dangermousie: (Capital Scandal secondary otp by meganbm)



No surprise that this was another gorgeous ep, though I confess wishing just a tiny smidgeon more time was spent on our young lovers (I am clearly insatiable when it comes to them).

You can tell how much Hana throws Jun off-kilter and despite his trying to fight it (not picking up her call, 'showing off' by having model shoots when she shows up, etc.), his fight is hopeless. He does all sorts of things he normally never does - apologizes, chases after her, ditches nightclubs and pick-ups. You are a goner, boy!

But I confess my favorite scene in this episode did not involve them - it was the heart-stopping last scene between In Ha and Yoon Hee, when they pass each other on the street, and who she is registers just a bit too late for him, but then he takes off running and they meet. So much emotion and longing there. While with Hana and Jun it is a start of a romance - uncertainty, prickliness, one step forward and two steps back, with In Ha and Yoon Hee it's old love denied, and it's immensely powerful.

(Caps of two gorgeous scenes with two gorgeous OTPs) )

One of the things I really love about LR is the way it shows the fall-out of a love affair gone wrong. In a lesser drama, YH and IH's unfulfilled romance would have existed in a vacuum, but it is not the case here. We don't really know much about Yoon Hee's husband and married life other than he's dead and, seeing how warm and well-adjusted Hana is, Hana's upbringing and family atmosphere must have been good. But it's different with In Ha. The fact that he could not let go of Yoon Hee, could not open up again, wrecked more than his life. I never liked Hye Jung and she certainly went into the marriage with eyes wide open - she knew In Ha loved Yoon Hee and still went for it, and that is after crazy secondary girl antics. But Hye Jung of 70s was a fun, hopeful girl even if spoiled and solipsistic. The Hye Jung of 30 years later is a (sort-of-former) alcoholic who has been robbed of any promise of her youth by incessantly yearning for and trying to manipulate the man who feels no love for her. No wonder Jun has trust issues and views romantic love with all the enthusiasm of a man finding a bug in his soup - he grew up with an emotionally distant father (that scene with Yoon Hee is the first time we see older In Ha truly there) and a manipulative, desperate mother who did not respect herself because of love and who used her son as a way to try to get her ex-husband back. Yeah.
dangermousie: (Capital Scandal secondary otp by meganbm)



No surprise that this was another gorgeous ep, though I confess wishing just a tiny smidgeon more time was spent on our young lovers (I am clearly insatiable when it comes to them).

You can tell how much Hana throws Jun off-kilter and despite his trying to fight it (not picking up her call, 'showing off' by having model shoots when she shows up, etc.), his fight is hopeless. He does all sorts of things he normally never does - apologizes, chases after her, ditches nightclubs and pick-ups. You are a goner, boy!

But I confess my favorite scene in this episode did not involve them - it was the heart-stopping last scene between In Ha and Yoon Hee, when they pass each other on the street, and who she is registers just a bit too late for him, but then he takes off running and they meet. So much emotion and longing there. While with Hana and Jun it is a start of a romance - uncertainty, prickliness, one step forward and two steps back, with In Ha and Yoon Hee it's old love denied, and it's immensely powerful.

(Caps of two gorgeous scenes with two gorgeous OTPs) )

One of the things I really love about LR is the way it shows the fall-out of a love affair gone wrong. In a lesser drama, YH and IH's unfulfilled romance would have existed in a vacuum, but it is not the case here. We don't really know much about Yoon Hee's husband and married life other than he's dead and, seeing how warm and well-adjusted Hana is, Hana's upbringing and family atmosphere must have been good. But it's different with In Ha. The fact that he could not let go of Yoon Hee, could not open up again, wrecked more than his life. I never liked Hye Jung and she certainly went into the marriage with eyes wide open - she knew In Ha loved Yoon Hee and still went for it, and that is after crazy secondary girl antics. But Hye Jung of 70s was a fun, hopeful girl even if spoiled and solipsistic. The Hye Jung of 30 years later is a (sort-of-former) alcoholic who has been robbed of any promise of her youth by incessantly yearning for and trying to manipulate the man who feels no love for her. No wonder Jun has trust issues and views romantic love with all the enthusiasm of a man finding a bug in his soup - he grew up with an emotionally distant father (that scene with Yoon Hee is the first time we see older In Ha truly there) and a manipulative, desperate mother who did not respect herself because of love and who used her son as a way to try to get her ex-husband back. Yeah.
dangermousie: (Capital Scandal secondary otp by meganbm)



No surprise that this was another gorgeous ep, though I confess wishing just a tiny smidgeon more time was spent on our young lovers (I am clearly insatiable when it comes to them).

You can tell how much Hana throws Jun off-kilter and despite his trying to fight it (not picking up her call, 'showing off' by having model shoots when she shows up, etc.), his fight is hopeless. He does all sorts of things he normally never does - apologizes, chases after her, ditches nightclubs and pick-ups. You are a goner, boy!

But I confess my favorite scene in this episode did not involve them - it was the heart-stopping last scene between In Ha and Yoon Hee, when they pass each other on the street, and who she is registers just a bit too late for him, but then he takes off running and they meet. So much emotion and longing there. While with Hana and Jun it is a start of a romance - uncertainty, prickliness, one step forward and two steps back, with In Ha and Yoon Hee it's old love denied, and it's immensely powerful.

(Caps of two gorgeous scenes with two gorgeous OTPs) )

One of the things I really love about LR is the way it shows the fall-out of a love affair gone wrong. In a lesser drama, YH and IH's unfulfilled romance would have existed in a vacuum, but it is not the case here. We don't really know much about Yoon Hee's husband and married life other than he's dead and, seeing how warm and well-adjusted Hana is, Hana's upbringing and family atmosphere must have been good. But it's different with In Ha. The fact that he could not let go of Yoon Hee, could not open up again, wrecked more than his life. I never liked Hye Jung and she certainly went into the marriage with eyes wide open - she knew In Ha loved Yoon Hee and still went for it, and that is after crazy secondary girl antics. But Hye Jung of 70s was a fun, hopeful girl even if spoiled and solipsistic. The Hye Jung of 30 years later is a (sort-of-former) alcoholic who has been robbed of any promise of her youth by incessantly yearning for and trying to manipulate the man who feels no love for her. No wonder Jun has trust issues and views romantic love with all the enthusiasm of a man finding a bug in his soup - he grew up with an emotionally distant father (that scene with Yoon Hee is the first time we see older In Ha truly there) and a manipulative, desperate mother who did not respect herself because of love and who used her son as a way to try to get her ex-husband back. Yeah.
dangermousie: (Default)
I am exhausted, so have some caps from eps 7 and 8 without much in the way of comment.

I really loved seeing everyone, especially Jae Ha (these eps really belonged to Lee Seung Gi) coping with the new world.

I still fail to see the necessity of the (implied) sex scene - the emotional climax of the whole episode (let alone that scene) was Jae Ha actually finally allowing himself to break down and crying in Hang Ah's arms, allowing her in closer than anyone else ever. Sex just seemed not necessary at that point - sure, if they were a couple together for a while, who had sex many a time before, it would be fine. But an OTP's first time (and Hang Ah's first time ever?) entirely off-screen, as an afterthought, is kinda bizarre. Plus, having comfort-your-SO sex as a first time is really quite depressing. Ugh. The more I think about it, the less I like the choice. It was wrong for the scene, wrong for the romance, and wrongish for the characters. The only reason I can think of is that they wanted to have a baby in the future for plot reasons or something but still - first of all, I don't like baby plots in thrillers/romances, and second of all, there should have been a better way to get there and have a sex scene that meant something.

(Anyway, enough griping, have some caps) )
dangermousie: (Default)
I am exhausted, so have some caps from eps 7 and 8 without much in the way of comment.

I really loved seeing everyone, especially Jae Ha (these eps really belonged to Lee Seung Gi) coping with the new world.

I still fail to see the necessity of the (implied) sex scene - the emotional climax of the whole episode (let alone that scene) was Jae Ha actually finally allowing himself to break down and crying in Hang Ah's arms, allowing her in closer than anyone else ever. Sex just seemed not necessary at that point - sure, if they were a couple together for a while, who had sex many a time before, it would be fine. But an OTP's first time (and Hang Ah's first time ever?) entirely off-screen, as an afterthought, is kinda bizarre. Plus, having comfort-your-SO sex as a first time is really quite depressing. Ugh. The more I think about it, the less I like the choice. It was wrong for the scene, wrong for the romance, and wrongish for the characters. The only reason I can think of is that they wanted to have a baby in the future for plot reasons or something but still - first of all, I don't like baby plots in thrillers/romances, and second of all, there should have been a better way to get there and have a sex scene that meant something.

(Anyway, enough griping, have some caps) )
dangermousie: (Default)
I am exhausted, so have some caps from eps 7 and 8 without much in the way of comment.

I really loved seeing everyone, especially Jae Ha (these eps really belonged to Lee Seung Gi) coping with the new world.

I still fail to see the necessity of the (implied) sex scene - the emotional climax of the whole episode (let alone that scene) was Jae Ha actually finally allowing himself to break down and crying in Hang Ah's arms, allowing her in closer than anyone else ever. Sex just seemed not necessary at that point - sure, if they were a couple together for a while, who had sex many a time before, it would be fine. But an OTP's first time (and Hang Ah's first time ever?) entirely off-screen, as an afterthought, is kinda bizarre. Plus, having comfort-your-SO sex as a first time is really quite depressing. Ugh. The more I think about it, the less I like the choice. It was wrong for the scene, wrong for the romance, and wrongish for the characters. The only reason I can think of is that they wanted to have a baby in the future for plot reasons or something but still - first of all, I don't like baby plots in thrillers/romances, and second of all, there should have been a better way to get there and have a sex scene that meant something.

(Anyway, enough griping, have some caps) )
dangermousie: (Chuno - hands by alexandral)
These episodes switch the focus from the 1970s to the present, from muted soft colors of the fall to the crisp clean colors of the winter.




I loved this drama from the first minute of the first episode, but it was with this week's episode that I became truly obsessed, upset that I didn't have all the episodes to marathon at once. We've left the dreamlike world with its shy, almost mute lovers and are now in the less charmed present - everything has acquired sharp edges - the characters, the relationships, even the cinematography that sometimes makes this feel like an indie movie. In Ha and Yoon Hee were the nostalgic dream but Jun and Hana are the present, the reality, people I can see passing by on the street. He's an impatient cynic who has little interest in love, his dreamer tendencies hidden, and it makes his utter helpless smitten state with Hana and refusal to process it, even more delicious. She is quirky, hot-tempered and blunt. In Ha's and Yoon Hee's relationship was simple, straightforward - all that stood between them was their desire not to hurt their friends - the relationship itself was pure and uncomplicated. But this won't be the case with Hana and Jun. JGS and Yoona give great performances - I see them as entirely different in this incarnation than in the past. YSH knows how to get the best out of his actors.

But you know what? Even with the modernity with its complexities and guardedness ever-present, this is still swoonily romantic - the most romantic thing I've seen all year. Nobody does the feeling of love the way YSH dramas so.

Lots of caps of gorgeousness )

I need the next ep asap.
dangermousie: (Chuno - hands by alexandral)
These episodes switch the focus from the 1970s to the present, from muted soft colors of the fall to the crisp clean colors of the winter.




I loved this drama from the first minute of the first episode, but it was with this week's episode that I became truly obsessed, upset that I didn't have all the episodes to marathon at once. We've left the dreamlike world with its shy, almost mute lovers and are now in the less charmed present - everything has acquired sharp edges - the characters, the relationships, even the cinematography that sometimes makes this feel like an indie movie. In Ha and Yoon Hee were the nostalgic dream but Jun and Hana are the present, the reality, people I can see passing by on the street. He's an impatient cynic who has little interest in love, his dreamer tendencies hidden, and it makes his utter helpless smitten state with Hana and refusal to process it, even more delicious. She is quirky, hot-tempered and blunt. In Ha's and Yoon Hee's relationship was simple, straightforward - all that stood between them was their desire not to hurt their friends - the relationship itself was pure and uncomplicated. But this won't be the case with Hana and Jun. JGS and Yoona give great performances - I see them as entirely different in this incarnation than in the past. YSH knows how to get the best out of his actors.

But you know what? Even with the modernity with its complexities and guardedness ever-present, this is still swoonily romantic - the most romantic thing I've seen all year. Nobody does the feeling of love the way YSH dramas so.

Lots of caps of gorgeousness )

I need the next ep asap.
dangermousie: (Chuno - hands by alexandral)
These episodes switch the focus from the 1970s to the present, from muted soft colors of the fall to the crisp clean colors of the winter.




I loved this drama from the first minute of the first episode, but it was with this week's episode that I became truly obsessed, upset that I didn't have all the episodes to marathon at once. We've left the dreamlike world with its shy, almost mute lovers and are now in the less charmed present - everything has acquired sharp edges - the characters, the relationships, even the cinematography that sometimes makes this feel like an indie movie. In Ha and Yoon Hee were the nostalgic dream but Jun and Hana are the present, the reality, people I can see passing by on the street. He's an impatient cynic who has little interest in love, his dreamer tendencies hidden, and it makes his utter helpless smitten state with Hana and refusal to process it, even more delicious. She is quirky, hot-tempered and blunt. In Ha's and Yoon Hee's relationship was simple, straightforward - all that stood between them was their desire not to hurt their friends - the relationship itself was pure and uncomplicated. But this won't be the case with Hana and Jun. JGS and Yoona give great performances - I see them as entirely different in this incarnation than in the past. YSH knows how to get the best out of his actors.

But you know what? Even with the modernity with its complexities and guardedness ever-present, this is still swoonily romantic - the most romantic thing I've seen all year. Nobody does the feeling of love the way YSH dramas so.

Lots of caps of gorgeousness )

I need the next ep asap.
dangermousie: (CH: YS in bed by meganbmoore)


Larger version )

Just look at this gorgeous poster for Queen In Hyun's Man which is set to air in less than two weeks (the title makes me think of an odd mix between Queen In Soo and Princess' Man :P) With every promo teaser and artwork, my interest in this gets bigger and bigger. The fact that this is on tvN, a network that has so far done some amazing dramas, and that is has the unusual premise in which our hero, a Joseon scholar, travels back and forth in time, and I am rabid.

Time travel seems the theme du jour in kdramas this year (I wonder if the recent Mainland time travel successes like Bu Bu Jing Xin and Gong had anything to do with it). We have four this year, which brings the amount of time-travel kdramas in the totality of kdrama existence to five. Yes, this year alone, we have four times as many time-travel kdramas as we did in all the years before. In addition to Queen In Hyun's Man, we have Rooftop Prince, which is currently airing (and is adorable and fluffy if not particularly memorable), and the upcoming Timeslip Doctor Jin, which is based on the same manga that brought us the amazing jdrama JIN (I am curious but iffy about this one because the original was so steeped in Japanese history, they will have to drastically redo it. Not to mention that I love Song Seung Heon, but a great actor he is not, unlike Osawa Takao, who played the role in the jdrama) and Faith, about a female doctor who travels to Gogureyo, which I am preobsessed about because it's written by the writer of Eyes of Dawn, Sandglass, Legend, Slingshot and What's Up (i.e., she who can do no wrong) and directed by her frequent collaborator who directed EoD, Sandglass and Legend). Plus, it stars Lee Min Ho as a warrior (in his first sageuk RAWRRRRR) and Kim Hee Sun as the doctor (I like her and, even though as a rule am not fond of noona romances, it makes perfect sense here as a doctor is unlikely to be 22 and back in the past, people matured and advanced up the war ladder quicker because short lifespan).
dangermousie: (CH: YS in bed by meganbmoore)


Larger version )

Just look at this gorgeous poster for Queen In Hyun's Man which is set to air in less than two weeks (the title makes me think of an odd mix between Queen In Soo and Princess' Man :P) With every promo teaser and artwork, my interest in this gets bigger and bigger. The fact that this is on tvN, a network that has so far done some amazing dramas, and that is has the unusual premise in which our hero, a Joseon scholar, travels back and forth in time, and I am rabid.

Time travel seems the theme du jour in kdramas this year (I wonder if the recent Mainland time travel successes like Bu Bu Jing Xin and Gong had anything to do with it). We have four this year, which brings the amount of time-travel kdramas in the totality of kdrama existence to five. Yes, this year alone, we have four times as many time-travel kdramas as we did in all the years before. In addition to Queen In Hyun's Man, we have Rooftop Prince, which is currently airing (and is adorable and fluffy if not particularly memorable), and the upcoming Timeslip Doctor Jin, which is based on the same manga that brought us the amazing jdrama JIN (I am curious but iffy about this one because the original was so steeped in Japanese history, they will have to drastically redo it. Not to mention that I love Song Seung Heon, but a great actor he is not, unlike Osawa Takao, who played the role in the jdrama) and Faith, about a female doctor who travels to Gogureyo, which I am preobsessed about because it's written by the writer of Eyes of Dawn, Sandglass, Legend, Slingshot and What's Up (i.e., she who can do no wrong) and directed by her frequent collaborator who directed EoD, Sandglass and Legend). Plus, it stars Lee Min Ho as a warrior (in his first sageuk RAWRRRRR) and Kim Hee Sun as the doctor (I like her and, even though as a rule am not fond of noona romances, it makes perfect sense here as a doctor is unlikely to be 22 and back in the past, people matured and advanced up the war ladder quicker because short lifespan).
dangermousie: (CH: YS in bed by meganbmoore)


Larger version )

Just look at this gorgeous poster for Queen In Hyun's Man which is set to air in less than two weeks (the title makes me think of an odd mix between Queen In Soo and Princess' Man :P) With every promo teaser and artwork, my interest in this gets bigger and bigger. The fact that this is on tvN, a network that has so far done some amazing dramas, and that is has the unusual premise in which our hero, a Joseon scholar, travels back and forth in time, and I am rabid.

Time travel seems the theme du jour in kdramas this year (I wonder if the recent Mainland time travel successes like Bu Bu Jing Xin and Gong had anything to do with it). We have four this year, which brings the amount of time-travel kdramas in the totality of kdrama existence to five. Yes, this year alone, we have four times as many time-travel kdramas as we did in all the years before. In addition to Queen In Hyun's Man, we have Rooftop Prince, which is currently airing (and is adorable and fluffy if not particularly memorable), and the upcoming Timeslip Doctor Jin, which is based on the same manga that brought us the amazing jdrama JIN (I am curious but iffy about this one because the original was so steeped in Japanese history, they will have to drastically redo it. Not to mention that I love Song Seung Heon, but a great actor he is not, unlike Osawa Takao, who played the role in the jdrama) and Faith, about a female doctor who travels to Gogureyo, which I am preobsessed about because it's written by the writer of Eyes of Dawn, Sandglass, Legend, Slingshot and What's Up (i.e., she who can do no wrong) and directed by her frequent collaborator who directed EoD, Sandglass and Legend). Plus, it stars Lee Min Ho as a warrior (in his first sageuk RAWRRRRR) and Kim Hee Sun as the doctor (I like her and, even though as a rule am not fond of noona romances, it makes perfect sense here as a doctor is unlikely to be 22 and back in the past, people matured and advanced up the war ladder quicker because short lifespan).
dangermousie: (BSG: Kara/Sam by cmack_icons)
I confess my interest in Rooftop Prince is beginning to wane. I am currently managing to keep up with 4 airing dramas (all three W/Th dramas and Love Rain) but I am about to add Hero to the list and try to catch up on God of War and if I will find that I need to drop one, RP will probably be the one. It's a cute, sweet drama but it's darling fluff and I am constitutionally unable to be fully invested in a fluffy drama to the extent I prefer other kinds.

This said, the sequence at the end of ep 5 was adorable.

Sequence in question )

Also, Yoochun looks about 200x hotter with that modern haircut and a smile (though he looked fine in Joseon garb) and I am excited Park Ha finally remembered the truth about Sena. Now if only she conveys said truth to Princey.

Episodes 5 and 6 of TEM gave me shivers. This drama's cat-and-mouse game is more overt than that of Mawang but not any less tense, smart and satisfying. Jang Il is such an utter black hole of moral failure. I'd almost say that his being the way he is would be sufficient punishment, except the hell that he plunged Sun Woo into deserves a more bloody repayment.




Luckily Sun Woo agrees with me. The scene above was perfect. I love that he remembers every bit of what happened but is pretending not to - his cat and mouse with Jang Il keeps me on the edge of my seat (JI, btw, still clearly manifests that he'd have no second thoughts about committing another murder if he had to. In trying to kill Sun Woo, he also killed any hope of a worthy future for himself).



Ji Wan and Sun Woo are the sole ray of sunshine in the story and I ship them in part because of that, but also because I know how much it would devastate Jang Il. In your face, soulless psycho!
dangermousie: (BSG: Kara/Sam by cmack_icons)
I confess my interest in Rooftop Prince is beginning to wane. I am currently managing to keep up with 4 airing dramas (all three W/Th dramas and Love Rain) but I am about to add Hero to the list and try to catch up on God of War and if I will find that I need to drop one, RP will probably be the one. It's a cute, sweet drama but it's darling fluff and I am constitutionally unable to be fully invested in a fluffy drama to the extent I prefer other kinds.

This said, the sequence at the end of ep 5 was adorable.

Sequence in question )

Also, Yoochun looks about 200x hotter with that modern haircut and a smile (though he looked fine in Joseon garb) and I am excited Park Ha finally remembered the truth about Sena. Now if only she conveys said truth to Princey.

Episodes 5 and 6 of TEM gave me shivers. This drama's cat-and-mouse game is more overt than that of Mawang but not any less tense, smart and satisfying. Jang Il is such an utter black hole of moral failure. I'd almost say that his being the way he is would be sufficient punishment, except the hell that he plunged Sun Woo into deserves a more bloody repayment.




Luckily Sun Woo agrees with me. The scene above was perfect. I love that he remembers every bit of what happened but is pretending not to - his cat and mouse with Jang Il keeps me on the edge of my seat (JI, btw, still clearly manifests that he'd have no second thoughts about committing another murder if he had to. In trying to kill Sun Woo, he also killed any hope of a worthy future for himself).



Ji Wan and Sun Woo are the sole ray of sunshine in the story and I ship them in part because of that, but also because I know how much it would devastate Jang Il. In your face, soulless psycho!
dangermousie: (BSG: Kara/Sam by cmack_icons)
I confess my interest in Rooftop Prince is beginning to wane. I am currently managing to keep up with 4 airing dramas (all three W/Th dramas and Love Rain) but I am about to add Hero to the list and try to catch up on God of War and if I will find that I need to drop one, RP will probably be the one. It's a cute, sweet drama but it's darling fluff and I am constitutionally unable to be fully invested in a fluffy drama to the extent I prefer other kinds.

This said, the sequence at the end of ep 5 was adorable.

Sequence in question )

Also, Yoochun looks about 200x hotter with that modern haircut and a smile (though he looked fine in Joseon garb) and I am excited Park Ha finally remembered the truth about Sena. Now if only she conveys said truth to Princey.

Episodes 5 and 6 of TEM gave me shivers. This drama's cat-and-mouse game is more overt than that of Mawang but not any less tense, smart and satisfying. Jang Il is such an utter black hole of moral failure. I'd almost say that his being the way he is would be sufficient punishment, except the hell that he plunged Sun Woo into deserves a more bloody repayment.




Luckily Sun Woo agrees with me. The scene above was perfect. I love that he remembers every bit of what happened but is pretending not to - his cat and mouse with Jang Il keeps me on the edge of my seat (JI, btw, still clearly manifests that he'd have no second thoughts about committing another murder if he had to. In trying to kill Sun Woo, he also killed any hope of a worthy future for himself).



Ji Wan and Sun Woo are the sole ray of sunshine in the story and I ship them in part because of that, but also because I know how much it would devastate Jang Il. In your face, soulless psycho!
dangermousie: (Goong beach by autumn_yaar)


People may disagree about how well YSH's narrative flows and how much it touches you (he is one of those who has passionate fans and mocking haters, with very few people in-between), but I cannot believe anyone would quibble with the fact that his dramas are probably the most-beautifully filmed dramas out there. To go from Love Rain to any other drama currently airing (even those I love like K2H and TEM) is to notice how inferior their (excellent by any other standard) cinematography is in comparison. Other dramas have good cinematography. YSH's dramas are poetry in motion. Literally any shot in any episode can be framed as a painting. In a way, he reminds me of Sanjay Leela Bhansali, another very idiosyncratic film-maker devoted to beauty of images and the hothouse of emotion, whose work you will never mistake for another's, and who has as many detractors as rabid fans.

Watching episodes 3 and 4, in which the love between In Ha and Yoon Hee both crests and unravels, all with understated delicacy (YSH is the proponent of old school - his melodrama is about restraint and stillness, not makjang yelling so popular nowadays. There is one small and sudden act (and quickly over) of violence in episode 3 and it shocks you to the core precisely because of its rarity), it struck me that what YSH is making is, in effect, a silent movie. There is dialogue and it's appropriate but it is utterly unnecessary - if you put this on mute and/or turned off the subtitles you will still get 100% of the story and emotional impact, not because the story is so simplistic, but because YSH manages his images so that they convey the whole story - In Ha's silouette in the rain, Yoon Hee's handkerchief, the intertwined fingers, frosted shadows of letters in the window.

I mean, look at this scene. Dialogue is unnecessary:









A silent movie is a very different art and an acquired taste. I am a huge fan because, when done right, I find that by relying solely on images, the work bypasses my reason and goes straight for the emotional part of my heart.

More thoughts and caps )

If I had to pick the most underrated airing drama, Love Rain would be it.
dangermousie: (Goong beach by autumn_yaar)


People may disagree about how well YSH's narrative flows and how much it touches you (he is one of those who has passionate fans and mocking haters, with very few people in-between), but I cannot believe anyone would quibble with the fact that his dramas are probably the most-beautifully filmed dramas out there. To go from Love Rain to any other drama currently airing (even those I love like K2H and TEM) is to notice how inferior their (excellent by any other standard) cinematography is in comparison. Other dramas have good cinematography. YSH's dramas are poetry in motion. Literally any shot in any episode can be framed as a painting. In a way, he reminds me of Sanjay Leela Bhansali, another very idiosyncratic film-maker devoted to beauty of images and the hothouse of emotion, whose work you will never mistake for another's, and who has as many detractors as rabid fans.

Watching episodes 3 and 4, in which the love between In Ha and Yoon Hee both crests and unravels, all with understated delicacy (YSH is the proponent of old school - his melodrama is about restraint and stillness, not makjang yelling so popular nowadays. There is one small and sudden act (and quickly over) of violence in episode 3 and it shocks you to the core precisely because of its rarity), it struck me that what YSH is making is, in effect, a silent movie. There is dialogue and it's appropriate but it is utterly unnecessary - if you put this on mute and/or turned off the subtitles you will still get 100% of the story and emotional impact, not because the story is so simplistic, but because YSH manages his images so that they convey the whole story - In Ha's silouette in the rain, Yoon Hee's handkerchief, the intertwined fingers, frosted shadows of letters in the window.

I mean, look at this scene. Dialogue is unnecessary:









A silent movie is a very different art and an acquired taste. I am a huge fan because, when done right, I find that by relying solely on images, the work bypasses my reason and goes straight for the emotional part of my heart.

More thoughts and caps )

If I had to pick the most underrated airing drama, Love Rain would be it.
dangermousie: (Goong beach by autumn_yaar)


People may disagree about how well YSH's narrative flows and how much it touches you (he is one of those who has passionate fans and mocking haters, with very few people in-between), but I cannot believe anyone would quibble with the fact that his dramas are probably the most-beautifully filmed dramas out there. To go from Love Rain to any other drama currently airing (even those I love like K2H and TEM) is to notice how inferior their (excellent by any other standard) cinematography is in comparison. Other dramas have good cinematography. YSH's dramas are poetry in motion. Literally any shot in any episode can be framed as a painting. In a way, he reminds me of Sanjay Leela Bhansali, another very idiosyncratic film-maker devoted to beauty of images and the hothouse of emotion, whose work you will never mistake for another's, and who has as many detractors as rabid fans.

Watching episodes 3 and 4, in which the love between In Ha and Yoon Hee both crests and unravels, all with understated delicacy (YSH is the proponent of old school - his melodrama is about restraint and stillness, not makjang yelling so popular nowadays. There is one small and sudden act (and quickly over) of violence in episode 3 and it shocks you to the core precisely because of its rarity), it struck me that what YSH is making is, in effect, a silent movie. There is dialogue and it's appropriate but it is utterly unnecessary - if you put this on mute and/or turned off the subtitles you will still get 100% of the story and emotional impact, not because the story is so simplistic, but because YSH manages his images so that they convey the whole story - In Ha's silouette in the rain, Yoon Hee's handkerchief, the intertwined fingers, frosted shadows of letters in the window.

I mean, look at this scene. Dialogue is unnecessary:









A silent movie is a very different art and an acquired taste. I am a huge fan because, when done right, I find that by relying solely on images, the work bypasses my reason and goes straight for the emotional part of my heart.

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If I had to pick the most underrated airing drama, Love Rain would be it.
dangermousie: (B&W Zai Tian by scanky_chops)



I haven't yet seen this week's ep but last week's ep 4 was brilliant. The large amount of time devoted to Jang Il's fear and almost a sociopath way of overcoming it (practicing his 'surprised face at friend's murder,' saying that he'll have everything he wants but will feel guilty for Sun Woo's death so that sound be enough) was wonderful - it felt organic to the story and fleshed out JI's character (even if that meant I know loathe every second I see him).




I am going to miss Lee Hyun Woo who did a marvelous job and I hope this is the start of a great career for him. But UTW took over as grown-up Sun Woo almost seamlessly - I can believe him the continuation of his teenage self - the hot-headedness, the fear under the bravado, the temper, the grit.



I still hate grown-up Jang Il but watching his suffer the torments of the damned as he tries to wriggle out of the evil act of his past will be fascinating.



Bring it on, drama!
dangermousie: (B&W Zai Tian by scanky_chops)



I haven't yet seen this week's ep but last week's ep 4 was brilliant. The large amount of time devoted to Jang Il's fear and almost a sociopath way of overcoming it (practicing his 'surprised face at friend's murder,' saying that he'll have everything he wants but will feel guilty for Sun Woo's death so that sound be enough) was wonderful - it felt organic to the story and fleshed out JI's character (even if that meant I know loathe every second I see him).




I am going to miss Lee Hyun Woo who did a marvelous job and I hope this is the start of a great career for him. But UTW took over as grown-up Sun Woo almost seamlessly - I can believe him the continuation of his teenage self - the hot-headedness, the fear under the bravado, the temper, the grit.



I still hate grown-up Jang Il but watching his suffer the torments of the damned as he tries to wriggle out of the evil act of his past will be fascinating.



Bring it on, drama!

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