Avengers: Infinity War Review

Avengers: Infinity War poster

The story, in a nutshell, is that Thanos wanted to reduce the population of his planet, Titan, to half its size.  His planet used to be a beautiful idyllic place for everyone, but everyone grew exponentially that the planet can’t support it anymore.  With some drastic measure, he was culling his people.

Then he had another idea.  Why not apply depopulation in the entire universe.  And that is Thanos mission.

This film is rather long but because of its fast-paced action-full adventure, it was so good.

I have to say that this film should be seen more than once.  Preferably first in the cinema and then on television.  There are so many goings-on that you might miss some if you blink.

There are so many beloved characters that you would not want to sideline.  I have to admit the part where Nick Fury appeared just completely passed my radar.

It was a very good story and the CGI is so good, it really has come a long way.

The ending though is rather surreal and sad as many of the major superheroes had vanished into dust.  I heard there is going to be another movie to continue the story.   I wonder how they are going to write the characters of those vanished superheroes.

Loki is dead.

Martial Universe (Chinese Drama Review)

Martial Universe (Chinese Drama Review)

Martial Universe poster

  • Genre: Martial Arts, Historical, Fantasy, Romance
  • Origin: based on a novel called Wu Dong Qian Kun by Tiancai Dudou.
  • Date Released: 2 August 2018
  • CDrama: 40 episodes (Season 1) & 20 episodes (Season 2)

Cast:

Yang Yang

 


Review & Summary to follow soon

 

 

Li Wenhan (Chinese Actor)

Li Wenhan (Chinese Actor)

Li Wenhan

BioData

  • Birth Name: Li Wen Han
  • Stage Name: Wenhan
  • DoB: 22 July 1994 (24)
  • PoB: Hangzhou, China
  • Height: 1.80m
  • Civil Status: Single
  • Occupation: Singer, Dancer, Model, Actor
  • Member of UNIQ, a boy band collaboration between China and South Korea since 2014.

Films & Dramas:

Facts & Factoids:

  • Very accomplished swimmer.
  • Plays classical guitar to level 9.
  • Went to high school in America.
  • Proficient in diving.
  • Plays the piano.
  • Plays basketball.
  • Does Beatbox

 

Ashes of Love (Chinese Drama Review)

Drama

Ashes of Love (Chinese Drama Review)

Ashes of Love poster

  • Genre: Romance, Fantasy
  • AKA: Heavy Sweetness, Ask-like Frost, a novel by Dian Xian
  • Date Released: August 2018
  • CDrama: 60 Episodes

Cast:

  • Yang Zi as Jin Mi, the Frost Flower Fairy
  • Deng Lun as Xu Feng, the Fire Immortal also the Demon King
  • Luo Yunxi as Run Yo, Crown Prince, Night Immortal and ultimately the Heavenly king
  • Chen Yuqi as Liu Ying, the Demon Princess
  • Wang Yifei as Sui He, Peacock Immortal
  • Zou Tingwei as Xi Yuan, a reaper
  • Zhang Yan Yan as Zi Fen, Flower deity
  • Wang Renjun as Luo Lin, the Water Immortal
  • He Zhonghua as Heavenly Emperor, Song Wei
  • Kathy Chow as Heavenly Empress, Ruler of the Bird tribe
  • Liao Jingfei as Lord Puchu, Jin Mi’s close friend
  • Du Bella as Kuan Lu, soldier girl

Episode 1

This is a fantasy drama starting with the creation of the universe, where the marriage of ying and yang created the deities, fairies, humans and the presence of good and evil closely residing together side by side.

Zi Fen, of the Flower realm, is shown giving birth to a baby girl while on the other side of the realm, the water immortal, the father of the child is getting married to another woman, the wind immortal.

Zi Fen was weak and absolutely heartbroken by the betrayal of her lover, Luo Lin, the water immortal.  With her dying breath, Zi Fen instructed that her daughter should not be allowed out of the Flower realm.  She then produces a small flower essence globule that she instructed the other deities to feed to her newborn daughter.  The globule will ensure that her daughter will never feel betrayal from love.  The effect of the globule will be the inability for the daughter eventually named Jin Mi, to feel love or express love.

In the heavenly realm, Xu Feng was currently undergoing some sort of regeneration.  His final ascent was sabotaged by a black force from the demon realm.  This resulted in Xu Feng, in the body of a phoenix, to plunge into the flower realm, right next to where Jin Mi was sitting contemplating her current situation.  She has been an elf and had not progressed to being a fairy.  She wanted to get out of the flower realm and see more of the world outside.

Jin Mi saw the bird all charred and burnt but still alive.  She did everything to revive it.  Of course, she succeeded.

Jin Mi had been nurtured without knowing anything about the birds and bees in their euphemism sense. 🙂

When the bird turned into a man, she tried to touch it everywhere.  The scene where she thought that the bird/man needed healing because of his protuberance in his nether regions, Jin Mi thought he had a tumor that needed cauterising. Luckily Phoenix, Xu Feng became compos mentis, otherwise he would have woken a eunuch! 🙂

Episode 2

Jin Mi said to the handsome Xu Feng that since she had saved his life several times, he should return the favour and take her with him when he leaves the flower realm.

He did just that but their return to the Heaven Realm coincided with an attack by the Demon Realm.

Episode 3

Jin Mi is settling in at Xu Feng’s Qi Wu Palace.

Episode 4

Jin Mi met the rather introspective Night Immortal, Run Yo.  And she is proving popular for her artlessness and naivete.

Episode 5

This episode is strange, funny, cute with a glorious fighting scene at the end.

Jin Mi had a first kiss (on the cheek) by a woman who wanted to marry her, not knowing Jin Mi is a woman.  Apparently, she was dressed like a boy, I did not really notice it LOL.

Anyway, Jin Mi is completely clueless about love and relationship so she did not know how to turn down a proposal of marriage.  It was left to Xu Feng to reveal that she is female.

From then on she started dressing in colourful, flowy garments which brought out her beauty and delicateness, which was noticed by everyone including by Xu Feng himself.

The scene where the viewers are allowed to hear what they were each thinking was hilarious.  Xu Feng thought that Jin Mi was really into him, while Jin Mi thought he was a jerk.

One of Jin Mi’s Flower Realm compatriots finally caught up with her and convinced her to go back as the realm was in danger of being broken up.

Jin Mi was all for going back but the Moon Immortal is convincing otherwise.  He told her that Xu Feng had looked after her well and therefore, deserved a proper goodbye from her.

Their toing and froing was interrupted by the arrival of Qiong Qi who was all powerful.  He was about to take Jin Mi when Run Yo appeared.  But Qiong Qi was too strong.  Then came Xu Feng and his mini-army.  Qiong Qi easily fought off the army and even Xu Feng.

Episode 6

Xu Feng is beginning to become rather proprietorial towards Jin Min.  They shared another kiss, which Jin Min thought was a natural act of making Xu Feng take his medication.  Really!

Run Yo explained to Jin Min the nature and types of dreams including wet dreams!  Funny!

Episode 7

Xu Feng and Run Yo with Jin Mi went to the Demon Realm to capture Qiong Qi and find out how he got out from the ancient divine artifact.  There they met the Princess of Biangcheng Palace, who assured them that her family had nothing to do with Qiong Qi’s escape from the ancient divine artifact.

This episode also had many funny moments including Xun Feng’s erotic dream of Jin Min being stolen by the beast dreamer.

Episode 8

Xu Feng, Run Yo, the demon princess, and Jin Mi accomplished their mission of defeating Qiong Qi with great difficulty.  Qiong Qi can turn into a ferocious dragon at will.  They return him back into the ancient divine artifact.

While Jin Mi was alone with the artifact, she had a psychological moment with it.  She heard the voice of her dead best friend Rou Rou asking to be let out.  Of course, Jin Mi had to open the artifact and out a weaker Qiong Qi.  Luckily Xu Feng was just returning and quickly perform a damage limitation.  Once again Qiong Qi was back in his bottle after he managed to almost fatally wound Xu Feng.

The only thing that could cure Xu Feng was a night rattan flower which only grows at the Flower Realm.  Jin Mi was forced to return to the realm and begged the flower deity to give her some night rattan.

The flower deity was not sympathetic and grounded Jin Mi for having run away.  But Jin Mi can’t be thwarted, she tried to grow the flower herself.

After numerous attempts, she managed to grow the plant and had Xu Feng healed.

Episode 9

Xu Feng was heartbroken.  Despite telling the flower deities of his clear intention and that he had fallen for Jin Mi, he was turned away.

Jin Mi herself was very sad because she was so looking forward to receiving the 1000 years of magical prowess as a reward from Xu Feng.

Xu Feng later had a much bigger problem with his feelings for Jin Mi.  He ‘found’ out that they can’t morally be together as they could have the same father, the emperor.

This was not the case really as the water immortal is Jin Mi’s father.

Episode 10

Kuan Lu was being recruited by the Heavenly Empress to spy on Run Yo but it seems Kuan Lu is loyal to Run Yo.

Run Yo, being the first born is really next in line to the throne but the Heavenly Empress is doing everything for Xu Feng, who is her son/nephew, to become the crown prince.

Run Yo is also attracted to JIn Mi but also aware that he is already betrothed to yet to be conceived daughter of the water immortal and his wife, who had been trying for a baby for 4000 years. LOL  Run Yo is clueless that Jin Mi is the firstborn of the water immortal.  Jin Mi doesn’t know either that she was the daughter of the Imperial flower deity and the water immortal.

Run Yo came looking for jin Mi at the flower realm.  After having cute meteor garden moment Run Yo helped Jin Mi to escape her confinement at the Water Mirror at the Flower realm and took her to his Xuan Ji Palace.

Episode 11

To hide Jin Mi from the deities of the Flower Realm, Run Yo brought her to the human realm.

Jin Mi had a lot of adventure in the human realm when she happened to meet the wickedly naughty Lord Puchu, her friend.

Jin Mi is once again dressed as a boy and Lord Puchu taught her boy’s pursuits, how to have fun.

Apparently, it is doing all the four activities involving eating, drinking, playing and enjoying.

They had a lot to eat and drink, they went to a gambling den, where Jin Mi showed her prowess at Mahjong.   She was so good because she had been unknowingly cheating by using her magic.

The gambling den owner had to throw them out in the end.

Finally, Lord Puchu brought her to a brothel for enjoying.  Again Jin Mi was popular with the girls.  But finally, Jin Mi had had enough and run off much to the hilarity of Lord Puchu and reminded her again about the four pursuits.  He then brought her to another brothel/theatre with ladyboys as the attraction.  LOL

Jin Mi was intrigued.  She was just inspecting a server when Xu Feng suddenly appeared and then Run Yo also was there.

Xu Feng and Run Yo got drunk.

Xu Feng in an alcoholic haze almost kissed Jin Mi, who was not averse to a bit of ‘cultivation’.  Xu Feng pulled back at the last minute.  He told her that what she feels for him is mutual but the heavens will punish them if they progress their relationship.  Jin Mi does not really understand what he was talking about and promptly went to sleep.

Episode 12

It is the birthday of the Heavenly Empress. Everyone from the six realms was invited except those from the Flower Realm.

Jin Mi feeling alone and lonely, wished she has someone to distract her from her tedium.  Suddenly Lord Puchu materialised.  He said that her wishing and sighing brought him in.  He was on his way to heaven for the Empress celebration.  He invited her to go with him.  At first Jin Mi was not keen but the promise of the hundred of years peaches, which enhances magical powers convinced her to go.

During the start of celebrations, a parade of beautiful immortals was on show.  Lord Puchu started to evaluate the beauties according to his little ‘black book’, the Valuation manual of beauties.

He mentioned that all the beauties on show were nothing compared to Zi Fen.  She was the ‘it’ girl of her time, a true beauty.

The water immortal and wind immortal also attended the celebration.  Jin Mi mentioned that she feels calm looking at Water Immortal.  Puchu mentioned that she’s got a great taste as the Water Immortal was one of the most handsome men of his time.

Though Puchu seemed to care for Jin Mi a lot, he has his own hidden agenda.  He connived with the Rat Immortal to make Jin Mi the centre of attention.

Both the Water Immortal and the Emperor noticed her similarities to Zi Fen, which only annoyed the Empress.

She ordered that Jin Mi be put to death.  Immediately Xu Feng followed by Run Yo went on their knees and beg the empress to change her decision.  They would take the punishment for Jin MI.

As the atmosphere is getting heated, Puchu flew Jin Mi out of the heaven, closely followed by the immortal guards, Xu Feng and Run Yo.

Jin Mi and Puchu ended up being confronted by the Flower deities and then appeared both Xu Feng and Run Yo.  When the flower deites asked Run Yo his intention on Jin Mi, Xu Feng revealed that he knew that there can never be any ‘cultivation’ between any of them as Xu Feng, Run Yo and Jin Mi are siblings with different mothers.

I am absolutely loving this drama, though I heard it will get darker and with a possible unhappy ending.

Episode 13

The Heavenly Emperor was so taken with Jin Mi as she reminded him so much of his greatest love, Zi Fen, that he can’t help but visit Jin Mi in her dream/mirage.  There he told Jin Mi about his love of Zi Fen and how devastated he was when she passed.

Jin Mi, the ever self-serving elf, asked the emperor to give her mystical prowess, to which the emperor obliged easily.  She got an enormous 5,000 years of superpower.  LOL  He did make her promised not to get into relationship with either Xu Feng or Run Yo.

The emperor was not the only one to visit her.  The Water Immortal also came by.  He began to wonder whether she was his daughter as she seemed very confident with water.  She showed him her prowess of making it rain, instead of rain she produced frost.

The superpower she got from the emperor was too much for her body which made her ill.  The Water Immortal stayed and nursed her back to health.

When Jin Mi was awake, he and the flower deities told her about her background.  Her mother was Zi Fen and her father was indeed the Water Immortal.

 

 

 

The 8-Year Engagement (Japanese Movie Review)

Film

The 8-Year Engagement (Japanese Movie Review)

8-nengoshi no Hanayome: Kiseki no Jitsuwa poster

  • Genre: Romance
  • Japanese Title: 8-nengoshi no Hanayome: Kiseki no Jitsuwa
  • Date Released:  December 2017
  • Based on a book about a real-life romance story of Hisashi Nakahara and Mai Nakahara.

Cast:

 


I have been waiting for this film like forever.  I love both the leads.  For their young age, they have consistently showed good acting.

The story also sounded really interesting.


This is a gentle melodrama, which has a happy ending.

Hisashi is a hardworking car mechanic.  He had been suffering from stomach ache but still got roped into going to a dinner party, where single available girls were also invited.

During the dinner, Hisashi appeared sullen due to his achy tummy.  One of the girls told him off for being aloof.  The girl was Mai.

Hisashi quickly explained to Mai that he was in pain, with the stomach ache.  Mai understood and they clicked immediately.

They started dating and really get on very well.  Mai introduced him to her parents who liked him as well.

He asked Mai to marry him and she happily agreed.  They quickly book their wedding for the 17th of March which was just a few months away.

Sadly their happiness was cut short as Mai started suffering from forgetfulness and paranoia.  Hisashi brought her to the hospital while she was having her ‘turn’.

She was then diagnosed with anti-NMDA receptor encephalitis, which is caused by a tumour growing on her ovary.

She ended up in a comatose state for a year and all this time, Hisashi remained devoted to her, visiting her in the hospital every single day.  Making vignettes of videos which he sent to her mobile for her to see when she wakes up.

Mai’s mother and father were told that Mai had to have an ovariectomy to cure her illness.  Hasashi agreed to the procedure.  He was told off my Mai’s mother, saying that he was not family and therefore doesn’t have any say.  He was also ordered to stop coming to the hospital to see Mai. They don’t want to ruin his life.  This part was so sad.  I ended up crying.  Takeru was so quietly sad at first and it was heartbreaking to watch.

Hasashi was in bits.  His life was Mai.  Against their order, he went back to see Mai again.

Mai’s mother warned him that she might be comatose forever, and asked if he was prepared for such a situation, in which he answered in the affirmative.

Mai’s mother then thank him sincerely and told him that her daughter found a good man.

Mai finally woke up after a year.

But she was different.  The doctor said that she was like an infant, she is reset to zero, born again.  She needed to be taught everything.

She started to remember everything except Hasashi.

Mai was desperate to remember Hasashi and even went on a rather dangerous mission of finding inspiration to remember.  She started complaining of pain in her head, which alarmed Hasashi.

Finally, Hasashi had to give up.  He thought he had to remove himself from Mai’s vicinity to give her some peace and quiet time.

After some more time, Mai was allowed to go home.  The first thing she found was her mobile phone.

She tried to start it, but she does not know the pass code.  She is back to her cheerful self once again.  She was in her wheelchair visiting places when she encountered the kindly wedding planner who recognised her immediately.in

The wedding planner asked her if she was ready to get married.  Mai found out that Hasashi kept their booking for March 17, paying each year for it.

Mai then tried the 0317 to unlock her mobile phone and it worked.  She then found more than 500 unread messages Hasashi, which were the videos he made.  This scene was so painfully beautiful, I cried so much.

Mai went to find Hasashi (he has been gone for more than a year), who was now working on an island.

Mai confessed to him that she still cannot remember him but she wants to fall in

 

 

 

Deng Lun (Chinese Actor)

Deng Lun (Chinese Actor)

Deng Lun

BioData:

  • DoB: 21 October 1992 (25)
  • PoB: Shijiazhuang, Hebei Province, China
  • Height: 1.85 cm
  • Education: Shanghai Theatre Academy
  • Career: Singer, Model/Product endorser, Actor
  • Civil Status: Single

Dramas & Films:

 

Life (Kdrama Review & Summary)

Life (Kdrama Review & Summary)

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  • Genre: Medical, Mystery, Crima, Hospital Drama
  • Date Released: July 2018
  • KDrama: 16 Episodes

Cast:

  • Lee Dong Wook as Ye Jin Woo
  • Cho Seung Woo as Koo Seung Hyo (President)
  • Won Jin-A as Lee No Eul
  • Lee Kyu Hyung as Ye Sun Woo
  • Yoo Jae Myung as Joo Kyung Moon
  • Moon So Ri as Oh Se Hwa
  • Moon Sung Geun  a
  • Kim Tae Sang (Deputy Director)
  • Cheon Ho Jin as Lee Bo-Hoon (Director)
  • Tae In-Ho as Sun Woo Chang
  • Yum Hye Ran as Kang Kyung-A
  • Choi Yu Hwa as Choi Seo Hyun
  • Eom Hyo Seop as Lee Sang Yeob
  • Kim Won-Hae as Lee Dong Soo
  • Park Min Gwan as Ko Young-Jae
  • Woo Mi-Hwa as Kim Jung Hee
  • Jung Moon Sung as Jo Nam Hyeong
  • Park Ji Yeon as Lee So-Jung
  • Lee Sang Hee as Kim Eun Ha
  • Jung Hee-Tae as Seo Ji-Yong

Based from the first episode, Life would be a cracking hospital drama.  It sets to follow the tautness and sophistication of the 2017 legal drama, Secret Forest, which also came from the pen of the same writer, Lee Soo-Yeon.

There are also a lot of the actors from Secret Forest who are now playing different roles in Life.


Episode 1

The medical staff at the A&E department were on tenterhook waiting for a patient to be brought in by the medical emergency team.

The lead doctor was Ye Jin Woo, who was absolutely shattered to find out that the patient was DOA (dead on arrival).

The patient happened to be the much loved and respected Director, the head of Sangkook University Hospital.

There were some whispers that there is more to the death than meet the eye.

It was said that the Director had been drinking when he visited the Deputy Director in his house.  After more Soju drinking, the Director apparently decided to smoke despite his dicky heart.  The Deputy Director told him to smoke in the rooftop as he can’t abide smoking.

The director then ended up all broken up on the pavement, having fallen from the rooftop.

Secrets started to come out about the Director.  Apparently, he had been embezzling funds, which Ye Jin Woo found out and confronted the Director about on the same day of his death.

For some reason, Ye Jin-woo got the information from his brother, who may be dead.  Strangely enough, the brother appears disabled at one time and then be hail and hearty during his visit to the hospital.  Ye Jin Woo seemed to suffer from schizophrenia?!!!

With all the sadness of the passing of the Director, the hospital is plunged into chaos as a new president has been appointed, who is a businessman from a large corporation.

The president is trying to make Sangkook University Hospital more viable in a business point of view.

His first task was to transfer three major departments, including the A&E, which is hemorrhaging funds,  into rural hospitals.

The doctors and nurses were in revolt.

 

 

 

Caesar Wu – Chinese Actor

Caesar Wu – Chinese Actor

Caesar Wu
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BioData

  • Birth Name: Wu Xi Ze
  • Stage Name: Caesar Wu
  • DoB: 16 October 1996 (22)
  • PoB: Guangdong, China
  • Civil Status: Single
  • Height: 1.85 m

Dramas & Films:

Connor Leong (Chinese Actor)

Connor Leong (Chinese Actor)

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BioData:

  • Birth Name: Liang Jing Kang
  • AKA: Connor Leong, Leon Leong
  • DOB: 3 January 1994 (24)
  • PoB: Shenzhen, China
  • Height: 1.86 m
  • Education: South China Institute of Software Engineering in Guangzhou University
  • Career: Model, Singer, Actor

Dramas & Films:

  • Midnight Diner
  • Meteor Garden 2018
  • Another Me (coming soon)

Facts & Factoids:

  • 1 August 2018  Just a few days ago, Leon Leong was known as Connor Leong in his current drama, Meteor Garden 2018.  But his updated Weibo account announces and called himself Leon Leong.
  • He is a good friend of Shen Yue.
  • He goes to his computer to de-stress.
  • He is fondly known as Kankan

 

Zhang Yu Xi (Chinese Actress)

Zhang Yu Xi (Chinese Actress)

BioData

  • Name : Zhang Yu Xi
  • DoB: January 29, 1993
  • PoB: Dunhua, Jilin, China
  • Height : 168cm
  • Education: Beijing Institute Of Fashion Technology
  • Language Fluency : Cantonese, Mandarin, English
  • Civil Status: Single; in a relationship with Chen Bai Rong
  • Career: Model, Actress

Dramas & Films

 

 

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