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General Category => Non-Joshi Talk => Topic started by: totoro101 on November 16, 2007, 09:37:04 AM

Title: Asian Drama
Post by: totoro101 on November 16, 2007, 09:37:04 AM
Anyone else a fan of these? Recently iv been addicted to Hana Kimi which is a newish drama which i saw out in japan and is based on a manga i believe,telling a story about a girl who travels back to japan from the US who joins an all boy school to help the guy she is in love with who stops his career in track and field.Really funny stuff with her having to keep hiding the fact shes a girl from the other boys while they act crazy,really enjoyable.Also watching Damo starring my faverate Korean actress and Sayuuki,starring one of my faverate japanese celebs Shintaro Katori (cant spell his name right),in one episde of Sayuuki,it guest starred the great Muta and what looked like Mayumi Ozaki...but it probably wasent ^^ so that was cool.Anyone else a fan of Asian tv shows on here?
Title: Re: Asian Drama
Post by: Coffee on November 16, 2007, 11:21:54 AM
im a fan of korean soap operas although i also am a sucker for Filipino soap operas
my current fave is La Vendetta, a suspense thriller soap opera
Title: Re: Asian Drama
Post by: Sakebito_ONI on November 16, 2007, 06:36:24 PM
Yeah, dorama is pretty cool...there was the one with Maki Goto as the younger girl in a May/December lesbian relationship (I forget the name of it) and of course, one cannot forget the live action adaptation of Gokusen!
Title: Re: Asian Drama
Post by: Coffee on November 16, 2007, 06:55:05 PM
gokusen was a hit in the philippines
Title: Re: Asian Drama
Post by: totoro101 on November 17, 2007, 02:38:55 AM
I havent seen Gokusen myself so its one ill have to pick up.Everyone here has to see Hana Kimi though,honestly,its one of the most funny and intruiging shows iv ever seen,really great stuff,i think it picked up a few awards in japan so that tells its calibre.I watch a lot of chinese drama on the pheonix channel over here in england and lots of them are very good.Much better then some US and UK stuff.One of my faverate things when i travel to japan is seeing japanese tv.
Title: Re: Asian Drama
Post by: Sakebito_ONI on November 17, 2007, 02:43:18 AM
awwww yeah, Japanese TV, baby!

MechaIke and Utaban are my fav shows!

Gokusen is on Veoh, here's the linkage for the series whammy:

http://www.veoh.com/series/gokusens1
Title: Re: Asian Drama
Post by: Eivion on November 17, 2007, 06:53:19 AM
Only seen Gokusen.
Title: Re: Asian Drama
Post by: UnstableProtagonist on November 19, 2007, 12:27:16 PM
There's one Japanese drama I'd seen recently. I believe the title of the drama is "Liar Game", and it is undeniably good! I'll have to check Amazon to see if the series is on stock. I'm also becoming a fan of certain Korean dramas for a year now. Personally, I recommend My Lovely Samsoon, Chumong, and Emperor of the Sea if you wish to see quality Korean dramas.  *approve
Title: Re: Asian Drama
Post by: Coffee on November 19, 2007, 05:39:58 PM
There's one Japanese drama I'd seen recently. I believe the title of the drama is "Liar Game", and it is undeniably good! I'll have to check Amazon to see if the series is on stock. I'm also becoming a fan of certain Korean dramas for a year now. Personally, I recommend My Lovely Samsoon, Chumong, and Emperor of the Sea if you wish to see quality Korean dramas.  *approve

Chumong was released here as "Ju Mong"
My Lovely Samsoon is released here as "My Name is Kim Sam Soon"
Only Emperor of the Sea was released here with the same title

ive finished watching all of them and they are very good
although some peeps say Sam Soon is a ripoff of Bridget Jones' Diary
Title: Re: Asian Drama
Post by: totoro101 on November 20, 2007, 02:46:38 AM
They sound pretty cool, i have only a few korean Dramas,one being Damo which stars my faverate Korean actress, its a good show but can get dull in spots, but it is one of the best tv drams iv seen in quite a while.Ill have to check some of the ones said above.
Title: Re: Asian Drama
Post by: Coffee on November 20, 2007, 05:39:27 PM
some korean dramas are actually historical fictions
Title: Re: Asian Drama
Post by: mazpadi on November 30, 2007, 01:42:48 PM
I watched "Isabella" on my TV about 2 days ago

starring Isabella Leong


good movie
Title: Re: Asian Drama
Post by: totoro101 on December 01, 2007, 02:42:53 AM
Cool stuff.Been watching Bewitched in tokyo which is an excellent drama recently,im really getting quite addicted to them now :).Also the brilliant Saaiyuki with the legend that is Shingo Katori.
Title: Re: Asian Drama
Post by: Sakebito_ONI on December 01, 2007, 09:03:29 PM
Has anyone else seen the movie "Sukeban Deka"?  It's technically Tokusetsu, but still...it's got a bunch of the Hello! Project girls in it and if you can overlook some of the holes in the plot, it's pretty good.  Girls fighting with Yo-yos and Aya Matsuura cussing like a sailor is pretty entertaining!

Speaking of Toku....Sh15uya was an awesome series as well...I highly suggest it!
Title: Re: Asian Drama
Post by: Coffee on December 04, 2007, 08:31:17 AM
has anybody seen "full house" starring song hye gyo and rain?
Title: Re: Asian Drama
Post by: Coffee on August 13, 2008, 07:33:43 PM
thread revived by request of John Hyperion (who's actually looking for Asian cinema but drama is a wider spectrum anyway)

(http://yummycelebrities.com/wp-content/uploads/2007/03/song-hye-kyo-news-0001.jpg)
The Film Version

(http://img.downbt.com/up_image/big_image/20061026/1161846255.jpg)
Hwang Jin Yi (the soap opera version)
Title: Re: Asian Drama
Post by: Coffee on August 13, 2008, 10:30:56 PM
(http://www.teachasiaonline.com/pmwiki/uploads/Main/Bangkokdangerous.jpg)
the Pang brother's debut film "Bangkok Dangerous"

(http://blog.ugo.com/images/uploads/BangkokDangerous-Poster-5-6-08-lrg.jpg)
nicholas cage's film company bought the rights from the Pang brothers for the Hollywood remake

Muoi: Legend of a Portrait (http://photo.epg.co.kr/photo/movie/29222/muoi_poster.jpg)
a joint venture between filmmakers from Korea and Vietnam
("muoi" is a Viet word which means 10)
Title: Re: Asian Drama
Post by: Grady on August 13, 2008, 10:56:00 PM
has anybody seen "full house" starring song hye gyo and rain?

YES! This is a great drama! Very funny and light hearted Korean drama. Song Hye Gyo has proven to be a very versatile actress. I had actually watched Autumn Tale and then Full House back to back and I was pleasantly surprised.

I recently watched "Coffee Prince" starring Yoon Eun Hye and Gong Yoo. This was another really great light hearted love K-drama. Highly Recommended.

I'm a pretty big drama fan...

As far as J-drama goes, I haven't been too impressed with most really recent dramas. I tend to really love the late '90s-'03 ...  kimutaku stuff, tokiwa takako, esumi makiko, takenouchi yutaka, sorimachi takashi, etc. 

I see flashes of greatness with younger generation stars like Tsumabuki Satoshi, Sawajiri Erika, and Ayase Haruka... but overall, the industry is pretty lacking compared to what it once was, imo.

Title: Re: Asian Drama
Post by: Coffee on August 13, 2008, 11:20:45 PM
that's good to know
song hye gyo is one of the best actresses i have seen so far
although my fave Korean is still (of course) lee young ae
Title: Re: Asian Drama
Post by: bigcat on August 14, 2008, 06:04:35 PM
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v514/Tigermask/br_logo_1024x768-1.jpg)
Title: Re: Asian Drama
Post by: Coffee on August 15, 2008, 11:05:07 AM
(http://img254.imageshack.us/img254/3166/a64953554yj1.jpg)
Art of the Devil 3

finally i was able to watch this sick film
this is one film that you expect to see when you want to see people rip each other apart literally and pay homage to the same Devil they all prayed to for powerful witchcraft
my initial qualms about the film turned out to be false (that this is another mindless slasher film with gory scenes exaggerated to the hilt for sicker presentations)

it has an interesting story to boot that comes with a disclaimer at the beginning of the film that just in case this story happened to be similar with factual events, it wasn't intentional (or are they?)
i consider the abortion scene to be the sickest though that i puked ...
Title: Re: Asian Drama
Post by: bigcat on August 15, 2008, 12:28:40 PM
is it worse than Takashi Miike's Ichi the Killer?
Title: Re: Asian Drama
Post by: Coffee on August 15, 2008, 03:07:56 PM
is it worse than Takashi Miike's Ichi the Killer?

i have yet to see Ichi the Killer although miike is a relatively notorious director
one time it happened at the Venice Film Festival where Audition/Odishon was screened and one woman was so disgusted with the torture scene that she stood up and yelled at miike "You're evil!"
Title: Re: Asian Drama
Post by: Coffee on August 15, 2008, 03:14:53 PM
(http://www.michaeldvd.com.au/CoverArtUnverified/8943.jpg)

another film i watched that's rather disturbing
(yes i got disturbed by how the girls were taught what sex is for)
for the uninitiated, don't worry, it's not porn
Title: Re: Asian Drama
Post by: 孤星 on August 15, 2008, 07:49:25 PM
Yeah, that movie was pretty sad at times but I liked the way it ended.
It's actually so disturbing to me that I can only watch it at certain times and definately not a lot. But it is a good movie.

Has anyone ever seen the Cantonese soap opera QUEEN?
Title: Re: Asian Drama
Post by: bigcat on August 16, 2008, 04:36:56 PM
is it worse than Takashi Miike's Ichi the Killer?

i have yet to see Ichi the Killer although miike is a relatively notorious director
one time it happened at the Venice Film Festival where Audition/Odishon was screened and one woman was so disgusted with the torture scene that she stood up and yelled at miike "You're evil!"

"Ichi" is not for person's with weak stomaches, it has torture, sadism, masochism, rape, murder, dismemberment and one bad mama jamma named Kakihara that for all his faults is still one cool cat.  *chl

the most interesting fact about the film that I can use to keep it in perspective is the All of the Semen in the Film is Real...and the Director's.       Happy viewing.
Title: Re: Asian Drama
Post by: Coffee on August 16, 2008, 07:04:10 PM
i'd take your word for knowing the notoriety of miike
Title: Re: Asian Drama
Post by: Coffee on August 19, 2008, 12:03:26 AM
Bangkok Dangerous (http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=4EE3A2C532769A1E)
by the way, the Pang brothers' debuted with this film in Thailand
and nicholas cage hired them too to direct the remake
Title: Re: Asian Drama
Post by: Evan Bourne on August 19, 2008, 10:41:16 PM
Sympathy for Lady Vengeance
http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=51896BD2E7723B88
Title: Re: Asian Drama
Post by: J.H. - Firmly Re-Dedicated to Yoneyama! on August 20, 2008, 07:02:17 AM
Been watching a J-Drama from 2006 called Kurosagi about a conman that swindles other conmen in order to get revenge for his family. Really good stuff with some fascinating character relationships.

I'm really surprised at just how much C,K and J-Drama is getting translated these days, Some of it is really quality stuff like Trick and Sexy Voice & Robo. Of course some it is schlock like Fuma No Kojiro...

James
Title: Re: Asian Drama
Post by: Coffee on August 20, 2008, 12:31:31 PM
the funny thing is how Hollywood is remaking them only to EPIC FAIL
weheheheheh ...
Title: Re: Asian Drama
Post by: J.H. - Firmly Re-Dedicated to Yoneyama! on August 20, 2008, 09:03:38 PM
the funny thing is how Hollywood is remaking them only to EPIC FAIL
weheheheheh ...

Hollywood remaking Fuma No Kojiro could only help it. It kills me because the anime for it is soooo much better despite its goofy premise (rival High Schools use NINJAS to counteract each other... of course this is based on a manga by Masami "Saint Seiya" Kurumada so it all devolves into giant superpowered teens battling it out.

James
Title: Re: Asian Drama
Post by: Coffee on August 21, 2008, 12:00:54 AM
i remember watching the Hollywood remake of The Ring and The Grudge and ending up bored though
Title: Re: Asian Drama
Post by: J.H. - Firmly Re-Dedicated to Yoneyama! on August 21, 2008, 12:35:47 AM
Yeah... I really love the Japanese version of Ring as it was such a great horror movie because of the mood it set. The US version, having Sadoko coming out of the TV was just so damn stupid and cheezy as opposed to the Japanese version where leaving it to the viewer's imagination is way more frightening and even more terrifying if you've read Ring, Rasen and Loop... geez what a crazy way to kill people... i.e. infecting the film clip with your smallpox infected DNA and transmitting via visual medium.

James

Title: Re: Asian Drama
Post by: Coffee on August 21, 2008, 02:27:47 AM
YAY!
 *whee

i've finished watching "Sympathy for Lady Vengeance"
and it was really really good
might go watch "Old Boy" next since the youtube comment posters keep comparing "Lady Vengeance" to "Oldboy"

this is where i saw lee young-ae deliver a superb performance
Title: Re: Asian Drama
Post by: Her Majesty Queen Kori I on August 21, 2008, 10:01:31 AM
Anyone know where I can find episodes of TRICK?  Preferably with subtitles...
Title: Re: Asian Drama
Post by: Coffee on August 21, 2008, 11:07:46 AM
source: http://www.pep.ph/guide/2321/COMMENTARY:-Serbis-does-country-a-great-service

this film received pretty bad reviews
i myself watched it and i was like "huh?"
if there is one film festival in the world i wouldn't understand, it would be Cannes

Anyone know where I can find episodes of TRICK?  Preferably with subtitles...

is that a TV series?
Title: Re: Asian Drama
Post by: J.H. - Firmly Re-Dedicated to Yoneyama! on August 21, 2008, 11:10:20 AM
Anyone know where I can find episodes of TRICK?  Preferably with subtitles...

www.tvnihon.com has both the TV series and movie version of Trick as well as a host of other shows (including Akihabara@DEEP and others). Though most of what they sub is toku related they have a healthy stock of JDorama

James
Title: Re: Asian Drama
Post by: Coffee on August 21, 2008, 11:16:28 AM
thanks for the link. the adult swim channel got pulled out of our shores due to "suggestive content"
(whatever)

right now, i'm trying to make up lost time for Filipino movies
Title: Re: Asian Drama
Post by: Supreme Rebel Leader MutaKushi1301 on August 21, 2008, 11:42:14 AM
Kapeng!

Check out Shin Chan!

Title: Re: Asian Drama
Post by: Coffee on August 21, 2008, 02:37:02 PM
Kapeng!

Check out Shin Chan!



did you read the thread title?
it says "Asian Drama", not anime
Title: Re: Asian Drama
Post by: J.H. - Firmly Re-Dedicated to Yoneyama! on August 21, 2008, 11:34:50 PM
Deeper into Kurosagi now (all the way to episode 4 out of 11). Episodes 1-3 were set-up and introducing the main players of this 'Grifter who destroys other Grifters' story. Episode 4 moves what promises to be an arc along. Kurosaki tries to swindle a shirosagi that in the end might be a little better than he is at the art of the swindle. Tsurara goes home for Golden Week and dwells on her encounters with Kurosaki while her best friend Yukari tries to fill Kurosaki in on what Tsurara is like, even though Yukari has hinted she wants to get in Kurosaki's pants. Then there is Katsuragi, who seems to be the most manipulative son of a bitch in this tale of manilpulative sons of bitches.

I really am digging this show!

James
Title: Re: Asian Drama
Post by: Coffee on August 21, 2008, 11:46:14 PM
(http://www.metrofilms.com/ladyvengeance/images/ladyvengeance-f-3-1280x1024.jpg)
(http://www.jdmfilmreviews.com/images/sympathy-for-lady-vengeance-poster1.jpg)
(http://www.filmbuffonline.com/uploaded_images/SympathyLadyVengeanceKoreanPoster-783214.jpg)
Title: Re: Asian Drama
Post by: King of Joshi on August 22, 2008, 12:16:59 PM
That movie isn't as good as the other two.
Title: Re: Asian Drama
Post by: Supreme Rebel Leader MutaKushi1301 on August 22, 2008, 06:54:10 PM
Kapeng!

Check out Shin Chan!



did you read the thread title?
it says "Asian Drama", not anime

I know....To me Shin Chan "is" asian drama! With a twist of anime antics!  *haha
Title: Re: Asian Drama
Post by: Coffee on August 22, 2008, 10:52:26 PM
(http://www.higante.net/wallpapers/pamahiin_1024x768.jpg)
something from the Philippines (my homey)
the title literally means "superstition"
Title: Re: Asian Drama
Post by: J.H. - Firmly Re-Dedicated to Yoneyama! on August 24, 2008, 07:22:12 AM
When I initially watch a series and end up liking it I tend to do these crazy marathon viewings. While I'm not tackling Kurosagi with the same vigor I attack most shows (like, say, MAJOR, for example) I have been watching Kurosagi at a rate of 2 episodes a day. For a 45 minutedrama that is 90 minutes out of 16-18 hours of being awake.

I'm down to the last 2 episodes and man has this show been fun. It's almost as good as Akihabara@DEEP and Sexy Voice & ROBO (it is very hard to be as good as the latter, that was an absolutely brilliant and heartbreaking show). I cannot recommend Kurosagi enough to fans of J-Dorama. With that in mind...

http://nhatkyviet.com/2007/04/08/kurosagi-j-drama-yamashita-tomohisa-horikita-maki/ (http://nhatkyviet.com/2007/04/08/kurosagi-j-drama-yamashita-tomohisa-horikita-maki/)

Yup, the link to all 11 episodes. Do not be fooled by the opening animation part, this is not anime, it is a drama. Please, enjoy.

James
Title: Re: Asian Drama
Post by: Coffee on August 25, 2008, 10:40:51 PM
the Philippines has already gained local license to do a local remake of the Colombian soap opera "Betty La Fea"

(http://www.abs-cbnglobal.com/Portals/2/images/itoangpinoy/Bea_as_betty_la_fea300wm.jpg)
Title: Re: Asian Drama
Post by: Evan Bourne on August 28, 2008, 11:24:55 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XTo5dDhFMQ4
Onechanbara
Title: Re: Asian Drama
Post by: Coffee on September 01, 2008, 12:45:33 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vivaoPZhIH8
zhang yinou's "raise the red lantern" (starring gong li)

definitely one of the best movies i have seen so far but i was able to see it at a local tv channel here in the Philippines
it was bittersweet at the same time engaging because while the heroine's intention is just to rise out of poverty by being a rich man's concubine (at the same that it's still legal in mainland China), she ended up getting more than the bad things that she's expecting to happen

as always, performance from gong li is still dominant
Title: Re: Asian Drama
Post by: Coffee on September 04, 2008, 01:16:24 AM
the weirdest Asian movie title EVER! (http://bt.avistaz.com/imagehost/viewer.php?id=926701posters-all.jpg)
Title: Re: Asian Drama
Post by: 孤星 on September 16, 2008, 01:20:54 AM
Part of me wants to make fun of that but the other part of me thinks it's a good title regardless of story. Because I am tacky. *haha
the Philippines has already gained local license to do a local remake of the Colombian soap opera "Betty La Fea"

(http://www.abs-cbnglobal.com/Portals/2/images/itoangpinoy/Bea_as_betty_la_fea300wm.jpg)

Hmmm. ..the title sounds really familiar. I think the Domincan Republic has a version, too.

I want to see "Rouge" starring the late, great Anita Mui!
Title: Re: Asian Drama
Post by: Coffee on September 16, 2008, 03:35:13 AM
the most convoluted version of Betty La Fea is obviously the Hollywood version
it's like there are so many things happening at the same time
 *crazy

anyway, you really gotta give credit to the Thais for being outrageous in terms of putting titles on their movies, you know
the other weird Asian movie title i could think of is "Phantom of the Toilet"
Title: Re: Asian Drama
Post by: Coffee on September 22, 2008, 08:21:41 PM
http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=232572015F160001
sick nurses (a Thai horror film, 2007)
Title: Re: Asian Drama
Post by: Coffee on October 24, 2008, 03:05:43 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIXyfAYJTE0
Ouija (a Filipino horror film with English subtitles)

this is just the part1 but links at the bottom of the image would lead you eventually to other parts
Title: Re: Asian Drama
Post by: Hooligan69 on October 29, 2008, 01:24:13 PM
I have the Vengeance trilogy on DVD, but haven't watched any of it yet. Might do so on Halloween night. I did watch The Host a couple nights ago and it's one of the best monster movies I've seen in recent years. Seven Days is quite good as well.

Title: Re: Asian Drama
Post by: Mr. Kinniku Mike on October 30, 2008, 01:32:59 PM
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/512YDNRPQKL._SL500_AA240_.jpg)

Just got done watching this at my job (got it in the mail earlier on dvd).
I remember watching it on tape one time but the quality sucked.
What I dont get most people hated this movie. I liked the plot and everything
it was a rare drama that even I myself (who used to despite dramas) enjoyed.
I highly recommend it for viewers thats into dark drama/dark comic scenes.
Title: Re: Asian Drama
Post by: Coffee on October 31, 2008, 02:39:09 AM
why did they hate it? was it too sappy or something? if it's a comedy, some people might have hated it because the humor fell flat
Title: Re: Asian Drama
Post by: Hooligan69 on October 31, 2008, 12:37:05 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RbuPyiEbFVM

Seven Days (2007 Korea)

Title: Re: Asian Drama
Post by: Mr. Kinniku Mike on October 31, 2008, 04:36:13 PM
why did they hate it? was it too sappy or something? if it's a comedy, some people might have hated it because the humor fell flat

The dark humor, and certain dark humor scenes.
That and the fact that it was based around a female cop who
was raped. Its a plot that make sense but to most ppl, not worth watch...
except me of course lol.
Title: Re: Asian Drama
Post by: Coffee on November 01, 2008, 12:27:21 AM
well if some people have a problem with dark humor (or exaggerating the bad things to produce a funny flick) chances are you might not like my fave short film of all time

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7lTNIS5ksYM
a date with jao mapa
Title: Re: Asian Drama
Post by: Mr. Kinniku Mike on November 01, 2008, 09:26:51 PM
Actually thats not bad.
And to think Im watching The Host
as I was seeing that at the same time.
Title: Re: Asian Drama
Post by: Coffee on November 06, 2008, 03:29:39 AM
Actually thats not bad.
And to think Im watching The Host
as I was seeing that at the same time.

now that's a good film to watch
Title: Re: Asian Drama
Post by: Sakebito_ONI on November 08, 2008, 01:03:33 PM
I've been watching this chinese whushu series called "The Four"...it's about a group that become "Super Sheriffs" for the Emperor.  One is a guy called Heartless who an arrogant prick in a wheelchair, and then there's the noble-hearted fighter, a swindler, and a stone-cold killer...the four of them go around and solve problems in the martial world.  It's good stuff, the fighting is pretty good (neither CGI or wire-work is overused) and the stories are solid.

http://www.crunchyroll.com/library/The_Four

Oh, and Kori...all 3 seasons of Trick, complete with subs (although season one and three are done by Nippon Golden, so the subs are on the terrible side while also being in this cheesy 70's looking font) can be found at Crunchyroll.com  I'm about halfway through the third season right now and the chemistry between Nakama and Abe is so awesome you can forgive the formulaic storylines.
Title: Re: Asian Drama
Post by: Coffee on November 09, 2008, 02:22:19 AM
(http://www.dvdasian.com/zoom_img/15815.jpg)
Summer Time (Korean erotic drama)

at first i thought it was just a rumor but it turned out to be true. it doesn't happen everyday but this is actualy a Korean remake of Asia's most erotic film of all time "Scorpio Nights", a Filipino film directed by peque gallaga


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ijKE7Mq7beA


Title: Re: Asian Drama
Post by: windscorpion on November 10, 2008, 03:59:41 AM
I'll watch out for that, it might turn up on Cinema One.

I've started watching Karissa on SCTV (using the wonders of the intarweb) which is mesmerising me even though i only speak about 20 words of Indonesian. I suspect the lead actress has something to do with it.

http://www.sctv.co.id/view.php?114,20774,,0,1226314212
Title: Re: Asian Drama
Post by: Hooligan69 on December 24, 2008, 12:37:37 AM
I've added Kim Ki-Duk's Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring to my DVD collection today. It's supposed to be a great movie with beautiful cinematography. The original soundtrack is so peaceful and relaxing to listen to though I'm not too keen on the final track.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fr-8A23KQgI (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fr-8A23KQgI)

(http://sachem.suffolk.lib.ny.us/Reel_Rebels/images/summer%20spring.jpg)
Title: Re: Asian Drama
Post by: Coffee on December 24, 2008, 08:52:50 PM
I've added Kim Ki-Duk's Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring to my DVD collection today. It's supposed to be a great movie with beautiful cinematography. The original soundtrack is so peaceful and relaxing to listen to though I'm not too keen on the final track.

kim ki duk? he just got some members of the audience from a not-so recent Venice Film Festival walking out of the theater vomitting for his sick movie "The Isle"
(swallowing fish hooks? anyone?)

there is also an ongoing battle right now for copyright over the Filipino film "Himala" ("Miracle" starring Nora Aunor)
to quote the description from the clip i got from YT
Quote
Definitely World Class
"HIMALA" (ECP, 1982)
In a remote village, a young girl named Elsa (Nora Aunor) claims that the Virgin Mary has spoken to her. She reveals her visions and starts healing people, thus, pushing the village to finally confront its own needs and beliefs. A story about faith and faithlessness, truth and delusion, Himala tackles the endless and timeless struggle of man in his quest to find something to believe in.
The film's story, based on an account of the alleged apparitions of the Virgin Mary on Cabra Island in 1967, is widely regarded as one of the best pictures ever produced by Philippine cinema. Aunor's performance in this film was roundly hailed as a sterling achievement for any Filipino actress of any age.


Winner of 11 major awards at 1982 Metro Manila Film Festival including Best Actress for Nora Aunor. The Superstar in the role of Elsa a young barrio lass who claims to have seen the Virgin Mary during an eclipse. Himala written by famed Ricky Lee was of the winner of a screenplay wrting contest conducted by the Experimental Cinema of the Philippines. Himala was the opening night film at the 1983 Manila International Film Festival. The movie was also the Philippine entry at the 1983 Berlin Film Festival wherein Nora Aunor received a Best Actress nomination for her performance in this film. HIMALA also won the Hugo Bronze Prize Award at the 1983 Chicago International Film Festival.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SyXjWtgI_Rg
Title: Re: Asian Drama
Post by: Mr. Kinniku Mike on December 25, 2008, 08:20:35 AM
(http://www.sundevildvd.com/store/images/T/t_17617-01.jpg)

From HK Flix site:
Overview: 21st century martial arts princess Ming Ming (Zhou Xun) falls for D (Daniel Wu), an irresistible rogue fighter. D challenges any of his female admirer to give him 5 million dollars and he will run away with her to Harbin. MingMing losses no time to rob the underworld boss Cat (Jeff Chang) but meets Nana (Zhou Xun) who bears splitting image of her. She discovers that Nana is also one of D's girlfriends. Ming Ming makes Nana the scapegoat for her theft and takes off with the box. However, MingMing's secret admirer Tu (Tony Yang) mistakes Nana for her, and becomes her guardian angel. Meanwhile, D disappears from Shanghai and leaves behind a cryptic phone message as his only clue. As the four lost souls weave in and out of each other's lives in the maze-like metropolis, the dark forces of Cat are closing in on them. 

Crunchyroll has em in 3 parts as a playlist so heres the link
http://www.crunchyroll.com/media-96257/Ming-Ming-Movie-Part-1.html


The ending plot is very shocking to me, really didnt see it coming at all..
Title: Re: Asian Drama
Post by: Hooligan69 on December 25, 2008, 11:44:00 PM
kim ki duk? he just got some members of the audience from a not-so recent Venice Film Festival walking out of the theater vomitting for his sick movie "The Isle"
(swallowing fish hooks? anyone?)

I've heard about "The Isle" and don't plan on watching it anytime soon though I haven't seen it available online for viewing or on DVD at the store. Reading about the disturbing scenes in the film turned me off rather quickly. However, it couldn't be any worse than when I watched "Faces of Death" many moons ago, so maybe I will give it a shot someday.

Has anyone here seen the Korean film "The Scarlet Letter"??

Title: Re: Asian Drama
Post by: ohtanisjacket on December 26, 2008, 06:21:04 AM
kim ki duk is a so-so director. Might make my top 100 Asian directors.
Title: Re: Asian Drama
Post by: Hooligan69 on December 26, 2008, 08:27:14 PM
Not exactly Asian cinema/drama, but I purchased a copy of Up the Yangtze on DVD today. It's an award-winning documentary about China's Yangtze River and the Three Gorges Dam project. I saw it on television here in Canada several months ago and thought it was excellent.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2otEv7MI0Dw

Title: Re: Asian Drama
Post by: Coffee on December 27, 2008, 01:43:40 AM

I've heard about "The Isle" and don't plan on watching it anytime soon though I haven't seen it available online for viewing or on DVD at the store. Reading about the disturbing scenes in the film turned me off rather quickly. However, it couldn't be any worse than when I watched "Faces of Death" many moons ago, so maybe I will give it a shot someday.

Has anyone here seen the Korean film "The Scarlet Letter"??



nope, i didn't know Koreans really do remakes now
anyway, speaking of remakes ...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2aDXePeWn2E
Lupin (the Filipino remake)

the characters of jigen daisuke and goemon ishikawa were turned into female and reduced goemon into a knife-wielding ally (epic fail for me, if you ask me)
check at 1:27 for the female goemon and and 1:30 for the female jigen
i don't need to emphasize who's zenigata
Title: Re: Asian Drama
Post by: Hooligan69 on December 27, 2008, 10:08:00 AM
nope, i didn't know Koreans really do remakes now
anyway, speaking of remakes ...

I don't think it's actually a remake...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Scarlet_Letter_(2004_film) (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Scarlet_Letter_(2004_film))

The movie stars Lee Eun-ju. It was her last movie because she committed suicide in February 2005.

Title: Re: Asian Drama
Post by: Coffee on December 27, 2008, 06:55:36 PM
why do Korean actresses commit suicide despite being successful?
the other actresses i know of who took their own lives were the lead actresses of the Korean soaps "Attic Cat" and "A Rosy Life"
has life really gone so depressing in Korea now?
Title: Re: Asian Drama
Post by: Hooligan69 on December 27, 2008, 08:44:31 PM
why do Korean actresses commit suicide despite being successful?
the other actresses i know of who took their own lives were the lead actresses of the Korean soaps "Attic Cat" and "A Rosy Life"
has life really gone so depressing in Korea now?

Found this concerning Lee Eun-ju's suicide on her Wikipedia profile page.

On the night of February 22, 2005, only a few days after her graduation from Dankook University, Lee committed suicide at her apartment in Bundang, Seongnam. She was 24 years old. She slit her wrists and hanged herself. The family blamed the suicide on severe bouts of depression and mental illness, and said she had been suffering from insomnia due to the nude scenes she had done in The Scarlet Letter.

She left a suicide note scrawled in blood, in which she wrote, "Mom, I am sorry and I love you." A separate note said, "I wanted to do too much. Even though I live, I'm not really alive. I don't want anyone to be disappointed. It's nice having money... I wanted to make money."


Here is the link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lee_Eun_Joo

I didn't realize she died until I found some information about her online after watching "Tae Guk Gi: Brotherhood of War" on DVD. Very sad. She was truly beautiful and died at the young age of 24.

Title: Re: Asian Drama
Post by: Coffee on December 28, 2008, 10:40:52 PM
(http://www.smh.com.au/ffximage/2005/02/23/eun_ju_wideweb__430x346.jpg)
may she find peace wherever she is now
RIP lee eun-ju
Title: Re: Asian Drama
Post by: The Grand Inquisiteur on December 28, 2008, 10:43:21 PM
OMG, now we're talking life-threatening mood disorders, here's the deal gang, anytime someone may displays an interest in self harm, or a change in personality (sad, withdrawn, irritable, anxious, tired, indecisive or apathetic), or a behavior, sleep or eating problem and may exhibit a general  low self esteem, it's time to get help.  No joke, suicide is a problem and it takes a toll on the young and it's something that shouldn't be dismissed casually.
Title: Re: Asian Drama
Post by: Hooligan69 on December 28, 2008, 11:50:52 PM
My first ever attempt at a DVD review that has nothing at all to do with wrestling. Maybe you will read this and check out the movie yourselves.


UP THE YANGTZE (2007 Documentary)

By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third, by experience, which is the bitterest.
- Confucious


Imagine if the USA decided to flood the Grand Canyon to create one big lake. This is what has been happening in China with the construction of the Three Gorges Dam hydroelectric project, the largest of its kind in the world. First started in 1994, the project will be completed and fully operational by 2011 amid the upheaval of more than 2 million Chinese living along the famous and beautiful Yangtze River, the world's third largest river after the Nile in Africa and the Amazon in South America. One-third of China's population lives along the Yangtze.

Chinese-Canadian documentary filmmaker Yung Chang's award-winning Up the Yangtze paints a very human picture of what the Chinese government considers an economic miracle, the Three Gorges Dam. The film centres around two teenagers as they move on from their daily lives to work on what is billed as a luxury cruise ship, taking Westerners on a "farewell cruise" down the Yangtze before the dam closes and flood waters wash away everything in sight. Yu Shui is a petite 16-year old living with her parents on their tiny riverside farm where planting vegetables and fishing sustained their livelihood where money could not. Yu Shui tells her parents over dinner that she has dreams of going to high school so she will be educated and talented because that is what the new China is demanding, but her parents cannot afford to continue her education and put their eldest daughter's plans on hold. Yu Shui is sent off to work on the cruise ship, reluctantly leaving her family behind. The other teenager is a 19-year old man named Chen Bo Yu, who is a cocky pretty boy, and the son of a local official, with aspirations of making more money working on the ship than his parents make at their own jobs. The final night before leaving for the boat presents opposite ends of the spectrum as Chen Bo Yu celebrates with friends, bragging that he was hired due to his good looks and decent command of English. Meanwhile, Yu Shui is at home angrily lashing out at her parents, who tearfully try to explain that they have no choice but to "exploit" their eldest daughter.

Life working on the "farewell cruise" comes with a price as both Yu Shui and Chen Bo Yu are immediately given English names - "Cindy" and "Jerry." Cindy is miserable, sad, homesick and experiencing quite a culture shock going from peasant poverty on the farm to a corporate business environment catering to wealthy Western tourists where the staff are briefed on what to say and what not to say to the guests. Meanwhile, Cindy's parents are doing all they can to get ready for their relocation from the farm before the flood waters move in. There is something very depressing, heartbreaking and somewhat sickening about locals from along the river working on the luxury ship on its "farewell cruise" taking tourists on a trip to "wave goodbye" to pristine and beautiful ancient lands their families live on and are now being forced to abandon. Jerry is cocky, arrogant and from a middle-class upbringing. He seems eager to shed his lifestyle and become a successful money-making businessman. Two teenagers from two different backgrounds. One story turns out positive and the other negative.

The cinematography is incredible and the dreary dullness paints a rather eerie and haunting picture. The flood waters are visibly rising as the story unfolds while ominous warning signs along the river indicate how high the waters of progress are expected to rise when the time comes (175 metres, for example). We see the agents of propaganda proudly showing off the nice new apartments for the relocated villagers though most will not be able to afford them due to being so poor. There are hints of government corruption and villagers not receiving the money they were promised for assistance during the relocation period. The Yangtze River is not only famous, but it is also truly beautiful, mystical and full of rich history spanning China's entire existence. Sun Yat-sen first proposed a hydroelectric project at Three Gorges in 1919, and Mao Zedong revived the idea in the 1950s. Legend has it that Chairman Mao himself used to swim in the river.

One thing that truly stands out about this particular film is the fact that Yung Chang did not editorialize at all, instead leaving judgment as to whether the project is good or bad up to each individual viewer. As the film comes to a close, the viewer is left with dramatic scenes that won't soon be forgotten, but there's no need to spoil that here. The DVD set comes with several extras, including deleted scenes that run almost like short films, as well as a demo reel from 2006, which features one village's resistance to government attempts to rid them of their land. They also share a special heartfelt message for all the world to see. Up the Yangtze is a beautifully shot yet haunting cinematic experience that gives the viewer a glimpse of the China rarely seen in Western countries at a time of such rapid modernization. The old China is submerged and a new China comes to life. Sacrifice and progress. Whether this is a good or bad thing in the short and long term is a question that will be answered in the years to come.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2otEv7MI0Dw
Title: Re: Asian Drama
Post by: Coffee on December 29, 2008, 12:12:23 AM
thanks, Hooligan, for sharing this with everyone else

OMG, now we're talking life-threatening mood disorders, here's the deal gang, anytime someone may displays an interest in self harm, or a change in personality (sad, withdrawn, irritable, anxious, tired, indecisive or apathetic), or a behavior, sleep or eating problem and may exhibit a general  low self esteem, it's time to get help.  No joke, suicide is a problem and it takes a toll on the young and it's something that shouldn't be dismissed casually.

especially now that this financial crisis is breathing down our necks. almost everyone is getting laid off or simply getting fired, almost everyone is starving and it can really get depressing for people which cause them to go delusional.

as much as i admire Korean actors and actresses for being the best performers in Asia so far, the reason behind great acting talent is what makes it really disturbing. i mean actors must have this massive emotional bank in them that they could play with in order to deliver award-winning performances either on TV or on film but it has started to take a toll on these people that they take their own lives. is this the price Korean entertainment had to pay in order to attain world-class recognition be it in mainstream media or art film circles?
Title: Re: Asian Drama
Post by: The Grand Inquisiteur on December 29, 2008, 09:56:31 PM
.

especially now that this financial crisis is breathing down our necks. almost everyone is getting laid off or simply getting fired, almost everyone is starving and it can really get depressing for people which cause them to go delusional.


Yes young lady, the current financial debacle is hitting us all and now is a good time to be conservative with finances.  But I'm betting things will start to turn around by late Feburary or early March of 09.  Keep an eye on the jobs report here in the US, it should flatten in Januray of 09. That will be a good sign that better days are coming.  I can't say of sure, but based on how the governments around the world have responded, I think sooner than later is a good bet.  But for sure, these are hard times!
Title: Re: Asian Drama
Post by: Hooligan69 on January 01, 2009, 09:47:25 PM
Is it true that the Hollywood movie "The Uninvited" is a remake of "A Tale of Two Sisters" from Korea?

I bought a copy of "Two Sisters" on DVD though I haven't watched it yet.

Title: Re: Asian Drama
Post by: Coffee on January 07, 2009, 03:31:44 AM
Is it true that the Hollywood movie "The Uninvited" is a remake of "A Tale of Two Sisters" from Korea?

I bought a copy of "Two Sisters" on DVD though I haven't watched it yet.



yes, although i read somewhere that it went straight to DVD
(good riddance to them)
Title: Re: Asian Drama
Post by: Hooligan69 on January 08, 2009, 09:02:08 AM
yes, although i read somewhere that it went straight to DVD
(good riddance to them)

Straight to DVD? I saw a commercial for it during RAW on Monday night.

It's odd that they picked "The Uninvited" as the title for the remake since there is another Korean movie using that name, which is said to have similarities to "Tale of Two Sisters." See the poster below...

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v230/tigerdriver91/TheUninvited.jpg)


Title: Re: Asian Drama
Post by: Coffee on January 09, 2009, 03:50:27 AM
it's not that a good of a movie to me, you know
speaking of "The Uninvited", i suddenly remembered one of my new fave Korean actors, park shin yang

(http://co2r.files.wordpress.com/2007/06/78466478yp0.jpg)
released on Philippine television as "Money War", it tells the life of a ruthless moneylender and the woman who often borrowed money from him but but often fails to make the payment upon maturity

i like park shin yang since he has a way of making the audience feel his intensity as an actor by simply looking at him
Title: Re: Asian Drama
Post by: Hooligan69 on January 10, 2009, 12:33:07 PM
Kap, your Yoshida sig. banner is fantastic. Love it.

Anyway, did you guys and gals know that the 2009 Hollywood movie "Possession" is a remake of the 2002 Korean movie "Addicted"?? I haven't seen the original, but the remake is going to star Sarah Michelle Geller.

Why does Hollywood have such a fascination with Korean romance movies?
Title: Re: Asian Drama
Post by: Coffee on January 10, 2009, 06:54:09 PM
Kap, your Yoshida sig. banner is fantastic. Love it.

Anyway, did you guys and gals know that the 2009 Hollywood movie "Possession" is a remake of the 2002 Korean movie "Addicted"?? I haven't seen the original, but the remake is going to star Sarah Michelle Geller.

Why does Hollywood have such a fascination with Korean romance movies?


because Korean drama blows Hollywood out of the water
i remember reading TIME Magazine one time and one of the writers there on the Entertainment section labeled Korea as "the new Hollywood"
what made Korean drama were the storyline, the lush cinematography and the superb acting
Title: Re: Asian Drama
Post by: Coffee on January 13, 2009, 07:01:26 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AIzbwV7on6Q
due to an Indian cast, this can be labeled as Asian drama too
(nice trailer, it might entice me to watch it soon)
Title: Re: Asian Drama
Post by: Hooligan69 on January 17, 2009, 09:01:30 PM
The Rebel (2007 Vietnam)

Just watched this on DVD and loved it. Set in 1920s French-occupied Vietnam. Johnny Tri Nguyen is a double agent whose job it is to hunt down rebels and eliminate them, but he meets the rebel leader's beautiful daughter (Veronica Ngo) and rethinks his loyalty to the French occupiers and fights back. Dustin Tri Nguyen has the role of the sadistic captain. This movie features the Vietnamese martial art Vovinam as well. However, this is more than just a martial arts movie as it has a great story to go along with all the fighting. The story really made me despise the French and the sadistic captain. This is the first Vietnamese movie I have watched and it's definitely recommended.

Here is the trailer, in case anyone is interested...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BPhp58otRt0
Title: Re: Asian Drama
Post by: Sabrina the Teenage Cracker on January 19, 2009, 07:15:48 PM
I just watched Noriko's Dinner Table. It was amazing. It's so off-beat but at the same time is a great reflection of alienated youth in modern society. I won't say anymore, because I don't want to ruin it.
(http://img.verycd.com/posts/0712/post-437880-1196673808.jpg)
Title: Re: Asian Drama
Post by: Hooligan69 on January 20, 2009, 01:00:50 PM
Modern Boy (2008 Korea)

Really enjoyed this. Started out a bit slow, but it got very interesting and even heartbreaking towards the end. The movie is set in 1940s Japan-occupied Korea. Hope to find the DVD release one day. I don't want to spoil it so I won't say much.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U8D2OwhaODs
Title: Re: Asian Drama
Post by: Hooligan69 on January 20, 2009, 10:37:18 PM
Sunny (2008 Korea)

Really good movie set during the Vietnam War in 1971. An average housewife takes a job singing with a consolatory band entertaining Korean troops in order to find her husband who is a soldier. Nothing was going to stop Soon-Yi from seeing her husband again even if it meant risking her life in war zones. Sad and beautiful.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bL5XWIeIZDU
Title: Re: Asian Drama
Post by: 孤星 on January 20, 2009, 10:43:24 PM
Not a movie but it's damn dramatic.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZTm2ysfpmoQ

Flying fox of snowy mountain 1999

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LwlwsClcDGw

The TVA version may look cooler but I love Jacky's singing.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iH0vszhy7WY
Title: Re: Asian Drama
Post by: J.H. - Firmly Re-Dedicated to Yoneyama! on January 20, 2009, 11:05:28 PM
Lord how I love Japanese cinema, I mean it gives us stuff like Sukeban Deka aka Yoyo Girl Cop!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ccVG_CfPRvI

James
Title: Re: Asian Drama
Post by: Hooligan69 on January 23, 2009, 03:20:52 PM
As a big fan of international cinema, particularly Asian, I often watch movies that require dialogue to be translated to English for subtitles. I can't help but wonder though about the accuracy of subtitles and what may or may not be lost in translation and how that might impact on my understanding of the story being told.

*random pondering*
Title: Re: Asian Drama
Post by: Coffee on January 24, 2009, 07:20:55 PM
As a big fan of international cinema, particularly Asian, I often watch movies that require dialogue to be translated to English for subtitles. I can't help but wonder though about the accuracy of subtitles and what may or may not be lost in translation and how that might impact on my understanding of the story being told.

*random pondering*


i agree. whenever i watch some Filipino movies, i notice that not everything that is in the dialogue is subbed. i don't know if it's because subs can be distracting at times that you don't notice the performances in themselves or some character limits exist.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3_HUu_UuwTA
somebody uploaded the full film on youtube, unfortunately it doesn't include subs.

La Visa Loca is about the Filipino obsession of migrating to the United States. Filipinos often perceive the US to be the land of milk and honey, where jobs are easy to come by and money is easy to make in order to send money back home by the bulk. until now that is the perception of most people here about the US so they are willing to line up at the US Embassy in order to get a US Visa.

(some went to the extent of sleeping with the consuls themselves but ... )
Title: Re: Asian Drama
Post by: Hooligan69 on January 25, 2009, 11:05:18 PM
A beautiful and powerful scene from the amazing Korean film Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter... and Spring. There is much to be learned and much to meditate on after watching a movie such as this one.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SKDm2KLACT0
Title: Re: Asian Drama
Post by: Coffee on February 06, 2009, 11:52:45 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sX5USkWyj7A
Ang Babaeng Hinugot sa Aking Tadyang

let me translate the clip:

Quote
she's not an angel from heaven
she's not a demure virgin
she's not the kind who'd ask for the moon and the stars
she's the woman that would complete my identity

... the woman plucked out of my rib

further info about this soap
http://www.mcbilly.com/philippines/ang-babaeng-hinugot-sa-aking-tadyang/

actually it just started airing this monday and the plot is so noirish already
Title: Re: Asian Drama
Post by: Coffee on February 27, 2009, 08:41:56 PM
http://ph.news.yahoo.com/star/20090227/tel-robin-totoy-bato-dd408b0.html
(http://blogpipiatbingi.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/02/totoy-bato-robin.jpg)
"Totoy Bato" starring Robin Padilla
a Filipino soap opera about a farmer who became a rebel who later became an MMA fighter
(nice career shifts, huh?)
it is adapted from one of the graphic novels of Carlo J. Caparas which was turned into a movie starring Fernando Poe Jr.
(see attached youtube clip)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k4U3oaBAmoM
Title: Re: Asian Drama
Post by: Hooligan69 on March 08, 2009, 08:35:13 AM
I watched the Korean film The Classic last night and thought it was an excellent movie. A wonderful love story. First movie I've had the chance to watch in a while and certainly one of my top favourites from Korea.

One of these days, I will get around to watching the Vengeance trilogy on DVD.

Title: Re: Asian Drama
Post by: windscorpion on March 11, 2009, 05:00:13 AM
What channel is that soap on?
Title: Re: Asian Drama
Post by: Hooligan69 on March 11, 2009, 01:33:48 PM
Yet another Korean actress takes her own life. Tragedies like this seem far too frequent in Korean cinema. :(

Actress Jang Ja-yeon in Apparent Suicide

Actress Jang Ja-yeon was found dead at her home in Seongnam, Gyeonggi Province on Saturday evening in what appears to be suicide. Jang (29) had been appearing in the hugely popular TV drama "Boys Over Flowers" on KBS 2TV.

Police said that Jang's older sister found the actress hanged on stairs to the second floor of her home. She said she called her sister several times but got no answer, so she went to her home to check.

Jang lived with her sister and younger brother since she lost her parents in a car accident about 10 years ago. She made her debut as a commercial model in 2006, and recently took the role of the bad girl harassing heroine Geum Jan-di in "Boys over Flowers." Police believe she committed suicide since her family testified she had been treated for depression for a year and the fact there was no evidence of foul play.

About 250,000 fans visited her website to express their condolences on Saturday and 700,000 on Sunday.

(englishnews@chosun.com )

And also...

Actress Jang Ja-yeon 'Left Suicide Note'

The actress Jang Ja-yeon, who hanged herself last Saturday, left a lengthy suicide note. "Ja-yeon would feel sad if she knew people consider her as a mere depression patient who died without even leaving a will," a friend told the Chosun Ilbo. "I decided to reveal some part of her writing dotted with thumbprints to pay respect to what she had in mind."

But the friend added, "Even though the note includes details of how she has been hurt since she started working in show business to become an actress, I won't reveal it all because that could cause unwitting damage to others."

Jang's friends have been suspicious that the 29-year-old really killed herself due to depression because she had just risen from relative obscurity through the hugely popular TV drama, "Boys over Flowers."

Jang was allegedly distressed over the need to choose an agency, but a representative with her current agency said Sunday, "She wanted to renew the contract with us after it expired, so we were discussing the matter. I canít believe that problems surrounding the agency have driven her to suicide."

A representative at another agency identified as Yu, to whom Jang had reportedly talked about her problems, is believed to have seen the suicide note but has been incommunicado since he wrote on his website, "People in the entertainment world know why she killed herself."

(englishnews@chosun.com )

(http://english.chosun.com/media/photo/news/200903/200903090021_00.jpg)
(http://english.chosun.com/media/photo/news/200903/200903100010_00.jpg)

 *gloom
Title: Re: Asian Drama
Post by: Coffee on March 13, 2009, 08:37:09 PM
you know what sucks here? people strive hard to live while folks live her throw life away literally.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cu3hvSmOVNk
this is actually one of francis m's last live interviews and how he fought leukemia is detailed in his blog
http://happybattle.multiply.com
Title: Re: Asian Drama
Post by: Hooligan69 on March 16, 2009, 10:11:05 PM
I must admit that "The Classic" is my number one favourite Korean movie so far.

Title: Re: Asian Drama
Post by: Coffee on April 30, 2009, 03:54:06 AM
(http://bayimg.com/image/maongaabm.jpg)
"Scaregivers" starring Jose Manalo and Wally Bayola

one of the surprisingly good flicks that i have seen in awhile. my expectations about this flick are quite low since it is slapstick comedy and slapstick comedy is not always funny. but as i have said, it turned out to be good with the comedy not overdone (thank God). and besides with guys like manalo and bayola, comedy is simply effortless

Title: Re: Asian Drama
Post by: Mr. Kinniku Mike on May 06, 2009, 08:57:35 PM
(http://www.sundevildvd.com/store/images/T/t_17240-01.jpg)

From the SundevilDVD site

Writer/director Ryoo Seung Wan (Arahan) helms the box-office smash Crying Fist, a winning film that centers on two downtrodden men who look to the sport of boxing as a chance to turn their lives around! In one corner, there's Yu Sang Hwan (Ryoo Seung Bum of Arahan and No Manners), a teenage delinquent whose criminal activities finally land him in juvenile hall. While there, Sang Hwan meets a guard who introduces him to the world of boxing, seeing it as an outlet for the young man's anger and disillusionment. In the other corner, there's Kang Tae Shik (Choi Min Sik of Old Boy and Failan), an over-the-hill family man whose marriage is falling apart thanks to some severe financial problems. Once a silver medalist in boxing, Tae Shik returns to the sport to gain additional income, but in a far less heralded way - he walks the streets, offering himself up as a human punching bag for money to anyone who passes by.

This movie is real good IMO.
Some funny scenes from the Tae Shik character.
Title: Re: Asian Drama
Post by: windscorpion on May 22, 2009, 02:25:49 AM
I finally saw London Caregiver the other day, the steam train was a LOL moment. I think the film makers based their view of England on Harry Potter movies.

Plot was nearly as clunky as Sharon Cuneta's accent.
Title: Re: Asian Drama
Post by: Coffee on May 23, 2009, 03:35:34 AM
I finally saw London Caregiver the other day, the steam train was a LOL moment. I think the film makers based their view of England on Harry Potter movies.

Plot was nearly as clunky as Sharon Cuneta's accent.

if you're referring to the sharon cuneta movie, then yes i agree with you
and the movie is kinda boring to me

anyway, a Filipino film i find myself looking forward to
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hDscGxZERnY

it is about a Swiss-educated Filipino chef working in Macau who was dared to cook lechon (or "litson" as the locals spelled it) after his relatives ridiculed him claiming that he is no longer "Filipino". he got so accustomed to European cuisine that his own mother worried that his son is losing his identity.

some parts of the trailer give a glimpse of how lechon is cooked. it also helped that TIME magazine wrote that the best cooked pig is from the Philippines, "Lechon de Cebu"
Title: Re: Asian Drama
Post by: Coffee on May 25, 2009, 02:22:52 AM
 *gah
a Filipino director wins the Best Director Award for the movie "Kinatay: The Execution of P"
http://ph.news.yahoo.com/afp/20090524/ten-entertainment-film-festival-cannes-d-1dc2b55.html
Title: Re: Asian Drama
Post by: Coffee on June 06, 2009, 07:43:38 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Z18prjuvkA
Queen of Langkasuka
(it has English subbies)
Title: Re: Asian Drama
Post by: Hooligan69 on June 15, 2009, 05:33:30 AM
Grave of the Fireflies (Japan 1988)

A heart-wrenching tale of the plight of a brother and sister living in Kobe, Japan circa World War II. One of the saddest war movies I've ever seen and it also just happened to be animated. Highly recommended.
Title: Re: Asian Drama
Post by: Coffee on June 19, 2009, 11:29:07 PM
http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=66C8574E0BF581AE&search_query=jan+dara

Jan Dara

a story of how one man hated his father so much only to end up becoming like him

spoiler: the stepmother looked a little like mayumi ozaki
Title: Re: Asian Drama
Post by: Coffee on June 27, 2009, 01:01:39 AM
http://www.metacafe.com/watch/1846657/michelle_aldana_segurista/

Segurista

a film about a girl who works as an insurance agent by day and a hooker by night. one day, the agency head declared that whoever would reach the Php1million mark would be granted a princely sum enough for him/her to put up her own insurance agency. this is when her night job becomes useful to her

(i would like to dedicate this film to AIG)
Title: Re: Asian Drama
Post by: Hooligan69 on July 05, 2009, 12:38:49 AM
Crossing (2008 Korea)

A very powerful and emotional film centering around a North Korean family living in a small coal mining village. Living in extreme poverty, Yong-Soo's wife becomes critically ill and in need of special medicine, which is impossible to come by. Yong-Soo sets off to China to get the medicine, but winds up an unwanted refugee forced into South Korea. When his wife passes away their son is left alone in desperation and with nowhere to go. He sets off to find his father without knowing where or how to find him. Definitely one of my favourite movies of 2008, if not my number one favourite.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ThXzb4QSMzE
Title: Re: Asian Drama
Post by: Hooligan69 on July 06, 2009, 12:18:44 AM
The Scam (2009 Korea)

I really enjoyed this movie despite having a rather limited knowledge of the stock market. An unemployed and self-taught financial investor suddenly hits the jackpot at the cost of disrupting a scam run by gangsters. The gangsters recognize his talent and recruit him to help with their scheme to swindle the stock market of 60 million Won. However, a much larger scam is in the works from within the group. The final hour or so had me anxious to find out who was going to get shafted and who would get away with a whole lot of money. Loved the ending as well.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NZw7uPN9N6Y
Title: Re: Asian Drama
Post by: Coffee on July 07, 2009, 01:27:11 AM
i finally watched "Segurista" in full and i understood why it got nominated (or so i was told) for the Academy Awards' Best Foreign Language Film. it's a good drama film without it being melodramatic. and some spectators might have thought that the ashfall-esque environment consisted of props - they're not, they're real but they're no longer there as this film was made in 1995 and the Pinatubo erupted a few years before that; those ashfall landscapes turned out to be a good source of income for the local government i.e. quarrying. back to the film, the soundtrack is a bit tacky but it's okay as it turned out that the club owner is Japanese who can speak decent Tagalog but makes his staff speak Nihonggo as if preparing them for a career in clubbing in Japan. the acting was okay, at least it wasn't overdone. the sex wasn't graphic as the director Tikoy Aguiluz knew that this film is not about sex but about a woman who used sex to sell insurance policies so the sex scenes didn't steal the thunder from the storyline.

i may not like the way the film ended but overall it made sense
Title: Re: Asian Drama
Post by: Hooligan69 on July 13, 2009, 12:07:35 PM
Owl and the Sparrow (2007 Vietnam)

The wonderful tale of three rather lonely people in Ho Chi Minh City, a bustling city of 8 million. An unhappy flight attendant, a 10-year old runaway and a young male zookeeper. The story can relate to everyone from rich and poor, young and old, male and female. Everyone at some point in their life has felt alone with nobody to relate to or talk to. "Owl and the Sparrow" is a down to earth if not somewhat cliche story of loneliness, hope and dreams. 10-year old Pham Thi Han, in her film debut, just about steals the show with her amazing performance.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mMhrg0PUK3Q

Joint Security Area (2000 Korea)

Chan-wook Park's political thriller about the deaths of two North Korean soldiers in the JSA area of the DMZ on the North-South border. An investigation attempts to unravel the hidden truth behind what happened. My only gripe would be with the scenes spoken in English as they came off a bit awkward. Excellent movie. Might have to watch it again though because things might get a bit confusing if you miss out on any of the subtitled dialogue. Movies such as JSA are interesting to watch given the current heightened tensions in the Korean peninsula. I heard there will be a Hollywood re-make entitled "Joint Security America," which would be set on the USA-Mexico border. Such a thought makes me cringe.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FNLcjGamf8U
Title: Re: Asian Drama
Post by: Coffee on July 18, 2009, 03:47:52 AM
i hear you. doing a remake of JSA without ruffling some feathers from the powers-that-be is tough.
Title: Re: Asian Drama
Post by: Coffee on August 16, 2009, 02:42:44 AM
(http://bayimg.com/image/kaomaaabl.jpg)

Torotot (Destierro)

i watched this movie a few days ago and looking back, the first name to come to my mind was kurt angle ... that is if the Law of Destierro is applicable in America

what is "Destierro"?

if a man caught his wife having sex with someone else and he ends up killing both of them, he will be sentenced to Destierro granted that he was able to prove to the court that he caught them in the act of sex. to be sentenced with Destierro means not going to jail but being barred from the wife's family by at least 25 kilometer radius (maybe includes the kids, i'm not sure). a little unfair since it involved getting away with murder but that's the law for you.

it's a sad movie since it involved killing the very person you loved
Title: Re: Asian Drama
Post by: Hooligan69 on August 22, 2009, 05:23:45 PM
Thirst (Korea 2009)

I've finally seen a Korean movie on the big screen at the cinema. Last week, I went to see Park Chan-wook's new vampire flick Thirst not once but twice. Must admit that I loved the movie both times. Certainly one of my favourite vampire movies.

EDIT

Burma VJ: Reporting From A Closed Country (2008)

Powerful and unique documentary about the Burmese peoples struggle for freedom and their failed uprising in Sept. 2007, secretly captured by brave photo and video journalists risking their lives. Recommended.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V08EBWQLzyU
Title: Re: Asian Drama
Post by: Coffee on August 30, 2009, 02:57:27 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lXggIFu3V6I

Marian Rivera is the new Darna!
OST by Kamikazee (my fave Tagalog punk rock band)
Title: Re: Asian Drama
Post by: Hooligan69 on August 30, 2009, 09:47:12 AM
Lady Snowblood (1973 Japan)

Excellent film. I watched this on DVD the other day and enjoyed every minute of it. Meiko Kaji is brilliant in her role as beautiful young woman on a mission of vengeance for what happened to her parents. Lady Snowblood no doubt inspired Tarantino's Kill Bill movies.
Title: Re: Asian Drama
Post by: Hooligan69 on September 06, 2009, 11:15:00 PM
Cruel Gun Story (1964 Japan)

Directed by Takumi Furukawa, Cruel Gun Story is a thriller about an ex-con fresh out of prison who just can't seem to escape his former lifestyle. He's roped into "one last job" by mobsters when they seek to hijack an armoured car carrying 120 million Yen from the racetrack. But what happens when a successful heist leads to those involved turning on each other and trying to escape with the money themselves? Will Togawa be able to get his cut of the money so he can be with his sister, who is unable to walk after a hit-and-run accident? This is a very good movie with plenty of violence. Definitely recommended viewing for fans of 1960s Japanese cinema.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v230/tigerdriver91/cruel_gun_story.jpg)
Title: Re: Asian Drama
Post by: J.H. - Firmly Re-Dedicated to Yoneyama! on September 12, 2009, 09:22:55 AM
I went on a mini-Japan movie buing spree last month. I picked up The Machine Girl, Aragami and 2ldk. When the worst movie in the bunch is The Machine Girl (which is 10 shades of fun) then you know you made yoursel some quality purchases. Now if only someone would pick-up the rights to High Kick Girl...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A8SQZ94jE38

I also found out the Cartoon Network in the Philippines has been airing Kamen Rider KABUTO... dubbed in English no less and they actually do a really solid dub job on it to boot!

James
Title: Re: Asian Drama
Post by: Coffee on September 14, 2009, 02:54:10 AM
(http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_L4oCn4INF0Q/Sn14TMN6ajI/AAAAAAAABBw/FgJL3iDCTXY/s400/manila.jpg)

Manila (2009)
starring Piolo Pascual

not the typical stuff i would get from a flick that stars Piolo Pascual (since he's almost a romantic comedy fodder) who wanted another taste of the international film fest scene ... which paid off obviously as this poster shows the Cannes Film Festival logo.

it's pretty obvious that the quiet film is a staple in art film festivals and this film is somewhat quiet (or didn't have much musical score to boot). it's a 2-in-1 film with the first part of the film features the lead character wasting away everything he owned due to a drug dependency (ironically i watched this film the day after jeff hardy got arrested). the second part of the film featured a politician's bodyguard who's own ass-kissing attitude got him into trouble that was so bad, his own employer dropped him on the spot.
Title: Re: Asian Drama
Post by: Hooligan69 on September 14, 2009, 09:35:49 AM
A Colt Is My Passport (1967 Japan)

The fifth and final movie included in Criterion's brand new "Nikkatsu Noir" DVD box set. Directed by Takashi Nomura and starring the one and only Joe Shishido, "A Colt Is My Passport" is a great gangster film and an emulation of American Noir with a particularly terrific and violent final 15 minutes, as well as a spaghett-western style soundtrack. Shishido plays the role of a hired assassin caught between two Yakuza gangs after carrying out a hit on a rival boss. Recommended viewing. A definite favourite.

Take Aim at the Police Van (1960 Japan)

The third film in Criterion's new Nikkatsu Noir DVD boxset and the third on my list of viewing thus far. "Police Van" is full of twists and turns as a prison bus is ambushed on the highway as snipers open fire and murder one of the prisoners inside. As a result, the guard on board was accused of negligence and suspended for several months. Instead of relaxing or taking a vacation, the guard conducts a private investigation of his own to solve the case only to discover a smuggling ring working in the business of trafficking women. This movie also has one difference from "Cruel Gun Story" and "A Colt Is My Passport" as this time it's a woman who may or may not be behind the murders etc. There are some rather strange moments that come across as a little far-fetched, but "Police Van" is a whole lot of fun to watch and the final showdown at the end is well done. So far I've really enjoyed this DVD collection and look forward to viewing "I Am Waiting" and "Rusty Knife" this week.
Title: Re: Asian Drama
Post by: Hooligan69 on September 19, 2009, 07:21:56 PM
The Housemaid (1960 Korea)

Long considered one of the great films in Korean cinema history, "The Housemaid" is an excellent domestic thriller about a middle-class family terrorized by their hired maid, who wastes no time proving that she might be a few cards short of a full deck. A husband, wife, son and daughter move into a two-story house and hire a maid to help out, but things soon take a turn for the worse (and worse) once the maid (Lee Eun-shim) moves in. Lee Eun-shim is brilliant in her role and it's been reported that audience reaction to her character was so strong that shouts of "Kill the Bitch!" could be heard at screenings - and Eun-shim was never cast in another movie again as a result despite her acting skills. Think of "Fatal Attraction" meets "Psycho" circa 1960 South Korea. A dark, creepy and twisted tale that is certainly a reflection of reality. Think such a situation couldn't happen to you? It could happen to anyone.

Black Rain (1989 Japan)

Filmed entirely in black and white, Black Rain deals with the subject of the bombing of Hiroshima on Aug. 6, 1945. The story follows an aunt, uncle and their neice as they survive the horrifiying attack yet deal with the consequences of radiation while trying to move on with their lives. The survivors are faced with prejudice from those unaffected by the attacks. An excellent movie with a very powerful and important message. I've never seen another movie with such graphic depictions of the nightmareish aftermath of death and destruction in Hiroshima. Highly recommended if you don't mind subtitles. This is certainly not to be confused with the Michael Douglas movie of the same name, which was also released in 1989.

Drunken Angel (1948 Akira Kurosawa)

My first time viewing a film directed by the legendary Akira Kurosawa. "Drunken Angel" marked the first time Toshiro Mifune was cast in a Korusawa movie and certainly not the last. Mifune played the role of a Yakuza gangster dying from tuberculosis, who develops an unlikely and uneasy relationship with the alcoholic doctor (Takashi Shimura) wishing to treat him. A mere three years removed from the war, this movie is set around the rundown muddy swamps and alleyways of post-war Tokyo. The fight between Matsunaga (Mifune) and Okada, a rival Yakuza fresh out of prison, is a little on the ridiculous side, which might have been done on purpose to ridicule their choice of lifestyle. "Drunken Angel" was filmed during the US occupation and it was subjected to censorship prior to release although a few scenes made it into the final cut undetected. A good introduction to Kurosawa's early style of filmmaking and I'm looking forward to seeing more. Since I'm watching his stuff in order, the classic "Rashomon" (1950) is next on the list to be viewed.

Rashomon (1950 Akira Kurosawa)

Excellent movie from the camera work to the story-telling to the acting even though the ending with the baby was a bit confusing and out of nowhere. This was a fascinating tale of rape/murder explained and reflected upon through the viewpoints of four different people, including the murdered Samurai. Rashomon requires viewers to pay close attention to the subtitles of each story in attempt to figure out what really happened. But what really did happen in the woods on the fateful day? Which story is accurate? Which story is fabricated? Who is honest and who is stretching the truth? Kurosawa's Rashomon questions our humanity and reminds us all that nobody is honest and that people only believe what they want to believe - see what they want to see or remember what they want to remember. Humans are dishonest. We are liars, cheats, schemers and all of the rest. We are even willing to sellout those we claim to love when push comes to shove. The ending with the priest giving the woodcutter the abandoned baby seemed to come out of nowhere to provide a somewhat happy ending to a rather bleak and depressing story. However, maybe it's just my imagination, but there seemed to be a slightly sinister look on the woodcutter's face as he walked away with the little baby at the end. All in all, I thought Rashomon was excellent and thought-provoking at the same time.

Sympathy For Lady Vengeance (2005 Korea)

Finally got around to watch this and I thought it was fantastic. Lady Vengeance is the conclusion to director Park Chan-wook's acclaimed Vengeance trilogy. A beautifully shot tale of an attractive 19 year wrongfully imprisoned for 13.5 years for a murder she didn't commit. She became a model prisoner and she was well liked by everyone all the while plotting revenge on the man who ruined her life. Her plan begins to take shape once she is released from the prison. One could certainly view Lady Vengeance as a character study right up until the credits start rolling. Lee Yong-ae gives a brilliant performance as a woman hellbent on revenge while seeking redemption at the same time. This movie also has its own fair share of dark humor in some scenes. It's rather difficult to properly comment on this film without giving away major plot spoilers. The ending/climax is very well done and a fitting close to the trio of Vengeance-related movies. Dark, surreal, subtle, humorous, violent. Take your pick. Loved this from start to finish. Recommended.
Title: Re: Asian Drama
Post by: Coffee on October 17, 2009, 02:18:22 AM
(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/5/51/SigawEcho.jpg)

who would have thought that a Filipino horror film would be a subject of interest of Hollywood? i haven't watched the film myself but i plan to. either the film is really scary or Yam Laranas is good at PR (he just got a directorial job at National Geographic, not sure for how long)

the original title is "Sigaw" (Scream). the distributors just altered the title of the film once released internationally in order not to cause confusion with Wes Craven's "Scream".

just recently, the Hollywood version of the film (the producers hired Yam Laranas in order to make sure it doesn't shy away much from what he wanted to portray)

http://www.fangoria.com/reviews/3-dvd-a-blu-ray/3955-the-echo-dvd-review.html
Title: Re: Asian Drama
Post by: Hooligan69 on October 18, 2009, 04:59:33 PM
Mother (2009 Korea)

Director Bong Joon-ho (Memories of Murder, The Host) is back with an excellent murder mystery that will no doubt keep you guessing until the very end. Won Bin is superb as the mentally-handicapped young man charged in the death of a schoolgirl. Kim Hye-ja is terrific as his mother, who is bound and determined to prove her son's innocence and will go to great lengths to do it. Just when you think you have it all figured out, there's another twist in the story that may surprise/shock you to some extent. Top notch acting, cinematography and direction has resulted in "Mother" being named as Korea's entry in the Best Foreign Language Film category for the Oscars, ahead of Park Chan-wook's vampire flick "Thirst." Brilliant climax as well. I think this movie takes top spot over "Thirst" as my favourite Korean flick so far this year though I still want to see Yang Ik-joon's "Breathless." If you are a fan of Joon-ho's "Memories of Murder," you should definitely check out "Mother." You won't be disappointed.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9rDeNM-M8p8
Title: Re: Asian Drama
Post by: Supreme Rebel Leader MutaKushi1301 on October 26, 2009, 06:34:07 AM
Psst:T2

This movie is more of a suspense horror than an actual horror movie.

This movie is about case worker named "Claire". She's dealing with a troubled marriage with her soon to be ex husband Jeremy! She works with her co worker and friend Elias. In the movie they meet with a little girl named Ageli who has a mysterious past and a mysterious connection to the strange happenings surrounding her. The nuns who took care of Angeli wanted Claire to take  her to Manila to her aunt. But on the way there strange things began to happen. Likes a herd of pigs blocking the road,a rock hits a guy from out of no where,and mysterious people in white show up out of the blue.Finally they made it to an apartment complex to see Angeli's aunt. A woman named Tess welcomes Claire,Elias,and Angeli. Claire seems to think that they are nice but Angeli doesn't think so. But later on in the film........the strange accurances started to happen again. First Elias gets killed......by I don't know who,second the mysterious people in white appear again and are chasing Claire and Angeli all over the apartment complex,also Angeli told Claire that the people in white are "Enchanted being" who want to take her away from the human world. They ended up being seperated from each other after a pack of rats swormed the deserted area of the complex. Angeli ends up being captured by the enchanted ones and Claire who is stuck with the rats ends up being saved by an old lady who knows about the enchanted one because her child and her husband was one of them. So they went to the sacred place where all enchanted beings dwell. The old lady says on the childs birthday he/she has to decide on his/her own if that child wants to stay in the human world or go with the enchanted beings. The leader of the group(aka Angeli's mom) told Claire and the old lady about her birth and everything else............I forgot to mention she was the cause of Angeli's dad's blindness!
So.........Angeli shows up and Claire tries to convines her to come home with her, at first she refused,but she took the letter that she wrote for her earier on in the film that says if she gets taked to come rescue her. That she did. But she also read the birthday card that was given to her by her dad before he passed on. All that remined her that someone "does" care for her,someone "does" love her. Oh yeah I forgot to mention that Jeremy throughout the entire film tried to get in touch with Claire about the whole seperation thing. You see..........the more he called........the more he worries. In the beginning I thought he was a total jerk to her. But in the end........he turned out to be ok(for now). Anyway.........Jeremy comes to the apartment complex because Claire asked him to pick her up. Once there he bagan to search for her. That's when Angeli's mom made Claire choose between him and Angeli which seems to be an unfair trade in my opinion! Angeli.........for some reason I love this character. She told her "mom" and the rest of the enchanted beings that she will return to them on her eighteenth birthday, and if they try to harm Claire or Jeremy.........then she will not return at all! Now that's guts for ya! Anyway the decision has been made. They were about to escape but the old lady wanted to try and save her daughter(who was taken by the way),but she refused go because any child taken by the enchanted ones will lose their memory of their parents and of the human world. So as an end result the old lady used some magic powder to destroy the enchanted place! And Claire and Angeli made it safe to where they were reunited with Jeremy. Now Claire,Jeremy, and Angeli are now a family. She started her first day of school a little shakey because of her fear of the enchanted ones coming back for her. But I doubt that. Anyway Angeli bumps into the principle and told her she wanted to go home. But the principle assured her that everything is fine and that she must meet her new teacher................who happens to be her mom in human disguse!!

Also throughout the film there was always this "PSST" noise! That can scare the living crap out of you...........even in real life. But anyway this was a good film. I loved it.
Thanks for sharing it ,kapeng!   *approve
Title: Re: Asian Drama
Post by: Hooligan69 on October 26, 2009, 02:15:56 PM
Sympathy For Mr. Vengeance (2002 Korea)

The first installment of director Park Chan-wook's acclaimed Vengeance trilogy. Unable to afford proper care for his older sister dying from kidney failure, Ryu, a deaf-mute, turns to the black market only to be swindled out of his life savings. His anarchist girlfriend, Cha Yeong-mi, devises a plot to kidnap the daughter of Ryu's former boss, who had just fired him, in order to get enough money to save his sister's life. Ryu reluctantly agrees to the plan but things change at the last minute. Now with a kidnapped child and the ransom money in their possession things unexpectedly take a tragic and irreversible turn for the worst. Song Kang-ho plays "Park," the electrical engineer father of the abducted child, and Shin Ha-kyun stars as the deaf-mute "Ryu" while Bae Du-na is Ryu's girlfriend "Cha Yeong-mi." This is a very tragic, violent, disturbing and saddening look at the human race's infatuation with revenge and vengeance at all costs regardless of the outcome and no matter what the consequences. There is a fine line between being distraught and grieving over the loss of a dear loved one and being blinded by your lust for violent retribution. Even the most innocent have the potential to cross that line and become a true monster with no compassion or remorse. The Western title for this movie is Sympathy For Mr. Vengeance, but by the time all is said and done, it's next to impossible to have "sympathy" for anyone involved because they've snapped somewhere along the line while exacting their revenge. Another theme touched upon would be that every action has a reaction. This is reinforced in the film's chilling climax with the voice over reminder of Cha Yeong-mi 's dire warning to Park from earlier on. A truly brilliant first contribution to the revenge/vengeance genre and one I just might rate higher than the highly praised follow-up, Oldboy. Sympathy features some rather graphic violence in certain scenes but it's not overly gory or bloody. If there is anyone worth feeling "sympathy" over, it would be Park's abducted daughter. A truly innocent little victim who never harmed anyone. Furthermore, those who could be considered truly evil and despicable in this whole mess would be the illegal organ harvesters cheating people out of their money and kidneys. Illegal organ harvesting is a serious real life issue as it happens all over the world even though we may not hear about it on the news every night. A black market underworld that is truly disturbing. It's horrifying to realize we live in such a beautiful and wonderful world rife with illegal organ harvesting, human trafficking and other such disgusting and sickening things. Are we humans really just evil bloodthirsty animals? Where do we draw the line when it comes to revenge and retribution? And how far should we allow ourselves to go in hopes of saving the life our loved ones? That is one thing I loved about Park Chan-wook's movies - and not just his Vengeance trilogy - they force you to ask some tough questions and to think about important issues instead of just feeding us an unnecessary diet of typical blood and gore to satisfy our soul. There is one more very important and very thought-provoking question that has crept into my mind upon viewing this movie: Who are we to decide who lives and who dies? And what gives us the right to make such judgment calls?
Title: Re: Asian Drama
Post by: Sakebito_ONI on November 01, 2009, 06:55:06 PM
Untouchable (currently airing in Japan)

The best actress EVAR~! according to ONI-ism, Yukie Nakama stars in this series about a reporter who used to be a writer for a 1st rate magazine who butted heads with her editor and got fired and now has to work for a tabloid rag.  Upon recieveing a tip from an unknown source, she begins to investigate a TV reporter only to uncover a secret society...it looks like this series might dive into the shadow war between two secret societies with our beloved Yukie getting caught in the middle and trying to report it, only to have nobody believe it because it's all in a tabloid.

So far, only one episode has aired, but sars-fansubs and Heiwa fansubs are working on it jointly, so the turnaround should be quick between airing in Japan and getting subbed and up on the IRC.
Title: Re: Asian Drama
Post by: Hooligan69 on November 04, 2009, 12:28:32 AM
Memories of Murder (2003 Korea)

Between 1986 and 1991, 10 women were murdered in a small town in Korea. A large amount of people were questioned and investigated as potential suspects, but the serial killer has never been found nor identified. "Memories of Murder" from director Bong Joon-ho is based on these events and focuses on the struggles of the police to capture the killer despite a lack of DNA testing and forensics or even knowledge on how to adequately go about their investigation. This also happened to be Korea's first, and now most notorious, serial killer. A brilliant crime drama with some rather funny moments amongst the dark and depressing deaths of several women. Potential suspects are coerced and beaten into confessions yet everything always leads to one dead-end after another due to a lack of any concrete evidence to prove any of the suspects are guilty. One of the detectives' assigned to the case has a habit of taking down suspects with a flying dropkick out of nowhere, which makes for some rather amusing moments. All fine and dandy one minute and then *bam* he takes you out. One can't help but feel bad for the police desperately searching for the killer despite their rule-breaking interrogation methods. One particular scene that kinda shocked me was when the police sent a woman out into the night without any police nearby, which led to her being attacked and murdered. A woman was sent to her death for what reason?! Too much time was wasted trying to pin the blame on an outsider, someone who might have something wrong with them or those who don't seem to fit into society. This was reinforced during the brilliant final scene years later with the little girl. A 2005 article in the Korea Times about the real life case indicated that the statute of limitations for murder in Korea is only 15 years while the last killing occurred in 1991, which meant the case would disappear within a year and a killer would never be caught. Koreans who went to see "Memories of Murder" in the theatre also seemed to want the case re-opened once again. Plus, there is the issue of re-development destroying and eliminating sights where the old murders took place thus erasing any potential evidence from existence. Joon-ho's "Memories of Murder" is a fascinating, disturbing and sometimes funny look at police procedural at a time in history when the small town police force was completely unprepared and ill-equipped to conduct such an intricate investigation. There is no Hollywood-style happy ending here because the case was never solved. Some might say this movie didn't really have an ending, well, neither did the case. I felt the final scene between the detective and the little girl at one of the murder scenes in 2003 was among the most powerful scenes in the movie. Never judge a book by its cover. Bong Joon-ho's 2009 return to the murder mystery genre, "Mother," is reminiscent of "Memories of Murder" in some ways yet it's also darker and more serious - a very worthy successor. Highly recommended viewing. Joon-ho has a real talent for crime dramas and I'm happy to see him exploring other genres instead of allowing himself to be pigeonholed into one type of movie.
Title: Re: Asian Drama
Post by: Coffee on April 13, 2010, 12:01:18 AM
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"Sukdulan" (Utmost, 2003)

one of those movies that i am disappointed with. it's a Filipino film with a not-so-new plot = a woman gets bored with her married life worsened by her husband's poor performance in bed; meets a young hot stud who's sexually adventurous and suffers the consequences of being horny. the sex scenes were a letdown. katya can't act her way out of a paper bag. the only salvation in this movie is the sympathetic portrayal of raymond bagatsing who plays the husband suffering from erectile dysfunction. (there is a remedy though. he had to stare at a porn vid while having sex in order for him to "stand up to the occasion")

how can the sex be adventurous? the scenes are in the public utility toilet, the back of a pickup truck and even in the woman's house in the presence of a blind mother-in-law who's pretending to be asleep. food is also part of the scenes like strawberry, whipped cream and ice. (no cosplay, sorry)
Title: Re: Asian Drama
Post by: Makabe Sword Justice on April 13, 2010, 04:49:10 AM
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Red Cliff (Chi Bi) Parts 1 & 2 (China, 2008 & 2009)
In Autumn of 208 AD, 100,000 peasants fled with their beloved leader Liu Bei from Cao Cao's million man army. With the aid of heroes like Zhao Yun (the subject of the new "Three Kingdoms: Resurrection of the Dragon" film) and Zhang Fei, they escape across the Great River (Chinese 'Yangtze') to take refuge with Sun Quan, the leader of the south. As Cao Cao prepares his huge navy to invade southern China and destroy them both, geniuses like Zhuge Liang and Zhou Yu devise a grand strategy. They hope to destroy Cao Cao's 10,000 ships with fire upon the river, but must first trick Cao Cao into chaining his ships together, and then change the direction of China's famous and freezing North Wind. While these two struggle to put aside the rivalry between Liu Bei and Sun Quan's forces, they must hatch their legendary schemes before Cao Cao is ready. This synopsis is based on the events of the 600 year old story - "Romance of Three Kingdoms" - the favorite novel of over 1 billion Chinese people and the most famous novel in Asia.

Chances are if you've ever played games like "Romance Of The 3 Kingdoms" or the "Dynasty Warriors" series, yu'ove relived some of what's happened here. Considering the hype on the package, all I can say is it definitely lives up to it. The film starts out running with some amazing battle sequences and intriguing storylines, then slows down and strikes a nice balance between all-out battles and wartime strategy and some clever military stuff that is really something. If youíre played Dynasty Warriors you may recognize several characters here, at least in name-in addition to the main characters I recognized roughly 10-12 from the game and they even incorporate some of the more prominent female characters as well, including the beautiful & loyal Xiao Qiao and the young but confident Sun Shang Xiang-although those who played the game will note she doesnít sport the bladed disc-like weapons from the game here. The over-the-top special effects are kept to a minimum in favor of amazing photography and choreographed movement and battle sequences that are really a treat for the eyes. The first part is only half of the story but thereís almost nothing to not like here. And it seems to save plenty for the second half of the story. Part 2 focuses more on the strategy of war, with both sides employing interesting strategies to try and outwit the other. The pace seems slow but it all builds up to an amazing and ultimately satisfying conclusion.

In the end, despite some very minor complaints I canít say enough about this. Itís a filmmaking masterpiece on so many levels-brilliantly written, produced, directed and acted with a wonderful soundtrack as well. Iíve never really been into John Wooís works, but this one is a definite exception. One of the greatest film works I have ever seen. If youíre a fan of the videogames, ancient history, or war movies, you owe it to yourself to find this title. 5+ hours extremely well spent. Actually, see it either way just because itís that good.

PS-there are edited theatrical versions and original international versions. I have the original theatrical version, which is unrated and has content different from the theatrical version (Probably more violence).
Title: Re: Asian Drama
Post by: Coffee on April 17, 2010, 03:40:44 AM
(http://photos.friendster.com/photos/62/28/2368226/1_285789369l.jpg)

One More Chance (2007)

one of the realistic love stories made. Basha (Bea Alonzo) and Popoy (John Lloyd Cruz) are inseparable couple who eventually plan to get married until she realized something ... the relationship has reached suffocating levels that she has somewhat lost her identity. she initiated the breakup claiming that one of the reasons why she is not able to flourish in her career is that she found herself subjected to a domineering boyfriend.

i won't spoil much of the fun but it took awhile for the guy to realize what kind of a boyfriend is he especially once he asks the advice of some of their mutual friends about rekindling the relationship. "do you think she would succeed in her career if she kept the relationship with you?" "if she stayed in the relationship, do you think she would improve in her craft with the kind of attitude you handled in the relationship?"

she became successful in her career knowing the price she had to pay.
Title: Re: Asian Drama
Post by: Coffee on June 01, 2010, 05:59:10 PM
Ang Tatay Kong Nanay (My Father is My Mother)1978 (http://www.spot.ph/2010/02/04/ria-limjap-on-ang-tatay-kong-nanay-feathers-and-cabbage-roses/)

(http://www.opmjapan.com/v_img/otatkn.jpg)

the title alone is intriguing and it gives a hint about 1 topic i rarely encounter in Hollywood = gay fathers. it's also proof that Lino Brocka as a director is not exclusive to movies about poverty and the dog-eat-dog mentality. it's about being gay and having the difficulty to admit to your child that you are one.

it is about a gay beautician (played by Dolphy) adopting the son of his ward/lover(?) (Philip Salvador, who is YEARS younger even in real life) after the latter's wife dumped them and he had to go to work in the US Navy. the child grew up knowing the beautician is his father but one time went out of the house and saw his "father" dressed in drag. the boy asked him "Are you not ashamed of how you look? What are you? A man or a woman?" of course the beautician didn't slap him but he had difficulty answering those questions.

later on, the boy's biological mother returned to claim him afraid that her son will grow up gay. frankly, the beautician is afraid too even if he claimed in 1 beauty pageant that he is not ashamed to be gay.

it's obviously my favorite Dolphy film (Dolphy is the Philippine King of Comedy) because it blurred the line between comedy and drama due to how the gay topic was handled. there is also one memorable scene is which the beautician punched a fellow fag after he painfully joked that the kid is actually his lover, insinuating that he is a pedophile. he also nagged the same fag that "The reason we ... I mean YOU don't get the respect you deserve is because of the perverted things that you do."

on whether the kid will turn up gay is not shown anymore on the film. he simply accepted his "father" when the latter eventually came clean
Title: Re: Asian Drama
Post by: Coffee on June 20, 2010, 03:04:36 AM
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51ZP9CKYRZL.jpg)

City of Fire (1987)
Starring: Chow Yun Fat

one of the oldest Hong Kong films i've watched that doesn't star either Jackie Chan or Bruce Lee not that it's a bad thing. my dad watched it and complained to me that this is too violent for him. he's referring to the random gunshots of course to which he described "parang pumapatay lang ng manok" (as if they're just shooting chickens). he likes action films but he has a tendency to complain if he finds some violence a little too gratuitous.

anyway, i watched it for myself expecting to enjoy it since i enjoy some graphic violence in action films. Chinese and Japanese filmmakers really go out of their way to make their action flicks go good. sure, there are gunshots fired. but that's how some modern thieves are. they really kill for the goods and couldn't care less if they have to tote around the guns and shoot at random. but then again, you sympathize for Chow's character - "I'm doing my job but I'm betraying my friends." makes me wonder why did he become a cop in the first place if he's a little too emotional. perhaps he got into too many infiltration jobs already. i was about to giggle when i see Chow tape a voice recorder on his abdomen for surveillance purposes then i have to remind myself that this film was made in 1987, the time when wires alone can't do said jobs yet.

overall, a bittersweet film that is enjoyable for me especially upon discovering a comic side of Chow.
Title: Re: Asian Drama
Post by: Coffee on July 12, 2010, 06:42:16 PM
Jay (2009)
Directed by Francis Xavier Pasion
Starring: Baron Geisler, Coco Martin
Winner: Cinemalaya Digital Film Festival, Best Picture

when i first read about the not-so-real circumstances about Mark Burnett's "Survivor", i was flabbergasted. i said, "You can't reshoot some scenes simply because of bad angles. If the angle was bad, blame it on the cameraman." little did i know that this was an almost-common practice by some "documentarists".

"Jay" is the name of the murdered gay school teacher and the segment producer/field reporter who covered his case on primetime news. the similarities end there.

it's hard not to be emotional while watching this film. you end up hating the news crew for "reshooting" some of the footage simply because some clips got blurry or the previous clips are not dramatic enough or ... ugh! and some of the subjects are even willing to be extra-dramatic knowing they get to be on TV (only to be edited out to meet time limits). the worst was where the cops already caught the thief who murdered the teacher but the segment producer had the handcuffs removed and put him back in his house so that the crew could "recapture" the "action". frankly that was a dumb idea because the felon might get away for real and screw the encounter altogether.

great film, it deserved the Best Picture award. and this may be film's best comeuppance against TV since TV almost killed the film industry (but that's another topic altogether).
Title: Re: Asian Drama
Post by: Coffee on July 17, 2010, 04:17:19 AM
(http://www.spot.ph/files/2009/08/ang-babaing-hinugot-sa-tadyang-81-eddier-vivianv-sf.jpg)
Ang Babaing Hinugot sa Aking Tadyang(1981)
(The Woman Plucked Out of my Rib,)

Bashed (http://www.spot.ph/blog/28359/carlo-j-all-the-way/3/) in the past for being "clearly one of the worst films of 1981", it aroused my curiosity as to how this film was remade into a primetime soap opera if it wasn't even good in the first place. Clearly, the art of marketing is where the strength lay in Carlo J. Caparas (he wrote and directed the film, note same link for how the movie was even shot). If not for package deals he secured for his other graphic novels that were remade, the relatively pathetic ones would be left to oblivion.

And so I watched it despite some critics bashing it. I've read some of my fave critics bash some of the movies I've enjoyed in the past. Yes it's bad but I've seen worse. Maybe I'm not that harsh on the guy except when the Arroyo administration awarded him National Artist (there are far better choices out there).

To those who thought the title sounded scary, don't worry. It's a Biblical meme that refers to how God created woman by taking out half the man's rib to serve as framework for the woman's structure. It eventually became an idiom referring to how a man finally found his perfect match. That's what Homer Alcaraz (played by Eddie Rodriguez) felt when he first laid eyes on the woman he found sleeping on his bed upon waking up. I don't know about you but if you see another person sleeping beside you, don't you think that person is out to burglarize you?

But he is so smitten with her beauty that he simply politely woke her up. He didn't even report for work just to wait for her to wake up, served her breakfast once she's awake and even let her use the shower. Then they have sex after helps herself at the minibar while naked. (Wow! She must have smelled good using his musk body wash. That should have given me the signal that this movie is about to go bad.)

Then she leaves ... only to go to Alcaraz's friend/business associate (the audience by now must have thought the friend met her in the same way Alcaraz did). That was the beginning of a string of murders that she's responsible for.

Sex, violence and a bad presentation. Why did I find the movie bad myself? It's like a movie with no coherent plot, no continuity and sense whatsoever. Vivian Velez, the woman who played the vagabond, is beautiful but she was a bad actress in this flick to think that her role is that of a psychopath. (Oops! I hope not to reveal much) Since I haven't seen much of her work, I can't tell if she's really a bad actress or it's just this film where she was bad. If you have a director who'd report to work without a teleplay but a handwritten script in yellow pad paper and a pen, in other words, nothing is written in stone. NOTHING!!!! Even the acting was bad.

Do I plan to watch it again? To poke fun at it, yes I would. That's what bad movies are for most of the time.

By the way, the primetime soap remake is far better overall.
Title: Re: Asian Drama
Post by: Coffee on July 25, 2010, 02:21:28 AM
Salome (1981)
Starring: Gina Alajar, Johnny Delgado, Dennis Roldan
Directed by: Laurice Guillen

(http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_nxUb2kYKSvI/SwYCN0PJicI/AAAAAAAAUSQ/jFaHdQVExVY/s400/Salome-81-GinaA-2-sf.jpg)

The film is said to be one of the earliest Filipino films that got influenced by "the Rashomon effect" - the process of telling a story with different versions without showing which is the truth since whatever the truth is, if a village hated one person, the village would stick to their perception of truth just to spite the person.

The film opens with a view of the rustic town by the seashore. It is not a resort type but more of a fishing village. Then Salome (played by Gina Alajar) is shown wearing a blood-stained white dress torn in front showing her bra, crying for help. She murdered the engineer from Manila (played by Dennis Roldan). Due to her reputation in the village as a whore, this incident only made the townsfolk hate her more. She asked the help of her husband (played by Johnny Delgado, RIP) in order not for her to get jailed.

Note: the object is for her not to get jailed. It doesn't technically mean the murder didn't happen. Some murderers get released or acquitted if the evidence wasn't enough to prove she DID it. Even the witnesses claimed that they didn't see it. The thing I hate in rural village mores is that, as one of the old folks said, "I never saw them but I know they did it. She's a whore!" Self-incriminating statement, if you would ask me.

Let's simplify - Did she kill him? Yes. Did you see her do it? No. Is she sleeping around? Yes. Did you see her in the act of having sex with a man? No.
That fact alone explains why there are several versions to the murder that occurred. Worse, nobody saw her do either things accused of her.

It's the kind of film I don't get to watch anymore because some producers are more concerned about 3D than coherent story-telling.
Title: Re: Asian Drama
Post by: Coffee on July 31, 2010, 11:55:31 PM
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a movie i plan to watch later on, ...
movie review to follow eventually
Title: Re: Asian Drama
Post by: Coffee on August 06, 2010, 01:23:57 AM
is there someone out there willing to cure me of fear of Takashi Miike?
i saw read  this (http://www.411mania.com/movies/columns/148168/A-Bloody-Good-Time-08.05.10:-The-Horror-Films-of-Takashi-Miike.htm) and i feel interested in watching that banned "Masters of Horror" episode that he directed (and all along i thought "Showtime" is liberal)
Title: Re: Asian Drama
Post by: Coffee on September 13, 2010, 01:13:17 AM
(http://www.mailands.com/images/movie/8231/a0.jpg)
The Emperor's Shadow

It is a loose adaptation of the story of the first emperor of China from captivity to uniting all of the kingdoms in order to become the Qin empire. It is about how the king is using his adoptive brother in order to write the Qin anthem, knowing real well how good is the latter in composing music that mesmerizes anyone who hears it. The brother (the latter's mother was the king's wet nurse hence the adoptive label) wants no part of it and wanted to die. In a desperate attempt to die, he raped (?) the king's daughter who is betrothed to the son of the king's best general. Beneath the surface, we see the desperate attempts of the king to keep the musician alive and cover up for his mistakes.

I had no idea prior to watching this film how it was banned/vilified in mainland China (where it was from). I just discovered in our local cable package a new 24-hour movie channel focusing on Asian cinema named Screen RED (http://www.screenredasia.com/). And this got aired this morning. I enjoyed historical dramas despite what some folks call "historical inaccuracies". It's one of the common sources of negative reviews anyway. But then again, as said by the king in the movie "History is written by me." To victors are the spoils, as they say. Whoever wins the war gets to write history IN THEIR POINT OF VIEW. Anything in contrary would simply be shelved as RUMOR.

Great movie, don't let the negative hype stop you.
Title: Re: Asian Drama
Post by: 孤星 on September 13, 2010, 07:13:07 PM
Interesting. Mainland China has grown more and more protective of their own revisionist history, especially where the state of Qin is concerned. Even if that movie is fanciful (it sounds great) it's not like a soap opera adaptation has never been done about the first emperor (and others). Especially where concubines, stolen sons, adopted sons and servants are concerned.

That's why this rash of Qin-positive movies usually starring a mix of coast and mainland and sometimes Korean stars have been rolled out. Most notably, Hero and anything Jackie Chan has done in China the last decade has boiled down to forgetting any wrongs of the mainland (while complying to their culture laws) and rewriting history.

It's interesting how movies in Asia, are often made to directly address political dissension and usually re-mythologize the time period in question, historical revision taken to the modern equivalent of sacred texts.

(http://www.mailands.com/images/movie/8231/a0.jpg)
The Emperor's Shadow

It is a loose adaptation of the story of the first emperor of China from captivity to uniting all of the kingdoms in order to become the Qin empire. It is about how the king is using his adoptive brother in order to write the Qin anthem, knowing real well how good is the latter in composing music that mesmerizes anyone who hears it. The brother (the latter's mother was the king's wet nurse hence the adoptive label) wants no part of it and wanted to die. In a desperate attempt to die, he raped (?) the king's daughter who is betrothed to the son of the king's best general. Beneath the surface, we see the desperate attempts of the king to keep the musician alive and cover up for his mistakes.

I had no idea prior to watching this film how it was banned/vilified in mainland China (where it was from). I just discovered in our local cable package a new 24-hour movie channel focusing on Asian cinema named Screen RED (http://www.screenredasia.com/). And this got aired this morning. I enjoyed historical dramas despite what some folks call "historical inaccuracies". It's one of the common sources of negative reviews anyway. But then again, as said by the king in the movie "History is written by me." To victors are the spoils, as they say. Whoever wins the war gets to write history IN THEIR POINT OF VIEW. Anything in contrary would simply be shelved as RUMOR.

Great movie, don't let the negative hype stop you.
Title: Re: Asian Drama
Post by: Coffee on September 14, 2010, 03:13:16 PM
Interesting. Mainland China has grown more and more protective of their own revisionist history, especially where the state of Qin is concerned. Even if that movie is fanciful (it sounds great) it's not like a soap opera adaptation has never been done about the first emperor (and others). Especially where concubines, stolen sons, adopted sons and servants are concerned.

That's why this rash of Qin-positive movies usually starring a mix of coast and mainland and sometimes Korean stars have been rolled out. Most notably, Hero and anything Jackie Chan has done in China the last decade has boiled down to forgetting any wrongs of the mainland (while complying to their culture laws) and rewriting history.

It's interesting how movies in Asia, are often made to directly address political dissension and usually re-mythologize the time period in question, historical revision taken to the modern equivalent of sacred texts.



It reminds me of the reason why "Farewell My Concubine" is banned. It exposed the evils of the Cultural Revolution (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cultural_Revolution). It's harsh. It's ugly. Of course, the government of China as a whole didn't want to allow the brutality of the Cultural Revolution be shown in theaters. Some thought the gay angle is the reason behind the ban but if you're aware of the Cultural Revolution spearheaded by Madame Mao (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jiang_Qing), it makes sense.
Title: Re: Asian Drama
Post by: Coffee on September 18, 2010, 01:38:45 AM
(http://www.beyondhollywood.com/uploads/2008/06/beyond-our-ken-dvd.jpg)

Beyond our Ken
2004

It's a storyline that has "WTF?!?!" written all over it. It's about a girl (played by Gillian Cheung) who asked the help of the current girlfriend (Tao Hong) of her ex-boyfriend Ken (Daniel Wu) after the latter has posted a nude photo of them when they were still an item. It's understandable for the current girlfriend though to agree fearing that the boyfriend would do the same to her. That explains the title.

It's a surprisingly great film for a random flick I saw on Screen RED. And a pretty wicked plot too. And just when you thought you knew how it would end all along then director Edward Pang pulls the rug beneath your feet making you feel so dumb. It's one of the few films that made me feel dumb for some reason. I find it hard to write a decent review out of fear of spoiling you readers. But rest assured, if you're currently not in a relationship, this flick would discourage you even further even if that's not what the film is trying to insinuate. It's just being honest.
Title: Re: Asian Drama
Post by: Coffee on November 23, 2010, 06:18:20 AM
"ROSARIO" OFFICIAL THEATRICAL TRAILER (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EvfYxQU3eNE#ws)
Rosario

if this flick reminds you of the roaring 20's, it's because it's based on the life story of the grandmother of telecommunications mogul Manny V. Pangilinan (i can't imagine having my grandmother's bio flick to be erotic though)

this is a decent take about life during the American occupation. most Filipino period movies would tackle either the Spanish occupation or the Japanese occupation. finally a production outfit decided to make a movie during the American occupation.

Title: Re: Asian Drama
Post by: 孤星 on November 23, 2010, 06:23:21 PM
^^Nice. I might check that out. I can always afford to brush up on South East Asia's history.

Has anyone seen Perhaps Love? Looks interesting and I do love Jacky Cheung. ..but it looks like sappy mandarin romance which makes me not want to see it. . ..

如果 愛 - 命運曲 ~ 張學友 & 池珍熙 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=29elgKdmMsM#)
Title: Re: Asian Drama
Post by: Coffee on November 24, 2010, 04:11:53 AM
^^Nice. I might check that out. I can always afford to brush up on South East Asia's history.

i forgot to mention that the actress (Jennylyn Mercado) playing the titular role of "Rosario" was once an object of admiration for Batista. he mentioned before that if ever he finds a reason to return to the Philippines other than the completion of his retirement home, it would be her. yes, they have never met.

(i can't blame him if he fell for her though)
Title: Re: Asian Drama
Post by: 孤星 on December 13, 2010, 05:37:52 PM
Next on the agenda: tracking down 90s TVB dramas.
Title: Re: Asian Drama
Post by: Coffee on December 25, 2010, 07:15:25 PM
last night, i was able to watch on Biography Channel Asia the story of Leslie Cheung
BIO: famous & fabulous - Leslie Cheung (Part 1/5) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I251pR0RBnE#)
BIO: famous & fabulous - Leslie Cheung (Part 2/5) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h8R55fBjkEc#)
BIO: famous & fabulous - Leslie Cheung (Part 3/5) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GZFv85bphpw#)
BIO: famous & fabulous - Leslie Cheung (Part 4/5) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9B5AezjPrK8#)
BIO: famous & fabulous - Leslie Cheung (Part 5/5) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2neOEWWFl9M#)

it was the saddest celebrity story that i know of. if i didn't watch this episode, i wouldn't know how much controversy did the casting create. it's like Leslie Cheung is THE matinee idol of Canto Pop and he's ... doing this androgynous role. and it mentioned that he himself chose his English name Leslie while studying in London claiming he's a fan of Leslie Howard. but Leslie is a unisex name that later in his career gave suspicion to his sexual preference. the Hong Kong media was like, "oh he's accepting gay roles. he must be gay." i was like, "what?" (here in the Philippines, straight actors have no problem taking gay roles since they are secure in their sexuality. it's democracy, you know.)

the latter part of the episode gives you an idea that maybe, just maybe, he's ready to come out of the closet but the way his "Passion" concert series was critically panned (locally, not internationally though), he took it personally. he can't handle the pressure. he jumped off the building so that if ever he changes his mind about suicide, there's no turning back.

RIP Leslie Cheung. Farewell, Our Concubine. May you find peace where you are right now.
Title: Re: Asian Drama
Post by: Coffee on December 29, 2010, 04:15:45 PM
as promised, a review of the movie "Rosario" (i got to watch it last night at the Gateway Cinema)

i had high expectations of the film although i was disappointed ... in a good way. at some parts the film felt like a glossy indy production due to minimal use of music to think that it was set in the roaring 20's but then again, it's understandable since radio doesn't exist then in prominence then as it happened only more or less than a decade later. and if ever the folks wanted some music, they have to play the gramophone. am i the only one who still find the gramophone cute despite the proliferation of mp3 players? hahaha

(http://i1181.photobucket.com/albums/x429/allaboutjen/63211_10150137086023942_148152493941_7907527_6434245_n-Copy.jpg)
WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD

the film began with a scene from last year's massive flood in which an old man named Jesus (played by Dolphy) was shown trying to save his mother Rosario's pictures from the flood. those pictures were very precious to him since they're the only concrete memories left of her mother. later on, he used these pictures to introduce himself to his mother's family who ejected her from the household due to a crime she committed in the past.

it turned out that his nephew, Manny V. Pangilinan (MVP for short, who never considered himself a half-nephew) had been searching for him too since he was intrigued behind the reason why Jesus' mother and Manny's grandmother was thrown out of the house and was never allowed to return. Jesus' narration of how Rosario lived her life became the meat of the story.

the thing i like most about this film is how Albert Martinez (the film's director) dedicated to the American occupation by showing how some Filipinos were easily influenced by Hollywood despite being under Spanish occupation for 3 centuries. those who didn't find any problems with having the Americans are either economic pragmatists like Rosario's father or liberal minded people like one of the guests at the dinner that Rosario's parents hosted who's a big fan of "Charleston dance". on the other hand, there are traditionalists who didn't like the Americans, claiming that "the Charleston dance" is proof of how immoral are they (i wonder what is that "Charleston dance"). Vicente, the plantation administrator of Rosario's father, is one who recited a poem in Spanish despite the presence of American diplomats among the guests. it infuriated the Americans and left the dinner without saying a word.

Rosario liked Vicente a lot that despite the age difference (she's 18, he's 35), she seduced him into a relationship with her.
(to be concluded ...)

EDIT

My fave film review of Rosario (http://styleandsoul.blogspot.com/2010/12/must-see-movie-rosario.html)

i admit that i was a little disappointment at the lack of nudity and substantive love scenes ... okay let's call them sex scenes since not all of them are about love. she later on had an affair with her cousin's boyfriend (double betrayal) and was exiled to Hong Kong (when Hong Kong was still a dumping site for the American regime) after she was found with her lover guilty of adultery.

and watching Rosario hear of her sentence while beside Alberto (the lover played by Dennis Trillo) in a gamut of emotions was when i realized how mature has Jennylyn's acting levels has reached. that scene alone has no dialogue yet you need to see her face just to get an idea how confused, embarrassed, shocked and all of those emotions - so to speak she got into a blackhole of emotions and it was very evident on her face. Alberto on the other hand was pissed off big time, perhaps not expecting his fling/tryst to go this awry.

and this is actually what i liked about the film - the ability to convey several emotions at one simply by not saying anything and expressing everything thru their eyes. this is what a film should be - something that needs to be scene to fully understand what's going on. not dialogue-heavy, it's very visual-heavy, if ever i get OD'ed on too much 20's visuals, i will not be complaining. the production's loyalty to the 20's settings and the appropriateness of the scenes to the emotional turmoil going on is such a rarity in films that i watch lately since most movies that i've seen lately depend so much on dialogue, you might as well listen to the lines while doing something else.

this is a must-see film. to see it lose the Best Picture and Best Actress to a VERY mediocre film is an abomination i might not forgive. but then again if i didn't forgive, i'd lose the essence of the story - forgiveness which became very elusive to Rosario down to her dying days. her son to Alberto, Hesus, provided the closure MVP badly needed to in order to heal old wounds and forgive grudges that stayed for about 2 generations. since forgiveness became elusive to Rosario especially when her own daughter rejected her and her husband cursed her, Hesus asked MVP forgiveness in behalf of his mother. it wasn't clear who among Rosario's children became MVP's parent but this film is proof that Rosario's family had forgiven her. if this is seen as a closure that everything she did wrong, it turned out to be a very beautiful film.
 *approve

Title: Re: Asian Drama
Post by: Sakebito_ONI on February 23, 2011, 06:56:34 PM
Started rewatching "Trick"....I had forgotten just how great Yukie Nakama is at what she does.
Title: Re: Asian Drama
Post by: Coffee on April 20, 2011, 01:21:59 AM
Mga Nagbabagang Bulaklak (http://www.facebook.com/mganagbabagangbulaklaktv5?sk=wall)(Raging Flowers)
(http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-nkO5708_nk8/TZ2cQ1DFUdI/AAAAAAAAAos/ZM6OFO3kSvA/s320/Nagbabagang+Bulaklak.jpg)

it is not surprising to find this series at a late night slot due to its mature content and sometimes, i can't help but think this is how a storyline might turn out if we convert some characters into women and instead of wrestling, the main bread-and-butter for the main characters would be dancing for primetime.

Star dancer got booted by a better dancer who later on turned out to be a worse replacement attitude-wise. Now that an up-and-coming dancer is threatening her existence as the new star dancer, she's bullying the latter (think Ultimate Warrior trying to bury HHH in a match; think later on of HHH trying to bury [insert name of wrestler] in a match).

of course, some morals are compromised - welcome to the entertainment industry.

the series in itself is FUN, ENJOYABLE and (gasp) REAL. it is rumored to be a loose adaptation of the backstage politics going around in ABS-CBN (it is currently aired in an up-and-coming TV network, tv5), where it shows that even if you have the looks, the talent and the work ethic charisma to make it on TV, you need to suck up a little but not too little that you might remain a backstage dancer for life.

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Title: Re: Asian Drama
Post by: wprobeginner on April 20, 2011, 03:57:35 AM
A new Japanese drama "Muscle Girl!" which takes up joshi puroresu as the theme just started yesterday.
http://video.fc2.com/content/%E3%83%9E%E3%83%83%E3%82%B9%E3%83%AB%E3%82%AC%E3%83%BC%E3%83%AB01/20110420Qr6dGySU/ (http://video.fc2.com/content/%E3%83%9E%E3%83%83%E3%82%B9%E3%83%AB%E3%82%AC%E3%83%BC%E3%83%AB01/20110420Qr6dGySU/)

Hikaru Shida appears in it as a regular, and other wrestlers from Ice Ribbon and JWP as guests.

Story: The President of Shiratori Proresu (Shiro Koshinaka) has passed leaving a 10,000,000 Yen loan, and his daughter Azusa (Yui Ichikawa) is troubled by their rival promotion Aobara-gun trying to acqire thier dojo, and the referee running away bought by them. Azusa mistook a Korean boy for the referee, and asks him the substitute, not knowing he is the superstar Ji-ho Yu (Hong-gi Lee).
Title: Re: Asian Drama
Post by: Sakebito_ONI on May 06, 2011, 04:44:36 PM
Serendipityfs has taken up Muscle Girl as a project, which means it will be subbed into English!   *whee *approve *hee *whee

Everyone throw 22nijuni some reputation points for finding out who was fansubbing it and bringing it to our attention.

Episode 1 is done and posted to megaupload in both SD .avi and HD .mp4 formats...I suggest the .mp4 version if for no other reason than the subtitles are a bit clearer to read in that version, the RAWs are still just taken from TV, so it's not like picture quality is greatly increased or anything, but like I said, the subs are clearer in the .mp4 version. 

You can get episode 1 (and subsequent releases) here: http://serendipityfs.blogspot.com/2011/04/master-post-muscle-girl.html

And serendipity also has a project progress tracker.  Which is a great idea because then grateful users won't continually be asking "when is it going to be done?"  You can find it on the menu bar at the top of the page where it says "Subtitle Status" or you can bookmark this URL:  http://serendipityfs.blogspot.com/2010/08/subtitle-status.html

Episode 2 translation is currently in progress...
Title: Re: Asian Drama
Post by: Evan Bourne on May 15, 2011, 07:29:50 PM
Flower and Snake (http://www.monstersatplay.com/features/phillyfest2005/images/photo-flowerandsnake.jpg)

... by the time you click the image you'd realize how absurb this pink film is (not that i'm complaining)
Title: Re: Asian Drama
Post by: Sakebito_ONI on May 19, 2011, 03:54:34 AM
Muscle Girl episode 2 came out a few days ago.

The last like 5 minutes or so is what saved the whole episode.  Seriously...most of it was Ji-Oh being a fucking vag.  Can't wait for ep 3 now, though...
Title: Re: Asian Drama
Post by: Sakebito_ONI on May 25, 2011, 04:06:39 PM
Episodes 3 and 4 of "Muscle Girl!" were released.  3 on Monday, 4 yesterday, and based on their status tracker, they're typesetting episode 5 as we speak.  If they get it out before Friday, they'll be caught up to Japanese release.  I'll post a review once I watch them.
Title: Re: Asian Drama
Post by: Sakebito_ONI on May 26, 2011, 02:16:59 PM
Muscle Girl! Ep 3:

A much better episode than the last one.  This one has more Hikaru Shida in it, but the focus is on the character of Mai, who's Shiratori Pro's Ace.  Seems she has a man problem....no spoilers, but yeah that guy is a problem.  Kimu reveals himself as Ji-Oh to Asuza, who totally knows already because of a newspaper.  And more dastardly deeds being threatened by those evil Aoibana Pro villians.
Title: Re: Asian Drama
Post by: wprobeginner on May 30, 2011, 01:50:36 AM
Muscle Girl! spin-off events:

JWP already held their 29. May event as "Aobaragun Matsuri (Festival)", and Skull Kyouko (Keiko Koike) appeard.
And now Ice Ribbon is offering an exhibiton match "Ice Ribbon vs Shiratori Pro" on 1. June.

Tsukasa Fujimoto & Makoto vs Kaoru Hoshi (Hikaru Shida) & Big Devil (Saki Akai)
 
The full event including this match will be aired live on 19 Pro (http://19pro.ne07.jp/ (http://19pro.ne07.jp/)).

(Edited)
Title: Re: Asian Drama
Post by: Sakebito_ONI on May 30, 2011, 10:19:45 AM
lol...RIDE THOSE COATAILS JWP!  RIDE THEM FOR ALL THEIR WORTH!!!!
Title: Re: Asian Drama
Post by: Sakebito_ONI on June 03, 2011, 10:12:20 PM
Muscle Girl! - Episode 4:

Episode starts with Ji-Oh's bed head, a little bit of sexual tension between him and Azusa intertwined with his mommy issues, which isn't weird AT ALL  *umm   

Ji-Oh's music career manager pays off Gohara to get Ji-Oh back and doing his k-pop star thing and after he takes the manager's money, Gohara basically tells him, "you'll get him whenever I get him to you, and you don't want it getting out to the media, so shut up and wait"

Himawari's treachery is revealed while everyone is passing out flyers to help Ji-Oh find his mother, getting Mai alone so Gohara can offer her a spot at Aoibana.  Mai turns him down, and Shiratori's only heel (Himawari being the "Big Devil") jumps ship. After Ji-Oh's mommy issues convinces Azusa to try to talk Himwari into returning, the depths of her treachery are revealed.

Oni's thoughts:

In the ending "next episode" sequences, they show a flash of Himawari wearing what looks like Misaki Ohata's old gear working some corner stomps on Kuragaki...the gear with the laces across the chest that isn't the beer wench gear.  Seems weird that someone that was "Big Devil" and over as Shiratori's heel (based on fan reactions and the overheard talking of a couple fans letting out during their first show after Himawari left) would then be put in gear that screams "I'm a face"

Of all the in-ring action they've shown so far in the series, I think Mai would probably end up being the best worker of the actresses in the show.  The first bit of wrestling this episode was Mai v. Big Devil, and she popped off a really nice looking high kick that had a little snap at the end of it.

They addressed Ji-Oh's being able to speak complex Japanese even though he's a Korean, finally.  I was kinda wondering about that...but I'm a linguistic wonk like that.  Also, me, Ji-Oh and  Takumi (Kamen Rider Faiz) all have something in common:  being nekojita!

Now if only SerendipityFS would hurry up and finish typesetting episodes 5-6 like their status has been saying they've been for the past week...
Title: Re: Asian Drama
Post by: Coffee on June 05, 2011, 09:57:44 PM
(http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_E4VRTHYYpkY/TQlyALl5-tI/AAAAAAAAIrU/sYIBm33KrfE/s1600/amaya+talaga.jpg)

just last week was the pilot week of one of the much-awaited and must-see (God, i hope i don't sound much like a marketer) TV series that plans to capitalize on the historical fiction genre happening lately in some cable channels (most notably Korean fusion saeguks) = GMA Network's "Amaya"

a lot of folks meeting Filipinos find it amusing that most Filipinos they get in touch with previously have no idea what the Philippines was like prior to the Spanish colonization, perhaps because prior to the Spaniards' arrival, we weren't grouped as 7,107 islands yet.

although during the 1500's (the circa with which this series was set), there were feudal lords who would arrive on the seashore and invade the village that they come across with. this way kingdoms are built and the only things that separate the territories are the seas.

the king (or Rajah) would successfully invade a string of islands only to be told by a captive soothsayer that he turned into a slave that he would cherish victory ... for now until the arrival of one that would topple his regime - a woman born with a snake twin that would reclaim her lost glory at the expense of his vast territories.

you may click the picture below for a better summary

(http://a1.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/229417_10150204313764415_93225864414_6980758_2030450_n.jpg) (http://filipinasinshowbiz.com/index/2011/05/31/amaya-recap-pilot-episode/)

i am actually happy that a television network finally did this. because being Filipino is becoming more and more of a difficult thing to explain to non-Filipinos, not to mention that some westerners have labeled Filipinos as "the least Asian" among the Asians (colonial mentality perhaps).

  *approve
finally, a TV series that could help me explain my heritage as a Filipino




Title: Re: Asian Drama
Post by: Sakebito_ONI on June 09, 2011, 04:58:08 PM
That's just stupid, saying that Filipinos are the least Asian.  Granted most of the genealogy now is so suffused with Spanish that from a genetic standpoint that might be TECHNICALLY true, that kind of statement is just plain ignorant to the culture that goes far beyond the days of Spaniard colonization.  Anyways, that looks like an interesting historical series.  Is it in English or Tagalog?

Now onto my review of....

MUSCLE GIRL! - ep 5.

Beautiful Himawari is a failure.  When Himawari (aka Big Devil) left Shiratori Pro to join Aoibana, she wanted to be a face. She wanted to be the one that people cheered for and she was given a shot at being a fan favorite in her Aoibana debut (and yes, she is wearing Misaki Ohata's old gear in this episode...you can tell that it doesn't really fit her.  Huzzah, tight budgets!) 

Too bad she had no idea what to do as a face wrestler.  She stunk it up so bad, they threw shit at her and had to take an intermission to clean up the place!  It was during this intermission that she overheard some marks saying that she was better as the villain in that other place and then Ji Ho tried to convince her to return.  When Himawari was lurking outside the Shiratori dojo, a little boy asked her why Big Devil had left and that he liked Big Devil because she was "cho kakkoi" (really cool) and had made a picture he wanted her to give to Big Devil with her wearing a title belt.  Sure the kid didn't realize that he was talking to Big Devil, and that's what made it so impactful emotionally to her (and stretched disbelief a bit) but by the end of the episode all four members of Shiratori Pro are together again, and it seems that they all approve of Azusa and Ji Ho being a couple.

Oni's Thoughts:

This episode started off kinda down, as to be expected, but my favorite part of this whole episode was Mai, Tsukasa (Who is most known for her role as Akiko in Kamen Rider W) and Kaoru (Hikaru Shida) figuring out who is going to be the villain in Himawari's absence.  They put Kaoru in face paint not unlike Aja Kong's and Mai tried to teach her how to be a heel.  And when Mai also tried to give Tsukasa a new move (the 619) but being Tsukasa, she wasn't very good at it at first, a big fight broke out and Tsukasa had a very "Akiko moment" (all she really needed was a green slipper)

Azusa hunting for a new villain was all kinds of "oh look, it's (insert name here)!"  Play "Name the Joshi" while watching it.

Them making fun of Himawari's Aoibana gimmick made me chuckle a bit...it reminded me of the ribbing us "boys" used to give each other for shit like that.

With the Himawari sub-plot now wrapped up, I suspect that each girl is going to get at least a one episode arc (although 2 would be better) all about them before the series reaches it's blow-off story line, wrapping up Ji Ho's mommy issues and with them winning the Muscle Girl Cup.  The tournament better be more than just one episode or else I'll be pissed.  I just hope that this series goes longer than 9 episodes so everyone's story can be told and the tournament can be done justice.  Maybe I should look it up and see how many episodes this series is scheduled for...
Title: Re: Asian Drama
Post by: Coffee on August 01, 2012, 12:04:50 AM
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That's just stupid, saying that Filipinos are the least Asian.  Granted most of the genealogy now is so suffused with Spanish that from a genetic standpoint that might be TECHNICALLY true, that kind of statement is just plain ignorant to the culture that goes far beyond the days of Spaniard colonization.  Anyways, that looks like an interesting historical series.  Is it in English or Tagalog?

it's in Tagalog. soon it will be aired in Malaysia with English and Bahasa subtitles

i think i found some episodes that have Eng subs

here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=UD7veDnkxN4
Title: Re: Asian Drama
Post by: Coffee on August 01, 2012, 12:11:39 AM
in the relatively long absence that i took from this forum, i became a contributing writer to a website that features Filipino programs like MMK. in one of their relatively edgy/controversial episodes, i shared my insights thru this article (link is at the title)

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Maalaala Mo Kaya: Cursed Beauty [REVIEW] (http://filipinasinshowbiz.com/?p=27797)
(http://filipinasinshowbiz.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/mmkcursedbeauty-4-500x333.jpg)
Title: Re: Asian Drama
Post by: glowlad on October 23, 2012, 02:50:12 AM
Very much enjoying the NHK morning drama, Jun to Ai. It stars the beautiful Natsuna, who I think is the bright emerging talent on Japanese TV.
Title: Re: Asian Drama
Post by: Coffee on July 28, 2013, 08:21:07 PM
hello, found another good Filipino drama to share (our friends from PinoyExchange.com helped in attaching the English subtitles so this is basically a fan-subbed YouTube account)

[video]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xUWWolbnExk[/video]

It's the country's first ever gay-themed soap opera. Now before you run to the hills and think of this as an effort to go the "Queer as Folk" route, sorry to disappoint you, guys, but this isn't. The Censors' Board here won't allow man2man kissing on primetime TV even if it is aired almost past 10pm (gay sex scenes are allowed on Rated R films though). But you can feel the love between the men who genuinely love each other. The video link I posted is the pilot episode and once you get hooked to this soap, you'd never let go of this love story.

Enjoy!  *hee