Light the Night

WARNING: THE FOLLOWING REVIEW WILL COVER TOPICS THAT MIGHT BE TRIGGERING, SO PLEASE PROCEED WITH CAUTION. TOPICS OF DISCUSSION INCLUDE BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO: GANG-RELATED VIOLENCE, RAPE, SUICIDE, ETC. (It is in no way as graphic as Hollywood productions, but it highlighted the very real issues that occur in real life.)

I started this a while back and finished it already. Yet took my precious time like always to review this. It mostly had to do with the fact that I wanted to step away to analyze it fully before diving in. It was really emotionally draining in some sense, but also quite impressive in other ways. The reason why I didn’t start until all parts were released was because I didn’t want to be left hanging. The second reason? I usually try to stay away from highly popular shows because they often lead to disappointment. I was glad I was proven wrong this time. (If you’re interested, check out my thread on Twitter. Obviously, some opinions have changed. However, those were some thoughts I had when I was watching.)

First off, I initially thought that this was produced by Netflix from the get-go, but I was wrong. When I went on my usual information hunting journey, I found out that they started it to be broadcasted by TVBS. Netflix only jumped in after seeing how high quality the overall production was. It was indeed impressive from the cast, the setting, and the costumes. Then I saw Ruby’s name on the producers’ list, so it made sense. Her productions are usually of high quality and she tries to aim for the best. The collaboration this time was equally successful.

Main Cast:

  • Ruby Lin (林心如) as Luo Yu Nong (羅雨儂) / Rose (蘿絲). The manager of Hikari, also Sue’s best friend. Rose was considered a wild child by traditional standards and she continued to walk her path as she traveled on her journey of life. She wasn’t perfect and never claimed to be so. She did what she thought was right and go from there. Since young, she was impulsive and obnoxious. In some ways, she was very optimistic about life—regardless of how she always got punished for her behaviors—and wanted to live to the fullest. That also included diving all in in the name of love. That continued to be one of her fatal flaws later on. However, it had evolved to a different level. After experiencing different turbulences, she became jaded, no longer naive about certain things. She learned some major lessons from the harsh reality. However, the most consistent thing about her was she was never a pushover. She stood up for herself and for others. It was a flame in her that refused to extinguish completely, regardless of how much it had gotten her into trouble. What others thought of her was a different story, and that was something she couldn’t control. And perhaps it was because of her headstrong nature and her unrelenting spirit that made others suspect her or misunderstand her. It had been a while now since I last watched Ruby in a series. I meant, I knew she had projects and followed her. I also placed the past dramas on the list, but it wasn’t really my priority to watch them. Then I got busy, so yeah, just didn’t feel like back-watch those. Anyway, this role of Ruby was different from her typical goody-two-shoes from previous mainland dramas. So, I liked it. She was a gray area character, and that was what made me stuck with her throughout. At times, she seemed too softhearted, letting so many people get away with things, but she was so resilient. She just kept on moving along, taking everything life was tossing at her. I thought this was one of the challenging roles for Ruby. It might seem normal for some people, but she had been taking similar roles when she was still in China. So, it was about time she worked with a different one. Some of the past roles, even if she had seemed cruel, the writers seemed to justify her actions too much, and it had the opposite effect on me. This one? They just told the stories and let the viewers decide.
  • Yo Yang (楊祐寧) as Pan Wen Cheng (潘文成) / Cheng Ge (成哥). Team Leader of the Homicide Department. Wen Cheng was an unknown for the longest time. Considering the time and environment he was in, there were tricks he had to pull to deal with a certain group. However, for the most part, he seemed serious about his work, with a dash of the humorous side. He was one of the best, hence being able to make it to the other side. Despite his having to deal with everyday danger because of his job, I felt he was a safer character to support than the majority of the male characters in here. It was mostly because there was no never-ending soap revolving around him, unlike others. He was a straightforward person and spoke his mind when it came to things. (Of course, I excluded situations where he had to conceal information because of cases, since that was different.) The writers teased a possible controversial relationship between him and Rose. After the corruption case that involved several police and/or law enforcement officers being arrested, it seemed there was a change of pace, a burden lifting from his shoulder. He even asked Rose out on a date (as he had jokingly said—or was he serious?). They (the production team) even did some flashback sequences of their past interactions, trying to tie their relationship up and showing how far they had come since the beginning of the series. However, in the end, it was just a teaser because he soon went on his way again and it was done away. I didn’t mind that he had to resort to some tactics to deal with the suspects at times because the corruption case was really big and involved a lot of major players. However, I found it hypocritical that he criticized Rose for wanting to cover for Hana later on. Rose was right to call him out on it. It was like, who was he to judge her? He accepted the bribe and joined forces with the corrupted officials. (Yes, it was a halfway compromise to solve the current situation and buy him some time to dig deeper, but some people do not know that, so on the surface, he was a sellout.) This was my first time watching him—although I know who he is. He did very well and was not disappointing at all, for me.
  • Cheryl Yang (楊謹華) as Su Qing Yi (蘇慶儀) / Sue (蘇). The owner of Hikari, also Rose’s best friend. On the surface, Sue was the perfect person, a supporting friend, a gentle and kind soul who would only know how to smile and say nice words to everyone. However, behind that masquerade, there was a lot to be explored. It wasn’t just because of the love triangles either that made things messy. Because if anyone wanted to be technical, Jiang Han did break up with Rose first before pursuing Sue. Yet, her perfect image was the complete opposite when the story unfolded even more. Not talking about how she had to smile and interact with her customers during working hours here, because, duh, she was a hostess, so she had to play the role—just like everyone else. What I meant was her never-ending deception, even among her so-called friends. Or perhaps, she never treated them like friends in the first place, but always someone she could use as a convenience for her circumstances. After the truth about her past came out (having been raped by her stepfather and then coping with the aftermath and much more), I sympathized with her and understood her insecurities and how guarded she was toward others in general. However, I didn’t like it when she targeted other victims too. I’m not saying it was her job to fight for all victims or put the weight on her shoulders to right all wrongs or something. She had suffered enough. She deserved a future of happiness and much more. However, the least she could have done was not becoming those who had harmed her in the past as well. Sure, that was a realistic pattern with how victims becoming the perpetrators, but I just didn’t like it. Her past had haunted her, so she was cautious around others, so be cautious. Yet she had to say those words to Hana after Hana was raped. (Like Hana said during that conversation with Sue, she felt assaulted all over again after hearing Sue say those words to her). In some ways, Sue had become exactly like her mom (ironically), not caring for anyone but herself. That was just one example among all of those others. Yet, I can’t sympathize with her completely. Perhaps, she was such a master manipulator that still managed to keep her reputation intact—regardless of what she had done. Acting? Cheryl was awesome. I never doubted her. She was one of the reasons I started watching too—aside from seeing Ruby and Esther on the cast list initially. I liked Cheryl since watching Angel Lover, and that had been years ago, lol. Even if I don’t actively follow every single drama of hers but watching her advance forward to the next stage was fascinating over the years. This was another challenge for her and she nailed it.
  • Rhydian Vaughan (鳳小岳) as Jiang Han (江瀚). A screenwriter for the local TV station and then was let go. Rose’s lover, later ex-lover. Sue’s secret lover, then later ex-lover. Basically, an all-around player yet was redeemed later just because. He was charming indeed, so it was easy to carry on with his womanizing ways. I understood the angle of the story, but I found him pretentious in a lot of ways. Not picking on the plot, since it did make sense why people loved him. However, I was actually in the minority who found him hard to like. It might have to do with the beginning where he was trying to write and putting on classical music at the same time. It attempted to show he had class and all but made him unrelatable to me. Like it was super cliche to expect writers to draw inspiration from classics or enjoy some glass of fancy wine or whatever else. When the orphanage story arc came into play, I knew redemption was around the corner for him. It explained a lot about his insecurities and how he didn’t think he deserved a normal life, thus always moving on to the next target. It made sense, but I still didn’t like that the writers were drawing us in by sympathizing with him in that way. (Hey, I gave Sue hell too, so don’t expect me to hold back for Pretty Boy over here.) What was more, I thought it was just giving him a great excuse for behaving the way that he did and giving him a license to hurt those people because of his insecurities. But what I didn’t expect was for him to die. It was a shocker. Perhaps, that was why they wanted to redeem him? So, his death would be tragic as it was? Like one more step and he was back together with Sue kind of thing? Because yes, I was expecting him to reunite with Sue as well. The writers had us good all right. Once again, I didn’t expect the characters to be perfect because everyone in here had gone through messy situations throughout. That was life. But I just didn’t like his type of character. The actor? This was actually my first time watching him, although I knew who he is. He did his part all right.
  • Derek Chang (張軒睿) as He Yu En (何予恩). A college student who liked Sue and dated her for a while and then got dumped. I initially felt bad for him but eventually just got really annoyed with him. Then was super annoyed with him. He sure played the victim nicely because, on the surface, it looked like he was used and tossed aside after Sue was done with her game YET it wasn’t so. It wasn’t exactly so. Even if Sue was manipulating the situation and testing him with some scenario, it showed that he wasn’t ready for the responsibility, yet acted all pitiful afterward. It was all right that he wasn’t ready. He was probably too impulsive. It was his first time falling in love, after all. However, what took it to another level was how he fled the scene and then later acted like Sue was the heartless one. When he regretted it and wanted another chance and she said no, he continued to pester her and disrupted her life even more. So, I found him unforgivable regardless of his intention or whatever else later. At least, he got a second chance to move on and start over later as he learned and grew throughout, unlike some other characters. Derek? I never really watched his shows before, lol. Even if I made it a point to put it on my list. I do like his real-life personality or at least, the one we could see during promos. But I found him genuine and likable. As for his acting in here, I found him convincing for the role and contributed his part.
  • Esther Liu (劉品言) as Li Shu Hua (李淑華) / Hana (花子). Rose’s prison mate and then later friend. Hana seriously had a very tragic life. Well, most in here did. Yet hers seemed to never end. It was like life was telling her that she made one mistake when she was young and naïve and would always live with the consequences regardless of how she already paid for that past (through imprisonment) or having learned a valuable lesson. It made sense how things had turned out later, but it wasn’t any less frustrating to see her going through so much. She was pimped out by her so-called boyfriend and ended up assaulting him when she found out the truth (of his intention). After she served out her sentence, Rose helped her get back on her feet by offering her a job at Hikari—to much of Sue’s objection. That also fueled Sue’s dislike for Hana even more. So, when Hana was abducted and raped, it was high time Sue went out of her way to get rid of Hana for good. Too bad Sue’s plan didn’t work since Rose went to Hana’s hometown to search for her and brought her back. (Sometimes, it made me wonder if Rose hadn’t brought Hana back, would the other events occur? Or eventually, it would anyway, because of how Sue had racked up too many enemies along the way?) Regardless of those what-ifs, I thought Esther had gone a long way since her awkward performance in Westside Story. Her complex character helped, but if she wasn’t able to deliver, it wouldn’t have worked out. Her portrayal allowed Hana’s many sides to come out, like her carefree side, her deeply wounded side, etc. Interestingly and somewhat irrelevant, but after all these years, I finally realized that Esther is left-handed, lol. I couldn’t believe how blind I was before, lol.
  • Cherry Hsieh (謝瓊煖) as Ji Man Ru (季滿如) / Ah Ji (阿季). Used to work at the same club as Sue, then later became a hostess under Sue (because the previous owner transferred the ownership to Sue). Then eventually inherited a portion of Hikari as co-owner. I hated her from the start. Yes, I used “hate” and not just the typical annoyance. Regardless of how she claimed Sue had stolen her man or whatever else, I felt her tactics were really low and despicable. Well, some of the details didn’t come out until later. But I didn’t like how she was taunting others one after another. I knew she had a sharp tongue at times and didn’t expect her to be perfect. But it was just too much. So, the redeeming arch for her was interesting and was enough to wrap up the show. Seeing from her point of view at times helped. What I found interesting was how she was showing attitude to the majority in here yet there was a sense of tolerance toward Hana at various points. Yes, she chided Hana too but there was a subtle difference in her attitude. Like that one time Hana stole her food while they were chatting and eating at this one stall. There was a trace of concern or gentle chiding, not the typical sharp words she used toward others. (Of course, like the other hostesses, she had to show her smiles and all during working hours, but I meant off work.) I guess in some ways, she was a more predictable and less scary enemy than some others? Yes, she did pull the despicable moves, but she did reveal who she was behind the scenes with the rest of them, unlike the facade some were still operating on.
  • Nikki Hsieh (謝欣穎) as Huang Bai He (黃百合) / Yuri (百合). A hostess at Hikari. She seemed uninterested in the rest of the hostesses at the beginning. It wasn’t that she didn’t care for them. But it was like she just wanted to do the deed and be done for the day (or night). It was later revealed, her sole focus was on her relationship with her boyfriend, Henry. Interestingly, they were in the same business. However, that was only a part of the puzzle. They actually met when their parents set them up on a blind date. Both showed their disinterest but went anyway. Yet Yuri was later won over by Henry’s charm and his personality in general. What she didn’t realize was his ulterior motive. It was blurry whether he truly cared for her or was just toying with her. But he was indeed good with his con, luring her in completely. It wasn’t until she caught him with his lover that she finally took action against stopping him. In regard to her, I could only compliment Nikki’s performance, not the character itself. It wasn’t because it was unrelatable but I felt she only took action to stop Henry because of the betrayal toward her, NOT because she cared about anyone being harmed by the drugs being spread around. (She did tell him to stop before she found out how involved he was and was just using her YET she only wanted him to stop because she feared for his safety and not mankind in general.) It was like her personality seemed to project from the start. She just didn’t care about other people’s problems, but wanted to focus on herself. There was nothing wrong with minding her own business and focusing on living her life. But I think it would be giving her too much credit by saying she stopped a certain someone. Although I understood where she came from, I just didn’t agree with her. Especially how she said Rose loved herself more hence letting go of Jiang Han. That was general observation because Rose did struggle and sink very deep before finally pulling herself back up. How could Yuri say it so lightly like that? Or perhaps it was because she just didn’t understand because she wasn’t around. Regardless, I didn’t like the air that she was projecting, like she was somehow superior in her choice and her dedication to love. What about Hana who had given up everything and lost herself in her past relationship? Loving yourself is not wrong. Why make it like one must dedicate one’s life toward one person to be considered worthy of love?
  • Puff Kuo (郭雪芙) as Wang Ai Lian (王愛蓮) / Aiko (愛子). A hostess at Hikari. She was revealed to be a college student, specifically Yu En’s classmate. A side story revealed that she actually was a delivery girl who stumbled into the club one day when she was waiting to get some papers signed. A client of the club thought she was a hostess, but she clarified that she was just making a delivery. However, that client continued with his antics, not letting off. He said if she drink this glass of wine, he would reward her. She asked to confirm before emptying the glass. That was when Rose and Sue recruited her. They recognized her charm (and alcohol tolerance level, lol) and persuaded her to use that opportunity to earn some money for college. She agreed shortly after a private conversation in the back room. That was how she ended up being one of the hostesses. At first, I didn’t like her at all, because I felt her bitterness annoying. It was all right that she didn’t like Sue for whatever reason. However, I felt it had a lot to do with Yu En and I was sick and tired of the cat fight formula. It wasn’t worth it anyway. However, it was later revealed that her family issues had a lot to do with her attitude. One of the reasons she accepted Rose and Sue’s offer was a subtle way to rebel as well. She found their (her parents’) hypocritical nature sickening. That also transformed into her hatred towards Sue. She indeed had her own hand in causing a lot of complications with various characters. However, she somehow overcame her past demons and had a fresh start. That could be called a happy ending on her end. This was my very first time watching Puff, although I knew who she is. It was just that I wasn’t that interested in her past dramas. I was glad to see her part of the cast in here and finally able to see her performance.

Co-starring:

  • Cammy Chiang (江宜蓉) as Lin Ya Wen (林雅文) / Yaya (雅雅). The accountant of Hikari and later become a hostess as well. Mixed feelings at times. I felt she was just there, not contributing to the plot one way or another. Sure, she was the accountant and was important in her own way. But it was more like they needed an additional person, that was all. She seemed to have a good relationship with Sue—or at least, admired Sue for who she was, so she also thought Rose killed Sue, hence the hostility at one point. I understood her suspicions but felt like she had also fallen for those on the surface/ at face value thing rather dig deeper. No one could blame her, most others in here also had their suspicions but seriously. Or that was just to create more tension with the way things were. She did apologize later though, so at least she was aware of the effect she had on others.
  • Hu Wei Jie (胡瑋杰) as Ding Jia Hao (丁家豪) / Xiao Hao (小豪). A waiter of Hikari. He appeared often but didn’t have his own side story. He was just there at times to help others and back them up as necessary, considering what kind of business they were running and if they could run into trouble. He was an additional character and had his humorous side too, possibly to cope. But he never took sides one way or another. Or at least, he seemed neutral and was doing his job for the most part. He did mingle with them at times but didn’t participate in those disagreements. At one point, I actually suspected he was the killer. Yes, because the character you usually do not pay attention to or seemed to blend into the background were usually revealed as the actual culprit later. Also, it was said the person who was able to carry the body through a part of the wood must be a man. So yeah. I thought at least, he was part of the team.
  • Nash Zhang (章廣辰) as Li Jian Da (李健達) / Ah Da (阿達). I thought he was just a funny sidekick. I was so wrong. That was sure a good twist to the show. As if it wasn’t already wrapped in layers and layers of secrets with the other major characters, they had to spin a new one with his character. It was ironically tragic that he initially started out with great ambition and all, wanting to be a good cop. He was timid at first, but learned to adapt later. Considering how having a dream was one thing and going through the actual routines of being a cop was different. Yet, he just went from one extreme to the other. His being in cahoot with the rest of the corrupted officials could be because he was too afraid, not wanting to be eliminated by them hence staying quiet. But the whole killing of Jiang Han? Wow, that took some major nerve. Because that was so scary. How could he just do it like that? Like it was nothing? So, yes, he was convincing in his act all right. Even Wen Cheng didn’t want to believe it. How could he? Not because he looked down on Ah Da. But it was because he knew Ah Da and his dream, wanting to be the best cop, etc.
  • Dora Hsieh (謝雨芝) as Yan Qiao Ru (顏巧如) / Mei Mei (妹妹). A police officer. She was actually one of the cops that believed in her duty and tried to keep by the codes. However, she still had a lot to learn, even after helping to uncover one of the biggest corruption cases. She obviously had great analytical skills and good instincts for her job. If there was a sequel or spin-off focusing on the police side, she could be a major character. Not saying I want the creators of the show to stretch the theme too much. But that was a possibility.
  • Jim Liu (劉敬) as Wu Zi Wei (吳子維). Rose’s adopted son, Sue’s son. He was seen as the good son who worked hard in school and helped his mom do chores when he had time. Perhaps, it was because of the conflict between his parents that forced him to mature earlier than the typical students in his age bracket. At times, he showed frustration toward their conflict, which was understandable. Being stuck between parents was the worst. He tried to maintain a balance between bonds with both parents. Later, he learned that the parents who raised him since little wasn’t really his parents, and his godmother was his actual mother. It was a tragedy. At least, they had a good relationship before his mother passed away. However, he was forced to go with his biological father (who didn’t even deserve the title). He promised to return later to Rose’s side when he was of legal age and could make his own decisions. I sure hope he wouldn’t turn out like his so-called father. Even if in a few years, anything could happen. Most lied to him regarding the real version of what happened between his parents to protect him. It mostly had to do with the fact that they didn’t want the trial to drag out and many details coming out, causing even more complications. It was also because of how much it had affected him after Rose was accused of murder. This one was even more serious. How could he bear it when it wasn’t his fault at all? Not to mention, it seemed super ironic how things turned out that led to the final result. Because Rose went on TV to talk about her past prison term and clarified some stuff, hence tanking her husband’s company, which led to him selling off Zi Wei to the monster. Aside from all that frustration, I thought he did a good job at various points to portray his struggles.

Guest-starring:

  • Wallace Huo (霍建華) as Ma Tian Hua (馬天華) / Hinoki (檜木). A gangster, Sue’s sworn brother. He appeared around the end of the second part. Sue went to prison to visit him and manipulate him to target Rose after he was released. Her plan was halfway successful until Wen Cheng convinced him to stand down and promise to investigate the matter thoroughly. What about Wallace? No complaints about his performance, obviously. However, as a major fan, I greedily wanted more scenes of him. In the grand scheme of things, it was about enough. But like I said, as his fan, I wanted more. Like maybe just a little more about how he crossed paths with Sue and how he trusted Sue so much. Yes, I got the dialogue version but needed a little more detail. Because it was so unbelievable that he risked so much for Sue. Not to mention how it was strange seeing Sue having some connection with him. I know, I know, she was the master manipulator and had a lot of connections. Yet, a little more background story would help.
  • Joe Cheng (鄭元暢) as Wu Shao Qiang (吳少強). Rose’s husband, later ex-husband. He was the definition of people who changed. I meant everyone changes as they go through life, but his change puzzled me the most. I guessed the toll of it all got to him. However, it was indeed heartbreaking to see how much he changed. He not only fled the scene during the most crucial moment but also left Rose to take the fall for him (i.e. going to prison). Then he dared to play victim after so many years, saying how she was the difficult one. What in the world? But whatever helped him sleep at night, I guess. They tried to redeem him or at least made us reconsider him by seeing how well he treated his son. Yet, who was he kidding? Handing the poor kid to the wolf just like that? Maybe it was more realistic that he wasn’t so linear or one-note with his character and how complicated some situations were. Yet I still didn’t care for him. Hey, at least, he got his business back. He would be fine. Maybe then he could buy an in-house, submissive wife who would cooperate better with his grand schemes than oh say, Rose. Well, Rose loved him and trusted him so much, hence even ending up taking the fall for him in the first place. Yet she woke up after that betrayal, so that was what he was upset over, not having a typical lamb to listen to all his lies anymore. Hey, she never said she was goody-two-shoes. Why was he bitter? Joe? Okay, he goes by Joseph now, but I still haven’t changed my tags yet. But I haven’t seen anything of his since You Light Up My Star and that seemed a long time ago, lol. He’s doing pretty well with various projects and was just a guest in here. His acting was convincing. But, obviously, I can’t like his character. If he had just outright admitted he was a terrible person, I would have forgiven him, or at least cut him some slacks. Yet he continued to justify his behaviors and paved Rose out to be a terrible person. (Congrats, somehow, he made Jiang Han seem more likable. Because at least Jiang Han admitted who he was at various points.)
  • Jacob Wang (王柏傑) as Hong Li Heng (洪立亨) / Henry (亨利). A host at Ciao Club. Yuri’s boyfriend. He was smooth-talking all right, being able to con anyone he wanted to. I wasn’t sure if he was a natural conversationist/charmer or if that had come with experience. What was his true personality in all of that? Did he really trust Henry or was he also conning him? It was hard to tell and I thought that was a good bit to leave it open-ended. That scene where Yuri went to prison to visit Hao Zi, it seemed like they had their official stare down and all. It was funny how they were fighting over whom actually cared for. Well, he (Hao Zi) didn’t really say it, but if looks could killed. Yuri actually said that Henry cared for her because he had given her his house key. Was that the answer? Or was that just part of the long con? Like I said, it was hard to tell with him. And it was funny how the writers tried to humanize Henry but he wasn’t any better than Hana’s ex-boyfriend who pimped her out. Even if Henry didn’t pimp anyone out, he used his good looks and charms to lure in girls to transport and/or hide drugs for him. So, how was he any better? He was just using them. Even if he had a change of heart with Yuri, he won’t get the glowing reputation in my book.
  • Xiu Jie Kai (修杰楷) as Ge Zhi Hao (葛志浩) / Hao Zi (浩子). A prosecutor. It was later revealed that he was also Henry’s lover. That was the sole reason why Henry trusted him so much and never thought that he would betray him (Henry). I haven’t watched him for ages now. I still follow him on social media, lol. It’s just that I haven’t gotten back into watching some of the recent shows and sort of not wanting to back-watch some stuff. Yet his acting was still solid. He was creepy all right, but also showed a different side when he was with Henry. I totally saw it when they drove to the seaside together and how Henry had placed a soda can on his cheek. It was a subtle, intimate gesture that tipped us off early on. Because if they were merely collaborating on the business front, would he have accepted the gesture just like that? He also showed obvious jealousy toward Yuri when Henry brought it up (aka admitting that Yuri was kinda cute).
  • Li Li Ren (李李仁) as Xu Guo Biao (徐國彪) / Biao Ge (彪哥). A local bully, Hana’s past customer. Later bumped into Hana at Hikari and was kicked out for causing trouble. He gathered his minions to kidnap Hana and raped her. He was later caught and put in prison for his crime. This was probably Li Li Ren’s lowest role. So, he wasn’t winning any points from anyone. Maybe possibly acting-wise, though. Because yes, he was really hateful and convincing with the character.
  • Kagami Tomohisa (加賀美智久) as Nakamura Masao (中村正男). A Japanese customer of Hikari. He liked Sue and wanted to marry her, bringing her back to Japan with him.
  • Qu Zhong Heng (屈中恆) as Sun Ming Zhang (孫明章). Wen Cheng’s superior. At first, I thought he was a character created to keep the comedy alive while the rest of the plot leaned toward the much darker side. Yet, I was wrong. I was glad too because it was really a shocker. He was much more involved with the overall plot than one could predict. He held the key to a crucial part of the plot, after all.
  • Ah Ken as Lin Yu Feng (林裕峰) / Feng Ge (峰哥). A producer, Jiang Han’s superior.
  • Lorene Jen (任容萱) as Xiao Wan Ru (蕭婉柔). A famous actress, the main actress of a TV show that Jiang Han was writing for. She and Jiang Han had a brief affair and were found out. Luckily for her, she wasn’t punished severely for it. She only had to stay away from Jiang Han and listen. Yet was that something she wanted? I guess that sort of came with the price of wanting fame and having a relationship with the producer. This was actually my first time watching Lorene, although, I follow her and meant to watch some of her other works. Maybe I would go back to it now, lol.
  • Chris Wu (吳慷仁) as Liao Bao Long (劉寶龍) / Bao Bao (寶寶). The owner of Sugar Club, a rival of Hikari Club. I couldn’t believe the day that I see Chris in such a role. NO, not judging based on the environment he was in (running a club) because every character in here had their own complex background. However, usually, he would portray some prince in shining armor (regardless of background) or at least some notable role. This was considered out of the box type of role for me when watching him perform in here. Because he took it to the next level and was quite convincing in his performance and brought a different mood to the show as an overall. Was his character cunning and despicable at one point? Yes. It didn’t top some of the other scumbags and could be redeemed (because he was persuaded by the money). All in all, another successful performance.
  • Jean Wang (王靜瑩) as Su Mei Yu (蘇美玉). Sue’s mother. Probably the worst mother of the century. I blamed her for everything. Seducing someone else’s husband wasn’t bad enough. (People somehow usually excuse cheaters and homewreckers in movies/ TV shows, so I won’t dwell on that here.) Yet, somehow, she managed to top it off by accusing her daughter of “seducing her man.” By “seducing”, she meant “laying in bed and staying silent while the monster raped her daughter” because if she had said anything, he would leave her. Spoilers alert, he left her anyway. Also, she kicked her daughter out to fend for herself and then had the audacity later to come asking for money and much more (because she was the mother and deserved all that her daughter worked hard for after going through hell and back). I don’t know why I was surprised anyway since she allowed the other thing to happen, so what else wouldn’t she do? If anyone wanted to defend her for saying she was scared, he might harm her and her daughter even more (aka killing them both). At least they tried, okay? And I wasn’t convinced she was scared for hers and her daughter’s life per se, she just kept quiet so he wouldn’t leave her (like said above). The story was drawn straight from real-life situations, all right. Yet it was equally frustrating and maddening. It was even more frustrating that nothing happened to her later, and she got to reap from helping the rapist snatch the kid away from Rose. But was that supposed to be more realistic with life stuff? Because it was beyond infuriating. (What was more, I started watching this after a certain real-life situation similar unfolded, so imagine the level of livid I was feeling when that scene rolled around. Not going to go into specifics, but it had to do with the theme of having your child snatched away from you by your rapist because he was so powerful and wealthy. In the story’s case, Rose had to deal with it, but if it was Sue, then the situation would be the exact same thing. I knew it was a major coincidence since the location and the time of the TV show and all, but it sure hit me hard in the face with the theme being addressed. Yeah, the writers couldn’t predict the future, but stuff like that happened a lot in the past, so they just drew from real-life situations.)
  • Yi Zheng (伊正) as Zhu Wen Xiong (朱文雄). Su Mei Yu’s lover, Sue’s stepfather. Scumbag all around and proved to be so throughout. I was just glad they didn’t skirt around the issue and redeem him. They hid his true animal nature from his son just to spare the kid from further trauma. Yet it was so infuriating. Like the writers had to include an extra layer of madness with tragedy. Yi Zheng probably ended up in the group that was most hated after the series, lol. I swear, no way was he going to get out of this one looking good—regardless.

Others:

  • Greg Hsu (許光漢) as Yu En’s classmate.
  • Shen Meng Sheng (沈孟生) as Luo Chen Sheng (羅春生). Rose’s father.
  • Moon Wang (王月) as Luo Xie Xue Ling (羅謝雪齡). Rose’s mother.
  • James Wen (温昇豪) as Luo Li Nong (羅立農). Rose’s older brother.
  • June Tsai (六月) as Luo Yi Nong (羅伊儂). Rose’s older sister.
  • Ma Nian Xian (馬念先) as Cai Huo Wang (蔡火旺). The owner of an izakaya.
  • Heaven Hai (海裕芬) as Ke Xiu Zhi (柯秀枝). The owner of a barbershop.
  • Hans Chung (鍾承翰) as Zheng Kai Wen (鄭凱文) / Kevin. The manager of Ciao.
  • Chen Bo Zheng (陳博正) as Hana’s father. A somewhat cute old parent vibe role for him. I felt he was the only one who represented unconditioned love in here. He was proud of Hana. It was obvious with his attitude and words whenever she came home or talked about her to Rose that one time. Sure, Hana did hide some stuff from him, but he never expected her to bring home tons of money for him or drew out all these outrageous conditions, unlike other parents. He was just glad she found success in her work (wine expert—as he was told) and was living her life comfortably in such a competitive city.
  • Fan Rui Jun (范瑞君) as Aiko’s mother. A college professor.
  • JC Lin (林哲熹) as one of the students that found the victim’s body.
  • Edison Song (宋柏緯) as one of the students that found the victim’s body.
  • Ying Cai Ling (應采靈) as Zhang Yi Fen (張逸芬). The dean of the orphanage.
  • Vivian Hsu (徐若瑄) as Qiong Fang (瓊芳). The previous owner of Hikari. It was nice to see Vivian in here portraying a guest role.
  • Austin Lin (林柏宏) as the senior of the magazine club.
  • Tang Zhi Wei (湯志偉) as Li Si Jing (李思敬). The host of the TV show who interviewed Rose.
  • Ray Chang (張睿家) as Hana’s ex-boyfriend. He was another scumbag of the show. His crime was pimping out his girlfriend for money. Ray wanted to show up for this? (LOL!) Yeah, I know, not everyone could be a hero, but these people sure made some sacrifices to be part of the production all right. (I know it’s not supposed to be funny, but I couldn’t help it. If anyone watched True Love 365, he was the main lead and paired off with Joanne, so it was interesting this time he was kind of, sort of associated with Esther at one point in here. The roles were total opposites, but tragic. Hey, he wasn’t that innocent, goody-two-shoes in True Love 365 either, but bad attitude versus scumbag is all I’m saying.)

Likes:

  • Music. Definitely the music. The majority were remixes of classics. However, the production team put a new twist on it and allow us to enjoy those songs again in a different setting.
  • Cast. Regardless of liking them or not, I thought the cast did really well and coordinated nicely to make everything work.
  • Wallace and Ruby’s reunion. I know, I know, they’re married and see each other every day. But they haven’t been in a drama together for a while now. It was interesting to see them on screen together once again and on the opposite side this time. The fact that they weren’t romantically involved made it different. Maybe they needed a break from the mushy on-screen scenes? (Joking, lol.)
  • The pieces of the puzzle spread throughout the drama. I liked how the story was told and the sequences that allowed us to discover various characters’ background and their relationships throughout that had led to that point. Also, the mystery around the body was found and finally revealing it. At various points, they (the writers) teased the audience as to whom to body belonged to, even right down to the last minute. It was intriguing to watch and guess. After it was revealed, I even suspected that everyone at Hikari had a part in killing Sue and they covered for one another. Yes, that extreme. Because it was like everyone had a grudge against her deep down. Well, almost everyone. So, it wasn’t too much to say everyone had a hand in it.
  • Plot driven versus character driven. Yes, we knew who the major characters were. However, I felt unlike the majority of the productions nowadays, adding length just because they wanted to add more screen time for characters and stretching out to the max, this was actually plot driven. The plot did focus on some characters versus others. However, it didn’t linger to the point of unbearable. Like I said in the previous point, the pieces of the puzzle here and there revealed itself slowly but had always followed the timeline. It allowed us to explore the different characters and how it linked with the main plot and then finally wrapping it up. It didn’t stretch unnecessarily. Did I hate some part of the plot? Yes, I did. Because I hated seeing some of the tragedies the characters went through. Yet the plot continued to move on, allowing the length and pace to be just about right.
  • The characters. Surprisingly, I didn’t have a favorite character in here. Yes, I said it. It was strange how it seemed I defended Rose at various points or disliked certain characters at one point or another, but I never had a favorite character. Perhaps it was because the cast worked together well along with the plot that didn’t allow for camera hog moments too much that had caused the effect. Perhaps, I would say I liked the cast as an overall because the whole team had worked together so well to make it happen. I liked that each of the major characters had their moment or own story, but it didn’t overshadow over the others. It was just the right mix. Much credit to the writers for not forcing us to like one character or another through different justifications, but just laid out the plot and let us come to our own conclusions. (As I said previously.)

Dislikes:

  • The truth about Sue wasn’t revealed. Okay, I get it. She’s dead. No need to drag it out. Not to mention the majority of the major characters already understood who she was as a person and what kind of hypocrite she was. However, the rest of the public did not know. I guess they were trying to send a message that it did not matter anymore. Yet, her action affected so many people. How could she be praised and remembered as a sweet and gentle person, just like that? Her cunning and cruel side were never revealed. It was like letting her off because she was dead. Like redeeming a character just because. Sure, no one could do anything anymore. But it seemed to say one could be the worst possible yet could be forgiven or all the harm they did could just be erased?
  • Zhu Wen Xiong wasn’t exposed for the scumbag that he was. I knew and understood why they wanted to protect Zi Wei, not wanting him to find out the truth of his existence (and all the public backlash with having to carry that for the rest of his life, even if it wasn’t his fault). However, allowing Zhu Wen Xiong to get away with everything was just messed up. In some ways, it was more realistic (considering the circumstances) but I hated it. If they had gone to court, he would have won with all his money and all. It was probably sending a message like money would always win over the truth.
  • Rose’s whole family. Please just throw them all in the bin. Yes, I said it. I had it with the BS about how they were family after all. Was Sue a goody-two-shoes and/or perfect child? Nope. She ran away from home, after all the mishaps she got into. Or more like her father kicked her out after having enough. Sure, I got it, all parents wanted their kids to behave and life was harsh if she didn’t study or whatever. Yet at least, be consistent. Her mother loved her yet wasn’t able to do anything about it (like changing her father’s mind about things) and I didn’t blame her because it was obvious he controlled the household and whatever he said was the final word. The problem I had with him was how he and the others just expected her to bring home money or help them in general just because she was successful at that point. Hey, who kicked her out? Can anyone keep it straight or stick with the decision? Sure, people change all the time and they could mend the family. But it was an automatic thing with them expecting Rose to chip in, NO apologies or some kind of real talk or whatever. I get it, they were busy with livelihood stuff and might not have time to dwell too much on sensitivity or talk out matters. But I felt it was too much and too one-sided to just expect Rose to step forward because they were family. Like hey, she was wrong but also she was successful now, so she must contribute regardless. Like they were never wrong, it was just Rose being wrong. It was ridiculous. Obviously, I’m talking about the characters here, NOT the actors. Because they all did well for their roles. Because I actually like James and June.

Discussions:

  • Rose and Sue’s friendship. Were they ever really friends? I had so many questions. I understood how the foundation was paved and we saw how they’d overcome different obstacles together. Yet, were they really the best of friends, or were they just sticking together because of circumstances? I understood more when pieces and bits of Sue’s past were revealed and the tragedies she went through. It had shaped her past and fed her insecurity, forcing her to be cautious of others, which she had every right to. Yet, as I said before, it was the only thing that was holding her character back and pushing it into the gray area. Sue lived in her head too much and assumed that Rose should understand her, which was uncalled for. Seriously, even if they had known each other since whenever, it was harsh to expect Rose to just know. It was ridiculous. She also assumed that Rose always wanted to be in power, hence pulling the final card with wanting to restrict Rose’s life by leaving behind those shares to the rest of the hostesses. During their last conversation, Sue said that Rose always wanted to have the upper hand each time and how Rose only helped people so they would show gratitude toward her (thus being loyal to her, specifically Hana). It was a lot of assumptions on her part. Should Rose have meddled at times? Possibly not, it wasn’t up to her to right all wrongs of the world. However, we could see that it was in Rose’s gene or something. She couldn’t just sit around seeing others suffer, so if she was able to help, to speak up, or something, she did it. Sue also seemed to blame Rose for everything that happened to her or something. Well, Rose did get her into trouble with her mom because of how they ditched class and stuff at times when they were younger. Yet she can’t just push everything onto Rose. And I seriously didn’t blame Sue for wanting to have a friend, etc. However, when she made her own decision, it was all her. Perhaps, deep down, Sue also understood it. Perhaps, she did appreciate Rose at one point, that Rose actually stuck up for her when neighbors gossiped about her family situation (more specifically her mom). Or how her classmates bullied her and Rose stuck up for her. However, those things faded as time progressed. Her own insecurities and self-loathing forced her to push all the blame onto Rose, so she didn’t have to face them. Because she admitted at one point that she was too weak, not like Rose, always doing this or that. She didn’t like that about herself. They were just too different. That big argument when they were younger said a lot. That was one of those rare times they were honest with one another, laying it all out, no filter. They argued and tossed out everything. Somehow, they ended up mending things again, even hugging and halfway arguing back to being friends again. It was childhood memories and showed they had past conflicts, but it was all part of growing up. Yet it also opened up the question I initially had. Was it because how they were so used to one another’s presence that it was hard to end the friendship after they grew up and grew apart as well? And there was another question nagging in the back of my mind. Jiang Han was right when he said that Sue was very possessive. He was possibly the last person to have a say regarding Rose or Sue (or anyone else) for that matter, considering how he wasn’t the top candidate for anyone turning to when it came to a moral compass. However, he nailed it when he said those things about Sue when he broke up with her. (Except for the last bit that had fueled Sue’s rage even more, though. That was a bad idea and had caused her to take her own revenge after she returned from the depth.) Sue was really good at masquerading. We all do it to protect ourselves. Yet, she took it to a whole new level that was disturbing. With all those issues she had with Rose, it was possibly better to just part ways. Yet somehow, she still stuck through and acted like no one should have this connection with Rose except her or something. Perhaps she didn’t realize she was a walking contradiction. Also, I felt like she was projecting major time. She said that Rose was a controlling person and things had to go her way or else. However, she didn’t realize she was the controlling one, always wanting the last word or needing things to be in her favor to be happy or satisfied. Hana and Jiang Han’s situations were good examples of those behaviors. She didn’t like Hana from the start and hated that Rose protected Hana. She had every right to worry about Hana’s lack of experience which could affect the business. But the way she hung onto that grudge made it too much. Hana lacked experience, but soon learned a lot and become a lovable hostess like the majority at Hikari. That didn’t change Sue’s mind, either. She didn’t have to force herself to interact with Hana, but it was like she hated that she was wrong and that Hana could learn and improve. It seemed like she was jealous of the friendship Rose had with Hana after having been to prison together. Like Hana had snatched her friend from her, so she went out of her way to get rid of Hana—whether in the past or present. The way it was, I swear it was almost like she had tipped that scumbag off so he could abduct and kidnap Hana and assault Hana. So, then she could swoop in to get rid of Hana once and for all. Yes, it was terrible of me to assume so, but with the level of planning and execution she had with her other schemes, I don’t think it was impossible to come to that conclusion. Sue even went to the extreme of calling Hana a dog time and time again, indicating her relationship with Rose was just that of an owner and its dog, nothing more. It was like she was saying whether or not Rose was a terrible friend, she still wanted Rose by her side, no one else could be Rose’s friend. She called Hana a dog on purpose, to degrade the latter even more, implying Hana was on a lower level than her in relations to Rose. It was a superiority complex thing. About Jiang Han? How in the world was Rose supposed to know Sue liked Jiang Han? Jiang Han also showed interest in Rose first and initiated contact after meeting Rose. To Sue, Rose was a third-party, so she had every right to snatch him back. Yet she forgot that they never had a romantic relationship in the first place, so Rose couldn’t be blamed for entering that relationship with Jiang Han. Sue was acting all like she was being considerate about not mentioning anything along the line of liking Jiang Han after learning the progress of Rose and Jiang Han’s relationship already. However, I thought they were best friends and could be honest with one another. Well, that was everyone’s initial impression too, until stories unfolded for us to see they weren’t that close, anyway. Was Rose supposed to ask? Possibly. But then again, they were able to talk about the most random stuff and even had heated debates over business decisions. So, why was it so hard to be honest about other matters? It was ridiculous. So, yes, I thought it was stretching to not talk about it at all. I don’t even remember anymore if Rose had asked Sue beforehand about the two’s relationship when Sue brought him to Hikari for the first time. I somewhat remember the answer was “a friend.” It could be a code for much more, but was Rose supposed to assume everyone Sue brought there was a romantic interest? Again, considering how straightforward Rose was and Sue knew her that long already, maybe just say it out. Don’t hold it in and then later blame the other person for not knowing how to read minds. Why am I so harsh on Sue and not Rose? I thought it was obvious the majority were against Rose if it come down to it. Like I said, she was often too outspoken and wasn’t the most “model” citizen, so people automatically assumed she was in the wrong when they heard rumors of her being the actual killer. Sue was just too pretentious for my taste. I’m not saying Sue’s death was justified, but I just thought regardless of whether she was dead or alive, she was too much. She projected the too perfect image and caused the opposite effect on me. Also, I felt that Sue just wanted Rose’s friendship when it was convenient. Like when she needed Rose for something or another, they were friends and it was all right that Rose meddle. After that, or it was something she disagreed with? Rose was considered controlling and condescending. I’m not saying she can’t establish her own boundaries because she had every right to draw her comfort zone. It was just that she kept moving the goalpost and expected Rose to abide by it. Did she help Rose with stuff too? Yes, she did. But it was like she only counted things when it was in her favor. Again, the control thing was all her, not Rose like she said. For what it mattered, I thought Rose helped her in the past because they were friends, NOT because Rose wanted some upper hand or wanted to use some gratitude thing to dangle over Sue’s head for the future. They were still considered kids at that time, who would have thought so far ahead? So, were they better off not friends? They had a lot of good memories as well as bad. The flashbacks from Rose’s perspective showed they shared almost everything (from hopes and dreams, even what they wanted with their funeral arrangements and all). That was why Rose had assumed they had a good relationship. That was also why the betrayal hurt so badly. So, Rose’s world and perspective had shattered while she tried to piece everything together again. She wasn’t perfect, but she learned from it. Unlike others who had continued to think they were never wrong.
  • Rose and Hana’s friendship. They met in prison. Hana’s loyalty to Rose was obvious, considering how Rose protected her in prison. Hana also appreciated Rose for reminding her of her value, and not allowing her to think the worst of herself. Rose helped Hana stand on her own two feet again after Hana was released. Hana was grateful for Rose’s help, for keeping in contact and reaching out, not distancing from her because both wanted to erase their rough history. Although Hana was grateful for Rose’s help, she knew Rose treated her like a friend, a human being, wanting to lift each other up because they had both been betrayed by the men they loved. Even if it was gratitude at first, Hana didn’t take it the wrong way or thought it was Rose’s way to gain some upper hand on her or try to act superior in any way. She appreciated Rose for Rose’s efforts and understood Rose just wanted to help her heal and start a new life. She used Rose’s emotional support as a source of energy to strive and thrive. She was able to leave her past behind and focus on her present. It was too bad that some of that past had caught up with her. Their friendship seemed honest and open since they met at the worst time possible. Yet that also strengthened their bond because they’d been through the worst together. Their bond up to that point made it tragic when it was revealed Hana was the real killer. I thought their friendship was done for. And yes, the confrontation was ugly and heartbreaking. Yet, after both parties calmed down, they seemed to have reached a certain level of peace. Rose even wanted to cover for Hana, not wanting to see her back in prison again. Perhaps, Rose pitied Hana, so she didn’t want to turn Hana in. She admitted to Wen Cheng that much, saying that Hana had gone through so much. Yet Hana knew too well she could not let anyone go to prison for her, nor live with it for the rest of her life like that (even if she did initially convince herself that she had no choice but to hide). Too many people had been impacted. It was indeed quite tragic how things turned out.
  • Killing off two major characters of the show. Yes, this was a shocker for me. I mean, seeing how serious it was throughout, it was inevitable that people got hurt. However, I didn’t expect them to start off by killing Sue. I initially thought she was the killer and whoever it was they revealed later would be someone who knew about Sue’s past, hence her getting rid of that person, and that was why she was missing in the present timeline. It was a clever approach because the characters were forced to deal with their past demons as well. Also, because Sue had collected so many enemies along the way, the journey to find her killer was intriguing and nerve-wracking rolled into one. I thought the writers wanted to redeem Jiang Han because they wanted to pair him off with Rose, after all. However, it took another turn, and he was also killed off. The writers sure took no mercy on the characters as they tried to cope with another tragedy.
  • Jiang Han’s betrayal. I initially thought that Jiang Han’s downfall and eventual death were due to the fact that he messed around with many people’s hearts and had caused too much pain, hence his past actions caught up with him. However, it was revealed later that he once made an oath to Rose, stating that if he ever betrayed her, he would be met with such a downfall. Whether it was true or not that the universe was listening and keeping its eyes on that oath, it was indeed a lesson for some.
  • The irony of Hana’s action. Yes, I found that tragically ironic. Hana lost it and killed Sue in a rage. When she confessed to Rose, she said that Sue was going to take Zi Wei away. Well, no one knew the future, etc. Yet Sue’s mom’s discovery regarding Zi Wei’s real identity caused everything to go into chaos, and it allowed for the scumbag to claim Zi Wei. Rose had to give up Zi Wei, regardless. If Sue was still alive and successfully framed Rose and sent Rose to prison, Zi Wei would be in Sue’s custody. However, we could bet that Wen Cheng would have found out about the scheme, anyway. So, was having Sue alive a better route? Hana was triggered, and she killed in a rage. So obviously, she wasn’t thinking. Yet it was too much.
  • Wen Cheng’s grand plan. I had a feeling that Wen Cheng was planning something else later. It was why he sent Yan Qiao Ru away for the time being. He needed to broaden his connections and plan for the future. He knew he couldn’t take down them all because of the scope of the people involved. That was why he pretended to be as power-hungry as the others. It would be ridiculous if he said he was in for the money. Power would make more sense. So they knocked out some small fishes to take the fall before going back into business. Yet, his actions said otherwise. He even told Yan Qiao Ru to trust his decisions. So, if they did a spin-off or sequel, it would focus on him trying to take down all the upper management or the whole chain. Or maybe it was implied, so there was no need for more? They could do a side movie, lol. The whole corruption within the police network reminded me so much of Black & White, though. (Some of the cast from here was also in there, lol.)

Recommended? You have to be a fan of the cast to stick it through. Or at least, one could appreciate their acting. Also, if you prefer serious productions over the typical idol dramas. The series itself is very emotionally draining and could be quite triggering, so those could be reasons to reconsider. I obviously watched this way before I heard of the show receiving several awards nominations. However, I thought those were well deserved. Because this production was indeed high quality and the whole team (both cast and crew) put in a lot of effort to make it happen.

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 2016: Winners

A year full of excitement and also some unexpected appearances. There was also some awkward moments but somehow the show managed to go on. Congrats to all winners!

Best Supporting Actor – Drama – Presented by Peter Ho and Tiffany Hsu:
Wu Cheng Di (吳政迪) – The Youth! (谷風少年) (Hakka TV)
Andy Chen Yi (陳奕) – The Day I Lost You (失去你的那一天) (CTV)
He Yi Hang (賀一航) – Baby Daddy (長不大的爸爸) (PTS)
Zheng Ren Shuo (鄭人碩) – La Grande Chaumière Violette (紫色大稻埕) (SETTV)
Jason Zou (鄒承恩) – Youth Power (哇!陳怡君) (TTV)

Best Supporting Actress – Drama – Presented by Peter Ho and Tiffany Hsu:
Tian Xin (天心) – A Touch of Green (一把青) (PTS)
Lin Mei Zhao (林美照) – Baby Daddy (長不大的爸爸) (PTS)
Ke Shu Qin (柯淑勤) – Youth Power (哇!陳怡君) (TTV)
Joanne Zeng (曾之喬) – Marry Me or Not? (必娶女人) (CTV)
Linda Liu (劉瑞琪) – The Day I Lost You (失去你的那一天) (CTV)

Best New Actors / Actresses – Mini-series/ Tele-movies – Presented by Long Shao Hua and Li Li Ren:
Chen Ding Zhong (陳鼎中) – The Island of River Flow (川流之島) (CTV)
Xu Li Qi (徐力琦) – The End of Toby’s Morning (托比的最後一個早晨) (PTS)
Zhang Yuan He (張元赫) – The End of Toby’s Morning (托比的最後一個早晨) (PTS)
Peace Yang (陽靚) – Love, Lost and Found (愛我請回頭) (Videoland TV)
Wei Ru Xuan (魏如萱) – Ambiguous Time (曖昧時代) (PTS)

Best Screenwriter/ Script – Tele-movies – Presented by Long Shao Hua and Li Li Ren:
Li Quan Yang (李權洋) – Coin Boy (銅板少年) (PTS)
Tu Fang Xiang (涂芳祥) – The Black Box (黑盒子) (Hakka TV)
Chen Yu Ji (陳宇詰) – Lost Daughter (再見女兒) (PTS)
Zeng Ying Ting and Lin Yi Ling (曾英庭、林怡鈴) – The Cat in the Closet (衣櫃裡的貓) (PTS)
Zhan Jing Lin (詹京霖) – The Island of River Flow (川流之島) (CTV)

Best Cinematography – Presented by Chen Mei Feng and Pauline Lan:
Li Ming (李鳴) – Laugh 24 Hrs (藥笑24小時) (PTS)
Chen Zong Zhi (陳宗志) – La Grande Chaumière Violette (紫色大稻埕) (SETTV)
Chen Qi Wen (陳麒文) – The Island of River Flow (川流之島) (CTV)
Zhao Guan Heng (趙冠衡) – The Cat in the Closet (衣櫃裡的貓) (PTS)
Han Ji Xuan (韓紀軒) – A Touch of Green (一把青) (PTS)

Best Lighting – Presented by Chen Mei Feng and Pauline Lan:
Ding Hai De (丁海德) – A Touch of Green (一把青) (PTS)
Zhuang Hong Bin (莊宏彬) – The Island of River Flow (川流之島) (CTV)
Liu Chen Wei (劉宸瑋) – The Cat in the Closet (衣櫃裡的貓) (PTS)
Liu Chen Wei (劉宸瑋) – Join For Dinner (登入晚餐)
Xie Han Yang (謝漢諹) – La Grande Chaumière Violette (紫色大稻埕) (SETTV)

Best Film Editing – Presented by Chen Mei Feng and Pauline Lan:
Li Jun Hong (李俊宏) – The Cat in the Closet (衣櫃裡的貓) (PTS)
Du Su Ling and Liu Zhen Nan (杜素鈴、劉振南) – Laugh 24 Hrs (藥笑24小時) (PTS)
Du Min Qi (杜敏綺) – A Touch of Green (一把青) (PTS)
Zhan Jing Lin (詹京霖) – The Island of River Flow (川流之島) (CTV)
Xiao Ru Guan (蕭汝冠) – La Grande Chaumière Violette (紫色大稻埕) (SETTV)

Best Sound Editing – Presented by Chen Mei Feng and Pauline Lan:
Wang Xi Wen and Jian Feng Shu (王希文、簡豐書) – Under the Water (溺境) (PTS)
Wang Min Xu, Chen Yong, Jiang Zhen Dao, Xu Lan Ting, and Thomas Foguenne (王敏旭、陳灉、蔣震道、許嵐婷、Thomas Foguenne) – The Cat in the Closet (衣櫃裡的貓) (PTS)
Qiu Sheng Yuan, Wang Yong Lin, and Ye Yue Se (邱昇元、王詠霖、葉約瑟) – The Island of River Flow (川流之島) (CTV)
Chen Xiao Xia, Zhang Yi, Wu Bo Chun, Huang Da Wei, Lin Zhuan Zhi, and Chen Jie Han (陳小霞、張藝、吳柏醇、黃大衛、林傳智、陳玠含) – A Touch of Green (一把青) (PTS)
Zheng Hong Li (鄭宏澧) – Lost Daughter (再見女兒) (PTS)

Best Supporting Actor – Mini-series/ Tele-movies – Presented by Megan Lai and Baron Chen:
Wang Zi Qiang (王自強) – Mini For You Movie Theater: Light Rain (迷你4U電影院 毛毛雨)
Chen Ding Zhong (陳鼎中) – The Island of River Flow (川流之島) (CTV)
Hou Yan Xi (侯彥西) – Fresh Meat Dad (鮮肉老爸)
Renzo Liu (劉亮佐) – Coin Boy (銅板少年) (PTS)
Lan Wei Hua (藍葦華) – The Black Box (黑盒子) (Hakka TV)

Best Supporting Actress – Mini-series/ Tele-movies – Presented by Megan Lai and Baron Chen:
Wang Xuan (王琄) – Lost Daughter (再見女兒) (PTS)
Peace Yang (陽靚) – Love, Lost and Found (愛我請回頭) (Videoland TV)
Wei Er Sen (葳薾森) – Hate You, Murder Him, Love Me (三角犯罪) (PTS)
Xie Qiong Yuan (謝瓊媛) – Lost Daughter (再見女兒) (PTS)
Yan Yi Wen (嚴藝文) – The Fool and Sleeping Beauty (傻瓜與睡美人) (Videoland TV)

Best Leading Actor – Mini-series/ Tele-movies – Presented by Kaiser Chuang and Jacqueline Zhu:
Mark Lee (李天柱) – Lost Daughter (再見女兒) (PTS)
Roy Chiu (邱澤) – Rock Records In Love (滾石愛情故事): The Last Time of Tenderness (最後一次溫柔) (PTS)
Michael Chang (張少懷) – The Thin Blue Lines (奉子不成婚) (GTV)
Joe Chang (張書偉) – The Black Box (黑盒子) (Hakka TV)
Zheng Ren Shuo (鄭人碩) – The Island of River Flow (川流之島) (CTV)

Best Leading Actress – Min-series/ Tele-movies – Presented by Kaiser Chuang and Jacqueline Zhu:
Yin Xin (尹馨) – The Island of River Flow (川流之島) (CTV)
Zhu Zhi Ying (朱芷瑩) – The Black Box (黑盒子) (Hakka TV)
Kelly Ko (柯素雲) – The Cat in the Closet (衣櫃裡的貓) (PTS)
Mei Fang (梅芳) – Laugh 24 Hrs (藥笑24小時) (PTS)
Xie Ying Xuan (謝盈萱) – The Sweet Place (加蓋春光)

Best Director – Mini-series/ Tele-movies – Presented by Miao Ke Li and (?):
Qiu Hao Zhou (邱皓洲) – The Black Box (黑盒子) (Hakka TV)
Ke Zhen Nian (柯貞年) – Under the Water (溺境) (PTS)
Chen Yu Ji (陳宇詰) – Lost Daughter (再見女兒) (PTS)
Zeng Ying Ting (曾英庭) – The Cat in the Closet (衣櫃裡的貓) (PTS)
Zhan Jing Lin (詹京霖) – The Island of River Flow (川流之島) (CTV)

Best Mini-series/ Tele-movies – Presented by Miao Ke Li and (?):
The Island of River Flow (川流之島) (CTV)
Lost Daughter (再見女兒) (PTS)
The Cat in the Closet (衣櫃裡的貓) (PTS)
Coin Boy (銅板少年) (PTS)
The Black Box (黑盒子) (Hakka TV)

Best Art and Design:
Wang Xiao Tian (王筱恬) – The Cat in the Closet (衣櫃裡的貓) (PTS)
Tang Jia Hong (唐嘉宏) – When Miracle Meets Math (愛情算不) (GTV)
Xu Ying Guang, Yao Jun, Xu Shu Hua, and Yan Zhen Qin (許英光、姚君、許淑華、嚴振欽) – A Touch of Green (一把青) (PTS)
Xu Ying Guang (許英光) – La Grande Chaumière Violette (紫色大稻埕) (SETTV)
Jian Chun Yu (簡春玉) – Rock Records In Love (滾石愛情故事): Xiao Wei (小薇)

Best New Actors / Actresses – Drama – Presented by Alice Ko, Roy Qiu, and Joanne Tseng:
Nguyễn Thị Thúy Hằng / Nguyen Thi Thuy Hang (阮氏翠恆) – Tân Nương Giá Đáo‬ (新娘嫁到) (FTV)
Ben Wu (吳思賢) – Love Cuisine (料理高校生) (SETTV)
Hai Yu Fen (海裕芬) – War Family (我家是戰國) (GTV)
Huang Yu Lin (黃宇琳) – La Grande Chaumière Violette (紫色大稻埕) (SETTV)
Cindy Lien (連俞涵) – A Touch of Green (一把青) (PTS)

Best Screenwriter/ Script – Drama – Presented by Alice Ko, Roy Qiu, and Joanne Tseng:
Yu Shang Min and Liu Rui Xuan (于尚民、劉蕊瑄) – Sunset (落日) (Hakka TV)
Lin Guan Zhong (林貫中) – Ba Ji Teenagers (一代新兵 八極少年) (CTS)
Huang Shi Ming (黃世鳴) – A Touch of Green (一把青) (PTS)
Zheng Xin Mei, Zheng Wen Tang, and Yang Hui Wen (鄭心媚、鄭文堂、楊惠文) – The Best of Youth (燦爛時光) (PTS)
Jian Qi Feng and Lin Xin Hui (簡奇峯、林欣慧) – Marry Me or Not? (必娶女人) (CTV)

Best Director – Drama – Presented by Alice Ko, Roy Qiu, and Joanne Tseng:
Yu Zhong Zhong (于中中) – Marry Me or Not? (必娶女人) (CTV)
Lin Hong Jie and Lin Qing Fang (林宏杰、林清芳) – Ba Ji Teenagers (一代新兵 八極少年) (CTS)
Qiu Hao Zhou (邱皓洲) – Sunset (落日) (Hakka TV)
Cao Rui Yuan (曹瑞原) – A Touch of Green (一把青) (PTS)
Zheng Wen Tang (鄭文堂) – The Best of Youth (燦爛時光) (PTS)

Best Leading Actor – Drama – Presented by Blue Lan and Tian Xin:
Kingone Wang (王傳一) – The Day I Lost You (失去你的那一天) (GTV)
Chris Wu (吳慷仁) – A Touch of Green (一把青) (PTS)
Roy Chiu (邱澤) – Marry Me or Not? (必娶女人) (CTV)
Fu Meng Bo (傅孟柏) – Ba Ji Teenagers (一代新兵 八極少年) (CTS)
Shan Cheng Ju (單承矩) – Sunset (落日) (Hakka TV)

Best Leading Actress – Drama – Presented by Blue Lan and Tian Xin:
Cindy Lien (連俞涵) – A Touch of Green (一把青) (PTS)
Cheryl Yang (楊謹華) – A Touch of Green (一把青) (PTS)
Alice Ko (柯佳嬿) – Marry Me or Not? (必娶女人) (CTV)
Nana Lee (李千娜) – The Day I Lost You (失去你的那一天) (CTV)
Gail Lin (林嘉俐) – Life is Full of Beauty (吉姊當家) (DaAi TV)

Best Dramas:
Ba Ji Teenagers (一代新兵 八極少年) (CTS)
A Touch of Green (一把青) (PTS)
Marry Me or Not? (必娶女人) (CTV)
Sunset (落日) (Hakka TV)
The Best of Youth (燦爛時光) (PTS)

*All information were translated and verified by DTLCT.

Golden Bell Awards 2016: Nominations List

Best Dramas:
Ba Ji Teenagers (一代新兵 八極少年) (CTS)
A Touch of Green (一把青) (PTS)
Marry Me or Not? (必娶女人) (CTV)
Sunset (落日) (Hakka TV)
The Best of Youth (燦爛時光) (PTS)

Best Mini-series/ Tele-movies:
The Island of River Flow (川流之島) (CTV)
Lost Daughter (再見女兒) (PTS)
The Cat in the Closet (衣櫃裡的貓) (PTS)
Coin Boy (銅板少年) (PTS)
The Black Box (黑盒子) (Hakka TV)

Best Leading Actor – Drama:
Kingone Wang (王傳一) – The Day I Lost You (失去你的那一天) (GTV)
Chris Wu (吳慷仁) – A Touch of Green (一把青) (PTS)
Roy Chiu (邱澤) – Marry Me or Not? (必娶女人) (CTV)
Fu Meng Bo (傅孟柏) – Ba Ji Teenagers (一代新兵 八極少年) (CTS)
Shan Cheng Ju (單承矩) – Sunset (落日) (Hakka TV)

Best Leading Actress – Drama:
Cindy Lien (連俞涵) – A Touch of Green (一把青) (PTS)
Cheryl Yang (楊謹華) – A Touch of Green (一把青) (PTS)
Alice Ko (柯佳嬿) – Marry Me or Not? (必娶女人) (CTV)
Nana Lee (李千娜) – The Day I Lost You (失去你的那一天) (CTV)
Gail Lin (林嘉俐) – Life is Full of Beauty (吉姊當家) (DaAi TV)

Best Supporting Actor – Drama:
Wu Cheng Di (吳政迪) – The Youth! (谷風少年) (Hakka TV)
Andy Chen Yi (陳奕) – The Day I Lost You (失去你的那一天) (CTV)
He Yi Hang (賀一航) – Baby Daddy (長不大的爸爸) (PTS)
Zheng Ren Shuo (鄭人碩) – La Grande Chaumière Violette (紫色大稻埕) (SETTV)
Jason Zou (鄒承恩) – Youth Power (哇!陳怡君) (TTV)

Best Supporting Actress – Drama:
Tian Xin (天心) – A Touch of Green (一把青) (PTS)
Lin Mei Zhao (林美照) – Baby Daddy (長不大的爸爸) (PTS)
Ke Shu Qin (柯淑勤) – Youth Power (哇!陳怡君) (TTV)
Joanne Zeng (曾之喬) – Marry Me or Not? (必娶女人) (CTV)
Linda Liu (劉瑞琪) – The Day I Lost You (失去你的那一天) (CTV)

Best New Actors / Actresses – Drama:
Nguyễn Thị Thúy Hằng / Nguyen Thi Thuy Hang (阮氏翠恆) – Tân Nương Giá Đáo‬ (新娘嫁到) (FTV)
Ben Wu (吳思賢) – Love Cuisine (料理高校生) (SETTV)
Hai Yu Fen (海裕芬) – War Family (我家是戰國) (GTV)
Huang Yu Lin (黃宇琳) – La Grande Chaumière Violette (紫色大稻埕) (SETTV)
Cindy Lien (連俞涵) – A Touch of Green (一把青) (PTS)

Best Director – Drama:
Yu Zhong Zhong (于中中) – Marry Me or Not? (必娶女人) (CTV)
Lin Hong Jie and Lin Qing Fang (林宏杰、林清芳) – Ba Ji Teenagers (一代新兵 八極少年) (CTS)
Qiu Hao Zhou (邱皓洲) – Sunset (落日) (Hakka TV)
Cao Rui Yuan (曹瑞原) – A Touch of Green (一把青) (PTS)
Zheng Wen Tang (鄭文堂) – The Best of Youth (燦爛時光) (PTS)

Best Screenwriter/ Script – Drama:
Yu Shang Min and Liu Rui Xuan (于尚民、劉蕊瑄) – Sunset (落日) (Hakka TV)
Lin Guan Zhong (林貫中) – Ba Ji Teenagers (一代新兵 八極少年) (CTS)
Huang Shi Ming (黃世鳴) – A Touch of Green (一把青) (PTS)
Zheng Xin Mei, Zheng Wen Tang, and Yang Hui Wen (鄭心媚、鄭文堂、楊惠文) – The Best of Youth (燦爛時光) (PTS)
Jian Qi Feng and Lin Xin Hui (簡奇峯、林欣慧) – Marry Me or Not? (必娶女人) (CTV)

Best Leading Actor – Mini-series/ Tele-movies:
Mark Lee (李天柱) – Lost Daughter (再見女兒) (PTS)
Roy Chiu (邱澤) – Rock Records In Love (滾石愛情故事): The Last Time of Tenderness (最後一次溫柔) (PTS)
Michael Chang (張少懷) – The Thin Blue Lines (奉子不成婚) (GTV)
Joe Chang (張書偉) – The Black Box (黑盒子) (Hakka TV)
Zheng Ren Shuo (鄭人碩) – The Island of River Flow (川流之島) (CTV)

Best Leading Actress – Min-series/ Tele-movies:
Yin Xin (尹馨) – The Island of River Flow (川流之島) (CTV)
Zhu Zhi Ying (朱芷瑩) – The Black Box (黑盒子) (Hakka TV)
Kelly Ko (柯素雲) – The Cat in the Closet (衣櫃裡的貓) (PTS)
Mei Fang (梅芳) – Laugh 24 Hrs (藥笑24小時) (PTS)
Xie Ying Xuan (謝盈萱) – The Sweet Place (加蓋春光)

Best Supporting Actor – Mini-series/ Tele-movies:
Wang Zi Qiang (王自強) – Mini For You Movie Theater: Light Rain (迷你4U電影院 毛毛雨)
Chen Ding Zhong (陳鼎中) – The Island of River Flow (川流之島) (CTV)
Hou Yan Xi (侯彥西) – Fresh Meat Dad (鮮肉老爸)
Renzo Liu (劉亮佐) – Coin Boy (銅板少年) (PTS)
Lan Wei Hua (藍葦華) – The Black Box (黑盒子) (Hakka TV)

Best Supporting Actress – Mini-series/ Tele-movies:
Wang Xuan (王琄) – Lost Daughter (再見女兒) (PTS)
Peace Yang (陽靚) – Love, Lost and Found (愛我請回頭) (Videoland TV)
Wei Er Sen (葳薾森) – Hate You, Murder Him, Love Me (三角犯罪) (PTS)
Xie Qiong Yuan (謝瓊媛) – Lost Daughter (再見女兒) (PTS)
Yan Yi Wen (嚴藝文) – The Fool and Sleeping Beauty (傻瓜與睡美人) (Videoland TV)

Best New Actors / Actresses – Mini-series/ Tele-movies:
Chen Ding Zhong (陳鼎中) – The Island of River Flow (川流之島) (CTV)
Xu Li Qi (徐力琦) – The End of Toby’s Morning (托比的最後一個早晨) (PTS)
Zhang Yuan He (張元赫) – The End of Toby’s Morning (托比的最後一個早晨) (PTS)
Peace Yang (陽靚) – Love, Lost and Found (愛我請回頭) (Videoland TV)
Wei Ru Xuan (魏如萱) – Ambiguous Time (曖昧時代) (PTS)

Best Director – Mini-series/ Tele-movies:
Qiu Hao Zhou (邱皓洲) – The Black Box (黑盒子) (Hakka TV)
Ke Zhen Nian (柯貞年) – Under the Water (溺境) (PTS)
Chen Yu Ji (陳宇詰) – Lost Daughter (再見女兒) (PTS)
Zeng Ying Ting (曾英庭) – The Cat in the Closet (衣櫃裡的貓) (PTS)
Zhan Jing Lin (詹京霖) – The Island of River Flow (川流之島) (CTV)

Best Screenwriter/ Script – Tele-movies:
Li Quan Yang (李權洋) – Coin Boy (銅板少年) (PTS)
Tu Fang Xiang (涂芳祥) – The Black Box (黑盒子) (Hakka TV)
Chen Yu Ji (陳宇詰) – Lost Daughter (再見女兒) (PTS)
Zeng Ying Ting and Lin Yi Ling (曾英庭、林怡鈴) – The Cat in the Closet (衣櫃裡的貓) (PTS)
Zhan Jing Lin (詹京霖) – The Island of River Flow (川流之島) (CTV)

Best Cinematography:
Li Ming (李鳴) – Laugh 24 Hrs (藥笑24小時) (PTS)
Chen Zong Zhi (陳宗志) – La Grande Chaumière Violette (紫色大稻埕) (SETTV)
Chen Qi Wen (陳麒文) – The Island of River Flow (川流之島) (CTV)
Zhao Guan Heng (趙冠衡) – The Cat in the Closet (衣櫃裡的貓) (PTS)
Han Ji Xuan (韓紀軒) – A Touch of Green (一把青) (PTS)

Best Film Editing:
Li Jun Hong (李俊宏) – The Cat in the Closet (衣櫃裡的貓) (PTS)
Du Su Ling and Liu Zhen Nan (杜素鈴、劉振南) – Laugh 24 Hrs (藥笑24小時) (PTS)
Du Min Qi (杜敏綺) – A Touch of Green (一把青) (PTS)
Zhan Jing Lin (詹京霖) – The Island of River Flow (川流之島) (CTV)
Xiao Ru Guan (蕭汝冠) – La Grande Chaumière Violette (紫色大稻埕) (SETTV)

Best Sound Editing:
Wang Xi Wen and Jian Feng Shu (王希文、簡豐書) – Under the Water (溺境) (PTS)
Wang Min Xu, Chen Yong, Jiang Zhen Dao, Xu Lan Ting, and Thomas Foguenne (王敏旭、陳灉、蔣震道、許嵐婷、Thomas Foguenne) – The Cat in the Closet (衣櫃裡的貓) (PTS)
Qiu Sheng Yuan, Wang Yong Lin, and Ye Yue Se (邱昇元、王詠霖、葉約瑟) – The Island of River Flow (川流之島) (CTV)
Chen Xiao Xia, Zhang Yi, Wu Bo Chun, Huang Da Wei, Lin Zhuan Zhi, and Chen Jie Han (陳小霞、張藝、吳柏醇、黃大衛、林傳智、陳玠含) – A Touch of Green (一把青) (PTS)
Zheng Hong Li (鄭宏澧) – Lost Daughter (再見女兒) (PTS)

Best Lighting:
Ding Hai De (丁海德) – A Touch of Green (一把青) (PTS)
Zhuang Hong Bin (莊宏彬) – The Island of River Flow (川流之島) (CTV)
Liu Chen Wei (劉宸瑋) – The Cat in the Closet (衣櫃裡的貓) (PTS)
Liu Chen Wei (劉宸瑋) – Join For Dinner (登入晚餐)
Xie Han Yang (謝漢諹) – La Grande Chaumière Violette (紫色大稻埕) (SETTV)

Best Art and Design:
Wang Xiao Tian (王筱恬) – The Cat in the Closet (衣櫃裡的貓) (PTS)
Tang Jia Hong (唐嘉宏) – When Miracle Meets Math (愛情算不) (GTV)
Xu Ying Guang, Yao Jun, Xu Shu Hua, and Yan Zhen Qin (許英光、姚君、許淑華、嚴振欽) – A Touch of Green (一把青) (PTS)
Xu Ying Guang (許英光) – La Grande Chaumière Violette (紫色大稻埕) (SETTV)
Jian Chun Yu (簡春玉) – Rock Records In Love (滾石愛情故事): Xiao Wei (小薇)

*All information were translated and verified by DTLCT.

Golden Bell Awards 2014: Winners

Okay, here are the results for this year. All are listed in the order they were presented.

Best Film Editing – Presenter(s): Liang Xiu Shen ( 梁修身) and ?:
An Bang and Zheng Xin Kai (安邦、鄭心愷) – Double Happiness (主桌)
Ke Wen Li (柯汶利) – Freeman (自由人)
Fan Yang Zhong and Lin Xin Min (范揚仲、林欣民) – Almost Heaven (回家的女人)
Chen Bo Wen and Li Yi Shan (陳博文、李宜珊) – Youth’s Advancement – In Regards To 20 Onward (青春的進擊—關於二十,以及¬¬。) (PTS)
Yang Shou Yi and Lin Xin Min (楊守義、林欣民) – Discovery – Army Frogmen (台灣特戰部隊)

Best Cinematography – Presenter(s): Liang Xiu Shen ( 梁修身) and ?:
Li Ming (李鳴) – Cigarette Ends (菸蒂)
Chen Tian Bao (陳添寶) – Record Standpoint – Boiling Sand River (紀錄觀點—滾滾沙河) (PTS)
Ma Hua (馬華) – Freeman (自由人)
Chen Yu Jie and Lin Hou Cheng (陳鈺杰、林厚成) – Rite of Spring (曉之春)
Chen Jun Kang, Xu Zhi Wei, Zhu Pei Ji, and Ye Dao Hong (陳俊康、許智為、朱培基、葉道宏) – Sun After Rain (雨後驕陽)

Best Lighting – Presenter(s): Ye Tian Lun (葉天倫) and Chen Bo Zheng (陳博正):
Ding Hai De (丁海德) – Lonely River (在河左岸)
Li Shao Yun and Wang Zhi Zheng (李少雲、王知政) – Boys Can Fly (刺蝟男孩)
Deng Ji Xuan (鄧紀璿) – Cou Zhen (湊陣) (PTS’ Life Story Collection)
Xie Jian Fa (謝建發) – Sun After Rain (雨後驕陽)
Su Liang Zhi (蘇良志) – Once Upon A Time In Beitou (熱海戀歌)

Best Sound Editing – Presenter(s): Ye Tian Lun (葉天倫) and Chen Bo Zheng (陳博正):
Shen Sheng De and Li Ying  (沈聖德、李穎) – Housework Proposal (家事提案)
Du Du Zhi (杜篤之) – PTS HD Record Version – Golden Horse Series  (公視HD紀錄片—金馬系列【戰酒】)
Zhou Zong Kun and Chen Yi Qi (周宗崑、陳羿棨) – Life Journey – Hello Brain! (生命旅程—Hello Brain!) (PTS)
Jiang Tao (蔣韜) – To-Go Station (客家電視電影院—《到站》) ( Hakka TV)
Xue Yi Xin, Wu Xin Ying, and Yu Zheng Xian (薛易欣、吳欣穎、余政憲) –  Freeman (自由人)

Best Art and Design – Presenter(s): Ye Tian Lun (葉天倫) and Chen Bo Zheng (陳博正):
Fan Jia Qi (范家綺) – The Snail School (慢吞吞小學)
Peng Wei Min and Ye Cheng Da (彭維民、葉承達) – Freeman (自由人)
Pu Shi Rong (蒲士榮) – Almost Heaven (回家的女人)
Liu Ji Fu and Lin Zhi Ming (劉基福、林智明) – Lonely River (在河左岸)
Su Yao Tang and Li Jian Yu (蘇耀堂、李建裕) – Sun After Rain (雨後驕陽)

Best Supporting Actor – Mini-series/ Tele-movies – Presenter(s): Joe Cheng (鄭元暢) and Amber Kuo (郭采潔):
Lv Fu Lu (呂福祿) – Land of Purple Pearl (紺珠之地) (PTS’ Student Life Story Collection)
Rock (洛可杉) – Wu Di Zhan Jian Xie He Hao  (無敵戰艦協和號)
Xi Xiang (喜翔) – Cigarette Ends (菸蒂)
Cai Ming Xiu (蔡明修) – Freeman (自由人)
Pan Qin Yu (潘親御) – Summer Trifles (夏日紀事) (PTS’ Student Life Story Collection)

Best Supporting Actress – Mini-series/ Tele-movies – Presenter(s): Joe Cheng (鄭元暢) and Amber Kuo (郭采潔):
June Tsai (蔡君茹) / Liu Yue (六月) – Go Ah Wen! (加油喔!阿文) (PTS’ Life Story Collection)
Chen Ying Liu (陳英柳) – Forward, Sir! (轉。大人) (PTS’ Life Story Collection)
Yang Jie Mei (楊潔玫) – Thank You, Patronage(銘謝惠顧)
Jenny Wen (溫貞菱) – Rite of Spring (曉之春)
Rao Xing Xing (饒星星) – Freeman (自由人)

Best Screenwriter/ Script – Tele-movies:
Wang Jia Jun and Fu Kai Ling (王傢軍、傅凱羚) – Land of Purple Pearl (紺珠之地)
Chen Yu Li (陳昱俐) – Freeman (自由人)
Chen Yu Jie, Wang Li Wen, and Li Zhang Qing Hui (陳鈺杰、王莉雯、李張清慧) – Rite of Spring (曉之春)
Liang Mo Fei and An Zhe Yi (梁莫非、安哲毅) – Thank You, Patronage (銘謝惠顧)
Zhang Qi En and Wang Chuan Zong (張綺恩、王傳宗) – Just Want To Challenge You To Live Another Day (只想比你多活一天)

Best Director – Mini-series/ Tele-movies:
Wang Chuan Zong (王傳宗) – Just Want To Challenge You To Live Another Day (只想比你多活一天)
An Zhe Yi (安哲毅) – Thank You, Patronage (銘謝惠顧)
Ke Wen Li (柯汶利) – Freeman (自由人)
Chen Yu Jie (陳鈺杰) – Rite of Spring (曉之春)
Liao Shi Han (廖士涵) – Cigarette Ends (菸蒂)

Best Mini-series/ Tele-movies:
PTS’ Life Story Collection – Just Want To Challenge You To Live Another Day (只想比你多活一天)
PTS’ Student Life Story Collection – Freeman (自由人)
PTS’ Life Story Collection – Almost Heaven (回家的女人)
PTS’ Life Story Collection – Ming Xie Hui Gu (銘謝惠顧)
Rite of Spring (曉之春) (CTV)

Best Leading Actor – Mini-series/ Tele-movies – Presenter(s): Long Shao Hua (龍劭華):
Wang Xi Rui (王錫瑞) / Wang Rui (王瑞) – Just Want To Challenge You To Live Another Day (只想比你多活一天) (PTS’ Life Story Collection)
Shi Ming Shuai (施名帥) – Freeman (自由人)
Gao Meng Jie (高盟傑) – Almost Heaven (回家的女人)
Huang He (黃河) – Cigarette Ends (菸蒂) (CTV)
Xi Xiang (喜翔) – Wu Di Zhan Jian Xie He Hao  (無敵戰艦協和號) (PTS’ Life Story Collection)

Best Leading Actress – Min-series/ Tele-movies – Presenter(s): :
Yin Xin (尹馨) – Almost Heaven (回家的女人)
Lee Kang Yi (李康宜) – Rite of Spring (曉之春)
He Ai Yun (何璦芸) / He Xiu Lan (何秀蘭) – Just Want To Challenge You To Live Another Day (只想比你多活一天)
Zheng Jia Yu (鄭家榆) – Ming Xie Hui Gu (銘謝惠顧)
Megan Lai (賴雅妍) – Housework Proposal (家事提案) (PTS’ Life Story Collection)

Best Supporting Actor – Drama – Presenter(s): Chris Wang (王宥勝) and Leroy Yang (楊一展):
Wang Jing Guan (王鏡冠) – Lonely River (在河左岸)
Jacky Ku (古理德) – Boys Can Fly (刺蝟男孩)
Jay Shih (是元介) – In A Good Way (我的自由年代)
Chen Bo Zheng (陳博正) – Sun After Rain (雨後驕陽)
Yankee Yang (楊子儀) – Sun After Rain (雨後驕陽)

Best Supporting Actress – Drama – Presenter(s): Chris Wang (王宥勝) and Leroy Yang (楊一展):
Riva Chang (張可昀) – Sun After Rain (雨後驕陽)
Lin Nai Hua (林乃華) – Sun After Rain (雨後驕陽)
Jo’elle Lu (陸明君) – Once Upon A Time In Beitou (熱海戀歌) (SETTV)
Xi Man Ning (席曼寧) – A Good Wife (親愛的,我愛上別人了)
Isa Hsieh (謝瓊煖) – Lonely River (在河左岸)

Best Screenwriter/ Script – Drama – Presenter(s): Li Li Qun (李立群):
Wang Xiao Di, An Zhe Yi, Zhan Jun Jie, Gao Miao Hui, and Yu Zhi Wen (王小棣、安哲毅、張可欣、詹俊傑、高妙慧、余智珉) – Boys Can Fly (刺蝟男孩)
Li Ding Wei, Wen Cai, and Wang Gong Cheng (李定偉、文采、王公誠) – Amour et Pâtisserie (沒有名字的甜點店)
Chen Zhang Lun, Ke Shu Qing, and Lin Jia Hui (陳長綸、柯淑卿、林佳慧) – Lonely River (在河左岸)
Xu Yun Qi and Wu Pei Zhen (許芸齊、吳佩珍) – In A Good Way (我的自由年代)
Wen Yi Hui and Li Yi Ze (溫怡惠、李義澤) – Sun After Rain (雨後驕陽)

Best Director – Drama – Presenter(s): Li Li Qun (李立群):
Wang Xiao Di and An Zhe Yi (王小棣、安哲毅) – Boys Can Fly (刺蝟男孩)
Wu Meng En (吳蒙恩) – In A Good Way (我的自由年代)
Zhou Xiao Peng and Ye Hong Wei (周曉鵬、葉鴻偉) – Sun After Rain (雨後驕陽)
Chen Zhang Lun (陳長綸) – Lonely River (在河左岸)
Zheng Fen Fen (鄭芬芬) – Kiss Me Mom! (媽,親一下!) (TVBS)

Best Marketing Program – Presenter(s): Christopher Lee (李銘順) and Tian Xin (天心):
In A Good Way (我的自由年代) (SETTV)
Boys Can Fly (刺蝟男孩) (PTS)
Lovestore at the Corner (巷弄裡的那家書店) (CTS)
Super Taste: Summer Day Heated Battle, Fated Program (食尚玩家(夏日熱鬪篇命運規劃局)) (TVBS)
A Good Wife (親愛的,我愛上別人了) (GTV)

Best Leading Actress – Drama – Presenter(s): Christopher Lee (李銘順) and Tian Xin (天心):
Tian Xin (天心) – A Good Wife (親愛的,我愛上別人了)
Zhong Xin Ling (鍾欣凌) – Sun After Rain (雨後驕陽)
Sandrine Pinna (張榕容) – Amour et Pâtisserie (沒有名字的甜點店)
Cheryl Yang (楊謹華) – The Queen (女王的誕生) (CTV)
Yan Yi Wen (嚴藝文) – Lonely River (在河左岸)

Best Leading Actor – Drama – Presenter(s): Vic Chou (周渝民) and Chen Bo Lin (陳柏霖):
Han Yi Bang (韓宜邦) (Junior) – Sun After Rain (雨後驕陽)
Hans Chung (鍾承翰) – Boys Can Fly (刺蝟男孩)
Christopher Lee (李銘順) – A Good Wife (親愛的,我愛上別人了) (GTV)
Zhang Ting Hu (張庭瑚) – Boys Can Fly (刺蝟男孩)
Blue Lan (藍正龍) – CHOCOLAT (流氓蛋糕店) (GTV)

Best Dramas – Presenter(s): Vic Chou (周渝民) and Chen Bo Lin (陳柏霖):
Amour et Pâtisserie (沒有名字的甜點店) (PTS)
In A Good Way (我的自由年代) (SETTV)
Sun After Rain (雨後驕陽) (NEXT TV)
Boys Can Fly (刺蝟男孩) (PTS)
Lonely River (在河左岸) (Hakka TV)

Woohoo! Another exciting year! Well, some stuff spoiled my moods a bit. Yet the later parts made up for it. Not because of the winners, since they deserved it with all their hard work! It was one of the side things. Anyway, congrats to all winners!

*All information was translated and verified by DTLCT, therefore, NOT 100% accurate. IF mistakes were found, please leave a comment. Thanks!

Golden Bell Awards 2014: Nominations List

Okay, I’m late this year, but oh well. It’s not like I watched that much this year. Still, some of the nominations are actually on my to-watch list, just that I haven’t gotten time to watch it yet. But it sure is all over the place this year. It’s not that I’m complaining. I just feel that it’s a bit strange. Yet I guess it’s refreshing in a sense.

Best Dramas:
Amour et Pâtisserie (沒有名字的甜點店) (PTS)
In A Good Way (我的自由年代) (SETTV)
Sun After Rain (雨後驕陽) (NEXT TV)
Boys Can Fly (刺蝟男孩) (PTS)
Lonely River (在河左岸) (Hakka TV)

Best Mini-series/ Tele-movies:
PTS’ Life Story Collection – Just Want To Challenge You To Live Another Day (只想比你多活一天)
PTS’ Student Life Story Collection – Freeman (自由人)
PTS’ Life Story Collection – Almost Heaven (回家的女人)
PTS’ Life Story Collection – Thank You, Patronage (銘謝惠顧)
Rite of Spring (曉之春) (CTV)

Best Leading Actor – Drama:
Han Yi Bang (韓宜邦) (Junior) – Sun After Rain (雨後驕陽)
Hans Chung (鍾承翰) – Boys Can Fly (刺蝟男孩)
Christopher Lee (李銘順) – A Good Wife (親愛的,我愛上別人了) (GTV)
Zhang Ting Hu (張庭瑚) – Boys Can Fly (刺蝟男孩)
Blue Lan (藍正龍) – CHOCOLAT (流氓蛋糕店) (GTV)

Best Leading Actress – Drama:
Tian Xin (天心) – A Good Wife (親愛的,我愛上別人了)
Zhong Xin Ling (鍾欣凌) – Sun After Rain (雨後驕陽)
Sandrine Pinna (張榕容) – Amour et Pâtisserie (沒有名字的甜點店)
Cheryl Yang (楊謹華) – The Queen (女王的誕生) (CTV)
Yan Yi Wen (嚴藝文) – Lonely River (在河左岸)

Best Supporting Actor – Drama:
Wang Jing Guan (王鏡冠) – Lonely River (在河左岸)
Jacky Ku (古理德) – Boys Can Fly (刺蝟男孩)
Jay Shih (是元介) – In A Good Way (我的自由年代)
Chen Bo Zheng (陳博正) – Sun After Rain (雨後驕陽)
Yankee Yang (楊子儀) – Sun After Rain (雨後驕陽)

Best Supporting Actress – Drama:
Riva Chang (張可昀) – Sun After Rain (雨後驕陽)
Lin Nai Hua (林乃華) – Sun After Rain (雨後驕陽)
Jo’elle Lu (陸明君) – Once Upon A Time In Beitou (熱海戀歌) (SETTV)
Xi Man Ning (席曼寧) – A Good Wife (親愛的,我愛上別人了)
Isa Hsieh (謝瓊煖) – Lonely River (在河左岸)

Best Director – Drama:
Wang Xiao Di and An Zhe Yi (王小棣、安哲毅) – Boys Can Fly (刺蝟男孩)
Wu Meng En (吳蒙恩) – In A Good Way (我的自由年代)
Zhou Xiao Peng and Ye Hong Wei (周曉鵬、葉鴻偉) – Sun After Rain (雨後驕陽)
Chen Zhang Lun (陳長綸) – Lonely River (在河左岸)
Zheng Fen Fen (鄭芬芬) – Kiss Me Mom! (媽,親一下!) (TVBS)

Best Screenwriter/ Script – Drama:
Wang Xiao Di, An Zhe Yi, Zhan Jun Jie, Gao Miao Hui, and Yu Zhi Wen (王小棣、安哲毅、張可欣、詹俊傑、高妙慧、余智珉) – Boys Can Fly (刺蝟男孩)
Li Ding Wei, Wen Cai, and Wang Gong Cheng (李定偉、文采、王公誠) – Amour et Pâtisserie (沒有名字的甜點店)
Chen Zhang Lun, Ke Shu Qing, and Lin Jia Hui (陳長綸、柯淑卿、林佳慧) – Lonely River (在河左岸)
Xu Yun Qi and Wu Pei Zhen (許芸齊、吳佩珍) – In A Good Way (我的自由年代)
Wen Yi Hui and Li Yi Ze (溫怡惠、李義澤) – Sun After Rain (雨後驕陽)

Best Leading Actor – Mini-series/ Tele-movies:
Wang Xi Rui (王錫瑞) / Wang Rui (王瑞) – Just Want To Challenge You To Live Another Day (只想比你多活一天) (PTS’ Life Story Collection)
Shi Ming Shuai (施名帥) – Freeman (自由人)
Gao Meng Jie (高盟傑) – Almost Heaven (回家的女人)
Huang He (黃河) – Cigarette Ends (菸蒂) (CTV)
Xi Xiang (喜翔) – Wu Di Zhan Jian Xie He Hao  (無敵戰艦協和號) (PTS’ Life Story Collection)

Best Leading Actress – Min-series/ Tele-movies:
Yin Xin (尹馨) – Almost Heaven (回家的女人)
Lee Kang Yi (李康宜) – Rite of Spring (曉之春)
He Ai Yun (何璦芸) / He Xiu Lan (何秀蘭) – Just Want To Challenge You To Live Another Day (只想比你多活一天)
Zheng Jia Yu (鄭家榆) – Ming Xie Hui Gu (銘謝惠顧)
Megan Lai (賴雅妍) – Housework Proposal (家事提案) (PTS’ Life Story Collection)

Best Supporting Actor – Mini-series/ Tele-movies:
Lv Fu Lu (呂福祿) – Land of Purple Pearl (紺珠之地) (PTS’ Student Life Story Collection)
Rock (洛可杉) – Wu Di Zhan Jian Xie He Hao  (無敵戰艦協和號)
Xi Xiang (喜翔) – Cigarette Ends (菸蒂)
Cai Ming Xiu (蔡明修) – Freeman (自由人)
Pan Qin Yu (潘親御) – Summer Trifles (夏日紀事) (PTS’ Student Life Story Collection)

Best Supporting Actress – Mini-series/ Tele-movies:
June Tsai (蔡君茹) / Liu Yue (六月) – Go Ah Wen! (加油喔!阿文) (PTS’ Life Story Collection)
Chen Ying Liu (陳英柳) – Forward, Sir! (轉。大人) (PTS’ Life Story Collection)
Yang Jie Mei (楊潔玫) – Ming Xie Hui Gu (銘謝惠顧)
Jenny Wen (溫貞菱) – Rite of Spring (曉之春)
Rao Xing Xing (饒星星) – Freeman (自由人)

Best Director – Mini-series/ Tele-movies:
Wang Chuan Zong (王傳宗) – Just Want To Challenge You To Live Another Day (只想比你多活一天)
An Zhe Yi (安哲毅) – Thank You, Patronage (銘謝惠顧)
Ke Wen Li (柯汶利) – Freeman (自由人)
Chen Yu Jie (陳鈺杰) – Rite of Spring (曉之春)
Liao Shi Han (廖士涵) – Cigarette Ends (菸蒂)

Best Screenwriter/ Script – Tele-movies:
Wang Jia Jun and Fu Kai Ling (王傢軍、傅凱羚) – Land of Purple Pearl (紺珠之地)
Chen Yu Li (陳昱俐) – Freeman (自由人)
Chen Yu Jie, Wang Li Wen, and Li Zhang Qing Hui (陳鈺杰、王莉雯、李張清慧) – Rite of Spring (曉之春)
Liang Mo Fei and An Zhe Yi (梁莫非、安哲毅) – Thank You, Patronage (銘謝惠顧)
Zhang Qi En and Wang Chuan Zong (張綺恩、王傳宗) – Just Want To Challenge You To Live Another Day (只想比你多活一天)

Best Cinematography:
Li Ming (李鳴) – Cigarette Ends (菸蒂)
Chen Tian Bao (陳添寶) – Record Standpoint – Boiling Sand River (紀錄觀點—滾滾沙河) (PTS)
Ma Hua (馬華) – Freeman (自由人)
Chen Yu Jie and Lin Hou Cheng (陳鈺杰、林厚成) – Rite of Spring (曉之春)
Chen Jun Kang, Xu Zhi Wei, Zhu Pei Ji, and Ye Dao Hong (陳俊康、許智為、朱培基、葉道宏) – Sun After Rain (雨後驕陽)

Best Film Editing:
An Bang and Zheng Xin Kai (安邦、鄭心愷) – Double Happiness (主桌)
Ke Wen Li (柯汶利) – Freeman (自由人)
Fan Yang Zhong and Lin Xin Min (范揚仲、林欣民) – Almost Heaven (回家的女人)
Chen Bo Wen and Li Yi Shan (陳博文、李宜珊) – Youth’s Advancement – In Regards To 20 Onward (青春的進擊—關於二十,以及¬¬。) (PTS)
Yang Shou Yi and Lin Xin Min (楊守義、林欣民) – Discovery – Army Frogmen (台灣特戰部隊)

Best Sound Editing:
Shen Sheng De and Li Ying  (沈聖德、李穎) – Housework Proposal (家事提案)
Du Du Zhi (杜篤之) – PTS HD Record Version – Golden Horse Series  (公視HD紀錄片—金馬系列【戰酒】)
Zhou Zong Kun and Chen Yi Qi (周宗崑、陳羿棨) – Life Journey – Hello Brain! (生命旅程—Hello Brain!) (PTS)
Jiang Tao (蔣韜) – To-Go Station (客家電視電影院—《到站》) (Hakka TV)
Xue Yi Xin, Wu Xin Ying, and Yu Zheng Xian (薛易欣、吳欣穎、余政憲) –  Freeman (自由人)

Best Lighting:
Ding Hai De (丁海德) – Lonely River (在河左岸)
Li Shao Yun and Wang Zhi Zheng (李少雲、王知政) – Boys Can Fly (刺蝟男孩)
Deng Ji Xuan (鄧紀璿) – Cou Zhen (湊陣) (PTS’ Life Story Collection)
Xie Jian Fa (謝建發) – Sun After Rain (雨後驕陽)
Su Liang Zhi (蘇良志) – Once Upon A Time In Beitou (熱海戀歌)

Best Art and Design:
Fan Jia Qi (范家綺) – The Snail School (慢吞吞小學)
Peng Wei Min and Ye Cheng Da (彭維民、葉承達) – Freeman (自由人)
Pu Shi Rong (蒲士榮) – Almost Heaven (回家的女人)
Liu Ji Fu and Lin Zhi Ming (劉基福、林智明) – Lonely River (在河左岸)
Su Yao Tang and Li Jian Yu (蘇耀堂、李建裕) – Sun After Rain (雨後驕陽)

Best Marketing Program:
In A Good Way (我的自由年代) (SETTV)
Boys Can Fly (刺蝟男孩) (PTS)
Lovestore at the Corner (巷弄裡的那家書店) (CTS)
Super Taste: Summer Day Heated Battle, Fated Program (食尚玩家(夏日熱鬪篇命運規劃局)) (TVBS)
A Good Wife (親愛的,我愛上別人了) (GTV)

*All information was translated and verified by DTLCT.

Angel Lover

Interestingly funny that I just watched this properly. SO I was waiting for better subs since my understanding of overly complex and/or deep ones aren’t to its fullest yet. And of course, I wanted to make sure I understand completely for this one. Despite being quite long, this drama was one of those worth it and actually another gem within all those pebbles. Though consisted mostly of idol drama cast, their performances were convincing and the plot had helped the cause greatly throughout.

Main Cast:

  • Ming Dao as Yang Tian You (楊天佑). Did I ever say that this is my favorite Ming Dao role? YES, many times before. The character was so silly at times yet could be quite considerate as well. Quite loyal to his friends and could make blunt statements at any moment though accurate with his analysis. Though kind of clueless that his method could help others greatly, but that made him more down to earth. I guess his personality and weird yet effective life philosophies have to do with his grandma, which he mentioned throughout the story and often quoted her. (That also said that he was very filial.) OMG, I almost forgot the part where Tian You was the panda. That was funny and cute at the same time. Man, his perverted moments when he just said some enlightened words previously. Was his question about if he and Vivian looked like a couple hinted at future collaboration between him and Cheryl? YET they didn’t know at that time, right? Looking back, it rang true later on.
    • Acting. I think the thing with him that would be so addicting to watch was he made it so natural. His character wasn’t very smart as in knowing a lot like the people around him since he was sort of a country boy hence being clueless at times about city stuff. Yet he exuded a very down to earth persona. Ming Dao could capture those moments quite well. It must have helped because he has a similar background outside. (And as soon as I realize this similarity, this made me so worried since sometimes I ponder if he was really good at acting or he was just being himself. But then again, in other roles, his movements were NOT so out of normality either so I’ll give him credit for now.) However, what I liked was he was NOT going so slow with his actions when he was just clueless (aka his mind) at times. I was glad the rest of his movements were still the same as the others. He had his smart-aleck moments, but it was not like too over either.
    • Tian You’s first kiss. Actually, his first kiss was when Xi Ai forced kiss him, NOT the part where Vivian played out the skit (so his “no” wasn’t a lie). This was a response to Han Shao’s question afterward. But I must agree with Han Shao that it would be a shame if he lost it for work.
  • Bianca Bai as Sylvia Li Xi Ai (黎希艾).  She seemed kind of naive at first? I don’t know, it was funny how she appeared somewhat clueless to her boss. But I soon found out she was just faking passiveness and slow to avoid interviewing or having to do with those silly stalking of a certain star. Her character grew on me as I found out how real she was with her reactions to certain matters, especially with her co-worker who was also talking about their boss, lol. (They were so in for good.)
    • Peggy Fu as the childhood Li Xi Ai (黎希艾). I actually like this child actress. She was quite convincing with scenes. It wasn’t just about crying or whining but she managed to project the emotional turmoils quite well.
    • Impressive. I couldn’t believe saying this though I have my bias for her in the past. But she was quite amazing for a model turned actress. Seriously, I could so feel it during the rain scene when she was running all over the place to find her mother and was sitting there in the rain like a little lost child. Yes, the background music helped, but the emotional state was seen on her face yet not overly done at all.
    • Blind Spot. Her only blind spot was where her mother was concerned. Can’t really blame her yet it was quite fishy with the other woman and her wandering eyes at times.
    • Xi Ai’s English name. I seriously felt it was weird that Angelina had an English name but Xi Ai didn’t. I meant okay, it wasn’t like mad weird. But if parents named their kids with English names, they would keep it consistent, right? Then we found out it was concealed on purpose so the link wasn’t so obvious until later.
    • The reunite scene with her mother. Since I was already crying because of the other events anyway, I went all out on this scene too. That was quite traumatizing and dramatic in so many ways yet I didn’t think it was overdone at all. It matched with Xi Ai’s personality and how she wanted to ask all those questions for so long already. It had to all come out. They both needed some kind of closure to the past–even if they couldn’t be together as a family at the moment. Then the scene after with Xi Ai reading her mother’s birthday cards was quite emotional too. So much bottled up feelings and so many lost moments spent together yet the cards said it all.
  • Alex To as An Yu Tai (安宇泰).  A smart and witty veterinarian. Loved how he often placed in some traps here and there but didn’t say much at times.
    • He was Michael. OMG, big surprise. I thought how some of his gestures reminded Angelina of Michael hence transferring the admiration for him. (But of course, she had decided to move on and cherish the current person by her side.) YET it was him, no wonder they were so similar with their habits. Well, Michael’s soul resided in Yu Tai’s body but it wasn’t any different at that point. But on a tangent, was Alex busy with something else hence cutting off his character or he was just a guest star? It was too lame to end his character like that though, wasn’t he part of the main cast? NOT that I want everything to be so gift wrapped with a bow on top, but it seemed too early for him to go.
    • Yu Tai didn’t disappear. YES, like this other angel said, Yu Tai will resume his life, it was just that all his memories when Michael was inside him will be gone hence him not recognizing them at all, returning to his normal life with his sister, etc.
  • Coco Jiang as Angelina Li. I liked her while watching her the first time around yet I found it hard to like her this time around. NOT sure, but maybe because I no longer find her somewhat witty attitude charming. I meant it felt too ‘trying’ for some reason. I actually found it hard to focus around the second case already. Still felt it was too trying, I don’t know. Maybe will change my mind later. Okay, so she seemed more natural when she was just her regular self and not the lady boss in front of them. NOT sure why. Or was it because of her voice (along with everyone else’s) was practically echoing off the wall of her house during meetings that made it a bit eerie at times? (LOL!) She sure was unlucky. OR should I say I’m greedy? Anyway, I think her best scenes were during the realization that Michael had returned using Yu Tai’s identity and then he had to leave again. Then, of course, the ending case where she got so mad at that dude that she wanted to tear him apart for ordering them all around and trying to hurt her family. I could totally feel her fury (along with Xi Ai/Bianca’s) at that moment.
  • Ix Shen as MARS. The cool face in this drama, always projecting such cold exterior and somewhat of a bad attitude. Yet of course he was a very caring person hence even joining the agency.
    • His many injuries. YES, a meeting with Angelina and she was asking about his injuries but he said it was nothing. Poor him, lol. All of his past injuries during his motorcycle competitions couldn’t compare to the ones Hao Yun caused. OY!
  • Remus Kam as Han Shao Xi (韓少熙). Mixed feelings at times yet I decided to like him in the end. I guess he can’t be perfect so there had to be something going on in his life that made his attitude terrible at times.
    • Musical capabilities. He was actually quite gifted. If he hadn’t been forced to play the violin, he would have been a wonderful violinist. AND he knew how to play the guitar.
  • TAE as Sunny. His name described his character to the dot. He was the sunshine spot of the drama in here. Too bad he didn’t appear more. Anyway, I found it extremely cute that he was so attached to milk. His speech in the second episode was so cute yet suave at the same time.
  • Kagami Tomohisa (加賀美智久) as Angel. He didn’t talk in the story because of the language barrier. When he did talk that one time to clarify stuff to Yu Tai/Michael, I think it was dubbed. But it was cool seeing him around nevertheless.

Guest Stars for the Cases:

  • Chamder Tsai as Hao Yun(郝韻). Her situation was both pitiful and funny since it was the intro scenes for them wanting to recruit Tian You. It was hilarious how she ended up pushing him down, but lucky the others had been on standby and were prepared hence him landing on the raft.
    • 5th case. I always thought she was just part of the intro scenes yet she returned later. It only made sense because it was hard to imagine how she suffered all these years YET just got it within moments where Tian You saved her? Well, it wasn’t impossible but the seeds of lack of confidence had been reaped for years so it was hard to dispose of so easily.
    • So hard to commit suicide. I guess the angel had something to do with it since she couldn’t even commit suicide with all the techniques she thought of. OR she was just lucky that it didn’t work out.
    • They had to unleash MARS on her. LOL! MARS looked so clueless then.
    • The FIRST date. OMG, MARS didn’t believe in bad luck when she apologized YET he had to admit it was so much of a coincidence that he got hit by a soccer ball seconds later. LOL! I didn’t stop laughing yet and they had some more accidents already. Suddenly one couldn’t help but be a believer. LOL!
    • The SECOND date. It was so perfect with how he planned everything to make her birthday a special day. YET accidents started to occur again when she wanted to kiss him. LOL! Of course he wouldn’t want to since it wasn’t in his job description. POOR MARS. From being the coolest agent to the most pitiful (because of his injuries). He finally believed in bad luck? LOL! I agreed with Tian You, he was such an expert but turned into that?
    • Switch! OMG, Angelina’s look when she said they needed to use a different method. LOL! Tian You was staring at MARS’ injuries and didn’t realize it yet. AND MARS got it from Angelina’s glare, lol. It was then that Tian You got it but he can’t back out, lol. Angelina grabbed his bag and pulled him back, lol. NICE one, Angelina. Heaven will protect him from all the bad luck? LOL! We’ll see.
    • Tian You taking over for MARS. OMG, she was being extra careful with him. Of course, how could she not after what happened to MARS? Their conversation at the restaurant was really funny, kept having to repeat everything at a higher volume since they were sitting so far away. And I thought they totally forgot but she mentioned that he looked familiar. (He did say to Angelina that her stories sounded familiar at first yet it was a long time already and so many things happened so it was reasonable to forget.) OMG, they finally remembered when they were standing by this one bridge after breakfast/lunch, lol.
    • MARS as the fortune-teller. OMG, I thought he had to go home and recover from past injuries and all. YET he was active again. I guess as long as he wasn’t her boyfriend, he was good? LOL! Man, he was really good. Gotta give more points, lol. The sacrifices he had to go through. But at least he wasn’t getting injuries again, right? (OR I spoke too soon again?) Great, he messed up. What 2.5 lifetimes? LOL! He had to check his notebook? Priceless! Lucky it was under the table so they couldn’t see it. He had to take off his beard and Tian You put it on? LOL! Crazy all right, but she wasn’t looking so…but the cell phone had to ring. Lucky he incorporated it into the skit, lol. OMG, she burned the place down since she knocked over the candle. OY! YUP, I spoke too soon.
    • MARS and Tian You teamed up to beat up Da Ke. Well, sort of. Tian You tripped him and MARS sort of taught him a lesson. He sure deserved it.
    • The final skit. DARN, lol. MARS played him good, right? How did MARS expect him to get out of that? LOL!
  • Lily Tien as Lin Fang Hua (林芳華).  She sure was convincing with her episodes within the memory lapses.
    • Xiao Xun as the young Lin Fang Hua (林芳華). She made a cute younger version of Lin Fang Hua.
    • The Skits – Fake fireflies! LOL! I laughed so hard at that part.
  • Janel Tsai as Sun Jin (孫瑾). A very strict boss that had high standards and was feared by her employees. A typical professional role. Yet I thought it was suitable for Janel. She always has such a sophisticated look regardless and it was hard not to cast her in such roles. SAD, but I wasn’t convinced when watching In Between since I was having a hard time imagining her as some clumsy, clueless person. (OR possibly because I only watched a bit at the beginning. Might try again later.) Okay, so I find her cute in different situations too for this drama, but the setup for In Between just turned me off. And on a tangent, though she was super strict with her employees, I found them really annoying, especially that Mei Zhen who got bitter because she scolded her (Mei Zhen) during working hours AND so she wanted to bad-mouth her boss on purpose. I guess some of the others were all right, just curious. YET Mei Zhen was the worst. And Ah De seemed to be the most hardworking (though possibly because he liked her so he cooperated).
    • Architectural Matters – I swear at the scene where she knocked down the wall, I felt she wasn’t too unreasonable. Honestly, building a house is very important. She was fierce, yes, but what she said reflected some trueness in it all. If they do it carelessly, what would happen to the house in the future? Or were they expecting to just wing it through and not care for others who could possibly die if the house collapse or whatever else happens?
    • Side Comments Regarding Her – Well, if they were implying everyone needed men to be happy, I disagree. I know that was the purpose of AL agency aka helping people become more happy or in finding true happiness, etc. YET I dislike Han Shao’s comment about her problem. YES, he had a point but did that make her hateful? He meant it as a joke, but I just don’t like how it misinterpreted her even more. So she needed to be more tolerant of certain situations, but I feel she didn’t need to cave in to those principles, like cutting corners in cases such as using poor materials or negligence with diagrams, etc. (Negligence with diagrams would cause misleading info hence the end product not turning out correctly as expected.) I think only MARS’ comment made my day since he thought that they were all in just to satisfy some nosy employees’ pleasure of embarrassing their boss.
    • The Skit – It was actually quite funny. And so great to see them all working on the case. At least the initial part to get Tian You in. LOL, even the dog was good at acting? NICE…and MARS don’t know how to drive? Good acting indeed since he looked so clueless then YET his usual MARS vibe was so cool and full of “don’t mess with me” attitude. Then come in Sunny, who got hit by MARS (which wasn’t an accident–obviously). Then MARS was so into acting that he didn’t realize Sun Jin was gone already and Sunny had to point, then they did another high five–their style.
    • Sun Jin and Ah De. I felt they were cute in a way because of how they could talk so comfortably during after work that one time. She wasn’t offended or reacted too strongly when he asked her about having a boyfriend or not–versus Xi Ai previously. Perhaps she was trying to protect herself, considering how reporters could be so scary. It was funny how he let it slip that he admired her and had to fix to ‘her professionalism’ instead of the other one, lol. Then she made a joke about it. Oh, she turned the light off as well? But actually returned and turned it back on for him, even apologizing.
    • Han Shao as a backup. OMG, I felt so bad for Han Shao. He had to endure Tian You’s idiotic behavior the whole time, lol. No wonder he kept writing “idiot” with each note. Luckily, the end result was good because once he got into his comfort zone regarding what type of house he wanted to build (tying in with her profession as well), he was smoother. PHEW. And that was priceless of how Han Shao faked some urgent appointment to dodge from reimbursing Tian You for all those fees that he had to cover throughout the assignment.
  • Wang Xin Yi (王欣逸) as Xiao Guang (小光).  Poor kid. My heart totally went out for him when he kept working so hard to please his father and wanting to prove that he was a good kid so his father would come back one day, etc. He had no idea but it was close to real-life situations. SAD, but these things happen all the time.
    • Yu Tai posing as the father. At first, I wanted to laugh because he once again had to take on some role for the case, but I stopped laughing. NO, it wasn’t because it was sad, only partially. I just remember they were actually father and son in Pawnshop No. 8 so it was kind of cool seeing them interact once again for this drama. They were so cute together, playing with the cup communication devices. And OMG, Xiao Guang made him test the soup first! (YUP, Angelina messed up on the rice.) Their last meeting at the hospital was sooo touching. (NOT kidding.)
    • MARS and Xiao Guang’s bond. I thought they gave some contrasting personality to MARS liking kid as to somewhat balance out his ‘cool’ attitude at times. Yet it was revealed that he and Xiao Guang have a similar background, at least somewhat with not having a father since young and all.
    • Yu Tai, Angelina, and Xiao Guang. They sure were like a family of three all right. Camping together was quite cute.
    • Acting. If you watch older dramas, he was one of those kids with great potential and always managed to convince in his roles. Even if he only appeared in a short amount of time.
  • Cheryl Yang as Vivian. She was mentioned previously and Xi Ai even did an article about her and her mother.
    • Idiot. Sorry, I had to put this in since her manager warned her about how the media could bring her up or pull her down. AND she didn’t listen? Well, she thought there was no one around YET she had no idea.
    • Xi Ai’s inference. I felt it was already a stretch that Xi Ai was trying hard to fix this mess–though she had no responsibility for it anyway. Or was she pitying the mother? YUP, Xi Ai was considering about the mother, especially the way Tian You had told her if the mother found out about the other thing. Then I really wanted to slap Vivian right then and there because of how arrogant she tried to act in front of Xi Ai when Xi Ai was only trying to remind her about her mother’s well-being, etc. SURE, it wasn’t her place to say anything, but it wasn’t like Xi Ai did all of that to frame Vivian so the manager’s rant about ‘conscience’ to Xi Ai and the reporters were irrelevant. IF they had framed Vivian, it was despicable, but this time, it was really so. And I do know Vivian had to deal with a lot, especially being a celeb and how she didn’t want people bothering her mother, etc. YET it was really uncalled for when she didn’t get her way.
    • The other side of things. I know it was probably somewhat an influence from Xi Ai YET I found it really funny that when Vivian and her manager needed the media for promotional purposes, they raved the reporters like MAD, but when negative stuff came out, reporters were despicable beings without conscience. SURE, there are newspapers out there (and gossip magazines) that would go out of their way to toss stories together just to reach sales. YET it was extremely funny that they were welcomed when they were being used to promote some others BUT were scolded upon when not needed anymore? I swear it was like a two-way thing, either you hate the reporters/paparazzi or just plain deal with it than be such hypocrites. Don’t act so high when you’re not any different. SO, I swear I was actually supporting the editor (though he was really senseless at times) for not taking any money from Vivian and the manager.
    • Cowards. I guess there was a good thing with the so-called “news” breaking out after all. SO Vivian could open her eyes and see what types of person the other man was, seeing how he was hiding from the whole thing and she had to deal with the backlash from the media. I think this might be closer to real-life situations than how the other dramas often portray with the guy always protecting the girls–regardless of what happened. OR how he would be the one shielding her from the public, supporting her along the way–without caring about what others think. RIGHT.
    • Han Shao’s deduction. Honestly, I forgive Han Shao for his past rants on Sun Jin just for all his deduction with Vivian and the businessman. Honestly, being smart did help his case. It was not like he was judging. But more like he was presenting the case step-by-step.
    • Tian You’s jealousy. YEAH RIGHT about the comment that Vivian had to face the consequences if she’d done wrong. He was just jealous because Han Shao got to pose as the ‘fake’ husband while he was on the out. Didn’t he just say it was only a possibility with Han Shao’s deduction like seconds before?
    • The switch between Han Shao and Tian You. Okay, so it was because Han Shao couldn’t make it (because his father collapsed), but seriously, someone got their wish. I guess he wasn’t so against it anymore with ‘lying’ for her.
    • Can’t sympathize with her. I don’t know. Because of her past and all, I felt really bad for her at first and was glad Xi Ai reconsidered with the ‘pole-dancing’ story and erased the evidence. YET when she finally appeared, I felt like I couldn’t sympathize with her at all. I already said that I totally understand she was protecting her mother so she was being fierce to reporters BUT I found her even flakier than ever with all the excuses. SO she needed to get out of the situation, but it just made me realize how she deserved the whole ‘negative press’ instead of just sympathizing with her situation. (Or was this giving us a different side of the story of how celebs could be so fake at times too? Protecting yourself and your family was one thing, BUT creating a fake image for the public?) And for the record, though I’m biased toward Xi Ai, that’s not why I’m attacking Vivian. I just find her sooo hard to sympathize with. Maybe it was like what Angelina said, she lost herself after covering up and protecting herself so long. That was why they needed to help her find herself again, that was all.
    • Mother and daughter relationship. I must admit that the conversation between her and her mother that one time brought forth a touching moment. Indeed, it was only when she was with her mother that she was herself again. Perhaps that was why Xi Ai and the others have a hard time wanting to believe the other incident and would want to cover up for her–or come up with some other excuse.
    • Acting. I swear, I need to acknowledge this point since Cheryl managed to capture Vivian’s many sides quite well. It just got me into noticing it when she was talking to Mr. Zhang about why she was with him during those times. Then I started to think about her reactions when she was putting up a strong exterior to protect herself.
  • Li Jia Ying as Xiao Jing (小靜). Small case. Poor MARS, had to deal with another psycho. But then again, she looked so cute and innocent when she smiled.
    • Dating rules. DARN, MARS was in for good. Being a tough guy, did that mean he couldn’t die? LOL! These girls were driving him crazy, considering how he didn’t have much patience but had to deal with all these craziness, lol.
    • Tough girl. I swear usually drama portrayed the sick girls always so gentle, always so accepting of death. Yet she was so fierce and strong. Yet that didn’t mean she didn’t have a kind heart. She just chose to hide it since she didn’t want pity. And she didn’t lack in courage either.
    • Acting. For her age, I thought she did quite well.
    • The editor was scared of needles! LOL! That was priceless! Tian You and Xi Ai got a good laugh out of it. At least he had a good heart and was willing to come.
    • Tian You, Xi Ai, and MARS putting up a doll and sunflowers show for Xiao Jing. That was so cute yet funny at the same time. Tian You and Xi Ai seriously couldn’t stop arguing regardless of situation.
  • Phyllis Quek as Li Shu Yun (李書芸). The typical perfect wife image yet surrounded her life too much around her husband that she didn’t have time for herself–or know how to love herself properly.
    • Tian You and MARS acting like a couple. This was almost mean, but seriously, they were like one during their meal with Shu Yun. Well, they were so used to arguing so the skit worked out well.
    • Calling the shots, pulling the plug. Though I knew she had problems yet I felt it was quite admirable that she told Tian You that she was married and it would cause misunderstandings if others saw them together–regardless of his good intentions to just be friends. Whether that loser of a husband deserved it or not, that would make her less suspicious than letting him pin something like infidelity on her to slam down the divorce, considering how he was waiting for an opportunity to make it her fault.
    • Tian You recommended a woman friend. This made even more sense. I had thought it already with why Angelina didn’t go since it would be easier to have a female friend versus sending Tian You out. It would be too risky and would burden Shu Yun even more with needing to keep distance and protect herself. Tian You nodded and showed his support toward Angelina’s every sentence, lol. Well, now he could have more free time to accompany Xi Ai (LOL). This would be a win-win situation, right?
    • Xi Ai’s experiences. I thought it was clever having Xi Ai around Shu Yun during that time they were on vacation. I meant it was an excuse for Tian You to spend more time with Xi Ai too. But then it made sense to have Xi Ai around with Shu Yun, not only because it was safer than two guys accompanying her, it was also because Xi Ai shared her own experiences with Shu Yun about learning to be independent. It took time indeed for her to get there. It might inspire Shu Yun to think otherwise and analyze her marriage all over again. (I’m not trying to play the ‘moral cop’ role here, but whatever it is, at least she has another perspective to think about.)
    • An eye-opener for both Shu Yun and Lisa. Well, Shu Yun was still in shock to find out about the other woman. Yet I think it was a big eye-opener for Lisa after planning that trap to put both Wen Jie and Shu Yun into a hard spot (and toward the road of no return). NOT trying to make excuses for a third-party, but I was actually convinced in what she was saying, like how she didn’t plan on falling in love with him since it was all a ‘game’ between them in the beginning, just having some fun. Yet now that she learned of how he was planning to trap his wife, etc, it also scared her to see how brutal he could be because cheating was one thing, but framing stuffs on her was another. (NOT that cheating is right since it never is, but adding in with some more deception to put his wife into a bad light just makes it even more terrifying.) Going back to Shu Yun, will she find the courage to let go at last or still a struggle? Don’t blame her if she can’t sever the ties quite yet because they’ve been married a long time now. And her head was already filled up with so much confusion.
    • The actual confrontation between Shu Yun and Lisa. Another nicely done scene. Not too flaky either since Lisa said after the slap that she didn’t want Wen Jie anyway since she knew that he only loved himself. Yet she didn’t aim to discourage Shu Yun by saying that Wen Jie didn’t love Shu Yun, but she just said that the matter between the two of them (Wen Jie and Shu Yun) should be up to them. AND I swear she nailed it when she said not to blame their marriage problems on her. Seriously, people are thinking that she’s just making up an excuse for being despicable and stealing someone’s husband, but if the marriage doesn’t have holes in it, how could she jump in? And not to mention how Lisa said Shu Yun shouldn’t lie to herself anymore.
    • Shu Yun decided to take nothing. Wow, I didn’t even guess she would make that move. It wasn’t out of question, but more out of the typical formula of how the scriptwriters often write about leaving the guy with nothing, etc to punish him for cheating, etc (if the situation was the guy like in this case). YET Shu Yun chose to take nothing. I also felt surprised because I didn’t realize she could be that strong to just let go. Perhaps Tian You’s words had gotten her thinking real good? (But honestly, I liked how this was approached more since oftentimes during divorces, people would fight over possessions and trying to win–which is real too–but it missed the whole point majorly. Sometimes when you’re trying to prove a point that you don’t need money to be happy or all those crap, then you turn around to fight over possessions, that’s just being ironic.)
    • Start Over. YAY, she finally found the courage to start over. Got a new shop up. (And I didn’t think her keeping the house was flaky after claiming to take ‘nothing’ because honestly, the rest was his anyway with the money and all so it was more than hers, and she ended up selling the house anyway to get money for her shop so it was more like a step forward into taking risks and starting over.)
  • Queenie Tai as Tang Tang (糖糖). That one old lady Tian You met at the park’s grand-daughter. Her parents fled overseas to hide from debts, leaving her there to fend for herself. She didn’t want to use her grandma’s money to pay for her own debts like the way her parents and uncles did.
    • The ending. I didn’t guess that Zhan Ge would die. Not at first. But I thought it made sense because when one was involved with some gang-related stuff, regardless of the initial reason that caused them to drift, it couldn’t be too good. That ending was more realistic than say some happy ending. Lesson learned for Xiao Yun but in a good way as in she learned to cherish what she has even more, especially family.
  • Li Lie (李烈) as Zheng Ma Ma (鄭母). Her daughter, Sylvia, had a car accident and was crippled. She had to look after her daughter and encouraged her daughter to get well again, but it was in vain hence needing their help.
    • Sylvia Zheng Xin Yi. Zheng Ma Ma’s daughter. Reality was guilt and grief had delayed her progress more than her actual health.
    • Spoiled brat. I seriously wanted to slap her when she was yelling at her mom and didn’t want food. NOT because she was yelling at Tian You too, but her attitude just made it so hard to sympathize with her.
    • Let Go. YES, it was always so hard. Only a mother would understand.
    • The reason for Sylvia’s spoiled brat attitude. Honestly, I didn’t see it coming (see the ‘surprise section’ since I wrote it earlier than this part), but I guess in a way, Zheng Ma Ma wanted to put all her love onto Sylvia to make up for Xi Ai as well. It made sense even more to what she was saying before that she couldn’t just let go of Sylvia and how she was afraid of Sylvia disappearing. Having given up on her daughter once already, it was too much on her, so she wanted to protect this daughter from harm regardless of method.
    • Graveyard scene. Since I was already bawling with the other scene, I ended up going all out for this one too. Indeed a very moving scene with how Sylvia was blaming herself for Alan’s death. Yet Tian You pulled through again by convincing her to move on.

Others:

  • Zhou Yi Jun as Xiao Jun (小君). Xi Ai’s funny co-worker yet she was quite cute in her own girly way.
    • 200% Desperate. GOD, I tried soooo hard to restrain from attacking Xiao Jun but it was soooo hard. She was so desperate with her attempts that by the time she learned Tian You was in the ‘Angel Lover’ agency and even resorted to blackmailing, I was just about to give up. SO she liked him and whatever, but I hated her method at that moment and really wanted to hit her with something. It was so hard to sympathize with her being so immature. I tried to say that she was a different character yet it was sooo hard.
    • Going to bars and expecting to find true love. Seriously? I’ve heard this one so many times before in real life and also saw them in dramas. Are people that naive?
    • Loneliness is NOT a good excuse. Call me heartless but I don’t see a reason behind trashing yourself to fill that hole in your heart. I do understand she didn’t have proper guidance and had never experienced warmness from her family hence wanting some type of family of her own. But I can’t see the reasoning behind it all with ruining herself like that. And maybe that was why she had to be helped–even if she was just posing as a client to get information (or so she claimed).
    • Compensation. What was admirable about her was how she realized that Tian You was truly an honest person and tried to help her with her problems, so she didn’t sabotage anymore and actually tried to protect Tian You for real (and not because of ulterior motive anymore).
  • Zhang Hao Ming as Batman. Funny guy, but too bad he wasn’t appreciated by that one girl. Her lost actually since he was quite kind-hearted as well. One of Tian You’s co-workers at the park. He didn’t appear later on but I thought he made his own contribution to the drama and that was that.
  • Jack Na as Li Zhong Qiang (李中) aka Qiang Ge (強哥). OMG, I loved him in here. He was just so funny. Not to mention a good senior since he was always looking after Xi Ai despite the fact that he had to scold her sometimes so she would learn to not aggravate their boss. He was just worried for her and all.
  • Huang Jian Wei as Peter. Vivian’s manager. Regardless of his attack on Xi Ai (because he was trying to protect his asset), I felt so bad for him. It was like he was trying hard to come up with reasons to solve the matter but he got yelled at too? She could at least give him credit for NOT abandoning her YET. Besides, didn’t he tell her to be careful? Like it was his fault.
    • OMG! I loved him for the whole ‘skit’ with switching clothes with Tian You. He was protecting his asset after all. BUT that was such a sacrifice when he came out in that outfit.
    • Umm…what? Tian You making fun of him in that outfit? Uncalled for. YES, Tian You was just returning a smart comment because the manager was talking about their company not reliable, but really?
    • He snatched the dried vegetables from Vivian and said it was for him, right? LOL! I sure loved him regardless of his schemes at times. But I didn’t like Tian You’s attack though. Like Tian You wasn’t working for money too. Stop making Peter the evil person when no one forced Vivian into the e-circle. She had a choice. (There were debts, etc BUT she had a choice to choose whichever to do to solve her problems.)  But it was so silly seeing two grown men fighting over the dried veggies bottle, lol.
  • Tao Chuan Zheng as Han Shao Xi’s father. He appeared strict outside and had a lot of expectations but he wasn’t that stubborn to think he was right all the time. He just didn’t know how to express himself to others around him, especially his son.
  • Tang Zhi Wei as  Director Zhang Ying Tai (張永太). Seriously? Like making him a bad guy could bring the others up even more? Maybe I’m biased because I like him and have watched him since ages ago. AND that was so suicidal of him to leak those photos of Vivian. Honestly, all she had to do was leave the e-circle, but him? YES, he was stuck with the public. Really smart. (IDIOT!)
  • Tender Huang as Mai Da Ke (麥大可). Hao Yun’s first boyfriend. I thought he looked familiar when he first appeared. His smile was so familiar. Yet had to look later to make sure. YUP, it was Tender Huang years ago.
  • Deng An Ning as Ding Qing Shui (丁清水). Xiao Jing’s father. The director/producer took it into his hand to enter this role.
  • Debbie Yao as Selina. MARS’ older sister. Another woman who was lost yet through helping Xiao Jing, she found new meaning in her life and moved on.
  • Li Zhi Qi as Lu Wen Jie (陸文傑). Another dude who liked to play with fire. Well, he could come up with whatever reason, but he had to do that? Serves him right for encountering a crazy mistress. And what? He knew MARS? OY! Oh, MARS was his cousin. I swore his ending was so satisfying. Well, he got the assets from the divorce, but he lost everything else. This could be a lesson learned since he totally risked his luck. He listened to his right-hand man YET the dude abandoned him. (I would be running too if I know the situation was bad.) Well, at least now he didn’t have any more pressure, right? (LOL) That was mean, but seriously, he had his choices too, no one forced him so why was he blaming others?
  • Ehlo Huang as the singing Spiderman by the sidewalk that Tian You encountered near the end of episode 40. Ehlo was so cute in that outfit, lol. And singing the main theme, lol. Did Tian You see his shadow in that guy so he handed him the card and gave that little lecture similar to what Yu Tai had told him ages back? LOL! Indeed, it was like what Tian You first thought, filming AVs! LOL! That got Tian You laughing since it was his similar reaction all right, lol. I liked how he kept singing after Tian You left and Jacky’s voice merged in with him. (Of course, the main theme used for the soundtrack had kicked in right now, not Ehlo’s live version right there).

Relationships:

  • The team of “Angel Lover” agency. Just loved how they got together and got so random at times. The meetings were the main purpose yet their interactions just cracked me up every time. I found the part where they were training for Tian You in episode 6 was hilarious. Each one had their own training method and tried to sharpen up his skills for each area and Han Shao was shaking his head, making the comment about him being a narcissist, lol. Not to mention MARS and Sunny’s special training too. OMG, I feel so bad for them. Okay, so MARS seemed like he wanted to kill him more than help. But Sunny? Poor guy. (Were they putting this part in to emphasize Ming Dao’s poor dancing skills? LOL!) AND what about the time after training sessions that they sent him out to the real world, letting him meet all sorts of clients, wanting him to treat them all equal–and help them with their problems, NOT having biases against them whatsoever. He sure had a field day. It was also so funny how Angelina announced they had to help Tian You get into the situation of Sun Jin’s case and MARS was like frowning but Sunny looked all happy–though he soon turned his smile off because of MARS’ threatening glare, lol. To top it, Tian You (late again) walked in at that time, apologizing for his tardiness, and even made a comment about MARS’ bike so Sunny had to restrain him when MARS wanted to jump up, lol. (Of course Tian You was kidding but no one was really laughing–or didn’t dare to laugh because of MARS’ expression.) So funny how Han Shao said it was his “luck” to help Tian You along the way after the initial meeting BUT he looked so reluctant, lol.
  • Ming Dao and Bianca Bai as a couple. They were so funny whether at the beginning bickering or later becoming friends, and eventually a couple. I loved their moments during meal times–whether at their apartment building or at that one Yang Chun noodle stall. It was really fun to watch and see how their relationship changed just from those random talks.
    • Spying on the ‘fake’ mother. Tian You’s good call. Actually, lucky he was around since it was her blind spot after all when it came to her past and her mother. It was mad suspicious with all the coincidences all right, but of course, she needed a reasonable voice to sort it out. The effect was another emotional roller coaster for her (with thinking she found her mother but it wasn’t so) yet it would end the deception plan the other party skillfully laid out. Well, to be fair and not stomp on her completely, Xi Ai still had her stalking skills when they were still in the process of spying and trying to figure out what was going on.
    • She got drunk and forced-kiss him. LOL! That was hilarious and somewhat priceless that she pretended she had forgotten what happened the day before. (And didn’t return his newspaper, lol.)
    • Jealous rants and/or attitude. So funny how he was oozing over Vivian’s photo so she didn’t want him to meddle into her family matters either. AND how he begged Vivian to give some of her gentlenesses to Xi Ai. What was priceless about the whole thing was she heard him so she tossed stuff his way. Then there was the whole thing with her moods being killed when he brought up topics about Vivian again when they were in the middle of their ‘noodle’ dinner.
    • Borrowing Salt. SO funny how he played on her weakness and said she would get fat if she lay there. YET she resorted by daring him to say it once more and even said that she wasn’t home, lol. One can answer when one wasn’t home? LOL!
    • Tian You’s attacks regarding Vivian. I really wanted to hit him too. SO he didn’t understand Xi Ai’s exact job AND she didn’t understand his either–YET wouldn’t that put them on the same ground? Why was he jumping ahead like that when she was already in a bad mood? Like worrying about matters that she shouldn’t have at all. I want to see a freaking apology from him later on this when he finally found out how ‘pure’ and ‘godlike’ his ‘angel’ was. AND why the hell was he holding her responsible for the whole thing with Vivian having to face her mother? What the heck? YES, I definitely want an apology after this OR else. BUT I was so glad that Xi Ai fought back and left the scene since it was too much for her to endure JUST because he wanted to speak up for his ‘angel’. At least she wasn’t a doormat, taking in all his attacks and didn’t do anything.
    • The confrontation at Vivian’s press conference. DARN, I never enjoyed anything so much. Lucky Xi Ai didn’t just feel all sad and tuned out on them all. I loved how her character didn’t back down like that. Who was scolding her for lying and being despicable earlier? (Well, he was talking about the whole newspaper place YET he might as well be talking about her too.) YET too bad it was short-lived since he attacked her right back with the ‘camera’ comment. ARRRRGGGG, I’m getting pissed off (obviously). He needs to apologize major time later OR else. AND her jealousy forced her to jump back up for questions. (Poor Qiang Ge who got shove though, lol. Or was that a stomp on his toes? Ugh…they just don’t pay him enough.) GRRRRR…failed again, since of course, everyone knew the whole “I Love You” thing. I guess jealousy made her moves less witty than previously. OMG, Xi Ai was really committing suicide with wanting Vivian to kiss Tian You. Wouldn’t that work against her? YUP, jealousy was really clouding her brain up.
    • Xi Ai’s celebration regarding Qiang Ge’s explanation about Tian You was just a smoke bomb. It was so cute to see that she was all celebrating with that smile.
    • Forgiven Point. Tian You reacted so abruptly when he realized Xi Ai had caught him kissing Vivian. Well, Vivian was kissing him to make it looked like they were having a secret get together. YET I sort of forgive him because of how he had gotten out of the car after Xi Ai ran away. And Vivian’s words about ‘nothing to worry about now’ couldn’t be more ironic, especially when Tian You had to clarify stuff with Xi Ai later. That haunting look from Xi Ai when she was wandering around and Qiang Ge caught up to her was really sad. (I swear Bianca totally knew what she was doing to capture that moment so accurately. It wasn’t all about the music either. Though the music helped as well.)
    • The confrontation backstage. Snappy all right, but it was so funny how he was asking about why she was there and she said she was there to do her “paparazzi” duties. And the fact that he looked sad when she left after saying that they didn’t know each other and had never known each other before (to Vivian’s question) made me forgive him even more. AND what was priceless was he chose not to clarify his relationship with Xi Ai to Vivian BUT had somewhat tried to explain to Xi Ai that it was a complicated situation. Perhaps this case had gotten him into realizing his feelings for Xi Ai? (OR I’m just reading too much.)
    • The meetup at the noodles stall. Okay, I’m a sucker for it, but I guess all was forgiven because he looked so happy when he spotted her sitting there eating noodles. AND the best part was him not minding her sarcastic responses. OMG, he tried to explain to her about the parking lot incident. NICE…Seeing him trying to explain BUT not expose too much about their work–OR not really know how to explain his job–was too priceless. YUP, he definitely liked her at this point, if not, why would he waste so much time to explain to her?
    • The confrontation with Vivian. This was when Vivian was asking how Tian You knew her mother was blind and he said he read it in the magazine with the article Xi Ai had worked on. She kept asking and even told him to stay away from Xi Ai or they both would be exposed. NICE that he kept dodging the question and didn’t clarify his relationship with Xi Ai to Vivian.
    • Bringing the seaweed bags back for Xi Ai. LOL! I never laughed so hard since the last few episodes. OMG, he was that dumb. LOL! So she was getting leftovers? Well, NOT really. But the way he explained, it sounded like they (he and Vivian) bought too much hence just disposing the rest to Xi Ai. LOL! YET he left the bag on her doorknob anyway.
    • Xi Ai caught Tian You and Vivian singing and playing with the leaf (as an umbrella). Of course, she had to make up an excuse that she was working and not spying. But the sadness on both of their faces was unmistakable. It was like he wanted to explain but couldn’t. And she just walked away like that.
    • Text message of concern. I had a gut feeling it was to Xi Ai when he sent it since it wasn’t that clear on the screen on his side. When she checked her message on the phone, it was confirmed. The devastated look she had on while the editor was asking her to confirm/dissolve the rumors was really, really sad. It was like she wasn’t disappointed because they didn’t have a cover story, BUT it was for her own situation–like her last hope got extinguished already. Then even the editor was worried for her since he had said that every time he said one sentence, she would respond with ten but now she was just acting like that? (YUP, usually she would dish out her own witty responses to get back at him.)
    • Excuse to go home. SO funny how Tian You was saying his flowers needed watering but it was an excuse to get home and look for Xi Ai. He looked sooo happy when he heard Xi Ai’s voice ordering noodles. And I didn’t mind him getting upset when she was saying that she just wanted a story (or something like that since she was paparazzi). Since he was actually disappointed that she wasn’t worried for him. Then she didn’t answer either when he confronted her about not texting him when she returned to Taipei.
    • The reunion after the argument with Vivian. Sure was priceless for Xi Ai, but she wasn’t so cruel either, wanting to invite him to noodles so he would feel better. I guess he was really clueless on matters since she had to spell it out for him that she hadn’t written anything at all regarding him–though she had proof. AND too bad they couldn’t eat noodles together since it was Thursday (and he had to go stalk Han Shao’s father).
    • Their little celebration on the roof. YES, they were back at it again like old times. But it was so cute with his promise to read her articles and she promised to continue writing even if only one reader existed. YET he retorted by saying if her magazine place didn’t close down already. So funny how their banter just kept bouncing back and forth.
    • The followup of the promised meal. They were cute at the noodle stall eating like that. Finally, he got to fulfill his wish. SO funny with his toasts to her, except for the last one, which triggered her major time. YET it was so funny with their argument, so childish.
    • Losing keys. OMG, was he trying to help her or insult her? Well, it was true that she always lost her keys. YET did he have to point it out so obviously? LOL!
    • Another ‘jealousy’ round. The joke was on her when she found out Xiao Jun was at Tian You’s place. Darn, look at her all worked up though he had told her not to drink like that or she would choke. (And she sort of did.) Well, he wanted to bring Xi Ai to the movies too SO it wasn’t like he had forgotten about her. Also, he had asked about her when she left to Xiao Jun. Then he finally realized what Xiao Jun meant when she said only the two of them would go to the movies.
    • “I’m not hungry.” Tian You’s countdown was so accurate with her coming out in seconds, lol. DARN, it got to the important moment and then Xiao Jun called. It wasn’t the first time their happy mealtime got interrupted, but still. He was going to ask her out, right?
    • Xi Ai caught him hugging Hao Yun at the noodle stall. Okay, the boss saw her first and then looked worried YET it wasn’t his place to say so he didn’t say anything. But Tian You was in for deep. He could always explain it was a ‘congratulations’ hug, which it was. But how would he get her to believe?
    • Xi Ai’s crazy sticky note messages. LOL! That was too much all right. It could get so scary when she was jealous. BUT the funniest thing was her snatching all of it off the door when he actually returned and startled her, lol.
    • Tian You tried out MARS’ mantra and other instructions. OMG, that was sooo funny. He actually went home and tried out the technique that MARS taught Hao Yun. AND he was really in deep, lol. He imagined the whole scene! That was mad funny. The cell phone interrupted his dream, lol. (And coincidentally it was some credit card company again, lol.)
    • Tian You and Xi Ai’s talk at night–and matchmaking. YUP, this was after helping Hao Yun see the light. What was funny was how they were talking about Hao Yun and Xing Fu and the two sneezed each time their names were mentioned, lol. OMG, that was so cute, them making plans to get Hao Yun and Xing Fu together. The craziest thing was they messed it up between exits 3 and 5, LOL! AND yelling at each other would help? LOL! They still argued after the other two got together already? Well, they didn’t know but it was so funny. Back to being childish again.
    • Giving roses. Darn, Tian You was in for good. Not only did he give Xi Ai the roses that his client couldn’t take (’cause she was allergic), but also had to pose exactly like the ‘man’ whom the other victims were describing. He put his foot in his mouth, LOL! Someone didn’t want it and he even admitted? She snuck out and got it anyway (after shoving it back to him and he placed it by her door)? LOL! YUP, she definitely wanted the flowers yet was pretending. He caught her red-handed when the magazine fell off to reveal the roses! (LOL)
    • Angel Lover card. YUP, he lost his own card so had to make up an excuse to go into her apartment and search. YET it wasn’t around anymore. DARN. But I guess it was the next case so it would need to be resolved or would cause more harm for others and more misunderstanding between their own agency and the flaky one.
    • Spying on Tian You. Yup, I knew she would do it sooner or later because she had suspected him. Can’t blame her since they had similar goals after all, but one was of deceptive intent while the other was just to help others stand up for themselves, etc.
    • Misunderstandings, confrontations, and whatnot. It sure got serious all right. It made sense though since he didn’t realize she suspected him of it, considering how he was just on his way to buy a necklace for her. AND yup, it was definitely hard for him to say things from his heart than just the usual teasing. Of course it was harder with her fierce attitude, lol. Could that be considered a semi-confession and a somewhat subtle acknowledgment? And a loose, sparse date? (LOL)
    • First Date. OMG, he made her climb in that outfit and that high heels? LOL! What a guy. But it was so funny how he triggered her by saying she was a ‘rich girl’ that can’t tolerate hardship, lol.
    • Investigating Henry. YAY, Tian You finally have to admit that reporters/paparazzi are very useful at a time like this, lol.
    • Dancing with Cinderella. What? LOL! That was so random but funny. She made him go change just for that dance? LOL! The funniest thing was he came back with the jacket on but not the rest of the suit. They started laughing all of a sudden? I thought they would get into the mood and start to say all those mushy things. YET the sudden laugh made them more like themselves than suddenly turning all mushy, lol. Awww…Xiao Jun so ruined the moment for them. OY! Oh well, later…
    • Xi Ai’s dream turning into real. OY! That was too exaggerated but of course, it didn’t go far from Xi Ai’s creative imaginations and her usual rash behaviors and overly jealous attitude.
    • Discovery and apology. All hell broke loose and Tian You finally had to tell her everything. I felt that part was nicely done. Not overboard or exaggerated at all. With them talking from their apartments and him finally letting out his true feeling.
    • The second dance. She wasn’t wearing anything too fancy this time yet he kept to the code and wore somewhat of a suit, lol. Just like old times indeed. Their embarrassed look when Xiao Jun caught them was so funny and cute.
    • Waking Xi Ai up for work. That was so cute! Or that was just me, lol. Awww…he made breakfast and brought it over, romantic style too, lol.
    • Late for dinner. OMG, I so didn’t see it coming. She pulled a trick on him with her attitude. Two hours and she got bored? Typical Xi Ai. Yet she wasn’t that unreasonable. It was so funny seeing his expression though. I thought she would go all paranoid again–even after knowing his job. Yet it wasn’t so. PHEW! And wait, I thought she was scared of getting fat, why was she eating so much? LOL! Major jogging and exercising later to make up for that large dinner, lol. Awww…she didn’t want him to change just because of her (even when he offered to quit his job). That was great though since I thought they both acknowledged the issues that had to do with their timing and how she wasn’t so unreasonable like that (as said before). Their random laughter, those were the best, always managed to dissolve the somewhat hectic atmosphere.
    • No time for dating. Awww…that was sad. I was looking forward to another cute date. Oh well…
    • Rushed back to accompany her. Awww…I can’t stop using the ‘cute’ with their interactions. She tried not to let him worried by making up stuff about going out with Xiao Jun and doing shopping, etc. YET he found out.
    • Older women/younger men relationship is the current trends. OMG, didn’t see that one coming. But of course, Xi Ai was full of surprises. It was so funny seeing him all annoyed when he told her his concerns and she just joked about it. LOL! But that was so nuts, asking him what did he think about her and he had to be so honest, talking about her features like that. So they were back to being two little kids again.
    • Romantic dinner. Okay, I thought it was romantic since it only had to be feelings and moods AND not as much as those ‘actual setting’. They were eating dumplings and talking about girls’ shopping frenzy. It was so cool he got to consult with her about his cases now, no more hiding stuff and trying to get by. And she was feeding him…awww… (OKAY, getting carried away again, but couldn’t help it.) and he did the same a minute later (or so).
    • Begging for a vacation. OMG, the finale was priceless. He was in second grade back then? He played on her jealousy! That was so funny!
    • Vacation Time. They were acting like two little kids running around, lol. OMG, that was priceless with their conversation when they were in the girls’ room. (Tian You: There’s a monkey outside! Xi Ai: The monkey’s inside! Tian You: Really? Both Xia Ai and MARS started laughing, lol. YUP, Tian You’s the monkey.) MARS had to coax Tian You out of there since he was laying on Xi Ai’s bed? LOL! And they were at it again, out and about like two little kids. But Xi Ai was so considerate and understanding, wanting Tian You to talk to Shu Yun Jie while she lured MARS away for taking pictures elsewhere. They were writing down their wishes at the wishing tree and Tian You yelled “Don’t get fat” in Xi Ai’s direction, hinting at her wish. (LOL) Arguing over the wishes? Awww… And picking on Xi Ai’s pigging out habits again. NICE…
    • Hospital Scene. OMG, I thought it was going to be amnesia. I swore I was so scared they were going toward that path when Xi Ai got hit and all. It wasn’t so unreasonable since the doctor said she had a concussion and was still unconscious, it would eventually lead to that formula. YET it didn’t! PHEW! That was indeed touching and the reason why I was still even watching and still found them addicting to watch was how she didn’t get mad at him for missing her birthday or yelling at him for putting others in front of her. (It would make sense if she did confront him but it made her different from other whiny girls because she didn’t care for technicalities so much.) She actually only cared about his touching words. AND she played a trick on him even during that time, lol, since she woke up a while ago already.
    • First Date Location. NICE…she got him back for that one time he was saying about his ‘first vacation with the girl he liked’. LOL! He sure got stirred up, lol. Awww…he pretended not to know about her birthday, lol. But he backed out of the ‘present’ part. She had to take the initiative. That was so cute. Not too much that it got overly dramatic.
    • Going to the GBA. LOL! She always managed to make me laugh out of nowhere, lol. Well, he dressed so nice so that just strike her curiosity. Anyway, she said she remembered the incident and said that he stole the thermos, LOL! NICE…her interrogation about his whereabouts and what he was doing at the bar, casing the joint and then…man, her tone was just priceless. LOL! OMG, this was getting better and better. She decided to come with him! LOL! OMG, no one should even watch this part at night! Xi Ai as a guy was quite exaggerated, LOL! He told her not to get the suit dirty since Angelina gave it to him, lol. Yup, the other girl found her out since she paused after ‘handsome’ and finished with a flat ‘men’, lol. NICE…Tian You’s question was another one of his ‘genius’ moments, lol. Getting crazier, Xi Ai was playing like mad with the girls while Tian You was sitting there being worried? LOL! They’ve gone overboard, more Xi Ai than him, hence Angelina having to come to the rescue.
    • Bringing her breakfast part 2. I don’t know. Again, sucker for every single moment they spend together–whether doing random things or discussing a serious topic. It was kind of funny of how she said her job was so stressful writing all those articles YET still got scolded by her editor, and then he jumped in to remind her that the ‘hostess’ job wasn’t easy as it seemed. Like he thought she would switch jobs or something, lol.
    • Xi Ai actually working at the bar. OMG, I should’ve seen it coming BUT NO, I got deceived again, lol. YUP, they would run into each other eventually, but I wouldn’t even guess at the restroom, lol. The trip home was hilarious! SAD for him but he had to balance her and drive at the same time.
    • The ‘S’ situation. OMG, awkward all-around all right. Tian You was cleaning the restroom and he was coughing at the same time, LOL! Like Xi Ai was going to sacrifice herself just for some lousy report she had to turn in, but that was so funny when Xi Ai was talking to Feng Jie.
    • Tian You jealous! Okay, so he had his jealous moments in the past. But I think this one topped it since he was going bananas with her dressing style and how Feng Jie kept saying she should dress like that every day. AND indeed he exploded when he saw the other guy trying to kiss Xi Ai. His pissed off mode was so cute though, lol.
    • Tacit understanding. I love this about relationships the most. It’s not easily developed. But over time, some couples would click so well that it’s like they finish each other’s sentence and a perfect example of their case was when Xi Ai said she could tend to Tang Tang on her own but asked him to do one thing, he got it. Well, it wasn’t hard to get it, considering the situation. But it was like showing their understanding without having to say it like some other relationships out there.
    • Failed backpacking trip. Awww….looking at him all sad when she went on and on about her senior and his many trips. Then later when he went to ask Angelina regarding that ‘senior’, Angelina was having a kick out of it since she was saying how Tian You was afraid Xi Ai wasn’t only leaving her job.
    • Jealous monster. It was so funny and cute. I was glad she wasn’t all clueless when he wasn’t himself, and when she finally got it, it got funnier. She knew he was jealous and explaining to him, even teasing him about how he loved to get ‘jealous’, lol.
    • The hug after a long day. I felt it was long overdue, considering how hectic the situation was.
    • Another jealous round. I lost count, but that was funny how she was knocking on his door and calling him furiously to wake up yet he returned from somewhere. He didn’t want to come because of her senior? OY. She coaxed him by saying that he was her boyfriend, lol. AND even asked if he didn’t want to be anymore, lol. That was cute.
    • Fighting over what to eat. Man, I felt like it was getting back to the normal days, almost, lol. They were talking about Zheng Ma Ma’s situation but ended up talking about going to eat and were fighting over what food to eat. Those were the days really.
    • The big fight. OMG, I knew the storm was coming with the accumulating intensity bit by bit. It would be too unrealistic that they don’t acknowledge the major issues in their lives yet it was so sad seeing how they were saying those words to one another. Tian You couldn’t be blamed totally for his insecurity yet I found that he became a typical man with a big ego. Or was that more realistic than making him too good? With her background and his clashing like that, they would have the ‘fight’ one day. Yet I guess better now than later? Xi Ai’s response was awesome though. I know Tian You didn’t want to hold her back (which was what he said), but I was a tad disappointed that he didn’t fight harder. He showed attitude when the other guy was joking about not pursuing Xi Ai earlier (at the get together at the Li resident that one time), but now? Again, it probably was him not wanting to hold her back with chasing her dreams. But that was it? He didn’t want to hear her side of it but just assumed away? I guess the scriptwriters were making up for all the parts where we’d seen Xi Ai misunderstanding at the beginning and walking around all devastated. It was his time to be vulnerable, right? Then I forgive him again because of his rant to Sylvia about how he was actually feeling, etc. I don’t know, I’m such a sucker for it because he actually said it out in that way, even a slight complaint would do and not act like “too good” and “too giving” on the surface though it was masking for his own insecurities. (I just needed to hear it from him instead of the whole coverup with other dramas trying to say ‘wow, what a good guy’, etc.–though it was just masking up all the other flaws by coming up with other lame reasons.)
    • “I don’t want you to go.” Okay, major confession: I actually cried. NOT kidding. That was so touching. The fact that Xi Ai kept ignoring him or was quite passive until he asked if she really had to go made all the difference. It was really obvious that she really cared about him (like she had said). When he actually let all his feelings out and admitted that he was scared and how the world was a really big place, it made him the lovable, down to earth Tian You once again. NOT that I wanted him to be absolutely perfect, but it made his character consistent with how he’d been honest and open about his feelings throughout the stories. He wasn’t ashamed to admit his fears and vulnerabilities. It also reminded me of his conversation with Xi Ai after she found out he was working for Angelina and how they talked through the wall of their apartments.
    • The talk at the countryside after she calmed down regarding her mother’s situation. I knew it was coming when he sort of jokingly asked about how she didn’t need anyone by her side, etc. (The hug was mad cute like always.) Anyway, what I meant was I’d seen the goodbye scene coming in his eyes as they sat down on the grass field. And at first, I was wondering why he said that she was a dove, but then his explanation made sense.
    • Departure scene at her apartment. It was obvious she was trying so hard to keep it under wraps with her past histories of goodbyes, etc. Yet that goodbye hug and the quick kiss said it all. And the somewhat reluctant with him kept pulling her back for the proper goodbye and how she was avoiding eye contact. It was like if she had lingered or looked at him, she would not be able to go. BUT her return beat it all since when he heard the doorbell, he immediately jumped to open it, expecting her. Then she jumped in and hugged him, crying out that she didn’t want to go, etc. OMG, that was so them all right. (Okay, that sent me crying again. Darn, I sound like a crybaby now, especially since the last two episodes.)
  • Ming Dao and Alex To as a team. GOSH, it was just so hilarious. Almost like watching a tennis match between them. Tian You have no idea what Yu Tai was trying to do YET he often opposed. Well, he knew, but he just didn’t agree. Just funny how he kept arguing with Yu Tai yet continued to eat the man’s food–among other things. Always priceless when Yu Tai brought the debt situation out to blackmail Tian You, lol. OR try to reduce the amount to lure Tian You in. Then the part where Tian You was working at the gas station (or was it a car wash place?), dressing up as a panda and Yu Tai went to find him, making him attempting to run and bumping into the wall. Having Yu Tai calling him “Pan Pan” was so funny. (Kind of cute nickname though.) Too bad their team had to end when Yu Tai/Michael had to leave. But he passed on the record-keeping duties to Tian You.
  • TAE and Ix Shen as buddies. They were my two favorites as a team in here. Totally opposites but balanced each other out. And loved how they sent secret signals to one another at times, especially when Angelina was narrating about Sun Jin’s background. So funny how they did a fist-bump when MARS was saying how Sun Jin might commit suicide if she saw Tian You in the Spiderman outfit. (Of course, it was sad with shooting Tian You down but it was indeed funny that they thought the same thing–or at least Sunny found him funny.) OMG, really don’t want to go on and on, but couldn’t help it, MARS was looking at Sunny when Tian You was asking if he was really that of a failure that they had to help him with the start of the case. YES, of course, they were both amused that Tian You had to ask.
  • Alex To and Coco Jiang as a couple. At first, I didn’t think much since I was watching along with how they were part of the team, working together. I didn’t mind if they got together and thought they would. Yet when their story unfolded more and more, it was really sad and it made me feel so unwilling to see their separation process spinning itself into being–without her even knowing it at first. And the song Forgotten playing in the background didn’t help either. To take it into serious consideration, Alex and Coco’s chemistry wasn’t bad at all.
  • Ming Dao and Remus Kam as a team. Well, after Yu Tai left, I guess Tian You had no choice but to be stuck with Han Shao’s training. I thought he was only with Tian You for initial training and the first case. But now he was in the picture more often so I like to focus more on the discussion as well. They were actually a funny team since Han Shao was a young master after all and had his attitude versus Tian You’s country boy type of image. They sure drove each other nuts with conflicting beliefs. Yet I guess they do make the best of it for the sake of the case. AND because Han Shao said he messed up the case so he had to help Tian You cover everything. And how funny that Tian You kept going on and on about what his grandma said and Han Shao was saying how it was already late, his grandma needed to rest too, lol.
    • The nagging of a father. I guess in a way, Tian You was around to possibly help mend the relationship between Han Shao and his father. What he did differently was just passing along his grandma’s words and his own experience so Han Shao could relate to, knowing that they were in the same situation with having been nagged by their fathers numerous times already.
  • Bianca Bai and Zhou Yi Jun as friends. At first, I was slightly amused with Xiao Jun’s constant rants about her beauty tips and girly side. Yet as the story progressed, she helped Xi Ai a lot with finding information, especially with her mother. And even covered up for Xi Ai regarding things. I think Xi Ai really owe it to her with the ‘Tian You scam’ situation since she got scolded by their editor for not having sharp eyes. (But she wasn’t as clueless at her personality seemed to project at times since she got the message from Xi Ai when Xi Ai denied knowing such a rich person as Tian You.) That was funny how Xiao Jun was saying Tian You pretended to be poor so he could get close to Xi Ai (because he likes her). Wild theories all right! Yet they had to figure out something. And I don’t blame Xiao Jun for moving in on Tian You. Come on now, it was only realistic, who wouldn’t be curious about some handsome, rich guy–especially when you seemed to know him previously? I must admit I was slightly annoyed with her moving in on Tian You so abruptly. But I actually sort of forgave her because she wanted to include Xi Ai with the movie date too–after realizing Xi Ai was left alone without a boyfriend hence not wanting to be siding ‘man over friendship’. Kind of admirable though she was too happy when there was no ‘light bulb’ around. At least she tried.
  • Tao Chuan Zheng and Remus Kam as father and son. I swear I was quite annoyed by Han Shao’s attitude toward his father at times. YES, I do get it that he had suppressed his feelings since little because he had no control over his life hence the reactions now. YET I’m just sick and tired of this type of plot so I was getting impatient. Like seriously, if it wasn’t for his father’s hard work, would he be able to wander around to do whatever right now? It’s SAD, but it’s the truth. Like money’s all that easy to earn. BUT I soon realized why he was so against his father.
    • Misunderstanding on the affair thing. YES, it happens that lonely old men tend to go out for affairs, etc. YET it wasn’t so in this case and Han Shao had misunderstood major time. Perhaps he thought that was the reason his mom left hence contributing to his annoyance toward his father?
    • Buying butter biscuits. That was hilarious with the father pretending not to care while Han Shan was pretending to read the newspaper but was listening in. The father got pissed because Han Shao was picking on his choice of the store? LOL! YET it was Han Shao’s way of showing his happiness and letting his father care for him. Lucky Yang Ma interpreted that for the old man. OY, this pair of father and son could be so stubborn.
    • Their joint performance at the Riverside Music Cafe. A really moving moment. I guess music does transcend all barriers.
  • Ming Dao and Ix Shen as a team. YES, they had to switch back and forth at times. They were quite cool together actually. I thought MARS wouldn’t be able to tolerate Tian You but they got along fine. I guess it was for the best of their client so they had to cooperate. Yet it wasn’t like they couldn’t talk to one another smoothly. It was a matter of getting to know one another through time.
    • Borrowing the Vespa in exchange for the motorcycle. POOR MARS. Had to sacrifice so much. And he had to deal with Tian You’s rants, lol. Man, MARS had to give up his helmet too? LOL! NOPE, MARS didn’t give in. He already had to bite his tongue (NOT really) to let Tian You take his bike for a while. No way was he surrendering the cool helmet too. OMG, the Vespa got knocked down by the bullies AND MARS was laughing, lol. Well, he had to because of all the pain Tian You caused him previously, lol.
  • Ix Shen and Li Jia Ying. I didn’t think much at first since it was part of a small story and how she was supposed to be their client so I thought it was just another case of helping her to look toward the positive or strike some confidence to enjoy life, which was before I found out about the sick thing. Yet their relationship touched on other matters as well, making MARS realize it wasn’t that simple. He had unknowingly gotten involved too deeply–though he had never imagined it before because he was somewhat annoyed with her attitude at first, which could only sum up as tolerance for the sake of the job.

Funny Moments:

  • Tian You and Yu Tai interactions. YES, already put their bond above but feel like I need to list it again for its comedic elements.
  • Xi Ai and the chief editor. OMG, I cracked up so hard when he talked to her. She drove him insane with her unwillingness to do stuff just ’cause she didn’t find it interesting. Then how he was the boss so she would have to continue listening since she would want to advance toward having a section that would have more meaning to her job. I couldn’t stop laughing at those moments. One of those parts was when he wanted to bang his head on the glass wall because she was asking him for the address of this one place. LOL! This could top Tian You and Yu Tai moments, lol. It was that crazy yet so priceless at times. He slammed the magazine with a corpse as a cover down at her desk when she was eating? NICE… No wonder she lost her appetite. And he shoved Xi Ai out of the way when Xi Ai and Xiao Jun were out eating at this one place? LOL! He scolded them for still having time to eat and chat when he had to run around like a dog? (Well, he implied it.) Then what was funnier was how he ordered a similar dish as Xiao Jun but was told it was all gone already, lol.
  • Wang Jie rules! OMG! I just love her. YES, being a gangster boss, of course, she had to be fierce. I couldn’t believe Tian You would encounter her again. Yet the scene with her coming to Tian You’s rescue was a followup to her promise previously.
  • The chief editor and Qiang Ge spying on Xi Ai and Angelina. That was sooo funny when Xi Ai opened the door of the conference room and the other two men just practically fell inside since they were like leaning on the door to eavesdrop.
  • Xi Ai caught the chief editor in one of the rooms. OMG, I thought Tian You would have a run-in with Xi Ai first since they were close by, etc and would soon bump into each other. BUT noooo, it was so funny seeing him dancing like that, and he turned around and saw Xi Ai. He still dared to say before that he would never go to a bar? LOL! (WELL, it was obvious he was lying since people would cover up their personal matters, but so funny seeing him being caught red-handed like that.)
  • The Return of Wang Jie! LOL! I thought her scenes were over yet it made sense for her to get involved during Tang Tang and Zhan Ge’s case. It was hilarious how Tian You thought the red substance on Wang Jie’s hand was blood, LOL!

Surprises:

  • Angelina and Xi Ai were sisters. Well, half-sisters. We know this by episode 8. Not much of a surprise since if paid attention carefully, it could be deciphered. Okay, so they have common last names and it wasn’t like anyone with common last names would be related. But more like in dramas, it always meant some sort of relation.
  • Bao Sheng was actually the person responsible for the whole trouble with the ‘City of Hope’ years ago. What? Man, was I lost. I thought it was Xi Ai and Angelina’s father for sure since he looked so regretful of what he’d done. YET he was just feeling pain for what happened to the victims. Okay, so I know that those things with how the person in charge of the project could pull a fast one for the money YET I was convinced that the scriptwriters were saying that even Xi Ai and Angelina’s father had some skeletons in his closet. YET he was only partially responsible (aka putting that one dude in charge). And I was glad that he volunteered to go and apologize to each and every one of those for his past wrongdoings. Well, it didn’t help much since all those who had died couldn’t return anyway, but at least it gave them a different story into the whole thing.
  • Zheng Ma Ma was Xi Ai’s mother. OMG! I realized it at the beginning of episode 39 when Tian You was talking about Xi Ai to Zheng Ma Ma when Zheng Ma Ma was asking if they had fought, etc. I should’ve seen the dots connecting with how she had returned from Australia. (Didn’t one of the info earlier said Chen Shu Mi went to Australia? Or at least one of them.) When Zheng Ma Ma reacted a bit when she heard about Xi Ai’s name, etc that she told Tian You to take Sylvia for a walk, etc. I thought Xi Ai would learn to accept her current family and the whole searching for her mother would still be unknown. (NOT too unrealistic since it take people a long time to search for someone OR not at all in their lives yet they still have to move on.)
  • Tian You’s grandma appeared. I thought they would still keep her in the dark, lol. Like letting Tian You representing her and quoting her all the time. Yet she made an appearance and also sent Xi Ai off. Indeed she sounded so like how Tian You had quoted her all along, lol.

Other Likes:

  • Soundtrack. It was hard not to include it since it contributed a lot to the show, whether fun, uplifting moments, or really touching scenes. With Jacky, Ehlo, and Ming Dao, it seemed less crowded but still worked out well with the parts where they harmonized. But the song Forgotten, I like the live version they performed this one time on Channel V more since Jacky had to take over some of the major parts at the beginning. YES, I’m biased, but it sounds so good like that. Not only were the songs used memorable but also the background music that accompanied the drama throughout. It also made me miss the old days of VJ creating great music. They still are, but I’m not really listening to the artists who they are composing for at the moment. Hope to enjoy more in the future.
  • Mystery. Though the majority of the stories in here were about people who got hurt in past relationships, I liked the whole discovery process and all that followed.
  • Tian You’s grandma’s many enlightened messages. I loved them throughout. It even helped me think differently about situations.
  • LIKING SOMEONE IS LIKING WHO THEY ARE, NOT HOW MUCH THEY COULD DO FOR YOU. Yes, I had to put it in caps. This was said to Tian You by Angelina in episode 38 while she was trying to tell him how he shouldn’t look down on himself just because of this one instance (of not knowing first or what he could do, etc–like comparing himself to Xi Ai’s senior). Many other dramas made it like a game or a contest or whatever else you call it. Always someone doing a bunch of things for the other person BEFORE he/she was touched and they eventually got together. YET this one, the fact that Angelina’s character said it out loud regarding how it wasn’t about ‘what one could do’ made all the difference. That was why I needed to put it in caps. It was like ‘do you like someone’ kind of thing or ‘do you want to use them’. At least that was what I always thought. Liking someone for who they are is different from liking what they have to bring to the table. (Isn’t that sounding more like what you do in a job?) I always thought liking someone was about feelings, NOT about what kind of showoff someone was (NOT that I’m hinting that regarding Xi Ai’s senior BUT just saying in general since I was glad the senior followed through with his curiosity and saved them in time). That was also why I get so irked when even the viewers kept fighting over why some characters did so much for someone else YET didn’t get the main girl/guy or whoever in some triangle.

Anti-moments:

  • Xi Ai’s senior. At first, I thought he was quite cool. YET later I found him super annoying. Seriously, it wasn’t about Xi Ai’s dreams at all. BUT more like if he was able to coax her into going, he would have a chance with her since she would be going to a faraway place and unfamiliar environment so she needed to rely on him–at least he had experiences with going and doing travel stuff. That was what it seemed like to me AND it wasn’t about siding with Tian You either. He had implied many times that he wanted to watch the moonlight with her hence hinting at romance, right? SO it wasn’t like he wanted to help her with advancing her career or fulfilling her dreams YET it was all about him after all. That was why I can’t even see his point in helping Xi Ai versus just helping himself. Why was he calling Tian You selfish when he was just trying to steal someone’s girlfriend? What freaking right did he have in lecturing Tian You? Seriously. I almost thought he was Xi Ai’s husband. IF not, father. IF there was anyone giving Tian You the whole lecture about holding Xi Ai down, it should be her father, NOT him who was just an outsider. I do get it that he was making a lot of sense about how they were still young and Xi Ai should be able to take on opportunities at the current point. BUT if only he hadn’t like Xi Ai, then I would believe him more. AND it wasn’t about not trusting Xi Ai since this would be a good chance to test their (Tian You and Xi Ai’s) relationship, but having the senior poking his nose in and having ulterior motive made it a major turn off with his lectures, etc.

The plot? I liked it because it focused on case-by-case and tried to squeeze their daily life stuff in between within those cases so it wouldn’t appear so draggy. It was a refreshing feeling. And the humor was just about right, making me appreciate it a lot more with the subtle touches here and there. So the ‘angel’ could be considered somewhat of a fantasy side, but the rest of the stories involved all sorts of people with real problems.

For once, I wouldn’t mind a sequel even after 40 episodes. I’m so serious. It was addicting to watch because of its inspirational messages and the stories involved. They still have a lot to develop yet I guess after all these past years, it would be hard to? But they could still get Ehlo back to do part 2 since didn’t Tian You hand him the card? It was like an indication to pass on the job? Or like recruiting him? So it would make sense, and would also be cool to see Ehlo lead for part 2.

Oh yeah, how could I forget the soundtrack? (I placed it above but want to add a bit more.) The addicting soundtrack that played throughout, whether the actual songs or just the tunes. (So funny that they had the poster in the background when Xi Ai was considering things at this one scene in episode 38.) Listening to the soundtrack made me miss 183 Club all over again.

Zhong Wu Yan: Episode 1

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


I knew it! It would’ve started in the ancient time with background info before going into modern time. It was too predictable, considering how they had pulled out a historical figure to base the drama on.

Ming Dao does look like the pervert king all right! (HEY, I like him too but have to say that he does match up with his role, LOL.) Okay, exaggerated much? (But not surprised at all!) Might be a good idea for some people to do background research before diving into watching this IF you’re not familiar with the story. They did use a bunch of ancient languages and/or terms. But of course, they made up a bunch of stuff too so not really a big deal IF you know it or not. But still might be a good idea to search up on it. Now I can see the connections with some characters that might lead up to their roles in the modern world.

Okay, this is the part where everyone wants to kill Ming Dao. At least his character. BUT I just realized that every single story and/or misunderstanding has to have some kind of annoying animal involved to drive the obstacle to the point of irreversible (i.e. the stupid snake in this one). Too late! Qi Xuan has already done the damage to Wu Yan.

Fast forward to the modern time and you have another typical modern drama with the girl being the ‘ugly’ and/or unattractive one AND the guy mega-rich and/or handsome dude who other girls drool over. But of course, they have a great excuse to do that this time, considering how they adapt the whole Zhong Wu Yang legend into this one. (Why am I watching? Hey, just for kicks and I’m watching for some of the cast, LOL.) But I have to say that I love the somewhat ancient music for the main theme and the settings.

This is getting kind of funny. Okay, typical BUT funny since Wu Yan, Wu You, and Zhi Yin are all rushing into the house. AND I thought it was for some special occasion but it was just because they wanted to get ready to celebrate Qi Xuan’s birthday. They even had the birthday hats on while watching the live coverage on TV? That was cute! Obsessed but still cute in a way. Something even funnier, they named the duck after Qi Xuan? Xiao Xuan Xuan? OKAY…

Some things never change all right. Someone was still loving the attention and the girls. On the other hand, Figaro is so cute in that outfit! (LOL) And we can see Wu Yan’s naive like ages before. NOT really her fault in the other situation but this one is a bit unbelievable. But I guess it’s part of the obsession and not wanting to believe Qi Xuan is such a person, etc.

And the girls were really going all the way! LOL! Wearing those attires and singing the birthday song as well? They need to get off their ‘clouds’ soon. But in a way, it was sweet of Yu You and Zhi Yin to follow along with Wu Yan’s routine every single year.

This is priceless! LOL! He thought he got someone! Da Wei’s expression, LOL! And history was really repeating itself since it was the familiar scene of the past with the dance and the whole mysterious thing.

The only scene worth watching in all those chaotic atmosphere. Since it was kind of nice.

Going quite far, aren’t they? Even trying to come up with a name. Oh yeah, they better watch out for Xiao Xuan Xuan! Is the poor duck sneaking away? I knew the duck would get lost. LOL! Kind of lame but funny at the same time that Wu You and Zhi Yin were pointing the flashlights toward each other. They only had to ask, didn’t have to use their hands, LOL. Trying to blind each other before finding Xiao Xuan Xuan? The whole thing with Zhi Yin blurting out ‘Yes, sir!’ reminded me of Rookies’ Diary so much! LOL!

I knew the pervert Qi Xuan would get it big time! Just based on Ying Chun’s expression, it was very obvious she was up to something. He just didn’t see it coming because he was too busy thinking of what would happen if he caught her! He had no idea she had plans of her own! She tossed his clothes into the water! LOL! (Sorry, but it was funny!) Should’ve been smarter than that!

And I saw that coming too since this is just too predictable and coincidental that he should come to the island where the girls reside on. They would bump to one another sooner or later. If Qi Xuan was so worried about his reputation, maybe he shouldn’t have gone that far in striping like that! LOL! He got that coming! Going to a desert island wasn’t going to help ease matters. It’s not so desert as he thought. BUT he was a smooth talker all right. Talked himself right out of that one. It was even easier for him, considering how Wu Yan had a thing for him. After threatening Da Wei and urging him to come to the rescue, Qi Xuan was reverting to his old ways again! Nothing new! If he sees a girl, of course, he has to move in.

Aww…the two kids were so cute! So Wu Yan wasn’t just daydreaming OR being obsessed at all. There was actually a story behind her behaviors. YET that little kind kid had turned out to be a pervert! Oh well, so life goes on! LOL! Okay, that was kind of cute with the hair clip BUT we all know it was Qi Xuan’s way of trying to remember ‘the beauty’ BUT he would be turned off if he found out the truth, considering how vain he is. (AND the hair clip thing reminded me of The Magicians of Love too much, LOL. And the whole being lost on the island and being abandoned reminds me of Legend of Star Apple. OR maybe it’s because Ming Dao was in both so I had to associate it like that.)

Da Wei had to sabotage Qi Xuan! LOL! But he’s right. Like Qi Xuan was ever going to be focused on just one person? Changing? YEAH RIGHT! As soon as Da Wei gave Qi Xuan Ying Chun’s schedule, Qi Xuan was like beyond happy. Yup, Da Wei knew him the best all right. Typical reaction from Qi Xuan again with the whole family thing.

On the other hand, the talk between Wu Yan and her father was more worth watching (as always) since it has to be someone who gets along with their family well, right? Even if the conversation ended up being about Qi Xuan but it was only to distract her father from blaming himself so much.

At least Qi Xuan’s grandma was celebrating his birthday with him. Too bad she didn’t realize that it was him and not his father. Still, she was all heart. Couldn’t deny that. Too bad his old man also prepared a present for him but did not give it to him.

Whoa! Okay, I thought it was ‘human-related’ when it was mentioned BUT this was still serious. All their fishes dying like that. AND I had a gut feeling it had to do with what happened last night. Someone was going to pay YET Wu Yan had no idea it was no one other than the one she trusted. And I rest my case. So much for someone’s attempt to create a romantic atmosphere BUT it actually caused troubles for other people. But it was so funny that Wu Yan’s father still found the time to pick on all the grammatical errors on the papers. (Wu You and her husband were so funny as well!)

And Wu Yan finally unveiled the truth! Too bad. But I have a feeling she still believes in him. It would be hard to get rid of past good thoughts of him though. NOT until she actually knows what else he’s capable of. (Honestly, I don’t want to keep associating to Ming Dao’s other dramas but that yellow car seriously reminds me of his vehicle in ‘The Magicians of Love’.)

Fake to no end, seriously. But I guess those girls deserve to be deceived too since they’re so vain. To make it even funnier, he had no idea which one his father’s office was? LOL!

Da Wei had such vivid imaginations. Honestly, what was he thinking? But can’t blame him, considering the type of words Wu Yan was using.

Finally, Wu Yan knew the grown-up Qi Xuan now. Poor Da Wei, had to keep signaling to Qi Xuan to shut up but it was too late! Poor Wu Yan. Though she found out what kind of person he is, she did not deserve those cruel words.

Previews show that Qi Xuan isn’t that type of person, a typical route to go but there’s still other things to look forward to. Chris Wu hasn’t appeared yet. Wonder when.

The first episode garnered 2.70 in ratings, leading over the currently airing dramas. My thoughts? It’s expected to have cliche parts so I am not as confident if it would still stay on top for next week. However, I honestly want it to surprise me further, considering how some of the cast is not bad and their portrayal thus far is making the story flow well–even the villains.

*All images were captured by DTLCT