Sometimes dramas just creep up on you and that is exactly the case for Singles Villa. It was just a few months ago when I heard of casting and filming for Singles Villa and now it is ready to premiere tomorrow on Hunan Television. That’s actually a pretty fast time frame for Chinese dramas which usually don’t get an air-date until well after filming and post-production. Singles Villa is about a group of residents living together in rich condominium where falling in love with one another is strictly forbidden but of course they all go and break this rule because rules are meant to be broken. Continue reading
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I woke up to some very interesting news with the hit TW-drama In Time With You getting a remake in Korea. I’m not surprised in the least and saw it coming after the successful remakes of Fated to Love You and My Queen. ITWY was not just a hit in its home country but it was also very popular in Japan and Korea when it aired so it would be a no-brainer to remake this drama. I Will Media will be behind the remake of this drama and it is slated for a broadcast date in the later half of 2015. Continue reading
It seems that all Ariel Lin must have done in her free time while studying was return to home soil and help her good friends film MVs. I stumbled across Rainie Yang‘s third single “Actually We Deserve Happiness” off her new album A Tale of Two Rainie where Rainie and Ariel play BFFs who have been too busy too see each other. They live two different but similar lives and just wish each other happiness. I love Rainie as both a singer and an actor but I don’t think her vocals are the best here and neither is her acting stint here. The song itself is nice to the ears but polarised by Rainie’s monotone soft vocals. I do like the symmetrical filming of Rainie and Ariel’s lives and how seamlessly it matches up to create one screen. Apparently Rainie and Ariel only had 15 minutes of rehearsal time but they’re BFFs in RL plus they’re also professional actresses so they got into the scenes really quickly! Continue reading
It seems that as the year trickles down to the end, the power singers of Taiwan are releasing some new material. The end of the year is always a time for reminiscing, reflecting and remembering the year that was. The pop queen of Taiwan, Jolin Tsai, recently dropped a new album and while she is usually pop/dance centric, with her second single “We’re All Different, Yet The Same”, she pushes for an important fight – a fight for equality. The MV stars Jolin’s good friend Ruby Lin and veteran actress Gui Ya Lei which sorrowfully tells the story for a woman who (played by Gui Ya Lei) is tearfully on the bedside of her ill same-sex partner but cannot acknowledge their relationship is not given the same rights as homosexual couples. Jolin and Ruby play Gui Ya Lei and her partner in an alternate universe where they get married in beautiful white dresses with everyone congratulating them. The story is all about love and is told in a very sincere and meaningful way. I found it so so so powerful; not only was the lyrics very strong but it was also supported with an equally strong MV. I loved it. It’s such a beautiful watch and a great way to mark a change that we are still fighting for. Continue reading
Taiwan’s King of Pop Jay Chou will be releasing his 13th album titled under his catchphrase Aiyo, Not Bad on Boxing Day since his last album Opus 12. His first single of the album, Extra Large Shoes, is a nice rap which screams out Charlie Chaplin. In his second single, “What Kind of Man”, he heads down the ballad path and tells of a missed chance with the person who could have been his other half in life by not telling her to stay. He brought in Taiwan’s sweetheart Ariel Lin to play the role of the girl who he missed out a future with. Ariel is probably having the best year of her life right now. She fulfilled a lifelong dream of hers to go study abroad and she recently graduated with a Masters of Arts in Acting for Screen from the University of London. She also got engaged to her boyfriend Charles Lin and to top it off, she will be getting hitched on Christmas Eve. Her personal life is of envy but she still retains a very professional front. It’s true that she has chemistry with all of her male co-stars, and even in this short five minute MV, there is so much sunshine between her and Jay as well as her other co-star, Darren. Regardless, it is always a pleasure to see Ariel on-screen. Continue reading
In more sad news, RiSe passed away this moring at 10:10am (KST) from injuries sustained in the same car accident which took away fellow Ladies’ Code member EunB only days ago. RiSe sustained a severe cranial injury but operation on her had to be halted due her falling blood pressure. She has been in a coma ever since the operation. She fought hard for five days but ultimately, she was unable to fight through her injuries. She passed away with her family and labelmates right beside her until she drew her last breath. She was only 23 years old but passed away way way way too early. Together, with EunB, the two are in a better place and will definitely be able to rest in peace knowing that they have countless fans, friends and family who will forever remember them for the good they have done. Continue reading
Being a k-pop celebrity might scream fame and glory on the forefront but in order to create that vivid appearance, there comes a lot of planning and behind-the-scenes action that we don’t get to see. While many people assume a nine to five office job, k-pop celebrities live a very hectic and frantic life with numerous jobs and events to attend to. Sadly, earlier today newbie girl group Ladies’ Code was involved in a tragic car accident which took away the life of 22 year old EunB (picture above) and leaving two of her bandmates RiSe and Sojung in a critical condition. The other members Ashley and Zuny and two of the group’s stylists also sustained physical injuries but nothing can compare to the emotional injuries that they will have to face. Unfortunately, the driver of the van also passed away. Continue reading
In A Good Way might have ended four months ago but the love shows no sign of dying down. IAGW has made an impact not only in the drama world for being a standout drama but it ultimately has changed the lives of the cast involved, primarily for leads Lorene Ren, Lego Lee, Jay Shih and Smile Wen. Prior to IAGW, people would barely bat an eye upon the mention of their names but now they have become household names. IAGW has really helped to shoot up their careers but more than that, IAGW allowed them to create some everlasting friendships which grows stronger day by day. I absolutely enjoyed IAGW and the ride that I had with it was an amazing one. It has become one of my favourite dramas and my love for it is still very much there. I’ve been paying attention to ever little bit of IAGW news, especially regarding that of the so-called movie which probably won’t be seeing the daylights any time soon. I would have loved to see a more definite conclusion to the open ending but it did wrap up nicely which is one of the best thing that any drama can do. I’m sad that that there won’t be a movie to tie up loose ends but sometimes, I guess it is best to be left open-ended. Continue reading
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.
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