Monday, July 2, 2012

Extravagant Challenge

Rating: *****

Genre: Comedy, Romance
Episodes: 15
Cast: Choi Si Won, Lee Donghae, Bianca Bai, Ivy Chen, Allen Chao

"Sixteen year old Mogami Kyoko sacrificed her life to support her boyfriend, Sho, so he could become a successful singer. One day, Sho suddenly breaks up with Kyoko, leaving her with nothing, and Kyoko vows revenge. She decides to delve into the entertainment world and become even more successful than Sho to get back at him. Kyoko therein meets Ren, another actor in her agency, who helps motivate her to become a top entertainer."

One word: daebak!  Or, should I say jincai?  Or, maybe even sugoi desu?  I really cannot decide which language to use.

Extravagant Challenge, the Taiwan version of the Japanese manga Skip-Beat, is really the fusion of Asian film.  A Japanese story, Taiwan producers, and two Korean actors make for a good mix of cultures.  Although I cannot stand dubs, I was happy enough with the story that I really didn't mind.  The story was funny and the acting wasn't bad.

Although I have not really read the original manga, and cannot verify how close it is to the original storyline, I can say that the story is very funny and lighthearted.  They kept the original anime-like style, but didn't lose their acting skills completely while doing it.  I'd definitely recommend this for anyone who wants a lighthearted, short drama.  Then again, I may be biased due to my love for Siwon.

What did you think of this drama? Comment below!

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