The Pursuit of Happiness

The Pursuit of Happiness (2013)

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Just when everything seemed to go well for Ji An Lei series of unfortunate events happened. Her promotion got stolen by an outside hire, her boyfriend cheated on her, and she got an unwanted roommate. When she discovers her new roommate had come all the way from Japan to win the love of his dream girl, who happens to be her boss' daughter and her ex's new girlfriend, she joins forces with read morehim on an "Operation Fighting for Love."

  • Native title:

    愛的生存之道
  • Also Known as:

    Ai De Sheng Cun Zhi Dao

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marocaine_94
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Jan 6, 2014
  • Overall 8.0
  • Story 6.0
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 9.0
  • Rewatch Value 7.0
I have to say first off that I do tend to rate rather highly. However, although the storyline is your typical guy moves in with girl and they fall in love, the lead actors chemistry is undeniably amazing. There were times when I seriously wondered whether they were actually together for real. I would love if there was a part 2 to this and we could see how their lives unfolded after read more the end. I seriously recommend this drama, it was very very good. The lead actors challenged the idea of whether their supposed love was actually just a habit between opposite genders which was frustrating but at the same moment riveting.

What I liked:
The supporting roles were not evil or malicious or corrupt or trying to break the other pair apart. But rather I came to like the supporting actress more because she seemed so innocent and kind whereas the lead actress did sometimes become annoying with her excessive whining and we were shown a lot of her bad qualities, but this made the drama feel more real as if I was watching the lives of a group of friends and workers. The main actor was kind and caring and just amazing! You have to watch it.
Their kiss was sizzling and wasn't only once and was definitely unlike many k-dramas where there is only one kiss after 8 episodes, and the kiss feels like it is between friends.

What I didn't like:
Sometimes the supporting actress was not amazing when attempting to play sad emotions but loved watching the development of her relationship with her boyfriend, Wei Ting.

Usually I'm not a massive fan of the music in dramas but I really liked the OST but that'll obviously be different for different people.
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xAyuu
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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May 2, 2014
  • Overall 9.0
  • Story 9.0
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 7.0
  • Rewatch Value 5.0
Story: I loved the simplicity of this drama and how realistic it feels. The story is nothing fancy, just a very normal drama revolving around their career, friendship and relationships. The pacing of this was really good with only 13 episodes so no laggy bits thrown in. Romance is rather slow to progress but I loved it like that because each week I would just be like "OMG get together already"

Acting/Cast: read more Sonia is one of my favourite actresses and her chemistry with Tony in this is just amazing! Acting in this was pretty perfect. One of my issues with this was the selection of the supporting casts, especially Kelly which I thought was not suitable for her character at all.

Music: I loved the music played in this drama. The songs enhanced the overall outcome of the whole drama itself. But not songs I would put on repeat to listen to in my spare time.

Rewatch Value: There are so many new dramas coming out that even if I wanted to watch this again, I wouldn't find the time. T_T

Overall: I loved this drama alot! It was a breath of fresh air and would highly recommend this especially if you watched In Time With You and enjoyed that one. These dramas were very pure and beautiful unlike most of the TW dramas produced.
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These dramas follow a different story but have very similar themes. They explore why some people just don't seem to fall in love as easily as others. Each features three women around the same age contemplating what it means to fall in love, be in love, and what it takes to make a loving relationship last.
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    rainruma Jun 26, 2014

    I had to force myself to finish the 1st episode!....... Yet I continued....why?????
    This show is very, very, very, slow.... 1/2 way thru drama and they have just started to notice each other...

    Boring writing, and very bad acting... and no chemistry at all for main couple...

    The lead actor seems fine, handsome and appealing on screen.... He's the only one!

    The lead actress is so very annoying!... ..... She can not act at all....... ...... She is very 'fake'..... and her face has so much botox and plastic surgeries, it is completely expressionless!.....
    Plus, sorry to say this, I find her very unattractive...... everything : her dull personality..... her plain face..... her monotone voice..... her lanky body w/ no curves .... .....
    but worst of all ... is her acting! :P

    ..... I'm dropping it ...... nothing interesting ...it is just torture.
    Too bad, b/c I liked the plot line and the 2 lead male actors were OK.

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    rainruma Jun 24, 2014

    The way she shows off her lanky body w/ exposed belly and the shortest shorts -
    I swear I saw 3 in. of her "Cheeks" in the orange shorts when she stood up (ep 5 or 6).....
    ROFL......mwaahhaaahhaa .... the only entertaining part of the series...

    Do they allow that in Chinese dramas? I thought I was watching European TV or cable.

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    Draagon Jun 2, 2014
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    Draagon Jun 2, 2014

    It was an okay drama. Kinda of draggy at parts, but I liked all the creative directing while the characters were mussing over things so those scenes didn't get boring. Needed a tighter script for sure, though. And that acting... it felt incredibly awkward to me for about half the drama. Then, either I got used to it or the leads improved by the second half.

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    rationalbeings Apr 5, 2014

    More of an in-between drama, though I can see the similarities between how In Time With You was shot/produced, it really fell short of reaching the same level. The actors took a really long time to get into characters, so the first few episodes are a little stiff. But overall not bad, it does drag a bit but thankfully not as much as is the norm for Tdramas.

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    kdramafan1974 Feb 24, 2014

    I want to reach into the screen and smack the lead girl. I am four episodes in and she is driving me nuts. Eye rolling, telling our lead guy to shut up, being overall just annoying and majorly selfish. The lead guy is so sweet. Nevermind that Tony Yang is freaking hot. His character has feelings and they aren't self centered. I am hoping this gets better. I really want to finish it.

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    blossom405 Feb 6, 2014

    This is a short a sweet drama; a very good drama overall :) If you're looking for something to watch, definitely don't skip past this! Had me smiling at the end :D Both leads were fantastic and the male lead Huang Yi Kang is so totally my favourite !!

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    MyDBSJ Jan 11, 2014

    I got bored after 10 episodes :/

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    JadeDarcy Jan 8, 2014

    Though I can't say I like it as well as I liked "In Time With You", I can say that I really enjoyed it. It's a quick watch at just 13 episodes. I got confused with the happenings on episodes 10 and 11(I think), but it was over all an enjoyable drama.

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      rationalbeings Apr 5, 2014
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    Rosie Jan 7, 2014

    I have been looking forward to starting this now that its finished airing I heard it has the same writer as In Time With You (which I absolutely loved) so heres hoping for another good romantic drama:)

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      emma Jan 7, 2014

      It's not the same writer as In Time With You, but it's the same producers :')

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    Bera Jan 4, 2014

    One episode to go!!! :D so excited!!! ~XD

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    KangAhSsi Dec 23, 2013

    I really like this drama so far, it's so well-made and fun,
    Ji An Lei and Huang Yi Kang are so cute togheter!

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    Steelheart Dec 17, 2013

    He wei ting looks hideous

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    Bera Dec 14, 2013

    I really liked this from the first second, it has what it takes to attract audience, so Cool that this drama keeps you anticipating !! :D

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    nayosh Nov 20, 2013

    I like it so far , keep the good work

Details

  • Country:

    Taiwan
  • Type:

    Drama
  • Episodes:

    13
  • Aired:

    Oct 11, 2013 to Jan 3, 2014
  • Aired On:

    Friday
  • Network:

    GTV
  • Duration:

    1 hr. 30 min.

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  • Score:

    7.6 (scored by 214 users)
  • Ranked:

    #1025
  • Popularity:

    #823

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