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Because of an accident, a poor hotel maid falls in love with the player CEO of a major company who had lost his memories. When he regains his memory, the two are faced with challenges both in love and in business, and must work together to save both themselves and their homes. Edit Translation

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  • Country: China
  • Type: Drama
  • Episodes: 40
  • Aired: Sep 13, 2011 - Oct 2, 2011
  • Original Network: Hunan TV
  • Duration: 45 min.
  • Score: 7.7 (scored by 704 users)
  • Ranked: #3423
  • Popularity: #1961
  • Rating: Not Yet Rated

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Waking Love Up (2011) photo
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8 people found this review helpful
Jul 1, 2017
40 of 40 episodes seen
Completed 0
Overall 7.5
Story 7.0
Acting/Cast 7.5
Music 7.5
Rewatch Value 7.0
Gosh, no one has ventured to write a review on this show? Well, this comes a little bit late but better late than never, right? So here goes.

STORY (No spoilers)
It was only after I had completed watching this show that I later discovered that this was a re-make of an older and, at that time popular, Taiwanese show titled "Prince Turns Into A Frog". Having never seen that older show but afterwards read about its content, it would appear that the overall storyline for both shows essentially remains the same. So, for those of you who have seen "Prince Turns Into A Frog" and loved it, you might want to consider giving this re-make a try.

For those of you, like me, who have not seen its predecessor show, well, here is a good outline of what this show is about (because the MyDramaList synopsis of this show is actually a little inaccurate):-
This show is about a poor but effervescent and energetic girl (Liu Xiao Bei) who is trying to make some money for her family (which consists of a step-mom who actually cares for her as her own, and a half-brother). Circumstances allow her to cross-paths with a cold, rich, genius CEO of a hotel chain (Xiang Tian Qi) who, in a series of unfortunate events, meets with an accident and loses his memory entirely.
Not really knowing that Xiang Tian Qi is a rich genius CEO, Liu Xiao Bei and her family eventually take him under their wing and integrate him into their little village life, giving him a new name (Liu Xiao Yu) and a new life.
Meanwhile, Xiang Tian Qi's family, fiancee (Mu Zhi Qing) and best friend (Ji Ru Feng) continue to tirelessly search for him as well as attempt to maintain his hotel business in his absence.
Feelings between the amnesiac Xiang Tian Qi and Liu Xiao Bei begin to grow as they live together and share the burdens of the family and assist with the troubles of the poor little village in which they live.
All seems to be going well until Xiang Tian Qi's best friend and fiancee re-discover him living his new life simply in the village and, in another series of unfortunate events, Xiang Tian Qi gets into another accident and, while he regains the memory of his old life, loses the memories of his life as Liu Xiao Yu.
Cue messy relationship issues, conflicts, misunderstandings and tension. Do watch to see how things eventually turn out.

Storyline aside, I think it is also worth mentioning that the overall vibe of this show is that of a cheesy, light-hearted, funny and rather silly show. This show does not take itself seriously at all and has a lot of cartoonish, slapstick funny moments liberally sprinkled with your over-the-top dramatic scenes which, in another show, would probably make you roll your eyes. Since this show doesn't take itself seriously, viewers intending to watch this should also leave your brain at the door and just sit back and enjoy this crazy ride.
If you enjoy a bit of fun and silliness, as well as willing to suspend belief and swallow the cheese as well as the salt as this show turns on the drama, this show is a great one to watch.

LIU XIAO BEI - Tiffany Tang plays the loud, cheeky and bubbly Liu Xiao Bei really well here. While the vibe of the show promotes cartoonish actions and caricature personalities, Tiffany gives Liu Xiao Bei enough of a personality to make her a bit more than just a one-dimensional character. I found her character to be actually cute and likeable in this show, despite its inherent silliness, and that speaks of Tiffany's ability to breathe more life into her. She also enjoys good chemistry with her co-actors, especially with the main male lead (no surprise as they were actually dating in real life at time of filming).
XIANG TIAN QI - Roy Qiu plays this cold, rich, genius CEO as well as can be, given the craziness of the show and what the character himself has to go through. The first round of memory loss brought an almost complete change of character personality to Xiang Tian Qi, and Roy did a good job in making that difference palpable, believable and utterly charming to boot. I thought he portrayed the various personalities and emotions of his character pretty well, especially considering the playful nature of this show.
The second leads, as well as the supporting characters in this show, were played by actors who didn't mind looking a little silly or participating in scenes that were extremely cheesy and almost cringe-worthy. Not all characters were one-dimensional or one-note all the time in this show. There were moments of poignancy and feeling which added depth to certain key scenes and moments in the show, but on the flip side, there were also moments where suspension of belief was required and you'd need to roll with the punches.
It is difficult to therefore rate the quality of acting in this show, simply because of its rather quirky and erratic nature.

In line with its let's-not-take-ourselves-seriously vibe, the music in this show varies from hip-hop and rap, to pop and rock, to love ballads. A truly eclectic mix of genres rolled into a show, but you know what, it works. I actually enjoyed the music a lot (if you are a fan of JJ Lin, a lot of his tracks are played on this show), and thought it added life and beat to the series.

I guess this is a love-it or hate-it kind of show so if you liked it, you probably would not mind re-watching some of the scenes over and over again, even if it was just for kicks, giggles and laughs.

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  • Drama: Waking Love Up
  • Country: China
  • Episodes: 40
  • Aired: Sep 13, 2011 - Oct 2, 2011
  • Original Network: Hunan TV
  • Duration: 45 min.
  • Rating: Not Yet Rated


  • Score: 7.7 (scored by 704 users)
  • Ranked: #3423
  • Popularity: #1961
  • Watchers: 2,018

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