Another year end. So how was 2013?!
RL has been a bit funky, nothing seriously terrible, but I am more than ready for a change and a hopeful new year of better things, like sticking with my escapades in dramas.
Have an MV to start a Friday and all that partying shall we?!
I am missing summer terribly. 6osF, sunset SoCal is what heaven is for me about now.
What other things, dramas particularly, brought me a little brief slice of heaven or a taste of delish hell? I had a terribly few handful, but some are the best TV I’ve seen for a while.
I have gushed about them all here, almost all, except one that is, that is truly amazing but I still do not have the brain capacity to write about. End of the World shook me, still does a month since I have finished it in entirety. I took a long break, months long after 8 episodes it was so engrossing so intense and it sneaked into somewhere so deep in me, raw, so haunting I was not mentally sound to continue my watch for months. I know it is my own experience with SARS making this all the more truly frightening and me a nervous wreck, most profound drama ride for me this year.
For fluffy rainbows and puppies and cotton candy, I had my summer fling with ItaKiss, no regrets. I think 1/10 of my posts this year were on that little show. That started me thinking on what is my favorite Jdorama this year. I thought I saw plenty, but I can’t say I love any of them wholeheartedly, perhaps Saikou no Rikon? Though I caught on the craze of Hanzawa, in all honesty it was not too intriguing a drama I had hoped. I still have Woman to catch up when the mood hits. As much as I am crazy about Masato, I can’t bring myself to go on after an ep or 2 of Legal High 2, that is where a NSFW slashy MV is handy:
Inbound Troubles got my best vote from TVB from last few years. I still remember it with a warm fuzzy tickle. It was surprising ly heartwarming touching on quite dicey social issues, not that it delved deeper, but it was tastefully done with all the heart TVB is sorely lacking.
I have lost faith in Cdrama quite a bit this year after a few disappointing years in the running already. The CN drama scene was eye-opening kickass for me 8,10 years ago. I guess I just have to brave this unhealthy phase through, but not all is lost. Zhen Huan Zhuan was awesome. Tasteful, finest production value, for once I can recommend a drama from my ‘motherland’ of sorts with no snark nor shame. If you watched one Cdrama last year and it was ZHZ and you loved it, you are my kin.
Then there was Longmen Express. It was not perfectly written but there were brains and guffaws, things rarer than unicorns in Cdramaland. And it was so earnestly acted by everyone involved, my eyes were dazzled by the acting everywhere I looked from idols I have discarded (HXM) to new loves (ChenXiao) to peeps I did not even know their names but darn what have I been missing?! (Qian Fong, Guo JingFei, the WHOLE gang) I have old solid comfort reliable lovely faces (Anita Yuen, Yuan Hong, Yan Kuan, Lu Yi…) all proving their worth. This was the only Cdrama deserving its hype and praise and popularity warts and all for the camaraderie of the actors alone in 2013.
Speaking of camaraderie, I am enjoying Reply 1994 way more than 1997, it is nothing rational, I have been grumbling nonstop about the writing and editing and pace of show since the very beginning, nonstop at tumblr/tweeter/sms to any ears listening, but I just love JungWoo and Go Ara. Acting revelations. Their romance is one of the most authentic in Kdrama for me, nothing is perfect, there is a lot of fumbling but a lot of most glorious cute, humming on the glorious mess of being in love. It made me reminisce, relive those heart thumping moments in my silly romances when I was as young but sillier. I think the acting of the 1994 gang is a much welcomed improvement, it was very apparent with the 1997 gang’s cameo while I enjoy EunJi being the brash highschool girl still, she is so not doing it for me as a grown woman in 2013, same for SIG, ie my same gripe with R1997 when it deflated as the kids grew up. I will never see eye to eye to all the tunnel vision lovers of CB, he is really not all that to override everything about the show and the collective awesome of the gang, both the character and the actor, he is good, just nowhere near THAT good. Nothing is bad in R1994, when I do not have a lot of snark for the show proper, it means in a roundabout way it has a piece of my heart.
I did not write a proper post on Cruel City because I was so caught up in the middle of marathoning the intense noir by the time I stuck my head out from the doom, I have lost the love for it a bit. The drama deserved a fantastically devastating last act it did not get. With a bit of time, as the year is winding down, I still remember how much I was hooked with the acting, some of the most memorable jobs well done by Jung Kyung-ho, Kim Yoo-mi and Choi Moo-sung, especially KYM, that was one well written lady you breathed life to. And this is one of my favorite songs out of Kdrama OSTs this year:
Speaking of well written drama ladies I also loved Kim OkBin’s Princess SoHee. I loved the artistry of Blade and Petal it was perfection for me aesthetically until it was invaded by the plastics who can’t act. But you should know I watch that show for the scorching eyeballs BAMFness of a CHOI!MIN!SOO!
Breaking Bad is still the best drama ever for me. EVER. I have made up my mind, in my 30s, I probably will not see anything close to what that last season did to me for the rest of my life.
Pursuit of Happiness is OWNING me, ruining my life the most awesomely soulsearing way as the good ones should. This is not perfection, but close and VERY close when Tony Yang and Sonia are left alone to do their magic. I have never had my heartstrings this stirred by a TWidoldrama, ever.
If I was trapped in a hole and never coming out with only some basic sustenance and one movie in 2013 to kneel me over till my (preferably very hot, a Yuan Hong, if I may) scheduler came knocking when my time’s up, I would bring along The Grandmaster:
I have watched this bts of WKW on Grandmaster many times, each giving me new chills:
It slays **spoiler**:
Since I somehow sneak in Loverboy in a ‘Year end’ post, he posted a much more befitting MV biding farewell as Chang Ge Xing wrapped up its filming just yesterday: