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by quandary
Nov 12th, '12, 19:56
Forum: JDrama Discussions
Topic: [Discussion] PRICELESS (Kimura Takuya, Karina)
Replies: 102
Views: 43548

I couldn't even make it through the first episode. It doesn't make any sense to fire your best salesman. The management doesn't like him, but why? You can put up with a lot from your top producer, I'm a former business owner, and I've been there believe me. Embezzlement, as a trumped up excuse, make...
by quandary
Jul 23rd, '12, 03:20
Forum: Japanese Actors & Actresses
Topic: Kitagawa Keiko
Replies: 825
Views: 417793

cute_angel wrote:what happened to all Keikonites (Keiko fans)?
We're still here, still hopelessly smitten, still speechless.
by quandary
Feb 9th, '12, 00:25
Forum: JDrama Discussions
Topic: Best Taiga Drama of All Time (Round 1 - Preliminary)
Replies: 76
Views: 34266

[quote= Also, I wasn't sure if everyone was aware, but throughout history Minamoto no Yoshitsune himself, for some reason, is often portrayed as the "perpetual youth" in art as well as in literature. Maybe someday they'll offer us a grittier more realistic version of "Yoshitsune the Genji General", ...
by quandary
Feb 8th, '12, 21:54
Forum: JDrama Discussions
Topic: Best Taiga Drama of All Time (Round 1 - Preliminary)
Replies: 76
Views: 34266

If you can name a better portrayal of Yoshitsune in T.V. or film please do it, because I've just given up looking. The only complaint I have about Yoshitsune was the performance of Takizawa Hideaki , which was dismal. He was simply the wrong guy for the part. As for the rest, I thought it was prett...
by quandary
Jan 21st, '12, 04:29
Forum: JDrama Discussions
Topic: [Discussion]Ghost Friends - Fukuda Saki
Replies: 24
Views: 11660

I like this. They have avoided most of the tiresome cliches for this kind of thing, like taking itself too seriously. Who is the major babe playing Tachibana-sensei?.
by quandary
Jan 19th, '12, 03:06
Forum: JDrama Discussions
Topic: [Discussion] Strawberry Night
Replies: 93
Views: 39816

Here's yet one more police drama where an obviously skilled detective is disliked by some of her superiors and co-workers for no discernible reason. Can't they think of any other way to have dramatic conflict? Despite that it's still pretty good. She suffers from PTSD from her sexual assault from a ...
by quandary
Dec 12th, '11, 01:41
Forum: Japanese Actors & Actresses
Topic: Kuroki Meisa
Replies: 60
Views: 37929

I would have preferred that she concentrate on acting and work on that. But obviously her company wants to bank on her now and sell as much as possible. I have to agree with you on this. I think some agencies go for the short term, exploiting popularity and then dumping them for the next phenom to ...
by quandary
Dec 10th, '11, 03:25
Forum: Japanese Actors & Actresses
Topic: Kuroki Meisa
Replies: 60
Views: 37929

She doesn't act, sing, or dance particularly well, but I happily watch everything she does because she's so outrageously beautiful. I hope she gets obscenely rich before her looks go.
by quandary
Jun 7th, '11, 19:06
Forum: Japanese Actors & Actresses
Topic: Narumi Riko
Replies: 162
Views: 35221

awww.so looks like this riko narumi thread was long deadT_T i just recently became really interested in her.its just sad.that all the pic links in this thread were all broken. :P wish people could post them again or talk about her here again:P *sorry if reviving these threads is not allowed* I'm a ...
by quandary
May 17th, '11, 23:40
Forum: Japanese Actors & Actresses
Topic: Kitagawa Keiko
Replies: 825
Views: 417793

What the heck is Breo?

I have a sudden inexplicable need to buy some. Thanks for the pics :w00t:
by quandary
Mar 13th, '11, 22:22
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: 9.0 Earthquake and Resulting Tsunami hits Northern Japan
Replies: 155
Views: 35274

[quote=" All the talk of "meltdown" by CNN et. al. at this point is getting absurd. I think they're just blowing it out of proportion to keep people glued to find out if there's going to be a nuclear winter or something ridiculous like that.[/quote] I agree completely. CNN has a page up on their web...
by quandary
Mar 12th, '11, 23:22
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: 9.0 Earthquake and Resulting Tsunami hits Northern Japan
Replies: 155
Views: 35274

[quote= How stupid does the govt. of Japan - and 90% of the mainstream media - think we are? :cussing:[/quote] I'm trying to give them the benefit of the doubt on this. They don't want to cause panic. Accurate information about the status of the plants is probably hard to come by. The exact status i...
by quandary
Mar 7th, '11, 14:32
Forum: Japanese Actors & Actresses
Topic: Kou Shibasaki
Replies: 42
Views: 16589

Re: Kou Shibasaki

[quote=Hiroyuki Sanada who performed Kuranosuke Oishi said. "I am interested in how the story that every Japanese knows reaches people in the world . I think that it becomes a work that cuts the name to the history."[/quote] This story might be better known in the rest of the world than he suspects....
by quandary
Nov 13th, '10, 02:51
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: RECOMMENDED/FAVORITE ASIAN DRAMAS
Replies: 879
Views: 403909

I'm a huge fan of the taiga dramas which, for the most part, are lavishly produced and the writing, in both dialog and story line, are as good as television gets, by whatever standard you'd care to use. The two links provided are my favorites as far as your request is concerned. I don't know how his...
by quandary
Feb 12th, '10, 19:48
Forum: Japanese Culture & Entertainment
Topic: Japanese Anti-Mugging / Assault Buzzer keychains?
Replies: 6
Views: 3666

Deal with the problem directly. Get a CCL first.

http://www.glock.com/english/index_pistols.htm
by quandary
Nov 9th, '09, 04:20
Forum: Japanese Actors & Actresses
Topic: Yoshitaka Yuriko
Replies: 15
Views: 18453

r3ika wrote:have u guys watched Hebi ni Piasu.. such a tough role for her....
can't move on after watching that movie haha
I just watched it. WOW! No pretenses about an innocent cutie-pie image here. I'm going to watch everything I can with her in it.
by quandary
Nov 4th, '09, 23:06
Forum: Japanese Actors & Actresses
Topic: Yoshitaka Yuriko
Replies: 15
Views: 18453

She's adorable - I wasn't so keen on her because of the Snakes and Earrings hype, but she has this aura about her that I don't see from other actresses her age. I think that she draws you in, without forcing anything. Not to pick on other young actresses, but some sort of force the cute in your fac...
by quandary
Oct 10th, '09, 02:58
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: The Identification Thread for Celebrities & Dramas
Replies: 709
Views: 208990

Kohinata Fumio. This guy is certainly no teen heart throb, being, it seems, endlessly 40ish, but he gets a lot of work because he can do anything. Fatherly type, to criminal, to heartless corporation chief, to buffoon, comedy to serious drama, he can do it all. He always seems to be just the right c...
by quandary
Sep 4th, '09, 04:23
Forum: JDrama Discussions
Topic: [Discussion] Rescue (Winter 2009)
Replies: 39
Views: 15505

There's something about Japanese dramas that really drives me nuts. Don't they hire technical advisers? This is like television in the US in the 50s. I'll bet the real Japanese firemen, rescue teams, and EMTs get a big laugh out of watching something like this. It really spoils the drama when absolu...
by quandary
Apr 27th, '09, 03:49
Forum: JDrama Discussions
Topic: [Discussion] Smile - Jun Matsumoto & Yui Aragaki
Replies: 254
Views: 109245

The writers of this are really heavy handed with the discrimination aspect, but that can be forgiven if they don't beat it to death. What I don't like is they've made Vito a blubbering ball of protoplasm. No one who's survived street gang membership and jail time would be like that, he would have be...
by quandary
Apr 9th, '09, 13:58
Forum: JDrama Discussions
Topic: Toshiie & Matsu - General Discussion (History/Facts/Fict
Replies: 3
Views: 4033

Kagawa Teruyuki's performance as Hideyoshi stole the whole thing, IMO. Absolutely brilliant and worth watching for that alone. Matsushima Nanako was so elegant, at times I couldn't believe what I was seeing. Sorimachi Takashi was sensational as Nobunaga, played with a bit more humanity and humor tha...
by quandary
Apr 8th, '09, 15:44
Forum: Japanese Actors & Actresses
Topic: Ito Misaki
Replies: 267
Views: 122704

Yeah, Koi Uta seems to be more of a comedy. I also thinks it looks the most interesting and it has a lot more of Misaki in it hehe... :D I skipped through it (I have to wait for subs to watch it), and it appears that the director had the good sense to put her angelic face front and center in nearly...
by quandary
Mar 12th, '09, 23:37
Forum: JDrama Discussions
Topic: Don't Japanese actresses like to kiss?
Replies: 122
Views: 31524

I'm thinking it may, among other things, have to do with the market some of these dramas are aimed at. There are plenty of examples of realistic passionate embraces and kissing in dramas aimed specifically at adults, that is mature audiences, not porn, if you get my drift. The dramas aimed at younge...
by quandary
Mar 12th, '09, 21:10
Forum: JDrama Discussions
Topic: [Discussion] Densha Otoko
Replies: 1044
Views: 221463

this was the first dorama I ever watched and I thought it was pretty entertaining....very appropriate to today's fixation with anything online, lol....often times, when I was watching this with my gf, I just wanted to the main character to just come out and be more confident, even to the point wher...
by quandary
Jan 15th, '09, 05:46
Forum: JDrama Discussions
Topic: [Discussion] Triangle
Replies: 114
Views: 31957

Too many red herrings

It looks as though the writers are going to throw everything they can think of at you but the kitchen sink, all too common in Japanese dramas, IMO. Goda seems to be doing everything he can to draw attention (and suspicion) upon himself. It's so obvious that I doubt very much he's the killer. The rea...
by quandary
Jan 13th, '09, 04:33
Forum: Japanese Actors & Actresses
Topic: [poll] Who is the most charming Japanese actress?
Replies: 224
Views: 109427

Correction: It is lame AND redundant. Which means I'd vote Sakai Noriko for the following polls: - Most charming - Best to handle industrial-strength power tools - Makes the best kiddie Japanese bento - Best crescent-shaped eyes when she giggles - Looks best in a kimono - Best pouting expression - S...
by quandary
Jan 12th, '09, 04:22
Forum: JDrama Discussions
Topic: [Discussion]Team Batista no Eiko - Ito Atsushi &Shirota
Replies: 107
Views: 45318

You can watch the first episode and half of the last to get the whole thing. This is the dumbest medical drama I've ever seen and that's saying something. It's as though the script was written by a 12 year old. What could they have been thinking? (':scratch:')
by quandary
Jan 2nd, '09, 04:05
Forum: JDrama Discussions
Topic: [Discussion] Muri na Renai
Replies: 10
Views: 5383

Re: [Discussion] Muri na Renai

The description of the plot probably turns some ppl off (most ppl on this site are probably not interested in watching a romantic comedy between a 60 yr old man and a 35 yr old woman), but I love it! I know what you mean, but I often like dramas about the younger generations. :-) Good writing in thi...
by quandary
Jan 1st, '09, 05:21
Forum: JDrama Discussions
Topic: [Discussion] Celeb to Daihinmin (Ueto Aya&Kamiji Yusuke)
Replies: 130
Views: 36512

Somewhere, I think it was in the middle of episode 9, or thereabouts, this absurd thing decided to stop taking itself seriously and I've enjoyed it immensely ever since. Characters have personality transplants, but it's okay, really. Silliness is a state of grace and this proves it. Miura Reiko is s...
by quandary
Dec 30th, '08, 02:51
Forum: JDrama Discussions
Topic: [Discussion] Innocent Love - Horikita Maki (Fall 2008)
Replies: 591
Views: 165661

I just finished episode 10 and this whole thing was seriously dumb, but I stuck with it. I adore Maki and this was just the sort of sweetie-pie role that she is so appealing in, but this can't have been good for her career. I'd like to see her do more challenging material, because I think she can do...
by quandary
Dec 28th, '08, 16:55
Forum: JDrama Discussions
Topic: Akai Ito [Nao Minamisawa,Junpei Mizobata]
Replies: 373
Views: 124599

:wub: the awesome girls over @ http://unleashthegeek.blogspot.com/ are doing softsubs for Akai Ito ~ that's where I've been getting my subtitles. Thanks much for the link to the subs. The scene at the beginning of episode 3 with all the kids playing boys against the girls, shoot and giggle basketba...
by quandary
Dec 28th, '08, 03:50
Forum: JDrama Discussions
Topic: Akai Ito [Nao Minamisawa,Junpei Mizobata]
Replies: 373
Views: 124599

I just finished watching episode 3 with subs. Junpei is growing on me. He is so natural in his role, very different from Hachi-One Diver. I also love the development of the side characters, especially Riku. He clearly has feelings for Mei. I think this drama is amazing. It reminds me of my own scho...
by quandary
Dec 26th, '08, 05:12
Forum: JDrama Discussions
Topic: [Discussion] Densha Otoko
Replies: 1044
Views: 221463

An unlikely couple they might appear, but they fell in love with each other because of what they found in each other's hearts. She found in him two qualities that were lacking in the man that dumped her and broke her heart; courage and honesty, and she really did not care what the package they came ...
by quandary
Dec 26th, '08, 03:22
Forum: JDrama Discussions
Topic: [Discussion] Innocent Love - Horikita Maki (Fall 2008)
Replies: 591
Views: 165661

I've just finished episode 9 and I seen worse, but not by much. The acting performances range from adequate to excellent, the problem is with the writing. There cannot possibly be a situation where so many disfunctional people actually know each other. Every dramatic possibility these twits could th...
by quandary
Nov 29th, '08, 04:16
Forum: JDrama Discussions
Topic: [Discussion]Kaze no Garden(Kamiki Ryunosuke, Kuroki Meisa)
Replies: 46
Views: 18954

I'm Liking this more and more though it can be slow in spots. It seems like they're trying to stretch it a bit to fill the required numbered of episodes, but it's fundamentally a good story and a very good cast. I really like the flower descriptions at the end.
by quandary
Nov 28th, '08, 04:17
Forum: JDrama Discussions
Topic: [Discussion]Team Batista no Eiko - Ito Atsushi &Shirota
Replies: 107
Views: 45318

I don't mind it when some technical details get botched in a medical show, but this is just bonehead stupid for the sake of drama. I had to force myself to watch the last third of the first episode. The Government guy is thinking serial killer when they don't yet have a cause of death. Freakin' nons...
by quandary
Nov 20th, '08, 05:38
Forum: Japanese Actors & Actresses
Topic: Ishihara Satomi
Replies: 53
Views: 52196

Someone plays a little trick on our sweetie-pie and she bears it with good grace.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gn5KhnXyKG0
by quandary
Nov 15th, '08, 17:08
Forum: Japanese Actors & Actresses
Topic: [poll] Who is the most charming Japanese actress?
Replies: 224
Views: 109427

All the girls mentioned here certainly are charming, and I agree to a certain extent, but for me it takes a bit of seasoning and experience for a woman to develop real world class charm. I'm showing my age, but I think I've come to appreciate some things I didn't as a younger man. You simply can't l...
by quandary
Nov 14th, '08, 01:56
Forum: JDrama Discussions
Topic: [Discussion] Innocent Love - Horikita Maki (Fall 2008)
Replies: 591
Views: 165661

I think the good ratings for the first episode (all I've seen, so far) demonstrate that Maki can draw viewers, but it's going to have to be good to keep them coming back. This doesn't look promising to me, the first episode seemed to take forever to make a few small points. Watching Maki walk around...
by quandary
Nov 10th, '08, 16:14
Forum: JDrama Discussions
Topic: [Discussion] Innocent Love - Horikita Maki (Fall 2008)
Replies: 591
Views: 165661

OMG, What are Querbeet doing ? !! are they in holiday ? I hope they will never sub a drama again this is the baddest team I ever see. if you take the responsibility to sub this drama .. YOU SUB IT AND FAST OK ? maybe they will give up with innocent love ? Please another team can sub this drama ? If...
by quandary
Oct 30th, '08, 17:31
Forum: Japanese Actors & Actresses
Topic: How About J-Actresses/Actors you DON'T like??
Replies: 398
Views: 162515

It seems as though a lot of very capable actress and actors are taking the blame for bad scripts in this thread. When someone young, like Horikita Maki for example, is riding a huge wave of popularity, the temptation to cash in and do a lot of work without caring too much about quality must be prett...
by quandary
Oct 13th, '08, 23:12
Forum: JDrama Discussions
Topic: [Discussion] Pride
Replies: 106
Views: 33798

There are so many good things about this that it's hard to describe them all. Good story, good dialog and a wonderful cast. I'm not at all a hockey fan and found myself cheering. Icemen! When I saw this about a year ago, it was the first time I'd seen Takeuchi Yuko, and I've been searching for every...
by quandary
Oct 13th, '08, 22:41
Forum: JDrama Discussions
Topic: [Discussion] Galileo
Replies: 350
Views: 116749

The professor is supposed to be some kind of leading edge physics hot shot, but he always seems to be doing middle school science experiments. Kou-chan made this worth watching all by herself, it had almost nothing else to recommend it, IMO. She so good at the awkward, grumpy, arrogant kind of chara...
by quandary
Oct 9th, '08, 19:03
Forum: Japanese Actors & Actresses
Topic: Ito Misaki
Replies: 267
Views: 122704

marriedtomisaki wrote:Yoko is short for Yama Onna Kabe Onna
Saw it, liked it. Thanks, I was afraid I'd missed something!
by quandary
Oct 9th, '08, 17:26
Forum: Japanese Actors & Actresses
Topic: Ito Misaki
Replies: 267
Views: 122704

silencio wrote:Ivan,

you should watch it! misaki-san's very, very funny in YOKO, completely different (but hot nonetheless!)

Is Yoko the full name of this production? I can't find it and there's no mention of it on any of her filmographies that I can find.
by quandary
Oct 4th, '08, 01:20
Forum: Japanese Actors & Actresses
Topic: Ito Misaki
Replies: 267
Views: 122704

but i know if she was younger, she'd give the younger actresses very very stiff competition. http://img223.imageshack.us/img223/6218/misakiitoh0105du2.jpg It's really a crying shame that actresses in Japan are considered washed up at thirty. I think that thirty is about when most of them are really...
by quandary
Oct 3rd, '08, 23:38
Forum: Japanese Actors & Actresses
Topic: Ito Misaki
Replies: 267
Views: 122704

I just finish watching densha otoko. Misaki looks pretty in this series. How should I say it? I guess more women scent :D. But I still like Misaki from Taiho. The character suits her better. Funny, down to earth and smiley... :wub: While watching Densha, I was constantly shouting MURI!!! that means...
by quandary
Jul 17th, '08, 05:20
Forum: JDrama Discussions
Topic: [Discussion] Maou (Ohno Satoshi & Ikuta Toma)
Replies: 619
Views: 172707

The over-acting in this is pretty atrocious, but I think it's the directors fault, not the actors, because I've seen most of them do far better work than this. Toma's character needs to switch to decaf and maybe go on a low dose of Prozac. Good story, though, better than average for this kind of thi...
by quandary
Jun 16th, '08, 05:37
Forum: JDrama Discussions
Topic: Atsu-hime (Taiga Drama)
Replies: 105
Views: 56142

This is being broadcast on KTSF, channel 26 (last night was episode 18, I think) in the San Francisco bay area on Saturday nights with excellent subs (I don't speak Japanese so what do I know, but they make sense). There aren't enough superlatives to apply, everything is good. Miyazaki Aoi was born ...
by quandary
Jun 16th, '08, 05:21
Forum: JDrama Discussions
Topic: [Discussion] Hachi-One Diver (81diver)
Replies: 18
Views: 12536

I've seen three episodes now and they better come up with something new, or I'm done. If it's going to be the same thing over and over, it's not going to be worth watching. There were a few throw aways that were pretty funny, but not enough to carry this thing.
by quandary
May 5th, '08, 04:06
Forum: JDrama Discussions
Topic: Hokaben (possible spoiler)
Replies: 11
Views: 6631

Hokaben (possible spoiler)

This kind of thing drives me nuts. The writers of some of these dramas don't seem to care whether their characters behave as they would in real life or not. Don't they hire technical advisers? Rookie lawyers, rookie anything, cops, doctors, nurses, don't know much, it's true, but they weren't born y...