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Monday, November 01, 2010

EAST OF EDEN


A BRIEF, PARTIAL REVIEW

THIS KOREAN SERIES HAD MOVED ME SEVERAL TIMES.
IT MADE ME LAUGH, GIGGLE, CRY AND GOT MAD.

WATCHING IT GETS ME SLEEPY.
ONE THING I HATE IN WATCHING NON-ENGLISH OR NON-TAGALOG SERIES IS THAT I EASILY GET SLEEPY BY LOOKING SIMULTANEOUSLY AT THE CAPTIONS (ENGLISH TRANSLATION) AND THE SCENES.I WOULD NEVER WANT TO MISS A SINGLE LINE. WHAT MAKES IT MORE DIFFICULT IS THAT THE ENGLISH GRAMMAR ISN’T ALWAYS RIGHT.

I STARTED "REWATCHING" EAST OF EDEN AT AROUND 5PM 
AND I'M DONE WITH THE 1ST DISC. 
IT'S AMAZING. EVERY EPISODE WON'T BORE YOU.
THE TRANSPOSITION OF LEE DONG CHUL, THE MAIN CHARACTER, FROM A LITTLE CHILD TO A YOUNG MAN AND TO A FULLY GROWN MAN IS REALLY SOMETHING SO SIGNIFICANT. THE CONSISTENCY OF HIS GOAL OF REVENGE FOR HIS FATHER'S DEATH IS GREAT. EACH PART OF THE STORY HAS SOMETHING TO DO WITH HIS THE MAIN VILLAIN, SHIN TAE HWAN --HIS CHILDHOOD, HIS FAMILY, COMRADES, HIS BUSINESS CONNECTIONS AND LOVE INTEREST.

THE CHARACTERS ALL HAD BEEN EXCELLENT IN PORTRAYING THEIR ROLES. THEY HAD SHOWN RIGHT EMOTIONS AT THE TIME YOU’D EXPECT THEM TO DO SO. ALTHOUGH THERE ARE SEVERAL TIMES ALSO WHEN YOU’LL SEE THEM WITHOUT ANY EXPRESSION, LIKE WHEN A CHARACTER IS ALONE, AND YOU EXPECT HIM TO SPEAK OUT HIS THOUGHTS. MAKIKITA MO LANG, MUKHA SYANG AANGA-ANGA.

THE MOTHER-SON RELATIONSHIP, FATHER-SON RELATIONSHIP, EXCEPTIONAL BROTHERHOOD AND CLOSE FAMILY TIES, ALL ARE PRESENTED CLEARLY AND REAL. THE CULTURE OF SUCCESSION IS WELL SHOWN. BUSINESS NEGOTIATIONS AND POLITICAL AFFAIRS PROVED RELEVANT TO THE PLOT AND ARE SIGNIFICANTLY INCLUDED, TOO. THERE'S SOMETHING SPECIAL WITH THE CHARACTER OF THE MOTHER. BASTA, IT'S SO SIGNIFICANT.

HUMAN SUFFERING AND WRATH CAUSED BY SINS AND MISFORTUNE ARE TACKLED WELL. EACH CHARACTER HAS HIS SENTIMENTS AND DREAMS WHICH IS EXPOSED TO EXPLAIN HIS ACTIONS. A CATHOLIC CHURCH BUILDING AND CATHOLIC IMAGES ARE SHOWN TOGETHER WITH THE PRIEST WHO IS ALSO A SIGNIFICANT CHARACTER, MAYBE TO REBUKE SINS AND TO RECOGNIZE CONSEQUENCES CAUSED BY SINS.
 
IT HAS ALL THE ELEMENTS ESSENTIAL IN A SERIES INVOLVING A FAMILY AND EVERY ISSUE THAT POOR FAMILIES AND RICH FAMILIES HAVE BEEN FACING, EXCEPTIONAL BROTHERHOOD AND FRIENDSHIP, INCONCEIVABLE ROMANCE BETWEEN A HARDWORKING MAN AND A RICH LADY, ASPIRATIONS OF THE RICH AND THE POOR, THE PLOT’S RELEVANCE AND CONNECTION TO REAL EVENTS IN KOREA.

THIS IS ACTUALLY MY FIRST TIME TO WATCH A DVD OF A KOREANOVELA, WHICH IS WHY I MADE THIS BRIEF REVIEW EVEN BEFORE I FINISH WATCHING IT. DISC ONE PA LANG AKO. HAHA.

BADTRIP YUNG DISC 2, NAKITA KO NA SOBRANG NAKAKAWINDANG YUNG ENGLISH CAPTION. IBANG CAPTION GROUP NA YUNG GUMAWA NUN, KASI NAG-IBA SPELLING NG NAMES.LEE DONG CHUL, NAGING LI DONG ZHE.
SIGURADONG CHINESE, MAS MAHIRAP INTINDIHIN ANG TRANSLATION NILA.

AT KAHIT PARTIAL PA LANG ANG NAPAPANOOD KO, BIBIGYAN KO ANG EAST OF EDEN NG 5 STARS. FIVE OUT OF FIVE YUN HA.
AT KAHIT PA, BADTRIP AKO NANG SINABI NI MAMA NA MAMAMATAY SI DONG CHUL, DAHIL PINANOOD NA NYA YUNG BANDANG DULO NG DISC 2, 5 STARS PA RIN.
5 STARS PARA KAY MAMA. TOINK.

DAPAT KO RIN BANGGITIN NA HINDI MAGALING ANG DUBBING NG TAGALIZED EAST OF EDEN. SANA MAI-AYOS PA ITO. 3 STARS FOR THE DUBBING. ONE THING, KASE HINDI MAAMO ANG PINAY VOICE NI GUK JA (GRACE), VERY OPPOSITE NG ORIGINAL VOICE NYA. TSK, TSK.


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