dangermousie: (Default)
So, my current drama watching list is as follows (I am only including dramas I am actively watching).

China:
Jade Palace Lock Heart
Three Kingdoms

Taiwan:
K.O. 3an Guo

Korea:
49 Days
Can You Hear My Heart
Crime Squad
New Tales of the Gisaeng

I think the list shall stay pretty much the same (though I am woefully behind on my kdramas) until the new batch of kdramas arrive in May. None of the upcoming twdrama/cdrama offerings interest me, and as to kdramas - I am going to check out Royal Family and Thorn Birds properly when they finish airing (I liked the first eps for both but they really are dramas better off watched in a marathon).

Oh, and I tried Manny.

No.

Just. No.

It's not a bad drama, but entirely not to my tastes.

1. The title. Manny. Unless you name is Manuel and you prefer diminutives, nobody should be referred to this way. I hate this word with a passion, the way I hate portmanteau words in general. What next, a drama called 'Absitively?"
2. I have a (reasonable or not) prejudice against male nannies. I'd never entrust my kid to one. (Not that I would be keen to entrust one to a female one, either).
3. I was till willing to give it a chance because I adore Suh Ji Suk, but then he came on my screen and I had to stifle a gasp. WTF? Did a labrador die on his head? Just no.

So yes, not for me.
dangermousie: (Default)
So, my current drama watching list is as follows (I am only including dramas I am actively watching).

China:
Jade Palace Lock Heart
Three Kingdoms

Taiwan:
K.O. 3an Guo

Korea:
49 Days
Can You Hear My Heart
Crime Squad
New Tales of the Gisaeng

I think the list shall stay pretty much the same (though I am woefully behind on my kdramas) until the new batch of kdramas arrive in May. None of the upcoming twdrama/cdrama offerings interest me, and as to kdramas - I am going to check out Royal Family and Thorn Birds properly when they finish airing (I liked the first eps for both but they really are dramas better off watched in a marathon).

Oh, and I tried Manny.

No.

Just. No.

It's not a bad drama, but entirely not to my tastes.

1. The title. Manny. Unless you name is Manuel and you prefer diminutives, nobody should be referred to this way. I hate this word with a passion, the way I hate portmanteau words in general. What next, a drama called 'Absitively?"
2. I have a (reasonable or not) prejudice against male nannies. I'd never entrust my kid to one. (Not that I would be keen to entrust one to a female one, either).
3. I was till willing to give it a chance because I adore Suh Ji Suk, but then he came on my screen and I had to stifle a gasp. WTF? Did a labrador die on his head? Just no.

So yes, not for me.
dangermousie: (Default)
So, my current drama watching list is as follows (I am only including dramas I am actively watching).

China:
Jade Palace Lock Heart
Three Kingdoms

Taiwan:
K.O. 3an Guo

Korea:
49 Days
Can You Hear My Heart
Crime Squad
New Tales of the Gisaeng

I think the list shall stay pretty much the same (though I am woefully behind on my kdramas) until the new batch of kdramas arrive in May. None of the upcoming twdrama/cdrama offerings interest me, and as to kdramas - I am going to check out Royal Family and Thorn Birds properly when they finish airing (I liked the first eps for both but they really are dramas better off watched in a marathon).

Oh, and I tried Manny.

No.

Just. No.

It's not a bad drama, but entirely not to my tastes.

1. The title. Manny. Unless you name is Manuel and you prefer diminutives, nobody should be referred to this way. I hate this word with a passion, the way I hate portmanteau words in general. What next, a drama called 'Absitively?"
2. I have a (reasonable or not) prejudice against male nannies. I'd never entrust my kid to one. (Not that I would be keen to entrust one to a female one, either).
3. I was till willing to give it a chance because I adore Suh Ji Suk, but then he came on my screen and I had to stifle a gasp. WTF? Did a labrador die on his head? Just no.

So yes, not for me.
dangermousie: (Default)
And I have my kdrama addiction for the spring season - it's the dark Royal Family, with its poisonous family and the central relationship between Ji Sung's star prosecutor and a woman who helped him once when he was an unwanted teenager and now it's his turn to help her.



I just finished the first ep and I love love love love it to bits. It's twisty and dark and keeps me on my toes and Ji Sung is amazing in it - by turns scary and vulnerable and even goofy, but always so intensely magnetic it almost makes me want to look away.

It's all the more interesting because I don't find myself interested much in the probably-coming romance between him and the heroine. The 11-yr difference doesn't bother me (though, due to the plot, the heroine looks very faded, much older than she's supposed to be) but the vibe I am getting so far is not romantic - just caring and loving like a family - younger brother-older sister perhaps. If the romance happens, I am sure I'll buy it when it does, but if not, I don't mind either.

I do love the interactions between all the characters and their connections. Just like Thorn Birds, this is somewhat of a melodrama, but it's a more cynical, harder-around-the-edges one.

A few pretty caps of Ji Sung )
dangermousie: (Default)
And I have my kdrama addiction for the spring season - it's the dark Royal Family, with its poisonous family and the central relationship between Ji Sung's star prosecutor and a woman who helped him once when he was an unwanted teenager and now it's his turn to help her.



I just finished the first ep and I love love love love it to bits. It's twisty and dark and keeps me on my toes and Ji Sung is amazing in it - by turns scary and vulnerable and even goofy, but always so intensely magnetic it almost makes me want to look away.

It's all the more interesting because I don't find myself interested much in the probably-coming romance between him and the heroine. The 11-yr difference doesn't bother me (though, due to the plot, the heroine looks very faded, much older than she's supposed to be) but the vibe I am getting so far is not romantic - just caring and loving like a family - younger brother-older sister perhaps. If the romance happens, I am sure I'll buy it when it does, but if not, I don't mind either.

I do love the interactions between all the characters and their connections. Just like Thorn Birds, this is somewhat of a melodrama, but it's a more cynical, harder-around-the-edges one.

A few pretty caps of Ji Sung )
dangermousie: (Default)
And I have my kdrama addiction for the spring season - it's the dark Royal Family, with its poisonous family and the central relationship between Ji Sung's star prosecutor and a woman who helped him once when he was an unwanted teenager and now it's his turn to help her.



I just finished the first ep and I love love love love it to bits. It's twisty and dark and keeps me on my toes and Ji Sung is amazing in it - by turns scary and vulnerable and even goofy, but always so intensely magnetic it almost makes me want to look away.

It's all the more interesting because I don't find myself interested much in the probably-coming romance between him and the heroine. The 11-yr difference doesn't bother me (though, due to the plot, the heroine looks very faded, much older than she's supposed to be) but the vibe I am getting so far is not romantic - just caring and loving like a family - younger brother-older sister perhaps. If the romance happens, I am sure I'll buy it when it does, but if not, I don't mind either.

I do love the interactions between all the characters and their connections. Just like Thorn Birds, this is somewhat of a melodrama, but it's a more cynical, harder-around-the-edges one.

A few pretty caps of Ji Sung )
dangermousie: (Lobbyist OTP by miss-dian)
Stealing this OST mv for Royal Family from [livejournal.com profile] timescout.



I defy anyone not wanting to check this out after watching the above.

The wait for subs is killing me. Out of the entire new crop of kdramas, this is the one I am osyched for the most.
dangermousie: (Lobbyist OTP by miss-dian)
Stealing this OST mv for Royal Family from [livejournal.com profile] timescout.



I defy anyone not wanting to check this out after watching the above.

The wait for subs is killing me. Out of the entire new crop of kdramas, this is the one I am osyched for the most.
dangermousie: (Lobbyist OTP by miss-dian)
Stealing this OST mv for Royal Family from [livejournal.com profile] timescout.



I defy anyone not wanting to check this out after watching the above.

The wait for subs is killing me. Out of the entire new crop of kdramas, this is the one I am osyched for the most.
dangermousie: (EoE: YR by meganbmoore)
I think FWC insanity has driven me back to kdramas.



A pity none of my current favorites are doing well. Both Thorn Birds and Royal Family are being killed in the ratings (which are in the single digits) by Sign, the popularity of which I do not get - if I wanted to watch CSI, I'd just watch CSI. That's a pity because I really liked TB's first ep and, while I haven't seen RF yet, I cannot imagine it appealing to me less than Sign.

Next week, 49 Days takes over from Sign and we'll see how ratings shake out then. I hope at least one of these dramas is a hit though it's pretty hard for me to pick which one I'd root for seeing that I like Thorn Birds a lot already and want Joo Sung Wook's first starring role to be a success, 49 Days has a fascinating concept and a screenwriter I love (even if the leads - Jo Hun Jae and Lee Yo Won - leave me cold. Why couldn't Jung Il Woo be the main lead?), and Royal Family stars my crush Ji Sung and I am a sucker for dysfunctional rich family infighting stories.

I wonder how Crime Squad, which just premiered, did in the ratings? I am a lot more interested in it than its competitor The Duo, and I don't even know what the third rival is, so that shows how much I care about that one.

ETA: Midas. I think it's Midas. Talk about a drama designed not to appeal to me.

Oh, and the only weekend drama I am following, New Tales of the Gisaeng, is apparently averaging low teen rating, which I wouldn't think is too bad for a drama starring a bunch of nobodies and few sets (how expensive could this drama have been to make?), but apparently upsets execs because this writer's previous dramas have all been hits. I don't care if they cut the ep number down actually, as long as they do it enough in advance so the story could accomodate it. 50 eps is a LOT.

What are you guys watching/planning to watch?
dangermousie: (EoE: YR by meganbmoore)
I think FWC insanity has driven me back to kdramas.



A pity none of my current favorites are doing well. Both Thorn Birds and Royal Family are being killed in the ratings (which are in the single digits) by Sign, the popularity of which I do not get - if I wanted to watch CSI, I'd just watch CSI. That's a pity because I really liked TB's first ep and, while I haven't seen RF yet, I cannot imagine it appealing to me less than Sign.

Next week, 49 Days takes over from Sign and we'll see how ratings shake out then. I hope at least one of these dramas is a hit though it's pretty hard for me to pick which one I'd root for seeing that I like Thorn Birds a lot already and want Joo Sung Wook's first starring role to be a success, 49 Days has a fascinating concept and a screenwriter I love (even if the leads - Jo Hun Jae and Lee Yo Won - leave me cold. Why couldn't Jung Il Woo be the main lead?), and Royal Family stars my crush Ji Sung and I am a sucker for dysfunctional rich family infighting stories.

I wonder how Crime Squad, which just premiered, did in the ratings? I am a lot more interested in it than its competitor The Duo, and I don't even know what the third rival is, so that shows how much I care about that one.

ETA: Midas. I think it's Midas. Talk about a drama designed not to appeal to me.

Oh, and the only weekend drama I am following, New Tales of the Gisaeng, is apparently averaging low teen rating, which I wouldn't think is too bad for a drama starring a bunch of nobodies and few sets (how expensive could this drama have been to make?), but apparently upsets execs because this writer's previous dramas have all been hits. I don't care if they cut the ep number down actually, as long as they do it enough in advance so the story could accomodate it. 50 eps is a LOT.

What are you guys watching/planning to watch?
dangermousie: (EoE: YR by meganbmoore)
I think FWC insanity has driven me back to kdramas.



A pity none of my current favorites are doing well. Both Thorn Birds and Royal Family are being killed in the ratings (which are in the single digits) by Sign, the popularity of which I do not get - if I wanted to watch CSI, I'd just watch CSI. That's a pity because I really liked TB's first ep and, while I haven't seen RF yet, I cannot imagine it appealing to me less than Sign.

Next week, 49 Days takes over from Sign and we'll see how ratings shake out then. I hope at least one of these dramas is a hit though it's pretty hard for me to pick which one I'd root for seeing that I like Thorn Birds a lot already and want Joo Sung Wook's first starring role to be a success, 49 Days has a fascinating concept and a screenwriter I love (even if the leads - Jo Hun Jae and Lee Yo Won - leave me cold. Why couldn't Jung Il Woo be the main lead?), and Royal Family stars my crush Ji Sung and I am a sucker for dysfunctional rich family infighting stories.

I wonder how Crime Squad, which just premiered, did in the ratings? I am a lot more interested in it than its competitor The Duo, and I don't even know what the third rival is, so that shows how much I care about that one.

ETA: Midas. I think it's Midas. Talk about a drama designed not to appeal to me.

Oh, and the only weekend drama I am following, New Tales of the Gisaeng, is apparently averaging low teen rating, which I wouldn't think is too bad for a drama starring a bunch of nobodies and few sets (how expensive could this drama have been to make?), but apparently upsets execs because this writer's previous dramas have all been hits. I don't care if they cut the ep number down actually, as long as they do it enough in advance so the story could accomodate it. 50 eps is a LOT.

What are you guys watching/planning to watch?
dangermousie: (Spring Waltzez woobie by scanky_chops)


And flist faints that I am watching something that is not a period cdrama.

But I really liked the first ep.

Make no mistake, TB is definitely makjang. A darker, more grown-up take, but still...It also reminds me of my favorite old-fashioned melos, with a saintly strong heroine and a completely ruthless and ambitious evil other girl, multiple birth secrets, revenge, men as pawns to the ladies etc.

So if you are looking for a romcom, this is probably not a drama for you. But as it is, it appears crisply written (it drew me in with the first five minutes) and, at least, if the cast has got to do some emotional acting, they got a bunch of heavy-hitters with Han Hye Jin as the protagonist, who seems saintly but with a spine of streel (she's secretly raising nemesis and hero's baby, people!), Kim Min Jung as her former best friend and now nemesis, Joo Sang Wook as a man involved with both of them, and Seo Do Young as the marginally saner second male lead.

More importantly, this got me emotionally involved. I am already rooting for the heroine to demolish her nemesis, to kick the male lead in the face, and to triumph over everyone.



KMJ is a truly underrated actress and I love seeing her on my screen again. Once again, she was barely on-screen (most of the ep was childhood flashback) but even in those minutes she left quite an impression on me - of selfishness and awfulness but also a certain kind of desperate mental fragility. Oh, she is going to be fun and complex to hate!



The male lead. I sort of hate his present-day character already even though we've only seen him for two minutes. I am spoiled from the trailers/promos because he was seduced away by the nemesis and while the nemesis is evil for doing it because she knew heroine liked him and probably did it because of it, it takes two to tango - he's the one who enthusiasticaly shoved his tongue down nemesis' throat after all. And even now he doesn't seem to want to look for heroine but is nemesis-fixated. His childhood self was kinda sweet though and if Giant is any indication, JSW is perfect at playing bastards you start out hating only to make you love him madly later. Good casting, drama!



Seo Do Young hadn't had much to do yet other than to be gorgeous but I am just glad to see him on my screen. I have no idea why he as leading man didn't take off - Spring Waltz is my favorite romantic kdrama of all time - but I'll take seeing him any way I can get.



So yes, first ep is definitely good and this goes on my "watch watch watch" list. I'll probably try to hoard at least first 5-6 eps to binge but we'll see how long that resolution holds.

Now I am off to try to find some version of Royal Family subs.
dangermousie: (Spring Waltzez woobie by scanky_chops)


And flist faints that I am watching something that is not a period cdrama.

But I really liked the first ep.

Make no mistake, TB is definitely makjang. A darker, more grown-up take, but still...It also reminds me of my favorite old-fashioned melos, with a saintly strong heroine and a completely ruthless and ambitious evil other girl, multiple birth secrets, revenge, men as pawns to the ladies etc.

So if you are looking for a romcom, this is probably not a drama for you. But as it is, it appears crisply written (it drew me in with the first five minutes) and, at least, if the cast has got to do some emotional acting, they got a bunch of heavy-hitters with Han Hye Jin as the protagonist, who seems saintly but with a spine of streel (she's secretly raising nemesis and hero's baby, people!), Kim Min Jung as her former best friend and now nemesis, Joo Sang Wook as a man involved with both of them, and Seo Do Young as the marginally saner second male lead.

More importantly, this got me emotionally involved. I am already rooting for the heroine to demolish her nemesis, to kick the male lead in the face, and to triumph over everyone.



KMJ is a truly underrated actress and I love seeing her on my screen again. Once again, she was barely on-screen (most of the ep was childhood flashback) but even in those minutes she left quite an impression on me - of selfishness and awfulness but also a certain kind of desperate mental fragility. Oh, she is going to be fun and complex to hate!



The male lead. I sort of hate his present-day character already even though we've only seen him for two minutes. I am spoiled from the trailers/promos because he was seduced away by the nemesis and while the nemesis is evil for doing it because she knew heroine liked him and probably did it because of it, it takes two to tango - he's the one who enthusiasticaly shoved his tongue down nemesis' throat after all. And even now he doesn't seem to want to look for heroine but is nemesis-fixated. His childhood self was kinda sweet though and if Giant is any indication, JSW is perfect at playing bastards you start out hating only to make you love him madly later. Good casting, drama!



Seo Do Young hadn't had much to do yet other than to be gorgeous but I am just glad to see him on my screen. I have no idea why he as leading man didn't take off - Spring Waltz is my favorite romantic kdrama of all time - but I'll take seeing him any way I can get.



So yes, first ep is definitely good and this goes on my "watch watch watch" list. I'll probably try to hoard at least first 5-6 eps to binge but we'll see how long that resolution holds.

Now I am off to try to find some version of Royal Family subs.
dangermousie: (Spring Waltzez woobie by scanky_chops)


And flist faints that I am watching something that is not a period cdrama.

But I really liked the first ep.

Make no mistake, TB is definitely makjang. A darker, more grown-up take, but still...It also reminds me of my favorite old-fashioned melos, with a saintly strong heroine and a completely ruthless and ambitious evil other girl, multiple birth secrets, revenge, men as pawns to the ladies etc.

So if you are looking for a romcom, this is probably not a drama for you. But as it is, it appears crisply written (it drew me in with the first five minutes) and, at least, if the cast has got to do some emotional acting, they got a bunch of heavy-hitters with Han Hye Jin as the protagonist, who seems saintly but with a spine of streel (she's secretly raising nemesis and hero's baby, people!), Kim Min Jung as her former best friend and now nemesis, Joo Sang Wook as a man involved with both of them, and Seo Do Young as the marginally saner second male lead.

More importantly, this got me emotionally involved. I am already rooting for the heroine to demolish her nemesis, to kick the male lead in the face, and to triumph over everyone.



KMJ is a truly underrated actress and I love seeing her on my screen again. Once again, she was barely on-screen (most of the ep was childhood flashback) but even in those minutes she left quite an impression on me - of selfishness and awfulness but also a certain kind of desperate mental fragility. Oh, she is going to be fun and complex to hate!



The male lead. I sort of hate his present-day character already even though we've only seen him for two minutes. I am spoiled from the trailers/promos because he was seduced away by the nemesis and while the nemesis is evil for doing it because she knew heroine liked him and probably did it because of it, it takes two to tango - he's the one who enthusiasticaly shoved his tongue down nemesis' throat after all. And even now he doesn't seem to want to look for heroine but is nemesis-fixated. His childhood self was kinda sweet though and if Giant is any indication, JSW is perfect at playing bastards you start out hating only to make you love him madly later. Good casting, drama!



Seo Do Young hadn't had much to do yet other than to be gorgeous but I am just glad to see him on my screen. I have no idea why he as leading man didn't take off - Spring Waltz is my favorite romantic kdrama of all time - but I'll take seeing him any way I can get.



So yes, first ep is definitely good and this goes on my "watch watch watch" list. I'll probably try to hoard at least first 5-6 eps to binge but we'll see how long that resolution holds.

Now I am off to try to find some version of Royal Family subs.
dangermousie: (Iris)
Withs2 picked Royal Family for subbing. Out of the new crop of the dramas, this was my most anticipated, so hooray!



Ji Sung, chaebol family manipulations, younger man- older woman! Bring it on, say I!

I also plan to check out 49 Days, Crime Squad and Thornbirds. I've given up on Midas (boring, plus a number of deal breaker concepts) and The Duo (I get my period drama caving satisfied through cdramas now) entirely.
dangermousie: (Iris)
Withs2 picked Royal Family for subbing. Out of the new crop of the dramas, this was my most anticipated, so hooray!



Ji Sung, chaebol family manipulations, younger man- older woman! Bring it on, say I!

I also plan to check out 49 Days, Crime Squad and Thornbirds. I've given up on Midas (boring, plus a number of deal breaker concepts) and The Duo (I get my period drama caving satisfied through cdramas now) entirely.
dangermousie: (Iris)
Withs2 picked Royal Family for subbing. Out of the new crop of the dramas, this was my most anticipated, so hooray!



Ji Sung, chaebol family manipulations, younger man- older woman! Bring it on, say I!

I also plan to check out 49 Days, Crime Squad and Thornbirds. I've given up on Midas (boring, plus a number of deal breaker concepts) and The Duo (I get my period drama caving satisfied through cdramas now) entirely.
dangermousie: (Gloria - KS/JJ dressed up by timescout)
As you can tell by this LJ becoming cdrama central lately, no kdramas have been grabbing me this year, except for New Tales of the Gisaeng. However, a new crop is about to be out and hopefully this is about to change. In addition to Crime Squad, which I am very excited for and posted a trailer to earlier, these are the upcoming "Big Three" I plan to check out. Have the trailers.

Royal Family - family machinations, younger man-older woman (she helped raise him from the slums and now he's going to help her in his turn), and my huge fave Ji Sung. The trailer double-conforms my interest and made me want to do grabby hands at the screen. It looks pretty, intense, and shippy.



Thorn Birds - this one feels like a flashback to older melodramas and, luckily for me, I adore those. It seems intense and dysfunctional-passionate and has the cast I like the most of all the upcoming dramas - I've been dying to see Joo Sang Wook as the lead since he stole the show in Giant (and clearly the makers know what fangirls want - there is a shirtless scene in the trailer itself!), I love Han He Jin and Seo Do Young and Kim Min Jung. Bring it on!



49 Days - the most intriguing one of the bunch, about a young woman whose spirit must find three unrelated to her people to shed tears for her within the 49 day period or she will never wake up from the coma she is in. Lee Yo Won plays the woman whose body is taken over by the spirit, Jo Hyun Jae is the male lead (not sure how he comes in), Bae Soo Bin is the almost-dead girl's fiance, and Jung Il Woo is the grim reaper.

dangermousie: (Gloria - KS/JJ dressed up by timescout)
As you can tell by this LJ becoming cdrama central lately, no kdramas have been grabbing me this year, except for New Tales of the Gisaeng. However, a new crop is about to be out and hopefully this is about to change. In addition to Crime Squad, which I am very excited for and posted a trailer to earlier, these are the upcoming "Big Three" I plan to check out. Have the trailers.

Royal Family - family machinations, younger man-older woman (she helped raise him from the slums and now he's going to help her in his turn), and my huge fave Ji Sung. The trailer double-conforms my interest and made me want to do grabby hands at the screen. It looks pretty, intense, and shippy.



Thorn Birds - this one feels like a flashback to older melodramas and, luckily for me, I adore those. It seems intense and dysfunctional-passionate and has the cast I like the most of all the upcoming dramas - I've been dying to see Joo Sang Wook as the lead since he stole the show in Giant (and clearly the makers know what fangirls want - there is a shirtless scene in the trailer itself!), I love Han He Jin and Seo Do Young and Kim Min Jung. Bring it on!



49 Days - the most intriguing one of the bunch, about a young woman whose spirit must find three unrelated to her people to shed tears for her within the 49 day period or she will never wake up from the coma she is in. Lee Yo Won plays the woman whose body is taken over by the spirit, Jo Hyun Jae is the male lead (not sure how he comes in), Bae Soo Bin is the almost-dead girl's fiance, and Jung Il Woo is the grim reaper.

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