Smiling Pasta

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Smiling Pasta
微笑Pasta
SmilingPastaTW.jpg
Smiling Pasta promotional poster
Genre Romance / Comedy
Starring Cyndi Wang
Nicholas Teo
Gino Tsai
Zhao Hong Qiao
Zhao Shun
Jian Chang
Wang Juan
Hu Kang Xing
Song Zhi Ai
Wu Zhen Ya
Shen Meng Sheng
Bao Zheng Fang
Di Zhi Jie
Wei Ru
Darren Chiang
Opening theme "Rainbow's Smile" (彩虹的微笑) by Cyndi Wang
Ending theme "Tears of Polaris" (北極星的眼淚)by Nicholas Teo
Country of origin Republic of China (Taiwan)
Original language(s) Mandarin
No. of episodes 24
Production
Running time Sunday & Saturday
Release
Original network TTV / SETTV
Original release July 16 – November 5, 2006
Chronology
Preceded by Magicians of Love 愛情魔髮師
Followed by Engagement For Love 愛情經紀約
External links
Website www.settv.com.tw/metro/m102

Smiling Pasta (微笑Pasta) is a romantic-comedy Taiwanese drama starring Cyndi Wang and Nicholas Teo. It was adapted into manhua by Yu Jia Yan.

Synopsis[edit]

A young couple, not knowing each other in the past, collided with each other and created boundless rumors and a romance full of interest. Cheng Xiao-Shi was an innocent and honest common young girl, whereas He Qun-Gui was the new super star of singing circle, and the oldest son, out of two, of present speaker of a legislative body. These two parallel lines meet occasionally in the street. He was eluding from paparazzi at that time, but collided with her accidentally, after she was just dumped by her boy friend. The fierce collision made his lips pressed on hers by accident. It was such a nice chance for the paparazzo, and he shot this valuable moment with his camera. He Qun had no choice but to take her and escape.[1]

Story[edit]

The story begins with 20-year-old Xiao Shi (Cyndi Wang) day dreaming on her balcony, wishing upon a shooting star for a successful love. In her dazed state, she accidentally knocks her mug over the edge, which then lands and bounces off the front of the famous singer He Qun's (Nicolas Teo) sportscar, when he happened to be driving past. Even though they didn't meet, this marks the beginning of their intertwined destinies.

The next morning, Xiao Shi's flamboyant but nonetheless supportive family, conducts a good luck ceremony for Xiao Shi, to celebrate her three months together with her current boyfriend, Peter. Xiao Shi was cursed with relationships not exceeding three months by her first crush Ah Zhe (Gino Tsai). Despite the curse, Xiao Shi has a great feeling about her third month anniversay with Peter, recalling Peter telling her that he will introduce her to the most important woman in his life. Thinking that he means his mother, Xiao Shi is so confident that everything will go well, even making a bet with her brother that she can bring Peter home that night

Enjoying her date, everything appears to be progressing smoothly for Xiao Shi. Peter suddenly brings her right into the centre of a cross section and Xiao Shi assumes that he is going to confess his undying love for her. However, his real intention is to break up with her, claiming that she's 'not his style' and pointing to the scantily clad girl across the street (his new girlfriend) who is his style. Xiao Shi is devastated and a dark cloud looms over her head (literally).

Hanging her head in defeat, Xiao Shi wanders through the streets until a stranger bumped into a her. This stranger happens to be the 22-year-old in disguise, He Qun, who's just run away from his own press conference and in the process of fleeing the paparazzi. The clumsy encounter leaves the both of them in a compromising position in the middle of the streets, allowing the paparazzi to obtain a few shots of the both of them "kissing".

He Qun, accustomed to this kind of thing, being a celebrity, recognizes trouble when he sees it, so he runs for his life dragging Xiao Shi with him as to protect him from the idea of two-timing his ex-girlfriend, Rita, who had broken up with him for his brother just hours before. Through a series of mishaps, tossed in with a bit of fate, He Qun ends up providing refuge for Xiao Shi in his own bedroom, for the night.

Unbeknown to them, the newspapers have been working overtime, and by morning, the image of them kissing in the streets cover the front page of every tabloid. The dreary and clueless pair step out onto the balcony, where the waiting reporters are virtually fed evidence of their affair. To protect He Qun's career, his agent Vincent has no choice but to introduce Xiao Shi as He Qun's fiance.

As the series continues, it is shown that Ah Zhe is He Qun's younger brother. Ah Zhe's girlfriend Xiao Rou, through an unfortunate accident, was unintentionally killed by He Qun. Ah Zhe, unable to forgive or trust He Qun, leaves his family and severed ties with his brother.

From this point on, Xiao Shi's world is turned upside down. She is still wondering if there is anyway that she can break away from the love-curse. Meanwhile, the poor little rich boy, He Qun, gradually discovers that the love and warmth he's never known, can be brought about by the simplest things (or people), as he continues to visit Xiao Shi and her family at their family restaurant.

Xiao Shi, initially in love with He Qun's younger brother, Ah Zhe, who so happened to save her life, finds herself with mixed feelings for He Qun. Meanwhile, He Qun finds himself falling for Xiao Shi. However, he denies his feelings for her and leads Xiao Shi to believe that he is still in love with Rita.

In the end, after a turn of events and when the two publicly declare their love for one another, He Qun and Xiao Shi finally get together with He Qun proposing to Xiao Shi.[2]

Cast[edit]

Soundtrack[edit]

Smiling Pasta
SmilingPastaOST.jpg
Soundtrack album by Various Artists
Released July 14, 2006
Genre Mandopop
Language Mandarin
Label EMI (TW)

Smiling Pasta Original TV Soundtrack (微笑PASTA 電視原聲帶) was released on July 14, 2006 by Various Artists under EMI (Taiwan). It contains fourteen songs, in which five songs are various instrumental versions of the original songs. The opening theme song is "Cǎi Hóng De Wēi Xiào" or "Rainbow's Smile" by Cyndi Wang, while the ending theme song is by Nicholas Teo entitled "Běi Jí Xīng De Yǎn Lèi" or "Tears from Polaris".[3]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Singer(s) Length
1. "Rainbow's Smile" (Cǎi Hóng De Wēi Xiào) Cyndi Wang  
2. "Tears From Polaris" (Běi Jí Xīng De Yǎn Lèi) Nicholas Teo  
3. "Happiness Express inst." (幸福快遞)    
4. "Little Turtle" (Xiǎo Wū Guī) Nicholas Teo  
5. "The First Morning Star" (Huáng Hūn Xiǎo) Nicholas Teo  
6. "I Do" Cyndi Wang  
7. "I Do inst."    
8. "Remembrance" (Jì Niàn) Adrian Fu  
9. "Dusk Down inst." (黃昏曉)    
10. "Maze" (Mí Gōng) Yu Hao Wei  
11. "Zero Territory" (Líng De Lǐng Yù) 六甲  
12. "衝突與僵持 inst."    
13. "Tears from Polaris inst." (北極星的眼淚)    
14. "Just Smile" (Jiù Wēi Xiào Le) Nicholas Teo  

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Trendy Dramas: Smiling Pasta. SETTV. Retrieved 2013-08-13.
  2. ^ "Smiling Pasta official website". TTV. Retrieved 2013-08-13.
  3. ^ "Smiling Pasta Original TV Soundtrack (OST)". Yesasia.com. Retrieved 2013-08-13.

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