dangermousie: (Full House: kiss)
*puts on her best 15-yr-old girl voice* Mingook oppa is sooooooooo hot.

LOL.

Sorry, but that has been my predominant thought through eps 6 and 7.

I am beginning to fall in love with Lawyers of Korea. And I am beginning to see long-term viability of Mingook/Woo, and not just because I have been hormonally afflicted.

For one, Mingook is learning but, for another, he and Ae Ri were such a bad match - he is incredibly abrasive and she is actually very fragile. And Mingook also is about the last person to whom one gives hints. Yet the way Woo deals with him - there are none of those problems - if she wants something, there are no hints - she will tell bluntly what it is she wants. Moreover, his brusqueness does not bother her at all - it doesn't even register. And the lady loves a good fight - she is a total HBIC - see the scene where he was so pissed-off and jealous and just stressed and threw money at her in a public place. Her reaction? An equivalent of a mental shrug because she knows he is acting out and not to take it to heart, standing up to him every bit and then she basically bullies him (I can't think of any other word) into kneeling at her feet in front of all his employees and picking it all up - she can shut down his tantrum faster than anything and it does not phase her but makes her roll her eyes. She is the clear boss of that confrontation or any situation with the two of them, really.

Take that ridiculous contract Mingook's Mom made Ae Ri sign - why on earth did Ae Ri not tell her where to stuff it and then talk to Mingook and tell him if he wants something this stupid, the marriage is off. That contract basically killed the marriage before it started and Mingook did not even know of its existence. Can you imagine Woo's reaction to Momster trying this? As if. She's tell her to get off and then Mingook would be in for a yelling session telling him to put his mother on a leash.

Lawyer Byun continues to be awesome - he is dying to protect a lady and Ae Ri needs protection. Please hook up and be my secondary OTP. I am biased as they were so star-crossed in Seoul 1945 and at least in this one there is no chance he will die in a labor camp. I do wish that, as he clearly wants Woo back, he freaking tell her why he went away. Seriously - how can she forgive you if she does not know your reason for leaving? Are you insane?

To conclude, a shippy MV:



ETA: Here are Byun and Ae Ri (or their actors :P) in Seoul 1945. Mmmm.


dangermousie: (Full House: kiss)
*puts on her best 15-yr-old girl voice* Mingook oppa is sooooooooo hot.

LOL.

Sorry, but that has been my predominant thought through eps 6 and 7.

I am beginning to fall in love with Lawyers of Korea. And I am beginning to see long-term viability of Mingook/Woo, and not just because I have been hormonally afflicted.

For one, Mingook is learning but, for another, he and Ae Ri were such a bad match - he is incredibly abrasive and she is actually very fragile. And Mingook also is about the last person to whom one gives hints. Yet the way Woo deals with him - there are none of those problems - if she wants something, there are no hints - she will tell bluntly what it is she wants. Moreover, his brusqueness does not bother her at all - it doesn't even register. And the lady loves a good fight - she is a total HBIC - see the scene where he was so pissed-off and jealous and just stressed and threw money at her in a public place. Her reaction? An equivalent of a mental shrug because she knows he is acting out and not to take it to heart, standing up to him every bit and then she basically bullies him (I can't think of any other word) into kneeling at her feet in front of all his employees and picking it all up - she can shut down his tantrum faster than anything and it does not phase her but makes her roll her eyes. She is the clear boss of that confrontation or any situation with the two of them, really.

Take that ridiculous contract Mingook's Mom made Ae Ri sign - why on earth did Ae Ri not tell her where to stuff it and then talk to Mingook and tell him if he wants something this stupid, the marriage is off. That contract basically killed the marriage before it started and Mingook did not even know of its existence. Can you imagine Woo's reaction to Momster trying this? As if. She's tell her to get off and then Mingook would be in for a yelling session telling him to put his mother on a leash.

Lawyer Byun continues to be awesome - he is dying to protect a lady and Ae Ri needs protection. Please hook up and be my secondary OTP. I am biased as they were so star-crossed in Seoul 1945 and at least in this one there is no chance he will die in a labor camp. I do wish that, as he clearly wants Woo back, he freaking tell her why he went away. Seriously - how can she forgive you if she does not know your reason for leaving? Are you insane?

To conclude, a shippy MV:



ETA: Here are Byun and Ae Ri (or their actors :P) in Seoul 1945. Mmmm.


dangermousie: (Full House: kiss)
*puts on her best 15-yr-old girl voice* Mingook oppa is sooooooooo hot.

LOL.

Sorry, but that has been my predominant thought through eps 6 and 7.

I am beginning to fall in love with Lawyers of Korea. And I am beginning to see long-term viability of Mingook/Woo, and not just because I have been hormonally afflicted.

For one, Mingook is learning but, for another, he and Ae Ri were such a bad match - he is incredibly abrasive and she is actually very fragile. And Mingook also is about the last person to whom one gives hints. Yet the way Woo deals with him - there are none of those problems - if she wants something, there are no hints - she will tell bluntly what it is she wants. Moreover, his brusqueness does not bother her at all - it doesn't even register. And the lady loves a good fight - she is a total HBIC - see the scene where he was so pissed-off and jealous and just stressed and threw money at her in a public place. Her reaction? An equivalent of a mental shrug because she knows he is acting out and not to take it to heart, standing up to him every bit and then she basically bullies him (I can't think of any other word) into kneeling at her feet in front of all his employees and picking it all up - she can shut down his tantrum faster than anything and it does not phase her but makes her roll her eyes. She is the clear boss of that confrontation or any situation with the two of them, really.

Take that ridiculous contract Mingook's Mom made Ae Ri sign - why on earth did Ae Ri not tell her where to stuff it and then talk to Mingook and tell him if he wants something this stupid, the marriage is off. That contract basically killed the marriage before it started and Mingook did not even know of its existence. Can you imagine Woo's reaction to Momster trying this? As if. She's tell her to get off and then Mingook would be in for a yelling session telling him to put his mother on a leash.

Lawyer Byun continues to be awesome - he is dying to protect a lady and Ae Ri needs protection. Please hook up and be my secondary OTP. I am biased as they were so star-crossed in Seoul 1945 and at least in this one there is no chance he will die in a labor camp. I do wish that, as he clearly wants Woo back, he freaking tell her why he went away. Seriously - how can she forgive you if she does not know your reason for leaving? Are you insane?

To conclude, a shippy MV:



ETA: Here are Byun and Ae Ri (or their actors :P) in Seoul 1945. Mmmm.


dangermousie: (Capital Scandal box by miss_dian)
Am on episode 6 of Lawyers of Korea (to be fair, since I left off at beginning of 5 months ago, that only means an ep) and my previous opinion stands - it's fun and breezy and with a lovely cast but it is a bit flawed in a way I will get into below. It still makes it fun to watch, just not a favorite or anything.

LoK's heroine, Lawyer Woo, is a rookie starting to establish her business. She does strictly small-time stuff until (due to a number of dramaish circumstances), the ecentric millionaire Han Mingook hires her to be his lawyer in his acrimonious alimony battle with his ex-wife, movie star Ae Ri - Ae Ri is basically seeking most of his fortune and Mingook is not about to take it lying down. Since this is a drama, however, there are further complications - for one, Ae Ri and Lawyer Woo went to the same trade school and used to be friends. And for another, Ae Ri's high-power shark of a lawyer, Lawyer Byun, used to be Lawyer Woo's live-in boyfriend - they even planned to get married until Byun just took off with no explanation and no way to contact him. Now he is back and intends to resume their relationship as if nothing happened. You can just imagine the hijinks that are about to ensue.

This drama has a number of lovely points - it's funny, it almost literally sparkles, the script is fast and witty, and the cast, all 4 leads, have this lovely snappy chemistry - it's almost like watching a kdrama do a screwball comedy. Not to mention that this is a rare drama without evil secondaries - Ae Ri is a wonderful woman, oddly fragile, yet self-possessed. And I have a huge crush on Lawyer Byun.

But there is a big problem - out of four possible shippy permutations, I can see 3 working, and the one I cannot see is the main ship - I would love to watch a drama about Mingook and Ae Ri reconciling, working out their issues. I would love to see Byun court Woo all over again (as I love spoilers, I know why he left her and his reason is no worse than most of kdrama heroes who do something for the little lady's good without bothering to tell her). And I would love to see Byun and Ae Ri hook up - not only is she fragile and needs someone to cherish her and he is equipped to do so, but these actors were the OTP of Seoul 1945 and they were amazing.

But Mingook/Woo? I don't really get it. Or let me modify this - I get it in a way - they have crackling chemistry and he is attracted by her no-nonsense combative attitude as he's never had a challenge before. And she really likes to spar with him. So yes, I can buy a temporary and very fun and very hot hook-up. The problem is, I cannot see it last - fighting all the time does not make a stable relationship for most, but more importantly, Mingook was genuinely in love with Ae Ri when he married her and so what? When hard times hit, he ended up womanizing.

So unless Mingook changes in some fundamental way, no matter how much he will be in love with Woo, and how much he will do wonderful things for her (like bodily protecting her from a beating), once the first flush of love is inevitably and quickly over, this relationship will be done. Though I suppose Ae Ri did actively start the marriage deaththroes by reacting to his mother so hmmmmm...

Also - I am getting the creeps seeing both lawyers potentially involved with their clients. Talk about super-unethical.

Still - this is fun and funny, and I like Mingook as a character, even if not necessarily yet as a person - he is a hilarious neurotic wonder. And I like the other three too.

I can't get away from thinking that this drama would be an ep long if people only told each other stuff they were supposed to instead of doing stupid 'for your own good' lies and treating their partner as if they were a retarded 3-yr-old. I mean, if Ae Ri only told Mingook about his mother's fun games as opposed to silently suffering and detaching and leading to the downward marriage spiral, or if Byun only told Woo about why he needed to leave, we'd have a drama about a couple of married lawyers and a rich guy/movie star glamour couple.
dangermousie: (Capital Scandal box by miss_dian)
Am on episode 6 of Lawyers of Korea (to be fair, since I left off at beginning of 5 months ago, that only means an ep) and my previous opinion stands - it's fun and breezy and with a lovely cast but it is a bit flawed in a way I will get into below. It still makes it fun to watch, just not a favorite or anything.

LoK's heroine, Lawyer Woo, is a rookie starting to establish her business. She does strictly small-time stuff until (due to a number of dramaish circumstances), the ecentric millionaire Han Mingook hires her to be his lawyer in his acrimonious alimony battle with his ex-wife, movie star Ae Ri - Ae Ri is basically seeking most of his fortune and Mingook is not about to take it lying down. Since this is a drama, however, there are further complications - for one, Ae Ri and Lawyer Woo went to the same trade school and used to be friends. And for another, Ae Ri's high-power shark of a lawyer, Lawyer Byun, used to be Lawyer Woo's live-in boyfriend - they even planned to get married until Byun just took off with no explanation and no way to contact him. Now he is back and intends to resume their relationship as if nothing happened. You can just imagine the hijinks that are about to ensue.

This drama has a number of lovely points - it's funny, it almost literally sparkles, the script is fast and witty, and the cast, all 4 leads, have this lovely snappy chemistry - it's almost like watching a kdrama do a screwball comedy. Not to mention that this is a rare drama without evil secondaries - Ae Ri is a wonderful woman, oddly fragile, yet self-possessed. And I have a huge crush on Lawyer Byun.

But there is a big problem - out of four possible shippy permutations, I can see 3 working, and the one I cannot see is the main ship - I would love to watch a drama about Mingook and Ae Ri reconciling, working out their issues. I would love to see Byun court Woo all over again (as I love spoilers, I know why he left her and his reason is no worse than most of kdrama heroes who do something for the little lady's good without bothering to tell her). And I would love to see Byun and Ae Ri hook up - not only is she fragile and needs someone to cherish her and he is equipped to do so, but these actors were the OTP of Seoul 1945 and they were amazing.

But Mingook/Woo? I don't really get it. Or let me modify this - I get it in a way - they have crackling chemistry and he is attracted by her no-nonsense combative attitude as he's never had a challenge before. And she really likes to spar with him. So yes, I can buy a temporary and very fun and very hot hook-up. The problem is, I cannot see it last - fighting all the time does not make a stable relationship for most, but more importantly, Mingook was genuinely in love with Ae Ri when he married her and so what? When hard times hit, he ended up womanizing.

So unless Mingook changes in some fundamental way, no matter how much he will be in love with Woo, and how much he will do wonderful things for her (like bodily protecting her from a beating), once the first flush of love is inevitably and quickly over, this relationship will be done. Though I suppose Ae Ri did actively start the marriage deaththroes by reacting to his mother so hmmmmm...

Also - I am getting the creeps seeing both lawyers potentially involved with their clients. Talk about super-unethical.

Still - this is fun and funny, and I like Mingook as a character, even if not necessarily yet as a person - he is a hilarious neurotic wonder. And I like the other three too.

I can't get away from thinking that this drama would be an ep long if people only told each other stuff they were supposed to instead of doing stupid 'for your own good' lies and treating their partner as if they were a retarded 3-yr-old. I mean, if Ae Ri only told Mingook about his mother's fun games as opposed to silently suffering and detaching and leading to the downward marriage spiral, or if Byun only told Woo about why he needed to leave, we'd have a drama about a couple of married lawyers and a rich guy/movie star glamour couple.
dangermousie: (Capital Scandal box by miss_dian)
Am on episode 6 of Lawyers of Korea (to be fair, since I left off at beginning of 5 months ago, that only means an ep) and my previous opinion stands - it's fun and breezy and with a lovely cast but it is a bit flawed in a way I will get into below. It still makes it fun to watch, just not a favorite or anything.

LoK's heroine, Lawyer Woo, is a rookie starting to establish her business. She does strictly small-time stuff until (due to a number of dramaish circumstances), the ecentric millionaire Han Mingook hires her to be his lawyer in his acrimonious alimony battle with his ex-wife, movie star Ae Ri - Ae Ri is basically seeking most of his fortune and Mingook is not about to take it lying down. Since this is a drama, however, there are further complications - for one, Ae Ri and Lawyer Woo went to the same trade school and used to be friends. And for another, Ae Ri's high-power shark of a lawyer, Lawyer Byun, used to be Lawyer Woo's live-in boyfriend - they even planned to get married until Byun just took off with no explanation and no way to contact him. Now he is back and intends to resume their relationship as if nothing happened. You can just imagine the hijinks that are about to ensue.

This drama has a number of lovely points - it's funny, it almost literally sparkles, the script is fast and witty, and the cast, all 4 leads, have this lovely snappy chemistry - it's almost like watching a kdrama do a screwball comedy. Not to mention that this is a rare drama without evil secondaries - Ae Ri is a wonderful woman, oddly fragile, yet self-possessed. And I have a huge crush on Lawyer Byun.

But there is a big problem - out of four possible shippy permutations, I can see 3 working, and the one I cannot see is the main ship - I would love to watch a drama about Mingook and Ae Ri reconciling, working out their issues. I would love to see Byun court Woo all over again (as I love spoilers, I know why he left her and his reason is no worse than most of kdrama heroes who do something for the little lady's good without bothering to tell her). And I would love to see Byun and Ae Ri hook up - not only is she fragile and needs someone to cherish her and he is equipped to do so, but these actors were the OTP of Seoul 1945 and they were amazing.

But Mingook/Woo? I don't really get it. Or let me modify this - I get it in a way - they have crackling chemistry and he is attracted by her no-nonsense combative attitude as he's never had a challenge before. And she really likes to spar with him. So yes, I can buy a temporary and very fun and very hot hook-up. The problem is, I cannot see it last - fighting all the time does not make a stable relationship for most, but more importantly, Mingook was genuinely in love with Ae Ri when he married her and so what? When hard times hit, he ended up womanizing.

So unless Mingook changes in some fundamental way, no matter how much he will be in love with Woo, and how much he will do wonderful things for her (like bodily protecting her from a beating), once the first flush of love is inevitably and quickly over, this relationship will be done. Though I suppose Ae Ri did actively start the marriage deaththroes by reacting to his mother so hmmmmm...

Also - I am getting the creeps seeing both lawyers potentially involved with their clients. Talk about super-unethical.

Still - this is fun and funny, and I like Mingook as a character, even if not necessarily yet as a person - he is a hilarious neurotic wonder. And I like the other three too.

I can't get away from thinking that this drama would be an ep long if people only told each other stuff they were supposed to instead of doing stupid 'for your own good' lies and treating their partner as if they were a retarded 3-yr-old. I mean, if Ae Ri only told Mingook about his mother's fun games as opposed to silently suffering and detaching and leading to the downward marriage spiral, or if Byun only told Woo about why he needed to leave, we'd have a drama about a couple of married lawyers and a rich guy/movie star glamour couple.
dangermousie: (KOW: SIG angst by meganbmoore)



Oh boy, I am going to love Seoul 1945. It's a daeha drama (Korean period drama dealing with historical events) and, all in all, it's my favorite genre - my favorite drama of all time is Legend, a fusion sageuk, daeha's more fantasy-oriented cousin.

I admit the main reason for my checking out this drama in the first place, as opposed to tons of other daeha dramas is pretty simple - while I love Korean dramas set in sword-and-horses times, the ones set during the turbulent 20th century history are my favorite even if that subset is fairly small - I adored Capitol Scandal, Fashion 70s (I am still in process of watching that one), and am planning to watch Eyes of Dawn and Sandglass shortly. I even adored East of Eden before it went off the rails and too much into the "present." Also, S1945 is the only drama I've come across (except for prologue of F70) that dedicates a big chunk to the Korean War.

I was also tempted by S1945 because in some ways it reminded me of an angst(ier) take on the secondary OTP of Capitol Scandal- a revolutionary idealist, a tough woman (though no woman elsewhere can equal the toughness of Han Go Eun's character in CS), and a doomed love. Also, they never addressed it explicitly in Capital Scandal, but I always thought Ryu Jin's character in that was a Communist.

Plus, some clips I saw on youtube really appealed to me. And so did the whole doomed OTP aspect - it doesn't get any more doomed than an inconveniently idealistic Communist officer and a nurse-Communist-sympathizer in 1950s Korea. They are doomed whether in the North or South.

Oh, and it won the Baeksang for Best Drama, which is really prestigious. It also marks my third Ryu Soo Young drama in a row but, oddly, this is not on purpose - I checked out Lawyers of Korea because of the OTP (of which he is not one), searching for related MVs led me to 18vs29 which looked adorable and also reminded me of the fact that I own Seoul 1945. Though seeing that I want to check out Bad Couple, should I just admit that I am turning into a RSY fangirl and be done with it?

Anyway, I own S1945 DVDs but I also started downloading because I like to have them on my laptop for capping if I so desire and I found this scene in ep 70:

Prison camps of photgenic misery )

I am starting this as soon as I finish Fashion 70s. Could this get any more awesome?
dangermousie: (KOW: SIG angst by meganbmoore)



Oh boy, I am going to love Seoul 1945. It's a daeha drama (Korean period drama dealing with historical events) and, all in all, it's my favorite genre - my favorite drama of all time is Legend, a fusion sageuk, daeha's more fantasy-oriented cousin.

I admit the main reason for my checking out this drama in the first place, as opposed to tons of other daeha dramas is pretty simple - while I love Korean dramas set in sword-and-horses times, the ones set during the turbulent 20th century history are my favorite even if that subset is fairly small - I adored Capitol Scandal, Fashion 70s (I am still in process of watching that one), and am planning to watch Eyes of Dawn and Sandglass shortly. I even adored East of Eden before it went off the rails and too much into the "present." Also, S1945 is the only drama I've come across (except for prologue of F70) that dedicates a big chunk to the Korean War.

I was also tempted by S1945 because in some ways it reminded me of an angst(ier) take on the secondary OTP of Capitol Scandal- a revolutionary idealist, a tough woman (though no woman elsewhere can equal the toughness of Han Go Eun's character in CS), and a doomed love. Also, they never addressed it explicitly in Capital Scandal, but I always thought Ryu Jin's character in that was a Communist.

Plus, some clips I saw on youtube really appealed to me. And so did the whole doomed OTP aspect - it doesn't get any more doomed than an inconveniently idealistic Communist officer and a nurse-Communist-sympathizer in 1950s Korea. They are doomed whether in the North or South.

Oh, and it won the Baeksang for Best Drama, which is really prestigious. It also marks my third Ryu Soo Young drama in a row but, oddly, this is not on purpose - I checked out Lawyers of Korea because of the OTP (of which he is not one), searching for related MVs led me to 18vs29 which looked adorable and also reminded me of the fact that I own Seoul 1945. Though seeing that I want to check out Bad Couple, should I just admit that I am turning into a RSY fangirl and be done with it?

Anyway, I own S1945 DVDs but I also started downloading because I like to have them on my laptop for capping if I so desire and I found this scene in ep 70:

Prison camps of photgenic misery )

I am starting this as soon as I finish Fashion 70s. Could this get any more awesome?
dangermousie: (KOW: SIG angst by meganbmoore)



Oh boy, I am going to love Seoul 1945. It's a daeha drama (Korean period drama dealing with historical events) and, all in all, it's my favorite genre - my favorite drama of all time is Legend, a fusion sageuk, daeha's more fantasy-oriented cousin.

I admit the main reason for my checking out this drama in the first place, as opposed to tons of other daeha dramas is pretty simple - while I love Korean dramas set in sword-and-horses times, the ones set during the turbulent 20th century history are my favorite even if that subset is fairly small - I adored Capitol Scandal, Fashion 70s (I am still in process of watching that one), and am planning to watch Eyes of Dawn and Sandglass shortly. I even adored East of Eden before it went off the rails and too much into the "present." Also, S1945 is the only drama I've come across (except for prologue of F70) that dedicates a big chunk to the Korean War.

I was also tempted by S1945 because in some ways it reminded me of an angst(ier) take on the secondary OTP of Capitol Scandal- a revolutionary idealist, a tough woman (though no woman elsewhere can equal the toughness of Han Go Eun's character in CS), and a doomed love. Also, they never addressed it explicitly in Capital Scandal, but I always thought Ryu Jin's character in that was a Communist.

Plus, some clips I saw on youtube really appealed to me. And so did the whole doomed OTP aspect - it doesn't get any more doomed than an inconveniently idealistic Communist officer and a nurse-Communist-sympathizer in 1950s Korea. They are doomed whether in the North or South.

Oh, and it won the Baeksang for Best Drama, which is really prestigious. It also marks my third Ryu Soo Young drama in a row but, oddly, this is not on purpose - I checked out Lawyers of Korea because of the OTP (of which he is not one), searching for related MVs led me to 18vs29 which looked adorable and also reminded me of the fact that I own Seoul 1945. Though seeing that I want to check out Bad Couple, should I just admit that I am turning into a RSY fangirl and be done with it?

Anyway, I own S1945 DVDs but I also started downloading because I like to have them on my laptop for capping if I so desire and I found this scene in ep 70:

Prison camps of photgenic misery )

I am starting this as soon as I finish Fashion 70s. Could this get any more awesome?
dangermousie: (Lobbyist OTP by miss-dian)
I decided to give it another try and watched ep 4 of Lawyers of Korea as per [livejournal.com profile] ambergold's instructions. It was very hilarious. While the insane flashback which both makes me hate Min Gook the Rich Guy and makes no narrative sense (seriously - they do not interact in any way consistent with that flashback - none of the three main characters!) pretty much guarantees this drama won't make it into a favorites list and also precludes me shipping the Heroine with Rich Guy, it's funny enough to watch for at least a few more eps. I am just going to pretend for the next few eps I watch that Min Gook is sleazy but well-paying client that enables her to gain experience and nothing more and that she and Lawyer Byun get together at the end - except for his walking out without a word years ago (I'll handwaive this as he left a message she didn't get. It's easier than handwaving Min Gook into a good person) he is pretty darn awesome - supportive and alpha at the same time, funny and with chemistry with the heroine. Also not a serial cheater, which is more than I can say for the leading man. Yes. Still bitter.

This scene with Lawyer Byun and Ya Kyung was gorgeous, though.



Sail on, my undaunted uncanonical ship!

This ep is so funny it even features a "guy protecting girl from beating with his body" scene that is hilarious! I literally LOLed. Sadly for LoK, I prefer the angsty-serious take on this such as in (leaving aside the pinnacle of this that is Hana Yori Dango/Meteor Garden) 'A Love to Kill,' (the best one - he is her bodyguard and his side job with thugs goes wrong and they are slowly beating him to death. She walks by and sees it and tries to stop it, one girl against a horde of violent criminals - telling them she is a famous star (she is) and so they can't hit her without getting in trouble and covering him with her body. But they don't care and start hitting her and he rolls over, barely conscious, shielding her with his body. They end up in hospital with serious injuries for a while and I end up in love), 'Tree of Heaven' (he begs on his knees for his enemy to stab him because otherwise the guy will go after his OTP), and 'Lobbyist' (he covers her with the last of his strength). I have to say Lobbyist, despite the happy ending is, hands-down, the most hurt-comfort drama I have ever seen. I don't think there was a single episode where Song Il Gook's character was not seriously, and sometimes horrifically, mistreated. I am still amazed he made through it with all his limbs intact. I am rather looking forward to 'Swallow the Sun,' another mercenaries drama from the same team - I am curious to see if they can top Lobbyist. (I wonder why SIG has a thing for getting roughed up in his drama - other than Lee Jun Ki's 'Time Between Dog and Wolf,' the only drama to offer some competition to Lobbyist is another SIG drama - Kingdom of the Winds.)

And that was a heck of a digression.

Also, after watching various Seoul 1945 vids on youtube, I now ship Lawyer Byun and Ae Ri just because that OTP seemed awesome in S1945. That drama is very much up my alley - gritty period epic - and I would have watched it a long time ago if it wasn't so dratted long - 70 episodes! I am sure the topic of WW2 and Korean War is worth that many, but I have the attention span of a gnat. Just point me towards the episodes with Lawyer Byun and Ae Ri tortured in the prison camp, kthanks.

Watching the youtube vids led me to discover (through 'similar vids' feature) a drama I really want to check out (also starring Lawyer Byun): 18 vs 29. It sounds adorable and I need a fluffy drama in midst of all the serious ones. The heroine is a 29-yr-old woman who married her highschool sweetheart (someone she hated in school at first but then fell for). However, things haven't been going smoothly and she has decided to file for divorce. Unfortunately for her (but fortunately for the drama), on the way to the courthouse she gets into a car accident. It being a Korean drama car accident, her injury is loss of any of her memories after age 18. It is up to her almost-ex-husband to care for her. Can they fall in love all over again?

Cute MV:



ETA: Found this "justification" on soompi for Min Gook being a bastard to Ae Ri after her miscarriage:

"I have this feeling that HMK thinks that maybe AR have other man before their marriage. So, he is angry that she have difficulty keeping babies."

Oh yes. That would be such a lovely justification. "Hey, whore, you stretched yourself out with other guys and because of it now can't keep my kids!" Forget medically unsound - that would be even sicker than what the drama has. Sometimes fans drive me up the wall.

'Tis a pity Min Gook such a bastard because occasionally he comes across as hot.



Pity.

ETA2: reading soompi, I found out the reason why Lawyer Byun left that first time. AWWWWW. Lawyer Byun, I forgive you. It's official, I want you to get the girl you like because you are a good guy.
dangermousie: (Lobbyist OTP by miss-dian)
I decided to give it another try and watched ep 4 of Lawyers of Korea as per [livejournal.com profile] ambergold's instructions. It was very hilarious. While the insane flashback which both makes me hate Min Gook the Rich Guy and makes no narrative sense (seriously - they do not interact in any way consistent with that flashback - none of the three main characters!) pretty much guarantees this drama won't make it into a favorites list and also precludes me shipping the Heroine with Rich Guy, it's funny enough to watch for at least a few more eps. I am just going to pretend for the next few eps I watch that Min Gook is sleazy but well-paying client that enables her to gain experience and nothing more and that she and Lawyer Byun get together at the end - except for his walking out without a word years ago (I'll handwaive this as he left a message she didn't get. It's easier than handwaving Min Gook into a good person) he is pretty darn awesome - supportive and alpha at the same time, funny and with chemistry with the heroine. Also not a serial cheater, which is more than I can say for the leading man. Yes. Still bitter.

This scene with Lawyer Byun and Ya Kyung was gorgeous, though.



Sail on, my undaunted uncanonical ship!

This ep is so funny it even features a "guy protecting girl from beating with his body" scene that is hilarious! I literally LOLed. Sadly for LoK, I prefer the angsty-serious take on this such as in (leaving aside the pinnacle of this that is Hana Yori Dango/Meteor Garden) 'A Love to Kill,' (the best one - he is her bodyguard and his side job with thugs goes wrong and they are slowly beating him to death. She walks by and sees it and tries to stop it, one girl against a horde of violent criminals - telling them she is a famous star (she is) and so they can't hit her without getting in trouble and covering him with her body. But they don't care and start hitting her and he rolls over, barely conscious, shielding her with his body. They end up in hospital with serious injuries for a while and I end up in love), 'Tree of Heaven' (he begs on his knees for his enemy to stab him because otherwise the guy will go after his OTP), and 'Lobbyist' (he covers her with the last of his strength). I have to say Lobbyist, despite the happy ending is, hands-down, the most hurt-comfort drama I have ever seen. I don't think there was a single episode where Song Il Gook's character was not seriously, and sometimes horrifically, mistreated. I am still amazed he made through it with all his limbs intact. I am rather looking forward to 'Swallow the Sun,' another mercenaries drama from the same team - I am curious to see if they can top Lobbyist. (I wonder why SIG has a thing for getting roughed up in his drama - other than Lee Jun Ki's 'Time Between Dog and Wolf,' the only drama to offer some competition to Lobbyist is another SIG drama - Kingdom of the Winds.)

And that was a heck of a digression.

Also, after watching various Seoul 1945 vids on youtube, I now ship Lawyer Byun and Ae Ri just because that OTP seemed awesome in S1945. That drama is very much up my alley - gritty period epic - and I would have watched it a long time ago if it wasn't so dratted long - 70 episodes! I am sure the topic of WW2 and Korean War is worth that many, but I have the attention span of a gnat. Just point me towards the episodes with Lawyer Byun and Ae Ri tortured in the prison camp, kthanks.

Watching the youtube vids led me to discover (through 'similar vids' feature) a drama I really want to check out (also starring Lawyer Byun): 18 vs 29. It sounds adorable and I need a fluffy drama in midst of all the serious ones. The heroine is a 29-yr-old woman who married her highschool sweetheart (someone she hated in school at first but then fell for). However, things haven't been going smoothly and she has decided to file for divorce. Unfortunately for her (but fortunately for the drama), on the way to the courthouse she gets into a car accident. It being a Korean drama car accident, her injury is loss of any of her memories after age 18. It is up to her almost-ex-husband to care for her. Can they fall in love all over again?

Cute MV:



ETA: Found this "justification" on soompi for Min Gook being a bastard to Ae Ri after her miscarriage:

"I have this feeling that HMK thinks that maybe AR have other man before their marriage. So, he is angry that she have difficulty keeping babies."

Oh yes. That would be such a lovely justification. "Hey, whore, you stretched yourself out with other guys and because of it now can't keep my kids!" Forget medically unsound - that would be even sicker than what the drama has. Sometimes fans drive me up the wall.

'Tis a pity Min Gook such a bastard because occasionally he comes across as hot.



Pity.

ETA2: reading soompi, I found out the reason why Lawyer Byun left that first time. AWWWWW. Lawyer Byun, I forgive you. It's official, I want you to get the girl you like because you are a good guy.
dangermousie: (Lobbyist OTP by miss-dian)
I decided to give it another try and watched ep 4 of Lawyers of Korea as per [livejournal.com profile] ambergold's instructions. It was very hilarious. While the insane flashback which both makes me hate Min Gook the Rich Guy and makes no narrative sense (seriously - they do not interact in any way consistent with that flashback - none of the three main characters!) pretty much guarantees this drama won't make it into a favorites list and also precludes me shipping the Heroine with Rich Guy, it's funny enough to watch for at least a few more eps. I am just going to pretend for the next few eps I watch that Min Gook is sleazy but well-paying client that enables her to gain experience and nothing more and that she and Lawyer Byun get together at the end - except for his walking out without a word years ago (I'll handwaive this as he left a message she didn't get. It's easier than handwaving Min Gook into a good person) he is pretty darn awesome - supportive and alpha at the same time, funny and with chemistry with the heroine. Also not a serial cheater, which is more than I can say for the leading man. Yes. Still bitter.

This scene with Lawyer Byun and Ya Kyung was gorgeous, though.



Sail on, my undaunted uncanonical ship!

This ep is so funny it even features a "guy protecting girl from beating with his body" scene that is hilarious! I literally LOLed. Sadly for LoK, I prefer the angsty-serious take on this such as in (leaving aside the pinnacle of this that is Hana Yori Dango/Meteor Garden) 'A Love to Kill,' (the best one - he is her bodyguard and his side job with thugs goes wrong and they are slowly beating him to death. She walks by and sees it and tries to stop it, one girl against a horde of violent criminals - telling them she is a famous star (she is) and so they can't hit her without getting in trouble and covering him with her body. But they don't care and start hitting her and he rolls over, barely conscious, shielding her with his body. They end up in hospital with serious injuries for a while and I end up in love), 'Tree of Heaven' (he begs on his knees for his enemy to stab him because otherwise the guy will go after his OTP), and 'Lobbyist' (he covers her with the last of his strength). I have to say Lobbyist, despite the happy ending is, hands-down, the most hurt-comfort drama I have ever seen. I don't think there was a single episode where Song Il Gook's character was not seriously, and sometimes horrifically, mistreated. I am still amazed he made through it with all his limbs intact. I am rather looking forward to 'Swallow the Sun,' another mercenaries drama from the same team - I am curious to see if they can top Lobbyist. (I wonder why SIG has a thing for getting roughed up in his drama - other than Lee Jun Ki's 'Time Between Dog and Wolf,' the only drama to offer some competition to Lobbyist is another SIG drama - Kingdom of the Winds.)

And that was a heck of a digression.

Also, after watching various Seoul 1945 vids on youtube, I now ship Lawyer Byun and Ae Ri just because that OTP seemed awesome in S1945. That drama is very much up my alley - gritty period epic - and I would have watched it a long time ago if it wasn't so dratted long - 70 episodes! I am sure the topic of WW2 and Korean War is worth that many, but I have the attention span of a gnat. Just point me towards the episodes with Lawyer Byun and Ae Ri tortured in the prison camp, kthanks.

Watching the youtube vids led me to discover (through 'similar vids' feature) a drama I really want to check out (also starring Lawyer Byun): 18 vs 29. It sounds adorable and I need a fluffy drama in midst of all the serious ones. The heroine is a 29-yr-old woman who married her highschool sweetheart (someone she hated in school at first but then fell for). However, things haven't been going smoothly and she has decided to file for divorce. Unfortunately for her (but fortunately for the drama), on the way to the courthouse she gets into a car accident. It being a Korean drama car accident, her injury is loss of any of her memories after age 18. It is up to her almost-ex-husband to care for her. Can they fall in love all over again?

Cute MV:



ETA: Found this "justification" on soompi for Min Gook being a bastard to Ae Ri after her miscarriage:

"I have this feeling that HMK thinks that maybe AR have other man before their marriage. So, he is angry that she have difficulty keeping babies."

Oh yes. That would be such a lovely justification. "Hey, whore, you stretched yourself out with other guys and because of it now can't keep my kids!" Forget medically unsound - that would be even sicker than what the drama has. Sometimes fans drive me up the wall.

'Tis a pity Min Gook such a bastard because occasionally he comes across as hot.



Pity.

ETA2: reading soompi, I found out the reason why Lawyer Byun left that first time. AWWWWW. Lawyer Byun, I forgive you. It's official, I want you to get the girl you like because you are a good guy.
dangermousie: (Fruits Basket: Haru by meganbmoore)
I am enjoying ep 3 of Lawyers of Korea but something Min Gook said (i.e. 'how can a married man only be satisfied with his wife') made me really need to know something - did he cheat on Ae Ri during their marriage? I really need to know because if he did, I am out. It's one thing I won't forgive in a fictional character.

ETA:



I have never changed my opinion on a character so fast.

I finished ep 3 and I sort of want Min Gook to die. Very badly. I hope Ae Ri gets every freaking cent off him - we see her memories and fine, he demonstrates no interest in her career and is snappish about housework, that's usual domestic squabbles stuff. BUT also she sees him with floozies repeatedly (once he is drunk and another it's even in his office!). This, however, all pales compared to this: she has a miscarriage and he comes into her hospital room and asks her what is wrong with her that she can't keep a baby?

RED RAGE BURNING FLAMES.

Seriously, I was cursing at my screen.

I think I might be dropping this drama because the thought of a man actually saying this to a woman's face, and this man supposedly this drama's hero? I get so mad I start seeing spots.

I WANT HIM TO DIE.

I also kept thinking Lawyer Byun looked familiar and I finally realized - he is the lead of Seoul 1945, a historical drama about 1940s Korea I own and have been dying to watch (it got the Baeksang award for best drama, apparently). The crazy thing? The actress who plays Ae Ri is his OTP in that one! Yup - he is an intellectual from poor background who becomes a Communist and eventually is disillusioned and she is a poor peasant woman. Mmmm. Now I know why LoK thread had Ae Ri/Byun shippers before the drama even got going.

Seriously, here they are in Seoul 1945:




This is kinda insane - seeing that I only know them as slick lawyer and fancy movie star of LoK. I am now imagining Lawyer Byun getting almost beaten to death in a prison camp as he tries to reach to Movie Star AeRi and *boggle boggle boggle*

Also, I have a whole new appreciation for Lawyer Byun after seeing this from S1945:



Now, that's a good lawyer - he will clearly defend his client to the death.
dangermousie: (Fruits Basket: Haru by meganbmoore)
I am enjoying ep 3 of Lawyers of Korea but something Min Gook said (i.e. 'how can a married man only be satisfied with his wife') made me really need to know something - did he cheat on Ae Ri during their marriage? I really need to know because if he did, I am out. It's one thing I won't forgive in a fictional character.

ETA:



I have never changed my opinion on a character so fast.

I finished ep 3 and I sort of want Min Gook to die. Very badly. I hope Ae Ri gets every freaking cent off him - we see her memories and fine, he demonstrates no interest in her career and is snappish about housework, that's usual domestic squabbles stuff. BUT also she sees him with floozies repeatedly (once he is drunk and another it's even in his office!). This, however, all pales compared to this: she has a miscarriage and he comes into her hospital room and asks her what is wrong with her that she can't keep a baby?

RED RAGE BURNING FLAMES.

Seriously, I was cursing at my screen.

I think I might be dropping this drama because the thought of a man actually saying this to a woman's face, and this man supposedly this drama's hero? I get so mad I start seeing spots.

I WANT HIM TO DIE.

I also kept thinking Lawyer Byun looked familiar and I finally realized - he is the lead of Seoul 1945, a historical drama about 1940s Korea I own and have been dying to watch (it got the Baeksang award for best drama, apparently). The crazy thing? The actress who plays Ae Ri is his OTP in that one! Yup - he is an intellectual from poor background who becomes a Communist and eventually is disillusioned and she is a poor peasant woman. Mmmm. Now I know why LoK thread had Ae Ri/Byun shippers before the drama even got going.

Seriously, here they are in Seoul 1945:




This is kinda insane - seeing that I only know them as slick lawyer and fancy movie star of LoK. I am now imagining Lawyer Byun getting almost beaten to death in a prison camp as he tries to reach to Movie Star AeRi and *boggle boggle boggle*

Also, I have a whole new appreciation for Lawyer Byun after seeing this from S1945:



Now, that's a good lawyer - he will clearly defend his client to the death.
dangermousie: (Fruits Basket: Haru by meganbmoore)
I am enjoying ep 3 of Lawyers of Korea but something Min Gook said (i.e. 'how can a married man only be satisfied with his wife') made me really need to know something - did he cheat on Ae Ri during their marriage? I really need to know because if he did, I am out. It's one thing I won't forgive in a fictional character.

ETA:



I have never changed my opinion on a character so fast.

I finished ep 3 and I sort of want Min Gook to die. Very badly. I hope Ae Ri gets every freaking cent off him - we see her memories and fine, he demonstrates no interest in her career and is snappish about housework, that's usual domestic squabbles stuff. BUT also she sees him with floozies repeatedly (once he is drunk and another it's even in his office!). This, however, all pales compared to this: she has a miscarriage and he comes into her hospital room and asks her what is wrong with her that she can't keep a baby?

RED RAGE BURNING FLAMES.

Seriously, I was cursing at my screen.

I think I might be dropping this drama because the thought of a man actually saying this to a woman's face, and this man supposedly this drama's hero? I get so mad I start seeing spots.

I WANT HIM TO DIE.

I also kept thinking Lawyer Byun looked familiar and I finally realized - he is the lead of Seoul 1945, a historical drama about 1940s Korea I own and have been dying to watch (it got the Baeksang award for best drama, apparently). The crazy thing? The actress who plays Ae Ri is his OTP in that one! Yup - he is an intellectual from poor background who becomes a Communist and eventually is disillusioned and she is a poor peasant woman. Mmmm. Now I know why LoK thread had Ae Ri/Byun shippers before the drama even got going.

Seriously, here they are in Seoul 1945:




This is kinda insane - seeing that I only know them as slick lawyer and fancy movie star of LoK. I am now imagining Lawyer Byun getting almost beaten to death in a prison camp as he tries to reach to Movie Star AeRi and *boggle boggle boggle*

Also, I have a whole new appreciation for Lawyer Byun after seeing this from S1945:



Now, that's a good lawyer - he will clearly defend his client to the death.
dangermousie: (Capital Scandal sit by miss_dian)
I have been rewatching this GIF from Fashion 70s over and over. No, I am nowhere near there yet as am still on ep 1 having gotten side-tracked, but Oh. My. God.



And speaking of Korean period dramas with numerals in the title, I plan to watch Seoul 1945 asap.

MV for it )
dangermousie: (Capital Scandal sit by miss_dian)
I have been rewatching this GIF from Fashion 70s over and over. No, I am nowhere near there yet as am still on ep 1 having gotten side-tracked, but Oh. My. God.



And speaking of Korean period dramas with numerals in the title, I plan to watch Seoul 1945 asap.

MV for it )
dangermousie: (Capital Scandal sit by miss_dian)
I have been rewatching this GIF from Fashion 70s over and over. No, I am nowhere near there yet as am still on ep 1 having gotten side-tracked, but Oh. My. God.



And speaking of Korean period dramas with numerals in the title, I plan to watch Seoul 1945 asap.

MV for it )
dangermousie: (JJH smile by miss_dian)
I know my next jdrama is Jotei but am undecided about the kdrama. OK, for next kdrama, should I make it Snow White (I've been planning to properly watch it for months) or Hello Teacher (Gong Yoo!!!!) Maybe I should finish Hello Miss?

[Poll #1114764]

In other, potentially good drama news, has anyone seen Seoul 1945? It was a 71 ep drama, that was a big hit last year (second most watched, I think) and won an award for best drama, but I haven't heard much about it.

It follows the lives of four characters in the post-WWII Korea through the Korean War. They are a working class young man who studied in the USSR and became a communist, daughter of a tenant farmer, an adopted son of a high-rank politician, and daughter of a landowner. Apparently has TONS of politics and historical stuff, as well as the usual family and romance. It sounds like it could be really good.



MV (the ship for the MV is the communist and farm girl):



Behind the cut is a spoilery MV )

Some pics from drama )
dangermousie: (JJH smile by miss_dian)
I know my next jdrama is Jotei but am undecided about the kdrama. OK, for next kdrama, should I make it Snow White (I've been planning to properly watch it for months) or Hello Teacher (Gong Yoo!!!!) Maybe I should finish Hello Miss?

[Poll #1114764]

In other, potentially good drama news, has anyone seen Seoul 1945? It was a 71 ep drama, that was a big hit last year (second most watched, I think) and won an award for best drama, but I haven't heard much about it.

It follows the lives of four characters in the post-WWII Korea through the Korean War. They are a working class young man who studied in the USSR and became a communist, daughter of a tenant farmer, an adopted son of a high-rank politician, and daughter of a landowner. Apparently has TONS of politics and historical stuff, as well as the usual family and romance. It sounds like it could be really good.



MV (the ship for the MV is the communist and farm girl):



Behind the cut is a spoilery MV )

Some pics from drama )

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