iFamily

Hola todos!

Hoy quiero hablar de una serie española que he descubierto este fin de semana en rtve.es. Se llama “iFamily”.

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Sinopsis:

iFamily’ es una comedia española producida por Televisión Española junto a Juan Alexandre (‘Ana y los siete‘), escrita por José Luis Acosta y dirigida por Rafa Montesinos.

La serie gira en torno a las aventuras de Kike y Luis, dos hermanos totalmente opuestos y que no se soportan el uno al otro pero que tendrán que conseguir sacar a su familia adelante fingiendo ser de una manera totalmente diferente a como realmente son.

Luis, papel interpretado por Antonio Garrido, tiene cuatro hijos de los que nunca se ha ocupado hasta ahora que quiere y no puede: Laura (Sara Vidorreta), Carlos (Santi Díaz), Miguel (Arnau Colomer) y Ana (Alicia Chojnowski).

Luis nunca ejerció de padre y ahora que debe y quiere, no puede. Kike siempre huye de las responsabilidades y ahora le llega la mayor de ellas. Girón, un implacable abogado y Curro, un liante profesional y dueño del bar del barrio donde ambos crecieron, serán los consejeros de uno y otro. También aparecerá Lola, una trabajadora social tan estricta en lo profesional como insegura en lo personal que seguirá de cerca la educación de los niños. Una familia atípica, actual y “conectada”.

Su hermano, Kike (Raúl Fernández), es un chico que huye de todo tipo de preocupaciones y que dedica su tiempo libre a vivir la vida y a jugar a las cartas. Cuando menos se lo espera le llega su primera y más importante responsabilidad: cuidar de sus sobrinos pero no sin antes lograr convencer a Lola (Bárbara Goenaga) de que, a pesar de su forma de afrontar el día a día, está totalmente capacitado para ello.

La ficción cuenta con un reparto estrella que lo completan Fernando Cayo, que da vida al abogado de Luis; Antonio Resines, que encarna a Curro, un empresario que no es trigo limpio; Karmen Garay, Inés en ‘iFamily’, la hija de Curro; Alicia Fernández, que interpreta a África, la niñera, y Chanel Terrero, que es Isa, la actual novia de Luis. La serie se estrena el martes 7 de marzo de 2017.

A mi me encanta mucho ver esta serie por varias razones pero sobretodo para mejorar mi nivel en español y aprender mas sobre la cultura española. La historia es muy interesante también los personajes son atractivos. He visto solo los primeros capítulos y no puedo decir mas que querría saber si habra una segunda temporada…

Because I met you 因为遇见你

Release date: 2017

Main lead: Sun Yi (Zhang Guo Guo), Deng Lun (Li Yun Kai), Wu You (Zhang Yu Xin), Dai Chao (Li Yun Zhe)

Zhang Guo Guo grew up in a Wonton shop and is also the food-delivery girl for the town. Although she did not receive high education, she is loved by her neighborhood because of her enthusiastic and sincere personality. But what people don’t know is that Guo Guo is actually a famous embroidery workshop boss‘s daughter, and an accident caused her to grow up in the small town. 

Guo Guo has a unique talent when it comes to embroidery. Guo Guo is very grateful for Wang Aiyu for raising her, so she views Wang Ai Yu’s biological daughter, Zhang Yu Xin, as her own family. On the road to pursuing their dreams, the two girls meet brothers Li Yun Kai and Li Yun Zhe, and love blossoms.

Source: DramaList

My comment?

Another beautiful drama seen in 2017… I’ve already watched it twice and I might start to watch it again after writing this article… Even though it’s the typical drama story, everything was perfectly said and done, I have no major comments except that I met another great actor Deng Lun, who has been particularly popular this year with several dramas. I mentioned him in the post about “Ode to Joy”, in which he played in 2016.

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I also got to meet Sun Yi playing Zhang Guo Guo. She is extremely beautiful, I mean they’re all beautiful but she has a special beauty, she’s like no other (cf photo). I think she’s a newbie because usually when I really like an actress, I look for her previous dramas and I found none when it comes to her so let’s see if she’ll have more opportunities in the future.

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She has a strong connection with Deng Lun as they act as childhood sweethearts. The story is truly moving, I was crying at times especially when she’s rejected by her stepsister and when her foster mother never shows her any affection. One thing we can say is that she learned it the hard way and that’s why she later becomes a successful and beautiful woman; she’s humble despite the fact that she is actually from a wealthy family. I really admire this type of person whether in dramas or in real life, people with this kind of character and energy really tend to impress me. In fact, I’m not impressed by money, luxury whatsoever, and it’s a pity that people nowadays only pretend to be somebody else. Anyway, I will award a 100 points to this drama and I highly recommend it to anybody who needs to learn more about what’s truly important in Life.

Física o Química

Dans cette série, le téléspectateur assiste au quotidien d’un lycée espagnol, le lycée Zurbarán, selon le point de vue de jeunes enseignants. Les appréhensions des personnages principaux au sujet de leur nouveau travail d’éducateurs, les conflits et interactions entre les professeurs et leurs élèves, ainsi que les premières amours des étudiants sont décrits au cours des épisodes de cette série.

(Source:Wikipedia)

Pretty Li Hui Zhen 漂亮的李慧珍

Release date: January, 2017

Main lead: Dilraba Dilmurat (Li Hui Zhen), Peter Sheng (Bai Hao Yu)

Li Huizhen was a pretty girl when she was young, but years of hardship have taken a toll on her physical appearance. Her childhood friend, Bai Haoyu was short and chubby, but grew up to be successful and attractive. 12 years later, Haoyu tracks down Huizhen to reconnect with her. They decided to meet, but Haoyu was unable to recognize Huizhen. Embarrassed by her looks and situation, Huizhen sends her stylish best friend, Xia Qiao to appear in her place. Things turn complicated when Huizhen lands an internship at a fashion magazine company she’s been wanting to get into, and finds out that Haoyu is her new boss. Not knowing her true identity, Haoyu openly berates her clumsy nature. Meanwhile, Huizhen’s colleague, Lin Yimu falls in love with her, and Xia Qiao also begin to develop feelings for Haoyu.

Source: Wikipedia

My comment?

Same old Same old, if you’ve been reading my posts about some american love stories that I really loved, then you will find some similarities here… Hui Zhen and Baoyu, the kind of love that I used to yearn for, they met each other in primary school, they fell in love and parted ways then Baoyu come back and looks for Hui Zhen… It’s a bit like the popular american TvShow Ugly Betty, the ugly assistant working in a Fashion Magazine or again the German version with Lisa Plenske. How is this story different? Well, I will mention the BEST FRIEND Xiao Qiao who is beautiful, rich and a fashion killer. Baoyu mistook her for Hui Zhen because of a physical appearance, let’s be honest have you seen the real Hui Zhen? (cf photos) Hui Zhen was so embarrassed as the little fatty boy turned out to be this handsome and remarkable man, she couldn’t face him… so she asked Xiao Qiao to take her place as Hui Zhen and get rid of Baoyu.

Li Hui Zhen
Xiao Qiao (right), Hui Zhen (left)

As the story unfolds, Xiao Qiao starts to fall in love with him and he starts to fall in love with the real Hui Zhen, the clumsy and ugly assistant. This story wa so cute and what I found cuter is that Hui Zhen may not be rich or beautiful, she has a kind heart, she is positive about her life and has hope. She neither envy nor hate her best friend even when Xiao Qiao starts to fall in love with Baoyu and sees him without telling her the truth…

 

Can we go back to the 80s?

Did you ever wish you were born in a different generation?

Well, I did and still do…
Ever since I started speaking English, I always wanted to find a way to improve and the best way to do so is to immerse yourself in the culture whether it’s movies, music, books or else, I’m totally buying it ! But the problem is, you need to get the proper English not only the colloquial one spoken on the streets. So I figured it would be best to listen to Rock bands (e.g. The Beatles) and watch movies starting from the 80s. That’s how I discovered and fell in love with Molly Ringwald, I learned to dance with “Footloose”and Patrick Dempsey taught me that we cannot buy Love.

Before starting to introduce you to my favorite movies (cf photos), let me explain why I chose the 80s. Indeed, I’ve always been a helpless romantic and dreamer. I’m in love with Love itself and especially good love stories based on Respect and Kindness. Nowadays, people take their relationship for granted. A man will no longer fight for the woman he loves, he will no longer pay any attention to the details (gifts, flowers…) because he thinks “there are plenty of fish in the sea”. Actually, he just needs to download an application like Tinder, Happen and it’s a done deal, the same goes for the woman I know it because I’ve been there myself. In 2018, Love has become a temporary emotion and sex is its mean of satisfaction, and I feel like this is the kind of message that’s being sent in movies and TVshows nowadays. To be honest, I used to watch a lot of them but now I feel like this is not the way I want to live anymore, I’m having an awakening and starting to embrace my true-self, not trying to please anyone and if they don’t like it, fine, I can live with it. As a woman, I thing it’s very important to be cherished, loved, taken care of without having to give anything in return. A man should treat his wife the way he treats his mother and the way he would like his sister to be treated. This is a basic rule of nature, treat the people around you the way you would like to be treated, I don’t think that’s complicated. But today, in the Western World (or elsewhere), people do whatever they want without even respecting the sensibility of others !! It’s completely outrageous and beware of the names they will call you if you’re not a good “sheep”. Well… I’m sorry, this is the way it is, I’m a human being, I’m conscious and I can make the difference between good and evil, and what’s acceptable and what is not. I don’t need bogus theories which are complete nonsense to please the masses. It might be a bit cliché but “BE yourself and THINK for yourself”…

Anyway, after all’s been said, let’s get to the quick introduction of the movies cited below and I will begin with FOOTLOOSE (main lead: Kevin Bacon and Lori Singer) which totally relates to my point stated in the second paragraph of this post. What’s the story? A boy moves from Chicago and ends up living in the small town of Bomont. He loves dancing but can’t fulfill his wish because there are some restrictions in the little town where people go to Church on Sundays and consider dancing as evil. He will start fighting these laws alongside his new friends Willard and Ariel (Wikipedia) Do you understand my point so far? If you don’t and I’m pretty sure that is the case, then it doesn’t matter because when I first watched this movie few years ago, I was footloosing and dancing around the house and talking about freedom of dance etc. Well, today I realize that it may be a whole agenda going on here because in our society it’s like a shame to be talking about God, Faith, Spirituality, actually it’s boring and not “cool” at all. People who go to Church or to the Mosque are oftentimes ridiculed, insulted, marginalized by society. The more young, wild and free you act, the more you get praised by society and the propaganda started right in the 80s. You might think that the word “propaganda” is a be strong here but I think not. Indeed, it’s exactly what’s going on. Some talk about “Tolerance”, “Equality”, “Freedom of speech” but it’s clearly a myth because when you are against or when you don’t accept the popular beliefs you are automatically stigmatized… It goes on and on and my question would be: Are we building a godless society? When I was studying in Barcelona we had a lesson about religions in our society and the teacher asked us what is our greatest fear, and a girl from Russia answered: A Society in which there would be no God. I was totally surprised because it’s very rare to meet this kind of people with such thoughts today…

Next on the list, we have CAN’T BUY ME LOVE (main lead: Patrick Dempsey and Amanda Peterson), is the typical american love story, the NERD who falls in love with the Prom’ Queen… The story? Ronald Miller is a typical high school nerd living in suburban Tucson, Arizona. He has spent all summer mowing lawns to save up for a telescope. At an opportune moment, he makes a deal with next-door neighbor and popular cheerleader Cynthia “Cindy” Mancini. Cindy had borrowed her mother’s expensive suede outfit without permission, to wear to a party, only to have Quint accidentally spill red wine on it. Cindy reluctantly agrees to help Ronald look “cool” by pretending to be his girlfriend for a month for $1000, even though she already has a boyfriend named Bobby who is attending the University of Iowa (Wikipedia)I know it might be a bit corny but honestly it’s pure and simple just how I think life of a normal teenager should be, there’s nothing wrong with being a NERD everybody deserves to love and be loved in return…

Finally, last but not least, the best of the best, to me she’s the best teenage actress of the 80s: Molly RINGWALD (Molly Kathleen Ringwald (born February 18, 1968) is an American actress, singer, and author. She was cast in her first major role as Molly in the NBC sitcom The Facts of Life (1979–80) after a casting director saw her playing an orphan in a stage production of the musical Annie. She and several other members of the original Facts of Life cast were let go when the show was reworked by the network. She subsequently made her motion picture debut in the independent film Tempest (1982), which earned her a Golden Globe nomination for New Star of the Year. Ringwald is known for her collaborations with filmmaker John Hughes, having appeared in three of his films.After appearing in the successful Hughes films Sixteen Candles (1984), The Breakfast Club (1985), and Pretty in Pink (1986), Ringwald became a teen icon. She later starred in The Pick-up Artist (1987), Fresh Horses (1988) and For Keeps (1988). She starred in many films in the 1990s, most notably Something to Live for: The Alison Gertz Story (1992) and The Stand (1994). Ringwald is part of the “Brat Pack” and she was ranked number 1 on VH1’s 100 Greatest Teen Stars. Ringwald currently portrays Mary Andrews on The CW television series Riverdale). Wikipedia

. I’ve seen all her movies and selected 3 of them as the best:

  1. PRETTY IN PINK (High school senior Andie Walsh lives with her underemployed working class father, Jack, in a Chicago suburb. Andie’s best friend, Phil “Duckie” Dale, is in love with her, but is afraid to tell her how he truly feels. In school, Duckie and Andie, along with their friends, are harassed and bullied by the arrogant “richie” kids, specifically Benny Hanson and her boyfriend Steff McKee, who is secretly interested in Andie.) Wikipedia
  2. THE BREAKFAST CLUB (On Saturday March 24, 1984 at Shermer High School in Illinois, Pampered Claire Standish, champion wrestler Andrew Clarke, geek Brian Johnson, outcast Allison Reynolds, and delinquent John Bender gather in the school library for weekend detention. Assistant principal Richard Vernon instructs them not to talk, move from the seats, or sleep until they are released that afternoon. He assigns them a 1,000-word essay in which each must describe to him “who they think they are”. He leaves, returning only occasionally to check on them.) Wikipedia
  3. SIXTEEN CANDLES (High school sophomore Samantha “Sam” Baker struggles to go through the day on her 16th birthday, which her entire family has forgotten about because her older sister, Ginny, is getting married the next day. She is also plagued by infatuation with a popular and attractive senior, Jake Ryan. At school, she fares no better when she finds out that a completed “sex quiz”, which she tried to surreptitiously slip to her friend Randy, never reached her and, unbeknownst to either of them, was picked up by Jake. Despite her name not being on the quiz, Sam is still a bit panicked because the quiz contains sensitive information, such as how she is a virgin and is saving herself for Jake.) Wikipedia

The Princess Wei Young 锦绣未央

Release date: 2016

Main lead: Luo Jin (Tuoba Jun) and Tiffany Tang (Li Wei Young)

The Northern Wei Dynasty was obliterated one night leaving behind the kindhearted Princess Feng Xin Er as an orphan. Although she escapes death, she accidentally enters her enemy’s territory and she assumes the identity of Li Wei Young, the daughter of the Prime Minister. She suffers many hardships but eventually utilizes her wisdom and sense of justice to become a powerful woman as well as gaining a beautiful romance.

(Source: MyDramaList)

My comment?

Certainly my favorite Chinese celebrity couple. Actually they started dating on set of this drama and they’ve been together ever since.

I discovered Tiffany Tang in the drama “My Sunshine” and I think she’s an amazing actress probably one of the best in China with Yang Mi and Liu Yi Fei. She’s in her 30s but she looks really young and can play any roles. Luo Jin is also a very handsome and talented actor. I think I saw him for the first time in the drama “Diamond Girl”, in which he plays alongside Tiffany Tang as well.

This drama is a Wuxia (historical drama). What I liked about this drama is the fast beginning. The first episode goes straight to the point, the story starts and you don’t even have any time left to think or get bored. There are many twists and turns, the usual fight between good and evil, and a strong female lead who is brave, confident and particularly smart. Indeed, one thing that I’ve found out watching chinese historical dramas, is the way the woman is depicted. We can see that she has a strong role to play in the Story. She is smart, courageous, at times she is even skilled in martial arts, she is respected, admired, praised. They are a good role model to any little chinese girl and for me as well. I’m learning to be more brave and resilient and to work very hard to achieve my goals. I think this is something which is part of the Chinese Philosophy and Culture. Being able to convey this kind of message through television is certainly one of China’s greatest achievement.

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Luo Jin and Tiffany Tang

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Love O2O 微微一笑很倾城

Release date: 2016

Main lead: YangYang (Xiao Nai) and Zheng Shuang (Bei Wei Wei)

Native Title: 微微一笑很倾城 (Wei Wei Yi Xiao Hen Qing Cheng)

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?

(Source: MyDramaList)

My comment?

OMG, where do I start?

Love O2O is by far the cutest and purest drama I’ve ever watched. Honestly, I don’t even know how to explain my feelings but let the numbers talk for themselves:  7,812,133 views on kissasian.ch in less than 2 years!! It’s even more popular than some of the western tv shows…

Anyway, first of all I would like to talk about the main lead. I already knew Zheng Shuang, the female lead, from “Meteor shower” in which she starred with Zhang Han. The drama is a remake of a Japanese drama named “Hana Yori Dango”. She won several awards at a young age and she has a promising career in China with her own Studio which by the way produced “Love O2O”.

Shuang Zheng
Zheng Shuang

The male lead on the other hand was completely unknown (at least to me), he had already played the role of Jia Bao Yu in a famous Wuxia, “The Dream of Red Mansions”, which made him really famous. Some critics even stated that his was born to play this role. He is so handsome, I think this is something you can’t miss…

Yang Yang
YangYang

As far as the plot is concerned, there is nothing much. The reason why I find this drama so interesting is because it’s not like the other dramas in which there are several twists and turns: they hate each other, then they fall in love, they breakup (either because the mother is against the relationship or he got into an accident and lost his memory etc.). No! In this one, everything went smoothly. The only disappointing thing was the kissing, it wasn’t passionate, rather boring sometimes. Zheng Shuang was just standing there doing nothing, not even moving. Yes, it might be the script but compared to the movie with Jing Bo Ran and Angela Baby, that part was a 2 out of 10 and that’s just because YangYang was playing his part… other than that, they are a match made in heaven!

Photos from the drama

Source: Google