dangermousie: (HGD hug by miss-dian)
Am back and totally exhausted so this will be very quick.

Watched 5 dramas on my trip (long flights and long train rides). Or more specifically, 4 and a quarter as I am still in process of watching the fifth one.

My thoughts? One very good, two not as good as they could have been, one very disappointing, and one giggly-giddy delight.

1. The very good one is All In, starring Lee Byung Hun and Song Hyo Kyo (who apparently temporarily hooked up after this drama. I can see why, they have psycho chemistry). All In will get its own write-up, caps, the works. Mmmm...

2. The giggly-giddy delight is the Chinese wuxia drama I am currently watching (am on ep 9), Big Shot (Da Ren Wu). It will also get its own write-up, but for now suffice it to say I adore the sword battles, the hero and the heroine, the secondary OTPs, the mysterious lost memories and the hint of huge angst to come.

3. One of the 'not as good as it could have been' dramas (the better one of the two) is Sister In Law is 19, which was pretty fun, actually. I am going to cap a bit, mainly because the premise of a girl in love with an idealized guy but ending up with the possibly less glamorous but always-has-her-back best friend (played by the scrumptuous Yoon Kye Sung), who will do anything for her happiness and is (to make me squeal in delight) a math geek is something tailored exclusively to me. Plus, I did not hate a single character. I wasn't that keen on the (happy, don't worry) ending, with some things not really addressed and no smoochies, but my biggest problem was that it never hit that big pay-off moment of drama for me. It didn't help that the lead actress, while charming and cute, didn't make me really love her and be in her skin the way some kdrama actresses do, and that this was YKS' first drama and while he is competent, the difference between this and e.g. Crazy for You is startling. Kim Jae Won, who played YKS' older brother is super-adorable btw.

4. The other 'not as good as it could have been' drama is Stained Glass which had some positives: Lee Dong Gun being absolutely marvelous (but when has he not been?), and playing a character which is very irresistable, the heroine who is not a dishrag, some swoonily romantic moments (including a kissing in the snow scene), and a lot of emo plot stuff I love. But it was too corny even for me (enough corn to feed the entire state of Michigan, in fact. When LDG referred to heroine as 'Rose of the Lord' I nearly choked), the secondary guy made me feel such blistering HATE I wanted to stab him in the face with a rusty screw-driver and the ending was...WHAAAAAAAT? 18 hours of stuff for this sort of ending? How? Why? Did they just run out of ideas and stop? The ending made the ending of Powerful Opponents look like a masterpiece of coherence.

5. The sheer disappoinment drama for me was Fantasy Couple. Before I started it, I would have never thought so. It's based on the charming 1980s movie Overboard which I like and it's written by the Hong Sisters, three other dramas of whose are all in my Top 10 kdramas (My Girl, Chun Hyang, and Hong Gil Dong). But perhaps Overboard should have stayed a movie: it was good enough and full of story enough for an under 2 hours flick but for a 16 hour drama? Yikes. Both the leads were adequate enough and I didn't hate their characters or anything but it all felt 'so what' and blah to me...the script really felt off and never gathered my interest, and I don't think that the director was good enough to elicit a performance to overcome that huge huge flaw out of Oh Ji Ho or Han Ye Seul (and neither of the leads, even if competent, strikes me as good enough to do an amazing performance without guidance). The most I got of this was mild boredom and I watched all of it through sheer stubborness, boredom of a train ride and a lot of very agressive fast-forwarding. Oh well, even the best have an off say, I suppose...
dangermousie: (HGD hug by miss-dian)
Am back and totally exhausted so this will be very quick.

Watched 5 dramas on my trip (long flights and long train rides). Or more specifically, 4 and a quarter as I am still in process of watching the fifth one.

My thoughts? One very good, two not as good as they could have been, one very disappointing, and one giggly-giddy delight.

1. The very good one is All In, starring Lee Byung Hun and Song Hyo Kyo (who apparently temporarily hooked up after this drama. I can see why, they have psycho chemistry). All In will get its own write-up, caps, the works. Mmmm...

2. The giggly-giddy delight is the Chinese wuxia drama I am currently watching (am on ep 9), Big Shot (Da Ren Wu). It will also get its own write-up, but for now suffice it to say I adore the sword battles, the hero and the heroine, the secondary OTPs, the mysterious lost memories and the hint of huge angst to come.

3. One of the 'not as good as it could have been' dramas (the better one of the two) is Sister In Law is 19, which was pretty fun, actually. I am going to cap a bit, mainly because the premise of a girl in love with an idealized guy but ending up with the possibly less glamorous but always-has-her-back best friend (played by the scrumptuous Yoon Kye Sung), who will do anything for her happiness and is (to make me squeal in delight) a math geek is something tailored exclusively to me. Plus, I did not hate a single character. I wasn't that keen on the (happy, don't worry) ending, with some things not really addressed and no smoochies, but my biggest problem was that it never hit that big pay-off moment of drama for me. It didn't help that the lead actress, while charming and cute, didn't make me really love her and be in her skin the way some kdrama actresses do, and that this was YKS' first drama and while he is competent, the difference between this and e.g. Crazy for You is startling. Kim Jae Won, who played YKS' older brother is super-adorable btw.

4. The other 'not as good as it could have been' drama is Stained Glass which had some positives: Lee Dong Gun being absolutely marvelous (but when has he not been?), and playing a character which is very irresistable, the heroine who is not a dishrag, some swoonily romantic moments (including a kissing in the snow scene), and a lot of emo plot stuff I love. But it was too corny even for me (enough corn to feed the entire state of Michigan, in fact. When LDG referred to heroine as 'Rose of the Lord' I nearly choked), the secondary guy made me feel such blistering HATE I wanted to stab him in the face with a rusty screw-driver and the ending was...WHAAAAAAAT? 18 hours of stuff for this sort of ending? How? Why? Did they just run out of ideas and stop? The ending made the ending of Powerful Opponents look like a masterpiece of coherence.

5. The sheer disappoinment drama for me was Fantasy Couple. Before I started it, I would have never thought so. It's based on the charming 1980s movie Overboard which I like and it's written by the Hong Sisters, three other dramas of whose are all in my Top 10 kdramas (My Girl, Chun Hyang, and Hong Gil Dong). But perhaps Overboard should have stayed a movie: it was good enough and full of story enough for an under 2 hours flick but for a 16 hour drama? Yikes. Both the leads were adequate enough and I didn't hate their characters or anything but it all felt 'so what' and blah to me...the script really felt off and never gathered my interest, and I don't think that the director was good enough to elicit a performance to overcome that huge huge flaw out of Oh Ji Ho or Han Ye Seul (and neither of the leads, even if competent, strikes me as good enough to do an amazing performance without guidance). The most I got of this was mild boredom and I watched all of it through sheer stubborness, boredom of a train ride and a lot of very agressive fast-forwarding. Oh well, even the best have an off say, I suppose...
dangermousie: (HGD hug by miss-dian)
Am back and totally exhausted so this will be very quick.

Watched 5 dramas on my trip (long flights and long train rides). Or more specifically, 4 and a quarter as I am still in process of watching the fifth one.

My thoughts? One very good, two not as good as they could have been, one very disappointing, and one giggly-giddy delight.

1. The very good one is All In, starring Lee Byung Hun and Song Hyo Kyo (who apparently temporarily hooked up after this drama. I can see why, they have psycho chemistry). All In will get its own write-up, caps, the works. Mmmm...

2. The giggly-giddy delight is the Chinese wuxia drama I am currently watching (am on ep 9), Big Shot (Da Ren Wu). It will also get its own write-up, but for now suffice it to say I adore the sword battles, the hero and the heroine, the secondary OTPs, the mysterious lost memories and the hint of huge angst to come.

3. One of the 'not as good as it could have been' dramas (the better one of the two) is Sister In Law is 19, which was pretty fun, actually. I am going to cap a bit, mainly because the premise of a girl in love with an idealized guy but ending up with the possibly less glamorous but always-has-her-back best friend (played by the scrumptuous Yoon Kye Sung), who will do anything for her happiness and is (to make me squeal in delight) a math geek is something tailored exclusively to me. Plus, I did not hate a single character. I wasn't that keen on the (happy, don't worry) ending, with some things not really addressed and no smoochies, but my biggest problem was that it never hit that big pay-off moment of drama for me. It didn't help that the lead actress, while charming and cute, didn't make me really love her and be in her skin the way some kdrama actresses do, and that this was YKS' first drama and while he is competent, the difference between this and e.g. Crazy for You is startling. Kim Jae Won, who played YKS' older brother is super-adorable btw.

4. The other 'not as good as it could have been' drama is Stained Glass which had some positives: Lee Dong Gun being absolutely marvelous (but when has he not been?), and playing a character which is very irresistable, the heroine who is not a dishrag, some swoonily romantic moments (including a kissing in the snow scene), and a lot of emo plot stuff I love. But it was too corny even for me (enough corn to feed the entire state of Michigan, in fact. When LDG referred to heroine as 'Rose of the Lord' I nearly choked), the secondary guy made me feel such blistering HATE I wanted to stab him in the face with a rusty screw-driver and the ending was...WHAAAAAAAT? 18 hours of stuff for this sort of ending? How? Why? Did they just run out of ideas and stop? The ending made the ending of Powerful Opponents look like a masterpiece of coherence.

5. The sheer disappoinment drama for me was Fantasy Couple. Before I started it, I would have never thought so. It's based on the charming 1980s movie Overboard which I like and it's written by the Hong Sisters, three other dramas of whose are all in my Top 10 kdramas (My Girl, Chun Hyang, and Hong Gil Dong). But perhaps Overboard should have stayed a movie: it was good enough and full of story enough for an under 2 hours flick but for a 16 hour drama? Yikes. Both the leads were adequate enough and I didn't hate their characters or anything but it all felt 'so what' and blah to me...the script really felt off and never gathered my interest, and I don't think that the director was good enough to elicit a performance to overcome that huge huge flaw out of Oh Ji Ho or Han Ye Seul (and neither of the leads, even if competent, strikes me as good enough to do an amazing performance without guidance). The most I got of this was mild boredom and I watched all of it through sheer stubborness, boredom of a train ride and a lot of very agressive fast-forwarding. Oh well, even the best have an off say, I suppose...
dangermousie: (Mike He tattoo by scottishlass)


Do you know, once upon a time, I didn't understand the fuss over Lee Dong Gun. I saw him as the admittedly nice other guy in Sang-Do and he registered zip on my Rain-fixated radar (Rain played the lead). I didn't think he was particularly hot or charismatic or anything (though not ugly or dull either). Just the usual 'other guy.' But then I saw pictures of If in love...like them and went 'guuuuuuuuh' and then I got my hands on the movie My Boyfriend is Type B and was GONE. (I should have disliked his protagonist, who is a cheerful jerk, but instead I adored him because of the sheer charisma and peeks of vulnerability. The movie's total fluff worked because of the cast). And then followed Sweet 18 where I saw three eps and fell for the drama and his proper but very sweet DA very hard (and now am waiting until my better subbed copy gets there).

I think it's a combination of things. One is that he (like Matsuda Shota and Oguri Shun who gained in hotness between Hanadan1 and 2) grew into his looks as he got older, as Sang-Do is an old drama (and also lost a little weight, and yeah, I am shallow, but I love the cheekbones). And two? I don't know whether he suddenly acquired charm to burn or whether he had it before and I was too blinded by Rain but yeah...psycho charisma.

What is the point of the above ramble?

I present you a huge picspam of Korean drama Stained Glass, on my very short list of dramas to watch (true love, childhood friendship, identity loss, all the other good stuff). I say 'picspam' but what I mean is that the photographer clearly considered it his duty, instead, to see how many ways you could shoot Lee Dong Gun looking awesome in business and casual wear. The answer? A heck of a lot.

There are over 80 pics behind the cut, so be warned. It's worth it, though.

Stained Glass, otherwise known as Lee Dong Gun factory of hot )
dangermousie: (Mike He tattoo by scottishlass)


Do you know, once upon a time, I didn't understand the fuss over Lee Dong Gun. I saw him as the admittedly nice other guy in Sang-Do and he registered zip on my Rain-fixated radar (Rain played the lead). I didn't think he was particularly hot or charismatic or anything (though not ugly or dull either). Just the usual 'other guy.' But then I saw pictures of If in love...like them and went 'guuuuuuuuh' and then I got my hands on the movie My Boyfriend is Type B and was GONE. (I should have disliked his protagonist, who is a cheerful jerk, but instead I adored him because of the sheer charisma and peeks of vulnerability. The movie's total fluff worked because of the cast). And then followed Sweet 18 where I saw three eps and fell for the drama and his proper but very sweet DA very hard (and now am waiting until my better subbed copy gets there).

I think it's a combination of things. One is that he (like Matsuda Shota and Oguri Shun who gained in hotness between Hanadan1 and 2) grew into his looks as he got older, as Sang-Do is an old drama (and also lost a little weight, and yeah, I am shallow, but I love the cheekbones). And two? I don't know whether he suddenly acquired charm to burn or whether he had it before and I was too blinded by Rain but yeah...psycho charisma.

What is the point of the above ramble?

I present you a huge picspam of Korean drama Stained Glass, on my very short list of dramas to watch (true love, childhood friendship, identity loss, all the other good stuff). I say 'picspam' but what I mean is that the photographer clearly considered it his duty, instead, to see how many ways you could shoot Lee Dong Gun looking awesome in business and casual wear. The answer? A heck of a lot.

There are over 80 pics behind the cut, so be warned. It's worth it, though.

Stained Glass, otherwise known as Lee Dong Gun factory of hot )
dangermousie: (Mike He tattoo by scottishlass)


Do you know, once upon a time, I didn't understand the fuss over Lee Dong Gun. I saw him as the admittedly nice other guy in Sang-Do and he registered zip on my Rain-fixated radar (Rain played the lead). I didn't think he was particularly hot or charismatic or anything (though not ugly or dull either). Just the usual 'other guy.' But then I saw pictures of If in love...like them and went 'guuuuuuuuh' and then I got my hands on the movie My Boyfriend is Type B and was GONE. (I should have disliked his protagonist, who is a cheerful jerk, but instead I adored him because of the sheer charisma and peeks of vulnerability. The movie's total fluff worked because of the cast). And then followed Sweet 18 where I saw three eps and fell for the drama and his proper but very sweet DA very hard (and now am waiting until my better subbed copy gets there).

I think it's a combination of things. One is that he (like Matsuda Shota and Oguri Shun who gained in hotness between Hanadan1 and 2) grew into his looks as he got older, as Sang-Do is an old drama (and also lost a little weight, and yeah, I am shallow, but I love the cheekbones). And two? I don't know whether he suddenly acquired charm to burn or whether he had it before and I was too blinded by Rain but yeah...psycho charisma.

What is the point of the above ramble?

I present you a huge picspam of Korean drama Stained Glass, on my very short list of dramas to watch (true love, childhood friendship, identity loss, all the other good stuff). I say 'picspam' but what I mean is that the photographer clearly considered it his duty, instead, to see how many ways you could shoot Lee Dong Gun looking awesome in business and casual wear. The answer? A heck of a lot.

There are over 80 pics behind the cut, so be warned. It's worth it, though.

Stained Glass, otherwise known as Lee Dong Gun factory of hot )
dangermousie: (HYD: Rui by yled)
My Stained Glass DVDs died in the last 10 mins of the last ep (18).

Argh!

I haven't watched the drama yet but wanted to see how it ends. So, please please spoil me. I want to know if it's worth getting a replacement.
dangermousie: (HYD: Rui by yled)
My Stained Glass DVDs died in the last 10 mins of the last ep (18).

Argh!

I haven't watched the drama yet but wanted to see how it ends. So, please please spoil me. I want to know if it's worth getting a replacement.
dangermousie: (HYD: Rui by yled)
My Stained Glass DVDs died in the last 10 mins of the last ep (18).

Argh!

I haven't watched the drama yet but wanted to see how it ends. So, please please spoil me. I want to know if it's worth getting a replacement.
dangermousie: (Hana Kimi by m1d0r1j4d3 on soompi)
Dilemmas, dilemmas...

What should be my next Lee Dong Gun drama?

For a long time I thought it was going to be Stained Glass (all that yummy romantic angst) but then I discovered Smile Again. And [livejournal.com profile] calledinvain mentioned it's like a Korean take on Taiyou No Kisetsu, a drama I've been nuts for and he plays a messed up boy.

Am torn now. Opinions? Anyone see both, either, and can wisely advise?

Respective MVs )

In case anyone is wondeing, while I have a huge drama roster lined up, of the completed/all subbed dramas. my short list (aka the ones I'd get to first) list is as follows:

Korean:

If in love...like them
Save the Last Dance for Me
Snow White
Smile Again
Stained Glass
Spring Waltz
What Star are you From

Chinese:

Handsome Siblings
Return of the Condor Heroes

Taiwanese:

Corner with Love

Japanese:

Strawberry on the Shortcake
Karei-naru Ichizoku
Long Love Letter
Dragon Zakura

And of course finishing the ones I haven't yet.
dangermousie: (Hana Kimi by m1d0r1j4d3 on soompi)
Dilemmas, dilemmas...

What should be my next Lee Dong Gun drama?

For a long time I thought it was going to be Stained Glass (all that yummy romantic angst) but then I discovered Smile Again. And [livejournal.com profile] calledinvain mentioned it's like a Korean take on Taiyou No Kisetsu, a drama I've been nuts for and he plays a messed up boy.

Am torn now. Opinions? Anyone see both, either, and can wisely advise?

Respective MVs )

In case anyone is wondeing, while I have a huge drama roster lined up, of the completed/all subbed dramas. my short list (aka the ones I'd get to first) list is as follows:

Korean:

If in love...like them
Save the Last Dance for Me
Snow White
Smile Again
Stained Glass
Spring Waltz
What Star are you From

Chinese:

Handsome Siblings
Return of the Condor Heroes

Taiwanese:

Corner with Love

Japanese:

Strawberry on the Shortcake
Karei-naru Ichizoku
Long Love Letter
Dragon Zakura

And of course finishing the ones I haven't yet.
dangermousie: (Hana Kimi by m1d0r1j4d3 on soompi)
Dilemmas, dilemmas...

What should be my next Lee Dong Gun drama?

For a long time I thought it was going to be Stained Glass (all that yummy romantic angst) but then I discovered Smile Again. And [livejournal.com profile] calledinvain mentioned it's like a Korean take on Taiyou No Kisetsu, a drama I've been nuts for and he plays a messed up boy.

Am torn now. Opinions? Anyone see both, either, and can wisely advise?

Respective MVs )

In case anyone is wondeing, while I have a huge drama roster lined up, of the completed/all subbed dramas. my short list (aka the ones I'd get to first) list is as follows:

Korean:

If in love...like them
Save the Last Dance for Me
Snow White
Smile Again
Stained Glass
Spring Waltz
What Star are you From

Chinese:

Handsome Siblings
Return of the Condor Heroes

Taiwanese:

Corner with Love

Japanese:

Strawberry on the Shortcake
Karei-naru Ichizoku
Long Love Letter
Dragon Zakura

And of course finishing the ones I haven't yet.

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