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.

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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 on informations. 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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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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    Raza 6 hours ago

    It's on Netflix now

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    ChuQiao 2 days ago

    This was overrated... The plot was boring and slow.. No excitement T__T
    And, no romance too.

    Much better watch Love Me If You Dare

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    Carolina 14 days ago

    the romance isnt really obvious at first but its there. i loved how the drama focused on the cases and the skills of the female lead. the romance was subtle and sweet and fun to watch. at times i would laugh or smile at the cute interactions between the two leads. i loved watching their relationship grow and how they got closer through working together. definitely a fav drama of mine.

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    Antonin Jul 13, 2017

    Wang Kai!

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    Barbara Goss Jul 5, 2017
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    reinie Jul 3, 2017

    watched it twice in the space of a week. 1st time just normal speed and 2nd time with the prodigious use of the rewind button to savor my favourite scenes.Oh god its soooo good!

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    Jadedrama16 Jun 15, 2017
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    Whiskas8 May 14, 2017

    95% crime, investigation, detective, thriller; the other 5% is romance. Not for those who crave for lovey-dovey type of drama. It's unique that I'll still watch it even without the romance part.

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    KMR Apr 24, 2017 - edited

    Second time trying, I just can't get into this drama! First episodes awesome but then it just drops, can't get past episode 12.. I can't even understand why I can't like it more, so many people enjoy it, besides I like Ding Mo and the drama is of good quality but I'm so unsatisfied...like I'm expecting more.excitement but nothing happens. -_-
    I'll wait some time again and give it a last try.

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    Fran Apr 21, 2017

    I loved it so much! <3

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    sakurahimesama Apr 6, 2017

    This drama was awesome and it needs a season two stat.

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    SimronParida Mar 30, 2017 - edited

    The starting was boring for me. I'm not getting vibe of that excitement and thrill that I should get from a drama of this sort. I've only watched 4 episodes so I don't if I'll be continuing it or not!!!!

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    redsprinkle Mar 28, 2017

    Anyone knows the name of the song that plays when Ji Bai & Xu Xu are fishing/when Yao Meng sets the table for lunch, in the last episode?

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    iambulletproof Mar 23, 2017

    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 Mar 11, 2017

    Great show!


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    Oct 24, 2016 to Nov 28, 2016
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    Dragon TV
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    33 min.


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