Sunday, December 11, 2016

Stay With Me 放弃我抓紧我 2016 Summary

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Episode 1:
Li Wei Wei is a cold devil wears prada perfectionist. She expects the best out of her staff. They all call her Master Li. Anyone who doesn't meet her demands can pack their bags and go home. At the latest wedding themed fashion show she even staged a proposal with her "boyfriend" to add an emotional touch and win over a French business company they wanted to partner with. In Paris, she gets married to the man she proposed to, Qi Cheng, her childhood best friend. To totally convince the French company, they even travel all the way to Paris and get married. At the church, (the front looks like Notre Dame) they get news that all their factory was on fire, all their wedding dresses used for the fashion show was in flames. Wei Wei immediately blames it on Chen Yi Du, the CEO of a rival fashion company and also her ex-lover. But with no proof, she walks away by herself and falls over a bridge in a fight when thieves try to steal her wallet.

Episode 2:
Waking up in the hospital, Wei Wei has lost part of her memory. She thinks she's 23 years old and the next big thing is the Beijing Olympics. She's forgotten all about Chen Yi Du and even calls him as a pervert when he saves her from a fall. Back at home, Wei Wei is astounded by how rich she has become but also in disbelief that she's engaged to Qi Cheng, her best friend. Unable to believe they were in love (which they weren't) , she even says, even though she couldn't get married, she shouldn't have forcefully tied her best friend down (feel so bad for Qi Cheng, he loves her so much but she firmly friend zones  him).

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Princess Weiyoung 锦绣未央 2016 Summary


Summaries:
Episode 1:
Overnight, the happy go-lucky Princess Xin'er (Tiffany Tang) is orphaned and her country is decimated.

Episode 2:
She's saved by Li Wei Yang, the estranged daughter of Li Xiao Ran, a high ranking official of the country Northern Wei. Wei Yang dies saving Xin'er who then, decides to take up her identity- it's her only way to get into the enemy's country so she can exact revenge on those that caused her country to fall.

Episode 3:
Living as Li Wei Yang now, Xin'er figures out the workings of her new "family," Her father has multiple wives, the first one of which came from a notable military family and as a result rules the family with a biased iron fist. Her own two grown children are spoiled beyond reason whereas Wei Yang, the seventh wife's daughter, was bullied and sent away as a child because she was born under a bad star.

Episode 4:
The first wife, Chiyun Rou, is a seasoned manipulative woman. She plots to kill Li Wei Yang's mother but luckily Wei Yang finds out in time and saves her mother. Plot foiled, Chiyun Rou then kills all the fish in the garden pond and points it at Wei Yang saying they are having so much misfortune because Wei Yang, their black star, is back. Wei Yang is beaten half to death and left to die in a forest.

Episode 5:
Thankfully Tuoba Jun (Prince Gao Yang) played as Luo Jin saves her. And takes care of her till she gets better. Prince Gao Yang is the grandson prince of the Northern Wei. He's heavily favored by his Emperor grandpa but doesn't have much greed for power. Instead he prefers to live a carefree life.

Episode 6:
Going back to her "family" Wei Yang is much more careful now. She finds that the first wife had her kids also bully all the other wives and their children. LiMinde is the adopted son of the third wife but because he was adopted and has no blood relation to Li Xiao Ran, he has no standing in the family. Li Changru is the daughter of the second wife, she isn't bullied as much because her mother comes from a more reputable family, but she doesn't have much say either.

Episode 7:
Wei Yang is invited into the royal palace for an imperial event. There she learns her savior is a prince of the empire, a blood relative to the dynasty that brought her country down and killed her family overnight. She turns cold and distant. She can't afford to fall in love with her enemy's son. Prince Gao Yang on the other hand, is bewildered as Wei Yang has always been sweet and nice to him.
On a side note, Princess Tuoba Di (Prince Gao Yang's aunt) finds interest in Minde and constantly badgers him- much to Minde's dismay.

Episode 8:
Chiyun Rou's son acquires a portrait of the fallen Princess Xin'er. Worried it will reveal her identity, Wei Yang steals it back in the middle of the night before anyone gets a chance to take a good look at it. She incidentally bumps into her bodyguard from when she was princess but its a short reunion as Chiyun Rou's son finds her forcing the bodyguard to flee. But it turns out elder brother was part of the team who killed Princess Xin'er's family. He is one of her direct enemies.

Episode 9:
Wei Yang goes to 'pray at a temple' as a guise to look for her bodyguard. In the outside world, she's almost attacked but Prince Gao Yang saves her again. He adorably asks her to take care of him since he was wounded in the fight to save her. His left arm hurt so much. Wei Yang clever as always asks how did he fend off the attacker again?
Eager to please Prince Gao Yang raises his arm to reenact his block again... only he used his right arm lol. Wei Yang good heartedly leaves but not before learning that he was in the area to try and solve a famine issue.
Back at the temple, she tries to help the prince and writes up a plan on how to save the famished people. But one of her maids is a spy for the first wife's son. The maid steals the plan when Wei Yang isn't looking.
Idea stolen and used by another, Wei Yang can live with, but she realizes, there's a flaw to her plan. She requests to change it but no one would listen to her.

Episode 10:
There is a big problem with the plan, There's mass corruption, the officials tasked with distributing food to civilians have been lining their pockets instead.When the citizens find out, there's uproar and fights everywhere. Realizing they've been tossed into the fire, Wei Yang's father rushes to Wei Yang who feigns ignorance. Everyone said the plan was elder brother's so he should be asking elder brother what to do instead. Father tells her to cut the front, they both know she came up with the plan, (oh great, now where was he yesterday when everyone wouldn't believe Wei Yang again?) He demands that Wei Yang since it was her plan, it's her responsibility to come up with a solution... and the credit will go to elder brother- Wei Yang finishes for him. Not even bothering to lie, he says credit to elder brother means credit to the entire family including her. (Oh no he did not say that! Die patriarchy!) Wei Yang tells him to set up a meeting with the emperor, she will tell him personally how to save the people. She will tell no one but the Emperor.
At night, her two trusting maids ask curiously what her solution is. Swayed, Wei Yang tells them the plan... unknowingly, the spy maid tells her elder brother and sister.

Episode 11:
Elder brother and sister interrupt Wei Yang's meeting with the emperor. They have a plan as well. It's unsurprisingly identical to Wei Yang's plan. They say that Wei Yang copied their plan. Seemingly prepared for this, Wei Yang easily talks through the though process of her plan and proves her that she's the originator. In front of the emperor, even their father can't save elder brother and sister. They are punished severely and gossip about them being copy cats spread thru the city like wild fire. Wei Yang on the other hand is handsomely rewarded. Prince Gao Yang applauds Wei Yang for her smart move but she just coldly brushes him off. Her scene also incurs the interest of Prince Nanan (played by Vanness Wu).
Wei Yang, cunning and wise beyond her years, knew that her maid had turned leaves from the beginning. Everything, from the moment she wrote up her first plan at the temple was pieced out perfectly for this ending.
At home, the first wife puts all the blame of the spy maid. She orders the maid to be beaten to death but she's pregnant with the elder brother's child.


Episode 12:
Even the pregnancy can't save the maid. She's taken into the elder brother's wing but beaten and treated so badly, she eventually dies. Though she once betrayed Wei Yang, seeing her once trusted maid treated like that, Wei Yang swears to make elder brother pay for all his evil deeds.
On the day of her celebration, she floats the maids dead body into their garden. Shocked beyond belief, she "innocently" asks elderly brother what happened to her maid, why is she dead, why are there beating marks on her body. Even though she was just a lowly maid, she was the mother of his to be child. No match against her, all the guests at her party are easily convinced, elder brother cruelly beat his maid to death, and it quickly spreads through social circles up to the ears of the emperor. Hearing of such an atrocity, the emperor sends the elder brother to "chong gong" which is work as a lowly laborer/prisoner in the outskirts of the country. Crying, the first wife begs her husband to save their only son but nothing can be done, it's not like they can say no to an emperor's edict. Wei Yang's previous bodyguard, whose been in hiding, take the opportunity to assassinate elder brother as he's being transported away.                

Episode 13:
The first wife is hell bent on taking revenge on Wei Yang. She's fully convinced she's the reason behind her son's death. Hearing that this Wei Yang may not be the real Wei Yang, she sets a trap for the fake Wei Yang.

Episode 14:
The seventh wife, mother of the real Wei Yang already knew this current one wasn't her daughter but when a second fake one shows up, she chooses to cover Princess Xin Er. Even though she's not her real daughter she believes this Wei Yang has good in her heart.
In private, Wei Yang's father slaps the first wife. He knew she orchestrated the whole thing.

Episode 15:
Prince Gao Yang "coincidentally" bumps into Wei Yang on a trip. He tries to make small talk with her but Wei Yang gives him the cold shoulder. Just as she was about to leave, Prince Nanan also "coincidentally" sees them. They stop at a pavilion and have the world;s most awkward three way courtship where Gao Yang and Nanan try to on up each other including a very wet "let me suck bug poison from your hand."
The first wife suddenly falls deathly ill. The doctor can't find a logical reason for her to be sick so it must be because of something unnatural. They find a voodoo doll in Wei Yang's room.

Episode 16:
They torture Wei Yang and her two maids. Her elder sister, the first wife's daughter, takes Wei Yang's fan, a memento from Prince Gao Yang. Wei Yang obviously cared for it a lot. Elder sister holds a huge crush for Prince Gao Yang. Unable to believe her prince charming (literally) could care of someone else, she brings to fan to Gao Yang who takes the fan and immediately tries to go and see Wei Yang. So all the cold shoulders she's been giving him were just playing hard to get, she really did like him. He arrives in the nick of time. The first wife was about to make Wei Yang commit suicide.

Episode 17:
Prince Gao Yang happily meets Wei Yang a week later but Wei Yang comes prepared. She can't afford to love her enemy's grandson. She tells him she only kept the fan to return it to him later on. She never gave it back to him because she just forgot. Proving her point. she throws the fan out the window. Upset, Gao Yang leaves. Wei Yang immediately runs downstairs to retrieve the fan. She tenderly holds it and dusts if off as a man helps her up. It's Li Min De. (Nooo I thought it was Gao Yang how adorable would that be but they are probably keeping that reveal for later)

Episode 18:
Upset at first, Prince Gao Yang throws himself into work to avoid thinking about Wei Yang. But his Emperor Grandpa goads him on. Renewed in energy he gifts Wei Yang with a bird who tweets her name and recites verses. Wei Yang tries to send the bird back but each time it flies back with new verses it learned from Gao Yang. Eventually giving up, she keeps the bird with the excuse that she couldn't get rid of it no matter how hard she tried. (She really just wanted to keep it) Li Minde, also crushing on Wei Yang, gives her a bird.

Episode 19:
Li Minde turns out to be the long lost prince of another country. He is attacked on a work related trip and his whereabouts are unknown.
Wei Yang gets invited to the palace for a party. She's given the opportunity to dance infront of the queen but chooses to give it to her good "sister: Changru instead. Changru's dance makes the queen very happy but back at home, the oldest sister, desperately jealous, cuts up Changru's outfit in retaliation.

Episode 20:
Li Minde and his mother were attacked on separate occasions because the first wife ordered it. They dared to side with Wei Yang so they are her enemies too. She's successful and Minde's mom dies. Bent of revenge, Wei Yang spikes her father's soup with poison. He starts getting sick just as the first wife did when Wei Yang "cursed her" with her voodoo doll. When they find out it's poison, Wei Yang immediately points the finger at her eldest sister. Eldest sister and the first wife are trying to get Wei Yang "in trouble" again, search their rooms, the poison and antidote will be there. They search the rooms and lo and behold, it's there. Last time, they wrongly accused WeiYang and this time they are trying to do the same thing. Shame on Eldest sister for poisoning even her father to try and get WeiYang in trouble. Realizing they can't get out of this one, the first wife signals eldest sister to "commit suicide" by hitting her head on the wall. (Basically to say they didn't do it, WeiYang is evil, but they can't prove themselves so they may as well just kill themselves because no one trusts them). Easily seeing through them, Wei Yang's bodyguard stops her and tells her hitting her head on the wall isn't very efficient, she will most likely live, if she really wanted to die, she should use a sword. lol. Thwarted again, eldest sister take the sword and says its all WeiYang's fault so she goes to stab WeiYang who dodges so she ends up stabbing the father instead. This throws the father over the edge, angrily, he banishes the eldest sister to a small village to work as a servant.

Episode 21:
Li Minde did not die but his mother did so he vows revenge.Wei Yang hasn't been sleeping or eating ever since Minde's mom died and it hurts Prince Gao Yang's heart. He tells her servant to make sure Wei Yang is eating and sleeping and if there's anything she needs to just contact him.
Prince Gao Nan tells Wei Yang he wants to marry her. Wei Yang brushes it off but Changru hears and begins to get worried. Price Gao Nan as been her crush for over ten years and her life goal was to marry him. (She seriously needs to find better priorities),

Episode 22:
Li Minde tries to assassinate the first wife but fails. It's only a matter of time before she dies anyway, her son is dead and her daughter taken away, the first wife's health has been failing. Coming from a powerful family, the first wife's mother comes to take her home so she can live her last days with her family.

Comments:
Starring heavy weights, Tiffany Tang, Luo Jin and Vanness Wu, this drama was bound to be a hit from the beginning. After watching 13 episodes, I'm inclined to say it's living up to it's expectations. The plot moves swiftly and thankfully this time the female protagonist doesn't just sit around and wait for her prince charming savior at each bend. Tiffany Tang can save her self. Spoiler Alert! When She swore to revenge the death of her handmaid, I thought it would take at least a few episodes before we see her do it. But nope, the next day, she smears her step brother's reputation and he is killed. Talk about efficiency.


Tuesday, November 8, 2016

When a Snail Falls in Love 如果蝸牛有愛情 2016 Episode Recap Summary

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Episodes: 21
Genre: Detective, Criminal, Romance

Summary:
Xu Xu (Wang Zi Wen) is a behavioral profiler who works for the police. She's a genius in her field
but lacking in the EQ department, her nickname is "snail"- because her emotional and physical reactions are slow as a snail. She interns in the Criminal Investigations Unit under Ji Bai (Wang Kai) alpha no nonsense department captain, hence his nickname- the lion. From the beginning Ji Bai does not approve of Xu Xu. She got into his department because of her smarts and connections- she didn't even pass the basic physical test needed to get in. But the more cases they solve together the better they know each other and before the know it, the snail and the lion fall in love.


Episode 1 Summary-
Ji Bai is in Myanmar acquiring an ancient pipe for his childhood friend, Ye ZiXi. But he doesn't forget to leave instructions- get rid of the new intern who couldn't pass her physical exam. XuXu, the aforementioned intern is an expert in criminal psychology. So good at reading people, she figures out everyone's nicknames within an hour of meeting them and manages deduce, Ji Bai isn't going to let her off easily for not passing her physical.  

Episode 2 Summary-
For their first case, someone buried blades in the ground at public parks and monuments. Xu Xu mystically deduces someone was trying to slander the Ye Corporation (the company who made the blades) and one of the higher ups, Zhang Xi Yong has been kidnapped. It should be noted, Zhang Xi Yong is married to the Ye Corp heiress, Ye Qiao. But he cheated on her so she's not too interested in saving him. The police set a trap to have Ye Qiao drop off the money with an undercover cop, Yao Meng, another female police intern.

 Episode 3 Summary-
At the drop off site, they catch the wrong person, a pick pocket. Only Xu Xu notices that the janitor is off and follows him to the roof. But she's no match for the kidnapper and ends up being held hostage instead. A tear leaks from her eye, indicating how scared she was but her mind is still moving a thousand miles a minute. She figures out the kidnapper is Yang Cheng Zun's son (someone the Ye corp wronged).  Ji Bai comes to the rescue last minute and tackles the kidnapper from behind. Unimpressed with XuXu, he congratulates her on being the first detective to be held hostage by the criminal. In the interrogation room, the criminal insists he was only doing it mainly for ransom to revenge his father but XuXu sees right through him. Why wait all these years to exact his revenge? Why kidnap the son in law who isn't even related by blood. There would have been plenty of other better picks.
Zhang Xi Yong's mistress was Ye ZiXi (also an heiress of Ye Corp and Ye Qiao's cousin). The criminal was madly in love with Ye Zi Xi and angry at Zhang Xi Yong for taking away the love of his life and putting her in the mistress position. He was never going to let Zhang Xi Yong go even after getting the ransom. Ji Bai had figured it all out and already rescued the hostage (from a horrible death by being smother with cow feces) by the time Xu Xu tells him about her deductions. He tells her ZiXi is his good friend and she is not a mistress. In a cool but also mean way, he tells Xu Xu to leave his unit.

Episode 4 Summary-
Ji Bai gives Xu Xu the ultimatum. pass the physical exam or leave his unit in 3 months. Her fellow intern, Yao Meng, beauty queen/pentathlon champion, helps her but it's a long way to passing her test.
One morning, Zhang Xi Yong stops Ji Bai and Xu Xu on their way to work. He wants to "thank" them for saving him but his real purpose was to try and get a read on Ji Bai. Ji Bai is the third heir to another big corporation and also the one Ye ZiXi admires.. Xu Xu guesses that Zhang Xi Yong was trying to get a feel of what kind of person Ji Bai is and appear as the bigger man in front of him but he failed and left angrily. Again, because she thinks Zhang Xi Yong and Ye Zi Xi have a romantic relationship,

Episode 5 Summary-
Ji Bai tells Xu Xu not to buy breakfast for them anymore. It's not going to change his mind about her. Xu Xu straightforwardly tells him Yao Meng bought the food and she bought his favorite food because Yao Meng cared deeply about him. Embarrassed, Yao Meng stutters that it's just because she idolizes him.... not that she has a crush on him, Lol.
But seeing Yao Meng so frazzled. Xu Xu apologizes for embarrassing her friend and swears that she will learn. It's here that Ji Bai sees Xu Xu in a new light. Not as the confident genius who only cares about achieving her goal but as a person who is willing to learn and cares about the people around her.
In the middle of a human trafficking case, Ye ZiXi calls Ji Bai to tell him she's ending their friendship and can't see him again. Surprised, Ji Bai was about to find her but gets another call saying a girl linked to their trafficking case was found murdered.

Episode 6 Summary-
The murder brings them closer to the human trafficking mastermind as Ye Zi Xi sends Ji Bai an urgent text to save her.

Episode 7 Summary-
Ji Bai is too late, Ye Zi Xi is found dead in her villa. Ji Bai is hit hard but he reigns his emotions in to solve the case.

Episode 8 Summary-
Zhang Shi Yong is the primary suspect. He is Ye Zi Xi's secret lover. His fingerprints were found everywhere in the apartment but he had no motive and no hard evidence. The next biggest suspect is  Zhang Xi Yong's wife. On top of being cheated on, she also had an unsavory rivalry with Ye Zi Xi. She admits to killing Ye Zi Xi.
On a cuter note, Ji Bai stole Xu Xu's breakfast and drinks out of her water bottle at dinner (indirect kiss!). But when Xu Xu tries to help Ji Bai, her psychoanalyzing becomes too much. He draws the line and tells her not to cross it.

Episode 9 Summary-
Rethinking and feeling bad, Ji Bai lets Xu Xu psychoanalyze him but he actually learns more about her and how she became to be a "little alien". She got so good at analyzing people because she's always been smaller than everyone, in addition when she skipped a few grades, her classmates wouldn't play with her so she just observed them. Saw what they did, their emotions, guessed how they felt and what they would do next. The more she played the game, the better she got at it.


Episode 10 Summary-
Even though the wife confessed, things still didn't add up so Xu Xu goes back to the crime scene. Similar in size and weight there should be no way the wife was able to push Ye Zi Xi over a railing to her death and escape without a scratch herself. In addition, Zhang Shi Yong said he heard the ding from a microwave. But Ye Zi Xi had a salad for dinner. there was no need to use the microwave. The air conditioner was also on. But it's cold outside, the heat should have been on instead. In addition, Ji Bai says the actual killer must be someone important to the Zhang Shi Yong's wife. In the interrogation room, she was so determined to confess, she must be covering for someone she deeply cared about. They conclude it was the wife's brother. There's enough motive and because they figured out how the time of death was altered (someone injected cold water into her stomach using syringes Ye Zi Xi had at home for her gastritis) his alibi was voided.

Episode 11 Summary-
In the interrogation room, the brother admits to killing Ye Zi Xi. She had lost the company so much money, was in cahoots with his brother in law and yet she wasn't showing any remorse at all. In his anger he pushed her over the railing. But it turns out he didn't kill her either. She was alive even after she fell. It was the assistant who killed her. He had walked in on the brother, shocked and still over Ye Zi Xi after she fell. He ushered the brother out and began his "work." Eerily, he was the one who texted Ji Bai. The assistant was the one who injected the ice water and stabbed her to death. But by the time Xu Xu and Ji Bai concluded this, it was too late. The assistant had escaped by boat to another country.

Episode 12 Summary-
Ji Bai had gotten injured when saving Xu Xu. She goes to his house to bring him dinner and clean his house. Ji Bai thinks she's trying to get on his good side and bribe him with the help but she straight up tells him she just wants to do it.
In their dorm, Yao Meng decipher's Xu Xu's actions for her. The snail has fallen in love with the lion. That's why she just wants to help and make him happy. The first time the lion saved the snail, the snail was annoyed but the second time he saved her, all she cared for was his safety. Now, even when he yells at her, to her, he's cute and caring.
Ye Corp is in deep water by now. Aside from the whole murder case, the CEO of Ye also found loads of drugs in their storage. The assistant, who looked slow and honest, was actually an ingenius and evil crook.
The human trafficking case remains unsolved. Yao Meng is sent undercover to play a potential trafficking victim, At first Xu Xu asks if she should help via satellite since last time she got the department in trouble but Li Bai says "it's alright since he's there." Aww. They play a couple at the stake out but afterwards, Xu Xu's face is all red. Li Bai asks if she's ok and she tells him to leave some distance between them, he's a man and she's a woman after all. Ji Bai just laughs and says there's no genders when it comes to "aliens." lol.  

Episode 13 Summary-
Xu Xu speculates their criminal mastermind is a large male between the age of 30-40. They make the arrest and save all the female and children trafficking victims. But Xu Xu finds a used face mask in the master bedroom and realizes she had it all wrong. Their target is a female.

Episode 14 Summary-
Realizing her cover was blown, the criminal mastermind kills a nurse and escapes but not before wounding Yao Meng and Ji Bai's best friend. Ji Bai gets into deep trouble for letting two interns in on such a dangerous mission and on top of it, one of them got severely injured.

Episode 15 Summary-
Everyone on the team is emotionally scarred. Yao Meng can't fire a gun anymore and Xu Xu takes to her comics for relief. She feels that it's her fault for not accurately profiling the target. Ji Bai helps her train physically as she only has one month left before her physical exam and the higher ups are making him bring her to Cambodia where the trafficking mastermind fled to.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

My Little Princess 親愛的 公主病 Ep 1 Recap


Once upon a time, there was a princess cursed by a wicked witch. Everyone that she liked would be destined to fall in love with someone else.


Our heroine princess is Lin Xing Chen. Perfect and proper, she opened her own art gallery before she was able to drive.


However, her fairy tale life style is not as perfect as it seems. Her mother was the private mistress of the passed CEO of Dolly Inc making her status illegitimate. She's the only heiress but because of her illegitimate status and her biological mother's rather extravagant shopping tendencies, she has to work extra hard to maintain her image and status in the family.


Her "official mom" (her step mother) is a stern no nonsense business woman who engages her to Zheng Chu Yao, a prince charming heir to his own conglomerate. Their marriage will be purely business and Lin Xing Chen isn't hyped about it- she has nothing but bad memories about Zheng Chu Yao but eventually agrees to it as a necessary part to her life.


That night, Xing Chen arrives at the ball to confirm their engagement. She hasn't seen Chu Yao in years so she doesn't know what he looks like. Only that he's wearing a white tux.

She mistakens the pianist as Chu Yao and plays a stupendous duet with this quiet "ice face" (in chinese she calls him a "Bing Quai Lian which is literally ice face and basically means he like a piece of ice and no emotions) ... only to find out thats not Chu Yao.

This guy is Jiang Nian Yu. A resident genius at just about everything.


Chu Yao instead has grown up to be a fine... scratch that it seems as if he hasn't matured at all. When they were young, there was a misunderstanding between the two of them involving a shoe and a tower of champagne glasses. (Chu Yao finds Xing Chen's shoe, like a princess, Xing Cheng asks him to put it on her foot only for him to sneer at her and say he won't do that for a mere girl like her. lol they were only five or seven. Upset, Xing Chen throws her shoe at him.... but it hits a tower of champagne glasses. When Chu Yao's dad asks who did it, she automatically says Chu Yao. You can imagine the beating he got that night, Heir or not. lol)

Back to present time, he smugly tells XingChen he already has a lover, she's the apple of his eye so Xing Chen should just give up.

Yu Yang Yang- the resident Cinderella/damsel in distress with a confidence level of zero is his "lover". Case and point, Yang Yang, timid as a mouse, backs away and clumsily drops a plate. Xing Chen tells her the plate is worth more than three months of her salary; the whole time Yang Yang just stand quietly and submissively lets Xing Chen tell her off.

Chu Yao quickly inserts himself to defends Yang Yang, this was really Xing Chen's fault, she was too "intimidating" and made Yang Yang break the plate. lol


Not giving up, lover or not, Xing Chen "coincidentally" goes jogging in Chu Yao's neighborhood. (She lives across town lol)

She bumps into Chu Yao and puts on a "wow what a coincidence seeing you here" face. It's fate, they should go on a date!

 Smirking, Chu Yao agrees to go on a date with her....


only to not show up.

Fed up and tired, (the girl was only trying to do her job, she'd spent hours getting dolled up and even sat around her house doing nothing to be the appropriate fashionably half an hour late but not too late as to be rude), Xing Cheng goes to her hide out, a manga cafe to blow off some steam.

Why would Chu Yao do that to her?



Bringing out her wildly productive and colorful imagination, she postulates that Jiang Nian Yu and Chu Yao were really together.

Nian Yu heard about their date and forbid Chu Yao from going. lol


She was only doing what her step mom told her to.

It wasn't like she really liked him.

No worries, she will make him fall deeply in love with her and then she will dump him cruelly, serves him right for ditching her.


Unknown to her, throughout her rant, a bear mascot stood beside her listening to everything. lol. 

Xing Chen runs after the mascot but gets stopped because she hasn't paid for her session yet and forgot her wallet at home. Thankfully the mascot pays for her and even saves her from a group of unruly men. 




Thankful, Xing Chen makes a good friend out of the bear mascot.

What she doesn't know is that underneath the mask is Nian Yu, Mr. Ice Face.


Thursday, August 25, 2016

My Little Princess 亲爱的 公主病 (2016)


Episodes: 16

Airs: Thursdays and Friday

Genre: Romance, Drama, Comedy

Summary:

And so, the princess lived happily ever after... only in fairy tales! Lin Xing Chen is smart, straight forward. sassy and has the uncurable "gong zhu bing" or spoiled bratty princess disease. She is rich and beautiful but her life as a princess is far from easy. Always under the scrutiny of the paparazzi and her family, she constantly has to maintain her image and appear confident even when she's not. 

She's engaged to her childhood bane Zheng Chu Yao, the rich and handsome heir to a conglomerate. Their engagement is supposed to better their two companies but Zheng Chu Yao is in love with Yu Yang Yang (your run of the mill hopelessly useless Cinderella). Even though she doesn't like him. Lin Xing Chen will marry him for her family. But first she needs Zheng Chu Yao to fall in love with her and agree to the engagement. 

Lin Xing Chen enrolls in Zheng Chu Yao's college to win him over. She meets, Jiang Nian Yu, the stoic class genius who is good at everything but always seems to cause her trouble. 

In the end will she get her prince charming? Or will her prince fall in love with the underdog Cinderella instead?

Comments (spoilers): 
This drama is so good! There's an interesting twist where the heroine is the rich and beautiful princess. The underdog Cinderella character is secondary and you know what, I love it! The main character is straight forward and upfront about everything. When people talk behind her back, she's not afraid to step up and talk right back at them. The Cinderella character is annoying but that's how her character is supposed to be. It's so refreshing to see a strong female lead. Of the two male leads, Mike D'Angelo who plays Jiang Nian Yu is killing it, both with his luscious bod and impeccable acting. There's definitely chemistry between the two leads. The second male lead who plays Zheng Chu Yao has some catching up to do.

Recap:
Episode 1

Noble Aspirations 青雲志 2016



Also Known as: Legend of Chusen

Episodes: 50

Genre: Ancient, Romance, Drama, Wuxia, Fantasy

Summary:

Adopted from the novel- Legend of Chusen, this Wuxia fantasy epic stars a naturally untalented and dimwitted Zhang Xiao Fan (Li Yi Feng). As a child, his entire village was massacred over night leaving him and his best friend, Lin Jing Yu (Cheng Yi). They are taken in by the Qingyun Sect where Jing Yu grows up to be a bright star in the Wuxia world but poor Xiao Fan never gets past level 2.

Unknown to everyone else, on the night of the massacre, a Wuxia master Xiao Fan a Blood. It's mysterious power saves him from numerous situations but at the same time, it's also the reason he got involved. Can Xiao Fan master the blood gem? Or will it overcome him?

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Best Gender Bender Chinese Dramas

Eternal Happiness 再生緣 (2002)



Rating: 10

Episodes: 32

Genre: Ancient, Romance, Drama

Summary:
This is a TVB classic featuring Michelle Yip, Raymond Lam and Joe Ma. Michelle Yip plays the rich and smart Man Lai Kwan who aspires to contribute to her country but born in ancient China, her options are limited to marrying another rich guy and procreating. When her parents arrange for her to marry Wong Po Siu Wah (Raymond Lam), a man she has never met, she runs away and dresses up as a man to create a future for herself. On her adventures of righteousness, she inadvertently meets Teet Mok Yee (Joe Ma) the crown prince and Wong Po Siu Wah and become sworn brothers with them. Ironically, everyone travels incognito status so no one knows the other's true identities.

As sworn brothers, they form a close relationship but what happens when Teet Mok Yee finds out about Lai Kwan's gender? And will the righteous Wong Po Siu Wah be able to hold himself in when he starts to fall in love with the male Lai Kwan?


I absolutely love love love this drama. Among all the dramas on this list, if you only have time for one, watch this one. It's on a different level. Besides being a great romance story, this one also addresses a lot of gender barriers faced in ancient times in a way that it's seamlessly incorporated into the drama plot. This drama also has a very strong cast, besides the three main actress/actors, there's also Myolie Wu, Tavia Yeung and Kenneth Ma who have become A List actresses/actor in their own right now.


Hana Kimi 花樣少年少女 (2006)



Rating: 9

Episode: 42

Genre: School life, Drama, Romance

Summary:

This Taiwanese adaption of Japanese manga, Hana Kimi, was so successful, it spawned similar dramas in Korea and Japan. Ella Chen plays Lu Rui Xi, a girl who travels across the world and enrolls into a special school to see her idol, Zuo Yi Quan (Wu Chun). The only problem is it's an all boys school so she disguises herself and ironically ends up as Yi Quan's roommate. Unfortunately, things don't go as smoothly as the school doctor finds out her true identity on the first day and her brother tries to drag her back to the states.

 This was one of my favorite dramas growing up. Ella really pulls off the prepubescent male look plus Wu Chun and Jiro make me wish I went to an all boy's school.


Bromance 愛上哥們 (2016)



Rating: 9.5

Episodes: 20

Genre: Modern, Romance, Gender Bender

Summary:

"She must live as a man until her 26th birthday or else she will die." Following the fortune teller's advice, Pi Ya Nuo (Megan Lai) has grown up to become a kind and healthy man. Her handsome face and aloof personality sends flocks of girls confessing everyday. Used to her life as a man,she even tells her parents it's ok if she stays a man after her 26th birthday.  

One day, she comes upon Du Zi Feng (Baron Chen) a triad leader with "ultimate manly pheromones." She saves him when he was being ambushed and inadvertently becomes his sworn brother. They grow close but with only 99 days until her 26th birthday, can she keep her identity a secret? Will he bring out the girl in her? Or is this the event that will bring her last 25 years of hiding to light and ultimately her death?


I've been out of the Taiwanese drama craze for a few years now but this drama pulled me right back in. Although there's a lot of gender bender dramas nowadays Megan Lai plays a suave guy (at least in the first few episodes) and it's very refreshing. Baron Chen also has become smokey hot since his premiere as Dylan in Fated to Love You.

Mischievous Princess (My Bratty Princess) 刁蛮公主 (2005)



Rating: 8.5

Episodes: 36

Genre: Ancient, Romance, Royalty, Comedy 

Summary:
Situ Jing (Jang Na Ra) is the daughter of a general but she spends her time cross dressing as a hoodlum to con money out of bad men and give it to people in need. On one of her cons, she gets involved with Emperor Zu Yun (Alec Su who is better known for his role in Princess Returning Pearl). and Bai Yu Fei, the fiancee of Zu Yun's sister, Princess An Ning. They become sworn brothers but under their pseudo-names as everyone was out incognito pretending to be someone else.

Little does Situ Jing know, she's the last remaining daughter of the previous royal family. As the mystery behind her background unravels, she must choose between her country and the family she lost.

Light and comedic, this drama is a great past time.

Fabulous Boys原来是美男 (2013)



Rating: 9

Episode: 13

Genre: Music, Drama, Romance

Summary:When her brother runs off, Gao Mei Nu (Lyan Cheng) a nun in training, travels to the big city to take his place as the main singer of popular band ANJELL. Their leader, Huang Tai Qing (Jiro Wang) is a taciturn and neurotic grump who makes it his goal to kick her out of their group.  

This is a direct remake of the Korean drama You're Beautiful. If you liked the Korean one, this one you will definitely like.


Love at First Fight 武十郎 (2007)



Rating: 8.5

Episode: 32

Genre: Martial Arts, Family, Historical


Summary:
Wu Shi Lang (Miriam Yeung) descends from a long line of martial artists. At birth, her mom (whose already given birth to 9 daughters and was facing mother-in-law troubles) announces her as a son. Following her mother's wishes, Wu Shi Lang grows up to be a prodigal martial male artist but on full moon nights, she secretly ventures out in a dress. Depressingly, her nightly awkward outings only serve to scare the neighbors as they think there's a female ghost haunting the streets. Lei Sheng Da (George Hu) recently moved into the city and instantly falls in love with her "ghost" alter ego. He's a rich chaebol who also descends from martial artist family but Wu Shi Lang only has eyes for her childhood friend Li Ya Shou (Wallace Huo).  

This is one of my favorite gender bender dramas. Miriam doesn't make a very convincing gender bender but she's definitely a funny one. It's also great to see Wallace Huo prior to all his recent suave and cool roles such as in The Journey of Flower and Love Me if You Dare. On a fun side note, congrats to Wallace Huo and Ruby Lin who have confirmed their relationship and are getting married this year!

Legend of Mulan 花木蘭



Summary-wise I'm pretty sure everyones familiar with the Hua Mulan disguises herself as a man to join the army in the stead of her aging father story so I won't bore you with that. Instead, here's a list of the remakes of this story. Aside from the Disney cartoon version there's also:

1) A Tough Side of a Lady 花木蘭 (1998)- This is a Hong Kong remake starring Mariane Chan
2) Hua Mu Lan 花木蘭 (1999)- Made in Taiwan, this drama stars Anita Yuen
3) Once Upon a Time (2012)- This U.S. drama series incorporates all Disney stories and Mulan is one of them. Jamie Chung plays Mulan in this one. 
4) Mu Lan 巾幗大將軍 (2012)- Mainland china production starring Elanne Kong
5) The Legend of Hua Mulan 花木蘭傳奇 (2013)- Another Mainland China production starring Hou Meng Yao. 

Butterfly Lovers 梁山伯與祝英台 (2007)




Rating: 8

Episode: 42

Genre: Epic, Drama, Ancient, Romance

Summary:

This epically long drama is based on one of China's four great folktales. Zhu Ying Tai really wanted to go to school but in ancient china that was just not allowed so she strikes up a deal with her father- she can go if she disguised herself as a male. After three years in school, she falls in love with her classmate Liang Shan Bo. On numerous occasions, she tries to hint that she's actually a girl to him but he never gets it. Eventually Ying Tai gets sent home as her parents have arranged for her to marry another man. Shan Bo finds out she's a girl but it's already too late. He gets critically ill and eventually dies from love sickness. On her wedding day, Ying Tai runs to Shan Bo's grave to weep when at that moment, his grave opens. She jumps into the grave and a pair of butterflies fly out signifying their souls are finally free.  

On a side note, there's a movie out, also called Butterfly Lovers, based on the same story line but with a martial arts twist starring Wu Chun and Charlene Choi. Definitely worth a look.
  
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Monday, June 20, 2016

Better Man 我的極品男友 2016


Genre: Romance, Drama, Comedy

Summary;

我的極品男友, literally translated to "My Premium Boyfriend" is about three brothers. Intelligent, wealthy and handsome but much to the dismay of their grandma, perpetually single. What's a grandma to do, they aren't getting younger and she wants grandchildren. Let the plotting begin.

Interesting Facts:

The intro song is sung by Vanness Wu (from F4, Meteor Garden and Autumn's Concerto),

Bii (from Bromance) sung other OSTs such as 38 and 都是你害的. 

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Blue Veins 殭 2016- Recap Ep 1

Meet Lam Mo Nam, a regular girl looking for love. After traveling all the way to Holland for yet another failed blind date (involving a particularly narrow minded farmer) she was about to give up looking for her other half when a mysterious man saves her and her purse as she's about to be robbed. 

Is it just me or the idea of going all the way to Holland for a blind date sounds extreme?


The man who saved her is Ying Wut Zeuk (whose name sounds ironically  like "still living").


Five hundred years ago, still a mere mortal, he was part of the imperial secret service.


His secret service team consisted only of the best of the best. But even they were no match for vampires. They fought to the death until only 10 men were left.

As a last stance, the last 10 men buried their dead comrades, gathered their pure silver swords and went head to head with the vampires.

They fought to their last breath but the vampires kept appearing by the dozens. Eventually even the last 10 were killed and the vampires were victorious.

Miraculously, lightening struck the dead bodies, giving them life again. Except this time, they couldn't be injured or grow old, they were the "undead".




Nowadays, he blends in as a regular human by day... and slaughters vampires by night.




In the meantime, our young main cast consisting of siblings Ho Nin, Ho Yuet and the highly superstitious Yao Ling traveled all the way to Holland in search of clues about a love story between a mortal and a vampire.

The story goes that a regular man, the "Flying Dutch Man" fell in love with a vampire. He traveled far and long to get water from a special spring which would turn his lover back into a normal human. But alas, by the time he got the water, it was too late.


They all the way to the vampire's grave.


And luckily escape before they become vampire feed .




Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Dramas to Watch this Week- April Week 4

#5
Back to 1989




#4
The Classic of Mountains and Seas



#3
Revive



#2
Refresh Man


















#1 
Blue Veins


Blue Veins 殭 2016



Episodes: 33

Genre: Romance, Fantasy, Vampires,

Summary:

Ying Wut Zeuk  (Kevin Cheng) is an undead soldier who has lived for 500 years with the sole purpose of killing vampires. To protect his identity and the mortals around him, he keeps a distance from the real world, showing up only to kill vampires.

Lam Mo Nam  (Tse Kay) is a good spirited coroner with a single magic power- bringing dead people back to life for one minute. She's direct and will go for what she wants but very small things can annoy or offend her. She keeps a "death note" like notebook on her at all times, jotting down names and events of things that annoyed her. Unknown to even herself, she used to be a vampire. Unlike her peers, she did good deeds and was gifted magical water which turned her into a normal human for a decade. In return, she forgot her past as a vampire.

She meets Ying Wut Zeuk and they develop deep feelings for each other but the water's powers have run out and she starts reverting back.  

As mortal enemies, they can never be. But fate has other plans. Will they ever be together?


Kiwi Comments:

Tse Kay is a singer in real life and this is her first TVB drama. Her husband, Louis Cheung, has had more screen time, in dramas such as "Gilded Chopsticks" and "Inbound Troubles." Heard a lot of bashing about her acting skills, but I think she's doing a good job for her first time. I really like her character. It's light and positive but really funny at the same time. Her book was the source of many bouts of laughter. And as a side note, she's 39 years old and has a child. I would love to look like her when I'm at that age.

Kevin Cheng on the other hand, his acting has not changed. His mannerisms and quirks have not changed from eight years ago when he filmed "The Seventh Day."

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Go Goal Fighting! 旋风十一人2016


Episodes: 35

Genre: School life, Modern, Romance, Comedy

Summary:

Mu Qi (Hu Ge) is a retired soccer player sent to coach a dismal high school soccer team. The team loves playing soccer but the only thing they are good at are instigating fights. On top of that, Mu Qi doesn't have noble goals such as making the team better for righteous sake, he just wants to curry favor with the principal so he can borrow their soccer field for a cheap price.

 Pei Du (Maggie Jiang) is a newly graduated teacher who gets stuck baby sitting them aka making sure they don't get into trouble. She's enthusiastic but can't stand Mu Qi, thinking he's a slacker and good for nothing.

Watch as these two somehow transform the districts worst team into champions and well rounded adults.  

Kiwi Comments:
It's so good I stayed up all night to watch the 3 episodes out and then cry a little when realizing I had to wait for episode 4 T.T Hu Ge does not disappoint. Ah it's so good.

重生之名流巨星 Revive 2016 Recap Ep 3 & 4

I recapped episode 3 and 4 together because nothing much happens. 

Mom tells Mu Zi Che to take Ji Ying home and he easily complies. It's something the old Mu Zi Che never would have done so Mom and Ji Ying give him weird looks trying to figure out which is more out of character, him listening to his mom or actually agreeing to be near Ji Ying without a ten foot stick. 


Directer Feng casts Mu Zi Che into a new film as the second male lead. He may have not been chosen during training but Jing Feng always has a plan for his pawns.

He also changes his stage name to Yun Xiu, Du Fei's original name.

To clarify, some people choose stage names and that's how they will be called in newspapers and the populace. For example: Shu Qi's real name is Lin Li-Hui. Shu Qi is just her stage name and that's what everyone knows her has.

So in this case, Yun Xiu was the original name in his previous life and upon entering the entertainment industry he chose to be called Du Fei.

Now, he's Mu Zi Che but his stage name will be Yun Xiu.


 Sometimes I think all Lin Xuan will do in this drama is cry at grave sites.



On scene, Mu Zi Che gives the main male lead some acting advice.


Xie Yi unknowingly hears his tips (it's the same advice Du Fei gave him once upon a time).  


Feeling that the coincidences are too much, from the new stage name to the advice, Xie Yi decides to test him out with a bit of seafood (Du Fei is allergic to that).



Luckily, Director Feng helps him on the down low and saves his life from an allergic reaction. Everyone should have a Director Feng in their lives, a snarky perfectionist who pretends not to care but always appears when you need them. Aww. 


Meanwhile Ji Ying's life isn't all flowers and candy either.


Her opposing female lead curries favor with the director to bully her.


In a surprisingly mature move, she takes it all in and doesn't throw a fit on set. (I was totally expecting her to do something horrendous and post it on weibo haha) 


But when Mu Zi Che gets hurt from saving her it's her last straw. You can bully her all you want, But when it comes to Mu Zi Che, no one can hurt him... cept her.



She slaps the sh*t out of the other actress. Ha take that!

But it comes back to bite her when the other actress faints and gets hospitalized "from the trauma."

It gets all over the papers and no, not all publicity is good publicity as it threatens to end her acting career.


So our mysterious Benefactor, didn't catch his name yet, is actually the CEO of Mu Zi Che's acting firm.


He saved him because he encountered a similar situation in his past. His best friend betrayed him too and left him for dead.

He pitied Du Fei and took him under his wing.


There must be more to it. If he was really that good of a person, he would let Du Fei live happily with Lin Xuan and forget about this revenge business. (Also, this is the same guy who played the bad guy in Naughty Princess, anyone else recognize him? Guess, he's on a still doing the outward good person but has an underground evil identity roles)


Du Zi Che feels bad since Ji Ying did partially get in trouble because of him and goes visit her to see how she's doing.


Jing Feng catches them together and gives them a good scolding. If you guys wanted to meet up why in a hotel room of all places, did you really need more publicity at this point? And demands that they never meet alone again.

Did anyone else notice that Jing Feng checked the bedroom first when he walked in. Trying to see if they had any hanky panky.




Recaps:
Episode 1
Episode 2
Episode 3 & 4
Episode 5