dangermousie: (HGD cheek by miss-dian)


I confess, until now I had little interest in the upcoming fantasy sageuk Jeon Woo Chi - I just didn't know anything about it and Cha Tae Hyun has never been a favorite of mine.

But now!!!!! Uee, playing our heroine, the granddaughter of Hong Gil Dong, apparently gets placed under an evil spell and becomes an emotionless assassin for the bad guys. Except a couple of times a year (?), when she is freed. And as the drama starts, apparently she shows up to kill her grandfather HGD and her lover, Jeon Woo Chi.

I NEED THIS DRAMA IN MY LIFE ASAP!!!! It's made for me! It makes me think it could have been a wuxia starring Nic Tse, and that is never a bad thing.

I think part of the reason for my interest being so acute is because this is the first time in months and months I don't have a period drama of some sort on my viewing list. I checked out The Horse Doctor and it's solid but not my thing (medical dramas = deadly boredom, as far as I am concerned) and The Great Seer should have instead been titled The Great Leer, going by the amount of gratuitous sex and torture in that drama. I'd be fine with sex and torture and the atmosphere of wannabe degeneracy if I cared for any of the characters or the actors (OK, Ji Jin Hee is rocking his role, but he can't rescue this puppy alone), or even if the costumes and sets were less shoddy.
dangermousie: (Coffee Prince kiss by alexandral)
1. One of the best things about Yoochun being cast in a drama is that his fangirls are a supremely dedicated bunch and thus you can be sure of a ton of MVs and other things. I mean, someone made a speculative trailer of I Miss You already, splicing Yoochun and Yoon Eun Hye's other dramas:

http://youtu.be/aPoVhOdQ4mY

It's utterly gorgeous. Mmmmm, I am super-excited for this drama - I love the leads and the writer to bits.

2. Speaking of fanworks, I am so lucky with Faith. The ratings for my obsession are mediocre, but the (English-language) fandom seems to have glommed on to it in a huge way. The soompi thread has over 600 pages (!!!!), we have a number of bloggers talking about it, and some very talented people are producing fanfics and vids. Compare it with May Queen, which has almost twice the ratings, yet the blogosphere is pretty dead about. This is all a long intro to a comment that I went hunting for MVs and found some gorgeous ones:



3. Apparently, Kim Bum has been confirmed for That Winter the Wind Blows. Noh Hee Kyung must have really liked him in her previous drama, Padam Padam (he WAS excellent). I've seen some fangirls upset that, once again, it's not the lead, but I really respect his choices - he keeps picking projects by a good writer which entail bouncing off some real heavyweights (in PP, it was Jung Woo Sung and here it will be Jo In Sung). I actually think these are great choices for him.

4. Last but not least, I keep wondering who will be the leading lady in Joo Won's upcoming drama. A lot of the likely candidates are busy. I think it would fun if it was Park Min Young - if I still like her after the horror that was Dr Jin, then clearly she can do no wrong in my eyes.

5. I am currently only following 4 airing kdramas - Five Fingers, Nice Guy, Faith, and Arang and the Magistrate. This is so much easier on my schedule (I dropped The Horse Healer and Oohlala Spouses, at the very least postponed The Great Seer, and I can't say I am watching Glass Mask in any consistent fashion).
dangermousie: (Coffee Prince kiss by alexandral)
1. One of the best things about Yoochun being cast in a drama is that his fangirls are a supremely dedicated bunch and thus you can be sure of a ton of MVs and other things. I mean, someone made a speculative trailer of I Miss You already, splicing Yoochun and Yoon Eun Hye's other dramas:

http://youtu.be/aPoVhOdQ4mY

It's utterly gorgeous. Mmmmm, I am super-excited for this drama - I love the leads and the writer to bits.

2. Speaking of fanworks, I am so lucky with Faith. The ratings for my obsession are mediocre, but the (English-language) fandom seems to have glommed on to it in a huge way. The soompi thread has over 600 pages (!!!!), we have a number of bloggers talking about it, and some very talented people are producing fanfics and vids. Compare it with May Queen, which has almost twice the ratings, yet the blogosphere is pretty dead about. This is all a long intro to a comment that I went hunting for MVs and found some gorgeous ones:



3. Apparently, Kim Bum has been confirmed for That Winter the Wind Blows. Noh Hee Kyung must have really liked him in her previous drama, Padam Padam (he WAS excellent). I've seen some fangirls upset that, once again, it's not the lead, but I really respect his choices - he keeps picking projects by a good writer which entail bouncing off some real heavyweights (in PP, it was Jung Woo Sung and here it will be Jo In Sung). I actually think these are great choices for him.

4. Last but not least, I keep wondering who will be the leading lady in Joo Won's upcoming drama. A lot of the likely candidates are busy. I think it would fun if it was Park Min Young - if I still like her after the horror that was Dr Jin, then clearly she can do no wrong in my eyes.

5. I am currently only following 4 airing kdramas - Five Fingers, Nice Guy, Faith, and Arang and the Magistrate. This is so much easier on my schedule (I dropped The Horse Healer and Oohlala Spouses, at the very least postponed The Great Seer, and I can't say I am watching Glass Mask in any consistent fashion).
dangermousie: (Coffee Prince kiss by alexandral)
1. One of the best things about Yoochun being cast in a drama is that his fangirls are a supremely dedicated bunch and thus you can be sure of a ton of MVs and other things. I mean, someone made a speculative trailer of I Miss You already, splicing Yoochun and Yoon Eun Hye's other dramas:

http://youtu.be/aPoVhOdQ4mY

It's utterly gorgeous. Mmmmm, I am super-excited for this drama - I love the leads and the writer to bits.

2. Speaking of fanworks, I am so lucky with Faith. The ratings for my obsession are mediocre, but the (English-language) fandom seems to have glommed on to it in a huge way. The soompi thread has over 600 pages (!!!!), we have a number of bloggers talking about it, and some very talented people are producing fanfics and vids. Compare it with May Queen, which has almost twice the ratings, yet the blogosphere is pretty dead about. This is all a long intro to a comment that I went hunting for MVs and found some gorgeous ones:



3. Apparently, Kim Bum has been confirmed for That Winter the Wind Blows. Noh Hee Kyung must have really liked him in her previous drama, Padam Padam (he WAS excellent). I've seen some fangirls upset that, once again, it's not the lead, but I really respect his choices - he keeps picking projects by a good writer which entail bouncing off some real heavyweights (in PP, it was Jung Woo Sung and here it will be Jo In Sung). I actually think these are great choices for him.

4. Last but not least, I keep wondering who will be the leading lady in Joo Won's upcoming drama. A lot of the likely candidates are busy. I think it would fun if it was Park Min Young - if I still like her after the horror that was Dr Jin, then clearly she can do no wrong in my eyes.

5. I am currently only following 4 airing kdramas - Five Fingers, Nice Guy, Faith, and Arang and the Magistrate. This is so much easier on my schedule (I dropped The Horse Healer and Oohlala Spouses, at the very least postponed The Great Seer, and I can't say I am watching Glass Mask in any consistent fashion).
dangermousie: (Capital Scandal secondary otp by meganbm)
1. I watched the first episode of the 36-ep Ji Sung sageuk The Great Seer and the verdict is...hmmmmm. It's certainly better than The Horse Doctor, which I found an utter snoozefest, but I can't say I am particularly enthused. Here are my three problems with it, from smallest to biggest:

1. Like a lot of dramas that tend to spend a number of episodes on background, TGS does the tried-and-true trick of starting at some pivotal scene to get our attention and then moving episodes back. That can be a very effective device when you do it well, but here it fails to grab me. Basically, before the story jumps back 40 years or so, we have the future first ruler of the Joseon dynasty do the Korean equivalent of crossing the Rubicon. The end. Then flashback. Yawn. I don't know any of these people and don't care for them but that is unsurprising when you realize we got about two minutes with them, as opposed to something like Spring Waltz which gives us a whole episode before jumping back into flashbackland. But if the intro won't make you care about the characters, at least it should hook you through curiosity by doing something dramatic. Take Five Fingers - it opens with Ji Ho and In Ha squaring off in a piano match (OK) but then continues with Ji Ho setting his evil Mommy's house on fire and walking out as she pleads for help. Then flashback. Do I care about any of these characters at that point? Of course not. But I am hooked on finding out how the story got to that point. OTOH with the Great Seer, we get a dude on a mountain deciding to walk down with some CGI kicking in. Ummm, OK. Sure.

2. This one is not the drama's fault but a result of my own viewing habits. TGS has the bad luck of starting just as I am deeply obsessed by Faith (which is currently in the running for my favorite drama of 2012), and TGS is sort of like Faith on Opposite Day. It is startling, when one is a Faith devotee, to see Goryo being presented as this evil regime that must be toppled by the noble Joseon or to see Gongmin...well, suffice it to say, he is nowhere near as awesome as Gongmin of Faith. Weak, is the word that comes to mind. Though I am pleased to notice that even TGS has Gongmin/Nogook as a total OTP and has Nogook be a total BAMF. When she drew a sword on the Yuan envoy to protect her husband:




Me: !!!!!!

I also know we are probably going to see Choi Young as an old man in this, and in a portrayal probably very far from the one in Faith, since this is a pro-Joseon story, and I don't think my brain could take it.

Oh, and on a shallow note - I love the costumes in Faith so much more. They have gorgeous embroidery.

3. I can be fine with AUs and slow starts, but I really find TGS a hard watch due to unmitigated and constant brutality and lack of likeability - we get lengthy torture scenes, lots of people getting stabbed slowly or fast, and not a single likeable character that I can root for. That does not make for a fun viewing experience. (To be fair, we also got a sex scene which would be incredibly explicit by normal kdrama standards and unheard of in a sageuk, but since I had nil investment in those people, I can't say it's much of a draw).

On the opposite side of the argument we get this:



Any man who can escape looking ridiculous in that get-up, and instead make my hormones go into a feeding frenzy, is quite something. Hooray for Ji Jin Hee!

Basically, I am not sure if I'll keep up with it or not. It might get better once Ji Sung appears. I guess I'll wait and see how much I enjoy I Miss You, Arang's replacement - that would determine how crowded my roster gets.
dangermousie: (Capital Scandal secondary otp by meganbm)
1. I watched the first episode of the 36-ep Ji Sung sageuk The Great Seer and the verdict is...hmmmmm. It's certainly better than The Horse Doctor, which I found an utter snoozefest, but I can't say I am particularly enthused. Here are my three problems with it, from smallest to biggest:

1. Like a lot of dramas that tend to spend a number of episodes on background, TGS does the tried-and-true trick of starting at some pivotal scene to get our attention and then moving episodes back. That can be a very effective device when you do it well, but here it fails to grab me. Basically, before the story jumps back 40 years or so, we have the future first ruler of the Joseon dynasty do the Korean equivalent of crossing the Rubicon. The end. Then flashback. Yawn. I don't know any of these people and don't care for them but that is unsurprising when you realize we got about two minutes with them, as opposed to something like Spring Waltz which gives us a whole episode before jumping back into flashbackland. But if the intro won't make you care about the characters, at least it should hook you through curiosity by doing something dramatic. Take Five Fingers - it opens with Ji Ho and In Ha squaring off in a piano match (OK) but then continues with Ji Ho setting his evil Mommy's house on fire and walking out as she pleads for help. Then flashback. Do I care about any of these characters at that point? Of course not. But I am hooked on finding out how the story got to that point. OTOH with the Great Seer, we get a dude on a mountain deciding to walk down with some CGI kicking in. Ummm, OK. Sure.

2. This one is not the drama's fault but a result of my own viewing habits. TGS has the bad luck of starting just as I am deeply obsessed by Faith (which is currently in the running for my favorite drama of 2012), and TGS is sort of like Faith on Opposite Day. It is startling, when one is a Faith devotee, to see Goryo being presented as this evil regime that must be toppled by the noble Joseon or to see Gongmin...well, suffice it to say, he is nowhere near as awesome as Gongmin of Faith. Weak, is the word that comes to mind. Though I am pleased to notice that even TGS has Gongmin/Nogook as a total OTP and has Nogook be a total BAMF. When she drew a sword on the Yuan envoy to protect her husband:




Me: !!!!!!

I also know we are probably going to see Choi Young as an old man in this, and in a portrayal probably very far from the one in Faith, since this is a pro-Joseon story, and I don't think my brain could take it.

Oh, and on a shallow note - I love the costumes in Faith so much more. They have gorgeous embroidery.

3. I can be fine with AUs and slow starts, but I really find TGS a hard watch due to unmitigated and constant brutality and lack of likeability - we get lengthy torture scenes, lots of people getting stabbed slowly or fast, and not a single likeable character that I can root for. That does not make for a fun viewing experience. (To be fair, we also got a sex scene which would be incredibly explicit by normal kdrama standards and unheard of in a sageuk, but since I had nil investment in those people, I can't say it's much of a draw).

On the opposite side of the argument we get this:



Any man who can escape looking ridiculous in that get-up, and instead make my hormones go into a feeding frenzy, is quite something. Hooray for Ji Jin Hee!

Basically, I am not sure if I'll keep up with it or not. It might get better once Ji Sung appears. I guess I'll wait and see how much I enjoy I Miss You, Arang's replacement - that would determine how crowded my roster gets.
dangermousie: (Capital Scandal secondary otp by meganbm)
1. I watched the first episode of the 36-ep Ji Sung sageuk The Great Seer and the verdict is...hmmmmm. It's certainly better than The Horse Doctor, which I found an utter snoozefest, but I can't say I am particularly enthused. Here are my three problems with it, from smallest to biggest:

1. Like a lot of dramas that tend to spend a number of episodes on background, TGS does the tried-and-true trick of starting at some pivotal scene to get our attention and then moving episodes back. That can be a very effective device when you do it well, but here it fails to grab me. Basically, before the story jumps back 40 years or so, we have the future first ruler of the Joseon dynasty do the Korean equivalent of crossing the Rubicon. The end. Then flashback. Yawn. I don't know any of these people and don't care for them but that is unsurprising when you realize we got about two minutes with them, as opposed to something like Spring Waltz which gives us a whole episode before jumping back into flashbackland. But if the intro won't make you care about the characters, at least it should hook you through curiosity by doing something dramatic. Take Five Fingers - it opens with Ji Ho and In Ha squaring off in a piano match (OK) but then continues with Ji Ho setting his evil Mommy's house on fire and walking out as she pleads for help. Then flashback. Do I care about any of these characters at that point? Of course not. But I am hooked on finding out how the story got to that point. OTOH with the Great Seer, we get a dude on a mountain deciding to walk down with some CGI kicking in. Ummm, OK. Sure.

2. This one is not the drama's fault but a result of my own viewing habits. TGS has the bad luck of starting just as I am deeply obsessed by Faith (which is currently in the running for my favorite drama of 2012), and TGS is sort of like Faith on Opposite Day. It is startling, when one is a Faith devotee, to see Goryo being presented as this evil regime that must be toppled by the noble Joseon or to see Gongmin...well, suffice it to say, he is nowhere near as awesome as Gongmin of Faith. Weak, is the word that comes to mind. Though I am pleased to notice that even TGS has Gongmin/Nogook as a total OTP and has Nogook be a total BAMF. When she drew a sword on the Yuan envoy to protect her husband:




Me: !!!!!!

I also know we are probably going to see Choi Young as an old man in this, and in a portrayal probably very far from the one in Faith, since this is a pro-Joseon story, and I don't think my brain could take it.

Oh, and on a shallow note - I love the costumes in Faith so much more. They have gorgeous embroidery.

3. I can be fine with AUs and slow starts, but I really find TGS a hard watch due to unmitigated and constant brutality and lack of likeability - we get lengthy torture scenes, lots of people getting stabbed slowly or fast, and not a single likeable character that I can root for. That does not make for a fun viewing experience. (To be fair, we also got a sex scene which would be incredibly explicit by normal kdrama standards and unheard of in a sageuk, but since I had nil investment in those people, I can't say it's much of a draw).

On the opposite side of the argument we get this:



Any man who can escape looking ridiculous in that get-up, and instead make my hormones go into a feeding frenzy, is quite something. Hooray for Ji Jin Hee!

Basically, I am not sure if I'll keep up with it or not. It might get better once Ji Sung appears. I guess I'll wait and see how much I enjoy I Miss You, Arang's replacement - that would determine how crowded my roster gets.
dangermousie: (Mouse)
I have tried out the first two episodes of Horse Healer, driven by curiosity and the fact that I had nothing else to watch on the plane. Other than the fact that it was awesome to see Daddy Damsari pop up for a brief role, SKIP SKIP SKIP!!! It's well-made and competently acted, but very much not my thing. I was about as involved as I would be studying merits of rival brands of cardboard. Traditional sageuk about medicine with ample time devoted to childhood *yawn* portions - no thank you. Especially since I saw the trailer for The Great Seer and it looked amazing:



Boring medical stuff with actors I have zero interest in or Ji Sung as a mystic, french kissing, Kim So Yeon, and Ji Jin Hee in skulls and war paint? It's a no-brainer. Oh, and for my fellow Faith fanatics - the sexy sexy warrior played by Ji Jin Hee is the one who eventually kills Choi Young, according to history.

I've also watched the second ep of Oohlala Couple and it was hilarious like nobody's business. The wife is AWESOME and the swap is going to be great. Also, did I get it right that one of the two Fates was responsible for the husband falling for Not-Rie? Hmmm. Not that she was responsible for him being a selfish bastard. Oh, and past life stuff is officially awesome:






I want to watch the past life drama!

Oh, and Glass Mask is finally getting subbed (on viki). I normally don't do dailies, but I am going to check it out due to my love of Seo Woo who is an amazing, underrated actress. I need her to come back to normal-length, primetime, non-weekend dramas. Please?

Finally, I finished To the Beautiful You. It wasn't anything groundbreaking, or anything I will even remember much into next week, but it was fluffy, as cute as it was brainless and, I managed to finish it, which is more than I can say for any other version of that story.

(Plus, the ending was so darn cute!)  )
dangermousie: (Mouse)
I have tried out the first two episodes of Horse Healer, driven by curiosity and the fact that I had nothing else to watch on the plane. Other than the fact that it was awesome to see Daddy Damsari pop up for a brief role, SKIP SKIP SKIP!!! It's well-made and competently acted, but very much not my thing. I was about as involved as I would be studying merits of rival brands of cardboard. Traditional sageuk about medicine with ample time devoted to childhood *yawn* portions - no thank you. Especially since I saw the trailer for The Great Seer and it looked amazing:



Boring medical stuff with actors I have zero interest in or Ji Sung as a mystic, french kissing, Kim So Yeon, and Ji Jin Hee in skulls and war paint? It's a no-brainer. Oh, and for my fellow Faith fanatics - the sexy sexy warrior played by Ji Jin Hee is the one who eventually kills Choi Young, according to history.

I've also watched the second ep of Oohlala Couple and it was hilarious like nobody's business. The wife is AWESOME and the swap is going to be great. Also, did I get it right that one of the two Fates was responsible for the husband falling for Not-Rie? Hmmm. Not that she was responsible for him being a selfish bastard. Oh, and past life stuff is officially awesome:






I want to watch the past life drama!

Oh, and Glass Mask is finally getting subbed (on viki). I normally don't do dailies, but I am going to check it out due to my love of Seo Woo who is an amazing, underrated actress. I need her to come back to normal-length, primetime, non-weekend dramas. Please?

Finally, I finished To the Beautiful You. It wasn't anything groundbreaking, or anything I will even remember much into next week, but it was fluffy, as cute as it was brainless and, I managed to finish it, which is more than I can say for any other version of that story.

(Plus, the ending was so darn cute!)  )
dangermousie: (Mouse)
I have tried out the first two episodes of Horse Healer, driven by curiosity and the fact that I had nothing else to watch on the plane. Other than the fact that it was awesome to see Daddy Damsari pop up for a brief role, SKIP SKIP SKIP!!! It's well-made and competently acted, but very much not my thing. I was about as involved as I would be studying merits of rival brands of cardboard. Traditional sageuk about medicine with ample time devoted to childhood *yawn* portions - no thank you. Especially since I saw the trailer for The Great Seer and it looked amazing:



Boring medical stuff with actors I have zero interest in or Ji Sung as a mystic, french kissing, Kim So Yeon, and Ji Jin Hee in skulls and war paint? It's a no-brainer. Oh, and for my fellow Faith fanatics - the sexy sexy warrior played by Ji Jin Hee is the one who eventually kills Choi Young, according to history.

I've also watched the second ep of Oohlala Couple and it was hilarious like nobody's business. The wife is AWESOME and the swap is going to be great. Also, did I get it right that one of the two Fates was responsible for the husband falling for Not-Rie? Hmmm. Not that she was responsible for him being a selfish bastard. Oh, and past life stuff is officially awesome:






I want to watch the past life drama!

Oh, and Glass Mask is finally getting subbed (on viki). I normally don't do dailies, but I am going to check it out due to my love of Seo Woo who is an amazing, underrated actress. I need her to come back to normal-length, primetime, non-weekend dramas. Please?

Finally, I finished To the Beautiful You. It wasn't anything groundbreaking, or anything I will even remember much into next week, but it was fluffy, as cute as it was brainless and, I managed to finish it, which is more than I can say for any other version of that story.

(Plus, the ending was so darn cute!)  )
dangermousie: (HGD cheek by miss-dian)
Seeing that a bunch of new kdramas are either about to start or have been announced, I thought it would be fun to do one of those periodical 'here is what's coming up, and here are my 2 cents' posts.

Below are all the upcoming kdramas that are on my radar, alphabetical order, and what I think about them.

Thoughts thoughts thoughts )

What are yours?
dangermousie: (HGD cheek by miss-dian)
Seeing that a bunch of new kdramas are either about to start or have been announced, I thought it would be fun to do one of those periodical 'here is what's coming up, and here are my 2 cents' posts.

Below are all the upcoming kdramas that are on my radar, alphabetical order, and what I think about them.

Thoughts thoughts thoughts )

What are yours?
dangermousie: (HGD cheek by miss-dian)
Seeing that a bunch of new kdramas are either about to start or have been announced, I thought it would be fun to do one of those periodical 'here is what's coming up, and here are my 2 cents' posts.

Below are all the upcoming kdramas that are on my radar, alphabetical order, and what I think about them.

Thoughts thoughts thoughts )

What are yours?

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