There had been comments that I have been neglecting the Taiwanese Dramas or the TWDramas as they are more popularly called. I haven’t watch anything new recently for the only reason that most of the videos I got are with terrible, out of this world subtitles. These dramas are usualy produced in Mandarin Chinese and I know not a single chinese word, well, saying “wei” and “ni hao ma” does not count, right?
Yes people, I know where to get the best and the more authentic English translation but I am sucker for hardsubbed videos. I am just too lazy to do otherwise. Not a good reason I know but that’s just me. You guys continue to appreciate the fan subbing teams, download the raw videos and the subtitles. We owe so much to these guys.
The best that I can do now is give you a list of taiwan dramas that I believed garnered a lot of attention from the viewers and received so much hype from the media. Some are still airing, some are old and there are some that are to be aired soon. I have not watch most of them yet so I can’t say if they are good or not.
1. FATED TO LOVE YOU(2008)
Currently Airing now in Taiwan. I have decided to make another post solely dedicated to this drama.
2. ROMANTIC PRINCESS (2007)…click here for more info.
This drama enjoyed high ratings. Got 13 episodes. It is a romantic comedy based on shojo manga, Four Steps To Romance by Kazuko Fujita starring Wu Chun as Nan Fen Jin (Hana Kimi, Tokyo Juliet), Angela Chang as Mai Qui Sui (Bump Off Lover 17 (When Dolphin Love Cat) and Calvin Cheng as Nan Feng Cai(The X-Family, The KO). Both Wu Chun and Calvin Cheng are members of a popular boy band, Farenheit.
Plot: Mai Qui Sui discovered that she’s adopted and is actually an heiress. The patriarch of the rich family, her grandfather summoned for her and convinced her to live with him. Living with him means she also needs to live with Nan Fen Jin who had been groomed to take over the reins from her grandfather if the latter wishes to retire or dies. It’s a love-hate relationship. The grandfather on the other hand is a terrible matchmaker.
3. ANGEL LOVER (2006)
This is a story about angels starring Ming Dao (Ying Ye 3 Jia 1, The Prince Who Turns Into a Frog), Coco Jiang, Bianca Bai (Fated To Love, It Started With A Kiss) and Alex To. This one got 40 episodes. So if you dig a drama that may eat up your month, watch this.
Plot: A girl was involved in a vehicular accident and was unable to get over her depression when somebody helped her get her bearings, motivated her to move on with her life and enjoy everything around her. Just as she was ready to live and love again, the guy left her. He was an angel and he needs to help others find their way again. Inspired by her angel, she opened up an agency/center called Angel Lover focusing on helping women get over their emotional depression and lack of confidence.
4. MY LUCKY STAR (2007)
Cast: Jimmy Lin, Yoo Hana, Leon Jay Williams. 20 episodes.
Plot: The girl is a thief, con artist specializing in jewelry forgery. The guy is a rebel rich kid who is at odds with his father. He was the cause of her being jailed for a year. Then they met again…a typical love-hate relationship.
5. HONEY AND CLOVER (2008)
Cast: Joe Cheng, Janine Chang, Eddie Peng. Got 14 episodes, will start airing this April.
This is based from another Japanese manga, “Hachimitsu to Kurōbā” by Chika Umino. It is quite popular in the manga world, it is the bestselling manga. It was reported to have broken sales record of 1,000,000 copies in one day. Approximately 6,300,000 copies were sold in Japan. It was the Japanese TV who first made a jdorama about it – Hachimitsu to Clover and was just recently aired there but an anime version was made in 2003 and a live action movie in 2006.
Plot: It revolves in the lives of five college art students. Three of them are living in the same apartment complex, struggling financially and to make things worse or better, a girl came into the picture and two of them fell in love with her instantly. Another girl is included in their group. This girl is in love with one of the guys but is unrequited since that guy is obsessed with an older woman. Quite complicated but basically, it is about friendship, graduation and unrequited love.
6. THE CLUE COLLECTOR (2008)
This is high school/teen, mystery, suspense drama. Got 14 episodes. I am not sure if this was aired already.
PLOT: Sheng Shing School is in mercy of those who love to create havoc and chaos. The school used to have a secret group who protected it from those baddies and thus created a legend, The Thunder Group. The group for unknown reasons just vanished (probably graduated and went to college, duh). Anyway, the remaining member who is now a teacher recruited the baddest of the baddest in her class and formed a new Thunder group.
7. THE BAD CAMPUS BELLE (2008)
This is another Rainie Yang series. Other cast includes Dean Fujioka, Will Pan. This will be aired in the later part of the year.
PLOT: A jewelry store owner that is on top of the MAKEOVER list. A girl with no sense of style. One day she met her Prince Charming and realizes that she does not have a chance at all if she continues to be a fashion victim and so she acquired the services of another man to overhaul her.
8. LA QIU HUO (2008)
Two of the hottest guys in Taiwan TV is sure to fire your tubes soon. Jerry Yan of F4 and Wu Chun of Farenheit will collaborate in this upcoming new romantic drama that involves basketball. And to those who are asking, I don’t think there is any hint of Brokeback Mountain in here. Ha ha ha… Other cast: Alan Luo, Coco Jiang, Zhou Cai Shi, Michael Zhang.
13 Episodes. It is scheduled to air in July this year.
And that concludes the magic 8. Oh, geez, the Beijing Olympics is rubbing off on me, 08.08.08!