dangermousie: (Jumong by miss_dian)


Last year, during the ratings reign of Queen Seon Deok, another woman-centric period drama made its debut - Princess Ja Myung Go starring Jung Ryo Won, Jung Kyung Ho, and Park Min Young. Unlike QSD which became a huge success and extended its run, PJMG had abysmal ratings throughout and ended up being only 39 episodes (a large number in abstract but unusually short for a period drama). Princess Ja Myung Go took a traditional and well-known Korean narrative - the forbidden and doomed love of Prince Hodong and Princess La Hee, heirs to enemy kingdoms, and disassembled it supposing what the story would have been like if Hodong had been in love with La Hee's sister Ja Myung instead.

Yet, even though PJMG is one of the best and most feminist dramas I have ever seen, its single-digit ratings were no surprise - it took most period drama conventions and upended them. Traditional, royalty-based sageuks after all center around the progress and triumph of its protagonist - he or she may pay a great personal price but will triumph over rival factions/own shortcomings/bad background and emerge politically victorious - a great ruler to be remembered by future generations. PJMG's rival Queen Seon Deok expemplifies that kind of narrative - Deokman is an outcast who, at the end, has lost the man she loved, but is a great ruler to be remembered forever and full of achievements. Yi San, The Kingdom of the Winds, Jumong, etc - all follow this formula more or less. (Fusion-style sageuks which usually deal with 'common' people sometimes choose hopelessness as a theme - see Damo, but these are 'oridinary' people stories).

But this is not the story of PJMG. From the first episode it is clear that there will be no triumphant narrative. This is a story of the defeated - defeated Kingdom of Nakrang, defeated people. And, except for Ja Myung herself (cast in a traditionally heroic mold even if with enough flaws to make her interesting), her mother (a very minor character) and a few other other characters, most of the characters are not heroic either. They are either fascinating monsters (Muhyul, Wang Jashi (Ja Myung's stepmother), Muhyul's Queen) or people damaged beyond repair by their surroundings (Hodong, La Hee).

Further nonspoilery thoughts )

Basically, what are you waiting for? Go watch!

Have a MV if the above is not enough.

dangermousie: (Jumong by miss_dian)


Last year, during the ratings reign of Queen Seon Deok, another woman-centric period drama made its debut - Princess Ja Myung Go starring Jung Ryo Won, Jung Kyung Ho, and Park Min Young. Unlike QSD which became a huge success and extended its run, PJMG had abysmal ratings throughout and ended up being only 39 episodes (a large number in abstract but unusually short for a period drama). Princess Ja Myung Go took a traditional and well-known Korean narrative - the forbidden and doomed love of Prince Hodong and Princess La Hee, heirs to enemy kingdoms, and disassembled it supposing what the story would have been like if Hodong had been in love with La Hee's sister Ja Myung instead.

Yet, even though PJMG is one of the best and most feminist dramas I have ever seen, its single-digit ratings were no surprise - it took most period drama conventions and upended them. Traditional, royalty-based sageuks after all center around the progress and triumph of its protagonist - he or she may pay a great personal price but will triumph over rival factions/own shortcomings/bad background and emerge politically victorious - a great ruler to be remembered by future generations. PJMG's rival Queen Seon Deok expemplifies that kind of narrative - Deokman is an outcast who, at the end, has lost the man she loved, but is a great ruler to be remembered forever and full of achievements. Yi San, The Kingdom of the Winds, Jumong, etc - all follow this formula more or less. (Fusion-style sageuks which usually deal with 'common' people sometimes choose hopelessness as a theme - see Damo, but these are 'oridinary' people stories).

But this is not the story of PJMG. From the first episode it is clear that there will be no triumphant narrative. This is a story of the defeated - defeated Kingdom of Nakrang, defeated people. And, except for Ja Myung herself (cast in a traditionally heroic mold even if with enough flaws to make her interesting), her mother (a very minor character) and a few other other characters, most of the characters are not heroic either. They are either fascinating monsters (Muhyul, Wang Jashi (Ja Myung's stepmother), Muhyul's Queen) or people damaged beyond repair by their surroundings (Hodong, La Hee).

Further nonspoilery thoughts )

Basically, what are you waiting for? Go watch!

Have a MV if the above is not enough.

dangermousie: (Jumong by miss_dian)


Last year, during the ratings reign of Queen Seon Deok, another woman-centric period drama made its debut - Princess Ja Myung Go starring Jung Ryo Won, Jung Kyung Ho, and Park Min Young. Unlike QSD which became a huge success and extended its run, PJMG had abysmal ratings throughout and ended up being only 39 episodes (a large number in abstract but unusually short for a period drama). Princess Ja Myung Go took a traditional and well-known Korean narrative - the forbidden and doomed love of Prince Hodong and Princess La Hee, heirs to enemy kingdoms, and disassembled it supposing what the story would have been like if Hodong had been in love with La Hee's sister Ja Myung instead.

Yet, even though PJMG is one of the best and most feminist dramas I have ever seen, its single-digit ratings were no surprise - it took most period drama conventions and upended them. Traditional, royalty-based sageuks after all center around the progress and triumph of its protagonist - he or she may pay a great personal price but will triumph over rival factions/own shortcomings/bad background and emerge politically victorious - a great ruler to be remembered by future generations. PJMG's rival Queen Seon Deok expemplifies that kind of narrative - Deokman is an outcast who, at the end, has lost the man she loved, but is a great ruler to be remembered forever and full of achievements. Yi San, The Kingdom of the Winds, Jumong, etc - all follow this formula more or less. (Fusion-style sageuks which usually deal with 'common' people sometimes choose hopelessness as a theme - see Damo, but these are 'oridinary' people stories).

But this is not the story of PJMG. From the first episode it is clear that there will be no triumphant narrative. This is a story of the defeated - defeated Kingdom of Nakrang, defeated people. And, except for Ja Myung herself (cast in a traditionally heroic mold even if with enough flaws to make her interesting), her mother (a very minor character) and a few other other characters, most of the characters are not heroic either. They are either fascinating monsters (Muhyul, Wang Jashi (Ja Myung's stepmother), Muhyul's Queen) or people damaged beyond repair by their surroundings (Hodong, La Hee).

Further nonspoilery thoughts )

Basically, what are you waiting for? Go watch!

Have a MV if the above is not enough.

OTP derby

Dec. 22nd, 2009 09:48 am
dangermousie: (EoE: DC/YR by meganbmoore)
So, year 2009 has been very good for me OTP-wise, providing many a drama OTP for me to swoon over.

But let's see how I did in the "happy ending for the OTP" stakes - do I go for the tragic ones that break my heart or fluffiness?

Here - obviously spoilers for endings of dramas in my tags )


Hmmm. 11/20 happy

OTP derby

Dec. 22nd, 2009 09:48 am
dangermousie: (EoE: DC/YR by meganbmoore)
So, year 2009 has been very good for me OTP-wise, providing many a drama OTP for me to swoon over.

But let's see how I did in the "happy ending for the OTP" stakes - do I go for the tragic ones that break my heart or fluffiness?

Here - obviously spoilers for endings of dramas in my tags )


Hmmm. 11/20 happy

OTP derby

Dec. 22nd, 2009 09:48 am
dangermousie: (EoE: DC/YR by meganbmoore)
So, year 2009 has been very good for me OTP-wise, providing many a drama OTP for me to swoon over.

But let's see how I did in the "happy ending for the OTP" stakes - do I go for the tragic ones that break my heart or fluffiness?

Here - obviously spoilers for endings of dramas in my tags )


Hmmm. 11/20 happy
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: (KOTW: Haemyeong by meganbmoore)
Only a week until IRIS. Please please PLEASE be good!

New teaser:



Also, it's official - there are some actors whom I will never watch - they've been ruined for me forever - I was thinking about the recently started Smile You. Normally I'd be all over a cute romcom Korean take on the Taiwanese delight "Corner with Love," especially since the male lead is Jung Kyung-Ho, who is finally getting lead roles after playing second bananas. I liked him as the (relatively) sane brother in Time between Dog and Wolf and loved him as the lead in the most underrated drama ever, Princess Ja Myung Go. So normally this would be so my thing. But the female lead is Lee Min Jung (who played Junpyo's fiancee in Boys Over Flowers) and the thought of having to put up with her for 30 hours - just no. I'd rather eat hair.
dangermousie: (KOTW: Haemyeong by meganbmoore)
Only a week until IRIS. Please please PLEASE be good!

New teaser:



Also, it's official - there are some actors whom I will never watch - they've been ruined for me forever - I was thinking about the recently started Smile You. Normally I'd be all over a cute romcom Korean take on the Taiwanese delight "Corner with Love," especially since the male lead is Jung Kyung-Ho, who is finally getting lead roles after playing second bananas. I liked him as the (relatively) sane brother in Time between Dog and Wolf and loved him as the lead in the most underrated drama ever, Princess Ja Myung Go. So normally this would be so my thing. But the female lead is Lee Min Jung (who played Junpyo's fiancee in Boys Over Flowers) and the thought of having to put up with her for 30 hours - just no. I'd rather eat hair.
dangermousie: (KOTW: Haemyeong by meganbmoore)
Only a week until IRIS. Please please PLEASE be good!

New teaser:



Also, it's official - there are some actors whom I will never watch - they've been ruined for me forever - I was thinking about the recently started Smile You. Normally I'd be all over a cute romcom Korean take on the Taiwanese delight "Corner with Love," especially since the male lead is Jung Kyung-Ho, who is finally getting lead roles after playing second bananas. I liked him as the (relatively) sane brother in Time between Dog and Wolf and loved him as the lead in the most underrated drama ever, Princess Ja Myung Go. So normally this would be so my thing. But the female lead is Lee Min Jung (who played Junpyo's fiancee in Boys Over Flowers) and the thought of having to put up with her for 30 hours - just no. I'd rather eat hair.
dangermousie: (Worlds Within by vierran45)
1. I have started Heading to the Ground and, surprisingly, I like it, like it enough to follow it.



It might be the first drama in a while that I will actually follow as it airs. Perhaps it's because I went into it with rock-bottom expectations, perhaps it's because both leading characters are nice sweet people and I am in reaction mode against My Fair Lady brat, perhaps it's because the drama doesn't take itself too seriously. Whatever the reason, HttG and its story about an aspiring male soccer player and a young wannabe female sports agent seems genuinely sweet and charming, even if it won't win any masterpiece status any time soon.

Yunho is not the world's greatest actor but he is passable (and compared to some idols-turned-actors he is pure genius *coughKimHyunJoongcough*). I must be one of ten women in the Universe who fails to see the good-looks or sex appeal (honestly, I just don't get it) but his character is so sweet-natured and goofy, it would be hard not to like him. Ga Ara is, as always, ridiculously likeable and gorgeous - she is one of my favorite young upcoming actresses.

Oh, and the opening scene is not only cheestastically overdramatic but the Yunho-in-water-with-voiceover bit reminds of of Green Rose. I liked it better when Go Soo did it :P Which reminds me, make another drama asap, Go Soo!

But ultimately, we all know I am just marking time until IRIS anyway, don't we?

Some of my IRIS motivation )

I have my doubts about Kim Tae Hee being able to pull off her role (I have seen her in Forbidden Love and Love Story in Harvard - she was breathtakingly gorgeous and utterly unimpressive in both). But surrounded by that cast, I don't much care - hopefully she either grew as an actress, had the role written to her strengths, or will be a distant muse and inspiration to Lee Byung Hun as he goes about assassinating people.

And speaking of murder and other yummy fictional stuff - Apparently they are moving upcoming Angel's Temptation to 9pm so it won't compete with the Queen Seon Deok unstoppable ratings. Makes sense - who will leave an already airing and highly iterative drama to check out another one on the off-chance it's better?

But does the earlier hour mean we won't be able to see nude Bae Soo Bin bathe in the blood of his enemies? :P

Well, at least he won't be wearing THAT! (One of these days, I must do an Andre Kim fashions post):



I really do want to check out QSD - it seems like the kind of show to either marathon on a cold day or have a weekly appointment with your TV for. Still, I am much too behind and will wait until DVDs.



Which reminds me, I still haven't finished Jumong or Emperor of the Sea. Yes, I know, I fail at drama, but those things are so bloody long! Kingdom of the Wind and Princess Ja Myung Go at its 38 and 39 eps respectively are the longest I could keep up.

And that in turn reminds me - is there any chance PJMG will be released on DVD with English subs. I'd love to own it. It's so deliciously complex but with a lovely, twisted love story underpinning it all.

Last but not least and having nothing to do with dramas, I started Simon R. Green's Blue Moon Rising, a fantasy novel and I am so very in love!

In the story, Prince Rupert of Forest Kingdom is sent on a quest to kill a dragon. Riding a unicorn (hehehehe). Everyone, including Rupert, knows it's basically a suicide mission because the impoverished, shrinking kingdom cannot afford two royal sons. But the mission does not go as planned - for one, Rupert and the dragon make friends. For another, there is Princess Julia, delivered to the dragon as a gift and terrorizing him ever since. She is as unwanted a daughter as Rupert is a son.

But when Rupert returns to Forest Kingdom, dragon, Julia, and unicorn in tow, that is when the story really begins - because Darkwood, through which Rupert had to fight his way on his quest, is encroaching on the land and will soon devour everything, leaving the land overrun with demons, if nothing is done.

I love this book. I love the mix of adventure and humor and desperation and heroism. I am crushing on Rupert, adore Julia, and am intrigued by everyone else.

Highly recommended.

ETA: OMFG, a kind soul on soompi posted a dcgallery poster for Chuno with the most detailed synopsis yet and am exploding here.

Poster behind cut )

This is going to be an epic love triangle of DOOM.
dangermousie: (Worlds Within by vierran45)
1. I have started Heading to the Ground and, surprisingly, I like it, like it enough to follow it.



It might be the first drama in a while that I will actually follow as it airs. Perhaps it's because I went into it with rock-bottom expectations, perhaps it's because both leading characters are nice sweet people and I am in reaction mode against My Fair Lady brat, perhaps it's because the drama doesn't take itself too seriously. Whatever the reason, HttG and its story about an aspiring male soccer player and a young wannabe female sports agent seems genuinely sweet and charming, even if it won't win any masterpiece status any time soon.

Yunho is not the world's greatest actor but he is passable (and compared to some idols-turned-actors he is pure genius *coughKimHyunJoongcough*). I must be one of ten women in the Universe who fails to see the good-looks or sex appeal (honestly, I just don't get it) but his character is so sweet-natured and goofy, it would be hard not to like him. Ga Ara is, as always, ridiculously likeable and gorgeous - she is one of my favorite young upcoming actresses.

Oh, and the opening scene is not only cheestastically overdramatic but the Yunho-in-water-with-voiceover bit reminds of of Green Rose. I liked it better when Go Soo did it :P Which reminds me, make another drama asap, Go Soo!

But ultimately, we all know I am just marking time until IRIS anyway, don't we?

Some of my IRIS motivation )

I have my doubts about Kim Tae Hee being able to pull off her role (I have seen her in Forbidden Love and Love Story in Harvard - she was breathtakingly gorgeous and utterly unimpressive in both). But surrounded by that cast, I don't much care - hopefully she either grew as an actress, had the role written to her strengths, or will be a distant muse and inspiration to Lee Byung Hun as he goes about assassinating people.

And speaking of murder and other yummy fictional stuff - Apparently they are moving upcoming Angel's Temptation to 9pm so it won't compete with the Queen Seon Deok unstoppable ratings. Makes sense - who will leave an already airing and highly iterative drama to check out another one on the off-chance it's better?

But does the earlier hour mean we won't be able to see nude Bae Soo Bin bathe in the blood of his enemies? :P

Well, at least he won't be wearing THAT! (One of these days, I must do an Andre Kim fashions post):



I really do want to check out QSD - it seems like the kind of show to either marathon on a cold day or have a weekly appointment with your TV for. Still, I am much too behind and will wait until DVDs.



Which reminds me, I still haven't finished Jumong or Emperor of the Sea. Yes, I know, I fail at drama, but those things are so bloody long! Kingdom of the Wind and Princess Ja Myung Go at its 38 and 39 eps respectively are the longest I could keep up.

And that in turn reminds me - is there any chance PJMG will be released on DVD with English subs. I'd love to own it. It's so deliciously complex but with a lovely, twisted love story underpinning it all.

Last but not least and having nothing to do with dramas, I started Simon R. Green's Blue Moon Rising, a fantasy novel and I am so very in love!

In the story, Prince Rupert of Forest Kingdom is sent on a quest to kill a dragon. Riding a unicorn (hehehehe). Everyone, including Rupert, knows it's basically a suicide mission because the impoverished, shrinking kingdom cannot afford two royal sons. But the mission does not go as planned - for one, Rupert and the dragon make friends. For another, there is Princess Julia, delivered to the dragon as a gift and terrorizing him ever since. She is as unwanted a daughter as Rupert is a son.

But when Rupert returns to Forest Kingdom, dragon, Julia, and unicorn in tow, that is when the story really begins - because Darkwood, through which Rupert had to fight his way on his quest, is encroaching on the land and will soon devour everything, leaving the land overrun with demons, if nothing is done.

I love this book. I love the mix of adventure and humor and desperation and heroism. I am crushing on Rupert, adore Julia, and am intrigued by everyone else.

Highly recommended.

ETA: OMFG, a kind soul on soompi posted a dcgallery poster for Chuno with the most detailed synopsis yet and am exploding here.

Poster behind cut )

This is going to be an epic love triangle of DOOM.
dangermousie: (Worlds Within by vierran45)
1. I have started Heading to the Ground and, surprisingly, I like it, like it enough to follow it.



It might be the first drama in a while that I will actually follow as it airs. Perhaps it's because I went into it with rock-bottom expectations, perhaps it's because both leading characters are nice sweet people and I am in reaction mode against My Fair Lady brat, perhaps it's because the drama doesn't take itself too seriously. Whatever the reason, HttG and its story about an aspiring male soccer player and a young wannabe female sports agent seems genuinely sweet and charming, even if it won't win any masterpiece status any time soon.

Yunho is not the world's greatest actor but he is passable (and compared to some idols-turned-actors he is pure genius *coughKimHyunJoongcough*). I must be one of ten women in the Universe who fails to see the good-looks or sex appeal (honestly, I just don't get it) but his character is so sweet-natured and goofy, it would be hard not to like him. Ga Ara is, as always, ridiculously likeable and gorgeous - she is one of my favorite young upcoming actresses.

Oh, and the opening scene is not only cheestastically overdramatic but the Yunho-in-water-with-voiceover bit reminds of of Green Rose. I liked it better when Go Soo did it :P Which reminds me, make another drama asap, Go Soo!

But ultimately, we all know I am just marking time until IRIS anyway, don't we?

Some of my IRIS motivation )

I have my doubts about Kim Tae Hee being able to pull off her role (I have seen her in Forbidden Love and Love Story in Harvard - she was breathtakingly gorgeous and utterly unimpressive in both). But surrounded by that cast, I don't much care - hopefully she either grew as an actress, had the role written to her strengths, or will be a distant muse and inspiration to Lee Byung Hun as he goes about assassinating people.

And speaking of murder and other yummy fictional stuff - Apparently they are moving upcoming Angel's Temptation to 9pm so it won't compete with the Queen Seon Deok unstoppable ratings. Makes sense - who will leave an already airing and highly iterative drama to check out another one on the off-chance it's better?

But does the earlier hour mean we won't be able to see nude Bae Soo Bin bathe in the blood of his enemies? :P

Well, at least he won't be wearing THAT! (One of these days, I must do an Andre Kim fashions post):



I really do want to check out QSD - it seems like the kind of show to either marathon on a cold day or have a weekly appointment with your TV for. Still, I am much too behind and will wait until DVDs.



Which reminds me, I still haven't finished Jumong or Emperor of the Sea. Yes, I know, I fail at drama, but those things are so bloody long! Kingdom of the Wind and Princess Ja Myung Go at its 38 and 39 eps respectively are the longest I could keep up.

And that in turn reminds me - is there any chance PJMG will be released on DVD with English subs. I'd love to own it. It's so deliciously complex but with a lovely, twisted love story underpinning it all.

Last but not least and having nothing to do with dramas, I started Simon R. Green's Blue Moon Rising, a fantasy novel and I am so very in love!

In the story, Prince Rupert of Forest Kingdom is sent on a quest to kill a dragon. Riding a unicorn (hehehehe). Everyone, including Rupert, knows it's basically a suicide mission because the impoverished, shrinking kingdom cannot afford two royal sons. But the mission does not go as planned - for one, Rupert and the dragon make friends. For another, there is Princess Julia, delivered to the dragon as a gift and terrorizing him ever since. She is as unwanted a daughter as Rupert is a son.

But when Rupert returns to Forest Kingdom, dragon, Julia, and unicorn in tow, that is when the story really begins - because Darkwood, through which Rupert had to fight his way on his quest, is encroaching on the land and will soon devour everything, leaving the land overrun with demons, if nothing is done.

I love this book. I love the mix of adventure and humor and desperation and heroism. I am crushing on Rupert, adore Julia, and am intrigued by everyone else.

Highly recommended.

ETA: OMFG, a kind soul on soompi posted a dcgallery poster for Chuno with the most detailed synopsis yet and am exploding here.

Poster behind cut )

This is going to be an epic love triangle of DOOM.
dangermousie: (BSG: Helo/Athena by lyssie)
OMG Jang Bin !!!!!!!!!!!

!!!!!!

This just might be the coolest intro scene for a kdrama character ever :) Mmmmm.

I am on ep 6 of Fashion 70s and love it so much!

I love all the four main characters:

* Duh Mi, who can be so joyful and free because she has forgotten the traumas of war literally (it's sort of like Nagase's character in Utahime - it's only the lack of memory that makes a person so free when past is so horrible). She is adorable! No wonder Dong Young likes her (though not that way yet) - she is like a ray of sunshine. But of course when she dreams it's the nightmares from her past (I love that scene in the rain when Dong-Young is staying over!)

* Joon Hee is going to be the tragic one in this, isn't she? She is rich and loved but unlike Duh Mi, she doesn't have the luxury of forgetting either the horrors of wartime or the fact that her mother left her. Not to mention it must be psychically scarring to live your whole life being forced to put on a mantle of someone else, someone dead and to know that your 'father' sees you as a substitute.

* So far, I stand by my opinion that this is a show about women all the way, but I like Dong Young so far - he just radiates niceness (which makes sense, compared to the other three, he's had a much easier time of it - no horrific wartime trauma, no lack of warmth in family. His father loves him). I must be one of ten women on the planet who doesn't find Joo Jin Mo good-looking (in fact I find him rather plain) but I don't care here at all just because I really like his character - his manner and charisma win the day.

* Speaking of looks - whoa, Jang Bin! I haven't seen as much of him yet but what I did is both COOL and HOT.

I love the secondary characters in this too - Duh Mi's "mother", a woman who has to deal with some really hard choices, the brittle Bong Sil, Bin's distant strong-willed mother etc etc.

This is SO GOOD.

I don't really have ships yet, but I lean toward Duh Mi/Dong Young. They are adorable together...

[livejournal.com profile] darkeyedwolf this is so your thing btw - it has tons of awesome women, a lot of angst, guns, and men who think naked and wet is a fashion statement.

A MV:



ETA: OMG the dance Jung Bin does with Jun Hee. *fans self madly*

Also, this has nothing to do with the above but I like this Princess Ja Myung Go mv )
dangermousie: (BSG: Helo/Athena by lyssie)
OMG Jang Bin !!!!!!!!!!!

!!!!!!

This just might be the coolest intro scene for a kdrama character ever :) Mmmmm.

I am on ep 6 of Fashion 70s and love it so much!

I love all the four main characters:

* Duh Mi, who can be so joyful and free because she has forgotten the traumas of war literally (it's sort of like Nagase's character in Utahime - it's only the lack of memory that makes a person so free when past is so horrible). She is adorable! No wonder Dong Young likes her (though not that way yet) - she is like a ray of sunshine. But of course when she dreams it's the nightmares from her past (I love that scene in the rain when Dong-Young is staying over!)

* Joon Hee is going to be the tragic one in this, isn't she? She is rich and loved but unlike Duh Mi, she doesn't have the luxury of forgetting either the horrors of wartime or the fact that her mother left her. Not to mention it must be psychically scarring to live your whole life being forced to put on a mantle of someone else, someone dead and to know that your 'father' sees you as a substitute.

* So far, I stand by my opinion that this is a show about women all the way, but I like Dong Young so far - he just radiates niceness (which makes sense, compared to the other three, he's had a much easier time of it - no horrific wartime trauma, no lack of warmth in family. His father loves him). I must be one of ten women on the planet who doesn't find Joo Jin Mo good-looking (in fact I find him rather plain) but I don't care here at all just because I really like his character - his manner and charisma win the day.

* Speaking of looks - whoa, Jang Bin! I haven't seen as much of him yet but what I did is both COOL and HOT.

I love the secondary characters in this too - Duh Mi's "mother", a woman who has to deal with some really hard choices, the brittle Bong Sil, Bin's distant strong-willed mother etc etc.

This is SO GOOD.

I don't really have ships yet, but I lean toward Duh Mi/Dong Young. They are adorable together...

[livejournal.com profile] darkeyedwolf this is so your thing btw - it has tons of awesome women, a lot of angst, guns, and men who think naked and wet is a fashion statement.

A MV:



ETA: OMG the dance Jung Bin does with Jun Hee. *fans self madly*

Also, this has nothing to do with the above but I like this Princess Ja Myung Go mv )
dangermousie: (BSG: Helo/Athena by lyssie)
OMG Jang Bin !!!!!!!!!!!

!!!!!!

This just might be the coolest intro scene for a kdrama character ever :) Mmmmm.

I am on ep 6 of Fashion 70s and love it so much!

I love all the four main characters:

* Duh Mi, who can be so joyful and free because she has forgotten the traumas of war literally (it's sort of like Nagase's character in Utahime - it's only the lack of memory that makes a person so free when past is so horrible). She is adorable! No wonder Dong Young likes her (though not that way yet) - she is like a ray of sunshine. But of course when she dreams it's the nightmares from her past (I love that scene in the rain when Dong-Young is staying over!)

* Joon Hee is going to be the tragic one in this, isn't she? She is rich and loved but unlike Duh Mi, she doesn't have the luxury of forgetting either the horrors of wartime or the fact that her mother left her. Not to mention it must be psychically scarring to live your whole life being forced to put on a mantle of someone else, someone dead and to know that your 'father' sees you as a substitute.

* So far, I stand by my opinion that this is a show about women all the way, but I like Dong Young so far - he just radiates niceness (which makes sense, compared to the other three, he's had a much easier time of it - no horrific wartime trauma, no lack of warmth in family. His father loves him). I must be one of ten women on the planet who doesn't find Joo Jin Mo good-looking (in fact I find him rather plain) but I don't care here at all just because I really like his character - his manner and charisma win the day.

* Speaking of looks - whoa, Jang Bin! I haven't seen as much of him yet but what I did is both COOL and HOT.

I love the secondary characters in this too - Duh Mi's "mother", a woman who has to deal with some really hard choices, the brittle Bong Sil, Bin's distant strong-willed mother etc etc.

This is SO GOOD.

I don't really have ships yet, but I lean toward Duh Mi/Dong Young. They are adorable together...

[livejournal.com profile] darkeyedwolf this is so your thing btw - it has tons of awesome women, a lot of angst, guns, and men who think naked and wet is a fashion statement.

A MV:



ETA: OMG the dance Jung Bin does with Jun Hee. *fans self madly*

Also, this has nothing to do with the above but I like this Princess Ja Myung Go mv )
dangermousie: (MatsuJun: tie by quicksotism)
1. Oh boy, Princess Ja Myung Go really went there. One of the characters is Wang Hol, someone who married his widowed sister-in-law to save her life (she was 30 and he was 10 or similar). She brought him up from when he was a baby. So far, so good. Now she was washing his back (he is a grown-up now) and drooling. I understand, he is plenty hot, but yikes. She is his quasi-mother/sister-in-law/also wife. Just when I think there can't possibly be a new quasicest combo, kdramas surprise me. Oh, and Hodong and Jamyung finally met as grown-ups. When she was dressed as a boy (complete with fake beard) and picked his pocket. Hey, the latter worked as meet-cute for Sujini and Dam Deok, my fave kdrama OTP ever :P Also, Hodong had his moment of mercy and spared his pregnant stepmother, even against his father's orders and yikes - he is so going to pay for it. (But I love that even "bad" people like stepmom aren't treated as villains. Her behavior is totally understandable and in her place I might have been the way she was).

2. I adore Smile so much (watched second ep). Mmmmm, Matsujun. Seriously, love the boy in everything and this is no exception - I just want to give him a hug. Plus, the shippiness is so beyond cute. Hana/Bito FTW. I do rather worry about the ending. As someone on my flist commented, a foreigner and a mute girl equals doom. Plus, the "future time" of the story has Bito a bit too shiny-happy to be in prison. That's just not normal for someone to be that much in lalaland (and as the main story taking place now shows, it's not normal for him either - he was terrified of the thought of being put away). Still, I melt melt melt, oblivious to doom. I must rewatch Hanadan. Mmmm, Domyouji :)

Seriously, I dare you to resist Hana/Bito:






3. I am through ep 10 of Marrying a Millionaire. It's not a bad drama but the lead actress is miscast. Not only does she look like she had tons of work done and she is supposed to play simple, plastic-disdaining gal, she has nowhere near the acting ability or charm to keep up with Go Soo. And seeing that Go Soo plays one of the most adorable kdrama leads ever while her character is so unappealing (not sure if it's the writing or the acting. I think a combo but more the latter) is no help. I want Go Soo with secondary girl who is awesome. I also don't get why secondary guy likes heroine. They barely had any interaction until his mad love came out of nowhere and she is not charming enough for me to buy it. Still, it's cutely adorable, I like its look at celebrity culture and Go Soo=awesomeness. I am sure it's actorly an all but I wish his first project out of the army wouldn't have been a play. I want to see him!

4. I am sure you all have seen the Joo Ji Hoon partying pics that surfaced. No, not particularly shocking, just people being goofy, drunk, and grindy at a club. But I am a bit surprised - it shows JJH making out with a girl(s?) and I wasn't sure before he was straight. Guess I got it confirmed :)
dangermousie: (MatsuJun: tie by quicksotism)
1. Oh boy, Princess Ja Myung Go really went there. One of the characters is Wang Hol, someone who married his widowed sister-in-law to save her life (she was 30 and he was 10 or similar). She brought him up from when he was a baby. So far, so good. Now she was washing his back (he is a grown-up now) and drooling. I understand, he is plenty hot, but yikes. She is his quasi-mother/sister-in-law/also wife. Just when I think there can't possibly be a new quasicest combo, kdramas surprise me. Oh, and Hodong and Jamyung finally met as grown-ups. When she was dressed as a boy (complete with fake beard) and picked his pocket. Hey, the latter worked as meet-cute for Sujini and Dam Deok, my fave kdrama OTP ever :P Also, Hodong had his moment of mercy and spared his pregnant stepmother, even against his father's orders and yikes - he is so going to pay for it. (But I love that even "bad" people like stepmom aren't treated as villains. Her behavior is totally understandable and in her place I might have been the way she was).

2. I adore Smile so much (watched second ep). Mmmmm, Matsujun. Seriously, love the boy in everything and this is no exception - I just want to give him a hug. Plus, the shippiness is so beyond cute. Hana/Bito FTW. I do rather worry about the ending. As someone on my flist commented, a foreigner and a mute girl equals doom. Plus, the "future time" of the story has Bito a bit too shiny-happy to be in prison. That's just not normal for someone to be that much in lalaland (and as the main story taking place now shows, it's not normal for him either - he was terrified of the thought of being put away). Still, I melt melt melt, oblivious to doom. I must rewatch Hanadan. Mmmm, Domyouji :)

Seriously, I dare you to resist Hana/Bito:






3. I am through ep 10 of Marrying a Millionaire. It's not a bad drama but the lead actress is miscast. Not only does she look like she had tons of work done and she is supposed to play simple, plastic-disdaining gal, she has nowhere near the acting ability or charm to keep up with Go Soo. And seeing that Go Soo plays one of the most adorable kdrama leads ever while her character is so unappealing (not sure if it's the writing or the acting. I think a combo but more the latter) is no help. I want Go Soo with secondary girl who is awesome. I also don't get why secondary guy likes heroine. They barely had any interaction until his mad love came out of nowhere and she is not charming enough for me to buy it. Still, it's cutely adorable, I like its look at celebrity culture and Go Soo=awesomeness. I am sure it's actorly an all but I wish his first project out of the army wouldn't have been a play. I want to see him!

4. I am sure you all have seen the Joo Ji Hoon partying pics that surfaced. No, not particularly shocking, just people being goofy, drunk, and grindy at a club. But I am a bit surprised - it shows JJH making out with a girl(s?) and I wasn't sure before he was straight. Guess I got it confirmed :)

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