3 Mini-BL Reviews – Uncontrolled Love, Round Trip to Love and HIStory: Obsessed

Uncontrolled Love, Round Trip to Love and HIStory: Obsessed

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I recently began watching Boys Love (BL) movies and shows, coming across this genre when watching other Asian dramas like Bromance. It’s those YouTube thumbnails that get you! I’ve seen bits and pieces of a lot of movies/shows from China, completing only a few, some from Thailand, some from Japan (including bits and pieces of Yaoi Anime) and even a couple from Taiwan.

I haven’t seen enough to make any generalizations about the shows or movies, but I do know that most Chinese films post-ban have had either open endings or downright sad endings, with no happily ever afters for the main couple. Japanese films are still as dry/too quiet for me, with that hint of melancholy that seems to soak through every scene in the movie, eating away at any other emotion. Japanese BL anime (called yaoi) is just not my cup of tea. Thailand dramas, the ones that I’ve seen, are of the sweet and young love variety. And I was impressed by one of the Taiwanese dramas I saw. Since I haven’t seen any other mention of Taiwanese BL besides this one series, I wonder if Taiwan is also getting into the BL game?

Most of the shows/movies that I have seen have paper thin plots and some really bad acting. A few of the movies have been adaptations from books, and have some really scary male leads. These leads leave the wrist-grabbing, stalking heroes of Korean dramas miles behind in their quest to make the other male lead their own.

Below I’ve summarized and commented on Uncontrolled Love, A Round Trip to Love, and HIStory: Obsessed which I recently finished watching on YouTube. A shout out to those amazing subbers out there who provide us with the opportunity to watch all Asian Dramas/movies. Continue reading

Wannueng Jaa Pben Superstar aka I Wanna be a Sup’tar

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Wannueng Jaa Pben Superstar aka I Wanna Be a Sup’tar (Superstar)

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I recently finished Thai GMM TV’s I Wanna Be a Superstar, which aired in August to  October 2015. The drama starred Put Puttichai as Win Pakorn, the superstar that comes into our heroines life. Gypso Ramita Mahapreukpong played Wannueng, our heroine who wanted to be the superstar. Woonsen Virithipa Pakdeeprasong played May, the superstar second lead. Tao Sattaphong Phiangphor played MeeDee, our lovelorn second male lead, in love with the clueless Wannueng. Bom Anuruk Boonpermpoon played Tom, Win Pakorn’s friend, and Thanawat Prasitsompom played Lukpit, Wannueng’s very supportive friend.

I Wanna Be a Superstar was about one girl’s dream of becoming a superstar. She has never given up on this dream, despite the disapproval of her parents, how tired her friends may have gotten carrying her while she is doing this, nor the fact that she has only ever gotten stand in jobs and been derided for her inability to act. Along comes Win Pakorn, the man who buys her home and changes her life. This is the story of how the common Wannueng becomes a superstar.

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The drama begins with Wannueng going to be the armpit stand in for a superstar. She does the stand in work, and then is disappointed by the small amount of pay she gets for the day. She goes and convinces Lukpit, her friend, to pay for lunch. She also has interactions with another friend, MeeDee, who is clearly in love with her. Wannueng has no feelings for him beyond friendship, but is not above hitting him up for free meals. Later that night, she sneaks into a home and goes to sleep. We find out that Wannueng’s family has sold the family home and gone to England. They call and urge Wannueng to join them, but Wannueng refuses, adamant that she will make it on her own and become a dara (superstar). Continue reading

Seisei Suruhodo Aishteru

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Seisei Suruhodo Aishteru

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I just finished watching Japanese drama Seisei Suruhodo Aishteru, which aired from July 12, 2016 to September 20, 2016. The drama starred Takei Emi as our heroine, Kurihara Mia, who is a career woman working for Tiffany & Co. It starred Takizawa Hideaki as Miyoshi Kairi, our hero and a married man. Kinami Haruka played Kairi’s wife, Yuka. And Nakamura Aoi played Miyazawa Rio, the second male lead who was hopelessly in love with Mia.

Takahashi Mitsuomi played Youta, Mia’s stalker ex-boyfriend. Mizusawa Erena played Akari, one of Mia’s best friends/roommates. And Triendl Reina played Chiaki, the other best friend/roommate. Finally, Nakamura Hayato played Kuno Atsushi, the man that comes between Akari and Chiaki and is also Kairi’s best friend.

The drama was a story of adultery, and it contained characters that were all pretty much either hateful, unlikable or contradictory in turns throughout the story. I think the only one that I did not actively dislike was Miyoshi Kairi, but even then I found myself questioning his motives quite often. If one of your hot button issues is adultery, I recommend staying far, far away from this drama.

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Back in Time: Long Time No See

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Back in Time: Long Time No See

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Back in Time: Long Time No See (Cong Cong Na Nian: Hao Jiu Bu Jian) is a Chinese webdrama that aired in late 2015 – early 2016. The drama is a sequel to season 1 titled Back in Time, but you do not have to watch season 1 to understand what is going on in season 2.  Season 1 was based on a novel, so I’m assuming that season 2 must be based on the continuation of that same novel. It is really hard to find any information in detail (in English) about this drama, since it wasn’t as popular as the first season.Season 2 continues where Season 1 left off, showing us how this group of friends untangle their twisted relationships, all the while working towards their career goals and became contributing adults in society.

BiT: Long Time No See, Season 2 stars Vin Zhang as Qiao Ran, Molly Wang as Fang Hui and Jin Kim as Chen Xun. This trio makes up our central triangle. The drama also stars Yu Yilia as Chen Xiao Tong, Chen Xun’s fiance, Sui Yong Liang as Zeng Wen Hui, the third man in love with Fang Hui, and Li Chuan (as Zhao Ye) and You Una (as Lin Jia Mo) as the other two friends in this circle of 5.

Season 1 introduced us to Chen Xun, Qiao Ran and Zhao Ye, who have been friends since they were in elementary school. They meet two girls Fang Hui and Jia Mo in what I assume is high school, although the subtitles kept referring to it as middle school. Zhao Ye and Jia Mo ultimately pair up and are together in Season 2 without much drama. In high school, Chen Xun confesses to Fang Hui, and she accepts him. Qiao Ran backs off, even though he has been in love with Fang Hui the entire time and was the first one to reach out to her in friendship when others (including Chen Xun) were bullying her. Chen Xun and Fang Hui are happily in love together, so much so that Chen Xun skips a 13 point question just so he can go to the same university as Fang Hui. At university, Chen Xun meets and falls in “love” with Xiao Tong, and Fang Hui catches the two together as they are passionately making out. Fang Hui and Chen Xun break up, and Fang Hui sleeps with another student in retaliation, her theory being if Chen Xun can do it, why can’t she? Fang Hui becomes pregnant from that one night stand, and goes for an abortion with the support of her friends. Then one day, Fang Hui disappears, leaving everyone and everything behind. The End. Continue reading

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