Category: Entertainment

Meteor Garden 2018 (Chinese Drama)

Meteor Garden poster

  • Genre: ROMANCE, Youth, School
  • Date Released: 9 July 2018
  • CDrama: 48 Episodes

Cast: 

  • Shen Yue as Dong Shan cai
  • Dylan Wang as Dao Ming Si
  • Darren Chen as Hua Ze Lei
  • Liang Jing Kang as Feng Mei Zuo
  • Wu Xi Ze as Xi Men Yan

Many are already familiar with this drama as it has been remade by several countries over and over.  It is based on a Japanese manga called Hana Yori Dango (Boys Over Flowers)

It is about a girl, who came from an ordinary family and now enrolled in a posh and prestigious school for the children of the  rich and famous.

The school is ruled by four uber gorgeous boys, known as the F4.  They reign in terror amongst the children of the rich.  Anyone found lacking is given a red card, which means his/her life and happiness within the school are in jeopardy.  The victim would then rather transfer to another school or bear with all the punishments until the F4 get bored and cease the tortures.

Shan Cai is a brave girl who went against the F4.  Despite the red card, she stood her ground and gave Dao Ming Si a good kicking.  Instead of giving her an even harsher time, he fell in love with her. 🙂  She was the first one who ever tried to put up a fight.

Hua Ze Lei actually was helping her in the background and she knew it.  She had a bit of a crush on him.

Thus the drama developed into a love triangle.

I can’t wait for this new Shen Yue drama! Roll on 9 July 2018!


 

 

Wallace Chung (Hong Kongese Actor)

Wallace Chung

Wallace Chung

BioData:

  • Birth Name: Chung Hon Leung
  • DoB: 30 November 1974 (43)
  • PoB: British Hong Kong
  • Height: 1.83 m
  • Civil Status: Allegedly married already to a Rita Tse with a child, a daugther
  • Career: Singer, Actor

Wallace Chung is one of my favourite actors.  He looks intelligent in his dramas as if he is forever contemplating something. 🙂

Wallace Chung (Hong Kongese Actor)

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(just those seen by GG so far)

Ethan Juan (Taiwanese Actor)

Ethan Juan

Ethan Juan

BioData

  • Birth Name: Juan Ching-Tien
  • AKA: Ethan Ruan
  • DoB: 8 November 1982 (35)
  • PoB: Taichung, Taiwan
  • Height:  1.84 m
  • Civil Status: Single (ex: Tiffany Hsu)
  • Education: Hsing Wu University, majored in Tourism
  • Career: Model, Singer, Actor

Ethan Juan (Taiwanese Actor)

Films & Dramas:

(Seen by GG)

 

Legend of Fuyao (Chinese Drama) Review

Legend of Fuyao poster

  • Genre: Historical, Romance, Fantasy, Martial Arts, Adventure, CGI
  • Date Released: June 2018
  • CDrama: 66 Episodes

Cast:

  • Yang Mi as Fuyao
  • Ethan Juan as Zhangsun Wuji;
    Yuan Shaoxu

 

Apparently this story will revolved around Fuyao, who had been destined to collect the secret order of the five kingdoms.

I love the cast.  Two of my favourites: Yang Mi and Taiwanese actor, Ethan Juan.  I have to say watching and waiting for subbing of 66 episodes is a bit punishing.

Legend of Fuyao (Chinese Drama) Review

Sketch (KDrama Review & Summary)

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  • Genre: Crime, Serial Killer, Revenge, Fantasy,
  • Date Released: May 2018
  • KDrama: 16 Episodes

Cast:

  • Jung Ji-hoon (Rain) as Kang Dong-soo
  • Lee Dong-gun as Kim Do-jin
  • Lee Sun-bin as Yoo Shi-hyun
  • Jung Jin-young as Jang Tae-joon
  • Lee Seung-joo as Yoo Si-joon
  • Lim Hwa-young as Oh Young-shim
  • Kang Shin-il as Moon Jae-hyun

Apparently this drama is about an excellent detective helped by a female detective with a power of precogniton to stop a serial killer.

Sounds interesting!

Sketch (KDrama Review & Summary)

Episode 1

Brilliantly taut first episode.

Shi-hyun is a detective who can see criminal acts three days before it happens.  She then sketches the images as she sees them in her mind’s eyes.

She is a member of  an underground special investigation unit, which act on preventing or minimising the effect of the future criminal acts.

The case of a money laundering was the first time Shi Hyun and Dong Soo, a field detective met.

Dong Soo happened to pick up the notebook of drawings Shi-hyun dropped while fleeing the scene.

From the sketches, Dong Soo noticed the similarities to his fiancee, Min Ji Soo.   The sketch showed the woman dying in a man’s arms and the man looks like him.  There was also a ring of some sort on the ground in the sketch.

When he got home that evening Min Ji Soo, showed him their rings and it so happened that it has the same design as that of the sketch.

He was perturbed enough to contact Shi-Hyun about the sketch, though he is still not 100 per cent not convinced.

Shi Hyun brought him to their HQ and explained what they do.

Dong Soo was half convinced and therefore begged his fiancee to take a couple of days off from work and stay at home.  He got a police officer to guard her for good measure.

Do Jin was just coming home from his military duty when he decided to meet Min Ji Soo before going home to his wife.

What Do Jin doesn’t know was that his wife is the next victim of the serial rapist.

Episode 2

Wow, I’ve forgotten how gorgeous Lee Dong Gun was.  He is so handsome in his army uniform in this drama.  His height suited the uniform so well.

Anyway, this episode properly introduced his character, Kim Do-Jin.  He was an army officer who sent an anonymous email regarding the corrupt conditions and practices within his barracks (whatever it is called, I’ll find out later 🙂 lol )  Anyway his email was picked up by a prosecutor, who happened to be Min Ji Soo, the fiancee of Kang Dong Soo.

Min Ji Soo tried to convinced Kim Do-Jin to testify.  But he was not too sure because testifying  would have a massive effect on his career in the army, which would even mean leaving it completely.  Min Ji Soo said that she has the power to force him to testify but she will give him a few days to think it over.

Do Jin is married to a lovely, feisty young wife, who just found out that she was pregnant.  She was all excited to tell Do Jin her good news.   But Do Jin said that he might be slightly late coming home as he has to meet someone for work.

If only he went home early!!!  His wife was the victim of the serial rapist, who ended up killing her because she put up a fight.  The rapist put the  blame on her for fighting back because he said his previous victims just bear with the heinous acts.

Do Jin felt so guilty and vengeful and doubly so when he found the ‘positive’ pregnancy testing kit his wife prepared for him as a surprise.

In this episode, despite Dong Soo careful protection of Min Joo, she died.  And the surprise was that not on the hands of the other rapist.  She was killed by Do Jin so she will not blurt out that he is now a vigilante.

Exciting stuff!

 

 

My Sunshine (Chinese Drama Vs Film) Review

My Sunshine

  • Date Released: January 2015
  • CDrama: 36 episodes (Reduced to 4 episodes as a Director’s Cut in Netflix)

Cast:

  • Wallace Chung as He Yichen
  • Tiffany Tang as Zhao Mosheng
  • Jian Renzi as He Yimei
  • Tan Kai as Ying Hui
  • Mi Lu as Xiao Xiao
  • Yang Le as Lu Yuanfeng

 


You Are My Sunshine

  • Date Released: April 2015
  • Film

Cast:

  • Huang Xiaoming as He Yichen
  • Yang Mi as Zhao Mosheng
  • Tong Dawei as Ying Hui
  • Angelababy as He Yimei
  • Evonne Hsieh as Hua Xianzi
  • Huang Zitao as William
  • Joan Chen as Pei Fangmei
  • Sui He as Xiao Xiao
  • Ma Su as Ms. Wen
  • Hua Shao as Teacher Zhou
  • Eric Tsang as Mr. Lin
  • Yao Anlian as Zhao Qing Yuan
  • Sun Yizhou as Supermarket Manager
  • Kong Lianshun as Supermarket Security officer
  • Shen Tai as Xiang Heng
  • Liu Tianzuo as Mr. Yuan (Lao Yuan)

I saw both of the long version drama and the film before and enjoyed them.  Both the film and drama were based on a novel called Silent Separation by Gu Man.

I saw the director’s cut version in Netflix today.

When I saw the film version after I have seen the drama first, I thought the drama of 36 episode was much better.  Obviously because it has more time to get the audience/viewer to engage more on the story.

It shows why the protagonist male has a love/hate relationship with the gorgeous lead female.

Today, I watched the drama version condensed into four episodes.  Though watchable, you end up not really caring what the story was about.  It cut out all the painful scenes.  Also the second male lead was rob of that feeling from the audience that the female should go for him.

Anyway the story was that, on the first day of Mosheng in the university, she saw a young man who was reading under tree.

She couldn’t help herself, so she took his photograph as he was really handsome.  When he noticed her taking liberties, she apologised immediately and asked him for his name as she will send him a copy of his photo.

The young man was Yichen and Mosheng had fallen for him at first sight.  She found out that he was a second year law student on full scholarship.  Mosheng stalked the poor guy!

Mosheng is lovely looking girl with a winsome personality.  Before you know it, they were in a relationship.

Suddenly there was another girl, Yimaei, who was hanging around Yuchen. They looked really close.  At the same time Yuchen became rather cold towards Mosheng, to the point that he told her that he doesn’t want to see her anymore, to get out of his face. 🙁

At that time, Mosheng was being forced by her parents to study abroad.  So thinking that Yuchen doesn’t love nor need her anymore, she disappeared abroad.

Seven years later…

Mosheng is back in China.  And now a professional photographer.

She was in the supermarket when she saw Yuchen, who was with Yimei.  Yuchen blanked her.

But one day, coming home from work, she was accosted by a drunk Yuchen.  He told her that he lost, she won. He then left.

They had a tentative reconciliation but Mosheng had a major confession to make.

She married someone three years ago while in America.

Yuchen was unsurprisingly very upset.  He told her that he was not going to be playing around with a married woman.  Him being a lawyer and all.   But he loves her too much.

Fortunately Mosheng said that she was actually a divorcee.

Yuchen was not waiting for anything.  He bundled Mosheng to a civil register officer to register their marriage.

Mosheng and Yuchen attended a function in their former university.  Who would they find in there but Mosheng ex-husband, who was not really quite an ex yet.  Musheng is a bigamist!

Her gorgeous  ex-husband is a self-made man, who does not want to let her go.  He wanted to reconcile.

But Mosheng had always belong to Yuchen.  With the help of Yuchen, they went to America to deal with the divorce.

The ex-husband really loves Mosheng and doesn’t want to give her a lot of grief, so he agreed to the divorce.

From this point on, it is happy sweet romance for the leads.

 

 

Lee Joon-Gi (South Korean Actor)

Lee Joon-Gi

BioData:

  • DoB: 17 April 1982 (36)
  • PoB: Busan, South Korea
  • Height: 1.78 m
  • Civil Status: Single
  • Education: Seoul Institute of the Arts; Hanyang University
  • Career: Model, Singer, Actor
  • Mandatory Military Service: Completed – 2010-2012
  • Hobbies: Martial Arts

Lee Joon Gi singing during a fan meeting

Lee Joon-Gi (South Korean Actor)

Dramas & Films

As seen by GG

Furukawa Yuki (Japanese Actor)

Furukawa Yuki

BioData:

  • DoB: 18 December 1987 (30)
  • PoB: Tokyo, Japan
  • Height: 1.8 m
  • Language Spoken: Japanese, English (having moved to Canada at 7 and then USA at 16 then came back to Japan at 19)  He remained fluent in Japanese when growing in the west as parents conversed in Japanese at home.
  • Education: System Design Engineering (Control Theory) at Keio University
  • Civil Status: Single
  • Occupation: Model, Actor

FunFacts:

  • He loves cats
  • He loves break dancing
  • He loves basketball

Furukawa Yuki (Japanese Actor)

Dramas & Films:

(See by GG)

Genghis Khan (Chinese Film) Review

Genghis Khan poster

  • Genre: Adventure, Loosely Biographical, CGI galore, Fantasy, Mystical, Romance
  • Date Released: 2018
  • Chinese: Film

Cast:

  • William Chan as Temüjin
  • Lin Yun as Börte
  • Hu Jun as Kuchuro
  • Ba Sen as
  • Zhao Lixin
  • Ni Dahong
  • Li Guangjie as Jamukha
  • Zhang Xinyi
  • Tu Men as Jamukha’s father
  • Li Shengda
  • Bayin
  • Yong Mei

Genghis Khan (Chinese Film)

 

This is a fantasy saga of  romance between Temujin and Borte as well as Kuchuro and Dodai.  This movie is reminiscent of the film Beowulf, King Arthur, 300 and Braveheart, amongst other Hollywood greats and some Chinese ones also.

Long time ago the light of the Grey Wolf met the White Deer, together they blessed the vast plain of grassland of Mongolia and soon enough a huge number of nomadic people began to live and breed in this land in relative peace, but not for long.

As always the light is always followed suit by the darkness, in the shape of the king of hell, who loves nothing but to spread chaos, strife. war and battle in view of unifying the three world and him being the master.

There was a hero called the Golden Warrior of Cina, who was a descendant of the Grey Wolf and White Deer.  He ensured that the king of hell do not get too out of control by banishing him back to the pit of the underworld.

He then planted his Soledin, the spiritual flag as a prayer for peace on top of the Burgein Mountain overlooking the grassland.

But the king of hell was a wily creature.  Before too long he targeted those who are most vulnerable to spread discontent.

He instigated wars between clans including those of Kuchuro and his everlasting love, Dodai.  Kuchuro ended up dead but he was brought back to life but without his Dodai by his side.

He made a pact with the king of hell to bring him out of the underworld, and in return he has to have Dodai back.

900 years later.

Temujin was born with a blood clot on his palm.  He was the new Golden Warrior of Cina.

He had a happy childhood with a loving mother and a hands-on father.  He had great friends, including a very pretty girl called Borte.  they had an idyllic childhood until a desperate news reached Temujin that his father had just been killed along with most of his clan by a rival clan.

Years later, Temujin went back to marry Borte because he never forgotten her as well as to continue his bloodline.

Before they can consummate the night of their wedding, Borte was abducted as a sacrifice to the king of hell, who needed blood from a beautiful and pure maiden.  Borte was the ‘it’ girl at that time, ergo the abduction.

The story follows on from this.

I must say, it is watchable and highly recommended to be watch in wide screen, preferably the cinema’s,.

If you are after a historical Genghis Khan, then this movie is not it.  As I have mentioned, this is pure fantasy with lots of amazing CGI.  The action is great as well and William Chan is gorgeously hunky.  Lin Yun is delicately pretty, with not much to do really.  It is a lovely film to watch with the family, just be careful with the much younger viewers.  But then again, children as young as five are used to playing computer games.  This film has that essence.  It is computer game comes alive because of the large amount of CGI.

Li Hong Yi (Chinese Actor)

Li Hong Yi

Li Hong Yi

BioData:

  • Name: Hongyi Li
  • DoB: 26 June 1998 (19)
  •  PoB: Liaoning, China
  •  Height: ???
  •  Occupation: Model, Actor
  •  Civil Status: Single

Li Hong Yi (Chinese Actor)

Dramas & Films:

(Seen by GG)

  • Master Devil Do Not Kiss Me 2017 (2 Seasons)
  • My Love From The Ocean 2018 (Coming Soon)

 

 

 

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