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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iindu
9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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Jan 22, 2012
  • Overall 7.0
  • Story 8.0
  • Acting/Cast 7.0
  • Music 6.0
  • Rewatch Value 6.0
This has all the elements for melodrama, from story to character graphs. The story, along with the poster image of the couple with the cute boy is what initially interested me in the drama.

The drama delivers on the story. The characters are interesting and even those we come to dislike are shown to have a different side to them.

Through most of the series, you feel sorry for the male lead, read more for what he goes through. But, in a gratifying sense, when he figures it all out, his reaction and the questions he asks are the very same ones that's been running in our mind until then.
The kid is very cute and has been used to obvious advantage throughout.

Another character that leaves an impression is that of Guang Xi's mother who is antagonistic from the beginning but gets a 180degree change in character later on.

The one problem I had with this drama is that I didn't like the character of the female lead for almost all of the drama. Most of the time, Mu Cheng acted like a damsel in distress, like she needed saving from someone or something. There was some level of sincerity to the character in the first part of the drama which is lost and I couldn't recover it in the latter half. I think all the lies and denial got to me.

The actors (save for the female lead for lack of expressions) are pretty good. The photogenic moments they show in the OST are beautiful but aren't really very significant moments in the drama itself.

The drama in all is very watchable for the situations and overall feel.
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PrettyCarEye
14 of 17 people found this review helpful
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Nov 30, 2012
  • Overall 6.0
  • Story 7.0
  • Acting/Cast 7.0
  • Music 3.0
  • Rewatch Value 4.0
Autumn's Concerto had all the hallmarks of an epic romance novel.
Rich, larger than life hero, sweet innocent heroine, the adorable love child, scheming parents, the ever present love triangle, grandiose declarations of love ... yeah, the whole nine yards. It SHOULD have been wildly entertaining, the type of love story to sweep any and every romantic off their feet. Sadly, it just did not happen. Not for me. In fact, I read more probably would have enjoyed it a lot more had it been a novel rather than this TV show.

The story had enormous potential, but fell apart under the weight of crappy, disjointed writing, dubious casting and uninspired direction. I can’t have much respect for a drama when things happen to suit the writers, rather than the circumstances they’ve placed their characters in. I can’t have much respect for a drama when things aren't consistent.

Couple a bad script with a not so great lead actor and you have a bit of a hot mess on your hands. I know I'm about to raise the ire of many a Vaness Wu fangirl, but I'm sorry, it has to be said: the brother cannot act. At least not in Autumn's Concerto he couldn't. There were times when he seemed really into his character and other times when he literally seemed to have lost the plot. He just did not embody that charismatic stage presence required to bring alive a larger than life character like Guang Xi. I also didn’t find him attractive enough so not even brownie points for being man candy could save him. Lead actress An Andy came across more natural and a lot more comfortable in her skin, however given the horrible material she had to work with her character didn’t amount to much. She had a good start, but not much later she morphed into a bland, uninteresting shell of what she could have been. She pretty much spent the entire drama after the first 6 episodes being frustratingly passive.

Thank goodness the supporting cast were decent. I liked President Fang even though she seemed to have ice running through her vains. She was an intriguing character who I felt strangely sympathetic toward even though I couldn’t tell why until the end. The villagers of Hua were a wild, hilarious bunch. I was particularly taken with second lead, Hua Tuo Ye. It was very easy to like this guy. You know the saying ‘what stays too long serves two masters’? Well, this pretty much sums up Guang Xi and Mu Cheng’s relationship to the point where Hua Tuo Ye started to look like the better catch simply because he was PRESENT in Mu Cheng’s life, taking on duties and responsibilities that should have been Guang Xi’s. Yet another indication of shoddy script development if your audience spends most of the drama wishing somebody else gets the girl. Last but not least there’s Guang Xi and Mu Cheng's son Xiao Le. The kid’s a show stopper. I loved him, but for a 5 yr old, little man sure had some ridiculously grown up lines and was too wise beyond his years. I didn’t buy an ounce of it. Another failure of the script? I think so. Lousy direction? Yupp!

Finally the music choices in this drama were atrocious. They played the grating, high pitched theme song literally every 10 seconds throughout the entire drama. When the theme song wasn’t on, random use of different genres of music were tossed in. There were a couple scenes covered with medieval tunes which had absolutely NO relevance to said scenes at all. I mean, WHAT??? Did an amateur compose the score?

And it doesn’t end there. Constant flashbacks (which slowed the story down to a snail’s pace), disruptive cut-ins to repeat a scene that just played or to show spoilery future scenes ran rampant. Imagine, just when you’re getting into story … BAM! You’re pulled right out of it by these ridiculous machinations.

I don't know what the producers were thinking. It had a great premise, but was executed with catastrophic results. While I was still able to enjoy it somewhat, watching this drama gave me a major headache. I can't give it more than a 6, and that's being quite generous, considering...

It's okay to watch Autumn's Concerto, if only for the few romantic scenes. One thing I did appreciate about this drama is that it showed intimacy between the characters quite realistically without compromising the virtue of the actors. The Koreans could learn a thing or two from Autumn's Concerto in that regard.
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both drama has similarity like the main character loses his memory
in both dramas there is a child from the main character
both of them has great plot too
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Both have the same lead actor in a hot romance. Both have a lot of chemistry with the main couple.
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    hapi 19 days ago

    THIS DRAMA IS SO EPIC <3 *O*

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    AmyLovesDramas 30 days ago

    This was such a great drama! I love Ady An and Vanness Wu! They are amazing! Their acting is phenomenal! :)

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    NewKDramaAddict Jun 14, 2014
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      kuroihitsuji Jun 15, 2014

      i totally agree with u it's like once she started lying, she jst couldnt stop.

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    KMR Jun 3, 2014

    One of my top 3 T-drama of all times. Really like it, even if I think Liang Mu Cheng lies too much! lol

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    Sweety-Face May 31, 2014

    Snif Snif T_T

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    karlasmalls May 11, 2014

    I have watched this drama 4 times and still feel like I am watching it for the first time !

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    iamsarah May 4, 2014

    I am loving this and crying so much started this yesterday

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    drama-addict May 3, 2014

    gonna watch now

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    meganjoy12 Apr 19, 2014

    I watched this like a year ago and gave it an 8. I'm now watching office girls and they have a scene of the leads watching this show and my first thought was man I need to rewatch that show and my second was wait did I really not give this a 10, so I just went and changed it. When I watched this before a few things bugged me so I dropped my rating but remembering it now and how amazing it was and how good the acting was I really don't get why I didn't rate it higher.

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    MrD Apr 6, 2014

    So looking at all the above ratings and comments, im guessing this is a good one to break my T drama virginity on then??? I'm a huge fan of K/J dramas and im just starting on T/C dramas

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      apple_pendragon Apr 8, 2014

      Yes, I definitely recommend you AC for your first TW drama, it's amazing!

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    enixela Mar 21, 2014
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    XiaoYue Mar 5, 2014

    Best Taiwanese drama EVER! You couldn't found a drama better than this! All the actors are amazing, the story is so touching and Xiao Le is so cute ^-^<br />Vanness Wu is perfect in this role and everytime Ady An cried, I cried too...

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    LoveJungYongHwa Feb 28, 2014

    Perfect Drama ! The First I've seen in my life but the best, others can't dethrone it :D
    Mu Cheng and Reng Guang Xi are the perfect couple, And Xiao Le is so cuuuute :3

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    Drama_Lover Feb 22, 2014

    I love the chemistry between these two main leads. They are amazing actors. I LOVE this drama! The best drama so far! I wish there were more dramas like this because I'm starting to think other dramas are getting boring. xD I can't believe I finished watching this so fast. D:

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    krosland Feb 21, 2014

    can someone help me ,please.
    Is this drama in chinese language?

Details

  • Country:

    Taiwan
  • Type:

    Drama
  • Episodes:

    21
  • Aired:

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

    TTV
  • Duration:

    1 hr. 10 min.

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  • Score:

    8.7 (scored by 3,832 users)
  • Ranked:

    #33
  • Popularity:

    #80

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