Itazura na Kiss 2 ~ Love in TOKYO for September Premiere

Itazura na Kiss 2 ~ Love in OKINAWA

After what has been months and months of waiting for some people, Itazura na Kiss 2 ~ Love in Tokyo (AKA Mischievous Kiss 2), is finally here! The Mischievous Kiss franchise has been a huge success with not only the manga making a huge amount of sales but also the live-actions adaptations achieving huge success locally and abroad. Probably, on the mention of Mischievous Kiss, the couple comes to mind would be the undeniable chemistry between Joe Cheng and Ariel Lin in the Taiwanese adaptations back in 2005 and 2007. After the successes of both instalments, Korea dived into the franchise too giving it their own take. Last year, Japan decided to give this live-action a second shot after previously having created their own live-action adaptation back in 1996 with Itazura na Kiss ~ Love in Tokyo and that came off as a huge success with fans all over the world, me included, waiting impatiently for this second instalment. I watched INKLIT quite recently so it is still fresh off my mind and I enjoyed it quite a lot. It was all so-cute and just full of bouncy and cute moments and I am just lingering to see more of the relationship between the OTP. This sequel follows off from the prequel, following the married life of the OTP and their hurdles to better discover themselves and their love for one another. It’s typical rom-com territory but somehow on-screens, Mischievous Kiss just manages to bring on a special warm and fuzzy touch. Continue reading

Jay Shih Stars in New Micro-Movie Alongside Guo Shu Yao

Image and video hosting by TinyPic It’s been over two months since the very successful drama In A Good Way ended its 26 week run and the stars have been working non-stop during these two months having had numerous offers upon them. With male lead Lego Lee taking the headlines with CF endorsements and an upcoming movie, second male lead Jay Shih is not too far behind with the recent online broadcasting of his new micro-movie Happiness Amulet 幸福御守 (the word 御守 is actually the Japanese word for amulet) where he stars alongside Guo Shu Yao. Happiness Amulet serves as a tourism promotional film for Kinmen which is a small chain of islands administered by Taiwan by claimed China showcasing the different things that you can do while in Kinmen. Happiness Amulet was actually filmed a year ago but only now does it see daylight. Continue reading

Mike He and Ady An’s New Drama Go, Single Lady Premiered Yesterday

Image and video hosting by TinyPicThere’s quite a lot of Mike He to go around on-screen with his new drama Go, Single Lady having premiered last night on Zhejiang Network (it’s undubbed!) following the ratings hit melodrama Loving, Never Forgetting which starred Jerry Yan and Tong Li Ya. GLS is a pre-filmed drama having been shelved for just under a year, coming from a joint collaborative effort between Taiwan and China. I have a particular fonding for these collaborations since I really have enjoyed the ones which I have seen (I have seen much though). GLS is a rom-com about Mike who plays a rich chaebol heir who falls into a dire financial situation who his family enterprise goes bankrupt overnight. Now without the financial support that he grew up having, he finds himself doing all sorts of odd jobs. He comes across a nouveau riche pig farmer’s daughter played by Ady An who is trying desperately to break into the upper class (hence the tentative Chinese title 上流俗女 which translates to Upper-Class Common Girl). They have clashing personalities but they work together to achieve their dreams of breaking into upper class and in the process, they end up falling for each other. It’s typical rom-com drama but I like this and having seen the trailer and BTS footage, Mike and Ady are hitting it with the chemistry which is much needed for a rom-com. Continue reading

Lego Lee Snags Up Actor of the Year at the Milk Awards

Image and video hosting by TinyPic Hehehe, the name of this award is so cute but behind it all it is actually quite punk and edgy with lots of fun! The annual Milk Awards, which is organised by the Hong Kong-born magazine Milk was held a few nights ago on the 3rd of July in Taipei and actually went unnoticed by me until today! It’s one of those casual, magazine popularity based awards so it doesn’t hold much meaning but it does mean a lot in terms of artistes being acknowledged by the public for their work. In terms of the work and effort given by the artistes in the past 12 or so months, I do feel that most of the winners were worthy of their win. They have demonstrated why they are popular with the audience and that’s more than enough for them to take home an award. Lego Lee took home Actor of the Year and that was no surprise considering his huge rise in popularity since he starred as the perfect guy in In A Good Way. The biggest winner of the night was Alien Huang who took home the top prize of Mr. Milk and Artiste of the Year while Singaporean twin duo By2 took home Band of the Year. Claire Guo who is currently in the midst of promoting her new album was also in attendance along with fellow musician Ann. Continue reading

My Opinion on Fated to Love You (Korean): First Impressions

Image and video hosting by TinyPic Popular Taiwanese drama Fated to Love You‘s Korean sister which also goes by the name of FTLY is having a hilarious but banger of a start. It is definitely living up to being a remake but it stands out as being more than just a remake. For me, to differentiate yourself from being a remake is one of the biggest factors to a good remake and even despite the fact that it is a remake, I like to take every drama as its own standalone representative because there are no two dramas which are the same; they might be similar but they are not the same. People who have already seen the original do not need to see another carbon copy just with a different cast. A remake is, on top of everything else, about differentiating yourself and adding your own sparkles to the original to really make it scream out uniqueness. It’s early days but FTLY seems to be doing this, maybe except for the carbon-copy of the title. I like what FTLY seems to be doing; it’s pulling bits and pieces from the original while adding in its own elements which all seem to be working for this remake. Continue reading

My Opinion on Fall in Love with Me Episodes 4-13

Image and video hosting by TinyPic I am really questioning myself for why I decided to give Fall in Love with Me a go because regardless of which direction I look at it at, these are precious hours of my life going down the drain. Well, not really since I’m not really watching this any more considering it plays more like background music. And the thing is that you don’t really have to pay your full attention to it since the storyline unfolds in some very clichéd ways. I’m glad at least there is Aaron Yan there for some eye candy and ear candy or else I would probably be sleeping through the drama. Or maybe I already am? Continue reading

Lego Lee is a Busy Bee with Upcoming Movie, Starring in Claire Guo’s Latest MV and Coming in 8th as Most Marriageable Guy

Image and video hosting by TinyPicMmmmm, Lego Lee! It’s a little over two months since In A Good Way wrapped up but I am still missing it’s beauty. It’s a treasure that I will definitely treasure for a very long time and it excites me that there will be an upcoming movie to put a finally wrap on the ending-non-ending that IAGW left us. Even though IAGW has wrapped up, Lego has been keeping himself quite busy in these two months, especially now that he is feeling much better after having suffered a back injury during the last few weeks of IAGW. I am so glad that my man is better now and making a life after IAGW. Before Lego got really popular in IAGW as Liu Chuan, he filmed the movie Medicine Man in 2012 which was intended for a 2013 release but got pushed back to this year. The movie is quite stark, taking things to its bare roots. MM is about the main character played by Lego has rare spiritual power to communicate with plants. He doesn’t want money or fame, he just merely wants to heal heal people. However, one day he comes across a beautiful and rich girl played by Tracy Chou, suffering from an unusual skin condition who completely alters his life. Check out the trailer below. Continue reading

Fated to Love You Releases Long Preview

Image and video hosting by TinyPicI was so happy to have woken up to find the a long preview for Fated to Love You pop up on my newsfeed. Time sure does fly quick because before we know it, FTLY will be premiering tomorrow on MBC in the timeslot that was previously occupied by A New Leaf! The cast of FTLY held a press conference yesterday and also released a long preview. The preview is sweet and I just really love the vibes that it is channelling from the original. It looks spot on in taking elements from the original but it has enough of its own touch to stand out from being merely a remake. I like that aspect of it because even though this is a remake, I don’t want to watch something that is a carbon-copy of its sister. The preview sums up the events that will happen in the first ep and things get steamy between the OTP Jang Hyuk and Jang Nara. Despite coming from different socio-economic statuses, each have their reasons for being in Macau but both get a bit topsy-turvy and end up having a one-night-stand. As fate would ensure, a pregnancy happens and the OTP begin their relationship, except in quite the reverse order. Even though I have already seen the original one and know what will ensure, I am very excited to see how this remake will unfold. If things are as good as the preview shows then I will be very happy indeed. Continue reading

New Teasers and Posters for Fated to Love You Draws on the Fluffy Side

Image and video hosting by TinyPicMBC recently rolled out two new teasers and official posters for the upcoming rom-com Fated to Love You and it has really put on a big smile on my face and I really do hope that it will continue to do so! I am loving what I am seeing! I really hope that these are signs that drama will be great. Continue reading

My Opinion on In A Good Way

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I have been meaning to write up this review a while back now but school got the better of me. But at least it’s here now, right? Hehehe!

Despite the inundated amount of dramas currently out there for viewers’ pleasure, it is still a very rare find to find a drama that ticks all the boxes while telling a very down-to-earth and hearty story. I went into In A Good Way almost blind-eyed, not really knowing what the central plot was about and who the cast were but it blew me away right from the very first moment in some very unexpected ways. Not only did it turn out in a very good way, but it also stood out in creating a story that was realistic and being something that all viewers can relate in one way or another. IAGW was a drama that really connected with the audience and that’s something really important that all dramas should strive to achieve. It’s one thing for a drama to execute actors playing a character onscreen but it is another to collate that all together along with bringing in the audience to feel a part of the drama. I absolutely adored IAGW right from the beginning. It was all sorts of goodness that managed to attain a really smooth-sailing journey right from the opener. To say that IAGW was good is an understatement. You won’t understand the full goodness of this stellar of a drama until you set eyes on it and once you do, you won’t ever want to take your eyes off the screen! Continue reading