Taiwan Starts Filming Military Themed Romance Drama The Best Choice Modeled After Descendants of the Sun

Filming has commenced for what is being billed as Taiwan’s adaptation of hit K-drama Descendants of the Sun, but really I think that’s a stretch and more of a marketing ploy. DotS has been referred to as a homage and glorification of military service in Korea, turning what is a mandatory two year purgatory of sorts of all able bodied men into a rah-rah maschismo patriotic litmus test. Nothing wrong with that, and if Taiwan’s own military department wants to sponsor a drama similar to DotS that highlights the positive elements of serving in the Taiwanese military then so be it. The drama is called The Best Choice and stars Yuan Ai Fei with model-actor Allen Chen, with the two leads way more model-esque than their Korean drama counterparts Song Joong Ki and Song Hye Kyo. Allen is playing a military officer but Yuan Ai Fe’s character is a music teacher rather than a doctor. Continue reading

Taiwan Stars Bring the Glamour for the 2014 SETTV Drama Awards

It’s a bit of a downer to feel s o nonchalant about the Taiwan idol dramas of 2014. SETTV dumped a lot of drama hours but overall the buzz seems to have died down. Despite producing one of my all-time … Continue reading

SETTV Holds Thank You Banquet with Stars and Brand Sponsors in Attedance

Taiwan’s biggest producer of nicely packaged idol dramas SETTV held a thank you banquet at the Taipei Le Meredien over the weekend, the second successive big celebrity packed event at the fancy hotel after Mark Chao and Gao Yuan Yuan‘s … Continue reading

SETTV Daily Drama Love Cheque Charge with George Hu and Yuan Ai Fei Releases Cute First Teasers

I always welcome a good daily drama which feels like an unassuming watch that takes nothing out of me. Commitment is not needed since one can stop and go without missing much, and it’s perfect as treadmill fodder. In the … Continue reading