Thursday, January 19, 2017

How I Got Into Korean Drama Last Decade Up To Present


With the event that Rain and Kim Tae Hee tied the knot today (and I guess I smell despair everywhere now), I want to do a bit of a Thursday Throwback post. I remembered in College I didn't immediately like Korean drama. I could remember how I was hesitant to watch Autumn in My Heart because of too many tears. Watching Taiwanese drama helped me connect to be my Chinese ancestry even if I wasn't born in China or Taiwan. When I thought of Korean drama, I decided that I wouldn't be so easy to click on it. I once said, "Only idiots like Korean shows." which I soon became that idiot for watching it later.

When I watched Autumn in My Heart and Full House in Tagalog, I could only care about the beauty of the protagonist. I could remember how Song Hye Kyo's character was dubbed as Jenny in Autumn in My Heart and as Jessie in Full House. Yup, I can't forget that really stupid crush I had on Song Hye Kyo. Then I watched Love Story in Harvard and Forbidden Love for Kim Tae Hee during the last decade. Though the tragic ending of Autumn in My Heart made me not want to watch Korean drama until I saw Lavender's tragic ending. Tragic endings happen everywhere. Come on, why am I am so overdramatic when Rie died in Chojin Sentai Jetman?

I wanted to focus mostly on Hong Kong, Chinese, Taiwanese and Japanese entertainment. But Korean drama has its charm. Part of the reason why I developed some bias and hatred towards it was because of my preferences. Korean drama was overshadowing a lot of stuff I like. But I figured out that the more time passed the more I would be prone to watching Korean drama over Tokusatsu. Sure, there's still something good for Tokusatsu to offer whether it's old or new. I'm enjoying new school Kamen Rider and I'm actually interested to watch Kyuranger. But if I had to choose between Japanese Tokusatsu or Korean drama I'd be choosing the latter. Though I'd still pick Japanese drama over Korean drama and Chinese drama over Japanese drama.

It's 2017 and there may be more new school Korean dramas that I'd be interested in. This year I'm watching new school Super Sentai (though I prefer more of the old ones) and new school Kamen Rider (which I prefer old school Kamen Rider). But it doesn't mean that I won't want to watch some Korean drama when there's a new one. I think I can still enjoy a lot of stuff at once at a slow pace. Otherwise, I might just be confusing my taste buds.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Am I Feeling Crazy Right Now With My Preferences With Taiwanese, Japanese And South Korean Entertainment?

Just right now, I feel like I want to go haywire like Dr. Kuroto Dan and Dr. Mikoto Nakadai. I'm stuck in a game of juggling between preferences. Whether it'd be within the realm of Tokusatsu (since I prefer mostly new school Kamen Rider and mostly old school Super Sentai) or with other passions. That's why I never call myself a die-hard fan of just anything. I can't forget how I had a taste fatigue with Super Sentai last 2013 yet I find myself watching new school Super Sentai this 2016 and I'm looking forward to Kyuranger this 2017 and to Zyuohger's finale on the first Sunday of February. 

I can't forget how there were a few times that I wasn't watching Tokusatsu earlier last decade. It was because I got caught with what I consider as "better stuff" like some Taiwanese, Japanese or Korean drama. Taiwanese drama helped me get in touch with my ancestral roots though I speak very little Chinese. Korean drama gave me a different cultural immersion though I'm still not that fond of it. So what's this real struggle? I could talk about a lot of silliness involved with this struggle where I feel crazy about it. Remember this is a wacky post that I wanted to come up with and here it is. 

Friday, January 6, 2017

Full House: Reimagining Beauty And The Beast As A Comedy Series!


There's always some odd looking couples but the emphasis has been more on chemistry than appearance. I think Full House did the same but it unintentionally becomes a parody of Beauty and the Beast. I can't help but call Rain the "beast" not only because of his face but because he's got a huge body build to accompany it. Song Hye Kyo's a petite beauty. I thought about how it becomes a comedy version of Beauty and the Beast.

It's pretty much Belle trying to recover her castle from Beast who bought out of a questionable transaction. Like how in the world could the Beast even, I mean buy Belle's castle so quick? It sounds more like a fairy tale than a real life scenario. This creates a dilemma when Beast forces Belle to marry him. Beast wants to spite a girl he liked so much but discovers he's in love with Belle. Belle just wants her castle back but finds out she's falling for Beast. It's pretty much a reverse of Belle being in Beast's castle so don't expect to hear the song "Be Our Guest".

Is it me or do I have a knack for forced marriages? Though in the case of Full House it's more of a marriage of convenience. Belle agrees to marry Beast because she wants her castle back. Belle later discovered Beast isn't so bad without any teapot telling her. No yelling but just some comedic reaction between the two. There's some comic reaction every now and then that makes you think, "Are these two normal?" It's not your typical love story either.

With how much I'm not liking Disney as of late, I guess it's safe to say you might as well watch "Full House" if you enjoyed Beauty and the Beast for next year.