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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Oct 29, 2013
  • Overall 9.0
  • Story 9.0
  • Acting/Cast 8.0
  • Music 9.0
  • Rewatch Value 6.0
I'd like to quote Wuthering Heights before anything else:
“I have not broken your heart - you have broken it; and in breaking it, you have broken mine.” I think this quote fits the whole story perfectly.

The reason that I love fiction is due to stories like Summer's Desire. I haven't read the manga, but as a story/plot for a drama this one is one of the best- especially among Taiwanese read more productions.

Ironically I had dropped this drama quite some time back. I had been in a slump then and I realized it had been a wrong time to start watching it. I finished it now and I did love it as much as I originally thought I would. It has to be one of the best written love triangles in dramas till date.

The story makes you think of all the been-there-done-that elements from Asian dramas. In fact, the whole plot was filled with cliches which otherwise make me gag but I surprisingly didn't mind them in this drama! The whole plot is AMAZING. It was close to perfection minus some melodrama which bored me towards the end which makes me dock off a point.

The characterizations are solid. The main three leads are all crazy and screwed up. Had it been real, all the three characters would have been in therapy. Well, since this is an Asian drama the only therapy one gets here is love or friendship. Luckily love came to the rescue here.

I loved both guys but Ou Chen really hit me hard. He was a borderline psycho with stalkerish tendencies who would probably get a restraining order in real life. In spite of his shortcomings, I LOVED the guy. His character was three dimensional with real depth. He seemed like he felt truck loads of emotions. His possessiveness and the ability to self-destruct reminded me of tragic literary heroes.

Xia Mao is the most complicated heroine I've encountered in any drama yet. She's an almost anti-heroine with very little likable things about her. I loved the fact that she was not moping around just because her life sucked. She was a person who never revealed her emotions and that is so rare in dramas! It gave me a good break from annoying drama females who sit and cry in every episode. She is selfish, manipulative and thinks about herself and what she wants first. I think a great deal of analysis can be done on her character. Her character also grew in good ways but I wish Barbie Hsu's acting had been better.

Luo Xi was also good. He kind of paled in comparison to the other two but I thought he was good enough. His many sides were good and I thought his character was quite unpredictable. I love it when characters make me think.

Now- as for the ending. They incorporated some cheesy cliches but it was all good. I love the fact that many situations and the heroine's decisions were written in such a way that we could second guess her true intentions. A lots of things which happened were debatable. Or I think it was due to Barbie Hsu's lack of acting skills. I suppose we were supposed to see a difference in Xia Mao when she was with both guys but I saw next to none. The other acts were all fine.

I think the OST was pretty great. I loved all the songs they played in the beginning, end or in between.

I recommend this drama to melodrama lovers or those who love mature dramas and like analyzing stuff.
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8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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Jun 28, 2013
  • Overall 10
  • Story 10
  • Acting/Cast 9.0
  • Music 8.0
  • Rewatch Value 8.0
this has just become my top favorite stories why....i said story and acting. my main reason is the direction and twist of the drama is unlike any other; what you see is not what you get. there are three main casts instead of two. the heroine is cold blooded, heartless, different, beautiful, emotionless. she has two main guys who have fallen for her deeply from the get go and she doesnt really read more show or initiate affection so its anybodys game. the first 4 episodes are confusing coz theres alot of flashbacks by we start getting the hang of it and understand why it something happened. the orphan kid is with her the first half and the second half its with the rich kid but both scenarios shes with both and till the last episode we dont know who she will choose. i liked it because just when you think you can predict shit happens. its like watching a drama where the girl ends up choosing the nice guy instead of the asshole but in this case they both were main and whoever she ended up with was fine. i loved loved the ending unlike most people and couldnt ask for more. the writer did not follow drama rules when concluding the show like some secrets were never revealed to the host. (whos your daddy)
the negatives are theres soo much fabrication in the story to fit the actors like cliche. some scenes and moods were too unreal like the actors in acting. luo xi smiled too much it was getting unfunny. coincidences were just too much of a coincidence.....
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    Annalisse Aug 13, 2015

    I'm glad that Xia Mo ends up with the guy I was rooting for, but boy was it frustrating along the way! I'm not sure if it was the character or Barbie's acting in this role but I never knew what Xia Mo was thinking or if she was a good or bad character until the final episodes. Had I gotten a better idea of her vulnerability throughout the drama (instead of her best dead robot imitation) I might have ranked this higher.

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    IndyYulia Jun 5, 2015

    I like this drama , they really match :* :* :D

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    moonmystery Apr 4, 2015

    I really love how in this story I really never knew who the girl would end up with until last couple of episodes. This drama is filled with angst and the love triangle is pretty intense, but I loved the main female character. She has some weak moments, but she is one manipulative, intelligent, and selfish woman--AND I LOVE IT. <3 She is such a complex character I'm in love once again with Barbie.

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    DarkZone Feb 15, 2015
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    pattyrn4 Feb 14, 2015

    Disappointed! Not believable at all! Loved Barbie Xsu in Mars and Meteor Garden.

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    abc Oct 22, 2014

    So much angst. Mostly non sense but its tv so I love it. In real life bunch of psychopaths.

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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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    exorosh Jul 9, 2014

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

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      chichichi Nov 2, 2014

      oh no wonder it seem familiar to me butbwhat tittle of manga vers?

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      exorosh Nov 9, 2014

      it's called Show Princess

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      chichichi Nov 9, 2014

      ahhh.. i think i've seen that manga but i have'nt read it yet

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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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      abc Oct 22, 2014
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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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    May 30, 2010 to Aug 29, 2010
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    1 hr. 15 min.


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