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.

  • Native title:

    金大花的華麗冒險
  • Also Known as:

    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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Aryael
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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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mysecretsoul
7 of 8 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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There is a similar will they or won't they and "fate" theme.
Acting is solid.
If you're up for a couple of hours of yelling at the tv and ready to root for your favorite match, then check it out.
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    MJ Jun 21, 2014

    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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    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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      mica28 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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    dpcirizarry123 Jun 4, 2013

    Oops was I supposed to put that as a spoiler?

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    dpcirizarry123 Jun 4, 2013

    You call that an ending? I am glad I did not waste all 21+ hours on this! I skipped from episode 10 to 19-21 & am glad I did. They better have a special because Da Hua better make up her damn mind & pick one or the other. This is just not fair to all the fans that spend their time rooting for either one of the guys. It seems that at the end the writers did not want or could not make up their minds about which faction to disappoint (p*** off), Terry's or Guan Jun's. But isn't that the reason we all watch this kind of dramas? We know someone is going to be disappointed no matter what. I loved the actors, the story had potential but once again, it seems that the writers do not know what to do & bring such a great story to a deserving end. Please, ease my mind & finally let me know who really won Da Hua's heart. I hate ambiguous endings.

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      azndrama Jun 19, 2013
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    KdramaQueen89 Jun 4, 2013

    Save yourself 21 hours and dont watch!

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      BellaChica Jun 4, 2013

      I watched to ep10 then skipped to 20&21;. :) I wanted more from the ending but guess that won't happen. Wonder if they will do a Special to show what happens later?

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      yankumicho Jun 9, 2013

      Thanks. I just watched episode 1 and wasn't overly impressed, so knowing what happens just saved me a lot of time and energy.

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    Jate Jun 3, 2013
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      mysecretsoul Jun 3, 2013
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      BellaChica Jun 4, 2013

      I think the writers changed around mid way and that is why things changed the way they did.

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      Monsterz Jun 17, 2013

      hahah same here. Tried my best to continue and could only watch some episodes with efforts :P ****Sigh****.. i said myself : thats my limit ;-)

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    nimalik Jun 2, 2013
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    nimalik Jun 2, 2013

    they have to have a movie or 2nd season.. thts was some cliff hanger.. literally 0_o

Details

  • Country:

    Taiwan
  • Type:

    Drama
  • Episodes:

    21
  • Aired:

    Jan 12, 2013 to Jun 2, 2013
  • Aired On:

    Sunday
  • Network:

    SET TV
  • Duration:

    1 hr. 10 min.

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  • Score:

    7.0 (scored by 509 users)
  • Ranked:

    #2119
  • Popularity:

    #132

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