walkwithheroes: [Strange Heroes] (Look After Her)
I have finally finished Strange Hero Yi Zhi Mei. I really enjoyed the show. It had some major flaws, especially in regard to its female characters and its last story arc.


Still, it was still enjoyable thanks in large part to the cast. It also had some really beautiful shots and lovely moments between the characters. By the end, I really did feel like YZM was its own little family.


Overall, I would give the thirty episode series a solid B and I would rec it to friends.



BTW: Has anyone else heard that Liu Shi Shi, Hu Ge, and Wallace Huo have been cast in the drama adaption of a Chinese novel called Da Mo Yao? The OTP is going to be played by LSS and HG, but there is also a love triangle with WH's character. According to Koala, the love triangle is fairly epic.


The story: Yu Jin (Liu Shi Shi) was raised within the Xiong Nu, although her foster father is a Han. Under certain circumstances, she was forced to flee to Chang’an, the then capital of Early Han Dynasty,changing her name to Jin Yu along the way. Along her journey, she meets first the calm and kind Meng Jiu (Wallace Huo), and later the handsome, cold, general Huo Qu Bing (Hu Ge). Jin Yu falls for one, but was rejected. Will she untangle her love knot? Who will she choose in the end?


While I'd rather see LSS/WH get together and get a bit more romantic screen time, it's not happening. :( At least LSS/HG is finally happening in a drama. I'm sure it'll make many people happy.
walkwithheroes: [Strange Heroes] (Look After Her)
Title: Cells
Song: Cells (instrumental) by The Servant
Disclaimer: I do not own the song or the clips used. I just edited the clips.
Details: 4:11 minutes. WMV format. 48.75MB
Theme: A look at the characters and series as a whole.
WARNING: Spoilers! All episodes used!
Vidder's Note: I've been working on this for months, slowly adding clips as the episodes came out. Which means that the clips in this video are more or less in episode order. Still, I think it all came out rather well.





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walkwithheroes: [Strange Heroes] (Look After Her)
Title: Numb
Song:Numb by H320 (Dubstep Remix) (edited)
Disclaimer: I do not own the song or the clips used. I just edited the clips.
Details: 1:49 minutes. WMV format. 14.13MB.
Theme: A look at San Niang and her relationships with her mother and Ge Xiao.
WARNING: Spoilers! Episodes 1-4; Episodes 8-13 used.
Vidder's Note: I'm so happy I got to do this video. I think the song really fits San Niang's character and her struggles with her feelings regarding her mother and Ge Xiao. It's not quite what I wanted it to be, but I hope you guys enjoy it. Comments are, as always, welcome.

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Streaming video here )
walkwithheroes: [Hong Gil Dong] ([Strange Hero] Took a Sword for You)
Title: Cells
Song: Cells (instrumental) by The Servant
Disclaimer: I do not own the song or the clips used. I just edited the clips.
Details: 4:11 minutes. WMV format. 48.75MB
Theme: A look at the characters and series as a whole.
WARNING: Spoilers! All episodes used!
Vidder's Note: I've been working on this for months, slowly adding clips as the episodes came out. Which means that the clips in this video are more or less in episode order. Still, I think it all came out rather well.





Links:

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walkwithheroes: [Hong Gil Dong] ([Strange Hero] Heroine for Life)
Strange Hero Yi Zhi Mei is beyond addictive! With these four episodes, we end the flashback arc and start the final arc of the series.



As I said in my last post, the flashback arc was mostly to give more (and maybe much needed) character development to Ying Wu Qiu and Ru Yi; and even more development to Tutor and Ge Xiao. After watching it all, I can say I do feel slightly sorry for Wu Qiu, because he basically went insane due to his own personal demons. And, Ru Yi - yes, she's loyal and brave and sweet. . .but, that's about it. I just think it's too late for me to truly love her as a character. That said, she was a cool lady and I feel awful about the way she died. (Also, I think she and San Niang could have been friends in another life.



Episodes twenty-five and twenty-six moved us into the last arc of the series. The stakes are up, as Yi Zhi Mei goes up against someone whose just as smart and cunning as Ge Xiao. This is an arc that changes everything, and really focuses on the foursome, their relationships, and the possible future romance of Ge Xiao/San Niang.


Spoiler filled thoughts of episodes 25 and 26 )



As always - this show is brilliant! I can't wait to watch episodes 27-30. And, when it is all over, I'll miss is so much. I really wish that second season/film rumor was true. With the same cast, of course.
walkwithheroes: [Hong Gil Dong] ([Strange Hero] Unsaid Words)
Strange Hero Yi Zhi Mei continues to be the best wuxia my f-list isn't watching. (Why, f-list?! WHY?)The show - like many wuxia series - has "mini" arcs, with an overlapping series long arc.


With episodes nineteen-twenty-two, we finish up Xiao Mei's family mystery and start with a series of flashback episodes.

spoiler thoughts )


Anyway - just some thoughts. I'm loving this drama and can't wait to watch episodes 23-30. (I have episodes 23-26 downloaded and waiting for me.)


Also. . .if you aren't watching this - watch it!
walkwithheroes: [Hong Gil Dong] ([Strange Hero] Heroine for Life)
Title: Numb
Song:Numb by H320 (Dubstep Remix) (edited)
Disclaimer: I do not own the song or the clips used. I just edited the clips.
Details: 1:49 minutes. WMV format. 14.13MB.
Theme: A look at San Niang and her relationships with her mother and Ge Xiao.
WARNING: Spoilers! Episodes 1-4; Episodes 8-13 used.
Vidder's Note: I'm so happy I got to do this video. I think the song really fits San Niang's character and her struggles with her feelings regarding her mother and Ge Xiao. It's not quite what I wanted it to be, but I hope you guys enjoy it. Comments are, as always, welcome.

Links:

Megaupload (download and streaming)

4shared (streaming)



Streaming video here )
walkwithheroes: [Hong Gil Dong] ([Strange Hero] Hero for Life)
Strange Hero Yi Zhi Mei continues to be a fantastic wuxia drama. It has everything a good wuxia should have: brilliant heroes and heroines; villains that are this close to being neither nightmare fuel or cartoons; ust; family that isn't blood related; and - pretty things (people and scenery). Like most wuxia stories, there are underlying storylines that take place throughout the series; but, most of the storylines are small "missions" that take place over 3-4 episodes.

What I really love about this drama is the characters; the family relationships they've built with one another. Before the start of the series, all four of them were loners; now, I can't picture one without the other three nearby. Ge Xiao and Hu are brothers; Xiao Mei has brothers in Ge Xiao and Hu and a sister in San Niang; and San Niang has brothers in Hu and Xiao Mei. As for Ge Xiao and San Niang, well that's a bit more complicated. (They are so an OTP, without yet being one.)

The side characters are also fairly interesting. There's Ying Wu Qiu, an old friend of Ge Xiao, and now a foe. Tutor, an old teacher of Ge Xiao, who helps the gang when they need it. And, of course, every "mission" has its own characters - usually from one of the gang's past. FYI: the missions range from awesome to slightly boring.


Spoil Videos to Tempt You )
walkwithheroes: [Hong Gil Dong] ([Roses] Under Our Red Umberella)
I had planned to watch more shows than I'm actually watching; however, this season has been so good and filled with such brilliance that I had to cut some out. And, I'm still behind! I just thought I'd discuss what I'm watching and why I'm watching it.

More shows from Japan )


I know there are more dramas I should be watching (The Princess' Man; the new Hana Kimi; etc), but I'm so full of dramas that they may have to wait.
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 )

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