Can you genuinely love two people?

19 02 2012

[ Spoilermeter: Semi-spoilery, I do say who the mains end up with in the end and I do talk about one or two key turning points but really, even knowing the information, it won’t deter from your enjoyment of  the show. It’s one of those ones that you can watch time and time again. ]

Ridiculously cool, kick-ass of an older woman.

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Insanely lovingly loveable leading younger man.

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Amazingly gracious, mature, perfectly non-possessive second leading man.

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Ethan Ruan‘s bootilicious body.

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James Wen‘s Eighth Wonder jawline.

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Err… OTL…

…even if the storyline for the 2009 Taiwanese TTV / SETTV series My Queen (aka Queen Of No Marriage) sucked, the series still would’ve been not too shabby to look at. But for the love of all things mighty good and pure, I am thrilled to say that this series far from sucked. In true dorama lovin’ style, I can whole heartedly, gleefully tell you that My Queen rocked me off mah high horses.

To put this in perspective, there aren’t too many Taiwanese series that I would say to you “Go drop your shit and watch it right now,” but if you’re a fan of older woman / younger man stories and you haven’t seen My Queen already… get on it. RIGHT NOW. And really, when you get to my age, who isn’t a fan of these series that feature such relationships, lol (hands up who liked Dal Ja’s Spring? No? Surely you liked Long Vacation, then? Chotto matte, did someone mention Sapuri ?~~^^;;;;;;)

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Actually, to really put this into perspective, if you’re a fan of doramas in general, you need to have watched My Queen, period. It is that frggn good. And it will make you feel that frggn good. The writers managed to create two very different leading male characters who had very different personalities but importantly, they possessed the one fundamental, elusive trait that made every woman on this planet want to bed, er, I mean, want to befriend them (~~~~~) There isn’t any one adjective to describe it but they just gave you that feeling— these two guys were real men. And you just know in the end, regardless of who it is, your heart will break for the one who doesn’t get the girl.

Once upon a time, a gifted photographer, Leslie Song Yun Hao (played by James Wen,) had promised to marry his college sweetheart, our leading lady Shan Wu Shuan (played by Cheryl Yang.) (Btw, he proposes by ordering a dessert for her and having the ring placed on top of the mountain of ice cream and then the words “Will you marry me?” inked on the plate in some sort of dessert sauce… like any girl would not say yes to the sickeningly sweetness~~) However, on the day of the wedding, he doesn’t show. There is no reason, no explanation, no trace of him at all. Six years later, this woman, now 33 years old, is still waiting. Waiting for an answer, waiting for him.

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In the meantime, Wu Shuan, consciously or not, focussed every ounce of her energy into her career, becoming an outstanding journalist, building an image of a woman who required nobody to look after her. She was independent and self-reliant, and on the surface it did appear she had thrown her love life away, that she didn’t need love. Deep down though, she had more love than anyone else. And it took a chance meeting with a seemingly impetuous 25 year old guy called Lucas (played by Ethan Ruan) to begin to reveal this most tender side to this most self-contained woman.

Yun Hao re-enters Wu Shuan‘s life six years later, IIRC around episode 12, and I’m thinking, “Bro, you better explain yourself well because you know I’ve just hopped on the Ethan Ruan and Cheryl Yang ship >:(((!!!” As it turns out, Yun Hao was shooting in Somalia and wound up being gunned down during the turmoil of the war. All in the name of art and journalism. He fell into a two-month coma, and when he eventually awoke, not only did he find out he was crippled, but due to some fishy behind-the-back meddling from his photography assistant, a misunderstanding surfaced between our brave photographer and his fiancée, our heroine, Wu Shuan.

Yun Hao went on to spend a good chunk of time travelling around Third World countries in hope of capturing the spirit of the people and in some way, help expose the rest of the world to the more candid, more genuine, more fragile and humane side of the communities. It’s often easy to forget that amongst all the chaos, there exists an abundance of love and beauty in these war stricken countries— in fact, sometimes, possibly there is even more. In many ways, Yun Hao felt indebted to the community that had essentially saved his life. At the same time, believing he had lost the woman he loved, he knew nothing else but to turn his all to the only other thing he loved- photography. Much like the way Wu Shuan devoted herself into becoming the best journalist in Taiwan, they both were striving to live on without the other.

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What My Queen shows is that sometimes, timing is everything. Time can heal all, but it can also change all. People change, feelings change, the way you perceive things change. What you wanted at one point in time you may not feel the same way about when it finally comes back around into your hands. And there is no point in hanging onto it for the sake of the past or the potential future— you know, the “What could be.” You can’t confine yourself to something because logically it is the right thing to do, nor can you bank on certain things to eventually develop or go away. Feelings, love and life— they can not be predicted, they can not be measured nor can they rationalised. What’s best for us is to feel the moment, to live in the moment and to enjoy the moment. And when the moment is over, accept it as one chapter in you life and move onto embracing the next. It’s okay not knowing exactly what that will be. Kinda deep blah blah blah I know but it was this maturity about My Queen that I felt like helped separate it from the ocean of Taiwanese McFlurry idol dramas. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t mind the odd fluffy “This world is full of rainbows” poptastic bubblegum crap drama but this one, well, even my parents were enjoying it, lol.

I remember a friend once said to me back when we were at university that it is possible to like two people at the same time. And I couldn’t disagree at the time. But now, if she were to say it to me again, I would absolutely question her. For me, somewhere, somehow, secretly, subconsciously, inside you, I think you always have an answer. It wouldn’t be true love if you were to say you loved two people at the same— at least not in the same way. What? Too many Korean dramas in my head?  Whatevs. I just believe the human heart isn’t built that way. Watching My Queen, you get this. You see it between the main characters, and you see it trying to figure out who the heck you want Wu Shuan to end up with. And for me, yet again, I proved to myself I am definitely a pro leading male kinda gal— but only just, because James Wen was so much the faultless second fiddle guy he practically left me slobbering, Hanazawa who ? (<<<— if you know me, you know how much weight that statement carries~~)

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It could have been quite easy for someone to turn his role into a “FEEL SORRY FOR ME, Y’ALL!! FML! FML! EFF EMM ELLLLLLLLL!!!!!!” kinda character but I am thanking all the Dorama Gods that this did not happen. Yun Hao stared death straight in the face, lost his mobility, got screwed over by his feverishly jealous assistant and lived six years in numbing isolation— and in the end, he lost the damn girl as well. Seriously, he had every right to take a shot at wrenching our sympathy. There have been countless second leading males who endured a heckuva lot less and created a much bigger friggin’ fuss over the whole scenario (*coughs* Lee Yul in Goong *coughs* *coughs* Yune in I’m Sorry I Love You *coughs*) but Yun Hao was as gracious and as humble as you could ever ask your second fiddle guy to be. But by no means does this mean he was a wuss because he darn well wasn’t— there is no way you could possibly question his passion. He was simply a man who understood and accepted that a person’s heart can not be forced.

After Yun Hao and Wu Shuan reunited, in the scene where he brings her to their “Dream House,” you could see it in Wu Shuan‘s face that she was longer in the same place. My heart broke into about a million and twenty-eight pieces for Yun Hao, but never did I feel sorry for him, because before anyone could, he would find a way to make you look at the situation in a positive light. He just had that warm, giving harmony about him. In many ways, he reminded me alot of the absolutely gorgeous Kim Jae Wook‘s Hong Tae Sung from Bad Guy. Their strength, their dignity, their selflessness, their actually-caring-for-the-sanity-of-the-woman-you-love… it’s the stuff that all second fiddle guys should be freaking made of (^;_;^) James Wen really managed to encapsulate all these qualities and made Yun Hao a man anybody would respect with a giant fist pump to the chest (it’s not just that damn jawline I tell ya!!! (*^∀^*!!!!!!))

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But just in case bootiful Jamesy isn’t your cuppa tea (by the way, I have to point out that I loved his fashion,) there is always the six foot+ tall modelesque pretty boy. That’s right, Ethan Ruan. Didn’t think I could possibly love the guy in another role more than his handsomely dreamy, oh-so-doable oh-so-adorkable Ji Cun Xi in Fated To Love, but gaaaaaah, Ethan as Lucas in My Queen = Almost 100 thousand million times more perfect. Or comparatively, you could say that he was He-is-so-giving-Joe-Cheng-a-run-for-his-money-as-my-favourite-Taiwanese-boy perfect (but don’t worry Joe baybay, I still heart you and all your self-indulgent facebook photo updates xDDD) In My Queen, Ethan exuded a much greater air of maturity that left me taking him signifcantly more seriously— to me this time around, he seemed much more comfortable and compelling as the leading man. He definitely held his own against the flawless finesse of Cheryl Yang. It wouldn’t have been hard to pass off his character Lucas as someone who was merely a little bit more than a hot-blooded, hormonal young guy, but toy boy he was definitely not. Yes Ethan naturally oozes a Grand Canyon load of boyish charm but he also has this manliness about him that makes you want to stand by him. He brings these elements to his character Lucas so well in fact that from episode one I made up my mind instantly— I was going to marathon this series fo’ sho’ baby. And boy, man, was it worth it xDD My favourite gesture from him in the entire series? Gah, do I only get to pick one?

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It would probably have to be how he went out of his way to resolve the misunderstanding between Yun Hao and Wu Shuan, effectively releasing the knot in Wu Shuan‘s heart. As Lucas did this, he knew clear and well that Yun Hao and Wu Shuan would more than likely get back together but as much his feelings for Wu Shuan were left stranded, ultimately he was mature enough to make the sacrifice for her. He may have been younger, but he wasn’t at all any less developed in his thoughts and rationale. I’ve definitely watched my fair share of older woman /  younger man series before and I have to say that the success factor almost always lies within the younger male. He will separate the good from the bad to the downright Sapuris (gomenasai, I know, I know, I AM The Cheap Shot Queen >_>;;;;;;) He needs to be what Lucas was. Perhaps not immediately, but he needs to make that journey. Sena of ♪♫♪ Maware maware merry go round !!! ♫♪♫  fame certainly lacked a little guts in the beginning but he more than redeemed himself along the way ( and of course the silky hair and the Kimura factor did help to negate the early awkward cowardice, too xDD )

Don’t get me wrong, the younger guy can be be boyish, he doesn’t have to wear suits and ties (but ah, he should look good when he does have to suit up *twitches eyebrows*… case in point, episode 3 when Lucas accompanies Wu Shuan at some fancy function as her fake boyfriend. Ji Chun Xi flashbacks! Ji Cun Xi flashbacks! *mops drool from face*, ) he doesn’t have to be serious about everything he does… but he does have to be someone who has a generous skill and / or is completely competent and self-sufficient in his own right. Else it’s just a Babysitting For The Slightly Advanced program for me. Say for instance in Kimi wa Petto, did anyone actually at any stage think that Jun‘s character could legitimately provide for Koyuki in ways more than just being a toy, I mean, er, a pet ? Did anyone ever think that it was or even could be love? *shudders* *pukes* I for sure as heck didn’t. In My Queen howeveryou will believe that Lucas is capable of bringing the bread home. You will believe he can change your light bulbs. You will believe in his dreams. You will want to dance with him, you will want to ride on the back of his motorbike with him wearing that ridiculous mohawk broom of a helmet. You will want to cry on his big, broad shoulders when you’ve had a bad day. You will have no doubt that he is the right man to be with a woman who is eight years his senior. And you will seriously want to be that woman.

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And that’s not just because she gets to have a Lucas, it’s also because she is just so insanely cool. Not just the character, but I seriously couldn’t picture anyone else’s face to this role other than Cheryl Yang. I could not go on enough about just how awesome Cheryl Yang was in her role— she really made it work. Loyal devoted girlfriend, unlucky lost little girl in love, confident cut-throat career woman, headstrong but filial daughter, brutally honest but secretly loving friend, woman struggling to accept that she has fallen for a younger man, fated soul seeking her happiness in life… Cheryl artfully portrayed the complexity of these emotions that made the revolution of Wu Shuan feel effortless and believable. She was multi-dimensional and strong but in the most feminine, elegant way.

During the period she was waiting aimlessly for Yun Hao to return, we watched Wu Shuan find herself in a cornucopia of romantic and social blunders, which were humorous for a moment but then, although she handled it all as well as anyone could handle them, quite honestly, you did find yourself cringing for her. It’s not because you were looking down on her but it’s because you could just imagine how much you would’ve wanted to get outta there if you were in the same scenario yourself.

For instance, in the scene at the Japanese restaurant on Valentine’s Day, another young man pretends to have interest in her and brashly draws the attention of the entire restaurant. It’s centre stage, and the dude leans into Wu Shuan as if to kiss her, but then stops short before laughing in her face, “As if I would be interested in an old woman like you.” Yep, what a jerk. Of course, moments later, our beautiful Lucas just happens to be nearby and swoops in to give our heroine a big pash in front of the same crowd, intentionally relieving her of the humiliation, and we witness first hand, Lucas‘ natural instincts in needing to protect Wu Shuan.

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What I enjoyed and gained most from these scenes were not Ethan‘s incredible smooching techniques and the sparkling chemistry between our leading couple, but seeing how Wu Shuan dealt with the humiliation. You will see not only the woman’s resilience but perhaps more importantly, her delicacy. It made her completely relatable. Her exterior was alot colder than say the brilliant, fun-lovin’ Oh Dal Ja in Dal Ja’s Spring but you soon realise Wu Shuan is simply often misunderstood. Much like Dal Ja unni, she treated all her relationships with the same level of chastity, she cared deeply for the people closest to her, and was undyingly loyal to and protective of them. She may not let alot of people into her circle but once you’re in, she will cherish you forever. And through all the thick and thin, in the end, it was most rewarding seeing her find her destiny, and most importantly seeing her finally learn to love herself. This woman owns and is totally worthy of her own fan club.

And I would not be ashamed at all to fangirl after her (a bonus Lucas or Yun Hao shaped blow-up doller, tofu doll(?) phone charm (?_?) as an introductory present wouldn’t harm either…)

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[ Image credits: The photos used throughout this post were mostly capped by me from DVD, a couple from youtube, a couple from tumblrs and flickrs. If you feel like I owe you a credit, please shout out! I have been hopeless with recording the correct URLs for all my resource pages recently… ><;;; ]

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24 responses

19 02 2012
Peggy

I don’t think you can love two people a the same time. At least not in the same way. You can truly be in love and love one person and at the same time you can meet another and go crazy with the pheremones situation. That will definitely be powerful but it will not last. It’s..?atavistic ? from the caveman days and humans needed to get with child and make a nation….that sort of thing. For closeness in love you need to have found a soul to entwine and live with forever. Trust me.

21 02 2012
jicks

Although I am still waiting to find that person for myself, I believe in and agree with every word you say, Peggy. It’s so an amazing testament to the person you are and a true blessing that you have been so happily married for all these years <3

As I was watching this series though, I thought to myself that I would probably do the exact same thing as the Wu Shuan character if I were in the same situation. Go for the younger boy, LOL. Just joking ;P While I do cherish the past, I like to think that I do also very much live in the present. That said. when someone new comes along, is it sometimes difficult to distinguish whether it's just the pheromones and hormones playing up, testing you, or if this new person is the one for you? Guess you can only go with what your heart feel is right at the time.

21 02 2012
zooey

This post just reminded me of another drama that I started watching but never finished. I remember watching till episode 9 but then I got tired of waiting for the subs to come out so I placed this series on hold. Now, after the great megaupload purge of 2012, I need to go look up a friend who managed to download the whole series.

This is the one with the picture of a polar bear in the girl’s apartment, right? Lolz, dazed and confused. And to think I stopped short of Yun Hao’s return from whatever-it-is-that-took-him-so-long-to-reappear-before-our-heroine-falls-in-love-with-another-hunky-guy (damnit!)… now I’m all curious about the said character.

Like most people, I was watching My Queen for Ethan Ruan—totally agree with you that there’s something about him that’s very manly indeed. There’s a masculine air about him and it no doubt registers on screen even when he’s playing someone who’s slightly immature and boyish. Loved him in Monga and Fated to Love You but I eventually got turned off when I found out that his mom taught him how to kiss. True story. O_o

23 02 2012
jicks

zoooooooey *waves*

Yes it is the polar bear one. Please watch it because Yun Hao is every bit the dream guy. He just wasn’t there at the right time. If you need a copy, drop me an email and I will hook you up pronto. I plead with you!

Haven’t seen Monga but it’s been on my list to watch, what did you think of it? Guess I have time to work through Ethan’s filmography now that he’s off to the military for a couple (?) of years…

Oh, btw, thanks for ruining my life by sharing that story about Ethan’s mother (have to say I did laugh out loud as I was reading your comment.) I don’t even want to go into the “so, exactly how?” side of things~~ I did rate him as one of my favourite onscreen smoochers (so many scenes in Fated To Love You were rewind-worthy! Ooh, and I also like how he seems to be able to pick up his female co-stars and carry them around without much strain at all xDD) but now I will never look at his kissing scenes ever the same again ><;;;;;;

26 02 2012
zooey

Awww jicks, I might just take you up on your offer. I just checked the IFS site and apparently they stopped subbing the thing around episode 9. I’m gonna try to contact my friend though to see if she managed to obtain the whole series before I pester you. Always wanted to see what happened with Wu Shuan… maybe there’s more to this older woman-younger guy pairing that I haven’t seen before.

I thought Monga was pretty good as far as ganster/coming-of-age films go. If I’m not mistaken, it earned Ethan Ruan a Golden Horse nomination and the film itself was an entry in the Asian Film Awards. It’s violent, tragic and has a skewed view of brotherhood but I’m pretty sure you’ll like it. Go watch it!

As for the part about his mother… believe me, I thought my friend was messing with me when she told me about it (this, after all her gushing about how gorgeous Ethan Ruan is) but when I stumbled upon this article— http://www.cpopaccess.com/2010/01/ethan-ruan-and-mark-chao-on-art-of.html — I figured it was too outlandish to make up. The funny thing about it is that it didn’t faze him, like it was the most natural thing in the world; I swear, it’s as if I could hear him say to his male co-star, “didn’t your mom teach you how to french kiss?” ~_~

1 03 2012
jicks

I believe Ethan actually took home Best Actor at the Gold Horse Awards… a fact my mother told me ;DD <<— See, someone tell Ethan, that's what mothers should do. Sharing is caring but man… zooey, that article you linked has totally destroyed me! I will never be able to enjoy Ethan’s pashing scenes ever again in the same way. Ever. He was so one my favourite Taiwanese actor, kisser-wise. May now have to consider passing that title to Mike He or the one and only, Zaizai, Vic Zhou.

P.S. Absolutely feel free to email me if you want my copy! And yes I will be onto Monga. Also want to see him in the one where he and Mark Chao share a kiss together… hmm. I sense that the man is not shy in the least bit when it comes to the art of liplocking.

21 02 2012
Peggy

I suppose it’s almost a cliche to say that when you meet the right person for you then you will know without having to question it at all. Actually I had a few boyfriends but none of them were the ‘right’ one. I had my parents marriage as an example which I think gave me something to uphold. My father and mother were separated by war and the only reason they saw one another in five long years was because he had to come back to UK for surgery and was given two weeks leave. They were engaged but didn’t marry until the war was over. When my father was fifty two years old he died from the effects of the many bouts of malaria he got from being out in the middle east and India. My mother was about 47 and it never occurred to her to re marry and in fact she turned down one persistent suitor who had known her for many years in the same town. I almost felt sorry for him but I could never imagine him in our family. For many years it seems that young people meet and get married (or Not) and live together for a few months but then they get bored or have a row over something unimportant and then they just get divorced. That is not the kind of love that is real and will be your lifetime rock. That is just a frivolous fling. I almost think it would be better to go ahead with it but don’t get married at all…!!

21 02 2012
Peggy

Jicks,
I forgot to mention that my dear mother was 87 years old when she died.
thank God I was in UK when that happened. I usually went in September but this time something told me to go in May. Actually someone told me. My mother’s favourite sister and y favourite anut qho had died many years before. she always appeared in my head and gave me messages.
WelshpPeople tend to be sensitive to things like that.

23 02 2012
jicks

That’s such a blessing you managed to see your mother before you passed. I think it’s safe to say that your aunt was looking over both you and your mother. I like it when things like this happen because it reminds us that we are all connected. Sometimes I feel like I have a greater force looking over me too because I do feel like I have been pretty lucky all my life :)

I think it’s also amazing our mother and father had such a great love together. It really makes a difference for the children when they have great role models in their parents to look up to as they are growing up. The way many people do look at love these days can be a bit skewed, and perhaps marriage isn’t treated with the same sanctity as the past. Kinda a shame but I suppose it’s a lesson for the individuals to learn.

Was having a talk with another friend a couple weeks ago and I said something like, I do believe in true love, and he just looked at me and said “You watch too many Hollywood movies.” I corrected him and said, “Asian dramas actually,” but then I queried him why he said that and he replied, “True love doesn’t always exist. I’d be happy just finding someone pretty incredible who I’d be happy spending the rest of my life with.” I’m like, “Well, isn’t that classified as love?”

I don’t think we ever came to a conclusion..! ^^;

23 02 2012
Peggy

That’s funny jicks. Your friend gave a very accurate description of true love didn’t he? It’s the real thing when you know you have found someone with whom you want to spend the rest of your life. Tell him ‘that’s love babe’! :-)

1 03 2012
jicks

The more I think about it, I know. It’s probably a male thing, teehee.
I will certainly tell him Peggy said so! :)

25 02 2012
Ellély

I do love me a good noona-younger guy romance but Taiwanese dramas have never been my cup of tea. Maybe this one will change my mind about them. I’m going to put this on my To Watch list together with Dal Ja’s Spring.

Btw, to answer your question about Eita in the other post, I discovered him late in life so the only dramas I’ve seen him in are Nodame Cantabile (which I watched for the first time last year ^^;), Voice (ditto) and Soredemo. And to be honest with you, I only started paying attention to him in the last one.

Oh, and this is completely off-topic, but have you seen the new Uno Fog Bar posters? http://ogurilove.tumblr.com/post/17913763659/fuckyeahharutakento-shiseido-uno-fog-bar-posters Maybe they’ll be asked to appear on Oshareism again? One can only hope XD

1 03 2012
jicks

Ellély: YOU ARE SO THE BOMB FOR LINKING ME TO THAT FOG BAR POSTER!!!!!!!!!
(And as you may have noticed, I have gone slightly cuurrazee with their new campaign~~) You an Oguri Shun fan as well?

Voice was Eita’s first leading star role and I could not have been more happy for him when he landed it. Although the series didn’t blow ppl out of waters, I did enjoy it and Eita proved that he certainly deserved being the main dude for once. Soredemo… I can’t even begin to express how breathtakingly perfect I thought he was in that series. More later *note to self: complete the frggn review post now!!!!!!*

Nodame is by far one of the most fun, most unique series I’ve even seen and I think Eita really showed us his range by nailing the part of Mine. Comedy is actually pretty tough to master.

If you feel like you want to explore his works a bit more, may I suggest Last Friends and Sunao ni Narenakute. Storylines may not be as strong but the man’s acting his top-notch.

*deep breath* I feel like I’m doing an Eita dorama roundup, lol -_-;;;;; (better stop!)

Back on topic! Taiwanese dramas are not everyone’s cup of tea, I think it may largely be because of the bubblegum storylines, the frequent kiddish onscreen visual and sounds effects and the “acting.” To be honest, I have suffered through many but when they are good, they are freaking farking awesome. They tend to know what they are doing when they pair an actor and an actress up.

Dal Ja’s Spring I enjoyed immensely but there was a more whimsical element to it whereas My Queen felt positively more real (not that that sorta stuff is gonna happen to me I know~~) Would recommend Dal Ja for a fun, light-hearted ride (and a bit of Lee Min Ki cutiepieness) but My Queen should fulfill every younger man / older woman story lovers to realms they never even know existed xDD

3 03 2012
Ellély

Ahahahaha! You’re welcome! I had a feeling you’d appreciate it ;D And yes, I read your glowing tribute to Shiseido’s latest fog bar campaign. Totally understand your sentiments. You want to work for Shiseido. I want to be the make-up and lighting assistant on all those An An shoots. (I’m sure you know which ones I’m talking about.)

Er…I’m not much of an Oguri Shun fan but more for you, I say!^^ And thanks for the recs. Sunao ni Narenakute is another one of those dramas that I keep meaning to watch when I have the time (I swear!) OTOH Asano Taeko is bad for my blood pressure and I’ve also read the mixed reviews for Last Friends so I’ll take your word for it that Eita turned in a fantabulous performance :)

You pretty much summed up why I tend to avoid TW dramas but I have a feeling I might just be tempted to tune in to the first episode of Absolute Darling (the Taiwanese remake of Zettai Kareshi.) I have a v. v. soft spot for Jiro Wang and whaddya know? He plays a robot XDDDD

5 03 2012
jicks

ahahahaha I would so die from laughing before I made it through one of THOSE AnAn shoots!!!!!! Not sure how many you’ve, ah, got your hands on (^^;;;;) but I would have to say Jun’s one is my favourite. Guess because it’s the most tasteful (but still somewhat “real.”

Re Oguri Shun, have been disappointed with his recent acting gigs but nevertheless, he is still very, very easy to, you know, look at. As for Asano Taeko’s works, are you a Kimura Takuya fan? If so, stay the eff away from Tsuki no Koibito, LOL.

I never used to like Jiro Wang— until I saw him take his top off, lol >_>; In all seriousness, I was kinda losing interest in him constantly playing the second fiddle guy who CLEARLY had no chance at getting the girl. Didn’t seem to show much variation. But it is good to see him finally stepping up into the leading roles. Though the Taiwanese can be pretty awesome with manga-turned-live-action-dramas, I’m not 100% sold on this remake. Goo Hye Sun is still the lead actress yeah?

6 03 2012
Peggy

Think I answered this AnAn on wrong page. Sorry. anyway I hope you will look up Mujai Osamu and his photos in AnAn from about a couple of months ago. I commented on his composure and also his obvious self control in such circumstances…….

6 03 2012
jicks

haha, looks like those Mukai Osamu piccies really threw you into a trance, Peggy! ;P
I tried looking them up but I couldn’t find the spread you are referring to. I could only find pics from his 2009 stint… care to share? ^^;

7 03 2012
Peggy

Jicks,
Will definitely find those pics for you. :-)

8 03 2012
Peggy

http://www.google.com/search?q=AnAn+photoshoot+of+Mukai+Osamu&hl=en&rlz=1W1GGLS_enUS410&prmd=imvns&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=pKFXT5a9EMT-sQLY9eXJDQ&sqi=2&ved=0CCMQsAQ&biw=853&bih=515

Jicks this is the best I can find and it is not the original set up. If you type
AnAn photos of Mukai Osamu you should get several links however.

I don’t know where these things vanish to but I think it may be since they took megaupload away and some photoshop stuff.??

Peg

17 03 2012
jicks

Oh Peggy you make me blush! ahahaha No, as if, I’m usually the one secretly stashing this kinda material away, lol.

Are we looking at the “sealed section” shoot? Because I gotta say, his has probably been one of the better ones. Though I think still like Jun’s and Kimura’s the best xDD

I also saw the one that featured him with school children in Cambodia (plus a few where he’s delishly rocking a suit…) from a couple of months ago— kinda dig that more ^_^

25 02 2012
Ender's Girl

Dude you had me at “younger man”!!! I’m such a SUCKER for these types of stories, and I know that you know that WE’RE BOTH suckers for younger men, period (heehee). Reading the first lines of your post I was making these mental post-its to GO WATCH THIS DRAMA!!! EVEN IF I DON’T KNOW ANYONE ON THE CAST!!! Though to be honest what sealed it for me was that nekkid piccie of Ethan Ruan. I mean, that shot looked straight out of a Taiwanese James Bond flick (if there ever was one), specifically the token Bond-rises-from-the-foamy-breakers-all-chiseled-and-squinty-eyed scene, y’know? Dayyyum but the boy is fine! (Er, how old is he anyway? older than Miura I hope? gahaha)

The eyecandy notwithstanding, I was really drawn in by your recap of the plot points and discussion of the characters. (I kind of didn’t want to spoil myself, but I read on anyway. Couldn’t help it, heh) From the scant little I know of Tw-dramas, it isn’t very common to come across mature romantic dramas like these, ehh? And I think it’s quite brave of a drama to explore this kind of angle — that perhaps you really can love two persons at the same time — while giving both male leads ample character development as the story progresses (and without resorting to demonizing the second fiddle in order to justify why the heroine should end up with the hero — bloody cop-out, boohisss!).

I don’t think I’ll ever stop believing in True Love, but I did stop believing in The One some time ago. I don’t think there’s just one person in the whole universe who can make you happy, that if you don’t find them in your lifetime you’ll be missing out on all the love and joy in the world. But I do like the idea that timing is a big factor in any relationship. Like, “The right person at the wrong time becomes the wrong person,” you know? I’m sure that 6 years ago, Yun Hao would’ve been the right person for Wu Shuan, and had things gone differently, there would’ve been no reason that he and Wu Shuan couldn’t live a happy and fulfilled life. I dunno, it’s just weird how life turns out — or doesn’t turn out, for that matter.

And it ought to be refreshing to have an older heroine who isn’t made to be naive and immature just to compensate for her being older (I mean I LOVED Dal-ja and all, but she did act a little daffy at times). (Heyyy I noticed you didn’t mention Anego hihihi xP)

ROFLLL @ the Sapuri potshots, hahahaha! :D By the way since we’re on the topic, have you checked out YamaPi’s old ren’ai “It Was So Sudden, Like a Storm,” where he was paired with — get this — Esumi Maiko? I think PiPi was like 12 in this drama, lol. zooey gave me her copy a short while back but I don’t have the heart (or stomach? lol) to watch it. Hee hee ^^;;

1 03 2012
jicks

First things first: Ethan is totally of legal tender!!!!!! V(^O^)V …He’s a good 8 years older than, you know, that little one. Loved how you described that piccie of Ethan coming out the water too! I would so audition to be one of the Bond girls, although not being able to swim I’d probably emerge behind him from the waters, my head bobbing and arms flapping violently, whilst gargling “EEEEEETHAAN! Double O SEEEVVEENN” (before beisng washed away,) LOL.

I’m totally concur on your thoughts on love, too, E.G! As we grow older, it becomes more apparent that The One is, well, a bit of a fantasy (Asian dramas have a lot to blame for all these past false expectations in my life, LOL) I don’t think anyone is destined to be with The One person but I do like to think that people cross paths for a reason and it’s up to them to make it work. Sometimes you don’t make the most of your opportunities, sometimes you do. For instance, Wu Shuan could’ve chosen to turn down Lucas but then I’m sure they both would’ve found a way to move on.

Okay, I know this is getting deeeep(!) but I also like to think that sometimes people occur in your life at a particular time for a reason. So your whole thought on “right person at wrong time = wrong person” absolutely sings to me! I wonder if we could time things so a certain M.H. could become a Mister Hwight, LOL *twitches eyebrows*

P.S. I just dramawikied the synopsis of “It Was So Sudden, Like a Storm,” and as I read this line I seriously fell out of my chair:

Takuma curls his hands around Kozue’s body and his dance instruction begins

The thought of PiPi being a graceful little dancer…. I want to watch it just for that, LOL.

P.P.S. I would’ve mentioned Anego but His Royal Yellow Goldness is no toy boy anymore but a father married man! I figs I must pay respect :D

9 03 2012
Ender's Girl

“He’s a good 8 years older than, you know, that little one.

GAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA too funny too funny!!!!!!!!! (I do wonder: when Miura’s in his 40’s and we’re in our 50’s, will we still be calling him “that little one”? Something tells me yes, lolz) Speaking of, have you snuck a peek at his “first adult drama”? I acquired Taisetsu…, Nankyoku and Kame’s monster dorama at the same time but decided to watch the Kame monster dorama first. (And boy is that little exhibitionist showing a lot of skin per episode!)

I don’t think anyone is destined to be with The One person but I do like to think that people cross paths for a reason and it’s up to them to make it work.

THIS! I totally wholeheartedly agree ;D Guess we oughtta try harder to, uh, cross paths with Mister Hwight, then! heehee

PiPi as a graceful li’l dancer… duuude who said anything about graceful? gehehehe =P Btw ain’t it kinda sad to hear his latest renzoku Ending Planner is laying a big fat egg-u in the ratings? I’m not seeing a whole lotta love coming from Pi’s fans either, tsk tsk.

P.P.S. Er, whatever respect Mr Married Man has merited thus far has gone out the window since he released that song about someone (Meisa?) giving him a forced bj. Ugh ugh. I feel dirty just writing about it lol. Incredibly mature stuff coming from an dad-to-be, I’ll say @__@

17 03 2012
jicks

OMG please review the Kame monster dorama!!!!!! I’ve heard it is so unintentionally funny, I know you will make it a spectacle to read :DD And may I please say that I’m glad at long last Kame got to make the most of his natural good looks, LOL. xPP

Re Miura’s adult drama, I actually watched it this past week… and yeah have done a quick post on it. Kinda not as bad as what I thought it was going to be but certainly not the best.

I know, poor Pi. Seems like his fans have slipped in their support since he’s ditched his Newsy boys. It must be frustrating for him that his talents aren’t being recognised, lol. Have you seen the series? Any tips or suggestions? I’m in no rush to see it but when I do finally decide to give it a go it’ll probably more be for Eikura Nana.

On the flipside, Jin’s fans are lovin’ his solo work! Lucky him! But this yucky song, I haven’t heard it at all, and I’m not sure if I want to… is it in Engrish or Nihon-go?

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