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Ivy Chen (Taiwanese Actress)

Ivy Chen is one of my favourite Taiwanese actresses.

Ivy Chen by Mawzen Hsu

Ivy Chen (Taiwanese Actress)

BioData:

  • AKA: Chen Ivy ūüôā
  • DoB: 12 November 1982 (35)
  • Occupation:¬† Model & Actress:
  • Educational Background:¬† Degree in Information Management at Jinwen University of Science & Technology

Dramas & Films:

 

 

Campus Confidential (Taiwanese Movie Review)

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Campus Confidential (Taiwanese Movie Review)

Cast:

  • Chen Ivy as Liang Xiao Qi
  • Chen Bo Lin as¬†Wu Quan Shun
  • Chiang Paul as¬†Zhang Sheng
  • Guo Shu Yao as¬†Mei Shue

Ivy Chen plays Liang Xiao Qi, who is so beautiful that she knows it and quite proud of it.  She is the campus beauty is much sought after including by the geeks of the school.

Unfortunately she is quite allergic to them that she made a crusade of demeaning their quiet existence until…

 

Should We Kiss First (KDrama Recap & Review)

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Should We Kiss First (KDrama Recap & Review)

I have just started watching this drama.  It is supposed to be a comedy drama but at the moment it is more a melodrama.

Cast:

  • Kam Woo-sung¬†as Son Moo-han
  • Kim Sun-a¬†as An Soon-jin
  • Oh Ji-ho¬†as Eun Kyung-soo
  • Park Si-yeon¬†as Baek Ji-min
  • Kim Sung-soo¬†as Hwang In-woo
  • Ye Ji-won¬†as Lee Mi-ra

The story is about two middle age single people who are afraid to venture into marriage and yet lonely enough to try to be in a relationship.

An Soon-Jin married her childhood sweetheart, Eun Kyung-soo but they ended up divorced.¬† The reason of the divorce is not yet divulged. But there was a photo of a young child in An Soon-jin’s flat.

Eun Kyung Soo in now married to Baek Ji-min, who comes from an affluent family.

Despite the infidelity issue in this drama, all the characters are likeable even Baek Ji-min.¬† I supposed it is still early days yet to really judge her.¬† ūüôā

The ex-husband too is sweet, very different from Jin Seop, the ex-husband in Happy Sisters.

The two lead characters first crossed path about six years ago while on board a plane. Moo Han was a passenger whilst Soon-jin was a stewardess.  They had a bit of an angry incident as each were unhappy in their current personal situations.  He just lost his wife and child to an American man and it seemed she just lost her child.  She told him that it was fine with her if he did not want to fasten his seatbelt.  She even said that death might be a relief.

As soon as the plane touched down, they both found themselves going to the zoo (not together).  She was absolutely heartbroken.

At present day, Moo Han at 50 is still a genius ads man but a bit jaded.

Soon-Jin, who is now 45, is debt ridden with only a month to her 20 years of service as a flight stewardess.

Unbeknown to each one of them, they have lived on the same building on top of each other.  Soon-Jin is #401 whilst Moo Han is at #501.  They have issues against each other as anonymous neighbours.

Again, they have mutual friends who set them up together, in view of marriage.  They did not hit it off but Moo Han recognised her as the stewardess of six years ago.

And now follows both hilarious and poignant adventures.

Hopefully this drama will tackle how love and marriage as well as having relationships with older couple.

 

 

Kiss That Kills (Japanese Drama Review & Recap)

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YES!!!

A new Kento Yamazaki drama.

This boy is certainly a busy boy and growing into a very fine actor with a varied theme of work.Kiss

That Kills (Japanese Drama Review & Recap)

Cast:

  • Kento Yamazaki¬†as Otaro Dojima
  • Mugi Kadowaki¬†as kissing woman
  • Mackenyu¬†as Takauji Namiki
  • Yuko Araki¬†as Mikoto Namiki
  • Hayato Sano¬†as Hiroyuki Hasebe
  • Jun Shison¬†as Kazuma Osanai
  • Masaki Suda¬†as Kazunori Harumi
  • Hio¬†Miyazawa¬†as Michinari Hotei
  • Akane Hotta¬†as Nao Mori
  • ¬†Erika Karata¬†as Marin Aota
  • Ai Yamamoto¬†as Nanako Koyanagi
  • Yoshinori Okada¬†as Koichi Nezu
  • Ken Mitsuishi¬†as Akira Dojima
  • Kaoru Okunuki¬†as Mitsuyo Dojima
  • Tomohisa Yuge¬†as Tsuji
  • Meikyo Yamada¬†as Takeru Namiki
  • Hitomi Takahashi¬†as Kyoko Namiki
  • Mantaro Koichi¬†as Gunji Arai

Todome no Kiso, roughly translated in English as Kiss of Death or Kiss that Kills is a drama, which is more mature in nature for Kento.  He plays the role of a Otaro Dojima, who works as a host in a club, which provide companionship (including sex) to women, who are prepared to pay for it.

He is fairly satisfied with his lot until he met a mysterious woman with red lips over a very pale face.  This woman is the kiss of death.

Every time she kisses Dojima who is also known as Eight, he dies and then promptly come alive again and travel back a few days in time. Apparently this is called a time slip where only the consciousness travels back in time in the form of a deja vu!

Episode 2

The sinister kissing girl is actually there to save Eight who is being targeted by a love obsessed cross-dresser Kazuma.

 

Unnatural (Japanese Drama Review)

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Unnatural (Japanese Drama Review)

Fantastic, a new drama by my favourite Japanese actress, Satomi Ishihara.

Cast:

  • Ishihara Satomi¬†as Misumi Mikoto
  • Iura Arata¬†as Nakado Kei
  • Kubota Masataka¬†as Kube Rokuro
  • Ichikawa Mikako¬†as Shoji Yuko
  • Iio Kazuki¬†as Sakamoto Makoto
  • Matsushige Yutaka¬†as Kamikura Yasuo
  • Ikeda Tetsuhiro¬†as Suetsugu Kosuke

Satomi Ishihara plays Mikoto Misumi, a forensic pathologist.  She works in UDI (Unnatural Death Investigation) lab together with her team investigating suspicious death.

Misumi Mikoto has a very interesting back story.

She is a bit damaged because she’s the only one who lived through a family suicide.¬† A young girl, all alone in the world, she got adopted by friends of her parents.

Mikoto is so focused on her job that her lovelife suffered.¬† She was on the verge of becoming engaged to a lovely young man but she put her work before him, including during the ‘meet the parents’ dinner.¬† Her would be fiance was so embarrassed that he broke up with her completely.

Nakado Kei is a brilliant but rather taciturn pathologist.  No social skill whatsoever.  His back story was that he was tasked to do a forensic on a young woman.  When he opened the body bag, he found out that it was his girlfriend,  He did the pathology but was put under suspicion later on.

Kube Rokuro is a young and still rather naive and in need of money.  A tabloid agency had him working for them.  He had been divulging sensitive information for money.

Shoji Yuko is the most gregarious amongst the lot.  She likes going dating and drinking.

I find this drama better than its Hollywood’s counterpart.¬† It is more natural because they don’t finish each other’s sentences. (I was always wondering in US’s CSI – what is the point of having a sort of debriefing just after each episode is about to finish when each character seems to know each other’s thought word for word – very unnatural ūüôā¬† )

 

Nana Komatsu – Japanese Actress

Nana Komatsu

Nana Komatsu – Japanese Actress

This young actress is very versatile.  She has a sweetness and a coldness about her which is rather wacthable.

BioData:

  • Dob: 16 February 1996 (22)
  • Career: Model & Actress

Films and Dramas:

 

Kazuya Kamenashi – Japanese Actor

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Kazuya Kamenashi – Japanese Actor

Very Versatile actor and singer

BioData:

DoB: 23 February 1986 (31)

Dramas & Films:

  • No wo Produce
  • P JK (Policeman & Me) 2017
  • Sapuri
  • Second Love
  • Tokyo Bandwagon

Mare (Japanese Long Running Drama Review)

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Mare (Japanese Long Running Drama Review)

I am currently watching this drama which is 156 episodes long.¬† ūüôĀ¬† I know, right?¬† But it has Yamazaki Kento and Tsuchiya Tao on it.

Each episode lasts for 15 short minutes and the first 3-4 minutes is intro of Tsuchiya as Mare, half-running and half-floating in a white summer dress.  She looks young and carefree.

Cast:

  • Tao Tsuchiya¬†as Mare Tsumura
  • Kento Yamazaki¬†as Keita Kontani, Hiroyuki’s son and Mare’s classmate and Mare’s Husband
  • YŇć ŇĆizumi¬†as TŇćru Tsumura, Mare’s father
  • Takako Tokiwa¬†as Aiko Tsumura, Mare’s mother
  • ShŇćno Hayama¬†as Ittetsu Tsumura, Mare’s brother
  • Min Tanaka¬†as Kanji Okesaku
  • Yuko Tanaka¬†as Fumi Okesaku, his wife
  • Atsuo Nakamura¬†as YatarŇć Kontani, a¬†lacquerware¬†craftsman
  • Itsuji Itao¬†as Hiroyuki Kontani, Yataro’s son and a public servant
  • Eisuke Sasai¬†as KŇćichi Kuramoto, a hairdresser
  • Sawa Suzuki¬†as Hana Kuramoto, his wife
  • Fumika Shimizu¬†as Ichiko Kuramoto, their daughter and Mare’s classmate
  • Guts Ishimatsu¬†as Shin’ichirŇć Kado, a fisherman
  • YŇęta Takahata¬†as YŇćichiro Kado, his son and Mare’s classmate
  • Muga Tsukaji¬†as Makoto Teraoka, a postman
  • Eri Fuse¬†as Kumi Teraoka, his wife
  • Mugi Kadowaki¬†as Minori Teraoka, their daughter and Mare’s classmate
  • Daichi Watanabe¬†as Takashi Futaki, Mare’s classmate
  • Fumiyo Kohinata¬†as Daigo Ikehata, an expert patissier
  • RyŇ欆as Rinko Ikehata, a Chinese restaurateur
  • Yuya Yagira¬†as Daisuke Ikehata, their son
  • Yurika Nakamura¬†as Minami Ikehata, their daughter

This drama is like a more modern version of Little House in the Prairie meets the Gilmore Girls.

Mare’s family was forced to move to the countryside away from Tokyo, where they accumulated a mountain of debts.¬† This was mainly because their father kept investing in quick get rich schemes, which ultimately failed.

The drama started rather slowly, taking time to introduce the people in the village of Noto, a place where everyone is welcomed with open heart.¬† People/neighbours would distribute their daily harvest, catch, etc to each other for free.¬† You won’t be left starving!

Mare’s family ended up in Noto renting a room in an inn run by an elderly couple Kanji, a salt-farmer, and Fumi, a brilliant cook.¬† Mare is with her no-hoper dreamer father, mother and younger brother.¬† They ended up staying in the inn permanently, in return they have to help out around the inn and in the salt mine.

Mare’s view of life was coloured by her weak loser father’s, who made their life a hand to mouth existence.

From a young age, Mare learned to shoulder the burden of her family.  She worked really hard.  She does not believe in having dreams, all she wanted was to become a salary woman in the local government were pay will be consistent.

But despite herself, she can’t help but aspire to be a good cook, a cake chef a patissier.

From Noto she travelled to Yokohama and train under a world renowned patissier, Daigo Ikehata.

For four years she learned the craft and excelled.  Daigo was impressed that he encouraged her to further her training in Paris.

Unfortunately love intervened.¬† ¬†She married Keita, who was an apprentice in laquer, though he was to inherit the historic with long tradition, wood laquer ware of Noto.¬† The marriage came with so much responsibility that her goal of becoming the world’s best patissier was put in the back burner.¬† It only got more complicated when she fell pregnant and gave birth to twins.

She did return to the cake business in the end and would continue to work and better her craft.

 


Finally finished watching this long drama.  It took me two days.  I love it.  there are parts that are really outstanding and some are not so good.

I have to admit the older cast out-acted the younger generation.

 

 

 

Orange (Japanese Film) Summary & Review

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Orange (Japanese Film) Summary & Review

This is a beautiful film starring two of my favourite Japanese actors:  Kento Yamazaki and Tsuchiya Tao.

I actually previously watched this film and loved it.  But somehow I remember it as a sad suicide film.

Cast:

  • Tao Tsuchiya¬†as¬†Naho Takamiya
  • Kento Yamazaki¬†as¬†Kakeru Naruse
  • Ryo Ryusei¬†as¬†Hiroto Suwa
  • Hirona Yamazaki¬†as¬†Takako Chino
  • Dori Sakurada¬†as¬†Saku Hagita
  • Kurumi Shimizu¬†as¬†Azusa Murasaka
  • Erina Mano¬†as¬†Rio Ueda

I am glad I watched it again because it is not really about taking one’s life.¬† It is about growing up and taking responsibility for one’s self and grabbing happiness where you can.

This another parallel world story.

The central character to the story is Kakeru, who is a transfer student from Tokyo.¬† He became friends immediately with a close knit group made up of Naho, Suwa, Chino, Hagita and Azu.¬† He’s tall and a handsome boy though at times was rather melancholic.

The kind hearted Naho took him under her wing.  This was where it got supernatural.  The 16 years old Naho was happy to be back the second year in  high school.  She was full of hope and joy under the full blooms of cherry blossom trees.  She then noticed a letter tucked in into the front pocket of her school bag.

With much curiosity, she noticed that the letter was addressed to her and the sender was herself.

As soon as she got to class, she opened the letter which claimed that the letter was sent to her 16-year old from  herself 10 years into the future.

She was becoming more confused as the letter goes on.  Her 26 year old self was telling her to right all the regrets in her past.  There was going to be a boy, a transferee from Tokyo by name of Kakeru Naruse.  At that moment, their new homeroom teacher was introducing a transfer student by the name of  Kakeru Naruse.

Naho was absolutely flabbergasted.¬† The letter continues on to state not to invite Kakeru into the introduction outing.¬† Naho can’t really do anything about this as Suwa, Chino, Hagita and Azu all insisted that Kakeru try the new bread at a bakery with them.¬† They had fun and Kakeru was laughing.¬† Naho thought that was ok.

After that Kakeru did not appear at the school for two weeks. Naho was perturbed.  But just like that Kakeru was back at school again.

Kakeru was really a very personable young man (He is Kento Yamazaki ūüôā¬† ).¬† Naho fell for his charm and so was another Tokyo transferee called Rio Ueda.

It was really unfortunate that Ueda confessed to Kakeru first about liking him.  They started going out together but Kakeru really liked Naho and Naho liked him.

He dumped Ueda, who became rather vengeful and made Naho’s school life miserable but only briefly as Naho had her posse of friends.

She later found out from Kakeru the reason why he was off for two weeks.  His mother died, she committed suicide.  She was bipolar and depressive.  She had her illness since Kakeru was a young boy.  His life with his mother coloured his own outlook in life and built such a huge guilty complex.  He blamed himself for not being with his mother on her time of need, he thought he could have stopped her.  Poor Kakeru was a damaged boy.  He suddenly died at the age of 17 by accident.

10 years into the future, Sawa was now married to Naho and they had a little baby.  They met up with the rest of the group and visited Kakeru grandmother for the 10 year anniversary of his death.  They found out that his death was not an accident but a suicide.  He left a note regarding it.

The friends where inconsolable with grief.  Mourning Kakeru all over again.  Naho was particularly upset.

 

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