Fifteen Years to Wait for Migratory Birds

Fifteen Years to Wait for Migratory Birds (2016)

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Our hero and heroine meet each other when they are fourteen and she has a crush on him for the longest time. However, she does not confess due to her unattractive looks leading to her low self-esteem. And just like, days become months, and months become years. She stays beside him as his best friend for fifteen long years.

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    Shi Wu Nian Deng Dai Hou Niao; Fifteen Years of Waiting for Migratory Birds;

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This endearing, Chinese School Drama follows our leads through High School to present day. It also rocks an idol cast!

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May 12, 2016
  • Overall 7.5
  • Story 8.5
  • Acting/Cast 8.0
  • Music 4.5
  • Rewatch Value 6.0
I finished this drama last week and I really really enjoyed it especially:
-The friendship part which was so pure and beautiful between: Li Li, Shang Xuan, Li Jun and Daniel.
-Li Li's love for Migratory Birds (which actually was what I liked the most about the drama and also the reason why I got interested in watching it).
When I started 15YWFMB I didn't expect anything from it but I immediately read more found it pretty original especially Li Li's hobby, her love for the migratory birds and how it's linked with her love for Shang Xuan, so wonderful and subtle metaphors about love <3

First and foremost, I recommend this Chinese drama to everyone especially to those who want to watch a good Chinese modern drama with well written and developed characters, I've always wanted to find one which would impress me when it comes to character development and definitely it was a success for me. On the surface it's a pretty relaxing drama but as the story progresses I could see that it was more complicated than it first seemed, Ok I did guess at some extents how it would end but definitely I think it was well done. I'm just really disappointed by the ending or should I say the way they ended the drama.

Our leading lady really grew on me all throughout the drama, I could totally see myself in her and I had similar experience as her during my high school years (so it was easier for me to connect with her character), how she was bickering all the time with Shang Xuan, they did not start their relationship on the best terms but they ended up appreciating each other, and I'm sure many of us had a similar adventures during adolescence.
I love so much how their relationship is evolving in the drama, how since the beginning she loved him and kept her feelings for herself and how everything was developing slowly but surely in such a mature way , all of that was done so well. In a few words I would say LiLi is a really responsible, sensitive, smart, selfless and kindhearted girl (became a wonderful and elegant young woman for whom I only have admiration), she always stays true to herself and is always there for her dearest ones, definitely the best friend/family member we can ever have.

Shang Xuan is such a lovely and dependable man, he had his issues and sometimes he could be odious and all of that I understood it because he had his reasons to act the way he did but just like Li Li when it comes to friends and family he would do anything<3

I love other characters too particularly Qian Ren, sincerely this guy is such a sweetheart that sometimes I didn't know if I should ship Li Li with him or Shang Xuan, really too hard to choose only one. Two handsome, reliable, lovely men for one amazing and wonderful woman, I guess that for many other viewers it must have been hard to choose their side, at least for me it was hard <3

I truly loved both leading actors and oh why is Deng Lun (Qian Ren) younger than me just why ? Also I need to say that I'm not into Love triangle and I hate that so much but here so unexpectedly it was not exaggerated nor complicated maybe because all three characters (Li Li, Shang Xuan and Qian Ren are very understanding and mature persons).

Supporting characters were so adorable too and they had their own stories so that's a very big plus, it was good to see that the writer didn't focuse only on Li Li's relationship with Shang Xuan and Qian Ren and showed more of other characters like Li Jun and Daniel, both really caring, honest and loyal friends.

I read some comments about Han Yi Chen being a bit too mean or something like that but honestly I think she was a pretty fine rival to Li Li, I never hated her and thought she was too bad though of course as a rival she was very selfish and jealous of Lili. By the way it was kinda annoying seeing that they put so much make up on the actress's face to make her look older, actually it didn't work in my opinion as it seemed too forced.

As for my rating I decided to go with a 7.5 and it might sounds weird I'm not giving a higher rating when I enjoyed the drama this much however though it's a really great drama and I don't have complaints about it (well only on certain aspects such as the ending, some turn of events which did bother me a little bit but nothing too disturbing, the OST= almost non-existent and not my taste at all) so I just can't give more. Of course I definitely recommend it especially for the reasons mentioned above plus the actors did a very decent job though some of them lack experiences. I found two actors I would definitely stalk : Sun Yi and Deng Lun as I loved their portrayals of Li Li and Qian Ren, both being my two fave characters of the drama as well <3
The drama itself didn't give me goosebumps nor made my heart palpitated hence this rating.
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May 22, 2016
  • Overall 8.5
  • Story 8.5
  • Acting/Cast 8.0
  • Music 7.5
  • Rewatch Value 7.0
“Every person has a migratory bird in their heart. Looking at this feather you can imagine that bird once appearing in your life.” – Li Li. This is just one of many beautiful quotes that you’ll come across while watching this gem of a drama. It really caught me by surprise how deep and somehow poetic the dialogues were, considering the premise of the show being a high school drama. I was read more also amazed how beautiful this drama was shot, especially those scenes at the reed field were stunning.

What makes this drama so special, is definitely the group of four friends that we follow through their years at high school to college and their first job. All characters were well-written and as they struggle through life and face many obstacles, they slowly grow up, finding their own path in life. The female lead, Li Li, is one of the best female leads that I’ve seen so far. Pretty, smart, kind and strong, yet understanding and humble, she’s just the type of woman that guys would fall for and girls would want to be friends with. It’s really such a nice breath of fresh air to find such a lead aside from those annoying, noisy and clumsy leads that we see a lot in C-dramas. Since she’s very thoughtful and eloquent, her talks are filled with quotes and wisdom which actually makes all of her scenes a delight for the eyes and the mind.
The male lead, Pei Shang Xuan, is the kind of friend that every girl wants to have in her life: caring, reliable and loyal to the core. Though a little too confident and impulsive at the beginning, he grows up to be a wonderful person, wanting to succeed on his own and for the sake of the person that he cherished the most. Unlike most other dramas the second male lead in this drama is absolutely on par with the first lead. He cares for her, but also has his pride and wouldn’t follow her blindly if not needed. Both are very supportive of her, always wanting to bring out the best of her and wishing for her happiness. They would do anything for her, but never ask for anything in return, because they knew she would repay them ten times as it’s simply in her nature to do so.
I also liked all the side characters. They fitted perfectly in the storyline, even the changing love interests of our main leads were interesting personalities that you’ll find likable. There are no evil characters or whatever. Even if someone does something bad and regrettable, you know the reasons behind their actions and can understand them at some point. The only thing that actually bothered me was the ending. I also find it to be rather disappointing, not because of the outcome, but the way how the last episode was wrapped up.

All in all, it was still a very enjoyable watch. I would highly recommend it to all of you, who want to see a coming-of-age drama that has more depth than your usual fluffy high school rom-com with lots of eye candies, amazing dialogues and a lifetime friendship that goes under your skin.
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Both are school dramas which have several enjoyable side characters. The Leads portray their youthful characters very well in both, even if they are actually older actors cast to portray teens.. I guess that helps with time jumps for when they are young adults and no longer students. The story in FYTWFMB also follows the characters as young adults and the drama in their close circle of friends and frenemies. Both have vibe of friendships and relationships over time. Also romance.
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    Ineta Jun 10, 2017

    Okay, so this has everything a drama would need to be great -- an interesting storyline where they show the characters growing up, they have casted talented actors and actresses, the drama will make you feel emotional, and -- as needed for a romance drama -- the main leads have a very good chemistry.

    But.. This drama was really lacking something. At first the pace was slow, but I felt it's okay because it's only just starting and the full story is not clear yet. Then it got really good and exciting and I felt impatient to always press play for the next episode. But towards the end.... It turned out that I was waiting for something that never happened. Not to mention the fact that they didn't even make a proper final episode -- only the first minutes of it were worth-watching, the rest of it was a huge flashback...

    I wouldn't say there was a bad ending, I would say they could have done it properly, because right now, after skipping through episode 24, I feel like they just half-assed it, and this drama deserved much more.

    This is not something I would recommend for everyone, but maybe do give it a try if you like the meaningful, slice of life kind of dramas.

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    OKasiandrama May 9, 2017

    Is this basically the female version of In Time With You?

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    dramalalaland Apr 7, 2017

    Because of Meeting You led me to watch this drama and it was worth it. I just wanted to see Deng Lun and Sun Yi together again but I ended up loving everyone in the show. It was an awesome ride knowing the characters and seeing them grow. The setup of the story was nicely done, too. I thought it would get confusing but it was actually easy to follow once you realize what the show wanted you to see. Ah, I'll surely miss everyone!

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    AmySal Apr 4, 2017 - edited

    Do they end up together??

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    AmastrisDratwka Mar 31, 2017 - edited
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    steph_ravita Mar 29, 2017 - edited

    Quite liked this! I was watching Because of You and liked the main couple so I watched this one. Deng Lun's character is so different in this drama compared to Li Yun Kai in BOY but honestly, he ended up being my favourite. I think I'm a sucker for a bad-guy-turned-sweetheart.

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      dramalalaland Apr 7, 2017

      SAME reason why I watched this after BoMY! I find Deng Lun incredibly handsome so I wanted to see more of him. As expected, I still found him attractive in this drama. The brooding character turned caring step-brother/potential lover/or just awfully filial son/ suited him well. I missed his laid back character in BoMY though so I think I need a rewatch soon!

      I just found out that he filmed a drama with Krystal last year but the drama didn't air because of CH ban to KR entertainment. I hope to see their drama in the near future. They look good in the available previews online ;;

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    _Rosie Jan 27, 2017

    For the most part I really enjoyed this drama. A sweet coming of age story that follows the lives and loves of a group of classmates from high school through college and later.

    What ruined it for me was the so called noble idiotic sacrifice which wasnt an accurate depiction at all. In fact the actions of one of the main characters in the latter part of the drama was incredibly selfish. They chose to hurt 2 people for a long period of time instead of being honest and up front from the outset. I cannot say anymore without spoiling.

    Discovered a whole raft of actors I hadnt come across before so all in all a happy experience.

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    makeuptemple Nov 16, 2016 - edited

    She didn't really had intimacy with step bro on that drunk nite did she?

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    _Rosie Nov 3, 2016 - edited

    Anyone know where I can download this with English subs please? Its not in my usual sites

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      _Rosie Dec 28, 2016

      Thanks I didn't know kissasian had it :)

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    cherishbabe Oct 30, 2016 - edited
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    nuka Sep 8, 2016

    just started this...after watching Novoland I needed more from Zhang Ruo Yun. episode 2 and it's intresting, chinese drama doing pretty good recently.

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    IAmNikkyG Aug 10, 2016

    WOW! totally underrated drama, about love,family, friendship and sacrifice. LiLi is a heroine with the biggest heart, even though sometimes I might not agree with her choices. It's nice to watch all the characters grow in each episode. Lets not forget all the unforgettable quotes. But the ending though, I feel like there has to be more than that ending.

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    nyny Aug 4, 2016

    Wow, so well done :-)
    From the cover picture I expected a romcom, but I'm so glad the show was more than that.

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    kristel0714 Jun 8, 2016 - edited

    Lovely story of friendship, family and love. The deep meaning behind the migratory birds was heart warming. Modern chinese dramas are well directed and produced these days. The actors were great. The actress who played Li Li is so pretty and cute. I love her positive character. Although i'm truly dissappointed with the ending (as they used up all the episode to recap) it was sad but at the same time heart warming and I'm happy for a very beautiful ending

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      Weirdestone Jun 27, 2016

      Yes I totally agree!!! Chinese drama these days are getting better and better!!! :) Used to not be able to watch them b/c they get boring, but now there's improvement!!


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    Mar 16, 2016 to Apr 21, 2016
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    Wednesday, Thursday
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    Hunan TV
  • Duration:

    45 min.


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