Long For You

Long For You (2017)

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Xue Ji is an immortal girl. Rescued by alien powers, she has been traversing the earth for centuries. Desensitized, frosty and indifferent in the inside, despite the bright smiles that play on her lips, she only lives with the goal of finding her first love from a thousand years ago… Finally she meets Gu Shi Yi, a man carrying her love’s face, but his love is different than that of the former, read morerekindling her passion and enthusiasm for life, and perhaps unraveling the knot from many centuries ago.

  • Native title:

    我与你的光年距离
  • Also Known as:

    雪姬电视剧版; 雪姬; Xue Ji; Snow Girl; I Grant You A Light Year of Distance Away from Me;

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Richel
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20 days ago
  • Overall 4.5
  • Story 3.0
  • Acting/Cast 6.0
  • Music 7.5
  • Rewatch Value 1.0
Honest to God, I don’t understand how this show maintained such high ratings (over an 8.0) on MDL while it was airing. Overscoring is always a problem on this website, but never have I seen overscoring that I couldn’t find some justification for - until I started watching Long For You. (If you enjoyed this show, I'm very open to hearing why.) I’ll try to make this review interesting, in exactly the read more way that this drama wasn't.

Ever read a fanfiction written by a twelve-year-old whose biggest concept of conflict is that she doesn’t have a boyfriend even though she’s only twelve? Now, imagine if this twelve-year-old had rich parents who paid for the most top-notch cinematography in order to make this fanfiction into a television production. And there you have it; this is what Long For You felt like from beginning to end.

I’ll give the production crew props for such pretty promotional posters and consistently beautiful shots throughout the drama. I genuinely appreciate their efforts in presentation which frequently resulted in brilliant results. But "don't judge a book by its cover" gets a whole new kind of importance in this show's context.

The story was absolute crap. That MDL has this listed as related to You Who Came from the Stars is an absolute insult to the Korean drama industry. I didn’t even like that drama as much as most people did, but I can still say with utmost confidence that You Who Came from the Stars would mop the floor with Long For You any day of the week. Aside from similar plot elements, you can’t even begin to compare the two. Forget being on the same level. They aren’t even in the same building. Or continent.

I have honestly never been so frustrated by a drama plot due to its lack of proper flow. What exacerbated this was the fact that the synopsis was the reason I started watching it: what’s not to like about a story that combines supernatural elements with romance? Yet, Long For You somehow took an interesting concept and turned it into something that was worse than nothing. The stunning cinematography was wasted on a plot that, again, felt like it was straight out of the mind of an immature pre-teen.

Conflict in this drama never feels like conflict. It always feels like a very slight inconvenience. Take for example, the main female character. You can tell from the story’s summary that she’s lonely as all hell. But the most we get of this characterization in the actual show is at most one minute of her being like, “Oh, woe is me. I am so. So. Lonely.” Are you now? Because I’m sorry, but just saying that you’re lonely doesn’t mean sh*t, especially when it only comes up once or twice. The problems in this show were written trivially, almost like the writers couldn’t wait to get back to the romance, but felt the necessity to include something else.

It was quite the shame, as well, that the romance sucked. There was zero chemistry between the main couple and zero logic behind their getting together other than the dramaland rule that states "main female lead and main male lead must end up together." For me, every time I saw them on screen, it was easier to picture them as brother and sister than a couple. Gross. The secondary couple was comparatively much more fun to watch, in addition to the situational pairing of the two male leads. These two pairings made this show slightly bearable.

We now arrive at one of two reasons why I didn’t drop this show like a hot potato: Song Wei Long. Not his acting, though. Kid’s got a long way to go. But there’s just something about those not-yet-legal-age eyebrows that entrance you. I swear I’m not being creepy. Going off of this, though, none of the acting really captured me as being amazing. Though, I imagine it must’ve been hard for the actors to play characters that are about as dimensional as a piece of paper that has been transported into the first dimension.

I’ll conclude this review with the second reason why I kept watching. I just wanted to see how bad it could get. It’s been a while since I’ve completed watching such an utter trainwreck. I’m sure you’ve gathered, but it only got worse with time.

(Also, if you would like to spare the production crew with the excuse that 20 minutes an episode at 20 episodes total is too short to do anything amazing, I will ask you to contact the closest weeaboo available. They can provide you a very long list of anime that construct stories infinitely better than this show's. And in only half the episode count.)

tl;dr: I'm more disappointed in myself for finishing this than I am in the producers of this show.
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    Rouzmary 8 days ago

    Is there any place at all that has it with subs?

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    loveanimeever 9 days ago
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    loveanimeever 14 days ago - edited

    Just found out that there is an alternate ending?! :X going to watch and see how is it?

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      hyerim 13 days ago

      Where did you find the alternate ending?~

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      loveanimeever 13 days ago

      I think you will see it when you search online, they put it as ep 21...

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      Jay 5 days ago

      Can you send me the link please? I can't find it

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    SanjuktaRay 18 days ago - edited

    I tried to give a watch to the 1st episode . I found that this is just not my type of drama . So weird & confusing . Above that no English subs

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    jia 18 days ago
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    bojinator 21 days ago
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    hyerim 26 days ago
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    bojinator 29 days ago

    her at he end of ep =me all the time

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    bojinator 29 days ago - edited

    anyone know the song at the end? the song i kno ive heard it before....it's beautiful

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      hyerim 26 days ago

      The OST? You can find it on YouTube~

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      bojinator 26 days ago

      oh my bad, I looked it up lol. It's gang gang hao by Jacky Xue. Love it! downloaded it on itunes...at m=around 2am....haha

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    bojinator 29 days ago

    if you understand simple mandarin, go watch raw lol (I can understand it). It's nice.

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    hyerim Feb 22, 2017 - edited

    The story must be hella confusing for those who haven't read the manga. Some parts remained true to the original but now it's starting to divert into something new and different. The pacing and scene transitions aren't the greatest but I quite like the cinematography in some scenes. Honestly I'm just watching for the main couple's story lolol~ they're so pretty to look at ahhh

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      hyerim Feb 25, 2017

      Agreed, I overlooked them on the basis of just understanding the original manhwa. I didn't really bother trying to understand the drama LOL

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      lovefordrama Feb 25, 2017

      You've read the manga? Didnt even know there was, where can I find it? :) Thank you

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      lovefordrama Feb 25, 2017

      Thank you so much!

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      hyerim Feb 25, 2017

      No problem~

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    Arkansas Feb 19, 2017

    That poster reminds me of goblin

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    Richel Feb 15, 2017 - edited

    So far feels altogether awkward. Such is the problem with dubbed dramas; the dialogue sounds absolutely terrible. Not to mention the plot doesn't seem to be written as well as I expected. There's this disconnected feeling that follows me from scene to scene.
    If the male lead weren't so cute I doubt I'd keep watching it tbh hahahaha...

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      Luyia Feb 20, 2017

      where are u watching it?

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      Richel Feb 21, 2017

      Maplestage. Only raws, though, no subs.

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      bojinator 29 days ago

      dang man. maplestage got all shows and stuff with Chinese subs etc....yetno such English sites...Dramafever and Viki pale in comparison...

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    rheabiel Feb 15, 2017

    tell me if a subbing team has taken this drama, I wanna watch it with eng subs.

Details

  • Country:

    China
  • Type:

    Drama
  • Episodes:

    20
  • Aired:

    Feb 14, 2017 to Mar 8, 2017
  • Aired On:

    Tuesday, Wednesday
  • Network:

    LeTV
  • Duration:

    25 min.

Statistics

  • Score:

    7.8 (scored by 17 users)
  • Ranked:

    #16709
  • Popularity:

    #1542

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