It’s Not Okay, It’s Heartache!

vlcsnap-2014-09-05-04h13m17s202

Was anyone else as ill-prepared as me going into tonight’s episode 14? Aka. The hour of utter devastation and heartbreak! And brilliant narrative development from screenwriter Noh and an intense cultivating ground for some of the greatest acting  that k-ent has seen for a while. No dramatic excesses, just natural, real and powerful performances. And Jo In-sung’s best acting in his entire career!

Caution: Spoilers ahead!

Continue reading

Trying to Crack the Kang-woo Riddle

33279395_b2ec1550__2

Right, let’s try and do this.

I’d actually been meaning to write brief posts about this show on a regular basis, if not weekly, atleast fortnightly or something. But now seven weeks since its premiere have flown by and the show ends next week (so fast!) and I only ever got to post those initial first impressionsy posts. Kind of disappointed with myself and total lackadaisical or chaotic as you will handling of my time. But anyway… let’s get to it. BEWARE SPOILERS BEYOND CUT.

Continue reading

Don’t Read This: The Rendered Speechless Edition

SLilVQ2

In which I advocate pretty idol boys selling us things and procuring our souls instead. But…

HOLY FUALSDKJLSKJFDWOKSEFJKSD!!! I’m seriously speechless!

EXO seem to have a thing for Germany right now or vice versa. And I’m not complaining because damn do these collabos work! After the masterfully beautiful James Dean-esque Die Jungs in Berlin comes their MCM endorsement, which is a German luxury leather and luggage brand. And they are (pardon the French but) fucking working it!

Continue reading

Upcoming Fall 2014 Dramas

supah:

Shinya_Shokudo_10.mp4_000266733

WOW! Looking good!

Especially excited about the following four set to premiere this October:

Shinya Shokudo Season 3!

THANK YOU LINHCU FOR THE TIP-OFF! YES! Master is back and I wouldn’t miss it for the world.

Mozu (continued again in Oct) Season 2 

bGhyMDUyOF8xMzk4NDEwNjA0

Maybe I’m still around 3 episodes behind, but that’s down to time constraints more than my levels of interest in the show. I still do like it a lot! Like that is, not love. Who am I kidding? I love that damn PD and how he is handling the supernatural spins on this story and Kagawa-san! I have no words for this man!

Heisei Saru Kani Kassenzu

tumblr_m9566kjOGR1qhr7uho2_500

Habara Daisuke is a decent scriptwriter, not exactly mindblowing but I quite like some of his previous works and the premise here is awesome (check it out on the post I reblogged) and it’s airing on WOWOW and leading man Kengo Kora is gorgeous. I’m sold!

1093565_650

Gomenne Seishun — sadly it’s only a short drama, possibly only one-episode. And it’s the writer of Amachan, the NHK Asadora that got hyped a lot, in actual fact this writer/director extraordinaire is generally very well liked and his works well-received. But my reasons for wanting to watch it are Mitsushima Hikari and Nagayama Kento! OMG! I loved that they played romantic interests in Ohisama (another well-received NHK asadora). I was saddened I couldn’t like his Sakamoto Yuji debut with the very recent Mosaic — just wasn’t my kind of show. But I’m sure this concept should be more easy to watch. Even if he’s not exactly the main male lead, he’s the second lead… w00t! At least he’s no longer playing extras. Which was pretty sad really, considering he’s Eita’s baby bro and equally very talented.

p1382943595

Originally posted on Jdrama Weblog:

Sakura ~ Jiken o Kiku Onna
Date: From 8.00 p.m., Mondays, 20 October 2014
Station: TBS
Scriptwriters: Matsumoto Miyako (Inpei Sousa, Kakushou, Fake ~ Kyoto Bijutsu Jiken Emaki), Yamaoka Junpei (GTO (remake) Series, Honey Trap, Power Game)
Genre: Detective
Cast: Nakama Yukie, Sato Ryuta, Aijima Kazuyuki, Kino Hana, Ono Takuro, Morioka Yutaka, Suruga Taro, Ayane, Kusabue Mitsuko, Takashima Reiko
Synopsis: Mizusawa Sakura (Nakama Yukie) is the ultimate “good listener”. In the morning, she hears the voices of listeners as the DJ of a small FM radio network. In the afternoon, she lends a ear to residents’ complaints at the inquiry counter of Komagome Chuo Police Precinct’s Community Safety Division. At night, she obtains information from regular customers at the small restaurant which her grandmother Ume (Kusabue Mitsuko), a former police woman, runs. Once a case occurs, Sakura will hide her identity and go undercover. She is…

View original 3,465 more words

Stuff to Really Look Forward To

vrsbub

Not a lot of stuff mind you… but who cares about quantity right? It’s not like we have time to devote to multiple shows anyway. I’d be perfectly content if I only had one show per season which proved to be an absolute must-see-or-die!

Continue reading

Don’t Read This: The Institute of Cool Edition

tumblr_nalowskH0i1riav2to1_1280

 I couldn’t not share this really. Gorgeous guys are gorgeous it’s hardly a surprise and barely post-worthy, but EXO’s first photobook set in Berlin plus short behind the scenes footage has finally been released a few days ago (considering it was actually shot back in September 2013!) and it’s SUBLIME!

I never bother with these things, but let’s just say I was quite taken aback by its avant-garde concept. It wasn’t anything elaborate, but definitely artsy and bohemian. The very epitome of effortless cool, and pretty much what has always had this group skilfully escape the more generic kpop trappings. They’re like… the boy-next-door, only the deluxe upgrade.

The photoshoot composition is just a simple set-up of monochrome and the odd addition of a muted hues colour palette and then we the boys rocking the retro styling once more with inspirations ranging from James Dean, 90s Britpop and the infamous 80s punk scene, the euro-grunge scene, aaaand… slum-dwelling disadvantaged kids… lol… and the small nod to Super Mario brothers and Mexican wrestling. (Although I can see how having to legally edit out a former member has affected some of the shots and significantly reduced the amount of EXO-M’s group shots.)

I can gauge that the photographer’s were hugely tempted to try something slightly more dark and artsy with them but keeping with some of their wider range of audience they had to accommodate the younger audience too and thus kept the whole thing relatively clean. But it works! Helps that they are cool enough to begin with and it’s not just the photographers’ magic.

I laughed my ass off selecting the downloaded photographs I wanted to share on this post, I had to listen to some cheesy 80s music and dug out some cool songs that are still well-listened to around my parts: Phil Oakley’s Electric Dreams, Icehouse’s Electric Blue particularly seemed to fit the shoot, plus INXS’ Never Tear us Apart and Alexander O’Neil’s If You Were Here Tonight — these videos are epic!

Continue reading