It Started With a Kiss (惡作劇之吻)
Summary: Based on the popular Japanese manga Itazura na Kiss (イタズラなKiss), this 2005 drama was a huge hit in Taiwan. Yuan Xiang Qing is a clumsy, bumbling high school girl with a longtime crush on the school’s handsome genius, Jiang Zhi Shu. During their senior year, she finally summons up the courage to confess her feelings in a love letter. However, Zhi Shu pointedly ignores her and doesn’t even take the letter. Publicly humiliated, Xiang Qing decides to give up her feelings. But an earthquake strikes and Xiang Qing’s poorly constructed house collapses. With nowhere to go, she and her father move in with one of her father’s old friends, only to discover that he’s the father of none other than Zhi Shu! Living under the same roof means that they have no way of avoiding each other. It’s a complicated love game, especially since Zhi Shu seems to warm up to Xiang Qing more and more. Starring Ariel Lin (林依晨), Joe Cheng (鄭元暢), Jiro Wang (汪東城).
Review: Okay, I’m just going to say this, I loved it. This was my FIRST (and I repeat, FIRST) Taiwanese drama. My sister introduced me to it. I think that Ariel and Joe have a great chemistry, although Joe does seem a little awkward with his acting of the aloof Zhi Shu sometimes. Ariel was funny and so utterly stupid that I couldn’t help but laugh. This is quite a long drama compared to other Taiwanese dramas (30 episodes), so it does drag a little at times. However, the acting in general was relatively good and I really enjoyed the plot. It’s not a breathtaking piece of art, but the childish part of me that likes to sit around for hours on end watching dramas says thumbs up!