Love Till The End of Summer
Love ‘Til the End of Summer – Chinese Drama Review
In this world, there are no geniuses, only lazy fools. – Fu Xiao Si
The first 4 episodes of this Chinese drama have just been subbed (subtitled in English).
I have watched the first episode and I am hooked. Love the characters, who are of course, shiny and bright, well they are still pure and innocent, afterall it is only the first episode. 🙂
The drama started on how the main characters met in high school and from then on will forge a life-long friendship, according to the blurb anyway. Apparently this drama is based on a spectacularly popular novel by Guo Jingming, Rush to the Dead Summer. The novel chapters ten years in the lives of the friends from high school to when they spread their wings into the world and make and put mark into their own destiny. (From 1995 – 2005.)
The friends were Li Xia, Xiao Si, Lu Zhi Ang, Cheng Qi Qi & Yu Jian
Apparently even if life is being rather shitty 🙂 all hardships are surmountable if love is present in your life! I would like to see more of that! 🙂
So far so good.
Li Xia, the leading female is supposed to be ultra sweet, pure and innocent. But sometimes I find her rather annoying. Her innocence goes beyond being sweet. She is either a consummate flirt or stupid. Fancy over-pouring chemicals into a beaker! She just wanted Xiao Si to hold her hands. There are times also that she is lifeless, spaced out!!! You just want to shake her from her stupor.
Li Xia has pouted her way to episode 38. Why can’t she be more animated?!!!
Updates: Do not read if you do not want to know what is going on!
Just watched episode 38. It is much darker than the sweet high school life of Li Xia, Xiao Si and Lu Zhi Ang.
Cheng Qi Qi is now a famous singer in a very cutthroat business and she was behaving like a tigress protecting her domain even from her friends.
Cheng Qi Qi saw Yu Jian as a potential rival that she personally ensured Yu Jian does not progress into her climb in the ladder of musical success.
The cute Lu Zhi Ang is still hung up on Li Xia but has found a cute girl, Yan Mo, who was a bit of a stalker. She was too full on but she does grow on you. She is feisty and spunky.
Xiao Si has been diagnosed with colour blindness, which is rather fatal to his career as a painter. In fact he was being sued for fakery because his previous works were different from his current ones.
We all know that when the main characters have promised to be together forever no matter what during the course of the drama, it can only mean one thing, a nail in the coffin of their relationship.
And it comes in episodes 41-42.
Qi Qi called Li Xia to ‘confess’ who the supposed father of her unborn baby. It turned out it was Xiao Si from a drunken one night stand about 2 months ago.
Li Xia sought a break from her relationship with Xiao Si, she up and left.
Xiao Si then went to see Qi Qi, who was only too happy to meet up. She said she wants to start over and raise a family together. Xiao Si said that he will take responsibility for the baby( he does not remember if he did sleep with Qi Qi) but nothing else. He then left immediately.
Behind the scene, Zhi Ang still played the protector to Xiao Si, who was having trouble with a vengeful hard-done-by painter. Unfortunately Zhi Ang half killed the painter resulting in Zhi Ang to run and be fugitive from the law.
This is a sad one. I thought Yu Jian was going to get her forever happiness with the lovely Duan Qiao. But on their way to their registry office wedding, Duan Qiao said he had to leave Yu Jian for a brief moment to get a surprise for her. The camera pans out to a busy road with cars coming and going. You can’t help shouting on the screen, “no, don’t do that.” You can see a mile off what was going to happen! He was going to get run over! And he did. Yu Jian was ‘widowed’ before even married.
There are those who say that there are 48 episodes altogether but there are those who say that there are only 46 episodes.
Anyway 45 & 46 have nicely concluded the drama, though some might say it is an open-ended one especially on the relationship between Xiao Si and Li Xia.
Earlier on, it showed Li Xia with a new man and looked like they were engaged and shopping for their new house.
Qi Qi is shown looking rather forlorn and all alone, no sign of a baby (I am not sure whether she made up the whole pregnancy thing as I can’t watch episode 44, it was a broken link).
Thank goodness, there is some sort of a happy ending with one of the couples. Lu Zhi Ang, after his release from 3 years incarceration, and Yan Mo got married.
There was a rather poignant scene between Yan Mo and her father on the eve of her wedding, which is a very nice touch.
The last bit of episode 46 showed Xiao Si catching the wedding bouquet and the next scene was seeing Li Xia in front of him. Awww Does it mean they are going to get it together again?!!!
This drama is actually the first one for the rising star Hu Yi Tian. He plays one of the classmates who wears glasses and has a crush on the teacher.
Click here to see him singing the theme tune, Chasing the Light