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Good Morning My Wondrous Beans!
Baksa! Suha! Seol Chan! NaNa! Do Hyeon! Sooooo! So many people to love this week but guess what...
I spent most of my week with some random dude name Zhi Shu giggling at his sneakiness and falling in love. And crying a little over this other sad case, A-Jin.
Anyway - I'm off today but I have a bit of worky-work to do and I owe SOME people the bones of a SqueeCap for 18, so I'm off for now.
Joe Cheng, where have you BEEN all my life?
Hi JoAnne! Happy Friday and Happy Weekend to you.
Who's Zhi Shu? What are you watching?
I marathoned It Started with a Kiss. Zhi Shu is Irie Naoki/Baek Seung Jo
I forgot that...
Ariel's Kotoko is too painfully stupid for me to ever go back to that version, despite the chemistry and all.
Agreed, her character was too much sometimes. All in all, though, I liked It Started With A Kiss and They Kiss Again.
She actually looked a bit challenged at times. Like there might be something wrong.
And yes, rather than flighty, this one was actually kind of stupid - but I LOVED this version of the guy. He had a wonderful way of showing us the emotion he was hiding from her - better than any of the others.
You're going to not believe me, but I totally don't remember Joe in this version.
He never, uhhh, particularly called my attention. I was distracted tearing my hair out over Ariel.
It's funny because he's the least 'attractive' visually, I think - but the most attractive personality. It was clear early on that he was intrigued and interested and confused by her; also that he enjoyed her attention when she wasn't being TOO stupid.
They quickly developed a relationship where she was the straight man and he was the joker - often by acting as the straight man - but just as often by teasing her and playing on her affection. Half the stuff he said, he said only to get a rise out of her. It was always clear to US that he meant the exact opposite of what he was saying, and there were a couple times when he made a full confession either to her or within her hearing and she was too stupid to understand what he was saying, so he just let it ride. He was only outright mean a couple of times, and in those situations he also was in terrible pain.
By the end, he had become a different person - mostly by letting down the guard he'd built up to protect himself from his mother, so really he'd just become the person he was always meant to be.
And I always understood his struggle: he fell early but his mind was telling him one thing while his heart was telling him another, and frankly, his mind had some damn good points. She WAS dumb, and that was always going to be a struggle for them. She did have other good qualities though, and in the end he decided that would be what mattered.
I watched PK first, and while my heart THRILLED to the pursuit and omg it was Kim Hyun Joong yum yum yum - I never 'got' Baek Seung Jo fully, and I didn't even realize that until I watched these other versions. I got the bones of it, and I figured that was all there was to it. It was more like he was emotionally handicapped than reserved. I hesitate to say autistic but he just didn't react to people the way you expect someone to.
I watched Naoki, and I saw more of a socialized human being - I could feel a bit of his struggle and I could see more of a response in his eyes. I could tell that he was genuinely interested in understanding why she felt such enthusiasm for life, because he did not.
And then I watched Zi Shu, and in the smallest and most complete ways, I watched a person - a reserved, unhappy person in his late teens - fall in love, find his reason for being, and become an adult. So for me, he was the best, because he was the most real and the most rounded. I totally understood him every step of the way, and while I know the story pretty well, I think it was the actor who did it, and not me filling in the blanks.
Joanne: I mostly agree with your analysis. And Like you I watched Playful kiss first. Though I didn't watch the first sesson of the taiwan version I did watch the second one.
I always wanted to sorta knock their heads together (in most versions) and Ariel's character was so attached to him and so hopeless. That's been a thing that I really liked with the newest version; the fact that Kotoko didn't just seem to want to orbit around Naoki, or at least not as much as previous versions.
In "They kiss again" you could feel their connection, and their chemistry was very very high (hello there kiss that goes on foreeeeeeeeeeeever on that honeymoon). But as you said you could also tell that some of him being mean was actually him teasing her. And he seemed genuinly interested in finding out about her as well, not just having her find out about him beyond the "she has a crush on me, is stalking me and needs to learn who I really am."
I agree. The japanese actors in the drama have some terrible overacting. The male lead is nothing to squee about either. I liked the korean version the best so far.
I have to agree. Though she wasn't so dumb in first one but in They Kissed Again... she was too ditzy to be true, however they titled it right cuz they kissed again and again and again and again and again and again :)
I love love everything you've said about Zhi Shu. Thank you so much for putting in words what I could never express. He is one of my best drama heroes of all time!!!
My comment about Zhi Shu is meant for Joanne.^__^
I never had the patience for the first season of ISWAK, but I loveee They Kiss Again. *spoiler* That sad episode in Zhi Shu's office when Ariel found out she had that sickness and ran away, I kept on rewatching it. Because by then it was sooo obvious how much Zhi Shu loves his girl (what IS her character's name?).
I totally LOVE your analysis of Zhi Shu and it was the actor that brought Zhi Shu to life. I actually did not want to watch ISWAK because of of Ariel's portrayal of Xiang Qin, XQ was beyond stupid and was at times mentally challenge! LOL, Ariel is a great actress. Anyway, I decided to give it a try and totally fell in love with Joe's Zhi Shu. Every little moments even though subtle was filled with emotion that there was no doubts he actually love stupid XQ and it wasn't just because she had a crush on him. My favorite rain scene is still ISWAK, I like the new Japanese version, but emotionally Joe totally nailed it!
Your are like me. The second season is one of my favorites. The chemistry in the second season was so wonderful, I always felt they loved each other. Plus Christine was a hoot. Not the best actress, but her quirkiness was fun to watch.
Dear JoAnne, so glad you discovered Joe Cheng.
Can't wait for you to go on the honeymoon with Joe. He can kiss!
There is even more Joe dramas out there to enjoy when you finish ISWAK. The Rose would be my first recommendation.
Kim Hyun Joong in Playful Kiss seems cold and heartless on first viewing. On the second viewing, I saw the hints of his interest and found the acting subtle.
KHJ in We Got Married took 2 months to give his "wife" his cell phone number and 3 months before he sent his first text. KHJ said in the beginning that it takes him at least a year to get to know someone. Like his character Beak Seung Jo, KHJ is slow in opening up.
One of the things I liked about Playful Kiss/Itazura na Kiss/ISWAK is the love story plays out over time.
Happy Friday, imo!
Omg! I love ISWAK but I can't stand Ariel's character in the first season! She was painfully dumb and at times outright annoying :( Joe on the other hand, was such a jerk but I totally understood all the jerky things he did and knew he wasn't really a jerk and grew to love him. TKA was sooo much better though because even though Ariel was still annoying as hell, she grew up a bit and I could see that. Still loved Joe, and all the times he had to actually voice his affection for Ariel even more, because he really put his pride away for her and that's like the sweetest thing ever. They have the best chemistry!
P.S. I loved Jiro in both seasons, but I mean I've loved him since his beginner days, so this just amplified my love for him :)
Favorite catchphrases from 2013 kdramas:
(Flower Boy Next Door) = Enrique Geum "Ajumma"
(Incarnation of Money) = Angelina "Oh Shit!"
(Monstar) = Yoon Seol Chan "I'm a Star"
(I Hear Your Voice) = Park Soo Ha's facial expressions and silent reactions to Jang Hye Sung.
(Heartless City) = Baksa brooding and silent thinking.
Cruel City *spoiler*
Somewhere, I can't remember, after ep 18 it said 'final episode'. So, even though I now know there are 2 more episodes, my comments for 18 as the final episode in my mind are:
1 The triangle positioning on the roof just like the set up when Kyung-mi was killed was clever.
2 – This drama made me root for the 2nd tier drug world of Jin Sook, Soo and Safari – at least they were consistent and the drug corruption, a given, somehow seemed less offensive than the massive police corruption.
3 - Doctor’s Son/Shin Hyun has the hottest eyes-cast-downward-backward-glance pose ever! But he breaks just like a mama’s boy and looked so lost when he thought of her.
4 - Gotta love everyone’s liquid diet of Scotch.
I'm pretty sure the REAL ending won't change my mind on any of this.
i'm with you on 2, 3 and 4 (haven't seen this week's eps yet, though i heard bird-brain was more bird-brain than ever).
i will miss Shi-hyun horribly when drama ends.
Same! With #2, I'm head over heels for Soo (dunno why), so I have even more reason to root for the drug world. I feel that the police is effectively just causing deaths without doing anything...and like you mentioned, there's so much corruption and deceit. I rather like the openness about the badness of the drug world. At least I get them.
LOL at #4. They've become so immune to it too, now it's like they're drinking water.
may i add No 5: bird-brain soo-min has even less of a brain than is possible. why hasn't she hasn't died yet? FML
Personally I don't think that she's bird-brained, just naive and completely focused on her revenge.
focused on her revenge? hahahahahahahaha.
My favorite from I Hear Your Voice is Hye Sung's "WANG JUN SHIT!" haha always cracks me up.
But Soo Ha's pouty lips/furrow eyebrows/cute smiles are adorbs!!
Will miss them and will most likely marathon this drama.
adding on the catchphrases
Monstar: Seul-chan: Ah, Grammar!
Math!!!!!(his arguements SW/Class Pres.
Shark: Dong-soo "minority in love" comments
oy, just got in. catchphrases? as a conversation:
um, you got it wrong - "I’m Dokko Jin"
no, I am Kim. Tak. GU!!!
Oh. My. God. (Dalja)
Heartless City - Soo's 진정 (jinjeong)
I don't think there's ever been a character in the history of Korean dramas that loves a word so much hahahh ^^
cha chi soo - nah chwa and his temper tantrums :) classic
Happy Friday! I was finally all caught up on dramas, then this pesky thing called "real life" came along and I fell back behind. I haven't seen the IHYV finale!!!!! Ahhhhh!!!! I guess that's my cue to leave OT since I'm sure that'll be the main topic of discussion. Le sigh!
Hope everyone had a great week!
The finale is next week, though
See? real life strikes again!
Finale isn't until next week. You forgot the 2 episode extension.
I haven't watched ep 16, my internet is striking again (or rather, still) and not letting me watch videos.
Gybao ! I hate technical difficulties.
I'm one forgetful person. I'm on a trip and forgot to bring soap. My dongsaeng only has Old Spice. No thank you!
Oh, and I forgot our Monstar lover-boy star has joined instagram! Now I get to see Jun-hyung on my feed!
Ahhh!!!! I must find him.. I become obsess with Beast in the past month.
I am completely obsessed. Like i am reliving teenage years again kind of obsess. I want to support them, vote for them, follow on instagram, buy them stuff! Its scary. I reckon its mid life crisis hitting me :p
I thought I was the only one. I was living alone with my secret. 'Tears' sniff... so glad to know I'm not alone.
*raises hand* It began with Du Jun during the beginning of IRISII, but I only liked Beautiful Night and I Like You the Best and I didn't care about the other boys. Right now I like JunHyung the best and especially like a solo he did called 'Better Without You'...but I will eventually work my way back to handsome Du Jun.
Lol. Me too!! I go to sleep every night listening to them. Have conversations about them everywhere (Facebook, Twitter) I bought all their songs. I do not remember being this bad when I was a teenager..
@mariD, i dont think this level of obsession was possible pre-internet. Its because we get to access sooo much and connect with similarly obsessed ppl that we are able to feed our fangirl into a frenzy! Haha.
I wasnt like that either as a teenager. All i could do was to buy mags and put my fave star poster up in my bedroom.
And to think i went to a beast concert last month JUST before my obsession exploded!!!
Cutie pie Yoseob!!
My favorite.. Would it look bad for a person in her late 20 to start a fan club for a 23 year old??
I don't think I hve ever grabbe my phone so fast in my life!!! Must find on Insagram!
haha, his username is bigbadboii
you're welcome ;)
*Fights with inner fangirl over the keyboard*
I have been rewatching all the Strong Heart and Hello Counselor (title?) eps with Beast in them. Luv luv luv, so cute! I am also loving Barefoot Friends and watching all the Eunhyuk /Super Junior eps on those shows too :)
Ive been watching beast almighty. Hello counselor. Anythingn i can find. Loved the beast airline concert preparation dvd. I found that i actually like a LOT of their songs and that their songs are very diverse.
But i need to look for the one joanne mentioned, better without you. How did i miss that??!!
Enz, it's a fan video but very well done. Here's the YT link:
I guess it's CALLED Living without You, but he SAYS Better without You
One of the Beast members was a permanent member in Win Win. So cute! And quite a few unbelievable/out of nowhere/funny questions and reactions from him. Needless to say, they had a whole episode on Beast, highly recommended!
Ya, i saw that. With their dads dancing to fiction
Pesky little thing called 'life' ;)
Still with internet problems so I haven't watched most stuff.
Haven't watched ep 16 of IHYV (but read the recaps). Nor Monstar from last Friday. Not a whole lot of J dramas, but also because I don't have time. A bit of a pity, because of some of them are good and I know the moment I start lagging behind on episodes I often end up dropping dramas. But Woman, Gerikyuu, Starman & a few more aren't really dramas that should be dropped.
No more Itazura na Kiss. The finale was okay, though too fast paced and I would have preferred for them not to get married yet but date first. It's still my favourite version of the show.
Watched Shotgun Wedding (oldie), which had a superb cast and started well, but then had some rather forced twists particularly towards the end (WTF with "this is an unmissable job opportunity, so you have the baby without me and I'll be back in a year's time"?!?!?). Not blaming Takenouchi of course, but I think the writers messed up. And also forgot to develop the romance in the drama, because a drama that goes from a one nightstand to total chastity – without even giving off any physical chemistry vibes is just a little unbelievable. A pity for the cast – Takenouchi, Tsumabuki, Hirosue and Abe all in ONE DRAMA (doesn't get much better than that!).
Skip-watched Just You and Love Around, but can't get over the heroine's brainlessness in Just You. Sad that whoever writes these dramas thinks that woman characters must be portrayed that way. Love Around... we are going for twists that are just beyond credible. You like a guy so if he's with a girl that MUST be his girlfriend. Of course. Or maybe he just happens to have female friends or (shock!) a sister! Seriously, these kind of misunderstandings are just lame. And the hit-and-run accident in the end: please someone tell me why the heroine thinks it is more important to jump in the car of the person who caused the accident and wants to speed off than to attend to the child who lies there seriously wounded and is possibly dying? If the kid dies, she'll be like "yeah, but I got the guy who killed him and justice was maintained?" ?!?!??
Obviously, I should not be watching these two dramas... :-D
Should be going for food at Korean place tonight, but am feeling lazy (and am kinda broke so...).
Reviewed Green Days over on my blog in case anyone is interested in Korean animation.
Waiting waiting waiting on DVD ship from Yesasia (it's been a month, sometimes it's so slow).
I'm watching Woman and Starman.
Well worth watching.
Can someone give me a synopsis of these two?
Both involve a single woman with kids that basically is just trying to get by.... except that they are on complete opposite ends of the spectrum.
Woman is a very dark, dark tale, the mother is widowed and left with two young children, works gazillion jobs and basically sometimes ends up starving herself so that the kids get enough food. Apparently her husband's death isn't what it seemed to be, and there's also a storyline with the main lead's own mother, whom she has been estranged from for many years. This a realistic tale, a psychological drama focusing on social issues and emotional struggle.
Starman is much more light-hearted and kind of way out there. The lead character's husband has disappeared and left her with her three boys (and a grandma). They live happily in the countryside, they are well fed, have good a house, etc. and the only thing lacking is a man in the house. One day the lead picks up an unconscious man ten years younger than her on the street and when he wakes up with amnesia she spins a tale about how he is her husband (her second husband). But there's also a twist about the guy being possessed by an alien.... or something like that – we don't know the details yet, but it's pretty clear he isn't just human but that when he fainted SOMETHING happened. This story is obviously more light-hearted, but I think it'll be tackling some emotional issues as well.
Your description of Starman has me intrigued. Where are you watching it?
Yes, Starman is definitely different. I'm really enjoying it. I watch it gooddrama.net. They are up to ep 3.
Kinchan is in it too. Again getting the short end of the stick (I'm suspecting his girl is an alien too).
You are not making me feel any better!
Would you recommend itazura na kiss? I've seen the Taiwanese and Korean versions, not sure if I should check out the Japanese version.
Yesssss. The best version IMO.
I love this Kotoko (she has a backbone! And she's the loveliest person ever!). And I loooooove Kinchan in this one, he's the best friend ever. The whole message they deliver about friendship makes it worth watching for – if I think of the teen audience, I get very happy because too many dramas have very problematic messages.
Thanks! I think I'm going to check it out.
Kotoko is awesome. Her mugging could be toned down, but as a person, she's the best version. And Kin-Chan is the best second lead version. A-Jin was good...but Kin-Chan is pure gold.
I actually enjoyed her mugging.
It grew on me and then just became part of her charm.
You know like when you have a friend that's 100% awesome and then has some really odd quirk that you'd hate in every other person but that in this one person just is the cherry on the top of all the awesomeness. (As I said, I adore Kotoko.)
I loved the way they did Kin-Chan! Also the fact that you could feel and see that the tow of them were friends and would back each other up. I never really felt that way in the korean version where the whole thing just seemed like they were both just classmates/not that great friends.
I did find Kotoko a bit oversagerated in the facial expressions at times. But It didn't bother me as much because she actually had a backbone and wasn't as stupid as in other versions.
I wish I had a montage of Kotoko's faces. They crack me up. Alua, I 100% agree with you on the awesome friend comment.
I like Kotoko. Now writing that made me think of the other 2 and they are both awesome, but Kotoko is eadearing. I don't know about why of all dramas, this is the only one that I can watch with the same interest even if it is the nth version already. I like the Taiwanese version the most because its longer,though they screwed up the wedding part.
There's a part in season 2 of IsWak that I cried. She crying at the door screaming at him if he ever loved her. Its such a pity that even though she ended up married to him, doubts about his love to her haunted her.
Coby: when was that? I was trying to remember but couldn't. I've only seen the second season of the taiwan verson because I found it just after watching Playful kiss and wanted more, but didn't want to sit through all the story again (particulary that arranged marriage plot which I dislike in it).
I do agree with you that it is a pity that she still doubts, though you could also see why. One of my favorite moments though is when she runs away and the dad hits him though. Because it is that wake up call for him.
My ratings for recently watched Korean vs. Japanese versions of:
Playful Kiss - 7.75 vs. Mischievous Kiss: Love in Tokyo - 8 (I adore Kotoko)
You’re Beautiful - 9 vs. Fabulous Boys -8.25
I adore Kotoko too!
Naoki will have to prove himself to me in the second season. He better worship the ground that Kotoko walks on, because Kotoko deserves no less than that!
There's a second season?? Are they making one?
No, but I'm hoping!
I'm hoping, hoping, searching, for a special at least...that final on Itazura Na Kiss - Love in Tokyo is wayyyy too rushed. I love that it's obvious why anyone would love Kotoko on this version. She's not just some empty-headed girl head over heels over a supposedly perfect man.
I love Kotoko in this version. I was gonna ask her to marry me, but my wife got upset :( - perhaps because she is young enough to be my daughter or something...
There is a 2nd season planned, but no idea when it will come out. Not sure how they will handle the honeymoon parts, because I am pretty sure that the actress that plays Kotoko will till be underage (16-17'ish).
So there is a second season!!! ^^ There is no doubt as to the loveliness of Kotoko.. But Naoki, it's terrible cos a lot of people found his version of Naoki the best, But then in the wedding plot, his version was the most mean . So if there is a second season( Most probably!!!) I'm curious as to how he'll play it out!!
"He better worship the ground that Kotoko walks on.." - Cracked me up!! :D
Oh my! A second season?? I'm hoping beyond all hope. I adored the kotoko in this season too! She was the perfect mix of earnest and sweet, without being a complete bumkin like I thought she was in the taiwanese version. I also really adored the way Naoki would look at her after she did something particularly sweet, without letting her know. The emotional beats were just right for me in this version.. <3
I like this version...I think I like it the best. Haven't seen the earlier Japanese version, but I've seen the other two (TW and Korean).
Both lead actors in this one look to be really young and it's kind of straining credibility as the show moves into the college years. However, I love their characterizations - it's clear (to us viewers) that Naoki is fond of Kotoko, and Kotoko is not a doormat.
Alua mentioned that Kinchan is a supportive friend in this one. Yes, and at least he doesn't attempt to force himself (physically) on Kotoko (I'm looking at you, Korean Mischievous Kiss). That's another positive about the way the characters are written in this latest version.
Alua: problematic messages...that's one thing that keeps me from completely enjoying any version of this story. It implies to young girls that if they just love a guy enough, and just precisest, even if he distances himself from her, that eventually he will come around and love her too. At Kotoko's age I was stupid enough to believe it! Thank goodness my daughters have never gotten into one of those situations.
Honoka Miki (Kotoko) is 16 I think. Furukawa Yuki is almost 10 years older (not that he looks it!).
Obviously that's why they never tried to go for the sizzling chemistry you get in the TW version.
I just find a lot of problematic messages in many dramas, many mangas – those love-struck heroines whose life entirely revolves around their guy. Complete doormats or brainless girls, who are incapable of thinking for themselves, who are damsels in distress that must always be rescued. They "score" the guy in the end, but there is always some sort implication that they just "lucked out" (you know, because they are ugly / average / stupid / poor / of a lower social status etc.).
These kind of storylines and heroines are so abundant esp. in Japanese manga culture (shoujo), that I worry about teenagers who grow up constantly exposed to that kind of message. It can't be good. So yay for anything that abandons these stereotypes – like Itakiss. (Strobe Edge and High School Debut are two mangas that turn conventions upside down too.)
Nothing beats the source material, seriously. For those who haven't read the manga, I highly urge you to do so. The old school art takes abit of getting used to at first but the payback is definitely worth it. Thankfully, it does get progressively better.
I have read many mangas and ItaNaKiss is still one of my absolute favorites and a timeless classic. Do read it!
I still think the definitive Naoki is the one who played him in the older Japanese version.
Manga are famous for not exactly treating women as real people, more like brainless sex objects to be saved and then ravished by the male hero. Some are pretty far out there - to the point of being totally warped, like Rape Man.
I also wonder about the effect on younger readers and viewers. A lot of that same attitude has carried over to the K and T versions of many shows also. It is pretty rare to find female leads that are not at least somewhat airheaded.
That's the shitty part about shoujo manga, but understandably because a weak heroine is easier to relate to than a perfect heroine. Plus, everyone in that demographic (14-18?) kinda wants to be swept away by a prince. It's a sweeping statement and I'm not saying that it works for everyone but it must be working for some given the abundance of cliches found in so many shoujo mangas.
ItaNaKiss is considered the bible for shoujo manga but while it is heavy on the romance, there's still other good stuff in it like family, friendship and career. And the themes aren't just clumsily slapped on like MANY shoujo mangas but fully fleshed out. That's what I like very much about ItaNaKiss.
Some other mangas with kickass heroines that I like are Gokusen (one of my favs) and Gokuraku Seishun Hockey. Fruits Basket isn't too bad either, though I wouldn't call the female lead a kickass badassery sort of gal.
But between a weak and a perfect heroine, there hundreds and hundreds shades of grey...
No one's asking for a perfect heroine, indeed the good shoujo mangas that do away with the weak shoujo heroine, don't have that. The female leads in Koukou Debut and Strobe Edge are anything but perfect, but they certainly aren't weak either – and plenty relatable I think.
Hi alua :) I've never purchased anything from Yesasia. May I ask about the quality of the items you have ordered? Are the English subs good? Do you ever have problems with playing the discs? I've been considering ordering from that site but have a few reservations.
I only ordered music from them before. Friends of mine have ordered films in the past, and I have not heard any complaints about DVS or subtitles from them.
Yesasia sells the official releases, so I'd expect the subs & quality of DVDs to be good!
Maybe others here can give us their input?
Have purchased from them a couple times - have always been pleased and service was quick but I think they have a North American outpost and I'm in the US.
I haven't ordered dvd's (though ordered some concert ones for a friend which were of good quality), but I have ordered music from them before and I have no complaints.
Just be sure that you buy a product which is for the region that your country is. (Or you have an open region dvd/cd player). For instance USA and Europe belongs to different regions so if you order an USA region oriented item you might have a problem playing it in an European oriented dvd player unless it's one without a region restriction.
Yesasia has a nice list of what countries belongs for which region though, and from my experience, its easy to figure out what region the item you're looking at is from.
To all of you who responded to my queries, thank you :) I am aware of the different regions (I also pay attention to that when purchasing dvds :)). Once again, thank you all!
Haha that's good. :) I should probably have assumed so; I blame it on working at the tills, you get surprised how many times you have to repeat the same explanations over simple things you'd think everyone would get. (Like: "does 'batteries not included' mean that we have to buy batteries as well?").
But yes I've had no complains with yesasia and they have been quit in sending out and delivering the ordered items (took about 2 week from shipping and until it arrived and that was from Hon Kong to Wales). And I've never had any defect products or anything.
Dekichatta kekkon is a classic, young Hirosue Ryoko and the always yummu Yutaka Takenouchi.
The end was a bit strange but otherwise it's cute.
Try Beach boys another oldie with a really young Ryoko and Takenouchi with Sorimachi Takashi.
This weeks ep of Woman was so hard to watch. Shiori's confession just gutted me.
I did feel that Shiori had a malevolence against Koharu and now we really know why.
Sachi, I do think she misses Koharu but for Shiori's sake she pretends not to.
Starman is so cute, I watch it just for all the cute feels.
I have a grand plan of working my way through all of Takenouchi's dramas and films.
Enjoyed the young Hirosue (for most of the episodes) AND a young Tsumabuki whom I totally did not expect in this drama!
The actors were all lovely in Dekichatta kekkon, and the early episodes were really witty, but with the later ones I just felt they ran out of things to do and opted for some pretty conventional plot points, rather the more refreshing approach they were giving us at first.
And I didn't understand why they didn't develop the romance between the two characters more? The drama was so frank about adults being adults in the opening episodes, they could have easily given us sizzling chemistry (without even showing anything, just hinting), but it just felt so platonic. Only one near kiss and NO kiss at all at the end. I put it down to writing though, not the actors, because I know Takenouchi is good, and Hirosue as well.
Loved the cast, Abe Hiroshi was absolutely hilarious. I love him in comedic roles, of course he is great in serious roles as well but I have a soft spot for his more oddball characters.
I've always wondered why Ryoko and Yutaka were never paired up afterwards because they had chemistry.
Tsumabuki is still as cute as he was in dekikon.
I have never actually seen Abe Hiroshi in anything else (strangely enough).
Ryoko and Yutaka – maybe the age gap? I'm not sure.
Tsumabuki is one of my favourites. He's such a chameleon too & can do any role. There's a million light years between, say, his Takumi (Dekikkon) and his Makoto (Ai to Makoto).
EP4 of Woman definitely took a dark twist - one I was not expecting. I may have to go back and watch that part again, as I still don't quite understand how/why he got labeled as a molester (that might have been explained when I got up to make coffee and did not pause?).
Have you watched Love, Now with the same leads as in Love Around? They are awesome in that (and the reason why they are together again in Love Around). It's 72 episodes but it's not draggy at all. Mostly cute (sooooo cute!!) and light hearted throughout and the leads have a great natural chemistry (and a shower scene! together!). The actual drama of the show is sparse and resolved rather quickly.
I started last week? or the week before last? I'm on ep. 67. Give it a try, if you haven't already :D
You are not the first one to mention Love, Now to me, but 72 episodes.... is just too much!
In another lifetime....
Lol, everyone says that. I've watched longer dramas, so it's not so daunting to me as it once was. I hope you'll give it a try in this lifetime, though! You can always take your time with it. *PEER PRESSURE!* LOL just kidding~~
The problem is if I like something, I am not very good at taking my time with it. If I ended up liking it, I'd probably go for three days without sleep or food.
I'm the kinda person that always eats the whole chocolate bar.
Ah, I am the same way! I understand ^^
I finished Love Now about 2 weeks ago and enjoyed it. George Hu and Annie Chen have great chemistry. Although its 72 episodes, it has good pacing.
Does starman have kinchan in it?! or did I read that wrong somewhere? seems really good from your synopsis! need to wait until it finishes so that i can marathon it!!
Yes it does, but so far it is a minor role.
I'm watching IHYV....i'm on ep 6.....and I'm liking it a lot....I like Lee Jong Suk and Lee Bo Young together but only as friends....can't root for them as a couple right now....maybe my mind will change after a few episodes....
rewatching King of dramas with mom :)
Your mind will change.
Speaking as a former 'I'm totally fine with them being big sister/little brother' OMG you're going to change your mind. And when you do, you will ship them so hard it actually displaces water. As in...you are going to cry. Happy tears, sad tears, whatever.
They belong together. OMG do they belong together.
I forgotten that I was also one of the "ok with being friends" people here. Now I just can't picture life without them together. That boy has mess with my brain.
I didn't have a preference in ep 1-2. I was just like "either could work". Now, I can't believe I ever even thought that way. Maybe Su-ha has mind-controlling skills too and we just don't know it cuz he's been mind-controlling us lol OR MAYBE HE'S A WIZARD AND HE CAST THE IMPERIUS CURSE TO MAKE US ALL LOVE HIM AND THE OTP
ok so bewteen JoAnne and On a QIHM High I just almost died. You guys kill me!
I too was a little bit nervous about them really being the OTP but then that Imperius Curse he cast hit me and I shipped so hard it caused a tidal wave. (sorry I had to steal from you guys)
Me too! At the beginning I thought there was no way I would ship the two romantically due to the age difference and I would be happy with a platonic sibling-like relationship....
I was so wrong. Right now Su Ha/Hye Sung is my OTP of the year. XD
Why is there no way to comment on @on a QIHM high? That was hilarious!
consider this co-signed.
Ah I can see why it would be hard for some to get behind the couple, but I never really had that problem. I don't know why, but I have a thing for noona romance dramas.
Ah, Ricky. You sly dog you.
Rickyalways knows just what to say to make us happy :)
Maybe the HS uniform troubles you? It disappears at one point. ^^
But not in the good way.
@ Joanne. I snorted at this comment. LMAO
My sister was totally against them in the beginning and we were betting between Lawyer Cha and me Su Ha. I got a lot to squeal about.
You and me have enough imagination to fill in the blanks and I still have hope for the ending: I want my cop strip tease!
I'm on ep 6 as well. Loving it also.
I'm guessing your mind will be changed.
Noona Romance is my least favorite kdrama trope. I rooted for Pillar in Flower Boy Ramyun Shop and the doctor in Big. But Park Suha ruined me. Who would have thought i would be soooo obsessed with this drama. As in my kdrama heart will break into million pieces if Hye-sung and Suha are not together at the end.
By the way, it's funny that i dont like Noona Romance when my first bf was 3 years younger than me and my hubby is 16 months younger.
Happy OT Day, Fellow Beansters! I just started a new consulting gig advising a law firm with trial preparation (or as we call it in the trade, the '100 Day Death March'), so I'm up to my eyeballs with stacks and stacks of paperwork to plow through. Argh. And here I was quite enjoying NOT working 14-16 hour days, nights and weekends again. *sigh*
But I hope everyone is happy and healthy and yes I know I need to finish and post my Travel Blog and also get rid of this chest cold I've suddenly picked up and find a way to capture the mouse that suddenly ran into my apartment while I was out watering my tomatoes on the patio this morning... well, you get the basic drift. Why didn't I buy stock in Genentec when they were patenting their cloning process, ne? :)
I'll be back on later, so have a great day discussing anything and everything. Mata ne!
Happy ot Cher! ^^
Good luck with the paperwork and feel better!
Pace yourself on that paperwork ... not all at once.
I know, I know, easier said than done, right?
Take care of that cold and good luck with the mouse.
Cherkell, sending you a virtual hot cup of ginger tea with honey. Get well soon.
Happy Friday Everyone.
I just finished watching 9: Nine times time travel.
Its such a good movie. I love the lead actor so much.
Can anyone recommend another movie with him in it that is good?
Stella, I don't know about what else the actor has been in, but if you haven't watched Queen In Hyum's Man, watch that - it's by the same writer. It's also a time travel show, but more focused on the romance.
I've already seen it and love it too.
But right now I'm on a Lee Jin Wook high. I think he's incredibly hot. If I wasn't married....I'd stalk him
He is the second lead in Spy Myung Wol.
But I wouldn't recommend this drama. It had potential when it started...and then just pilfered off. I still regret sitting through the whole thing (what was I thinking??)
He was in i need romance 2012. Very cute there although i havent completed the drama. Its quite good but not in an addictive way and somehow i just let it go.
Yeah, he is in I need Romance 2012, i really like that drama, he is good in it, i actually watched first INR and decided to watch Nine because of him in INR2012 :D
If you want some Lee Jin Wook, why don't you try I Need Romance 2012? I enjoyed it quite a bit.
I have seen also some older stuff: Powerfull Oponents - LJW plays a troublemaker son to the President of Korea - it is really old and LJW is not a lead, but it is a nice little thing to watch in between.
There was also a 50-episode weekend makjang monster called City of Glass. He played a most lovable chaebol you can imagine. He did have his family issues, but still it was a great pleasure to look at. The problem is, this drama is difficult to come by, not to mention subs. Maybe you're more lucky than me, though?
Wuv Wookie. Wuv Nine.
He is the lead in I Need Romance 2012 and the second lead in Myung Wol, the Spy.
He also has a smallish role in Alone in Love.
Please tell me I am not the ONLY beaner that will temporarily lose her sanity for the next 6 days in waiting for I Hear Your Voice Episode 17.
HYE SUNG. DON'T DIE ON ME YOU HEAR. I MEAN. NOT THAT I SUSPECT YOU'RE IN ANY DANGER. WRITER-NIM LOVES YOU TOO MUCH TO KILL YOU OFF RIGHT?
sigh.. Anyways, who's been watching Queen's Classroom?
The beginning of Thursday's episode threw me off my chair and my mouth was gaping like an idiot when Teacher Ma came into the room wearing RED heels and a YELLOW dress. My mind was BLOWN. And then cut to Hana waking up. Ha! Of course~ I love how the class is so united now. They're helping each other out as Teacher Ma intended them to.
I was rather confuse though because during her class when the Board of Education guy was there, she said some pretty meaningful stuff to her students. Life lessons. My favorite line, "Shim Hana, believe what you believe." And yet, he still deemed her unworthy to teach? HECK MAN YOU DIDN'T EVEN STAY FOR THE WHOLE PERIOD. WHAT WOULD YOU KNOW. //flipstable//
In any case, love how all Ma's goodness is coming out into the open. Her talking to Dong Goo's mom and then her conversations with Hana. I LAHVE.
Happy OT everyone! This weekend promises a flood of DE NILE from all IHYV fans and the morose storm clouds will seem to abate nearing Wednesday night until we see a bright rainbow Thursday morning. The next few days following Thursday will see a short drizzle of pain as we go into Voice withdrawals and someday, we'll see the sunrise again.
Oh dude, spoilers.
Thanks for saying that! I quickly averted my eyes but already spoilt a bit :(
Was it a spoiler? Like saying "Drive Safely". In Kdramaland, all the best wishes you can send out so your favorite character remains alive is energy well spent.
I wont know till i watch epi 16, Julia, if its a wish or a spoiler. But i havent read the rest of that post :)
Sorry about that! My mistake, didn't read it past "don't die on me..." because I am afraid. I can't even glimpse at the preview because I don't want to know what happens. Think I might be nervous for no reason.
Never mind, it totally was a spoiler.
No. You're not the only one. Unfortunately! To get me to this week's two episodes I marathoned School 2013. Which also means 3 nights of sleeping at around 2am and having to get up at 6am to go to work. With this week's cliffhanger, what am I going to do with myself? I'll be such a wreck til next Thursday when this torture will finally be over.
School 2013...will always hold a special place in my heart. The end.