Red Balloon

Red Balloon (2017)

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Ratings: 8.4/10 from 206 users
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Chen is a serious top student in school, both in studies and sports.....he thought everything will be smooth-going....until he meet Wan, a carefree student. He disliked him at first, but later he developed feelings for him. When Chen's dad, who was a gang leader, found out, the boys faced opposition from their family too, on top of that coming from friends, classmates and their own self doubts. Will they love bravely?

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    Hong Se Qi Qiu;

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7 people found this review helpful
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Jun 22, 2017
  • Overall 8.5
  • Story 8.0
  • Acting/Cast 8.0
  • Music 10
  • Rewatch Value 10
STORY: Each short episode packs a lot of story and some parts may seem out of sequence but the final episode ties it all together really nicely.

ACTING/CAST: Both the younger and older selves are cute guys. They did a fine job.

MUSIC: If I could have given an 11 or more, I would have. Outstanding music.

REWATCH VALUE: It's practically required to get the most out of the story.

OVERALL: A read more great BL story with cute cast and amazing soundtrack.
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3 people found this review helpful
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Jun 25, 2017
  • Overall 10
  • Story 10
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 10
  • Rewatch Value 9.5
STORY: 10/10; it's intense, there are feels, and there is a happy ending. The visuals for this drama, short as it is, were beautiful and the metaphor (as it is explained in the series) with the red balloons was a nice touch. Plus, a major rarity: an open, happy ending for EVERYONE!

ACTING/CAST: 10/10 The cast they got are talented. They played their rolls well, and were believable. There seemed to be read more an honest connection between both younger and older actors. Whether it is romantic off screen or not doesn't particularly matter to me; nothing kills a show faster than two actors who just cannot stand each other.

MUSIC: 10/10; another reviewer had it dead on: if I could give it an 11, or higher, I totally would. The opening song is gorgeous, the theme song is sweet, and it just helps everything flow together. I would almost go so far as to say that the quality is almost movie-like, for all that it is a short web series.

REWATCH VALUE: 9.5/10; This is the only one where it's a little shorted. I feel like the story is definitely open and waiting to be expanded, but I'm not sure how many times I'm going to be able to sit through that open ending without going nuts. I will definitely, TOTALLY, rewatch it again at some point, though. This seems like a good go-to series if I want something intense but short.

OVERALL: 10/10; loved this series. I hope more people enjoy it, too!
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    Lavendova 2 days ago - edited
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    Virginia93 28 days ago

    wonderful story line. i really like it when the mix the past and with the present, without ruin the story and the show.

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    Nana8 Jul 4, 2017 - edited
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    Nana8 Jul 4, 2017 - edited

    Beautiful short drama <3 I loved the soundtrack
    Also, in this channel you can find all the episodes witn eng subs in good quality!

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    Darkbloom Jul 1, 2017 - edited

    I really enjoyed this drama. Though I have to say that the adult versions of them didn't have much chemistry. It was short but it made me grin and cry several times. And it actually has a happy ending.

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    Bill Michael Jun 28, 2017 - edited

    I could be wrong but I believe the listing above says that the adult Li Xiang Wan is played by Hsieh Ken but if you go and look this up, Ken Hsieh is a famous conductor of music.
    I think that the real name of the person that plays the adult Li Xiang Wan is actually Xie Kun Da who happens to be a famous Taiwanese actor and member of the band called "Energy". I just wanted to point this out in case someone might need to update and correct the listing above.

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      Ayuuie Jul 5, 2017 - edited

      Yeh.. people can have the same names.. no surprises there! Xie Kun Da IS Ken Hsieh. KunDa changed his english name to Ken and Hsieh is the Taiwanese way of writing Xie. So yes, Ken Hsieh is the actor's official international name.

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      Bill Michael Jul 5, 2017

      I am so glad you explained this but people like me in the USA will be totally confused when we go to Google him for more information. OH, what to do, what to do... He is such a beauty...

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    shepaintedfire Jun 26, 2017

    Such a beautiful drama, really enjoyed it.

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    Gwen Jun 25, 2017 - edited

    Does anyone know the title and artist of the opening song for this series? It's freaking gorgeous.

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      Gwen Jun 25, 2017

      THANKS!! :D <3

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    LinnAnderson Jun 22, 2017

    If you are the fan of BL, there you go. I really enjoyed this drama and loved it.

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    Rey Stylinson Jun 22, 2017

    Really enjoyed this drama , Good story with an amazing ending. <3

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    AdvancedLoveSniper Jun 22, 2017

    I loved it!! Definitely will watch it again!!

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    siMONa Jun 21, 2017

    I love the soundtrack

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    siMONa Jun 21, 2017 - edited
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    Dace Jun 21, 2017

    the ending was super cute and nice! this was a really lovely drama to watch tbh!

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    RenHisaki Jun 21, 2017

    This series ended nicely. It was really great!


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    May 10, 2017 to Jun 21, 2017
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    10 min.


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    8.4 (scored by 206 users)
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