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For as long as she can remember, Ning Meng has dreamt of becoming an investment director, but since graduation, she seems to be drifting farther and farther from that dream. Currently working at an investment firm under Lu Ji Ming, Ning Meng has never once been given a chance to advance in her career. Believing Ning Meng doesn't have what it takes to become a qualified investor, Lu Ji Ming keeps her stuck in a dead-end job. Finally fed up with a position that's going nowhere, Ning Meng decides the time has come to seek employment elsewhere. Applying for countless jobs, Ning Meng finds the search for a new position to be difficult at best, but despite the setbacks, she refuses to give up. Finally landing a job at a new investment firm, Ning Meng takes the lessons she learned while working under Lu Ji Ming, and applies them in her new position. Secretly helping Ning Meng from the sidelines, Lu Ji Ming learns a few lessons of his own while watching Ning Meng grow into a talented professional. Both influenced by the other, will these two unique investors use what they've learned to become the best version of themselves? (Source: Viki; edited by MyDramaList) ~~ Adapted from the novel "Please Call Me the Director" (请叫我总监) by Hong Jiu (红九). Edit Translation

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  • Country: China
  • Type: Drama
  • Episodes: 32
  • Aired: Apr 29, 2022 - May 18, 2022
  • Aired On: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
  • Original Network: Dragon TV Youku
  • Duration: 45 min.
  • Score: 8.1 (scored by 3,500 users)
  • Ranked: #2067
  • Popularity: #1808
  • Content Rating: Not Yet Rated

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Completed
MsNotes
26 people found this review helpful
Jul 24, 2022
32 of 32 episodes seen
Completed 0
Overall 9.0
Story 9.5
Acting/Cast 9.0
Music 8.5
Rewatch Value 6.0

Her Dream was her Best Investment!

First of all, why is this drama so underrated? Like it deserves more!! She was told that "you cannot do this" but she made the same person say "you did it well". Master of my own is not your simple business drama with blah-blah-blah about stocks, that up and down graph, office deals etc. It's a story about growth, huge character developments and a slow burn mature romance you would cheer for.

Master of my own is adapted from the novel "Please Call Me The Director" (请叫我总监) written by Hong Jiu. Directed by Yao Ting Ting, it's a very unique storyline in it's genre.

Let me list what this drama is worth checking out for —

The female lead – she gets kicked, looked down upon and left completely devastated until she gears herself up to fight for her dream to be an Investment Director. What I love about her is she sticks to her principles no matter what. She is especially cool and beautiful at some points. Can't help but shout like a proud mama "You go girl!"

The story – surprising that this is the best Business genre Cdrama I've ever seen. Most of the business themed dramas do upper talk and group meetings in the name of business but this actually goes into little detail. It's not boring and embedded with the character's story. I love how they mentioned all the projects and what an investor thinks before giving money to them. "All" investors aren't emotionless machines who want profit, some do care for a new startup and are willing to take risks. And who doesn't have ups and downs but motivation, hard work, passion shines through this drama.

The male lead – okay. I agree he is just a big jerk in starting and I felt the urge to punch him hard so often but still let me say this to the upcoming viewers, give him some time. He won't disappoint you much in future. He becomes likable slowly.

The Acting – not a big fan of any of the cast but they were so satisfying. Ning Meng by Tan Song Yun is the definite highlight of this drama. The way she looks cute and bubbly and then she transforms with suits and dresses, you can see through her aura. Lin Geng Xin as Lu Ji Ming is suitable for this unique CEO role. The rest of the cast, special mentions to Su Xin and Gong Bei Bi who were great as Ceng Yu Hang and Shi Ying respectively.

The slow burn – slow burn romance lovers like me who enjoy a beautiful friendship and companionship turning to love would enjoy this drama. They don't have those cliche moments at all. It's just a basic understanding and magic between them where enemies turned lovers is like icing on the cake.

Now what still takes away 1 star from it —
It's probably because it became slow in the middle or maybe because I have no intention to rewatch this drama. Okay it was special for Tang Song Yun and her role Ning Meng but rewatching won't happen…

So I am going to remember this drama for the motivation, character developments and the little Ning Meng who does big tasks.

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JulesL
63 people found this review helpful
May 19, 2022
32 of 32 episodes seen
Completed 8
Overall 9.5
Story 9.5
Acting/Cast 9.0
Music 9.0
Rewatch Value 8.0
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Don't Forget Your Dream, Don't Forget Your True Self...

Master of My Own is one of those polarizing dramas where many viewers lauded the show as one of the best C-Dramas of 2022, while others criticized it for being too slow or boring. For me, I enjoyed this intelligent and inspiring show, and I think it is misunderstood and under-rated on MDL.

Instead of being a typical rom-com or other more established genres like melodrama or horror, MOMO is a "slice of life" show, which concept is much hazier but provides a different kind of enjoyment especially when the viewer can relate to the story.

MOMO's appeal for me is how well the show depicted the everyday experience, the recurring themes of family and friendship, the struggles of daily life, and the stark portrayal of the good and bad sides of human nature. I also appreciated how the screenwriter and director teased out the characters' personalities, thoughts, emotions, and motivations by effective use of good dialogue, music, meaningful gestures, and props.

The story centered around Ning Meng, an ordinary young woman working towards her dream. There is a certain maturity about this drama, as it beautifully and realistically portrayed the growth, the angst, the resolution, and ultimately the success of our FL in her personal and professional lives. Ning Meng was hardworking, optimistic, plucky, and intelligent. Through talent, effort, good luck, and lots of faith in herself, Ning Meng navigated with grace and determination through the world of capital markets and investment.

Finding love with the ML, Lu Ji Ming, along the way was the icing on the cake, but that was not the show's focus. The main couple's romance was a slow-burn one. It started with them being on unequal footing, to one of friendship, and finally culminating in a way that I found satisfying.

Our main couple's journey was engaging for me, as they went through different experiences and ended up on the same path, working towards common life goals. As Ning Meng's confidence grew, Lu Ji Ming's ego took a beating. As Ning Meng's career took flight, Lu Ji Ming's crashed. Throughout it all, both showed worthy character growth and development. In this show, the main characters' little and large struggles and triumphs were well-written, executed, and acted.

Lu Ji Ming started off as a chauvinistic jerk boss who disparaged the FL's aspirations to be an investor. Shown initially as a successful investor who obviously thought that he was superior to everyone else, it became apparent that Lu Ji Ming was a quietly generous person who cared about loyalty and principles. Still, even though he had some redeeming moments as he showed concern, advised, and protected Ning Meng in his own arrogant way, I find it most gratifying that Lu Ji Ming did not end up with Ning Meng early and easily. Our poor ML had to struggle through some humbling moments first, but Ning Meng was there to support and encourage him.

The show hit the jackpot by casting Seven Tan as Ning Meng and Lin Geng Xin as Lu Ji Ming. They had great chemistry, and the dynamics between them were entertaining. Acting-wise, I am impressed. Seven Tan is a gem! Her acting as Ning Meng left a firm impression, and I was blown away by her superb performance. Lin Ge Xing clearly has the acting chops to pull off a cold to warm character like Lu Ji Ming. His expressions were on point, and in this show, in that persona, Lin Ge Xing exuded a certain charm and charisma.

I am a sucker for tall men and significant height differences between couples, and this show used it very effectively. It is not enough that Lin Geng Xin has an impressive height; the show also gave us Liu Cang as the SML.

Liu Chang's character, Su Wei Ran, got a lot of hate for being the creepy SML who could not move on past his first love's betrayal. His actions were selfish, and his desire for wealth and recognition was condemnable, but at the same time, it was relatable to real life. I had high hopes for his character development, and he did not fail me in the end. Liu Chang did well in portraying this lost soul. With his eyes alone, he showed the hopelessness and defeat that Su Wei Ran must have felt between doing the right thing and fighting his own desires, insecurities, and jealousy.

Without a doubt, the entire ensemble was great. The way the characters interacted with each other and dealt with life in general reminded me of how the people I know and I would behave in real life. The characters were nicely developed and, being adults, actually behaved like adults. None of that childish drama that the writers usually throw in to create conflicts.

I wish I knew more people like Lu Ji Ming's best friend, Ceng Yu Hang, who with his high EQ, was the "voice of wisdom" and the catalyst for many good moments between our main couple. Also, watching Ning Meng's parents, Xiao Yang and Xiao Song, and their funny interactions with our couple was time well spent. Not only that, there was a message of female empowerment with wonderful supportive relationships between Ning Meng and her best friend, her colleagues, and her boss, Shi Ying. Shi Ying was a true role model, and I would have loved to have a mentor like her.

The clothes and makeup also stood out for me because the show did not go for an idol drama feel with overdone makeup or avant-garde outfits. The actors looked normal, good-looking nonetheless, but refreshingly ordinary. I like how they styled Ning Meng from beginning to end. She looked cute in her glasses, albeit a little dowdy. It was nice to see how she naturally and realistically improved her outer beauty as she started to pay more attention, like using contacts, changing her hairstyle, and wearing more stylish outfits.

Finally, to top it off, the soundtrack was memorable for me. The way the show wove the songs and background music into the story was fitting and set the scenes and moods perfectly. Enclosed below is the link to the OST list, and I also included the link to the heartwarming song played in the background as Su Wei Ran reflected and pondered about his future.

Overall, I recommend that you try this drama out and see for yourself. Thematically for me, MOMO is a show that encapsulates life in many aspects and topics. It touches upon self-identity and personal growth, love (romantic and familial), friendship, respect and loyalty (to self, family, and principles), societal obligations and problems, the balance of power, wealth and inequality, and more.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W0ynz1wLE-k
终于可以说出那句我爱你 I can finally say that I Love You - 谭松韵 Seven Tan
寓言 Fable - 希林娜依·高 Curley G
甜蜜来袭 Tian Mi Lai Xi - 王赫野 Wang HeYe
那么多 So Much - 金玟岐 Vanessa Jin
寓言 Fable - 田园 TianYuan
那么多 So Much - 姚婷婷 Yao TingTing

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kGDeerbW5z8
夜空中最亮的星 The Brightest Star in the Night - 逃跑计划 Sky Escape Plan

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  • Drama: Master of My Own
  • Country: China
  • Episodes: 32
  • Aired: Apr 29, 2022 - May 18, 2022
  • Aired On: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
  • Original Network: Dragon TV, Youku
  • Duration: 45 min.
  • Content Rating: Not Yet Rated

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  • Score: 8.1 (scored by 3,500 users)
  • Ranked: #2067
  • Popularity: #1808
  • Watchers: 8,540

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