Basic Love ;; Love Shuffle

Basic Love

A romantic story symphonized with the song of a triangular relationship between Ling (Elanne Kong), June (Janice Man) and Rex (Rex Ho). Ling got leukemia since she was a child; she hides the true feeling and health condition from her best friends, Rex and June. June who moved from China to HK when she was little, assists her mom to make a living hardily resulting in a self-contained character. The two girls are completely different in personality, yet they're frank with each other. June feels for Rex. Meanwhile, June seems to overlook an admirer, Hee (Xu Zheng Xi). It's graduation time, they're standing in front of the crossroad to their future, and none of them takes a step closer to change their relationship, until the day when Ling is admitted to the hospital, the long compression of emotion is broken...

I rarely like watching C-movies/dramas now but I thought I’d just try this one out. I was curious as to how Janice does at acting and people’s comments were that they cried. I was thinking that I was going to be in for a sob fest or whatever. Even from the synopsis.. I mean come on, leukemia-stricken patient and a love triangle!

It was a major letdown and I found it super boring instead. I just couldn’t feel any of the emotions the characters were feeling! Except maybe Elanne Kong’s character Ling. I can understand why she didn’t want to explore her feelings for Rex because she thinks it’s not fair to when she has a clock ticking away counting down as she gets closer to death. However, I didn’t really catch her feelings for him until June mentions it.

I was just really over Rex by the end of the movie and wish he’d just go away!! Even after he knew of June’s feelings towards him he didn’t do anything about it. I understand he might be careless about his actions because right then all his attention was focused on Ling… but come on… you can’t even just let her down gently or something???


Love Shuffle

Usami Kei is a salaryman who has risen in status due to his engagement with Mei, the wealthy daughter of his company's president. Shortly after she breaks off the engagement, a power failure leaves him stuck in the elevator of his apartment building. Trapped with him are three others living on the same floor - Airu, a trilingual interpreter, Ojiro, a model photographer, and Masato, a psychiatrist. While waiting, their conversation hits upon their love lives and the question of whether there is truly only one fated partner for everyone. As a result, they decide to try "shuffling" their relationships with each other.

Love Shuffle focuses on four couples that are in a dysfunctional relationship. In hopes of fixing things up, they decide to shuffle around their partners at the suggestion of Masato. Kei is trying to figure out why Mei broke off their engagement and wants to know how to get back in her good graces. Airu has to deal with an overly attached boyfriend that uses money to try and fix everything. Ojiro regularly sees a married woman. Masato brings his patient who is attracted to Thanatos, or death.

I really enjoyed watching this because while it does touch on some serious issues, it was quite light-hearted. Not something that will get you really depressed while watching it. It also kept the viewers intrigued wondering how the dates would go each time the couples switched relationships. These were decided by drawing cards and whoever had a matching pair, would go on a date together. Once they went around once they went around one more time to try again.

It was a little boring watching Kairi’s scenes (Masato’s patient) because she doesn’t talk! Her whole role in the drama probably only evoked like 10 lines or something. I get that she’s kind of messed up and had no interest in issues around her because of her obsession with death. It’s still a bit irritating seeing her just sitting there…chewing on ice. I felt like she was so hard to connect that towards the end I really just didn’t want to watch her anymore. I think if she somehow got across her feelings even without lots of speaking parts it would’ve won me over, but alas it did not ::^^::.

The viewers get thrown into a major plot twist halfway through the drama though. Good twist! Definitely keeps viewers on their toes for the show.


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