dangermousie: (Farscape: JA posed by icequeen3101)
Park Yon Ha is ridiculously pretty in Slingshot. Ridiculously.



How his character survived jail without getting "boyfriends" is a mystery - I guess having mob friends really helps.

I am still way behind on this drama (only saw 5 eps) because I will wait until it's done to marathon it. Waiting for plot twists week to week would kill me.

On other news of the pretty and angsty, I bring you my favorite mini-sequence from Dog with Two Bones. Yes, proper picspam for the ep still to come.



This was the moment in which I got hooked on the show )
dangermousie: (Farscape: JA posed by icequeen3101)
Park Yon Ha is ridiculously pretty in Slingshot. Ridiculously.



How his character survived jail without getting "boyfriends" is a mystery - I guess having mob friends really helps.

I am still way behind on this drama (only saw 5 eps) because I will wait until it's done to marathon it. Waiting for plot twists week to week would kill me.

On other news of the pretty and angsty, I bring you my favorite mini-sequence from Dog with Two Bones. Yes, proper picspam for the ep still to come.



This was the moment in which I got hooked on the show )
dangermousie: (Farscape: JA posed by icequeen3101)
Park Yon Ha is ridiculously pretty in Slingshot. Ridiculously.



How his character survived jail without getting "boyfriends" is a mystery - I guess having mob friends really helps.

I am still way behind on this drama (only saw 5 eps) because I will wait until it's done to marathon it. Waiting for plot twists week to week would kill me.

On other news of the pretty and angsty, I bring you my favorite mini-sequence from Dog with Two Bones. Yes, proper picspam for the ep still to come.



This was the moment in which I got hooked on the show )
dangermousie: (Iris)


(this has nothing to do with the post but I loved it too much not to include)

I will NEVER understand the hate of strong women by female fandom.

NEVER.

I have been reading up people's further reactions to Korean drama Slingshot and I know I posted before my bafflement at their dislike (to put it mildly) of Kyung Ah - the strong-willed, ambitious ex-girlfriend of the main character.

But the latest rage against her (including someone wishing she would literally become a whore who has nothing) baffles me. With such a level of indignation one would think she killed infants or puppies for breakfast as opposed to deciding to choose a well-spoken, if ruthless, and rich businessman over her trouble-maker ex with whom she never played head games or led on to believe she'd prefer him. Did I mention she has previously sacrificed her entire independence to rescue her ex's family? Or that while the audience might know that the businessman who is her ex's nemesis has been clinically diagnosed as a psychopath, she does not?

Yes. I can see the evil oozing out of her every pore.

I hate to break it to you, fangirls, but not drooling at the feet of the hero does not constitute a punishable offense. Whining about your incomprehension that the hero seems to still have positive feelings for her and not view her as the Whore of Babylon, does not endear you to me either.

Feminism. You are doing it wrong.
dangermousie: (Iris)


(this has nothing to do with the post but I loved it too much not to include)

I will NEVER understand the hate of strong women by female fandom.

NEVER.

I have been reading up people's further reactions to Korean drama Slingshot and I know I posted before my bafflement at their dislike (to put it mildly) of Kyung Ah - the strong-willed, ambitious ex-girlfriend of the main character.

But the latest rage against her (including someone wishing she would literally become a whore who has nothing) baffles me. With such a level of indignation one would think she killed infants or puppies for breakfast as opposed to deciding to choose a well-spoken, if ruthless, and rich businessman over her trouble-maker ex with whom she never played head games or led on to believe she'd prefer him. Did I mention she has previously sacrificed her entire independence to rescue her ex's family? Or that while the audience might know that the businessman who is her ex's nemesis has been clinically diagnosed as a psychopath, she does not?

Yes. I can see the evil oozing out of her every pore.

I hate to break it to you, fangirls, but not drooling at the feet of the hero does not constitute a punishable offense. Whining about your incomprehension that the hero seems to still have positive feelings for her and not view her as the Whore of Babylon, does not endear you to me either.

Feminism. You are doing it wrong.
dangermousie: (Iris)


(this has nothing to do with the post but I loved it too much not to include)

I will NEVER understand the hate of strong women by female fandom.

NEVER.

I have been reading up people's further reactions to Korean drama Slingshot and I know I posted before my bafflement at their dislike (to put it mildly) of Kyung Ah - the strong-willed, ambitious ex-girlfriend of the main character.

But the latest rage against her (including someone wishing she would literally become a whore who has nothing) baffles me. With such a level of indignation one would think she killed infants or puppies for breakfast as opposed to deciding to choose a well-spoken, if ruthless, and rich businessman over her trouble-maker ex with whom she never played head games or led on to believe she'd prefer him. Did I mention she has previously sacrificed her entire independence to rescue her ex's family? Or that while the audience might know that the businessman who is her ex's nemesis has been clinically diagnosed as a psychopath, she does not?

Yes. I can see the evil oozing out of her every pore.

I hate to break it to you, fangirls, but not drooling at the feet of the hero does not constitute a punishable offense. Whining about your incomprehension that the hero seems to still have positive feelings for her and not view her as the Whore of Babylon, does not endear you to me either.

Feminism. You are doing it wrong.
dangermousie: (KHYD: Jandi leaves by vierran45)
I am not one to cry "double standard" very often, but why are people not cutting Kyung Ah (a major female character in Slingshot) the same slack they would cut a male character in the same circumstances?

I've seen that above attitude before. It always crops up when the heroine is cynical, morally grey, and not falling over herself to be redeemed by the hero no matter how much cause she has to be this way (see Lobbyist and people's Maria hate).

Men are allowed to get cynical and elitist and bitter if they had a screwed-up life and fandom jumps all over them and proclaims them as woobies. But Kyung Ah is totally unworthy of our hero because in an untenable situation she basically sold herself into sexual slavery but ended up being really good at her "chosen" profession and instead of allowing herself to continue a victim, seized the opportunity and became powerful and valuable within that world. And she actually doesn't repent hourly but enjoys the money and luxury that comes with it.

Gee, I wonder if it's weird her life made her hard-as-nails and cynical? The latest entrant in the "Kyung Ah sucks" attitude is the reaction I've seen to her telling the hero (who is her ex-boyfriend, actually) to back away from his revenge scheme against the antagonist because he doesn't belong in the rich/powerful world. Oooooooh, she is condescending and elitist! Really? Or maybe she is just trying to protect someone she still has lingering feelings for? The antagonist (who is her current sugar daddy, actually) is plenty capable and ruthless. Also, I can't say her entry into that world (as a sex toy to the rich and powerful, oooooooh, enviable!) was something to be considered pleasant and something she'd recommend to others.

But you know what? Even if all of this was not the case and she really just said it because she is now elitist? Guess what? I don't care! She has certainly earned the right to be bitter and dark!

I hasten to add these are people's reactions to the drama, not the drama's view of Kyung Ah in the least. That is why I love the writer. Yes, you know, women can be allowed to be more messed-up or darker then the men. Thank you!
dangermousie: (KHYD: Jandi leaves by vierran45)
I am not one to cry "double standard" very often, but why are people not cutting Kyung Ah (a major female character in Slingshot) the same slack they would cut a male character in the same circumstances?

I've seen that above attitude before. It always crops up when the heroine is cynical, morally grey, and not falling over herself to be redeemed by the hero no matter how much cause she has to be this way (see Lobbyist and people's Maria hate).

Men are allowed to get cynical and elitist and bitter if they had a screwed-up life and fandom jumps all over them and proclaims them as woobies. But Kyung Ah is totally unworthy of our hero because in an untenable situation she basically sold herself into sexual slavery but ended up being really good at her "chosen" profession and instead of allowing herself to continue a victim, seized the opportunity and became powerful and valuable within that world. And she actually doesn't repent hourly but enjoys the money and luxury that comes with it.

Gee, I wonder if it's weird her life made her hard-as-nails and cynical? The latest entrant in the "Kyung Ah sucks" attitude is the reaction I've seen to her telling the hero (who is her ex-boyfriend, actually) to back away from his revenge scheme against the antagonist because he doesn't belong in the rich/powerful world. Oooooooh, she is condescending and elitist! Really? Or maybe she is just trying to protect someone she still has lingering feelings for? The antagonist (who is her current sugar daddy, actually) is plenty capable and ruthless. Also, I can't say her entry into that world (as a sex toy to the rich and powerful, oooooooh, enviable!) was something to be considered pleasant and something she'd recommend to others.

But you know what? Even if all of this was not the case and she really just said it because she is now elitist? Guess what? I don't care! She has certainly earned the right to be bitter and dark!

I hasten to add these are people's reactions to the drama, not the drama's view of Kyung Ah in the least. That is why I love the writer. Yes, you know, women can be allowed to be more messed-up or darker then the men. Thank you!
dangermousie: (KHYD: Jandi leaves by vierran45)
I am not one to cry "double standard" very often, but why are people not cutting Kyung Ah (a major female character in Slingshot) the same slack they would cut a male character in the same circumstances?

I've seen that above attitude before. It always crops up when the heroine is cynical, morally grey, and not falling over herself to be redeemed by the hero no matter how much cause she has to be this way (see Lobbyist and people's Maria hate).

Men are allowed to get cynical and elitist and bitter if they had a screwed-up life and fandom jumps all over them and proclaims them as woobies. But Kyung Ah is totally unworthy of our hero because in an untenable situation she basically sold herself into sexual slavery but ended up being really good at her "chosen" profession and instead of allowing herself to continue a victim, seized the opportunity and became powerful and valuable within that world. And she actually doesn't repent hourly but enjoys the money and luxury that comes with it.

Gee, I wonder if it's weird her life made her hard-as-nails and cynical? The latest entrant in the "Kyung Ah sucks" attitude is the reaction I've seen to her telling the hero (who is her ex-boyfriend, actually) to back away from his revenge scheme against the antagonist because he doesn't belong in the rich/powerful world. Oooooooh, she is condescending and elitist! Really? Or maybe she is just trying to protect someone she still has lingering feelings for? The antagonist (who is her current sugar daddy, actually) is plenty capable and ruthless. Also, I can't say her entry into that world (as a sex toy to the rich and powerful, oooooooh, enviable!) was something to be considered pleasant and something she'd recommend to others.

But you know what? Even if all of this was not the case and she really just said it because she is now elitist? Guess what? I don't care! She has certainly earned the right to be bitter and dark!

I hasten to add these are people's reactions to the drama, not the drama's view of Kyung Ah in the least. That is why I love the writer. Yes, you know, women can be allowed to be more messed-up or darker then the men. Thank you!
dangermousie: (Legend end by miss-dian)
I am so in love with the kdrama Story of a Man (also known as The Slingshot) it's not even funny.

But not surprising, seeing that it's written by the same person who wrote Legend, my favorite drama ever. I am through ep 5 and I am so in love I am not even reading spoilers for any future eps, which if you know my spoiler love is huge.

I know a lot of people are all about the antagonist Do-Woo, and I admit his character of a clever sociopath who knows he is desperately lacking something in not feeling a single thing about anyone, and who doesn't have some sobby backstory to explain his "condition" is very interesting (and the actor is damn good). But for me, I am all about Park Young Ha's (relatively) "good" protagonist Shin. What can I say? If you give me someone good at base but beyond messed-up and good at planning revenge? I am in. Plus, I can't believe I am saying this about pudgy whiny fiancee of Choi Ji Woo from Winter Sonata, but the boy grew up FINE.



This drama deserves a lot of meta and I could meta for ages about the twisted family dynamics and importance of family bonds, or the issue of debt, or camaraderie that Shin's "team" develops, or anything else. But instead I want to mention two things.

First is that I love the women characters in it. Shin's sister-in-law, a weak and good woman is interesting. And so is Do-Woo's younger sister Eunsoo, who seems to have inherited all the goodness Do-Woo does not have (Do-Woo mentions they are unbalanced, themselves). But I am all about the "heroine", Park Shi Yon's tough-as-nails Kyung Ah. I love her pragmatic toughness, her lack of sacrifice-as-everything defining her life. Shin/Kyung Ah are so my OTP of the season. Come on? Former lovers who are now a former prisoner out for revenge and the highest paid bar girl/hooker in Seoul.



I love that while she signed up to her line of work because she wanted to protect Shin's family (when he was in prison), she genuinely likes it - she might not like having to put up with gross men for it, but she loves the lifestyle: the luxury, the fact that men value her so much as to pay that much for her time. When Shin is out, and tells her he will spend his life repaying to buy her from that place (oh God, that scene! When she is so cold but her hand is shaking. And his intensity), she does not run to hug him or anything. The most she can offer him is to be her "kept man", so to speak - her guy on the side, as she earns her living from other men. She is not offering it to drive him away or anything. It's genuinely the most she is willing to agree to, even if she loves him - she does not want to give up her comfort for love. I love when he walks away without a word. And I love that he is neither mad nor blames her. How could he?



How ironic. He is the one who unwittingly put the idea of that job into her head when he was trying to drive her away to protect her before he went to jail (so loan sharks wouldn't come after her). The scene where she visits him in jail and tells him she took on his debt and she will live in a different world now and he is literally scrabbling at the glass separating them, as if trying to get to her and screaming "it's all my fault" but she cannot hear him because he's dropped the phone? And she walks off? My favorite so far.

Or maybe not. I adore the scene in ep 5 where he shows up at her club with a million won (long story how he got it). Because she told him earlier that is how much he will need to spend the night with her! OMG. Love. And when she asks him what he wants to do with their night, he says “Hold you, kiss you, have sex, hold your hand, and sleep. Then we’d wake up and I’d hold you again, and kiss you.” (dramabeans' translation). OMG. But she walks off because she knows they are unworkable as a couple. Eeeee. I guess everyone can buy her except for him.

Did I mention that Phillip Lee is one of Shin's revenge teammates?



(all caps courtesy of dramabeans)

I am so lucky with the spring drama season. I am following five dramas and there is not a weak one in the bunch, they are all excellent! (If you want to know my order of liking, it's Black & White (1), Story of a Man (2), Smile (2 tie), Princess Ja Myung Go (4), ToGetHer (5) but they are all wonderful).
dangermousie: (Legend end by miss-dian)
I am so in love with the kdrama Story of a Man (also known as The Slingshot) it's not even funny.

But not surprising, seeing that it's written by the same person who wrote Legend, my favorite drama ever. I am through ep 5 and I am so in love I am not even reading spoilers for any future eps, which if you know my spoiler love is huge.

I know a lot of people are all about the antagonist Do-Woo, and I admit his character of a clever sociopath who knows he is desperately lacking something in not feeling a single thing about anyone, and who doesn't have some sobby backstory to explain his "condition" is very interesting (and the actor is damn good). But for me, I am all about Park Young Ha's (relatively) "good" protagonist Shin. What can I say? If you give me someone good at base but beyond messed-up and good at planning revenge? I am in. Plus, I can't believe I am saying this about pudgy whiny fiancee of Choi Ji Woo from Winter Sonata, but the boy grew up FINE.



This drama deserves a lot of meta and I could meta for ages about the twisted family dynamics and importance of family bonds, or the issue of debt, or camaraderie that Shin's "team" develops, or anything else. But instead I want to mention two things.

First is that I love the women characters in it. Shin's sister-in-law, a weak and good woman is interesting. And so is Do-Woo's younger sister Eunsoo, who seems to have inherited all the goodness Do-Woo does not have (Do-Woo mentions they are unbalanced, themselves). But I am all about the "heroine", Park Shi Yon's tough-as-nails Kyung Ah. I love her pragmatic toughness, her lack of sacrifice-as-everything defining her life. Shin/Kyung Ah are so my OTP of the season. Come on? Former lovers who are now a former prisoner out for revenge and the highest paid bar girl/hooker in Seoul.



I love that while she signed up to her line of work because she wanted to protect Shin's family (when he was in prison), she genuinely likes it - she might not like having to put up with gross men for it, but she loves the lifestyle: the luxury, the fact that men value her so much as to pay that much for her time. When Shin is out, and tells her he will spend his life repaying to buy her from that place (oh God, that scene! When she is so cold but her hand is shaking. And his intensity), she does not run to hug him or anything. The most she can offer him is to be her "kept man", so to speak - her guy on the side, as she earns her living from other men. She is not offering it to drive him away or anything. It's genuinely the most she is willing to agree to, even if she loves him - she does not want to give up her comfort for love. I love when he walks away without a word. And I love that he is neither mad nor blames her. How could he?



How ironic. He is the one who unwittingly put the idea of that job into her head when he was trying to drive her away to protect her before he went to jail (so loan sharks wouldn't come after her). The scene where she visits him in jail and tells him she took on his debt and she will live in a different world now and he is literally scrabbling at the glass separating them, as if trying to get to her and screaming "it's all my fault" but she cannot hear him because he's dropped the phone? And she walks off? My favorite so far.

Or maybe not. I adore the scene in ep 5 where he shows up at her club with a million won (long story how he got it). Because she told him earlier that is how much he will need to spend the night with her! OMG. Love. And when she asks him what he wants to do with their night, he says “Hold you, kiss you, have sex, hold your hand, and sleep. Then we’d wake up and I’d hold you again, and kiss you.” (dramabeans' translation). OMG. But she walks off because she knows they are unworkable as a couple. Eeeee. I guess everyone can buy her except for him.

Did I mention that Phillip Lee is one of Shin's revenge teammates?



(all caps courtesy of dramabeans)

I am so lucky with the spring drama season. I am following five dramas and there is not a weak one in the bunch, they are all excellent! (If you want to know my order of liking, it's Black & White (1), Story of a Man (2), Smile (2 tie), Princess Ja Myung Go (4), ToGetHer (5) but they are all wonderful).
dangermousie: (Legend end by miss-dian)
I am so in love with the kdrama Story of a Man (also known as The Slingshot) it's not even funny.

But not surprising, seeing that it's written by the same person who wrote Legend, my favorite drama ever. I am through ep 5 and I am so in love I am not even reading spoilers for any future eps, which if you know my spoiler love is huge.

I know a lot of people are all about the antagonist Do-Woo, and I admit his character of a clever sociopath who knows he is desperately lacking something in not feeling a single thing about anyone, and who doesn't have some sobby backstory to explain his "condition" is very interesting (and the actor is damn good). But for me, I am all about Park Young Ha's (relatively) "good" protagonist Shin. What can I say? If you give me someone good at base but beyond messed-up and good at planning revenge? I am in. Plus, I can't believe I am saying this about pudgy whiny fiancee of Choi Ji Woo from Winter Sonata, but the boy grew up FINE.



This drama deserves a lot of meta and I could meta for ages about the twisted family dynamics and importance of family bonds, or the issue of debt, or camaraderie that Shin's "team" develops, or anything else. But instead I want to mention two things.

First is that I love the women characters in it. Shin's sister-in-law, a weak and good woman is interesting. And so is Do-Woo's younger sister Eunsoo, who seems to have inherited all the goodness Do-Woo does not have (Do-Woo mentions they are unbalanced, themselves). But I am all about the "heroine", Park Shi Yon's tough-as-nails Kyung Ah. I love her pragmatic toughness, her lack of sacrifice-as-everything defining her life. Shin/Kyung Ah are so my OTP of the season. Come on? Former lovers who are now a former prisoner out for revenge and the highest paid bar girl/hooker in Seoul.



I love that while she signed up to her line of work because she wanted to protect Shin's family (when he was in prison), she genuinely likes it - she might not like having to put up with gross men for it, but she loves the lifestyle: the luxury, the fact that men value her so much as to pay that much for her time. When Shin is out, and tells her he will spend his life repaying to buy her from that place (oh God, that scene! When she is so cold but her hand is shaking. And his intensity), she does not run to hug him or anything. The most she can offer him is to be her "kept man", so to speak - her guy on the side, as she earns her living from other men. She is not offering it to drive him away or anything. It's genuinely the most she is willing to agree to, even if she loves him - she does not want to give up her comfort for love. I love when he walks away without a word. And I love that he is neither mad nor blames her. How could he?



How ironic. He is the one who unwittingly put the idea of that job into her head when he was trying to drive her away to protect her before he went to jail (so loan sharks wouldn't come after her). The scene where she visits him in jail and tells him she took on his debt and she will live in a different world now and he is literally scrabbling at the glass separating them, as if trying to get to her and screaming "it's all my fault" but she cannot hear him because he's dropped the phone? And she walks off? My favorite so far.

Or maybe not. I adore the scene in ep 5 where he shows up at her club with a million won (long story how he got it). Because she told him earlier that is how much he will need to spend the night with her! OMG. Love. And when she asks him what he wants to do with their night, he says “Hold you, kiss you, have sex, hold your hand, and sleep. Then we’d wake up and I’d hold you again, and kiss you.” (dramabeans' translation). OMG. But she walks off because she knows they are unworkable as a couple. Eeeee. I guess everyone can buy her except for him.

Did I mention that Phillip Lee is one of Shin's revenge teammates?



(all caps courtesy of dramabeans)

I am so lucky with the spring drama season. I am following five dramas and there is not a weak one in the bunch, they are all excellent! (If you want to know my order of liking, it's Black & White (1), Story of a Man (2), Smile (2 tie), Princess Ja Myung Go (4), ToGetHer (5) but they are all wonderful).
dangermousie: (Legend: Ho Gae by alexandral)
What?

What?

Our protagonist has just asked his girlfriend to become a hooker so he could have the money for pimping her out in order to pay his dead brother's debts.

WHAT?

Thankfully, she hits him and walks off.

So, since his brother offed himself, and the loan sharks are after his widow and kid and who knows what they'll do to them, he goes off to repay the debt with himself as collateral - if he can't repay they get to harvest his organs? Well, that's one way to make money.

Oh Korea, every time I think you can't come up with new levels of dysfunction in your dramas, you surprise me.

In case you haven't figured it out, I am watching Slingshot (also known as 'Story of a Man'). Why is nobody on my flist (that I know of) watching this? It's so very good - if you like clever revenge dramas that is. Best of all, it's written by the same scriptwriter who worte my favorite drama ever Legend (and also the legendary Sandglass and Eyes of Dawn but I haven't gotten to those yet). It's clever, and beautifully filmed, and full of compromised characters.

The story is quite good. Park Yong Ha's character is consumed by revenge against the business tycoon who wanted to purchase another giant conglomerate and the tiny little company PYH's brother used to run ended as collateral damage, wrecking the family and driving PYH's beloved older brother to suicide and PYH to a desperate act which leads to jail.

The funny thing? The drama stars two actors who I would have never thought I'd ever love and I am so impressed with them both.

The male lead is Park Yong Ha - if anyone told me that I'd swoon for the actor who played chubby, spotty, whiny, wannbe-rapist, passive-agressive other guy in 2001 Hallyu juggernaught Winter Sonata, I'd laugh. But there it is - Leaving the purely physical issue of spots being gone and the weight being gone too (mmmm - he is cut now), PYH can act and his character, while not necessarily likeable, is fascinating. I am clearly a sucker for revenge-driven protagonists (this, Cain & Abel, A Love to Kill, Mawang, Resurrection, Green Rose).



The female lead is Park Shi Yeon, otherwise known by me as "Tennis Girl" from My Girl - arguably my least-favorite female character in a drama ever. But here she is strong, conflicted, and yes, materialistic, without being evil. So very good.



And now my spring drama roster is complete.
dangermousie: (Legend: Ho Gae by alexandral)
What?

What?

Our protagonist has just asked his girlfriend to become a hooker so he could have the money for pimping her out in order to pay his dead brother's debts.

WHAT?

Thankfully, she hits him and walks off.

So, since his brother offed himself, and the loan sharks are after his widow and kid and who knows what they'll do to them, he goes off to repay the debt with himself as collateral - if he can't repay they get to harvest his organs? Well, that's one way to make money.

Oh Korea, every time I think you can't come up with new levels of dysfunction in your dramas, you surprise me.

In case you haven't figured it out, I am watching Slingshot (also known as 'Story of a Man'). Why is nobody on my flist (that I know of) watching this? It's so very good - if you like clever revenge dramas that is. Best of all, it's written by the same scriptwriter who worte my favorite drama ever Legend (and also the legendary Sandglass and Eyes of Dawn but I haven't gotten to those yet). It's clever, and beautifully filmed, and full of compromised characters.

The story is quite good. Park Yong Ha's character is consumed by revenge against the business tycoon who wanted to purchase another giant conglomerate and the tiny little company PYH's brother used to run ended as collateral damage, wrecking the family and driving PYH's beloved older brother to suicide and PYH to a desperate act which leads to jail.

The funny thing? The drama stars two actors who I would have never thought I'd ever love and I am so impressed with them both.

The male lead is Park Yong Ha - if anyone told me that I'd swoon for the actor who played chubby, spotty, whiny, wannbe-rapist, passive-agressive other guy in 2001 Hallyu juggernaught Winter Sonata, I'd laugh. But there it is - Leaving the purely physical issue of spots being gone and the weight being gone too (mmmm - he is cut now), PYH can act and his character, while not necessarily likeable, is fascinating. I am clearly a sucker for revenge-driven protagonists (this, Cain & Abel, A Love to Kill, Mawang, Resurrection, Green Rose).



The female lead is Park Shi Yeon, otherwise known by me as "Tennis Girl" from My Girl - arguably my least-favorite female character in a drama ever. But here she is strong, conflicted, and yes, materialistic, without being evil. So very good.



And now my spring drama roster is complete.
dangermousie: (Legend: Ho Gae by alexandral)
What?

What?

Our protagonist has just asked his girlfriend to become a hooker so he could have the money for pimping her out in order to pay his dead brother's debts.

WHAT?

Thankfully, she hits him and walks off.

So, since his brother offed himself, and the loan sharks are after his widow and kid and who knows what they'll do to them, he goes off to repay the debt with himself as collateral - if he can't repay they get to harvest his organs? Well, that's one way to make money.

Oh Korea, every time I think you can't come up with new levels of dysfunction in your dramas, you surprise me.

In case you haven't figured it out, I am watching Slingshot (also known as 'Story of a Man'). Why is nobody on my flist (that I know of) watching this? It's so very good - if you like clever revenge dramas that is. Best of all, it's written by the same scriptwriter who worte my favorite drama ever Legend (and also the legendary Sandglass and Eyes of Dawn but I haven't gotten to those yet). It's clever, and beautifully filmed, and full of compromised characters.

The story is quite good. Park Yong Ha's character is consumed by revenge against the business tycoon who wanted to purchase another giant conglomerate and the tiny little company PYH's brother used to run ended as collateral damage, wrecking the family and driving PYH's beloved older brother to suicide and PYH to a desperate act which leads to jail.

The funny thing? The drama stars two actors who I would have never thought I'd ever love and I am so impressed with them both.

The male lead is Park Yong Ha - if anyone told me that I'd swoon for the actor who played chubby, spotty, whiny, wannbe-rapist, passive-agressive other guy in 2001 Hallyu juggernaught Winter Sonata, I'd laugh. But there it is - Leaving the purely physical issue of spots being gone and the weight being gone too (mmmm - he is cut now), PYH can act and his character, while not necessarily likeable, is fascinating. I am clearly a sucker for revenge-driven protagonists (this, Cain & Abel, A Love to Kill, Mawang, Resurrection, Green Rose).



The female lead is Park Shi Yeon, otherwise known by me as "Tennis Girl" from My Girl - arguably my least-favorite female character in a drama ever. But here she is strong, conflicted, and yes, materialistic, without being evil. So very good.



And now my spring drama roster is complete.
dangermousie: (JJH smile by miss_dian)
I am filled with glee. According to dramabeans, Joo Ji Hoon's next drama is a Korean version of a Japanese novel/movie Tokyo Tower, about a 20-something guy who falls for a 40-year old married lady (to be played by Kim Ji Soo).

*squee*

Mmmm, JJH (In Mawang. I'd post a rl picture, but let's face it, in rl his fashion sense is...interesting):



I have to say, whether you like JJH or not (I do), he certainly has a good taste in roles. He started out as Prince (not so) Charming in the adorable Goong, then played a serial killer in Mawang (if not for Legend, the drama that would occupy Top Drama From Anywhere slot in my heart), a cake shop owner in the gay trifle delight Antique Bakery, the title character in a musical play version of Don Juan and now this. :)

In other news, anyone watching The Story of a Man starring Park Yon Ha (On Air) and Park Shi Yeon (La Dolce Vita). It's written by the writer of the legendary Sandglass and Eyes of Dawn, as well as (more pertinent to me) my favorite drama ever, Legend. Crime, revenge, and business: here I come!

dangermousie: (JJH smile by miss_dian)
I am filled with glee. According to dramabeans, Joo Ji Hoon's next drama is a Korean version of a Japanese novel/movie Tokyo Tower, about a 20-something guy who falls for a 40-year old married lady (to be played by Kim Ji Soo).

*squee*

Mmmm, JJH (In Mawang. I'd post a rl picture, but let's face it, in rl his fashion sense is...interesting):



I have to say, whether you like JJH or not (I do), he certainly has a good taste in roles. He started out as Prince (not so) Charming in the adorable Goong, then played a serial killer in Mawang (if not for Legend, the drama that would occupy Top Drama From Anywhere slot in my heart), a cake shop owner in the gay trifle delight Antique Bakery, the title character in a musical play version of Don Juan and now this. :)

In other news, anyone watching The Story of a Man starring Park Yon Ha (On Air) and Park Shi Yeon (La Dolce Vita). It's written by the writer of the legendary Sandglass and Eyes of Dawn, as well as (more pertinent to me) my favorite drama ever, Legend. Crime, revenge, and business: here I come!

dangermousie: (JJH smile by miss_dian)
I am filled with glee. According to dramabeans, Joo Ji Hoon's next drama is a Korean version of a Japanese novel/movie Tokyo Tower, about a 20-something guy who falls for a 40-year old married lady (to be played by Kim Ji Soo).

*squee*

Mmmm, JJH (In Mawang. I'd post a rl picture, but let's face it, in rl his fashion sense is...interesting):



I have to say, whether you like JJH or not (I do), he certainly has a good taste in roles. He started out as Prince (not so) Charming in the adorable Goong, then played a serial killer in Mawang (if not for Legend, the drama that would occupy Top Drama From Anywhere slot in my heart), a cake shop owner in the gay trifle delight Antique Bakery, the title character in a musical play version of Don Juan and now this. :)

In other news, anyone watching The Story of a Man starring Park Yon Ha (On Air) and Park Shi Yeon (La Dolce Vita). It's written by the writer of the legendary Sandglass and Eyes of Dawn, as well as (more pertinent to me) my favorite drama ever, Legend. Crime, revenge, and business: here I come!

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