Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Taiwanese Drama - Absolute Boyfriend


Channel U has been showing alot of fantastic and entertaining dramas and variety shows lately and i find myself watching more of its shows :) It is going to show popular Japanese detective drama "Strawberry Night" this Friday, 11.30pm and the drama has just ended in Japan in March 2012 and i'm really impressed that Channel U is making efforts to get the latest popular overseas dramas for its TV viewers. One of the drama i have started watching on Channel U every Sunday nights is this interesting Taiwanese romance idol drama "Absolute Boyfriend" starring one of my favorite Korean actress Gu Hye Seon and Taiwanese actor and singer Jiro Wang. The drama is currently showing in Taiwan and getting good ratings.


"Absolute Boyfriend" is an adaptation from popular Japanese manga of the same title, by Yuu Watase. There was a Japanese drama adaptation of the manga in 2008 named "Zettai Kareshi" and starred Japanese actors Mokomichi Hayami and Saki Aibu in the hit series.


I have not watch "Zettai Kareshi" and decided to watch this Taiwanese adaptation as it is Gu Hye Seon's first time working in a non-Korean production and i'm curious how she would portray the character and i have enjoyed watching all her previous Korean dramas. The drama started showing on Channel U every Sundays, 9.30pm since 8 April 2012 and you can watch it online at (http://video.xin.msn.com/browse/tv/show?tag=absolute+boyfriend) if you missed the first 2 episodes. The main leads were in Singapore to promote the drama over the weekend and I found some pictures from Channel U Facebook to share with those who missed the event. You can go to its Facebook to view more pictures of the events.





I'm not a fan of Jiro Wang but i like the catchy theme song of the drama sang by him and has included its MV below:

假裝我們沒愛過 (Pretend We Have Never Love Before)MV - Jiro Wang

In "Absolute Boyfriend" Gu Hye Seon plays an office lady Guan Xiao Fei who is always getting into trouble at work. She is always unlucky in love and has been rejected by every boy she has ever had a crush on. When she returns a lost cell phone to an oddly dressed salesman, she mentions wanting a boyfriend. To thank her, he directs her to his company's website, Kronos Heaven. When she visits the site, Xiao Fei finds it's a site to create your perfect lover. On the spur of the moment and without really understanding the implications, Xiao Fei orders one and thought she can always return it after the 2-days free trial. The next day, her new lover arrives.....



Following the instruction manual, she kisses him to wake him up and configures him to be in love with only her. She names him Night. Three days later, she is shocked to learn that she only had him for a free trial for 48 hours and she has missed the return period! The salesman, Lei Wu Wu, tells her that she must now pay one million dollar for Night, however, they will waive the fee if she helps them to collect data about how women think and feel to help perfect future models.She must also keep Night's true nature a secret from everyone around her and would have to pay the full one million if she reveals to anyone he is a robot. She has no choice but to agree.



Jiro Wang plays the "perfect boyfriend robot" Night and he is programmed to be her perfect boyfriend and sensitive to her emotional needs. However, this creates a love triangle with a distinguished young man Yan Zong Shi (played by Taiwanese actor Kun Da) at her company who also has feelings for her. He is her childhood friend and next door neighbor and in love with her secretly. He constantly looks out for her, cooks and help to tidy her house but pretends that he finds her irritating in front of others and Xiao Fei and does not care about her at all. Zong Shi decides to declare his love for her out of fear he will lose her to Night.

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As the series progresses, Night begins to develop real human emotions, enabling him to truly love Xiao Fei but also resulting in system malfunctions. Between the perfect lover Night and the caring Zong Shi, who will Xiao Fei choose in the end and who would you prefer she end up with ;)

(Source: http://www.facebook.com/channelu)
(Source: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UX0VUjfETLE&feature=related)
(Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Absolute_Boyfriend_%28TV_series%29)
(Source: http://www.allkpop.com/2011/05/goo-hye-sun-gets-a-new-partner-for-taiwanese-drama-absolute-boyfriend)


FoodieFC said...

I am a guy. but still i find this show awesome haha!

Miaka said...

I love the manga and absolutely love the jap drama of it as well! Thanks for this recommendation, I have to watch this!!! :)

Janice said...

Thanks for the comments and i can't wait for this Sunday's episode. Miaka, hope you will like the drama too :)

Senika said...

I watched the japanese drama two times already. I love it and I like the taiwanese version too. ^ ^

Janice said...

Hi Senika, glad to hear you enjoy both versions :) think i will go search online for the Japanese version to watch too while waiting for Sunday's episode ;)