I am finishing up a few blog posts that are in the works right now but I didn’t want to wait too long to post. So here is a what I am currently enjoying 😀.
Medical Examiner Dr. Qin is a Chinese web drama with short episodes that are only about half an hour and go by very quickly. This is a crime investigation genre with the main characters being 2 medical examiners and a detective who examine dead bodies, investigate, and solve murders. I saw some comments about the show being too grisly with the dead bodies and autopsies, but personally that didn’t bother me. I am really enjoying the interactions between the main three characters and the funny odd couple type comedy against the darker investigation plots. It helps to significantly lessen the dark, heavy feel of the plot. I am watching these as Dramafever posts a few episodes a week and I have heard that a second season is airing currently so hopefully that will get subbed as well.
My Secret Romance is a very lighthearted manga-like romantic comedy that is growing on me. I feel like the acting was a bit stilted and stiff in the first episode and has loosened up as the episodes have aired. I am finding it to be quite enjoyable albeit total fluff. But I love a fluffy drama and those are often the ones I rewatch over again because they take so little thought. The lead couple has some good chemistry which is important for this role because of the one night stand leads to love story line that should take place. I like the female lead even though she is a bit of a doormat but she is cute with her hiccuping nervous demeanor when she is being pushed around. Sung Hoon plays the outrageous cheabol quite well with his ridiculous chiseled face and well fitting suits. I am growing fonder of his character as he falls more for the girl and starts to show more emotions. Dramafever has this one as well.
I started Stay With Me last week and watched the first few episodes but haven’t picked it back up. I began it because I really like Wang Kai and want to check out more of his dramas and films. If you have seen this drama please tell me why I should keep watching because I need some motivation. I found it a bit dragging and the comedy to be not very funny. So let me know if it is worth continuing? Maybe it gets better..?
Three smaller Chinese dramas that I am in the middle of are Master Devil Do not Kiss Me, Fool in Love With You & I Love my President Though He is a Psycho. These dramas help me to remember why I usually stick with more well-known dramas and films. Master Devil should be subbed by now on KissAsian, as it was mostly released with subs when I checked it two weeks ago. So I will be finishing that soon because it has 20 minute long episodes and is quite silly but yet fun to watch. A perfect drama to watch while I am cooking or multitasking, though damn similar to Boys Over Flower (Hana Yori Dango). The other two were not on Kissasian and I have had trouble finding subbed versions of all the eps. So these ones may be slow going, waiting weeks for a single episode to be subbed. But I have enjoyed the quirky and borderline strange My President is a Psycho even though it is not particularly logical and is set deep in soap opera world with far over-the-top characters. So I will just keep checking every so often for updates. I wasn’t as interested in Fool in Love With You but as I have only seen two episodes, I think it has some room to get quite interesting since it is a full length drama. Reminds me a bit of the Jekyll and Hyde drama with Hyun Bin a few years ago because of a multiple personality story line.
Behind Your Smile is a Taiwanese drama that I am about halfway through. This one has been interesting because I began watching it because the synopsis on a few sites talked about it being based somewhat on Faust and had a lead character who was immortal and ended up falling in love. (Goblin flashbacks anyone?) But this synopsis was based on a mistranslation and this was pretty disappointing. The actual plot of Behind Your Smile has no supernatural elements but is basically a revenge story meets a romance with those two elements clashing. I have really enjoyed the main male actor and this is my first experience seeing any of his work. Has anyone seen other works with Marcus Chang?
I have been taking a break from The Perfect Match because I caught up at episode 4 and I wanted to let a few weeks worth of episodes pile up so I can watch more. I will probably be catching up on all the episodes Viki has available subbed in the next few days; I do enjoy a good binge-fest. I love Chris Wu as an actor and am really liking the cute main couple in this drama for the most part. I like the food/chef aspect of the show and hope it continues to be good and gets even better as I watch more episodes. Seriously between this and Behind Your Smile I feel like Taiwan has stepped up thir drama game and is choosing to do some interesting and less conventional stories than many past Tdramas.
Have you seen any of these dramas? A pretty random selection right now for my watch list. What are you watching? Please share! I would love ideas of next dramas to watch!!