Golden Bell Awards 2017: Nominations List

Best Dramas:
Abula’s Three Women (阿不拉的三個女人) (FTV)
Game (明天一起去樂園) (Hakka TV)
Qseries (植劇場): Close Your Eyes Before It’s Dark (天黑請閉眼) (TTV)
Qseries (植劇場): Love of Sandstorm (戀愛沙塵暴) (TTV)
Family Time (酸甜之味) (PTS)

Best Mini-series/ Tele-movies:
Far and Away (外鄉女): Black Beauty (黑美人) (FTV)
The Devil Game (劣人傳之詭計) (Youku)
The Teenage Psychic (通靈少女) (PTS)
She’s Family (媽媽不見了) (FTV)

Best Leading Actor – Drama:
Chris Wu (吳慷仁) – Qseries (植劇場): Love of Sandstorm (戀愛沙塵暴)
Wes Luo (宏正) – High 5 Basketball (High 5 制霸青春) (GTV)
Roy Liu (劉德凱) – Never Forget Then (這些年那些事) (CTV)
Fan Guang Yao (樊光耀): Love of Sandstorm (戀愛沙塵暴)
Blue Lan (藍正龍) – Qseries (植劇場): Miss Jiang, You Talked About Love It (姜老師,妳談過戀愛嗎?) (TTV)

Best Leading Actress – Drama:
Queenie Fang (方宥心) – Reborn from the Dust (蘇足) (DaAi TV)
Allison Lin (林予晞) – Love By Design (必勝練習生) (TTV)
Ke Shu Qin (柯淑勤) – Qseries (植劇場): Love of Sandstorm (戀愛沙塵暴)
Rainie Yang (楊丞琳) – Qseries (植劇場): Life PLan A and B (荼蘼) (TTV)
Yang Gui Mei (楊貴媚) – Life List (遺憾拼圖) (TTV)

Best Supporting Actor – Drama:
Zhang Ke Zhong (章可中) – Qseries (植劇場): Miss Jiang, You Talked About Love It (姜老師,妳談過戀愛嗎?)
Greg Hsu (許光漢) – Qseries (植劇場): Miss Jiang, You Talked About Love It (姜老師,妳談過戀愛嗎?)
You An Shun (游安順) – Abula’s Three Women (阿不拉的三個女人)
Huang Shang He (黃尚禾) – Qseries (植劇場): Close Your Eyes Before It’s Dark (天黑請閉眼)
Johnny Lu (路斯明) – Qseries (植劇場): Life PLan A and B (荼蘼)

Best Supporting Actress – Drama:
Ariel An (安唯綾) – Game (明天一起去樂園)
Sun Ke Fang (孫可芳) – Qseries (植劇場): Close Your Eyes Before It’s Dark (天黑請閉眼)
Chen Yu (陳妤) – Qseries (植劇場): Love of Sandstorm (戀愛沙塵暴)
You Qiao Xuan (游蕎軒) – Reborn from the Dust (蘇足)
Liu Yu Ci (劉于慈) – Tonight (今晚,你想點什麼) (PTS)

Best New Actors / Actresses – Drama:
He Yu Chen (禾語辰) – Qseries (植劇場): Miss Jiang, You Talked About Love It (姜老師,妳談過戀愛嗎?)
Cammy Jiang (江宜蓉) – Qseries (植劇場): Love of Sandstorm (戀愛沙塵暴)
Ha Xiao Yuan (哈孝遠) – Family Time (酸甜之味)
Sun Ke Fang (孫可芳) – Qseries (植劇場): Close Your Eyes Before It’s Dark (天黑請閉眼)
Chen Yu (陳妤) – Qseries (植劇場): Love of Sandstorm (戀愛沙塵暴)

Best Director – Drama:
Wang Ming Tai (王明台) – Qseries (植劇場): Miss Jiang, You Talked About Love It (姜老師,妳談過戀愛嗎?)
Toyoharu Kitamura (北村豐晴) – Qseries (植劇場): Love of Sandstorm (戀愛沙塵暴)
Wang Zi Ping (林子平) – High 5 Basketball (High 5 制霸青春)
Ke Zhen Nian (柯貞年) – Qseries (植劇場): Close Your Eyes Before It’s Dark (天黑請閉眼)
Xu Zhao Ren (許肇任) – Family Time (酸甜之味)

Best Screenwriter/ Script – Drama:
Wong Kong Cheng (王孔澂), Wang Ci Yang (王詞仰), Wu Han Jie (吳翰杰), Lin Pin Jun (林品君), Ke Zhen Nian (柯貞年), Chen Shi Jie (陳世杰), Fu Kai Ling (傅凱羚), Zhan Jun Jie (詹俊傑) – Qseries (植劇場): Close Your Eyes Before It’s Dark (天黑請閉眼)
Ryan Tu (杜政哲) and Yang Hui Wen (楊惠文) – Family Time (酸甜之味)
Mag Hsu (徐譽庭) – Qseries (植劇場): Life PLan A and B (荼蘼)
Zhang Ke Xin (張可欣) and Wen Yu Fang (溫郁芳) – Qseries (植劇場): Love of Sandstorm (戀愛沙塵暴)
Peng Yi Jing (彭怡菁) and Wen Hui Ming (溫慧明) – Game (明天一起去樂園)

Best Leading Actor – Mini-series/ Tele-movies:
Chris Wu (吳慷仁) – We Are One (望月) (DaAi TV)
Christopher Lee (李銘順) – The Long Goodbye (告別) (PTS’ Life Story Collection) (PTS)
Ke Shu Yuan (柯叔元) – Far and Away (外鄉女): Black Beauty (黑美人)
Fo Meng Bo (傅孟柏) – The Last Verse (最後的詩句) (PTS)
Lan Wei Hua (藍葦華) – The Cage (鴿籠) (PTS’ Student Life Story Collection) (PTS)

Best Leading Actress – Min-series/ Tele-movies:
Tiffany Hsu (許瑋甯) – Rock Records In Love (滾石愛情故事): Possessed (鬼迷心竅) (PTS)
Guo Shu Yao (郭書瑤) – The Teenage Psychic (通靈少女)
Annie Chen (陳庭妮) – The Long Goodbye (告別)
Cheryl Yang (楊謹華) – Rock Records In Love (滾石愛情故事): Endless Love (新不了情) (PTS)
Wen Zhen Ling (温貞菱) – The Last Verse (最後的詩句)

Best Supporting Actor – Mini-series/ Tele-movies:
Wu Kun Da (吳昆達) – Time to Say Goodbye (愛別離) (PTS)
Gao Meng Jie (高盟傑) – The Last Verse (最後的詩句)
Zhang Han (張翰) – Upstream (濁流) (PTS)
Cai Chen Nan (蔡振南) – She’s Family (媽媽不見了)
Xie Fei (謝飛) – Their Heaven (TMD天堂) (CTV)

Best Supporting Actress – Mini-series/ Tele-movies:
Nana Lee (李千娜) – The Teenage Psychic (通靈少女)
Zhou Heng Yin (周姮吟) – Rock Records In Love (滾石愛情故事): Norway’s Forest (挪威的森林) (PTS)
Yang Gui Mei (楊貴媚) – She’s Family (媽媽不見了)
Yang Li Yin (楊麗音) – Father (我的陌生爸爸) (PTS’ Student Life Story Collection) (PTS)
Carol Cheng (鄭家榆) – The Long Goodbye (告別)

Best New Actors / Actresses – Mini-series/ Tele-movies:
Lin Yu Ting (林羽葶) – An Angel at My Table (數到十 讓我變成沈曉旭) (PTS’ Life Story Collection) (PTS)
Lin Sun Yu Hao (林孫煜豪) – Pakeriran (巴克力藍的夏天) (PTS)
Yang Yan E (楊燕娥) – Setting Up Table (辦桌) (PTS)
Kent Tsai (蔡凡熙) – The Teenage Psychic (通靈少女)
Hong Di (鴻狄) – Pakeriran (巴克力藍的夏天)

Best Director – Mini-series/ Tele-movies:
Zhuang Xuan Wei (莊絢維) – Upstream (濁流)
Xu Li Da (許立達) – The Long Goodbye (告別)
Chen He Yu (陳和榆) – The Teenage Psychic (通靈少女)
Liao Shi Han (廖士涵) – We Are One (望月)
Lian Jian Hong (練建宏) – Their Heaven (TMD天堂)

Best Screenwriter/ Script – Tele-movies:
Li Ting Yu (李庭瑜), Lin Meng Huan (林孟寰), Chen He Yu (陳和榆), and Liao Zhen Kai (廖振凱) – The Teenage Psychic (通靈少女)
Shao Hui Ting (邵慧婷), Tu Fang Yang (涂芳祥), Zhan Da Wei (詹大為), and Lan Meng He (藍夢荷) – CODE (CODE浮士德遊戲) (iQiyi)
Xu Li Da (許立達) – The Long Goodbye (告別)
Fei Gong Yi (費工怡) – We Are One (望月)
Wen Yi Hui (溫怡惠) – Rock Records In Love (滾石愛情故事): You Go On Your Path (你走你的路) (PTS)

Best Cinematography:
Wang Cheng He (王晟合) and Sun Quan Cen (孫全岑) – High 5 Basketball (High 5 制霸青春)
Li Jing Bai (李景白) and Huang Jun Hua (黃駿樺) – Under Water 30 Meters (水下三十米) (Unique Satellite TV)
Chen Ke Qin (陳克勤) – The Long Goodbye (告別)
Chen Qi Wen (陳麒文) – Upstream (濁流)
Liu Zhi Huan (劉至桓) – The Last Verse (最後的詩句)

Best Film Editing:
Li Jun Hong (李俊宏) – The Last Verse (最後的詩句)
Du Su Ling (杜素鈴) and Yang En Xin (楊恩昕) – Their Heaven (TMD天堂)
Ruan Chang Lin (阮昌麟) and Mai Jue Ming (麥覺明) – Make In Taiwan (MIT台灣誌) (CTV)
Lin Zheng Hong (林政宏) – The Long Goodbye (告別)
Yang Bang Yan (楊邦彥) – High 5 Basketball (High 5 制霸青春)

Best Sound Editing:
Wu Bo Chun (吳柏醇) – Welcome To Happy Days (五星級魚干女) (GTV)
Li Shou Xin (李守信) and Chen Zhen Fa (陳振發) – Vulayan Stage Dream (Vulayan圓夢舞台)
Zhou Zhen (周震), Anu Kaliting Sadipongan (阿努‧卡力亭‧沙力朋安), and Chen Yi Wei (陳亦偉) – Pakeriran (巴克力藍的夏天
Qiu Sheng Yuan (邱昇元), Ye Yue Se (葉約瑟), Thomas Foguenne, and Cai Du Yi (蔡篤易) – The Last Verse (最後的詩句)
Lu Lu Ming (盧律銘) and Jian Feng Shu (簡豐書) – Qseries (植劇場): Close Your Eyes Before It’s Dark (天黑請閉眼)

Best Lighting:
Li Yuan Yue (李元嶽) – Go, Music! 3 (音樂萬萬歲3) (PTS)
Liu Chen Wei (劉宸瑋) – The Last Verse (最後的詩句)
Liu Chen Wei (劉宸瑋) – Upstream (濁流)
Xie Song Ming (謝松銘) – Their Heaven (TMD天堂)
Xie Han Yang (謝漢諹) – Far and Away (外鄉女): Black Beauty (黑美人)

Best Art and Design:
Wang Guan Yi (王冠懿) and Zhang Yi Feng (張軼峰) – The Last Verse (最後的詩句)
Lin Pei Chen (林沛辰) – Rock Records In Love (滾石愛情故事): Bless Me (祝我幸福) (PTS)
Yao Jun (姚君) and Weng Ding Yang (翁定洋) – Far and Away (外鄉女): Black Beauty (黑美人)
Tang Jia Hong (唐嘉宏) – Welcome To Happy Days (五星級魚干女)
Jian Chun Yu (簡春玉) – Rock Records In Love (滾石愛情故事): Possessed (鬼迷心竅)

*All information were translated and verified by DTLCT.

Golden Bell Awards 2012: Winners

Some of you might have watched it.

The following will be listed in the order it was announced and the winner would be in bold (and only dramas were listed because I got lazy with translations like last time with the nominations list):

Best Film Editing – Presenters: Janel Tsai and James Wen:
Chen Yu Jie (陳鈺傑) and Wang Xi Jie (王希捷) – Thief (小偷)
Chen Xiao Dong (陳曉東), Zheng Zhi Liang (鄭志良), and Jiang Yi Ting (江依庭) – Dear Mother Earth (跟著賴和去壯遊) (Hakka TV)
Zhang Fei Qi (張斐棋) – In Time With You (我可能不會愛你)
Liao Qing Song (廖慶松) and Liu Yue Xing (劉悅行) – Record Standpoint – 303 (紀錄觀點—《303》)
Gu Xiao Yun (顧曉芸) – To Get Married Or Not (結婚不結婚) (PTS)

Best Cinematography – Presenters: Janel Tsai and James Wen:
Li Wei Jie (李偉傑) – Treasured Taiwan Series:  99 Bees (寶貝台灣系列:九九蜂鹰) (PTS)
Shen Rui Yuan (沈瑞源) – Luo Pan (落番) (PTS)
Lin Jun Yang (林君陽) – To Get Married Or Not (結婚不結婚) (PTS)
Liang Jie De (梁皆得) – Emerald (翡翠) (PTS)
Chen Yu Jie (陳鈺傑) – Thief (小偷)

Best Supporting Actress – Mini-series/ Tele-movies – Presenters: Janel Tsai and James Wen:
Xu Ya Qi (許亞琦) – Intertwine (交錯)
Gail Lin (林嘉俐) – Marked Poems of the Years (歲月的籤詩)
Chamder Tsai (蔡燦得) – Listening to the Heart’s Voice (聽見心的聲音) (DaAi TV)
Lai Xiao Yi (賴曉誼) – Go, Daddy! (爸爸加油) (DaAi TV)
Lu Yi Ching (陸弈靜) – Princess and Prince (公主與王子)

Best Sound Editing – Presenters: Novia Lin (林若亞) and Xu Jun Hui (許俊輝):
Wang Gong Cheng (王公誠), Liang Qi Hui (梁啟慧), Chen Yue En (陳悅恩), and Zhu Jia Yi (朱家宜 ) – Dear Mother Earth (跟著賴和去壯遊) (Hakka TV)
Shi Min Jie (史旻玠), Ye (葉約瑟), Ye Yue Se (葉約瑟) and Zhou Zhen (周震) – The Moonlight in Jilin (吉林的月光)
Xu Zhong Ya (徐中亞) – Record Standpoint – City Border Revelations (紀錄觀點 – 邊城啟示錄)
Tang Jun Jie (湯鈞傑), Jiang Zhen Dao (蔣震道), Wang Yu Jun (王榆鈞), and Chen Wei Jun (陳惟君) – To Get Married Or Not (結婚不結婚) (PTS)
Luo Xiang Ling (羅湘淩) – The Happy Life of Debbie (黛比的幸福生活)

Best Art and Design – Presenters: Novia Lin (林若亞) and Xu Jun Hui (許俊輝):
Wu Ruo Yun (吳若昀) – To Get Married Or Not (結婚不結婚) (PTS)
Yang Zheng Yi (楊證譯), Zhuang Min Sheng (莊閔盛), and Zhao Zheng An (趙正安) – Fruit Ice Cream (水果冰淇淋) (PTS)
Jian Chun Yu (簡春玉) – I Love You So Much (粉愛粉愛你) (CTV)
Luo Wen Guang (羅文光) and You Li Guang (游麗光) – Glimmer of Love (愛的微光) (DaAi TV)
Su Yao Tang (蘇耀堂) – Facing it with a Smile (微笑面對) (DaAi TV)

Best Director – Mini-series/ Tele-movies – Presenters: Annie Chen and Peng Yi Yi (澎怡怡):
Zhu Jia Lin (朱家麟) – Princess and Prince (公主與王子)
Zhou Xu Wei (周旭薇) – The Golden Child (金孫)
Shi Li (施立) – No Way Home (離家的女人)
Lian Yi Qi (連奕琦) – Forgotten (遺忘)
Chen Yu Jie (陳鈺杰) – Thief (小偷)

Best Screenwriter/ Script – Tele-movies – Presenters: Alice Ceng and Cai Kang Yong (蔡康永):
Wang Xi Jie (王希捷) – Thief (小偷)
Fan Yun Jie (范云杰) – Marked Poems of the Yearsi (歲月的籤詩)
Cao Shi Han ( 曹仕翰) – My Dog Boyfriend (我的狗男友) (PTS)
Cai Yi Fen (蔡怡芬) and Zhu Jia Lin (朱家麟) – Princess and Prince (公主與王子)
Liu Xue Rong (劉雪容), Li Gang (李崗), Zhou Xu Wei (周旭薇), and Hong Wen Jie (洪文潔) – The Golden Child (金孫)

Best Supporting Actor – Mini-series/ Tele-movies – Presenters: Alice Ceng and Cai Kang Yong (蔡康永):
Lu Fu Lu (呂福祿) – City in the Wind’s Light (城市風裡的光) (PTS)
Ma Guo Xian (馬國賢) – To Get Married Or Not (結婚不結婚) (PTS)
Xia Jing Ting (夏靖庭) – Marked Poems of the Years (歲月的籤詩)
Gao Meng Jie (高盟傑) – Butcher (肉販) (PTS)
Xi Xiang (喜翔) – Old Street Rhapsody (老街狂想曲) (PTS)

Best Lighting – Presenters: Yao Yuan Hao and Ruby Lin:
Li Long Yu ( 李龍禹) – To Get Married Or Not (結婚不結婚) (PTS)
Xu Shi Ming (許世明) – The Happy Life of Debbie (黛比的幸福生活)
Chen Zhi Xuan (陳志軒) – The Incident at Fairy Valley (神仙谷事件) (Hakka TV)
Mei Shu Hao (梅書豪) – Forgotten (遺忘)
Lai Tian Jian (賴天健) – No Way Home (離家的女人)

Best Mini-series/ Tele-movies – Presenters: Yao Yuan Hao and Ruby Lin:
PTS’ Life Story Collection – Princess and Prince (公主與王子)
PTS’ Student Life Story Collection – Thief (小偷)
PTS’ Student Life Story Collection – No Way Home (離家的女人)
Marked Poems of the Years (歲月的籤詩)
The Happy Life of Debbie (黛比的幸福生活)

Best Leading Actor – Mini-series/ Tele-movies – Presenters: Yao Yuan Hao and Ruby Lin:
Christoper Lee (李銘順) – Forgotten (遺忘)
Chen Zhu Sheng (陳竹昇) – My Little Honey Moon (野蓮香)
Tuo Zong Hua (庹宗華) – Go, Daddy! (爸爸加油) (DaAi TV)
Huang He (黃河) – Princess and Prince (公主與王子)
Huang Wei De (黃維德) – Fly! Pigeon (飛吧!鴿子)

Best Leading Actress – Min-series/ Tele-movies – Presenters: June (六月) and (?):
Lu Xue Feng (呂雪鳳) – The Golden Child (金孫)
Jade Chou (周幼婷) – The Happy Life of Debbie (黛比的幸福生活)
Helen Thanh Đào (海倫清桃) aka Nguyễn Thanh Đào (阮菁桃) – My Little Honey Moon (野蓮香)
Gao Hui Jun (高慧君) – No Way Home (離家的女人)
Esther Liu (劉品言) – The Golden Child (金孫)

Best Marketing Program – Presenters: Li Luo (李羅) and Amanda Chu (朱芯儀):
Office Girls (小資女孩向前衝) (SETTV)
In Between (半熟戀人) (TTV)
In Time With You (我可能不會愛你) (GTV)
Remember, About Us (記得‧我們有約) (CTI)
Inborn Pair (真愛找麻煩) (SETTV)

Best Supporting Actor – Drama – Presenters: Li Luo (李羅) and Amanda Chu (朱芯儀):
Wang Jing Guan (王鏡冠) – Wayback Into Love (愛。回來)
Chen Bo Zheng (陳博正) –  Accompany With You (陪你看天星) (DaAi TV)
Jia Xiao Guo (賈孝國) – Innocence (阿戇妹)
Deng Zhi Hong (鄧志鴻) – Man * Boy (小孩‧大人)
Cai Zhen Nan (蔡振南) – Garden of Life (生命花園)

Best Screenwriter/ Script – Drama – Presenters: Chen Bo Lin and Ariel Lin:
Lin Zhi Ru (林志儒), Yang Jing Xiang (楊景翔), Chen Nan Hong (陳南宏), and Zhang Qi En (張綺恩) – Innocence (阿戇妹)
Xu Yu Ting (徐譽庭) – In Time With You (我可能不會愛你)
Huang Zhi Xiang (黃志翔) – Man * Boy (小孩‧大人)
Zhang Xiu Ling (張秀玲) – Garden of Life (生命花園)
Jian Qi Feng (簡奇峰) and Lin Xin Hui (林欣慧) – Ex-boyfriend (前男友)

Best Supporting Actress – Drama – Presenters: Chen Bo Lin and Ariel Lin:
Ge Wei Ru (戈偉如) – Ti Amo Chocolate (愛上巧克力) (SETTV)
Lin Mei Xiu (林美秀) – In Time With You (我可能不會愛你)
Hong Xiao Ling (洪小鈴) – Inborn Pair (真愛找麻煩) (SETTV)
Yang Li Yin (楊麗音) – Accompany With You (陪你看天星) (DaAi TV)
Yan Yi Wen (嚴藝文) – Wayback Into Love (愛。回來)

Best Director – Drama – Presenters: Tian Xin and Wilber Pan:
Wang Chuan Zong (王傳宗) – Jump! Cheer Leader (飆!企鵝里德) (Hakka TV)
Wu Mi Sen (吳米森) – Garden of Life (生命花園)
Lin Zhi Ru (林志儒) – Innocence (阿戇妹)
Huang Zhi Xiang (黃志翔) – Man * Boy (小孩‧大人)
Winnie Qu (瞿友寧) – In Time With You (我可能不會愛你)

Best Leading Actress – Drama – Presenters: Tian Xin and Wilber Pan:
June Tsai/ Liu Yue (六月) – Wayback Into Love (愛。回來)
Gina Li (李千娜) – Ex-boyfriend (前男友)
Lee Kang Yi (李康宜) – Man * Boy (小孩‧大人)
Ariel Lin (林依晨) – In Time With You (我可能不會愛你)
Huang Cai Yi (黃采儀) – Innocence (阿戇妹)

Best Leading Actor – Drama – Presenter: Nicky Wu:
Chen Bo Lin (陳柏霖) – In Time With You (我可能不會愛你)
Huang Pin Yuan (黃品源) – Rainy Night Flower (雨夜花)
Huang Jian Wei (黃健瑋) – Innocence (阿戇妹)
Tony Yang (楊祐寧) – Ex-boyfriend (前男友)
Long Shao Hua (龍劭華) – Wayback Into Love (愛。回來)

Best Dramas – Presenter: Nicky Wu:
Man * Boy (小孩‧大人) (PTS)
Garden of Life (生命花園) (DaAi TV)
In Time With You (我可能不會愛你) (GTV)
Innocence (阿戇妹) (Hakka TV)
Wayback Into Love (愛。回來) (SETTV)

Thoughts? All I can say is this is a year for popular dramas instead of the under-rated ones, except for some instances. And that the judges are definitely playing safe this year. BUT nevertheless, I promise NOT to be a sore loser so congratulations to all the winners!

*Drama titles and such were translated and verified by DTLCT.

Home Run

Out to hunt for short dramas, I found this. Well, more like I was checking what was up with Qu Zhong Heng lately and found how much I missed. Then there was the whole reading the cast list and knowing that it was short so what was the harm, right?

Cast:

  • Kingone Wang as Lin Xin Yi (林信一). Was this the first time Kingone portray a father figure? I didn’t watch all of his past dramas so I don’t know. But it was new for me and I thought he was convincing enough because he was a young parent after all so it wasn’t like he had to be wise and inspirational. He just had to make the bond work. And someone needs to give this man more leading roles. He made it so natural and convincing–whether in those ‘idol dramas’ OR these types of serious ones.
  • Annie Chen as Zhao Zhong Ci (趙中慈). Zhao Ba’s cute daughter. I found her personality quite likable in here and what I thought was funny when her father reminded her Xin Yi was already married, etc since her father knew that she liked Xin Yi YET she had responded saying it was her business that she liked Xin Yi BUT his having a wife was his matter. It made it somewhat hilarious that she was that optimistic. Not that she was going to budge into a marriage, but she tried to joke about it without being too morbid over it since life always go on and she had been focusing on helping her father with their small restaurant so it wasn’t like she got all dramatic and focused on romance all the time like a silly girl kept dreaming. In short, I just liked the way she carried on.
  • Zhao Shun as Zhao Ba (趙爸). Another hilarious role yet wasn’t overdone. He could be wise in his words at times but could also be funny when the time called for it. He sure was with the time and was willing to paint his face to cheer the little kids on. He contributed to the lighthearted feeling of a small community sticking together through time.
  • Zhao Jun Ya as Coach Wang Tian Jian (王天見教練). A different role for him and this time a coach. Though possessing some sort of power as well but he wasn’t fierce. He was a great coach actually, balancing out between wanting to win and actually caring about the little kids’ well being. But I guess it left him no choice since Mr. Chen made it so obvious with his interference that Coach Wang was forced to become their supportive coach instead of those overly crazy coaches who only wanted to win in expense to the players. Perhaps he had to possess the calm and patience personalities to train the players since they were little kids after all at this stage.
  • Qu Zhong Heng as Chen Jia Fu (陳家福). Haven’t seen him in a semi-serious role for a while now. He sure was passionate about the game yet it was understandable in a way. And I thought his character really brought forth some reality into the drama itself because parents often loved to interfere with the coach during practice and also during the game. SAD, but it happens so no one could deny this stuff are so dramatic.
  • Zhang Xi Kai as Lin Yi Sa (林以撒 ). Can’t blame the kid for having such an attitude. He was often laughed at by other kids for not having a father. (Well, his father wasn’t present for the most part and suddenly just returned.) I found it not too bizarre with his behaviors and/or reactions at times to his father. YES, he wanted a father more than anything so he could have someone to worship like the other kids around him. YET it wasn’t like he could brush off the man’s absent all these times–regardless of reasons. Besides, at that age, those moments of life were so precious that it was hard to let go of.
  • Lin Chao Yu as Ah Ma (阿嬤). What I found interesting about her and the family was how she wasn’t involved in rescuing Yi Sa when his father tied him up to the chair. (NOT too abusive but still somewhat holding the kid in place for the moment.) Xin Yi’s response to Zhong Ci’s question about the grandma’s lack of interference was truly amusing. They did possess some sort of violence behaviors all right. Back to grandma, she sure was different from other grandmas who often only shielded the kid from a father’s attacks (whether harmless or not). It was like she was sending a message “You pair of father and son better resolve this one on your own, don’t pull me into it” kind of thing. Yet she wasn’t all passive in their life either. She was there for them, talking to them when they needed someone to talk to and even tried to put in a good word or two but that was all, she didn’t force the ‘good feelings’ into happening.
  • Jill Hsu as Zhan Fang Wen (詹芳雯). Lin Xin Yi’s ex-wife. Can’t say much since she only appeared a little yet I must compliment her for not drawing the line though she had wanted the divorce, still painting a good image of Xin Yi to their son. First time watching her but I think she looked different from some past dramas? (Well, I had looked at some past pictures so was just wondering. But I guess because it was time and her image for this particular drama, it made sense.)
  • Li Shi Cheng as Chen Yi (陳毅). Yi Sa’s side-kick. This kid sure got his hilarious moments–whether with or without his dad. It was nice seeing Yi Sa having a good friend since don’t we all have someone by our side when we were a kid? It sure brought back old memories.
  • Yu Lung Sheng as Dan Dan (丹丹). Crazy dude who contributed to the scenes and also part of the comedic team. I really enjoyed his appearances from time to time, especially during the game when he was trying to get the others to cheer even louder than the other side, scolding them for ‘not eating yet’ hence no energy, lol.

Relationships/Bonds:

  • Kingone Wang and Zhang Xi Kai as father and son. Mixed feelings, but I guess considering what happened between them, it was hard not to witness intensity. Yet when they got along again, I was convinced. The scene where they did the dance for victory the night before the game showed their bond and how they were loosening up to one another. Then the scene where Xin Yi finally fixed his son’s shoes and tied ’em for him showed that Yi Sa didn’t have to be envious of Chen Yi anymore.
  • Zhao Shun and Annie Chen as father and daughter. Hilarious all right. It was funny how they were able to joke and she still reserved a strong sense of respect for him. It wasn’t like they didn’t have their bickering moments since according to their conversations, they had a fallout (sort of in the past when she was married to this one dude years ago). Yet it showed how forgiving and caring he was, willing to take her in again upon learning her fallout with the marriage. It wasn’t like he was celebrating on her heartache or bad luck of relationships, but it showed that he wasn’t egotistical and all out on the ‘disowning’ stuffs often seen during those dramatic moments. He proved that he was there for her and she was his precious daughter. What was more was how they were able to put everything in the past and joked about her stroke of bad lucks and interacted so comfortably without the element of guilt contributing into the whole factor, especially on her part. They were family after all and their bond totally threw some hope into life in general.
  • Kingone and Annie as a couple. Refreshing and cute. Though it was subtle but I could dream that they could possibly end up in the future? Serious, lol. If there’s any opportunity in the future, I want to see them pair for real in some other dramas. (Or did they already?)
  • Qu Zhong Heng and Li Shi Cheng as father and son. I totally felt it with their interactions and all. One of the hallmarks of their bonds was seeing Mr. Chen constantly fixing his son’s uniform and shoes during practice sessions. Though Mr. Chen’s overly involvement in the baseball team had given them a lot of pressure, I felt somewhat touched to see him taking the time to help his son and cheered the kids on. AND with the dramas often implying how father and son relationships were strained because of childhood stuff and the father always working, etc (AND it does happen in real life), but I was glad to see a different side.
  • Kingone Wang and Zhao Jun Ya as friends. Found it interesting since they knew each other since they were famous stars during their school days. I guess it also reminded me of different bonds during high school and into the college years that some of the guys at my own high school had as well. Quite real with their talk and somewhat jab at one another. Then there was the whole intensity between the two of them that one time at the baseball field, but was soon resolved after Xin Yi worked off some steams proving himself. The others got to witness the two pros competing against one another in that match. Not bad at all, wasn’t forcing us into believing they were good friends. There were no overkilled lines, but typical guy talks–or sometimes more action to prove their points (like the little game that one time as mentioned above). And I thought it was more realistic in a sense because don’t guys do that more often? At least the majority of them, not involving in cheesy talks or overly unrealistic mushy conversations.
  • Kingone Wang, Annie Chen, and Zhao Shun as the hilarious trio. I found their scenes together quite funny and cute in a sense. Either when they were just talking random or serious topics, it was really addicting to watch. Those times when they were talking by the sea area were mixed with humor and also provided some background stories to the plot. Then the time when they were on their way to the game? Zhao Ba was complaining about Xin Yi’s choice of transportation, LOL! Luckily they made it in time or Xin Yi would never hear the end of it.

It has been a long time now since I witnessed some unified feeling among all the cast. It was like we knew who the main characters were, but the togetherness feeling overrode the atmosphere, making it transcend all barriers. It was more real in a sense that those other characters weren’t in the background and were just there for the sake of it, but everyone was part of the major scene. One of the scenes that proved their unification was during the celebration party at Zhao Ba’s place when Mr. Chen was giving his little speech and expressing his pride for their place, etc. Everyone was cheering him on and it made it so heart-warming with everyone clinging together to achieve one goal–to make their people proud of what they do.

What made this particular drama realistic was how they didn’t win in the end. I meant so they managed to gain some points after Yi Sa entered the game, but it wasn’t like suddenly everything turned into a miracle. That was life. Not like they could always win. They learned a lesson, and what was important was how Yi Sa kept his promise he made with his coach. Then there was the whole thing with Xin Yi considering becoming a coach to help the team as well. It was an ending to a piece of their life and then a new chapter began. Life was always full of change and just didn’t stop like that. Nice little story indeed.

Momo Love: The Goods

I know it wasn’t getting up there with the ratings while it aired or attempted to draw in viewers–or so some might think. But I enjoyed it a lot because of its lighthearted nature and how it reminded me of the university days. Many could relate to its experiences–though some might think it was overly exaggerated, I felt that I want to point out some things that made it great.

NOTE: The numbers are there to keep track of how many good points the drama has and NOT listed in events of significant (of one surpassing another or anything like that).

1 Refreshing collaboration among the cast. Aside from several parties who are in the same band or had some past collaboration, the overall cast was very fresh. They came together to make this drama work and it was really something. Sure, some had a hard time adjusting to their roles or others needing to change his or her image to suit the role but it gave off a very fresh feeling.

2 The Chen family. It was nice to see such a large amount of people in the same family. It was crazy at times but it was funny also, seeing different relationships that they developed throughout.

3 Everyone has his/her own story. It’s rare to pull off nowadays since most dramas only focus on the main leads and second leads. That’s it. Yet with this drama being a family one, it allows for a lot of possibilities, letting us see each character having his or her own story without the feeling of anyone hogging the camera too long. Even if they needed to focus on the main couple the most but it was spread out.

4 Each couple have a different story. This is sort of like the previous but not really since this is covering the romance department more. Each couple had their own beginning and other developments throughout, making it unique for each case and more addicting to watch.

5 The interval at which some of the major characters appear. I like the spread out of it all since it wouldn’t crowd the scenes OR make it draggy. If they let the others like Xiao Xue, Gong Hui Qi or Xue Zhi Qiang appear so early in the story, they would end up getting draggy and/or messed up plotline. The spread-out appearances made it a nice pace and NOT too overdone. They didn’t have to rush at the end to make everything work out–as much.

6 Jiro and Cyndi = Jindi. I don’t know. It seems like they don’t look compatible or could not make it work, but I feel there’s this cuteness about them that’s hard to resist. Their off-screen interaction was even more funny, considering they had more freedom than just following the script. Anyway, seeing them wearing matching outfits gets to me all the time while watching the drama. Some people might think that they are too dull or not lively enough BUT I thought it is considered normal, NOT creating the hype on purpose just to crank the excitement up. In fact, I thought there were many conflicts they had to face already, so making their characters even more exaggerated or jumpy would’ve been too much, not to mention clashing with the other characters in here.

7 Gabe Lan and Cynthia Wang as Cheng and Xiao Xue. Seriously, that was way too funny. For some weird, weird reason, I love watching their story more than some of the other ones. Since they were so into fighting each other off and attempting to sabotage each other at first. The developing of their relationship, later on, was funny as well, considering how they kept somewhat of a secret from the others. Somehow, I felt they were the most like husband and wife, especially the part in the hospital when Shi Lang was shot, they were working together as a team–and like how often seen in husband and wife. Not to mention the shirt he was wearing at that time. (I mentioned this in my episode review before.)

8 The Chen twins: Zhuan and He (Sphinx and Godfrey Gao). They cracked me up each time with their opposite personalities–though they were supposed to be twins. Zhuan was always so knowledgeable and very scholarly, patient (or what it seemed) while He was all actions, quite hot-headed but quite athletic–thus gaining numerous admirers. One of the funniest parts that I remembered about them was the part where all of the brothers were trying to put in their birthdates to see which one was Tao Hua’s #1 brother (aka the best brother) and they failed one by one. When it was Zhuan’s turn and it didn’t work, He ended up grabbing the keyboard to type his birthdate in. Zhuan immediately yelled at him for being an idiot. It sounded mean, BUT it made sense BECAUSE they were twins, OF COURSE, it didn’t work!

9 Jing Lun and Jia Ying as Yu Yi and Hui Qi. Although Hui Qi caused some of the problems in here, it was too hard to hate her after learning of her bond to Shi Lang since little. Maybe it had to do with her angelic image. Aside from that, I really liked seeing them together. They were just too cute, too compatible.

10 Godfrey Gao and He Mi as He and Xiao Mi. I didn’t really want to put them in since though they were fun to watch, I felt it was a tad on the side of cliche. YET I remembered the parts where they were together with the other couples and it was really fun to watch so I thought I might as well include them.

11 Ken Chu and Annie Chen. Didn’t put it ‘as their characters’ because the last part was a bit off that she suddenly decided to go with someone else BUT came back later. I know that was harsh of me, but it felt a tad too random–even for a comedy. They were just emphasizing some possibilities in life yet I didn’t like it as much. What I do like was seeing these two pair off. It was interesting.

12 The four ‘psycho’ Chen brothers. Honestly, I just love them though they were so evil. It wasn’t because of their looks or because they were so talented only. But it was because of what they would go through to protect their little sister–even if they went over the line. It looked so exaggerated at times, but I think others who have siblings would be able to sympathize with them. If you have one over-protective brother, multiply it by four and you get the result of them.

13 Honduras as Jiro’s father. Honestly, that was just too funny! I was glad they made him so laid-back and understanding. I was sick and tired of seeing the father-in-law criticizing the daughter-in-law for being ‘not good enough’ for his son. He was so supportive of Shi Lang and Tao Hua, even helping Tao Hua to pass the test with her cooking skills. The funniest part was he hypnotized himself to sleep! The bond between him and Shi Lang was really good also. I liked how the production team made them look like they were father and son for real (or at least I had that impression).

14 Great casting. At first, when I saw how they were at the press conference, I wasn’t sure how it was going to work. But after they were placed into their roles with the right image, it finally fell into place for me. I actually felt that each character was suitable for the roles given–regardless of what role they played in here.

15 Awesome filming technique. Personal opinion, of course. I really liked the idea of shooting using the black and white approach during flashbacks, story recounts or daydreaming ones. It brought some sense of the old-time comedic feelings back. There were other techniques too, but I have forgotten somewhat because of a gap between watching and doing this review. BUT I really liked the style overall.

ANOTHER NOTE: These were just my personal opinions and I just want to share with fellow fans out there. It was not mean to sell anything to others and DO NOT intend to force any beliefs on anyone either. PEACE!

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Momo Love: Episode 13

WARNING: MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD. If you DO NOT want to be spoiled, please DO NOT read. You have been warned.

To continue with that mystery at the end of the previous episode, things were not going well at all. Obviously, especially if it was true regarding the matter OR if the swap was just between the two families or all the families that were victims of that one nurse’s cruel game.

After drawing some blood for some DNA testing (finally, since everyone had calmed down after the initial shock of the story that both fathers recounted), everyone went home to wait for the result. While Chen Ba Ba and Chen Ma Ma were arguing over the whole matter, the others were mulling it over themselves. And why was He so happy? That was no time to joke.

When things were getting hectic at the Chen household, it was not any better at the Shi household since they were as worried for Shi Lang’s being–and the possibilities of the outcome. What would the result bring to them all? Preparing Shi Lang for the situation might be the best? Or was it? But that was a great father and son hug–regardless of blood relations. For the first time, Shi Lang agreed to hug Shi Ba Ba. He looked so happy. Love Shi Ba Ba although he could be a bit strange at times.

While everyone was worried out of their wits, Yu Yi and Hui Qi seemed to be in their own world. Yes, they were equally worried about the results since it also affected Yu Yi but it wasn’t as bad for him regardless of the result. It was still funny that Yu Yi and Hui Qi were still able to laugh about the matter. Yu Yi honestly wanted Hui Qi to go look for Shi Lang? Yeah right! That was still funny with his mumbling rant. Aww…that was so cute! They must be the cutest couple in here! (Sorry Shi Lang and Tao Hua!)

So funny that Yu Yi was getting special treatment all of a sudden. Not to mention that the others were being really sneaky about it. Why did they need to make up an excuse for being there anyway? Oh…no wonder they had to sneak around.

And that was almost so touching with Zhuan declaring that Yu Yi would always be their brother. A little bonding between them. But did he have to put such a strong emphasis on the matter? Not that Yu Yi did not appreciate their effort in including him in the family, but did he have to hit Yu Yi on the head while doing that?

Another touching scene with Yu Yi and Chen Ma Ma.

I always thought that Qi was in control of the situation regardless of the matter but I guess I was wrong since he was super clueless on stuff too. Too bad. Can’t blame him, considering what was going on these past days at the Chen resident.

Ekk…Tao Hua ran away from home? Again? Of course, it had to do with Shi Lang. This time, things were even more serious but still. The Chen household was once again in turmoil since they were back at looking for Tao Hua. Sounds super familiar all right. Just as they finally decided to pursue the matter on foot, Cheng received a call from Xiao Xue. Huh? Shi Lang was also missing? So He was right?

Was Hui Qi exaggerating? Seriously, would Shi Lang and Tao Hua jump? She was getting infected with the Chen clan’s vivid imagination all right. Possibly the effects of sticking around Yu Yi too much. And Yu Yi still find the time to act lovey-dovey? All right.

Another touching moment before the results would be delivered to them all. It was hard to imagine the Chen clan without Yu Yi. They finally showed some appreciation for Yu Yi–even if they usually bully him. It was a routine, right? A part of their life. It wouldn’t be the same if there was no Yu Yi.

Before the result could come out or they could find Shi Lang and Tao Hua, another drama unrolled for them. Well, for Qi actually since Kai Li was breaking up with him. I sort of guessed what happened earlier (since Qi kept delaying the talk because of other matters) and seriously I don’t blame her but that was too sad for Qi. He was a family man. Everything revolved around his family. If only people would appreciate him for that.

So after 7 dragging days of waiting, they finally get to see the results. They could finally sigh out in relief since Yu Yi was their brother after all. So that meant Shi Lang was not their brother. That was relief all right. But not sure if he was Shi Ba Ba’s son. Although that did not matter since they’ve been living together for so long but it was good to know too. Qi and Cheng played a trick on them? How could they? So funny that the twins were attacking Cheng though.

Aww…poor Zhuan. Yet he was so cute. Trying to get sympathy from Chen Ma Ma. (But then he did not realize Qi just got dump so they were both single after all.) So funny how he even hugged Chen Ba Ba too. What was that? Even Yu Yi has a girlfriend and he doesn’t? Aww…now their parents made Cheng help him get one.

Aww…Xiao Du Juan so cute! And Shi Zhi Qiang? Honestly?

Yay, Yu Yi’s back to tell us about the happenings since they were last together under the same roof. So Qi and Kai Li reconciled? And I thought Qi was so unlucky that he ended up alone. At least that was a happy ending. So funny that Cheng and Xiao Xue were still fighting like once upon a time. And I thought Shi Ba Ba and Chen Ba Ba already worked out their disagreements. Still funny.

So after that heated debate between Shi Ba Ba and Chen Ba Ba, we were brought back to Yu Yi’s little narration! Wow! Yu Yi was busy all right!

Picture time! Finally! And Yu Yi was right, where in the world was Zhuan? Wasn’t Yu Yi the one who the others usually forget about?

Problem solved! And I almost thought that it was Zhuan’s kid but it was actually Yu Yi’s kid. That answered the question with Yu Yi saying that he had four (but we only saw three so far). How dared Yu Yi assume that Zhuan’s gay? LOL! He was just picky! Not to mention fate didn’t touch him yet! Well, it was late but better than never, right? It was a small world after all. But nice… (Funny that their mother was also asking about Zhuan’s preference. That was a cute exchange between Zhuan and the girl! Cute!) Phew! So they finally get to take the picture after much delay.

It ended with a rating of .69, which could not be helped since it has been lagging since its airing. However, must say that it was still one of the most enjoyable dramas regardless of how the majority of the public had judged it to be.

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