Taiwanese/Hong Kong Dramas

Taiwanese:

Not really a wide range collection as I only watch Taiwanese Dramas sometimes.

Back to 1989 (2016) 1989一念間

Enjoyment: 10/10  Pace: 8.5/10  No. of times I watched it: 2

starring Marcus Chang as Chen Che, Ivy Shao as Ye Zhen Zhen, Mini Tsai as Chen Ya Juan, Yorke Sun as Li Jin Qin, Ray Yang as Lin Xiao Long, Chang Chieh as Wang Zhong En

Finally watching a Taiwanese Drama after some time. This drama is such a smooth and fun watch. Thankfully I dont have to wait for each episode to finish screening. Happen to chance upon this drama after I chance upon Behind your smile which I am still considering if I should write the review because for Behind your smile, the plot is not good enough and I speed-watched through it.

Plot: Chen Che is leading a successful life as a talented stock broker that is able to predict even the most unexpected stock market trends. He is so successful that he not only sarcastically rejects people’s scouting, he also rebelliously resigns from his current company. Despite his success in his career, he actually comes from a family that lacks warmth where his mother seems to hate him and hides many secrets including who is his birth father. After a final dispute with his mother, he gets into an accident in a tunnel and time-traveled to 1989, a year before he was born and makes friends with people from his mother’s clique, and falls in love with his mother’s best friend.

Attracted by Marcus Chang’s acting, and his character, Chen Che, is so smart and seems to know what to do all the time. Chen Che can sing and play the guitar well, hit every pin in bowling although it is his first time, predict stock trends, fight well, dance well and more. Just amazed by the things he can do. His shocked expressions when he arrives at 1989, and when he tries to explain his worth to a stock company for his employment interview are hilarious. Felt touched when Chen Che chooses to sacrifice his life for his mother’s future, and persuades her to carry out an abortion.

Liked Zhen Zhen’s character as well, as she is naive but optimistic, cheerful and warm-hearted. Her relationships with her family members are nicely portrayed and I can feel the warmth in that family. She is often in trouble at the start which allows Chen Che to save the day for her and their relationship is being developed at the right pace throughout the drama. Liked how Zhen Zhen calls Chen Che “Rolex” at the start haha. Felt sad when watching Chen Che and Zhen Zhen pass their days as they get closer and closer to their last day together, towards the end of the drama. Zhen Zhen’s younger brother, Guo An adds a lot of humour to the drama.

It is funny how Chen Che’s eagerness to find out more about his young mother makes people misunderstand that he likes her. Ya Juan, his mother, is elegant, joyful and sociable in 1989, very different from the current one who is more emotionless and easily angry. Liked how Ya Juan is being acted: soft-spoken, wise and lady-like at the start, and motherly towards the end. Dislike how Ya Juan’s domineering mother seeks to control her life which leads to her unhappiness. When parents say they are doing it for their child’s future, are they always right just because they have more experiences in life? Liked the development of relationship between Ya Juan and Jin Qin although there are some break-ups in between which makes me a bit unhappy about.

It is interesting how the pager can transmit messages with numbers, more meaningful than emojis since Chinese touching phrases and greetings can be received. Didnt like Xiao Long’s character much but his childishness is funny sometimes. There is an episode that seems to be dedicated to him which evoked jealousy in Chen Che and caused me to have a hard time watching haha… Overall, I enjoyed how the friendships between Zhen Zhen, Ya Juan, Jin Qin, Zhong En and Xiao Long grow in the drama despite love triangles everywhere. Chen Che may seem like the outsider but I liked how they help him integrate into their clique.

Chen Che having asthma is quite a good clue to the father’s identity but somehow it is not used to discover who the father is, instead it is used to just double confirm the father’s identity. I am confused by what illness Zhong En actually has. I thought he got a terminal illness and was about to die haha? But I guess he didnt. From the start, I did guess that Chen Che’s father is not among the friends (shall not give anymore spoiler) so the plot is common to me. Luckily, the whole plot which includes other elements is developed well and the characters are interesting so I was well-entertained throughout haha.

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Absolute Boyfriend (2012) 绝对达令

Enjoyment: 10/10  Pace: 10/10  No. of times I watched it: 1

starring Jiro Wang as Wan Ni Te 萬奈特 and Koo Hye Sun as Guan Xiao Fei 官筱菲.

Plot: Xiao Fei is a girl unlucky in love. One day a strange-looking salesman gives her a business card for a website that sells “love figures”. On the spur of the moment, Xiao Fei orders one for a 3-day free trial. She activates him with a kiss. She forgets to return him before the deadline and has to keep him by her side and allow him to collect data about the human beings such as emotions and feelings to return the one million debt she now owes without anyone discovering about this embarrassing secret. This will allow their company to make better robots to suit the needs of other human.

Night is a robot and can do anything ranging from cooking, cleaning, talking in many different languages to jumping from a high level in a building, dashing through walls. He is a simply perfect boyfriend. He also has a ring that detects people’s emotions and a brain that scans people. As time goes, he starts to have his own thoughts and energy released is too high. Will he break down soon?

Very interesting plot! Glad I watched it! Feel kind of sorry for the rival. It is interesting that a robot can start to have its own thoughts and even registers Xiao Fei as his ex-girlfriend when he is reactivated when another girl kisses him. The ring serves to tell him Xiao Fei’s feelings. If you are looking for a refreshing drama, you can try this and step into the romance between a robot and a human. It is sad that when Xiao Fei finally treats Night as a person, her boyfriend Night is starting to break down and malfunction.

I would like a robot like that which can do anything  and everything for me. Can a robot have his own state of mind? As technology becomes more advanced, machines are replacing human labour. Will there be a time when robots cook, take care of the children and do housework instead of people? Are they able to be as flexible as human and make appropriate decisions when needed?

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Sunshine Angel (2011) 阳光天使

Enjoyment: 10/10  Pace: 9/10  No. of times I watched it: 1

     

starring Wu Chun as Di Ya Xin 狄雅 and Rainie Yang as Yang Guang 陽光. Wu Chun plays a second generation entrepreneur who ended up living in the streets after going bankrupt and Rainie plays a maid. Yang Guang lives in Japan and has to go to Taiwan to work as a maid to repay her parents’ debt. Before that, Ya Xin accidentally drops on her handmade toilet when parachuting which brings a bad start to their relationship. Little does she knows that her employer is Ya Xin. Due to Yang Guang’s bright personality, Ya Xin starts to fall in love with her. When he wants to propose to Yang Guang, they are being chased out of the house. A twist after Ya Xin loses everything  when his close one betrays him and he is left with Yang Guang. While pretending that he has fallen into depression, Ya Xin tries to be spy and even begs the company managers to help in the hope to make a comeback.

It is so good to be rich. The technology in their house is so high tech and Ya Xin’s house is so big. It is quite sad seeing him being chased out of his house empty-handed and nobody trusts him or helps him. What make this drama good is that it is not just a typical comedy romance that the poor girl will have a happy ending with the rich man. It has a twist when Ya Xin goes bankrupt and shows how he makes a comeback.

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Starlit (2009) 心星的淚光

starlit

starring Jerry Yan as Cheng Yue 程岳 and Terri Kwan as Dong Xiao Lu 董小鹿.

Cheng Yue is a pianist and Rui Shan is a cellist. They are the most high-profile golden couple in the music industry. One day, Cheng Yue tried to save a girl named Xiao Lu from a car accident, but unfortunately breaks his arm in the process and can no longer play the piano. Cheng Yue was devastated, and so he gave up music and chose to travel to get away. Two years later, Cheng Yue now lives in Shanghai and meets Xiao Lu, and the two become colleagues. Due to work interactions, they gradually establish a friendship. Xiao Lu encourages him to face life with a positive attitude and Cheng Yue realizes that he is impacted by Xiao Lu’s kindness and enthusiasm. Cheng Yue falls in love with Xiao Lu. However, their love seems to be fated for separation. Although they are not blessed, although they do not have a future, Cheng Yue still bravely loves Xiao Lu…

Totally heartbreaking drama, especially towards the end when Xiao Lu faces the cruel reality of having a terminal illness. Xiao Lu is such an optimistic person, even changing Cheng Yue while interacting with him. It is sad to see her slowly losing the function of different parts of her body and Cheng Yue who finally escapes self-pity and despair has to face such a cruel fate of slowly losing his lover. Tears are falling off my cheeks towards the end. I don’t remember watching much of the front part of the drama as my mother was watching it without me so I only watched the ‘reaching the end’ part and is hit with such sad feelings haha… Seems like a typical storyline but the weight of the sad emotions it can impact on one is enormous and makes one reflect about life.

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Autumn concerto (2009) 下一站,幸福

Enjoyment: 9/10  Pace: 10/10  No. of times I watched it: 2

starring Ady An as Liang Mu Cheng 梁慕橙 and Van Ness Wu as Ren Guang Xi 任光晞. Ren Guang Xi, a cocky law student seems to lead the perfect life. In reality, his lonely life lacks joy, laughter and motivation. That is until he meets Liang Mu Cheng. Although orphaned at a young age, Mu Cheng does not let her past affect her and lives life with great passion and determination. A harmless bet brings the two together and Guang Xi slowly changes as Mu Cheng teaches him how to give and love. Tragedy strikes when Guang Xi suddenly has to go through a major brain surgery which causes him to lose his memory. For Guang Xi, she decides to leave. Little does she knows she has his child.

Six years pass. Mu Cheng lives a quiet life with her young son in the countryside while Guang Xi is now a successful lawyer and is engaged to He Yi Qian, the kind and beautiful doctor who took care of him after his surgery.  They met again as Guang Xi goes to the village Mu Cheng lives in, attempting to do bad deeds. A strangely familiar piano piece stirs Guang Xi’s heart as he struggles to recall his past romance with Mu Cheng. How will the couple make up for six years of lost time? Happiness, which stop do I alight at?

The child is cute. Definitely worth watching. There are a few memorable moments. When Guang Xi was a cocky student, he even asked a scholar to help him do his assignment such that it fails and the scholar said that the worst grade he can produce is B. Looks like a scholar is a scholar after all. Even if people try very hard, they may get C or even fail, yet a scholar says that his worst is B. In order to survive, people have to do what they do not want. This drama teaches me to treasure the people around us when we can. Interesting thing is everytime Guang Xi meets Mu Cheng he wilI change for the better no matter it is 6 years later or 6 years ago. He will always use his knowledge of law for the right purpose when he meets Mu Cheng. His sense of sympathy can only be brought out when Mu Cheng is around. I feel sorry  for Guang Xi’s rival. No matter how hard he tries, Mu Cheng only holds Guang Xi in his heart.

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Prince who turned into a frog (2005) 王子变青蛙

Enjoyment: 9/10  Pace: 9/10  No. of times I watched it: 1

    

starring Ming Dao as Shan Jun Hao 單均昊 and Chen Qiao En as Ye Tian Yu 葉天瑜. Shan Jun Hao, the CEO to a large hotel chain, is the stereotypical heir – spoiled, cold hearted, and ruthless. He meets Ye Tian Yu, a schemer and somewhat of a gold-digger and after a series of events, Tian Yu “accidentally” runs Jun Hao over. Turns out, Jun Hao has lost all of his memories and became a kindhearted and loving person. Just when love is in the air, Jun Hao’s family came looking for him and he has a fiancée who loves and misses him. Some more “accidents” occurred, and Jun Hao lost all of his memories of Tian Yu and went back to being a spoiled heir. However, Tian Yu fights for their love even though Jun Hao thinks of her as a lying schemer. Will Jun Hao remember his love for Tian Yu? Who will Jun Hao choose? And who is the person causing all the “accidents”?

As I like dramas that involve losing memory, that’s why I enjoyed it. Haha. It is kind of like a typical comedy romance which is heartwarming. It is a break from intense thriller dramas where I can just enjoy the romance involved. Although this drama is from sometime ago, it still has a significant place in my heart. The chemistry of the lead couple is really good! It is hilarious at times, especially due to the sound effect. It is also touching, one of the best Taiwanese Dramas, my favourite of all time. Really liked the frog version of Jun Hao. It is ironic that Tian Yu desires to marry a rich man and goes after other rich men when there is one right next to her. Impressed that Jun Hao actually has real skills and is not just a spoiled heir who inherits the company, seeing that he can improve a small hotel away from the city.

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At Dolphin Bay (2003) 海豚灣戀人 

at dolphin's bay     at dp bay

starring Angela Chang as Yi Tian Bian and Ambrose Hsu as Xu Ze Ya. Legend has it a dolphin once helped to reunite a pair of tragic lovers. At Dolphin Bay, a tale of love and myth continues. Two children Zeya and Xiao Pin Gai met at an orphanage. Seeing the latter was often bullied by the other kids, Zeya rose to the occasion to become her gallant protector. Alas, the young couple parted ways when the director of a big company Xu Ruogu arrived to bring his ‘grandson’ home. Zeya promised to come back for Xiao Pin Gai, but when he finally makes good his promise 20 years later, his childhood friend is nowhere to be found. Where the orphanage once stood is now a cluster of skyscrapers.

At Dolphin Bay, Zeya meets a young woman Tianbian. Her strong and optimistic character draws him to her, and Tianbian is touched by all that Zeya does for her. Nonetheless, unbeknownst to Zeya, he is nothing more than a good friend to Tianbian. When Zeya decides to profess his love, he discovers Tianbian already has someone in her heart; and he can only remain a good friend. Zeya unwittingly finds out the Xiao Pin Gai he has been searching for is actually Tianbian! This realization cements Zeya’s desire to forever protect Tianbian like a big brother. But in a twist of fate, Tianbian discovers the love she has always dreamt of lies right in Zeya. But this pair of childhood lovers finds an invisible wall separating them. A future of happily ever after appears to be within reach, but yet escapes their grasp…

Watched this too long ago. Only remembered that the chemistry was good and dolphin left a deep impression on me in this drama.

Favourite osts: 遗失的美好

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Hong Kong:

Ten brothers (2007) 十兄弟

Enjoyment: 10/10  Pace: 10/10  No. of times I watched it: 3

ten brothers

Must watch! Ten brothers with 10 different magical abilities bring joy to a couple that were not made to be together in the first place. Most memorable Hong Kong drama.

Thousand Mile Eye (千里眼) Brother One
Distant Hearing (順風耳) Brother Two
Strong Three (大力三) Brother Three
Stretchy Four (奀皮四) Brother Four
Flying Five (飛天五) Brother Five
Iron Head Six (銅頭六) Brother Six
Long Legs Seven (高腳七) Brother Seven
Digging Eight (遁地八) Brother Eight
Big Mouth Nine (大口九) Brother Nine
Crying Ten (大喊十) Brother Ten

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D.I.E. (2008) 古灵精探

Enjoyment: 9/10  Pace: 9/10  No. of times I watched it: 1

DIE

D.I.E. (Death Investigation Extension) is a unit in the police force that deals with unsolved cases of other departments. The extension was created to accommodate those who were sent away by their chiefs. Yu Tze Long is a D.I.E. member with extrasensory perception. He falls asleep after touching items related to the dead and messages are conveyed to him. He uses his abilities to solve cases and speak for the dead.  Yue Chi-Long (Roger Kwok), who has cracked a large number of difficult cases by extrasensory means, is assigned to the D.I.E. because his superiors find him strange for falling asleep constantly on the job. New appointee Ying Jing-Jing (Sonija Kwok) is a good-looking girl but she takes an uncompromising stand over every case she deals with. Initially unaccepting of a division made of incompetent detectives, she is tricked into staying by her former supervisor, who claims that she was placed there to eventually replace the head and whip the team into shape. Chi-Long proves himself a capable detective but has a laidback attitude. The relationship between Jing-Jing and Chi-Long is deteriorating day by day, but also improving in a way…

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4 thoughts on “Taiwanese/Hong Kong Dramas

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  1. Black and White 10/10 (fav)

    if you can leave your mind at home, and not expect too much in the way of logic, you are in for an excellent blend of mystery, action, and soap opera.
    The fights for the most part are not what you would call eye catching. That is except for the last one, where 3 good guys take one bad guy. Many of the characters are not who they seem. Bad people do good things. People you thought were good, aren’t.
    Anyway I thought it was terrific, and enjoyed the interplay between the two lead characters.

    Hi my sweetheart
    7/10
    I liked the cast, particularly Teresa Daley, and Choclate Lai. But I think it’s more down to looks, than any particular acting ability.

    love of the agean sea
    SPOILER
    7/10

    On the plus side, this drama is one of the best acted I’ve seen. Often I will say that it’s the older performances that deliver. But the acting from leads and secondary leads imcluding
    Alec Su as Lu En Qi
    Chae Rim as Guan Xiao Tong
    Peter Ho as Li Yao Xiang
    Chen Zi Ying as Hui Wen
    is excellent
    I waas more interested in the relationship between peter ho’s character, and
    Chae rim’s, than in leading couple Chae rim and Alec su. They had many nice romantic scenes, but the story perked up for me more when she was with the other guy, you might say. Perhaps unrequited love is more interesting to watch than two people
    being lovey dovey with each other.
    I would like to have seen more of Chen Ziying. But it’s not the first time a character is forgotten about.
    My favourite character was probably li li played by Chi Hua Qiong.
    The dialogue for the most part is pretty good, but there are cheesy bits as well.
    On the minus side. It’s somewhat drawn out, The characters are okay, but don’t have that dynamism, you find in the best korean dramas for instance. To repeat myself, the main couple needed to have some arguments or something to make their relationship more interesting.
    Well i guess it was in the relationship between Guan Xiao Tong and Li Yao Xiang. I suppose The storyline isn’t really that intersting, I would say that it’s the acting that keeps it going. Tighter pacing, and perhaps lopping off at least ten episodes would have been of help, i think.
    NOTE Peter Ho was around 31 in this.
    Shi Da Sheng who plays his father was about 39.

    Meteor garden
    8/10.
    Not as good as the japanese version, but preferred it to the korean one.
    This is the first time, I found male the lead sympathetic, and was happy for them to get together. In the korean, and japanese version, i wondered why she would have anything to do with such a jerk. Of course he’s a jerk here, and sometimes he’s more of a jerk than in the japanese or korean versions.But overall he is more likeable.
    I also found one of aspect of the bullying inflicted on Shancai or shan cai quite funny. It’s when her hands/arms get stuck to the desk.
    One of my favourite scenes is when QingHe is talking 9 to the dozen to XiaoYou and she just walks off. I guess she just had enough of listening to him.
    So how does the cast compare to the cast of the japanese and korean versions.
    female lead
    taiwan
    korean
    japanese

    male lead
    japanese
    taiwan
    korean

    second male lead
    taiwan
    korean
    japanese.

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  2. The Rose
    8/10/
    There is a line in this drama. which sums up at least part of it.”love is an unstoppable and painful need”.It comes in the penultimate episode, which happens to the best. In many of the episodes ,it’s hard to guage some of the acting,particurly those of Jerry Huang and Joelle Lu. But here, they are given a chance to shine. In The lead, Ella Chan is a natural and likeable performer. Although at one stage, the crying got to be a bit much Only in Asian dramas, would a character like her be called fat and ugly. This episode also contains the longest kissing scene I’ve ever seen in an asian drama, and a very sensual and sexy bed scene.
    The drama in some respects is quite complicated. I don’t mean in terms of plot, but in terms the feelings of the characters.
    It also deals with incest. or the the the threat of incest, in a way, you ain’t never gonna see in an american drama.

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