My MVP Valentine

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My MVP Valentine
MVP情人
Genre Romance
Drama
Starring Johnny Yen
Angela Chang
Tony Sun
Country of origin Taiwan
Original language(s) Mandarin Chinese
No. of episodes 28 episodes (30 in some countries)
Production
Location(s) Taiwan
Broadcast
Original channel SET Taiwan
Original run 2002 – 2002

My MVP Valentine (Chinese: MVP情人) is a 2002 Taiwanese drama based loosely on 2 Japanese manga series: Slam Dunk and MVP wa Yuzurenai! (MVPは譲れない!;Can't Give up MVP!). Starring Chinese Taipei basketball star Johnny Yen (who led the 2003 Asian Basketball Championship in assists), it enjoyed huge success throughout Greater China and Southeast Asia. As a result, it is noted for skyrocketing Angela Chang, Chen Chiao-En and 5566 (all 5 members had roles in the series) to fame.

Plot[edit]

Right before the National High School Basketball Championship Game, Duan Chenfeng accidentally hits and paralyzes Angel, the sister of his biggest opponent Iceman. In Iceman's absence, Duan Chenfeng wins the MVP Award but is overtaken by guilt. He quietly quits school and basketball to take care of Angel, leaving his loving girlfriend Xiao Xi heartbroken. Soon the calculating Angel develops feelings for Duan Chenfeng, as the charming Prince vows to win Xiao Xi's heart. Meanwhile, Xiao Xi organizes a basketball team for her school and is determined to transform it from a laughingstock to a respectable power.

Cast[edit]

  • Angela Chang (張韶涵) as Xiao Xi (田羽希)
  • Johnny Yen (顏行書) as Duan Chenfeng (段臣風)
  • Tony Sun (孫協志) as Prince (劉驊)
  • Lin Li-Wen (林立雯) as Angel (明涓)
  • David Chen (陳宇凡) as Iceman (明安)
  • Li Hsing-Wen (李興文) as Coach Dong (董奇深)
  • Gao Tien-Chi (高天騏) as Gao Xing (高興)
  • Joe Chen (陳喬恩) as Barbie (方亦雪)
  • Jason Hsu (許孟哲) as DJ (夏智原)
  • Zax Wang (王仁甫) as Killer (康勇)
  • Sam Wang (王紹偉) as Wang Shaowei (himself)
  • Lu Jien-Yu (陸建宇) as Black Bear (魏承寬)
  • Yen Yun-Hao (顏允浩) as Frog (吕延基)
  • Hsia Jing-Ting (夏靖庭) as Principal Tian (田慶中)
  • Chen Kuan-Lun (陳冠綸) as Qiang Qiang (董强)
  • Yang Jie-Mei (楊洁玫) as Fan Chunyi (范春儀)

Trivia[edit]

  • In the TV series, when Duan Chenfeng receives his second high school MVP trophy, he shares it with his archrival Iceman whom he admires. Interestingly, this is based on Gao Tien-Chi's (who stars in this drama) story in 2001. Gao led Taiwan's HBL (High School Basketball League) in assists that year but decided to share the trophy with runner-up Chen Shih-Nien (陳世念). (Chen would later play for Chinese Taipei Men's Basketball Team while Gao became an actor).
  • After the series aired, 5566 released a song titled "Without Your Love", whose MV showed an alternative ending to the story.

Soundtrack[edit]

My MVP Valentine OST is an 2-disc OST produced by Avex Trax-Taiwan. The first disc contains four songs from 5566, the lead cast; while the second disc is a compilation of various J-pop and K-pop songs.

  • Wu Suo Wei (無所謂;Doesn't Matter) - 5566
  • Wo Nan Guo (我難過;I'm Sad) - 5566
  • Tiao Bo (挑撥;Instigation) - 5566
  • Zen Yang (怎樣;What's Up) - 5566
  • Break! Go! - DA PUMP
  • So Tell Me - Heartsdales
  • Tangerine Dream - Do As Infinity
  • FAT FREE - hitomi
  • BOY MEETS GIRL - TRF (DJ KOO Remix)
  • Gamble Rumble - move
  • SEVEN - Mariko Ide
  • The Shining - K Dub Shine
  • Perfect Man - Shinhwa
  • Shout - Shinhwa
  • Sea Of Love - Fly to the Sky
  • No.1 - BoA
  • Neul.. (늘..;waiting...) - BoA

Some songs not included in the official OST include: