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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Mar 8, 2017
  • 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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KeopiCafe MaidandButler
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Jul 4, 2017
  • Overall 8.5
  • Story 8.5
  • Acting/Cast 8.5
  • Music 10
  • Rewatch Value 4.5
I watched this over the course of 2 days and honestly it's nowhere as bad as some reviews rated it. I admit I started the drama for the cast of flower boys and ZYT from The Journey, but surprisingly I quite enjoyed the show.

I liked the fantasy/romance storyline, in some scenes it felt kinda disjointed, like they skipped over something, but I didn't mind that much since I still got a read more sense of what was happening and this made the storyline move along quickly. Afterall, this is less than 25 minutes an episode, so it's more like a 10 episode drama, instead of a 20.

The cinematography was on point, I felt like I was watching a high budget movie and there is a ethereal aura to the filming (it had that Goblin feel to it), The OST was great and went with the drama perfectly. I also loved everyone's outfits, props to the stylist.

What I enjoyed most was the leading female's character. She comes off as this happy go lucky person, but you soon realize very quickly that she is actually very wise and strong from the knowledge/experiences that she accumulated over the course of her 1000 year life.
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    Marlene Reyes 13 days ago

    Is there anywhere to watch past episode 5?

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    thunderman1 22 days ago
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    thunderman1 22 days ago

    This drama was good! There are actually two endings from what I interpreted.

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    jia 27 days ago

    Can someone upload this to YouTube?

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    ClaudiaKdramaFan Jul 7, 2017 - edited

    This show is not subbed anywhere? Anyone knows!

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    kevi aden Jul 7, 2017 - edited

    What is the song title of the starting song...female voice....

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      jia 27 days ago

      It's called One More Time...
      Type "One More Time Long For You OST" on YouTube and you should find it

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    yasmin Jun 27, 2017 - edited

    where can i watch with eng sub please??

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    Andy choc May 17, 2017

    if you someone find eng sub can you write link? please....i hope that someone will sub this soon. It looks interisting

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    Alizey Khan May 13, 2017

    Olz if wev are not subbing the. Cant anyone make a channel or playlist on youtube or dailymotion and subbed this

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    SecondLeadQueen May 6, 2017 - edited

    I hope someone subs this! I saw the trailer and it look good. But at least I need like 10 episodes subbed at least to know the basics than guess on the rest.

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      ClaudiaKdramaFan Jul 7, 2017

      Same here, it looks interesting it is only sub 2 episodes on dailymotion but nothing more

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    Rouzmary Mar 21, 2017

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

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    loveanimeever Mar 20, 2017
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    loveanimeever Mar 15, 2017 - edited

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

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      hyerim Mar 15, 2017

      Where did you find the alternate ending?~

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      loveanimeever Mar 15, 2017

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

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      Jay Mar 24, 2017

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

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    SanjuktaRay Mar 11, 2017 - 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 Mar 11, 2017
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Details

  • Country:

    China
  • Type:

    Drama
  • Episodes:

    21
  • Aired:

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

    Tuesday, Wednesday
  • Network:

    LeTV
  • Duration:

    25 min.

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  • Score:

    7.6 (scored by 41 users)
  • Ranked:

    #18221
  • Popularity:

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