General Drama Discussion
Posted 04 July 2008 - 11:41 PM
How many of you guys have seen this and what do you think ??
Posted 09 July 2008 - 06:44 AM
I'm also halfway through Virgin Road and I have to say, the opening sequence of the show is one of the most off-putting OPs I've ever seen: Namie Amuro (sp?) apparently trying to disrupt a wedding with her glowing, quasi-ghost-nun (?) presence (at least that's what it looks like to me). Why in the world is the OP sequence basically a Namie Amuro PV? I think it's really weird. Anyway, if Sorimachi Takashi *wub* wasn't in this, that probably would've made me drop it right there; having talked trash about it now, though, I have to admit the song has grown on me and, through sheer repetition, is stuck in my head after ep05; how the hell did that happen!? At least the drama itself is growing on me too.
|QUOTE (JCDRANZER @ Jul 04 2008, 06:41 PM)|
|I started watching Attention Please and I've got up to episode 05 (just finished watching it) but this series just puts me off.........its incredibly boring and annoying, however, its in the Top 50 J-dorama at JDorama.com.|
Posted 18 July 2008 - 08:49 AM
So let me talk about the first episode of Maou, it was done decently. The OP, Truth by Arashi suits the series very well, the music is really good but not as good as the music used in the original (The Devil). In my opinion, I believe that Ikuta Toma is actually a bad choice for the main lead detective in this story because I kinda always picture the guy as a comical character.....I don't sense the "seriousness" from him compared to The Devil's Uhm Tae Woong. Overall, the impression I get is that in many of the areas the production team have overdone it compared to The Devil. The thing with the original, was that it was balanced well enough to be applauded despite there being times where I thought, "Are we still there ?" but that was only the pace, the rest of it was fine. However, with Maou, I get a picture of this series seeming to be too "animated", it seems too unrealistic compared to the original. Maou can be seen as too comical or too serious at times. Maou's Naruse Ryo played by Ohno Satoshi, seems too sinister and just seems to me that he is giving the impression of being an "all-out-villain", whereas, there was a balance in original with Joo Ji Hoon. Also the main lead actress in the original is much more "HAWT" and beautiful compared to the "young girl" in Maou, ahhhh, thats another point I want to "b*tch" about, most of the cast for Maou are all too freaking young. WoW....what a rant!?
Posted 23 July 2008 - 05:02 AM
I also watched all of With Love, which was in the vein of The Shop Around the Corner-- 2 people know each other in real life, but start a romance via email with their online personas. It was... fair. The video quality was poor (hey, it was a '98 drama taken from a VHS tape) which I can usually overlook, but I didn't really sense much chemistry between the leads (although Takenouchi Yutaka does look pretty good with long-ish hair). I can only recommend this one to fans of Takenouchi, or people with 12 hours to fill.
Anyway, I'm currently in the midst of those 2 KimuTaku dramas I mentioned before-- Engine and Pride-- and I have to say, I like Engine a lot better. Besides Engine being funnier (esp. Jiro interacting with the kids), frankly the actress in Pride (Takeuchi Yuko) bugs the heck out of me. I don't know why, but I've never particularly liked her in any of the series I've seen her in (Lunch Queen, Egao no Hosoku). It's like her acting is "flat" or something-- I can't quite explain it-- but I just don't like her for some reason.
Posted 23 July 2008 - 09:48 AM
I'm up to episode 12 of the K-drama, Goong, and I must say this drama is fantastic and extremely funny.
I've gone up to episode 2 of Maou, remake to one of my favourite Korean doramas, The Devil (Mawang).
BTW, all dorama fans should watch Yasuko to Kenji.....this is a crazy-ass comedy!! XD
Posted 13 August 2008 - 05:40 AM
Anyway, speaking of Hotaru no Hikari (Glow of Fireflies), it's pretty fun. A little bit funny, a little bit romantic-- although honestly I don't think it excels in either-- it's still an agreeable way to pass the time. Let's just say I like it enough to want to watch each successive episode at least (which was more than I could say for Pride & Good Luck!). As for the heroine, Amemiya-- she's a little bit on the, eh, eccentric side, but I don't dislike her (if I thought she was dumb I'd call her "ditzy" and not "eccentric"). I find her "running-home-to-drink-BIRU!-and-laze-around-the-house" rather endearing in a drama heroine-- I can, and will, drink to that! I just wish she didn't freak out so much about little things. I do, however, enjoy watching Naohito Fujiki as Takano, her manager/housemate/eventual-love-interest, wondering in amazement at her at-home slobitude (in contrast to her relatively-polished office persona) throughout the series. My only other concern (if you can call it that) is that only now, in ep07, does Takano seem to be realizing he may have romantic feelings towards her.Â Episode 07 (out of 10) seems a little late to finally start the romance that the viewers have been expecting . I'll have to see what these last 3 eps hold.
Posted 21 August 2008 - 04:57 AM
*Don't get me wrong-- I'm not rolling my eyes at their compassion, but rather at their apparent naivety, as ag students, in regards to the grim realities of farming with livestock.
I've had a heck of a time finding a new title I can really dig lately, so I'm gonna go a-samplin' and try to watch the first episodes of Gift, Hero, Dream Again, Love & Eros, and... Nodame Cantabile (yes, I'll probably be the last person to see it). I figure if I try enough different series, something's gotta stick, right?
Oh, and on the really off-chance that anyone else in here cares, someone has finally fansubbed the last 2 eps (09 & 10) of Princess Princess D (yep, the one with all the gothic-lolita crossdressing highschool boys ). I know it's available in the aarin forum (under live action), but I don't know where else (not familiar with the group-- it just says "C.H.L.O.E. Project" in the upper-left corner). Hope to see Saito Takumi pop up again in these last few eps (just saw him in the rather sweet movie Sukitomo).
Posted 19 November 2008 - 02:33 AM
As for Yaoh, about newbie-host Ryosuke's attempt to climb to the #1 spot at his club while dispensing "lessons-of-the-week" to clients & fellow-hosts alike in each episode-- at first, I'll be honest, I did not think TOKIO's Matsuoka Masahiro, as Ryosuke, was attractive, so initially he was a hard sell for me as a host. Mainly what bothered me was his hair. I know it's stupid & shallow, but I really disliked his hairstyle in the first few episodes. But I've watched 4 episodes now and I don't know if his hairstyle is evolving or if I just have grown to like the character enough that I don't notice the hair as much (or likely a combination of the two) but now I can see him as a host (though he's definitely not a classic bishonen-type, he's still handsome). The big surprise of this series though, for me, was how rather creepily-attractive* Kazuki Kitamura is as Seiya, current Romeo Host #1. Having only seen him in Akihabara @Deep, Galileo, and Bambino!, I've never seen him in such a role before.
*in an eerily reptilian sort -of-way; I think it's the bleached hair and light-brown contacts that make him seem so other-worldly in this series.
Re: The winter 2008 dramas-- so far I've watched episodes 1 of both Ryuusei no Kizuna and Oh! My Girl!! I think I will continue watching RnK-- honestly, I have a bit of a crush on the now-all-grown-up Kazunari Ninomiya (Stand Up!!) at this point. Though I must admit I was not expecting a series that revolves around a trio of siblings avenging their parents' violent murder to have such offbeat comedic moments, I'd like to see where this goes so I plan to catch up on it once I finish both Yasha and Yaoh).
I wish I could say the same about Oh! My Girl!! but I should have known better when I first read the plot synopsis. I hate precocious child-characters so I'm not really sure what I was expecting (maybe something better for poor Hayami Mokomichi, after being so dumped-upon as Night in Zettai Kareshi?). But this is definitely not the series for me and I will not be watching the rest unless I hear rave reviews about it as it further develops.
Wow-- it looks like Yasha and Yaoh will be my 70th and 71st dramas (59th and 60th if you don't count the Korean and Taiwanese series). I've actually watched far more live-action drama than I have anime at this point-- they won't make me rescind my Fansub TV membership, will they?
Posted 19 November 2008 - 11:29 AM
Posted 26 November 2008 - 05:13 AM
In the following 2 days I finished up Yaoh and I almost fell off my seat when, at the end of ep05, the fabsubbers noted, "Is it me or did Ryosuke's hair become better this epi?", which I found extremely amusing after the comments I made last week. Anyway, overall I did enjoy this show, although admittedly part of the appeal was the parade of well-dressed, handsome men strutting through each episode-- so I'm not sure if this one has broad appeal.
I've also started Busu no Hitomi ni Koishiteru (Love in the Eyes of an Ugly Girl) and it's pretty fun so far. It's in the running for Japanese Drama of the Week on Drama-Wiki right now, so I figured I couldn't pass up the fast torrent downloads. At first I was thinking, oh, they'll just have the titular "ugly girl" be a regular (traditionally pretty) actress with, say, glasses & goofy hair and at some point she'll either: A.) Take off her glasses; B.) Let down her hair; or C.) Both, and the hero will suddenly realize she's actually gorgeous. But no! They actually cast a non-traditional actress for the role. I wouldn't call her "ugly" (I would never call anyone that), but she's definitely average-looking. Sometimes watching dramas & movies it's easy to forget that not everyone in the world (female or male) looks like a model, so this is sort of refreshing.
I also watched the first episodes of both Bloody Monday and Room of King. Bloody Monday has failed to catch me so far, but part of that might be because I just finished a drama about a viral outbreak-type situation (Yasha) and I kinda wanna see something fluffy right now. However, it doesn't look like Room of King will be that fluff because watching the first episode I couldn't quite figure out what was going on-- apparently God-like (or not?) figures arranging for people somehow "destined for greatness" to share a house.... uh, what? I think it's supposed to be a comedy, but I haven't really seen anything funny so far. Not even Mizushima Hiro could compel me to watch much more of this unless ep02 is a vast improvement. *sigh* Busu 04 can't DL fast enough...
|QUOTE (JCDRANZER @ Nov 19 2008, 06:29 AM)|
|Last Christmas....I only have about 2 more episodes to complete but I haven't watched it in like months now|
Posted 26 November 2008 - 10:54 AM
Posted 27 November 2008 - 04:13 AM
Posted 14 May 2009 - 10:11 AM
i heard the movie along time ago but what surprise me is that this movie is coming to the US. i saw the trailer and it was in english. it kinda gave me a goose bump. lol. it looks promising and the actress there kinda looks like saya in the anime movie.
i saw a glimpse of the trailer in a korean movie talk show program, and when i check it on imdb i was surprise...
Posted 13 June 2009 - 05:38 AM
im watching this korean show called movie world again. and man, blood the last vampire live action is starting to look good.
same girl who was in the my sassy girl movie.
her english is good. the movie so far looks close to the anime. it might be worth a look.
Edited by anbu-black-ops, 13 June 2009 - 05:39 AM.
Posted 14 June 2009 - 11:29 AM
Friggin' Hollywood's butchering all that's good in this world. I'm seriously pissed ever since they started with My Sassy Girl.
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Posted 05 September 2009 - 04:42 AM
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|QUOTE (anbu-black-ops @ Sep 24 2009, 01:09 PM)|
|absolute boyfriend is being adopted into a korean drama.|
Posted 25 September 2009 - 12:38 AM
In the Korean drama version, the lead is not a teenager but a 30-year-old woman who is a stylist at a beauty salon without any clients. She is betrayed by her first love who becomes an overnight success as a movie star. Feeling the sting, she orders up her ideal man in robot form, aka her â€œabsolute boyfriend.â€
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