Upcoming Taiwanese Summer Dramas 2016

Heya Everyone!

So since I only have one more week of finals to go, I’ve been itching to start watching dramas. Here’s a list of upcoming Taiwanese dramas I’ve seen, as well as a little aside about whether or not I’ll tune in.

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Devil Game [劣人傳之詭計]

This is a Taiwanese web drama that focuses on the darker sides of human nature. It’s a suspense/horror style trilogy, and the first one “Game” is currently airing. The description reads: “Mankind often chooses to run away from things we don’t like, things we’ve done badly. We are unwilling to think of our darker natures, but they linger forever at the bottom of our hearts.We just don’t know when in our lives it’ll spring forth, and rob us of our humanity.”

Pretty grim and dramatic, but it looks interesting! I’ll be tuning into this one soon ^_^

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/devilgamedrama/timeline
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thedevilgamedrama/

[26 episodes: June 8-August]

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Better Man [我的極品男友]

This drama focuses on three brothers who are all wealthy, good looking, and smart, but who all shun any romantic notions. The oldest only has dreams of furthering his catering business, the second  works in the entertainment industry, while the third is the new CEO of the family empire. How will the three react when they each meet someone who turns their perfect little worlds upside down?

80 eps, and 3 brothers looking for romance? eh…. Sorry, I’m probably skipping this one.

Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/BetterManSET/

[80 episodes: June 1 to September 20]

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Metro of Love [台北愛情捷運故事]

6 love stories set against the backdrop of the Taipei Metro…where each love story surrounds a different line.

Uh, I see you Taipei MRT company, and what you’re trying to do. You’re super handy and all but I think I’ll skip this one too (sorry Chris Wu).

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/METROofLOVE/

[20 episodes: April 1 to August 12]

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KO One Remember [終極一班4]

Another KO sequel. Three students join the Ultimate class, but the female leader is missing. Ultimate Class’s leader is also missing.

Skip. Never watched the first, and although i might, since this franchise is very popular (original series, parent story, and sequel), I don’t think this fourth instalment will be my cup of tea.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GTVretask4/?fref=nf

[40 episodes: June 27 to September]

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Swimming Battle [飛魚高校生]

Starring Kingone Wang, this drama revolves around…swimming competitions and pool side love stories. I haven’t been able to find much yet, they’ll probably be releasingbe releasing more information as time gets closer.

Sorry Kingone, skip.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SETSwimmingBattle/

[? episodes: July 1 to November 30]

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Prince of Wolf

This drama stars Amber An and Derek Chang in a story about a young boy who went missing on vacation, but never truly forgot his human mannerisms. Smart, agile, and strong, he saves a photographer when she almost fell down a hole.

I’m not sure about whether or not I’ll watch this. I’m not the biggest Amber fan after watching the beginning of the Apple of my Eye, so maybe I’ll just watch the first episode. Plot seems hard to believe, but I enjoyed Sound of the Desert which has a young girl who was raised by wolves so… :/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SETPrinceOfWolf/timeline
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dramasettv/

[20 episodes: July 3 to November 13]

Aaaaaand that’s it! Let me know which ones you guys are interested in, and whether or not I missed any! 🙂

 

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24. Favorite character (your favorite actor/actress) has ever played

Redbeanmochi:

My favourite characters would probably be Chen Zai Tian (Vic Zhou) and Chen Lin (Ivy Chen) from Black and White. I also might or might not ship them irl….

Greengrassjelly:

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This is such a hard question, because there are many actors/actresses that deserve recognition for certain roles that they’ve played!!!  So there is going to be a three-way tie 😛  My favorite character Vic Zhou has played is Ah B from Perfect Two—Vic was just amazing!  I could sense the love he had for his son, and his maturity level made his role as a father believable.  My favorite character Jiro Wang has played is Jin Xiu Yi from Hana Kimi—Jiro did a wonderful job as the goofy, cheerful, adorably ignorant Xiu Yi.  My favorite character Kingone Wang has played is Jing Cai Ge from Next Heroes—Kingone did a very touching job as the melancholic/intense, dark, secretive mob boss/police officer.

Day 14: What Drama are you currently watching?

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I’m actually currently watching *gasp* FIVE dramas at the moment, but only watch 1 ep a week per drama so it’s actually manageable 🙂

Since I’ve already featured Itazura na Kiss and Fabulous Boys (from my YAB post), I decided to feature Happy 300 Days. You can find my recaps of it here. It’s a pretty enjoyable drama so far – and I’m rooting for Kingone Wang in this one because, let’s face it, he’s never gotten the girl (and actually lost the same girl TWICE to Mike He).

If you’re currently watching this drama as well, or have heard anything about it let me know! I posted ep 2 today, but I believe there are a few more episodes out.

Happy 300 Days [遇見幸福300天] Episode 2 Recap

Sorry it’s late! I was using Viki and then found a dead link partway through the ep -__- It took some poking around to find another decent quality version.

Recap:

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We left off with with Qi Tian staring in shock as a man jumped off the boat into the ocean. He nervously watching to see if the man resurfaces to no avail. He and the two fishermen fish out the man and bring him to shore. After nervously looking around and prodding him to see if he’s dead, Qi Tian takes charge and tells them that everything should be alright when he finds the man’s wallet for ID. Looking up however, he realizes the men have left him. Poor Qi Tian is left to piggyback the half drowned man back to the hotel.

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Back at the hotel, Qi Tian haphazardly dumps the man in an empty room before ripping into GiGi for sending him on a boat. He’d wanted a club, not to go boating!  Returning to his room, Qi Tian hurriedly unpacks and tries to get comfortable. Meanwhile, Ya Ting runs to her mother’s room and tentatively asks how being a single mom was…did GiGi ever consider getting an abortion? Her mom replies that back then people just accepted their situation and made do with it, so she never once considered giving Ya Ting up.

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The next morning finds Ya Ting eagerly digging in to a HUGE spread of breakfast foods. Qi Tian stops by and pokes a little fun at her change over the years, in particular her weight gain. Ya Ting fires back that she didn’t choose to eat so much, and it’s the result of being pregnant. When Qi Tian stares at her in shock, Ya Ting tries to cover it up and grabs a cup of coffee. Qi Tian grabs it from her, scolding her for not reading the proper list of foods to eat/drink while pregnant. Surprised, Ya Ting nervously plays off pregnancy as a joke, setting Qi Tian off further. He runs outside and flashes back to a time when he and his girlfriend had found out she was pregnant. The sad part is how happy Qi Tian looked, while his girlfriend looked completely miserable.

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Ya Ting retreats to her room to work out a confession speech to her mom. She tries cutesy, then sweet, then formal, but none of the approaches seem like they will work. Sighing, she goes in search of GiGi and finds her…sitting atop the mystery man and groping his stomach. LOL.

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After the initial freakout, GiGi explains that she was looking for the man’s ID – she doesn’t feel comfortable having him stay there without knowing who he is or what kind of person he is. She finds it and gleefully exclaims that he’s a doctor before continuing to look through his money. Hao Quan, our mystery man, wakes up at this point. GiGi sweetly tells him that she was just looking for his ID, constantly referring to him as “Dr. Ding”. He crossly tells her he’s not a doctor any longer before handing over a huge wad of bills. He’ll stay for as long as the money pays for.

At that moment Qi Tian bursts back in announcing his departure. GiGi runs after him to stop him, leaving Ya Ting to help Hao Quan. Ya Ting tentatively asks if Hao Quan remembers her, and is surprised to get a curt “no”.

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GiGi and Qi Tian have a hilarious luggage scene where they argue, sliding Qi Tian’s luggage back and forth. GiGi desperately tries to sway Qi Tian to stay, grabbing an old photo of her grandfather and crying that she failed him. Something about the photo sparks Qi Tian’s interest, and he asks GiGi who the two men with her grandfather are. Turns out they are two famous Japanese architects, and helped build this hotel. Qi Tian frantically searching all over the building (disrupting Hao Quan and Ya Ting in the process) before finding their signatures. He smiles, and promises to help GiGi redesign the building.

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Back in his room, Hao Quan slowly eats a piece of chocolate. We’re shown a flashback of him as a doctor talking to a young patient about her upcoming surgery. He cheerfully assures her that it will be fine, even pinky swearing with her on the outcome. Aw, Doctor Hao Quan is adorable. The next day however, he sees her flatline and pass away. It seems that this is the incident that caused him to quit being a surgeon, and helped cause the rift between him and his father.

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Ya Ting tries once more to bring up her pregnancy with her mother, and addresses the issue using a “hypothetical” friend who is scared of telling her mother the truth. GiGi takes a biscuit and forcefully snaps it in half in response, scaring Ya Ting into silence.

All the while, Qi Tian tries to redesign the hotel to no avail – he is unable to focus in the disorganized, cluttered room and keeps thinking that the animals are looking at him. Haha. He ends up throwing everything out and buying new decor, much to the surprise of GiGi and Ya Ting. When GiGi asks if every room will look this way, Qi Tian scoffs and tells her he’s not an interior designer, he’s an architect.

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Qi Tian announces his plans to knockout the walls of the first two floors. Ya Ting is disappointed and shows him some of her memories of her grandfather that are down there, including his signature and the scale where her grandfather used to measure her height. Qi Tian acknowledges that anything he can save he will, but anything that he deems necessary to go will go. Ya Ting calls him selfish, but I think he has a point.

We finally catch up with our gangster Yao Yan, whose paranoia has gotten worse. Two cops approach him to eat noodles, and his hand begins to shake uncontrollably. When they ask him if he’s not from the area, Yao Yan panics and almost leaves without paying. In his hurry to get away however, he bumps into Ya Ting at the supermarket, sending her flowers everywhere. What follows is the most ridiculous “first impression” dream sequence of Yao Yan’s I have seen in a drama.

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Yao Yan stares open mouthed at Ya Ting, not realizing until after she’s left that she forgot a flower. He nicks a bike and pedals after her, but accidentally locks the break and crashes into a fence.

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Hao Quan runs into Ya Ting when she walks into the hotel carrying her groceries, and asks if she really should be carrying so much in her condition. Realizing that he has finally recognized her, she begs him to keep her pregnancy quiet. Hao Quan asks why she wants the baby after her speech on the rooftop, and she tells him that it was his lack of consideration for his own life that made her realize she wanted to keep the baby alive, to try and raise it. She wants to try for a happy future – to which Hao Quan replies that he doesn’t like gambling, but he hopes the best for her and the child.

Later in his room he muses that maybe he can get a happy future as well, and actually caps the liquor bottle he’d been chugging the day before…until a doctor vision of him leans across the table and tells him that under no circumstance is he ever going to have a happy future, as long as he remembers that patient.

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Late at night Ya Ting is woken up by a noise from the front of the hotel, and is almost scared to death by Yao Yan who finally crept in. He tries to give her the flower, not realizing that he grabbed onto her leg, and Ya Ting screams before beating him up. In her hast to runaway however, she trips and hits her abdomen against a coffee table. Qi Tian rushes in to find her crying on the ground about how her stomach hurts, and Hao Quan pulls out the car to the front of the hotel.

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Funnily enough Yao Yan jumps in, saying that he knows the way to the clinic and he’s not a robber. Once at the clinic however, the nurse informs Ya Ting that the doctor left already. The nearest hospital is 20 minutes away, and Ya Ting has blood dripping down her leg. Qi Tian is astonished that she wasn’t lying about the pregnancy, and is about to run her back to the car when Ya Ting grabs Hao Quan’s hand and implores him to help her. He saved her baby once, he can do it again. Err…I’m not sure how helpful an ex-surgeon is going to be regarding a baby, but Hao Quan takes control and checks over Ya Ting. Thankfully the baby is fine, but she was overstressed and her muscles were fatigued.

The nurse asks Ya Ting which man is the father’s baby, and Ya Ting explains that none of them are – she isn’t even married. She swears everyone in the room to secrecy, explaining that the time to tell her mother hasn’t come yet.

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Once Ya Ting is safely taken care of, everyone goes back to the hotel. At this point, Ya Ting asks Yao Yan who exactly he is. As he begins his “gangster” speech regarding his name, Qi Tian grabs him away and interrogates him. Yao Yan says that he is a gangster, but quickly backtracks when Qi Tian threatens to call the cops. He confesses to being an ex-gangster, but came to the island for a new life. When asked why he’s at the hotel, he announces that it’s for “the most beautiful fairy”, and attempts to go back to Ya Ting’s room. Having none of it, Qi Tian ties him up in a sleeping back. HA.

Ya Ting confesses to Hao Quan that she thinks their destiny’s are intertwined, since he saved her baby once in Taipei, and again in her tiny hometown.

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As Yao Yan is showering the next day, GiGi bursts in the use the toilet (thinking that he is Qi Tian). Really? She apologizes, saying that her friend wouldn’t let her go at her house, and proceeds to let rip lots of unpleasant odors. Confused as to why Qi Tian hasn’t been responding, GiGi flushes the toilet and rips open the curtain…revealing Yao Yan. Girl if that was Qi Tian you shouldn’t be doing that anyways!

End of episode.

Comments:

Okay so GiGi is getting on my nerves a little…she has no sense of personal boundaries, to the point of being ridiculous. Otherwise this episode was pretty enjoyable 🙂

Happy 300 Days [遇見幸福300天] Episode 1 Recap

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Just trying out episode one!

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We open to see three men (our main leads) all running down a hospital corridor. The scene cuts to our heroine giving birth, and when the men arrive the nurse presents the baby, asking which is the father…to which all of them raise their hands. HA.

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Now we get to see the intro, which is cute and funny – the men all squabble amongst themselves while preparing breakfast for their leading lady, as well as making toys/a crib for the baby. Notably one guy is in orange and sitting next to her – is that a hint of foreshadowing I see?

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The episode opens to show our heroine, Chen Ya Ting, being given the news that she is pregnant. However, this does not bode well for Ya Ting, who dissolves into tears as she admits to the doctor her situation – she is single and not ready to be a mother. It turns out that she and her ex-boyfriend broke up, only for her to find out a few months later that she’s carrying his child. The doctor asks Ya Ting to reconsider getting an abortion and to give the baby a chance.

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Ya Ting returns back to a hotel where she works as a hotel clerk/manager. On her way in, her friend and fellow coworker complains to her about a “certain client” in room 916, who won’t stop demanding constant alterations to his room. The friend turns to help a well dressed man who has been standing by, and he requests an expensive bottle of wine to be sent up to his room – room 916 that is. This is Qi Tian, one of our main male leads (and the one in the orange shirt from the intro). He smirks, then disappears back to his room as three hooligans gangsters charge through the lobby.

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They’re here to demand payment from one of the boarders, and proceed to scare and threaten him. Though all have questionable fashion sense, the one committing the crime against fashion (leopard print suit jacket??) is none other than our second male lead, Zhang Yao Yan. Though his gangsters make him out to be a big, frightening man, he seems a little too hesitant to act upon his threats. When Yao Yan does muster up and lean his victim over the balcony edge, he hears his underdogs musing that dropping the man from the balcony would result in hospital fees – and no way for the man to pay them back. Upon hearing this, the victim excitedly pleads with Yao Yan to drop him over the edge.

In his room, Qi Tian is presenting an architectural design to two businessmen. During the presentation however, both of their cellphones go off, prompting Qi Tian to scowl at them and his associate (assistant?) to try to get him to relax. Looks like Qi Tian is an uptight, picky sort of character.

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Up on the roof of the hotel, Ya Ting calls the clinic to arrange for treatment the following day. As she hangs up, she sees an (obviously) drunk client chugging a bottle of wine and leaning dangerously over the railing. This is our last main suitor, Ding Hao Quan. He’s obviously got issues that he’s trying to drown out, and at one point begins to climb over the railing. Below, the gangster Yao Yan has relocated to the 7th floor to scare his victim.

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As Ya Ting tries to persuade Hao Quan down from the balcony, she starts to break down and cry, telling him that he’s not the only one with a sucky life, and that suicide is not an option. When he grumpily comments that his suicide has no effect on her, she yells that she’d have to watch him die, and then spills about her baby and how he doesn’t have a chance to live either. Hao Quan doesn’t care in his druken state however, and warns her that the next time she tries to interfere he will hit her. Ya Ting grows angry, and as he shows her his fist, grabs him into a headlock and knees him in the groin. HAHAHAHA. Hao Quan’s bottle drops over the railing, down, down, down until…it smashes on the gangster’s victim. Ouch.

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Back in room 916, the two businessmen tell Qi Tian that they have great plans for him – to copy the designs and style of a famous architect. Unable to keep his frustrations in any longer, Qi Tian flips them the bird and scolds them for wasting his time and daring to believe that he’d copy someone else’s work. In the lobby of the hotel he tries to give his apprentice an old sage’s advice…until the apprentice straightens up, pushes everything back into Qi Tian’s hands, and tells him he’s fired. Whoops.

Everyone leaves the hotel: Ya Ting quits her job to move back home, her experience with Hao Quan made her realize she wanted to keep the baby; Qi Tian is fired, Hao Quan leaves in a stretcher, and the three wimpy gangsters try to sneak out after realizing the person they were hitting up for money is dead.

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While at a bar with his friends, Qi Tian is offered a joint project with a renowned designer – a project which he turns down flat after hearing the designer’s name. While walking out however, he runs into a beautiful girl, his ex.

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Meanwhile, Hao Quan staggers out of the hospital to be greeted by an old man. From their conversation, we learn that Hao Quan is a surgeon who had one of his patients die. Unable to deal with the guilt, he’s run away from his practice and turned to liquor. His father seems more than ready to smooth things over with the hospital and patient’s family, as long as Hao Quan comes home. Hao Quan refuses.

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Back at the bar, Qi Tian sits with his ex, who tries to coax a conversation between them. She begins to reminisce about their old dreams, prompting Qi Tian to say that he hates her and she shouldn’t dwell on the past.

Ya Ting has the munchies, and remarks that she’s really going to get fat from the pregnancy. She proceeds to create the most disgusting snack in the history of drama-land by putting whipped cream on top of pepperoni pizza. Talk about weird food cravings.

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Yao Yan isn’t doing too well, and nervously turns the restaurant tv off when he sees a news report on the dead victim. His beautiful girlfriend looks less than thrilled to be there, and when he broaches the subject of leaving for a while (including making it seem like the information he is passing along is dangerous), she hrrmphs and asks Yao Yan straight up how much money he needs. HA talk about role reversal.

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Ya Ting’s mother GiGi bemoans her obnoxious hotel neighbor who takes away all the customers. She spies an article about Qi Tian in the newspaper, and vows to have him redesign her hotel so that she can show her neighbor who is boss. Amusingly, Qi Tian is bored out of his mind at home and is ecstatic to get the phone call. He plays it off cool though, while smiling and jumping for joy. He takes his beloved car Jessica down to the coast, while Ya Ting and Yao Yan take the train. Ya Ting seemingly recognizes Qi Tian as she passes him, but thinks nothing of it.

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Qi Tian gradually makes his way to the hotel, where he is first scared by a string of firecrackers, then accosted by GiGi. Qi Tian refuses to help after seeing the sorry state of the building, but takes on the challenge after GiGi accuses him of being “all talk”. Inside however, he is dismayed to see dust, cobwebs, and atrocious pinks and purples everywhere. He does note the fantastic view however, and notices Ya Ting gardening below his balcony. After she smiles at him, he cockily thinks to himself that she was flirting with him, and rushes down to talk to her.

Hao Quan has arrived on the island as well to pay respects to an as yet unknown character. He places chocolates down in front of the grave, announcing that he will repay everything.

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Qi Tian brazenly assumes that Ya Ting was flirting with him, and outright says so. When she tells him that she knows him, he cuts her off to ask if it’s through the awards/distinctions he’s won, or from his appearances on tv. Ya Ting finally gets a word in and tells him that she actually knew him in person, prompting a hilarious sequence where Qi Tian vainly tries to guess her name. When she finally tells him, he flashes back to high school when he had asked her out and she had flatly turned him down. Eager to get away, Qi Tian excuses himself, only to hear Ya Ting reading not one, but TWO of his arrogant confession letters.

Qi Tian goes out to sea after asking GiGi where he can go for the “bonce bonce” attraction while making wave motions with his hand. Err…what? As he passes another boat, he stares in shock as the passenger aboard jumps off into the water.

Comments:

Happy 300 days gets off to a good start! I like how down to earth our heroine is, and Kingone’s character is hilarious. My bet is that he’s the main lead, though we’ll have to see in the next few episodes. Just for fun though, a screencap of Qi Tian’s face when his beloved car got backed into 😀

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