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Seeing that I gritted my teeth through most of ep 7 with extreme fast-forwarding, motivated by a bizarre sense of duty, I think it's time to call it quits.

The fish-out-of-water humor is gone and nothing I like replaced it. I find family and business and whose-mother-is-that entirely tedious (the mother mess is likely what was the final strike), the teletubbies somehow got dull, and even the only two characters I previously liked - the leads - are now boring me. Plus, I have to face that while Yoochun and HJM had plenty of chemistry with costars elsewhere, there is close to nada here.

Oh well, Queen Inhyun's Man is about to start so maybe I will have a time-travel replacement.


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Even though I haven't seen ep 7 yet (still travelling, ergo haven't gotten to replies or other committments, sorry), have the preview for ep 8, which is the only spoiler I've allowed myself:



Somehow, against all odds, it is Love Rain that ended up being my favorite among the current crop, the one I obsess over and cannot wait for and dream about (the last one is pathetic but true).

I am almost as invested in In Ha and Yoon Hee, older but still loving, as I am in Jun and Hana, who are hitting all my romance tropes out of the park. Two very different sets of lovers (you can so see the young In Ha and Yoon Hee in their older selves) in one drama. What more can a girl ask for?
dangermousie: (CH: YS gun by meganbmoore)
Even though I haven't seen ep 7 yet (still travelling, ergo haven't gotten to replies or other committments, sorry), have the preview for ep 8, which is the only spoiler I've allowed myself:



Somehow, against all odds, it is Love Rain that ended up being my favorite among the current crop, the one I obsess over and cannot wait for and dream about (the last one is pathetic but true).

I am almost as invested in In Ha and Yoon Hee, older but still loving, as I am in Jun and Hana, who are hitting all my romance tropes out of the park. Two very different sets of lovers (you can so see the young In Ha and Yoon Hee in their older selves) in one drama. What more can a girl ask for?
dangermousie: (CH: YS gun by meganbmoore)
Even though I haven't seen ep 7 yet (still travelling, ergo haven't gotten to replies or other committments, sorry), have the preview for ep 8, which is the only spoiler I've allowed myself:



Somehow, against all odds, it is Love Rain that ended up being my favorite among the current crop, the one I obsess over and cannot wait for and dream about (the last one is pathetic but true).

I am almost as invested in In Ha and Yoon Hee, older but still loving, as I am in Jun and Hana, who are hitting all my romance tropes out of the park. Two very different sets of lovers (you can so see the young In Ha and Yoon Hee in their older selves) in one drama. What more can a girl ask for?
dangermousie: (B&W Chen Lin by scanky_chops)
Apparently, while both Rooftop Prince and King 2 Hearts preempted their episodes yesterday due to election (The Equator Man kept its normal schedule), only K2H is showing double the eps today. RP is only showing ep 7 because ep 8 is not yet ready (they are filming this close to the air date? Already?! Not good). So just FYI.

I confess that I am fine with it. If the situation was reversed and K2H was the one which only had one ep, I'd be tearing out my hair, but while I like RP, it doesn't ignite any passionate attachment in me so...eh.

Have a K2H MV from AyaChan. She used to make amazing City Hunter MVs and I am glad to see she's just as good now:

dangermousie: (B&W Chen Lin by scanky_chops)
Apparently, while both Rooftop Prince and King 2 Hearts preempted their episodes yesterday due to election (The Equator Man kept its normal schedule), only K2H is showing double the eps today. RP is only showing ep 7 because ep 8 is not yet ready (they are filming this close to the air date? Already?! Not good). So just FYI.

I confess that I am fine with it. If the situation was reversed and K2H was the one which only had one ep, I'd be tearing out my hair, but while I like RP, it doesn't ignite any passionate attachment in me so...eh.

Have a K2H MV from AyaChan. She used to make amazing City Hunter MVs and I am glad to see she's just as good now:

dangermousie: (B&W Chen Lin by scanky_chops)
Apparently, while both Rooftop Prince and King 2 Hearts preempted their episodes yesterday due to election (The Equator Man kept its normal schedule), only K2H is showing double the eps today. RP is only showing ep 7 because ep 8 is not yet ready (they are filming this close to the air date? Already?! Not good). So just FYI.

I confess that I am fine with it. If the situation was reversed and K2H was the one which only had one ep, I'd be tearing out my hair, but while I like RP, it doesn't ignite any passionate attachment in me so...eh.

Have a K2H MV from AyaChan. She used to make amazing City Hunter MVs and I am glad to see she's just as good now:

dangermousie: (Chuno - hands by alexandral)
These episodes switch the focus from the 1970s to the present, from muted soft colors of the fall to the crisp clean colors of the winter.




I loved this drama from the first minute of the first episode, but it was with this week's episode that I became truly obsessed, upset that I didn't have all the episodes to marathon at once. We've left the dreamlike world with its shy, almost mute lovers and are now in the less charmed present - everything has acquired sharp edges - the characters, the relationships, even the cinematography that sometimes makes this feel like an indie movie. In Ha and Yoon Hee were the nostalgic dream but Jun and Hana are the present, the reality, people I can see passing by on the street. He's an impatient cynic who has little interest in love, his dreamer tendencies hidden, and it makes his utter helpless smitten state with Hana and refusal to process it, even more delicious. She is quirky, hot-tempered and blunt. In Ha's and Yoon Hee's relationship was simple, straightforward - all that stood between them was their desire not to hurt their friends - the relationship itself was pure and uncomplicated. But this won't be the case with Hana and Jun. JGS and Yoona give great performances - I see them as entirely different in this incarnation than in the past. YSH knows how to get the best out of his actors.

But you know what? Even with the modernity with its complexities and guardedness ever-present, this is still swoonily romantic - the most romantic thing I've seen all year. Nobody does the feeling of love the way YSH dramas so.

Lots of caps of gorgeousness )

I need the next ep asap.
dangermousie: (Chuno - hands by alexandral)
These episodes switch the focus from the 1970s to the present, from muted soft colors of the fall to the crisp clean colors of the winter.




I loved this drama from the first minute of the first episode, but it was with this week's episode that I became truly obsessed, upset that I didn't have all the episodes to marathon at once. We've left the dreamlike world with its shy, almost mute lovers and are now in the less charmed present - everything has acquired sharp edges - the characters, the relationships, even the cinematography that sometimes makes this feel like an indie movie. In Ha and Yoon Hee were the nostalgic dream but Jun and Hana are the present, the reality, people I can see passing by on the street. He's an impatient cynic who has little interest in love, his dreamer tendencies hidden, and it makes his utter helpless smitten state with Hana and refusal to process it, even more delicious. She is quirky, hot-tempered and blunt. In Ha's and Yoon Hee's relationship was simple, straightforward - all that stood between them was their desire not to hurt their friends - the relationship itself was pure and uncomplicated. But this won't be the case with Hana and Jun. JGS and Yoona give great performances - I see them as entirely different in this incarnation than in the past. YSH knows how to get the best out of his actors.

But you know what? Even with the modernity with its complexities and guardedness ever-present, this is still swoonily romantic - the most romantic thing I've seen all year. Nobody does the feeling of love the way YSH dramas so.

Lots of caps of gorgeousness )

I need the next ep asap.
dangermousie: (Chuno - hands by alexandral)
These episodes switch the focus from the 1970s to the present, from muted soft colors of the fall to the crisp clean colors of the winter.




I loved this drama from the first minute of the first episode, but it was with this week's episode that I became truly obsessed, upset that I didn't have all the episodes to marathon at once. We've left the dreamlike world with its shy, almost mute lovers and are now in the less charmed present - everything has acquired sharp edges - the characters, the relationships, even the cinematography that sometimes makes this feel like an indie movie. In Ha and Yoon Hee were the nostalgic dream but Jun and Hana are the present, the reality, people I can see passing by on the street. He's an impatient cynic who has little interest in love, his dreamer tendencies hidden, and it makes his utter helpless smitten state with Hana and refusal to process it, even more delicious. She is quirky, hot-tempered and blunt. In Ha's and Yoon Hee's relationship was simple, straightforward - all that stood between them was their desire not to hurt their friends - the relationship itself was pure and uncomplicated. But this won't be the case with Hana and Jun. JGS and Yoona give great performances - I see them as entirely different in this incarnation than in the past. YSH knows how to get the best out of his actors.

But you know what? Even with the modernity with its complexities and guardedness ever-present, this is still swoonily romantic - the most romantic thing I've seen all year. Nobody does the feeling of love the way YSH dramas so.

Lots of caps of gorgeousness )

I need the next ep asap.
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Proper post with a million caps coming, but I just wanted to say that with episodes 5 and 6, Love Rain went from being gorgeous to something I am rabidly obsessed about. Sorry, K2H, I still love you, but you have been dethroned as my favorite airing drama.

Perfect. Seriously seriously perfect.


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Proper post with a million caps coming, but I just wanted to say that with episodes 5 and 6, Love Rain went from being gorgeous to something I am rabidly obsessed about. Sorry, K2H, I still love you, but you have been dethroned as my favorite airing drama.

Perfect. Seriously seriously perfect.


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dangermousie: (Default)
Proper post with a million caps coming, but I just wanted to say that with episodes 5 and 6, Love Rain went from being gorgeous to something I am rabidly obsessed about. Sorry, K2H, I still love you, but you have been dethroned as my favorite airing drama.

Perfect. Seriously seriously perfect.


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dangermousie: (CH: YS in bed by meganbmoore)


Larger version )

Just look at this gorgeous poster for Queen In Hyun's Man which is set to air in less than two weeks (the title makes me think of an odd mix between Queen In Soo and Princess' Man :P) With every promo teaser and artwork, my interest in this gets bigger and bigger. The fact that this is on tvN, a network that has so far done some amazing dramas, and that is has the unusual premise in which our hero, a Joseon scholar, travels back and forth in time, and I am rabid.

Time travel seems the theme du jour in kdramas this year (I wonder if the recent Mainland time travel successes like Bu Bu Jing Xin and Gong had anything to do with it). We have four this year, which brings the amount of time-travel kdramas in the totality of kdrama existence to five. Yes, this year alone, we have four times as many time-travel kdramas as we did in all the years before. In addition to Queen In Hyun's Man, we have Rooftop Prince, which is currently airing (and is adorable and fluffy if not particularly memorable), and the upcoming Timeslip Doctor Jin, which is based on the same manga that brought us the amazing jdrama JIN (I am curious but iffy about this one because the original was so steeped in Japanese history, they will have to drastically redo it. Not to mention that I love Song Seung Heon, but a great actor he is not, unlike Osawa Takao, who played the role in the jdrama) and Faith, about a female doctor who travels to Gogureyo, which I am preobsessed about because it's written by the writer of Eyes of Dawn, Sandglass, Legend, Slingshot and What's Up (i.e., she who can do no wrong) and directed by her frequent collaborator who directed EoD, Sandglass and Legend). Plus, it stars Lee Min Ho as a warrior (in his first sageuk RAWRRRRR) and Kim Hee Sun as the doctor (I like her and, even though as a rule am not fond of noona romances, it makes perfect sense here as a doctor is unlikely to be 22 and back in the past, people matured and advanced up the war ladder quicker because short lifespan).
dangermousie: (CH: YS in bed by meganbmoore)


Larger version )

Just look at this gorgeous poster for Queen In Hyun's Man which is set to air in less than two weeks (the title makes me think of an odd mix between Queen In Soo and Princess' Man :P) With every promo teaser and artwork, my interest in this gets bigger and bigger. The fact that this is on tvN, a network that has so far done some amazing dramas, and that is has the unusual premise in which our hero, a Joseon scholar, travels back and forth in time, and I am rabid.

Time travel seems the theme du jour in kdramas this year (I wonder if the recent Mainland time travel successes like Bu Bu Jing Xin and Gong had anything to do with it). We have four this year, which brings the amount of time-travel kdramas in the totality of kdrama existence to five. Yes, this year alone, we have four times as many time-travel kdramas as we did in all the years before. In addition to Queen In Hyun's Man, we have Rooftop Prince, which is currently airing (and is adorable and fluffy if not particularly memorable), and the upcoming Timeslip Doctor Jin, which is based on the same manga that brought us the amazing jdrama JIN (I am curious but iffy about this one because the original was so steeped in Japanese history, they will have to drastically redo it. Not to mention that I love Song Seung Heon, but a great actor he is not, unlike Osawa Takao, who played the role in the jdrama) and Faith, about a female doctor who travels to Gogureyo, which I am preobsessed about because it's written by the writer of Eyes of Dawn, Sandglass, Legend, Slingshot and What's Up (i.e., she who can do no wrong) and directed by her frequent collaborator who directed EoD, Sandglass and Legend). Plus, it stars Lee Min Ho as a warrior (in his first sageuk RAWRRRRR) and Kim Hee Sun as the doctor (I like her and, even though as a rule am not fond of noona romances, it makes perfect sense here as a doctor is unlikely to be 22 and back in the past, people matured and advanced up the war ladder quicker because short lifespan).
dangermousie: (CH: YS in bed by meganbmoore)


Larger version )

Just look at this gorgeous poster for Queen In Hyun's Man which is set to air in less than two weeks (the title makes me think of an odd mix between Queen In Soo and Princess' Man :P) With every promo teaser and artwork, my interest in this gets bigger and bigger. The fact that this is on tvN, a network that has so far done some amazing dramas, and that is has the unusual premise in which our hero, a Joseon scholar, travels back and forth in time, and I am rabid.

Time travel seems the theme du jour in kdramas this year (I wonder if the recent Mainland time travel successes like Bu Bu Jing Xin and Gong had anything to do with it). We have four this year, which brings the amount of time-travel kdramas in the totality of kdrama existence to five. Yes, this year alone, we have four times as many time-travel kdramas as we did in all the years before. In addition to Queen In Hyun's Man, we have Rooftop Prince, which is currently airing (and is adorable and fluffy if not particularly memorable), and the upcoming Timeslip Doctor Jin, which is based on the same manga that brought us the amazing jdrama JIN (I am curious but iffy about this one because the original was so steeped in Japanese history, they will have to drastically redo it. Not to mention that I love Song Seung Heon, but a great actor he is not, unlike Osawa Takao, who played the role in the jdrama) and Faith, about a female doctor who travels to Gogureyo, which I am preobsessed about because it's written by the writer of Eyes of Dawn, Sandglass, Legend, Slingshot and What's Up (i.e., she who can do no wrong) and directed by her frequent collaborator who directed EoD, Sandglass and Legend). Plus, it stars Lee Min Ho as a warrior (in his first sageuk RAWRRRRR) and Kim Hee Sun as the doctor (I like her and, even though as a rule am not fond of noona romances, it makes perfect sense here as a doctor is unlikely to be 22 and back in the past, people matured and advanced up the war ladder quicker because short lifespan).
dangermousie: (BSG: Kara/Sam by cmack_icons)
I confess my interest in Rooftop Prince is beginning to wane. I am currently managing to keep up with 4 airing dramas (all three W/Th dramas and Love Rain) but I am about to add Hero to the list and try to catch up on God of War and if I will find that I need to drop one, RP will probably be the one. It's a cute, sweet drama but it's darling fluff and I am constitutionally unable to be fully invested in a fluffy drama to the extent I prefer other kinds.

This said, the sequence at the end of ep 5 was adorable.

Sequence in question )

Also, Yoochun looks about 200x hotter with that modern haircut and a smile (though he looked fine in Joseon garb) and I am excited Park Ha finally remembered the truth about Sena. Now if only she conveys said truth to Princey.

Episodes 5 and 6 of TEM gave me shivers. This drama's cat-and-mouse game is more overt than that of Mawang but not any less tense, smart and satisfying. Jang Il is such an utter black hole of moral failure. I'd almost say that his being the way he is would be sufficient punishment, except the hell that he plunged Sun Woo into deserves a more bloody repayment.




Luckily Sun Woo agrees with me. The scene above was perfect. I love that he remembers every bit of what happened but is pretending not to - his cat and mouse with Jang Il keeps me on the edge of my seat (JI, btw, still clearly manifests that he'd have no second thoughts about committing another murder if he had to. In trying to kill Sun Woo, he also killed any hope of a worthy future for himself).



Ji Wan and Sun Woo are the sole ray of sunshine in the story and I ship them in part because of that, but also because I know how much it would devastate Jang Il. In your face, soulless psycho!
dangermousie: (BSG: Kara/Sam by cmack_icons)
I confess my interest in Rooftop Prince is beginning to wane. I am currently managing to keep up with 4 airing dramas (all three W/Th dramas and Love Rain) but I am about to add Hero to the list and try to catch up on God of War and if I will find that I need to drop one, RP will probably be the one. It's a cute, sweet drama but it's darling fluff and I am constitutionally unable to be fully invested in a fluffy drama to the extent I prefer other kinds.

This said, the sequence at the end of ep 5 was adorable.

Sequence in question )

Also, Yoochun looks about 200x hotter with that modern haircut and a smile (though he looked fine in Joseon garb) and I am excited Park Ha finally remembered the truth about Sena. Now if only she conveys said truth to Princey.

Episodes 5 and 6 of TEM gave me shivers. This drama's cat-and-mouse game is more overt than that of Mawang but not any less tense, smart and satisfying. Jang Il is such an utter black hole of moral failure. I'd almost say that his being the way he is would be sufficient punishment, except the hell that he plunged Sun Woo into deserves a more bloody repayment.




Luckily Sun Woo agrees with me. The scene above was perfect. I love that he remembers every bit of what happened but is pretending not to - his cat and mouse with Jang Il keeps me on the edge of my seat (JI, btw, still clearly manifests that he'd have no second thoughts about committing another murder if he had to. In trying to kill Sun Woo, he also killed any hope of a worthy future for himself).



Ji Wan and Sun Woo are the sole ray of sunshine in the story and I ship them in part because of that, but also because I know how much it would devastate Jang Il. In your face, soulless psycho!
dangermousie: (BSG: Kara/Sam by cmack_icons)
I confess my interest in Rooftop Prince is beginning to wane. I am currently managing to keep up with 4 airing dramas (all three W/Th dramas and Love Rain) but I am about to add Hero to the list and try to catch up on God of War and if I will find that I need to drop one, RP will probably be the one. It's a cute, sweet drama but it's darling fluff and I am constitutionally unable to be fully invested in a fluffy drama to the extent I prefer other kinds.

This said, the sequence at the end of ep 5 was adorable.

Sequence in question )

Also, Yoochun looks about 200x hotter with that modern haircut and a smile (though he looked fine in Joseon garb) and I am excited Park Ha finally remembered the truth about Sena. Now if only she conveys said truth to Princey.

Episodes 5 and 6 of TEM gave me shivers. This drama's cat-and-mouse game is more overt than that of Mawang but not any less tense, smart and satisfying. Jang Il is such an utter black hole of moral failure. I'd almost say that his being the way he is would be sufficient punishment, except the hell that he plunged Sun Woo into deserves a more bloody repayment.




Luckily Sun Woo agrees with me. The scene above was perfect. I love that he remembers every bit of what happened but is pretending not to - his cat and mouse with Jang Il keeps me on the edge of my seat (JI, btw, still clearly manifests that he'd have no second thoughts about committing another murder if he had to. In trying to kill Sun Woo, he also killed any hope of a worthy future for himself).



Ji Wan and Sun Woo are the sole ray of sunshine in the story and I ship them in part because of that, but also because I know how much it would devastate Jang Il. In your face, soulless psycho!
dangermousie: (Goong beach by autumn_yaar)


People may disagree about how well YSH's narrative flows and how much it touches you (he is one of those who has passionate fans and mocking haters, with very few people in-between), but I cannot believe anyone would quibble with the fact that his dramas are probably the most-beautifully filmed dramas out there. To go from Love Rain to any other drama currently airing (even those I love like K2H and TEM) is to notice how inferior their (excellent by any other standard) cinematography is in comparison. Other dramas have good cinematography. YSH's dramas are poetry in motion. Literally any shot in any episode can be framed as a painting. In a way, he reminds me of Sanjay Leela Bhansali, another very idiosyncratic film-maker devoted to beauty of images and the hothouse of emotion, whose work you will never mistake for another's, and who has as many detractors as rabid fans.

Watching episodes 3 and 4, in which the love between In Ha and Yoon Hee both crests and unravels, all with understated delicacy (YSH is the proponent of old school - his melodrama is about restraint and stillness, not makjang yelling so popular nowadays. There is one small and sudden act (and quickly over) of violence in episode 3 and it shocks you to the core precisely because of its rarity), it struck me that what YSH is making is, in effect, a silent movie. There is dialogue and it's appropriate but it is utterly unnecessary - if you put this on mute and/or turned off the subtitles you will still get 100% of the story and emotional impact, not because the story is so simplistic, but because YSH manages his images so that they convey the whole story - In Ha's silouette in the rain, Yoon Hee's handkerchief, the intertwined fingers, frosted shadows of letters in the window.

I mean, look at this scene. Dialogue is unnecessary:









A silent movie is a very different art and an acquired taste. I am a huge fan because, when done right, I find that by relying solely on images, the work bypasses my reason and goes straight for the emotional part of my heart.

More thoughts and caps )

If I had to pick the most underrated airing drama, Love Rain would be it.

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