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1. Is anyone else excited for just started period kdrama Princess Ja Myung Go? I am so excited, I can hardly wait! The only thing better than a Korean period drama (I have yet to see a bad one) is a woman-centric Korean period drama and this is it!



PJMG stars Jung Ryo Won as the title character, Park Min Young as her sister, Princess Nak-Rang, and Jung Kyung Ho as the object of both their affections and heir to an enemy kingdom, Prince Hodong (yes, that Hodong- the son of Song Il Gook's character from Kingdom of the Winds, which if you haven't seen btw, what are you doing, go watch!)

According to legend, 2000 years ago, the Kingdom of Nangang possessed a magical drum which would warn of invaders. But in this story, the 'drum' is the Princess Ja Myung - one of two daughters of the King. One daughter has been prophesied to save the kingdom and one to bring destruction, but which is which?



Watch PJNG to find kickass, strong women, awesome battle sequences and fights, and the most star-crossed forbidden love story since...I was going to say Romeo & Juliet, but let's face it, since the last angsty period kdrama! With the alternative title being 'The Story of Self Destruction' don't expect a happy ending though!

This can serve as a pretty awesome trailer:



2. I found my favorite scene from Lobbyist on line: Maria digging a bullet out of Harry with just a knife and a bottle of alcohol.



Lobbyist was a flawed drama that I really liked overall: Harry was a strong man who'd nonthelss sacrifice anything for Maria (the guy got hideously tortured for her, among other things!) and Maria was an even stronger woman, who could fight, bargain, and deal with the best of them. Oh, and the drama didn't view her as a slut for sleeping with a potential customer or supplier if that was what needed to get the deal - just hardbitten.

3. If you like your women without fighting abilities and somewhat more traditional but nontheless strong and awesome, how about the heroine of one of my favorite romantic dramas, Save the Last Dance for Me?

This shippy MV is so wonderful:



StLDfM is a drama that always always always makes me feel better - it's deceptively simple but so pitch perfect - in its romance, in its angst, in its happiness. And it's impossible not to love the two lead characters who are just such good people. Mmmm. Also, take note: an amnesia story done right, for once! The whole plot about them being in love and then his forgetting her and their life together, but slowly and almost unwillingly falling in love with her all over again? I cried. I squeed. I bawled and laughed and acted like a maniac throughout.

So, you go, awesome kdrama women!

Date: 2009-03-12 06:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] wingstodust.livejournal.com
*.* I'm super excited about Princess Ja Myung Go!! I just watched Part 1 of the first ep off viikii and am impatiently waiting for the rest of the episode gets subbed. *.*

Date: 2009-03-12 07:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dangermousie.livejournal.com
I am going to try to wait until the whole ep is subbed - so hard!

Date: 2009-03-13 04:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] wingstodust.livejournal.com
I knoooooowwwww, I keep checking the viikii site to see if they`re done yet... (They`re doing part 5 now!! *twitches impatiently* ToT)

Date: 2009-03-12 07:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cranberrysheep.livejournal.com
QUESTION: Do any historical kdramas have a happy ending? I've just recently started watching kdramas and Hong Gil Dong is the closest I've come to a historical drama.

Date: 2009-03-12 07:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dangermousie.livejournal.com
Capital scandal is one though, as you know :)

But if you mean with swords, yes, some. Do you want me to spoil you on which ones?

LJ NEEDS TO STOP EATING MY COMMENTS.

Date: 2009-03-12 07:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cranberrysheep.livejournal.com
I think of Capital Scandal as modern though. They had cars and everything. I'm talking super old-timey. So yeah, with swords :D

WAIT! I saw Legend too. Gosh, where is my brain today?

Yes, please spoil away.

Re: LJ NEEDS TO STOP EATING MY COMMENTS.

Date: 2009-03-12 08:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dangermousie.livejournal.com
In addition to Legend, let's see: off the top of my head, Da Jang Geum, Daemang and Strongest Chil Woo.

Mind you, I haven't seen dozens and dozens. Most of them don't have rocks falls everyone dies type of ending that HGD did (though some of my favorites do) but don't have outright happy endings either - i.e. OTP happy together, right king on the throne etc.

Re: LJ NEEDS TO STOP EATING MY COMMENTS.

Date: 2009-03-13 08:34 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] timescout.livejournal.com
Well, Daemang has a happy OTP ending plus a right king on the throne. ;)

Did you watch it btw?

Re: LJ NEEDS TO STOP EATING MY COMMENTS.

Date: 2009-03-13 02:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cranberrysheep.livejournal.com
Well, Daemang has a happy OTP ending plus a right king on the throne. ;)

That sounds right up my alley.

Re: LJ NEEDS TO STOP EATING MY COMMENTS.

Date: 2009-03-13 08:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] timescout.livejournal.com
There's enough angst to go around before that though.... but then, it wouldn't be kdrama without. ;P

It also has a Daddy Dearest in par with Darth Momma from BbF, obsessive big bro with sociopathic tendences, wonderful female characters and very cute, young Jang Hyuk as the male lead. Yeah, I rather liked this drama.... a lot. *g*

Re: LJ NEEDS TO STOP EATING MY COMMENTS.

Date: 2009-03-13 08:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dangermousie.livejournal.com
I plan to but haven't gotten to it - my list is a million drama long :(

I still need to finish Emperor of the Sea among the period dramas on my list, first - it has slavery, gladiators, and pirates.

Re: LJ NEEDS TO STOP EATING MY COMMENTS.

Date: 2009-03-13 09:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] timescout.livejournal.com
Yeah, my list never seems to get any shorter either. :(

I have to try and be stern and not add anything new before I've finished the ones I've already started! May well be an impossibility.....

Date: 2009-03-12 09:04 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] astrothsknot.livejournal.com
I'm going to have so much to watch in the summer!

Date: 2009-03-12 09:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dangermousie.livejournal.com
I am trying to catch up now but there is so much stuff out there!
Edited Date: 2009-03-12 09:15 pm (UTC)

Date: 2009-03-12 11:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] miss-dian.livejournal.com
Ah that Maria/Harry scene is so awesome. So convincing :D

Date: 2009-03-13 08:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dangermousie.livejournal.com
I so loved the otp in that one!

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