April 2009


So far, I am up to date with all of the Black & White episodes, which is episode 4.  First of all I have to say Vic Zhou has fit right into his character and looking hotter than ever (: Mark, also caught my eye and he surprised me with his acting, because being his first drama he astounded me and gave me a very good impression of him as an actor. I love the action scenes, they look realistic and not over the top in my opinion as some scenes that involves special effects can be so obvious it can be irritating and they toned these just right (like Mark jumping on the train..) I was actually on the edge watching some scenes and its only episode 4! The two personalities of Pi Zi and Hero Wu are absolutely hilarious (when Pi Zi gets shot in the chest and luckily had a protective vest on but Hero Wu just made him stand up by himself) its obvious the two clash but at the end of the day they come together to make respectable police officers as well as really close friends (I’m in the same boat, my best friend is completely the opposite to me) and being opposites gives the two people really good oppurtunities to see different ideas and viewpoints, and you can learn from eachother. They are both intriguing and funny characters to watch, so far I already have the impression that Pi Zi has a past he is trying to forget (or seems to not remember) from what Gao Yi says to him in the recent episode. Mark Chao looks like he has a chip on his shoulder (an attitude with a tendancy to get angry quickly) due to being paired up with Pi Zi; the laid back, slow moving and a bit of a wuss type. Hero is much more of a worrier, workaholic type that wants to be the best he can be. So you can see the clash of the characters between the two pretty early on. Through the episodes 3 & 4, Pi Zi begins to astound Mark with the fact he is willing to do things and with his photographic memory (the hot chicks car, he says he remembers due to her being good looking LOL) and that he is infact very clever but acts stupid, Mark soon finds himself thankful and forming a friendship with Pi Zi also as he is finding leads to a case everyone thought impossible (finding Dreamer- a type of drug and stopping the criminals involved with distributing it amongst society). Chen Lin (Ivy Chen) is a very feisty character, who I can’t quite seem to work out yet apart from her being the daughter of a rich family (which I also can’t seem to find out about yet). Chen Lin gives Hero and Pi Zi a run for their money, she seems like the bad girl type from a rich/bad type family but yet has a really good heart. She holds information by the looks of it that Pi Zi and Hero need to know and she knows more than what she lets on. Then there is the other female character Lan Xi Ying (Janine Chang) who is very quiet and reserved. I don’t quite know where she comes in, but I feel the startings of a love triangle in the midst…

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Right, I am back and have watched to episode…6, yes slow sorryy! anyway, things have started to get a little bit more on track between Momo and Mars :O and I know this is a little bit late into the review..I love the opening song as well as the whole opening its really light and fluffy..anyway… they are now acknowledging their feelings for eachother but still are uncertain whether they really like eachother or if its just a fleeting moment. As I watched I saw the rivalry between Jia Sen and Mars quite funny, it was more or less childs play than actual love rivals (in the supermarket) I just laughed. I like the relationship between Mars and Yi Zhi (especially when they went shopping I couldn’t stop giggling). In these two episodes I wondered why Momo’s sister just left her…WHY WHY WHY? I know due to financial difficulties but still, couldn’t she take her with her or stick by her instead of run off to let Momo fend for herself?! I felt so sorry for Momo going through that, and then her sister comes back at the WRONG time, when they were about to kiss. Grrr…anyway, the acting from Jiro has definately improved, and I love it when he played his guitar…only if he had sung! Rainie has fit into her role as Momo really well and it is definately hotting up its absolutely blatent, but they are too embarassed to mention it to one another incase of rejection 😦 therefore, so far I have to admit I’m enjoying it for what it is, a cute romantic comedy drama, and it is really nice and gives me the warm fuzzy feelings (:

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Okay guys, as well as currently reviewing ToGetHer which I will do (Just I need time as I will review it a bit slower and not so fast). I will also review Black & White, starring Vic Zhou (Pi Zi) and Mark Chao (Hero Wu). I saw this while I was browsing through other wordpress blogs and spotted a trailer of Black & White and was really intrigued it seems much more adult and less warm and bubbly with a darker side. I also love the fact…Vic Zhou is back and taking on a very emotional role, which I haven’t seen him like this since Mars in 2004. So time to watch the first aired episode, including the little side trailers tehe.

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Okay so, I have currently finished up to episode 4, so far of Jiro Wang (Mars) I do have a good impression of him but he could tone down some of his acting as in parts it does go a bit over border, not much but I could see it. It seems to me quite a typical love/hate relationship with a typical boy meets girl storyline, with the twist of superstar meets an agorophobic girl. When I watched it I saw a mix of DBY and Smiling Pasta; a warm feeling, a slow flowering romance with a slight love triangle (Smiling Pasta feel) and then with the problems that stands in the two’s way to get happiness and the protectiveness over eachother (a DBY feeling). Rainie (Momo) played a completely different character from her last drama (Miss No Good) and she seems quite versatile with the ability to change into each different characters shoes. I found Jiro (Mars) quite entertaining as he pulled off the pompous popstar really well (some of the costumes Mars (Jiro) has to wear I found really amusing, especially the skinnies as they were like a second skin and in bright bold colours, I’m surprised they didn’t tear or anything during filming LOL).

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Already there is a small understanding between the two, and an obvious liking for eachother, just as usual absolutely oblivious to it. To me the rivalry and the love triangle is a bit weak as it is clear on who the victor is but all the same there is going to be some rivalry which I can’t wait for. Obstacles are eagerly awaiting the two which I can see all the way from the start of the drama, as he is a star he’s bound to land himself in something. Again, complete opposite characters to eachother yet they compliment eachother in the weirdest of ways, personally a very typical romantic/comedy drama, but all the same it is indeed enjoyable. In the drama, the stubborn side of Mars is getting mellowed even in the beginning, he isn’t as rash as before due to the influence of Momo, even if the love relationship is taking the short course the changes in the people is evident. A very slow paced story, which I like especially in this case otherwise it wouldn’t make much of  a storyline of it was all in an instant there wouldn’t be any other story to go on and I’d find it boring.

Between the two main characters the humour is really entertaining for me to watch, as I really do find it funny between them. They both wind eachother up without realising, but yet they expect encouragement and only eachothers insults or meaningful words affect them which is obvious as its a love story but still its amusing to watch. Jia Sen (George Hu) I’m afraid he has already gotten on my nerves, yes I understand that he has to play the part of a boy with a mental disability but he is just way too protective and selfish of Momo’s attention which is obviously going to irritate me as I root for Momo & Mars. The supporting roles so far also are keeping me quite amused especially Yi Zhi (Jin Qin) he’s just funny as a person which is reassuring for the rest of the drama. I will update and keep everyone up to date.

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This is the new airing drama that stars Yang Cheng Lin (Rainie). I have seen quite a few of her dramas, and I must say she is a nice actress to watch, this is the first drama I have ever seen Jiro Wang in so I hope he makes a good first impression. Anyway, I was keeping my eye on ToGetHer and since now there is around 10 episodes updated I will watch, usually I prefer to watch a completed drama but this one I can’t wait for and I will put up a few posts until I finish reviewing. This drama I will take a bit more slowly and not watch them like a marathon. My first impressions of this drama is on a level, I like the fact she has abnormal behaviour and is different from other girls, and Mars (Jiro Wang) at first doesn’t like the idea at all but warms to her and stops being such a stuck up pompous ass. So on with the first episode (:

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I watched Mars last year during a holiday as I was new and fresh to watching asian drama, it was one of the first and one of the most memorable. I rewatched it again after Iljimae in my easter holidays, as I kept hearing the soundtrack anywhere I went (must have been telling me something :D) So I rewatched it, I even had to replay sections that I absolutely adored. Which is quite..sad. After that I have now bought the DVD as over the internet you never know if its going to stay there for long. So as the drama is still very fresh in my mind. Review time!

I loved all of the tension in the drama, I was on edge literally all of the time. It is a dark, brooding and psycological drama, it is quite complex due to the dark pasts that the two main characters had was really intriguing to watch as it unfolded before me. Since the huge burst of Taiwanese dramas, Mars is definately one of the best ones that has been released since and much better than Meteor Garden, in my opinion. It is much more emotionally deep, as I watched it, it seemed very dream like but at the same time serious and seemed as though this sort of thing could indeed happen. This drama is not for the light heartened, it  has complexity, even with the love story it runs along it also portrays the lives of what people do have to live sometimes, it doesn’t just focus on the two main characters love story, but of other supporting roles. Even in the first episode, I was glued to the screen, in my opinion the first episode set the scene really well, it didn’t give away too much all at once and it wasn’t at all predictable, I found that created the basis of a brilliant drama.

I absolutely loved, the chemistry build up between the two charachters, the two main actors completely took over the roles with flying colours. Ling (Vic Zhou) a carefree, dare devil, playboy with a deep dark past that he seems to keep upon his shoulers and doesn’t recollect much of it. Qi Luo (Barbie Xiu) a withdrawn, shy and traumatised with a past that haunts her as well as Ling’s. Together they heal eachother in this quite astounding love story of their ups and downs and them slowly picking up the pieces for one another. I loved the mix of characters in the drama, the different types of people they come across from their past and people in the future. I even loved how the two main characters are completely opposite yet they attract each other like magnets, learning to heal each other and their weaknesses to make each other a better person and a changed person at that. Ling’s violent temper cools down, his playboy attitude wiped clean to make a nice and kind boy with a protection over the girl he loves.  Qi Luo breaks out of her shell and becomes a lot more sociable she gets used to the others around her and begins to voice how she feels rather than bottle it within herself.

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I liked how both characters were in one way or another talented, for instance Qi Luo was amazing at art, the paintings were really breathtaking (especially the one of ling) and Ling a motorbike rider and to be honest..when he went under that truck I fell in love with the actor (LOL even if it was a stunt double?). Immense driving if you ask me. I like how they are both hurting inside, and they pick each other out of all the others, at first Qi Luo hates men and is more scared of Ling due to his playboy attitude. It’s really sweet how Ling picks her out all due to a photo of something she couldn’t have, and began to ease her from her pain as she did to him. I nearly cried at some points as they were so touching.

This drama is an adaptation of a manga series called MARS, I read parts and found that in fact it followed it quite closely, which is pleasing as some dramas just completely abandon the real point of the manga/drama, and that is quite a shame. Whereas this one did please me. From start to finish I thoroughly enjoyed it, even with the supporting roles with their own little stories I enjoyed them just as much. There wasn’t just straight forward love story, all fine a bubbly, it was a sensitive and very pure love. Not just that emotion, but violence and emotional rollercoasters, made this drama a great success. Half of the time I wished I could be in there, or felt I actually was a part of it, it just felt realistic to me.

So, in the end I quite honestly adored this drama, I was intrigued and interesting from the moment I pressed the play button. I fell in love with the storyline and the characters at that. Everything fit together perfectly well, the producer and director really pulled off a fascinating Taiwanese drama. It hurtled two of the most popular actors of Taiwan today to the top. So, I greatly recommend this drama to anyone up for mixed emotions and a psycological rollercoaster (:

Okay, I may be young but not too long ago I felt a sudden urge to read Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen. I began to get curious about her work a while ago as my mum (random I know) said about them and I also remember in the middle of Tescos (LOL) seeing the DVD. So while I was moving into my new room I found Pride & Prejudice in a box full of books so I took it out and just sat down and read. To be quite honest…I was blown away.

The book is a very traditional and old romance novel, nothing sexual or rude at all, just true love in its purest form. No physical contact, apart from the dancing BUT don’t be put off by it. The attraction is absolutely mind blowing. I found it really intriguing how just by dancing and a few moments together true love takes its course, unlike today when everything is rushed and over in split seconds. This book actually savors and goes into detail the feelings and emotions of these well loved characters. I also love anything that shows a hate relationship that becomes a love relationship. Pride & Prejudice to my great satisfaction was one of those that spurred from a great huge mishap from the very beginning on both sides. It is about a family of 5 young women with a absolute nutcracker of a mother and a very mellow and quiet father. Their mother is trying to marry them off, (as back in those days women didn’t have equality to men) otherwise if their father had died they would no longer have a place to live as neither of the 5 daughters were to inherit their little estate. It shows mainly the love story between Elizabeth Bennett and Mr. Darcy, which I call a ‘beautiful mistake’ 🙂 Their attraction to each other is obvious at the very start, and it is almost frustrating at some points during the book as their dislike for each other that spurs from tales from other people gets too far out of hand. Aside from Elizabeth and Darcy’s love story, it tells of Lizzy’s sister Jane and Mr. Bingley, whom takes a liking to Jane and thus begins a side relationship between these two characters, though due to Lizzy’s and Mr. Darcy’s odd hate towards each other creates problems for this cute couple as the story goes on.

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During the book these two take on a number of problems, Lizzy who takes a liking to Mr. Wickham, at the beginning of the book doesn’t turn out too well as through Mr. Darcy, she realizes just what type of man he really is. Mr. Darcy has to attend to his fiery and very independent aunt (Catherine de Bourgh) who has a small disliking to Lizzy due to her being very opinionated and outspoken for a young lady which she shouldn’t be. Lydia; Lizzy’s younger sister and youngest in the family runs into trouble of her own, yet as these problems surface for these two, this is what brings them closer and closer together. Lizzy’s visit at Pemberley; Mr. Darcy’s home was a great impact for her and she soon comes to realize how she feels for the man.

The characters in the book, I have to admit I absolutely loved. Mr. Darcy a cold and pretty arrogant man along side a warm and very independent Elizabeth really impacted the both of them. Their chemistry was amazing, their stupid petty arguments really made me giggle and then sometimes made me bite my nails as the story began to unravel, I have to admit I was frustrated with both of their stupidness as they were so oblivious >.> Two completely different characters, attracted without even realizing it became completely drawn to one another, they both changed from learning about each other and made them to be honest a perfect couple. I liked how Mr. Darcy a handsome and rich young man with back in those days a really good wage falls for a pure, fiery and plain girl because of her personality and not for her appearance, I think that was really nice and teaches the reader a lot about what searching for a loved one should entail rather than looking for a great looking person instead of their lovely personality.

So, altogether this book left me breathless, now I know why Jane Austen’s books are still around today, I love them so much I am currently reading another of her books; Emma. Which I will post a review after I have done, but I have other drama’s to rewatch so I can write reviews on them and some movies I wish to review aswell. Anyway, Pride & Prejudice, if you like love/hate relationship and a complex story from old and traditional times then I highly recommend it. Even if your young, I’m 15 years of age and I coped and I absolutely love the book, so give it a try 🙂

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