April will probably be my favorite month for this year as 2 of my highly anticipated Taiwanese dramas – medical drama, Wake Up (麻醉風暴) and iHero (鑑識英雄) (Investigation Hero) are simultaneously arriving on the same month. Starring Jason Wang (An Innocent Mistake), Janel Tsai (The Queen!), Kurt Chou (IUUI), Teresa Daley (Days We Stared at the Sun) and Mini Tsai (The New World), iHero is a crime procedural drama that revolves around the battle between a forensic investigation team and the criminals they’ll face. The cast had long completed the filming since March last year but iHero had been struggling to find a timeslot on TV channels and thus, leading to the delayed broadcast. But fear not, it will finally get to see the light of the day in 10th April, airing on every Friday on CTV channel.
I’m thrilled about having another crime procedural drama in Taiwanese dramaland as I’m growing weary of the rom-com clutter in the current drama scene. At the same time, I’m also sad to see that the industry doesn’t appreciate this genre that much, giving iHero a hard time to find a timeslot. Black & White (痞子英雄) is probably the closest procedural drama that Taiwan dramaland have offered to me in the past but they had more focus on the action scenes and the relationship of the detective duo. iHero will probably have more focus on the procedural parts than Black & White judging from the trailers.
I briefly mentioned about this drama on my “Detailed List of Upcoming Taiwanese Dramas in 2015” post and I’m gonna quote myself…
The tagline reads “Behind every crime scene hides a moving story and a story of science”. Jason Wang will be playing as a prosecutor, it’s said that he’s the center of the forensic investigation team. Kurt Chou will play as a forensic investigator who specialize in DNA analysis. Janel Tsai will play as a police officer who holds a black-belt in Taekwondo and expert in Thai boxing, sounds badass! Mini Tsai will play as the scientist of the forensic team.
The cast sounds solid as I loved Jason Wang as the charismatic Da Shu (uncle) in An Innocent Mistake (罪美麗) and Mini Tsai had been growing on me a lot through her performance in the currently airing drama, The New World (新世界). Janel Tsai always holds a strong screen presence that I’m always drawn into whatever role she takes. I actually thought she stood out a lot in Office Girls (小資女孩向前衝), even more than the heroine, Alice Ke. I’ve only seen Kurt Chou in IUUI (我愛你愛你愛我), playing as my all-time bias, Jasper Liu‘s detective buddy but he was memorable in a good way. Furthermore, I saw several familiar faces such as Joelle Lu (Once Upon a Time in Beitou) cameo-ing in the trailer, that’s totally icing on the cake.
I’m loving the cinematic flair to these previews so far, it definitely shows the quality of high-budget investment.