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Just Want To See You Smile (Chinese Drama)

Drama

Just Want To See You Smile (Chinese Drama)

Just want to see you smile poster

  • Aka: Smile, Sm:)e
  • Genre: Romance, Youth
  • Date Released: 2018
  • CDrama: 24 Episodes
  • Based on a novel

Cast:

  • Li Wenhan as Shu Shan
  • Du Bella as Xiao Xing
  • Hou Jung Chen as Xin Yuanling (Mr Xin)

Other Characters:

  • Zhao Duona as Shen Xun – Superstar Product Endorser
  • Zhang ShaSha as Jiang Ye, Shen Xun & Shu Shan’s manager
  • Lin Xiao as An Ge, young new actor
  • Huang Xin Yao as Du Nian, ambitious actress and Xiao Xing’s flatmate
  • Lin Shi Jie as Ye Ling (Director Ye)
  • Liu Daphne as Du Ruo, XiaoXing’s bestfriend and flatmate
  • Yan Li, Director
  • Fang Li, Mr Qin Assistant

Synopsis:

Two damaged individuals, fated by a long time ago accident , overcome their difficulties by being together.

Episode 1

First few minutes of this drama and I love it already.

Xiao Xing is an actress but with a difference.  She suffers from lens aphasia, which is the inability to talk when faced with a camera/lens.

Due to this condition, Xiao Xing plays mainly roles of a dead person.  When not acting dead, she is an all-around girl, doing props, make-up and in charge of the clapper.

Omigod, this drama is so cute and Li Wenhan is just too adorable.  Du Bella is feisty and appealing.  Really loving this drama.

Shu Shan is a superstar.  He’s a singer but for some reason, he developed haphephobia, the fear of touching and being touched.  This was due to an accident in the past that has yet to be revealed.

He went to the studio with his manager and a budding actress called Shen Xun, who is a superstar product endorser.  In the chaos of the over-excited fans, Xiao Xing was tasked to bring in Shen Xun into the studio.  But Xiao Xing dragged the wrong person.  She took Shu Shan instead, who was absolutely surprised that her touch did not repel him.

Now he had to convince her to be his assistant!

Episode 2

Shu Shan has been courting Xiao Xing to become his assistant but she had turned down his offer repeated.

Xiao Xing is really desperate to become an actress but she just can’t do it .

Her role as an extra in a historical drama was made bigger by the director because she has a great screen presence.  He gave her a dialogue but when the camera started rolling she froze..

It seems she has no choice but to accept Shu Shan’s offer until she can get over her fear with the camera.

Episode 3

Shu Shan found Xiao Xing in a corner looking very upset. Shu Shan told her to go with him and they had a lovely talk.  In addition, Xiao Xing was pleased to receive the designer dress she wanted but can’t afford and nowhere really to wear to.

There was a funny scene where Xiao Xing was storytelling a horror story.  She was standing in a chair with a noose on her neck for maximum effect.  Unfortunately, her best friend accidentally kicked down the chair and she was left hanging hysterically for a few seconds.

Xiao Xing finally accepted that with how things are, she cannot be an actress.  She made a decision to be Shu Shan’s assistant instead.

This episode is a visual treat.  There are lots of half-naked scenes with Shu Shan.  hehehe When he was in bed, after a shower.  yey

Episode 4

Shu Shan is being cast in a drama called Life Target.  Du Nian, a young ambitious actress is trying to get closer to Shu Shan.

Episode 5

Shu Shan finally confessed to Xiao Xing his fear of touching and being touched.

To help Shu Shan get used to his leading lady, Xiao Xing bought online a sex doll, she then pasted Du Nian’s facial photo on the doll.  This scene was hilarious.

Shu Shan was watching the news report about a man who has been assaulting women near where he dropped off Xiao Xing.

He rushed the place and when he heard scream he run to Xiao Xing and lovingly assured himself that she was not hurt.

The thing is that Xiao Xing’s sideline was vlogging horrific scenarios and she was rather popular at it.

Episode 6

Xiao Xing’s tender moment with Shu Shan was trending, which was a headache for the producer and Shushan’s manager, who were busily thinking of damage limitation control.

An idol, ideally, should be footloose and fancy-free to cater to the fans’ adoration. 🙂

Shu Shan was advised to lie-low for a few days but the incident just got worse when the producer, Mr Qin, trying to control the situation was photographed in a rather compromising position with Xiao Xing.  Now it was trending that it was a love triangle. LOL

Episode 7

Poor Xiao Xing was being harassed by ShuZhan’s fans.  He had to do a live stream to pacify his fans and in the background, Mr Qin had to use money to make the issue go away.

An Ge ,a promising young actor is rather interested with XiaoXing.  Shu Zhan was very jealous of this.  The scene where An Ge gave Xiao Xing flowers was hilarious.

There was a gathering dark cloud in the form of Du Nian, Xiao Xing’s flatmate and sister of her best friend.

Du Nian wanted to get closer to Shu Zhan but Xiao Xing was always there preventing her to be near the idol.

Shu Shan was absolutely adorable in this episode, he kissed the surprised Xiao Xing, which was witnessed by Mr Qin, who called Xiao Xing to explain how many men she’s got! 🙂

Episode 8

This episode is the most stupidly funny one so far.

Because Xiaoxing thinks  Mr Qin is going overboard in telling her off about romantic involvement with Shu Shan, she tried to get her revenge.

She arranged the sex doll into his office couch and threw feather downs like confetti all over the doll and office.  He went to clean himself up because he was allergic to the feathers, but he found her hiding in his bathroom.   She managed to run off.

Poor Mr Qin was not having a good time.  He was tidying his office and picked up the sex doll but it was misconstrued by Shen xun when she barged into the office.

Director Ye was being driven by his inexperience assistance.  When he got down from the car, he fell straight to an open manhole.  You have to watch it to believe it.

Episode 9

Shu Zhan was about to confess to Xiaoxing but Xiaoxing interrupted him, telling him that what he feels for her was all due to his illness.  The attraction he feels is because she is the only one he can touch.  What if he recovers will his feelings not change?!!!

Episode 10

Xiaoxing almost drowned because she can’t swim when she accidentally fell on the pool with Mr Qin.  It looks like Xiaoxing has so many admirers, including Mr Qin.

Episode 11

Oh no, the love triangle between Shu Zhan, Xiaoxing and Mr Qin is heating up.  I love Shu Zhan and Xiaoxing together but Mr Qin with Xiaoxing is also romantically adorable and it seems Shu Zhan has began to notice it too.

Xiaoxing had her midnight live stream again, which was gatecrashed unintentionally by Mr Qin.  With the disturbance, Xiaoxing just naturally spoke while being filmed.  This was noticed immediately by Du Ruo.

Xiaoxing immediately decided that she needed Mr Qin to put her in an irate mode so she will overcome her phobia with cameras.

She was watching Shu Zhan and An Ge rehearsed when she up and left to go to Mr Qin.  They ended up in a storeroom.  She told him a garbled explanation about her camera shyness and then she hugged him.  He then pushed her towards some boxes which were going to topple over her but he tried to protect her.  They were then trapped by the boxes and can’t get out.

Episode 12

The boxes started to explode and created a fire, much to the freight and worry of Shu Zhan who received a brief call from Xioaxing.

Thank goodness she was fine.  Their reunion was heartwarming but rather heartbreaking for Mr Qin as he watched them hugging as if their lives depend on it.

Xiaoxing and Shu Zhan are now officially together and Shu Zhan is proving to be a very caring boyfriend.

There was a news exclusive that he was dating Du Nian.  He tried to delay the shooting with Du Nian so as not to upset Xiaoxing, who told him off that he was being unfair to the staff and crew.

Episode 13

This episode is almost the opposite of No 12.  There is more angst.

Shen Xun is upset because it looks like Xiaoxing had managed to seduce Mr Qin, whom she had had a one-sided love for ages.  Because she was upset, she left the filming, which causes delay.

What Shen Xun doesn’t know is that Mr Qin is in a conference with his management to sort out the finances.

Episode 14

Du Nian, having sprained her ankles, is throwing tantrum because Xiaoxing is going to replace her in her role.  Du Nian was going mental calling Xiaoxing a psychopath when she is the one who was so spoilt.

Xiaosing spoke to Mr Qin about her Lens Aphasia.  She also mentioned that she has found a cure and it was him.

Episode 15

This is a rather poignant episode.

Shen Xun took Mr Qin aside and confessed to him, unknowingly allowing all the staff, crews and actors and actresses in their set to hear.  She forgot to turn off her mic.

Everyone heard Mr Qin telling her that she was only ever a friend to him and nothing could ever happen between them.

Shen Xun asked him if he was in love with Xiaoxing.

He readily said yes, much to Shen Xun’s distress.

Xiaoxing and Shu Zhan heard this too.

This incident was rather embarrassing for Xiaoxing as she became a topic of gossip.

Mr Qin came to find her and confessed to her personally 🙂  He is so cute.  (When is he going to get the girl in a drama? He lost the girl in Ugly Girl, Hua Rua Ha)  He said too that if she was to be with him, she can get better roles.  Xiaoxing told him off and left.

Mr Qin will not go down without a fight.  He called Shu Zhan and told him that as far as he is concerned, it was an open field and he will fight Shu Zhan for Xiaoxing.

Episode 16

Finally, Shu Zhan can now touch anyone and he has been touching everyone with impunity. 🙂   Xiaoxing substituted a placebo to his medication and found out that he has no trouble holding on to his leading lady.

Episode 17

Du Nian created such a big fuss with her microblogging that she lost her job because of the man-eater Xiaoxing having seduced both the producer, Mr Qin and the lead star, Shu Zhan.

Du Nian was being manipulated by a vengeful powerful woman, Mrs He.  She’s the one who told that immature Du Nian to share her feelings against Xiaoxing.

It seems there is a mystery here as Mrs He has a daughter, who looks like in a coma.

Episode 18

Xiaoxing reconciled with her father but then she found out a long buried secret of her past.  It is intriguing because it is explained completely yet.  But it seems she was always been connected with ShuZhan.  As kids they were involved in an accident where another little girl was left bleeding on the road.

Xiaoxing remembered this and then said that it was her fault that ShuZhan suffered from his condition.  Her father said that she must not let ShuZhan find out after he had just overcome his illness.  He must not be traumatized and revert back.

Her father told her that she must leave the film, Life Tide,  and go abroad to study acting.

Episode 19

Xiaoxing has left the film and Du NIan has been re-reinstated to her old role.  Yan Li, the cinematographic director has been spying for Mrs He.

Episode 20

The film had finally wrapped up.

At last Du Nian developed a bit of a conscience.  She refused the order of Mrs He to publish some document in her Du Nian’s blog.

Episode 21

Du Nian and Du Ruo reconciled.  Du Nian told her about how she misjudged Xiaoxing.

Xiaoxing and Shu Zhan had a heartbreaking breakup.

Episode 22

Shu Zhan had gone back to being mentally disturbed after finding out that Xiaoxing was the girl her little step-sister saved, which led her to be in a coma for the last 14 years.

Mrs He was being very vindictive. She wanted both Shu Zhan and XiaoXing to suffer as her daughter is nothing but a vegetable at present time.

Episode 23

Mrs He forgave them.

Episode 24

Everyone lived happily ever after! 🙂

I don’t know about Mr Qin though because he went to America for at least 2 years to find himself, as one does 🙂 🙂  But beforehand he had a heart-rending goodbye meeting with Xiaoxing, who was really upset to see him go.

And then fast forward two years later….

Du Nian is now a reformed character, not so bitter anymore, who is an awarded actress.  She is in a budding relationship with An Ge, who was about to embark on extreme sport, in collaboration with Mr Qin.

Director Ye had become a devoted husband to Du Rou, who is now six months pregnant.

Mrs Ye and Shu Zhan’s father might get it on again.

As to Xiaoxing and Shu Zhan, they are still going strong.

 

 

 

Meteor Garden 2018 (Chinese Drama) Review

Meteor Garden poster

Drama

  • Genre: ROMANCE, Youth, School
  • Date Released: 9 July 2018
  • CDrama: 48 Episodes
  • Remake of Taiwanese drama (2001) of the same title, based on Japanese manga Hana Yori Dango
  • OST: For You by F4

Cast: 

Many are already familiar with this drama as it has been remade by several countries over and over.  It is based on a Japanese manga called Hana Yori Dango (Boys Over Flowers)

Meteor Garden 2018 is a remake/reboot of the Taiwanese version of the Hana Yori Dango

It is about a girl, who came from an ordinary family and now enrolled in a posh and prestigious school for the children of the  rich and famous.

The school is ruled by four uber gorgeous boys, known as the F4.  They reign in terror amongst the children of the rich.  Anyone found lacking is given a red card, which means his/her life and happiness within the school are in jeopardy.  The victim would then rather transfer to another school or bear with all the punishments until the F4 get bored and cease the tortures.

Shan Cai is a brave girl who went against the F4.  Despite the red card, she stood her ground and gave Dao Ming Si a good kicking.  Instead of giving her an even harsher time, he fell in love with her. 🙂  She was the first one who ever tried to put up a fight.

Hua Ze Lei actually was helping her in the background and she knew it.  She had a bit of a crush on him.

Thus the drama developed into a love triangle.

I can’t wait for this new Shen Yue drama! Roll on 9 July 2018!

Four episodes are now on show but with no English sub/ huhuhu


Netflix got rights for this drama.  They will start showing them on 13 July!  Yey, can’t wait.

Meteor Garden 2018 (Chinese Drama)

The first six episodes subtitled in English are now available in Netflix.  It is about 24-35 minutes each episode.

This is the second major drama for Shen Yue, who catapulted to stardom playing Shao Xi in A Love So Beautiful, which is also available to watch in Netflix.

I have to be honest, I am still bias towards ALSB.  It is still the sweeter and cuter drama.

Shen Yu’s Shan Cai is really super annoying and excruciatingly embarrassing most of the time, I am yet to warm towards her.

I came to this drama, unsure of Dylan Wang, having seen a behind the scene’s video of him being too boisterous to Shen Yue with her hoodie.

Anyway, I was pleasantly surprised! Dylan Wang is the best actor of them all.  He was able to project a spectrum of emotion.  He is vulnerable, snarky, immature, kind, jealous and proud.  He is certainly an actor to watch.

As to Shen Yue, I am not sure what happened but she’s only produced half of the charm she had in ALSB.

This version is more true to life.  The F4 are gorgeous, tall, rich young men, who excel in their field.  They are more spoiled rather than out and out evil.  They are more ‘ordinary’ that the other versions. Probably I was spoiled by the Korean and Japanese version.

Episode 1-6

Shan Cai’s mother is a very good cook.  She makes a living from her homecooking and delivery.

Shai Cai wanted to help her mother build her business up.  So she enrolled in the Nutrition Department of the best and most exclusive university in ‘China’ called Ming De University.

There she had a reunion with her former schoolmates.  Chen Qinghe is her childhood best friend. while Li Zhen was a high school acquaintance.  They decided there and then that they will be best friends in college.

During orientation, a famous man called Mr Bobbit came to speak to the students.  Shan Cai and the rest of the attendees were in ecstasy in the presence of this famous American man.

After the talk, just outside the auditorium, still excited with their good fortune of listening to Mr Bobbit, another ecstasy inducing event happened, the F4 came sauntering into the school, much to the delirium of the girls.  In the chaos, Shan Cai’s phone was nudged out of her hand into the ground.  Crawling into the floor in between commotion of legs running towards the F4, Shan Cai tried to reach for her phone.  She was inches away towards it when a green crocodile shoe stepped on it causing it to break.

Shan Cai was so annoyed, she runs after the owner of the shoe.  She saw him in a  huddled crowd.  Without much thought, she grabbed the man in the middle, which happened to be Mr Bobbit.  She was quickly restrained by the bodyguards.

Shan Cai was persona non grata for assaulting such an important man. She was being gossiped about for her misdemeanour.

To get rid of her stress, she went on top of the building and vent her frustration by shouting her lungs out.  She was told off by a man seating nearby of the racket she was making.  He happened to be one of the F4.  He was Ze Lei.

During many instances, she kept meeting Ze Lei, who was rather kind to her unlike the leader of F4, Daoming Si.

Si seemed to delight in torturing her.  Shan Cai can’t take it anymore so she gave him a flying kick straight on his handsome face.

Si was not annoyed, he actually developed a grain of respect towards her, which quickly developed into tenderness.  So much so that he told her that he wanted her to be his girlfriend.  He listed all the pros of becoming his girlfriend, but Shan Cai was not interested as she was already half in love with the gorgeous and musical Ze Lei, despite him having a girlfriend already.

Yuan Zi, the girlfriend, was very friendly towards Shan Cai.  She includes Shan Cai’s to all her parties.

But hormones have taken over Shan Cai’s brain.  The friendship with the girlfriend was immaterial. Out with sisterhood!!!  Shan Cai was determined to pursue Ze Lei, which was noticed by Si.  This created a gulf between Ze Lei and Si’s friendship.

Si tried many things, which he does not usually do, to entice Shan Cai away from Ze Lei but it is becoming a losing battle.

Ze Lei had gone to Paris to be with Yuan Zi, who had decided to become a lawyer with a charitable institution, Without Borders.  She also willingly cut herself off from inheriting her family fortune.  Really nice girl, hear that Shan Cai!!!

Shan Cai misses Ze Lei so much that when out clubbing one evening with a secretly vengeful friend, Li Zhen, she became inordinately inebriated.  With drunken hazy sight, she sat down next to a foreigner, who was playing the piano. She was imagining that he was Ze Lei.

She woke up the next morning in a strange bed, with a note from Thomas, the foreigner, saying that he enjoyed himself.

Episode 7 – 12

Daoming found Shancai having a rather intimate conversation with a foreigner at the school.  Thomas came to see Shaicai after their misadventure the night before, where she ended up being tucked into bed by Thomas.

Shan Cai became the topic of gossips at school after her photos seemingly in bed with Thomas were posted on Weibo.

She was ostracised for being cheap and doing the dirty on Thomas especially when her boyfriend is Si.

Shan Cai said to Si that she doesn’t care about the gossips and the bullying as long as Si believes her.

It was found out later by Ximen and Feng Mei who posted the photos on Weibo.  Shan Cai was shocked to know that Li Zhen stabbed her in the back.

Episode 13

Awwww I am absolutely won over by this drama version of Hana Yori Dango.  And yes, the Shen Yue I love and adore is back big time in all her cuteness and brightness.

She is now my favourite Shan Cai (Makino Tsukushi) ever.

Dylan Wang and Shen Yue have a sizzling chemistry.  So good that I felt sad for Xiao Xi and Jiang Chen of ALSB.

Anyway…

In order to pay off the 1M Yuan Shancai loaned to her by Daoming Si, she hesitantly enters the C4.

Being a novice, she had to do a lot of preparation, practice and developing a positive mental attitude.

She had a perfect tutor from the ‘violent’ 🙂 Dao Ming Zhuang and Dao Ming Si himself.  Shancai moved in into the Dao Ming mansion.

Dao Ming Zhuang gave her a book to read called Book of Songs, which is actually a really old Chinese classic book of poetry.

Shancai found out what appetisers are for.  They are there to build the appetite and complement the main course.

A meal that is unforgettable engraves the cook and the food to the heart of the diner.

This is now really the beginning of a beautiful friendship and relationship between Shan Cai and Dao ming Si.

It was utterly cute the way Si made Shancai more confident in herself and in her abilities.

Standout scene: I love their flirty face painting during their card game.

Episode 14

Aww it is the day of the Chinese Cuisine Culinary Competition (C4).

Young ladies, mostly with previous culinary experience entered the contest.  One of these young ladies was Zhou Caina.

Zhou Caina was a girl who has being touted as the future bride for Tian Ye, the sous chef at the restaurant Shancai works at.

During the contest, Daoming Si was on tenterhooks.  He was supporting Shaicai 120%

Zhou Caina won the 1M Yuan as deservedly so but there was a surprise prize for Shai Cai.  She won a Special award and 500K Yuan as well.

Standout: Shancai choosing pineapple to add to her recipe as she looked at  Daoming Si.

Episode 15

Shancai and DaoMing Si’s romantic whole day date was scuppered by the appearance of a random child, who needed babysitting.  What was this about?!!!

Episode 16

Shancai literally almost froze to death but saved by DaoMing Si.  Though Shan Cai almost met her maker due to hypothermia,  her skin to skin contact with DaoMing Si for some heat was hot! 🙂 Unlucky lucky Shancai indeed!

Despite the skinship, Shancai continues to play it cool with Dao Ming Si, which infuriates him to the limit.

Episode 17

Shancai is proving popular with the boys, another one is vying for her attention much to the jealousy of Dao Ming Si.

Despite Dao Ming Si telling her that he likes her, she walked away with the new boy.

Episode 18

It was a bad decision because Shan cai got kidnapped.  It turned out that the new boy was in collude with the kidnappers.

Standout scene 🙂 The F4 pranked Shancai; pretending that DaoMing passed away.  Shan Cai was upset and telling DaoMing that she won’t allow him to die on her as she had not apologised to him yet and that despite his so many transgression in the past…  The ‘corpse’ of DaoMing can’t take it anymore that he had to say something.  Shancai ended up in bed astride Daoming trying to strangle him.  He told her that it hurts to have her sitting on top of him as he broke three ribs.  Awwww

Episode 19

It was DaoMing Si birthday and after a quick makeover on Shancai by Lei, Ximen and Feng Mei Zuo, Shancai was ready to meet DaoMing’s mother.  But it turned embarrassing as Shancai ended up prostate on the floor when Daoming’s mother entered the ballroom.

She forbade them to see one another again as Shancai comes from another ‘world’.

DaoMing Si left his own party with Shancai. She then gave him her baked cookies as his birthday present.  DaoMing was in high heavens, he said that it was the best present he had ever received.

DaoMing Si’s mother can’t be thwarted though because the next day she went to meet Shancai parents’.  She tried to bribe them with 5M Yuan to make Shancai stay away from Daoming.

Shancai’s parents humiliated DaoMing Si’s mother by pouring flour over her head.

Episode 20

DaoMing Si’s mother really can’t be stopped.  She is now bringing in the big guns in the form of an arranged fiancee for Dao Ming Si.

During a lunch with the girl’s family and Dao Ming’s, Shancai was invited too to witness the marriage arrangement.

The girl was actually just Daoming’s type, as feisty and lippy as Shancai.  And rebellious as well.  The girl got up and left followed closely by Dao Ming Si leaving a confused and sad Shancai inside the private dining room.

Daoming realised that he run off with the wrong girl when he noticed that he was holding on not with Shancai.

Shancai had a confrontation with Daoming Si telling him that the fiancee is just perfect for him and that he should marry her.

This really broke Daoming.

In the end, the girl, who became rather weirdly friendly with Shancai reported that DaoMing had agreed to date her.

huhuhu

Episode 21

Episode 22

Episode 23

Shancai was homeless and Dao Ming Si brought her home.  She ended up as a maid in Dao Ming Si’s mansion much to his displeasure but Shancai insisted that she wanted to earn her keeps.

This episode is where they watch a meteor shower.  The romantic Dao Ming Si surprised Shancai with a diamond encrusted necklace in the shape of a meteor (I think, no subtitles available yet)

Apparently, Dylan Wang personally designed the necklace to give it to Shen Yue for her birthday.  Awww

I have to say Dao Ming Si is gorgeous but he is becoming even more good looking as the drama progresses.  How is that possible?

(I adore Hu YI Tian but I am now totally seduced by Dylan Wang! LOL)

Episode 24

Episode25

Episode 26 – 27

In this episode, it was the first time that Shancai initiated a kiss with Dao Ming Si by pulling his necktie and gave him a sweet kiss on the lips.  Awww

It was a reward for trying to convince her to move out of the mansion with him.  It was the sweetest scene.

Can you imagine Dao Ming Si afterwards… So cute.

Unfortunately, it did not last long as Dao Ming Si’s evil mother interfered.

The mother targetted Shancai’s friends’ family.  Therefore, Shancai doesn’t really have much choice but to surrender to Dao Ming Si’s mother.

Shancai had a traumatic break up with Dao Ming Si in the pouring rain.

Shancai left the mansion, Dao Ming Si and Ming De university and gone to live with her parents in the countryside.

These episodes also are about the love triangle between Mei Zu, Caina and Terence.  Actually, it is more about Caina and Terence.  It was rather romantic.  Caina got caught in the rain in the middle of nowhere and ended up spending the night on a tent with Terence.  It was a one night stand but was rather meaningful, however, Caina refuses to acknowledge this fact.  It turned out that Terence is an internationally renowned designer.

Episode 28

Terence is gorgeous.  There can be said about maturity.

I think Caina think so too.  She can’t help herself but be attracted to Terence despite the devotion from the equally gorgeous and young Meizou.

Episode 29

Again this episode is about the burgeoning attraction between Caina and Terence.

Terence told Caina that he wanted her to go traveling with him.  She was about to tell him that she was willing to go with him but found him in the embrace of his pretty PA.

The poor Meizou was heartbroken but loved Caina enough that he wanted her to be happy even if not with him.

He told her that Terence really loves her but he was leaving at that moment.

Episode 30

ShanCai is back but it seemed Dao Ming Si has finally given up on her.

Episode 31

It is the graduation day for the F4.  The F4 were really sweet allowing photo opportunity with their juniors.

Huace Lei asked Dao Ming Si blessings to pursue Shancai himself.

There was a scene where he serenaded Shancai with his violin playing, which enraged Dao Ming Si

Episode 32

Dao Ming Si changed his mind again.  He went to Huace Lei’s house and found him still in bed. Dao Ming Si told him that ShanCai is his and that Huace Lei should not butt in.

Dao Ming Si looked for Shan cai everywhere but the crafty Huace Lei told her to turn off her mobile phone for 48 hours.

Dao Ming Si finally found her with Huace Lei at a bus stop.  He told her that he loves her and wanted to be with her but Shan Cai chose to board the bus an leave him absolutely devastated, running after her bus.

He was tired and upset crouched on the road when Shan Cai appeared.  They were happy about to reconcile when it was aborted by the sudden presence of the police who was about to arrest Shan Cai for thievery.  To find her Dao Ming Si reported her for stealing the diamond-encrusted meteor necklace.  Hilarious ending.

Episode 33

After Dao Ming Si cleared the misunderstanding with the necklace with the police, Shan cai and Dao Ming Si reconciled.

She finally realised that Dao Ming Si did really work to keep their relationship going almost single-handedly.

She finally had the courage to blurt out that they should start dating officially.  Dao Ming Si almost choked on the mushroom and ham roll he was eating.

They did agree that they should keep their relationship just between the two of them.

Because their friends are unaware of this new closer relationship, they tried to create a situation for Dao Ming Si and Shancai to be together including locking them in a room.

Episode 34

Finally, Dao Ming Si was in seventh heaven.  ShanCai told him “Yoshi ai ni”.

Epidose 35

Shancai’s friend, Xiaoyou has sex on her brain.  No matter how much Ximen try to tell her that she is not really his type, she clung to him.  They ended up in a hotel room.  They were about to go to bed but Ximen halted their awkward situation, saying that he knew that she’s not ready and not the kind of girl to sleep around.

But Xiaoyou said that she was hesitant because it would be the first time but she would get better.  She would do anything to please him.

In the end, Ximen left her in the hotel room as he can’t reason with her.  I just want to slap her!  Really.  I supposed XiMen looks really delicious.  But where is her pride?

Dao Ming Si moved in next door to ShanCai’s.  They were both thinking of going to each other room but just too shy to really do it.  So cute.

Episode 40

Shan Cai went to London to see Dao Ming Si.

Episode 41

It was the end of the road for Shan Cai and Dao Ming Si.  They spent a loving fund day in London but both knew that they had to part.  Dao Ming Si had to sacrifice his happiness in order to not lose control of the Dao Ming Corp’s hotels worldwide.

Towards the end of the episode, someone used a taser on Dao MIng Si.  With the shcok of it, Shancai fainted.

Episode 42

When they both woke up, they found themselves on a seashore, a la Blue Lagoon.  They were having a whale of a time, no not really.  They were puzzled who kidnapped them and dumped them on a deserted island.

It ended up that they were not kidnaped at all but pranked by Xiaoyou in connivance with the other F3.

Now they had a whale of a time but shortened by the arrival of authorities as their supposed kidnapping had gone viral internationally.

When they returned to Shanghai, it was total mayhem.  In the chaos, DaoMing Si was left bleeding from a stab wound.

Episode 43

Dao Ming Si pretended that he had amnesia.  Shan Cai was really upset but finally realised how much he means to her.

Episode 44

This episode for lack of a better word is boring.  I have to admit I have lost my appetite and excitement for this drama from a few episodes back.  The story with Ximen and Xiaoyou is so tedious.  If you think the romance between Shan Cai and Dao Mng Si is not really believable.  Ximen and Xiaoyou are just wrong.  How could a womaniser, gorgeous, rich young man fall for a conniving little madam, who doesn’t have anything to show for?  She is the most annoying character.  She is so lazy at work and always on a depressing day-dream.  Why give her so much screen time?

Episode 45

Episode 46

Episode 47

Episode 48

Episode 49

I have to admit that I have gone off with this drama because of Xiaoyou and Ximen storyline.  But I am still curious how the ending went.

I am sure I am going to watch the missed episodes at some point.

Anyway, as can be expected it is a happy ending with Shan Cai having a wedding with the gorgeous Dao Ming Si.

It looks like there was also a reconciliation between the ogre mother.

This mother-in-law even attempted to cook breakfast for the newlyweds as her way of a farewell treat before she goes away to find herself as she travels the world.

Ximen is now happily in a relationship with Xiaoyou (in real life it would have never happened or at least it would not last 🙂  bitter much) LOL

Mei Zuo would continue his search for his ideal, the perfect older woman.  🙂

As to Hua Ze Lei, he is still rather lackadaisical about his ideal woman.  He will wait for her to come to him rather than searching for her ….


Though this version is visually pleasing with gorgeous young actors, but compared to the previous ones, this, I am afraid, is lacking in depths.

It is only mediocre as it has undergone drastic political correctness, which sadly took its heart and soul.

The F4 are supposed to be the all-powerful band of flower boys, not only within their locale but inclusive of surrounding schools as well as they are well known for their unbelievable good looks, fame, and fortune.  They were treated like gods and behaving like one, often egotistical, despotic and utterly self-centered.  They would often issue punishment for even the littlest of things when it took their fancy.

The new F4, though extraordinarily gorgeous, lack the power and pizzazz of the previous F4s.   What we’ve got in this version are four handsome young men, who can be just anybody with good looks in any school.  They are not mega-rich vengeful boys.  They don’t punish/bully anyone but instead, they challenged anyone who gets their attention to a game of bridge!  They don’t make you quake in your boots.

Part of the F4 charms is their being clothes horses.  This time around, their wardrobe is very moderate and can be copied by just anyone who has a sister or a mother, who has a penchant for long woolen cardigans and dress shirts. 🙂

Having said that the F4 did a good job especially Dylan Wang and Cesar Wu.  They have both the right amount of swagger and arrogance.

As to Shen Yue, she is charming and cute but I think she needs to take more acting lessons and acting workshop.  She also needs to correct her posture.

Overall it is enjoyable but something that will not last in your psyche as the previous version.

 

 

Sweet Dreams (Chinese Drama)

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Drama

  • Genre: Romance, Flowers, Fantasy
  • Date Released: June 2018
  • CDrama: 45 Episode

Cast:

  • Dilraba Dilmurat as Lin Ling Qi
  • Deng Lun as Bai Hai
  • Rang Rui Zi as Lu Bao Ni
  • Zhu Xu Dan as Zhou Zin Yan
  • Chen Yi Long as Mo Nan

Lin Ling Qi is a kind girl who has a degree in zoology but wanted a career in flower arranging because of a celebrity florist, Bai Hai.

It looks like they will have a deeper relationship because of a bracelet. 🙂


Sweet Dreams (Chinese Drama)

Episode 1

Lin Ling Qi or fondly called by her friend Bao Ni as Qi Qi is an ordinary girl, who was so in love with love.  Her brain is completely focused on love.

She was a very romantic girl, but got dumped unceremoniously by a boy.  Her tears was as heavy as the pouring rain.  A beautiful bouquet of flowers was handed to her by a mysterious trendy man in black.

Since then she dreams of working for Flowerplus, not because she particularly likes flowers but she like the company president of Hua Jia.  The man of her dreams is Bai Hai.  He is very personable, very handsome but rather lack empathy.  His emotional quotient is inversely proportional to his very high IQ.

Anyway, despite majoring in zoology, QiQi dragged her reluctant best friend Bao Ni to apply for a part-time job at Flowerplus with her.  Qi Qi was so heartbroken when Bao Ni got accepted but she wasn’t.  Her parents and Bao Ni encouraged her to reapply in a year’s time.  Again she did not get selected.

On the third time, Bao Ni gave her a comprehensive booklet about Flowerplus to study.

Concurrently to all these, Qi Qi applied and got accepted as a tester for a sleep aid in the form of a bracelet called Sweet Dreams.

It so happened Bai Hai also wears the Sweet Dreams bracelet.  He suffers from nightmares about dragons.

One night he dreamt of the dragons again but this time it did not end as horrific as before.  There was a girl in his dream who helped him vanquished the dragons.  A single drop of the dragon’s blood fell into a white rose which made it changed into reddish/pinkish hue.

This dream inspired him to solve a problematic issue with a client who hysterically insisted that the hundreds of white roses be changed into pink ones for her wedding to a Hollywood celebrity.

This part, I have to admit was so cringeworthy!

But the leads though have a great chemistry even from the beginning of this drama.  I just hope that the script is tightened up and be more comedic and dramatic at the same time.

Episode 2

After a few years Qi Qi finally get into Flowerplus but as a sales assistant.  Again her plan and fervent wish to meet her crush Bai Hai has been thwarted because he doesn’t go to small branch of flower shops of Flowerplus.

Episode 3

Bai Hai is consumed with worry at a proposed takeover of his company, Flowerplus, he established when he was 22 years old.

He was able to find a more suitable investor, which pacified his shareholders.

The episode ended with the almost meeting of Bai Hai and QiQi when Bai Hai tried to do one of his impromptu site visitsof his smaller stores.  At the last minute, he was a foot away from QiQi,  he got a call and had to return to the office immediately.

They still continue to invade each other’s dream.  Apparently this was due to the faulty Sweet Dream bracelets.

QiQi was asked if she was dreaming any unusual things, she denied any weird dreams, she said she was sleeping like a baby.  She declined to exchange the bracelet.

She wanted to remain as Queen Mary to BoHai’s Prince Jack 🙂

Episode 4

Bo Hai and QiQi finally met but he doesn’t remember her from the dream.

Episode 5-7

Qi Qi ended up as PA to Bo Hai because her flower decorating style echoes his instructions.

But their relationship is not an easy one.,  Bo Hai is a hard task-maker.

Also the flow of work is further subjected to a sabotage.  There was a fire in their main exhibition.  Fire seems to have a catastrophic effect of Bo Hai psyche as it left him almost catatonic in shock.  His manager secretly hired someone to continue with the flower designs while Bo Hai was indisposed.

This was misunderstood by Qi Qi but not helped by Bo Hai who let her carry on with her misconception that his works were not really wholy his own.

Qi Qi resigned on the spot and threatened to divulge to everyone how fake Bo Hai was.

Bo Hai threated her parents with a lawsuit of plagiarising Flowerplus design because they are selling plastic version in their shop.

Qi Qi then unresigned herself and continued working for Bo Hai.

Episode 8-10

Qi Qi started working as a Special Assistant to Bo Hai.  They seemed to make each other’s life harder than it should.

There was a funny scene where Bo Hai got drunk and he turned into a mischievous child, whom Qi Qi had to control.  They almost had a kiss but ended at the minute.

Poor Bo Hai had to keep it secret that he is suffering from a serious colour blindness.

He was guesting in a live telecast when out of the blue he was asked to have a contest with another guest in flower arranging.  Somehow he can see colour through a glass reflection so he was saved from humiliation.

Episode 11

Zhou Zin Yan, business manager of Flowerplus, got drunk and confessed to Bo Hai of her long standing feelings for him.

This episode reveals the sweet and caring Mo Nan is actually cold and ambitious, who works for a merger & acquisition company, which is after the Bo Hai’s Flowerplus.

Episode 12

Qi Qi was suspected of spying and as a punishment, she had to copy out by hand several times over the employee’s manual as the photocopier was out of order.

Miraculously the photocopier was fixed and of course it was the doing or order of Bo Hai.

But her troubles did not stop there as Zhou Zin Yan locked her inside the plant nursery and turned off the lights.

It was lucky for her that Bo Hai was passing and Mo Nan found out Zhou Zin Yan dastardly deeds.

Episode 13

Qi Qi is being bullied by Zhou Zin Yan into helping the company to spy for Wen, otherwise she had to pay 100M for giving away company secrets.

A cctv footage was finally unearth to prove that QiQi was not the culprit.  She should sue Zhou Zin Yan and the company for how they treated her and actually bullied and molested her.  But this is drama and just part of some boring episodes. 🙂

Episode 14

Bo Hai told QiQi that she would never be a florist.  But towards the end of the episode he enjoyed helping her doing flower arrangement for a old lady flower seller.

Episode 15

It seems QiQi  took after her father; they are both as thick as two planks.

QiQi said that she can’t take it anymore and confessed that she was only staying at her job because she was scared that Bo Hai will take her father to court for selling counterfeit Flowerplus flowers.

The father had a reduced sale at his shop immediately.

 

Keep The Marriage As Jade (Chinese Drama)

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  • Genre: Marriage, Infidelity, Drama, Romance, Bunny Boiler :), Mental Illness, Melodrama
  • Date Released: April 2016
  • CDrama: 44 Episodes
  • Netflix: Available

Cast:

  • Jiang Wenli as Su Ran
  • Yajun Xu as Zhao Mingqi
  • Jiang Xin as Hua Sha
  • Wang David as He Jian

This drama is about infidelity within a marriage.  Can they get pass it?!!


Keep The Marriage As Jade (Chinese Drama)

Episode 1-2

Su Ran is an eye surgeon who had been away from her husband and son for six months for further study.

When she came back everything seemed to be the same in the surface.  Mingqi, her husband of 15 years seemed happy to see her.  But there were little changes that surprised her.  For a starter, he had acquired a new car and the music on the care was not the usual classical she preferred.

When they got from from the airport, they found their apartment ransacked.  She then found out from the police that the burglary occurred during the previous night and therefore her husband had not been home.

She trusted her husband implicitly so when he told her that he was wining and dining a client and had drunk too much he stayed in a hotel, blah blah blah.  She believed this.

She decided to surprise her husband at his work one lunch time.  Noticing that there was another woman in Mingqi’s office, her husband’s associate did his best to distract her and keep her away until the ‘other woman’ left.

Their son has been staying with his grandmother, Mingqi convinced Su Ran to let their son stay another night as they will be going out that night to celebrate their fifteen wedding anniversary.

They were having a lovely time,  he gave her a pearl necklace to go with her jade one.  They were dancing cheek to cheek when his mobile phone rang incessantly.  Su Ran encouraged him to answer it.  It was the ‘other woman’.  She lied to Mingqi that she had been robbed and attack and she wanted him to rescue her.  Mingqi had no choice, because the other woman has been acting strangely.  She was the type to make a scene if she doesn’t get what she wanted.

He left Su Ran in the restaurant telling her to wait for him there as he was not going to be long, he was just going to sort our a problem with a client.

But of course the other woman, Hua Sha, did everything to delay Mingqi.  She scratched herself badly to look pathetically pitiful.  Mingqi stayed with her and stood up his wife.

Episode 3

Su Ran was beginning to suspect that there was something going between Mingqi and the woman called Hua Sha when she checked the call history of his mobile phone.

As a damage limitation, Mingqi confessed that she became rather friendly with Hua Sha but there is nothing untoward that is happening.

Su Ran was just beginning to forgive Mingqi but she found a new mobile phone hidden in the car.  It was ringing and there was a wallpaper of Mingqi and Hua Sha looking very intimate.

SuRan was so shocked that she crushed the car and got mild concussion.

SuRan told Mingqi to get out and she will be divorcing him.

Suran suffers from OCD, where is constantly washes her hands.

Episode 4

Mingqi really can’t get over the fact that her husband slept with someone else.  It wa really a one-night stand.  It seems Mingqi is more attracted to Hua Sha more thanhe is admitting.

Despite his wife having found out his affair, he continued to go to Su Ran whenever she was in trouble.

I supposed he finds that they have plenty more in common

Episode 5

Su Ran had had the last straw.  She found Mingqi’s jumper with a lipstick on, when he said he was going to see his mother.

She was like a woman possessed, which is natural for someone grieving from adultery, she disinfected the whole house.

She asked him to sign the divorce paper but he refused. So she packed her bags and left.

 

 

 

Women on the Breadfruit Tree (Chinese Drama)

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  • Genre: Romance, Friendship, Drama, Comedy
  • Date Released: December 2015
  • CDrama: 38 Episodes
  • Netflix: Available

Cast:

  • Tiffany Tang as Cheng Yun
  • Bosco Wong as Lin Fang Wen
  • Sonia Sui as Zhu Di Zhi
  • Chris Wang as An Shao Lu
  • Liu Jocelin as Shen Guan Hui

 


This drama is rather addictive.  I am currently watching it at Netflix.  The story is about three best friends and their experiences in love, at work and family.


Women on the Breadfruit Tree (Chinese Drama)

Episode 1-9

The story begins with the three girls in their early teens becoming best of friends.  Over the years they have encountered different situations and these started to shape their life and personality.

Cheng Yun lives with her older brother and his pregnant wife. And she goes to the same university as the mysterious Lin Fang Wen, an up and coming lyricist.

Cheng Yun overheard her brother talking to his mistress on the phone.  She doesn’t know whether to confront her borther or tell her sister-in-law what was going on.

In the end she went to meet the mistress at a cafe and pretended that she was her sister-in-law.  She did not know that Fang Wen was also at the cafe who overheard what they were talking about.  Cheng Yun begged the mistress to leave her ‘husband’ as she’s pregnant and all.  The mistress said that she understood.  But it will cost her 100,000 as her lover is in the middle of funding a house for her.

To Love, To Heal (Chinese Drama) Review

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Genre: Romance, Grief

Date Released: January 2018

CDrama: 40 Episodes

Cast:

  • Jiang Chao as Zhang Zheng Lan
  • Li Sierra as Xiao Shui Guang
  • Pang Han Chen as Luo Zhi
  • Song Yi Xing as Lin Jia Jia
  • He Rui Xian as Jiang Yu Ru

The story is about a girl who comes to terms with the death of her boyfriend with the help of an arrogant young man who happens to be the president of Leiting games company.

 

To Love, To Heal (Chinese Drama) Review

Episode 1

The drama started with Shui Guang on the phone nagging her boyfriend to hurry up while he was driving.  Before you know it, him and his passenger were involved in a crash, where he died.  It seems there is some mystery yet to be revealed about her dead boyfriend.

The boyfriend’s family blamed her for his death.

Two years on, Shui Guang was just a shell of depression.  She is lacklustre and moving on an auto pilot.

She teaches kendo to children.

One day, while particularly distraught, she somehow hurt one of the young students, who happens to be the brother of the benefactor of their training school.

He was Zheng Lan, the president of a games company.  He was all for dismissing Shui Guang from her job but then he saw her.  She looked familiar and he was intrigued.

Episode 2

Untouchable Lovers (Chinese Drama Review & Summary)

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Drama

*****

  • Genre: Historical, Romance, Betrayal
  • Date Released: 2018
  • Drama: staggering 52 episodes! 🙂

Cast:

  • Guan Xiaotong as Liu Chu Yu / Liu Chu Xiu / Zhu Que (The Princess)
  • Song Wei Long as Rong Zhi
  • Li Zonglin as Huo Cao (General Huo)
  • Zhao Lusi as Ma Xueyun (Rong Zhi’s concubine)
  • Wu Jiayi as Qing Yue (Princess maid & best friend)
  • Xu Kai as Shen Yu (Rong Zhi’s bodyguard)
  • Liu Zequn as Tian Rujing (Imperial Astrologer)
  • He Fengtian as Gu Huan (aka as the Pavillon master), doctor

Untouchable Lovers (Chinese Drama Review & Summary)

I keep watching Chinese historical dramas and always hoping that it will have a happy ending.  I keep investing time, emotion and health 🙂 to these dramas only to cry buckets in the end because it usually ends in a Shakespearian tragedy.

Anyway, as I never learn though, here once again with full hope of a happy ending, I am going to plough into episode 1 (watch this space!)

Episode 1

Tianji Tower is ruled by the despotic Liu Ziye.  He is only 16 years old and so immature that he is prone to violence and impulsive behaviour.  His people started plotting to dethrone him.

They schemed to get rid of the young’s emperor’s most beloved sister, Liu Chuyu by drowning her, and replaced her with an assassin, who was a doppelganger.

The ‘new’ sister then pretended that she had lost her memory.  She is being taken care of by a posse on 24 menke, led by Rong Zi.

(What is a menke?  Well apparently they were retainers, or like eunuch without the castration bit 🙂 but I think in modern times’ equivalent, they are like butlers or valets)

Episode 2

The princess is weeding out her menke.  Transferring those who are plotting against her and promoting some slimy ones away from her manor.  Rong Zi is surprised how more humanitarian and clever she is becoming.

He is beginning to suspect that she is a fake princess.

Episode 3

The princess went to the mountain of luvvies (artists).  She was in disguise as a man (oh yeah?).  She was told that a beautiful man should be pure and have a skin as white as snow, only then can he be called a dreamy fellow!  🙂 🙂 🙂 Metrosexuality obviously existed even in ancient times.

Episode 4

The princess had taken away all the power of management for her manor from Rong Zi. The only thing left for him to manage are the herbs, spices and royal medicine.

Apparently, the boy emperor suffers from bipolar disorder.  Only the smell of a concoction of certain herbs had a calming and soothing effect to the emperor.  The princess found out that Rong Zi had created the scent for her and that is why she can control the emperor.

Episode 5

The princess just found out that she was a twin to the drowned Lui Chu Yu.  Apparently, the previous emperor (their father) forced the queen to get rid of one of the twin sisters because of the astrologer’s pronouncement that one will bring havoc and chaos to the kingdom.

Episode 6

The Queen Dowager had died but she whispered something to the princess before she passed.

The princess heard from the boy emperor the reason why he turned out how he is.  He was treated like an animal by one of the old emperor’s consorts/concubines.  He was tortured for a month while the king was.

As soon as he had grown a little bit, he strangled the concubine/noble lady and then killed his own father.

The princess did feel sympathy for her brother.  She realised how dysfunctional they are.  Brother killing brother, sister killing sister, uncle killing brother, etc to get to the power.

Episode 7

The most beautiful woman of the land offered herself to the princess when she was disguised as a man.  The princess turned down the offer obviously 🙂 but she lost her upper hand over the land-owning luvvies as they thought that  HE (the princess pretending to be a man) was a sorry example of total manhood. 🙂

Episode 8

The Royal astrologer had gone awol and the princess with Rong Zi was looking for him.  They needed him to convince the superstitious boy emperor to tone down his violence.

Episode 9

All of the princess plans are coming to naught.  She has started thinking that there was someone out there who was purposely thwarting her every move.

Of course, it was Rong Zi.  He is a spy.  However, he can’t help falling for the princess.

Episode 10

The princess’ surrogate sister/childhood friend and ladies maid, Fendai, entered the palace as a concubine to the boy emperor.  She plotted to kill him as the princess was unable to carry out their mission to assassinate him.

Unfortunately for Fendai, her plan went awry and got herself killed instead.  The princess was desolate as she had to carry out the final whipping that eventually killed Fendai, who has been like a sister to her.

Episode 11

The boy emperor found out that the princess uses the scented herbs to calm him down and he felt betrayed by the princess.  He told her that she will be under guard from now on.

Episode 12

Rong Zi is very ill so the princess helped him escape the manor to get treatment.

She has the opportunity to kill the boy emperor.  Will she take it? No, she’s grown rather filial to her brother.

Episode 13

The boy emperor is dead and replaced by the pig prince uncle, who was just as nasty.

The princess confessed to Rong Zhi but was turned down. She bravely said that since he doesn’t like her then she would stop liking him as well.

She then said that they will part ways and hope never to meet again.

This was actually a lovely scene.

Episode 14

Rong Zhi had a change of heart.  He wanted the princess after all.  This time he was rebuffed.  The princess intimated that they are like ships in the night; their moment had passed.

Episode 15

Rong Zhi was about to kill the pig prince/emperor when the royal astrologer intervened.  Rong Zhi was further halted by the appearance of the princess taken as a prisoner by Hua Cuo, who was once Rong Zhi friend but now turned foe.

Episode 16

YouLan, the one remaining ladies maid of the princess, betrayed her.

Rong Zhi had plunged to his ‘death’ in a cliff.  But is he really dead? 🙂

It turned out everyone is in love with the princess.  She is Helen of Troy.  She is the face that caused a thousand deaths.  🙂

Rong Zhi is not dead but an insect got to his brain and ate his memory.  LOL

The princess thinking that Rong Zhi was dead was absolutely devastated.  She is now being taken cared of by the Imperial astrologer, who had developed feelings towards her.

Episode 17

Rong Zhi is now back in the Northern Wei and had asked a minister’s daughter to marry him.  But there is another woman on the scene.  A fighting machine called General Hao.  She was also fond of Rong Zhi, She said that Rong Zhi can marry as many women as he likes but he had to promised that he would only stand side by side in the battlefield with her.

Episode 18

Wow! Rong Zhi married both Ma Xueyun and the princess (who has lost her memory) Amnesia is catching!!!

Rong Zhi is now the regent and therefore it was left to him to forge an alliance between the Songs of Tianji Towers and the Weis. So he had to marry the Song Princess. But he had already promised to marry the minister’s daughter, Xueyun.

Rong Zhi spent the first night (wedding night) with Xueyun.

The princess is altogether different from before.  She is more playful and doesn’t give a damn.

The Weis think she is a bit uncouth and therefore they have been teaching her etiquette and manners like in the proper way of drinking tea.

Your hands must not be higher than your nose.

Despite having no memory of each other, Rong Zhi and the Princess have subtle flirting.

Episode 19

Northern Wei does not have money to compensate the citizens suffering from flooding and to pay the soldiers.  It was left to Rong Zhi to think of a plan to pay the soldiers without increasing taxes.

Xueyun and the princess do not get on.  Xueyun plays at being a pure and innocent little beauty but she is bullying the princess in small ways.  Of course, the princess is having none of it. 🙂

Episode 20

The princess has been framed as the one who caused the poisoning of the young 8th prince.  This episode touched on migration and how immigrants are treated. 🙂

Episode 21

The stolen military provisions have been found hidden at the temple.  The Pavillon master was behind the theft.

Xueyun is pregnant but she is really too weak to carry a child.

The episode ended cutely.  Rong Zhi wanted to sleep with the princess.  He meant it literally.  He slept soundly. 🙂

Episode 22

Due to Rong Zhi sleeping at the Regent’s consort (the Princess), Xueyun framed the princess for trying to poison her.  Because of the poisoning, she can’t carry the baby full term.  It was Rong Zhi who spoon-fed Xueyun the abortion soup and in essence, he ‘killed’ his first child.

Episode 23

The highlight of this episode is the sword dance by Rong Zhi.  Gorgeous!!! 🙂

Episode 24

Rong Zhi is very sick, someone tried to poison him.  The assailant runs into the manor of Prince Kang.

Episode 25

Rong Zhi is still very ill and Xueyun had to beg the princess to allow her to look after him.  Rong Zhi, however, is slowly extricating himself away from her.

The love story between Shen Yu, the prince regent’s bodyguard, and Larou, the princess ladies’maid, is slowly unfolding.

The princess has become a patron of an orphanage and she had been pawning her jades to fund her mission.

Episode 26

Rong Zhi is recuperating slowly but strong enough to play budaqiu, a sort of polo without the horse, with a team including the princess.  It was quite an exciting game.  Rong Zhi did a Beckham kick and won the game for the team.

Episode 27

Xueyun arranged for someone to bring a philter scent dish to prevent insect flying around the princess. But the scent is poisonous.  It was lucky Rong Zhi was there to save the day.

Rong Zhi finally realised how far Xueyun can go with her jealousy.

Also, Huo Cao almost got assassinated.  She was stabbed with poisoned blade luckily Guan ho was a doctor and saved her.  He was the masked Pavillon Master and new love interest for Huo Cao.

Rong Zhi is ill again.

Episode 28

Xueyun came in with a bowl of medicine soup.  Rong Zhi found its taste rather weird.  Xueyun then said that it has meat.  Meat from her arms.  yukkkk

While the princess was giving an impassioned speech during a festival to Buddha, the lamps and lanterns burst into flames.

With other issues such as the Songs attacking people from Wei, it was deemed that the princess is working as a spy and was sentenced to 10 days imprisonment,  then beheaded and her blood to be offered to the heavens to appease the Buddha.

Episode 29

The princess has also been blamed for the murder of the high priest.

She is about to be beheaded.

Episode 30

Awww The princess and General Huo had a drunken sisterhood bonding.  It was so cute.  While still inebriated, the princess confessed to Rong Zhi, who gave her a tight hug.

So sweet.

Towards the end of the episode, the princess was abducted by the nephew of the Pavillon master.

Episode 31

Xueyun spread the news that the princess was raped by the abductor.  Rong Zhi was so annoyed, he told her he doesn’t want anything to do with her anymore.

In revenge for the treatment of his daughter, Minister Ma humiliated Rong Zhi during an audience with the emperor.

Episode 32

Rong Zhi and the princess are more understanding towards each other.

Episode 33

Rong Zhi and the princess are back being cold to each other after the Daughter festival.

Episode 34

The princess was suspected, again, as a spy.  Prince Kang found evidence that she was sending information via the floating light during the daughter festival.

Episode 35

The princess was bored so she dragged Qing Yue to the temple festival.  She then instructed Shen Yu to advise Rong Zhi that she has gone missing.   This move actually was a good one as Rong Zhi saved her from a falling structure.

Episode 36

Xueyun consulted a doctor outside the palace because she has now started to spit blood. She doesn’t want the palace to know how gravely ill she was.

She asked Rong Zhi to hug her but he refused.  She was upset and humiliated.

She plotted to kill the princess before she dies.  She took the princess to the tower after giving her, through the leaf cards they were playing a bone-softening powder.

But at the last minute, Xueyun plunged into her own death but making sure that the princess gets the blame for her death.

Episode 37

The princess was arrested and tried.  She was forced to sign a confession after her friend and maid, Qing Yue was tortured by the officials.  She will be executed on the day of the funeral of Xueyun.

Episode 38

The princess is going to be executed and the person tasked to do it was Rong Zhi.

He cut off her chains rather than her throat. Awww

The Imperial astrologer was also present, ready to stop time, so you know that the princess will not die.  (actually, you know she won’t die as there are still the rest of the 56 episodes to go 😉 lol)

A rudimentary forensic procedure was done by the doctor which proved that Xueyun killed herself.

Episode 45

General Hua won in the competition against the princess to become the one true Princess Regent.

Episode 46

Rong Zhi told the princess that he will always protect her.  He then turned down General Huo as his princess regent.  He said that they are so much alike that they would be like two porcupines rubbing against each other.

That is not the end of his women’s trouble.  Upon entering his man cave, another concubine, naked, was waiting for him in his bed.  Apparently, she was a gift from the king!

Episode 47

General Huo resigned from her post but the king won’t accept it.  His ministers concocted some embezzlement to force her to stay.  And more heartbreaking was that her right-hand man, Wang Ze, completely betrayed her saying that she misappropriated a fund of 300,000.

Wang Ze did redeem himself in the end by dying to save her.

This is the best episode yet.  It is reminiscent of Kill Bill.  The fighting scene was amazing.  The lone female general against all the soldiers.

Episode 48

Rong Zhi saved General Huo from a massacre but in the end, they parted ways as frenemies, which saddened them both but can’t be helped.

The new concubine continues to seduce Rong Zhi but he was just not interested.  But she was persistent that Rong Zhi literally throttled her 🙂

Rong Zhi went to the princess for a bit of comfort but she snubbed him dead.  She was still upset when she heard that he was busy in bed with the new concubine.  She did not wait long enough to find that he was indeed busy in bed bundling the concubine to throw her out of his manor. 🙂 🙂 🙂

Episode 49

Guiran, the king’s concubine is not the innocent, warmhearted woman she purported to be.  She has a hidden agenda.  She is mentally influencing the king with his decisions, which are going against their laws and traditions.

The princess has decided to leave the palace by whatever means.

Episode 50

Rong Zhi had gone against the king which led to him being confined to the manor.  He is miserable not because of his confinement but of the princess’s lack of attention and coldness towards him.

The princess asked for the new concubine’s help of getting a drug that would induce deep sleep.

She used this on Rong Zhi as she scaped the palace.

General Huo married Gu Huan.  They live a simple life but she often misses what goes on with the people she knew especially her clan.

Gu huan encouraged her to visit but it all ended up in a chaos of fighting which resulted in her losing her baby.

The episode ended with Rong Zhi having found the princess.  He told her that the Songs married her off to the Weis to unify the clans was all a ruse. And she saw her clan ready to battle the Weis.

Episode 51

This episode is quite an exciting one.

It saw the death of many main characters led by General Huo with Gu huan.  They had a violent but tender 🙂 ‘Romeo & Juliet’ kind of demise.  They died together promising to be together as a married couple through eternity.

The king of Wei is more paranoid than ever.  He wanted Rong Zhi dead.  Instead of feeling indebted to Rong Zhi for saving and protecting Northern Wei, the king is afraid that Rong Zhi is becoming more popular and powerful. The king’s army follows Rong Zhi’s lead.

The Princess returned to Song and was used as a bait to get Rong Zhi to come to Tianji Tower.  Their assassination against Rong Zhi failed.  He rode off with the princess but he got hit by an arrow.

The fighting scenes are well executed.  Exciting to watch.  I have really enjoyed this drama.

Episode 52

Abrupt ending but a happy one.

Rong Zi is living happily with the Princess away from Wei palace.

The Wei king had died and his young son with Guiran is now the young king under the care of the Queen Dowager.

 

 

Face Off (Chinese Drama)

Face Off Poster byShenzhen TV / IQIYi

Face Off (Chinese Drama)

Woah, another Chinese drama.

I have seen this drama advertised a good few months ago but have not watched it until now.  I am sure you have noticed the amount of Chinese dramas that I have yet to continue summarising.

I did not want another one to be part of that statistic 🙂 ho ho ho  So I waited for all most of the episodes to be subbed before delving into it. I think it is safe now because there are 23 out of 42, which have been translated in English.  So watch this space.

Genre:  Romance

Cast:

  • Zhang Dan Feng as Wang Yi
  • Tan Song Yun as Chen Zhen
  • Ying Hao Ming as Wang Xiao
  • Dai Chao (代超) as Song Qian Jin
  • Yang Miao (杨淼) as Peng Mei Li
  • Zhang Han (张晗) as Zheng Xian Zi
  • A Nan (阿楠) as Lei Zi Fan
  • Hu Cai Hong (胡彩虹) as Xia Min Zhi
  • Wang Yu (王嵛) as Sha Tian
  • Zhou Zi Yan (周梓言) as Shen Yun

Apparently this drama is about make-up and how a good make-up artist can make someone looks entirely different.

Episode 1

Chen Zhen played by Tan Song Yun of My Mr Mermaid is a bit of a dreamer. She has this complex of wanting to be a superhero.

Unfortunately she is one of life downtrodden.  She works a a sales clerk in a beauty counter in a huge department store.  As a clerk, they have a quote of sale each day, unfortunately for her she is too honest to push forward the products.  She would advice customers to get a good night sleep, procure Chinese medicine or go for plastic surgery for a more immediate results.  🙂

One day, in a doldrum she noticed a man on the rooftop.  She went to him immediately to convince him not to commit suicide,  It turned out he was the general manager and she made him laugh.

Wang Yi (Zhang Dan Feng) is a leading prosthetic make-up artist, who was tasked to produced a stunning but unique fashion show.  The show was indeed fantastical and yet so real that there was audience participation.

Chen Zhen and her friend Qian Jin climb up the stage to help the leading supermodel being attack.  It was later found out that it was all part of the show.

Chen Zhen was being berated by the store manager for almost ruining the show but Wang Yi (aka as Master Ian) was there to say that the two did not ruin the say but actually it was the reaction he wanted to get.

Chen Zhen got fired anyway by her boss.

Episode 2

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