When a Snail Falls in Love

When a Snail Falls in Love (2016)

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Detective Ji Bai has to train a new recruit, the criminal profiler Xu Xu. Although she is great at determining one's thoughts, she doesn't know how to interact well with people. But that's not the reason why Ji Bai intend to fire her. She's very talented in the art of profiling, yet lacks in physical ability, running as slowly as a snail. Still, impressed by each other abilities, the teacher-student pair slowly read morefall in love in the midst of their investigations.

  • Native title:

    如果蜗牛有爱情

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nastou19
31 people found this review helpful
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Dec 1, 2016
  • Overall 10
  • Story 10
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 8.0
  • Rewatch Value 10
Why a 10/10 ?
That's actually quite simple. At one point, I thought « Wow ». I was already hooked from the start (or rather around episode 3 because that's when the main leads actually meet for the first time) but later I really fell in love with the characters and the story. I was impressed, which nearly never happens. I was so eager to see the next episode that I ended up reading the read more novel... only to be frustrated by not being able to finish it. Yes, unfortunately for now, you'll only find the first half translated in english on internet.

Story :
It's a little difficult to follow at first because there are a lot of characters and informations to remember. When it started, I thought it would be roughly one case every three episodes. So I didn't really care about the criminals identities and that's where I was wrong. It's actually one big case. The first case leads to the second, which leads to a third even bigger, and so on. Episodes are short but intense. You have to stay focused to follow this drama, be warned.

Drama vs novel
Personnaly, I love them both in a different way. In the novel, I love how intense the main leads relationship is. We don't have their inner thoughs in the drama, so the focus is more on the investigation, which gives off an intense feeling too. Hence, I did not mind the difference, but I'll surely see a lot of things in a different way when I'll rewatch it. For instance, Ji Bai feelings are less obvious in the drama. He smiles at her, confides in her, stays by her side... They just made Xu Xu realization of her feelings more obvious than the novel through her drawings. Still, I think you'll appreciate the drama more if you watch it before reading the novel.

Acting and characters reactions
Realistic. I have to word it that way because, when it's a romantic comedy, chinese and taïwanese dramas tend to exagerate situations. Fortunately, they choose to focus on the investigation for this drama, so the acting is also very serious. The one thing that actually doesn't feel right is Xu Xu drawing cartoons. I felt the way she was portrayed in the novel, being someone really mature and logical, was more realistic.

Music and cinematography
I loved the opening song and even more its clip. So beautiful and kind of sensual, even with animals drawings. It goes well with the cinematography. Some sequences are beautiful. I loved how they make use of some silent moments. One little thing bothered me in the first few episodes. At times, the camera trembled too much, probably to give a suspens feel. But overall, it was really well-done.
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sharreb
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Dec 1, 2016
  • Overall 9.0
  • Story 8.0
  • Acting/Cast 9.5
  • Music 9.5
  • Rewatch Value 7.5
This was one of my highly anticipated drama for 3 reasons: love me if you dare, the chinese novel, the pairing of Wang Kai and Olivia. All 3 that i enjoyed.
Im happy to report the opening two episodes i was swept away. The opening theme is one of the best ive heard in awhile (its a trademark sound similar to CSI) and the cinematography was so nicely done. Those drawings adorable read more and gorgeous. Finally i now couldnt imagine Ji Bai as none other than Wang Kai and Xuxu none other than Olivia. They both suited the roles to a T.
Yet there is a but after putting out these praises. Of all the 3 novels from Ding Mo i find the love relationship in When Snail falls in love to be the cutest and sweetest. And just the right balance with the crime solving bit. But the production crew in this drama has opted to tip that balance and scale down the romance. I understand roles get magnify or diminish and plots do change in adaptation. But i cant really agree its for the better with some of the changes. Nevermind that its more centric on police detective skills, crime solving and profiling and character growth for Xuxu.
Just to name a few: Xuxu's pursuer was scraped off. Xuxu as the solo disciple to Master Ji scrap off. The JiBai pursue first got a 180degree treatment. The reason why JiBai went to Myanmar changed. Yao meng character changed but since its for the better im ok with that.
Lets just say cause i read the novel there were certain things i was waiting for and came up empty waiting and watching from beginning to ep 15. Nothing. Then we go from nothing to suddenly 75% in their romance development. I get it thats its snail" but that sudden development didnt have time in earlier episodes to plant and bloom properly.
Then episodes 18 to 21 was so epically good and bolstered up by such commendable acting from both our leads.
This drama could have been a solid 10. All the more cause we know the chemistry between our leads is powerful and that i felt was not fully unleashed. Ive been left in vain wanting that bit more for our lion and his snail. To the point i wish theres a special episode to see more of them as an item.
Il definitely miss Wang Kai as a detective n that man rocks the white shirt blue jeans look. Again want to note awesome casting of him n Olivia. This among the best C dramas have to offer in 2016. DO WATCH and if you love more romance development Do READ the novel.
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It just has the same feel with the main male leads being the same. He helps the female lead with their profession. When a snail falls in love is a little less on the romance though.
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They are both crime and suspense dramas. They both have one case that leads the next and ends up being an entire conspiracy. I mean they both have gorgeous leads and a little romance in them.
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    5Clivi 1 day ago

    im gonna be honest, i was quite dissapointed with this, or just maybe i expected too much? after the first episode, i was like, "this is daebak" the MC is a serius kung fu fighting master. then it stops there. i think 30 min drama is too short, there were some episode that nothing significant that happened. the whole drama spins in one single plot, and i was expecting that since its a police/crime genre it will be semi-episodical. the ending didnt even make it up for my thirst for raw action sequences. technically well made. one of the best in terms of cinematography and editing. aerial drone shot were awesome, and they used lots of outdoors locations! i find the acting dry or maybe its their character their portraying. 8/10

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    kroye 13 days ago

    Great show!

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    SaeedKhan 17 days ago

    SO ... Season 2 ?

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    ahsaaful 28 days ago

    The last scene I think it's mean they received another mission, and so life goes on.

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    katrina21 Feb 19, 2017

    great show LOVE IT!! but got lost at the end?? can anybody know what happen?

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    Aimee Xiong-Lee Feb 17, 2017

    The ending was confusing, anyone care to explain to me?

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    Ceinwyn Feb 5, 2017

    It was great and refreshing, but why that last scene? I don't get it >.< xD

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    Annalisse Feb 4, 2017

    I really wanted to love this drama BUT it was so short! I think this is one of the few dramas I can honestly say would have benefited from more/longer episodes. Especially for the final episodes where everything felt rushed and slightly unresolved. On a happy note, the drama has made me want to read the novel now. SO there is that... ^.^

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    Mica Jan 30, 2017 - edited

    I just started this show and I'm finding it hard to watch because of the filming. The camera work is extremely shaky for a contemporary drama. I'm actually a little disappointed because the cast, plot and acting is stellar so far.
    If the filming was a little better in this drama people would have enjoyed it more.

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    _Rosie Jan 25, 2017 - edited

    Can anyone tell me if the lead female character is anything like Qu Xiao Xiao that she played in Ode to Joy...if she is the same then I wont watch as I despised her. If she is different I will give it a go. Thanks

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      Tzuyu Jan 26, 2017

      The characters are absolutely different, she's sweet in this drama.

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      _Rosie Jan 26, 2017

      Thank you :)

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      prettytin Jan 26, 2017

      I'm watching Ode to Joy now. I'm surprised on how different her roles are that it's the same person

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      yarnie Feb 7, 2017

      @prettytin i know right :o i was the same! First watched this than OTJ i was quite shocked how great her acting is. So believable and real *-*

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    Mirichan Jan 17, 2017 - edited

    PLEASE LET ME SEE THAT PAIRING AGAIN!! :(
    <3 them forever

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      Tzuyu Jan 26, 2017

      yes!!!

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      yarnie Feb 7, 2017

      If you are talking about stars not characters then you must watch Ode To Joy *-* im in love with this pairing too<3 im kind of obsessed with it actually ;_;

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      Mirichan Feb 7, 2017

      Actually my adoration is a mix inbetween: stars and the characters they portrayed. But since I am looking for a new drama currently I might as well check out your recommendation. Thank You <3

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      yarnie Feb 7, 2017

      ohhh i get it :o you might get a little shocked by Wang Olivia^s character there xD she is such a crazy and immature but then she get really cool and straightforward. Totally different from this role but she looks so natural too *.*
      Wang Kai's character is closer to this role though like he is a little more playboy there thats all xD i was so angry at him for a while but they are so lovely together ahhhh<3
      you are welcome i love fangirling about this stuff anyway >///<

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    nulinas Jan 10, 2017 - edited

    Can you tell me where i can get read full novel when a snail falling in love

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    Faa Jan 10, 2017 - edited

    I'm planning to watch this soon, but comparing to Love Me If You Dare, which one is more intriguing? How is the love story of the main leads here? Because i really love Bo Jin Yan-Jian Yao's relationship in LMIYD

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      Mirichan Jan 17, 2017

      I found the story in LMIYD more intriguing BUT the main-lead here is so much cuter!!! Couldn't get enough of them!!!

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    manmohan Jan 6, 2017

    You should try it.

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    tanochans Jan 5, 2017

    Btw, if you guys liked Wang Kai's and Wang Zi Wen's chemistry here, you should totally watch Ode to Joy. It's an amazing drama and they are also paired together there(tho Wang Kai is a supporting character in that one)

Details

  • Country:

    China
  • Type:

    Drama
  • Episodes:

    21
  • Aired:

    Oct 24, 2016 to Nov 28, 2016
  • Aired On:

    Monday
  • Network:

    Dragon TV
  • Duration:

    33 min.

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  • Score:

    8.5 (scored by 1,988 users)
  • Ranked:

    #144
  • Popularity:

    #147

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