Posted tagged ‘tatta hitotsu no koi’

Vid Clip: The Orenji Story (credit: tinysunbl @ YouTube)

July 15, 2010

And lo, the Orenji Saga continues…

(For my dear readers who are probably sick to their eyeballs of my Orenji-centric gushing, or don’t even know WHO OR WHAT THE HEY an Orenji is (lol), gomen ne? Bear with me and I’ll be regurgitating my Kame Dorama Roundup in a little while… Oh what’s that you say? You don’t know what a “Kame” is, either? Then what the dingbats are you doing in my blog? Sheeeeeesh. Lol)

It’s my great pleasure to host on The Little Dorama Girl a fanvid by tinysunbl, which she recently debuted on YouTube. When I checked the comments section of my previous post, I was thrilled to find that she wished to share her newest video with the regular readers of this blog. (Numbering about… nine now, “thag you very buch!” — Er, that was to quote Bilbo Baggins from “The Hobbit,” and how apt since I currently have a cold!)

I’m honored that tinysunbl would single out my recent posts on Tatta Hitotsu no Koi as among her inspirations for this video, but at the same time I’d much rather give the credit back to the entire fandom of THnK, from the subbing teams (without whom the rest of us rabble would never be able to enjoy, much less UNDERSTAND J-dramas); to the seeders and uploaders, may their DSL and hard drives never give out; to the bloggers and recappers who have helped spread the luuurve across (and beyond!) cyberspace; to the graphics wizards who have unstintingly shared their wallies and screencaps for us to squee over enjoy; to the fanfic writers (and yes, even you, slashies, lol) who show us that any drama’s cosmos is as deep, rich and boundless as our own imaginations permit; to the forum mods who encourage responsible discussions and exchanges, no matter how erudite — or slushy-gushy (because ALL fans are created equal! *pounds gavel* [hear, hear!]); to the fangirls and fanboys who keep the Doramaverse running high on their encouraging words and comments; and even to the silent drama lovers, who will ONE DAY de-lurk on some blog or fansite, and RISE UP like the dawn to take the Doramaverse by storm (by storm I say!!! and by the way, thanks for sending the rest of us your positive energy vibes! they do help tide us over!); and last but not the least, to the makers of fanvids, whose bite-sized movies of our favorite dramas let us fall in love with the characters and their stories — all over again. And again, and again…

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Random Fandom: Tatta Hitotsu no Koi

July 10, 2010

Orenji! Orenji! Burning Bright

by Ender’s Girl

And there it was, wedged between the fake Gucci watches and the stuffed toys of indeterminate morpho-anatomy, in a nondescript little stall smack in the middle of the Petaling Street night market in Kuala Lumpur’s Chinatown district. A round rubbery ball with goofy latex eyes and a crudely drawn mouth smiled knowingly at me through its numerous springy hairlike projections that tickled my palm when I pulled the thing off its hook. It felt just as I thought it would: soft and squishy, but with a smaller solid sphere inside it that rattled… invitingly. I had to test it out. So I gave the bauble a hard little shake — and it promptly flickered to life, coruscating in its gummy shell like a mini strobe light. 15 seconds. I counted.

And the best thing about this little gewgaw? It was ORANGE. I SO knew we were meant for each other.

Knock knock. (Who’s there?) Orange. (Orange who?) Orange you glad we found each other? Hahahahaha

Drama Review: Tatta Hitotsu no Koi / Just One Love (NTV, 2006)

June 13, 2010

Ever After?

by Ender’s Girl

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The Cast:
Kamenashi Kazuya, Ayase Haruka, Toda Erika, Tanaka Koki, Hiraoka Yuta, Kaname Jun, Saito Ryusei, Zaitsu Kazuo, Yo Kimiko

In a Nutshell:
He’s dirt poor, she’s filthy rich; he’s the family breadwinner, she’s the crown princess of a jeweler chain; he has a sick younger brother and a boozy hostess of a mom, she was raised in a happy, loving home; he’s world-weary and cynical, she’s fresh and innocent; he has his whole life ahead of him, she’s battling a life-threatening disease. Both are twenty, and they fall in love.

(SpoilLert: Nothing major, so you’re in luck!!! No way I’m mucking this up for first-time viewers. I’m saving all the spoilers for another post, heh heh.)

[Recommended companion tracks: “Bokura no Machi de” by KAT-TUN; “Cool Whispers” by Ike Yoshihiro]

“I saw two beings in the hues of youth
Standing upon a hill, a gentle hill…

And both were young, and one was beautiful”

– Lord Byron, “The Dream” Stanza II

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Does it matter if a story has already been told a thousand times, in a thousand different ways and in a thousand different settings? Does it truly make a difference if the conflicts and situations are all but variations on the same refrain, all shifting permutations of the same formula? The answer is easy to come by: no, it doesn’t matter, not really. Because we are all suckers for a good yarn, whether that yarn has been spun over and over again in a myriad of patterns, regardless of cultural milieu or historical context. The faces and places may change, but the narrative blueprint is immortal: Boy meets girl. They fall in love. Adversity threatens to drive them apart, whether it’s society, their own families, or some form of tragedy. Boy and girl strive to overcome the odds stacked against them. But — will their love be enough to keep them together??? Well, WILL IT????

Such stories are timeless, their universal appeal reverberating through the ages. But the key to retaining their luster and relevance is the treatment they are given: the best versions out there — “Romeo and Juliet!” Ian McEwan’s “Atonement!” anything by Nicholas Sparks! (lol, scratch that) — limn this well-worn template with freshness and creativity, so that the characters and circumstances feel like you’re knowing them for the very first time. But placed in lesser hands or with a limited vision, the same archetype can readily regress into soap-opera hell and taste as stale as a week-old wasabi burger (yum!).

One permutation in particular strikes a deep and vibrant chord in all of us. The recipe for it is really quite simple: You take the classic theme of Young Love and crossbreed it with another romance paradigm, that of Forbidden Love — with its generous sprinkling of meddling relations, class tensions and social incompatibility — and crown it all with the great blood-red cherry of Life-threatening Illness. And voilà! — a sumptuous, intoxicating brew of Tragic Young Love, this mad swirl of romantic devotion simmering under the pall of immeasurable loss, a heady concoction as effervescent as youth and as darkly potent as death. Ah, Tragic Young Love, is there anything like you in the whole world? The tragedy makes the love more urgent and desperate; the love makes the tragedy more meaningful and poignant.

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