dangermousie: (Hu Ge by kycoo)
I finally started the 2009 adaptation of The Book and the Sword - I rather like the spare visual look but I must admit that if it wasn't for my reading the novel, I'd be a bit lost. And speaking of the book - I read it ages ago, so my memories are admittedly hazy, but did they change a LOT from the book? Seems so.

Just as with the novel, I find Chen Juliao awfully dull but I love most of the other characters. Awesome guy who fights with a flute (really!) has not appeared as of two eps in, but I am majorly digging this wuxia couple:



They are hot, they are married, and they will end you if you piss them off.

As of two eps, the verdict is I like it but I am not in love (yet). It's fun to see a bunch of familiar faces from other dramas though.

Also, I have finally started watching The Holy Pearl properly - I skimmed it on viki but I loathe streaming so was holding out for doremii subs. I like! Gillian Chung is shockingly unannoying and actually rather likeable, plus the ancient fantasy realm is so v.v. pretty:



I am surprised they managed to conquer anything or to create any mythical artifacts though, seeing that most of their endeavors seem to be spent on headware:



My one complaint is that we are two eps in and we have had a total of a second of our male lead. If you think I am watching THP for its sophisticated take on geopolitical implications of monarchies in flux you are gravely mistaken! I want angsty hotties with horns!



This pic from credits pretty much sums up wuxia/cdrama fantasy appeal right here, at least for moi - really hot emo dudes with deadly skills and long hair who weep like little girls. Woo-hoo!

Last but least, is anyone else excited about upcoming (1) Xuanyuanjian Tianzhi Hen, a period fantasy drama in which Hu Ge and Liu Shi Shi finally get to play an OTP. It's based on a game so it makes me nervous (I wanted to murder Hu Ge's character in CP1 and CP3) but they had psycho chemistry in CP3 even as siblings, are both huge favorites, and there is no way any hero can be as annoying as one in CP3. (2) Phoenix Totem/Love War/War of Desire, Zhang Han's first foray into period dramas, co-starring Bai Bing and involving imperial succession, doomed love, and other good things. I am oddly fond of Zhang Han even if I couldn't get through either Meteor Shower 1 and 2 or Fall In Love if my life depended on it, so I hope he'll be up to par in a period drama. Apparently his costar from MS is in this as well but as a secondary girl (cue gnashing of teeth from teen MS fangirls).
dangermousie: (Hu Ge by kycoo)
I finally started the 2009 adaptation of The Book and the Sword - I rather like the spare visual look but I must admit that if it wasn't for my reading the novel, I'd be a bit lost. And speaking of the book - I read it ages ago, so my memories are admittedly hazy, but did they change a LOT from the book? Seems so.

Just as with the novel, I find Chen Juliao awfully dull but I love most of the other characters. Awesome guy who fights with a flute (really!) has not appeared as of two eps in, but I am majorly digging this wuxia couple:



They are hot, they are married, and they will end you if you piss them off.

As of two eps, the verdict is I like it but I am not in love (yet). It's fun to see a bunch of familiar faces from other dramas though.

Also, I have finally started watching The Holy Pearl properly - I skimmed it on viki but I loathe streaming so was holding out for doremii subs. I like! Gillian Chung is shockingly unannoying and actually rather likeable, plus the ancient fantasy realm is so v.v. pretty:



I am surprised they managed to conquer anything or to create any mythical artifacts though, seeing that most of their endeavors seem to be spent on headware:



My one complaint is that we are two eps in and we have had a total of a second of our male lead. If you think I am watching THP for its sophisticated take on geopolitical implications of monarchies in flux you are gravely mistaken! I want angsty hotties with horns!



This pic from credits pretty much sums up wuxia/cdrama fantasy appeal right here, at least for moi - really hot emo dudes with deadly skills and long hair who weep like little girls. Woo-hoo!

Last but least, is anyone else excited about upcoming (1) Xuanyuanjian Tianzhi Hen, a period fantasy drama in which Hu Ge and Liu Shi Shi finally get to play an OTP. It's based on a game so it makes me nervous (I wanted to murder Hu Ge's character in CP1 and CP3) but they had psycho chemistry in CP3 even as siblings, are both huge favorites, and there is no way any hero can be as annoying as one in CP3. (2) Phoenix Totem/Love War/War of Desire, Zhang Han's first foray into period dramas, co-starring Bai Bing and involving imperial succession, doomed love, and other good things. I am oddly fond of Zhang Han even if I couldn't get through either Meteor Shower 1 and 2 or Fall In Love if my life depended on it, so I hope he'll be up to par in a period drama. Apparently his costar from MS is in this as well but as a secondary girl (cue gnashing of teeth from teen MS fangirls).
dangermousie: (Hu Ge by kycoo)
I finally started the 2009 adaptation of The Book and the Sword - I rather like the spare visual look but I must admit that if it wasn't for my reading the novel, I'd be a bit lost. And speaking of the book - I read it ages ago, so my memories are admittedly hazy, but did they change a LOT from the book? Seems so.

Just as with the novel, I find Chen Juliao awfully dull but I love most of the other characters. Awesome guy who fights with a flute (really!) has not appeared as of two eps in, but I am majorly digging this wuxia couple:



They are hot, they are married, and they will end you if you piss them off.

As of two eps, the verdict is I like it but I am not in love (yet). It's fun to see a bunch of familiar faces from other dramas though.

Also, I have finally started watching The Holy Pearl properly - I skimmed it on viki but I loathe streaming so was holding out for doremii subs. I like! Gillian Chung is shockingly unannoying and actually rather likeable, plus the ancient fantasy realm is so v.v. pretty:



I am surprised they managed to conquer anything or to create any mythical artifacts though, seeing that most of their endeavors seem to be spent on headware:



My one complaint is that we are two eps in and we have had a total of a second of our male lead. If you think I am watching THP for its sophisticated take on geopolitical implications of monarchies in flux you are gravely mistaken! I want angsty hotties with horns!



This pic from credits pretty much sums up wuxia/cdrama fantasy appeal right here, at least for moi - really hot emo dudes with deadly skills and long hair who weep like little girls. Woo-hoo!

Last but least, is anyone else excited about upcoming (1) Xuanyuanjian Tianzhi Hen, a period fantasy drama in which Hu Ge and Liu Shi Shi finally get to play an OTP. It's based on a game so it makes me nervous (I wanted to murder Hu Ge's character in CP1 and CP3) but they had psycho chemistry in CP3 even as siblings, are both huge favorites, and there is no way any hero can be as annoying as one in CP3. (2) Phoenix Totem/Love War/War of Desire, Zhang Han's first foray into period dramas, co-starring Bai Bing and involving imperial succession, doomed love, and other good things. I am oddly fond of Zhang Han even if I couldn't get through either Meteor Shower 1 and 2 or Fall In Love if my life depended on it, so I hope he'll be up to par in a period drama. Apparently his costar from MS is in this as well but as a secondary girl (cue gnashing of teeth from teen MS fangirls).
dangermousie: (Default)
I am quite interested in checking out The Shadow of Empress Wu because YesAsia write-up makes it sound up my alley.

Also, it apparently has Vincent Jiao in the cast and I have an unhealthy crush on him, and too few of his dramas are subbed. This MV for his character pretty much made me rabidly salivate on my screen:



So, anyone seen it/heard anything about it? And, how big a role does Vincent Jiao has in it? If it's an excellent drama, I'll get it even if his role is a glorified cameo, but it will certainly make my choice easier to know he has a significant role.

And while we are on dramas I should check out, how about The Book and the Sword 2009? I read it ages ago and barely remember anything but I do remember I liked it. And it certainly looks insanely pretty. Check out this clip:

dangermousie: (Default)
I am quite interested in checking out The Shadow of Empress Wu because YesAsia write-up makes it sound up my alley.

Also, it apparently has Vincent Jiao in the cast and I have an unhealthy crush on him, and too few of his dramas are subbed. This MV for his character pretty much made me rabidly salivate on my screen:



So, anyone seen it/heard anything about it? And, how big a role does Vincent Jiao has in it? If it's an excellent drama, I'll get it even if his role is a glorified cameo, but it will certainly make my choice easier to know he has a significant role.

And while we are on dramas I should check out, how about The Book and the Sword 2009? I read it ages ago and barely remember anything but I do remember I liked it. And it certainly looks insanely pretty. Check out this clip:

dangermousie: (Default)
I am quite interested in checking out The Shadow of Empress Wu because YesAsia write-up makes it sound up my alley.

Also, it apparently has Vincent Jiao in the cast and I have an unhealthy crush on him, and too few of his dramas are subbed. This MV for his character pretty much made me rabidly salivate on my screen:



So, anyone seen it/heard anything about it? And, how big a role does Vincent Jiao has in it? If it's an excellent drama, I'll get it even if his role is a glorified cameo, but it will certainly make my choice easier to know he has a significant role.

And while we are on dramas I should check out, how about The Book and the Sword 2009? I read it ages ago and barely remember anything but I do remember I liked it. And it certainly looks insanely pretty. Check out this clip:

dangermousie: (JPLH)


One of the reasons I am loving Jade Palace Lock Heart so is that after all the depressing or downright dreary dramas I am watching, this is such a light, charming, delightful ray of sunshine. But still with the period trappings, weapons and live-and-death dangers I like.

And, of course, the OTP. Much as I enjoy all the intrigue (Four is definitely my psychotic crush), the reason I obssess about this so, the reason I am so enthralled is the relationship between Eight and Qing Chuan - the push and pull of it, with both of them being so strong-willed and so very period Makino and Domyouji (this reminds me of my early days of fandom - it's as if I discovered an AU fanfic of Hanadan and its actually really good). This is all underpinned by the off-the-charts chemistry between Feng Shao Feng and Yang Mi. Every time they are on-screen, she fighting her incipient attraction and shoving him away with all her might and he bulldozing over any obstacle in his pursuit, I want to grin from the pure joy of it.

I will have you no matter what. I will believe in you no matter what )

In other news, I believe this is a MV for Book and Sword 2009 and I must get m hands on this drama ASAP.

dangermousie: (JPLH)


One of the reasons I am loving Jade Palace Lock Heart so is that after all the depressing or downright dreary dramas I am watching, this is such a light, charming, delightful ray of sunshine. But still with the period trappings, weapons and live-and-death dangers I like.

And, of course, the OTP. Much as I enjoy all the intrigue (Four is definitely my psychotic crush), the reason I obssess about this so, the reason I am so enthralled is the relationship between Eight and Qing Chuan - the push and pull of it, with both of them being so strong-willed and so very period Makino and Domyouji (this reminds me of my early days of fandom - it's as if I discovered an AU fanfic of Hanadan and its actually really good). This is all underpinned by the off-the-charts chemistry between Feng Shao Feng and Yang Mi. Every time they are on-screen, she fighting her incipient attraction and shoving him away with all her might and he bulldozing over any obstacle in his pursuit, I want to grin from the pure joy of it.

I will have you no matter what. I will believe in you no matter what )

In other news, I believe this is a MV for Book and Sword 2009 and I must get m hands on this drama ASAP.

dangermousie: (JPLH)


One of the reasons I am loving Jade Palace Lock Heart so is that after all the depressing or downright dreary dramas I am watching, this is such a light, charming, delightful ray of sunshine. But still with the period trappings, weapons and live-and-death dangers I like.

And, of course, the OTP. Much as I enjoy all the intrigue (Four is definitely my psychotic crush), the reason I obssess about this so, the reason I am so enthralled is the relationship between Eight and Qing Chuan - the push and pull of it, with both of them being so strong-willed and so very period Makino and Domyouji (this reminds me of my early days of fandom - it's as if I discovered an AU fanfic of Hanadan and its actually really good). This is all underpinned by the off-the-charts chemistry between Feng Shao Feng and Yang Mi. Every time they are on-screen, she fighting her incipient attraction and shoving him away with all her might and he bulldozing over any obstacle in his pursuit, I want to grin from the pure joy of it.

I will have you no matter what. I will believe in you no matter what )

In other news, I believe this is a MV for Book and Sword 2009 and I must get m hands on this drama ASAP.

dangermousie: (Hu Ge by kycoo)
1. If there is anything cuter than Yang Mi and Feng Shao Feng (a.k.a. my current obssession Qing Chuan and Eight a.k.a. period Makino and Domyouji in JPLH) singing together on some variety show, I have yet to see it.



I don't care about the weird background/dancers or the fact that FSF, while he sounds nice for not a professional, should stick to acting. I don't care. Because OH THE CUTE, IT KILLS ME. I want to squish them into one adorable ball of squee. When is the JPLH sequel coming out again? Not that I finished JPLH itself yet. Though I should probably stop haunting withs2 for more Jade Palace Lock Heart subs - if I check every few hours, the status won't change.

Semi-related, from browsing on-line, I noticed people either really love JPLH and think upcoming BBJX is not their cup of tea, or really dislike JPLH and really look forward to BBJX. There is not much overlap. Hmmmm. (Disclosure - I am fully in the former camp).

2. Speaking of cute couples I adore, I continued with twdrama Endless Love with Wilbur Pan and Sandrine Panna.



I saw the first three eps, fell madly in love, then got sidetracked and was waiting for a lot of dlable files/subs so I could binge. Well, I started the binge, am on ep 4 and still - I have no words for how much I love it. As [livejournal.com profile] ockoala is to Happiness is a Sunny Day is [livejournal.com profile] dangermousie to Endless Love. Most of my love is motivated by my ridiculous, irrational, protective love of Wilbur and Sandrine's characters - they are such lovely and realistic people (I especially love Wilbur's character - I feel ridiculously emotionally overinvested in him) - and their explosive chemistry. Nobody does a romantic drama quite like twdramas. I know this one is going to break my heart before giving me the inevitable happy ending, and I am ready for the ride.

A few more unspoilery caps of the two )

And speaking of the two of them, even though I posted this MV before, I love it so much, it merits a repost. I dare anyone watching it not wanting to check out the drama.

MV here )

3. I only had time for one ep of Young Warriors of the Yang Clan today. I finally understand why some fangirls ship Lady Blacksmith with Yelu Xie.



They do share a great deal of chemistry plus Yuan Hong is a good-looking and charismatic guy.

But I am still on the Five/Blacksmith ship. Seriously, hotness or not, Yelu Xie is sworn to invade and destroy Blacksmith's country, likely killing scores of her friends and acquiantances in the process. Not to mention he's palling around with the guy who killed her parents and has no problem with said guy offing tons of innocents to help him invade. Good boyfriend material he's not. Also, Five is not only righteous and upright but totally adorable.

A couple of caps )

4. Dream High ended today. I completely lost interest in it during the second half (I think I am just too old for those types of stories). But I do plan to check out the concert special tomorrow. Singing and dancing yay.

5. The first two eps of The Holy Pearl are subbed on viki.

6. O-M-G. Unless I am very much mistaken, the below is Yu Yutong-centric MV from the 2009 version of The Book and the Sword a.k.a. the only Louis Cha novel I've read. Talking to [livejournal.com profile] hamster428 reminded me how much I liked the guy - he was basically my crush from the book. I mean, the scholar/fighter/flute player/likes to cut himself is a combo made just for moi.



I know that Jiang Hu is subbing this. Off to look as soon as I finish Yang Clan. Qing hairstyles bother me less and less.

7. And speaking of wuxias on my short list, my raging obsession with Peter Ho shows no signs of abating so I got my DVDs of Men and Legends out and plan to get on them after I finish Yang Clan - it will make a nice counterpoint to The Book and the Sword. Turn of the century! Dylan Kuo and Peter Ho! OTPs! From what I am aware of, Peter Ho and his OTP, who's a plucky reporter, are cute for most of the run of the drama until they get hit with the angst hammer and are beaten into bloody bits with it. Ah, yes, it's a Peter Ho drama all right.

A couple of MVs )

8. Despite my misgivings, I decided to give the first ep of Midas a try. We'll see how it goes. Oh, Jang Hyuk, see what you make me do!

OK, this is getting very long, so good-night, everyone!
dangermousie: (Hu Ge by kycoo)
1. If there is anything cuter than Yang Mi and Feng Shao Feng (a.k.a. my current obssession Qing Chuan and Eight a.k.a. period Makino and Domyouji in JPLH) singing together on some variety show, I have yet to see it.



I don't care about the weird background/dancers or the fact that FSF, while he sounds nice for not a professional, should stick to acting. I don't care. Because OH THE CUTE, IT KILLS ME. I want to squish them into one adorable ball of squee. When is the JPLH sequel coming out again? Not that I finished JPLH itself yet. Though I should probably stop haunting withs2 for more Jade Palace Lock Heart subs - if I check every few hours, the status won't change.

Semi-related, from browsing on-line, I noticed people either really love JPLH and think upcoming BBJX is not their cup of tea, or really dislike JPLH and really look forward to BBJX. There is not much overlap. Hmmmm. (Disclosure - I am fully in the former camp).

2. Speaking of cute couples I adore, I continued with twdrama Endless Love with Wilbur Pan and Sandrine Panna.



I saw the first three eps, fell madly in love, then got sidetracked and was waiting for a lot of dlable files/subs so I could binge. Well, I started the binge, am on ep 4 and still - I have no words for how much I love it. As [livejournal.com profile] ockoala is to Happiness is a Sunny Day is [livejournal.com profile] dangermousie to Endless Love. Most of my love is motivated by my ridiculous, irrational, protective love of Wilbur and Sandrine's characters - they are such lovely and realistic people (I especially love Wilbur's character - I feel ridiculously emotionally overinvested in him) - and their explosive chemistry. Nobody does a romantic drama quite like twdramas. I know this one is going to break my heart before giving me the inevitable happy ending, and I am ready for the ride.

A few more unspoilery caps of the two )

And speaking of the two of them, even though I posted this MV before, I love it so much, it merits a repost. I dare anyone watching it not wanting to check out the drama.

MV here )

3. I only had time for one ep of Young Warriors of the Yang Clan today. I finally understand why some fangirls ship Lady Blacksmith with Yelu Xie.



They do share a great deal of chemistry plus Yuan Hong is a good-looking and charismatic guy.

But I am still on the Five/Blacksmith ship. Seriously, hotness or not, Yelu Xie is sworn to invade and destroy Blacksmith's country, likely killing scores of her friends and acquiantances in the process. Not to mention he's palling around with the guy who killed her parents and has no problem with said guy offing tons of innocents to help him invade. Good boyfriend material he's not. Also, Five is not only righteous and upright but totally adorable.

A couple of caps )

4. Dream High ended today. I completely lost interest in it during the second half (I think I am just too old for those types of stories). But I do plan to check out the concert special tomorrow. Singing and dancing yay.

5. The first two eps of The Holy Pearl are subbed on viki.

6. O-M-G. Unless I am very much mistaken, the below is Yu Yutong-centric MV from the 2009 version of The Book and the Sword a.k.a. the only Louis Cha novel I've read. Talking to [livejournal.com profile] hamster428 reminded me how much I liked the guy - he was basically my crush from the book. I mean, the scholar/fighter/flute player/likes to cut himself is a combo made just for moi.



I know that Jiang Hu is subbing this. Off to look as soon as I finish Yang Clan. Qing hairstyles bother me less and less.

7. And speaking of wuxias on my short list, my raging obsession with Peter Ho shows no signs of abating so I got my DVDs of Men and Legends out and plan to get on them after I finish Yang Clan - it will make a nice counterpoint to The Book and the Sword. Turn of the century! Dylan Kuo and Peter Ho! OTPs! From what I am aware of, Peter Ho and his OTP, who's a plucky reporter, are cute for most of the run of the drama until they get hit with the angst hammer and are beaten into bloody bits with it. Ah, yes, it's a Peter Ho drama all right.

A couple of MVs )

8. Despite my misgivings, I decided to give the first ep of Midas a try. We'll see how it goes. Oh, Jang Hyuk, see what you make me do!

OK, this is getting very long, so good-night, everyone!
dangermousie: (Hu Ge by kycoo)
1. If there is anything cuter than Yang Mi and Feng Shao Feng (a.k.a. my current obssession Qing Chuan and Eight a.k.a. period Makino and Domyouji in JPLH) singing together on some variety show, I have yet to see it.



I don't care about the weird background/dancers or the fact that FSF, while he sounds nice for not a professional, should stick to acting. I don't care. Because OH THE CUTE, IT KILLS ME. I want to squish them into one adorable ball of squee. When is the JPLH sequel coming out again? Not that I finished JPLH itself yet. Though I should probably stop haunting withs2 for more Jade Palace Lock Heart subs - if I check every few hours, the status won't change.

Semi-related, from browsing on-line, I noticed people either really love JPLH and think upcoming BBJX is not their cup of tea, or really dislike JPLH and really look forward to BBJX. There is not much overlap. Hmmmm. (Disclosure - I am fully in the former camp).

2. Speaking of cute couples I adore, I continued with twdrama Endless Love with Wilbur Pan and Sandrine Panna.



I saw the first three eps, fell madly in love, then got sidetracked and was waiting for a lot of dlable files/subs so I could binge. Well, I started the binge, am on ep 4 and still - I have no words for how much I love it. As [livejournal.com profile] ockoala is to Happiness is a Sunny Day is [livejournal.com profile] dangermousie to Endless Love. Most of my love is motivated by my ridiculous, irrational, protective love of Wilbur and Sandrine's characters - they are such lovely and realistic people (I especially love Wilbur's character - I feel ridiculously emotionally overinvested in him) - and their explosive chemistry. Nobody does a romantic drama quite like twdramas. I know this one is going to break my heart before giving me the inevitable happy ending, and I am ready for the ride.

A few more unspoilery caps of the two )

And speaking of the two of them, even though I posted this MV before, I love it so much, it merits a repost. I dare anyone watching it not wanting to check out the drama.

MV here )

3. I only had time for one ep of Young Warriors of the Yang Clan today. I finally understand why some fangirls ship Lady Blacksmith with Yelu Xie.



They do share a great deal of chemistry plus Yuan Hong is a good-looking and charismatic guy.

But I am still on the Five/Blacksmith ship. Seriously, hotness or not, Yelu Xie is sworn to invade and destroy Blacksmith's country, likely killing scores of her friends and acquiantances in the process. Not to mention he's palling around with the guy who killed her parents and has no problem with said guy offing tons of innocents to help him invade. Good boyfriend material he's not. Also, Five is not only righteous and upright but totally adorable.

A couple of caps )

4. Dream High ended today. I completely lost interest in it during the second half (I think I am just too old for those types of stories). But I do plan to check out the concert special tomorrow. Singing and dancing yay.

5. The first two eps of The Holy Pearl are subbed on viki.

6. O-M-G. Unless I am very much mistaken, the below is Yu Yutong-centric MV from the 2009 version of The Book and the Sword a.k.a. the only Louis Cha novel I've read. Talking to [livejournal.com profile] hamster428 reminded me how much I liked the guy - he was basically my crush from the book. I mean, the scholar/fighter/flute player/likes to cut himself is a combo made just for moi.



I know that Jiang Hu is subbing this. Off to look as soon as I finish Yang Clan. Qing hairstyles bother me less and less.

7. And speaking of wuxias on my short list, my raging obsession with Peter Ho shows no signs of abating so I got my DVDs of Men and Legends out and plan to get on them after I finish Yang Clan - it will make a nice counterpoint to The Book and the Sword. Turn of the century! Dylan Kuo and Peter Ho! OTPs! From what I am aware of, Peter Ho and his OTP, who's a plucky reporter, are cute for most of the run of the drama until they get hit with the angst hammer and are beaten into bloody bits with it. Ah, yes, it's a Peter Ho drama all right.

A couple of MVs )

8. Despite my misgivings, I decided to give the first ep of Midas a try. We'll see how it goes. Oh, Jang Hyuk, see what you make me do!

OK, this is getting very long, so good-night, everyone!

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