During these past two years, SETTV has been inundated with a really bad Sunday-night drama line-up. All dramas after the popular Miss Rose went down as crazy and illogical. King Flower was actually quite decent and one that I enjoyed but not only was there a ludicrous makeover but also down the track there was a male lead switcheroo and well, that doesn’t quite fit your typical drama format (well, IMO anyways). Then came Love Around which was sane, but oh-so-bland and boring! After that came the trainwreck that was Déjà Vu and then we had the half-way-second-male-lead-switheroo-plus-psychologically-impaired-mess of Fall in Love with Me. These dramas were mess after mess, wreckage after wreckage and crazy after crazy. I’m just hoping that the follow-up drama Say Again Yes I Do (AKA I Do²) does not follow this horrible, horrible fate of its predecessors. Dearest Drama Gods, Can we just have one decent drama that does not head down this atrocious trajectory, pretty please? Read more
There’s quite a lot of Mike He to go around on-screen with his new drama Go, Single Lady having premiered last night on Zhejiang Network (it’s undubbed!) following the ratings hit melodrama Loving, Never Forgetting which starred Jerry Yan and Tong Li Ya. GLS is a pre-filmed drama having been shelved for just under a year, coming from a joint collaborative effort between Taiwan and China. I have a particular fonding for these collaborations since I really have enjoyed the ones which I have seen (I have seen much though). GLS is a rom-com about Mike who plays a rich chaebol heir who falls into a dire financial situation who his family enterprise goes bankrupt overnight. Now without the financial support that he grew up having, he finds himself doing all sorts of odd jobs. He comes across a nouveau riche pig farmer’s daughter played by Ady An who is trying desperately to break into the upper class (hence the tentative Chinese title 上流俗女 which translates to Upper-Class Common Girl). They have clashing personalities but they work together to achieve their dreams of breaking into upper class and in the process, they end up falling for each other. It’s typical rom-com drama but I like this and having seen the trailer and BTS footage, Mike and Ady are hitting it with the chemistry which is much needed for a rom-com. Read more
“Two people will not be better than one, so that’s why I like being alone” has always been a belief that Du Kai Qi (Puff Guo) has absolute certainty in. Kai Qi is an independent, single woman who enjoys the lifestyle of being alone working as a sous chef at the fine-dining restaurant, Figaro Cuisine. It doesn’t matter how her mother persuades her otherwise she just won’t budge. She is unlike most girls who is cry and laugh for love but instead for most of the time, she is calm and cool-headed. Due to her belief, no man will be more important than her mother. When two people are together, she will have to worry about his feelings and accommodate to him so why bother? Read more
As the premiere day nears closer and closer, my anticipation rises for the Korean remake of the hit Taiwanese rom-com, Fated to Love You which is also going by the same name with the Korean remake. FTLY (TW) was a drama that tugged at my heart strings numerous times and was really brought together by the chemistry of Ethan Ruan and Chen Qiao En. The writing fell weak at times but Ethan and CQE really held the story together through their adhesive links. Since FTLY (K) is a remake, the writing here is not going to be able to sell it but rather, it will be the chemistry between the leads who can either make or break the drama. Leads Jang Hyuk and Jang Nara have collaborated before with sizzling chemistry but that was over ten years ago but I have my fingers crossed that their chemistry is still here if not more sizzling hot. *fingers crossed* Read more
The feel-good, heart-warming movie, A Minute More 只要一分鐘, directed by famed Taiwanese director Chen Wei Ling whose works includes the emotionally beautiful hit drama Autumn’s Concerto and the eye capturing Material Queen which interesting both starred Vanness Wu as the leads and starring rumoured dating couple Janine Chang and Peter Ho is set to premiere in a few days on the 9th of May. Janine’s very busy this year with her highly anticipated drama You Light Up My Star starring across Joe Cheng to air on 1st of June. Anyway, back to AMM. I’ve been keeping my tabs on it since it finished filming last August and time sure does fly because it’s been 8ish months already! The movie is an adaptation of the bestselling Japanese novel by Harada Maha called 一分間だけ (Only A Minute) which explores the theme of pets and aims to reduce Taiwan’s stray pet population. The movie centres around an adorable dog which harbours similarities to the puppy love story in Marley and Me. An adorable dog plus awesome chemistry between the leads? Then I guess this is a going to be a sweet movie. Read more
It wasn’t that long ago since Aaron Yan did a drama for SETTV when he paired with Puff Guo for the Friday drama Just You and thanks to the popularity with that drama, this time he has earned himself the prestigious prime time Sunday slot. SETTV was going to strike while the iron is hot like they did pairing Annie Chen and George Hu for two consecutive dramas and have him pair with Puff again but Puff couldn’t step up for it due to prior commitments with her virtual hubby of Super Junior‘s Heechul on We Got Married Global Edition Season 2. So instead Puff’s bandmate Tia Li will be taking up the position instead. Puff’s got a busy year ahead because right after WGMG, rumour has it that she will be filming Love Meets Cupid with Jasper Liu, the drama that is to follow after In A Good Way. Noooooo, it’s hitting home that IAGW will be ending soon! Oh, on a sidenote, IAGW has been extended from 21 eps to 24 eps. 🙁 Okay, back on topic, FILWM is one of your typical idol dramas, following a tried and tested formula. If it’s going to work, it’s going to be the acting and chemistry that takes it home and not the storyline and frankly, I am a bit iffy about this drama. I love Aaron, there is no doubt about that, and he has progressively improved with his acting skills over time whereas the same cannot be said for his leading lady. Tia just doesn’t hit the spot. She has the pretty face and seductive voice but that does not transfer to her acting skills. I’ve seen her in Office Girls and Miss Rose but I couldn’t bring myself to like her despite her sweet character in MR. I’m not sure how she will fair leading a drama but hopefully she will have chemistry with Aaron because chemistry is something that can break or make a drama. Read more
Hot hot hot out of the oven (actually, not so hot since a lot of other bloggers found out about this waaaay before I did, but it’s hot out of the oven for me!) but Bu Bu Jing Qing, the long anticipated sequel to the C-drama that blew everyone away back in 2011, Bu Bu Jing Xin (which was a adapted from the same name novel by acclaimed author Tong Hua) finally gets a confirmation of an air date. It seems like forever for it to finally lock down that piece of information down. News was floating around back in 2011 that a sequel was going to come and it did get confirmed but filming didn’t start until March last year since they had trouble with negotiating for the original cast members to return. Filming finished in July last year but despite all the teasers and trailers that have been coming out, no air date has been confirmed until today. For all those fans why have been waiting since forever, you will finally be able to lay your eyes on it on 22nd April on Jiang Su Television! Read more
I apologise for the fluctuation of In A Good Way posts on my blog. Life is hectic and that is literally the only drama that I am currently watching. Time just does not have enough time! We all need more hours in our lives! Okay, enough of my rant. Let’s talk about something that isn’t IAGW related today.
Noona-dongsaeng romances have been dominating Korea television lately and there’s another one around the block!
News have been floating around that Korea is going to have a remake of the popular Taiwan drama My Queen (AKA Defeated Queen) for quite a while and I have been keeping eyes on it ever since news started floating around. It’s not often that Taiwanese dramas get a remake, so this is definitely one to look forward to. Its Korean remake is called Witch’s Romance starring Ban Ji Yeon (Uhm Jung Hwa) who is a 39 year old workaholic who no longer believes in love after having the traumatic experience of her boyfriend, No Shi Hoon (Han Jae Suk) pulling a disappearance act prior to the wedding. She meets Yoon Dong Ha (Park Seo Hoon), a young 25 year old man who runs an errand centre with his friend. He is a bubbly man on the outside but this is a actually a facades from him to hide away from the pain of losing his girlfriend due to an accident. Read more
It doesn’t matter where in the world you are in, as long as you are with the right one, the feeling of love with naturally come along with it. A Time of Love heads on a journey telling four different stories from four different places in the world but what unites them together is the common discovery of love. Read more