Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Fated To Love You Episode 2


While Lee Gun was planning the grand proposal, Se Ra received a call from her New York performing arts school. She was invited to participate in a play as the lead dancer. She have to make a decision to leave Lee Gun or stay in Korea for him. 


Jang Hyuk went topless again! He was having a massage and he drank the spiked drinks. We can anticipate what will happen next. 


These enemies were actually people who worked in the factory that Lee Gun is going to buy over. The factory president and the employee will be laid off soon, therefore they decided to set up a trap for Lee Gun to threaten him to back off from this project. 


Lee Gun went back to his hotel room and was striped naked by the enemies. On the other hand, Mi-young mistook the door number and went into Lee Gun room. Both of them were in a drowsy state of mind after they drank the spiked water. 


Lee Gun grandmother hope that Lee Gun will get married soon. Unknown to her, Lee Gun had went one step further when he had an one night stand with Mi-young. 


Both of them cuddling with each other but did not realize that they were sleeping with the wrong partner. 


Shocked to realised what had happened, they rolled out of the bed dumbfolded! The factory men barge into the room armed with a camera. One of them is Mi-Young brother-in-law, therefore Lee Gun turned hostile and accused Mi-Young as a con artist. 


The mysterious man is Daniel. He came back from America to look for his long lost sister at the orphanage. 


The security chased after the duo while investigation was carried out. The camera dropped into the water and the duo ran away as fast as possible. The investigation showed that room 2009 became 2006 and that was a mistake. Lee Gun begin to accept that they were both victims in this situation.


While all the bad things happened, the lawyer jerk was having a great time with another bitchy woman in her room. They humiliated Mi-Young out front which hurts her deeply. Lee Gun who intended to return Mi-Young shoes witnessed what happened. He stood up for Mi-Young and ushered her away. 


Time for revenge! Lee Gun wanted Mi-Young to have more confidence. Therefore, he arranged for a makeover for Mi-Young. The result of the transformation surprised Lee Gun as he was amazed by her beauty too.


Look at that lawyer jerk expression as he stared at Mi-young. It is too late for regret jerk! Besides Queen Mi-Young have a handsome King. 


They gambled on the table with a huge amount of chips. Initially, the lawyer jerk and the bitchy lady won. However, their luck soon ran out. During the final round, they lost to Mi-Young and Lee Gun. Devastated, the lawyer jerk asked for another match but was flatly rejected. 


Lee Gun offered to return his money if he kneel down on his knees to Mi-Young. Look at that desperate face! Finally, Mi-Young was convinced that he is a bad person. Instead of stepping on his dignity, Mi-Young choose to leave. 


Lee Gun was surprised that Mi-Young let go of the opportunity to take revenge. Mi-Young brushed it off as her misjudgment of that lawyer jerk character. They acknowledge that they were really in the same shoes as both of them were  deeply hurted by their partner. They finally introduced their name formally. Mi-Young also plead for Lee Gun not to pursue the matter with the factory staffs as they meant no harm.

Lee Gun advised Mi-Young not to be too good and to have more self confidence. He gave her the lucky chip as a keepsake and Mi-Young gave him a cherry candy in return. At first, Lee Gun was hesistant to receive the cherry candy as he thought that the dog had licked it. Mi-Young explained that she had brought another cherry candy and she wished him good luck in love.

They bid farewell believing that they will never meet each other again. Looking at their expressions, I doubt this will be the last time they will see of each other. 

My thoughts:


We know that Jang Hyuk have a well toned body and he is often required to flash it onscreen. I like the way he helps Mi-Young take revenge on that jerk. He reassured Mi-Young that she is a Queen and not just somebody that is common. I bet there is nobody that ever said that to Mi-Young and I could see how surprised Mi-Young is judging from her expressions. 

Jang Nara still look pretty when she dresses up. She acts well in this role as a harmless and gullible lady. On the other hand, the lawyer jerk deserved all the punishments! I am glad that Lee Gun helped Mi-Young to take revenge and make him look so pathetic. The men from the factory were actually harmless and I am sure they must be desperate to think of this trap. All these "mistakes" were actually linked by - Fate. 

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Fated to love you Episode 1


What an awesome opening for this drama series! Ladies, get ready to be charm by this sexy man. It is time to enjoy watching the eye candies with an ice cream to cool down the heat.


The story begin with a shampoo commercial that was shot in an enchanting forest. A beautiful lady appeared and dipped her hair into the water. Suddenly, she shouted cut and demanded for a stand in for this scene. The reason is that she does not like the smell of this shampoo. She reminded me of Chae Song Yi from the hit drama - You Who Came From The Star. It was hilarious when she called out Do manager in a familar tone. Don't you think it looks familar too? 



Her manager reminded her that she had signed a contract which stated that she have do this commercial personally. Out of a sudden, a man broke into the scene and acted out the commercial in his own style. Who else but the sexy and manly Jang Hyuk? Everyone was caught by surprised and wondered who he is. 


He is Lee Gun, the president of Jung In chemical and a Chabeol heir of his family business. He was informed of a secret family meeting. It was to discuss Lee Gun marriage since the elderly deemed Lee Gun as immatured to run a company as long as he is not married. We all know that they have a hidden agenda in this matter. His grandmother tried to defend her grandson but Lee Gun surprised everyone when he signed the contract and agrees to marry within 100 days. 



This is Lee Gun ballerina girlfriend Se Ra. Apparently, she is going to return to Korea soon and Lee Gun is going to surprise her with a wedding proposal. 


Kim Mi-Young is a typical "post it" girl working in a company. She always run errands for her colleagues but was never appreciated. Please take out the grandmother glasses, it look so old on you Jang Nara! 



Sadly, everybody took her for granted and make use of her whenever they needed her. It was irritating that she never reject anybody request. Girl, you have learn how to say,"No!" Thankfully she have a friend working in the same company as her. 


Here comes the mysterious man that boarded the same flight as Sara. He was flirting with an air stewardess? He did a sketch of a lady on the paper as he explained about his desire to look for his long lost sister. Se Ra who happened to sit beside him scoffed at his story. 



Lee Gun was looking for a perfect ring for his perfect proposal. On the other hand, Mi-Young was looking for cherry lollipop at a Princess candy shop. Yes, no doubt she was running errand for her superior again! Mi-Young saw a little boy dangerously walking towards the escalator and she wanted to save him. In a twist of fate, she bumped onto Lee Gun who just stepped out of the store with the ring in his hand.


Hilariously, the ring flew up and rolled down the escalator. The boy was picked up by his mother but the ring went missing. They chased after the ring which ended up in a dog cage. 



There was a tense atmosphere as the both of them tried to retrieved the ring discreetly in order not to alarm the scary dog. A sudden jerk awakened the sleeping dog and it dashed out of the cage and gave chase to the both of them. Run for your life dude! It was funny how Lee Gun tried to direct the dog towards Mi-Young. He is really scared of dogs!!! 


They ran towards a dead end and the dog was drawing near. Despite his fear of dogs, Lee Gun gathered up his courage to chase the dog away. It turned out that the dog sniffed a cherry candy in Mi-Young pocket. The owner came and apologized to the both of them as the dog is obsessive over cherry. What happen to the ring? Not to worry, Mi-Young had placed the ring in her finger amidst the chaos. Despite securing the ring, Lee Gun was unhappy that Mi-Young had placed it in her finger. 


It was her company luck draw, Mi-Young won a ticket to Macau resort! The question is who is going to accompany her? She was pondering who to ask since her mother and two elder sister were busy with their restuarant. 



Lee Gun and his assistant were discussing about the wedding proposal plan which happens to be at Macau resorts. Hahaha.. Yes such a coincident right? Unfortunately, the plan was interrupted when Se Ra came back earlier than expected to spin a surprise. I love the panic look on their faces. 


Lee Gun arrived at Macau infamous world class resort. He make secret plan to arrange a surprise wedding proposal to Sara. Unknown to him, he had some enemies following him with motive. 



They spiked a type of drug to increase sex drive in a bottle that they intend to give to Lee Gun. Unfortunately, the bottle accidentally dropped down the bridge and was carried away by the water. 


At the meantime, Mi-Young arrived at the Macau airport with the jerk! Yes, she was gullible enough to bring a jerk to spoil her holiday. He obviously took advantage of Mi-Young and even called her sweetheart. 



After they placed their luggage, the guy left Mi-Young alone and went to the casino. Poor Mi-Young tried to look for him everywhere. That jerk was actually flirting with another woman. 


Mi-Young wondered around by herself and overheard Lee Gun proposal speech. Suddenly Mi-Young coughed and caught the attention of Lee Gun. He thought that somebody was peeping at him. In a state of panic, Mi-Young hid behind a tree and grabbed a bottle of water to drink. That green bottle look familar. Isn't that the spiked water bottle that went down the stream? Later on, Lee Gun was given another spike water bottle. Finally, that is what happens next. Hahaha...




My thoughts: 


Jang Hyuk unique personality added colours to the show. He is hilarious, charming, sexy and manly! It will take some time to get used to this weirdo but I find his character likable and cute. Jang Hyuk seldom act in romance comedy and I do have great expectation for his performance. Now, I can safely say that I do enjoy his protrayal of Lee Gun the arrogant mr perfect. 


Jang Nara on the other hand protrayed the meek and easily bullied Kim Mi-Young. She looks exactly like a weak person that allows people to take advantage of her. I am looking forward to her transformation. 


The storyline adds in the typical Korean style with some fantasy magical scenario and some over the top funny graphics. Anyway, there is already some suspense in the first episode such as the mysterious man on the flight, Lee Gun enemies and Se Ra hidden agenda. What is going to happen next? I am curious to find out more. :) 
















































































Friday, July 18, 2014

Fated to Love you Korean Version


Plot: 

This is a remake of the highly successful Taiwanese drama - Fated to love you. Kim Mi-Young (Jang Nara) is an ordinary woman that spends one night with the successor of a large company Lee Gun (Jang Hyuk). Soon, she finds herself unexpectedly pregnant. What will happen to the "post it" girl Kim Mi-Young and the arrogant Chabeol Lee Gun?

My thoughts


I am a big fan of this 2008 Taiwanese drama. It was a high rated drama series at that time. Therefore when I know that Korea is going to remake this drama again,  I would expect the Korean version to excel in this drama too. First of all, I love the storyline which was written very well with some twist in between the plot. 

This story narrated an ordinary girl that spend a night with a stranger and the unexpected pregnancy. Yes, their romance was like a Cinderella story with a bitter-sweet type of feeling. This couple faced many obstacles along the way and we witnessed their growth as a person. 

Fated to love you was an interesting story about a "post it" girl and an arrogant Chabeol that attracted my attention. Sometimes I sympathize with Joe Chen character and at the same time, I wished that she will grow a backbone and not be manipulated by the people around her. Yes, a good person can be irritably annoying sometimes. Soon, I was engrossed with the engaging storyline that I would chase after every epsiodes to find out what happen next. 

Secondly, the chemistry between the main leads - Ethan Ruan and Joe Chen was simply amazing. They were remarkably good as a couple. Both of them acted very well in their respective role. Last of all, it was the comedic moments and the heartwarming moments that seal the deal for me. 

In the Korean version of this drama, I am glad to see Jang Hyuk and Jang Nara collaborated again after 12 years since they acted together in - The successful story of a bright girl. That was so many years ago and that drama left a great impression on me. Jang Hyuk is such a charming actor and Jang Nara looks like a "post it" girl. I look forward to this fabulous pairing despite the expected storyline. 


Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Escape Crisis No 1 Kim Jong Kook




Kim Jong Kook put on make up in Escape Crisis Number 1! During a segment of the variety show, he put on a wig and a hat pretending to be a girl. Together with a fellow comedian, Kim Jong Kook demostrated how to put on make up while seated on a moving chair. First he put on the eyeliner, followed by lip stick and powder. 

I was surprised that Kim Jong kook has this feminine side to his make up skills. He was able to put on make up better than the other comedian! Considering his size, it must be awkward for him to do this gag. However, Kim Jong Kook is such a professional entertainer that comply with his job to make fun of himself, in exchange for the audience laughters. My admiration for him has increased. Oh, is that picture Kim Jong Kook sister that appears in Running Man before? Haha. 


Later on during the show, Kim Jong Kook was requested to show his chocolate abs. He was visibly embarrassed and hesitated to show his abs initially. We know that Kim Jong kook does not like to show off his muscles, however it was the elderly lady that requested and he had no choice but to comply with that request. 

The ahjuma and the young ladies were happily anticipating this moment and encouraged him by his side. Kim Jong Kook turned around to lifted his shirt for the ladies to ogle and admire those perfect abs.Three Cheers for the manly and gentle Kim Jong kook! Hooray!

Saturday, July 12, 2014

柏原崇莅临年代秀



资料来源:年代秀

柏原崇日前为了宣传自编自演的微剧~幸福计划,特地莅临中国著名综艺节目- 年代秀。大家对柏原崇的影像停留在情书里的藤井树和一吻定情的入江直树。世纪末日本最后一个美少男,如今已经是37岁的美大叔了。


在微博上柏原崇也留言给影迷:

转发了 柏原崇 的微博:みなさま、こんにちわ。柏原です。幸せのプランが放送開始されました。というか、みなさま既に見てくださってありがとう!!大変な事もありましたが、みなさまが見てくれたカウント数が今の僕の心に栄養を沢山与えてくれています。 本当にありがとうございます。 --柏原崇

翻译:大家好,我是柏原崇。《幸福计划》已经播出了,谢谢大家的观看。虽然有过许多艰辛,但是大家观看影片的点击数,给了我很大的鼓励。真心非常感谢。 


Thursday, July 10, 2014

新舊版日劇:一吻定情



別名:惡作劇之吻,淘氣小親親,加油琴子

2013年,一吻定情~Love In Tokyo(主演:未来穂香/古川雄輝)劇情內容描述一個 IQ 200 的天才高中生(入江直樹)和一個長得平凡又傻裏傻氣的女高中生(相原琴子)的愛情故事。



1996年,柏原崇和佐藤藍子分別飾演入江直樹和相原琴子。 這部日本偶像劇是日後許多偶像劇用來參考的作品。



這部偶像劇只有九集,每一集的開頭都是直樹的弟弟欲樹畫的圖案並且以第三者旁觀這對情侶。每一集都有主題,裕樹以朗讀名言的方式呈現。我覺得這樣的呈現方式很可愛也很溫馨。

主演:



佐藤藍子是1993年日本國民美少女。其實長得不錯的藍子必須在一吻定情醜化自己。她飾演個性橫衝直撞又笨手笨腳的高中女生。她傻裏傻氣得很搞笑,是個天生'掃把星'。她成功的扮演一個長得普通的白癡逐漸的打動白馬王子的心。許多人對她所飾演的琴子有意見。她的眼睛很大、嘴巴比眼睛大、耳朵比嘴巴大、嗓門更加大!其實佐藤藍子像一個沒有女人味的高中女孩,她就只有細長的雙腿可欣賞而已。沒錯,她飾演的琴子很有特色不過不是非常討喜。即使角色需要像漫畫一樣,但是演出來的感覺卻差強人意。她那如雷公般的嗓音很刺耳也很煩人、她也經常無釐頭的吵吵鬧鬧。我唯一喜歡琴子的是她那純真善良的個性。她非常執著勇敢、也是唯一一個敢糾正入江直樹錯誤的人。



未來穂香飾演的琴子比原版的琴子更討喜。畢竟年代不同,髮型,時尚和風格都比較前衛。唯一相似的是那招風耳,幾乎和佐藤藍子的耳朵一樣。這個琴子沒有那麼誇張,表情也比較可愛。可是她才16歲,演技有待進步。除了純真可愛,她的演技就只停留在這裡。我個人覺得她真的沒有什麼印象深刻的鏡頭。



柏原崇是20世紀末日本最後一個美少年。他的外型十分符合入江直樹應該具備的條件。入江直樹這個角色仿佛是為柏原崇量身定做似的。柏原崇成為了外表冷酷,內心溫暖,聰明伶俐,運動細胞優異,氣質優雅,帥氣的典範。他的演技常被比較,甚至有人評論柏原崇的演技差。那年才19歲的他演技當然還欠缺磨鍊,但是也因為柏原崇的魅力使這部偶像劇火紅起來的。想當年,這部日劇不知迷倒多少影迷了。柏原崇也為日後飾演入江直樹的演員設定了高標準。



古川雄輝對我而言樣貌不及柏原崇。他飾演的入江直樹感覺比較斯文柔情。雖然他的演技不錯,但實際年齡和女主角相差十年,未免有一點誇張吧!或許應該飾演兄妹比較適當?外表玉樹凌風的入江植樹有冷酷也有溫柔的一面。聽說真實生活的古川雄輝也是一位優異的人才。

配角:



青木伸舖的無釐頭演出帶來許多笑料,可惜角色只是設定如此並且是個琴子從來沒有放在眼裡的可憐蟲。中春金之助至少應該讓直樹感到嫉妒,被視為情敵才有可看性啊!



小澤珍珠飾演的松本麗子實在是很討厭的角色。她總是死纏著直樹,心機重,又囂張。可惜無法看見直樹拒絕麗子的時候。



山田裕貴飾演的金之助演技比較細膩,刻劃出角色的傻氣和執著。他和原版的金之助不同,至少他在劇裡是深情多過搞笑。他的存在激發了入江直樹的妒忌心。因為如此,他的角色價值才有可看性。大家也希望金之助能找到另一個好女孩。

 
高田裡穂飾演相原琴子的情敵,也跟入江直樹門當戶對。和麗子相比之下,她沒有麗子那樣心機重。



兩代入江裕樹好可愛喔!第一版的裕樹和現代入江裕樹都是小大人而且觀察力超強。



雙方家長在劇裡的角色也很重要。尤其入江媽媽是如此開朗活潑的靈魂人物。

劇情



1996年的一吻定情故事內容不夠深入,結局更是草率結束,實在是遺憾啊!這真的令人感到錯愕也為劇集留下了許多問號和驚嘆號。本以為劇情會拍攝後繼,一直保留希望的我最終等到大失所望。這一部青春偶像劇對當時的年代來說是新鮮有趣的作品、這也是日後開拍偶像劇的先鋒。如今回頭看這部偶像劇仍然覺得故事,人物可以加強就更好了。值得一提的是這部偶像劇是已故原作者多田薰的經典作品。如果這部戲在現代拍攝或許會更好,但是任何事情總是需要有一個啟發人,日後才會有人跟隨腳步。我尊重原著的想法也感謝她寫出經典的漫畫,讓我年少時擁有如此美麗的夢。



這是新版的一吻定情~Love In Tokyo。本人覺得劇情偏向台灣版的惡作劇之吻。這個版本比較看得出直樹對琴子的愛意和溫柔。日劇一向對劇情從來不拖拉,選擇簡單的方式表達故事內容。新舊版入江直樹和相原琴子同台代表傳承的意義。這也實現了日劇迷的願望,把原版的主角邀請客串演出。

主题曲


Speed 這個日本女子組合演唱的Steady充滿年輕活潑的氣勢。歌曲編寫得朗朗上口,可說是青春無敵啊!這也剛好符合1996年的一吻定情現代版的惡作劇之吻片頭曲比較可愛,可說是各有千秋。




























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