Drama Remakes

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I thought I’d do a post showing some various remakes of the SAME dramas, since a lot of people tend to ask for ‘similar’ dramas to so&so without realising their are remakes out there worth the watch.

Although they will genuinely have the same PLOT, remakes have different characters (thus, to me at least, creating a whole new atmosphere, since no two actors or actresses are the same).

Most of the time they are worth the watch. To those who watch Drama remakes of mangas even more so, how great to see our favourite comics portrayed in so many different angles?

Popular remakes:

(The three MAIN in my opinion, anyhow.)

    Itazura Na Kiss –

began as a Japanese Manga under the same name. Has the following dramas made from it:
• Itazura Na Kiss (1996) – Japan.
• It Started With A Kiss (2005-2006) with a second Series (2007-2008) – Taiwan
• Playful Kiss (2010) – Korea

    Boys Over Flowers –

Began as a Manga. it produced:
• Meteor Garden (2001) and its sequel Meteor Garden II (2002) – Taiwan
• Hana Yori Dango (2005)and its sequel Hana Yori Dango Returns (2007) – Japan
• Boys Over Flowers (2009) – Korea

As well as the Dramas above it also has two films (not to be confused with the Dramas, which are SERIES);
• Hana Yori Dango (1995)
• Hana Yori Dango Final (2008)

    Hana Kimi –

Yet another Manga turned Drama. From the Manga came:
• Hanazakarino Kimitachihe (2007) – China
• Hanazakari no Kimitachi e (2007) – Japan
• Hanazakari no Kimitachi e 〜Ikemen Paradice ( 2011) – Japan
• To The Beautiful You (2012) – Korea

    Other notable dramas remakes:

• You’re Beautiful (Japanese remake of this drama was released in Japan in July 2011 titled: Ikemen desu ne)
• Stairway To Heaven (Philippine remake under the same name aired in 2012)
• Green Rose (Has a Philippine remake done in 2011)
• My Lovely Sam Soon (In 2008, it was remade into the Filipino series Ako si Kim Samsoon.)
• My Girl (Has a Philippine remake under the same name in 2008)
• Full House (Full House Take 2 in 2012 & Smiling Pasta in 2006)

There’s loads more, but the amount of Kdrama’s that get remade in the Philippines is crazy!

Personally I normally enjoy the originals, but in cases such as Smiling Pasta, exceptions are made. I enjoyed ALL the remakes if I’m fair, because they are all unique in some way.

Definitively worth watching them!

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Devil Beside You

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    Basic Information:

Title: 惡魔在身邊 / E Mo Zai Shen Bian
Also known as: Devil Beside You, Devils Do Exist
Genre: Romance, comedy
Episodes: 14 (TV Broadcast), 20 (DVD)
Opening theme song: Chou Nan Ren (臭男人) Jerk by Huang Yida (黃義達)
Ending theme song: Ai Mei Ambiguous Love by Rainie Yang
Other songs:
Li Xiang Qing Ren Ideal Lover by Rainie Yang
Set Me Free by Huang Yida (黃義達)
Yi Miao De An Wei (一秒的安慰) A Moment’s Consolation by Huang Yida (黃義達)

— the Music in this is AH-Mazing.

    Synopsis:

Qi Yue finally gained the courage to give Yuan Yi her love letter. Yuan Yi didn’t see her handing him the note and walked passed her. Jiang Meng, the troublemaker, the devil, was the one who accepted her note. Qi Yue, begging that the note wasn’t meant for him, he didn’t listen.

He wanted what he wants and his desire was Qi Yue.

Even though having a cruel appearance , Ah Meng’s heart is kind and caring, which touched Qi Yue. The big problem remained – Ah Meng is the son of the man Qi Yue’s mother is going to marry.

Even though they were not related by blood, what will happen when they become step brother-sister, how will it affect their relationship, what happens when other lovers come into the picture?

Find out on Devil Beside You, it will make you laugh, cry, and make your heart feel fuzzy.

    Cast

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• Mike He as Jiang Meng 江猛
• Rainie Yang as Qi Yue 齊悅
• Kingone Wang as Sang Yuan Yi 尚源伊

    Thoughts

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Such a great Drama, and the first by Rainie Yang I watched. The storyline is funny (if a little OTT – but then again, most TDramas are – & the cast list has great chemistry.

The plot itself is a lot like It Started With A Kiss (with the whole Love Note – Moving into guys house sorta thing) but the main difference is Qi Yue’s love note wasn’t for Jiang Meng and its all a big mix up! So hilarious!

The cast is great and the episodes are well spaced out, not rushed, which I liked. Their styles are also quite cool, and whoever the stylist was, thumbs up! I loved Mike He and Raines hair!!

Rainie Yang as Qi Yue was amazing, an her roll as Qu Yue In DBY began my fandom of her. She’s quirky, innocent and a shy., plain girl as is typical in an Asian Drama heroine, who is conflicted between two Men. You can really feel her confusion over their ‘step sibling’ love confusion and Rainie shows her characters growth in confidence in herself, and her relationships.

— google Rainie Yang. I highly recommend watching ALL her Dramas, they’re all great!

Mike He as Jiang Meng was… Just WOW! I would give his acting alone 5 Pandas, he plays the “bad boy who gets what he wants” to a T, whilst also showing a softer, kind hearted side. Jiang Meng has others fearing him because if his status and he’s confident in getting it, even when it comes to love. I honestly fell in love with Jiang Meng after this Drama, since he’s so loveable.

— Again, watch more Dramas with Mike He, he’s a great actor and plays such a wide range of characters. (He’s also pretty handsome!!)

Kingone Wang, who plays Qi Yue’s original love interest Sang Yuan Yi was great, and he showed his skills to play the charming, soft Basketball captain and also the harsh love interest scorned.

I’ve seen a lot of people pining for a second series, but to be honest, I’m glad with what was given. The ending was amazing and a follow up would just drag it on the emotional turmoil too much (BOF ISWAK…)

NOTE:

Rainie Yang, Mike He & Kingone Wang also stared in Why Why Love with a similar-ish plot line, a must watch if you liked this!


Panda rating

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☆〜(ゝ。∂)A “retro” watch, but a must see!!