He sits down. Across from him, his companion slides over a plane ticket and a wrapped up camera, urging him to embark on the same trip he went over a year ago.
Since I last complained about its lack of previews, stills, and posters, the production team has been working its butt off to meet the November 1st deadline (when the drama will start its round of broadcasting). The male and female leads are spotted shooting bland stills for the drama (despite the liveliness of the actors, the stills look unimpressive and — might I be blunt — empty. The result of a lack of time I suppose? In any case, check ’em out here if you haven’t already done so.) and 30 second previews have been creeping their way onto the internet. Then, there’s the hour-long BTS aired this past weekend.
This must be a joke. Or April Fools arrived early.
I don’t mean Show Luo’s new image in the upcoming drama Hai Pain Tian Xin/Shanghai Sweetheart/Hi My Sweetheart (read the synopsis here) that’ll replace Roseate-Love, ended just this weekend (finally!). In fact this dorky, mushroom hair and big glasses combination reminds me of singer/songwriter Lu Guangzhong (image here), and I think it’s quite adorable.
The 44th Golden Bell Award nominations came out on the 10th. I planned to write a paragraph or two about it and cram it in one of those E-News Round Ups (read the last AND first one here). But since 1) I’ve already devoted a hefty amount of time recapping some of the dramas and 2) condensing the information (and comments) into a few paragraphs is going to test my ability to be succinct (translates to: too much trouble), I thought I might as well do it the proper respect and give it its own post.
In summary, there is a total of 1,435 pieces competing for 33 awards this year. Out of the submitted pieces, only 149 made it to the final round at the award ceremony, which is scheduled to be hold on — mark your calendar (or wait for my after post) — the 16th of October.
While most dramas get to sell one soundtrack (or one set of soundtracks), Hot Shot gets three — Show Luo is currently promoting his new album, Trendy Man, which features the second Hot Shot theme song called… ummhmm, Hot Shot.
Take a look at the music video that’s just out of the oven:
“Listen up” DaYing snaps back through clenched teeth, “There is only one reason I would come back to this team: I came back to help my best buddy, not out of self-interest. But you, you thought I was a self-serving manipulator after all this?” He throws his arm in disbelief and walks away from Xiang to retrieve his bag. But Xiang’s not finished. He closes his eyes and continues calmly, “You sound so heroic. No need to beat around the bush. If you still have feelings for JieEr, just say it, I can put a large red bow on her and give her to you.” “WHAT-ARE-YOU-SAYIN’? Enraged, DaYing smashes his bag against the floor, marches towards Xiang and jams a fist in Xiang’s cheek, sending him into the wall. “Did I say something wrong?” Xiang continues to be a pain in the ass despite DaYing’s anger. Indignant, DaYing replies with syncopated emphasis, “You may verbally assault me but don’t you dare denigrate JieEr’s love for you.”
Sometimes, we want our man to be a little forceful, take the initiative, make the (inconsequential) decisions, and come forward with his feelings. Because then, we can feel protected, wanted, and compelled to show our own affection in return.