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Osamu Mukai むかい おさむ July 13, 2009

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Osamu Mukai

His name is Osamu Mukai. For those of you who didn’t really know him, he’s one of the actor in Japan. The first time I saw him was in Banbino, while I was trying to catch a glimpse of Arashi’s Matsumoto Jun. But he didn’t really caught my eye then. The second time I saw him is in Nodame Cantabile. One awesomely made Japanese Drama. He didn’t get a big role then, but I noticed him once more with his quirky role.

Mei-Chan No Shitsuji is the break through drama for him. He once more proof that he can succeed in a quirky role. I really love how he portrays Shinobu. I think his smirk and his character is well made in that drama. He easily fits the Shinobu’s role as a powerful butler. You would want to smack him in the head while watching his role in Mei-chan ^^.

In Atashinchi No Danshi, he’s doing another great job as one of the son. I can see his playful side and a lot of his smiles as Okura Sho. He can quickly adjust from serious scenes into playful scenes and adapt to the Manga idea of the drama itself. Since a lot of his character is adapted from Manga, he’s doing a good job in portraying the characters so far. I think you need talented person, to be able to do so. Not everyone is able to perfectly portray the character in Mangabut he’s one of the actor who can perfectly fits the character in Manga.

He’s still uprising until now. The road is still unending for him. I really hope I can see more of his good works and I need to catch up on his new dramas:

Ninkyo Helper (Fuji TV, 2009)
Futatsu no Spica (NHK, 2009)
– source: Dramawiki

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Triple 1.0 June 15, 2009

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As I told you before, the next drama that I will watch is Triple. If you want to read the recaps, I suggest you to go to: dramabeans and you will find the recaps for this 1.0 episode.

So far, this drama is as quirky as Coffee Prince. It has similar vibes and feelings. For me, the best thing so far: seeing Yoon Kye Sang !! After watching him on Who Are You, Yoon Kye Sang is back with his adorable smile. Can’t get enough of him. I’m not disappointed in watching the first episode. The best scene (for me) will be this:

Picture 10and Yoon Kye Sang Drinking it from the Bottle ..

I tried to relate that scene into my everyday life, where at the beginning of the month, life at work can be as hectic as ever. Imagining if I make the whole container of Coffee, it surely will be gone in 1 hour or so. ahahaha..

Well, the rest of the episode is really interesting too. If you have time, please watch it ! ^^

Reason to watch: TRIPLE June 12, 2009

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  1. PD Lee Yoon-jung. She directed and produced Coffee Prince, and whether you liked it or not, it was a humungous success only recently matched in popularity and media frenzy by Boys Before Flowers. (Only, in comparison, Coffee Prince had great acting, great directing, great music, and a lovely romantic realism. Or maybe realistic romanticism. CP slowed down toward the end but I give Lee credit for resisting mightily when the station tried to force her to extend the uber-popular series, and when she eventually gave in after refusing more than three times, it was only to one additional episode.)
  2. Writer Lee Jung-ah (pen name for Lee Sun-mi). She wrote the original Coffee Prince novel, then wrote the scripts to the drama series. She also wrote the novel for Capital Scandal, then wrote the scripts for its drama adaptation. And did I mention that she wrote both dramas at the same time? (For a short while the dramas overlapped and she was writing scripts for broadcasts every day from Monday through Thursday.)
  3. The music. Coffee Prince drew much buzz for its indie-music soundtrack, curated by songwriter and music director Tearliner and used artfully by PD Lee. Triple also features indie musicians such as Tearliner and Zitten.
  4. Actor Lee Jung-jae. Mostly a movie star, Lee Jung-jae didn’t have such a hot run with Air City, but he is a huge name and a charismatic presence, and it’s a welcome event to have him back on television. He starred in movies like Typhoon, Oh Brothers, Last Present, and Il Mare.
  5. Actor Lee Seon-kyun. If you’ve heard him speak, you get it. He also has a nicely understated, natural way of acting. He has starred in all three of PD Lee’s drama projects (which includeTaereung National Village and Coffee Prince).
  6. Actress Lee Hana. She’s got a quirky vibe, loves music, and most recently made herself known in the revenge drama Women in the Sun.
  7. Actor Yoon Kye-sang. Have you seen Who Are You? ‘Nuff said.
  8. Newb Min Hyo-rin isn’t exactly a draw to the series, but more of a curiosity — would the singer-turned-actress be able to stay afloat amongst such a cast of experienced actors? And surprisingly — as the media and viewers are starting to also echo — she doesn’t suck. Not that I thought she’d be atrocious, because I had faith in PD Lee. (No, Lee’s not infallible, but she’s good. She also said she had such faith in Yoon Eun-hye’s commitment to Eun-chan in Coffee Prince that she would have cast her even if Yoon had been a rookie. That gave me hope that Min Hyo-rin wouldn’t totally sink.)

Thanks to Dramabeans for the above citation.

Heaven’s Postman June 3, 2009

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Waiting for this movie. It’s not because Jaejoong (of TVXQ) is in the movie but this movie is another Korea – Japan collaboration movie. The last Korea – Japan collaboration movie that I watched were Friends quite a long long time ago. The movie is scheduled to be aired last month, but until today, I haven’t heard any news about this movie.  Well, hopefully it’s worth the wait.

adding the preview:

credits: as appear in the clip and DBSKnights

Last Day of Boys Before Flower March 31, 2009

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I know I had my promise written in previous blog 😦 but today is the last day of my favorite drama – Hana Yori Dango (Boys Before Flower) aired in KBS Korea. So I will “celebrate” it by posting one more blog. Hopefully the DVD will be out soon.

To “celebrate”, I will post some of the song lyrics & translation and the recaps. These have been close to me all throughout the drama.

 

내 머리가 나빠서
SS501
꽃보다 남자 OST

내 머리는 너무나 나빠서
너 하나밖에 난 모르고
다른 사람을 보고있는 넌
이런 내 마음도 모르겠지
너의 하루에 나란 없겠지
또 추억조차 없겠지만
너만 바라만 보고있는 난
자꾸 눈물이 흐르고있어
너의 뒷 모습을
보는것도 난 행복이야
아직 나의 마음을 몰라도
끝내 스치듯이 가도

CHORUS:
니가 너무 보고싶은 날엔
너무 견디기 힘든 날에는
너를 사랑한다 입가에 맴돌아
혼자 다시 또 crying for you
혼자 다시 또 missing for you
Baby I love you
I’m waiting for you
너의 하루에 난 없겠지
또 기억조차 없겠지만
너만 바라만 보고있는 나
혼자 추억을 만들고 있어
내겐 사랑이란 아름다운 상처같아
너의 예쁜 미소를 보아도
함께 난 웃지도 못해

CHORUS:
니가 너무 생각나는 날엔
가슴 시리고 슬픈 날에는
니가 보고싶다 입가에 맴돌아
혼자 다시 또 crying for you
혼자 다시 또 missing for you
Baby I love you
I’m waiting for you

Bye bye never say good bye
이렇게 잡지 못하지만
I need you
아무 말도 못해 I want you
바래도 다시 바래도
니가 너무 보고싶은 날엔
너무 견디기 힘든 날에는
너를 사랑한다 입가에 맴돌아
혼자 다시 또 crying for you
니가 너무 생각나는 날엔
가슴 시리고 슬픈 날에는
니가 보고싶다 입가에 맴돌아
혼자 다시 또 crying for you
혼자 다시 또 missing for you
Baby I love you
I’m waiting for you

Translation

Because I am a fool
The only thing I think about is you
But I know that you are thinking about somebody else
And you probably don’t even know my heart

I probably don’t exist in your daily life
And I’m sure you have no thoughts of me
But for me, I spend my days thinking about you
And my tears still fall

Just looking at your retreating figure
Is happiness to me
Even if you don’t know my feelings
Even if you simply brush me aside

In those days when I desperately want to see you
Those days that are so hard to bear
My mouth wordlessly repeats “I love you” 
And all alone I cry for you again
And all alone I’m missing you
Baby I love you
I’m waiting for you

I probably don’t exist in your daily life
And I’m sure you have no memories of me
But for me, I spend my days thinking about you 
And create my own memories

For me 
Love is a beautiful scar
Even when I see your beautiful smile
I cannot smile with you

In those days when all I think about is you
Those days when my heart is cold and sad
My mouth wordlessly repeats “I want to see you” 
And all alone I cry for you again
And all alone I’m missing you
Baby I love you
I’m waiting for you

Bye bye never say good bye
Even though I can never have you
I need you
I can’t say a word, I want you
I plead and again I plead

In those days when I desperately want to see you
Those days that are so hard to bear
My mouth wordlessly repeats “I love you” 
And all alone I cry for you again

In those days when all I think about is you
Those days when my heart is cold and sad
My mouth wordlessly repeats “I want to see you” 
And all alone I cry for you again
And all alone I’m missing you
Baby I love you
I’m waiting for you

 

 

Wish you are my love
By:T-Max & J 

Lyrics 

나도 나를 잘 모르겠어
내가 이럴 줄 몰랐어
당황스레 조심스레
자꾸 너만 부르잖아
이런 내 맘을 다그쳐도
니가 내 곁을 스치면
또 그렇게 웃으며
난 아무 것도 못해

사랑은 아니라고
내가 날 말리고 밀어내봐도
혼자서 웃고 울고 이런 나를 어떡해

Wish you’re my love
이젠 내게로 와요
나도 모르겠어 왜이래
오늘도 난 이렇게 난
니 앞에 서성이지만
사랑 꼭 말해야 아나요
이렇게 원하고 있는데
영원을 약속한 단 한 사람
그대잖아요

아직 사랑에 서툴러도
혹시 내 맘이 들리면
또 니 안에 닿으면
날 향해서 웃어줘
너에게 고백하려 준비한
밤새워 생각한 말들
결국 니 앞에서는
아무 말도 못하고

Wish you’re my love
이젠 내게로 와요
나도 모르겠어 왜이래
오늘도 난 이렇게 난
니 앞에 서성이지만
사랑 꼭 말해야 아나요
이렇게 원하고 있는데
영원을 약속한 단 한 사람
그대잖아요

이 맘을 느껴봐
너만을 바라는
내 사랑을

I wish you’re my love
이제 우리 사랑해요
더는 속일 수 없어요
이젠 나를 허락해요
용기 내 고백하도록
그대도 내 맘과 같다면
그대도 원하고 있다면
내게로 와 줘요
이제 우리 시작해봐요

Translation

Even I don’t really understand myself
I didn’t know that I would be like this
Embarrassingly, carefully
I keep on calling for you
Even when I think I’m in control of these feelings
Every time you simply pass by me
I smile like this again
And I can’t do a thing

Even if I say this is not love
And I stop myself and pull myself away
What can I do with this fool that keeps on smiling to myself?

Wish you’re my love
Come to me now
I don’t know why I am like this
Like this even today
I restlessly pace back and forth in front of you
Do I have to tell you my love for you to understand?
Here I stand, wanting you
The person that I promised my eternity to
Is you my darling

I’m still a novice at love
By chance, if you hear my love
and it touches your heart
please send a smile my way.
I prepared my words all night
to tell you of my love
But ultimately when I am in front of you
I can’t say a word

Wish you’re my love
Come to me now
I don’t know why I am like this
Like this even today
I restlessly pace back and forth in front of you
Do I have to tell you my love for you to understand?
Here I stand, wanting you
The person that I promised my eternity to
Is you my darling

Feel my heart
This love that
Faces only you

I wish you’re my love
Let’s fall in love now
I can’t hide it from myself any longer
Now please give me permission
so that I can gather my courage and confess
If your heart is like my heart
If you want this too
Come to me
Let’s begin our life together

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{Was Boys Before Flowers a GOOD drama?

Well, no.

In all honesty, I can’t really call it good — insofar as a “good” drama requires strong acting, masterful directing, tight storytelling, and overall high quality. And it can’t just have one of those elements, but most or all of them, expressed in skillful balance.

On the other hand, it depends on how you define the word “good” for yourself. “Good” might not mean “artistic” to you; it might not mean “eloquent” or “insightful.” Good might mean entertaining, or emotionally provocative. Excitement-inducing. Enjoyable to watch and rewatch and participate in fan culture. And in those measures, I’d say BBF delivered.

Because sure, an Academy Award-winning film deserves its praise, but to be frank, they’re not always entertaining. Or they may be beautiful and meaningful, but not move the heart.

Boys Before Flowers was kind of a glorious mess — the acting was sometimes very good, sometimes horribly bad. The music was decent, but applied carelessly in messy spurts like a five-year-old who’s sneaked her way into mommy’s makeup stash for the first time. The writing had its moments, but more often than not was poorly paced, and as we know you can’t build an entire drama upon random nice moments.

But it also had its weird brand of narcotic magic. If you stuck around till the end, you know what I’m talkin’ about. If you didn’t, well, you may still know what I’m talking about, even if you were never under the influence. A film snob may sniff at “the masses” — and I’ve been that person too — but so what? Let the snob enjoy his lofty solitude while we masses can commune with each other and laugh and cry together. } – thanks to dramabeans.