Love Around

Love Around (2013)

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Radio DJ Liang Xiao Shu is outgoing, straightforward, optimistic and a little drama queen at heart. After finding out her boyfriend of three months is cheating on her, she is devastated. By a chance encounter she meets Zhou Zhen who comes from a former gangster family that has decided to keep their hands clean. Zhen is gentle, gracious and upright, he encourages Xiao Shu and helps her to move on. Zhen becomes read morean employee at the radio station where Xiao Shu works by mistake and goes to great lengths to hide his true identity by impersonating a salesperson. Little does he know the seed of love has already begun to grow.

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    Zhen Ai Hei Bai Pei ; 真愛不打烊 ; Set Love Around

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Oct 29, 2013
  • Overall 5.0
  • Story 5.0
  • Acting/Cast 7.0
  • Music 6.0
  • Rewatch Value 5.0
OMG...the writers totally ruined this drama with the extension. I was ranking this around an 8 until episode 13ish. I love melodramas, but occasionally I like fluffy romance dramas. I chose this drama because I thought it would be a lovely romance. I was so disappointed. It starts with a little bickering between the leads that quickly changes to sweet slow romance. Then left turn to stupid. Then there is all the read more inconsequential side stories. I also hate that at the end they used the narrator voice instead of using the last "extended" episodes to actually develop the characters and story. Anyway, I can't go into it with out spoilers.

The actors are good. George as Zhou Zhen and Annie as Xiao Shu are good actors and have great chemistry together. Too bad it was wasted. The other actors are ok too.

The song was good at first, but slowly started to get on my nerves.

I won't rewatch this.

If you watch this, then I recommend only watching to episode 13. Just pretend that was the end of the drama.
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15 of 16 people found this review helpful
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Oct 29, 2013
  • Overall 7.0
  • Story 6.0
  • Acting/Cast 7.0
  • Music 8.0
  • Rewatch Value 6.0
Drama extensions are often cited as chancy. When planned for early and well, additional episodes hold the promise of potential. Time constraints are lessened and allow further opportunities to strengthen story and characters. Yet when mishandled (as they typically are), an extension might lead instead to the ruin of an otherwise pleasant watch. Which category does Love Around fall into then? The second, sad to say, though it isn't a total loss. read more At first (and for most of its duration), Love Around is pleasant and simple. It never attempts to be more than a light-hearted romp centered on relationships. Some bubbles of conflict surface along the way; these are either dealt with swiftly or swept so far to the side as to be partially forgotten. Early episodes are relatively strong, with the warm dynamic between leads generating bright interest. How refreshing to see honest friendship predate romance, rather than the staple: bickering hatred! Though loveline development is slow, it is also remarkably sweet and natural. And the "comedy" paired with "romantic" in the genre tag? This aspect works well enough, with the usual stumbles here and there.

Major problems emerge around episode 15, coinciding with the first extension. Shift in tone swings so wildly toward melodrama as to be startling. Cliche suddenly invades in force, chomping away at most everything previously fun and original. Once the main conflict is remembered and brought to the forefront, it is milked dry quickly. Worst of all, passable pacing ultimately gives way to scenes as tiring as they are repetitive. These extra portions often center on unabashed filler plots and characters, some of which are wholly new. Once the second extension ends the series, one will find the conclusion rushed though rewarding. Admittedly, some of the sweetness comes from the entire experience finally ending.

The cast remains consistently likable despite late-game overcrowding. George Hu plays gentle melancholy beyond expectation, lending much-needed variety to a genre overpopulated by arrogant princes. His chemistry with Annie Chen is unquestionable; they complement each other just as well as everyone says. Her Xiao Shu stands rather sympathetic until the extension removes her spine and pluck, carried onward mostly by her innate affability. The second leads are a mixed bag, with Jack Lee depicting dull Gao Zhe Xuan without much flair of his own. Idol singer Elleya Tao fares much better, molding the spoiled brat archetype into lovable rather than annoying. Her scenes eventually became an unlooked for pleasure (and a bright spot in the extension doldrums).

Heard of singer Bii? If not, Love Around will introduce you. His songs are heavily promoted throughout the drama, from the catchy theme ("Come Back To Me") to inserts ("Nothing To Do With Happiness," "I'll Be By Your Side," a duet with Miu Chu). One of the only non-Bii tracks belongs to none other than Elleya Tao: "I Love You," an infectious upbeat number.
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Same cast ! I think George Hu and Annie Chen's chemistry is way better in Love, Now. Plus it's a rom-com.
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    jxsilicon9 Apr 4, 2015

    Had to drop this garbage.

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    TeleriFerchNyfain Mar 19, 2015

    I stopped at episode 13 - George proposed, all happy - DONE! BTW a manager of a radio station, adult mind you, w/a 10 pm curfew? REALLY??? That killed all reality for me right there. Idiotic.

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    em45 Mar 7, 2015

    I love the music in this drama! Bii's songs are so nice~

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    Blademan2 Sep 3, 2014 - edited

    A really cute rom-com, only wish there was more kissing and passion, other than that, quite an enjoyable storyline... :)) Just a really nice break from the ludicrous love triangles and/or betrayals that you get in most of the Kdramas, so sick of them. A real recommended watch for those of you who are real romance fans without the side garbage... :)))

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    ineedtogetalife Aug 1, 2014 - edited

    It was great until around episodes 13-14. Then it got draggy. What happened? It was so great at the beginning. I loved how understanding leads were to each other. There weren't any useless misunderstandings. It was really cute and sweet at the beginning. But then....
    I just feel like this drama would have been much better with around 13-15 episodes. I might have finished it then.

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    jxsilicon9 Jun 1, 2014

    I could not finish this drama. It was so boring and I was falling asleep before I could finish an episode.

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    castiels Apr 21, 2014

    This may contain spoilers, so I'll add a warning just in case. I loved this drama, but I will admit it was draggy. I felt they could've focused and compacted so much more in the episodes. I feel like the extension doesn't exactly ruin the drama, but it does make it longer than necessary, and even leaves a lot to be desired at it's end. I'll write a full review.

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    castiels Apr 21, 2014 - edited
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    joyje Feb 25, 2014

    I have finally finished this drama. The whole drama was draggy from the middle until the end. Only watched this drama because of George Hu and Annie Chen. I find Jack Lee and Elleya Tao make a cute couple. The OST for this drama was nice though.

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    Doremeduck Feb 24, 2014

    Okay, I started watching this when it was airing, but got really busy and had to stop at episode 13. But, now I don't know if I want to continue watching it with everyone saying the extension ruined the drama. So, should I continue or just stop at episode 13 where it's still cute?

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      KPOP4LIFE Mar 9, 2014

      Im at 13 too!! I dont know if I should continue it though, I do want to know how it will end....maybe ill read summary articles for a few episodes then I guess ill watch the ending....

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    nysha Jan 5, 2014

    the second couple is so cute <33

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    KatieMac Jan 4, 2014

    Sounds kinda like Hi, My Sweetheart (one of my fav dramas ever), so I think I'll check it out~

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    Misunderst0_od Dec 9, 2013

    It was really good until they started dragging it toward the end. I feel like they could have done everything in like 16-17 episodes.

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    AnnGominho Nov 22, 2013

    Difícil me despedir do meu amado George Hu, mas fazer o que, né? Gostei demais desse drama (nada supera "Love Now" que foi com o mesmo casal, mas...) Só eu tive um ódio do pai da Xiao Shu nos episódios perto do final???

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      Aggnes Dec 3, 2013

      Qual você acha que eu devo ver primeiro Love Around ou Love Love Now?

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      AnnGominho Dec 5, 2013

      Love Now!!! *.*

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      Aggnes Dec 28, 2013

      Começo hoje!


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    Jun 9, 2013 to Oct 27, 2013
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    SET TV
  • Duration:

    1 hr. 30 min.


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    7.4 (scored by 1,325 users)
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