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Movies

Korean:

Highly recommend to watch blind by Kim Ha Neul. A story of a blind witness VS a gangster youngster (Yoo Seungho). How that both combined forces to nail the culprit.

Sector 7 (If you like Ha Ji Won from secret garden). If not, don’t bother to watch this. It’s meant to be fantasy but I find it pretty amusing that the alien form cannot be destroyed by flame and bullets, but can get drilled to death, isn’t the drill made of metal too(like bullets)?. -.-. If you like Primeval series then perhaps u might enjoy this.

Taiwan:

Starry Starry Night is way too artistic a film for me to truly appreciate though the child actors are pretty good.

 

Dramas to watch…

After a long wait, I’ve finally watched Startling each step. You can find the Full episodes RAW online.

So what’s next? After the above drama you will definitely need some lighthearted drama.

If you like dream high, and Beethoven Virus, then Do watch The Musical by Goo Hye-Sun(boys over flowers) and Daniel Choi.Warrior Baek Dong Soo I won’t exactly recommend it, unless you are looking for some action film.

Though Poseidon seemed to be an action packed drama, with super junior Choi Siwon(yes, eye candy) in it, it failed to impress me.

Ongoing Tdrama:

By Ariel Lin & Chen Bo Ran, In time with you. Similar type of drama will be My queen (2009 drama). Yellow Ribbon Love not too bad if you kind of miss girl being boy(you’re beautiful, Hana Kimi) that kind of drama.

Ongoing HK drama: Man with no shadows. I’m guessing that it might be something like Death note. Have yet to watch, but will love to.

 

What’s worth waiting to watch?

  • Heavy hearted drama: Love Rain(Kdrama, starring Jang guen suk & SNSD Yoona). Think it’s gonna be heavy hearted coz the same scriptwritiers produced winter sonata.
  • Thousand day Promise (Kdrama)Simply love the pairing. Su Ae impressed me with Athena, and Kim Rae Won with Love Story in Harvard. I’m sure they can pull off the drama. Probably heavy hearted too.
  • (Tdrama) Going Home. War torn drama. Obviously something about family.Casts: Vic Chou, Janine Chang I may compare it with Road No. 1 by Kim Haneul & So Ji sub.
  • (Tdrama) 真心请按两次铃 (not sure the english title though). Casts: Peter Ho, Janine Chang. Something similar to Autumn’s Concerto in 2008.

Recent Completed drama:

  • Startling by each step(C): 4.5/5, sad ending
  • Lives of Omission(HK): 4/5,  sad ending
  • Love you(T): 3.5/5, Happy ending
  • Hayate the Combat Butler(T): 3/5, Happy ending

accidents

Another actor in an ongoing drama that I’m watching is involved in a car accident. First it is Park Shin Hye in YOu’ve fallen for me. Then now Yoo Seung Ho in Warrior Baek Dong Soo. I’m loving this drama slowly, so hopefully they will recover fast.

City Hunter has ended, so has Wax and Wane. Though he former impress me better than the latter.

Anticipating Tree With deep roots (Queen Seon deok production team) in Sept, and Man of Honour (if cast is confirmed, with gd production team that did Baker King) in Oct.

Naturally there’s some disappointment. Especially Startling each step which was rumoured to air in July but now, in Sept! ARGH. More waits.

K VS J

Ikemen desu ne

The Japanese version of You’re Beautiful. Honestly, I didn’t find this version as appealing as the original. Shouldn’t comment on looks but as a consumer, I am superficial. You’re beautiful (kdrama) original cast is more of eye candy to me, and this is what a idol drama should offer.

current drama updates

Taiwan

Love You ongoing, mid way through

Hayate the Combat Butler, just aired  last week. If you missed Park Shin Hye, watched this.

Korea

City Hunter,airing halfway. VERY NICE =)

Upcoming: heartstrings, more of Park Shin Hye. Plus Jung Hwa from CN blue.

Yoo Seung Ho fans, watched out for his drama,Warrier Baek Dong Soo coming up and replacing Lie to Me timeslot.

HongKong

Wax and Wane, family drama, airing halfway through.

Upcoming, the other truth, law drama.

Summer K dramas

K dramsa are growing my anticipation! WHY WHY WHY WHY?
All due to the the casts! Cast makes me look forward to plot, especially for K dramas, who will reject eye candy?

Now, even before they are airing, I’m gonna state what are those I’m waiting for,

  • You’re my pet (another Jang guen suk work, and I sincerely wish it’ll be better than mary stayed out all night. Plus Kim Haneul. She is superb in road number 1 and the movie, My girlfriend is a secret agent, this movie is when I started watching her works.) make a mistake. This is a movie not drama.
  • City Hunter (totally eye candies. Both leads are pretty famous for now. Lee Minho, boys over flowers & Park Min Young, Sungkyunkwan Scandal)
  • Lie to Me (Kang Ji Hwan, ridiculously comecial in his movies. Acting counterpart to Kim Hanuel in My girlfriend is a secret agent + Yoon Eun Hye, whom has not been in any drama for a while, with previous work Coffee Prince. Oh, both leads have acted in coffee related dramas. How will the chemistry be like? )
  • Ripley (perhaps a face off with lie to me, same time slot. But hmm, might keep it on hold. Wasn’t so fascinated in Micky’s acting & Lee Da hee, though I might eat my words if the plot turns out to be better.)

All the other countries drama already stated in previous post which are airing in few months time. HOT from the oven~!

Peeling my eyes open…

Dramas that I’m actually looking out for,

  • Kdrama: Lie with me (yoon eun hye & Kang Ji Hwan, it’s been a while since Yoon last work, therefore looking forward. And I really like Kang’s comedy slapstick)
  • Kdrama: You’re Into Me (aftemath of Go Mi Nam and ) Given they aren’t together in You’re beautiful drama, it really makes those in favour of the 2 to see how’s their chemistry after so long off screen.
  • K-T drama: Hayate the Combat Butler. Manga adopted haven’t reallyappeal me so far. Wouldn’t be surprised that I might dropped this drama completely if the first episode doesn’t impress me much
  • C-drama: Startling each step (just to make comparison with Palace locked heart)
  • C-HK drama: Emperor’s Harlem( Should be a big work, been quite some time since I last watched Tavia in a historical drama).

Ongoing dramas:

  • K drama: The Duo (just looking for the ending. Rating wise so far  I will give it a 3/5)
  • K drama: Can you hear my heart (heart warming, but may climb for the better as the drama goes on)
  • T drama: Love You (stated earlier, it’s because the beginning isn’t bad, though there controversy with regards to the director, but the cast is pretty good)
  • HK drama: Yes Sir No Sir (Need some Comedy. )
  • HK drama: Relic of an emissary (Much like palace conflict. Been watching some lately)

Paused drama: Really wanted to watch it properly than rush through

  • 49 days (wanted to watch it concurrently with a Singapore past drama, With you.Similar plot of soul sharing?)

Past dramas

As a TV fanatic, It’s no wonder that sometimes there are so many dramas that you would missed out dramas where you don’t know the cast, but yet there’s wonderful plot. Normally I would watch dramas based on 1) actors involved, 2) plot.

There are some actors who I only watched their previous works if I came to identify them (gaining popularity now) . Examples of dramas I missed which I think is worth watching, Return of Ijimae, Baker King Kim Tak Goo.

Searching for a singapore drama titled With you (also about soul switching I think). Which happens to be the famous plot/trend in dramas today.

Recommendations

It’s been long since I last recommended anything. Thought of deleting this web, but who knows I revisited here again?

Taiwan movies that I’ve watched:

Tea Fight (Vic & janine) Not bad a movie, with pretty nice cartoon.

Murderer(Aaron Kwok & Janine) . Gruesome?  A little. BUT super breath taking plot. Like Murderer? U might also like kmovie starring Jang Geun Suk, The Case of Itaewon Homicide.

Chinese Movie:

Tangshan Earthquake. Same disaster movie Korea, Haeundae.

 Variety Shows:

HEllo Baby (T-ara). It’s nice because of the Moon Brothers. very cute kids. Status: Ended.

Oh My School! (featuring korean artists). Status: Ongoing.

We Got Married (for the fan girl & boys) Status: Ongoing

Trending

Been lured to Chinese historical drama, but I can’t pin point the reason why. Though Chinese dramas are long (in terms of the number of episodes), but I find that the pace isn’t as slow as compared to some Kdrama…Jdramas are by far, short yet to the point. Kdramas, have very nice conversation, and comedy mixed. Well-balanced, though I find it repetitive plot at times a little uncreative. But still, I do look forward to Kdramas, since it’s twice a week for most. So I can get to some other stuffs, but also because it’s only twice a week, tend to break the flow of the drama. Tdrama is more eye-candy for me.  HKdrama has both eye-candy, nice well-paced plot.Though now I see more collaboration of HK-Cdrama. Preferred the old TVB dramas.

Chinese Historical drama has just the most realistic historical backdrop, from the scenery to the props. Though the animation(if any) looks fake (explosion scenes). In fact I’m worried that Chinese historical drama may be too dry for me, but oh well, the latest one ‘palace: locked heart’ proved me wrong. Reminded me of some other time travel series.

time travel series list:

  • A step into the past (HK)
  • 1000 years of love (K)
  •  King of yesterday and tomorrow(HK)
  • The myth not the Jackie Chan movie(C)
  • Palace: Locked heart (C)
  • Holy Pearl: ONGOING in (C)
  • Upcoming: Startling each step (C)

Another trend is the body/soul switching.

  • Secret Garden (K)
  • Just follow law movie (singapore)
  • 49 Days: Ongoing in (K)

Or Girl acts/becomes boy.

No doubt these plots are fresh in the sense it adds another scope to the normal plot of romance, action, comedy. But an overdose can kill. Adpoting similar plot, but yet make it stands out is not easy. I do look forward for 1 that really catches my attention. So far, I find them though interesting, but not realistic/logical enough, which to me is like a loophole in the plot.