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Saturday, March 8, 2014

Summer's Desire presents extreme love triangle

After  4 years I finally watched and finished the Taiwanese drama Summer's Desire  starring Barbie Hsu, Peter Ho and Huang Xiao Ming.  It's a  TV adaptation of the same title novel written by Ming Xiao Xi produced by Ho.

Since I didn't read the novel, I'll stick with the show it self so don't get me wrong about the original  Summer's Desire or Bubbles of Summer


Almost impossible turns of events


If you are gal who like old type of series you'll probably praise how they present the love triangle angle in the show. You'll like Xia Mo's (Hsu) masochistic persona, possessive trait of Ou Chen ( Ho) and jealousy of Lu Xi ( Xiao Ming). I, myself, love the intense love among the three. But to be honest, their characters are poorly established because of the obvious pushy circumstances.

I remember the time I'm watching Devil Beside You, which is the same with this drama. Sort of preachy and unnatural flow of events. You'll ask in real life...

1. Are you going to hire strangers to act as parents of your only grandson and compensate them for the rest of their lives? 
2. Are you going to sing the same song or wear the same green lace from the start of your drama in life till your last scene on earth?
3. Is your kidney type is same with your brother and father?
4. Is the media people (especially in Taiwan) can be manipulate by powerful businessman?
5. And oh yeah, how come that you'll leave your greatest love-- who you snatch from other man, push to marry you and  so on so forth when you finally get her pregnant and tell you she's already fall in love with you? Is that called love?  

These are the questions slash doubts slash confirmations why Autumn Concerto rated better, which if I'm not mistaken showed almost the same time of this drama.  Actually, when it comes to plot  I like Summer's Desire than Autumn Concerto ( starring Vaness Wu and Ady An) because the latter offers obvious cliches in drama.   The advantage of it, it has better story line and believable scene. You can relate and have time to connect with the problems of lead characters because they are well establish. 

Top 1: Huang Xiao Ming as Lu Xi

Barbie is good and elegantly beautiful even in those scenes where she's just wearing white blouse and blue jeans.  But in my opinion, of all the characters in the show it's Lu Xi who is real and finely portrayed by Huang Xiao Ming (HXM).

It is my first time to watch a HXM's work and I'm impressed. even he sings the same song again and again, act as if there's always camera around him... he just simply believable.

From the start, Ou Chen is someone I really don't know how to explain. He drinks a lot as if that's the only thing he works on in his extravagant office. He manages different business but his routine indicates he has time for thinking for almost irrelevant things like "how to avenge to a woman who slaps you so many times?" While watching those scenes, my heart says he just giving justice for his love but in my mind, wow! Where can I find this man?

I don't know also if its only because Ou Chen is badly written and establish or Peter Ho is also ineffective in his role. He has cool stand, nice body and model like walk but in expression hmmmm.


But I hope Peter Ho will continue to produce series. As a I said this show has a nice plot so he has eyes for good project and he gets good actors. Perhaps, next time they see first what's applicable on TV series, what to change and how they gonna interpret it. 


Monday, August 20, 2012

Meteor Garden…pride of Idol dramas from Taiwan


For Nth time I’m watching  Taiwanese series Meteor Garden again.  I just missed the simple story, the characters and foreign actors from it.

It was 2003 when it  first broadcasted in the Philippines.  It was one of a kind and new stuff that time since what we enjoyed prior to its invasion were telenovelas from Mexico, TV series from America and of course our very own soap operas or drama shows.

Meteor Garden (MG) was the gateway of other Taiwanese series and Korean dramas here.  There were Chinese series already but they were being broadcasted in odd hours and they seemed not being entertained that much by many Filipinos. Maybe it was because they couldn’t relate with epic dramas, costumes and fantasy. Although, we like movies of Jackie Chan and Jet Lee.

MG vs. other existing series in PHL


MG and other Taiwanese and Korean Series, dethroned Mexican telenovelas here. There are still few left but it’s not like before anymore. I think what MG showcased were:
·         Simple and fast storyline. Everything was smooth fast phased. Maybe the TV networks could stretch the broadcasting of it for three or more months but MG had only 19 episodes.
·         Good looking Taiwanese actors – Honestly, I didn’t know much about Taiwan or Taiwanese before MG.  But when it hit the local small screen, I learned that there were gorgeous men like them. My crush before in MG was Ken Chu who played Xi Men but I also acknowledged that Vic Zhou (Hua Ze Lei) and Jerry Yan (Dao Ming Si) were pretty boys.  Don’t worry it happened also that I like Vanness Wu (Mei Sou) but in Autumn Concerto. Barbie is also pretty. She’s natural, glamorous and funky all these years.

MG vs. Taiwanese series

I admit that my top favourite series from Taiwan is They Kiss Again and It Started With A Kiss. But I can say if not number two – MG has always been special and better than other idol dramas.
·         Not trying hard in comedy – sorry to tell but many idol dramas have poor comedy relief. The worst part is they are not funny at all.
·         Not Preachy and talkative – some idol dramas are preachy in a sense that they forcing to teach lessons in life through dialogues of their characters. Let’s say there’s no effective way than to this but some dramas very artificially and overly done it. I think any normal teenagers can’t say those lines just like that.
·      Well done adaptation- I’ve been always keen in adaptation and doing version. Because you know there are master pieces that hard to translate in other media. Like story from popular works in mangas, novels, anime and theatre plays maybe become disaster if not tastefully adapted in TV and films.  For me, MG which is based in manga/anime Hana Yori Dango  is one rare cases of successful adaptation.

MG vs other versions of Hana Yor Dango


Because of its successful run and popularity in Asia, it was not surprising that other countries also copied its ideas.  Korea had Boys Over Flowers starring now popular actor Lee Min Ho, Kim Hyoon Joong, Kim Bum, Kim Joon and Kyu Hye Sun.  Japan of course had TV version of it and they stick with the original title Hana Yori Dango and it was starred Jun Matsumoto, Shun Oguri, Shota Matsuda, Tsuyoshi Abe and Mao Inoue . China had also version of it they call it Meteor Shower.

I can’t say about this part since what I only watched so far apart from MG was Boys Over Flowers, but seniority, popularity and lead female actress wise I choose MG.  

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