dangermousie: (Default)
Barely minutes into ep 4 of Will It Snow for Christmas and am reminded as to why I loved what bits of it I've seen as it aired. Lee Kyung Hee's dramas always create these layers of emotions of an almost hothouse intensity - the plot is always secondary to bringing out whatever mood, relationships and emotional truth she wants to convey. This brief little scene:







Oh, what an emotional punch it packs. There is so little said (she says nothing at all, actually), no voices are raised, but the hidden layers of meaning is are so powerful. (For context, Han Ye Seul was sleeping outside her faithless fiance's apartment and Go Soo, who is the man's neighbor, saw it, saw she was sick, and took her in. Now it's the next morning and the fiance stopped by). Everything Go Soo does and says seems so innocuous but is driven by his feelings for her and his anger at the man who left her. The way he politely explains what happened last night and then feels her forehead for fever, as if the other man isn't there, the way he politely tells the other man he should take her to the hospital and adds "unless you are too busy, I can do that then." (oooh burn!)

Not to mention the chemistry. Ahhh, the chemistry. I have yet to see a LKH drama without an insane chemistry between the leads.

You know, I've watched four LKH dramas - this, Sang Do Let's Go to School, A Love to Kill, and Thank You, and one of the things they have in common is that the protagonists are always outcasts - not just physically, but emotionally. Often, they are outcast in a very status sense (Rain is a gigolo in SD and a thug in ALTK, Gong Hyo Jin is ostracized as a single mother by her island community (and a mother of a child with HIV, no less)), but even if their societal status is OK on the surface, they are deeply emotionally wounded and isolated and odd. Take Gong Hyo Jin's teacher in SD - yes, respectable profession, doctor fiance, seemingly normal life, but underneath it all is someone permanently broken by her childhood and her past. In ALTK, Shin Minah's successful actress is suicidal and wandering her life in search of meaning, and in Thank You, Jang Hyuk is broken by his gf's death. That ever-present trauma and fragility is present in both the protagonists of WISFC - sure, they both have normal 'societal' lives - he's an architect, she's a medical student, but they are both so very broken. From what I remember of my first 'sort-of' watch of this, she wanders through life as walking-wounded, mourning her brother, lacking confidence and hope. And for him, the scars of his childhood remain and the guilt over things that aren't his fault and a deep-seated belief of being unworthy of any possible happiness.

Anyway, ILY, drama!
dangermousie: (Chuno - bw by alexandral)
Barely minutes into ep 4 of Will It Snow for Christmas and am reminded as to why I loved what bits of it I've seen as it aired. Lee Kyung Hee's dramas always create these layers of emotions of an almost hothouse intensity - the plot is always secondary to bringing out whatever mood, relationships and emotional truth she wants to convey. This brief little scene:







Oh, what an emotional punch it packs. There is so little said (she says nothing at all, actually), no voices are raised, but the hidden layers of meaning is are so powerful. (For context, Han Ye Seul was sleeping outside her faithless fiance's apartment and Go Soo, who is the man's neighbor, saw it, saw she was sick, and took her in. Now it's the next morning and the fiance stopped by). Everything Go Soo does and says seems so innocuous but is driven by his feelings for her and his anger at the man who left her. The way he politely explains what happened last night and then feels her forehead for fever, as if the other man isn't there, the way he politely tells the other man he should take her to the hospital and adds "unless you are too busy, I can do that then." (oooh burn!)

Not to mention the chemistry. Ahhh, the chemistry. I have yet to see a LKH drama without an insane chemistry between the leads.

You know, I've watched four LKH dramas - this, Sang Do Let's Go to School, A Love to Kill, and Thank You, and one of the things they have in common is that the protagonists are always outcasts - not just physically, but emotionally. Often, they are outcast in a very status sense (Rain is a gigolo in SD and a thug in ALTK, Gong Hyo Jin is ostracized as a single mother by her island community (and a mother of a child with HIV, no less)), but even if their societal status is OK on the surface, they are deeply emotionally wounded and isolated and odd. Take Gong Hyo Jin's teacher in SD - yes, respectable profession, doctor fiance, seemingly normal life, but underneath it all is someone permanently broken by her childhood and her past. In ALTK, Shin Minah's successful actress is suicidal and wandering her life in search of meaning, and in Thank You, Jang Hyuk is broken by his gf's death. That ever-present trauma and fragility is present in both the protagonists of WISFC - sure, they both have normal 'societal' lives - he's an architect, she's a medical student, but they are both so very broken. From what I remember of my first 'sort-of' watch of this, she wanders through life as walking-wounded, mourning her brother, lacking confidence and hope. And for him, the scars of his childhood remain and the guilt over things that aren't his fault and a deep-seated belief of being unworthy of any possible happiness.

Anyway, ILY, drama!
dangermousie: (Chuno - bw by alexandral)
Barely minutes into ep 4 of Will It Snow for Christmas and am reminded as to why I loved what bits of it I've seen as it aired. Lee Kyung Hee's dramas always create these layers of emotions of an almost hothouse intensity - the plot is always secondary to bringing out whatever mood, relationships and emotional truth she wants to convey. This brief little scene:







Oh, what an emotional punch it packs. There is so little said (she says nothing at all, actually), no voices are raised, but the hidden layers of meaning is are so powerful. (For context, Han Ye Seul was sleeping outside her faithless fiance's apartment and Go Soo, who is the man's neighbor, saw it, saw she was sick, and took her in. Now it's the next morning and the fiance stopped by). Everything Go Soo does and says seems so innocuous but is driven by his feelings for her and his anger at the man who left her. The way he politely explains what happened last night and then feels her forehead for fever, as if the other man isn't there, the way he politely tells the other man he should take her to the hospital and adds "unless you are too busy, I can do that then." (oooh burn!)

Not to mention the chemistry. Ahhh, the chemistry. I have yet to see a LKH drama without an insane chemistry between the leads.

You know, I've watched four LKH dramas - this, Sang Do Let's Go to School, A Love to Kill, and Thank You, and one of the things they have in common is that the protagonists are always outcasts - not just physically, but emotionally. Often, they are outcast in a very status sense (Rain is a gigolo in SD and a thug in ALTK, Gong Hyo Jin is ostracized as a single mother by her island community (and a mother of a child with HIV, no less)), but even if their societal status is OK on the surface, they are deeply emotionally wounded and isolated and odd. Take Gong Hyo Jin's teacher in SD - yes, respectable profession, doctor fiance, seemingly normal life, but underneath it all is someone permanently broken by her childhood and her past. In ALTK, Shin Minah's successful actress is suicidal and wandering her life in search of meaning, and in Thank You, Jang Hyuk is broken by his gf's death. That ever-present trauma and fragility is present in both the protagonists of WISFC - sure, they both have normal 'societal' lives - he's an architect, she's a medical student, but they are both so very broken. From what I remember of my first 'sort-of' watch of this, she wanders through life as walking-wounded, mourning her brother, lacking confidence and hope. And for him, the scars of his childhood remain and the guilt over things that aren't his fault and a deep-seated belief of being unworthy of any possible happiness.

Anyway, ILY, drama!
dangermousie: (Chuno - bw by alexandral)
Barely minutes into ep 4 of Will It Snow for Christmas and am reminded as to why I loved what bits of it I've seen as it aired. Lee Kyung Hee's dramas always create these layers of emotions of an almost hothouse intensity - the plot is always secondary to bringing out whatever mood, relationships and emotional truth she wants to convey. This brief little scene:







Oh, what an emotional punch it packs. There is so little said (she says nothing at all, actually), no voices are raised, but the hidden layers of meaning is are so powerful. (For context, Han Ye Seul was sleeping outside her faithless fiance's apartment and Go Soo, who is the man's neighbor, saw it, saw she was sick, and took her in. Now it's the next morning and the fiance stopped by). Everything Go Soo does and says seems so innocuous but is driven by his feelings for her and his anger at the man who left her. The way he politely explains what happened last night and then feels her forehead for fever, as if the other man isn't there, the way he politely tells the other man he should take her to the hospital and adds "unless you are too busy, I can do that then." (oooh burn!)

Not to mention the chemistry. Ahhh, the chemistry. I have yet to see a LKH drama without an insane chemistry between the leads.

You know, I've watched four LKH dramas - this, Sang Do Let's Go to School, A Love to Kill, and Thank You, and one of the things they have in common is that the protagonists are always outcasts - not just physically, but emotionally. Often, they are outcast in a very status sense (Rain is a gigolo in SD and a thug in ALTK, Gong Hyo Jin is ostracized as a single mother by her island community (and a mother of a child with HIV, no less)), but even if their societal status is OK on the surface, they are deeply emotionally wounded and isolated and odd. Take Gong Hyo Jin's teacher in SD - yes, respectable profession, doctor fiance, seemingly normal life, but underneath it all is someone permanently broken by her childhood and her past. In ALTK, Shin Minah's successful actress is suicidal and wandering her life in search of meaning, and in Thank You, Jang Hyuk is broken by his gf's death. That ever-present trauma and fragility is present in both the protagonists of WISFC - sure, they both have normal 'societal' lives - he's an architect, she's a medical student, but they are both so very broken. From what I remember of my first 'sort-of' watch of this, she wanders through life as walking-wounded, mourning her brother, lacking confidence and hope. And for him, the scars of his childhood remain and the guilt over things that aren't his fault and a deep-seated belief of being unworthy of any possible happiness.

Anyway, ILY, drama!
dangermousie: (MISA by village)
This is the latest in my series of "Dangermousie ranks all the kdramas she has ever seen" posts. I have seen over 70 kdramas and, being addicted to ranking, have decided to rank them all. (For previous posts go here.) Below the cut are dramas ranked 50-41: these are entertaining dramas worth a look: they are flawed but a nice time investment nontheless. All the dramas behind the cut are dramas I like. Some of them I like a lot. Once again, I have either finished these dramas entirely or finished enough to make up my own mind.

Generals, gigolos, gangsters and gun runners under the cut: my 52-43 dramas )

Until next time, amigas!
dangermousie: (MISA by village)
This is the latest in my series of "Dangermousie ranks all the kdramas she has ever seen" posts. I have seen over 70 kdramas and, being addicted to ranking, have decided to rank them all. (For previous posts go here.) Below the cut are dramas ranked 50-41: these are entertaining dramas worth a look: they are flawed but a nice time investment nontheless. All the dramas behind the cut are dramas I like. Some of them I like a lot. Once again, I have either finished these dramas entirely or finished enough to make up my own mind.

Generals, gigolos, gangsters and gun runners under the cut: my 52-43 dramas )

Until next time, amigas!
dangermousie: (MISA by village)
This is the latest in my series of "Dangermousie ranks all the kdramas she has ever seen" posts. I have seen over 70 kdramas and, being addicted to ranking, have decided to rank them all. (For previous posts go here.) Below the cut are dramas ranked 50-41: these are entertaining dramas worth a look: they are flawed but a nice time investment nontheless. All the dramas behind the cut are dramas I like. Some of them I like a lot. Once again, I have either finished these dramas entirely or finished enough to make up my own mind.

Generals, gigolos, gangsters and gun runners under the cut: my 52-43 dramas )

Until next time, amigas!
dangermousie: (ISWAK rain by autumn_yaar)
I am currently watching Sang-Doo, Let’s Go to School (Korean dorama with Rain) and Magic Ring (Taiwanese dorama with Joe Cheng).

I would classify both of them as entertaining but not great. Of the two, Sang-Doo is superior (though considering I am 10 eps into SD and only one into MR, this can change), with tighter script and less OTT acting. But Magic Ring is a joyfully giddy pleasure. I’ve summed it up before (just click on the ‘magic ring’ tag in my lj) so I won’t do it again, but I have to say the plot is making me all gleeful.

Magic Ring meta )

So far, I like all the clothes in this (in general, Twdramas give me least to complain about on that scale) except for the bizarro credit clothes where someone thought it was a good idea to give Joe Cheng a quasi-roman perm and a tunic to boot. WTF?

I do wish the subtitles were better. They are comprehensible (unlike the scary, gibberish subs of official versions of ISWAK and Goong) but are indubitably ‘Engrish’ and it throws me a bit to have people like a high-class lawyer or a Board Chairman speak in a grammatically incorrect and sometimes misspelled fashion. There are no fan subs for this though and the subs are passable, so far be it from me to complain.

The other dorama I am watching is Sang-Doo, Let’s Go to School. I am on ep 10 and have been watching this off and on for a month. I enjoy it but am not mad for it so when other doramas I get obsessed with come up, they get priority. I have also summarized it before (click on ‘sang-doo’ tag), so I am going to get straight to meta.

This is a good but not great dorama. I guess it can be summed up by saying that I like it a lot but I am not mainlining it like heroin the way I did with doramas like A Love to Kill or Mars or Pride. Part of the reason is that this is Rain’s first dorama and it shows. He is adequate but far from being as excellent as he was in A Love to Kill and while he can do boyish, and blabby, and pensively sad very well, more complex nuances of emotions are hit and miss. But oh boy, he is already excellent at devastated. And quietly angsty. And messed-up. Yum.

Also, episode eight made me cry so hard I couldn’t see very well. Yup, it’s a Korean dorama alright.

Thoughts on eps 5-10 )
dangermousie: (ISWAK rain by autumn_yaar)
I am currently watching Sang-Doo, Let’s Go to School (Korean dorama with Rain) and Magic Ring (Taiwanese dorama with Joe Cheng).

I would classify both of them as entertaining but not great. Of the two, Sang-Doo is superior (though considering I am 10 eps into SD and only one into MR, this can change), with tighter script and less OTT acting. But Magic Ring is a joyfully giddy pleasure. I’ve summed it up before (just click on the ‘magic ring’ tag in my lj) so I won’t do it again, but I have to say the plot is making me all gleeful.

Magic Ring meta )

So far, I like all the clothes in this (in general, Twdramas give me least to complain about on that scale) except for the bizarro credit clothes where someone thought it was a good idea to give Joe Cheng a quasi-roman perm and a tunic to boot. WTF?

I do wish the subtitles were better. They are comprehensible (unlike the scary, gibberish subs of official versions of ISWAK and Goong) but are indubitably ‘Engrish’ and it throws me a bit to have people like a high-class lawyer or a Board Chairman speak in a grammatically incorrect and sometimes misspelled fashion. There are no fan subs for this though and the subs are passable, so far be it from me to complain.

The other dorama I am watching is Sang-Doo, Let’s Go to School. I am on ep 10 and have been watching this off and on for a month. I enjoy it but am not mad for it so when other doramas I get obsessed with come up, they get priority. I have also summarized it before (click on ‘sang-doo’ tag), so I am going to get straight to meta.

This is a good but not great dorama. I guess it can be summed up by saying that I like it a lot but I am not mainlining it like heroin the way I did with doramas like A Love to Kill or Mars or Pride. Part of the reason is that this is Rain’s first dorama and it shows. He is adequate but far from being as excellent as he was in A Love to Kill and while he can do boyish, and blabby, and pensively sad very well, more complex nuances of emotions are hit and miss. But oh boy, he is already excellent at devastated. And quietly angsty. And messed-up. Yum.

Also, episode eight made me cry so hard I couldn’t see very well. Yup, it’s a Korean dorama alright.

Thoughts on eps 5-10 )
dangermousie: (ISWAK rain by autumn_yaar)
I am currently watching Sang-Doo, Let’s Go to School (Korean dorama with Rain) and Magic Ring (Taiwanese dorama with Joe Cheng).

I would classify both of them as entertaining but not great. Of the two, Sang-Doo is superior (though considering I am 10 eps into SD and only one into MR, this can change), with tighter script and less OTT acting. But Magic Ring is a joyfully giddy pleasure. I’ve summed it up before (just click on the ‘magic ring’ tag in my lj) so I won’t do it again, but I have to say the plot is making me all gleeful.

Magic Ring meta )

So far, I like all the clothes in this (in general, Twdramas give me least to complain about on that scale) except for the bizarro credit clothes where someone thought it was a good idea to give Joe Cheng a quasi-roman perm and a tunic to boot. WTF?

I do wish the subtitles were better. They are comprehensible (unlike the scary, gibberish subs of official versions of ISWAK and Goong) but are indubitably ‘Engrish’ and it throws me a bit to have people like a high-class lawyer or a Board Chairman speak in a grammatically incorrect and sometimes misspelled fashion. There are no fan subs for this though and the subs are passable, so far be it from me to complain.

The other dorama I am watching is Sang-Doo, Let’s Go to School. I am on ep 10 and have been watching this off and on for a month. I enjoy it but am not mad for it so when other doramas I get obsessed with come up, they get priority. I have also summarized it before (click on ‘sang-doo’ tag), so I am going to get straight to meta.

This is a good but not great dorama. I guess it can be summed up by saying that I like it a lot but I am not mainlining it like heroin the way I did with doramas like A Love to Kill or Mars or Pride. Part of the reason is that this is Rain’s first dorama and it shows. He is adequate but far from being as excellent as he was in A Love to Kill and while he can do boyish, and blabby, and pensively sad very well, more complex nuances of emotions are hit and miss. But oh boy, he is already excellent at devastated. And quietly angsty. And messed-up. Yum.

Also, episode eight made me cry so hard I couldn’t see very well. Yup, it’s a Korean dorama alright.

Thoughts on eps 5-10 )
dangermousie: (BW: Zayed Amrita by bllywd_princess)
Sang-Doo, Let's Go to School is wonderful. Heck, I have a nasty fever and I am still loving it. Sang Doo and Eun-hwan are such an OTP but I don't see it ever ending well, not with their baggage. The dorama is still funny (it has very funny bits) but it's getting darker and angstier and more romantic and that is how I like it. Ep 3 was what turned me from 'I like it' to 'must marathon like there is no tomorrow.' I really think doramas remind me a bit of Bollywood. They take a plot that on the sufrace is completely unworkable and make it stick. When summarized, the plot of Sang-Doo sounds insane: a young gigolo joins a high school as a student to complete his interrupted education in order to be close to his only and first love who is a teacher there. Insane, right? But somehow, with Sang-Doo, it works. Works works works works.

Thoughts on Sang-Doo eps 3 and 4 )

Also, am currently watching ep 3 of Smiling Pasta and oh my. He Qun is definitely my dorama boyfriend. In fact, he is the kind of character who would normally be the good sweet guy who loves the heroine but at whom she never looks twice and he is left alone as she ends up with the bad boy (in this case it would be Ah Zhe I suppose).

But not here! Here he is the lead! He is not Prince Charming on a white hourse, so perfect he is unreal. Nope. And I love him. He is just a genuinely nice, sweet, decent, laid back guy. I love the bit where they are in the car and she is grumping at him for stealing her first kiss (long story) and he grins and asks her if next time he should just wear an Ah Zhe mask and it would make it OK (Ah Zhe is his younger bad-boy brother and someone she has a crush on). And it's not said meanly or anything, but as a joke and it gets her grinning.

More musings on Smiling Pasta )
dangermousie: (BW: Zayed Amrita by bllywd_princess)
Sang-Doo, Let's Go to School is wonderful. Heck, I have a nasty fever and I am still loving it. Sang Doo and Eun-hwan are such an OTP but I don't see it ever ending well, not with their baggage. The dorama is still funny (it has very funny bits) but it's getting darker and angstier and more romantic and that is how I like it. Ep 3 was what turned me from 'I like it' to 'must marathon like there is no tomorrow.' I really think doramas remind me a bit of Bollywood. They take a plot that on the sufrace is completely unworkable and make it stick. When summarized, the plot of Sang-Doo sounds insane: a young gigolo joins a high school as a student to complete his interrupted education in order to be close to his only and first love who is a teacher there. Insane, right? But somehow, with Sang-Doo, it works. Works works works works.

Thoughts on Sang-Doo eps 3 and 4 )

Also, am currently watching ep 3 of Smiling Pasta and oh my. He Qun is definitely my dorama boyfriend. In fact, he is the kind of character who would normally be the good sweet guy who loves the heroine but at whom she never looks twice and he is left alone as she ends up with the bad boy (in this case it would be Ah Zhe I suppose).

But not here! Here he is the lead! He is not Prince Charming on a white hourse, so perfect he is unreal. Nope. And I love him. He is just a genuinely nice, sweet, decent, laid back guy. I love the bit where they are in the car and she is grumping at him for stealing her first kiss (long story) and he grins and asks her if next time he should just wear an Ah Zhe mask and it would make it OK (Ah Zhe is his younger bad-boy brother and someone she has a crush on). And it's not said meanly or anything, but as a joke and it gets her grinning.

More musings on Smiling Pasta )
dangermousie: (BW: Zayed Amrita by bllywd_princess)
Sang-Doo, Let's Go to School is wonderful. Heck, I have a nasty fever and I am still loving it. Sang Doo and Eun-hwan are such an OTP but I don't see it ever ending well, not with their baggage. The dorama is still funny (it has very funny bits) but it's getting darker and angstier and more romantic and that is how I like it. Ep 3 was what turned me from 'I like it' to 'must marathon like there is no tomorrow.' I really think doramas remind me a bit of Bollywood. They take a plot that on the sufrace is completely unworkable and make it stick. When summarized, the plot of Sang-Doo sounds insane: a young gigolo joins a high school as a student to complete his interrupted education in order to be close to his only and first love who is a teacher there. Insane, right? But somehow, with Sang-Doo, it works. Works works works works.

Thoughts on Sang-Doo eps 3 and 4 )

Also, am currently watching ep 3 of Smiling Pasta and oh my. He Qun is definitely my dorama boyfriend. In fact, he is the kind of character who would normally be the good sweet guy who loves the heroine but at whom she never looks twice and he is left alone as she ends up with the bad boy (in this case it would be Ah Zhe I suppose).

But not here! Here he is the lead! He is not Prince Charming on a white hourse, so perfect he is unreal. Nope. And I love him. He is just a genuinely nice, sweet, decent, laid back guy. I love the bit where they are in the car and she is grumping at him for stealing her first kiss (long story) and he grins and asks her if next time he should just wear an Ah Zhe mask and it would make it OK (Ah Zhe is his younger bad-boy brother and someone she has a crush on). And it's not said meanly or anything, but as a joke and it gets her grinning.

More musings on Smiling Pasta )
dangermousie: (Balian/Sybilla by redheadwonder12)
Saw Haven tonight. It was a uniformly uninspired movie which had no point whatsoever. It had so little point I can't even summarize it in any coherent fashion except to say it's all about a bunch of people living in Cayman Islands. I wish I had a ff button in the theater, but Orlando Bloom looked yummy. Since I went to see it for him (he's the only Hollywood actor I'd go see a movie for though there are a number of Bollywood and dorama actors to whom this applies) I have no complaints on that score.

But the screenwriter for this movie needs to go back to school. And please, take the editor with him.

But a hint to the whatever-her-name. When you have a half-naked Orlando Bloom in bed with you, asking 'are you nervous' as he prepares to make love to you, the proper response is to say 'hell no' and jump his bones. Not to discuss his plans for his future life and possible lack of direction. Also, spoiler for plot element )

Also finished (finally, schedule has been nuts) the second episode of Sang-Doo, Let's Go to School and so much love (I had some posts about it back which has a summary, click on the tag). Love how SD tells the girl that he is never letting her go again and she asks him 'do you know I am with someone else now?' and he says yes. Mmmmm. Or the look on his face as he sees her try to slash a student's tires unsuccessfully (the student is her bratty younger brother and they are having a sibling fight) and he just glows amusedly, in a 'that's my girl' kinda way. He loves her all fierce (and then he takes apart the bike himself,:P). Also, scary levels of eyefucking and so far this is very funny and sweet but I am sure angst is going to hit as this is a Korean dorama, and also, hello? He is a gigolo with a ruined life and a sick daughter and she is with someone else and there is all that mess of their misperceptions of each other and their pasts and guuuuuhh...
dangermousie: (Balian/Sybilla by redheadwonder12)
Saw Haven tonight. It was a uniformly uninspired movie which had no point whatsoever. It had so little point I can't even summarize it in any coherent fashion except to say it's all about a bunch of people living in Cayman Islands. I wish I had a ff button in the theater, but Orlando Bloom looked yummy. Since I went to see it for him (he's the only Hollywood actor I'd go see a movie for though there are a number of Bollywood and dorama actors to whom this applies) I have no complaints on that score.

But the screenwriter for this movie needs to go back to school. And please, take the editor with him.

But a hint to the whatever-her-name. When you have a half-naked Orlando Bloom in bed with you, asking 'are you nervous' as he prepares to make love to you, the proper response is to say 'hell no' and jump his bones. Not to discuss his plans for his future life and possible lack of direction. Also, spoiler for plot element )

Also finished (finally, schedule has been nuts) the second episode of Sang-Doo, Let's Go to School and so much love (I had some posts about it back which has a summary, click on the tag). Love how SD tells the girl that he is never letting her go again and she asks him 'do you know I am with someone else now?' and he says yes. Mmmmm. Or the look on his face as he sees her try to slash a student's tires unsuccessfully (the student is her bratty younger brother and they are having a sibling fight) and he just glows amusedly, in a 'that's my girl' kinda way. He loves her all fierce (and then he takes apart the bike himself,:P). Also, scary levels of eyefucking and so far this is very funny and sweet but I am sure angst is going to hit as this is a Korean dorama, and also, hello? He is a gigolo with a ruined life and a sick daughter and she is with someone else and there is all that mess of their misperceptions of each other and their pasts and guuuuuhh...
dangermousie: (Balian/Sybilla by redheadwonder12)
Saw Haven tonight. It was a uniformly uninspired movie which had no point whatsoever. It had so little point I can't even summarize it in any coherent fashion except to say it's all about a bunch of people living in Cayman Islands. I wish I had a ff button in the theater, but Orlando Bloom looked yummy. Since I went to see it for him (he's the only Hollywood actor I'd go see a movie for though there are a number of Bollywood and dorama actors to whom this applies) I have no complaints on that score.

But the screenwriter for this movie needs to go back to school. And please, take the editor with him.

But a hint to the whatever-her-name. When you have a half-naked Orlando Bloom in bed with you, asking 'are you nervous' as he prepares to make love to you, the proper response is to say 'hell no' and jump his bones. Not to discuss his plans for his future life and possible lack of direction. Also, spoiler for plot element )

Also finished (finally, schedule has been nuts) the second episode of Sang-Doo, Let's Go to School and so much love (I had some posts about it back which has a summary, click on the tag). Love how SD tells the girl that he is never letting her go again and she asks him 'do you know I am with someone else now?' and he says yes. Mmmmm. Or the look on his face as he sees her try to slash a student's tires unsuccessfully (the student is her bratty younger brother and they are having a sibling fight) and he just glows amusedly, in a 'that's my girl' kinda way. He loves her all fierce (and then he takes apart the bike himself,:P). Also, scary levels of eyefucking and so far this is very funny and sweet but I am sure angst is going to hit as this is a Korean dorama, and also, hello? He is a gigolo with a ruined life and a sick daughter and she is with someone else and there is all that mess of their misperceptions of each other and their pasts and guuuuuhh...
dangermousie: (FY: Tamahome red by jadeicons)
I have managed to get hooked on Sang Doo, let's go to school (gorgeously shot, angsty Rain, and nifty romance), It Started with a Kiss (hilarious, fluffy, and with an OTP that makes me SQUEE not to mention Zhi Shu is my fictional crush) AND Love Contract (beautiful blues, feeling of a grown-up fairy-tale, Ariel Lin at her most adorable and Mike He with gorgeous hair, angsting AND without a shirt).

Great, right?

But I got hooked on them AT THE SAME TIME.

I can't watch them at the same time (duh) and as I watch one, I get upset I am not watching the others. Hopeless!!!!

I really need a Mike He icon.
dangermousie: (FY: Tamahome red by jadeicons)
I have managed to get hooked on Sang Doo, let's go to school (gorgeously shot, angsty Rain, and nifty romance), It Started with a Kiss (hilarious, fluffy, and with an OTP that makes me SQUEE not to mention Zhi Shu is my fictional crush) AND Love Contract (beautiful blues, feeling of a grown-up fairy-tale, Ariel Lin at her most adorable and Mike He with gorgeous hair, angsting AND without a shirt).

Great, right?

But I got hooked on them AT THE SAME TIME.

I can't watch them at the same time (duh) and as I watch one, I get upset I am not watching the others. Hopeless!!!!

I really need a Mike He icon.
dangermousie: (FY: Tamahome red by jadeicons)
I have managed to get hooked on Sang Doo, let's go to school (gorgeously shot, angsty Rain, and nifty romance), It Started with a Kiss (hilarious, fluffy, and with an OTP that makes me SQUEE not to mention Zhi Shu is my fictional crush) AND Love Contract (beautiful blues, feeling of a grown-up fairy-tale, Ariel Lin at her most adorable and Mike He with gorgeous hair, angsting AND without a shirt).

Great, right?

But I got hooked on them AT THE SAME TIME.

I can't watch them at the same time (duh) and as I watch one, I get upset I am not watching the others. Hopeless!!!!

I really need a Mike He icon.
dangermousie: (Takizawa Hideaki by alexandral)
I've had a day where I tried out a lot of doramas.

I've watched the beginning of Sassy Girl Chun-Hyang which seems funny (and the heroine is spunky and the hero is cool) but which I will watch properly later.

I've watched the first half of ep 10 of Tokyo Juliet which was excellent. spoilers for ep 10 )

I've also watched the first six eps of It Started with a Kiss. Too fluffy and angst free for me to watch in huge doses, but in small doses, very fun. I am so totally into Zhi Shu. ISWAK thoughts )

I also watched the first episode of Sang Doo, let's go to school, a K-drama starring Rain (yes, I am addicted, why do you ask?) as the titular character, who is a young gigolo with a small sickly daughter who meets the one true love of his life (a girl he loved in high school but who moved away and then he went to jail long story) again and their feelings are still there. It's excellent, excellent, excellent. I highly recommend. In addition to Rain, to whom I am apparently a hopeless dorama slave, it's beautifully shot and the story itself is rather delicately lovely. There is this one scene where he comes out in the rain and sees her asleep in the car, and just the look on his face, watching her through the window, is worth the price of the DVD. I also love how it keeps flashing between their innocent golden past (where they rode on bicycles through idyllic green fields and sat looking at fireflies by the river, and where he was the smart, confident and popular boy) and their tattered present (where they are in a dingy city environment, and he is a overburdened young father with no prospects and a seedy and desperate career as a gigolo and con-artist).

thoughts on one particular flashback in the ep )

But ultimately, this Labor Day, my heart belongs to Love Contract a Taiwanese dorama starring Mike He and Ariel Lin. I've only watched a little bit (the credits, which are beyond gorgeous) and the ending, but I am going to fall madly in love with it, I can tell. Mike He is unnaturally gorgeous, and I've discovered this already in Devil Beside You, but here, where he has normal hair, has naturalistic acting, and a boatload of angst? He is a weapon of mass female destruction. Just take a look:



And I like Ariel Lin more and more with each dorama I watch. And it's all very pretty.



More Love Contract pics )

I will post picspams and more meta on both Sang Doo and Love Contract, but for now, time for bed.

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