Wednesday, June 21, 2006

It Started with a Kiss ep 1-9

WTF am I doing watching a Taiwanese drama. I blame it all on my brother who smsed me to watch this series. With his recommendation, I was sure that the girls in this show would be uber hot. Unfortunately, that's probably the only thing this show has going for it.

You know this wouldn't be a hamsapsukebe post with at least one sukebe shot.... or two...

I've been on a steady diet of jdoramas for the past few years. Maybe a bit of variety would do me good. The last Taiwan series I saw was My MVP Valentine and it was really crap. So let me start of by whinging about this series and perhaps do a little Jdorama V TDrama comparisons:

1) Goddamn freaking 20 episodes. Double the length of ur typical jdorama. Not to mention with eps running slightly over an hour, basically 2 1/3 times the length. Now this would not be a problem if there was a story to fill out the 20 episodes. But there's not.

I really hate those jdorama soaps like Heaven's Coins or With Love that just go on and on. Now amplify that to 9 1 hous eps (so far). I mean FFS, its a girl meets boy story. How much longer can those two beat around the bush?

Haven't they heard of efficient storytelling? Pacing? Unnesessary scenes? Yeah I know it based on a shoujo manga but manga is manga. You can control how fast or slow the story is by the speed you read. Seriously, I basically fast forwarded through the last 3 eps. And I can't believe these's like 11 eps more to go. WTF????? They're basically throwing everything plus the kitchen sink and house the heroine but I'm so freaking bored.

I can't believe they actually shot Tiffany Xu climbing the gate in that skirt. I thought they'd do the 'she starts climbing - cut to camera on other side showing her coming down'. Only problem is the cameraman needs to stand more on the left.

2) Horrible supporting characters. You can always count on decent supporting actors in Jdoramas. In this show, their like freaking amateurs who are too self conscious of the camera. Take the teacher from the 1st few eps. OMFG, who's dick did he suck to get on the show???? Are Taiwan shows that bereft of decent supporting players?

WTF casted Xiang Qin's father? Is the fact that his moustache is so fake suppose to be funny. The best supporting cast member would be Zhi Shu's mom. She's truly like those anime mums.

Speaking of animes, I bloody realise who the acting sucks. People who appear on the show show be forced to watch 1000 house of Cardcapter Sakura, Slayers and Ranma so they can act properly like anime characters. Afterall its based on a shoujo manga and the style and tone of the show is very Japanese.

3) Running very few jokes and using them over and over again does not make it funnier.

4) And the wire dunk scenes. The dude is 1.88 metres tall. Can't they just find a 9 foot ring for him to dunk or something? WTF do they need to use wires? The basketball game was so crap and fake I just couldn't stand it.

5) No sets. Seriously they need to build sets for the indoor house scenes and stuff cause a lot of the camera angles are really crap. Not mention the lighting. And I thought jdorama camera angles were very pedestrian. Furthermore, not having room to set up ur also means lack of focus on faces and lots of group shots. It also means extra difficulty in shooting scenes from multiple viewpoints. Most of the time its crappy groups shots with a fixed camera angle cause they can't take down the walls to use a different angle.

I don't really regret downloading the damn thing cause of Ariel Lin but after 9 eps, I'm just friggin' pissed off at how fucking slow the story is going. I mean FFS, at ep 4 I was already wondering WTF else can they do for the rest of the series? Apparently, nothing new.

Now that I'm done with whinging, let's talk about the best thing about the show: Ariel Lin. Fuck, she's one bloody good actress. She's like the Taiwanese version of Mun Geun Yeong. She's got the same child-like innocence that makes men go 'kawaii!'. But she doesn't look as good. Some angles she looks really old and sometimes her lack of a chin is really obvious. However sometimes she looks like a 23 year old Kago Ai. In short, she's a joy to watch on screen.

If you're into Eurasian chicks, there's Tiffany Xu to oogle act but I'm content with Nana and Maria Ogawa. Oh yeah, my bro was having his exams when he recommended this show to me so the lesson for today is, long and boring shows with nice girls may seem really nice when you're having exams but not when you're looking to unwind from work and basketball.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

um..are you okay?
You seem to be overcritical about
this drama...particularly about Taiwanese dramas.I think you are Japanese right? No wonder you are such a hater. Anyway, Jdramas make me snoreeee except for the ones with Shirota yuu in it or yuu shirota whatever ...actually they are boring too LOL
Tiffany Xu is pretty , yeah us mixed girls rock!lol
Actually it was a really good drama, better then regular jdramas and is quite popular in Taiwan. By Japanese people don't like Chinese people so this is well expected.
I'm not Taiwanese but I LOVE Taiwanese dramas, shows etc.
anyways I guess everyone's different.