When five college students share a house, they also share their experiences with life and love. Han Yi Tong, Ni Jin, Chen Chen Chen, Lin Xiao Chun and Zhang Sheng Nan are roommates who share a house while attending the same university. Can they support each other through the many challenges they face?
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I was really excited when I heard there was going to be a remake of this. The plot is really interesting and includes things such as gender norms, depression, suicidal tendencies, abusive relationships, PTSD, isolation, betrayal, sexuality, murder, eating disorders, child predators. These are elements that I like about the plot, since its something that (originally AOY) Korea wouldn't consider since they are quite picky or triggered about these things in general. For Korea (originally AOY) to make a drama including these elements is a big step for drama plots, in my opinion. These things are happening on a daily basis in real life, so i'm glad that they included as many things as they could and STILL made the story line interesting. A remake of AOY made me happy because it is shown that the impact of AOY's story line was being spread and recognised by the people in China and the viewers, wherever they come from, who don't watch Kdramas and more Cdrama's (or vise-versa) will be able to recognise these things and be aware of it. This impact made me be more noticeable of things in my everyday life because of the thoroughness and effort they made in this plot. Although I had already seen the original version of this drama, i still rated the story 10, because the plot in general is amazing and is played amazingly by both actors and actresses in both dramas that i couldn't rate it less.
Some characters I found less intimidating in this version but that could just be because I watched AOY first and knew them first. However, I prefer the characters played by the actors/actresses in this drama than the original. This is because their overall appearance suited the character more, since i already got to know the characters in AOY, I was expecting the characters to be lower than my expectations, but I was wrong. I felt more of an attraction and connection to the characters in Youth, rather than AOY. But, If they remake season 2 of AOY, I hope they do not replace XiaoChun for another character, just because they replaced EunJae (AOY) for another actress due to the real actresses circumstances. However, this might affect some scenes in Youth 2, if they want to make it exactly the same.
I loved the music. The 2 minute long intro, i never skipped because the song was so good! The background music in the actual drama was amazing too and fit the scenes perfectly. I do not have any criticism for this.
I would definitely consider re-watching this anytime. Before watching this, many times I had considered rewatched the whole of AOY. But, now I had watched this completely, although having to stop watching for a while due to studying and exams, the Chinese remake is now my more favourite than Age Of Youth, and would consider re-watching this version rather than the original.
Story/Script Written + Acting/Cast : So surprisedly, I liked it. Mainly I’ll just talk about XC. I like XC’s innocent and pure kind because the way she going thru first time staying with stranger - all the cons that she have to endure - I find it she portray the expression & body language well. But her hairstyle....have to find faster way to get used it haha. I was looking forward for her improvement character or better of herself as she is the first role that introduced.
Unfortunate there’s not any scene show that she have become more out-going, socially to other aside her housemates. I found that her characteristic from time to time tend to be annoying because she still endure & keep to herself. Till she was too pressured to cope, only then she expressed it. She also tend to think negative about herself from beginning till the end. As the drama never show that she have positive thoughts. And her mother.....hmm no conclusion there. Left it blank... Towards her boyfriend - I was interested this couple but there’s not any improvement affection to Senior YY - same goes with Heng. Both of these male support roles - show more love towards female. And Helin too I guess.
Honestly I’m not familiar with these girls as main lead genre - perhaps it supposed to highlight girls’s characters as independent women but it does show that all the male support lead give more than take. Quite pity...aside CCC.
The rest 4 changes alot. You can see their improvement of mind thinking - solutions, know & admit the mistake, change ways of thinking & ways to better path, better way for their own.
Music : two songs. I’ll be okay :)
Overall : I’ll rewatch certain scenes especially funny one.