ISWAK remake Miss in Kiss releases a trailer in advance of Dec. 8 premier

First things first, what used to be known as “It a Kiss” has now been renamed Miss in Kiss. I can’t tell if it was supposed to be punny (missing kiss), but it’s still grammatically incorrect, and according to Google “kiss” is not a place so they can’t play that card. Sigh.

The trailer itself looks fairly promising, and if you watch all the way through you can see the famous kiss scene. The drama itself has a cute opening intro, and seems to have a little bit of extra effects to make it more comic book like, similar to Skip Beat or Hana Kimi.

What do you guys think? Will you tune in Dec 8th?

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It Started With a Kiss…TW Remake?

I guess the TW dramaland folks have decided a decade is enough time to remake It Started With a Kiss, fondly known by its fans as ISWAK. The original aired in 2005, which I still can’t believe was 11 years ago..until I see the fashions and filming quality from back then haha. I made a post previously about ISWAK and it’s many remakes (K-drama, J-drama), and now it’s getting a revamp back in its native country. Err..sort of native country, since to be fair it was inspired by a Japanese manga.  Continue reading “It Started With a Kiss…TW Remake?”

Return from Haitus

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Hey Everyone!

It’s been a long time 🙂

Almost a year too long actually…So what have I been up to you ask? Well, I’ve graduated uni, come away with a lot of experience (ha) and a piece of paper  degree. I’ve moved across the world to study my masters (in Taiwan no less!) I’ve also stopped watching any sort of drama :/

However, now that my first year is wrapping up, and I have a handle on my workload (tip, please don’t take more than 6 5 4 3 classes a semester  if you’re in grad school), I’ve been feeling an itch to start blogging and watching dramas again. I apologize for not giving any of you a proper heads up, it’s been a whirlwind of a storm.

So with that out of the way… any recommendations? I’ve been eyeing the new revamp of ISWAK which is coming out sometime in 2016, but other than that have nothing else planned!

Hugs,

Redbeanmochi

The Manga Series: It Started With a Kiss

In this series I’ll be covering dramas based on mangas, especially ones with multiple adaptations.

Today’s is It Started With A Kiss (ISWAK), or Itazura na Kiss

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It’s a shojo manga first published in 1994 and later adapted not once, but four different times (1996, 2005, 2010, 2013). Meet the love triangle – Ikezawa Kinnosuke is our Sixteen Candle’s Ducky character who has two loves, leopard print and our heroine; Aihara Kotoko is our heroine who has been in love with Japan’s #1 genius for two years straight; and Irie Naoki is our #1 genius who cares nothing for anyone not on his level.

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ISWAK was first adapted into a Japanese drama in 1996, but didn’t cover the second part of Kotoko and Naoki’s life. In 2005, ISWAK became a fan favourite when it was adapted into a Taiwanese drama starring Ariel Lin and Joe Cheng. So much so, that a sequel (They Kiss Again), was produced – unheard of in dramaland. A Korean adaptation aired in 2010 called Playful Kiss, starring Jung So Min and Kim Hyun Joon. It received mixed/poor reviews, but still achieved high viewer ratings. Most recently, ISWAK has been re-adapted into a Japanese drama (called Mischievous Kiss: Love in Tokyo to distinguish it from the first Jdrama) starring Miki Honoka and Furukawa Yuki.

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So how do they compare? 

Name

Country

Pros

Cons

Rating

ISWAK/TKA

Taiwan

-characters are funny

-phenomenal chemistry between the leads!!! (just watch TKA)

-good second lead

-good male lead

-fantastic kisses 🙂

-long (24 first season/30 second season)

-sometimes the female lead gets annoyingly slow-witted

9

Mischievous Kiss: Love in Tokyo

Japan

-great second lead

-friendships are solid

-great lead characters

-the female lead makes some faces that are a little too exaggerated

-boring kisses

~7.5

Playful Kiss

South Korea

-very shiny packaging

-pretty decent kissing

-wooden male lead/bad acting

-bad writing/plot

5

You can watch them all on Dramafever!
Taiwanese–>It Started with a Kiss , They Kiss Again
Japanese–>Mischievous Kiss: Love in Tokyo
Korean–>Playful Kiss