A Final Word on Lady and Liar (千金女贼)

This is the first time I watched such a long drama, 46 episodes, without skipping over anything! With marathoning it at 6-7eps per session, I finished it in record time. I very much enjoyed the drama which is set in my favorite era.

Plot: Overall, I definitely enjoyed the rollercoaster of a story that Lady and Liar rode. Misunderstandings were definitely used to the max in they story where Jiang Xin blames Bai Lang for nothing and everything. While it did get annoying at times even just to move the story along with so many misunderstandings in place, the drama manages to smooth it out at the end. Our loose ends are all tied up with inheritances returned to the right families, truths that all come out, and our half-baddie characters receiving moral redemption. As much as I liked the rest the drama, I must admit the ending was a dud for me even though it was a happy one like I had wished. Bai Lang survived his suicidal mission with some last minute sacrifices and had a tearful reunion with his wifie and a shot into the future with his daughter. But, in a way, it lacked all feeling as the moments before his supposed death was more emotion-wrought. However, I’m not going to look a gifted horse in the mouth, and I’ll take it. However, I feel like the version I watched online had a lot of scenes cut as I see in some flashbacks, things I haven’t watched. And at times, some relationship depths don’t make as much sense. I wonder if I can find an uncut version somewhere.

Characterizations: Bai Lang is your white knight in shining armor in all the ways you can imagine. Literally, a self-sacrificing gentlemen to the max. One of his quotes perfectly describes him, “can’t right one wrong, even if he tries a hundred times”. While he did make the huge mistake of keeping Jiang Xing in her amnesiac state, I believe throughout the drama, he has done more than enough to atone for his sins. He has helped her in every turn and never brags about it, but does it quietly and not letting her know that he had helped. He has saved the damsel in distress about a billion times. To me, he is the reason I watched this drama. As for Jiang Xing, I liked her more in the beginning than in the middle or end. While she was spunky as a magician, her constant misunderstanding and little temper tantrums got real old even though Bai Lang was tolerating her because he loved her too much. Thank God, he was harsh to her near the middle and end to get her to grow up and be more independent. As for Xiao Han, she was delightfully hateful as Fake Jiang Xin and pitiful at the end. While I enjoyed hating her for all her bad choices as she killed off so many people, I felt sorry for her circumstances that led her to this lifestyle. We got to see a quick redemption arc for her as she realized her wrongs. For Shen Shao, the second male lead, I don’t hate him, but nor do I like him. For me, he was just there, a crutch for Jiang Xin and I had wanted to see more his past relationship with her. As for the rest of the supporting cast, I enjoyed their background stories, especially those of Bai House.

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The Wife’s Secret (妻子的秘密)

The Wife’s Secret

Due to my recent Hawick Lau fascination, I decided to check out The Wife’s Secret, because come on, who isn’t swooning over his beautiful face and angsty expressions?  While the drama itself seems okay plot-wise and cinematically, I am not very impressed or interested after two episodes. Perhaps I should have watched two more episodes to see if the drama got more meatier? So far, it just leaves a bland taste in my mouth and a simmering hatred for the mother-in-law. The story is about Zhang Bai He and Li Ming Lang, heirs to huge corporations and about to get married, before a horrible tragedy befell the Zhang family. Due to an arson at the family company and a tragic car accident, Bai He lost her parents as well as her family fortunes. Ming Lang, faithful and thoughtful husband that he is feels a responsibility since he was driving the parents when they got into the crash. He puts all his efforts into supporting his almost-wife while his mother puts all her efforts into breaking them apart. The mother-in-law, now that Bai He lost everything, hopes to push Bai He out of the marriage since she believes the daughter-in-law will drag the family down. By moving Bai He into her house, she can now bully her at her own discretion when Ming Lang is at work. She takes the utmost pleasure in making Bai He suffer while Ming Lang’s brother plays two-face as well. So far, all that has developed for me is a healthy hatred and annoyance at Ming Lang’s mother. Her constant shouting and nagging is god-awful and so grating. She just never shuts up! I understand that she wants to protect the family fortune as they had been extremely poor before, but the way she goes about is so childish and shows her lack of compassion. Miss Second-Female is also up the scale in annoyance. Clingy and whynotme-plznoticeme always playing up the dramatics to attract Ming Lang. The problem for me right now other than the two two-facers is the lack of chemistry between Ming Lang and Bai He. Coming off of Lady and Liar, I just don’t feel the passion between the two. Perhaps the drama wants to focus on a more understanding type of relationship and how they work it out between husband and wife? It’s just not enough to catch my attention and I don’t feel the motivation to see if later episodes amp anything up. In fact, I think I will just get more annoyed at the mother-in-law’s antics. I think I like my makjang more dark and dysfunctional than the slew of chaebol-poor girl-mother-in-law tropes I see here. Plus, I heard the ending was a dud too….

C-dramas are definitely a hit or miss with me and this one is definitely a miss! But hey, it’s just my taste, perhaps you can find a silver lining that I missed? Sorry, but even Hawick Lau can’t make me sit through 54 episodes of this….though I didn’t get to see the second male lead yet, but he seems quite dapper in the posters.

PS. English subless and dubbing warning!

Lady and the Liar (千金女贼)

千金女賊

Lady and the Liar

Instead of progressing on my job searching, what do I do but start a new drama? I remember maniac Ride anxiously awaiting this drama, and decided to have a go as I wait for Cruel Romance (the same time period/style but with Huang Xiao Ming)  Set in the 1920s’ era, one of my favorite time periods, the Lady and Liar is full of birth secrets, lies, and mystery. Jiang Xin, our main girl, makes her living as a magician with her father, but they live in poverty. However, we find out that she is adopted and that her true family is of high class and has been trying to find her the past few years. Jiang Xin, though poor, lives happily in the slums and is in love with a gentlemen from another high class family. However, that man used to be doctor before an accident made him blind. At her urging, he decides to travel to London to receive operation on his eyes. He tells her to wait for him to come back. Meanwhile, the White Wolf is our main male lead and is an astute businessman. However, he isn’t called the wolf for nothing as he is very calculating and constantly has people trying to kill him to take his place. After Jiang Xin saved his life during a magician act, he falls in love with her. Though he tries to press his suit with her, she rejects him totally and prefers to be with her blind gentlemen. After the White Wolf decides to let her go, Jiang Xin is found out by her true family. She had tried to sell a necklace that had her family token on it to get money for her dad’s sickness. Her true family then sends for her, but she gets into an accident on the train. A female thief that she knew before decides to “let her hand go” and steal her necklace while they were hanging from a cliff. The thief takes Jiang Xin’s place in the high class household while Jiang Xin gets amnesia from the accident trauma. Meanwhile, the White Wolf is also in town and finds out about Jiang Xin. He decides to keep Jiang Xin next to him and lies that they were deeply in love before.

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Sealed With a Kiss

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Original Title: 千山暮雪 (Qian Shan Mu Xu)

Episodes: 28

Year: 2011

Country: China

Channel: Hunan TV

Theme: Revenge, romance, drama

Tong Xue (Ying Er)  has been living with her maternal uncle since the death of her parents in a car crash. When the CEO of YuanZhong Corporation Mo Shao Qian (Hawick Lau), who plans on revealing her uncle’s embezzlement to the police, threatens Tong Xue, she has no other choice but to become Shao Qian’s mistress.

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Despite already being in a union with Mu Yong Fei (Wen Zheng Rong), Shao Qian makes of Tong Xue is mistress in order to get revenge for his father’s death and the ruin of their family corporation. Tong Xue’s father, a former employee of the corporation, caused Shao Qian’s father death.

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Slowly, Shao Qian starts falling in love with Tong Xue. Every time he would feel his heart becoming softer, he would mistreat her even more.

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