I finished both episodes of Itakiss in one go yesterday and my heart is broken. I’m in denial to face the lives of our Itakiss darlings filled with stress and hurdles, frustration and bruising of the heart. C’est la vie, but it is too real ( not saying it’s bad) to see our manga characters going through the deep end of facing harsh reality like the rest of us. I want to give them hugs, but I need some myself.
I was going to lighten my own mood by fanficing cute fluff out of 13, 14 but is that even humanly possible? I got too worn out to revisit the episodes. So as one lifelong experienced procrastinator, I distract myself with things at the other end of the spectrum: hot sweaty bloody grimy period ahjusshis
That is why I clicked on Patriot YueFei. It’s watchable and better than I expected, surprise surprise, but I lost interest after 3 eps. Huang Xiao Ming will forever cause me perplexia. I’m not blind and I can’t deny his face is gorgeously chiseled, but when he emotes, it’s like the girlfriend of different lighting in Seinfeld. I can’t help but crack up when he’s crying or angsting, he looks utterly clownish, and when he’s smiling or smizing, I cringed at all the unintentional sleaze oozing from his every pore. I can see what he’s trying to do, but it always evokes the wrong emotion in me without ‘fail’.
His Yue Fei, in stills, is breathtaking.
Any long shots of him, lovely.
Then, he emotes.
The production is at the very least not toying us with too much flagellation of our sanity. This has decent production values, and if we turn a blind eye at all the ‘harmonious’ censorship fallacies: for example, the late Song is no longer fighting the ‘Jin’. The same Wanyan are Jurchen and Jurchen only so as to not ‘belittle’ the Jin ethnic minorities, because harmony is the highest priority of society. The writing is serviceable, and at times stupid, but it’s not the level of insulting. Ruby Lin is still attacking her supporting role with the same doe-eyed sweetness like her Princess Pearl days. I do not mind her, per se, but it’s unfathomable how one could not improve an iota in decades.
A pal said my mind with this cap: HXM, undeniably gorgeous you can’t take your eyes off him, and this loving longing stare is quite effectively romantic, but the problem is he’s throwing this at EVERY GUY in every single scene, this is to the Wanyan warrior from the enemy front, but even I rolled my eyes when this is how he looks at his his bromantic buddies whom he showers with, constantly, actually even his Mom is at the receiving end…. but one exception is Ruby. They have little to nil chemistry. He is an actor with no control whatsoever, but he follows direction quite well. That is why he can be decent when he’s on a very tight leash of a good enough director. He’s better than I last saw him on TV, fine in passing scene, but every nuance in closeup, so so wrong. But if you are a fan, he’s trying so hard, and he’s not stringent with fanservice at all.
Trashbin. The story proper, if they are adhering to any historical accuracy, is too black and white boring for me.
Then I clicked on Blade/Sword and Petal/Flower. And I will be very bothered with this show, very.
After the 2 episodes, I should’ve had 20+ cold showers and still I would be too freaking hot and bothered by Choi Min Soo alone,
and *breathebreathebreathe* has Uhm!!!!!!!!#$%^&*^&%^$!!!!!!!!Force been more UHMMMMMMMMMUUNNNNNFFFFFFFFFFFFFF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I have nothing intelligent to say, no surprise there, guess what is in my head except embarrassing never before imaginable (trufact) dirty deeds I must do to each and both of them?!!??!?!?!????? Ok 20+1 cold showers necessary. Zatoichi is all cool, blind with his sword. Choi MinSoo’s Yun Gae So Moon can slay me a thousand ways with barely moving a single muscle or hair on his face, let alone a word.
Can someone just gif every second of the Yun’s for a rainy day for the love of womankind and be my loveliest life-ruiner?
You know how much I am enslaved in love with WKW and I’m calling this In the Mood for Saguek, In the Mood for Goguryeo HotSuperBAMFs. Did they utter words? That is honestly too much to ask of any woman or man. Words are for us lesser moderners, they can speak with part of their backside and messy manes alone.
Everything is so cohesively in tune, except for some imo wtf Heroine fangirling mood music. I totally got flashbacks to the Shaw Brothers Wuxia cheesy gold of the 70s which is one of my first and forever cinematic love:
but as much as I love the 70s camp, I don’t have the time to dwell on flashbacks of swinging swords and horses when I can hug and kiss my screen enjoying UUUUNNNNFFFFHHHMMMMMforce romancing Kim OkBin whom sorry, I have to paste my face to.
but that little piece of ‘whimsy’ music was snapping me out of my leaking faucet-mouth of droolz and I don’t need the bother of flashbacks ( I frankly thought my streaming was screwy and it jumped back to a previous scene not long ago…that unnecessary) to remind me how sizzling HAWTTTT! and impossible to not flail and fangirl the UNNFFHHHMMMMM, I have many scenes, so memorable a feast, so lush with sensory overload, done with the loveliest sparce bold strokes I have no problem to be sated and keep hitting replay till I get more, which any sane/insane person who’ve watched this @#$@%^%#*&%^%$! would. I do think Mr PD indulge a little too much in a scene here and there, but this is nitpicking when I only need the men be on the screen breathing while I cease to.