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Just because I clearly do not have an insane watching list already, I started Scent of Fragrance, a period cdrama starring Michelle Yi, Hawick Lau and perennial Yu Zheng 'never gets the girl' favorite Mikey He.

It's set at the turn of the century and revolves around rival perfume-making clans. There is true love, vendettas, murder, doppelgangers and a lot of angst. Of course.

I have just finished the first episode and like all Yu Zheng dramas it's gorgeous (oh, the costumes), melodramatic and insanely addictive.

Have a shippy MV:

dangermousie: (Farscape: Chiana by icequeen3101)
Just because I clearly do not have an insane watching list already, I started Scent of Fragrance, a period cdrama starring Michelle Yi, Hawick Lau and perennial Yu Zheng 'never gets the girl' favorite Mikey He.

It's set at the turn of the century and revolves around rival perfume-making clans. There is true love, vendettas, murder, doppelgangers and a lot of angst. Of course.

I have just finished the first episode and like all Yu Zheng dramas it's gorgeous (oh, the costumes), melodramatic and insanely addictive.

Have a shippy MV:

dangermousie: (Farscape: Chiana by icequeen3101)
Just because I clearly do not have an insane watching list already, I started Scent of Fragrance, a period cdrama starring Michelle Yi, Hawick Lau and perennial Yu Zheng 'never gets the girl' favorite Mikey He.

It's set at the turn of the century and revolves around rival perfume-making clans. There is true love, vendettas, murder, doppelgangers and a lot of angst. Of course.

I have just finished the first episode and like all Yu Zheng dramas it's gorgeous (oh, the costumes), melodramatic and insanely addictive.

Have a shippy MV:

dangermousie: (Farscape: Chiana by icequeen3101)
Just because I clearly do not have an insane watching list already, I started Scent of Fragrance, a period cdrama starring Michelle Yi, Hawick Lau and perennial Yu Zheng 'never gets the girl' favorite Mikey He.

It's set at the turn of the century and revolves around rival perfume-making clans. There is true love, vendettas, murder, doppelgangers and a lot of angst. Of course.

I have just finished the first episode and like all Yu Zheng dramas it's gorgeous (oh, the costumes), melodramatic and insanely addictive.

Have a shippy MV:

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So, do you find yourself thinking that seeing Four in Jade Palace and upcoming BBJX is not enough for you?

Yeah, me neither.

But in case you do crave more of said Qing Emperor, Hou Chuan Zhen Huan is about to come to your rescue. It centers around Zhen Huan, one of Yongzheng's concubines, who later became an empress and the mother of the next emperor. Have a trailer:



To be honest, while pretty, this isn't on my radar because it seems to be all about concubine in-fighting (shockingly, this is not made by Yu Zheng!), which is a topic I find utterly boring (though apparently poor Yongzheng isn't the focus of the heroine's affections in this one either. Poor man can't get a fictional break). If I check it out, it will be solely for its leads. I've loved Sun Li (who portrays Zhen Huan) in what I've seen of Shanghai Bund, and Yongzheng is played by Chen Jian Bin, who may be old enough to be my father, but won me over forever with his tour-de-force performance as Cao Cao in Three Kingdoms 2010.

And speaking of Yu Zheng, I am sure you are aware he's released a 20-min trailer for his thematic (because different time period and characters) sequel to Schemes of Beauty, Mei Ren Tian Xia. To be honest, I am not entirely clear on the plot. In my head it goes something like "blah blah blah intrigue, Ming Dao as twins, Mickey He hotness, gorgeous women, etc". It looks amazing though and YZ's dramas are always my thing, so am very much looking forward to this, even if that haircut does Ming Dao no favors.

Trailer:

dangermousie: (JPLH)


Finally, the post I have been planning to make for days only to get sidetracked into watching JPLH instead.

Some of my favorite scenes:

Caps and thoughts under the cut )

More to come :) I also know I am dreadfully behind on replies and PMs and promise to get to them asap.
dangermousie: (JPLH)


Finally, the post I have been planning to make for days only to get sidetracked into watching JPLH instead.

Some of my favorite scenes:

Caps and thoughts under the cut )

More to come :) I also know I am dreadfully behind on replies and PMs and promise to get to them asap.
dangermousie: (JPLH)


Finally, the post I have been planning to make for days only to get sidetracked into watching JPLH instead.

Some of my favorite scenes:

Caps and thoughts under the cut )

More to come :) I also know I am dreadfully behind on replies and PMs and promise to get to them asap.
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So, ep 21 happened, Qing Chuan found out that Four was a manipulative user who was trying to off family members and have her killed and promptly broke up with him.

This is probably the sole time I've seen DTMFA in action in a drama. Ever. Drama heroines always put up with a ton of crap from the man they love but not Qing Chuan! I love it! Because much as my inner fangirl/shipper is wishing Four and QC could work it out, in real life, what is the only sane thing to do - to trust a man who you know has killed and manipulated before telling you he changed and this time he means it, on the off chance he does, or do the smart thing and run?

Of course, the irony is that we, the audience, know Four has really changed and he does genuinely love Qing Chuan and plans to give up all his ambition for her sake. If she stuck with him, he'd be a good person. But how can QC herself, not in the audience's privileged position, ever be sure? And even if she could, the fact still remains this was a man who was earlier willing to murder her and did kill family members - how do you ever get over this and be with him and trust him after that? Not to mention that the very reasons Four fell for QC - her warmth and forthrightness and humanitarian impulses, and her pretty black-and-white view of the world, are the reasons why the moment the truth is out, he lost her forever.

I like that she gave him a chance to confirm or deny and that was that - no listening to long explanations, no trying to rationalize it to self. But the way she was able to cut cleanly really does show that her liking for him was an infatuation - equal parts the romantic historical ideal she cherished since girlhood and worshipful impression based on few kind acts he did towards her. She didn't really know or love the man, so once the illusion was gone, she was able to let go of the feelings relatively quickly. (Compare this with her situation vis-a-vis Eight - whatever her feelings for him may be, they are and will be based on reality and on her knowing him really well).

And speaking of Eight - Qing Chuan, what is wrong with you? When Eight tells you he's not going to bother fighting for the throne any more if you don't like it, jump at the chance, don't encourage him to go after Four instead and be 'blah blah blah you are way better suited to be an emperor.' Come on, did you get amnesia and forgot your history? You know how this will end! You are supposed to try to prevent it, not push it over so it will definitely happen. Unless you want Eight to be offed, in which case, go ahead. I know she's planning to change history but shouldn't she know it won't work and she's way better leaving well enough alone.

I have to say, I am so torn. On the one hand, I loved the dark, dysfunctional deliciousness of Four/Qing Chuan and every time they have a scene together even now, I melt.



(click on pics to see larger, much larger versions)

But OTOH, every time Eight/Qing Chuan are on-screen, it's a bubble of pure happiness - I can't stop smiling and feeling ridiculously happy. And that scene with Su Yan on the roof! Oh Eight, you suicidal noble darling idiot, you!



Caps coming...
dangermousie: (HGD cheek by miss-dian)
So, ep 21 happened, Qing Chuan found out that Four was a manipulative user who was trying to off family members and have her killed and promptly broke up with him.

This is probably the sole time I've seen DTMFA in action in a drama. Ever. Drama heroines always put up with a ton of crap from the man they love but not Qing Chuan! I love it! Because much as my inner fangirl/shipper is wishing Four and QC could work it out, in real life, what is the only sane thing to do - to trust a man who you know has killed and manipulated before telling you he changed and this time he means it, on the off chance he does, or do the smart thing and run?

Of course, the irony is that we, the audience, know Four has really changed and he does genuinely love Qing Chuan and plans to give up all his ambition for her sake. If she stuck with him, he'd be a good person. But how can QC herself, not in the audience's privileged position, ever be sure? And even if she could, the fact still remains this was a man who was earlier willing to murder her and did kill family members - how do you ever get over this and be with him and trust him after that? Not to mention that the very reasons Four fell for QC - her warmth and forthrightness and humanitarian impulses, and her pretty black-and-white view of the world, are the reasons why the moment the truth is out, he lost her forever.

I like that she gave him a chance to confirm or deny and that was that - no listening to long explanations, no trying to rationalize it to self. But the way she was able to cut cleanly really does show that her liking for him was an infatuation - equal parts the romantic historical ideal she cherished since girlhood and worshipful impression based on few kind acts he did towards her. She didn't really know or love the man, so once the illusion was gone, she was able to let go of the feelings relatively quickly. (Compare this with her situation vis-a-vis Eight - whatever her feelings for him may be, they are and will be based on reality and on her knowing him really well).

And speaking of Eight - Qing Chuan, what is wrong with you? When Eight tells you he's not going to bother fighting for the throne any more if you don't like it, jump at the chance, don't encourage him to go after Four instead and be 'blah blah blah you are way better suited to be an emperor.' Come on, did you get amnesia and forgot your history? You know how this will end! You are supposed to try to prevent it, not push it over so it will definitely happen. Unless you want Eight to be offed, in which case, go ahead. I know she's planning to change history but shouldn't she know it won't work and she's way better leaving well enough alone.

I have to say, I am so torn. On the one hand, I loved the dark, dysfunctional deliciousness of Four/Qing Chuan and every time they have a scene together even now, I melt.



(click on pics to see larger, much larger versions)

But OTOH, every time Eight/Qing Chuan are on-screen, it's a bubble of pure happiness - I can't stop smiling and feeling ridiculously happy. And that scene with Su Yan on the roof! Oh Eight, you suicidal noble darling idiot, you!



Caps coming...
dangermousie: (HGD cheek by miss-dian)
So, ep 21 happened, Qing Chuan found out that Four was a manipulative user who was trying to off family members and have her killed and promptly broke up with him.

This is probably the sole time I've seen DTMFA in action in a drama. Ever. Drama heroines always put up with a ton of crap from the man they love but not Qing Chuan! I love it! Because much as my inner fangirl/shipper is wishing Four and QC could work it out, in real life, what is the only sane thing to do - to trust a man who you know has killed and manipulated before telling you he changed and this time he means it, on the off chance he does, or do the smart thing and run?

Of course, the irony is that we, the audience, know Four has really changed and he does genuinely love Qing Chuan and plans to give up all his ambition for her sake. If she stuck with him, he'd be a good person. But how can QC herself, not in the audience's privileged position, ever be sure? And even if she could, the fact still remains this was a man who was earlier willing to murder her and did kill family members - how do you ever get over this and be with him and trust him after that? Not to mention that the very reasons Four fell for QC - her warmth and forthrightness and humanitarian impulses, and her pretty black-and-white view of the world, are the reasons why the moment the truth is out, he lost her forever.

I like that she gave him a chance to confirm or deny and that was that - no listening to long explanations, no trying to rationalize it to self. But the way she was able to cut cleanly really does show that her liking for him was an infatuation - equal parts the romantic historical ideal she cherished since girlhood and worshipful impression based on few kind acts he did towards her. She didn't really know or love the man, so once the illusion was gone, she was able to let go of the feelings relatively quickly. (Compare this with her situation vis-a-vis Eight - whatever her feelings for him may be, they are and will be based on reality and on her knowing him really well).

And speaking of Eight - Qing Chuan, what is wrong with you? When Eight tells you he's not going to bother fighting for the throne any more if you don't like it, jump at the chance, don't encourage him to go after Four instead and be 'blah blah blah you are way better suited to be an emperor.' Come on, did you get amnesia and forgot your history? You know how this will end! You are supposed to try to prevent it, not push it over so it will definitely happen. Unless you want Eight to be offed, in which case, go ahead. I know she's planning to change history but shouldn't she know it won't work and she's way better leaving well enough alone.

I have to say, I am so torn. On the one hand, I loved the dark, dysfunctional deliciousness of Four/Qing Chuan and every time they have a scene together even now, I melt.



(click on pics to see larger, much larger versions)

But OTOH, every time Eight/Qing Chuan are on-screen, it's a bubble of pure happiness - I can't stop smiling and feeling ridiculously happy. And that scene with Su Yan on the roof! Oh Eight, you suicidal noble darling idiot, you!



Caps coming...
dangermousie: (BSG: Helo/Athena by lyssie)
Am working on insanely long, cappy, and detailed post on Feng Shao Feng/Myolie Wu's characters in SoaB. God, how I loved them. But now their storyline is done and the only thing keeping me going is assassin/general. Speaking of, mmmmm:



Even more mmmm:



Oh, why couldn't the drama be about FSF and Myolie or Yang Mi and Mikey He? Watching them, OTOH, only throws into sharp contrast how little the rest of the drama is working for me - I need characters I can love and root for. If I have those, I can get through a really flawed drama happily but if not, no matter what else the drama has, it won't work for me. And SoaB, though objectively having a better screenplay than e.g. Four Women Conflict, doesn't work for me because I loathe the protagonist and her husband.

blah blah blah rant )

Anyway, FSF/Myolie will get their own post, but for now, here is epicness of assassin/spy in the most epic scene that ever epiced. Basically, his army is surrounded and they are all about to die, and assassin breaks through to them to fight and die with them (or more specifically, with general) and in process reveals her mad kungfu:




And then there is angst and staring:



And then he makes her leave to save her life. Despite some really tempting temptations:




Oh my God, at this rate you will die of old age before you get together!

I continue to be bemused how Yu Zheng managed to write two such amazing secondary OTPs and such an awful main one.

Fair warning - once Yang Mi/Mikey He is done, I am dropping this drama, on the off-chance you care about the fact.

They are the sole thing that keeps me watching now.
dangermousie: (BSG: Helo/Athena by lyssie)
Am working on insanely long, cappy, and detailed post on Feng Shao Feng/Myolie Wu's characters in SoaB. God, how I loved them. But now their storyline is done and the only thing keeping me going is assassin/general. Speaking of, mmmmm:



Even more mmmm:



Oh, why couldn't the drama be about FSF and Myolie or Yang Mi and Mikey He? Watching them, OTOH, only throws into sharp contrast how little the rest of the drama is working for me - I need characters I can love and root for. If I have those, I can get through a really flawed drama happily but if not, no matter what else the drama has, it won't work for me. And SoaB, though objectively having a better screenplay than e.g. Four Women Conflict, doesn't work for me because I loathe the protagonist and her husband.

blah blah blah rant )

Anyway, FSF/Myolie will get their own post, but for now, here is epicness of assassin/spy in the most epic scene that ever epiced. Basically, his army is surrounded and they are all about to die, and assassin breaks through to them to fight and die with them (or more specifically, with general) and in process reveals her mad kungfu:




And then there is angst and staring:



And then he makes her leave to save her life. Despite some really tempting temptations:




Oh my God, at this rate you will die of old age before you get together!

I continue to be bemused how Yu Zheng managed to write two such amazing secondary OTPs and such an awful main one.

Fair warning - once Yang Mi/Mikey He is done, I am dropping this drama, on the off-chance you care about the fact.

They are the sole thing that keeps me watching now.
dangermousie: (BSG: Helo/Athena by lyssie)
Am working on insanely long, cappy, and detailed post on Feng Shao Feng/Myolie Wu's characters in SoaB. God, how I loved them. But now their storyline is done and the only thing keeping me going is assassin/general. Speaking of, mmmmm:



Even more mmmm:



Oh, why couldn't the drama be about FSF and Myolie or Yang Mi and Mikey He? Watching them, OTOH, only throws into sharp contrast how little the rest of the drama is working for me - I need characters I can love and root for. If I have those, I can get through a really flawed drama happily but if not, no matter what else the drama has, it won't work for me. And SoaB, though objectively having a better screenplay than e.g. Four Women Conflict, doesn't work for me because I loathe the protagonist and her husband.

blah blah blah rant )

Anyway, FSF/Myolie will get their own post, but for now, here is epicness of assassin/spy in the most epic scene that ever epiced. Basically, his army is surrounded and they are all about to die, and assassin breaks through to them to fight and die with them (or more specifically, with general) and in process reveals her mad kungfu:




And then there is angst and staring:



And then he makes her leave to save her life. Despite some really tempting temptations:




Oh my God, at this rate you will die of old age before you get together!

I continue to be bemused how Yu Zheng managed to write two such amazing secondary OTPs and such an awful main one.

Fair warning - once Yang Mi/Mikey He is done, I am dropping this drama, on the off-chance you care about the fact.

They are the sole thing that keeps me watching now.
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Yes, the subject line refers to Schemes of a Beauty. More specifically, the conversation Lady Assassin/General have in ep 8, where she tells him that when he was binding her wound he saw her breasts and in her culture it means she's now his wife.

Bwuh??????????? Guys who go to hookers must then have a lot of wives.

Also, she uses the fact that he doesn't immediately jump to marry her as proof that despite his "to me, all lives are important" he still cares about status. Once again, bwuh? I think (a) he doesn't know you at all and I am sure that is giving him as much pause as any status issue (b) it's not as if he stipped you to leer at you. Plus he had no idea of your weird customs (c) caring about lives is still not the same as seeing everyone as good enough to be your spouse. I care about the crazy homeless guy at the corner in the sense of not wanting him dead and wanting him to have food and a place to live, doesn't mean I want to marry him.

Anyway, as you can tell, I am working my way through SoaB.

I admit I am not too interested in the main character - she's too perfect in her scheming (for evil Dowager Empress, no less, boo!!!) and not damaged enough. Plus, is it me or does she look older than her supposed OTP? (Which is fine, but a bit odd for a period drama).

But I continue to ship assassin/general rabidly. Now, talk about a tough yet messed-up heroine and hot OTP. Both times they met involved swords and wounds, too. And she's using/manipulating him only she's starting to fall for him. Mmmmmm. I sort of want to have a cut with just their scenes. As it is, I skip to them.
dangermousie: (Default)
Yes, the subject line refers to Schemes of a Beauty. More specifically, the conversation Lady Assassin/General have in ep 8, where she tells him that when he was binding her wound he saw her breasts and in her culture it means she's now his wife.

Bwuh??????????? Guys who go to hookers must then have a lot of wives.

Also, she uses the fact that he doesn't immediately jump to marry her as proof that despite his "to me, all lives are important" he still cares about status. Once again, bwuh? I think (a) he doesn't know you at all and I am sure that is giving him as much pause as any status issue (b) it's not as if he stipped you to leer at you. Plus he had no idea of your weird customs (c) caring about lives is still not the same as seeing everyone as good enough to be your spouse. I care about the crazy homeless guy at the corner in the sense of not wanting him dead and wanting him to have food and a place to live, doesn't mean I want to marry him.

Anyway, as you can tell, I am working my way through SoaB.

I admit I am not too interested in the main character - she's too perfect in her scheming (for evil Dowager Empress, no less, boo!!!) and not damaged enough. Plus, is it me or does she look older than her supposed OTP? (Which is fine, but a bit odd for a period drama).

But I continue to ship assassin/general rabidly. Now, talk about a tough yet messed-up heroine and hot OTP. Both times they met involved swords and wounds, too. And she's using/manipulating him only she's starting to fall for him. Mmmmmm. I sort of want to have a cut with just their scenes. As it is, I skip to them.
dangermousie: (Default)
Yes, the subject line refers to Schemes of a Beauty. More specifically, the conversation Lady Assassin/General have in ep 8, where she tells him that when he was binding her wound he saw her breasts and in her culture it means she's now his wife.

Bwuh??????????? Guys who go to hookers must then have a lot of wives.

Also, she uses the fact that he doesn't immediately jump to marry her as proof that despite his "to me, all lives are important" he still cares about status. Once again, bwuh? I think (a) he doesn't know you at all and I am sure that is giving him as much pause as any status issue (b) it's not as if he stipped you to leer at you. Plus he had no idea of your weird customs (c) caring about lives is still not the same as seeing everyone as good enough to be your spouse. I care about the crazy homeless guy at the corner in the sense of not wanting him dead and wanting him to have food and a place to live, doesn't mean I want to marry him.

Anyway, as you can tell, I am working my way through SoaB.

I admit I am not too interested in the main character - she's too perfect in her scheming (for evil Dowager Empress, no less, boo!!!) and not damaged enough. Plus, is it me or does she look older than her supposed OTP? (Which is fine, but a bit odd for a period drama).

But I continue to ship assassin/general rabidly. Now, talk about a tough yet messed-up heroine and hot OTP. Both times they met involved swords and wounds, too. And she's using/manipulating him only she's starting to fall for him. Mmmmmm. I sort of want to have a cut with just their scenes. As it is, I skip to them.

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