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 Girls, Liu 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
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
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
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
It is so heartbreaking to see Liu Chuan locking himself up and falling to pieces. He is a very strong guy but now he is just all broken and shattered. I just want to give him a cuddle and tell him that everything will be all right. But alas, that’s not my job to do because he has Jia En by his side who will remain by his side whether it be a tornado or earthquake that comes. It doesn’t matter what happens because she will remain by his side forever just like she promised. Liu Chuan is so lucky to have lots of supportive people who he can count on to help pick him up. It doesn’t matter who is he or what his family background is because the friend they have come to known is Liu Chuan and not Liu Chuan whose father is Liu Song Heng. Him being Liu Chuan is what matters to them. So regardless of what path he decides to take, they will be there supporting him just as he has supported them. Continue reading
The feel-good, heart-warming movie, A Minute More 只要一分鐘, directed by famed Taiwanese director Chen Wei Ling whose works includes the emotionally beautiful hit drama Autumn’s Concerto and the eye capturing Material Queen which interesting both starred Vanness Wu as the leads and starring rumoured dating couple Janine Chang and Peter Ho is set to premiere in a few days on the 9th of May. Janine’s very busy this year with her highly anticipated drama You Light Up My Star starring across Joe Cheng to air on 1st of June. Anyway, back to AMM. I’ve been keeping my tabs on it since it finished filming last August and time sure does fly because it’s been 8ish months already! The movie is an adaptation of the bestselling Japanese novel by Harada Maha called 一分間だけ (Only A Minute) which explores the theme of pets and aims to reduce Taiwan’s stray pet population. The movie centres around an adorable dog which harbours similarities to the puppy love story in Marley and Me. An adorable dog plus awesome chemistry between the leads? Then I guess this is a going to be a sweet movie. Continue reading
Looks like we will be getting some skinship this ep because there is going to be a kiss between the lovebirds! I am definitely excited because any skinship between them is just something so tender and speaks so much in terms of how much they feel for one another. It’s a given that they are going to have a happy ending because there is nothing in this world that can separate them. Regardless of the difficulties that they have to face, they will always be there for each other, supporting each other through every step.
Jia En and Liu Chuan are as true to themselves as ever. Facing his father’s doing is just crushing his strength but being the type of person he is, Liu Chuan would just rather face the difficulties alone by himself than to drag someone in to share his pain. It is just a very Liu Chuan thing for him to do. It hurts me to see him this way because he tries to remain tough on the outside when really, what he needs is someone to cuddle with and someone who he can cry to without judgement. Jia En is that someone but he doesn’t want to pull her in because he doesn’t want her to get hurt because of him. However, being the kind of girl she is, Jia En is more than happy to be the shoulder for her boyfriend the cry one and the person for him to cuddle with. Liu Chuan needs to know that he can break down in front of Jia En any time and she will still be there for him just as he is for her. Together, they will be able to make it through anything! Continue reading
Holidays are over for me and that means lots of homework and back to my hectic days. 😦 Luckily I have dramas right by my side to keep me sane and seeing the In A Good Way gang just always manages to bring a smile on my face. IAGW is set to end sometime soon but its episode count keeps getting readjusted. It is now currently set to end at 26 eps but last time I checked it was 25 eps. As much as I would love for IAGW to go on forever, it is evident that IAGW is slowly deviating off into a different direction and slowing down in its pacing. Its been an amazing drama and one thing that I do not want it to do is fall backwards when it is so close to the finish line. Continue reading
The cast for In A Good Way finished filming this week and news having been rolling in this entire week of the cast filming their last scenes one at a time. There was a lot of tears on sight and I am teary myself knowing that this drama is coming to a closure. I didn’t follow it from the start for I only hoped on board when it started gathering rave reviews but every week since I hoped on board, it has been quite painful to wait for the release of each ep. This drama resonates deeply with life which is why this drama touches base with us as the audience. It did not fall into clichéd storylines and neither was there a need for it to do it. It tells of heartfelt stories which is what connects with us and I guess this makes the drama that much more endearing to the heart. Even as an audience, I felt like I was a part of the drama and a part of the IAGW gang. That is something that I don’t think any other drama has ever done to me. I have followed this through and through, catching it week after week and reading every piece of news about it. Now that it is drawing to an end, my heart is just not ready to part with it yet. It’s been about half a year since it first started airing and so much has happened during that time in both the dramaland and the real world. I’ve witnessed the characters grow and watched them as they made decisions that shaped who they are. I’ve laughed alongside them. I’ve cried with them. I’ve felt my heart break for them. More importantly, they have made me smile happily. Dayum, I am going to miss this happy family bad when it all draws to a closure in three eps! Continue reading
The ending is nearing and the cast have been wrapping up their last scenes one at a time. It is now finalised for 25 eps, which I am pretty sure is on par with Office Girls being the longest running prime-time idol drama, with the last ep to air on the 9th of May. It’s a sad acknowledgement that has to be made but In A Good Way is coming to an end as do all good things. The past twenty-something weeks that I have spent with it has been nothing short of being splendid. I loved every second of it to bits and pieces. Never once did I think that IAGW would be as good as it is but it certainly blew me away. It is such a rare encounter to meet something like IAGW that is so well written and true to the heart. More than that, it is such a rarity to meet a drama that touches base with life. Never did IAGW stray away from what it had in mind to bring across a reflective, true to life story even once throughout the course of its run. It’s an amazing achievement in its own but what’s more valuable than that is the tight-friendships that it has helped created. It is just so warm and fuzzy and always sends happiness down my heart seeing how close they are. These friendships will last a lifetime and is something that cannot be bought with money. It’s a sad closure but this is only the beginning of a new journey that will be filled of laughter and lots of love.
I have no idea how the ending will turn out to be but I am sure that regardless of what happens, each and every single one of the characters will be happy. But I am assure you that IAGW will give us a very real ending that reflects who the characters are. IAGW is a drama all about the journey to freedom and I think it has captured this sense in a very sentimental way. I’ve fallen in love with it without it even having to try and capture my heart. Simple is best and this drama has stuck to simplicity. I’m so glad to have walked on this journey with the characters but it pains me to have to start the countdown to the ending. This will be one drama that I look back on and remember all the beauty that it is engraved with. Continue reading