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25Mar/070

Hello My Teacher Fan MV

Artist: Seo Joon
Song: Ool Soo Uhb Neun Sarang
Creator: chibimikki

22Mar/070

Delightful Girl Choon Hyang Fan MV 3

Artist: Izi
Song: Ee Mi Geu Daen
Creator: chibimikki

22Mar/070

Delightful Girl Choon Hyang Fan MV 2

Artist: Kim Hyung Sup
Song: Sarang Hae Yo
Creator: chibimikki

22Mar/070

Delightful Girl Choon Hyang Fan MV

Artist: Lim Hyung Joo
Song: Haeng Bok Ha Gil Ba Rae
Creator: chibimikki

13Mar/070

Enjel- Pop

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11Mar/070

Tropical Snow (2006)

Tropical Snow

Vietnamese Title: Tuyet Nhiet Doi, Tuyet Mien Nhiet Doi
Genre: Drama, Romance
Starring: Anh Thu, Manh Hai, Thanh Hang, Duy Tan, Duc Nghia, Thanh Hoai, Ngoc Quyen
Screenwriter: Vu Ngoc Dang
Director: Vu Ngoc Dang
Episodes: 30
MPAA: PG

Synopsis
Hang, 19-years-old, is a girl who lives one of the slums in Sai Gon. Although poor, she possesses a bright and strong personality and a caring heart. Because of that, she has left a memorable impression on Hai. His encounter with her left him in many situations full of laughter and tears causing his everyday life to go haywire. Being close to her, Hai learns more about her life and her personality. Since Hang possesses beauty, Hai introduces her into the modeling agency. However, things aren't perfect as they seem and as they begin to become closer to each other, neither of them could predict the troubles lying ahead.
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Rating: A- (Great)
Rewatch Factor: Medium
Comment: Tropical Snow is Vietnamese drama with a story very similar to a Cinderella fairy tale. With every fairy tale comes the romance as well as the villain, and Tropical Snow has both elements. I think this is a great drama that's enjoyable for everyone. There are some parts that I do find unbelievable but then again, even the title, Tropical Snow, suggests that. Everyone knows that a place with a tropical climate will never have snow, pretty much like how a girl from the slums in Sai Gon is not likely to become Cinderella. But in this drama presents the impossible making us think that it could be possible. There are flaws in this drama, especially a few episodes before the ending. A few episodes before ending is where I thought it gotten a little draggy and annoying. I admit, I used the fast forward button when watching the last few episodes. Other than that, this drama is a great fairy-tale-like drama. Sure, there are some parts that are romantic and mushy, but hey, it's a fairy tale after all.

11Mar/070

Nobody Knows (2004)

Nobody Knows

Japanese Title: 誰も知らない (Daremo Shiranai)
Genre: Drama, Life, Adolescence, Friendship
Starring: Yagira Yuuya, Kitaura Ayu, Kimura Hiei, Shimizu Momoko, Kan Hanae, You
Screenwriter: Hirokazu Koreeda
Director: Hirokazu Koreeda
MPAA: PG-13

Synopsis
Based on a true story of an incident that happened in Japan in 1988 where a mother left her four children in an apartment for nine months. Mother, Keiko (You), moves in to a new apartment with her four children: the oldest, Akira (Yagira Yuuya), Kyoko (Kitaura Ayu), Shigeru (Kimura Hiei), and the youngest, Yuki (Shimizu Momoko). After having met a new boyfriend, the mother leaves her four children behind in the apartment with 50,000 yen (approx. $500USD). Akira, being the oldest, is left to take care of his three siblings. The four children have to live day by day without their mother in Tokyo.
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Rating: A+ (Masterpiece)
Rewatch Factor: High
Comment: When I first heard of this movie, I thought to myself, "Oh, the poor children..." However, when I watched the movie I was shockingly surprised at the conditions the four children have to live in. The movie moves at a pace that isn't meant to surprised viewers though, but it is meant to inform. No judgments can be made when the viewer is simply the observer. Nobody Knows deals with family and responsibilities, advocating that all children needs to feel wanted and loved. It also deals with sibling love as it shows how Akira takes care of the groceries and financial duties while Kyoko is doing the laundry. Each of them care for their two siblings who are too young to understand the situation. Then, it also deals with adolescence when presenting Akira as a 12-year-old boy who is in the midst of puberty, yet having to carry on the responsibilities of an adult. Nobody Knows is a movie that will bring tears to your eyes and make you realize that there are also children in the world who suffers from the same situation. The facts are direct and in your face; there aren't any beating around the bush. The transformation of the children is apparent, and the transformation of their home is apparent from orderly to a great big mess. I find no flaws in this movie because everything concludes in the ending in a bittersweet, yet realistic way. I recommend this movie to everyone because we can all learn something from this movie: parenthood, responsibilities, life, friendship, and love.

11Mar/070

Sukitomo Fan MV

Artist: V6
Song: Believe Your Smile
Creator: zettaireality

11Mar/070

Rampo Noir Fan MV

Artist: BUCK-TICK
Song: Dress (Bloody Trinity Mix)
Creator: zettaireality

11Mar/070

Jumong (2007)

Jumong

A.K.A.: The Book of Three Han: The Chapter of Jumong
Korean Title: 삼한지-주몽 편 (Samhanji-Jumong Pyeon)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Period
Starring: Song Il Gook, Han Hye Jin, Kim Seung Soo, Hu Joon Ho, Oh Yun Soo
Screenwriters: Jung Hyung Soo and Choi Wan Kyu
Director: Lee Joo Hwan
Episodes: 81
MPAA: PG-13

Synopsis
The story begins in 108 BC, during a time when Gojoseon succumbs to the Han nation after a treacherous battle. The time was bleak for Korea having to suffer under the Han without the voice or will to fight back. It is during this time that Jumong was born, who will be Bu Yeo's prince. However, Jumong and his mother soon falls to persecution by the Queen and the powerful advisor of the King. Through trials and tribulations, love, and friendship, Jumong transforms into a hero, as recorded in history, the first King of the King of Goguryeo. His journey to reach it is one with sacrifices and losses.

Rating: B- (Good)
Rewatch Factor: Low
Comment: Jumong is one of those epic dramas that starts out great, reaches its peak, and just slowly dies down until the viewer is left bored and uninterested. Even though Jumong is based on recored history, 90% of the drama is fiction. I enjoyed the drama but there were times when I felt so frustrated at the pace the drama was going and the many fillers in it. By the time I reached 50, I wished that it would all just end. The drama shouldn't be 81 episodes long. I'm sure with some wrapping up, less fillers, and so forth can bring this drama down to at most the 50 range. The plot in its simplest form is interesting but the way it is presented in the drama just kills it. The plot is stretched to amazing proportions just to fill in episodes. Also, I really didn't like the ending at all. With 81 episodes, I thought that the ending would have a "boom" sort of impact but in actuality, it was a little squeak. The ending did not make up for my effort of watching 81 episodes. If people don't mind the talk and no action, feel free to watch it. I will warn you, this drama is all talk and little action. Overall, Jumong is a "good" drama, but it can't be any more than that.