Last night was the premiere telecast of A Love To Kill on Philippine TV. Like most PH Biers, I was glued on my seat eagerly anticipating the local airing of Bi’s latest drama. Although I have openly expressed my dislike for IJUKSA, I still tuned in, basically because… I love nitpicking. hehehehe.
What the hey… they chopped off the entire first 20 minutes of Episode 1! They immediately proceeded to BokGu’s – I mean, Rainier’s (really, what a lame name for a badass K-figher) – kickboxing tournament scenes. Am I complaining? NOPE. I don’t think it would make a difference if they cut it off or not, anyway.
And then, on the 15 minute mark… came the scene where BokGu’s ex-girlfriend was telling him she is getting married the next day. Hey, that’s almost at the end of Episode 1! Can you imagine how much material ended up on the cutting floor?!
Next scene: BokGu singing the “Da Jung song” and MiSuk catching up to him to tell him they found his hyung. The first scene of Episode 2! And were still a good 10 minutes away from the allotted timeslot! Are they hurrying up to “kill” this series or what? Did ABS CBN suddenly realize that they got a bad deal by getting a bad drama with a bankable lead star or something?
I was exchanging text messages with some Voltes Team people and Charity made this interesting point: maybe ABS CBN jumbled the scenes to make it less confusing? Coz there is no way they will chop off the part about EunSuk and JoonSung’s scandal coz that’s where it all started.
True enough, when EunSuk/Kathleen made her ‘first appearance’ on the local version – the scene where BokGu and EunSuk were apparently riding the same bus but on opposite sides – it suddenly switched back to EunSuk’s intro scenes in Episode 1, where people like Cha Tae Hyun and Lee Byung Hun also made an appearance (wow, I just realized practically all of a certain actress’ leading men are sort of in this series. Well, she sorta made an appearance, too. :) ).
I usually nitpick to criticize, but for this part, I am going to say KUDOS to the ABS CBN editors for doing this. Now the drama made more sense. And less draggy. Maybe they went the extra mile and added a little more logic into the story, too? This I gotta see. Too bad they can’t do anything with the lack of chemistry between Bi and MinAh…
Other things I want to commend them with:
- The dubbing of DaJung (Kim Sa Rang)’s voice.
- The music scoring. I think it’s better than the original. ^^ And they didn’t use the local theme song! Great!
Last one: I swear, Bok Gu’s ex-girlfriend really reminded me of Eun Suh from Autumn Tale … but with so much less acting chops.