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The Way We Were (Chinese Drama) Review

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Genre: Romance, Business, Family

Date Released: May 2018

CDrama: 50 episodes

OST:

Cast:

  • Tiffany Tang as Xiao Qing
  • Lou Jin as Shu Che
  • Yu Tim as Ning Ming
  • Xu Amelie as Liao Ying
  • Wang Tian Chen as Cheng Ran
  • Ma Cheng Cheng as Lu Ka

Xiao Qing is rather anal about justice that she would stand her ground for it no matter what. She comes from a rich family and quite proud of their forthrightness, honesty and respectability.

Xiao Qing then fell in love with an equally rich Shu Che.

The problems occured when Shu Che and family  were involved in corruption.

Will Xiao Qing stand by her man or seek justice for all?

I wished the released episodes are subbed soon.

The Way We Were (Chinese Drama) Review

Episode 1

Ning Ming was studying IT in college when he saw and fell in love at first with Liao Ying.

Liao Ying was the the most beautiful girl in their university and she was constantly confessed to by boys from all backgrounds. Sometimes, the security guards were needed to intervene and often restrain the most persistent admirers.

Ning Ming, on the other hand, knew his place.  He thought that she was too good for him. And that they move into non-parallel paths.

One day he saw Liao Ying doing indoor climbing.  He learned climbing too and when he got more experienced, he ventured outside to climb a snow festooned mountain.  He was doing well but one of the climbers lost her footing and about to fall when he grabbed her, only to literally start falling with her.

They had to cooperate with each other to survive and he whispered to her that he was quite happy even to die for her. Of course the girl was Liang Yin.

Despite this, they did not get together.  But Ning MIng cannot really keep his admiration and love for her so he sabotaged a new year’s countdown display to declare his love for her, ending it with he is happy even to die for her.

Liao Ying knew it was him.  Still they did not get together.  Anyway it turned out that she has a boyfriend already.

After three years, on their graduation day, he highjacked the powerpoint display and declared his love once again to to Liao Ying, still anonymously but with his catchphrase of being happy even to die for her.

He was at his dorm, packing the rest of his stuff when Liao Ying suddenly appeared.  They got talking and she told him that she will be leaving for San Fransisco to study MA in Business Management in Stondord (Stanford) University.  She gave him the time of her flight and everything and then they parted ways but not before she gave him a loving hug.

On the plane, there was another girl, Xiao Qing, who heard Liao Ying moaning in pain.  She comforted her and they got to know one another.  Xiao Qing has some medical background that she diagnosed that Liao Ying is suffering from acute appendicitis.

Liao Ying, who was to be directly transferred to a hospital via ambulance when they get to San Francisco, begged Xiao Qing to pick her luggage for her.  Liao Ying’s boyfriend will be waiting for her outside.  The boyfriend then would take Xiao Qing where she wanted to be.

Outside, the most handsome man was waiting.  Shu Che (Luo Jin) … gorgeous….

Episode 2

Xiao Qing first day in San Francisco was not a auspicious day.

Firstly while being driven by Shu Che at above the legal limit, they got stopped.  Shu Che begged Xiao Qing to take the blame for driving as his licence was already been suspended.  To add to their problem, the police officer understand Chinese.  They were taken to the station and Shu Che was charged after Xiao Qing gave her honest account.

Secondly, the house-share was not something she was used to.  Though they have a common ethnicity, they have different culture and influences from the west.

She was mortified, when Monica, her landlord was cavorting in the living room and on the stairs with her boyfriend of the moment.

Good script and acting.  I do feel for Xiao Qing.  Homesick and alone in a foreign country.

Episodo 3

Liao Ling has recovered from her appendicitis op. Xiao Qing was being courted to change her statement that Shu Che asked her to pretend to be the driver.

Episode 4

Despite bribery from Shu Che lawyers and Liao Ling’s father, Xiao Qing was unmoved.

It took Liao Ling to speak with Xiao Qing for her to finally agree.

Shu Che was surprised that Xiao Qing agreed to perjure herself.  He called her to have a talk, only to find that Xiao Qing is talking to his lawyer and seemed to be receiving a bribe in the form of a car.

Shu Che was so disappointed that he left without speaking to Xiao Qing.

Xiao Qing was not happy receiving a car, so she did everything she could to track down the lawyer Wang to return the car.  But he won’t accept it back.  Xiao Qing left the car keys and car with Liao Ling’s brother.

It looks like Shu Che was an habitual traffic violator and even caused a death when he was much younger in 2007 back in China.  The victim was a girl who lost both of her legs.  Shu Che family driver, who was teaching him to drive had to pretend that he was driving the car that hit the girl.

Episode 5

The Trial!

During the trial, before Xiao Qing can perjure herself, Shu Che interrupted to plead guilty of all charges against him.  He then gave a very sad story about being so worried about his girlfriend who had just been taken to the hospital, ergo reason for speeding.

The judge was so moved by his honesty that he got away rather lightly with a fine of $1000 and 100 hours community service.

Towards the end of the episode he asked Liao Ling to marry him but her father was not very enthusiastic.

Episode 6

Shu Che’s parents were against the marriage as well.

Shue Che mistakenly believed that Xiao Qing accepted a bride in return for retracting her statement.

Despite Xiao Qing telling him that she did it because Lian Ling and Shu Che are her friends.  He wouldn’t have it though.

Episode 7- 8

These two episodes are super annoying.  It is about grown children being disobidient to their parents.

Xiao Qing’ mother met a pretty serious accident.  Xiao Qing wanted to go home immediately but her father wouldn’t want her to as her mother is now out of danger.  But Xiao Qing was having none of it.  With her frustration of being not really allowed to go home, she blocked her father on the phone and won’t take any of his calls.

Her school professor was contacted by her father and explain how things were.  The prof confronted Xiao Qing about telling him that her parents agreed to her taking leave from school.

In the end she had to stay in the US to continue with masters.

Shu Che mother and Miao Ling’s father pretend that they don’t know one another but Miao saw them being rather familiar with each other.  What is going on.

 

Here to Heart (Chinese Drama) Review

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Here to Heart (Chinese Drama) Review

Genre: Romance, Melodrama, Sweet Revenge, Mystery

Date Released: 2018

CDrama: 46 Episodes:

Based on a novel by An Ning called Warm Chord

Ost: Miserable Warmth – by Hebe Tien

Cast:

  • Zhang Hans as CEO Zhan
  • Janine Chang as Wen Nuan
  • Ji Xiao Bing as Gao Fang
  • Liang David as Pan Wei Ning
  • Jin Kim as Guan Ti
  • Zhang Jenny as Yi Xin
  • Jing Chao as Zhu Lin Lu
  • Zhou Qi Qi as Wen Rou

The story is about a young couple who separated due to family issue.  Despite the time that had elapsed they can’t forget one another.

The hurt was too deep to just sweep under the carpet.  Therefore a little sweet revenge is on the card.  (Lovely!) 🙂

This should be an exceptional drama as it stars two popular Chinese actors in Zhang Han and Janine Chang.  These two are getting better looking as they mature.

This drama is like a long CF for Nivea.  It takes central stage! 🙂  And it worked too, because I wanted to top up my Nivea products after seeing how Wen Nuan and Wen Rou have such lovely skin. 🙂 🙂 🙂


Episode 1

Wen Nuan seemed to have run away to London seven years ago and had been working with Nivea.

Then three months later, she is back in China and working for Qian Yu Technologies, whose CEO is none other than her ex-boyfriend CEO Zhan.

CEO Zhan missed her so much and his thoughts can be heard  that in all the years she was always been the only one in his heart.

But you would think they get back together immediately.  No!  CEO Zhan is playing it really cool.  He was in fact frosty towards Wen Nuan.

Anyway Wen Nuan has a boyfriend already who is the CEO of a rival firm, Dai Zhong.  He is the playboy, Zhu Lin Lu.

Episode 2

CEO Zhan had just promoted his PA and of course this created a vacancy.  Despite Wen Nuan having only worked at the Qian Yu Technologies, she got promoted to the PA position for the CEO.

The first time they came face to face, they stared at one another for at least a couple of minutes.  They were longing for each other but both don’t know what to do.

CEO Zhan has a project called Alpha Project,  which he would be in direct competition with Zhu Lin Lu.  Wen Nuan offered to not be involved with the project in order not to create any suspicion of any kind, CEO Zhan declined, saying she works for him now.

It looks like Wen Rou, Wen Nuan’s sister was in love with CEO Zhan as well.  She confessed to him seven years ago and was turned down as he was already going out with Wen Nuan.  Wen Rou was so upset she slit her wrist.

Episode 4

The management of Alpha Project have invited both Dong Zhon and Qian Yu to London to propose their bids.

Episode 5

Dong Zhon won the bid.  After a brief euphoria, Zhu Lin Lu found out that an integral part of the Alpha project, Professor Wang, had left the project.  This changed the nature of the project Dong Zhon is now saddled with.

Wen Nuan and CEO Zhan spent part of their time in England visiting some of London attraction.  We can see the Shard, Thames river, the City Hall, London Bridge, etc.

They ended up at the London Eye where they shared a kiss.

Episode 6

Back in China, they are back to being frosty to one another again, especially when a selfie of Lin Lu and Wen Nuan was posted on social media.  CEO Zhan was not happy with it.

As a punishment, he is working Wen Nuan like a horse.  She doesn’t get time off work anymore even during weekends.

Episode 16

This is an excruciating episode.  CEO Zhan is playing mind games with the vulnerable Wen Nuan.  He is blowing hot and cold.

Wen Nuan overheard Yi Xin in conversation with CEO Zhan that she was in cahoot with one of Qian Yu’s employees to frame Wen Nuan.  CEO Zhan said he knew!  And told her that he will not take any action and just to forget all about it and not to tell anyone.

Wen Nuan was upset and thought that  CEO Zhan must like Yi Xin very much.

CEO Zhan had a business appointment in a Karaoke bar where he dragged Wen Nuan to.  Wen Nuan was almost sexually harassed by the other CEO in front of CEO Zhan, who did not really do anything to help.

Wen Nuan and CEO Zhan ended up doing a duet of “Without You’ and had a fleeting kiss afterwards.

CEO Zhan received a call from Yi Xin and he up and left Wen Nuan in the bar.

Episode 17

This episode has a cute ending. It is Wen Rou’s birthday and her young employee surprised her with a mini rock concert.  Awww Their budding love story is cute.

Episode 23

Wen Nuan had resigned from her job at Qian Yu as she can’t stomach being the tool to ‘steal’ the clients of Dai Zhong.

Episode 24

CEO Zhan won’t approve of Wen Nuan’s resignation, thus, won’t allow HR to select another PA.

Yi Xin is using her dying father to her advantage.  Even to the point of asking CEO Zhan to make her an honest woman so her father can die in peace.

CEO Zhan said that he had to let her down this time as she well know that there is only Wen Nuan in his heart all this years.

Also Wen Rou part confessed the reason why Wen Nuan broke up with him.  It has to do with her, when she drunkenly confessed to CEO Zhan seven years ago.  She did not tell him though the ‘real’ reason why Wen Nuan was really upset.  It has something to do with Wen Rou’s attempted suicide.

Episode 27

Finally the wait is over, for now!  They have reconciled and now live together in their dream house.  I have to admit that I was starting to lose patience with their protracted will they, won’t they romance.

I have to say that I have never seen both leads cry so much.  Everytime they had a heart to heart, they both would cry and yet at end, they are back to square one of misundertanding one another because of things left unsaid.

In this episode, they were so sweet.   Finally they opened up.  seriously they could have easily done this about 12 episodes ago! 🙂

HOWEVER, we can’t get comfortable yet.  There are more hurdles to clear.  A major one is CEO Zhan’s mother, who dislikes Wen Nuan for leaving and making her son desolate seven years ago.  She was pro-Yixin.  This was on the trailer for the next episodes.

Episode 30

Back to being excruciatingly painful once again.

These two lovebirds truly love each other but forces surrounding them are not ready to give them a break.  For one, CEO Zhan’s mother is against the relationship.  There is a mystery there somewhere.  The mother is saying that Wen Nuan is to blame for the demise of her husband, CEO Zhan’s father.

There was also that issue about Professor Wang, ex employee of Alpha.  Dai Zhong had started their litigation against Qian Yu Tech involving Prof Wang, a major mover and shaker of Alpha.

CEO Zhan was forced to go to London without saying anything to Wen Nuan.  He was so busy that he had not time to answer or call her back.

But surprise surprise, Yuxin was pictured having a convivial lunch date with CEO Zhan  which was televised on Chinese tv much to the sadness of Wen Nuan.

There was also that notion that Wen Nuan was the one who tipped off Zhu Lin Lu regarding the Prof Wang case.  Of course she is not guilty, but there is a misunderstanding brewing between the lovers.

Episode 31-34

Wen Nuan is one pool of utter sadness.  She was asked to see CEO Zhan’s mother, who told her that she was not good enough for her son.  Wen Nuan has only brought her son grief and misfortune as well as being the author of the death of CEO Zhan’s father and Wen Nuan’s own father because of her immature behaviour.  She should leave  CEO Zhan and never show her face again.

During the diatribe of CEO Zhan’s mother, Wen Nuan had an attack.  She started to remember bits and piece of what happened in the past.  Mrs Zhan had a bit of a fright with what was happening with Wen Nuan.

Her sister took her back home.  Wen Nuan then pack her bag and left for London again.  She just saw CEO Zhan hurrying towards the airport looking for her.

CEO Zhan left a negotiation that could make or break Qian Yu (Shallow Cosmos) to look for Wen Nuan.

In the end Shallow Cosmos is in deep financial problem.

Many major employees are leaving because of the rumour that  it was going down.

Guan Ti one of the three original of the trio of Shallow Cosmos, who was in charge of research was so annoyed that his pet project of  Robotic Girlfriend is being sidelined for the project headed by Professor Wang.

In his annoyance, he had a meeting with the competition in view of a transfer.  He then gave his resignation to CEO Zhan, who was still adamant that Prof Wang’s project is still the one to save their company.

Wen Nuan had undergone hypnosis to finally remember everything of the past.  Again she is more certain that she’s not good enough for CEO Zhan.

CEO Zhan was cornered by his mother to make a decision about a marriage to Yixin.  But he said he doesn’t have any intension of getting together with YiXin.

Yixin said she had waited seven years, she is preferred to wait until she becomes a family.  But Pan Wei Ning is working really hard to gain her affection and it seems he might be making a little progress.

Wen Rou, together with her young boyfriend cum assistant, and Li Lu have discovered that monies are being taken out from company’s account.

Episode 35 – 39

Lin Lu’s uncle and cousin, shareholders to Dai Zhong, have sold their shares to the very ambitious Pan Wei Ning, who had taken over as a CEO to Yizhong company ousting his elder brother.

Pan Wein Ning as a one of the biggest shareholders of Dai Zhong has been throwing his weight around.

Wen Nuan has come back from the UK and found out the Shallow Cosmos was in such a dire straight situation that she is now determined to help CEO Zhan.

She negotiated and now works for an investor for Shallow Cosmos.  She is assigned to work side by side with CEO Zhan, who was quite happy to see her back.

CEO Zhan’s mother found out about Wen Nuan having come back.  She was not happy about and made her son choose.  It her or Wen Nuan?!!!

Towards the end of episode 37, Lin Lu finally throw in the towel and gave up in his pursuit of Wen Nuan.  He encouraged her to get together with CEO Zhan, who truly loves her.

Gao Fang collapsed from so much stress at work.  CEO Zhan was near breaking point as he found out that Gao Fang was not only suffering from stress.  He is more ill.  He has stomach cancer.  🙁

Poor Wen Rou!  She is so unlucky with men.  Her cute and lovable young boyfriend turned out to be an industrial spy working for the sneaky Pan Wei Ning.

CEO Zhan’s mother surprised Yixin with a visit who was waiting for Pan Wei Ning.  Yixin had finally got together with Wei Ning but doesn’t know how to break the news to the older woman.

Episode 40

Pan Wei Ning has taken over Dai Zhong, being the majority shareholder, having bought off shares from other shareholders.

He was helped by Wen rou’s young boyfriend, Liu Rui, he was the spy.

He was so naive and close-minded, thinking that if he says sorry, she’ll forgive and forget.

Episode 41

Nanxian’s mother had a heart to heart with Yixin, who said that she was giving up on Nanxian as she now believed that he will never love her as he has only Wen Nuan in his heart.

Yixin confessed that she was now seeing someone else.

Episode 42

This is getting tedious.  The same story going over and over.  Spoilt, immature Nanxian’s mother met and accident where she broke her leg.  She used her hospitalisation to make Nanxian to feel sorry for her and a guilt trip for Wen Nuan to break up (again) with Nanxian.

Like a puppet on a string, Wen Nuan broke up with Nanxian, because she can’t live with the guilt of having caused the tragic airplane crash which took the lives of her father as well as Nanxian’s dad.  Yeah really!

Finally Yixin is becoming more mellow and wanted to give up being an actress and concentrate being a wife to Weining. But there is a problem.  Weining father look down on her.  She was just a bit actress with some sort of ambiguous relationship with Nanxian.  Weining was warned that he can’t marry Yixin otherwise, he is no longer his father’s son.

Episode 43

This is about Nanxian and Lin Lu pooling their resources together to stop Weining to take over Dai Zhong completely and ruin Shallow Cosmos.

Yixin is pregnant and Weining is the father.  She was very happy about the baby and can’t wait to tell Weining.

Yixin had also a heart to heart with Wen Nuan.  They advised each other to do their best.

Episode 44

Yixin started feeling betrayed by Weining.  She learned that it was him who released the news about her father.  He was also trying to bankrupt Shallow Cosmos.

She also learnt that he had told his brother that he was marrying another woman, not Yixin.

Yixin told Weining that he was not the father of her baby but Nanxian.  She has lost faith of Weining.  She just can’t trust him anymore.

Episode 45

News is everywhere that Yixin is pregnant and that she was seen in the OB/GYN with Nansian and he must be the father of her baby.

Wen Nuan was really upset, but it was her own fault, she keeps changing her mind.

Yixin and Nanxian staged a fake wedding.

Weining turned up to stop the proceeding and took Yixin away.  Wen Nuan was also on her way to stop the wedding but was too late.

All was left for her was a wedding dress and a letter from Nanxian explaining that it was a fake wedding just to see if she turns up.

Episode 46

Nanxian disappeared for half a year and in his absence Wen Nuan became the temporary CEO and she was quite good at it as well.

Nanxian’s mother finally forgave her seeing that she was really a good, caring and selfless girl.

Now, to hunt for Nanxian, she went to London to find him and he was there and he said he had been waiting for her.

They were dancing inside the capsule of the London Eye, and Nanxian mentioned that she was dressed to scantily for the baby.

Ahhhh

They do have great chemistry.

 

 

The Princess Weiyoung (Chinese Drama) Review

Genre: Historical, Romance, Revenge

Date Released: 2016

CDrama: 54 Episodes

Cast:

  • Tiffany Tang as Princess Weiyoung
  • Luo Jin as Tuoba Jun (Prince Gaoyoung)
  • Vanness Wu as Tuoba Yu (Prince Nanan)

I have just started watching this mainly because of Luo Jin who was so handsome in Love’s Lies.

I am now in episode 6 and really enjoying this historical drama.

The Princess Weiyoung (Chinese Drama) Review

It had been snowing for at least three days.  The birth of the Yin’Er the new princess of Lang Ling stopped the snow.

The astrologer though said that her birth is auspicious but this is cancelled out by the contrasting shape of her eyes.

The king of Lang Ling was joyful of the birth of his daughter but he was called away immediately to meet up representatives of Northern Wei.

That was the last time they saw the king until 16 or 18 years later he was freed by the Weis.  He had only a few hours to say hello to his daughter and the Queen Dowager when a Weis conspirators assassinated the king and the people of Lang Ling.

The princess barely got away with her life.

She saw how her father killed and the Queen Dowager almost beheaded.  She was so distressed that she fell over a ravine.

The next time she was compos mentis was when she woke up in bed being tended by a young woman.

She later found our that the woman was Wei Young, a banished daughter of the Prime Minister of Wei. Wei Young was a victim of discrimination because her mother is a lowly concubine who used to be a foot bather maid in the manor of the PM.

The evil consort of the prime minister sent an assassin to do away with Wei Young.  Just before dying Wei Young said to Yin’er to avenge her.

Yin’er took the identity of Wei Young and went to the PM’s manor to pretend as his daughter.

 

 

Untouchable Lovers (Chinese Drama Review & Summary)

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*****

Genre: Historical, Romance

Date Released: 2018

Drama: staggering 52 episodes! 🙂

Cast:

  • Guan Xiaotong as Liu Chu Yu / Liu Chu Xiu / Zhu Que (The Princess)
  • Song Wei Long as Rong Zhi
  • Li Zonglin as Huo Cao (General Huo)
  • Zhao Lusi as Ma Xueyun (Rong Zhi’s concubine)
  • Wu Jiayi as Qing Yue (Princess maid & best friend)
  • Xu Kai as Shen Yu (Rong Zhi’s bodyguard)
  • Liu Zequn as Tian Rujing (Imperial Astrologer)
  • He Fengtian as Gu Huan (aka as the Pavillon master), doctor

Untouchable Lovers (Chinese Drama Review & Summary)

I keep watching Chinese historical dramas and always hoping that it will have a happy ending.  I keep investing time, emotion and health 🙂 to these dramas only to cry buckets in the end because it usually ends in a Shakespearian tragedy.

Anyway, as I never learn though, here once again with full hope of a happy ending, I am going to plough in to episode 1 (watch this space!)

Episode 1

Tianji Tower is ruled by the despotic Liu Ziye.  He is only 16 years old and so immature that he is prone to violence and impulsive behaviour.  His people started plotting to dethrone him.  They schemed to get rid of the young’s emperor’s most beloved sister, Liu Chuyu by drowning her, and replaced her with an assassin, who was a doppelganger.

The ‘new’ sister then pretended that she had lost her memory.  She is being taken care of by a posse on 24 menke, led by Rong Zi.

(What is a menke?  Well apparently they were retainers, or like eunuch without the castration bit 🙂 but I think in modern times’ equivalent, they are like butlers or valet)

Episode 2

The princess is weeding out her menke.  Transferring those who are plotting against her and promoting some slimy ones away from her manor.  Rong Zi is surprised how more humanitarian and clever she is becoming.

He is beginning to suspect that she is a fake princess.

Episode 3

The princess went to the mountain of luvvies (artists).  She was in disguised as a man (oh yeah?).  She was told that a beautiful man should be pure and have a skin as white as snow, only then can he be called a dreamy fellow!  🙂 🙂 🙂 Metrosexuality obviously existed even in ancient times.

Episode 4

The princess had taken away all the power of management for her manor from Rong Zi. The only thing left for him to manage are the herbs, spices and royal medicine.

Apparently, the boy emperor suffers from bipolar disorder.  Only the smell of a concoction of certain herbs had a calming and soothing effect to the emperor.  The princess found out that Rong Zi had created the scent for her and that is why she can control the emperor.

Episode 5

The princess just found out that she was twin to the drowned Lui Chu Yu.  Apparently the previous emperor (their father) forced the queen to get rid of one of the twin sisters because of the astrologer’s pronouncement that one will bring havoc and chaos to the kingdom.

Episode 6

The Queen Dowager had died but she whispered something to the princess before she passed.

The princess heard from the boy emperor the reason why he turned out how he is.  He was treated like an animal by one of the old emperor’s consort/concubine.  He was tortured for a month.

As soon as he had grown a little bit, he strangled the concubine/noble lady and then killed his own father.

The princess did feel sympathy for her brother.  She realised how dysfunctional they are.  Brother killing brother, sister killing sister, uncle killing brother, etc to get to the power.

Episode 7

The most beautiful woman of the land offered herself to the princess, when she was disguised as a man.  The princess turned down the offer obviously 🙂 but she lost her upperhand over the land-owning luvvies as they thought that  HE (the princess pretending to be a man) was a sorry example of total manhood. 🙂

Episode 8

The Royal astrologer had gone awol and the princess with Rong Zi were looking for him.  They needed him to convince the superstitious boy emperor to tone down his violence.

Episode 9

All of the princess plans are coming to nought.  She has started thinking that there was someone out there who was purposely thwarting her every move.

Of course it was Rong Zi.  He is a spy.  However, he can’t help falling for the princess.

Episode 10

The princess’ surrogate sister/childhood friend and ladies maid, Fendai, entered the palace as a concubine to the boy emperor.  She plotted to kill him as the princess was unable to carry their mission to assassinate him.

Unfortunately for Fendai, her plan went awry and got herself killed instead.  The princess was desolate as she had to carry out the final whipping that eventually killed Fendai.

Episode 11

The boy emperor found out that the princess uses the scented herbs to calm him down and he felt betrayed by the princess.  He told her that she will be under guard from now on.

Episode 12

Rong Zi is very ill so the princess helped him escape the manor to get treatment.

She has the opportunity to kill the boy emperor.  Will she take it?

Episode 13

The boy emperor is dead and replaced by the pig prince uncle, who was as nasty.

The princess confessed to Rong Zhi but turned down. She bravely said that since he doesn’t like her then she would stopped liking him as well.

She then said that they will part ways and hope never to meet again.

This was actually a lovely scene.

Episode 14

Rong Zhi had a change of heart.  He wanted the princess afterall.  This time he was rebuffed.  The princess intimated that they are like ships in the night; their moment had passed.

Episode 15

Rong Zhi was about to kill the pig prince/emperor when the royal astrologer intervened.  Rong Zhi was further halted by the appearance of the princess taken as a prisoner by Hua Cuo, who was once Rong Zhi friend but now turned foe.

Episode 16

You lan, the one remaining ladies maid of the princess, betrayed her.

Rong Zhi had plunged to his ‘death’ in a cliff.  But is he really dead? 🙂

It turned out everyone is in love with the princess.  She is Helen of Troy.  She is the face that caused a thousand deaths.  🙂

Rong Zhi is not dead but an insect got to his brain and ate his memory.  LOL

The princess thinking that Rong Zhi was dead was absolutely devastated.  She is now being taken cared of by the Imperial astrologer, who had developed a feelings towards her.

Episode 17

Rong Zhi is now back in the Northern Wei and had asked a minister’s daughter to marry him.  But there is another woman on the scene.  A fighting machine called General Hao.  She was also fond of Rong Zhi, She said that Rong Zhi can marry as many women as he likes but he had to promised that he would only stand side by side in battlefield with her.

Episode 18

Wow! Rong Zhi married both Ma Xueyun and the princess (who has lost her memory).  Rong Zhi is now the regent and therefore it was left to him to forge the alliance between Songs of Tianji Towers and the Weis.  But he had already promised to marry the minister’s daughter, Xueyun.

Rong Zhi spent the first night (wedding night) with Xueyun.

The princess is all together different from before.  She is more playful and don’t give a damn.

The Weis think she is a bit uncouth and therefore they have been teaching her etiquette and manners like in the proper way of drinking tea.

Your hands must not be higher than your nose.

Despite having no memory of each other, Rong Zhi and the Princess have subtle flirting.

Episode 19

Northern Wei do not have money to compensate the citizens suffering from flooding and to pay the soldiers.  It was left to Rong Zhi to think of a plan to pay the soldiers without increasing taxes.

Xueyun and the princess do not get on.  Xueyun plays at being a pure and innocent little beauty but she is bullying the princess in small ways.  Of course the princess in having none of it. 🙂

Episode 20

The princess has been framed as the one who caused the poisoning of the young 8th prince.  This episode touched on migration and how immigrants are treated. 🙂

Episode 21

The stolen military provisions have been found hidden at the temple.  The Pavillon master was behind the theft.

Xueyun is pregnant but she is really too weak to carry a child.

The episode ended cutely.  Rong Zhi wanted to sleep with the princess.  He meant it literally.  He slept soundly. 🙂

Episode 22

Due to Rong Zhi sleeping at the Regent’s consort, Xueyun framed the princess for trying to poison her.  Because of the poisoning she can’t carry the baby full term.  It was Rong Zhi who spoon-fed Xueyun the abortion soup and in essence he ‘killed’ his first child.

Episode 23

The highlight of this episode is the sword dance by Rong Zhi.  Gorgeous!!! 🙂

Episode 24

Rong Zhi is very sick, someone tried to poison him.  The assailant run into the manor of Prince Kang.

Episode 25

Rong Zhi is still very ill and Xueyun had to beg the princess to allow her to look after him.  Rong Zhi however s slowly removing himself from her.

The love story between Shen Yu, the prince regent’s bodyguard, with Larou, the princess ladies’maid, is slowly unfolding.

The princess has become a patron of an orphanage and she had been pawning her jades.

Episode 26

Rong Zhi is recuperating slowly but strong enough to play budaqiu, a sort of polo without the horse, with a team including the princess.  It was quite an exciting game.  Rong Zhi did a Beckham kick and won the game for the team.

Episode 27

Xueyun arranged someone to bring a philter scent dish to prevent insect flying around the princess. But the scent is poisonous.  It was lucky Rong Zhi was there to save the day.

Rong Zhi finally realised how far Xueyun can go with her jealousy.

Also Huo Cao almost got assassinated.  She was stabbed with poisoned blade luckily Guan ho was a doctor and saved her.  He was the masked Pavillon Master and new love interest for Huo Cao.

Rong Zhi is ill again.

Episode 28

Xueyun came in with a bowl of medicine soup.  Rong Zhi found it to taste rather weird.  Xueyun then said that it has meat.  Meat from her arms.  yukkkk

While the princess was giving an impassioned speech during a festival to Buddha, the lamps and lanterns burst into flames.

With other issues such as the Songs haivng attack people from Wei, it was deemed that the princess is a spy and sentence to 10 days imprisonment and then beheaded  for her blood to be offered to the heavens to appeased the Buddha.

Episode 29

The princess has also been blamed for the murder of the high priest.

She is about to be beheaded.

Episode 30

Awww The princess and General Huo had a drunken sisterhood bonding.  It was so cute.  While still inebriated, the princess confessed to Rong Zhi, who gave her a tight hug.

So sweet.

Towards the end of the episode, the princess was abducted by the nephew of the Pavillon master.

Episode 31

Xueyun spread the news that the princess was raped by the abductor.  Rong Zhi was so annoyed, he told her he doesn’t want anything to do with her anymore.

In revenge for the treatment of his daughter, Minister Ma humiliated Rong Zhi during an audience with the emperor.

Episode 32

Rong Zhi and the princess are more understanding towards each other.

Episode 33

Rong Zhi and the princess are back being cold to each other after the Daughter festival.

Episode 34

The princess was suspected, again, as a spy.  Prince Kang found evidence that she was sending information via the floating light during the daughter festival.

Episode 35

The princess was bored so she dragged Qing Yue to the temple festival.  She then instructed Shen Yu to advise Rong Zhi that she has gone missing.   This move actually was a good one as Rong Zhi saved her from a falling structure.

Episode 36

Xueyun consulted an doctor outside the palace because she has now started to spit blood. She doesn’t want the palace to know how gravely ill she is.

She asked Rong Zhi to hug her but he refused.  She was upset and humiliated.

She plotted to kill the princess before she dies.  She took the princess to the tower after giving her, through the leaf cards they were playing a bone softening powder.

But at the last minute Xueyun plunged into her own death but making sure that the princess gets the blame for her death.

Episode 37

The princess was arrested and tried.  She was forced to sign a confession after her friend and maid, Qing Yue was tortured by the officials.  She will be executed on the day of the funeral of Xueyun.

Episode 38

The princess is going to be executed and the person tasked to do was Rong Zhi. Cut off her chains rather than her throat. Awww

The Imperial astrologer was also present, ready to stop time, so you know that the princess will not die.  (actually you know she won’t die as there are still the rest of the 56 episodes to go 😉 lol)

Rudimentary forensic was done by the doctor and proved that Xueyun killed herself.

Episode 45

General Hua won in the competition against the princess to become the one true Princess Regent.

Episode 46

Rong Zhi told the princess that he will always protect her.  He then turned down General Huo as his princess regent.  He said that they are so much alike that too full on that they would be like two porcupines rubbing against each other.

That is not the end on his women’s trouble.  Upon entering his man cave, another concubine, naked, was waiting for him in his bed.  Apparently she was a gift from the king!

Episode 47

General Huo resigned from her post but the king won’t accept it.  His ministers concocted some embezzlement to force her to stay.  And more heartbreaking was that her right-hand man, Wang Ze, completely betrayed her saying that she misappropriated a fund of 300,000.

Wang Ze did redeem himself in the end by dying to save her.

This is the best episode yet.  It is reminiscent of Kill Bill.  The fighting scene was amazing.  The lone female general against all the soldiers.

Episode 48

Rong Zhi saved General Huo from a massacre but in the end they parted ways as frenemies, which saddened them both but can’t be helped.

The new concubine continues to seduce Rong Zhi but he was just not interested.  But she was persistent that Rong Zhi literally throttled her 🙂

Rong Zhi went to the princess for a bit of comfort but she snubbed him dead.  She was still upset when she heard that he was busy in bed with the new concubine.  She did not wait long enough to find that he was indeed busy in bed bundling the concubine to throw her out of his manor. 🙂 🙂 🙂

Episode 49

The Guiran, the king’s concubine is not the innocent, warmhearted woman she purported to be.  She has a hidden agenda.  She is mentally influencing the king with his decisions, which are going against their laws and traditions.

The princess has decided to leave the palace at whatever means.

Episode 50

Rong Zhi had gone against the king that he had been confined to the manor.  He is miserable not because of his confinement but of the princess lack of attention and coldness towards him.

The princess asked for the new concubine’s help of getting a drug that would induce deep sleep.

She used this on Rong Zhi and she scape the palace.

General Huo married Gu Huan.  They live a simple life but she often misses what goes on with the people she knew especially her clan.

Gu huan encouraged her to visit but it all ended up in a chaos of fighting which resulted in her loosing her baby.

The episode ended with Rong Zhi having found the princess.  He told her that the Songs married her of to the Weis  to unify the clans was all a ruse. And she saw her clan ready to battle the Weis.

Episode 51

This episode is quite an exciting one.

It saw the death of many main characters led by General Huo with Gu huan.  They had a violent but tender 🙂 ‘Romeo & Juliet’ kind of demise.  They died together promising to be together as married couple through eternity.

The king of Wei is more paranoid than ever.  He wanted Rong Zhi dead.  Instead if feeling indebted to Rong Zhi for saving and protecting Northern Wei, the king is afraid that Rong Zhi is becoming more popular and powerful. The king’s army follow Rong Zhi’s lead.

The Princess returned to Song and was used as a bait to get Rong Zhi to come to Tianji Tower.  Their assassination against Rong Zhi failed.  He rode off with the princess but he got hit by an arrow.

The fighting scenes are well executed.  Exciting to watch.  I have really enjoyed this drama.

Episode 52

Abrupt ending but a happy one.

Rong Zi is living happily with the Princess away from Wei palace.

The Wei king had died and his young son with Guiran is now the young king under the care of the Queen Dowager.

 

 

Long Ri Yi, You Are (Dead Dragon Day, You’re Dead )


Long Ri Yi, You Are (Dead Dragon Day, You’re Dead )

I have to admit this drama is hard to review and even harder to give a recap or summary.  The reason is because is not subtitled.  Can’t understand what they were saying.

But watching it based solely on actions, I had that feeling at the start of the drama that it has similarities to the Japanese drama, Hana Yori Dango where the gorgeous elite of the school bait and torture the poor lead girl.

The similarities though ended pretty soon.  The male lead is not as bad as Domyouji Tsukasa of Hana Yori Dongo or Go Jun-Pyo of Boys Over Flowers.

Long Ri Yi is the devil at school.  He does whatever he wants.  His bad boy attitude only made him more popular with the girls.

Zhang Jingmei is an honour student who transferred to Ri Yi’s school.

On her first day, she witnessed one of the girls seeming to about to jump off the rooftop of the school building.

But as soon as Ri Yi arrived in his sports car, the girl came down running to Ri YI.  Ri Yi pushed her to the ground which annoyed Jingmei.  No one gets annoyed or shows annoyance with Ri Yi.  They are not allowed.

Ri Yi noticed her then.  And before she knew what had hit her, Jingmei had signed a slave contract with Ri Yi.  To be fair, Ri Yi protected her from the jealousy and envy of the mean girls of the school.

Jingmei also ended up tutoring Ri Yi.

I really, really wish someone would add English subtitle to this drama.

It is so cute.

And apparently there is a season two in the offing.

 

 

 

 

 

I Cannot Hug You; Touch Me 无法拥抱的你 Chinese Drama Review

I Cannot Hug You; Touch Me 无法拥抱的你 Chinese Drama Review

I started watching this drama last night and I must admit I was hooked immediately. Probably it was because it starts rather familiar Chinese actors. Zhang Yuxi from Dear Prince, Zhing Zhaolin from Eternal Love and the cute Dai Jing Yao from the recently finished drama The Big Boss.

Apparently this drama was based from a Korean webtoon UnTouchable, which is about a modern day vampire story.  Gone are the days when vampire suck the blood out of human.  They are more cultured now, they get their energy from simply touching a human.  Human exude their own distinct ‘touch taste’.

Cast:

  • Xing Zhao Lin as Jiang Zhi Hao
  • Zhang Yu Xi as Li Shi Ya
  • Dai Jing Yao as Xin Ba
  • Xin Rui Qi as Xu Qing Ran
  • Xu Kai Cheng as Cui Jun He
  • Gao Junjie
  • Wang Ruo Xue as Li Lan Xi
  • Kele Sun as Yin Shi Huan

Our heroine Li Shi ya (Zhang Yuxi) is a 21st century vampire. She is a celebrity, a model.  She is a bit capricious who ran away from home thinking that her father, who is also a vampire, is much too controlling.

She was out buying magazines one day when she bumped into Jiang Zhi Hao, the male lead, who suffers from OCD in the form of being germaphobic.  Anyway Li Shi ya accidentally touched Zhi Hao’s hand and they had an immediate connection.  She found his touch tasty or delicious while Zhi Hao was confused and does not trust Li shi ya, so much so that he accused her of being a stalker and perverted at that.

By sheer coincidence the flat Li Shi ya had just rented was next door to Zhi Hao, who again accused her of being a stalker.

One day a delivery meant for Jiang Zhi Hao was mistakenly drop off at Li Shi Ya address.  When Li Shi Ya tried to bring the package next door, Zhi Hao refuses it and told her to keep it.

A few days later Zhi Hao asked Li Shi Ya to give him back the package but Li Shi Ya said there are conditions before she hands it over.

And this is the start of their awkward interaction.  In the background is Xin Ba, another vampire, who is a popular pop star.  He had been in-love with Li Shi Ya since they were kids.

 

Must See Chinese Dramas (CDramas)

Destined to Love You

Must See Chinese Dramas (CDrama)

I love Chinese drama.  Of all Asian dramas, Chinese dramas have the most ‘feel’ of its Western counterpart.

My list is of course a work in progress and not in any order:

 

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