I cannot believe that the year is coming to an end already! It feels like it was only just the start of 2013! Oh, how time flies! It just makes you look back and appreciate all the goodness that has come out of this year. It comes to the time for an end of year review and I really do appreciate the goodness that dramaland has given this year.
2013 has been one drama year for me (every year is a drama year for me!), though it was definitely much slower than 2012. I was actually quite slack with my drama watching for the first half of the year and only began to intensely drama during the second half of the year. With a heavier school load, I had no choice but to lighten up on my drama watching and this also meant choosing wisely with what I wanted to watch, which didn’t work out quite so well with some drama choices. But I did manage to do a lot of live-watching this year, which is something that I am very proud of. I also managed to watch a 73 ep drama, which is another thing which I am very proud of. I looked back at my 2012 End of Year Drama Review where I said that one of my resolutions for this year was to watch more dramas outside of hk-dramas but I don’t think I accomplished that. Anyhoo, I’ll just blame this on school which, really, is just an excuse to make me feel better of not achieving my goal.
There were quite a number of misses rather than hits this year which is quite disappointing but there were also a number of great hits. I didn’t get to see all the dramas that I wanted to see this year but I can always catch-up on it once I find some time in life. However, in generally, I think this year was quite a miss in terms of dramas. The reason why I was quite slack in terms of drama watching for the first half of the year was that there was any dramas that called out for me to watch it and furthermore, I have read reviews which have not been so positive about those dramas. It was during this half of the year that the dramaland picked up its game, especially in the k-drama verse.
I am going to have an even heavier school load next year which means less drama time for me but it won’t stop me from dramaing! Obviously school will be my priority but nothing is going to keep me away from dramas and blogging!
For this review, I am rating all of these dramas together for this year so the ratings will vary to the ratings on my ratings page. The ratings will be out of 5 stars. Read more
Oh boy, what an adventure it has been to get to the finishing stage of King Flower (AKA Substitute Princess OR Replacement Princess OR The Adventure Of King Flower). It sure was a hectic ride, with the ending to even reach a stage where it can satisfy viewers. The drama might not have delivered as a whole but one thing that it managed to get right was with the ending. I was so furious and really worked up with the last few eps, but luckily ep 21 managed to calm me because it delivered with the couple which viewers (I included) shipped from start to finish. Just being able to see a Da Hua-Terry ending was able to temporarily erase all dissatisfaction I had with the drama. Da Hua came to realisation that she loves Terry and was finally able to let go of Guan Jun for good; Guan Jun manned up allowed Da Hua to make her own decision and of course Terry was the shining star right to the finish line. Boy, did Chris Wu carry the drama through and through, because without his presence this drama would fallen face first. He even outshone the lead actor, James Wen, clearly claiming the lead actor status. That clearly shows just how much fire he has within him! (Trust me, he was literally shooting out fireballs with the way he acted!) Read more
Finally, I found the time to catch up on this drama! I have been meaning to finish this drama a long time ago but sadly I never got the time to. Even now I am still quite a long way from finish it, however, I am going to finish it soon, hopefully. Hehehe! 24 hours a day is just not enough! Not only do I have to finish this, but there are also a bunch of other dramas that I have to get to. I need 48 hours in a day!
Okay, so now is the part of the drama where things are getting a bit repetitive, and these few eps have really got me fuming. The story revolves around the complexity of the love triangle which is becoming like a game of tug-of-war. I just feel like the producers and writers are putting illogical scenes for the sake of dragging out the drama. KF has fallen to the point where I no longer care how this relationship mess is going to erupt, because honestly, no one is using their brain to think except for Terry. Everyone is just thinking assuming childish behaviours; there is Guan Jun who is pushing Da Hua away because he can’t give her happiness and then there is Da Hua who is still so blindly in love with Guan Jun who is kicking her away. The supporting cast aren’t any good, they are just sitting there waiting for the show to unveil itself. It is Terry who is helping Da Hua to chase for her happiness because she can’t see for herself where her happiness is; he will be happy as long as Da Hua is happy. Read more
Well, things are official, I’m not in time for a live finale. Oh well, but I promise to get to it very very soon! I have already spoilt myself knowing that it will be a Terry-Da Hua ending, which I am super duper excited to see! Having only seen up to ep 16, with the way their feelings are taking place I am sure that a Terry-Da Hua ending is a better outlook than a Guan Jun-Da Hua ending, because honestly all drama-watchers of KF have been rooting for a Terry-Da Hua ending. There is no one I know of who want a Guan Jun-Da Hua ending. I am really excited to see how the ending will play out but first I have to get back to watching the drama!
These three eps really brought the drama to a pivotal point, not only with Da Hua and Terry’s relationship development but also with where the drama is heading. No longer are Terry and Da Hua to live under their lies in front of anybody and certainly not in front of themselves. They are brought to confront reality which in turn is leading them to discover their feelings for each other. There is no denial that Terry has fallen for Da Hua, and Da Hua has also fallen for Terry, though she may not know it yet. She has developed feelings for him which are more than just friendship, she has fallen for him because he is always the one there for her in times of need. She has grown fond of him throughout the contract relationship. Now that their lie has been exposed, both of them will have to face with without fear to face what is to come for them. On top of all this they have to face their own feelings for each other. Read more
I know, I know, the finale is not far away and I am still eps behind. However, I am slowly catching up! Maybe I’ll be in time for a live finale but I highly doubt it. It’s just that time has been the biggest bugger for me! I never seem to have enough time for drama any more! That said, I am dramaing at every possible moment.
Back to the drama, oh yeahhhh! Things are taking off now! Firstly, Da Hua’s identity is slowly being revealed to those around her and secondly, Terry doesn’t see Da Hua as faux Liang Yan, but rather as a unique individual, as Da Hua. She may have the appearance of Liang Yan but she is clearly not her. Initially I was scared and almost afraid that Terry would fall for Da Hua because she resembles Liang Yan, however these eps have assured me that Terry likes her for who she really is. He is falling for her because of her uniqueness, her personality was nothing that he expected which made him for her. Read more
Terry, Terry, Terry! Terry’s limelight is growing stronger and stronger which each ep and he is probably outshining Guan Jun. I am loving him more and more as his character evolves! Loosing Liang Yan was has impacted on the path that he will take gravely. He loved Liang Yan and removing her from his life was like removing a part of him. He has to learn to move on without her, and he has to pick himself up. He loves her but he is standing strong and is going to abide by his promise to her. With Da Hua, he is able to stand up because he has someone who he can talk to and someone who will give him courage. Terry-Da Hua shipper here! Read more
I’m back on King Flower now! It was on hold for a while because I was engrossed with The Fierce Wife (AKA The Shrewd Wife) but now I am back with KF!
I am awestruck, Chris Wu completely stole the show. He really got my draw dropping here where he had to witness his beloved Liang Yan being taken away from him. That scene was perfectly portrayed and Chris’ acting is impeccable. That scene was faultless and portrayed so much with the limited dialogue and incredible acting. It was heartfelt and full of emotion, and most of all it was full of love from Terry.
Now this is no longer a game, it is a matter of all or nothing. Everything has stepped up a notch because Liang Yan is no longer here. Terry will have to learn to face reality after his beloved lost as well as learn to fall in love again, Guan Jun will have to come to realise what his feelings for Liang Yan are and Liang Yan being the kind of person she is will stick by her promise. All this will lead to complications above complications where it can not be solved by a simple win or lose outcome.
Oh a side note, Chris looks so much better without the gel holding his hair in place! I could do with seeing a lot more of this Chris! Oh, and the naked one too! Read more
This ep is truly the turning point to the entire drama because Da Hua is no longer Da Hua but Liang Yan. She had to face the fact that she can’t actually be there for her family and when she saw them in pain, she couldn’t do anything but stand and watch. I love that this ep allows for Da Hua to first mask her identity as Da Hua and reveal herself as Liang Yan. Yet at the same time she still retains her Da Hua persona.
Woahhh, and Terry has really got to learn to understand Da Hua. She removed herself from her previous life and that means she is removing herself from the people who mean the world to her. He has got to realise that she can’t just swipe away her life. Terry has also got to teach her how to handle things. She is Da Hua posing as Liang Yan heading to work, to do something that she never touched in her life so of course she would have no idea what is going on but he doesn’t actually tell her anything on how to handle work matters. Read more
As you all know, I am currently watching two James Wen dramas – this one and The Fierce Wife (AKA The Shrewd Wife) – and in both dramas I am having second male lead shipping syndrome! I am hoping that Tian Wen will get An Zhen in TFW and that Terry will get Da Hua in this drama. In TFW James is a douchebag of a husband so he doesn’t deserve a wife like An Zhen and here I am liking Chris Wu and Nikki Hsieh better as a couple. Anyway, enough about TFW, it’s all about KF here!
This ep is the turning point of the whole drama, but I wouldn’t exactly call it the turning point because nothing really happens except for the transformation-fixation. I think things will start to take their place starting from the next ep when Da Hua has to face the pain of being there but not actually being their for her family as well as her life as Liang Yan.
Like the previous ep, nothing really happens here. I think all is saved for when Da Hua starts her new life as Liang Yan. This ep was about Da Hua finally leaving her life behind to take on Liang Yan’s life and her transformation. Interestingly, this ep scored a viewership rating of 2.14 which is the peak out of the current 13 eps, yet I found this ep only to be so-so. Read more
I had no intentions of writing up a recap for this drama/ep, but I somehow did anyway so enjoy! In fact, just looking back I realised I haven’t done a full recap in forever! Ahahahahas!
The ep is the borderline of a new beginning. This is where Da Hua will leave behind her family, friends and all that matter to her to start a new one. Money may be the driving force for her to make this drastic decision but really, it is about keeping her family together. Money doesn’t mean a thing to her if it would not keep her family together, and she is willing to sacrifice herself to keep her family together because they are what her life is centred on. It doesn’t matter that Guan Jun and Da Li (MC40) are always in trouble she will always help them out because they are her family. It doesn’t matter (well, it kind of does) that her family is a gambler; she is willing to put herself out there because he is after all her father.
There wasn’t much to this ep because all is saved for the next ep where transformation-fixation is going to occur! This ep was just an ep were all the love for Da Hua were shown. She has a whole crew of people who loves her for who she is and they don’t allow her appearance to get the better of her. They love her of who she is and they all support the choices that she makes. Read more