Newbie C-actress Shen Yue Cast as Female Lead in TW-drama Meteor Garden 2018

The new Taiwanese version of Hana Yori Dango has finalized casting of all the leads with the selection of fresh-faced young rookie C-actress Shen Yue as the female lead. Meteor Garden 2018 comes 17 years after the original Meteor Garden was a huge hit and spawned the careers of Barbie Hsu, Jerry Yan, Vic Zhou, Ken Zhu, and Vanness Wu. All five are household names to varying degrees and have that drama to thank, and for the keen eye of producer Angie Cai in assembling the cast. Hopefully her keen eye is still sharp because her choice of five super rookies with Shen Yue joining the new F4 male leads Kuan Hong, Dylan Wang, Wu Xi Zhe, and Liang Jing Kang is a total mystery to me beyond all five look super young and good looking. The drama is slated to start filming for a premiere in Taiwan and China sometime next year. Shen Yue is visually such a spot on casting choice for the female lead, she looks like a spunky shoujo manga heroine. Continue reading

Latest Tabloid Report Adds to the Long Rumored Dating Between Hana Yori Dango’s Matsumoto Jun and Inoue Mao

Something is afoot in Johnny’s tightly run ship, that or he’s given up trying to keep under wraps the long rumored and much eyewitness accounts of the dating relationship between Arashi’s Matsumoto Jun and actress Inoue Mao. Of course this … Continue reading

Koala Discusses Two Decades Worth of Notable J-doramas

Some of my all-time fave dramas are Japanese doramas. I’ve been watching J-doramas since the early 90s, when I was a wee lass (okay, not so wee, but definitely still a lass), and following this bandwagon has been a bumpy … Continue reading