What is your favorite Asian drama series?
I don’t know if you have watched this Taiwanese Drama Series entitled “It started with a kiss”, it was aired last September 2005 (I was too young on that time). It was a huge success, together with its sequel “They Kiss Again” both locally and internationally, pinning it as the truest and one of the most successful adaptations of the manga “Itazura na kiss” written by Kaoru Tada.
It was one of the most epic Taiwanese dramas ever made and also one of the most popular Taiwanese dramas to be successful internationally.
It was 2012 if I wasn’t mistaken, when my older cousin told me about this series. She was 7 years older than me, so I don’t have any idea about this. And the moment she talked, she was blushing all the time. It’s like I really want to watch it, too. I know that it is so weird that boys are watching this kind of series, it’s like not suited to watch it for men. Why would I try to watch other genre like horror and action movies? I just keep ignoring what they have told me. So I decided to buy a CD-Tape both “It Started with a kiss” and the “They kiss again”.
WOAAH! I fell in love with these series. It was year 2012 that I first fell in love, not any other girls but the characters of the series I’m watching. I think I watched it more than 5 times. Then, that was the time that my Mom broke the CD tape and threw it away.
And now 2018, I accidentally saw it on the YouTube, I mean the series but the theme songs (knowing that there’s no photo or any video but the lyrics). I was mesmerizing for the whole while I’m listening to the song. Why is it so familiar to me? I just keep thinking all over again. So I decided to go and read the comment section. So, here it is. MY FIRST LOVE. It’s flashing all the memories when I first have watched this Taiwanese Series. So I decided to watch it again.
Yuan Xiang Qin (Ariel Lin) is a bumbling, intellectually challenged, naïve, but optimistic high school girl. Ever since she met Jiang Zhi Shu (Joe Cheng) at the freshman orientation, she’s been in love with the genius with an IQ of 200. After two years of having a crush on him, she finally musters the courage to confess her love to him at school with a love letter. Zhi Shu is not impressed, and Xiang Qin is left humiliated publicly in front of their entire school.
That afternoon, the new house she has just moved into with her father collapsed in a minor earthquake. She and her father are instantly left homeless because they lacked the foresight to pay for earthquake insurance. Fortunately, her father’s old college friend extends a helping hand and invites both of them to live at his house. Little does Xiang Qin know that the kind Uncle Li is actually the father of Jiang Zhi Shu.
Because of this unexpected turn of events, Zhi Shu and Xiang Qin begin living their lives under the same roof. Zhi Shu’s mother aspires to bring them together, coaxing Zhi Shu into tutoring Xiang Qin and taking numerous pictures of the couple together. Zhi Shu remains cold towards Xiang Qin, thinking her to be one of the dumbest people he has ever met, and refuses to speak to her at school. Through the course of the series, Zhi Shu slowly warms up to Xiang Qin, who tries her hardest to do better in school for him, as they deal with romantic rivals, their futures, and their relationship.
It Started with a Kiss ended with odd couple Zhi Shu (Joe Cheng) and Xiang Qin (Ariel Lin) getting married in characteristically comical fashion, and the sequel picks up the story with their honeymoon and married life. Xiang Qin is as ham-fisted as ever, creating many funny situations as she learns the ropes of being a wife and tries hard to become a good nurse and work alongside her genius husband. Aspiring doctor Zhi Shu meets some obstacles at school when he encounters both academic and romantic rivals who are determined to over-rule him.
As Zhi Shu and Xiang Qin struggle with their professional ambitions, they also struggle with their personal relationship. Many times, Zhi Shu’s coldness and harshness drives Xiang Qin to tears and she tries to run away. Zhi Shu learns to understand and deal with his jealousy when Xiang Qin’s nursing fellow student Yang Qi Tai (Figaro Ceng) becomes too close. He also tries to push Xiang Qin to higher ambition and independence. Zhi Shu soon learns to love Xiang Qin and forgive her bumbling ways, and Xiang Qin tries harder to become a better wife and nurse to her husband.
Zhi Shu and Xiang Qin are not the only ones having problems with their relationship. Xiang Qin’s childhood friend Ah Jin (Jiro Wang) deals with the unwelcome affections of Christine (Larisa Bakurova), an English exchange student who latches onto him against his will. Xiang Qin’s friend, Chun Mei (Petty Yang), gets pregnant by her boyfriend, Ah Bu (Aaron Yan), but his wealthy, highbrow mother is desperate to keep them apart. Zhi Shu’s younger brother Yu Shu (Zhang Bo Han) deals with his own first love and their story remarkably resembles that of Zhi Shu and Xiang Qin.
WE ARE STILL HOPING FOR THE PART THREE!
I’ve watched all the versions, it seems like I couldn’t stand the lack of passion and awful acting. But this Taiwanese version, DAMN! that’s what I’m talking about – the love, the chemistry. So natural. I remember the first time I fell in love with someone.
I’ve seen this drama about 20 times and I love it more every time I see it. Made me remember how awesome this drama was. And the time goes by, this will remains remarkable and unbeatable – the one who stood out of all the versions of the Japanese Manga Series “Itazura na Kiss”.
I was so sad because they ended up nothing but a good friend. Ariel Lin was married to a Chinese Businessman. I am so happy that she found her love of her life. I read some articles before that Ariel Lin refused the offer because she’s already married, some fans speculated it. While Joe Cheng, is happily single and busy with his career. The last time I saw them together was “RACE THE WORLD“, it is a variety show where the cast members are paired up to complete missions at popular places.
WE, THE FANS, ARE STILL HOPING FOR THE PART THREE. I HOPE YOU GUYS ARE READING THIS. PLEASE MAKE OUR DREAMS DO COME TRUE!