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The Dream Makers ep7-15

20 Jul

Yes, I’m rather behind on zzsf, which is an indication of how this show is not exactly grabbing me. I catch up with a few episodes every weekend and I do enjoy the show and the myriad of characters while watching but I don’t feel compelled to tune in everyday.  Updates on my thoughts so far: Continue reading

The Dream Makers impression ep 1-6

5 Jul

I’m always a little wary of the supposed blockbuster/anniversary dramas as they often fail to live up to the hype but ‘The Dream Makers’ is off to a good start. By making a drama on a tv company, mediacorp is drawing on vast resources to tell a story that has been writing itself within the company for the past 50 years and I hope the story will not disappoint in the 2nd half. There are many characters who interact with each other to spin this story so there’s no singular character/couple heading the show but there are a few central characters whom we can put into two major camps. Continue reading

Dramas lookout – Jun13

24 Jun

If you can’t already tell from my lack of drama updates, I have somehow managed to be not interested in any airing dramas and that’s saying a lot considering I have so many drama sources. But no worries, I should be able to get back into the swing of things soon with the following list of potential hits.

Dream Makers  [Sg drama]

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Looking back on 2012

20 Dec

My first thought when getting ready to write this post was ‘meh, what a lackluster drama year’ and it certainly feels so with me stuck in this drama slump with no apparent end in sight. However when I skimmed through my lj entries as well as my written journal, I realised that while dramas didn’t consistently deliver through 2012, there were quite a few entertainment highlights that got me merrily obsessed. There will be a separate post on lakorns which should be coming this weekend.

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Legend of the Eight Immortals 1998

9 Oct

Talk of Sg dramas got me thinking about those classic ones that I love and among them, the one I was most obsessed with was definitely ‘Legend of the Eight Immortals’ based on … errr, the Eight Immortals in Chinese mythology. In this drama, the world is about to face a terrible disaster at the hands of the demon Tong Tian and the eight immortals is suppose to gather and defeat the demon together. There’s a lot of action and interesting stories by the different immortals but of course it was the angsty love story between the most prominent immortal Lv Dong Bin and Mudan that captivated my tween self back in 1998.

I started re-watching it and other than the obviously fake CGI (it has been many many years), the overall production surprisingly does not feel dated and I’m reminded again how freaking gorgeous Phyllis Quek was as Mudan!

*credits to baidu*

Now I’m on a Sg drama roll?

6 Oct

‘Unriddle 2’ blew my socks off but that’s more the exception than the norm for me when it comes to post-90s Sg dramas so it was a pleasant surprise when ‘Poetic Justice’ got me faithfully tuning in every day at 9pm. It suffered from criticisms that the story was an inaccurate representation of the news scene in Singapore and that I agree. The fictional ‘Real TV’ feels more like a tv version of Sg’s tabloid evening papers than the news channel it purports to be and the ‘news’ covered often got me rolling my eyes but the plot line of the characters love lives was what kept me interested. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a main guy like Zhengye (Dai Yang Tian); he’s young, rich, goodlooking blah blah blah, hilariously narcissistic and sharp-tongued yet also manages to be a warm, decent human being at the core. His verbal interactions with almost everyone gets me laughing but of course I love him the most with our main girl Yanzhi (Rui En). While they start off on the wrong foot as many drama couples do, they quickly become friends and it’s their ‘more than friends, less than lovers’ period that I really fangirled their scenes together. Unfortunately their relationship later developed into a much more complicated love problem and since then Zhengye has lost much of his initial shine as he spent most of the time wavering between two women and moping over his dad’s problem. PJ is airing its last episode on Monday and I expect a happy ending for everyone but I doubt it can salvage my disappointment at the direction the story has taken in the second half.

But! things are still looking positive for Sg dramas with ‘Game Plan’, a drama about swindlers which will air after ‘Poetic Justice’. Wawa Pictures has consistently put out quality stuff and the cast is looking pretty solid too with Wawa Pictures favourite leading man Christopher Lee helming the show. Eh, my only concern will be Jesseca Liu. She’s pretty and a decent actress but for some reason she’s always left me cold and if I can’t get into the OTP, I probably can’t get into the drama not matter how objectively good it is.

Drama status

12 Apr

Rak Ok Arkad [ep watched 2/total ep 14][lakorn]: This sounds like a reverse ‘Poo Yai Lee Gab Nang Mah’ which I enjoyed tremendously and I wanted to like this for Cherry but the laughs were too slapstick and Om’s acting too stiff for me to carry on.

Forensic Heroes III [6/30][HK drama]: This one went for the CSI route but didn’t match up and it didn’t pull me in on the character front either so bye bye it was. Random observation: Age is really catching up with Maggie Cheung Ho-yee!

Too Late to Say I Love You [15/36][Cdrama]: Wallace Chung as Murong Feng charmed my socks in this one and I also loved the strong-willed heroine Jing Wan but after skimming through the novel on which the drama is based on, I couldn’t bear to watch the betrayal that I knew Jing Wan was going to suffer later. I did catch the last two episodes and the drama version white-washed Murong Feng to give him and Jing Wan a happy ending when in the novel, Murong Feng engineered an accident to kill Jing Wan's husband and daughter and to revenge him, Jing Wan carried her dead daughter to Murong Feng and lied that she was his biological daughter, then proceeded to kill herself with the gun that Murong Feng gave her years ago. How fun. I might finish this one day when I’m in the mood for angst.
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Unriddle 2 – ep 20

31 Mar

Wow. Just wow. Mind totally blown by Rui En in the gripping finale of Unriddle 2. I can’t remember her exact words but Rui En mentioned in interviews that many on set were shocked by how ‘far out’ she went in portraying Xiao Man’s breakdown and I totally get it now. The emotions conveyed by Rui En were so raw and searing that it has gone beyond ‘acting’: Rui En has become Hu Xiao Man. No wonder Chen Liping said Rui En would go crazy if there was Unriddle 3!

I’m still catching up on earlier episodes that I missed and may or may not do a proper review later. Will definitely do a shippy post on Xiao Man and Yu Ze though! For now, xinmsn already has a review up and it’s mostly reflective of my thoughts on the show. The good, bad and questionable

Oh dear, work is calling … …

Unriddle 2 ep 19

29 Mar

Gosh, this episode had me on the edge of my seat. It was already revealed in the trailer that Jie Yu got to Xiao Man’s mom so I was expecting JY to harm Hu Mama. What I didn’t expect though was how Hu Mama was tied to the case and that she was the intended fourth victim all along. Well played show, it’s been a while since crime dramas surprised me. Not that there weren’t other things to pick on, like how Wanyi managed to leave the hospital after a very public stabbing spree. Where’s the security? How about the other people around?? Nobody thought to stop her? She was holding a scalpel, not a parang, I think she could have been easily overpowered and subdued.

Regular picking of plot holes aside, Rui En and Rebecca Lim’s performance were really a standout tonight. I’ve enjoyed Rui En’s Xiao Man all this while and she continues to step up her game to convincingly portray XM’s desperation as Jie Yu drives her into a corner. As for Rebecca Lim, she did alright as the manipulative psychiatrist but I wasn’t particularly wowed till the past couple of episodes. Oh, and how could I forget Ng Hui, the ever dependable supporting actress was spot on as Jie Yu’s deranged puppet from the very beginning.

Can’t believe we’re already at the last episode! Will Xiao Man and Da Bao make it out alive for Unriddle 3 to happen? We’ll find out tomorrow.


27 Mar

LOL, Dr. Gao Jie Yu and Hu Xiao Man knew each other back in 2007.

Shipping Xiao Man and Yu Ze in Unriddle 2 got me thinking about other actors I like watching Rui En paired up with and my favourite is Pierre Png. That may have to do with the fact that I started liking them both because of ‘Honour and Passion’ and they were a delight in ‘A Tale of 2 Cities’ as well so I went on trusty yt to relive their old dramas together … never expected to see Rebecca Lim in this random clip I picked! Heeh, after watching Jie Yu and Xiao Man scheme against each other in today’s episode of U2, it was quite funny to see Rebecca Lim as Wen Wei’s colleague here.