I remember why I used to love you!

26 08 2010

It’s all coming back to me now… (wait, isn’t that a Celine Dion song??????)

Until I saw this, there was no way this side of a shaken-not-stirred-martini I was touching the upcoming Korean action, thriller, spy, romance drama, Athena (fixed for a November 2010 air-date in Korea)>>>

^’Tis the brand spanking new MV for Park Hyo Shin‘s I Love You, which is a gorgeously slick, semi-beat-y track (& the theme song for Athena.) What can I say but this piece of promo work definitely does lure you to give the IRIS spinoff a good hard shot.

I would truly like to thank myself for holding on thru the first 36s (which, from what I deem so far, is all a little too James Bond cheesy for my liking- seriously, I came really, really close to smashing the little x button in  the top right-hand corner of my browser) because what followed thereafter was so, so, sooooo worth everything & more.

Can I explain myself? Sure. I have three words.

Jung. Woo. Sung. (Oh, I suppose Soo Ae shi was pretty chic as well. Not  that I was paying much attention to her -_-;)

Fair enough that filming in Italy automatically makes things look more romantic, more poetic, more “Ooh mah, I really wanna be there” but it takes a grown man (see; non-JE ><“) who has swishingly broad, strong-looking shoulders & a caressing, soft-touch hand that makes me want to cross my legs & act like be a lady (I know there is a lady somewhere inside me, really lololol)

Honto, ajlekjcaw;iue,  Jung Woo Sung is so divine in this clip! There is something about him against a European backdrop that is simply, utterly, disgustingly irresistible. I remember watching him in the K-movie Daisy (which also starred Jeon Ji Hyun *girl crush drool*)- his tank top+army cargo pants wardrobe goodness amidst the setting of the stunning city of Amsterdam flat-out made me overlook the man’s questionable, semi-wonky display of acting (to be fair, he wasn’t dirt-unwatchable, just… I find at times Woo Sung shi tends to overact a little.) And here in this new MV of Park Hyo Shin‘s / Athena promo piece, I am gushing my heart out.

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1.47s:: O___o Manboobs! Pectoral muscles! Eat your heart out Pi Pi! (Of course I had to make a reference lol)

2.59s:: Shots lookin’ like alota fun >_> *sculls down straight vodka & passes out onto nearest Woo Sung‘s lap*

3.05s-3.26s:: I want to be there xD

4.03s:: Are you furrreaking kidding me??????????

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More than anything, after sitting thru this clip & replaying it approximately 900million times, I completely recollect exactly why I once full-forced hearted on this man.

I remember living in a world pre-Johnny & Associates infatuation exposure & feeling good looking at a guy, not having to wonder if I was actually the more masculine one out of the two of us. When I first came across him, Jung Woo Sung definitely made feel this way (then I may have gotten distracted by those lip-syncing, hip-grinding man-boys of the Johnny-K clan) but now, living this new MV, I’m feeling it all over again.

There’s just nothing prissy about him at all! He even has a deep, manly (yet gently soothing!) voice. He seems like the type who would hold the door open for you, the type who would take off his jacket or coat & drape it over your shoulders when it gets chilly w/o you even asking. He seems like he could carry you w/o straining a single muscle. He seems like he could & would fix all the broken things around your house. He seems like he would totally build you a ritzy new kitchen w/ his two hands (A Moment To Remember ! A Moment To Remember ! You can blame this movie for any of these misconceptions you may think I have! But can you tell me honestly, after watching this beautiful film, can you not want your v. own hot-carpenter-turned-suave-architect to play with? *shakes head* Er, no, sorry, that was, to chill with.)

I guess I am just old-fashioned after all. But seeing someone like Jung Woo Sung makes me happy to be a woman who is quite submissively willing in letting the man be the man… simply because he is a man (though it would be nice if I didn’t have to do all the cooking & cleaning & ironing lololol)

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Do they make Snowflower trees?

11 06 2010

It’s that time of the year again in my part of the world when things are getting mighty chilly!

The main things I do during Winter:

[1] Exhibit layers of knits & other warm fuzzy fabrics.
[2] Drink hot mocha (optional double marshmellow portions.)
[3] Rug up in bed & watch fluffy, romantic doramas (Tatta Hitotsu no Koi, here I coooooome !!!!!!)
[4] Cross my fingers & cross my toes that I haven’t left my umbrella at home / under my desk at work / in the car *runs to lost property to take someone else’s brolly*
[5] OVERplay (almost) every single version of Yuki no Hana & reminisce I’m Sorry I Love You (mind you, there are alot more versions of the song than what you’d probably imagine. Even as I went to do this post, I came across a couple of renditions that I never knew existed. It’s like, a different country decides to cover it every year -_-)

For some reason, I only listen to this song when it’s cold. It makes me shiver but it also makes me warm. It makes me want to take my shoes off w/ Mika. It makes me want to [insert (in)appropriate fan action of affection] So Ji Sub.

I don’t know why but it does *clears throat*

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The lowdown:

If by chance I knew where you were, I would’ve become a star in the winter sky and shined on you.

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Original: Yuki no Hana
Sung by:
Nakashima Mika
Composed by:
Matsumoto Ryouki
Lyrics:
Satomi
Year:
2003
Dialect:
Japanese
(Lyrics+translation HERE )

FYI, yuki = snow, hana = flower.
I believe, in a sense, yuki no hana can mean snowflakes.

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Now, how many versions can you count?

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ONE [1] Mika Nakashima, 雪の華, Yuki no Hana, Japanese

The original Yuki  no Hana performed by Mika Nakashima is just freaking farking beautiful. Her voice is pitch-perfect delicate. This is the Mika that I heart w/ all my hormones (btw, I couldn’t find the official PV anywhere. Darn ownership rights!):

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TWO [2] Park Hyo Shin, 눈꽃, Noon Eh Ggot (Snowflower,) Korean

Okay, so I feel like I’m cheating on Mika when I say this but my all-time favourite interpretation of the song is actually from Park Hyo Shin. It’s best known for being on the soundtrack for the 2004 Korean drama series I’m Sorry I Love You (aka misa <3) Maybe I can’t distinguish my emotions for the song from my emotions for Cha Moo Hyuk (i.e. So Ji Sub‘s character in the series) but I don’t care. Park Hyo Shin‘s deeply rich vocals achingly bring out the pain of a man’s undying love. I remember reading somewhere once that Mika said the song was intended to be sung by a man & when you hear Park Hyo Shin crooning it, you really do so naturally get that feeling:

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THREE [3] Seo Young Eun, 눈꽃, Noon Eh Ggot (Snowflower,) Korean

Apparently Seo Young Eun was the person who translated the song to Korean, before, of course, having it perfected by Park Hyo Shin later on. But she did a cover of her own, too, a beautifully broken down acoustic version, which appeared on the second soundtrack for misa (her studio version is better but alas, I could only find a studio audio clip w/ misa footage & I didn’t want to post it because sadly, I can’t handle the heartbreak T_T;;;):

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FOUR [4] Han Xue , 飄雪 (Falling Snow,) Mandarin

Mainland Chinese singer Han Xue covered it in 2004. This one’s a smidgen too flat & a smidgen too girl-like for me:

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FIVE [5] Joi Chua , 对不起,我爱你 (Sorry I Love You,) Mandarin

Singaporean singer Joi Chua covered it in 2005. I like this version. There’s a sense of familiarity in her voice- it sounds like she’s been thruuuuuu it all (´・_・`):

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SIX [6] Tokunaga Hideaki, 雪の華, Yuki no Hana, Japanese

Singer/songwriter Tokunaga Hideaki released his own version in 2006:

[BONUS!] And here he is live w/ Mika (girl totally rocks it barefoot xD):


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SEVEN [7] Vincy Chan, 花無雪 (Flowers Without Snow,) Cantonese

Hong Kong singer Vincy Chan did her version in 2006. It is by far my least favourite interpretation:

^^Side note: I don’t think Vincy‘s a horrendous singer per se (or do I? ((+_+))), she’s just never worked for me. How do I put it… I feel as if she thinks she’s a better singer than what she actually is. Esp in this song, to me it’s like she doesn’t know what she’s singing about (where are the emotions, girl??) I wish she’d never covered the song because had she not, I may actually still hold some liking towards her.

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Can you believe there are English versions of the song as well???!!! (This was when I fell out of my chair as I was researching the links for this post…) >>>

> American rock musician Eric Martin covered it in 2008. The track appeared on his album, Mr Vocalist:

> New Zealand born soprano Hayley Westenra also covered it in 2008 on her Hayley Sings Japanese Songs CD (superb album title there btw):

(Ah, in case you haven’t noticed, I’ve stopped counting >_<;)

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Finally, a clip that I’ve played a million times over…

So Ji Sub totally swooning us all in Nihongo <33333333333

^^I fully love that man xD (Bring on June 23, Road No.1 baby, Road No.1!)

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There are also several other random performances from the likes of Jay Chou, Jong  Hyun from SHINee, Gackt… heck, there’s even a full-on metal instrumental from Marty Friedman (!) But I only really wanted to post the official releases, & well, also, the Jay Chou clip is polluted by two crazy fangirls’ scraping, irksome voices (seriously, & I thought I couldn’t shut up ><;!! It’s on youtube for anyone’s whose interested, just enter at your own risk xP.)

After so many listenings to the song in all its versions, I’ve realised that it is essentially a beautiful song in any language (even when certain “singers” take it on & don’t deliver it full justice.) I also get the feeling that it’s best sung w/ a bit of a vibrato situation going on (cue; Mika, Park Hyo Shin. Maybe subconsciously my brain is thinking; trembling voice = cold ??? Gosh, I make myself wonder sometimes ^^;;) No matter what, Yuki no Hana will remain one of my favourite songs for eternity. I love it & I love the cold. That’s my feeling.

And if the answer to my post title is ‘yes,’ then I would like one, please…

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