Mang Lai Kwan's father Mang Si Yuen was a royal doctor for the previous dynasty and a learned man, but he is set in his ways and believes that women should not be educated. Kwan wants to seek knowledge and often dresses as a man to go to school. On her ventures, she meets the royal grandson Tit Muk Yi who is travelling in disguise and also a straight-up young hero Wong Po Siu Wah and the three become adopted brothers. Yi sees through Kwan's disguise and knows she is a girl, but he does not reveal this; Kwan also has feelings for Yi. Yuen decides to marry Kwan to Wong Po Siu Wah, but at the same time, rich bully Lau Fui Bik asks for Kwan's hand in marriage. As the day of the marriage draws near, Kwan decides to tell Yi about her feelings towards him, but Yi is summoned back to the courts and asks Wah to take his place to meet Kwan. When Kwan is stood up, she is very disappointed and sends Wah away. Kwan runs away and on her travels, dressed as a man, causes many laughs and much trouble, getting involved in many different situations. Kwan's feelings develop for both Yi and Wah and are forever changing between the two, especially when she finds out that Wah is her fiance and Yi has become the emperor. -- TVB Series Summaries
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Eternal Happiness is a gender-bender romance, but the other plots are just as important.
Some of the minor characters overacted a bit, or were lacking in skills, but the main characters were good actors.
The story gets more and more complicated, but is nicely tied up in the end. I was not able to guess from the first few episodes who she would end up with or where the story would take us next.
I would not rewatch it in the near future. The series did give me a lot of laughs, but not as many as My Bratty Princess (from which I still have tummy aches).
The music was okay. After 32 episodes it tends to stick with you. Maybe it would be different if I would understand what they were singing.
It is a series you can watch with your family: enjoyable, funny, lots of plotlines and nice ending. The romance is there, but it did not make my heart ache.
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The three main actors were all very good. In fact I enjoyed the whole ensemble. I find it lovely the way they moved, fought and talked. Good directing and choreography. Great backdrops, costumes and props. Very beautiful and immersive.
It reminded me a bit of My Bratty Princess, however, I actually enjoyed this one more. This might not be the best drama EVER, pretty stingy on skinship (didn't expect anything raunchy from HK to be fair), the dubbing can drive me insane (until I get used to it) and so on with the same problems as Chinese dramas. But if you are looking for something feel good, funny and a genderbender you might enjoy this.
Also: YAY for a strong independent female lead who can kick arse!