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Fact: It’s been a year since my last post.

Fact: It’s also been a year since I’ve been tempted to complete an Asian drama series. That said, I have thoroughly enjoyed this Taiwanese drama – so much that I’m motivated to post again and encourage everyone to check it out.

In Time With You features veteran actress and one of my favorite female leads, Ariel Lin. We last saw her in a classic Wuxia piece, Legend of the Condor Heroes, where she played a bubbly but mischievous young girl with magical powers. In this new piece, she is a 30-year-old modern career woman who’s both parts romantic and cynic.

The main character, You Qing, struggles with singledom at age 30 and seems to have an almost belligerent attitude toward romance. The plot slowly introduces the audience to You Qing’s relationship with the male lead, Da Ren, who’s her best friend and silent admirer. Episode by episode, it becomes obvious the best and possibly only person for You Qing may be her closest confidant. So what’s keeping them apart for 13 episodes? Well…

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black-and-white

Why am I deviating from my usual romance-based drama? Because Black & White’s got Vic Zhou (Zai Zai) and hot new guy (Mark Chao). I think these two are reason enough. From the first two episodes, the action shots are very well directed. This is definately a high budget show. Will elaborate when more episodes come out!

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together

Cutest drama I’ve seen in a really really long time. The three major characters can all be described as cute. Even the English name of the drama: To Get Her = Together. Adorable!

As for the main players, I like the fact that Rainie’s character is very solemn. I’m usually not a fan of her upbeat/hyper personality but as the character of Chen Mo Mo, she is forced into a quite role. I love it! She is much more lovable when she is solemn (i.e. her older music video for Ideal Lover).

George Hu as Jia Sen is quiet hilarious. Even when he is trying to be serious or when he’s upset, his character still cracks me up. Jiro is also very funny… Read the rest of this entry »

timestoryIt’s long (54 episodes) and it has way too many major characters (31 just look at the poster!) but it’s one of the best real life stories I’ve seen in a while. The story starts in the 1960’s in a small community in Taiwan. The drama is revolves around the lives of several families who are closely tied to each other. It begins when most the major characters are still children and follows them through their rebellious age, their first crush, their growth into adults. It is truly a story of “laughter and tears”. Their childhood and young adulthood is filled with innocent mischief, and the bonds between friends are amazing.

‘Story of Time’ is also filled with history. Many of the family are filled with retired soldiers who left their families in mainland China. They are banned from returning in the ’60s and starts a new life in Taiwan. I’m not clear about the actual history if that period but this drama is a great way to get a taste of life in that period.

Episodes 1-20 | Episode 21-40 | Episodes 41-54

Thoughts based solely on the first episode which btw you can now watch online.

Jerry Yan returns as his best played character – handsome rich boy with attitude. Love it! I truly believe that only Jerry has the amazing bone structure to perfectly pull off a condescending yet attractive look. (That’s right, in the world of drama, sons of rich families always have cheekbone that are more spectacular than normal. Their fathers always seem to carry prominent mustaches.) As of now, the audience haven’t been attacked by Jerry’s full blown smile yet. Even his reluctant turn of the lips, a secret smile to himself, is so cute! I expecting ratings to go off the roof when Jerry finally shows his signature dimples later on.

On to Alan Luo… he’s also playing a character that really suits him. Sadly even after gaining great popularity in Taiwan, he still has that poor boy look. So playing the orphan Yuan Da Ying is totally appropriate. Alan Luo on any screen has always cracked me up. His facial expressions might sometimes seem immature but they come naturally to his face. I hate it when actors force themselves to be funny. Alan is just a pro by nature.

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I was watching the May 23rd showing of 康熙来了 (Kangxi Come) when they interviewed the cast of an upcoming drama starring Joe Cheng from ISWAK. I’m totally psyched for this drama since the cast seems amazing. The supporting actress 张钧甯 (also appearing in 白色巨塔, White Tower) has been nominated for an Golden Horse award.

The first episode (sans subtitles) is already available for download at verycd.com for those of you who can understand Chinese: http://www.verycd.com/topics/280046/

[Update 07/25/08] I never made it past the first episode. Worth watching? Not really… according to the low ratings this show is getting. Rumors say the show will be cut short because of the disappointing viewership. I guess even Joe Cheng can’t save this drama.

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This new drama with Fahrenheit’s Jiro Wang has great potential to be entertaining. Like a typical Asian drama, there’s a theme: FOOD! More specifically: 蛋炒飯 (fried rice made with eggs and other yummy condiments). There’s also the typical love triangle: rich boy, poor boy, and cute girl. We all know who’s going to get the girl, right?

The is a very impressive twist: the girl is blind! Genie plays her character really well. She looks cute even with empty looking eyes. They kind of remind me of anime eyes in Chobits.

Jiro’s serious acting skills have not improved since I first saw him on ISWAK. He should probably stick to the comedic side character. However, I’m a huge fan of Danson Zhe’s performance in the first couples episode I’ve seen of Rolling Love. He has improved a lot since Hana Kimi and his character is very different from his usual beauty obsessed-girly male characters. Sadly, Danson is not the lead (as seen in the poster). I’m still waiting for that day to come.

Number of Episodes: 13
Broadcaster: CTV/GTV
Airing Date: 05/2008 – 07/2008

Where to watch?

http://www.crunchyroll.com/group/CRSeries_-_Rolling_Love

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