If you are bored…

Because I’m slow like that, it’s taken me a while to realise I probably should have a list of drama recommendations up. So here it is. Separate film section below. If you’ve enjoyed any of the stuff listed, let me know!

Japan

  • Nodame Cantabile (drama, 2 SP, 2 films)
  • Love Revolution
  • Shikaotoko Aoniyoshi
  • BORDER
  • Love Shuffle
  • Long Vacation
  • Over Time
  • Hotaru no Hikari (2 seasons, 1 film)
  • Neko Zamurai (2 seasons)
  • Koori no Sekai
  • Shinya Shokudo (3 seasons, 1 film)
  • JIN (2 seasons)
  • Liar Game (2 seasons, SPs, 2 films)
  • Hero (2001)
  • Kekkon Dekinai Otoko
  • Saigo Kara Nibanme no Koi
  • Gaiji Keisatsu
  • Soratobu Taiya
  • Ningen no Shoumei
  • Kageri Yuku Natsu
  • Antique
  • Itoshi Kimi e
  • Suteki na Sen Taxi
  • Yami no Bansosha
  • Double Face
  • Shinzanmono
  • Strawberry Night

Korea

  • Beautiful Mind
  • Dalja’s Spring
  • My Name is Kim Sam Soon
  • Heartless City (first 8-10 episodes)
  • Chuno (for Jang Hyuk)
  • Story of a Man (for Kim Kang-woo)
  • Love Marriage

Hong Kong

  • Detective Investigation Files IV
  • File of Justice
  • Demi Gods and Semi Devils 1997
  • Legend of the Condor Heroes 1982/1994
  • Return of the Condor Heroes 1983/1995
  • Be Home For Dinner (sitcom)
  • Off Pedder (sitcom)
  • Healing Hands I
  • Gun Metal Grey
  • Better Halves
  • Take My Word For It
  • Armed Reaction I

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Film

  • Nora Inu (Stray Dog)
  • Ring (novel is scarier)
  • Ran
  • Battle Royale
  • Rurouni Kenshin
  • Eat Drink Man Woman
  • Kanojo wa uso wo aishisugiteru
  • Raise the Red Lantern
  • Red Sorghum
  • Judou
  • Il Mare
  • Love Letter
  • Le Grand Chef
  • Farewell to My Concubine
  • Yellow Earth
  • In the Mood for Love
  • Flirting Scholar
  • Tada, Kimi wo Aishiteru (Heavenly Forest)
  • Death Note (first 2 films)
  • Waterboys
  • Swing Girls

 

10 thoughts on “If you are bored…

  1. One thing I’ve learned to do with Korean saeguks is to Wikipedia the historical characters. Doing so helps me process a “bad ending”. I’m actually impressed when they weave fictional characters around historic ones or events. But then you know what to expect. History will play out as it actually did (unless they start making drama endings the way that Quentin Tatantino does and just change the facts completely). smh

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  2. @junny – The ending of Chuno completely freaked me out until I thought about the events that, while not the main story, around which our characters’ revolved. Given Dae gil’s philosophy, it was a fitting ending. The same thing happened with Shine or Go Crazy (another Jang Hyuk show). There’s no other way that could’ve ended and stay true to the historical characters. As dissatisfied as we fans were, we would’ve really been upset had our independent female lead decided to live out her life as a concubine in the shadow of the queen and our hero’s wife.

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      • Haha, no worries, not many people drop by here. Also, I think the ending for Shine or Go Crazy is kinda well-known. I didn’t watch the drama but did read about the ending and agree with you that it was in line with how the drama played out. As for Chuno, Dae-gil’s whole life was just misery, so I kinda expected the ending and thought it was better for him.

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