News: Fans Crazy About “Autumn’s Concerto” Pairing

24 01 2010

The hit Taiwanese idol drama, Autumn’s Concerto (下一站, 幸福) has been on top of all the ratings for 16 weeks straight and Read the rest of this entry »

TWDramas (Ratings & Reviews): Why Why Love

23 01 2010

Why Why Love (換換愛)

Summary: Tong Jia Di is a hardworking girl that needs a social life other than studying, working multiple jobs, and trying to pay off her family’s huge pile of debts. So, her friend, Jiang Xiao Nan, puts a love exchange coupon in the raffle box, trying to have her “exchange” love with the next guy that draws it. Huo Yan, the handsome executive of the Huo industry accidentally draws the raffle, and even though no love is exchanged, he is left with a deep impression of Jia Di. Enter Huo Da, Huo Yan’s younger brother. Huo Da is a delinquent that refuses to attend his University classes and prefers racing his motorbike to looking after the family business. He also draws out a raffle ticket, the Angel/Master ticket, which entitles him to a whole week of Jia Di bending to his every will. Things get a lot more complicated when both brothers begin pursuing Jia Di. Starring Rainie Yang (杨丞琳), Mike He (賀軍翔), Kingone Wang (王傳一), Judy Fukumoto.

Review: Well, I won’t lie. This is probably the only thing I’ve ever watched (anime, movies, dramas) to make me cry eight times. I kid you not. And I just keep crying every time I watch it! The summary Read the rest of this entry »

TWDramas (Ratings & Reviews): Black & White

23 01 2010

Black & White (痞子英雄)

Summary: Chen Zai Tian (nicknamed Pi Zi) and Wu Ying Xiong (chinese for Hero) are two completely different cops. Pi Zi is a lazy scoundrel that just sits around waiting for tip offs from mysterious sources to crack his cases. Ying Xiong takes his job extremely seriously. So seriously, that his zealousy gets him in hot water with his superior more than once. But after a misunderstanding, they are forced to work together to solve a tough drug case. That’s a problem because the two hate each other. Slowly, it becomes clear that Pi Zi and Ying Xiong are linked in ways more than one, and they are thrown into a dark plot involving a huge scandal, a terrorist group, and the biggest mafia family in Taiwan. Starring Vic Zhou (周渝民), Mark Chao (趙又廷), Ivy Chen (陳意涵), Janine Chang (張鈞甯).

Review: Three words. BEST DRAMA EVER. I was so blown away with this drama. The main thing is the plot. It is Read the rest of this entry »

TWDramas (Ratings & Reviews): It Started With a Kiss

23 01 2010

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 Read the rest of this entry »

TWDramas (Ratings & Reviews): Love or Bread

23 01 2010

Love or Bread (我的億萬麵包)

Summary: This 2008 drama reunites the co-stars for their third drama together (after It Started With a Kiss and They Kiss Again). Cai Jin Lai (Frank) is a lazy, rude fellow that has wasted away his inheritance on designer clothes and a luxurious lifestyle. Zhen Shan Mei is a trustworthy, kind young woman that earns all the money in her house. She dreams of her high school boyfriend, currently living in Mainland China, who has promised to marry her someday. However, once she abandons everything in Taiwan to chase after love, she finds that her boyfriend is already promised to another. Too ashamed to face her family, Shan Mei rents a house. The landlord informs her there will be another tenant. And the tenant turns out to be Frank! With such different personalities, the two clash, but find themselves with one thing in common: they need money. Starring Ariel Lin (林依晨), Joe Cheng (鄭元暢).

Review: Well, well, well. Here’s another drama starring the ISWAK two. And the plot also involves the both of them living together. Hmm… I must say I didn’t enjoy this drama. Joe’s acting was too crazy and unbelievable, whilst Read the rest of this entry »