Taiwanese drama list [watched]


  • Corner with Love
    Devil Beside You
    Down with Love
    Easy Fortune Happy Life
    Endless Love
    Fated to Love You
    Hana-Kimi (Hua Yang Shao Nian Nu)
  • Happy 300 Days
    Hayate the Combat Butler
    Hi, My Sweetheart
  • In Between
  • Inborn Pair
    It Started with a Kiss (ISWAK)
    Just You
    Love Forward
    Love Keeps Going
    MARS
    Magicians of Love
    Material Queen
    Mean Girl Ah Chu
    Miss Rose
    My Lucky Star
    My Prince
    P.S. Man
    Princess’ Stand In / Substitute Princess
  • Rock ‘n’ Road
    Rolling Love
    Smiling Pasta
    So I’m not Handsome
    Starlit
    The Girl in Blue
    They Kiss Again (ISWAK 2)
  • The Pursuit of Happiness
  • What is Love

The Wedding Game


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Details

  • Chinese Title: 大喜事
  • Genre: Romance, comedy
  • Duration: 103 minutes
  • Budget: $1.5 million
  • Director: Ekachai Uekrongtham
  • Producers: Mediacorp Raintree Pictures (Singapore); Double Vision(Malaysia); Speedy Productions (Malaysia); Scorpio East Pictures (Singapore)
  • Writers: Dennis Chew, Desmond Sim, Ekachai Uekrongtham
  • Distributed by: Golden Village Pictures
  • Country of origin: Singapore and Malaysia
  • Language: Mandarin
  • Release Date: January 25, 2009
  • Gmtn96’s blog rating: 4.5 stars out of 5

Synopsis

Jack Fang publicly proposes to Vikki Tse during the live telecast of a regional awards show. Surprised but happy, Vikki accepts. What the public doesn’t know is that the entire love affair of these two famous celebrities, Jack and Vikki, is an elaborate and meticulously planned ruse designed by their ambitious managers, May and Tom, to trick the public into believing that they are getting married. In reality, Jack has disliked Vikki from the first day they met and vice versa. Yet for fame and money from endorsements, these rival celebrities keep up with their “fake” marriage to increase their popularity. Just when everything starts going well, an incident rattles some of the fans and the media. There is now lingering doubt about the authenticity of this love match.

Cast

Starring 领衔主演 As
Fann Wong 范文芳 Vikki 谢文琪
Christopher Lee 李铭顺 Jack 方子杰
Clares Chan 陳建州(黑人) Tom 汤哥
Alice Lau 刘雅丽 May 阿美

 

Co-Starring

  • Daniel Tan 陈家风
  • Lai Ming 黎明
  • Saiful Apek
  • Chin Chi Kang 钱自刚

Special Appearance by Team Singapore

Soundtrack

Besides having local rising talent Hagen Tan collaborating with veteran musician Dr Ng King Kang for the production, soundtrack producer and music arranger are filled in by local talent too.
Original Soundtrack

  • 1. 我们的爱 (Hagen Tan 陈孟奇 & Christy Yow 姚惠敏)
  • 2. 双喜 (Hagen Tan 陈孟奇)
  • 3. 习惯 (吴庆康 & 陈丽伊 Katherine Tan)
  • 4. 爱反复 (Hagen Tan 陈孟奇)
  • 5. 爱反复 (吉他伴奏版)
  • 6. 我们的爱 (钢琴伴奏版)
  • 7. 我舍不得 (Hagen Tan 陈孟奇 Demo 版).

Trailer

 

Notes

  1. The film was written by Dennis Chew, Desmond Sim and Ekachai Uekrongtham, and directed by Ekachai Uekrongtham, and was shot in Singapore and Malaysia, Malacca. The working title for the film was originally The Wedding of the Year, but was officially changed to The Wedding Game.The Wedding Game marks Singapore Sports Council and production company Raintree Pictures’ first silver screen collaboration. As this is the first time Team Singapore athletes are featured in a movieFilming took less than a month and occurred in late 2008.
  2. Mediacorp Raintree Pictures held the Singapore premiere of The Wedding Game on January 23, 2009 at the Golden Village Cinemas in both Great World City and VivoCity at 7.30pm and 9.00pm respectively. Its Malaysia premiere was held on January 22, 2009 at The Pavilion.
    Island-wide screening in Singapore will commence on January 25, 2009.
  3. The Wedding Game has raked in S$1.25 million at the Singapore box office since it opened in Singapore on January 25 despite strong competition from other titles. It has also done well in Malaysia collecting an impressive RM$2 million as of February 1.
  4. Rating of this movie was publicly discussed as The Wedding Game were argued to be too erotic or obscene and are unsuitable for the young were rated as PG (Parental-Guidance) while its main local competitor Love Matters were rated NC-16 by the censorship board.

Sources: wikipedia, asianfanatics.net

Doctor’s Diary


Details

  • Title: Männer sind die beste Medizin
  • Genre: Romance, Soap opera, comedy
  • Seasons: 3
  • Episodes: 24
  • Broadcast network: RTL Television
  • Broadcast Period: June 23, 2008-February 14, 2011

Synopsis

The protagonist is Dr. Gretchen Haase who causes turmoil not only in the surgical ward but also in the hearts of her colleagues. After a disastrous relationship Gretchen goes back to the house of her parents, a professor of surgery and a competent uber-mother. Gretchen’s aim is to finally pursue her career and to forget men. She copes with professional adventures in a charming and unselfish manner – but her love-life soon becomes chaotic. Her new senior physician, Dr. Marc Meier, is not only the worst macho in the department, he also happens to be Gretchen’s long-term teenage heartthrob. Or does the good-natured gynaecologist Dr. Mehdi Kaan maybe have the better cards? Gretchen Haase never presents herself as a goddess in a white overall, but she remains a very normal woman who pursues her career, yet always listens to her heart. And her heart does not always beat rationally. From the standpoint of an imperfect and witty protagonist the genre “Medical” becomes amusing family entertainment with addiction potential. Finally we have the proof: doctors are only human. They tell lies, fall in love and suffer. And for obesity and love sickness a cure has yet to be found.

Cast

Sources: wikipedia, tv.com

The Raven: Hollywood’s Story [Reaction]


The movie The Raven is a movie about a madman begins committing horrific murders inspired by Edgar Allan Poe’s works.  Throughout the movie there are a lot of similarities and difference between The Raven and Edgar Allan Poe’s life.  So, in this paper I am going to point out some of them and the reason why Hollywood decided to make The Raven like that.

Differences

First, in the final scene of the movie we see that EAP is dying in a bench in Baltimore where an old man found him and then notified for help, while in real life he was found in a street of Baltimore delirious, in great distress, and in need of immediate assistance.  Another difference is that EAP’s love is named Emily; in EAP’s life she could have been a representation of his fiancée, after Virginia’s death, Elmira Royster Shelton.  But, wait, why isn’t Emily a representation of EAP’s love and wife Virginia?  Because, the time of the movie is in the 1849 and EAP’s wife Virginia died on January 30, 1847.  Also, EAP in the movie tells detective Fields about the story of his wife, Virginia, which had suffered from her first symptoms of consumption while singing and playing the piano.  A final difference that I want to mention is that, in the beginning of the movie Poe had already published The Raven and he still wasn’t famous, but on Poe’s real life after he published The Raven he gained more fame and “made Poe a household name”.

Similarities

As shown on the movie, EAP was in fact an acute alcoholic, a writer and a poet.  He was also a critic, published a lot of poems and short stories.

He died on October 7, 1849 as mention in both the biography and the movie.  Though in the movie it’s not mention that he died on October 7, 1849 but rather that Emily was going to die that day.  – This is seen when they went to the church to look for Emily and then Poe finds in the graveyard a cross with Emily’s name; birth, and dead date on it. – But, we can say that the murderer, Ivan Reynolds, was predicting that that day EAP was going to die.  His editor, Henry Maddux, mentions to Fields that EAP had lost every single woman he has ever loved.  In real life he lost every single woman his ever loved because of consumption; he lost his mother, the only mother he has ever know, Frances Allan; and his wife Virginia.  On a final point that I wanted to mention is that Poe actually went to the army United States Military Academy at West Point.

Hollywood

As for why Hollywood made some changes to the movie, and why they made it like that; we can say that it was to make the movie appealing and interesting to the audience.  This movie if it didn’t have the suspense and thriller it was just going to be “the life of Edgar Allan Poe”.  So, to make the audience want to watch it and have good sales they made it like that.

A Gentleman’s Dignity


Details

  • Title: 신사의 품격 / Shinsa-ui Poomgyuk
  • Also known as: Gentlemen’s Class / Grace of Gentleman / Gentleman’s Classy
  • Genre: Romance, comedy
  • Episodes: 20
  • Broadcast network: SBS
  • Broadcast period: 2012-May-26 to 2012-Aug-12
  • Air time: Saturday & Sunday 21:50
  • Original Soundtrack: A Gentleman’s Dignity OST
  • Gmtn96’s rating: 5 out of 5 stars
  • Watch online on viki.com in any language subtitle by the The Gentleman’s Club Team
  • Watch Online on dramafever, hulu

Synopsis

A drama about the careers and love lives of urban professionals. It will tell the story of four men in their forties as they go through love, breakup, success and failure.

Kim Do Jin (Jang Dong Gun), an architect with a scathing tongue have romantic relationship with strict high school teacher Seo Yi Soo (Kim Ha Neul), who moonlights as an umpire at amateur baseball games. Im Tae San (Kim Soo Ro) is dating a cold-hearted woman (Yoon Se Ah) but wonders if there is someone else out there for him. Choi Yoon (Kim Min Jong) tries to heal his heart after losing his wife four years ago. Lee Jung Rok (Lee Jong Hyuk) marries an older woman (Kim Jung Nan) for money but may lose his comfortable lifestyle in a divorce.–viki

Cast

Main Cast
Extended Cast
Special Appearances

Production Credits

Recognitions

2013 22nd High1 Seoul Music Awards
  • Best OST: “My Love” (A Gentleman’s Dignity OST Part 5) by Lee Jong Hyun
2012 SBS Drama Awards
2012 Grime Awards
2012 20th Korean Culture Entertainment Awards
2012 1st Daejoon Drama Festival – K-Drama Star Awards
2012 5th Korea Drama Awards

Episode Ratings

Date Episode TNmS AGB
Nationwide Seoul Nationwide Seoul
2012-05-26 1 13.7% (2nd) 15.9% (2nd) 14.1% (2nd) 16% (2nd)
2012-05-27 2 12.1% (5th) 15.2% (4th) 12.8% (4th) 14.6% (4th)
2012-06-02 3 14.0% (3rd) 15.6% (3rd) 14.9% (2nd) 16.7% (2nd)
2012-06-03 4 14.8% (4th) 19.0% (4th) 14.8% (4th) 16.5% (4th)
2012-06-09 5 17.4% (2nd) 20.5% (2nd) 15.9% (2nd) 17% (2nd)
2012-06-10 6 16.5% (3rd) 20.3% (4th) 16.8% (3rd) 19.4% (3rd)
2012-06-16 7 18.7% (2nd) 22.6% (2nd) 17.1% (2nd) 18.6% (2nd)
2012-06-17 8 18.4% (3rd) 22.3% (3rd) 16.6% (3rd) 18.6% (3rd)
2012-06-23 9 19.7% (2nd) 22.9% (2nd) 18.6% (2nd) 20.2% (2nd)
2012-06-24 10 19.8% (3rd) 22.0% (3rd) 20.3% (2nd) 21.9% (2nd)
2012-06-30 11 23.1% (2nd) 26.0% (2nd) 22.0% (2nd) 23.0% (2nd)
2012-07-01 12 23.1% (2nd) 26.3% (2nd) 20.3% (2nd) 21.7% (2nd)
2012-07-07 13 21.9% (2nd) 26.0% (2nd) 22.0% (2nd) 23.4% (2nd)
2012-07-08 14 22.8% (2nd) 26.7% (2nd) 21.6% (2nd) 22.3% (2nd)
2012-07-14 15 26.0% (2nd) 30.1% (2nd) 23.5% (2nd) 24.8% (2nd)
2012-07-15 16 26.0% (2nd) 29.6% (2nd) 23.7% (2nd) 25.3% (2nd)
2012-07-21 17 26.7% (2nd) 30.5% (2nd) 24.4% (2nd) 26.1% (2nd)
2012-07-22 18 21.8% (3rd) 25.3% (3rd) 24.4% (2nd) 26.0% (2nd)
2012-08-11 19 18.2% (4th) 20.4% (4th) 18.1% (4th) 19.3% (3rd)
2012-08-12 20 24.9% (2nd) 28.8% (2nd) 23.5% (3rd) 25.3% (2nd)

Source: TNS Media Korea& AGB Nielson

  • NR denotes not ranked within the Top 20 daily shows according to TNS Media Korea and AGB Nielson.

Notes

  1. “Gentleman’s Dignity” takes over the SBS Saturdays & Sundays 22:00 time slot previously occupied by “Foolish Mom” and followed by “Five Fingers” on August 18, 2012.
  2. Actor Jang Dong-Gun initially wavered on taking the lead role, with actors Kim Myung-Min and Joo Jin-Mo considered for the role in his place, but Jang Dong-Gun finally accepted.
  3. Actress Lee Na-Young was originally cast for the leading female role of Seo Yi-Soo, but dropped out after filming delays.
  4. Filming began April 7, 2012. First scene took place at a restaurant in Seocho-dong, Seoul. Kim Do-Jin (Jang Dong-Gun), Choi Yoon (Kim Min-Jong), Im Tae-San (Kim Su-Ro) and Lee Jung-Rok (Lee Jong-Hyuk) have gathered for brunch at the restaurant. The four characters graduated from the same high school and remain close friends.
  5. First shooting involving lead actress Kim Ha-Neul took place on April 8, 2012 at a high school in Eunpyeong-gu, Seoul. Kim Ha-Neul plays Seo Yi-Soo, a strict high school teacher.
  6. Singer/actress Sooyoung from Kpop group “Girls’ Generation” will make a cameo appearance in episode 5 of “Gentleman’s Dignity.” Filming for her scene took place on May 28, 2012 in Nonhyeon-dong, Seoul, South Korea. Her scene involves the four main male characters talking among themselves about Girls’ Generation. Sooyoung then appears. Actor Kim Min-Jong knows Sooyoung personally and asked her to make the appearance.
  7. Singer/actor Jung Yong-Hwa from Kpop group “CN Blue” makes a cameo appearance in episode 13 of “Gentleman’s Dignity.” Filming for his scene took place on July 3, 2012 at an Italian restaurant in Ilsan, South Korea. Jung Yong-Hwa will perform as himself, but under the fictional premise that he is a former student of Seo Yi-Soo (Kim Ha-Neul).
  8. Ep.19 & 20 will not air at its original Saturday, July 28, 2012 & Sunday, July 29, 2012 10pm time slots due to the 2012 London Olympics. Ep.19 and Ep.20 will air two weeks later, on the weekend of August 11th-12th, 2012.

 

Official Site

 

Sources: koreandrama.org, wiki.d-addicts, asianwiki.com

21st Century Family


Details

  • Title: 21세기 가족 / 21seki Gajok
  • Genre: Sitcom, family, romance
  • Episodes: 8
  • Broadcast network: tvN
  • Broadcast period: 2012-Mar-11 to 2012-Apr-29
  • Air time: Sunday 22:50 (episode 1-2), Sunday 24:00 (episode 3-8)
  • Theme song: “Happy Together” by 슈스케 브라더스 (Super Brothers)
  • Gmtn96’s rating: 4.5/5 stars
  • Watch 21st Century Family online on hulu.

Synopsis

A real story of a family living chic and stylishly in 21st century of Korea.

Cast

Production Credits

 

 

Official Site

 

18 vs. 29


Details

  • Title: 열여덟 스물아홉 / Yoryodol, Sumurahop
  • Also known as: Eighteen vs Twenty-nine / 18:29 / 18 vs. 29
  • Genre: Drama, Comedy, Romance
  • Episodes: 16
  • Broadcast network: KBS2
  • Broadcast period: 2005-Mar-07 to 2005-Apr-26
  • Air time: Monday & Tuesday 21:55
  • Gmtn96’s rating: 3/5 stars

Synopsis

Yu Hyechan is 29 years old. Hyechan is married to Kang Bongman who is her old classmate in high school whom she despised and hated but later fell for. The story opens with her decision to get a divorce. She has a car accident on the way to the courthouse. When she wakes up at the hospital she has no memory of her life past age 18. Her husband tries to support her since she is basically helpless now. As she recovers her memory she also starts to recover a relationship with her husband and begins to fall for him all over again……

Cast

Production Credits

  • Screenwriter: Go Bong Hwang, Kim Kyung Hee
  • Director: Kim Won Yong, Ham Young Hoon
  • Assistant director: Kim Won Suk
  • 원작: Ji Suhyeon(지수현)
  • 활영: Kang Jangsu(강장수)
  • 조명: Yi Yongho(이용호), Yi Chulgil(이출길)
  • 무술: Pak Jucheon(박주천)
  • 동시녹음: Cheon Hiseon(천희선)
  • 장비: Kwon Taeweon(권태원)

Episode Ratings

Date Episode Nationwide
2005-03-07 1 18.2 (3rd)
2005-03-08 2 17.0 (4th)
2005-03-14 3 17.6 (3rd)
2005-03-15 4 18.5 (2nd)
2005-03-21 5 16.3 (4th)
2005-03-22 6 17.1 (3rd)
2005-03-28 7 17.3 (4th)
2005-03-29 8 18.1 (3rd)
2005-04-04 9 14.6 (7th)
2005-04-05 10 14.2 (8th)
2005-04-11 11 13.6 (8th)
2005-04-12 12 12.5 (8th)
2005-04-18 13 12.9 (8th)
2005-04-19 14 14.1 (8th)
2005-04-25 15 15.9 (5th)
2005-04-26 16 15.9 (5th)
Average 15.9%

Source: AGB Nielsen Korea

Official Site

 

 

Watch 18 vs. 29 online with English subtitle here.

Information source: wiki.d-addicts

Once Upon A Prince [Book Review]


https://i0.wp.com/booksneeze.com/art/_240_360_Book.858.cover.jpgNow first of all I want to say that this is my very first Christian Romance Fiction, so I’m basing my review from past books I’ve read that are non-Christian Romance.

To really say about this book I didn’t even read the middle of the book I just read the beginning and the end.  Why? (You ask.)  Because to me it was predictable.  I don’t know why but from what I read I somehow inevitably I kept comparing it to The Prince and Me and to Princess Diaries (the movie from both titles).  I think that the reason I kept comparing it was because of the whole royal stuff…

Putting that aside, I was really excited to read this book because it was my first Christian Romantic Fiction, but after I started reading I was disappointed.  First, I don’t like books written in the third person speech, I don’t like to feel like I’m watching a movie, I like to feel like I’m in the movie.

Secondly, I got lost at the very beginning, I had to read the same 15 pages like 3 times, and while re reading them I even thought that this book wasn’t the first one in the series.  And lastly, the story it’s kind of like the same from all the others that we heard.  Girl in love, guy in love, they have some  misunderstandings, they break-up, the girl gets all sad, they resolve the misunderstandings, they go back together, and kiss.  And scene.

Book Description

Once Upon a Prince, the first novel in the Royal Wedding series by bestselling author Rachel Hauck, treats you to a modern-day fairy tale.

Susanna Truitt never dreamed of a great romance or being treated like a princess—just to marry the man she has loved for twelve years. But life isn’t going according to plan. When her high-school-sweetheart-turned-Marine-officer breaks up instead of proposing, Susanna scrambles to rebuild her life.

The last thing Prince Nathaniel expects to find on his American holiday to St. Simon’s Island is the queen of his heart. A prince has duties, and his family’s tense political situation has chosen his bride for him. When Prince Nathaniel comes to Susanna’s aid under the fabled Lover’s Oak, he is blindsided by love.

Their lives are worlds apart. He’s a royal prince. She’s an ordinary girl. But everything changes when Susanna receives an invitation to Nathaniel’s coronation.

Book Description

Once Upon a Prince, the first novel in the Royal Wedding series by bestselling author Rachel Hauck, treats you to a modern-day fairy tale.

Susanna Truitt never dreamed of a great romance or being treated like a princess—just to marry the man she has loved for twelve years. But life isn’t going according to plan. When her high-school-sweetheart-turned-Marine-officer breaks up instead of proposing, Susanna scrambles to rebuild her life.

The last thing Prince Nathaniel expects to find on his American holiday to St. Simon’s Island is the queen of his heart. A prince has duties, and his family’s tense political situation has chosen his bride for him. When Prince Nathaniel comes to Susanna’s aid under the fabled Lover’s Oak, he is blindsided by love.

Their lives are worlds apart. He’s a royal prince. She’s an ordinary girl. But everything changes when Susanna receives an invitation to Nathaniel’s coronation.

This has been a review for the book Once Upon A Prince by Rachel Hauck  I received this book free from BookSneeze as part of their Blogger Review Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
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