Black & White

[2009 Taiwanese Original Television Series]
“痞子英雄 ” aka “BLACK & WHITE”

B&W 1


LISTEN: [OST] Color Band – “鐵人 (Iron Man)”


We’re more than halfway through the year of 2009, and boy, this year has been packed with high quality television works. (Not that I’m complaining.) Usually, the ones to make it to the top of my list are always Korean productions, but this year the Taiwanese drama “Black & White” has set the bar. (This post was supposed to be published months ago, but alas, my procrastination skills have proved once again that it shall not be underestimated.)

Taiwanese idol dramas have always been notoriously known for handsome boys and pretty girls, fictional romance, and luxurious things that are far from reality. Being pressured by Korean and Japanese dramas, Taiwan’s low-cost production has been incapable of continually capturing the audiences’ hearts. In such an embarrassing situation, if there is a director and actor of a drama that are daring enough to break this trend and establish a new standard for Taiwanese dramas, that courage is enough to name that drama as unusual. (excerpt from Sina, translated by xbunnylicious@asianfanatics)

From the person who brought ground-breaking dramas like “Meteor Garden” to the Taiwanese entertainment industry, director Cai Yue Xun (more info) is again setting a new standard in Taiwanese television dramas.

Synopsis. Pi Zi (Vic Zhou), as his name suggests, is a playful police officer who fears death, loves to flirt with girls, and has a hidden secret that he doesn’t even know the answers to.  Ying Xiong (Mark Zhao), the “hero” of the police department, is the exact opposite of Pi Zi. His aggressive temper, overzealousy to act alone, and utter belief in justice also makes him the “headache” of the police department. Together, albeit only after a couple episodes of bonding time, Pi Zi and Ying Xiong work to solve powerful forces of crime and corruption.

In short, this is the first of such a giant high-budget production to hit the Taiwanese main stream: large cast, magnificent scenes, life-like explosions, high-speed camera angles, etc. The cinematography is beautiful and the storylines are well-written and tight. Each episode plays out like a movie, and the suspense continues to build until the very last minute. For a drama I wasn’t planning on watching, it blew me away by surprise. More! More!

………………………:: THE MAIN CAST ::

Mark Zhao

Mark Zhao

Vic Zhou

Vic Zhou

Janine Zhang

Ivy Chen

Ivy Chen

Janine Zhang

修杰楷

修杰楷

…………………………………..::

The series completed its broadcast in June, so all the episodes are available. This show was such a big hit that its movie-version sequel is slated for a production start date later this year. I highly recommend the show, especially if this isn’t your typical drama genre. Check out the soundtrack too.

Opening Credits:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ti0xoFmLrjU&fmt=18
(featuring OST title song “Rogue Justice” by Color Band and Mark Zhao)

Full Trailer:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=62mGh3cDa88

[OST] Picks – “About Us”
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gtnjoIcA6qE&fmt=18

To watch (with English subtitles):
http://sugoideas.com/drama-2009/black-white/

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*thump thump* my recent playlist

I haven’t done this in a while.. and because I don’t update as much as I’d like, I miss out on opportunities to share music. Then, let’s get to it. I’m too lazy to add information regarding the album names, so if you do have a question, just leave a comment. And just a reminder, you can download these songs on my “Songs” page. :]

2NE1
[Korean] 2NE1 – “I Don’t Care”
Performance: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y3lR8VrR11U

2PM
[Korean] 2PM – “Only You”
Performance: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NGYqudcT5CY

City Hall OST
[Korean] Cha Dong Ha (feat. Amen) – “Smile”

Fan Fan
[Chinese] Christine Fan – “1 to 10 (= Me & You)”

Gary Cao
[Chinese] Gary Cao – “Supermarket”

Jisun
[Korean] Jisun – “Rollercoaster Love”

SS501 Collection
[Korean] Kim Hyun Joong (SS501) – “Be Good To Me”
Performance: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uFgxqmDN3rg&fmt=18 (fancam)

Kim Jong Kook
[Korean] Kim Jong Kook – “Today More Than Yesterday”

[Korean] Kim Jong Kook – “The Two Of Us”

Kim Jun
[Korean] Kim Jun (T-MAX) – “Jun Be O.K.”

Kim Yong Joon
[Korean] Kim Yong Joon (feat. Hwang Jung Eum) – “Couple”
Performance: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6znKG_mqMEI

LaLa
[Chinese] LaLa Hsu – “VIP”

Nicholas Teo
[Chinese] Nicholas Teo – “Say You Love Me”

Easy Fortune Happy Life OST
[Chinese] Rita Ma – “Soon To Have Happiness”
Lyrics ❤ : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4djTBv6U6GM

SS501 All My Love
[Japanese] SS501 – “Traveler Glider”

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Animated Music Notes

5 as 1 forever.

Finally. They have received their 1st post on my blog.
I miss them….

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“music to my ears”

Album Covers Collage

From left to right:
[row 1]
 8eight | Brown Eyed Girls | CSJH the Grace | F.T Island | Fly To The Sky
[row 2] Ivy | J | M | original soundtracks | Shin Hye Sung
[row 3] So Nyeo Shi Dae | Son Dam Bi | Soulstar | Tony An | Wheesung

As I promised in my previous post, here is an update on the lastest Korean music. Above is a collage of the covers for the recent albums released, with the names of the respective artists are listed below. In my excitement to share music I personally enjoy, through this post, I hope that you will be introduced to quality songs of some of the mainstream artists in Korea today.

In fact, 35 songs worth.

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return to roots.

Luo Ye Gui Geng
  
Rather than using this post to explain as to why I haven’t updated this new blog of mine, I thought, why not just jump into a post of substance instead? And who better to push me to write than the top guy I admire? Yes, of course.

Leehom is releasing his newest album on July 13th. His 12th album will be titled 改变自己 (or Changing My Ways). Support him and pre-order your copy at yesasia or other sites. But perhaps the even more exciting news is that a single in the album has already been released. Temptation at its best. Would you also like to hear it?

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KARA is “sweet melody” in Greek

kara1
left to right: Nicole, GyuRi, SungHee, SeungYeon
          
The spring of 2007 has been a period of revival in the surge of debuting girl bands. Rather than being called by their names, fans and record companies alike sometimes refer to them as the 2nd generation of girl bands we last saw in Korea in the late 1990s.

Kara (카라) was the last of the girl groups to debut on the 29th of March, and they have won over the hearts of many fans – including me. Kara is signed under DSP Entertainment, which previously housed another 4-member group Fin.K.L. Thus, it is no surprise that they are labeled as the 2nd Fin.K.L.

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