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I was skeptical about how this drama was going to turn out considering my disappointment with Why Why Love. But I think the Rainie/Mike combo has run its course and Bull Fighting is the new drama to watch. Hebe plays the proud and loud-mouth led with her usual cuteness. The role really suits her. Mike He returns as the bad-ass boy similar to his character in Devil Beside You. The plot of the story begins with basketball and episodes are filled with intense and very handsome scenes where Mike He owns everyone on the court. Another bad ass cutie plays a second but silent contender for Hebe’s love and sadly the audience know who she’s going to end up with. I wish Asian drama would make the endings at least a little bit unpredictable. The show is still airing in Taiwan but is available on Youtube without english subs.

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Watch this! It’s much better than any other dramas that are currently airing!

[Update on 06/07/08:

Everyone, I just wanted to warn you. Bull Fight got really boring for me after the first seven or eight episodes. I felt like they were dragging plotline on and on and it was a burden trying to reach the finish the series. Overall, Bull Fighting is not a bad drama but it’s not worth watching if you have a limited amount of free time. Since this isn’t the case for me (with a blog titled Asian Drama Fever), I enjoy the series. ]

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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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Why Why Love is a new Taiwanese drama that shares almost the same cast members as Devil Beside You. In it, the leading roles are played by

楊丞琳 / 杨丞琳 / Rainie Yang …… as Tong Jia Di
賀軍翔 / 贺军翔 / Mike He …… as Huo Da
(ironically, Mike again plays the lovable bad boy in this drama)
王傳一 / Kingone Wang …… as Huo Yan

Sadly, the show compared with Devil Beside You is rather immature. Maybe it targets a younger audience but performance and the plot development is at a completely different level. I do not recommend.

Summary (Wiki Drama)

Tong Jia Di needs a life besides work, paying down family debt, and more work. So her best friend Jiang Xiao Nan sneaks in a “Love” coupon in Jia Di’s ruffle box praying that the lucky guy who draws it will sweep Jia Di off her feet. As it so happens, Huo Yan, the compassionate manager Jia Di has secret crush on, is the lucky guy. But, tho’ the prince can exchange the coupon for Cinderella’s love, it doesn’t mean he will, especially when his devilish younger brother is determined to exchange his “Master/Angel” coupon for her servitude.

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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