Now Watching July 2015

I have free time!  Which I should work on, like keep staring the moving boxes to organize and vanish themselves but well well well, there are more urgent things I am staring at alright.

无心法师/ WuXin the Monster Killer

How rarely do you hear a kind word from me on TangRen, for a rarely seen genre of supernatural manguo period!? I once loved TR’s productions irrationally, then loathing for years now… it is back on my good side with 2 eps of this. It is a solid commendable work on cinematography alone and finally some watchable action sequences I can appreciate, not wincing with second hand embarrassment for the actors involve (yeah HQG, that’s you).   I still hate TR…why does the same producer lady haz 2 full eps of solid storytelling thus far with unknowns in her bags but royally pooped on my Loverboy and ShiShi and Janine Chang in my Loverboy’s only outing as a lead in a TR production in Clothing the World?!  I was not giving this any hope after seeing the trailer, the track record of TR always able to churn out catchy trailers/MVs serving us false hope, that is all they could manage to stay afloat with (not really) last few. It is still leaving a rancid aftertaste last few years, often not even: no one is getting any seconds wasted watching BBJQ, even the trailer, back. I will forever stinkface you for that TR ladyboss.

This stars a bunch of unknowns or plastic idols I care very little (eg Mike D).  The leading ladies are not my cuppa in the looks department, visible aging PS is my biggest peeve.   BUT the construct of the heroine is not annoying and has a good head inside her head.  She is observant on what she can put herself of use to, from tiniest gestures suchas grabbing an extra steamed bun for Mr monster killer always to a sidekick in kickassing or just street smart surviving. For one she spins out logical reasons the necessity to be in the same bed with our Monster Killer beefcake she just met earlier the day, reasons I can nod to.  Instantly my brain meshing kind of gal.

Our hero is a charming guy with a harmless, inviting smile on his face most of the time, a sparkle of little well meaning naughty knowing twinkle here and there as a ‘monk’ who loves his meat.
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Of course He has an angsty past, he is an undead and his blood, kills unsavory things, very viable reason why he has to be topless often to have easy access to his own fine hunk of meat.  Newbie actor 韓東君/ Elvis Han is quite good looking to begin with, but after an episode, I can not pry my eyes off his easy charm. His good looks are compared to everyone from Lin GengXin to Boran Jin and half a dozen of Hotties but he reminds me of Trash Oppa JungWoo the most esp when he smiles.

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If you are gonna fight, in a drama, hire a choreographer for the job, you can not just ask the poor actors, however good, to ad lib some dance moves and add some super schticky CG lightbeams worst than some magical pony cupcakes pooping rainbows, HQG!!!  *Yes I have watched tutorial ad nauseam, VERY tempted, but not economical in the equation of work >fun>>> taste of food coloring*

Back to my pmping of an internet Cdrama with no big C stars nor subs (hey Mike D fans you only need to read one line in this post, THIS. >♡♥♥♡♥♡ HI.  This is GOOD STUFF, might be the best Cdrama virgin attack anyone can ask for, fansubbing is more than worthwhile! )

Spoilerish:  Our other interesting young lady is a pixie 16 yo red riding hood lookalike demonness, eyes set on hero as her perfect eternal life match: hero has a nonperishable supernatural body, she has an immortal soul which can assume any identity of mortals she just had life sucked out of, adage goes that happens to be our heroine for a while.  The interesting twist is our heroine then relives the past of/as our demonness, their destiny crashes and melds into a messy fate stew.   Drama is set in early 1900s, new revolutionary China/Manguo, we have a taste of Qing and more with time hopping.  There is also the angst of hero’s Achilles’ heels, he must fell into an amnestic sleep every 100 years and restarts with memory of his everything, his love wiped off.  Our red riding hood demonness has her own hopelessly romantic guy2 having her back:

Bonus is there is a bumbling playboy general, not the brightest bulb, nor terribly pretty, but not a wuss, kind of a generous, simple good boy, cracking me up and I can always trust TR to milk all the cute slash with any two dudes sharing a screen:

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Pervie General: You are so pretty, why are you wasting yourself being a monk?!

Beefcake: What did you just say?!

Pervie General: Oh did I just say it out loud?!

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Hmm.

Bonus x a million: IF you are a fan of 李健/Li Jian

After two eps, I want more, I want more of visually arresting artistic direction, I want to know more about the story, characters, everything, inasmuch I am chopping my hands off from reading the original novel so as to experience the drama first hand. Even Hua Xu Yin can wait

I just looped a scene from Producer with all my shoujo butterflies having a party in my tummy along with IU’s character on crushing someone, and that someone you can enjoy from afar is suddenly, intimately a breath away, owning you every senses, taking your breath away.

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Question: Is drama worthy?!  I like this scene but nothing is really flipping me over the edge to sit through a not flawless Kdrama nowadays.

I am spoiled 9 ways till Sunday of the remake of newest Journey to the West, this time a C animation new take.  I have seen this English trailer a while back and it did not left much of an impression:

But then peeps I barely know who have seen it has been raving about it nonstop EVERYWHERE, I can not pry myself from ANY fanvids of it since last week, totally addicted, insanely curious as to how amazingballs this could be, not a doubt in me.  Just the ED, sung by KitChan, moved me to ugly sobs:

And fan MV to the perfect 戴荃’s 悟空:

Never hurts getting chills and weak knees hearing him again live on Sing My Song:

It is not even out in theaters in CN, but USofA, we need this this side of pond, stop giving that worm any more press for shitting on Cars.  Lets appreciate what CN original animation can serve us all and pay it forward, shut the pooping of pirating intellectual properties/commodities by appreciating, embracing dedicated original worthy hard work.

I am still very curious about the BBJX movie, suddenly rewatched KCheng’s Prince8 in THAT inferno scene to keep in my mind fresh how devastatingly good he could be to buffer for what’s to come in HXY(lol).  I REALLY like Tony Yang, he is Prince4 here with DuoXiao as 14.  I can’t hate Ivy Chen ever, she is just too cute in person, limited an actress, but so is LSS, if not more so.  I am still not entirely convinced LSS is the best RX ever *shrug*. The themesong MV is just out which does nothing for me, very dull, but what I saw of the movie in it, hmmmmmmmmmmmmm.

I am also going to watch 37.5 C’s Tears this dorama season, hoping my heart has grown fonder now I have lived apart from it for a while, with nothing hooking me.  I have watched many tedious things for Naohito, or Mokomichi, or Hiroki, this could not be a waste of time just droolzing at them being hot dads, RIGHT?! *don’t say, y u jinx precious things always?!*

Not that I am abstaining from J everything. I had so much fun with the recent SP Kamoshirenai Joyuutachi  It has Maki Yoko whom I have grown fonder, for no particular reason other than I have been watching her doramas and not dropping them like flies lately.

Mizukawa Asami is a familiar face, the baby of the trio, completed by the main draw for most (except me) Takeuchi Yuko.  Yuko has not captivated me in her roles, even when she is a solid actress I must say.  This is FUN with crocks of meta, from the writer of Sen Taxi (< I have a soft fuzzy spot for this flawed thing) it goes on the AU of WhatIF the actresses played themselves but not the actresses we know, on different trajectory in life?!  I am fascinated watching it with too much popcorn and chips and icecream and beer and at times spitting some on what’s in writer’s crazy brain alone.

Last (and least) I am still watching Hua Qian Gu parking my brain, brainnumbing hormones abundant.  The ‘Prettiest’ ManWoman Nutso is still nauseating while cracking me up with silliest embarrassing lines like oh I can’t really fight(as the god of the demon clan), messing my hair!  My makeup! (hon, you can do without, trust me) And you are still not as pretty as me Bai…LOL  Lil Bone is still buggy on dangling the hopelessly in love with her dude along, using him left and right, with girly giggles alongside her buggy bug daughter. Fairy Purple Incense is a headcase without saying even though Jiang Xin is kicking all the asses perfect in every nuance of emotion she conveys.  HuoHuo can look not pretty at times, but then there are shoujo moments he made such crazy good use of I turn into a pile of droolzing jello.

I will shamelessly admit I am enjoying the shoujo shrilly bits.  There is not much engaging fantasy wuxia going on anyway, every one is plain lovelorn cuckoos, droolzing over hotties or for all ‘good’ dudes our cute MarySue or inanimate and poorly CG ‘magical’ objects, or dead frozen sister (who is dead because of YOU!).  Where I am at, lilBone is slapped on the head by glaring death eyebeams of silent fairy speak from fairy Purple Incense, very serious on her sidejob as the drama’s PI/private investigation that LilBone is in love with SiFu unbeknownst to herself, HOW DARE YOU (because fairy screaming is in love with her fellow prettiest manfairy for thousands of years His Holy Bai) and she told HHB lil Bone lurves him, hence cold front fraying, blushing with joy, twinkling his gorgeous WH eyes he is sorta containing the emotions that his crush is also crushing him YAY!  Alas he has a really important job of being the godly leader of the pack of useless fairywannabes/in training who would waste half the thousands of years of training just to intrude into Bai’s domain, not to do urgent deeds to him like kiss or make fairy prettybabies, but peek at Lil Bone’s birthstone just coz…miss Fairy sucks in real fighting/ knowledge of fragrances anyway with her full thousands of years of power and why not…want not waste not and be nosy or something?!?!  I make so much sense.

Girl 2, no matter played by a Jiang!Xin! will say all the stupid speeding OTP along things always per shoujo rules. They are slow enough to settle with (not even fully cognizant) crushing each other a thousand more years, not going anywhere and in the mean time, why not do something productive, on truly mastering voodoo fragrances and getting HHBai’s clothes off for good. For the good of humanity

And so HHBai has to touchyfeely the LURVE himself by feeling LilBone’s pulse.  Not taboo at all per his own ascetic fairy preaching. And all the delicious fluttering of HHBai realizing his own mortal hormones is heathy is food for my soul:

Lil Bone:  I will fess up SiFu, I have fallen in love…

HHBai (with his eyes):  OH IN LOVE WITH ….MEMEMEMEME!??!?!

Alas, Miss Bone lies through her teeth with not a lick of guilt using the poor third wheel she has been trolling along for all emergencies and said her guy is DongFong.  Free hugs here HHBai and closer to you the as willing and as craycray Lady Purple Incense

But the OTP is getting to me, even when my slashy brain is saying the obvious Bai and Sha must have a lovehate hot thing they won’t admit to going on forever. The megalo-egomaniac spared a breath not preaching (s)he is the fairest of all land ALL the time but ‘casually’ spitefully throwing out BZH is the most gorgeous man of his nest, it must have been love

I don’t see why I won’t keep watching, things annoying me have not/will not negate the gorgeous of HHBai’s face. Zanilia is very solid here, as I have said, even when Lil Gu on paper could annoy me often, seeing her face, I can’t.  So can’t HHBai, but I bet part is he is reminiscing a sweet moment NGing in CP3 and he is smirking you little thing, no one is cuter and prettier than MOI.

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13 thoughts on “Now Watching July 2015

  1. Really, the big shame of The Journey of Flower is that they never let Wallace’s character smile. I know he is a serious sect head but – not one smile ever?

    1. He did though in that lil gif! XD. I’m fine w him not smiling here much, it serves the character when he is supposed to b brooding about unwanted feelings towards lilGu, it is just that he is a bit too aloof towards Purple/ JX and his other fairy pals for thousand years, kinda doing the opposite if he wants her to stop pining.

      I really can’t stand the wuxia at all the most, all the moves r embarrassingly hilarious unintentionally. None convey these r grandmasters.

  2. Forever sad that a linguistically challenged person like me can’t check out most of the c-dramas you talk about. 🙂 Unless they appear @ Viki, I’m out of luck.

    Tried Producers but it wasn’t my cup of tea at all. Lot of people seem to have liked it well enough but it seems to be one of those you either like or not.

    Well, after a long while with no jdramas, I’ve surprisingly found quite a few to my liking. Would’t say they are your ‘type’ though. XD I’m tentatively interested in 37.5 C’s Tears too, it seems to be the most watchable of the lot just starting.

    1. I can’t sit through the first 10 min of Producers ep1. It just does not interest me at all and I find the characters v cliched and predictable. That’s y I just watched this scene and not even bother flipping through drama prior as I usu would, peeved that I would love it and hate the spoiling myself going back…BUT if u drop me a chat you are loving it, I would try it seriously! 😉 LOL kinda glad you didn’t. I much rather droolz at my dependable hot ojisans in 37.5C, more my taste however shallow than staring at the pleasant but not doing a thing for me IT boy

      I am sick of J OTT procedurals lately, too predictable and preachy and lazy… that’s y I am not interested in checking out Risk no Kamisama, esp when I have a forever allergy however slight towards Toda

      1. I haven’t been able to find a j-procedural to my liking either. They are all just too cookie cutter similar with a tired plot and full of actors I don’t care for. So, I’ve been watching lot of ‘proper’ drama. I’ve dug up few real old ones too, though I’ve yet to start those. Chanpon Tabetaka looks like something I’d enjoy but… no subs.

        1. Chanpon was very bland for me first ep, quite underwhelming. It is watchable, most probably will be more engaging moving forward, but I don’t have the urge.

          I checked out an ep of Yami no Banzosha, typically my darker hentai thing but not exactly mustwatch either. XD

  3. 😀 happy to see you Mookiegege
    Maybe I should check this new drama for the cold demoness. She looks more alluring, sexy prettier than the lead girl. I am a little tired of *simple goody goody* chinese female lead even though smart. For once I want a baddy/grey, aloof, opposite in morality and all but complementing male counterpart leadgirl. What is her name ?

    On HQC I wanted to try for JX darling but I don’t what ep she appear in and no matter what I still think WH is a bland actor and ZLY does not grab me on a shallow note. Indeed her look is tooo *surgary* for my liking with her enormous eyes small head etc… as if she came from a freaking manga. Actually with her look when she play baddy -and she can be scary!- like in Gong 3 there is this broken image which gives a nice balance but when she acts heroine -unless a morally challenged heroine or a Ronger like in LOTCH- goody heroine that is too much for me.

    1. At least it is not the Yuma so crappy braim hurting color puking crap. I see some craftsmanship, some dedication, in working on sth ‘newer’ that’s all I can ask. That and a heroine not too terribly marysue and annoying. She is not thus far, wallflower, yes.

      Yeah I am much more interested in the demoness backstory, guess is she must have a romance w hero in one of his past memories he has completely swiped of.

      HQG is overrated. It is nowhere near awesome deserving its rating BUT out of all the period rating hits swamped by Yuma’s crap et al… this is the best of that lot. Yeah I agree WH is kinda bland always but he does the job and I dun see anyone else as big a draw in C idolperiods as befitting this role as him. He has good moments here but at times he seems to be wavering in trying too hard to play out the aloof or not precisely conveying enough… very noticeable when scene is shared w JX.

      LilGu bugs me and somehow ZLY makes her less so, that deserves all the compliment I can fish out. Just picture a YangMi, a TangYan, a LiuShiShi all about same age/caliber/status in industry faking the cutesy ingenue, aren’t you relieved you dun have those visuals?! O__o

      1. LMAO you just enumerated the three actresses who are my kryptonite on Cdrama land. So yes thinking about it maybe ZLY is “watchable?” Still too sugary :p
        and lol Yumehmeh is Cdrama officiel troll

        1. Lol where does Yuan ShanShan stand in your Kryptonite meter?!

          I can still watch these 3 in suitable roles they put heart to, just that serms unlikely to happen. I haven’t seen YM clocking in real work since Goong, TY is just a miscast in what she is popular in, she should be in the evil bitchy vavavoom girl2 diva bracket. LSS is my vote of the least talented almost A-lister of the bunch. With my critical b8tchy mode on, she is insufferable in BBJX whenever she is seriously trying esp the early cutesy. Her better jobs r all when she was newbie/clueless. She just is not made out to be an actress.

          My Kryptonite now is actually Joe Chen. Her look is not tailored to be the innocent marysues to begin with, never the drop dead gorgeous type gathering all the boys imo and at her age of mid30s she is suddenly doing nothing but the dumbest Cidolfluffy crap that requires nothing but just being a teenage vase… yet she is not that genius an actress convincing me she is half her real age and ignorant in a fetching cute way. Sorta where TY will be in a few years but at least I have seen TY pretty and statuesque enough able to carry a goddessy role in CP3

          1. I am pretty indiffetent to YSS. I have never ever followed her nor watched her.
            But I will add Joe Chen to my list. I just see absolutely nothing appealing on her be it her look or acting style. I even suspect one reason they made DFBB an actual woman in the latest Swordsman is because she couldn’t pull off the ‘manly charm’ of the character so miscast. I can never buy loads of boys falling for her in any drama especially when the second female leads just outshine her lookwise. And her acting is too shallow for my liking after so many years.

  4. i truly wish they casted a better looking sha qian mo…him saying he was prettier than five spice fairy JX was just ridiculous lol, i mean HE is supposed to be the prettiest male species of all the realms?!? At this point Sha Qian Mo feels more like a comic character >__>

    1. I don’t think even if they cast a LeslieCheung/BrigitteLin at their prime is helping much, he is such cliched token asexual amoral biggie in these trashy wuxia nowadays. Yes it would be easier on my eyes if they cast a Ma TianYu. This actor is not particularly dazzling looking to begin with, and where I am at w Hua Xu Yin his face is not period handsome, very pedestrian. That and I just didnt see enough impressing me acting wise in HQG to overlook his lacking.

      I have lost interest in HQG completely. Part is HXY is much more compelling storywise, part is I dun even think HuoHuo looks that gd here to shallowly be bored.

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