American yardie & fellow drama addict since late 2012. I work in the film industry so generally I'm more of a movie person than a TV series person, but now that I've caught the Asian drama bug I'm not in any rush to be cured!
PICK OF THE MONTH
I watch several movies a month & will choose the one I enjoyed the most for each month. Doesn't mean it was the best movie ever, just that of all the movies I saw in that month the one chosen resonated the most with me.
Movie of the Month (April):
Love and Honour (2006), Japan
starring Kimura Takuya & Dan Rei
I write them first & foremost as a guide for myself. Months or years later when I revisit a movie or drama I want to be able to recall what about it worked for me and what didn't. Yes, I work in the biz as a producer & writer/director (of short films at the moment, but hopefully feature length films too in the not so distant future), but don't expect any expert reviews. I'm not a film critic. I watch shows for my own enjoyment and will rate/review them based on one or a combination of the following:
1) Emotional resonance - how did the movie/drama make me feel overall?
2) Characters/actor performances - did I connect to them? Were they memorable?
3) Production value/artistry - this is important because as an emerging filmmaker when I come across a particularly well made production that inspires my own work I have to comment on it. The vast majority of movies are average in this regard though so I don't include this in my reviews a lot.
I hardly give 10s. Usually in order for me to give 10s all of the above criteria (or more, sometimes I won't know until the end of the movie) must be met. Sometimes just 2 of them are enough to warrant a 10, but that's rare. Most of my ratings are 6 and above. Anything below that means I generally did not enjoy the picture.
My 5 ingredients for the perfect drama:
- Mature in tone, mood & topic (no school/youth stuff) - eg A Gentleman's Dignity, Pride
- Can be of any genre with romance preferably being a significant part of the plot - eg Padam Padam
- Real kissing & physical interaction between characters who are supposedly in love, eg Coffee Prince, Buzzer Beat, Queen In-Hyun's Man
- A lack of melodrama and over the top theatrics which stir up negative emotions
- Happy ending
My Firsts & Favourites
First Korean Drama: Padam Padam
First Japanese Drama: Want to say Pride, but it's actually a '90s oldie, but goodie called Oshin
First Taiwanese Drama: Autumn's Concerto
First Asian Crush: Lee Byung-hun
Favourite Japanese Drama: Orange Days
Favourite Korean Drama: Padam Padam
Favourite Japanese Movie: In the Realm of the Senses
Favourite Korean Movie: 3-iron
Favourite Asian Actor: Lee Byung-hun
Favourite Asian Actress: Kim Nam Joo
Favourite Female Character: Song Shi Won, Reply 1997
Favourite Male Character: Kim Boong Do, Queen In Hyun's Man
Favourite New Crush: Seo In Guk
Actresses I don't want to see on my screen (apologies in advance to the fans):
Ha Ji Won
Kim Na Heul
Kim Na Heul
I realise the above 2 actresses are quite popular, so don't hate me, but I find them annoying & rather obnoxious in their interpretation of roles.
Choi Jung Yoon - either plays whiny, childish, immature characters or whiny, spineless, woe is me characters. I hate both.Let's be friends:
Due to my interest in more mature themes I prefer to accept friend requests from adults, 18 years or older. Please do not send a request if you know you're under 18.
- Times (Days) 18.79
- Plan to Watch105
- On Hold34
- Total Entries163
- Times (Days) 7.07
- Plan to Watch158
- On Hold12
- Total Entries249
Orange Days2004, Japanese
Brother Beat2005, Japanese
Padam Padam2011, Korean
Reply 19972012, Korean
A Moment to Remember2004, Korean
Love and Honor2006, Japanese
The Servant2010, Korean
Kimura Takuya1972, Japanese
Yoo Ji Tae1977, Korean
Jung Woo Sung1973, Korean
Lee Byung Hun1970, Korean
Ha Jeong Woo1979, Korean