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Star Entertainment is the top entertainment agency in China. It was set up by a couple, Cheng Tian Hao and Du Wan Qing, who eventually separated due to differing beliefs in managing the company. Yang Zhen Zhen is an aspiring young girl with a passion for music. She joined Starry Sky Entertainment and was assigned as Zheng Bo Xu's assistant. Bo Xu is a popular idol who is arrogant and unruly. With the help of Zhen Zhen, who helped him correct his flaws and unleash his potential, Bo Xu slowly transforms into a talented singer. In the process, Zhen Zhen also gains experience and becomes a capable idol manager. At the same time, Du Wan Qing is also grooming a singer, Yu Zi Rui, who shapes up to become Bo Xu's biggest competitor yet. (Source: Wikipedia) Edit Translation

  • English
  • Español
  • Italiano
  • Country: China
  • Type: Drama
  • Episodes: 44
  • Aired: Mar 25, 2019 - May 6, 2019
  • Aired On: Monday
  • Original Network: Tencent Video iQiyi Youku iQiyi
  • Duration: 45 min.
  • Score: 8.2 (scored by 2,811 users)
  • Ranked: #1107
  • Popularity: #717
  • Content Rating: Not Yet Rated

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Completed
Apple Eye
28 people found this review helpful
May 10, 2019
44 of 44 episodes seen
Completed 0
Overall 7.5
Story 6.5
Acting/Cast 8.0
Music 8.0
Rewatch Value 7.0

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Just finished the ending of this series on YouTube and I feel the urge to write a review. I’ve mixed feelings, because I’ve been hooked by every episode, but felt some irritation as well.

Synopsis
All her life Yang Zhen Zhen (Janice Wu) wants to be a pop artist. She works as a jack-of-all-trades at a major music agency, in the after hours she puts all her energy in talent shows. She never wins, but she decides to aid her former contest opponent Yu Zi Rui (Niu Jun Feng) to become a star one day.
Zhen Zhen is friendly, optimistic, fighting for her beliefs. That’s why her boss entrusts her with the difficult task of being a personal assistant to c-pop artist Zheng Bai Xu (Huang Zitao). Bai Xu is the big star of his agency, but he’s pursued by media scandals due to his unpredictability and unrestrained actions. He gives Zhen Zhen a lot of head aches and anxiety. They bicker non-stop, but are in fact kindred spirits. They both like to live and fight for their music. Bai Xu wants to become his own singer-songwriter but his agency won’t let him, earning money from his career as it is. Question is: will they succeed in living their life the way they want to?

The Good
Don’t expect just another c-pop vehicle for ZTao, this drama has some good side stories, f.e. the relationship with his rich father and siblings, and there's a nice flow in the story telling.
If you’re a fan of Janice Wu, you won’t be disappointed. She really shines. Although her character should have clothing that is plain and simple, her styling is perfect, every episode another outfit. Also ZTao doesn’t look bad when he leaves the swimming pool, and together they have a lot of cute, sweet moments. The supporting cast delivers a good job as well, especially the ideal-son-in-law Niu Jun Feng who plays a darker sort of character for a change.

The Bad
It is almost symptomatic in Chinese series, but there it is…this drama fails to deliver a sound closure. Really, how difficult can it be to portray a struggling artist who becomes a succes in the end, in his own right, without the help of his rich father, or agency? I won’t give any spoilers, you’ll have to see this for yourself.
Another minor thing, the styling of the actors is great, but it pains me to see what they did to ZTao. His lipstick is thicker, pinker than anyone. Combined with his dramatic hair-do and eyeliner he looks more like a drag queen to me. The only time I could believe Zhen Zhen would fall in love with him, was at the pool and on the beach where he was filmed without the heavy makeup.
Thanks to Janice the chemistry with ZTao was on point, but it took a long time before they kissed, and when they did, it was an anti climax for me. Aigoo, I was waiting for a lingering kiss full of intense emotion, not a touch of the lips left in "pause" mode.

Verdict
Still I recommend this c-drama to all romcom/music/boss-secretary lovers. Leave your brain on the shelf and enjoy this classic story about the arrogant male and his female assistant who become of one mind completing each other.

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Completed
LilMeggs
14 people found this review helpful
Jun 25, 2019
44 of 44 episodes seen
Completed 0
Overall 8.0
Story 8.0
Acting/Cast 8.0
Music 9.0
Rewatch Value 8.0
I decided that I really wanted to watch this not only because it was one of the most highly anticipated chinese dramas of 2019, but because of the actors/actresses. I really wanted to see ZTao (Boxu) in a drama because I was very curious to see if he could act and if he could sing and to be honest, I enjoyed every second of his character. I loved watching his growth from this misunderstood c-pop star who hid behind his popularity to this soft and funny man who would give up his one and only dream to be a popular c-pop star to save the love of his life. Even before he realized that his character was in love with Zhen Zhen, you started to see a shift in his demeanor the way he talked to her as well as everyone else. That was one of the things I loved about this drama was the chemistry that ZTao and Janice Wu had with one another. I loved their back and forth banter that was 100% flirting, but both didn't realize it. Maybe they both noticed it, but didn't say anything. Who knows. Their relationship seemed extremely comfortable and natural, which made me ship them from the beginning. Sorry Yu Zi Rui. Which brings me to my next actor - Niu Jun Feng who placed Yu Zi Rui. I think it was the second drama I had every watched when I started watching dramas back in November-ish of 2018. Love 020 was the drama where I found out that I LOVED dramas and found my first drama crush. It was also the first drama where I fell in love with the entire cast including the minor major characters. Niu Jun Feng played one of Xiao Nai's best friends and he was one of my favorite characters. Not only was he Xiao Nai's best friend, but he was also his brother and protected him as well as WeiWei in any and every way he could. Nothing else mattered as long as his friends were smiling. When I found out that he was a major minor character again in this drama, I had to watch. Especially since he was playing the caring a gentle (first) love interest of our main character. Was I a little disappointed, yea, but I think he did an amazing job with his character. I loved watching his internal struggle trying to figure out what he was willing to give up in order to have his dream. I was on his side for a majority of this drama, until one infamous scene where even I fell out of love with him. And then every time he would almost redeem himself, he would dig a even deeper whole. It pained me to see one of my favorite actors play a role like this, but he did such an amazing job, so I can't be mad. Believe me, there was only one thing that could have happened at the end between him and another character that would have made me hate his character, but atlas, it didn't happen and the world is right again. Finally, there is Janice Wu. I don't know that it is about her, but either she has been in every new chinese drama coming out or I am just obsessed with her. It's probably a mixture of both. I love her spunkyness as well as always playing a character that might not be 100% the strongest she can be in that moment, but hell...she is a close 99%.

Overall, I enjoyed this drama a lot more than I thought I was going to, but there were a few things that I couldn't get over. The first being the consistency of the context her episode as well as the ending of each one. Some episodes felt like bridges, linking one idea with another without anything really happening. Every time this happened, I would be extremely frustrated that I waited 2-3 days for this ep, and the ep didn't relieved. Then on top of that, the episodes would literally end in the middle of a sentence with an unfinished idea and I was like...really. You couldn't even give me a finished sentence? Also, I wasn't a an of ANYONE that worked at Star Entertainment. Some people had their moments, but it wasn't enough. I honestly wanted Boxu's contract to be terminated so he could go somewhere else. BUT, Star Entertainment did seem like a family....a dysfunctional family. But the one person I disliked the most, and idk if she just enjoys playing these types of characters, was Xia Yuan, Zhen Zhen's best friend and roommate. I felt like she was too much. I'm glad she grew from the beginning of the drama to the end, but she was a mess in the middle and took it out of Zhen Zhen for something he has no power over. Especially when she decided that she was in love with Yu Zi Rui for no reason really, I thought it was not cool and she was too much. I am glad that their relationship stayed friendly and that they could learn from one another because if they were written to fall in love, I would have called bullshit.

Overall (again, part 2), I would love to see Z.Tao act in more dramas as well as continue to watch Janice Wu in the future. I hope they collaborate again and I wish that all the songs from this drama were on Spotify because, EVERY song was amazing in this drama.

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Details

  • Drama: The Brightest Star in the Sky
  • Country: China
  • Episodes: 44
  • Aired: Mar 25, 2019 - May 6, 2019
  • Aired On: Monday
  • Original Network: Tencent Video, iQiyi, Youku, iQiyi
  • Duration: 45 min.
  • Content Rating: Not Yet Rated

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  • Score: 8.2 (scored by 2,811 users)
  • Ranked: #1107
  • Popularity: #717
  • Watchers: 6,841

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