(Xue Tian Shi - Snow Angel)
This is one of the slower Taiwanese dramas that I have seen, with a slow introduction to the characters. The plot of the drama was obvious as the theme song played: namely a love triangle between two brothers and a girl. Ji Teng (Toro) plays the younger brother of Xin Feng, who was thought to have drowned while they tried to escape from an orphanage from hell. This incident lead to the separation and different lives of both brothers.
Ji Teng was adopted by a ranch manager, and Xin Feng by a wealthy business tycoon. His daughter, Xue Tong, is a lively and stubborn young girl who believes in living for the moment. Ji Teng and Xue Tong's paths cross at a night market, and she is astounded by his personality and principles, while he is interested in her outlook and characteristics. Xin Feng has always been in love with Xue Tong, and harbours hopes of one day becoming her husband.
As Ji Teng has been abandoned from young, he has no trust in love anymore, until he realises that Xue Tong is the one person that he wants to appreciate and spend the rest of his life with. Upon realisation, he rushes to the church where Xin Feng and Xue Tong are about to exchange their rings, and brings her away on a white horse. They begin their life as a couple, forever running away from Xin Feng.
At this time as well, Xin Feng realises that Ji Teng is his brother. Things worsen as Xin Feng corners Ji Teng and Xue Tong, and the couple decide to jump off the cliff so that they can forever be together... However, this was not to be as not only did they survive the fall, Ji Teng ends up with amnesia, and Xue Tong becomes blind. The story continues...
I thought that the acting was a little forced and wooden. The actors were not that expressive in their actions and facial expressions. I rented this drama as I had heard my friends telling me that this was one of Taiwan's most popular dramas at the time of production... but sad to say, I was let down.
The storyline was a bit too draggy and repetitive at times, with the villain always coming out. An extremely appropriate term for him would be "da bu si de zhang lang". Other than that, there were loads of crying scenes, which reminded me of the Taiwanese dramas of the early 90s.
The female lead playing Xue Tong is rather amusing at the start. However she starts getting on your nerves after a while. Still, she is one of the better cast members in this drama. I would say that the cast playing the roles of the older generation were the best and they are the ones that added colour to the drama.
On the whole, I didn't enjoy this drama all that much, and sad to say, I wouldn't recommend this drama to anyone unless they are extremely bored.