It’s Recess time at the Playground! Which of course means I’m on vacation, this time for two weeks (as opposed to a meager one week last August to Maui). Come sunshine or typhoon, clearly I’ll still be posting since I’m OCD like that, it just won’t be that often. Last time I took a long vacation, I inaugurated Recess posts to generate a discussion topic for folks to run with it and generate fun conversation. This first Recess post will be to share my favorite opening credits from Taiwan dramas. Unlike J-doramas or K-dramas, TW-dramas tend to actually spend time and effort to craft memorable and oftentimes stellar opening credits. It requires blending the perfect opening theme song with a series of creative montages from the drama (either footage or something outside from the actually story) to whet the appetite and engage the interest of the audience. More than anything, a great opening credit becomes something that can be enjoyed as a standalone entertainment piece. Even if you don’t watch TW-dramas, check out the opening credits below and try something new. Then tell me – what are your favorite opening credits from any drama?
The drama is all sorts of terrible, but this might be my all-time favorite opening credits. Classy, fun, and evocative. It gives a clear snapshot of Blue Lan‘s character in the drama, and the theme song by Magic Power is amazingly perfect. Love the black and white suit juxtaposition between the two male leads, and how the spotlight shines on them all at the end.
The first ten episodes of this drama was on track to become my favorite TW-drama of all-time, and the final ten episodes crashed and burned spectacularly. But this opening credit is just a work of art. I love how lines of dialogue spoken by Lynn Xiong and Vanness Wu from the drama are included, which encapsulates their character’s world views. This opening manages to be sexy and intense.
Black & White:
Everything about the excitement and thrill of this drama and the beauty of Harbor City (really Kaohsiung, Taiwan), reduced to less than 2 minutes. And FYI, I do plan on finishing my B&W recaps. I really do!
Zhong Wu Yen:
Drama was meh, with so much potential never realized. But the opening was lovely and dreamy, though it was really Chris Wu that stole the show for me even starting from the opening credits.
It Started with a Kiss:
An oldie but goodie. Simple but effectively shows off a cute manga vibe and captures the central theme of the story, Xiang Qin always chasing after Zhi Shu, and Zhi Shu turning around to look for her when he can’t spot her.
What can I say? This opening just fills my heart with glee until it fairly wants to burst with happiness. Well done, SH, well done.
The drama was good but ultimately not great, but it had amazingly gorgeous cinematography which is evident in its darling opening credits. Despite not loving AC, watching the opening makes me want to re-watch the drama, which means it really did its job.
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