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26 May 2012 @ 10:26 pm
As it's been over a year since my last post on my K-drama activities, I thought it was due course for a new one. So, here are some of the stand out series I've seen from the country of South Korea from within the last year and a half. Oh, and if you click on the titles, it'll take you to respective links to watch said shows at (legally). Up first, two recently finished dramas that began airing in the spring of this year.

Rooftop Prince

AKA the crack drama of the first half of 2012.

Rooftop Prince is the show that had everyone - including yours truly - glued to their computers. It is also the most famous example of the "it" genre for dramas this year: the time-traveling sageuk fusion. Sageuk refers to historical drama. However, this show isn't as heavy on the history as its contemporaries. Ultimately, this is a story of star-crossed lovers and a murder mystery that spans 300 years.

Flung into the future after his wife is found drowned in the palace pond, Joseon Crown Prince Yi Gak (portrayed endearingly by Park Yoochun formerly of DBSK/TVXQ) and his three loyal attendants discover that the key to solving the princess' death lies in modern day Seoul as her reincarnation is alive and well. However, the princess isn't the only one with a Twenty-first Century doppelganger: the prince also has a double.

Where Rooftop Prince excels is in the comedy and romance. There is plenty of fish-out-of-water hijinks to be found within the series' first half, and it will have you DYING. Example. And the romance between Yoochun's Prince and Han Ji Min's Park Ha is incredibly sweet. Where the show falters is in the machinations and makjang (over the top) trappings of Prince-double's corporate world. And with that big business comes the most foul, detestable, downright loathsome female villain I've ever laid eyes on. It's most unfortunate that she and her inept baddie boyfriend get so much screentime; they essentially kill the fun whenever they come on screen. But, if you can get past these scenes, you're still left with one hoot of a show.

Rooftop Prince is crack. Oh-so-addictive crack that isn't necessarily the best, but the most fun. And, bonus! It boasts a surprisingly moving and poignant ending that doesn't happen all the time with shows of this nature.

Equator Man (Man of Equator)

If Rooftop Prince is my crack drama, then Equator Man is my pick for best drama (so far) of 2012.

Equator Man is a dark and suspenseful tale about two childhood friends who wind up as enemies. The two leads - Uhm Tae Woong as Kim Sun Woo, and Lee Jun Hyuk as Lee Jang Il - are FANTASTIC in their roles. Especially, Uhmforce (this is the nickname Uhm Tae Woong's fans have given him due to his strong charismatic acting). I'd seen Uhmforce previously in supporting roles in TV and film, but never as the lead. This was my first experience with him in a main role, and boy, did he fucking deliver. From the fear of never being able to return to a life of normalcy, to the aching grief of a son left behind, and the righteous fury of a man who has been wronged by those dearest to him, he carries a lot of the show. He is far and away my favourite South Korean actor.  Not to be outdone, Lee Jun Hyuk is creepily haunting as a narcissistic sociopath. Together, they have great chemistry; many of their scenes are suffocating due to all the tension in the air between the two.

This is one series that continuously improved as it went and surprised me with how much it delivered each week. The pacing and cinematography are top notch, with many beautiful wide angle shots and recurring camera angles serving as motifs in this show about broken brotherly love. It's not without its weaknesses, though; the music direction in the first few episodes is glaringly obtrusive and a disservice to the material on screen. And the establishing episodes aren't nearly as strong as when Uhm Tae Woong and Lee Jun Hyuk take the stage. However, these are things that the show addresses and become a forethought as the story ratchets up the intensity levels.

Taking inspiration from The Count of Monte Cristo, Equator Man tackles themes of justice, vengeance, pride, love and friendship, as well as the power of forgiveness. However, it is also a story of choice and how the choices one makes in life have powerful repercussions. Many of the characters' lives are a direct result of the choices they and others made. The power to do both good and evil always lies within oneself; it's a matter of choice.
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Current Music: Yim Jae Bum - "Threads of Fate"
27 January 2012 @ 02:39 pm
Which video game character would you like to have as your real-life BFF? One random response will win a $60 Amazon gift card! [Full contest rules here.] Don't forget to share your favorite gamer moments on at 3 p.m. PST for Free For All Friday (FFAF).
The first character that immediately springs to my mind is Uncharted's Nathan Drake. He's just a character who, once you strike up a friendship with him, it seems to be one for life. He's the type of guy who'll have your back regardless. And, he loves adventure, so I don't think you can ever expect too many dull moments with him around. Sure, he may not think things through all the way, but when it comes to the important things in life, he's on the level. Plus, Drake would just be a cool dude to kick back and have a couple brews with.
Current Music: Bump of Chicken - "Zero"
12 December 2010 @ 12:30 am
So, it's been a while since I made a post on the ever fabulous K-drama. Since then, I've seen a bit more dramas. Some old, most new. I'm completely addicted; when the right drama is airing, it's what I look forward to every week. So, I shall introduce to y'all some of the more memorable ones I've seen in the last few months. My aim is to get at least one person watching so I can have somebody to fanperson with. Hey, at least I'm honest.

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Current Music: IU - "Good Day"
14 July 2010 @ 08:00 pm
Day #20: Your best casting of a character (if you were casting:

Matt Damon as Captain America

Day #21: The most memorable death:

Day #22: Your favorite universe/dimension:

I totally count it as its own universe/dimension! And here's an excerpt (click for better size):

Day #23: The best form of transportation:

The Fantasticar MK II (again, click for better size)
Current Mood: grumpygrumpy
Current Music: The Beatles - "Old Brown Shoe"
10 July 2010 @ 10:24 pm
My least favourite comic to screen character adaptation:

Ben Affleck as Daredevil (Matt Murdock)

I was this close to picking Jessica Alba as the Invisible Woman or Jennifer Garner as Elektra...
09 July 2010 @ 11:21 pm
My favourite comic to screen character adaptation:

Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man (Tony Stark)

By far, the best live-action screen portrayal of a Marvel character yet.
Current Music: David Bowie - "Heroes"
08 July 2010 @ 11:55 pm
My favourite god:


(It all sort of comes back to Namor somehow...)
Current Mood: tiredtired
Current Music: Jackson 5 - "ABC"
07 July 2010 @ 09:19 pm
Woo for slacking!
My favourite romance:

Peter Parker and Mary Jane Watson

The best My favourite rivalry: Namor and Reed Richards

I'll give you one guess who I root for in that one...

The most powerful character: The One-Above-All and/or the Living Tribunal

They're basically the gods/creators of the Marvel-verse(s)
Current Music: Kanye West - "Gold Digger"
04 July 2010 @ 08:15 pm
My least favourite character:

Black Panther (T'Challa)

He lamed up Storm's character by marrying her, and any other character who comes within an inch of him is also affected.
03 July 2010 @ 11:08 pm
My Favourite Power: Telekinesis

An example of a character with said power: Nate Grey (a.k.a. X-Man)

My favourite weapon:

Mjolnir (Thor's hammer)