Category: KDrama, JDrama, TwDrama, ThDrama, FDrama, CDrama

Dramas and films from the South East Asian nations: South Korean, Japan, Taiwan, Thailand, Philippines and China

Make a Bow & Kiss (Japanese Film)

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Film

  • Genre: Romance, Shoujo Manga, Archery, Teen, School
  • Date Released: 2017
  • Japanese

Cast

  • Elaiza Ikeda as An Kishimoto
  • Masaki Nakao as Yota Mikami
  • Takashi Matsuo as Naoyuki Yoshiki
  • Katsuhuri Suzuki as Arashi Kuwabara
  • Takahisa Maeyama as Katsum Iragashi
  • Minori Hagiwara as Riko Ando
  • Kusei Yuki as Shotaro Endo
  • Hidekazu Mashima as Kaname Mikamai

 

Make a Bow & Kiss (Japanese Film)

I would classify this drama as a mature teen drama because of two things.

Firstly because of the nature of the leads’  relationship and secondly, the story itself.

An Kishimoto devoted much of the last six years as a member, and currently being the president, of  the  archery club in her high school.  She is a third year high school student.

She felt that she cannot give anymore of herself into archery, thus she decided to give up her presidency and retire completely from the club.

There was a second year student, Mikami, who was an up and coming archer.  Though he does not attend much of the training, he always win the archery gongs during contest.

An Kishimoto decided that Mikami should be the next president and therefore passed the honour to him.

Mikami had other ideas.  Though, he accepted the presidency, he would not accept her total retirement from the club.

He roughly seduced her with kisses.  The innocent An was quickly beguiled into staying.  After she agreed, Mikami behaved as if nothing had happened.

Poor An was captivated even more.

She was so enthralled with him that she became jealous of ever phone calls he received.  She followed him one day in a hospital.  She was so curious to know who he visits and found him with a boy, who was his adopted brother.

Mikami saw her skulking and asked her why she was following him.

She confessed to him that she liked him. Mikami then said that he likes her though and that she will be his girlfriend.

Despite their official relationship, Mikami would blow hot and cold and told her that they should break up.

Mikami has so much issues, including his adopted brother terminal illness.  He can’t accept it and feels disappointed and annoyed that his adopted father has resigned to the fact.

He reconciled with An but he made her promised that she needs to stay by his side not only now, next year but for the rest of her life.

 

 

Meteor Garden 2018 (Chinese Drama) Review

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Drama

  • Genre: ROMANCE, Youth, School
  • Date Released: 9 July 2018
  • CDrama: 48 Episodes
  • Remake of Taiwanese drama (2001) of the same title

Cast: 

  • Shen Yue as Dong Shan cai
  • Dylan Wang as Dao Ming Si
  • Darren Chen as Hua Ze Lei
  • Liang Jing Kang as Feng Mei Zuo
  • Wu Xi Ze as Xi Men Yan
  • Liu Yinhao as Chen Qinghe
  • Dong Xin as Li Zhen

Many are already familiar with this drama as it has been remade by several countries over and over.  It is based on a Japanese manga called Hana Yori Dango (Boys Over Flowers)

Meteor Garden 2018 is based on the Taiwanese version of the Hana Yori Dango

It is about a girl, who came from an ordinary family and now enrolled in a posh and prestigious school for the children of the  rich and famous.

The school is ruled by four uber gorgeous boys, known as the F4.  They reign in terror amongst the children of the rich.  Anyone found lacking is given a red card, which means his/her life and happiness within the school are in jeopardy.  The victim would then rather transfer to another school or bear with all the punishments until the F4 get bored and cease the tortures.

Shan Cai is a brave girl who went against the F4.  Despite the red card, she stood her ground and gave Dao Ming Si a good kicking.  Instead of giving her an even harsher time, he fell in love with her. 🙂  She was the first one who ever tried to put up a fight.

Hua Ze Lei actually was helping her in the background and she knew it.  She had a bit of a crush on him.

Thus the drama developed into a love triangle.

I can’t wait for this new Shen Yue drama! Roll on 9 July 2018!

Four episodes are now on show but with no English sub/ huhuhu


Netflix got rights for this drama.  They will start showing them on 13 July!  Yey, can’t wait.

Meteor Garden 2018 (Chinese Drama)

The first six episodes subtitled in English are now available in Netflix.  It is about 24-35 minutes each episode.

This is the second major drama for Shen Yue, who catapulted to stardom playing Shao Xi in A Love So Beautiful, which is also available to watch in Netflix.

I have to be honest, I am still bias towards ALSB.  It is still the sweeter and cuter drama.

Shen Yu’s Shan Cai is really super annoying and excruciatingly embarrassing most of the time, I am yet to warm up towards her.

I came to this drama, unsure of Dylan Wang, having seen a behind the scene’s video of him being too boisterous to Shen Yue with her tied hoodie.

Anyway, I was pleasantly surprised! Dylan Wang is the best actor of them all.  He was able to project a spectrum of emotion.  He is vulnerable, snarky, immature, kind, jealous and proud.  He is certainly an actor to watch.

As to Shen Yue, I am not sure what happened but she’s only produced half of the charm she had in ALSB.

This version is more true to life.  The F4 are gorgeous, tall, rich young men, who excel in their field.  They are more spoiled rather than out and out evil.  They are more ‘ordinary’ that the other versions.

Episode 1-6

Shan Cai’s mother is a very good cook.  She makes a living from her homecooking and delivery.  Shai Cai wanted to help out her mother to build her business.  So she enrolled in the Nutrition Department of the best and most exclusive university in China called Ming De University.

There she had a reunion with her former schoolmates, BFF Chen Qinghe, and Li Zhen.

During orientation, a famous man called Mr Bobbit came to speak to the students.  Shan Cai and the rest of the attendees were in ecstasy in the presence of this famous American man.

After the talk, just outside the auditorium, still excited with their good fortune of listening to Mr Bobbit, another ecstasy inducing event happened, the F4 came sauntering into the school, much to the delirium of the girls.  In the chaos, Shan Cai’s phone was nudged out of her hand into the ground.  Crawling into the floor in between commotion of legs running towards the F4, Shan Cai tried to reach for her phone.  She was inches away towards it when a green crocodile shoe stepped on it.

Shan Cai was so annoyed, she run after the owner of the shoe.  She saw him in a  huddled crowd.  Without much thought’s she grabbed the man in the middle, which happened to be Mr Bobbit.  She was quickly restrained by the bodyguards.

Shan Cai was persona non grata for assaulting such an important man. She was being gossiped about for her misdemeanour.

To get rid of her stress, she went on top of the building and vent her frustration by shouting her lungs out.  She was told off by a man seating nearby of the racket she was making.  He happened to be one of the F4.  He was Ze Lei.

During many instances, she kept meeting Ze Lei, who was rather kind to her unlike the leader of F4, Daoming Si.

Si seemed to delight in torturing her.  Shan Cai can’t take it anymore so she gave him a flying kick straight on his handsome face.

Si was not annoyed, he actually developed a grain of respect towards her, which quickly developed into tenderness.  So much so that he told her that he wanted her to be his girlfriend.  He listed all the pros of becoming his girlfriend, but Shan Cai was not interested as she was already half in love with the gorgeous and musical Ze Lei, despite him having a girlfriend already.

Yuan Zi, the girlfriend, was very friendly towards Shan Cai.  But hormones has taken over Shan Cai’s brain.  The friendship from the girlfriend was immaterial. Out with sisterhood!!!  Shan Cai was determined to pursue Ze Lei, which was noticed by Si.  This created a gulf between Ze Lei and Si’s friendship.

Si tried many things, which he does not usually do to entice Shan Cai away from Ze Lei but it is becoming a losing battle.

Ze Lei had decided to go to Paris to be with Yuan Zi, who had decided to become a lawyer with a charitable institution, Without Borders.  She also willingly cut herself off from inheriting her family fortune.  Really nice girl, hear that Shan Cai!!!

Shan Cai misses Ze Lei so much that when out clubbing one evening with a secretly vengeful friend, Li Zhen, she became inordinately inebriated.  With drunken hazy sight, she sat down next to a foreigner, who was playing the piano. She was imagining that he was Ze Lei.

She woke up the next morning in a strange bed, with a note from Thomas, the foreigner, saying that he enjoyed himself.

 

 

Manga & Anime

I may not be Japanese but I grew up religiously following manga and anime on tv.

My sister, brothers and I would congregate in front of the television at 6. At every day of the week, there was an animated program about valiant young people on their respective space ship that turned into fighting robots.

We love Mazinger Z, Daimos, Mekanda Robot, Grendizer and Dunguard Ace  But everybody’s favourite was Voltes 5.  I was absolutely fascinated with his chain knuckles..  My sister and I also would follow a more girly animations called, Candy, Candy and Ron Ron, the flower angel.  And we spent a fortune on buying the last Hello Kitty pink plastic treasures!

Anyway, manga and anime are not losing their charm, in fact it is busy conquering the world.

There is a manga and anime for everyone.

There are apparently five basic classifications.

There is the shonen aimed for young boys who are below the age of 15.  Shows like Dragon Ball and Pokemon anime.

Seinen is for older boys of 15-24.  Just like that Scarlett Johansson’s live action version of Ghost in the Shell.

Shoujo (Shojo) are aimed for young and teenage girls.

Josei are for a more mature females.  These mangas are focused on more melodramtic stories.

And finally the Kodomumoke.  These are the manga and anime that busy mums tend to let very young children sit in front of for educational purposes, of course.  🙂 Under this category is something called  yoji for babies

 

 

Mr Sunshine (KDrama Review & Summary)

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Drama

  • Genre: Historical, Adventure, Drama
  • Date Released: July 2018
  • KDrama: 24 Episodes

Cast

  • Lee Byung-Hun as Eugene Choi
  • Kim Tae Ri as Go Ae Shin
  • Yoo Yeon-Seok as Goo Dong Mae
  • Kim Min-Jung as Hee-Na
  • Byun Yo-Han as Kim Hee-Sung

This drama has a good pedigree.  The scriptwriter as well as the director have worked together before in a couple of masterpieces: Goblin and Descendants of the Sun.

This drama has a very sumptuous feel about it even from episode one.  In fact this drama is comparable to BBC’s dramas.  The cinematography is fantastic. It is like watching a film; a film like like the Titanic 🙂  I supposed, the lead is an A lister, Lee Byung Hun, popular in Korean films and dramas who had made a mark in a few Hollywood blockbuster movies.

Anyway the story started in June 1871, during the 8th year of Gojong’s Reign.

An ambitious minister visited another minister’s house.  The ambitious minister (AM) has an eye for the ladies and he fancied the girl serving them their drinks.

The host minister tried to discourage the AM by tempting him with a promise of a virginal girl, he mentioned that the girl who just served them was already married.  But the AM said that he wanted  the married servant.

It so happened that the husband of the girl heard what was going on.  So they tried to run away but failed.  Their master did not have an ounce of pity for them.  He ordered that the husband be rolled in a mat and then beaten to his death, while the wife will be taken and be given to the ambitious minister.  At that same time the six years old son of the couple arrived at the scene.  In front of the child his parents are being beaten, the minister ordered that the boy is beaten to death as well.   The wife jumped next to the pregnant daughter of the minister and quickly took the woman’s lethal looking hair ornament and pointed it to the woman’s neck.

She told her young son to run, to go.  In desperation, the pregnant woman who was being threatened that her big belly will be stabbed as well if they don’t let the boy go, threw her jade token to the boy and told the boy to go and ordered that no one should run after him.

When the boy was out of sight, his mother let go of the pregnant woman and she jumped into her death in a well.

At that time, Joseon (Korea) had few American ships on its shore.  The American visit quickly resulted in a bloody skirmish killing around 300 Koreans.

Even at a young age, the six years old boy knew that he had no future in Joseon, the way things were.

He managed to stow away in a ship sailing back to America.

His life in America did not improve immediately.  He became a victim of feral young white thugs loitering the street.

When he was about 10, miraculously surviving on his own, he saw soldiers of all colours, marching and looking dignified.  The seed was sown, he wanted to be one.

These are the initiating forces that would affect his return to his old homeland as a high-ranking military of the American arm forces.

Episode 2

It looks like Ae Shin has inherited her mother’s strong woman’s genes.  Ae Shin was not satisfied with just being a well to do submissive wife.  She wanted adventure.  When she told her grandad that she would rather die than be inconspicuous little mouse, her grandad told her to die.

And she did try by holding a hunger strike which lasted a few days until her grandad had someone take her into the mountains.  She thought she was going to be killed but it turned out her grandad had instructed someone to teach her how to fight, how to fire a gone.

She met Eugene Choi while she was on a mission to assassinate an American, who was working for the Japanese army.

The American was duly assassinated but she was not a lone gunman.  There was another.  It was Eugene Choi.

These episodes now introduces a main characters.

Kim Min Jung looks so lovely in a Japanese kimono ( far from that horrid severe fringe girl from Man to Man drama)

Rikuoh (Japanese Drama) Review

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Drama

  • Genre:  Family, Business, drama
  • Date Released: October 2017
  • Dorama: 10 Episodes

Cast:

  • Koji Yakusho as Koichi Miyazawa
  • Kento Yamazaki as Daichi Miyazawa
  • Rhyoma Takeuchi as Hiroto Mogi

Yes another Kento Yamazaki drama and Rhyoma Takeuchi as well.

Watch this space.  This will be a weekend viewing!


 

It started pretty interesting. Koichi Miyazawa is a fourth generation owner of a tabi shoes manufacturing company, which has a 100 years history.

The company used to have billions of yens in revenue and employed 200.  But now there were only 20 people using antiquated machineries, which breakdown all the time.

Their bank balance was not very healthy.  Their bank manager advised Koichi to restructure the company by laying off some of the staff.

But everyone was an integral part of the company.

Their first bank manager was friendly and suggested that perhaps aside from the tabi, they should create another product to save the company.

 

Legend of Yun Xi (Chinese Drama Review)

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Drama

  • Genre: Historical, Romance, Medical, Fantasy
  • Released Date: 2018
  • CDrama: 48 Episodes

Cast:

  • Ju Jing Yi as Han Yun Xi
  • Zhang Zhe Han as Long Fei Ye
  • Yalkun Merxat as Gu Xi Xhao
  • Lin Si Yi as Ouyang Ning Jing
  • Li Rui Chao as Gu Bei Yue
  • Xu Jia Qi as Chu Ching Ge
  • Zhao Yi Xin as Chu Xi Feng
  • Lu Xing Yu as Han Cong’an
  • Hu Bing as Tian Hui Di

Legend of Yun Xi (Chinese Drama Review)

 

Episode 1- 8

Han Yun Xi is a very talented doctor. She is very skilled in Chinese medicine.

She inherited this aptitude from her father, who is an imperial doctor.

Unfortunately, Yun Xi does not have a loving relationship with her father.

After her mother’s gone her father remarried and had another daughter with his new wife.

The father ignored her most of her life and allowed his new family to maltreat her.

He was embarrassed of Yun Xi because she grew up with an unsightly facial skin disease.  It became well known in the land that the imperial doctor’s first daughter was ugly with sore/boil on her face.

Despite her facial affliction, Yun Xi is a feisty, cheerful and a go-getter kind of girl.

When her step-sister fights with her, she fights back.  She was no downtrodden Cinderella.  She blamed her father for her situation with his new family for not doing anything to prevent their cruelty towards her.

Anyway during that time, the land was divided into three kingdoms:  Tian Ning, Western Zhou and Northern Li.

Yun Xi and her family are from the Tian Ning kingdom.

The emperor of Tian Ning is very cunning and crafty.    He noted that Long Fei Ye, Duke of Qin, was doing very well with the military.  FeiYe’s popularity is growing.

Instead of rewarding Fei Ye for his bravery and being an excellent general, the emperor deviously devised a way to pull Fei Ye down a peg or two.  He decreed that Feiye should get married and to add insult to injury the emperor chose a wife for him as well.  He decreed that the new Duchess of Qin will be the infamous ‘ugly’ daughter of the imperial doctor.

Yun Xi is not really ugly.  She just had a minor skin blemish that can be easily overlooked.  (But then again, during those times, the royals were expected to have perfect skin with no visible scars)  And this was the case when she came upon  Gu QiShao while she was foraging for medicinal herbs in the mountains.  He noticed her skin but he did not find it abhorrent.  What he saw was a girl with a lovely personality.  He quite like her.

Anyway Yun Xi was informed that she will be married to the Duke.  Her father told her that she did not have to.  He can refuse the order.

To his surprise Yun Xi was all for it.  He continuously begged his daughter not to go through with the wedding.

Yun Xi told her father that she can’t live another minute with him and his new family.  She put up with a lot of things from them and that had to stop.  Marrying the Duke is  her way out.

Her father was actually nervous for her but it was just  too late for their father-daughter relationship, which had broken down a long time ago. 🙂

On her way to the palace for her wedding, due to stress, she had a nose bleed.  Blood dripped onto her jade bracelet.  The bracelet was magical.

She then had an out of body experience and ended up in another dimension, where there is a library of books  encased in bubbles, floating.  The first book was how to cure the carbuncle in her face.

There was also a book, a legendary book written by the Poison Master.  This book shows how poison can be used to cure ailments.

Miraculously she was cured of her skin blemish and was radiant and beautiful when she got to the palace.  But she was told that the Duke was indisposed and she had to return another day.

Yun Xi got out of her jiao (sedan chair) and refused to go saying that her marriage was an edict from the emperor.  They can’t go against his decree.  Whether the Duke is ill or not she’s married to him.

By episode 8, the romance between Yun Xi and the Duke is heating up.

Episode 9-10

The duke knew that Yun Xi had been tasked by the Empress Dowager to spy on him.

Yun Xi doesn’t have much choice because apparently her mother is not dead and the Empress Dowager knows where the mother is.  Yun Xi is desperate to find her mother.

The duke is somewhat reassured that Yun Xi is not seriously spying on him because the missive she sends the Empress D are all made up and innocuous.  It made him giggle reading them.

Episode 11

From Episode 10, the duke caught the courtesan, Yu Ze, who had poisoned soldiers and ministers with fatal bee stings.

They put Yu Ze under heavy guard in a dungeon but she seemed to have been poisoned.

It took Yun Xi to determine what kind of poison she took or given to her.  Apparently is was a very rare rice poison.

BTW Yu Ze works for Gu Xi Xhao, who had been looking for her to rescue.

Episode 12 – 16

I absolutely adore this drama.  It is about 45 minutes each episode but it’s so watchable it feels shorter.

I like the love triangle developing between the the Duke, Yun Xi and Xi Xhao.

To add to this love triangle is the Duke’s childhood’s sweetheart, who came to stay at the palace much to the jealousy of Yun Xi, who went to Xi Xhao’s herb mountain for some comfort and friendly relaxation. And to ask for forgiveness for blowing him out of their date.

Poor Xi Xhao waited all day and most of the evening at the noodle shop for her.  He had such cute adorable scenes in the noodle shop.  His character is so good.  One minute a romantic man in love, the next a lethal strategies and spy.

After months of being married, Yun Xi finally went to visit her family without the Duke.

Her family was excited at first thinking that the Duke would be coming, but started bullying Yun Xi when they found out she was alone.

They were in the middle of being nasty towards Yun Xi when the Duke came riding down.

He told them off severely and would have put them to death (as being disrespectful to elders and those in the royal family is punishable by death) if Yun Xi did not intervene.

Her father tried to make amends with her but so far he was very clumsy and saying all the wrong words.  He said that he was cold and strict with her because this would make his concubine and younger daughter to be less evil towards her.  ehhh?

The Duke noticed the large painting in Yun Xi’s old bedroom.  He was so humbled as he realised that the woman in the portrait was the one who gave her life for him.  She protected him to the end.

The Duke promised Yun Xi to build a medical hall for her but since the coming of his beautiful young cousin, Yun Xi feld sidelined.

Yap love this drama.  Can’t wait for the next episode, where naughty Yun Xin offered to cook for Xi Xhao.

Episode 17

The Duke, as promised, is organising the medical hall but Yun Xi was nowhere to be found.  He found out that she was visiting Xi Xhao.

She came back later very drunk.  She then told the young cousin to stay away from the Duke because he was hers.  She then flew into the duke’s arms and told him she wanted to make a baby with him.  So cute.

Yun Xi slept at the Duke manor.  Her maids transferred all their belongings to this manor.  The duke did not complain, so Yun Xi was very happy.

The Princess of Wei, the newest concubine of the king has been poisoned and Yun Xi had been summoned to enter the palace.

Yun Xi was rather upset because she has a date with the Duke to see the Lantern Festival.

Episode 18

The Duke did not show up at the lantern festival where Yun Xi waited for him for a long time.

The Duke seemed to be ailing and in constant company of his childhood sweetheart.  He also told YunXi to move out of his manor.

The duke seemed to be metamorphosing into something else.

 

 

Kakugo wa Iika Soko no Joshi (Japanese Drama) Review & Summary

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Are You Ready? Hey You Girl! (2018)

Drama

  • Genre: Romance, School, Flower Boy, Teacher Crush, Shoujo Manga
  • Date Released: June 2018
  • Dorama: X Episodes

Cast:

  • Nakagawa Taishi as Furuya Towa
  • Ito Kentaro as Niimi Ritso
  • Kai Shouma as Sawada Ichiya
  • Wakabayashi Jiei as Kuze Ryosei
  • Karata Erika as Misono Miwa
  • Teppei Koike as Takatsugo Masaki
  • Yosuke Sugino as Toma Naito
  • Yuri Tsunematsu as Kosame Asakura

Kakugo wa Iika Soko no Joshi

This drama is based on a shoujo Manga of 2014, written by Shiiba Nana

Furuya Towa is a handsome 15 year old boy.  Despite being surrounded by adoring girls, he had never had a girlfriend himself.

With the encouragement and instigation of his core friends he confessed to Misono Miwa, a beautiful school mate.  To his surprise Misono turned him down.

Surprisingly Towa, despite being turned down, Misono woke up his hunter instinct!  He really wanted her.

Apparently this is also condensed in a film version.


Episode 1

This drama started and ended in such a kawaii way.

23.09 minutes of utter cuteness.

Towa has always been the centre of attention.  Girls throw themselves at him.   His three friends, Ritso, Ichiya and Ryosei help him get away from the girls in a very good-natured sort of way.

In the same school, there was another good looking guy called Toma (it is Natsume of Good Morning Call 2).  He was a bit put out that despite his good looks, Towa is the one the girls congregate to.

So he thought, being good looking is not enough to become more popular than Towa.  He needed to be more, be cool.

So Toma started posing like he was in deep thought. 🙂  He did look so cool and gorgeous.  He also started drinking coffee – black!  Cool 🙂

This change was noticed by the girls.  Before you know it half of the girls in school started following him.  Naughtily Toma started secretly chatting up three girls at the same time.  In effect he had three girlfriends.,

Towa on the other hand was not bothered with the dwindling numbers of his schoolgirl fans.

Asakura is the female equivalent of Toma and Towa.  She is actually Towa’s cousin who just came back from abroad.

Asakura was surrounded by boys when Towa called her.  Ritso was entranced.

Towa was coming home from mingling with his friends one night, when he witnessed Toma being slapped by each of his girlfriends.  It seems they found out they were being three-timed.

Towa went to console Toma.  They got talking about being popular.  Toma confessed that he’s not used to being not the centre of attention.  Apparently during elementary school, he was the most popular.

Towa said that Toma was really a good man.  They had such a lovely bromance.,  Towa said that he is handsome but Toma is too and he has such a lovely skin and his fingers are long and dainty.  Toma jokingly asked Towa if he was confessing to him.  Awww

Ritso again lost in Jack N poy so he had to empty the thrash.  While doing his chores, some dirt got into his face, suddenly a handkerchief was scrubbing his face.  He was excited to note that the owner of the handkerchief was Asakura.

Can’t wait for the next episode.


Episode 2

It looks so cute.  There seemed to be a guest character as a focal of the story every episode.  First episode was Toma (Yosuke Sugino).

This time round was a boy called Souta Majima, who was copying everything Towa does. It didn’t bother Towa but the legion of girls who are into Towa were unimpressed and rather annoyed.

There was a lone girl, Tamako, who seemed to stand up for the Majima.  She was rather plain with buckteeth, huge black glasses and pigtails.

She confessed to Majima but she qualified it by saying that she was not good enough for him.

Majima said, “Yeah!  You are too ugly”

Apparently Majima did not really mean to say it, it just that Tamako said “I am not good enough for you”, which is apparently the number one break-up line by girls, according to internet research!  The truth of the matter was that Majima has a crush on Tamako.  He finds her plainness absolutely enchanting.

He went to Towa to ask advice about how to get Tamako back after telling her she’s ugly.

Tamako and Majima had a meeting at the school canteen and before you know it they were saying iskedes to one another. Lovey dovey! 🙂

Meanwhile Ritso is falling deeper and deeper for Asakura.  She’s a very lively girl and very friendly.

He got to accidentally hug her at the restaurant.  He saved her from tripping on a chair.  His discomfiture was felt by his three friends, who teased him so much.

In this episode, a new teacher was also introduced.  He’s Mr Masaki, the best looking teacher in their school.

 

Maja Salvador (Filipina Actress)

Maja Salvador

BioData

  • Full Name: Maja Ross Andres Salvador
  • DoB: 5 October 1988 (29)
  • PoB: Aparri, Cagayan, Philippines
  • Height: 1.54 m
  • Civil Status: Single (part of Philippines’ showbiz Salvador clan)
  • Career: Singer, Dancer (known as the Dance Princess), Model, Host, Actress

Maja Salvador exudes sexiness and charisma.  She is a very good actress who has gained plenty of acting awards.

Maja Salvador (Filipina Actress)

Dramas & Films:

My Story For You (Chinese Drama Review)

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Drama

  • Genre: Romance, Autobiographical, Family, Rags to Riches
  • Date Released: June 2018
  • CDrama: 48 Episodes

Cast:

  • Luo Jin as Zhang Changgong
  • Zheng Shuang as Li Muzi
  • Pen Hanchen as Han Dong (Best Friend)
  • Zhang Yishang as Zhang YaoYao (sister)
  • Wong Gongliang as Li Ningfeng (policeman)
  • Yang Jingcheng as Wei Xiaoshan (Best-Friend)
  • Li Yiyi as Xiao Ayi (Ex-Gf)
  • Qin Yiming as Liu Mingtao

This story is about the struggle of a high school graduate with a vocational in IT and his ultimate success both in Love and work.

I must say Luo Jin had been so busy these last few months.  This is his third in just a few months.


 

My Story For You (Chinese Drama Review)

Episode 1 – 6

This was in 1998, time leading to the  computer boom.

Chang Gong finished high school and then studied IT.  Due to not having a college degree, he can’t find gainful employment.  But he created a very popular chatroom where he met young people including Li Muzi.

It was agreed that their core group within the chatroom should meet and greet in person.  Chang Gong described himself as 1.6 m in height while Li Muzi said she was 200 kg in weight.

Of course it was the opposite,  Chang Gong was tall and handsome while Li Muzi was slim and gorgeous.

They were attracted to one another immediately.  Their romance is fairly sedate at the moment as Chang Gong had finally found himself a job, though it did not start well.  On his first day he was investigated by the police for a missing digital camera.

His friends, Han Dong and Mingtao, helped him get the real culprit by using Han Dong expensive mobile phone (think vintage phone) as the bait.  Thank goodness the real thief was rather greedy.  He was caught in the act trying to take the phone from the cupboard.

Han Dong is an heir of a large corporation.  But he was a hot-head and a trouble-maker.

He had a fisticuffs with one of his professors which lead to his expulsion from the univesity.  His father told him to come home but he refused.  He declared that he will not come home without building his own company.  His father washed his hand off him for now and told him he can do whatever he like but he was not getting a penny.

Han Dong is renting a room from Chang Gong parents.  He started selling dvds, cds, cassettes tapes, etc on a bicycle cart which proved popular.  At this time he is getting closer to the daughter of the professor, who he had the fight with.   The woman has a young child already.

This turn of events did not go well with Zhang Yao Yao, the sister of Chang Gong, who has a massive crush on Han Dong. She was so jealous.

Yao Yao was a nurse but secretly resigned from her nursing job to become a call centre handler, which pays more.  Yao Yao seems to attract troubles, through no fault of her own and she always ends up in the police station.  The chief was Li Ningfeng, who has taken a particular interest to Yao Yao’s family.

Wei Shaoshan, who lives with his mother in another room rented from Chang Gong’s parents (?)  has a rich and rather opinionated girlfriend.  The girlfriend was about to fly to the states for further study.  This only made Shaoshan realised how different their status in life.

Chang Gong is doing really well at his job.  He was given more responsibility managing a website of a television station.

Now, the contract for the television is up for renewal.  Chang Gong’s boss, who gave him his big break and believed in him,  told him that he has a couple of choices: stay as a permanent employee of the television station managing their website or go with the CEO’s company and be rewarded for his effort.  The company is going to float their stocks and shares with NASDAQ.

Here he had to make a choice.

Episode 7

Chenggong decided to leave the tv station to work with his IT boss.

He had also met Muzi’s family who were military men.

Chenggong, Han Dong and Ziaxhiosan had decided to bail out Chenggong ex-girlfriend’s boyfriend who borrowed the life savings of the granmother.  The boyfriend then spent the money on a great rich scheme which was buying and selling anti-millennium bug for the coming 2000.  Unfortunately he can’t sell the CDs and lost every thing of the 50K.

Episode 8

It’s year 2000

YaoYao spent New Year’s eve tagging along with the policeman in his rounds.

Sweet Dreams (Chinese Drama)

Sweet Dreams poster

Drama

  • Genre: Romance, Flowers, Fantasy
  • Date Released: June 2018
  • CDrama: 45 Episode

Cast:

  • Dilraba Dilmurat as Lin Ling Qi
  • Deng Lun as Bai Hai
  • Rang Rui Zi as Lu Bao Ni
  • Zhu Xu Dan as Zhou Zin Yan
  • Chen Yi Long as Mo Nan

Lin Ling Qi is a kind girl who has a degree in zoology but wanted a career in flower arranging because of a celebrity florist, Bai Hai.

It looks like they will have a deeper relationship because of a bracelet. 🙂


Sweet Dreams (Chinese Drama)

Episode 1

Lin Ling Qi or fondly called by her friend Bao Ni as Qi Qi is an ordinary girl, who was so in love with love.  Her brain is completely focused on love.

She was a very romantic girl, but got dumped unceremoniously by a boy.  Her tears was as heavy as the pouring rain.  A beautiful bouquet of flowers was handed to her by a mysterious trendy man in black.

Since then she dreams of working for Flowerplus, not because she particularly likes flowers but she like the company president of Hua Jia.  The man of her dreams is Bai Hai.  He is very personable, very handsome but rather lack empathy.  His emotional quotient is inversely proportional to his very high IQ.

Anyway, despite majoring in zoology, QiQi dragged her reluctant best friend Bao Ni to apply for a part-time job at Flowerplus with her.  Qi Qi was so heartbroken when Bao Ni got accepted but she wasn’t.  Her parents and Bao Ni encouraged her to reapply in a year’s time.  Again she did not get selected.

On the third time, Bao Ni gave her a comprehensive booklet about Flowerplus to study.

Concurrently to all these, Qi Qi applied and got accepted as a tester for a sleep aid in the form of a bracelet called Sweet Dreams.

It so happened Bai Hai also wears the Sweet Dreams bracelet.  He suffers from nightmares about dragons.

One night he dreamt of the dragons again but this time it did not end as horrific as before.  There was a girl in his dream who helped him vanquished the dragons.  A single drop of the dragon’s blood fell into a white rose which made it changed into reddish/pinkish hue.

This dream inspired him to solve a problematic issue with a client who hysterically insisted that the hundreds of white roses be changed into pink ones for her wedding to a Hollywood celebrity.

This part, I have to admit was so cringeworthy!

But the leads though have a great chemistry even from the beginning of this drama.  I just hope that the script is tightened up and be more comedic and dramatic at the same time.

Episode 2

After a few years Qi Qi finally get into Flowerplus but as a sales assistant.  Again her plan and fervent wish to meet her crush Bai Hai has been thwarted because he doesn’t go to small branch of flower shops of Flowerplus.

Episode 3

Bai Hai is consumed with worry at a proposed takeover of his company, Flowerplus, he established when he was 22 years old.

He was able to find a more suitable investor, which pacified his shareholders.

The episode ended with the almost meeting of Bai Hai and QiQi when Bai Hai tried to do one of his impromptu site visitsof his smaller stores.  At the last minute, he was a foot away from QiQi,  he got a call and had to return to the office immediately.

They still continue to invade each other’s dream.  Apparently this was due to the faulty Sweet Dream bracelets.

QiQi was asked if she was dreaming any unusual things, she denied any weird dreams, she said she was sleeping like a baby.  She declined to exchange the bracelet.

She wanted to remain as Queen Mary to BoHai’s Prince Jack 🙂

Episode 4

Bo Hai and QiQi finally met but he doesn’t remember her from the dream.

Episode 5-7

Qi Qi ended up as PA to Bo Hai because her flower decorating style echoes his instructions.

But their relationship is not an easy one.,  Bo Hai is a hard task-maker.

Also the flow of work is further subjected to a sabotage.  There was a fire in their main exhibition.  Fire seems to have a catastrophic effect of Bo Hai psyche as it left him almost catatonic in shock.  His manager secretly hired someone to continue with the flower designs while Bo Hai was indisposed.

This was misunderstood by Qi Qi but not helped by Bo Hai who let her carry on with her misconception that his works were not really wholy his own.

Qi Qi resigned on the spot and threatened to divulge to everyone how fake Bo Hai was.

Bo Hai threated her parents with a lawsuit of plagiarising Flowerplus design because they are selling plastic version in their shop.

Qi Qi then unresigned herself and continued working for Bo Hai.

Episode 8-10

Qi Qi started working as a Special Assistant to Bo Hai.  They seemed to make each other’s life harder than it should.

There was a funny scene where Bo Hai got drunk and he turned into a mischievous child, whom Qi Qi had to control.  They almost had a kiss but ended at the minute.

Poor Bo Hai had to keep it secret that he is suffering from a serious colour blindness.

He was guesting in a live telecast when out of the blue he was asked to have a contest with another guest in flower arranging.  Somehow he can see colour through a glass reflection so he was saved from humiliation.

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