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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25 days ago
  • Overall 10
  • Story 10
  • Acting/Cast 9.5
  • Music 10
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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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23 days ago
  • 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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    AkaneNozaki 21 days ago - edited
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      Trouble-chan 18 days ago

      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 21 days ago

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

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    aquamarie 21 days ago - edited
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      Trouble-chan 18 days ago - 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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    AnaK24 22 days ago

    And again the second lead is breaking our hearts. Well done, actor. I'd choose you in a hundred lifetimes.

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    samsoons 22 days ago

    It seems that on Viki the drama ends with the episode count of 40. Do you guys think we should submit that count here? Since the majority of us is following those subs.

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    mela 25 days ago

    I hated every single episode of this drama(yes I'm an idiot i still watched it, it was a waste of time T_T) Before saying anything else I have to say this: I've watched the korean version so i'm partially affected by that wonderful drama and also I love everykind of drama: chinese, korean, japanese, thai...everykind!!but I have to say this:
    1) The story is WAY too slow(and i love slow stories...when they make sense!!) this is slow in a useless way.
    2) The female lead is and idiot, and I mean she literally acts like a retarded person with that idiotic laugh and all. How come she was fine when she was young? what happened? why did she turned out to be like that? Pass the clothes and the hair but her character!! I'm sorry I just don't get it :(
    3) the male lead is really expressionless XD
    Im' sorry i just can't find anything good about this drama, everything annoys me! I just want to say: "If you haven't watched this yet, escape it! run away from it and watch the korean version!!" -or any other drama in this earth cause this is just a waste of time!-
    - the end -

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    SarahLee 26 days ago - edited

    This seems like it would be very similar to "She was Pretty" series...goodness, these kind of dramas are already done

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      Fay 25 days ago

      i mean it's a LITERAL remake of she was pretty, so it's gotta be similar

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      yoorin21 25 days ago

      Umm...that's why it's called a remake

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    Yasi Yasi 27 days ago - edited

    Where can i watch it with eng sub?

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      jojo 27 days ago

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      Yasi Yasi 23 days ago

      Thank youuuu! :) Is it completely subbed? Btw, how's the drama? :)

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    Trouble-chan 27 days ago - edited
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      aoiazami 27 days ago
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      Trouble-chan 26 days ago - edited
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    ahsaaful 27 days ago

    What is this? Did they extend it? I was happy it was just 38 episodes, and now its 46!
    Are they serious?

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    MysticLullaby 28 days ago - edited

    OMG IS THIS REALLY 46 EPISODES NOW, THE ONLY THING GETTING ME THROUGH THE REST IS THAT I THOUGHT THERE WAS 36 EPS, I'M ON 29 and I can't do another 17 episodes, omg this show is one of the most dragged out I have watched,

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      Vera 25 days ago

      Yeaaah I Thought that It was going to be 38 episodes but, today I came here to check and was chocked when I saw that its 46, like wtf!? waaae?! I'm at episode 35 but I'm losting the interest and and I already have to see 11 episodes...

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      MoonChaser 23 days ago

      it has 40eps. its over, don't know why it says 46 here

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      Vera 23 days ago

      So it really is 40? I was going to drop it on eo 35 , but if it's 40 and continue...

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      Trouble-chan 11 days ago

      I've watched it to the end - there's only 40 episodes.

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    Ruyi 28 days ago

    I enjoyed the start but it got draggy and boring so I'm gonna drop it at ep 34 :(
    Well, at least the ending of ep 34 was happy :)

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    Tzuyu 28 days ago - edited

    Zhang bin and Dilmurat Dilraba will be the protagonists of The King's Woman, my otp may become real in another drama lol

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      samsoons 27 days ago

      They'll also both be on the upcoming The Eternal Ten Miles of Peach Blossoms, but I don't know if they'll have any scenes together :)

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      moondust 22 days ago

      In Peach Blossoms, they have no storyline together. So this pairing will have to wait for the King's woman (tho Zhang Vin's character might be the "second lead" in love again lol)

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    Invincibleme 29 days ago

    I like this version a lot more than the original version. I feel that the cast did a much better job at portraying their roles. The characters are more real and natural.

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    MysticLullaby 30 days ago - edited

    The friend in this is TERRIBLE, in She Was Pretty she agonized about decieving them and tried many times to come clean while in this she is greedy and selflish and just does not deserve Hui Zhen as a friend. Also sad that the second lead is pretty normal, in She Was Pretty he was crazy and I loved it lol.

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      samsoons 29 days ago - edited
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      XoXo 29 days ago

      I Agree completely


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


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    7.4 (scored by 229 users)
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