Other than a dud or 2 promptly kicked off the curb, it’s been 8 months straight of lovely things I’m watching, even if fewer to come by, catching my eye has become a formula of sorts equating awesomesauce on drama’s own merits. I guess I’m finally wiser, maybe it does correlate with getting older and can hold off my nosiness checking out everything that is ‘raved’ upon and revert to whether my interest was piqued from the get go based on …6th sense? gut? Knowing myself better and being less tolerant? I do have to thank a few dearTweeps for majorly Pimping CrackofPerfection, recs like ILICDD, but most crucially, it’s exactly the type of drama I gravitate towards.

Anyway, my lucky streak continues, it seems. 🙂

Answer to 1997 is Cute instantaneously, everything is spot on real and sassy. You can tell from the get-go things can only get better when we spend more time with the characters…they r all effortlessly real and charming in their own way without trying to please because most noticeable positive: the writer is writing this with every ounce of heart and love in her.  It goes from me squeeing Cute! Oh I had and did that, that, that and THAT!  and served a nostalgia galore buffet…then things get tighter, being 18 yos in 1997 is…dare I shout it, my gen. every tiny details r hitting home runs even when I know scantily little of Kpop/Kdrama circa 1997.  I know I’m missing quite a lot of lovely references but the genuine emotion it evokes…I’m getting all the tingles. The Oppas r real and they only occupy our whole being when we r at that certain age of puppies, unicorns and hormones. I’m sure the ~18yos of 2012, or anyone who’s been a teenager once, will find it speaking his or her exact vocab as well because the situations, the growing pains r all the freaken same and dealt with so much honesty and care.  I finished all the available eps last night, and as with every addiction, it again ups its ante, hitting way too close to home and I out-cried our girl ShiWon. Not easy a feat, but I did.
I love everything about it, down to the shouty match in Saturi…it had a ring of Sat pm in Women’s market MongKok HK to me,  the perfect cuppa to tide me over my glorious CDD addiction. *<-No it’s not calming down, I’m afraid.*

Speaking of Show done with copious amt of heart, Ghetto Justice 2 is a very pleasant surprise.  It has its warts, charming warts and lots of it, but the tender loving care is here, and the spiffy kitschy dialogues that is particular of a HKdrama’s charm. Of course I’m not going to put my eggs in the basket expecting it to be as lovely as orig GJ….or should I?  I watched 4 eps in a roll last few days now that I have to snap myself back to a normal post ILICDD, and I’m most shocked in how aptly it’s keeping up with the breezy warm vibe of the original, and 4 eps in I can safely say this may surpass the original.  The crew obviously is one well-oiled machine with a better flow…and it is showing, considering this is sitcom mostly with a few gaping logic fails here and there, tonnes of heart but with Miss Chinese International bimbos who can’t speak Canto properly and even more clueless as to acting, yet still not a deal-breaker.  One thing to TVB’s credit is IF they get a formula and the chemistry snappy and put in the effort and respect of the genre, their sequels r surprisingly spot on, and in this case, polishing up a few glitches.  4 out of 25ep is quite early to gauge its overall quality, but so far so good!  It’s sharp, the witty slangy dialogue is as colorful and funfunfun as ever.  The camaraderie btn Kevin and Myolie is like one of bffs and a married couple, it’s lovely to watch all the touchyfeelysmoochy.  Exhibit A, B, C, D:

Mins into ep1, we have them frolicking and rolling in bed for a few times already, both of them r OTTing on purpose with great control, and I can’t believe myself in saying this, nor hoping this will make sense, but it’s charming and authentic pertaining to their characters, and their rapport is a feast for my eyes and ears.  Clearly nth is lost in the chemistry dept btn Kevin and Myolie in the yr+, actually they are so much more comfy in their character’s skins with all the warranted skinship, it’s refreshing.  My love for these lovely warm cuddly characters is alive and kicking, bringing me squarely back to Sham Shui Po, HK.   We have a few pretty bimbos of side characters written specifically within their skill limits (and all newbs have to start somewhere, so I can cut them some slacks), a bit of intrigue and juicy past laundry already aired.  The cases have less holes, it actually put in the effort to work in some little plausible twists (along with some nonsense, but that’s the charm!). Not a dull moment, at all.   I think this franchise’s success is in knowing exactly where to posit itself, not aiming too loftily pretentious and balancing out romance, friendships, courtroom, action, makjang and the hilarity in an unoffensive, entertaining hodgepodge.

IF you are seriously critical with your courtroom procedural, this is absolutely not for you; if you liked Jdorama Hero, this is its HK ghetto version with MUCH more slapstick and silliness and imo more believably breathing, down-to-earth characters.  Having watched Ghetto Justice 1 is a prerequisite.  Kevin is proving his worth here why he’s the new hot potato in sino-dramaland.  Saying this is 180 fr his Prince8 in BuBuJingXin is an understatement.  I would say he’s the biggest beneficiary from Show.  Nicky gets a reboot of his career, but he’s always had a steady huge following.  His post BBJX projects r all stinky turds tbvh.  Kevin OTOH, has his hands on project after project of increasingly sought after roles and more promising production:  Red Dust (I’m very looking forward to this ->*see kiss gif below* ->*fan self*) has already wrapped its filming, intense, Manguo angsty spy noir war romance, Kevin is a communist party spy falling for a mystery woman.  Everything I’ve heard is telling me this is dead solidly good stuff.  They have just bought the rights to the movie’s original music by Lo Ta-Yu, not sure how much it’ll be based on the original breathtaking movie but everyone attached, every aspect of it, is talent in the industry atvm.  Then there’s the fresh in production Cdrama Ip Man and he’s the titular Master.   This is what we can look forward to:

Drastically different shows, Obviously Reply1997 is much more painstakingly researched, thoughtfully done and GJ2 is still kitschy mass TVB fare, but on the heart-meter, both r brimming with it. Bottom-line is, they respect their audience, and the production shines in how much it loves its material and the fans they r conversing with.  Nth more I can ask, esp these started off as means to an end…to distract me fr rewatching a certain 170eps of perfection and royally F! my life and the lives of others around me.

11 thoughts on “*Heart*

  1. *claps hands in excitement*

    You are watching Answer Me 1997 too! Isn’t it just a darling, little drama? I’m couple of decades older but being a teenager is more or less the same world over, in almost any recent decade. At least in the more developed countries that is. So yeah, I can relate to these characters too. Show brings back so many almost forgotten memories and makes me grin, “that was me, right there!”

    I also love the way they keep us in our toes with all these surprises at the end of the episodes each week.

    About ‘the shouty match in Saturi’ – that’s me and my dear sisters way back when, LOL! Poor mom, who was this ladylike, proper person and hated loud and noicy, got 3 girls who were loud and prone to shouting matches.

    1. It is such a sweet precious thing, not saccharine, but endearing and just give you the warm fuzzies. Hey, what r the odds of watching TWO of these gems simultaneously in your case?!

      I was a bit hesitant because Tony Ahn, HOT, Kpop… is about all I know of that era in Kr plus a song or 2. And credit to Miss writer she’s written sth so genuine from the bottom of her heart, I bet quite auto-biographical, that resonates with every one of us.

      There are so many lil poignant surprises along the way and knowing these r the characters firsts and we’re reliving our firsts through them….ahhhhh precious beyond word.

      1. Serendipity? 🙂

        Yeah, I think this story is written from the heart, fondly femembering ‘the way it was then’, warts and all. Time tends to gild the memories but the more painful experiences tend to keep their sting. Sometimes they evoke a chuckle though as you take some things SO seriously when you are at that age. 🙂

        Btw. Is Ghetto Justice worth a check-out? Provided it can be found with subs someplace.

        1. We do take every little thing in our world back then sooo sooo seriously do we? Can look back at it fondly with a chuckle but at the time, what Appa did to SW would be end of the world to any 18 yo. Oddly I still remember how much the pain hurts haha, even though I can totally laugh at myself being silly and oh so young back then.

          There’s sub for GJ2 for streaming http://www.dramacrazy.net/hong-kong-drama/ghetto-justice-2-episode-1/242888 HKdrama is not sth that translates well though, I glanced a bit of the dialogue and sadly it’s lost all its vigor. The translator did a commendable job, it’s just Canto slang and the witty word play on homophones are not translatable imo.

          1. Re. GJ – things always get lost in translation, especially when it’s something to do with jokes/wordplay. Same with all languages, my own included. I’ll take a peek anyway. 🙂

    1. Chingu, I caught you watching some current airing dramas and it doesn’t sound like FUN! DROP THEM! WATCH THESE! At least Reply1997. There can’t be a bad word about it to be found ever.

      1. Yea cos they’re the ones available at hand’s reach. ILICDD and 1997 are the hard ones to get, at least by direct downloads (my only source sighs). But I’m willing to wait, if mookie and the rest are saying good stuff, they’re good..oh no.. better than that, ORSEEMMM!


        1. Guess what I couldn’t stand it no more, finally torrented 2 eps of 1997! And got them done in 10 hours.. HAHA, YAY!

            1. Done with Ep 1, and still can’t believe the whole show’s shot using Busan dialect! CUTE!

              Already adore Shi Won and her cray cray HOT hots, and of course Yun Jae – such an endearing and lovable friend, Seo In Gook is totally killing it (I adored him in Love Rain)!

              Plus you can do no wrong with AHN JAE WOOOOOOK, forever my first love crush!

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