dangermousie: (ROCH by meganbmoore)
Twdramas were my first drama loves (Mars and Meteor Garden were my first and second drama, respectively) and you never forget your first love, do you?

That is why, much as I might love the slickness of kdrama and the understatedness of jdrama, few things will get me as giddy or emo as a well-done twdrama.

So, after I’ve done my Top Dozen Jdramas and my Top 25 Kdramas, the next logical step is the Top 10 Twdramas/Cdramas, isn’t it? So I did one over a year ago, but have found that I need to majorly revise it.

So here is my updated Top 10 twdrama/cdrama list. Once again, same thing applies: only finished ones (or nearly), as unspoilery as I can make it, blahblahblah.

List, with summaries, reasons, pics, and vids )

In conclusion, yes, Vic Zhou is still my favorite drama actor, all these dramas later.
dangermousie: (ROCH by meganbmoore)
Twdramas were my first drama loves (Mars and Meteor Garden were my first and second drama, respectively) and you never forget your first love, do you?

That is why, much as I might love the slickness of kdrama and the understatedness of jdrama, few things will get me as giddy or emo as a well-done twdrama.

So, after I’ve done my Top Dozen Jdramas and my Top 25 Kdramas, the next logical step is the Top 10 Twdramas/Cdramas, isn’t it? So I did one over a year ago, but have found that I need to majorly revise it.

So here is my updated Top 10 twdrama/cdrama list. Once again, same thing applies: only finished ones (or nearly), as unspoilery as I can make it, blahblahblah.

List, with summaries, reasons, pics, and vids )

In conclusion, yes, Vic Zhou is still my favorite drama actor, all these dramas later.
dangermousie: (ROCH by meganbmoore)
Twdramas were my first drama loves (Mars and Meteor Garden were my first and second drama, respectively) and you never forget your first love, do you?

That is why, much as I might love the slickness of kdrama and the understatedness of jdrama, few things will get me as giddy or emo as a well-done twdrama.

So, after I’ve done my Top Dozen Jdramas and my Top 25 Kdramas, the next logical step is the Top 10 Twdramas/Cdramas, isn’t it? So I did one over a year ago, but have found that I need to majorly revise it.

So here is my updated Top 10 twdrama/cdrama list. Once again, same thing applies: only finished ones (or nearly), as unspoilery as I can make it, blahblahblah.

List, with summaries, reasons, pics, and vids )

In conclusion, yes, Vic Zhou is still my favorite drama actor, all these dramas later.
dangermousie: (Silence rainy hug by scottishlass)
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 picspam.

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 )
dangermousie: (Silence rainy hug by scottishlass)
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 picspam.

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 )
dangermousie: (Silence rainy hug by scottishlass)
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 picspam.

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 )
dangermousie: (Mars LA: helmet by illuxtris)
Twdramas were my first drama loves (mars and Meteor Garden were my first and second drama, respectively) and you never forget your first love, do you?

That is why, much as I might love the slickness of kdrama and the understatedness of jdrama, few things will get me as giddy or emo as a well-done twdrama.

So, after I’ve done my Top Ten Jdramas and my Top 20 Kdramas, the next logical step is the Top 10 Twdramas/Cdramas, isn’t it?

Only I kept putting it off because I yet haven’t seen some which might very well make it into my Top 10: My Lucky Star (which seems to have been universally loved), Corner with Love, The Outsiders 2 (Chances of that one making into my Top 10? 95%). And I haven’t even gotten to At Dolphin Bay, Lavender, Delicious Relationship etc. It’s like a person who only started reading listing their favorite books.

But I finally got tired of waiting to watch them (am impatient), so here is my Top 10 twdrama/cdrama list. Once again, same thing applies: only finished ones (or nearly), as unspoilery as I can make it, blahblahblah.

List, with summaries, reasons, pics, and vids )

In conclusion, yes, Vic Zhou is still my favorite drama actor, all these dramas later.
dangermousie: (Mars LA: helmet by illuxtris)
Twdramas were my first drama loves (mars and Meteor Garden were my first and second drama, respectively) and you never forget your first love, do you?

That is why, much as I might love the slickness of kdrama and the understatedness of jdrama, few things will get me as giddy or emo as a well-done twdrama.

So, after I’ve done my Top Ten Jdramas and my Top 20 Kdramas, the next logical step is the Top 10 Twdramas/Cdramas, isn’t it?

Only I kept putting it off because I yet haven’t seen some which might very well make it into my Top 10: My Lucky Star (which seems to have been universally loved), Corner with Love, The Outsiders 2 (Chances of that one making into my Top 10? 95%). And I haven’t even gotten to At Dolphin Bay, Lavender, Delicious Relationship etc. It’s like a person who only started reading listing their favorite books.

But I finally got tired of waiting to watch them (am impatient), so here is my Top 10 twdrama/cdrama list. Once again, same thing applies: only finished ones (or nearly), as unspoilery as I can make it, blahblahblah.

List, with summaries, reasons, pics, and vids )

In conclusion, yes, Vic Zhou is still my favorite drama actor, all these dramas later.
dangermousie: (Mars LA: helmet by illuxtris)
Twdramas were my first drama loves (mars and Meteor Garden were my first and second drama, respectively) and you never forget your first love, do you?

That is why, much as I might love the slickness of kdrama and the understatedness of jdrama, few things will get me as giddy or emo as a well-done twdrama.

So, after I’ve done my Top Ten Jdramas and my Top 20 Kdramas, the next logical step is the Top 10 Twdramas/Cdramas, isn’t it?

Only I kept putting it off because I yet haven’t seen some which might very well make it into my Top 10: My Lucky Star (which seems to have been universally loved), Corner with Love, The Outsiders 2 (Chances of that one making into my Top 10? 95%). And I haven’t even gotten to At Dolphin Bay, Lavender, Delicious Relationship etc. It’s like a person who only started reading listing their favorite books.

But I finally got tired of waiting to watch them (am impatient), so here is my Top 10 twdrama/cdrama list. Once again, same thing applies: only finished ones (or nearly), as unspoilery as I can make it, blahblahblah.

List, with summaries, reasons, pics, and vids )

In conclusion, yes, Vic Zhou is still my favorite drama actor, all these dramas later.
dangermousie: (Silence look by winterspel)
I think I found about the most awesome drama MV ever:



The above is the MV for Silence, a Taiwanese drama starring Vic Zhou (my all-time fave drama actor) and Park Eun-Hye in what is probably the angstiest drama I've ever seen, because usually I can laugh at drama emo but here I can't because Wei Yi and Shen Shen as just so humanly lovely and fragile and good.

Park Eun-Hye plays Shen Shen, a young, ethnically half-Korean woman who lives in Taiwan. Shen Shen is mute. When she was a child, she lost her voice due to trauma of an accident she was in but that hasn't prevented her from growing up into a cheerful, strong woman who just makes the room brighter by being in it.

During the time she spent recuperating in the hospital, she made a friend, the only close friend she really had: a serious, dreamy boy named Wei Yi, in the hospital with a broken leg. Both alienated and outsiders (Wei Yi chose to believe he was an alien, Shen Shen through he psychological refusal to talk), the two really really fit.

Now, it's many years later, and Shen Shen's paths cross with a ruthless young businessman, who seems to have as little compassion as he has fun or patience. Little does she know it is the now grown-up Wei Yi. One of the things that I love so much about this drama is Wei Yi's characterization and portrayal: you immediately see that yes, he is ruthless and business-oriented, but he is forced into a 'proper' mold by his family. It's a mold he never fit so in a way, the effectiveness is overcompensation. But his encounters with Shen Shen enable him to be himself, and slowly the real Wei Yi, a little whimsical, somewhat of a dreamer, a bit shy, emerges out of the shell. And of course the two fall in love. I really love that it's all about seeing past surfaces: she never takes him as 'rich so must kowtow' person and he is not in the least fixated on her inability to speak.

But...and this is where the 'but' comes in, we and Wei Yi learn early on (ep 2, 3?) that he is actually terminally ill. In fact, a lot of the drama is his trying to come to grips with this, trying to cope, trying to figure out how he wants to spend what is left of his life, and trying to figure out whether to get involved with Shen Shen despite all this.

Anyway, I cried so much I think I couldn't see straight, with this one.
dangermousie: (Silence look by winterspel)
I think I found about the most awesome drama MV ever:



The above is the MV for Silence, a Taiwanese drama starring Vic Zhou (my all-time fave drama actor) and Park Eun-Hye in what is probably the angstiest drama I've ever seen, because usually I can laugh at drama emo but here I can't because Wei Yi and Shen Shen as just so humanly lovely and fragile and good.

Park Eun-Hye plays Shen Shen, a young, ethnically half-Korean woman who lives in Taiwan. Shen Shen is mute. When she was a child, she lost her voice due to trauma of an accident she was in but that hasn't prevented her from growing up into a cheerful, strong woman who just makes the room brighter by being in it.

During the time she spent recuperating in the hospital, she made a friend, the only close friend she really had: a serious, dreamy boy named Wei Yi, in the hospital with a broken leg. Both alienated and outsiders (Wei Yi chose to believe he was an alien, Shen Shen through he psychological refusal to talk), the two really really fit.

Now, it's many years later, and Shen Shen's paths cross with a ruthless young businessman, who seems to have as little compassion as he has fun or patience. Little does she know it is the now grown-up Wei Yi. One of the things that I love so much about this drama is Wei Yi's characterization and portrayal: you immediately see that yes, he is ruthless and business-oriented, but he is forced into a 'proper' mold by his family. It's a mold he never fit so in a way, the effectiveness is overcompensation. But his encounters with Shen Shen enable him to be himself, and slowly the real Wei Yi, a little whimsical, somewhat of a dreamer, a bit shy, emerges out of the shell. And of course the two fall in love. I really love that it's all about seeing past surfaces: she never takes him as 'rich so must kowtow' person and he is not in the least fixated on her inability to speak.

But...and this is where the 'but' comes in, we and Wei Yi learn early on (ep 2, 3?) that he is actually terminally ill. In fact, a lot of the drama is his trying to come to grips with this, trying to cope, trying to figure out how he wants to spend what is left of his life, and trying to figure out whether to get involved with Shen Shen despite all this.

Anyway, I cried so much I think I couldn't see straight, with this one.
dangermousie: (Silence look by winterspel)
I think I found about the most awesome drama MV ever:



The above is the MV for Silence, a Taiwanese drama starring Vic Zhou (my all-time fave drama actor) and Park Eun-Hye in what is probably the angstiest drama I've ever seen, because usually I can laugh at drama emo but here I can't because Wei Yi and Shen Shen as just so humanly lovely and fragile and good.

Park Eun-Hye plays Shen Shen, a young, ethnically half-Korean woman who lives in Taiwan. Shen Shen is mute. When she was a child, she lost her voice due to trauma of an accident she was in but that hasn't prevented her from growing up into a cheerful, strong woman who just makes the room brighter by being in it.

During the time she spent recuperating in the hospital, she made a friend, the only close friend she really had: a serious, dreamy boy named Wei Yi, in the hospital with a broken leg. Both alienated and outsiders (Wei Yi chose to believe he was an alien, Shen Shen through he psychological refusal to talk), the two really really fit.

Now, it's many years later, and Shen Shen's paths cross with a ruthless young businessman, who seems to have as little compassion as he has fun or patience. Little does she know it is the now grown-up Wei Yi. One of the things that I love so much about this drama is Wei Yi's characterization and portrayal: you immediately see that yes, he is ruthless and business-oriented, but he is forced into a 'proper' mold by his family. It's a mold he never fit so in a way, the effectiveness is overcompensation. But his encounters with Shen Shen enable him to be himself, and slowly the real Wei Yi, a little whimsical, somewhat of a dreamer, a bit shy, emerges out of the shell. And of course the two fall in love. I really love that it's all about seeing past surfaces: she never takes him as 'rich so must kowtow' person and he is not in the least fixated on her inability to speak.

But...and this is where the 'but' comes in, we and Wei Yi learn early on (ep 2, 3?) that he is actually terminally ill. In fact, a lot of the drama is his trying to come to grips with this, trying to cope, trying to figure out how he wants to spend what is left of his life, and trying to figure out whether to get involved with Shen Shen despite all this.

Anyway, I cried so much I think I couldn't see straight, with this one.
dangermousie: (Full House: kiss)
Considering I got a huge new batch of doramas to watch and I am all about sharing my obsessions, here are youtube MVs for a lot of them under the cut. I did a bunch of previous posts like this. Just click on the 'youtube' tag

MVs here )
dangermousie: (Full House: kiss)
Considering I got a huge new batch of doramas to watch and I am all about sharing my obsessions, here are youtube MVs for a lot of them under the cut. I did a bunch of previous posts like this. Just click on the 'youtube' tag

MVs here )
dangermousie: (Full House: kiss)
Considering I got a huge new batch of doramas to watch and I am all about sharing my obsessions, here are youtube MVs for a lot of them under the cut. I did a bunch of previous posts like this. Just click on the 'youtube' tag

MVs here )

Silence

Sep. 24th, 2006 08:48 pm
dangermousie: (Silence rainy hug by scottishlass)
I am taking a cue from [livejournal.com profile] hope_fuleigh and watching the last 10 minutes of Silence.

spoilers )

Silence

Sep. 24th, 2006 08:48 pm
dangermousie: (Silence rainy hug by scottishlass)
I am taking a cue from [livejournal.com profile] hope_fuleigh and watching the last 10 minutes of Silence.

spoilers )

Silence

Sep. 24th, 2006 08:48 pm
dangermousie: (Silence rainy hug by scottishlass)
I am taking a cue from [livejournal.com profile] hope_fuleigh and watching the last 10 minutes of Silence.

spoilers )

Frell

Sep. 23rd, 2006 04:01 pm
dangermousie: (Silence rainy hug by scottishlass)
I can't watch Silence any more. I am crying too hard.

And I am only on episode 7.

Frell

Sep. 23rd, 2006 04:01 pm
dangermousie: (Silence rainy hug by scottishlass)
I can't watch Silence any more. I am crying too hard.

And I am only on episode 7.

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