Love or Spend

Love or Spend (2015)

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Can two childhood friends be forced to marry each other if they can’t find other suitable mates? Pei Zheng Xi and Mo Cheng Zhen have been friends all their lives and their mothers are also friends. Their mothers have always held out hope that the two would marry, but Zheng Xi and Cheng Zhen feel nothing other than friendship for each other. Zero chemistry. But their mothers have decided that if they read morecannot find suitable marriage partners by their 32nd birthdays, Zheng Xi and Cheng Zhen will have to marry each other. With only 24 hours to go, whom will Zheng Xi and Cheng Zhen marry?

  • Native title:

    戀愛鄰距離
  • Also Known as:

    Lian Ai Lin Ju Li

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myungsooo
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Feb 6, 2016
  • Overall 5.5
  • Story 6.0
  • Acting/Cast 7.0
  • Music 5.0
  • Rewatch Value 3.0
Honestly, I decided to watch this show because of Kingone Wang - his previous taiwanese idol dramas such as Why Why Love and Devil Beside You were the hallmark of youth dramas in the early 2000s, and this seemed to have a similar concept so I was pretty excited for it. It started off with a strong start and a promising premise - two best friends who insist that they will never read more fall in love with each other; but alas the forces of the drama world betray them and they discover their true feelings...... HOWEVER, the main problem - this show is TOO draggy. The same problems kept recurring and conflicts were dragged out unnecessarily. I dropped it halfway through and I do not regret my decision because the ending is rather predictable, really what alternatives could there be? I'm sorry for this lengthy rant because I'm just too disappointed in this show :((
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    Myauntmary 19 days ago - edited

    Great chemistry between the main couple... BUT...

    I just don't get how they could just chat in a motel. The girl seemed to push the guy as far away as possible when they become intimate, acting prudish at 33!! And their kisses were so lame, she had this grossed out look. Sigh. Otherwise a great family drama.

    This series is solely on Kingone 's effort alone.

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    TalulahGreene Nov 18, 2016

    can someone tell me when the main couple gets together?

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    Rd4444 Jun 22, 2016 - edited
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      jxsilicon9 Aug 7, 2016

      Yea the female lead was horrible. Glad I dropped this show.

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    c_gunawan541 Feb 26, 2016 - edited

    I think the last 20-30 episodes have been great. I especially appreciate how they tackle lesbian as a topic. It started out a bit boring but got better towards the end. I'm still around 10ep behind but I'm liking it enough to put it in my top 3 Taiwanese daily drama list, it's a bit like Fabulous 30, started out slow but keeps on improving towards the end. The main couple didn't really grab me in the beginning, instead it was the lesbian couple that got me keep on watching but up till ep67 now, I'm just loving every couple, they're so enjoyable and easygoing. I admit that I didn't really like the first 30-40ep, it's a bit dull and I had to FF a lot of scenes but later episodes have been grabbing my attention, the dialogues about the struggles of the lesbian couple especially felt realistic.

    Reviews among chinese viewers have been greatly positive (for later episodes). However, I realize that international audience may not share the same sentiments. Same like Fabulous 30, it's very well-received in Taiwan, but so-so among international audience, probably difference in culture? They usually watch it daily and even tiny bits of interactions feel slice-of-life and enjoyable to them but international fans think it's boring bits :p

    Anyways, I'm enjoying this a lot lately.

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    Ayuuie Feb 2, 2016 - edited

    Please. End. Already.

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      Timbone Feb 8, 2016

      No way it got an extension. This must be really successful. I stopped watching the raw at 53 and technically it has already ended for me as the main couple already got together

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    jxsilicon9 Jan 9, 2016 - edited

    This is so long. I've been trying to watch it but somehow it became about female glass ceiling at the workplace. And then there are all these ridiculous relationships.Its so boring.

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      Timbone Feb 8, 2016
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    Timbone Dec 10, 2015 - edited

    I love how this raises questions about sexism and the very real problem of the "glass ceiling". I think the term " glass ceiling " was probably lost in translation. Scriptwriters are not usually sociologist so I can forgive their poor execution.

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    Timbone Dec 10, 2015

    Vivian is so awesome. my type of lady haha. Cheng Zhen is even crueler than You Qing from In Time With You haha

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    peachycal Dec 8, 2015 - edited

    I'm currently really loving this drama! I think it's going at a good pace, and I love the siblings. I think both the Cheng Zhen and Zheng Xi are perfect for each other, and the actor and actress who plays the characters have really great chemistry. (:

    Update: Even though I really liked the drama in the beginning, after the two got together, I stopped watching >.<

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      Timbone Dec 10, 2015

      I don't know about that but the plot fits my preference, friends to lovers . I don't have to watch a female lead that's a doormat to abuse

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    Jasmine Dec 1, 2015 - edited
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      jxsilicon9 Dec 3, 2015

      I'm at episode 8. Did they reveal what happened when they were suppose to go out in high school?

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      Ayuuie Dec 3, 2015 - edited
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    Seoulwitch Dec 1, 2015

    Why 73?? why.. T__T

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    jxsilicon9 Dec 1, 2015 - edited

    The mothers are annoying. They should just marry each other if they want to be family so bad.

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      Timbone Dec 14, 2015

      I find the mums cute. Western culture is not family oriented so it's nice to see shows that are. The parents don't force anything

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    jxsilicon9 Nov 30, 2015

    I watched a few episodes. I don't know how they will drag this out to 73 episodes.

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    WowCreations Nov 26, 2015

    73!!!!?

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    yarnie Nov 22, 2015 - edited

    lead girl start to look more like kang sora after a while :o

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      nibster Nov 26, 2015

      OMG i thought this too, its crazy so similar

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      Timbone Dec 14, 2015

      I think it's because she is assertive (if you mean Ugly Alert not Warm and Cozy which was crap). it should be the other way around though given their ages haha

Details

  • Country:

    Taiwan
  • Type:

    Drama
  • Episodes:

    77
  • Aired:

    Nov 4, 2015 to Feb 23, 2016
  • Aired On:

    Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
  • Network:

    SET TV
  • Duration:

    60 min.

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  • Score:

    7.0 (scored by 79 users)
  • Ranked:

    #3667
  • Popularity:

    #584

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