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Lin Bei Xing, a young woman, who is about to enter her 30s, suddenly finds that her life has gone awry when her fiancé, Zhan Yu, whom she has been in love with since high school, cancels their engagement to date her best friend. Hoping to rekindle memories of their love, Lin Bei Xing invites Zhan Yu to return to their high-school premise in their old school uniforms for a day. While waiting for Zhan Yu in the rain, she activates her old phone and unknowingly travels back in time. Lin Bei Xing returns to the age of eighteen. The third year of high school is a nightmare, but Lin Bei Xing decides to retake the college entrance examination and forget Zhan Yu. However, an accidental encounter with Zhang Wan Sen after the college entrance examination becomes the trigger of Lin Bei Xing's time and space journey. (Source: MyDramaList) Edit Translation

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  • Country: China
  • Type: Drama
  • Episodes: 24
  • Aired: Jan 26, 2022
  • Aired On: Wednesday
  • Original Network: iQiyi
  • Duration: 40 min.
  • Score: 8.6 (scored by 3,276 users)
  • Ranked: #432
  • Popularity: #1590
  • Content Rating: 13+ - Teens 13 or older

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130 people found this review helpful
Jan 29, 2022
24 of 24 episodes seen
Completed 2
Overall 10
Story 10
Acting/Cast 10
Music 10
Rewatch Value 10

I Like You, Always Have and Always Will

Shining For One Thing tells the story of a woman who is unsatisfied with her current life. One day, she gets a chance to time travel back in time by deleting messages in her old phone. She goes back and tries to do well on her high school examination in hope of changing her future, but she was always sent back. It was only after several times that she realizes that there is more of her return to the past.

Shining For One Thing indeed has cliche troupes: childhood sweethearts, unrequited love, smart guy-cheerful girl, high school memories, and more. But what makes this drama stands out from other drama is that it has a logical, coherent, and tear-jerking plot, top acting, beautiful OSTs.

The drama storytelling is progressively paced and satisfyingly engaging without hardly any dull moment or substantial fillers. I particularly enjoy the fusion of romance, youth, and time travel. Furthermore, the love story between Zhang Wansen and Lin Beixing is very touching, if I were to use a word to describe it, their love is eternal. No matter what time and space, they would always eventually find each other and be there for each other. The cinematography is generally adequate, but some shots were beautifully shot and the color grading and filter used makes the drama even more fleshed out! In addition, the use of music scoring and the Impeccable OST encapsulated every essence of the story. The OST added so much emotion to the drama, it complements the drama montages and also the cinematography.

Zhang Jianing (Lin Beixing) and Qu Chuxiao (Zhang Wansen) did exceptionally well here! They added so much emotional nuance in the character, that makes the characters feel real so vivid to the audience. In addition, there is depth and richness from both the characters, each of their story and development arcs is also fleshed out. Not only the main characters, the supporting characters also did very well! Mai Zi is one of the characters I really applaud for, as a character he always does his best to protect his friends, even if he suffered physically and mentally.

All in all, if you love angsty time travel romance drama, do give this a try!

For those who have finished the drama, here are some easter eggs and theories:
1. Zhang Wansen didn't die in 2010, if you search his phone number (+86 13021991397) on WeChat, you can find his contact! Meanwhile, WeChat was launched in 2011.
2. Zhang Wansen didn't die, he's comatose and brought abroad by his parents. Years later, he woke up. But knowing that Lin Beixing is about to get married to Zhanyu, he doesn't come back. But he has the opportunity to time travel with Lin Beixing again - this explains why he always predicted the exam questions correctly and how his speech is exactly the same with what happened in the future, because he was from the future

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41 people found this review helpful
Jan 26, 2022
24 of 24 episodes seen
Completed 2
Overall 9.0
Story 9.5
Acting/Cast 9.0
Music 9.0
Rewatch Value 8.0
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Parallel universe and angsty love story that will make you cry a river

Time and space are illusions. Everything exists at the same time. But this story is about time travel. It's about the heroine who got to go back to her past. At first, she didn't know about the reason for multiple time travel. As soon as she realised, it's a tradegy. However, no matter what Lin beixing did, nothing's changed. The ending is different but the outcomes are same.

I love the way this story developed the logical but beautiful plot though it's a sci-fi. It might be typical school love story which genius quiet boy and sloppy cute girl chasing each other, but I love the friendships that Lin beixing had whenever she travel to her past. Every story is different when every character is same. I'm cheering for Lin beixing and Zhang wansen's true love.

If you love angsty love with a very light romance and cute friendship, this is for you. But if time travel is not your alley, you can pass by this drama. This is romance drama but i promise that you will drain your eyes.

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  • Drama: Shining for One Thing
  • Country: China
  • Episodes: 24
  • Aired: Jan 26, 2022
  • Aired On: Wednesday
  • Original Network: iQiyi
  • Duration: 40 min.
  • Content Rating: 13+ - Teens 13 or older


  • Score: 8.6 (scored by 3,276 users)
  • Ranked: #432
  • Popularity: #1590
  • Watchers: 9,606

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