Falling

One of the most depressing dramas ever yet captured different elements of life so vividly. And for the record, I didn’t watch this because it got nominated for the Golden Bell Awards and then eventually won some. I was trying to watch it for Esther yet had to put aside because of my busy schedule.

Main Cast:

  • Jade Chou (周幼婷) as Liu Li Ping (劉立平). Mixed feelings. Not because she was at times too passive. I understood why she was so passive at times versus others. She kept having to take care of everyone and not get any appreciation and it seemed like it was her duty to do it or something, such as taking care of her brother’s family too. (Like she had said at various points in here.) But the actual reason for mixed feelings was how she didn’t confront some parties and gave in too easily to them. Or maybe I was missing the point. She did eventually had some meltdown, like the part with confronting her ex. Yet I guess it made sense because it was how she was. What I felt really disturbing though was the part where she didn’t react to her brother-in-law’s advances right away BUT waited longer. What she said made me feel unease as well, like how good her sister treated her so she shouldn’t do that to her sister. (Was she implying if her sister was cruel to her, she was willing to help her bro-in-law cheat? OY, I’m missing the point again but I just felt it was too creepy with that dude.) Anyway, what I felt really sad was how the parents thought Li Ping was a guy SO despite possible death, the mother still wanted Li Ping, and it wasn’t until they realized she was a girl that hope failed. Like really? If they had known she was a girl at the beginning, would they still have her? Just saying.
  • Esther Liu as Ji Er (吉兒). A totally different character for Esther. Probably a breakout role for her even. The reason why I say ‘breakout role’ was because it completely veered from her typically cutesy roles or the klutzy ones that she often portrayed with the usual idol dramas. She portrayed an independent, career woman who really knew what she wanted and how to enjoy life. A surprise performance from Esther and it showed she had gone a long way. I’m not saying that because she won ‘Best Supporting Actress’ for the role since I actually finished watching this before the ‘Golden Bell Awards’ took place. It was just that I haven’t gotten a chance to finish the review until now.
  • Jag Huang (黃健瑋) as Xu Hao Yuan (徐浩遠). At first, I was really annoyed with him in thinking that Ji Er must have met someone else hence her change of attitude with him, etc. However, I soon understood why his mind was sooo one-tracked. Because he was so busy spying on Ji Er and trying to get through her by interacting with Li Ping online, he learned a lot about Ji Er and even about himself. Not only that but also to appreciate what his mother did for him, not just the typical because she was his mother but he actually understood and sympathize with her by seeing it through someone else’s eyes, considering how he realized all the women in Li Ping’s lives were suffering through different trials and events. Jag was actually quite impressive in this role. He really brought out the character well with the uncertainties and weaknesses, and then eventually not so lost anymore in the end.

Others:

  • Fan Li Li (潘麗麗) as Liao Jin Gui (廖金貴). Li Ping’s mother. I’m not a fan of tough love BECAUSE the more people yell, it would make me even more depressed. SO when the mother opened her mouth with her cruel words or yelling, I just wanted to plain fast-forward BUT didn’t. I don’t know. I swear, there are times for being honest/straight-forward about things (like giving feedbacks so people improve) BUT if you care, please act like it! She just made me feel even more discouraged and wonder why Li Ping was still taking it all in. It felt like it was just because she was the mother so Li Ping had to fulfill her filial duties and that was it. I couldn’t feel the bond though I guess I was missing the point again. Though I complained like insane about this, indeed it portrayed real-life situations versus how we see more supportive family members in those fun/comedic idol dramas.
  • Tong Xiu Juan (童秀娟) as Lin Fu Zhen (林富珍). Li Ping’s sister-in-law. I swore I just wanted to smack her at one point or another whenever she appeared. Her family was supposedly taking care of themselves yet they always complain about being neglected? Seriously? Indeed, another realistic portrayal of a typical ‘family’ situation but still…
  • Chen Ying Jie (陳盈潔) as Hao Yuan’s mother (浩遠媽媽). Mixed feelings. What I felt was weird was how she approached Ji Er’s parents and talked about super intimate situations with Ji Er’s mother. That seemed WAY off. Seriously, do people talk about that in real life? At least I have never seen strangers talk about such delicate situations before, only close friends.
  • Huang Lian Yu (黃連煜) as Liu Tian Fa (劉添發). Li Ping’s father. SO NOT a fan of him since he was the typical old-fashioned person who thought of stomping down on others to prove himself as the head of the household or something. Well, okay, it seemed extreme of my words since, after all, it seemed he did care for Li Ping (or so the plot tried to show at some point), but some of his words and ordering others around made me feel like he was just trying to stomp on others. Or maybe it was another one of those ‘tough love’ situations that will always be lost on me. Seriously, if you mean something, act like it, NOT do the opposite and expect others to understand.
  • Shen Chang Hong (沈昶宏) as Liu Zhen Bao (劉振寶). Spoiled brat! Typical since he was the only boy of the house.
  • Ma Nian Xian (馬念先) as Liu Li Zhi (劉立智). Li Ping’s brother. I swear he was so annoying. Okay, I got it that they were family and I felt it was kind of touching that Li Ping was covering for him at the beginning. Yet later, it seemed really stupid that he expected Li Ping to return home so they could have peace AND others could get off his back and that he and his wife could have peace, etc. It was really dumb. Like Li Ping said, why did it seem like it was her duty to be their slaves? (Not in those exact words but along those lines.)
  • Zhou Heng Yin (周姮吟) as Liu Xu Fang (劉旭芳). Li Ping’s sister. I don’t even know what to say about her anymore, even though I did have a lot to think about when I was watching. The only thing I want to say is I was glad she was able to start over at the end. She was finally able to let go. It was hard not to.
  • Wang Dao Nan (王道南) as Li Ping’s brother-in-law. I just wanted to throw up (NOT in my mouth since I couldn’t even get that expression because it’s just too gross to even imagine) when he appeared. A typical fake person whom others think of him as the ‘good’ person yet there was so much more underneath. Even Li Ping’s parents think that he was the ‘model’ person while Li Ping’s sister was in the wrong.
  • Zhou Qun Da (周群達) as Zhang Lu Huai (張鹿淮). A teacher, Li Ping’s crush at one point. Too bad it didn’t happen. But I guess that was how life was. Can’t force it since it was not a typical fairytale story but more like showing different people you meet in life and sometimes there were misunderstandings through actions or words used.
  • Long Chen Han (隆宸翰) as Qu Cheng Min (曲成民). Li Ping’s ex-boyfriend. I don’t know what to say about him except too bad. Whatever. He was there to show a painful past that Li Ping had.
  • Michael Chang (張少懷) as Li Ping’s arranged marriage candidate. At first, I felt he was a dork. Yeah, mean but maybe it was because of the bias filter with the parents forcing Li Ping to go meet the candidates, etc. Yet later when the pressure was off, I was able to see him in a different light. He really had his own views and was brave to pursue his goals. Even if he didn’t know how at first, with only being exposed to those books, he kept trying and finally succeeded. Michael is indeed a very good actor, very convincing in the clueless moments as well as the confident one later on. I really enjoyed his random friendship with Li Ping throughout.
  • Wang Mon Ling (王夢麟) as Ji Er’s father. At first, I thought he was weird with his lurking in the distance at times. But later, I realized he was quite enlightened with his words. He was actually the key to Hao Yuan’s decision to break it off and let go of Ji Er at the end (ironically). He made Hao Yuan realized what was wrong right from the start. (Like how Hao Yuan said he wanted to please both sides–his mother and Ji Er–and kept fearing that they would be unhappy hence, in the end, he was the one suffering with so many uncertainties.)
  • Bao Zheng Fang (鮑正芳) as Ji Er’s mother. Enjoyed watching some of her moments. Just some scenes here and there but enough.

I was surprised that this drama received so much attention from the GBA and earned 8 nominations–with 4 wins. Because honestly, after what happened for a while, it seemed that the popular dramas usually snatch up awards. This year was indeed a big year for PTS. Well deserved too. Anyway, back to this drama, it’s NOT for everyone since there are a disclaimer and parental guidance/caution sign at the beginning. It’s also not a typical fairytale drama but it’s more based on real life situations and how people deal with it. There are even more delicate issues being addressed. Whether we like it or not, these things exist. It was well crafted and portrayed throughout. Even if it was disturbing at one point or another but it sure hit the nail on the head with some of the stories, major or minor.

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Golden Bell Awards 2013: Winners

I know, I know. I’m way late with posting up results. But I had to wait until I actually have time or try to squeeze in some watching here and there before I could post this up–instead of just copying and pasting stuff from other sites. Anyway, those of you who have watched or read news know who won. (Go here to read about more exciting updates from the pros! LOL!) Again, like last year, I’m posting results by the order it was announced (except for variety shows, etc).

Best Film Editing – Presenters: Megan Lai and Leroy Yang:
Chen Zhen Guo (陳振國) – 3 Flowers’ Natural Haircut (三朵花純理髮)
Gao Ming Sheng (高鳴晟) – The Busy Young Psychic (神算)
Huang Guan Jun (黃冠鈞) – Record Standpoint – A Rolling Stone (紀錄觀點—築巢人)
Wen Ming Long (溫明龍) – Home (回家)
Fan Qiu Yan (潘秋燕) – The Cursed Mere (陂塘)

Best Cinematography – Presenters: Megan Lai and Leroy Yang:
Li Xue Zhu (李學主) – Discovery – Dajia River (DaAi TV)
Lin Jun Yang (林君陽) – 3 Flowers’ Natural Haircut (三朵花純理髮) (PTS’ Life Story Collection)
Fu Shi Ying (傅士英) – Midsummer Night Prefectural City (仲夏夜府城)
Liao Jing Yao (廖敬堯) – Katang Kids (南風。六堆 喀噠大作戰)
Liu Zhi Yi (劉志益) – MTV Taiwan Documentary (MIT台灣誌)

Best Marketing Program – Presenters: Megan Lai and Leroy Yang:
Two Fathers (2個爸爸) (SETTV)
Falling (含苞欲墜的每一天) (PTS)
Flavor of Life (含笑食堂) (SETTV)
KO One Return (終極一班2) (GTV)
An Innocent Mistake (罪美麗) (TTV)

Best Supporting Actress – Mini-series/ Tele-movies – Presenters: Na Dou (納豆) and Selina Ren:
Mariko Okubo (大久保麻梨子) – Substitute For Love (愛情替聲)
Debbie Yao (姚黛瑋) – Sweet Recipe of Happiness (幸福蜜方) (PTS’ Life Story Collection)
Lu Yi Ching (陸弈靜) – Radiance of Heng Sheng (光明恆生) (DaAi TV)
Huang Cai Yi (黃采儀) – Life Is Shit (臺北八個人) (PTS’ Life Story Collection)
Tan Ai Zhen (譚艾珍) – A Di Zi, Do You Know? (阿弟仔,知道不知道)

Best Lighting:
Wu Ming De (吳明德) – National Treasure In Focus (對焦國寶) (PTS)
Xu Shi Ming (許世明) – The Cursed Mere (陂塘)
Zhuang Hong Yu (莊弘裕) – Sunlight Paradise (日光天堂)
Cheng Wei Zhong (程韋中) – Substitute For Love (愛情替聲
Zhong Qiong Ting (鍾瓊婷) – 3 Flowers’ Natural Haircut (三朵花純理髮)

Best Sound Editing:
Wu Jia Li, Lin Chuan Zhi, Jian Shu Huan, and Huang Shan Liang (吳嘉莉、林傳智、簡淑歡、許勝雄、荒山亮) – Flavor of Life (含笑食堂)
Chen An Ru, Yu Zheng Xian, and Zhang Rong Yi (陳安如、余政憲、張榮倚) – Midsummer Night Prefectural City (仲夏夜府城)
Huang Nian Yong, Zheng Wei Zhi, and Zhang Rong Yi (黃年永、鄭維芝、張榮倚) – Katang Kids (南風。六堆 喀噠大作戰)
Yang Yi Xuan, Shen Sheng De, and Xu Yi Hong (楊以瑄、沈聖德、許一鴻) – The Busy Young Psychic (神算)
Deng Mao Zi, Gao You Feng, Suo Ji Chang, Luo Yi Juan, and Li Ai Xuan (鄧茂茲、高友峰、鎖際昌、羅怡娟、李艾璇) – Traversal 101 (穿越101)

Best Art and Design:
Lin Pei Chen (林沛辰) – An Innocent Mistake (罪美麗)
Ke Qing Mei (柯青每) – Midsummer Night Prefectural City (仲夏夜府城)
Xu Ying Guang and Zhao Shu Yin (許英光、趙舒音) – Home (回家)
Zheng Jia Wei (鄭嘉偉) – Traversal 101 (穿越101)
Lai Yong Kun (賴勇坤) – 3 Flowers’ Natural Haircut (三朵花純理髮)

Best Screenwriter/ Script – Tele-movies – Presenters: Kingone Wang and Jade Chou:
Chen Jia Min (陳佳敏) – The Will to Power (權力過程)
Chen Guan Ting and Huang Jing Zu (陳冠廷、黃靖祖) – The 31st Sign (第三十一首籤)
Huang Ying Min and Lv Deng Gui (黃英珉、呂登貴) – Katang Kids (南風。六堆 喀噠大作戰) (Hakka TV)
Lei Xiao Ci (雷孝慈) – That Day, Mom Came To See Me (那天媽媽來看我)
Liao Shi Han and Shi Hong Ru (廖士涵、施虹如) – Midsummer Night Prefectural City (仲夏夜府城)

Best Supporting Actor – Mini-series/ Tele-movies – Presenters: Kingone Wang and Jade Chou:
Wu Ding Qian (吳定謙) – The 31st Sign (第三十一首籤)
Li Tao (李滔) – A Di Zi, Do You Know? (阿弟仔,知道不知道)
Vince Kao (高英軒) – A Complete Life (双全)
Chen Mu Yi (陳慕義) – The Will to Power (權力過程)
Tang Zhi Wei (湯志偉) – The Will to Power (權力過程)

Best Leading Actress – Min-series/ Tele-movies – Presenters: Kingone Wang and Jade Chou:
Yin Xin (尹馨) – The Will to Power (權力過程)
Bai Bing Bing (白冰冰) – That Day, Mom Came To See Me (那天媽媽來看我)
Zhu Zhi Ying (朱芷瑩) – Sunlight Paradise (日光天堂) (Hakka TV)
Yu Pei Zhen (余佩真) – The Busy Young Psychic (神算) (PTS’ Student Life Story Collection)
Yang Xiao Li (楊小黎) – Substitute For Love (愛情替聲)

Best Director – Mini-series/ Tele-movies – Presenters: Long Shao Hua and Miao Ke Li:
Wang Chuan Zong (王傳宗) – A Di Zi, Do You Know? (阿弟仔,知道不知道)
Zhu Jia Lin (朱家麟) – Traversal 101 (穿越101)
Xin Jian Zong (辛建宗) – Substitute For Love (愛情替聲
Fan Yang Zhong (范揚仲) – The Will to Power (權力過程)
Zeng Xin Ying (曾馨瑩) – The 31st Sign (第三十一首籤)

Best Mini-series/ Tele-movies – Presenters: Long Shao Hua and Miao Ke Li:
PTS’ Life Story Collection – Midsummer Night Prefectural City (仲夏夜府城)
Traversal 101 (穿越101) (PTS)
PTS’ Life Story Collection – The 31st Sign (第三十一首籤)
PTS’ Life Story Collection – Substitute For Love (愛情替聲)
PTS’ Life Story Collection – The Will to Power (權力過程)

Best Leading Actor – Mini-series/ Tele-movies – Presenter: Miao Ke Li:
Tai Bao (太保) – The Best Thing (最好的一件事) (PTS’ Student Life Story Collection)
Wang Mon Ling (王夢麟) – A Di Zi, Do You Know? (阿弟仔,知道不知道) (PTS’ Life Story Collection)
Liang Xiu Shen (梁修身) – The Will to Power (權力過程)
Bi Xiao Hai (畢曉海) – Fresh Meatball (鮮肉餅) (PTS’ Student Life Story Collection)
Long Shao Hua (龍劭華) – La Ba Hong’s Song of Grief and Joy (喇叭宏的悲喜曲) (PTS’ Life Story Collection)

Best Supporting Actor – Drama – Presenters: James Wen and Janel Tsai:
Chen Bo Zheng (陳博正) – Sweet Sweet Bodyguard (剩女保鏢) (SETTV)
Li Li Ren (李李仁) – Home (回家)
Li Chen Xiang (李辰翔) – End of Innocence (死了一個國中生之後)
Lin Zong Ren (林宗仁) – Love in the Wind (你是春風我是雨) (GTV)
Zhang Shao Huai(張少懷) – Falling (含苞欲墜的每一天)

Best Supporting Actress – Drama – Presenters: James Wen and Janel Tsai:
Xiao Xun (小薰) – Love Me Or Leave Me (我租了一個情人) (TTV)
Lv Xue Feng (呂雪鳳) – Flavor of Life (含笑食堂)
Yang Ke Fan (楊可凡) – Flavor of Life (含笑食堂)
Ge Lei (葛蕾) – Home (回家)
Esther Liu (劉品言) – Falling (含苞欲墜的每一天)

Best Screenwriter/ Script – Drama – Presenters: Winnie Qu and Amber Kuo:
Xu Yu Ting, Wu Yi Ran, Xie Bing Xun, He Yao Xian, and Li Wan Rong (徐譽庭、吳怡然、謝秉勳、何曜先、李婉榕) – An Innocent Mistake (罪美麗)
Huang Shi Ming, Liu Wei Ci, Zeng Xian Zhang, and Liu Rui Xuan (黃世鳴、劉瑋慈、曾顯章、劉蕊瑄) – Home (回家)
Huang Yu Jia (黃雨佳) – End of Innocence (死了一個國中生之後)
Ye Dan Qing, Yan Yi Fan, Lin Jia Hui, and Xi Qin (葉丹青、顏一帆、林佳慧、楊靚姝、嬉勤) – Flavor of Life (含笑食堂)
Wen Yu Fang (溫郁芳) – Falling (含苞欲墜的每一天)

Best Director – Drama – Presenters: Winnie Qu and Amber Kuo:
Wang Ming Tai (王明台) – Falling (含苞欲墜的每一天)
Lin Zi Ping (林子平) – Home (回家)
Zhang Jin Rong (張晉榮) – The Cursed Mere (陂塘) (Hakka TV)
Ye Tian Lun (葉天倫) – Flavor of Life (含笑食堂)
You Zhi Wei, Gao Bing Quan, Guo Chun Hui, and Zhang Jia Xian (游智煒、高炳權、郭春暉、張佳賢) – The Late Night Shop (小站)

Best Leading Actress – Drama – Presenters: Tia Li and Puff Guo:
Ding Ye Tian (丁也恬) – My Summer Adventure (阿婆的夏令營) (Hakka TV)
Jade Chou (周幼婷) – Falling (含苞欲墜的每一天)
Lin Chen Xi (林辰唏) – An Innocent Mistake (罪美麗)
Miao Ke Li (苗可麗) – Flavor of Life (含笑食堂)
Nikki Hsieh (謝欣穎) – Die Sterntaler (白色之戀) (CTV)

Best Leading Actor – Drama – Presenters: Chen Bo Lin and Sonia Sui:
Vic Chou (周渝民) – Home (回家)
Lin Jia Wei (林嘉瑋) – End of Innocence (死了一個國中生之後)
Morning Mo (莫子儀) – An Innocent Mistake (罪美麗)
Jag Huang (黃健瑋) – Falling (含苞欲墜的每一天)
Long Shao Hua (龍劭華) – Flavor of Life (含笑食堂)

Best Dramas – Presenters: Chen Bo Lin and Sonia Sui:
Home (回家) (CTS)
Falling (含苞欲墜的每一天) (PTS)
Flavor of Life (含笑食堂) (SETTV)
End of Innocence (死了一個國中生之後) (Hakka TV)
An Innocent Mistake (罪美麗) (TTV)

Wow! Congrats to all winners! It was fun to watch. But what I enjoyed was the unpredictable winners versus last year’s repetitive trends. I’m not acting like a sore loser about last year. But I felt this year have more variety with winners versus last year’s one take all so it was a bit boring on that front.

*All information were translated and verified by DTLCT.

Golden Bell Awards 2013: Nominations List

Another year gone by and here we are again, talking about the Golden Bell Awards. Again, I’m not going to translate some of the variety shows, etc because it’s too much of a headache for me.

Best Dramas:
Home (回家) (CTS)
Falling (含苞欲墜的每一天) (PTS)
Flavor of Life (含笑食堂) (SETTV)
End of Innocence (死了一個國中生之後) (Hakka TV)
An Innocent Mistake (罪美麗) (TTV)

Best Mini-series/ Tele-movies:
PTS’ Life Story Collection – Midsummer Night Prefectural City (仲夏夜府城)
Traversal 101 (穿越101) (PTS)
PTS’ Life Story Collection – The 31st Sign (第三十一首籤)
PTS’ Life Story Collection – Substitute For Love (愛情替聲)
PTS’ Life Story Collection – The Will to Power (權力過程)

Best Leading Actor – Drama:
Vic Chou (周渝民) – Home (回家)
Lin Jia Wei (林嘉瑋) – End of Innocence (死了一個國中生之後)
Morning Mo (莫子儀) – An Innocent Mistake (罪美麗)
Jag Huang (黃健瑋) – Falling (含苞欲墜的每一天)
Long Shao Hua (龍劭華) – Flavor of Life (含笑食堂)

Best Leading Actress – Drama:
Ding Ye Tian (丁也恬) – My Summer Adventure (阿婆的夏令營) (Hakka TV)
Jade Chou (周幼婷) – Falling (含苞欲墜的每一天)
Lin Chen Xi (林辰唏) – An Innocent Mistake (罪美麗)
Miao Ke Li (苗可麗) – Flavor of Life (含笑食堂)
Nikki Hsieh (謝欣穎) – Die Sterntaler (白色之戀) (CTV)

Best Supporting Actor – Drama:
Chen Bo Zheng (陳博正) – Sweet Sweet Bodyguard (剩女保鏢) (SETTV)
Li Li Ren (李李仁) – Home (回家)
Li Chen Xiang (李辰翔) – End of Innocence (死了一個國中生之後)
Lin Zong Ren (林宗仁) – Love in the Wind (你是春風我是雨) (GTV)
Zhang Shao Huai(張少懷) – Falling (含苞欲墜的每一天)

Best Supporting Actress – Drama:
Xiao Xun (小薰) – Love Me Or Leave Me (我租了一個情人) (TTV)
Lv Xue Feng (呂雪鳳) – Flavor of Life (含笑食堂)
Yang Ke Fan (楊可凡) – Flavor of Life (含笑食堂)
Ge Lei (葛蕾) – Home (回家)
Esther Liu (劉品言) – Falling (含苞欲墜的每一天)

Best Director – Drama:
Wang Ming Tai (王明台) – Falling (含苞欲墜的每一天)
Lin Zi Ping (林子平) – Home (回家)
Zhang Jin Rong (張晉榮) – The Cursed Mere (陂塘) (Hakka TV)
Ye Tian Lun (葉天倫) – Flavor of Life (含笑食堂)
You Zhi Wei, Gao Bing Quan, Guo Chun Hui, and Zhang Jia Xian (游智煒、高炳權、郭春暉、張佳賢) – The Late Night Shop (小站)

Best Screenwriter/ Script – Drama:
Xu Yu Ting, Wu Yi Ran, Xie Bing Xun, He Yao Xian, and Li Wan Rong (徐譽庭、吳怡然、謝秉勳、何曜先、李婉榕) – An Innocent Mistake (罪美麗)
Huang Shi Ming, Liu Wei Ci, Zeng Xian Zhang, and Liu Rui Xuan (黃世鳴、劉瑋慈、曾顯章、劉蕊瑄) – Home (回家)
Huang Yu Jia (黃雨佳) – End of Innocence (死了一個國中生之後)
Ye Dan Qing, Yan Yi Fan, Lin Jia Hui, and Xi Qin (葉丹青、顏一帆、林佳慧、楊靚姝、嬉勤) – Flavor of Life (含笑食堂)
Wen Yu Fang (溫郁芳) – Falling (含苞欲墜的每一天)

Best Leading Actor – Mini-series/ Tele-movies:
Tai Bao (太保) – The Best Thing (最好的一件事) (PTS’ Student Life Story Collection)
Wang Mon Ling (王夢麟) – A Di Zi, Do You Know? (阿弟仔,知道不知道) (PTS’ Life Story Collection)
Liang Xiu Shen (梁修身) – The Will to Power (權力過程)
Bi Xiao Hai (畢曉海) – Fresh Meatball (鮮肉餅) (PTS’ Student Life Story Collection)
Long Shao Hua (龍劭華) – La Ba Hong’s Song of Grief and Joy (喇叭宏的悲喜曲) (PTS’ Life Story Collection)

Best Leading Actress – Min-series/ Tele-movies:
Yin Xin (尹馨) – The Will to Power (權力過程)
Bai Bing Bing (白冰冰) – That Day, Mom Came To See Me (那天媽媽來看我)
Zhu Zhi Ying (朱芷瑩) – Sunlight Paradise (日光天堂) (Hakka TV)
Yu Pei Zhen (余佩真) – The Busy Young Psychic (神算) (PTS’ Student Life Story Collection)
Yang Xiao Li (楊小黎) – Substitute For Love (愛情替聲)

Best Supporting Actor – Mini-series/ Tele-movies:
Wu Ding Qian (吳定謙) – The 31st Sign (第三十一首籤)
Li Tao (李滔) – A Di Zi, Do You Know? (阿弟仔,知道不知道)
Vince Kao (高英軒) – A Complete Life (双全)
Chen Mu Yi (陳慕義) – The Will to Power (權力過程)
Tang Zhi Wei (湯志偉) – The Will to Power (權力過程)

Best Supporting Actress – Mini-series/ Tele-movies:
Mariko Okubo (大久保麻梨子) – Substitute For Love (愛情替聲)
Debbie Yao (姚黛瑋) – Sweet Recipe of Happiness (幸福蜜方) (PTS’ Life Story Collection)
Lu Yi Ching (陸弈靜) – Radiance of Heng Sheng (光明恆生) (DaAi TV)
Huang Cai Yi (黃采儀) – Life Is Shit (臺北八個人) (PTS’ Life Story Collection)
Tan Ai Zhen (譚艾珍) – A Di Zi, Do You Know? (阿弟仔,知道不知道)

Best Director – Mini-series/ Tele-movies:
Wang Chuan Zong (王傳宗) – A Di Zi, Do You Know? (阿弟仔,知道不知道)
Zhu Jia Lin (朱家麟) – Traversal 101 (穿越101)
Xin Jian Zong (辛建宗) – Substitute For Love (愛情替聲
Fan Yang Zhong (范揚仲) – The Will to Power (權力過程)
Zeng Xin Ying (曾馨瑩) – The 31st Sign (第三十一首籤)

Best Screenwriter/ Script – Tele-movies:
Chen Jia Min (陳佳敏) – The Will to Power (權力過程)
Chen Guan Ting and Huang Jing Zu (陳冠廷、黃靖祖) – The 31st Sign (第三十一首籤)
Huang Ying Min and Lv Deng Gui (黃英珉、呂登貴) – Katang Kids (南風。六堆 喀噠大作戰) (Hakka TV)
Lei Xiao Ci (雷孝慈) – That Day, Mom Came To See Me (那天媽媽來看我)
Liao Shi Han and Shi Hong Ru (廖士涵、施虹如) – Midsummer Night Prefectural City (仲夏夜府城)

Best Cinematography:
Li Xue Zhu (李學主) – Discovery – Dajia River (DaAi TV)
Lin Jun Yang (林君陽) – 3 Flowers’ Natural Haircut (三朵花純理髮) (PTS’ Life Story Collection)
Fu Shi Ying (傅士英) – Midsummer Night Prefectural City (仲夏夜府城)
Liao Jing Yao (廖敬堯) – Katang Kids (南風。六堆 喀噠大作戰)
Liu Zhi Yi (劉志益) – MTV Taiwan Documentary (MIT台灣誌)

Best Film Editing:
Chen Zhen Guo (陳振國) – 3 Flowers’ Natural Haircut (三朵花純理髮)
Gao Ming Sheng (高鳴晟) – The Busy Young Psychic (神算)
Huang Guan Jun (黃冠鈞) – Record Standpoint – A Rolling Stone (紀錄觀點—築巢人)
Wen Ming Long (溫明龍) – Home (回家)
Fan Qiu Yan (潘秋燕) – The Cursed Mere (陂塘)

Best Sound Editing:
Wu Jia Li, Lin Chuan Zhi, Jian Shu Huan, and Huang Shan Liang (吳嘉莉、林傳智、簡淑歡、許勝雄、荒山亮) – Flavor of Life (含笑食堂)
Chen An Ru, Yu Zheng Xian, and Zhang Rong Yi (陳安如、余政憲、張榮倚) – Midsummer Night Prefectural City (仲夏夜府城)
Huang Nian Yong, Zheng Wei Zhi, and Zhang Rong Yi (黃年永、鄭維芝、張榮倚) – Katang Kids (南風。六堆 喀噠大作戰)
Yang Yi Xuan, Shen Sheng De, and Xu Yi Hong (楊以瑄、沈聖德、許一鴻) – The Busy Young Psychic (神算)
Deng Mao Zi, Gao You Feng, Suo Ji Chang, Luo Yi Juan, and Li Ai Xuan (鄧茂茲、高友峰、鎖際昌、羅怡娟、李艾璇) – Traversal 101 (穿越101)

Best Lighting:
Wu Ming De (吳明德) – National Treasure In Focus (對焦國寶) (PTS)
Xu Shi Ming (許世明) – The Cursed Mere (陂塘)
Zhuang Hong Yu (莊弘裕) – Sunlight Paradise (日光天堂)
Cheng Wei Zhong (程韋中) – Substitute For Love (愛情替聲
Zhong Qiong Ting (鍾瓊婷) – 3 Flowers’ Natural Haircut (三朵花純理髮)

Best Art and Design:
Lin Pei Chen (林沛辰) – An Innocent Mistake (罪美麗)
Ke Qing Mei (柯青每) – Midsummer Night Prefectural City (仲夏夜府城)
Xu Ying Guang and Zhao Shu Yin (許英光、趙舒音) – Home (回家)
Zheng Jia Wei (鄭嘉偉) – Traversal 101 (穿越101)
Lai Yong Kun (賴勇坤) – 3 Flowers’ Natural Haircut (三朵花純理髮)

Best Marketing Program:
Two Fathers (2個爸爸) (SETTV)
Falling (含苞欲墜的每一天) (PTS)
Flavor of Life (含笑食堂) (SETTV)
KO One Return (終極一班2) (GTV)
An Innocent Mistake (罪美麗) (TTV)

*All information was translated and verified by DTLCT.

Endless Love: Line 15

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

They cheated again but not some random scene, just that they were several minutes more over with repeating the previous episode’s ending scene. It’s okay though. Last episode so they needed more time to stretch the last episode. To get some things out of the way, Xin Jie got the message from Min Shuo and rushed in to talk to Jing Hao, pouring her hearts out, etc.

As for Min Shuo, he couldn’t stand it anymore after some hesitation and reconsideration. During one of the walks with Rui En, he couldn’t stand how she kept saying that Jing Hao was despicable and was only thinking of money. Not to mention how her father wanted them to get married. Though he really wanted to be with Rui En, I guess after what he’d seen Jing Hao sacrificing for Rui En, he had to say it. His conscience wouldn’t let him? ‘Cause before, he had thought Jing Hao was the bad guy too, but after that little conspiracy, he’d seen to understand Jing Hao more. He told Rui En what really happened so they went to the hospital to see Jing Hao but found his bed empty. That was when they went to the company to ask for words of Jing Hao. NoQ volunteered to go with Rui En and Min Shuo to Jing Hao’s place to find him gone.

Meanwhile, Xin Jie was seen having a meeting with her mother. She finally got the courage to sever her ties with her mother and fight for her own freedom. She was leaving and was also seeking legal help so her mother wouldn’t and couldn’t control her anymore. The mother totally lost this time yet I don’t pity her because Xin Jie never learned or received any love from her so how could Xin Jie give it back?

Min Shuo managed to persuade Rui En to head home and think up of a new plan. One of Kun Ge’s henchman approached them and gave them a package. It was specifically for Rui En, an answer to his strange comment the other day when they were captured and then released. What was inside was an old fashion recorder. It was compact but effective because it held all the evidence to which Rui En’s father had confessed to Kun Ge as to why he’d done so much these past years. The crime of Rui En’s father did not extend from the accident he’d caused toward Jing Hao’s mother. That was really an accident, and he couldn’t really be blamed. Yet what made the whole thing despicable was kidnapping Jing Hao’s father and hiding him all these years so Jing Hao and Rui En wouldn’t get married. Song Wan Ji’s reason for sabotaging the marriage was that he feared Rui En would suffer after they married because Jing Hao might abuse her or do other things to her because of what her father did–just for revenge. Yet he had miscalculated and things had gone haywire. If he hadn’t mess with Kun Ge, he would’ve succeeded. Yet the truth must be revealed after all, right?

The confrontation between Rui En and her father was really emotional. Her father’s image was completely ruined in her heart. It wasn’t just about choosing the one she loved and her father, but about ruining Jing Hao’s family’s life and then eventually causing grief for them all. Things had gone out of control and he hadn’t expected some of the dramas. But he was the driving force of the whole thing. I felt Sandrine did extremely well at that scene. She doesn’t cry pretty, she never did. But that was what made it so emotional and more realistic. After that confrontation, she left the place–with Min Shuo and NoQ chasing after her.

With so much happening and how she couldn’t find Jing Hao anymore, it was hard to blame her for breaking down completely. Everything in her life was a big joke, especially how her father was such a person. I think what she said was true though, by doing all those, he only loved himself and not her because hadn’t she suffered so much too? Min Shuo took over and encouraged her on, not wanting her to give up after hearing her devastated rant.

After disappearing for days, Xin Jie finally appeared again and even contacted them. First Min Shuo and then the others to inform them about the wedding, wanting them to come and give their blessings to the two–her and Jing Hao that was. NoQ wanted to break the phone yet it was Xue Zhe’s, LOL! NoQ said the screen of Xue Zhe’s phone was bigger? LOL!

What got even funnier was how NoQ and the gym owner were arguing over whether NoQ should sabotage the wedding or not. Yet they ended up killing each (not really but were just reacting too strongly) because NoQ was saying the gym owner wasn’t any better off than him–appearance-wise–and that the gym owner looked like a gorilla. Man, that was priceless! One of the scenes worth laughing over. They were too cute and hilarious. Something to ease off the tension with?

The wedding finally arrived and most of the key characters were there to attend the wedding. Though some were reluctant, just wanting to see some type of show or maybe voiced their objection like NoQ. Possible. Yet Min Shuo was looking all relaxed when he came with Rui En? Was he changing back to a character where he was thinking about his own happiness? Kind of impossible since he’d made quite an effort to help Rui En. Or was that another point-scoring scheme? Before anyone else could figure it out, Rui En was pulled away by Xin Jie to the dressing room. Xin Jie wanted Rui En to help her with something, which we do not know yet–not quite.

The ceremony soon started and Jing Hao was forced to play the game with the application they created to ensure that the person he was marrying would be his fated other half. Jing Hao, we know, had tossed his phone toward Kun Ge during that one confrontation so he didn’t have his anymore. Kun Ge soon reached into his pocket and fetch it for him, tossing the phone to him. So they were ready. No detection or reaction from the software at first while they waited. Jing Hao said the application was only made to seek for a dating partner, it didn’t have anything to do with marriage. But before he could say further, his phone finally responded and it was successful. He and his bride to be was indeed fated to be together.

The big surprise everyone hadn’t known about was that the bride to be was Rui En, not Xin Jie. Jing Hao was confused and so were some of the parties who had arrived to witness the wedding. Xin Jie soon appeared to explain that she had dumped Jing Hao because the application said he wasn’t suitable for her hence allowing him to be with his destined person, which was Rui En. That meant that Xin Jie was in on that conspiracy with Min Shuo when they met up that one time. He’d planned everything with her to the point of making sure everyone got together and attended the wedding that day. After learning those few details, NoQ raised his hand up to say that he had no objections, lol. As of the others, of course, they had no objections as to Jing Hao and Rui En’s marriage. One of the funniest responses was Kun Ge’s 800% support and that he announced their application had succeeded with its purpose. (Great time for advertising their product, eh? LOL!) Yet Jing Hao, himself, objected. What? Weird, eh? But he repeated his words by saying the application they created only proved to find a match for dating, not marriage. He wanted to ask others to give him their blessing instead, specifically Min Shuo. Min Shuo took up the role and asked Jing Hao to tell them how much he loved Rui En before he could give his blessings. So Jing Hao took up the challenge and told everyone present about their story.

After Jing Hao’s recounts, Xue Zhe continued with the usual questions between the bride and groom. Rui En replied ‘I do’ before Xue Zhe was finished while Jing Hao told Xue Zhe to shut up. That sort of scared him (and possibly the guests) but Jing Hao soon told Xue Zhe to finish up with the ceremony and that if anyone was objecting, he would kill them. (LOL!)  Rui En could finally smile and joke with Jing Hao naturally–like once upon a time. The funniest was seeing how hard she hugged him that his wound got affected by the force, which she didn’t care since she declared she didn’t want to let go of him again. Funny that everyone was yelling for them to kiss–and Jing Hao responded by saying like he needed them to say it. Yup, a happy ending indeed.

Some of the things near the ending were a bit rushed yet we could guess that Xin Jie had seen what was going on or at least realized some of the things after what happened so she decided to give up? Then there was Min Shuo finally understanding what type of person Jing Hao really was, so of course, he had no objection. Not to mention how small he must have felt to misunderstand Jing Hao and how much Jing Hao could sacrifice for Rui En. So he got together with Xin Jie and planned it up to the wedding. (I want to take this opportunity to praise Lin Yo Wei again. I seriously, seriously had underestimated him. Yes, I’m making up for past wrongs with scolding him and not even going back to change some comments ’cause I wanted it to reflect my emotions while watching those parts. Now, I just want to say that he seriously brought out his character well with unwilling to lose, to the point that he could resort to some other means, causing grief to others and himself. Then the genuine, concern look, later on, was totally convincing, not the arrogant, fake pitiful look anymore.) As for Song Wan Ji? Anyone felt he got it too easy after that emotional confrontation with Rui En? I did, but after watching the ending, I guess there was no other way. What else could he do, right? If the others had already forgiven him, then that was that. They could move on. Or more like if he didn’t want to lose his daughter, then he should go forth with helping them. Kun Ge was a key character in revealing everything, because if he hadn’t exposed Song Wan Ji then Jing Hao and Rui En could never be together. What I don’t get though was, wasn’t Jing Hao’s father missing like before Jing Hao told Song Wan Ji that Song Wan Ji was the one who ruined his family by running over his mother? So it didn’t make sense. Or maybe he just didn’t want Jing Hao and Rui En together but learned the facts afterward? Or did he go and investigate Jing Hao’s background already before the day? He was capable. I might have missed something and need to go back and pay attention to some details. But last thing, was Min Shuo going to end up with Bi Yun? I meant since he already apologized for being an asshole earlier and how she had hugged him at the wedding for being such a nice guy? Possible.

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Endless Love: Line 14

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

Not really that cheating with the showing some scenes that hadn’t really appear yet. But this one cheated with showing too much of the last scene of the previous episode.

Liang Ba Ba was so glad Xin Jie came home, but it wasn’t because he had gotten attached to her. It was just because he wanted her to help him find Rui En. So she broke down and begged him not to find Rui En anymore. Well, Liang Ba Ba still used his wife’s name for her so Xin Jie wanted to replace Rui En instead. Liang Ba Ba, of course, backed down when he saw Xin Jie crying and tried to comfort her and told her not to cry anymore. That was when Jing Hao came home and called out to his father. Liang Ba Ba rushed to explain that he didn’t bully Xin Jie, he just wanted to find Rui En and then Xin Jie cried so he cried as well. When Jing Hao asked her what was wrong, she just ran the stairs. (How in the world could she run so fast in those heels?) The typical and inevitable confrontation unfolded when Jing Hao finally caught up to her at the rooftop. (YUP, the cliche spot for any types of emotional confrontation.) I guess that was kind of surprising, just kind of though. I meant I would’ve expected that Jing Hao would lie to cover up his tracks and sink deeper, making things even more dramatic (thank the scriptwriters though) in the later scenes. Yet he actually admitted that he couldn’t lie to her anymore? In a way, Jing Hao and Rui En were the same, when confronted with everything already fallen into places, they would admit it instead of diving anymore. Well, after that dramatic attempt to commit suicide, Jing Hao managed to save her (and she fainted–how cliche or what?) and took her back to his place, putting her to bed.

As he was considering things over in his mind, looking at Rui En’s portrait again, Rui En called him. The sound of the cell phone ringing caused Xin Jie to wake up and eavesdropped on their conversation. What was said between them was really sad though since they both knew they could never return to what was before, mostly because they mutually know (without saying it out loud) that they couldn’t hurt Xin Jie. Rui En only had one request and that was to see him again so she could sketch an image of him to save for the future (since we all know Eunuch Min Shuo got rid of the other ones already).

As if things weren’t getting to the point of beyond hysterical already with some of the events going on, more bad news was to be delivered. Yup, their project/idea got stole and it was on Jing Hao’s head because Xue Zhe saw Song Wan Ji leaving Jing Hao’s place that one night, making Jing Hao prime suspect to have betrayed them. The big boss had every single right to be mad, even if NoQ had vouched that Jing Hao wasn’t that type of person. The banter between NoQ and Xue Zhe had escalated to another height but the mob boss jumped in, telling both to shut up. From his expression, he was ready to let heads roll. AND why was the other dude smiling like a maniac the whole while since hearing the news with the project being announced, etc? NOT Xue Zhe, but that other new dude that came at the same time as Rui En and NoQ.

Oooohhh…OMG! So we or maybe more like I had underestimated that pretentious, faking pity Song Wan Ji. He sure knew how to hide things and pretended he was in a regretting mode all these years. So he sent that dude in to spy and steal? Not to mention pinning it on Jing Hao. No wonder he was so good at planning every move. He was staying silent all along or looking like he trusted Min Shuo yet was just letting Min Shuo do whatever so others could focus on Min Shuo and hate him instead? Or he didn’t really care? (Regardless though, I swear Min Shu wasn’t that nice either, kept wanting to control others. It didn’t matter how he thought it was good for others.)

As Jing Hao and Rui En were making their way to their last meeting, both were thinking of the past. But as fate would have it (or more like the scriptwriters wanted to make it even more dramatic), Rui En was detained by a little accident with her wheelchair and fell. Attempting to get up, she was approached by some dude. Two guesses who he was sent by. Jing Hao, of course, got there first and waited until he received a call. It wasn’t from Rui En though, but Xin Jie, saying that it had to do with her mother and begging for Jing Hao to save her. (I can’t believe she was using this type of tactics, but I guess when her bridge of emotions had already been broken, she would resort to anything. It was, of course, fake because she called her mother earlier so of course they had it planned or something.) Wanting to rush to wherever it was to find Xin Jie, Jing Hao remembered of his meeting so he called Rui En yet she wasn’t picking up either. He left a message and told her to wait for him.

Well, I guess that made two of them since Xin Jie’s mother was equally surprised as Jing Hao when he demanded some answers from Xin Jie’s mother. Xin Jie actually came right out and told Jing Hao she heard it all with Jing Hao and Rui En meeting up. Just to be fair though, when you eavesdrop, make sure you know the full story before jumping to conclusion? BUT I guess can’t blame Xin Jie since she wouldn’t know what was real or fake anymore, not after being deceived for a while now.

Okay, I’m getting surprised like the second time. I meant like I thought he would feel guilty. Because of the typical main guy formula, right? Since he did lie to her in the past. Yet he said he was disappointed in Xin Jie? (Didn’t he lie to her too? So she was going crazy?) So Jing Hao just left like that. After some smart remarks, Xin Jie’s mother left as well while Xin Jie was scheming up another set of traps for Jing Hao and Rui En. At least she didn’t want them to meet up. Who else but to call that Min Shuo? I seriously think Min Shuo should be responsible for half of the troubles that were going on too, not just Jing Hao and Rui En for lying or whatever else. (Failed to mention it probably qualified as lying.) After all, Min Shuo did force Jing Hao to marry Xin Jie before he would release information on Jing Hao’s father’s whereabouts. So why should Jing Hao take the fall for this and be slapped on the slogan as an asshole when Min Shuo could walk away? Come on now.

Yup, Rui En got captured and now her father had to deal with the mess. Did he think he could get away with it and was celebrating too soon on his victory of causing Jing Hao more grief? WRONG! Seriously though, whatever he was doing always backfire on him because it ended up that his daughter would receive the punishment in his place. The person who called was, of course, Kun Ge, the mob boss (aka Jing Hao’s current boss). Song Wan Ji knew him? I meant because he had recognized the guy’s voice. OMG! I was thinking it might be some major misunderstanding yet it was true. Song Wan Ji not only wanted to cause a misunderstanding between the two parties but he actually said Jing Hao offered the deal to him? What? I actually laughed out loud when Kun Ge was asking about how come Jing Hao was the one responsible yet Song Wan Ji and his daughter had nothing to do with the whole thing and that if Song Wan Ji was trying to fool the ghosts or something (aka Kun Ge was seeing through how Song Wan Ji was just pinning things on Jing Hao). Man, I’m having a blast with Kun Ge’s phrases. I don’t know. I shouldn’t even laugh at this time since Rui En’s in danger but it was just so funny that Song Wan Ji was just trying to wing it through and push everything on Jing Hao (aka manipulating things) but Kun Ge refused to cooperate, lol. (I swear Song Wan Ji’s so much like Min Shuo or vice versa, always manipulating and wanting to make sense to convince others to do it their way.)

After hanging up on Song Wan Ji, Kun Ge called Jing Hao up. Jing Hao had returned to the meeting location to continue waiting and thought that it was Rui En who called since Kun Ge had used Rui En’s phone to call Jing Hao. Some initial ‘I thought could trust you’ type of thing were rattled out, Kun Ge got right to business, saying how he had been betrayed, etc. Jing Hao was, of course, stumped by the fact that Song Wan Ji had admitted the truth (or the weaved-up version of the truth).

As if he wasn’t worried to death already after Kun Ge hung up on him, that Min Shuo had to show up and attacked him too. (Again, what in the world was Min Shuo to Rui En, her husband? Or her father?) Well, they finally got it out of the way by prioritizing the situation. Yet Jing Hao stopped a distance from the supposed place that Rui En’s imprisonment location. What now? Jing Hao stopped Min Shuo from proceeding by saying that he wanted Min Shuo to promise him something.

Okay, I was watching and didn’t want to recount much but that was a powerful scene and great planning from Jing Hao with trying to get Min Shuo and Rui En out of there. (YET it sucks that he has to let Min Shuo be the hero. Even if it was to distract Kun Ge so the other two could run yet it means that he would be a bad guy forever, without anyone knowing the truth.) But Heaven decided to help Jing Hao because Xue Zhe came in time before Kun Ge shoot Jing Hao to tell Kun Ge that the traitor was actually that other dude, who actually work for Song Wan Ji. Jing Hao was rushed to the hospital while Min Shuo and Rui En were recaptured once again. Of course, since Rui En was the useful bargaining chip that could work either way, with her father or Jing Hao–it would register some reaction. Kun Ge wanted a meet up with Song Wan Ji, what would this result in? Of course, Kun Ge won’t let someone make a big joke out of him. Song Wan Ji will have to pay.

The day when Song Wan Ji got to play the hero in saving his daughter. How touching, eh? Everyone get to play the hero to save Rui En while Jing Hao was dubbed as the bastard who only cared about money to the point that he didn’t think twice with using others to benefit. (OF COURSE I’M BEING SARCASTIC.) Kun Ge’s my favorite character right now since he’s going to make others suffer for making a fool out of him. But we were cut short of that, probably because they wanted to save stuffs for later.

Everyone found out about Jing Hao’s condition and rushed to the hospital, except for Rui En of course, since she still thought he was the bad dude. Kun Ge was right, she was sure living in a happy world, not knowing the truth, etc. Then there was also the whole flashback with Jing Hao and Min Shuo’s conversation before they went to save Rui En. It seemed like Min Shuo was looking more and more regretful or somewhat feeling torn like he wanted to tell Rui En the whole thing. (I think I underestimated Lin Yo Wei since he managed to bring out the actual genuine, sincere kind of feeling toward the character at that point versus the fake, pretentious pitiful look Min Shuo exuded in the past.) Perhaps I should forgive him? Yet if he told the truth or something, then he would be forgiven more. But that had to wait for the next episode because it ended where Jing Hao finally woke up.

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