Best Time

Best Time (2013)

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A 'leftover lady' (referring to unmarried women over the age of 30) nicknamed the White-Boned Demon Su Man, met Song Yi, a talented man for whom she had had a crush on years. To get closer to Song Yi, Su Man gives up her own promising future, just to work together with Song Yi. Despite her efforts, Lu Li Cheng, a man she has had several conflicts with, became her superior. Su read moreMan treats him as a thorn in her side, yet he developed feelings for Su Man due to his interactions with her. Just when Su Man and Song Yi's relationship went back on the right track, unforseen accidents and mistakes happened on Su Man and Song Yi's past romances slowly surfaced. Su Man, Song Yi and Lu Li Cheng's romance are tested in every way.

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    Buried By Time ; Bei Shi Guang Yan Mai De Mi Mi ; Zui Mei De Shi Guang; Best Time; Most Beautiful Time ; Secrets Hidden By Time ; Secrets Hidden ; Best Of Times;

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Aug 18, 2014
  • Overall 9.0
  • Story 9.5
  • Acting/Cast 9.0
  • Music 9.0
  • Rewatch Value 8.0
"Best Time" is a drama with many good points that deserved my score of 9, but some downsides that refrained me to give it a perfect score 10.
The storyline I think, was wisely drew on a mixture of a workplace setting with a very complicated and melodramatic romance that keep you hooked in your seat despite of the 47 episodes length. At the contrary of other business related dramas this one read more never was boring neither disappointing but catches your interest and make you enjoy of the competition and challenges that comes up. In reference to the romance has something really good and that is the unexpected outcomes. It seems for a moment that the plot is so evident and is leading you to believe that the female lead would tilted to love a one person in particular but later you realise that maybe you were wrong. So you keep waiting for what would happen next. I must say that this drama is based on the novel "The most beautiful time" by Tong Hua.
The acting was generally good. Although, I didn't like much the character of Su Man's best friend. I was so please to see Chang Janine here (who has a main role in the new Chinese drama "You light up my star", starring with Cheng Joe). I think she is very good at melodramatic roles. Plus she has a good chemistry with Chung Wallace in this drama.
I liked the music, about all the opening song that repeats throughout the drama.
I gave a reasonable rewatch value because there are some episodes really touching that you wouldn't mind to watch again although maybe 47 episodes would be more difficult to digest twice.
I don't like to disclose the ending but I think there is something that has to be said as it is important to understand for what the sequel " Best Time Special" stand for. At the same time, is a fact already known by fans who have read articles about this drama, so it cannot be considered as a spoiler itself, neither rest any attractiveness to watch the drama...
...This drama has an open ending, this means that there are some loose ends. I believe the intention was to leave the viewers to get their own conclusions about how the romance should ends. So when you finish to watch the last episode you are given the chance to conclude the story there or if you feel disappointed or are really willing to see what happens next, then you might opt to watch the sequel, a 2 episodes specials in which you get a recollection of the whole story with two different endings.

This extension with alternative endings I think was a fans service for those who were hooked with the emotions and heartbreaking fates of the characters and unhappy with not knowing what happened to them. However, I particularly found this ambiguous conclusion and added endings quite a negative downside. My reasons are that the drama does not give you all what you want when they already spent 47 episodes for that; in addition, the special doesn't get under your skin as it did the whole story, maybe because it felt to forced or just as a thriller that in its more tense scene takes a break for some adds and then ruins the suspense. I would rather preferred they finished the story in one or other way at once without need to make the specials,

Anyway, I enjoyed much of this drama and I definitely recommend to watch it if you like romantic stories. The good think is that you can choose what ending you prefer and even see what would could happened otherwise.
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Same feel, same mix of business and romance, though the balance was much better in The Queen of SOP.
Both involve strong capable female lead, a caring male lead and a love triangle (unfortunately...)
Warning : Best Time's ending was extremely off-putting to me (and to a lot of other people as well I guess).
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    Drama4lover Sep 19, 2014

    OMO they changed the ending to a happy one. Another ending O_O

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    Mssankacoffee Aug 25, 2014
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      rainruma Aug 27, 2014
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      Mssankacoffee Aug 28, 2014

      Rainruma, I had quite a chuckle reading this but you are absolutely correct. I had the same sentiments. And like you the merits of this drama for me was based on the chemistry between LLC and Su Man and their romance; that's why I felt in the last episodes they could have developed that romance to make more sense. Notwithstanding it was still good for me. Any other ones that have lovely romances tag me as I'm a romantic. I like other stuff too but really into 'romance' no matter how sappy :) Try Secret Love, with Ji Sung as lead male see how you like it. There are some sensitive subjects like abuse but approach it with an open mind.

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      PrettyCarEye Sep 26, 2014

      And I'm glad I read your spoiler too.

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      Mssankacoffee Sep 26, 2014

      Ha ha PrettyC I take it you are going to stay far away from this one hmm?

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      PrettyCarEye Sep 26, 2014

      Absolutely. I was just giving Rum the skinny on why! Head over to her page to see what I wrote.

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    Rosie Aug 21, 2014

    I really don't like Su Man' s character. I just cant warm to her. I preferred Janine Chang in Sunny Happiness

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      rainruma Aug 26, 2014

      If you put aside her crazy obsession, and the actions due to it.... Su Man is an Intelligent , Confident , Strong and Beautiful woman .... a Very likable character ... and a Perfect Match for Lu Li-Chieng !!!

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    rainruma Aug 12, 2014

    Also .... Lu Li-Cheng is a Real man ... !!!
    Intelligent , Confident , Passionate , Generous , Strong , yet Tender .... and....
    .... NO emotional/psychological problems !!! .... Plus he's Tall , Handsome and a great dancer !
    Wow !...What a man !!! the RARE Siting of a really PERFECT man in dramaland !

    It's as if Mr Darcy was fun and outgoing....not reserved or rude....(can u all tell I'm fangirling XD)

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    rainruma Aug 12, 2014

    Lu Li Cheng and Su Man are one of my very top favorite couples in all of drama-land !
    That is what falling in love is all about ---->>>>. Genuine Encounters that make the heart grow fonder !!!! ...... .....Personalities that Complement each other !! ..... ....Attraction that Sizzles !!! ..... .....Respect and Loyalty that is perfect for a growing friendship !!!

    --- (none of that "fate" stuff ...or...."When it is true love , there is NO reason why I love him" B.S. )

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    Meena_Drama_Fan Aug 12, 2014

    Chang Janine is best actress in china plus very beautiful tooo :)

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    rainruma Jul 12, 2014

    Great Performance by Wallace Chung and Janine Chang ....
    ... So much Fun!!! ....Loved it ! <3

    P.S. to those worried about the ending ....Viki has all 49 episodes ..... ...... ...... choose the ending ..... watch Either ep.48 OR ep.49...

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    BlueBloodFreak Jun 19, 2014

    This is not the end. There is 2 special episodes - 48 & 49. Actually there are two alternative endings, you can choose which one you like.

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      Mssankacoffee Jul 2, 2014

      XD that there are alternative endings is an indicator I may be disappointed in the drama. After 47 episodes it's got to be more definitive in terms of a conclusion or else why bother.

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      BlueBloodFreak Jul 3, 2014

      Then, only watch episode 49 and skip 48. The ep 49 is the ending everybody wanted. The happy one. The ep 48 is the ending as it was written in the book.
      I wasn't disappointed. Maybe cos Wallace did a great job. :D
      That aside, they really stretched the storyline and then they put the whole ending in one episode. -_- If you only watch the 49 ending, you'll definitely want to see another season, cos Wallace & Janie had a really good chemistry. :)

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      rainruma Jul 13, 2014

      Mssankacoffee - u would think so....BUT....this is one of the best modern Chinese dramas......really good story and great acting by Wallace and Janine (great chemistry) .... there's a reason why either man can make a good choice .... and most people want ep 49.... and skip ep 48... :D

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    liarx46 May 11, 2014

    i've noticed there are two versions to this drama one with 30 episodes and one with 47. Does any1 know if there's a difference between them except for the no. of ep?

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    aprilxmac Mar 4, 2014

    I'm really glad I read the spoilers... I'm not going to waste I'm time on this drama.... Thank you!!

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      rainruma Jul 12, 2014
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    Jocheeze Jan 1, 2014

    There's Two other special episodes after the 47 episiodes if you guys didn't know...

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    Drama4lover Dec 22, 2013
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      Drama4lover Dec 27, 2013
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      Chrisstina Dec 27, 2013
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      Drama4lover Dec 27, 2013

      True true! :D

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      PrettyCarEye Sep 26, 2014

      I'm glad I read your spoiler.

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    Plural Dec 22, 2013

    Finished...disappointed in open ended endings.

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      Jocheeze Jan 1, 2014

      There's two specials to the drama. Did you watch it :P

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      Plural Jan 1, 2014

      Thanks. I just found it on Youtube and going to watch it.

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    Chrisstina Dec 12, 2013

    I love this drama already,and I'm on episode 2 :D

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    Kadiance Dec 8, 2013

    This drama is so exciting!!!


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    Nov 20, 2013 to Dec 29, 2013
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    25 min.


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    7.3 (scored by 57 users)
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