Les Interprètes

Les Interprètes (2016)

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Qiao Fei is a French postgraduate, who dreams of becoming a famous interpreter. Her education in Paris puts her right in a college where she coincidentally meets a professional French Interpreter, Cheng Jia Yang, and the two start their mentorship on the wrong foot. She earns his praise when she continuously overcomes his challenges and the two gradually develop feelings towards each other. When everything seems to go smoothly, problems arise one read moreafter another. She is trying to avoid her ex-boyfriend Gao Jia Ming, who is Cheng Jia Yang's brother. He is the dream boyfriend in the hearts of all female students, but no one knows he is suffocating under the arrangements of his family. He hides his silent resistance against their wishes beneath a calm, serious mask. Both have been hurt before in love, so they are careful to jump over hurdles for their budding romance. Will their steady love beat all the odds against them? ~~ Based on the novel "Les Interprètes" written by Miao Juan.

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    Interprète Translation Officer; Translation Officer; Interprète; 亲爱的翻译官; The Interpreter; Interpreters; Dear Translator;

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Jun 17, 2016
  • Overall 5.5
  • Story 3.5
  • Acting/Cast 9.0
  • Music 5.5
  • Rewatch Value 1.0
What a waste. Waste of solid male n female lead (who not only looks good but has good chemistry). Waste of a plot thay started well and then derail. Waste of my time.
Ep 1 to 20 was just so good. You watch effortlessly seeing the sparks fly between Jia Yang and Qiao Fei. The ingenuous ways he come up to make her life miserable and try to make her quit as read more trainee in the field of French interpreter. They clash and butt heads but Fei was resilent and refuse to give up her dream.
Then all that mess from the brother being the old flame and has a obessive nature when it comes to Fei. To the second female lead who was a tad pathethic in her love for Jia Ming but then retracted to wanting to be with Jia Yang.. mess and more mess
Then comes the mother who does extreme things like ruining her own son just to break up Jia Yang and Fei. Who does that? And to such extreme. It felt like this drama plot purposefully over inflate itself to generate angst, to fill in episodes? To drag it to pass 40episodes?
I felt like a masochist sticking with this drama to the end. Ep 28 to 36 was so hard to watch. Like 45mins of episode and only 10minutes or less worth watching.
I tell myself i need to see off Jia Yang and Fei's ending so i stuck with it til the ending . but oh boy instead of being awarded with my patience (which really is painful and teeth grinding). The last episode (heads up) isnt satisfying. It was rushed, cramped and jumbled. Didnt flow well and they try to make it dramatic but not believable. Its hard to believe the ending episode is rushed when the last 15or so episodes were so draggy. I still believ the first half that was good was written by another team of writers. If there are the same people then someone must have zap out commonsense from their heads. Like they run out of ideas what to do with the second half of the drama.
If you are wandering to watch or not. I recommend no for several reasons.
The last 1/3 compeltely deviates from the original story of being interpreters
The cliche part of being sick and the high noble road of sparing your loved ones from grief was not written well. Yes alot of dramas commit the same mistake but the way Fei did it just felt wrong. I felt it create needless grief for Jia Yang. Personally i think its selfish when you run away from your loved ones without sharing the truth and deliberately lets him misunderstand you. Her love didnt respect Jia Yang and made that decision for both of them without his knowledge.
Jia Yang's character actually went backwards in terms of growth. Yes it was nice to see him being less demonic and so loving to Fei. But then he became unprofessional when it comes to his work and career. And it was also annoying that he kept saying their love can survive it but i didnt see real actions to solve the problems. Your girlfriend keeps saying there's a big gap between them and that he didnt understand her difficulties.but he carries on as is and with regards to xiao hua and her dad. Although yes his words that their love can withstand it all, there was no action ... It was like him allowing the realtionship to fail eventually.
Jia ming, xiao hua and the guy he married. All characters i dont care for.
Qiao Fei bestfriend was ok but her love line was also not properly developed. Theres too much childish behaviour and they left it too late to the end to show changes.

If you do want to give this a try because the truth is Huang Xuan was really good and engaging as Jia Yang and sparks do fly when he sparrs with Yang Mi's Qiao Fei. Then i recommend you watch the front half of the drama up until he confess and they start dating. The second half will only make you scratch and then bang your head in frustation. So please dont suffer as i did..
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Jun 16, 2016
  • Overall 6.0
  • Story 6.5
  • Acting/Cast 6.5
  • Music 7.0
  • Rewatch Value 1.0
I was really hoping to have a nice review to write for this title, but alas, it's just not going to happen...

Story (6.5/10):
Once the reviews start coming in I'm sure one thing that they'll mostly have in common is how well this drama started. It may not have necessarily been reinventing the drama wheel, but it did stand out. The latter half of the show was when everything went downhill...which read more is punny and makes me giggle thinking of a particularly awfully choreographed fight scene during the last 10 minutes of the show #spoilernotspoilerIregretNothing!

I thought it was interesting that both of our mains were interpreters which isn't something I've seen in a series before. They also went on location which was refreshing. I also liked this dramas take on the "other guy" (second male lead). In most dramas he seems almost perfect in comparison to the male lead, everything the male lead isn't in the most positive way. The other guy in this story was far from perfect and kind of a d-bag, but I feel it's mainly due to how annoying the "other chick" (second female lead) was. I think it was definitely interesting seeing how the main leads lives were entwined all of their chance encounters. It really felt so sophisticated and well written in the beginning, but then all of the ad naseum of standard dramas began and that made me sad. It makes me wonder if there was a writer change. Things just stopped making sense character wise, especially for such intelligent people.

I also was very dissatisfied with the ending for many reasons though I can unfortunately not share without spoilers. I think some people will disagree with me, but it felt rushed and disingenuous to be honest.

Acting/Cast (6.5/10):
The acting was pretty hit or miss for me. Huang Xuan and Cheng Jia Yang was the best actor by far and probably the only actor who I felt didn't have one bad moment of acting. I haven't seen him in anything else, but I'm certainly looking forward to those dramas now.

Yang Mi as Qiao Fei... This one is a toughy, I don't think she's bad, but I think my dislike was more so for her character which made me a bit biased. It's a bit disappointing since I first saw her in the historical drama "Palace", though I guess that's considered more of a contemporary historical as her characters travels back in time, so it's a great sort of fish out of water story. At any rate, I enjoyed her acting in that, just not so much in this.

Li Xi Rui as Wu Jia Yi - My favorite female character from beginning to end. I loved her expressions and I think her sassy attitude endeared her to me. I'd really love to see Xi Rui in another drama and hopefully as the female lead, so I'll have to check out her details page. Anyhow, she was perfect opposite Zhang Leon! Speaking of which...

Zhang Leon as Wong Xu Dong - He is so friggin' adorable! His character and of course that boyish grin of his, make me fall in love why don't you?! This is my first time see Zhang Leon in a drama, and while I don't think his character allowed for too much in the way of deep acting, I still felt like he added a nice light touch especially for the latter half of the show. I found myself skipping scenes, but not his.

The rest of the cast was just ok for me and I feel like they could've really been filled by just about any decent actor. Not that any I didn't list were terrible by any means, but just didn't stand out to me. Though I may be booed for saying this, but the actor that plays He Zhe totally looks like Asian Butthead, I just can't unsee it...

Music (7.0/10):
I really like the "Mon Cheri" opening song and the soundtrack was really nice and fitting for the show. I think it was probably the nicest and most consistent part of this drama to be honest.

Rewatch Value (1.0/10):
This is not a terrible drama and I don't regret watching it, but I skipped through it too much and there really wasn't anything about it I'd care to see again. Maybe some of the cute scenes between Jia Yi and Xu Dong, but honestly not much else. I would definitely tell others to give it a watch, I just don't think I could sit through it again.

Overall (6.0/10):
Even though I feel this drama started out really strong, it just fell apart halfway through and lost me. While it started off really good, it just wasn't good enough for me to feel it was much more than an average drama which again isn't bad, but I just don't think overall it was great. While it doesn't ruin the entire series, there was some seriously bad acting at times and some things that I felt they were trying to convey seriously and I either rolled my eyes or laughed out loud. It's a real shame that the ending especially felt so rushed and anti-climatic considering how well it started out the gate.
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There is a similar dynamic in both between the male and female leads. In both the male lead is the direct supervisor/mentor/teacher of the female lead. In both the female lead is talented and competent.
In both the couple are equally attracted to each other(as opposed to those dramas that someone is the pursuer). The differences are in the actual plots.
Les Interpretes deals with disapproval of others about what seems to all an inappropriate work relationship and professional reputations. Heirs deals with legal issues that relate to inheritance law and the secrets each of the leads family have kept from them.
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    TyquonJackson Aug 13, 2017 - edited

    Same their, just was way to many eps for a story that was not that complex. You did the right think Aza, both of those eps are when the actors are at their one of their best. And it had a good run, i loved it until about ep 20 then went to the last. I just got bored of the same plot twist that I have seen in other dramas.

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    Aza Aug 10, 2017

    reading thru all the comments seem everyone was unhappy with the dramas plot. then i should jump the 20 episodes and end out with the final epi, LOL. Kinda similar with Scarlet Heart 2 with those elements that just didn't need to be there and some that needed to be there but weren't...

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    iindu Jun 12, 2017 - edited

    This drama was interesting till almost exactly half way through..then it goes downhill. The mother and delusional second leads part were bearable, but Qaio Fei herself was losing it. The brave confident girl we saw through the first half is suddenly this naive, sorry figure and the story becomes as cliched as ever. Couldn't bring myself to finish it.

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      Mary28 Jul 15, 2017

      This comment might be a spoiler but you need to see it to save yourself from this drama. I agree with the commenter that this drama started really well but became really stupid through the second half (WARNING: it started from ep 22). I kept giving it chances but it was not worth it. I had to finish it because I thought it couldn't get any worse well it did!

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    AnnGominho May 13, 2017 - edited

    Ia tudo bem, ia tudo lindo... até aquele final... Que peste de final foi aquele?! Revoltada!

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      Aza Aug 10, 2017

      En efecto

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    Lovely May 10, 2017 - edited

    I cannot believe that I only now noticed that Gao Vengo plays the second lead I absolutely despise .... omg I also thought he was really ugly..... so how did I fall for him so much in Eternal Love? just how?

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      Blueriver May 10, 2017

      i'm asking myself the same question...the power of long (white) hair maybe?

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      Lovely May 11, 2017

      Maybe ... though his character here is really shitty so that might also be a reason why I found him so unattractive. I am still shocked though.

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    AkaneNozaki May 8, 2017
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    insoles Apr 14, 2017

    This drama is shown on the TV like 3 times during Pretty Li Hui Zhen.

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    krystalsoojungs Apr 10, 2017 - edited

    I am probably the only person that's going to say this, but I actually really like this drama LOL *scuttles to the corner*

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      Rin Apr 11, 2017 - edited

      oh noooo you're not the only one!!

      I will forever have a soft spot for this drama because of its focus on the interpreter profession + it got me interested in French - I really like this premise and focus which haven't really been done by other dramas.

      And the first half was really good - I was following the drama since it just started airing till the end - the screwed up development really did threw me off. :( I would really love to recommend this drama to people - and give it a better rating than what I did - if not for the second half. :(

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      krystalsoojungs Apr 16, 2017

      I really liked the translating/interpreting aspect of this drama too!!! really enjoyed the professional aspect of this drama.
      The first half was spectacular, super funny and absolutely loved it.
      I actually quite enjoyed the second half hahaha (unpopular opinion though I know). Personally, it only got hard to watch for like the last 5-6 episodes. But I thought 1-35 were all good
      but glad to see that someone else also liked this drama!!
      it's funny because this drama received pretty negative reviews in China but at the same time it was #1 in it's time slot for the entire airing of the show LOL

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      Rin Apr 16, 2017

      I was still hanging on to the second half without one bit of intention to drop it...so yeah. It was painful only because of the severe lack of logic and mostly frustrating and unreasonable people, but some of the things (especially Cheng Jia Yang) made me pull through regardless~ The ending was pretty terrible for how it ruined my good feelings for the main pairing which I was quite fond of. :(

      I think it's got bad reviews probably for the same reasons here, in which people enjoyed the first half but the second half was pretty much ruined. Apart from Yang Mi's star power at work, the drama isn't 100% insufferable anyway~. I think Huang Xuan's charm of his performance and character also played a big role in the good viewership. I witnessed the whole popularity rising for Huang Xuan because of the drama, which is awesome.

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    SimronParida Mar 25, 2017

    I was kind of interested in watching this but the comments threw me off!!!!

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    moondust Mar 8, 2017 - edited

    Wanted to watch this, but the reviews and comments are giving me second thoughts. Sounds like it was a great drama up until a certain point. Is it worth watching til then? Any advice appreciated !

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      moondust Mar 20, 2017

      I like Huang Xuan for those same reasons and will watch anything he's in. I can't wait for his new drama Tribes and Empires. As much as I like him, there is not a single drama of his I liked or committed to the end. The closest was Imperial Doctress but his character made me boil lol

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      Rin Mar 20, 2017 - edited

      Same. I would watch his other shows. But because he's not so geared towards romance dramas (which I am inclined to choosing when it comes to cdramas), I haven't managed to really watch his other works, apart from Les Interpretes.

      Haha I know, I started Imperial Doctress for him (and Wallace Huo) but I just haven't managed to move on beyond episode 1...it would still be interesting to watch him as an antagonist though. I'm more hesitant because of the plot. I heard it isn't that great as compared to the same scriptwriter's Ban Shu Legend and Legend of Luzhen. From some reaction posts I saw on Weibo back then when it was airing, it does seem like a mess.

      Tribes and Empires is definitely one to look forward to, seems like a pretty quality production. I'm personally not as certain if it's my cup of tea, but I'll keep it at the back of head. I probably want to watch Love is Not For Sale eventually (since there's Olivia Wang too)~

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      moondust Mar 20, 2017

      Huang Xuan isn't exactly likable in Imperial Doctress but that's more to do with his character lol. Not because he's an antagonist - sometimes villains are some of my favorite characters, but the change of his character was so drastic and made no sense. You'll see what I mean lol. I'd like to see him in another romance as well

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      Rin Mar 21, 2017

      I guess that explains the fact that the writing wasn't that good that, if such a mess have to happen to the story... Haha

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      krystalsoojungs Apr 10, 2017

      If you plan on watching this, I think the general consensus is that the drama is really good from episodes 1-21 (ep 21 is great). Those first 21 episodes are genuinely really fun, like the drama feels like it's more of a romcom! I think for the latter half of the drama, it turns more into your typical melodrama, so most people don't like that.
      I think 22-28 is also pretty good although not as good as the first 21 episodes. Personally I'm up to episode 32 right now and I still like it, yes even though I already know the ending (but I'm pretty sure my opinion is extremely unpopular LOL)

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    Kiseki Jan 22, 2017

    The first half of this drama got my expectation up so high because it was witty and funny, but the second half just went to hell. I thought the comments were exaggerating but no, the second half and end is just beyond bad. If the first half scored 10/10, second half totally got 1/10. Hence my 5.5 rating.

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    Jdf Jan 7, 2017 - edited

    So they're not in Paris but in Zürich in which the locals speak German and not French (and classes are taught in German as well)... This would not have been a dealbreaker (although it's kinda absurd, you could have at least picked a university that's actually in the French speaking part of Switzerland, I mean, just do your research? it takes maybe ten minutes?), but then all the comments say how bad this drama develops after a while and now I'm just not interested anymore.

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    Emily Oct 2, 2016 - edited

    im at ep 34 and after reading all these comments/reviews .. sigh.. idk if i should drop or not.. im so close to the finish line T_T

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    Kadiance Aug 1, 2016

    What was with the ending...

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    FireLily Jul 24, 2016

    I really liked this drama for the most part in the beginning, minus a few of the characters but i'm use to that and can usually ignore the characters i don't like. I think i only finished the last several eps of this drama out of frustration Hoping that it would redeem itself. Sadly it didn't, I was tempted to throw my laptop at the wall and bang my head on the wall. I resisted and threw my pillow at the wall instead..... last time i wanted to chuck something at a wall so much was when i was reading a book and my favorite couples broke up because of some ridiculous reason..... End of rant - and now i'm going to attempt to sleep... It might take me awhile.


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    May 24, 2016 to Jun 16, 2016
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    Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
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    Hunan TV
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    45 min.


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