It Started with a Kiss

It Started with a Kiss (2005)

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After an earthquake destroyed Xiang Qin's house, she and her father moved in with the family of her father's college buddy, Uncle Ah Li. To her surprise, the kind and amicable aunt and uncle are the parents of her cold and distant schoolmate Jiang Zhi Shu, a genius with an IQ of 200 whom not too long ago rejected her endless crush on him. Will the close proximity give her a second read morechance to win Zhi Shu's heart? Or, will her love for him end under his cold words? What happens when there is competition for his heart?

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5 Original Dramas vs Their Remakes
The age old question - which Asian drama is better? The remake or the original?
Famous classic drama It Started with a Kiss to be Remade!!
The Taiwanese version of the classic drama It Started With a Kiss will be remade using an all new cast. Will it live up to the success of the original?

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Feb 5, 2012
  • Overall 8.0
  • Story 10
  • Acting/Cast 7.0
  • Music 5.0
  • Rewatch Value 9.0
I originally watched this because of Playful Kiss, hoping to compare the dramas. I am a huge fan of Playful Kiss, but after watching It Started With A Kiss, it surpasses Playful Kiss. First off, the storyline may be close to the same, but ISWAK really goes into depth with the story and the feelings of the characters. ISWAK develops characters and how they handle certain situations, and unlike Playful Kiss' Baek read more Sung Jo, the audience can really understand the main character's feelings. I would highly recommend watching It Started With A Kiss if you are wanting something that is witty, funny, and romantic, and expect a lot more romance in the sequel. There shouldn't be any disappointment by the time you've seen the whole entire drama. :)
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Apr 25, 2012
  • Overall 9.0
  • Story 9.0
  • Acting/Cast 8.0
  • Music 7.0
  • Rewatch Value 8.0
1) The reason I watched this : I didn't know that Taiwanese dramas existed until I watched this. I am a huge fan of "Itazura Na Kiss": I read the manga, watched and totally loved the anime then I've seen all the dramas adaptation; this one was the last incarnation that I've seen.

2) Storyline/Plot : This drama has the closest adaptation of the manga; it followed it literally without much change. read more It was faithful which made it enjoyable.

3) Acting/Cast : Like I said before this was my first Tw-drama so back then I wasn't familiar with the cast but i loved the acting plus supporting roles were extremly awesome along with all the side stories.

4) Music : I don't actually remember the music clearly but I think it was nice.

5) Rewatch value : one of the fewest dramas that I check out sometimes. If you do rewatch dramas you will definitely rewatch this.

6) The ending : It was extremly good the kind that everyone wants to see while watching a drama but I wouldn't consider it an "End" since there's a second season.

7) Overall : I am so not into chinese languages but while watching this drama I totally forgot my dislike and focused on the story.
Basically, if you're Itazura na kiss's fan you must watch this.
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The original Taiwanese version filmed a decade ago with Joe Cheng and Ariel Lin as the leads
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I recommend pretty much all adaptations of Itazura na kiss. The personalities of the leads and some elements of the plot are very similar.
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    Major 1 day ago - edited

    The fathers are the best thing about this show imo. Pretty cool mom too.

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    chibiladychoi 19 days ago

    Once you finished ISWAK you wish ArJoe was real

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    SSKF Jun 2, 2016

    Rewatching after about 7 years. I forgot most of the drama except the plot points. OMG, how could I forget this. This is the sweetest version of Irie Naoki. I think he likes her from episode 1 - liked to tease her that is. So cute.

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    Charlott May 31, 2016 - edited

    ISWAK was my first ever asian drama and I'm so extremely biased when it comes to it. The chemistry between Joe and Ariel is out of this world and I'll keep on rewatching this drama forever and ever.

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      Pixiemage7 Jun 7, 2016

      me too!!!! I am so biased when it comes to this drama. Years have past yet it is still close to my heart. It's hard to top the AirJoe chemistry ;D

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    hiyabara May 25, 2016

    If anyone is interested in watching Ariel Lin and Joe Cheng(the main actors), they are currently on a Chinese variety racing show called Race The World(非凡搭档). Basically a bunch of famous people in China randomly pair up for 2 weeks and they race around the world. Pretty fun show to watch when you are waiting for you dramas.

    btw, I love this drama

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    Pixiemage7 May 6, 2016

    Rewatched this drama for nth time

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    s-m Mar 10, 2016 - edited

    this is one of my favourite dramas of all time and the leads are so perfect together..I just wish there was season 3 though

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    Alex xhiing Dec 9, 2015

    Season 3 please :)

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    DeepikaKrishnan Oct 18, 2015 - edited

    I am kinda mad at myself for enjoying this drama so much, seeing as how the girl was too desperate and the guy was such a jerk :@ but the leads had such great chemistry... no drama has had me so frustrated, yet somehow I ended up enjoying it.. I must be weird...

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      SSKF Jun 1, 2016

      If you're weird, there are millions of lovers of this story to be weird with you. You're not alone lol. The characters are frustrating, the obsessive selfless love is frustrating, but the story is absolutely sweet and brilliant.

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    Ari Jun 15, 2015 - edited

    i heard they're making a season 3 ;0

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    heartbreaker17 Dec 27, 2014

    One of the Tdrama that I've been able to finish.

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    Blademan2 Nov 28, 2014
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    Blademan2 Nov 22, 2014 - edited

    2nd lead male is a complete obsessed asswipe that just doesn't know when to give up, for fvck's sake, wow... cry me a river little scumbag kiddie child... GROW UP!!!!!!!!!!!! Where do they get these ludicrous, shallow, and despicable writers from? Seriously, where???????? And people give this trashy garbage tale a 9 and 10 for ratings? Seriously? A MASTERPIECE????? Really? Like um, are you kidding me? Are you folks sniffing glue????

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      Blademan2 Dec 16, 2014

      I tell it as I see it, and to me he IS a lowlife scum IDIOT!!!!! If he wants to act like one, he's gonna be called one... Live by example, if you want to live like a lowlife scum idiot, then be prepared to be called one. You got your feathers ruffled, he must be one of your most beloved and favourite actors... I DON'T take back what I said, what I said I most truly and sincerely meant... He's a whiny little child that so needs to grow up, oh, I forgot one, he's an OBSESSIVE lowlife scum IDIOT, she's now married in the sequel and this dumb fvck is still after her, like I said, OBSESSIVE lowlife scum IDIOT. I like the male lead here than in the Japanese version, he's more serious, I can't put my finger on it, maybe more mature.

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      Bambikill Dec 16, 2014

      Whoah. Take it easy with the blood pressure... :)
      Nah, he's far from my favourite actor and I don't "love" any actors.
      I haven't asked you to take back anything, you are completely entitled to your own opinion. So am I - you are rude, have a bad temper and a foul mouth. :)

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      Blademan2 Dec 16, 2014 - edited

      I'm quite calm, like I said, I call them as I see them, I tell it as it is... I'm not angry, how many people think and have the mind set of All is fair in Love and War, well, that is the most trashy, most selfish, most obsessive way of thinking, and those kinds of people, like this scum idiot don't deserve to live in the same world as the rest of us normal human beings... I have a bad temper and a foul mouth, but very FAR from rude... It is plain to see that these kinds of writers are just as lowlife scums of the earth for even THINKING of adding such a character as this WHINY LITTLE BABY!!! Any writer that adds such despicable and obsessive love triangles, oh, right, I guess I'm talking about pretty much EVERY SINGLE Asian writer, just have to be sniffing glue, and they're just as despicable, selfish, shallow, and obsessive as the OBSESSIVE character they've created...

      And that's the TRUTH of the matter, and anyone who enjoys such a thing is just as TWISTED as these lowlife despicable writers... And that's not being rude, it's just showing the plain and naked facts of the truth of the matter... :)))

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      Bambikill Dec 16, 2014

      Ok :) But still, I find it rude and unecessary to call someone names because on doesn't like their acting abilities. I don't call people fugly stuff just because I don't happen to find them very good at what they do.
      Jiro Wang is popular so I guess many do find him good in some way or another. Or maybe just good looking, IDK and don't really care either.
      You seem to be blurring the line between the character and the actor, which would be two separate things - even though you clearly hate them both.
      I just don't get why one would spend energy spewing shit and being annoyed over something so trivial as a fictional character and an actor who one hasn't even met nor knows.
      But that's just me. I have a very bad temper and a really foul mouth myself but I contain myself when discussing things and writing stuff on open forums. It's just not very nice for people to read. A discussion is always more pleasant and interesting than people just bashing stuff/each other. Not that there was very much to discuss. I just felt like expressing that I think that respect is the way to go.

      Not that I think that Wang is going to read these comments, but if he did, I'd feel sorry for him.

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      Blademan2 Dec 16, 2014 - edited

      Never once said I hated him, but if he's like this in his other drama's, then there's most definitely no line to be drawn. When you watch how many episodes of the same annoying obsessive whining, like fingernails on a blackboard, anyone would feel the same, I just give my opinion outwardly about it. I have ABSOLUTELY NO RESPECT for a character like that, and I stand behind everything I said, seriously. If you act like a fool you're gonna be called a fool. My profile name is very well known for the very strong and, as you called it, harsh comments, and i stand behind each and every one of them. I give credit where credit is due, whether it be good or bad. I speak my mind, calm or angry. I've kept quiet for far too long as to idiots and idiotic things and I'm sick k of it, now I just speak my mind. And AND, if you read my original comment, nowhere did I mention Wang personally, I was talking about his character and the even stupider writer who would even think of and come up with such a character. If you don't like to speak your mind, that's fine, if the truth is rude, then I guess I'm rude for speaking the cold and naked truth of the matter. :))) I shouldn't have to defend my views or opinions, especially if it's the truth, and everyone knows it. I'm done talking about this, so I shan't be replying any longer. :))) And maybe, just maybe if he did read my comments, he just might wake up to reality and choose much better roles than a REALLY stupid, obsessive, whiny little child of a role... :)))

      And on to the next one!!!

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    Meeiishal Sep 6, 2014 - edited

    Such a great drama. I have watched the Korean and Japanese as well and i enjoyed them both but this version is my absolute favorite. How the the story is portrayed seems more believable and flows so well. It can be a bit slow at times but in doing that it really helps with the character development. This version allows you see and understand the conflicts the male lead struggles with that seems rushed in the korean version. You can't help but root for YXQ through out the whole drama.


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    Sep 25, 2005 to Feb 12, 2006
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    1 hr. 10 min.


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