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Drama memo: A drama everyone should watch

30 Jul

Asian dramas are one of those things that people are very particular about, no doubt people may have read comments on our blog and thought: are these girls insane that drama was so much crap and here they are gushing about it? We know we sure have, but isn’t that the best thing about dramas- how  it manages to invoke such strong feelings in people regardless of whether it’s pure frustration or utter love at first viewing.

Here are a few of our selected dramas that we think everyone should watch at one stage of their drama viewing experience.

First up is our Taiwanese pick: MARS

We know for a fact that many of you guys will agree with this pick and if you haven’t seen it- what are you waiting for?  This is T-drama gold, simple as that. This drama was an example of love at first viewing, honestly it grabbed us so quickly that we were really sad when it finished because it was that good. Barbie Hsu and Vic Zhou are amazing in this drama and ultimately the reason why you will be glued to your screens. As individuals they are both so broken and damaged but together they make such a romantic OTP that you won’t be able to resist rooting for them until the very end.

Like we said this is a T-drama at its best- it’s got angst, CRAZY drama, a lovely romance and most importantly of all its got depth. It’s about healing, moving forward and falling in love against all the odds.

Watch it, you won’t regret it.  

Our Korean Pick: Que Sera Sera

Granted that this drama is not for everyone but if you get- you will love it. We thought about our Korean pick a lot and of course there are so many dramas to pick from but this drama sticks out for us for so many reasons. This drama is the perfect remedy for those people that are semi new to dramas- what we mean is for those people that have exhausted all the classics and are officially fed up all of the fluffy dramas. The drama is as far away from fluffy as it gets. It’s intense, so very angsty and oh so good! It’s labelled as a drama about the redemption of a bastard to a man- which it is but for us it’s all about the OTP. This drama has just the most haunting relationship between a OTP, their relationship will definitely stick out in your mind for a long after you have finished watching it.

It’s screwed up, the characters are so damaged and it’s just crazy good to watch !

Our Japanese pick: Hana Yori Dango

In contrast to Que Sera Sera this drama is one that everyone should watch, re-watch and watch again because we love it and we know for a fact, we’re not alone on this pick!

Our love for this drama is scattered across our blog and frankly we don’t get bored about gushing about how much we adore this drama. Everyone knows the story- mean/ crazy rich boy falls hard for tough poor girl add multiple issues keeping our OTP apart including; insane love rivals, crazier mothers and add memory loss for good measure.
The J-drama version has a special place in our hearts, in our opinion it’s the best remake out of the lot; it’s brilliantly acted especially by the leads, it’s well written and it has the right combination of laughs, angst and heart.

You will fall hard for this drama regardless of your age or the number of dramas you have watched in the past and if you don’t- there is something wrong with you- there we said it! Muhaha.

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Drama memo: Love Rivals

22 Jul

A drama without a love rival?? Unthinkable right, whether you like it or not, a drama is not the same without those delusional, annoying, sometimes sweet love rivals, all of whom end up completely heart broken by the end of the drama- sometimes we’re gutted for those poor sods that love the leading man/ woman but more often than not we’re glad that these pesky annoying creatures are finally out of the way, so then our OTP can finally get their HEA.

So here is our quick rundown of notable love rivals that stayed with us:

A love rival who had a real shot with the leading lady:
Thank You- Choi Suk Hyun

Are you fed up watching dramas where the love rivals are completely pathetic and right from the get go have no chance with the leading man/ woman? Then, we recommend you check out the K-drama Thank You because we swear it was our first experience of watching a drama where the leading lady could have had everything she ever dreamed of and lived happily ever after with a love rival that happened to:

a. Be her first love

b. The father of her HIV+ child

c. Never stopped loving her

d. Was willing to drop everything in his life to love her and their child

Yep- first love + baby daddy= complicated and oh sooo good. A major factor that made this drama so compelling and memorable was the relationship between the LR and the leading lady. It was so lovely to watch on screen. They not only shared great chemistry together but there were so many mixed emotions thrown around in this drama as this couple interacted; trying to grasp how they felt/ feel about each other. Their relationship was handled so well and the conclusion to this relationship doesn’t fail to disappoint, we dare even the most cynical drama viewer not to be touched just alittle by this relationship. 



A love rival we wanted to slap: Pick the Stars- Jung Jae Young

This section pretty much applies to every Hong Sister’s drama, however Pick the star’s love rival Jae Young wins first place for a love rival that made us want to reach into the T.V screen and slap the woman to death until she came to her senses- that’s how annoying she was!

Delusional, clingy and sooooo annoying. The worst thing about her was the fact that the writers redeemed her character. Yuck. UGH.

A Love rival we would happily take home to meet the folks:
Easy Fortune Happy Life-Han Dong Jie

Alright we admit we would take Roy Qiu home to meet the parents any day of the week, he’s hot- simple as that. However we also adored his Love Rival role in Easy Fortune Happy Life.

A gangster with a conscience and a heart. Yes please! He was by far the best thing about this drama, aside from the obvious- the brooding pretty stares and hot body, he was also far too good to the silly leading lady who was too blind and stupid to notice that her leading man was an idiot who got redeemed far too quickly and was a complete loser compared to this love rival.


Drama Memo: OMG WTF? Drama finale

20 Jul

We struggled with this topic simply because we’ve got to the stage in our drama viewing experience where we can pretty much tell where a drama is heading and as a result we usually drop a drama before we allow it to get to that WTF ranting stage, little lone to the finale. However unfortunately for us, we occasionally naively hope that we’re wrong and complete a drama, only to regret it later and end up ranting about the stupidity of it all in our blog!

First on our list is a drama that started off so well and then descended into pure frustration- Cinderella Unni. The fact that it was so good at the start makes it all the more annoying, seriously, what were the writers thinking? Even the most tolerant drama viewers would have been disappointed by the end of this train wreck of a drama. We’ll give the writers props because pretty much every episode up until the time leap was perfect- so much tormented angst, heart and the sweetest budding romance between two people that couldn’t have been more different from each other. The acting and writing was so good and we were utterly engrossed in this drama- like obsessed but then the time leap happened and the writers decided to fill 15 episodes with a whole lot of irrational behaviour, repeated scenes where the leading lady would reject the leading man’s heart, swiftly followed by her running off and crying…oh yes and more crying. Ugh.

So the WTF finale happened because; having stuck with this weep fest and hoping to conclude it in a satisfactory fashion- the writers decide to annoy the hell out of us viewers by prolonging this miserable drama by having the leading lady run away for no good reason at all. First of all this was an action she really wouldn’t do but more importantly at this point we really didn’t care what happened to this OTP. The finale was filled with a lot of lukewarm heartache and a leading man searching for a leading lady that really needed at least a couple years worth of therapy before she entered any type of relationship- she was that screwed up. There reunion was half assed and anti-climactic and pretty much as soon as the credits rolled we thought: WTF- did we just waste 20 hours of our life for this crap?

Our advice: Ignore the hype; it’s really not worth it.

Our second pick would definitely have to go to: Down with Love. We’ll keep this one short simply because we had a weekly bitch fest about this drama (see DWL tag for rant central).  This was another drama many adored but we have no clue why because it was just plain stupid. The only reason why we stuck with it was because Shams crushes on Jerry Yan on an unhealthy level but even he wasn’t enough to make us forget how vomit inducing sweet this drama’s finale was. It was just cheesy, silly and yuck.  To top it off the only couple we liked in the whole drama didn’t even get together, now what the hell’s that about?


Lessons we learnt from this ordeal:

Never watch a drama just because you crush on the leading man (although Jerry is so hot). Also avoid all future Ella dramas because she plays pretty much the same character in everything she’s in.

Our final pick is slightly cheating but we don’t care. We picked Alias season two finale, because we swear that even to this day we have not seen a season finale that tops that one- it was and still is the only drama finale that made us go OMG WTF- in a GOOD way and as a result it cemented its place in our all time favourite American dramas list. It was just perfect and so unexpected. The drama is similar to Asian dramas in the sense that it’s centred on the OTP and family ties first and everything else second, in this case that would be the Spy business.

So the whole of season two was building to the OTP relationship and by the end of the season they were a couple and like all the best K-dramas they get together in spectacular fashion and as viewers you just couldn’t be happier for this OTP, but then like the best dramas their happiness is short lived with our favourite season finale episode ever- which consisted of lots of revelations, the best girl on girl fight scene we have seen to date (there was nothing sissy about this fight) and a time leap with heart breaking consequences. We won’t spoil it for those who haven’t seen it but those who love Alias and have watched this season finale, you will no doubt know what we’re talking about- it’s so good and we’re pretty sure it wasn’t just us who went OMG WTF? by the end of that season!

Only watch the following video if you want to be spoiled:

 

(Man, we need to re-watch Alias – ASAP!)

Drama memo: A drama you unexpectedly fell in love with

19 Jul

We always have high expectations when we start a drama, or else why bother wasting your time right? Sometimes we regret it but then again sometimes you stumble across a drama that gets you so unexpectedly hooked that you can’t believe it took you so long to find it.

Here are our top picks for those dramas that we started hoping to enjoy but instead fell madly in love with:

Pride:

We are completely aware that this J-drama is much beloved by many but sadly for us we only came across it this year with very little knowledge of anything about it, little lone how great it is. This drama is a prime example of a J-drama at its best- seriously what is it with J-dramas? – They only come in two forms- really good or damn right rubbish.

We loved this drama so much; we literally gobbled it up in a week and cursed our greedy drama obsessed selves after we finished it. Like we’ve posted before this drama had many of the elements that we adore in our dramas- a lovely OTP that we fell hard for- this OTP both happened to be two messed up individuals but together they were so compelling and very real as a couple, so all the angst, tears and waiting was so worth it. The drama also had plenty of bromance. Yes that’s right we can’t resist the bromance and this drama had lots of it- we loved the amount of male bonding and friendship going on, it was both heartfelt and so entertaining. This drama had so many different components which make it such a great drama. The acting of the whole cast especially the OTP, plus the original and solid story line made this drama a stand out. All of this makes this drama a must see, we can’t think of anyone who would dislike this drama, it has a bit of everything for every type of viewer. All we can say is we are so thrilled that we found this drama, the saying better late than never couldn’t be more fitting!

 My Last Scandal:

This was our first “Ajumma” drama and also our first drama which really stood out above the rest, the best thing about it is was we weren’t expecting it at all! It happened to be both incredibly hilarious and heartfelt. Once again the writing was great, which made all the better by the spot on acting. The drama consists of your typical K drama madness; wherein an Ajumma maid falls in love with a celebrity, add a birth secret and adultery to top it off and you have a winner!!
This drama may not sound wildly original but the top class comedy and acting makes this drama one definitely worth watching.


 Prosecutor Princess:

This is definitely our unexpected love of 2010, it’s so much more than the very silly title suggests. We gushed far too much in our PP posts so we will keep it short. We adored this leading lady with all her faults and loved watching her grow throughout this drama. Usually it’s the guy who learns from the “kind, loving and perfect” leading lady but in this case our leading lady is far from perfect and she goes through hardships and struggles to become a really memorable and lovable leading lady. What can we say about the leading man, he might possibly be the cutest stalker in Korea! You will love these characters both individually and together.
So if you’re looking for a drama with a mystery, romance and a whole lot of heart then we highly recommend this drama.


None of the above dramas have anything typical about them. They are totally original, well acted and well written. For those how have seen them you’ll understand what we’re saying, and  for those who haven’t- we couldn’t recommend these dramas enough, they are really that good. J
 

Drama Memos: Favourite Drama scenes

18 Jul

 As we’ve said before we’re not really watching anything in particular just because nothing seems to have compelled us enough to tune in so we thought we’d post our 10 Day Drama Memos- reflecting on the dramas that we’ve already watched and loved (or hated). We tend to avoid following structures just because their too restrictive, so we’re just going to go with the flow and post memos that we like.

Starting with….

Best Scenes Ever:

We thought about this category a lot and didn’t really want to limit our choice to just one scene, so we decided to go with our three favourite dramas scenes.

The First Shop of Coffee prince: Love Confession:

 “Whether you’re a man or an alien, I don’t care anymore. I tried getting rid of my feelings but I couldn’t. So let’s go as far as we can go…… Let’s give it a try.”   

We adored this scene to bits, it was just such a romantic love confession filled with so many mixed emotions. Gong Yoo’s Choi Han Kul was such a lovely character and definitely one of our favourite K-dramas male leads- come on! The guy loved her despite thinking she was a guy.

Hana Yori Dango – The phone scene:

The scene: Makino calls Domyoji on ‘their phone’ when he returns to Japan after being in America for two years.

This is a scene that always stands out in our mind when we think about this drama, we love it to bits. It’s just such a bittersweet, heartbreaking scene. Inoue Mao is brilliant as Makino but in this scene she out does herself- when she confessed that she never thought she would hear his voice on their phone again, we swear we felt our hearts tighten just a little bit, it was just a really great scene. It was definitely the scene that made us fall for this OTP and in particular love this leading lady.  

Soulmate: The headphone scene:

The scene: The OTP of the drama Dong Wook and Soo Kyung officially meet.

We love this scene because the whole drama has been leading up this OTP’s meeting and it was just perfect and so original. Seriously how sweet was it when Dong Wook put his headphone in her ear because he thought it would make her feel better? Totally unrealistic but oh so romantic. 

Here are some MV’s for your viewing pleasure: