1. JIN (1 & 2)
This series perhaps the first asian drama that I watched which involved time travel. I was a bit sceptical at first but looking at many senior and credible actors who were willing to take part on a tiring period drama, I was sure it was going to be great. Basically this series is about journey of Dr. Jin, a neurologist, who accidentally (or not) travelled back to Edo era. And later he would find himself tangled with so many important people in history. And with his skill in modern medicine, it indirectly affect the history as well. Of course there was romantic story as usual in asian drama, but to be honest… it just right on its propotion. It’s like the catalyst of the bigger plot. A warning though, it doesn’t have a typical happy ending as expected from jdrama. But certainly it gave closure for Dr.Jin and also it closed mystery on how all this time travelling happened. A very interesting theory indeed. I must say.. this is one of the best current asian drama ever.
2. Time Slip Dr. Jin (Korean version of JIN)
Basically JIN was adapted from manga. And as expected, Korea also would adapt it into its own version. To be honest.. I was so excited because of Song Seung Hoon as the lead, but the plot was rather… I don’t know, pretty cheesy in my opinion with focus on the romance. Of course it’s not as cheesy as other k-dramas, but if I compare with the intensity and scale of JIN japanese version, I feel like there is something lack on this version. The dark atmosphere and the bittersweet ending… I don’t get it. Also the intensity of history changing, the war… the western involvement wasn’t there. So in the end, I’m rather disappointed by this version :(
3. Gong (Palace)
I watched it first before I watched Bu Bu Jiang Xin and I had no idea that this was rather cheesy rip-off of Meteor Garden and Bu Bu Jiang Xin itself. For me.. I enjoyed it. But yeah, the characters are just simply too black and white. And the characters are rather not real in term of personality based on history. But I enjoy it just like pizza that sometimes I eat. It’s delicious… but it doesn’t leave that lingering feeling after it.
4. Bu Bu Jiang Xin (Startled with each step)
God… God… God… That’s all I can say with this series. After I found out that this is based on best seller novel… I was like “No wonder!”. Perhaps this is the best chinese drama that I’ve seen in my life. Everything excluding CGI. but seriously I can move on from bad CGI. is perfect. Just like JIN, this also involved time travelling and this one girl.. just like JIN also indirectly affect history and actually be a part of the history itself. The difference is… this girl actually will be involved with princes who were in a war to get throne. She knew the outcome but she didn’t know the outcome of herself on this. If I love JIN for the medical stuffs + history… what I love from BBJX was the amazing romantic story + history itself. There are so many love stories in this series, it hurts. There is story about one-sided love, tragic love, happy ending love… all kind of love is here, I think. Family, loyalty to country and king. Everything is here and perfectly portrayed close to the reality. If anyone actually bothers to read my silly review, please watch this series. It will knock you.. right on your knee!
So… the conclusion is… apparently there are this time travelling theme going around in Asian dramas. I have yet to mention Rooftop Prince which also on my top 3 of the time slipping theme asian dramas. That was because I have already ranted on and on about rooftop prince, I didn’t include it on this review. My top 3 will be JIN, BBJX and then Rooftop Prince. And to be honest… there are similarities on those dramas, especially the ending. They all are bittersweet and open endings.
Gosh, BBJX truly ruins my mood to watch any western series right now and it’s saying a lot! I watch western series in weekly basis! lol. I have to get my grip and let go of these amazing Asian dramas. You’re not good for my emotional state!
Not SoAlmighty Crown Prince Lee Gak
» Rooftop Prince Ep.2
The peony flowers that hold the pearls of dew… were picked by the bride, and as she passed she smiled slightly and asked her groom, “Are the flowers prettier or am I prettier?”
The groom in playful jest responded, “The flowers are prettier than you.”
The bride sulked at hearing the flowers were prettier and stepped on the bouquet of flowers.
“If the flowers are lovelier than I, then tonight you can sleep with the flowers.”- Lee Gak & Boo Yong
There’s one good thing about dying. The words that I’ve always kept in my heart… It makes me happy to be able to say them now. I have always… longed for you. I’ve always… loved you.
If it means that I can see you by dying… I’d like to die right now. I should have told you that I loved you more.
Boo Yong & Lee Gak’s Last Letters
I finished Rooftop Prince. And it was just superb. And now I wanna cry. I wanna make inhuman, dolphin, pterodactyl noises, while crying a river in which I row a boat in. I wanna run to random people in the street, shaking them and saying, “THEY LOVE EACH OTHER! 300 YEARS APART AND THEY LOVE EACH OTHER! AND SHE SACRIFICED HER LIFE FOR HIM! AND NOW HE’S ALONE BUT THAT’S OKAY BECAUSE HIS REINCARNATE IS GOING TO DO WHAT HE CAN’T FOR HER!”
MY FREAKING FEELINGS… I MEAN…. ;__; TOTALLY FEEL LIKE A FLUFFY VERSION OF “JIN”. I GET MY FREAKING HAPPY ENDING HERE!