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The Official Asian Drama Thread

I figure it would be nice to have a place to talk about TV dramas!

I'm watching the currently airing 'Shut Up Flower Boy Band' right now. It's a teen drama about an aspiring rock band of poor kids and there's quite a bit of the rich vs. poor stuff that I note in a lot of K-Drama. Enjoying it quite a bit so far and it took some turns unexpected for a K-Drama, at least from my limited experience.

Also watching City Hunter, just finished episode 4. Really good, and I love Lee Min-ho.

I've also seen Flower Boy Ramen Shop, Coffee Prince, and Boys Over Flowers.

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Good idea for a thread!

Right now I'm watching Iljimae, which started off a bit slow but seems to be getting more and more entertaining with each passing episode.

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I haven't seen any of the historical ones yet. Most of them seem to be very long though.

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I've seen Boys before flowers and Cofee Prince, but I almost only watch historical Korean dramas. The negative thing about them is that they tend to drag on too long and they all have similar endings.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xAgcz1iPpOI

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Yeah most of them seem to be incredibly long.

And speaking of that, I thought that even Boys Before Flowers dragged on too much.

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The longest drama I've seen is Three Kingdoms, it has 95 episodes! I only finished it to improve my Chinese. Have you seen any Chinese/Taiwanese dramas? I did a list of Mainland Chinese/Taiwanese dramas I've seen so far:

Heavenly sword and dragon sabre
Butterfly lovers
Three kingdoms
Young warriors of the yang clan
Tearful sword
the great revival
Return of the condor hereos
The condor heroes
Genius physiscian
Great tales of Liao Zhai
Mischievous princess
Demon gods, semi devils
The four
Twin of brother
Chinese Paladin
Sword stained with royal blood
State of divinity
Princess returnig pearl
Lotus lantern
Momo love
Devil beside you
Meteor shower
My secret garden
Love corner
Romantic princess
Summer's desire
Corner with love
Meteor garden
Mars
Hi my sweetheart
Love contract
Why why love
Bull fighting
To get her
Autum concerto
It started with a kiss
Tokyo Juliet
At dolphin bay
Love buffet


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Wow - thanks for that list! Which are your favorites?

I used to watch Taiwanese dramas years ago when they were broadcast on a local Chinese-language TV channel and I'm interested in seeing more now that they're easily available on DVD.

There was one that I saw from the late 1980's/early 1990's - a historical drama (late Qing?) about 3 brothers from a wealthy clan who fell in love with the same girl (I think she was a maid or servant). I can't recall the name of the series. Does this ring a bell with anyone?

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I haven't seen the drama you're talking about, but this sounds like it could be the one, except that they're cousins instead of brothershttp://wiki.d-addicts.com/Hong_Lou_Meng_(1987)

The more romantic teen dramas that I loved was Mars, The devil beside you, Meteor garden(the original Boys before flowers)Autumn's concerto and The outsiders.

Butterfly lovers is an old and very beautiful Chinese legend, similar to Romeo and Juliet. Princess returning pearl, Mischievous princess and Young warriors of the Yang clan are also good. They all have an historical setting.

If your're interested in Wuxia (not everyone is) I can recommend the Tearful sword, State of divinity, the four detectives and Heavenly sword and dragon sabre. The quality and special effects are not the best though.

http://wiki.d-addicts.com/ is a very good site to find dramas if you're interested

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xAgcz1iPpOI

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"Hong Lou Meng" isn't the one I saw but it looks interesting. Thanks for checking it.

And thanks so much for all the other recommendations!

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Ok, it was worth a try. I hope that you find it!:)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xAgcz1iPpOI

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I've been watching Pasta lately and it's really good.

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Dont really ever watch TV let alone trying to watch asian drama. But the Korean program Unstoppable High Kick is quite good although ive only seen one episode which was only one with eng subs and the Korean program 19 also looks good. The only asian program that ive really only watched is the Japanese gameshow Takeshi's Castle which is world famous.

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I've watched one episode of the Korean show "Secret Garden". Has anyone else seen this show? It seems to be a pretty funny comedy / drama about the interaction between a stunt woman and the owner of a major corporation. I plan on watching more.

Another show i've seen (twice) is a Japanese show "My Boss, My Hero", which is one of my favorite shows ever. more comedy than drama but it definitely contains both, worth checking out for anyone that hasn't seen it.

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Secret Garden is really good! One of my favorites.

I just watched the first episode of My Boss My Hero and it was good. Those "pudding" scenes were hilarious!

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good to hear, definitely gonna check out more Secret Garden.

I love how over the top My Boss, My Hero gets especially on stuff like the pudding race.

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Darn it! I keep crying during the final episode! "My Boss, My Hero" is deceptively heart-warming!

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RE: I've watched one episode of the Korean show "Secret Garden". Has anyone else seen this show?

I've watched 14 episodes so far and am lovin' this show! Great characters and the acting is wonderful. This is my first K-drama series but I'll be checking out more now that Netflix has added a bunch of them.

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I have manly seen korean dramas, I have tried to watch a couple of perioddramas too, but they were not my cup of tea.

Good ones:
- Secret garden
- IRIS (my personal favorite)
- Athena:godess of war (same "universe" as IRIS)
- The greatest love (hilarious)
- Prosecutor princess (incredible underrated with really low ratings, never understood why)
- The fugitive: Plan B
- Shining inheritance (the lead actress is really pretty, have seen all of her movies by now, unfortunatly she mainly does period dramas = baaaaaaaad)


Overrated shows:
- baker king
- 49 days
- temptation of an angel (plot is dumb as *beep*, cant understand the decent ratings it got since there are no "real" major actor/actress names in the show)

Random to see if you got the time:
- The woman who still wants to marry
- The man who cant get married
- Personal Taste
- Giant (really nice show, except for the little sister storyline, but the show is HUGE, 60 episodes and each one is 65 minutes long)

I winter sonata is suppose to be a really good drama too, aswell as omething Happened in Bali with Ha-Ji-Won

and KEEP AWAY from marry me mary. My life has never been the same after watching that show, it more or less made me lose hope for humanity ever achieving anything beyond pure destruction.

A new Lee Minho drama!

A historical one this time:

http://www.soompi.com/news/lee-min-ho-confirmed-for-drama-faith

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I watched the first 2 episodes of "The Greatest Love", which is awesome! I'm becoming a big fan of Hyo-jin Kong.

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Can anyone tell me an English title for this korean drama - synopsis is something like rich male doctor marries nurse from a lower class background, by his family don't accept her - they fail to produce offspring, causing tension in the various family relationships. The nurse takes an injured photojournalist to the husband after her leg is burned, and the doctor has an affair with his new patient, resulting in a pregnancy. The nurse is subsequently spurned and kicked out of the house ... apparently there's more to come in the way of twists, but that's the set up. Any ideas?

As for what I've been watching, the last drama was Tak Gu The Baker King, which I thought was great entertainment - it was a bit of a slow beginning, but as the characters' moral ambiguities dissoved with the choices they made, and their destinies were set, it built up a hell of a freight-train momentum and I found the last third of the series pretty compelling.

Currently, I'm 6 episodes into My Girlfriend is a Gumiho, which so far has been hilarious and cute ... I'm particularly loving all the John Woo/Chow Jun Fat parody. While it's all been a lighthearted affair so far, the indications are starting to creep in that the tone might be about to change.

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While it's all been a lighthearted affair so far, the indications are starting to creep in that the tone might be about to change.

this seems to be the case with a lot of k-dramas. start out with fluffy comedy, pretty people, and then get grim and melodramatic several episodes in.

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That synopsis sounds like it has a lot of the clishémoves that a "traditional" k-drama has. Baker King is horribly overrated imo.One thing that has always disturbed me is the dumbing down of corporate decisions. And the ending of Baker King has one of these major facepalm corporate plots that almost makes me wanna cry. the ending of the that show is overall horribly executed. As I said, an incredible overrated show...

Currently Im watching Padam Padam... The Sound of His and Her Heartbeats and the show is really good so far. usually k-dramas has what germans during the 30s would like to call Ãœbermensch (always male too) this can get a bit worn out sometimes, especially when they 90 % of the time are CEO:s in their mid 20s / chaebol heirs. This show is way more down to earth and I really like the sets and so on.

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For the first time ever, I'm watching 3 K-dramas at the same time: Protect the Boss (2011), Chuno the Slave Hunter (2010), and Country Princess (2003). Obviously, it's going to take me a while to finish them, but I'm enjoying them all so far.

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I finished "Protect the Boss", which was pretty good but nothing mind-blowing.

I want to take a quick break from K-dramas, so I started "Still, Life Goes On" which is a J-drama starring Eita and Hikari Mitsushima. The first few episodes are great! It's a serious drama about a man who befriends the sister of the man who killed his little sister 15 years ago. Sakura Ando and Eriko Sato have small supporting roles that seem to be a focus for the next episode. We'll see.

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Still, Life Goes On (2011) (Japanese Drama/Thriller Television Series) – 15 years after his little sister is murdered, a young man befriends the sister of the murderer. This is an impressively written series (11 episodes, 45 minutes each) that uses its unorthodox premise as an exhibition for long-term suffering and healing. The family members of the victim are obviously devastated, while the family members of the murderer face unending persecution and guilt. This series uses a very psychological approach with a number of highly developed characters that face their inner demons through the unorthodox main premise. Dialogue and interaction are gripping and realistic, with events unfolding in unexpected ways. There are even long stretches of slow-burning suspense too. Performances are excellent all-around, but Eita and Hikari Mitsushima are especially outstanding in the lead roles. It’s no understatement to say that they give the best performances of their already impressive careers. All of these positive elements create an experience that is unique, emotionally devastating, and fascinating all at the same time. Highly recommended.

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been watching that for a couple of months since Im a huge fan of Mitsushima, the performances are absolutely outstanding. The problem Im having is that the story is a bit to dull from time to time. And that's the reason Im still on episode 9, even though the show is pretty short. The characters, though they give really good preformances seldom seems to do anything but look agonized. I blame the writers for this, not the actors though. I really like the setting of the drama and so on too.

If you are into J-drama, try getting your hands on Hana-Kimi with the gorgeous Maki Horikita. The show is absolutely hilarious. Watched it more or less in 1 day and it's been a while since I've laughed so hard.

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Yeah, I can see how you'd feel that way. I personally thought that the characters showed positive progress throughout. I typically get annoyed with too much angst, but that didn't happen here.

Thanks for the rec. I always find the "girl posing as a guy" premise interesting.

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Now that American TV is drying up for the summer, I'm finally finishing up Shut Up Flower Boy Band. Six episodes to go.

Lee Min Ho has a new drama later this summer called Faith which I'd like to watch because it has Lee Min Ho. Might check out I Do, I Do as well, premieres this week.

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Lee Min Ho has impressed me. He's not just a pretty face, but actually has a lot of charisma and acting ability.

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Lee Min Ho has impressed me.


Me too. I've just finished watching City Hunter (after viewing Boys Over Flowers) and what a revelation: he's a great fit for action/thriller roles. I'd love to see him in a feature film.

Next up on the K-drama plate is either Pasta or My Lovely Sam Soon.

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I enjoyed both of those very much.

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I thought that Boys Over Flowers dragged on for too long near the end, but other than that it's wonderful.

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Yeah, I enjoyed him even more in City Hunter than in Boys Over Flowers. He's always so stylish too. I mean, generally people are incredibly well dressed in K-dramas, but Lee Minho's style seems extra effortless. Probably a combination of his charisma and his extra model-y legs.

For me, in Boys Over Flowers, it was never a question between Lee Min-ho and sensitive, boyfriendy guy from SS501.

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...his extra model-y legs




I'm about half way through the Korean series Personal Taste and it's pretty good overall.

In Boys Over Flowers, it took me a while to warm to Lee Min-ho's character (that hair - ugh!). I also liked Kim Bum - loved all the tea and pottery-making scenes.

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Yeah! I'd love to see him do more serious roles in films rather than just TV stuff. He's likely my favourite Korean actor.

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Just watched Cho-Cho-san (from 2010) -- starring Aoi Miyazaki, and with a great supporting cast (including Atsushi Ito, Rie Tomosaka, Toshiyuki Nishida, Ethan Landry, Chizuru Ikewaki, Kimiko Yo). A dramatization of the story used by Puccini in his Madame Butterfly. Miyazaki-san gets to speak English in this. Quite a good production overall. 2 75 minute episodes. The Japanese Blu-Ray is, of course, not subbed (except in Japanese).

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The Wallflower (aka Perfect Girl Evolution) (2010) (Japanese Comedy/Drama/Romance Television Series) – Four highschool guys (and a little boy) are housemates in an exquisite mansion, but are coerced by the owner into developing a goth girl recluse into a “proper” woman. If they fail, they get evicted. The first episode is good, but after that it goes downhill fast. The same one-liners are used over and over again, which gets really annoying. The acting is shoddy, at best, with a lead actress who’s not that good. Episodes 3 and 4 were so unbearably stupid that I simply could not go any further.

I do not recommend this, at all.

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I Do, I Do

Finished Shut Up Flower Boy Band finally. Pretty good, and I liked how they ended it a lot. L from INFINITE/Kim Myung-Soo was probably my favourite character, but omg, Yoo Min-Kyu is soooooooo dreamy. Apparently he got the role via a reality TV show that cast it and it's his first role.

Now I've started watching 'I Do, I Do' which I chose based on the fact that it just started airing and that the lead actor is gorgeous. It's about a successful but unhappy shoe designer and a guy from a poorer background who sells counterfeit designer shoes and sleeps with her and eventually ends up working for the main woman's company. According to the synopsis he got her pregnant too but that hasn't come up yet despite having already aired two episodes. It's really enjoyable, funny and exuberant. The main guy is really charismatic and fun on top of being super dreamy, and the woman has a nice more toned down and vulnerable version of Meryl Streep in The Devil Wears Prada thing going on. I think I'll like this one a lot.

This is also the first 'rich person meets poor person' drama I've seen where it's the man who is poor too, not the woman. I think I like that more because some elements of those poor, tomboyish characters in the other dramas I've seen can be a bit annoying, even though I've liked the three dramas like that I've seen (Coffee Prince, Boys Over Flowers, Flower Boy Ramen Shop). It also means the woman comes off as more powerful which is nice.

I'm also planning on checking out a couple other new ones:

I Love Lee Tae-Ri, which judging from the teasers is about the main guy (Kim Kibum formerly of Super Junior) taking his shirt off, but according to the synopsis actually has a plot. It's also nice that it's on tvN because the other two tvN shows I've watched (Shut Up Flower Boy Band, Flower Boy Ramen Shop) only have 45 minute episodes instead of the usual 1 hour +. I haven't watched this one yet because it's not yet available on either of the sites i like (Viki and dramafever), and on the other site that i hate because of popups and segmented episodes, it's not translated yet. Weird because it came out like 5 days ago or something.

and perhaps Bridal Mask, which initially didn't interest me since I'm usually more drawn to the ones that are set contemporarily, but I've read such good things about the first couple episodes that I might try it out.
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Thanks for your thoughts on these. I'm always looking for insights into more shows to watch.

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Yeah, I REALLY recommend 'I Do, I Do'. On the other hand, I just finished watching the first ep of I Love Lee Tae-ri and I REALLY do not recommend it. I waited like a week for subs because I like rom coms and the trailers had Kim Kibum shirtless coming out of a pool, but it just has such awful shouty comedy and shifts tones all over the place and has wayyyyyy too much of that stupid onscreen character thought bubbles, mood indicators, zany sounds, etc type stuff. And the romantic relationships as they've been established thus far are just stupid, like the 14 year old kid being so upset that the 21 year old girl he's been set up in an arranged marriage with is in love with someone her own age, and calling her out on it like the drama wants us to believe that she's the one in the wrong. Lots of totally unearned melodramatic scenes when it comes to the rom part of the rom-com. The only way I'll keep watching is if I hear that it gets better (and it's really hard to find good k-drama reviews on the internet, i only know dramabeans) or if my desire to see Kim Kibum shirtless, and not just via tumblr screencaps is truly overwhelming. Judging from just that first episode, it's the worst of the 10 or so dramas I've seen.

Another one I really recommend is the new 'Phantom'. It's a cop thriller about the cybercrimes dept and though it can be a bit expository it's full of tonnes of great twists and is very rapidly plotted and stuff. I love it. Only complaint is that it has Daniel Choi but only for the first two episodes seemingly.

Both 'I Do, I Do' and 'Phantom' have only aired their first three episodes thus far, and I'm still waiting for subs on the third ones. I think they actually air at the same time.

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Thanks for your thoughts. By the way, I use the DramaCrazy website a lot these days. Definitely the best online resource for K-dramas and J-dramas that I've found so far.

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Has anyone watch the South Korean spy series Iris? If so, what did you think of it?

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I thought it was really good! Here's my IMDb review: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1757202/reviews-1

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i seen it about 2 months ago, and thought it was superb.

at 20 episodes long it's also the perfect length, i hate it when shows get
dragged out forever and lose their quality.

IRIS has loads of twists and turns, great characters, some very good action
(in every episode) and overall very high production quality.

very, very good show. 9/10

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Hey buddy. You should stop by this board more often.

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Im currently rewatching it for the third time. Its my favorite show from korea, I loved it the first time but during rewatches you notice a lot of bad things about it too, nothing is flawless I guess. :p

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Slowly venturing into the second half of Country Princess, which is not well written, but Du-na Bae makes almost anything watchable so it's decent enough.

I also started Engine, which had a very good first episode. It's about a race car driver who returns to Japan and stays with his father who runs a small orphanage. Koyuki is the lead actress, and I like her a lot. Juri Ueno and Erika Toda have supporting roles - I hope they get more screen time in later episodes. I will try to finish this one later this week.

Finally, I started All About Eve, which is an "older" K-drama but has a very interesting antagonist played by the insanely gorgeous So-yeon Kim.

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The show is still airing in Korea atm, and I can really recommend it "a gentleman's dignity" it's more daring than most other korean shows out there, dealing with one night stands bikini pictures, actual non flawless ppl and so on. The humor is also a lot of fun. I sincerely recommend it to all fans of korean shows.

Will also watch Madame Butterfly during the next couple of days, I love almost everything with Aoi Miyazaki in it, she's such an outstanding actress.

also what is wrong with u guys? City hunter? one of the worst shows I've ever seen. my theory is that it's high ratings mostly came from probably came from Lee Min Ho:s fanbase. And he's not even that good of an actor in the first place. Ive seen both city hunter, boys before flowers (THE WORST show out there) and personal preference which I actually did like, but not because of Lee, but rather because of Son Ye-Jin who is one of the finest actresses korea has actually produced in the last 10 years or so at least in my book

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Are you watching Cho-Cho-san unsubbed (like I did)?

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