dangermousie: (DGCH by syliasyliasylia)
I am so irritated with Korean version of Hana Yori Dango at the moment.

It's a living proof of a mess you get when you put together:

a. excellent cast
b. huge budget
c. a messy, nonsensical, illogical script.

Seriously, wtf, Korea? K-Hanadan was at its best in the beginning, when it followed the manga closely. The more and more it departed from it, the less logical sense it made and the more I had to handwave things. At this point, not only is it nowhere near dethroning Meteor Garden or the jdrama from their 'favorite adaptations' places, it's making less sense than an average well-written kdrama.

You do not have to slavishly follow the manga. But then you have to make sure you have a good script which makes its own internal coherent sense - with character progressions, logical segways, developments that make sense. Oh, and if you at least try to be true to the spirit of the original story, that also helps. Look at the Japanese Hanadan - it's the perfect example. It didn't choose to go the literally faithful adaptation road of the awesome Meteor Garden, but it remained true to the spirit of the story and the characters - Matsujun's Domyouji and Mao's Makino are, in essense, very much like their manga counterparts. Jandi and Jun Pyo are miles away. Not only that, but even if they reorganized the events significantly, it made both character progression sense, a la the manga, and also, even more importantly, internal coherent sense. When I watched e.g. Hanadan2, I never either wondered WTF they were doing what they were doing, or switched ships because the canon ship made no sense.

And that's another complaint: the characters. Manga Makino is one of the most awesome heroines out there: strong, unyielding, unmopey, fiercely energetic, impossible to bully. Inoue Mao in the jdrama portrays it perfectly. And Barbie Hsu in the twdrama kicks it up a notch even more. Those are some fearsome ladies. And then we have Jandi. Whose toughness in the earlier eps has gone away entirely - who cannot say boo to the mean girls, let alone Darth Mama, who needs constant ridiculous rescuing (from a pool two feet deep!), who is mopey, weepy, and listless. She is lame and weak compared even to an good kdrama heroine (Chunhyang or Yu Rin or Ma Ja would wipe the floor with her in two seconds), not to mention the original source. Heck, even an average kdrama heroine (heroine of Who Are You or Which Star Are You From), not one with unusual amounts of spunk, could take her.

Also, Jun Pyo. We got rid of most of Domyouji's distinctive traits - the hugely troubling and uncontrolled violence. The dimness. Total unwaivering refusal to let go of Makino (in Hanadan2 I bought it barely, because it was brief, super-hard, and rather justified). He's become yet another tall, hot, and troubled kdrama hero. And the worst part? Unlike in twdrama and jdrama, he's had no learning curve about becoming human, he didn't have to work hard and hard and harder to get the girl to change her opinion - the bullying doesn't seem to matter, Jandi falls into his lap fairly quick.

Etcetcetc. I could rant for hours.

But one last comment - it took my reading people's posts to realize that the fiancee in a modest swimsuit hugging Jun Pyo from the back in the pool is the kdrama's equivalent of the seduction scene in the manga. WTF? I don't expect them to follow the manga and the twdrama and show her straddling him half-naked on the bed, but even the jdrama, much much more prudish though it was, had her on top of him in a bed. This pool thing is a seduction scene? Ahahahahahaaaa. LOL. Yeah.

Korea, you can adopt manga excellently well and make a great teen drama - see Goong! So WTF?
dangermousie: (DGCH by syliasyliasylia)
I am so irritated with Korean version of Hana Yori Dango at the moment.

It's a living proof of a mess you get when you put together:

a. excellent cast
b. huge budget
c. a messy, nonsensical, illogical script.

Seriously, wtf, Korea? K-Hanadan was at its best in the beginning, when it followed the manga closely. The more and more it departed from it, the less logical sense it made and the more I had to handwave things. At this point, not only is it nowhere near dethroning Meteor Garden or the jdrama from their 'favorite adaptations' places, it's making less sense than an average well-written kdrama.

You do not have to slavishly follow the manga. But then you have to make sure you have a good script which makes its own internal coherent sense - with character progressions, logical segways, developments that make sense. Oh, and if you at least try to be true to the spirit of the original story, that also helps. Look at the Japanese Hanadan - it's the perfect example. It didn't choose to go the literally faithful adaptation road of the awesome Meteor Garden, but it remained true to the spirit of the story and the characters - Matsujun's Domyouji and Mao's Makino are, in essense, very much like their manga counterparts. Jandi and Jun Pyo are miles away. Not only that, but even if they reorganized the events significantly, it made both character progression sense, a la the manga, and also, even more importantly, internal coherent sense. When I watched e.g. Hanadan2, I never either wondered WTF they were doing what they were doing, or switched ships because the canon ship made no sense.

And that's another complaint: the characters. Manga Makino is one of the most awesome heroines out there: strong, unyielding, unmopey, fiercely energetic, impossible to bully. Inoue Mao in the jdrama portrays it perfectly. And Barbie Hsu in the twdrama kicks it up a notch even more. Those are some fearsome ladies. And then we have Jandi. Whose toughness in the earlier eps has gone away entirely - who cannot say boo to the mean girls, let alone Darth Mama, who needs constant ridiculous rescuing (from a pool two feet deep!), who is mopey, weepy, and listless. She is lame and weak compared even to an good kdrama heroine (Chunhyang or Yu Rin or Ma Ja would wipe the floor with her in two seconds), not to mention the original source. Heck, even an average kdrama heroine (heroine of Who Are You or Which Star Are You From), not one with unusual amounts of spunk, could take her.

Also, Jun Pyo. We got rid of most of Domyouji's distinctive traits - the hugely troubling and uncontrolled violence. The dimness. Total unwaivering refusal to let go of Makino (in Hanadan2 I bought it barely, because it was brief, super-hard, and rather justified). He's become yet another tall, hot, and troubled kdrama hero. And the worst part? Unlike in twdrama and jdrama, he's had no learning curve about becoming human, he didn't have to work hard and hard and harder to get the girl to change her opinion - the bullying doesn't seem to matter, Jandi falls into his lap fairly quick.

Etcetcetc. I could rant for hours.

But one last comment - it took my reading people's posts to realize that the fiancee in a modest swimsuit hugging Jun Pyo from the back in the pool is the kdrama's equivalent of the seduction scene in the manga. WTF? I don't expect them to follow the manga and the twdrama and show her straddling him half-naked on the bed, but even the jdrama, much much more prudish though it was, had her on top of him in a bed. This pool thing is a seduction scene? Ahahahahahaaaa. LOL. Yeah.

Korea, you can adopt manga excellently well and make a great teen drama - see Goong! So WTF?
dangermousie: (DGCH by syliasyliasylia)
I am so irritated with Korean version of Hana Yori Dango at the moment.

It's a living proof of a mess you get when you put together:

a. excellent cast
b. huge budget
c. a messy, nonsensical, illogical script.

Seriously, wtf, Korea? K-Hanadan was at its best in the beginning, when it followed the manga closely. The more and more it departed from it, the less logical sense it made and the more I had to handwave things. At this point, not only is it nowhere near dethroning Meteor Garden or the jdrama from their 'favorite adaptations' places, it's making less sense than an average well-written kdrama.

You do not have to slavishly follow the manga. But then you have to make sure you have a good script which makes its own internal coherent sense - with character progressions, logical segways, developments that make sense. Oh, and if you at least try to be true to the spirit of the original story, that also helps. Look at the Japanese Hanadan - it's the perfect example. It didn't choose to go the literally faithful adaptation road of the awesome Meteor Garden, but it remained true to the spirit of the story and the characters - Matsujun's Domyouji and Mao's Makino are, in essense, very much like their manga counterparts. Jandi and Jun Pyo are miles away. Not only that, but even if they reorganized the events significantly, it made both character progression sense, a la the manga, and also, even more importantly, internal coherent sense. When I watched e.g. Hanadan2, I never either wondered WTF they were doing what they were doing, or switched ships because the canon ship made no sense.

And that's another complaint: the characters. Manga Makino is one of the most awesome heroines out there: strong, unyielding, unmopey, fiercely energetic, impossible to bully. Inoue Mao in the jdrama portrays it perfectly. And Barbie Hsu in the twdrama kicks it up a notch even more. Those are some fearsome ladies. And then we have Jandi. Whose toughness in the earlier eps has gone away entirely - who cannot say boo to the mean girls, let alone Darth Mama, who needs constant ridiculous rescuing (from a pool two feet deep!), who is mopey, weepy, and listless. She is lame and weak compared even to an good kdrama heroine (Chunhyang or Yu Rin or Ma Ja would wipe the floor with her in two seconds), not to mention the original source. Heck, even an average kdrama heroine (heroine of Who Are You or Which Star Are You From), not one with unusual amounts of spunk, could take her.

Also, Jun Pyo. We got rid of most of Domyouji's distinctive traits - the hugely troubling and uncontrolled violence. The dimness. Total unwaivering refusal to let go of Makino (in Hanadan2 I bought it barely, because it was brief, super-hard, and rather justified). He's become yet another tall, hot, and troubled kdrama hero. And the worst part? Unlike in twdrama and jdrama, he's had no learning curve about becoming human, he didn't have to work hard and hard and harder to get the girl to change her opinion - the bullying doesn't seem to matter, Jandi falls into his lap fairly quick.

Etcetcetc. I could rant for hours.

But one last comment - it took my reading people's posts to realize that the fiancee in a modest swimsuit hugging Jun Pyo from the back in the pool is the kdrama's equivalent of the seduction scene in the manga. WTF? I don't expect them to follow the manga and the twdrama and show her straddling him half-naked on the bed, but even the jdrama, much much more prudish though it was, had her on top of him in a bed. This pool thing is a seduction scene? Ahahahahahaaaa. LOL. Yeah.

Korea, you can adopt manga excellently well and make a great teen drama - see Goong! So WTF?
dangermousie: (WSAYF by theheaven)
I rather adore the OTP of the Kim Rae Won and Jung Ryo Won starrer Which Star Are You From (there is a reason this drama made it on my fave kdrama list). They are angsty but functional and fun. And with so much chemistry. She is a lookalike younger sister of his dead girlfriend, who couldn't be more different, and he can't help but fall for her...



I could picspam a lot - I adore his love confession at the end of ep 10/11, with dramatic running, and hugging, and cuteness and angst - it's both awwww-inducing and hilarious. But, the one ep I currently have on my HD is ep 8 which is just as well - it's unspoilery.

Enter here for cuteness )
dangermousie: (WSAYF by theheaven)
I rather adore the OTP of the Kim Rae Won and Jung Ryo Won starrer Which Star Are You From (there is a reason this drama made it on my fave kdrama list). They are angsty but functional and fun. And with so much chemistry. She is a lookalike younger sister of his dead girlfriend, who couldn't be more different, and he can't help but fall for her...



I could picspam a lot - I adore his love confession at the end of ep 10/11, with dramatic running, and hugging, and cuteness and angst - it's both awwww-inducing and hilarious. But, the one ep I currently have on my HD is ep 8 which is just as well - it's unspoilery.

Enter here for cuteness )
dangermousie: (WSAYF by theheaven)
I rather adore the OTP of the Kim Rae Won and Jung Ryo Won starrer Which Star Are You From (there is a reason this drama made it on my fave kdrama list). They are angsty but functional and fun. And with so much chemistry. She is a lookalike younger sister of his dead girlfriend, who couldn't be more different, and he can't help but fall for her...



I could picspam a lot - I adore his love confession at the end of ep 10/11, with dramatic running, and hugging, and cuteness and angst - it's both awwww-inducing and hilarious. But, the one ep I currently have on my HD is ep 8 which is just as well - it's unspoilery.

Enter here for cuteness )
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: (Default)
The ending of episode 9 of Which Star Are You From was one of the most adorable things ever, in drama world!



"Am I really just that to you? A little sister you can tease and call a dork?"
*swooping smooch out of nowhere* YES.

Kim Rae Won dramas always have excellent smoochies. Hmmm...

And earlier, there was this gorgeousness:



You know, though the stories and the characters don't have anything in common, WSAYF is reminding me of Save the Last Dance in one very important respect: it's a "meat and potatoes" romantic kdrama done excellently,nothing extra or not enough. And you know, that is actually both rarer and much harder than it sounds. In fact, except for StLD and WSAYF, the only other drama I think can also claim the title potentially is One Fine Day.

Plus, I am a sucker for this sort of thing:

dangermousie: (Default)
The ending of episode 9 of Which Star Are You From was one of the most adorable things ever, in drama world!



"Am I really just that to you? A little sister you can tease and call a dork?"
*swooping smooch out of nowhere* YES.

Kim Rae Won dramas always have excellent smoochies. Hmmm...

And earlier, there was this gorgeousness:



You know, though the stories and the characters don't have anything in common, WSAYF is reminding me of Save the Last Dance in one very important respect: it's a "meat and potatoes" romantic kdrama done excellently,nothing extra or not enough. And you know, that is actually both rarer and much harder than it sounds. In fact, except for StLD and WSAYF, the only other drama I think can also claim the title potentially is One Fine Day.

Plus, I am a sucker for this sort of thing:

dangermousie: (Default)
The ending of episode 9 of Which Star Are You From was one of the most adorable things ever, in drama world!



"Am I really just that to you? A little sister you can tease and call a dork?"
*swooping smooch out of nowhere* YES.

Kim Rae Won dramas always have excellent smoochies. Hmmm...

And earlier, there was this gorgeousness:



You know, though the stories and the characters don't have anything in common, WSAYF is reminding me of Save the Last Dance in one very important respect: it's a "meat and potatoes" romantic kdrama done excellently,nothing extra or not enough. And you know, that is actually both rarer and much harder than it sounds. In fact, except for StLD and WSAYF, the only other drama I think can also claim the title potentially is One Fine Day.

Plus, I am a sucker for this sort of thing:

dangermousie: (WSAYF by theheaven)
Seeing that I spent the last 8 eps of Which Star Are You From (am on ep 9 and am adoring it as much as ever) in a state of lust fascination over Kim Rae Won, I went digging around for more KRW stuff and stumbled on Say You Love Me, an earlier drama he did. I wanted to watch it a while ago but then forgot, even if the plot sounded super-fun: a young unworldly couple brought up by Buddhist monks (!!!) crosses paths with a 'woman of the world' who objects to seeing pure love around so she sets out to wreck them and to seduce KRW. Cougars FTW!

Well, trying to find things on it on youtube, I stumbled on this scene which made me SQUEE in glee at the dirtybadwrongness of it all and the delicious cheese. Also, I didn't know you could do this stuff in a kdrama. Short summary of the scene: Mrs Cougar sets out to have Mr. Brought Up By Monks' virginity and succeeds, rather against his will (but not entirely).





Heeee.

Enter here for dirtybadwrong caps of amusingness )

I am so going to enjoy it for all the wrong reasons. But must finish WSAYF first.
dangermousie: (WSAYF by theheaven)
Seeing that I spent the last 8 eps of Which Star Are You From (am on ep 9 and am adoring it as much as ever) in a state of lust fascination over Kim Rae Won, I went digging around for more KRW stuff and stumbled on Say You Love Me, an earlier drama he did. I wanted to watch it a while ago but then forgot, even if the plot sounded super-fun: a young unworldly couple brought up by Buddhist monks (!!!) crosses paths with a 'woman of the world' who objects to seeing pure love around so she sets out to wreck them and to seduce KRW. Cougars FTW!

Well, trying to find things on it on youtube, I stumbled on this scene which made me SQUEE in glee at the dirtybadwrongness of it all and the delicious cheese. Also, I didn't know you could do this stuff in a kdrama. Short summary of the scene: Mrs Cougar sets out to have Mr. Brought Up By Monks' virginity and succeeds, rather against his will (but not entirely).





Heeee.

Enter here for dirtybadwrong caps of amusingness )

I am so going to enjoy it for all the wrong reasons. But must finish WSAYF first.
dangermousie: (WSAYF by theheaven)
Seeing that I spent the last 8 eps of Which Star Are You From (am on ep 9 and am adoring it as much as ever) in a state of lust fascination over Kim Rae Won, I went digging around for more KRW stuff and stumbled on Say You Love Me, an earlier drama he did. I wanted to watch it a while ago but then forgot, even if the plot sounded super-fun: a young unworldly couple brought up by Buddhist monks (!!!) crosses paths with a 'woman of the world' who objects to seeing pure love around so she sets out to wreck them and to seduce KRW. Cougars FTW!

Well, trying to find things on it on youtube, I stumbled on this scene which made me SQUEE in glee at the dirtybadwrongness of it all and the delicious cheese. Also, I didn't know you could do this stuff in a kdrama. Short summary of the scene: Mrs Cougar sets out to have Mr. Brought Up By Monks' virginity and succeeds, rather against his will (but not entirely).





Heeee.

Enter here for dirtybadwrong caps of amusingness )

I am so going to enjoy it for all the wrong reasons. But must finish WSAYF first.
dangermousie: (Farscape: Chiana by icequeen3101)
(The alternative subject line was going to be 'How to get a famous director to go down on you' but I decided I have some taste...Not enough to refrain from putting it into the text though :P)







dangermousie: (Farscape: Chiana by icequeen3101)
(The alternative subject line was going to be 'How to get a famous director to go down on you' but I decided I have some taste...Not enough to refrain from putting it into the text though :P)







dangermousie: (Farscape: Chiana by icequeen3101)
(The alternative subject line was going to be 'How to get a famous director to go down on you' but I decided I have some taste...Not enough to refrain from putting it into the text though :P)







dangermousie: (WSAYF by theheaven)
I found two youtube vids that make me glee.

This is a scene from one of my favorite Bolly movies, Parineeta. Who knew Bolly movies could be so sexy?



And here are two scenes from the kdrama I am currently watching, Which Star are You From (am on ep 7). Second scene is cool and all, but it's the first that makes me die.



I haven't gotten to this yet, but can't wait. It's even cooler than the scene in ep 5 where he kneels and puts salve on her feet which have been bruised by her shoes. Mmmm, kdrama shoe fetish!
dangermousie: (WSAYF by theheaven)
I found two youtube vids that make me glee.

This is a scene from one of my favorite Bolly movies, Parineeta. Who knew Bolly movies could be so sexy?



And here are two scenes from the kdrama I am currently watching, Which Star are You From (am on ep 7). Second scene is cool and all, but it's the first that makes me die.



I haven't gotten to this yet, but can't wait. It's even cooler than the scene in ep 5 where he kneels and puts salve on her feet which have been bruised by her shoes. Mmmm, kdrama shoe fetish!

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