunky, it was nonetheless quite fun, whether because David Boreanaz looked quite good, I was amused by Doyle, or because of coat-billowing scenes. I like Cordelia much better than I did when I was younger (she is amusing on my screen) but I’d still sic a pit bull on her if I had to deal with her in RL.

2. I have watched Tricky Master, a made in 2000 Stephen Chow movie. The plot made no sense and was there just for very very lowbrow gags. Regrettably for my claims to taste, I LOLed throughout.

3. Me and Romeo x Juliet anime just don’t gel. It’s beautifully animated, has a cool concept and nice enough characters, but I find it a struggle to get through more than one ep at a time. I think I’ll be waving it buh-bye.

4. I have tried Legend of Hyang Dan, a two-part ‘special’ (i.e. short) drama, which is yet another reinterpretation of the famous classic Chunhyang story (you know: she is virtuous courtesan, he high official/righter of wrongs, star-crossed love blah blah). In this two-parter, the take on the story is comic and light-hearted, and largely similar to the classic tale but also with a twist. Our hero, Mong-Ryong, is a useless upperclass lamo by day but a daring Robin Hood by night. Or something. One day, running away from the law, he crosses paths not with Chun-Hyang, but her practical, sweet servant Hyang Dan. And that is who he falls in love with, not Chun-Hyang. Ergo the twist.

It appears cute enough, but trying it after the Legend is about the worst timing for it. It’s like having chips after a fancy French meal. I like chips a lot, but you have to admit, this would really not work. It also suffers in comparison both with the amazing arthousy movie Chunhyang, that came out a few years back (and was a serious, classic treatment of the story) and the adorable and sharp Delightful Girl Chun-Hyang drama from two or so years back, with its modern twist on the story. Of course, comparing an enjoyable if unearthshaking special with an arthouse film and two of the best kdramas out there is a bit unfair. It does appear a pleasant way to spend a couple of hours and I will be finishing it soon. Still, when a character made a Hong Gil Dong reference, I caught myself checking for more subs of HGD instead :)

5. By far the best of the bunch of ‘new’ things checked out is the currently airing Robbers. Robbers is a drama which involves a character played by Jang Hyuk (mmm, quite hot!), a handsome, unscrupulous conman who makes his living by preying on women and getting their money, and his interaction with a clear-headed, adorable single mother, played by my kdrama favorite, Lee Da Hae. Something tells me he will fall for her instead.

I am only 15 or so minutes into it, but I loved it. LDH is, as usual, irresistible. Unlike in her previous drama Hello Miss, she also doesn’t have to play a high-strung character, which helps. Jang Hyuk is handsome and unrepentant and while his character is not nice by any stretch of the imagination, he is incredibly fun to watch. I can’t wait to see sparks fly. Plus, the colors are pretty and other characters appear cool too. First five eps have been subbed so I foresee a pleasant catching-up.

I have also fallen behind on 1 Pound No Fukuin (and need to catch up) and can’t wait for more Hong Gil Dong.

READING

1. Heyday by Kurt Andersen. Set in 1840s USA, it’s a good read, a sort of novel Dickens might have written if he was a contemporary author. The author is a bit too fond of ‘oddity’ but it’s a good book overall. There is a love story, adventure, and a murder or three.

2. A History of the World in Six Glasses by Tom Standage. A fun and poppy (if too Eurocentric for my liking) read about the influence on human civilization of beer, wine, liquor, tea, coffee, and soda.

3. Cygnet by Patricia McKillip. Based on a post by queenofthorns. It’s a collection of two different fantasy novels. It seems good so far but I haven’t read enough to be sure.
dangermousie: (Legend: hands on armor by alexandral)
In a little vacuum after Legend (and before it took over, as well), in-between watching the airbrushed angst of Beautiful Days (seriously, Hero. Just ditch the family and move to Canada, Australia, or Brazil. You’ll be much happier), I have also tried watching/reading various things that I haven’t posted about before, with various degrees of success.

WATCHING

1. Angel the Series: I did start AtS and watched the Pilot. While a little clunky, it was nonetheless quite fun, whether because David Boreanaz looked quite good, I was amused by Doyle, or because of coat-billowing scenes. I like Cordelia much better than I did when I was younger (she is amusing on my screen) but I’d still sic a pit bull on her if I had to deal with her in RL.

2. I have watched Tricky Master, a made in 2000 Stephen Chow movie. The plot made no sense and was there just for very very lowbrow gags. Regrettably for my claims to taste, I LOLed throughout.

3. Me and Romeo x Juliet anime just don’t gel. It’s beautifully animated, has a cool concept and nice enough characters, but I find it a struggle to get through more than one ep at a time. I think I’ll be waving it buh-bye.

4. I have tried Legend of Hyang Dan, a two-part ‘special’ (i.e. short) drama, which is yet another reinterpretation of the famous classic Chunhyang story (you know: she is virtuous courtesan, he high official/righter of wrongs, star-crossed love blah blah). In this two-parter, the take on the story is comic and light-hearted, and largely similar to the classic tale but also with a twist. Our hero, Mong-Ryong, is a useless upperclass lamo by day but a daring Robin Hood by night. Or something. One day, running away from the law, he crosses paths not with Chun-Hyang, but her practical, sweet servant Hyang Dan. And that is who he falls in love with, not Chun-Hyang. Ergo the twist.

It appears cute enough, but trying it after the Legend is about the worst timing for it. It’s like having chips after a fancy French meal. I like chips a lot, but you have to admit, this would really not work. It also suffers in comparison both with the amazing arthousy movie Chunhyang, that came out a few years back (and was a serious, classic treatment of the story) and the adorable and sharp Delightful Girl Chun-Hyang drama from two or so years back, with its modern twist on the story. Of course, comparing an enjoyable if unearthshaking special with an arthouse film and two of the best kdramas out there is a bit unfair. It does appear a pleasant way to spend a couple of hours and I will be finishing it soon. Still, when a character made a Hong Gil Dong reference, I caught myself checking for more subs of HGD instead :)

5. By far the best of the bunch of ‘new’ things checked out is the currently airing Robbers. Robbers is a drama which involves a character played by Jang Hyuk (mmm, quite hot!), a handsome, unscrupulous conman who makes his living by preying on women and getting their money, and his interaction with a clear-headed, adorable single mother, played by my kdrama favorite, Lee Da Hae. Something tells me he will fall for her instead.

I am only 15 or so minutes into it, but I loved it. LDH is, as usual, irresistible. Unlike in her previous drama Hello Miss, she also doesn’t have to play a high-strung character, which helps. Jang Hyuk is handsome and unrepentant and while his character is not nice by any stretch of the imagination, he is incredibly fun to watch. I can’t wait to see sparks fly. Plus, the colors are pretty and other characters appear cool too. First five eps have been subbed so I foresee a pleasant catching-up.

I have also fallen behind on 1 Pound No Fukuin (and need to catch up) and can’t wait for more Hong Gil Dong.

READING

1. Heyday by Kurt Andersen. Set in 1840s USA, it’s a good read, a sort of novel Dickens might have written if he was a contemporary author. The author is a bit too fond of ‘oddity’ but it’s a good book overall. There is a love story, adventure, and a murder or three.

2. A History of the World in Six Glasses by Tom Standage. A fun and poppy (if too Eurocentric for my liking) read about the influence on human civilization of beer, wine, liquor, tea, coffee, and soda.

3. Cygnet by Patricia McKillip. Based on a post by queenofthorns. It’s a collection of two different fantasy novels. It seems good so far but I haven’t read enough to be sure.
dangermousie: (Default)
I have been reading two Latina chick-lit books both of which are delightful.

Book ramblings )



Oh, and yes, am obsessing over Bichunmoo drama. I enjoyed the 2000 movie but it is not a favorite like CTHD or HOFD, in part because the ending is so OTT melodramatic, even for me (I want to smack both of them) and in part because the story is definitely crammed to fit the movie running time. You find yourself going ‘whaaaa?’ And both of these problems are taken care of in this adaptation. The OTP’s deaths aren’t ridiculous but noble, and the running time problem has been solved. Also, one thing I prefer is that, unlike [livejournal.com profile] meganbmoore, I am gleeful with the change of Xiu-Li (the heroine) to a warrior woman. In the original she is very ornamental and court ladyish, which might be more historically accurate but not nearly as fun.

Binchunmu ramblings, not spoilery )
dangermousie: (Default)
I have been reading two Latina chick-lit books both of which are delightful.

Book ramblings )



Oh, and yes, am obsessing over Bichunmoo drama. I enjoyed the 2000 movie but it is not a favorite like CTHD or HOFD, in part because the ending is so OTT melodramatic, even for me (I want to smack both of them) and in part because the story is definitely crammed to fit the movie running time. You find yourself going ‘whaaaa?’ And both of these problems are taken care of in this adaptation. The OTP’s deaths aren’t ridiculous but noble, and the running time problem has been solved. Also, one thing I prefer is that, unlike [livejournal.com profile] meganbmoore, I am gleeful with the change of Xiu-Li (the heroine) to a warrior woman. In the original she is very ornamental and court ladyish, which might be more historically accurate but not nearly as fun.

Binchunmu ramblings, not spoilery )
dangermousie: (Default)
I have been reading two Latina chick-lit books both of which are delightful.

Book ramblings )



Oh, and yes, am obsessing over Bichunmoo drama. I enjoyed the 2000 movie but it is not a favorite like CTHD or HOFD, in part because the ending is so OTT melodramatic, even for me (I want to smack both of them) and in part because the story is definitely crammed to fit the movie running time. You find yourself going ‘whaaaa?’ And both of these problems are taken care of in this adaptation. The OTP’s deaths aren’t ridiculous but noble, and the running time problem has been solved. Also, one thing I prefer is that, unlike [livejournal.com profile] meganbmoore, I am gleeful with the change of Xiu-Li (the heroine) to a warrior woman. In the original she is very ornamental and court ladyish, which might be more historically accurate but not nearly as fun.

Binchunmu ramblings, not spoilery )

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