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Snatched from [livejournal.com profile] suketeru  ♥

Rules and Guidelines:

o1. I watch 100 movies & dorama or more in 2009.
o2. I keep track of how many I watch in this post.
o3. I only record first-time movies or dorama.
o4. If you want to recommend any movies to me, go for it. (I'll pin this entry on the top of my LJ until 2009 ends ^^)

Movies & dorama watched in 2009:

oo1. Connected (January) ~ download
oo2. Celeb To Binbo Taro (January)
oo3. Maou (January) ♥
oo4. Voice (February) ♥
oo5. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (February) ♥
oo6. Push (March)
oo7. The Shinjuku Incident (April)
oo8. Knowing (April)
oo9. The International (May)
o10. Wolverine (May) ♥
o11. Watchmen (May)
o12. Arn: The Knight Templar (May) ♥
o13. Maison Ikkoku (May) ♥

[♥ --> I highly recommend these movies/dorama.]

PS: At this rate, I'll only reach no more than 50 by the end of the year! :P
elyse: (punditry: keith & rachel mabok xD)
It's been 10 days I haven't written in LJ *pokes self*
Laziness has overcome my writing desire lately.

Here's my upcoming dorama watchlist download list this summer!
(from Jdrama Weblog & DramaWiki at D-Addicts)

  • MW Dai-0-sho (Hiroshi Tamaki)
  • Niini no Koto wo Wasurenaide (Ryo Nishikido, Ryosuke Yamada)

Honestly, though, the list doesn't look so good. But on the good side, it might save my external harddisk from exploding from too much dorama downloads! *lol*
elyse: (bakanishi: cute :3)
ただいまー! ★***\(^O^)/*** ★
Got home 2 hours ago; done with unpacking and organizing stuff in my bedroom. Fatigue and sleepy, but couldn't sleep right away. So naturally I browse, with Fire.fm playing the station of David Benoit's similar artists.

Oooh, so many interesting upcoming dorama this spring!
(from Jdrama Weblog & DramaWiki at D-Addicts)

Dorama watch list:

Tanpatsu watch list:
That reminds me: I have to check for the torrents of winter 2009 tanpatsu at d-addicts!
elyse: (full metal alchemist: glomp)
Blame it to Voice episode 3, now I want to eat Korean jjigae!

This really looks oishii :9

Btw, I really enjoy watching Voice. I'm always touched by the story in each episode.
Initially I thought this was a mystery / thriller kind of dorama, because of the synopsis "five medical students take on the task of conveying the 'voices of the dead'" and "explore the mysteries of death". I thought it had something to do with lots of corpses and the like, which I really dread and despise. But the story turned out to be more of a drama than medical.

I don't really care for Eita, I watch this because of Toma (well, obviously :P). But at least Eita's hair is normal, making this dorama watchable, unlike in Last Friends o_O I kinda skipped around while watching Last Friends because I couldn't stand his hair!

Toma is kinda back to his happy-go-lucky self in Voice, because of his character. Aww, I miss the serious Toma in Maou!

Now I must set a time to have a Korean jjigae dinner! :D
elyse: (ouran koukou: peek)
I decided to finish off watching Maou in one night morning yesterday.

Actually, after reading [livejournal.com profile] hemisofia's entry here and here, I downloaded the torrents right away (on Sep 2008). But since it's such a dark drama (and because I didn't care for Ohno; although I like Toma -- but not enough to make me watch this immediately), it lied sitting in my external harddisk all this time. Until Angie told me that Maou's really good (after I gave her the copy of the drama last week), and that made me watch it, finally.

My random thoughts and feelings about the drama, in no particular order:

1. Beautiful ending, although I think the last scene is really unnecessary (just a marketing ploy so people buy the DVD!) and it managed to steal the lights away from the best moment of the ending! By 'best moment', I meant this (WARNING: major spoiler of the ending! Don't click if you haven't watched Maou).
Instead of the -insert an indescribable touchy angsty yet warm & content mood here- feeling I had for a few minutes from watching the 'best moment', my feeling immediately shifted to wanting to know what exactly Shiori saw in the last scene! Such a mood ruiner ~_~
Thank God I watched Maou now and not last year! Now that the DVD is out, I didn't have to wait oh so long just to satisfy my curiosity of Shiori's last vision.

2. What is wrong with Toma RUNNING everywhere!? And what's up with people in this drama constantly refusing to use other modes of faster transportation, such as cars? O_O Like when, in the last episode, Shiori runned to catch up to Naoto & Tomoo... she could've caught up to them IF she hopped on a taxi or something!

3. Too much suspense walking away footsteps & evil staring from Naruse, it gets to my nerves after quite a while(`ー´)

4. I'm not biased about this one, since I didn't know and didn't care for Ohno Satoshi before watching Maou. This is the first time I've seen him in anything. So I was neutral and didn't have any expectation to begin with.
Anyway, I think he portrayed his character, Naruse Ryo, very well. During the first few episodes, I really despised him. I wanted to kill him there and then for being so cold-blooded & expressionless! That actually just shows how well he acted, for I really hated Naruse at first. Then from the 4th episode onwards, I grew on sympathy for him, and was drawn deeper into his character and felt his pain. So in the end, this is my current impression of Ohno: honestly I still don't really care for him (he's not my type after all :P), but I admit that he can act well. It's not easy to portray a cold character with no heart (who eventually shows his heart little by little). Especially after reading that the real Ohno is a goofy guy; the comedian in Arashi. Thumbs up for him! ^^

5. I have liked Ikuta Toma's acting since HachiKuro (Honey & Clover). He's one of the few young idols who can REALLY act, and not just a pretty face. I like him even more after watching Maou. His acting improved nicely in such a young age (although he still has rooms for improvement to be a great actor), I'd like to see more of him in the future! ^^
He portrayed Naoto well with his passionate expressions and rich emotions, although I did get tired of him screaming all the time and running all over the place! o_O Never once did I see Toma laughing in Maou. This cool side of him is sugoi, too! His handsome face feature is more visible than when he's on his usual happy-go-lucky self ^^v
Toma is actually one of the very few persons who can really touch my heart when he's crying (on screen, obviously). Even Ohno can't, although I sympathize with his character. And no, I'm not biased about this particular topic, because I'm a really tough woman who isn't easily touched by sad scenes :P

6. The shaky camera is a bit too much during the last conclusion scenes of Tomoo & Naoto. I couldn't concentrate on their expressions during the most important scenes! If the shaky effect was made to heighten the suspense, it failed; for a good cinematography should add good effects to the scene and not become annoying as a result! @_@

7. I love the storyline, the plot, and the acting. Although I found several questionable goofs and forced make-believes here and there that don't fit in the storyline, I managed to ignore all of them and just enjoy the main story. I really miss Maou when it ended.

I hope I didn't spoil anything for those who haven't watched it.

Overall, I love Maou, and I wish it didn't end so fast (11 episodes are not enough!). I'm still craving for more, so... any idea of what to watch next to ease the longing & shift my mind from the craving? xD
elyse: (nana: hachi - la la la)
Aaaah, I can finally breathe (a little).


ISAO (ICCRS Sub-Committee for Asia Oceania) Conference was soooo hectic! I stayed at Mercure hotel Ancol starting on Sep 12 till 18, sharing the deluxe room with my 2 friends (Vera & Ria). Every night we slept for only 3-4 hours, going to bed mostly after 4 am. Throughout the day, we took care of so many things: on Sep 13 & 14 we alternated between the registration, help desk, and accommodation posts. We initially thought that after the peak of the hecticness on Sep 14 had passed, we could rest and relax a bit.

There was always something (or a lot of things) that we had to do on Sep 15 - 18.
Sep 15: taking care of some registrations & help desk.
Sep 16-17: doing the rooming list for Novotel (the participants moved to Novotel Mangga Dua on Sep 18) & some secretarial works.
(Plus, my roommate Ria had to take care of a very sick participant from the Philippines on the night of Sep 16, taking him to the ER at a nearby hospital, staying with the family till 3 am, and was awaken at 7.45 am by a call from his son that he had died 30 minutes before. So she flew to the hospital right away, and helped the family with all the funeral processes: the medical record, death certificate, the Philippines Embassy, the cargo to Manila, the funeral services, etc etc. Thank God the Filipino conference participants' group leader is a priest -- Fr. Bart Pastor, so the Filipino family felt better as they had someone they could count on in this country away from their home. My friend Ria helped the Filipino family everyday until they left for Manila on Sep 20. God bless her heart!).
Sep 18: our youth band was in charge of the praise & worship session before today's conference, and songs for the closing mass, so my friends and I were singing since early morning. The hecticness continued in the afternoon till late at night, for after lunch, the participants moved to JITEC for the revival & healing rally in the evening & stayed at Novotel Mangga Dua that night. The walkway from Novotel to JITEC was really confusing, we had to help the international participants to get there safely. I and Vera and a few fellow secretariat team fell asleep for about half an hour when Fr. Rufus Pereira was speaking on the stage (before the healing prayers began) :P Finally, after a looooong and hectic night, I arrived home safely at 1 am. OMG soooo tired! >_<

Thank God we had a mass everyday during the conference!
Now when it's over, I breathed a sigh of relief, but I really missed it. Somehow, in our hearts, something is missing... Vera and Ria both have the same feeling.
We got to meet so many nice international friends (although most of them are well over 50 years old!), great bishops & priests from all around Asia & Oceania (and even one cool priest from the USA who's stationed in Marshall Islands, Fr. James Gould SJ), and we made new awesome friends from fellow ISAO Conference committee, young and old. We learned a lot from working with various people in the team. We got so many blessings from the preparation and during the conference itself.

Vera (my international registration partner) & I were even showered with a lot of gifts from the appreciative international participants (one lovely Japanese lady - grandma, actually :P - & her group were so thrilled when they finally met me. She was so cute, I saw her jumping up & down a little bit while shaking my hand -- like an SD anime character! *lol* Now I have 7 Japanese friends! :D).

Photos have been uploaded to Facebook (I don't have time to upload 'em to Flickr; maybe later): click here for the full ISAO Conference album.
Friend me on Facebook if you can't open the album, since it might have something to do with my Facebook privacy.


Like I said in the previous post, I couldn't take a rest right away after the conference ended, since I had to take care of my own jobs, after abandoning them for two weeks. But I thought I'd be able to rest a lot after Sep 21.

WRONG again!
There was a treasure hunt going on at (fluff)Friends on Facebook, from Sep 11-30. Alas, I was busy digging every night until morning came :P So basically I continued to be lacking sleep until the treasure hunt ended on Sep 30. Thank God it's finally over!

Now I can finally go back to normal life and catch up the things I've been abandoning, postponing, and delaying this past 1+ months.


Let's summarize this as a continuation to my previous post (Japanese Overdose: the beginning).

Basically, after I wrote that entry, I started to explore a lot of dramas, movies, and actors/actresses by downloading endlessly. I also downloaded a lot of videos (non-drama, non-movie), mostly TV shows, games, talk shows, concerts, etc. Now my 1 TB external harddisk only has 180+ gb left! Oh nooeess! *_*

In trying to search which dramas to watch, I stumbled upon this Crunchyroll forum.
From there, I started to download Korean dramas, since my friend also told me that the Korean guys are so much more masculine than the Japanese, and their bodies are so much sexier & more built! :D I got turned off by the sound of Korean language initially, but after a few dramas, I finally got used to it. I still don't like the language, but I got hooked on a few Korean actors already, so the language is not a (big) problem anymore :P

From that CR forum, the K-actors experience started from Kwon Sang Woo, Dennis O'Neil, Gong Yoo, Daniel Henney, Hyun Bin, Jo In Sung, Won Bin, Kim Rae Won (because my friend likes him), Lee Wan, and Yoon Kye Sang.
Although most of them have good-looking face & great body, I only like and crave for more of Hyun Bin, Won Bin, and Dennis O'Neil. The biggest reason of why I don't really swoon over Korean actors is because of their eyes. I like most Japanese eyes, they're big & nicely almond-shaped. I don't like chinky-eyed actors.

I tried a few Taiwanese dramas, but those failed miserably. I didn't like, don't like, and will never like the Chinese language (although I'm Chinese myself) and how it sounds! I did try learning the Mandarin for about a year, and honestly I never like it. I was only curious with Vic Zhou and Mike He.

As for the Japanese dramas/movies.... they're neverending! Simply because I get hooked on one actor over another all the time :D
From Tamaki, Nao, and Kassy, the J-actors experience continued to (I will only list the actors I kinda like & crave for more) Takuya Kimura, Hiroshi Abe, Satoshi Tsumabuki, Tomohisa Yamashita (Yamapi), Yutaka Takenouchi, Jin Akanishi, Takashi Tsukamoto.
There are a lot more J-actors whose dramas/movies I've watched, but I don't particularly like them, such as Toma Ikuta, Hideaki Takizawa, Osamu Mukai, Ryo Nishikido, etc (the others are not worth mentioning, since I don't like them at all, although I might watch their dramas provided that the story & other actors/actresses are good).

Of those I mentioned above, I swoon over Nao, Kassy, and Yamapi (coz he's handsome, sexy, and dances very well! *drools*). Since Nao & Yamapi are singers as well, I also diligently download their concerts, talkshows, etc. In Yamapi's case, since he's a part of NEWS, I download all of NEWS videos. I also follow Jin closely & download his videos (and some of KAT-TUN's because he's in it -- although I don't really like the other 5 guys!), since Jin is a smart guy who speaks pretty good English, has a good laugh (and teeth! :P), can sing very well (his voice is the best out of the 6 members), and he shines. It surprises me at first, but now I can settle for the much younger! *gasps*

I might need to buy another 1 TB external hard disk for next year! *lol*

Bottomline: the Japanese overdose is neverending! :3

PS: That's Kassy on the userpic, during his most handsome days.
elyse: (fujiki naohito)
Warning: fangirl mode on xD

I shall tell you the start of my jdramas addiction.

My world hadn't been contaminated with the Japanese beauties... until 4 months ago. Actually I've heard of Japanese dorama from a number of friends, who tried to make me download and watch them, but I wasn't interested for the longest time. The first dorama that I downloaded was 1 Litre of Tears (Ichi Rittoru no Namida), because while browsing, I happened to read Aya Kito's diary translation (unfinished, & I got curious) and found out that there's a drama & movie of it. But I didn't watch it right away, it was just lying there in my hard disk for half a year.

When I went to the US last winter vacation, my friends (whose house I stayed at during my Irvine visit) watched dorama every night. I didn't join them, but I got more curious. I decided to give it a try (I asked my friend for recommendations) & more than a month later I started downloading Nodame Cantabile (because I have the manga, I'm very familiar with the story, and I heard it's really good. Plus, it has lots of classical music & orchestra, which I love). That was 3 months ago. Big mistake. My first try of dorama was the best dorama ever! Nothing, until now, can compete with Nodame Cantabile. It has made such a big impact and carved such a deep impression on me. And I'm not exaggerating even a bit. The music, the characters, the storyline (which I criticized at first, if it's -slightly- different than the manga) all grew on me. That was the start of me liking Hiroshi Tamaki, and made me search & download all of his dramas & movies.

In search of more jdramas info, I stumbled upon many interesting sites. While browsing at JDorama, I happened to view Naohito Fujiki's profile picture there & fell instantly for him. Then I finally watched Ichi Rittoru no Namida, which has Nao in it, and although I was crying most of the time (the story's really sad ;_;), I was like "Whaaat? This is Nao?" whenever I saw him on screen (because he's really thin, his cheek is sunken, and he has goatie! O_O). But my first impression was right, because I fell for him again while watching Hotaru no Hikari. So I started liking Naohito Fujiki all over again, and craved for more of him.

From then, I lost track of what drama/movie I watched next. But what I know is this: I never watch dramas fully since Nodame. Meaning, after Nodame, I skip a lot of the scenes (fast forwarding most of the time) to see the more interesting scenes & reach the ending. Sometimes I also watch the dramas backwards (from the final episode to the first). Same goes for movies. My curiosity & impatience always control me. But I know what's to blame: watching Nodame Cantabile as the first dorama! Such a huge mistake, since it's truly the best. Oh well...

One day I watched Shukumei (faithfully from start to finish without skipping at all) because of Nao, but I ended up liking Takashi Kashiwabara (Kassy) instead. So there goes the start of me liking 3 Japanese beauties (I call them 'beauties', because... well, Japanese men are not really 'manly'. They're either 'pretty' or 'beautiful', so different from mostly handsome Korean actors, like Dennis O'Neil, for instance). Nowadays I focus mostly on Kassy & Nao, trying to complete my collection of their videos.

Japanese Overdose: The Beginning is done.
I shall continue the story next time. Ja ne ~~

PS: That's Nao on the userpic ^^


"There are those relationships that open you up to something new and exotic, those that are old and familiar, those that bring up lots of questions, those that bring you somewhere unexpected, those that bring you far from where you started, and those that bring you back. But the most exciting, challenging and significant relationship of all is the one you have with yourself. And if you can find someone to love the you you love, well, that's just fabulous..."
~ Carrie Bradshaw (from Sex and the City)

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