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Singapore Drama Review Hero 大英雄

Hero (2016) 大英雄

Genre: Family, Romance, Neighborhood, Comedy

Enjoyment: 9/10  Pace: 8/10

starring Shaun Chen as Zhou Fada, Chen Hanwei as Ye Xiaoying, Jesseca Liu as Zhang Weixiong, Ian Fang as Zhang Weikang, Paige Chua as Ou Jinxuan, Andie Chen as Ou Jinguang, Bonnie Loo as Guan Meimei, He Yingying as Guan Meiyu, Sheila Sim as Fan Fangfang

This drama is so funny when it started, was laughing my head off. Fada is smart and appears out of nowhere many times, and he is often saying weird things or a lot of philosophical wise words. Jinguang’s hairstyle and how he talks so slowly is so funny. Weixiong’s brother, Weikang, is a good-for-nothing and his interaction with Meiyu is interesting, especially hilarious when he was splashed with pepper accidentally by Meiyu’s sister, Meimei. And more… Never seen such a comedy in Singapore dramas so far.

Watched this drama partially because of Shaun Chen and partially because my mother happened to switch on the television. Liked Fada’s character a lot in this drama and my sister also liked that character after watching even though she is not a Shaun Chen fan like me haha. You will know why if you watch it haha. It is surprising that the drama has a reflective voice in it and there are many questions the drama posed like “what you want to do if there is only one thing left you can do”, and “will you still do something if what you do now will affect what you are tomorrow”.

I thought Jinguang will end up with Fangfang, so unexpected who he ends up with hahaha. (Shall not give any spoiler). Other special mentions to Bonnie Loo and Paige Chua, Pan Ling Ling who acted well in the drama. Moved by how Pan Ling Ling’s character and his husband are so loyal towards each other even though they are poor. Their trust towards each other is just so heartwarming. No matter how her mother-in-law tries to frame her, her husband still believes in her totally. And it is funny how her mother-in-law totally “slap her own face” when she opposes to her granddaughter, Weixiong, marrying seemingly poor Fada and Pan Ling Ling’s character says that it is fine since her husband (the mother-in-law’s son) is poor but good. Bonnie acted well as the naive and silly girl but her love story with the rich guy didn’t pull off well.

Wanted to dismiss this drama at first since the trailer is not attractive beside Andie Chen saying that the audience is his hero haha… But it turned out well at least until it suddenly had a plot twist which threw me off and almost made me drop it. That is after Fada leaves to use his talent in stock investing and comes back to find people in the neighborhood behaving completely differently. I skipped some episodes here and there, especially towards the end, including the part when Fangfang is betrayed by her boyfriend.

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*As I accidentally deleted most of my Singapore Drama posts, I will be posting some of them again but it will be exactly the same as the past posts (unless I have the free time to add more stuff haha).

My 10 most favourite Singapore Dramas till today

As I accidentally deleted most of my Singapore Drama posts, I may be posting some of them again but it will be exactly the same as the past posts (unless I have the free time to add more stuff haha).

I started watching Singapore Dramas since around 2010. My first drama (if I didnt remember wrongly) was Breakout and because of that, I became a fan of Elvin Ng after seeing him act as an autistic person. It was quite a “crazy” action-packed drama and most of the people got killed or died in that drama except Elvin Ng’s character and his girlfriend. That drama left a deep impression on me as it was quite a dark drama except Elvin Ng’s character and his girlfriend who seem to be separated by a layer of naivety and fortunately wasnt killed in all the “mess” haha…

If you have been to this blog before, you would have known that I watch not only Singapore Dramas, but also Korean Dramas, China Dramas (not as many as my sister), and Taiwanese Dramas (sometimes). Some people may say that Korean or China Dramas are a lot better than Singapore Dramas due to the acting (sometimes I think so too) and plot (nowadays hmm…) but I think that there are things that are uniquely good about Singapore Dramas. It is good that Singapore dramas dont use corruption or unfairness (if I didnt remember wrongly) as a base for most storylines which makes them more pleasant and comfortable to watch. I like Singapore’s school related dramas, maybe because it is more relatable and also more sincere and touching to me. There is usually little exaggeration for Sg dramas and romance is not totally the focus or not emphasised (can be both strength and weakness). Like the concept of family portrayed in Sg dramas. However, probably due to lack of actors and actresses, there is a high chance that the couple will be paired together again in another drama which leads to me not watching certain dramas as I already liked the couple in another drama/context.

These are highly recommended Singapore Dramas that I love. (Arranged according to year)

Doing this purely by memory.

1. Courage, Loyalty, Integrity, Fairness (2011) 警徽天职

What left the deepest impression on me until today was the Qi Yu Wu and Joanne Peh couple, and Elvin Ng and Romeo Tan’s friendship.

Liked Qi Yu Wu’s character as he is quiet, anti-social and different from the norm. And enjoyed how Joanne Peh’s character slowly breaks the ice.

Liked how Elvin Ng’s character is portrayed as carefree, lazy and does not care about anything. But there was a nice turning point when he starts to show that he does care about some things after all. When his best friend, Romeo Tan’s character, died in a stabbing attack, his emotional struggle was heartfelt. Romeo Tan’s character, on the other hand, works very hard to make it to the special force if I am not wrong.

2. Poetic Justice (2012) 微笑正义

What left the deepest impression on me until today was Dai Yang Tian haha, and the interesting plot of how news is made and the direct impact of news on people. Until now, I still remember Desmond Tan’s character’s funny love realisations and embarrassing pursuit of love in this drama. Liked how Rui En’s character is righteous. A similar kdrama, Pinocchio, is more emotion-provoking but this drama is still not replaceble to me.

3. Don’t Stop Believing (2012) 我们等你

What left the deepest impression on me until today was Elvin Ng’s character as a counsellor, his relationship with Felicia Chin, his interaction with the students, and the interaction between the students.

The relationship between the students are well-developed and I liked the background story of each student in the drama and their growth to become better people. Liked how Felicia Chin’s character is an overly enthusiastic teacher. Felicia Chin’s character had to slowly adjust her approach to better influence the students. Enjoyed how her relationship with Elvin Ng’s character develops. Enjoyed watching Elvin Ng’s character’s firm approach with the students.

4. Beyond (2013) X 元素

What left the deepest impression on me until today was the fantasy. Lots of unexpected types of nice fantasy that I didnt see in kdramas which is/was my best source for fantasy dramas. Liked Jeanette Aw’s acting in this drama.

5. The caregivers (2014) Missy 先生

What left the deepest impression on me until today was Thomas Ong’s portrayal of the job of a dedicated nurse. To me, this drama is better than You can be an angel too. It was nice to watch the development of relationship between a male nurse and a female doctor which is not commonly seen in dramas haha.

6. Blessings (2014) 祖先保佑

What left the deepest impression on me until today was Shaun Chen’s acting, the interesting plot of the ancestor accidentally time-travelling to the future and attempts to save the deteriorating family business after it lands in the hands of the descendents who have no interest in the business or are too lazy to hone their skills.

7. 3 wishes (2014) 三个愿望

What left the deepest impression on me until today was the dark portrayal of greed. After the first 3 wishes, there are negative and cruel side effects accompanying the realisation of a wish. Liked the concept of family in this drama.

8. Tiger Mum (2015) 虎妈来了

What left the deepest impression on me until today was the portrayal of family in this drama. Liked how the four children (acted by Julie Tan, Ian Fang, Aloysius Pang, Bonnie Loo) have distinct characteristics and how Huang Bi Ren’s character, Tiger Mum, deals with all of them separately, and eventually gains their acceptance and becomes their mum.

9. The Dream Job (2016) 绝世好工

What left the deepest impression on me until today was how cunning Shaun Chen’s character is in getting what he wants, Shaun Chen’s character’s emotional struggle, and how the rich man reunites his children by offering them the dream job of “acting as his children” (haha).

10.  Mind Matters (2018) 心。情 (Havent written the review, probably a few months later haha)

What I liked about it is its solid plot, its dedication to mental illnesses, and the good acting by Qi Yu Wu, Jessica Liu, Shane Pow, and Denise Camillia Tan, especially liked the Shane Pow and Denise Camillia Tan couple. First time seeing Qi Yu Wu acting comedy scenes haha.

 

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Haha, feel like watching them again…

~Lucky JM

Singapore Drama Review My friends from afar 知星人

Finally have a sg drama that attracts me haha! In 2017, maybe I missed out certain good dramas? I peaked into Home Truly, The Lead, Dream Coder but they didnt attract me.

My friends from afar (2017) 知星人

Genre: Family, Fantasy, Romance, Comedy

Enjoyment: 9/10  Pace: 8/10

 

starring Shaun Chen as Yang Tiansheng, Carrie Wong as Chen Fengjiao, Paige Chua as Yang Tianning, Aloysius Pang as Chen Xianglin, Brandon Wong as Chen Xiaolong, Toh Xin Hui as Chen Qingxia, Yao Wenlong as Zhou Zhiqiang, Eelyn Kok as Xu Xinmei, Wang Yuqing as Yang Zhongyong, Sheila Sim as Queen

This drama is very funny at the start when the four of them first come to Earth and I laughed a lot. They find it fascinating walking on Earth and keep walking up and down the steps. It is also funny when Fengjiao forces Tiansheng to eat oranges as punishment for cheating them of their money and Tiansheng happily eats it until she forces him to eat the orange peels too… Besides that, they are shocked that there is a drink called Dinosaur and readily order it when asked by the person selling drink. It is hilarious when Tiansheng tries to frighten them by wearing a ghost wear and roller-skate into their house, and they just look closely and blankly at him. Tiansheng’s father pretends to be some China (?) zombie and scares a few neighbors but ends up being scared by his own reflection when Tiansheng shows him a mirror made me laugh my head off haha.

Enjoyed watching how the aliens have special abilities such as great strength, the ability to read mind, freeze people, fly, move things without touching, go into people’s dreams, heal, erase people’s memories. It is cool how they can fly, and sit in the air and play chess (?), and move the cups of water from the kitchen to bedroom with their power. It was romantic when Xianglin goes into Tianning’s dream and brings her to outerspace, and when Fengjiao makes snow fall for Tiansheng. Some of the scenes felt unreal to me though, not sure if it is because of the portrayal of the aliens or because of the background of the scenes. I was expecting that one of the people who had their memories erased will suffer negative consequences, especially Guanjun since he is young and his brain is still growing. If nothing happens after they erase a memory, it would seem like it is fine to erase people’s memory which is not morally right. If something happens to him, his mother will care about his health more than being concerned if he obtains excellent academic results which is a more meaningful plot twist to me.

Liked how each episode starts with a theme/topic of discussion as the aliens explore human behaviour, and I liked the cool and unique dance/workout only the aliens do though I missed some since I didnt watch from catch-up tv but straight from the television when it is being screened, and I was late to turn on the TV haha…Also liked the hand sign they show when answering leader Fengjiao. Liked the development of relationships between the Yang family and the aliens. It is funny that the Yang family’s 2 children who have very different personalities fall in love with the 2 aliens. Xianglin’s pregnancy scenes are interesting haha and it was fun watching a guy doing most of the things a typical pregnant woman would have done.

It is interesting how the aliens have to purposely take lessons from Leopard King (Tiansheng) to learn to lie haha. This makes me wonder if learning to lie is an essential life skill to survive on Earth and it is sad that this is the case. However, lying may be a good way to prevent unhappy happenings such as when using white lies? It is funny when the aliens criticise humans harshly at the start of the drama such as humans’ efficiency. Liked how Fengjiao is always actively trying to change people for the better which I secretly want to do too haha… People are indeed wasting too much food and it would be good if I can force people to eat their food up like Fengjiao… At the end of the drama, the aliens praise the goodness of humans which I think is not totally true. If the humans find out who they are, would they still treat them in the same way?

Enjoyed watching the interaction between the 4 aliens as they start to become a family and take care of one another, look out for one another, especially liked the interaction between Qingxia and Xiaolong. It was sad when Xiaolong is seriously injured and saying his final goodbyes. I could feel tears in my eyes when watching that scene. It was heartwarming when Qingxia calls Xiaolong “Dad” at his final moments even though she previously hates how “her father” is treating her more and more like a human child. About 1/2 of the times Singapore Dramas’ crying scenes cannot bring me in completely but that scene is well-executed with good acting and I can feel the emotions in that scene.

Managed to guess who the alien who betrayed them to live among humans is and felt a bit annoyed that they go one whole round suspecting and end up back where they started. Maybe I am nitpicking haha. Although I felt sorry for Zhiqiang’s predicament, it is too bad he has chosen to go on the wrong path. Felt that his mother could have trusted him more throughout the drama and not only at the good times. Feel that Yao Wenlong is acting more significant roles which is good haha…

Felt that the ending could have been better if there are more and longer scenes to portray Tiansheng’s longing as he waits for Fengjiao’s return instead of just flashing his flashback scenes so quickly. How can so many years of waiting be so bearable? Overall, it is a good watch, a meaningful drama with nice fantasy and humour, and great acting from the cast.

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Singapore Drama Review Blessings 祖先保佑

Blessings (2014) 祖先保佑

Genre: Mystery, Romance, Time-travel, Comedy, Family

Enjoyment: 10/10  Pace:10/10

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starring Shaun Chen 陈泓宇as Lian Wen Ding, Jesseca Liu as Mei Ren/ Xiao Mei, Chen Hanwei 陈汉玮 as Daxi, Yao Wenlong 姚玟隆 as Shuang Xi, Chen Shucheng 陈澍城 as Wen Ding’s son, Sora Ma as Wen Ding’s fiancee in the past and Yvonne Lim as Shuang Xi’s wife.

Plot: “ Xiji” was a traditional Teochew pastry shop in the 40s. Business was brisk, thanks to founder Lian Xue Geng’s good business acumen and son Lian Wen Ding’s talented baking skills. In 2014, “Xiji”is being run by Daxi and ShuangXi, the fourth generation Lian brothers but business is bleak. As Daxi’s prayers of  “祖先保佑” is answered, Wen Ding travels through time into the present and helps them with the business. At the same time, he meets someone who resembles his lover which he hoped to marry in the past and his son, the mentally unwell father of Daxi and Shuangxi, who did not receive much father love due to his early demise. He manages to solve the mystery on what is about to happen and changes the past after he returns.

Zoom into characters: Wen Ding is about to marry someone he does not like. Due to tradition, he has to obey his parents’ wishes and give up on his love for Xiao Mei or take her in as mistress. Before the day of marriage, Xiao Mei committed suicide after she lost her mother. Wen Ding tries to save her and ends up time-travelling to 2014. He has nowhere to go so he looks for Xiji which is run by Daxi and Shuangxi but no one believes he is their grandfather. Hence, he uses other identities to continue living in their house and helping them with business. At the same time, he meets Mei Ren who looks like Xiao Mei who he will fall in love with despite their contrasting views. Mei Ren opens a cake shop and is a straightforward and sincere person who thinks well for the customers and serve the customers up to their satisfaction. Daxi is a good writer but cannot fulfill his dream as he is the eldest son and naturally has to run the family business. Shuangxi, on the other hand, has the talent in baking but is lazy and only comes up with “good” ideas to increase the number of customers in the shop.

It is quite interesting especially the way Lian Wen Ding talks like the people in the past. It is funny when he tries to preach people on the traditional values of the past such as ”养儿防老“(have more children so as to have them to depend on at old age) or women should listen to their husbands and stay at home to take care of their children which obviously no one listens to him. It is funny that when Daxi did a DNA test on Wen Ding and realises he matches his own father’s, they straightaway thought he is his father’s illegitimate son rather than believing he is their grandfather. I am touched by Wen Ding’s relationship with his son. Wen Ding often blames himself for his son’s misfortune and only his son recognises him. Wonder why Wen Ding only has one son even though he always preaches people on the importance of continuing the family line. Haha.

I learnt that in order to preserve traditions, innovation is needed. As the mindset of the people changes with time, one should not stick to the traditions when promoting the same product. If not, no one would be interested in them even if it has a long history. Customer’s satisfaction is the most important when selling a product. When doing business, trust is important. Paying actors to buy goods from the shop may gain more customers but will lose the trust of long-term customers after they find out. Only Shuangxi’s daughter believes that Wen Ding time-travels. Is it because children are naive or is it while people grow into adult, their imagination is gone and they become practical and realistic?

Why you should watch: At first, I did not want to watch this as I thought it was a typical long series Singapore Drama. Then, I read the newspapers and suddenly came across its plot which is time-travelling. Haha. That caught my attention and I decided to try it after all. One of the few Singapore dramas that makes me feel a strong tinge of sadness after I finished watching it. Not sure if it is because the drama has come to an end or because Mei Ren and Wen Ding did not end up together. I am very satisfied with the ending and plot of this drama. Shaun Chen acted very well as Wen Ding.

Blessings opening theme song

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