Intermezzo: 浮生若水 – 林峯

It’s not often that a drama has a theme song that’s meaningful and reflects the spirit and essence of the story it tells. Fortunately, 浮生若水 by Raymond Lam is that song. This is the ending theme song for the TVB drama The Master of Tai Chi (太極), and I love the melody and meaningful lyrics. Raymond has sung theme songs for quite a few dramas but I feel this is the best of the lot. I also liked his performance in the drama – although he was the second male lead, it was a meaty role that allowed him to show his range. The drama was about a young man Mo Ma (Vincent Zhao) who after a series of events reunites with his mentor and begins to seriously learn tai chi and the Way from him. It had a decent storyline, a very good cast (some of whom are martial artists themselves) and some solid fight choreography – Vincent Zhao is a martial artist and I appreciated that he got to show off some really nifty moves sans stunt double. If there’s one thing Hong Kong has a near permanent advantage over Japan and Korea, it’s the quality of its martial arts scenes. Some of the fight scenes, such as the ones below, were pretty neat: Continue reading

Intermezzo: 바꿔 – Gloomy 30s

This song has been on my mind for the past two weeks, and is a timely reminder of how much I loved Jang Hyuk as Lee Dae-gil in Chuno. The song, 바꿔 (Change) by Gloomy 30s, typifies everything I liked about Chuno – swashbuckling fun, reckless adventure, solid fight choreography, and plenty of style, substance and oomph. While I disagreed with the direction Chuno eventually took, among other things, it doesn’t take away how awesome Jang Hyuk’s portrayal of Dae-gil is. That smirk, that swagger, the intensity, the choco abs… totally to die for! Perhaps a rewatch is on the cards…

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Beautiful Mind: Episodes 13-14

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All good things come to an end, and for Beautiful Mind, it’s been an incredible journey of self-discovery and healing. To be honest, I’ve sat here for days wondering how to write this post, knowing that I’m still not ready to let go but ultimately must. It’s been a fantastic ride, along with many memorable firsts, making this my favourite k-drama to date. When a drama shows this much integrity in all aspects of its production, you know you’ve got a real gem on your hands. One that lasts the test of time, to savour for years to come. Continue reading

Beautiful Mind: Episodes 11-12

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We move into Angstville and a number of familiar tropes, which have been simmering throughout the drama, are in full play this week (and possibly the next). It’s difficult to ignore the fact that Beautiful Mind does have enough story to last the full 16 episodes, but I’m trying to make peace with the episode cut by deluding myself that this would be like a slightly longer J-drama – how awesome would it be, though, if Japan remade this and invited Jang Hyuk to reprise his role? So many dramas have faltered in the second half of their run, but the cast and crew have responded admirably so far and I hope this continues as we head into the final stretch. Also, episode 11 is a big fuck you to KBS, cleverly couched in the downsizing plot with several choice barbs of love thrown in. Good one, drama. Continue reading

Beautiful Mind: Episodes 1-10

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Lately, I’ve lost my marbles again, but this time it’s for a good cause. When you sink your teeth into a drama on a whim (more or less), and find yourself richly rewarded, the feels… they are damn good.

Lee Young-oh (Jang Hyuk) is a genius neurosurgeon with impeccable observational, deductive and logical skills, but is unable to feel empathy. A series of patient deaths at Hyunsung Medical Centre, where Young-oh works, force him and traffic cop Gye Jin-sung (Park So-dam) to work together to uncover the mystery behind it all… Continue reading

Goodbye Mr Black

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This is hopefully a one-off, or at least will not be a common occurrence. This is only happening because I’ve temporarily lost my marbles and watched my first k-drama in three years (since 2013’s Heartless City). The lack of logic pervading Goodbye Mr Black should have warned me to stay away, and indeed I tried, but alas, the pretty was too hard to ignore this time round.

Cha Ji-won (Lee Jin-wook), a UDT officer of the Navy Special Operations Force, is a positive and happy-go-lucky sort who seems to have everything going for him. However, his father suddenly dies and Ji-won is betrayed by his best friend, Min Sun-jae (Kim Kang-woo), accused of a crime he did not commit. With the help of Swan (Moon Chae-won), Ji-won narrowly escapes death and returns with a new identity to exact his revenge… Continue reading

Ueno Juri, Wada Sho tie the knot

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The Nodame ship has sailed!

Ueno Juri announced today that she and Triceratops vocalist/guitarist Wada Sho are now husband and wife. They officially registered their marriage today. She posted on her Instagram account saying “Today, I got married to Wada-san!”, while the news has also been confirmed by their respective companies.  She further commented: “To everyone, I am very happy. From now on, whatever happens, I will still continue to do my best. Life is something that I need to set by myself. We have a lot of experiences and I think that every point was able to be connected now. With a wonderful partner, I would like to live this life with joy. Please continue supporting me from now on.”

Congrats to Juri-chan! I’m delighted for her that she’s found her special someone, and she does look so blissfully happy in the above photo. Wada Sho is a lucky guy! He also kind of reminds me of Odagiri Joe. News of Juri dating Wada broke a few months back, but I didn’t expect marriage to come so soon. I guess the relationship must have been very stable by then – they had apparently started dating around last autumn.

I never harboured much hope of Juri hooking up with Tamaki Hiroshi, since they’ve both denied strenuously rumours of any possible relationship between them, but I still wish for them to reunite onscreen just one more time. Now that Juri is a married woman with no risk of rumours, collaboration should be easier, yes? *crosses fingers*

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Sunshine Award

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I’ve been nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award by the lovely mochirochi from mocorochi! Thank you so much! I’m sorry it took me a while to answer the questions. I haven’t been blogging for that long, so it’s really nice to be getting another award. Do check out mocorochi if you enjoy anime and dramas!

Here are the rules:
Thank the person who nominated you.
Answer the questions from the person who nominated you.
Nominate a few other bloggers.
Write the same amount of questions for the bloggers you nominated.
Notify the bloggers on their blog.
Put the award button on your blog. Continue reading

Liebster Award

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Wow, I have been nominated for a Liebster Award by the very kind Mitta, such a lovely surprise and an honour to receive it! I haven’t been drama-blogging for long, so it was totally unexpected. Thank you very much, Mitta! Do check out her blog, especially if you like kdramas and stories in general!

Liebster Award Rules
1. Thank and link back your nominator.
2. Answer 11 questions given by the nominator.
3. Nominate 11 other bloggers who have less than 200 followers.
4. Create 11 new questions to ask your nominees.
5. Let your nominees know that you have nominated them via social media/blogs. Continue reading

Back on the drama trail

Been meaning to start a blog for all my drama ramblings, and here it is! Since I got back to proper drama-watching in April, thanks to Nodame Cantabile, I’ve been on a Tamaki Hiroshi high and have been steadily making my way through his repertoire of works. I also hope to get back to writing on a more consistent basis, so hopefully having a space for rambling about dramas will help in that aspect.

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