Posts Tagged ‘Taiwanese Drama’

Autumn Concerto

I have started watching a new Taiwanese drama entitled Autumn Concerto,  it is also known as Next Stop Happiness. I came across this drama while looking at clips of Boys Over Flower in my Soju.  It’s still airing in Taiwan and I am actually waiting for subbed episode 8 to come out.

The drama stars former F4 Vaness Wu and Ady An ( I hope I got her name right).  Its got a typical plot but I just find it too addicting to watch.   Can’t wait for the rest of the episode to come out.

Why Why Love

I guess I am back… addicted to watch dramas the marathon way.  I bought this Mike He – Rainie Yang drama, entitled just the way this post is titled, long time ago but only found time to watch it last week.  I was a bit hesitant to go over the drama because I don’t really have much time to watch overnight (and this is what marathon watching is all about)

Another Mike He, Rainie Yang and Kingone hit series.

Another Mike He, Rainie Yang and Kingone hit series.

This drama stars almost the same cast from Devil Beside You, at least on the 3 major roles.  Rainie Yang plays Tong Jia Di, Mike He is the lead guy playing the role of Huo Da and Kingone Wang as Huo Yan, the second main guy.  Ye Min Zi is also present acting again as mother to Rainie Yang.  I had a breather of Rainie Yang and Mike He tandem when I watch Bull Fighting before this drama, so, I am quite surprised that this drama is something that I like more than Devil Beside You.  Well, I also like Devil Beside You but I just thought there were still awkward moments and scenes between Mike He and Rainie Yang.  Despite the plot being unrealistic, the acting should have been convincing as in-love couple.  I just thought Rainie Yang was a little stiff in Devil Beside You compared to this drama.

The story started with Jia Di meeting the two main guys of the story, Huo Da and Huo Yan who happened to be brothers in disagreement.  As usual the guys have opposite character Huo Da (Mike He) being the devilish one and Huo Yan (Kingone) being the tamed and composed one.  

Mike He as the devil boy... Rainie Yang as the special girl and Kingone as the tamed good guy.

Mike He as the devil boy... Rainie Yang as the special girl and Kingone as the tamed good guy.

Just like any Cinderella type of story poor Jia Di got involved to both Huo Da and Huo Yan the latter being the the initial guy of her interest.  Now this reminds me of Meteor Garden where SanChai likes Huatze Lei first than Dao Ming Sz considering Sz and Huo Da seems to have the same characterization (stubborn, devilish but warm hearted).  She soon fell in love with Huo Da, realizing he is the guy that she truly loves and not Huo Yan.

The twist of the story is that Huo Da initially loved Yang Yan Shu (played by Judy Qui) but she is actually in-love with Huo Yan.  Most of the conflict in the story revolved around this four cornered love story with Huo Da falling in-love deeply to Jia Di.   The height of the drama happened, on my opinion, when after realizing how they love each other Huo Da soon found out he is sick.  Having that much love for Jia Di he decided to push her away by falsely acting he doesn’t care anymore and that the devil in him say he only loved Yan Shu. 

In the end Jia Di found out about his sickness and relentlessly pursued to take care of Huo Da.  Huo Da whom almost died in need of liver transplat has been saved by his half brother Huo Yan.  While it almost seems they did not survive the operation in the end both guys lived and continued with their life.  Huo Da continuing his relationship with Jia Di and Huo Yan still refusing to give Yan Shu the chance to be his partner.  The good thing is Yan Shu has came to realized that she will not be happy following Huo Yan her whole life and decided to live independently.

My Review:

If I had to rate this drama I must say it was of a little advantage to Devil Beside You and Bull Fighting wherein Mike He has been the lead guy for both drama.  Rainie Yang and Mike He re-established their chemistry in this drama.  I guess they became more comfortable in their role as young couple in Why Why Love.  Rainie Yang is no longer the stiff girl who could just stand cold while having a romantic scene with Mike He.

The plot of the story seemed to have lifter some highlights from other famous dramas like Meteor Garden,  the love triangle between Dao Ming Sz, ShanChai and Huatze Lei is a mirror of the love triangle between Huo Da, Jia Di and Huo Yan.  The only thing unique is that Sz only loved ShanChai while Huo Da initially loved Yan Shu.   I also noticed that scene where the lead girl has been seen naked by the lead boy has been present from Devil Beside You and Bull Fighting.

Love triangle again...

Love triangle again...

Mike He truly earns the prince of devil charactered guy.  Right after Jerry Yan’s performance as Sz in Meteor Garden… he is the next guy who can easily give justice to this role.   Unlike Joe Cheng who is likewise good at portraying cold-hearted, Mike He fits the character of a naughty guy while being cold-hearted at the same time.

Though it seems to have been a mix of the plots and scenes from the various Taiwanese drama, it is still a nice drama to watch afterall.  Cinderella type of drama always catches my attention.   The love-hate relationship always works, and Rainie Yang and Mike He made it more interesting.   I also like the fact that there isn’t a devil mom or dad to deal with on this drama.

Overall I think it’s still worth the marathon attention, makes you want to see more of Mike He and Rainie Yang together.

Intro to Bull Fighting and Christmas Drama

It’s September despite the financial struggles of most Filipinos as a result of economic performance… this month will always mark the start of the Christmas season in the Philippines called the -ber months.  We are not one of the happiest countries for nothing.  Funny how some people measures the warmth and happiness of celebrating Christmas if they have a boyfriend or girlfriend beside them. 

I am back doing marathon viewing of dramas.  I am still happy recalling some scenes of They Kiss Again (TKA).  While waiting for another Korean or Taiwanese drama to watch, I have been feeding my cravings for Asian dramas with Japanese ones which are relatively shorter compared to Korean and Taiwanese dramas.  I recently bought another Mike He drama entitled Bull Fighting.  The same main guy on the hit dramas Love Contract, Devil Beside You and Why, Why, Love to name a few.

Bull Fighting...another flick which may fall on my drama roll

Bull Fighting...another flick which may fall on my drama roll

Unfortunately, the DVD i bought, lacks few of the last episodes grrrrr.  Although I know what the ending would be, watching it was like eating rice cakes without water.  Bull Fighting is how street basketball is referred to in Taiwan, the drama revolved around this as main point.   The usual ingredients to a ‘manga-type’ of drama is here… rich people, power, good looks, fashion and romance.  Just like in the drama Devil Beside You, Mike He plays the role of a rich son of a contruction mogul in Taiwan who becomes the love interest of Hebe (member of famous Taiwan group SHE).  From Shen Rou He (Mike He) and Yi Sheng Xuo (Hebe) struggling to co-exist peacefully the story twisted to falling in-love but cannot be together case. The best ingredient to this?  Credits to the ‘arrange marriage’ culture of Chinese which as always is an effective spice to a love story about to heat up.

Mike He joining the rosters of hot Taiwanese idols like Joe Cheng and Wu Zun

Mike He joining the rosters of hot Taiwanese idols like Joe Cheng and Wu Zun

Honestly, I like this drama more than Devil Beside You… there is something missing Deveil Beside You although it was one of the few dramas that I like to watch.  Well, Bull Fighting neither beat my favorite Ariel Lin & Joe Cheng team up nor exceeded TKA standards, but I find the story addicting or  Mike He addicting? I think Mike is versitile enough to be paired to any other leading lady so unlike Joe Cheng whom I can only always imagine being paried with Ariel Lin.  I watched this drama because I heard good reviews about it and secondly as I mentioned of my addiction, I like watching Mike He. 

The story while being ‘manga-type’ (therefore not even an inch closer to reality) keeps you glued with its simple conflicts.  The love story angle was cheesy but it worked, I think Hebe was not in any manner awkward being girlfriend to Mike He.  I just realized that I am interested watching guys whose role involves extreme talents in fighting, snob attitude but kind hearted inside (reminds me of mentos candy) and interesting fashion style. 

Now I really wanted to finish the this drama, i just could help to leave an unfinished business :P

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