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You know, [livejournal.com profile] ambergold was so right - BOF is like a bad relationship - you know the guy is no good for you but you keep coming back. I am so irritated with the drama by now, but I still check both the comms and soompi for spoilers, previews etc. And will be watching ep 20 as soon as it's on. Meanwhile, Preview for Boys Over Flowers ep 21:



Much as it's awesome to see Jun Pyo kneel to and beg Jaekyung to let him go, I refer to my previous Man Up post. You know, a wedding involves two people, right? Why beg the girl to call it off when you can freaking call it off yourself! Once again, borrowing from Hanadan2 with odd modifications does not work - in Hanadan2 it made sense for Domyouji to kneel to Rui and ask him to let go of courting Makino because Domyouji has no control whatsoever over what Rui does - he cannot do something unilaterally to stop Rui - he has to ask. Not to mention, Rui is his best friend and he wants to keep the friendship intact, and to go after Makino (who has indicated she is quite willing to be with Domyouji) without clearing it with Rui first, would definitely wreck the friendship. But the relationship with Jaekyung is different, uniquely so - it's a wedding and he has all the power in the world to end it himself. Neither Domoyuji in the manga or jdrama nor Dao Ming Si in the Taiwanese version had any hesitation in calling it off when they felt they couldn't deny their love for Makino (and it didn't go anywhere near close enough to the altar, either). So, MAN UP, Goo Jun Pyo! Seriously, man up.

Honestly, the only time I've seen something close to this was in Save the Last Dance kdrama, but it made sense there - the hero's company was going to be wrecked without the marriage (just as here), but the other girl was a childhood long-term friend, one of his best friends, who tried to kill herself because he wouldn't marry her, and the reason he begged her was not because he was afraid of consequences to himself/company but because what he really was begging was for her not to kill herself, because he could not obtain his happiness at the cost of her life. And even then, he wouldn't marry her until his OTP ditched him in a brutal, brutal fashion to save him. Ahem. Sorry for the sidetrack, I love StLD to bits.

Jun Pyo, go rent Return of the Condor Heroes and take notes - the dude in that one was willing to die a hideous slow agonizing death rather than betray his OTP by marrying someone else. Take notes until it sinks in. Kthanks, bye.

Side note: I can't even be bothered to be irritated that they turned the awesome Shigeru of the manga/twdrama and less awesome but ultimately not too bad Shigeru of the jdrama into the typically evil kdrama other woman - she knows her fiance loves someone else, yet she is happily planning her wedding asap and asking his OTP to be her bridesmaid on purpose, and when he begs her to call the wedding off, telling her he only loves Jandi and will only love Jandi, she is all "I know, it makes me want to marry you all the more". Heh. I've exhausted my ire on all the other character modifications and have none left for this :)
dangermousie: (Default)
You know, [livejournal.com profile] ambergold was so right - BOF is like a bad relationship - you know the guy is no good for you but you keep coming back. I am so irritated with the drama by now, but I still check both the comms and soompi for spoilers, previews etc. And will be watching ep 20 as soon as it's on. Meanwhile, Preview for Boys Over Flowers ep 21:



Much as it's awesome to see Jun Pyo kneel to and beg Jaekyung to let him go, I refer to my previous Man Up post. You know, a wedding involves two people, right? Why beg the girl to call it off when you can freaking call it off yourself! Once again, borrowing from Hanadan2 with odd modifications does not work - in Hanadan2 it made sense for Domyouji to kneel to Rui and ask him to let go of courting Makino because Domyouji has no control whatsoever over what Rui does - he cannot do something unilaterally to stop Rui - he has to ask. Not to mention, Rui is his best friend and he wants to keep the friendship intact, and to go after Makino (who has indicated she is quite willing to be with Domyouji) without clearing it with Rui first, would definitely wreck the friendship. But the relationship with Jaekyung is different, uniquely so - it's a wedding and he has all the power in the world to end it himself. Neither Domoyuji in the manga or jdrama nor Dao Ming Si in the Taiwanese version had any hesitation in calling it off when they felt they couldn't deny their love for Makino (and it didn't go anywhere near close enough to the altar, either). So, MAN UP, Goo Jun Pyo! Seriously, man up.

Honestly, the only time I've seen something close to this was in Save the Last Dance kdrama, but it made sense there - the hero's company was going to be wrecked without the marriage (just as here), but the other girl was a childhood long-term friend, one of his best friends, who tried to kill herself because he wouldn't marry her, and the reason he begged her was not because he was afraid of consequences to himself/company but because what he really was begging was for her not to kill herself, because he could not obtain his happiness at the cost of her life. And even then, he wouldn't marry her until his OTP ditched him in a brutal, brutal fashion to save him. Ahem. Sorry for the sidetrack, I love StLD to bits.

Jun Pyo, go rent Return of the Condor Heroes and take notes - the dude in that one was willing to die a hideous slow agonizing death rather than betray his OTP by marrying someone else. Take notes until it sinks in. Kthanks, bye.

Side note: I can't even be bothered to be irritated that they turned the awesome Shigeru of the manga/twdrama and less awesome but ultimately not too bad Shigeru of the jdrama into the typically evil kdrama other woman - she knows her fiance loves someone else, yet she is happily planning her wedding asap and asking his OTP to be her bridesmaid on purpose, and when he begs her to call the wedding off, telling her he only loves Jandi and will only love Jandi, she is all "I know, it makes me want to marry you all the more". Heh. I've exhausted my ire on all the other character modifications and have none left for this :)
dangermousie: (Default)
You know, [livejournal.com profile] ambergold was so right - BOF is like a bad relationship - you know the guy is no good for you but you keep coming back. I am so irritated with the drama by now, but I still check both the comms and soompi for spoilers, previews etc. And will be watching ep 20 as soon as it's on. Meanwhile, Preview for Boys Over Flowers ep 21:



Much as it's awesome to see Jun Pyo kneel to and beg Jaekyung to let him go, I refer to my previous Man Up post. You know, a wedding involves two people, right? Why beg the girl to call it off when you can freaking call it off yourself! Once again, borrowing from Hanadan2 with odd modifications does not work - in Hanadan2 it made sense for Domyouji to kneel to Rui and ask him to let go of courting Makino because Domyouji has no control whatsoever over what Rui does - he cannot do something unilaterally to stop Rui - he has to ask. Not to mention, Rui is his best friend and he wants to keep the friendship intact, and to go after Makino (who has indicated she is quite willing to be with Domyouji) without clearing it with Rui first, would definitely wreck the friendship. But the relationship with Jaekyung is different, uniquely so - it's a wedding and he has all the power in the world to end it himself. Neither Domoyuji in the manga or jdrama nor Dao Ming Si in the Taiwanese version had any hesitation in calling it off when they felt they couldn't deny their love for Makino (and it didn't go anywhere near close enough to the altar, either). So, MAN UP, Goo Jun Pyo! Seriously, man up.

Honestly, the only time I've seen something close to this was in Save the Last Dance kdrama, but it made sense there - the hero's company was going to be wrecked without the marriage (just as here), but the other girl was a childhood long-term friend, one of his best friends, who tried to kill herself because he wouldn't marry her, and the reason he begged her was not because he was afraid of consequences to himself/company but because what he really was begging was for her not to kill herself, because he could not obtain his happiness at the cost of her life. And even then, he wouldn't marry her until his OTP ditched him in a brutal, brutal fashion to save him. Ahem. Sorry for the sidetrack, I love StLD to bits.

Jun Pyo, go rent Return of the Condor Heroes and take notes - the dude in that one was willing to die a hideous slow agonizing death rather than betray his OTP by marrying someone else. Take notes until it sinks in. Kthanks, bye.

Side note: I can't even be bothered to be irritated that they turned the awesome Shigeru of the manga/twdrama and less awesome but ultimately not too bad Shigeru of the jdrama into the typically evil kdrama other woman - she knows her fiance loves someone else, yet she is happily planning her wedding asap and asking his OTP to be her bridesmaid on purpose, and when he begs her to call the wedding off, telling her he only loves Jandi and will only love Jandi, she is all "I know, it makes me want to marry you all the more". Heh. I've exhausted my ire on all the other character modifications and have none left for this :)
dangermousie: (Lobbyist OTP by miss-dian)
1. Is anyone else excited for just started period kdrama Princess Ja Myung Go? I am so excited, I can hardly wait! The only thing better than a Korean period drama (I have yet to see a bad one) is a woman-centric Korean period drama and this is it!



PJMG stars Jung Ryo Won as the title character, Park Min Young as her sister, Princess Nak-Rang, and Jung Kyung Ho as the object of both their affections and heir to an enemy kingdom, Prince Hodong (yes, that Hodong- the son of Song Il Gook's character from Kingdom of the Winds, which if you haven't seen btw, what are you doing, go watch!)

According to legend, 2000 years ago, the Kingdom of Nangang possessed a magical drum which would warn of invaders. But in this story, the 'drum' is the Princess Ja Myung - one of two daughters of the King. One daughter has been prophesied to save the kingdom and one to bring destruction, but which is which?



Watch PJNG to find kickass, strong women, awesome battle sequences and fights, and the most star-crossed forbidden love story since...I was going to say Romeo & Juliet, but let's face it, since the last angsty period kdrama! With the alternative title being 'The Story of Self Destruction' don't expect a happy ending though!

This can serve as a pretty awesome trailer:



2. I found my favorite scene from Lobbyist on line: Maria digging a bullet out of Harry with just a knife and a bottle of alcohol.



Lobbyist was a flawed drama that I really liked overall: Harry was a strong man who'd nonthelss sacrifice anything for Maria (the guy got hideously tortured for her, among other things!) and Maria was an even stronger woman, who could fight, bargain, and deal with the best of them. Oh, and the drama didn't view her as a slut for sleeping with a potential customer or supplier if that was what needed to get the deal - just hardbitten.

3. If you like your women without fighting abilities and somewhat more traditional but nontheless strong and awesome, how about the heroine of one of my favorite romantic dramas, Save the Last Dance for Me?

This shippy MV is so wonderful:



StLDfM is a drama that always always always makes me feel better - it's deceptively simple but so pitch perfect - in its romance, in its angst, in its happiness. And it's impossible not to love the two lead characters who are just such good people. Mmmm. Also, take note: an amnesia story done right, for once! The whole plot about them being in love and then his forgetting her and their life together, but slowly and almost unwillingly falling in love with her all over again? I cried. I squeed. I bawled and laughed and acted like a maniac throughout.

So, you go, awesome kdrama women!
dangermousie: (Lobbyist OTP by miss-dian)
1. Is anyone else excited for just started period kdrama Princess Ja Myung Go? I am so excited, I can hardly wait! The only thing better than a Korean period drama (I have yet to see a bad one) is a woman-centric Korean period drama and this is it!



PJMG stars Jung Ryo Won as the title character, Park Min Young as her sister, Princess Nak-Rang, and Jung Kyung Ho as the object of both their affections and heir to an enemy kingdom, Prince Hodong (yes, that Hodong- the son of Song Il Gook's character from Kingdom of the Winds, which if you haven't seen btw, what are you doing, go watch!)

According to legend, 2000 years ago, the Kingdom of Nangang possessed a magical drum which would warn of invaders. But in this story, the 'drum' is the Princess Ja Myung - one of two daughters of the King. One daughter has been prophesied to save the kingdom and one to bring destruction, but which is which?



Watch PJNG to find kickass, strong women, awesome battle sequences and fights, and the most star-crossed forbidden love story since...I was going to say Romeo & Juliet, but let's face it, since the last angsty period kdrama! With the alternative title being 'The Story of Self Destruction' don't expect a happy ending though!

This can serve as a pretty awesome trailer:



2. I found my favorite scene from Lobbyist on line: Maria digging a bullet out of Harry with just a knife and a bottle of alcohol.



Lobbyist was a flawed drama that I really liked overall: Harry was a strong man who'd nonthelss sacrifice anything for Maria (the guy got hideously tortured for her, among other things!) and Maria was an even stronger woman, who could fight, bargain, and deal with the best of them. Oh, and the drama didn't view her as a slut for sleeping with a potential customer or supplier if that was what needed to get the deal - just hardbitten.

3. If you like your women without fighting abilities and somewhat more traditional but nontheless strong and awesome, how about the heroine of one of my favorite romantic dramas, Save the Last Dance for Me?

This shippy MV is so wonderful:



StLDfM is a drama that always always always makes me feel better - it's deceptively simple but so pitch perfect - in its romance, in its angst, in its happiness. And it's impossible not to love the two lead characters who are just such good people. Mmmm. Also, take note: an amnesia story done right, for once! The whole plot about them being in love and then his forgetting her and their life together, but slowly and almost unwillingly falling in love with her all over again? I cried. I squeed. I bawled and laughed and acted like a maniac throughout.

So, you go, awesome kdrama women!
dangermousie: (Lobbyist OTP by miss-dian)
1. Is anyone else excited for just started period kdrama Princess Ja Myung Go? I am so excited, I can hardly wait! The only thing better than a Korean period drama (I have yet to see a bad one) is a woman-centric Korean period drama and this is it!



PJMG stars Jung Ryo Won as the title character, Park Min Young as her sister, Princess Nak-Rang, and Jung Kyung Ho as the object of both their affections and heir to an enemy kingdom, Prince Hodong (yes, that Hodong- the son of Song Il Gook's character from Kingdom of the Winds, which if you haven't seen btw, what are you doing, go watch!)

According to legend, 2000 years ago, the Kingdom of Nangang possessed a magical drum which would warn of invaders. But in this story, the 'drum' is the Princess Ja Myung - one of two daughters of the King. One daughter has been prophesied to save the kingdom and one to bring destruction, but which is which?



Watch PJNG to find kickass, strong women, awesome battle sequences and fights, and the most star-crossed forbidden love story since...I was going to say Romeo & Juliet, but let's face it, since the last angsty period kdrama! With the alternative title being 'The Story of Self Destruction' don't expect a happy ending though!

This can serve as a pretty awesome trailer:



2. I found my favorite scene from Lobbyist on line: Maria digging a bullet out of Harry with just a knife and a bottle of alcohol.



Lobbyist was a flawed drama that I really liked overall: Harry was a strong man who'd nonthelss sacrifice anything for Maria (the guy got hideously tortured for her, among other things!) and Maria was an even stronger woman, who could fight, bargain, and deal with the best of them. Oh, and the drama didn't view her as a slut for sleeping with a potential customer or supplier if that was what needed to get the deal - just hardbitten.

3. If you like your women without fighting abilities and somewhat more traditional but nontheless strong and awesome, how about the heroine of one of my favorite romantic dramas, Save the Last Dance for Me?

This shippy MV is so wonderful:



StLDfM is a drama that always always always makes me feel better - it's deceptively simple but so pitch perfect - in its romance, in its angst, in its happiness. And it's impossible not to love the two lead characters who are just such good people. Mmmm. Also, take note: an amnesia story done right, for once! The whole plot about them being in love and then his forgetting her and their life together, but slowly and almost unwillingly falling in love with her all over again? I cried. I squeed. I bawled and laughed and acted like a maniac throughout.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lengthy post here )
dangermousie: (Capital Scandal by miss_dian)
During this weekend, I found I had a few hours to kill, so I picked up my watching of Only You, a kdrama starring Han Chae-Young and Jo Hyun Jae, something I tried a few months back and stopped at ep 2. OY is about a female aspiring chef (HCY) whose life gets detailed when she meets a rich guy hunting for his Mom in Italy (JHJ). They have one-night stand, she ends up with a baby, they meet six years later when he hires her for his restaurant. Today I got through ep 9 with a lot of fast-forwarding.

Will I finish it? Yes, I am a completist. Is it a drama I would recommend? Not really. It's not a bad drama, and probably would have been nice to watch in a ep-a-week-after-a-long-day sort of way, but in a combination of weakness of script/actors, it just doesn't grab at all.

I think the biggest flaw of the drama is a lack of genuine emotion in either the script and actors. I can buy some incredible things if the emotion feels real, but it does not here...The script doesn't sparkle, but the fault is also in the actors, IMO, both of whom are perfectly capable but aren't amazing enough to rise above the limitations of the script. JHJ looks like a hot middle-manager (WTF is with the haircut btw? He was smoking with a buzz-cut in Nine-Tailed Fox from what I saw, but longer hair is not his thing) and he is very competent, but he cannot tear out my heart with one look, the way someone like Jo In Sung or Lee Seo Jin can. And HCY is very pretty, but except in Delightful Girl Chun-Hyang, which I think might have been written specifically for her, she has never impressed with her acting skill. She is no Song Hye Kyo or Shin Min Ah.

The story makes me think of some sort of hybrid of Something Happened in Bali, My Name is Kim Sam Soon, and Save the Last Dance, but the problem is...it doesn't work the same way.

Just like Bali, it tries to go for the vibe of the rich boy from dysfunctional family employing poor girl who is strong-willed and won't put up with his family or 'selfishness.' Oh, and a poor guy who likes her and who she might like. But it's no Bali, which, to date, remains the only 'phenomenon' kdrama I really adored. It lacks the emotional punch of Bali, which was just as intense and passionate as it could be disturbing and harsh. Of course, it doesn't help that the rich family in OY is not the collection of everyday monsters as in Bali (ugh, Jae-Min's father still wins 'worst Dad' award hands down, a tough competition, and the rest of them aren't much better). Bali family is awful, in a very believable fashion, and of course that also leads to my interest in Bali's Jae-Min, a product of this messed-up house. The family in OY is snobby and a bit cold. So? A lot of families are like that, and I can honestly buy why they wouldn't be keen on their son hooking up with barely employed single mother. The angle of the OTP's love being so strong for withstanding all of family opposition seems to ring rather hollow. And of course, this makes me view JHJ's character as rather annoying and selfish in a not very interesting fashion. I loved Bali so much because of Jae-Min, who was this complicated, contradictory, wholly damaged and wholy irresistable mess. You really bought both into his uncontrollable passion for Ha Ji Won's character, and the extent of his dysfunction. Granted, in part this is because Jo In Sung is one of the best Korean actors I've seen (have you watched A Dirty Carnival? OMG), and JHJ just isn't in the same league, but another reason is the script and the fact that I just can't sense that degree of urgency and desperation in OY's story. It doesn't help that HCY's character does not have the same combination of 'little girl lost' and desperately needy and rather strong that Ha Ji Won had in Bali (and, let's face it, Ha Ji Won is a better actress). The OTP interactions in Bali were all levels of passionate and dysfunctional and riveting (the chemistry didn't hurt). JHJ and HCY and their characters are just going through the motions.

It is also like Save the Last Dance, in that a girl desperately gets a job in a place where her old flame is boss and the love is rekindled, despite her unsuitability. But once again...no. And not just because of chemistry (Eugene and Ji Sung burned up the screen) but because StLD spent episodes and episodes on developing its OTP love as true and sweet and pure. I could buy them as (to use a corny word) soulmates, but in OY...they had a one-night stand. Come on. I am supposed to buy it as something more but I can't. Neither the acting nor the writing support it. And of course, Eugene portrayed optimism and fragility but HCY doesn't engage my empathy the same way. And Ji Sung's character was just so incredibly sweet, in a rather reserved fashion, but I am hard pressed to find JHJ's character either sweet or magnetic.

It is also a little like Kim Sam Soon, where a chef ends up hooking up with her boss. I am in the minority of not being a KSS fan, probably because I couldn't really connect to the characters or feel the genuineness of the OTP's emotion, but even with my dislike for KSS, the writing was indubitably sharper, and plus, Daniel Henney! :)

So basically, it's not bad, and I will finish, but it's a rare kdrama where I can't feel the emotion. (Even something like Loveholic, which was very flawed, made me feel the characters loved and suffered).
dangermousie: (Capital Scandal by miss_dian)
During this weekend, I found I had a few hours to kill, so I picked up my watching of Only You, a kdrama starring Han Chae-Young and Jo Hyun Jae, something I tried a few months back and stopped at ep 2. OY is about a female aspiring chef (HCY) whose life gets detailed when she meets a rich guy hunting for his Mom in Italy (JHJ). They have one-night stand, she ends up with a baby, they meet six years later when he hires her for his restaurant. Today I got through ep 9 with a lot of fast-forwarding.

Will I finish it? Yes, I am a completist. Is it a drama I would recommend? Not really. It's not a bad drama, and probably would have been nice to watch in a ep-a-week-after-a-long-day sort of way, but in a combination of weakness of script/actors, it just doesn't grab at all.

I think the biggest flaw of the drama is a lack of genuine emotion in either the script and actors. I can buy some incredible things if the emotion feels real, but it does not here...The script doesn't sparkle, but the fault is also in the actors, IMO, both of whom are perfectly capable but aren't amazing enough to rise above the limitations of the script. JHJ looks like a hot middle-manager (WTF is with the haircut btw? He was smoking with a buzz-cut in Nine-Tailed Fox from what I saw, but longer hair is not his thing) and he is very competent, but he cannot tear out my heart with one look, the way someone like Jo In Sung or Lee Seo Jin can. And HCY is very pretty, but except in Delightful Girl Chun-Hyang, which I think might have been written specifically for her, she has never impressed with her acting skill. She is no Song Hye Kyo or Shin Min Ah.

The story makes me think of some sort of hybrid of Something Happened in Bali, My Name is Kim Sam Soon, and Save the Last Dance, but the problem is...it doesn't work the same way.

Just like Bali, it tries to go for the vibe of the rich boy from dysfunctional family employing poor girl who is strong-willed and won't put up with his family or 'selfishness.' Oh, and a poor guy who likes her and who she might like. But it's no Bali, which, to date, remains the only 'phenomenon' kdrama I really adored. It lacks the emotional punch of Bali, which was just as intense and passionate as it could be disturbing and harsh. Of course, it doesn't help that the rich family in OY is not the collection of everyday monsters as in Bali (ugh, Jae-Min's father still wins 'worst Dad' award hands down, a tough competition, and the rest of them aren't much better). Bali family is awful, in a very believable fashion, and of course that also leads to my interest in Bali's Jae-Min, a product of this messed-up house. The family in OY is snobby and a bit cold. So? A lot of families are like that, and I can honestly buy why they wouldn't be keen on their son hooking up with barely employed single mother. The angle of the OTP's love being so strong for withstanding all of family opposition seems to ring rather hollow. And of course, this makes me view JHJ's character as rather annoying and selfish in a not very interesting fashion. I loved Bali so much because of Jae-Min, who was this complicated, contradictory, wholly damaged and wholy irresistable mess. You really bought both into his uncontrollable passion for Ha Ji Won's character, and the extent of his dysfunction. Granted, in part this is because Jo In Sung is one of the best Korean actors I've seen (have you watched A Dirty Carnival? OMG), and JHJ just isn't in the same league, but another reason is the script and the fact that I just can't sense that degree of urgency and desperation in OY's story. It doesn't help that HCY's character does not have the same combination of 'little girl lost' and desperately needy and rather strong that Ha Ji Won had in Bali (and, let's face it, Ha Ji Won is a better actress). The OTP interactions in Bali were all levels of passionate and dysfunctional and riveting (the chemistry didn't hurt). JHJ and HCY and their characters are just going through the motions.

It is also like Save the Last Dance, in that a girl desperately gets a job in a place where her old flame is boss and the love is rekindled, despite her unsuitability. But once again...no. And not just because of chemistry (Eugene and Ji Sung burned up the screen) but because StLD spent episodes and episodes on developing its OTP love as true and sweet and pure. I could buy them as (to use a corny word) soulmates, but in OY...they had a one-night stand. Come on. I am supposed to buy it as something more but I can't. Neither the acting nor the writing support it. And of course, Eugene portrayed optimism and fragility but HCY doesn't engage my empathy the same way. And Ji Sung's character was just so incredibly sweet, in a rather reserved fashion, but I am hard pressed to find JHJ's character either sweet or magnetic.

It is also a little like Kim Sam Soon, where a chef ends up hooking up with her boss. I am in the minority of not being a KSS fan, probably because I couldn't really connect to the characters or feel the genuineness of the OTP's emotion, but even with my dislike for KSS, the writing was indubitably sharper, and plus, Daniel Henney! :)

So basically, it's not bad, and I will finish, but it's a rare kdrama where I can't feel the emotion. (Even something like Loveholic, which was very flawed, made me feel the characters loved and suffered).
dangermousie: (Capital Scandal by miss_dian)
During this weekend, I found I had a few hours to kill, so I picked up my watching of Only You, a kdrama starring Han Chae-Young and Jo Hyun Jae, something I tried a few months back and stopped at ep 2. OY is about a female aspiring chef (HCY) whose life gets detailed when she meets a rich guy hunting for his Mom in Italy (JHJ). They have one-night stand, she ends up with a baby, they meet six years later when he hires her for his restaurant. Today I got through ep 9 with a lot of fast-forwarding.

Will I finish it? Yes, I am a completist. Is it a drama I would recommend? Not really. It's not a bad drama, and probably would have been nice to watch in a ep-a-week-after-a-long-day sort of way, but in a combination of weakness of script/actors, it just doesn't grab at all.

I think the biggest flaw of the drama is a lack of genuine emotion in either the script and actors. I can buy some incredible things if the emotion feels real, but it does not here...The script doesn't sparkle, but the fault is also in the actors, IMO, both of whom are perfectly capable but aren't amazing enough to rise above the limitations of the script. JHJ looks like a hot middle-manager (WTF is with the haircut btw? He was smoking with a buzz-cut in Nine-Tailed Fox from what I saw, but longer hair is not his thing) and he is very competent, but he cannot tear out my heart with one look, the way someone like Jo In Sung or Lee Seo Jin can. And HCY is very pretty, but except in Delightful Girl Chun-Hyang, which I think might have been written specifically for her, she has never impressed with her acting skill. She is no Song Hye Kyo or Shin Min Ah.

The story makes me think of some sort of hybrid of Something Happened in Bali, My Name is Kim Sam Soon, and Save the Last Dance, but the problem is...it doesn't work the same way.

Just like Bali, it tries to go for the vibe of the rich boy from dysfunctional family employing poor girl who is strong-willed and won't put up with his family or 'selfishness.' Oh, and a poor guy who likes her and who she might like. But it's no Bali, which, to date, remains the only 'phenomenon' kdrama I really adored. It lacks the emotional punch of Bali, which was just as intense and passionate as it could be disturbing and harsh. Of course, it doesn't help that the rich family in OY is not the collection of everyday monsters as in Bali (ugh, Jae-Min's father still wins 'worst Dad' award hands down, a tough competition, and the rest of them aren't much better). Bali family is awful, in a very believable fashion, and of course that also leads to my interest in Bali's Jae-Min, a product of this messed-up house. The family in OY is snobby and a bit cold. So? A lot of families are like that, and I can honestly buy why they wouldn't be keen on their son hooking up with barely employed single mother. The angle of the OTP's love being so strong for withstanding all of family opposition seems to ring rather hollow. And of course, this makes me view JHJ's character as rather annoying and selfish in a not very interesting fashion. I loved Bali so much because of Jae-Min, who was this complicated, contradictory, wholly damaged and wholy irresistable mess. You really bought both into his uncontrollable passion for Ha Ji Won's character, and the extent of his dysfunction. Granted, in part this is because Jo In Sung is one of the best Korean actors I've seen (have you watched A Dirty Carnival? OMG), and JHJ just isn't in the same league, but another reason is the script and the fact that I just can't sense that degree of urgency and desperation in OY's story. It doesn't help that HCY's character does not have the same combination of 'little girl lost' and desperately needy and rather strong that Ha Ji Won had in Bali (and, let's face it, Ha Ji Won is a better actress). The OTP interactions in Bali were all levels of passionate and dysfunctional and riveting (the chemistry didn't hurt). JHJ and HCY and their characters are just going through the motions.

It is also like Save the Last Dance, in that a girl desperately gets a job in a place where her old flame is boss and the love is rekindled, despite her unsuitability. But once again...no. And not just because of chemistry (Eugene and Ji Sung burned up the screen) but because StLD spent episodes and episodes on developing its OTP love as true and sweet and pure. I could buy them as (to use a corny word) soulmates, but in OY...they had a one-night stand. Come on. I am supposed to buy it as something more but I can't. Neither the acting nor the writing support it. And of course, Eugene portrayed optimism and fragility but HCY doesn't engage my empathy the same way. And Ji Sung's character was just so incredibly sweet, in a rather reserved fashion, but I am hard pressed to find JHJ's character either sweet or magnetic.

It is also a little like Kim Sam Soon, where a chef ends up hooking up with her boss. I am in the minority of not being a KSS fan, probably because I couldn't really connect to the characters or feel the genuineness of the OTP's emotion, but even with my dislike for KSS, the writing was indubitably sharper, and plus, Daniel Henney! :)

So basically, it's not bad, and I will finish, but it's a rare kdrama where I can't feel the emotion. (Even something like Loveholic, which was very flawed, made me feel the characters loved and suffered).
dangermousie: (Legend: Sa Ryang by alexandral)
I have decided that it was about time for me to update and expand my favorite kdrama primer (which I first did some month ago). Not only were there a bunch of kdramas I wanted to add to the list, but I wanted to rearrange the order of some of the dramas on the list already (except for the first three or so, the placement of the other ones within the rankings is fluid and moves based on my mood) and very much expand it.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lengthy post here )
dangermousie: (Legend: Chuh Ro by alexandral)
(I have no idea how jet-lagged this is going to come across as. I am incredibly out of it :P)

So yes.



Save the Last Dance (otherwise known as 'The Last Dance is with Me').

A 20-episode kdrama that came out in 2004, starring Eugene and Ji Sung as the star-crossed lovers, StLD is a drama I totally fell in love with. In so many ways, it's the perfect romantic melodrama. Most of kdramas (at least the ones I watch) are very romantic, but this is the purest example of the genre.

What is it about? If you like old Hollywood movies, think Random Harvest with a bit of Affair to Remember thrown in.



Kang Hyon-Woo (Ji Sung) is the only son of the autocratic Chaiman Kang. His family wants him to train up in the business, and oh yes, marry a nicely suitable girl like Yoon Soo-Jin (Lee Bo-Young. Amusingly, she and Ji Sung are apparently now a couple in RL. Secondary Girl got the Guy after all). However, he has little interest in succeeding his father, preferring instead to concentrate on photography, which clearly does not make family happy. And as for Soo-Jin, she is madly (and obsessively) in love with him, but he sees her only as a sort of protected younger sister.

Ji Eun-Soo (Eugene) and her world couldn't be more different from Hyon-Woo's. She is the fiesty (I don't like using this word, but it's the only one which fits) daughter of a tourist inn-keeper in a very small village far away from Seoul, the kind of place where everyone knows everyone else. She is uninhibited, a bit bossy, and totally a darling. Much as I loved Ji Sung and his character (he is that rarity in kdrama heroes: a genuinely good and nice guy), I fell for Eun-Soo like a ton of bricks and saw the drama from her POV, which is rare for me.

Eun-Soo and Hyon-Woo would have never met, if Hyon-Woo hadn't met with a string of horrible circumstances after storming out of his house in a tearing rage after a fight with his father. When Eun-Soo and her father (a rare example of a totally delightful kdrama parent) literally almost run over the wounded, bleeding, disoriented Hyon-Woo on the road, they take him to the local hospital. Of course, this is a kdrama, and it turns out that Hyon-Woo will be fine after surgery, but he does not remember who he is, and he has no identifying documents. Oh, and his family thinks he is dead (plot reasons) so are not looking for him. Because Eun-Soo's father is really nice, he thinks it might be OK to take the wounded, nameless guy back to their inn, but Eun-Soo isn't so sure...

Anyway, at this rate, I will recount the whole plot, so better stop here.

Spoilery musings )

So, what else has Ji Sung been in?

Some yummy unspoilery pics )

A bunch of cool StLD mvs )

In other news, am on episode 22 of Hong Gil Dong. You know, the dark direction this drama's taken really is working for me and I can actually see the ending work. Yay. This might be on a fave list after all.

Is it me, or is this the year of Robin Hoods for kdramas? First we have the recently finished Hong Gil Dong. Then we have Lee Junki's Iljimae in May.

As found on soompi, a couple of shots of LJK and leading girl at some filming ceremony. He is in costume!!!!! )

And then Eric Mun (whom I loved in Que Sera Sera) is apparently doing a period drama Strongest Chil Woo about a government official who is actually an assassin at night against the evildoers, later in the year. No idea if the different MBC version of Iljimae slated for late in the year is still on, but haven't heard anything to the contrary, so I assume it is. Which makes it 4 stories within a year. YES.

Since I am done with a big batch of dramas, what to watch next. I plan to finish Goong rewatch and Chinese Paladin and Bichunmoo, of course, as well as MISA and Mawang, but hmmmm, what else? I have plenty of candidates for completed dramas, but what shall replace HGD among the currently airings? I think I will give both On Air and Who Are You a try. And of course, Three Dads, too.

I promise to reply to all the replies since I've been away by tomorrow...
dangermousie: (Legend: Chuh Ro by alexandral)
(I have no idea how jet-lagged this is going to come across as. I am incredibly out of it :P)

So yes.



Save the Last Dance (otherwise known as 'The Last Dance is with Me').

A 20-episode kdrama that came out in 2004, starring Eugene and Ji Sung as the star-crossed lovers, StLD is a drama I totally fell in love with. In so many ways, it's the perfect romantic melodrama. Most of kdramas (at least the ones I watch) are very romantic, but this is the purest example of the genre.

What is it about? If you like old Hollywood movies, think Random Harvest with a bit of Affair to Remember thrown in.



Kang Hyon-Woo (Ji Sung) is the only son of the autocratic Chaiman Kang. His family wants him to train up in the business, and oh yes, marry a nicely suitable girl like Yoon Soo-Jin (Lee Bo-Young. Amusingly, she and Ji Sung are apparently now a couple in RL. Secondary Girl got the Guy after all). However, he has little interest in succeeding his father, preferring instead to concentrate on photography, which clearly does not make family happy. And as for Soo-Jin, she is madly (and obsessively) in love with him, but he sees her only as a sort of protected younger sister.

Ji Eun-Soo (Eugene) and her world couldn't be more different from Hyon-Woo's. She is the fiesty (I don't like using this word, but it's the only one which fits) daughter of a tourist inn-keeper in a very small village far away from Seoul, the kind of place where everyone knows everyone else. She is uninhibited, a bit bossy, and totally a darling. Much as I loved Ji Sung and his character (he is that rarity in kdrama heroes: a genuinely good and nice guy), I fell for Eun-Soo like a ton of bricks and saw the drama from her POV, which is rare for me.

Eun-Soo and Hyon-Woo would have never met, if Hyon-Woo hadn't met with a string of horrible circumstances after storming out of his house in a tearing rage after a fight with his father. When Eun-Soo and her father (a rare example of a totally delightful kdrama parent) literally almost run over the wounded, bleeding, disoriented Hyon-Woo on the road, they take him to the local hospital. Of course, this is a kdrama, and it turns out that Hyon-Woo will be fine after surgery, but he does not remember who he is, and he has no identifying documents. Oh, and his family thinks he is dead (plot reasons) so are not looking for him. Because Eun-Soo's father is really nice, he thinks it might be OK to take the wounded, nameless guy back to their inn, but Eun-Soo isn't so sure...

Anyway, at this rate, I will recount the whole plot, so better stop here.

Spoilery musings )

So, what else has Ji Sung been in?

Some yummy unspoilery pics )

A bunch of cool StLD mvs )

In other news, am on episode 22 of Hong Gil Dong. You know, the dark direction this drama's taken really is working for me and I can actually see the ending work. Yay. This might be on a fave list after all.

Is it me, or is this the year of Robin Hoods for kdramas? First we have the recently finished Hong Gil Dong. Then we have Lee Junki's Iljimae in May.

As found on soompi, a couple of shots of LJK and leading girl at some filming ceremony. He is in costume!!!!! )

And then Eric Mun (whom I loved in Que Sera Sera) is apparently doing a period drama Strongest Chil Woo about a government official who is actually an assassin at night against the evildoers, later in the year. No idea if the different MBC version of Iljimae slated for late in the year is still on, but haven't heard anything to the contrary, so I assume it is. Which makes it 4 stories within a year. YES.

Since I am done with a big batch of dramas, what to watch next. I plan to finish Goong rewatch and Chinese Paladin and Bichunmoo, of course, as well as MISA and Mawang, but hmmmm, what else? I have plenty of candidates for completed dramas, but what shall replace HGD among the currently airings? I think I will give both On Air and Who Are You a try. And of course, Three Dads, too.

I promise to reply to all the replies since I've been away by tomorrow...
dangermousie: (Legend: Chuh Ro by alexandral)
(I have no idea how jet-lagged this is going to come across as. I am incredibly out of it :P)

So yes.



Save the Last Dance (otherwise known as 'The Last Dance is with Me').

A 20-episode kdrama that came out in 2004, starring Eugene and Ji Sung as the star-crossed lovers, StLD is a drama I totally fell in love with. In so many ways, it's the perfect romantic melodrama. Most of kdramas (at least the ones I watch) are very romantic, but this is the purest example of the genre.

What is it about? If you like old Hollywood movies, think Random Harvest with a bit of Affair to Remember thrown in.



Kang Hyon-Woo (Ji Sung) is the only son of the autocratic Chaiman Kang. His family wants him to train up in the business, and oh yes, marry a nicely suitable girl like Yoon Soo-Jin (Lee Bo-Young. Amusingly, she and Ji Sung are apparently now a couple in RL. Secondary Girl got the Guy after all). However, he has little interest in succeeding his father, preferring instead to concentrate on photography, which clearly does not make family happy. And as for Soo-Jin, she is madly (and obsessively) in love with him, but he sees her only as a sort of protected younger sister.

Ji Eun-Soo (Eugene) and her world couldn't be more different from Hyon-Woo's. She is the fiesty (I don't like using this word, but it's the only one which fits) daughter of a tourist inn-keeper in a very small village far away from Seoul, the kind of place where everyone knows everyone else. She is uninhibited, a bit bossy, and totally a darling. Much as I loved Ji Sung and his character (he is that rarity in kdrama heroes: a genuinely good and nice guy), I fell for Eun-Soo like a ton of bricks and saw the drama from her POV, which is rare for me.

Eun-Soo and Hyon-Woo would have never met, if Hyon-Woo hadn't met with a string of horrible circumstances after storming out of his house in a tearing rage after a fight with his father. When Eun-Soo and her father (a rare example of a totally delightful kdrama parent) literally almost run over the wounded, bleeding, disoriented Hyon-Woo on the road, they take him to the local hospital. Of course, this is a kdrama, and it turns out that Hyon-Woo will be fine after surgery, but he does not remember who he is, and he has no identifying documents. Oh, and his family thinks he is dead (plot reasons) so are not looking for him. Because Eun-Soo's father is really nice, he thinks it might be OK to take the wounded, nameless guy back to their inn, but Eun-Soo isn't so sure...

Anyway, at this rate, I will recount the whole plot, so better stop here.

Spoilery musings )

So, what else has Ji Sung been in?

Some yummy unspoilery pics )

A bunch of cool StLD mvs )

In other news, am on episode 22 of Hong Gil Dong. You know, the dark direction this drama's taken really is working for me and I can actually see the ending work. Yay. This might be on a fave list after all.

Is it me, or is this the year of Robin Hoods for kdramas? First we have the recently finished Hong Gil Dong. Then we have Lee Junki's Iljimae in May.

As found on soompi, a couple of shots of LJK and leading girl at some filming ceremony. He is in costume!!!!! )

And then Eric Mun (whom I loved in Que Sera Sera) is apparently doing a period drama Strongest Chil Woo about a government official who is actually an assassin at night against the evildoers, later in the year. No idea if the different MBC version of Iljimae slated for late in the year is still on, but haven't heard anything to the contrary, so I assume it is. Which makes it 4 stories within a year. YES.

Since I am done with a big batch of dramas, what to watch next. I plan to finish Goong rewatch and Chinese Paladin and Bichunmoo, of course, as well as MISA and Mawang, but hmmmm, what else? I have plenty of candidates for completed dramas, but what shall replace HGD among the currently airings? I think I will give both On Air and Who Are You a try. And of course, Three Dads, too.

I promise to reply to all the replies since I've been away by tomorrow...
dangermousie: (KimuTaku: by scottishlass)
Decided: dramas I am taking on my super-long flights are Love Generation (Kimura Takuya! I haven't watched a jdrama for a bit), Smile Again and Save the Last Dance.

But this is not about that.

Somebody, talk me out of 90 Days.

Yeah, it's that drama where my current favorite kdrama actor, Kang Ji Hwan, plays a man with terminal illness who wants to find the only woman he's ever loved, whom he lost.

AND she is his cousin.

I knew that.

But I just read today that not only that, but his drama father is abusive! And beats him! Prior to keeling over and ruining his life for good.

I am sure this is very wrong, but all of this made me want to watch this even more.

Apparently, at one point he also has to break up with his OTP for her own good and be awfully mean to her, even though it kills him inside. My favorite drama thing! And I think he hits himself because of it. Yes, I meant 'hit' not 'hate.'

Need...to...watch.

Somebody, stop me. But Kang Ji Hwan! A whole drama made of his angst! That is like...catnip. I can't fight iiiiiiit...resistance weakening. This is sick. I am such a h/c junkie.

Maybe I should solace myself with Exhibition of Fireworks instead. I know it's supposed to be flawed, but it stars Han Chae-Young who I like and Kang Ji Hwan is adorable and shirtless in it. And it has a happy ending.

Seriously, who cares about story flaws when you can have this:

dangermousie: (KimuTaku: by scottishlass)
Decided: dramas I am taking on my super-long flights are Love Generation (Kimura Takuya! I haven't watched a jdrama for a bit), Smile Again and Save the Last Dance.

But this is not about that.

Somebody, talk me out of 90 Days.

Yeah, it's that drama where my current favorite kdrama actor, Kang Ji Hwan, plays a man with terminal illness who wants to find the only woman he's ever loved, whom he lost.

AND she is his cousin.

I knew that.

But I just read today that not only that, but his drama father is abusive! And beats him! Prior to keeling over and ruining his life for good.

I am sure this is very wrong, but all of this made me want to watch this even more.

Apparently, at one point he also has to break up with his OTP for her own good and be awfully mean to her, even though it kills him inside. My favorite drama thing! And I think he hits himself because of it. Yes, I meant 'hit' not 'hate.'

Need...to...watch.

Somebody, stop me. But Kang Ji Hwan! A whole drama made of his angst! That is like...catnip. I can't fight iiiiiiit...resistance weakening. This is sick. I am such a h/c junkie.

Maybe I should solace myself with Exhibition of Fireworks instead. I know it's supposed to be flawed, but it stars Han Chae-Young who I like and Kang Ji Hwan is adorable and shirtless in it. And it has a happy ending.

Seriously, who cares about story flaws when you can have this:

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