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Everyone should be forced to watch the last episode of Autumn Tale. EVERYONE. It fills one with such glee even if the writers had clearly run out of plot and were forced to cobble together something filled mainly with flashbacks.

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Oh, Kdramas, you manage to put Bollywood to shame with your medicine, which is a tremendous feat, what with Bollywood's penchant for magically curable blindness. Apparently in Korea leukemia can only be treated by an operation (which no one ever has the money for, of course). And eye cancer can be caused by a car accident. I have to admit the latter is my favourite crazy skience ever and it's got tough competition, such as the mystery illness of Spring Waltz which could also only be treated by an (obviously unaffordable) operation and [livejournal.com profile] dangermousie's current show, which has bullets lodged in brain which will kill the hero by some determined time.

And (in case you couldn't guess by this post) the heroine of Autumn Tale has just delighted me by having leukemia. She now lies wan and pale in a hospital bed with Playboy by her side, while Fake!Brother is off with suicidal Other Woman.

ETA: I am literally crying I am laughing so hard at Fake!Parents and Real!Mother each discovering that heroine has cancer. Real!Mother was wailing away and then Fake!Mother just keeled over sideways onto a chair. And Fake!Dad just widened his eyes as all the womenfolk wailed. IT WAS GLORIOUS.

ETA 2: I am ashamed to admit that there is a certain amount of ffing through the endless scenes of people wailing over the heroine's pale, wan face. But now we are galloping to the inevitable tragic ending.
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Well, the slightly creepy tale of Fake!Brother and Fake!Sister continues not to disappoint. Evil Real!Sister turned out to be, well, really evil and a trouble maker and an annoying sobber (heroine is a big believer in the single tear or just overflowing eyes). Anyway it was exciting to see Fake!Brother and Fake!Sister ran off together to live in a cabin in the country for a bit and made doomed plans to marry. But Playboy is still keen to marry her and is pressing his suit on her poor real mother and useless brother. Real mother wants her to be happy but useless brother wants the money. Same result either way.

As we're only on disc 4 I suspect heroine will bend and try and give in thus causing maximum angst for everyone. And then someone is going to die. I don't know that but I feel it coming as surely this won't turn out well. (Especially not as the hero has said they'll be happy. You know the kdrama gods are going to punish him for that one.)

You should all watch this so I'm not alone. It's excellent in a over the top melodramatic, creepy incest vibe sort of way.

ETA: OMG the Fake!Mum is going die of grief unless the Fake!Brother and Fake!Sister split up. WHATEVER WILL THEY DO???????

ETA 2: Other!Woman, who turned out to be nice and not evil, collapsed tried to commit suicide because of silent and disappointed love for the hero and can now only use her right hand. And now the hero has the DEEP GUILT. And Playboy is all cold to heroine because his love was crushed.

ETA 3: [livejournal.com profile] calixa suggested a new twist in our Ultimate Kdrama: the hero goes blind because of eye cancer (possibly caused by a car accident) and has to find his way across Korea and his childhood love by echolocation. AND! There will be a time travelling child who will say at the end of every segment of 'Seasons of Pain' that LOVE IS NEVER WRONG. Even when it clearly is. He will be very winsome and turn out to the child of the OTP. And their wrong, wrong love.
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After giving up on Damo because I really didn't want anything that required actual thought, I decided to watch Autumn Tale, a charming tale of quasi-incestual love made by the wonderful people who brought us Spring Waltz and Daniel Henney as Philip. And it is exactly what I craved. Due to my discs sticking at one point I missed some important things but here are the basics. We have:

1. Fake!daughter who is mixed up with Real!Evil!daughter and placed with lovely people for about 12 years. Well, they're lovely till they find out she's not their real daughter and then they get all conflicted and allow her to go back to her real mother and forget about her while they live in the US for years

2. Fake!brother. Let me tell you, I was relieved when the reveal about the parentage of his Fake!Sister (aka Fake!daughter) came through because there was some fairly intense 12 year old lusting after his sister before then. It made me feel a bit unwell and twitchy watching it, but apparently I was not supposed to be horrified by the incest taboo being less potent than it should be because they were not really related

3. Some new guy who pops up when they are adults and is a playboy. I shall call him Playboy, of course. He manages to get the heroine fired after making her become his personal maid in a hotel and then mauling her. He then gets her reinstated in a way that makes everyone think they are sleeping together (well, think it even more). I am, I believe, supposed supposed to find him a bit madcap and charming and also feel sorry for him because his stepmother hates him and we see his dad slap him. He does get plus points for not having been reared for 12 years as the heroine's brother but not for a lot else.

4. Other Woman. I think she's nice, but it's early days yet. Sometimes they lull you into a false sense of security before unleashing the horrors of Other Woman machinations on you.

5. Random parents and evil other brother of the heroine. He used to be a thug but hurt his hand and now is focused on getting the heroine to go out with Older Man who I think is a gangster. He also beats the heroine for good measure because that's the sort of person he is.

6. Evil!Real!Daughter. I haven't met her as an adult yet, but she was pretty nasty as a kid, so I think she'll have matured into a fine monster

In talks last night [livejournal.com profile] calixa, [livejournal.com profile] meganbmoore and myself vowed to write the ultimate kdrama. It will be called Seasons of Pain (alternatively translated as Times of Agony and Endless Moments of Woe). It will be set in four different time periods and involve an endlessly reincarnated OTP who keep dying of various illnesses and causes. There will be at least 7 love triangles, multiple cases of amnesia, two types of terminal illness, death in the snow, death at the beach, etc. Rain will at one point star as a cabaret singer in Japanese occupied Korea whom the heroine must spy on and falls in love with only to find out he is her half-brother. They will then go and die in a field of yellow blossoms as swelling music plays and the audience weeps. Oh, and that random white guy who speaks Korean from Stairway to Heaven will show up. Because it's an international cast. And there will be a tough, conflicted homicide cop who is the son of a gangster who falls in love with a nun who runs an orphanage.

IT WILL BE THE KDRAMA TO END ALL KDRAMAS.

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