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China Drama Review Whirlwind Girl 旋风少女

My sister and I happened to rewatch some parts of this drama due to a lack of dramas to watch nowadays so I decided to quickly write this review before it gets postponed to dont know when.
(Sigh, such a serious lack of dramas to watch since the change in trend of genre of kdramas. Felt that the scriptwriting for kdramas in general has deteriorated, even though many people seem to still enjoy them. China modern dramas are still not good enough to replace kdramas at the moment. Used to enjoy sg dramas in the past but based on the trailers nowadays, I feel that the target audience has narrowed. I guess there is nothing I can do but be more understanding towards my drama friend…)

Dropped Abyss, The Secret Life of My Secretary, Search: WWW at the first few episodes. Currently finishing up Angel’s Last Mission: Love and finished watching Perfume. Hopefully I can finish Angel’s Last Mission: Love as my sister dropped it at the 3rd last episode. Just finished watching Super Star Academy which my sister recommended me. It is quite a good watch. Currently watching Debut china drama which my sister recommended me. More or less finished scanning through About is Love, The Night of the Comet, From Survivor to Healer (Didnt watch middle part), My Poseidon, and Go Go Squid which do not have plots that are good enough but I have my own reasons for scanning through them. Started on Hotel Del Luna which is good.

Doing this by memory.

Whirlwind Girl (2015) 旋风少女

Enjoyment: 9/10  Pace: 9/10  No. of times I watched it: 3

 

starring Hu Bingqing as Qi Baicao, Yang Yang as Ruo Bai, Chen Xiang as Fang Tinghao, Bai Jingting as Yu Chuyuan, Zhao Yuannuan as Fang Tingyi, Yang Tailang as Shen Bo, Leo Wu as Hu Yifeng, Tan Songyun as Fan Xiaoying, Li Ze as Wu Xiuda, Yu Haoyang as Wu Xiuqin, Yu Tinger as Qu Guangya, Jiang Yiyi as Kim Min-joo, Zhang Xueying as Li En-xiu, Jang Tae-hoon as Min Shenghao

Happened to come across this drama due to becoming a fan of Yang Yang after watching him in Love O2O. This drama is a lot better than Love O2O to me and Yang Yang’s character is totally different here. Wanted to dismiss this drama when I started it as I feel that the personal monologue in the first episode is weird. Luckily, I didnt. Once I got past that, I couldnt stop watching.

The thing that stands out in this drama is Ruo Bai’s selfless love. He doesnt need Bai Cao to reciprocate his love at all and doesnt even want Bai Cao to know how much he does/has done for her. Liked how Ruo Bai likes to write calligraphy. And it is interesting how it is used to show his frustration and anger once and also shows how much he sacrifices for Bai Cao in the scene that he had to use newspapers instead of his usual calligraphy paper to help pay for her training expenses at the academy. Touched by Ruo Bai’s love for Bai Cao, especially towards the end when he chooses to help Bai Cao (because it is the critical time in her Taekwondo journey) instead of caring about his own health or when he risks his life to plead with the culprit to tell the truth that Bai Cao’s master/Taekwondo teacher did not use drug for his competition. I dont think such a person exists in the world and it is also not that good in a relationship as one person is giving too much and the other is not giving enough but I liked the character a lot and it shows unconditional love very well. My sister is so angry at him and wants to scold him for his foolishness at the 2nd time she watched it with me haha.

Chased this drama due to the Taekwondo competitions. Ruo Bai is a very good coach and he manages to guide Bai Cao not only in her trainings, but also in competitions to help her improve and develop and make good use of her strengths so that she can win in competitions. Enjoyed watching how there are many different types of interesting opponents whom Bai Cao needs to find out their weaknesses and beat. Enjoyed watching the cool stunts performed by Bai Cao during competitions.

Liked the character Bai Cao. Her loyalty to her Taekwondo master/teacher shines in this drama. Although Guang Ya, the Taekwondo master’s biological daughter, draws a line with him after the drug incident, Bai Cao never changes how she treats him and her belief that he is innocent never wavered. She also refuses to change her master even though that can lead to a better future in Taekwondo. Liked how she has great strength due to practice even though she didnt undergo any Taekwondo training. Felt that she looks a lot more cool than Ruo Bai when doing the Taekwondo moves haha. Liked the soft toy that she carries around. It looks like a grass which kind of represents her. Enjoyed watching her growth as she becomes better and better at Taekwondo. Liked how Bai Cao respects Chu Yuan’s decision to never do Taekwondo again without question and even prevents the battle between Ting Hao and Chu Yuan.

Liked the development of relationship and chemistry between Bai Cao and Ruo Bai. Liked the interactions between Ruo Bai and Bai Cao, even though most of the sweet interactions happen without the knowledge of the other party (as mentioned above about unconditional love). For example, a sweet but funny scene is where Ruo Bai secretly unlocks the gate for Bai Cao to enter as she comes back late/after curfew time but she jumps over the wall (?) despite receiving the note from under the gate. Liked watching Ruo Bai’s smiles haha.

Felt neutral about the character Chu Yuan. The good part of the character and the bad part of the character balances out haha. Liked how he is caring and gentle, and how he has a background story of being very good at Taekwondo but quits due to various reasons. However, he did not firmly reject Ting Yi and caused harm to Bai Cao so he is not good enough for Bai Cao to me. Plus, there is always a right timing for something and he loses his chance to be with Bai Cao due to him leaving. Even if he comes back and is sure of his feelings for Bai Cao, it is too late haha.

Liked the character Ting Hao. He is a good brother to Ting Yi and a good friend to Bai Cao and later a good friend to Ruo Bai. It is cool that he is good at Taekwondo. It is funny how Ting Hao starts to like Bai Cao after he pulls her into his car through the ceiling to prevent her from getting hit by his sport car. It is funny how he tries to hide his identity and gets closer to Bai Cao. Laughed at the ridiculously (?) funny methods he uses to confess his love for Bai Cao like pouring flower petals through a drone (?), and singing to Bai Cao with a band in front of many. Although he is immature and doesnt care about Bai Cao’s feelings at the start, he gradually becomes a more understanding person. It is good that he is so rich haha. Liked it when he uses his wealth for good purposes like the phone and tracking device he gives Bai Cao when she goes overseas and they come to good use when she really is separated from the others on the street as she went to catch a thief. It is funny how he always wants to compete with Chu Yuan or whoever he deems worthy. Later on, when he finds out about what Ruo Bai did for Bai Cao without letting her know, he hints to Bai Cao about it and gives up pursuing Bai Cao. Liked how he is a good friend to Ruo Bai towards the end when he forces and personally brings Ruo Bai to go for check-up and consultation, even though Ruo Bai is too stubborn and didnt go for treatment at the end. My sister liked the character more the second time we watched it together. May become a fan of Chen Xiang after this drama.

Liked the characters Xiao Ying and Yi Feng. Liked how Xiao Ying is so cheery and bubbly. She adds quite a lot of humour to the drama. Liked how she is such a loyal friend to Bai Cao. It is funny how Yi Feng is often seen yawning. Liked how Yi Feng is good at Taekwondo. Liked the friendship between Yi Feng and Ruo Bai. It was fun to watch the interactions between Xiao Ying and Yi Feng. Liked the development of the relationship and the chemistry between them, even though they didnt become a couple at this season and Xiao Ying likes Ruo Bai initially. May become Leo Wu’s/Wu Lei’s or Tan Songyun’s fan after this drama.

Liked the acting by the cast! Liked how there are many heartwarming and touching scenes in this drama and I could feel tears in my eyes several times. For example, when Xiao Ying kneels in the rain with Bai Cao to stop her from continue doing so, when Xiao Ying brings Bai Cao to her house and say that Bai Cao can depend on her, when Bai Cao cheers for Guang Ya during Guang Ya’s competition even though she was forced to leave that Taekwando team before that. It is funny how Min Joo always wants to challenge Bai Cao haha. It is funny how young Min Joo is immature but strong and Sheng Hao, her senior, has to try to keep her under control. Liked En Xiu who is cool and elegant. This is one of the few times that an actress can attract me without many scenes. Liked her interactions with Bai Cao, Ting Hao, Chu Yuan, and Min Joo. Enjoyed watching the interactions among people in Song Bai Taekwondo Center. Didnt like Ting Yi, the biased coach, Quan Sheng Taekwondo Center people and a little dont like Guang Ya. Liked how there is an analyst who is Ting Hao’s friend.

Currently watching Yang Yang’s new drama The King’s Avatar.

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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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