Asian Entertainment Streaming Updates – July 31, 2017
Happy Monday night, minna-san. Let’s get on to updates, shall we? I do have a DramaFever premium account, so if I make announcements and you don’t have access to the show or movie, it could be because premium members get earlier access. Also, in case you aren’t aware or forgot, I live in the US, so any updates I share are currently available in the US and might not be elsewhere.
I made the disclaimer above because the DF schedule is showing last week’s movies as being added this week…so, if they are currently unavailable for you, they should be available this Friday, I guess. No new shows on the schedule for this week, but you can watch the tragic Korean movie Portrait of a Beauty starring Kim Gyu Ri, Kim Nam Gil, and Kim Young Ho. This movie is adapted from best-selling novel Painter of the Wind (there’s also a 2008 kdrama adaptation starring Moon Geun Young, Moon Chae Won, and Park Shin Yang).
The Korean drama and the movie do not quite follow the same storyline, but have the general overall outline. In the movie, a man has his daughter (Kim Gyu Ri) disguise herself as her dead brother (who committed suicide over his lack of artistic talent) and enter the world of court painters to take revenge on Kim Hong Do (Kim Young Ho). Yoon Jeong, known as Hyewon, becomes Kim’s student and he gradually falls for her only to be broken hearted when she falls for a mirror seller (Kim Nam Gil). Tragedy can only follow, although I am sure it is totally avoidable.
Nothing new in dramas, but they have recently started streaming anime Haven’t You Heard? I’m Sakamoto. Watched the first episode on Crunchyroll, not really sure this is my kind of series. Sakamoto is a high school freshman who is seemingly perfect in everyway and most deal with rivalries from other boys and the like.
Looks like nothing new, but guess what? Ryu Deok Hwan fans his awesome OCN medical thriller drama God’s Quiz aka Quiz from God is back! There are a total of 4 seasons (the first two were the best IMO), so I wonder if we’ll get all of them or not. For those who loved Jo In Sung and Gong Hyo Jin, sad news is their drama It’s Okay, That’s Love is gone.
Viki adds currently airing 2017 Chinese drama My Mr. Mermaid starring Dylan Xiong, Huang Sheng Chi, Pang Han Chen, and Tan Song Yun. Subtitles are currently in progress for episode 1. The drama is based on the novel of the same name (Lang Hua Yi Duo Duo) by Jiu Xiao Qi and follows Dylan as he struggles to relaunch his swimming career three years after being wrongfully accused of using drugs. Tan is a sports reporter with a fear of water who helps him along the way while Huang is his best friend and Pang is his rival.
I forgot to add a week or two ago that Viki does now have the first season of Men With Swords available now with English subtitles. The drama essentially is one giant power struggle of several kingdoms vying for rule over all the lands. Amidst this struggle, a disguised prince who faked his death struggles to avenge the slaughter of his family and kingdom. The second season sees the continuation of this ongoing struggle.
In movies, Jang Hyuk’s Ordinary Person is now available. Also starring Son Hyun Joo, Ra Mi Ran, Jo Dal Hwan, and Kim Sang Ho, the story revolves around dedicated detective (Son) who becomes involved in a serial killer case which throws his life into turmoil and, like always, challenges his strong morals to protect his family. Chinese web movie Platon’s Love stars Yang Run Run, Yao Yuan, and Zhang Hong Lei. The story follows how one prank call from a stranger alters the life of a man, his fiancée, and the caller. Hands Together is another webmovie starring Huang Yan and Yu Xin Yu that follows the story of a couple who fell in love at first sight only to break up later due to difficulties. When they reunite, can they overcome the obstacles of the past?
TencentVideo is streaming drama Young & Cool with English subtitles. This is hardsubbed and not closed captioned.
They also have fan-contributed closed caption subtitles on several episodes of variety show Let Go of My Baby.