scottishlass: (Asia Princess Mann otp)
After watching eps 1-3 it’s nothing yet to write home about … I have a feeling that the director really wanted to make this drama ambitious and he can’t decide whether to make a social study about materialism in modern post-industrial S. Korea with all its social disadvantages or a full blown romantic comedy with a weird male lead out for revenge.
So far I’m rooting for Han Se Kyung and her Chan, because damn, they love each other so much and HSK is so mature and has so much strength. Jean Thierry Cha(t) (Cha Seung-Jo) on the other hand is a typical pampered chaebol kid who is immature and just off the rocker. I will give it two more eps but so far not even Park ‘even as a second lead I’ll get the leading lady’ Shi-Hoo can make me follow the whole drama yet.

Another pet peeve is that Han Se Kyung is supposed to be an aspiring designer ... but she doesn't design!! She is told that in order to be a designer she should dress like one (in this case, wear designer brands HA!) but if she is really serious about designing why not wearing her own designs? Surely fabric by the yard is not as expensive as a designer brand, is it?

Oh and according to the show ALL women are greedy bitches who define themselves only via designer brands! Women are materialistic while men just give them the money ... only in Korea where the annual credit card debts per head are higher than even in the US.

List of characters ...
Seo Yoon-Yoo - the nemesis of Han Se Kyung at school. An über-bitch who does anything to reach her goals.

Han Se Kyung - hard working, a bit naive which she sheds quite quickly. She loves So In Chan.

So In Chan - high school sweetheart of HSK, hard working, has to take of his mom who suffers from cancer, Debt ridden. He loves HSK and he lets her go, because he doesn't want her to take on his debts.

Cha Seun-Jo aka Jean Thierry Cha(t) - typical pampered chaebol kid with a mental condition, a shrewd (if disillusioned) business man who thinks that all women are greedy bitches. He thinks he has it all figured out, was an idealistic love-blinded idiot (with Seo Yoon-Yoo) and wants to take revenge (which is really petty and childish). Grow up, man!

Just started to watch ep3 and 7.5 minutes in I’m tempted to just quit that show. Cha Seung-Jo is a whack head and I just can’t take him seriously. I really don’t care how or why he has a mental condition – he is just over the top (even though I respect that PSH goes all out in that role, kudos to him). Han Se Kyung needs someone who loves her and respects her and sees her as equal, not a big cry baby she needs to babysit 24/7.

ETA #2
Halfway point of ep 3: I laugh out loud because it is so stupid. There are cute moments but overall … this is just … I’m speechless, I don’t know what it is. I feel like one of the legal team guys who covers his mouth and storms out of the mourning hall during Cha(t)’s daydreams… does he have to puke? Or tries not to laugh out loud?

ETA #3
Almost finished with ep3
So yeah the little wiggly dance was cute and funny but now I know why I can’t get into that drama. Cha Seung-Jo has a histrionic personality disorder with him imagining all those wonderful (to him) scenarios and that overly dramatic behaviour and having had a friend with said disorder I know how challenging and hurting it is to be even friends with such a person let alone having him/her as a significant other. I wouldn’t even wish such a person on Seo Yoon-Yoo who is a gold digger but still she got the hell out of dodge. Kudos to her!
As for So In Chan … you idiot! You are just as materialistic as the others … giving up HSK because you love her and then go away to Brazil and taking her money? Asshole! Good riddance to him!

Overall, I think this will be a drama I love to hate or hate to love … still not sure. It IS funny in places and the music (Jaws!, Edith Piaf etc.) is very well chosen to accentuate certain scenes and PSH is .. WOW, he does it yet again, and yet … still on the fence and leaning more towards dropping the drama rather than continue watching it.
scottishlass: (Asia FAITH otp)
I have started to re-watch FAITH (after two weeks I just needed a fix of our IMJA Couple) and I noticed that the writer Song started out this sageuk as a traditional love triangle thing.

It is such an amazing story and now watching it a second time around I can see much more clearly what writer Song started and then abandoned completely (a love triangle between Choi Young/Queen/King and Choi Young/Eun-Soo/Jang Bin). Thank goodness she saw what amazing characters (and actors) she had to abandon the usual drama tropes and just tell a wonderful love story.

A visible break is noticable from ep 5 onwards. While in ep 4 he is asked (near death) if Daebak Ma-Hee is still in Choi Young's heart he answers in the affirmative only to be saved by Eun-Soo by using CPR (and waking him up through her tears).
Then in ep 5 he tells Ki Cheol that he came for the woman he loves which he actually doesn't say. He says I like the person behind me and will leave with (her). There are two ppl actually behind him ... Daeman and Eun-Soo. And he even admits that he only said that to throw off Ki Cheol and to give a valid reason for the king to appear innocent.
I think the first time he realizes Eun-Soo is more than just an annoying woman who drives him up the walls is in ep 6 when she examines the abdicated Child King. From then onwards he actually memorizes stuff she tells him, even the negative stuff (that she hates him for having blood on him, esp. the Child King's blood etc.).

Eun-Soo on the other hand is only flattered and part of her knows that Choi Young's confession was just a subterfuge, but she is a stranger in a strange land and for all she knows Choi Young is the only person she really knows the longest there and she trusts him ever since he took the stab wound from her. She knows now he wanted to keep his promise or try dying which he almost did - twice. As she knows that he is a legendary hero in the annals of her time she also gets very protective of him.

If writer-nim would have followed her initial idea of the typical jealousy/spurned lover/true love trope, Faith wouldn't have been so epic as it turned out to be I think. It is just a minor detail but made the impact oh so stronger.

Talking about minor details. I have come across a very interesting series of vids on youtube where someone did an alternate version of Faith with footage of The Myth, Bichunmoo and of course Faith. It changes the on-set of why Eun-Soo is called from the Heavens and it turns more into a traditional re-incarnation sageuk kind of thing ... well done, and if the drama would have been made this way, it would have been interesting too, but I'm glad we have the love story we all watched and came to love.

Under the cut )
scottishlass: (Asia FAITH Poison)
What can I write which is not already written about this episode? An episode that picked up even more speed than the two episodes before and which - given it was the one before last - should have felt rushed with all the things happening and unravelling, but surprisingly it didn't.
It felt as if we were in these rooms, breathing the same air as our OTPs, seeing what they see, and hearing what they hear. What an amazing episode.



I so love Eun-Soo and her strength. Willing to poison herself to counteract the poison - what kind of strength and what kind of faith/belief/trust she must have in fate to even considering this? She knows that without Choi Young she is nothing, she cannot live without him. She might survive in her world but that would not be living and she is determined and so composed and so quietly un-heroic for a drama heroine.
We see Choi Young caring, his love and care for Eun-Soo tearing him apart inside and yet he keeps it all in, functions in his duty to the king and tries his best not only to make the best out of the days that remain but also supports Eun-Soo in her decision even if he doesn't like it.

Their love is so epic, so big and yet it doesn't need big confessions and shows of THE LOVE. They quietly love and endure; believing that this is all worth it that there is a chance even if the future looks so drab and insecure.

FAITH. 신의. Shinui - and yet so much more ... faith, trust, belief. These words were the akai ito of the drama. That continuously worked its thread through the drama, through every character's actions and thoughts.
They have to trust their own abilities and keep the faith, believing in themselves as well as their loved ones. Gongmin who has to trust his own judgment and that of his advisors. Who had faith that the ministers will do the right decision for the good of Goryeo and the citizens. Nogook who has to belief that she will have a child one day and live. Choi Young who has to trust the king, believing that despite all he and Eun-Soo will live together happily ... and Eun-Soo who has literally to do a leap of faith by taking the poison to counteract the other poison raging in her body, believing that she will survive, trusting that Choi Young will live well even if the unthinkable happens.

When Choi Young squares off with Ki Cheol at the end of the episode, Ki Cheol inadvertently gives Choi the reason to continue. Not only as a human being who is in love with Eun-Soo (lovers is such a shallow word compared to what Eun-Soo and Choi Young are to each other) but he also gives him the confidence, the faith, to continue as a warrior. He absolves Choi because being a warrior, taking up the sword is to protect his woman. And it is important that in this moment Eun-Soo wakes up, even if the situation for Choi Young looks not too well at that very moment.

All in all a fast paced and insightful episode with lots of little quiet shippy moments which lead to an epic finale.
scottishlass: (Asia FAITH imja)
Faith ep 22 ...

So near and yet so far. Only two more eps to go and in a span of two hours (two eps) the whole drama has turned around on its head. And I'm a loss for words. I feel numb and desolate, my heart and mind aches for these two ppl as well as the tough choices they are still facing ahead. Only one drama/series has reduced me to such an extent and that was the epic love story of Aeryn Sun and John Crichton in Farscape, and they even were dysfunctional to a huge extent. Here in FAITH, we have a couple that is destined to be, it MUST be, because they are so functional, so compatible, so wonderful together.



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scottishlass: (Asia FAITH imja)
Faith ep 22 ...

So near and yet so far. Only two more eps to go and in a span of two hours (two eps) the whole drama has turned around on its head. And I'm a loss for words. I feel numb and desolate, my heart and mind aches for these two ppl as well as the tough choices they are still facing ahead. Only one drama/series has reduced me to such an extent and that was the epic love story of Aeryn Sun and John Crichton in Farscape, and they even were dysfunctional to a huge extent. Here in FAITH, we have a couple that is destined to be, it MUST be, because they are so functional, so compatible, so wonderful together.



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scottishlass: (Asia FAITH imja)
Faith ep 22 has ripped me open and leaving only a shell. I'm still too numb and desolate yet calm and consoled. What an amazing journey, what amazing loves and couples. A story is truly epic not for the grand battle scenes or the grand gestures, nor the greatest love stories ... a story that touches the heart, touches the soul of the audience .. that is truly epic.

Next week we will see the last two eps ... we have to keep the faith.
scottishlass: (Asia FAITH imja)
Faith ep 22 has ripped me open and leaving only a shell. I'm still too numb and desolate yet calm and consoled. What an amazing journey, what amazing loves and couples. A story is truly epic not for the grand battle scenes or the grand gestures, nor the greatest love stories ... a story that touches the heart, touches the soul of the audience .. that is truly epic.

Next week we will see the last two eps ... we have to keep the faith.
scottishlass: (Asia FAITH imja)
FAITH ep 21 broke my heart on so many different levels than ep 20.




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scottishlass: (Asia FAITH imja)
FAITH ep 21 broke my heart on so many different levels than ep 20.




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scottishlass: (Asia FAITH squee)
I know I'm behind on watching FAITH (ep 10 is already subbed) but OMFG!!!
Ep 7 was ... was ... I'm speechless ... it was so shoujo (him surrendering in that circle of swords) and the scene with the infant king. Omo, Omo, Omo!!! I have to admit I bawled, that scene just killed me.
scottishlass: (Asia FAITH squee)
I know I'm behind on watching FAITH (ep 10 is already subbed) but OMFG!!!
Ep 7 was ... was ... I'm speechless ... it was so shoujo (him surrendering in that circle of swords) and the scene with the infant king. Omo, Omo, Omo!!! I have to admit I bawled, that scene just killed me.
scottishlass: (J-Men Kimura secret)
After my utter obsession on JDramas these past 1 1/2 years, this season I found myself watching more K and TW Dramas than anything else.

Currently watching:
(KOR) When It Is At Night - YAY, another dorama with Kim Seon-ah!!! I just hate it that BonSubs are so damn slow in getting the subs out. I mean this dorama is from summer 2008, for crissake. And now I'm stuck at the beginning of eps where it really gets interesting.

(KOR) Boys Over Flowers - Love it with an obsession that I lacked for the TW and J version. And the definite eye-candy helps very much :)

(KOR) Return of Iljimae - What the Lee Jun-ki version was lacking I get from this one. NICE!!

(TW) ToGetHer - awwww, pure fluff atm. Though knowing TW dramas there might turn up some evil ex-gf etc really soon, but Jiro and Rainie (gasp) are delightful to watch.

(JAP) Zeni Geba - still have high hopes for a darkish tale along the lines of Sora kara but haven't finished ep3 yet.

Finished:
(JAP)Celeb to binbo Taro - a new take on rich girl/poor boy, but somehow the main heroine was very annoying and Star no Koi picked up the problems and consequences much, much better IMHO. Besides, this jdrama had plot holes as huge as the Rocky Mountains :s

(TW) Love or Bread - I had high hopes for this one but damned if Joe Cheng's over the top acting and grimacing didn't go on my nerves. But good to see Ariel in a more serious role again where she doesn't play the dumb girl (Joe was definitely the dumb one in this one). What I noticed though is that both Joe and Ariel are totally comfortable with each other. So much so that on one hand it is cute and wonderful to see those two getting physical (hitting each other, getting into each other's comfort zones) but IMHO there was no UST.

(JAP) Mei-chan - gave totally up on it. I think it was too ... out there for me.

Started downloading but haven't watched yet:
(JAP) VOICE
(JAP) Veterinarians Without Borders R.E.D
scottishlass: (J-Men Kimura secret)
After my utter obsession on JDramas these past 1 1/2 years, this season I found myself watching more K and TW Dramas than anything else.

Currently watching:
(KOR) When It Is At Night - YAY, another dorama with Kim Seon-ah!!! I just hate it that BonSubs are so damn slow in getting the subs out. I mean this dorama is from summer 2008, for crissake. And now I'm stuck at the beginning of eps where it really gets interesting.

(KOR) Boys Over Flowers - Love it with an obsession that I lacked for the TW and J version. And the definite eye-candy helps very much :)

(KOR) Return of Iljimae - What the Lee Jun-ki version was lacking I get from this one. NICE!!

(TW) ToGetHer - awwww, pure fluff atm. Though knowing TW dramas there might turn up some evil ex-gf etc really soon, but Jiro and Rainie (gasp) are delightful to watch.

(JAP) Zeni Geba - still have high hopes for a darkish tale along the lines of Sora kara but haven't finished ep3 yet.

Finished:
(JAP)Celeb to binbo Taro - a new take on rich girl/poor boy, but somehow the main heroine was very annoying and Star no Koi picked up the problems and consequences much, much better IMHO. Besides, this jdrama had plot holes as huge as the Rocky Mountains :s

(TW) Love or Bread - I had high hopes for this one but damned if Joe Cheng's over the top acting and grimacing didn't go on my nerves. But good to see Ariel in a more serious role again where she doesn't play the dumb girl (Joe was definitely the dumb one in this one). What I noticed though is that both Joe and Ariel are totally comfortable with each other. So much so that on one hand it is cute and wonderful to see those two getting physical (hitting each other, getting into each other's comfort zones) but IMHO there was no UST.

(JAP) Mei-chan - gave totally up on it. I think it was too ... out there for me.

Started downloading but haven't watched yet:
(JAP) VOICE
(JAP) Veterinarians Without Borders R.E.D
scottishlass: (J-Men Kimura secret)
After my utter obsession on JDramas these past 1 1/2 years, this season I found myself watching more K and TW Dramas than anything else.

Currently watching:
(KOR) When It Is At Night - YAY, another dorama with Kim Seon-ah!!! I just hate it that BonSubs are so damn slow in getting the subs out. I mean this dorama is from summer 2008, for crissake. And now I'm stuck at the beginning of eps where it really gets interesting.

(KOR) Boys Over Flowers - Love it with an obsession that I lacked for the TW and J version. And the definite eye-candy helps very much :)

(KOR) Return of Iljimae - What the Lee Jun-ki version was lacking I get from this one. NICE!!

(TW) ToGetHer - awwww, pure fluff atm. Though knowing TW dramas there might turn up some evil ex-gf etc really soon, but Jiro and Rainie (gasp) are delightful to watch.

(JAP) Zeni Geba - still have high hopes for a darkish tale along the lines of Sora kara but haven't finished ep3 yet.

Finished:
(JAP)Celeb to binbo Taro - a new take on rich girl/poor boy, but somehow the main heroine was very annoying and Star no Koi picked up the problems and consequences much, much better IMHO. Besides, this jdrama had plot holes as huge as the Rocky Mountains :s

(TW) Love or Bread - I had high hopes for this one but damned if Joe Cheng's over the top acting and grimacing didn't go on my nerves. But good to see Ariel in a more serious role again where she doesn't play the dumb girl (Joe was definitely the dumb one in this one). What I noticed though is that both Joe and Ariel are totally comfortable with each other. So much so that on one hand it is cute and wonderful to see those two getting physical (hitting each other, getting into each other's comfort zones) but IMHO there was no UST.

(JAP) Mei-chan - gave totally up on it. I think it was too ... out there for me.

Started downloading but haven't watched yet:
(JAP) VOICE
(JAP) Veterinarians Without Borders R.E.D
scottishlass: (Default)
When I thought they couldn't break my heart even more, they go and do it.
Spoilers for 4-9 under the cut )
scottishlass: (Default)
When I thought they couldn't break my heart even more, they go and do it.
Spoilers for 4-9 under the cut )
scottishlass: (Default)
When I thought they couldn't break my heart even more, they go and do it.
Spoilers for 4-9 under the cut )
scottishlass: (KS SMAP Tsu)
In my attempt of Pimping Tsuyoshi I will write a couple of reviews for Kusanagi Tsuyoshi's recent doramas. Let's start with this one, shall we?



synopsis
Suzuki Shimao (Kusanagi Tsuyoshi) gave up a very promising IT major to continue his late father's screw manufactury. He is a hard working, trusting young man who cares deeply for his mother and younger sister. When one of his employees embezzles all funds for the manufactury and he goes bankrupt, he recalls an encounter with business tycoon Takayanagi Toru (Tsutsumi Shinichi) who told him to seek him out if he ever was in trouble.
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scottishlass: (KS SMAP Tsu)
In my attempt of Pimping Tsuyoshi I will write a couple of reviews for Kusanagi Tsuyoshi's recent doramas. Let's start with this one, shall we?



synopsis
Suzuki Shimao (Kusanagi Tsuyoshi) gave up a very promising IT major to continue his late father's screw manufactury. He is a hard working, trusting young man who cares deeply for his mother and younger sister. When one of his employees embezzles all funds for the manufactury and he goes bankrupt, he recalls an encounter with business tycoon Takayanagi Toru (Tsutsumi Shinichi) who told him to seek him out if he ever was in trouble.
read more )

x-posted to [livejournal.com profile] dorama_chat
scottishlass: (KS SMAP Tsu)
In my attempt of Pimping Tsuyoshi I will write a couple of reviews for Kusanagi Tsuyoshi's recent doramas. Let's start with this one, shall we?



synopsis
Suzuki Shimao (Kusanagi Tsuyoshi) gave up a very promising IT major to continue his late father's screw manufactury. He is a hard working, trusting young man who cares deeply for his mother and younger sister. When one of his employees embezzles all funds for the manufactury and he goes bankrupt, he recalls an encounter with business tycoon Takayanagi Toru (Tsutsumi Shinichi) who told him to seek him out if he ever was in trouble.
read more )

x-posted to [livejournal.com profile] dorama_chat

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