A story of a full-time mother's career advancement follows Shen Anan who loves life and loves food. After experiencing a marital crisis, she chooses to return to the workplace. Through continuous learning and growth, she improves her professional skills and realizes her self-worth. (Source: Chinesedrama.info) Edit Translation
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A Typical Lifetime MovieWhat a Lifetime Movie! That is what this drama reminded me of. We have all seen them. Where the wife must deal with the other woman that wants to take her husband then you have her getting crazier as the movie goes on. That is the same here. It just keeps getting crazier which you are waiting for the ultimate over the top moment, but it never happens…it started off with a bang, but it just fizzled out.
You were given such a delicious treat of all that Shi Yue could possibly do and to just have her whimper out like that didn’t do her character the justice she deserved especially for all the malicious things she did.
The viewers expectation of the ending should have been more fitting, but it wasn’t.
When Shen An first appears she reminded me of a “Stepford Wife.” She was always doing wifely things for her husband and daughter. Oh, and you will hear about dumplings so much. I never knew there were so many different fillings. Trust me they mention dumplings throughout this drama.
The loving family that Shen An has with her husband, Ren Yi Ming and daughter Xinyi was not ready for the ultimate upheaval by her sister, Shi Yue. I think we all remember “Lost in Space” and the robot that used to say, “Danger Will Robinson, Danger,” well that is what they should have said when Shi Yue came into their home.
Shi Yue arrived at the home of Shen An and Ren Yi (unannounced) she had the outward appearance of a nice-looking young woman, but never would anyone, or could anyone imagine what destruction she could ensue. Meeting the family, the next day for breakfast, she wore daisy duke shorts which caught the attention of Ren Yi and that look did not go unnoticed by Shen An. She did call Rei Fei, her sister-in-law, to tell her about it and she promptly told her to speak with her immediately, and not to dress like that in the future in front of her husband.
So began the temptation of Shi Yue on Ren Yi. Once she saw how her sister was living as opposed to how her life was, she wanted everything she had, and especially her husband. Shi Yue was relentless in her pursuit of her brother-in-law until he finally caved in. Losing everything from his wife, his daughter, his home and finally his job.
You must give Shi Yue credit because she was a woman who when she made her mind up, she wanted something, nothing, not even her sister would stop her. She was a master manipulator, a psychopath, psychotic and basically crazy. In analyzing her, she was always hung up on two things 1) having someone to love her 2) being abandoned. Being abandoned was a big part of her problem that seemed to grow each time she would leave a relationship. Her hunger to have a family or someone to love her put her on this path of self-destruction as well as taking those around her into the abyss that she created once she set her sights on the person that she wanted.
From the first moment, that Ren Yi was tempted, he tried to put a stop to it before it began. But Shi Yue knew what buttons to push, and she pushed them. Telling him that she was going to end her life, that made him run to her and so began their affair. The guilt for Ren Yi was too much and he tried to stop but he finally got caught when Shi Yue sent the picture of him lying in her bed to Shen An. It was over.
After this happens, Shen An had to get her life together because she booted him to the curb. You will see the significance of the "red shoes" that she throws away as a vital part of her transformation. She cuts her hair. I believe every woman when a man does them wrong goes for a makeup over. She gets a job at a dealership, becomes a famous talk show host after doing so many live streams and has Lin Yao. Who is Lin Yao? Well, if you can believe this, he had a brief stint with dating Shi Yue. I know I couldn’t even believe how small the world is. But Lin Yao understood Shen An and he had fallen in love with her the moment he met her at the dealership that she eventually worked at that he was a manager of. Their relationship had its ups and downs but through it all he remained unscathed by all that was happening in Shen An’s life. He was that strong pillar and support that she needed but she was not willing to open up her heart to him due to everything. But he was not one to just give up. He told her he would wait patiently for her to get everything in her life situated. But because of what her answer to him was when he asked her one more time about their future, and she said she could not tell him that she saw them having a future, he decided to leave.
The best "Princess Diana Moment," yes, I did reference her because we all remember when she broke up with Charles and she wore that banging black dress with the choker. Well, Shen An gets begged by her husband to go with her to a company function which his boss, Chen asked him to bring her. Let me tell you, Lin Yao hooked her up. He got her dress, her hair everything was on point. But Cinderella cannot go to the ball without her coach, he tosses the keys to his black car, and she is off. The moment she steps out of the car, high heels and all. She was slaying!!! Everyone was blown away. Even Shi Yue who could not say anything. Ren Yi was knock over by how beautiful his wife was, but Shen An left early after Shi Yue caused a scene.
The most boring part of the whole drama was Ren Fei and her husband. She was so nauseating. Her whining about her husband cheating on her was so over the top. The rules she created for him I would have left her. But they do stay together and have a baby. Not worth writing about them.
Another good part of the drama is when Shi Yue got beat up by a woman who found out she was having an affair with her husband. This happened after Ren Yi left her and she had nothing. She was kicked out of every place she was in. She even followed Ren Yi to his new job, got hired and moved into the same place he was staying. Ren Yi finally took matters into his own hands and went to see his boss and told him about her which got her booted out of that job as well. Ren Yi went to Shen An and told her the only way he would find peace and to get Shi Yue out of his life was to leave. He was going overseas, and he told her and Xinyi he would come back in time. Shi Yue sees Ren Yi for the last time when he is getting in the taxi.
Shi Yue drunkenly bumped into an older man at the bar who she begins a relationship with. He set her up for 6 months in an apartment, but little did she know that he was married. This man's wife finds out about the affair and sends a van to snatch her up. The wife ties Shi Yue to a chair and beats her ass and has her body dump into a dirt pile. She ends up in the hospital with multiple fractures and even her left eye messed up, but she has no one the hospital can call because she dissed so many people. Eventually they do get a hold of Shen An who does pay for her hospital bill but does not want to see her again.
I could tell you all of the crazy things that Shi Yue does but that would spoil the drama because believe me, there are way too many to list. You really have to see and watch her to even believe it. She is so cringeworthy in some moments. The baby talk voice will drive you nuts. Ren Yi is also so pathetic. He does nothing to get himself away from her until Lin Yao tells him that in order to make his life better, she needs a new target and that will only happen if you leave, hence him making that decision to go overseas.
Another person of interest in the drama is Liang Yuan. She is the ex-girlfriend of Ren Yi who was brought in to work at the same company so Chen could see who the next director would be. So, at the company Ren Yi had his ex-girlfriend and his sister-in-law working there. Talk about a man who should really be stressed. I thought she was going to be a pain to Shen An but they ended up having a really good relationship after she left the company because Shi Yue framed her for embezzling funds from the company. Which Chen did find out was not true. But this was one woman that was not going to be knocked down. She stood strong and her and Shen An both became talk show host and formed such an amazing partnership.
The reason why I said that Shi Yue deserved more of a better ending is because after she leaves the hospital, she just goes by her sister’s house stands their cries and looks at the house and apologizes. I mean all the crazy that she did, and she went out with a whimper. Never talked to her sister or at least left a text message or letter to her. I mean she was a nut, but the sad thing is, she really just, in my opinion never had anyone show her what real family and love is. That is exactly what the wife who beat her up told her. We did get a brief moment of her talking to her father. I thought for sure that he would come to see her but that never happened. I can only summarize that all of her issues stemmed from her relationship with her father.
Then we have Shen An and Lin Yao. He was right in leaving her because it was his time to get his space. But Shen An finally said she wanted him to come back but we knew something would happen, as he is crossing the street and texting back, he gets hit by a motorcycle and ends up in a coma.
At the “once in a lifetime” event, I thought for sure we were going to have Lin Yao appear in the doorway but instead we get Ren Yi. He tells everyone he is there to help a friend. Next, we see Lin Yao on screen from his hospital bed with a bandage on his head giving his speech and professing his love for Shen An once again. Liang Yuan asks Shen An if she is going to stay to see who the winner is, and she says she is going to the airport to go to Lin Yao because he has already taken 99 steps and she is going to take her steps now. You just see Shen An running out and the next thing is a field...go figure. And no, we never do see them together in the end.
Lame, Lame, Lame…I would have given this a higher rating if they would have given more closure to Shi Yue as well as seeing what had pushed her to be the way she was. Seeing Shen An and Lin Yao together would have been a definite plus for me as well as many who watched the 24-episode drama. But we got none of that. Hence this is your typical lifetime movie.
All and all Shi Yue really made this drama worth watching because just when you thought she couldn't do anything else over the top, she does. You just can't turn away. If you read some of the comments, she really has made people mad and as an actress she did her part and did it well. So, if you want to watch a drama that will get your blood pressure to go up and want to scream, this is the drama for you!
Chinese versof Fatal Attraction but less gruesome psychopath toxic relationship. Good dramaMy Wife is a drama about a full-time mom's career advancement follows Shen Anan, who loves life and loves food. This is a Chinese version of Fatal Attraction, where her husband (played by Du Chun) cheats on her with her cousin Shi Yue (played by Rachel Yang)
The acting is good, especially Rachel Yang, who did a good and very convincing job playing a psychopath in this drama, and Ren Fei (played by Chen Hao Ming), who is Anan's sister-in-law and best friend.
I wish Shen AnAn could be stronger and put her husband in his place by revenge, but she is too nice. Eventually, with the help of Lin Yao, her boss (played by Ren Hao), and her husband's ex-GF, Liang Yuan (played by Zhang Wen), she has a successful career and become a strong independent woman again.
This is the first suspense and intense drama about a toxic psychopath relationship that I have seen in CDrama. Men who cheat deserve what they lose when it comes to cheating on their spouses.
I enjoy this drama and can't wait to find out the ending. I give it a 7.5rating.