Apologies for turning this LJ into a Hana Yori Dango zone for the last week or two!
filmi-girl and I watched eps 3 and 4 of Meteor Garden
. Such love! I always forget how much I love this drama!
1. Is it me or is Shizuka awfully passive-agressive in this version? Ugh. You can so tell Lei's trip to Paris is wasted.
2. Barbie is, hands-down, my favorite version of Makino, as written and acted. She is tough and won't crumple or be embarassed (unlike the jdrama or kdrama ones) but she is also more grown-up and mature, however clueless and thickheaded she might be emotions-wise - there is no OTT acting or too much yelling, thank God. She and Dao Ming Si actually have nice interactions where she is amused by him or even caring (when he gets sick). She is just...awesome.
3. Vic Zhou is the most beautiful man I have ever seen. I think Chin (this version's Shizuka) is insane for not wanting him.
4. So many frank comments about sex. Thank God.
5. I love Shan Cai's (Makino's) dorky male friend. He is awesome. He and Dao Ming Si are the same mental age, which is 5 yrs old. Combined.
6. Lee Min Ho can probably act circles around Jerry Yan but...the latter's character is better-written, IMO and I adore him to bits - the fact that he is so tall, gorgeous and good at being a dork, doesn't hurt. Neither do the dimples. The scene with their 'date' was adorable - when he lies on her lap and looks like he cannot believe it that he got so lucky. AWWWW. But he is also genuinely dangerous and I can buy why Shan Cai wants to stay away or why she probably can't process he really likes her because his behavior seems to veer so much from extreme to extreme. It also all reminds me (in general about Domyouji, not just about this version's one) that this is probably the first time in his life he is beginning to realize other people have desires and needs not necessarily congruent with his own. Before, it's all 'well, I like her so she must like me' but he is learning the world doesn't work like that. I like how Hanadan is rather different from the usual "good girl reforms bad boy" trope (not that I am not a sucker for that one, in the safety of fiction). Makino has no desire to reform him - he reforms himself because she basically refuses to take him as a boyfriend until he is "acceptable" and because of wanting to be "acceptable" and, IMO more importantly, because of the growing experience of loving somebody, he grows up and changes. On some level, it's rather realistic to me on a personal level. I never bashed people's heads in and was always pretty socially well-adjusted. But Mr. Mousie was my first love (yes, I know how kdrama) and falling in love with him and wanting to make him happy, and paying so much attention to someone else's needs actually made me in general a lot more understanding and concerned about other people and a lot more considerate - you can't just open your heart to one person it sort of lets the world climb through too.
In completely unrelated news (except that Vic was Lei in MG), I bring you Silence
is a spectacularly angsty Taiwanese drama (I sobbed like a little girl) but it also hits all my kinks. All.
Park Eun Hye plays a young half-Korean woman living in Taiwan who has been mute since a traumatic experience in her childhood. Vic Zhou (oh, SWOON) plays an icy, ruthless young businessman whose paths cross with hers. As they antagonize each other and then slowly fall into delicious love, neither knows that the other is that childhood friend they had, lost, and were searching for ever since. Oh, and did I add in that Eun Hye's foster brother is in love with her, that Vic Zhou's family is beyond awful, and that...yeah, he is dying of cancer? It's basically a kdrama as done by Taiwan. Oh, so very gorgeous. Behind the cut is one of my all-time favorite scenes, early on, from ep 3.( Caps here )