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A Love So Beautiful (Chinese Drama Review)


A Love So Beautiful (Chinese Drama Review)

This is such a cute drama.  I have seen about 9 12 episodes, in which only 8 so far are subtitled in English.  Despite the language barrier (can’t understand Chinese), I still found the drama quite engaging.

I love the main girl, Chen Xiao Xi.  She’s so lovely, full of vim.  She knows what she wants and goes for it.  At the age of 16 she wanted Jiang Chen, the genius boy of her class.

Episode 1 

Chen Xiao Xi was without any qualms in pursuing Jiang Chen.  She told him she liked him in which he replied “I don’t like you.”  This hardly made Chen Xiao Xi stopped on her track.  In fact she researched on the internet how to make someone like you back.  So funny.  love it.

I love the characters.  Chen Xiao Xi is a least a foot shorter than Jiang Chen but somehow they looks so cute together.

Episode 2

This is story about children and parents.  Appreciate your parents while you still can.

Episode 3

This episode is about Chen Xiao Xi wanting to be the class monitor.

Episode 9

This episode is cuteness overload.  Jiang Chen and Xiao Xi riding the same bike together is just the cutest!  It is a bit sad though for the second male lead.  He is rather adorable in his own way because he always put Xiao Xi first before himself.. all the time!  The main topic of this episode is joining the class debating team.

Episode 11 is a rather sweet.  Finally Jiang Chen is showing a romantic interest in Xiao Xi. I wish I understand Chinese so I would have enjoyed it more; nevertheless action speaks louder than words.  And it was cute and romantic.

Episode 12, their class was going on a field trip.  During the trip Xiao Xi and her friends prepared for her confession again to Jiang Chen.  They brought fireworks with them which they would lit up as she was confessing.  Unfortunately, it did not go the way it was planned.  Another girl was confessing to Jiang Chen when the fireworks burst into a myriad of colours. Xiao Xi witnessed Jiang Chen hugging the girl. Thank goodness Wo Bu Song(second male lead) was there to take the crying Xiao Xi away from the scene.

Chinese & Taiwanese Dramas OST

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Chinese & Taiwanese Dramas OST

What makes a drama memorable?  There are a lot to consider but I think one big factor is the soundtrack that goes with it.  With just a few notes, you know what drama the soundtrack is from.

I can’t understand Chinese Mandarin or Cantonese but somehow the tune of the music gets to me.

Here is a list of my favourite.

  • Guess, by Joanne Tseng for Attention, Love (Taiwanese Drama)
  • Ending Cut, by Eleanor Lee for The Big Boss (Chinese Drama)
  • I’ll be There, by Silence Wang for Dear Prince (Taiwanese Drama)
  • Promise by A.N. Jell for Fabulous Boys (Taiwanese Drama)
  • Is This a Dream by Hu Ti Yian for A Love So Beautiful (Chinese Drama)

 

Because This is My First Life (KDrama Review)

Because This is My First Life (KDrama Review)

This is a rather tender love story.  It stars the gorgeous Jung So-Min and a return to the small screen for Lee Min-ki in a leading role after 10 years.

I would watch anything with Jung So-min in it because she is such a good actress and she has that fresh and bright screen presence, which I like.

I was really pleasantly surprised with this drama.  There are a lot of things going on with the various characters.  But in the middle of it all is a tender and sweet developing love story between two lonely and rather reserved individuals.

Jung So-min plays Yoon Ji-ho, a 30 year old assistant writer of melodrama who is being taken advantage by work mates and family and became homeless.  By sheer coincidence she ended up renting a spare room with Nam-se-hee (played by Lee Min-ki).

Se-hee at 38 had his life planned in minute details.  He owns his apartment by way of a mortgage, which he hoped to have paid in 12 years time and is scrimping every penny to do so.

Nam-se-hee has rented out his spare room but had had bad luck with tenants until he met Ji-ho. She was ideal for him.  She is quite house-proud.  When writing, she would clean and polish every surface in the house to get her inspiration.  She also loves Kitty, Se-hee’s cat.  That’s not all she avidly does the recycling.  And to top it all, she loves football/soccer.  She support Arsenal just like Se-hee and they would spend time watching the game on tv. To prevent any complication they had a contract where they agreed that they can not like each other in a romantic way.

Se-hee’s parents are pressuring him to settle down and get married.  Se-hee asked Ji-hoo to marry him but Ji-hoo had to turn him down as she equates marriage with love and affection, not just a landlord and tenant in a contractual marriage.  She wants the real deal..

Ji-hoo moved out but found that she was lonelier and so does Se-hee.  He was missing her.

I love that Se-hee is beginning to loosen up a bit from being very uptight.  It is very slowly but really rather sweet to watch.

In episodes 3-4, after Ji-hoo was assaulted by a drunk actor, whom she had a crush on for three years, Ji-hoo was at her lowest ebb.  This finally drove her to accept Se-hee’s proposal of marriage.

It is a sweet love story and Min-ki and So-Min have a good chemistry.

I can’t wait for tonight’s episode. This drama is made up of 16 episodes shown every Mondays and Tuesdays  Yey!

I do highly recommend this drama.  In the first episode there was that conversation about the neocortex.  The neocortex is that part of the brain that gives you memory and sensory. The neocortex is the price humans have to pay for evolution.

Episodes 5 & 6

Woah what happened to the gentle and tender love story developing between the leads?  In these episode they have gotten married but before you can say honeymoon period, the gravity that pulled them together is now putting them asunder. Friction no less.

I supposed you can see a mile off when Ji-hoo behaved like a new bride and develop a cute proprietorial affection to her husband, Kitty, the cat and the house, that Se-hee can only pull back.  He doesn’t do affection from a wife or anybody.  He wanted a paying tenant.  His goal is clear to him.  He wanted the marriage to last for 2 years, until then they will go their separate way. still platonic, bordering on being really strangers to prevent any complication.  He wanted to live alone in his little flat where he wanted to die alone as well.  This situation of course saddened the already lonely Ji-hoo.  She was so embarrassed that she put back all her defences on high alert.  It is war! 🙂

I am so looking forward to how this story develops next weeks.

Episodes 7-8

After walking out from her writing job, Ji-hoo found a part-time job as a waitress at a nearby coffee shop called YOLO (You Only Live Once) from her husband’s workplace.  It was only time that he sees her.  And he did.  He saw his young missus astride an expensive motorcycle with a young gorgeous man.  He felt a twinge of jealousy but stopped himself because she was a wife in name only.

The young man is Bok Nam, teases Ji-Hoo with “if you have a husband, can’t you have a boyfriend?”  Which concerns her as she feels the loneliness from her pretend marriage.  Bok Nam continued to shower her with time and affection, treating her very well in a touchy feely sort of way, even buying her a hair grip and a book.  Very different from her stoic husband.

The end of episode 8 was very uplifting!  It looks like a happy ending afterall for Ji-hoo and Se Hee.  She thinks that love exists as Se hee extends his hand to her asking her to go home with him.

Episodes 9-10

There was a bit of misunderstanding.  Se Hee, after receiving various misinformation, thought that Bok Nam was the stalker and rapist in a dating site Se Hee’s work have been running. Thus, he thought that Ji-hoo was in danger.  Se Hee, very out of character, kicked the very expensive motorcycle.

Bok Nam actually was quite innocent.  He was a victim of identity theft.

The hand-holding did not last long.  Again Se Hee explained in detail that they can’t be any more than landlord and tenant because after their contract marriage is over, the impact on Ji-hoo will be immense as a woman and much younger than him.

He is really getting on my nerves 🙁  He will step towards her and then pull back.  Poor Ji Hoo.  Bok Nam teases her that she has a one-sided love for her husband.  Ji Hoo was a bit concerned but she can’t help herself.

Bok Nam told Ji hoo that he forgave her husband from destroying his motorcycle because he said something lovely about Ji hoo.  Apparently Se Hee respect her and she is a good defender (as in football).  She knows how to look after herself and their relationship.

But this again did not last long because Se Hee said that she failed her defender role by kowtowing to his parents.  He was very upset when Ji Hoo went to help out on the memorial day of his family.  He paid Ji hoo for all her effort with 100,000 KRW ($90).  Ji Hoo was rather insulted and said that the payment was not enough, he had to work in her family farm in the week and make kimchee.

Episodes 11

OMG this episodes’s last 5 minutes  is the business.  It was so darn cute.  I can’t wait for it to be subtitled when I first watched it raw.  The kissing was terrifically passionate.

Woah Se Hee was  so manly and sexily forceful.  LOL

Thank goodness, I thought from the trailer last week that it was going to be a dream, the seaside kissing,  I mean.  But no siree!  Se Hee said that he had been meaning to correct Ji Hoo’s bus stop kiss.  He said that was not a kiss, not even a peck.  It was just momentary touching of lips.  He then proceeded to snog her face.  He then asked if she understood and would she like him to show her once more?  Our good girl, Ji Hoo, said yes.  … and more kisses.

It looks like it would be a rather romantic episode tomorrow based on the trailer.  But there was a quick shot of Se Hee ex-girldfriend.  Nooooo

We have only another 5 episodes.  We don’t want heartbreaks, we don’t want misunderstanding.  We want lots of loving, a lot of affectionate activities, plenty more of tonsil hockey and probably some tasteful under the sheets frolicking.  LOL

Episode 12

What can I say?  This is the episode that we have been waiting.  For an hour or so, it packed quite a dramatic, romantic, comedic and at the same time melancholic vignettes.

There were so much kissing between Se Hee and Ji Hoo (I like)  It was so hilarious at the start when Ji Hoo was really into it while here mobile was ringing.  Se Hee was a good sport, he continued kissing while alerting her of the ringing phone. Phenomenal.

This drama really is of three couples.  Se Hee and Ji Hoo of course are in the middle of it.

Ji Hoo has a couple of bffs since middle school,  Soo Ji and Ho Rang.

Soo Ji has a high powered corporate job, where she constantly suffers from sexual harassment from colleagues.  Soo Ji puts up with it most times but now and again she strikes back.  She started dating Ma Sang-goo, the CEO of where Se Hee works.  As much as Sang-goo wants to get even closer to Soo Ji, she rebuffs his advances.  She wanted to keep it casual.  She said that she lives in a shitty situation and does not want to drag Sang-goo into it.

I must say that their relationship is fun and romantic.  I love their teasing and being very sexual and yet tender romance.  Esom (Soo Ji) & Park Byung Eun (Mr Ma) have a lovely chemistry.  You actually believe their love affair.  At first I was rather surprised about Park Byung Eun.  I have only seen him playing the shady/baddy characters in dramas in the past.  He was actually fanciable as a leading man.

As to Ho Rang, she has the most heart-rending story.  She is living with her boyfriend, Won Seok, of 7 years on the small top floor apartment overlooking great scenic view of Seoul.

Her raison d’etre was to get married and be a good stay-at-home housewife.  With some manipulation she was finally able to make Won Seok, pop the question.  She happily planned a rather lavish wedding, thinking that they have enough money, after all they have been saving at least a 1000 KRW a month.  Unbeknown to her Won Seok had hardly put anything as his company was not making any money.  In fact he gave up his company and now worked as a salary man with Mr Ma and Se Hee.

Ho Rang, though very sad, won’t say anything, which only troubled and stressed Won Seok.  He knew that they are dancing around the issues of marriage, wedding and money and careful not to go into these as it would lead to a point of no return.

Won Seok had to sadly ask Ho Rang to postpose the wedding for another 5 years.  Ho Rang reminded him that she will be 35 in 5 years and have been together for 12 years.  Won Seok, with breaking heart asked her to break up. hu hu hu  Really sad.

Can’t wait for the next episode.

According to the trailer Se Hee’s ex is back in town!  Noooo

 

Fated to Love You (You’re My Destiny) Dramas

This drama is so good that it has been remade in Korean and currently by Thailand.

The story is about a timid office girl, who would try to do anything and everything to please her office co-workers, who accidentally slept (apparently this can happen 🙂 LOL) with a CEO of a large company.

Three months later, they met again but at this time, the girl found out that she was pregnant.  After a shotgun marriage, the two learned to live together but it was far from smooth sailing.  There were faced it so much emotional upheaval that the girl lost her baby.

Though they loved one another, they thought it was the unborn baby, Doggie Poop, who was holding them together.  So they decided to go on their separate ways.

But as the title says, they were fated to love.  Three years on, they met again.  This time the girl is now successful in her own right so on par with the man.  They finally got together and had a baby or two and lived happily ever after.

 

Fated to Love You (You’re My Destiny) Dramas

Fated to Love You (Taiwanese Version)

The original version is of course stars the very watchable Joe Chen and Ethan Ruan. It was made in 2008. They have a sweet, very touching chemistry.  Joe Chen was perfect to play the girl, Chen Xin Yi (Elaine).  She showed so much vulnerability that you feel for her.  You can see all the gamut of emotion running through her face.  Brilliant actress.  Ethan Ruan was a perfect foil to Joe.  Love them together.

Also the other characters were also rather adorable.  The story would make you cry and love at the antics of the other characters.

Fated to Love You (2014 Korean Version)

I love the Taiwanese version so much but I got curious with this Korean one.

OmG.  I was so pleasantly surprised.  It is of course the same story but it is still as fresh.  I have to say Jang Hyuk with his evil incessant laughter made me smile.  I think he has never look handsomer than in this drama.  His floppy curls only made him more masculine, a sex on two legs as they say, very fanciable! 🙂

Jang Nara of course is perfect to play the female lead, having the same delicate vulnerable face as Joe Chen.

They chemistry is so hot, rather sexual.  LOL

The opening scene where Lee Gun (Jang Hyuk) being the CEO of Chemical industry corp, controls the ads for their new shampoo.  He was not happy with the model who was behaving like a diva.  So he proceeded to show the director and crew how he wants the ads to look by doing it himself.  Woah sexy!  This of course, is the beginning of a very sexy drama.  Fated to Love You (Korean)

You’re My Destiny (2017 Thai Version)

Go Back Couple (Korean Drama Review)

Go Back Couple (Korean Drama Review)

I first heard about this drama a couple of months ago.  I heard it was going to be a Jang Na-ra starrer and I looked forward to it.  Jang Na-ra has a delicate expressive face, which never ages.  I love her, there is always vulnerability to her acting, that gets or speaks to me.

Go Back Couple is a time travel drama, shown on Fridays and Saturdays with 16 episodes. (Correction, 12 episodes).

Choi Ban-Do (played by Son Ho-Jun) and Ma Jin-Joo (played by Jang Na-Ra) are both 38-years-old, and a recently divorced couple.

They got together when they were both in university at the age 20 in 1999.

Fast-forward 18 years on, Choi Ban-Do now works as a medical sales rep, not sure what happened as I thought he was studying civil engineering (civil construction), and Ma Jin-Joo is a housewife with a toddler to look after.

Ban-Do is a hardworking man, who does everything for his clients almost  24/7, that he has neglected his wife and their child.

Due to series of misunderstandings and the hardship of fulfilling their responsibilities, they began to take each other for granted and only ended up bickering when they were together .

During an anniversary that they could not celebrate, in the heat of the moment, due to utter frustration, they both said things that they shouldn’t have.

The last straw for Jin-Joo was finding a credit card statement with hotel bills and then being sent a video photo of her husband holding another woman in front of a hotel (these were all innocent, of course).

Jin Joo announced to her husband that she wanted a divorce.  Do Ban-do was at first surprised, but agreed to it.  Within a month, they were divorced.

They realised that they had married too young and wished they could go back and restart their respective lives.

On the day of the divorce, they both took their wedding rings off.  Jin-Joo dropped hers while aboard a bus and Ban-do threw his outside his bedroom window.  Both rings seemed to undergo something supernatural. Jin-joo and Ban-do experienced an earthquake-like shaking and rattling.

The next morning they both woke up in the bodies of their 20-year old selves.

Jin-Joo’s first scene as a 20 years old was really poignant that it brought tears to my eyes.  She was crying out for her dead mother in her sleep.  But she was being woken up by her mother.  She was so happy to see her.  Throughout the morning she hugged and followed her mother, who said she was beginning to creep out with Jin-Joo’s clinginess.

I love this drama, so much so that I first watched it raw, I just can’t wait for the subtitles. (Of course I can’t understand a word but then action speaks louder than words 😉 lol). And then watched it this morning with the English sub.  The mother scene still got to me.

I am putting a lot of faith in this drama.  There have been so many Korean dramas that I could only watch 2-3 episodes and I tend to give up fairly early on.

I supposed the storyline of this drama is more appropriate to me, being married.  Don’t I wish sometimes that I can go back in time?  Hell, yeah!!! 🙂

Episode 2 is also very watchable. Jin-Joo tried to restart her life but her ex seemed to be everywhere.  On a blind-date where they first met, Ban-do ended up still choosing her but said he did it so he could dump her.  She followed him out of the restaurant only to find him chasing after his first love.  Jin-Joo was heartbroken.  She comforted herself that at least it was a closure but she heard a little voice and saw the figure of their toddler following her.

She ended up in a flood of tears and mistakenly got into the back seat of Jung Nam Gil’s (second male lead) car, thinking it was a taxi.  I actually want these two to get together.

Again her scene sleeping next to her mother made me cry. huhuhu

Episode 3

They are now both getting into the single life.  There was a scene where Jin-Joo in her high-heels running on a slippery slope and being rescued by the handsome Jung Nam Gil (Chang Ki Yong) wearing his ROTC uniform.  I have to admit that was so romantic.  I wanted them to get together there and then.  🙂   Oh the clubbing scene is really nostalgic.  Loving this drama.  I watched it raw and then with subtitle.

Ban Do has a double standard mentality.  He doesn’t stop himself from enjoying his youth but time and again would remind Jin-Joo that she was an old woman with a child.

It is that addictive.

Episode 4

Again I wish that Nam Gil and Jin-Joo get it together in the end because they do have such a lovely chemistry.  It is young and fresh.  I watched this episode so many times, fast-forwarding sometimes on the scene between these two.  I am an old romantic.

Episode 5

This is an interesting episode.  It seems it is repeating what happened in 1999 but completely with different couples.  Jin Joo went to the movies with Nam-Gil instead of Ban-do.  Then Jin-Joo’s father was giving Nam-Gil the once-over as a potential boyfriend/husband for Jin Joo instead of Ban Do.

Jin Joo is beginning to feel something for Nam-Gil and they have some sweet moments too.

Jin-joo:  (In a restopub looking at the menu) Do you like something in particular?

Nam-gil: You.  I think it’s true.  I think I like you!

They were completely mesmerised with one another!  Ah young love!

🙂 🙂 🙂

Ban Do though is beginning to realise that there is more to Jin Joo.  She is actually a very attractive woman, wanted by someone rich, handsome and popular Nam-gil and by that slimy medical student.

Episode 6 ended with a scene inside a men’s toilet cubicle.  How romantic is that? It actually was- romantic!

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I don’t know but I find the episodes where Nam Gil appears a great deal are fresher and more interesting than when he is not around.

I think they should be together even in the future.

Despite having gone back to the past, Ban do and Jin Joo can’t find that missing synchronicity. Whenever Jin Joo was in danger or needed help, Ban do was nowhere to be found but Nam Gil was there each time.

What I wanted to do if I was in this drama is throw away that half dead cactus.:)  It seems it is a symbol of how Ban Do’s budding new found respect, love and affection for a younger more carefree Jin Joo.  The cactus is beginning to thrive.  Nooo!

No!!! Jin Joo, history would just repeat itself.  Dump him while you still can and go for that lovely Nam Gil.  🙂

Episode 9

This is a cute episode where Ban Do and Nam Gil play one-upmanship against one another to impress Jin Joo.

Instead of Ban Do, Jin Joo ended up having a romantic time with Nam Gil at the Bridge of Fireflies.  Ban Do once again missed his timing.

The episode ended up with Nam Gil sleeping next to Jin Joo.  When he raised his arm as a sign of victory, it was so cute.

Ban do might be working towards his future self by being nice to Kim Ye-rim, heiress to a hospital.  He might end up better off than a medical salesman. 🙂

Jin Joo is becoming more into Nam Gil because of his caring way but she can’t really fully take advantage of the attraction because of her future son, Seo Jin.

Go for it girl.

Fair is fair though, there is a chemistry between Ban do and Jin Joo even if I wanted her to end up with Nam Gil.

The music OSTs for episode 9 are great.

Episode 10

OMG, I have to admit I am a bit fickle.  I have to confess that I quite love Ban Do now.  I really feel for him.

I first watch this episode in a raw form, therefore, hardly understand what was going on, just a slight inkling but I was crying like a baby when Ban Do was crying towards the end.

Anyway I have just watched this now with subtitles and found that Ban Do is just a normal married guy, not the worst.  He did love Jin Joo but admitted that he took her for granted because of work.  And of course, as to most marriages,  you are not into each other as much as you were during the first couple of years.  They should have supported one another more.

I don’t understand why Jin Joo was blaming Ban Do for not being able to say goodbye to her mother, who passed away.  Why did she need Ban Do to take her to her mother?  Why not go by herself.?  Afterall at that time, she did not have Seo Jin yet.

I do feel a bit sorry for Nam Gil now.  It looks like Ban Do and Jin Joo will always be ‘IT’.

Also I have to mention about Dr Park, I know he was a sleazy scumbag but poor him had been pummelled by both Nam Gil and Ban Do plus he lost his meal ticket in Kim Ye-rim.

I did not know that Michael Jackson had such an impact in South Korea. JIn Joo’s mother and father were so good at ‘moonwalking’.  That scene was fun and rather uplifting.

Episode 11

OMG is Ban Do dead?  Is this paving the way for Ma Jin Joo  and Nam Gil to be together?

No!!!

I had a rethink, I want Ban Do to end up with Jin Joo afterall.  Sorry this is not a good review because I just watch this episode in a raw form.  Didn’t really fully understand what was going on plus the fact that I am blinded by tears.  Sad ending to this episode and they cleverly did not give away what was going to happen in the usual trailer for the next instalment.  I thought this series is composed of 16 episodes but actually it may only be 12 and that makes tomorrow’s as the final one. huhuhu

Ban Do did buy the rings, perhaps these are their tickets of going back to the present.  Also they found out that most of their troubles were from misunderstandings.  They did not talk about what was really bothering them.

I have to say there are so much issues which are needed to be solved and I don’t think an hour would fully cross the ‘T’s and dot the ‘I’s if indeed tomorrow is the last episode.

Still crying and can’t wait for tomorrow.  I hope Ban do is not dead.

Probably they both wake up in the present time, having realised that they can’t live without one of the other.

Episode 12

It was rather a shock to the system to find out that this drama was only a 12- episoder.  I was not ready to let Nam Gil, Ma Jin Joo, Ban Do and the rest of the cast to go yet.

There were so many scenes that spoke to me personally.  I always love the interaction of Jin Joo and her mother. They were poignant, especially when she asked Jin-Joo to look after her father when she’s gone. She half-believed Jin Joo was a time traveller who left behind a baby in the present time.

Anyway, I have never waited more excitedly for an episode than this one.

I was crying like mad when I thought Ban Do died.  Thank goodness he didn’t.

You would thought they would reconcile immediately but of course not!  They had to open your floodgate of waterworks first.  Again!!!

Ban Do said to Jin Joo that she will always be in his heart.  As much as he thought of Seo Jin, their son, all the time, he loved Jin Joo more and acknowledged that he can not make her happy so he had to let her go.

The Nam Gil/Jin Joo fanatics were acknowledged!  There was a really touching goodbye between Nam Gil and Jin Joo.  It was not particularly traumatic but I found myself tearing up.  Nam Gil is so lovely to the end.

I think I cried more than Jang Na Ra just watching this drama.

I think the ending is really abrupt. I would have wanted to know more how they affected the timeline.

But it was a good conclusion.

Dr Park got his comeuppance.  He can only look how loved up Kim Ye Rim was with her husband was.

Sul is a travel writer?!!!

Jae Woo and Bo Reum got back together.

The time travel is due to the rings.  Apparently about 50 long years ago, in the land high above the sky there lived a couple of deities who were doppelgangers of Jin Joo and Ban do.  They were unhappily married and in a fit of madness, they both took off their wedding ring and threw them down.  The rings grant wishes.

Jin Joo and Ban Do were drawn to the rings when they were shopping for theirs.  Upon putting the ring on, Jin Joo wished that she will always be with Ban Do.  Thus, when Jin Joo and Ban Do divorced the rings had to do their magic to gluing Ban Do and Jin Joo back together.

Windsong by Sohyang – Ost

Ashi Girl (Japanese Drama Review)

Ashi Girl

Ashi Girl (Japanese Drama Review)

After Overprotected Kohoko, Ashi Girl is my new Japanese drama to follow.

I have just watch the first 2 episodes with English subtitles and the 3 one in a ‘raw’ form.  Well it was that good that I had to watch it even if I only barely understand it.  🙂

Hayakawa Yui is  a 16 year old girl, who lacks motivation in her studies.  She is a bit of a tomboy, the one thing that she excels in was PE (Physical Education) more specifically, running.  She can run so fast that  everyone comments that the only fast thing about Yui are her feet.

Yui lives with her house-husband father, a doctor mother and a brainiac younger brother.

One day, Yui went into her brother’s ‘boy cave’ to call him for dinner but found him looking like he was about to commit seppuku, which is better known, I think, as harakiri (belly cutting/suicide).

The brother told her immediately that that was not the case but he has invented a way of going back into the past.  He wanted to send all the bullies from his school to the warring era of the Senguko period.

Her brother showed her the device, which was the knife he was holding, that would send anyone to the past.  Before the brother could warn her to be careful, Yui unsheathed the knife, which catapulted her into the Senguko period.

She was so hungry that she was about to eat fungi growing in the forest.  But warned by a rather handsome young man that the mushrooms were poisonous.  Yui fell in love.

The young man happens to be the crown prince.  He was Hagi Tadakiyo.

Despite her school uniform, the men thought she was a boy and she got recruited to be one of them as a foot soldier.  They thought she was Yuinisuke, the son of one of the villagers.

When she got to the village, Yuinisuke’s mom pretended that she was her long lost son.  The mother knew immediately that she was a girl and she sort of protected her.

From then on, she met a lot of adventure but her raison d’etre was to be closed to the crown prince.

She was back into the present by the second episode.  She found that she was missing the crown prince.  She dreams about him all the time.

So in the third episode, she opted to go back to the past and save the crown prince, who was said to have only 6 months to live according to history books.

Ashi Girl is apparently a manga story.  I have to admit that it is really quite endearing to watch.  Yui and the crown prince are so cute.

So looking forward to more adventures of these two.

I think this drama is composed of 12 episodes.

 

 

Princess Agents & Legend of Lu Zhen

I have to admit that I was not really into historical action dramas but after watching Yang yang’s Once Upon A time, I thought I should give it a go.

Here are my first choices and both dramas featured Zanilia Zhao, also sometimes called Zhao Liying.

Princess Agents & Legend of Lu Zhen

Princess Agents

Princess Agents

This is a historical drama which currently hold the top rating as the most watched Chinese drama of all time.

As I previously mentioned, the leading lady is played by Zanilia Zhao (Chu Qiao / Jin Xiaoliu / Xing’er)  and the two male leads vying for her affection were Lin Gengxin as Yuwan Yue and Shawn Dou as Yan Xun.

Zanilia was cute and slightly chubby in her previous dramas like in Boss & Me but she lost a lot of weight for this drama.  Probably from intentional dieting or the rigorous training for the kungfu scenes.

I have to admit (I am admitting a lot of things here 🙂 lol) that I am not one for prolong fights like boxing, punching & kicking but in this drama it was done in another level.  It was so beautiful.  I could actually watch just the fighting scenes all day if I have to.  The fight scenes between Ying’er and Yuwan Yue were rather erotic.  Lots of flying into the air, lots of swishing of beautiful and colourful garments and both of them looking bloody gorgeous.

The story was quite memorable (or just probably the leads gave such good performance) that it was so disappointing when it finally ended after 58 episodes.

The earlier episodes grabbed you so tightly that you can’t help yourself but be hooked.

Princess Agents was during the time when Northern Wei was in chaos.  Factions were sprouting against the emperor all the time, due to the state of the region.  Ordinary citizens where captured and turned into slaves.  And this what exactly happened to Jin Xiaoliu.  She was kidnapped to be one of the running maidens to be hunted by ferocious wolves as well as the kingdom’s royalty.  This scene was gloriously well composed and the cinematography was a sensory delight.

Jin Xiaoliu survived the perilous hunt and ended up as a slave in Yuwan Yue’s manor.  He renamed her as Xing’er and started training her in Kungfu.

She found out later (she has amnesia 🙂 ) that she is the daughter of Luo He, the master of Feng Yun order and that she could find all the answers to her question at Yibai, which coincidentally is the principality of Yan Xun’s family.  At this time his family were all slaughtered by the Wei emperor.

The ending is so sad and a tad annoying as it was left hanging.  The gorgeous Yuwan Yue dies while Xing’er who has now reverted back to her original name of Chu Qiao dove into the freezing water to save him.  But with his last remaining straining he pushed her away to survive.

There are so many beautiful scene and a full use of CGI was used.  Some hated it but I just love it.

Highly recommended for good viewing even for just the fight scenes!  Enjoy!

Legend of Lu Zhen aka Female Prime Minister

Legend of Lu Zhen

This is an earlier Zanilia Zhao drama, where she constantly reminded me of Jang Na ra.

Anyway Zanilia played Lu Zhen, a young girl who was very capable, patient and methodical and with a good heart.

She saved a young man from a near death occurrence, not knowing that he was the Prince of Northern Qi dynasty.

Anyway the story is more straight forward that the Princess Agents.  It tells the rise to power from a mere palace maid to the first female Prime Minister of the kingdom.

She also got her man in the end, however she did not get the title of his Empress because of circumstances that foist upon her.

The drama is very watchable and the gorgeous actor Chen Xiao played Gao Zhan so affectingly.

Again, lovely drama of 59 episodes.

I know I have not had a good or enough night sleep for ages.

Single Rider (Korean Film Review)

Single Rider poster

Single Rider (Korean Film Review)

As soon as I’d seen this film was available to see and it had been subbed in English, I  just can’t wait. I had to watch it pronto and I had! 🙂

I have looked forward to this film, I think, as early as late last year when I saw a very brief trailer.

It starts two of Korea’s best actors. Lee Byung-hun and Gong Hye-jin.

Anyway, I am an old romantic.  As I watched the film I thought it would be about the husband turning into a psycho as he finds his wife having it off with her Downunder neighbour. 🙂 A cliche but I do love a bit of a gut-wrenching scenes. 🙂

I wanted them to meet and have a good emotional, heartbreaking confrontation.  Instead it meandered from scene to scene.

The husband just continued tailing people connected to his wife and young son.

At the back of my mind I was still hoping for the big confrontation.

There was a scene, where the wife and the guy next-door engaging in a bit of hanky-panky.  Lee Byung-hun’s character stood immobile just outside the door.  I was so irritated.  I wanted him to knock and disturb his wife dalliance with the beefy neighbour, but no such thing.

Instead there was a surprise, which I am not going to tell as it might spoil your appetite to see a good film.

Anyway Lee Byung-hun plays Kang Jae-hoon, who was a fund asset manager.  Unfortunately his company declared themselves bankrupt after buying bad loans.  He lost his clients tonnes of money, his family as well and his own.   He then had to take responsibilities to his clients.

Kudos to him, he did feel bad for his clients.  So bad that he was on  anti-suppressant drugs.

One night while talking his medication which was washed down by a neat whiskey or brandy, he decided to book himself an e-ticket to Australia.

There he went to see his wife and son.  His wife is Soo-jin played by Gong Hyo-jin.

He sent his wife and son to Australia for education.  He believed in the necessity of learning the English language.

Anyway in Australia, he found that his wife and son were happy.  Soo-jin has taken the violin again and went as far as to audition for the Sydney Opera House.  He felt that he lost them and he was redundant family member.

It was a very sad ending and if you have not taken stock of everything, you will be surprised with the sad ending.

Lee Byung-hun once again gave a very powerful performance which is ably supported by Gong Hyo-jin

It is a ‘lovely’ date night movie.

 

The Eternal Love (Chinese Drama Review)

The Eternal Love poster

 

The Eternal Love (Chinese Drama Review)

I am watching this drama this weekend.

I have just finished episode 1 and I must say, I enjoyed it.

It is a time travelling drama.

A girl from the present time, travels to the past and possessing the body of the Second Daughter, Qu Tan Er of the Qu Family.

Qu Tan Er, poor girl has developed a rather schizophrenic personality.  One minute she is the demure, introverted and shy Qu Tan Er and then she is possessed by the girl from the 21st century who is feisty, modern and self-confident, Xiao Tan.

The back story was that Qu Tan Er tried committing suicide as she was being forced to marry the 8th Prince when she was already in love with the King’s oldest son.

When she recovered enough from her suicide attempt, she became a different person.

I must say this drama is so entertaining that I have just finished watching episode 2.  I was surprised how quick it went.

Episode 2, Qu Tan Er has now become the consort of the 8th Prince.

Episode 24:  Yup it is 12:58am and finally finished last episode of this interesting and enjoyable drama.  It is full of action, and beautiful sceneries.  There are also yards upon yards of beautiful free-flowing Hanfu costume.

And the actors are so flawlessly gorgeous.

Most importantly, if you wanted romance, this sure is big, I mean huge in romance.  The kissing scenes are so sweetly erotic.

Love this drama. It is not flawless because some of the dialogues (or probably the English translation) would leave you feeling mehhhh!  Like when ‘Old Weirdo” said that the Demon king has grown really powerful and became an expert in Martial arts.  That was funny.

If you are feeling nostalgic in living in the past, wearing all those beautiful flowy hanfu, think again, apparently your family can be your own worst enemy.

So much so that I shall be watching Princess Agents or is it Agent Princess. 🙂

And last but not the least to mention is that it has  beautifully haunting original soundstracks (OST)

Once Upon A Time – Chinese Film

Yang yang & Liu Yifei

Once Upon A Time – Chinese Film

I have just finished watching this film.  It is a Chinese movie which made used a lot of CGI, comparable to any Hollywood blockbustre.  Imaginative and colourful.

It is a beautiful fantasy romance film, made more marvelous by the presence of the super gorgeous Yang yang.  He made such a fantastic looking crown prince Black Dragon.

The story is about… what was the story again.  The film is so fast paced and the English subtitles are so minute and sometimes transparent plus the fact the there are so many beautiful things to look at, that most of the times I have lost track of the story.

Thank goodness there are flashbacks of some sort.

Warning!!! Please do not read anymore if you are not after spoilers and precis of the story!

Anyway if I get this correctly some 90,000 years ago, Bai Qian (Liu Yifei) was a goddess and a disciple of a great warrior god, Mo Yuan (Yang yang).  Mo Yuan’ was able to defeat and seal in the demon lord , but by doing so he lost his soul and life.  Bai Qian encased his body in a block of ice to prevent it from decaying as she believes that he will come to live once again.

After so many thousands of years Bai Qian had to reseal the tomb of the demon lord.  This task meant that she has to undergo some training 🙂 to become a high goddess.  The training involved going to the lower region and becoming a mortal and face several trials.

As a mortal, she became Su Su (Liu Yifei) who lived alone in the mountainside.  One day she came upon a young man who had fainted from tiredness.

He was no ordinary man, he was Ye Hua, the crown prince black dragon, who had been fighting for 7 days non-stop and had collapsed from extreme fatigue..  Su su nursed him into good health.  The grateful Ye Hua asked Su Su what she wanted as a reward.  Su su, unaware that Ye Hua was a prince, innocently blurted out that she wanted him to marry her. After a few heartbeats, the gorgeous Ye Hua agreed.

After some romantic interludes, Su su got pregnant and also found out that Ye Hua was the crown prince and an immortal.

When Su su got into the upper realm and meet all the other deities, she also met a goddess who was the intended/betrothed to Ye Hua.  This resulted in jealousy, plotting and misunderstanding.

It was against the deities’ law for one of them to marry a mortal.  Ye Hua’s ex(goddess) plotted to separate Ye Hua and Susu by all means.  She lied and blamed Su su when she intentional fell but rescued by Ye Hua.  As a punishment from trying to hurt a goddess, Su su eyes were plucked out which Ye Hua as a crown prince, agreed to. But the spiteful goddess was not finished, she led the blind Su su, who was holding on to her new baby into the ninth platform.  She then told Su su that she was useless and Ye Hua wanted to be rid of her.  At the last minute, Ye Hua appeared and hug the sad and desperate Su su.  She held her baby to Ye hua and said to call him A Li, meaning parting and then she jumped to her ‘death’,

As she was falling into her death Su su, turned into a nine-tail fox.

She comes back as immortal again but not as Bai Qian but as Si Yin (Liu Yifei) who has no memories of the past as a mortal.  She drank from the magic fountain of lost memories :).

One day, 300 years later, at the heavenly realm, she went blindfolded to a deities gathering. She met a naughty little boy who stole her metallic fan aka weapon.  She run after the boy but the father turned up.  They had a brief ninja/sword fight.  It ended when her blindfold was removed.  The boy called her ‘mom’ and the man was Ye Hua who called her Su su, his wife.  Si Yin was completely dumbfounded.  She doesn’t know them.  She doesn’t have a family.

But everywhere she turned and went , Ye Hua and A Li were there.  They both came to live with her.  To cut the story short, they decided to get married.  But before they married, the ex was into mischief again.  She told Si Yin that as Su Su, being a mortal was nothing to Ye Hua.  He was now marrying her again because she has now some use being a goddess as well.

During the wedding ceremony Si Yin walked out.

She learnt that Su su soul/memory was in suspended vessel.  She asked Ye Hua for the vessel.  After so much angst and contemplation, she was given the vessel and she got her memory.  She remembered how Ye Hua saved his ex as she plunges from the ninth platform, she remembers how the crown prince allowed her eyes to be plucked out.  She remembers how the prince was always absent from her side.  She remember that she plunged alone.

She was very sad for Su Su and for herself.  She left the heavenly palace and the prince in despair.

But Ye Hua followed her and stayed watching her as she wallowed in self pity.

But sadly Ye Hua had to leave as the demon lord had been resurrected.

Si Yin’s  lady’s maid came to find her.  She told her that her memory was one sided.  Being a mortal Su su, she did not have any right against the deities.  When she was blamed by the ex, the crown prince did not have any choice but to grant the punishment of plucking her eyes, she then remembered that the prince whispered to her that he will be her eyes from then on.  He save the ex as she was a goddess and she can really make it difficult for Su su if she is not pacified.  And when she jumped from the ninth platform the prince did try to save her but he did not have much energy as he had been blasted by thunder and lighting, which zapped his strength as punishment for marrying a mortal.

The end was that Ye Hua defeated the demon lord and he had to seal in ice.  It also sealed him in a watery frozen grave much to the distress of Si Yin.

Many years later, when the ten miles peach blossoms bloomed once again, the ice case of Yo Muan started to break.

Next scene there amongst the blowing peach blossoms, Yo Muan/Ye Hua extended his hand and said “Sin Yin, come here!”

Awww

 

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