King Flower

King Flower (2013)

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The ugly Jin Da Hua daydreams that if she is as beautiful as Du Liang Yan, maybe her best friend Lin Guan Jun will fall in love of her. Then one day, she is given this chance to change her life.

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    Jin Da Hwa; Jin Da Hua De Hua Li Mao Xian; Princess substitute; 公主的替身; Substitute Princess, Princess Stand in

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Jun 3, 2013
  • Overall 7.0
  • Story 6.0
  • Acting/Cast 8.0
  • Music 9.0
  • Rewatch Value 4.0
Story: This is an example of a drama that started out brilliantly with promises of hours of drama intrigue and entertainment only to fall flat on its face half way through. The result? An ending that makes you slap your own face and pull your hair out in frustration. The frustration is not for the story for the direction of doom the story was taking was pretty obvious 5 episodes into the read more drama, but rather for the fact that you were such an idiot to have watched it to the end! (Yes, me guilty!) >_< The story started out with Jin Da Hua, an ugly woman with a heart of gold. In an attempt to resolve her father's gambling debts, she was given an opportunity to be beautiful through the misfortune of a woman who resembles her. For one year, she is to be the fiancee of a rich man. Unfortunately, the real fiancee died and Jin Da Hua was left with the task of consoling the man. In the process, they fell in love. Throw in a childhood sweetheart and a couple of meddling women - you get yourself a drama. It could have been such a good drama, except that the important characters in the drama suddenly have a change in heart and.. well.. character. Since then, the entire story went down the bin. One has to wonder if they changed writer half way through or whether the writer hit a roadblock with the story and never recovered. Anyho... if you plan to take this drama up, do not expect a good storyline and satisfying ending.

Acting/Cast: No complains about the acting. Everyone in this drama are experienced actors and actresses. A pity that the storyline flopped half way through.

Music: Literally the saving grace of this drama. I absolutely looooove the OSTs, especially Olivia Ong's "Unchangeable". Looking forward to her new album with the OST in it!!

Rewatch value: Not worth rewatching. Seriously.

Overall: Watch if you ran out of drama to watch but do not expect much despite the great start to the drama. Lots of nice memorable scenes in the drama with the wonderful OSTs playing BUT that's just all it is - great looks, OSTs, classic romantic scenes (eg: kissing in the rain, unveiling of the bride etc). The drama simply lacked substance from the storyline point of view. Absolute disappointment... but at least, we leave with a great set of OSTs.
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10 people found this review helpful
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Jun 3, 2013
  • Overall 6.5
  • Story 6.0
  • Acting/Cast 7.0
  • Music 7.5
  • Rewatch Value 6.0
While I can say I honestly enjoyed my time with Substitute Princess, I find it hard to wholeheartedly recommend it. Much of the fun was enhanced by fan interaction and suspense week-to-week during broadcast, something that can't be replicated. If I had watched this like any other drama (ie: marathon or over several days), my experience would have been very different. Why? This drama undeniably has many strong points. But even if read more the tools used in a narrative are shiny, the story will ultimately fail if the writing isn't strong. And in Substitute Princess, it's decidedly weak.

The plot veered off tracks slightly past the halfway point. There's a decided shift in direction so noticeable that I'd thought the writers had changed hands. In truth, apparently internal politics at SETTV coupled with need to meet public demand caused this; either way it seems the writers clearly bit off a little more than they could chew. Character motivations became muddy; one promoted character totally vanished. Plot lines disappeared partway, then reappeared only to be wrapped up unsatisfactorily. Those that were necessary were often shuffled along in favor of trying to fix the problem of choosing the OTP, but even this was somewhat rushed.

What makes this unfortunate is that the main cast is so lovable. Nikki Hsieh has fine chemistry with everyone else in the drama, believably interacting with any character according to their intended relationship. She also does a great job in her dual role, because there are even speech differences between Da Hua and Liang Yan. James Wen is a personal favorite, but he was calling in all of his talent to keep his character from imploding. His Lin Guan Jun was handled poorly by the writers and his actions often made little sense in the final episodes. Wen has a natural charm about him though, so the eye is always drawn to him regardless.

Chris Wu is the favorite for most viewers, because he's such a talent; Terry could have reasonably been as interesting as cardboard. Instead, he's gorgeous, magnetic, compelling, and sympathetic; it's easy to see why he won the hearts of viewers so easily...and he's likely the primary reason many kept tuning in. I can't blame them.

My personal favorite part of Substitute Princess is the music. This is one of the OSTs I will be importing once it's available. Both the intro and outro suit the show unbelievably well, from the tone to lyrics. Each insert song is memorable and used effectively also. A special mention has to go to James Wen, who sang Guan Jun's love theme &quot;Why Bother.&quot; Once when it played it got me teary-eyed due to its effective usage; it's such a beautiful song and his voice is quite pleasant.

Sadly, I can't think of any reason to re-watch this drama once you've completed it--unless you want to relive the experience that is Terry. I probably won't be coming back to it any time soon.
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Both female leads undergo plastic surgery due to money issues and both have a guy friend who realizes their feelings after the female lead leaves.
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Both drama relates to ugly but soon handsome or pretty due to plastic surgery. Both people went through love before meeting someone else. Love develops in both story as the main character notice who is actually care her/him.
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    Story Aug 1, 2017

    If anyone can recommend a drama with a similar character to Wu Chris´s Terry, I would appreciate it~

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    Koteuni May 27, 2016
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    NaijaLuv_88 Apr 26, 2016

    I was interested in this drama and the synopsis i first read was completely different where the second female lead was going to be a real thorn on our leads side. instead it was with the writers and directors trying to try a new experimental and unexpected idea of having the second lead win the girl but dun dun dun did it work.....NOPE! Reason being the leads had such strong chemistry but I wanted them together for the simple fact he treated the female lead without prejudice before her makeover when she was an ugly duckling while the second lead just saw her as a friend and wasn;t (in my opinion) too kind in the way he treated her. But then again the writers and directors wanted to be "radical". I continued with this drama because of Chris Wu as someone mentions he plays a man in love so, so, so so well.

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    Humbledaisy Dec 29, 2015 - edited

    I've was lured in by a fabulous Substitute Princess mv on YTube. That and Chris Wu's ears. After finishing, I can't fault the actors - they were actually all quite well done characters - but the writer should be fired. The last episode was all flashbacks and sad goodbyes - to me, that's a sloppy production.

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    leahakiko Jul 7, 2015

    does anyone happen to know the names of the instrumental music they used throughout the drama? There was one I really, really loved but can't figure out the title :(

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    MNGMakeup Apr 12, 2015

    This was by far the shittiest of the shittiest dramas I've EVER seen...

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    MJ Jun 21, 2014 - edited

    I think I watched the same drama as Meganjoy12. However I should point out that the first four episodes were exposition/backstory overload and dragged forever but once the talks of plastic surgery take place the drama really starts. So I'd suggest starting with episode 4 or skipping from one to four or wading through all of the very long first few episodes.
    After that i really enjoyed the show. Sure there were melodramatic tropes but what do you expect? Ha.
    And Chris Wu is super watchable. Something about him just demands your attention whenever he's on screen.
    Totally recommend this show for a weekend marathon.

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      Humbledaisy Apr 12, 2016

      Yep, thumbs up on Chris Wu. This is the first show I've watched with him in it and it made the show much easier to marathon.

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    meganjoy12 May 10, 2014

    I think I watched a different drama than everyone else because I pretty much loved this drama. I admit that half of my love for it was the amazing chris wu (the man could pretend to be in love with a tree and make it believable, he is just so good at playing a man in love) but I also really liked the story and characters. Yes it did have the typical Taiwanese drama clichés and craziness but I liked the way it was done and I thought that it was at the better end of the t-dramas ive seen.

    also the ending didn't bug me like most others, a few things were left open but as far as the main love story it was very clear who she picked and that they would now be together but I would have liked a kiss, hug or at least her saying I love you.

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    joyje Dec 4, 2013

    The drama wasn't that bad. Just feel that it shouldn't have dragged so long. The ending was also not that bad, still acceptable for me. Chris Wu played his character well. He was actually the main reason I watched this drama. But I don't think in real life there is such a guy like Terry! May be more like in a fantasy.

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    DramaRock Nov 30, 2013

    It's on hold. But I'm afraid to watch it cuz it's too long. And takes up a lot of my time. If I get addicted...

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    CrawlingInMySkin Aug 30, 2013

    Going to force myself today to finish watching the remaining two episodes. I follow this drama from the very beginning, but I just can't get myself to watch the last two episodes, because I know how it will end and I've lost almost all interest in this drama even though it started out as a great one :( .

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    ainuuut Jul 6, 2013

    I feel like Chris Wu did the impossible and made an unwatchable drama not only watchable but enjoyable as well. It`s kind of scary how great of an actor he is.

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    gimtz17 Jun 22, 2013

    I'm gonna give this a try, I feel like watching a Taiwanese Drama. Unless someone can recommend another one that's already completed. :)

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      CrawlingInMySkin Jun 29, 2013

      Seeing that you liked 'Attack on the Pin-Up Boys' and 'Panda and Hedgehog' I was going to recommend you to watch Skip Beat, but I see you watched that one already :p .

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      gimtz17 Jul 2, 2013

      lol...yeah thanks anyway! :D

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    cityhunter83 Jun 6, 2013
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      Mica Jun 6, 2013
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      azndrama Jun 19, 2013
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    asianfranticshows Jun 5, 2013

    I liked the sho and the ending but it felt somewhat incomplete


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    Jan 12, 2013 to Jun 2, 2013
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    SET TV
  • Duration:

    1 hr. 10 min.


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    7.0 (scored by 777 users)
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