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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Apr 27, 2011
  • Overall 9.0
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  • Acting/Cast 8.0
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  • Rewatch Value 9.0
Why are you reading this review and not watching it?! This is one of my all time favorite dramas. While at times the characters can be a bit frustrating, they do a really good job playing them. The romantic scenes in this drama are very romantic and rememberable (unlike the Korean version...). I could on and on about what I like, but I would spoil it for you. The only thing I read more can honestly say I didn't like was part of the end, so thank goodness they have a season two! The second season of this drama is also very good and doesn't ruin the first season (unlike Meteor Garden II...).

There are also two versions of this drama, the 30 episode verison and the 20 episode version. If you are the kind of person with a lot of time to spend watching dramas, consider the 30 episode version. But if you are the kind that has little time or doesn't like really long dramas, the 20 episode version is good too and really doesn't leave out much. I forget which version, but one of the two cuts off the ends really weird (probably the 20 episode version.)

What are you waiting for? Go watch it! (I've seen it twice!)
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Nov 15, 2012
  • Overall 9.0
  • Story 9.0
  • Acting/Cast 9.0
  • Music 9.0
  • Rewatch Value 8.0
This is officially the longest drama I have watched till now. And probably had the most fun watching too. I tend to shy away from dramas having 20+ episodes, but took a great risk and watched this one. I tried watching the Korean version months back and ended up dropping it after 2 episodes. But after finishing this, I want to try that one out too. Anyway, let's move on to the read more important parts.

This drama is silly and full of nonsense. But it's breezy and very light to watch. It's one of those dramas that you can watch without thinking much and enjoy it. I laughed hard at something every other episode. The first few episodes were absolutely hilarious. I think this drama did a fantastic job of not boring me till the last 4-5 episodes (parts of which you can easily skip). But I found the story and its characters very colourful. Members of both the family and even its secondary characters are all likable. I wasn't annoyed by a single person in it! The main guy- Zhi Shu is a genius with more brains than actual emotions. But we realize as the story goes on that he isn't that bad anyway. I have to say I liked him better than Xiang Qin's character. I tried my hardest to not criticize her actions and thoughts and that was the only way I could end up liking this drama.

As for the cast- I have become a fan of Joe Cheng and Jiro Wang. I was familiar with Ariel Lin but here she is the true star of the show. She made all the cutesy expressions and pouts in the world and still shined. She was way too cute and managed to win me over in the first episode itself. This drama has loads of cuteness in it. And the main leads have amazing chemistry. I was sort of disappointed with lots of times because whenever they were together, I found myself wanting for them to kiss. The last 2 episodes more or less made up for this part. Oh and should I mention one scene which stood out among the rest? This show has one of the best confession-in-the-rain scenes I have ever seen! I can't believe how well it was shot and with great dialogues. And the wait that builds up in the viewer till then makes it all worth it.

And I want to address this particular issue on people complaining that Zhi Shu was too "cold". I say no- he wasn't cold. The way he acted was to show the contrast between his and Xiang Qin's personalities. Where she is impulsive, he is smart and carefully thinks before acting. But I loved how he keeps smiling to himself whenever Xiang Qin's stalking him or trying to please him. I probably only didn't like his need to be constantly chased. There were times he didn't take enough pity on her but then I understand why he didn't. That's all I can say without spoiling it. Anyway, both characters are too flawed and yet likable.

This drama was a thorough entertainer. It doesn't have melodrama which is probably one of the strongest points. It's more of a family cum romance genre. And I loved the ending even if it was a bit silly. It left me wanting for more so I'd definitely watch the second season. Its rewatch value is decent. I think it's a drama that can be seen again just to remember the good parts.
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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.
Recommended by shineeshawol711
Both have great romance between an arrogant handsome rich guy and poor girl. Both have funny moments and times that make you angry or cry. The sequel They Kiss Once Again is also awesome and addictive.
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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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    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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    lettuceloveHJ Jan 12, 2014

    So glad I gave this Taiwanese version a chance because I love it more than PK. Him Hyun Joong was better eye candy but the Kdrama version had no room for character development and I couldn't help but be at a loss when I finished watching it. ISWAK gave me the closure that I needed for this love story.

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    twdrama Dec 21, 2013

    Watched this many times, still one of my favorites!


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


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