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?”


Celebrity Instagrams Pt. 3

Part 3 of celebrity instagrams! 🙂 Always remember to check the masterlist for them all though!


Blackie Chen:
Christine Fan:
Danson Tang:
Eddie Peng:
Godfrey Gao:
Joe Cheng:
Sonia Sui:
Sunny Wang:
Yumi (BY2):

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


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.


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.

Image(look at that kiss!)

So how do they compare? 








-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


Mischievous Kiss: Love in Tokyo


-great second lead

-friendships are solid

-great lead characters

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

-boring kisses


Playful Kiss

South Korea

-very shiny packaging

-pretty decent kissing

-wooden male lead/bad acting

-bad writing/plot


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

06. Favorite Asian drama OST.


Oh boy. This is a tie between William Wei’s Hai Shi Hui from In Time With You and Harlem Yu’s Qing Fei De Yi from Meteor Garden.


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My favorite Asian drama OST so far is from Autumn’s Concerto because it’s mostly made up of Della Ding’s songs (and I love her) and it just fit the drama so well! Although it was unrelated to the drama, I especially enjoyed the I Love Him (Wo Ai Ta) music video (also because Xiu Jie Kai is in it and I also really like him, hehe).

Day 29: A Drama that made you cry from laughter?


Like I said, I don’t cry 😛 But here are some dramas and movies that made me Laugh Out Loud. I’ve already featured the dramas on here, so I won’t post any clips from them.


You’re Beautiful (Jang Geun Suk, Park Shin Hye, Jung Yong Hwa, Lee Hong Ki)
Hana Kimi (Wu Chun, Jiro Wang, Ella Chen)
ISWAK (Joe Cheng, Ariel Lin, Jiro Wang)


Kung Fu Hustle

Baby and Me (or Baby and I)

My Girlfriend is an Agent