9 Taiwanese dramas you don't have to be a T-drama fan to enjoy
Sometimes it's easy to get sucked into our own little K-drama world, but we do ourselves a big disservice if we neglect the amazing shows coming out of Taiwan! Smart Asian drama fans know that T-dramas contain just as much laughter, tears, amazing acting, and often twice as much passion, as their favorite K-dramas. To get you started on a beautiful new journey, here is a list of 7 T-dramas that new fans are guaranteed to enjoy.
This beautiful and touching story about life's "what if's" is quickly sucking viewers in with its talented cast and engrossing dual plot lines.
Wei Ru (Drunken To Love You star Rainie Yang) and You Yan (Yan Yu Lin) have a simple relationship. They aren’t rich, but they still to enjoy life, even if it means eating three packs of instant noodles for breakfast, lunch and dinner. They are, however, very serious about their relationship and sincerely trying to achieve something in life while staying together. One day, opportunity comes knocking at Wei Ru’s door, as her company wants to send her to Shanghai, with both a promotion and higher pay. However, the lovely couple cannot imagine living so far together, let alone running a long-term, long-distance relationship. With so much uncertainty in their future, can the two pick the right life plan, or will their dreams shatter in this struggle between option A and B?
This light hearted, hilarious gender bender is exactly what you need to escape from the stress of the world! Fans couldn't get enough of this show, and you won't be able to help but binge it either.
Following a fortune teller’s advice, Pi Ya Nuo (Megan Lai) has been forced to live as a man for 25 years. On the eve of her 26th birthday—the year which she can finally live freely as a woman—she inadvertently saves Du Zhi Feng (Baron Chen), a mob boss, and his sister, who falls in love with Ya Nuo at first sight. To complicate matters further, Du Zhi Feng becomes Ya Nuo’s sworn brother, forcing her to decide whether or not she’s willing to remain his best man—or something more.
3. Refresh Man
This adorable romantic comedy is full of hijinks that will keep you laughing and have you falling in love with Aaron Yan!
Aaron Yan (Just You, Fall in Love With Me) and Joanne Tseng (Dear Mom, Marry Me or Not?) star in a workplace romance that shows how the one you never even pay proper attention to can come back into your life and steal your heart. Wen Kai (Aaron Yan) has spent his life competing with his neighbor Yu Tang (Joanne Tseng), the girl he has been in love with since forever. It was never much of a competition, though, as Yu Tang was tremendously gifted while Wen Kai was known to his classmates Duck Egg King for the big, unchangeable zeroes on his tests. The teachers naturally made Yu Tang in charge, and she made Wen Kai’s life rather difficult. Fast forward a few years, and Wen Kai works odd jobs and has to go overseas to find employment, while Yu Tang lands a highly sought-after secretarial position at the legendary MUSE Cosmetics. Being as awesome as she is, Yu Tang quickly climbs up the corporate ladder and is soon expected to take over as Head Secretary for the incoming CEO. That new CEO, as fate would have it, happens to be none other than Wen Kai. When the once-slacker learns that his new secretary is none other than the Yu Tang he grew up with, the only one more shocked than him is the lady herself who, after years of besting her childhood companion at everything, now has to work under him. Will Wen Kai now simply crush the woman that always always crushed him when she had the chance, or does this boss-secretary duo have some mixed feelings on the agenda? Adding to the drama are Miao Ai Sha (Love Myself or You? star Lene Lai), the incredibly efficient secretary that Wen Kai brought with him to the company and who harbors a rather one-sided love for her boss, Wang Zi Yu (Love Around actor Jack Li), an old acquaintance and fellow Head Secretary of Yu Tang’s she met at a gathering for administrative professionals, and Chen You Rui, (Murphy’s Law of Love alum and K One member JR Chien), the office flirt Yu Tang is forced to work with and who makes her life a living hell.
A true classic, there's a reason audience around the world still list this as one of the top T-dramas of all time, and it was even remade into a hit K-drama!
Ethan Ruan (My Queen) stars as Ji Cun Xi, a slick and polished heir who is intent on proposing to his prima ballerina girlfriend Anna (Bianca Bai) on a romantic night cruise. Enter Chen Xin Yi (Joe Chen), an endearingly unfashionable officer worker who, in a desperate attempt to keep her boyfriend, plans to lose her virginity to him on the very same cruise. Through a strange turn of events, Ji and Chen end up spending an intimate night together. But it’s only in the morning light that they realize they are not their respective partners! Suffice to say, a new love story is conceived that fateful night.
In this adorable romantic comedy about mistaken identity, fans are sure to be drawn in by the explosive chemistry of the two leads.
Lu Tian Xing is a prodigy in Asia's advertising field. Rich, famous, and mightily successful, he suddenly announces during a press conference that he will be taking a three-month break from the advertising life. With a simple disguise, he transforms himself into "Xiao Lu." Enter Tao Le Si, a young woman who promised her late brother to protect his advertisement agency and his legacy. Unfortunately business never picks up and Le Si had to battle with Tian Xing to stop her company from being sold. When Xiao Lu enters her office doors, Le Si initially thinks that he's Tian Xing but the two men's personalities are complete opposites. Le Si finds herself drawn to Xiao Lu's warm temperament, but will their love last once she discovers the truth of his identity?
6. Just You
If you haven't caught on by now, Aaron Yan is a T-drama fan favorite, and every newcomer must watch his always-adorable dramas, including this hit with the lovely Puff!
After paying her rent 6 months in advance, Liang Liang Chen (Guo Xue Fu) receives a court notification that her home will be seized. New owner Yi Chi (Aaron Yan) doesn't make it any easier when he holds her house deed hostage and practically threatens her to move out. As if things couldn't get any worse, Liang Liang's new boss steps into the office, and declares a ban on office romance. Who would’ve guessed that the new boss is none other than her newest enemy, Yi Chi? Now the distant and evil landlord is promoted to an insufferable boss who is persecuting love! It's a full on war both on and off the clock as Liang Liang is determined to change Yi Chi's ways.
This classic T-drama is an absolute must for every new fan of the genre! And I dare you not to fall for Vaness Wu!
Vanness Wu and Ady An star as two lovers who overcome impossible obstacles to be together in this poignant romance. Liang Mu Cheng (Ady An) grows up surrounded in luxury until a sudden auto accident leaves her family devastated. With resilience and optimism, she manages to overcome her fate and create a happy life. But then another life-changing crash introduces a new force of nature: notorious playboy Ren Guang Xi (Vanness Wu). On a bet, he steals her first kiss, arousing deeper feelings than they could ever have expected and setting both of them on a twist-filled journey to love.
Ask any T-drama fan, and it's pretty likely that this romantic comedy is in their top 3!
Yuan Xiang Qin (Ariel Lin) is not the brightest girl, but she's in love with genius classmate Jiang Zhi Shu (Joe Cheng). Zhi Shu, none too interested in his admirer, flips her confession into a public humiliation, and as if things couldn’t get worse, her home gets consumed by an earthquake. Aid comes in the form of an old family friend, Uncle Li, who invites her and her father to stay in his home. There’s just one thing: he’s Zhi Shu’s father! Sharing the same home proves to be difficult, as the snobbish Zhi Shu is forced to tutor Xiang Qin, while she struggles to improve her studies and win his heart. You can study chemistry, but can you coax a reaction between two people?
This unique and delightful T-drama is always full of surprises, and you're guaranteed to develop a girl crush on Rainier Yang!
Two strangers — Jie Xiu (Joseph Chang) and Lin Xiao Ru (Rainie Yang) — pop the question to their beaus, only to be rejected. Xiao Ru and Jie Xiu become fast friends and decide the only way to heal is get really, really drunk: thus ensues 24 hours of madness that ends with their elopement. Desperate to hide their wild night from their exes, Jie Xiu and Xiao Ru embark on a mission to undo their drunken adventure, only to realize they may have made all the right choices.
Which of these T-dramas do you recommend to new Taiwanese drama fans? Which ones are you adding to your queue? Comment below!