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On New Year’s Day in 1949, female accountant Huang Li Wen returns to her hometown Shanghai in order to commemorate her husband and comrade’s death. As a Communist agent, she is ordered to obtain valuable information for the Communist Party and aid them in their quest for liberation. During her mission, Li Wen is reunited with her family members and becomes acquainted with the streetwise Qiao Zhi Cai and his younger twin brother Qiao Li Jie, who turns out to be a key player in Huang Li Wen’s mission. Edit Translation

  • English
  • magyar / magyar nyelv
  • dansk
  • Norsk
  • Country: China
  • Type: Drama
  • Episodes: 46
  • Aired: Jun 11, 2018 - Jul 5, 2018
  • Aired On: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
  • Original Network: BTV Dragon TV
  • Duration: 45 min.
  • Score: 7.8 (scored by 228 users)
  • Ranked: #3418
  • Popularity: #6517
  • Content Rating: Not Yet Rated

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NuoviAdeline
20 people found this review helpful
May 12, 2020
46 of 46 episodes seen
Completed 2
Overall 8.5
Story 8.0
Acting/Cast 9.5
Music 8.0
Rewatch Value 8.5
Having watched my fair share of Chinese Drama, I always find some will be either predictable, boring in the middle or story plot declining towards the end. It has been awhile when I found so many excitement in a drama until Lost in 1949. I watched this drama when I was binge-ing Chen Kun after his comeback in TROP. As stated in mydramalist, The Lost in 1949 is about the Communist spy in Republican era, but I think it's so much more. For me, it's more about family, slice of life, with a bit of spy for spiciness.

Story wise, Lost in 1949 is about a woman who was going to visit her Communist husband but later found out that her husband was dead and afterwards she got involved with a street smart funny guy. There weren't a lot of "twisted" plots like any spy drama, as for me it's more of how two people met by chance then became the best friend that everyone wishes they would have in their life. It's not a refreshing plot, but the dialogue and script would make us sit tight and had great laughs.

However, I must admit, what really carries the show is Chen Kun's acting. He played polar opposite twins and he acted so well you will think that they are two diff persons. For Regina, I have never watched her drama before, I didn't know if she always carries that sad face or her character in this drama demands sad face all the time. But she is decent.
Well, if you are coming from TROP, you will also recognize several faces in this drama.
Notes: Bad guy will still play bad guy (duh!)

Music in a drama has never been something I focused on, because a lot of time I find that I love the drama first then I will learn to enjoy the music later. One thing I can comment on Lost in 1949's music is it carries a lively catchy tune that will make you hummed along.

Overall, Lost in 1949 is a hidden gem for me. It is an underrated drama, since I have never heard anyone mention about this drama before. I am thankful that someone subbed it on youtube and I urge everyone to check it out. Lost in 1949 will make you laugh a lot and tear a bit while it is all worth it.

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Completed
PeachBlossomGoddess
17 people found this review helpful
Oct 31, 2020
46 of 46 episodes seen
Completed 12
Overall 8.5
Story 8.5
Acting/Cast 9.0
Music 8.0
Rewatch Value 8.0

A kiss is just a kiss.

This drama is set in 1949 during the prelude to the Communist Party of China's descent upon Shanghai the most strategic city in China at the time; which the nationalist Kuomintang had vowed to defend. The loss of Shanghai paved the way for the CPC to sweep into power and the rest is history. Given this backdrop, it is no surprise that this drama is often mischaracterized as a spy thriller. And certainly while espionage is a prominent feature, it is not at all what this drama is really about. It is much more a slice of life drama that explores the social economic challenges and shifting political ideologies that affects friends, families and lovers at this great inflection point in modern Chinese history.
 
I normally heartily dislike dramas set in tumultuous times like this because one cannot realistically expect happy outcomes. So I put this off for the longest time even though I am a huge fan of Chen Kun. But to my surprise, I enjoyed this drama almost from start to finish. The drama deftly avoids being melodramatic or maudlin by telling the story as a witty and intelligent dark comedy; effectively masking the sad, somewhat cynical undertone. I laughed my head off at the comical antics of the flighty widow who tries to turn back time with her first true love, a married man who is clumsily both tempted and terrified by her. It was only much later that it struck me what an ironic and cruel trick fate played on them and their families. Beyond Chen Kun, this drama is well cast with actors with excellent comedic timing.
 
The newly widowed Huang Liwen (Wan Chen) encounters Qiao Zhicai by chance as they both return to Shanghai. Having just lost her husband, a communist agent, Liwen tries to stay connected to him or perhaps give meaning to her loss by embracing his cause. Qiao Zhicai on the other hand is a a street savvy rogue and a bit of the black sheep of his family who ably navigates through the hyperinflation and shortages during those chaotic times. Their antagonistic initial interactions and misunderstandings blossom into a touching friendship and they become increasingly entangled into each other's lives. Together they try to protect the work of Qiao Lijie, Zicai's identical younger twin and a brilliant nuclear physicist. Their activities invite the scrutiny of the brutal secret police, putting them and their families in harm's way.

Where this drama shines is in its satirical portrayal how the main characters respond to provocation, conflict and deprivation. On the one hand, the drama mockingly lays bare the shallower, superficial and baser human traits of many of the characters and then redeems them by actions that also reveals their capacity for good. This darkly humorous depiction of familial bonds, sibling rivalry, love and betrayal as well as loyalty and friendship is vivid, hilarious and wistful. The overarching plot however will not satisfy true spy buffs although there are some thrilling, suspenseful moments and twists. It amounts to little more than a bunch of rather amateur spies pitted against a bunch of equally incompetent villains and making huge sacrifices for a mission that is ultimately of dubious historical significance.

I cannot praise Chen Kun's stellar performance in this drama enough. He pulled off both twins with such different personalities so convincingly I really believed there were two of them. Some of my favorite moments were when the brothers switch places - when Zhicai pretends to be Lijie he gives you the barest glimpse of Zhicai's concealed personality and vice versa. That is incredibly difficult to pull off and I don't believe I have ever seen it done better. I ended up loving both brothers and to me, Qiao Zhicai has become an all time favorite drama character. On the other hand, I found Wan Chen's Huang Liwen somewhat lacking. To be fair, it is a complex, messy role - a widow who is struggling to find meaning in her loss and existence. But she never convinces that her zeal for her cause is grander than love or friendship or even life itself. And she needs saving all the time. She only has three expressions - woebegone, helpless and cold. For her, a kiss is just a kiss; a means to an end with little true passion. I find her feelings for and attitude towards Zhicai unfathomable and frustrating. I don't think that is what the writers intended. Although she almost redeems herself at the end, I still find her unworthy of the sacrifices and risks Zhicai took for her.

For me this is an 8.5 that would have been a 9.0 if a better actress played Liwen. Nonetheless, I very much enjoyed the story and dark humor - it is very rare to see it done so well in c-drama. I can highly recommended watching this even though as a consequence, I suffered a major relapse and started cyber stalking Chen Kun again.

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  • Drama: Lost in 1949
  • Country: China
  • Episodes: 46
  • Aired: Jun 11, 2018 - Jul 5, 2018
  • Aired On: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
  • Original Network: BTV, Dragon TV
  • Duration: 45 min.
  • Content Rating: Not Yet Rated

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  • Score: 7.8 (scored by 228 users)
  • Ranked: #3418
  • Popularity: #6517
  • Watchers: 1,510

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