My new favorite addiction… reading (napping) in the shades drawn by clouds, little slice of lake in my kayak, safe from obstructing swans and sandhill cranes.
Moonlight Drawn by Clouds, my catnip and kryptonite, has me scavenging all my powerbanks at 6am because I wake up with the idea it is so me to rewatch the downloaded 6 eps during my kayaking trip, why not.
It is hard to imagine life without weak knees and a very moist jaw staring at Park BoGum’s sweet face.
Think straight whenever he smiles with some roguish twinkle and not even trying to snatch hearts but did?! Not a feat I can ever do ever. There is a man by the name of Jo InSung, I am married to his #1 fandude, the moment I hit play on MDbC… pestering is this his JIS’ kid brother. I still have not properly sit through R1988 which I would surely be losing marbles adoring this face, after a few minutes of MDbC I want to continue the staring as a lifelong pursuit. I like JIS, rationally he is very earnest willing actor very keen and receptive of meticulous directing or else acting is over the top all over the place unhinged left on his own…which is why he is a can’t look away uber entertaining very good amusement, at times trainwreck to enjoy, but smile is swarmy for me and me alone, there enters PBG the arrow straight into my heart, my head.
This sounds so typical my nuttiness but when his face is presented in front of me, those eyes (I do not comprehend why such gorgeousness needs unnec ornamenting of eyeliner and eyeshadow and why it did not turn me off as my peeve in saguek…), those never seen on other human immaculate pearly white teeth…and I have hope in the future of humankind, his Joseon.
That said, I am watching it for stanning Kim Yoo Jung, hesitated because stuff I have read about Crown Prince Hyomyeong…lets just say I hate crying hysterically over fluffy puppies. Six episode in one gulp, drama is not particularly brilliantly written anything, it is a nicely done, fluffy aesthetically pretty, good solid yummy shoujo idolsageuk, exactly what I set out to watch. Characters are simple caricatures, but still functioning within the sense and logic of genre at least, appreciate tremendously. Everyone is good fit and are acting comfortably within their means. Is it nice to have a girl2 noble young lady played competently by Chae SooBin who is freshfaced, friendly and kind, what I assumed basic decorum for every well brought up respectable joseon noblewoman, just seldom allowed to be seen in kdramas, and quite thinking on her feet, knowing what she wants and pleasantly rise as opportunity approaches, ie meeting our Prince charming getting her delight be heard without harming a thing…very far from resorting to lazy bitchiness. How refreshing!
We have two dark mane of glory angsty saguek batmen atvm and Kwak DongYeon serves me better. I love when a young green actor can exercise prudence aware of his place in a supporting role and the place of his character in the story… when these dark knights are easy to flare into showy exorbitant brooding and posing puff…missing the point one wanna be in a mask/hiding behind a messy mane, in all black to be INVISIBLE, no?! I give him brownie points resembling a AkanishiJin in fleeting moments. JinYoung is the only one trying too hard most of the time but still passable enough. I wish he could handle the tender moments along with the green eye monstering with less overthinking, as is, it is not convincing he is this masterful a womanizer w slips in recklessness on top of bouts of too much conniving, and I want the youngsters to enjoy simpler friendships as long as story allows. He is the godzillion reincarnation of Hanazawa Rui and being critically harsher is a sin equivalent of lynching puppies.
‘Master and Puppy!’
said the puppy.
Kim YooJung is playing a sweet polly oliver heroine I have first taste ever memorizing the ballad of Mulan in kindergarten, last I quite enjoyed in SKKS by PMY. But in the hands of someone this freakishly natural an actress at 16(!!!!!) and she is mostly reduced to doe-eyed damsel reaction faces 80% of scenes, I am floored. There is the perfect timing and instinctive spontaneity, seamless and translucent making her acting fresh in its innocent simplicity. There are nuances flawlessly precise she is serving constantly, nuances of what she is exactly reacting to, thinking, or trying to hide her thought/reaction, at times directly at her OTP with wide-eye wandering from his lips to eyes in shock and a most innocent dazed wanderlust fluttering disbelief stirring, instead of the usual stagnant fixated glare of empty *shock!* reaction we get by the decent young actresses lot already (at least there is the merit of a reaction)…or shying away from the focus/camera putting up a front safeguarding her survival in faintest tremors but keen alert of mise en scene…when I AM aware camera is inches from her face a closeup she makes it effortlessly disappear and I am drawn intimate to her character being nothing but RaOn experiencing all the predictable cliches and mundane situations RO is in. There is the subtlest scrumptiousness in her acting I could not take my eyes off doing the predictable sweet cheese over and over again. I try to find a flaw, and I try to waste my time pondering is there anything to nitpick yet another wide-eyed shock face the third/fourth time an episode of the young dashing prince invading her space, or touching her unknowingly innocently intimately and the can’t ignore intrusive overuse of romantic music no matter how matching the mood, my peeve is always when the actors are doing the scene right, let them occupy all my senses unadulterated, with a slightest nuance of magic fr her…… I lost my agency to critique.
Do heart-throbbing ever get old in fog of falling first time ever…over a PBG?! I am very sure I will be doing same wide eye but moronic mental face with a slick side of droolz EVERY moment he is in the room. <- So not the first time over some gorgeous imaginary lovers of mine.
And more appropriately a lowly orphan girl precariously pretending to be a eunuch and quite competently vying to survive alone all these years suddenly having (suicidal) IDEAS concerning crown prince, when her mind is preoccupied with missing and finding her Mother?!?! I suspect what KYJ is doing very good is distilling every moment to a purest emotion and act accordingly with her instincts, like RO would and not mincing and overdoing a hair…and result is mindbogglingly convincing in its precise simplicity capturing every tiniest moment and shift of emotions however trivial. Do try the futile exercise and tell me, I am so dumbfounded and lost for words how I could not mind watching a LOT of damsel in distress rescuing and shock face at everything from her and still conclude because she is spot on. Her character, being quite seasoned all her life dressing up as a boy is kind of convincing but far from without a questionable doubt and should not be, imo KYJ is easily the most classically beautifully constructed saguek suitable face with all the delicate feminine allure since Lee YoungAe, but being 16, she does look like a very pretty very girly little boy and I will credit her for not doing much more other than lowering her voice slightly… it is not like RO the young woman is brought up to be nothing but a gentile vase. Next to her, veterans like Chun HoJin is stagy and rehearsed.
I am not doing her justice with my babbling, but savoring her acting snaps some dusty odd synapses in my crazy head of a foodtrip to Vegas a few years ago, nothing I ate those few days were not slices of heaven in my mouth but most memorable of all…is a whole steamed fish done so perfectly seasoned with nothing but sea salt and olive oil, humming fond memory of a Mediterranean cruise, my eyes turn misty tasting a bite of Saigon… seafood stalls in Hong Kong… most simplest pleasures done in nofrills perfection. Kim YooJung encapsulates what those never truly figured out timely dokidoki knots, never the clarity on the spot for a girl first falling in love without her aware, is exactly. Nothing more, nothing less.
What makes this a notch more lovely is there is gentler gender judging, sexuality confusion, or transphobia, everything in dribble of purest feelings between human beings first, less limiting it between a boy and a girl, which suits a fresher coming of age tonally…these youngsters are not processing more than they should, not for a moment make you think, nor forget they are very young inexperienced beings growing their ropes of how-tos: how to navigate their scarier world as almost adults.
They know some rules and confines of the conservative norms but they have no experience of the application much. As young and brimming with all the fears and dreams of future ahead, they are reminiscing the nostalgia of life and friendship much simpler as children, as I am swept by an innocence I am revisiting through them.
Our Crown prince is quite smart a cookie in laying low faking being a nuisance, but he has loftier dreams, he is trying at tackling his responsibilities, setting out his little impish schemes with only friend he could trust…and a little eunuch intrudes and dares to consider him a friend without agenda, they bonded over a mutual longing for their mother. I love how pure and solid their friendship is above all, they themselves treasuring every nuggets of human kindness receiving and giving, un’tainted’ by lust/attraction even with the what if he is a she…they know of their precious budding dependency is between the inner soul they connected. This is a bit richer a progression than the usual messy hints of attraction they are in, being genuinely out of this precious friendship they have, gender, whatever between a man and a woman needs not meddle. The love budding between them is so pure and platonic they are both communicating the affection directly it rids us all those unnecessary idiocy. He speaks out his suspicion seeing a lady in him, when notion is brushed aside he is still jealous his new close friend rather hang out with someone else. It is love, but needs not be just romance. I feel as if I have a safety blanket whatever angst the trajectory will lead to, this friendship could be an insurance policy between our OTP.
Precious is…youth is on these talented actors side, moments that push us over the edge sweetly romantic squeeing are nothing more than innocent intimacy we are horrible corrupted adults to read flirtations from them. I love how every moment is played out keeping it very succinct and not milking any innuendo more than necessary, it feeds into these bright determined youngsters preoccupied by their priorities heftier on their mind all their lives, before this new turn of events, even when sensibilities are clouded momentarily by emotions, they are not lost lovelorn puppies, I will do all the senseless adoring them. I could watch these two just deepening the friendship and perhaps never progress the affection to anything more and just be there supporting each other not limited by confining labels.
How could it be FIVE years since BBJX first aired?! Gosh what a lovely ride of dehydration, I am remembering the drama more fondly than I should by comparison…you know.
It is safe to say ShiShi will forever be a limited actress, she is just not a natural, same with Liu YiFei. I have never seen the two beautiful lookalike Ms. Liu next to each other, what I would give to watch a popcorn period of them playing sisters. Mr Tsui Hark, lemme pitch a commercial idea: remake Green Snake with them, insert a WallaceH monk (how can anyone have such a perfect bald head on top of that gorgeous face…)
For your consideration, My darling Tony Yang is holding his own fine in HKmovies these days working opposite one of the greatest: Tony LeungKF
And how about brand new hot daddy ZaiZai (congrats!) physically a younger prettier TonyLeungCW and I think there must also be in a synergy in actors of a similar caliber and as pretty as ZZ is, he is about where LYF/LSS are and no one would KO anyone else you know, muahahaha. How lovely he looks in a period and what a waste he has just started venturing there but in sth hopeless in writing by TR
But how can I look away w ZZxHanDong. Have you seen how much hotter Prince9 is, we are older by 5 years, instead of aging he just up his gorgeous game.
While I am at it, some very interesting stuff the BuBu gang is trying out:
KevinC will do a theater production/musical(???) of WindCloud. A beloved HK wuxia manhwa franchise remade into movies and dramas many times over. This is a brand new medium for the material. He will be playing the role 步惊云 made iconic by Aaron Kwok in 1998. (PS: 步惊 Bu.Jing. ‘startling step’ of what else but BBJX and 云. Cloud. of all the MDbC clouding how I am intentionally weaving things into a post *NOT! hahaha*)
Yes, the hair! startlingly reminding us of what KC (and us) wanna forget, that blue tangling unwashed yucky mane in HuaXuYin.
I am, each day, checking out if there are yummy bts trickling out of his currently filming Cperiod with Tong LiYa, yes and I will repeat, she is MY DREAM OTP pairing for him. My gut is they are super compatible in being decently talented and she is by my definition of head turning beautiful, esp now she is not as emaciated after being a new Mommy.
And I adore this fanvid of ChangChen and ZhangBo, in my most anticipated C ‘historical’ I’ve been waiting and waiting and waiting:
If you are asking who is ZhangBo? ZB is one of the many underrated godsend gifted actors who keeps giving me the rarest quality dramas, this is he:
So this is Qin/Chin Empire 3, shelved for years when a MiYue gets prime airtime and I get terribly excited just seeing a new trailer out recently but still no set air date. Needless to say this is the third installment chronicling the house of Ying’s rise from a joke of an underrated ‘barbaric’ wild western state to the first authoritarian empire unifying the middle kingdom, heavily Qin biased, as expected how much PRC YY this parallels THEIR party’s rise to power in rosy lens. Would I love it more if they include the povs of the other six kingdoms’ ebb and flow, of course. Is this perfection? Close but not quite there, but it is smug enough to put out nothing but substantially screaming quality period in every bolt and whistle. I have no idea why this is not shown already and in repeats this PRC birthday month. The serial epic cast same terrific actor playing grandpa and now grandson. Not a line I do not wanna kiss the dirt the writer is on. How kickass.
Then, last and least, a currently airing Cwuxia adapt 新邊城浪子/Border Town Prodigal, all you need to see, I am serious:
‘Please don’t abandon me, will you?’
I wished I could stop watching but how can I with him saying those words?! This guy, Mr Zhu YiLong, is so darn gorgeous every outing in periods esp as the angstiest of splitting blood miserable delicious things. Can you pretty please work on sth with a non-lobotomized writer?!?!?!
While I can rant on how catastrophically tragic the Cidolperiod scene is, I just am introduced to a new form of pretty period entertainment: fandramas. These genius bebes on school break perhaps put their time to very good use for the love of mankind and produced 30 short eps of a Lang YaBang x MiYue OOC. Three warring kingdoms with two princes and two sister princesses, starring HuGe, WangKai, SunLi and LiuTao, appearances by my Loverboy YuanHong and my dream period drama OTP of his Tong LiYa and I suspect I would like it far better than LYB and MY combined.
The entire 30ep fandrama 三都赋 plus its sequel 浮云望 is out for our enjoyment here: Ode of Three Capitals