dangermousie: (IRIS by loubox)
Because I am insane, I have decided to rewatch IRIS a.k.a. the drama that broke me. No drama devastated me as much before or since.

Why do I want to do this to myself?

But I do.
dangermousie: (IRIS by loubox)
Because I am insane, I have decided to rewatch IRIS a.k.a. the drama that broke me. No drama devastated me as much before or since.

Why do I want to do this to myself?

But I do.
dangermousie: (IRIS by loubox)
Because I am insane, I have decided to rewatch IRIS a.k.a. the drama that broke me. No drama devastated me as much before or since.

Why do I want to do this to myself?

But I do.
dangermousie: (IRIS by loubox)
Watched Athena ep 1 (subs are out) and was, frankly, underwhelmed.

At more than one point I found myself multitasking and doing something else. It's entertaining enough for me to watch more of, but it's hardly must-see TV.

A few disclaimers before I delve into why I am not yet Athena fangirl. I came into this not expecting this to be related to IRIS in much (I was happy it wasn't. I did not want a sequel - I thought the ending of IRIS, brutal as it was, fit perfectly), but I did come to it as a rabid IRIS fangirl. IRIS was my drama of 2009, in my top 5 kdramas of all time, and probably one of the two most intense emotional drama experiences I've ever had (the other one being The Myth). IRIS is, in many ways, my perfect kdrama - the intensity, the descent into hell, the romance, the colors, and above all Lee Byung Hun's amazing performance. Hyun Joon is my favorite kdrama hero, ever. Bar none. So this is what I like. If, OTOH, IRIS left you cold, Athena may fix whatever bugged you about the former. (Or make you as disinterested as IRIS did, no idea).

The other disclaimer - I like the rest of the Athena cast but I think Su Ae has no screen presence whatsoever. None. I've seen her in two dramas prior to this - Emperor of the Sea and 9 End 2 Outs, and in both she could have been replaced by a photogenic cut-out and nobody would have noticed. OTOH, I really loved Kim Tae Hee in IRIS - she may not win an Oscar any time soon, but she does have oodles of star charisma, chemistry, and warmth.

So take the below for all it's worth to you.

1. The first half-an-hour bored me to tears. Why am I supposed to care about extraction of some scientist I've never met and a cast of characters most of whom die within that half-an-hour? Jung Woo Sung doesn't even appear in the first half, and neither do most of the other main characters. Being thrown into the middle of the action can be fun but only if there are stakes for protagonists and exciting things happen. Talking about a nuclear reactor isn't it.

2. Su Ae. I think she has zero charisma or chemistry with either JWS or Cha Seung Won, but what's worse is I loathe her character. I am all for tarnished and complex characters but she makes Kim So Yeon of IRIS seem like a boyscout as she was at least carrying out what she thought was her patriotic duty (also KSY is a heck of a lot a magnetic actress than Su Ae). I am supposed to root for a member of a terrorist organization who kills and tortures agents? I don't think so. Every time she appeared in the second half of the ep and JWS tried to court her, I wasn't amused or caring, I just rolled my eyes irritated at this storyline - a female Jack the Ripper isn't my thing, nor is she a suitable object for a courtship. At the very least, the makers should have not revealed her evil (if they were going to go that way and make her this way) but either hid it until the end or showed a gradual progression. As it is, I think she's a criminal killer and traitor and should be locked up. Way to make me care for the love story, drama! Oh, I know, she is going to reform for the love of JWS. Don't make me barf, drama! I am all for love reforming a troubled bad boy or girl but there is quite a difference between a bad girl and psycho killer. "Oh, my bad, I love a good guy, so I'll be good now" is as repentance-less and idiotic as it could get. So what, I guess it's lucky your chosen one wasn't a cannibal or arms runner. Overall, it's like a gender-reversed relationship TOP had with the computer analyst in IRIS and we all remember how well it went.

3. Intensity of IRIS is missing. It feels like Korean James Bond. Which is fine if you like that, but the reason I loved IRIS was its gritty intensity. JWS is an amazing actor but so far he's been given little to work with. I am withholding my judgment because Rome wasn't built in a day, and hope the makers won't waste having him and actually give him some heavy lifting to do. I want to love his character, I do - but soo far he's just a pretty image on the screen and I couldn't care less if he got ran over by a car. I was shaking about Hyun Joon by the middle of IRIS. I want to shake again. ETA: Watching ep 2 now and am beginning to care for JWS' character. Good.

4. Cha Seung Won is his excellent self but once again, sexy or not, a murderous evil psycho is not someone I am interested in.

Overall, it's not a bad drama but soul and heart seem to be missing. I will watch and hope it will get better. Now it's competent but fogettable 100%.
dangermousie: (IRIS by loubox)
Watched Athena ep 1 (subs are out) and was, frankly, underwhelmed.

At more than one point I found myself multitasking and doing something else. It's entertaining enough for me to watch more of, but it's hardly must-see TV.

A few disclaimers before I delve into why I am not yet Athena fangirl. I came into this not expecting this to be related to IRIS in much (I was happy it wasn't. I did not want a sequel - I thought the ending of IRIS, brutal as it was, fit perfectly), but I did come to it as a rabid IRIS fangirl. IRIS was my drama of 2009, in my top 5 kdramas of all time, and probably one of the two most intense emotional drama experiences I've ever had (the other one being The Myth). IRIS is, in many ways, my perfect kdrama - the intensity, the descent into hell, the romance, the colors, and above all Lee Byung Hun's amazing performance. Hyun Joon is my favorite kdrama hero, ever. Bar none. So this is what I like. If, OTOH, IRIS left you cold, Athena may fix whatever bugged you about the former. (Or make you as disinterested as IRIS did, no idea).

The other disclaimer - I like the rest of the Athena cast but I think Su Ae has no screen presence whatsoever. None. I've seen her in two dramas prior to this - Emperor of the Sea and 9 End 2 Outs, and in both she could have been replaced by a photogenic cut-out and nobody would have noticed. OTOH, I really loved Kim Tae Hee in IRIS - she may not win an Oscar any time soon, but she does have oodles of star charisma, chemistry, and warmth.

So take the below for all it's worth to you.

1. The first half-an-hour bored me to tears. Why am I supposed to care about extraction of some scientist I've never met and a cast of characters most of whom die within that half-an-hour? Jung Woo Sung doesn't even appear in the first half, and neither do most of the other main characters. Being thrown into the middle of the action can be fun but only if there are stakes for protagonists and exciting things happen. Talking about a nuclear reactor isn't it.

2. Su Ae. I think she has zero charisma or chemistry with either JWS or Cha Seung Won, but what's worse is I loathe her character. I am all for tarnished and complex characters but she makes Kim So Yeon of IRIS seem like a boyscout as she was at least carrying out what she thought was her patriotic duty (also KSY is a heck of a lot a magnetic actress than Su Ae). I am supposed to root for a member of a terrorist organization who kills and tortures agents? I don't think so. Every time she appeared in the second half of the ep and JWS tried to court her, I wasn't amused or caring, I just rolled my eyes irritated at this storyline - a female Jack the Ripper isn't my thing, nor is she a suitable object for a courtship. At the very least, the makers should have not revealed her evil (if they were going to go that way and make her this way) but either hid it until the end or showed a gradual progression. As it is, I think she's a criminal killer and traitor and should be locked up. Way to make me care for the love story, drama! Oh, I know, she is going to reform for the love of JWS. Don't make me barf, drama! I am all for love reforming a troubled bad boy or girl but there is quite a difference between a bad girl and psycho killer. "Oh, my bad, I love a good guy, so I'll be good now" is as repentance-less and idiotic as it could get. So what, I guess it's lucky your chosen one wasn't a cannibal or arms runner. Overall, it's like a gender-reversed relationship TOP had with the computer analyst in IRIS and we all remember how well it went.

3. Intensity of IRIS is missing. It feels like Korean James Bond. Which is fine if you like that, but the reason I loved IRIS was its gritty intensity. JWS is an amazing actor but so far he's been given little to work with. I am withholding my judgment because Rome wasn't built in a day, and hope the makers won't waste having him and actually give him some heavy lifting to do. I want to love his character, I do - but soo far he's just a pretty image on the screen and I couldn't care less if he got ran over by a car. I was shaking about Hyun Joon by the middle of IRIS. I want to shake again. ETA: Watching ep 2 now and am beginning to care for JWS' character. Good.

4. Cha Seung Won is his excellent self but once again, sexy or not, a murderous evil psycho is not someone I am interested in.

Overall, it's not a bad drama but soul and heart seem to be missing. I will watch and hope it will get better. Now it's competent but fogettable 100%.
dangermousie: (IRIS by loubox)
Watched Athena ep 1 (subs are out) and was, frankly, underwhelmed.

At more than one point I found myself multitasking and doing something else. It's entertaining enough for me to watch more of, but it's hardly must-see TV.

A few disclaimers before I delve into why I am not yet Athena fangirl. I came into this not expecting this to be related to IRIS in much (I was happy it wasn't. I did not want a sequel - I thought the ending of IRIS, brutal as it was, fit perfectly), but I did come to it as a rabid IRIS fangirl. IRIS was my drama of 2009, in my top 5 kdramas of all time, and probably one of the two most intense emotional drama experiences I've ever had (the other one being The Myth). IRIS is, in many ways, my perfect kdrama - the intensity, the descent into hell, the romance, the colors, and above all Lee Byung Hun's amazing performance. Hyun Joon is my favorite kdrama hero, ever. Bar none. So this is what I like. If, OTOH, IRIS left you cold, Athena may fix whatever bugged you about the former. (Or make you as disinterested as IRIS did, no idea).

The other disclaimer - I like the rest of the Athena cast but I think Su Ae has no screen presence whatsoever. None. I've seen her in two dramas prior to this - Emperor of the Sea and 9 End 2 Outs, and in both she could have been replaced by a photogenic cut-out and nobody would have noticed. OTOH, I really loved Kim Tae Hee in IRIS - she may not win an Oscar any time soon, but she does have oodles of star charisma, chemistry, and warmth.

So take the below for all it's worth to you.

1. The first half-an-hour bored me to tears. Why am I supposed to care about extraction of some scientist I've never met and a cast of characters most of whom die within that half-an-hour? Jung Woo Sung doesn't even appear in the first half, and neither do most of the other main characters. Being thrown into the middle of the action can be fun but only if there are stakes for protagonists and exciting things happen. Talking about a nuclear reactor isn't it.

2. Su Ae. I think she has zero charisma or chemistry with either JWS or Cha Seung Won, but what's worse is I loathe her character. I am all for tarnished and complex characters but she makes Kim So Yeon of IRIS seem like a boyscout as she was at least carrying out what she thought was her patriotic duty (also KSY is a heck of a lot a magnetic actress than Su Ae). I am supposed to root for a member of a terrorist organization who kills and tortures agents? I don't think so. Every time she appeared in the second half of the ep and JWS tried to court her, I wasn't amused or caring, I just rolled my eyes irritated at this storyline - a female Jack the Ripper isn't my thing, nor is she a suitable object for a courtship. At the very least, the makers should have not revealed her evil (if they were going to go that way and make her this way) but either hid it until the end or showed a gradual progression. As it is, I think she's a criminal killer and traitor and should be locked up. Way to make me care for the love story, drama! Oh, I know, she is going to reform for the love of JWS. Don't make me barf, drama! I am all for love reforming a troubled bad boy or girl but there is quite a difference between a bad girl and psycho killer. "Oh, my bad, I love a good guy, so I'll be good now" is as repentance-less and idiotic as it could get. So what, I guess it's lucky your chosen one wasn't a cannibal or arms runner. Overall, it's like a gender-reversed relationship TOP had with the computer analyst in IRIS and we all remember how well it went.

3. Intensity of IRIS is missing. It feels like Korean James Bond. Which is fine if you like that, but the reason I loved IRIS was its gritty intensity. JWS is an amazing actor but so far he's been given little to work with. I am withholding my judgment because Rome wasn't built in a day, and hope the makers won't waste having him and actually give him some heavy lifting to do. I want to love his character, I do - but soo far he's just a pretty image on the screen and I couldn't care less if he got ran over by a car. I was shaking about Hyun Joon by the middle of IRIS. I want to shake again. ETA: Watching ep 2 now and am beginning to care for JWS' character. Good.

4. Cha Seung Won is his excellent self but once again, sexy or not, a murderous evil psycho is not someone I am interested in.

Overall, it's not a bad drama but soul and heart seem to be missing. I will watch and hope it will get better. Now it's competent but fogettable 100%.
dangermousie: (IRIS by loubox)
The poster for Athena: Goddess of War is out and it is, perhaps unsurprisingly, strikingly similar to that of its predecessor IRIS.

Compare IRIS:



And Athena (courtesy of [livejournal.com profile] ockoala):



The same font, the same color scheme, the same composition, the same amount of people in the poster, the same vibe. Tortured Spy is front and center in both (of course) and we also have ladylike-yet-steely-and-kickass love interest to his right, plus Evil Nemesis, Kickass Female Ally, Hot Young Thing for Teenyboppers, and Experienced Character Actor Playing Ambiguous in both.

I am not big on copycat posters in general, but since Athena is an AU continuation of IRIS, I actually love the synchronicity. I am also glad to see the trailer and poster look intense. The previous stuff gave it more of a lightish Bond-type vibe and while there is nothing wrong with it, the reason I loved IRIS so (it's in my Top 5 kdramas of all time) was its teeth-gritting, tortured intensity. I am glad to see Athena isn't dispensing with it after all.

Hmmm, to compare the leading people, just for kicks:

Hero: Lee Byung Hun was what made IRIS for me. He's also my favorite Korean actor, so he wins this round. But this was a tough ne because Jung Woo Sung is frelling amazing and as Daisy and Musa demonstrate cane bring intense and tortured in spades. So winner is LBH for now. Who know how I will feel once the drama gets going.

Heroine: Kim Tae Hee hands down. I think she's gorgeous, I love her always playing tough/smart, I love her vibe and I think she's a decent actress. Su Ae, OTOH - I've seen her in two very different dramas (Emperor of the Sea and 9 End 2 Out) and she faded into woodwork into both of them. Not a fan. This said, I love her look in Athena and the vibe she has in the trailer, so hopefully she'll convert me.

Sexy Nemesis: Sorry, Jung Joon Ho, I will always love you as the feckless movie star in Last Scandal, but I am going to pick Cha Seung Won over you. He can do menacing and dark and sexy like nobody's business but your character sort of faded into woodwork in IRIS.

Tough Ally Lady: Draw. Kim So Yeon was unbelievable in IRIS but Lee Ji Ah portrayed my ultimate favorite female character in Legend where she was tough and funny and awesome and and and...

Hot Young Thing for Teenyboppers: Choi Siwon, duh. He can actually act. Sorry, TOP fangirls, I don't know if your boy can act, but he certainly didn't have to in IRIS.

Also, is it too early for the death poll? My predictions:

Lee Ji Ah: chance of death - 40% - Female tough ally doesn't get killed because, sadly, it won' torture the hero enough.

Jung Woo Sung: Chance of death - 60% - Hello, resident tortured agent here! The only reason it's not higher is because we've all seen IRIS and would they want to do the same ending twice?

Su Ae - chance of death - 75% - You know what would torture hero enough? If his one true love bought it at the end. I am putting Su Ae's odds pretty high because if Athena ends happily I'll eat my socks and since the female part of the OTP survived in IRIS, she is the more likely one to go in Athena.

Choi Siwon - chance of death - 80% - Eye candy is dispensable.

Cha Seung Won - chance of death - 95% - he's the bad guy. Good guys may perish but bad guys definitely will. The only reason he isn't getting a clean 100% is because of Athena's predecessor's grim nihilistic view - the real bad guys in that one escaped punishment and plan to strike again.

But enough about my blathering, how about you get to vote?

[Poll #1646361]

Now vote! Nekkid spies Jung Woo Sung and Su Ae want you to!

dangermousie: (IRIS by loubox)
The poster for Athena: Goddess of War is out and it is, perhaps unsurprisingly, strikingly similar to that of its predecessor IRIS.

Compare IRIS:



And Athena (courtesy of [livejournal.com profile] ockoala):



The same font, the same color scheme, the same composition, the same amount of people in the poster, the same vibe. Tortured Spy is front and center in both (of course) and we also have ladylike-yet-steely-and-kickass love interest to his right, plus Evil Nemesis, Kickass Female Ally, Hot Young Thing for Teenyboppers, and Experienced Character Actor Playing Ambiguous in both.

I am not big on copycat posters in general, but since Athena is an AU continuation of IRIS, I actually love the synchronicity. I am also glad to see the trailer and poster look intense. The previous stuff gave it more of a lightish Bond-type vibe and while there is nothing wrong with it, the reason I loved IRIS so (it's in my Top 5 kdramas of all time) was its teeth-gritting, tortured intensity. I am glad to see Athena isn't dispensing with it after all.

Hmmm, to compare the leading people, just for kicks:

Hero: Lee Byung Hun was what made IRIS for me. He's also my favorite Korean actor, so he wins this round. But this was a tough ne because Jung Woo Sung is frelling amazing and as Daisy and Musa demonstrate cane bring intense and tortured in spades. So winner is LBH for now. Who know how I will feel once the drama gets going.

Heroine: Kim Tae Hee hands down. I think she's gorgeous, I love her always playing tough/smart, I love her vibe and I think she's a decent actress. Su Ae, OTOH - I've seen her in two very different dramas (Emperor of the Sea and 9 End 2 Out) and she faded into woodwork into both of them. Not a fan. This said, I love her look in Athena and the vibe she has in the trailer, so hopefully she'll convert me.

Sexy Nemesis: Sorry, Jung Joon Ho, I will always love you as the feckless movie star in Last Scandal, but I am going to pick Cha Seung Won over you. He can do menacing and dark and sexy like nobody's business but your character sort of faded into woodwork in IRIS.

Tough Ally Lady: Draw. Kim So Yeon was unbelievable in IRIS but Lee Ji Ah portrayed my ultimate favorite female character in Legend where she was tough and funny and awesome and and and...

Hot Young Thing for Teenyboppers: Choi Siwon, duh. He can actually act. Sorry, TOP fangirls, I don't know if your boy can act, but he certainly didn't have to in IRIS.

Also, is it too early for the death poll? My predictions:

Lee Ji Ah: chance of death - 40% - Female tough ally doesn't get killed because, sadly, it won' torture the hero enough.

Jung Woo Sung: Chance of death - 60% - Hello, resident tortured agent here! The only reason it's not higher is because we've all seen IRIS and would they want to do the same ending twice?

Su Ae - chance of death - 75% - You know what would torture hero enough? If his one true love bought it at the end. I am putting Su Ae's odds pretty high because if Athena ends happily I'll eat my socks and since the female part of the OTP survived in IRIS, she is the more likely one to go in Athena.

Choi Siwon - chance of death - 80% - Eye candy is dispensable.

Cha Seung Won - chance of death - 95% - he's the bad guy. Good guys may perish but bad guys definitely will. The only reason he isn't getting a clean 100% is because of Athena's predecessor's grim nihilistic view - the real bad guys in that one escaped punishment and plan to strike again.

But enough about my blathering, how about you get to vote?

[Poll #1646361]

Now vote! Nekkid spies Jung Woo Sung and Su Ae want you to!

dangermousie: (IRIS by loubox)
The poster for Athena: Goddess of War is out and it is, perhaps unsurprisingly, strikingly similar to that of its predecessor IRIS.

Compare IRIS:



And Athena (courtesy of [livejournal.com profile] ockoala):



The same font, the same color scheme, the same composition, the same amount of people in the poster, the same vibe. Tortured Spy is front and center in both (of course) and we also have ladylike-yet-steely-and-kickass love interest to his right, plus Evil Nemesis, Kickass Female Ally, Hot Young Thing for Teenyboppers, and Experienced Character Actor Playing Ambiguous in both.

I am not big on copycat posters in general, but since Athena is an AU continuation of IRIS, I actually love the synchronicity. I am also glad to see the trailer and poster look intense. The previous stuff gave it more of a lightish Bond-type vibe and while there is nothing wrong with it, the reason I loved IRIS so (it's in my Top 5 kdramas of all time) was its teeth-gritting, tortured intensity. I am glad to see Athena isn't dispensing with it after all.

Hmmm, to compare the leading people, just for kicks:

Hero: Lee Byung Hun was what made IRIS for me. He's also my favorite Korean actor, so he wins this round. But this was a tough ne because Jung Woo Sung is frelling amazing and as Daisy and Musa demonstrate cane bring intense and tortured in spades. So winner is LBH for now. Who know how I will feel once the drama gets going.

Heroine: Kim Tae Hee hands down. I think she's gorgeous, I love her always playing tough/smart, I love her vibe and I think she's a decent actress. Su Ae, OTOH - I've seen her in two very different dramas (Emperor of the Sea and 9 End 2 Out) and she faded into woodwork into both of them. Not a fan. This said, I love her look in Athena and the vibe she has in the trailer, so hopefully she'll convert me.

Sexy Nemesis: Sorry, Jung Joon Ho, I will always love you as the feckless movie star in Last Scandal, but I am going to pick Cha Seung Won over you. He can do menacing and dark and sexy like nobody's business but your character sort of faded into woodwork in IRIS.

Tough Ally Lady: Draw. Kim So Yeon was unbelievable in IRIS but Lee Ji Ah portrayed my ultimate favorite female character in Legend where she was tough and funny and awesome and and and...

Hot Young Thing for Teenyboppers: Choi Siwon, duh. He can actually act. Sorry, TOP fangirls, I don't know if your boy can act, but he certainly didn't have to in IRIS.

Also, is it too early for the death poll? My predictions:

Lee Ji Ah: chance of death - 40% - Female tough ally doesn't get killed because, sadly, it won' torture the hero enough.

Jung Woo Sung: Chance of death - 60% - Hello, resident tortured agent here! The only reason it's not higher is because we've all seen IRIS and would they want to do the same ending twice?

Su Ae - chance of death - 75% - You know what would torture hero enough? If his one true love bought it at the end. I am putting Su Ae's odds pretty high because if Athena ends happily I'll eat my socks and since the female part of the OTP survived in IRIS, she is the more likely one to go in Athena.

Choi Siwon - chance of death - 80% - Eye candy is dispensable.

Cha Seung Won - chance of death - 95% - he's the bad guy. Good guys may perish but bad guys definitely will. The only reason he isn't getting a clean 100% is because of Athena's predecessor's grim nihilistic view - the real bad guys in that one escaped punishment and plan to strike again.

But enough about my blathering, how about you get to vote?

[Poll #1646361]

Now vote! Nekkid spies Jung Woo Sung and Su Ae want you to!

dangermousie: (B&W Chen Lin by scanky_chops)


Well, this was fun! I thoroughly enjoyed this and will be tuning in for more. I do wish the dialogue was snappier and the show had a bit of a sense of humor about itself, but Nikita is awesome (I've had a long-term girlcrush on Maggie Q, so that undoubtedly helps), there are things blowing up, and Shane West is pretty (I can see myself shipping his character with Maggie's in the future, if the show chooses to go that way. Especially after she shot him :P). I really liked the Ukrainian convict girl as well (I take it she is the other major female character?).

Wiki article says that some critics compared this to the Dollhouse which leaves me scratching my head madly. I mean, if Nikita was a brainwashed sexual slave obedient to her evil masters (who were all woobies, honest!), maybe, but as it is, it's a kickass show about a kickass woman. A show that does not make me cringe.

I am kinda imagining an IRIS cross-over in my head now. :)

ETA: You guys win. I am going to give Vampire Diaries another chance. I am going to watch s2 opener.
dangermousie: (B&W Chen Lin by scanky_chops)


Well, this was fun! I thoroughly enjoyed this and will be tuning in for more. I do wish the dialogue was snappier and the show had a bit of a sense of humor about itself, but Nikita is awesome (I've had a long-term girlcrush on Maggie Q, so that undoubtedly helps), there are things blowing up, and Shane West is pretty (I can see myself shipping his character with Maggie's in the future, if the show chooses to go that way. Especially after she shot him :P). I really liked the Ukrainian convict girl as well (I take it she is the other major female character?).

Wiki article says that some critics compared this to the Dollhouse which leaves me scratching my head madly. I mean, if Nikita was a brainwashed sexual slave obedient to her evil masters (who were all woobies, honest!), maybe, but as it is, it's a kickass show about a kickass woman. A show that does not make me cringe.

I am kinda imagining an IRIS cross-over in my head now. :)

ETA: You guys win. I am going to give Vampire Diaries another chance. I am going to watch s2 opener.
dangermousie: (B&W Chen Lin by scanky_chops)


Well, this was fun! I thoroughly enjoyed this and will be tuning in for more. I do wish the dialogue was snappier and the show had a bit of a sense of humor about itself, but Nikita is awesome (I've had a long-term girlcrush on Maggie Q, so that undoubtedly helps), there are things blowing up, and Shane West is pretty (I can see myself shipping his character with Maggie's in the future, if the show chooses to go that way. Especially after she shot him :P). I really liked the Ukrainian convict girl as well (I take it she is the other major female character?).

Wiki article says that some critics compared this to the Dollhouse which leaves me scratching my head madly. I mean, if Nikita was a brainwashed sexual slave obedient to her evil masters (who were all woobies, honest!), maybe, but as it is, it's a kickass show about a kickass woman. A show that does not make me cringe.

I am kinda imagining an IRIS cross-over in my head now. :)

ETA: You guys win. I am going to give Vampire Diaries another chance. I am going to watch s2 opener.
dangermousie: (IRIS by loubox)
And Hyun Joon/Seung Hee became one of my all-timr OTPs. So have this gorgeous shippy and not spoilery (a rarity) MV.

dangermousie: (IRIS by loubox)
And Hyun Joon/Seung Hee became one of my all-timr OTPs. So have this gorgeous shippy and not spoilery (a rarity) MV.

dangermousie: (IRIS by loubox)
And Hyun Joon/Seung Hee became one of my all-timr OTPs. So have this gorgeous shippy and not spoilery (a rarity) MV.

dangermousie: (IRIS by loubox)
This article about IRIS the Movie was on allkpop:

As you guys know, hit drama IRIS is scheduled to come back with the drama, Athena: Goddess of War.

Two main male cast Jung Woo Sung and Cha Seung Won have been already confirmed, which left many curious about who the female lead might be.

Recently, rumors about actress Ha Ji Won joining the cast have been floating around. But on the 19th, the drama’s production company Taewon Entertainment stated:

The rumors about Ha Ji Won being confirmed as the female lead is not true. Currently, her schedule for the movie Seven Remedies and Athena overlap, so she cannot join the cast. … A female lead will be confirmed in the upcoming 2-3 days.

Furthermore, Taewon Entertainment revealed about the “real” sequel of IRIS, stating:

Athena: Goddess of War, which has been called “IRIS 2,” is only a spin off drama. So technically, it isn’t the real sequel. … IRIS’s real sequel, IRIS 2, is scheduled to be produced and broadcast in the latter half of 2011.

The part that made me hyper - cut because it spoils the end of IRIS the drama )
dangermousie: (IRIS by loubox)
This article about IRIS the Movie was on allkpop:

As you guys know, hit drama IRIS is scheduled to come back with the drama, Athena: Goddess of War.

Two main male cast Jung Woo Sung and Cha Seung Won have been already confirmed, which left many curious about who the female lead might be.

Recently, rumors about actress Ha Ji Won joining the cast have been floating around. But on the 19th, the drama’s production company Taewon Entertainment stated:

The rumors about Ha Ji Won being confirmed as the female lead is not true. Currently, her schedule for the movie Seven Remedies and Athena overlap, so she cannot join the cast. … A female lead will be confirmed in the upcoming 2-3 days.

Furthermore, Taewon Entertainment revealed about the “real” sequel of IRIS, stating:

Athena: Goddess of War, which has been called “IRIS 2,” is only a spin off drama. So technically, it isn’t the real sequel. … IRIS’s real sequel, IRIS 2, is scheduled to be produced and broadcast in the latter half of 2011.

The part that made me hyper - cut because it spoils the end of IRIS the drama )
dangermousie: (IRIS by loubox)
This article about IRIS the Movie was on allkpop:

As you guys know, hit drama IRIS is scheduled to come back with the drama, Athena: Goddess of War.

Two main male cast Jung Woo Sung and Cha Seung Won have been already confirmed, which left many curious about who the female lead might be.

Recently, rumors about actress Ha Ji Won joining the cast have been floating around. But on the 19th, the drama’s production company Taewon Entertainment stated:

The rumors about Ha Ji Won being confirmed as the female lead is not true. Currently, her schedule for the movie Seven Remedies and Athena overlap, so she cannot join the cast. … A female lead will be confirmed in the upcoming 2-3 days.

Furthermore, Taewon Entertainment revealed about the “real” sequel of IRIS, stating:

Athena: Goddess of War, which has been called “IRIS 2,” is only a spin off drama. So technically, it isn’t the real sequel. … IRIS’s real sequel, IRIS 2, is scheduled to be produced and broadcast in the latter half of 2011.

The part that made me hyper - cut because it spoils the end of IRIS the drama )
dangermousie: (Buffy: BA kiss by ohh_xx)
Thank you so freaking much, Daisy.

Now I am sitting here bawling.



I have wanted to check out Daisy, a 2006 movie with Jeon Ji Hyun, Jung Woo Sung, and Lee Sung Jae, after I had found out that Jung Woo Sung has been cast in Athena.

Firstly, because people kept mentioning it all over the place, but secondly because I knew JWS played an assassin insanely devoted to his OTP in it and I wanted to see how he'd be like in an IRIS-type environment.



WELL.

WELL.

I thought I told you, TPTB, not to cast as a lead someone who can make me bawl as much Lee Byung Hun did. I thought we had a deal?



Not fair, I foresee bawling all over again if they go for IRIS-levels of angst with JWS in the lead.

Anyway, Daisy is made by the man who made Infernal Affairs so you can expect the same levels of cheeriness. The story centers around a sheltered painter who lives in Amsterdam (Jeon Ji Hyun). Every day at the same time she recieves a present of daisies from a secret admirer. Little does she know that the admirer is a mob hitman in hiding (Jung Woo Sung) who has fallen in love seeing her paint. Enter an Interpol agent (Lee Sung Jae) on the trail of the hitman, and whom the heroine mistakes for her admirer...



The movie is gorgeously shot, well-acted, super-romantic and made me freaking bawl my head off. I loved it to bits. I was also happy to see that JWS looks perfect angsting, with a gun, full of revenge, madly in love, or with the love of his life pointing a gun at him. He is going to do just fine :P

A few more caps. Not spoilery and out of any order, on purpose )

Now I want to track down the longer Hong Kong cut (the one I had was the international one).

It was so good!

Is it unhealthy to be obsessed with a drama 10 months before it airs? If it is, I don't care at all.

ETA: Have a shippy IRIS mv. I think it's official - Hyun Joon and Seung Hee are my biggest ever drama OTP. I thought my obsession would them would cool but it's been over 2 months since the drama was over and nope - am still fixated.

dangermousie: (Buffy: BA kiss by ohh_xx)
Thank you so freaking much, Daisy.

Now I am sitting here bawling.



I have wanted to check out Daisy, a 2006 movie with Jeon Ji Hyun, Jung Woo Sung, and Lee Sung Jae, after I had found out that Jung Woo Sung has been cast in Athena.

Firstly, because people kept mentioning it all over the place, but secondly because I knew JWS played an assassin insanely devoted to his OTP in it and I wanted to see how he'd be like in an IRIS-type environment.



WELL.

WELL.

I thought I told you, TPTB, not to cast as a lead someone who can make me bawl as much Lee Byung Hun did. I thought we had a deal?



Not fair, I foresee bawling all over again if they go for IRIS-levels of angst with JWS in the lead.

Anyway, Daisy is made by the man who made Infernal Affairs so you can expect the same levels of cheeriness. The story centers around a sheltered painter who lives in Amsterdam (Jeon Ji Hyun). Every day at the same time she recieves a present of daisies from a secret admirer. Little does she know that the admirer is a mob hitman in hiding (Jung Woo Sung) who has fallen in love seeing her paint. Enter an Interpol agent (Lee Sung Jae) on the trail of the hitman, and whom the heroine mistakes for her admirer...



The movie is gorgeously shot, well-acted, super-romantic and made me freaking bawl my head off. I loved it to bits. I was also happy to see that JWS looks perfect angsting, with a gun, full of revenge, madly in love, or with the love of his life pointing a gun at him. He is going to do just fine :P

A few more caps. Not spoilery and out of any order, on purpose )

Now I want to track down the longer Hong Kong cut (the one I had was the international one).

It was so good!

Is it unhealthy to be obsessed with a drama 10 months before it airs? If it is, I don't care at all.

ETA: Have a shippy IRIS mv. I think it's official - Hyun Joon and Seung Hee are my biggest ever drama OTP. I thought my obsession would them would cool but it's been over 2 months since the drama was over and nope - am still fixated.

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