It Started with a Kiss 2: They Kiss Again!

They Kiss Again...

They Kiss Again...

Alternative Title
Chinese: 惡作劇2 / 恶作剧2 / E Zuo Ju 2 Wen
Synonym: It Started with a Kiss 2, TKA

Other Information
Genre: Romance / Comedy
Broadcast network: CTV / GTV
Episodes: 20
Opening theme song: Xing Fu He Zuo She by Mavis Fan
Ending theme song: Ni by Ariel Lin

Synopsis
The sequel of It Started With A Kiss begins with Xiang Qin and Zhi Shu’s wedding and honeymoon. Even after marriage, they experience problems and interferences within their marriage such as mistaken pregnancy, misunderstandings, and new found jealousies. Xiang Qin and Zhi Shu switch to medical school to become nurse and doctor. During that time, Zhi Shu meets new rivals who wish to outdo him and Xiang Qin makes four new friends, and one of them likes her and wishes to replace Zhi Shu.

How will their lives turn out to be?

Cast
Ariel Lin as Yuan Xiang Qin
Joe Cheng as Jiang Zhi Shu
Jiro Wang as Jin Yuan Feng/ Ah Jin

Review
I started watching this last year, but I had to stop because I can’t  bear to watch Xiang Qin, as she makes a fool of herself again. And though I love Joe Cheng, I really hate him for being so mean to Xiang Qin. She’s a really lovable girl and often, I wish she would find someone who really deserves her. But when Zhi Shu becomes sweet and romantic, God. I melt. Then I start thinking, Joe Cheng is so hot and I think Xiang Qin can’t find any other guy like him.

Going to the review, the opening song wasn’t as catchy as the first one. In fact, all the songs in the series were not as beautiful and catchy like the first ones- Practical Joke, Say You Love Me and others.

The story, on the other hand, is still entertaining like last time. It’s still funny, sad, and exciting. Though, it’s also very sweet as you often see Xiang Qin and Zhi Shu together, cuddling and hugging. But then, there’s always a but, they still fight and Zhi Shu still makes Xiang Qin cry and was constantly man to her, even saying that she doesn’t want to register as a married couple. Ah Jin is still as pathetic, in a good way, as ever. But his exposure is not that often and his character development became slow. Yushu, Zhi Shu’s brother was also not as cute as before. He’s grown up now and he’s not as naughty and snobbish which made me sad. The in-laws on the other hand, were still as annoying and naggy as ever.

The actors are still as good as ever. Joe Cheng still maintaining his cool and hard to approach image perfectly, Ariel Lin still making me cry when she does and well, Ah Jin still making me feel really depressed when he is.

Over all, the second installation of It Started with a Kiss, though a little bit inferior to the first one, its still worthy of being a sequel. It’s a must watch!

9.5/10

My 10 Favorite Live Actions: Kurosagi

Kurosagi

Kurosagi

Alternate Titles
Japanese: クロサギ
Romaji: Kurosagi
English: The Black Swindler

Other Information
Genre: Action, Crime investigation, Romance
Episodes: 11
Viewership ratings: 15.67
Broadcast network: TBS
Theme song: Daite Senorita by Yamashita Tomohisa

Synopsis
Kurosaki is a young man whose family was destroyed by swindlers. Despite that, Kurosaki grows up to become a con artist known as Kurosagi. As Kurosagi, he swindles other con artists and returns the money to the original victim. He works with the master swindler Katsuragi Toshio even though Toshio had a hand in the destruction of Kurosaki’s family. Kurosaki’s life begins to change when he meets Yoshikawa Tsurara, a young law student who disapproves of his disrespect of the law. Can she persuade Kurosaki to give up swindling and his quest for revenge?

Cast
Yamashita Tomohisa as Kurosaki (Kurosagi)

Review
First of all, I want you to know that this Live Action is my favorite only because Yamapi my loves is in it. The story is not that original, it’s just about revenge. But the swindling part made it very very interesting. I love stuff about police and law so that’s a plus point.

Though I won’t say it’s a great TV series, it’s certainly not a bad one. Just average. Yamapi is a good actor. The twists in the series made it more interesting, and the line between good and evil can definitely be seen in the show. Another thing is the annoying character of a certain girl, Tsurara. Honestly, if there’s a girl like her alive somewhere, I’ll murder her. She kept on poking her nose on someone else’s business! Arg! Annoying b*tch.

Saying all of that, I‘ll give it 7/10 for the characters. Sorry Yamapi! And a 7/10 for the story. Sorry again Yamapi! I’m facing the truth right now. Yamapi is a good actor. Cross my heart, hope I won’t die. But the story is crap and seriously, the synopsis is way better. One last thing, though I find it very comforting and it makes me very very happy, the law student was just some minor character who’s there to match the synopsis and thank god, there’s no real romance.

It’s interesting for me because Yamapi is there and it’s about the law, police, society and swindling. But if you don’t like any of this, find something else.

Over all 7/10.

My 10 Favorite Live Actions Ctd: Death Note

Alternative Titles:
Synonyms: Death Note: The First Name; Death Note: The Last Name; Death Note
Japanese: デスノート(Desu Nōto)

 

Other Information:

Genre: Detective fiction, drama, fantasy, mystery, psychological thriller, supernatural
Director: Shūsuke Kaneko
Licensor: VIZ Pictures, Warner Bros.
Run: 126 Minutes; 140 minutes

Cast:

Ken’ichi Matsuyama as L

Tatsuya Fujiwara as Light Yagami

Erika Toda as Misa Amane


Synopsis:

The series is about Yagami Light, a young man who resents the crime and corruption in the world. His life undergoes a drastic change when he discovers a mysterious notebook, known as the “Death Note”, lying on the ground. The Death Note’s instructions claim that if a person’s name is written within it while picturing that person’s face, that person shall die. Light is initially skeptical of the notebook’s authenticity, but after experimenting with it, he realizes that the Death Note is real. After meeting with the previous owner of the Death Note, a shinigami named Ryuk, Light seeks to become “the God of the New World” by passing his judgement on those he deems to be evil or who get in his way.

Soon, the number of inexplicable deaths of reported criminals catches the attention of the National Police Agency and a mysterious detective known only as “L”. L quickly learns that the serial killer, dubbed by the public as “Kira”, is located in Japan. L also concludes that Kira can kill people without laying a finger on them. Light realizes that L will be his greatest nemesis, and a game of psychological cat and mouse between the two begins.

Review:

I was fully introduced to Live Actions by Death Note. Before it became a phenomena in the anime world in the Philippines, I was already hooked into it. My brother brought a DVD home one day and while he’s away on a friend’s party, my sister and I watched it. The subtitles were s small I was literally putting myself in front of the big TV screen. Anyway, it was totally worth it! 

STORY. They made some changes from both anime and manga. I personally like it because that it’s just between L and Kira. No Mello, No Near. Just the two of them. Because Death Note is more exciting with only them fighting each other. 

Score. 9/10. The story of both live actions were able to stand on its own. Without the anime or the manga’s help. When they changed some parts, it really fitted the story and it’s very addictive, Kira and L’s cat and mouse game, I mean. 

CHARACTERS. The actors picked to play the roles are good. I really like Kenichi’s way of portraying L. Tatsuya is also a good Kira. The supporting characters as well, were keeping up with the two.

Score. 8/10

FIlMS. The effects, and the film themselves were fantastic. That’s all I can say. Hands down.

 

I know I didn’t typed much… but I want to assure you that you’ll want to watch them over and over and still get amazed by the happenings

 

OVER ALL 9/10

My 10 Favorite Live Actions Ctd: Battle Royale

Battle Royale

Battle Royale

Other Information

Directed byKinji Fukasaku

Distributed byToei

Release date: December 16, 2000

Followed byBattle Royale II: Requiem

Genres: ActionHorrorPsychological 

Cast

Tatsuya Fujiwara as Shuya Nanahara

Aki Maeda as Noriko Nakagawa

Synopsis

 

In the near future, when the society of Japan is crumbling, 42 students find that their field trip is actually a military-sponsored game known as Battle Royale. The kids’ sadistic teacher, Kitano, sends them to an isolated island and gives them three days to kill each other until only one remains. Two of the kids, Shuya and Noriko, stay together and further develop their already-formed bond. A transfer student, Kawada, sympathizes with the two and chooses to help them. Others develop a plan to bring down the military game, try to find their crush before they die, or lose their minds and go on killing sprees

 

Review

STORY. It’s very very interesting and original. The concept of killing your friends, crush or even just your classmates is definitely exciting. Watching this, I kept thinking, what would I do? What should I do? Kill? Or be killed? Can I stand it? 

 

Not only is the concept original, but the “little stories” are also sad. If you’re dying, you do something you thought you would never do. You would want to protect what’s important, find where it is and do anything to save it. The characters are still young yet they were forced to make a decision they can never take it back. It’s so sad and touching how you change and do things for others.

 

Watch it. It’s ie watching a war between children who’s life isn’t fulfilled yet.

 

CHARACTERS. I love the story but Nanahara pisses me off. How could he survive when he didn’t really kill?! I mean, everybody was fighting to survive. Doing something for others. He did. I know that. But it was so little. He only really protected Noriko and come on! He was just running around! Good thing he changed in BR 2.

 

As I said earlier, I like how the characters changed from having I-don’t-care-if-I-have-regrets-and-die attitude to Hell-i’ll-live-and-you-too attitudes. And their acting, the actors, weren’t bad.

 

FILM. Nice film. Good effects. Good setting. 

 

OVER ALL:

STORY: 9/10

CHARACTERS: 8/10

FILM: 8/10

 

Watch it. Seriously. It’s not just blood. Tears too.

My 10 Favorite Live Actions Ctd: Antique Bakery

 

Antique Bakery
Antique Bakery
Alternative Titles
Synonym: Antique
Korean: 서양골동양과자점 앤티크
          Seoyang Goldong Yang-gwaja-jeom-Antique

Other Information
Director: Min Gyu Dong

Cast
Joo Ji Hoon as Kim Jin Hyeok (Tachibana)
Kim Jae Wook as Min Seon Woo (Ono)
Yoo Ah In as Yang Ki Beom (Eiji)
Choi Ji Ho as Nam Soo Yeong (Chikage)

Synopsis

A high school crush, a world-class pastry chef, a former middle-weight boxing champion…and a whole lot of cake! Seon Woo has come a long way since the agonizing day in high school when he confessed his love to handsome Min Kyung. Now, some 14 years later Seon Woo, a world-class pastry chef and gay playboy has it all. No man can resist Seon Woo’s charms (or his cooking skills!) but he has just found a new position under a man named Jin Hyeok. Can this be the only man who resisted his charms, and if so, will the man who once snubbed the “gay of demonic charm” Seon Woo get his just desserts? And how in the heck did a former middleweight boxing champion wind up as Seon Woo’s cake boy?

Review
I can’t really give this the review i want if I don’t compare it to the manga so bear with me.
STORY. The story followed the manga. Except for the fact that Seo Woo still have feelings for Jin Hyeok and the latter seems return his feelings. I like this better of course! But some of the things that happened in the manga weren’t there. Which is okay. Coz that way, the main characters were given more development. This is for the CHARACTERS as well. Also in the manga, Jin Hyeok’s feelings for what happened to him in the past is not really that clear. And Ono, well, his past is more explained in the manga, but his “love” for Jin Hyeok is certainly something that made the story better. But, the other two main characters lives were not that explored which is also understandable coz it’s only a film, but I would h’ve preffered it if I got to know them better. 
This film also made me understand the story more and it brought closure to the story. The thing about the manga is it’s like just giving the chapters in random order that it’s quite confusing.
I also like it coz its funny. And the musical thing is also cool. And I was all kilig with the kissing scenes and Se Woo’s advances to Jin Hyeok. And I have to add, they are both so HOT!!! I’m so thrilled when they were flirting!!!
The acting of the actors are also good, the quality of the FILM as well. I don’t really have complains, except it’s short. And it still made me sad. Why do they have to leave?!
SCORES: Over all: 9/10
STORY– Great. 9/10
CHARACTERS– Good development and great actors. Funny. But some of the main character and their story weren’t that developed. Still, 8.5/10
FILM. It made Antique Bakery a better story and it made fun. Plus, HOT GUYS!! Not like those ugly ones in the manga!!! 8.5/10
I know it’s short but I did enjoy it. More than any other bl films I had watched. It made me sad. And it’s original in the sense that no one died, right?

My 10 Favorite Live Actions Ctd: Yamada Taro Monogatari

Yamada Taro Monogatari

Yamada Taro Monogatari

Alternative Titles
Japanese: 山田太郎ものがたり
Title (romaji): Yamada Taro Monogatari
Also known as: The Story of Yamada Taro

Other Information
Format: Renzoku
Genre: Comedy
Episodes: 10
Broadcast network: TBS
Broadcast period: 2007-Jul-6 to 2007-Sep-14 (ep9 Sep 7)
Theme song: “Happiness” by
Arashi
Related drama:
Poor Prince Taro

Cast
Ninomiya Kazunari as Yamada Taro
Sakurai Sho as Mimura Takuya

Synopsis

Yamada Taro, a freshman on a scholarship at Ichinomiya Private Senior High School, is high-achieving, strikingly handsome, and truly athletic and seems perfect. But he is actually extremely poor. The story humorously portrays Taro, who tackles problems that occur because of his poverty, and his six younger brothers and sisters. 

 


Review

Well, first, I want to tell you  what I have to do to watch this. Now, I didn’t know that this was a live action before. But knew Arashi because of Jun Matsumoto, so I wanted to watch this. My brother owns a DVD, and take note: It has ENGLISH Subtitles, and anyway, I have to watch it without him knowing or else, I’m dead. So I went inside our family room. Turn on my DVD player, close the door ( I can’t lock it! They’ll know I’m up to no good! ), then I watched it. But every time the gate squeaked, I would automatically close the dvd player and go outside. In the end, it took me more than two long weeks to watch it. 

STORY. I love it. I hate Nino but I love Sakurai. Meaning, there’s my first reason why I watched it. So, the story is funny and a li’l stupid. I can’t believe that they all thought Nino is rich. But aside from that, it was funny. Though it’s quite typical in a way, the twist that were put in it did the trick and transformed it into a good adaptation.

The series doesn’t revolve around love. It’s mainly on friendship. I like how he has a lot of siblings and a really weird mom… and dad, actually. Oh, wait. Did I mention that their family is stupid because they were given a chance to live in a big house with servants, no charge or anything, but they left it?! Well, now I did. Anyway, it’s quite surprising that instead of being bitter, Sakurai  actually became friends with Nino.

It’s quite amusing also when a guy fell for Nino when at first he was all, I hate him! He’s a liar! and stuff. And, when Sakurai’s grandpa thought that Nino is his gf because he’s wearing a girl’s clothes and when the girl who likes Nino imagines things. All those parts really made me laugh!

CHARACTERS. Hmm.. Sakurai’s character is a little devilish. It seems like he’s using Nino for his amusement. But not always. Nino’s character is funny and responsible. He’s a great brother. All the other characters are unique. That made the show more entertaining. 

LIVE ACTION. The effects, soundtracks, and settings are all funny. The acting was a little exaggerated at times but still great. Very funny and worth all the nervousness I had. I love it. Good story with depth.

SCORES: Story- 8/10; Characters- 9/10; Live Action- 9/10
OVER ALL- 9/10

The info above is from drama wiki

My 10 Favorite Live Actions Ctd: Princess Hours

 Goong aka Princess Hours

Goong aka Princess Hours

Alternative Titles
Synonym:  () / Goong (Gung)
Also known as: Palace
             Princess Hours (MBC Global Media)
             Imperial Household

Other Information
Genre: Romance, Comedy
Episodes: 24
Broadcast network: MBC
Broadcast period: 2006-Jan-11 to 2006-Mar-30
Songs: “Perhaps Love” by HowL & J. 
            “You & I Are Fools” by Stay, “Parrot” by HowL
Inserts: “Ice Pond”
            “Give Me A little Try” by Leigh Nash
Related TV showsGoong 2 , Goong S

Cast

Yoon Eun Hye as Shin Chae-kyung
Joo Ji Hoon as Lee Shin
Kim Jeong Hoon as Lee Yul
Song Ji Hyo as Min Hyo-rin

Synopsis

Goong is a story about young love in face of tradition, politics, and intrigue. In the imaginary world, modern-day Korea is a constitutional monarchy and the Royal Family lives in a grand Palace, the Goong. Story opens with the sudden death of the reigning the King. Faced with the decreasing popularity among the public for the Royalty, a grand wedding for the Crown Prince, Lee Shin (Joo Ji Hoon), is decided to be the best publicity move to improve the image of the Royalty and at the same time prepare Shin for immediate succession. The intended bride? The headstrong, awkward, and sweet spirited Shin Chae-kyung (Yoon Eun Hye) that just happens to go to the same exclusive art school. Chae-kyung was betrothed to become the next Crown Princess by her grandfather and Shin’s grandfather.

After 14 years of living in England with his mom, Lee Yul (Kim Jeong Hoon) appears all of a sudden. He is Shin’s cousin as well as the former Crown Prince. Everything seemed to be going normally until Chae-kyung’s optimistic spirit wins the heart of internally lonely, Yul. As the Crown Prince Shin and simple-minded Chae-kyung’s relationship appear to developing deeper feelings, a series of scandals are exposed to the public right after the pair were officially announced married. Will love prevail all in a world of political pressures and martial hardships? Or will being in the spotlight of the public be too much for the young newlyweds to endure? 

Review

I must say, Princess Hours was really popular in the Philippines. Hot actors, good story line and definitely a film with “kilig” factor.

STORY.  The story is cute. The main plot is not original. A girl fell in love with a guy. A guy fell in love with the girl. The guy the girl loves fell for her. Happy ending(?!). Anyway, I like the story. Kinda long and mostly funny. I watched this in a DVD coz the one in TV is so full of commercials and cuts. And yes. It’s got a MORENGLISH Subtitle. 24 episodes. I’m so patient, aren’t I? The ending was rushed. I mean, yes, I said it was long, but the last episodes was like, everything happened so fast. And it’s a really bad ending.  Oh, wait! What I really like about this film is, Chae-kyung saw her future husband proposing to another girl! The love triangle between them is not that good. I mean, it’s so obvious what’s happening.

CHARACTERS. The girl, Chae-kyung is so EMO!! She’s always sad, because of  Shin and leans for support at Yul but then says to him, she’ll never like him even in the next life! How cruel , selfish and bitchy is that?! Of course, there are times when she’s happy. But mostly that’s on the first episodes. Yul is okay. She’s trying to do his best with Chae-kyung, even asking for her for marriage. He’s always so caring, sweet and well, a li’l emo. t’s understandable though, even for Chae-kyung. Did I mention that that girl is a user? Anyway, Shin is hot. And so is Yul.  But going back to Shin, he’s the cool guy type. So I like him. But I prefer Yul. Min Hyo-rin, the girl Shin proposed to, is a little bitchy and stupid. She kept on playing hard to get, look what happened?! The other characters are okay. But character development for them is a little off.

LIVE ACTION. It kept me going for 24 episodes with Morenglish. What do you think it means? 

It was good on the first episodes. But as it got longer, it got uglier. I can’t think of another term so I used that. Anyway, the other episodes just got boring and repetitive. It’s definitely a good romance thing, but I think they dragged it too long. Then there’s the unsatisfying ending. But the cast were great. The acting was fine even though not the best, the soundtrack is absolutely great and ell, the costumes, settings and effects were good.

Over all, what I want to say is: It’s a good live action. It makes you laugh and feel sad. It’s not perfect but definitely worth it. It makes you feel involve in their own world.

SCORES:
STORY- 7.5/10
CHARACTERS- 8/10
LIVE ACTION- 8/10
OVER ALL-  8/10
And, the info above is from Drama Wiki.