They got married.
They got married.
I am squarely at 5/10 Of Monks and Masters…a rewatch i knew i should not. I am the cuckoo ahjummabrat totally irresponsible with life, skipping sleep, nor eating and writing up lousy recap. What?!
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way. – Tales of two Cities
I keep trying to beam to my older gen as I recite it in my head like a Rosary almost, last two weeks of my life. This is my sincere eulogy to Grandpa and a spontaneous drama senseless spazz all-in-one.
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.
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.
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:
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?!
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.
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.
I said. 7 days till it airs. There is a very legit reason this is gonna pwn it all for one reason even for just one alone.
No, not the usual coz YH is perfect blablabla loonyspazzville. He has been temporary disowned till he is back to serious work instead of grossly parading his romance for low brow tabloid fodder nobody cares (nothing is stopping me shallowly licking my screen with him on it, of coz). I love my junk food/drama/hotties…esp when there is grand new music attached.
And I just spent most of any free time yesterday and this morning looping its soundtrack. Weeping. GLORIOUS. 140+ piece of original music with the closest to perfect theme song sung by the crooner 霍尊. The music, lyrics, his otherworldly voice, all rhymes with the tone of what a fantasy period should evoke. This could very well be the case the music of a drama is thousand times more worthy than the drama it is complimenting. Yes, 140+ pieces, would be released in 5 discs. I would pay in real gold to get my hands for it even just to support quality original soundtrack in Cdrama, the rarest of all unheard of beasts, RIGHT?!?!
I could ignore our lead actress’ voice spoiling it, so can you…use imagination yourself, the true pro here 霍尊 has a solo, and it is pure…AWESOME :
The 5 discs are specific for the 4 vignettes and an overall mood music for the drama. All out before the drama airs. No saving the best for last. I love it!
I must be the most optimistic fandama about this. No I have not turned blind, I should, to the gawdy fugly art direction, there are 80s big curl perms gross hair revival on some uncles in costumes could have made by my failling highschool home economics class days if I was colorblind. Not escaping me the most beautiful period face on a working C actress atvm per my standard, Miss I am Licking Her Feet/Ground/horrideyebrowhopefullyOFFinHQG Jiang! Xin! looks like a tinfoiled overweight lobster at times, and all the while her hair person must be AWOL, or she lost serious bets and can’t use conditioners for months. Yah KCheng, aka robbing cradle reel and real Uncle Cheng, who could otherwise look charismatic is greasy and stale every way I look here….BUT I am for one a tiny bit nosy as to how he can bring some CPness to the OTP here, looking insanely mismatched with our Titular heroine Lil Princess Lin Yuan who has the screen presence of cellophane. The scriptwriting, the rewriting is of course very concerning. Yet, even with the biggest scandalous shit happening with Tang7 revealed as a scummy serial plagiarizer, and without a doubt in rational opinion a very shitty talentless bitch, which makes soo much sense after the fact as I had ranted how annoyingly amateurish I found her command of the language from the first chapter I read of HXY the book, yet the backbone of her stories are pleasantly surprisingly quite creative and fascinating, ending up with me grumpily, fascinated, turning page after page… if I can turn fast enough to look past that fact her Chinese is nowhere readable caliber.
I have so much faith in JX and YH’s chemistry, they are unreal perfect for the roles imo. If this seriously crap on me, I can still stare at their (or just JX’s) blurry gifs in those seconds of preview for months, I am so prepared:
MY HEART IS ALREADY MINCED SEEING UR EYES MISTING. TAKE IT GENERAL SONG NING.
I am lost for words how awed I am with the development of the 13Yue arc it is still one of the most alluring angsty ripping my heart out so deliciously fulfilling tale I have read of late. Yeah, on the story alone, I am way more intrigued by HXY than Long Ya Bang. These are very very solid actors, every one of them. Other than KC being too old for role, he still is a handsome uncle in periods, as long as they rewrite the story accordingly, age is irrelevant in characters being interesting or falling in love. And I love how genuinely intrigued by the characters these talented actors are, especially MYYYYYYJiang Xin. I can stare at a gif of her giving the world a stinkeye only she can an entire month, you know, let alone her take on a strong bold prideful to a fault, yet vulnerable female general.
New trailers are out, this is my favorite.
And a fan MV of the Tale of SongNing and ShenAn. I am ready, SLAY ME GOOD!
Behave yourself now. I dun wanna read about nothing but your silly dating shenanigans when you have REAL work out. Get a room, close the blinds properly and turn off the lights, as you are blind anyway. Not my words, but that is a hashtag #渣男不渣，只是眼瞎#，snidely stabbing his person veiling behind his character ShenAn here, with the nick of Scum but which fans of character (me included) concluded he is not scummy, just blind (not unlike YH himself lol).
Made my year when MYYYYJiangXin also mentioned and poked at him for ‘his character’ being blind in their press conference yesterday to which the reporters stabbed him further asking if he is like so in RL…which I said he is:
…at least the silly boy bumped the breathtakingly pretty lady JX aside when he can’t stop chatting and touching feeling, only have eyes for his Bro Prince8/ KC.
How can I not have a tiny forever very soft spot for you BBJX princes ?!?!
LOL it quite makes my day when the top searched hotword at weibo when I clicked in was ‘Panda’熊猫, that national treasure animal, cutest aholes. Who would not prefer watching a panda ahole rather a human one any time any day. TGIF to a good one!
Kitteh has something I want terribly much, him back doing his thing and 大明王朝1566 DVDrips he is of course so sweet to share IF there is enough of us interested. That is hand’s down the BEST Cdrama ever existed. It was, my dusty memory says, produced by Hunan TV of all places but got such abysmal reception it was cut short or not shown, forever shelved…ANYWAY, I have never seen it in its true glory, just med quality rips but if you are sick of what HunanTV, the most powerful cable network in cn has reduced itself to being a yuma trashbin where horseshit (no offense to shits) Swordsman gets re-syndicated and curious enough of the what IF history was rewritten by one drama, this is the one. Show X some more love, beg him, kiss his behind, vote on his little poll. He said if we gather 100 kind souls in a Kitteh petition wanting to see Quality in the highest order in C historical form, he’ll share. Make him come back, the blogging world misses him grumpily, no?!
They just get too gorgeous not to post!
My brain wants another vacation back from the vacation, as always, yet I am dozing off from the meds on my bed mostly…
…which is fine, because my biases have been kind to me serving me very sweet pretty enjoyable things I love to share.