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mid review of current dramas

Scarlet heart 2:  ending

1 more episode left but I doubt it would change my rating. Simply said, this drama just leeched the success of Scarlet heart 1. The story isn’t comparable to 1, which is no wonder since they aren’t written by the same person. I was hoping for more mysterious and detailed background of Lan Lan, but then it’s like what’s shown in the trailer (THAT’s ALL). Disappointing series, ad I pity the cast (like so many rainy shots, crying scene, but seriously aren’t necessary after all, they don’t even value add to the show much).

 

Perfect Couple: ending

Initially I thought it was funny, then, I find I slowly couldn’t tolerate the characters anymore. Typical plot that you can imagine what happened next without much difficulty, not much surprises. And the element of humour went missing as the story proceeds.

 

Only If I love you: Ongoing

The only reason I’m watching is Li Qin, because I’ve seen her previous work (personally I felt she chose quite good dramas to be on). So far, the idol element (fairytale like romance) is guaranteed. Ignoring this, I’m more interested in the background where the shots were made, the clothing the characters dressed , comes naturally and blend together. There isn’t one character that I particularly dislike yet, so seemed neutral to me. It everything goes well, this drama might even be better than the above 2.

NEW DRAMAS

Dr Stranger: Ongoing

LOVE IT. Even the blood looks real (which definitely chinese dramas ought to learn more from, all the computerised graphic effects and details). though some compared it to Kings2heart, but I definitely felt the storyline is better than Kings2heart.

Triangle: Ongoing

I’m totally lost in episode 1, not sure whether to continue watching. Might be in KIV list.

2012

Been a while, and yes, 2012 is another year full of dramas. Brand new start, new expectations, which are those that is worthy to watch?

Instead of doing episodes summary/drama information, there’s a new change. I’m adopting the traffic light system.

Disappointing dramas , you shouldn’t watch at all, are in red titles.

All other titles in blue. 

Ongoing in green title, approval that yes, you should/could watch now.

Upcoming drama is in yellow. 

 

 

Movies

Korean:

Highly recommend to watch blind by Kim Ha Neul. A story of a blind witness VS a gangster youngster (Yoo Seungho). How that both combined forces to nail the culprit.

Sector 7 (If you like Ha Ji Won from secret garden). If not, don’t bother to watch this. It’s meant to be fantasy but I find it pretty amusing that the alien form cannot be destroyed by flame and bullets, but can get drilled to death, isn’t the drill made of metal too(like bullets)?. -.-. If you like Primeval series then perhaps u might enjoy this.

Taiwan:

Starry Starry Night is way too artistic a film for me to truly appreciate though the child actors are pretty good.

 

Recommendations

It’s been long since I last recommended anything. Thought of deleting this web, but who knows I revisited here again?

Taiwan movies that I’ve watched:

Tea Fight (Vic & janine) Not bad a movie, with pretty nice cartoon.

Murderer(Aaron Kwok & Janine) . Gruesome?  A little. BUT super breath taking plot. Like Murderer? U might also like kmovie starring Jang Geun Suk, The Case of Itaewon Homicide.

Chinese Movie:

Tangshan Earthquake. Same disaster movie Korea, Haeundae.

 Variety Shows:

HEllo Baby (T-ara). It’s nice because of the Moon Brothers. very cute kids. Status: Ended.

Oh My School! (featuring korean artists). Status: Ongoing.

We Got Married (for the fan girl & boys) Status: Ongoing

Trending

Been lured to Chinese historical drama, but I can’t pin point the reason why. Though Chinese dramas are long (in terms of the number of episodes), but I find that the pace isn’t as slow as compared to some Kdrama…Jdramas are by far, short yet to the point. Kdramas, have very nice conversation, and comedy mixed. Well-balanced, though I find it repetitive plot at times a little uncreative. But still, I do look forward to Kdramas, since it’s twice a week for most. So I can get to some other stuffs, but also because it’s only twice a week, tend to break the flow of the drama. Tdrama is more eye-candy for me.  HKdrama has both eye-candy, nice well-paced plot.Though now I see more collaboration of HK-Cdrama. Preferred the old TVB dramas.

Chinese Historical drama has just the most realistic historical backdrop, from the scenery to the props. Though the animation(if any) looks fake (explosion scenes). In fact I’m worried that Chinese historical drama may be too dry for me, but oh well, the latest one ‘palace: locked heart’ proved me wrong. Reminded me of some other time travel series.

time travel series list:

  • A step into the past (HK)
  • 1000 years of love (K)
  •  King of yesterday and tomorrow(HK)
  • The myth not the Jackie Chan movie(C)
  • Palace: Locked heart (C)
  • Holy Pearl: ONGOING in (C)
  • Upcoming: Startling each step (C)

Another trend is the body/soul switching.

  • Secret Garden (K)
  • Just follow law movie (singapore)
  • 49 Days: Ongoing in (K)

Or Girl acts/becomes boy.

No doubt these plots are fresh in the sense it adds another scope to the normal plot of romance, action, comedy. But an overdose can kill. Adpoting similar plot, but yet make it stands out is not easy. I do look forward for 1 that really catches my attention. So far, I find them though interesting, but not realistic/logical enough, which to me is like a loophole in the plot.

OLD Movies

Taiwan:

The Secret by Jay Chou. Better than his pandamen drama, and among the movies he acted in, this is his best be it plot wise, casts, and creativity.

Jay’s works: Pandamen, Kungfu Dunk(movie), Curse of the golden flower(movie)

Korea:

I’ve no idea why but there’s seemed to be a trend recently. Dramas and movies is showcasing war time series, is it because of Cold War/North Korea recent sinking of South Korea naval ship? IRIS and upcoming Athena drama is something about the hostility between both countries. The current Road No 1 drama is a wartime drama, as well as 71 into the fire(movie). All these have their story dated back/based on old times, a period of unrest.

And I found this movie titled,May 18. Again with the story happening in wartime, starring Lee Junki and Queen Seon Deok, Lee Yo Won.

More works of LJK: Winter Snow(movie), Hero(MBC), Ijimae, My Girl

More works of LYW: Queen Seon Deok, Bad love, Surgeon Bong Dal Hee

UPdates

  • One million star legend (taiwan variety show)has knocked out Shane Lai, and the little boy from season 1.

 

  • Korean drama Bad Guy is only going to resume on 30th June. ARGH!!! All thanks to the world cup. Having quite a long break from watching this drama, it’s difficult to stay tune to it.

 

  • Korean drama Athena posters are out.

 

  • Ip Man movie of Ip Man in his teen is showing in cinemas.

MUST WATCH FILM!

HIGHLY RECOMMENDING IP MAN & IP MAN2! Unbelievably good in terms of plot, actions, and acting. SUPERBx3!

Trailer of Ip Man:

Trailer of Ip Man 2:

Storyline:

The Story of a martial arts master Ip Man who specialize in Wing Chun(a form of martial arts style). Ip Man has the story from Pre WW2 to WW2. While Ip Man 2 continues the legend after WW2 onwards. The first movie has the setting at Foshan, China. The latter setting is in Hong Kong.

Casts:

  • Donnie Yen (甄子丹) as Ip Man (葉問)
  • Simon Yam (任達華) as Chow Ching-chuen (周清泉)
  • Fan Siu-Wong (樊少皇) as Jin Shanzhao (金山找)
  • Lynn Hung (熊黛林) as Cheung Wing-sing (張永成)
  • Lam Ka-Tung (林家棟) as Li Zhao (李釗)
  • Hiroyuki Ikeuchi (池內博之) as General Miura (三浦)
  • Ip Man 2 casts:

    Original casts plus

  • Huang Xiaoming (黃曉明) as Wong Leung (黃梁)
  • Kent Cheng (鄭則士) as Fatso (肥波)
  • Comments:

    Ip Man the first reminds me of Huo Yuan Jia, who similarly duels with a Japanese. But of course the ending for both is different, Huo Yuan Jia died in his match but Ip Man survived his. Ip Man 2 shows the early immigrants challenges, you can say that it’s a little like historical movie, with WW2, colonial rule etc. Very enjoyable. One shouldn’t miss this.

    Hong Kong movie recommendation

    It’s not too new a movie, made last year. Follow the series or rather the storyline appears to be before the drama series of Emergency Unit. The story of one of the undercover cop- laughing gor(brother in cantonese?). There’s no english subtitle, only chinese. Below are part 1 of the movie

    Version 1: With chinese subtitle

    version 2: without subtitle

    HK movie

    Future X cop

    Starring: Andy Lau, Barbie Hsu, Xu Jiao(the girl who acted in CJ7), Fan Bing Bing, Mike He, Fan Siu-Wong

    Storyline:

    Kidd (Andy Lau) a police officer from the year 2080 and his wife Millie (Bingbing Fan) are summoned to protect Dr. Masterson (Jingwu Ma), who is known as the “Father of Solar Energy” due to creating a cheap method to replace fossil fuel with solar energy. Because of Dr. Masterson’s creation, oil tycoons have made several attempts on the life of Dr. Masterson. The Special Force of the police department has received credible information that an army of humanoids (half-man/half-machine) led by Kalon (Siu-Wong Fan) & Fiona (Yifei Tang) are set to ambush Dr. Masterson at the Convention Center.

    At the Convention Center a fierce battle ensues that leaves Kidd’s wife Millie and all of the humanoids dead, except for Kalon & Fiona.

    The oil tycoons then steal the secrets of time travel to send revamped 2.0 versions of Kalon & Fiona to the year 2020 to murder Dr. Masterson when he was a 12 year old kid.

    The government learns of the oil tycoons plans to go back in time and this is when Kidd volunteers to have radical surgery to transform himself into a bionic man with mechanical arms and legs. He then travels back to 2020 with his daughter Kiki, who will go to the same school as the young Dr. Masterson. Kidd works as a police officer in 2020, to avoid suspicion of his background, while fellow police officer Holly (Barbie Hsu) becomes attracted to Kidd. Knowing he will go back to 2080 after his mission is complete he is unable to return Holly’s affection for him.

    A fierce show down with the androids Kalon & Fiona is then set to occur …

    credit to asianmediawiki

    Trailer:

    Comments:

    I have yet to watch, but just the cast alone is attractive to me. Of course realistic wise I doubt I would enjoy it given that from the trailer alone, one can figure out lots of animation is involved. I hope the effect will make the movie nicer instead of hindering it. I can’t help but would compare it with Iron Man, though the animation involved in Iron Man is compatitble with the story. Iron Man did seem to me to be realistic enough. At least there’s guaranteed action involved to prevent one from falling asleep while watching.

    After watching this movie, SERIOUSLY DON’T BOTHER TO WATCH. DON’T WATCH IT IN THE CINEMA. Simply not worth it unless you are an animation fanatic. This movie has absurd plot, yes good twists but the conversation wise of some parts gave me the idea that it’s there for the sake of being there to make the duration long enough. NO plus points for lengthy conversation. Seems like a combination of Hollywood films to me-Iron Man, Spider Man (the bas guys roles), and perhaps Transformer. Great disappointment. I was lured to the movie by the casts, but the plot totally spoils everything no matter how great the casts is.