Pretty Li Hui Zhen

Pretty Li Hui Zhen (2017)

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Li Hui Zhen used to be gorgeous, but years of declining family fortune added much pain to her life, and her looks slowly drifted away. Her friend Bai Hao Yu, on the other hand, was once an ordinary looking guy and grew up to be suave, successful, and immensely likable. So when she comes across him years later and witnesses their reversal of fortune, Li Hui Zhen is too embarrassed to even read moremeet him and instead asks her stylish friend and roommate Xia Qiao to assume her identity.
However, that amazing plan also has a problem in that Bai Hao Yu is actually Li Hui Zhen’s boss, and she now has to pretend to be someone else while working for him. Slowly, even without knowing her true identity, Bai Hao Yu becomes attracted to Li Hui Zhen. Li Hui Zhen's supervisor Lin Yi Mu also starts to take an interest in his new intern. Can Li Hui Zhen break away from the insecurity that came from once being pretty and open up to the man she truly cares about, or will she forever live in fear because she thinks she once was pretty?
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    漂亮的她; Piao Liang De Li Hui Zhen; Piao Liang De Ta; She Was Pretty;

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Feb 1, 2017
  • Overall 10
  • Story 10
  • Acting/Cast 9.5
  • Music 10
  • Rewatch Value 10
I gave this 10/10 because, although slower (because it's a LOT longer) than the Korean original - it's still very good. I honestly believe that the first and second lead actors (Sheng Peter and Zhang Vin) should've been swapped. Sheng Peter as Bai Hao is new to acting in this kind of role and needs to polish it off a bit - he plays it all way TOO cool, cold and read more It worked in 'Go Princess Go', but not here.

Zhang Vin as Yi Mu was PERFECTION - but you really do feel he is wasted as the second lead. I think, having seen him as the cool, quiet and calm KO (who also had a warm heart) in 'Love O2O' he could've EASILY played Bai Hao instead and REALLY made it believable. The whole problem here has been that that we fans ship Yi Mu and the female lead, Hui Zhen, TOO much and it goes beyond the usual 'Second Lead Syndrome' - they just have INSANE chemistry in EVERY scene and Sheng Peter pales into the background if he has to share the scene with them. You HONESTLY see Bai Hao as the second lead and not the main love interest - whereas, even if he WAS the main lead, you're REALLY rooting for Yi Mu to be with Hui Zhen..

Sure there were differences between the original Kdrama ('She was Pretty') and this Chinese version - sure there was some things the Kdrama original did better, the male lead played by the always wonderful Park Seo Joon is an obvious choice. Another is that Go Joon Hee as Min Ha Ri certainly played the 'bad best friend' with a slightly more sympathetic air than the Chinese version, Xia Qiao, who is played (rather lack-lustrely) by Li Sierra.

BUT, and it's a big one. there are also MANY things this one did BETTER than the original. The Kdrama had the better LENGTH, however, this one has the better STORY because it also does at least have time to flesh out the characters a bit more; so the bullying main lead you REALLY despise, the BBF betrayer (or 'Female Dog Friend' as I called her, lol!) was MUCH worse in this one and so the hate we felt was much more real too. I think Sheng Peter should be patted on the back because a LOT of expectations are on this role and he did his best. I REALLY think we'll be seeing a LOT more of Zhang Vin in the future - the man was EXCELLENT as KO in 'Love O2O' too.

I think overall BOTH versions are very good and one is not worse than the other; they're just different. I give this 10/10 because it deserves it.
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Feb 3, 2017
  • Overall 10
  • Story 10
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 10
  • Rewatch Value 10
I gave this 10/10. (there only 40 episodes not 46)

I loved the story line. I have watch the original one from Korea and it was also good. But, I totally enjoyed how they went more into details about the characters. You got to know them more, which to me is important.

Like in the Korean version I had second lead syndrome. Zhang Vin (Lin Yi Mu) did an awesome job. I read more felt more for his character than I did Choi Si Won played the part. He was awesome.

Second lead actress Li Sierra (Xia Qiao), loved her. She made me love her and dislike her all at the same time.

This was the first time for me to see Sheng Peter (Bai Hao Yu) in a role. I was at first not sure but after the first 2 episodes I loved how he played the part. It was different which is what I found awesome. I am currently looking up other shows to watch of his.

Now to our leading lady. Two words loved her. Dilmurat Dilraba (Li Hui Zhen), did a beautiful job playing this role. Again a different approach to the character.

The supporting cast. They was awesome.

Even though this was a remake of She Was Pretty, it stands out on its own.

I loved how they did the ending.
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Pretty Li Hui Zhen is the Chinese remake of She Was Pretty and although it changes simple things like names it is still pretty good I recommend you try it for yourself.
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    Red 4 days ago

    okay well, it's good. even tho it's 40 episodes and I skipped many scenes x^D

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    Karin 7 days ago

    I have watched both Korean and this Chinese versions. Both are identical, story wise. No variation. The Korean drama is only 16 episodes whereas the Chinese drama is 40 episodes. You might be afraid that the Chinese version will be a drag but overall, it is an enjoyable experience. In my opinion, Dilmurat Dilraba did a better job performing this character than Hwang Jung Eum in the Korean version. Both Zhang Vin and Choi Shi Won did an outstanding performance acting Lin Yi Mu/Kim Shin Hyeok character. I think, this is the most memorable part of the drama.

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    Baya 9 days ago - edited

    I can resume this drama in two words: Zhang Vin !

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    Alekwang 13 days ago - edited

    Aww i've finished this in a week! It was good, the SLS was strong, STRONGER than the korean one (or it's just me being biased towards Zhang Vin, but oh well, he's amazing) and I enjoyed it more than the korean one (besides the main male lead's acting, he was very stiff), only because the side characters were much more down to earth, the editor-in-chief was AMAZING and her english was so good, and they also gave us some side stories too (Qiao's step mom for example) which was good! The ending was also very well done! If anyone is gonna tell you that this is boring, don't listen and give this drama a try!

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      Rin 10 days ago - edited

      I didn't watch the kdrama version but I'll totally back your comment up because I honestly thought this drama was pretty decent and fairly enjoyable.

      And of course, Vin Zhang. :p

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    Alekwang 21 days ago

    I loved the korean one. I've yet to finish episode 6 of this one but up to now, it's not disappointing me at all! It stays true to the original, with some small twists here and there, which I'm liking a lot.

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    BeKaiLLe 27 days ago - edited

    I hated. Really hated the korean version and i am looking forward to watching this. Excited after seen the female lead. I really looooooooove chinese drama's.

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      Red 4 days ago

      why did u hate the Korean one? o.o

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      BeKaiLLe 4 days ago

      I don't know. The characters just pissed me off except the best friend. I found her to be the real one.

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    green_tokki Mar 31, 2017

    Slow but still watchable... Just like the original my vote is still for the second lead coz he is a better man than the lead guy. I watch this for Zhang Vin ♥

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    hmfacial Mar 23, 2017

    I'm enjoying this so much more than the Korean version. I loved Siwon's acting and character in the Korean version, but I love everyone's acting and characters in this Chinese version. If you have to choose pick this version.

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    tweetiaa_ Mar 15, 2017 - edited

    is there a missing scene in this drama? can anyone tell me which episode is the scene in the opening song where Bai Haoyu was about to kiss Li Hui Zhen behind his apartment door suddenly???

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    KRISHNASS Mar 12, 2017 - edited

    anyone know the music listened between leads(in rain) in pretty li hui zhen

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    Nina89 Mar 11, 2017 - edited

    Does anybody remember after which episode he found out the truth about her?

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    moondust Mar 1, 2017

    For all you Dilraba and Zhang Vin shippers - looks like y'all will get your wish in upcoming historical "The King's Woman"

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    AkaneNozaki Feb 5, 2017 - edited
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      Trouble-chan Feb 8, 2017

      I am SO on your side with this - SERIOUSLY, WHY, WHY couldn't they have done this? As you say, so MANY possibilities just IGNORED. T-T

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    serap Feb 5, 2017

    If only they changed the actor playing the main guy... he's terrible

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    aquamarie Feb 5, 2017 - edited
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      Trouble-chan Feb 8, 2017 - edited

      Yup, the continuity is shocking in this - I'm assuming the continuity editor is either unemployed or was taken out the back and shot! XD


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    Jan 2, 2017 to Jan 29, 2017
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    45 min.


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    7.5 (scored by 387 users)
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