Category Archives: Taiwanese Dramas and Movies

Someone Like You Drops Long Trailer at Press Conference

Someone Like YouSomeone Like You released its 16 minute long trailer earlier yesterday at its press conference ahead of tomorrow’s premiere. While I am still a bit iffy with the plot, I quite like what I am seeing from the trailer! It’s a nice mix of cool tones with warm tones so that’s a positive sign. The cinematography is really nice just as the stills showed and the arrangement and drawing out of certain scenes are also really nice. The team behind SLY are putting in a lot of production effort to bring this drama piece to life and so far it is translating on screen. Continue reading

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Someone Like You Releases Gorgeous Promo Material

Someone Like YouIt seems like SETTV is really taking out the big guns to revive its Sunday-night dramas which have not been performing so well in recent times. The promos for the upcoming drama Someone Like You which will take over Say Again Yes I Do (AKA I Do2) on the 11th of January next year is just soooooo beautiful to look at! The stills are some of the best that I have seen in a long while. It’s soft to the eyes and the colours work perfectly well together. I can’t get enough of it which is just as well because more keeps coming out. And I say keep them coming because who can say no to pretty visuals? Continue reading

Lorene Ren and Kingone Wang Drop Gorgeous, Breath-Taking Stills for Someone Like You

Someone Like YouMerry Christmas my beautiful readers! I hope you are all enjoying this festive season!

Sunday night drama Say Yes I Do Again (AKA I Do) will be ending in a few weeks and that means a new drama is getting ready to take over the spot. SETTV Sunday night dramas have been quite a dud in recent years, particularly after Miss RoseKing Flower (AKA Substitute Princess OR Replacement Princess OR The Adventure Of King Flower) was a relative success but the drama went through some major changes during its run. Love Around was just plain boring and I actually sat around recapping it. Déjà Vu and Fall in Love with Me were both trainwreck makjang crazies and just kills brain cells. The currently airing SYIDA is draggy, tedious and falls into the boring category. None of these five dramas have managed to excite me but the upcoming drama Someone Like You (Chinese literal title: Hearing Happiness) is visually appealing! The drama itself might stink and truthfully, I am just going to close my eyes and hope for the best for this drama. At least the visuals are pleasing to look at. Continue reading

Fated to Love You vs. Fated to Love You

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Hi guys! This will be my final post before I hibernate myself and study the heck out of me! I appreciate you guys for understanding and I can’t wait to be back watching dramas again!

Having thoroughly enjoyed both the Taiwanese and Korean versions of Fated to Love You, I decided to write a comparison post comparing the two versions, since I think it will be fun to compare the different aspects and to highlight the similarities and differences between the two versions. I had an unbearably difficult time in deciding how to type of this post which included me backspacing everything that I wrote numerous times. Even right now I am still quite iffy how I should set about on this post! If you have any ideas on how to write these posts (took me ages to write this one!), you should definitely comment and let me know for any future posts! I’m not sure how this comparison post will turn out since I’ve never written one like this but here it is anyways. I hope you guys enjoy this post! If you saw both versions, please leave a comment below letting me know which version you liked better!  Continue reading

Extended Trailer for You Light Up My Star

You Light Up My Star is premiering tomorrow night and there has been an overflow of promotion materials this past week. I highly anticipate this drama because has some big stars and is directed by one of the most respected directors in Taiwanese dramas, Director Winnie. Director Winnie’s last drama was the critically acclaimed In Time With You which I wholeheartedly loved right from the beginning. His dramas are always a treat to watch and I’m sure that this will be the same with YFAS.

An extended trailer and BTS intro was recently released and I am loving what I am seeing. YFAS is something I look forward to mainly because of the different genre that it is conveying. It’s a romance story at heart but shaped around it is much more than that; it is about the character’s step to reach the position they are in and I am sure there is going to be lots of heartfelt background stories that will unfold. YFAS is also not going to be short on kisses with a dozen or so kisses between the OTP in just this trailer alone! Plus, there’s lots chemistry that I see flying! Continue reading

Director Winnie’s You Light Up My Star Starring Joe Cheng and Janine Chang Amps Up for Premiere

Director Winnie is a critically acclaimed Taiwanese director and his works always stir up lots of talk. He is back with a new drama, You Light Up My Star, starring Joe Cheng and Janine Chang. This is Joe’s comeback drama after serving his mandatory military service and this marks Janine’s return to home soil after having developed her career in mainland China for the past few years.This isn’t the first time that Janine and Joe have worked, having previously starred opposite each other as leads in 2008’s Honey and Clover. This drama is looking to be a hit because not only does have a star-studded cast and award-winning director but it is also penned by the the screenwriters behind the hit dramas They Kiss Again and A Good Wife etc. YFAS has got it all on and off screens. It premieres in two days time (Sunday) on FTV and will air for 20 eps. I’d love to check it out but life is so busy right now I’ll have to save this for some marathon-watching later on in the year. Continue reading

Upcoming Friday Drama Love Myself or You Releases Scrumptious Teasers

Now that the every so beautiful drama In A Good Way is over and out, it is time for Love Myself or You to take over its timeslot. Starring Puff Guo of Dream GirlsLiu Yi Hao/Jasper Liu, Lee Shao Xiang/Sean Lee and Lene Lai, LMOY is reverting back to the typical idol-drama territory but at least this one seems like it is going to work unlike the Sunday night idol drama Fall in Love with Me starring fellow Dream Girls member Tia Li and Aaron Yan. That drama is just plot-less and chemistry-less and I really do not know what I am even watching it save for the occasional naked Aaron scenes. LMOY, on the other hand, seems to have a much more interesting premises and there is actually a plot to it.

SETTV idol dramas are known to have the word “love” in their titles and it continues that route with this drama. However, the Chinese title extends to a much deeper meaning that I feel is sort of lost with the English title. It’s Chinese title is 喜歡‧一個人 which can be interpreting in several ways. Its literal title is “Like. One Person” which can be seen as either to like a person (i.e. “Like A Person”) or to like alone (i.e. “Like. Alone”). It’s very creative and what’s better is that it really fits in with plot. Puff’s character is a sous chef who enjoys a solidarity life where she can fixate on food whether that be cooking it or eating it and reading manga. Jasper’s character then enters her life and she can’t help but fall for him. So I guess the title reflects how the drama is going to play out, which is pretty neat if you ask me. Continue reading

In A Good Way Episode 26 Written Preview

It’s less than three hours before the final ep hits our screens! Today I was constantly refreshing In A Good Way‘s blog for the written preview and just when I thought it wasn’t going to appear, it did. The written preview pairs up with the video previews nicely. It centres of freedom, the very thing that IAGW set out to tell a story on as it closes up this chapter of the book. Freedom means something different to each of the characters and they all have a very personal story regarding this. For many, freedom means stepping out from parents’ care but for Liu Chuan and Jia En, freedom stems outside of that. The freedom that they have individually envisioned is quite different but it is because of this difference that allows them to really complement each other and bring out the best from one another. I love that Liu Chuan and Jia En have remained true to themselves even as their relationship blossomed from friendship to gf/bf. I love that they don’t change for one another but rather, they allow their differences to help them grow as a couple. IAGW has been a stellar of a drama and I am just so happy and grateful for its excellence in presenting such a real and sincere story.  Continue reading

Emotional Video Previews for In A Good Way Episode 26 as We Prepare to Bid Farewell

Be prepared to have your tissues out for the final ep because there will definitely be lots of tears from both the characters and us having to say our final goodbyes to this wonderful drama. In A Good Way has been such a wonderful watch and such a rare gem to find in this drama industry which is filled with clichéd plots and chemistry-less leads. IAGW is anything but. It is a heart-warming story told with sincerity and never did it once deviate from what it initially planned out to do. Freedom has been the core of this story right from the very start and it continues to remain prevalent right throughout the drama. Sometimes, I get carried away with the time setting of IAGW but you have to remember that it is set in the late 1990’s when technology and freedom back then is not as we know it today. Freedom was something that came with a hefty fine and was not an easy journey to embark on. It was something that required immense determination as well as stamina. You had to fight for it if you wanted it and this is something that has been very nicely portrayed here. IAGW might be glossed over with uni life but beneath that is the chase for freedom. Each of the characters chase for it one way or an another and with each step they take forward, the closer this freedom becomes for them. But the word “freedom” does not mean the same thing for them all. “Freedom” is something that comes through based on personal experiences and influences and these have been something that we have witnessed each of the characters face. It has now come down to the final page and the biggest question will be “are you free?”. I sure hope so! Continue reading

In A Good Way Episode 25 Written Preview

After seeing the video preview my heart felt very broken but I think it has healed since reading the written preview. The consequence of the treasure is something that Liu Chuan must face whether he likes it or not. This is a hurdle that he must jump over in order to have any chance of repairing his relationship with his father. I honestly do not think that his father is all that bad of a person despite all of the corrupt things that he might have done. It’s something that I’ve mentioned numerous times but it is also something very true – Daddy Liu is above all Liu Chuan’s father. He just wants his son to live a good life and has numerous plans to see this happen. I’m hoping that the distance between the father and son can be repaired because it would be such a shame to have the drama end with them having a strain on their relationship.

It’s interesting how the drama is making references to Titanic. I’ve never seen the movie but one must be living under a rock not to know what it is about. Titanic a romance story but it is also the same time about chasing after freedom which is something that each of the characters can relate to. It is something that our characters have been chasing after but it has not been an easy process. The process was filled with pain as well as a lot of holes but one can only run to the best of their abilities and that is what they did. This ship is almost back to shore and I am confident that it will not sink.  Continue reading