Taiwanese Dramas and Movies

Below is the list of dramas and movies that I have seen for as long as I can remember. They are ranked on a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the highest and 1 being the lowest. I judge in terms of likeness as well as quality and production value. For the ones that I do not remember  they are represented with a “^” and for short dramas and short movies, they will be represented with a “#” depending on which category they fall under. These ratings are ranked in their category.

Taiwanese Dramas/Short Dramas (represented with a #) That I Have Seen

  • Absolute Boyfriend – I love Jiro here! Not just because I got to see him half-naked here but because he was such a sweet and kind boyfriend. I find his portray of Nightly really fit for him because it just seems to work for him. I also really like the chemistry Nightly has with Xiao Fei and Zong Shi. I was disappointed with the ending. (6/10)
  • Alice in Wonder City (AKA Giving Alice a Miracle) – I am so so so very disappointed with this. I held much higher expectations for this but it just failed to deliver. The storylines just didn’t connect with each other. Also the OTP didn’t hold much chemistry with each other despite Aaron Yan being here. (2.5/10)
  • Autumn’s Concerto – How adorable is Xiao Xiao Bin? The relationship that he has with Mu Cheng is so adorable! He just made the drama a whole lot more amazing. I love love loved the plot and the chemistry between the OTP. They are adorable together and made the plot really touching. (10/10)
  • Boysitter – Good premise and starting point but the drama quickly went downhill from there. It became boring to watch and I found myself quite disengaged with it. (5/10)
  • Breath-Easy Diary – The concept was sweet and plus there was Bolin Chen! However, there wasn’t consistency with the eps and it lacked links. (7/10)
  • Dare Generation – I loved the moral behind each of the eps. Each ep was short and sweet and the message was brought across. My favourite ep would have to be the first ep featuring Janine Chang and Joseph Chang. Janine and Joseph look so perfect together with their sizzling electricity going on between them! I love how they were able to exchange a lot of chemistry between them in a short few minutes. (7/10) 
  • Dragon Gate – Boring! The plot was weak and did not follow along. There were a lot of loopholes and the action that it tried to bring did not show. In fact, I did not even understand the while premise of the drama. There was also a lack of chemistry between Sunny and his female leads. (3.5/10)
  • #Dive In 2013 – I love these simple stories! They’re just simple and sweet. I think this short drama brought about a really nice told story. Every ep got across a message and I liked that. (8/10)
  • #Dive In 2014 – This was a continuation off from 2013’s instalment and units one of the best on-screen couples – Ariel Lin and Bolin Chen – together. Technically they didn’t play a couple here but their chemistry is just amazing. I thought the chemistry between the cast of this instalment was better than with the 2013’s instalment. (8.5/10)
  • Down With Love – I loved it! The OTP had so much chemistry together! Ella always does so well in these types of roles. (: I actually really enjoyed the storyline. It was funny, light-hearted and enjoyable to watch. I wanted to see more of the kids! (8.5/10)
  • Easy Fortune Happy Love – While many people felt that this was a good drama, IMO, this felt short of it. I just didn’t feel the connection between her and Blue Lan. They appeared to be very distant with each other. I also wasn’t too fond of the plot. I swear, majority of the time I saw her younger brother more as her son than brother. Chen Qiao En still had amazing acting though. (5/10) 
  • Fall in Love with Me – What was I thinking watching this? I honestly had no idea. It was just crazyville all the way and the OTP had minimal chemistry on top of some very monotone acting. (3/10)
  • Fated to Love You – I loved the use of humour here. It helped to lighten the mood and create a lively atmosphere. I just love Xin Yi’s family. They are so supportive of her and so hilarious! The OTP share a beautiful connection that evoke a light atmosphere. I also really loved the plot and how it uses the ordinary drama clichés and turning it into a superb extraordinary unique individuality.  (11/10)
  • Hana Kimi – I was satisfied with everything but the ending. Arrrghhh, why did they not reveal that she is a girl? I feel so bad for Xiu Yi. Ella is so adorable as a boy! I just love the sight of Wu Chun! Ahahahas. The characters and the story really work well together. (8/10)
  • Heartbeat Love – I love seeing Rainie Yang and Show Luo together. Their chemistry just continues to grow. This short drama gave and told so much. Each ep would leave you wanting for more. What’s not to love about Rainie Yang and Show Luo? (8/10)
  • Hi, My Sweetheart – Show looks handsome, even as a dork! Ahahahas! I love his chemistry with Rainie! Although his acting was only so-so but the chemistry made up for it. I also love that there is a point of difference in this drama, the female is the strong character here. (: (7.5/10)
  • Invinsible Shan Bao Mei **only saw the first ep for Xin Yi and Cun Xi from Fated To Love You – I can’t really rate this since I didn’t actually see it. It didn’t entice me and wasn’t interesting enough for me to continue watching.
  • In A Good Way – One word: Amazing! I loved it from beginning to end. It told of a realistic drama that captured my heart in so many ways. It was great writing and directing which allowed the drama to be a beautiful as it was. The chemistry between the cast was beautiful and I loved how the themes were addressed throughout the drama. (11/10)
  • In Time With You – IMO, it is one of the most realistic dramas ever in Taiwan history. Ariel and Bolin have one of the cutest chemistry ever! I love them and wanted them to get together sooner rather than later. I was just saddened that they only got together in the last ep. Timing just got in their way too much. Ahahaahha, they had such a hilarious marriage! The filming of this is also superb! (10/10)
  • It Started With A Kiss – Ahhh, Ariel Lin is so adorable! They plot and characters are so hilarious! It doesn’t have to make sense, as long as it works, that’s what makes a good drama. I love that Xiang Qin is the naive and optimistic girl. Although she is not the smartest of all people, she doesn’t allow that to get in her way. I love that she is brave and able to change Zhi Shu. They are so compatiable yet not compatible with each other. (8/10)
  • King Flower (AKA Substitute Princess OR Replacement Princess OR The Adventure of King Flower) – Terry/Chris completely stole the show! He was about the only thing good that came out of the drama. The plot was kind of useless since it boiled into a hot mess a third of the way into the drama run and the male lead got demoted to supporting actor. Well, Chris shone through and through and that was enough for me! (7/10)
  • Love Around – This was quite boring. The plot lacked substance and the characters lacked chemistry. Nothing helps to gel the drama together; there was no premise to the plot other than to pair Annie and George together again. It was draggy and kept playing along the same plot devices again and again. (3.5/10)
  • Love Cheque Charge – Cute but it got draggy towards the end. I liked it but didn’t love it, however as a daily drama it kept up pretty well. (7/10)
  • Love Keeps Going – It was a nice drama to pass time with. There was chemistry between Mike He and Cyndi Wang but it wasn’t quite enough. I really like the plot; it is different to the typical plots. There were some scenes that I found overly hilarious when it is not supposed to be funny, like reviving Yi Lei. Ahahahas! I love that this drama is different from the typical Taiwanese dramas. (7/10)
  • Love Me Or Leave Me (AKA I Rented A Lover) – It was different to see the OTP already in a steady and stable relationship from the very start. However, the plot lacked development and was very slow-paced. Furthermore, the storyline was super repetitive and everything was so predictable. The drama came up as bland and boring. (2.5/10)
  • Love You (AKA Drunken To Love You) – Hilarious! Joseph Chang was not only exceptional in his role but he had great chemistry with Rainie Yang. I love the plot and it was so well different. Although the plot is like that of Fated To Love You but it differed remarkably and had great distinctions. The chemistry between our OTP was amazing. I also really like the seconds leads. I do feel sad for Kingone Wang, he doesn’t get Rainie yet again. (9/10)
  • Marry Me, or Not? – I loved it! Roy and Alice really shined in their roles and the drama was well-paced. It was a different take on romance and was a take that worked out wonderfully. (8.5/10)
  • Miss Rose – It was brilliant until halfway mark where everything started tumbling downwards and became repetitive. It was nice watching Megan and Roy bring their characters to life and their chemistry really played out well. (8/10)
  • My Lucky Star – The storyline was very sweet, though again it is the typical plot. However, elements were added to make it not typical. I love how they fell in love with each other. I love the way that they change for the better of each other. The second leads were also very well written intot the drama. Though I was saddened to discover that Ha Na’s voice was dubbed. I know that’s she Korean and an exception and can’t be helped but it’s a dubbed voice! (7.5/10)
  • My Pig Lady (AKA Go, Single Lady) – **dropped The drama was progression way too slowly for me to continue with it!
  • My Queen – I loved the storyline and cast. The cast is perfect and both the leads and secondary leads were amazing. However, I did find Ethan and Cheryl’s chemistry to only be so-so. They do have chemistry together but it just lacked something. I also really like how work/career for our leads are a subplot here. (8/10)
  • Office Girls – Oh I loved it from start to the very end! It was very well written added on that Alice and Roy’s chemistry were on fire! The way they came to love one another was so natural and filled with love. It was watching them fall for each other that made this drama so interesting to watch. (9/10)
  • # Reverse The Moment, Fragrant Smell – The story was really simple and was so centred on the promoting the product that it was have been better off as an ad instead of a mini drama. The acting was over exaggerative and the leads did not have much chemistry between them. (4.5/10)
  • Ring Ring Bell (AKA Real Ring Please Press The Bell Twice) – The storyline was kind of stupid and very clichéd. Not much was done to make this clichéd storyline out of the ordinary. I love the cutie Duo Duo! I also love seeing Janine and Peter together. Ahahahas, I cannot get enough of Peter’s abs! (5.5/10)
  • Romantic Princess – Wu Chun and Angela Chang are so sweet together and have such amazing chemistry! I really love how they fell for each other and although there was obstacles intervening them, they still continued to love each other. I love that Feng Jin chased for his own dream and what he wants while still protecting her. I also really like the second leads and Emp. (8.5/10)
  • Skip Beat! (AKA Extravagant Challenge) – I like the cast, no, not just because Dong Hae and Si Won is in it, but because they all work well together. I really like Bianca Bai and the other supporting characters; they really gel the drama together. I found that Donghae had remarkably less amount of show time. I was also very dissatisfied with the ending, why did they leave it open ended!? Ivy Chen was amazing in her role; her acting was brilliant! (7/10)
  • Smiling Pasta – Adorably sweeeeet! It shows how remarkable fate can be. I really like the story behind “Smiling Pasta”. These two have a lot of chemistry together! It was also beautifully produced and written. (9/10)
  • Summer X Summer – The storyline and OTP failed to impress me. The OTP lacked chemistry and the storyline wasn’t appealing. I do enjoy the humorous side to this and the secondary characters. (6/10)
  • Sunny Happiness – Such a typical plot of poor woman working under the rich beau and with a contract relationship. Yet, it was so different from the typical stories. I loved our second male lead here and had difficulty decided who to ship – Li Yi feng or Mike He? I also enjoyed how the plot developed quite smoothly from start to finish. Janine Chang as Yong Yong is just so adorable! I really love her supportive family. (9.5/10)
  • Sunshine Angel – Supposedly all members made an appearance here but I only saw Wu Chun and Aaron Yan… I love Wu Chun and Rainie Yang separately but not together. They lacked chemistry and it didn’t help that the plot was not well written. I also did not like the opening song. I just found that it didn’t work well with the drama. (5.5/10)
  • The Fierce Wife – I have never been this emotionally attached to a drama before! It was brilliant and it really got me onto of my emotions. If I could I would have reached into the drama and seriously punch the ones who hurt An Zhen! (9/10)
  • The Pursuit Of Happiness – I really enjoyed it! Sonia and Tony have amazing chemistry together. They really brought the drama home! I loved their character developments and their realisation that they are the one for each other. (8/10)
  • The Way We Were – Loved it! Nostalgia dramas/movies just always get me! It was beautifully written and executed and the chemistry between Ruby and Leroy where really up there. (8/10)
  • Ti Amo Chocolate **dropped after 5 eps – It was good and there was a stable but slow chemistry between the OTP which I consider to be good because this is an 80 ep drama. Ahahahahas, I love Xi En’s supportive family! Even if you don’t want to watch the drama, you should at least listen to the OTS. (: I haven’t seen enough of the drama to actually give it a rating but I will rate it on the first five eps. (7/10)
  • To The Dearest Intruder – Started off well, good concept but then it started going crazy haywire, like really cray-cray! (5.5/10)
  • Tokyo Juliet – Ahahahaha, Wu Chun’s hair! His acting was not up to scratch and had his voice dubbed so that was a let down but I’ll forgive him since that was his first time acting. Once again, Ariel was amazing in her role. I found the OTP very compatiable togeher. I also really like how they fell in love. (7.5/10)
  • Two Fathers – Loved, loved, loved it! It was amazing in all aspects. The plot progressed steady and smoothly and what I loved what that it was able to keep at this pace even though it was 73 eps long. I just loved the interaction between each of the characters especially between Zheng Hua, Xiang Xi and their daughter Wendy. (10/10)
  • When I See You Again – Lots of fluff! Plot is lacklustre with nothing much to bind it together but the drama gelled well together because it was so fluffy and there wasn’t weighed down by a complicated storyline. In saying so, it did become quite draggy due its very shallow plot. (7/10)
  • Why Why Love – Rainie had both chemistry with Kingone and Mike. Jia Di and Huo Da’s love was sweet and it was amazing with the things that they are willing to do for each other. I really enjoyed the plot as well as the bromance.  The ending did leave me hoping for the better. (8/10)
  • Wishing For Happiness – The story was beautifully brought out by Rainie Yang. I never thought a short 3 eps consisting of 10 minutes each could bring out so much in a drama. It touched a sensitive topic that I have never seen done in Taiwan before. (8.5/10)

Taiwanese Movies/Short-movies (represented with a #) That I Have Seen

  • # Discover Love From The Heart – A mini-sequel from where In Time With You left off; You Qing reflects about her relationship with Da Ren and realises that regardless of what comes between them, she will still love him. I enjoyed it but I do wish that we got to see some more Da Ren and You Qing scenes! (8/10)
  • Girlfriend, Boyfriend (AKA GF*BF) – Set in the 1980’s, this movies tells of the complicated life between three people. The three leads had great chemistry between them and the story was very nicely written. The filming was exceptional in the way that it managed to tell the story even with a lack of dialogue. (8.5/10)
  • Fleet of Time – A sweet uni romance that didn’t work out so well post uni, but the movie itself was pretty nice to watch. I just didn’t quite catch the chemistry and I don’t think the actors quite caught their characters. (6/10)
  • Lovesick (AKA Love Phobia) – What’s not to love about another collaboration between Bolin and Ariel after their firey chemistry in In Time With You? Though, their chemistry here wasn’t as firey as it was in the drama. The plot is pretty ordinary with two random people finding themselves falling for each other. I’m just glad to see them together again and having another wedding. (7.5/10)
  • Love Me Or Leave Me (AKA I Rented A Lover) Prologue: Love Before – The lack of words and dialogue present between the leads was just perfect here. There didn’t need to be words to convey what each other was feeling. I really love the cinematography of this and how much symbolism could be packed in. However, I found Chris and Tiffany’s chemistry a bit awkward in a way. Overall, this is a good “prologue” to lead onto the drama. (7/10)
  • One Minute More – This movie is so adorable, the TW-version of Marley and Me. I loved how the story unfolded and both Peter and Janine had some nice chemistry with each other to really help with the storytelling. (8/10)
  • Okinawa – Sweet? No. Beautiful? No. And to make it worse they had to use the same song from Love Me Or Leave Me (AKA I Rented A Lover) which just reminded me of how pitiful that drama was. There wasn’t chemistry between Chris and his leading lady and the plot was not solid. I guess it was just enough to keep Okinawa the focus. (4.5/10)
  • Rhythm of the Rain – A movie short that is an introduction to the movie of the same name. The short is quite difficult to follow if you have no idea what the plot of the movie is about but I enjoyed the acting and filming. Maybe I should have read about the plot first… (5/10)
  • Seed – Amazing acting and chemistry with Sonia and Tony. This short movie really allows for Tong Yang to show his acting skills in different roles. I love love love the innovative plot though I did not get the two characters that Sonia played… (7.5/10)
  • You Are The Apple Of My Eye – Amazing movie! What more amazing is that it is semi-autobiographic. (: Staggering chemistry between the OTP and a really touching storyline. The humour will really get you laughing. (9/10)

20 thoughts on “Taiwanese Dramas and Movies

  • January 6, 2014 at 1:10 pm
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    I love how long this list is! I’m totally going to be using it in the future. 😀

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  • February 4, 2014 at 12:26 pm
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    Hey I love how you rated dramas, I am halfway through Office Girls and saw your reviews. I would definitely recommend this website to other people. Just out of curiosity do you know of any good dramas with nice OST?

    Thanks!

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    • February 4, 2014 at 1:07 pm
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      Awwww, thank you! 🙂 I actually think that Office Girls has a really nice OST. You might also want to check out the OST of Autumn’s Concerto, My Princess, Dream High, City Hunter and In Time With You.

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  • February 7, 2014 at 9:08 am
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    Thanks for the rating list. 🙂 I have already used it to select my next Drama to watch.
    I recommand you the Tdrama “What is Love”, it’s very funny and fresh, with Chris Wu and Jade Chou.

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    • April 16, 2014 at 1:58 pm
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      No worries! (: I’m glad that this is useful in helping your drama watching. Hehehe! Thanks for the recommendation!

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  • February 18, 2014 at 2:20 pm
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    I loved how you rated Fated to Love You 11/10
    One of my favorites also!

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  • May 4, 2014 at 8:08 pm
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    i’m surprised that you don’t have pi li mit on your list. aaron yan was in it with gui gui. i personally really enjoyed the drama (: the chemistry between the both of them was brilliant!

    I’m glad you rated Autumn Concerto 10/10. It was a really good drama, and yes with Xiao Xiao Bin taking the cute spotlight and all that! X’D

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    • May 4, 2014 at 9:40 pm
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      Yeahhh! 😛 This reminds me of WGM when Taecyeon got all jealous over who Aaron Yan was!

      Looooved it! I’ve seen it multiple times and it has dragged me to tears each time. Xiao Xiao Bin is such a cutie there!

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  • May 16, 2014 at 7:24 pm
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    I also love how FTLY is 11/10. Did you know they made a comic of it? Also, not sure if you’ll like it, but one of my favorites is Love Forward. It has some OTT moments (amnesia times two) but I really like how the female lead gets to be goofy yet still taken seriously.

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    • May 16, 2014 at 8:26 pm
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      Hehehe! No, I didn’t know that! But they are having a Korean remake of it set to air this July. I haven’t seen Love Forward!

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  • November 21, 2014 at 8:21 am
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    You should definitely watch ToGetHer (Rainie Yang and Jiro Wang), Just You (Aaron Yan and Puff Guo), Hana Kimi (Ella Chen and Wu Chun – also Jiro<3), and Drama Go Go Go (Jiro Wang). These are all so good! 🙂

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  • August 14, 2015 at 10:49 am
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    I LOVE how you love taiwanese dramas!! <33 i feel like mostly everyone in the dramaland is way into korean dramas. Don't get me wrong, Korean dramas are amazing and i loved them but sometimes… they're too overrated. My first drama was Taiwanese (Meteor Garden), then i really got into Korean dramas, but i switched over TW dramas for about 5 years now because i feel like they're not getting as much attention as they deserve. They have really good dramas too, especially when it comes to Rom-coms. Too bad they dont get that much viewers (but its slowly getting there :DD) I realized that losing one fan wouldn't hurt but gaining one means a lot and since then I've been addicted hehe i watched at least 80% of your list hehe xD

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  • November 21, 2015 at 7:48 am
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    Thank you very much for the list !! It will be very useful 🙂 🙂

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  • December 21, 2015 at 9:19 pm
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    Have you watched Murphy’s Law of Love? Also I love the list, it included a lot of my favorite dramas and then some I didn’t like. I felt that all that was said of each drama was fair and to the point.

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    • January 17, 2016 at 10:39 am
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      Awww, thank you!

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  • September 1, 2016 at 9:32 am
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    Omg I can’t believe you haven’t watched Just You yet… I highly recommended you watch it… Puff’s and Aaron’s chemistry is so cute!😍

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    • September 2, 2016 at 8:48 am
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      Ahaha, so I’ve heard! Might get around to it when I can find the time.

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