CHOCOLAT

CHOCOLAT (2014)

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It's a 13-episode CTS adaptation of a Japanese manga called Gangster Patisserie. The adaptation will involve a female Japanese college student who runs away to Taiwan and gets involved with a reformed young hoodlum who just got out of jail after five years. Turns out his old gangster boss lost his wife to an illness and has decided to turn over a new leaf and become a legit businessman by starting a read morebakery that employs all his former gang members. His beloved deceased wife's daughter from her previous marriage is the Japanese girl and she arrives in Taiwan looking for her mom, and ends up living with her step father, who dreams of being a master baker but sucks big time at baking. The entire gang of misfits all live and work together, and heartwarming hilarity ensues.

  • Native title:

    流氓蛋糕店
  • Also Known as:

    Liu Mang Dan Gao Dian ;

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Bodea
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Sep 30, 2014
  • Overall 8.0
  • Story 8.0
  • Acting/Cast 8.0
  • Music 10
  • Rewatch Value 7.0
I've seen about three dramas with Lan Blue in them. He's not a very strong actor, but there's something that I like about him so I watch his work. He's improved a bit over the years. I really liked him here, and perhaps it has to do with his lead actress, Nagasawa Masami. They worked well together and she's a great actress. I liked the chemistry between the two, but I wish read more the writing had done just a little more with them.

The story itself was simple. A gang of gangsters trying to go straight, mainly because that;s what the boss wants. There were ups and downs and I appreciated that. It made the story more enjoyable. There was just something about the struggle and them making a family of their own together that really pulled me in.

I really liked the music here, especially the ending theme. The song is beautiful and the lyrics are really touching. I thought it described the relationships between the two leads perfectly. I found their romance really appealing because they were both trying to be really selfless. They wanted the other safe and happy, even if that meant they couldn't be together. The supporting characters were also great (super funny) and the ending was perfect.

All in all, I say give this a try. I haven't read the manga and when I first heard about this I didn't see the appeal. I decided recently to watch the first ep since I hadn't watched a twdrama in a while and ended up watching all 15 eps in 3 days.
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Alice
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Feb 20, 2015
  • Overall 8.0
  • Story 8.0
  • Acting/Cast 7.0
  • Music 7.0
  • Rewatch Value 7.0
I really enjoyed watching this drama. Some how Blue Lan's choice of dramas manages to be really good despite how corny many Taiwanese dramas usually are. Dramas starring Blue tend to be less corny and more about the plot. Nagasawa Masami also made the drama really cheery and positive and made me smile lots of times.

It tends to be a bit lagging in the middle but the ending was surprising. I read more wanted to stop watching halfway through, but was totally suprised at the ending. Clever, clever screenwriter tripping the audience last minute.
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    KMR Oct 23, 2015 - edited

    The plot goes in every direction, lol, it's so weird. But somewhat it's still a cute drama.

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    chuajohn05 Apr 25, 2014 - edited

    hey where can i watch episodes 3-15. with eng sub?

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    emmsssyyyy Apr 5, 2014

    it's still kind of plain up to the second episode but i'm hoping it'll get more interesting when we get to the romance.

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    Meena_Drama_Fan Mar 25, 2014

    after a long time watching gangster and romance, also for Lan blue ;)

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    Misunderst0_od Mar 24, 2014 - edited

    I saw the first episode. I didn't like it much...it was really random and just plain bad. Maybe fans of the graphic novel might like it if they have more of an understanding of the plot.

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      Youlie Nov 25, 2014

      i haven't watch the drama but the manga is kind of plain too but there's something about it that makes you continue reading it and then you realize you find it cute.

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    keepswimming Jan 19, 2014

    Where can I watch this one? I can't seem to find it in my usual places.

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    Thisguy2011 Aug 2, 2013 - edited

    based on a manhwa? Its a manga

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      Thisguy2011 Sep 25, 2013

      nope I'm pretty sure its based on KUBONOUCHI EISAKU manga. There is bunch of manhwa and manga with the title chocolat or some form of the word chocolate. Even some manhua i think

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      Thisguy2011 Sep 25, 2013

      nope I'm pretty sure its based on KUBONOUCHI EISAKU manga. There is bunch of manhwa and manga with the title chocolat or some form of the word chocolate. Even some manhua i think

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      Thisguy2011 Sep 25, 2013

      nope I'm pretty sure its based on KUBONOUCHI EISAKU manga. There is bunch of manhwa and manga with the title chocolat or some form of the word chocolate. Even some manhua i think

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    LMitsuki Jun 20, 2013

    I wondered why the score was so good lol Now I see.. It didn't air yet...

Details

  • Country:

    Taiwan
  • Type:

    Drama
  • Episodes:

    15
  • Aired:

    Jan 10, 2014 to Apr 18, 2014
  • Aired On:

    Friday
  • Network:

    CTS
  • Duration:

    1 hr. 30 min.

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  • Score:

    6.7 (scored by 80 users)
  • Ranked:

    #4172
  • Popularity:

    #2457

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