dangermousie: (Default)
I am getting an irresisible urge to dig out my DVDs of Bichunmoo the Mainland/Korean wuxia/period co-production (my Chinese version DVDs - the Korean version hacked the drama considerably to make it shorter).



Years ago, I got my greedy hands on it, watched part of it, became obsessed but then didn't have the time, got sidetracked, and didn't go back. And it's a complete shame because it's not only a well-written, emotional drama, but it's also a drama that hits all my narrative kinks (and fixes all the problems I had with the movie version. Both were based on a famous manga).

For those of you who have no idea what I am talking about, Bichunmoo is about a pair of star-crossed lovers played by Joo Jin Mo and Park Ji Yoon. He's the sole survivor of a famous murdered martial arts family. She's a hidden aristocrat. Their love cannot be for many many reasons, but they valiantly try anyway and fail. When they meet years later, she's a woman married to his former best friend, believing her lover dead. And he's a rebel leader who's been through hell and has held on to the one perfect thing in his life - the memory of her.

I think Bichunmoo would be a great gateway drama for (a) people who like period kdramas but never tried a Mainland one; (b) vice-versa (c) people who have never tried a period drama of any sort but are curious.

I haven't seen any other kdrama/cdrama period collaborations (I don't know if they exist even), but Bichunmoo is a great reason why they should be made - the mix fixes certain problems with both cdramas and kdramas and takes only strengths from their respective traditions.

From cdramas, it took cinematography (the shots are much more beautiful and fluid than they are in period kdramas which often tend to be static and staged), the 'grim fairytale' feel of well-made wuxia, and an epic larger-than-life romanticism that even kdramas, good as they are at romance, cannot match (I have never seen sweeping romantic epic moments the way period cdramas do them).

From kdramas, it took a certain understated feel (both in fights, which feel much more real than wire-fu and acting - there are no crazy old sages mugging for all it's worth and the leads do not succumb to overacting eiher a la Chinese Paladin), a stronger and more unified narrative (as opposed to a lot of wuxias which feel picaresque), and kdrama's almost overbearing focus on all possible nuances of relationships, romantic and not.

And as both countries do epic, larger-than-life doom so perfectly, well...

Anyway, I am restarting tomorrow. Anyone want to join me? Have a MV. It features one of the OST songs, which is, actually, my favorite drama song ever:



More MVs )
dangermousie: (BSG: Helo/Athena by lyssie)
ETA: There is a bunch of Chuno, Christmas and Bichunmu discussion in the comments, hence the tags.

This is just here for the record in case it comes true.

I haven't seen the final two eps of IRIS (of course), nor have I yet seen this week's, so this isn't spoilery, this is just apprehensive speculation.

BUT.

If it turns out Choi Seung Hee is a member of IRIS, I don't care how believable or even probable or well-written it is -

IRIS is coming off my favorites list. It will still be an excellent drama, but I will never speak of it again out of emotional self-defense.

Yes. Am insane and unobjective shippy fangirl.

Do not care.

I should never follow airing dramas, I can't take it.

I want a happy ending, I don't care if that's unrealistic or whatever.

Iwantthemtomakebabiestogetherandlivehappilyeverafterplease.

She is allowed to Baek-San's daughter or his younger female clone, for all I care. She can be a Martian. She can be a sleeper agent who doesn't know she is one, even. But they are not allowed to break my heart.


I mean - look at them!



If bargaining works, they can off the rest of the cast - I'll be fine with that as a trade-off.

/irrational
dangermousie: (BSG: Helo/Athena by lyssie)
ETA: There is a bunch of Chuno, Christmas and Bichunmu discussion in the comments, hence the tags.

This is just here for the record in case it comes true.

I haven't seen the final two eps of IRIS (of course), nor have I yet seen this week's, so this isn't spoilery, this is just apprehensive speculation.

BUT.

If it turns out Choi Seung Hee is a member of IRIS, I don't care how believable or even probable or well-written it is -

IRIS is coming off my favorites list. It will still be an excellent drama, but I will never speak of it again out of emotional self-defense.

Yes. Am insane and unobjective shippy fangirl.

Do not care.

I should never follow airing dramas, I can't take it.

I want a happy ending, I don't care if that's unrealistic or whatever.

Iwantthemtomakebabiestogetherandlivehappilyeverafterplease.

She is allowed to Baek-San's daughter or his younger female clone, for all I care. She can be a Martian. She can be a sleeper agent who doesn't know she is one, even. But they are not allowed to break my heart.


I mean - look at them!



If bargaining works, they can off the rest of the cast - I'll be fine with that as a trade-off.

/irrational
dangermousie: (BSG: Helo/Athena by lyssie)
ETA: There is a bunch of Chuno, Christmas and Bichunmu discussion in the comments, hence the tags.

This is just here for the record in case it comes true.

I haven't seen the final two eps of IRIS (of course), nor have I yet seen this week's, so this isn't spoilery, this is just apprehensive speculation.

BUT.

If it turns out Choi Seung Hee is a member of IRIS, I don't care how believable or even probable or well-written it is -

IRIS is coming off my favorites list. It will still be an excellent drama, but I will never speak of it again out of emotional self-defense.

Yes. Am insane and unobjective shippy fangirl.

Do not care.

I should never follow airing dramas, I can't take it.

I want a happy ending, I don't care if that's unrealistic or whatever.

Iwantthemtomakebabiestogetherandlivehappilyeverafterplease.

She is allowed to Baek-San's daughter or his younger female clone, for all I care. She can be a Martian. She can be a sleeper agent who doesn't know she is one, even. But they are not allowed to break my heart.


I mean - look at them!



If bargaining works, they can off the rest of the cast - I'll be fine with that as a trade-off.

/irrational
dangermousie: (MISA by village)
This is the latest in my series of "Dangermousie ranks all the kdramas she has ever seen" posts. I have seen over 70 kdramas and, being addicted to ranking, have decided to rank them all. (For previous posts go here.) Below the cut are dramas ranked 50-41: these are entertaining dramas worth a look: they are flawed but a nice time investment nontheless. All the dramas behind the cut are dramas I like. Some of them I like a lot. Once again, I have either finished these dramas entirely or finished enough to make up my own mind.

Generals, gigolos, gangsters and gun runners under the cut: my 52-43 dramas )

Until next time, amigas!
dangermousie: (MISA by village)
This is the latest in my series of "Dangermousie ranks all the kdramas she has ever seen" posts. I have seen over 70 kdramas and, being addicted to ranking, have decided to rank them all. (For previous posts go here.) Below the cut are dramas ranked 50-41: these are entertaining dramas worth a look: they are flawed but a nice time investment nontheless. All the dramas behind the cut are dramas I like. Some of them I like a lot. Once again, I have either finished these dramas entirely or finished enough to make up my own mind.

Generals, gigolos, gangsters and gun runners under the cut: my 52-43 dramas )

Until next time, amigas!
dangermousie: (MISA by village)
This is the latest in my series of "Dangermousie ranks all the kdramas she has ever seen" posts. I have seen over 70 kdramas and, being addicted to ranking, have decided to rank them all. (For previous posts go here.) Below the cut are dramas ranked 50-41: these are entertaining dramas worth a look: they are flawed but a nice time investment nontheless. All the dramas behind the cut are dramas I like. Some of them I like a lot. Once again, I have either finished these dramas entirely or finished enough to make up my own mind.

Generals, gigolos, gangsters and gun runners under the cut: my 52-43 dramas )

Until next time, amigas!
dangermousie: (Tokyo Juliet by winterspel)
Is anyone else watching City Hall?



It looks cute and the plot seems cute (the heroine is a small-town mayor, the hero is a rising national politician who has a politically perfect life planned out which includes a "correct" fiancee). It's not over-dramatic or anything.

I need something funny and mellow.

So, opinions?

Also, [livejournal.com profile] ambergold sold me on Lawyers of the Great Republic of Korea. Can't believe it but there it is...

ETA: Because [livejournal.com profile] rainscene's post reminded me that I need to continue with watching this, here is a MV for Bichunmoo, still the drama with the best opening scene ever (short version of plot: in ancient times, there is forbidden love, swords, and the fine art of manpain).

dangermousie: (Tokyo Juliet by winterspel)
Is anyone else watching City Hall?



It looks cute and the plot seems cute (the heroine is a small-town mayor, the hero is a rising national politician who has a politically perfect life planned out which includes a "correct" fiancee). It's not over-dramatic or anything.

I need something funny and mellow.

So, opinions?

Also, [livejournal.com profile] ambergold sold me on Lawyers of the Great Republic of Korea. Can't believe it but there it is...

ETA: Because [livejournal.com profile] rainscene's post reminded me that I need to continue with watching this, here is a MV for Bichunmoo, still the drama with the best opening scene ever (short version of plot: in ancient times, there is forbidden love, swords, and the fine art of manpain).

dangermousie: (Tokyo Juliet by winterspel)
Is anyone else watching City Hall?



It looks cute and the plot seems cute (the heroine is a small-town mayor, the hero is a rising national politician who has a politically perfect life planned out which includes a "correct" fiancee). It's not over-dramatic or anything.

I need something funny and mellow.

So, opinions?

Also, [livejournal.com profile] ambergold sold me on Lawyers of the Great Republic of Korea. Can't believe it but there it is...

ETA: Because [livejournal.com profile] rainscene's post reminded me that I need to continue with watching this, here is a MV for Bichunmoo, still the drama with the best opening scene ever (short version of plot: in ancient times, there is forbidden love, swords, and the fine art of manpain).

dangermousie: (LOCH)
I can never watch just one drama, and must always have one DVD drama and onelaptop one. The Devil is my laptop drama, but as for the DVD drama? I restarted Bichunmu, with Joo Jin Mo and Park Ji Yoon.

It's the typical period epic romance. You know: girl meets boy in a star-crossed love affair. Girl is hidden aristocrat, boy is lost offspring of famous murdered martial arts family. Their love is so pretty and so doomed. So she is taken away, but he finds her and they go on the run until her family catches up with them. Girl believes Boy dies, and marries another because she is pregnant with Boy's child. But of course Boy isn't dead but comes back, years later, as a hot and messed-up rebel leader...

Mmmm. Is it any wonder I love this.

Plus, I dare you not to love the prettiness of this MV:

dangermousie: (LOCH)
I can never watch just one drama, and must always have one DVD drama and onelaptop one. The Devil is my laptop drama, but as for the DVD drama? I restarted Bichunmu, with Joo Jin Mo and Park Ji Yoon.

It's the typical period epic romance. You know: girl meets boy in a star-crossed love affair. Girl is hidden aristocrat, boy is lost offspring of famous murdered martial arts family. Their love is so pretty and so doomed. So she is taken away, but he finds her and they go on the run until her family catches up with them. Girl believes Boy dies, and marries another because she is pregnant with Boy's child. But of course Boy isn't dead but comes back, years later, as a hot and messed-up rebel leader...

Mmmm. Is it any wonder I love this.

Plus, I dare you not to love the prettiness of this MV:

dangermousie: (LOCH)
I can never watch just one drama, and must always have one DVD drama and onelaptop one. The Devil is my laptop drama, but as for the DVD drama? I restarted Bichunmu, with Joo Jin Mo and Park Ji Yoon.

It's the typical period epic romance. You know: girl meets boy in a star-crossed love affair. Girl is hidden aristocrat, boy is lost offspring of famous murdered martial arts family. Their love is so pretty and so doomed. So she is taken away, but he finds her and they go on the run until her family catches up with them. Girl believes Boy dies, and marries another because she is pregnant with Boy's child. But of course Boy isn't dead but comes back, years later, as a hot and messed-up rebel leader...

Mmmm. Is it any wonder I love this.

Plus, I dare you not to love the prettiness of this MV:

dangermousie: (Legend: Kiha by alexandral)
I was going to do a post on cool drama guys with swords but then I thought...ehhhh, everybody's done one of those. I want to do a cool post on kickass drama GIRLS with swords or guns. And why they are awesome.

So here goes:

Like your girls elegant but kickass? Enter here )
dangermousie: (Legend: Kiha by alexandral)
I was going to do a post on cool drama guys with swords but then I thought...ehhhh, everybody's done one of those. I want to do a cool post on kickass drama GIRLS with swords or guns. And why they are awesome.

So here goes:

Like your girls elegant but kickass? Enter here )
dangermousie: (Legend: Kiha by alexandral)
I was going to do a post on cool drama guys with swords but then I thought...ehhhh, everybody's done one of those. I want to do a cool post on kickass drama GIRLS with swords or guns. And why they are awesome.

So here goes:

Like your girls elegant but kickass? Enter here )
dangermousie: (My Girl kiss by meganbmoore)
After finishing Que Sera Sera, I am in a bit of a drama lull, especially since I am showing The Legend to [livejournal.com profile] filmi_girl and following Hong Gil Dong weekly, and enthusing over more than two dramas at a time takes energy. Ergo a few days to recharge.

Btw, is Kame's One Pound No Fukuin good? I sort of haven't watched any since ep 1 but I noticed that my flist almost stopped discussing it and I know the ratings aren't great. So did it nosedive in quality, or should I continue?

So, anyway, in my little recharge period I decided to catch up with a couple dramas I started and liked but then got sidetracked from. Candidate number 1 (I watched 4 eps today): Korean-Chinese coproduction Bichunmu (Or Bichunmoo), based on a manhwa of the same name (it was also made into a movie five or so years back).

Here is a wonderful MV for it. I dare you not to be interested:



Before I got sidetracked, I saw first four eps and liked it a lot, but then something else intervened and I put it aside. Well, now eight eps in, and my opinion is confirmed: it's lovely. If you like period dramas, star-crossed lovers, fight scenes, rebels etc etc, the drama is for you.

Actually, I think Bichunmu would make a pretty good 'crossover' intro for those on my flist who enjoyed period dramas via 'proper' historical/fantasy kdramas like The Legend, Jumong, Damo or even Hong Gil Dong, and want to find out if a Chinese wuxia drama would be their thing.

Because it's a Korean coproduction and is based on a manhwa, the plot is a lot more historical based, as opposed to pure fantasy, the fights are much more realistic (all the moves look like something a skilled fighter can do), and the love story is much more physical (well, as far as period dramas go. There has been kissing which is a huge deal for historicals. If you want skin, go elsewhere :P). However, because it's a Chinese coproduction, it does have a somewhat fairytale feel to it (rather wuxiaish, they always feel suspended in time), the pacing is more wuxiaish than period kdrama (not faster or slower, just different), there is the thread of people fighting to possess a specific martial art, and a number of secondary characters come across as wuxia types.

Basically it's a good intro rather than pure wuxia like Return of the Condor Heroes (which I adore, but that is like total immersion, you will either adore it or loathe it).

Anyway, the plot? It's a story of love found, lost, and then found again, with some kickass rebel battles and family issues thrown in. Our main characters are Jan Ho, a young man of noble Korean blood born in China who does not know of the fact, as his parents were killed when he was born (baddies wanted to acquire a priceless martial arts scroll). When he grows up with his 'Uncle' (in reality a loyal family retainer), his paths cross with Xiuli, an illegitimate daughter of a high-ranking Chinese military commander. We have star-crossed (and oh so doomed) love, we have Jan Ho presumed dead, becoming a powerful rebel leader. We have assassins, merchants, and a rather awesome 'other guy' for the heroine (a Chinese nobleman). It just plain rocks. And Joo Jin Mo, who plays Jan Ho, who goes from sweet-tempered naive boy to tormented (YES) embittered and hard rebel, is worth the price of the DVDs alone because of total hotness.

Eight episodes in, I have to admit, that I highly approve of poor Jan Ho's 'Uncle' being offed. It gave the guy a 'tude, angst, and some awesome black wardrobe. No wonder the OTP interferer girl (who I actually like. He hired himself as a bodyguard to her in order to get to the city where Xiuli is held) is gone for him: a reserved hottie in black who repeatedly saves your life and won't let you touch a woman's amulet around his neck? Yes please. Oh, and the OTP ran off and I presume had sex, too, but I feel nothing good will come of it. Some of the outlines of the story are similar to the movie btw, but not everything. They actually have seemed to fix all the story problems that bugged me in the movie (especially the wtf ending. Since the whole story starts with the last moments of the story and goes into flashback, I am assured that the movie's bizarreness doesn't happens).

Btw, the version I am watching is the Chinese release: 30 episodes, 40-45 minutes each, in Chinese (with subtitles). Korean TV recently began broadcasting the Korean version. On the plus side, you get to hear Joo Jin Mo and the leading lady's real voices as opposed to the Chinese dubs (which are excellent btw). On minus side, the Korean TV station hacked the drama down to fit the Korean TV episode numbers/standards (mainly in the first half). I will take dubbing over the cuts, thanks, but YMMV. I have the Tai Seng DVDs, and the subtitles are excellent. No idea if it's available to DL as I never looked.

Another MV )

[livejournal.com profile] meganbmoore, I think you'll like this.
dangermousie: (My Girl kiss by meganbmoore)
After finishing Que Sera Sera, I am in a bit of a drama lull, especially since I am showing The Legend to [livejournal.com profile] filmi_girl and following Hong Gil Dong weekly, and enthusing over more than two dramas at a time takes energy. Ergo a few days to recharge.

Btw, is Kame's One Pound No Fukuin good? I sort of haven't watched any since ep 1 but I noticed that my flist almost stopped discussing it and I know the ratings aren't great. So did it nosedive in quality, or should I continue?

So, anyway, in my little recharge period I decided to catch up with a couple dramas I started and liked but then got sidetracked from. Candidate number 1 (I watched 4 eps today): Korean-Chinese coproduction Bichunmu (Or Bichunmoo), based on a manhwa of the same name (it was also made into a movie five or so years back).

Here is a wonderful MV for it. I dare you not to be interested:



Before I got sidetracked, I saw first four eps and liked it a lot, but then something else intervened and I put it aside. Well, now eight eps in, and my opinion is confirmed: it's lovely. If you like period dramas, star-crossed lovers, fight scenes, rebels etc etc, the drama is for you.

Actually, I think Bichunmu would make a pretty good 'crossover' intro for those on my flist who enjoyed period dramas via 'proper' historical/fantasy kdramas like The Legend, Jumong, Damo or even Hong Gil Dong, and want to find out if a Chinese wuxia drama would be their thing.

Because it's a Korean coproduction and is based on a manhwa, the plot is a lot more historical based, as opposed to pure fantasy, the fights are much more realistic (all the moves look like something a skilled fighter can do), and the love story is much more physical (well, as far as period dramas go. There has been kissing which is a huge deal for historicals. If you want skin, go elsewhere :P). However, because it's a Chinese coproduction, it does have a somewhat fairytale feel to it (rather wuxiaish, they always feel suspended in time), the pacing is more wuxiaish than period kdrama (not faster or slower, just different), there is the thread of people fighting to possess a specific martial art, and a number of secondary characters come across as wuxia types.

Basically it's a good intro rather than pure wuxia like Return of the Condor Heroes (which I adore, but that is like total immersion, you will either adore it or loathe it).

Anyway, the plot? It's a story of love found, lost, and then found again, with some kickass rebel battles and family issues thrown in. Our main characters are Jan Ho, a young man of noble Korean blood born in China who does not know of the fact, as his parents were killed when he was born (baddies wanted to acquire a priceless martial arts scroll). When he grows up with his 'Uncle' (in reality a loyal family retainer), his paths cross with Xiuli, an illegitimate daughter of a high-ranking Chinese military commander. We have star-crossed (and oh so doomed) love, we have Jan Ho presumed dead, becoming a powerful rebel leader. We have assassins, merchants, and a rather awesome 'other guy' for the heroine (a Chinese nobleman). It just plain rocks. And Joo Jin Mo, who plays Jan Ho, who goes from sweet-tempered naive boy to tormented (YES) embittered and hard rebel, is worth the price of the DVDs alone because of total hotness.

Eight episodes in, I have to admit, that I highly approve of poor Jan Ho's 'Uncle' being offed. It gave the guy a 'tude, angst, and some awesome black wardrobe. No wonder the OTP interferer girl (who I actually like. He hired himself as a bodyguard to her in order to get to the city where Xiuli is held) is gone for him: a reserved hottie in black who repeatedly saves your life and won't let you touch a woman's amulet around his neck? Yes please. Oh, and the OTP ran off and I presume had sex, too, but I feel nothing good will come of it. Some of the outlines of the story are similar to the movie btw, but not everything. They actually have seemed to fix all the story problems that bugged me in the movie (especially the wtf ending. Since the whole story starts with the last moments of the story and goes into flashback, I am assured that the movie's bizarreness doesn't happens).

Btw, the version I am watching is the Chinese release: 30 episodes, 40-45 minutes each, in Chinese (with subtitles). Korean TV recently began broadcasting the Korean version. On the plus side, you get to hear Joo Jin Mo and the leading lady's real voices as opposed to the Chinese dubs (which are excellent btw). On minus side, the Korean TV station hacked the drama down to fit the Korean TV episode numbers/standards (mainly in the first half). I will take dubbing over the cuts, thanks, but YMMV. I have the Tai Seng DVDs, and the subtitles are excellent. No idea if it's available to DL as I never looked.

Another MV )

[livejournal.com profile] meganbmoore, I think you'll like this.
dangermousie: (My Girl kiss by meganbmoore)
After finishing Que Sera Sera, I am in a bit of a drama lull, especially since I am showing The Legend to [livejournal.com profile] filmi_girl and following Hong Gil Dong weekly, and enthusing over more than two dramas at a time takes energy. Ergo a few days to recharge.

Btw, is Kame's One Pound No Fukuin good? I sort of haven't watched any since ep 1 but I noticed that my flist almost stopped discussing it and I know the ratings aren't great. So did it nosedive in quality, or should I continue?

So, anyway, in my little recharge period I decided to catch up with a couple dramas I started and liked but then got sidetracked from. Candidate number 1 (I watched 4 eps today): Korean-Chinese coproduction Bichunmu (Or Bichunmoo), based on a manhwa of the same name (it was also made into a movie five or so years back).

Here is a wonderful MV for it. I dare you not to be interested:



Before I got sidetracked, I saw first four eps and liked it a lot, but then something else intervened and I put it aside. Well, now eight eps in, and my opinion is confirmed: it's lovely. If you like period dramas, star-crossed lovers, fight scenes, rebels etc etc, the drama is for you.

Actually, I think Bichunmu would make a pretty good 'crossover' intro for those on my flist who enjoyed period dramas via 'proper' historical/fantasy kdramas like The Legend, Jumong, Damo or even Hong Gil Dong, and want to find out if a Chinese wuxia drama would be their thing.

Because it's a Korean coproduction and is based on a manhwa, the plot is a lot more historical based, as opposed to pure fantasy, the fights are much more realistic (all the moves look like something a skilled fighter can do), and the love story is much more physical (well, as far as period dramas go. There has been kissing which is a huge deal for historicals. If you want skin, go elsewhere :P). However, because it's a Chinese coproduction, it does have a somewhat fairytale feel to it (rather wuxiaish, they always feel suspended in time), the pacing is more wuxiaish than period kdrama (not faster or slower, just different), there is the thread of people fighting to possess a specific martial art, and a number of secondary characters come across as wuxia types.

Basically it's a good intro rather than pure wuxia like Return of the Condor Heroes (which I adore, but that is like total immersion, you will either adore it or loathe it).

Anyway, the plot? It's a story of love found, lost, and then found again, with some kickass rebel battles and family issues thrown in. Our main characters are Jan Ho, a young man of noble Korean blood born in China who does not know of the fact, as his parents were killed when he was born (baddies wanted to acquire a priceless martial arts scroll). When he grows up with his 'Uncle' (in reality a loyal family retainer), his paths cross with Xiuli, an illegitimate daughter of a high-ranking Chinese military commander. We have star-crossed (and oh so doomed) love, we have Jan Ho presumed dead, becoming a powerful rebel leader. We have assassins, merchants, and a rather awesome 'other guy' for the heroine (a Chinese nobleman). It just plain rocks. And Joo Jin Mo, who plays Jan Ho, who goes from sweet-tempered naive boy to tormented (YES) embittered and hard rebel, is worth the price of the DVDs alone because of total hotness.

Eight episodes in, I have to admit, that I highly approve of poor Jan Ho's 'Uncle' being offed. It gave the guy a 'tude, angst, and some awesome black wardrobe. No wonder the OTP interferer girl (who I actually like. He hired himself as a bodyguard to her in order to get to the city where Xiuli is held) is gone for him: a reserved hottie in black who repeatedly saves your life and won't let you touch a woman's amulet around his neck? Yes please. Oh, and the OTP ran off and I presume had sex, too, but I feel nothing good will come of it. Some of the outlines of the story are similar to the movie btw, but not everything. They actually have seemed to fix all the story problems that bugged me in the movie (especially the wtf ending. Since the whole story starts with the last moments of the story and goes into flashback, I am assured that the movie's bizarreness doesn't happens).

Btw, the version I am watching is the Chinese release: 30 episodes, 40-45 minutes each, in Chinese (with subtitles). Korean TV recently began broadcasting the Korean version. On the plus side, you get to hear Joo Jin Mo and the leading lady's real voices as opposed to the Chinese dubs (which are excellent btw). On minus side, the Korean TV station hacked the drama down to fit the Korean TV episode numbers/standards (mainly in the first half). I will take dubbing over the cuts, thanks, but YMMV. I have the Tai Seng DVDs, and the subtitles are excellent. No idea if it's available to DL as I never looked.

Another MV )

[livejournal.com profile] meganbmoore, I think you'll like this.
dangermousie: (Default)
Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr....Cain and Abel is delayed. Grrrrrrr...I want my angsty mob assassins in love, darnit. Don't tell me So Ji Sub is baulking at dying on-screen again. :D Kim Rae Won's Gourmet about a chef is not the same. Do chefs shoot people and angst in suits? No. BOO.

Has anyone on my flist seen the recently ended (and completely subbed) Lobbyist? It's one of the rare non-romance (though of course it does have a love story) dramas I am interested in, largely because sometimes I like violence/gritty stuff, and because it stars Song Il Gook, who after Jumong can do no wrong in my eyes and can read the telephone book and I will watch. Also, apparently they filmed in Washington DC (lost stalking opportunity! :D) and Kyrgyzstan (!!!!).



The story: Our heroine Maria (Jang Jin Young) grows up in a quiet fishing village with Harry (Song Il Gook). Yes, every kdrama is required to have a childhood love. Through various plot developments, both end up moving to America while children (separately), and both suffer some severe trauma: Maria's father is shot during a mugging, and eventually Maria's bright, driven older sister is murdered and is implicated in the theft of government secrets. Meanwhile, Harry's sister is molested in his new home by an Uncle who has odd notion of family values, and Harry grabs his sister and goes on the run. Can we say both grow up to be extremely tough and self-sufficient individuals?



Fast-forward to adulthood, and both Maria and Harry's paths cross once again, not necessarily smoothly. Maria is now a lobbyist for an international munitions manufacturer and Harry is a prosperous arms dealer. Both are involved in arms-dealing, vengeance and other exciting things. Lots of stuff blows up. There is a love story (duh) but it's not primarily that. I think. You can never be sure, with kdramas.

All I know is, Song Il Gook better not die in this one.

A bunch of pics, unspoilery )

In other news, apparently Korea finally picked up its own drama Bichunmu (previously shown in China, it was a co-production). I hope they will have original actors' voices as that would be awesome. The version I own is dubbed into Mandarin. Which reminds me, it's an awesome drama, I must finish it. Angsty, and romantic, and funny, and with swords.



Some Bichunmu pics )

Last but not least, I am through ep 10 of Snow White and it continues to be awesome.

Thoughts on eps 7-10 )

Still no Kame/Nun. This kills my soul :) Or at least that part of it which fangirls.

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