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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 )

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So, most of the dorama portion of my f-list seems to be doing "top 10" lists.  [profile] calixaand [personal profile] lesbiassparrowtold me to, so I shall, though it's possible that several I hope to watch soon will shake it up. No pics or MVs from me though, I'm afraid.

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So, most of the dorama portion of my f-list seems to be doing "top 10" lists.  [profile] calixaand [personal profile] lesbiassparrowtold me to, so I shall, though it's possible that several I hope to watch soon will shake it up. No pics or MVs from me though, I'm afraid.

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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Watch.  Trust me.



I feel the best part is Peter Ho staring at Liu Shi Shi with a perplexed look.

(actually, 

[profile] calixa gave it to you, not me, but...)

 

meganbmoore: (Default)

Watch.  Trust me.



I feel the best part is Peter Ho staring at Liu Shi Shi with a perplexed look.

(actually, 

[profile] calixa gave it to you, not me, but...)

 

meganbmoore: (cp-xy-le-carry)
I am going to repeat what [profile] calixasaid and say it's the best wuxia* I've seen in years.  I've only been watching wuxia dramas for about a year, but ignore that part.

It's also a very very painful drama.  Instead of more pain, a few clips and a couple MVs so that you will better understand the pain.

ONWARD! )
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I am going to repeat what [profile] calixasaid and say it's the best wuxia* I've seen in years.  I've only been watching wuxia dramas for about a year, but ignore that part.

It's also a very very painful drama.  Instead of more pain, a few clips and a couple MVs so that you will better understand the pain.

ONWARD! )
meganbmoore: (hu ge and ariel are in shock LOCH shall)
Incidentally, this is my new favorite icon, by [profile] calixa.  Though If you haven't seen Hu Ge's dramas, esp. The Little Fairy, it may not make sense...

And yes, doing these posts ep by ep is the only way I am surviving, though I think I'm past the worst of it now.


There would be more courting with Qi Lang, but he objects to being singled out.

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He points out that he has SIX older brothers from the same gene pool...surely at least one of them is worse at it...

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meganbmoore: (Default)
Incidentally, this is my new favorite icon, by [profile] calixa.  Though If you haven't seen Hu Ge's dramas, esp. The Little Fairy, it may not make sense...

And yes, doing these posts ep by ep is the only way I am surviving, though I think I'm past the worst of it now.


There would be more courting with Qi Lang, but he objects to being singled out.

Click to view full size image

He points out that he has SIX older brothers from the same gene pool...surely at least one of them is worse at it...

Click to view full size image



meganbmoore: (hu ge and ariel are in shock LOCH shall)
Ok, I can't do this alone...I must sob as I watch...

clicky )
Ok, talking about it as I got is actually worse somehow...possibly because it lasts longer as I have to keep pausing...

For the first time, I understand why people put off watching the ends of series they know will be painful.  But I shall bulldoze through it to the best of my ability.  That way, the pain won't be waiting for me.  But you know what?  Even Damo and Emperor of the Sea contained the worst of it to the final episode.  But here? Oh no, they have to stretch it out to at least 3 episodes, with more episodes after...

To make myself feel better:  How to keep your OTP's father from realizing you two are nuts about each other when you're supposed to be teaching her how to be a lady so she can land a husband.

First, take on the role of the prospective suitor in roleplaying, attempting to be the mature one in the process:

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Forget what you're doing and stare intently at each other for several minutes:

Click to view full size image

Don't worry, he won't notice.

Click to view full size image

Not.
meganbmoore: (Default)
Ok, I can't do this alone...I must sob as I watch...

clicky )
Ok, talking about it as I got is actually worse somehow...possibly because it lasts longer as I have to keep pausing...

For the first time, I understand why people put off watching the ends of series they know will be painful.  But I shall bulldoze through it to the best of my ability.  That way, the pain won't be waiting for me.  But you know what?  Even Damo and Emperor of the Sea contained the worst of it to the final episode.  But here? Oh no, they have to stretch it out to at least 3 episodes, with more episodes after...

To make myself feel better:  How to keep your OTP's father from realizing you two are nuts about each other when you're supposed to be teaching her how to be a lady so she can land a husband.

First, take on the role of the prospective suitor in roleplaying, attempting to be the mature one in the process:

Click to view full size image

Forget what you're doing and stare intently at each other for several minutes:

Click to view full size image

Don't worry, he won't notice.

Click to view full size image

Not.
meganbmoore: (Default)
 I am dead.  This is the closest I have come to bawling my eyes out* since the last episode of Damo.  This is on a par with that.  Only worse, because there are 6 episodes and the 2 most painful deaths(and I'm told one even worse non-death scene) to go.

spoiler )

And [profile] calixaLEFT me.  Knowing where I was.  And then conveniently came back 5 minutes after the episode ended.  To recharge her ipod.  She says it's because she has class in the morning, but I think it was because I had to leave her when she got to that part...

And because I don't want this to be JUST tears, Qi Lang teaches us how to gracefully chicken out of telling a girl you like her.

Click to view full size image

Click to view full size image

Not.

*from sorrow, not laughter
meganbmoore: (Default)
 I am dead.  This is the closest I have come to bawling my eyes out* since the last episode of Damo.  This is on a par with that.  Only worse, because there are 6 episodes and the 2 most painful deaths(and I'm told one even worse non-death scene) to go.

spoiler )

And [profile] calixaLEFT me.  Knowing where I was.  And then conveniently came back 5 minutes after the episode ended.  To recharge her ipod.  She says it's because she has class in the morning, but I think it was because I had to leave her when she got to that part...

And because I don't want this to be JUST tears, Qi Lang teaches us how to gracefully chicken out of telling a girl you like her.

Click to view full size image

Click to view full size image

Not.

*from sorrow, not laughter
meganbmoore: (death trance 2)
I am very slowly watching this drama, which is about a family of seven brothers(and one beyond darling little sister) who were renown warriors in the Song dynasty.  Slowly, because: 

A) I know how it ends.


For this reason, I absolutely refuse to watch when [profile] calixaisn't here to hold my hand.  Well..it's ok at this point, but when we get to the end and it's time for major angst instead of the bits and pieces...

B)  Thanks to [profile] calixa, I've had a near play-by-play of the series, several times.  While this only makes me want to see it more and more, it also takes the edge off of the urgency.

It is, not surprisingly, quite excellent and has even less wirefu and magic(NONE!) than Sword Stained With Royal Blood, which has been supplanted as the most realistic(despite Jin Yong's crazy kung fu theories) wuxia I've seen.

I have absolutely shamelessly raided  [profile] calixa's Young Warriors of the Yang Clan tag for this post.

clicky )
 
ETA:  Many more pics now because [profile] calixa apparently  though I had too few.  And I had to fix a pic.
meganbmoore: (Default)
I am very slowly watching this drama, which is about a family of seven brothers(and one beyond darling little sister) who were renown warriors in the Song dynasty.  Slowly, because: 

A) I know how it ends.


For this reason, I absolutely refuse to watch when [profile] calixaisn't here to hold my hand.  Well..it's ok at this point, but when we get to the end and it's time for major angst instead of the bits and pieces...

B)  Thanks to [profile] calixa, I've had a near play-by-play of the series, several times.  While this only makes me want to see it more and more, it also takes the edge off of the urgency.

It is, not surprisingly, quite excellent and has even less wirefu and magic(NONE!) than Sword Stained With Royal Blood, which has been supplanted as the most realistic(despite Jin Yong's crazy kung fu theories) wuxia I've seen.

I have absolutely shamelessly raided  [profile] calixa's Young Warriors of the Yang Clan tag for this post.

clicky )
 
ETA:  Many more pics now because [profile] calixa apparently  though I had too few.  And I had to fix a pic.
meganbmoore: (cp-xy-le-carry)
1.  This must be done.  The cruelty must be shared.  Exhinits in order of increasing angst.


2.  I think Sun Fei Fei's fans have it in for her.  She's very pretty, but they keep saying she's "as beautiful as" or "Just like" Crystal Liu.  I think part of this is because Crystal's untranslated name is Liu Li Fei.  The problem is that when you start saying someone looks like Crystal, people start expecting borderline inhuman beauty, making "very pretty" a touch of a let down...


3.  Not drama, but movies.  I really wish HK would go back to the Crouching Tiger/Hidden Dragon style of cinematography.  All the wuxia movies the last few years(from about House of Flying Daggers on, I think) have been rather blindingly beautiful, but I prefer the simpler look of CT/HD.

4.  Back to dramas...it seems all mainland cdramas are wuxia or other ancient series.  Anyone know of any good modern ones?  (Preferably where the leads live)

5.  I think someone in costuming for The Legend and The Hero had it in for Fan Bing Bing.  Otherwise, they never would have put this on her head:



As you can see from her expression, she agrees with me.  Thankfully, she doesn't wear it the whole time(or so other pictures I've gathered tell me)

*wanders off to bed*

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