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spcnet's Ratings

She's So Lovable
She's So Lovable 2014
     

Lack of chemistry between Krystal and Rain, it's very unbelievable to see them together as a couple, perhaps due to the age gap too. The series also drags on with a thin and boring plot that can't be saved by Rain's charisma. Don't waste your time!

Fated to Love You
Fated to Love You 2014
     

Jang Nara is always great at these types of sweet romances. She is one of those few actresses who can act cute and not be annoying.

Hotel King
Hotel King 2014
     

Highly melodramatic, with a lot of pretty posing camera shots to show off Lee Da Hae and Lee Dong Wook's beautiful faces. Lee Dong Wook switches between zombie staring and great subtle emoting but it's not enough to completely draw a viewer to believe this story.

Miss Korea
Miss Korea 2014
     

Heartfelt and warm. When the world crushes you, you still stand up and smile. Waikiki!

The Suspicious Housekeeper
The Suspicious Housekeeper 2013
     

Heartwarming, and a better ending than the Japanese drama that it adapted from.

My Love From Another Star
My Love From Another Star 2014
     

Enjoyable romantic comedy because of Jun Ji Hyun!

Deja Vu
Deja Vu 2013
     

So far, bland acting from the main cast, but the premise of the storyline is interesting.

Secret
Secret 2013
     

Thrilling drama with some good acting. Why does Ji Sung look so gaunt now?

Triumph in the Skies II
Triumph in the Skies II 2013
     

Spoilers alert: It's a bit selfish that Zoe would leave Sam like that and let him deal with the guilt of not being with her before she dies. I never like the premise of sequels where they destroy perfectly good romantic endings from the previous drama just for the sake of a sequel.

Master's Sun
Master's Sun 2013
     

Excellent mix of horror and romance. So Ji Sub and Gong Hyo Jin have chemistry but the last 3 episodes were dragged on for too long due to popular viewership.

The Heirs
The Heirs 2013
     

Very similar to Boys Over Flowers synopsis with lots of rich guys and one poor main girl character.

That Winter, the Wind Blows
That Winter, the Wind Blows 2013
     

Dramatic production...Jo In Sung overacts a bit but Song Hye Kyo is good.

Inbound Troubles
Inbound Troubles 2013
     

Glad to see Joey Meng back on the scene, though she's not usually associated with comedies.

Flower Boy Next Door
Flower Boy Next Door 2013
     

Silly, funny cute so far.

The Legend of the Condor Heroes
The Legend of the Condor Heroes 1982
     

Hua Zheng is played by Marilyn Wong Cho Si: http://www.spcnet.tv/Marilyn-Wong-Cho-Si-ac3357.html

When Heaven Burns
When Heaven Burns 2011
     

Not your run-of-the-mill TVB drama as this is more thought-provoking about morals and friendship. It also made it to win TVB's 2012 Best Drama award given that its last episode(s) were broadcasted in 2012.

Seigi no Mikata
Seigi no Mikata 2008
     

Yamada Yu is deliciously wicked as the evil older sister in this comedy.

Ballad of the Desert
Ballad of the Desert 2013
     

If this drama can maintain the quality of Bu Bu Jing Xin, then it will likely be another hit. The leads are promising, hopefully the acting can keep up. Looks like TVB actors (Fala Chen in her first Mainland Chinese series) are now also going to Mainland China to make their bucks!

The Demi-Gods and Semi-Devils
The Demi-Gods and Semi-Devils 2013
     

Somehow I just don't see Wallace Chung as a formidable martial artist who can exude the rawness and beastly aura of someone who can command a clan and battle galores of top fighters all at once.

The Confidant
The Confidant 2012
     

Wayne Lai and Michelle Yim to win the corresponding Best Actor and Actress awards again?

The Moon That Embraces the Sun
The Moon That Embraces the Sun 2012
     

The drama reads like a romance novel, given its origins. It's almost always disappointing to see the children grow up because the child actors and actresses do such a great job portraying innocent love (and look better than the grown-up counterparts in some cases). Overall, a mostly romantic, and sometimes sappy, story with not a whole lot of political intrigue and guys crying a lot.

Love Rain
Love Rain 2012
     

This is a really cheesy drama that just doesn't have the same touch as You're Beautiful.

Rooftop Prince
Rooftop Prince 2012
     

One of the best time-traveling Korean dramas of recent. Han Ji Min and Micky Yoochun shine here.

Swordsman
Swordsman 2013
     

Skeptical at the casting of Joe Chen as Dong Fong Bu Bai and the whole idea of Ling Hu Chong of potentially having a relationship with him/her. It plays out nicely in the Swordsman II movie with Bridget Lin, but the Jin Yong purist in me cries foul for a drama adaptation.

Faith
Faith 2012
     

Time-traveling seems to be the new Korean drama trend as you can't get a way from one lately. Passable drama, but didn't see anything too engaging.

Highs and Lows
Highs and Lows 2012
     

TVB's anti-drug drama is worth a watch

Tiger Cubs
Tiger Cubs 2012
     

For all the money spent on this drama, I guess I expected a much more engaging storyline. It's better than the average cop drama though by TVB.

Full House Take 2
Full House Take 2 2012
     

No Min Woo reminds me of Gackt here.

Forensic Heroes III
Forensic Heroes III 2011
     

Who is writing the script for the crime cases? And why are so many scenes focused on "cool" shots of the actors gathering up evidence on the scene and showing off badly spoken scientific words in English?

Neon Genesis Evangelion
Neon Genesis Evangelion 1995
     

A classic anime, with a terribly confusing story and ending. Watch it if you like being confused and like the sci-fi genre with mechs.

Berserk
Berserk 1997
     

An action packed, almost mindlessly violent anime that's set in the medieval times. What's great about it though is that there is a lot of character development of Gattsu. You see him start off as a puny soldier and train and learn his way to becoming the killing machine that he is today. Unfortunately, the ending really stinks and the anime turns really twisted.

Full Metal Panic!
Full Metal Panic! 2002
     

This is a silly and goofy sci-fi anime. The anime follows Sousuke Sagara, a special agent with the military (MITHRIL), and Kaname Chidori, a high school student with special powers. Sousuke is tasked with protecting Chidori for any dangers and has access to a special mech unit. As the story unfolds, y ou get learn why Sousuke is tasked with protecting Chidori and get some teenage romance mixed in. Overall, this is a great fun anime.

Last Exile
Last Exile 2003
     

This is a confusing anime, but it's actually really good. It takes place on a different planet where water is a very scarce resource. The technology available seems quite diverse from old vintage looking planes to full blown robotic ships. There's a bit of action, but there's a ton of character development with the main characters and their friends. Anyway, I highly recommend this anime, the ending is great and very satisfying.

Bu Bu Jing Xin
Bu Bu Jing Xin 2011
     

Time travel fans can rejoice in this, and for the eye candy of a cast too.

Dream High
Dream High 2011
     

One of those feel good dramas.

City Hunter
City Hunter 2011
     

Best Actor award for Lee Min Ho for this role!

The Other Truth
The Other Truth 2011
     

It quickly turned into a drama not about lawyers but just that the main characters happened to be lawyers starting with the corrupted cops case.

My Sister of Eternal Flower
My Sister of Eternal Flower 2011
     

Charmaine's version was too much influenced by Roger Kwok's in Square Pegs.

No Regrets
No Regrets 2010
     

Engaging drama but not as good as its predecessor. Sheren Tsang and Wayne Lai deserved their best actress/actor awards.

Sisters of Pearl
Sisters of Pearl 2010
     

Quickly feels tiring with all the plotting.

In the Eye of the Beholder
In the Eye of the Beholder 2009
     

Started out silly funny, but deteriorates pretty quickly.

Stars Falling From the Sky
Stars Falling From the Sky 2010
     

Funny drama with 5 cute kids.

Hi, My Sweetheart
Hi, My Sweetheart 2009
     

Watching Alan Luo in the dorky role is painful.

The Host
The Host 2006
     

Not as good as it's been acclaimed to be. I'm not sure what all the hype was about. It's definitely a decent monster movie, but nothing compared to Jaws or anything like that.

The Way Home
The Way Home 2002
     

This movie is sad as you see this little kid abuse his old grandmother. But it slowly develops to a heart warming tear jerker.

Born Rich
Born Rich 2009
     

I'm surprised some viewers bashed the ending of this drama for letting the villain go unpunished when Beyond the Realm of Conscience did the same thing. The drama did get pretty draggy and somehow lacked excitement.

The Storm Warriors
The Storm Warriors 2009
     

Re Funn: More or less. Kenny Ho played Wah Ying Hung in ATV's The Blood Sword 1990, which was adapted from the same author of both comic series. The character of Wah Ying Hung heavily influenced how Wu Ming was drawn and portrayed in the Fung Wan comics. Even Wu Ming's sword was called "Ying Hung" (Hero).

The Storm Warriors
The Storm Warriors 2009
     

Kenny Ho reprising his role as Wu Ming is a great pick. Agreed that Charlene as Meng is terrible.

Born Rich
Born Rich 2009
     

Strong drama with Ray Liu, Jamie Chik, and Anita Yuen back on the small screen.

InuYasha - The Final Act
InuYasha - The Final Act 2009
     

@lUckY_keNy: The first few episodes are out already. We have some links in our Videos section.

IRIS
IRIS 2009
     

Thrilling agent drama. Lee Byung Hun must be bringing back his action experience from GI Joe.

You're Beautiful
You're Beautiful 2009
     

The latest cute idol drama about a girl dressed up as a guy. Park Shin Hye is adorable here.

Kung Fu Panda
Kung Fu Panda 2008
     

This is a great kids movie! It's fun and action packed and has a great lesson for kids.

Old Boy
Old Boy 2003
     

This movie is messed up!

G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra
G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra 2009
     

The more I think about it, it's best not to watch this movie unless you're a big fan of GI Joe.

Autumn's Concerto
Autumn's Concerto 2009

The family pictures look really endearing with the kid.

InuYasha - The Final Act
InuYasha - The Final Act 2009
     

Finally, InuYasha will pick up the story and finish off the series!

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood 2009

This version is supposed to follow the original manga closely so the first few episodes are fast-paced recaps of the first anime and then continues the story after a divergence point. Should be good!

The Legend of the Condor Heroes
The Legend of the Condor Heroes 1982
     

@mystery_m2m: Rebecca Chan played Qing Yiu Ga, the disciple of Chuan Zhen Clan's Sun But Yee. You can see her in the 2nd trailer at 1:12. Her character marries Austin Wai's Luk Goon Ying.

D.I.E. Again
D.I.E. Again 2009

Hopefully the ending is better this time.

Trees in Heaven
Trees in Heaven 2006

@XWingSuki: It's not a sequel, more like separate a spin-off from Stairway to Heaven to develop just that side story.

Trees in Heaven
Trees in Heaven 2006

@XWingSuki: Yes, Park Shin Hye is the same actress who played the young Jung-suh

Burning Flame III
Burning Flame III 2009

Kevin Cheng's character is almost too perfect, making it uninteresting to watch. Wong Hei needed to carry the show for the 3rd time but his stubbornness is tedious to watch after a while. Good lesson about how being unable to let go of something can destroy you though. That kind of self-destruction is scary and sad.

BF storyline is probably milked enough now though, we don't need a 4th.

You're Hired
You're Hired 2009

Dayo Wong still funny.

G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra
G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra 2009
     

Don't watch this movie if you're looking for deep plot. Watch this movie if you're looking for silly and fun action/acting.

The Little Nyonya
The Little Nyonya 2008

Hailed as Singapore's Jewel in the Palace (Dae Jang Geum)

The New Heavenly Sword and Dragon Saber
The New Heavenly Sword and Dragon Saber 1986

Re tncdel: the actress who played Chu Gau Zhen was Frances Lau Bik Yee.

Swallow the Sun
Swallow the Sun 2009

The South African scenery look great.

Atashinchi no Danshi
Atashinchi no Danshi 2009

Looks like a manga story.

Easy Fortune Happy Life
Easy Fortune Happy Life 2009

Looks like another romance drama in the vein of Fated to Love You.

Friend, Our Legend
Friend, Our Legend 2009

Hyun Bin reprising Jang Dong Gun's role as Joon-seok in the movie "Friend" in 2001 should be refreshing.

The Heavenly Sword and Dragon Saber
The Heavenly Sword and Dragon Saber 2009

Deng Chao looks like a very young Zhang Wu Ji while Liu Jing looks like a very old Zhou Zhi Ruo.

Rosy Business
Rosy Business 2009

Wayne Lai in his first lead role looks promising though it also looks like we're in for a lot of family plotting.

The Winter Melon Tale
The Winter Melon Tale 2009

This is a drama for little kids.

Cain and Abel
Cain and Abel 2009

Intense, though overly dramatized, series.

Ip Man
Ip Man 2008

Donnie Yen's best movie so far.

E.U.
E.U. 2009

Michael Tse stole the show.

Beyond the Realm of Conscience
Beyond the Realm of Conscience 2009

Looks like Heart of Greed meshed with War and Beauty.

E.U.
E.U. 2009

Kathy Chow back on the scene and paired up with Michael Miu for the first time should be interesting.

Storm Rider - Clash of Evils
Storm Rider - Clash of Evils 2009

From what I've read about the plot, it appears that the animation would span quite a few volumes of the comics, which could only be a bad thing. 99 minutes is not enough to cram all the complex relationships and story into a movie. Animation art looks like it's no where near the quality of the comic books either, which is a shame. I propose that Mr. Ma Wing Shing start from scratch and create an animated TV series and not deviate from the original plot to do it justice.

East of Eden
East of Eden 2008

The cast looks great in the pictures.

Boys Over Flowers
Boys Over Flowers 2008

Ratings are reportedly high for this Korean remake so far.

Iljimae
Iljimae 2008

Re psychoanalyst: Thanks for the catch.

The Gem of Life
The Gem of Life 2008

So far the series is slow and predictable. Acting seems forced from every actor and actress.

Last One Standing
Last One Standing 2008

Great to see Roger Kwok in a villain role.

Naruto Shippuden
Naruto Shippuden 2007

It was great that the filler episodes were finally over from the Naruto series. The Shippuden series started out well, bringing the story back on track with Kishimoto's manga, though it still felt a bit slow. Naruto is more powerful, Sakura finally showed some power, and other favorite characters such as Gaara, Kakashi, Itachi, and Lee get some screen time. Unfortunately, 60+ episodes in, we have fillers again.

The Legend of the Condor Heroes
The Legend of the Condor Heroes 2008

From what I've read, the story of Yang Kang may be drawn out a bit too much for my liking.

Catch Me Now
Catch Me Now 2008

Watchable cop versus crook drama with plenty of suspense early on. Idy Chan improved as the drama went on.

My Sassy Girl
My Sassy Girl 2001

I kind of thought My Sassy Girl was sad because if it was based on a true story, then it most likely means he never found her in the end...

The Conquest
The Conquest 2006

This was a great historical drama that delves into the story of characters like Fu Chai, Fan Li, Xi Shi, and Gou Jian. Everyone acted well in their roles and the story was compelling with enough political intrigue, strategy, and suspense. Characters were also not clear cut black and white and it's in those morally gray areas that make viewers think about friendship, loyalty, and love. Highly recommended!

The Conqueror's Story
The Conqueror's Story 2004

"The Conqueror's Story" is an interesting and exciting retelling of the founding of the Han dynasty. Despite a comical beginning, the story picks up as Liu Bang and Xiang Yu compete for glory. There are many battles of wits and war strategies - TVB has done it right for this one!

Extra tidbits on the history of Chinese proverbs and phrases at the beginning of each episode were very interesting too.

The Silver Chamber of Sorrows
The Silver Chamber of Sorrows 2008

So melodramatic that it makes me want to cringe.

Trigun
Trigun 1998

Another anime on my top recommended list. Futuristic gun slinging with great characters.

The Forbidden Kingdom
The Forbidden Kingdom 2008

An average film that packs some punches from the Jackie Chan and Jet Li duo but otherwise suffers from bad pacing at times and perfunctory action sequences. Jet Li was horrible as the Monkey King but fares better as the stoic monk.

D.I.E.
D.I.E. 2008

Lots of loose ends in this series and no chemistry between Sonija Kwok/Roger Kwok and Margie Tsang/Kwok Jing Hong pairings. The final few episodes were pretty boring too as I waited for the obvious revealing of the culprits. The ending ruins it all too - I felt like I wasted my time watching this. It's no wonder viewers are demanding an alternative ending.

Shanghai Bund
Shanghai Bund 2007

Huang Xiao Ming's Xu Wen Qiang comes the closest as a follow-up to Chow Yun Fat's rendition in TVB's "The Bund" in 1980. It helps that Huang Xiao Ming also looks smoking hot in a suit. The only disappointment is Huang Hai Bo as Ding Li, who pales in comparison to Ray Liu's version.

Aside from a generally well formed cast, the settings and storyline also retain the feel of the 80's classic. Francis Yip also sings the classic themesong in Mandarin. Ending is probably the biggest letdown in the whole series but definitely provides an interesting alternative ending.

Bleach
Bleach 2004

Bleach also suffers from filler episodes after the Soul Society Arc of the anime and I began to lose interest in the story after that. It became exaggerated that many of their friends suddenly acquired powers and that all the evil-doings were primarily focused in the town the main character lived in. What about the rest of the world if the villains wanted to take over? It is funny also that Soul Society is like feudal Japan. Do other parts of the world have different Soul Societies? - this would be interesting to explore, how the different soul societies co-existed.

There was also a caste system clearly in place in Soul Society, so dying and passing on to that place wasn't exactly 'heaven'. I immediately thought of Pullman's "His Dark Materials" trilogy too where his version of the place where souls go to after death was completely different than a Christian portrayal. If Bleach could do more explorations in that area, I would admire it more. Otherwise, it's just another shounen anime for the masses.

War of In-Laws II
War of In-Laws II 2008

The Devil Wears Prada meets War of the In-Laws...

Fullmetal Alchemist
Fullmetal Alchemist 2003

One of my favorite animes - this one packs action, horror, sci-fi, fantasy, and heartfelt brotherly love all into one great series. Highly recommended!

Death Note
Death Note 2006

Interesting manga/anime that also spawned two Japanese movie adaptations. My favorite character is L!

The Ultimate Crime Fighter
The Ultimate Crime Fighter 2007

Pretty watchable and refreshing change of character types for Moses Chan, Gigi Lai and Kevin Cheng. The ending felt a rushed though and was not wrapped up nicely - suddenly the producers wanted to cram Buddhism and fate into the viewer and it became preachy.

Red Cliff
Red Cliff 2008

The most anticipated movie of 2008 thus far - welcome back John Woo!

The Legend and the Hero
The Legend and the Hero 2007

The first half of "Legend and the Hero" is pretty good at building up the story and characters. I kept comparing it to TVB's "Gods of Honour" (which was horribly dumbed down) and thought that it was great that China decided to respect the original story to most extent. However, I have to say, the latter half started to drag when most of the battles lacked excitement and strategy. Jiang Ziya goes to seek his master for help for most of the battles or they win just by recruiting someone 'stronger' to join the fight. Fan BingBing was great as Tan Gei though.

The Young Warriors
The Young Warriors 2007

This Taiwanese version of the Yang family makes you care for its characters and truly feel for the bonds of the family and the tragedy that befalls them. Since TVB's "Yang's Saga 1985" version, no other production company had gathered together such an impressive young cast to play the seven Yang heroes until this version came along. Amy Chan also shines again in another Yang family saga (this time playing the mother!) while Yuan Hong plays a hard to hate antagonist. Martial arts choreography is good and the major war battle at the Golden Sand Bund is not to be missed for its intensity and grittiness.

Sword Stained With Royal Blood
Sword Stained With Royal Blood 2007

Entertaining adaptation of Jin Yong's "Bi Xue Jian" novel with creative swordplay and fighting scenes. Book purists should be pleased - though this adaptation is supposedly based on the 3rd revision of the novel so our main character is wishy-washy in his love.

Infernal Affairs
Infernal Affairs 2002

A thriller that packs an emotional punch at the end.

Ashes of Time
Ashes of Time 1994

"Ashes of Time" has one of the best soundtracks I've listened to and is still one of my favorites.

The Demi-Gods and Semi-Devils
The Demi-Gods and Semi-Devils 2003

Currently watching this series now. I have to say the scenery is beautiful and many of the fight scenes are interesting to watch. However, the storytelling is somehow lacking, with the director either being very faithful to the novel or cutting out what I think are essentials.


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