dangermousie: (Legend: Sa Ryang by alexandral)
The newest teaser is out (thanks, [livejournal.com profile] cecilialambiel!) and it looks amazing:



In addition to the obvious (the epicness! Lee Min Ho!), mt eye has been caught by Sung Hoon looking unreal with long white hair. Song Jina must have a thing for angsty, white-haired bad guys - remember the awesome Sa Ryang from Legend?

This whole Sung Hoon thing reminds me of how much I loved New Tales of the Gisaeng - its aristocrat/gisaeng storyline hit every one of my kinks and then some:

dangermousie: (Legend: Sa Ryang by alexandral)
The newest teaser is out (thanks, [livejournal.com profile] cecilialambiel!) and it looks amazing:



In addition to the obvious (the epicness! Lee Min Ho!), mt eye has been caught by Sung Hoon looking unreal with long white hair. Song Jina must have a thing for angsty, white-haired bad guys - remember the awesome Sa Ryang from Legend?

This whole Sung Hoon thing reminds me of how much I loved New Tales of the Gisaeng - its aristocrat/gisaeng storyline hit every one of my kinks and then some:

dangermousie: (Legend: Sa Ryang by alexandral)
The newest teaser is out (thanks, [livejournal.com profile] cecilialambiel!) and it looks amazing:



In addition to the obvious (the epicness! Lee Min Ho!), mt eye has been caught by Sung Hoon looking unreal with long white hair. Song Jina must have a thing for angsty, white-haired bad guys - remember the awesome Sa Ryang from Legend?

This whole Sung Hoon thing reminds me of how much I loved New Tales of the Gisaeng - its aristocrat/gisaeng storyline hit every one of my kinks and then some:

dangermousie: (Gisaeng)


I just realized I never posted anything about the ending of one of my favorite dramas of the year, New Tales of the Gisaeng. While my obsession with it cooled down a lot after ep 40 or so, when Damo and Saran got married and were blissfully happy, despite needing to win his grinchy father's approval (because that really was not that crucial. Her finding her birth parents was more important but still, not that much as long as she had someone who'd love her for her and unconditionally and she had that with Damo), I ended up loving it from beginning to end. There were a couple of eps near the end which were wtf (ghosts? really?) but overall, it was such a lovely lovely ride. Damo and Saran are one of my all-time favorite OTPs - so functional together, so broken apart. And what NTOTG did, which a lot of dramas do not, is give us enough time and space to show them happy as well as the happy fates of all other characters we've grown to love.

A lot of caps from the last ep )
dangermousie: (Gisaeng)


I just realized I never posted anything about the ending of one of my favorite dramas of the year, New Tales of the Gisaeng. While my obsession with it cooled down a lot after ep 40 or so, when Damo and Saran got married and were blissfully happy, despite needing to win his grinchy father's approval (because that really was not that crucial. Her finding her birth parents was more important but still, not that much as long as she had someone who'd love her for her and unconditionally and she had that with Damo), I ended up loving it from beginning to end. There were a couple of eps near the end which were wtf (ghosts? really?) but overall, it was such a lovely lovely ride. Damo and Saran are one of my all-time favorite OTPs - so functional together, so broken apart. And what NTOTG did, which a lot of dramas do not, is give us enough time and space to show them happy as well as the happy fates of all other characters we've grown to love.

A lot of caps from the last ep )
dangermousie: (Gisaeng)


I just realized I never posted anything about the ending of one of my favorite dramas of the year, New Tales of the Gisaeng. While my obsession with it cooled down a lot after ep 40 or so, when Damo and Saran got married and were blissfully happy, despite needing to win his grinchy father's approval (because that really was not that crucial. Her finding her birth parents was more important but still, not that much as long as she had someone who'd love her for her and unconditionally and she had that with Damo), I ended up loving it from beginning to end. There were a couple of eps near the end which were wtf (ghosts? really?) but overall, it was such a lovely lovely ride. Damo and Saran are one of my all-time favorite OTPs - so functional together, so broken apart. And what NTOTG did, which a lot of dramas do not, is give us enough time and space to show them happy as well as the happy fates of all other characters we've grown to love.

A lot of caps from the last ep )
dangermousie: (B&W Zai Tian by scanky_chops)
Oum Ruk )

City Hunter ep 6 )

Some nonspoilery CYHMH cuteness )

New Tales of the Gisaeng - wedding obsession )

The X-Family )

Vigilantes in Masks )

Because I am on a WW2 fiction kick after Paullina Simons' novel, I am going to watch the 2008 Russian movie Мы из будущего (We are from the future), about a quartet of modern Russian friends who somehow get transported to 1942. I am sure that is going to be super-chirpy. Have a MV:



And speaking of things to watch, I am pretty indifferent to Ming Dao, but I love twdramas involving fights and smoochies, so Ying Ye 3+1, here I come! Have a MV!

dangermousie: (B&W Zai Tian by scanky_chops)
Oum Ruk )

City Hunter ep 6 )

Some nonspoilery CYHMH cuteness )

New Tales of the Gisaeng - wedding obsession )

The X-Family )

Vigilantes in Masks )

Because I am on a WW2 fiction kick after Paullina Simons' novel, I am going to watch the 2008 Russian movie Мы из будущего (We are from the future), about a quartet of modern Russian friends who somehow get transported to 1942. I am sure that is going to be super-chirpy. Have a MV:



And speaking of things to watch, I am pretty indifferent to Ming Dao, but I love twdramas involving fights and smoochies, so Ying Ye 3+1, here I come! Have a MV!

dangermousie: (B&W Zai Tian by scanky_chops)
Oum Ruk )

City Hunter ep 6 )

Some nonspoilery CYHMH cuteness )

New Tales of the Gisaeng - wedding obsession )

The X-Family )

Vigilantes in Masks )

Because I am on a WW2 fiction kick after Paullina Simons' novel, I am going to watch the 2008 Russian movie Мы из будущего (We are from the future), about a quartet of modern Russian friends who somehow get transported to 1942. I am sure that is going to be super-chirpy. Have a MV:



And speaking of things to watch, I am pretty indifferent to Ming Dao, but I love twdramas involving fights and smoochies, so Ying Ye 3+1, here I come! Have a MV!

dangermousie: (Shanghai Bund: never alone by HXM)
This post is basically a giant cap dump with some thoughts thrown in. Spoilers for New Tales of the Gisaeng through ep 36, Can You Hear My Heart ep 14, and Best Love through ep 6.



Saran, you are everything to me. Me too. )



Midnight dates, piano sonatas and stolen kisses )



Best Love - best in giggles )
dangermousie: (Shanghai Bund: never alone by HXM)
This post is basically a giant cap dump with some thoughts thrown in. Spoilers for New Tales of the Gisaeng through ep 36, Can You Hear My Heart ep 14, and Best Love through ep 6.



Saran, you are everything to me. Me too. )



Midnight dates, piano sonatas and stolen kisses )



Best Love - best in giggles )
dangermousie: (Shanghai Bund: never alone by HXM)
This post is basically a giant cap dump with some thoughts thrown in. Spoilers for New Tales of the Gisaeng through ep 36, Can You Hear My Heart ep 14, and Best Love through ep 6.



Saran, you are everything to me. Me too. )



Midnight dates, piano sonatas and stolen kisses )



Best Love - best in giggles )
dangermousie: (Gisaeng)
All of a sudden, today, I was hit by the realization that out of all the airing dramas, NTotG is my favorite. And that, not only that, it may also go on my all-time favorite dramas list.

For a drama with multiple birth secrets, a heroine who becomes a gisaeng, and an upper-class hero, Gisaeng is shockingly real. It's the most real-life drama I've seen in years. These people are not characters but people you can see passing by on the street - from Hwa Ja's petty meanness (no Macchiavellian evil for her, just every-day low-level selfishness) to unexpected low-key scenes when the drama handbook would require fireworks (Rari learning about Saran) to Damo and Saran's very relationship - they may be epic but are also a couple I can imagine buying coffee in a neighborhood store or passing me by on the sidewalk. Compare it to something like Best Love which reminds me of a Restoration comedy - entertaining, wickedly funny, and wholly artificial, with characters who are as real as stick figures (Dokko Jin - entertaining, yes. Realistic - not in any way).

It is this realistic quality that gets me. Take Damo and Saran - I am more moved by their love, more invested in them because of their every-day reality - the story is not removed, it's something that could actually happen because these people could happen. Their passion is not a storybook - it's something that I can believe is happening next door. I love that unlike in most dramas, the conflict and angst doesn't come from evil parents or evil secondaries who wreak havoc on our pure-hearted protagonists. Neither Damo nor Saran are pure or perfect - with their prickliness and containment and their pride. No, the heartbreak is caused by their own actions and heir own flaws. Damo has to go through nine circles of hell to win Saran back because he dumped her and broke her heart and (indirectly) led to her finding out about her parentage and thus the emotional devastation that led her to enter BYG and give up on life (the drama maintains a delicate balance - he is not directly responsible as it would be too much, but he does bear some responsibility). And Saran prolongs her misery by clinging to her self-inflicted martyrdom long after any reasonable person would have given in to Damo's love due to her perverse expression of pride through debasement (the world doesn't view her worthy so she will prove just how unworthy she is). Of course, the hardship makes them both grow and enable them to truly understand what the other means to them, but I love tha the conflict isn't external in a major way.

Gisaeng's greatest strength is the script - the dialogues leave me breathless. Angry or happy or teasing or matter-of-fact, I feel as if I am eavesdropping. Gisaeng is a 50 ep drama and while this length can sometimes make a drama drag (this one doesn't), it also allows the writers time and space to develop conversations - to build our knowledge through them. There are no happy/angsty/heartbroken/falling montage shortcuts for our OTP - no, their love is underpinned by chemistry but built in their conversations.
dangermousie: (Gisaeng)
All of a sudden, today, I was hit by the realization that out of all the airing dramas, NTotG is my favorite. And that, not only that, it may also go on my all-time favorite dramas list.

For a drama with multiple birth secrets, a heroine who becomes a gisaeng, and an upper-class hero, Gisaeng is shockingly real. It's the most real-life drama I've seen in years. These people are not characters but people you can see passing by on the street - from Hwa Ja's petty meanness (no Macchiavellian evil for her, just every-day low-level selfishness) to unexpected low-key scenes when the drama handbook would require fireworks (Rari learning about Saran) to Damo and Saran's very relationship - they may be epic but are also a couple I can imagine buying coffee in a neighborhood store or passing me by on the sidewalk. Compare it to something like Best Love which reminds me of a Restoration comedy - entertaining, wickedly funny, and wholly artificial, with characters who are as real as stick figures (Dokko Jin - entertaining, yes. Realistic - not in any way).

It is this realistic quality that gets me. Take Damo and Saran - I am more moved by their love, more invested in them because of their every-day reality - the story is not removed, it's something that could actually happen because these people could happen. Their passion is not a storybook - it's something that I can believe is happening next door. I love that unlike in most dramas, the conflict and angst doesn't come from evil parents or evil secondaries who wreak havoc on our pure-hearted protagonists. Neither Damo nor Saran are pure or perfect - with their prickliness and containment and their pride. No, the heartbreak is caused by their own actions and heir own flaws. Damo has to go through nine circles of hell to win Saran back because he dumped her and broke her heart and (indirectly) led to her finding out about her parentage and thus the emotional devastation that led her to enter BYG and give up on life (the drama maintains a delicate balance - he is not directly responsible as it would be too much, but he does bear some responsibility). And Saran prolongs her misery by clinging to her self-inflicted martyrdom long after any reasonable person would have given in to Damo's love due to her perverse expression of pride through debasement (the world doesn't view her worthy so she will prove just how unworthy she is). Of course, the hardship makes them both grow and enable them to truly understand what the other means to them, but I love tha the conflict isn't external in a major way.

Gisaeng's greatest strength is the script - the dialogues leave me breathless. Angry or happy or teasing or matter-of-fact, I feel as if I am eavesdropping. Gisaeng is a 50 ep drama and while this length can sometimes make a drama drag (this one doesn't), it also allows the writers time and space to develop conversations - to build our knowledge through them. There are no happy/angsty/heartbroken/falling montage shortcuts for our OTP - no, their love is underpinned by chemistry but built in their conversations.
dangermousie: (Gisaeng)
All of a sudden, today, I was hit by the realization that out of all the airing dramas, NTotG is my favorite. And that, not only that, it may also go on my all-time favorite dramas list.

For a drama with multiple birth secrets, a heroine who becomes a gisaeng, and an upper-class hero, Gisaeng is shockingly real. It's the most real-life drama I've seen in years. These people are not characters but people you can see passing by on the street - from Hwa Ja's petty meanness (no Macchiavellian evil for her, just every-day low-level selfishness) to unexpected low-key scenes when the drama handbook would require fireworks (Rari learning about Saran) to Damo and Saran's very relationship - they may be epic but are also a couple I can imagine buying coffee in a neighborhood store or passing me by on the sidewalk. Compare it to something like Best Love which reminds me of a Restoration comedy - entertaining, wickedly funny, and wholly artificial, with characters who are as real as stick figures (Dokko Jin - entertaining, yes. Realistic - not in any way).

It is this realistic quality that gets me. Take Damo and Saran - I am more moved by their love, more invested in them because of their every-day reality - the story is not removed, it's something that could actually happen because these people could happen. Their passion is not a storybook - it's something that I can believe is happening next door. I love that unlike in most dramas, the conflict and angst doesn't come from evil parents or evil secondaries who wreak havoc on our pure-hearted protagonists. Neither Damo nor Saran are pure or perfect - with their prickliness and containment and their pride. No, the heartbreak is caused by their own actions and heir own flaws. Damo has to go through nine circles of hell to win Saran back because he dumped her and broke her heart and (indirectly) led to her finding out about her parentage and thus the emotional devastation that led her to enter BYG and give up on life (the drama maintains a delicate balance - he is not directly responsible as it would be too much, but he does bear some responsibility). And Saran prolongs her misery by clinging to her self-inflicted martyrdom long after any reasonable person would have given in to Damo's love due to her perverse expression of pride through debasement (the world doesn't view her worthy so she will prove just how unworthy she is). Of course, the hardship makes them both grow and enable them to truly understand what the other means to them, but I love tha the conflict isn't external in a major way.

Gisaeng's greatest strength is the script - the dialogues leave me breathless. Angry or happy or teasing or matter-of-fact, I feel as if I am eavesdropping. Gisaeng is a 50 ep drama and while this length can sometimes make a drama drag (this one doesn't), it also allows the writers time and space to develop conversations - to build our knowledge through them. There are no happy/angsty/heartbroken/falling montage shortcuts for our OTP - no, their love is underpinned by chemistry but built in their conversations.
dangermousie: (Gisaeng)


Am watching Gisaeng 31-34 with subs and guuuuh. I am not sure what is more gorgeous - the leads or the dialogues.

Also, out of all the dramas in 2011, Damo/Saran are my favorite OTP, hands down. Both pass-them-on-the-street real and epically, gorgeously star-crossed.
dangermousie: (Gisaeng)


Am watching Gisaeng 31-34 with subs and guuuuh. I am not sure what is more gorgeous - the leads or the dialogues.

Also, out of all the dramas in 2011, Damo/Saran are my favorite OTP, hands down. Both pass-them-on-the-street real and epically, gorgeously star-crossed.

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