Cruel Romance

Cruel Romance (2015)

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Adapted from a Republican-era novel called "The Fate of Jinxiu", Cruel Romance tells the story of Rong Jinxiu, a country girl who travels to Shanghai in order to discover why her entire family was killed. Along the way, she meets triad leader Zuo Zhen, and after a series of accidents and misunderstandings, the two fall in love. Also vying for Jinxiu’s attention is businessman Xiang Yingdong, a businessman and close friend of read moreZuo Zhen. Ever protective of his woman, however, Zuo Zhen refuses to let other men even come close to Jinxiu – which ultimately pays off when a villainous Japanese man tries to finish off Jinxiu and her remaining family members.

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Jun 10, 2015
  • Overall 8.0
  • Story 7.0
  • Acting/Cast 9.0
  • Music 7.0
  • Rewatch Value 1.0
Cruel Romance has a decent main story line, but the story gets bogged down with some of the secondary story line to the point of annoyance. At one point I thought "not again" and realized that they pretty much recycled the same plot point with a few minor changes. I gave it a higher score because of the main romantic story. One of the problems is that the women characters aren't that read more smart. One lets herself be manipulated into doing things that end up hurting herself and the other seems smart, but makes really bad decisions. Anyway, at least the antiheros were smart. If you like action, romance and suspense, then this is a good drama for that.

Joe Chen is really cute and a good actress, but Rong Jin Xiu wasn't the best role. For her character to be smart at one point and then to make foolish decisions. Well, her character paid for those decisions in a huge way. I think she had decent chemistry with Huang Xiao Ming who played Zuo Zhen. He is an excellent actor. I like how he showed control of his emotions without being a cold person. Plus he is HOT! Kelsey Lu is also a good actress, but the character Yin Ming Zhu is one of the most annoying I have ever seen. I get her past and why she did some of the things and I felt sorry for her when certain things happened to her that were totally not her fault. The problem is that I couldn't have cared less what happened to her by the end of the show. The other male characters weren't likable to me. The actors did fine jobs at playing the characters though. At least Qiao Kimi as Xiang Ying Dong admitted his selfishness. Let’s talk about some hotness overload in Qi Ji as Maeda Ryuichi. He plays crazy really well and there absolutely no redeeming qualities for his character, but he did it so well. I really enjoyed his acting. The other actors are good too.

The music is ok.

I won't rewatch this.

I recommend this drama. It isn't perfect, but it is entertaining.
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Apr 6, 2015
  • Overall 10
  • Story 10
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 10
  • Rewatch Value 10
This story is really really amazing! Outstanding action/fight scenes, very awesome and very very cool love story that would make you fall head over heels most especially with Huang Xiao Ming's character as "Zuo Zhen". Each character was portrayed flawlessly.

You won't be disappointed once you watch this and you'll definitely watch this over and over again, that's a 110% guarantee (as I, myself together with my Mom kept watching and watching read more this over and over and over again)!

The story is all about Love, Loyalty, Trust, Understanding, Forgiveness, Pride, a little bit of Revenge and or Outrage, Deception, Endurance/Hardships (in protecting one's love, protecting sworn brother's and turf "gang related matter" as well as preventing Opium to spread all over Shanghai Bund). Lastly, Humanity, Care, Compassion, Grace and above all Dignity.

A standing ovation to the Casts, Director, Crew members, Writer, Special effects dept. and everyone who made contribution on making this story/series Perfectly! This is what we can say "created that's worthwhile''. I thank everyone who made this series - you guys made the impossible possible and I (with my Mom) thank you guys from the bottom of our hearts!

Huang Xiao Ming and Chen Joe's chemistry is very awesome! Hope we can see them together again on other films, movies or series or shows!

Best of luck to everyone! Looking forward to other shows as Brilliant as this! Keep up the good work! Thanks guys for making it possible for us to watch and enjoy this!

Cheers and Have a good one!!! Jiayóu!
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Both dramas are during the post modern Shanghai era. They both involve strong powerful men. The romance in both dramas are similar as in the men is dedicated to their leading lady despite all odds.
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If you like Mafia based romance this one is a must see. Unlike traditional dramas the female lead in this is spunky and super rebellious. She refuses to go down without a fight and the male lead loves that part about her.
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    MinaVIP 23 days ago - edited

    I like this drama a lot but man is the main girl one of the most annoying and stupid characters I've ever come across X_x did they end up making Chen Joe play such an annoying and whiny character??

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    Kikka 24 days ago - edited
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    cindia Aug 20, 2017 - edited

    any recommendation of a series with similar setting, mafia boss falls in love but i want a strong female lead please

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    EricaHuang Aug 10, 2017
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    real_Mokona Jul 7, 2017

    the characters are too flat and didn't keep me attached. The Drama is way to long. I liked the female main character.. I think her way to act is pretty normal (just unusual in dramaland). I started to like him at approximately EP 15 But the main couple has to less airing time :(

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    Soju May 26, 2017 - edited

    Re-watching this for the second time and WOW does everything go to the shits after episode 24!

    Edit: Fun Fact: Almost every main Actor/ Actress in this has kissed 2 or more characters.

    Re-edit: Just finished this drama again. Wow, I have surived almost everything I could... those flashbacks were a killer tbh.

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      redxxxcrimson Jul 7, 2017

      I Find it soooooooooo similar to lady and liar so many event are the same , i did not complete both but as I AM WATCHING i get some flashbacks

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    Malyza Suon Apr 17, 2017

    Re-watch this drama in 2017, I really like both lead, their acting was good, especially Xiao Ming, his character in this drama match his face, type of possession man

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    guccigall Mar 19, 2017 - edited

    Side stories were so corny Only watching this for Huang Xiao Ming. The female lead was so irritating. I really wanted to slap her. The writer should be slapped twice for this ridiculous plot.

    Edit: getting worse and worse. So cliche and cringey!! But will push on for HXM until I can't take it anymore.

    Dropped on Episode 24 with heaps of fast forwarding.

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    LadyNoir Mar 4, 2017

    Loved it. Sometimes it was cliche but overall it was great. The ending episodes killed me. I cried so much TT^TT

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    All_In Jan 20, 2017

    Early in on this one. Like the main couple and that there is actually some humor. Already know I'm not gonna be invested in the 2nd female lead's story

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    rumtumcat Oct 26, 2016

    completed this. some part are draggy becos director keep rewind the scenes. it would be better if they dont recycle that much. hence i give 7/10

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    katrina21 Oct 21, 2016 - edited

    im STILL in shocked that qiao kimi passed. depression is such a devious illness that there is no cure but i hope EVERY actors/actresses can get the help they need when they are depressed because life is too precious. and i read the article on him and hopefully i didnt read it wrong but a director told him dont EVER ACT AGAIN!! i dont know if that was the trigger to kill himself but it DAMN SURE did the job. but anyway R.I.P i hope people will take this as a wake up call from the industry matter of fact EVERY actor/actress, model, anyone in the entertainment world this is a wake up call from everyone STOP TREATING THEM LIKE ROBOTS please!!!

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      rumtumcat Oct 26, 2016

      omg what??ying ding passed away in reall life???

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      INFIRES Nov 25, 2016

      Had no idea :(

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    Meeiishal Oct 20, 2016 - edited

    I'm liking the story a lot but my gosh the production quality is very poor imo. It's hard to believe it was filmed in 2015, feels more like a 90s drama. Maybe because it's set in the past. Hopefully they make a remake in modern times in the future.

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    sara Oct 12, 2016

    can you give me a link for free download cruel city

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    forever_shawol Aug 25, 2016

    It's addictive, but cliche. Watch it if you are bored and want to be entertained. Don't watch it if you are expecting a super amazing drama full of new plots and nice plot twists. It's not a bad drama if you just want something to watch like me. This drama is actually pretty good, but if you're the type to get irritated easily with slow plot and the cliche typical weak female lead...this might not be for you


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    Mar 3, 2015 to Mar 26, 2015
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    Hunan TV
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    45 min.


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    7.9 (scored by 1,269 users)
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