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Title: 花より男子 / Hana Yori Dango
English: Boys Before Flowers / Boys Over Flowers
Genre: Romance
Broadcast network: TBS
Air time: Friday 22:00
Episodes: 9
Broadcast period: 2005-Oct-21 to 2005-Dec-16
Theme song: WISH by Arashi
Insert song: Planetarium by Otsuka Ai

Do I really need to say more? It’s Hana Yori Dango! Watch it! 🙂
Scroll on for Season 2: Hana Yori Dango Returns!

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This marks the beginning of two successful careers of two of Taiwan’s biggest idols. I think Mike He did a better job in Love Contract (his buddy Joe Cheng even mocks his handsomeness in this drama) but Ariel Lin became a better actress. No matter what I think these are producing new dramas none stop like the popular Devil Beside You, Bull Fighting, Why Why Love for Mike and ISWAK 1 & 2 and Tokyo Juliet for Ariel. If you like either one of them, definitely check out Love Contract. Both are really good even at the beginning of their careers!

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Title: 이죽일놈의사랑
English Title: A Love To Kill/Death of Love
Chinese Title: 这该死的爱
Episodes: 16

Cast
Rain/Bi (Full House)
Shin Min Ah (Beautiful Days, The Devil)
Synopsis
The story begins with a man named Kang Bok Goo (Bi), a tough fighter. His girl is Han Da Jung (Kim Sa Rang), much like Bok Goo, she’s tough and she spends her day collecting money from people that owe her. Bok Goo’s older brother, Kang Min Goo (Kim Young Jae), left Bok Goo ten years ago when they got into a fight. He had never seen him in ten years.

One day, he meets his brother for the first time in ten years. They chat on a tall building, talking about how their lives had been for the past ten years. On a giant t.v. screen, it announces the wedding of the famous superstar, Cha Eun Suk (Shin Min Ah) and Kim Joon Sung (Lee Ki Woo), the youngest son of a powerful company. Min Goo, in delusion that the Eun Suk he sees on the t.v. is the real Eun Suk, walks to the t.v. and falls of the building. Bok Goo sends his hyung [older brother] to the hospital and finds out that the damage done to his brother was so great, most of his brain is ruined and his brother is now a human vegetable. Bok Goo also finds out that the only reason his hyung did this was because Cha Eun Suk is his ex-girlfriend, though they broke up, he still loves her as she still loves him.

This marriage was only made because Eun Suk was drunk and she slept on stairs, Joon Sung only tried to wake her up, but he fell over her making it look like he was raping her. Someone caught footage of this and revealed it to the public. Joon Sung’s father was ashamed of his son and got angry at him, and the only way to clear things up with his father was to marry Eun Suk though she strongly disagreed, she had to anyway to avoid shame to her family.

Bok Goo gets angry with Eun Suk because he believes she is the reason her brother is a human vegetable. To get her back for it, he applies to be her bodyguard and finds a way to make her fall in love with him by doing all the things his hyung (brother) had done for her in the past to help her remind herself of Min Goo. Bok Goo, in the act of making her fall in love with him, falls in love with Eun Suk and from time to time, forgets what she had done to his hyung. Eun Suk falls for it though, although she resisted. Little does she know that Bok Goo only plans to break up with her so she can feel the pain his hyung felt when she broke up with him…

And then there’s Han Da Jung. What about her? She who loves Kang Bok Goo so much, and is scarred because of him. In truth, it seems to be a bit like Bok Goo is with her because he feels like he owes it to her. She saved him in a fire, and because of it, she has scars. What about this girl who would do anything for Bok Goo, and loves him to death. What about her?

This is probably one of the top dramas out there and one of the first Asian dramas I’ve watched. The plotline moves rather quickly and has contains quite a bit of comic relief. The chemistry between the leads (Mike He and Rainie Yang) is obvious. This is a must for all Mike He fans out there. I bet his performance in this series is what turned many of us into Mike fans in the first place. Definitely a worthwhile show!

Devil Beside You

Main Cast
Mike He as Jiang Meng 江猛
Rainie Yang as Qi Yue 齊悅
Kingone as Sang Yuan Yi 尚源伊
Ivy Fan Xiao Fan as Xin Li Xiang 辛莉香
He Du Lin as Jiang You Hui 江友暉
Ge Wei Ru as Huang Xue Wei 黃雪薇
Masuyama Yuki as Yu Yang Ping 于陽平
Tsai Pei Lin as Qing Zi 晴紫
Fu Xiao Yun as Xiao Cai 小彩

Synopsis

Qi Yue (Rainie Yang) is a college student in her second year. Having a crush on the captain of the school’s basketball team, Shang Yuan Yi (Wang Chuan Yi), she writes a love letter to him and prepares to pass it to him. Qi Yue, being clumsy, accidentally hands the love letter to Jiang Meng (Mike He). Jiang Meng, called Ahmon or Ah Meng by his friends is a freshman and the school’s bully, smiles devilishly at Qi Yue as she gapes in shock, dropping the love letter carelessly and running away. Qi Yue soon hears from her best friends that Ahmon is the school president’s son. Being rich and powerful, Ahmon and his gang go around bullying other people to amuse themselves. While walking around school, Yue runs into Ahmon. He shows her the letter and reads the front of the envelope out to her. Qi Yue then realises that Ahmon picked up the letter that she dropped. Ahmon blackmails Qi Yue and threatens to print 1000 copies of the love letter and scatter it around the whole school if she doesn’t become his slave. Unwillingly, Qi Yue is forced to cater to Ahmon’s every desire.

Language: Chinese
Subtitles: English

Devil Beside You – Episode 1, Episode 2, Episode 3

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