Luo Li and Shi Haidong are successful divorce lawyers. Unfortunately, they start off on the wrong foot as Haidong loses his divorce case against ex-wife Jiao Yanyan, who is represented by Luo Li. Through endless rounds of bickering and fighting, Luo Li and Haidong grow to respect each other’s talents and ultimately end up walking together toward matrimony. (Source: Jaynestars) Edit Translation
Cast & Credits
Story: Divorce lawyers of opposing sides find the love spot as they both work though the bad luggage they acquired from previous relationships. Not a new storyline, just a well acted and directed story.
Actors: Main leads chemistry was simply delicious and heartfelt. The side actors (and their stories) were well matched and performed.
Music: well matched and placed
This drama might resonate with any viewer who has been through any major life events and survived to be better on the other side. The leads have magnetic chemistry which make this so delightful to watch.
Rewatch: 46eps is long to rewatch but I might hop around to view episodes to keep these characters and their journey as a reminder on some key life points on love, marriage, divorce and smiles. Well done drama.
STORY: Divorce, cross-culturally can hold different meanings. In certain countries in the world, there are little to no limitations when it comes to divorce. Perhaps there are areas in the world where divorce is not applicable because of social and cultural norms. What I found interesting about Divorce Lawyers is that it contemporarily addresses the issues associated with marriages, which might not necessarily be full of romance and happiness; but at the same time, marriage can be fulfilling and wonderful. You have two divorce lawyers, Attorney Chi, and Attorney Luo, which are at two separate points in their careers, act like cat and dog at the beginning. The story traces the time they spend on cases as they get closer together. Why does a society value marriage? Why do society's devalue divorce, and in extension, divorce lawyers? There are a lot of undertones in this series, even if subtle or direct, but what I appreciate about the story is that as a viewer you can see marriage from different generations, and different experiences with their partner. There's always something new going on in someone's relationship, and that's what makes this story full of many stories within the main Attorney's lives.
CHARACTERS: The secondary characters are certainly full of life, and I certainly think they are an important mention in this 46 episode series, because the people in Luo Li and Hai Dong's life are a part of the drama's events, even if I felt some were annoying or overbearing, but it is a drama, I must remind myself. But, I don't want to digress too far from what I wanted to talk about, and that's Luo Li and Hai Dong. Luo Li is quick witted, intelligent, and she has a genuine sense of justice. Hai Dong is older, more experienced in the field, and is quite ambitious. Their personalities clash and it's quite entertaining to watch them in action. There are times you cheer for one or both of them, or you don't like or agree with what they're saying, and times you'll be happy for them. I found that they complimented each other well in the series, and the actors did a very nice job. I found them to be very mature, and aside from certain elements in this series, it was quite a mature drama to watch.
SOUND/OST: The opening song for the first forty episodes is fun, and catchy. I enjoyed listening to it because it was upbeat. The opening song for the last handful of episodes was still upbeat, but after listening to the same opener for the first 40 episodes, I couldn't love it as much as I liked the first one. The main song of this series will melt your heart, I kid you not. There are acoustic versions, English, and Chinese versions played in this series, and it is beautiful. I thought I would grow tired of listening to it over and over again, but in those moments when you feel like this song completes the moment, and it's there, and it's perfect. The few additional songs for this series flow well with the series themes, and I liked the sound very much. It wasn't overbearing, and that balanced well with the drama.
OVERALL IMPRESSION: There were certain moments I felt like it dragged on, and that's a negative point for this series. Towards the end I thought they could have wrapped it up a little bit better. At times I felt it jumped awkwardly from the main story of Luo Li and Hai Dong to others just to fill in the time. It made sense because of the transitions made in the series, but I couldn't help but sit and feel like I could skip ahead at moments. I do, however, think that despite my few complaints about this drama, I did enjoy watching it. The humor is fantastic, and I felt like the story itself was interesting. There was always something new happening, and I thought that it would get repetitive, but aside from a character or two that really got under my skin, it was consistently moving along in terms of the cases that Luo Li or Hai Dong came across. It's warm hearted in many ways, and it can change your perspective, at least in my opinion, about relationships, love, and marriage. I think any one that likes any of the mentioned above themes or issues would enjoy watching this drama. I hope you enjoy the series!