It Started with a Kiss (TV series)

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It Started with a Kiss
It Started With A Kiss-poster.jpg
Promotional poster for It Started with a Kiss
Also known as 惡作劇之吻
Èzuòjù zhī wěn
Genre Romance, Comedy
Directed by Chu Yu-ning (瞿友寧)
Starring Ariel Lin
Joe Cheng
Jiro Wang
Opening theme "Say U Love Me" by Jason and Lara
Ending theme "惡作劇" [Practical Joke] by Wang Lan Yin
Country of origin Republic of China (Taiwan)
Original language(s) Mandarin
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 30
Executive producer(s) Jerry Feng
Location(s) Taipei, Taiwan
Running time 70 mins (Sundays at 22:00)
Production company(s) Comic Productions Co.
Original network CTV
Original release 25 September 2005 (2005-09-25) – 12 February 2006 (2006-02-12)
Preceded by Devil Beside You (惡魔在身邊)
Followed by Bump Off Lover (愛殺17)
Related shows They Kiss Again
Playful Kiss
Mischievous Kiss: Love in Tokyo
External links

It Started with a Kiss (Chinese: 惡作劇之吻; pinyin: Èzuòjù zhī wěn) is a Taiwanese drama starring Joe Cheng, Ariel Lin and Jiro Wang of Fahrenheit. It was based on the first 10 volumes of the Japanese manga series Itazura na Kiss (イタズラなKiss, Mischievous Kiss) written by Kaoru Tada. It was produced by Comic Productions (可米製作股份有限公司)[1] and directed by Chu Yu-ning (瞿友寧).

It was broadcast on free-to-air China Television (CTV) (中視) in Taiwan from 25 September 2005 to 12 February 2006, every Sunday at 22:00 and cable TV Gala Television (GTV) Variety Show/CH 28 (八大綜合台) 31 September 2005[clarification needed] to 18 February 2006, every Saturday from 21:30 to 23:00.

It Started with a Kiss was a huge success, together with its sequel They Kiss Again, both locally and internationally, pinning it as the truest and one of the most successful adaptations of the manga. Due to the extreme popularity received by the drama and the actors, Joe and Ariel acted together in 3 successful consecutive dramas.

It is the second live-action television adaptation following the Japanese adaptation also titled Itazura na Kiss and followed by its sequel They Kiss Again in 2007 and South Korean adaptation Playful Kiss in 2010. It Started with a Kiss also aired on Hawaii's KIKU Television weekly on Saturdays at 6:00.


Yuan Xiang Qin (Ariel Lin) is a bumbling, intellectually challenged, naïve, but optimistic high school girl. Ever since she met Jiang Zhi Shu (Joe Cheng) at the freshman orientation, she's been in love with the genius with an IQ of 200. After two years of having a crush on him, she finally musters the courage to confess her love to him at school with a love letter. Zhi Shu is not impressed, and Xiang Qin is left humiliated publicly in front of their entire school.

That afternoon, the new house she has just moved into with her father collapsed in a minor earthquake. She and her father are instantly left homeless because they lacked the foresight to pay for earthquake insurance. Fortunately, her father's old college friend extends a helping hand and invites both of them to live at his house. Little does Xiang Qin know that the kind Uncle Li is actually the father of Jiang Zhi Shu.

Because of this unexpected turn of events, Zhi Shu and Xiang Qin begin living their lives under the same roof. Zhi Shu's mother aspires to bring them together, coaxing Zhi Shu into tutoring Xiang Qin and taking numerous pictures of the couple together. Zhi Shu remains cold towards Xiang Qin, thinking her to be one of the dumbest people he has ever met, and refuses to speak to her at school. Through the course of the series, Zhi Shu slowly warms up to Xiang Qin, who tries her hardest to do better in school for him, as they deal with romantic rivals, their futures, and their relationship.

Main cast[edit]

Actor Drama character Manga character Relationships
Ariel Lin Jiang/Yuan Xiang Qin (袁湘琴) Kotoko Aihara/Irie Zhi Shu's Wife
Joe Cheng Jiang Zhi Shu (江直樹) Naoki Irie Xiang Qin's crush and Husband
Jiro Wang Jin Yuan Feng (aka Ah Jin) (金元豐) Kinnosuke Nakamura Zhi Shu's rival
Chang Yung Cheng Jiang Wan Li (aka Ah Li) (江萬利) Sigeki Irie Zhi Shu's father
Cyndi Chaw Jiang Zhao Zi (aka Ah Li's wife) (阿利嫂) Machiko Irie Zhi Shu's mother
Tang Tsung Sheng Yuan Cai (Ah Cai) (袁有才) Shigeo Aihara Xiang Qin's father
Zhang Bo Han Jiang Yu Shu (江裕樹) Yuuki Irie Zhi Shu's brother
Petty Yang Lin Chun Mei (林純美) Satomi Xiang Qin's best friend
Candice Liu Liu Ya Nong (劉雅儂) Jinko Xiang Qin's best friend
Ann Hsu Pei Zi Yu (裴子瑜) Yuuko Matsumoto Xiang Qin's rival
Wang Shih-hsien Wang Hao Qian (王皓謙) Sudou Zhi Shu's college friend
Aaron Yan Ah Bu (阿布) Ryo Chun Mei's boyfriend
Chase Chang Zhang Zie Liu Ya Nong's boyfriend
Bianca Bai Bai Hui Lan (白惠蘭) Sasuiko The daughter of a wealthy entrepreneur
Austin Zhuang Child Jiang Zhi Shu


It Started with a Kiss
Soundtrack album by Various Artists
Released 21 October 2005
Genre Mandopop
Language Mandarin
Label Alfa Music

It Started with a Kiss Original Soundtrack (惡作劇之吻 電視原聲帶) was released on 21 October 2005 by Various Artists under Alfa Music. It contains thirteen songs, in which one song, "Love Ocean" by Ye Qing Long has an English version entitled "Sky". The opening theme song is "Say U Love Me" by Jason and Lara, while the ending theme song is by Wang Lan Yin entitled "惡作劇" or "Practical Joke".[2]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Singer(s) Length
1. "Dream Waltz inst."    
2. "Say U Love Me" Lara Veronin (梁心頤) and Wang Shih-hsien  
3. "Meet" (遇到) Fang Ya Xian (方雅賢)  
4. "Love Ocean" (愛情海) Ye Qing Long (葉慶龍)  
5. "Heard" (聽見) Fang Ya Xian (方雅賢)  
6. "Say U Love Me" (guitar version)    
7. "Come A Little Closer" (靠近一點點) Lara Veronin (梁心頤)  
8. "Can We" (能不能) Wang Shih-hsien and Landy Wen (溫嵐)  
9. "The Whole World Could Hear" (全世界的人都知道) Wang Yu Yun (王俞勻)  
10. "Peaceful World guitar ver." (和平世界) Lara Veronin (梁心頤) and Wang Shih-hsien  
11. "Regret" (後悔) He Shu Yu (何書宇)  
12. "Practical Joke" (惡作劇) Wang Lan Yin (王藍茵)  
13. "Sky" (Love Ocean English ver.) Ye Qing Long (葉慶龍)  


It Started with a Kiss was a blockbuster hit, both locally and internationally. It was one of the most epic Taiwanese dramas ever made and also one of the most popular Taiwanese dramas to be successful internationally.

Joe Cheng, Ariel Lin and Jiro Wang of Fahrenheit received immense popularity and praises for their roles.

International broadcasts[edit]

The series was broadcast on ABS-CBN in the Philippines in 2006, the characters were renamed: 'Jiang Zhi Shu' became 'Michael' and 'Yuan Xiang Qin' became 'Jeannie'. The series re-aired in 2007, followed by its sequel. It was then shown again on sister network Studio 23. But in 2012, the series was rebroadcast in the Philippines by rival network GMA Network, premiering February 20, 2012. For this airing, 'Jiang Zhi Shu' was 'Joseph Jiang' and 'Yuan Xiang Qin' took the name 'Ariel Yuan'.

In Japan, the series was broadcast on BS-TBS, Tokyo MX, Chiba TV and SUN TV in 2006, the characters were renamed same like original Japanese manga characters name.

In Thailand, it aired on Channel 3 on Friday to Saturday at 10:30 p.m. to 11:50 p.m., from March 22, 2008 to June 13, 2008.[3] and its re-run on Friday to Sunday at 02:15 a.m. and 01:30 a.m., beginning September 11, 2015.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ (in Chinese) Jiro Wang filmography profile info Retrieved 2010-11-11
  2. ^ "It Started with a Kiss TV Soundtrack (OST)" Retrieved 2013-08-13.
  3. ^ "ละคร แกล้งจุ๊บ...ให้รู้ว่ารัก (It Started with a Kiss)". (in Thai). 11 March 2008. Retrieved 2015-10-19. 
  4. ^ "แกล้งจุ๊บให้รู้ว่ารัก it start with a kiss :". (in Thai). 9 September 2015. Retrieved 2015-10-19. 

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