walkwithheroes: [Hong Gil Dong] ([Random] Can We Rest?)
I bring the second of my end of the year videos. Using some of my favorite dramas.

Title: Sweet Disposition
Song: Sweet Disposition by Temper Trap
Disclaimer: I do not own the song or the clips used. I just edited the clips.
Details: 3:47 minutes. WMV format. 33.22 MB.
Theme: A look at the hopes and dreams of some of my favorite characters in some of my favorite dramas.
WARNING: Spoilers for all shows!
Vidder's Note: I really love this video and hope you all do to.
Dramas Used: Cinderella's Sister, Fly Up, Dream High, What's Up?, Gloria, Rock Rock Rock, Mary Stayed Out All Night



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walkwithheroes: [Hong Gil Dong] ([Gloria] Carry You Home)
I bring the first of two end of the year videos. This one only used dramas/films that aired/that I watched in 2011.


Title: Better Than Love
Song: Better Than Love by HURTS
Disclaimer: I do not own the song or the clips used. I just edited the clips.
Details: 3:39 minutes. WMV format. 28.11 MB
Theme: A look at some of my favorites of 2011.
WARNING: Spoilers for all shows!
Vidder's Note: This video took forever, and I'm not sure I'm totally happy with it. But, I hope its enjoyed. And that the timing isn't messed up.



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walkwithheroes: [Hong Gil Dong] ([Tree of Heaven] Almost)
Title: We Found Love
Song: We Found Love by Rihanna
Disclaimer: I do not own the song or the clips used. I just edited the clips.
Details: :50 seconds. WMV format. 9.58 MB
Theme: A look at several ANGST couples.
WARNING: Spoilers!
Vidder's Note: I love this video!

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walkwithheroes: [Hong Gil Dong] (Want to Feel)
Title: Love Song Requiem
Song: Love Song Requiem by Trading Yesterday
Disclaimer: I do not own the song or the clips used. I just edited the clips.
Details: 4:05 minutes. WMV format. 24.5MB.
Theme: A look at Dong Ah and Yoon Seo's relationship during the first half of the show.
WARNING: Spoilers! Episodes 1-33 of Gloria used.
Vidder's Note: I wanted to do a video for each arc of these two's storyline; but, this video seemed more about their relationship as a whole - focusing more on episodes 22-33, where they had gotten back together as a couple and were trying to keep everything a secret.



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walkwithheroes: [Hong Gil Dong] ([Gloria] Wish It Could Last Forever)
Title: Love Song Requiem
Song: Love Song Requiem by Trading Yesterday
Disclaimer: I do not own the song or the clips used. I just edited the clips.
Details: 4:05 minutes. WMV format. 24.5MB.
Theme: A look at Dong Ah and Yoon Seo's relationship during the first half of the show.
WARNING: Spoilers! Episodes 1-33 of Gloria used.
Vidder's Note: I wanted to do a video for each arc of these two's storyline; but, this video seemed more about their relationship as a whole - focusing more on episodes 22-33, where they had gotten back together as a couple and were trying to keep everything a secret.


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walkwithheroes: [Hong Gil Dong] ([Film] A Rabbit and a Lizard)
Because I was in the mood for major angst.


Title: Please Don't Go
Song: Please Don't Go by Barcelona
Disclaimer: I do not own the song or the clips used. I just edited the clips.
Details: 26.07MB. WMV format. 3:58 minutes.
Theme: A look at some angsty couples or situations in several Asian films and dramas.
WARNING: Spoilers for everything!
Vidder's Note: Dramas and Films used: Cinderella's Unni, Gloria,Snow Queen, I'm Sorry I Love You, Rabbit and Lizard, Tree of Heaven, Zeni Geba, Love Shuffle, Pride, Honey and Clover, Utahime, Taisetsu na Koto, Love Me Not, Giant, and Fly Up


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walkwithheroes: [Hong Gil Dong] ([Yuukan Club] Chemistry)
This week Gloria ends. After 50 episodes and 27 weeks (it didn't air two weeks in a row thanks to sporting events) this weekend drama comes to an end tomorrow. I have to admit that I've really loved this show and its characters - mostly DA and YS. So, I'm excited to watch tomorrow and see how it ends for everyone involved.


My Princess is starting to enter its dramatic phase, so I'm interested to see where that goes. Though, I'm mostly watching for the OTP.


Dream High has become an obsession and with episode eight, we enter the turning point of the drama. This is a weird drama for me, because I am eight years out of high school, and this is a high school drama - yet, I find myself drawn to the characters. I find myself thinking: "I've felt the same way recently". That may be because this is my last year at university and I'm starting to think about the 'real' world; while the characters in this drama are fighting for their dramas. I'm thinking episode eight has a time jump of some sort, because of the newest promo pictures - skinny PS - so that's something that I'm looking forward to.


Being )
walkwithheroes: [Hong Gil Dong] ([Gloria] Carry You Home)
Title: Apologize
Song: Apologize by One Republic (ft: Timberland)
Disclaimer: I do not own the song or the clips used. I just edited the clips.
Details: 2:56 minutes. WMV format.
Theme: A look at Dong Ah's hurt feelings when he found out what Yoon Seo had been keeping from him.
WARNING: Spoilers episodes 1, 6, 8, and 15-21 of Gloria
Vidder's Note: I really adore this couple. I think I am making a video for every arc of their storyline. This video focuses on their big "break up" arc. Or rather when DA was scared that YS had been playing with him, so he pushed her away. But, YS kept firm and fought for DA.


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walkwithheroes: [Hong Gil Dong] ([Film] Beautiful Girl)
Being Human begins its third series tomorrow night. I'm excited, but not overly so. I know that many times the first episode of a new series/season is just set-up, so not too much happens. (BTW: has anyone else seen the ads for the U.S. remake? What is with the U.S. remaking all these British shows at once: Shameless, Skins, Being Human - why not just show the originals? The Sy-fy channel shows Merlin - they couldn't show Being Human?)

Also - I watched the first episode of the MTV Skins and thought it was alright. I give it a C; not bad but not great. Some of the acting isn't very good, but I see potential in some of the characters and actors. It was rather tame compared to the U.K. version - even though they used the same script - so I'm slightly confused with all the anger over it from the conservative groups. (They like The Secret Life of the American Teenager - a show all about teen sex, but not this?)





I am all caught up with both My Princess and Dream High:


I think MP is really a marathon type show; it is very fluffy and addictive because of the interaction of the OTP. The plot is slowly starting to come together, which I like. But, the Secondary Female is truly just evil - I want to punch her in the face. The sister isn't much better. Why is she so jealous; even before Seol was shown to be the missing Princess, Dan was mean to her. I want to know why.


Dream High is also rather addictive, and like My Princess, would be a fun drama to marathon. Surprisingly, I'm not shipping much in this drama (just Jason/Pil Sook) - the shipper and character wars on soompi are crazy. I also like all the characters, even the "evil" ones. I'm more interested in the interactions and friendships. The storyline is a bit thin, and the acting isn't always solid, but I like these characters.



I'm still watching Gloria; I'm up to episode forty-six with subtitles. I love the way everything is coming together. But, I've had to stop going to Soompi - they are all about JJ/KS and have to regard for the rest of the storylines and characters. I like JJ/KS, but I do care about the other storylines and would like to discuss that sometimes. Anyway - I like the way the show is wrapping up and the way the character arcs are all slowly ending.



The new Japanese television season has started, but I'm not sure what to watch. It seems most of the dramas are crime/mystery/cop based, and I'm really not in the mood for that. For my Japanese viewing, I'm more in the mood for something more romantic, as its been a while since I've watched a good romantic Japanese drama. But, I'm not interested in Fuyu no Sakura (she's having an affair; even if she doesn't know it, it's still not my thing) or Taisetsu na Koto wa Subete Kimi ga Oshiete Kureta (I'm not a Toda Erika fan). I don't think I'll be watching any new Japanese dramas this season.


So - what is everyone else watching?
walkwithheroes: [Hong Gil Dong] ([Gloria] Waiting to be Alive)
Title: The Only Exception
Song:The Only Exception by Paramore (edited)
Disclaimer: I do not own the song or the clips used. I just edited the clips.
Details: 32.9 MB. WMV format. 2:30 minutes.
Theme: A look at the way DA saved YS from her suicidal depression and the way she saved him from himself.
WARNING: Spoilers for the episodes 1-8 and 13-14!
Vidder's Note: I cannot stop vidding this couple. They were my couple of 2010 and continue to be lovable, innocent, beautiful people. This is the third video about them.


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walkwithheroes: [Hong Gil Dong] ([Gloria] Wish It Could Last Forever)
Title: Say When
Song: Say When by The Fray
Disclaimer: I do not own the song or the clips used. I just edited the clips.
Details: 25.17 MB. WMV format. 2:34 minutes.
Theme: A look at YS/DA's relationship during episodes 1-14 of the drama.
WARNING: Spoilers for the episodes 1-14!
Vidder's Note: Slightly from DA's POV, this video shows the DA/YS angst and hope during the first fourteen episodes. During these episodes, DA was trying to deny his deepening feelings for YS, but was also completely pulled toward her. Meanwhile, YS was feeling accepted and cared for - like a real person and not a thing - for the first time in her life. I wanted to show that with this video. I worked on it for seven days, but am still not totally happy with it. Still, I hope its enjoyed.





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walkwithheroes: [Hong Gil Dong] ([Gloria] Follow You Home)
Gloria's episode today was really wonderfully written. JJ and KS continue to angst, but Creepy is closer and closer to - I think - being taken down.

And that preview! )


Looking forward to tomorrow!
walkwithheroes: [Hong Gil Dong] ([Film] Kiss You Goodbye)
I was away on the 29th-30th, in New Orleans. It was my older sister's wedding. Then, I went to my grandmother's home until this afternoon. I start school again on Wednesday, so I have a lot to do. Firstly, I got to get some new school supplies. Then, buy a couple of new pieces of clothing. I also have to catch up on my dramas. I want to start three dramas that started this week: Dream High, My Princess, and Believe In Love.


I did get caught up with Gloria in time for this weekends episodes. I'm really glad the storylines are coming together and that things are slowly wrapping up in believable and interesting ways. I've decided that YS's dad is a complete ass. But, I have to smile with what YS did during episode 42. Again, the angst in the relationship moves. Can JJ/KS and YS/DA never be happy at the same time? I just hope Creepy goes down.
walkwithheroes: [Hong Gil Dong] ([Gloria] Waiting to be Alive)
Gloria, a fifty-episode Korean drama is entering its final arc this week. It airs on Saturday and Sunday, a day that is usually filled with family-centric romantic dramas. Gloria itself is marketed as a drama; or rather a "an intense tale of people who are fiercely devoted to surviving their rough lives".


Spoilery Character descriptions )



The thing that I really love about this drama (though some people don't love it, and are rather angry about it) is the realism of it. In most Sat/Sun dramas, the class difference comes into play a bit. There may be an issue with a bitchy mother-in-law or a slightly evil/spoiled rich girl/guy trying to get in the way of true love. BUT, at the end of the series (or by episode 34 or so) it's all more or less resolved. Sure, the mother-in-law may be bitchy, but its played for laughs more than anything else by the half-way point of the drama.


Korean dramas are rarely (if ever) totally realistic in the way prejudice and the real world works. Chaebols rarely marry anyone that isn't also a Chaebol or some sort of celeb in the real world, but it drama world they often marry middle-class or the poorest of the poor. And, it is all alright. There is no scandal and no one breaks ties with the family. It's all good. Except in a few dramas, like What Happened In Bali? and Gloria.


During the early episodes, all four of the main characters discussed the hopelessness of being poor and/or the unfairness of being labeled as the illegitimate child of a Chaebol family. In fact, Dong Ah tries desperately to stay away from Yoon Seo because of their class difference; even going so far as to call their realtionship a "festival" that's fun and magical as it happens, but that must end. I liked that realism. That characters had worries and doubts. That people discussed keeping love interests as a mistress or kept man, instead of a wife or husband. That a drama was willing to be so forward and even slightly dark. A trend that has gone on as the drama has progressed. Yes, their is comedy and romance, but also drama and a realism and darkness that is lacking in other dramas of late.


I understand why some are frustrated with the show, but I'm not )



Gloria, may, at times, be dark and gritty, but it's also a marvelously done drama. The writing, pacing, actors - the characters themselves - are perfect. The story stays with you long after it is over. I look forward to the last ten episodes; and even, the realistic ending that is surely coming my way.
walkwithheroes: [Hong Gil Dong] ([Gloria] Carry You Home)
Title: Rubik's Cube
Song: Rubik's Cube by Athlete
Disclaimer: I do not own the song or the clips used. I just edited the clips.
Details: 13.53 MB. WMV format. 1:41 minutes
Theme: A look at YS/DA's relationship during episodes 1-12 of the drama.
WARNING: Spoilers for the episodes 1-12!
Vidder's Note: I didn't plan to make this video, but after using this song for the outro in my last video, I saw how it really fit early YS/DA. Back when she was depressed and wanted to feel alive; back when DA was YS's only hope. Back then, DA was trying to deny his feelings for YS, but at the same time, he was completely pulled toward her. They have angst now, but. . .in the early episodes it was less angst-y and more desperate and bittersweet.


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walkwithheroes: [Hong Gil Dong] ([Personal Taste] Happiness is You)
Title: Seasons of Love
Song: Seasons of Love by RENT cast
Disclaimer: I do not own the song or the clips used. I just edited the clips.
Details: 33.45 MB. WMV format. 3:51 minutes
Theme: A look at several dramas (and a couple of films)that aired in 2010.
WARNING: Spoilers for the shows and films!
Vidder's Note: I decided to make this two days ago. I heard the song, and thought it fit very well with the 'end of the year' theme. I thought about it for a long moment and decided to use only dramas and films that came out (or were subbed) in 2010. I focused not only on the romance, but also on the family, friendships, and growth of the characters. This is my Christmas/New Years gift to my Asian-drama lovin' f-list! Also, say tuned at the end, for a very special Outro!


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walkwithheroes: [Hong Gil Dong] ([Yuukan Club] Chemistry)
Very quickly and taken from Soompi (grammer cleaned up by me):


Because you could live a proper life, if I'd only leave you )
walkwithheroes: [Hong Gil Dong] ([Gloria] Wish It Could Last Forever)
Gloria's 37th and 38th episodes really brought home one simple fact: KS/JJ and DA/YS are two couples that are meant to be. There is no doubt about that. Both couples had some major break through this week. There were a couple of game changers. And, I've decided something: Creepy must die. Jail is too good for him.

YS and DA - don't say that! )


Mary continues to be a light, fun, drama. That's developing a crack habit. It's rather underdeveloped in terms of plot and characters; but, I've watched so many angsty dramas over the last six months, so it's refreshing to watch a romantic comedy that is a bit cracky and comic-like. I have to admit that episodes nine and ten were hard to get through, but I'm enjoying the new writer.


I feel a bit sorry for her, though. She was hired and given a week to start writing episodes 11 and 12. I think the Goong writer left a lot of crap for the new writer to deal with and work out. I mean, episode ten ended with MG telling JI they should make the contract real. Oy! How do you fix that? You can't. So, you just start throwing things around and trying to find something that sticks. I think, for what she's been given, the new writer is doing a decent job. The drama has upped the pace, and characters like JI have been given personalities. Plus, the creepiness of JI's dad is being shown; while all the characters are standing up to their parents more.


Granted, she's falling back on a lot of cliches, but with only a hand-full of episodes left: I don't mind. I'll finish it, because I love the chemistry been the two leads; even between JI and MG and JI/MR. I'd love to see them all work together again. Maybe in a story that, um, makes more sense. (Of course, the original source material didn't make much sense. I can't totally blame the writers for that.)


I will be honest and say I miss the fun and off-beatness of the first five or so episodes (I miss drunken-fun MG! I miss drama-loving MR!), but I do enjoy the craziness of the last few episodes. And, it seems like the actors are all having a lot of fun - something I think a couple of them needed after their last angsty projects. Like them, I really just needed a fun drama. I've overloaded on angst, and while I love angst - however, it can get to be a bit much. (Still, with episodes 14's ending - looks like unneeded angst is headed my way next week. :( ) Can I not escape the angst?!



I guess what I'm saying is that Mary is fun. Yes, it's not a very well plotted drama, but I never really cared about anyone but MR/MG anyway. Why? Because the first writer never bothered to develop anyone outside of them or any real conflicts outside the marriage thing. What happened to MR wanting to go back to school? Or MG's whole indie vs. cooperate music thing? And why is SJ only getting a back-story now (and not even a very good one, at that?)? Or JI and his business stuff?


Look, it's not making my Top Five List for Best Drama of 2010. But MG/MR are making my Top Five List for Best Couple of 2010. And, I really want the two actors to work together again, because they have wonderful chemistry. Oh, and can JI's actor please get a lead role for his next drama project?
walkwithheroes: [Hong Gil Dong] ([Gloria] Waiting to be Alive)
I really should be in bed, but I was just looking at dramawiki and it says Gloria is 46 episodes. Now, this was only in the ratings part, and not the front page. However, it has me a bit worried. Granted, the writer could work around a missing four episodes. But - will there be time to get everything cleared up in just eight episodes? The writer is good, and I'm sure he/she could fix it all up (I'm assuming that the staff already knows about the cut), but. . .yeah.



I haven't heard anything about a cut, but it could happen. Dandelion Family, the drama that aired before Gloria did very poorly in the ratings - until the last ten episodes, where it rose to the 11-13% range. Creating Destiny, which aired before Dandelion, was cut to thirty-one episodes after it began falling into the 6-5% range. (Before that was Tamra, which also had an episode cut and before that Good Job, Good Job, which was cut by ten episodes - it average 9.2% by the end.)



Frankly, if there is a cut, I blame the numerous breaks that were taken in order to show sporting events. The ratings were steadily hanging around the 8-10% range before all the breaks and one episode a week stuff.


Now, granted I don't know if the number of episodes has been cut, and as I said the writer is good enough to get everything finished in time. It's just that, as of now, I wouldn't be surprised. The ratings are falling, and the other dramas in this time slot have been cut short. This is MBC, a station that has (lately) been having a ball cutting their "failing" series short. (Remember Mischievous Kiss? That was supposed to be 20 episodes, and was cut to 16 due to low ratings. Only, it became an internet hit, so they did the youtube "special episodes".)



Of course, it's two-thirty in the morning, and I may just be thinking too much.
walkwithheroes: [Hong Gil Dong] ([Gloria] Follow You Home)
Just watched the preview for tomorrow and


yay )

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