The Dream Job (2016) 绝世好工
Genre: Family, Revenge, Romance, Business
Enjoyment: 10/10 Pace: 8.5/10
starring Hugo Ng as Zhang Qingdong, Shaun Chen as Zhang Junfeng, Jeanette Aw as Cheng Huishan, Rebecca Lim as Jiang Xinya, Zhang Zhenhuan as Zhang Lixing, Ian Fang as Lin Zijie, Sheila Sim as Yiqing, Bonnie as Xinya’s sister, Hong Ling as Xiaoxue
Greatly enjoyed the plot of using the offer of dream jobs to reunite with his children. Enjoyed how Hugo Ng acted as the father who is trying to make up for the time he did not manage to have to personally raise his children. His character is fun-loving and good at coming up with weird ideas or solutions. I wonder if he is a good father or not due to his womanising behaviour but at the same time there are the heartwarming scenes where he consoles or guides his children and hope for the best for each of them. It was fun to watch the selection process, especially the shocking (but funny) attack on Qingdong which aims to observe the participants’ reaction in times of danger if they are working for Qingdong. Even Junfeng is shocked by the sudden situation.
The children are very different in the way they behave which makes the process of them living together and working with each other more interesting to watch. Huishan is good at finance and capable in managing projects but she can be too stubborn and suspicious. Zijie is a carefree and creative person who likes to act and good at sweet-talking but he does not have much plan for the future and is overconfident. Lixing who spends the most time with their father is actually an adoptive child who thinks for his father and accepts the three people who are chosen by his father without a second thought. Xinya, although considered the outsider due to not having any blood relations to Qingdong, is well-liked by Qingdong for her compassion and her ability to nurse him. It is funny how their job scope includes being present on family day, going for morning exercises and even playing frisbee with Qingdong in the park. I laughed at how Huishan and Zijie do not like to be under the sun and overly prepare themselves with sunglasses and fans.
Felt heartbreaking at the touching scene when Junfeng finally gets to confront his father and let out all his hatred, sufferings and nightmares he endured without a father around. Shaun Chen portrays his character’s emotions well as well as how his character has two-sided: one with an ulterior motive and the side of kindness which is suppressed but sometimes unintentionally leaks out. Junfeng’s character of being observant and clever at manipulating people to suit his revenge plan adds more suspense and thrill to the family drama. I guess we should treasure family relationships when we can but would I be able to forgive family members if they make me go through so much hardships?
Enjoyed the development of relationship between Junfeng and Xinya. At first, I disliked how Xinya is willing to do anything for money but as the drama goes, her dedication to improve her sister’s health condition and her comfort provided when Junfeng needs it changes how I think about her. I also looked forward to scenes with Xinya’s sister, Xinling, and liked her growth as she changes from a despair person due to her handicap to a optimistic person who is eager to be able to walk again. It is nice to watch how she tries to match-make Junfeng and Xinya, and her excitement to have Junfeng as her brother-in-law.
Watched this drama due to Shaun Chen haha and of course the unusual plot of offering people with “dream jobs”. However, I felt that this drama is a bit slow in its pace towards the end. The crying scenes by Rebecca Lim and Shaun Chen could have looked better and more natural at the scene where Junfeng’s grandmother passed away haha. Special mentions to Sheila Sim and Hong Ling who acted well in this drama too even though I didnt write about them in this review. The ending rounded up the drama neatly and the children have a partner each. It is hilarious (but in a way acceptable) how they attempted to tie the ending to the start by making Junfeng give Xinya a dream job to become his wife. (I shall not give anymore spoilers haha.) Enjoyed it very much and was a bit sad to see it end.
The dream job theme song
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