Posts Tagged set design

Scent of a Woman – outsider notes

I’m not actually watching this show–I’m following the recaps at DramaBeans.com zealously, though.

It’s a story with the primary plot-point that a woman discovers she has cancer, so it’s bound to end sadly. There are many tears along the way, too, and stories that BEGIN happily in K-Drama-Land often enough are emotionally wracking toward the middles.

I mean, she's working on her bucket list here.

However, the show looks quite fetching–earnest in its emotions, and pretty in it’s aesthetic. Also, there is tangoing. Which, in a show about life in the face of death, love in the face of anger, and emotional intensity of all kinds… is quite appropriate.

The first encounter between the hero and heroine on the floor escalates, their footsteps faltering with each other, and their grips gradually tightening…

The composition of this scene, the shots interweaving from their faces, the full view of them on the floor, and their hands on each other, is so masterful.

Just the description was enough to send me over to watch it, and then I couldn’t help screencapping it. The way his fingers slowly press into her arms is just fantastic.

and the simple ways they put a glimmer into this shot without it being transformed from the basement dance-studio is also fantastic...

I’m still not sure if I’m going to watch this drama, though I am following the story. It will definitely depend on the treatment of the issues looming up. But I’m halfway convinced just based on the way it looks and the performances by the stars.

For instance, Lee Dong-Wook is a little odd-looking to me, but the captures of his expressions pull you right into the moment. And he looks smoking in his shirtsleeves. I won’t lie to you.

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Fugitive Plan B – a melding of HD pros and cons

I’ve been watching an older drama, while simmering along in wait for subtitles on the shows that are current, starring Rain, and a lot of fun fight-scenes.

Also known (on Hulu, where I watch it) as Runaway Plan B, this is a gorgeously shot show where they knew how awesome shots would look in HD on a big screen, and planned accordingly.

As another show, like City Hunter, with an action/intrigue focus, and a high-tech friendly subject, they work a lot in cool colors for the industrial settings.

They also used locations where the detail may have been too complex to look well in lower resolution, but is drop-dead-gorgeous as well as evocative with a good lens on it.

Funny thing, though, the makeup department didn’t seem to get the memo. I first noticed it on Daniel Henney:

Figured it was just a problem of him being half-white and not matching the toners they had. But when it started really bothering me, I noticed that all the guys seemed to have the same color, and it looked kind of bad on others, too. They just aren’t the eye-candy type so it would bother me.

Even the leading lady was a little too yellow, when she’s a fair, blue-toned Winter. The subtleties needed for makeup on these newfangled shows was missed somehow.

There will be no comments on wardrobing, because I’m guessing it’s pretty easy to make guys look good when you’ve got Rain, who MUST be in v-necks and leather coolguy jackets, Henney, who looks good in anything businessman-like or average-guy-casual

and the ladies looked good in their suits, but there was *nothing* stand out in their wardrobing. I liked the detail of Jin-Yi wearing flat sandals of the kind of hippie type, and carrying flats a lot, but then sometimes she wears the high-heels of a Heroine, too. So I feel like they missed an opportunity for characterization there.

In the end, who cares? The point of this show is the compelling plot (which dragged a bit toward the 5th or so episode, but picked up again when the secrets were mostly out (an effect I was not expecting) and watching Rain ham it up.

Right. And eye-candy locations. It’s a globe-trotting, high-rollers-in-crime show. Why skimp on that?

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