uisceros: (Nathan)
I guess it's easier to divide things up...


1. Maou
I watched the first episode of Maou last night, and while I did enjoy it, I also found is ridiculously hilarious in quite a few spots. The biggest thing? It's way over-dramatic. Especially Toma's character. Everything he does is SO dramatic, SO passionate. I mean, he runs everywhere. As [livejournal.com profile] sn0tcat said, he's just too full of passion and emotion to simply walk. Ohno's character, on the other hand, I LOOOOVED. I LOL-ed a lot at him (come on, Ohno being creepy is kinda funny), but he was damn good. I like evil, conniving, dastardly characters. They make me happy.

Come On, you can't tell me you don't find evil!Ohno hilarious...
A BUNCH more caps from episode 1 )


2. Misfits
SERIES TWO IS FINALLY HERE YOU GUYS! I've been waiting a freaking year for this show to come back. For reals! It's currently my favorite show (not that LOST is off the air), and I'm so excited for the next episode. I read some spoilers earlier, and watched the pre-air, so I knew what was going to happen, but damn if it wasn't worth watching in HD. This season I'm loving Simon a whole lot more, despite him being a total creeper. And I'm still on the Nathan/Kelly ship. I kinda like how they didn't make them get together right away. These things need to be drawn out. That being said, I wish there had been more time before they dug Nathan up, just to see how everyone (mostly Kelly) was handling it. I seriously could watch this show only for Nathan though. He's such an asshole, and we all know how I feel about the asshole characters...

This makes me wonder about British graves... Are they really that easy to dig up?!
A few more caps from episode 1, including one that may haunt your nightmares... just warning you )


3. Koukou Debut Movie
I randomly heard about this the other day, while looking for news on the ParaKiss movie. The news came out awhile ago, but I'm kinda slow on the uptake recently. Apparently Mizobata Junpei (who played Shuji-kun in Buzzer Beat) will be acting as Yoh, and Ohno Ito (a new actress, as far as I can tell) will be Haruna. This will either be awesome, or epically bad (see : Love Com). I hope for awesome. Because Koukou Debut is a really good manga, and I'd love to see it done well. While I loved Junpei in Buzzer Beat, I wouldn't have picked him to play Yoh... then again, who knows, he may knock it out of the park.



4. Fated to Love You sequel
Nothing is confirmed about this story, so take it with a grain of salt. HOWEVER, SETTV is looking to make a sequel to Fated to Love You, called 醉後決定愛上你 (Drunken to Love You... odd translation). I AM SO AGAINST THIS IT'S NOT EVEN FUNNY. Now, I love SETTV, I love their shows, I love their actors, I just love them. And yes, FtLY is the highest rated drama in Taiwanese history, so I suppose it makes sense to have a sequel. But a sequel without Qiao En or Ethan?! And didn't they already make a tie in with Invincible Shan Bao Mei?! The actors they're looking at are Rainie Yang and Jerry Yan. I just... don't know. I think seeing them together would make me think too much about Meteor Garden, and question why Ken isn't there. But yeah... not really looking forward to this. I loved FtLY, and I don't think there needs to be another one.
uisceros: (Dear God I love you Toma-kun!)
1. Don't be alarmed if you randomly get replies to comments you posted a long time ago. I'm trying to go through them and reply, because I hate being such a sucky friend.

2. I'm freaking the fuck out over my imminent schooling. Several of the programs I want to apply to have deadlines in January. And since, for some reason, I assumed the deadlines wouldn't be until April/May, I'm screwed. SCREWED.

I made a list of programs that look interesting. Luckily my first choice isn't due until June. But my second choice (University of Hawaii Tropical Medicine) is January 15th. *cries*

3. I started watching Gloomy Salad Days awhile back, but I don't think I'll continue watching it. It's just... weird. But it made me realize just how long it's been since I've watched a twdrama. Which is bad, because now I'm noticing all the shitty production again. Clearly I need to watch a big budget twdrama, just so I can ease my way into them again.

I'm in an American tv mood right now, but I think I'm going to watch Mawang and Maou. Probably Maou first, since it's shorter. And possibly Yamikin Ushijima-kun because my dearest Taki stars in it. Though he looks HORRIBLE in it (why the facial hair? WHY?!). Almost makes me miss when he looked like a dirty hobo.

Also, surely everyone has seen the preview for the ParaKiss movie by now, right?
I'm dying, DYING to see it. Osamu as George (!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Words can not possibly express just how awesome and perfect this is), Keiko as Yukari (I love her so much... not loving the rumors she's dating Osamu. She need to stick to Pi, kay?)... Amazing dream casting. I'm a little less sure of Yusuke as Hiro (not that I don't love him, but it just doesn't seem right to me... I picture someone kinda like Shun... or Kim Bum, randomly), but I guess it'll work out.


Still waiting for a Big Bang comeback. Getting tired of said waiting.
uisceros: (OMG Wu Zun + Cat = AWESOME)
OMG MISCHIEVOUS KISS!

How did it get to the end so fast?! We're on episode 13/16, and they're already corresponding to episode 29/30 of the Taiwanese drama. I'm assuming the last three episodes will have some of the plot from They Kiss Again thrown in, but who knows.

I do quite like Mischievous Kiss, but I have to say, It Started With a Kiss did the penultimate scene better. It was far more dramatic and romantic. Of course, I watched MK raw, but even visually it didn't live up to my large expectations. Still totally adorable though!



One more for the road [spoilery] )
uisceros: (Default)
I've been watching Mischievous Kiss (admittedly slowly - I'm waiting for the Haru2Haru subs, instead of streaming), and I quite like it. That didn't come as a surprise to me in the least. I love Hyun Joong a ton, the girl strongly reminds me of Yoon Eun Hye (which is always a good thing), and I'm also quite fond of the storyline.

I mean, technically it was ISWAK that brought me to Taiwan. ISWAK was my first Taiwanese drama, and after getting past my initial shock at the production quality versus Japanese dramas, I was utterly hooked. A lot of my early views of Taiwan and the Taiwanese people came from what I saw in ISWAK. I have strong attachments to that drama.

Anyway, yesterday, after watching MK episodes 4-9 raw, I decided to rewatch ISWAK. As it turns out, Mischievous Kiss is following the same plotline extremely closely. They've cut out some things, of course (like Xiang Qin's night blindness. I liked that plotpoint, but I suppose unless they plan on adapting the whole manga, it won't make much difference in the end), but on the whole it's pretty damn close.

Which makes me question why people who didn't like the Taiwanese version at all are liking the Korean version so much. They're SO close. Ha Ni is a bit less dumb that Xiang Qin was, Seung Jo is a bit less mean than Zhi Shu, and Joon Gu a bit less stalkery than Ah Jin. Otherwise, the characters are basically the same. The plotline is cut down a bit in the Korean version (admittedly making for less embarrassment for Ha Ni, and less time spent on her character devoting her life entirely to Seung Jo), but otherwise they're the same. There are tone differences, naturally, but is that really the reason people seem to like the Korean one and hate the Taiwanese one? The old standby excuse of not liking Xiang Qin's character doesn't seem to apply to me here, because the characters (to me at least) are pretty identical. I don't get it. But then, I very rarely do.

Does Seung Jo's little brother remind anyone else of Kim Bum? Just me? Okay.

That aside, I random!capped.


I admit, I melted. NEED MORE HAIR NUZZLING, KAY?!


BEST. MOMENT. IN. A. DRAMA. EVER. (As an aside, I loved watching this, because I could understand some. I stopped the show many times to read the Chinese subs too. 對, 對啊 indeed. Taiwanese dramas make a lot more sense sometimes when you can make sense of what they're saying. Translations just don't cut it sometimes.)
uisceros: (Default)
I was a little hesitant about this drama to begin with. The cast is mostly people I am either unfamiliar with, or aren't terribly fond of (which does influence me greatly). Add onto that a pretty convoluted storyline (I remember when the plot summary first came out ages ago, and how confused I was by the whole thing), and I wan't terribly excited.

However, I have to say, after going through the first episode this honestly looks like it will be a good adult drama. It's not too heavy (yet - the preview for the next episode involves kidnapping, and the heroine stabbing a rock into her leg, for some reason), and the actors are all quite good. I was very pleased to see an appearance from one of my favorite character actors, Lin Mei Xiu.

Also, KITTEN!


I love this cap, because he's all like "SO CUUUUUTTE!" (that's what the Chinese subs say)... he sounded like a girl. Seriously.


And finally, FAMILY MART!!!!!!!!! I see pudding, and sushi, and JUICE (including the veggie/fruit juice they always had, that always seemed gross to me... I'm pretty sure I see the juice I always used to get too)



I know they filmed this awhile back, but apparently they filmed it while I was in Taiwan. In one shot there's a poster for a movie that came out last summer. Awesome-sauce.
uisceros: (Default)
I'm watching Scent of Love. First off, it's not english subbed, so I'm winging it in Chinese. So it gives locations, and I was like "okay, where in Taiwan are they?"... Yeah, took me awhile to remember it takes place in Vietnam. So 下龍灣 does not equal Xia Long Wan, but rather Vinh Ha Long (Halong Bay).

Second, Viter's all like "hey, I'm a scientist!", and then suddenly it's all MARTIAL ARTS! And then Viter speaks English, and I got all happy. 我愛你, Viter! Though I do have to say, he looks very different from before. He gained weight, which is definitely a good thing.

I can already tell I'm going to love it. I knew this one would be the drama of the season for me, cast-wise. I'm not terribly familiar with Alice Ceng, but I already love her because her English is fantastic, and she's my age (I like Asian actors/singers who are around my age. Makes me feel less old). But now that I know it involves scientists kicking ass, and the cosmetic industry, well, they've got me. HOOKED.

Seriously awesome, all the switching between Mandarin and English (and Vietnamese) is cool. Reminds me of school in Taiwan.

Aw, the airport scenes are making me nostalgic. And Viter on the side of the highway... he's lucky he didn't get hit by a blue truck!

CHUAN YI IS SPEAKING ENGLISH AND HE'S REALLY GOOD! *dies* Chuang Yi has become hotter. I don't know how that is possible, but it is.
Also, wtf black cardamom being sold for $800 a kilo?! I assume they mean USD ($800NT is not enough for it to be a huge deal (it's about $24USD)). If so, DAMN. But apparently it's the finest... Even THE FRENCH can't get it!

I wonder if Tiffany speaks Italian (her dad's Italian). Her English isn't bad, but heavily accented. I wonder if some of the accent is Italian influenced.

And is it me, or is this girl the Taiwanese Angelina Jolie? Seriously, it's uncanny...
uisceros: (Ariel)
All things considered, I keep on top of Taiwanese entertainment news pretty well. I don't know HOW IN THE WORLD I could have missed this.

Taiwan is remaking Coffee Prince

Excuse me while I die of utter delight! And the best part is Ariel Lin is going to be playing Eun Hye's role. Ariel is one of my three favorite Asian actresses, and I've been impressed with her acting since day 1. She's one of the few Asian actresses that really wholly puts herself in the role, being unafraid of looking bad. Seriously, anyone who watched ISWAK knows that's she's not afraid to get into the roles. Dirty crying, and all. RUMORS are saying that Jerry Yan will play Gong Yoo's role, but honestly I hope not. Nothing against Jerry (especially since I quite like him), but he's not one of the best actors in the world. If I could choose, I would hope for Zai Zai, or Joseph Chang. Both are phenomenal actors, and play carefree playboys well.

In other awesome Twdrama news, they're finally picking Extravagant Challenge up again. Now, I've been waiting for this damn drama for years. It's based on Skip Beat, which I love. And it will also star Ariel (which we already knew). What IS new though, is that Jerry Yan (who was initially cast) is being replaced. Instead, we get two awesome alternatives! Siwon and Donghae from SuJu! Siwon and Donghae are my FAVORITE SuJu members! And they both have fantastic chemistry with Ariel (if you've seen her MV for 螢火蟲, you'd agree). I love that Siwon and Donghae are diving into a Taiwanese drama. I want so much for K-stars to pay more attention to Taiwan, and this is the best way. Especially with Ariel (who speaks Korean - she majored in it at university).

I'm so excited! Seriously, the only thing that could make it better would be Zai Zai (who I've always wanted Ariel to act with).

Meme, Day 3 - Song That Makes You Happy )
uisceros: (Hebe as mario?)
It looks like Summer's Desire (aka, Summer of Bubbles, Summer's Bubbles, etc) is going to be airing at the end of May. Apparently the reason the drama had trouble selling was because of the ages of the main actors (Huang Xiao Ming = 32, Da S = 33 Peter Ho = 34). I personally do not see why this is a problem (almost all Taiwanese dramas feature actors who are older than the mean age of Kdrama or Jdrama actors). Jerry Yan is 33, and his drama is popular. The main cast for P.S. Man (which has the highest rating out of all the twdramas airing right now) are all in their early thirties/late twenties.


This is old, but whatever. Awhile ago I was surprised to hear that Eddie Peng was releasing and album. I love Eddie Peng. He's adorable, and a good actor. He also speaks English because he was raised in Canada. I have a thing for foreign born/raised Asian celebrities. I think they appeal more to me, because they're culturally closer to what I identify with.

Either way, Eddie's newest video stars Tiffany Xu (who I always confuse with Bianca Bai for some reason. It's not like I can't tell them apart, especially since Tiffany is half white...). I have a longstanding girlcrush on Tiffany. I'm not the biggest fan of the song (it's ballad, and we all know how I feel about ballads), but the video is nice. Eddie looks hot (especially those arms! Last time I saw him, he did NOT have those arms...). But I find it funny that the thing I noticed the most was that the umbrella in the video looks to be a 7-11 umbrella. One of the white ones. The 7-11 umbrellas are ubiquitous in Taiwan for two reasons: the weather there is unpredictable (SUDDEN RAIN! EXTREME SUN!) so everyone carries umbrellas, and the 7-11 umbrellas are cheap. If I remember correctly, they're only $60NT (uh, less than $2USD). Anyway, on with the video.



Speaking of Tiffany Xu, She's going to be starring alongside Wang Chuan Yi (you all know him as Kingone, but I refuse to call him that), AND Viter Fan in a new drama *high pitched girlish squeal*!!!!! I'm all like, wtf awesome! Viter Fan isn't well known as a drama actor. He's been in a few dramas (including the amazing Crystal Boys), but he's more of a movie actor. Recently he's been involved in a scandal for speaking out about his former relationship with Cyndi Wang (his statements were in bad taste, but I honestly don't think he meant to stir shit up). I'm not letting that infringe on my love for him, however. As for Chuan Yi, I ADORE the man. Add in Tiffany, and it's just plain awesome (Alice Ceng also stars. I haven't seen much of her, but what I HAVE seen, I've liked). The drama's called 就是要香戀, which is roughly translated at something like "Only Want Sweet Love" (I'm guessing here, but since "戀" is more like, longing, or missing someone, there might be a bit more depth to the title than the translation).


In other cpop news, awhile ago S.H.E released a video for their song 愛就對了. It stars Zhang Rui Jia (who next to Zai Zai, is the Taiwanese love of my life). Thus it's guaranteed that I would love it. Because it's RUI JIA, people! The girls look fabulous as well. Ella's still my favorite, but recently I've been liking Hebe a lot more.


This last bit is random. At the end of march Jane Zhang released her newest album. The song is gorgeous (OMG her voice!), but it was the video that caught my attention. It stars another one of my favorite Taiwanese guys (and birthday-mate) Joseph Chang. Course, the big deal about the video was not him, but rather that it also stars Pan Chen (a former contestant from Super Girls, which is essentially the mainland China version of Pop Idol [you know, like American idol]). Anyway, I like this gif. Holy shit Joseph, you're smokin'.



Oh, one more thing! This is old news (About a month ago I had a bunch of Taiwanese stuff to talk about, but then put it off for some reason...), but whatev. Wu Zun is rumored to be in a drama this summer with Rainie. Apparently GTV requested Wu Zun, hoping he would save them in the ratings war. GTV is one of the major networks in Taiwan, but it's been losing in the ratings for awhile to SETTV. SETTV is personally my favorite network (Chen Qiao En works with them a lot), but I can sympathize. And hell, if there's any way to get your ratings back on track, it's to add some Wu Zun. Can't go wrong with that.
uisceros: (Dal Ja & Tae Bong)
Everyone else was listing their favorite dramas ([livejournal.com profile] dangermousie, [livejournal.com profile] princess_dexter, [livejournal.com profile] cranberrysheep...), and I cannot resist a meme, so here we go! I've done this already, with explanations (well, I did MOST of it with explanations), but it's infinitely easier just to list stuff, so I did! I only did 5 for kdramas though... I haven't watched very many kdramas to completion.

Some of these dramas show a theme to what I like. Some don't. I tend to like just about all dramas (there's only two so far that I didn't like), so it gets confusing.

Jdramas
1. Hachimitsu to Clover
2. Sekai no Chuushin de, Ai wo Sakebu
3. Summer Snow
4. Byakuyako
5. Kou Kou Kyoushi 2003
6. Gokusen 1
7. My Boss My Hero
8. LIFE
9. Buzzer Beat
10. Atashinchi no Danshi

My jdrama trends are the best to judge me by, since I watch the most jdramas by far. Basically this list says about me:
- I like slice of life dramas. A lot.
- I apparently like violence in my jdramas.
- I generally like older protagonists.

Twdramas
1. Love Contract
2. My Queen
3. Mars
4. Prince Turns to Frog
5. Wish To See You Again
6. Why Why Love
7. Meteor Garden
8. Fated to Love You
9. Hua Yang Shao Nian Shao Nu (Taiwanese Hana Kimi)
10. It Started With a Kiss

What the Twdrama list says about me is kinda weird, since they're all over the place:
- I watch twdramas for the actors. Every single one of these dramas I can name all of the main actors (and quite a few of the secondary cast), tell you a bunch of other stuff they were in, and then fangirl them.
- I'm really into the "hero who is a total ass" type.
- I like atypical twdramas.

Kdrama
1. Triple
2. Coffee Prince
3. Dal Ja's Spring
4. Hello My Teacher
5. My Girl

Poor kdramas, I just don't watch them that much... Anyway, what they say about my taste:
- I really love when there's a romance between an older woman and a younger man (I'm also basing this on "Still, Marry Me", which I'm currently watching).
- I generally like my kdramas to be low key.
- I like female characters who have a career, and aspirations for greatness in their field.
uisceros: (Zai Zai in blue)
Taiwan had an big 6.4 magnitude earthquake about 3 1/2 hours ago. Luckily no one was hurt. (The epicenter was in, I believe, the southern mountains, and that area is far less populated than the north) When I was in Taiwan, there was a 6.3 magnitude earthquake. The epicenter was in Hualien county, which is fairly far away from where I lived way up north in Taipei county, but we still felt it. It was odd, since it happened on the day of the Moon Festival.

I really want to see the movie Crossing Hennessy (aka the return of Tang Wei, who I loved loved LOVED in Lust, Caution) when it comes out, but it's in Cantonese. In general I don't like watching Cantonese stuff. Not because I hate it or anything, it's just confusing to me to listen to Cantonese, because I'm used to Mandarin. Oftentimes I find myself trying to figure out what people are saying, even though it's not a language I understand. (Cantonese does sound very different from Mandarin, but I still sometimes get confused) I might wait to see if it gets dubbed into Mandarin.

I'm kinda pissed that Zai Zai's film The Killer Never Kills is basically stalled in production. The premise intrigued me (a "killer" who's into plants! AWESOME). At least he's filming a new drama Return Home starting this month. In the new drama he plays a military doctor, and I think the film takes place in 1949 (this might change, since it's Taiwan, and they like to change scripts). I don't know if this is a mainland drama, but if not, I'm going to die with glee. 1949 was when Chiang Kai-shek and the KMT fully retreated to Taiwan after the Chinese civil war. that year also marks the beginning of the Taiwanese White Terror, after the 228 incident. I hope the drama focuses on some of the ramifications to to the martial law period. (What can I say, I have a thing for modern Taiwanese political history...)

Lastly, Stanley Huang's new single for a videogame. VERY much love it. But Stanley, when are you going to be in another movie?! I loved him in Twenty Something Taipei.
uisceros: (Default)
I'm finally getting around to watching Down with Love (because subs have been released! Yay for not having to watch streaming!), and I do love it so far, but it's hilarious, because I keep stopping it to read the Chinese subs, or to look at something in the background.

But right now, Ella's puking in the bushes in the middle of Taipei, and all I can think is: FLASHBACK!
(Yes, I puked in the bushes on a street in the middle of Taipei)

And Michael Zhang just gave her some of the water I used to get from 7-11! The PANDA water! NT$19 a bottle (like, less than 60 cents USD), which was super cheap, and I miss it! I have a feeling twdramas are going to make me kinda weepy from now on.

And can I just say, little Asian boys KILL ME. Seriously, I think they're the cutest things in the whole entire world.
uisceros: (Chen Qiao En)


This has been bothering me for awhile... Why does everyone hate Fated to Love You? I personally loved it (and this was before I had my obsession with Chen Qiao En). I know a lot of people have issues with Qiao En's character, and how she's spineless, etc. But the point of the drama is that she overcomes that. I mean, she's described as a "sticky note girl" in the first minute, obviously the point of the show is her transformation. Over the course of the show she grows up, grows a spine, and eventually ROCKS (and true, I'm not the type of person who needs an extremely strong female lead, because honestly I'm personally not an extremely strong person either. I like to be able to relate somewhat to the characters). And yes, Ethan's character is a complete asshole, but he also grows up, and realizes how awesome Qiao En has become (drama male leads are often assholes, I don't see why Ethan's character is any exception)!

Maybe it's the "Rui syndrome" (ie. loving the secondary male character)... Though I didn't like Baron's character at all for some reason, and I usually love the secondary male characters.

FtLY is basically the ultimate twdrama to me. It's the highest rated twdrama ever (I know ratings aren't everything, of course. But a lot of times it is an indicator of goodness). It won the best drama Golden Bell award. It's hugely popular, I mean, hell, I saw the show on TV in Korea when I was there last week (and FtLY is from Spring 2008)!

I know everyone likes different things, which is great! But the degree in which most people seem to dislike FtLY? I don't know. I guess I'll never get it ;D

(I know I don't have to tell my flisters this, but for everyone else: as always, only my opinion, so please don't rant to me about how FtLY sucks, how Qiao En's character is a wimp, how Ethan's character is an ass, ETC. I've heard it all before, and it's not going to change my mind about the series! Thanks in advance, bbs :D )
uisceros: (Chen Qiao En in pink)
So obsessed with Harvest Moon it's not even funny. Damn video games, making me ignore other media! Anyone else play it?

ramblings about stuff like video games, nails, and suitcases )

So, I heard about this drama the other day. Somehow it escaped my notice. It's called Lucky Days (or 第二回合我愛你, which means, essentially, "The second round of I love you"... in general). It's about the trials of a young couple who recently got married for the wrong reasons (in order to save money), and how that caused their relationship to break down. I assume the drama is going to focus on how they go about finding love again (thus the Chinese title).

I'm, uh, not too excited about it. It's not that is looks bad, just not my style (I like stories that are more about the start of a relationship, rather than the rescue of one). Also, I watch dramas mainly for the casts. I'm not familiar with either of the main actors (Chen Yi Rong, the main actress is an established actor, though she does mostly historicals and wuxia, thus me not having seen her in anything yet).

Though, since Lucky Days is a SETTV drama, I know a good portion of the character actors, including Lin Mei Xiu (who plays the awesome mother character in TONS of twdramas, and the not-so-awesome mother character in True Love 18), Chen Bo Zheng (a great older character actor), and Song Xin Ni (who I think is fabulous, and plays the 姊姊/older sister type very well).

(SETTV is known [to me at least] for using the same actors over and over. To an extent all networks do that, but SETTV does it a LOT. Out of the ten dramas Chen Qiao En has done in Taiwan, eight of them are for SETTV. I wonder if they have some sort of relationship with J-star...)

Anyway, I can't embed it, but a subbed preview is here. For now I'll post this unsubbed one.


(I LOLed during the scene where she's in the hospital, Chen Yi Rong's character is like "I don't have a husband right now", and the nurse is like "lets not get excited, miss". And the Chen Yi Rong's character is all like "我不是小姐, 我是太太!" (She's saying she's not a "Miss", but a "Mrs")... probably not supposed to be that funny, but it was so random, and filled with Mandarin I understand!)

As far as I can tell, it's not subbed yet (or rather, the first episode has been partially subbed on youtube).

Also, CTV pulled a fast one on me, and pushed Down with Love back another week. It will air on 31Jan09, with another behind the scenes airing today. Last week they said the first episode was airing this week... *sigh* I should expect this out of my twdramas already. Things are CONSTANTLY being pushed back.
uisceros: (Default)
It's well known to me that the Taiwanese aren't exactly fond of Koreans in general. I'm not sure why. All I know is that it's almost impossible to find anything Korean related there. (I've also read some articles about the perception of Koreans in Taiwan. Not generally good)

There are exceptions: They enjoy their kdramas (dubbed into Mandarin of course). They love Super Junior and SS501 (SuJu and SS501 are some of the few foreign bands that actively seek a market in Taiwan. They're acknowledging Taiwan as a major market share, and Taiwan appreciates that), but in general if something is Korean in Taiwan, it first came through Japan (Big Bang, Kim Jeong Hoon, DBSK...). We did find a very small Koreatown outside of Taipei one time, but it was mostly 阿姨 clothes (clothes suited to the 50+ woman).

Anyway, I was watching a drama/movie thing starring my one of my 183 Club boys (and one of my favorite actors), Ehlo Huang, and saw this awesome bit of awesome.



Oh yeah.

I want to start watching more twdramas though. I'm watching this one, and getting so nostalgic. I'm missing Taiwan more and more. Yesterday I found myself missing the constant hoards of scooters. Wtf? Who misses that?! But speaking of...



Taiwanese dramas often show the prettier side of Taiwan. But people, THAT is Taiwan, a random alley in Ximen that's lined with scooters and signs (oh God, I can ever see the "oven mitts" on the scooter handles! 我想你台北. 我也想摩托車. 真的!) A lot of Taipei isn't beautiful, but that's okay, because it's interesting and wonderful.
uisceros: (Night)
I decided to follow the rest of my peeps, and do my top 12 drama boyfriend list.

In response to [livejournal.com profile] cranberrysheep's Drama Boyfriend Playoffs, I listed my top 12 (well, technically it was 13, but who's counting) ideal drama boyfriends. And then [livejournal.com profile] ambergold and [livejournal.com profile] princess_dexter made more detailed posts, and well, I decided to as well!

And because I wanted pictures (and since a lot of my choices are from dramas I watched ages ago, when I didn't know how to screencap) I didn't have any ready to use caps, so I spent awhile going through my big ol' folder of drama discs. But this also meant I spent awhile rewatching my favorite parts of various dramas. But I'll get to that later.

Amusingly about half are from twdramas. Apparently I still love me some Taiwanese men after all ;P. Oddly, a lot of my choices are from unpopular dramas as well. And I totally have actor repeat offenders (three of them, actually!)

Anyway, list! (Note, the frst 5 aren't really in any concrete order. I love them all too much to choose between them)
Top 12 drama boyfriends )
uisceros: (Default)
OMG AWESOME.

So I'm still watching My Sister in Law is 19 (I hated the time jump, btw... stupid kdramas and their stupid time jumps), and earlier on I was amused by the math club calling themselves F4. I also noticed how one of them was referred to as "Lei". I thought it weird, since Hua Ze Lei is the Rui character in Meteor Garden. ALSO Lei is not a Korean name (that I know of!)

Well I continued to watch, and sure enough, several episodes later, another one of the math club F4 was referred to as Dao Ming Si (aka Domyoji in Meteor Garden).

HAHAHAHAHAHAHA OMG. I LOVE the reference! Especially since it's to the Taiwanese version! GO TAIWAN! 加油 台灣, 加油!!

(The best part is that they didn't sub the names, so it was all thanks to my Mandarin [along with my drama obsession...])
uisceros: (Zai Zai in black)
Question!

Because I have yet to watch Black and White fully, did they ever explicitly state where it took place? I thought it took place in Taipei (everything takes place in Taipei...), but it was filmed in Kaohsiung.

I know that because remember this scene in episode 1?



I've been looking for that station since I go to Taiwan, and couldn't find it. BECAUSE IT WAS IN KAOHSIUNG ALL ALONG! No wonder everything in that show looked so shiny and new...

(I'm in Kaohsiung currently, for reasons I will explain more about later (with pictures). It's so weirdly clean and pretty here, but as pretty as it is, I like good old slightly-dirty Taipei more. It's my Taiwan!home)
uisceros: (Vanness in a suit)
I'm not going to liveblog, promise. BUT...

I decided to watch Next Stop Happiness. Well, actually I originally decided against it, since it was SUPPOSED to star Ming Dao (unless I'm greatly mistaken), but since it's Vanness, I'm willing to try it! Plus it'll be the first Taiwanese tv I'm watching as it airs, which is cool.

It's funny, within the first five minutes ALREADY someone was hit with a car. And that someone was TOTALLY played by Wen Sheng Hao, who was in My Queen.

The subtitles are going REALLY fast, and I'm having trouble keeping up with them. But they are really helpful, because most of the characters I know, so I can mostly understand what's going on.

Okay, so I am kinda liveblogging )
uisceros: (Michael Zhang)
Sometimes I forget just how much I love twdramas. But then I watch one, and it all comes back to me. Because twdramas = awesome.

Awhile back I downloaded the first episode of Queen's, but I've only just had the chance to watch it. Since I haven't seen a proper twdrama in awhile, my initial reaction was basically "Wtf?! Why am I watching this?" (much like my initial reaction to ISWAK, my first twdrama), but I kept watching. And I got used to the craziness, and all is right with the world again.

Because Queen's is pretty damn insane. But in the best possible way. It's also funny as all hell. PLUS, it stars one of the prettiest boys I've seen this side of Lee Jun Ki, Tang Zhen Gang ([livejournal.com profile] princess_dexter, you were SO right). And the first time we see him, he's in drag. And he's damn near prettier than most girls.


Awesomely, the first scene we see of the heroine, Joelle is ALSO in drag.


So the drama's got two dragtastic leads... Ah, I missed you twdramas. I can't wait for the cliches to pop up (no token shot of the 101 just yet!).

It's funny, because the premise is almost a reverse of Otomen. Like Tie Xiong is known for his girly pursuits, but he strives to be manly. It's cute.
uisceros: (OMG Wu Zun + Cat = AWESOME)
Crap, I hate it when this happens. I know I just posted, but I DID NOT KNOW the new season of jdramas was starting so soon!

Yamapi's new drama starts airing today/tomorrow, and Nagase's airs on the 18th! Otomen starts a little later (01Aug09).

I'm not sure how I'm going to handle watching five live aiiring dramas (Buzzer Beat, Karei naru Spy, Otomen, Triple, AND Easy Fortune Happy Life), plus I will inevitably fall into the crack that is Koishite Akuma. Plus Meteor Shower starts airing this August, and possibly Down with Love and Calling Big Star will be airing soon... maybe. Not to mention the new MingEn drama which might air sometime, and I will not miss FOR THE WORLD.

I kinda hate Japan for how many goddamn dramas they put out in a year. I CANNOT keep up.

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