Chinese Drama

Review: Put your Head on my Shoulder

Chinese Title: 致我们暖暖的小时光
Origin: China (Adapted from a Novel)
Genre: Romance, Comedy, School, Youth, Friendship, Family
Actors: Fei Xing (Si Tu Mo); Lin Yi (Gu Wei Yi)

PLOT:
As Si Tu Mo’s graduation is nearing, she is confused about her future plans. She tries out all sorts of things all the time and is unable to make her own decisions. Her ordinary days are suddenly shaken up when the genius Physics student Gu Wei Yi appears in her life. The two accidentally end up living together and chaos begins.

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MY REVIEW:
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

I have watched other Chinese dramas recently, so I am not new in how Chinese make their dramas. I was actually surprised that it evolved and adapted the Korean, and Japanese drama style. Whenever I hear Chinese dramas, what comes in mind are flying daggers, fantasy, magic and outstanding action scenes similar to Hong Kong. I was quite hesitant when it comes to Romance dramas. But it so happened that I came across one of its popular Romance Comedy recently, the Chinese Adaptation of the Meteor Garden 2018 which I honestly liked among all its adaptations.

After which, I saw this another Chinese Romance Comedy entitled, “Put your head on my Shoulder”. The teaser was great that it made me watched the entire series in Youtube.

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First is the story, I am very particular when  it comes to the story of a drama. It is my first criteria and the breaking point if I should watch it or not. I don’t care whether it is popular. I watched some popular Romance Comedy dramas that didn’t impress me based in the plot alone. The story of Put your head on my Shoulder is light. It was cute so to speak and consistent until the end. I avoided watching heavily themed drama these days, so Put your head on my Shoulder is just right. There wasn’t any heavy conflicts, and villains. It is just the romantic and cute everyday encounter of Mo Mo (Si Tu Mo) and Gu Wei Yi. 

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The characters were shallow but their was a character maturity along the way. Unlike the typical Romance genre of a love triangle cliche, I didn’t find that in this drama. There was an introduction of supposedly love interest but there was no affairs or flirting  What made this consistent is the undeniable chemistry of Fei Xing and Lin Yi. Lin Yi by the way is a new actor and this is his first lead role. I am surprised that he delivered a great acting here for a first timer in a lead. The same as Dylan Wang who delivered a great acting for the Meteor Garden 2018, a new actor and first time in a lead role. I see a bright future for Dylan Wang and Lin Yi. Not every new actor in a lead role can deliver a great acting.

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There was a side story of Fu Pei and Shan Shan in this drama.  Do not fret, they took an important part to the life of the main casts especially in Si Tu Mo’s. The chemistry of Lin Yi and Fei Xing is so natural. I shipped their pair to be a real couple someday. Mo Mo is bubbly, cute and her antics are so natural. Meanwhile, Gu Wei Yi is kind of a serious, good-looking nerd and goody-goody type of a guy. But he also values friendship and he isn’t the nerd and boring type of a guy given that he is a topnotcher and genius college student among his co-leagues. dramawiki

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Overall, it was a feel good romance comedy drama that you will love. Very relatable and their relationship maybe typical but how they manage the everyday crisis was the takeaway. There are many cute and funny moments of these two that you can’t help but to smile. Btw, Gu Wei Yi was a faithful guy. The ending was cliche, but I think it was the right thing to do. Not the greatest, but I think it is great in its own way.

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Meteor Garden 2018 Review


GenreRomantic comedy
Based onMeteor Garden, Boys Over Flowers (花より男子 Hana Yori Dango)
Written bySharon Mao
Directed byLin Helong
StarringShen Yue, Dylan Wang, Darren Chen, Caesar Wu, Connor Leong
Opening theme“For You” by Dylan Wang (王鹤棣), Darren Chen (官鸿), Caesar Wu (吴希泽), Connor Leong (梁靖康)
Ending theme“Love Exists” (爱,存在) by Kiki Wei (魏奇奇)
Country of originChina

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At last! Another great drama had ended. It’s sad when a series you patiently waited and watched until the end will bid its farewell. Just as I often said, I am very particular and meticulous in watching a drama series. Be it Korean, Chinese, Japanese, or Filipino telenovelas. Honestly, I never liked the Meteor Garden 2001 nor its other adaptations. But I did watch some of it for comparison purposes, so I could come up with this review.

Meteor Garden 2001 and the rest of its adaptations were heavily dramatized. Those years were the golden era of heavy drama. But since the heavy influence of Korean dramas, light dramas are the norm nowadays. Yes, heavy drama is a thing of the past, or I should just put it as not a trend anymore. Going back to today’s Meteor Garden 2018. Its finale is somewhat unexpected but heavily cliched. But I preferred its finale today, given that Daoming Si and Shancai’s family ties and values were highlighted in this adaptation more than the romance of Daoming Si and Dong Shancai in its past adaptations.



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I preferred the retaliation and redemptive effort of Daoming Si’s mother in the ending more than the vague-barcelona-scene-tourist-guide-camera-fell-DaomingSi-appearance-out-of-nowhere ending. The drama gave us the mother’s change of heart because she loved her son through Doaming Feng. The great Daoming Feng is still a mother with a heart after all, which was portrayed in this adaptation. The re-enactment of Daoming Si’s arrogant behaviour to check if Shancai was a gold digger during the first episodes is something creative, memorable and at the same time re-assurance that Shancai is indeed not for Daoming Si’s fortune. I liked that unexpected part.

I made my initial review before but now that I watched all of its episodes, I would say that there was a character development both on Dong Shancai and Daoming Si’s part. Initially, I said that Shancai was more immature in my first review, but the last episodes made her mature, but still selfish. Selfish in a way that, she is willing to fight for real for her love to Daomimg Si unlike before that she was selfish for herself and always playing the victim card. Unlike the Meteor Garden 2001 that the romantic moments of Daoming Si and Dong Shancai were limited.

I thought it would end that same way but the 2018 adaptation’s romantic scenes were highlighted in the later to final parts which I could say is befitting and fans were eagerly waiting for more of it. Shancai and Daoming Si deserved those scenes which were nowhere in their previous adaptations. The Perseid meteor shower ending was superb. It reminded me of the Japanese anime movie ‘Your Name,’ which is one of my fave anime to date. Sadly, it was an emotional moment in 2001. The amnesia plot is over the top in today’s drama.

Lastly, Shen Yue and Dylan Wang gave justice to their roles. I would also commend the other characters, they all did great! There should be no comparison among its adaptation and it boils down to one’s preference. But personally, this adaptation is the best for me. Overall, it’s just light and there was a bit of realism, which caters to the generation today. The romantic moments were there and the family relationship was highlighted. It wouldn’t disappoint both the previous fans and the new fans.

Kudos to all the casts and crew. You all did great!


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