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Sunday, March 23, 2014

Now Playing: Winter Sonata Rewind

ABS-CBN brings back the series that started the invasion of Asian series in the Philippines with their rerun of Meteor Garden starring Barbie Hsu, Jerry Yan, Vic Zhou, Ken Zhu and Vaness Wu. Well, I'm touch but I'm not too excited because I'm also watching again the Korean series that inspired me to travel in South Korea and admired Bae Yong Joon - Endless Love series: Winter Sonata

Conquering my Fear  to watch it  again

I first watch  Winter Sonata on GMA 7 in 2004, if I'm right.  I'm glued to the show's characters, conflicts and setting.  I had so many reasons and  chances to watch it again but I refuse to due to fear I feel same sad feeling I experienced when the show ended up sort of sad note.

So after 10 years I rewatch it again because  I was able one their setting of the program - Nami  Island. if you happen to go there and don't know about Winter Sonata, you'll probably check it  because this show is well promoted there.

Of course, after 10 years I would like to think I matured and can handle now my emotion. hehehe!

Reuniting with the characters

Some change in my perception about the show especially the actors and their characters.  Of course, the way I see Park Yong Ha is different now knowing his gone by committing suicide. Choi Ji Woon was so fine for me before but now I hate her portrayal or simply hate her slow motion reaction .   But now I appreciate Park Sol Mi  ( who married  Four Sisters and All About Eve actor Han Jae Suk last year). One remain the same - I like Bae Yong Joon's acting.  Plus the songs. 

Apart from Winter, I also rewatching Mars starring Barbie and Vic, and later Mary Stayed Out Last Night

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Summer's Desire presents extreme love triangle

After  4 years I finally watched and finished the Taiwanese drama Summer's Desire  starring Barbie Hsu, Peter Ho and Huang Xiao Ming.  It's a  TV adaptation of the same title novel written by Ming Xiao Xi produced by Ho.

Since I didn't read the novel, I'll stick with the show it self so don't get me wrong about the original  Summer's Desire or Bubbles of Summer

Almost impossible turns of events

If you are gal who like old type of series you'll probably praise how they present the love triangle angle in the show. You'll like Xia Mo's (Hsu) masochistic persona, possessive trait of Ou Chen ( Ho) and jealousy of Lu Xi ( Xiao Ming). I, myself, love the intense love among the three. But to be honest, their characters are poorly established because of the obvious pushy circumstances.

I remember the time I'm watching Devil Beside You, which is the same with this drama. Sort of preachy and unnatural flow of events. You'll ask in real life...

1. Are you going to hire strangers to act as parents of your only grandson and compensate them for the rest of their lives? 
2. Are you going to sing the same song or wear the same green lace from the start of your drama in life till your last scene on earth?
3. Is your kidney type is same with your brother and father?
4. Is the media people (especially in Taiwan) can be manipulate by powerful businessman?
5. And oh yeah, how come that you'll leave your greatest love-- who you snatch from other man, push to marry you and  so on so forth when you finally get her pregnant and tell you she's already fall in love with you? Is that called love?  

These are the questions slash doubts slash confirmations why Autumn Concerto rated better, which if I'm not mistaken showed almost the same time of this drama.  Actually, when it comes to plot  I like Summer's Desire than Autumn Concerto ( starring Vaness Wu and Ady An) because the latter offers obvious cliches in drama.   The advantage of it, it has better story line and believable scene. You can relate and have time to connect with the problems of lead characters because they are well establish. 

Top 1: Huang Xiao Ming as Lu Xi

Barbie is good and elegantly beautiful even in those scenes where she's just wearing white blouse and blue jeans.  But in my opinion, of all the characters in the show it's Lu Xi who is real and finely portrayed by Huang Xiao Ming (HXM).

It is my first time to watch a HXM's work and I'm impressed. even he sings the same song again and again, act as if there's always camera around him... he just simply believable.

From the start, Ou Chen is someone I really don't know how to explain. He drinks a lot as if that's the only thing he works on in his extravagant office. He manages different business but his routine indicates he has time for thinking for almost irrelevant things like "how to avenge to a woman who slaps you so many times?" While watching those scenes, my heart says he just giving justice for his love but in my mind, wow! Where can I find this man?

I don't know also if its only because Ou Chen is badly written and establish or Peter Ho is also ineffective in his role. He has cool stand, nice body and model like walk but in expression hmmmm.

But I hope Peter Ho will continue to produce series. As a I said this show has a nice plot so he has eyes for good project and he gets good actors. Perhaps, next time they see first what's applicable on TV series, what to change and how they gonna interpret it. 

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Fast and the Furious 6... that 1 when Paul Walker is still alive

This is post was part of my huge "draft box" that's so badly keep and reminded me I should be grateful for seeing Paul Walker's work.  Anyway, it's the 6th sequel but its my first time to watch the Fast and the Furious . In a way  it toils me to understand some parts and when people in the theater say something. Who's who and what's with him? Anyway, at least I know Vin Diesel, Dwayne "the rock" Johnson, and  Michelle Rodriguez.

It's all about superb cars and fast driving

I play Need for Speed Underground, so it helps me to appreciate this film more.  They use cutting-edge cars to move the story with the help of course of interesting drivers.

I don't know how many times, I saw her in films but Rodriguez is an action star. Her looks, walks and talks are fierce. Though I find her doing almost the same character, at least in this film she' one of the lead characters.

Vin diesel
Obviously, he's the heart of the movie. In a way, his character looks familiar to me because of the many action films that I already watched. But Diesel's charisma makes it appealing different. Having loyal and fighter friends around him make this film more engaging. it as if you can choose your favorite player for you car racing. And if it happens that you Dominic Torretto, you know who's powerful.
I don't know Paul Walker (prior to this film) but some of my pals admire him.  Well apart from that his the handsome guy in the gang and he looks a loving person, I can't think of significance in his character unlike Dwayne and Diesel. Don't get me wrong, he's admirable in and out of this flick. 

Punch of comedy and romance

Peppered with comedic antics, there's plenty of lines here that make me laugh. Few that I can remember were when Dwayne bought expensive car, when they hunted the manufacturer of the criminal's  car, and when they talked about how rich they are.

Understanding the popularity

I watch this film in theater because of the invitation of my sister. Perhaps, I wasn't that interested  at all but upon checking what's with this film series. I can say that's it really engaging and interesting one. Enjoyable over all. 

So because of this I also know Paul and  Gal Gadot, the new Wonder Woman