dangermousie: (EoE: YR by meganbmoore)
I think FWC insanity has driven me back to kdramas.



A pity none of my current favorites are doing well. Both Thorn Birds and Royal Family are being killed in the ratings (which are in the single digits) by Sign, the popularity of which I do not get - if I wanted to watch CSI, I'd just watch CSI. That's a pity because I really liked TB's first ep and, while I haven't seen RF yet, I cannot imagine it appealing to me less than Sign.

Next week, 49 Days takes over from Sign and we'll see how ratings shake out then. I hope at least one of these dramas is a hit though it's pretty hard for me to pick which one I'd root for seeing that I like Thorn Birds a lot already and want Joo Sung Wook's first starring role to be a success, 49 Days has a fascinating concept and a screenwriter I love (even if the leads - Jo Hun Jae and Lee Yo Won - leave me cold. Why couldn't Jung Il Woo be the main lead?), and Royal Family stars my crush Ji Sung and I am a sucker for dysfunctional rich family infighting stories.

I wonder how Crime Squad, which just premiered, did in the ratings? I am a lot more interested in it than its competitor The Duo, and I don't even know what the third rival is, so that shows how much I care about that one.

ETA: Midas. I think it's Midas. Talk about a drama designed not to appeal to me.

Oh, and the only weekend drama I am following, New Tales of the Gisaeng, is apparently averaging low teen rating, which I wouldn't think is too bad for a drama starring a bunch of nobodies and few sets (how expensive could this drama have been to make?), but apparently upsets execs because this writer's previous dramas have all been hits. I don't care if they cut the ep number down actually, as long as they do it enough in advance so the story could accomodate it. 50 eps is a LOT.

What are you guys watching/planning to watch?
dangermousie: (EoE: YR by meganbmoore)
I think FWC insanity has driven me back to kdramas.



A pity none of my current favorites are doing well. Both Thorn Birds and Royal Family are being killed in the ratings (which are in the single digits) by Sign, the popularity of which I do not get - if I wanted to watch CSI, I'd just watch CSI. That's a pity because I really liked TB's first ep and, while I haven't seen RF yet, I cannot imagine it appealing to me less than Sign.

Next week, 49 Days takes over from Sign and we'll see how ratings shake out then. I hope at least one of these dramas is a hit though it's pretty hard for me to pick which one I'd root for seeing that I like Thorn Birds a lot already and want Joo Sung Wook's first starring role to be a success, 49 Days has a fascinating concept and a screenwriter I love (even if the leads - Jo Hun Jae and Lee Yo Won - leave me cold. Why couldn't Jung Il Woo be the main lead?), and Royal Family stars my crush Ji Sung and I am a sucker for dysfunctional rich family infighting stories.

I wonder how Crime Squad, which just premiered, did in the ratings? I am a lot more interested in it than its competitor The Duo, and I don't even know what the third rival is, so that shows how much I care about that one.

ETA: Midas. I think it's Midas. Talk about a drama designed not to appeal to me.

Oh, and the only weekend drama I am following, New Tales of the Gisaeng, is apparently averaging low teen rating, which I wouldn't think is too bad for a drama starring a bunch of nobodies and few sets (how expensive could this drama have been to make?), but apparently upsets execs because this writer's previous dramas have all been hits. I don't care if they cut the ep number down actually, as long as they do it enough in advance so the story could accomodate it. 50 eps is a LOT.

What are you guys watching/planning to watch?
dangermousie: (EoE: YR by meganbmoore)
I think FWC insanity has driven me back to kdramas.



A pity none of my current favorites are doing well. Both Thorn Birds and Royal Family are being killed in the ratings (which are in the single digits) by Sign, the popularity of which I do not get - if I wanted to watch CSI, I'd just watch CSI. That's a pity because I really liked TB's first ep and, while I haven't seen RF yet, I cannot imagine it appealing to me less than Sign.

Next week, 49 Days takes over from Sign and we'll see how ratings shake out then. I hope at least one of these dramas is a hit though it's pretty hard for me to pick which one I'd root for seeing that I like Thorn Birds a lot already and want Joo Sung Wook's first starring role to be a success, 49 Days has a fascinating concept and a screenwriter I love (even if the leads - Jo Hun Jae and Lee Yo Won - leave me cold. Why couldn't Jung Il Woo be the main lead?), and Royal Family stars my crush Ji Sung and I am a sucker for dysfunctional rich family infighting stories.

I wonder how Crime Squad, which just premiered, did in the ratings? I am a lot more interested in it than its competitor The Duo, and I don't even know what the third rival is, so that shows how much I care about that one.

ETA: Midas. I think it's Midas. Talk about a drama designed not to appeal to me.

Oh, and the only weekend drama I am following, New Tales of the Gisaeng, is apparently averaging low teen rating, which I wouldn't think is too bad for a drama starring a bunch of nobodies and few sets (how expensive could this drama have been to make?), but apparently upsets execs because this writer's previous dramas have all been hits. I don't care if they cut the ep number down actually, as long as they do it enough in advance so the story could accomodate it. 50 eps is a LOT.

What are you guys watching/planning to watch?
dangermousie: (Iris)
Withs2 picked Royal Family for subbing. Out of the new crop of the dramas, this was my most anticipated, so hooray!



Ji Sung, chaebol family manipulations, younger man- older woman! Bring it on, say I!

I also plan to check out 49 Days, Crime Squad and Thornbirds. I've given up on Midas (boring, plus a number of deal breaker concepts) and The Duo (I get my period drama caving satisfied through cdramas now) entirely.
dangermousie: (Iris)
Withs2 picked Royal Family for subbing. Out of the new crop of the dramas, this was my most anticipated, so hooray!



Ji Sung, chaebol family manipulations, younger man- older woman! Bring it on, say I!

I also plan to check out 49 Days, Crime Squad and Thornbirds. I've given up on Midas (boring, plus a number of deal breaker concepts) and The Duo (I get my period drama caving satisfied through cdramas now) entirely.
dangermousie: (Iris)
Withs2 picked Royal Family for subbing. Out of the new crop of the dramas, this was my most anticipated, so hooray!



Ji Sung, chaebol family manipulations, younger man- older woman! Bring it on, say I!

I also plan to check out 49 Days, Crime Squad and Thornbirds. I've given up on Midas (boring, plus a number of deal breaker concepts) and The Duo (I get my period drama caving satisfied through cdramas now) entirely.
dangermousie: (Capital Scandal secondary otp by meganbm)
As you can tell, kdramas have largely disappointed me this year.

I am wondering if checking out The Duo may break that streak. Period dramas are my favorite genre, even if I generally prefer Chinese ones to their Korean counterparts

But the big problem is, the adults finally entered TD's story, nine (!!!!) episodes in. And when I consider that in order to watch Chun Jung Myung and the rest do their thing, I first have to watch 8+ hours of kids and teens, I blanch. Watching dramas should not feel like a chore. But that is the problem with having such a long intro - by the time the grown-ups show up, I lose interest. It's one thing if there were recaps and I can catch up that way but as is - ugh.

It doesn't help that while I like Chun Jung Myung, I am not into him enough to want to check out something he's in just because he's in it. And there is an almost total radio silence on my flist about this drama. I've checked out dramas I've initially dismissed because my flist loved them and was so persuasive (Baker King, Brilliant Legacy) but I hear nothing about TD.

As things stand, I am tempted to use my giant cdrama backlog to satisfy my period drama craving and just wait for Crime Squad/49 Days/Royal Family/Thorn Birds to start for my kdrama needs.

So, to watch or not to watch?
dangermousie: (Capital Scandal secondary otp by meganbm)
As you can tell, kdramas have largely disappointed me this year.

I am wondering if checking out The Duo may break that streak. Period dramas are my favorite genre, even if I generally prefer Chinese ones to their Korean counterparts

But the big problem is, the adults finally entered TD's story, nine (!!!!) episodes in. And when I consider that in order to watch Chun Jung Myung and the rest do their thing, I first have to watch 8+ hours of kids and teens, I blanch. Watching dramas should not feel like a chore. But that is the problem with having such a long intro - by the time the grown-ups show up, I lose interest. It's one thing if there were recaps and I can catch up that way but as is - ugh.

It doesn't help that while I like Chun Jung Myung, I am not into him enough to want to check out something he's in just because he's in it. And there is an almost total radio silence on my flist about this drama. I've checked out dramas I've initially dismissed because my flist loved them and was so persuasive (Baker King, Brilliant Legacy) but I hear nothing about TD.

As things stand, I am tempted to use my giant cdrama backlog to satisfy my period drama craving and just wait for Crime Squad/49 Days/Royal Family/Thorn Birds to start for my kdrama needs.

So, to watch or not to watch?
dangermousie: (Capital Scandal secondary otp by meganbm)
As you can tell, kdramas have largely disappointed me this year.

I am wondering if checking out The Duo may break that streak. Period dramas are my favorite genre, even if I generally prefer Chinese ones to their Korean counterparts

But the big problem is, the adults finally entered TD's story, nine (!!!!) episodes in. And when I consider that in order to watch Chun Jung Myung and the rest do their thing, I first have to watch 8+ hours of kids and teens, I blanch. Watching dramas should not feel like a chore. But that is the problem with having such a long intro - by the time the grown-ups show up, I lose interest. It's one thing if there were recaps and I can catch up that way but as is - ugh.

It doesn't help that while I like Chun Jung Myung, I am not into him enough to want to check out something he's in just because he's in it. And there is an almost total radio silence on my flist about this drama. I've checked out dramas I've initially dismissed because my flist loved them and was so persuasive (Baker King, Brilliant Legacy) but I hear nothing about TD.

As things stand, I am tempted to use my giant cdrama backlog to satisfy my period drama craving and just wait for Crime Squad/49 Days/Royal Family/Thorn Birds to start for my kdrama needs.

So, to watch or not to watch?
dangermousie: (JJH smile by miss_dian)
Sorry for being relatively MIA for the last few days. What with Baby Mousie's birthday party, family visiting, Valentine's Day, it got a little busy. But now the family went home (boooo, I love having Mr. Mousie's parents around), the party is over (it was a big hit - 9 of her friends came and she had a blast. She's been muttering "Happy Day, Heehee [corruption of her name]" ever since and demanding cake). And V Day is behind us - it was our 11-yr anniversary. We got a babysitter and went to a dinner and a movie. Munchkin was verrrry grumpy at me this morning for 'ditching' her but eventually condescended to forgive me. Oh, and Mr. Mousie gave me an amazon gift card among other things, which I have already partially used to acquire for my kindle a book on the Tang Dynasty as well as a book on the Incas I've been eyeing for months.

Anyway, back to dramas.

1. Dream High

Dream High ep 13 quick thoughts )

2. Jade Palace Lock Heart:

Jade Palace Lock Heart ep 8 )

3. Haven't had time yet to catch up this weekend's eps of New Tales of the Gisaeng but seeing that I am only watching one storyline, it won't take long. I honesntly cannot imagine any circumstances under which Saran will become a gisaeng, but supposedly she will, so I am very curious.

4. Is The Duo done with its childhood scenes yet? I want to check it out but only once adults come on the scene.

5. The first ep of the Inuyasha-type The Holy Pearl is about halfway subbed so I am going to check it out. Apparently they credited Inuyasha so it's all cool :)

ETA: Just finished the first ep and I like. It helps that I always found Gillian Chung immensely likeable on-screen though she isn't much of an actress. It's fun, animeish fantasy - not a serious materpiece or anything, but quite enjoyable. Plus, horned dude is hot.

6. The list of unsubbed cdramas that I really really would love to watch if only subs were out there is as long as my arm, but I am adding another one to it: The Conquest/The Warriors, starring Chen Kun and Sonija Kwok as star-crossed lovers in the Warring Kingdoms period (I think). There's slavery, angst, shippiness and other good things. Have a MV:



7. I've pretty much lost interest in Bu Bu Jing Xin, the upcoming period/timetravel drama with Liu Shishi, because [livejournal.com profile] fishcake gave me some details on the plot and it has some really big dealbreakers for me, but I have to say the design looks gorgeous. Hellochloe posted some new stills on her blog. Go take a look :)

8. Great news! Jiang Hu picked up cdrama Iljimae for subbing! You probably know them from Legend of Condor Heroes 200, HXM's Shanghai Bund etc. They are really really really good! It will probably take them a while to get to it seeing that they are busy subbing the monster Three Kingdoms (which I am dying to watch), but when they do, it will be excellent excellent subs!
dangermousie: (JJH smile by miss_dian)
Sorry for being relatively MIA for the last few days. What with Baby Mousie's birthday party, family visiting, Valentine's Day, it got a little busy. But now the family went home (boooo, I love having Mr. Mousie's parents around), the party is over (it was a big hit - 9 of her friends came and she had a blast. She's been muttering "Happy Day, Heehee [corruption of her name]" ever since and demanding cake). And V Day is behind us - it was our 11-yr anniversary. We got a babysitter and went to a dinner and a movie. Munchkin was verrrry grumpy at me this morning for 'ditching' her but eventually condescended to forgive me. Oh, and Mr. Mousie gave me an amazon gift card among other things, which I have already partially used to acquire for my kindle a book on the Tang Dynasty as well as a book on the Incas I've been eyeing for months.

Anyway, back to dramas.

1. Dream High

Dream High ep 13 quick thoughts )

2. Jade Palace Lock Heart:

Jade Palace Lock Heart ep 8 )

3. Haven't had time yet to catch up this weekend's eps of New Tales of the Gisaeng but seeing that I am only watching one storyline, it won't take long. I honesntly cannot imagine any circumstances under which Saran will become a gisaeng, but supposedly she will, so I am very curious.

4. Is The Duo done with its childhood scenes yet? I want to check it out but only once adults come on the scene.

5. The first ep of the Inuyasha-type The Holy Pearl is about halfway subbed so I am going to check it out. Apparently they credited Inuyasha so it's all cool :)

ETA: Just finished the first ep and I like. It helps that I always found Gillian Chung immensely likeable on-screen though she isn't much of an actress. It's fun, animeish fantasy - not a serious materpiece or anything, but quite enjoyable. Plus, horned dude is hot.

6. The list of unsubbed cdramas that I really really would love to watch if only subs were out there is as long as my arm, but I am adding another one to it: The Conquest/The Warriors, starring Chen Kun and Sonija Kwok as star-crossed lovers in the Warring Kingdoms period (I think). There's slavery, angst, shippiness and other good things. Have a MV:



7. I've pretty much lost interest in Bu Bu Jing Xin, the upcoming period/timetravel drama with Liu Shishi, because [livejournal.com profile] fishcake gave me some details on the plot and it has some really big dealbreakers for me, but I have to say the design looks gorgeous. Hellochloe posted some new stills on her blog. Go take a look :)

8. Great news! Jiang Hu picked up cdrama Iljimae for subbing! You probably know them from Legend of Condor Heroes 200, HXM's Shanghai Bund etc. They are really really really good! It will probably take them a while to get to it seeing that they are busy subbing the monster Three Kingdoms (which I am dying to watch), but when they do, it will be excellent excellent subs!
dangermousie: (JJH smile by miss_dian)
Sorry for being relatively MIA for the last few days. What with Baby Mousie's birthday party, family visiting, Valentine's Day, it got a little busy. But now the family went home (boooo, I love having Mr. Mousie's parents around), the party is over (it was a big hit - 9 of her friends came and she had a blast. She's been muttering "Happy Day, Heehee [corruption of her name]" ever since and demanding cake). And V Day is behind us - it was our 11-yr anniversary. We got a babysitter and went to a dinner and a movie. Munchkin was verrrry grumpy at me this morning for 'ditching' her but eventually condescended to forgive me. Oh, and Mr. Mousie gave me an amazon gift card among other things, which I have already partially used to acquire for my kindle a book on the Tang Dynasty as well as a book on the Incas I've been eyeing for months.

Anyway, back to dramas.

1. Dream High

Dream High ep 13 quick thoughts )

2. Jade Palace Lock Heart:

Jade Palace Lock Heart ep 8 )

3. Haven't had time yet to catch up this weekend's eps of New Tales of the Gisaeng but seeing that I am only watching one storyline, it won't take long. I honesntly cannot imagine any circumstances under which Saran will become a gisaeng, but supposedly she will, so I am very curious.

4. Is The Duo done with its childhood scenes yet? I want to check it out but only once adults come on the scene.

5. The first ep of the Inuyasha-type The Holy Pearl is about halfway subbed so I am going to check it out. Apparently they credited Inuyasha so it's all cool :)

ETA: Just finished the first ep and I like. It helps that I always found Gillian Chung immensely likeable on-screen though she isn't much of an actress. It's fun, animeish fantasy - not a serious materpiece or anything, but quite enjoyable. Plus, horned dude is hot.

6. The list of unsubbed cdramas that I really really would love to watch if only subs were out there is as long as my arm, but I am adding another one to it: The Conquest/The Warriors, starring Chen Kun and Sonija Kwok as star-crossed lovers in the Warring Kingdoms period (I think). There's slavery, angst, shippiness and other good things. Have a MV:



7. I've pretty much lost interest in Bu Bu Jing Xin, the upcoming period/timetravel drama with Liu Shishi, because [livejournal.com profile] fishcake gave me some details on the plot and it has some really big dealbreakers for me, but I have to say the design looks gorgeous. Hellochloe posted some new stills on her blog. Go take a look :)

8. Great news! Jiang Hu picked up cdrama Iljimae for subbing! You probably know them from Legend of Condor Heroes 200, HXM's Shanghai Bund etc. They are really really really good! It will probably take them a while to get to it seeing that they are busy subbing the monster Three Kingdoms (which I am dying to watch), but when they do, it will be excellent excellent subs!
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: (EoE)
(Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] ockoala for the heads-up).



More My Princess stills and a teaser is out. The stills look swoonily romantic and the trailer looks funny. MP stars Kim Tae Hee (whom I love and will defend to the death - I think she's gorgeous, has a warm on-screen vibe and great chemistry with costars. If I hear she is in a drama, it's an automatic 'check it out' in my book) as a long-lost Korean princess who only discovers the fact in her mid-20s. It also stars Mousie's sexiest kdrama actor ever, Song Seung Heon, as a diplomat tasked with training her for her new duties (I will take him over Julie Andrews any day!)

Stills, thoughts, and trailer under cut )

It's rather surprising but the two 2011 dramas I am looking forward to the most are both MBC dramas - My Princess and the fusion sageuk The Duo, which is a Prince and the Pauper-like tale of a nobleman and slave sons switched at birth, with Chun Jung Myung playing the protagonist - the aristocrat swapped for a slave, and Han Ji Hye playing his OTP. I hope it will be more Hong Gil Dongian/Chonolike in its approach to class issues and not take the "well, if only everybody stayed in their place, the world would be perfect" - i.e. the inequity is that an aristocrat by blood got to be a slave, not the existence of slavery itself.

In Secret Garden thoughts, I had a bit of a revelation - I think I love SG so much in part because the emotional power in the story is the woman's. Joo Won may be objectively correct when he states that Ra Im is inferior to him in status, wealth or education, but nonethless she has all the power in their relationship. Because he's mad about her, obsessed about her, cannot eat or sleep for thinking of her, but she is not. She is attracted him to him, sure, and is on the cusp of loving him (if he ever shuts his mouth for long enough :P) but she is not there yet. She can walk away and leave him, but he cannot do the same. His line in upcoming ep that if she doesn't want be the Little Mermaid, he's willing to be one, shows that. Ultimately, when push comes to shove, he is going to be willing to take her on any terms she posits. I love it especially because this is unusual in kdramas - usually the women fall in love first. They are both messed-up people but he needs her and she does not need him. Yet.

In conclusion, this still from MP gives me wicked deja vu to East of Eden (the scene with Dong Chul and Grace on their wedding night). Let's hope MP won't end as badly for the OTP!

dangermousie: (EoE)
(Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] ockoala for the heads-up).



More My Princess stills and a teaser is out. The stills look swoonily romantic and the trailer looks funny. MP stars Kim Tae Hee (whom I love and will defend to the death - I think she's gorgeous, has a warm on-screen vibe and great chemistry with costars. If I hear she is in a drama, it's an automatic 'check it out' in my book) as a long-lost Korean princess who only discovers the fact in her mid-20s. It also stars Mousie's sexiest kdrama actor ever, Song Seung Heon, as a diplomat tasked with training her for her new duties (I will take him over Julie Andrews any day!)

Stills, thoughts, and trailer under cut )

It's rather surprising but the two 2011 dramas I am looking forward to the most are both MBC dramas - My Princess and the fusion sageuk The Duo, which is a Prince and the Pauper-like tale of a nobleman and slave sons switched at birth, with Chun Jung Myung playing the protagonist - the aristocrat swapped for a slave, and Han Ji Hye playing his OTP. I hope it will be more Hong Gil Dongian/Chonolike in its approach to class issues and not take the "well, if only everybody stayed in their place, the world would be perfect" - i.e. the inequity is that an aristocrat by blood got to be a slave, not the existence of slavery itself.

In Secret Garden thoughts, I had a bit of a revelation - I think I love SG so much in part because the emotional power in the story is the woman's. Joo Won may be objectively correct when he states that Ra Im is inferior to him in status, wealth or education, but nonethless she has all the power in their relationship. Because he's mad about her, obsessed about her, cannot eat or sleep for thinking of her, but she is not. She is attracted him to him, sure, and is on the cusp of loving him (if he ever shuts his mouth for long enough :P) but she is not there yet. She can walk away and leave him, but he cannot do the same. His line in upcoming ep that if she doesn't want be the Little Mermaid, he's willing to be one, shows that. Ultimately, when push comes to shove, he is going to be willing to take her on any terms she posits. I love it especially because this is unusual in kdramas - usually the women fall in love first. They are both messed-up people but he needs her and she does not need him. Yet.

In conclusion, this still from MP gives me wicked deja vu to East of Eden (the scene with Dong Chul and Grace on their wedding night). Let's hope MP won't end as badly for the OTP!

dangermousie: (EoE)
(Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] ockoala for the heads-up).



More My Princess stills and a teaser is out. The stills look swoonily romantic and the trailer looks funny. MP stars Kim Tae Hee (whom I love and will defend to the death - I think she's gorgeous, has a warm on-screen vibe and great chemistry with costars. If I hear she is in a drama, it's an automatic 'check it out' in my book) as a long-lost Korean princess who only discovers the fact in her mid-20s. It also stars Mousie's sexiest kdrama actor ever, Song Seung Heon, as a diplomat tasked with training her for her new duties (I will take him over Julie Andrews any day!)

Stills, thoughts, and trailer under cut )

It's rather surprising but the two 2011 dramas I am looking forward to the most are both MBC dramas - My Princess and the fusion sageuk The Duo, which is a Prince and the Pauper-like tale of a nobleman and slave sons switched at birth, with Chun Jung Myung playing the protagonist - the aristocrat swapped for a slave, and Han Ji Hye playing his OTP. I hope it will be more Hong Gil Dongian/Chonolike in its approach to class issues and not take the "well, if only everybody stayed in their place, the world would be perfect" - i.e. the inequity is that an aristocrat by blood got to be a slave, not the existence of slavery itself.

In Secret Garden thoughts, I had a bit of a revelation - I think I love SG so much in part because the emotional power in the story is the woman's. Joo Won may be objectively correct when he states that Ra Im is inferior to him in status, wealth or education, but nonethless she has all the power in their relationship. Because he's mad about her, obsessed about her, cannot eat or sleep for thinking of her, but she is not. She is attracted him to him, sure, and is on the cusp of loving him (if he ever shuts his mouth for long enough :P) but she is not there yet. She can walk away and leave him, but he cannot do the same. His line in upcoming ep that if she doesn't want be the Little Mermaid, he's willing to be one, shows that. Ultimately, when push comes to shove, he is going to be willing to take her on any terms she posits. I love it especially because this is unusual in kdramas - usually the women fall in love first. They are both messed-up people but he needs her and she does not need him. Yet.

In conclusion, this still from MP gives me wicked deja vu to East of Eden (the scene with Dong Chul and Grace on their wedding night). Let's hope MP won't end as badly for the OTP!

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