This is Janine Zhang, who plays Lan Xiying in Black & White (she’s basically an expert on everything having to do with the law, medicine, and a damned good sharpshooter into the bargain). I would love to be her, but yeah. I’m not that awesome.
A long time ago Thundie wrote an article-essay on the treatment of male secondary leads in kdrama, and I felt inspired enough that I promised myself that I would write up a similar one about the female ones.
This is just something I’ve noticed, but the amount of hate towards female characters almost always beats the hate for male ones. And while on one hand it’s seriously not cool, on the other hand I think the tired old tropes women keep being thrust into have something to do with it.
Without further ado:
Hong Lou Meng/Dream of Red Mansions
- Okay, I don’t actually care for this version because the 1989 one was like, the end-all be-all of Hong Lou Meng adaptations, but after the clusterfuck of the selection process and the general pretty, I’m curious to see where this goes.
(My god, the trailer comes in 2 parts!)
- As for as I can tell from dramawiki, it’s about 2 people in love with a manipulative second male lead trying to separate them. (He had money, it helped.) Honestly, if it wasn’t Huang Xiaoming and Barbie Xu, I wouldn’t even look, but… the opportunity of a TWdrama, with an actress who’s not, you know, the type to fake idiocy.
(This thing is just so gorgeous.)
- Han Hyo-joo! Bae Soo-bin! Ji Jin-hee! Pretty historical clothing and intrigue (though at 50 episodes it’s a bit heavy)! Bae Soo-bin doesn’t get the girl, again!
- Ahh, what would a girl be without her fake-gay roommate? (Apparently missing all those rainbow-sparkly moments.)
- The summary’s somewhat sketch on details, but it’s Moon Geun-young being sexy and angsty. I’m really not going to pass that one up.
Oh! My Lady!
- Romantic hijinks between a male star and his housekeeper! With added age difference! I mean, I’m not expecting any Oscar-level acting, but it sounds fun.
Down With Love
- He’s a snotty lawyer who has no time for anything, she’s that hard-working girl who carries fridges on her back to earn money. This is a drama just waiting to happen. (Having actually watched all 26 leaked episodes, I can honestly say that this is a joy to watch.)
I thought, just so we stop being confused, that I would post this here for ya:
These are only the main players on the Seigaku/Qing Xue team, but it’s still better than nothing!
Oh, and a list of the Chinese vs. Japanese names of the people.
Coach Lin Qi — Ryuzaki Sumire
Long Zheng Nan — Echizen Nanjiroh, Ryoma’s papa
Long Ma — Echizen Ryoma
Guo Guang — Tezuka Kunimitsu
Zhou Zhu — Fuji Syuusuke
Chen Hai Tang — Kaidoh Kaoru
Qian Zhen Zhi — Inui Sadaharu
Ju Wan — Kikumaru Eiji
Da Shi — Oishi Shuichiro
He Chun Long — Kawamura Takashi
Zhou Yu — Fuji Yuuta
Tao Cheng Wu — Momoshiro Takeshi
Lin Ying (Nickname: Xiao Ying) — Ryuzaki Sakuno
Xiao Peng — Osakada Tomoka
Xiao Bo — Street Court dude
Seigaku — Qing Xue
Hyoutei — Bing Di
Fudomine – Yi Lin
The live action is officially AU now, I think. I much prefer this version to the anime, though Long Ma needs some work. (By work I mean a large hammer and lots of humility, but character rewrites will do.)
Correction: The coach’s name is actually Lin Qi, not Tian Qi as previously assumed.
Episode 5: In Which There is Yet More Angst, Will It Never End?!?
Tao Chen Wu and Hai Tang exercise at the same time, as much as to snark at each other as to actually build muscles. Cheng Wu urges Hai Tang to retry the match, while Hai Tang looks down on him for being too enthusiastic about everything and everyone. (Yeah, but how else is Long Ma’s cold, neglected little heart going to melt?)
In the school caf, Xiao Peng grabs Long Ma for an interview, only to have him walk off when it’s apparent Xiao Ying won’t show up. Xiao Peng is chagrined. (Serves her right.)
In English class, the rest of the team muses on whether they like having Long Ma around (answer: obvious no) – angst about Inui and Kaidoh ensues. The two don’t really help, as they do their soulful gazing thing in the gym. I would like to remind them that it’s not the end of the world – just one ranking match, dudes! There will be others, like, next semester. Aww, brotherly bonding (or not, you slashers, you) totally occurs.
zOMG Zhen Zhi breaks down and says that data isn’t everything. OMO. Hai Tang feels cheated, and super under pressure. Also, he dislikes Long Ma. What a newsflash.
Since so many of you have been asking!
Prince of Tennis, the Chinese live action version, is being subbed by a very friendly group of people over at Livejournal.com, and to date they have released episode 5.
The group is called dramapuri_subs, here’s the link to the released fansubs. You’ll have to register at LJ (it’s free) and the particular community (also free), but think of it as an enriching experience.
Having realized that, hey, they use Chinese names, I thought it would be a better idea to start using them too.
So just for your reference:
Coach Tian — Ryuzaki
Long Zheng Nan — Nanjiroh, Ryoma’s papa
Long Ma — Ryoma
Guo Guang — Tezuka
Zhou Zhu — Fuji
Hai Tang — Kaidoh
Zhen Zhi — Inui
Ju Wan — Eiji
Da Shi — Oishi
He Chun Long — Taka
Zhou Yu — Yuuta
Tao Cheng Wu — Momo
Xiao Ying — Sakuno
Xiao Peng — Tomoka
Xiao Bo — Street Court dude
Seigaku — Qing Xue
Hyoutei — Bing Di
Episode 4: In Which Heavy Objects of an Angsty Nature Fall
It’s been a long time, folks. Gomen, gomen, was not really in the mood until now.
Episode 3: In Which Fuji Angsts and Ryuzaki Spits Out Her Tea
Momo and Kaidoh get into another off-the-sides match. Inui and the rest of the team watch on the sides, commenting that with the arrival of Ryoma, the team has felt the pressure of the ranking matches. Tezuka comes in at an intense point in the match to stop them and to award the rest of the team with laps. Disciplinarian and moasochist? Maybe.
The next day, Momo meets Ryoma in the locker rooms and tells him to do well, and Ryoma shows his arrogance once more by muttering that he had wanted to be in the same group as Tezuka and Fuji (otherwise known as the ‘Death Block’ for obvious reasons). When he finds his rackets stolen by jealous teammates, he goes into snark-competitive mode. And skips practice. (Genius, dude.)
When Ryoma skips practice, he goes to Sakuno’s art room. (And they say romance is dead.) He compares his skill and confidence to her assurance in drawing, yada yada yada, he is sure of winning, what else is new?
18 Springs (aka 半生缘)
Complete OST: [Megaupload]
1. 半生缘/Half Life Fate
2. 擦身而过/Passing You By
3. 过去/The Past
4. 想着你/Missing You
5. 爱再靠近一点/I Want to Come Closer
7. 情深深雨濛濛/Romance in the Rain
8. 新浪漫/A New Romance
9. 爱情小说/Romance Novel
10. 你这样爱我/This is How You Love Me
11. 半生缘 (弦乐版)/Half Life Fate (strings version)
12. 半生缘 (笛子版)/Half Life Fate (flute version)
13. 爱再靠近一点 (弦乐版)/I Want to Come Closer (strings version)
14. 擦身而过 (弦乐版)/Passing You By (strings version)
15. 爱再靠近一点 (钢琴深情版)/I Want to Come Closer (piano version)
16. 过去 (弦乐版)/The Past (strings version)
17. 爱再靠近一点 (音乐盒)/I Want to Come Closer (music box version)
18. 过去 (钢琴版)/The Past (piano version)
That was a weird cutoff. Apparently the DVD cuts are quite different from what aired, and thus we have all this confusion as to where proper episodes are supposed to finish. Anyway.
Ryoma starts off with a twist serve, but he can tell Momo’s injured. The other replies that it’s perfectly fine, and tells him to keep going. Ryoma smirks and anticipates winning.
Meanwhile, Nanjiroh is trying to flirt with Ryuzaki, with tea, of all things. Then he gets down to business, talking about his precious son. Ryuzaki is a little unsure as to what he really means by sending a fourth-time champion son to be a member of Seigaku’s team, not that she doesn’t welcome that, she adds, but it’s a little odd. Nanjiroh replies that Ryoma is born to be a tennis player, but being in singles and winning all the time has made him into an isolated person who doesn’t care about anything than tennis (not in so many words, but we get the point). Ryuzaki jokes that she is still the coach and will not let her team become Ryoma’s personal training ground, but promises to keep an eye out on him.
What a father.
So for those of you who found my episode 1-12 really confusing, irugnotmis is doing a more comprehensive recap. Hopefully one of us can explain what’s going on.
Huang Rong and Guo Jing go in to make the kill, but Wanyan Honglie is riding away with Wanyan Kang. They are stopped at the door by Ouyang Ke, who woke up at the noises they were making, and wasn’t there when Wanyan Kang came.
Ouyang Ke knows now that the prince is making a getaway, so he stays to combat Guo Jing. Huang Rong stands on the side, gritting her teeth.
In the woods, Wanyan Honglie shows that he doesn’t altogether trust Wanyan Kang just yet – which must rankle, as the other has basically thrown away everything to join the prince’s side. He does the same ‘kill me if you can’ stunt and Wanyan Honglie listens to him for the moment. Unfortunately, Mu Nianci is watching in the woods.
They make a pit stop as Wanyan Honglie refuses to go further, and a messenger from the place they were staying at brings the news that Guo Jing and Huang Rong had snuck in and killed the guard impersonated as the prince. Wanyan Honglie is now convinced of Kang’s loyalty.