Summer's Desire

Summer's Desire (2010)

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Xia Mo and Luo Xi were both orphans adopted by the same family. Their closeness made Ou Chen, Xia Mo's rich boyfriend, increasingly jealous. He forced their separation by sending Luo Xi to study abroad. However, his overbearing behavior only pushed Xia Mo to breakup with him. Heartbroken, he got into a car accident and lost his memory. Five years later, Luo Xi returns as a super star. He reunites with Xia read moreMo and helps her succeed in the show biz. Just when their relationship seems rosy, it begins to crumple as Ou Chen regains his memory and does everything he can to get Xia Mo back.

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    Pao Mo Zhi Xia

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Nov 4, 2011
  • Overall 8.0
  • Story 8.0
  • Acting/Cast 9.0
  • Music 9.0
  • Rewatch Value 7.0
I remember adding this drama to my list awhile ago and then I forgot about it. After stumbling across Peter Ho in Three Kingdoms [which I am watching at the moment, too], I rediscovered this drama again and decided to watch it. This drama starts off confusing, not more than 5 minutes into the drama you have a 5 year time jump. After the first few episodes things start to get a read more little less confusing - I found myself falling into the story and the characters and more things began to get revealed in the later episodes. The story is a little dark, and it's also unclear for most of the drama who the main male lead is - as they both have a lot of screen time and it's hard to figure out who exactly is the lead in the drama until later on. Both of them are some nice eye candy as well :p [for those that are interested]

The acting was done well for the most part. Barbie Hsu is an alright actress, I've seen her in Meteor Garden [she really doesn't look much different in the 1O years since that drama aired], and her acting is honestly just about the same as it was then. Not horrible but not the best. I mentioned above that I noticed Peter Ho in Three Kingdoms - so to see his contrast in characters makes me think that he is a good actor, as he played his part well and convincing. This is the first drama I've seen Huang Xiao Ming in and I think he's another great actor! I really felt for his character. Both of the guys - you could feel that they both loved Xia Mo [Barbie].

The music was really nice, I loved almost all of it! From Peter Ho's "Wo Ji De Wo Ai Guo" to Barbie Hsu's "Bubble Mermaid" were all nice songs. And the instrumentals were also nice and added emotion to the drama.

I'm not sure if I'll rewatch this drama anytime soon, or if I'll rewatch it again in the future. While I enjoyed it, it's not something I can see rewatching again.

Overall I think this drama is a little underrated, and it's a drama filled with romance and angst.

One thing I wanna add is Barbie's character, Xia Mo, is a character that I had a hard time liking. She's a character that's hard to related to, and she isn't open about her feelings.

And I'd also like to mention as a side note: I found out that this drama was based off a novel trilogy, which someone also translated online [all three books - dedicated!]. I plan on reading their translation and will post the link to those interested below in the comments box (:

It was also made into a manhua before being made into this drama series.
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Mar 8, 2014
  • Overall 9.0
  • Story 9.0
  • Acting/Cast 9.0
  • Music 10
  • Rewatch Value 8.0
This drama just became one of my favorite taiwanese drama. I am in tears while writing this review. This drama is just so beautiful. I can't believe I never heard of it until one day, when I stumbled upon it on The first episode captured my attention because it was so intriguing. I completed this drama because it wasn't your typical taiwanese drama even though the plot summary adds in memory read more loss.

The cast was splendid and the music touched my soul. I can't believe how gorgeous the main characters were. My favorite character was Yin Xia Mo played by Hus Barbie. She was so strong, blunt, (something you don't see in most female leads in T- dramas) amazingly talented and she looks like a life size doll. She's so cute. I loved the two main guys and their awesome (Looks), charisma even though they had some serious insecurity issues, but who can blame them they both had a lonely and loveless life.

While, watching this drama I felt like I was thrown into this fantasy realm of love and true desirement. It is a love story, but not your average one. You experience the best of both world by seeing how this love theory is played out through various emotions and events. It's a must watch!
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If you like Dolphin Bay you may like Summer's Desire. Both story involve a love triangle between a rich 'first love', poor girl and charismatic guy in the entertainment industry. The trials and anguish that these three go through before a resolution in the end. While I liked the ending of DB I did not like it in SD, merely because I thought the wrong choice was made.
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    rainruma Jul 10, 2014

    the Only Asian-drama I saw w/ a true "Love-Triangle ".... she loves and was in a relationship w/ both men .... ..... ..... a "Roller-Coaster ride" .... ..... "Nail-Biting" to the end to see who she'll choose.... .... the heroine is Strong, Icy and Manipulative but kind, wise and intelligent .... .... until the end, viewers are split as to which man is their favorite ..... ...... .... .....Not typical drama at all !.... ..... .... loved it <3<3<3<3<3

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    rainruma Jul 10, 2014

    Saw it a 2nd time it even more than the 1st ..... so much more appreciative of the Great performances by the three leads ...... I now see more layers of meanings, more of the irony , the well developed characters .....

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    roshavi hettige Jul 9, 2014

    Omg.... after watching this i realized that it's actually a manga

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    -kaze- Jun 23, 2014

    xia mo (barbie hsu) is literally so gorgeous in this drama, it was perfect

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    jxsilicon9 Jun 18, 2014

    This drama was quite boring.

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    AmyLovesDramas Jun 17, 2014

    The first half was really good, but I got bored the second half because it started to drag :/ I didn't like who she ended up with either. I know many people liked this drama, so please don't get mad at me for saying this :P Anyways, a 6 from me! :)

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    rainruma May 23, 2014

    A NAIL-BITER, love-triangle like no other......the only Asian Drama I've seen where nobody knows who the leading lady will end up with, until the last 15 min. of the last episode.......and the leading lady is like no other, a very realistic character, who manipulates both guys to get and protect what she wants.....She is still likable, despite of it.... LOVE IT!!!

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    meganjoy12 Apr 30, 2014

    one of my favorite Taiwanese dramas, I really loved it. With a lot of Taiwanese dramas I feel like they drag on for way too long but with this I wanted it to be twice as long, was sad it was over.

    Plus I was Team Ou Chen =)

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    xXMzSmilesXx Apr 23, 2014

    This drama TRIPPED me out. I wanted BOTH guys to have the girl. They both loved her to death and they were so devoted to her. And she loved them also. The director should have done the unthinkable and taken the taboo path by letting her be with both guys! Then I wouldn't be feeling all mixed feels right now. I feel happy that she ended up with him but sad that she didn't end up with the other guy. My feels counteract each other -.- Nevertheless very enjoyable drama - not the best but good enough to watch and spend your time on!

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    Mary28 Mar 8, 2014

    One thing T-dramas never fail me on are their kisses. The kissing scenes in this drama is purely wonderful.

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    Mary28 Mar 1, 2014

    These are some sexy ass cast members. I love them and their acting. Omg doesn't Hsu Barbie look like a life size doll, she so cute. I love her character's personality.

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    aiashineshin Feb 22, 2014

    I really want to watch this(because Huang Xiao Ming!) but also i think this is a romantic drama but i've read about the manga too, where she ended up with Ou Chen </3

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      Mary28 Mar 8, 2014

      Dude, mark the spoiler box!

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    abracadabra Feb 5, 2014

    I'm on ep 3 and two incredibly hot guys(mmmmmmm huge eye candies) behave nasty because of girl... It's highly promising:)

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      abracadabra Feb 8, 2014

      I finished it. It was not easy. A drama started to drag in few last episodes. I hate dramas with too realistic approach to love (can't help myself, I'm a dreamer), but I hate even more dramas with totally unrealistic point of view. And for me, this is that kind of drama. Well, in the beginning, the main characters were quite good - interesting, appealing and provocative, but later, they start to act like idiots or, to be specific, like martyrs. When one of characters does it, it's bearable . But all of them!?! Big NO! That was so upsetting. Fortunately, two main actors are hotties, so I live :)

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      PrettyCarEye 11 days ago

      I share your perspective re love & when it's portrayed too realistically on screen. That's why I can't watch at least half of Asian love stories. They're often way too tragic or acrimonious. I like when there's a healthy balance between realism and fantasy so that the viewer accepts that love may be challenging but not impossible or having it leave a bitter taste in your mouth.

      This sounds like a drama I could have liked, but I seriously hate love triangles so I'll never watch it. The other elements mentioned in your review above don't inspire a need to watch it either.

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    xoxo Dec 17, 2013

    "Heartbroken, he got into a car accident and lost his memory. Five years later, Luo Xi returns as a super star."

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    thebigdreamer Nov 3, 2013

    TEAM OU CHEN all the way!


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    May 30, 2010 to Aug 29, 2010
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    1 hr. 15 min.


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