Holy smokes! This is one hot tamales train! I didn’t watch the original Japanese drama Mother but have heard of numerous praises about it, spawning countless remakes from different countries. The latest one from China is Imperfect Love (不完美的她) with a line of acting powerhouses in Zhou Xun, Kara Hui, and Angie Chiu. The original story follows a substitute teacher in first grade who doesn’t really like kids. A particular little girl clings to the new teacher, awakening her maternal instincts, as she realizes the child is subjected to abuse at home. Taking matters into her own hand, our teacher decides to take the poor girl away and start a new life together.
Have you watched the original or remakes from other countries?
Oy, this is tough! The Prince Who Turns Into A Frog is one of Taiwanese classic idol dramas back in the days and shot its leading couple – Ming Dao and Joe Chen into stardom. I liked it a lot when I first watched it as an impressionable teenager. I even bought the freakin ring believing in its holy magic of finding true love. LOL. The ring now symbolizes my youth and is the only drama merchandise I bought. In the new remake, the main couple is played by Xing Fei, who has been solid in all her projects, and Jin Ze, who is a new face to me. Not sure whether I will be tuning in or not, so let me know of your impressions!
Nodame Cantabile is a manga by Tomoko Ninomiya and has been adapted as live-action television dramas by Japan (with Hiroshi Tamaki and Juri Ueno) and Korea (with Joo Won and Shim Eun Kyung) and now it’s China’s turn. Used to be called Cantabile Youth (让全世界都听见), the new drama title is now Symphony’s Romance with the leads in Zhang Xin Cheng of My Huckleberry Friends and Lin Yun of Battle Through The Heaven. I personally haven’t finished either version but have heard of numerous praises for the Japanese version, for capturing and meshing the quirkiness of its characters and classical music seamlessly.
Filming has wrapped last year but no air date as of now.
Unknown Number (时空来电) is the Chinese remake of Kdrama Signal starring Li Xiao Ran, Du Chun, and Wang Tian Chen. I haven’t watched the original but have heard of numerous praises for the plot and acting caliber of the original cast. Of the Chinese cast, Wang Tian Chen is the most green and you might remember him in General and I, The Way We Were and or Tang Dynasty Tour. Either way, he has a big shoes to follow Lee Jae Hoon’s performance. The original was inspired by a true incident and that involves a serial rapist and murderer. The story follows police lieutenant played by Wang as he tries to investigate the death of his childhood’s friend that was left unsolved for years. He’s aided when he discovers a walkie-talkie and the man talking to him through the phone is the detective from the past (literally) trying to solve the case. Now I want to watch the original. Sounds like a TVB drama too!
Such pretty leads they got for the remake of Korean series Sungkyunkwan Scandal, one of which I really loved because I met the charismatic Yoo Ah In in there! It’s basically a cross-dressed female who enters a renowned academy and meets three very different men there. One look at Ju Jing Yi and one could tell she’s a girl, but this is dramaland and the guys are dim. Lol. Song Wei Long will take the leading male role and Bi Wen Jun and Wang Rui Chang will round out the quartet of troublemakers!
What’s so remarkable about this story that we need another remake? I don’t know. I never managed to finish the series. Lol. BUT Kappy’s mom is a die-hard fan of the original Taiwanese drama Fated to Love You with Chen Qiao En and Ethan Juan.
The remake reunites The Eternal Love‘s OTP, Xing Zhao Lin and Liang Jie, and the new title is You Are My Destiny.