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China Drama Review 不一样的美男子1

This post is long overdued haha. Found this drama at a period of time when there was not much kdrama to watch. It is quite a gem and an awesome sci-fiction romantic comedy! Doing this based on memory.

Buyiyangdemeinanzi (2014)

starring Zhang Han as Gao Yuan Shu 高远树, Emma Wu as Tong Yu Chen 童雨晨, Lu Chen as Li Yi 李伊, Ji Ya Wen as Yan Chao Chen 燕超尘, Zhang Yun Long as An Yi Fei 安逸飞, Fang Yi Lun as Ye Jiang Fan 叶江帆, Fan Shi Qi as He Xiao Qian 何小歉, Yi Yi Zi (易易紫) as Zhao Xiao Qi 赵小琪 (Xiao Qian’s manager)

For Season 1, Yuan Shu was proposing to his girlfriend, Yu Chen, lavishly when a boat crashed into them and caused a horrific accident. Something pierced into Yuan Shu’s heart, Yi Fei injured his eyes, and Xiao Qian is badly burnt. All 3 of them get a transplant each: heart, eye, skin from a scientist (same accident) that uses his own body to experiment on a drug (?) that produces super power but also negative side effects. The 3 good friends are thus gifted with three different super powers that change their life. Gao Yuan Shu (Zhang Han) can control electromagnetism, An Yi Fei (Zhang Yun Long) can predict the future, and He Xiao Qian (Fan Shi Qi) can read other people’s thoughts.

The fantasy is what attracted me to watch this drama though the title doesnt haha…The title “Not the same handsome guy” sounds tooo childish and too direct(?) haha? The funny part is that most of the people in the drama somehow are exposed to the virus (?) and have different types of super power as the drama progresses. Liked the development of relationship between the 3 friends. From the start, they often tease each other and seem like they will never grow up haha. As it goes, they are good support for each other and they help each other in times of need.

As it goes, I especially liked Yi Fei as a character so does my sister who likes the character, Yi Fei, in both seasons. (I end up becoming a fan of that actor even though he acts as different characters in both seasons.) Although Yi Fei likes Yu Chen too, he gives up his love since Yu Chen and Yuan Shu are already a pair. He seems optimistic most of the time but I liked how there is complexity in his character, his strong loyalty, his selflessness, his vulnerability sometimes helplessness, with a lingering feeling of light sadness his character expresses. It was a bit slow pace when Yuan Shu chooses a few times to give up on love when he knows that he may die. Despite how I still ship him with Yu Chen, his character just does not shine through the drama like Yi Fei’s haha. It is cool when Yuan Shu can make things fly around with his new ability. It is romantic whenever Yuan Shu and Yu Chen are at sea or near the sea since Yuan Shu can make waves move and control the “lights of the sea”. Yi Fei’s ability to draw/paint out the future so vividly is also cool but the sad thing is he does not have the ability to change it. This ability seems like the least useful to me. I dont think I ever want to know my future, especially one that I cant change.

Xiao Qian’s ability to hear people’s thoughts is not as fascinating to me after I watched kdrama I hear your voice. Yet, it is interesting that his ability actually makes his girlfriend-to-be friend+manager suspicious of him, and instead of making their relationship closer, it actually draws more distance between them since Xiao Qian with his newfound ability gets closer to fame. It is conflicting that she wants him to be innocent and mature at the same time. Special mentions to the actress who acted as Li Yi as I liked how her character is portrayed.

Enjoyed watching how Jiang Fan is a genius at IT, example hacking. Liked the interaction between Jiang Fan and Yi Fei. Each of the people who is exposed to the virus (?) has a negative side effect while they have a special ability. (Looks like any good thing comes with a sacrifice? It is unique how this drama portrays super power as something that comes with a price.) Yi Fei’s one is that he will suddenly fall into deep sleep anytime and anywhere, and I am impressed that Jiang Fan fetches him to his house and takes such good care of him. Always wanted to watch a drama that concentrates on this kind of sleeping disorder/illness haha (though this one does not focus on it enough)! I think they are just meant to be for each other? No matter it is in season 1 or 2, both of them only have each other and look out for each other at all times. But it is sad they dont have a girl each haha…

Oh no, I just realised after writing this review that there are no english subtitles for this drama. Luckily I didnt write the review early this year. If not, you all may have a longer wait if you want to watch it haha. Now at ondramanice only have raw version for 10 episodes? You can watch it at youtube for full version but i dont think there are english subtitles. I didnt even realise it since I know Chinese. Since this is the case, I will postpone the review for Bu Yi Yang De Mei Nan ZI Season 2 to another time haha…

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China Drama Review I love my president though he is a psycho (2017)

        

It is actually a short drama with only 10 episodes haha but warning: last episode still not subbed if I am not wrong. Luckily I know Chinese haha if not I surely cannot wait for so long… Quite a good drama though in the middle somewhere when the couple is separated and with some misunderstandings, it becomes a bit slow paced. Haha, it is already a short drama, by right I shouldn’t feel the slow-paced part isn’t it? The background family issues intrigued me at the start but towards the end, made me bored and I skipped through it but will go back to re-watch it one day. As usual, I love the psychology aspect in it! I liked how the headstrong lead characters depend on each other and provide each other with warmth, despite how both of them come from dysfunctional families and lack certain things. Shall not give too much spoiler!

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China Drama Review Love O2O (2016)

     

starring Yang Yang as Xiao Nai and Zheng Shuang as Bei Weiwei

Although Love O2O is quite interesting at the start but I start to lose interest in it after some time. Despite that, I still continued watching until I finish it as I just want to continue seeing the lead couple haha. Their chemistry is good! Another reason I carried on watching is because it is relatable, with the student life, specifically university life as background.

Until about first half of the drama, I was intrigued by how the students can make characters that represents themselves in the games, and it is as if the real them manage to go into the computer games. The computer game becomes very much alive in this drama and people in the form of characters can have feelings, build relationships “physically” or communicate with each other in the game. It is an interesting perspective as nowadays many real life couples are formed through computer games haha. I laughed a lot at how Xiao Nai’s three buddies make jokes playfully or tease each other behind the scene or get excited when communicating in the game with Xiao Nai’s new found bride, Weiwei. Enjoyed watching the process of how Xiao Nai pursues Weiwei from online to offline, and enjoyed Weiwei’s reactions and character.

However, after some time the plot doesn’t attract me anymore as it is just about typical days in the university life, and how the relationships further develop, then going into company life. There isn’t much climax and I just look forward to seeing Xiao Nai and Weiwei. Managed to enjoy some romance here and there for the second half of the drama that made me think “Hmmm how nice to have such a boyfriend that is smart, confident, ambitious, working hard for his dream, cool, handsome, thoughtful, reliable, able to protect you well…” If I didnt remember wrongly, I remember him saying that nothing needs to be resolved with conflict which is so good, and I agree with it haha. But because he seems too perfect, it is also a little unreal. Maybe to some, he may seem too cold?

It is fun watching how Xiao Nai is competitive and his face suddenly becomes dark when knowing about a love rival like the basketball match with the guy I don’t really like throughout the drama. I don’t think that guy deserves Weiwei’s best friend haha. Although he is good with languages, he is so incapable in relationships, causing so many unnecessary misunderstandings. I feel that Xiao Nai and Weiwei in the drama are compatible in terms of looks and intellect haha!

The three buddies of Xiao Nai still continue to add humour to the drama and I feel that they all look good-looking haha, and they have distinct qualities that make them funny and likeable. I am touched by how they are loyal to Xiao Nai accepting him totally, and being at his back all the time, including working for his company no matter how other companies try to scout them.

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China Drama Review Romance in the Rain (2001)

I chanced upon this drama quite randomly after becoming Leo Ku’s (古巨基) fan haha. 🙂

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What makes me feel that I am watching a good drama is when I see Zhao Wei’s character, Yiping. The character Yiping adds depth to the plot as she is rebellious and strong-willed and aims to take revenge on the family that abandoned her mother and her. She would rather be honest and beaten by her father than plead for money lowly. Her first meeting with Shuhuan on the rainy day is such a nice scene but anyway Shuhuan actually has the ulterior motive of trying to dig out information of her relation with the high power Lu Family. Impressed by how Shuhuan is so patient and understanding and manages to change her so much. Enjoyed their chemistry and how Shuhuan seeks to protect and defend her when she is working at some nightclub as a singer. The scene when Shuhuan jumps out of the gift box as Yiping’s present to surprise her is perfect! (the funny part is that it is his friend’s (Dufei) idea and Dufei gave ducks as present to the girl he is pursuing) Liked how Leo Ku portrays Shuhuan’s occasional emotional turmoil as well, nicely carving in some flaws and vulnerability into his character.

However, it becomes a bit slow in pace in between as Shuhuan and Yiping’s relationship keeps breaking and one of them, mostly Shuhuan, has to mend the relationship. Despite that, its plot is still the classic type for an about 50 episodes drama depicting the tumultuous times in China, mostly romance and family but including some war scenes towards the end. The ending is pretty awkward by the way, you will know if you manage to sustain that long haha. Thankful that there are good endings for all couples!

Liked how Shuhuan and his friend, Dufei, collects news at all cost: fighting off bodyguards or gangsters, running on the top of trams etc. When the newsroom is flooded with animals by “helpful” people due to the report of an old lady trying to find her cat, it was so disastrous and funny seeing them trying very hard to save the place and get rid of animals, including snakes, monkeys and flying hens. It is funny how Shuhuan seems so perfect and is in contrast to his best friend, Dufei, who is so clumsy. Most if not all of my laughter due to this drama is caused by Dufei. His mishaps are just too much, such as falling on nails, falling off horses and his spectacles alone caused much misfortune, especially when he cant find them.  I am happy for Dufei when he finally succeeds in getting the girl he likes after all his persistent trial and error, and accidents. Liked how his girl’s kiss becomes his painkiller when he is injured in wartime and there is no Anaesthesia left.

Surprised that I will like the character Er Hao a lot in this drama as well. He is the eldest child of the 9th wife in the Lu Family. At first, I just regard him as Shuhuan and Dufei’s good friend but as the drama goes, he keeps capturing my attention. Not just his good looks haha… His role becomes more and more major towards the end as he attempts to heal his ex-girlfriend who is trapped in the past after losing their child and at the same time puts in effort to secure his relationship with his current girlfriend. It was heartwarming how he re-enacts their past happy memories, especially the memory where he has to chase the tram until the ex-girlfriend remembers and pulls him onboard. It is so hard to assure his girlfriend when he seems like he may fall for the previous girl again as he reconjures such beautiful memories but his ability to remain loyal and maintain his relationship with his girlfriend (with the help of his friends) is just admirable.

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