Dramaish

Dec. 31st, 2009 08:51 am
dangermousie: (KHYD: eyes by timescout)
Yet another still from the upcoming Slave Hunters. Personally, I think they shound hunt down whoever came up with that outfit - it's atrocious from top to bottom (yes, I know, historically accurate blah blah. Still atrocious).



In other news, finished Lawyers of Korea. It's too low-key and angstless to go on my favorites list (it's not slice of life at all but it does lack those melodrama moments present in many a drama). But I enjoyed it immensely. Great way to spend the time. Few brief comments.

1. Neither legal nor business stuff in this made any sense. Glaringly so. It kept throwing me out of the story - but ah well.

2. Loved the hinted-at possibility of Lawyer Byun and Ae Ri. They so totally would work. Plus, Lawyer Byun continues to be ridiculously hot. Loved the scene where Woo learned about why he left - pretty emotional but yes, that boat has sailed already and he cannot get her back. A little weird that they are so chummy after merely a year after - so maybe he never truly was madly in love with her after 6-yr separation (makes sense) but was more of trying to make it work because it should? I dunno.

3. I think the scene where Mingook kneels to the bankers and it's not for romantic reasons or even to save his job but to save his staff and company? Was my favorite scene in the drama. OMG.

4. I sort of became irrational about how hot Mingook was by the end, but I think part of it was the super-sexy suits. When he was in super-casual clothes at the end, it wasn't like this :)

5. Ending kiss. Why, their mouths were open and everything, like real grown-ups. Lucky for them they have a big conference table they can use right behind them.

6. I am still confused how the '3 years I will stay away from Woo if you give me your $$$, Ae Ri' thing was not resolved at all - I would have been fine with him having a break-up and asking her to wait for 3 years or him deciding he can't do it, to hell with the promise. But it was sort of dropped after some half-hearted attempts on his part and Ae Ri never brought it up. Odd.

7. I need to see Lee Sung Jae in something else stat. My new crush!

Dramaish

Dec. 31st, 2009 08:51 am
dangermousie: (KHYD: eyes by timescout)
Yet another still from the upcoming Slave Hunters. Personally, I think they shound hunt down whoever came up with that outfit - it's atrocious from top to bottom (yes, I know, historically accurate blah blah. Still atrocious).



In other news, finished Lawyers of Korea. It's too low-key and angstless to go on my favorites list (it's not slice of life at all but it does lack those melodrama moments present in many a drama). But I enjoyed it immensely. Great way to spend the time. Few brief comments.

1. Neither legal nor business stuff in this made any sense. Glaringly so. It kept throwing me out of the story - but ah well.

2. Loved the hinted-at possibility of Lawyer Byun and Ae Ri. They so totally would work. Plus, Lawyer Byun continues to be ridiculously hot. Loved the scene where Woo learned about why he left - pretty emotional but yes, that boat has sailed already and he cannot get her back. A little weird that they are so chummy after merely a year after - so maybe he never truly was madly in love with her after 6-yr separation (makes sense) but was more of trying to make it work because it should? I dunno.

3. I think the scene where Mingook kneels to the bankers and it's not for romantic reasons or even to save his job but to save his staff and company? Was my favorite scene in the drama. OMG.

4. I sort of became irrational about how hot Mingook was by the end, but I think part of it was the super-sexy suits. When he was in super-casual clothes at the end, it wasn't like this :)

5. Ending kiss. Why, their mouths were open and everything, like real grown-ups. Lucky for them they have a big conference table they can use right behind them.

6. I am still confused how the '3 years I will stay away from Woo if you give me your $$$, Ae Ri' thing was not resolved at all - I would have been fine with him having a break-up and asking her to wait for 3 years or him deciding he can't do it, to hell with the promise. But it was sort of dropped after some half-hearted attempts on his part and Ae Ri never brought it up. Odd.

7. I need to see Lee Sung Jae in something else stat. My new crush!

Dramaish

Dec. 31st, 2009 08:51 am
dangermousie: (KHYD: eyes by timescout)
Yet another still from the upcoming Slave Hunters. Personally, I think they shound hunt down whoever came up with that outfit - it's atrocious from top to bottom (yes, I know, historically accurate blah blah. Still atrocious).



In other news, finished Lawyers of Korea. It's too low-key and angstless to go on my favorites list (it's not slice of life at all but it does lack those melodrama moments present in many a drama). But I enjoyed it immensely. Great way to spend the time. Few brief comments.

1. Neither legal nor business stuff in this made any sense. Glaringly so. It kept throwing me out of the story - but ah well.

2. Loved the hinted-at possibility of Lawyer Byun and Ae Ri. They so totally would work. Plus, Lawyer Byun continues to be ridiculously hot. Loved the scene where Woo learned about why he left - pretty emotional but yes, that boat has sailed already and he cannot get her back. A little weird that they are so chummy after merely a year after - so maybe he never truly was madly in love with her after 6-yr separation (makes sense) but was more of trying to make it work because it should? I dunno.

3. I think the scene where Mingook kneels to the bankers and it's not for romantic reasons or even to save his job but to save his staff and company? Was my favorite scene in the drama. OMG.

4. I sort of became irrational about how hot Mingook was by the end, but I think part of it was the super-sexy suits. When he was in super-casual clothes at the end, it wasn't like this :)

5. Ending kiss. Why, their mouths were open and everything, like real grown-ups. Lucky for them they have a big conference table they can use right behind them.

6. I am still confused how the '3 years I will stay away from Woo if you give me your $$$, Ae Ri' thing was not resolved at all - I would have been fine with him having a break-up and asking her to wait for 3 years or him deciding he can't do it, to hell with the promise. But it was sort of dropped after some half-hearted attempts on his part and Ae Ri never brought it up. Odd.

7. I need to see Lee Sung Jae in something else stat. My new crush!
dangermousie: (B&W Zai Tian by scanky_chops)
Am through ep 13 of Lawyers of Korea and it's yet another drama I totally have to eat crow about - I am madly madly madly MADLY in love with it.

Few brief points:

1. THE ELEVATOR SCENE OF AMAZING SHIPPINESS. It's one of the most romantic scenes ever and they don't even look at each other. GUH.

2. In love or not, Mingook and Woo bicker like nobody's business. I'd find it exhausting but it works for them.

3. Eggs. Ae Ri fangirls are throwing eggs at her and he starts yelling at the crowd to throw them at him instead. Which they do and he is so fiercely satisfied. I may have felt a little faint.

4. The law stuff in this makes no sense. If, as Woo said, the agreement Ae Ri signed with Momster is not valid as it's before marriage, than the prenup Ae Ri got with Mingook should be invalid either. Also - Mingook honey. You are a freaking fund manager! I don't care how sweet she looks crying and how in love you are, you don't just randomly sign a scribbled prenup she made. That's a way to lose some serious money!

5. The fight Mingook and Woo had when he left her in the marshes or whatever - I just loved that whole explosion and the aftermath - they are so very compatible.

6. Lawyer Byun, I love you and you are hot like burning and a very good guy but if you think any woman would take you back after you walked out on her, your live-in fiancee, with no explanation or warning 6 yrs ago other than a voicemail of "too boring here and you keep pestering me for wedding date, bye, find a nice guy have a nice life" then you need to have your head checked out. Pssssst, the whole 'I don't want to bury her under mountain of debt and sickly family' is a noble reason but maybe you should have actually - you know - let her make her own choices? Because there ain't no way you are ever getting her back now. Even if Mingook did not exist, she is never going to take you back. Not even if you explain.

7. I still like Ae Ri, who is pretty darn cool, but she has clearly decided to follow the crazy secondary girl's methods for getting back her man. Let's see, how does this plan for winning back an estranged husband sound - divorce him and then sue for a ginormous amount of alimony that could ruin him. Then once you get it, tell him your money-loving husband can have it back if the two of you get back together. Huh? Even if Mingook went for it, how functional would that relationship be? The relationship before the divorce would even be more functional.

8. The more I watch, the more I realize that Ae Ri and Mingook's marriage was doomed even without his interfering mother. They are too different - they would have never worked. The more I see of them, the more I realize how incompatible they are. By now I am of the way of thinking that it's not that Mingook was bad husband material but that he was bad husband material for Ae Ri. For another woman (Woo!!!) he'd make a good husband. And as for Ae Ri - she is better off with most anyone else because, in love or not, he is so not what she needs in a spouse.

In conclusion - AWESOME.
dangermousie: (B&W Zai Tian by scanky_chops)
Am through ep 13 of Lawyers of Korea and it's yet another drama I totally have to eat crow about - I am madly madly madly MADLY in love with it.

Few brief points:

1. THE ELEVATOR SCENE OF AMAZING SHIPPINESS. It's one of the most romantic scenes ever and they don't even look at each other. GUH.

2. In love or not, Mingook and Woo bicker like nobody's business. I'd find it exhausting but it works for them.

3. Eggs. Ae Ri fangirls are throwing eggs at her and he starts yelling at the crowd to throw them at him instead. Which they do and he is so fiercely satisfied. I may have felt a little faint.

4. The law stuff in this makes no sense. If, as Woo said, the agreement Ae Ri signed with Momster is not valid as it's before marriage, than the prenup Ae Ri got with Mingook should be invalid either. Also - Mingook honey. You are a freaking fund manager! I don't care how sweet she looks crying and how in love you are, you don't just randomly sign a scribbled prenup she made. That's a way to lose some serious money!

5. The fight Mingook and Woo had when he left her in the marshes or whatever - I just loved that whole explosion and the aftermath - they are so very compatible.

6. Lawyer Byun, I love you and you are hot like burning and a very good guy but if you think any woman would take you back after you walked out on her, your live-in fiancee, with no explanation or warning 6 yrs ago other than a voicemail of "too boring here and you keep pestering me for wedding date, bye, find a nice guy have a nice life" then you need to have your head checked out. Pssssst, the whole 'I don't want to bury her under mountain of debt and sickly family' is a noble reason but maybe you should have actually - you know - let her make her own choices? Because there ain't no way you are ever getting her back now. Even if Mingook did not exist, she is never going to take you back. Not even if you explain.

7. I still like Ae Ri, who is pretty darn cool, but she has clearly decided to follow the crazy secondary girl's methods for getting back her man. Let's see, how does this plan for winning back an estranged husband sound - divorce him and then sue for a ginormous amount of alimony that could ruin him. Then once you get it, tell him your money-loving husband can have it back if the two of you get back together. Huh? Even if Mingook went for it, how functional would that relationship be? The relationship before the divorce would even be more functional.

8. The more I watch, the more I realize that Ae Ri and Mingook's marriage was doomed even without his interfering mother. They are too different - they would have never worked. The more I see of them, the more I realize how incompatible they are. By now I am of the way of thinking that it's not that Mingook was bad husband material but that he was bad husband material for Ae Ri. For another woman (Woo!!!) he'd make a good husband. And as for Ae Ri - she is better off with most anyone else because, in love or not, he is so not what she needs in a spouse.

In conclusion - AWESOME.
dangermousie: (B&W Zai Tian by scanky_chops)
Am through ep 13 of Lawyers of Korea and it's yet another drama I totally have to eat crow about - I am madly madly madly MADLY in love with it.

Few brief points:

1. THE ELEVATOR SCENE OF AMAZING SHIPPINESS. It's one of the most romantic scenes ever and they don't even look at each other. GUH.

2. In love or not, Mingook and Woo bicker like nobody's business. I'd find it exhausting but it works for them.

3. Eggs. Ae Ri fangirls are throwing eggs at her and he starts yelling at the crowd to throw them at him instead. Which they do and he is so fiercely satisfied. I may have felt a little faint.

4. The law stuff in this makes no sense. If, as Woo said, the agreement Ae Ri signed with Momster is not valid as it's before marriage, than the prenup Ae Ri got with Mingook should be invalid either. Also - Mingook honey. You are a freaking fund manager! I don't care how sweet she looks crying and how in love you are, you don't just randomly sign a scribbled prenup she made. That's a way to lose some serious money!

5. The fight Mingook and Woo had when he left her in the marshes or whatever - I just loved that whole explosion and the aftermath - they are so very compatible.

6. Lawyer Byun, I love you and you are hot like burning and a very good guy but if you think any woman would take you back after you walked out on her, your live-in fiancee, with no explanation or warning 6 yrs ago other than a voicemail of "too boring here and you keep pestering me for wedding date, bye, find a nice guy have a nice life" then you need to have your head checked out. Pssssst, the whole 'I don't want to bury her under mountain of debt and sickly family' is a noble reason but maybe you should have actually - you know - let her make her own choices? Because there ain't no way you are ever getting her back now. Even if Mingook did not exist, she is never going to take you back. Not even if you explain.

7. I still like Ae Ri, who is pretty darn cool, but she has clearly decided to follow the crazy secondary girl's methods for getting back her man. Let's see, how does this plan for winning back an estranged husband sound - divorce him and then sue for a ginormous amount of alimony that could ruin him. Then once you get it, tell him your money-loving husband can have it back if the two of you get back together. Huh? Even if Mingook went for it, how functional would that relationship be? The relationship before the divorce would even be more functional.

8. The more I watch, the more I realize that Ae Ri and Mingook's marriage was doomed even without his interfering mother. They are too different - they would have never worked. The more I see of them, the more I realize how incompatible they are. By now I am of the way of thinking that it's not that Mingook was bad husband material but that he was bad husband material for Ae Ri. For another woman (Woo!!!) he'd make a good husband. And as for Ae Ri - she is better off with most anyone else because, in love or not, he is so not what she needs in a spouse.

In conclusion - AWESOME.
dangermousie: (Full House: kiss)
*puts on her best 15-yr-old girl voice* Mingook oppa is sooooooooo hot.

LOL.

Sorry, but that has been my predominant thought through eps 6 and 7.

I am beginning to fall in love with Lawyers of Korea. And I am beginning to see long-term viability of Mingook/Woo, and not just because I have been hormonally afflicted.

For one, Mingook is learning but, for another, he and Ae Ri were such a bad match - he is incredibly abrasive and she is actually very fragile. And Mingook also is about the last person to whom one gives hints. Yet the way Woo deals with him - there are none of those problems - if she wants something, there are no hints - she will tell bluntly what it is she wants. Moreover, his brusqueness does not bother her at all - it doesn't even register. And the lady loves a good fight - she is a total HBIC - see the scene where he was so pissed-off and jealous and just stressed and threw money at her in a public place. Her reaction? An equivalent of a mental shrug because she knows he is acting out and not to take it to heart, standing up to him every bit and then she basically bullies him (I can't think of any other word) into kneeling at her feet in front of all his employees and picking it all up - she can shut down his tantrum faster than anything and it does not phase her but makes her roll her eyes. She is the clear boss of that confrontation or any situation with the two of them, really.

Take that ridiculous contract Mingook's Mom made Ae Ri sign - why on earth did Ae Ri not tell her where to stuff it and then talk to Mingook and tell him if he wants something this stupid, the marriage is off. That contract basically killed the marriage before it started and Mingook did not even know of its existence. Can you imagine Woo's reaction to Momster trying this? As if. She's tell her to get off and then Mingook would be in for a yelling session telling him to put his mother on a leash.

Lawyer Byun continues to be awesome - he is dying to protect a lady and Ae Ri needs protection. Please hook up and be my secondary OTP. I am biased as they were so star-crossed in Seoul 1945 and at least in this one there is no chance he will die in a labor camp. I do wish that, as he clearly wants Woo back, he freaking tell her why he went away. Seriously - how can she forgive you if she does not know your reason for leaving? Are you insane?

To conclude, a shippy MV:



ETA: Here are Byun and Ae Ri (or their actors :P) in Seoul 1945. Mmmm.


dangermousie: (Full House: kiss)
*puts on her best 15-yr-old girl voice* Mingook oppa is sooooooooo hot.

LOL.

Sorry, but that has been my predominant thought through eps 6 and 7.

I am beginning to fall in love with Lawyers of Korea. And I am beginning to see long-term viability of Mingook/Woo, and not just because I have been hormonally afflicted.

For one, Mingook is learning but, for another, he and Ae Ri were such a bad match - he is incredibly abrasive and she is actually very fragile. And Mingook also is about the last person to whom one gives hints. Yet the way Woo deals with him - there are none of those problems - if she wants something, there are no hints - she will tell bluntly what it is she wants. Moreover, his brusqueness does not bother her at all - it doesn't even register. And the lady loves a good fight - she is a total HBIC - see the scene where he was so pissed-off and jealous and just stressed and threw money at her in a public place. Her reaction? An equivalent of a mental shrug because she knows he is acting out and not to take it to heart, standing up to him every bit and then she basically bullies him (I can't think of any other word) into kneeling at her feet in front of all his employees and picking it all up - she can shut down his tantrum faster than anything and it does not phase her but makes her roll her eyes. She is the clear boss of that confrontation or any situation with the two of them, really.

Take that ridiculous contract Mingook's Mom made Ae Ri sign - why on earth did Ae Ri not tell her where to stuff it and then talk to Mingook and tell him if he wants something this stupid, the marriage is off. That contract basically killed the marriage before it started and Mingook did not even know of its existence. Can you imagine Woo's reaction to Momster trying this? As if. She's tell her to get off and then Mingook would be in for a yelling session telling him to put his mother on a leash.

Lawyer Byun continues to be awesome - he is dying to protect a lady and Ae Ri needs protection. Please hook up and be my secondary OTP. I am biased as they were so star-crossed in Seoul 1945 and at least in this one there is no chance he will die in a labor camp. I do wish that, as he clearly wants Woo back, he freaking tell her why he went away. Seriously - how can she forgive you if she does not know your reason for leaving? Are you insane?

To conclude, a shippy MV:



ETA: Here are Byun and Ae Ri (or their actors :P) in Seoul 1945. Mmmm.


dangermousie: (Full House: kiss)
*puts on her best 15-yr-old girl voice* Mingook oppa is sooooooooo hot.

LOL.

Sorry, but that has been my predominant thought through eps 6 and 7.

I am beginning to fall in love with Lawyers of Korea. And I am beginning to see long-term viability of Mingook/Woo, and not just because I have been hormonally afflicted.

For one, Mingook is learning but, for another, he and Ae Ri were such a bad match - he is incredibly abrasive and she is actually very fragile. And Mingook also is about the last person to whom one gives hints. Yet the way Woo deals with him - there are none of those problems - if she wants something, there are no hints - she will tell bluntly what it is she wants. Moreover, his brusqueness does not bother her at all - it doesn't even register. And the lady loves a good fight - she is a total HBIC - see the scene where he was so pissed-off and jealous and just stressed and threw money at her in a public place. Her reaction? An equivalent of a mental shrug because she knows he is acting out and not to take it to heart, standing up to him every bit and then she basically bullies him (I can't think of any other word) into kneeling at her feet in front of all his employees and picking it all up - she can shut down his tantrum faster than anything and it does not phase her but makes her roll her eyes. She is the clear boss of that confrontation or any situation with the two of them, really.

Take that ridiculous contract Mingook's Mom made Ae Ri sign - why on earth did Ae Ri not tell her where to stuff it and then talk to Mingook and tell him if he wants something this stupid, the marriage is off. That contract basically killed the marriage before it started and Mingook did not even know of its existence. Can you imagine Woo's reaction to Momster trying this? As if. She's tell her to get off and then Mingook would be in for a yelling session telling him to put his mother on a leash.

Lawyer Byun continues to be awesome - he is dying to protect a lady and Ae Ri needs protection. Please hook up and be my secondary OTP. I am biased as they were so star-crossed in Seoul 1945 and at least in this one there is no chance he will die in a labor camp. I do wish that, as he clearly wants Woo back, he freaking tell her why he went away. Seriously - how can she forgive you if she does not know your reason for leaving? Are you insane?

To conclude, a shippy MV:



ETA: Here are Byun and Ae Ri (or their actors :P) in Seoul 1945. Mmmm.


dangermousie: (Capital Scandal box by miss_dian)
Am on episode 6 of Lawyers of Korea (to be fair, since I left off at beginning of 5 months ago, that only means an ep) and my previous opinion stands - it's fun and breezy and with a lovely cast but it is a bit flawed in a way I will get into below. It still makes it fun to watch, just not a favorite or anything.

LoK's heroine, Lawyer Woo, is a rookie starting to establish her business. She does strictly small-time stuff until (due to a number of dramaish circumstances), the ecentric millionaire Han Mingook hires her to be his lawyer in his acrimonious alimony battle with his ex-wife, movie star Ae Ri - Ae Ri is basically seeking most of his fortune and Mingook is not about to take it lying down. Since this is a drama, however, there are further complications - for one, Ae Ri and Lawyer Woo went to the same trade school and used to be friends. And for another, Ae Ri's high-power shark of a lawyer, Lawyer Byun, used to be Lawyer Woo's live-in boyfriend - they even planned to get married until Byun just took off with no explanation and no way to contact him. Now he is back and intends to resume their relationship as if nothing happened. You can just imagine the hijinks that are about to ensue.

This drama has a number of lovely points - it's funny, it almost literally sparkles, the script is fast and witty, and the cast, all 4 leads, have this lovely snappy chemistry - it's almost like watching a kdrama do a screwball comedy. Not to mention that this is a rare drama without evil secondaries - Ae Ri is a wonderful woman, oddly fragile, yet self-possessed. And I have a huge crush on Lawyer Byun.

But there is a big problem - out of four possible shippy permutations, I can see 3 working, and the one I cannot see is the main ship - I would love to watch a drama about Mingook and Ae Ri reconciling, working out their issues. I would love to see Byun court Woo all over again (as I love spoilers, I know why he left her and his reason is no worse than most of kdrama heroes who do something for the little lady's good without bothering to tell her). And I would love to see Byun and Ae Ri hook up - not only is she fragile and needs someone to cherish her and he is equipped to do so, but these actors were the OTP of Seoul 1945 and they were amazing.

But Mingook/Woo? I don't really get it. Or let me modify this - I get it in a way - they have crackling chemistry and he is attracted by her no-nonsense combative attitude as he's never had a challenge before. And she really likes to spar with him. So yes, I can buy a temporary and very fun and very hot hook-up. The problem is, I cannot see it last - fighting all the time does not make a stable relationship for most, but more importantly, Mingook was genuinely in love with Ae Ri when he married her and so what? When hard times hit, he ended up womanizing.

So unless Mingook changes in some fundamental way, no matter how much he will be in love with Woo, and how much he will do wonderful things for her (like bodily protecting her from a beating), once the first flush of love is inevitably and quickly over, this relationship will be done. Though I suppose Ae Ri did actively start the marriage deaththroes by reacting to his mother so hmmmmm...

Also - I am getting the creeps seeing both lawyers potentially involved with their clients. Talk about super-unethical.

Still - this is fun and funny, and I like Mingook as a character, even if not necessarily yet as a person - he is a hilarious neurotic wonder. And I like the other three too.

I can't get away from thinking that this drama would be an ep long if people only told each other stuff they were supposed to instead of doing stupid 'for your own good' lies and treating their partner as if they were a retarded 3-yr-old. I mean, if Ae Ri only told Mingook about his mother's fun games as opposed to silently suffering and detaching and leading to the downward marriage spiral, or if Byun only told Woo about why he needed to leave, we'd have a drama about a couple of married lawyers and a rich guy/movie star glamour couple.
dangermousie: (Capital Scandal box by miss_dian)
Am on episode 6 of Lawyers of Korea (to be fair, since I left off at beginning of 5 months ago, that only means an ep) and my previous opinion stands - it's fun and breezy and with a lovely cast but it is a bit flawed in a way I will get into below. It still makes it fun to watch, just not a favorite or anything.

LoK's heroine, Lawyer Woo, is a rookie starting to establish her business. She does strictly small-time stuff until (due to a number of dramaish circumstances), the ecentric millionaire Han Mingook hires her to be his lawyer in his acrimonious alimony battle with his ex-wife, movie star Ae Ri - Ae Ri is basically seeking most of his fortune and Mingook is not about to take it lying down. Since this is a drama, however, there are further complications - for one, Ae Ri and Lawyer Woo went to the same trade school and used to be friends. And for another, Ae Ri's high-power shark of a lawyer, Lawyer Byun, used to be Lawyer Woo's live-in boyfriend - they even planned to get married until Byun just took off with no explanation and no way to contact him. Now he is back and intends to resume their relationship as if nothing happened. You can just imagine the hijinks that are about to ensue.

This drama has a number of lovely points - it's funny, it almost literally sparkles, the script is fast and witty, and the cast, all 4 leads, have this lovely snappy chemistry - it's almost like watching a kdrama do a screwball comedy. Not to mention that this is a rare drama without evil secondaries - Ae Ri is a wonderful woman, oddly fragile, yet self-possessed. And I have a huge crush on Lawyer Byun.

But there is a big problem - out of four possible shippy permutations, I can see 3 working, and the one I cannot see is the main ship - I would love to watch a drama about Mingook and Ae Ri reconciling, working out their issues. I would love to see Byun court Woo all over again (as I love spoilers, I know why he left her and his reason is no worse than most of kdrama heroes who do something for the little lady's good without bothering to tell her). And I would love to see Byun and Ae Ri hook up - not only is she fragile and needs someone to cherish her and he is equipped to do so, but these actors were the OTP of Seoul 1945 and they were amazing.

But Mingook/Woo? I don't really get it. Or let me modify this - I get it in a way - they have crackling chemistry and he is attracted by her no-nonsense combative attitude as he's never had a challenge before. And she really likes to spar with him. So yes, I can buy a temporary and very fun and very hot hook-up. The problem is, I cannot see it last - fighting all the time does not make a stable relationship for most, but more importantly, Mingook was genuinely in love with Ae Ri when he married her and so what? When hard times hit, he ended up womanizing.

So unless Mingook changes in some fundamental way, no matter how much he will be in love with Woo, and how much he will do wonderful things for her (like bodily protecting her from a beating), once the first flush of love is inevitably and quickly over, this relationship will be done. Though I suppose Ae Ri did actively start the marriage deaththroes by reacting to his mother so hmmmmm...

Also - I am getting the creeps seeing both lawyers potentially involved with their clients. Talk about super-unethical.

Still - this is fun and funny, and I like Mingook as a character, even if not necessarily yet as a person - he is a hilarious neurotic wonder. And I like the other three too.

I can't get away from thinking that this drama would be an ep long if people only told each other stuff they were supposed to instead of doing stupid 'for your own good' lies and treating their partner as if they were a retarded 3-yr-old. I mean, if Ae Ri only told Mingook about his mother's fun games as opposed to silently suffering and detaching and leading to the downward marriage spiral, or if Byun only told Woo about why he needed to leave, we'd have a drama about a couple of married lawyers and a rich guy/movie star glamour couple.
dangermousie: (Capital Scandal box by miss_dian)
Am on episode 6 of Lawyers of Korea (to be fair, since I left off at beginning of 5 months ago, that only means an ep) and my previous opinion stands - it's fun and breezy and with a lovely cast but it is a bit flawed in a way I will get into below. It still makes it fun to watch, just not a favorite or anything.

LoK's heroine, Lawyer Woo, is a rookie starting to establish her business. She does strictly small-time stuff until (due to a number of dramaish circumstances), the ecentric millionaire Han Mingook hires her to be his lawyer in his acrimonious alimony battle with his ex-wife, movie star Ae Ri - Ae Ri is basically seeking most of his fortune and Mingook is not about to take it lying down. Since this is a drama, however, there are further complications - for one, Ae Ri and Lawyer Woo went to the same trade school and used to be friends. And for another, Ae Ri's high-power shark of a lawyer, Lawyer Byun, used to be Lawyer Woo's live-in boyfriend - they even planned to get married until Byun just took off with no explanation and no way to contact him. Now he is back and intends to resume their relationship as if nothing happened. You can just imagine the hijinks that are about to ensue.

This drama has a number of lovely points - it's funny, it almost literally sparkles, the script is fast and witty, and the cast, all 4 leads, have this lovely snappy chemistry - it's almost like watching a kdrama do a screwball comedy. Not to mention that this is a rare drama without evil secondaries - Ae Ri is a wonderful woman, oddly fragile, yet self-possessed. And I have a huge crush on Lawyer Byun.

But there is a big problem - out of four possible shippy permutations, I can see 3 working, and the one I cannot see is the main ship - I would love to watch a drama about Mingook and Ae Ri reconciling, working out their issues. I would love to see Byun court Woo all over again (as I love spoilers, I know why he left her and his reason is no worse than most of kdrama heroes who do something for the little lady's good without bothering to tell her). And I would love to see Byun and Ae Ri hook up - not only is she fragile and needs someone to cherish her and he is equipped to do so, but these actors were the OTP of Seoul 1945 and they were amazing.

But Mingook/Woo? I don't really get it. Or let me modify this - I get it in a way - they have crackling chemistry and he is attracted by her no-nonsense combative attitude as he's never had a challenge before. And she really likes to spar with him. So yes, I can buy a temporary and very fun and very hot hook-up. The problem is, I cannot see it last - fighting all the time does not make a stable relationship for most, but more importantly, Mingook was genuinely in love with Ae Ri when he married her and so what? When hard times hit, he ended up womanizing.

So unless Mingook changes in some fundamental way, no matter how much he will be in love with Woo, and how much he will do wonderful things for her (like bodily protecting her from a beating), once the first flush of love is inevitably and quickly over, this relationship will be done. Though I suppose Ae Ri did actively start the marriage deaththroes by reacting to his mother so hmmmmm...

Also - I am getting the creeps seeing both lawyers potentially involved with their clients. Talk about super-unethical.

Still - this is fun and funny, and I like Mingook as a character, even if not necessarily yet as a person - he is a hilarious neurotic wonder. And I like the other three too.

I can't get away from thinking that this drama would be an ep long if people only told each other stuff they were supposed to instead of doing stupid 'for your own good' lies and treating their partner as if they were a retarded 3-yr-old. I mean, if Ae Ri only told Mingook about his mother's fun games as opposed to silently suffering and detaching and leading to the downward marriage spiral, or if Byun only told Woo about why he needed to leave, we'd have a drama about a couple of married lawyers and a rich guy/movie star glamour couple.
dangermousie: (QSS by bambinainnero)
Finished Resurrection.

Excellent excellent excellent. It got rather dark by the end but I loved the hopeful ending (I nearly had a heart attack because for a while it looked like it was heading into Mawang-ending level trauma. Never again).

I loathed all the bad guys through to the end (felt bad for their dependents though).

Poor poor messed-up Haeun. Get better, woobie! The stuff with Haeun/Eunha (once she found out) was so ridiculously awesome and angsty and hot and comforty and perfect. When he is basically crying at her that he's not Haeun and she is so gentle and tells him if he says he isn't, he isn't and that's what breaks him? OMGSQUEE. And then all the adorableness after.

For a change of pace, next is finishing up Lawyers of Korea. I had some major problems with the male lead of that one but it looks funny so we'll see.
dangermousie: (QSS by bambinainnero)
Finished Resurrection.

Excellent excellent excellent. It got rather dark by the end but I loved the hopeful ending (I nearly had a heart attack because for a while it looked like it was heading into Mawang-ending level trauma. Never again).

I loathed all the bad guys through to the end (felt bad for their dependents though).

Poor poor messed-up Haeun. Get better, woobie! The stuff with Haeun/Eunha (once she found out) was so ridiculously awesome and angsty and hot and comforty and perfect. When he is basically crying at her that he's not Haeun and she is so gentle and tells him if he says he isn't, he isn't and that's what breaks him? OMGSQUEE. And then all the adorableness after.

For a change of pace, next is finishing up Lawyers of Korea. I had some major problems with the male lead of that one but it looks funny so we'll see.
dangermousie: (QSS by bambinainnero)
Finished Resurrection.

Excellent excellent excellent. It got rather dark by the end but I loved the hopeful ending (I nearly had a heart attack because for a while it looked like it was heading into Mawang-ending level trauma. Never again).

I loathed all the bad guys through to the end (felt bad for their dependents though).

Poor poor messed-up Haeun. Get better, woobie! The stuff with Haeun/Eunha (once she found out) was so ridiculously awesome and angsty and hot and comforty and perfect. When he is basically crying at her that he's not Haeun and she is so gentle and tells him if he says he isn't, he isn't and that's what breaks him? OMGSQUEE. And then all the adorableness after.

For a change of pace, next is finishing up Lawyers of Korea. I had some major problems with the male lead of that one but it looks funny so we'll see.
dangermousie: (HGD cheek by miss-dian)
Worlds Within has ruined me for other dramas! At least for a time.



I am not exaggerating - I tried 3 dramas tonight and had to give up - I kept comparing them with WW and they became unwatchable because of it.

First I tried Fly High - bad mistake. Apologies in advance to anyone who liked it but UGH. Even without WW's perfection, Fly High would have been atrocious - in addition to poor visual quality (which to be fair, was not the drama's fault - but the uninventive and snooze-worthy cinematography was) we had the stereotypically, irritatingly cutesy heroine (she missed her bus, hit someone with a shoe accidentally, and tripped, all within the first two minutes of the drama!) and the even more stereotypical icy family-issue-laden CEO who never works despite his lofty title (did I mention that he was supposed to be a native English speaker but I could not make out a word he was saying?). Both of the main characters were paid by actors who were unattractive and could not act. Ugh. UGH.

Then I tried Crazy for You, which I normally would like a lot - I have started it some time ago but then needed to get dvds with better subs which I finally did. But despite my liking it, it just didn't draw me in at all, even though it normally would - it was excellent, I just could not get into the mood in the slightest - WW's realness just made me fixate on dramaness of this (which is normally something I'd love). However, I see myself adoring it in the future and it's excellent example of angsty melodrama - I will definitely watch more when I am in a different mood.

The same goes for Lawyers of Korea - it's a good drama but I couldn't help but compare it with WW and had to turn it off.

And then I stopped trying. I was considering bringing out heavy guns in the shape of Friend but then decided that the whiplash shock from seeing Hyun Bin go from an intellectual director of WW to a brutal thug of Friend would be too much for me in such a short span of time :P And then I got tempted to rewatch Hong Gil Dong (or anything else period, like continuing with Emperor of the Sea or Return of Iljimae) but opted for reading instead as it was late.

You have ruined me, WW! For non-period dramas, at least.
dangermousie: (HGD cheek by miss-dian)
Worlds Within has ruined me for other dramas! At least for a time.



I am not exaggerating - I tried 3 dramas tonight and had to give up - I kept comparing them with WW and they became unwatchable because of it.

First I tried Fly High - bad mistake. Apologies in advance to anyone who liked it but UGH. Even without WW's perfection, Fly High would have been atrocious - in addition to poor visual quality (which to be fair, was not the drama's fault - but the uninventive and snooze-worthy cinematography was) we had the stereotypically, irritatingly cutesy heroine (she missed her bus, hit someone with a shoe accidentally, and tripped, all within the first two minutes of the drama!) and the even more stereotypical icy family-issue-laden CEO who never works despite his lofty title (did I mention that he was supposed to be a native English speaker but I could not make out a word he was saying?). Both of the main characters were paid by actors who were unattractive and could not act. Ugh. UGH.

Then I tried Crazy for You, which I normally would like a lot - I have started it some time ago but then needed to get dvds with better subs which I finally did. But despite my liking it, it just didn't draw me in at all, even though it normally would - it was excellent, I just could not get into the mood in the slightest - WW's realness just made me fixate on dramaness of this (which is normally something I'd love). However, I see myself adoring it in the future and it's excellent example of angsty melodrama - I will definitely watch more when I am in a different mood.

The same goes for Lawyers of Korea - it's a good drama but I couldn't help but compare it with WW and had to turn it off.

And then I stopped trying. I was considering bringing out heavy guns in the shape of Friend but then decided that the whiplash shock from seeing Hyun Bin go from an intellectual director of WW to a brutal thug of Friend would be too much for me in such a short span of time :P And then I got tempted to rewatch Hong Gil Dong (or anything else period, like continuing with Emperor of the Sea or Return of Iljimae) but opted for reading instead as it was late.

You have ruined me, WW! For non-period dramas, at least.
dangermousie: (HGD cheek by miss-dian)
Worlds Within has ruined me for other dramas! At least for a time.



I am not exaggerating - I tried 3 dramas tonight and had to give up - I kept comparing them with WW and they became unwatchable because of it.

First I tried Fly High - bad mistake. Apologies in advance to anyone who liked it but UGH. Even without WW's perfection, Fly High would have been atrocious - in addition to poor visual quality (which to be fair, was not the drama's fault - but the uninventive and snooze-worthy cinematography was) we had the stereotypically, irritatingly cutesy heroine (she missed her bus, hit someone with a shoe accidentally, and tripped, all within the first two minutes of the drama!) and the even more stereotypical icy family-issue-laden CEO who never works despite his lofty title (did I mention that he was supposed to be a native English speaker but I could not make out a word he was saying?). Both of the main characters were paid by actors who were unattractive and could not act. Ugh. UGH.

Then I tried Crazy for You, which I normally would like a lot - I have started it some time ago but then needed to get dvds with better subs which I finally did. But despite my liking it, it just didn't draw me in at all, even though it normally would - it was excellent, I just could not get into the mood in the slightest - WW's realness just made me fixate on dramaness of this (which is normally something I'd love). However, I see myself adoring it in the future and it's excellent example of angsty melodrama - I will definitely watch more when I am in a different mood.

The same goes for Lawyers of Korea - it's a good drama but I couldn't help but compare it with WW and had to turn it off.

And then I stopped trying. I was considering bringing out heavy guns in the shape of Friend but then decided that the whiplash shock from seeing Hyun Bin go from an intellectual director of WW to a brutal thug of Friend would be too much for me in such a short span of time :P And then I got tempted to rewatch Hong Gil Dong (or anything else period, like continuing with Emperor of the Sea or Return of Iljimae) but opted for reading instead as it was late.

You have ruined me, WW! For non-period dramas, at least.
dangermousie: (MISA by village)
It's odd how unbothered I am by something that bothered me just a few days ago - remember my ranting about Min Gook in Lawyers of Korea, almost to the point of giving up the drama? Oddly, any irritation I had totally went away, and it's not as if I watched much more (I have still only seen 4 eps). All of a sudden, I really can't wait to watch more - it seems I am content to treat his past behavior in his past marriage as an unhealthy way of lashing out at his (then) wife's coldness and trust that he will learn to be more human in the future - for some reason that explanation just clicked and I want to see how it will be accomplished. So, more Lawyers tonight, yay!!!! (Even if a part of me can't help but wish I'd watch a drama about exes broken apart by evil family which reconnect - but I guess I could watch Phoenix or The Kid From Heaven or even 18vs29 for that).

Also, [livejournal.com profile] drama_hunt made me remember that I never finished Cain and Abel, the delicious, gorgeous revenge drama starring So Ji Sub and Han Ji Min (as a woobie surgeon left for dead who tries to recover his memories and get revenge on those who put him in that state and a pucky North Korean refugee girl). I loved the first 5 eps as they were airing but stopped because I wanted to make sure it ended in the way I wanted it too. It did, so I'll continue with it now.

Here is a shippy MV:

dangermousie: (MISA by village)
It's odd how unbothered I am by something that bothered me just a few days ago - remember my ranting about Min Gook in Lawyers of Korea, almost to the point of giving up the drama? Oddly, any irritation I had totally went away, and it's not as if I watched much more (I have still only seen 4 eps). All of a sudden, I really can't wait to watch more - it seems I am content to treat his past behavior in his past marriage as an unhealthy way of lashing out at his (then) wife's coldness and trust that he will learn to be more human in the future - for some reason that explanation just clicked and I want to see how it will be accomplished. So, more Lawyers tonight, yay!!!! (Even if a part of me can't help but wish I'd watch a drama about exes broken apart by evil family which reconnect - but I guess I could watch Phoenix or The Kid From Heaven or even 18vs29 for that).

Also, [livejournal.com profile] drama_hunt made me remember that I never finished Cain and Abel, the delicious, gorgeous revenge drama starring So Ji Sub and Han Ji Min (as a woobie surgeon left for dead who tries to recover his memories and get revenge on those who put him in that state and a pucky North Korean refugee girl). I loved the first 5 eps as they were airing but stopped because I wanted to make sure it ended in the way I wanted it too. It did, so I'll continue with it now.

Here is a shippy MV:

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