dangermousie: (SKKS: Sun Joon weeping by timescout)



So. let's get to it )

And now I need an emotional break. Also, my craving to rewatch Tamra the Island is getting kinda insane. I posted this MV before but have it again.

dangermousie: (SKKS: Sun Joon weeping by timescout)



So. let's get to it )

And now I need an emotional break. Also, my craving to rewatch Tamra the Island is getting kinda insane. I posted this MV before but have it again.

dangermousie: (SKKS: Sun Joon weeping by timescout)



So. let's get to it )

And now I need an emotional break. Also, my craving to rewatch Tamra the Island is getting kinda insane. I posted this MV before but have it again.

dangermousie: (KOTW: SIG fight by meganbmoore)
Chun Jung Myung/Han Ji Hye sageuk about a son of an aristocrat and a son of a slave switched at birth, has released this teaser:



Obviously, this is from the early eps as they are still filming.

Hmmmmm. I loathe the bizarre, washed out, overlay on this - it makes me feel as if I am looking through a dirty soup strainer. It's like a 10-yr-old who got his hands on photoshop for the first time. One of the big selling points for any drama, but especially period drama, is the visuals - so why make it look so horrible in the teaser when I am sure it looks OK in reality.

Also, too much screaming. Just an awful teaser for what I am sure will be a decent drama. Compare that teaser to the one for the 2009 period drama The Kingdom of the Winds (I picked KOTW because it was also a period drama which was not prefilmed thus only first few eps were used for a teaser):



KOTW is how you do the teaser, people. That one would make me watch a drama of which I previously was unaware. The Duo's teaser would make me want to skip the drama except for the fact that I've been avidly expecting it and also know it's not as off-looking as the teaser makes it seem.

And speaking of period dramas, [livejournal.com profile] ockoala convinced me to try out Seo Dong Yo by promising me some epic period romance but I looked up the number of eps and it's 55. Fifty-five!. That's longer than Chuno and Return of Iljimae combined! *weeps* I am going to brave it anyway, so we'll see how it goes. Have a MV:



I sort of feel like a Tamra/Hong Gil Dong/ROI/KOTW/Chuno rewatch (not at the same time, obviously). I crave me some period goodness! Anyone watch Kim Suro and is it good? (Keeping in mind my adoration for period stuff and love of Ji Sung?)
dangermousie: (KOTW: SIG fight by meganbmoore)
Chun Jung Myung/Han Ji Hye sageuk about a son of an aristocrat and a son of a slave switched at birth, has released this teaser:



Obviously, this is from the early eps as they are still filming.

Hmmmmm. I loathe the bizarre, washed out, overlay on this - it makes me feel as if I am looking through a dirty soup strainer. It's like a 10-yr-old who got his hands on photoshop for the first time. One of the big selling points for any drama, but especially period drama, is the visuals - so why make it look so horrible in the teaser when I am sure it looks OK in reality.

Also, too much screaming. Just an awful teaser for what I am sure will be a decent drama. Compare that teaser to the one for the 2009 period drama The Kingdom of the Winds (I picked KOTW because it was also a period drama which was not prefilmed thus only first few eps were used for a teaser):



KOTW is how you do the teaser, people. That one would make me watch a drama of which I previously was unaware. The Duo's teaser would make me want to skip the drama except for the fact that I've been avidly expecting it and also know it's not as off-looking as the teaser makes it seem.

And speaking of period dramas, [livejournal.com profile] ockoala convinced me to try out Seo Dong Yo by promising me some epic period romance but I looked up the number of eps and it's 55. Fifty-five!. That's longer than Chuno and Return of Iljimae combined! *weeps* I am going to brave it anyway, so we'll see how it goes. Have a MV:



I sort of feel like a Tamra/Hong Gil Dong/ROI/KOTW/Chuno rewatch (not at the same time, obviously). I crave me some period goodness! Anyone watch Kim Suro and is it good? (Keeping in mind my adoration for period stuff and love of Ji Sung?)
dangermousie: (KOTW: SIG fight by meganbmoore)
Chun Jung Myung/Han Ji Hye sageuk about a son of an aristocrat and a son of a slave switched at birth, has released this teaser:



Obviously, this is from the early eps as they are still filming.

Hmmmmm. I loathe the bizarre, washed out, overlay on this - it makes me feel as if I am looking through a dirty soup strainer. It's like a 10-yr-old who got his hands on photoshop for the first time. One of the big selling points for any drama, but especially period drama, is the visuals - so why make it look so horrible in the teaser when I am sure it looks OK in reality.

Also, too much screaming. Just an awful teaser for what I am sure will be a decent drama. Compare that teaser to the one for the 2009 period drama The Kingdom of the Winds (I picked KOTW because it was also a period drama which was not prefilmed thus only first few eps were used for a teaser):



KOTW is how you do the teaser, people. That one would make me watch a drama of which I previously was unaware. The Duo's teaser would make me want to skip the drama except for the fact that I've been avidly expecting it and also know it's not as off-looking as the teaser makes it seem.

And speaking of period dramas, [livejournal.com profile] ockoala convinced me to try out Seo Dong Yo by promising me some epic period romance but I looked up the number of eps and it's 55. Fifty-five!. That's longer than Chuno and Return of Iljimae combined! *weeps* I am going to brave it anyway, so we'll see how it goes. Have a MV:



I sort of feel like a Tamra/Hong Gil Dong/ROI/KOTW/Chuno rewatch (not at the same time, obviously). I crave me some period goodness! Anyone watch Kim Suro and is it good? (Keeping in mind my adoration for period stuff and love of Ji Sung?)
dangermousie: (B&W Zai Tian by scanky_chops)
My shiny new DVDs arrived yesterday and I spent the morning (re)watching the first three eps. I think I noticed some bits added here and there even to these early eps but the bulk of it looks the same. A few thoughts:

1. The first episode, especially the first half of the first ep is so very bad. It's just as bad on rewatch as it was when I first tried it. It's totally shocking that it started so badly and then became so good.

2. I really really like William. I never disliked him or anything, but I guess with hindsight likeing projecting back, I like him even more. He is just so nice - and all of his scenes with Beojin are so out-of-this-world pretty and romantic - it really is like a fairytale - the trapped girl and the exotic foreigner who wants to take her far away, who goes diving with her by firefly-light, who is as unworldly as she is. Even when they do activities Beojin normally finds distasteful and mundane (diving, cloth-dyeing), somehow with William it gets transmuted into this wonderful adventure. But all the more I see how it couldn't last - the very basis of their relationship is mutual innocence. Even if their relationship continued and became permanent, it could never stay like this - they would be forced to grow up and thus will become very different from what they were.

3. Because I eventually became a big Park Kyu fangirl, I sort of forgot that I did not care for him in the beginning at all. I don't hate him or anything but he is so prissy. In these early eps, I definitely ship Beojin with William and not Park Kyu. Though by ep 3 he is beginning to show a human side - the bit when he tried to stop her from diving at night was especially lovely. But for now, I am still Team William.

4. One of the things I love about Tamra is none of the three leads is a typical 'bad boy' so beloved of dramas. Nobody needs to be reformed - they are good enough people to start with. Even Park Kyu of the beginning, while haughty and overly fastidious (though it probably would never stand out back in his native surroundings of upper-class Seoul), is a good person with a strong sense of justice - as soon as he realizes what that token he accidentally ended up with means for Beojin and her fellow divers, you can see him feel ashamed and he returns as soon as he can. He agrees to help hide William, he is indignant at the officials making peasants overwork etc. He may need to let go of class pride or learn how to truly emotionally open up, but he does not need reforming. I like that.

5. Knowing why Park Kyu is on Tamra in reality, the trumped-up 'he's been exiled for seducing ladies' excuse is even funnier now. I mean - how on earth? Not only is he ridiculously fastidious, he has NO lady skills at all :P I don't think he'd know how to seduce anyone if his life depended on it. But this time since I know what is going on, it's really fun to see all the clues and hints fall into place.

6. Seo Woo is so luminous in the role, I cannot take my eyes off her. It's all the most shocking when I contrast it with the weepfest that was Cinderella Unni where they smothered any spark she had. But in Tamra she is so alive and warm and irresistable, it's no wonder William refuses to leave Korea without her or that she melts Park Kyu's beyond reserved demeanor. And her issues and dillemmas are so understandable - she is a young woman trying to find her place in the world, who is trapped in never being able to leave Tamra or do anything she is good at (instead she is supposed to become a diver which she is no good at all).

7. The cinematography on it is so very pretty. I am especially struck with the image of Beojin sitting on the rocks in the setting sun or the green/yellow landscape and Park Kyu's outfit being the only daub of white, in the middle. Though watching it right after The Myth does bring the production values down somewhat - it's like when I was watching Hong Gil Dong right after The Legend - nothing wrong with former's production values but the latter's were so lavish they put anything else to shame.

8. The thing I like the most? Park Kyu teaching Beojin how to write.

Oh, and in conclusion, have a MV.

dangermousie: (B&W Zai Tian by scanky_chops)
My shiny new DVDs arrived yesterday and I spent the morning (re)watching the first three eps. I think I noticed some bits added here and there even to these early eps but the bulk of it looks the same. A few thoughts:

1. The first episode, especially the first half of the first ep is so very bad. It's just as bad on rewatch as it was when I first tried it. It's totally shocking that it started so badly and then became so good.

2. I really really like William. I never disliked him or anything, but I guess with hindsight likeing projecting back, I like him even more. He is just so nice - and all of his scenes with Beojin are so out-of-this-world pretty and romantic - it really is like a fairytale - the trapped girl and the exotic foreigner who wants to take her far away, who goes diving with her by firefly-light, who is as unworldly as she is. Even when they do activities Beojin normally finds distasteful and mundane (diving, cloth-dyeing), somehow with William it gets transmuted into this wonderful adventure. But all the more I see how it couldn't last - the very basis of their relationship is mutual innocence. Even if their relationship continued and became permanent, it could never stay like this - they would be forced to grow up and thus will become very different from what they were.

3. Because I eventually became a big Park Kyu fangirl, I sort of forgot that I did not care for him in the beginning at all. I don't hate him or anything but he is so prissy. In these early eps, I definitely ship Beojin with William and not Park Kyu. Though by ep 3 he is beginning to show a human side - the bit when he tried to stop her from diving at night was especially lovely. But for now, I am still Team William.

4. One of the things I love about Tamra is none of the three leads is a typical 'bad boy' so beloved of dramas. Nobody needs to be reformed - they are good enough people to start with. Even Park Kyu of the beginning, while haughty and overly fastidious (though it probably would never stand out back in his native surroundings of upper-class Seoul), is a good person with a strong sense of justice - as soon as he realizes what that token he accidentally ended up with means for Beojin and her fellow divers, you can see him feel ashamed and he returns as soon as he can. He agrees to help hide William, he is indignant at the officials making peasants overwork etc. He may need to let go of class pride or learn how to truly emotionally open up, but he does not need reforming. I like that.

5. Knowing why Park Kyu is on Tamra in reality, the trumped-up 'he's been exiled for seducing ladies' excuse is even funnier now. I mean - how on earth? Not only is he ridiculously fastidious, he has NO lady skills at all :P I don't think he'd know how to seduce anyone if his life depended on it. But this time since I know what is going on, it's really fun to see all the clues and hints fall into place.

6. Seo Woo is so luminous in the role, I cannot take my eyes off her. It's all the most shocking when I contrast it with the weepfest that was Cinderella Unni where they smothered any spark she had. But in Tamra she is so alive and warm and irresistable, it's no wonder William refuses to leave Korea without her or that she melts Park Kyu's beyond reserved demeanor. And her issues and dillemmas are so understandable - she is a young woman trying to find her place in the world, who is trapped in never being able to leave Tamra or do anything she is good at (instead she is supposed to become a diver which she is no good at all).

7. The cinematography on it is so very pretty. I am especially struck with the image of Beojin sitting on the rocks in the setting sun or the green/yellow landscape and Park Kyu's outfit being the only daub of white, in the middle. Though watching it right after The Myth does bring the production values down somewhat - it's like when I was watching Hong Gil Dong right after The Legend - nothing wrong with former's production values but the latter's were so lavish they put anything else to shame.

8. The thing I like the most? Park Kyu teaching Beojin how to write.

Oh, and in conclusion, have a MV.

dangermousie: (B&W Zai Tian by scanky_chops)
My shiny new DVDs arrived yesterday and I spent the morning (re)watching the first three eps. I think I noticed some bits added here and there even to these early eps but the bulk of it looks the same. A few thoughts:

1. The first episode, especially the first half of the first ep is so very bad. It's just as bad on rewatch as it was when I first tried it. It's totally shocking that it started so badly and then became so good.

2. I really really like William. I never disliked him or anything, but I guess with hindsight likeing projecting back, I like him even more. He is just so nice - and all of his scenes with Beojin are so out-of-this-world pretty and romantic - it really is like a fairytale - the trapped girl and the exotic foreigner who wants to take her far away, who goes diving with her by firefly-light, who is as unworldly as she is. Even when they do activities Beojin normally finds distasteful and mundane (diving, cloth-dyeing), somehow with William it gets transmuted into this wonderful adventure. But all the more I see how it couldn't last - the very basis of their relationship is mutual innocence. Even if their relationship continued and became permanent, it could never stay like this - they would be forced to grow up and thus will become very different from what they were.

3. Because I eventually became a big Park Kyu fangirl, I sort of forgot that I did not care for him in the beginning at all. I don't hate him or anything but he is so prissy. In these early eps, I definitely ship Beojin with William and not Park Kyu. Though by ep 3 he is beginning to show a human side - the bit when he tried to stop her from diving at night was especially lovely. But for now, I am still Team William.

4. One of the things I love about Tamra is none of the three leads is a typical 'bad boy' so beloved of dramas. Nobody needs to be reformed - they are good enough people to start with. Even Park Kyu of the beginning, while haughty and overly fastidious (though it probably would never stand out back in his native surroundings of upper-class Seoul), is a good person with a strong sense of justice - as soon as he realizes what that token he accidentally ended up with means for Beojin and her fellow divers, you can see him feel ashamed and he returns as soon as he can. He agrees to help hide William, he is indignant at the officials making peasants overwork etc. He may need to let go of class pride or learn how to truly emotionally open up, but he does not need reforming. I like that.

5. Knowing why Park Kyu is on Tamra in reality, the trumped-up 'he's been exiled for seducing ladies' excuse is even funnier now. I mean - how on earth? Not only is he ridiculously fastidious, he has NO lady skills at all :P I don't think he'd know how to seduce anyone if his life depended on it. But this time since I know what is going on, it's really fun to see all the clues and hints fall into place.

6. Seo Woo is so luminous in the role, I cannot take my eyes off her. It's all the most shocking when I contrast it with the weepfest that was Cinderella Unni where they smothered any spark she had. But in Tamra she is so alive and warm and irresistable, it's no wonder William refuses to leave Korea without her or that she melts Park Kyu's beyond reserved demeanor. And her issues and dillemmas are so understandable - she is a young woman trying to find her place in the world, who is trapped in never being able to leave Tamra or do anything she is good at (instead she is supposed to become a diver which she is no good at all).

7. The cinematography on it is so very pretty. I am especially struck with the image of Beojin sitting on the rocks in the setting sun or the green/yellow landscape and Park Kyu's outfit being the only daub of white, in the middle. Though watching it right after The Myth does bring the production values down somewhat - it's like when I was watching Hong Gil Dong right after The Legend - nothing wrong with former's production values but the latter's were so lavish they put anything else to shame.

8. The thing I like the most? Park Kyu teaching Beojin how to write.

Oh, and in conclusion, have a MV.

dangermousie: (Tamra by boycottbananas)
It took me a while to order the pricy pricy Tamra the Island director's cut DVD but I got a lovely check as a present for my recent birthday and used part of it to finally get it. It's in the mail! My very own own Tamra set! I have not seen the director's cut or even second half of regular cut properly because I kept waiting for this!

You have no idea of my excitement!

Have mt favorite MV!



(The rest of the present is being saved in case there is an English-subbed DVDs of The Myth in my future)
dangermousie: (Tamra by boycottbananas)
It took me a while to order the pricy pricy Tamra the Island director's cut DVD but I got a lovely check as a present for my recent birthday and used part of it to finally get it. It's in the mail! My very own own Tamra set! I have not seen the director's cut or even second half of regular cut properly because I kept waiting for this!

You have no idea of my excitement!

Have mt favorite MV!



(The rest of the present is being saved in case there is an English-subbed DVDs of The Myth in my future)
dangermousie: (Tamra by boycottbananas)
It took me a while to order the pricy pricy Tamra the Island director's cut DVD but I got a lovely check as a present for my recent birthday and used part of it to finally get it. It's in the mail! My very own own Tamra set! I have not seen the director's cut or even second half of regular cut properly because I kept waiting for this!

You have no idea of my excitement!

Have mt favorite MV!



(The rest of the present is being saved in case there is an English-subbed DVDs of The Myth in my future)
dangermousie: (Chuno - DG close-up by alexandral)
First off, to celebrate Chuno hump day (i.e. we have half a week until next ep, woe!), have this picture of Mr. Sexy Tortured Slavehunter himself, a.k.a. Jang Hyuk. Adorable baby is a bonus. (I think it was part of some promotion for domestic adoption - I think it's false advertising to imply if you adopt a Korean baby you get someone that fine with it, but whatever works :P) I posted this before but can you really have too much of a good thing?



In other news, thanks to [livejournal.com profile] cleobulle, I watched ep 7 of Tamra the Island with subs and wheeeee, so good! Park Kyu, silly boy, just tell her you like her, and don't pretend you broke house arrest to run after her just because you didn't want to be stuck with your chores. I understand the hesitation - seeing she seems stuck on the foreigner but nothing ventured nothing gained. I continue to like William/Beo Jin for its unworldly sweetness but just like unicorns and rainbows it can't really exist for long (or at all) in the real world. And oh, Park Kyu's mutely speaking angst. MMMM.



She also linked me to 720p versions and OMG - the video quality is amazing!

Some Tamra ep 7 caps - this drama is insanely pretty )
dangermousie: (Chuno - DG close-up by alexandral)
First off, to celebrate Chuno hump day (i.e. we have half a week until next ep, woe!), have this picture of Mr. Sexy Tortured Slavehunter himself, a.k.a. Jang Hyuk. Adorable baby is a bonus. (I think it was part of some promotion for domestic adoption - I think it's false advertising to imply if you adopt a Korean baby you get someone that fine with it, but whatever works :P) I posted this before but can you really have too much of a good thing?



In other news, thanks to [livejournal.com profile] cleobulle, I watched ep 7 of Tamra the Island with subs and wheeeee, so good! Park Kyu, silly boy, just tell her you like her, and don't pretend you broke house arrest to run after her just because you didn't want to be stuck with your chores. I understand the hesitation - seeing she seems stuck on the foreigner but nothing ventured nothing gained. I continue to like William/Beo Jin for its unworldly sweetness but just like unicorns and rainbows it can't really exist for long (or at all) in the real world. And oh, Park Kyu's mutely speaking angst. MMMM.



She also linked me to 720p versions and OMG - the video quality is amazing!

Some Tamra ep 7 caps - this drama is insanely pretty )
dangermousie: (Chuno - DG close-up by alexandral)
First off, to celebrate Chuno hump day (i.e. we have half a week until next ep, woe!), have this picture of Mr. Sexy Tortured Slavehunter himself, a.k.a. Jang Hyuk. Adorable baby is a bonus. (I think it was part of some promotion for domestic adoption - I think it's false advertising to imply if you adopt a Korean baby you get someone that fine with it, but whatever works :P) I posted this before but can you really have too much of a good thing?



In other news, thanks to [livejournal.com profile] cleobulle, I watched ep 7 of Tamra the Island with subs and wheeeee, so good! Park Kyu, silly boy, just tell her you like her, and don't pretend you broke house arrest to run after her just because you didn't want to be stuck with your chores. I understand the hesitation - seeing she seems stuck on the foreigner but nothing ventured nothing gained. I continue to like William/Beo Jin for its unworldly sweetness but just like unicorns and rainbows it can't really exist for long (or at all) in the real world. And oh, Park Kyu's mutely speaking angst. MMMM.



She also linked me to 720p versions and OMG - the video quality is amazing!

Some Tamra ep 7 caps - this drama is insanely pretty )
dangermousie: (BSG: Helo/Athena by lyssie)
Look at this pretty pretty MV:



April and director's cut subbed DVDs cannot come soon enough (holding out after 7 eps has been TORTURE).

Gotta hand it to MBC - not only did they chop it up to bits, they did the worst posters/promos for it - it looked appalling and stupid in posters and promos and then I watched the drama itself and FELL IN MAD MAD MAD LOVE. (I should have known it would be good - it's Legend's PD).

I need a Tamra icon.
dangermousie: (BSG: Helo/Athena by lyssie)
Look at this pretty pretty MV:



April and director's cut subbed DVDs cannot come soon enough (holding out after 7 eps has been TORTURE).

Gotta hand it to MBC - not only did they chop it up to bits, they did the worst posters/promos for it - it looked appalling and stupid in posters and promos and then I watched the drama itself and FELL IN MAD MAD MAD LOVE. (I should have known it would be good - it's Legend's PD).

I need a Tamra icon.
dangermousie: (BSG: Helo/Athena by lyssie)
Look at this pretty pretty MV:



April and director's cut subbed DVDs cannot come soon enough (holding out after 7 eps has been TORTURE).

Gotta hand it to MBC - not only did they chop it up to bits, they did the worst posters/promos for it - it looked appalling and stupid in posters and promos and then I watched the drama itself and FELL IN MAD MAD MAD LOVE. (I should have known it would be good - it's Legend's PD).

I need a Tamra icon.
dangermousie: (Chuno - close)
I am sort of obsessed with Wallflower as I have already watched ep 1 four times.

(Viikii is almost done with subbing the ep, btw).



In any event, I bring you my caps from ep 1 of Wallflower. I am so ecstatic they got my favorite manga right - down to the atmosphere of cooky hilarious quasi-horror :)

Creatures of the liiiiiiiiiiiiiiiight )

In other news, I have finally recovered from the amazingness of Slave Hunters eps 3-4 enough to write about them and give you caps.



Slave Hunters: as sublime as ever )

Not related to either of the above but in honor of Im Ju Hwan getting cast as a lead in a drama by Legend's writer (OMG), have this awesome Tamra the Island MV. It's with a rather appropriate Russian song - woohoo for other Russian-speaking Tamra fans!

dangermousie: (Chuno - close)
I am sort of obsessed with Wallflower as I have already watched ep 1 four times.

(Viikii is almost done with subbing the ep, btw).



In any event, I bring you my caps from ep 1 of Wallflower. I am so ecstatic they got my favorite manga right - down to the atmosphere of cooky hilarious quasi-horror :)

Creatures of the liiiiiiiiiiiiiiiight )

In other news, I have finally recovered from the amazingness of Slave Hunters eps 3-4 enough to write about them and give you caps.



Slave Hunters: as sublime as ever )

Not related to either of the above but in honor of Im Ju Hwan getting cast as a lead in a drama by Legend's writer (OMG), have this awesome Tamra the Island MV. It's with a rather appropriate Russian song - woohoo for other Russian-speaking Tamra fans!

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