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.

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    Next Stop, Happiness ; Xia Yi Zhan, Xing Fu

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17 of 18 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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May 5, 2013
  • Overall 9.0
  • Story 10
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 7.0
  • Rewatch Value 10
I agree with one of the reviews I read, which said that she couldn't believe this was on the Plan-to-watch-list over a century. I fet the same, this drama had me hook like no other, a friend recommend this one over two years ago, (it was when I started) and I had the excuse that I wouldn't watch Taiwanese until I had watch "enough" Korean ones. But as I reply better late read more than never.
This is a story like no other, it will always keep you guessing. If you are to watch it for the first time, do not see it with someone else who has, or just don't ask any questions about what is happening, try guessing and your friend's face will tell you what you DON'T want to hear. Unless you are with someone who can lie for your benefit.
This is a couple that every time I see the poster I get red almost immediatly. I love these two. Whether they end up together or not, is something you never know until THE VERY END of the drama.
I suggest you [reader] that you stop reading, head over or any other site that has it and watch the first episode. But now that I remember I suggest you DO NOT DO IT ON FINALS!!! I did that and I had to wait until I finish all of the episodes to start seriously working on my essays. My mother is rewatching it with me next to her, and I am easily distracted by that piece of pure hotness that is Ren Guxing Xi.
Good Luck and Happy watching! The BEST TAIWANESE DRAMA! And a bonus James Wen appears! He is my second Taiwanese husband (family joke) where VanWuss is my first!
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similar story-line in terms of how the child brings the two together.
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Same melodramatic vibe; same story of two individuals meeting and getting along but soon separated by tragic circumstances only to meet later in their lives; equally amazing soundtrack. By the end, only the seasons and the musical compositions in the titles are different.
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    GetShock 11 days ago

    It started off really good and I loved the main female at first but then her character just got so monotone and boring. Cast was good but the pace was too slow imo (I had to skip forward through some parts). The end was cute though.

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    WinterGale Feb 21, 2015

    This drama makes me sooo in love :3

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    Kim-Park-Lee Dec 29, 2014

    I loved the drama but was just wondering: at the beginning of each episode (or however this drama was sectioned, I just didn't get it since it's different on viki for example), they would play scenes of the drama that were a little hazy and white, along with the theme song. In the end I recognised them all, apart from the really sweet images where, if I remember well, the three of them are in the garden playing, and Mu Cheng is watering them with a sprinkler, laughing. Then you see them sitting on the porch, with Mu Cheng in Guang Xi's arms, and Xiao Le playing around. There's also another scene of the three of them in the kitchen I believe, and both Xiao Le and Guang Xi kiss Mu Cheng, who is between them. And then I think you see the 3 carrots together. Or something like that ;)

    Anyways I was really looking forward to those scenes, only never saw them :( Does anyone know if they were actually part of the drama?

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      IWatchDramas Jan 14, 2015

      My thoughts, exactly! I thought it was a preview, but then some tdramas have introductory songs with extra scenes like that. I too watched on viki and was looking forward to it..:(

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    Raza Nov 20, 2014

    Very good drama! I am close to completing it, but the thing that's pissed me off thus far are those annoying and dumb Hua Tian village people who were just overacting the whole time (thank God I made it through all that) as well as that stupid gardener due to his long ass dialogues (it just drags on forever when he confesses his feelings)...I mean who cares about him anyway?

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    NikaDomo Nov 18, 2014

    One of the best Taiwan dramas I watched. Typical love story, nice cast and a lot of cute moments. Like I said before I love opposite tempers ( cold, arrogant guy x nice poor girl ) they will never let you down.
    I love Vanness Wu and I have seen almost his dramas so this one is really recommended.

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    AnisaAli Oct 26, 2014

    This drama is so good!

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    Jo-hannah Oct 25, 2014

    This drama is gonna be the end of me... Very strong feelings I just can't handle *sigh*

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    heavenlene Sep 27, 2014

    and I'm finally done watching...crying...smiling over this drama :)

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    rainruma Sep 22, 2014

    Despite all the cliches and the annoying loud music ....
    --->> it will leave an Indelible Impression w/ all its Emotional Impact !!!
    .....ooohhh...the FEELS !!!
    I've seen it 3 times , and probably will again sometime in the future <3<3<3

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    rainruma Sep 22, 2014

    Wen Benny as little Xiao-Le is just the Cutest thing ever ! ....
    will never forget that little boy ..... ...... "Mishu...Mishu" ..... <3<3<3<3<3

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    heavenlene Sep 22, 2014
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      rainruma Sep 22, 2014

      Full of cliches , and terrible loud music ... But it is very much worth watching ... it only gets better !

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      heavenlene Sep 24, 2014
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    Rtee Sep 19, 2014

    once I saw the main lead I totally thought he is Uknow from TVXQ XD

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      IWatchDramas Jan 14, 2015

      lol yeah, I thought they looked kinda similar in certain angles. :D

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    featherlynne Sep 5, 2014

    Definitely worth watching! Favorite Taiwanese drama for sure, <3 One of my favorites over all as well <3, Was 34 episodes (about 40mins each) on Netflix though.

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    RhopalocerA Sep 5, 2014

    Forever been my top 1 taiwanese drama! <3<3<3 No other taiwanese drama can made me feel a strong withdrawal effect like what AC did to me >.<

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      Drama4lover Jan 8, 2015

      I agree! >-<
      I still regret putting this drama off for 2 years. I wish I could forget everything and watch again and again. I already have rewatched it thousand of times

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    thu Aug 24, 2014

    when i watched this :) i cried a lot because it was sad and happy xD i also have the dvds


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    Oct 4, 2009 to Feb 28, 2010
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    1 hr. 10 min.


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