Mar. 25th, 2011

dangermousie: (Gloria - YS/DA walk by timescout)
Had a day from hell yesterday. Don't even get me started. Anyway.

While there are a number of summer kdramas I am looking forward to (Discovery of Love, Goodbye Miss Ripley, What's Up - though who knows when that one will air, Festival, Maids), none of them start any time soon. But there is one kdrama I anticipate which starts next week - Sat/Sun Can You Hear My Heart, starring Kim Jae Won and Hwang Jung Eum as a young man who hides his deafness and a young woman who hides her smarts, respectively. I adore both leads and they both have a similar sunny, warm, loveable vibe. I just want to give them hugs and sunshine is spontaneously created when they smile. So I am very excited. Plus, the trailer is adorable:



Jus look at the candy colors. Oh, and for those of us who were Giant afficionados, Daddy Satan, who spent a lot of his Giant time trying to wreck Hwang Jung Eum's life, is playing her loving, if simple-minded, father in this. Heh. Delicious.

On, and since we are talking about upcoming kdramas - I continue to be puzzled by City Hunter. Usually, if you buy rights to adapt a manga, you do so. It can be a faithful adaptation (like a lot of twdrama manga adaptations) or it can be a loose one (Kingdom of the Winds, Sapuri), but there is no doubt one can easily recognize the connection between source material and the drama. I mean, that is the whole point of buying the rights - so you wouldn't be hit with a copyright infringement suit. BUT. Whoever is making City Hunter bought the rights to the manga and then proceeded to adapt it so it has literally not a single resemblance, however minor, to the original! In fact, if not for the title, which the makers could easily change as it now has no relevance to the themes of the story, there is zero connection between the two. Forget winning a copyright infringement suit, it wouldn't even occur to rights holders to file one in the first place because there is nothing in common between the two. Why on earth did they buy the rights only to completely not use anything from the manga? Bizarre. This one is definitely not on my 'to watch' list, not because I am a manga purist (never read this particular title) but because the modified story sounds so dull - sort of like Powerful Opponents only, sorry, Lee Min Ho, you are not Lee Jong Hyuk.
dangermousie: (Gloria - YS/DA walk by timescout)
Had a day from hell yesterday. Don't even get me started. Anyway.

While there are a number of summer kdramas I am looking forward to (Discovery of Love, Goodbye Miss Ripley, What's Up - though who knows when that one will air, Festival, Maids), none of them start any time soon. But there is one kdrama I anticipate which starts next week - Sat/Sun Can You Hear My Heart, starring Kim Jae Won and Hwang Jung Eum as a young man who hides his deafness and a young woman who hides her smarts, respectively. I adore both leads and they both have a similar sunny, warm, loveable vibe. I just want to give them hugs and sunshine is spontaneously created when they smile. So I am very excited. Plus, the trailer is adorable:



Jus look at the candy colors. Oh, and for those of us who were Giant afficionados, Daddy Satan, who spent a lot of his Giant time trying to wreck Hwang Jung Eum's life, is playing her loving, if simple-minded, father in this. Heh. Delicious.

On, and since we are talking about upcoming kdramas - I continue to be puzzled by City Hunter. Usually, if you buy rights to adapt a manga, you do so. It can be a faithful adaptation (like a lot of twdrama manga adaptations) or it can be a loose one (Kingdom of the Winds, Sapuri), but there is no doubt one can easily recognize the connection between source material and the drama. I mean, that is the whole point of buying the rights - so you wouldn't be hit with a copyright infringement suit. BUT. Whoever is making City Hunter bought the rights to the manga and then proceeded to adapt it so it has literally not a single resemblance, however minor, to the original! In fact, if not for the title, which the makers could easily change as it now has no relevance to the themes of the story, there is zero connection between the two. Forget winning a copyright infringement suit, it wouldn't even occur to rights holders to file one in the first place because there is nothing in common between the two. Why on earth did they buy the rights only to completely not use anything from the manga? Bizarre. This one is definitely not on my 'to watch' list, not because I am a manga purist (never read this particular title) but because the modified story sounds so dull - sort of like Powerful Opponents only, sorry, Lee Min Ho, you are not Lee Jong Hyuk.
dangermousie: (Gloria - YS/DA walk by timescout)
Had a day from hell yesterday. Don't even get me started. Anyway.

While there are a number of summer kdramas I am looking forward to (Discovery of Love, Goodbye Miss Ripley, What's Up - though who knows when that one will air, Festival, Maids), none of them start any time soon. But there is one kdrama I anticipate which starts next week - Sat/Sun Can You Hear My Heart, starring Kim Jae Won and Hwang Jung Eum as a young man who hides his deafness and a young woman who hides her smarts, respectively. I adore both leads and they both have a similar sunny, warm, loveable vibe. I just want to give them hugs and sunshine is spontaneously created when they smile. So I am very excited. Plus, the trailer is adorable:



Jus look at the candy colors. Oh, and for those of us who were Giant afficionados, Daddy Satan, who spent a lot of his Giant time trying to wreck Hwang Jung Eum's life, is playing her loving, if simple-minded, father in this. Heh. Delicious.

On, and since we are talking about upcoming kdramas - I continue to be puzzled by City Hunter. Usually, if you buy rights to adapt a manga, you do so. It can be a faithful adaptation (like a lot of twdrama manga adaptations) or it can be a loose one (Kingdom of the Winds, Sapuri), but there is no doubt one can easily recognize the connection between source material and the drama. I mean, that is the whole point of buying the rights - so you wouldn't be hit with a copyright infringement suit. BUT. Whoever is making City Hunter bought the rights to the manga and then proceeded to adapt it so it has literally not a single resemblance, however minor, to the original! In fact, if not for the title, which the makers could easily change as it now has no relevance to the themes of the story, there is zero connection between the two. Forget winning a copyright infringement suit, it wouldn't even occur to rights holders to file one in the first place because there is nothing in common between the two. Why on earth did they buy the rights only to completely not use anything from the manga? Bizarre. This one is definitely not on my 'to watch' list, not because I am a manga purist (never read this particular title) but because the modified story sounds so dull - sort of like Powerful Opponents only, sorry, Lee Min Ho, you are not Lee Jong Hyuk.
dangermousie: (Pick the Stars: facepalm by meganbmoore)
(thanks to [livejournal.com profile] ockoala for the heads-up)!

Yu Zheng apparently recently announced a new drama, called The Emperor's Beauties and this has caused a perfect storm of conflict within yours truly.

On one hand, Yu Zheng's dramas, whatever you may think of his 'borrowing' tendencies, are (1) incredibly lavish and lush and gorgeous-looking, and (2) completely addictive and, if Jade Palace Lock Heart, Four Women Conflict, and Schemes of Beauty, made completely to my specs.

Plus, this particular drama will center around Xiang Yu, the warlord who overthrew the Qin Empire but eventually lost to Liu Bang, who founded the Han Empire. With the two female leads being Empress Lu, Liu Bang's smart and ruthless wife, and Consort Yu, Xiang Yu's legendary star-crossed OTP. Xiang Yu and his OTP are my favorite ever drama secondary OTP (in The Myth) so a whole drama centered around them is heaven. And the time period is complex and interesting.

So why am I not jumping around in glee and screaming my joy?

The cast.

Oh, God, the cast. It's like my perfect drama wrapped in my perfect nightmare cast.

Apparently, casting Ming Dao as the lead in a JPLH-but-not-really movie wasn't a fluke. It seems Yu Zheng has glommed onto his next leading man and that man is Ming Dao. Why? Why????? The man is ugly, can't act, has no on-screen charisma, and projects a vibe that makes me want to smack him. I've tried dramas with him repeatedly and in every single one I ended up wanting to put my fist through the screen. He's one of only two male actors who are on my automatic "will not watch, no matter what else is in play" list (the other one being Ryu Shiwon). Oh, and he has insane fangirls who think if his character attempts to rape another character it's OK because he's hot.

I also really dislike Chen Qiao En, who's been cast as Empress Lu (bzuh? How a life of playing a shrill idiot in OTT romcoms prepare you for the role I have no idea), but this bugs me less because Empress Lu has traditionally been portrayed as blood-thirsty, cruel and pretty evil. So at least my feelings of dislike for the actress might actually help me enjoy the performance. But Ming Dao is playing the freaking hero!

Consort Yu is still not cast, but by this point they could cast Yang Mi or Fan Bing Bing or even Crystal Liu, and I still won't care because it would be hard to overcome the above combination.

Why why why, Yu Zheng?

If this is the drama Feng Shao Feng turned down, pissing off YZ in the process, I am going to tear out my hair.
dangermousie: (Pick the Stars: facepalm by meganbmoore)
(thanks to [livejournal.com profile] ockoala for the heads-up)!

Yu Zheng apparently recently announced a new drama, called The Emperor's Beauties and this has caused a perfect storm of conflict within yours truly.

On one hand, Yu Zheng's dramas, whatever you may think of his 'borrowing' tendencies, are (1) incredibly lavish and lush and gorgeous-looking, and (2) completely addictive and, if Jade Palace Lock Heart, Four Women Conflict, and Schemes of Beauty, made completely to my specs.

Plus, this particular drama will center around Xiang Yu, the warlord who overthrew the Qin Empire but eventually lost to Liu Bang, who founded the Han Empire. With the two female leads being Empress Lu, Liu Bang's smart and ruthless wife, and Consort Yu, Xiang Yu's legendary star-crossed OTP. Xiang Yu and his OTP are my favorite ever drama secondary OTP (in The Myth) so a whole drama centered around them is heaven. And the time period is complex and interesting.

So why am I not jumping around in glee and screaming my joy?

The cast.

Oh, God, the cast. It's like my perfect drama wrapped in my perfect nightmare cast.

Apparently, casting Ming Dao as the lead in a JPLH-but-not-really movie wasn't a fluke. It seems Yu Zheng has glommed onto his next leading man and that man is Ming Dao. Why? Why????? The man is ugly, can't act, has no on-screen charisma, and projects a vibe that makes me want to smack him. I've tried dramas with him repeatedly and in every single one I ended up wanting to put my fist through the screen. He's one of only two male actors who are on my automatic "will not watch, no matter what else is in play" list (the other one being Ryu Shiwon). Oh, and he has insane fangirls who think if his character attempts to rape another character it's OK because he's hot.

I also really dislike Chen Qiao En, who's been cast as Empress Lu (bzuh? How a life of playing a shrill idiot in OTT romcoms prepare you for the role I have no idea), but this bugs me less because Empress Lu has traditionally been portrayed as blood-thirsty, cruel and pretty evil. So at least my feelings of dislike for the actress might actually help me enjoy the performance. But Ming Dao is playing the freaking hero!

Consort Yu is still not cast, but by this point they could cast Yang Mi or Fan Bing Bing or even Crystal Liu, and I still won't care because it would be hard to overcome the above combination.

Why why why, Yu Zheng?

If this is the drama Feng Shao Feng turned down, pissing off YZ in the process, I am going to tear out my hair.
dangermousie: (Pick the Stars: facepalm by meganbmoore)
(thanks to [livejournal.com profile] ockoala for the heads-up)!

Yu Zheng apparently recently announced a new drama, called The Emperor's Beauties and this has caused a perfect storm of conflict within yours truly.

On one hand, Yu Zheng's dramas, whatever you may think of his 'borrowing' tendencies, are (1) incredibly lavish and lush and gorgeous-looking, and (2) completely addictive and, if Jade Palace Lock Heart, Four Women Conflict, and Schemes of Beauty, made completely to my specs.

Plus, this particular drama will center around Xiang Yu, the warlord who overthrew the Qin Empire but eventually lost to Liu Bang, who founded the Han Empire. With the two female leads being Empress Lu, Liu Bang's smart and ruthless wife, and Consort Yu, Xiang Yu's legendary star-crossed OTP. Xiang Yu and his OTP are my favorite ever drama secondary OTP (in The Myth) so a whole drama centered around them is heaven. And the time period is complex and interesting.

So why am I not jumping around in glee and screaming my joy?

The cast.

Oh, God, the cast. It's like my perfect drama wrapped in my perfect nightmare cast.

Apparently, casting Ming Dao as the lead in a JPLH-but-not-really movie wasn't a fluke. It seems Yu Zheng has glommed onto his next leading man and that man is Ming Dao. Why? Why????? The man is ugly, can't act, has no on-screen charisma, and projects a vibe that makes me want to smack him. I've tried dramas with him repeatedly and in every single one I ended up wanting to put my fist through the screen. He's one of only two male actors who are on my automatic "will not watch, no matter what else is in play" list (the other one being Ryu Shiwon). Oh, and he has insane fangirls who think if his character attempts to rape another character it's OK because he's hot.

I also really dislike Chen Qiao En, who's been cast as Empress Lu (bzuh? How a life of playing a shrill idiot in OTT romcoms prepare you for the role I have no idea), but this bugs me less because Empress Lu has traditionally been portrayed as blood-thirsty, cruel and pretty evil. So at least my feelings of dislike for the actress might actually help me enjoy the performance. But Ming Dao is playing the freaking hero!

Consort Yu is still not cast, but by this point they could cast Yang Mi or Fan Bing Bing or even Crystal Liu, and I still won't care because it would be hard to overcome the above combination.

Why why why, Yu Zheng?

If this is the drama Feng Shao Feng turned down, pissing off YZ in the process, I am going to tear out my hair.
dangermousie: (Default)
Yes, the subject line refers to Schemes of a Beauty. More specifically, the conversation Lady Assassin/General have in ep 8, where she tells him that when he was binding her wound he saw her breasts and in her culture it means she's now his wife.

Bwuh??????????? Guys who go to hookers must then have a lot of wives.

Also, she uses the fact that he doesn't immediately jump to marry her as proof that despite his "to me, all lives are important" he still cares about status. Once again, bwuh? I think (a) he doesn't know you at all and I am sure that is giving him as much pause as any status issue (b) it's not as if he stipped you to leer at you. Plus he had no idea of your weird customs (c) caring about lives is still not the same as seeing everyone as good enough to be your spouse. I care about the crazy homeless guy at the corner in the sense of not wanting him dead and wanting him to have food and a place to live, doesn't mean I want to marry him.

Anyway, as you can tell, I am working my way through SoaB.

I admit I am not too interested in the main character - she's too perfect in her scheming (for evil Dowager Empress, no less, boo!!!) and not damaged enough. Plus, is it me or does she look older than her supposed OTP? (Which is fine, but a bit odd for a period drama).

But I continue to ship assassin/general rabidly. Now, talk about a tough yet messed-up heroine and hot OTP. Both times they met involved swords and wounds, too. And she's using/manipulating him only she's starting to fall for him. Mmmmmm. I sort of want to have a cut with just their scenes. As it is, I skip to them.
dangermousie: (Default)
Yes, the subject line refers to Schemes of a Beauty. More specifically, the conversation Lady Assassin/General have in ep 8, where she tells him that when he was binding her wound he saw her breasts and in her culture it means she's now his wife.

Bwuh??????????? Guys who go to hookers must then have a lot of wives.

Also, she uses the fact that he doesn't immediately jump to marry her as proof that despite his "to me, all lives are important" he still cares about status. Once again, bwuh? I think (a) he doesn't know you at all and I am sure that is giving him as much pause as any status issue (b) it's not as if he stipped you to leer at you. Plus he had no idea of your weird customs (c) caring about lives is still not the same as seeing everyone as good enough to be your spouse. I care about the crazy homeless guy at the corner in the sense of not wanting him dead and wanting him to have food and a place to live, doesn't mean I want to marry him.

Anyway, as you can tell, I am working my way through SoaB.

I admit I am not too interested in the main character - she's too perfect in her scheming (for evil Dowager Empress, no less, boo!!!) and not damaged enough. Plus, is it me or does she look older than her supposed OTP? (Which is fine, but a bit odd for a period drama).

But I continue to ship assassin/general rabidly. Now, talk about a tough yet messed-up heroine and hot OTP. Both times they met involved swords and wounds, too. And she's using/manipulating him only she's starting to fall for him. Mmmmmm. I sort of want to have a cut with just their scenes. As it is, I skip to them.
dangermousie: (Default)
Yes, the subject line refers to Schemes of a Beauty. More specifically, the conversation Lady Assassin/General have in ep 8, where she tells him that when he was binding her wound he saw her breasts and in her culture it means she's now his wife.

Bwuh??????????? Guys who go to hookers must then have a lot of wives.

Also, she uses the fact that he doesn't immediately jump to marry her as proof that despite his "to me, all lives are important" he still cares about status. Once again, bwuh? I think (a) he doesn't know you at all and I am sure that is giving him as much pause as any status issue (b) it's not as if he stipped you to leer at you. Plus he had no idea of your weird customs (c) caring about lives is still not the same as seeing everyone as good enough to be your spouse. I care about the crazy homeless guy at the corner in the sense of not wanting him dead and wanting him to have food and a place to live, doesn't mean I want to marry him.

Anyway, as you can tell, I am working my way through SoaB.

I admit I am not too interested in the main character - she's too perfect in her scheming (for evil Dowager Empress, no less, boo!!!) and not damaged enough. Plus, is it me or does she look older than her supposed OTP? (Which is fine, but a bit odd for a period drama).

But I continue to ship assassin/general rabidly. Now, talk about a tough yet messed-up heroine and hot OTP. Both times they met involved swords and wounds, too. And she's using/manipulating him only she's starting to fall for him. Mmmmmm. I sort of want to have a cut with just their scenes. As it is, I skip to them.
dangermousie: (Default)
OK, am on ep 11 of Schemes of a Beauty and find myself in an odd position of enjoying the drama without being emotionally invested.

Probably because I dislike every female character in this because they are all duplicitous, scheming, power-hungry, and use people in their lives and the male characters aren't prominent enough to compensate (and plenty of them are schemers too).

I mean, I can't really ship an OTP if one half of it is using the other to further her spying schmes, specially since they are spies for Devil Incarnate (speaking of, I am confused what happened to Empress Lu's son. She killed the impostor and said Empy was dead but what did the real Emperor do?). Seriously. Just no. Though that doesn't mitigate my desire to stab heroine's husband in the eye. Sure, you guys have a fight and you are mad at her because you think she used you, so without giving her a chance to explain you send her to a Buddhist monastery for a while? Frell you. It's one thing if he knew she was a spy but he doesn't. ETA: oh, it was a ruse to protect her on his part. OK, then.

Blah, they should all drown, except assassin/general even though assassin is using him so I am currently not too keen on her either.

I like this less than JPLH or FWC because it doesn't have any characters I truly root for.
dangermousie: (Default)
OK, am on ep 11 of Schemes of a Beauty and find myself in an odd position of enjoying the drama without being emotionally invested.

Probably because I dislike every female character in this because they are all duplicitous, scheming, power-hungry, and use people in their lives and the male characters aren't prominent enough to compensate (and plenty of them are schemers too).

I mean, I can't really ship an OTP if one half of it is using the other to further her spying schmes, specially since they are spies for Devil Incarnate (speaking of, I am confused what happened to Empress Lu's son. She killed the impostor and said Empy was dead but what did the real Emperor do?). Seriously. Just no. Though that doesn't mitigate my desire to stab heroine's husband in the eye. Sure, you guys have a fight and you are mad at her because you think she used you, so without giving her a chance to explain you send her to a Buddhist monastery for a while? Frell you. It's one thing if he knew she was a spy but he doesn't. ETA: oh, it was a ruse to protect her on his part. OK, then.

Blah, they should all drown, except assassin/general even though assassin is using him so I am currently not too keen on her either.

I like this less than JPLH or FWC because it doesn't have any characters I truly root for.
dangermousie: (Default)
OK, am on ep 11 of Schemes of a Beauty and find myself in an odd position of enjoying the drama without being emotionally invested.

Probably because I dislike every female character in this because they are all duplicitous, scheming, power-hungry, and use people in their lives and the male characters aren't prominent enough to compensate (and plenty of them are schemers too).

I mean, I can't really ship an OTP if one half of it is using the other to further her spying schmes, specially since they are spies for Devil Incarnate (speaking of, I am confused what happened to Empress Lu's son. She killed the impostor and said Empy was dead but what did the real Emperor do?). Seriously. Just no. Though that doesn't mitigate my desire to stab heroine's husband in the eye. Sure, you guys have a fight and you are mad at her because you think she used you, so without giving her a chance to explain you send her to a Buddhist monastery for a while? Frell you. It's one thing if he knew she was a spy but he doesn't. ETA: oh, it was a ruse to protect her on his part. OK, then.

Blah, they should all drown, except assassin/general even though assassin is using him so I am currently not too keen on her either.

I like this less than JPLH or FWC because it doesn't have any characters I truly root for.

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