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Behold, [livejournal.com profile] calixa's post on death by flying carpet, surely one of the worst and most unexpected deaths to ever occur in wuxia. It is excellent and comes with many vivid graphics and hilarious commentary.

I continued in my watch of Silence. Wow, the hero's dad is a right bastard in excellent dorama tradition, isn't he? But I can never quite work out why the evil dorama dads are so ham-handed in their infliction of angst. Given a chance they will always organize a completely uncomfortable social situation where they will announce the hero's engagement and insult his OTP. The end result is always the hero stomping out, mother wailing, and complete estrangement of their only son and heir. Which is apparently okay because you will totally screw yourself and your family over in order to prove a point.

I still love Evil Secretary and Barbie Hsu lookalike. Though I can't work out why dad is such a twit as not to realise that she, as his illegitimate daughter whose mother he cast aside, might not harbour some resentment. I am a bit astonished that his company is still functioning given such examples of stellar judgment.

ETA: By my count Vik Zhou has had his brow mopped at least 57 times in the dorama. I tell you that the director is convinced he is Little Nell.
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I am deeply disturbed by how much better I feel that 'Time of Dog and Wolf' got once they started beating the living daylights out of the hero at least once an episode. I refuse to interrogate what this says about me but I am sure it is nothing good. (And the hero getting beat up is not a spoiler because I feel this is the sort of show where they will whack the living daylights out of him on regular basis because they can.)

And to prove it's not just physical pain I admire, I must confess that 'Silence' also got even better* once the hero found out that not only did he have little time to live because of liver cancer but that the heroine did not remember that they were childhood loves. Oh, the angst! And the shots of the hero looking attractively agonized as he dwelt on his unrequited love!

I am saving 'Coffee Prince,' a touching story of cross dressing and, er, coffee to cheer myself up after I have finished 'Silence.'

I AM NOT PROUD ABOUT ANY OF THIS.


*And by better I mean even more likely to rip my heart out.
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This, according to the back of the box, is the plot of the Taiwanese drama Heaven's Wedding Gown.

Aiqing saves the enough money with great difficulty, arrives in dream Paris, was simply happy extremely. While this, sub-white also accepts the international fashion big prize in Paris, the laurel crown prize. Two people simultaneously had a liking for a small wooden horse in an individual artistic shop quarrelling, finally under the shop owner's tacitly consenting to, Aiqing obtained the wooden horse. The airport and machine on meeting by chance, two people do not have the favorable impression to each other, will rejoice later not to be able again to meet, but unexpectedly two persons of lives.

That's nothing: paragraph two is where it really goes off the rails into surrealist territory. )

This is the DVD that managed to subtitle English with entirely different and unintelligible English. I think I gave up by episode 2 because I had no idea what anyone was supposed to be saying.
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Thing are a bit smashing right now: I had a nice birthday, finished and sent in all my grades, and am off to Vegas tomorrow. In Vegas besides drinking and carousing and all those good things I will also be going to a spa (a lovely birthday gift) to fix the damage these things do. Touch wood for good humour continuing!

There are a million and one things I have to do when I get back, but hurrah for free time. I love Vegas because it is completely and utterly a frothy, useless place. It also probably signals the decline of Western civilisation but I shall be like a Roman at the end of the empire and just ignore that bit.

I have also been watching (astonishing!) some Korean dramas. I gave up on Lovers in Paris* and watched bits of Full House, where I commited the heresy of thinking the other guy was hotter than Rain. Though Rain was awfully cute and the only reason the character he played worked was because of his immense charm. Without that, he would just been an irremedeemable brat until about episode 8. Or maybe I just think that because I thought the heroine was utterly smashing and wanted to smite people who made her sad? I think I might have over invested in her a bit.

Sadly, due to issues with our old TV (presssed into use while we await replacement big TV) I cannot really watch anything on it and am forced to use the computer. Not really ideal as I like to do other things on the computer while I watch the telly. The struggles I undergo to watch Asian dramas!

*This made me wish that there was some sort of swap place online for these things as I have a few that clearly I am never going to finish and would like to send them off to people who would enjoy them. If anyone on my list would like it just shoot me an email.

Also I gave someone my copy of Long Vacation and want to buy a better copy of Mars; any suggestions of where to get them (I really prefer to buy and not have to burn the discs because I am lazyyyyy that way).

PS. To prove I am not a complete savage and do read things (many things! but most of them are too boring to share with you and involve long involved arguments about dead Romans) I started 'South of the Border, West of the Sun' which is just as good as all the rest of Murakami's works and am girding my loins to try and start 'Quicksilver' again. I find that book filled with really smug writing of the sort where you can just feel the author gloating over his cleverness on every. single. page.
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Things that I like about this show:

1. Evil dad. He's really, really evil as you can tell by his smirk. His business empire (don't laugh) is built upon a design idea he stole off a 5 year old. The five year old has held a grudge ever since (seriously, she is mad about it, even if it does seem a bit insane as he presumably changed the design a fair bit to make it work. But he also ran off with her mum, which doesn't really seem to faze her.) Anyway, he's great and every show should have one.

2. Liang, the prettiest hero ever. If you don't believe me look at [livejournal.com profile] dangermousie's picspam: Click for lovely pictures. It should be illegal to be that pretty and wander around in public. As I find the heroine a bit wearing with her endless tears and wailing about how she will be a famous designer one day, I tend to watch for him and his very well-lit angst.

3. Er...I am not sure I have a 3. But look at the pictures of Liang! Yes.

Things that I don't like:

1. The heroine (Sui) is a bit of a wet blanket. There's a lot of clinging and very fetching tears and whining. She's alright when not whimpering but that's not a lot of the time. And unlike other the few other heroines of taiwanese soaps I've seen she doesn't actually have that much to complain about. Okay, evil designer stole her drawing as a five year old (how the hell did she even know about it? was she reading fashion magazines as a wee child?) and ran off with her mum (which no one - not even dad - seems all that upset about) but in the grand scheme of things it's perhaps not enough to have a desire for revenge that makes some Jacobean tragedy look tame by comparison.

And in incredible animal stories: Sooty shearwaters migrate for 40,000 miles. Really. Sooty Shearwater migration

ETA: I started reading The Lymond Chronicles and I know I've been told it's slow for the first 100 pages but no one said anything about the language! 'His whiskers promenaded!' 'which dislimned every shade of their privacy.'! It's like Walter Scott on acid - which might not necessarily be a bad thing, mind you.

ETA 2: There are wheens of things. And wily choleric eyes (how is that even possible? Surely if your eyes are angry they cannot really simultaneously be wily?) Soon I am sure there will be scrips mentioned! Tell me it is worth continuing with this book because otherwise it is like reading a melange of RL Stevenson and Walter Scott - authors whom I like but who are very much of their time. Which is not the 20th century.

ETA 3: Lymond has been 'infused with fresh, delicate energy' and also used a reference from Horace. One which, I might add, made no sense in this context unless he thinks his male companion is going to feck off with another man and suck his life blood dry. But I do not think I am supposed to imagine Lymond is in love with this man, so I don't quite understand.
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Thanks to ebay I will soon be the proud owner of two dramas:

One is Pride, which combines two of my loves, melodrama and hockey. It's Japanese and comes recommended by [livejournal.com profile] ginger001; as soon I saw the words hockey I knew I had to own it. [livejournal.com profile] dangermousie is this one you've seen?

I almost bought Peach Girl, the anime, as it sounds my cup of tea story wise, but when I looked at the images I just couldn't get myself to buy it. Sorry, [livejournal.com profile] dangermousie; I should probably try and see an episode or two to break myself of my prejudices. I know someone else on my flist recommended another anime which sounds great (The Big O), but when it comes down to it anime turns out to be the frontier beyond which I do not venture. So instead I bought 'Say Yes Enterprise' which is a bunch of different stories in one collection. Some of them sound meh, but there's a couple on there that sound excellent.

I also thought about buying the manga of Mars, but 15 books? That's a lot in one go and I couldn't see the point of just getting one. It's not so much cost as space issues; I really resolved not to buy any more books until I got rid of some myself and though I have piled a bunch in a box they haven't gone anywhere. Don't they ever sell manga as one collected volume? Because that would be a lot easier to deal with.

I'm still looking on ebay for some others...

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Jul. 31st, 2006 03:55 pm
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I have finished it and it was excellent and everything ended the way it should and all of that. Sooooo good. I would post but [livejournal.com profile] dangermousie writes so much better about this show that I could. Yes.

I want to go and rewatch Meteor Gardens, which I liked but did not have the mad passion for the way I do for this, but then I would never get any work done ever again. And that would probably be quite bad.

Mars

Jul. 31st, 2006 01:15 am
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Oh Mars, you wonderful angstfest of melodrama, only sheer exhaustion is driving me to bed before I finish watching you. I literally cannot read any more subtitles even if I am at the ultimate episode (I think; I lost count a while back). And thank you for tossing a mad mother into the mix. This is the BEST SHOW EVER. And also seriously creepy. There was one scene where the hero is visualizing his mother's portrait coming alive to try and strangle him that was about the most terrifying thing I've seen. Actually this is sometimes a very cleverly shot show. (The scenes with the mum in particular are really well done.)

Mars!

Jul. 30th, 2006 09:22 am
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So, I think this is the best mini-series thingy ever (is it a mini series if it has 21 episodes? Or something else?).  It really is: there is so much angst and pretty people standing around with issues.  So far we have:

1. One male lead (Ling) with serious issues because a) he is the product of an extra-marital affair and b) he told his twin this pushing him to commit suicide, right in front of Ling.  He has catatonic fits (they call it 'false death') and rides motorbikes, when he is not standing around being absurdly pretty.  He also sometimes goes a bit bonkers and beats the living daylights out of people who probably deserve it.  And has spent 2 years in the loony bin

2. One female lead (Qi Luo) who has serious intimacy issues. Serious as in she freaks totally out if someone touches her too much.  As she is dating Ling, who likes the ladies, yes we have a crash coming up soon.  Obviously there is something in her past as we get flashbacks of it, but we do not know precisely what yet. 

3. Ling's sort of ex-girl from high school. He stole her from dead twin (before he was dead) and she returns and sort of stalks him for a bit. She has an annoying little girl voice and mannerisms and I hates her, yes I do.

4. Ling's gay masochistic stalker who killed his last lover/tormenter.  He is also very pretty and stands around smiling slightly whatever happens, which is much creepier than it sounds.  Also spent time in the same loony bin as Ling and resents Qi Luo for taming Ling's more bonkers instincts.

5. Some mysterious older gentleman who pops up when Ling's portrait (as Mars, god of war) was exhibited. I think he will be Important in some way. 

ETA 6: I forgot the slightly creepy dead mum of Ling, who used to say that their father was evil and at the same time it was good that they were growing up to look like their father. Of course, they didn't know that the guy they thought was their father was not really their real father.  The flashbacks to her are always have this wierd timing thing going on and the frames are slightly out of sync so it looks a bit like some shots in a Japanese horror film. Obviously Ling's memories of her are not happy, happy ones. 

And there's so much more! 

Can someone rec me more of these sort of dramas? [personal profile] dangermousie?
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This is Mars, a soapy Taiwanese melodrama, not Life on Mars, I mean. I followed [personal profile] dangermousie's lead (she was raving about it a while back) in watching this and I am not disappointed!  It is pure melodramatic pleasure on DVD. 

The two main characters are about the most repressed, screwed up people you've seen.  He has catatonic fits, gets kicked out of school, is prone to fits of rage and has a heap of issues about his dead twin (quite what they are, I'm not sure). She can't bear to be touched, is so timid she can barely speak at the start of the drama, and expresses anything meaningful through painting.  Yes, they're about the two last people in the universe who should be in a relationship, but that's what makes it so wonderfully angsty and melodramatic.  

And for bonus measure there is a loyal best friend, a psychotic person with too much interest in the male lead (he is seriously creepy) and some untold family drama for both of them in the background.  It's like it was made for me.

ETA: The male lead (Ling) just had his 4th fit (or so).  It was very exciting and then he beat someone up.  But he also saved them from jumping to their death, so I figure that's probably a decent exchange, right?

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