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Cast:
林心如 Ruby Lin as 安安 An An
柯叔元 Ke Shu Yuan as 江中鹤 Jiang Zhong He
高潔 Gao Jie as 方蘋 Fang Ping
文章 Wen Zhang as 孟廷 Meng Ting
蔣欣 Jiang Xin as 江荷 Jiang He
赵静 Zhao Jing as 孟母 Meng Mu

Genre:
Drama

Plot:
Five years ago, Mr. Meng divorces his wife and begins living with another woman. His ex-wife pressures Mr. Meng into committing suicide over business problems, creating a legacy of revenge and hatred. Mrs. Meng’s son, Meng Ting, learns of his father’s suicide and decides to find out if it was truly his mother who forced his father to kill himself. All this time, the woman that stole his father has plotting revenge against Mrs. Meng.

At the same time, An An, a native Taiwanese orphan, applies for a position as the General Manager’s secretary. The General Manager of Mrs. Meng’s hotel just happens to be Meng Ting. The beginning of a tragic love story begins. In order to save her orphanage, she agrees to become Meng Ting’s girlfriend.

What happens when Meng Ting hopes to break the chain of revenge and hatred by working alongside the woman who stole his father’s heart? Does An An truly love Meng Ting or is it some sort of responsibility? What happens when a budding artist Jiang Zhong He meets An An and falls in love with her?

Review:
Let me be very up front with this. The only reason I started watching this drama was because of Ruby Lin. I can’t say she’s the best actress ever but she is really beautiful and I love her innocent look.

I really enjoyed how the drama started out but somewhere along the way I became disgusted with the storyline. Since I don’t really want to spoil the story, I will just say that I really hate Jiang Zhong He and I really hate his character being with An An. I almost stopped watching the drama because I could already see how the drama would end, but I managed to finish the whole thing. Normally Chinese dramas really impress me in their production quality and acting skills and this drama was no exception. The production was very well made and the acting was very solid on all levels. The only flaw was the story line. If you would like to see my opinions on how the story should have continued, feel free to read into the spoiler section after my rating.

The drama does get a little repetitive, however, and sometimes I just feel like punching characters for being so stubborn or so unrealistically emotional. The only portions of the drama that kept me going were the scenes with An An. I love her character although sometimes the script writers really make her someone I don’t like. She is a really smart and hard working character and also has the sacrificial trait. She is very loyal however sometimes I hate how her character is having a so called ‘affair.’ Normally I like my main characters to be flawed, but not in a way that makes them being unloyal.

If you are trying to watch this drama for Ruby Lin, it’s probably worth watching just one time through, but if you are actually looking for a drama with a creative and enjoyable plot line, look elsewhere.

Rating:
3.8/5.0

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BEWARE: SPOILERS BEWARE
Alright, since there were parts of this drama that I hated so much, I’m just going to go ahead and tell you what I thought should have happened to make a much more dramatic drama haha.

1. I really believed that the drama was showing how Meng Ting and An An both had a moment of weakness and became swayed or tempted by other women/men, but they would both eventually come back to each other and discover that they had grown used to each other and that they loved each other more than they thought. It seemed that the drama would really take this direction, but when An An and Jiang Zhong He really got things going I got into a really really bad mood and thought the scriptwriters totally tricked the audience. It just makes the whole theme of the drama really bad.

2. I would have liked to see Meng Ting eventually marry An An and that they would raise Meng Ting and Jiang He’s child loyally.

3. I really would have liked the mother to become less crazy, but she seemed to get even crazier near the end of the drama until like the last episode.

4. I would have liked Jiang Zhong He to get along with his girl next door and just disappear from teh drama since his character was so damn annoying and over obsessive.

5. They should have made An An more resilient from temptation.

There are probably more things I can’t think of right now but you get the point. 🙂

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Cast:
Ruby Lin as Fu Jing Jing
Wallace Huo as Lu Yun Xiang
Hao Lei as Fu Ming Ming
Sun Xing as Cheng Gao
Li Li Qun as Lu Ming Kai
Huang Meng as Fan Yang
Liu He Nan as Tan Li Na
Lu Yang as Yang Xin Hua
Chen Luo Qian as Xiao Chen
Zhou Xiao Li as Wang You

Genre:
Romance

Plot:
Fu Jing Jing is a blind young woman who takes the subway to work everyday at a radio broadcast station. Her parents died when she was young in the same accident that cost her her vision. Yun Xiang is a struggling artist. One day Jing Jing is robbed but she can’t chase the thief because of her eyesight. Yun Xiang helps her get her purse back. This sets off a chain of meetings that eventually bring them together.

What will happen when they discover that they are from each other’s past? Yun Xiang discovers that he has a life threatening disease. Will this tale of love end happily?

Review:
Every since watching this drama I’ve become a fan of Ruby Lin. Although her acting in her various works are not always consistent, I felt that she did very nicely in this drama. Although this was a Shanghai drama, I felt that there were many elements of Taiwanese drama incorporated in here. Overall I really liked the mood created by this drama but there were many aspects about the story that could have been better. It’s been awhile since I’ve watched this drama so I can’t remember much of the details about the other characters.

You can stop reading here if you think what I will say might give any near spoilers.

I’m really not sure which drama came first, this or Sound of Silence, but they really seemed similar in the aspects of the plot. The female actress plays a role where she has some bodily defect, in Ruby’s case, her eyes, and the male lead had some sort of terminal illness. The story is a bit cliche but I think the drama really evokes emotion that other dramas lack.

4/5

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