Second chances. One thing I love about remakes is that they give you a second chance to try to enjoy a drama. In the case of upcoming Japanese dorama Shitteru Waifu (2021), it’s a remake of Korean 2018 hitFamiliar Wife (2018). This Japanese dorama stars Ohkura Tadayoshi and Hirose Alice as the married couple who get a second chance and Shitteru Waifu (2021) starts airing January 7, 2021 on Fuji tv. No word yet on whether someone will English sub this dorama, but it should be English subbed as the original drama was popular.
Synopsis: Unhappily married, Motoharu, travels back in time, only to learn that he is married to another woman. (Source: MyDramaList)
I liked the plot ofFamiliar Wife (2018), basically about a married man learning to revalue his family, but when I tried to watch, I found it more cloying and unrealistic then meaningful or heartwarming. The overblown comedy is still present in the teaser, but this dorama will probably be 11 episodes less than an hour each and that might make for more tighter, cohesive storytelling. Or not. Time will tell, but I’m looking forward to watching this dorama.
The kdrama Train (2020) arrives July 11, 2020 at the OCN channel and stars Yoon Shi Yoon (Psychopath Diary, The Nokdu Flower), Kyung Soo Jin (Meloholic) and Shin So Yool (Big Issue (2019). This is a suspense kdrama that features parallel universes, a serial killer and detectives.
Synopsis: A hard-hitting detective who fearlessly dives into his work, Seo Do Won is relentless when it comes to bringing criminals to justice. Willing to take on any case, no matter how hard, Do Won has made a name for himself as a man who gets the job done. But when the woman he loves becomes the latest victim of a serial killer, his world completely changes. Literally. Mysteriously able to move between parallel universes, Do Won now lives in both worlds as a man who must pay for the sins of his father in one, and as a man forced to live a precarious life because of those sins in the other.
As if the duality of his life wasn’t hard enough to deal with, he soon learns that his deceased love may be gone in one world, but she’s very much alive in the other. Vowing to track down her killer in one universe, while simultaneously trying to protect her in the other, Do Won is quick to acknowledge this is not something he can do alone. Seeking the help of his colleagues in both universes, Do Won asks Han Seo Kyung, an honest, yet reserved prosecutor with a big heart in one world, and a cold and emotionless detective in the other, to help him out. Together with Lee Jung Min, a tenacious member of the scientific investigation unit, they’ll do whatever it takes to track down the killer in one world and protect his love in the other. But will their efforts in either universe really be enough?
The story is like a combination of the parallel universe from the The King: Eternal Monarch and the driven detective from Voice, who also loses his love to a serial killer. Yoon Shi Yoon is a popular actor so I expect this drama will be English subbed.
Today’s music Monday is brought to you from the music of Boy Peacemaker. Boy is a popular Thai singer whose music is featured in a number of different osts and mvs. Boy was born August 1, 1980, started performing with a band and later became a solo artist. He has released a number of songs and albums that you can find on youtube. One of my favorite songs of his is from the Roy Marn (2011) mv and it’s just beautiful and emotional.
Synopsis: A lakorn involving a forced marriage that wasn’t meant to be. Bee’s cousin should have married Mark but the day before the wedding, her cousin was kidnapped by a guy who had loved her for years. He kidnapped her, assaulted her, got her pregnant, and thus everything changed.
The young and bratty Bee had to take the place of her cousin because it was a marriage to erase a debt. Her uncle owed money to Mark and his father. Since he can’t use his daughter, he’ll use his niece instead.
One of the big draws for me to want to watch something is the synopsis. And the synopsis of The Romance of Tiger and Rose (2020) is just up my alley! Parallel worlds, arrogant princes, and a story come to life. This historical romantic comedy from China started airing May 18 on Tencent Video. Tencent Video usually provides English subs, so I’m definitely going to catch this drama.
Synopsis: Since birth, a screenwriter finds herself becoming a character in the script of her own creation. However, she is not meant to live past three episodes! Chen Xiaoqian is a writer who poured blood, sweat and tears into creating a big female-centric drama. What could have started filming smoothly quickly turned south because of actor Han Mingxing’s reservations about the script.
Feeling wronged, Chen Xiaoqian vows to prove herself yet she accidentally gets stuck in a parallel world where her story has come to life. Now known as the 3rd princess Chen Qianqian, she is an insignificant side character with a horrid reputation that is not meant to live long in the story. In order to live, she starts on a road to reverse her fate. She also gets caught in between the arrogant and black-bellied prince Han Dong and the practically perfect Pei Heng. (Source: ChineseDrama.info)
I’ve watched the lead actress Zhao Lu Si before in various dramas such as I Hear You (2019) and she’s a solid actress. Not familiar with male lead Ryan Ding, who recently starred in Intense Love (2020), but I have high hopes for the couple, as Zhao Lu Si usually has great chemistry with her male leads. The trailer is over the top comedy, and I’m not usually a big fan of slapstick comedy, so hoping they’ll tone it down or it’ll actually be funny in the drama.
If I had to pick a drama that really started a new trend in dramaland, namely that of parallel worlds/virtual worlds, I would pick two, kdrama W (2016) and Chinese drama Love O2O (2016). Both of these dramas really helped popularize this genre. I’m not even sure what to call the genre, Parallel worlds, virtual worlds, parallel dimensions, maybe alternate dimensions? Whatever you do call, I call it fascinating. But as a definition, I would say it is a person traveling to a world outside of what we know as this world into a fictional world. This will be the focus of this week’s posts.
Synopsis: Xiao Nai is a gaming expert who, courtesy of his basketball skills, academic excellence, swimming talent and game company presidency, also happens to be the most popular student on campus. When he first comes across the gorgeous computer science major Bei Wei Wei, the infinitely talented wunderkind immediately falls in love.
But it’s not Bei’s looks that he notices; it’s the ridiculous mastery with which she is commanding her guild and owning everyone in an online multiplayer game that makes her impossible to forget. Now, Xiao Nai must use his skills both in real life and online to capture the adorable but dorky Bei’s heart. But does their love have the XP to succeed, or will this relationship never level up?