(spring of 2012) Spoiler Code: GREEN
Love Forward started airing in February 12, but, because it was nowhere to be found in any of the decent streaming sites I visit, no subbed versions of the episodes either; I thought I was not going to be able to watch it now. So I moved this one to the back of my list… until March 14 happened and DramaFever decided to be a good neighbor. :p
Let’s fastforward to the story: Ai Xing is a strong, levelheaded, street-smart girl who has lived all her life running from debt collectors, and working odd jobs to protect her mother and her brother, who suffers from a disability. Because she has had a rough life, she is the kind of person who won’t let anything stand in her way when it comes to reaching her goal: “becoming rich”. Under stressful circumstances -but to her luck- she meets Jing Jing, who seems to be a no-nonsense-I rule the world kind of girl, but who in fact is lonely, and despite coming from a rich background and having it all (apparently) her goal is something more simple: “to have a happy family”. They form a wonderful friendship, and look forward to finding love and happiness… will it be with the rebellious Tian Ze or the charming Ren Wei? Will it be, money or honey?
There are several synopsis on different sites.. one says nothing more than four words, while the other says a lot but focuses on the friendship of the main characters. When I read about the drama on the MDL page I got pulled to it becuase I thought “a drama about the friendship of two girls and not about the love between a rich cocky guy and a poor cheerfull girl? I need to watch this” The credist of the cast, who is main lead, who is third and so on is a bit unclear to me; one site has Leroy Young as the main male lead, while the other has Tony Yang… and so on… I have seen the first four episodes of this drama, so I will judge based on what I think makes a lead.
The first episode is wonderful, I think it is the best episode of the drama by far. It has a different feel from any other Taiwanese romcom, and I dare say it is one of the best Taiwanese dramas I have watched so far. Mind you! I haven’t watched many, but between Fated To Love You, Down With Love, and Love Forward. I would pick Love Forward as my favorite Taiwanese romcom any day, any time.
What makes this drama so different? Well, to start, the main leads of the drama are two best friends, not two lovers. And, despite the third credit being Young Leroy (in some info sites), I think the main male lead is Yang Tony; he’s had more screen time, and his story is developed since the first episode. Unless Taiwan has a different way of doing their thing, and its okay to have the main male lead appear on the second or third episode and as a side plot –so far.
What got me from the first few seconds of this drama was the way its told. The main character, Zeng Ai Xing, tells her story and how she met Meng Jing Jing, “a girl who seemed like her guardian angel, but later turned out to be her devil”. This means, not all will be rosy between the best friends, and I was hooked from that point. I thought it was interesting how they want to give us the love triangle -or quadruple- from a completely different perspective. Its not a couple that has to struggle with two other people trying to break them apart, but its about two best friends trying to find love while finding themselves, and perhaps they are both looking in the wrong place? Or, maybe not?… Ill leave that for you to find out…
Acting is one of the strongest points of this drama:
Chen Tammy, why haven’t I seen her acting before? She is terrific. I have found at last my favorite Taiwanese actress. She is funny, very expressive, funny, knows how to look like a fool and is not afraid of it, and did I mentioned she is funny? I love her character because its just too darn natural, it’s a pleasure to watch her act. Tony Yang! WOW… he is also another one that is making me fall in love with his character. Both, Tony and Tammy are great together, their chemistry is overflowing and their bonding is too much fun, it would be a crime to miss it.
All in all, I think, if the drama keeps going in the same awesome directrion it has been going… ill be going forward with it!
Here I’ll leave you with some pictures, and vids for teasing purposes :p (all pictures are from the first episode)
First teaser that came out
The MV for the opening 😀
Ohh!! The eye-candy is HIGH! Haha… couldn’t forget that. :p
This drama has no review yet since it is still airing (and the authors of this blog might take a long time before reviewing it since “lazy” is their last name). To get basic info and cast on this drama, here is the MDL page.
Hope you enjoy it! 😀