V-Focus

V-Focus (2016)

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Jiang Zhi Heng is normally named "The Bodyguard" due to his sharp ways as a security adviser. As Zhi Heng and Zhou Xin Yi, two old enemies are heading to a news event, they accidentally crash into an uninhabited island, there they'll need to work together to survive and to make all the efforts to escape.

  • Native title:

    獨家保鑣
  • Also Known as:

    V-保鑣

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Misunderst0_od
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Jan 26, 2017
  • Overall 7.0
  • Story 5.0
  • Acting/Cast 7.0
  • Music 8.0
  • Rewatch Value 6.0
Despite the average plot, V-focus managed to keep me interested until the end. It ended up being a lot funnier than I thought it would be, especially with cute elements like K.K. (the little AI robot). While the drama did drag in certain areas, considering this drama was extended, I think the pacing was pretty decent(particularly for the first half of the drama). V-focus also included some very interesting couple pairings. I read more loved the noonamance in this one. Also, there was a super refreshing love triangle, which I consider a breakthrough for Taiwanese dramaworld. I also loved the soundtrack, but by the time I got to the end of the drama I was so sick of the intro song (since they play it so much for break scenes). Overall, a light and fun watch to kill time, but don't expect an amazing plot.
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scarleT
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Mar 22, 2017
  • Overall 8.5
  • Story 8.5
  • Acting/Cast 8.0
  • Music 9.0
  • Rewatch Value 7.5
T-dramas have really been stepping up their game the past few years! Bromance & Better Man were thoughtfully well done, and V-Focus kept me riveted until the end.

Yet I'll confess... each time these series keep increasing their episode count a piece of me dreads the extensions. More often than not, drama extensions, especially those exceeding more than 2 episodes (and this one started at 40 and went ALL the way up read more to 65) is a turn off for me. I put a lot of dramas on hold or stop watching them because of unnecessary dragging, but this drama IS SUCH A GREAT EXCEPTION.

Initially, I was drawn to this drama because of the unique premise: bodyguard meets passionate journalist. Their two professions are polar opposites of one another, and yet, sparks fly in more ways than one. They clash in more ways than one, and sometimes Melvin Sia's robotic face made me feel like the dude couldn't act, I even warmed up to him after a handful of episodes and character development.

STORY: As I said, the premise is unique. I haven't seen a drama with this exact plot line. That being said, there are elements in here that are somewhat cliche, but at the same time, a lot of drama cliche's are turned on their heads. Especially concerning the strong women in this series who take the lead' in more ways than one. For reals strong: like emotionally, physically, and verbally. I didn't dislike any female character in this drama, and I was absolutely shocked that 65 episodes went by and there were womances, and women who supported each other. Of course there are adorable bromances as well. It was nice seeing characters supporting each other. Not too much angst, just a little here and there. You start off with introducing everyone at V-Focus, and then at Krisis, and from there their 'businesses' continue to interact. Moving forward, there are several sub-plots in this series that are neatly tied up in a bow by the end (which, surprisingly, I was pleased they didn't leave anything out). You can expect to have a few 'scandals,' and mysterious that DRQ pursues alongside her colleagues. You can also expect JZH lead Krisis and 'protect,' his clients. I don't want to spoil much here, but the plot only gets somewhat draggy around episode 50, but picks up shortly after. I can promise you there are certain steamy kiss scenes and I won't spoil who or whom, but lets just say we get plenty of that, and it's glorious. It's such a sweet romance story as well, and I hope people who are interested in this series do see that it has love stories/romances in it that are very fulfilling.

CHARACTERS:

Ding Ruo Qin: Bubbly. Smart. Passionate. A kick-ass reporter with no filter. I loved her. I found her pursuit of the truth to be a reflection of her loyalty to V-Focus and a promise she made to someone close to her. You watch her character grow, fumble/make mistakes, but continue to mature over the course of the series. I liked how she always stays true to herself, and yet at the same time, can be playful and also super caring and thoughtful of her family and friends.

Jiang Xhi Heng: Stern, but still very likable. When you first meet him you think he has a 'I'm the best,' kind of arrogant attitude, but as you learn more about his story, you can understand why he acts the way he does. I like the fact that he respects DRQ. He worries about her, but he understands her passions and dreams and is supportive of her -in dramaland, you got to love these guys.

Zhou Xin Yi: I liked how steadfast she is. A little jaded at times, but is one of the most sincerest characters in this show (like DRQ). She cares for the people in her life, to the extent that she would go through leaps and bounds to make sure they were safe or protected. She's smart, elegant. and strong. She's someone that you can get a little tiresome of, but you understand her.

Ke Guo Long: THIS SWEETIE PIE X1000. Plus KK (and you will know what I mean when you watch this!). He is like... boyfriend goals. Or partner goals. I liked the fact that he was super innocent, but also kind, and supportive, and willing to maintain boundaries so as not to upset anyone in his life. He is such a refreshing character.

SOUND/OST: Absolutely suitable for this series. The singer for one of the songs sings the main theme song in Behind Your Smile, and her voice is PERF for this series too. I liked that some characters story lines with other characters/the way they interacted with others had soundtracks to them. You expected certain songs or sounds to be played at moments. It's endearing and suited the moods very nicely.

OVERALL IMPRESSION: I can't believe this series was 65 episodes. After the first 20 episodes, I wondered what would happen to each of these characters, and I never anticipated the amount of character development on many ends of the spectrum, including supporting characters in this series. What I liked about V-Focus was its ability to keep the viewer interested. There was always something going on at Krisis or at V-Focus. DRQ was always on the move, and JZH was always involved in some newer case which (coincidentally) tied to stories that V-Focus was covering. You get to see an array of emotions, thoughts, and feelings expressed by lots of characters, and events that made this series unique. I think if you end up giving this show a try, you may end up surprised. I think the charm in this series was its balance between progressing the plot forward consistently by unraveling secrets and intentions behind people in the series, unveiling events and tensions, and managing budding romances. It has a lot packaged in this series. I think the characters are definitely worth while here. Especially Guo Long. Happy watching
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    ClaudiaKdramaFan Apr 28, 2017

    I loved this drama specially loved Huang Wei Tings character and chemistry with half of the male characters lol specially with Mel kind of dragged sometimes but it their chemistry make it up. Recommend it

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    Susan Wong Feb 8, 2017

    I like this drama. There's indeed some flaws such as the slow progress of the 2nd couple's relationship and some pointless characters like Wu Jian Ye (Xin Yi's ex bf) and the veterinary and it did get draggy around episode 50 and forward when Guo Long got the virus but overall I like how the drama had funny and sweet scenes as well as serious moments (the sideline of Zhi Heng's dad). The best thing though with V-focus is the main couple Jiang Zhi Heng and Ding Ruo Qin. Their relationship as well as their personality grew a lot throughout the story. From getting attracted to each other and getting together in lighting speed and then also breaking up just as fast as they became an item, going through misunderstandings, deciding to give each other a chance again and from then on giving each other endless love, support and trust, that's a relationship that everyone is yearning for.
    Like someone has said here before I think their best scenes were in ep 34-39, especially the hotel scene in episode 35. It was the first time Zhi Heng and Ruo Qin was so open with each other about how they feel. RQ's backhug, ZH's tears and then their kiss I thought everything was written and filmed very well here. Both Melvin Sia and Huang Wei Ting did a good job. This is my first time watching a drama from the beginning to the end with Huang Wei Ting and I'm surprised that she didn't land herself a lead role until now. I think she made Ding Ruo Qin alive and likeable. I think she has potential. Hopefully, she will have more chances after this drama.
    At last, I want to say that I think this drama is worth watching. I have watched a few T-daily and this is hands down my favourite.

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    SaeedKhan Feb 8, 2017

    Lets be honest here
    Everyone loved the drama when it started and was quite interesting but then they just made it repitative and added some stupid storylines to extend the drama
    It should have been maximum 20 episode drama rather than 65

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    ginagirlgfh Jan 29, 2017
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    Lully13 Jan 27, 2017

    A Good and Enjoyable drama. Some episodes around 48 to 58 were a little too boring... But the Main couple keep me awake. And I LOVE Huang Wei Ting, it's such a good thing she take this role !
    A little disappointed by the end. They shouldn't have complicated the story. To put it in simplicity, sometimes it's much better!

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    nastou19 Jan 26, 2017

    This romcom managed to keep me interested until the end. That's quite a feat for 65 episodes long drama! I'll be honnest, they were some draggy parts at episode 8 and then around episodes 40 to 50. But overall, I wasn't bored. It was funny, light and the two main couples were enjoyable to watch.

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    Otps4Life Jan 25, 2017

    Is the romance between the lead's good or nahh??

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    seoparkang Jan 24, 2017 - edited

    OMG Prince of Wolf is Tiger?! In which episodes does he appear in?! I put it on hold for awhile now but decided to live stream the last 15 mins of the finale and got a shock did he appear before this??

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      Ayuuie Jan 24, 2017

      It was a surprise! He only appears in the finale XD

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      seoparkang Jan 24, 2017

      AHH thank you! He's adorable haha <3

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    kdramaaddict Jan 21, 2017

    here we go again..... from 63 to 65.... i guess we have to hang on for the ride....
    I guess the sponsors doesn't realize yet that too much of a good thing is good for nothing. I've been dragging along since around episode 48....oh gosh wrap this dam thing up nah man, it's already not that interesting any more!!

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    Diane0771 Jan 17, 2017 - edited

    I agree it's starting to drag on. I feel that they will now focus on the father and ZH and of course his stagnant relationship with Ruo Qin. Now that they have Gou Long and Xin Yi together, Wei Li has left that can be the only solution. Also the reintroduction of Tina baffles me a little. Bring back the humour that drew me to show!!

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      Ayuuie Jan 17, 2017

      I was surprised at Tina's return too! Hope they not trying to push a relationship with her and Jia Rui... it's so random @@

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      rodrod Jan 21, 2017

      when she left the first time and had that interaction with JiaRui, i was nearly positive she'd come back as a loveline. Lo and behold lol

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      Ayuuie Jan 21, 2017

      oooh I must have totally missed that part lol nice to see they kinda planned on this :)

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      rodrod Jan 22, 2017

      after she got rejected and left the house, she cried on jia rui's shoulder and they had a bit of banter among other stuff :) Maybe i'm just reading into it too much

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    tompark Jan 17, 2017

    Where's the info about the extension? -.-

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    Ayuuie Jan 16, 2017 - edited

    Have a feeling this is gonna be like 80 episodes -.-

    edit: oh yay~ only 65!!

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      yarnie Jan 17, 2017

      my mind i just saw they change the ep number again to 83 :O i want to cry cause i really loved this at first eps (35-40) but now i cant even find rights words to tell how draggy it is .__.

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      Ayuuie Jan 17, 2017

      ikr!!! I really loved this but now it's getting to be a chore. -.- I was starting to feel happy that it was almost ending.. but bam they announce more! ARHHHHHHH... why Sanlih like butchering amazing dramas like this!?

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    Ayuuie Jan 10, 2017 - edited

    Not liking the rather sudden change in direction of the Guo Long x Xin Yi story -.-

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      yarnie Jan 17, 2017

      background songs/musics too! So many holywood movie musics and sometimes they play a music like power rangers music lols XD wonder if they change pd or something...

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    TheBlackReaper Jan 7, 2017

    Would have ended great if it ended with 40 episodes hell it would have made it in my favourites but the whole making more episodes is ridiculous and pointless to the point it is becoming a drag to continue on

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    yarnie Jan 4, 2017 - edited

    After 40-45 it did get really draggy :/ if not for Guo Long's cute faces and my love for the actor who is playing him i would drop it...
    I dont think Xin Yi deserve him at all :/ still playing hard to get or trying to understand her feelings?? seriously -__- 50EPS ALREADY
    ı was shipping them so hard at first but it start to get uber draggy right now i just wish writer(s) gave her chance to chase guo long too or else just leave them alone without a love line!

    edit: my mind i was thinking they couldnt make ir any worse than this but after seeing 53-54 i know they can .___. i tried so hard to not flip any tables!!!

Details

  • Country:

    Taiwan
  • Type:

    Drama
  • Episodes:

    65
  • Aired:

    Oct 26, 2016 to Jan 24, 2017
  • Aired On:

    Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
  • Network:

    SET TV
  • Duration:

    60 min.

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  • Score:

    7.5 (scored by 133 users)
  • Ranked:

    #17132
  • Popularity:

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