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 of 5 people found this review helpful
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Sep 27, 2011
  • Overall 9.0
  • Story 8.0
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  • Rewatch Value 8.0
After watching this drama it's left me with a smile on my face (: I've seen a handful of Taiwanese dramas, so this one was not my first - but it's become my favorite one out of them all. I haven't read the manga, haven't seen the anime, and haven't seen the Korean or Japanese version. Basing my review solely on this version and what I think of it, here goes: I read more loved loved loved it! It's a nice break from your usual stressful or sad drama. It's a lighthearted fun-filled drama about first love. There's not too many stressful or drama filled parts, are though there are some scenes that had me tearing up - but mostly because I was happy for the characters.

The acting was great! Joe Cheng and Ariel Lin had great chemistry! Also Jiro was one of my reasons for watching this drama, and I loved him in his role as Ah Jin.

I loved the soundtrack - downloaded it actually (: All the songs grew on me while watching ISWAK. From "Say That U Love Me" to "Practical Joke" - loved them all!

I don't think I'll rewatch ISWAK anytime soon, but I can see myself rewatching it again later on (:

Overall - I think it's a great watch! If you're looking for something light and funny with a touch of romance: watch it! I know 3O episodes seems like a lot to go through, but I found that my time invested in this drama was well put. The episodes are around 45 minutes long, so it's not too bad. I found myself sometimes watching 4 or 5 episodes in a row!

There were times that I was embarrassed watching Xiang Qin - her character is kinda sad at times in a pathetic way, but she grew on me and I found myself cheering her on in her fight for Zhi Shu. When watching this drama - just keep in mind it is based off of a manga!

All in all though - the characters are relatable, funny, lovable - and there are some really sweet moments that had me smiling from ear to ear (:
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Jul 1, 2012
  • Overall 10
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Loved this drama!!!
It's one of my favourite ones EVER!!!
It's such a touching story and my favourite version of it, it's my fifth time watching this and i still haven't got bored of it, you can watch it over and over again and love it just as much each time.
The characters are really believable and the actors playing them do an amazing job!
I cannot praise this drama highly enough, read more if you're even the slightest bit interested in watching this i strongly recommend that you do, i promise you will not regret it!
This drama had me laughing and crying and sometimes both at the same time! It's a roller coaster of emotions and i become so attached to the characters that my emotions rose and fell when theirs did.
So to anyone who wants to watch this, you will definitely fall in love with it! :D
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It's basically the same drama, but the korean version. In both dramas the girls house is destroyed and she has to live with the family of the boy she likes, because her father and the boy's parents know eachother.
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It was my first Taiwanese drama that i ever watched after being hooked on J-dramas, It was the best drama! XD. i watch this twice a year since it aired and i still laugh and cry as if i am watching it for the first time.
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    docnty 22 days ago
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    docnty 28 days ago

    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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      docnty 4 days ago

      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 4 days ago

      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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      docnty 4 days ago

      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 4 days ago

      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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      docnty 4 days ago

      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

    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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    Cathy Li Aug 15, 2014

    Where can I find the 30 episodes version?
    And, how much better is the 30 episodes version vs. 20 episodes version?

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      Sar Nov 16, 2014

      If I didn't misunderstand, you mean season 1 and season 2 of this drama. Season 1 has 30 episodes. Season 2 has 20 episodes. Season 2 is a continuation of season 1 so it's not that there's 2 versions. Hope this helps. :)

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    aPinkLily Aug 5, 2014

    I've lost count the time I've rewatched, and it still manages to make me laugh, yell at the screen and hide behind my pillow in embarrassment. Love it!

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    OddxTeru May 1, 2014

    I really tried to watch, even just 1 episode, but the bad filming, really. i'd rather watch the japanese version agian. :/

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      samsoons May 2, 2014

      This one might look a bit dated now, but it covers the development of their relationship very well, as well as the secondary characters. If you go beyond the aspect of it, the directing and camera work, this one's worth it for the characters and the writing. Not to mention the equally good sequel, They Kiss Again (which looks more 'recent').

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    lexies Apr 30, 2014

    Will I enjoy this drama?
    I'm thinking of dropping it from my Plan to watch list.
    I am one of those that dropped Playful Kiss and I didn't particularly liked Itazura na Kiss Love in Tokyo.
    So if I watch it will I be frustrated with female lead and angry at male?
    Should I watch it?

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      Youlie Jun 24, 2014

      Don't hesitate. This one has nothing to do with those remakes. It started with a kiss is THE taiwanese drama you should watch, even if it was filmed 9 years ago. Trust me, you won't regret it, and you'll probably end up watching They Kiss Again as soon as you'll end this one.

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    ruzgrig Apr 22, 2014

    watching ep. 14 and don't know why i'm torturing myself :(

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    abracadabra Apr 21, 2014

    So much better than annoying Korean version - better storyline, better developed characters and incomparably better cast - especially main couple (unlike korean couple, they have great chemistry). I laughed like crazy and also cried - I really enjoyed watching this drama

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    FuzzyPanda Mar 4, 2014

    What is the difference between the 20 ep one and the 30 ep one ? Is the 20 ep one just a cutoff and if u watch the other 20 one ep in the 30 ep series will it be different and continue from that 20 ep? I'm so confused please can someone explain it to me??!??! Either way where can you find 21 through 30?

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      samsoons Mar 8, 2014

      I'm not entirely sure since I saw the 20 episodes version (the TV version), but I think the episodes are shorter on the 30 episodes version (the DVD version), that's why it has the additional 10 episodes.

      You still don't miss anything if you watch the 20 episodes.

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    Stasiamae Feb 23, 2014

    Perseverance is key with this drama. The first season is going to feel like it's dragging (even though it's not) because of the lack of interaction...or... touchy touchiness haha but if you need motivation, just think ISWAK 2 ISWAK 2 ISWAK 2 because all your determination and hard work is going to pay off tenfold. (; (; I've watched this drama (and the second season) three times already so rest assured, it's a good one. ^////^ In fact, just finished watching it (second season) for the third time with a friend of mine. huehuehue

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    Nytx3 Jan 25, 2014

    I honestly cannot count how many times I've watched this drama and its sequel since it first came out. Everything is perfect from their acting, to their chemistry, to the characters development, to the humor etc. It was just a whole lots of fun to watch and it gives you the same feelings whether you have watched it for the second, third, fourth time. Joe and Ariel make the characters feel so real!It's amazing to think that they don't have feelings for each other in real life. The way it was made, the simplicity of this drama just makes you feel like you're not really watching a bunch of actors acting but real living people falling in love with each other. The Korean version is basically the opposite of this and it's one of the reasons why I absolutely hated it since they made everything look too perfect to the point where it just feels unrealistic to watch. ISWAK usually makes me laugh so much that I would end up with tears in my eyes even after rewatching it so many times for the past 8 years. It's one of those dramas that just doesn't get old. If you haven't watched this, you're seriously missing out big time.


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


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