dangermousie: (YKS 14 by srkfanatic)
This is yet another in my series of "Dangermousie ranks all the kdramas she has ever seen" posts. (I have seen over 70 kdramas and, being addicted to ranking, have decided to rank them all). For previous posts go here. Below the cut are dramas ranked 42-30: these range from dramas I like a lot to dramas I love. All of them have flaws that keep them from higher rankings but all of them are dramas I would have no hesitation in recommending. Once again, I have either finished these dramas entirely or finished enough to make up my own mind.

Best friends, warrior princesses, single mothers, and nuns: if you do not like their stories, the heroines of these dramas will cut off your heads and then pray over the bodies )

Until next time :)
dangermousie: (YKS 14 by srkfanatic)
This is yet another in my series of "Dangermousie ranks all the kdramas she has ever seen" posts. (I have seen over 70 kdramas and, being addicted to ranking, have decided to rank them all). For previous posts go here. Below the cut are dramas ranked 42-30: these range from dramas I like a lot to dramas I love. All of them have flaws that keep them from higher rankings but all of them are dramas I would have no hesitation in recommending. Once again, I have either finished these dramas entirely or finished enough to make up my own mind.

Best friends, warrior princesses, single mothers, and nuns: if you do not like their stories, the heroines of these dramas will cut off your heads and then pray over the bodies )

Until next time :)
dangermousie: (YKS 14 by srkfanatic)
This is yet another in my series of "Dangermousie ranks all the kdramas she has ever seen" posts. (I have seen over 70 kdramas and, being addicted to ranking, have decided to rank them all). For previous posts go here. Below the cut are dramas ranked 42-30: these range from dramas I like a lot to dramas I love. All of them have flaws that keep them from higher rankings but all of them are dramas I would have no hesitation in recommending. Once again, I have either finished these dramas entirely or finished enough to make up my own mind.

Best friends, warrior princesses, single mothers, and nuns: if you do not like their stories, the heroines of these dramas will cut off your heads and then pray over the bodies )

Until next time :)
dangermousie: (HGD hug by miss-dian)
Am back and totally exhausted so this will be very quick.

Watched 5 dramas on my trip (long flights and long train rides). Or more specifically, 4 and a quarter as I am still in process of watching the fifth one.

My thoughts? One very good, two not as good as they could have been, one very disappointing, and one giggly-giddy delight.

1. The very good one is All In, starring Lee Byung Hun and Song Hyo Kyo (who apparently temporarily hooked up after this drama. I can see why, they have psycho chemistry). All In will get its own write-up, caps, the works. Mmmm...

2. The giggly-giddy delight is the Chinese wuxia drama I am currently watching (am on ep 9), Big Shot (Da Ren Wu). It will also get its own write-up, but for now suffice it to say I adore the sword battles, the hero and the heroine, the secondary OTPs, the mysterious lost memories and the hint of huge angst to come.

3. One of the 'not as good as it could have been' dramas (the better one of the two) is Sister In Law is 19, which was pretty fun, actually. I am going to cap a bit, mainly because the premise of a girl in love with an idealized guy but ending up with the possibly less glamorous but always-has-her-back best friend (played by the scrumptuous Yoon Kye Sung), who will do anything for her happiness and is (to make me squeal in delight) a math geek is something tailored exclusively to me. Plus, I did not hate a single character. I wasn't that keen on the (happy, don't worry) ending, with some things not really addressed and no smoochies, but my biggest problem was that it never hit that big pay-off moment of drama for me. It didn't help that the lead actress, while charming and cute, didn't make me really love her and be in her skin the way some kdrama actresses do, and that this was YKS' first drama and while he is competent, the difference between this and e.g. Crazy for You is startling. Kim Jae Won, who played YKS' older brother is super-adorable btw.

4. The other 'not as good as it could have been' drama is Stained Glass which had some positives: Lee Dong Gun being absolutely marvelous (but when has he not been?), and playing a character which is very irresistable, the heroine who is not a dishrag, some swoonily romantic moments (including a kissing in the snow scene), and a lot of emo plot stuff I love. But it was too corny even for me (enough corn to feed the entire state of Michigan, in fact. When LDG referred to heroine as 'Rose of the Lord' I nearly choked), the secondary guy made me feel such blistering HATE I wanted to stab him in the face with a rusty screw-driver and the ending was...WHAAAAAAAT? 18 hours of stuff for this sort of ending? How? Why? Did they just run out of ideas and stop? The ending made the ending of Powerful Opponents look like a masterpiece of coherence.

5. The sheer disappoinment drama for me was Fantasy Couple. Before I started it, I would have never thought so. It's based on the charming 1980s movie Overboard which I like and it's written by the Hong Sisters, three other dramas of whose are all in my Top 10 kdramas (My Girl, Chun Hyang, and Hong Gil Dong). But perhaps Overboard should have stayed a movie: it was good enough and full of story enough for an under 2 hours flick but for a 16 hour drama? Yikes. Both the leads were adequate enough and I didn't hate their characters or anything but it all felt 'so what' and blah to me...the script really felt off and never gathered my interest, and I don't think that the director was good enough to elicit a performance to overcome that huge huge flaw out of Oh Ji Ho or Han Ye Seul (and neither of the leads, even if competent, strikes me as good enough to do an amazing performance without guidance). The most I got of this was mild boredom and I watched all of it through sheer stubborness, boredom of a train ride and a lot of very agressive fast-forwarding. Oh well, even the best have an off say, I suppose...
dangermousie: (HGD hug by miss-dian)
Am back and totally exhausted so this will be very quick.

Watched 5 dramas on my trip (long flights and long train rides). Or more specifically, 4 and a quarter as I am still in process of watching the fifth one.

My thoughts? One very good, two not as good as they could have been, one very disappointing, and one giggly-giddy delight.

1. The very good one is All In, starring Lee Byung Hun and Song Hyo Kyo (who apparently temporarily hooked up after this drama. I can see why, they have psycho chemistry). All In will get its own write-up, caps, the works. Mmmm...

2. The giggly-giddy delight is the Chinese wuxia drama I am currently watching (am on ep 9), Big Shot (Da Ren Wu). It will also get its own write-up, but for now suffice it to say I adore the sword battles, the hero and the heroine, the secondary OTPs, the mysterious lost memories and the hint of huge angst to come.

3. One of the 'not as good as it could have been' dramas (the better one of the two) is Sister In Law is 19, which was pretty fun, actually. I am going to cap a bit, mainly because the premise of a girl in love with an idealized guy but ending up with the possibly less glamorous but always-has-her-back best friend (played by the scrumptuous Yoon Kye Sung), who will do anything for her happiness and is (to make me squeal in delight) a math geek is something tailored exclusively to me. Plus, I did not hate a single character. I wasn't that keen on the (happy, don't worry) ending, with some things not really addressed and no smoochies, but my biggest problem was that it never hit that big pay-off moment of drama for me. It didn't help that the lead actress, while charming and cute, didn't make me really love her and be in her skin the way some kdrama actresses do, and that this was YKS' first drama and while he is competent, the difference between this and e.g. Crazy for You is startling. Kim Jae Won, who played YKS' older brother is super-adorable btw.

4. The other 'not as good as it could have been' drama is Stained Glass which had some positives: Lee Dong Gun being absolutely marvelous (but when has he not been?), and playing a character which is very irresistable, the heroine who is not a dishrag, some swoonily romantic moments (including a kissing in the snow scene), and a lot of emo plot stuff I love. But it was too corny even for me (enough corn to feed the entire state of Michigan, in fact. When LDG referred to heroine as 'Rose of the Lord' I nearly choked), the secondary guy made me feel such blistering HATE I wanted to stab him in the face with a rusty screw-driver and the ending was...WHAAAAAAAT? 18 hours of stuff for this sort of ending? How? Why? Did they just run out of ideas and stop? The ending made the ending of Powerful Opponents look like a masterpiece of coherence.

5. The sheer disappoinment drama for me was Fantasy Couple. Before I started it, I would have never thought so. It's based on the charming 1980s movie Overboard which I like and it's written by the Hong Sisters, three other dramas of whose are all in my Top 10 kdramas (My Girl, Chun Hyang, and Hong Gil Dong). But perhaps Overboard should have stayed a movie: it was good enough and full of story enough for an under 2 hours flick but for a 16 hour drama? Yikes. Both the leads were adequate enough and I didn't hate their characters or anything but it all felt 'so what' and blah to me...the script really felt off and never gathered my interest, and I don't think that the director was good enough to elicit a performance to overcome that huge huge flaw out of Oh Ji Ho or Han Ye Seul (and neither of the leads, even if competent, strikes me as good enough to do an amazing performance without guidance). The most I got of this was mild boredom and I watched all of it through sheer stubborness, boredom of a train ride and a lot of very agressive fast-forwarding. Oh well, even the best have an off say, I suppose...
dangermousie: (HGD hug by miss-dian)
Am back and totally exhausted so this will be very quick.

Watched 5 dramas on my trip (long flights and long train rides). Or more specifically, 4 and a quarter as I am still in process of watching the fifth one.

My thoughts? One very good, two not as good as they could have been, one very disappointing, and one giggly-giddy delight.

1. The very good one is All In, starring Lee Byung Hun and Song Hyo Kyo (who apparently temporarily hooked up after this drama. I can see why, they have psycho chemistry). All In will get its own write-up, caps, the works. Mmmm...

2. The giggly-giddy delight is the Chinese wuxia drama I am currently watching (am on ep 9), Big Shot (Da Ren Wu). It will also get its own write-up, but for now suffice it to say I adore the sword battles, the hero and the heroine, the secondary OTPs, the mysterious lost memories and the hint of huge angst to come.

3. One of the 'not as good as it could have been' dramas (the better one of the two) is Sister In Law is 19, which was pretty fun, actually. I am going to cap a bit, mainly because the premise of a girl in love with an idealized guy but ending up with the possibly less glamorous but always-has-her-back best friend (played by the scrumptuous Yoon Kye Sung), who will do anything for her happiness and is (to make me squeal in delight) a math geek is something tailored exclusively to me. Plus, I did not hate a single character. I wasn't that keen on the (happy, don't worry) ending, with some things not really addressed and no smoochies, but my biggest problem was that it never hit that big pay-off moment of drama for me. It didn't help that the lead actress, while charming and cute, didn't make me really love her and be in her skin the way some kdrama actresses do, and that this was YKS' first drama and while he is competent, the difference between this and e.g. Crazy for You is startling. Kim Jae Won, who played YKS' older brother is super-adorable btw.

4. The other 'not as good as it could have been' drama is Stained Glass which had some positives: Lee Dong Gun being absolutely marvelous (but when has he not been?), and playing a character which is very irresistable, the heroine who is not a dishrag, some swoonily romantic moments (including a kissing in the snow scene), and a lot of emo plot stuff I love. But it was too corny even for me (enough corn to feed the entire state of Michigan, in fact. When LDG referred to heroine as 'Rose of the Lord' I nearly choked), the secondary guy made me feel such blistering HATE I wanted to stab him in the face with a rusty screw-driver and the ending was...WHAAAAAAAT? 18 hours of stuff for this sort of ending? How? Why? Did they just run out of ideas and stop? The ending made the ending of Powerful Opponents look like a masterpiece of coherence.

5. The sheer disappoinment drama for me was Fantasy Couple. Before I started it, I would have never thought so. It's based on the charming 1980s movie Overboard which I like and it's written by the Hong Sisters, three other dramas of whose are all in my Top 10 kdramas (My Girl, Chun Hyang, and Hong Gil Dong). But perhaps Overboard should have stayed a movie: it was good enough and full of story enough for an under 2 hours flick but for a 16 hour drama? Yikes. Both the leads were adequate enough and I didn't hate their characters or anything but it all felt 'so what' and blah to me...the script really felt off and never gathered my interest, and I don't think that the director was good enough to elicit a performance to overcome that huge huge flaw out of Oh Ji Ho or Han Ye Seul (and neither of the leads, even if competent, strikes me as good enough to do an amazing performance without guidance). The most I got of this was mild boredom and I watched all of it through sheer stubborness, boredom of a train ride and a lot of very agressive fast-forwarding. Oh well, even the best have an off say, I suppose...
dangermousie: (Goong beach by autumn_yaar)
First off, because I am shortly to embark on continuing my watch of the delightful, funny, off the wall twdrama Smiling Pasta, I bring you two cute SP MVs.

Smiling Pasta MVs here )

Oh, and while we are on subject of MVs, I found another cute of of My Sister in Law is 19:

MV here )

And on the topic of eye-candy, just because, some It Started with a Kiss pics.

I defy you not to die of the sweet.

Cuteness here )

I am continuing with Witch Yoo Hee and it's mad love. A couple of unspoilery screenshots (from soompi).

WYH )

Speaking of Jae Hee, I just found out he has an upcoming movie, Zigzag Love. It also stars Shin Yi, Park Si Yeon, and Myung Seung Hoon. It's a romcom and I bring you some awesome pics which all have one thing in common: they feature Jae Hee :P I don't really know what the movie is about and find myself strangely not caring.



More yummy pictures )

Oh, and in completely unrelated to anything, I am reading 'Messopotamia' about the formation and life of the city states and it's utterly fascinating as it's a topic I know little about. The thought of cities almost 7000 years ago is mindboggling.

P.S. Yoon Eun Hye has a new drama coming out later this year. About a coffee shop. Let's hope it's better than Vinyard Man though of course it's unlikely to beat Goong.
dangermousie: (Goong beach by autumn_yaar)
First off, because I am shortly to embark on continuing my watch of the delightful, funny, off the wall twdrama Smiling Pasta, I bring you two cute SP MVs.

Smiling Pasta MVs here )

Oh, and while we are on subject of MVs, I found another cute of of My Sister in Law is 19:

MV here )

And on the topic of eye-candy, just because, some It Started with a Kiss pics.

I defy you not to die of the sweet.

Cuteness here )

I am continuing with Witch Yoo Hee and it's mad love. A couple of unspoilery screenshots (from soompi).

WYH )

Speaking of Jae Hee, I just found out he has an upcoming movie, Zigzag Love. It also stars Shin Yi, Park Si Yeon, and Myung Seung Hoon. It's a romcom and I bring you some awesome pics which all have one thing in common: they feature Jae Hee :P I don't really know what the movie is about and find myself strangely not caring.



More yummy pictures )

Oh, and in completely unrelated to anything, I am reading 'Messopotamia' about the formation and life of the city states and it's utterly fascinating as it's a topic I know little about. The thought of cities almost 7000 years ago is mindboggling.

P.S. Yoon Eun Hye has a new drama coming out later this year. About a coffee shop. Let's hope it's better than Vinyard Man though of course it's unlikely to beat Goong.
dangermousie: (Goong beach by autumn_yaar)
First off, because I am shortly to embark on continuing my watch of the delightful, funny, off the wall twdrama Smiling Pasta, I bring you two cute SP MVs.

Smiling Pasta MVs here )

Oh, and while we are on subject of MVs, I found another cute of of My Sister in Law is 19:

MV here )

And on the topic of eye-candy, just because, some It Started with a Kiss pics.

I defy you not to die of the sweet.

Cuteness here )

I am continuing with Witch Yoo Hee and it's mad love. A couple of unspoilery screenshots (from soompi).

WYH )

Speaking of Jae Hee, I just found out he has an upcoming movie, Zigzag Love. It also stars Shin Yi, Park Si Yeon, and Myung Seung Hoon. It's a romcom and I bring you some awesome pics which all have one thing in common: they feature Jae Hee :P I don't really know what the movie is about and find myself strangely not caring.



More yummy pictures )

Oh, and in completely unrelated to anything, I am reading 'Messopotamia' about the formation and life of the city states and it's utterly fascinating as it's a topic I know little about. The thought of cities almost 7000 years ago is mindboggling.

P.S. Yoon Eun Hye has a new drama coming out later this year. About a coffee shop. Let's hope it's better than Vinyard Man though of course it's unlikely to beat Goong.
dangermousie: (Song Hye-Kyo by miss-dian)
Before I start. Quick comment. What is with all the recent cooking dramas lately? I am not complaining as hot guy wh can cook is even better than a hot guy in general, but it does seem odd. First there is MatsuJun playing a chef in the jdrama Bambino. Then there is the twdrama Delicious Relationship, starring arguably my favorite drama boy Vic Zhou (and he better not die in this one!!!). And then there are the kdramas. In Witch Yoo Hee, Jae Hee is a Chef *dies* and then there is the upcoming Gourmet with Kim Rae Won where he also plays a chef. Hmmm. I like this trend.

I am considering checking a whole bunch of kdramas out. More about them below, but I think the 'new' kdrama for me will either be My Love Patzzi (it's only 10 eps and fluffy and I have a Kim Rae Won craving), Let's Go to the Beach ([livejournal.com profile] alexandral loved it and I adore Lee Wan) or Smile Again (it sounds cute and stars Lee Dong Gun).

I dare you not to grin looking at this pic )

And after that, the next kdrama is Save the Last Dance for Me and Stained Glass as I want something utterly utterly fluffy right now so it will have to wait a week or so.

But anyway, dramas I am considering obtaining, with corresponding MVs.

As you see, a lot of numbers for some reason.

My Sister in Law is 19. It has cute boys, cracktastic fun and angst, too. The plot? Our hero is horrified to discover that the girl he has long been in love with has just gotten engaged to his older brother. He doesn't know it's an arranged agreement so she'd have money for her poor family and he'd be free of Mom's nagging to marry. So CUTE!

Vid for it )

Then there is Sweet 18. [livejournal.com profile] calledinvain thought it was sweet, it stars Lee Dong Gun and Han Jin Hye, and hey, prosecutor forcibly married off to a much younger girl? Heeeeee.

Vid here )

Then there is Hotelier (as mentioned earlier)

Hotelier MV )

Then there is 18 vs 29 about a woman who wakes up forgetting everything that happened since she was 18. Her estranged husband tries to use this as an opportunity to win her back.

Vid here )

Then there is The Sweet Spy. A spy drama with the heroine an ass-kicking policewoman? YAY.

MV here )

Then there is Say You Love Me with Kim Rae Won, because I am on a KRW kick and hey the whole, 'bad girl tries to break up the OTP by getting her bf to seduce the girl and to seduce the guy herself because she is whack' is kinda awesome in a 'Dangerous Liasons' sort of way.

Opening theme )

There is also Life if Beautiful with Ha Ji-Won (Damo!!!) and Kim Rae Won but I didn't find any vids. I am also amused by the concept of Love Letter because heeeee, even Priests are not immune from lurve in kdramas. The hero is a Priest-in-training. Whoa.

And last note. My 'in progress' pile of dramas seems to be shrinking.

here is the list )
dangermousie: (Song Hye-Kyo by miss-dian)
Before I start. Quick comment. What is with all the recent cooking dramas lately? I am not complaining as hot guy wh can cook is even better than a hot guy in general, but it does seem odd. First there is MatsuJun playing a chef in the jdrama Bambino. Then there is the twdrama Delicious Relationship, starring arguably my favorite drama boy Vic Zhou (and he better not die in this one!!!). And then there are the kdramas. In Witch Yoo Hee, Jae Hee is a Chef *dies* and then there is the upcoming Gourmet with Kim Rae Won where he also plays a chef. Hmmm. I like this trend.

I am considering checking a whole bunch of kdramas out. More about them below, but I think the 'new' kdrama for me will either be My Love Patzzi (it's only 10 eps and fluffy and I have a Kim Rae Won craving), Let's Go to the Beach ([livejournal.com profile] alexandral loved it and I adore Lee Wan) or Smile Again (it sounds cute and stars Lee Dong Gun).

I dare you not to grin looking at this pic )

And after that, the next kdrama is Save the Last Dance for Me and Stained Glass as I want something utterly utterly fluffy right now so it will have to wait a week or so.

But anyway, dramas I am considering obtaining, with corresponding MVs.

As you see, a lot of numbers for some reason.

My Sister in Law is 19. It has cute boys, cracktastic fun and angst, too. The plot? Our hero is horrified to discover that the girl he has long been in love with has just gotten engaged to his older brother. He doesn't know it's an arranged agreement so she'd have money for her poor family and he'd be free of Mom's nagging to marry. So CUTE!

Vid for it )

Then there is Sweet 18. [livejournal.com profile] calledinvain thought it was sweet, it stars Lee Dong Gun and Han Jin Hye, and hey, prosecutor forcibly married off to a much younger girl? Heeeeee.

Vid here )

Then there is Hotelier (as mentioned earlier)

Hotelier MV )

Then there is 18 vs 29 about a woman who wakes up forgetting everything that happened since she was 18. Her estranged husband tries to use this as an opportunity to win her back.

Vid here )

Then there is The Sweet Spy. A spy drama with the heroine an ass-kicking policewoman? YAY.

MV here )

Then there is Say You Love Me with Kim Rae Won, because I am on a KRW kick and hey the whole, 'bad girl tries to break up the OTP by getting her bf to seduce the girl and to seduce the guy herself because she is whack' is kinda awesome in a 'Dangerous Liasons' sort of way.

Opening theme )

There is also Life if Beautiful with Ha Ji-Won (Damo!!!) and Kim Rae Won but I didn't find any vids. I am also amused by the concept of Love Letter because heeeee, even Priests are not immune from lurve in kdramas. The hero is a Priest-in-training. Whoa.

And last note. My 'in progress' pile of dramas seems to be shrinking.

here is the list )
dangermousie: (Song Hye-Kyo by miss-dian)
Before I start. Quick comment. What is with all the recent cooking dramas lately? I am not complaining as hot guy wh can cook is even better than a hot guy in general, but it does seem odd. First there is MatsuJun playing a chef in the jdrama Bambino. Then there is the twdrama Delicious Relationship, starring arguably my favorite drama boy Vic Zhou (and he better not die in this one!!!). And then there are the kdramas. In Witch Yoo Hee, Jae Hee is a Chef *dies* and then there is the upcoming Gourmet with Kim Rae Won where he also plays a chef. Hmmm. I like this trend.

I am considering checking a whole bunch of kdramas out. More about them below, but I think the 'new' kdrama for me will either be My Love Patzzi (it's only 10 eps and fluffy and I have a Kim Rae Won craving), Let's Go to the Beach ([livejournal.com profile] alexandral loved it and I adore Lee Wan) or Smile Again (it sounds cute and stars Lee Dong Gun).

I dare you not to grin looking at this pic )

And after that, the next kdrama is Save the Last Dance for Me and Stained Glass as I want something utterly utterly fluffy right now so it will have to wait a week or so.

But anyway, dramas I am considering obtaining, with corresponding MVs.

As you see, a lot of numbers for some reason.

My Sister in Law is 19. It has cute boys, cracktastic fun and angst, too. The plot? Our hero is horrified to discover that the girl he has long been in love with has just gotten engaged to his older brother. He doesn't know it's an arranged agreement so she'd have money for her poor family and he'd be free of Mom's nagging to marry. So CUTE!

Vid for it )

Then there is Sweet 18. [livejournal.com profile] calledinvain thought it was sweet, it stars Lee Dong Gun and Han Jin Hye, and hey, prosecutor forcibly married off to a much younger girl? Heeeeee.

Vid here )

Then there is Hotelier (as mentioned earlier)

Hotelier MV )

Then there is 18 vs 29 about a woman who wakes up forgetting everything that happened since she was 18. Her estranged husband tries to use this as an opportunity to win her back.

Vid here )

Then there is The Sweet Spy. A spy drama with the heroine an ass-kicking policewoman? YAY.

MV here )

Then there is Say You Love Me with Kim Rae Won, because I am on a KRW kick and hey the whole, 'bad girl tries to break up the OTP by getting her bf to seduce the girl and to seduce the guy herself because she is whack' is kinda awesome in a 'Dangerous Liasons' sort of way.

Opening theme )

There is also Life if Beautiful with Ha Ji-Won (Damo!!!) and Kim Rae Won but I didn't find any vids. I am also amused by the concept of Love Letter because heeeee, even Priests are not immune from lurve in kdramas. The hero is a Priest-in-training. Whoa.

And last note. My 'in progress' pile of dramas seems to be shrinking.

here is the list )

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