^ Zhou Xun was so young and cute back then!
This drama first aired when I was in elementary school. I could still remember how popular it was, friends and classmates talked about it all day.
In fact this is not the kind of drama that I usually love — the love and relationship in this drama were too complicated. But the 4 leading actors and 4 leading actresses were so pretty and the Qipao they wore were amazing! I can’t help falling in love with it! The smartness of this drama is that it’s always in a gloomy atmosphere. The ending was too sad. Almost everyone died. 😦
Well, since War & Beauty II will soon be aired in April, I rewatched War & Beauty I and found it still good. There were several impressive roles and the plot was clever. The thing that I am upset now is that the clothing in the drama seems to be so wrong.
Jin was very popular in 2009-2011. I decided to watch it because I heard it was very moving. But to tell the truth… it’s not a bad drama of course. However, like most other J-dramas, it was inspirational and touching, I mean too inspirational and touching. If I was 10 years younger, I might love it. But now I only feel so fake. 😦
Medical dramas are particularly popular in Japan. They are very nice, but sometimes too disgusting. I have to cover my computer to avoid bloody scene. XD
After digging into Wallace Chung’s latest adaptation of Demi-Gods and Semi-Devils, I became nostalgic of the older versions. Demi-Gods and Semi-Devils is filled with a multitude of colorful characters and many story arcs. The story is a bit too complicated to summarize in a few words for those who aren’t familiar with this classic Louis Cha’s wuxia novel (Louis Cha is also known as Jin Yong 金庸). Like many others, I inadvertently learned a lot of my Song Dynasty foreign relations history from watching Louis Cha’s wuxia dramas. LOL.
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WOW! I love Qiao Feng & A Zhu together so much! Especially the 2003 version. It broke my heart. Q_Q
^ The calligraphy was so ugly. 😦
Most Korean dramas are funny in the first 3 eps, but will get boring in the rest eps. I didn’t watched the modern time part.
After The Painter of the Wind, 2008, Hwang Jin Yi, 2006 was my second Korean drama with “element of art”. Korea TV industry has lots of experience in this kind of drama. The script and way of filming are interesting, using a lot time to show people’s sympathetic response to art.
^ e.g. This “crane dance”. Very beautifully filmed, making me feel the dancer’s body and soul is one.
But I was soooooooo annoyed by traditional Korean music! It sounds like sawing. I’m not joke! It just literally sounds like sawing! My ears went deaf after a while, so I had to mute when music came… I just cannot catch up with this “elegant” aesthetics…
^ This is from the movie Hwang Jin Yi. HAHAHAHAHAHAHA~~~ Can’t help laughing!!
^ I think this is the prettiest. 🙂
And there comes the “Qing ambassadors” episode again. =.= I don’t know why does every Korean period drama have to film this kind of episode. I feel that the Korean really don’t like Qing Dynasty. They often create a frivolous portrayal Qing ambassador. But every time a role wants to show off his treasure, he will say: “This is from Qing!”
I have trouble recognizing Korean actors/resses… Moon Geun Young was one of the few that I can tell from those who did too many plastic surgeries. 😀 Moon Geun Young showed great acting skills in The Painter of the Wind, 2008. This is the first Korean drama that I like, though Korean dramas are popular around world. I haven’t watched a lot Korean period dramas, but from those I’ve watched, I can tell that the plot will be no more than “you love me but I love him”, “you loved my mother but she loved his father” and “all princes want to be king”. =.,=
↑ I’m on the sistership! >///<
This drama was an adaption of the book Dream of the Red Chamber. It came out when I was raging because of the stupid 2010 version. I love the book Dream of the Red Chamber and the 1987 adaption so much. Anything that makes fun of them will craze me. I nearly had an heart attack watching 2010 version, and was too angry to sleep. I even swore that I would never watch any Dream of the Red Chamber adaption anymore! Yet I’ve gone back on my words… Sorry Laotse, sorry Buddha. 😛
Now I have an open mind(thanks to Three Kingdoms, 2010… ), so I decided to take this one out from the “cold palace” and try to find some strong points.XD
There are many dramas telling the story of Wang Zhao Jun but I never find one really attractive… This one had only 10 eps so can’t tell a long story. Quite boring in fact. (You can read the story of Wang Zhao Jun on wiki.)
In this drama the character of WZJ was very twisted. She was unwilling when forced to enter the palace. When having her picture drawn, she refused to bribe the painter. When the Emperor didn’t want her to be a consort because her picture was ugly, she started crying and it freaked me out since her face was all convulsed, half laughing half crying. When snubbed by the Emperor and bullied by other consorts, she acted really noble and decent as if she didn’t care for money or status. But when the Xiongnu tribe came to ask for a political marriage, she wrote a poem expressing her willingness to go there.