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pattyrn4
17 people found this review helpful
May 9, 2014
22 of 22 episodes seen
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Overall 10
Story 9.0
Acting/Cast 10
Music 10
Rewatch Value 9.0
No one ever said drama shows were reality and this is no exception. The plot is highly contrived. It is a rom com at its best. It is not the typical Cinderella story where a poor woman finds an arrogant rich guy and turns him sweet. Rather, the theme is that money doesn't buy you love and happiness.

Lynn Hung pretty much steals the show. She plays a gorgeous model who is out to net a wealthy tycoon. She is the discerning buyer who is out for the best deal. For sale is her beauty and charm and she can sweet talk her way into any man's heart. She is friendless: women hate her because of her beauty and success, men hate her because they can't keep her. She's off to a better conquest. The best parts are her manipulation of men. Her rejects are out for revenge. I never laughed so hard at her scheming.

Enter Vaness Wu as the poor, babbling, lovelorn guy whom she falls for. I would have liked him better without the punk rock hair, but he is romantic. Some of his rescue scenes are a bit slapstick with silly suspense music accompaniment. At times it seems the drama is a romance spoof with some of the silly melodrmatic scenes, especially at the end.

But even if you don't like the story, you will feel like you are watching a runway fashion show. In every scene Lynn Hung has a gorgeous wardrobe and unique hairdo. She is possibly the most beautiful actress out there. In real life she is a Chinese supermodel. I wish there were more shows with her devouring men. This watch was delicious!

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JadeDarcy
30 people found this review helpful
Jan 19, 2012
22 of 22 episodes seen
Completed 0
Overall 9.0
Story 10
Acting/Cast 9.0
Music 10
Rewatch Value 9.0
This is hands down my favorite Taiwanese Drama and maybe one of my favorite Asian Drama overall. From episode 1 I felt like this drama was laced with crack and my favorite cup of coffee. I was hooked and could not stop watching. I was sad when it was over, although it has an ending I really liked.

I'm relatively new to K- and T-Dramas, but I've been watching Telenovelas all my life, so at times I feel jaded of the topics and cliches that are shown. This drama did not make think about anything else but what I was watching. I was so into it, I was not thinking things like: When is this arc going to be over? Why are they dragging this so much?. It seems they had a firm hold on what they wanted to express from beginning to end.

This drama varies from many, as the Heroine of the story seems to be more "alpha" in personality than the male. The growth shown by her character and the way this actress portrayed it, was outstanding. I was at first hesitant about the acting by VanNess Wu, he seemed overpowered physically and performance wise by the main actress, but in a way this suited the characters so well, that it made it even more believable.

I liked that you get your "grew up in an orphanage" heroine, who instead of growing up to become the maid of a big hotel and a giving soul; becomes a strong, self centered, materialistic person who works hard for what she wants. Even if these things are brand named clothes and diamonds. Unlike most dramas this heroine is not the one spreading love and rainbows of happiness wherever she goes. She has a lot to learn about love and life, but has had no one to teach her. Nor has she been willing to learn.
In juxtaposition, our Hero is the one who is gentle and idealistic.
I liked the side characters and that the second female was not some mean girl who was going to take the man she wanted regardless of his feelings. The greatest hurdles that our characters went through were self created. Wounds that had to be healed. The main villain in our heroine's life was herself. I LOVED the characters of Peter and later on Moses.

The Parisian backdrop, the clothes and jewelry shown were amazing. It really did help to take me in and suck me into the world presented even more. The music was so beautiful and right when presented. It did not overpower and only aided to express what was going on in the scenes. This drama makes you fall for the sounds of the violin and makes you want to listen to what else is out there with this instrument. I even liked the opening score.

In short I really, thoroughly enjoyed this drama. Was it perfect? I don't know. I was too tunneled visioned while I was watching. I was buying EVERYTHING they were showing in an AS IS manner. To me, that is the best compliment I can give any sort of movie, book or drama. If the point of watching is to let go of your own reality for a few moments, this drama did it for me in a way I was more than willing to just go along. This drama really feels like a brand name, luxury item. I highly recommend it.

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Forever_Shawol
11 people found this review helpful
Sep 6, 2012
22 of 22 episodes seen
Completed 0
Overall 9.0
Story 9.0
Acting/Cast 10
Music 10
Rewatch Value 8.0
I loved it ...at the start I swear I hated the main girl so so much!
I really didn't like the story at the first 3-4 episodes but I soon loved it and It started being so addictive! The main 2 are such amazing actors! I love Vanness Wu so much and I don't know how many times i replayed the song It's so catchy! I actually searched it up later !
You should definitely watch this and the fashion is so awesome too!
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marlenefoung
6 people found this review helpful
Jun 3, 2012
22 of 22 episodes seen
Completed 0
Overall 9.0
Story 8.0
Acting/Cast 10
Music 9.0
Rewatch Value 7.0
I must admit it, the beginning of this drama wasn't very interesting to me. However, as I continued to watch the show, I really enjoyed it and couldn't stop. The chemistry between the two lead was excellent and I could feel their love and passion. Furthermore, the storyline was very good as there were obstacles to their love through the story and each one of them was not useless and didn't feel like a cliche. The fashion was very nice too, it didn't feel as if they didn't have enough budget.

As the drama ended, I wished to see more but there wasn't... I really enjoyed this show and hope the beginning doesn't put you off if it does :)

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skytrip
7 people found this review helpful
Aug 11, 2012
22 of 22 episodes seen
Completed 0
Overall 8.0
Story 8.0
Acting/Cast 8.0
Music 10
Rewatch Value 8.0
Overall, this is a good drama if you are looking for something fun, casual, but still suspenseful and romantic. This was my first Taiwanese drama, and I found it surprisingly fun and fresh. I liked Chu Man's character and found her intriguing. The storyline kept your interest the entire time & the music is AMAZING. It was actually the theme song that caught my interest at first! This was my first exposure to Van Ness Wu as a musician and actor, and I thought he did great. The only reason I rated this drama as an overall 8 was because certain events in the plot are completely unbelievable, even for a drama!

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Jasmine
5 people found this review helpful
Apr 12, 2015
22 of 22 episodes seen
Completed 0
Overall 9.0
Story 8.0
Acting/Cast 9.0
Music 9.0
Rewatch Value 9.0
Disclaimer- I'm a Vanness Wu fan so I might be a little biased! However, the storyline was pretty innovative compared to the usual tdrama plots. The female lead, Lynn Hung, is gorgeous and her wardrobe is amazing. The storyline was a bit unrealistic at times, and their leads chemistry was mediocre, but that isn't the actors' fault, more because of the writers making Vanness's character a bit one dimensional.

The first half of the drama started off very strong, the clothes, the backgrounds, and storyline were all vibrant and creative. The second half started to be unrealistic, but I continued to watch it. I really liked the ending, and although the drama was unrealistic, it was still a fun watch because there are many cute scenes that make it worthwhile. In terms of the cast, I really enjoyed Peter, Lynn Hung's friend in the drama, and Vanness's character's family also added to the story.

The music was beautiful, in my opinion. The song sang by Vanness is also very good.

Personally, I would rewatch the few scenes I liked, but not again from beginning to end. (9.5/8)

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Timbone
1 people found this review helpful
Nov 17, 2015
22 of 22 episodes seen
Completed 0
Overall 6.5
Story 5.5
Acting/Cast 8.5
Music 8.0
Rewatch Value 1.0
I will keep the review short
Female lead was awesome, music too
The story was interesting at first but just too long
I hate stories about men with god complexes and it seems to be prevalent in any Asian show with super rich men like to play with the life of others.
Very enjoyable nonetheless but I wont rewatch or recommend
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