Aaron Yan is taking a turn from his usual roles since he wrapped up his popular drama, Just You with Puff Guo last year. Aaron has always played those cool, tough-exterior-but-weak-interior, rich guys but this time he takes a shot at comedy – something quite different from his usual works – starring alongside Hong Kong actor and comedian Wong Cho Lam as well as Japanese actress and comedian Naomi Watanabe. He even sports blond hair which I have to say suits him really well! It really works with his complexion and enhances his beautiful features. I wouldn’t mind seeing more of this hair colour on him in the future. Aaron plays a guy who enters a fake marriage with Naomi’s character so that she will be able to retain her rights to her restaurant while Wong Cho Lam plays match-maker to this couple. I have to admit that Aaron is the draw here and I look forward to how he tackles a comedy role. However, this trailer isn’t all that enticing. I like what I see but it doesn’t have that draw. I hope that the ep proves me wrong but in the worst case scenario, there’s going to be Aaron gracing my screen. (: I also love that they are embracing the traditional Japanese culture which adds to the authenticity of featuring Japan. Read more
This is setting out to be the best story of the four. The trailer was especially beautiful in capturing not only the scenery of South Korea, but also the mood of the whole situation. And it did so perfectly. I loved this trailer the most because it was not misleading in any way and managed to Linda Chung and Yeon Jung Hoon‘s characters with a bridging essence. Linda once again placed out a terrific performance as a needy, lonesome girl while YJH was great acting as the person who supports Linda (funny, Linda’s character is also called Linda) and helping her to pick herself up. They were great playing their individual characters but the chemistry wasn’t as strong as what the other couples from the first two eps have. Hopefully this trailer is misleading on this part! It was quite amusing to see Linda and YJH speak each other’s language. I hope we get to hear more of that when the ep airs.
Linda also sings the theme song for this ep of A Time of Love. The song is called Piano Cries but I’m not sure how this fits into the happiness theme that this ep is supposed to carry. A piano crying does not speak happiness. I am hoping that these tears will lead to a happy ending for the couple because it would be very unfortunate if this ep which is based on happiness does not have any happiness to it. Read more
And it looks good! Yum, there’s going to be something interesting to see. This first ep is straddling on your seriously overused storyline but I am up for these clichés! This first story is about Shan/Kelly (Kate Tsui) who loses her memory after going through a car accident. She ends up falling for her saviour, Shing/John (Chris Wang) but as they count down to their marriage, her ex-boyfriend, Lei Zi Ho (James Wen) makes an unexpected appearance causing conflicting feelings in Shan’s heart. It’s a question of who will win her heart and why they will win it. It’s going to be an exciting one to watch since James and Chris also played love rivals in their last collaboration, The Fierce Wife (AKA The Shrewd Wife). Chris won the girl last time around so will it be James’ luck this time? Read more
On the 22nd of January 2014, the leads from the four stories of the micro-movie/mini-film A Time of Love gathered in Hong Kong for the premiere party. Chris Wang wasn’t present, presumably because he is busy filming for his current Taiwan daily Love Family which he stars opposite Serena Fang. Could this mean that Kate Tsui will have a happy ending with James Wen? Also absent was Aaron Yan and Naomi Watanabe who are probably at Japan filming their story arc which is the last one to start shooting and also the last one to air. Read more
I really enjoy it when actors hailing from different countries come together. I just really like seeing the interaction and chemistry between people who speaks different languages. Ultimately, language is one of the strongest pulling factor in bring chemistry from co-stars so I love it when this force isn’t there. TVB has come out with a new micro-movie/mini-film to coincidence with the upcoming Valentine’s Day. TVB’s Valentine production last year, Season of Love, was based around seasons while this year’s A Time of Love is going to be based around different moods and different locations around Asia. Actors hail from Hong Kong (yes, I am completely aware that HK is not a country), Taiwan, Japan and Korea while filming locations include hometown Hong Kong, sister Taiwan, cousins Singapore and Malaysia as well as friends Japan and Korea. TVB is using this as an opportunity to promote its top fandans with Kate Tsui, Charmaine Sheh and Linda Chung leading three of the four stories. Kate will have shared scenes with Taiwan’s Chris Wang and James Wen. Charmaine will be partnered up with homie Kenneth Ma while other fandan Linda with be the only cast speaking Cantonese in her segment with Yeon Jung Hoon. Rounding the Hong Kong team will be Wong Cho Lam who will be playing cupid in bringing Aaron Yan and Naomi Watanabe together. It was recently revealed that Aaron’s co-star in last year’s hit rom-com Just You and Dream Girls youngest member Puff Guo will be starring in We Got Married Global Edition 2 with Super Junior member Heechul who caused netizens to go crazy in telling Puff not to forget about her hubby Aaron while no one seems to be caring that Aaron is also moving on. Heh.
Other than having a screentime on Hong Kong’s TVB channel and international channel TVBI, ATOL will also be aired on Korea’s KBS, Taiwan’s TVBS, Maylasia’s Astro, Singapore’s Starhub, China’s TVBC (which is a sister channel to Hong Kong’s TVB) and most likely Japan’s TBS. The first ep is set to air this Sunday with the other eps airing on consecutive Sundays. Read more
After a long run the second most anticipated HK drama of the year (the first being Triumph in the Skies II), The Hippocratic Crush II (AKA On Call 36 Hours II) has finally come to an end. It has been a very tough adventure watching this but I do appreciate the goods that came out of it. This drama undoubtedly did not stack up to its predecessor but I enjoyed it as a sequel. I loved the flow between the two dramas, something that I haven’t seen in a sequel for a very long time. THCII held onto the theme and atmosphere that was from The Hippocratic Crush (AKA On Call 36 Hours) and although there were some changes here and there, the overall theme and atmosphere was retained. That is really important for a sequel because a sequel is supposed to be a continuation to the predecessor and if the theme and atmosphere is different, then it cannot really be considered as a sequel, can it? I also really appreciate the efforts to use the same settings as THC, such as the Gen Y house, Mummy Fan’s house, the bridge and the theme song. Read more
This week’s previews is quite different from the previous weeks’ previews. Instead of indicating what of what is going to happen in the upcoming eps, it has snippets the final seven eps. Well, actually, this only occurred for the ep 24 preview. I’m going to separate the finale previews (as in the previews for the last two eps_ from this post just because I want to dedicate some focus to the finale. Ekkk, I can’t believe it is the final week already! I suddenly don’t want this to end yet. It has finally picked up its game and just when I want to see more, it comes winding down.
This week is emotionally traumatic for the The Hippocratic Crush II (AKA On Call 36 Hours II) society, because everyone comes turning up with a disease one after the other. It will only be a matter of time before the doctors, next of kins, friends and the likes gets plagued with illness. I like how these illnesses are being incorporated into the drama but I do not like the manner of how it is distributed. Not everyone that is related to the doctors need to fall ill. While I understand what the drama is trying to do, it is just way too dramatic. Read more
I am on fire posting up previews this week! I am on time with this week’s previews and I am really enjoying this week’s ep. The drama is starting to pick up now and gripping onto the basis that was prequel. Thank goodness for this because it has been straying away from this for way too long. As a sequel, The Hippocratic Crush (AKA On Call 36 Hours II) not only has to present itself as a standalone drama, but it also has to carry across the atmosphere of its prequel. From ep 6 onwards, THCII wasn’t doing so well in this department but it is really starting to sink in now that we head on the final two weeks. As a sequel, I dare to say that this is one of the best that I have seen in recent years. THCII does not stack up to THC but as a sequel I feel that it is hold up really well as one. Now I am sad to know that this will end very soon.
Yay for reconciliation! I have been waiting for this ever since Fan Ji Yu/Yu Jai (Tavia Yeung) and Cheung Yat Kin/Yat Kin Tau (Kenneth Ma) had their big cooling off period. I have been complaining that their cooling-off period has been going on for way too long but despite this I quite enjoy the process that brings them together again. I love that their separation has brought them closer to understanding each other and loving each other. He constantly cared for her and made arrangements for for because he loves her but he has come to realise that this is not what love is; if he can’t understand her then he can’t ever truly love her. I’m glad that he has come to accept that and see things from her perspective. She is a strong woman and he needs to know that. It’s so cute how they set up combination numbers for each other to guess which really brings across memories of them writing letters to each other in the prequel. I love watching these cuteness from them and I can’t wait to see more now that they have reconciled, although not officially. Read more
Yay! These eps has revived my previous disappointment for the drama. At last, the focus is on where it should be. I am so happy to see more screen time on the old cast. This is what I want to see! Though, I still feel that there is unnecessary focus on the new cast. I guess I have to be happy with what I am getting. (:
I am glad that there is a good turn of things for Fan Ji Yu/Yu Jai (Tavia Yeung) and Cheung Yat Kin/Yat Kin Tau (Kenneth Ma). The cold war between them has lasted way too long that it is long overdue for them to make up already. I need to see them together again and hopefully it will be soon rather than later. Though, I am glad that they have this obstacle to pass through together because this allows them to understand each other as well as love one another. This obstacle is needed for Yat Kin Tau to realise that if he truly loves Yu Jai, he needs to learn to understand her and support her. He also needs to see that in order to love her, he needs to love himself first. And he is doing just these things. He is giving her some breathing space and is putting himself in her shoes to understanding why she has made such choices. He has already regained back his life, living for himself and not for someone else. I don’t exactly like this plot device but I like what it is doing for Yu Jai and Yat Kin Tau. I just hope that it doesn’t drag on any longer. Read more
It feels so good to finally be free from exams! I can finally breathe a huge sigh of relief! *Breeeeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaatttttttttttttttttttthhhhhhhhhhhhhheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!* I can finally have my drama life back! I have been waiting for this ever since my exams started! Thank you for all of you readers who have supported me through this exam period! I was very sad that I couldn’t drama and post as much as I would have loved to but thank you so so so much for understanding! (:
This week only three episodes of The Hippocratic Crush II (AKA On Call 36 Hours II) aired since TVB made a special screening of the 2013 TVB Anniversary Gala in place of THCII on the Tuesday at which Kenneth Ma was personally voted by his peers as the TV King of 2013 (though this outcome has no effect on the upcoming TVB Anniversary Awards) with Kristal Tin claiming the female counterpart while Will Power aired in THCII’s place on Friday. That one ep will be made up during the two hour finale, which is not all that long away; THCII comes to an end in just under three weeks! But yet there are still a number of storylines that have yet to take shape. Read more