Aaron Yan is one workaholic! He has not given himself a break in the last three years, accepting job offer after job offer. It’s been less than a week since the trainwreck Fall in Love with Me concluded, but after 20 so weeks of intense filming, he is charging along with his album promotions as well as undertaking overseas promotions for FILWM.
Over the past three years, Aaron has been working really hard and as a result, he has achieved some pretty ground-breaking career milestones. At the end of 2012, he released his first full album Memorial Day, working as a solo artiste since Fahrenheit‘s disbandment. That achieved an overall positive reception, marking his transition as a solo singer. Last year, he starred in the ratings winner Just You alongside Puff Guo and their chemistry together created a new ship which lots of fans were happy to board. Soon after that, he accepted FILWM starring alongside Puff’s bandmate Tia Li and now, less than a week after that trainwreck of a drama concluded, Aaron is again up and running promoting his second album split into two mini albums titled Drama and Cut. There’s no stopping Aaron because on the 24th of this month, he will be holding his very own ceilidh. Continue reading
See, I thought Fall in Love with Me had already went down to worse but these seven eps proved so otherwise. At least it ended with a happy ending, but the ride was just crazy. Actually “crazy” cannot even describe the amount of makjang absurdity that this drama got itself embroiled with. It was non-stop crazy, with one following on the other. FILWM started out purely as a fan drama to pair up Aaron Yan and Puff Guo after their successful pairing in Just You but Puff had other agendas and so Tia Li ended up taking the role as Aaron’s leading lady. It was just as well because I don’t think that even Puff and Aaron’s cutesy chemistry would have been able to ride through this trainwreck. FILWM was lacking in so many ways but somehow it managed to keep going for 20 eps, 20 long and draggy eps. FILWM was not set out to work and it clearly didn’t and as much as I love Aaron, he just wasn’t enough to sustain this drama. Continue reading
The upcoming SETTV dramas are all sounding pretty good and definitely much better than its current line-up. Next cab off the rank to follow the current daily Tie the Knot will be Love Cheque Charge (AKA Happiness Voucher) and all is sounding pretty good except for the official English which I’m just having urks against. It just sounds so disjointed and unbalanced, not to mention that it once again features the lexeme “love”. I’d much rather prefer the alternative title but we get what we get. Anyways, ever since George Hu was confirmed to lead the drama, talks where on whether his leading lady will be his rumoured girlfriend and frequent co-star Annie Chen. At last came the confirmation that it won’t be. Instead, his leading lady will be Yuan Ai Fei, a relative newbie. I’m just glad that his leading lady is not Annie again this time around because their clichéd and overhyped pairing will totally drive the drama into overkill for me. Don’t get me wrong, I love them together and they send lots of sparks onscreen but the air that surrounds them just sends their pairing into overkill sometimes. It’s nice that we’re getting a different kind of air with this pairing. We’ll also get to hear George do some singing since he will be singing the ending theme song for this drama. Continue reading
During these past two years, SETTV has been inundated with a really bad Sunday-night drama line-up. All dramas after the popular Miss Rose went down as crazy and illogical. King Flower was actually quite decent and one that I enjoyed but not only was there a ludicrous makeover but also down the track there was a male lead switcheroo and well, that doesn’t quite fit your typical drama format (well, IMO anyways). Then came Love Around which was sane, but oh-so-bland and boring! After that came the trainwreck that was Déjà Vu and then we had the half-way-second-male-lead-switheroo-plus-psychologically-impaired-mess of Fall in Love with Me. These dramas were mess after mess, wreckage after wreckage and crazy after crazy. I’m just hoping that the follow-up drama Say Again Yes I Do (AKA I Do²) does not follow this horrible, horrible fate of its predecessors. Dearest Drama Gods, Can we just have one decent drama that does not head down this atrocious trajectory, pretty please? Continue reading
Usually when I watch dramas, I go into it without much pre-knowledge except for maybe a few lines of the synopsis. I’m not really one for spoilers because I like being hit with the element of surprise so I usually restrain myself from reading or watching anything too spoiler-y. Maybe it is because I have seen the original but for this current airing of Fated To Love You, I have constantly been stalking forums and the official website for every single update about it. These four eps were intense to say the least. A looooot happened in a four eps and in real time, this all happened in a few mere weeks. Weeks, not months but weeks and when you think about it, the different relationships were bubbled and burnt at an uncontrollably fast pace. It’s the closing of one chapter for the fated story, but this is just the start of a new beginning. It will be fate that draws the OTP together once again because they are just fated and meant to be together. Continue reading
I’ve been meaning and wanting to write up this post for quite ever since I read about it but just didn’t have the time to until today. Out of all of the drama networks in Taiwan, SETTV undoubtedly produces the best dramas in terms of quality and ratings, though their dramas are usually hits or misses as evident with the current Sunday drama Fall in Love with Me which has gone beyond crazy and ridiculous. I am just at a lost for words with just how cray-cray it has gone. But it has produced some pretty stellar dramas including the nostalgic hit In A Good Way which only ended three months ago. I am still missing it heaps and waiting for that movie to put a final closure to the opened-ending! SETTV dramas sell on their idols and at their recent press conference, it brought out the four male leads George Hu (Love Around, Love, Now), Chris Wang (Love Family, Love Me Or Leave Me, Inborn Pair), Lego Lee (In A Good Way) and Lin Yo Wei (Two Fathers) to promote for its upcoming dramas. Continue reading
Show Luo is a pretty famous icon in the Taiwanese entertainment industries and arguably one of the most successful entertainers of Taiwan this past century. Not only can he sing and dance but has also made a name in hosting and acting. I really enjoy Show as a singer and he has slowly improved with his acting. It’s been quite a while since his last acting gig with his prolific pairing with Rainie Yang in Hi, My Sweetheart. That drama earned won Rainie the Best Leading Actress in a Television Series at the annual Golden Bell Award and while it did not garner Show any awards, it did provide a great platform for him to up his acting skills. Having seen some of his micro-films and recent MVs, I can definitely see that his emotional acting and acting in general have improved lots. Continue reading
Oh, just how I have fallen in love with Fated to Love You cannot be sufficed with words. Prior to the airing of FTLY I was sure I was going to love it and that certainly came around but in ways that didn’t expect. It made my heart flutter in numerous ways and it made my heart ache in several ways. I went into this seeing it as a remake of its Taiwanese sister of the same name but eight eps in and it has showed itself to be so much more than that. It certainly holds the foundations of its sister but it stems in way whereby the originality from its sister is retained while its uniqueness is allowed to foster and override the “remake” connotation that it holds. This should be what all remakes are about – being able to hold similarities yet shine with differences.
Two hours per week of this goodie is not enough for me. I have been all over this and honestly, I can do with a lot more hours. FTLY is such a joy to watch each week. Its craftsmanship is something very beautiful. It’s simple but holds intricate details that one really comes to appreciate. I love its attention to detail and its effortlessly woven in flaws. No drama is without flaws, but it is the way that these flaws are worked with that really embraces the drama. I definitely see that here and this is partly why these eight eps have been such a breeze to watch! Having seen the original one, my fingers itch to make comparisons here and there but I don’t want to do that here because despite the similarities between the two versions, they stand on their own as dramas with their own flavour. I’ll probably do a comparison post later down the track but for now, this post will be about the K-version and K-version only. (: Continue reading
With news from In A Good Way cast popping up every now and then, I don’t feel as though they are separated. Through their Instragrams and Facebook pages, you can see that they all still have a really close relationship with one another. What came out of IAGW was really good. There were some hearty familial friendships created and that is something that is just so rare to see. More often than not, you see the cast work together with each other but once the filming is done and dusted it is a goodbye but with the cast of IAGW, they are still very much closely knitted together. I love this relationship from them and seeing these lively updates continually makes me eager for the arrive of the IAGW movie! I seriously cannot wait! Continue reading
There’s a new movie on the block and it is on its way to knocking off its fellow competitors. It only premiered two nights ago in China on Thursday and on Thursday alone it grossed RMB 74.0 million which enough for it to knock Tiny Times 3.0 off its reign as king. It was only today that I heard about the release of Continent and I can’t believe that I didn’t hear about it sooner considering that it does star some big names both on-screens and off-screens. Directed and penned by multi-talented director, professional rally driver, screenwriter, blogger, author, singer and entrepreneur Han Han, Continent is a tale about three men from an East China island going on a road trip across the continent (hence the name, ahaha) while fulfilling some of their personal goals along the way. On the way they encounter a variety of people and they create numerous memories together but little did they that this journey would have completely changed the trajectory of their lives. Continent takes on a nostalgic path and really grips emotions through its intricate telling of friendship, affection and challenges that connects these three men together. Continue reading