When I was in high school, I discovered Boys Over Flowers when Netflix suggested it to me as a show with a “Strong Female Lead.” I thought it looked really good, so I started watching it and soon convinced my sister to watch it with me. We were absolutely hooked. We even promised that neither one of us would watch ahead, even though we weren’t able to keep it. I still remember the scene where Jan-Di speaks to a fortune teller and discovers that she is on the island with her soul-mate and her future husband because I was shipping her with the best friend so hard. (more…)
This past Saturday, Netflix started releasing episodes for their new Korean drama, Mr. Sunshine. I don’t usually catch new dramas as they are airing, I usually watch them after they’ve completed, so I was really hoping that this would be the one I could watch as it came out, and as it happens, it might just be. (more…)
Good afternoon, dear readers.
It’s a natural fact that there are some cliches and/or tropes that drive everyone insane. For some, this is the delicious new bad-boy at school, or the hardcore Asian chick with the purple stripe in her hair, or maybe it’s the “we hated each other at first, but now we’re totes in love” trope. I am sure that you, dear reader, have a few that come to mind that you hate, and this is simply a list of five of mine. That said, while many of these tropes can be found in western media, I mostly find them in Asian dramas. (They are also not in any particular order.) (more…)
Over the course of the last few weeks, I have blasted through three different Asian Dramas: Black, Descendants of the Sun, and Refresh Man. After I finished the last one at 3 AM last night, I decided that watching something in English might be a nice change of pace, so I went through my recommendations and Star-Crossed popped up. Now, I’ve read Romeo and Juliet, and while it is not my favorite Shakespearean play I do enjoy it’s themes and gimmicks well enough. The main one being the idea of a set of lovers that are kept apart by the expectations of society. It’s my kind of cheese.
That said, I am barely two episodes in, and I have a few thoughts. (more…)
Black is a very weird show. The Netflix description doesn’t do the show justice, because it is a steaming pile of questions. Like, “What the heck just happened?” and “Who is that? How do they tie into the big fat murder case?” What Black is actually about is a detective who kinda befriends a psychic woman right before getting shot, and the Grim Reaper that possesses his dead body for his own purposes. Oh, and the psychic and the reaper develop feelings for each other, because of course they do. (more…)