dangermousie: (ToH by theheaven)


Isn't it a lovely poster? It makes me happy to just look at it and conveys the lovely, warm feeling I get while watching this drama perfectly.

I am about 20 minutes into the first ep and I love it. I love the way it's filmed - crisp, warm tones, not particularly exciting cinematography but not closed-in, either. Just very solid. I love all the actors and have no objection to childhood portions at all - and if you know me and my loathing for childhood parts of storylines, that's saying a lot. I am still a little confused on who is who, but figured out that Woori is our future heroine (and eeee, her mother is deaf - I can't wait to see how this will tie into her interactions with her future OTP. I mean, assuming he even knows sign language since, if he's pretending not to have a problem, he might not. Though how does he function? Lip reading? I guess I'll find out). Woori is a kid but sharp and funny and a dreamer and so very believably a kid, with her desire to play piano so she can wear princessy dresses, or her crush on her kinda future stepbro (I think), the kid with the attitude whose father is mentally challenged. Haven't caught his name yet, but that kid is wonderful too - the believable adolescent sullenness and the edge of childhood, all mixed up. Of course, he's much too cool for 'baby' Woori. And there's our future hero, Dong Joo, who I haven't yet seen much of, but I liked what I saw - he's clearly loved and petted by his whole family (and is well-off too), but while he is clearly secure in his place in the world and the love he is 'owed', he is not bratty or spoiled with it in the least.

I am not sure why, but the vibe is reminding me a bit of Baker King, which is a good good thing.

CYHMH is by the writer of both Last Scandal (fluffy, trendy romcom with a wonderful heart) and Tree of Heaven (intense, angsty tragic melodrama that made me bawl for hours) and occupies sort of a middle ground thematically - like a melodrama, there are plenty of class differences, first love, birth issues, etc (I mean, the hero is someone who loses his hearing in a childhood accident but goes through life pretending to hear - that's not really romcommy in the least), but unlike ToH and like LS, it feels warm and optimistic.

Despite their differences, both LS and ToH gave me some unforgettable and intense love stories (ToH especially) so I hope this drama will too. I suppose I'll find out once the adults show up.
dangermousie: (ToH by theheaven)


Isn't it a lovely poster? It makes me happy to just look at it and conveys the lovely, warm feeling I get while watching this drama perfectly.

I am about 20 minutes into the first ep and I love it. I love the way it's filmed - crisp, warm tones, not particularly exciting cinematography but not closed-in, either. Just very solid. I love all the actors and have no objection to childhood portions at all - and if you know me and my loathing for childhood parts of storylines, that's saying a lot. I am still a little confused on who is who, but figured out that Woori is our future heroine (and eeee, her mother is deaf - I can't wait to see how this will tie into her interactions with her future OTP. I mean, assuming he even knows sign language since, if he's pretending not to have a problem, he might not. Though how does he function? Lip reading? I guess I'll find out). Woori is a kid but sharp and funny and a dreamer and so very believably a kid, with her desire to play piano so she can wear princessy dresses, or her crush on her kinda future stepbro (I think), the kid with the attitude whose father is mentally challenged. Haven't caught his name yet, but that kid is wonderful too - the believable adolescent sullenness and the edge of childhood, all mixed up. Of course, he's much too cool for 'baby' Woori. And there's our future hero, Dong Joo, who I haven't yet seen much of, but I liked what I saw - he's clearly loved and petted by his whole family (and is well-off too), but while he is clearly secure in his place in the world and the love he is 'owed', he is not bratty or spoiled with it in the least.

I am not sure why, but the vibe is reminding me a bit of Baker King, which is a good good thing.

CYHMH is by the writer of both Last Scandal (fluffy, trendy romcom with a wonderful heart) and Tree of Heaven (intense, angsty tragic melodrama that made me bawl for hours) and occupies sort of a middle ground thematically - like a melodrama, there are plenty of class differences, first love, birth issues, etc (I mean, the hero is someone who loses his hearing in a childhood accident but goes through life pretending to hear - that's not really romcommy in the least), but unlike ToH and like LS, it feels warm and optimistic.

Despite their differences, both LS and ToH gave me some unforgettable and intense love stories (ToH especially) so I hope this drama will too. I suppose I'll find out once the adults show up.
dangermousie: (ToH by theheaven)


Isn't it a lovely poster? It makes me happy to just look at it and conveys the lovely, warm feeling I get while watching this drama perfectly.

I am about 20 minutes into the first ep and I love it. I love the way it's filmed - crisp, warm tones, not particularly exciting cinematography but not closed-in, either. Just very solid. I love all the actors and have no objection to childhood portions at all - and if you know me and my loathing for childhood parts of storylines, that's saying a lot. I am still a little confused on who is who, but figured out that Woori is our future heroine (and eeee, her mother is deaf - I can't wait to see how this will tie into her interactions with her future OTP. I mean, assuming he even knows sign language since, if he's pretending not to have a problem, he might not. Though how does he function? Lip reading? I guess I'll find out). Woori is a kid but sharp and funny and a dreamer and so very believably a kid, with her desire to play piano so she can wear princessy dresses, or her crush on her kinda future stepbro (I think), the kid with the attitude whose father is mentally challenged. Haven't caught his name yet, but that kid is wonderful too - the believable adolescent sullenness and the edge of childhood, all mixed up. Of course, he's much too cool for 'baby' Woori. And there's our future hero, Dong Joo, who I haven't yet seen much of, but I liked what I saw - he's clearly loved and petted by his whole family (and is well-off too), but while he is clearly secure in his place in the world and the love he is 'owed', he is not bratty or spoiled with it in the least.

I am not sure why, but the vibe is reminding me a bit of Baker King, which is a good good thing.

CYHMH is by the writer of both Last Scandal (fluffy, trendy romcom with a wonderful heart) and Tree of Heaven (intense, angsty tragic melodrama that made me bawl for hours) and occupies sort of a middle ground thematically - like a melodrama, there are plenty of class differences, first love, birth issues, etc (I mean, the hero is someone who loses his hearing in a childhood accident but goes through life pretending to hear - that's not really romcommy in the least), but unlike ToH and like LS, it feels warm and optimistic.

Despite their differences, both LS and ToH gave me some unforgettable and intense love stories (ToH especially) so I hope this drama will too. I suppose I'll find out once the adults show up.
dangermousie: (ToH by theheaven)
Their love is so angsty and sibcesty and DELICIOUS.

You guys, I always wanted to find a kdrama in print form and I have succeeded.

He angsts over the fact that he fixated on her in battle instead of on his gay-for-him best friend. She freaks when he is kidnapped by his emotionally and physically abusive evil overlord father. Who also happens to be her father. You heard that right - they are both children of Lord Voldemort and they fight on the side of good while supressing their incestuous longings in-between hot kissing sessions.

They probably have conversations that go like this:

Clary: Jace, I have something to tell you. But let's watch this movie I got first. It's this Japanese flick called "I am in love with my little sister." I wanted to get something on Ancient Egyptians but they didn't have anything.
Jace: I cannot concentrate on a movie! I am too busy feeling I will destroy all I touch and am unworthy of love due to my father who was EVIL, ABUSIVE, AND LET ME BATHE IN PASTA.*
Clary: You think you got problems? Iaminlovewithmyseparatedininfancyhotolderbrother. Who happens to be you.
Jace: ... ... ... Brother? Brother? That does it! I am off to get my leather pants of suicide RIGHT NOW.

* Pasta. Indeed. I am not making this up.

I am addicted to these books. It's basically another Tree of Heaven in book form. If we have a scene of Jace begging the bad guy on his knees to stab him so the bad guy won't go after Clary, I will know CC has seen Tree of Heaven :)

If I had any feelings of guilt over fictional things, this would so be a guilty pleasure.

I am also glad to see this world's equivalent of Lupin and Sirius (combined into one person, let's call him Supin. Or Lirius) gets laid. APPROVE.

ETA: This bit (by Clary thinking about Daddy Villainest's suggestion about them all going home) basically sums up while I love this book: That sounds terrific...Just you, your comatose wife, your shell-shocked son, and your daughter who hates your guts. Not to mention that your two kids may be in love with each other. Yeah, that sounds like a perfect family reunion.

Indeed it does, Clary, indeed it does.
dangermousie: (ToH by theheaven)
Their love is so angsty and sibcesty and DELICIOUS.

You guys, I always wanted to find a kdrama in print form and I have succeeded.

He angsts over the fact that he fixated on her in battle instead of on his gay-for-him best friend. She freaks when he is kidnapped by his emotionally and physically abusive evil overlord father. Who also happens to be her father. You heard that right - they are both children of Lord Voldemort and they fight on the side of good while supressing their incestuous longings in-between hot kissing sessions.

They probably have conversations that go like this:

Clary: Jace, I have something to tell you. But let's watch this movie I got first. It's this Japanese flick called "I am in love with my little sister." I wanted to get something on Ancient Egyptians but they didn't have anything.
Jace: I cannot concentrate on a movie! I am too busy feeling I will destroy all I touch and am unworthy of love due to my father who was EVIL, ABUSIVE, AND LET ME BATHE IN PASTA.*
Clary: You think you got problems? Iaminlovewithmyseparatedininfancyhotolderbrother. Who happens to be you.
Jace: ... ... ... Brother? Brother? That does it! I am off to get my leather pants of suicide RIGHT NOW.

* Pasta. Indeed. I am not making this up.

I am addicted to these books. It's basically another Tree of Heaven in book form. If we have a scene of Jace begging the bad guy on his knees to stab him so the bad guy won't go after Clary, I will know CC has seen Tree of Heaven :)

If I had any feelings of guilt over fictional things, this would so be a guilty pleasure.

I am also glad to see this world's equivalent of Lupin and Sirius (combined into one person, let's call him Supin. Or Lirius) gets laid. APPROVE.

ETA: This bit (by Clary thinking about Daddy Villainest's suggestion about them all going home) basically sums up while I love this book: That sounds terrific...Just you, your comatose wife, your shell-shocked son, and your daughter who hates your guts. Not to mention that your two kids may be in love with each other. Yeah, that sounds like a perfect family reunion.

Indeed it does, Clary, indeed it does.
dangermousie: (ToH by theheaven)
Their love is so angsty and sibcesty and DELICIOUS.

You guys, I always wanted to find a kdrama in print form and I have succeeded.

He angsts over the fact that he fixated on her in battle instead of on his gay-for-him best friend. She freaks when he is kidnapped by his emotionally and physically abusive evil overlord father. Who also happens to be her father. You heard that right - they are both children of Lord Voldemort and they fight on the side of good while supressing their incestuous longings in-between hot kissing sessions.

They probably have conversations that go like this:

Clary: Jace, I have something to tell you. But let's watch this movie I got first. It's this Japanese flick called "I am in love with my little sister." I wanted to get something on Ancient Egyptians but they didn't have anything.
Jace: I cannot concentrate on a movie! I am too busy feeling I will destroy all I touch and am unworthy of love due to my father who was EVIL, ABUSIVE, AND LET ME BATHE IN PASTA.*
Clary: You think you got problems? Iaminlovewithmyseparatedininfancyhotolderbrother. Who happens to be you.
Jace: ... ... ... Brother? Brother? That does it! I am off to get my leather pants of suicide RIGHT NOW.

* Pasta. Indeed. I am not making this up.

I am addicted to these books. It's basically another Tree of Heaven in book form. If we have a scene of Jace begging the bad guy on his knees to stab him so the bad guy won't go after Clary, I will know CC has seen Tree of Heaven :)

If I had any feelings of guilt over fictional things, this would so be a guilty pleasure.

I am also glad to see this world's equivalent of Lupin and Sirius (combined into one person, let's call him Supin. Or Lirius) gets laid. APPROVE.

ETA: This bit (by Clary thinking about Daddy Villainest's suggestion about them all going home) basically sums up while I love this book: That sounds terrific...Just you, your comatose wife, your shell-shocked son, and your daughter who hates your guts. Not to mention that your two kids may be in love with each other. Yeah, that sounds like a perfect family reunion.

Indeed it does, Clary, indeed it does.
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: (Lobbyist OTP by miss-dian)
I decided to give it another try and watched ep 4 of Lawyers of Korea as per [livejournal.com profile] ambergold's instructions. It was very hilarious. While the insane flashback which both makes me hate Min Gook the Rich Guy and makes no narrative sense (seriously - they do not interact in any way consistent with that flashback - none of the three main characters!) pretty much guarantees this drama won't make it into a favorites list and also precludes me shipping the Heroine with Rich Guy, it's funny enough to watch for at least a few more eps. I am just going to pretend for the next few eps I watch that Min Gook is sleazy but well-paying client that enables her to gain experience and nothing more and that she and Lawyer Byun get together at the end - except for his walking out without a word years ago (I'll handwaive this as he left a message she didn't get. It's easier than handwaving Min Gook into a good person) he is pretty darn awesome - supportive and alpha at the same time, funny and with chemistry with the heroine. Also not a serial cheater, which is more than I can say for the leading man. Yes. Still bitter.

This scene with Lawyer Byun and Ya Kyung was gorgeous, though.



Sail on, my undaunted uncanonical ship!

This ep is so funny it even features a "guy protecting girl from beating with his body" scene that is hilarious! I literally LOLed. Sadly for LoK, I prefer the angsty-serious take on this such as in (leaving aside the pinnacle of this that is Hana Yori Dango/Meteor Garden) 'A Love to Kill,' (the best one - he is her bodyguard and his side job with thugs goes wrong and they are slowly beating him to death. She walks by and sees it and tries to stop it, one girl against a horde of violent criminals - telling them she is a famous star (she is) and so they can't hit her without getting in trouble and covering him with her body. But they don't care and start hitting her and he rolls over, barely conscious, shielding her with his body. They end up in hospital with serious injuries for a while and I end up in love), 'Tree of Heaven' (he begs on his knees for his enemy to stab him because otherwise the guy will go after his OTP), and 'Lobbyist' (he covers her with the last of his strength). I have to say Lobbyist, despite the happy ending is, hands-down, the most hurt-comfort drama I have ever seen. I don't think there was a single episode where Song Il Gook's character was not seriously, and sometimes horrifically, mistreated. I am still amazed he made through it with all his limbs intact. I am rather looking forward to 'Swallow the Sun,' another mercenaries drama from the same team - I am curious to see if they can top Lobbyist. (I wonder why SIG has a thing for getting roughed up in his drama - other than Lee Jun Ki's 'Time Between Dog and Wolf,' the only drama to offer some competition to Lobbyist is another SIG drama - Kingdom of the Winds.)

And that was a heck of a digression.

Also, after watching various Seoul 1945 vids on youtube, I now ship Lawyer Byun and Ae Ri just because that OTP seemed awesome in S1945. That drama is very much up my alley - gritty period epic - and I would have watched it a long time ago if it wasn't so dratted long - 70 episodes! I am sure the topic of WW2 and Korean War is worth that many, but I have the attention span of a gnat. Just point me towards the episodes with Lawyer Byun and Ae Ri tortured in the prison camp, kthanks.

Watching the youtube vids led me to discover (through 'similar vids' feature) a drama I really want to check out (also starring Lawyer Byun): 18 vs 29. It sounds adorable and I need a fluffy drama in midst of all the serious ones. The heroine is a 29-yr-old woman who married her highschool sweetheart (someone she hated in school at first but then fell for). However, things haven't been going smoothly and she has decided to file for divorce. Unfortunately for her (but fortunately for the drama), on the way to the courthouse she gets into a car accident. It being a Korean drama car accident, her injury is loss of any of her memories after age 18. It is up to her almost-ex-husband to care for her. Can they fall in love all over again?

Cute MV:



ETA: Found this "justification" on soompi for Min Gook being a bastard to Ae Ri after her miscarriage:

"I have this feeling that HMK thinks that maybe AR have other man before their marriage. So, he is angry that she have difficulty keeping babies."

Oh yes. That would be such a lovely justification. "Hey, whore, you stretched yourself out with other guys and because of it now can't keep my kids!" Forget medically unsound - that would be even sicker than what the drama has. Sometimes fans drive me up the wall.

'Tis a pity Min Gook such a bastard because occasionally he comes across as hot.



Pity.

ETA2: reading soompi, I found out the reason why Lawyer Byun left that first time. AWWWWW. Lawyer Byun, I forgive you. It's official, I want you to get the girl you like because you are a good guy.
dangermousie: (Lobbyist OTP by miss-dian)
I decided to give it another try and watched ep 4 of Lawyers of Korea as per [livejournal.com profile] ambergold's instructions. It was very hilarious. While the insane flashback which both makes me hate Min Gook the Rich Guy and makes no narrative sense (seriously - they do not interact in any way consistent with that flashback - none of the three main characters!) pretty much guarantees this drama won't make it into a favorites list and also precludes me shipping the Heroine with Rich Guy, it's funny enough to watch for at least a few more eps. I am just going to pretend for the next few eps I watch that Min Gook is sleazy but well-paying client that enables her to gain experience and nothing more and that she and Lawyer Byun get together at the end - except for his walking out without a word years ago (I'll handwaive this as he left a message she didn't get. It's easier than handwaving Min Gook into a good person) he is pretty darn awesome - supportive and alpha at the same time, funny and with chemistry with the heroine. Also not a serial cheater, which is more than I can say for the leading man. Yes. Still bitter.

This scene with Lawyer Byun and Ya Kyung was gorgeous, though.



Sail on, my undaunted uncanonical ship!

This ep is so funny it even features a "guy protecting girl from beating with his body" scene that is hilarious! I literally LOLed. Sadly for LoK, I prefer the angsty-serious take on this such as in (leaving aside the pinnacle of this that is Hana Yori Dango/Meteor Garden) 'A Love to Kill,' (the best one - he is her bodyguard and his side job with thugs goes wrong and they are slowly beating him to death. She walks by and sees it and tries to stop it, one girl against a horde of violent criminals - telling them she is a famous star (she is) and so they can't hit her without getting in trouble and covering him with her body. But they don't care and start hitting her and he rolls over, barely conscious, shielding her with his body. They end up in hospital with serious injuries for a while and I end up in love), 'Tree of Heaven' (he begs on his knees for his enemy to stab him because otherwise the guy will go after his OTP), and 'Lobbyist' (he covers her with the last of his strength). I have to say Lobbyist, despite the happy ending is, hands-down, the most hurt-comfort drama I have ever seen. I don't think there was a single episode where Song Il Gook's character was not seriously, and sometimes horrifically, mistreated. I am still amazed he made through it with all his limbs intact. I am rather looking forward to 'Swallow the Sun,' another mercenaries drama from the same team - I am curious to see if they can top Lobbyist. (I wonder why SIG has a thing for getting roughed up in his drama - other than Lee Jun Ki's 'Time Between Dog and Wolf,' the only drama to offer some competition to Lobbyist is another SIG drama - Kingdom of the Winds.)

And that was a heck of a digression.

Also, after watching various Seoul 1945 vids on youtube, I now ship Lawyer Byun and Ae Ri just because that OTP seemed awesome in S1945. That drama is very much up my alley - gritty period epic - and I would have watched it a long time ago if it wasn't so dratted long - 70 episodes! I am sure the topic of WW2 and Korean War is worth that many, but I have the attention span of a gnat. Just point me towards the episodes with Lawyer Byun and Ae Ri tortured in the prison camp, kthanks.

Watching the youtube vids led me to discover (through 'similar vids' feature) a drama I really want to check out (also starring Lawyer Byun): 18 vs 29. It sounds adorable and I need a fluffy drama in midst of all the serious ones. The heroine is a 29-yr-old woman who married her highschool sweetheart (someone she hated in school at first but then fell for). However, things haven't been going smoothly and she has decided to file for divorce. Unfortunately for her (but fortunately for the drama), on the way to the courthouse she gets into a car accident. It being a Korean drama car accident, her injury is loss of any of her memories after age 18. It is up to her almost-ex-husband to care for her. Can they fall in love all over again?

Cute MV:



ETA: Found this "justification" on soompi for Min Gook being a bastard to Ae Ri after her miscarriage:

"I have this feeling that HMK thinks that maybe AR have other man before their marriage. So, he is angry that she have difficulty keeping babies."

Oh yes. That would be such a lovely justification. "Hey, whore, you stretched yourself out with other guys and because of it now can't keep my kids!" Forget medically unsound - that would be even sicker than what the drama has. Sometimes fans drive me up the wall.

'Tis a pity Min Gook such a bastard because occasionally he comes across as hot.



Pity.

ETA2: reading soompi, I found out the reason why Lawyer Byun left that first time. AWWWWW. Lawyer Byun, I forgive you. It's official, I want you to get the girl you like because you are a good guy.
dangermousie: (Lobbyist OTP by miss-dian)
I decided to give it another try and watched ep 4 of Lawyers of Korea as per [livejournal.com profile] ambergold's instructions. It was very hilarious. While the insane flashback which both makes me hate Min Gook the Rich Guy and makes no narrative sense (seriously - they do not interact in any way consistent with that flashback - none of the three main characters!) pretty much guarantees this drama won't make it into a favorites list and also precludes me shipping the Heroine with Rich Guy, it's funny enough to watch for at least a few more eps. I am just going to pretend for the next few eps I watch that Min Gook is sleazy but well-paying client that enables her to gain experience and nothing more and that she and Lawyer Byun get together at the end - except for his walking out without a word years ago (I'll handwaive this as he left a message she didn't get. It's easier than handwaving Min Gook into a good person) he is pretty darn awesome - supportive and alpha at the same time, funny and with chemistry with the heroine. Also not a serial cheater, which is more than I can say for the leading man. Yes. Still bitter.

This scene with Lawyer Byun and Ya Kyung was gorgeous, though.



Sail on, my undaunted uncanonical ship!

This ep is so funny it even features a "guy protecting girl from beating with his body" scene that is hilarious! I literally LOLed. Sadly for LoK, I prefer the angsty-serious take on this such as in (leaving aside the pinnacle of this that is Hana Yori Dango/Meteor Garden) 'A Love to Kill,' (the best one - he is her bodyguard and his side job with thugs goes wrong and they are slowly beating him to death. She walks by and sees it and tries to stop it, one girl against a horde of violent criminals - telling them she is a famous star (she is) and so they can't hit her without getting in trouble and covering him with her body. But they don't care and start hitting her and he rolls over, barely conscious, shielding her with his body. They end up in hospital with serious injuries for a while and I end up in love), 'Tree of Heaven' (he begs on his knees for his enemy to stab him because otherwise the guy will go after his OTP), and 'Lobbyist' (he covers her with the last of his strength). I have to say Lobbyist, despite the happy ending is, hands-down, the most hurt-comfort drama I have ever seen. I don't think there was a single episode where Song Il Gook's character was not seriously, and sometimes horrifically, mistreated. I am still amazed he made through it with all his limbs intact. I am rather looking forward to 'Swallow the Sun,' another mercenaries drama from the same team - I am curious to see if they can top Lobbyist. (I wonder why SIG has a thing for getting roughed up in his drama - other than Lee Jun Ki's 'Time Between Dog and Wolf,' the only drama to offer some competition to Lobbyist is another SIG drama - Kingdom of the Winds.)

And that was a heck of a digression.

Also, after watching various Seoul 1945 vids on youtube, I now ship Lawyer Byun and Ae Ri just because that OTP seemed awesome in S1945. That drama is very much up my alley - gritty period epic - and I would have watched it a long time ago if it wasn't so dratted long - 70 episodes! I am sure the topic of WW2 and Korean War is worth that many, but I have the attention span of a gnat. Just point me towards the episodes with Lawyer Byun and Ae Ri tortured in the prison camp, kthanks.

Watching the youtube vids led me to discover (through 'similar vids' feature) a drama I really want to check out (also starring Lawyer Byun): 18 vs 29. It sounds adorable and I need a fluffy drama in midst of all the serious ones. The heroine is a 29-yr-old woman who married her highschool sweetheart (someone she hated in school at first but then fell for). However, things haven't been going smoothly and she has decided to file for divorce. Unfortunately for her (but fortunately for the drama), on the way to the courthouse she gets into a car accident. It being a Korean drama car accident, her injury is loss of any of her memories after age 18. It is up to her almost-ex-husband to care for her. Can they fall in love all over again?

Cute MV:



ETA: Found this "justification" on soompi for Min Gook being a bastard to Ae Ri after her miscarriage:

"I have this feeling that HMK thinks that maybe AR have other man before their marriage. So, he is angry that she have difficulty keeping babies."

Oh yes. That would be such a lovely justification. "Hey, whore, you stretched yourself out with other guys and because of it now can't keep my kids!" Forget medically unsound - that would be even sicker than what the drama has. Sometimes fans drive me up the wall.

'Tis a pity Min Gook such a bastard because occasionally he comes across as hot.



Pity.

ETA2: reading soompi, I found out the reason why Lawyer Byun left that first time. AWWWWW. Lawyer Byun, I forgive you. It's official, I want you to get the girl you like because you are a good guy.
dangermousie: (Mawang otp by miss-dian)
I have decided that it was about time for me to update and expand my favorite kdrama primer yet again (which I first did some months ago). Not only were there a bunch of kdramas I wanted to add to the list, but I wanted to rearrange the order of some of the dramas on the list already (except for the first three or so, the placement of the other ones within the rankings is fluid and moves based on my mood) and very much expand it.

So behind the cut are 25 of my favorite kdramas, with summaries, reasons why, pics and vids. I have tried to keep it as unspoilery as possible.

No kdrama I have not finished is on the list because I want to have seen the complete drama before evaluating the fave status. Also, I watch a lot of dramas, but I have hardly seen all or most kdrama out there, and there are some very famous ones I have never seen. I am always open to recs and am always looking for said recs.

Now, without too much further verbosity, Dangermousie's 25 favorite kdramas list, new and improved.

Lengthy post here )
dangermousie: (Mawang otp by miss-dian)
I have decided that it was about time for me to update and expand my favorite kdrama primer yet again (which I first did some months ago). Not only were there a bunch of kdramas I wanted to add to the list, but I wanted to rearrange the order of some of the dramas on the list already (except for the first three or so, the placement of the other ones within the rankings is fluid and moves based on my mood) and very much expand it.

So behind the cut are 25 of my favorite kdramas, with summaries, reasons why, pics and vids. I have tried to keep it as unspoilery as possible.

No kdrama I have not finished is on the list because I want to have seen the complete drama before evaluating the fave status. Also, I watch a lot of dramas, but I have hardly seen all or most kdrama out there, and there are some very famous ones I have never seen. I am always open to recs and am always looking for said recs.

Now, without too much further verbosity, Dangermousie's 25 favorite kdramas list, new and improved.

Lengthy post here )
dangermousie: (Mawang otp by miss-dian)
I have decided that it was about time for me to update and expand my favorite kdrama primer yet again (which I first did some months ago). Not only were there a bunch of kdramas I wanted to add to the list, but I wanted to rearrange the order of some of the dramas on the list already (except for the first three or so, the placement of the other ones within the rankings is fluid and moves based on my mood) and very much expand it.

So behind the cut are 25 of my favorite kdramas, with summaries, reasons why, pics and vids. I have tried to keep it as unspoilery as possible.

No kdrama I have not finished is on the list because I want to have seen the complete drama before evaluating the fave status. Also, I watch a lot of dramas, but I have hardly seen all or most kdrama out there, and there are some very famous ones I have never seen. I am always open to recs and am always looking for said recs.

Now, without too much further verbosity, Dangermousie's 25 favorite kdramas list, new and improved.

Lengthy post here )
dangermousie: (ToH by theheaven)


Tonight's picspam? The doomed, gorgeous OTP of kdrama Tree of Heaven.

ToH was a ten-ep drama that came out a couple of years ago and ended up in my Top 5 (just click on the toh tag for my incoherent ravings). ToH stars Lee Wan and Park Shin Hye as stepsiblings (never fear, they are stepsiblings only for months) whose love is so, sooo doomed and sooo soooo pretty. Filmed in Japan, this is a story that subscribes to a belief that if you treat your traumatized, borderline-mute but hunky stepsibling well, he will glom onto you, but if you reject his love in a fit of temporary conformity, he will disappear and reappear five years later as an incredibly hot mobster.

Hana and Yoon Suh. Their love is full of staring, shoe fetishes, and co-ed showers )
dangermousie: (ToH by theheaven)


Tonight's picspam? The doomed, gorgeous OTP of kdrama Tree of Heaven.

ToH was a ten-ep drama that came out a couple of years ago and ended up in my Top 5 (just click on the toh tag for my incoherent ravings). ToH stars Lee Wan and Park Shin Hye as stepsiblings (never fear, they are stepsiblings only for months) whose love is so, sooo doomed and sooo soooo pretty. Filmed in Japan, this is a story that subscribes to a belief that if you treat your traumatized, borderline-mute but hunky stepsibling well, he will glom onto you, but if you reject his love in a fit of temporary conformity, he will disappear and reappear five years later as an incredibly hot mobster.

Hana and Yoon Suh. Their love is full of staring, shoe fetishes, and co-ed showers )
dangermousie: (ToH by theheaven)


Tonight's picspam? The doomed, gorgeous OTP of kdrama Tree of Heaven.

ToH was a ten-ep drama that came out a couple of years ago and ended up in my Top 5 (just click on the toh tag for my incoherent ravings). ToH stars Lee Wan and Park Shin Hye as stepsiblings (never fear, they are stepsiblings only for months) whose love is so, sooo doomed and sooo soooo pretty. Filmed in Japan, this is a story that subscribes to a belief that if you treat your traumatized, borderline-mute but hunky stepsibling well, he will glom onto you, but if you reject his love in a fit of temporary conformity, he will disappear and reappear five years later as an incredibly hot mobster.

Hana and Yoon Suh. Their love is full of staring, shoe fetishes, and co-ed showers )
dangermousie: (Legend: Sa Ryang by alexandral)
I have decided that it was about time for me to update and expand my favorite kdrama primer (which I first did some month ago). Not only were there a bunch of kdramas I wanted to add to the list, but I wanted to rearrange the order of some of the dramas on the list already (except for the first three or so, the placement of the other ones within the rankings is fluid and moves based on my mood) and very much expand it.

So behind the cut are 20 (actually 21, because of a tie) of my favorite kdramas, with summaries, reasons why, pics and vids. I have tried to keep it as unspoilery as possible.

No kdrama I have not finished is on the list because I want to have seen the complete drama before evaluating the fave status (possible future candidates to be put in that aren't there because of it are Mawang and MISA). Also, I watch a lot of dramas, but I have hardly seen all or most kdrama out there, and there are some very famous ones I have never seen. I am always open to recs and am always looking for said recs.

Now, without too much further verbosity, Dangermousie's 20 or so favorite kdramas list, new and improved.

Lengthy post here )
dangermousie: (Legend: Sa Ryang by alexandral)
I have decided that it was about time for me to update and expand my favorite kdrama primer (which I first did some month ago). Not only were there a bunch of kdramas I wanted to add to the list, but I wanted to rearrange the order of some of the dramas on the list already (except for the first three or so, the placement of the other ones within the rankings is fluid and moves based on my mood) and very much expand it.

So behind the cut are 20 (actually 21, because of a tie) of my favorite kdramas, with summaries, reasons why, pics and vids. I have tried to keep it as unspoilery as possible.

No kdrama I have not finished is on the list because I want to have seen the complete drama before evaluating the fave status (possible future candidates to be put in that aren't there because of it are Mawang and MISA). Also, I watch a lot of dramas, but I have hardly seen all or most kdrama out there, and there are some very famous ones I have never seen. I am always open to recs and am always looking for said recs.

Now, without too much further verbosity, Dangermousie's 20 or so favorite kdramas list, new and improved.

Lengthy post here )

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