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Shanghai, early twentieth century. Jiang Ying, a singer at a local club, begins to be linked with a local entertainment mogul, Du Jing Chuan. However, no one knows that the woman, faking her occupation, instead of loving raptures, wants to get closer to the man in order to take revenge on him for the harm done to her family. In the process of carrying out her plan, Du Xun Yu, the son of her nemesis, stands in her way. A man, who was miraculously found two years ago after he disappeared. However, he also hides some secrets, because the real Du Xun Yu has been dead for a long time, and the man only claims to be him. Soon, connected by a common enemy and goal, the pair join forces and begin to work together. What they don't expect, however, is that in addition to revenge, they will also be connected by love. However, can two deceivers, now in disguise of stepmother and stepson, trust the sincerity of it? (Source: MyDramaList) ~~ Adapted from the web novel "Zhao Re" (招惹) by Yin Di (隐笛). Edit Translation

  • English
  • Polski
  • magyar / magyar nyelv
  • עברית / עִבְרִית
  • Country: China
  • Type: Drama
  • Episodes: 25
  • Aired: Mar 30, 2023 - Apr 13, 2023
  • Aired On: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
  • Original Network: Tencent Video
  • Duration: 15 min.
  • Score: 7.9 (scored by 2,515 users)
  • Ranked: #3194
  • Popularity: #2079
  • Content Rating: Not Yet Rated

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46 people found this review helpful
Apr 15, 2023
25 of 25 episodes seen
Completed 3
Overall 8.5
Story 9.0
Acting/Cast 9.0
Music 7.0
Rewatch Value 8.0


This is a revenge based drama, with a 80's vibe to it. The heroine is ready to do whatever it takes even if it means seducing and becoming the concubine of the ML's father.

LOW- budget, SHORT, the CHEMISTRY is mind-blowing, the PLOT is phenomenal, OST is quite catchy, NO green tea bitch/2nd female lead drama, surprisingly it is HILARIOUS as well, ENDING is thrilling and dramatic

The chemistry between the main leads is EXPLOSIVE, it oozes SEXUAL TENSION!! I mean when they are in a scene together you sit on the edge of your seat thinking are they gonna kiss? like you cant take your eyes off them!!
Though they just had 1 kiss, i swear i wont be forgetting about it for a long long time.

The FL is strong, she has her vulnerable moments but its only Infront of the ML, She shows the power and passion for both love and revenge.
Girl didn't come to play, she came to conquer, by whatever means it may take.
The ML, is just PERFECTION in a 3 piece suit. That man is sexy, intelligent and intriguing. Something about his aura pulls you towards him, maybe its the sense of mystery that he has around him or the way he doesn't get fooled!!
From day 1 he knew the FL was unto something, when no one could see past her façade he was the one pulling away her cover.

THE Cinematography, OST, Camera angle is BEAUTIFUL!! I am not kidding when i say it surpasses some of the most high budget chinese drama. The shots taken are beautiful!!

It is SHORT and that's a pity but those 13 minute episode do such wonders in conveying the story that sometimes 40 episode long C-drama cant do. Due to the less time the story FOCUS ONLY ON THE PLOT, no necessary filler, just the main plotline.

OVERALL. IT WAS FANTASTIC and i would really recommend it!! Believe me its worst every minute.

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17 people found this review helpful
May 1, 2023
25 of 25 episodes seen
Completed 0
Overall 7.5
Story 7.5
Acting/Cast 8.5
Music 7.5
Rewatch Value 5.5

Agent Provocateur.

Jiang Ying, a bewitching songbird catches the eye of both Du Xunyu and his father, shipping magnate Du Jingchuan. The way she lures and provokes both men with her innocent wiles and wraps them around her finger is riveting. She is clearly up to no good but Du Xunyu has his own agenda and is willing to play along with her. This short drama starts strongly with a predictable but well executed revenge plot. Masterful and nuanced portrayals by the main actors and searing chemistry and palpable tension between the leads elevates the simple plot with well-drawn and resonating characterizations. Li Muchen (as Jiang Ying)in particular delivers a captivating performance as a seductive and manipulative agent provocateur that sows the seeds of discord in the Du household.

This short drama is compelling up to the final five episodes and then it manages to turn into a banal, draggy and somewhat sappy love story. The drama never delivers on the early promise of a very intense and passionate romance; lapsing into a very sweet one instead. The latter part of this drama is an example of how bad things happen when these short dramas end up with more budget and screen time. The ending was the worst - bafflingly attempting unnecessary melodrama when it should have and could have ended with a flourish after all the secrets are revealed. Although I still recommend this as a good short drama to pass time with, I can only rate this 7.5 because of the ending sag.

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  • Drama: Provoke
  • Country: China
  • Episodes: 25
  • Aired: Mar 30, 2023 - Apr 13, 2023
  • Aired On: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
  • Original Network: Tencent Video
  • Duration: 15 min.
  • Content Rating: Not Yet Rated


  • Score: 7.9 (scored by 2,515 users)
  • Ranked: #3194
  • Popularity: #2079
  • Watchers: 7,382

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