alexandral: (Art - Vrubel - Demon seating)


New dramas:

Korea
Gumiho's revenge: I have watched the first episode of this and loved it. It is like a very scary and very dark fairy tale that explores the evilness of the human world using fantasy media. Both girls (Jang Hyun Sung and Kim Yoo Jung) are fantastic and I hope for some unconventional romance developments. I noticed that the ratings are rising , and I will not be surprised if this will end up to be an unexpected hit. Must post some screencaps!

King of Baking, Kim Tak Goo: reminded me heavily of "East of Eden", which is not necessarily a bad thing, but the whole premise goes like this: It is fine for a man to have an affair with a specific purpose to make an illegitimate child of male gender; who would blame him when his wife is only giving him girls? It is all fine because the MAN is GOOD and of course his child will become a great person. But it is NOT fine for a wife to have an affair and an illegitimate child. This automatically makes her evil, and makes her spawn an evil bakery hater.

Dramas I am actively watching :

Korea
Bad Guy - (ep.6, my ratings so far - 7/10) I love this and I can't wait for the subs
Dong Yi - (ep.30, my ratings so far - 7/10) We are now entering the period of Dong Yi becoming the King's concubine. I am becoming very reluctant to finish this.
Kim Soo Roo - (ep.11, my ratings so far - 6/10) A very good drama but the reliance of the whole nation on the Big Golden Egg prophesy is making me laugh.
Queen Seon Deok - (ep.42, my ratings so far - 8/10) I love this much more than I expected to.
Worlds Within (ep.6, my ratings so far - 7/10) I should marathon this tomorrow

Taiwan
Summer's desire - (ep.8, my ratings so far - 7/10) My huge obsession of this season
The Outsiders - (ep.16, my ratings so far - 8/10) Pure great
Why why love - (ep.10, my ratings so far - 6/10) Fluffy angstorama I am really enjoying in fast forward mode.

Japan
Gaiji Keisatsu - (ep.6, my ratings so far - 7/10) I am on the very last episode, but finding it hard to approach it. What if everyone dies???????????
Tsuki no Koibito - (ep.6, my ratings so far - 5/10) I am spoiled for the ending and it is the ending I want, so I must finish.

Dramas I am sort of watching , but need a move on:

Korea
Barefoot Youth (ep. 16, my ratings so far - 6/10) Such a good drama, but has bad subtitles.
IRIS (ep.8, my ratings so far - 7/10 )
Que Sera Sera (ep. 7, my ratings so far - 8/10) I must finish this one day
The Slingshot (Story of a man) (ep.10, my ratings so far - 8/10 I must finish this too!
alexandral: (Chuno - Dae Gil)
Although I was largely preoccupied with all things football during the last month, this didn't stop me from obsessing with very high intensity over Taiwanese drama "Summer's desire". In fact, because of this drama I re-discovered my love for Twdramas in general. I think my favourite things about this borough of Asian drama are that they usually very high on OTT, angst and drama but somehow without sliding into a total gloom and doom. To add, although often possessing high-volumes of angst, these dramas often have good endings. Another plus is that Twdramas often dare to go where no other drama dares to go.

In fact, I think "Summer's Desire" is something that is written to satisfy my every wish and whim. Rich ice-hearted men with horrific childhoods? Oh YES! Young orphan girls? YES! Arranged marriages done in correct manner? Redemptions and reformations? It is all there!!!! I have collected quite few "Summer desire" related pictures because I love pictures. The one below is my favourite one, but there are more, of all three leads.

Episode 7 : the story is really getting going and we get to see more into Ou Chen's world. His Childhood Past is revealed, and to say honestly, it is horrific. I have never heard of anything like this one. But more importantly, Peter Ho has got a haircut and all over sudden he is not an ugly overbearing young master anymore, he is cute-looking overbearing woobie with a soft marshmallow centre.



Summers desire related pictures : this drama is so addictive! And has gorgeous people! And many OTT costumes! )
alexandral: (Equilibrium - Preston badass)
Watching "The Outsiders" have gave me huge craving for all things Lan Cheng Long. At the moment he is in a huge-ratings-hitter "PS Man" , a romantic comedy about famous writer doing community service in a kindergarten and falling in love with a kindergarten teacher. Sounds win/win? But why isn't it subbed anywhere? I wanna watch it now ! :D



I went on a PS Man picture scouting rampage and have found two things about the drama:

1. The OTP is scorchingly hot together: )

2. Lan Cheng Long has the most awful hair of ALL TIMES. It is so bad I can't even take anything seriously! )
alexandral: (Meteor Garden - Young love)
I am on the episode 11 now, but I have spoiled myself (with fast-forward) for the rest.
I can recommend this drama to anyone, it is something that can appeal to many different tastes as it is genuinely deep and original but with a good doze of good-looking people and wonderful brotherly love story (especially I would rec this to [livejournal.com profile] mnemo_syne and any other fan of "Mars") .



I do rant a bit in this post as I can't stop thinking about different aspects of the story and many aspects affect me deeply. To preface the rant, I love the drama immensely. My feelings for some of the characters don't change the fact that the drama is unflinchingly realistic and true psychologically. I can see some problems with the main herouine's character from a feminist's POV, but at the same time I think her character is very realistic and if women like Yu Yan exist in RL, I accept it. The drama does go to some length to show that Yu Hao and Yu Yan are not a starry-eyed OTP, but two people who would have been much better off apart.

Spoilers )
alexandral: (Meteor Garden - Young love)
I am still very very much obsessed with "Summer's desire". I can't even honestly say the drama is good but I can't stop watching and thinking and obsessing. One thing boggles my mind even more than the drama's psychological mysteries do is : How did they manage to make Peter Ho to look so severe and unattractive? Peter Ho looks like below which is in my book "Good looking, cute, energetic". He even has some very slight dimples:



the rest of the pictures: Peter Ho and beautiful Barbie Xu )

The main result of my obsession is that I crave a drama /a movie/ a book just like Summer's Desire: fake marriages, suicides, icy rich otomen, etc. ** sigh ** Any recommendations would be extremely welcome
alexandral: (Default)
Yes, the picture below is totally OTT and Peter Ho wears FEATHERS, still, I love it:



A small, small rant about the wedding chapter in the novel )
alexandral: (Powerful opponents - hard day)
I will not fight it, my obsession with "Summer's Desire" has reached huge proportions. I have watched the spoilery MV with Peter Ho's song "I remember I once loved" about 100 times already. I absolutely adore the song, I think it is one of the reasons I am shipping Ou Chen and Xia Mo : a man that sings this song deserves some loving coming his way.

Also, A BIG REVELATION: Peter Ho seems to look cute! WHat have they done to him in "Summer's Desire" that he looks so grim? The crazy haircut? No smile? I don't know if this is intentional, after all, from the novel, Luo Xi is supposed to be the pretty boy of the story and Ou Chen is supposed to be a slightly-scary "Young Master".



Following from my loving of "Summer's desire", I am in the Twdrama stage. It helps also that there isn't many new Kdramas I am interested in (apart from "Dong Yi" and "Bad Boy", and I am fully up to date with both) .

Does anyone have any good Twdrama to recommend? I am starting "My lucky star" (from [livejournal.com profile] dangermousie's recommendation, THANK YOU!!!), but I am greedy! Thank you so much in advance!
alexandral: (Bleach - Zangetsu)
"Summer's desire" is this Summer's guilty pleasure. There is so many things wrong with everyone in this drama, but I am obsessively watching it on viikii as soon as episodes appear; I also can't stop thinking about the characters, so may be the drama is not all just guilty pleasure:

The cap below is, in my opinion, something that describes the whole drama in one shot: Luo Xi is obsessed with Xia Mo, to a very unhealthy degree, but she is in love with someone else (Ou Chen), only she thinks she is not because she has huge scars from her childhood and she is afraid of commitment.

It doesn't help that Ou Chen is a spoiled rich man (whose upbringing included him shooting at various people with arrows , and no-one ever stopped him from doing so) who has got used to getting everything just the way he wants, even when he end up damaging his own relationships. I think Ou Chen is not beyond repair because although he has fits of "you belong to me" rage, he is also shown as someone who can be a giving (and even easy to manipulate) person, so far it has been as if he is saying one thing and doing another. But we will see.



Luo Xi is clearly a basket case, though. He speaks about death and suicide as easy as you and I speak about having a cup of tea and tells these kind of things to his girlfriend : "You are a poison to me..." . I wouldn't have minded if he said something like once or twice, but these are almost the only things he tells her. Theirs is a weird relationship, it has no "normal" couple interaction at all. They either kiss (in a very hot way) or he tells her she is poison.

Luo Xi and Xia Mo do have some very hot and weird kisses, though. )
alexandral: (Chinese Odyssey -Vicky - YEEEESSSS)
Top five in the "Your favourite Korean drama" category:

PictureDrama titlePlaceNumber of votesComment
Coffee Prince112I love this drama to bits, but still , the first place is a huge surprise! But as it is said, you can't argue with figures and facts. "Coffee Prince" is a runaway favourite! Congratulations and huge love from all of us!
Mawang
( Devil )
25This is absolutely perfect drama
The Legend 3-54Mind-blowingly good period drama
Chuno4-53A new step in sageuks and Kdrama in general
My Girl 4-53May be the best romantic comedy there is


The rest of your Kdrama favourites, in descending order. I thought they all are worthy of mentioning! )

Top five in the "Your favourite Japanese drama" category:

PictureDrama titlePlaceNumber of votesComment
Hana Yori Dango 19No surprises here! I still remember how the whole of LJ went crazy with Hanadan fever in 2007. This drama always comes as a winner in the "Best adaptation of Hana Yori Dango manga" poll. Congratulations, Makino, Domyoji , Rui, Sojiro, Akira and Yuki!
Nodame Contabile27Wonderfully quirky, hilariously funny and feel-good.
Nobuta wo Produce 36A real gem among teenage dramas
Pride45Woo-hoo to Kimura Takuya doing hockey!
Utahime 53I haven't seen this yet, but I must!!!!!!!!!


The rest of your Jdrama favourites, in descending order. I thought they all are worthy of mentioning! )

Top five in "Your favourite Taiwanese drama" category:

PictureDrama titlePlaceNumber of votesComment
Mars 110Another runaway favourite. This was one of my first dramas and I really enjoyed it 4 years ago, but only after a while I came to realize how special it is. A really unusual treat, full of psychological mysteries.
It Started With a Kiss 25There is a whole new definition to "she has him wrapped round her little finger". It is ISWAK.
Black & White 34Bring on more plot than you can handle and Zai Zai in white suits.
Love Contract4-52The prettiness of Mike He is overwhelming
Why Why Love4-52Congratulations!!!!!!!!!


The rest of your Twdrama favourites, in descending order. I thought they all are worthy of mentioning! )
alexandral: (Pasta - so together)
OMPH! OMPH! This is so ridiculously OTT and so deliciously Yummy!

In short:
Xia Mo: keeps both boys at her heel
Luo Xi : go away you creepy boy
Ou Chen : I love him, but he is also crazy

My favourite screencap: Ou Chen is so eating of her hand. Literally


The rest )
alexandral: (Meteor Garden - Young love)
I have posted Your favourite Asian drama poll a week ago; it had very good response! Thank you very much to everyone who participated - I will collect the data and post the results as promised, on the 8th of June. Please feel free to direct anyone to the poll – the more the merrier!

Quite few posters noted that it seems to be unfair to omit Taiwanese dramas and asked for "your favourite Taiwanese drama" poll. I am so sorry I didn't have a chance to do this earlier!

The poll is open to non-LJ users. If you don't have a LJ user account and want to participate, please leave a comment in this post in the format below and I will include your choices in the poll.

Format for the anonymos comments:
1. My favourite Kdrama: your favourite Kdrama here
2. My favourite Jdrama: you favourite Jdrama here
3. My favourite Twdrama: your favourite Twdrama here

[Poll #1574330]
alexandral: (Powerful opponents - hard day)
When I saw all your posts with posters, screencaps and happy feelings about the new Taiwanese drama "Summer Desire", my fate was sealed. It has been a while since I watched a Taiwanese drama (the last one was "My Queen") and I really liked the look of this one.



But! The first 5 minutes of the drama, and we get to hear the main herouine's voiceover: "But because of me, hatred ran deep between the two. ..Perhaps I am inauspicious . I made them unhappy…" Please tell me I am not hearing what I am hearing, because what I am heating is "It is my fault they are fighting.. I am unlucky. I made them unhappy". What sort of misogynist, "women are the reason men turn to bad things", drivel is this????? I will give the drama a bit of credit and try to ignore the introduction for now, but I will be on my guard.

Male leads:
- I don't mind Peter Ho as Ou Chen so much. He is no Adonis, but providing he angsts a bit more in every episode I think I can learn to like him. There is intensity in him that I find very appealing.

- On the other hand, Huang Xiao Ming as Luo Xi looked fine in screencaps but in motion he has a weird slightly sleazy smile. AND he wears pink cardigans.

PS: Cinderella's sister : the end : I am so so happy! There was an angsty deep in the middle of the drama, but overall it was a very much feel-good drama of spring. It told quite an unusual story (take me right, I love romance as much as any other person, but some interesting family relationships were an additional bonus), it had good script, amazing settings and excellent actors. My ratings: 7/10
alexandral: (Art - Yerko - old souceress)
My first ever Asian dramas (actually, the second and the third) were Taiwanese, "Meteor Garden" and "Mars", and I loved them to bits. For one reason or another it seems that I haven't been watching too many of Taiwanese dramas lately. There was a recent drama with Jerry Yan ("Down with love"), but I am in a small minority because I can't abide Ella Chen. I am so sorry, I know there are few of her fans on my friends list but she is too ugly for my taste and doesn't really possess anything too outstanding in the way of acting ability to balance this out. But there are always good news! In a form of drama with the most gorgeous Mike He! And the female lead is a taxi driver (let me disclose a tiny bit of personal information: I wanted to be a taxi driver when I was 10). And apparently the drama, "Calling for love" has many kissing scenes!

Oh the day of good news!!!!

Please see a trailer with GREAT kissing scenes. No Kdrama is allowed to have anything like this:


And also a trailer with hugging scenes )
alexandral: (Meteor Garden - Young love)
I think I am in complete minority with Korean BoF. My thoughts behind a cut )

Below is my attemp at a purely scientific poll I tried to make to find out your preferences:

[Poll #1363046]
alexandral: (Meteor garden - Necklace)
For [livejournal.com profile] allbloomedout and all the fans of the gorgeous F4.



I am still wallowing in "Hana Yori Dango" glee, but I can't recommend the Taiwanese version, "Meteor Garden", well enough. It is a classic among doramas and it is classic for a reason - because it is pure fan and lovely eye-candy and Vanness and Ken and Vic and Jerry. I think the manga itself has an absolutely winning idea of that fantastic friendship of four guys. For me, "Meteor Garden" would not be the same if it was just about DMS and Shancai and didn't have stronger-then-life friedship unit of F4. In a way this is what is special in "Rome" for me, THE FRIENDSHIP.

And if you haven't seen Meteor Garden yet and need some encouragement, look at this )

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