dangermousie: (Chuno - sword by alexandral)


I am about halfway into the first episode of Miss Ripley and to say I am blown away would be an understatement. The dark, seedy, desperate world and characters draw me in irresistibly. I cannot say whether this will be my favorite drama of the season but if it keeps up, it will certainly be the best in quality. What is it like? It's as if Bad Guy and Something Happened in Bali mated and had a baby and that baby was a wunderkind.



There is so much to talk about even in the first episode, but I want to concentrate on our protagonist, Jang Miri. It is really a role of a lifetime and Lee Da Hae bites into it with all the fierceness she possesses. Gone is the benevolent schemer of My Girl or the calm, dignified upperclass lady of Chuno. Miri is a hunted, haunted, hardened thing - I both feel great pity for her and am terrified of what she will do to survive in her "me against the world" mode. On the surface this can be viewed as another noirish drama with a dark protagonist, but while those occasionally exist in kdrama (though not too much) they never put a woman in this position. Kdrama heroes may be screwed up but kdrama heroines are almost always angels - damaged angels, childish angels, or womanly angels - but they are almost always the pure and sane ones. Yet here Miri is the heart of darkness of the story - the damaged scheming one, who brings about a downfall of other characters who love her too much. Maybe that is why it reminds me of Bali so.



In another reversal, it is the man he eventually will find love with who is the pure-hearted one, the naive one, the 'do-gooder.' I loved what I have seen of Yoochun so far - the role is miles different from his stern Lee Sun Joon in SKKS but somehow he manages portray shining goodness yet again. I know very little of Yutaka yet, but I am dying to know more.



Ah yes, if we are talking about the men who will love Miri, we cannot forget KSW's character. I find it interesting - the concept of masks the drama is going with. Because yes, this is most directly attributable to Miri, with her chameleon faces, but both our leading men are not really who they seem either - KSW's calmness and dispassionate demeanor is a mask but it's clear that Yutaka's kindness also masks some inner damage. I cannot wait to find out all their secrets!

Oh, and since there is no way in hell I am not watching Miss Ripley live, this means something gotta give. I am obsessed with City Hunter, CYHMH and Gisaeng, so I am very sorry but buh-bye Best Love. You were mildly amusing, but my emotional involvement was nil - AJ is not very interesting and Dokko Jin is actively annoying - in RL, any person like that should be on medication, and I am not making a snide comment but a statement of fact. It's like a drama starring Bugs Bunny - funny for five minutes, not sustainable for 20 hours, and I'd be damned if I believe Bugs Bunny is real. Plus, he has the maturity of a tissue (is it me or are Hong Sisters' protagonists actually aging backwards? Each one is less mature than the last. DJ makes Tae Kyung from YAB seem mature and he is almost 20 years older than TK). I cannot imagine these characters outside the confines of the drama - I cannot imagine their lives or inner workings or anything. I think it's time to accept that either I grew out of Hong Sisters' dramas or (more likely as I still love rewatching their old ones) their newer direction is just not for me.

Oh, and this was such a gorgeous scene. He's smitten with her at first sight. And seeing that the woman in question is Lee Da Hae, who can blame him?




Mmmmm. Of course, she's all sharp corners and he's such an adorable puppy who is puzzled by her bristling. (Side note - the daddy in Gisaeng, who objects his son's intended was a gisaeng should watch this drama - forget fancy-shmancy gisaeng who stayed a virgin. Miri's past involves being a hooker to pay off a mob debt! No wonder she's allergic to men.) I have to say, Yoochun and LDH have a gorgeous gorgeous chemistry together. When I first thought of that casting I found it a bit odd, but it 100% works. (But then I have yet to see Da Hae lack chemistry with any of her leading men and Yoochun had excellent chemistry with PMY in Sungkyunkwan Scandal).
dangermousie: (Chuno - sword by alexandral)


I am about halfway into the first episode of Miss Ripley and to say I am blown away would be an understatement. The dark, seedy, desperate world and characters draw me in irresistibly. I cannot say whether this will be my favorite drama of the season but if it keeps up, it will certainly be the best in quality. What is it like? It's as if Bad Guy and Something Happened in Bali mated and had a baby and that baby was a wunderkind.



There is so much to talk about even in the first episode, but I want to concentrate on our protagonist, Jang Miri. It is really a role of a lifetime and Lee Da Hae bites into it with all the fierceness she possesses. Gone is the benevolent schemer of My Girl or the calm, dignified upperclass lady of Chuno. Miri is a hunted, haunted, hardened thing - I both feel great pity for her and am terrified of what she will do to survive in her "me against the world" mode. On the surface this can be viewed as another noirish drama with a dark protagonist, but while those occasionally exist in kdrama (though not too much) they never put a woman in this position. Kdrama heroes may be screwed up but kdrama heroines are almost always angels - damaged angels, childish angels, or womanly angels - but they are almost always the pure and sane ones. Yet here Miri is the heart of darkness of the story - the damaged scheming one, who brings about a downfall of other characters who love her too much. Maybe that is why it reminds me of Bali so.



In another reversal, it is the man he eventually will find love with who is the pure-hearted one, the naive one, the 'do-gooder.' I loved what I have seen of Yoochun so far - the role is miles different from his stern Lee Sun Joon in SKKS but somehow he manages portray shining goodness yet again. I know very little of Yutaka yet, but I am dying to know more.



Ah yes, if we are talking about the men who will love Miri, we cannot forget KSW's character. I find it interesting - the concept of masks the drama is going with. Because yes, this is most directly attributable to Miri, with her chameleon faces, but both our leading men are not really who they seem either - KSW's calmness and dispassionate demeanor is a mask but it's clear that Yutaka's kindness also masks some inner damage. I cannot wait to find out all their secrets!

Oh, and since there is no way in hell I am not watching Miss Ripley live, this means something gotta give. I am obsessed with City Hunter, CYHMH and Gisaeng, so I am very sorry but buh-bye Best Love. You were mildly amusing, but my emotional involvement was nil - AJ is not very interesting and Dokko Jin is actively annoying - in RL, any person like that should be on medication, and I am not making a snide comment but a statement of fact. It's like a drama starring Bugs Bunny - funny for five minutes, not sustainable for 20 hours, and I'd be damned if I believe Bugs Bunny is real. Plus, he has the maturity of a tissue (is it me or are Hong Sisters' protagonists actually aging backwards? Each one is less mature than the last. DJ makes Tae Kyung from YAB seem mature and he is almost 20 years older than TK). I cannot imagine these characters outside the confines of the drama - I cannot imagine their lives or inner workings or anything. I think it's time to accept that either I grew out of Hong Sisters' dramas or (more likely as I still love rewatching their old ones) their newer direction is just not for me.

Oh, and this was such a gorgeous scene. He's smitten with her at first sight. And seeing that the woman in question is Lee Da Hae, who can blame him?




Mmmmm. Of course, she's all sharp corners and he's such an adorable puppy who is puzzled by her bristling. (Side note - the daddy in Gisaeng, who objects his son's intended was a gisaeng should watch this drama - forget fancy-shmancy gisaeng who stayed a virgin. Miri's past involves being a hooker to pay off a mob debt! No wonder she's allergic to men.) I have to say, Yoochun and LDH have a gorgeous gorgeous chemistry together. When I first thought of that casting I found it a bit odd, but it 100% works. (But then I have yet to see Da Hae lack chemistry with any of her leading men and Yoochun had excellent chemistry with PMY in Sungkyunkwan Scandal).
dangermousie: (Chuno - sword by alexandral)


I am about halfway into the first episode of Miss Ripley and to say I am blown away would be an understatement. The dark, seedy, desperate world and characters draw me in irresistibly. I cannot say whether this will be my favorite drama of the season but if it keeps up, it will certainly be the best in quality. What is it like? It's as if Bad Guy and Something Happened in Bali mated and had a baby and that baby was a wunderkind.



There is so much to talk about even in the first episode, but I want to concentrate on our protagonist, Jang Miri. It is really a role of a lifetime and Lee Da Hae bites into it with all the fierceness she possesses. Gone is the benevolent schemer of My Girl or the calm, dignified upperclass lady of Chuno. Miri is a hunted, haunted, hardened thing - I both feel great pity for her and am terrified of what she will do to survive in her "me against the world" mode. On the surface this can be viewed as another noirish drama with a dark protagonist, but while those occasionally exist in kdrama (though not too much) they never put a woman in this position. Kdrama heroes may be screwed up but kdrama heroines are almost always angels - damaged angels, childish angels, or womanly angels - but they are almost always the pure and sane ones. Yet here Miri is the heart of darkness of the story - the damaged scheming one, who brings about a downfall of other characters who love her too much. Maybe that is why it reminds me of Bali so.



In another reversal, it is the man he eventually will find love with who is the pure-hearted one, the naive one, the 'do-gooder.' I loved what I have seen of Yoochun so far - the role is miles different from his stern Lee Sun Joon in SKKS but somehow he manages portray shining goodness yet again. I know very little of Yutaka yet, but I am dying to know more.



Ah yes, if we are talking about the men who will love Miri, we cannot forget KSW's character. I find it interesting - the concept of masks the drama is going with. Because yes, this is most directly attributable to Miri, with her chameleon faces, but both our leading men are not really who they seem either - KSW's calmness and dispassionate demeanor is a mask but it's clear that Yutaka's kindness also masks some inner damage. I cannot wait to find out all their secrets!

Oh, and since there is no way in hell I am not watching Miss Ripley live, this means something gotta give. I am obsessed with City Hunter, CYHMH and Gisaeng, so I am very sorry but buh-bye Best Love. You were mildly amusing, but my emotional involvement was nil - AJ is not very interesting and Dokko Jin is actively annoying - in RL, any person like that should be on medication, and I am not making a snide comment but a statement of fact. It's like a drama starring Bugs Bunny - funny for five minutes, not sustainable for 20 hours, and I'd be damned if I believe Bugs Bunny is real. Plus, he has the maturity of a tissue (is it me or are Hong Sisters' protagonists actually aging backwards? Each one is less mature than the last. DJ makes Tae Kyung from YAB seem mature and he is almost 20 years older than TK). I cannot imagine these characters outside the confines of the drama - I cannot imagine their lives or inner workings or anything. I think it's time to accept that either I grew out of Hong Sisters' dramas or (more likely as I still love rewatching their old ones) their newer direction is just not for me.

Oh, and this was such a gorgeous scene. He's smitten with her at first sight. And seeing that the woman in question is Lee Da Hae, who can blame him?




Mmmmm. Of course, she's all sharp corners and he's such an adorable puppy who is puzzled by her bristling. (Side note - the daddy in Gisaeng, who objects his son's intended was a gisaeng should watch this drama - forget fancy-shmancy gisaeng who stayed a virgin. Miri's past involves being a hooker to pay off a mob debt! No wonder she's allergic to men.) I have to say, Yoochun and LDH have a gorgeous gorgeous chemistry together. When I first thought of that casting I found it a bit odd, but it 100% works. (But then I have yet to see Da Hae lack chemistry with any of her leading men and Yoochun had excellent chemistry with PMY in Sungkyunkwan Scandal).
dangermousie: (KO 3an Guo - Zhao Yun)
Very typically, after all my romcom craving, now that there are three airing, the ones I want most to watch are pretty far from romcom territory - Ripley and City Hunter. They both recently released trailers and held presscons.

Ripley's trailer:



It looks beyond amazing. [livejournal.com profile] mookiehyun commented that it reminds her of 1990s melos, and I can see that - it has the same simplicity and the same melancholy vibe. It looks also likely to pack the same emotional wallop. It does not look or feel old-fashioned at all - it's 1990s melo modernized and given a much darker tinge. (Have I ever seen a drama heroine sexually harassed? No). Sort of Bali meets Bad Guy (before it went bad). If it works for me half as well as did Bali, with its down-and-out, morally ambiguous heroine and really dark heroes, I would be ecstatic. The one weakness I can see is that I think the secondary girl is going to bore me - her cutesy wholesomeness is pretty out of place in a dark drama. But who knows.

City Hunter's long trailer:



Presscons:

Here is Lee Min Ho with Park Min Young for City Hunter. LMH, once again, does not disappoint - are those textured leather pants??? Or leather overalls under the coat? I am not sure I want to know. When you are dressed weirder than a bona fide pop idol, i.e. Yoochun seen below in presscon for Ripley, you know you need to re-evaluate your sartorial choices. PMY seems to have just wrapped a towel around herself. A very short towel, though not as short as her female co-star's.



Here are the leads of Ripley. They are dressed pretty conservatively which, sadly, deprives me of much snark.



I am pretty excited for both dramas, though more for Ripley.
dangermousie: (KO 3an Guo - Zhao Yun)
Very typically, after all my romcom craving, now that there are three airing, the ones I want most to watch are pretty far from romcom territory - Ripley and City Hunter. They both recently released trailers and held presscons.

Ripley's trailer:



It looks beyond amazing. [livejournal.com profile] mookiehyun commented that it reminds her of 1990s melos, and I can see that - it has the same simplicity and the same melancholy vibe. It looks also likely to pack the same emotional wallop. It does not look or feel old-fashioned at all - it's 1990s melo modernized and given a much darker tinge. (Have I ever seen a drama heroine sexually harassed? No). Sort of Bali meets Bad Guy (before it went bad). If it works for me half as well as did Bali, with its down-and-out, morally ambiguous heroine and really dark heroes, I would be ecstatic. The one weakness I can see is that I think the secondary girl is going to bore me - her cutesy wholesomeness is pretty out of place in a dark drama. But who knows.

City Hunter's long trailer:



Presscons:

Here is Lee Min Ho with Park Min Young for City Hunter. LMH, once again, does not disappoint - are those textured leather pants??? Or leather overalls under the coat? I am not sure I want to know. When you are dressed weirder than a bona fide pop idol, i.e. Yoochun seen below in presscon for Ripley, you know you need to re-evaluate your sartorial choices. PMY seems to have just wrapped a towel around herself. A very short towel, though not as short as her female co-star's.



Here are the leads of Ripley. They are dressed pretty conservatively which, sadly, deprives me of much snark.



I am pretty excited for both dramas, though more for Ripley.
dangermousie: (KO 3an Guo - Zhao Yun)
Very typically, after all my romcom craving, now that there are three airing, the ones I want most to watch are pretty far from romcom territory - Ripley and City Hunter. They both recently released trailers and held presscons.

Ripley's trailer:



It looks beyond amazing. [livejournal.com profile] mookiehyun commented that it reminds her of 1990s melos, and I can see that - it has the same simplicity and the same melancholy vibe. It looks also likely to pack the same emotional wallop. It does not look or feel old-fashioned at all - it's 1990s melo modernized and given a much darker tinge. (Have I ever seen a drama heroine sexually harassed? No). Sort of Bali meets Bad Guy (before it went bad). If it works for me half as well as did Bali, with its down-and-out, morally ambiguous heroine and really dark heroes, I would be ecstatic. The one weakness I can see is that I think the secondary girl is going to bore me - her cutesy wholesomeness is pretty out of place in a dark drama. But who knows.

City Hunter's long trailer:



Presscons:

Here is Lee Min Ho with Park Min Young for City Hunter. LMH, once again, does not disappoint - are those textured leather pants??? Or leather overalls under the coat? I am not sure I want to know. When you are dressed weirder than a bona fide pop idol, i.e. Yoochun seen below in presscon for Ripley, you know you need to re-evaluate your sartorial choices. PMY seems to have just wrapped a towel around herself. A very short towel, though not as short as her female co-star's.



Here are the leads of Ripley. They are dressed pretty conservatively which, sadly, deprives me of much snark.



I am pretty excited for both dramas, though more for Ripley.

Ripley

May. 16th, 2011 07:29 am
dangermousie: (KO 3an Guo: Xiu/SX)
Official posters for Ripley have been released (thanks, [livejournal.com profile] paatriing) and they are amazing:



See the rest here.

Ripley

May. 16th, 2011 07:29 am
dangermousie: (KO 3an Guo: Xiu/SX)
Official posters for Ripley have been released (thanks, [livejournal.com profile] paatriing) and they are amazing:



See the rest here.

Ripley

May. 16th, 2011 07:29 am
dangermousie: (KO 3an Guo: Xiu/SX)
Official posters for Ripley have been released (thanks, [livejournal.com profile] paatriing) and they are amazing:



See the rest here.
dangermousie: (CP3)
1. Hey, flisties, in case you are not aware, Doremii has picked up The Holy Pearl (a.k.a. live-action Inuyasha) for subbing and has released first four eps. So if you wanted to check it out but were put off by trying to viikii stream (I know I was), here's your chance! I am not familiar with Inuyasha beyond "school girl goes to fantasy realm, hooks up with dude with fox ears", but it looks v.v. fun and pretty.

Have English-subbed trailer:



Between DRM subbing this and JiangHu releasing subs for first 10 eps of Vigilantes in Masks (talk about a to-the-point name. Otherwise known as Chinese Iljimae btw), I am in cdrama pig heaven. I plan to start on both this weekend.

Have a ViM MV:



2. Speaking of cdramas, is Rent a GF home for New Year any good? I adore Du Chun but have a spotty record with modern-day cdramas. It does ridiculously cute:



Just assure me nobody dies - I've been scarred by cdramas before.

3. Not cdrama territory but whoa, fangirls are so creative. Look at this gorgeous fanmade poster for Ripley:



Also, official stills of the main characters have been released and I love them. They are behind the cut )

Can't wait!
dangermousie: (CP3)
1. Hey, flisties, in case you are not aware, Doremii has picked up The Holy Pearl (a.k.a. live-action Inuyasha) for subbing and has released first four eps. So if you wanted to check it out but were put off by trying to viikii stream (I know I was), here's your chance! I am not familiar with Inuyasha beyond "school girl goes to fantasy realm, hooks up with dude with fox ears", but it looks v.v. fun and pretty.

Have English-subbed trailer:



Between DRM subbing this and JiangHu releasing subs for first 10 eps of Vigilantes in Masks (talk about a to-the-point name. Otherwise known as Chinese Iljimae btw), I am in cdrama pig heaven. I plan to start on both this weekend.

Have a ViM MV:



2. Speaking of cdramas, is Rent a GF home for New Year any good? I adore Du Chun but have a spotty record with modern-day cdramas. It does ridiculously cute:



Just assure me nobody dies - I've been scarred by cdramas before.

3. Not cdrama territory but whoa, fangirls are so creative. Look at this gorgeous fanmade poster for Ripley:



Also, official stills of the main characters have been released and I love them. They are behind the cut )

Can't wait!
dangermousie: (CP3)
1. Hey, flisties, in case you are not aware, Doremii has picked up The Holy Pearl (a.k.a. live-action Inuyasha) for subbing and has released first four eps. So if you wanted to check it out but were put off by trying to viikii stream (I know I was), here's your chance! I am not familiar with Inuyasha beyond "school girl goes to fantasy realm, hooks up with dude with fox ears", but it looks v.v. fun and pretty.

Have English-subbed trailer:



Between DRM subbing this and JiangHu releasing subs for first 10 eps of Vigilantes in Masks (talk about a to-the-point name. Otherwise known as Chinese Iljimae btw), I am in cdrama pig heaven. I plan to start on both this weekend.

Have a ViM MV:



2. Speaking of cdramas, is Rent a GF home for New Year any good? I adore Du Chun but have a spotty record with modern-day cdramas. It does ridiculously cute:



Just assure me nobody dies - I've been scarred by cdramas before.

3. Not cdrama territory but whoa, fangirls are so creative. Look at this gorgeous fanmade poster for Ripley:



Also, official stills of the main characters have been released and I love them. They are behind the cut )

Can't wait!
dangermousie: (Default)
1. I think it's pretty ironic that I spent all spring pining for a kdrama romcom, and now that there is a number to pick from, all I can fixate on is Ripley, which is set to premiere May 30. Dysfunction? Lies? Darkness? Aaaangst? I am so predictable.

Plus, Lee Da Hae is stunning (and apparently is supposed to be a prostitute/bar girl at the start - whoa, talk about a different kind of heroine!)



2. Yeah, my suspicions have been confirmed - Zhao Yun only views Xiao Qiao as a sister. He told that to Cao Cao plainly, but I figured it out before that - sure, they are very close with and caring to each other, but it's pretty significant that neither one of them (and both are very outspoken) has shown any interest in dating the other, even with all their friends' support. Plus, Zhao Yun was completely unfazed by Cao Cao's blatant interest in her.

Cao Cao was so happy and I really wanted to point out that he shouldn't forget her ex :P True, Xiao Qiao looks like she wants to poke out Zhou Yu's eye out with a fork, but you never know...maybe fake Liu Bei should give him a copy of RoTK.

And speaking of RoTK, I am a little surprised that we are almost 2/3 through KO 3an Guo and Dong Zhuo is still the Big Bad. I mean, he's an entertaining villain but he's aa pretty small part of the original Romance of Three Kingdoms, most of which is devoted to the three warlords scheming against and fighting with each other. But so far, Cao Cao and Liu Bei are still allies, and we have barely seen the Sun family. I know the third season is a lot more 'Southland' centric (which - yay! More of the Sun family, the Qiao sisters, and Zhou Yu), so maybe that will change. Hmmmm. I just want whiny whiny Lu Bu off my screen already. He's so annoying. But I suppose I shouldn't complain about inaccuracies as if they were following RoTK, Diao Chan would be long dead, and all other heroes would face uniformly grisly fates.

Oh, I found Xiao Qiao story to Diao Chan about how when they were kids and she and Da Qiao were both drowning, her mother rescued Da Qiao instead of Xiao Qiao, even though she was XQ's birth mom, not DQ's, due to her morals, pretty interesting - in Han tradition, it was the highest form of womanly virtue to prefer the children of the first wife to yours (I read a story in which a woman accidentally rescued her own child instead that of the first wife's from the burning house, had to be dissuaded from throwing her own kid in, and jumped in herself instead).

Btw, I found closing credits from the third season. Mmmmm, can't wait, it really does look Suns/Qiaos/Zhou Yu-centric.

dangermousie: (Default)
1. I think it's pretty ironic that I spent all spring pining for a kdrama romcom, and now that there is a number to pick from, all I can fixate on is Ripley, which is set to premiere May 30. Dysfunction? Lies? Darkness? Aaaangst? I am so predictable.

Plus, Lee Da Hae is stunning (and apparently is supposed to be a prostitute/bar girl at the start - whoa, talk about a different kind of heroine!)



2. Yeah, my suspicions have been confirmed - Zhao Yun only views Xiao Qiao as a sister. He told that to Cao Cao plainly, but I figured it out before that - sure, they are very close with and caring to each other, but it's pretty significant that neither one of them (and both are very outspoken) has shown any interest in dating the other, even with all their friends' support. Plus, Zhao Yun was completely unfazed by Cao Cao's blatant interest in her.

Cao Cao was so happy and I really wanted to point out that he shouldn't forget her ex :P True, Xiao Qiao looks like she wants to poke out Zhou Yu's eye out with a fork, but you never know...maybe fake Liu Bei should give him a copy of RoTK.

And speaking of RoTK, I am a little surprised that we are almost 2/3 through KO 3an Guo and Dong Zhuo is still the Big Bad. I mean, he's an entertaining villain but he's aa pretty small part of the original Romance of Three Kingdoms, most of which is devoted to the three warlords scheming against and fighting with each other. But so far, Cao Cao and Liu Bei are still allies, and we have barely seen the Sun family. I know the third season is a lot more 'Southland' centric (which - yay! More of the Sun family, the Qiao sisters, and Zhou Yu), so maybe that will change. Hmmmm. I just want whiny whiny Lu Bu off my screen already. He's so annoying. But I suppose I shouldn't complain about inaccuracies as if they were following RoTK, Diao Chan would be long dead, and all other heroes would face uniformly grisly fates.

Oh, I found Xiao Qiao story to Diao Chan about how when they were kids and she and Da Qiao were both drowning, her mother rescued Da Qiao instead of Xiao Qiao, even though she was XQ's birth mom, not DQ's, due to her morals, pretty interesting - in Han tradition, it was the highest form of womanly virtue to prefer the children of the first wife to yours (I read a story in which a woman accidentally rescued her own child instead that of the first wife's from the burning house, had to be dissuaded from throwing her own kid in, and jumped in herself instead).

Btw, I found closing credits from the third season. Mmmmm, can't wait, it really does look Suns/Qiaos/Zhou Yu-centric.

dangermousie: (Default)
1. I think it's pretty ironic that I spent all spring pining for a kdrama romcom, and now that there is a number to pick from, all I can fixate on is Ripley, which is set to premiere May 30. Dysfunction? Lies? Darkness? Aaaangst? I am so predictable.

Plus, Lee Da Hae is stunning (and apparently is supposed to be a prostitute/bar girl at the start - whoa, talk about a different kind of heroine!)



2. Yeah, my suspicions have been confirmed - Zhao Yun only views Xiao Qiao as a sister. He told that to Cao Cao plainly, but I figured it out before that - sure, they are very close with and caring to each other, but it's pretty significant that neither one of them (and both are very outspoken) has shown any interest in dating the other, even with all their friends' support. Plus, Zhao Yun was completely unfazed by Cao Cao's blatant interest in her.

Cao Cao was so happy and I really wanted to point out that he shouldn't forget her ex :P True, Xiao Qiao looks like she wants to poke out Zhou Yu's eye out with a fork, but you never know...maybe fake Liu Bei should give him a copy of RoTK.

And speaking of RoTK, I am a little surprised that we are almost 2/3 through KO 3an Guo and Dong Zhuo is still the Big Bad. I mean, he's an entertaining villain but he's aa pretty small part of the original Romance of Three Kingdoms, most of which is devoted to the three warlords scheming against and fighting with each other. But so far, Cao Cao and Liu Bei are still allies, and we have barely seen the Sun family. I know the third season is a lot more 'Southland' centric (which - yay! More of the Sun family, the Qiao sisters, and Zhou Yu), so maybe that will change. Hmmmm. I just want whiny whiny Lu Bu off my screen already. He's so annoying. But I suppose I shouldn't complain about inaccuracies as if they were following RoTK, Diao Chan would be long dead, and all other heroes would face uniformly grisly fates.

Oh, I found Xiao Qiao story to Diao Chan about how when they were kids and she and Da Qiao were both drowning, her mother rescued Da Qiao instead of Xiao Qiao, even though she was XQ's birth mom, not DQ's, due to her morals, pretty interesting - in Han tradition, it was the highest form of womanly virtue to prefer the children of the first wife to yours (I read a story in which a woman accidentally rescued her own child instead that of the first wife's from the burning house, had to be dissuaded from throwing her own kid in, and jumped in herself instead).

Btw, I found closing credits from the third season. Mmmmm, can't wait, it really does look Suns/Qiaos/Zhou Yu-centric.

dangermousie: (Chuno - bride)


I am very excited for a number of upcoming kdramas (Best Love, Lie to Me, You've Fallen for Me, Princess' Man etc) but none of them excite me as much and fill me with as much giddy anticipation as Ripley, a supposedly dark and noirish kdrama starring Lee Da Hae, Micky Yoochun, and Kim Seung Woo. LDH is my favorite Korean actress, bar none. I am her mad and devoted fangirl and will watch anything she's in (she has yet to disappoint me in anything). Micky Yoochun turned me into a hormonal teen in SKKS and is shockingly good for an idol. And KSW is a respected veteran for a reason.



But what is really drawing me in is the story. The media has been saying Ripley is based on a real-life infamous scandal, the producers have been saying this is no such thing, but whether based on a true story or not, this is some interesting interesting stuff. Most kdrama heroines are either spunky (and occasionally naive) or saintly victims. Very very good women, either way. LDH, otoh, plays a woman in dire straits who watches the one lie she told grow and grow and grow and enmesh her and everyone close to her as she spins more and more lies to keep up. A scammer, and not a benevolent one? That's pretty darn unusual.



Yoochun is apparently an upperclass young man who falls for LDH and loses everything as a result. Mmmmmmmmm. Kim Seung Woo plays a man who facilitates LDH's deception even as it wrecks his life, but apparently Yoochun is the one LDH really loves (and who could blame her). Bring on the angst! If I am very very lucky, this will be another Bali or A Love to Kill. In the worst-case scenario, this will be a lot of hot people regularly appearing on my screen.

Oh, and isn't LDH incredibly beautiful?

dangermousie: (Chuno - bride)


I am very excited for a number of upcoming kdramas (Best Love, Lie to Me, You've Fallen for Me, Princess' Man etc) but none of them excite me as much and fill me with as much giddy anticipation as Ripley, a supposedly dark and noirish kdrama starring Lee Da Hae, Micky Yoochun, and Kim Seung Woo. LDH is my favorite Korean actress, bar none. I am her mad and devoted fangirl and will watch anything she's in (she has yet to disappoint me in anything). Micky Yoochun turned me into a hormonal teen in SKKS and is shockingly good for an idol. And KSW is a respected veteran for a reason.



But what is really drawing me in is the story. The media has been saying Ripley is based on a real-life infamous scandal, the producers have been saying this is no such thing, but whether based on a true story or not, this is some interesting interesting stuff. Most kdrama heroines are either spunky (and occasionally naive) or saintly victims. Very very good women, either way. LDH, otoh, plays a woman in dire straits who watches the one lie she told grow and grow and grow and enmesh her and everyone close to her as she spins more and more lies to keep up. A scammer, and not a benevolent one? That's pretty darn unusual.



Yoochun is apparently an upperclass young man who falls for LDH and loses everything as a result. Mmmmmmmmm. Kim Seung Woo plays a man who facilitates LDH's deception even as it wrecks his life, but apparently Yoochun is the one LDH really loves (and who could blame her). Bring on the angst! If I am very very lucky, this will be another Bali or A Love to Kill. In the worst-case scenario, this will be a lot of hot people regularly appearing on my screen.

Oh, and isn't LDH incredibly beautiful?

dangermousie: (Chuno - bride)


I am very excited for a number of upcoming kdramas (Best Love, Lie to Me, You've Fallen for Me, Princess' Man etc) but none of them excite me as much and fill me with as much giddy anticipation as Ripley, a supposedly dark and noirish kdrama starring Lee Da Hae, Micky Yoochun, and Kim Seung Woo. LDH is my favorite Korean actress, bar none. I am her mad and devoted fangirl and will watch anything she's in (she has yet to disappoint me in anything). Micky Yoochun turned me into a hormonal teen in SKKS and is shockingly good for an idol. And KSW is a respected veteran for a reason.



But what is really drawing me in is the story. The media has been saying Ripley is based on a real-life infamous scandal, the producers have been saying this is no such thing, but whether based on a true story or not, this is some interesting interesting stuff. Most kdrama heroines are either spunky (and occasionally naive) or saintly victims. Very very good women, either way. LDH, otoh, plays a woman in dire straits who watches the one lie she told grow and grow and grow and enmesh her and everyone close to her as she spins more and more lies to keep up. A scammer, and not a benevolent one? That's pretty darn unusual.



Yoochun is apparently an upperclass young man who falls for LDH and loses everything as a result. Mmmmmmmmm. Kim Seung Woo plays a man who facilitates LDH's deception even as it wrecks his life, but apparently Yoochun is the one LDH really loves (and who could blame her). Bring on the angst! If I am very very lucky, this will be another Bali or A Love to Kill. In the worst-case scenario, this will be a lot of hot people regularly appearing on my screen.

Oh, and isn't LDH incredibly beautiful?

dangermousie: (Farscape: Chiana by icequeen3101)
1. It just occurred to me that Yoochun's character in Ripley is basically a continuation of his character in that mobile jdrama which is so hard to get ahold of - the whole angsty arrogant rich chaebol thing. Mmmmm. I must admit out of all the upcoming May dramas, I am most excited about Ripley. Lee Da Hae is my favorite kdrama actress, bar none, and Yoochun is so freaking yum. Plus, I love my dark dramas.

2. Despite my misgivings, I tried Drunken to Love You despite my loathing of the name and lack of enthusiasm over the cast. Ummm....no. Just no. I am not one of those people who claims that a drama is bad just because I didn't like it (though sometimes the two do correspond - nobody will convince me Vampire Gigolo is a masterpiece), but while this may not be a bad drama, it is very much not my thing in every possible way.

3. Muscle Girl, the jdrama which stars Lee Hong Ki, apparerently premiered a few days ago. I am pretty interested in checking it out. I couldn't stand LHK's character in You're Beautiful, with his blond hair, endless screams of 'Jolieeeeee' and IQ of lettuce, but I think LHK is a decent actor with a gorgeous singing voice, so I want to see him in something else. I'll get back to you on whether it's any good. It has a typical wacky jdrama premise but hopefully he'll be a little smarter in this one than YAB.

4. Any idea when Yuan Hong's period cdrama Mi Wu Shuang Long supposed to air? I've just seen the trailer and it looks like cdrama Indiana Jones with a lot more angst and cool clothes:



5. Speaking of trailers, teaser for Lie To Me is out. It's cuuuuute. Thanks [livejournal.com profile] ockoala, for the heads-up!



I am more excited for Ripley and Best Love but that is certainly on my list to check out and squee over.
dangermousie: (Farscape: Chiana by icequeen3101)
1. It just occurred to me that Yoochun's character in Ripley is basically a continuation of his character in that mobile jdrama which is so hard to get ahold of - the whole angsty arrogant rich chaebol thing. Mmmmm. I must admit out of all the upcoming May dramas, I am most excited about Ripley. Lee Da Hae is my favorite kdrama actress, bar none, and Yoochun is so freaking yum. Plus, I love my dark dramas.

2. Despite my misgivings, I tried Drunken to Love You despite my loathing of the name and lack of enthusiasm over the cast. Ummm....no. Just no. I am not one of those people who claims that a drama is bad just because I didn't like it (though sometimes the two do correspond - nobody will convince me Vampire Gigolo is a masterpiece), but while this may not be a bad drama, it is very much not my thing in every possible way.

3. Muscle Girl, the jdrama which stars Lee Hong Ki, apparerently premiered a few days ago. I am pretty interested in checking it out. I couldn't stand LHK's character in You're Beautiful, with his blond hair, endless screams of 'Jolieeeeee' and IQ of lettuce, but I think LHK is a decent actor with a gorgeous singing voice, so I want to see him in something else. I'll get back to you on whether it's any good. It has a typical wacky jdrama premise but hopefully he'll be a little smarter in this one than YAB.

4. Any idea when Yuan Hong's period cdrama Mi Wu Shuang Long supposed to air? I've just seen the trailer and it looks like cdrama Indiana Jones with a lot more angst and cool clothes:



5. Speaking of trailers, teaser for Lie To Me is out. It's cuuuuute. Thanks [livejournal.com profile] ockoala, for the heads-up!



I am more excited for Ripley and Best Love but that is certainly on my list to check out and squee over.

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