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. 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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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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    Mirichan 5 days ago

    <3 them forever

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    nulinas 12 days ago

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

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    Faa 12 days ago - 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 5 days ago

      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 16 days ago

    You should try it.

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    tanochans 17 days ago

    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)

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    NesrineTao 18 days ago

    i really don't get the ending!!! i mean there must be another season right!!! cause seriously if there is no other season then the ending really sucks -_-

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    Akaisora 26 days ago

    This was an awesome series. Does anyone know, any chance for another season?

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    Ruyi 26 days ago - edited

    is this a good and addicting drama? and does it have much romance or investigating (or something else)?

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      nastou19 26 days ago - edited

      It is a good and addicting drama with more investigating than romance. For the crime genre, the level of romance is just right if you ask me.

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    Dominique 27 days ago - edited

    The story was very good. I liked it a lot but why do I feel that they kind of rushed during the last few episodes to end it?

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    Yasi Yasi 28 days ago - edited

    Hi. May i ask if someone from Ji Bai's team will die? I need to prepare myself if ever T.T

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    Yasi Yasi 29 days ago - edited

    Hi. Does this drama is all about Ye Zi Xi case? Or a lot of case? And how about the romance of this drama?

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      nicole 29 days ago
      Reveal Spoiler »
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    Kaori_IK Dec 21, 2016

    Hi , did anyone know the artist name ?
    ( who drew the characters as animals in this drama )

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    Almonda Dec 17, 2016

    I really like this drama...but can´t stop asking myself why it is so short..not only in episodes, but also the length of one episode...other C-dramas are way too long and repetetive...here..more episodes would have been better..especially the last 2 episodes were rushed and felt crammed.
    Well.. I am glad I watched the drama first and then started reading the novel...so I have an image of the characters in my head while reading the story.

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    rationalbeings Dec 16, 2016 - edited

    i guess i really shouldn't have watched this after watching signal, because the comparisons were inevitable. I found this drama to be quite lacking, the acting was weak, the murder case made unnecessarily complicated and didn't add to the suspense much. Towards the last few episodes I was skipping through just picking up the gist of what was happening just to finish it off. I'm quite thrown by the high ratings and glowing reviews cause I really didn't feel it in this. Tbh honest there is no character development and the plot is convoluted.. Unlike in signal you don't get the feeling there is any real profiling going on, it just seems to be random connections made.

    The only thing i liked about this drama was the cuteness of the main female lead and her drawings which were awesome.

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      Enajyzal Dec 17, 2016

      This drama has a lot of room for improvement. Signal set a high bar for this genre.

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    NEPNamstar Dec 15, 2016

    as expected from Ding Mo, really good story.. but i prefer love me if u dare cz there are more story about criminal psychology than this.. ^^


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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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