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Kami no Shizuku ;; Pride ;; Boys Over Flowers

Kami no Shizuku

Kanzaki Shizuku has a natural ability to judge good wine by its color, smell and taste, in a way that makes professional wine tasters jealous. The day his father died it was revealed that his will allowed only one of his two sons to inherit his fortune, and that son is he who wins the wine tasting test. Kanzaki would probably win, if only he hadn't sworn to never taste alcohol in his life ever again.
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When I watched the first episode I thought it was going to be kind of interesting to watch. The more I watched though the less I paid attention to the subtitles because there was just so much information coming at me LOL. And I also feel a little detached from the drama because I haven’t tried these wines and I’m not really those wine fanatics. When they started describing these images or scents to me I just feel like nodding and then moving on LOL.

Didn’t really feel anything between the two characters either. Having Tomine’s younger sister there didn’t seem necessary. I thought she was going to stir up trouble, but she just appears randomly and then disappears into the background o_O.

2/5


Pride

Shio Asami, brought up in a wealthy family whose mother is a prominent opera singer. However, the bankruptcy of her father’s business forced her to give up becoming an opera singer. Midorikawa Moe entrapped Shio and claimed a victory in an opera contest. Depicts a competition of two heroines putting their pride on the line.
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I think I watched this because of the actress, Mitsushima Hikari. When I saw her in Love Exposure I thought she looked really pretty. When I was seeing what movies there were and saw her starring in it I thought I would give it a try.

I don’t quite believe Stephanie as the wealthy, well brought up girl? And she seems very… emotionless. Maybe it’s her trying to be a very cold and put together character, but I felt like she was a little lifeless. She never loses her cool and even when she does I feel like there’s not enough emotions put into it. I find it hard to believe a person wouldn’t act out in any way when Shio Asami was constantly pushed down by Midorikawa Moe o_O. The only time I guess is near the beginning when she slapped Moe.

The movie, I’m thinking, is named Pride because it’s questioning how far would you go. Would you give up your pride to achieve your dreams? Or would you be too proud to bend even a little? The two characters showcase the two extremes where Moe is willing to give it up to be an opera singer while Asami feels like she’ll never budge from her spot even if she has no money and no status anymore.

2.5/5



Boys Over Flowers

Set at a famous high school for the super-wealthy, this is a puppy love story centered on a poor girl and the F4 gang of rich kids headed by the rough and fearless Goo Joon Pyo. Geum Jan Di is a girl from a poor family but has an unrivaled sense of optimism and drive and is by chance admitted to a prestigious private high school. There she meets the infamous group of four astonishingly good looking and rich boys who are known as F4. The group's leader is Goo Joon Pyo, who is a spoiled heir to world-leading conglomerate Shinhwa. He is joined by mysterious and breathlessly handsome Yoon Ji Hoo, So Yi Jung, and Song Woo Bin. Their love story moves from Seoul to New Caledonia to Macau.
Boys Over Flowers.. pretty sure everyone already knows about this drama and watched it too haha! I’ve watched a bit of Meteor Garden and I’ve watched all the Hana Yori Dango seasons, so this was my third go at this story. I think I read somewhere before that MG stuck to the manga the most out of the 3? I’m not really sure because I’ve never read the manga nor have I really watched all of MG. Fortunately, they all have their own take of the manga they’re based off of.

Where in HYD, Makino wanted to attend the prestigious high school because of a person whom she looks up to, Jan Di got in as a means to pacify the regular folk from an outbreak of war against the Shinhwa group by Joon Pyo’s mother (Shinhwa Group’s president). So right from the start they already try to separate themselves from HYD.

I enjoyed BOF’s take on the story, but initially I was getting really irritated by Jan Di’s constant yelling ::sweat:: . I never really got over it, but I guess you could say I grew more immune to it LOL. Yes, poor, independent girls in k-dramas always yell at the top of their lungs when they speak, but she was yelling at almost every sentence and really.. my poor ears couldn’t take much of it LOL.

BOF puts two seasons of HYD into one whole season, but I feel like the pace of things aren’t too different. The number of episodes are around the same when you add it up. BOF chose Macau as the destination where Jan Di and Joon Pyo met up again and HYD picked New York, I think. It was interesting to watch it take place at a whole different setting. I don’t really know who did a more ‘racist’ job at depicting each place though. I remember people weren’t happy about how HYD had two black guys try to jump her?? In BOF they had Jan Di get into a situation where it looks like the guys were going to take advantage of her on top of stealing her belongings ::sweat:: .

Ji Hoo’s role seemed a lot bigger here than in HYD so when Jan Di gets with Joon Pyo I feel disappointed. Common, how many times is Ji Hoo going to let her trample on his feelings?? LOL.

4/5


Mulan && Heaven’s Postman ;;

Before this entry, I actually talked about some other j-movies I watched but I had to switch it to a private entry because it was bringing in unwanted traffic from …racy search terms -_-. Mostly because they had some mature topics in them.. at least these ones don’t.. LOL.

Mulan (2009)

When I knew back then that there was going to be a ‘live-action’ movie of Mulan I was kind of excited. One of my favorite movies when I was child was Disney’s Mulan! I’m sure most people know the Mulan folklore about how a girl secretly joins the military in place of her father. She ends up being a high ranking general and brought a lot of glory to China.

I actually stopped watching the movie in the middle of it. Half because it was quite long and I couldn’t watch it in one sitting and half because it just couldn’t keep my attention long enough. It was… quite boring. I felt more emotion watching the Disney version LOL.

Vicki Zhao is so feminine I had a hard time believing nobody could see through that!! That’s usually a major problem in films where girls are supposed to be mistaken for a guy. Yoon Eun Hye played a pretty good female getting mistaken for a male in Coffee Prince. Maybe it’s because in older times both men and women left their hair long so that doesn’t help. Another is her voice! I don’t think she even tried to lower it! Maybe I’m wrong, I don’t know, but just her look and her higher voice.. even without the guy finding out about her boobs I’m pretty sure you can tell she’s a girl =_= LOL.

I really couldn’t get attached to any of the characters. It’s just the way the story is told. I just kept seeing flashes of things happening to show that time goes by as the war rages on… LOTS and LOTS of those flashes. The audience is almost forced to just fall for Mulan and Wentai’s love. I just couldn’t feel it. I don’t think it’s Vicki’s nor Kun Chen’s fault because they did a pretty good job with their characters.. think it’s the director’s fault.

The worst thing about this movie is its ending… LOL. Let’s just say… you won’t be smiling at the end like for the Disney one. A very different take.. but then again all Disney movies pretty much have a happy ending haha!

1/5. Wouldn’t recommend this to anyone unless you’re planning to make your friend suffer.


Heaven’s Postman (2009)

Jae-jun delivers letters to heaven from those who can't get over the loss of their loved ones. One day Ha-na, who writes to her late boyfriend, discovers Jae-jun's secret identity. He offers her a part-time job assisting him, and they set off on a 14-day journey.

I remember when I read about how Jaejoong was going to be starring in a movie. Already I was apprehensive because from the taste of his acting I got in Banjun Theatre (Korean variety show), it wasn’t so good haha! I wanted to give it a try anyway and plus the synopsis seems interesting. I’m always interested in these fantasy sort of stories.

Not sure if Jaejoong’s character was supposed to be a very serious one or what. He had one expression pretty much throughout the whole movie. I don’t remember him laughing at all. Don’t lovers usually enjoy each other’s presence and laugh and have fun? Moments where it seems the character should express themselves through tears, there weren’t any from him even when Hana was bawling her eyes out at him. Especially when he was in danger of losing Hana.

I was 3/4 of the way done when I decided to search up summaries of the movie because there was something I wasn’t really sure of about Jaejoon. That’s when I read people’s introduction to the movie and it made me wonder if some movies had a different intro?? Don’t want to give anything away so I’m just going to say that some people said he was talking to someone at the start, yet mine wasn’t like that. Mine started off with Hana narrating. Anyway, don’t do what I did because it kind of spoiled it for me a bit.

Jaejoon also revealed that he wasn’t allowed to reveal the truth about himself so I’m a little confused as to why he decided to break that rule. He revealed it right when he met her. If he had revealed it after he got to know her I thought it would make more sense. So was it because of the letter she wrote that he decided to use that as a way to soothe her? Or did he just fall for her right then and there and just wanted to let her know?? LOL. The only thing he really kept from her was the way he disappears.

I read about how some people cried watching this movie. I did feel a bit melancholy during the movie because it does deal with the death of people’s loved ones, but I didn’t really feel teary eyed until Hana lost him **don’t worry.. that doesn’t spoil the ending**. Anyway, okay movie to enjoy with friends or when you’re in the sappy mood.

3/5


Last Friends

Last Friends tackles issues that afflict the current generation. Michiru's mother has brought a man back to their home and she is bullied at her workplace where she works as a beauty parlour assistant. She starts cohabiting with her boyfriend, a good young man who works at the Child Welfare Division and the only person who can give her emotional support, but ends up the victim of domestic violence and becomes fearful of love. The boyishly charming Ruka was a classmate of Michiru's in junior high school. She has performed brilliantly as a motocross racer and aims to win the national championship, but as the story progresses, a deep worry that she can neither confide in her parents or close friends grows evident. Takeru is a hair and makeup artist acquainted with Ruka. He is a good confidant to females due to his kindness and perceptiveness, and finds himself attracted to Ruka but has a phobia of sex as a result of a past trauma. The three of them become house mates and through their associations with others, gain the capacity to be positive about life. -- dramawiki

Finished Last Friends a couple days ago. Man, that drama is depressing .  I know that it had a lot of hype when it was released back in’08 and my friend was telling me that I should watch it. I think I remember there were a lot of people talking about Last Friends vs. Innocent Love because it had the same writer or something. I’m not really sure why people would compare them when the stories are so different. They both deal with some sad topics but I felt differently about both.

I think the drama was done pretty realistically. Even though I felt frustrated each time Michiru went back to her abusive boyfriend, Sousuke, it happens all the time for people in those kinds of relationships. I was cringing each time I knew the abusive scenes were coming up .

The ending, although not really a definite one, I think was a nice one. Usually I’m the type that wants to have my happy endings LOL. This one kind of left it off a bit as a cliffhanger ending, but I think it fit the drama nicely. Like many possibilities could blossom from the ending. What I didn’t enjoy though was how they never truly addressed Eri’s problem. Does anyone really understand what her issue was in the drama???

I just remember at the start when she greeted her coworkers they just whispered about her and walked past (if I remember correctly). What was that about? I thought maybe she like slept with their men or something since throughout the drama she seemed pretty about open those sorts of things. Yet it never really spoke about it in the drama and even Ogurin, who isn’t one of the main characters, had his problem addressed. Eri got the crap end of the stick story-wise in this drama haha .

Yeah.. didn’t have much to talk about… just wanted to update something in between all the Vancity spam bahaha.

Aside from that, I just want to say that I hope everyone on the east coast is okay. I know it must be terrifying so I hope that the worst that’ll come is just a storm for you all @_@. Pretty sure if there’s a hurricane coming my way I’d be peeing my pants right now… jk… kind of? Can’t get one since I’m landlocked.. -shifty eyes-