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  • Drama: Well Intended Love
  • Country: China
  • Episodes: 20
  • Aired: Jan 17, 2019 - Feb 14, 2019
  • Aired On: Thursday
  • Network: Sohu TV
  • Duration: 45 min.
  • Rating: 13+ - Teens 13 or older

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  • Score: 7.9 (scored by 4,550 users)
  • Ranked: #1564
  • Popularity: #434
  • Watchers: 7,841

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Well Intended Love
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Ratings: 7.9/10 from 4,550 users
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Ranked #1564
Popularity #434
Watchers 4,550

A third-rate actress with leukemia becomes entangled with CEO Ling because she needs him for treatment.

In order to receive bone marrow transplant sooner and to continue her career as an actress, Xia Lin enters into a secret marriage with Ling Yi Zhou, the CEO of a company. Despite the conspiracies and misunderstandings they encounter, the two find true love.

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  • Country: China
  • Type: Drama
  • Episodes: 20
  • Aired: Jan 17, 2019 - Feb 14, 2019
  • Aired On: Thursday
  • Network: Sohu TV
  • Duration: 45 min.
  • Score: 7.9 (scored by 4,550 users)
  • Ranked: #1564
  • Popularity: #434
  • Rating: 13+ - Teens 13 or older

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Completed
cnguyen1031
71 people found this review helpful
Feb 21, 2019
20 of 20 episodes seen
Completed 4
Overall 6.5
Story 6.0
Acting/Cast 8.5
Music 8.0
Rewatch Value 6.0
This review may contain spoilers
I wanted to love this drama. My friend got me to watch and told me it was cute and adorable and a lot of fun. I believed her. The first 10 episodes were great and I was honestly enjoying it. Then the big plot twist happened in episode 11 and from that point on, the drama was honestly ruined for me.

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STORY:
This was really the only problem I had with this drama because I actually liked the acting and the chemistry between characters was great.
It started off fairly cliche - ???? - Cruel, harsh boss and the ??? cute, young, innocent girl are thrown together. Contract marriage, eventually fall in love for real. All great. I actually really appreciated that this time around, the male lead wasn't an ass to her the whole time before he realized his feelings, but he was very respectful of her, treated her well, was super cute to her. Great start!
The first episode I thought it was gonna be super melodramatic what with the boyfriend cheating, the sickness diagnosis, etc. It seemed like this was gonna be a downer drama. I was wrong. It was bubbly and romantic and cute. Everything continued on - relationship was cute, they kept getting closer, they finally fall in love.

AND THEN THE BIG PLOT TWIST. and this is where it went downhill for me.

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You find out that NOT ONLY was the female lead NEVER sick with Leukemia, but that the male lead knew about it from the beginning. What could be worse than that? THE MALE LEAD WAS BEHIND THE WHOLE THING. From day one, he was the one who manipulated the female lead, the doctors, down to keeping her holed up in some private facility for two months while she "recovers" (which they conveniently skipped over in the drama and they go straight from getting married to her being fully recovered in under 2 mins). It was ALL a ploy by the male lead to get the female lead to fall in love with him.

The drama continues to try and make it seem like he did it all for a noble cause - cause he really fell in love with her over the past two years when he was at his worst and she was the bright star that made him happy to live and whatnot. That's all great and that's a great love story. BUT THE FACT THAT HE ESSENTIALLY STALKED HER FOR TWO YEARS, FAKED HER ILLNESS AND FRAUDED HER INTO MARRIAGE MAKES ALL OF THIS JUST CREEPY AND NOT OK.

I know that the drama was trying to make it seem innocent, and she of course forgives him for all of this, but honestly I couldn't get over that plot point. It was too creepy and too stalkerish. If this was real life, there was no shot in hell that she would forgive him and continue their relationship.

Legit if they had kept everything the same - him falling for her prior to really meeting her, but actually had her be sick and have him donate his bone marrow, and all the subsequent story points - MINUS THE PART WHERE HE FRAUDED HER - I would be perfectly fine and I would have been able to enjoy the second half of this drama. But honestly, I can't believe they romanticized a legit stalker and manipulator and tried to make him seem noble. I can't.

Ugh.

ACTING:
I think the actors were all really good. I loved the leads (at first) and thought their relationship was surprisingly refreshing for a Chinese drama (where most of the time it ends up being the same plot lines). I was super into the male lead and thought he had a good suave personality, as well as being caring and thoughtful.

REWATCH:
Absolutely not. Knowing that one plot twist really I just can't with this drama. They try to make it cute and relatable, but it's just not for me. It's creepy and stalkerish.

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Completed
Jasmine
50 people found this review helpful
Feb 14, 2019
20 of 20 episodes seen
Completed 8
Overall 8.0
Story 8.0
Acting/Cast 7.5
Music 7.5
Rewatch Value 8.5
I'm scoring this drama based on my overall enjoyment than the quality, to be honest (the plot is rather weak), but as someone who usually stays away from modern cdramas (especially romances), I just totally fell in love with the characters, the chemistry, and just the overall fluff and cheese, which was surprisingly well done. As far as Chinese romcoms go, this is a gem , and despite a totally unoriginal plot, it features probably one of the best main OTPs (I don't know if I've ever seen such a healthy relationship in a romance drama - and yes, that's including the spoiler you may have seen in the comments section) in recent years, which is the primary reason why it's become a small hit among Chinese audiences despite featuring leads who aren't very well known.

Story

The OTP makes this drama what it is. The main couple have instant chemistry - and it's great to see an adult relationship for once that isn't dragged down by needless misunderstandings and inexplicable logic. Every time there is a slight conflict or misunderstanding, the characters communicate that very clearly, so there isn't any prolonged angst. Despite the circumstances of the marriage, the relationship is just unbelievably healthy and normal (yes, even despite the thing, because it's not exactly as described). There isn't a power disparity even though Yizhou is wealthy and powerful, because he truly respects and loves Mu Mu. It also helps that they have amazing chemistry and the progression of their romance is just very fluid and so, so cute. Thank you for adults who acts like adults (except when they're being total teenagers in love).

Aside from how they shine as a couple, what I love about this drama is how great Yizhou and Mu Mu are individually as well. Yizhou is definitely not your typical arrogant CEO - and it's just so much fun watching him and all of his little expressions and reactions (huge, HUGE props to Xu Kaicheng). A lot of his early personality is the product of a bad childhood, but what the drama does a great job of is not using that to excuse his behavior. Instead, it's pointed out very clearly why he was wrong, and he actively tries to change that while also acknowledging he may need some time to adjust the mindset he's been ingrained to have his whole life. And he really does become a better romantic partner because of that. I just really adored his character.

Mumu is also a fantastic female lead - she's not perfect in any way, but nor are her characteristics exaggerated to show how strong she is, which I think is a big problem with a lot of modern cdramas. She's just a normal, kind hearted person who is self-aware and tries to do the best with what she's given. What I especially love is that she's smart and isn't afraid to stand up for herself and has very clear morals (she sets boundaries and is very, very clear with Yizhou on what is acceptable and what is not), but also recognizes when she may have screwed up and is willing to accept help. She's just...very normal, which I found to be quite nice.

Chu Yan was a surprise to me, because I thought we were going to go down the typical love triangle route. Instead, what we got was a great (and hilarious) friend to both Yizhou and Mumu - he brought a lot of the comedy to the show, and just had a great rapport with both leads. The dialogue and banter was also well written.

The plot is definitely the weak link of the show, but it actually doesn't drag it down as much as you would think. If you were to recall every cliche and overused trope that existed in the Taiwanese dramas of the mid to late 2000s, you might be able to find it here in some capacity. However, what's great about the show is that it is very well aware that the main selling point is the main couple, so conflicts are usually resolved within one or two episodes, and due to the drama being just 20 episodes, the pace is so fast (and sprinkled with so much cuteness) you don't really have time to dwell on the ridiculousness of the plot. The antagonists were also a bit weak here, but it is what it is.

Acting/Cast

Xu Kaicheng absolutely steals the show here - partly because of just how likable Yizhou is as a character, and partly because he does a great job of really fleshing out the character. He added little idiosyncrasies to the character that just really brought it alive, and he has this natural warmth and charisma that works unbelievably well here. Admittedly, I've always thought that arrogant CEO characters don't really require a lot of acting skills, but I found myself pleasantly surprised by his performance. I haven't seen any of his dramas before, but I know he's mostly played supporting roles before, and am really hoping with the small success of this drama that he'll be able to land more leading roles going forward.

Wang Shuang isn't bad by any means either, and her Mu Mu was cheerful without being overly perky, and soft hearted without being stupid. It's a tricky balance when you're playing this kind of role, but she handles it wonderfully. And her chemistry with both Xu Kaicheng and Ian Yi (who has great comedic timing as Chu Yan) is fantastic.

I was very unimpressed by Yang Haoming here, sadly, and he made his character very cartoonish (he was also not helped by weak writing). His scenes were when I truly had a moment to sit back (because I was no longer as captivated) and marvel on just how ridiculous the plot development was.

Overall

This is a fluffy, really cheesy romcom that excels for what it is: mindless fun. The main couple really pulls this drama to another level, and is the main reason why it's stood out among other romcom offerings we've had in recent months. Don't expect an original or quality plot here - but if you just want to watch something extremely cute with great characters and solid acting from the leads, then I'd definitely recommend this.

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