I used to love JDo. I will usually scour through D-Addicts or asian drama wikis for new japanese drama. So masa pantang hari tu, rase macam free and also all my US series is in their usual hiatus, so berjinak la kembali ke alam JDO.
I was never a fan of K-drama. I found it is too cheesy and too lacking in humour. So yeah.. don't give me Kdrama recommendations. I will never try to see it. :D
So being a fan of the then Hana Yori Dango .. I usually follow the drama the cast acted in. And recently watched these 2.
One is Shitsuren Chocolatier. Translated in English as Heartbroken Chocolatier.
It have Matsumoto Jun. I always like him though I never think of him as cute. But he is so adorable when in his roles.
This drama is about Sota (Matsumoto Jun) who had always been in love with Saeko (Ishihara Satomi). He became a chocolatier because Saeko loves chocolate and leave to Paris to learn how to be a chocolatier after Saeko rejected him. After becoming an established chocolatier, he came back with a plan to win Saeko heart through chocolates.
At first I felt the drama was cutesy a bit ecchi, but by episode 5 and 6 I am frusrated with the whole lot of em. It is a comedy which something Matsumoto Jun really excelled at. Though I had to push myself a bit to finish it and I do like the ending. Not the usual shoujo ending.
The most enjoyable part of the drama is all the chocolates they shown. Damn it I really craved chocolates then and I almost forgive the detestable characters just at the view of Matsumoto Jun serenely tempering the chocolate. Yums.
It also introduced me to Ishihara Satomi.
I only have lukewarm feelings about her character and thought she is very pretty but mostly I was distracted by her makeup especially her lipstick. I kept on trying to find her lip lines. I always wonder why some women wants to put lipstick outside of their lip lines. It is so distracting.
The second JDo I had recently watched was the 2012, Poor Man Rich Woman.
Oguri Shun is like my dream man, man. He is tall and handsome and so blur looking. I had a major crush on him during HYD days. I still do I guess. Haha.
And he played the role Hyuga as the billionaire genius brilliantly. He was cocky but unsure. brilliant but hopeless. Love it. I like how Japanese drama have a drama about game programmers though their aim to make a nationwide govt system for citizens is laughable and insane. But it feels like we IT people do have a world in entertainment. The world does not just revolved around spies, police, lawyers and doctors. ( And in Malaysia , vague businessmen)
Ishihara Satomi also starred here which makes me jealous because she is so cute here beside Oguri Shun. She played Sawaki Chihiro as soon to be graduate desperately looking for a job and despite her prettiness I can't help but felt like I identified with this character. She is just a hardworking, ordinary woman trying to get her place in the industry but can't seems to get in because she is just ordinary. (though in real life her prettiness would surely factored in. )
Gah. So sweet. And I also thought in this jdo in account of her being a simple girl and tone down her makeup I can make out her lip lines, but I can't! I am forever distracted by Ishihara Satomi lip lines!