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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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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Similar concepts of living together with genius male lead and carefree female lead. Both slice of life dramas set in school, with sweet romance. It Started With a Kiss is the classic retelling of manga Mischievous Kiss and has a similar story to Attention Love regarding the relationship between the two leads. If you enjoy Attention Love you will definitely enjoy It Started With a Kiss and it's sequel They Kiss Again.
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Similar both series the main leads end up living together because of some circumstances ; one of them can't stand the other one; both series start with "a letter of love", both girls are naive when it comes to love, etc.
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    Neel1902 18 days ago

    Where can I watch this one?

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    Layla Sebastian Jun 17, 2017

    Out of the three adaptations that I've watched, this drama is the best out of the three in terms of acting and plot. I do not know if I am going to give the Thai version a chance since I already had enough with the story and it takes time getting used to the main female character's personality.

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    Whiskas8 May 14, 2017

    Tbh I think I appreciate this because I watched it during my elementary days so I didn't mind stupid characters yet :)) :(( But this one is a classic. Every drama newbies should start with this. Great chemistry, I'm forever an ArJoe fan, tho I didn't like love or bread

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    aimperato Apr 9, 2017

    It's quite amusing how there are so many remakes of the same show in different counties.. just pick your favorite language and go with the flow. haha Also this was the best version so far.

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    Raphs Mar 29, 2017

    Já assisti faz tempo, mas ainda volto aqui por motivos de não superar aushaush eu amo tanto esse dorama. A química desses dois é a melhor e a segunda temporada, man, só me deixa com mais saudades. Não só do otp, até porque me apaixonei por todos os personagens <3

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    Marie Feb 11, 2017

    My all time favourite!! It's actually probably my favourite Asian drama!!!
    I can watch this drama over and over and every time I'm hooked to the story and the characters... I think what makes this version so special is that this version goes deeper into the emotions of the characters, I never feel like Zhi Shu & Xiang Qin are just characters, they feel very real, like they could be real friends, just normal people. Their emotions feel very real, (like when they fight 'in season 2 or whenever Shi Shu is mean to Xiang Qin, it kinda hurts^^ you don't want them to fight^^).
    And although sometimes Xiang Qin's masochist behaviour and lack of pride make me cringe, I can relate to her...I remember what it was like to be crazy about a boy in high-school. I admire her for her determination and her undying love for him...
    True, we may wonder why she's crazy about this "boy" in particular because he's so different from her, and such a jerk at times, (probably because she feels safe with him, she needs someone to rely on, I think she gives this kind of explanation in season 2 to Shi Zhu's rival) but you can't always explain what you feel!!!
    I also like that we follow their love story throughout season 1 but also in season 2... Like any normal couple, they've got ups and downs but they always find a way to come back to each other...
    And I love this couple so much (they're my favourite) because despite their opposite personalities, they fit together! They are actually perfect for each other...
    But you have to watch the two seasons in order to find out why this couple is so amazing together!!!
    They are just like swans...

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    Fean Feb 10, 2017

    I just watched finish Japanese version Love in Tokyo and it was really funny and entertaining. Taiwanese version ISWAK is still my fav cos it follows very closely to e anime n manga and Joe Cheng is just too hot as Naoki. However, I love Kotoko from e Japanese version cos she is just too cute and adorable. Tried watching Korean version but didn't get pass e first few episodes. Wonder why is that so?

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    Honey Santos Dec 26, 2016

    I have watch many of the episode and didn't watch a few but I watched the very best episodes I was disappointed when I heard that they are going to remake this but they are not the lead actors anymore I'm always crying because of that cause I love there chemistry ,trust and respect for each other and I hope that they really have a reunion and act this again to see if they still have it and I hope they have more and more projects as individuals and as together also

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    naydesu Dec 6, 2016

    This drama is my bae <3

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    Meeiishal Oct 11, 2016

    I have watched this and season 2 so many times and today i realized that Ah Bu is Aaron Yan. Like what is this?! My mind is blown. How did I miss this?! I just can't handle this. Rewatching again to process. My favorite adaptation of all the remakes.

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    Bodea Oct 10, 2016

    I rewatch this at least twice a year. This is my baby.

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    Major Sep 23, 2016 - edited

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

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    chibiladychoi Sep 6, 2016 - edited

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


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