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?)

OTP derby

Dec. 22nd, 2009 09:48 am
dangermousie: (EoE: DC/YR by meganbmoore)
So, year 2009 has been very good for me OTP-wise, providing many a drama OTP for me to swoon over.

But let's see how I did in the "happy ending for the OTP" stakes - do I go for the tragic ones that break my heart or fluffiness?

Here - obviously spoilers for endings of dramas in my tags )


Hmmm. 11/20 happy

OTP derby

Dec. 22nd, 2009 09:48 am
dangermousie: (EoE: DC/YR by meganbmoore)
So, year 2009 has been very good for me OTP-wise, providing many a drama OTP for me to swoon over.

But let's see how I did in the "happy ending for the OTP" stakes - do I go for the tragic ones that break my heart or fluffiness?

Here - obviously spoilers for endings of dramas in my tags )


Hmmm. 11/20 happy

OTP derby

Dec. 22nd, 2009 09:48 am
dangermousie: (EoE: DC/YR by meganbmoore)
So, year 2009 has been very good for me OTP-wise, providing many a drama OTP for me to swoon over.

But let's see how I did in the "happy ending for the OTP" stakes - do I go for the tragic ones that break my heart or fluffiness?

Here - obviously spoilers for endings of dramas in my tags )


Hmmm. 11/20 happy
dangermousie: (Worlds Within by vierran45)
1. I have started Heading to the Ground and, surprisingly, I like it, like it enough to follow it.



It might be the first drama in a while that I will actually follow as it airs. Perhaps it's because I went into it with rock-bottom expectations, perhaps it's because both leading characters are nice sweet people and I am in reaction mode against My Fair Lady brat, perhaps it's because the drama doesn't take itself too seriously. Whatever the reason, HttG and its story about an aspiring male soccer player and a young wannabe female sports agent seems genuinely sweet and charming, even if it won't win any masterpiece status any time soon.

Yunho is not the world's greatest actor but he is passable (and compared to some idols-turned-actors he is pure genius *coughKimHyunJoongcough*). I must be one of ten women in the Universe who fails to see the good-looks or sex appeal (honestly, I just don't get it) but his character is so sweet-natured and goofy, it would be hard not to like him. Ga Ara is, as always, ridiculously likeable and gorgeous - she is one of my favorite young upcoming actresses.

Oh, and the opening scene is not only cheestastically overdramatic but the Yunho-in-water-with-voiceover bit reminds of of Green Rose. I liked it better when Go Soo did it :P Which reminds me, make another drama asap, Go Soo!

But ultimately, we all know I am just marking time until IRIS anyway, don't we?

Some of my IRIS motivation )

I have my doubts about Kim Tae Hee being able to pull off her role (I have seen her in Forbidden Love and Love Story in Harvard - she was breathtakingly gorgeous and utterly unimpressive in both). But surrounded by that cast, I don't much care - hopefully she either grew as an actress, had the role written to her strengths, or will be a distant muse and inspiration to Lee Byung Hun as he goes about assassinating people.

And speaking of murder and other yummy fictional stuff - Apparently they are moving upcoming Angel's Temptation to 9pm so it won't compete with the Queen Seon Deok unstoppable ratings. Makes sense - who will leave an already airing and highly iterative drama to check out another one on the off-chance it's better?

But does the earlier hour mean we won't be able to see nude Bae Soo Bin bathe in the blood of his enemies? :P

Well, at least he won't be wearing THAT! (One of these days, I must do an Andre Kim fashions post):



I really do want to check out QSD - it seems like the kind of show to either marathon on a cold day or have a weekly appointment with your TV for. Still, I am much too behind and will wait until DVDs.



Which reminds me, I still haven't finished Jumong or Emperor of the Sea. Yes, I know, I fail at drama, but those things are so bloody long! Kingdom of the Wind and Princess Ja Myung Go at its 38 and 39 eps respectively are the longest I could keep up.

And that in turn reminds me - is there any chance PJMG will be released on DVD with English subs. I'd love to own it. It's so deliciously complex but with a lovely, twisted love story underpinning it all.

Last but not least and having nothing to do with dramas, I started Simon R. Green's Blue Moon Rising, a fantasy novel and I am so very in love!

In the story, Prince Rupert of Forest Kingdom is sent on a quest to kill a dragon. Riding a unicorn (hehehehe). Everyone, including Rupert, knows it's basically a suicide mission because the impoverished, shrinking kingdom cannot afford two royal sons. But the mission does not go as planned - for one, Rupert and the dragon make friends. For another, there is Princess Julia, delivered to the dragon as a gift and terrorizing him ever since. She is as unwanted a daughter as Rupert is a son.

But when Rupert returns to Forest Kingdom, dragon, Julia, and unicorn in tow, that is when the story really begins - because Darkwood, through which Rupert had to fight his way on his quest, is encroaching on the land and will soon devour everything, leaving the land overrun with demons, if nothing is done.

I love this book. I love the mix of adventure and humor and desperation and heroism. I am crushing on Rupert, adore Julia, and am intrigued by everyone else.

Highly recommended.

ETA: OMFG, a kind soul on soompi posted a dcgallery poster for Chuno with the most detailed synopsis yet and am exploding here.

Poster behind cut )

This is going to be an epic love triangle of DOOM.
dangermousie: (Worlds Within by vierran45)
1. I have started Heading to the Ground and, surprisingly, I like it, like it enough to follow it.



It might be the first drama in a while that I will actually follow as it airs. Perhaps it's because I went into it with rock-bottom expectations, perhaps it's because both leading characters are nice sweet people and I am in reaction mode against My Fair Lady brat, perhaps it's because the drama doesn't take itself too seriously. Whatever the reason, HttG and its story about an aspiring male soccer player and a young wannabe female sports agent seems genuinely sweet and charming, even if it won't win any masterpiece status any time soon.

Yunho is not the world's greatest actor but he is passable (and compared to some idols-turned-actors he is pure genius *coughKimHyunJoongcough*). I must be one of ten women in the Universe who fails to see the good-looks or sex appeal (honestly, I just don't get it) but his character is so sweet-natured and goofy, it would be hard not to like him. Ga Ara is, as always, ridiculously likeable and gorgeous - she is one of my favorite young upcoming actresses.

Oh, and the opening scene is not only cheestastically overdramatic but the Yunho-in-water-with-voiceover bit reminds of of Green Rose. I liked it better when Go Soo did it :P Which reminds me, make another drama asap, Go Soo!

But ultimately, we all know I am just marking time until IRIS anyway, don't we?

Some of my IRIS motivation )

I have my doubts about Kim Tae Hee being able to pull off her role (I have seen her in Forbidden Love and Love Story in Harvard - she was breathtakingly gorgeous and utterly unimpressive in both). But surrounded by that cast, I don't much care - hopefully she either grew as an actress, had the role written to her strengths, or will be a distant muse and inspiration to Lee Byung Hun as he goes about assassinating people.

And speaking of murder and other yummy fictional stuff - Apparently they are moving upcoming Angel's Temptation to 9pm so it won't compete with the Queen Seon Deok unstoppable ratings. Makes sense - who will leave an already airing and highly iterative drama to check out another one on the off-chance it's better?

But does the earlier hour mean we won't be able to see nude Bae Soo Bin bathe in the blood of his enemies? :P

Well, at least he won't be wearing THAT! (One of these days, I must do an Andre Kim fashions post):



I really do want to check out QSD - it seems like the kind of show to either marathon on a cold day or have a weekly appointment with your TV for. Still, I am much too behind and will wait until DVDs.



Which reminds me, I still haven't finished Jumong or Emperor of the Sea. Yes, I know, I fail at drama, but those things are so bloody long! Kingdom of the Wind and Princess Ja Myung Go at its 38 and 39 eps respectively are the longest I could keep up.

And that in turn reminds me - is there any chance PJMG will be released on DVD with English subs. I'd love to own it. It's so deliciously complex but with a lovely, twisted love story underpinning it all.

Last but not least and having nothing to do with dramas, I started Simon R. Green's Blue Moon Rising, a fantasy novel and I am so very in love!

In the story, Prince Rupert of Forest Kingdom is sent on a quest to kill a dragon. Riding a unicorn (hehehehe). Everyone, including Rupert, knows it's basically a suicide mission because the impoverished, shrinking kingdom cannot afford two royal sons. But the mission does not go as planned - for one, Rupert and the dragon make friends. For another, there is Princess Julia, delivered to the dragon as a gift and terrorizing him ever since. She is as unwanted a daughter as Rupert is a son.

But when Rupert returns to Forest Kingdom, dragon, Julia, and unicorn in tow, that is when the story really begins - because Darkwood, through which Rupert had to fight his way on his quest, is encroaching on the land and will soon devour everything, leaving the land overrun with demons, if nothing is done.

I love this book. I love the mix of adventure and humor and desperation and heroism. I am crushing on Rupert, adore Julia, and am intrigued by everyone else.

Highly recommended.

ETA: OMFG, a kind soul on soompi posted a dcgallery poster for Chuno with the most detailed synopsis yet and am exploding here.

Poster behind cut )

This is going to be an epic love triangle of DOOM.
dangermousie: (Worlds Within by vierran45)
1. I have started Heading to the Ground and, surprisingly, I like it, like it enough to follow it.



It might be the first drama in a while that I will actually follow as it airs. Perhaps it's because I went into it with rock-bottom expectations, perhaps it's because both leading characters are nice sweet people and I am in reaction mode against My Fair Lady brat, perhaps it's because the drama doesn't take itself too seriously. Whatever the reason, HttG and its story about an aspiring male soccer player and a young wannabe female sports agent seems genuinely sweet and charming, even if it won't win any masterpiece status any time soon.

Yunho is not the world's greatest actor but he is passable (and compared to some idols-turned-actors he is pure genius *coughKimHyunJoongcough*). I must be one of ten women in the Universe who fails to see the good-looks or sex appeal (honestly, I just don't get it) but his character is so sweet-natured and goofy, it would be hard not to like him. Ga Ara is, as always, ridiculously likeable and gorgeous - she is one of my favorite young upcoming actresses.

Oh, and the opening scene is not only cheestastically overdramatic but the Yunho-in-water-with-voiceover bit reminds of of Green Rose. I liked it better when Go Soo did it :P Which reminds me, make another drama asap, Go Soo!

But ultimately, we all know I am just marking time until IRIS anyway, don't we?

Some of my IRIS motivation )

I have my doubts about Kim Tae Hee being able to pull off her role (I have seen her in Forbidden Love and Love Story in Harvard - she was breathtakingly gorgeous and utterly unimpressive in both). But surrounded by that cast, I don't much care - hopefully she either grew as an actress, had the role written to her strengths, or will be a distant muse and inspiration to Lee Byung Hun as he goes about assassinating people.

And speaking of murder and other yummy fictional stuff - Apparently they are moving upcoming Angel's Temptation to 9pm so it won't compete with the Queen Seon Deok unstoppable ratings. Makes sense - who will leave an already airing and highly iterative drama to check out another one on the off-chance it's better?

But does the earlier hour mean we won't be able to see nude Bae Soo Bin bathe in the blood of his enemies? :P

Well, at least he won't be wearing THAT! (One of these days, I must do an Andre Kim fashions post):



I really do want to check out QSD - it seems like the kind of show to either marathon on a cold day or have a weekly appointment with your TV for. Still, I am much too behind and will wait until DVDs.



Which reminds me, I still haven't finished Jumong or Emperor of the Sea. Yes, I know, I fail at drama, but those things are so bloody long! Kingdom of the Wind and Princess Ja Myung Go at its 38 and 39 eps respectively are the longest I could keep up.

And that in turn reminds me - is there any chance PJMG will be released on DVD with English subs. I'd love to own it. It's so deliciously complex but with a lovely, twisted love story underpinning it all.

Last but not least and having nothing to do with dramas, I started Simon R. Green's Blue Moon Rising, a fantasy novel and I am so very in love!

In the story, Prince Rupert of Forest Kingdom is sent on a quest to kill a dragon. Riding a unicorn (hehehehe). Everyone, including Rupert, knows it's basically a suicide mission because the impoverished, shrinking kingdom cannot afford two royal sons. But the mission does not go as planned - for one, Rupert and the dragon make friends. For another, there is Princess Julia, delivered to the dragon as a gift and terrorizing him ever since. She is as unwanted a daughter as Rupert is a son.

But when Rupert returns to Forest Kingdom, dragon, Julia, and unicorn in tow, that is when the story really begins - because Darkwood, through which Rupert had to fight his way on his quest, is encroaching on the land and will soon devour everything, leaving the land overrun with demons, if nothing is done.

I love this book. I love the mix of adventure and humor and desperation and heroism. I am crushing on Rupert, adore Julia, and am intrigued by everyone else.

Highly recommended.

ETA: OMFG, a kind soul on soompi posted a dcgallery poster for Chuno with the most detailed synopsis yet and am exploding here.

Poster behind cut )

This is going to be an epic love triangle of DOOM.
dangermousie: (Capital Scandal Secrets by miss_dian)
Yes, I know, I am still working on my 5 favorites meme thing.

Here are my 5 favorite drama OTPs behind the cut )

Clearly I like mobsters and other violent men as part of the OTP :P And yet, how could I leave out Gong Chan/Yu Ri, or Halu/Aki, or the OTP from Last Scandal? I could not, I love them just as much. Argh, evil question!!!!!!!!!!!!

While we are at it, I saw the 'fantasy drama' thing going around. Well, mine would be a period piece - it is during the period of time when there is more than one Kingdom in the area. One of them is run by an ambitious female ruler who wants to conquer the neighboring kingdom, so she sends in one of her specially trained spy/ninja type people to infiltrate - he is also a sort of 'favorite' of hers (whichever way you want to take it). To be played by Song Seung Heon.

The neighboring kingdom is run by a rather inefficient brother-sister pair and SSH infiltrates the court easily due to his mad skills - let's say he is accepted as a mercenary-general. He is disciplined and a little bit inhuman and very focused on his goals but due to unexpected events in his own kingdom (the Queen is facing some unrest) the invasion doesn't happen really quickly but instead he is left at that court for a while and he actually starts enjoying a human life - before on these missions it was always very quick and he never had time to get attached, plus the missions were never this big or important - sneaking into an enemy castle for a day to learn the layout etc is pretty different. So he now actually starts seeing these people who he is supposed to betray as people and also it's the first time he's been respected and treated as a normal person - back home people either freak about him or the Queen treats him as some sort of an exotic dangerous pet.

Oh, and did I mention that a niece of the King of this Kingdom (or some other member of the royal family) is an outspoken, fun Princess played by Sung Yuri and they fall in love with each other and then the order comes from his own Queen to help the invasion. He actually fights on the side of the 'good' guys in earnest but the damage from him earlier conveying information has been done and the 'good' guys lose and due to some circumstances, the Queen has no idea he betrayed her - but she does know he is in love with Sung Yuri and wasn't as cooperative as he should have been.

So she decides to take him away and punish him but she also takes great pleasure of informing the entire court + Sung Yuri of the true state of affairs as she knows them (i.e. SSH is her infiltrator and played them all) as SSH has to watch her do it. Of course, since she is rather evil, she has a great deal of fun with it and also acts as of SSH is 'hers' in more ways than one just to twist the knife in more in Sung Yuri. And then she takes him away and tells him not to stray any more from what he is allowed or else (it's a kdrama, I am sure you can come up with some particularly gruesome punishment). But despite it all and despite the fact that SSH believes everyone at his host kingdom now hates him, he decides to work to liberate them and expiate his sin. Meanwhile, shockingly, Sung Yuri (who is held in confinement with the rest of the secondary royals) does NOT hate him - she can tell he fought for them in earnest and that he wanted to expiate and she also does not believe he does not love her. She manages escape and soon she is also raising hell...and it goes from there. I want a happy ending, but since this is a period Korean drama, it's dubious.
dangermousie: (Capital Scandal Secrets by miss_dian)
Yes, I know, I am still working on my 5 favorites meme thing.

Here are my 5 favorite drama OTPs behind the cut )

Clearly I like mobsters and other violent men as part of the OTP :P And yet, how could I leave out Gong Chan/Yu Ri, or Halu/Aki, or the OTP from Last Scandal? I could not, I love them just as much. Argh, evil question!!!!!!!!!!!!

While we are at it, I saw the 'fantasy drama' thing going around. Well, mine would be a period piece - it is during the period of time when there is more than one Kingdom in the area. One of them is run by an ambitious female ruler who wants to conquer the neighboring kingdom, so she sends in one of her specially trained spy/ninja type people to infiltrate - he is also a sort of 'favorite' of hers (whichever way you want to take it). To be played by Song Seung Heon.

The neighboring kingdom is run by a rather inefficient brother-sister pair and SSH infiltrates the court easily due to his mad skills - let's say he is accepted as a mercenary-general. He is disciplined and a little bit inhuman and very focused on his goals but due to unexpected events in his own kingdom (the Queen is facing some unrest) the invasion doesn't happen really quickly but instead he is left at that court for a while and he actually starts enjoying a human life - before on these missions it was always very quick and he never had time to get attached, plus the missions were never this big or important - sneaking into an enemy castle for a day to learn the layout etc is pretty different. So he now actually starts seeing these people who he is supposed to betray as people and also it's the first time he's been respected and treated as a normal person - back home people either freak about him or the Queen treats him as some sort of an exotic dangerous pet.

Oh, and did I mention that a niece of the King of this Kingdom (or some other member of the royal family) is an outspoken, fun Princess played by Sung Yuri and they fall in love with each other and then the order comes from his own Queen to help the invasion. He actually fights on the side of the 'good' guys in earnest but the damage from him earlier conveying information has been done and the 'good' guys lose and due to some circumstances, the Queen has no idea he betrayed her - but she does know he is in love with Sung Yuri and wasn't as cooperative as he should have been.

So she decides to take him away and punish him but she also takes great pleasure of informing the entire court + Sung Yuri of the true state of affairs as she knows them (i.e. SSH is her infiltrator and played them all) as SSH has to watch her do it. Of course, since she is rather evil, she has a great deal of fun with it and also acts as of SSH is 'hers' in more ways than one just to twist the knife in more in Sung Yuri. And then she takes him away and tells him not to stray any more from what he is allowed or else (it's a kdrama, I am sure you can come up with some particularly gruesome punishment). But despite it all and despite the fact that SSH believes everyone at his host kingdom now hates him, he decides to work to liberate them and expiate his sin. Meanwhile, shockingly, Sung Yuri (who is held in confinement with the rest of the secondary royals) does NOT hate him - she can tell he fought for them in earnest and that he wanted to expiate and she also does not believe he does not love her. She manages escape and soon she is also raising hell...and it goes from there. I want a happy ending, but since this is a period Korean drama, it's dubious.
dangermousie: (Capital Scandal Secrets by miss_dian)
Yes, I know, I am still working on my 5 favorites meme thing.

Here are my 5 favorite drama OTPs behind the cut )

Clearly I like mobsters and other violent men as part of the OTP :P And yet, how could I leave out Gong Chan/Yu Ri, or Halu/Aki, or the OTP from Last Scandal? I could not, I love them just as much. Argh, evil question!!!!!!!!!!!!

While we are at it, I saw the 'fantasy drama' thing going around. Well, mine would be a period piece - it is during the period of time when there is more than one Kingdom in the area. One of them is run by an ambitious female ruler who wants to conquer the neighboring kingdom, so she sends in one of her specially trained spy/ninja type people to infiltrate - he is also a sort of 'favorite' of hers (whichever way you want to take it). To be played by Song Seung Heon.

The neighboring kingdom is run by a rather inefficient brother-sister pair and SSH infiltrates the court easily due to his mad skills - let's say he is accepted as a mercenary-general. He is disciplined and a little bit inhuman and very focused on his goals but due to unexpected events in his own kingdom (the Queen is facing some unrest) the invasion doesn't happen really quickly but instead he is left at that court for a while and he actually starts enjoying a human life - before on these missions it was always very quick and he never had time to get attached, plus the missions were never this big or important - sneaking into an enemy castle for a day to learn the layout etc is pretty different. So he now actually starts seeing these people who he is supposed to betray as people and also it's the first time he's been respected and treated as a normal person - back home people either freak about him or the Queen treats him as some sort of an exotic dangerous pet.

Oh, and did I mention that a niece of the King of this Kingdom (or some other member of the royal family) is an outspoken, fun Princess played by Sung Yuri and they fall in love with each other and then the order comes from his own Queen to help the invasion. He actually fights on the side of the 'good' guys in earnest but the damage from him earlier conveying information has been done and the 'good' guys lose and due to some circumstances, the Queen has no idea he betrayed her - but she does know he is in love with Sung Yuri and wasn't as cooperative as he should have been.

So she decides to take him away and punish him but she also takes great pleasure of informing the entire court + Sung Yuri of the true state of affairs as she knows them (i.e. SSH is her infiltrator and played them all) as SSH has to watch her do it. Of course, since she is rather evil, she has a great deal of fun with it and also acts as of SSH is 'hers' in more ways than one just to twist the knife in more in Sung Yuri. And then she takes him away and tells him not to stray any more from what he is allowed or else (it's a kdrama, I am sure you can come up with some particularly gruesome punishment). But despite it all and despite the fact that SSH believes everyone at his host kingdom now hates him, he decides to work to liberate them and expiate his sin. Meanwhile, shockingly, Sung Yuri (who is held in confinement with the rest of the secondary royals) does NOT hate him - she can tell he fought for them in earnest and that he wanted to expiate and she also does not believe he does not love her. She manages escape and soon she is also raising hell...and it goes from there. I want a happy ending, but since this is a period Korean drama, it's dubious.
dangermousie: (Mars kiss by scottishlass)
Love it or hate it, Boys Over Flowers (Korea) is ending, and East of Eden (Korea) just ended too. And Starlit (Taiwan) and Return of Iljimae (Korea) (both of which I am majorly behind in) are more than halfway through.

So, which dramas which catch my attention in the spring season? This is a list of what I will probably blabbing about (disclaimer: sometimes I get excited about an upcoming drama and don't like it (Japanese Hana Kimi) or don't even watch it (Cain and Abel). And sometimes a drama comes out of nowhere and grabs me like mad (Return of Iljimae)).

Anyway, what is the list?

JAPAN



(There is no pics from it yet, so have a Hanadan pic instead)

Smile: One of my most anticipated spring dramas, this starts on April 17th and stars one of dangermousie's biggest favorites Matsumoto Jun (Domyouji!!!!) and Aragaki Yui (who I am liking in My Boss My Hero). Plus, it's a romantic drama with a totally delicious ott plot: Bito is a half-Filipino whose father has died and mother has disappeared. Despite his misfortune and the issues he deals with, such as race, he lives his life positively with a constant smile. Similarly, Hana is a young woman living cheerfully despite losing her ability to speak due to an accident. But what gets me more excited than anything else is that it's the same screenwriter as the one for Hana Yori Dango 1/2 and Utahime, three of my all time favorite jdramas - all three are in Top 10. EEEEE!



Two upcoming Fujiki Naohito dramas, one about an unscrupulous (potentially criminal) beautician, Yako no Kaidan, which starts in April, and another a mystery/comedy called Ikemen Sobaya Tantei which starts April 4th. Because I adore Fujiki Naohito.

KOREA




Princess Ja Myung Go: airing every Monday and Tuesday, PJMG has already aired one episode. Which I watched and fell madly in love. A period drama about patriotism, power, betrayal and forbidden love, PJMG looks out of this world! It stars Jung Ryo Won, Park Min Young, and Jung Kyung Ho. The story starts near the end and unravels backwards: the proud kingdom of Nakrang has fallen, because its princess Ra Hee fell in love with enemy prince Hodong who used her and got her to betray her kingdom to him. But what really happened and how? And who is the mysterious Princess Ja Myung, Ra Hee's sister, the hope of the rebels...and Hodong's real love. Seriously, I watched the first ep and there are no words for how in love I am with this drama.

Lots of caps and meta, actually )

Cinderella Man: a bit of fluffy silliness never hurts, especially when it also has the hottie Kwon Sang Woo in a double role: as a poor street vendor and (what else) a rich executive. I bet hijunks will ensue.

TAIWAN



To Get Her: Four eps are out already - it airs once a week on Sunday. Starring huge dangermousie favorites Jiro Wang and Rainie Yang, this quirky, funny, and romantic tale of a manga-obsessed otaku and a washed out former idol is on track for becoming one of my all-time favorites. To read more about it, see my To Get Her tag..




Black and White: the most anticipated drama on this list, B&W starts April 11th. It stars my all-time favorite drama actor (and one of the most gorgeous men I've ever seen) Vic Zhou. Also stars Marc Chao, Ivy Chen, and Kingone. It's a twisty dark tale of corruption, underworld, and false identities, centered around two very very different cops. I dare you to watch the English-subbed trailer long version or short version (here you can also watch English subbed clips) and not want to see this ASAP.

A lot of caps from the trailer )
dangermousie: (Mars kiss by scottishlass)
Love it or hate it, Boys Over Flowers (Korea) is ending, and East of Eden (Korea) just ended too. And Starlit (Taiwan) and Return of Iljimae (Korea) (both of which I am majorly behind in) are more than halfway through.

So, which dramas which catch my attention in the spring season? This is a list of what I will probably blabbing about (disclaimer: sometimes I get excited about an upcoming drama and don't like it (Japanese Hana Kimi) or don't even watch it (Cain and Abel). And sometimes a drama comes out of nowhere and grabs me like mad (Return of Iljimae)).

Anyway, what is the list?

JAPAN



(There is no pics from it yet, so have a Hanadan pic instead)

Smile: One of my most anticipated spring dramas, this starts on April 17th and stars one of dangermousie's biggest favorites Matsumoto Jun (Domyouji!!!!) and Aragaki Yui (who I am liking in My Boss My Hero). Plus, it's a romantic drama with a totally delicious ott plot: Bito is a half-Filipino whose father has died and mother has disappeared. Despite his misfortune and the issues he deals with, such as race, he lives his life positively with a constant smile. Similarly, Hana is a young woman living cheerfully despite losing her ability to speak due to an accident. But what gets me more excited than anything else is that it's the same screenwriter as the one for Hana Yori Dango 1/2 and Utahime, three of my all time favorite jdramas - all three are in Top 10. EEEEE!



Two upcoming Fujiki Naohito dramas, one about an unscrupulous (potentially criminal) beautician, Yako no Kaidan, which starts in April, and another a mystery/comedy called Ikemen Sobaya Tantei which starts April 4th. Because I adore Fujiki Naohito.

KOREA




Princess Ja Myung Go: airing every Monday and Tuesday, PJMG has already aired one episode. Which I watched and fell madly in love. A period drama about patriotism, power, betrayal and forbidden love, PJMG looks out of this world! It stars Jung Ryo Won, Park Min Young, and Jung Kyung Ho. The story starts near the end and unravels backwards: the proud kingdom of Nakrang has fallen, because its princess Ra Hee fell in love with enemy prince Hodong who used her and got her to betray her kingdom to him. But what really happened and how? And who is the mysterious Princess Ja Myung, Ra Hee's sister, the hope of the rebels...and Hodong's real love. Seriously, I watched the first ep and there are no words for how in love I am with this drama.

Lots of caps and meta, actually )

Cinderella Man: a bit of fluffy silliness never hurts, especially when it also has the hottie Kwon Sang Woo in a double role: as a poor street vendor and (what else) a rich executive. I bet hijunks will ensue.

TAIWAN



To Get Her: Four eps are out already - it airs once a week on Sunday. Starring huge dangermousie favorites Jiro Wang and Rainie Yang, this quirky, funny, and romantic tale of a manga-obsessed otaku and a washed out former idol is on track for becoming one of my all-time favorites. To read more about it, see my To Get Her tag..




Black and White: the most anticipated drama on this list, B&W starts April 11th. It stars my all-time favorite drama actor (and one of the most gorgeous men I've ever seen) Vic Zhou. Also stars Marc Chao, Ivy Chen, and Kingone. It's a twisty dark tale of corruption, underworld, and false identities, centered around two very very different cops. I dare you to watch the English-subbed trailer long version or short version (here you can also watch English subbed clips) and not want to see this ASAP.

A lot of caps from the trailer )
dangermousie: (Mars kiss by scottishlass)
Love it or hate it, Boys Over Flowers (Korea) is ending, and East of Eden (Korea) just ended too. And Starlit (Taiwan) and Return of Iljimae (Korea) (both of which I am majorly behind in) are more than halfway through.

So, which dramas which catch my attention in the spring season? This is a list of what I will probably blabbing about (disclaimer: sometimes I get excited about an upcoming drama and don't like it (Japanese Hana Kimi) or don't even watch it (Cain and Abel). And sometimes a drama comes out of nowhere and grabs me like mad (Return of Iljimae)).

Anyway, what is the list?

JAPAN



(There is no pics from it yet, so have a Hanadan pic instead)

Smile: One of my most anticipated spring dramas, this starts on April 17th and stars one of dangermousie's biggest favorites Matsumoto Jun (Domyouji!!!!) and Aragaki Yui (who I am liking in My Boss My Hero). Plus, it's a romantic drama with a totally delicious ott plot: Bito is a half-Filipino whose father has died and mother has disappeared. Despite his misfortune and the issues he deals with, such as race, he lives his life positively with a constant smile. Similarly, Hana is a young woman living cheerfully despite losing her ability to speak due to an accident. But what gets me more excited than anything else is that it's the same screenwriter as the one for Hana Yori Dango 1/2 and Utahime, three of my all time favorite jdramas - all three are in Top 10. EEEEE!



Two upcoming Fujiki Naohito dramas, one about an unscrupulous (potentially criminal) beautician, Yako no Kaidan, which starts in April, and another a mystery/comedy called Ikemen Sobaya Tantei which starts April 4th. Because I adore Fujiki Naohito.

KOREA




Princess Ja Myung Go: airing every Monday and Tuesday, PJMG has already aired one episode. Which I watched and fell madly in love. A period drama about patriotism, power, betrayal and forbidden love, PJMG looks out of this world! It stars Jung Ryo Won, Park Min Young, and Jung Kyung Ho. The story starts near the end and unravels backwards: the proud kingdom of Nakrang has fallen, because its princess Ra Hee fell in love with enemy prince Hodong who used her and got her to betray her kingdom to him. But what really happened and how? And who is the mysterious Princess Ja Myung, Ra Hee's sister, the hope of the rebels...and Hodong's real love. Seriously, I watched the first ep and there are no words for how in love I am with this drama.

Lots of caps and meta, actually )

Cinderella Man: a bit of fluffy silliness never hurts, especially when it also has the hottie Kwon Sang Woo in a double role: as a poor street vendor and (what else) a rich executive. I bet hijunks will ensue.

TAIWAN



To Get Her: Four eps are out already - it airs once a week on Sunday. Starring huge dangermousie favorites Jiro Wang and Rainie Yang, this quirky, funny, and romantic tale of a manga-obsessed otaku and a washed out former idol is on track for becoming one of my all-time favorites. To read more about it, see my To Get Her tag..




Black and White: the most anticipated drama on this list, B&W starts April 11th. It stars my all-time favorite drama actor (and one of the most gorgeous men I've ever seen) Vic Zhou. Also stars Marc Chao, Ivy Chen, and Kingone. It's a twisty dark tale of corruption, underworld, and false identities, centered around two very very different cops. I dare you to watch the English-subbed trailer long version or short version (here you can also watch English subbed clips) and not want to see this ASAP.

A lot of caps from the trailer )
dangermousie: (HGD field by miss-dian)
Three Lessons of Korean Period Dramas:

1. Rooting for the Main OTP in a period Korean drama is equivalent to playing the lottery - both activities are about as likely to result in a happy outcome (see also: Hong Gil Dong, Damo, Bichunmu, Jumong, Emperor of the Sea, etc.)

Muhyul/Yeon resolution behind cut )

2. You might luck out with Secondary OTP though.

Princess/General resolution behind cut )

3. The Bad Guy is ALWAYS hot. ALWAYS.

Hellooooo there, Dojin! )
dangermousie: (HGD field by miss-dian)
Three Lessons of Korean Period Dramas:

1. Rooting for the Main OTP in a period Korean drama is equivalent to playing the lottery - both activities are about as likely to result in a happy outcome (see also: Hong Gil Dong, Damo, Bichunmu, Jumong, Emperor of the Sea, etc.)

Muhyul/Yeon resolution behind cut )

2. You might luck out with Secondary OTP though.

Princess/General resolution behind cut )

3. The Bad Guy is ALWAYS hot. ALWAYS.

Hellooooo there, Dojin! )
dangermousie: (HGD field by miss-dian)
Three Lessons of Korean Period Dramas:

1. Rooting for the Main OTP in a period Korean drama is equivalent to playing the lottery - both activities are about as likely to result in a happy outcome (see also: Hong Gil Dong, Damo, Bichunmu, Jumong, Emperor of the Sea, etc.)

Muhyul/Yeon resolution behind cut )

2. You might luck out with Secondary OTP though.

Princess/General resolution behind cut )

3. The Bad Guy is ALWAYS hot. ALWAYS.

Hellooooo there, Dojin! )
dangermousie: (Default)
I have tons of caps but too lazy to post them now. This said, my fave scene from ep 3. She is SO wasted.




I loved it when he offered to bring in the bouncer who was outside in case she wanted someone to beat up :)

My fave scene from ep 4(even if in RL, that way lies pneumonia).






Bonus:



Jandi should get photographed in compromising positions more often :P

In other news, I found out the ending of Kingdom of the Winds. Cut for my reaction which would probably spoil you )
dangermousie: (Default)
I have tons of caps but too lazy to post them now. This said, my fave scene from ep 3. She is SO wasted.




I loved it when he offered to bring in the bouncer who was outside in case she wanted someone to beat up :)

My fave scene from ep 4(even if in RL, that way lies pneumonia).






Bonus:



Jandi should get photographed in compromising positions more often :P

In other news, I found out the ending of Kingdom of the Winds. Cut for my reaction which would probably spoil you )

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