Hahaha! I woke up to a noisy household in which I realize, this is my kind of normalcy still. No matter how comfortable I am being alone, I still would always prefer a noisy household with my mom and her TV. 😀
On the other hand, since mom is making it up to me for the whole week that I did everything in the house, doing a marathon of ISWAK and its sequel, They Kiss Again (TKA) went smoothly. Meaning, I didn’t have to mind washing the dishes, cooking or feeding the dogs! I just lazed around and watched my show.
Ahhhh…My dream vacation.
LOL. Anyway! As I mentioned previously, perhaps making a short review of ISWAK and TKA would be great to write here since I realized, after watching the shows for the nth time, that it is ultimately, my favorite show ever. For reasons I will enumerate now:
ISWAK and TKA have varying focus of affection
Of course, within the show, we know the thinking of all characters involve; however, what I mean is that in ISWAK, it is more of Qiang Xin’s (heroine) point of view. She was the character who started the plot, with her confession letter to Zhi Shu and being shot down in public. Her love for Zhi Shu moved him, as well as the story. Throughout ISWAK, we only see glimpses of Zhi Shu’s growing interest, and eventually attachment to Qiang Xin. So the viewer, like Qiang Xin, is kept in wonder if there’s actually a clear chance of getting the prince until of course, the end.
TKA showcases the married life of ZS (Zhi Shu) and Qiang Xin (QX). As an audience, I was very excited to see how ZS shows affection towards QX. We see him now as more affectionate and one of his hobby seems to be kissing his wife (kilig!), but then there’s still the sharp-tongued ZS who does not hesitate to criticize his wife if he deemed it needed. Of course, audiences are already aware of how QX shows her affection, so it is ZS’s methods which I think were highlighted more in the show. The sequel emphasized many sides of him, especially in relation to his wife.
Amazing Actors and rounded characters
If there is one element that I’m really picky about in movies, TV series, or written stories is character. I always seem to knit-pick on this, so I’m very happy that ISWAK and TKA serves this well.
ISWAK as the springboard for TKA establishes the characters, especially of SZ and QX. There’s not much development in ISWAK except maybe for attitudes towards each other, but then the characters are already lovable as is, and there’s not really a very big conflict to bring about a massive change in character. Supporting characters were also established in ISWAK. I love the Jiang and Yuan family for being such jolly families. The actors are so natural in interacting with each other, that I really forget sometimes they were just acting. Even the smallest of roles like extras seem to shine for each scene they play. In TKA, there’s where the characters develop further. Well, I guess aside from Jiang Mama and Papa who are already perfect as is, most of the support and of course ZS and QX were given more dept in the sequel. As TKA tackles more on marriage, family, work, the characters matured in the story. ZS and QX matured as husband and wife, from not understanding each other’s feelings (mainly ZS, eherm, his jealousy) and intentions, to growing professionally and independently from and with each other. Even minor characters like QX’s bestfriends had backgrounds and backstories.
Romance, drama, comedy rolled perfectly into one like fine maki
Where do you get a drama which can make you giddy and excited with the romance, laughing your head off with the crazy characters, and make you reach for tissues because of the drama? WHERE?! Do point me to other titles because I’m claiming TKA as the only one drama which had seamlessly done it like magic. ISWAK is more light-hearted because, well, it’s high school romance. TKA has the realistic aspect of marriage, starting a family, career, and basically making your life not fall apart while maintaining a relationship. In life, sometimes you just blush, laugh, or cry with it.
Alright, most of the things I highlighted here are general observations and I’m not even pointing out to evidences, but then I do recommend this drama highly. There had been several versions, but I still think the Taiwanese version wins hands down. They owned it. The story is originally from a Japanese manga, but the added parts, and the highlight of Taiwanese culture makes it so unique too.
GO WATCH NOW!