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A Beauty in Troubled Times (Luan Shi Jia Ren) Review

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  • Republican era romance
  • Episodes: 44
  • Broadcast period: 2012-Dec-07 to 2012-Dec-21

In a nutshell: Cut through the plotting, corruption, gunfights, and our heroine’s three men, you really have a strong girl’s determination and will to change her destiny and her subsequent rise up the ranks in Shanghai’s upper society. Actress Tang Yan’s strongest performance by far. The story was intriguing enough, but I don’t think I could stomach it again.

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Love’s Bandage 愛的創可貼: Episode 1

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The wait process to watch a mainland Chinese series will make you want to break a chair. It’s been a year and then some…? Sometimes you just have to pretend the drama doesn’t exist until you chance upon its videos or Cfensi reminds you that the show is on air. For this, it all comes down to how the main leads deliver. Yedda and Bryant make an incredibly successful and unexpected pairing, I’ll say! Love’s Bandage (also known as Our Love) is a new Chinese romantic comedy set in bustling, fashionable Shanghai. A lot of us were waiting for the day Bryant Chang becomes leading man (I dub thee one of the most deserving actors). Though Love’s Bandage isn’t about to break any new territory as far as romance-comedy is concerned, its still pretty good lighthearted fare. It’s like Taiwanese drama with a Mainland Chinese flair.

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Hwang Jin Yi (Fashion)

Modern Day Courtesan
“I hope that the life you will live won’t be too much to handle. And that you will be happy…” – Hwang Jini (Asian Drama Quotes)
This time around, I style Chosun-era famous courtesan Hwang Jini 황진이.
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Hwang Jin Yi Facts:
  • based on a true story of a 16th century gisaeng, the love child of a nobleman and gisaeng, the plot tells her rise to success and her three loves (one of them was Jang Geun Suk!!)
  • popular Korean actresses Ha Ji Won and Song Hye Kyo both played the character
  • the program’s success inspired a boom in interest in kisaengs in South Korea
I remember the lovely soundtrack of the series, the exquisite cinematography, and the suspenseful cliffhangers. What catches your eyes the most (and obviously) is the aesthetics; the luxurious fabrics, bold lipcolor, dramatic skirts, and floral patterns of the gisaeng. Though Jini’s fancy attire may be more suitable for ancient times (or today’s gisaeng = modern day courtesans), you can also rock her dramatic style, modified and wearable. To me, the bralette and the skirt pairing makes for a sultry look that is still classy.
If the weather gets chilly, simply slip on a red or white cardigan over the floral bralette. I think this outfit will be a great night-out-with-the-girls look. What do you think?
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Hello Gorgeous’ Incredible OST And Other Updates

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I’m currently watching Hello Gorgeous (华丽一族) and Our Love (爱的创可贴 which actually means Love’s Bandage). Both TV series fall squarely into idol drama territory, which means a predictable storyline, incredibly attractive people, or (usually) both. I’m finding that I am fastforwarding a lot of Hello Gorgeous and a little less with Love’s Bandage so I’m considering recapping the latter to share the light fun tone of this series with everyone 🙂

Even with its filler scenes and 2-dimensional characters (though female lead Li Xin Ru is doing a pretty good job), Hello Gorgeous has managed to sustain my interest with its breathtaking soundtrack; its perfectly placed instrumentals, theme song and insert songs distracts you from noticing many of the flaws in the story. Check them out below!

The first one is my favorite, sung by female lead Li Xin Ru and played in emotional/sentimental scenes:

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Romance in the Rain: A Nostalgic Review

Set in the 1930s China, which we fondly dub the ‘Republican era’, this is a Qiong Yao classic love story. Romance in the Rain brought together famous Chinese and Taiwanese stars, Zhao Wei, Ruby Lin, Leo Ku, and Alec Su.

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From left: Du Fei, Ruping, Yiping, and Shuhuan

I watched this series many years ago, and I was feeling nostalgic, so I wanted to do an introduction to this Qiong Yao classic romance. Judging by the title, it appears to be a tearjerker right? Granted, you get an ample dose of that, but also of family and of love.  Everytime I revisit this series, I am thrown back to 1930s Shanghai, headlong into a tub of roses. Romance in the Rain is just that: beautiful, sentimental, and has its own set of spunk and quirks that engaged so many drama watchers in China back in 2001. Read More…

“Drama Go Go Go” First Impressions

lately I been too addicted to historical detective stories like Detective Di Renjie to follow up on this series, but since I already have this written, why not publish it anyways? Enjoy 😛 here’s my take on drama go go go

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I was convinced from the teaser that JieJie Marching Forward (now renamed “Drama Go Go Go“) was bound to fall Read More…