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

Le Coup de Foudre (Chinese Drama Review & Summary)

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Le Coup de Foudre (Chinese Drama Review & Summary)

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  • Genre: Semi-Autobiographical, Romance, Youth
  • Release Date: TBA
  • Origin: China; Based on the novel of Qiao Yi
  • Cdrama: 35 Episodes

Cast:

  • Janice Wu as Qiao Yi
  • Zhang Yu Jian as Yan Mo

If you had watched An Oriental Odyssey and was rooting for the characters of Janice Wu and Zhang Yu Jian to get together because they did have lovely sweet chemistry, then the powers that be have granted fans to enjoy a second drama for these two.

I heard the book is a sweet romance.   It is the author’s own love story which started in high school.

Yan Mo apparently was a brilliant student while Qiao Yi may be on the lackadaisical side.  Just before graduation, they promised one another to further pursue their studies abroad but due to Qiao Yi’s family situation, she had to renege on their deal.

Four years later, they are back in touch and Qiao Yi started her sweet assault to get her man back but he was already taken!  Oh No…

So this will be a treat.

Another treat is that it looks like Viki will be subbing this when it finally grace the screen.

 

Touch Your Heart (KDrama Review & Summary)

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Touch Your Heart (KDrama Review & Summary)

  • Genre: Romance, Comedy, Workplace, Intern/Boss Romance
  • Release Date: 6 February 2019
  • Origin: South Korea
  • Kdrama: 16 Episodes

Cast:

  • Lee Dong Wook as Kwon Jun Rok
  • Yoo In Na as Oh Yoon Seo
  • Lee Sang Woo as Kim Se Won
  • Son Sung Yoon as Yoo Yeo Reum
  • Jang Ki Yong (guest ep 1)
  • Shim Hung Tak as Choi Yoon Hyuk
  • Lee Joon Hyuk as Yeon Jun Suk
  • Kim Hee Jung as Kim Hae Young
  • Jang So Yeon as Yang Eun Ji
  • Park Kyung Hye as Dan Moon Hee
  • Oh Jung Se as Yeon Joon Kyu

I have been looking forward to a collaboration between Lee Dong Wook and Yoo In Na since the Goblin.  Their chemistry crackled and her it is.

Diving in, watch this post!

Episode 1

Yoo In Na is just adorable in this drama,  I love her acting as an inept actress.  Her scene with the gorgeous Jang Ki Yong, who was a cameo role as an actor, is so brilliant,  Based on this first episode alone, which I enjoyed thoroughly, I can totally recommend this as a joyful Kdrama to watch.

Anyway, Oh Yoon Seo is the goddess of Korean entertainment but her brilliance had somewhat deemed because of she was involved in a drug use scandal.

Suddenly no one wants to know her. Because her persona was of being sweet and pure, her lack of acting prowess was ignored but now with the scandal, no one really wants to hire her services as an actress.

Her manager though brought a script when he was visiting her.  The script was not meant for her but for another actress.

Oh Yoon Seo grabbed the script and started reading it and in her mind eyes can see Jang Ki Yong, tall and gorgeous playing the lead.  The scene playing in her mind complete with theme tune was pure Descendant of the Sun.  This scene is so hilarious.

She suddenly decided that the role was made for her, the lead was her.  After all, she did study law in college.

Oh Yoon Seo called the writer and arranged a meeting.  She badgered the writer to give to the role to her.  She promised her everything.  The condition by the writer was that she had to work as a secretary in a real law firm for three months.

And here she meets a band of zany people, who are nice in their own way, which I like.

The CEO of the law firm was her number one fan.  He chose Kwon Jun Rok to be her boss.  He is quiet and rather taciturn.  And told her off for wearing party clothes, completely inappropriate for the office.

Oh Yoon Seo though has guts, so she turned up next morning prepared to tackle the secretarial job, having researched the role and duties of one.

Episode 2

Oh Yoon Seo is one determined lady.

Even the cold Jun Rok is beginning to thaw.  He realised how hard it was for Oh Yoon Seo to just overcome the constant gossips, criticism, and failures in her life and not to show negative emotion to the public.

He was also impressed that Oh Yoon Seo was not just a bimbo or scatty celebrity.  She has grit and was willing to blend in and learn.  He told her that they should start again.  He will treat her as his real secretary.  He extended his hand to shake on it and she was running back towards him when she once again about to fall on the ground but he saved her this time straight into his arms.  There was frisson there which they both felt.  ahhhh

Episode 3-4

Jun Rok is finally giving Oh Yoon Seo a chance to prove herself.  He is getting to know her and what he found is someone far from flakey woman as he first thought.

She intrigues him.

Oh Yoon Seo is getting involved more in his cases and she had been quite helpful and rather instrumental in making a taciturn client talks.

Their case on episode four is about a girl who thinks she is being stalked by an ex-boyfriend who refuses to accept that they have broken up.

Oh Yoon Seo offered to accompany the girl to her apartment to get the SD card or something but she found more than she bargained for.  The girl’s ex-boyfriend was hiding under the settee which surprised Oh Yoon Seo so much, it made her scream.

The boyfriend became violent as well, thank goodness, Jun Rok listened to his gut instinct and followed the girl to the apartment.

Actually Jun Rok found out a bit more of Oh Yoon Seo’s history.  She was a victim of a stalker, who was from a very affluent family.

When Oh Yoon Seo reported it, it was covered up.

And it looks like the case is not over as someone is still monitoring Oh Yoon Seo’s texts to Jun Rok.

 

 

Secret (Kdrama Review & Summary)

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Secret (Kdrama Review & Summary)

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  • Genre: Classic, Romance, Mystery, Melodrama, Prison, Crime
  • Date Released: Septemeber 2013
  • Origin: South Korea
  • KDrama: 16 Episodes

Cast:

  • Hwang Jung Eum as Kang Yoo Jung
  • Ji Sung as Jo Min Hyuk
  • Bae Soo-bin as Ahn Do-Hoon
  • Lee Da-Hee as Shin Se-Yeon

Synopsis:

This one of the best Kdramas out there starring the bombastic tandem of Hwang Jung Eum and Ji Sung.  This I think is their first and they should do more.

Kang Yoo Jung (Hwang Jung Eum) was devoted to her boyfriend, Ahn Do Hoon.  They had been dating for seven years.

On their seventh anniversary, Yoo Jung was all excited because finally her boyfriend has now graduated from university and after years of slogging had become a state prosecutor.  Their dream was finally realised.

Hoping that they would now move to the next level, i.e. marriage, Yoo Jung baked a cake and brought in some shopping to his parents’ house to celebrate.

But it seems Do Hoon and family had marriage in mind but not her as the bride as she heard that precisely that time, he was on a blind date with a girl from an affluent family.

Though she was dying inside, Yoo Jung did not show it to his parents.

She just quietly went home with her cake, which she started eating sadly in her room.  She then saw the diamond ring it was tossed haphazardly to her by a playboy, Jo Min Hyuk (Ji Sung) when his intended refused to accept it.  It was a marriage as a business merger.

As Joo Yung was trying out the ring, her father came in and was all happy thinking that she was engaged.  He said that he was so happy, she deserved her prosecutor boyfriend as she had supported him all those years.  He then said that he was downstairs waiting for her.

And he was.  He took her to a restaurant.  He confessed that he was pressured into going into a blind date by his mother and promises not to ever to do it again.  He then presented her with an engagement ring.

Suddenly all is good in their world.

He was driving her home in that rainy dark evening when their world collapsed.

They had an accident with a lorry containing barrels.  When Do Hoon investigated, he found a collapsed woman, bleeding profusely.

Instead of helping, he left and did not say anything to Joo Yung about it.

They were later found out but Joo Yung offered to say that she was the driver as the car was registered in her name.

The dead woman was pregnant with Min Hyuk’s baby.  He had been looking for her. She was his true love.

Joo Yung ended in prison and the one who prosecuted her was Doo Hoon and he recommended that she be given five years in prison.

On her first day of incarceration, she had a form of hazing and beaten up.  A few days later she fainted as they were exercising at the prison yard.

She later found out that she was pregnant.

She settled in prison with her baby and made a core of friends who helped look after her baby with her.

She was due for parole and during the hearing one of her close friend inside testified that she was a violent mother.  They saw her baby was black and blue with bruises.

Her baby was taken away and she served her remaining term.

When she got out, she had a loving reunion with Doo Hoon which was witnessed by an aggrieved and vengeful Min Hyuk who had been watching her on the sideline even in prison.

Now his revenge begins.

But as Blaise Pascal said: ” The heart has its own reason which reason knows nothing of.”

He started falling for Joo Yung.

 

 

 

 

Well Intended Love (Chinese Drama Review & Summary)

Chinese Drama

Well Intended Love (Chinese Drama Review & Summary)

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  • Genre: Modern Romance, Rich Man, Poor Woman, Contract Marriage
  • Date Released: January 2019
  • Origin: China
  • Cdrama: 20 Episodes

Cast:

  • Xu Kai Cheng as Ling Yi Zhou
  • Simona Wang as Xia Lin
  • Ian Li as Chu Yan
  • Huang Qian Shou as  Wen LI
  • Yang Hao Ming as Nan JIn Tian
  • Liu Jia Xi as Jia Fei

Quick Precis: A handsome arrogant CEO went into a contract marriage with a young actress who has leukemia.

Episode 1

Xia Lin is a 21 years old budding actress. But within one day her hopes and dreams came tumbling down.

It all started when she came out of the studio to go for an audition for an advertisement.  She mistakenly forced her way into a parked black Maserati, thinking it was her uber. 🙁

Despite the car having a passenger already, Xia Lin asked the passenger to move as she was willing to carpool.  The driver was stuttering but the man next to her just said it was ok.

She was being driven away when her uber driver called to say he had been waiting for 10 minutes.  She was so embarrassed but the man, Ling Yi Zhou, said that they will give her a ride as it seems she was going where they were bound to.

During the audition, she did well and was given a positive feedback.  Within the hour the agency informed her that she did not get the stint.

Feeling down in the dumps, she bought some sandwiches to share with her long-time boyfriend but only to find that he had been in bed with someone.

He had been two-timing her with her bitchy college roommate.

What else can go wrong?  On her way home, she fainted on the street and ended up in the hospital where she was given a diagnosis of leukemia.

The next day, Xia Lin went back to the hospital to see her consultant to further discuss her illness.  He told her that she was terminal but with bone marrow from stem cells, she can be good as new.

She found out that Ling Yi Zhou somehow could help her.

Ling Yi Zhou is a 29-year-old mega rich, a CEO who dabbles in television and films.   He has a sad back story involving his mother that has yet to be revealed.  His grandma though cares for him deeply but wanted him to get married.

Xia Lin went to Ling Xi Zhou immediately to ask for his help.  She confessed about her illness.  But he was not moved.

This did not stop Xia Lin.  With her best friend, they contrive ways on how to meet Ling Yi Zhou so she could plead her case better.

She pretended to be an office cleaner, a visitor and friend of Mr Ling and finally as a woman left pregnant by Mr Ling.  The receptionist was not perturbed but gave her a number and pointing to a group of pregnant women waiting their turn to see the boss.

Xia Lin was beginning to lose hope.  She just stood against the glass wall of the building waiting for hours for Mr Ling.

Then finally she had her chance.

He said that he will help her but on a condition…

She has to marry him.

So far this first episode is endearing the lead girl is very pretty and not annoying at all.  And the lead guy has a model-like physique and is rather charismatic.  Very promising start.

Episode 2

Xia Lin did not jump immediately at the offer of marriage, a contractual marriage.   She was wary.  She actually values marriage and knows it is not something to be played about.

But it is her life at stake.

So desperate she was she was allowed to be convinced by her best-friend to accept the proposal as she had nothing to fear from Mr Ling.  Her best friend reckons that Mr Ling is not into women.  He was in love with his driver/assistant.  Etc.

Anyway, she got invited by Mr Ling into the opening of a jewelry exhibition where she met her ex-boyfriend and horrible ex-roommate.

Xia Lin was wearing one of the necklaces from the exhibitions.  The ex-roommate and ex-boyfriend bid for the necklace Xia Lin was wearing and wanted her to remove it there and then as a way of making her feel low.  Luckily Mr Ling turned up and stopped Xia Lin from unclasping the necklace and asked the exes whether they really wanted the necklace and whether they can afford the 50M prize tag to it?  The exes were taken aback.  They thought it cost 5Million at the most.

But it was too late they have signed the intention to purchase.  Mr Ling said if they apologise nicely to Xia Lin, he might overlook the purchase receipt.

The exes apologised for cheating on Xia Lin.  Mr Ling shredded the paper and threw it at the ex-boyfriend.

Mr Ling was driving Xia Lin home when he got a call from his grandmother.  Mr Ling asked her to answer the phone for him.  The grandma asked if she was driving in the car with Yi Zhou.

When Xia Lin said yes, the grandma was all excited.  Apparently, it was the first time the Yi Zhou had allow a girl in his car.  She asked Xia Lin to call her grandma.

Anyway, Xia Lin finally agreed to the marriage but with her own proviso.  They also agreed that the marriage would last with a minimum of two years.

Episode 3

Two months later, they are now married and Xia Lin moved into Mr Ling’s house, separate bedrooms.

Chu Yan is a friend of Mr Ling and is very suspicious of Xia Lin who he thinks is a gold-digger.

Xia Lin is also suspicious of Chu Yan who she thinks is the lover of her husband.

To prove her suspicion, she started seducing him and got drunk.  She then started kissing him and when she woke up she was wearing a different nightdress.

Apparently, she threw up all over him during the course of the evening.

To prevent a repeat performance of her drunkenness, Mr Ling had the maid get rid of all the alcohol in the house.

Episode 4 & 5

Xia Lin had introduced Mr Ling into microblogging via weibo.  He was an instant hit.

There seemed to be a new villain in the scene that would be targetting Mr Ling.

He left a dog in the street which was found by Xia Lin.

She took the dog home and hid it from Mr Ling.  But you can’t really hide an animal in the house and another thing, Chu has severe asthma and dogs are one of his allergens.

Xia Lin and her friend met up with Chu in the cinema.  Being near Xia Lin, Chu had an attack of asthma, it got pretty bad, thank goodness Xia Lin found the inhaler he accidentally dropped.  Their photograph together was instantly posted online and seen by Mr Ling, who instructed that reuters are contacted and that the photo is taken down.

He then went to find Xia Lin and Chu.

Mr Ling was daydreaming, he was so happy to start the day when Xia Ling cook a birthday breakfast for both of them.  The same birthday.

Xia Ling cooked a feast for a birthday dinner but Mr Ling was very late, she then saw a photo on weibo that he was celebrating the night with someone else.

It was actually the girl, he grew up with and treated like a sister.  But the girl has a crush on him and still pestering him despite knowing that he had married someone else.  She use some pretext to get Mr Ling to come to her but he was very annoyed and left immediately to be wit Xia Ling, who started eating the enormous feast she had cooked.

Mr Ling asked her why she was eating already without him and then took her away for a drive.  He gave her a gift of some house deed.  He then wanted her to make him a birthday cake.  They had a full run of a bakery kitchen where she decorated a cake with him in close attendance.  Very very close.

So cute, and he really now into her, nuzzling her and kissing her.  Awww.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Queen Dugu (Chinese Drama Review & Summary)

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Queen Dugu (Chinese Drama Review & Summary)

 

  • Genre: Historical Fiction, Costume Drama, Romance, Martial Arts, Politics
  • Release Date: 11 February 2019
  • Origin: China; Huace Global
  • CDrama: 50 Episodes

Cast:

  • Joe Chen as Dugu Qieluo
  • Chen Xiao as Yang Jian
  • Zhang Lu as Gao Jiong
  • Qi Ji as Yuwen Yong (Emperor Wu of Northern Zhou)
  • Hai Lu as Ashina (Wife of Yuwen Yong)

Huace Global has tweeted that this historical drama is finally going to be shown on 11 February 2019.

Unfortunately for us international YouTubers, Huace confirmed that Huace youtube channel will not be showing it.  It would be available via iQiyi, Tencent and Youku.

The story of Queen Dugu is not unfamiliar because several dramas have been made about her and her love life with Yang Jian, Emperor Wen.

Apparently, 13-year-old Dugu Qieluo was married off to a 16-year-old Yang Jian, who impressed Dugu Xin, father of Dugu Qieluo who was then the great general of Northern Zhou.

The young lovers had a good loving relationship that Yang Jian easily promised Dugu Qieluo that she would be the only woman who will bore all his children. They did have 10 children together, five boys and five girls.

For a very long time. they loved and plotted together to oust the child ruler, Emperor Jing.  Yang Jian successfully overthrew child emperor.  He then established Sui Dynasty.

Yang Jian had a mid-life crisis and promptly fell in love and bedded a Lady Yuchi, a beautiful granddaughter of Yuchi Jiong, who became destitute and died.  His granddaughter became a slave in the palace.

When Queen Dugu heard about her hubby’s shenanigans, she promptly dispensed Lady Yuchi and had her killed.

The besotted Emperor Wen threw a temper tantrum, he was so annoyed and can’t be in the same palace with his Queen anymore and then went awol.

When finally his right-hand man, Gao Jiong, found him, he made the emperor see sense.  He opined: Your majesty, how could you abandon the empire on account of a woman?

This little gem of persuasion might have induced the emperor to return to the palace but when Queen Dugu heard that she was referred to as a woman, just a woman, she absolutely went ballistic.  She’s gone off Gao Jiong, who happened to her first love.

Gao Jiong now got caught in Queen Dugu’s radar.  Every little thing he does, she sees and found it wanting.  In the end, he lost a no-confidence vote from both the Queen and the emperor and he was demoted to being a commoner.

When the Queen was good, she was very, very good.  When she was bad, she can be evil.  LOL

When she died, the emperor was so sad and to help him get through the day without his Queen, what else can he do?  He was having an orgy with his concubines.  LOL

Joe Chen was so pretty in the trailer and Chen Xiao is gorgeous.  I think they delayed the showing of this drama because of the things Joe Chen did early in 2018 including drink driving.  But all is forgiven.  I love her!