Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Pride (j.drama)

Takuya Kimura is sooo hot here! In my opinion anyway ^_^ I just finished watching this series though it's not my first time of course. I watched it again because i especially liked the chemistry between the two main lead actors. grins yea i know, againnn?? hehe who cares. i like it and that's all that matters^_^
Haru (kimura) is the star player of an ice hockey team while Aki (takeuchi yuko) is your normal ordinary ol (office lady). So what do they have in common?? Watch the show hahaha sounds like i'm promoting huh,
well i don't really know how to describe thus i'll just leave it at that, but i really gotta admit, i enjoyed seeing the chemistry between those two going from awkward to good and all. ^_^ and it's not only about them. There are their friends and their problems, the ice hockey and all, though i guess the sport is not as much the main factor maybe. I wished they had more series together but seems like this is their only collaboration unless, i haven't seen or come across any which is highly possible too.
But again, i really really gotta say, i felt that takuya kimura looked his best here from all his series i have seen so far. It also helps that his character is a confident, arrogant man hehehe Well hope you all enjoy^_^

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Get Love (manga)

A really fluffy read for manga lovers. It's a light hearted manga that makes your heart go awww, how cute or sweet:D Personally, i didn't think i'd enjoy it that much, in fact, i had even skipped the manga to read others. But i came back because i had nothing better to do you could say. Of course, there were tons of other things i was doing at the same time, just that i had nothing to read:P

Sagara Yuki is a high school student who's the shortest boy in his class as well as in his soccer club. Moriyama Miki is the girl who only has eyes for this short but cute boy. This is a manga that shows their budding romance and how they conquer obstacles to their love.

It's really funny, haha this manga, even now, i just re read one chapter cos i hadn't read it yet, and yea, i was laughing to myself lol

So if you guys are looking for something to relieve your stressed head or heart, then this might be one of my recommendations. What i liked the most is that their feelings are both mutual, and the manga is more of how they fall in love even more and the 'obstacles' they have when they're beginning to get closer lol

It's not complete yet but who cares, i think i'd still read it even if it were updated months later. ^_^

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Tatta Hitotsu no Koi/Love of my Life/Just One Love(j.drama)

"I'm always looking for things when I'm with you." haha Loved this drama. First love or our love when we're young, it's mainly about this. A sweet, touching and pure love story.

This is a love story between hiroto (kamenashi kazuya) and nao (ayase haruka), who are both from different backgrounds, different status. Hiroto works hard everyday for the survival of the factory that his father left him and also for his mother and younger brother, who is of weak health. Due to this, he's forgotten how to smile. Nao is the daughter of a popular jewellery shop owner who's very rich. She's well loved and is so innocent that she says what comes to her mind. From the moment hiroto meets her, he slowly starts opening up to her, though he's still quiet hehe Their 3 close friends also play important roles in their developing romance. But of course, every relationship has its troubles and they are no different.

It's said that the script writer for this, erika kitagawa, is also known as the goddess of love stories. And i have to agree that this story was really well written. i especially loved the love between the main leads, there were really such sweet moments. And despite being young, they talked seriously about serious topics too. I don't see that much in many dramas you could say, or rather the way they talk anyway. And it's all quite realistic in a way too, the problems that they encounter i mean. It's so sad at times too, and the song goes really well.

The chemistry between the two main leads was good. Their roles suited each other here and they looked good, though i wished that hiroto could have shown a bit more expression at times. but i'm still fine with it. The innocent young love is shown really well in this series. The characters all acted so well, made me feel emotions that they were feeling at the same time too. of course, not like them but i felt for them you could say hehe yea i know i'm ranting.

Well anyway, this series is complete online, you can find it on veoh and youtube too, though the latter doesn't have english subtitles i think. and the video is much clearer on veoh. hope you guys enjoy this one as much as i did.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

One Pound Gospel (j.drama)

I had seen Kamenashi Kazuya in other serials before but the only thing that was stuck in my head about him was his unique features you could say. I thought his acting was ok then. So when I watched this series, I was quite surprised to see him doing this type of role and by this i mean a hyperactive kinda guy. He looks as if sullen roles suit him better or something i guess. hehe just a biased opinion of mine, please don't kill me guys>_< In this drama, hatanaka is a skilled boxer but because of his inability to control his appetite, he faces a string of defeats as it always puts him in a heavier weight class. One day, he collapses due to working out excessively and is found by a naive nun, sister angela. He immediately finds himself interested in her and pursues her.

This is actually quite a light hearted series so if you're looking for some laughs, then this is quite a good one. Rather than boxing, it's mainly hatanaka chasing after sister angela. hehehe hatanaka is quite a hyper character and a cute type i guess so i bet it must have been tough to act like that for so long. some more, he shouted a lot in the drama hehe so the actor's voice must have been hoarse. our sister angela is innocent but that doesn't mean that she's stupid or anything. she's got a mind of her own hehe and i felt that the two actors suited their roles quite well. There were some cute moments of both the characters that made me go 'ow cuteee'
Even the supporting characters were really good. His boxer friends as well as the chairman and the trainer, and also nori chan, she's working at the same part time job as hatanaka and has a crush on him. she made some scenes really good too hehehe i still laugh when i recall them.
Of course, i would have to say that the story plot is not much but since this drama is a comedy and quite light hearted, in fact, it's similar to lots of shoujo mangas that i read, i'm fine with the show. It's so endearing how hatanaka likes sister angela so much that all his expressions change at the mention of her name lol And i'm quite satisfied with the ending too. Well anyway, i personally enjoyed this series very much so if you want to just lighten up your heart, then you might try out this one.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Spring Waltz (k.drama)

Another drama that made tears well up at times for me, but in the end happy ever after^_^ It was such a sweet drama. Before i go onto my rants, here's what it's basically about.
Su ho's father, to escape debt, came to a remote island, where he had a friend with a daughter the same age as su ho, eun young. Su ho wanted to leave after he was abandoned by his father, but decided not to as he was touched by eun young's pure heart. You could say he fell in love too.^_^ But later on, his father stole money that was meant for eun young's operation and to get it back, eun young's mother went to seoul to look for him but got into a car accident. Unknowing su ho, with eun young tagging along, also went to seoul, but eun young later collapsed and had to have surgery. Su ho thus made a life changing decision and so the story goes. :P
The relationship between su ho and eun young is so sweet. It made me go aww you know. In fact, the relationship between the four main characters, su ho/jae ha, eun young, philip and lee na, is great. I mean, their roles really grow with the series and mature.
Su ho really loved eun young and it can be seen in his eyes. Personally, that's how i felt anyway. I was even amazed at how he was able to cry and laugh openly as his role was a cold guy and all. But he looked so sweet when he was open.
I especially loved the scenes between su ho and eun young, they're just so sweet and su ho is so much more open and unguarded. But at the same time, i love the time spent between eun young and philip too. It's so refreshing and philip just made me go aww with all his sweet gestures. He's so thoughtful of her and aware of her. Eun young seems to have fun with him too. If there was no su ho, i would have loved eun young and philip's pairing. They looked good together.
But not only are the actors/actresses really good, even the song suited the drama so well. I don't really know the title but i did hear one love and all. Sounded so sweet.
I don't really know the actors' names here but you can find it on mysoju of course. i do know daniel henney though hehe He was in "my lovely samsoon" too. well enjoy the series.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

A Love to Kill (k.drama)

A tragic love story as is hinted from the title too. Tragic and sad stories are not my cup of tea. My romantic heart wants a happy story >_< but i still watched this because i like the two main leads, rain and shin min ah.
Bok gu, a K-1 fighter, falls in love with Eun seok, a celebrity. It's forbidden love for him because his emotionally wounded brother became a vegetable partly because of her. His brother loved her too. Thus, Bok gu seeks revenge on her and while bringing her to destruction, he's falling deeper in love with her too.
It's actually a nice story, if only it had a happy twist in the end. But i guess, in a way, it's...happy? i don't know. If they had extended a little more or clarified how life went on, i would have been more satisfied i guess.
Rain did a good job i felt despite being a singer. I felt longing in him, pain and happiness from Bok gu. He looked cool too:)
Shin min ah is one of my favourite actresses. And i was really satisfied with her performance here too. Her character had a lot of crying to do. Near the later part of the drama, it was especially touching and made even me emotional.
The supporting characters did great especially kim sir,:P, da jeong and mi sook. the latter was the one who lightened up this tragic show. It was a welcome relief from the sadness there was. Our other two supporters were really realistic. Both of them were really selfish but in the end, they learned their lesson. It was hard to hate them, especially as their feelings were an emotion almost everyone experiences. Of course, there were times where they were really irritating. Not the people mind you, but their characters hehe:D
I definitely don't want to watch sad shows but once in a while, i guess it's ok. ^_^

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Time between Dog and Wolf (korean)

I just finished watching this korean drama and I actually watched all the full episodes. Of course, I did fast forward at some parts :P I finished watching this 16 eps drama in 2 days. no mean feat^^
It stars Lee Joon Ki, his is the only name i know><" sorry the other guys but everyone was really good. I didn't feel as if oh this person could have done better or she could have done better. I was just too engrossed in the drama, and the characters were all really believable. and by all, i really mean all the supporting roles as well.
Soo Hyun( joon ki) is in the special internation narcotics drug crime investigation unit. When he's young, he witnesses the murder of his mother at the hands of a gangster and is seperated from his childhood friend and love, Ji Woo. Soo Hyun is adopted into Min Ki's family where both grow up and join the NIS. Ji Woo and Soo Hyun are accidentally reunited due to playboy Min Ki but again separated because of Soo Hyun's plan of revenge. This is what it's about more or less.
Initially, i thought that soo hyun would be a little stoic in acting and all, but i was proven wrong. In fact, he amazed me as his role was quite tough i think. of course i might be biased:P Ji Woo is really pretty. She too pulled off her role well. Her role was quite irritating at times especially later in the series when she wanted to be with soo hyun. I thought that she would put him in trouble. But it just goes to show that she did it so well for me to be irritated hehehe Min Ki is your average playboy and he does it well, though i was surprised that his role was actually so understanding as well. He was very down to earth i felt, and realistic. Kudos to him too.
Near the last episode, I was so surprised by the turn of events. I nearly had a heart attack hehe you might probably guess more or less what could have happened. But luckily, it didn't happen. Though the ending was acceptable, my romantic heart did wish that they could have shown ji woo and soo hyun together or meeting each other. Of course, there were clues that they were together and all but i wanted to see with my own eyes. sigh it's just my romantic heart thinking of course. You can find it all on gooddrama. Hope you guys enjoy this too.

The Myth-Endless Love (, jackie chan, hee sun kim)

Another song that has been stuck in my head for quite a while. I only recently heard this song while i was surfing youtube actually.
It's a song from the movie The Myth as seen on the title. hehe and yes, it's sung by jackie chan and korean actress kim hee sun. The lyrics are really nice and the tune is great, soulful and melodic. There's even piano versions and one in particular is really nice.
I haven't watched the movie but if you click on the title, it leads you to the song and movie trailer. Although the movie might not be to everyone's taste, you might want to listen to the song. It's soothing.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Tong Hua (, guang liang)

When I first heard this song, I loved the tune. It was so soothing and somehow got stuck in my head. Even though I didn't understand it, I loved it. Some time later, I saw the video. And it was engraved into my mind. It was so sad!!! Too touching. I was really moved by the story, and with the song playing together with it, it was a bomb. And finally, just recently, i actually saw it with the lyrics translated. I was a goner for the song. Loved it absolutely.
Of course, this might not be everyone's cup of tea but it sure is for me. The actors did a good job with their acting. haha it even made me laugh at times, the guy was so stoic lol
I even tried to play it on the piano, unsuccessfully. But i did manage to play a simple version of it that i made on my own hehe Of course the original beats it hands down since i'm just playing for fun. Just click on the title to see the translated version of the song and video.

Legend of Condor Heroes 2008

I can't find this show fully subbed yet in english since it's only recently been aired. But I still completed watching the show, even though it was totally in chinese and i didn't understand much hehe
Most of you should have known the story by now but there are actually some minor differences between the original and this one. And I gotta admit i do like the changes. I especially the casting of the characters. Everyone did a fabulous job, some could have done it better of course, but overall, i enjoyed it very much. The chemistry between the two main leads is so good. The romance between them is so pure. huang rong is so cute and mischievous while guo jing is just too...innocent.^_^"
Ariel who is acting as huang rong did a great job i felt. It's a pity that her voice was dubbed as it was said her accent didn't really fit the people of those times or something. But even the dub was good. If i hadn't read somewhere that it was a dub, i would have gone on thinking that it was her own voice. hehe She did especially the small gestures like the eyes or hands, tilting of her head, really well. loved them.
Hu ge did a good job playing guo jing. I'm amazed how the role suited him so well.0_0" But there were times where i felt that he had a little too much make up or something>_< he looked so fair, his lips red or pinkish. but his acting was good.
Yang Kang and Nian ci were good too. I felt the latter could be better but it was good since her role was quite a quiet and a little introverted. The four great elders were really cool hehe Great acting from them too.
Well you can find all the episodes for this series on veoh but it's not subbed. It's in chinese. You can find subbed versions till ep 9 on mysoju and dramaclick. otherwise it's not been updated elsewhere from what i know. Let me know how you feel about this drama. I saw a blog where the review of this was really detailed and good but i forgot where it is now. ehehe

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Summer x Summer

I watched this show but skipped some episodes as well cos i got bored around the middle. But overall, i did enjoy watching it. It brought me laughter and there were some touching moments as well. I watched this quite long ago so i've forgotten some parts of it or rather many hehe.
Tons of unfortunate events happen to our heroine because of one dollar. She is saved by an angel who gives her a dollar but that angel is actually a devil in disguise. Our devil is very spoiled until our unfortunate heroine practically changes his life. He starts to be interested in her but they're polar opposites.
I watched this when i had nothing else to watch and though i skipped some, i'm still glad i watched this. Joe Cheng was really cute especially when he pouted or sulked. He did that wonderfully hehe But there were times I felt, that maybe he could have been better, as he felt stiff at times. But that was his role i guess. Cai Yi Zhen was another reason why i watched this show. I love her laughter, it's really contagious, to me anyway :P She did well with her role too, being infatuated with the hero. And playing a bubbly innocent girl is not easy i feel. We might overact sometimes, and personally, laughing and smiling so much feels like a chore to me. heeh
Well anyway, fans of Joe and Yi Zhen might want to watch this one. It's an idol drama, complete and online on mysoju. and on other sites as well but mysoju is easy to navigate for me.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Empress Chun Chu(The Iron Empress)(korean)

Loved this show. It's not complete yet actually but I'm always eagerly awaiting the updates for this one. Not many will like it of course. Since this is more of a historical drama and all. Of course, it has everything like betrayal, love, laughter and so on.
It's basically about our female lead's trials you could say. All the events that led to her being the empress and how she fought to achieve the dream of reclaiming their old land.
It doesn't sound impressive i know and truthfully, i wouldn't have watched it as well. But the lead drew me.
Chae Si Ra plays the empress and does it really convincingly too. I saw her before in 'Emperor of the Sea' where she was actually a cunning villain. She was fabulous there too. So when i saw her in this role, i couldn't recognise her at first as she looked totally different. I wanted to be sure if it was really her and lo and behold, it was her! The roles were different and so were the looks. The only thing that was similar was that both were strong women and they suited her to the core. hehe
Of course, kudos to the rest of the cast as well without whom the show wouldn't be what it is today. Our young empress was really good too. She is in Boys before Flowers too playing Jandi's best friend, Ga Eul.
What I especially like so far is the relationship between the mother and son. It's so touching but I guess it's partly because i'm a mother myself that I was able to empathise there. But the little boy is really good too. I've seen him in Boys before Flowers acting as Jandi's younger brother. Both the mother and son parts are really heart breaking to watch. And the empress's guard(i think) hehe he does a good job acting as a guard. He seems to like her but can't say anything because of status i'm guessing. And seems like there might be a triangle in the near future of the series.
Well my rambling is beginning to tire now, if you just want to watch it, or see who are the actors/actresses, click on the title. It will link you to mysoju, where there's the picture and the episodes. If anyone has seen this drama, feel free to post your views or comments here. It's much appreciated.