If There is Still Time Left (如果还有时间) stars Li Lan Di and Lin Yi in a heart-breaking romance. Some sources say it’s adapted from 2014’s Japanese drama Boku no Ita Jikan aka The Hours of My Life (僕のいた時間) with Miura Haruma and Tabe Mikako. Our leads are both university students awaiting for their graduation. The two young people constantly face difficulties as they transition into the working population but eventually grow to understand and develop feelings for each other. When everything seems fine and smooth sailing, our hero is met with a fatal diagnosis…he has Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). With the average life expectancy between 2-5 years, our hero struggles with the sudden blow. With the love, support, and encouragement from friends and families, he’s able to look ahead and live life to the fullest till the end.
Are you ready to watch this story for the Xth time? 🤭 After a year of wait (they dropped the first trailer this time last year), the latest drama adaptation of manga Hana Yori Dango is here. Female lead is from a poor family who gets accepted into a rich prestigious school out of luck. She bumps head with the leader of F4, a group formed by the four richest families. They bully and leave a wake of unhappy souls around until our heroine confronts the leader, making him smitten with her audacious attitude while she has eyes for his quiet best friend.
Here it is…Thai slowly remaking the popular Cdramas and this time, it’s Boss and Me (杉杉来了); the original aired in 2014 with Zhao Li Ying and Zhang Han. This has been postponed since June of this year so I was surprised to see the airdate dropped so fast. It is based on a novel written by Gu Man. Original Synopsis: Feng Teng (Push Puttichai) is a rich heir and the president of a giant conglomerate. He has a younger sister, Feng Yue, with a very rare blood type. Therefore, he recruits Shan Shan (Aom Sushar), who shares the same blood type as Feng Yue, into the company to be a blood donor. Interesting anecdotes occur when Feng Teng intentionally tries to fatten up Shan Shan, who loves eating. As Feng Teng gets to know Shan Shan, he discovers her innocence and kind heart beyond her clumsy nature, and falls in love with her. [Credit: Wiki]
Hug You Through Lies (穿过谎言拥抱你) is a remake of 2007’s Taiwanese drama My Lucky Star with Jimmy Lin and Yoo Ha Na. The story follows our heroine who poses as a jewelry con artist to trick people into buy fake expensive jewelries. She meets our hero – a spoiled rich young master of a jewelry company who ran away after stealing a precious necklace from his family. They become friends and he also happens to be the only person who believes her when she’s telling the truth and encourages her to step out of her past mistakes and pursue a career as a jewelry designer. She, in turn, helps him see the value of jewelries and his family’s hard work.
I do not recognize the male lead at all but he was in Twelve Legends and Love Like White Jade this past year.
Brotherhood of Blades: Shadow of Mountain and River (绣春刀山河之影) is touted as the drama adaptation of movie Brotherhood of Blades with Sun Yi, Zhang Yun Long, and Chen Ruo Xuan. The story our two male characters. Up first is Zhang Yun Long who comes from a lowly background but due to a confusion, becomes a member of the Imperial Secret Police known as the Embroidered Uniform Guards. On the outside, he appears to be selfish and well-spoken, but deep down he’s honest and treasures brotherhood. Chen Ruo Xuan is an original guard; aloof and lacks good speech (lol). The two meet and are pulled into many cases and hatred that runs deep in the court.
Another remake! A popular Kdrama that aired in 2005! I don’t think I have watched this one before but I remember the craze Lee Jun Ki generated from it. Lol.
Synopsis from Wiki: A native of Jeju Island, Joo Yoo-rin lives with her father, who is addicted to gambling. Because of her father’s debts, Yoo-rin has become particularly skilled at lying and grifting. When her father escapes the island to hide from his debtors, Yoo-rin is determined to support herself and clear up the debts. One day, she meets Seol Gong-chan, the sole heir to the L’Avenue Hotel fortune.
To grant his grandfather’s dying wish, Gong-chan employs Yoo-rin to act as his grandfather’s long-lost granddaughter. Offering a monthly salary plus a bonus, he asks her to do what she does best—to put on an act. Not wishing to lie to a dying man, yet desperate for the money, Yoo-rin takes the offer and starts playing the long-lost granddaughter. Through a strange twist of fate, however, finding his granddaughter makes the grandfather so happy that he makes a complete recovery. Since they have claimed to be cousins, Gong-chan and Yoo-rin are forced to live together under one roof, and as time passes, the attraction between them grows. However, love is forbidden for these two, who must pass as cousins…
Use For My Talent (我亲爱的小洁癖) is an upcoming rom-com with Jasper Liu and Shen Yue, hailed as the remake of Korean drama, Clean With A Passion with Yoon Kyun Sang and Kim Yoo Jung, which aired in 2018. Our hero has mysophobia, or the fear of germs, and lives in isolation. His obsession with cleanliness led him to owning a cleaning company and this is how he meets the love of his life, our heroine, who becomes his employee. Our heroine lived a happy life before her mother passed away due to a car accident, and she stops caring about her appearance. Working together, she begins to warm up to life and him but it is later revealed that her mother’s death might not be an accident and could be related to our hero’s grandfather.
Brilliant Girls (爱的理想生活) is a new adaptation of Zhu De Yong’s cartoon, Astringent Girl. Zhu is a renowned Taiwanese cartoonist and the previous adaptation was made in 2003 called Pink Ladies with Liu Ruo Ying. Looks like they added one more female character for a total of five female leads all living in the same villa as they discover what they want in love and for themselves by going through many hardships in life.