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February 22, 2009

My Queen – 敗犬女王

Filed under: 敗犬女王 Queen — chipsandtofu @ 1:53 pm

7 episodes aired so far.

My Queen: I was a bit hesitant about Ethan taking on “older-girl-younger-guy” coupling role. SETTV tried so many times to make the male characters act younger than their age. (Ying Ye 3+1, Bull Fightting, need I say more?) But Ethan was completely convincing in his role of “25-year-old who smiles on the outside, but bleeds on the inside because of his dead girlfriend”. A lot of storylines are recycled, but it depends on how you spin it that differentiates your story from other dramas, and the way the actors portray their character. The chemistry between Ethan and Cheryl was astounding. Cheryl exudes the right mix of tenacity and vulnerability as WS, so it plays off perfectly against Ethan’s warm-heartedness and naivty/masculine maturity(?). He radiates a manly charisma and confidence you feel like he can take on WS. She needs a strong man otherwise she’d crush him, because she’s already a strong character (on the outside) herself. I like this balance of comedy, genuine emotional struggle, smooth plot and character development, and yet it is paced well. So far so good. one more thing: ep 8’s preview made me teary =( this isn’t suppose to happen when you watch previews!

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February 21, 2009

幸福的抉擇 I Do? – TW Drama Review

Filed under: 幸福的抉擇 I Do? — Tags: , — chipsandtofu @ 1:45 am

TW Drama I Do

Title: I Do
Chinese Title: 幸福的抉擇
Official websites:
TVBS – http://www.tvbs.com.tw/ido/
Astro on Demand – http://www.astro.com.my/premiumchann…gram.asp?id=51
TTV – http://www.ttv.com.tw/drama08/Ido/
TVB.com = http://drama.tvb.com/ido/
Wikipedia: http://zh.wikipedia.org/wiki/幸福的抉擇

Main Cast:

Blue Lan (李浩哲)
Annie Liu (劉心悠)

My preliminary review: I haven’t watched all the episodes yet, (I watched until ep 8, but I took a peak at the last two episodes =D)

It’s seriously an awesome drama, it’s not those addictive, prince-charming, romantic comedy, or anything near the fairy-tale “tone”. I’ve grown to really like the male actor’s acting ability over the last couple of years, and I really like his portrayal here in “I Do?”. I admit that at times I was frustrated at him for acting childish, stubborn, but that’s what makes this drama so realistic.  His situation is pretty typical in an Asian drama: estranged rich family, stubborn hot rich guy, cold on the outside, sensitive on the inside. The main female character’s story was also a bit typical: poor background but motivated in life, soft and considerate, nice in every way, strong-willed and tough when facing adversity, breaks down once in a while. But the two main actor and actress were able to convey so much more depth to their character that I could feel their pain and emotion throughout the drama. I guess their basis for love was founded at a time when both of them were undergoing difficult times in their life, so having each other beside you was not only love, but an encouragement to embrace and live life meaningfully.

This drama explored a lot of mature themes and different outlooks on marriages. The side-story that revolves around Hao Zhe’s two mothers and his father juxtaposed the love story of the modern generation really well. You get to see love manifested so many ways. The older generation’s love story is basically: marrying some else to make someone jealous, leaving someone to pursue a career but still love him for all her life, loving someone unconditionally and knowing that he loves some else more, and unconditionally take cares of his business and raise his son. Man, all the sacrifices one makes for love =(

Back to the main plot: I like Summer and Hao Zhe’s moments together. They really look like newly-weds from the episodes that I’ve watched. I swear 99% of the drama was stirred up by the jealous MeiLi (2nd female character). Summer and Hao Zhe went through so much torture because of her sabotage. But then again, relationships will grow when you get past the confusions, misunderstandings, and when you learn to trust, and learn to forgive each other.

I quite like the ending, though I had hoped that I would get to see their baby born, and maybe see a bit of Summer and Hao Zhe living together once again. But I guess this is a drama, and when both the female and male character have learned their lesson, and when the jealous third-parties have given up sabotaging the relationship, they deserve a happy ending together.

Random Moments that I loved so far:
– bed scene in ep 4: Summer fell asleep in Hao Zhe’s bed, and Hao Zhe took pictures with her sleeping peacefully, and finally they slept side-by-side.
– when they play with hello kitty dolls, when they hugged, touched noses, everything happy thing they did together =D
– when summer and Hao Zhe got divorced, summer played with the Hello Kitty dolls again, and imitated Hao Zhe’s voice.
– Spoiler: After summer lost her memory, (this is near the end), Hao Zhe walked Summer home in the rain, and covered Summer with his jacket. Hao Zhe answered summer’s questions about her ex-husband, and Hao Zhe’s ex-wife, without revealing the true identities. I could see how much Hao Zhe was struggling while holding back so much information. (Summer’s parents did not want her to remember her painful past relationships).

Note on soundtrack:

I’m loving: 梁靜茹《屬於》 and 丁噹《猜不透》

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August 2, 2007

My Lucky Star ep 1

Filed under: My Lucky Star, Taiwanese Drama — chipsandtofu @ 11:27 pm

Li Ya Wei – “Love In Haste” (My Lucky Star OST, 2007).

[odeo=http://studio.odeo.com/audio/15876873/view]

I give up trying to summarize everything, because 20 episodes of summary are too much for me. And you probably know all the characters by heart now, and if you don’t, well, do some digging in the asian fanatics forum. =D But here’s a quick recap of the exciting parts in ep1:

1. Ah Xing dressed in fake haute-couture and tries to sell fake jewelry to a middle-aged lady.

mls ep1 cap

I wish i can capture how cheerful she is, so cheerful that her act is ridiculously see-through yet very cute. This scene wasn’t particular notable, but i thought i should cap it for future reference (life of a con-artist, lol) (See how she dresses in ridiculously fashionable clothing, and how she wears those white gloves =D)

2. Ah Xing gets chased by cops when she tries to sell fake jewelry, and runs into Tian Qi, who refuses to let her go because he believes that she has stolen his earrings.

The cops catch up to Ah Xing, and capture Ah Xing.

Tian Qi is left dumbfounded, and feeling kind of sorry that she is going to jail because of her love (love this expression, and many other to come =d). Ah Xing walks off with the cops bitterly.

I love how he looks like he’s sharing her pain of losing her love, since he just got rejected moments ago by his girlfriend. Of course, you can’t really ignore the sappy music and narration that plays in the background….“This day, on the same street, two people were abandoned by love at the same time. One was me, who possess the riches of the jewelry empire. The other was the thief who went to jail for love. But neither of us thought that this chance meeting was actually the start of a new relationship.” Yes, 2 stars for the cheesey narration at the beginning of this drama, but o well, i love his facial expression. Script writers, you’re forgiven…for now.

3. Ah Xing in prison.

Her parole speech: she seriously can put out a “convincing” act in front of others. Once again, the director has Ah Xing going for the exaggerated speech — for comical relief? or maybe it is placed here to characterize Ah Xing as a typical (maybe professional) lair. I rolled my eyes a couple of times (in a good way) when I watched this scene.

^”Tomorrow is another day!” this was definitely too dramatic, but the woman smiled, which made me roll my eyes a couple of times more.

5. washroom scene. self-explanatory. =D

boom, the washroom stall’s door falls down after a violent struggle….

Tian Qi looks at Ah Xing disbelievingly. (She walks off after saying, “we’re even”. )

6. Post-washroom encounter

^splash!!!! as Ah Xing and Tian Qi both leave the airport after the awkward bathroom moment, Tian Qi sees Ah Xing trying to catch a ride. Smirking, he deliberately drives closer to the curb and splashes water all over her. Ah Xing, of course, curses the pig and scrunches up her face to form those typical Korean actresses’ angry faces. (cute)

I guess what drew me to My Lucky Star was probably the facial expressions of both leads. The leading male undeniably
exudes a youthful charisma of a Taiwan idol, while the leading female acts out the role with a typical Korean cutesy cheerful attitude (who curses with scrunched facial expressions when the male lead treat them badly). This unique combination is definitely worth noting in the drama.

7. the engagement party of Tian Yu and Ya Rou, Tian Qi’s ex-girlfriend.

“can your love be divided?”

“yes, desire and love can be divided.”

^he stole the necklace when he forced a kiss upon her. oh, how far will you go to get your revenge. (or get your love?)

8. Tian Qi is on the run after stealing Queen Mary. He bumps into Ah Xing, and ends up in the typical awkward fall where he lands on top of her, as if he is about to kiss her. Luckily the story quickly moved past this and did not probe into this accident any further, because Tian Qi must run away from his bodyguards. (I hate it when the characters come up from the fall looking extremely awkward.)

the following moment is self-explanatory….

Fate plays a pivitol in both Greek Tradegies and Idol Dramas. In this case, the boy and the girl were HANDCUFFED BY FATE. Here the theme of handcuff reinforces the girl’s status as a con-artist, and serves to foreshadows the couple’s future. Junior High school english essays, anyone? lol

9. Tian Qi is dragged around by Ah Xing while she tries to find her fiance. Wait, Tian Qi would have followed her willing, I think, regardless of whether he is still handcuffed to her or not. I am convinced that he starts to feel that he can trust this stranger already.



^will you just look at his amused look when Ah Xing tries to threaten him by saying that her fiance is a gang leader.

v I think he is genuinely amused by her personality.

hero comes to rescue….

When Ah Xing’s fiance pushes her out of his way in order to carry his pregant wife to the car, Ah Xing is deeply hurt inside. Seeing this, Tian Qi took her hand…


Why must Ah Xing be so nice???? Then again, a baby’s life is on the line. Since Ah Xing has grown up without her parents, it is natural for her to put family first. But because she puts family before love, someone (a third party, namely Tian Qi) subconsciously is touched by her actions, and perhaps, subconsciously is already falling for her.


^ Evidence of how Tian Qi is touched by her actions as he tries to comfort her.




The second last two caps were taken from asian fanatics, and they are pretty self explanatory.

but boy, Tian Qi, you’ve just met Ah Xing today, and you’ve just got rejected by your ex-girlfriend, so I guess you must be super lonely. So holding onto some crying stranger’s hand is completely understandable. Yup. Completely.

I love the leading characters’ expressions and their constant bickering, I can’t help but feel that SETTV dramas are just a tad bit too corny. I mean, the son of a CEO of a jewelry empir? Why must it always be a rich guy?

I remember reading a survey a fanfic writer put out to her(assumed) readers, what profession would you want “xxxx”(leading male) to have? Her options were hotel manager/CEO, stock broker, CEO of a record/entertainment company, CEO of a computer software company. Why must we always fall for rich-asses? *deep sigh*, lol

I’ll update ep 2 soon. Meanwhile, please enjoy some signatures made by MLS fans, (credit to asian fanatics)

(click to enlarge)

August 1, 2007

My Lucky Star

Filed under: My Lucky Star, Taiwanese Drama — chipsandtofu @ 5:57 am

I know my blog inspiration started with reading blogs about Coffee Prince, but I do feel the need to blog about a recent Taiwanese Drama that I have stumbled upon this month. It started airing in March and ended last week.

When it comes to Dramas, I am very picky. Most of the time I’d get bored of the story line about six episode into the drama, if I’m watching it as it airs. I got bored of Goong, Goong S, and Hello Miss this way. However, if I pull a drama marathon, I’d tend to have the urge to stick with it finish watching the drama. Perhaps this habit of mine may have influenced me when I watched My Lucky Star, but for some strange reason I can’t help but praise the drama every time I bring it up.

Wiki’s summary:

Like the boy who cried wolf, Xia Zhi Xing had lied one too many times. So when she did tell the truth, nobody believed her except for the most unlikely person, Zhong Tian Qi, a runaway young master of a jewelry empire. His belief in her inspired her to become a real jewelry designer instead of a lying, scheming jewelry con artist. In the process, she taught him the real value of jewels that he is destined to inherit.

My thoughts:

This is going to be more than an essay. But I have to catch some sleep first. I’m thinking of doing an episode by episode analysis, but that may take a while. Please wait.

Wait, there are episode by episode, on the spot translations available on asian fanatics’ my lucky star thread.   The fans there translate and spazz on everything. It’s a good place for MLS fans to go to.

I’ll just write about my first impressions, then.

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