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I have just started a Taiwanese drama Black and White, about two rather different cops who end up paired up to investigate a drug-distribution deal which turns into a giant conspiracy.

Two episodes in and I highly recommend it, even if you are not normally into dramas - slick production values, twisty plot, strong women, the mob, two awesome cops etc etc - I can see this as a British series.

All that, and endless possibilities for slash.

So far, here are the five main characters:

"Hero" Wu. Hero is not his real name, of course, but he's been nicknamed that, probably because of his total dedication to his work and his obsession with solving cases - he has no life outside of work, is quick to judgment, pretty fearless, and makes a straight arrow look crooked. Oh, and he is also super hot and good with a gun.

Chen Zai Tian. A recent transfer from a different police department, Zai Tian loves fast cars, pretty ladies and nice clothes. He lives in a lux apartment and seems to solve cases by recieving tips from a mysterious informant via a fax machine. There is something decidedly off about all this, especially since traces of the new powerful drug 'Dreamer' have been found on him, but he seems to be on the level while trying to catch the criminals. Sort of a mystery. Of course he and Hero loathe each other on sight.

Chen Lin is San Lian's Missy. She is awesome. She is the only child of the Mob Boss of the fearsome San Lian organization, and when we first meet her, she flips Zai Tian over the hood of a police car without breaking a sweat and is totally uncowed by interrogation. The odd partners arrest her without realizing who she is and get in a heck of trouble. She is somehow involved in the Dreamer consipracy.

Clever and capable scientist who works for the department and is good friends with Hero. I kinda ship them and want something more...

Guo Yi is the ruthless mastermind of Dreamer - he appears very clever and utterly without scruples.

If you like slashiness, I am sure there will be plenty:

If you like het, likewise.

Hero gets heroic sans clothes:

Zai Tian gets a bit too close to a suspect :)

Date: 2009-04-16 05:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] wingstodust.livejournal.com

Date: 2009-04-16 05:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dangermousie.livejournal.com
I am so very much in love!

And and and it has great production values and grown-ups! It's like alternaworld of twdramas:)

Date: 2009-04-18 08:53 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ambergold.livejournal.com
I KNOW, right??

Date: 2009-04-16 05:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] scottishlass.livejournal.com
ANd hopefully Zai Zai can show off his acting skills in this one l... since Mars I had the feeling he was somewhat dumpling in a sea of mediocreness of Angsty yuppies/emo chefs etc. Hopefully as Zai he can show off the grey sides of his character like he did as Ling.

P.S. Where do you watch it?
Edited Date: 2009-04-16 05:51 pm (UTC)

Date: 2009-04-16 05:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dangermousie.livejournal.com
viikii has both parts subbed.

If you want to dl, sublimes posted subs for the first two eps on d-addicts (the raws are presumably there too - I need to find mu links etc for myself but I presume the torrents are up)

Date: 2009-04-16 06:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] scottishlass.livejournal.com
I just checked the Sublimes page http://ohsosublime.blogspot.com/ and they have the raw vids uploaded to MU. But they are real media files (as always with Sublimes).

Date: 2009-04-16 06:08 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fivil.livejournal.com
Will get my hands on this once I'm done with exam studying. Have missed staring at Vic Zhou since I stopped watching Meteor Garden. And the video quality looks way better than most TW dramas. Did Taiwan finally get HD?

Date: 2009-04-16 06:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dangermousie.livejournal.com
It looks like they caught up with the 21st century and their filming methods at last!

Date: 2009-04-16 06:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cranberrysheep.livejournal.com
Taiwan still sends my mind reeling with the amount of kissage in their dramas. NOT COMPLAINING.

Date: 2009-04-16 09:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dangermousie.livejournal.com
It's like they are trying to make up for lack in jdramas :)

Date: 2009-04-16 06:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ladysaotome.livejournal.com
Kingone as ruthless bad guy?! That's even more interesting than Vic as mysterious cop!

Date: 2009-04-16 09:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dangermousie.livejournal.com
He is so very evil - I love it!

Date: 2009-04-17 04:47 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ladysaotome.livejournal.com
I can kind of see it. I remember him freaking me out a little when he was spazzing about Rainie dumping him in Devil Beside You. When he cornered her & almost force-kissed her?

Date: 2009-04-16 07:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] alexandral.livejournal.com
They are having sex! This is not a drama, right?

Date: 2009-04-16 09:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dangermousie.livejournal.com
ROFL! I love Taiwan :)

Date: 2009-04-16 07:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lydzi.livejournal.com



*went to find the ddl links*

Date: 2009-04-16 09:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dangermousie.livejournal.com
ohsublimes' blog has it and so does d-addicts.

Date: 2009-04-16 07:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] uisceros.livejournal.com
I'm kinda feeling the Science girl and Zai Zai ship. I HOPE for that ship. Very much.

God, evil Chuan Yi is HOT.

Date: 2009-04-16 09:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dangermousie.livejournal.com
I'm kinda feeling the Science girl and Zai Zai ship. I HOPE for that ship. Very much.

I prefer the Mob Girl because she threw him on the car! Clearly, I have problems :)

Look at it this way, one of these ladies will end up with Zai Zai but the other will probably get Hero Cop and even though I haven't seen him in anything else before, I am rather smitten after the two eps, so I am fine with whichever way the ships work out :)

Date: 2009-04-16 09:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] uisceros.livejournal.com
Hehe! I did enjoy the car throwing!

I'm liking Science-girl / Zai Zai for one simple reason; I'm a scientist, so clearly I'm living vicariously through her.

True, true! I actually think this is Mark Chao's first drama. Pretty damn good for someone new to the business!

Date: 2009-04-16 07:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kitkat-cat.livejournal.com


Nothing else exists in my world...

Date: 2009-04-16 09:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dangermousie.livejournal.com
It is so very entertaining!

Date: 2009-04-16 08:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pho50.livejournal.com
Yay! Can't wait to watch!

Date: 2009-04-16 09:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dangermousie.livejournal.com
It's on viikii or sublimes' blog

Date: 2009-04-16 11:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] calixa.livejournal.com
Oh... this looks good!

Date: 2009-04-20 04:10 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dangermousie.livejournal.com
It very much is

Date: 2009-04-17 05:52 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] timescout.livejournal.com
Subs already? Wow, that was quick. Yeah, from the quick view I took, it did look pretty darn good.

Date: 2009-04-20 04:10 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dangermousie.livejournal.com
So, how are you liking it so far?

Date: 2009-04-20 08:01 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] timescout.livejournal.com
Haven't watched it in full yet, no time (dang!). It makes me want to icon though so that should indicate something. *g*

I wonder if this is some sort of remake of the movie Playboy Cop..? The plot feels similar, though the film was more comic in parts.

Date: 2009-04-17 11:51 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] prettierdanpink.livejournal.com
I still can't get over the idea of an evil Kingone >:D

Date: 2009-04-20 04:10 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dangermousie.livejournal.com
Neither can I!

Date: 2009-04-17 03:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] miss-magrat.livejournal.com
Sigh, I had a look at this and now it's like my resolution not to start anything new before the end of the exam period doesn't exist anymore.

(Hi, random new person here! *waves* Found your journal on the wave of my ongoing Hana Yori Dango rewatch :))

Date: 2009-04-20 04:11 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dangermousie.livejournal.com

This is so very good!

Date: 2009-04-18 08:57 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ambergold.livejournal.com
I ship Zaizai/Mob Girl because I prefer her to Science Girl plus, as Zaizai pointed out, Science Girl and Hero have some nice chemistry :)

Kingone is seriously AWESOME as bad guy. Not perhaps one of hte most frightening in an terrifying mob boss way but more in a deeply-creepy-schizophrenic/homicidal drug addict way. So far.

I can't wait until the Vic angst!!

but I suspect my favorite theme in this drama, perhaps even including the romance, is the developing relationship/brotherhood/patnership between Zaizai and Hero. I'm a sucker for friendship stories. Particularly when they involve hot cops who initially loathe each other ;)

Date: 2009-04-20 04:12 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dangermousie.livejournal.com
I really can't wait until Vic angst. Little taste of it so far (in ep 4) was delicious...mmm.

I agree, the potential firendship between the two cops is my favorite relationship.

Date: 2009-04-18 10:41 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] vierran45.livejournal.com
I watched the first episode last night and this look really good! Vic looks good, of course, but I also really like Mark Chao in this.

Oh, and Kingone is awesome as the bad guy. He definitely looks scary in this!

At this point I ship Vic/Mob lady and Hero cop/science lady. I can't wait for the angst to start :D.

I'm actually contemplating watching the second episode right now at work (slow day), since Sublimes has put both the subbed episodes up on Megavideo...

Date: 2009-04-18 09:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] vierran45.livejournal.com
Wow, I didn't know Mark Chao's father is the guy playing the district police chief. I guess acting talent runs in his genes...

I watched the second episode today, and I'm really tempted to start watching this raw, even though I won't understand anything of the dialogue. It just seems so good!!!

Date: 2009-04-20 04:12 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dangermousie.livejournal.com
This is getting better and better - now I cannot wait until the weekends!

Date: 2009-04-19 09:52 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rubypurple.livejournal.com
B&W is so much win! =)

I initially had my reservations because I don't want a repeat of what happened to Sweet Relationship where they used Vic to promote the drama then I realized that the show is about Patty Huo and Vic is just a support.

Mark Chao is new to the business so I had doubts... Episode 1 kinda proved that but as I watched, I realized there's so much more to Vic's character so I hope they explore on that. =)

Date: 2009-04-20 04:13 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dangermousie.livejournal.com
Yeah, he seems very mysterious - where does he come from, what's with the informant, etc. Hope we find out soon!


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