Wednesday, September 28, 2011

여인의 향기 / Yeoineui Hyanggi / Scent of A Woman

Title: 여인의 향기 / Yeoineui Hyanggi / Scent of A Woman
Chinese Title: 女人的香氣
Genre: Romance, Comedy
Episodes: 16
Broadcast network: SBS
Broadcast period: 2011-July-23 to 2011-Sep-11

A woman, Lee Yeon Jae, is given the grim prognosis that she only has a short time left to live. She decides to quit her job at a travel agency and live her life to the fullest.

Kim Sun Ah as Lee Yeon Jae
Lee Dong Wook as Kang Ji Wook
Uhm Ki Joon as Chae Eun Suk
Seo Hyo Rim as Im Se Kyung

포세이돈 / Poseidon

Title: 포세이돈 / Poseidon
Chinese Title: 海神号/波塞冬
Also Known as: Coast Guard Investigation 9 (CGI9)
Genre: Action, romance
Episodes: 16
Broadcast network: KBS2
Broadcast period: 2011-Sep-19 to 2011-Nov-08
Air time: Monday & Tuesday 21:55

This drama is the story of the members life savers of the coast guard. The drama is based on the special duties of the Korean Coast Guard officers (rescues, terrorism threats, and other special missions) and also their obstacle in life and love. The drama takes its name from the Poseidon Team, a special forces unit of the Marines. Using the strong bonds of humanity as a basis, and through the challenges faced by the protagonists and their spirit of self-sacrifice, the drama movingly shows the significance of life and the stories of how people overcome obstacles in life.
Kim Sun Woo, who spent his school days as a troublemaker, decides to make a change in his life and joins the sea special attack team, which is called Poseidon. Sun Woo works as a promising commando, but he unexpectedly becomes entangled in an unsavory incident after 2 years. He is demoted and is sent to a maritime police office in Gunsan city. Sun Woo’s passion cools down and he slowly loses his vision as a maritime policeman. Then one day, Jung Ryul, who has formed a new crime investigation section in Incheon city, visits Sun Woo and asks him to join the team.

Choi Si Won as Kim Sun Woo
Lee Si Young as Lee Soo Yoon
Lee Sung Jae as Kwon Jung Ryul
Han Jung Soo as Oh Min Hyuk
Jung Woon Taek as Lee Choong Shik
Kil Yong Woo as Oh Yong Gap
Jang Dong Jik as Kang Joo Min
U Know Yunho as Kang Eun Cheul
Im Ki Hyuk (임기혁) as Kim Sang Soo
Kim Tae Hyung (김태형) as Woo Hyun Tae

보스를 지켜라 / Boseureul Jikyeora / Protect the Boss


Title: 보스를 지켜라 / Boseureul Jikyeora / Protect the Boss
Chinese Title: 守护老板
Previously known as: 보스가 달라졌어요 The Boss Has Changed / 마지막 여비서 The Last Secretary
Genre: Romance, comedy
Episodes: 18
Broadcast network: SBS

No Eun Seol finally gets a job as a secretary at a law firm after struggling with unemployment, only to fall in love with her boss, Cha Ji Heon, the immature youngest son of a chaebol family.

Choi Kang Hee as No Eun Seol
Ji Sung as Cha Ji Heon
Hero Jaejoong as Cha Moo Won
Wang Ji Hye as Seo Na Yoon
Lee Hee Won (이희원) as Yang Ha Young
Park Young Kyu as Chairman Cha
Cha Hwa Yun as Shin Sook Hee
Kim Young Ok as Mrs. Song
Ha Jae Sook as Lee Myung Ran
Jung Kyu Soo as No Bong Man
Kim Hyung Bum as Secretary Kim
Kim Ha Kyoon as Park Sang Moo
Lee Hee Jin
Kim Chung

스파이 명월 / Spy Myung Wol / Myung Wol the Spy

Title: 스파이 명월 / Spy Myung Wol / Myung Wol the Spy
Chinese Title: 间谍明月
Also Known as: Beautiful Spy
Genre: Romance, comedy
Episodes: 16
Broadcast network: KBS2
Broadcast period: 2011-July-11 to 2011-Aug-30

An elite North Korean spy, Han Myung Wol, and her partner, Choi Ryu, infiltrates South Korea on a mission to disrupt the Hallyu Wave by kidnapping one of their top stars, Kang Woo. Despite her proficiency at her job, Myung Wol’s one weakness is her uncontrollable curiosity. Hijinks ensue when she falls in love with Kang Woo instead.

Han Ye Seul as Han Myung Wol
Eric as Kang Woo
Lee Jin Wook as Choi Ryu
Jang Hee Jin as Joo In Ah

공주의 남자 / Gongjooeui Namja / The Princess’ Man

Title: 공주의 남자 / Gongjooeui Namja / The Princess’ Man
Chinese Title: 公主的男人
Genre: Period, romance
Episodes: 24
Broadcast network: KBS2
Broadcast period: 2011-July-20 to 2011-Oct-06
Air time: Wednesday & Thursday 21:55 

A tragic love story between the daughter of Prince Suyang and grandson of Kim Jong Seo.

Moon Chae Won as Lee Se Ryung
Park Shi Hoo as Kim Seung Yoo
Song Jong Ho as Shin Myun
Hong Soo Hyun as Princess Kyung Hye
Lee Soon Jae as Kim Jong Seo
Kim Young Chul as Prince Suyang (later King Sejo)
Lee Min Woo as Jungjong

Can’t Live With Losing / Can’t Lose / 지고는 못살아

Title: 지고는 못살아 / Jigoneun Motsala / Can’t Live With Losing
Chinese Title: 絕不認輸
Also Know as: Can’t Lose
Genre: Romance, Comedy
Episodes: 16
Broadcast network: MBC
Broadcast period: 2011-Aug-24 to 2011-Oct-13
Air time: Wednesday & Thursday 21:55

Eun Jae and Hyung Woo are both highly competent lawyers who met and fell in love at first sight without knowing each other’s occupations, but are now in the midst of their divorce proceedings. Their relationship was initially sweet and loving, but their marriage slowly began to crack under their constant fights.
Choi Ji Woo as Lee Eun Jae
Yoon Sang Hyun as Yun Hyung Woo
Kim Jung Tae as Go Ki Chan
Jo Mi Ryung as Kim Young Joo
Sung Dong Il as Jo Jung Goo
Park Won Sook as Yoo Jung Nan
Kim Ja Ok as Hong Geum Ji
Joo Jin Mo as Kang Woo Shik
Ga Deuk Hee (가득희) as Ga Deuk Hee
Ha Suk Jin
Song Jae Ho (cameo)
Lee Soo Kyung (cameo)

더 뮤지컬 / The Musical

Title: 더 뮤지컬 / The Musical
Chinese Title: 音乐剧
Genre: Musical
Episodes: 16
Broadcast network: SBS
Broadcast period: 2011-Sep-02 to 2011-Dec-16
Air time: Friday 22:00

Musical drama about the dreams and love of musical actors.
Koo Hye Sun, Daniel Choi, and Ock Joo Hyun form the love triangle at the center of The Musical, which follows the lives and dreams of aspiring musical stars.
Koo Hye Sun as Go Eun Bi
Choi Daniel as Hong Jae Yi
Park Ki Woong as Yoo Jin
Ock Joo Hyun as Bae Gang Hee
Ki Eun Se (기은세) as Seo Ra Kyung
Park Kyung Rim as Sa Bok Ja
Kim Hyun Sung as Han Sang Won
Oh Jung Se as Goo Jak
Kim Yong Min (김용민) as Joon Hyuk
Kim In Seo as Sang Mi
Lee Do Kyung as Eun Bi’s father
Jung Young Sook as Yang Soon Yi
Kang Ji Hoo as Hyun Kwang Seo
Cha Kwang Soo as Yoo Jin Young
Ahn Yeo Jin as Sun Hee
Park Geun Hyung as President Yoo
Jo Won Hee (조원희)
Lee Ji Hyung (이지형) as Yoo Jae Joon
Kim Jin Ho (김진호) as President Seo
Choo So Young
Jung Tae (정태)

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

In Time with You

Drama Title: In Time with You
Also Known As: Wo Ke Neng Bu Hui Ai Ni
Chinese Title: 我可能不會愛你 / 我可能不会爱你
Previously Known As: I May Not Love You / Coffee Price
Genre: Romance
Language: Chinese
Episodes: 13 (or 22 for some markets)
Broadcast Place: Taiwan
Broadcast Network: GTV / FTV
Broadcast Period: 18 September 2011 (FTV) and 24 August 2011 (GTV)
Air Time: Sunday 21:40 on FTV and Saturday 22:30 on GTV

Ariel Lin Yi Chen (林依晨) as Cheng You Qing (程又青)
Bo-Lin Chen (陳柏霖) as Li Da Ren 李大仁
Andrea Chen Kuang Yi (陳匡怡) as Maggie
Sunny Wang (王陽明) as Ding Li Wei (丁立威)
Luo Bei An (羅北安) as Cheng’s father (程爸)
Lin Mei Xiu (林美秀) as Cheng’s mother (程媽)
Ying Wei Min (應蔚民 / 小應) as Cheng Guan Qing (程冠青)
Ma Nan (馬囡) as Guan Qing’s wife (大嫂)
Jamie Yin Qi (殷琦) as Cheng Mei Qing (程美青)
Xie Yu Wei (謝宇威) as Mei Qing’s husband (姊夫)
Zhou Dan Wei (周丹薇) as Li’s mother (李媽)
Meng Geng Ru (孟耿如) as Li Tao Tao (李淘淘)
Jin Shi Jye (金士傑) as Bai Shu (白叔)
Ma Shi Li (馬世莉) as General Manager (總經理)
Joelle Lu (陸明君) as Grace
Yu Han Mi (余函彌) as Lala
Li Wei Wie (李維維) as Zi Lin (子琳)
Na Tie (拿鐵) as Nic
Jerry Huang (黃志瑋) as Henry
An Wei Ling (安唯綾) as Mei Mei (美美)
Ya Zi (丫子) as Lu Xing Di (盧辛蒂)
Tsai Chang Hsien (蔡昌憲) as Di Shu (地鼠)
Zeng Wei Hao (曾威豪) as Da Cong (大叢)
Liu Yi Hao (劉以豪) as Cho Mei Nan (趙美男)
Production Credits
Director: Qu You Ning (瞿永寧)
Scripwriter: Xu Yu Ting (徐譽庭)
Plot Summary / Synopsis
Cheng You Qing is a section manager for shoe department of a departmental store, used to have several boyfriends, bringing sadness, body hurt, and heartbroken. On the day of 30th birthday, she is still alone, and receives an email on “the symptoms of premature aging” from Li Da Ren, her best friend of 14 years, and the only one who wishes her Happy Birthday with a true heart. Li Da Ren is a ground supervisor for an airline, young and promising, have several girlfriends before, but the relationship lasted very short.
They have not been on the same term since secondary school, but under strange combination of circumstances, they manage to stay together, but are always just friend who can’t fall in love. Unable to accept that Li Da Ren is like a fine wine that will get better with age and she is like a grape that will dry into a raisin as years go by, she makes a bet with Li to see who will get married first before they turn 35. The winner will get a NT$100,000 red packet money.
And, she who fells she is attractive starts to look around for a potential husband, she discovered that she was surrounded by unacceptable candidates, like gay assistant or cheating ex-boyfriend. The only man who can love her despite her ill temper and stubbornness is her best friend. The only problem was that they both swore that they were not or will ever be romantically attracted to each other.
He used to tell her, I may not be loving you. In return, she rebuffed: Thank you, appreciate it. He doesn’t know why, that his only criteria to be his girlfriend is that must accept her existence. And, he doesn’t know why he can’t let her be alone, and he doesn’t even know why he and her world is mixed together. Is it because they’re too close just like a family, and that’s why they can’t be together?
He used to write a song for her, but can only sing it alone. After a long time, she only gets to know that, I may not love you in the lyric, is actually… I love you.

New Princess Returning Pearl

Title: 新还珠格格 / Xin Huan Zhu Ge Ge
English title: New Huan Zhu Ge Ge
Also known as: New My Fair Princess / New Princess Returning Pearl
Genre: Period, comedy, romance
Episodes: 98 (mainland) / 80 (TW/HK)
Season 1: 燕儿翩翩飞 / Yan Er Pian Pian Fei
Season 2: 风儿阵阵吹 / Feng Er Zhen Zhen Chui
Season 3: 人儿何处归 / Ren Er He Chu Gui
Broadcast network: Hunan TV
Broadcast period: 2011-Jul-16 start
Air time: 22:00 (2 episodes nightly)


Li Sheng as Xiao Yan Zi / Guo Luo Luo / Hua Ying
Hai Lu as Xia Zi Wei
Zhang Rui as Yong Qi / Wu A Ge (5th prince)
Li Jia Hang as Fu Er Kang
Qiu Xin Zhi as Emperor Qian Long
Sun Yao Qi as Jin Suo
Sheren Tang as Empress Ulanara
Fang Qing Zhuo as Rong Mo Mo
Liu Xiao Ye as Concubine Ling
Benjamin as Benjamin
Wang Jin Duo as Liu Qing
Zhou Fang as Liu Hong
Lu Hong as Fu Er Tai
Chai Bi Yun as Sai Ya
Ruby Lin as Xia Yu He
Lei Zhen Yu as Fu Lun
Chen Hui Juan as Fu Jin
Qu Ao Hui (瞿澳辉) as Xiao Deng Zi (Little Stool)
Xin Xin (辛新) as Xiao Wen Zi (Little Mosquito)
Zhang Zhuo Wen (张倬闻) as Xiao Zhuo Zi (Little Table)
Chen Mu Yi (陈木易) as Xiao Chong Zi (Little Worm)
Yu Ying Ying as Ming Yue



This is a new remark of the ever popular drama, including new story like the infusion of western art and cluture. And Ruby Lin returned as the princess’ birth mother.

Xiao Yan Zi met Xia Zi Wei, a poor girl who marched a long way to find her father, the Emperor, but nobody would take her seriously. Xiao Yan Zi decided to sneak into the mountain where the Emperor hunts, but Zi Wei could not handle the tiring mountain climb, therefore asking Xiao Yan Zi to tell the Emperor her story. On her way, Xiao Yan Zi gets shot and could not fully explain her story, making the Emperor mistaking her for the Princess. Here starts a long and painful story of getting everyone to their proper roles, but many dangers lies near – the death sentence if anyone lies to the emperor, and an evil Empress who is waiting to catch Xiao Yan Zi in the act. Added on top, Xiao Yan Zi’s lack of proper manners and knowledge of books has driven her closer to jeopardy.

Startling by Each Step / Bu Bu Jing Xin (步步驚心)

Mandarin title: Bu Bu Jing Xin (步步驚心)

English title: Startling by Each Step
Episode: 30
Genre: Drama, Qing palace, Time travelling
Original screenplay: Bu Bu Jing Xin 步步驚心 (novel) by Tong Hua 桐華

Additional Informations

Filming locations: Hengdian Studio, Hangzhou, Dongyang (contemporary parts)
Screenwriter: Wang Li Zhi
Broadcast channel: Hunan TV
Producer: Karen Tsoi
Director: Lee Kwok Lap (Chinese Paladin, Strange Hero Yi Zhi Mei etc.)
Production company: Tangren Chinese Entertainment Shanghai Limited 上海唐人電影製作有限公司

Liu Shi Shi as Maertai Rexi (Zhang Xiao) (馬爾泰·若曦 (張曉))Nicky Wu as Aisin-Gioro Yinzhen (愛新覺羅·胤禛)
Kevin Cheng as Aisin-Gioro Yinsi (愛新覺羅·胤禩)
Yuan Hong as Aisin-Gioro Yinxiang (愛新覺羅·胤祥)
Lin Gengxin as Aisin-Gioro Yinti (愛新覺羅·胤禎)
Han Dong as Aisin-Gioro Yintang (愛新覺羅·胤禟)
Damian Lau as Kangxi Emperor (康熙帝)
Zhang Lei as the Aisin-Gioro Yinreng (愛新覺羅·胤礽)
Chen Jingyu as Aisin-Gioro Yinzhi(愛新覺羅·胤祉)
Ye Xin as Aisin-Gioro Yin E (愛新覺羅·胤俄)
Ma Tianyu as Huang Di (黃棣)
Annie Liu as Maer Tai Ruolan (馬爾泰·若蘭)
Shi Xiaoqun as Guoluoluo Minghui (郭絡羅·明慧)
Liu Yuxin as Guoluoluo Mingyu (郭絡羅·明玉)
Mu Tingting as Lady Wulanala (烏喇那拉氏)

Zhang Xiao (Liu Shi Shi), a contemporary, ethnically Han Chinese young woman from the 21st century, accidentally travels back in time to the Qing Dynasty period during the reign of Kangxi Emperor after experiencing a deadly combination of traffic collision and electrocution, resulting her somehow reliving the life of one of her previous incarnations and forcing her to assumes the identity belongs to her past avatar: Maertai Rouxi (Liu Shi Shi), teenage daughter of a Manchu nobleman, who also had a near-fatal incident in her own time which Zhang awakes from.

Being stranded in the past, in the body of a centuries earlier incarnation of herself, and believe by many of Maertai's family and friends that the sudden change of her behavior and memory loss is resulted of her head injury, Zhang Xiao awares that there will be a dangerous power struggle known to history between the scheming princes for the throne, which will results Aisin-Gioro Yinzhen, Fourth Prince (Nicky Wu), to succeed as the Yongzheng Emperor after his father's death. Zhang Xiao tries to change the future outcomes for the better, hoping to prevents any casualty as written in the future without interfering a man's destiny, while trying to find a way to return to her time period. However, Zhang ultimately realizes that, not only she fails to alter the course of the approaching events, but also, under a predestination paradox, she is fated to become an instigator of the tragedy she tries to prevent resulted by her actions in the past and the princess' romantic affections towards her.

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