GREEN CINE Already a member? login
 Your cart
Help
Advanced Search
- Genres
+ Action
+ Adult
+ Adventure
+ Animation
+ Anime
+ Classics
+ Comedies
+ Comic Books
+ Crime
  Criterion Collection
+ Cult
+ Documentary
+ Drama
+ Erotica
+ Espionage
  Experimental/Avant-Garde
+ Fantasy
+ Film Noir
+ Foreign
+ Gay & Lesbian
  HD (High Def)
+ Horror
+ Independent
+ Kids
+ Martial Arts
+ Music
+ Musicals
  Pre-Code
+ Quest
+ Science Fiction
  Serials
+ Silent
+ Sports
+ Suspense/Thriller
  Sword & Sandal
+ Television
+ War
+ Westerns


Public Discussions

topics
GreenCine Movie Talk
Anime
Discuss all topics related to anime.
561

I've Fallen and I Can't get Up
Topic by: DBooher
Posted: December 23, 2006 - 11:40 AM PST
Last Reply: February 26, 2007 - 8:28 AM PST

author topic: I've Fallen and I Can't get Up
DBooher
post #1  on December 23, 2006 - 11:40 AM PST  
I've fallen deeper into the rabbit hole...that is to say...I've become more of a nerd than I'd like to admit.

From anime I've transitioned into a new obsession. That is not to say of course, I'm over anime. Please. As if. Never gonna happen.

But aside my avid anime watching--I'm started to watch...asian dramas...

I blame Hana Yori Dango live action!!! (Season two in January woooo!!!) It started the whole thing!!!!!! It's like...anime...but with people....

of course I was intrigued.

I find K-drama's (Korean Soaps) to be the most like shoujo. (Even the freeze frame kissing that's not quite satisfying to watch, but it'll do) So if you're into shoujo, and like live-action characters from time to time, here are two titles you may like.

My favorite K-drama of all time right now: Full House. OM dear g Bi aka Rain aka the Asian Usher is SO HAWT. But so is Song Hye Kyo. She is so beautiful that I don't want to be her as much as I want to date her.

My Girl. So so so sweet. I can't finish it, for fear of it being over. Me and my strange sickness. Google for Summary.

If anyone knows of really good cheesy, angsty, shoujo-y dramas or even movies--pass'em along!!!

...Maybe not in the anime thread though?



Ursus
post #2  on December 23, 2006 - 8:54 PM PST  
> On December 23, 2006 - 11:40 AM PST DBooher wrote:
> ---------------------------------
But so is Song Hye Kyo. She is so beautiful that I don't want to be her as much as I want to date her.
>

Too true, she has some mighty fine DNA!

The woman's so hot even gay men would date her!

As for your "unfortunate" malady I offer my sympathy; given my weakness for Shoujo and the like, my poor heart would likely SQUEE itself to death over such potent/adictive drama! : )

Why must your addiction to these live action dramas be seen as a negative? Few of us ever find what makes us happy, that is unless you become a crazy cat lady/shut-in. Till that day comes, when they have to cut-away the side of your house so that they can remove you, I say, enjoy. : )

hamano
post #3  on December 23, 2006 - 10:06 PM PST  
Hana yori Dango live action was pretty well done, I thought, at least from watching Ep. 1 I wondered what they could possibly do after so many previous incarnations (manga, anime, Taiwanese live action drama, etc.) but the acting seemed really good.

Of movies, there's of course the NANA live action.

I mainly watch horror and comedy, though. I haven't seen the live action Nana. The best (and most anime-ish) live action shows for me have been Gokusen Season 1 (like the anime Gokusen but better), Lunch Queen (Lunch no jouou), Antique Cake Shop, My Little Chef and Sh15uya (a lot like Utena). A lot of people liked Tokyo Love Story which you can catch on youtube if you're curious.

A really funny (but again not very romantic) show is Bayside Shakedown or Odoru Daisousasen, a police show very much like You're Under Arrest.

Probably the best and most gut wrenching drama I've seen to date is Oshin, a classic from the early 80s. This show had global influence in its heyday.

HOWEVER, as a fan and avid consumer of anime, shoujo, Japanese TV, etc etc I have to say that if you want the emotional wallop of the best romance shoujo manga/anime, my suggestion would be to go with Bollywood movies. With their flights of fancy, wonderful music (often equal to the best OP and ED songs in anime), silly comedic moments (like the humorous asides that often pop up in shoujo manga and anime) and bloody angsty romance, I find that only Bollywood comes close to being comparable to romance anime.

From a romance fan point of view, the following would be the best to try out.

Kal ho naa ho
Devdas
Parineeta
DDLJ
Mujse Dosti Karoge
Veer Zaara
Khamoshi: The Musical
hamano
post #4  on December 25, 2006 - 7:52 AM PST  
My Girl sounds like it's pretty good (and only 16 episodes). It's interesting how Taiwan and Korea seem to be the pioneers in turning shoujo manga type stories into live action drama (literally in the case of Meteor Garden....) But I think the older Japanese TV shows like Tokyo Love Story were probably a big influence.
ahogue
post #5  on December 28, 2006 - 9:45 PM PST  
Getting into asian drama doesn't make you more of a nerd, it makes you more of a geek. The sooner we all learn to love our geekiness the better it will be for everyone.

Anyway, when I started studying mandarin I downloaded a Taiwanese drama called Mars and though I only got about halfway through I have to say it was pretty good. Definite shuoj-y elements (to my dull pallette, at least) but with a nice dark, somewhat demented cast -- which is the sort of thing I love, anyway. Turns out it was adapted from a manga, so...boy, what a surprise.

It seems hard to get now, though. I guess it came out several years ago. Oh and good music too.
hamano
post #6  on December 29, 2006 - 5:50 AM PST  
> On December 28, 2006 - 9:45 PM PST ahogue wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> It seems hard to get now, though. I guess it came out several years ago. Oh and good music too.

Most of the Mars episodes here still have at least one seed. Also many of the episodes (w. subtitles) seem to be on youtube also. You can access most of them here.
ahogue
post #7  on December 29, 2006 - 3:43 PM PST  
> On December 29, 2006 - 5:50 AM PST hamano wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> > On December 28, 2006 - 9:45 PM PST ahogue wrote:
> > ---------------------------------
> > It seems hard to get now, though. I guess it came out several years ago. Oh and good music too.
>
> Most of the Mars episodes here still have at least one seed. Also many of the episodes (w. subtitles) seem to be on youtube also. You can access most of them here.
> ---------------------------------

Oh, I didn't think to check youtube. Thanks Hamano.
DBooher
post #8  on January 5, 2007 - 8:11 PM PST  
> On December 29, 2006 - 5:50 AM PST hamano wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> > On December 28, 2006 - 9:45 PM PST ahogue wrote:
> > ---------------------------------
> > It seems hard to get now, though. I guess it came out several years ago. Oh and good music too.
>
> Most of the Mars episodes here still have at least one seed. Also many of the episodes (w. subtitles) seem to be on youtube also. You can access most of them here.
> ---------------------------------

OMG MARS!!!!
WITH the Rui and Makino (Tai version) from Meteor Garden!!! (aka Boys over Flowers).

OMG OMG OMMMM GOOOO!!!! I can't believe that Barbie and Vic are married in real life. I've officially started downloading Mars by the by. I loved the Manga so of course I'm fixated with how the L.A. version will turn out. Also, I can't believe how much more accurate Meteor Garden Taiwanese is than Hana Yori Dango Live action Japanese--not to mention longer (2 seasons-woo). ALSO And I can't freggin believe that the F4 actors from Meteor Garden are also a boy band named--what else--F4. Dear GOD. But Vanness Wu is HAWT. And he speaks English ever so fluently. Which means he'll understand all my inappropriate stocker-like phone calls...

PS: Thank you H-sensei and Ahogue for being such helps with my newfound love that is *gasp* (basically) Live action anime.
Ursus
post #9  on January 9, 2007 - 5:26 PM PST  
> On January 5, 2007 - 8:11 PM PST DBooher wrote:
> ---------------------------------
And he speaks English ever so fluently. Which means he'll understand all my inappropriate stocker-like phone calls...

----------------------------------------------------
Funny... because it might, nay, ACTUALLY is true. : )

*I laughed hard enough to tip out of my chair*

Personally, I admire your courage, DBooher. I wouldn't have the TESTICULAR FORTITUDE to gaze at the shoujo loveliness that is L.A. Anime without being overcome by my addictive temperament; the wings of my restraint, I fear, would melt at flying so close to the sun. My resolve already weakens at Song Hye Kyo's visage; I wouldn't survive much more than that... without breaking down like a blubbering, teen fan-girl -it wouldn't be pretty.

"Porch-Monkey-4-Life" Ursus (It's Ok, I'm taking it back)
ahogue
post #10  on January 11, 2007 - 6:39 PM PST  
> On January 9, 2007 - 5:26 PM PST Ursus wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> Personally, I admire your courage, DBooher. I wouldn't have the TESTICULAR FORTITUDE to gaze at the shoujo loveliness that is L.A. Anime without being overcome by my addictive temperament; the wings of my restraint, I fear, would melt at flying so close to the sun.
> ---------------------------------

Wow, now that is a metaphor I haven't come by before. Wings of restraint...I like it!


>Thank you H-sensei and Ahogue for being such helps with my newfound love that is *gasp* (basically) Live action anime.

I'm very glad to help. I have heard quite a bit about Meteor Garden. Guess I'll need to check it out. So, some of the actors in Mars (LA) are from Meteor Garden?
hamano
post #11  on January 12, 2007 - 9:41 AM PST  
I was blogging about the excellence of the anime version of Nodame Cantabile in the New Fansubs thread, but if you want to check out the first episode of the live action version, click here.
hamano
post #12  on January 12, 2007 - 10:20 AM PST  
The great thing about the live action Nodame Cantabile is that it stars Juri Ueno as Megumi Noda. She was the female lead in both Summer Time Machine Blues and Swing Girls. Naoto Takenaka, who was the teacher in Swing Girls, also has a major role in Nodame.
DBooher
post #13  on January 13, 2007 - 11:35 AM PST  
On January 11, 2007 - 6:39 PM PST ahogue wrote:
---------------------------------
So, some of the actors in Mars (LA) are from Meteor Garden?
---------------------------------

>>Yes! The two leads from Mars are leads in M. Garden as well. Barbie is the Makino (Japanese character name) and Vic is the Rui (Also Japanese character name) in it. Maybe being casted in two romance-type parts brought their true to life romance to light? Awwwww...that in itself is a KDrama. ahaha!

What's funny is that another F4 member (I don't remember his name) but he's the one who isn't Vaness...

Vaness...yeah. *sigh*

Anyway--that actor is in the L.A version of Marmalade Boy. And the girl who plays Barbie's best friend is in the L.A. version of The Devil Does Exist. Which brings me to ask--are they recycling all the Meteor Garden members to do manga dramas?



On January 5, 2007 - 8:11 PM PST DBooher wrote:
---------------------------------
And he speaks English ever so fluently. Which means he'll understand all my inappropriate stocker-like phone calls...
----------------------------------------------------
Funny... because it might, nay, ACTUALLY is true. : )

*I laughed hard enough to tip out of my chair*

>>heehee ^_^ Let's hope he finds it as humorous....O_O


On January 9, 2007 - 5:26 PM PST Ursus wrote:
---------------------------------
Personally, I admire your courage, DBooher. I wouldn't have the TESTICULAR FORTITUDE to gaze at the shoujo loveliness that is L.A. Anime without being overcome by my addictive temperament; the wings of my restraint, I fear, would melt at flying so close to the sun. My resolve already weakens at Song Hye Kyo's visage; I wouldn't survive much more than that... without breaking down like a blubbering, teen fan-girl -it wouldn't be pretty.

>>Oh U-chan, let me first reply with:AHAHAHAHAHA!!!! Nice.

Then let me move to add: Let not the THICKNESS of the situation bring you to hid away from all the loveliness--just make sure no ones around when you gaze upon them. ^_^

Here are the shoujo like titles I feel are MUST SEES if you have not seen them yet (in order by awesomeness)
1. GONG
2. My Lovely Sam Soon
3. It Started With a Kiss
4. Snow White (Taste Sweet Love)
5. GONG!!!!!! *Season two airs end of 2007!!*
6. Delightful Girl Choon Hyang

Look them up my fellow A-drama nerds! And those who are interested...(one of us....one of us...)
Ursus
post #14  on January 13, 2007 - 12:19 PM PST  
> On January 13, 2007 - 11:35 AM PST DBooher wrote:

> Look them up my fellow A-drama nerds! And those who are interested...(one of us....one of us...)
> ---------------------------------

*Looking about*

Hey... what's up with all the strange albino kids with blond hair and red eyes??? AND HOW DID I GET INTO A CORN FIELD!?
hamano
post #15  on January 21, 2007 - 6:40 PM PST  
We finished watching the Live Action Nodame Cantabile. The show is a lot like Swing Girls in some ways, but the Nodame manga came out first so maybe Swing Girls was cribbing from Nodame. This was a very funny show, with great music of course and some really good performances. The producers go out of their way to create manga-like action and moments, like characters would get punched and go flying or they'd get a big throbbing red bump on their head when struck. For me this was kinda distracting (I don't think they needed to draw attention to the fact that the story came from manga) but the kids loved it.

I'm trying to figure out which I like better, Juri Ueno (Swing Girls, Summer Time Machine Blues) as Nodame in the live action version, or Ayako Kawasumi (Lafiel, Mahoro) as Nodame in the anime version. Juri is always fun to watch, but her Nodame sometimes seems almost retarded. And Ayako is ALWAYS such a joy to listen to. Her voice acting as Nodame is so funny and spot on! I think for the Nodame character I have to give the edge to the anime version, much as I like Juri as an actress.
hamano
post #16  on February 26, 2007 - 8:28 AM PST  
FYI, there's now a batch torrent for the Nodame Cantabile live action series, with subs.

about greencine · donations · refer a friend · support · help · genres
contact us · press room · privacy policy · terms · sitemap · affiliates · advertise

Copyright © 2005 GreenCine LLC. All rights reserved.
© 2006 All Media Guide, LLC. Portions of content provided by All Movie Guide®, a trademark of All Media Guide, LLC.