I wanted to continue from my first post (refer to: Part 1 – Hana Kimi (2OO7) [Japan] )
This was another first drama for me, my very first Taiwanese drama. To me, Hana Kimi is a special type of drama because of the fact that it was the one that started it all for me. I watched this version after watching the Japanese version and one thing that I really loved – it was close to the manga! Almost exact in parts, but the events were pretty accurate! And it still had me laughing (: So I want to write about the pros and cons of this drama (:
Synopsis: After watching a high jump competition on TV, Lu Rui Xi was so inspired by a jumper named Zuo Yi Quan that she decides to transfer to his school, which happened to be an all-boys school; therefore, she disguises herself as a boy to get accepted. At the school, Rui Xi befriends Jin Xiu Yi. One day during a friendly soccer match, Rui Xi is knocked unconscious by Xiu Yi. Quan carries her to the infirmary and realizes that Rui Xi is in fact a girl! However, Quan keeps her identity a secret. At the same time, Xiu Yi starts to question his own sexual orientation when he finds himself having feelings towards Rui Xi. –Wikipedia
Already, if you’ve seen the Japanese version, you’ll notice something a little different in the synopsis, where it says “One day during a friendly soccer match, Rui Xi is knocked unconscious by Xiu Yi. Quan carries her to the infirmary and realizes that Rui Xi is in fact a girl!” – In the Japanese version Sano finds out that Mizuki is a girl by overhearing a conversation she’s having with her brother. In the manga it happens exactly like it does in the Taiwanese version, so when I first started watching it I was happy to see it going in that direction (:
I’ve heard people say they didn’t want to watch this drama because of Ella and her looks – but here’s the thing: she’s pretending to be a boy, and Ella looks really boyish in this drama. But if you saw any of the music videos by S.H.E you’d be able to tell right away that she’s a girl. Also I heard some people mention about her face expressions, I didn’t have a problem with them, and also remember that anything based on a manga is going to be a little on the overboard side at times.
I found Ella to be pretty funny and I thought she did a good job as Mizuki (:
So back to what I wanted to talk about, the things I loved and the things I was a little disappointed in!
The Things I Loved:
-Like I mentioned above, I loved how close it was to the manga! Of course there were parts they added and things they left out, but at least 85% of the drama is close to the manga, and that’s pretty close if I do say so myself!
Wu Chun did a great job as Zuo Yi Quan (Sano) – his character was a lot like how the original Sano was and even his hairstyle was closer!
Jiro Wang also did a great job as Jin Xiu Yi (Nakatsu)! While Toma is my favorite version, Jiro was the best person they could’ve gotten for the Taiwanese part, in my opinion. So funny, honest and confident, how can you not like him? Or maybe I’m too bias towards Nakatsu? :p
I just couldn’t resist adding those pictures haha.
I already talked about Ella above, so I’ll move on to the next person I wanted to point out: Mei Tian (Dr. Umeda).
His hair is longer than I would’ve expected, but his character was just as quirky, funny and stubborn as the original Umeda.
And what I was happy they did with this version – when Akiha showed up he was still a he! In the Japanese version they made Akiha a girl for some reason. Also how Akiha shows up is pretty accurate, Akiha didn’t hang around Umeda from the beginning of the story like they showed in the Jversion.
Liang Si Nan (Nanba) was a little less how I imagined him, but he still fit the part alright
-Wu Chun and Ella have great chemistry!
This video I found is one of the few I managed to find with subs, but it gives you a brief look at the chemistry they have. Rui Xi is fantasizing/dreaming so put aside the semi-weird factor haha.
Horikita Maki and Oguri Shun didn’t really share much chemistry in the Japanese version, not like how Wu Chun and Ella have. Although Fahrenheit and S.H.E both were groups that spent a lot of time around each other, they have quite a few songs together as well and you can tell that they all have fun (:
I loved all of the songs!
“Zen Me Ban” by S.H.E is the opening theme song, a song about liking someone but the feeling is “sweet and sour.” The title means “What to do?”
“Chao Xi Huan Ni” by Fahrenheit was the song that played mostly during the parts dealing with Xui Yi. The song title means “I really like you!”
“Dong Le” by TANK is a song they played during many moments and it’s my favorite song from the series. The title means “I Understand”
“Zhuan Shu Tian Shi” by TANK is the ending theme song, the title means “Personal Angel”
Things I didn’t like
-The only thing I really didn’t like was the ending. The ending leaves you hanging, they can’t really call it an ending because it feels like there should be more to it – and there is! The only part I liked about how it ended were the flashbacks and Wu Chun talking about their experience, but there was so much more to the story! Also the last few episodes started drifting off from the manga before it just cut off.
Overall the Taiwanese version was still a great watch and worth the time (: I enjoyed it!
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