dangermousie: (QSS by bambinainnero)


Isn't it glorious in every way? I love the insanity with a bit of seriousness mixed in (I bet the ratio will tilt towards latter in the second half) and it must be illegal to be as hot as this cast is.

And because Eric always makes me think of Que Sera Sera, have this amazing fanvid:



Still one of the best dramas I've ever watched.
dangermousie: (QSS by bambinainnero)


Isn't it glorious in every way? I love the insanity with a bit of seriousness mixed in (I bet the ratio will tilt towards latter in the second half) and it must be illegal to be as hot as this cast is.

And because Eric always makes me think of Que Sera Sera, have this amazing fanvid:



Still one of the best dramas I've ever watched.
dangermousie: (QSS by bambinainnero)


Isn't it glorious in every way? I love the insanity with a bit of seriousness mixed in (I bet the ratio will tilt towards latter in the second half) and it must be illegal to be as hot as this cast is.

And because Eric always makes me think of Que Sera Sera, have this amazing fanvid:



Still one of the best dramas I've ever watched.
dangermousie: (QSS by bambinainnero)


Candidate N3 in Top 10 Most Underrated Dramas is one of my all-time favorite kdramas, a vastly underrated 2007 gem Que Sera Sera, starring Eric Mun and Jung Yumi.

QSS is that rare beast - a passionate, dark, messy, fully grown up, very physical kdrama. In a kdrama world, where even 40-somethings often act as pure as kids in love and where heroes and heroines are usually unequivocally good, QSS is unusual indeed. The drama QSS reminds me most of is Bali, only if Bali added a lot more physical passion and a lot more hope.

The plot is pretty simple at first glance - QSS follows the interactions of a group of people but at the center of it all are Eun Soo (Jung Yumi) and Tae Jo (Eric Mun), a completely impossible pair of dysfunctional lovers. I don't mean impossible in a traditional kdrama sense - there are no opposing parents or deathly illness. No, they are impossible in the sense that when you watch them destroy everything - themselves, each other, innocent bystanders, you want to take them aside and try to convince them they are better off without each other. Only - you know it's not true - they may be dysfunctional together but they cannot exist apart. Eun Soo is a naive, unworldly girl at the start of the story. She is sheltered and emotionally needy - ripe pickings for the first smooth talker who comes her way. And the first man whom she meets and gloms onto in the big bad Seoul isn't just anyone - it's Tae Jo, a good-looking, charming, emotionally hollow man who supplements his meager middle-class income by sleeping with rich bored women who shower him with gifts - a sort of a dilettante gigolo. Eun Soo is entirely not Tae Jo's type - she is poor, dowdy, and inexperienced. And Tae Jo is definitely not someone Eun Soo should meddle with - she is not familiar with games Tae Jo enjoys as easily as breathing. And yet the two find themselves irreistably drawn to each other - Tae Jo is drawn in by Eun Soo's emotional openness and ability to be hurt (so different from the women he plays with) and Eun Soo is wallowing in her romantic fantasy of the good-looking man paying attention to her.

Of course, nothing is so simple. Tae Jo is terrified of opening emotionally and of commitment. It's a question mark as to whether he can be capable of love at all. And being pushed away and discarded brings out the latent complexity and darkness in Eun Soo and soon she is matching Tae Jo hurt for hurt, lie for lie. Throw in a pair of stepsiblings trying to fight a latent attraction to each other and the most dysfunctional love quadrangle ever is set.

The relationships and feelings are equally messy but, no matter what, the story revolves around Eun Soo and Tae Jo - two people who cannot live together, but who cannot live without each other, either, drawn back together as much by their matching dysfunction as by lust. Ah yes, lust. It is perhaps the most physically passionate drama I have ever seen. Eric Mun and Jung Yumi have insane chemistry. Insane. And the drama takes advantage of it - there is more kissing, make-outs and physical contact in QSS than there is in another 20 dramas put together. This drama is delicious - like very dark, bitter chocolate. As I have said, it pulls no punches. Almost every character does something truly despicable before the drama ends. At one time or another during the running time, I hated each of the main quartet. And yet I ended the drama loving and pitying them all.

The acting knocks it out of the ballpark. I have never liked Eric Mun in any other drama but in QSS he drops his usual goofball drama persona to play someone broken and damaged on a very basic level and it blew me away. He is also sex on legs in this - so very strongly masculine you can see why Eun Soo abandons her common-sense to get involved with him. This is the only drama in which I have seen Jung Yumi but I loved her - her unusual looks fit perfectly but what really got me was the feeling of high-strung fragility, of repressed energy. Lee Kyu Han is more known for playing second-string jerks but he knocks it out of the park as a reserved, controlled man who is, perhaps, the best person in the quadrangle. Yoon Ji-Hye takes what could be seen as a typical secondary girl role and turns it into something else - needy and sad.

My favorite scene? Oh, this is so hard. Probably, the scene of Tae Joo shaking and sobbing dryly, fists to his mouth, literally banging his head on the bar, trying to control his feelings of Eun Soo being lost to him.

Have a MV:

dangermousie: (QSS by bambinainnero)


Candidate N3 in Top 10 Most Underrated Dramas is one of my all-time favorite kdramas, a vastly underrated 2007 gem Que Sera Sera, starring Eric Mun and Jung Yumi.

QSS is that rare beast - a passionate, dark, messy, fully grown up, very physical kdrama. In a kdrama world, where even 40-somethings often act as pure as kids in love and where heroes and heroines are usually unequivocally good, QSS is unusual indeed. The drama QSS reminds me most of is Bali, only if Bali added a lot more physical passion and a lot more hope.

The plot is pretty simple at first glance - QSS follows the interactions of a group of people but at the center of it all are Eun Soo (Jung Yumi) and Tae Jo (Eric Mun), a completely impossible pair of dysfunctional lovers. I don't mean impossible in a traditional kdrama sense - there are no opposing parents or deathly illness. No, they are impossible in the sense that when you watch them destroy everything - themselves, each other, innocent bystanders, you want to take them aside and try to convince them they are better off without each other. Only - you know it's not true - they may be dysfunctional together but they cannot exist apart. Eun Soo is a naive, unworldly girl at the start of the story. She is sheltered and emotionally needy - ripe pickings for the first smooth talker who comes her way. And the first man whom she meets and gloms onto in the big bad Seoul isn't just anyone - it's Tae Jo, a good-looking, charming, emotionally hollow man who supplements his meager middle-class income by sleeping with rich bored women who shower him with gifts - a sort of a dilettante gigolo. Eun Soo is entirely not Tae Jo's type - she is poor, dowdy, and inexperienced. And Tae Jo is definitely not someone Eun Soo should meddle with - she is not familiar with games Tae Jo enjoys as easily as breathing. And yet the two find themselves irreistably drawn to each other - Tae Jo is drawn in by Eun Soo's emotional openness and ability to be hurt (so different from the women he plays with) and Eun Soo is wallowing in her romantic fantasy of the good-looking man paying attention to her.

Of course, nothing is so simple. Tae Jo is terrified of opening emotionally and of commitment. It's a question mark as to whether he can be capable of love at all. And being pushed away and discarded brings out the latent complexity and darkness in Eun Soo and soon she is matching Tae Jo hurt for hurt, lie for lie. Throw in a pair of stepsiblings trying to fight a latent attraction to each other and the most dysfunctional love quadrangle ever is set.

The relationships and feelings are equally messy but, no matter what, the story revolves around Eun Soo and Tae Jo - two people who cannot live together, but who cannot live without each other, either, drawn back together as much by their matching dysfunction as by lust. Ah yes, lust. It is perhaps the most physically passionate drama I have ever seen. Eric Mun and Jung Yumi have insane chemistry. Insane. And the drama takes advantage of it - there is more kissing, make-outs and physical contact in QSS than there is in another 20 dramas put together. This drama is delicious - like very dark, bitter chocolate. As I have said, it pulls no punches. Almost every character does something truly despicable before the drama ends. At one time or another during the running time, I hated each of the main quartet. And yet I ended the drama loving and pitying them all.

The acting knocks it out of the ballpark. I have never liked Eric Mun in any other drama but in QSS he drops his usual goofball drama persona to play someone broken and damaged on a very basic level and it blew me away. He is also sex on legs in this - so very strongly masculine you can see why Eun Soo abandons her common-sense to get involved with him. This is the only drama in which I have seen Jung Yumi but I loved her - her unusual looks fit perfectly but what really got me was the feeling of high-strung fragility, of repressed energy. Lee Kyu Han is more known for playing second-string jerks but he knocks it out of the park as a reserved, controlled man who is, perhaps, the best person in the quadrangle. Yoon Ji-Hye takes what could be seen as a typical secondary girl role and turns it into something else - needy and sad.

My favorite scene? Oh, this is so hard. Probably, the scene of Tae Joo shaking and sobbing dryly, fists to his mouth, literally banging his head on the bar, trying to control his feelings of Eun Soo being lost to him.

Have a MV:

dangermousie: (QSS by bambinainnero)


Candidate N3 in Top 10 Most Underrated Dramas is one of my all-time favorite kdramas, a vastly underrated 2007 gem Que Sera Sera, starring Eric Mun and Jung Yumi.

QSS is that rare beast - a passionate, dark, messy, fully grown up, very physical kdrama. In a kdrama world, where even 40-somethings often act as pure as kids in love and where heroes and heroines are usually unequivocally good, QSS is unusual indeed. The drama QSS reminds me most of is Bali, only if Bali added a lot more physical passion and a lot more hope.

The plot is pretty simple at first glance - QSS follows the interactions of a group of people but at the center of it all are Eun Soo (Jung Yumi) and Tae Jo (Eric Mun), a completely impossible pair of dysfunctional lovers. I don't mean impossible in a traditional kdrama sense - there are no opposing parents or deathly illness. No, they are impossible in the sense that when you watch them destroy everything - themselves, each other, innocent bystanders, you want to take them aside and try to convince them they are better off without each other. Only - you know it's not true - they may be dysfunctional together but they cannot exist apart. Eun Soo is a naive, unworldly girl at the start of the story. She is sheltered and emotionally needy - ripe pickings for the first smooth talker who comes her way. And the first man whom she meets and gloms onto in the big bad Seoul isn't just anyone - it's Tae Jo, a good-looking, charming, emotionally hollow man who supplements his meager middle-class income by sleeping with rich bored women who shower him with gifts - a sort of a dilettante gigolo. Eun Soo is entirely not Tae Jo's type - she is poor, dowdy, and inexperienced. And Tae Jo is definitely not someone Eun Soo should meddle with - she is not familiar with games Tae Jo enjoys as easily as breathing. And yet the two find themselves irreistably drawn to each other - Tae Jo is drawn in by Eun Soo's emotional openness and ability to be hurt (so different from the women he plays with) and Eun Soo is wallowing in her romantic fantasy of the good-looking man paying attention to her.

Of course, nothing is so simple. Tae Jo is terrified of opening emotionally and of commitment. It's a question mark as to whether he can be capable of love at all. And being pushed away and discarded brings out the latent complexity and darkness in Eun Soo and soon she is matching Tae Jo hurt for hurt, lie for lie. Throw in a pair of stepsiblings trying to fight a latent attraction to each other and the most dysfunctional love quadrangle ever is set.

The relationships and feelings are equally messy but, no matter what, the story revolves around Eun Soo and Tae Jo - two people who cannot live together, but who cannot live without each other, either, drawn back together as much by their matching dysfunction as by lust. Ah yes, lust. It is perhaps the most physically passionate drama I have ever seen. Eric Mun and Jung Yumi have insane chemistry. Insane. And the drama takes advantage of it - there is more kissing, make-outs and physical contact in QSS than there is in another 20 dramas put together. This drama is delicious - like very dark, bitter chocolate. As I have said, it pulls no punches. Almost every character does something truly despicable before the drama ends. At one time or another during the running time, I hated each of the main quartet. And yet I ended the drama loving and pitying them all.

The acting knocks it out of the ballpark. I have never liked Eric Mun in any other drama but in QSS he drops his usual goofball drama persona to play someone broken and damaged on a very basic level and it blew me away. He is also sex on legs in this - so very strongly masculine you can see why Eun Soo abandons her common-sense to get involved with him. This is the only drama in which I have seen Jung Yumi but I loved her - her unusual looks fit perfectly but what really got me was the feeling of high-strung fragility, of repressed energy. Lee Kyu Han is more known for playing second-string jerks but he knocks it out of the park as a reserved, controlled man who is, perhaps, the best person in the quadrangle. Yoon Ji-Hye takes what could be seen as a typical secondary girl role and turns it into something else - needy and sad.

My favorite scene? Oh, this is so hard. Probably, the scene of Tae Joo shaking and sobbing dryly, fists to his mouth, literally banging his head on the bar, trying to control his feelings of Eun Soo being lost to him.

Have a MV:

dangermousie: (Mawang otp by miss-dian)
I have decided that it was about time for me to update and expand my favorite kdrama primer yet again (which I first did some months ago). Not only were there a bunch of kdramas I wanted to add to the list, but I wanted to rearrange the order of some of the dramas on the list already (except for the first three or so, the placement of the other ones within the rankings is fluid and moves based on my mood) and very much expand it.

So behind the cut are 25 of my favorite kdramas, with summaries, reasons why, pics and vids. I have tried to keep it as unspoilery as possible.

No kdrama I have not finished is on the list because I want to have seen the complete drama before evaluating the fave status. Also, I watch a lot of dramas, but I have hardly seen all or most kdrama out there, and there are some very famous ones I have never seen. I am always open to recs and am always looking for said recs.

Now, without too much further verbosity, Dangermousie's 25 favorite kdramas list, new and improved.

Lengthy post here )
dangermousie: (Mawang otp by miss-dian)
I have decided that it was about time for me to update and expand my favorite kdrama primer yet again (which I first did some months ago). Not only were there a bunch of kdramas I wanted to add to the list, but I wanted to rearrange the order of some of the dramas on the list already (except for the first three or so, the placement of the other ones within the rankings is fluid and moves based on my mood) and very much expand it.

So behind the cut are 25 of my favorite kdramas, with summaries, reasons why, pics and vids. I have tried to keep it as unspoilery as possible.

No kdrama I have not finished is on the list because I want to have seen the complete drama before evaluating the fave status. Also, I watch a lot of dramas, but I have hardly seen all or most kdrama out there, and there are some very famous ones I have never seen. I am always open to recs and am always looking for said recs.

Now, without too much further verbosity, Dangermousie's 25 favorite kdramas list, new and improved.

Lengthy post here )
dangermousie: (Mawang otp by miss-dian)
I have decided that it was about time for me to update and expand my favorite kdrama primer yet again (which I first did some months ago). Not only were there a bunch of kdramas I wanted to add to the list, but I wanted to rearrange the order of some of the dramas on the list already (except for the first three or so, the placement of the other ones within the rankings is fluid and moves based on my mood) and very much expand it.

So behind the cut are 25 of my favorite kdramas, with summaries, reasons why, pics and vids. I have tried to keep it as unspoilery as possible.

No kdrama I have not finished is on the list because I want to have seen the complete drama before evaluating the fave status. Also, I watch a lot of dramas, but I have hardly seen all or most kdrama out there, and there are some very famous ones I have never seen. I am always open to recs and am always looking for said recs.

Now, without too much further verbosity, Dangermousie's 25 favorite kdramas list, new and improved.

Lengthy post here )
dangermousie: (PO: GP by alexandral)
Ok, so Powerful Opponents ended.

You know what else ended? My brief attempts to watch dramas as they air.

I dislike it and it always comes back to mess me up. PO would be only the third drama I have ever watched as it aired all the way through. The other two were Hana Yori Dango 2 and Hong Gil Dong. This experiment has officially failed because I get RAGEFUL at endings 66.7% of the time. I love Iljimae but I will wait until completion.

Ramblings on real-time watching, unpopular endings, and open endings. Spoilers for a whole bunch of dramas but very very vague spoilers )
dangermousie: (PO: GP by alexandral)
Ok, so Powerful Opponents ended.

You know what else ended? My brief attempts to watch dramas as they air.

I dislike it and it always comes back to mess me up. PO would be only the third drama I have ever watched as it aired all the way through. The other two were Hana Yori Dango 2 and Hong Gil Dong. This experiment has officially failed because I get RAGEFUL at endings 66.7% of the time. I love Iljimae but I will wait until completion.

Ramblings on real-time watching, unpopular endings, and open endings. Spoilers for a whole bunch of dramas but very very vague spoilers )
dangermousie: (PO: GP by alexandral)
Ok, so Powerful Opponents ended.

You know what else ended? My brief attempts to watch dramas as they air.

I dislike it and it always comes back to mess me up. PO would be only the third drama I have ever watched as it aired all the way through. The other two were Hana Yori Dango 2 and Hong Gil Dong. This experiment has officially failed because I get RAGEFUL at endings 66.7% of the time. I love Iljimae but I will wait until completion.

Ramblings on real-time watching, unpopular endings, and open endings. Spoilers for a whole bunch of dramas but very very vague spoilers )
dangermousie: (Legend: Sa Ryang by alexandral)
I have decided that it was about time for me to update and expand my favorite kdrama primer (which I first did some month ago). Not only were there a bunch of kdramas I wanted to add to the list, but I wanted to rearrange the order of some of the dramas on the list already (except for the first three or so, the placement of the other ones within the rankings is fluid and moves based on my mood) and very much expand it.

So behind the cut are 20 (actually 21, because of a tie) of my favorite kdramas, with summaries, reasons why, pics and vids. I have tried to keep it as unspoilery as possible.

No kdrama I have not finished is on the list because I want to have seen the complete drama before evaluating the fave status (possible future candidates to be put in that aren't there because of it are Mawang and MISA). Also, I watch a lot of dramas, but I have hardly seen all or most kdrama out there, and there are some very famous ones I have never seen. I am always open to recs and am always looking for said recs.

Now, without too much further verbosity, Dangermousie's 20 or so favorite kdramas list, new and improved.

Lengthy post here )
dangermousie: (Legend: Sa Ryang by alexandral)
I have decided that it was about time for me to update and expand my favorite kdrama primer (which I first did some month ago). Not only were there a bunch of kdramas I wanted to add to the list, but I wanted to rearrange the order of some of the dramas on the list already (except for the first three or so, the placement of the other ones within the rankings is fluid and moves based on my mood) and very much expand it.

So behind the cut are 20 (actually 21, because of a tie) of my favorite kdramas, with summaries, reasons why, pics and vids. I have tried to keep it as unspoilery as possible.

No kdrama I have not finished is on the list because I want to have seen the complete drama before evaluating the fave status (possible future candidates to be put in that aren't there because of it are Mawang and MISA). Also, I watch a lot of dramas, but I have hardly seen all or most kdrama out there, and there are some very famous ones I have never seen. I am always open to recs and am always looking for said recs.

Now, without too much further verbosity, Dangermousie's 20 or so favorite kdramas list, new and improved.

Lengthy post here )
dangermousie: (Legend: Sa Ryang by alexandral)
I have decided that it was about time for me to update and expand my favorite kdrama primer (which I first did some month ago). Not only were there a bunch of kdramas I wanted to add to the list, but I wanted to rearrange the order of some of the dramas on the list already (except for the first three or so, the placement of the other ones within the rankings is fluid and moves based on my mood) and very much expand it.

So behind the cut are 20 (actually 21, because of a tie) of my favorite kdramas, with summaries, reasons why, pics and vids. I have tried to keep it as unspoilery as possible.

No kdrama I have not finished is on the list because I want to have seen the complete drama before evaluating the fave status (possible future candidates to be put in that aren't there because of it are Mawang and MISA). Also, I watch a lot of dramas, but I have hardly seen all or most kdrama out there, and there are some very famous ones I have never seen. I am always open to recs and am always looking for said recs.

Now, without too much further verbosity, Dangermousie's 20 or so favorite kdramas list, new and improved.

Lengthy post here )
dangermousie: (Snow Queen by alexandral)
I have finished Que Sera Sera which remained great to the end.



Thoughts on it )
dangermousie: (Snow Queen by alexandral)
I have finished Que Sera Sera which remained great to the end.



Thoughts on it )
dangermousie: (Snow Queen by alexandral)
I have finished Que Sera Sera which remained great to the end.



Thoughts on it )
dangermousie: (Lives of Others by alexandral)
Mr. Mousie and I watched In Bruges tonight (with Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson and Ralph Fiennes). It just opened and it was WONDERFUL. Both darkly funny, and sad. Plus, we've been to Bruges so it was extra cool.

We have also watched eps 11-12 of Hong Gil Dong. Caps and meta coming, but for now, all I have to say is:
a. it gets better with every single ep
b. How can the same drama make me LOL like a maniac and get weepy-eyed?

Spoiler for eps 11 and 12, about favorite bits and some caps )

I have also continued with my watch of Que Sera Sera and have just finished ep 15. It's still incredibly excellent.

Spoilers for eps 11-15 )

Some awesome caps of manpain! )

Last but not least, the amazing [livejournal.com profile] walkwithheroes made two perfect Something Happened in Bali MVs. One about the OTP of Jae-Min/Soo-Jung and one about the love triangle. The OTP one almost made me cry:



I loved Bali so much. It's like a darker QSS actually (or, since QSS is later, I suppose QSS is like a happier Bali). Bali is one of these impossible dramas: there are some characters you want to murder (Jae-Min's entire family should have been strangled in their sleep) but they are nasty in a very realistic way, the ending is the bleakest in any kdrama I've ever seen (but makes perfect character sense),there is a certain sense of realism about the world (poverty sucks, the powerful are unjust, damaged people can go off the rails), but the thing that keeps drawing me to it the most (I will actually rewatch it once I finish QSS) is the incredibly screwed-up, irresistable, intense love story: the interactions between Jae-Min and Song-Joo are some of my favorite things in the dramas. And Jae-Min himself, even though what he really needed was years of therapy, since it would have been impossible to go back in time and get child protective services involved, he happens to be one of my very favorite drama heroes. Which probably says worrying things about me, but whatever...

Oh, and a little reading update:

Books am reading or about to start )
dangermousie: (Lives of Others by alexandral)
Mr. Mousie and I watched In Bruges tonight (with Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson and Ralph Fiennes). It just opened and it was WONDERFUL. Both darkly funny, and sad. Plus, we've been to Bruges so it was extra cool.

We have also watched eps 11-12 of Hong Gil Dong. Caps and meta coming, but for now, all I have to say is:
a. it gets better with every single ep
b. How can the same drama make me LOL like a maniac and get weepy-eyed?

Spoiler for eps 11 and 12, about favorite bits and some caps )

I have also continued with my watch of Que Sera Sera and have just finished ep 15. It's still incredibly excellent.

Spoilers for eps 11-15 )

Some awesome caps of manpain! )

Last but not least, the amazing [livejournal.com profile] walkwithheroes made two perfect Something Happened in Bali MVs. One about the OTP of Jae-Min/Soo-Jung and one about the love triangle. The OTP one almost made me cry:



I loved Bali so much. It's like a darker QSS actually (or, since QSS is later, I suppose QSS is like a happier Bali). Bali is one of these impossible dramas: there are some characters you want to murder (Jae-Min's entire family should have been strangled in their sleep) but they are nasty in a very realistic way, the ending is the bleakest in any kdrama I've ever seen (but makes perfect character sense),there is a certain sense of realism about the world (poverty sucks, the powerful are unjust, damaged people can go off the rails), but the thing that keeps drawing me to it the most (I will actually rewatch it once I finish QSS) is the incredibly screwed-up, irresistable, intense love story: the interactions between Jae-Min and Song-Joo are some of my favorite things in the dramas. And Jae-Min himself, even though what he really needed was years of therapy, since it would have been impossible to go back in time and get child protective services involved, he happens to be one of my very favorite drama heroes. Which probably says worrying things about me, but whatever...

Oh, and a little reading update:

Books am reading or about to start )

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