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Taiwanese soap operas

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6:14 pm
April 26, 2011


Crystal

1

Not related to anything, yet funny description of how one Taiwanese soap opera looked like:

Several years ago there was a Taiwanese soap opera which I thoroughly enjoyed. The story involved a handsome professional, his suicidal former wife, the beautiful new wife, a Shanghainese ex-mistress, his darling little daughter, and his daughter's amah, who only spoke Taiwanese Hokkien.
 

Except for whatever the amah said, the series was in Mandarin. Pretty decent Mandarin, too.

Even the Shanghainese bint spoke understandably (normally those people sound like exploding soda water siphons).

Every episode included at least one tantrum, several weepy moments, and scenes of utter heart-rending drama in which the little girl yanked the tears from the viewing-audience with brute force.

The amah was stellar too, especially when she wailed and hiccoughed, kvetching and shraiing in that language no one else in the series spoke but which all of them miraculously understood.

Come to think of it, all the females wept beautifully – rich, dramatic, sobbing from the gut, crying, lamenting and accusing at the top of their lungs. Misery, heart-ache, and spoiled pouty dejection on an epic scale.

It was utterly delightful. I've always appreciated over-acting.

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7:48 pm
April 26, 2011


Elijah

2

Do you know that it's actually because of the mind-numbing horrors on CCTV that drove me to spend thousands of RMB on pirated dvds? I've seen Spanish soap operas in Mexico more captivating than the drivel on CCTV.

 

Let me sum up what's on CCTV:

 

Over-the-top melodramatic soaps

Nostalgic, poorly-rendered "ancient" tales

"News" where there's always swift justice and they follow the excitement as cops do they're job….. also, outside of china is awful because they lack the guiding hand of Grandpa Mao…..

Commercials with absolutely no shame or modesty when it comes to selling the stupidest things… (with a Whitey "doctor" thrown in if possible using hilarious voice overs….)

Red Army shows where they're always fighting the Japanese and theiving sneak bastard Nationalist… everyone has a proper uniform, is well fed, has up to date equipment and guns, does it out of love for country and Mao and absolutely enrich the lives of the "people"

CCTV 5 has sports, Tennis, Badminton, Football (Soccer), Ping Pong, and maybe some Basket ball highlights or pool/snooker forget about any other sports….

CCTV 9 is there for the soul purpose of enticing all those dreadful foreign devils to go back home and leave the pure flowers that are "Traditional Chinese Women" alone…. it has such enlightening programming as why lead paint in children's toy was actually a design flaw and therefore can't be blamed on anyone chinese, also there's a tourism show which goes around to remote places and tells you thaat they're actually world-famous (obviously you're just stupid if you don't know them), also NOTHING BAD EVER HAPPENS IN CHINA, IT'S A SUPER-HAPPY WORKER'S PARADISE!!!!!

 

Thank God I escaped and live in Hong Kong now, satellite tv anyone? BBC package, HBO package, National Geographic Package, Discovery Package, Sy-Fy, CNN, Bloomberg, AXN etc. etc. etc.

 

Also, dvds in Hong Kong are really expensive (like the rest of the world) and I rarely buy them now…. Cry

 

Same Bat-Channel, same Bat-time!!!

There's always another way……..

Usually my way.

11:57 pm
April 26, 2011


ziccawei

3

I stopped watching tv altogether.  I never really watched in other places, but in China it seemed pretty bad so I just turned it off.

The place I live in now doesn't have a tv.  It occupies too much space, physically and mentally.

8:42 pm
April 27, 2011


Louisa

4

Taiwanese dramas make me want to gouge my eyes out with spoons. I've watched…two.

But I used to be partial to Japanese and Korean dramas. Better production values and better acting does that, plus the fact that the shows actually end. But I got bored of watching them stare despondently into the distance for 5 minutes while a soft ballad played in the background.

@Elijah: You do know that you can torrent, direct download, and video stream movies right? And since you're in HK, it's a lot easier for you to access these sites than it is if you lived in China. And since it's free, you don't have to pay anything.

As for me, I'm lucky that my parent's apartment in Shanghai has HBO and the Discovery Channel. Though whenever to go I end up hooking up my PS2 and just game. Or stream movies on my comp.

12:23 pm
April 28, 2011


Elijah

5

Louisa said:

Taiwanese dramas make me want to gouge my eyes out with spoons. I've watched…two.

But I used to be partial to Japanese and Korean dramas. Better production values and better acting does that, plus the fact that the shows actually end. But I got bored of watching them stare despondently into the distance for 5 minutes while a soft ballad played in the background.

@Elijah: You do know that you can torrent, direct download, and video stream movies right? And since you're in HK, it's a lot easier for you to access these sites than it is if you lived in China. And since it's free, you don't have to pay anything.

As for me, I'm lucky that my parent's apartment in Shanghai has HBO and the Discovery Channel. Though whenever to go I end up hooking up my PS2 and just game. Or stream movies on my comp.


I know, but in china the bandwidth is horrible even for a developped city, takes a day or 2 just to download a single movie. As for streaming sites, the only ones are chinese (western ones are either blocked or so slow it's impossible to watch) which manage to crowd everything with advertisements not to mention the awful quality of sound and image.

 

No, I much prefer dvds, especially DVD9s with all the little extras. Blu-Rays even more now. 

 

But as you said I've escaped and am in Hong Kong, so I do download things, like entire seasons of favourite shows or movies etc. super-fast, but I also have great programming as I mentioned before, so not as desperate.

 

Point is that CCTV SUCKS in every way possible………. 

There's always another way……..

Usually my way.

5:23 pm
April 28, 2011


China Shark Mike

6

I'm a DVD fanatic and have given up on TV about 2 and a half yrs ago when I moved here. Hell, it is on Discovery, BBC, or any the other basic cable channels it'll be availible  on the streets for 4 – 10 rmbs a disc. I watch all those programs I used to watch back home yet I watch a whole season at a time. Kept up on House, Dexter, Greys Anatomony since I moved out here. Just update the collection when the new series comes in the stores down Dongmen, {can't beat it 5 rmbs per disc for DVD 5s}. Cool

Follow the Path Less Chosen and You Will Reap the Rewards of Life.

12:27 am
April 29, 2011


Louisa

7

On the flip side, my parents get a bunch of CCTVs (and Phoenix? Is that a channel?) here in the States with our cable subscription. It's the only thing they watch since they can't really understand American tv. I generally don't like American tv shows because I find the "drama" in them as ridiculous as Asian dramas. Like House. Every episode is the same. And while I did enjoy watching him be unconventional for 3/4 of a season I just got super bored with the formula. The only American shows I watch are Glee and Family Guy reruns. If only Arrested Development was still on… 

But yeah, when I tried to stream in China it would take forever, although I've managed to find sites that load faster than others. Usually I just leave it to load and go do something else until it's done; I had to do the same thing when I lived in London. Chinese sites are good about having western shows, but I agree the quality suffers (and I think tudou has since taken down a lot of American shows/movies). A lot of the DVDs I've bought in China are also of horrible quality, so I'll stick with saving my $$ and streaming. I bought a couple Japanese & Korean shows in China and the English translations were awful. One even skipped half the final episode.

8:27 pm
April 29, 2011


Elijah

8

Yeah, I noticed the same thing about a lot of the shows on network television, but the great thing about those DVDs is that I can be MUCH more selective of what I watch and when. Also, I highly reccommend sattelite, really gives you more choice. But my new favourite is "On Demand" stuff where you go into your menu and watch whatever tv or movie you want at the push of a button. Absolutely fanatastic despit the somewhat limited selection.

 

As for horrible translations, most of the "English" movies with terrible translation seem to be coming from Russia with the subtitles being run through Google Trannlate  or something like that. And the sound keeps popping between faraway English or original (original on the disc, not movie) Russian.

 

I still have all my original dvds, most of the serial collections, like all the Star Trek shows (except original series sadly) Stargate: SG1, BattleStar, Dexter, Smallville (Superman-philiac…. is that a thing? Is now!!!) as well as certain movie collections worth keeping forever.

 

I used to read more, but finding decent English books in chinese is harder than finding real Gucci and almost as expensive. 

Yet another way that Hong Kong is superior to china…. Awesome bookstores. 

 

I should make a list….

There's always another way……..

Usually my way.