I’m back!

Posted February 10, 2011 by fauvish
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Not that anyone really cares, BUT I will make damn sure somebody will care from now on 🙂 This blog is not just about Asian drama anymore, but will be about all my obsessions in fiction, and boy do I have a few. Expect to see some Glee, Vampire Diaries, Skins and a whole lot of YA lit.

Here’s a song to celebrate ^.^

Kdrama: Fall Season

Posted October 12, 2009 by fauvish
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Honestly, I haven’t really been seeing a kdrama lately that spoke to me like Brilliant Legacy or Story of a Man did. Swallow the Sun is one big mess and I didn’t even bother to start watching Take care of lady. I like Yoon Eun Hye, I like Jung Il Woo, I like Moon Chae Won but reading dramabeans’ recaps didn’t make me very enthusiastic. But these past few weeks have seen the start of some potentially awesome drama:

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Smile, you: The story is cliché but funny, the casting is great for the characters who are all spunky and fun in their own way. Honestly, watching the crazy bride cry on the road, the stalkerish male lead all over the bitchy sister of the bride and ahjusshi’s singing I don’t care e e e e e e is just awesome!! 50 eps is a lot though..

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You’re beautiful: Omo, the title is so cheesy…and the drama has a lot of cheese as well. But this has the potential to be a very good and hilarious cheese. Judging by ep1 and 2 (especially ep 2) this drama will use all the cliché’s the right way. I’m definitely not rooting for the second lead. I like my men bad and disturbed, even though Geun Seok’s hair is AWFUL! XD Park Shin Hye is just the cutest little angel. Do you like random jokes. Be sure to watch!

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Loving you a thousand times: Well it could be nice, in a melodrama way. The whole surrogate thing is very intriguing. If the acting of the main guy improves. He’s hella hot though and that makes up for a lot! I’m a bit behind on this one so I’m not sure if I can sit through 50+ eps.

Any other dramas to recommend? Please don’t say IRIS, I don’t think I will jump on that wagon. Assorted gems? Creating destiny? Or maybe watch an old drama

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Orthros no Inu

Posted September 4, 2009 by fauvish
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Catching up to orthros no inu, and now at ep 3. I’ve been on a serious drama streak for the past few weeks, excluding Buzzer Beat of course, and this fits that criteria precisely. But maybe it fits it a bit too much.

There are a lot of things to like about this show. I mean, the concept is awesome and it really makes you think on matters of life and death. We get to see that the angel hand is not necessarily the one that gives life, nor that the hand of death is the hand of the devil. Rather it is about the person who wields it.

And of course, this drama offers us some nice actors from the Johnny’s Entertainment stall, including my fave Nishikido Ryo. Though he sort of plays a softy here (Aoi Ryo) who’s easily manipulated by Ryuzaki, played by Takky, I can’t wait to see him get stronger and more confident of his own skills. I love his face, because there is this dark and broody factor to him. But once he smiles, his face lights up. When it comes to expressions, I prefer him over Yamashita Tomohisa.

This is also my first time seeing Takky playing in a drama. I like how he portrays Ryuzaki, who is both a baddy and sexy. Plus, he gets the best oneliners and monologues. His talk about only being able to heal what is covered by health care insurance cracked me up. And it’s a bit sad he can’t heal himself. I think the same goes for Ryosuke. Bye bye, easy way of suicide.

Sadly, I am worried this drama takes itself maybe a bit too seriously and it’s in the danger zone of being pretentious. The life and death issue is an important matter, but you don’t have to ram it through our throats. There is such a thing as enjoyment. I think this show could do with a little more humor and more everyday conversation. Because, even if this show is about life and death, the vibe shouldn’t only be dark. There’s fun to be found in everything.

The female part by Mizukawa Asami isn’t very noteworthy. She’s the standard cop who’s juggling all her responsibilities and fighting some sort of attraction for Ryuzaki. Her action of leeting go of the drug dealing Johhny boy may help her out in the short run, but seriously… she should know better. I hope they give her a bit more rationality, because she feels like a puppet and not a very strong one. But we’ll see. She might grow on me.

The story isn’t the most original. We’ve seen all the psychological cat and mouse tricks before, but if it’s done well I don’t feel it’s a big problem. Originality isn’t the most common thing in dramaland anyway, though I do think Jdorama’s usually have more original concepts than kdrama do. Probably because cliché plots (love triangle, disease, revenge, sageuk) are what attract the viewers. Most shows trying to do something innovative don’t frequently get the ratings (like Tamra, Triple, Soul Mate etc) they sometimes should have. What I mean to say with this is that I appreciate Jdorama for its attempts at new plotlines (and not always going for big stories), but I’m not sure Orthros is going to be one of them. Hopefully Ryo can keep me from bailing out.

The CUTE in Buzzer Beat: Ep 6

Posted August 21, 2009 by fauvish
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I’m really liking Buzzer Beat. It’s just such relaxed lighthearted fluff. The acting is decent, it’s realistic and has some funny conversations. It’s just the thing to watch on a rainy day, or when it’s too hot to go outside. This Tuesday’s ep was especially nice, with a LOT of cuteness. Though we saw little Yamapi camwhoring this time(a phrase I picked up at crunchyroll), unless you’re a foot fetishist. This is by no means a recap. Just the things in this ep that stuck with me.

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Episode 6 starts out cute, with our meant-to-be couple continuing their hug and even with Riko falling on top of Naoki (Ooh ah Johnny boy in such a provocative pose, is that even allowed?). She’s really proactive eh? Something we’ll see later on as well. Good for her! If you give Naoki the controls I doubt anything will ever happen, being as passive as he is. I don’t dislike him though, he is kind (something he hates), but he isn’t weak. He’s not the type to fight with people, but to hear them out and really listen. In fact, all the characters in the show feel realistic to me (except that most of them are too attractive). The relationships and conversations as well and that’s what’s drawing me in.

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I have this feeling Naoki might be going back to Natsuki in the next few eps (or consider it), but I’m not sure. At least I feel Natsuki is going to work hard to get him back. I like how Natsuki is presented in the drama. It doesn’t hurt that Saki is especially pretty in this drama. She’s a bad girl and has done some wrong things, but now she has come to appreciate what she had. Having a bad boy as a boyfriend wasn’t all what she had expected it to be. Being ordered around by him and having to touch his clammy hair..yuck. I feel a dumpfest coming up. Watching her game by herself was sort of sad. You can say she deserved it, but it doesn’t mean it’s not hard on her. And it’s sad. Somehow I think she might end up with Utsunomiya, since he seems to like her, even if he says he’s over it. And he’s a nice guy like Naoki and maybe a bit more proactive, so it could work out, right?

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Meanwhile Kawasaki coach just can’t seem to let go of Riko and threads into clingy waters with his “I believe you Naoki” speech. For me, his affection for Riko went a bit fast, making it a bit hard for me to understand why a ladies man got so infatuated with a girl that didn’t even show that much interest..wait that might just be it. He’s so used to girls fawning over him, this distant “playing hard to get” kind of girl draws him immediatly. Still, when he introduces her to his parents it’s just too much. She just dumped you man, have some self respect. Besides, the only person who can make Riko happy is Riko herself. It’s not something you can make happen if she doesn’t love you. So just let her go. But ok, this is a drama.. I guess he’s not going to let go anytime soon.

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Shuuji and Mai are cuteness in a small package. They fit so well together, but don’t realize it. I love their dynamic, since Mai is obviously the dominant one and he seems like the type that doesn’t mind to be pussywhipped. So I think they could work out fine. I can totally imagine them 40 years later with Mai nagging at him to take out the garbage while he says “yes dear.” Mai is an awesome character anyway, I like everything about her except for the bun, but maybe it’ll grow on me.. or float away like the balloon it’s reminding me of.

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Mai and Riko are too funny when they are together, I really liked their relationship/boys conversation. In a lot of drama’s it’s usually that the friend is just a prop, one to give advice to the lead in times of trouble. But here Mai has her own life, own relationship issues and she can also talk about it with Riko. It’s not just a one way relationship of one friend always heaping shit onto the other or having to listen to all their troubles. You know they have each others back and that’s cool.

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Back to Riko and Naoki. I love their interactions. They encourage each other, laugh together and look good together as well. Though I feel they lack some primal/sexual attraction towards each other, their chemistry while interacting is pretty good. The last scene in the courtyard is really nice, with the random conversation about new skin and then the confession. Yeah Yamapi, why go back to being friends? You’re perfect for each other. Ok, so there’s the coach and the fact that you’ve just broken up with your girlfriend. You can still try to make things work out. Don’t give up now! Errr, well since we’ve still got enough eps to go, and a few conflicts to be resolved before that, just sit back and relax.

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The Evil Army

Posted August 20, 2009 by fauvish
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What’s the use of radio braodcasting Gong Yoo-sshi? We can’t see you!
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Boooh!!! Boo to the stupid military service in Korea taking all our smexy men. If waiting for Gong Yoo hasn’t been enough, now Lee Dong Wook is also taken from us. Our Wookie gone for two yrs. People like that shouldn’t be kept from the entertainment industry for so long. As stated by dramabeans, he will be enlisting on August 24th. Bring on the tissues.

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Cut my beautiful hair? I’d rather die!
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And what about Jae Hee, Eric, Kim Rae Won, Lee Dong Gun (okay I don’t think he’s gone yet..but he will be soon), Lee Jin Wook, Jo In Sung etc etc etc.. It’s just not fair. As much as I love the young generation, doing 2 years without the late 20s/early 30s generation breaks my heart. And worse of all, the hair..the beautiful hair!

I’m not totally sure what the army service is actually good for for the stars, most of them end up in the entertainment division anyway. Well on the upside, it will be great for their muscle tone. Not that many of them need that -_-

Reasons to watch Swallow the Sun

Posted August 17, 2009 by fauvish
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I’ve only started watching Swallow the sun a few days ago, but I’ve found myself quite hooked. The reasons?

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The beginning: It all starts out flashy, showing us the nighttime scenery of Las Vegas and then to a wild car and helicopter chase in Africa. Wow! You just know they’ve brought out the big guns for this production, literaly and figuratively. But before you know it, you move back to the past, to see how all of this began. We get to see the starcrossed love between abalone diver Mi Yeon and the fugitive criminal Il Hwan. In my opinion, after seeing 11 episodes, the actors playing Mi Yeon and Il Hwan are some of the best on the show. The way they looked after IH was hauled back to the mainland was heartbreaking. It’s then that you know: Love was there.

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Visuals: This show really handles the scenery well, making the most of every location, be it the Las Vegas nightlife, or South African wildlife. Action scenes are pretty well shot, with an awesome car chase in the Nevada desert. I also like the Cirque du Soleil scenes, it makes me want to buy tickets and go see it sometimes.

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Storyline: It’s a good Kdrama storyline with all the necessary ingredients. Sure, it may be a bit predictable at time and plot holes are bound to show up, but mostly the story is interesting and fast paced. It hasn’t been boring yet.

Jung Woo: The first time I saw Ji Sung in a drama was Save the Last Dance for me (which I saw only recently). I wasn’t blown away there, but here he is kinda awesome. Maybe he’s too nice for the part, but that is also part of the charm. His cuteness (especially around Soo Hyun) makes him more likable. And his coolness becomes apparent in his fighting and snipe shooter scenes. Whoa! I would like to see some more emotional scenes though, but I’m sure those will come when he finds out all the secrets. Nothing like an identity crisis to bring out all the tears and anger. Can’t wait!

STS F4 (as displayed in the first pic): Yeah, an overused term, but when I saw somebody use it on viikii it was sort of appropriate. The 4 mercs together are awesome and funny. Hopefully none of them will die…

Women: It’s nice to see a few ambitious and smart women. The main female lead, Soo Hyun, played by Sung Yu Ri is sweet, but no angel. She’s smart, has goals and I think she could even be plotting revenge in the future. She’s not dense about people’s intentions and knows fully well what she is doing. One can only admire that. And until now I haven’t seen any particularly clingy women in the show, which makes me happy. Even Mi Ran, whom I figured would be Tae Hyuk’s clingy ex, seems to be more business orientated than love orientated. In fact, the only clingy one I’ve seen so far is Tae Hyuk (played by Lee Wan) when it comes to Soo Hyun. Moreover, we see some women who are more in touch with their sexual sides, without coming off as total skanks (in my opinion that is).

Music: The music is nice and dramatic and fit the mood of the drama most of the time. I really like the instrumental songs. Even if the songs 운명 and 목수리 by TRAX + Air are a bit overused, I still play them on my Itunes. They’re quite catchy!

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Reasons to not watch the drama

Acting performances: While most are acting decently, some are not. For an example, I can’t say I really dig the part of Jang Min Ho. I don’t really feel his cruel and vicious part, even when he throws things around. Tae Hyuk feels kind of bland to me, while he started out sexy enough. And though I love Sung Yu Ri, her acting hasn’t made any lasting impression on me yet, but I still have good hopes. The scene in Hong Gil Dong where she finds out the truth about her parents was an awesome performance on her part, so I’m hoping she will show similar emotions here. For now, she’s nice playing a cutesy but ambitious woman, but not yet memorable. The worst acting comes from the western actors. I really cringed at some scenes, for example, those with SH’s fat boss Jenny. The way she reacted after SH told her off..OMG! Or the eye bulging scene where SH caught her brest friend in bed with a man. Stupidest thing ever.

The “English”: You know you’re in trouble when you can’t understand a word they’re saying when you are supposed to actually be able to understand them. Sung Yu Ri may have the excuse of having a short tongue, but it doesn’t make her English scenes less cringeworthy. Same goes for Jackson’s (Yoo Oh Sung) lines. It’s not just flat, it’s inaudible, laughable, unprofessional. It tells me Korean schools need to improve on their English classes. I remember how my school teacher tried to hammer in the proper pronounciation (the British pronounciation, not American) at my Dutch school. I should be grateful of the proper education I’ve been given, really.. Ok, off-topic.

Since we’re only half way into the story, I shouldn’t say too much. Hopefully the story keeps its fast pacing and weaves in some nice twists. I really wonder what will happen after the Africa arc.

The latest eps are subbed on http://viikii.net

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The Kdrama Recipe!!

Posted August 16, 2009 by fauvish
Categories: Kdrama

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Here’s my recipe for the ultimate Kdrama:

1. 1 Love triangle or quartet
2. 1 Litre of tears
3. 1 Slighty stupid, naïve, poor and plain heroine
4. 1 Cold chaebol
5. 1 Clingy wannabe girlfriend
6. 1 Cheeky best friend
7. 1 Picture perfect guy
8. 1 Crazy omoni
9. 1 Snob omoni
10. 2 Short ahjusshi’s
11. 3 Loud ahjumma’s
12. 40 slaps
13. 3 Bloody Lips
14. 2 U-turns
15. 5 Minutes of excruciating English or French
16. 100 Bottles of Soju
17. 3 Kilo of kimchi
18. 1 Noraebang
19. 4 Blind dates
20. 2 Make-overs
21. 55 Pieces of kimbab
22. A pair of slippers for every character
23. A pan of pig intestines
24. Tent bar
25. 40 Packets of instant ramyeon
26. 2 Birth secrets
27. Terminal disease

Any suggestions to add to the recipe?