Dark Blue and Moonlight

So, in my continuing journey to watch more BL dramas out there, I recently watched the Dark Blue and Moonlight from Taiwan. I thought I’d share my views on it in this mini-review.

I think I am liking Taiwanese BL dramas the best thus far, although some Thai BL dramas are a close second. They are both generous with their kissing, but story wise, the only Thai dramas I’ve seen are coming of age/falling in love series, so those seem a bit juvenile to me. There might be other more mature Thai BL out there, but I haven’t looked into it too deeply and I always need my dramas to have a happy ending, so there is that added limitation. Chinese dramas are still censoring the L part of BL, leading us to lackluster bromances that leave most fans disappointed (Advanced Bravely anyone?).

Other reviews to follow. 🙂

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Dark Blue and Moonlight

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Dark Blue and Moonlight was a 12-episode Taiwanese BL series that aired from 11/21/2017 to 12/27/2017. Each episode was about 22 minutes long. The series was about Su Hai Qing (Aric Chen)  and his aspirations to becoming an artist. It was about Yan Fei (Wang Ting Yun), a high level employee in a media company, and his live-in lover, Jimmy (Lin Charles); the two have been together for years, but Yan Fei still hides this relationship from his mother and the two seem to be on the brink of breaking up. It was about Chen Ping Jun (Tim Huang), who meets and falls in love with Hai Qing, but ends up losing him.

Ultimately, this story was about how Hai Qing and Yan Fei met, fell in love and achieved their happily ever after at the cost of hurting their respective partners immensely. Continue reading

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Love (2012)

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Love (2012)

I just finished watching Love 2012, a movie that was a joint Chinese/Taiwanese production and aired in 2012. The movie was an ensemble piece, which starred Mark Chao as Mark Na, Vicki Zhao Wei as Jin Xiao Ye, Amber Kuo as Lu Xiao Ni, Ivy Chen as Li Yi Jia, Eddie Peng as Ah Kai, Shu Qi as Zoe Fang, Doze Niu as Lu Ping and Ethan Ruan as Li Xiao Kuan.

There were 3 intertwining stories, with links between the different parts; some links were a bit more tenuous than others. The scenes of the movies flowed from one story to the other as we moved along in these characters’ lives. Each story was about finding love, losing love or reconnecting with an old love, and really about how everyone, from the youngest to the oldest character, is just looking for love in life to make things a little bit sweeter.

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Black and White

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Black and White

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I just finished watching Taiwanese drama Black and White, which aired in Taiwan between April, 2009 and June, 2009.  The drama starred Vic Zhou as Chen Zai Tien (Pi Zi), a cop with a mysterious past. Mark Chao was Wu Ying Xiong, the righteous cop who believed in only seeing the worlds in Black and White. Janine Chang played Lan Xi Ying, the beautiful forensic scientist who loved Ying Xiong.  Ivy Chen played Chen Lin, the princess of the SanLian Gang, who everyone seemed to fall in love with left and right. And Xiu Jie Kai played Xiao Ming, who rounded out the cast as the soldier with a mysterious past.

Black and White was about two cops with two very different styles in doing their jobs, and this is the story of how their partnership makes them better as police officers and human beings. The pair take on a corrupt system and take down the people involved, and each learns some hard truths about themselves as they go along in solving crimes and falling in love with the same woman.

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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