dangermousie: (Gloria: close)
Am working through my drama backlog. Next up Gisaeng (where I am hugely behind) and 49 Days, but for now, I am up through ep 5 of CYHMH, which is all that has been subbed, and I crave more more more more. It's Gloria meets Baker King meets East of Eden meets Spring Waltz. In other words = I love.

Hwang Jung Eum seems to make a career of playing cheerful and indomitable girls with missing siblings who heal screwed up chaebol hotties with evil fathers and major issues through sheer tough and spirited awesomeness, warmth and common sense. Yes pls.



A few caps from ep 5 of CYHMH plus a MV )


I have also continued with my watch of Will It Snow For Christmas and this scene may be the single most romantic drama scene I've seen in years:



Scene here )

I am also continuing with Three Kingdoms. It is ridiculously pretty.



If it has a running theme, it's not struggles of power or battles - it's guys seemingly obsessed with sharing beds with other guys :)

See what I am talking about )
dangermousie: (Gloria: close)
Am working through my drama backlog. Next up Gisaeng (where I am hugely behind) and 49 Days, but for now, I am up through ep 5 of CYHMH, which is all that has been subbed, and I crave more more more more. It's Gloria meets Baker King meets East of Eden meets Spring Waltz. In other words = I love.

Hwang Jung Eum seems to make a career of playing cheerful and indomitable girls with missing siblings who heal screwed up chaebol hotties with evil fathers and major issues through sheer tough and spirited awesomeness, warmth and common sense. Yes pls.



A few caps from ep 5 of CYHMH plus a MV )


I have also continued with my watch of Will It Snow For Christmas and this scene may be the single most romantic drama scene I've seen in years:



Scene here )

I am also continuing with Three Kingdoms. It is ridiculously pretty.



If it has a running theme, it's not struggles of power or battles - it's guys seemingly obsessed with sharing beds with other guys :)

See what I am talking about )
dangermousie: (Gloria: close)
Am working through my drama backlog. Next up Gisaeng (where I am hugely behind) and 49 Days, but for now, I am up through ep 5 of CYHMH, which is all that has been subbed, and I crave more more more more. It's Gloria meets Baker King meets East of Eden meets Spring Waltz. In other words = I love.

Hwang Jung Eum seems to make a career of playing cheerful and indomitable girls with missing siblings who heal screwed up chaebol hotties with evil fathers and major issues through sheer tough and spirited awesomeness, warmth and common sense. Yes pls.



A few caps from ep 5 of CYHMH plus a MV )


I have also continued with my watch of Will It Snow For Christmas and this scene may be the single most romantic drama scene I've seen in years:



Scene here )

I am also continuing with Three Kingdoms. It is ridiculously pretty.



If it has a running theme, it's not struggles of power or battles - it's guys seemingly obsessed with sharing beds with other guys :)

See what I am talking about )
dangermousie: (Default)
Barely minutes into ep 4 of Will It Snow for Christmas and am reminded as to why I loved what bits of it I've seen as it aired. Lee Kyung Hee's dramas always create these layers of emotions of an almost hothouse intensity - the plot is always secondary to bringing out whatever mood, relationships and emotional truth she wants to convey. This brief little scene:







Oh, what an emotional punch it packs. There is so little said (she says nothing at all, actually), no voices are raised, but the hidden layers of meaning is are so powerful. (For context, Han Ye Seul was sleeping outside her faithless fiance's apartment and Go Soo, who is the man's neighbor, saw it, saw she was sick, and took her in. Now it's the next morning and the fiance stopped by). Everything Go Soo does and says seems so innocuous but is driven by his feelings for her and his anger at the man who left her. The way he politely explains what happened last night and then feels her forehead for fever, as if the other man isn't there, the way he politely tells the other man he should take her to the hospital and adds "unless you are too busy, I can do that then." (oooh burn!)

Not to mention the chemistry. Ahhh, the chemistry. I have yet to see a LKH drama without an insane chemistry between the leads.

You know, I've watched four LKH dramas - this, Sang Do Let's Go to School, A Love to Kill, and Thank You, and one of the things they have in common is that the protagonists are always outcasts - not just physically, but emotionally. Often, they are outcast in a very status sense (Rain is a gigolo in SD and a thug in ALTK, Gong Hyo Jin is ostracized as a single mother by her island community (and a mother of a child with HIV, no less)), but even if their societal status is OK on the surface, they are deeply emotionally wounded and isolated and odd. Take Gong Hyo Jin's teacher in SD - yes, respectable profession, doctor fiance, seemingly normal life, but underneath it all is someone permanently broken by her childhood and her past. In ALTK, Shin Minah's successful actress is suicidal and wandering her life in search of meaning, and in Thank You, Jang Hyuk is broken by his gf's death. That ever-present trauma and fragility is present in both the protagonists of WISFC - sure, they both have normal 'societal' lives - he's an architect, she's a medical student, but they are both so very broken. From what I remember of my first 'sort-of' watch of this, she wanders through life as walking-wounded, mourning her brother, lacking confidence and hope. And for him, the scars of his childhood remain and the guilt over things that aren't his fault and a deep-seated belief of being unworthy of any possible happiness.

Anyway, ILY, drama!
dangermousie: (Chuno - bw by alexandral)
Barely minutes into ep 4 of Will It Snow for Christmas and am reminded as to why I loved what bits of it I've seen as it aired. Lee Kyung Hee's dramas always create these layers of emotions of an almost hothouse intensity - the plot is always secondary to bringing out whatever mood, relationships and emotional truth she wants to convey. This brief little scene:







Oh, what an emotional punch it packs. There is so little said (she says nothing at all, actually), no voices are raised, but the hidden layers of meaning is are so powerful. (For context, Han Ye Seul was sleeping outside her faithless fiance's apartment and Go Soo, who is the man's neighbor, saw it, saw she was sick, and took her in. Now it's the next morning and the fiance stopped by). Everything Go Soo does and says seems so innocuous but is driven by his feelings for her and his anger at the man who left her. The way he politely explains what happened last night and then feels her forehead for fever, as if the other man isn't there, the way he politely tells the other man he should take her to the hospital and adds "unless you are too busy, I can do that then." (oooh burn!)

Not to mention the chemistry. Ahhh, the chemistry. I have yet to see a LKH drama without an insane chemistry between the leads.

You know, I've watched four LKH dramas - this, Sang Do Let's Go to School, A Love to Kill, and Thank You, and one of the things they have in common is that the protagonists are always outcasts - not just physically, but emotionally. Often, they are outcast in a very status sense (Rain is a gigolo in SD and a thug in ALTK, Gong Hyo Jin is ostracized as a single mother by her island community (and a mother of a child with HIV, no less)), but even if their societal status is OK on the surface, they are deeply emotionally wounded and isolated and odd. Take Gong Hyo Jin's teacher in SD - yes, respectable profession, doctor fiance, seemingly normal life, but underneath it all is someone permanently broken by her childhood and her past. In ALTK, Shin Minah's successful actress is suicidal and wandering her life in search of meaning, and in Thank You, Jang Hyuk is broken by his gf's death. That ever-present trauma and fragility is present in both the protagonists of WISFC - sure, they both have normal 'societal' lives - he's an architect, she's a medical student, but they are both so very broken. From what I remember of my first 'sort-of' watch of this, she wanders through life as walking-wounded, mourning her brother, lacking confidence and hope. And for him, the scars of his childhood remain and the guilt over things that aren't his fault and a deep-seated belief of being unworthy of any possible happiness.

Anyway, ILY, drama!
dangermousie: (Chuno - bw by alexandral)
Barely minutes into ep 4 of Will It Snow for Christmas and am reminded as to why I loved what bits of it I've seen as it aired. Lee Kyung Hee's dramas always create these layers of emotions of an almost hothouse intensity - the plot is always secondary to bringing out whatever mood, relationships and emotional truth she wants to convey. This brief little scene:







Oh, what an emotional punch it packs. There is so little said (she says nothing at all, actually), no voices are raised, but the hidden layers of meaning is are so powerful. (For context, Han Ye Seul was sleeping outside her faithless fiance's apartment and Go Soo, who is the man's neighbor, saw it, saw she was sick, and took her in. Now it's the next morning and the fiance stopped by). Everything Go Soo does and says seems so innocuous but is driven by his feelings for her and his anger at the man who left her. The way he politely explains what happened last night and then feels her forehead for fever, as if the other man isn't there, the way he politely tells the other man he should take her to the hospital and adds "unless you are too busy, I can do that then." (oooh burn!)

Not to mention the chemistry. Ahhh, the chemistry. I have yet to see a LKH drama without an insane chemistry between the leads.

You know, I've watched four LKH dramas - this, Sang Do Let's Go to School, A Love to Kill, and Thank You, and one of the things they have in common is that the protagonists are always outcasts - not just physically, but emotionally. Often, they are outcast in a very status sense (Rain is a gigolo in SD and a thug in ALTK, Gong Hyo Jin is ostracized as a single mother by her island community (and a mother of a child with HIV, no less)), but even if their societal status is OK on the surface, they are deeply emotionally wounded and isolated and odd. Take Gong Hyo Jin's teacher in SD - yes, respectable profession, doctor fiance, seemingly normal life, but underneath it all is someone permanently broken by her childhood and her past. In ALTK, Shin Minah's successful actress is suicidal and wandering her life in search of meaning, and in Thank You, Jang Hyuk is broken by his gf's death. That ever-present trauma and fragility is present in both the protagonists of WISFC - sure, they both have normal 'societal' lives - he's an architect, she's a medical student, but they are both so very broken. From what I remember of my first 'sort-of' watch of this, she wanders through life as walking-wounded, mourning her brother, lacking confidence and hope. And for him, the scars of his childhood remain and the guilt over things that aren't his fault and a deep-seated belief of being unworthy of any possible happiness.

Anyway, ILY, drama!
dangermousie: (Chuno - bw by alexandral)
Barely minutes into ep 4 of Will It Snow for Christmas and am reminded as to why I loved what bits of it I've seen as it aired. Lee Kyung Hee's dramas always create these layers of emotions of an almost hothouse intensity - the plot is always secondary to bringing out whatever mood, relationships and emotional truth she wants to convey. This brief little scene:







Oh, what an emotional punch it packs. There is so little said (she says nothing at all, actually), no voices are raised, but the hidden layers of meaning is are so powerful. (For context, Han Ye Seul was sleeping outside her faithless fiance's apartment and Go Soo, who is the man's neighbor, saw it, saw she was sick, and took her in. Now it's the next morning and the fiance stopped by). Everything Go Soo does and says seems so innocuous but is driven by his feelings for her and his anger at the man who left her. The way he politely explains what happened last night and then feels her forehead for fever, as if the other man isn't there, the way he politely tells the other man he should take her to the hospital and adds "unless you are too busy, I can do that then." (oooh burn!)

Not to mention the chemistry. Ahhh, the chemistry. I have yet to see a LKH drama without an insane chemistry between the leads.

You know, I've watched four LKH dramas - this, Sang Do Let's Go to School, A Love to Kill, and Thank You, and one of the things they have in common is that the protagonists are always outcasts - not just physically, but emotionally. Often, they are outcast in a very status sense (Rain is a gigolo in SD and a thug in ALTK, Gong Hyo Jin is ostracized as a single mother by her island community (and a mother of a child with HIV, no less)), but even if their societal status is OK on the surface, they are deeply emotionally wounded and isolated and odd. Take Gong Hyo Jin's teacher in SD - yes, respectable profession, doctor fiance, seemingly normal life, but underneath it all is someone permanently broken by her childhood and her past. In ALTK, Shin Minah's successful actress is suicidal and wandering her life in search of meaning, and in Thank You, Jang Hyuk is broken by his gf's death. That ever-present trauma and fragility is present in both the protagonists of WISFC - sure, they both have normal 'societal' lives - he's an architect, she's a medical student, but they are both so very broken. From what I remember of my first 'sort-of' watch of this, she wanders through life as walking-wounded, mourning her brother, lacking confidence and hope. And for him, the scars of his childhood remain and the guilt over things that aren't his fault and a deep-seated belief of being unworthy of any possible happiness.

Anyway, ILY, drama!
dangermousie: (YKS 14 by srkfanatic)
I promised to get to all the replies this weekend. I know I am behind :)

1. Newer Daemul trailer. How wonderful does it look? I believe it starts next week. I was worried earlier that they changed Kwon Sang Woo's character from the gigolo he was in the manga but thankfully no. Hooray. Some politics, some tough tough smart women, some sexy men, what more can you want?



2. Flames of Jailbait Desire started today. I am very eager to check it out especially as it seems to lack that dreaded monster of lengthy revenge dramas - childhood eps. Apparently the adults are there from the first episode. It does have some striking posters.



With these two, Runaway, Sungkyunkwan Scandal, Giant, Gloria, and Playful Kiss, there is a busy busy slate of current dramas waiting for me. Mmmmmmm.

BUT - did you notice something missing this year? I found 2010 a pretty good kdrama year but with one thing missing - while there were a number of dramas whose OTPs I went rabid for (Chuno, Sungkyunkwan Scandal, Giant etc), there has not been a single romantic drama out since winter. Not a single one! I am not talking about romcoms, which are always a dime a dozen (and often not my thing), I am talking about a go-for-broke, angsty, larger than life romance - the way Snow Queen or Robbers or Spring Waltz or A Love to Kill were. All the OTPs I listed came from dramas in other genres - dramas which are primarily revenge sagas, or period stories, or thrillers first. The last proper romantic melodrama we had was a lovely, low-key Will It Snow on Christmas and that ended in the winter! We are way overdue for another one, but of all the dramas I am looking forward to - Athena, Daemul, Runaway - none qualify. The closest we come is November's Secret Garden (but with its body-swapping premise, I think it is likely to be more of a romcom or oddball drama than an angsty romance I require) and January's My Princess which seems, with its storyline of hidden royalty inheritor, to be more of a light romcom. Boooo! I hoped Cinderella Unni would have been the one but what an all-around disappointment that proved to be.
dangermousie: (YKS 14 by srkfanatic)
I promised to get to all the replies this weekend. I know I am behind :)

1. Newer Daemul trailer. How wonderful does it look? I believe it starts next week. I was worried earlier that they changed Kwon Sang Woo's character from the gigolo he was in the manga but thankfully no. Hooray. Some politics, some tough tough smart women, some sexy men, what more can you want?



2. Flames of Jailbait Desire started today. I am very eager to check it out especially as it seems to lack that dreaded monster of lengthy revenge dramas - childhood eps. Apparently the adults are there from the first episode. It does have some striking posters.



With these two, Runaway, Sungkyunkwan Scandal, Giant, Gloria, and Playful Kiss, there is a busy busy slate of current dramas waiting for me. Mmmmmmm.

BUT - did you notice something missing this year? I found 2010 a pretty good kdrama year but with one thing missing - while there were a number of dramas whose OTPs I went rabid for (Chuno, Sungkyunkwan Scandal, Giant etc), there has not been a single romantic drama out since winter. Not a single one! I am not talking about romcoms, which are always a dime a dozen (and often not my thing), I am talking about a go-for-broke, angsty, larger than life romance - the way Snow Queen or Robbers or Spring Waltz or A Love to Kill were. All the OTPs I listed came from dramas in other genres - dramas which are primarily revenge sagas, or period stories, or thrillers first. The last proper romantic melodrama we had was a lovely, low-key Will It Snow on Christmas and that ended in the winter! We are way overdue for another one, but of all the dramas I am looking forward to - Athena, Daemul, Runaway - none qualify. The closest we come is November's Secret Garden (but with its body-swapping premise, I think it is likely to be more of a romcom or oddball drama than an angsty romance I require) and January's My Princess which seems, with its storyline of hidden royalty inheritor, to be more of a light romcom. Boooo! I hoped Cinderella Unni would have been the one but what an all-around disappointment that proved to be.
dangermousie: (YKS 14 by srkfanatic)
I promised to get to all the replies this weekend. I know I am behind :)

1. Newer Daemul trailer. How wonderful does it look? I believe it starts next week. I was worried earlier that they changed Kwon Sang Woo's character from the gigolo he was in the manga but thankfully no. Hooray. Some politics, some tough tough smart women, some sexy men, what more can you want?



2. Flames of Jailbait Desire started today. I am very eager to check it out especially as it seems to lack that dreaded monster of lengthy revenge dramas - childhood eps. Apparently the adults are there from the first episode. It does have some striking posters.



With these two, Runaway, Sungkyunkwan Scandal, Giant, Gloria, and Playful Kiss, there is a busy busy slate of current dramas waiting for me. Mmmmmmm.

BUT - did you notice something missing this year? I found 2010 a pretty good kdrama year but with one thing missing - while there were a number of dramas whose OTPs I went rabid for (Chuno, Sungkyunkwan Scandal, Giant etc), there has not been a single romantic drama out since winter. Not a single one! I am not talking about romcoms, which are always a dime a dozen (and often not my thing), I am talking about a go-for-broke, angsty, larger than life romance - the way Snow Queen or Robbers or Spring Waltz or A Love to Kill were. All the OTPs I listed came from dramas in other genres - dramas which are primarily revenge sagas, or period stories, or thrillers first. The last proper romantic melodrama we had was a lovely, low-key Will It Snow on Christmas and that ended in the winter! We are way overdue for another one, but of all the dramas I am looking forward to - Athena, Daemul, Runaway - none qualify. The closest we come is November's Secret Garden (but with its body-swapping premise, I think it is likely to be more of a romcom or oddball drama than an angsty romance I require) and January's My Princess which seems, with its storyline of hidden royalty inheritor, to be more of a light romcom. Boooo! I hoped Cinderella Unni would have been the one but what an all-around disappointment that proved to be.
dangermousie: (Chuno - savior)
I have been catching up with Will It Snow on Christmas and it's such a lovely, undestated gem of a drama.

The notable thing is the plot development that bothered me so when I first learned of it (Ji Wan's mother, due to psychological trauma, represses and regresses and believes Kang Jin is her dead son and Kang Jin goes along with it for 3 years) actually makes total sense in character context.

A few character ramblings on Kang Jin )

And while I am metaing all over the place, allow me also to meta about morality in the world of Chuno. I find it interesting that with the exception of Tae Ha (and potentially Un Nyun), no major character in the drama can lay claims to moral heroism, to a code of honor even, of any sort. They are all on a sliding scale of dark.



And this makes perfect sense - in a world not ruled by a fair and strict rules known in advance but whims of the powerful (everyone has someone who could snuff their life out so very easily) - the powerful who can decide that what was good yesterday is bad tomorrow - holding on to absolute moral principles is almost impossible and certainly entails some unbearable sacrifices. Morality is a luxury and if you want to succeed you have to follow not some abstract moral code but whatever the boss tells you is good. Free will is not really allowed.

Perhaps it's fitting that this drama is about slaves and slave-catchers because everyone in the world of Chuno, whether technically free or not, is actually a slave. See the peasants cringe at a mere hint of an official seal. Watch the minister casually tell Dae Gil that if he doesn't carry out his mission, he'd be dead in a month. See the nobles broken, imprisoned and tortured on a whim of a winning political faction. There is no true freedom to be had.

Lengthy rambles on morals and free will )
dangermousie: (Chuno - savior)
I have been catching up with Will It Snow on Christmas and it's such a lovely, undestated gem of a drama.

The notable thing is the plot development that bothered me so when I first learned of it (Ji Wan's mother, due to psychological trauma, represses and regresses and believes Kang Jin is her dead son and Kang Jin goes along with it for 3 years) actually makes total sense in character context.

A few character ramblings on Kang Jin )

And while I am metaing all over the place, allow me also to meta about morality in the world of Chuno. I find it interesting that with the exception of Tae Ha (and potentially Un Nyun), no major character in the drama can lay claims to moral heroism, to a code of honor even, of any sort. They are all on a sliding scale of dark.



And this makes perfect sense - in a world not ruled by a fair and strict rules known in advance but whims of the powerful (everyone has someone who could snuff their life out so very easily) - the powerful who can decide that what was good yesterday is bad tomorrow - holding on to absolute moral principles is almost impossible and certainly entails some unbearable sacrifices. Morality is a luxury and if you want to succeed you have to follow not some abstract moral code but whatever the boss tells you is good. Free will is not really allowed.

Perhaps it's fitting that this drama is about slaves and slave-catchers because everyone in the world of Chuno, whether technically free or not, is actually a slave. See the peasants cringe at a mere hint of an official seal. Watch the minister casually tell Dae Gil that if he doesn't carry out his mission, he'd be dead in a month. See the nobles broken, imprisoned and tortured on a whim of a winning political faction. There is no true freedom to be had.

Lengthy rambles on morals and free will )
dangermousie: (Chuno - savior)
I have been catching up with Will It Snow on Christmas and it's such a lovely, undestated gem of a drama.

The notable thing is the plot development that bothered me so when I first learned of it (Ji Wan's mother, due to psychological trauma, represses and regresses and believes Kang Jin is her dead son and Kang Jin goes along with it for 3 years) actually makes total sense in character context.

A few character ramblings on Kang Jin )

And while I am metaing all over the place, allow me also to meta about morality in the world of Chuno. I find it interesting that with the exception of Tae Ha (and potentially Un Nyun), no major character in the drama can lay claims to moral heroism, to a code of honor even, of any sort. They are all on a sliding scale of dark.



And this makes perfect sense - in a world not ruled by a fair and strict rules known in advance but whims of the powerful (everyone has someone who could snuff their life out so very easily) - the powerful who can decide that what was good yesterday is bad tomorrow - holding on to absolute moral principles is almost impossible and certainly entails some unbearable sacrifices. Morality is a luxury and if you want to succeed you have to follow not some abstract moral code but whatever the boss tells you is good. Free will is not really allowed.

Perhaps it's fitting that this drama is about slaves and slave-catchers because everyone in the world of Chuno, whether technically free or not, is actually a slave. See the peasants cringe at a mere hint of an official seal. Watch the minister casually tell Dae Gil that if he doesn't carry out his mission, he'd be dead in a month. See the nobles broken, imprisoned and tortured on a whim of a winning political faction. There is no true freedom to be had.

Lengthy rambles on morals and free will )
dangermousie: (Capital Scandal: excuse me)
So, Will It Snow On Christmas ended today.



And it's a happy ending. YES.

I held off watching it after ep 6 or so because I got a bit annoyed with then-upcoming plot developments (Go Soo's character got a little too self-made-martyr for my tastes) but also because I wanted to know what the ending was before emotionally committing.

Now I do, so forward I go, to slurp in Go Soo's delicious MANPAIN and this drama's general level of crazy.
dangermousie: (Capital Scandal: excuse me)
So, Will It Snow On Christmas ended today.



And it's a happy ending. YES.

I held off watching it after ep 6 or so because I got a bit annoyed with then-upcoming plot developments (Go Soo's character got a little too self-made-martyr for my tastes) but also because I wanted to know what the ending was before emotionally committing.

Now I do, so forward I go, to slurp in Go Soo's delicious MANPAIN and this drama's general level of crazy.
dangermousie: (Capital Scandal: excuse me)
So, Will It Snow On Christmas ended today.



And it's a happy ending. YES.

I held off watching it after ep 6 or so because I got a bit annoyed with then-upcoming plot developments (Go Soo's character got a little too self-made-martyr for my tastes) but also because I wanted to know what the ending was before emotionally committing.

Now I do, so forward I go, to slurp in Go Soo's delicious MANPAIN and this drama's general level of crazy.
dangermousie: (Dr Who: snog closeup by likestarlight)
The drama winter season is about to kick into full swing - January is full of goodies. Jdrama Wallflower, about an eccentric extreme goth and four pretty boys she befriends starts this Thursday. I love the source manga so even if I am not sure how well it will be adapted, I plan to check it out. And, of course, kdramas are the ones which preoccupy me, as always. Will It Snow for Christmas will continue it's well-made angst and melodrama this Wednesday. The Reputable Family has clearly become my first addicting drama of 2010 with its period love, rivalries and conspiracies (for once, they do not center on the court but on the merchant class - very refreshing). It has aired its first two episodes this Saturday and Sunday. And a whole slew of new dramas hit this week - both medical period drama Jejoongwon, about the first Western hospital in Korea, and romcom Pick the Stars, about an icy lawyer melted by burdened-by-orphaned siblings heroine, start Monday. My most anticipated of the year, Slave Hunters, starts this Wednesday, replacing my one true drama love IRIS, and hopefully will keep up the amazing KBS streak going. Two more dramas which start Monday are not really my thing - cooking romcom Pasta (I like the cast but find cooking-themed dramas boring) and teen manga adaptation Lord of Study (I am too old for it) but you never know. 2009 has been good to me, drama-wise. Hopefully 2010 will be as well.

I am, however, a bit in-between dramas - except for The Reputable Family and Will It Snow for Christmas, I am not really watching much. Yay for next week! But meanwhile I have checked out 1997 drama Beautiful My Lady - there are no subs but it's addicting and I craved old-fashioned romantic angst. My impressions are as follows:

(1) I like the heroine and (2) I have never seen Lee Byung Hun look that young!



(3) There is amazing kissing and romantic angst:



(4) And angsty bloody hugs:




(5) You know it's an old drama when people smoke on-screen:



And last point of this post, not connected to the others. I am still obsessed with IRIS and I love its cast. Here they are at the award ceremony.

Cut as is huge )
dangermousie: (Dr Who: snog closeup by likestarlight)
The drama winter season is about to kick into full swing - January is full of goodies. Jdrama Wallflower, about an eccentric extreme goth and four pretty boys she befriends starts this Thursday. I love the source manga so even if I am not sure how well it will be adapted, I plan to check it out. And, of course, kdramas are the ones which preoccupy me, as always. Will It Snow for Christmas will continue it's well-made angst and melodrama this Wednesday. The Reputable Family has clearly become my first addicting drama of 2010 with its period love, rivalries and conspiracies (for once, they do not center on the court but on the merchant class - very refreshing). It has aired its first two episodes this Saturday and Sunday. And a whole slew of new dramas hit this week - both medical period drama Jejoongwon, about the first Western hospital in Korea, and romcom Pick the Stars, about an icy lawyer melted by burdened-by-orphaned siblings heroine, start Monday. My most anticipated of the year, Slave Hunters, starts this Wednesday, replacing my one true drama love IRIS, and hopefully will keep up the amazing KBS streak going. Two more dramas which start Monday are not really my thing - cooking romcom Pasta (I like the cast but find cooking-themed dramas boring) and teen manga adaptation Lord of Study (I am too old for it) but you never know. 2009 has been good to me, drama-wise. Hopefully 2010 will be as well.

I am, however, a bit in-between dramas - except for The Reputable Family and Will It Snow for Christmas, I am not really watching much. Yay for next week! But meanwhile I have checked out 1997 drama Beautiful My Lady - there are no subs but it's addicting and I craved old-fashioned romantic angst. My impressions are as follows:

(1) I like the heroine and (2) I have never seen Lee Byung Hun look that young!



(3) There is amazing kissing and romantic angst:



(4) And angsty bloody hugs:




(5) You know it's an old drama when people smoke on-screen:



And last point of this post, not connected to the others. I am still obsessed with IRIS and I love its cast. Here they are at the award ceremony.

Cut as is huge )
dangermousie: (Dr Who: snog closeup by likestarlight)
The drama winter season is about to kick into full swing - January is full of goodies. Jdrama Wallflower, about an eccentric extreme goth and four pretty boys she befriends starts this Thursday. I love the source manga so even if I am not sure how well it will be adapted, I plan to check it out. And, of course, kdramas are the ones which preoccupy me, as always. Will It Snow for Christmas will continue it's well-made angst and melodrama this Wednesday. The Reputable Family has clearly become my first addicting drama of 2010 with its period love, rivalries and conspiracies (for once, they do not center on the court but on the merchant class - very refreshing). It has aired its first two episodes this Saturday and Sunday. And a whole slew of new dramas hit this week - both medical period drama Jejoongwon, about the first Western hospital in Korea, and romcom Pick the Stars, about an icy lawyer melted by burdened-by-orphaned siblings heroine, start Monday. My most anticipated of the year, Slave Hunters, starts this Wednesday, replacing my one true drama love IRIS, and hopefully will keep up the amazing KBS streak going. Two more dramas which start Monday are not really my thing - cooking romcom Pasta (I like the cast but find cooking-themed dramas boring) and teen manga adaptation Lord of Study (I am too old for it) but you never know. 2009 has been good to me, drama-wise. Hopefully 2010 will be as well.

I am, however, a bit in-between dramas - except for The Reputable Family and Will It Snow for Christmas, I am not really watching much. Yay for next week! But meanwhile I have checked out 1997 drama Beautiful My Lady - there are no subs but it's addicting and I craved old-fashioned romantic angst. My impressions are as follows:

(1) I like the heroine and (2) I have never seen Lee Byung Hun look that young!



(3) There is amazing kissing and romantic angst:



(4) And angsty bloody hugs:




(5) You know it's an old drama when people smoke on-screen:



And last point of this post, not connected to the others. I am still obsessed with IRIS and I love its cast. Here they are at the award ceremony.

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dangermousie: (IRIS by loubox)
I had yet another dream about IRIS ending. That's two nights in a row. Can you say obsessed?

I actually remembered this one pretty well - in it, there was incontrovertible evidence Seung Hee was an evil IRIS mastermind (said evidence was in form of teddybears - my subconscious is whack) so Hyun Joon had one awesome romantic evening with her and then shot her as per orders (clearly my subconscious is not keen on the likely - HJ isn't so good on orders and in any event would only kill her if she was a second away from blowing up the Universe). And then, in my dream, as he was sitting there with her body in his arms, all of a sudden someone came in who brought proof that all the evidence against Seung Hee was false after all, so Hyun Joon basically killed the woman he loved for nothing. Ummmm. Clearly I am confusing IRIS with (my favorite Indian movie ever) Omkara which had the most devastating final scene ever which basically went along the same lines. Well, at least whatever happens this week won't be as bad. Maybe I should write kdramas.

Now I am going to cheer self up with this:



Also, Lee Byung Hun, please don't let it be another 7 years between dramas! I couldn't stand it!

In other news, if you are not watching Will it snow for Christmas, why not?



A few more reasons )

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