Revive: Reincarnation of the Superstar

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Revive: Reincarnation of the Superstar

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I recently watched the Chinese drama Revive: Reincarnation of the Superstar, which starred Ma Ke as the titular superstar. The drama aired on iQiyi from March to May of 2016 and was 16 episodes in length. Ma Ke played the characters of Mu Zi Che/Du Fei/Yun  Xiu; I will call him by all of these names, and which name depends on the characters he is interacting with at that moment. Zhang Xingyu played Liu Yi, the actress in love with Mu Zi Che. Xu Hai Qiao played Feng Jing, ESE’s creative/art director hellbent on making Yun Xiu into a superstar. Han Chae Young played Lin Xuan, the woman in ‘love’ with Du Fei, the man before the reincarnation. Thai actor Mawat Kulrattanarak played Xie Yi, the traitorous best friend.

Revive: Reincarnation of the Superstar is a story about an actor named Du Fei rising to the level of a superstar with the help of those around him. It is Du Fei’s story of overcoming betrayal, secrets and scandal to win the coveted Golden Cypress Award. And it is about his realization that the award means nothing when he is surrounded by those that love him for who he really is. Continue reading

Because of You

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Because of You AKA Fairytale Under the Starlight

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I just finished watching the Taiwanese drama Because of You, which aired on CTS between January and May, 2010. The 22-episode drama starred Megan Lai as Tong Tong, the starstruck girl in love with her idol, Fang Zi Hao, played by Lego Li. It also starred Baron Chen as Sun Fan, who discovers how ephemeral fame can be when he becomes famous overnight. Finally, we had Tanaka Chie, a woman who is seeking fame at all costs, and ends up losing the man she loves in that pursuit.

Because of You is about fame and how it touches people’s lives in different ways. It showed the consequences of greed, what happens when one fails to realize ones own limits, and how fame can make people arrogant and blind to reality. But more importantly,  Because of You was about dreams and how one can attain those dreams if you only persevere. As we took the journey with our characters, we watched them grow, mature somewhat, and learn to let go of the fleeting thing that is fame in order to make their dreams come true. I watched this drama due to my newborn love of Baron Chen and Megan Lai, but the lackluster writing and the overacting made it a painful watch, and I can’t, in all good conscience, recommend this drama to anyone. Not even the diehard Baron/Megan fans.

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Dok Ruk Rim Tang AKA Love Flower by the Edge of the Road

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Dok Ruk Rim Tang aka Love Flower by the Edge of the Road

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I just finished watching Dok Ruk Rim Tang (DRRT), English translation “Love Flower by the Edge of the Road”, which aired on Thailand’s Channel 5 between May and June, 2010.

The drama starred Bie Sukrit Wisedkaew as Patthavee (Pattavee or Vee), our hero. Wannarot Sontichai (Vill) starred as the heroine, Anuch aka Ood (when disguised as a boy). Fang Pitchaya Srithep played Janejira, the dreaded other woman. Toey Jarinporn Joonkiat played Patcha, the parallel lead, a sweet girl and the heroine’s best friend’s girl. And Oh Anuchit Sapunpohng played Than, our heroine’s very supportive (and very rich) best friend.

The drama begins with an old man sitting sadly in his home, remembering how his cruel ex-wife dragged off his precious daughter when he threw her over for a newer, younger version, Jittri. Jittri turns out to be a gold-digger (surprise!), who is having an affair with her assistant. When the old man catches them together and tries to kick her out. Her assistant pushes him off the stairs, and the two force him to sign over his property when he becomes paralyzed by the fall before killing him off. Before he dies, the old man hides his true will in a painting and leaves behind as witness his faithful dog, Hangtu.

The real story begins when the old man’s daughter, Anuch, comes back from abroad after learning of her father’s death. Continue reading

Answer Me, 1988 Mini Review

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Answer Me, 1988

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I just finished watching TvN’s latest in the Answer Me series: Answer Me, 1988. The drama aired between November, 2015 and January, 2016, and starred a whole slew of younger actors who seemed to have reached stardom due to their outing in this drama. This time around the story focused on the four families that live in one neighborhood and covered their lives from 1988 and on.

The telling of the story in itself could get too complicated based on the fact that we are dealing with all of the characters above and more. So, a quick overview instead. Recaps are available on Dramabeans, and there are extensive reviews all over the web.

The story revolves around two generations. The parental generations who trudge through their lives, depending on their friends and dreams for their children to bring color into their lives. Worries about money, debt and making ends meet make life difficult for a few, but friends rally around and save the day. Additionally, the story is about how the older generation still needs love (a widow marries her widower friend) and their partners/friends to support them in making everyday life bearable. We go through the drama with them as they deal with injuries, illnesses, menopause and forced retirement.  Continue reading

Roy Leh Sanae Rai

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Roy Leh Sanae Rai aka 100 Trickery’s Dangerous Passion aka Trickery Mischievous Charms

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I just recently finished watching Roy Leh Sanae Rai 2014, a remake of a Thai lakorn that originally aired in 2002. The new lakorn aired in Summer of 2015. This was a slap/kiss lakorn, and had a couple of rape/forced seduction scenes. The drama starred Put Puttichai as Kongpope, our hero. It starred Lily Pansirithanachote as Namneung, our innocent heroine. Chinawut Indracusin played Tor, the second lead who is in love with our heroine, and Note Panayanggool played Yim, our heroine’s best friend and the woman in love with Tor. We also had a whole host of women who wanted to be Mrs. Kongpope and the older generation striving to keep our OTP apart.

Roy Leh Sanae Rai was the story of Kongpope and Namneung. Kongpope discovers that his father has left half his wealth to a stranger named Namneung. In his quest to get his money back from this undeserving woman, he hatches a scheme to seduce her into marriage and have her sign over all of her yet undiscovered wealth.

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Bromance

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Bromance

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I recently finished watching a Taiwanese gender bender comedy called Bromance. The drama aired on TTV between October, 2015 and February, 2016. The drama starred Baron Chen as Du Zifeng, the male lead. Megan Lai starred as Pi Yanuo, our female lead. Pi Yanuo and Du Zifeng were our OTP in the drama. Newcomers Bii and Katie Chen were the second leads in the drama, playing Qing Yang (Zifeng’s friend) and Nana, respectively. Mandy Tao played Zifeng’s sister, Zihan, and Yang Ming Wei played Liao Guangchao, Pi Yanuo’s childhood friend. Amanda Chou played Xiao Jing, Yanuo’s amazingly supportive cousin. Finally, Sean Lee played Zherui, the third angle connected to our OTP.

Bromance is the story of Pi Yanuo, a woman who grew up pretending to be a man. A fraudulent fortune-teller convinced her parents she needed to be a male for the first 26 years of her life or she would suffer a horrible fate. Du Zifeng is the leader of the triad and the General Manager of the amusement park outside of which Pi Yanuo sells food truck hot dogs. Pi Yanuo meets Zifeng when she saves his life, and the two quickly become sworn brothers. Bromance is the story of how the two fall in love and find their way to a happily ever after.

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She Was Pretty

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She Was Pretty

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I just finished watching the Korean drama She Was Pretty, which aired from September, 2015 to November, 2015 on MBC. The drama starred Hwang Jung Eum as Kim Hye Jin and Park Seo Joon as Ji Sung Joon. Rounding out the Triangles were Choi Shi Won as Kim Shin Hyuk and Go Joon Hee as Min Ha Ri.

She Was Pretty is a story about our main character, Kim Hye Jin. She grows up as the apple of her parents’ eyes, every boy’s crush, and in the lap of luxury. She has a best friend Min Ha Ri. One day Min Ha Ri moves away, and Ji Sung Joon moves in. The two become really close friends and each others first loves. They share Renoir’s Dancing Couple painting as part of their secret code, and Hye Jin becomes Sung Joon’s umbrella. When Sung Joon has to move to the USA, they promise to write each other. One day, Kim Hye Jin’s world comes crashing down around her when her father loses all his  money, and Hye Jin moves away, leaving everything, including her connection to Sung Joon, behind. Continue reading