February 26, 2015

Drama review: 千金女賊 (Lady and The Liar)

I've been watching cdramas lately. This time it's Lady and The Liar starring Tang Yan and Hawick Lau as the leads. I've set my eyes to this drama since last year because of the intriguing trailer and also if you follow chinese entertainment news, you would know that Tang Yan is Yangmi's bestfriend and Hawick is Yangmi's husband so Im really curious how it will turn out to see her bestfriend acting with her husband. Background set is Shanghai in 1930s and Tang Yan acts as Jiang Xin, a street magician similar to her father (who is mute). Hawick is Bai Zheng Qing, known as Bai Lang which means white wolf. He is a well known gangster in Shanghai. Their first meeting wasnt great where she saved him with her magic show when he was about to be killed by his own brother. Since then he likes her, but turns out she has a fiancee and rejects him. One day, she finds out the truth that she's a daughter of a rich family in Tianjin. On her way to meet her biological parents, she had an accident causing her evil friend able to change her identity and becomes a rich heiress. Bai Lang who knows about the accident searches throughout the hospital because only a few people survive from the accident and finds Jiang Xin suffering from amnesia. He decides to lie saying she is his fiancee and everything continues on and on. A man who sacrifices anything for his love and then her friend who is a thief trying to take everything from her life, this drama has attracted me since the very first time. I like Hawick, and his style here is even far way better than he was in Sheng Xia Wan Qing Tian. He portrays the character very well; white wolf is said to be a very loyal one which only loves one partner for its whole life and this analogy works well with Bai Lang. He is willing to sacrifice anything for Jiang Xin although sometimes I find it a bit ridiculous. Tang Yan couldnt have been a better leading lady for him; she is awesome. At first I felt it really weird to see them acting together considering about their relationship but it turns out to be so good. She's very suitable portraying Jiang Xin who is a tough and pretty woman; the most important thing is the emotion delivers well to the audience. The thief, Du Xiao Han, is the one I hate the most because she is sooooo evil although that means she succeeds in portraying her character. This is a 46-episode drama and they air 3 episodes per day so it ended pretty fast. Few episodes to the end was such a waste; it's a bit draggy but thankfully it didnt decrease my interest about the story. If you can read and understand Chinese, it's a very big advantage because you can watch the unsub episodes directly from youtube but if you dont then you need to wait for the sub version which sometimes can take a reallyyyyy long time for them to sub an episode. Overall this one is very good and recommended one, and now Im waiting for two of Qiao En's dramas to air!

Rate: 8.5/10

Du Xiao Han (Yang Rong), a lady thief on the run accidentally swap identity with Jiang Xin (Tang Yan), who was on her way to acknowledge her biological parents. Du Xiao Han turn into a rich heiress overnight and have Jiang Xin's boyfriend as her own. In a turn of events, the original heiress suddenly ended up becoming the woman of Shanghai gangster, Bai Zheng Qing (Hawick Lau). The whole of Shanghai city knows that Bai Zheng Qing is a 'wolf' not to be trifled with, until he met Jiang Xin, the cold and untouchable Bai Zheng Qing was moved and changed by Jiang Xin's kind-hearted and simple personality. In order to retain his beloved woman, Bai Zheng Qing lie, fabricate her fiancée's identity and keep Jiang Xin's past from her, just to let Jiang Xin stays by his side. But unfortunately it cause her to miss her loved ones which results in life-long regret. And the man whom Jiang Xin love has never give up in looking around for her whereabouts. In confrontation between good and evil, lies and misplaced love, ultimately the truth unfold. The amnesia heiress, Jiang Xin recover her memorieswith the help of the two men who love her dearly, she regain the life that was taken away from her and the crime-ridden lady thief get her just deserts. (soompi)

Trailer (long version):

February 16, 2015

Drama review: Healer

Healer finally satisfied my craving for a good kdrama. This 20-episode drama ended last week but I didnt have time to make a review as soon as I finished watching it. First time watching a drama with ji Chang Wook as the lead, Im really happy that he reached my expectation and definitely the most suitable one to act as Healer. Park Minyoung acts as his lover here, and to be honest she's not my favorite actress but she changed all my perception towards her through this character. Healer is a person who is known as a night courier; he works for money as his goal is to buy an island in South Pacific. Anything as long as it doesnt kill or harm other people. He works with a genius programmer ajuhma and she's the one who helps him in doing his jobs. No one knows who Healer is; he is good at changing names and personalities. Fighting is one of his best abilities and that's also why he becomes the fugitive. Park Minyoung is Chae Young Shin, an entertainment news reporter in an online website and she tries hard to make a hit through her article. She has a childhood trauma which makes her couldnt talk in the past. Met him for the first time because an agent requested Healer to get something from her, she adores him because of his mysterious personality. The drama also involves the mystery from 20 years ago connecting Healer (his real name is Seo Jung Hoo) and Young Shin and also the reasons of their parents' death. JCW did an awesome job portraying Healer; he can be serious at one time and then becomes hilarious in the next time. No doubt this drama needs stuntman because its genre is action romance and involves lots of jumping from one rooftop to another. I still remembered before this drama premiered and they released official pics; I was confused why JCW needed to wear those costumes and jumped here and there. It was all answered after I watched the first episode. Park Minyoung is also an exception. I never really liked her in her previous dramas because she was just a mediocre. Im surprised to find out she cut her hair short for this drama and it really changed her image. Maybe this is what called as "the right time with the right person" because I think the character is very ordinary but she is able to pull it out. Two other characters I love are programmer ajuhma and Young Shin's adopt father. Ajuhma is always able to hack everything and gives every information to Healer and the most awesome thing is how fast she can work. As for Youngshin's father, I like his warm and kind personality. I cried when he and Youngshin flashed back to the time he met her in the orphanage and she still didnt talk to anyone. He tried very hard to make her like him but in an unusual way where he came to the orphanage everyday and talked to her without asking her to response. So he just talked about his stories everyday till Youngshin opened her heart to him. This really touched me. It was pretty disappointed they got low ratings despite their huge international popularity. Nowadays rating doesnt summarise about a drama or reality show as you can see in Running Man too. This drama is very recommended if you like something fresh and out of the box; totally awesome. Ah now I miss this drama again.

Rate: 9/10

how cute both of them are xD

full casts of Healer
Official trailer: