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
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Music LoversJust 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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.