Japanese Drama Ratings

OK all, before I post long drama reviews I’m just going to put ratings and quick thoughts for all the dramas I have seen that I can remember… later I’ll add pics… here goes:

Japanese:

1 Litre of Tears – Tragedy/Romance – first drama I watched, I was blown away by the acting and convinced that nothing could be better for a long time… It will make you think. It really is life-changing.
Need to rewatch to confirm rating, but 9-10/10

Gokusen – Comedy – Ah so good. I watched 2 and part of 1. The actress who plays the main teacher makes the show. It’s hilarious! But the plot is basically the same in each series, so you might be able to stomach only one. If you like Jun Matsumoto from Arashi, pick 1, if you like Kattun more, pick 2, and if you want younger guys pick 3… =P Just kidding, but I’d recommend to try 1 and THEN 2, or 3 on its own =)
9.5/10 for your first one, 5/10 for the third one

Hana Yori Dango 1 and 2 – Romance – HYD 1 was SO SO good. Although I’m not a Jun fan, I LOVED him in this series. So much better than the Korean remake. HYD 2 dragged on though. Too much frigging melodrama in that one. The ending was OK though. Watch 1 or both. But don’t even look at the movie.
9/10 HYD 1, 7.5/10 HYD 2

Hanakazari no kimitachi e – Romance/Comedy – I prefer the Taiwanese version (Hana Kimi). But many people prefer this one. Basically a girl that wants to meet a high-jump champion goes to his all-guys school and pretends to be a guy. Except this girl was so OBVIOUSLY not a guy. They didn’t make her like one or speak like one. The director just wanted to make her look cute. And the boys had all these crazy antics and CLUBS… oh dear…
Well, if you REALLY like Shun Oguri or Japanese dramas in general this is a must-watch, you’ll tell if you’ll like it or not in 1-2 eps.
7.5/10

Nobuta wo Produce – Drama/Comedy – This is interesting. Two guys try to give a girl a “makeover” so that she can become popular and gain self-esteem. A great friendship story, with places for laughter and places for tears (although overall I think the story is light). Yamapi is very funny here, the girl is good, Kattun guy is OK.
8.5/10

Now for the darker ones…

Last Friends – Drama/Romance – Not ALL dark, but… If you want a serious drama that explores um, deep issues like gender confusion and domestic abuse, watch this. Great performances, great opening song – it may be one of the best of this genre, but probably only for serious viewers.
9/10

Yasha – Action/Mystery/Thriller – THE MOST UNDERRATED DRAMA EVER!!!!!!!!! Why does no one know about this? The science aspect is very believable (or you can easily suspend your disbelief like in Jurassic Park) and the acting by Ito Hideaki is just beyond words. Seriously amazing. I love the opening song, I loved the ending… Just watch it, try it PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!
10/10

A Million Stars Falling From the Sky – Mystery/Romance – I totally LOVE the insert song that comes in whenever something crazy happens. The acting is amazing. Not perfect for me, but if you like stories about imperfect – well, VERY imperfect characters, but for a reason – then you’ll like this. Takuya is totally hot. Tragic though, watch if you dare.
9/10

Korean and Taiwanese dramas will wait until sometime within next week!

Video of the day:

Konayuki from 1 Litre of Tears (gives you an idea of what the series is like)

Korean Drama Ratings

Hey all! After some yummy organic vegan chocolate ice cream from this place on 10th street and 2nd avenue called Stogo (if you’re in NYC try it! YUM!!!), I am continuing these drama ratings!

I’m saving the Taiwanese dramas as last but not least! There are some great Korean dramas out there but they mostly seem to follow the cinderella formula… well most asian dramas do but Korean ones seem to make an extra effort to… but Korean ones also have the best pairings too! Anyway here are my ratings, you can also check out http://www.dramabeans.com for even more ratings and actual reviews XD

Korean:

My Girl – Romance/Comedy/Not-really-tragic? – When I was watching this I was amazed by the chemistry from the two leads, even from episode 1 or 2 or so. It was amazing. So natural. And both of them are soooo hilarious!!!
What I didn’t like:
Drunk scenes – too many, too repetitive, they sometimes fed into the storyline but were kind of annoying… especially since the useless second guy was ALWAYS randomly there… anyway you’ll see what I mean…
The ending episodes – Fudge the time lag thing! Fudge pretending! Fudge fudge fudge!!! Well, I won’t reveal any more than that. Just a note to future Korean filmmakers – the perfect ending to any romance involves ELOPING!!! (Well it would to this one at least =P) I hope this was vague enough to not spoil anything. If you haven’t watched it you’re in for a treat for the first 13-14 episodes. That’s all you need really. And maybe the last few minutes of 16. XP
Some parts of the plot: So frustrating, I ended up hating Goo Chan’s gf and Yoo Rin’s dad for his stupidity, but that was only because of the stupid ending so basically this all goes into the ending.
What I LIKED: Chemistry, Yoo Rin’s chicken scene, the whole discovering love-angst… holy crap this was GOOD…
10/10 for episodes 1-14, 3/10 for episodes 15-16

My Name is Kim Sam Soon – Romance/Comedy/Drama – Great, great series, lots of laughs – “Kim Sam Soon” is definitely a character – but not quite as memorable for me. I guess it’s more realistic and it’s supposedly targetted more to middle-aged women because that’s what KSS is, but she is WAY too obsessed with her weight… I mean that’s all she thinks about even near the end and after she’s lost weight… my opinion btw…
Watch it. There should have been a Kim Sam Soon 2 with a more conclusive ending, but on the whole it’s OK enough and enjoyable. Actually, the more I think about it the more I remember it. The way they fall in love is so nice. So many great moments, even among a few awkward ones (mother running into the restaurant to beat the manager up?), but it’s a great show overall!
8.9/10

Boys Before Flowers – There’s no need to actually watch this. Just go read all of Javabean’s episode recaps and you won’t be deprived. On the contrary. You’ll be reading sophisticated material that has some thought put into it – analysis, criticism, sarcasm, etc. – as opposed to the mess that is the original series. Fine. You can try episodes 1-9 – those are OK – but if you want a good series watch the Japanese Hana Yori Dango instead. Or maybe MG.
5.5/10

… I really don’t have energy to do any more right now…

Ones that are apparently good but that I didn’t have the patience to watch: Flowers for My Life, Full House, Return of Iljimae…

OK! Movie time!