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霹靂MIT/Pi Li MIT Episode 16 Recap (finale)

My feelings for this drama have fluctuated, but I do love it. I’ll miss it, really. And I know people have criticized it for repetition, but once you get to the turning point episode 11, it takes off. I’ve also heard complaints about acting, but like the plot, it improves throughout. Overall…flawed but still captivating and fun. [Although there’s not much that can be done to salvage that title. Oh, my dear, dear scriptwriters (much beloved as you are after the masterpiece that was Bump Off Lover), other than “Mysterious Incredible Terminator,” could you think of something a little less…lame? >.< No offense! These are my favorite Taiwanese scriptwriters and crew, and I’m not in any way insulting them. I’m sure it’s the fault of bad English word choice, not their intent, in any case.]

Otherwise! Pi Li MIT was great fun and a great break from overacted romcoms (I usually like romcoms/dramedies, but the OTT acting is what gets me). And while it was no match for Bump Off Lover, it threw a few well-placed twists into the mix of mystery, romance, and comedy.

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February 22, 2009 Posted by | Taiwanese entertainment | , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

我的億萬麵包 (Love or Bread)

LOB poster

LOB poster

Watch the HQ raws here:

And find English subs here: and

Currently watching the first episode. =D I’ll admit that upon first hearing the news that it would be another ArJoe collaboration, I was…less than overjoyed, lol. Ariel is one of my absolute favorite actresses, and I was concerned that yet another collaboration with Joe Cheng would limit her horizons (I don’t mean that *he* would limit her but that the coupling, repeated in quick succession, would be a career burden on both of them). But I’m not going to judge the drama because of that; after all, they are both talented actors and can create good chemistry. =) So I’m giving it a try.

I like the opening and endings songs (is the ending song by Ariel?!? it sounds like her but I’m not sure^^). Ariel and Joe seem to be acting well so far, and thank God their characters aren’t a XiangQin/ZhiShu repeat. But the cuts and editing are really choppy. It’s annoying. =_= They jump from scene to scene without transition, let a shot continue longer when it should end, end a shot when it should continue, and basically throw everything into an inconsistent pile. Well, maybe they were in a rush. Hopefully it’ll improve as time goes on~~

And I have to mention that it’s so weird to see Zhang Yu Chen (張毓晨) acting as Ariel’s friend. xD In True Love 18 (18歲的約定), Ariel’s first drama, she played Ariel’s teacher and love rival. 0_o Weird contrast. But interesting. Haha. It’s nice to see them collaborating again! I’m also looking forward to Rui Jia’s role. 😉

As for plot…we shall see. I think the biggest problem right now, though, is that editing. Way too distracting, and if it sticks out that much we won’t be able to enjoy the drama if it does turn out to be a good one. Directors, pleeease try to fix it~ =)

November 16, 2008 Posted by | Taiwanese entertainment | , , , | Leave a comment

Zhang RuiJia/Bryant Chang/張睿家 (Taiwanese actor)

Zhang RuiJia/Bryant Chang (originally posted by sailorcat@AIFC)

Zhang RuiJia/Bryant Chang (originally posted by sailorcat@AIFC)

(info from dramawiki)

  • Name: 張睿家 / Zhang Rui Jia
  • English name: Bryant Chang
  • Birthdate: 1985-Mar-31
  • Height: 180cm
  • Weight: 68kg
  • Star sign: Aries

I really don’t understand why this guy doesn’t have more popularity outside of Taiwan (there, he’s super-well-known, and he deserves it^^). He’s cute, he’s nice, he’s smart, and above all he’s talented! If you don’t believe me, go watch his two movies Eternal Summer (盛夏光年) and Summer’s Tail (夏天的尾巴). Eternal Summer was his first big movie; it was critically acclaimed, came to be a huge hit, and gave him the title “heartthrob” among many viewers. 😉 In the movie, his character is caught in a love triangle with his (male) best friend and a new female acquaintance who, through her appearance, causes the guys to become very confused about their feelings for her and for each other~~ I’ll admit, I’m not a particular fan of boy’s love, and Eternal Summer did have one very graphic scene, but it was done artistically and their acting (especially RuiJia’s!) just pulled me in completely. Here’s the MV for Eternal Summer’s theme song (under the link), which I thought really exemplified the confusion and painfulness inevitable in this particular love triangle.

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July 16, 2008 Posted by | Taiwanese actors, Taiwanese entertainment | , , , , , , , | 10 Comments