Archive for April, 2010

April 24, 2010

Prince Turns to Frog

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CHEN QIAO EN, MING DAO, SAM WANG, JOYCE ZHAO

Thoroughly average, but enjoyable.

ACTING: The actors were good, and all the characters had good chemistry with one-another. After watching Joyce Zhao be the “tough girl” in Smiling Pasta, I appreciated her acting ability more as she was the soft, girly-girl here. The most amazing part was when Zhao’s character had her little “mental breakdown.” Her acting there was superb. Chen’s acting during her amnesia was superb as well.

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April 23, 2010

Mei Wei Guan Xi

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PATTY HOU, VIC ZHOU, ALAN KUO, MEGAN LAI

ACTORS: I loved Patty Hou, I really did, and Alan Kuo was a good too. Vic Zhou was okay acting-wise, but I didn’t like Megan Lai’s teeth (I know it sounds strange and pretentious, but it was so distracting–I couldn’t think about much else when she was talking). I didn’t feel an enormous amount of chemistry between Vic and Patty,

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April 23, 2010

Miss No Good

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RAINIE YANG, WILBUR PAN, DEAN FUJIOKA, MICHELLE CHEN

Can you tell I’m a Rainie Yang fan? Her acting was good, as usual, and the plot was pretty good, too. I didn’t like the lisp they had her do and it bugged me slightly that Tang Men never realized she was’t a gold digger (though if he still likes her I suppose it’s okay, but still. . .)

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April 23, 2010

Coffee Prince

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YOON EUN HYE, GONG YOO, LEE SUN GYUN, CHAE JUNG AHN

This one was adorable. My cousin’s absolute favorite.

ACTING: good. I think Yoon Eun Hye was much better in this than she was in Goong. Eun Chan definitely had more character than Chae Gyung. In addition, the actors worked really well together. Everything seemed very natural.

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April 22, 2010

My Girl

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LEE DA HAE, LEE DONG WOOK, LEE JOON KI, PARK SI YEON

Oh my gosh. This was probably the most addicting drama to date. One of my friends finished it in two days–it’s 16 episodes long! That being said, there is a downside to that. . .

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April 22, 2010

Full House

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SONG HYE KYO, RAIN BI, KIM SUNG SOO, HAN EUN JANG

People say it’s the Korean version of Smiling Pasta (or vice versa, rather, because this came first) but I didn’t see it. There are a few similarities (guy is a rock star, girl is forced to meet him all the time) but those are mainly shared drama cliches, nothing more.

PLOT: there were some cute parts (like the flower scene >.<) but as a whole I didn’t see a lot of congruity, but that’s mainly due to the acting . . .

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April 22, 2010

Why, Why, Love

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RAINIE YANG, MIKE HE, KINGONE WANG, JUDY FUKUMOTO, MICHELLE CHEN

Especially loved this one because it used the same actors from DBY but in a less romantic plot-line.

ACTORS/ACTING: just plain amazing chemistry between the actors. It was after this and DBY that I developed a soft spot for the three main leads and Michelle Chen (who plays Rainie’s best friend). I also loved the image of a hard-working, capable female lead rather than an innocent bimbo.

PLOT: Very cute and unexpected and the OMG moment was a reasonably legit one. Unlike a lot of other dramas, I didn’t forget why they couldn’t be together once the angst got under way. That’s not to say I didn’t find it a slight stretch on the “Devil” character’s part, but it was some-what understandable for drama-land. The only thing I didn’t like about this drama was the end. They made it extremely vague and confusing in order to hype up the angst. They definitely succeeded on that front: I had to go look up the wikipedia article to ensure it was a happy ending and kept repeating this fact to myself throughout the last few minutes of the show. But I found it somewhat unnecessary.

OST: Again, the songs are worth looking up, but there wasn’t an OST

RATING: 9

April 22, 2010

Devil Beside You

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RAINIE YANG, MIKE HE, KINGONE WANG, IVY FAN

Loved the actors and the acting. It was pretty amazing. The plot was good too, to a certain extent. They use the drama cliche of sending one character off to another country to add to the angst and that nearly put me over the edge, since it was my first time seeing that cliche. Honestly, it seemed very random and forced at the time, but in retrospect, it makes sense because they can’t really live together. The genre was a bit too romantic for me, so the rating’s a bit low because of that.

OST: It didn’t have an OST, but the songs are definitely worth looking up.

RATING: 7

April 22, 2010

ISWAK

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ARIEL LIN, JOE CHENG, JIRAO WANG, TIFFANY XU

Thoroughly average, in my opinion. The female lead (Ariel Lin) is a good actress, but I didn’t think Joe Cheng fit the role of “most popular guy.” I also find girls who are so eager to promote themselves that they do stupid things hard to watch. Though I love the final scene, I can’t help but feel sorry for the guy–shouldn’t it be the happiest day of his life too?

One more thing confused me: the title. It didn’t Start With a Kiss. I mean, that would be a better title for Smiling Pasta, but here it makes no sense at all.

OST: good in the sense that you didn’t have to be addicted to the drama to like some of the songs.

RATING: 5.5-6

April 22, 2010

Smiling Pasta

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CYNDI WANG, NICHOLAS TEO, GINO, JOYCE ZHAO


Another good starter drama. A little less innocent than Goong in parts.

ACTING: Actors are amazing and work really well together.

PLOT: Plot is good, it doesn’t drag and is pretty adorable all the way through (except when it’s ridiculously adorable). They do a fantastic job of creating an interesting plot despite the fact that the main couple gets together within the first 2 episodes.

ENDING: I give this a 10 because it probably has the best ending of any drama I’ve ever watched (though Goong had a good ending too). One drama cliche is that the angst must last until the 1-5 minutes of the drama, and then everything decompresses from there. It’s not that it doesn’t work 9 times out of 10 but one of the things I liked best about SP was that the angst was sprinkled throughout the entire drama and the ending was mild angst coupled with cuteness in such a way that made this the only drama I’ve ever watched until the very end. Twice.

OST: You won’t squeal from the memories, but there definitely is an attachment to some of the songs. Plus, you don’t have to be a drama addict to like some of them. It was after this drama that I started looking into Nicholas Teo’s music.

RATING: 10

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