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January 23 - talk to me about cdramas you think I'd like! (daughtersofthedragon @ tumblr)


Unless I’m misremembering, you’ve already watched some or all of Love020, all of The Princess Weiyoung, and some of The Legend of Hua Mulan, or I’d rec those. These aren’t necessarily the absolute best cdramas ever, but they’re accessible (both in terms of content and ease in finding with English subtitles), dramas I liked, and have good actors and characters and no bad writing/terrible endings.

this one got long )

meganbmoore: (angstier than you)
I kept meaning to post on this as I was watching, but never did. I think because, while I really liked the main characters (Well, there was a while there where I was flipflopping and liking Feng or Yuan, but rarely both at the same time. Also, for some reason, I found it harder to forgive a brief stint as an arsonist with no apparent casualties than I did to forgive spending half the series as a hitman/enforcer.) and some of the supporting characters, the main plot ended up boring me a bit. Which is sad, because I like the setting, and the Chinese/Japanese politics of the 30s are pretty interesting. From what I hear, though, that’s usually the case with Chinese series set then? Maybe it’s just one of those things that doesn’t hold up well as an extended dramatization. Though, I also seem to prefer my wuxia with swords and magic swords made of ice and colorcoded assassins and such.

I have to say, though, that this has the most melodramatic, angst-tastic ending of a wuxia that I’ve seen since the end of Chinese Paladin. I mean, CP still wins, but M&L tried.

spoilers for Men and Legends, Chinese Paladin, and Return of the Conder Heroes )
meganbmoore: (damo 2)
 I think I'm about to embark on a wuxia binge(sure, I only have 3 series waiting, but I could probably make that last a month)  As several people have friended me since I last watched wuxia(not that it's been that long) and some probably didn't know what I was talking about when I was posting, I have slapped together a wuxia guide-type post.

It ended up rather longer than planned, but is still much shorter than it could be. 

Here is wikipedia's entry on wuxia.



[personal profile] meganbmoore's much less informative but more succinct description:  Wuxia are coming of age adventure stories set in ancient and medieval China.  The heroes are (in my experience) usually young men raised in near or total seclusion, or who led simpler lives before starting on their adventures.  Most are motivated either by a need to fulfill a promise to a parent or master, or by revenge(or both.)  Though they don't always start out that way, they usually end up being one of the greatest fighter's of their time.  Romance always plays some role, but with varying importance to the plot.  Sometimes it will be a main focus, others, a more background thing.  Most heroes, though, have several girls in love with them throughout the series.  Some will love more than one girl(usually in succession, not simultaneously) and others (the good ones) will only love one girl throughout.  If a series has 2 major heroes, there will usually be at least one of each kind. Some wuxia are straight up fantasy, and others historical dramas.  Most, however, still have a touch of the fantastic, and all, even the most strictly historical, involve fantastical acrobatics, including impressive aerial feats(called "wire-fu.")

I'm not going to get into wuxia movies(except to say that Hero seems to be the most popular but, IMO, none come close to matching up to Crouching Tiger/Hidden Dragon) but most that have been released in the US in recent years-Crouching Tiger/Hidden Dragon, Hero, House of Flying Daggers, Curse of the Golden Flower, etc.-are of the straight historical drama with amazing acrobatics variety.

meganbmoore: (Default)
 I think I'm about to embark on a wuxia binge(sure, I only have 3 series waiting, but I could probably make that last a month)  As several people have friended me since I last watched wuxia(not that it's been that long) and some probably didn't know what I was talking about when I was posting, I have slapped together a wuxia guide-type post.

It ended up rather longer than planned, but is still much shorter than it could be. 

Here is wikipedia's entry on wuxia.



[personal profile] meganbmoore's much less informative but more succinct description:  Wuxia are coming of age adventure stories set in ancient and medieval China.  The heroes are (in my experience) usually young men raised in near or total seclusion, or who led simpler lives before starting on their adventures.  Most are motivated either by a need to fulfill a promise to a parent or master, or by revenge(or both.)  Though they don't always start out that way, they usually end up being one of the greatest fighter's of their time.  Romance always plays some role, but with varying importance to the plot.  Sometimes it will be a main focus, others, a more background thing.  Most heroes, though, have several girls in love with them throughout the series.  Some will love more than one girl(usually in succession, not simultaneously) and others (the good ones) will only love one girl throughout.  If a series has 2 major heroes, there will usually be at least one of each kind. Some wuxia are straight up fantasy, and others historical dramas.  Most, however, still have a touch of the fantastic, and all, even the most strictly historical, involve fantastical acrobatics, including impressive aerial feats(called "wire-fu.")

I'm not going to get into wuxia movies(except to say that Hero seems to be the most popular but, IMO, none come close to matching up to Crouching Tiger/Hidden Dragon) but most that have been released in the US in recent years-Crouching Tiger/Hidden Dragon, Hero, House of Flying Daggers, Curse of the Golden Flower, etc.-are of the straight historical drama with amazing acrobatics variety.

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Since a few in the dorama loving portion of my flist have expressed interest in what this Yang Guo looks like with his white streaks, I bring you an MV of Guo Xiang, in which a guy with white streaks is heavily featured(no more spoilery than the preceding sentence)


 


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Since a few in the dorama loving portion of my flist have expressed interest in what this Yang Guo looks like with his white streaks, I bring you an MV of Guo Xiang, in which a guy with white streaks is heavily featured(no more spoilery than the preceding sentence)


 


meganbmoore: (Default)
WOMAN! The man has literally torn medieval China apart TWICE looking for you and has literally thrown down his life for you about a hundred times... can you SERIOUSLY be convinced he doesn't love you just by one conversation where he's OBVIOUSLY trying to work the other participants up?

*sigh*

Seriously, you're approaching Ling'er levels here...if someone offers you a full(and true) explanation and you ignore it...
meganbmoore: (Default)
WOMAN! The man has literally torn medieval China apart TWICE looking for you and has literally thrown down his life for you about a hundred times... can you SERIOUSLY be convinced he doesn't love you just by one conversation where he's OBVIOUSLY trying to work the other participants up?

*sigh*

Seriously, you're approaching Ling'er levels here...if someone offers you a full(and true) explanation and you ignore it...
meganbmoore: (roch-yg)
Sigh...Guo Jing...you just don't have a suspicious or cautious bone in your body, do you?  I guess they were so busy stuffing you full of niceness and heroism and righteousness(but not self-righteousness...I'm pretty sure you don't even know what that is) that there was no room left for common sense.  Maybe it's like [profile] calixasays...he's Nao from Liar Game, only a guy and in wuxia form, and with the skills to get him out of trouble.  Still, one wonders how he managed to survive before he had Huang Rong to think for him(there's one brain between the two and it's not exactly a sharing situation there)


You know, I think this post is proof that, as much as I'm loving this, I'm going to go psycho for Legend of the Condor Heroes.
meganbmoore: (Default)
Sigh...Guo Jing...you just don't have a suspicious or cautious bone in your body, do you?  I guess they were so busy stuffing you full of niceness and heroism and righteousness(but not self-righteousness...I'm pretty sure you don't even know what that is) that there was no room left for common sense.  Maybe it's like [profile] calixasays...he's Nao from Liar Game, only a guy and in wuxia form, and with the skills to get him out of trouble.  Still, one wonders how he managed to survive before he had Huang Rong to think for him(there's one brain between the two and it's not exactly a sharing situation there)


You know, I think this post is proof that, as much as I'm loving this, I'm going to go psycho for Legend of the Condor Heroes.
meganbmoore: (roch)
BTW, from this point on, a lot of my entries will be typed in in MS word at work and emailed to me, so if they end up with weird formatting, that's why.


Incidentally, they made Ariel Lin lose 15 pounds to play Huang Rong for Legend of the Condor Heroes?  What, they wanted her to die of starvation?  Or maybe they just wanted to have to turn on a fan to make her fly instead of worrying about a harness and wires...I mean really(and they made Hu Ge beef up for Guo Jing, too, which should be interesting as I think he'd be a lot bigger than her even without that on both sides)

meganbmoore: (Default)
BTW, from this point on, a lot of my entries will be typed in in MS word at work and emailed to me, so if they end up with weird formatting, that's why.


Incidentally, they made Ariel Lin lose 15 pounds to play Huang Rong for Legend of the Condor Heroes?  What, they wanted her to die of starvation?  Or maybe they just wanted to have to turn on a fan to make her fly instead of worrying about a harness and wires...I mean really(and they made Hu Ge beef up for Guo Jing, too, which should be interesting as I think he'd be a lot bigger than her even without that on both sides)

meganbmoore: (roch-yg)
2/3 through ep 2 of Return of the Condor Hero, and...yeah, [profile] crumpeteerand [personal profile] dangermousieweren't kidding...this is one annoying brat.  Not the worst ever-if I can handle Shippo in Inu Yasha and the Tachikomas in Ghost in the Shell, I can handle anything.  But reall, has anyone noticed that most kids in anime, manga and doramas who are supposed to be cute or endearing or spunky are really just annoying?  I wonder if something always gets lost in translation.

Ah well, according to  [personal profile] dangermousie, he'll be "hunk of hunks" and much less annoying in about an hour.

Oooo...fighting with sleeves...never change wuxia, I beg you.
meganbmoore: (Default)
2/3 through ep 2 of Return of the Condor Hero, and...yeah, [profile] crumpeteerand [personal profile] dangermousieweren't kidding...this is one annoying brat.  Not the worst ever-if I can handle Shippo in Inu Yasha and the Tachikomas in Ghost in the Shell, I can handle anything.  But reall, has anyone noticed that most kids in anime, manga and doramas who are supposed to be cute or endearing or spunky are really just annoying?  I wonder if something always gets lost in translation.

Ah well, according to  [personal profile] dangermousie, he'll be "hunk of hunks" and much less annoying in about an hour.

Oooo...fighting with sleeves...never change wuxia, I beg you.

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