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Ode to Joy 欢乐颂-it’s about time to add to that “modern chinese tv to recommend” list

Don’t be scared. Somehow TV show premises where a bunch of beautiful strangers get stuck in a broken elevator (like that scene in tamaki hiroshi’s Love Shuffle)… just works. Ode to Joy is a clink of champagne glasses to sisterhood, to the many ways different personalities deal with confusing relationships, and explores the Chinese social standing and modern worklife.

Key takeaway for me:

  • it’s relatable and personal
  • but not soo deep that you can see Adele rolling in it
  • the girls made the mistakes in their love life so that you don’t have to?

I highly recommend it if, like me, you haven’t touched a modern Chinese drama in a while because of the dreaded “mid-show hump” that seems to plague every show out of the mainland, ever. And even though I promise you will end up hating all the female leads at least once in the show, you’ll grow fond of them all over again.

With that said, who is excited for season 2?!



Pictorial Intro to Lang Ya Bang/Nirvana In Fire


PSA: This is not a love story.

At first, I was like pssh this show looks boring. The trailer made it look like it was 10% warfare, 10% angst, and 80% of Hu Ge pondering. That said, I am SO GLAD I ended up watching it. Actually, this is one of the few genuinely high quality and well-thought out stories I have seen in a long long time. It appears to be ‘slow’, but every scene has its purpose. On top of that, a very entertaining watch (funny too!) and the eye candy doesn’t hurt either.

Lang Ya Bang is currently the top watched TV drama in China, with over 14,628,775 views on Sohu.


This guy looks so PEACEFUL for most of the first 20 episodes, but Read More…

My Thoughts: Chinese TV Series “Return of the Condor Heroes 2014”

Hello guys, it’s been a WHILE. Honestly, I was trying to get away from the vicious cycle of drama-watching for a while now. But i couldnt get away from Return of the Condor Heroes, because Chen Xiao is my favorite… And also I accidentally came across a few episodes of it, having realised that it is finally airing. 4827a92djw1eabiksrv70j20p00e2jvr 4827a92djw1e8zshu30baj20p00gon1q lol rade1 神鵰俠侶2014 Chen Xiao and Michelle Chen’s new adaptation of ROCH is a wonderfully addictive show (up to ep16)!  ROCH is like an upgraded romance because if you get tired of the ruvruvruv, there’s lots of cool wuxia fighting. If you get tired of the melo, there’s lots of hilarious moments to balance it out. More on my impressions of the new ROCH: Read More…

Bai Baihe Goes Plastic for “Facelift Diary”

THIS LOOKS SO GOOD. I don’t usually say this about c-movies but this one, oh my god! It’s Bai Baihe versus comedy versus romance. That….can’t really go wrong (unless it sucks at the end, which I can’t really forecast). This reminds me of the Korean hit film 200 Pounds of Beauty!


“I’m sorry that people are so jealous of me… but I can’t help it that I’m popular.”

Rising young star Bai Baihe takes on the issue of plastic surgery in her upcoming comedy film Facelift Diary (整容日记), which opens in theaters on April 4th.

Facelift Diary is the story of Guo Jing (Bai Baihe), who lost both her job and her boyfriend of three years after she graduated from college. In order to change her fate, she starts undergoing plastic surgery, giving herself double eyelids, an altered chin, polished cheekbones, and a bigger bust. Her fortunes take a change for the better thanks to her new appearance, and she lands a new job and a new boyfriend. But when her new coworkers and boyfriend find out about her facelifts, everything returns to how it used to be.

Check out the trailer below, thanks to iMovieChina, where you can see…

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Let’s begin 2014 – C-Movies “Up in the Wind” and “Personal Tailor” To Look Forward to!

Ok, so Jing Boran and Ni Ni look awesome in their new movie “Up in the Wind“, which looks to be a growing-up slash romance type of story. Boran looks particularly dashing and charismatic.


And the theme song is sung by none other than Hua Cheng Yu (champion of last summer’s Super Boy competition, which I recapped). Here it is! I urge you to watch it – it has Hua Cheng Yu’s recording + scenes from the film + bts with Boran and Ni Ni. If you know Chinese, you’ll also find the lyrics are really meaningful as well.

Now – let’s talk “Personal Tailor“! Apparently it has broken box office records in China since it premiered.


The movie called for a well-known ensemble cast – Lu Xiaolu, Ge You, Bai Baihe, and Zheng Kai (he’s from Zhao Wei’s “So Young”!). I checked, and it’s already in the top 10 highest grossing films in China. WHAT. It has to be good. The trailer is really funny too, so this is definitely going on my watch list. The story reminds me a lot of Cyrano Dating Agency and Inception – because here is a company who makes it possible for their clients to get their dream, on one condition, only if their dream can make themselves a better person. Funky but cool idea right? Also, the actors are top-notch.

Personal Tailor (Chinese: 私人订制) is a 2013 Chinese comedy film directed by Feng XiaogangPersonal Tailor opened to a new record of US$13.2 million including midnight screenings beating Tiny Times record of $12 million set in July 2013.” – Wikipedia gives a good gist

“In a Good Way” (episode 7) and Starting “I Can Hear Your Voice”

Wooohooo for such random posts! I usually try to organize these posts by topic but I was getting lazy and wanted to get my thoughts out NOW. So yea here we go! 😀


In a Good Way has unfailingly made my Fridays better – it’s like being wrapped inside a warm blanket with a fizzy soda (or cheesecake) in your hand. Episode 7 was a good way to wrap up Jia En and Liu Chuan’s cat-and-mouse chase. I like Jia En’s decision at the end of the episode. The whole 3631 search thing was getting quite dragged on and neither side was giving up. We have a bit of cute jealously on Liu Chuan’s side! AHHH CUTE. The feelings are coming out!


Meanwhile, I have decided to begin another drama – a korean drama called “I Can Hear Your Voice”. It’s about a young man who can read minds and he protects a girl from a serial killer. (After watching Heirs….. I kinda wish Kim Woo Bin would take an awesome role like this hehe!) The show looks pretty addictive and good! I read some good things about it on Dramabeans.

Anyways, I know I will regret this , as one of my new years resolutions was to cut down on drama-watching! Maybe I can compromise and be a casual watcher? Or like, you know, just watch like 10 episodes and call it good? (because that always works) College studying and dramas always clash omg!! One way I usually deal with this problem is opting to read recaps haha.

How do you deal?