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] ([Liar's Game] For You)
Soredemo, Ikite Yuku is a Japanese drama. Hiroki Fukami (Eita) is a man haunted by the death of his younger sister. Futaba Toyama (Hikari Mitsushima) is the younger sister of the man that murdered Hiroki's little sister fifteen years ago. The two should never meet, but they do - fifteen years after the murder. The drama is unique in that it shows both sides of the aftermath - the victim's family and their struggle to move on and the murder's family and their struggle to find a place in society. Hiroki and Futaba shouldn't have a relationship, but they meet and are drawn together.

Every character has something going on and there are these twists that just make you catch your breathe and feel. That's this series strongest point: you feel for these people. They are broken, socially awkward, and even a little shady at times. But, it all feels very real and true.
This is a quiet human drama that grabs you from the get go and doesn't let go.

Episodes 1-2 have aired; both episodes are subbed.
walkwithheroes: [Hong Gil Dong] ([PPrincess] Hater Please)
I thought I'd give everyone (including myself) an update on what I'm watching. Since most of the series are half-way over, I thought it would also be a good time to discuss how I'm liking and disliking about the shows and where I think/hope they are going. (Spoiler Warnings for the drama!)


Despite wanting rom-coms, I'm barely watching them )
walkwithheroes: [Hong Gil Dong] ([Rainbow Romance] Kiss the Girl)
I've now seen the first episode (or more) of most of the dramas I wanted to see. I thought I'd share some thoughts on each drama. So far I have to say that the drama season is going well.


Romantic and cliched dramas )


So - so far I'm really enjoying this drama season!
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] ([Actors/Singers] New OTP)
Lately I've been thinking about the fact that the Asian Entertainment Industry seems to be relatively small. Or maybe its more that there are only a hand full of truly popular actors and actresses at any given time. Or, to be more correct, people tend to have their moments in the sun, and that means they work with the same people over and over again. Now, granted there are some actors and actresses that have made their living playing the 'Oh, it's him/her!' roles in dramas, specials, and films. And, there are the famous "Love Teams" in Taiwanese dramas - think Ariel Lin and Joe Cheng or Rainie Yang and Mike He.


All of this got me to thinking about the fact that many actors and actresses have worked with each other a few times throughout their careers and there are actors and actresses I'm dying to see work together. I thought I'd make a list and ask you guys who'd you'd love to see work together, either for the first time or the second or third or whatever. Because, with things the way they are in Asian Entertainment, your wish just might come true!


My list )


Though, I think there could be more if I really stopped and thought about it, that's my list. I'd love to know whose on everyone else's list.
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] ([Roses] Under Our Red Umberella)
It seems countries like Japan, Korea, Taiwan, and Mainland China are always using mangas, manhwas, and manhuas as inspiration for their dramas. In fact, it seems like 90% of Japanese dramas in the last few years have been based on mangas. And, how many Taiwanese Idol dramas are based on Shoujo mangas? Too many for me to count, that's how many. Also, many films are based on mangas, manhwas, and manhuas: High School Debut, Usagi Drop, Kimi ni Todoke, Tazza: The High Rollers, Le Grand Chef, Duelist, etc.


Recently, I've also noticed that all four of these countries are adapting each others stories into dramas/remaking each others' works: Old Boy (loosely based on a Japanese manga), Xuan Feng Guan Jia (loosely based on a Japanese manga), Boys Before Flowers and Let's Go Watch a Meteor Shower (based on a manga), Maou (adapted from The Devil), etc.


And, it seems more adaptions and remakes are on the way for all four countries. They'll continue to adapt things from their countries and others, as well as remake others works. This lead me to an interesting thought, that I'm sure I've expressed before: What Manga/Manhwa/Manhua do you want to see adapted for the small or large screen? And what country do you want to make it - I ask this because there are lots of Japanese mangas I like that I know couldn't be told on Japanese television - the country or origin or another country? Finally, do you want any country to remake another drama/film from another country - like Maou did with The Devil?


For me I really do think Honey and Clover would make an excellent Korean drama. It has it all: drama, comedy, love triangles, close friendships, close family relationships. And, it's already been an anime, Japanese film, Japanese drama, and Taiwanese drama. So, why not a Korean drama? I could see it being 18-20 episodes since the original manga is ten volumes. It's set in an art college, so the visuals would be beautiful. I would have worries though: like, well, remember the second half of Boys Before Flowers? But, if the writing was good and the casting was right - I can't think of anyone right now, but I'm sure there are some 20-30 year old actors who would fit the parts - it could work.


There's apart of me that would love to see Nosatsu Junkie turned into a ten-twelve episode Japanese drama. The summary makes it seem a bit weird: Teenage boy cross dresses as a girl in order to model, and must keep it a secret. He befriends than falls for a girl who wants to be a model and knows his secret. But, it works because of the heart of the manga and the chemistry between the leads.


I'm sure I could think of others, if I had the time. But. . .I should get back to studying. Or go to sleep.
walkwithheroes: [Hong Gil Dong] ([Love Shuffle] Top Floor)
I am thinking of watching the new J-drama Sunao ni Narenakute, but I'm unsure. It has a lot going for it: the writer, the cast, positive reviews from most of my flist; however, it has some negative reviews on my flist and it reminds me a bit of the horrible drama, Last Friends.


Last Friends was about a group of twenty-somethings, who all had dramatic issues: molested/raped by a family member! beaten by boyfriend! possible sex addict! transgendered! It was just a bit too much for one drama and came across as inapproriate funny and overly
melodramatic. (Side note: Rumor has it that Ueno Juri got upset during the making, because she really researched her character who was meant to be transsexual. However, the writer and PD decided to more or less abandon that storyline. Why? They wanted to focus more on Nishikido Ryo's character. Why? The ratings went up the more he was show angsty and the more he was shown beating Nagasawa Masami's character. It's just a rumor, though. I do remember people saying that Ryo's character seemed to have serious mental issues that we never fully explained.) I'm rambling, but basically I could not get past episode two of Last Friends.



People on my flist are also comparing the drama to Love Shuffle. A drama that does not get enough love. It's about a group of people (ranging from age 18 to mid-thirties) that form friendships and real love while playing a 'love shuffle' game. (It's better than it sounds.)



I've also heard comparisons to other Kitagawa Eriko works, such as Orange Days (most likely because of the friendship aspect of twenty-somethings finding themselves while forming bonds), Love Story (most likely because LS was about the love stories and friendships of a group of people living/working Sunset Apartments; though most of those characters were 30 or older), and even Tatta Hitotsu no Koi (maybe best of the love story/friendship stuff). I loved all three of these dramas and Kitagawa Eriko is in my top ten Japanese writers list. The fact that people are comparing her newest work to some of my favorites of hers, as well as the fact that I've loved all her dramas makes me happy.


But within the first episode we learn that )


That is just. . . a lot of angst for five characters and eleven episodes. I'm not sure if I can take it. I did watch the first episode RAW and it didn't pull me in. So, I shall wait until it has four episodes out (it will be after my finals) and I'll marathon the episodes. Then, I shall decide -


is Sunao ni Narenakute (Hard to say I love you) the next Last Friends or the next Love Shuffle?

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