Le Jun Kai

Le Jun Kai (2013)

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The main protagonist, Le Jun Kai marries Ye Zi as revenge for his former lover and unborn child. He emotionally and (implied?) physically abused Ye Zi but yet she bares this without retaliation. When Le Jun Kai begins to realize he might have feelings for Ye Zi, he forced her to get a divorce and left her to fend for herself. She initially didn’t want to leave him but finally agreed when read moreshe discovers she is pregnant… (This is a web series.)

  • Native title:

    乐俊凯
  • Also Known as:

    Unconditional Love; Lee Jun Kai;

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purplenette
11 of 12 people found this review helpful
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Oct 3, 2013
  • Overall 8.0
  • Story 8.0
  • Acting/Cast 9.0
  • Music 9.0
  • Rewatch Value 8.0
For being so short, these writers and actors pack a punch. I wouldn't recommend it to just anyone, because it has some emotional and physical domestic abuse (even if some of it is implied). I think it is interesting Le Jun Kai is actually hurting himself as much as he is Ye Zi while he is tormenting her. This was a great melodrama that ended just as I thought it would. I read more liked the artsy feel to it.

Peter Ho and Janine Chang are very good actors that had great chemistry together. They were intense which was what was needed for their characters.

The music is perfect. I have been trying to find the music on youtube and itunes, but so far no luck. If any of you out there know where I can find it then please let me know. :-)

It was quick to watch the first time, so I can see myself rewatching this in the future.

If you like melodrama, then this is definitely a drama to watch. It only takes about 2 1/2 hours.
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PrettyCarEye
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Sep 12, 2013
  • Overall 7.0
  • Story 6.0
  • Acting/Cast 7.0
  • Music 7.0
  • Rewatch Value 5.0
Story wise my first Chinese drama felt a lot like my first Taiwanese drama, Autumn's Concerto, but with better production values and music.

Whoever lit the set on this show did a wonderful job. There's nothing overly unique about the cinematography, but the pictures looked sexy, very cinematic.

Great direction of the camera too. With very short episodes the story doesn't have much room to develop, but the choice of shots were read more effectively used to enhance the dramatic effect of each scene. In particular the numerous high angle shots made the subjects seem more desperate, vulnerable, passionate or whatever emotion the director tried to evoke.

I haven't seen such high production values on an Asian TV show in a long time.

Acting was average. No standouts, but no irritating performances either. Good chemistry and intimacy between the leads. The little boy was really cute and sweet.

If I had any problem with the show it was with our hero. Arrogant, rude, self - centred male leads don't bother me. Most men in real life are like that anyway, until they meet a woman who inspires them to change. I like watching this transformation so I can forgive a lot of bad behaviour if I know deep down he has a good heart, but there was something about Le Jun Kai that made me uncomfortable. He had a violent streak toward the women in his life that I didn't like. Even though his motivations for being angry were valid I just can not trust a man whose first impulse is to resort to violence, especially against women. It's not a good sign. And I know, I know! It’s just a tv show, but still, I don't like it.

Aside from that the series was good. It works the way it is, but wouldn't have suffered from a slightly longer run time for each episode, say 30 mins instead of the current 15. Just to give the story more oomph & to allow the characters to really capture your heart.

Overall, well worth the watch if you're looking for a quick fix or if you’re in between dramas like I was and can not decide what next to watch.
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These are both intense dramas that feature revenge - as with Secret/Secret Love, the male lead's entire motivation is shaped by a former/first love, and the on/off relationship with the female lead. The actors in both dramas have AMAZING chemistry together, but their parings have some wild moments that make you question their sanity or common sense. If you like dramas with over-the-top and toxic OTPs, this may be right up your alley. Both have some very triggering content (violence, abuse, assault, etc.), so I wouldn't recommend either drama for younger viewers or for those who may be affected by the things listed above.
Recommended by escritora84
They both feature revenge plot elements, with the male lead's entire motivation structured around his love/hate relationship with the female lead and the loss of his former love. They both also have heavy instances of cringeable moments (domestic violence, abuse, torture, sexual assault), and the love relationships that develop between the leads in both dramas so toxic and inexplicable that it borders on makjang territory. Both Le Jun Kai and Secret Love are well-written, well-produced shows with very strong actors who have excellent chemistry together, but neither drama is suitable for younger viewers or for those triggered by the things listed above.
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    joy_drama78 27 days ago

    man I'm already feeling worn out after just watching the trailer! But I'm definitely going to give this drama a go!

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    Livvy Sep 12, 2014

    hmm what to say about this short drama, well each ep only being about 15 mins it felt kinda rushed at times and well like it was missing something, i feel that although you got some idea of what happened before they met its not enough as you only see the past through the short flashbacks, but what i did like about this drama was it was a lot darker than most others and the tension between the main characters i liked but the ending was awful and well didnt feel like it was finished, although the drama was adapted from an online novel so i expected it to be shorter other dramas, what i would like to see is a remake maybe by korea it is really a great storyline it just needs a few tweaks to fill in the gaps and make it that little but better :) other than that it was an interesting drama

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      rainruma 27 days ago
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      rainruma 27 days ago
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    hapi Jul 13, 2014

    the ending could have been better than this!

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    rainruma Jul 4, 2014

    for all those complaining this show "condones spousal abuse" ..... I believe the opposite... it shows the price paid for wrong choices (his revenge - i.e. abusing her) and for fostering hatred ....
    Remember the play they discuss in the car about TAIPING and XUE SHAO? (Princess Taiping from history)
    Here's a description from VisitBeijing.com about a "Yue Opera :Taiping and Xue Shao" .... :

    This play is adapted ... three main characters ... refer to Xue Shao, Princess Taiping and princess’s mother Wu Zetian (the only female emperor in Chinese history)
    Male role Xue Shao and Wu Zetian stage a plot related to 'CONSPIRACY and LOVE', which is also a
    ... VIOLENT struggle between Power and True Love.
    Finally, power not only Strangles True Love, but also Snuffs Out Affection.
    However, at the Cost of Life, true love Gains Dignity.
    ...miserable story that Xue Shao & Princess Taiping have to make the appointment for their afterlife meeting despite Sincere Love in their Innermost Hearts.

    --- Le Jun Kai's struggle expressed above (in a way).... Makes me want to see the opera!

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    rainruma Jul 4, 2014

    Intense.... Raw emotion .... Great acting .... Very good writing....
    It is very short .... about 2 hrs long ....

    Love how it was edited..... ..... seems like a compilation of flashback ..... editing, music, concise scenes, close-ups ....all set the mood
    ===> expresses the intensity of the emotions .... and some insight into the complexity of the characters (falls a bit short here)......

    This is by the same writer as "Sealed w/ a Kiss" (aka SWAK) ..... The characters and Premise for the Plot are very similar to SWAK ...
    He marries her for "Revenge" and abuses her Emotionally/Psychologically w/ some "Implied" Violence..... obviously she loves him also ........
    ===>>> So both have internal turmoil figuring out how to control love, when to hate and when to let go ......

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    LittleBozSheep Jun 28, 2014

    I've just watched this on Viki but it said it was a movie :s and it played as a movie :s

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      rainruma 27 days ago

      they have 2 versions on Viki and YouTube .... someone RE-EDITED the scenes into Chronological order and put them all together into a movie....
      --->>> That just Destroys the Artistic quality of the Editing and Directing of the film and the telling of the narrative !!!! ....
      --->>> it is better to watch w/ all 9 episodes !!!

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    RoseRouge May 23, 2014
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      rainruma Jul 2, 2014

      The part that they fell in love is not done well.... I don't get the play part ... So, like you, I'm not sure why she fell hopelessly in love w/ him .... b/c even as her father warned her, she still went to Le Jun-Kai and married him knowing he killed her dad.....

      For him, I think it was a combination .... so although he was seducing her in order to lure her into marriage and thus trapping her for revenge .... I believe he was genuinely attracted to her from the beginning ....
      During the marriage, he obviously fell in love w/ her as shown in the one scene where he espies her w/ wet hair and is seduced by her scent..... he doesn't answer her question if he ever loved her and walks away ..... He is denying it to himself ---> He's afraid of his feelings so he divorces her and kicks her out...

      P.S. None of this is Spoiler - they r part of the background for the plot.

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    KMR Apr 17, 2014

    Not anyone should watch this, because lets admit ...the storyline is sick...romanticizing Stockholm syndrome is...hmmm... a bit insane I find. Since it's a drama it can be seen as some sort of gore entertainment but only a mature mind should watch this otherwise it can be damaging.

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    Sun_Bird Mar 28, 2014

    I just finished and I'm like what's with the ending !!! The plot is really interesting and the ost is excelent, but the ending uhh ... It lacks a lot :/ grrrrr....

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    TheBezdomna Mar 26, 2014

    Beautifully shown relationship between mother and the child. It made me think how much I would be able to sacrifice in such situation.

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    XiaoYue Mar 19, 2014

    Just finished!
    The ost is great, I love Peter's voice,I love the opening, and I liKed this drama 'till the 7° episod, although confused, but last 2 episodes... and the end... God, what the hell??
    Peter Ho is very magnetic and she is beautiful, but the child... grrrr!

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    yukina57 Mar 17, 2014
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    patie Mar 8, 2014

    I want this OST so bad DDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD:

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    Herbalis Jan 16, 2014

    Overall, I liked the drama; but hated the ending. I would enjoy more Chinese drama/movies if they didn't do voice overs. The females & kids are always high pitched and the men all sound the same. Why can't we hear the actors REAL voices?
    Chinese dramas/movies has to really capture my attention in order for me to sit through those annoying voice overs. i.e., Tan, Tan...geez

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      sam30317 Mar 11, 2014

      I feel the exact same way. I had to drop a few shows because the voice overs were too annoying and high pitched. I dont understand why they do it in the 1st place. Have they not mastered the technique of lowering background noise (wind, loud cars) or something??

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      sam30317 Mar 11, 2014

      I feel the exact same way. I had to drop a few shows because the voice overs were too annoying and high pitched. I dont understand why they do it in the 1st place. Have they not mastered the technique of lowering background noise (wind, loud cars) or something??

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      rainruma Jul 4, 2014

      I think the voice overs are b/c the actors all speak differently... Taiwanese mandarin is different from mainland mandarin, and Hong-Kong speaks Cantonese .... I'm not sure about various accents of mainland...

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      sam30317 Jul 4, 2014

      I partially think that makes alot of sense. It would confuse the audience if actors spoke differently. But i also cant say thats the reason b/c China does that in almost every movie/show ive been looking at. Its weird to do it EVERYTIME

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    joyje Dec 13, 2013

    Expected that kinda ending, not surprised! The drama was just nice not dragged very long.

Details

  • Country:

    China
  • Type:

    Drama
  • Episodes:

    9
  • Aired:

    Aug 13, 2013 to Sep 10, 2013
  • Aired On:

    Tuesday, Wednesday
  • Network:

    BTV
  • Duration:

    16 min.

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  • Score:

    6.8 (scored by 511 users)
  • Ranked:

    #2336
  • Popularity:

    #297

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