(and also a kind of/sort of review, taken from a march 2009 blog entry. it just kind of amused me so i wanted to post it here)
"it is serious. i can't stop it. it invades every aspect of my life, and is threatening to take over... DRAMA ADDICTION!
sry, this is about to get pretty random- i'm really tired haha...
one drama in particular is killing me right now- i can't stop watching! what is sad, though, is that i have already seen it multiple times. i am talking about Hana Yori Dango, and all it's many aspects. first i watched the japanese live action drama (multiple times, from beginning to end, as i forced other people to watch it too), then i watched Meteor Garden, which was taiwan's version of the same story (a few years older than the jp one, but still good), NOW i am trapped in the currently airing korean version Boys Over Flowers.
it is good. it's really good. i almost want to say it's better than the japanese one. the japanese one still wins, though, for being the most slick/stylish of all of them. but the korean version really goes farther into the characters- and into the friendships they all have with each other. i'm sure i'll go on at length about this when the drama finishes airing in korea and i finally get to finish it haha . i am up to episode 20, and i think it ends at 25 eps.
omg, somebody tell me i'm not the only wacko drama otaku out there. and that i'm not the only one who would watch every version of the same story hahaha. i really want someone else to watch all of these shows too so we can 'compare notes' .
and you know, i've been kind of a 'jdrama evangelist' with various friends... but i seem to have a harder time getting people to watch korean/taiwanese dramas, though. i don't understand why . the joy of these shows must be spread to all! i think i am going to have to start my own asian drama/ music/ sexy people review blog. or something. i don't know, i'm half asleep and rambling, sry."
man, i was a tad hyper a year and a half ago haha
btw, re-reading this now makes me want to watch boys over flowers again, good times :D
oh, and here is an excerpt from another vaguely entertaining post from around the same time (march 2009):
"ok, i just recently finished watching a very cute/silly japanese show called "mei chan no shitsuji" ("mei chan's butler")... it is CHOCK FULL OF HOT GUYS ... the hottest of course being mizushima hiro, he is very very yummy indeed...
anyway, there are so many pleasant looking men in this show that it would be ridiculous to go on about them all, but i thought the following deserved an 'honorable mention' ... here and there in the show you see the akanabe twins (ukon & sakon), personal butlers of hongo kintaro (mei's grandfather)... in real life, they are takagi manpei & takagi shinpei, 23 year old twin brothers/ actors from japan... and i HEART them ! they are soooo adorable! i want hot japanese twin butlers! but then, who wouldn't, eh ?
they wouldn't even have to be butlers... they're only job would be to lay around my house in various stages of undress, like... decorations haha. btw, i would be a fun rich woman, my house would be entirely populated by adorable guys. some people collect plants or knick knacks or pets- i'd collect decorative boys . <333
see them here: http://fake-doppleganger.blogspot.com/2008/06/manpei-shinpei.html
anyway, happy drama watching to all!"
(another blog entry moved from elsewhere- this one was originally written in march 2010)
Goong/ Palace/ Princess Hours
This is a drama that I had heard a lot of good things about, so I decided to give it a go. It's ultimately a fantasy story about a common high school girl who suddenly finds out she's betrothed to a prince, so thought it would be a sort of goofy relief after the previous roller coaster drama I'd watched (Shining Inheritance).
There was one big problem with this show right from the start, and that was in translation. It is very hard to present to a non- Korean speaking audience the difference between the high school slang and the elegant Palace language, so the subtitles end up being unintentionally hilarious a lot of the time. If you watch a lot of foreign language shows/ movies, you're probably used to such issues.... but I don't know if I would recommend this to someone new to Asian dramas, as it may scare them off ;P.
It had some fun/silly moments in the beginning, and I am very fond of the lead actress (Yoon Eun Hye). Her character's friends really grated on my nerves at first, they have annoying screechy voices and seemed way over-caffeinated. You do learn to love them eventually though. The one quiet friend (played by Jun Ji Ae) is absolutely lovely- a truly ethereal beauty is behind those glasses. Between her and Song Ji Hyo (the dreaded love rival!), there was a lot of competition in the beauty category for this drama. The main character's physical transformation is subtly amazing- she becomes gorgeous as a princess. Every episode had her in new hair/outfits, and her beauty is pretty astonishing. I find it hard to believe this is the same woman who could pass as a "boy" in Coffee Prince! Regardless of beauty, though, Yoon Eun Hye is a great comic actress, and is a lot of fun to watch. She plays "awkward" painfully well, and you really can't help but love her :).
It took a lot of episodes before I actually liked the Crown Prince. Joo Ji Hoon is way too good at playing a prissy snotty ass. His character glides through his life with a haughty attitude, seeming not to be affected by anyone around him. In a way he comes off as sort of an dark unpleasant version of Hana Yori Dango's Hanazawa Rui. And as he transforms into a more lovable character, the Prince is so deadpan initially that it takes a while to recognize his affection and humor. The prince also has questionable fashion sense- I mean seriously, bow ties? Polka dots?! He should stick with his traditional princely garb :D. Or with muscle shirts and pajama pants, mmmm.
As it turned out, this show had a tad more drama than I'd anticipated. There are the usual antagonists and love rivals, all set to the backdrop of stuffy palace traditions and keeping the royal family from embarrassment. It's all in good fun though, and in the end well worth the time. The absolute BEST part about this drama though...? The KISSING. For the love of all that is good in the world, these people actually know how to kiss! And there are a few REALLY nice ones :D. I think it must be Yoon Eun Hye though, because the kissing in Coffee Prince was also top notch ;).
a bit of the kissing (possible spoilers):
& general mv: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8vKuk6uX3Tk
watch on dramafever.com- a great LEGAL website for watching korean dramas!
- btw do not confuse dramafever with dramacrazy :/
(i have decided to move some of my old blog entries etc from other sites here)
Shining Inheritance / Brilliant Legacy
You will joyously lose a lot of sleep :)
By corinnajune on Feb 26, 2010
This drama is GREAT- it is slow the first couple of episodes, but once it takes off you seriously CAN'T stop watching. It has all the cliche drama/soap opera conventions, but this is what happens when they are treated with skill and finesse. It is well edited and well acted. Lee Seung Ki is especially good in what is apparently his first major acting role. He starts out as a character you initially despise, but through a gradual and somewhat painful process be becomes both sympathetic and funny.
You will laugh, and cry, be yelling "Oh NO she DIDN'T!" at the screen, all while falling completely in love with the characters. Even with the typical Asian drama chastity (you're lucky if you see a kiss), S.I. is still able to get your heart racing. The characters manage to have tangible chemistry without anything sexual either overt or implied- this, my friends, takes skill. Even the "evil" characters commit their nefarious deeds without resorting to physical violence.
This show is not quite perfect, but it comes very close. My main issue is with the main title theme song. I personally find it annoying and overused, not to mention that whenever it is played (especially in the opening credits), it is RIDICULOUSLY loud. My annoyance with that song is balanced out, however, by the lovely piano pieces performed by the main character's autistic brother.
I highly recommend clearing out an entire weekend to watch all 28 episodes, because once you get going, reality will be taking the back burner until you are done. You won't eat, you will lose sleep, your housemates will get a bit concerned for a while by your mad lunatic ravings at the screen... and by the end you will feel drained, drugged, and simply wonderful.
(great fan vid here- but there are spoilers! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hUWNJhGr9cE)
i think i remembered most of them... there are several on here i've watched all the way through multiple times (i think nodame holds the record- 5 times watched. YES, it IS that good haha)
completed drama list:
love and fight
3 peace / hito ni yasashiku
hana kimi japan (+ special)
hana kimi taiwan
devil beside you
honey and clover
nodame cantibile + specials
hana yori dango (1&2 + movie)
meteor garden 1
boys over flowers (korea)
nobuta wo produce
i'm sorry, i love you
zettai kareshi (+ special)
iwgp + special
kurosagi + movie
katagoshi no koibito
kimi wa petto
full house (rain mmmm)
my boss, my hero
code blue 1
anmitsu hime special
alone in love
hitotsu yane no shita
great teacher onizuka
mei-chan no shitsuji
atashinchi no danshi
unfair (+ special + movie)
yamato nadeshiko shichi henge
my girl (korea)
down with love
my girlfriend is a gumiho
natsu no koi wa nijiiro ni kagayaku
oh! my lady
i am sam
protect the boss
my girl (japan)
never got around to finishing list:
the world that they live in
reinoryokuska odagiri kyoko no uso
ryuusei no kizuna
wonderful life (japanese)
at home dad