Black & White

Black & White (2009)

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Pi Zi and Ying Xiong are two cops who are as different as day and night. One does nothing except for drinking coffee and living a luxurious lifestyle while waiting for information from dubious sources to crack his cases. Another believes law and justice are the pillars of society and is constantly on the street catching criminals... a little overzealously for his superior's liking. When a case brought these two top crime read moresolvers together, sparks flied and a little light peeked into this dark city where the nation's President is on friendly terms with the local triad and twins kill people while drinking milkshake.

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Jun 11, 2012
  • Overall 10
  • Story 10
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 10
  • Rewatch Value 9.0
-Please keep in mind that this is all based on personal opinion.-

“Don’t judge a book by its cover.” We’ve probably all heard that line at some point. Likewise, you should NEVER judge a drama by its synopsis.

When I first read the synopsis, I didn’t think the drama seemed worth my time. I mean, okay, so there’s two completely different cops, milkshake-drinking killers who are twins and an abnormal President and read more local triad. So what?
However, once I actually starting watching (due to a phase of boredom), this drama absolutely blew my mind!

The cast was great; everyone played their role well and I thought that Vic (as Chen Zai Tian) and Mark (as Wu Ying Xiong) were very strong foils of each other. Indeed, they were “different as day and night.”
All the characters had their own reasons and their own stories which caused them to be who they were and act the way they did.

The music was very fitting, especially the opening and ending themes. They were very “powerful” and I thought that suited the mood of the whole drama.

In general, this drama can only be described by “there’s more to it than meets the eye.” It’s not just about two very different police officers or anything as ‘simple and plain’ as that. As the English title says, it’s (about) “Black & White.”
For me, everything seemed to happen so subtly that by the time I realized it, it had already hit me in the face. The minute I thought I had everything more or less figured out, I was shown pretty quickly that I was wrong. Dead wrong.

I wasn’t expecting anything when I started watching it but by the time I finished watching it, I didn’t know what to expect anymore. That’s probably why I liked it so much – it’s just so different. It’s also not much of a romance-drama possibly because focusing too much on the romance would’ve reduced the impact of their REAL message, but that in a way kept the whole series at a ‘practical’ level because it didn’t have to take time out to build and establish romantic-fantasies on the side. I absolutely loved the themes, ideas, concepts that this drama presented to me. To say any more would just give everything away.
(After watching, I thought “maybe that’s why the synopsis was so bad. To say any more would have suggested something about the true intentions of this drama.”)

So in the end, all I can say is this:
This drama isn’t just about that little handful of characters mentioned in the synopsis. Rather, I felt that it was about much, much more.
The most important part of it for me were definitely the underlying themes that came out of it all, but that’s really just something you have to see and figure out on your own. It had a huge impact on the way I think, but it may or may not do the same for you.
It’s about “Black & White.” But what do you think this “Black & White” is about?

-Please keep in mind that this is all based on personal opinion.-
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Mar 6, 2012
  • Overall 10
  • Story 10
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 10
  • Rewatch Value 10
Lets get this out the way cus I know someone is gonna kill me for parts of this statement.

Despite my torn opinion of him as an actor (damn your managers for steering you to more crap roles than good), "Black & White" has firmly asserted Vic Zhou into my mind as a "actor" and not a "Idol actor".

Yes I liked him in "Mars" and "Sweet Relationship" but it was his read more portrayal of the not-so-by-the-book "Chen Zai Tian(Pi Zi)" that made me go back and re-watch those dramas to confirm to myself; "Was he always this good?"

In this we have him playing a cop with more going on under the surface than meets the eye, partnered with a straight laced kind of cop, "Wu Ying Xiong" played by Mark Chao.

First of all, the dynamic between these two was bloody brilliant.

I love how "Zai Tian" was like the Captain Jack Sparrow of policing, down to the little walk and womanizing. Vic Zhou had us rolling our eyes and laughing at every wink, saunter and hushed seduction While Mark Chao's "Ying Xiong" had us busting stitches at every foiled seduction attempt he smote like some cock-blocking god.

But with every laugh they got us with every dramatic scene too, not overly done, nor overly drawn out, which was a godsend because some dramas can wring out that angst for all it's got and still ask for another bucket.

While the characters were a good symmetry for each other, the story writing and editing and directing were just as perfectly matched.

You don't feel rushed while watching it, and you don't feel it's too slow. Just the right pace, coupled with great actors putting it to the best that they can push it made "Black & White" the best Taiwanese produced drama I have ever had the pleasure of watching.
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Both deal with smart, butt-kicking detectives that will do almost anything to catch the criminal. Also, the male leads in each have a hidden, dark past.
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Both are Taiwanese crime thrillers that are filled with much mystery and suspense throughout.

They each have a different storyline from the other, however I'd definitely recommend if you liked one, then to try out the other.
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    ChuQiao 6 days ago

    Overrated drama t that time. Eventhough I like Ivy & Zai Zai, I can't help myself with the stupid story...

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    Michael Jo Jul 6, 2016 - edited

    trust me u wont regret watching this. this is so funny and entertaining and nice music

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    KMR Jun 8, 2016 - edited

    This drama is so confusing. I'm already ep 10 and still don't quite understand what's going on. And Ooooh the love lines...Ooooooooohhhh they're even more confusing. Don't know who the hell really likes whom, it seems all of them like each other at the same time @_@ .
    What a mess! But I love Chen Zai Tian he's hilarious!

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    Lin Feb 28, 2016

    Even though I'm a huge fan of action dramas, I honestly have to admit that sometimes it was hard for me to keep going. I guess it was because of the process. But it's still a solid good drama.

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    dramarian Dec 14, 2015

    Probably my most favorite character of Zai Zai <3 just the first episode already got me obsessed and I'm now going to watch episode 5!

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    Jasmine Dec 11, 2015 - edited

    I'm contemplating watching this after starting and falling for Love Me If You Dare. For those who watched this, does the leads end up with anyone? or is it just an open ending and we don't know who ends with who.

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      Loretti Jan 13, 2016
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    irish Nov 22, 2015

    Black and White 10/10

    if you can leave your mind at home, and not expect too much in the way of logic, you are in for an excellent blend of mystery, action, and soap opera.
    The fights for the most part are not what you would call eye catching. That is except for the last one, where 3 good guys take one bad guy. Many of the characters are not who they seem. Bad people do good things. People you thought were good, aren't.
    Anyway I thought it was terrific, and enjoyed the interplay between the two lead characters.

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    Mia Nov 20, 2015

    this drama could of worked with less than 20 episodes. Not a bad show

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    Shushu Yang Nov 11, 2015 - edited

    congratulations!! Chen Zai Tian and He Xiao Mei finally get married on 2015.11.10.

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      Kate Nov 12, 2015

      So happy for them! They got their happy ending in real life :)

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    Eeshie Sep 12, 2015

    Such a fun drama when it starts moving. Awesome bromance.

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    NadiaMikelatou May 28, 2015 - edited

    Any romance??

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      Shelly Jul 1, 2015

      yea but it's more about the bromance

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    Kikka Mar 3, 2015

    finally ended this drama! It was really entertaining and really is worth watching! :D

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    Kate Dec 27, 2014 - edited
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    Kate Dec 26, 2014 - edited

    Just started watching and Zaizai's character reminds me of Show Luo (and Show Luo's character as Yuan Daying in Hot Shot) a lot!

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    abc Nov 15, 2014

    So much potential turned into absolute mess by the scriptwriter. Everything was there except a story hence felt like absolute crap.


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    Apr 11, 2009 to Jun 27, 2009
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    55 min.


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