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Korean Drama ♦ Moon Lovers – Scarlet Heart: Ryeo / 달의 연인 – 보보경심: 려 ~♥

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Title: Moon Lovers – Scarlet Heart: Ryeo / 달의 연인 – 보보경심: 려
Genre: Historical, Romance, Time-travel
Episodes: 20
Country: South Korea
Broadcast Year: 2016

Synopsis:

This drama is based on Chinese novel “Bu Bu Jing Xin” by Tong Hua which was originally published online in 2005 on Jinjiang Original Network. The novel also adapted into the Chinese television series “Scarlet Heart” which was aired in Hunan Broadcasting System (HBS) from 2011-Sep-10 to 2011-Sep-29 and also “Scarlet Heart 2” which was aired in Zhejiang STV (ZJTV) from 2014-Apr-22 to 2014-May-07.


This drama was fully pre-produced before airing which is a departure from the live-shoot production format that characterizes most Korean dramas. The Filming Began on 2016-Jan and Completed on 2016-June-30. The series will be simulcast in China, Japan and Hong Kong.


The story set up in the early of Goryeo regime. Hae Soo (IU), a 25 year old girl from modern era got transported back to Goryeo dynasty and got trapped in the conflicts and struggles between princes of Wang’s House. There, she falls in love with Wang So (Lee Joon Ki) who makes other people tremble with fear. (Credit: Koreandrama.org)

Comment:

Moon Lovers – Scarlet Heart: Ryeo aired its last episode in November 2016 and I finally find time to write my review on it. This drama is adapted from Tong Hua's novel, Bu Bu Jing Xin - Startling by Each Step. I watched the China version some years back and was really touched by the sad ending. It was quite a hit at that time and I was hoping the Korea version will not follow the sad ending.

The Princes = Eye Candy ^^

I cannot help compare both Korea and China version while I was watching Moon Lovers - Scarlet Heart: Ryeo. I find the Korea version more emotional, with the sad childhood and background of Wang So (Starring: Lee Joon Ki). By the way, I just want to comment on Lee Joon Ki's acting. He is really marrrvelooous! He portrayed the emotions of Wang Soo fantastically. I feel sad for his character. And when he is cold and angry, he is really fearful. I wonder why they call him the wolf dog though, this is something they did not follow the China version. Personally, I feel that its not very appropriate. And Lee Jong Ki even go on a diet to appear 'thinner' for this character in order to look more like an...ahem..."injured animal". He lost 15kg on a diet of 5 to 6 months. Seriously?? But honestly, I did find his jawline very sexy in Moon Lovers - Scarlet Heart: Ryeo. His jawline does became sharper due to his weight lost. Haha. And he is really cool with his face mask on.


Anyway, IU, on the other hand might need to brush up on her acting, but I think she is consider okay, given that she is a young actress? I find her exceptionally sweet and cute in Moon Lovers – Scarlet Heart: Ryeo. She looks pretty in all those colorful period costumes. 

I like how the director of this drama shoot some of the scenes, it makes the setting of the drama very beautiful and epic. And not to mention the gorgeous costumes and eye candies (all the princes ^^).
I thought the portrait of King Gwang Jong looks like the real life Wang So, lol! Anyway, I hope that the Korea version will shoot a second part, as I personally feel that the ending is not complete. I was actually looking forward to a scene where by Wang So will meet Hae Soo in modern time. But it just end with him saying he will look for his Hae Soo.
 
Don't they look good together? :)


If you have watch neither Korea version, Moon Lovers - Scarlet Heart: Ryeo or China version, Bu Bu Jing Xing, please give this drama a chance. Both versions are definitely worth watching!

Chinese Drama ♦ Mr Right / Wo De Nan Shen / 我的男神 ~♥

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Title: Mr Right / Wo De Nan Shen / 我的男神

Genre: Romance, Comedy
Episode: TBC
Country: Mainland
Broadcast Year: 2016 / 2017


Synopsis:


Wang Wei An (Ji Chang Wook) - Handsome and romantic, but rebellious personality. Unfettered, like a wild horse. 

However, this bronco happen to meet a wild lady - Yang Hai Yi (Wang Xiao Cheng). It was love at first sight for Yang Hai Yi and Wang Wei An's twin brother, Wang Rui (Ji Chang Wook). 

She regarded Wang Rui as a man of God and actively in pursuit of him at all costs. Unexpectedly and accidentally, Yang Hai Yi mistaken Wang Wei An as Wang Rui. This created all kinds of ridiculous jokes, one after another. 

 

At the same time, Wang Rui's fiancee - He Lian Na, was also involved. Beautiful and elegant, He Lian Na was initially disgusted with Wang Wei An. 

However, she also begin to regard him as man of God in the end. Both Yang Hai Yi and He Lian Na fight with one another in displaying their housekeeping and cooking skills. 

Just for the love of Wang Wei An.




Complications were add on as Zhang Wen He - He Lian Na's ex-boyfriend; Wang Rui's rival, gets involved in their disputes.







Zhang Wen He fell in love with Yang Hai Yi, in order to make her love him, he become enemies with both Wang Wei An and Wang Rui. 

After going through so much hardships, ups and downs. Will Wang Wei An and Yang Hai Yi finally tie the knot?

Chinese Drama ♦ Jade Lovers / Fei Cui Lian Ren / 翡翠恋人 ~♥

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Title: Jade Lovers / Fei Cui Lian Ren / 翡翠恋人
Genre: Romance, Republican
Episode: TBC
Country: Mainland
Broadcast Year: 2016 / 2017


Synopsis:


In 1930s, western town. Emerald firm of the Shen's family bankrupted. The heir, Shen Cheng Xi (Zheng Shuang) works hard but suffers injustice grudge. Their competitor, Bai Luo Han (Lee Jong-Suk) is a cold and nonchalant man. However, Bai Luo Han gradually finds himself attracted to the enthusiastic and optimistic Shen Cheng Xi. Although Shen Cheng Xi tries to withstand the distance between Bai Luo Han. The two still gets closer.


Chu Xue (Song Yan Fei) has been working hard and fighting alone since young, she owns and well kept her shop, which has now become a sanctuary for Shen Cheng Xi. The daughter of British Jewelry company's Chairman, Lin Yun Ran (Chen Shu) try ways and means to schemed against Shen Cheng Xi, in order to win the heart of Bai Luo Han. 

Mu Feng (Ceng Hong Chang) who is Shen Cheng Xi's childhood friend, guard and protect her lovingly. While the eccentric son of warlord, Lei Tian Ao (Li Yuan) become fast friends with Shen Cheng Xi. Shen Chen Xi works hard during her apprenticeship and at the same time trying to save the Shen's family estate by searching for a treasure.



 Shen Cheng Xi, Bai Luo Han and Mu Feng search for the treasure together, but also coincidentally find out the true identity of Shen Cheng Xi and Bai Luo Han. 

Both Shen Cheng Xi and Bai Luo Han hence turn into love hate relationship and have to make painful choices. Bai Luo Han's adopted father died in the hands of the Japanese.  



The Japanese invade and seek to take control of the jewellery market. These young people grow rapidly in the difficult times and achieve more along the way in the drama, Jade Lovers.

Chinese Drama ♦ Ren Sheng Ruo Ru Chu Xiang Jian / 人生若如初相见 ~♥

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Title: If Life Ever Meet / Ren Sheng Ruo Ru Chu Xiang Jian / 人生若如初相见
Episode: TBC
Genre: Republican, Romance, War
Country: Mainland
Broadcast Year: 2016 / 2017


Synopsis:

A story on the Republican Era of China. It was love at first sight for Yi Lian Kai (Han Dong Jun) when he first laid his eyes on Qin Sang (Sun Yi). He painstakingly tried ways and means to make her belong to him. Finally, he manage to force her to marry him in the end. 

After marriage, Yi Lian Kai's arrogant personality remain unchanged as well as his flirty nature. Qin Sang, being a female scholar, is courteous towards her own husband.



However, a family issue creates conflict between the pair. Yi Lian Kai may seem callous towards Qin Sang, but there is a reason behind his actions.




There seems to be peace and harmony in the Yi family, but the brothers are in fact fighting with one another.  

More complications are add on with the appearance of Pan Jian Chi (Xu Zheng Xi), as he is Qin Sang's past lover and his real identity remains a mystery.











Ren Sheng Ruo Ru Chu Xiang Jian 人生若如初相见 is a drama adapted from C-novel, Mi Wo Wei Cheng 迷雾围城 / Color of the Night by Fei Wo Si Cun (Fei Wo Si Cun's novel discussion).


Chinese Drama ♦ A Smile is Beautiful / Just One Smile is Very Alluring / Wei Wei Yi Xiao Hen Qing Cheng / 微微一笑很倾城 ~♥

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Title: A Smile is Beautiful / Wei Wei Yi Xiao Hen Qing Cheng / 微微一笑很倾城
Genre: Romance / Online Gaming / School
Episode: 30 TBC
Country: Mainland
Broadcast Year: 2016


Synopsis:


Bei Wei Wei (Zheng Shuang, Also starring in Chronicle of Life and The Cage of Love) is the school belle in her university, 

her ambition is to become a Digital Game Engineer. She adopted an online game identity as "Reed Slightly" and interact among other online players. 

 


Due to Bei Wei Wei's refusal to upload her real life photo, she was ruthlessly abandon by another crazy online player. 


However, Bei Wei Wei accidentally got the first master of the online game, Xiao Nai's approbation. 

In order to win the 'Crazy Challenge', Bei Wei Wei agreed with Xiao Nai's alliance and team up with him.
Both Bei Wei Wei and Xiao Nai pair up and went through thick and thin together in the online world. 

But never will Bei Wei Wei dream that the person whom she pair up with is actually the popular figure in the university, Xiao Nai (Yang Yang). 

Whether it is online or offline, Xiao Nai possess all outstanding abilities of the 'Great God'. 

Even more coincidentally, he is the person in charge of the game development and testing. 

Fate works in mysterious ways, by the time Bei Wei Wei discovered the truth, both She and Xiao Nai has naturally become a pair.








A Smile is Beautiful / Wei Wei Yi Xiao Hen Qing Cheng is a drama adapted from Chinese novel, Just One Smile is Very Alluring 微微一笑很倾城 by Gu Man.

Taiwan Drama ♦ Refresh Man / Hou Cai Niao De Can Lan Shi Dai / 后菜鸟的灿烂时代 ~♥


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Title: Refresh Man / Hou Cai Niao De Can Lan Shi Dai / 后菜鸟的灿烂时代
Genre: Comedy, Romance, Modern
Country: Taiwan
Episode: 20 TBC
Broadcast Year: 2016

Synopsis:

There is a group of people in the workforce. They work without much enthusiasm, while working will think about what to have for lunch later. They just pass each day as it comes, after work will think about where to chill out. They work just to have enough fixed income. No promotion but also non-rookie, this group is generally called "after rookie" or "refresh man".

Working as a Secretary, Zhong Yu Tang (Joanne Tseng) never feel like a 'after rookie/refresh man'. In her opinion, so long as she has done her part and get things done properly, all will be well. Her subordinates also obey and respect her. Just as she, as well as everyone, thought that she will take over to become the Chief Secretary; comes the unexpected outbreak. 

The new CEO, Ji Wen Kai (Aaron Yan, also starring in Just You) is the boy who used to lived next door to Zhong Yu Tang; a boy who does not do well in his studies. On the contrary, Zhong Yu Tang used to do well as a student and always 'take advantage' of the then Ji Wen Kai. With now the tables turned, Ji Wen Kai begins a series of 'devil training' for Zhong Yu Tang.

Refresh Man (Trailer) released in March 2016. 



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Chinese Drama ♦ Translator / Les Interprète / Fan Yi Guan / 翻译官 ~♥

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Title: Translator / Les Interprète / Fan Yi Guan / 亲爱的翻译官
Country: Mainland
Genre: Romance, Modern
Episode: 42 TBC
Broadcast Year: 2016 / 2017


Synopsis:


Professional and major in the French language, Qiao Fei (Yang Mi) grew up determined to be a translator. She met genius translator, Chen Jia Yang (Huang Xuan) in a chance encounter. And in order to avoid her former boyfriend, Gao Jia Ming, Qiao Fei got to know Chen Jia Yang. 

Qiao Fei unexpectedly found out that Chen Jia Yang is her translator interviewer the next day, and she is his interviewee. Both of them start off with a misunderstanding as they work together. 



Eventually, Qiao Fei earns Chen Jia Yang's affirmation through her unremitting efforts. The two finally confirmed their feelings for one another after going through all twists and turns. 

Just as Qiao Fei's career and love life started off well, there was a surprise turn of events. Gao Jia Ming once again invade in her life. 

Realities and lack of trust rise conflicts among Chen Jia Yang and Qiao Fei. And they eventually break up. Chen Jia Yang welcome new challenges in his career, while Qiao Fei took a break to upgrade her French language. 








Both of them grow to be a better person and after facing death, they have a fresh start once again. They realized their true feelings. 

Qiao Fei in pursuit of higher career aspirations and Chen Jia Yang also finally found his true self.


Translator (Trailer) is adapted by Chinese novel, Les Interprète / Interpreter by Miao Juan (Ji Huan Huan).








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Korean Drama ♦ Descendants of the Sun / 태양의 후예 ~♥

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Title: Descendants of the Sun / 태양의 후예
Genre: Melodrama, Romance, Soldier
Episodes: 16

Country: South Korea
Broadcast Year: 2016


Synopsis


This drama was fully pre-produced before airing which is a departure from the live-shoot production format that characterizes most Korean dramas.

UN peacekeeping troops are dispatched to the war-torn country of Uruk (fictional Eastern European country). Captain Yoo Shi Jin (Song Joong Ki) is the team leader of the Special Warfare Command unit, meets Kang Mo Yun (Song Hye Kyo), a volunteer doctor with Doctors Without Borders. As they work alongside each other in disaster- and disease-stricken zones, Shi Jn and Mo Yun clash then fall in love. (Credit: koreandrama.org)


Descendants of the Sun (Trailer) is Song Joong Ki‘s comeback project after serving his two years in the military.




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