Drama/Anime/Movies

So. Do I sort this by language or by title? Or by media type? Oh, choices.

This is a work-in-progress, which means that I will continually make changes as I finish/abandon certain dramas/movies.

Stuff I’ve recapped.

Anime

  • Detective Conan (536 + ongoing): Caper plots and complicated murders abound in this seemingly endless serial about a detective stuck in the body of a child. Good if you have the time for it. 8.5/10
  • Kuroshitsuji (24): Over-the-top with a thread of dark, macabre humour running throughout. I like it very much, especially as the ending was better handled than I had expected. 10/10
  • Loveless (12): Beautiful crisp visuals, incomprehensible plot. 9/10
  • Ouran High Host Club (26): A great laugh in every episode, spot-on snark at fangirl service and very clean artistically. 10/10
  • Prince of Tennis (178 + OVAs): Interesting concept of anti-shonen hero, physically impossible feats and lots of team spirit, a bit sloppy towards the end, though. 8/10
  • Skip Beat (25)

Drama

Chinese:

  • 18 Springs/Half Life Fate (35): Beautifully done period drama, with perhaps a little too much hysterical shouting, but it’s okay in the context of the source material. The lead actress exceeded expectations on this one, though it’s her ‘older sister’ who steals the show. Warning to the faint-hearted – very realistic and mature portrayal of some issues may not end up with you being happy. 9/10
  • Heavenly Sword and Dragon Sabre 2003 (40): Pretty girl A, B, C, D, and oooh, is that the plot flying by? Jin Yong’s material gets repetitive, and this truly stretched my patience. And the action sequences, something I usually enjoy, were actually boring. 6.5/10
  • Huan Zhu Ge Ge I & II (24/48 )
  • Legend of Condor Hero 2003 (40): Adventure. Love. Lots of heart-in-mouth martial arts sequences. (And the presence of a plot really didn’t hurt.) 9/10
  • Legend of Condor Hero 2008 (50): Still watching. Lots of divergences from the original books, and I personally lost count at around 15, so… many people have called it the ‘Idol version’ or the ‘Qiong Yao version’. Either way, watch for sensationalism with a touch of the old charm.
  • Meteor Rain (36): Look, people have alternately called this the Acid Rain Remix of Hana Yori Dango and ‘absolute dross’, so I think you have a reliable indicator of quality.
  • My Own Swordsman (80): Oh my. Possibly the best Chinese comedy show ever. 12/10
  • New Shanghai Bund (42)
  • Pink Ladies (39): Astonishingly, this one show is full of clichés I like. Four single women, each with their own problems, live together and discover life (and their landlord is hilarious too). 10/10
  • Prince of Tennis Live Action (22): One more addition to the already rich store of canon sources of Prince of Tennis. Now that the initial fervour seems to be dying a bit, not as many people are jumping on the drama, which is how I like it. 😀 Ryoma is pure snark, Tezuka’s kind of wooden, Kaidoh is soooo adorable, and pairing hints abound. Plus, Ryuzaki’s hotter in this one. Good adaptation, all things considered. 9/10
  • Return of Condor Hero 2006 (42): The sap, oh, it drowns. Otherwise very pretty and watchable – though it feels like Jin Yong is trying to fit all the people from the prequel in… 8/10
  • Romance in the Rain (48 ): It works well, better than the original novel (given that it’s Qiong Yao, not terribly surprising). For one thing, all the elements balance. The leads work well together very well. I love Vicki Zhao, but her voice grates after a while – the soundtrack would have been better off without her. (Though Ruby Lin can’t even sing that well, so I guess I can’t complain.) The ending is a little bit too contrived and I dislike the premise of 两人爱的死去活来, so it’s not a favourite. Most people seem to have really loved it though. 8/10
  • Tian Long Ba Bu (40): With three leads in the story, they had a lot of ground to cover, and they did a decent job. Jimmy Lin gives vaguely pedophiliac vibes when he moons over Crystal Liu (15 years his junior), but it’s otherwise good. Given that it’s not my favourite of the epics, the series is well done. 9/10
  • Xiao Ao Jiang Hu 2001 (40): Compelling story and gorgeous shooting. 9/10

Japanese:

  • Anego
  • Atashinchi no danshi (11): Over-the-top and kind of cheesy, but a feel-good drama full of cute guys and Maki Horikita. 7.5/10
  • Attention Please (10+SP1+SP2)
  • BOSS (11)
  • Detective Conan Live Action I & II: I’m a sucker for whodunnits, I’m afraid. Plus Shun’s usually really good. 9/10
  • Galileo (10):
  • Gokusen I & II (12 + 10): The first time around, it was funny and original. The second time, it got repetitive. Plus, hints of GTO abound. 7.5/10
  • GTO (12): If you haven’t watched this, please do. Very zany take on the follies of youth and the bonds between teacher and student – and what they owe to each other. 9/10
  • Haken no Hinkaku (10):
  • Hana Kimi (12): Err. I’m sure they used up a year’s worth of women’s dresses. It’s quirky and fast-paced, but it lacks a spark of life. 8/10
  • Hana Yori Dango I & II (9+11): The first season was good, the second less so. A lot of kids running around trying to be adults, I think. 8/10
  • Himitsu no Hanazono
  • Hotaru no Hikari
  • Kimi wa Petto (10): Watched it because it was Matsujun and Koyuki. In retrospect, ehh. 7/10
  • Koshonin
  • Kurosagi (12): The boy has a face of wood. Maki does better at emotional involvement. Kudos for the almost reverse detective vibe. 8.5/10
  • Long Vacation (10): My favourite jdrama ever. Touching, funny and realistic in a way I never thought possible. 10/10
  • Mei-chan no shitsuji (12): Pure fanservice. No, seriously. There’s nothing else to say. Sudden heiress to a large fortune is enrolled in a school where she is served hand and foot by a hot guy, and the expected hijinks ensue. 9/10
  • Mr. Brain (8): It’s all shiny and rambling, with little substance or suspense to drive the show. Given that this is a police/real-crime drama, that’s kind of a fatal flaw. The show does get better, but it takes a while. 8.5/10
  • Nobuta wo Produce (10): Thanks, neechan! I forgot about this one. Not because it is bad, just that I assume everyone has already seen it. Very cute story on the power of friendship and kindness, plus slash hints abounds and the actors are all accurate. 9.5/10
  • Nodame Cantabile (10): Strange, cute and energetic. Just like Nodame. 8.5/10
  • Ohitorisama (10)
  • Otomen (10)
  • Sapuri (12): An interesting (and possibly sunny) portrayal of the advertising industry, and the acting is pretty good. 8.5/1
  • Tatta hitotsu no koi
  • Tokyo DOGS
  • Unfair
  • Yamato Nadeshiko Shichihenge
  • Yukan Club (10): Its main function is to stop its viewers from thinking. 7/10
  • Zettai Kareshi (11+SP)

Korean:

  • 1% of Anything (26): Uh. I tried? She was pretty and he was cute, and it just didn’t work for me, possibly due to length. I liked the second lead girl though. There was way too much scoffing in the first half and I got tired of the misunderstandings. And how many times do we plan to remake Cinderella anyway? 7.5/10
  • Bad Family (16): AHAHAAHA. I love this show like there is no tomorrow. SuJu fans will watch for Heechul (and his crazy spaz dance, omg), comedy fans will watch because this is really funny, acting fans will watch because Kim Myung Min outdoes himself, and everyone else should at least give it a try. It managed to overcome my inner cynic. My only complaint would be Bu Kyung, who needs to learn how to talk without sounding like she just swallowed five gallons of fructose. 9/10
  • Beethoven Virus (18): I liked it at the beginning, but at ep12, am starting to get fatigue. You know that point you hit when you start not caring about the fate of the characters? Yeah. Unfortunately that continued on and I run away every time I think about those two recaps I have still to write. 6/10
  • Boys Before Flowers (24): Version #3 manages to drum up some freshness and emotion into an old, tired plot. Gu Hye-sun and Kim Hyun-joong are less than stellar but Lee Min-ho, Kim Bum and Kim Joon rock it. 8/10
  • Chuno (24)
  • Coffee Prince (16 + 1): What can I say that hasn’t already been said? It sparked a wave of obsessed crazy on that has not quite yet subsided. Lots of good, solid acting and despite the risk of clichés, carried its own momentum through. 10/10
  • Dae Jang Geum/Jewel in the Palace (70): What an epic. If you have lots of time on your hands, it’s worth a look at – though the main character is too perfect to be real, it’s interesting, nonetheless. 8.5/10
  • Delightful Girl Choon-Hyang (16): It was good, for a show its genre. My favourite parts were the little historical snatches at the end – very well-made and funny as anything. 8.5/10
  • Devil, The or Mawang (20): Backburnered.
  • East of Eden (50): *headdesk* No. Just… no. 4/10
  • Exhibition of Fireworks (17): I forget why I watched. Oh yeah. Kang Ji Hwan. He’s almost the only thing worth watching in this show. The lead girl does a good job, but everyone else, zomg, the pastiches. 7.5/10
  • Full House (16): I liked everything up until episode 12. Then the cause and effect train started to drag a bit. Still, very much worth a watch. 9/10
  • Green Rose (22): This was a while ago. I liked it, but some bits made me want to fast forward. Its characters live and breathe, so that’s a plus. 8/10
  • Goong (24): Ah. That one. Its problem is the same as Full House. Once we got to the last four episodes, they draaaaaaaaaaaaaagged on and on and on. (I just found out it was because it had been extended. No wonder.) I’d watch it for the pretty people, the Cinderella plot, and of course, for Prince Yul. 9/10
  • Gourmet (24): Food! FOOD! FOOOOOOOOOOOOD!! Okay, will be slightly more objective – decent acting all round and the cooking competition hasn’t gotten boring yet. 8.5/10
  • Hello! Miss (16): Bleh. Lee Da Hae has done better. 7.5/10
  • Hwang Jin-yi (24): Have yet to finish. So far I really miss the little Jin Yi – very good acting.
  • Iljimae (20): I really liked it, despite the random beginning and loose end. Quite reminiscent of TODAW, to be honest, and watched for probably the same reason – Lee Jun Ki. Good plot progression, if a bit slow at the beginning. 8.5/10
  • IRIS (24)
  • Legend (24): First impressions? CGI! CGI! CGI! Second impression: Oh! The! Tragedy! Of! It! All! Last impression W!T!F! Still, overall, it makes you feel for the characters, and introduced me to Lee Jia. For that I will forgive the random ending. 8.5/10
  • My Fair Lady
  • My Girl (16): Everyone overacts, even when they’re not overacting (except for lead male Lee Dong Wook) in a good way. Still charming and funny. Please do watch. 9/10
  • My Love Patzzi (10): Um. I wanted to like it. I really did. It just failed to catch me on so many levels. Sorry. 7/10
  • My Name is Kim Sam-soon (16)
  • Only You (16): Why did I watch this one? It will be a mystery for the ages. 6/10
  • Painter of the Wind (20): Stellar soundtrack, interesting premise, and crossdressing. Come on, even if it’s sageuk it’s worth watching. Park Shin Yang should stop shouting so much, though. Moon Geun Young is just plain awesome in this drama. 9/10
  • Partner (16)
  • Sharp Blade Hong Gil Dong (24): It is a great show, containing a medley of genres, including but not restricted to comedy, romance, sageuk and goofball (this show owns goofball humour). It also attempts to transcend the usual lot of melodrama that we frequently see in kdrama, so plus points for it. Last of all, the characters (all of them- I’m serious) will make you fall in love with them, and the plot is tightly woven (with the odd bump, but the writers are human). A highly recommended watch. Eps 19 and onward not for the fainthearted. Personal dislikes: the toilet humour which disappears, thank goodness, and the ending. Still love it. 9.5/10
  • Shining Inheritance (26): Classic Cinderella plot with a few twists, predictable yet paced so that one keeps watching. Comfort food. 8/10
  • The Slingshot (20): Intense may be an understatement.
  • Smile
  • Sweet Spy (16): Nam Sang Mi is soooooo pretty. Otherwise, whats-his-face’s lack of verbal skills killed it. 6.5/10
  • Take Care of the Young Lady
  • Time Between Dog and Wolf (16): Loved it. Absolutely loved it. Prefect summer thing, with action, thriller, spy agencies, hot people all around and juicy fighting. Oh, and the angst hits like a derailed Tokyo bullet train. 9/10
  • Triple (16)
  • Vineyard Man (16): Gah. That is the sound of me washing this YEH vehicle out of my brain. 6/10
  • Witch Yoo Hee/Witch Amusement (16): I think I stayed on only to see where the wacky went. If you don’t think, it’s perfect. Otherwise, a resounding WTF? 8/10
  • World They Live In, The (16): I am honestly saying that I’m going to watch for the eyecandy. Not to my taste, but watchable. 7.5/10
  • You’re Beautiful (16)

Taiwanese:

  • Black & White (24)
  • Bullfighting (16)
  • Devil Beside You (20): First Taiwanese drama I watched, way back when I wasn’t traumatized by all the bad coincidences and shrill shouting… it’s okay, I guess. I found the main couple cute and the plot was contrived, but what the hell, it’s fictional. 8/10
  • Down With Love
  • Hua Yang Shao Nian Shao Nu (15+1): A valiant transferring effort from manga to drama, but unfortunately ruined by Ella and Jiro’s overacting and Wu’s wooden-ness. 7/10
  • It Started With a Kiss (20): I’m sorry. I didn’t like this. I wanted to, but I couldn’t. 6/10
  • Marmalade Boy (30): Good effort but a bit whiney and stiff. 7/10
  • Miss No Good (14): Omg SHOOT ME. The stereotypical hate-at-first-sight-plus-orphan-of-unknown-provenance plot got completely shadowed by the most ANNOYING accent known to Mandarin speakers. Fail. 5/10
  • My Lucky Star (20): This really marks the death’s knell for me in terms of TW Drama. Overacted and saccharine in the first half, and just barely redeemable for the second. The actors still cling to the overblown and cliched. *sigh* Some show of restraint, please? 7/10
  • Reaching for the Stars (22): S.H.E. vehicle. What can I say that hasn’t already been said on the subject of those? 6.5/10
  • Romantic Princess (13): I have to confess, I have very little tolerance for clichés or overacting. This one had bits of both. 7/10
  • Smiling Pasta (17): Please, someone hand me that turtle shell so I can shield myself. Clichéd and overacted, with hints of Full House. 7/10
  • ToGetHer (13): It’s supposed to be cute and um, normal TWdrama fare, but I’m prejudiced against Jiro’s face and I’m sorry, the show just wasn’t good enough to balance his mouth-open-at-all-times-to-welcome-flies act. Plus can we stop adding airheaded, debt-causing relatives? Thank you. 7/10
  • Why Why Love (15): I should have known from the title. Please, smart and capable Taiwanese people, start filming good, thoughtful dramas. I swear, it won’t kill you. 7/10

Movies

  • 100 Days With Mr. Arrogant: I no longer remember the movie very clearly. It was cute, with shouting in between. Watch for superficial fun. 7.5/10
  • 200 Pound Beauty: Funny reflection on the rather sad pursuit of beauty. Watch for the quirky. 7.5/10
  • A Millionaire’s First Love: Kind of like that movie based on the book written by Nicholas Sparks, past master of soppy clichés, oh yeah, what was it called? A Walk to Remember. In fact, switch the cast, and you’ve pretty much got the same movie. 7/10
  • A Wolf’s Temptation: Wow. It’s got teen violence, angst, almost!incest, and a fatal congenital heart disorder. You can reassemble what happens with what I’ve given you, right? 7/10
  • Antique: Based on the manga Antique Bakery, this movie adaptation is so quirky and tries so hard to be cutely profound that comprehension sometimes doesn’t make it through. Still, good effort on the part of all the actors. 8/10
  • The Banquet: I preferred Hamlet. Though the faux-art filming does grow on you. 7.5/10
  • Curse of the Golden Flower
  • Doremifasolatido: It’s a teen flick, what do you want me to say? Satisfying for the cute, certainly. 8/10
  • Fly, Daddy, Fly!: Aw. Feel-good movie, with eyecandy (Lee Jun-ki) and a true-to-life kind of dad (Lee Moon-shik). 8.5/10
  • The Forbidden Kingdom: Ah. Nice to see that only the white man can lead plebian yellowface weirdos to salvation against a corrupt leader. Also, bastardization of a well-loved Chinese classic abounds. Yes, I’m a sensitive Asian. Deal. 6.5/10
  • Frozen Flower: Pretty, good acting on the part of Joo Jin-mu but yerch on the plot. 8/10
  • Hana Yori Dango Finale: It will help to remember that nothing has to make sense. 7/10
  • Hua Mulan
    Hwang Jin-yi: Yum, a pretty female lead. Otherwise unremarkable comment on a very interesting figure in Korean history. The drama was better. 7/10
  • Innocent Steps
  • The King and the Clown: Ow. Just ow. It was surprisingly good, with bits of random crazy, and I wasn’t too keen on the crude humour. 8.5/10
  • Kurosagi: It was like an enormously long episode of Kurosagi peppered with faux-literati references to Shakespeare and barely any tension at all. I preferred the series. 7/10
  • Level 7 Civil Servant
  • Love Me Not
  • My Girlfriend is an Agent
  • My Little Bride: Aside from initial screaming (‘She married him at WHAT age?!’), it’s cute. Moon Geun-young and Kim Rae-won do creditable jobs, and it’s not hard to see why they’re popular, acclaimed actors now. 8.5/10
  • My Mighty Princess
  • My Sassy Girl: Um, this one, I think, you just have to watch, even if it’s not to your taste. Hallyu staple and quite touching at some parts. 7/10
  • The Naked Kitchen
  • Night in the Supermarket
  • Ogamdo
  • Painted Skin: Another one of those ‘Just watch and pass the popcorn’ movies. Remember, it doesn’t have to make sense. 8/10
  • Perhaps.Love: I didn’t like it at first, but Takeshi Kaneshiro and Zhou Xun are compelling reasons to watch. The emotion play in the movie grows on you and the soundtrack is great. (Minus points for being a little bit too highbrow with the complications at times.) 8.5/10
  • Searching For the Elephant
  • Speed Scandal
  • Spy Girl: I… think I forget what it was about. Kind of bland treatment on a gorgeous North Korean spy who gets stranded in South Korea and how she met this total freeloader boy. Yeah. 7.5/10
  • xxxHolic: The Summer: Pure xxxHolic fare. I’d recommend a watch, if only for Yuuko’s delicious brand of being bossy and all-knowing. 10/10

North American/European

  • The Big Bang Theory: Seasons 1-3 (ongoing).
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 1-2.
  • Criminal Minds: Seasons 1-5 (ongoing).
  • Emma: BBC miniseries.
  • Gilmore Girls: Seasons 1-2.
  • Kings: Season 1.
  • Merlin: Seasons 1-2 (ongoing).
  • Pride and Prejudice: BBC miniseries.
  • Tipping the Velvet: BBC miniseries.
  • White Collar: Season 1 (ongoing).

Planning to watch:

  • Baby and Me
  • Shibatora
  • Mars
  • Dong-yi
  • Personal Taste
  • Tokujo Kabachi

Non-Asian stuff to watch:

  • All five hundred seasons of Law and Order
  • Torchwood & Dr. Who

Oh God. I am resigned to a permanent backlog.

  1. flyingcrispi
    Monday, February 25, 2008 at 4:06 pm

    Ok, so:
    Anime : I watched Death Note and I loved it, but I’ll never watch any anime again (I just don’t like them).

    Chinese dramas: As you said “Please, smart and capable Taiwanese people, start filming good, thoughtful dramas. I swear, it won’t kill you.” I absolutely hated ISWAK (mostly b/c of Ariel Lin, I just can’t stand her), Smiling Pasta wasn’t that great, so I moved on to J dramas. I’ll try My Own Swordsman.

    J dramas: I’ve seen all of them but Kurosagi and Long Vacation. I won’t see this last one, I pulled three Kimura Takuya dramas one after the other and I don’t want the Horikita Maki syndrome to happen again ( I saw her in too much, I can’t stand her anymore, just like Ueto Aya). I’ll try Kurosagi to see if I’m cured.

    K dramas: I think I’ll watch HGD, it seems nice. Lol. I’ve seen the ones I wanted to see.

    Movies: xxxHolic is an anime, The Banquet didn’t seem that great on imdb and I’ve seen the rest.

    That wasn’t interesting for you, sorry, I needed to write it down to clear up that little head of mine.

  2. Monday, February 25, 2008 at 7:54 pm

    The thing about My Own Swordsman is that it requires a very Chinese brain. I’m not sure you’ll like it, but you’re welcome to try.

    Watch me fangirl crazily over Il Ji Mae. I swear, if I pass this year, it won’t be because I studied.

  3. Neechan
    Thursday, March 6, 2008 at 9:42 pm

    YOU FORGOT NOBUTAAAAAAA!~~~~~~~~ *clings to your leg*

  4. Jess
    Friday, March 28, 2008 at 3:50 pm

    May I suggest the anime “Monster”? It’s Death Note-like.. except better. From the way you write, I can somewhat tell you’ll like this type of thing. It’s a psychological adventure thriller-ish anime… if you give Ouran High a 10/10, then Monster definitely deserves 11 xD

  5. Jess
    Friday, March 28, 2008 at 3:51 pm

    Oh wait.. just realized you never watched Death Note… well, that’s another suggestion I’d make 😛 Monster is slightly better though, in my opinion. The beginning episodes are a bit slow-paced, but once you get past 10.. oh man, you’re on for a wild ride. Watch it!!

    • Anonymous
      Friday, February 19, 2010 at 9:42 am

      i agree! ive been watching DEATH NOTE over and over…but i like the live one not the anime version.

    • ennauchiha
      Thursday, September 13, 2012 at 11:25 am

      yup ur wright

  6. rting
    Saturday, March 29, 2008 at 7:22 am

    ahhh.. did u watch furuba (anime) before?
    it’s usually named as “fruit basket” but I prefer it to have its original jap name. =X
    one of my fave anime other than ouran. 😄

  7. iurgnotmis
    Sunday, March 30, 2008 at 12:26 am

    I agree with flyingcrispi and jess, I loved death note. If you like the anime, you can also take a look at the death note movies.

    As for your intending to watch list, Bullfight is not something I’d recommend. The title is, in my opinion, deceiving. Rather than to say the drama revolves around bullfights, it’s more appropriate to say it revolves around analogies of bullfights. It starts with one and ends, after some terrible stretches, with a bullfight.

  8. laora
    Sunday, April 6, 2008 at 8:54 am

    Totally agree about your HGD review, esp the toilet humour part.

    I’m planning to watch Kurosagi the movie, too, Yamapi’s cute…

  9. sevenses
    Sunday, April 27, 2008 at 7:11 pm

    Ack! So many comments that I have not checked up on! Sorry.

    Death Note: I want to watch it so bad, but somehow the knowledge of what happens to everyone, essentially, I don’t feel like breaking my heart over again. So… I’m sticking to ‘have read the manga’.

    Furuba/Fruits Basket: I’m sorry, perfect doormat main character girls annoy me. (Kotori from X1999 is another example.) I tend to want to smack the screen when they’re around, and … yeah. On the other hand, Yuki and Kyo!

    Oh I just can’t wait for this summer! So many things to watch, so little time. *rubs hands together in glee*

  10. Jess
    Saturday, May 3, 2008 at 11:39 am

    Nice, so you did watch Romance in the Rain! 😀

    Oh and I heard about a possible Korean version of Boys Over Flowers; lol now that makes a set with MG and HYD.

  11. sevenses
    Saturday, May 3, 2008 at 2:01 pm

    I know! This summer is really so exciting on the drama front! I wonder if JGS will get a role… I think he’d do well as Rui, but then he wouldn’t get the girl, for the third time. (Or maybe Soujiroh – he’s got that cool boy thing down pat.)

  12. Thursday, June 19, 2008 at 11:16 am

    Omg, I was looking for Hong Gil Dong stuff when I came across your page. I must reccomend the movie Korean film ‘100 Days with Mr. Arrogant’! It’s a very funny movie! It has comedy, romance, and drama! :3 I’m sure you’ll like it!

  13. paradoxcomplex
    Sunday, June 22, 2008 at 3:25 pm

    LOL just noticed all your ratings for TW dramas are around 6 and 7.

    Watch My Lucky Star! It’s better than all of those TW dramas you listed added together. WAY better than It Started With a Kiss, don’t worry 😛

  14. sevenses
    Sunday, June 22, 2008 at 6:23 pm

    Heather: Thanks for the rec! I’ve already watched it, which reminds me to update my rec section.

    Jess: Yeah, I was hoping no one would see that, so I hid it amongst all those Jin Yong dramas. I’ll add it onto the list!

  15. paradoxcomplex
    Friday, June 27, 2008 at 12:01 pm

    Ohh you updated this.! Is MLS’s overacting that bad? So bad you’re comparing it to WWL? But WWL was ..ugh, I had to drop it after 2 episodes.. sigh, looks like you’ll be an eternal enemy of TW dramas 😛

  16. irugnotmis
    Monday, June 30, 2008 at 9:12 pm

    i think it was you who said you’d spend the time if there’s a 武林外传 2 right? dunno if you’ve watched but i was surfing the web and i stumble upon it: http://www.tudou.com/playlist/showPlayList.do?lid=3414985

  17. irugnotmis
    Monday, June 30, 2008 at 9:17 pm

    nvm my bad. it’s just a 2nd playlist to hold the videos. sorry to get your hopes up ^^”

  18. idabi
    Tuesday, July 8, 2008 at 1:00 am

    Oh my. Harold and Kumar 2 should not be on the list. Believe me, when they promised for the sequel to be crude, they delivered it. It’s not for the faint hearted.

  19. sevenses
    Tuesday, July 8, 2008 at 8:11 pm

    Aww, irugnotmis let me know if there is a sequel, yeah? (By the way, are you up for tag-teaming Legend of Condor Heroes 08? It’s still 20 episodes each, I believe, which is a hefty load. 😀 And both of us will have school by then, which is a bad thing if you want recaps.)

    Lols, okay. I’ll take it off. 😛

  20. Zilly
    Tuesday, July 15, 2008 at 12:36 am

    The first ep of LOCH08!!! Where is it????!!!!! I must go and search!!!! I just stumble onto your site while searching for iljiame…it is being deleted bec of SBS copyrights and I just got to the good parts, anyone know where I can see it? I am at ep 9. By the way, most of what you saw and rated, I agree with you. Korean dramas are also my least favorite…most of them are like a million ep.s, who has this kind of time to watch it all??? Don’t even bother with Gokusen III, just see the beg, then the end. It was so YAWN!!! Death Note is ok+, but you should definitely see Monster, very good mystery. The suspense and plot is pretty good-excellent.

  21. sevenses
    Tuesday, July 15, 2008 at 7:49 pm

    Woah, calm down, Zilly. 😀 LOCH08 is out on VCD and diligent people have been uploading it everywhere – you can stream it at xiaoli.cc or find the raws at tsxz.com.

  22. Zilly
    Wednesday, July 16, 2008 at 3:18 pm

    got some results already, not impressed so far…how are u liking it?

  23. Tina
    Sunday, July 20, 2008 at 11:39 pm

    Stumbled upon your website from some other website…must say….love your comments in your reviews of what you’ve watched. Thanks for the play by play of Iljimae…can’t stay away from the darn show. Since uploads with English subs are taking what seems like forever, your site is a godsend!

  24. Wednesday, July 23, 2008 at 12:13 pm

    May I perhaps suggest MARS for a break from mediocre Taiwanese dramas? It is infinitely more substantial than most of the recent stuff. MARS is exceptional…I don’t know how else to describe it. It has more mature content than some of the others, but it’s so touching… sigh. I gave it two thumbs up. That’s all I can say. 🙂

  25. sui
    Friday, September 5, 2008 at 1:46 am

    Hello 🙂

    Mars is based on the manga. The manga is infinitely better in my opinion. After a few episodes of the Taiwanese drama I stopped caring about watching and just reread the manga series.

    And I have a forever backlog, too! I have to watch all seasons of Buffy and Smallville as well– also a bunch of movies and anime. Hehe.

  26. Anonymous
    Tuesday, February 10, 2009 at 5:59 pm

    Wow sevenses, you bring the term ‘Asian drama addict’ to a whole new level for me. I didn’t know that people who watch dramas from this many different Asian countries existed. lol.

    But the reason I’m commenting is to ask you where you watch/download your Chinese dramas. And are there English subs?

  27. sevenses
    Tuesday, February 10, 2009 at 6:04 pm

    @Anon: I’m trying to cut back on the addiction. Sorta.

    But to answer your question, I honestly don’t know, because I just watch them in the original Chinese. Sorry!

  28. Thursday, March 19, 2009 at 6:26 am

    Mysoju.com actually has a few of those Chinese dramas in English subtitles, I believe… not many, but maybe a couple…

  29. tva
    Saturday, March 21, 2009 at 12:55 am

    love ur blog and agree with all of ur comments EXCEPT for east of eden which i really liked [can exclude the middle part]… lol.
    but everyone has their own opinion. I’m curious why u dont like east of eden tho.. if u have time, please write a twilight-like review of east of eden (or at least the part that u watched).
    i really like Pride for Jap drama and Young warriors of yang clan. wonder if u watched them and what ur opinion is on those

  30. Wednesday, June 17, 2009 at 8:11 am

    Totally agree on the time between dog and wolf part 😀
    you have great taste!

  31. DangoCrazy149
    Wednesday, January 20, 2010 at 11:13 pm

    Have you wathed Black & White? I thought that was a pretty good TWDrama. And, okay, a little draggy at times, but the plot extended beyond ‘我沒有你會死掉’. I mean, I still liked it.

    I enjoyed ISWAK, but that’s just me. Joe has trouble being the cool, suave, emotionless Naoki, but his acting improved in TKA (the sequel).

    Hana Yori Dango was my first JDorama. I loved it to bits, watched it a few billion times, got really sick of it, then started hating it with a vengeance. To this day I still regret burning down the HD version onto expensive discs. SUch a waste.

    Nobuta was awesome. Some parts killed me (like when they were talking about Nobuta’s cursed hair). Shuji is way cool (especially with his fringe in a ponytail). I thought every Kurosagi episode was the same, and YamaPi cannot summon up a noh-face. You know, he attempts to when saying ‘Maido Ari’? No, it never works out. I liked Ryusei no Kizuna, if you’ve seen that. It wasn’t absolutely breathtaking, but a bit above average. Rather enjoyable, actually.

    I liked Hana Kimi (J style), hated Hana Kimi (TW style). I mean, Ella doesn’t just look like a girl faking a guy. She actually looks like a guy… period. Oh, I don’t know if you’ve seen TimeStory, but it’s good. Well, some parts. Some parts just wasted part of my life, but some parts made me laugh and choke and die (not really).

    I’m currently watching Hi, My Sweetheart. Rainie’s a “bad girl” and apparently the director’s vision of a “bad girl” is one who dresses in black leather, paints her nails black, wears killer black heels and goes around slapping innocent bystanders. Hmm… Anyway, Show’s mushroom cut is interesting.

    Oh, have you watched Liar Game? I didn’t get to finish th last episode because my internet broke (and I can’t be stuffed to finish it), but it was pretty good from what I saw so far. The sequel’s out so… yeah. I might even check that out.

    I must say, I mainly just watched Boys Before Flowers for the eye candy. Korean dramas have a funny tempo and sometimes when I think they should have sone instrumental in the background, it’s all silent. That just pisses me off. But I watched it because then I started to obsess over SoEulmates (ignore me if you don’t know what that is). I’m over it now (kind of).

    My friend was in love with Seung Gi (no, she was REALLY in love with him. Like, she started playing soccer because she heard that Seung Gi layed soccer, WTH?) so forced me to watch this. And… I liked it. It was utterly useless and extremely unhealthy, but I watched it because I didn’t have to focus too hard and I got to shout insults at the crazy stepmother.

    Full House cheesed off for me somewhere when they realised they were in love. I hate those kind of confessions. The fluff in the last episode was almost unbearable. And why does no one agree with me when I state that Bi is clearly quite ugly? Because he is.

    I want to start IRIS, not because if TOP (he’s barely in it anyway) but because it’s the newest craze in Korea and everyone says it’s so good and blah blah blah.

    I highly disliked Legend of the Condor Heroes (2008) for no other reason that Guo Jing was just such a bloody idiot. No, you know something is up with the drama when you start rooting for the villain. And I was. I totally skipped all the Guo Jing parts and went to Yang Kang. At least the bad guys have a brain.

    半生緣 is beautiful. It’s filled with lovely, raw emotion and it’s my mom’s all-time favorite drama. I won’t say much about it because my clumsy words will ruin everything.

    I used to adore Qiong Yao. But somewhere along the way, I grew up. And then I realized how crap it all was. My beloved Hu Zhu Ge Ge and Qing Shen Shen Yu Mong Mong got quickly demoted. But seriously, I can’t take her plots. They’re just… too cheesy. I need a bucket to sustain my upchuck reflex when I see her dramas. It’s painful.

    I don’t watch a lot of anime, but Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuutsu (or The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya) is nice. It’s based on a series of light novels and I enjoyed the anime very much. I didn’t like anime Deathnote, but manga Deathnote kicks ass. I’s also reading Code: Breaker now. It’s pretty new, running in Shojo Weekly Manga (well, the same one DN was in) and the plots good. I’m waiting for someone to make it an anime because you know they will. If you need a laugh, watch/read Slam Dunk. It’s awesome (I use that word too much).

    Tian Long Ba Bu stopped being enjoyable for me after Ah Zhu died. I mean, her sister annoyed the hell out of me. And I hate Crystal Liu. The Forbidden Kingdom is a sucky piece of… (I’ll say no more).

    This is getting way too long, but I could talk forever about all the dramas/anime. I won’t. No one reads this anyway.

  32. Thursday, March 11, 2010 at 4:37 am

    Just adding to my comment above (I got WordPress, yay!) as DangoCrazy149…

    I just finished Iljimae! And okay, I admit I watched it mainly for the prettehfulness of LJK. But the ending was actually pretty good and I shed a tear at Swe Dol’s death. For once in my life, I found myself being impatient with the romantic plots. I mean, usually that’s what I watch dramas for (sorry, inner fangirl breaking out. I’ll crush it quietly)! This time, however, I thought the romantic interventions hindered the main plot. And besides, Han Hyo Joo and Lee Jun Ki’s chemistry was awkward. When she was hugging him from behind I wasn’t sure if she was picking his pockets or displaying eternal affection. Bang Soon was slightly better, but her overacting irked me at the best of times.

    I was very happy that Iljimae survived (haha at Dog Poo – forgot his name. So cute!!) but honestly, I think the story would have been much more effective if it had LJK dead. Hey! What’s those stones for? No, but I really thought that would have made everything more solid and finished. The ending was a little rushed, but I’ll make allowances seeing as they only had episode 1 flashbacks to work with.

    Man, that was only supposed to be a short note. But… I pilfered (isn’t that a cool word?) You’re Beautiful, City Hall, IRIS, Goong, and Snow Queen off my friend. Everyone says IRIS is good, but looking at javabeans’ site’s recaps, it looks like there are a lot of loopholes. That and I don’t like the main female lead. The one that’s not Kim So Yun (who kicks butt). Can you give me a bit of opinion on any of the aforementioned dramas?

    I see from the page update that you’ve started Black & White. So… (inches closer) how is it? (nudge nudge). Is it good? (nudge nudge). It is, isn’t it? (nudge nudge). Seriously, how awesome is Pi Zi? I don’t really like Yi Xiong (first of all, I would NEVER name my kid Hero. Do you realise how much ridicule that provokes? Poor guy). It’s not that I dislike him, I just don’t like him as much Pi Zi. Admittedly, there are multiple loopholes in the plot (hmm… like IRIS, now that I think about it), but they’re easy to overlook. Especially with all the special effects! Ooh! I just love all the effects. Prettehful bombs galore. But the korean ticked me off. I can speak better korean than that! Come on!

    Although, now that I think of it, the chinese lines spoken by the ambassador dude in Iljimae made me laugh too. And their costumes were so wrong! And you didn’t even need to look twice before realising those “chinese” guys were KOREAN. Duh! Guess the studio was too broke to hire and ship in actually chinese actors. Psh! Cheap!

    I’m getting off track. I’ve newly finished Hi, My Sweetheart and oh, My God, it’s one of the worst pieces of crap I’ve seen (second to Miss No Good and ToGetHer which, whaddaya know, are ‘incidentally’ all Rainie dramas) in my life. I had some hope in the start, but the acting completely squished it. And Show’s mushroom cut got more terrifying by the second. And the ending sucked. But I won’t go any further or else we’ll be here all night.

    Alas! I have been neglecting my Jdorama as of late. I guess my main problem is lack of resources. Well, my internet’s too slow to stream and I can’t find any suckers… ahem, I mean “friends” to steal stuff from. I’m mostly about the Kdrama now, but that’s only because that’s all I have to watch *sob*. Any recommendations? I want to watch some REALLY good ones worth downloading (I downloaded Hi, My Sweetheart and now heavily regret it).

    Oh, I also finished Mei Gui Jiang Hu (玫瑰江湖). You know, the new one by that up-and-coming script writer in China? Anyway, it was… good in some places and ass in others. You might point out that most dramas are like that. But no! This was dynamically different. I still liked the villain more because it was Sun Fei Fei (come on, who doesn’t love her?) and the protagonist annoyed the hell out of me. But watch it if you haven’t already. I think it’s worth a shot.

    How’s this getting so long?

    Well, you do a great job and I admire your site. It’s free and unhindered. My own site is still in the making and I can only look up to yours for inspiration.

    By the by, I’m writing a book. No, like, an actual book that I’ll publish. It’s about a guy, a novelist to be exact, who seeks inspiration for his next work. He travels around the country looking for fresh ideas and encounters new situations, new people, and a huge plot. It leads him to his ultimate death.

    Well, it’s quite cliche and reeks of angst and tragedy. Would you be so kind as to help me think of ways to make it original and liven it up a bit? I’m stuck for ideas (like the writer in my story).

    You’re the best. I hope to hear from you if you’re not too busy.

    LadyDreams

  33. anon
    Friday, July 2, 2010 at 3:04 pm

    heavenly swords and dragon sabre 2003 is produced by a taiwanese company chan hong even if it’s a join mainland and taiwan casts. i didn’t like this version that much.

  34. Tuesday, May 28, 2013 at 2:57 am

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  35. Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at 3:54 am

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  36. Wednesday, June 19, 2013 at 5:29 am

    I need to to thank you for this good read!
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  37. Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at 9:22 pm

    what do you think about that scene where sujini help dam duk wear his armor? am just asking…. am a fan of them!!! does it mean anything in korean history ?? or it’s just nothing? thank you

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