cdrama: The Legend of Hua Mulan

Feb. 13th, 2016 11:03 pm
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Today I watched the first 4 episodes of the 2013 series The Legend of Hua Mulan with Huo Meng Yao and Dylan Kuo, and I think it's pretty great so far. No crossdressing yet, just epic embroidery battles, magnolia-related treason plots, people almost getting executed because of the magnolia-related treason plot, devious embroidery sabotage plots, lady friends and rivals and frenemies, Mulan being very strong willed and her future boyfriend engaging in awkward attempts at flirting while investigating the magnolia-related treason plot.

Here are the opening and ending credits:

cdrama: Sound of the Desert

Feb. 12th, 2016 03:57 pm
meganbmoore: (shyzm: san niang)
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Sound of the Desert, also known as Ballad of the Desert is based on a romance novel by Tong Hua. The novel is set during the Han dynasty, but apparently there was controversy over historical inaccuracies and they changed it to be set in a fictional country (Creatively called Western Han...), and the names of historical figures were changed.

Xin Yue (Liu Shi Shi) is a Tartar (based on Mongolians, I believe) girl who was RAISED BY WOLVES in the desert. (I love how this is a literal origin story for multiple wuxia heroines.) As a child, she was found and adopted by a Tartar man, and became friends with several noble Tartar children, but she returned to the desert after his murder. As an adult, she encounters two young noblemen from Western Han. The first, Mo Xun (Hu Ge), is the frail nephew of the emperor, and a businessman with ties to the desert. The second, Wu Ji (Eddie Peng), is the nephew of the empress, and a general rapidly gaining fame and recognition. Mo Xun gives her a pretty blue dress and provisions, and when she later meets Wu Ji, she accompanies him back to the capital city, Chang'an, unaware that either man is of any particular social importance.

In Chang'an, she quickly spends all her money (which was provided by Wu Ji) and ends up begging for odd jobs until she begins working at a dancing house, quickly becoming the top dancer of the house, and eventually meets both Mo Xun and Wu Ji again, learning both of their real identities, and kicking off a love triangle that...isn't overly interesting as a triangle, but the main romance is quite nice, as are all characters as individuals. (Though Mo Xun is rather bland until the triangle stuff is sorted out, which isn't really something I expect to say about a character played by Hu Ge. Speaking of which, I don't know how they expect us to buy Hu Ge as frail. I mean, dude's a good actor and all, but...very much not frail.) More importantly, she builds her own entertainment empire through shrewdness and talent, forms lifelong friendships with several women, and uses her entertainment empire to further the political agendas of her friends, including Qin Xiang, a young performer seeking revenge, who later becomes a (completely non-romantic) rival. The second half moves away from the entertainment and love triangle aspects, and into palace politics and conspiracies.

It's not quite a wuxia, but is clearly very heavily wuxia inspired, though the political and business aspects make me think more of sageuks than wuxia dramas. I remember this being The Big Anticipated Thing in 2011 when it was announced, and then heard nothing on it until I saw it on Hulu, since it didn't air until 2014. The book it's based on is the first in a trilogy (the second is about Xin Yue's daughter, I believe, and the third hasn't been published yet.) but I don't know if there are any plans to adapt the rest of the series.

I'd say it's the best cdrama I've seen in years, but, uhm, it actually HAS been a couple years since I watched a cdrama, having mostly watched sageuks and a Spanish telenovelas for my non-English language period dramas the last couple of years. Instead, I'll say I don't think I've enjoyed a cdrama this much since Paladins in Troubled Times. (Strange Hero Yi Zhi Mei loses because it only has 2 major female characters, and one dies pre-series in an extremely annoying fridging backstory which killed a lot of my momentum for the series, and while I was really into certain parts of Legend of the Condor Heroes 2008, I...really did not much care for or about most of the Yang Kang or Ouyang Ke storylines.)

In other news, the Legend of Hua Mulan series from a few years ago got subtitles when I wasn't looking, so I'll be watching it soon.

icons: How to Get Away With Murder

Feb. 10th, 2016 06:06 pm
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123 x How to Get Away With Murder


here ) .

Oh joy

Feb. 3rd, 2016 03:16 pm
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I just found out that my primary care physician left the hospital over a month ago. Supposedly, I was sent “notice by mail in October or November" (their exact words) but I didn't get it. I also had 2 prescriptions filled at the end of November, one of which I had to speak with the office about, and nothing was said then. I found out when I got a call from my pharmacy today asking for my new physician’s name, since my old one wasn't there anymore.

After speaking with 3 very disinterested people at the hospital, one VERY grudgingly transferred me to the department for getting a new physician, where I got a message saying to leave a message and someone would call me back within 48 hours.

Those of you who were following me on LJ the last time I had to get a new physician might remember all the trouble I had then because a lot of doctors in town “don’t feel comfortable” approving medication for ADD. (If you don't remember, that's ok because it's been a LONG TIME.) The entire process and getting conflicting information and sent to multiple people resulted in multiple anxiety attacks over a period of several weeks. One of them was while I was trying to make an appointment with a psychiatrist and was bad enough that she asked if I needed to have someone pick me up and take me somewhere safe until it was over. (I never mentioned or considered self-harm, I was just that obviously panicked by that point.)

So, yes, I expect this to be a lot of fun. Thankfully, I wasn't getting a refill for my ADD medication-I have 6 weeks left for that, and will hopefully have this all sorted out by then, aND i hAve a full bottle of my sinus meds. (What I was calling for was vitamin D because my levels were low at my last checkup. I was going to get bloodtests next month but we’ll see how that goes, and at least I can get a weaker over the counter version to keep getting some D until I get a new doctor.)

Grease Live

Feb. 2nd, 2016 09:28 pm
meganbmoore: (magic flute: singing suicidal angst)
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 I'm not entirely certain how they managed to make a 2016 version of Grease be less gay than a 1978 version, and Danny and Sandy should never be the weakest part of Grease, but that thing was honestly pretty great.

The world does not deserve Vanessa Hudgens* or Keke Palmer, but we should all be glad we have them anyway.

*Who did this less than 24 hours after her father's death!
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