Autumn's Concerto

Autumn's Concerto (2009)

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Ren Guang Xi, a cocky law student, seems to lead the perfect life. He's the sole successor to a huge and famous business and a talented ice hockey player. But in reality, his lonely life lacks joy, laughter and motivation. That is until he meets Liang Mu Cheng, the new bento seller at his school canteen. A harmless bet brings the two together and Guang Xi slowly changes as Mu Cheng teaches read morehim how to give and love. Tragedy strikes when Guang Xi suddenly has to go through a major brain surgery which causes him to lose his memory.

  • Native title:

    下一站,幸福
  • Also Known as:

    Next Stop, Happiness ; Xia Yi Zhan, Xing Fu

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amrita828
53 of 55 people found this review helpful
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Jul 17, 2011
  • Overall 9.0
  • Story 10
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 6.0
  • Rewatch Value 8.0
Autumn Concerto is... a classic.
Not in the negative sense of the word, just the opposite. Watching it feels like reading a novel from centuries past, with all the tragic, the heart-wrench, the twist, the suspense and the sweetness of the most classic romantic literature. A friend compared it to a novel by Judith McNaught, and I tend to agree with her.

One of the things I appreciated the most about this read more drama is the speed with which the plot is set in motion and the pace established. By the end of episode 1, I was fatally hooked. This is not a show which promises the viewer something, only to drag unnecessary by the middle or loosing consistency and cohesion at some point. If you like the dishes you are presented with at first sight, you will love the whole meal to the end. And a truly romantic meal at that, full of passion and not the usual luke-warm, lovey-dovey chirping.

The acting performances are outstanding as a whole. I have read many complaining about Vanness Wu's broken accent, but since I don't speak Mandarin I didn't notice anything amiss. On the contrary, I felt with his character a lot more than any other in the show, possibly because he has to outshine the delivering with intense facial expressions. Ady An's character can stretch one's patience at times, but this only adds to the actress's skill to make it so. And the chemistry is palpable.
The child is a wonder, no addition needed.

My only complain lies in the editing. This is a general problem I have with Taiwanese dramas: too frequent commercial cuts, filled with those brief reprises in which flashes of scenes to come are shown over and over. Once the viewer is forewarned, I guess it can be overlooked, although I personally find it terribly annoying. The music falls under the same curse: it's very good, but played too often and at times it overpowers the dialogues. If I hadn't liked this story so much, I would have gone insane.

Overall, this is a drama I'm ready to recommend to everyone in search of true romance. It's a timeless story, which does not rely on trend, or shiny, perfectly made-up actors and glamorous outfits. Does it have cliches? Yes it has, quite a few even, but they are well blended into a solid script and a plot which will never get truly old.
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Stasiamae
32 of 33 people found this review helpful
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Feb 18, 2014
  • Overall 10
  • Story 10
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 9.0
  • Rewatch Value 10
As you can probably see, this drama is one of my favorites, if not number one. I've seen this drama three times, and I enjoy it every time. I could probably watch it again, today, if I had nothing better to do. Sometimes, I watch the first few episodes just for the fun of it. When I feeling down, or when I'm feeling alone.

This drama is the perfect representation of what read more true love is, and how it should be portrayed. Yes, romcoms and comedies are good, and fun and exciting during that moment, but this type of love... it may be acted, but it still is a goal of mine to have love like that, because even I know love like that does exist, even if that one is not real.

This drama really hit everything for me. I'll try to keep the fangirl inside of me down, and be logical and realistic without giving away spoilers or anything, but it really got everything. There were so many plot twists in this story, and a lot of them weren't very original, and yet... they worked. I mean, come on, popular boy rich boy and poor girl, cancer, memory loss, pregnancy... that's just the beginning. It's like, everything you've ever seen in a drama was thrown into this one, and it WORKED. I know, I can't believe it.
I cry so many times when I watch this drama, it's definitely a tear-jerker. It's a beautiful story, one that will pull at your heart and you won't be able to stop thinking about it.

The acting was phenomenal, I think it is very underrated. Vaness Wu gets a lot of harsh criticism for his 'over acting' but I don't think there was a lot of it. I really liked his 'over acting'. When he cried... oh. my. god. I really believed it. He actually looked like he was crying, and it actually looked painful. I don't know how to put it... he looked like how a guy WOULD cry. And Addy An, she get's a lot of harsh criticism for her under-acting. I agree that sometimes she looks expressionless, but I think it had more to do with the script. Not only that, but I wouldn't say she under acted. I could see it in her eyes, in her reactions, in everything she said. Her mannerisms and subtle expressions, that's what made her character. You need to pay attention to those, it isn't in her character to look so blatantly affected all the time. Mu Cheng gets all of my respect, even if shes fictional. To me, the acting was superb, and lets not forget little Xiao Le. God is that kid going to grow up to be a super star. His acting was absolutely perfect, especially for a child. He really pulled the story together throughout the last half. Some go as far as to say the story was only held together by him toward the end, but I wouldn't go that far. With or without him, I would have kept watching, but he is such a cute little guy. Someday he'd get so tired during shooting that his dad would have to be on site. Such a strong little boy.

The romance and chemistry between the Mu Cheng and Guan Xi is tangible. I can literally almost taste it, I can feel it. It's so beautiful, it touches my heart. I know this sounds cheesy and cliche, but really, you won't find more pure love in a drama than in this. If I didn't know any better, I would assume Vaness Wu and Addy An are in love. The chemistry was just out of this world. Love really does win out in the end, that's what this drama taught me. I have to say I learned a lot from it.

Also, the people you hate in this show you'll grow to love. Along with character development in the main characters, the side characters really developed too. The side-plots in this show were interesting, too, and I found myself just as engaged in them as I was the main couple/family.

The ending of this drama is my favorite. Not just the ending with MC and GX but with everyone. The ending of this drama is also one of the reasons this drama is #1 for me. There is closure, on everything. No loose plot ends, all side plots are tied up, no questions are left, not for me at least. Everything is happy, I'm actually content at the end. No worries, no complaints, just sadness that it's over. Very bitter-sweet.

I won't lie and say that this is an easy drama to watch. There's going to be a lot of painful moments and heart-wrenching scenes, but the good in the drama sky rockets it to the top. Even when you hate someone you didn't think you were going to hate, you understand what's happening, and why their doing what their doing. The love never dies, and even in the toughest moments in the drama, they give you little moments to nibble on while you're waiting. It's a brilliant story, and I will forever enjoy it and remember it. The music alone is beautiful, I have a few songs saved and listen to them frequently, even now. In fact, this is random but I have my itunes on shuffle and ironically 'Next Stop, Happiness' just came on. How funny, must be a sign. (;

If you're looking for a refreshing, pure love story with superb acting, tangible chemistry, and every plot twist you can imagine, this is for you! I will recommend this to any person interested in dramas for the rest of my life, hah! Hope this helped people, sorry if I wasn't as rational and logical as I planned. As you can tell, I'm a fan. I have never watched a drama more than I have this. Three times through the whole thing, not counting the many times I've just watched an episode here and there that I liked. Please watch!
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    LuvK 4 days ago

    Like it, but the lying was too much for me, should have remained this drama the liar or something. Either way, I like the drama besides the lying. @.@

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    K N 28 days ago - edited

    I've almost completed this drama I'm loving it except for the fact that Mu Cheng can get quite irritating! A lot could be resolved if she just opened up her mouth.

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      Annalisse 11 days ago - edited

      Couldn't help but but be nosy here and recommend some Tdramas >.< My personal favs are Hello My Sweetheart, My Queen, Devil Beside You, and Summer's Desire. And don't worry, all of those have strong female leads. No weak links here!

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      K N 11 days ago

      Annalisse thanks the recommendations! I've watcha few eps of Devil Beside You but I dropped it, I guess I'l try watch the rest of it :) I'll check the others out thanks again!!

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      Kkrazy99 2 days ago

      Yesss i love kpop! I have skip beat on my to watch list but because of school i haven't started yet. I love siwon but i havent and watched anything yet for donghae as an actor.

      Sorry for late reply school is driving me crazy. I really have a huuuuge list of kdramas lol its hard to list them all. What about u?

      Btw i did watch down with love and jerry is AMAZING!!

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      Kkrazy99 2 days ago

      @Annalisse thanks so much for the recommendations i look forward to checking these out

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      K N 2 hours ago

      Yeah I know how it is! I hope watching dramas and Kpop don't get in the way of studying because I know it can be a major distraction haha

      Umm just of the top of my head I really like Secret Garden, Kill Me Heal Me and Master's Sun

      OMG yes he's soo good!!!

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    Kkrazy99 Jan 6, 2016

    Still on ep 7 and i have a MAJOR second lead syndrome!!! Poor guy second leads never get the girl......:( i love the first lead as well but cant help loving the second lead:(

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    Kkrazy99 Dec 28, 2015 - edited

    I want to watch this drama but when i read the memory loss part in the synopsis that just turned me down from wanting to watch this.

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      Lily2PM 15 days ago

      The chemistry in the episode.... AMAZING! lol
      Yup wish it was as easy as it is in the dramas to become a nerd lol

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      TurkishRose 15 days ago

      @drama-nerd99 (i think its time for a new name change) lol good luck seriously with all your exams and homework. It's not as easy as it sounds, juggling life and drama life lol, the struggles we have to go through :P

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      Kkrazy99 14 days ago

      Hahahahahaha omg I love the name!! Thanks so much @TurkishRose I really appreciate it!! And yes I've been working on hw and it's crazy how it doesn't want to finish.

      As soon as I settle in and able to manage my time I will squeeze in some time for drama (;

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      TurkishRose 14 days ago

      Great plan :D

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      Lily2PM 13 days ago

      Good luck! :)

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    Invincibleme Dec 22, 2015

    Out of other Taiwanese dramas, this one makes a pretty good one.

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    Fendwy Nov 28, 2015

    characters in this drama are too typical both male and female. the female one is even worse, her boring and predictable action are painful to watch.

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    chante Nov 28, 2015

    Wu Vanness was adorable in this drama I would like to see him in rom-com.

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    bread-tie-twisty Oct 15, 2015 - edited

    Can someone explain to me why it says there are 21 episodes, but everything I find wants to play 34 episodes of it....

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      Jasmine Oct 19, 2015

      when it first aired in taiwan it was 21 episodes since those were the ~90 minute long episodes aired each week. When websites like Netflix bought the rights to air it they split it into 34 ~45 minute episodes. So it's the same drama length in total, whether it be 21 episodes or 34 episodes.

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    KMR Aug 21, 2015 - edited

    I remember the first time I watched it, I dropped it ep 5 because I couldn't stand Mu Cheng and the stupid clichés. Then I don't know why one day I decided to give it another try and just skip what annoyed me, then I realized it was getting so good, the second half with the kid felt like another drama. In the end, this drama became one of my all time favs...lol...now even the beginning which I disliked seems great to me. looool
    This is my 4th time watching it....ah ah ah....
    Gosh I must confess now I'm watching it only for Xiao Le not even the romance, that little buddy is the cutest thing EVEEEEER! :)

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    Sara Aug 17, 2015

    i loved it. this was my first taiwanese drama and it was soo cute. the couple had so much chemistry. just amazing ! i will miss this ..

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    sweetmelissa Aug 7, 2015 - edited
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    sweetmelissa Aug 7, 2015 - edited

    I found it dragging tbh, but I liked it for being more realitsic & mature than most dramas and touching some rare subjects. I also loved that everyone got a happy ending. I just wish it had one more episode. That way we could've seen the happiness of the OTP much longer. The very few minutes were way too short..The only thing that really bothered me was (spoiler):

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    diana_list Jul 28, 2015 - edited

    I have watched this drama 5 times now and love it more and more. Wu Vanness is absolutely ADORABLE. I love his smile and the expressive eyebrows and those eyes.Oh yeah and his great body. Wen Ben is such a good actor, especially for his age and An Ady, great actress. Also really enjoyed the acting of wu Chris. Have I mentioned I love this drama?

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    Megumi Jun 20, 2015 - edited

    I LOVED THAT DRAMA .........not twice i had watch it for more than 20 times

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    miina May 31, 2015 - edited

    anyone can help me . where can I watch this drama with eng sub . I'm tired to look for it . :'(

Details

  • Country:

    Taiwan
  • Type:

    Drama
  • Episodes:

    21
  • Aired:

    Oct 4, 2009 to Feb 28, 2010
  • Network:

    TTV
  • Duration:

    1 hr. 30 min.

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  • Score:

    8.7 (scored by 5,068 users)
  • Ranked:

    #51
  • Popularity:

    #173

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