I have been away for a very long time, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been active with drama-watching!! XD In fact, I realized that I have been watching more dramas ever since I’ve started dating my partner.
Anyways, here are my brief impressions of some of the dramas I have watched in the last 6 months, that I can remember on top of my head (SPOILER warning – though I’ll try to keep it at a minimum):
The Untamed (陈情令):
The first part of the drama was slow and depressing as hell, and I almost wouldn’t recommend watching for those of us who have to stay at home during this unprecedented time. I had wondered why it got such a high rating (was it because of the BL fans???). However, the second part was much better paced and actually really interesting to watch. Of course, some of my doubts evaporated at this point.
There are 50 episodes and it has taken at least until the 30th episode for the show to quicken the pace. I’m guessing that’s why the first episode has shown the main character falling off the cliff part and then take us back to the past (which has lasted for more than half of the drama); whenever the first of the show slows its pace, I would remember the first episode and wonder how things have become the way it is.
The Longest Day In Chang’an (长安十二时辰):
This is one of the top 3 dramas that I have really enjoyed throughout. It has everything in a drama that needs to be there to impress me – the stunning cinematography, the beautiful costumes, the surprisingly fast-paced story telling from multiple perspectives without confusing me thanks to each character being so distinctive (and passionate acting from the actors), and the humour and wittiness despite being a rather serious story. After the end of the drama, I felt as though I have been watching a very long but amazing movie. I find the way the story is being told is very down to earth, making it very refreshing to watch.
Once Upon a Time in Lingjian Mountain (从前有座灵剑山):
This one is for those of you who want to relax and have a good laugh. The first couple of episodes seem a bit silly (and perhaps even have a bit of a low budget vibe), but just keep watching. Soon, you will find yourself keep clicking to watch the next episode ASAP. This drama incorporates a lot of the modern day humour and it is surprisingly inspiring in a sense that it encourages young people to keep trying for your passion even if it seems all cards are stacked against you at the moment.
The Legend (招摇):
Another drama starring Xu Kai…this one started out good and it got a bit nonsensical and finally, the running-out of budget vibe kicked in towards the end. It is fun, not totally unmemorable, but there are certainly better dramas out there to watch.
Legend of Fuyao (扶摇):
I think my partner and I have watched a lot of Yang Mi’s dramas when we started dating since Yang Mi is pretty much the queen of these types of dramas (fantasy/wuxia/Chinese period), which my partner happens to love watching. I think this is a really well-made drama with really beautiful cinematography and great acting (though, Ethan Juan seemed to have over-acted for a couple of crying scenes).
Ever Night (将夜):
The first season was AMAZING and I was so sad to know that I have to wait for the second season.
While I waited for the second season, I would play the soundtracks from time to time in the background as my study music. Unfortunately, perhaps I had too high of an expectation for the second season and also maybe they lacked the budget somehow, but it just wasn’t as good at all. In fact, I had to google up to see if they have changed the screen writer or the producer. Apparently, they’re the same people that produce the first season. For the second season, sometimes there’s a lazy writing vibe and sometimes there’s a try-hard vibe. I just don’t know what’s going on with this one.
So, that’s just some dramas that I have watched.
Currently, I’m waiting for my weekly dose of “Westworld” (western drama) and thinking of picking up “The Joy of Life” or “Handsome Siblings” (the 2020 remake).
See ya all next time!!