TW Summer 2015 Dramas

Alright so these are more like Spring/Summer 2015 dramas, but hey, life’s not perfect.

First up… Continue reading “TW Summer 2015 Dramas”

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2014 End of Year Review!

Wow, another year has flown by and I am starting to feel really old….Which, numerically isn’t true, but man does it seem like dramaland across all countries keeps churning out more and more dramas. This is my first time doing a year end review, so go easy on me! I was also really busy this year, and unfortunately ended up dropping a lot of dramas or putting them on hold! Continue reading “2014 End of Year Review!”

Lovestore At The Corner [巷弄裡的那家書店] – Episode 1 Review

Lovestore At the Corner premiered April 18th, and revolves around the story of a young woman whose disappearance affects her family and friends. It stars Nikki Hsieh as Du Ke Xing, the younger sister of the missing woman, Lee Wei as Xiang Shu Lei, the boyfriend of the missing woman, and Tracy Chou as Du Ke Jie, the missing woman. Note: There will be spoilers for the first episode below! 🙂

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Lovestore At the Corner definitely is an interesting watch. The cinematography is gorgeous, and I like the director’s style. Ke Jie, the missing woman, is introduced to us in a bookshop with her boyfriend. She loves books, and teasingly tells her boyfriend to get her camel bones for her birthday – after all, it’s what the main character in a book asked for. Rather than strike the viewer as foolish, Ke Jie comes across as airy and philosophically wise – a Luna Lovegood if you will.

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Flashbacks between the past and present are used to ever so slowly tease the viewer with the events that occurred. Ke Jie’s boyfriend Shu Lei seems to love his girlfriend very much, and is distraught over her disappearance. He imagines her in brief moments of panic, and largely remains a shrunken version of his flashback self. At one point Ke Jie’s best friend Dong Xin Ni comes over, and she jumps on him the moment she learns Ke Jie isn’t around. Shu Lei plays the part of the guilty boyfriend well – and his growing belief that Ke Jie saw them the other day becomes a mantra he repeats not only to himself but to Xin Ni as well. Xin Ni struggles with her own desire for happiness and pain at always being second rate in this episode, which the actress does a wonderful job of displaying through her breakdowns in the office.

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Ke Jie’s family reacts to the news in different ways – Ke Jie’s mother resorts to superstition to try and call her daughter back, while Ke Jie’s father personally searches the mountain where she was last seen. Neither can come to grips with the eminent reality of her death. Strangely enough though, Ke Jie’s sister Ke Xing seems to be the least affected by her sister’s disappearance. Though she wears a sad face in the first episode while comforting her mother, her pain at her sister’s loss seems two-dimensional at this point in comparison to the volatile outbursts from her mother and the quiet rage from Xin Ni.

Preview Trailer (unsubbed):

Needless to say, I look forward to watching the next few episodes of Lovestore at the Corner! I just hope the main lead actress steps up her game, and that this drama chose a different title – maybe something not so romcom-esque? What do you guys think – have any of you given this drama a try?

(Also…can I just say that I love this drama’s soundtrack? If it keeps up it might beat out Lan Ling Wang’s OST for my favourite! I’ll be doing a post on it soon! 🙂 )

Just You [就是要你愛上我] Series Review

Disclaimer: I wrote this review around winter break and completely forgot about it! 😦
Also – apologies for the lack of posts – for anyone who is just joining, greengrassjelly and I are full time uni students, and this has been a particularly busy year for the two of us! Regular postings will resume again once I survive claw my way through finish writing my final exams! And now for the review….


So surprise surprise I picked up this series again after hearing that it got a lot better (and that Aaron and Puff had some really cute chemistry). You know me, I’m a sucker for good chemistry. Dramapot has some really good recaps of the first 11 eps or so, and I used that to help me jump around while watching. I recommend watching episode 1, skipping episode 2-4, watching episode 5 (only the beginning and end are all that important), and then watching 6-on at your own digression. The romance factor picks up with episode 10 🙂

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Pros:
Great Chemistry – it was completely unexpected for me, but there’s a reason why Puff and Aaron won the couple’s award

Budget – this series had a decent budget, and looked pretty on par with Kdramas (which are notorious for their flashy packaging)

Cons:
The first 5 episodes. See my review of episode one here for why…

Acting – now before you jump on me asking why in the world I’d recommend a drama when I complain about the acting….let me explain. The acting improved during the series, after Puff realized she didn’t have to shout all her lines. Aaron has the rich snobby cold persona down pat, but he did carry the sensitive side of his character well. While Puff is not anywhere near any my favourite TW actresses, she ranges from passably bearable to decent. Given time however, she might improve (if Kpop idols can do it, so can you!)

Overall mark? 7 

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You can watch Just You on Dramafever here!

In A Good Way [我的自由年代] Episode 1 – Review

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Jafstar78 gave me a heads up to watch this drama, and boy am I glad they did. Thank you Jafstar!!

In a Good Way is set back in 1995, back when cell phones didn’t exist (gasp!), pagers were all the rage, and riding a moped make you cool (snicker). It surrounds the story of our heroine Lin Jia En as she narrates from 2005, reflecting on “that year”. We then see where the story begins in 1995, as Jia En and her friend Zheng Ren Wei are applying to colleges. She doesn’t get in (due to a last minute change up in school choices), and is left to sit despondently at  home while Ren Wei is having the time of his life in college. She finally decides follow him to Taipei and retake the exam, but gets her purse stolen when she arrives on campus, can’t find his dorm, and can’t contact him (he’s been ignoring her calls). Thankfully the student whose room she barged into helps her out (OTP!) – it’s Liu Shan Feng, played by Lego Li. 

In A Good Way is a breath of fresh air from the dramas we’ve been having recently. It’s simple, breezy, and doesn’t rely on any drama tropes like contract marriages. The pacing of the drama is a little slower as a result, but it’s unnoticeable for the most part. I really loved the rapport between Shan Feng and Jia En – they’ve already got respect for each other and Shan Feng finds Jia En intriguing. I can’t wait to see the romance begin! 😀

You can watch In A Good Way on Dramafever here!