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!”

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Fated to Love You [命中註定我愛你] – Episode 15 Recap

Aaaaaaand we’re back! Sort of. I can’t guarantee consistent postings, because I’m juggling WGM and Fall in Love With Me and possibly Love Myself or You.

You can watch Fated to Love You on Dramafever here!

Recap:

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We open to see Cun Xi looking at old family photos on him phone. He decides to try and meet with Xin Yi one more time under the guise of her mysterious benefactor, and promises to leave Shanghai after that.

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At work, Xin Yi is very happy about finally getting to meet her mystery buyer, and agrees to a tarot card reading by her co-worker. She asks the cards whether or not she will successfully meet the buyer, and ends up pulling out…the devil card. Her co-worker is quick to say that the card isn’t bad, and suggests that there are mysterious forces pulling them together – fated together.

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Cun Xi arrives early at the meeting place, and happens across and old woman selling flowers. She gifts him with navelwort, which symbolizes courage. He laments the fact that he doesn’t know how Xin Yi will react to seeing him, and that even if he wants to offer an apology she won’t hear him out. When Xin Yi shows up, the old lady hands her the navelwort and a card from “Z”, apologizing for missing her again. Xin Yi tries to look nearby for her mystery buyer, and recognizes a man’s back as the same back of the stalker from the club. She yells at him to stop following her…and lo and behold it’s Cun Xi. How did you not recognize his face before then??

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As the two stand looking at each other, a car races towards Xin Yi. She wakes up in the hospital, and Cun Xi is arguing with the nurse for further care for her. He’s adorably worried, and she yells at him to go away. Cun Xi pretty much bullies his way into escorting her home, and carries her shouting up the stairs to her apartment. A neighbor looks on in terror as they walk past, and hurries off.

Inside the apartment, Cun Xi notices that Xin Yi doesn’t have anything from her past in her new apartment, and asks if she’s dating Dylan. When she tells him to leave, he sits down on a couch and starts updating her on Jiang Mu Dao and its inhabitants. THere’s a moment where Xin Yi forgets herself and scoots closer to him, and she icily covers it up and orders him to go. He asks to say his piece, and she moves to push him out.

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Xin Yi ends up tripping as a result of her foot injury, and Cun Xi falls with her in his attempt to catch her. In this position, he softly, ever so softly, starts to tell her his true feelings. When he leans forward for a kiss, the neighbor bursts in with a cop. Cun Xi tries to explain that it was all a misunderstanding, but when the officer asks Xin Yi to elaborate, she lies and says that she doesn’t know Xin Yi to get him out. Ouch >_<

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Dylan ends up bailing Cun Xi out of jail (where, incidentally, Cun Xi had the revelation that he and Xin Yi are technically still married because they never fully completed the divorce papers). The two start fighting, only to be broken up by Xin Yi. She acts caring toward Dylan in front of Xin Yi, and tells Cun Xi that whatever he has to say can be said in front of Dylan as well. Cun Xi tells Xin Yi that he’s seen her wish box, and that he was going to ask her to stay two years ago because he loves her. Xin Yi tells him he never treated her right – wanting to the abort the baby wasn’t treating her right.

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Xin Yi: “I want us to be strangers. If you truly want to treat me right, stay away from me. Now that your work in Shanghai is over, you should go back to Taiwan, where the one you love is. Take it as my request for you to leave my life.”

Cun Xi: “Alright, since you have asked me to treat you right and leave, then I should respect you. Press on, Chen Xin Yi.”

With those last words, flashbacks flicker through Xin Yi’s head, memories of when Cun Xi had encouraged her and supported her, always saying “Press on, Chen Xin Yi.”

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Back at Xin Yi’s apartment, Dylan attempts some cuddling, and formally requests that Xin Yi be his girlfriend. He pulls her in a hug, but she doesn’t look too happy because her thoughts are preoccupied with someone else.

Xin Yi happens to see navelwort in another flower store, and decides to sent a pot of it to Xin Yi with a message of encouragement under “Z”.

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Dylan and Xin Yi are out on a squash date the next day (the sport, not the gourd), and Dylan invites her to Paris with him for a few days. When Xin Yi awkwardly kisses him on the cheek in thanks, he tries to plant one on her. Luckily for her, a call from the Master interrupts them, summoning her back.

It turns out the Master is very familiar with Cun Xi’s grandmother, and has agreed to work with Cun Xi to make a special edition soap container for Inheritance. Xin Yi tries to sabotage the plan (quite rudely) but telling the master he is completely booked, til the end of time. The master doesn’t mind, and offers up Xin Yi as his replacement. HAHAHAHA. Xin Yi isn’t happy with the idea, and chases after Cun Xi to ask why he reneged on his promise to treat her as a stranger and leave her alone. Cun Xi responds by asking if “Miss Elaine” can’t separate her professional relationships from her personal ones, and says he will treat her like a stranger.

End.

Comments:

I can’t wait for the miscommunication to be cleared up! This episode was mainly re-acquainting our two leads after two years, and setting up their connection to allow them time to be around each other. The next few episodes should show quite a bit of character development!

We Got Married Global – Season 2 Episode 3 Recap

We left off with a mystery man about to enter Heechul and Puff’s house! Who could it be?

If you want to watch WGM Global, you can find it here: dramafever / viki

Recap:

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Looks like our mystery man is Zhoumi from Super Junior M! It makes sense that Heechul would call him in 🙂

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The pair are happy to see him, and Heechul is thankful for a friendly face to translate. He mentions his nickname “Selang”, and asks Zhoumi if it really means wolf. Zhoumi explains that it means a sexual man/pervert, and Heechul tells Puff that he doesn’t like the name (not after teasing her first though).

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They all relocate to the living room to sort out the wishlists. Puff tells Zhoumi that Heechul doesn’t think she’s pretty, and Zhoumi insinuates to Heechul that he wouldn’t mind marrying Puff. It turns out that Zhoumi is a fan of Dreamgirls, and owns one of their albums. This makes Heechul sulky, and he pouts at Puff. She does a pretty decent job of guessing the wish list meanings through gestures, and there are a few moments when Zhoumi doesn’t know how to translate what Heechul wrote.

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Puff’s wishlist includes a hug every day, and Heechul takes the opportunity to right away get some skinship in. Both of their lists are full of cute things (Heechul’s includes getting a couple manicure, going to a hair salon together, and him lying on her lap watching tv), and I hope we get to see all of them! The two also clarify how to call each other in Chinese – Laogong is “husband”, laopo is “wife”.

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Since everyone is hungry, they move back to the kitchen to start preparing dinner. Puff encounters a little bit of difficulty cutting corn, so Heechul steps in to show how man he is. He does a surprisingly good job, and Puff compliments him on it.

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Zhoumi looks like a fun friend to have. He teasingly asks what if the food tastes bad, to which Heechul replies “Throw it out!”. Zhoumi quickly volunteers to eat it all though, and it seems like he and Puff would make great friends in real life 🙂 Heechul gets jealous of course, and tells them not to laugh, or make any eye contact.

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The dish Puff has made is a Taiwanese soup with tofu, fish cake, corn, and zhuxuegao – or sticky rice with pig’s blood. I think it’s sort of similar to sundae (coincidentally the dish that Key and Arisa talk about a lot). Heechul makes a big show of trying it, and I don’t think he liked the dish too much because of the spice and the texture. Taiwanese are known for their love of chewy food (described as QQ) – as apparent in their love of really bouncy (chewy) fishballs, bubble tea, ba wan, etc.

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When it comes time for Zhoumi to go home, Heechul doesn’t look sorry at all, and almost pushes him out the door at one point. Hopefully we’ll see him again this season! 🙂 In the aside, Heechul also talked about how he got jealous and childish because he thought Puff was doing a push and pull to get him to do things.

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Right after they head to the bedroom to hang out, their doorbell rings. It’s a mission card for the wedding photo shoot!!

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A few days later, Puff and Heechul meet up outside his favourite nail salon. It looks like they’re already crossing off one of the wish list items today, as they’re getting couple nail arts for the photoshoot. Puff asks him about the girls he uploaded photos with on SNS, and then directly asks about Anna. For those of you who don’t know, Heechul posted a message on his SNS saying “I love Anna” and a link to “Do You Want to Build a Snowman”. He tries to explain that the girls are all friends, and attempts a retaliating by asking if Puff’s cat ring is from an ex-boyfriend. It doesn’t get him out of the hot seat however, and Puff teasingly asks him who he likes more, Anna or Puff. Like a good husband, Heechul replies Puff. ❤

End!

Comments:
I CAN”T WAIT FOR THE PHOTOSHOOT. that is all 🙂
Zhoumi is also really funny, and I hope he and Puff become good friends in real life!

We Got Married Global – Season 2 Episode 2 Recap

Woo! We’re back for the second “date” between Puff and Heechul on We Got Married Global. A big milestone is achieved as well, so hold on tight!

Recap:

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Puff and Heechul meet up at a small café, and Puff has adorably brought her cuckoo/owl stuffed animal that Heechul gave her last episode. She bashfully admits to sleeping with the stuffed animal, and Heechul picks it up to smell it. HAHA. Puff is embarrassed, and calls him a “” (sè láng), or pervert. Heechul doesn’t understand of course, so Puff draws out a wolf (狼 means wolf). I don’t think she was able to fully explain the term though, because Heechul seems rather pleased with being called a “wolf” of sorts haha.

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The two receive their mission card: to move to their new Love House together! Hence, Puff and Heechul meet up a few days later to reveal their house! At one point Puff and Heechul ring the doorbell, only to find that the door was unlocked the entire time. 🙂

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The two explore inside their house, Puff points out the giant felt heart board on their wall and Heechul seems excited for the rec games.  He challenges Puff to a game of darts, but quickly uses his Mandarin conversation book to say that he’s not feeling well today because he’s sick. Pffft. He manages to score an 11…..and Puff narrowly beats him with a score of 12!

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They decide to explore the rest of the house, and head over to the bedroom. Right before they walk in, Puff makes a request. She wants Heechul to carry her over the threshold, bridal side. Aww….. it’s a cute moment, at least until he gets past the door where he drops Puff.

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It appears as though Heechul really likes the style of the bed (he mentions the pole frame and jokes about pole dancing). He immediately rolls onto the bed, and tells Puff to come sleep on the bed as well. Oh Heechul…. Puff doesn’t look quite that comfortable though, and pulls her arm away when Heechul tries to use it as a pillow.

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The two return to their living room to unpack their luggage. Heechul tells Puff that he’ll grab the suitcases if she moves the coffee table, and Puff says okay before quickly grabbing her notebook to ask him to help her move it. HA. Then she tells Heechul to quickly get the lugage haha. He’s taken aback by the random korean phrases she’s spouting, and wonders how she knows all of them.

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The first think Puff pulls out of her suitcase is a Dreamgirls album that has been signed by all the members. Heechul decides to have a bit of fun and covers up Puff on the album while pointing to the other two girls and calling them pretty, so Puff pulls out a special photobook to show him that she’s just as pretty. Heechul pulls out his “ex-girlfriend” who is also “pretty” – it’s a stuffed body pillow with an anime character on the front.

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Puff teaches Heechul the dance to one of Dreamgirls’s new songs, and they actually manage to do a pretty decent job. Of course, a celebratory hug is in order. 🙂

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Puff also gives Heechul a letter written by her bandmate Emily, who is Korean. Emily wrote a very sweet letter describing Puff to Heechul, and wished the two lots of luck and happiness. Heechul, of course, couldn’t resist a joke and pretended to tear up, leading Puff to wonder what exactly did Emily write to make it sad.

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The pair then decide to write their wish lists (every couple does this on WGM) to do together, and when the moment comes to switch boards and read what the other wrote…. neither of them can understand hahaha.

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A desperate Heechul calls up a mystery friend to come and help, suggesting that this friend is comfortable in Chinese and well as Korean. Maybe someone from Super Junior M?

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To kill time before the friend arrives, and sat Heechul’s hunger, the two go grocery shopping. Puff has prepared a Taiwanese recipe to make for Heechul, and through limited English and miming they seem to be finding all the ingredients. At one point Heechul picks up some grilled pork and pretends to feed it to Puff before stuffing it in his mouth. After he does it again, Puff grabs her chance for revenge at the grilled beef station.

Another funny moment occurs when the two walk by the clothing section, and the underwear sales lady tries to sell them couples underwear. HA. The two quickly leave with some awkward bowing, and head home for dinner! As they bicker about cooking first or resting first, the doorbell rings!

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Dun Dun DUN. Who could it be?

Comments:

The two are so happy and jokey together it’s great! The language barrier does seem to be an issue at time (see wishlists above), but that’s part of the fun and for the most part they’re getting better. Puff’s been learning more and more korean phrases, and it’s amusing to see Heechul surprised when she uses them. Let the cuteness continue!

Kdrama’s newest trend of Taiwanese remakes

It looks like the head honchos in kdramaland have decided to remake not one, but TWO Taiwanese dramas. Oddly enough, these dramas both had Ethan Ruan as their main male lead. Which two dramas are these? My Queen (2009) and Fated to Love You (2008)!

The Korean remake of My Queen is currently airing (I believe it’s 2 episodes in), starring Uhm Jung-hwa as the cold, business savvy older woman and Park Seo-joon as our earnest, attractive younger male lead. The Korean remake was renamed Witch’s Love, which, while it does still fit the main story line, makes Uhm Jung-hwa’s character a bitter witch from the get-go, while the Taiwanese title leaves it up to the audience. Petty nuances 😛

The Korean remake of Fated to Love You is set to air this summer, and is currently courting Choi Jin-hyuk for its second male lead. Noooo. For those of you who don’t recognize the name, he’s a pretty good actor who’s popularity has been steadily increasing through Emergency couple, Heirs (even though he was horribly underused), and Gu Family Book. I’m disappointed that he didn’t get cast as the first male lead, but if he does sign on I’ll probably end up watching anyways. Jang Hyuk and Jang Nara are our two main leads, Jang Hyuk plays a wealthy business man who’s girlfriend keeps standing him up, and Jang Nara plays an office worker without a spine – a “sticky note” girl if you will, easily used and thrown away.

 

Keep your fingers crossed that these are good! Let me know what you think of Witch’s Love if you’ve already started it, or how you think these dramas will pan out! 🙂