Thursday, December 25, 2008

T-DRAMA: They Kiss Again

Title: They Kiss Again
Episodes: 20
Watch: VEOH

Cast (mentioned in post):
Xiang Qin - Ariel Lin
Zhi Shu - Joe Cheng
Qi Tai - Figaro Ceng

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"They Kiss Again" is the sequel to "It Started With a Kiss." It starts right after the wedding, with Xiang Qin and Zhi Shu going off on their honeymoon. Throughout this drama, Xiang Qin and Zhi Shu still experience problems and misunderstandings, as well as girls who still want Zhi Shu for themselves. Zhi Shu continues towards his goal of becoming a doctor, and Xiang Qin comes to a decision about what career she wants. Along the way, she makes four new friends, including one who wants to take her away from Zhi Shu because he thinks Zhi Shu doesn't really love her. Does he succeed? How strong is Xiang Qin's love for Zhi Shu, really?

"It Started With a Kiss" and "They Kiss Again" are quite similar to the anime that it's based off of. Of course, it's been altered to fit the culture. The story lines are pretty good, with lots of drama. That is what we watch for, right? But sometimes Xiang Qin's crying and dependence on Zhi Shu can get annoying. But her dedication to him is quite sweet. And at least Ariel is good at crying, so Xiang Qin's crying doesn't look forced. Also, Zhi Shu may be mean to her quite a bit, so that it's unclear whether he really loves her or not, but he does start showing more affection for her. It's different from the anime in that sense, because we can see that Zhi Shu does love her.

Throughout the drama, I just wished Xiang Qin would be a little more independent and do stuff for herself, instead of because of Zhi Shu. I think because of that, Zhi Shu sometimes takes her for granted, knowing she'll always be there for him. It was good when Qi Tai appeared and took an interest in Xiang Qin, because Zhi Shu finally experienced some jealousy and maybe realized he would need to show more affection to her. But still, Xiang Qin just wanted Zhi Shu and thought she was in the wrong, and tried to come up with a way to get back in Zhi Shu's good graces. In that, I think she should grow a little back bone. Whenever she said she would leave him, she would always go back to him and ask if it was all right for her to be with him. I think it should've been Zhi Shu asking her to come back to him, since I can't recall ever seeing Zhi Shu apologize for making Xiang Qin cry. They're love can be sweet, but it can also be frustrating to watch because of this.

I guess I kind of got what I wanted in the last episode. Xiang Qin ran away because she didn't want to be a burden to Zhi Shu anymore, since she found out she had an incurable eye disease that could be passed down to her children. She visited different places that were, I guess, important to the development of her relationship with Zhi Shu. Seeing all those flashbacks really made me want to watch "It Started With a Kiss" again. Haha. When Zhi Shu realized Xiang Qin had left him, he went into a panic and went looking for her, finally finding her in his office. I loved Zhi Shu here. He really showed that he loves Xiang Qin, comforting her and actually telling her that he'll love her no matter what. This episode really shows a lot of love between them. It kind of made me want a Zhi Shu of my own. LOL

Overall, it was an okay drama. Definitely watch it if you liked the first one. But it's not really rewatchable, in my opinion. Except for the last episode. I really like the last episode, even though it's left at an open/unfinished ending because the director decided to stay true to the manga in respect to the "ending," since the mangaka passed away before finishing the manga series.

Rating: ****

Reviewer's Note: This is my first time reviewing a drama, so this review will probably be edited in the future...once I get more experience. Haha. ^^;; Also...I'll probably start to review individual episodes from now on...