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Yong An Meng
17 pessoas acharam esta resenha útil
Mar 17, 2024
24 of 24 episódios vistos
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No geral 10
História 8.5
Acting/Cast 9.0
Musical 8.0
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Solid entertainment with a few good laughs

I went into this drama with very few expectations as it pairs Jeremy Tsui with yet another, much younger actress with very little acting experience. The slapstick-type initial trailer didn’t help at all because in the meantime I had started reading the novel and I really hate it when scriptwriters change the whole tone of the source material.
I was therefore very pleasantly surprised by the first few episodes that were mostly serious and showed an FL whose acting wasn’t on par with everyone else, but at least tolerable. The heart-clutching and fainting spells were hilarious and just at the point when I thought that they were getting a bit too much, they stopped.

The pace was really good right from the start, getting the viewers into the mystery around the collapse of the West Canal and whatever wider conspiracy was brewing. The secondary couple looked charming and perfect for each other and for once, both Lu Yan’s attendant, Yang Zong and Shen Zhen’s maid were allowed to be clever servants. Although, poor Yang Zong had an unfortunate talent to show up at the wrong moment and disturb “couple time”. I was really impressed by the actor’s comedic talent!
Another support actor absolutely worth mentioning was the one playing Shen Zhen’s father who had impressive screen presence and made the most of his few short scenes.

The initial villain of the story, Li Di played by Liu Hai Kuan had the delightful intensity of a character that we all love to hate. Sadly, his plot line was just dropped in the middle of nowhere as the story moved towards the mastermind behind it all. All the villains had a proper motivation for what they were doing, other than just being evil because the script said so.

Compared to the novel, the conspiracy was one of the weakest points of the drama. It could have been so much more complex and intriguing if they had used some more material from the novel instead of giving wasting time on this totally nonsensical amnesia plot in the last episode. Although this plot gave us the opportunity to see a sterner version of Lu Yan which Jeremy Tsui portrayed in a very nuanced manner, it felt rather superfluous.

Another weak point were the dreams which never really served any purpose. While in the novel the ML uses these dreams to gain intel on what his enemies were plotting and to develop counter strategies, this role of the dreams probably fell victim to censorship rules. Therefore, if these dreams as memories of a past life had been replaced by some nightmares that showed the ML’s fear of losing the FL it would have caused far less confusion among the viewers.

I was pondering a long time how to rate this drama. It had solid acting overall with the FL being the weakest link by a mile (although she wasn’t terrible) and the story avoided many of the usual lame tropes, it made me laugh and kept me entertained. The many fight scenes were well choreographed and executed and the ending was decent as well. Normally, this would have been an 8.5 in my books. However, in light of recent events that offer us a glimpse into just how much Jeremy Tsui must have suffered, both emotionally and intellectually, at having to film yet another idol drama with a trainee actress (who got first billing just to add insult to injury) and to counterbalance the hate-rating of a few obvious non-viewers, I am going to rate this a solid 10.

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Princess Nirvana
6 pessoas acharam esta resenha útil
24 dias atrás
20 of 20 episódios vistos
Completados 0
No geral 2.0
História 1.0
Acting/Cast 6.5
Musical 3.0
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Total waste of time

As we all know C-dramas are notorious for nonsensical or rushed endings. This one takes it one step further, by not having an ending at all.
It just simply stops, in the middle of the story without solving any of the questions, redeeming the ML or dealing with any of the antagonists. The writers seem to have confused the notion of ‘open ending’ with half-finished and just dropped the ball after 20 episodes to go on holiday.
I usually don’t expect much from these short-length series, but this one feels like a total waste of time.
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Shi Xiong Zong Shi Yao Kai hua
6 pessoas acharam esta resenha útil
Dez 12, 2023
30 of 30 episódios vistos
Completados 0
No geral 7.5
História 8.0
Acting/Cast 8.5
Musical 3.5
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Interesting story, mediocre execution.

This is a light-hearted xianxa with lots of funny moments, limited angst and overall good acting. The story idea was interesting and different from a lot of other dramas, but the execution was rather conventional and uninspired. The quality of the script changes (drops) throughout the thirty episodes:
The first half is quite entertaining with an interesting story. The next ten episodes feel like several scriptwriters each wanted to pull the drama in different directions and the logic and coherence between what is said one moment and 2hat happens the next goes completely out of the window.
For instance, in one scene we are told the ML/FL needed to hurry back to their sect using their flying skills, only to see them frolicking through the woods without a care in the world and obviously in no hurry at all.
In another scene the ML is supposed to have lost all his magic skills, yet he can still fly…
The last five episodes were dreadfully boring and brim-ful of fillers.
The ending was kind of ok, I’ve seen a lot worse in other xianxia, but I didn’t find it emotionally engaging. Maybe after being so bored by the previous episodes I’ve lost all empathy for the main couple.
The acting by the main cast was quite good and the only reason why I managed to finish this. This type of role seems to suit Alen Feng much more that the stiff characters he usually plays.

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Difficult To Win His Heart
5 pessoas acharam esta resenha útil
Ago 11, 2023
24 of 24 episódios vistos
Completados 1
No geral 7.5
História 7.0
Acting/Cast 8.5
Musical 8.0
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Very perilous for the ML...

This love is indeed very perilous... but only for the ML. This guy gets stabbed and poisoned so many times that I gave up counting. The way this character is written is a collection of the worst clichés surrounding male leads in historical and xianxia dramas. He is indestructible, will do everything for the FL, except maybe talking to her honestly or confessing his love.
The FL on the other hand is a mixed package. Sometimes she comes across as this gutsy lady who wants to avenge her family, sometimes she is the clever doctor and sometimes she is a meek as a flower and as dumb as a brick.
All the antagonists had at least some decent motivation which sadly isn't a given in C-drama.
The plot of this drama could have been interesting, but the writing was just so-so which on many occasions made the story seem repetitive and indecisive. The acting was pretty good though, which is the reason why I watched it to the end.
In terms of romance this drama offers more than most of the recent high profile dramas as it has quite a few kisses and scenes of intimacy. The chemistry between the couple is really good and at least on the romance side the writers spared us a lot of the usual cliches.
Overall, it is a pleasant short drama to watch as a filler or doing some chores.

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Ye Ye Xiang Jian Bu Shi Jun
6 pessoas acharam esta resenha útil
Abr 26, 2023
24 of 24 episódios vistos
Completados 1
No geral 8.0
História 8.0
Acting/Cast 8.0
Musical 5.5
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Snack-size drama, but solid entertainment

Even though the episodes are only 11 min long, the overall quality of this drama makes it appear more like a full-length drama (but without the draggy bits).

While the plot is classic false-identity/revenge fare, this drama has many strong points that I would wish to see in normal length dramas:

Despite some twists, the plot remains coherent until the end.
There is a strong female lead and all the female roles manage to avoid the usual, dreadful stereotypes of damsel in distress, moronic maid, obsessive delusional cousin/sister/love rival, etc.
It isn’t a big production, so the cast is quite limited, but it doesn’t feel like more people were needed. The acting by the main cast is pretty decent and the martial arts sequences look well choreographed.
There are plenty of romantic scenes between the main couple, but thankfully without any of the usual cheesy tropes like viewing lanterns/fireflies, falling blossoms or slow-motion/repeat scenes. Their chemistry is sufficient to not need any of this to show their feelings.
The drama did not lose its momentum in the second half and the ending felt sufficiently fleshed-out.

If I had to point out one thing that I disliked about this drama it would be the ending OST which I found quite unbearable. Every time that squeaky voice hit the high notes is felt like fingernails scratching on glass.

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Seja Minha Princesa
3 pessoas acharam esta resenha útil
Jan 29, 2023
30 of 30 episódios vistos
Completados 0
No geral 9.5
História 9.0
Acting/Cast 10
Musical 9.0
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Something to laugh (a lot!) and cry with great acting



This is quite a unique and very funny comedy which manages to combine a modern setting with historical sequences without resorting to any of the overused time-travel or transmigration tropes.

In this drama a method actor who gets a bit too immersed in his roles has amnesia due to an accident just after completing his latest historical drama. His only memories are those of his role as The Grand Tutor and the elaborate backstory that he has created for himself and the other characters of the filmed drama (all written down in his little notebook).

Watching the first few episodes I was wondering how much of the lead actor’s behaviour is actually a parody of himself. It felt very tongue-in-cheek.

Sequences in the historical setting continue throughout the drama, either as flashback memories of the ML or as dream sequences of either the FL or the ML.

The FL manages to perfectly bring across the cute and innocent side of a rookie actress without being the cliched silly and overly bubbly female that haunts so many c-dramas. She has to learn a lot about the movie business but at the same time she is very clear about what she wants and what she doesn’t want. Over the course of the drama we see her mature quite a lot.

The amnesia of the ML provides some good comedy as he discovers the “strange new world”. The scene with the rolling chair had me in stitches. Jeremy Tsui comic timing is absolutely perfect. Whenever he acts as The Grand Tutor in the modern world it feels like a parody of his film-persona. I’ve seen in some comments people saying that he is overacting, but I think it is done intentionally.

As they say, “comedy is repetition and repetition is comedy”. In the later episodes whenever the ML assumes that stiff facial expression of his historical character and says “your highness” I was already laughing!

There were a few very sad episodes, despite this being a comedy. The heartbreak of both leads was palpable even if they expressed it very differently.

Inevitably for a C-drama, there is some added adversity for the main couple in the form of love rivals (none of them too serious or annoying) and family pressure.

Also noteworthy is the critical view of the drama on Chinese fandom culture where everyone is permanently glued to their news-feeds, fans are like harpies (that hunt in packs) and the smallest event in their private life can destroy an actor’s career. In an era where everyone talks so much about respect this lack of respect for the private life of celebrities is quite a contradiction. It was nice to see this issue of toxic fan-culture addressed in a drama.

The ending was decent (and happy) but felt a little bit rushed. The idea to put all the snippets from the first historical drama that brought them together in sequence to gift us a mini-version of this drama in the last two episodes was a very nice bonus.

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Desire Catcher
3 pessoas acharam esta resenha útil
Mai 16, 2023
24 of 24 episódios vistos
Completados 0
No geral 9.5
História 9.0
Acting/Cast 9.5
Musical 9.5
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A piece of art disguised as a detective drama

Don’t be fooled by the moderate rating of this drama. It truly is a piece of art - just not what some people were expecting…

The marketing decision to promote this drama as a “bromance” certainly didn’t do it any favours, as the source material really did not offer much opportunity for any bromance and thus left viewers who specifically watched under this premise, sorely disappointed.

Watching this drama without any preconceptions or expectations is probably the best way to enjoy it. I initially just started watching it on a whim in order to see Zheng Ye Cheng in a modern setting (and with a dorky haircut) but for me it turned out to be a highly addictive show.

This drama isn’t the usual fast-paced detective/suspense drama - it has long sequences without any dialogue, artful use of modern architecture for highly atmospheric shots with the background music and OST perfectly complementing the visuals. The showdown in episode 18 is an absolute feast for the eyes which reminded me very much of French nouvel vague films.

The plot of the drama is a patchwork of elements from the three volumes of The Evil Hypnotist novels by Zhou Hao Hui. The fact that the protagonist in the novels is Luo Fei who works with a different hypnotist in each volume while the protagonist of the drama version is Lu FengPing (who only appeared in the last volume of the novel series), may explain some of the inconsistencies and strange behaviours of the lead characters.

The detective-hypnotist duo come across a number of strange cases that are somehow connected and despite solving these cases some mystery remains as it becomes clear that there is a dark mastermind pulling the threats. Both lead characters have their own issues tied to some events of the past, which prevent them from being honest with each other until nearly the end (episode 18) of the series. This gives the two lead actors ample opportunity to show their acting skills.

Zheng YeCheng delivers a very nuanced portrait of a traumatised person who can be cocky one moment and highly vulnerable the next. His face and his eyes literally speak volumes which made him the perfect choice for a production where dialogue was always less important than the visuals. So far I had only seen ZYC in historical roles where I admired his martial arts skills (and his looks, of course), but he really impressed me with his acting in this one.

Xin Yun Lai as the detective who analysis everything but rarely speaks had a tough role to master because there is a fine line between portraying a cold character and coming across like a piece of cardboard. There were some moments, when I saw him on the wrong side of that line, but overall his acting was pretty decent.

The main antagonist, played by James Yang, was one of these villains that I love to hate. Every time he was on screen I intensely disliked his character all the while admiring the actor playing this role. For me he was really the surprise discovery of this drama.

Even though the chief villain was impressive and (wonderfully deranged, in a way) the motivation and background stories of the villains was probably the weakest point of this drama. As it is a patchwork of elements from the three novels in the Evil Hypnotist series, a lot of changes had to be made to tie everything together somehow. Many of the flashbacks seemed to somewhat exonerate the main villain by giving us a glimpse of his tragic life before he turned bad which is quite a substantial deviation from the overall tone of the novel.

The theme of personal guilt over causing tragic events that runs through the first volume of the novels has been replaced by random events that turn people into victims which in my view deprives the drama of the psychological depth that it could have had otherwise.

This is a drama that I will certainly re-watch again and again, simply because of the artful production that makes it such a pleasure to watch.

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O Avanço da Fênix
1 pessoas acharam esta resenha útil
Jul 23, 2022
70 of 70 episódios vistos
Completados 0
No geral 10
História 9.0
Acting/Cast 10
Musical 9.0
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Impressive!

This was the first C-drama that I've ever watched just because I stumbled over it on Netflix. I didn't know that it had such a bad (in literally every sense) ending until I was punched in the gut after 70 episodes, but until then I thoroughly enjoyed it. Knowing how it ends (in the series, not the book) will not keep me from re-watching this and savouring every episode, but it makes me want to read the book as well...

The acting is phenomenal and the main characters are well developed. The romantic leads make a nice coupe and have great chemistry. The setting and costumes are a feast for the eyes. The music is pleasant and inobtrusive.

The gender-switching bit in the middle had me a bit confused. As this was my first C-drama I was not yet familiar with the premise that as soon as a woman dresses up as a man she becomes unrecognisable and everybody takes her for a man. I loved the way humour appears throughout the drama in the dialogues.



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Olá
1 pessoas acharam esta resenha útil
Fev 19, 2023
20 of 20 episódios vistos
Completados 0
No geral 8.0
História 8.5
Acting/Cast 8.0
Musical 5.5
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Not a masterpiece but very entertaining

This is a lighthearted comedy that never takes itself too seriously. There are some very silly moments (the inept adversaries, the main characters accidentially knocking each other out, etc.) but the drama manages to steer clear of some of the most dreadful xianxia-tropes, like the endless misunderstandings, the forced breakup, the damsel-in-distress FL, etc. The romance between the FL/ML is sweet without becoming too syrupy.

The couple has a period of separation due to the FL’s amnesia, but this only lasts for a few episodes. The start may feel a bit slow, but otherwise the pacing is good and there are no drawn out boring bits.

The FL is quite a refreshing character, gutsy and straightforward, a natural opposite of the more restraint ML.

The ML’s brother provides a lot of comedy throughout the drama. His bromance in the second part of the drama was unexpected and a nice touch.

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Cordial Companions
0 pessoas acharam esta resenha útil
Dez 16, 2023
20 of 20 episódios vistos
Completados 0
No geral 6.5
História 7.0
Acting/Cast 7.5
Musical 6.0
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Nothing special, but charming

This is a classic story of the cold ML in a high position (this time the leader of the supreme court) who falls for a quirky girl while uncovering a sinister plot.
In this case, the execution is quite charming with many funny and romantic moments and the main couple have reasonable chemistry. Overall the acting is ok.
Most of the characters are quite one-dimensional as there isn’t much room for character development in a short-length drama. The character of the FL is annoyingly inconsistent. In the first episode she is made to look like a top-notch assassin, only to turn into a damsel in distress for most of the following episodes. We are shown that she has martial arts training, yet she never uses any of it, but instead clings to the ML like a helpless girlie.

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Amantes do Mundo das Fadas
0 pessoas acharam esta resenha útil
Ago 23, 2023
35 of 35 episódios vistos
Completados 0
No geral 7.5
História 7.5
Acting/Cast 8.0
Musical 5.0
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Started off well, then got lost in its own twist and turns

This fantasy drama in a modern setting has an interesting plot where immortal aliens from the planet Penglai are stranded on earth and become the natural antagonists of the spirits created by the accidental release of an alien substance. The ML is one who defies the set pattern in that he is a spirit himself, but one dedicated to releasing other spirits from the obsessions that brought them into this state. Bai Yu’s acting is solid, but somewhat lacklustre. His best moments were certainly those as his own evil alter-ego.
The FL is one of the original Penglai aliens, but one who has died and was re-born without the memory of her past existence. Jade Cheng is believable as her modern quirky self, her scenes as a Penglai warrior were a bit of a stretch, though.
The couple meet by chance and their paths cross a few times before a bond develops between them.
They solve a couple of “cases” together and the initial antiques of denial, courtship and jealousy are quite fun to watch. The secondary couple provide some additional humour and at times are more interesting to watch than the main couple.
The sparkling appearance of Jeremy Tsui in a support role (ep. 12-15) is an unexpected highlight for a few brief episodes and after that there is a noticeable void.
In the second half, the writers seem to have run out of decent ideas and the plot is falling apart. There are reasons that would prevent the main couple from having a relationship and both come up with ploys to break up in one form or another. There are so many twists and turns that in the end I couldn’t care less whether they end up together or not. The repetitive filler sequences of them either gazing into each other’s eyes while the OST is playing or of them reminiscing about their time together, again while the OST is playing, becomes a nuisance in itself to the point of making me nauseated just hearing the OST.
The end was sort of anti-climactic and felt rather flat.
This is definitely a drama that would have benefited from being shorter (since the writers only had a limited amount of good ideas) and having the plot straightened out a bit so that it doesn’t feel like running in circles.

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Princesa Prateada
0 pessoas acharam esta resenha útil
Jul 23, 2022
58 of 58 episódios vistos
Completados 0
No geral 8.5
História 9.0
Acting/Cast 8.0
Musical 9.0
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An emotional rollercoaster

Nobody in this drama is what he or she appears to be. Although it is rather lengthy (some bits feel a bit drawn out) the mystery kept me going.
The romance part starts of nicely, but then falls into the usual cliches of misunderstandings, keeping things from the other "for their protection", etc. The chemistry between the main leads was a bit lukewarm, some of their actions seemed incoherent. The end could have done with a bit more explanation: if they love each other that much, why waste precious time staying apart?
I intensely disliked the 2nd ML (Fu Chou) with his stalker-type "you-must-love-me-because-I'm-so-good" stance, only to feel sorry for him in the end. That was quite a surprise!
The feeling was similar for Rong Qi - his actions appeared contradictory and confusing at times, but in the end it all made sense. I really didn't know what to make of this character until his tragic story was revealed towards the end. Again, Luo Yunxi quite impressive in a heart-wrenching role!
I liked the fact that the drame has some strong female roles. The action scenes were overall done quite nicely and costumes were good as well.
The music was very emotional and suited the drama perfectly. I must say that I preferred Aarif Rahman's singing to his acting...

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E o Amor Vencerá
0 pessoas acharam esta resenha útil
Dez 26, 2022
48 of 48 episódios vistos
Completados 1
No geral 6.0
História 5.5
Acting/Cast 7.5
Musical 7.0
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A car crash in wuxia-land

I really wanted to like this drama, but I couldn’t. Even with Luo Yunxi as the ML it was a chore to make it through to the end.

The underlying story wasn’t bad and had quite a few classic elements (underdog female sect leader, tense father-son relationship, treacherous prince, etc.) that could have fuelled a good drama with good acting. Sadly, the scriptwriter seemed to think that this audience is made up of idiots and logic or common sense are just superfluous concepts that hinder creativity.

The result were jewels like a man burying a horse (on his own, without a shovel), a little girly carelessly parading around a priceless artefact, then entrusting it to someone she doesn’t know (oh, it gets stolen - surprise!) and to top off the insanity a man pretending to be someone else without even changing his hairstyle or clothes (and still using the same fan!). The behaviour of the FL made me more than once agree with her sect elders that she’s not leader material. I will root for the underdog, but not for incompetence!

The fake horse riding was so bad (the actors’ movements didn’t even match the gait of the horse) that it made me cringe. I understand that not every actor may be able to gallop freely on a horse, but at least learn how to fake it properly.

To upset the viewers even more there were the usual boring tropes of love triangles (two of them, because they are fun!) and stupid misunderstandings between the two leads that could have been cleared up in two sentences. There was zero chemistry between the leads, so in the end I couldn’t even care whether they got together or not.

Overall the drama had very few redeeming features. The father-son scenes were among some of the best this drama had to offer. The OST wasn’t too bad and there was LYX elegantly floating from the sky.

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Abandonados 3/22
Shi Xin Chuan
9 pessoas acharam esta resenha útil
Fev 13, 2024
3 of 22 episódios vistos
Abandonados 2
No geral 3.0
História 1.0
Acting/Cast 6.0
Musical 4.0
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Abuse-fest with bad subtitles

I rarely write reviews for dramas that I drop after a few episodes. This one, however brings the notion of “disturbing” to quite a new level.
We are expected to believe that the obsessive ML who tortures and abuses the FL actually loves her and that the FL after being thoroughly abused finally sees the light and falls for him.
SERIOUSLY????
How sick must a person be to come up with such nonsense! No amount of pretty costumes and beautiful people in this drama can cover up the ugly truth that this drama is an insult to anyone who has ever suffered s from abuse and promotes a disturbing view of women.
Who would ever want to watch this for entertainment?

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