It Started with a Kiss 2/惡作劇2吻/ They Kiss Again

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  • Title: 惡作劇之吻/ E Zuo Ju 2 Wen/ They Kiss Again
  • Genre: Romance, Comedy
  • Episodes: 20
  • Broadcast network: CTV / GTV
  • Broadcast period: 2007-Dec-16 to 2008-Apr-27
  • Air time: Sunday 10:00 to 11:30
  • Producers: Chen Zhi Han, Jerry Feng, Qi Yang Lin, Wang Xin Gui
  • Director: Qu You Ning (Winnie)
  • Screenwriter: Qi Yang Lin

Synopsis

The sequel of It Started With A Kiss begins with Xiang Qin and Zhi Shu’s wedding and honeymoon. Even after marriage, they experience problems and interferences within their marriage such as mistaken pregnancy, misunderstandings, and new found jealousies. Xiang Qin and Zhi Shu switch to medical school to become nurse and doctor. During that time, Zhi Shu meets new rivals who wish to outdo him and Xiang Qin makes four new friends, and one of them likes her and wishes to replace Zhi Shu.

How will their lives turn out to be?

Cast

Ariel Lin as Yuan Xiang Qin :: Ariel Lin is back as the simple and optimistic Yuan Xiang Qin in this sequel of “It Started with a Kiss”. In this drama, we slowly see Xiang Qin mature into a young woman. Although she has matured in this sequel, she is still the same Xiang Qin that we have all learn to love in “It Started with a Kiss”, she still sees the good in people and still a bit naïve. She is still very much in love with Zhi Shu and still consistently wants to be with him. I really liked her character in this sequel, because she had matured yet she still true to herself by maintaining her optimism and her good heart.

Joe Cheng as Jiang Zhi Shu:: Joe Cheng once again plays Jiang Zhi Shu who has slowly open himself and his heart to Xiang Qin. Although we do see that Zhi Shu doesn’t handle well with jealousy. He is still pretty mean to Xiang Qin (even though they are married!). There were a number of scenes that made me want to whack him for saying mean things to Xiang Qin. However, as the drama progresses, we see that Zhi Shu does love Xiang Qin, he just has an odd way of expressing it. I liked his character in the sequel more than the original because although he is still Zhi Shu, he said some really sweet things to Xiang Qin and his actions are more charming to Xiang Qin.

Jiro Wang as Jin Yuan Feng:: Jiro Wang is back as the adorable and a bit annoying Ah Jin. In this sequel, he slowly learns to accept the fact that Xiang Qin is married and that she will never be his. He finds love with this sequel with a new foreign exchange student, Christine. Although he no longer chases after Xiang Qin, he is still there for her. In one part of the drama, he helps get Xiang Qin and Zhi Shu back together again.

Storyline and Relationships

This sequel to “It Started with a Kiss” made me laugh and it made me cry. The story starts after Xiang Qin and Zhi Shu’s wedding, where the couple is going to Guam for their honeymoon. Although with good intentions, I just didn’t feel the connection from “It Started with a Kiss”. When “It Started with a Kiss” ended, Yu Shu (the younger brother) was still a kid, but when the story picked up again, he was in his pre-teens. I know that there was 2 years between “It Started with a Kiss” and “They Kiss Again”, but still…

The story is basically the same as “It Started with a Kiss”, where Xiang Qin still clings onto Zhi Shu and Zhi Shu sort of ignores her (unintentionally). However, I really do like this sequel because it shows the ups and downs of marriage life and how Xiang Qin and Zhi Shu solve their problems.

There were a lot of new cast in the drama, which made the drama look fresh. One of the new characters falls for Xiang Qin and wants to take the place of Zhi Shu in Xiang Qin’s heart. Of course, this causes problems for Xiang Qin and Zhi Shu, Zhi Shu begins to feel jealous because he seem to think that Xiang Qin is spending a lot of time with her student friend, when Xiang Qin only sees him as a friend. Ah Jin helps Zhi Shu understand that he is jealous of the other student for spending so much time with Xiang Qin and reminds Zhi Shu that because of him, he (Ah Jin) suffered through jealously for 6 years.

There were many memorable scenes that made this drama great. Some made me laugh while some made me cry buckets. Here is a few! The first would have to be the bed scene from their honeymoon. It wasn’t very graphic, but there sure was a lot of kissing going on! The second was after they registered their marriage, Zhi Shu told Xiang Qin that ever since she accepted his marriage proposal, he had already treated her as his wife (say it with me… awwww, that’s so sweet). When Xiang Qin ran away from home because she couldn’t graduate with Zhi Shu was so sad. Another scene that was really unforgettable (or at least in my mind) was when Zhi Shu told Qi Tai that Xiang Qin was already married to him, so he shouldn’t make a move on her, this was so sweet because he was jealous…very rare to see Zhi Shu jealous. Another scene was when Xiang Qin was crying in front of Yu Shu’s room, she asked if Zhi Shu loved her and he told her to calm down and she said that “You have never loved me from the beginning, right? Then why did you marry me?” That scene literally broke my heart. I felt so bad for her, she loved him so much and yet, it seemed like he didn’t love her (even though we know that he does love her). I also loved Xiang Qin’s birthday scene where Zhi Shu shows her his office and she finds that it is decorated with things that she made him (i.e. the cake bakery model she made back in “It Started with a Kiss”). And finally, the scene that literally made me cry buckets was when Zhi Shu found Xiang Qin in his office and Xiang Qin told him that he should find someone else because of her disease, and he said “it doesn’t matter if our child is beautiful or ugly, good or bad…as long as it is from you, I will love it”

Overall, I really did like this drama; I love how Zhi Shu became more open to Xiang Qin. And I love how Xiang Qin had matured yet she maintained her optimism.

Rating: 9.7 out of 10

This has been a LTabi review.

info & synopsis credits to Drama Wiki


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