philosophy at age eight

“If you cannot control your peanut butter, you cannot expect to control your life.”
~ Judah-ism

Monday, October 11, 2010

why why love (taiwanese drama)

Why why love (2007)
Directors:  Lin He Long (who also directed Devil Beside You and At Dolphin Bay--he appears to be an incurable romantic)
Starring: Rainie Yang, Mike He and Kingone Wang

Synopsis, found here:
Tong Jia Di needs a life besides work, paying down family debt, and more work. So her best friend Jiang Xiao Nan sneaks in a "Love" coupon in Jia Di's raffle box praying that the lucky guy who draws it will sweep Jia Di off her feet. As it so happens, Huo Yan, the compassionate manager Jia Di has secret crush on, is the lucky guy. But, tho' the prince can exchange the coupon for Cinderella's love, it doesn't mean he will, especially when his devilish younger brother is determined to exchange his "Master/Angel" coupon for her servitude.

I hesitated to show John this series, because (despite how serious the clip below looks) it begins with acute silliness. Something I've learned to just expect from Taiwanese shows:  they start with extreme cutesy-ness, and spiral into something else... sometimes tragedy. So I wasn't sure if we'd make it past the 'cuteness' to the part where you can actually engage on an emotional level. But apparently I worried for nothing; not only did John not have a problem being entertained by all of Rainie's (Tong Jia Di) dorky faces and over-acting, but he readily admitted to tearing up the first time she and Mike He (devilish younger brother) hugged.  Which was far premature, as far as I was concerned.

Anyway, we can't make it through a single episode without my 15-year-old daughter, Mae, melting and raving about Mike He's extreme hotness and sexiness.  This was amusing the first three episodes, while we quizzed her on whether she'd chose a date with Mike over her long-time love, Johnny Depp. This caused brain-leakage until Johnny Depp won by a mere scrap of sentimentality. But by episode 13, the "squeeee!"s are getting old.

But I'll still probably show John Devil Beside You before moving back to Korean dramas. :)

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