Thursday, January 26, 2012

Skip Beat (Extravagant Challenge)

After waiting for 3 years, this drama is finally in the works! The cast has changed and it is a little weird having Korean actors acting in a Taiwan drama with their parts being dubbed, but so far so good. If you don't know already, the drama is adapted from the manga "Skip Beat", with the necessary changes made for the Chinese audience.

The drama follows Gong Xi, a high school student who gave up the opportunity to enter university to support her childhood friend and crush, Bu Po Shang. She slaves over multiple jobs just to earn enough to pay the rent for their up-scale condominium in Taipei, while Bo Po Shang (also known as Shang) focuses on his career as a singer.

As Shang's popularity starts to soar, he starts to disregard Gong Xi and even flirts with his manager. It is only now that Gong Xi realizes that she was used by Shang to help him with his living expenses.

Feeling heart-broken and betrayed, Gong Xi is determined to get her revenge on Shang, vowing to enter the entertainment industry and become bigger star than Shang. She auditions to L.M.E, Taiwan's largest talent agency and rival to Shang's agency. Although Gong Xi passes the autiditon, she lacks compassion and love due to Shang's betrayal, so she ends up in the newly created "Love Me" section with new recruit Jiang Nanqin.

While at L.M.E, Gong Xi encounters Dun He Lian (also known as Lian), a famous actor. He is disgusted by her motivation for entering the entertainment industry and consistently finds ways to annoy and taunt her. However, as Gong Xi's acting career starts to take off, she begins to discover a new sense of identity and purpose which deviates from her from her initial plans of revenge. Lian eventually warms up to her, and although at first in denial, finds himself falling more and more in love with her.

Main characters (taken from Wikipedia)
Ivy Chen as Gong Xi (宮囍), based on the manga character Kyoko Mogami:
A bright and intelligent high school graduate who gives up her chances for university to support her childhood friend and love interest, Bu Po Shang, in his pop idol career. She later finds out that Shang only used her for his own selfish reasons and had no intentions to spend the rest of his life with her. Devastated and vengeful, Gong Xi vows that she will exact revenge. Shang tells her that the only way to do this is to join the entertainment industry and defeat him. After much begging and pleading, she is finally accepted into L.M.E., Taiwan's largest talent agency, and joins the company's new-found department, Love Me (Chinese: 愛我吧部).

Siwon as Dun Helian (敦賀蓮), based on the manga character Ren Tsuruga:
A famous young actor who takes his profession very seriously. One of Taiwan's biggest stars, he is under the same talent agency as Gong Xi. Although he maintains a perfect public image, he is disgusted by Gong Xi's reasons for joining the show business and frequently finds ways to annoy and taunt her. He soon realizes Gong Xi's talent in acting and begins to support her endeavors. He eventually develops romantic feelings for Gong Xi, but she is too concentrated on her motives to notice his pursuits.

Donghae as Bu Po Shang (不破尚; lit. "Unbreakable Shang"), based on the manga character Shō Fuwa:
Born Shang Jieyong (尚介勇), Bu Po Shang is Gong Xi's childhood friend and love interest. Although egotistical and arrogant, he is an extremely talented musician. Fully aware of Gong Xi's romantic feelings for him, he successfully convinces Gong Xi to travel with him to Taipei to support him financially while he focuses on developing his singing career. Ruthless and ambitious, Shang decides to abandon Gong Xi to get together with his manager, which leads to Gong Xi to join the entertainment industry for revenge. Upon seeing Gong Xi's transformation, Shang realizes that he had more feelings for her than he originally thought. He holds great animosity towards Dun Helian because of his popularity and his close relationship with Gong Xi.

Bianca Bai as Jiang Nanqin (江南琴), based on the manga character Kanae Kotonami:
A young rising star who attends the same auditions as Gong Xi. She is desperate for a successful acting career and initially despises Gong Xi for standing in her way. Similar to Gong Xi, she joins the "Love Me" department of L.M.E. to touch up on her acting ability. After working together in various projects, Gong Xi and Nanqin develop a deep friendship.

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