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Foshan's famous physician Dou Sam has only one daughter, Dou Gaa Kei. Although she is intelligent and has a strong interest in Chinese medicine. On the day of her marriage to the mayor's son Chong Gai Zou, a serious epidemic breaks out. Many patients, including him, die after taking Dou Sam's medicine, prompting the pharmacy to be shut down. Experiencing such an abrupt change in her life, Dou Gaa Kei is left feeling hopeless. At this time, Ding Yat Yuen, a merchant suffering from a terminal illness, purchases the pharmacy's assets with the intention of reselling it for profit. To keep the pharmacy intact, Dou Gaa Kei offers to treat his illness in exchange of him to not sell any of the assets. Through his connections, she meets a retired imperial physician, who passes on his medical knowledge to her. Meanwhile, Chong Gai Zou's twin brother has returned home. Tsui Gwan Yeuk, the daughter of a military general, confesses her love for him, but he holds a crush on his former sister-in-law instead. However, Dou Gaa Kei and Ding Yat Yuen have already developed feelings for each other after overcoming many challenges together. Just as the pharmacy is reopened and everything seems to have settled down, Ding Yat Yuen's life begins counting down... Edit Translation

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  • Country: Hong Kong
  • Type: Drama
  • Episodes: 30
  • Aired: Sep 8, 2014 - Oct 17, 2014
  • Aired On: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
  • Original Network: TVB Jade
  • Duration: 45 min.
  • Score: 6.9 (scored by 61 users)
  • Ranked: #33179
  • Popularity: #99999
  • Rating: Not Yet Rated


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Oct 19, 2014
30 of 30 episodes seen
Completed 0
Overall 5.0
Story 4.0
Acting/Cast 7.0
Music 5.5
Rewatch Value 1.0
Story: There is a reknown pharmacy and due to an epidemic occurrence in their town, the head physician prescribes a medicine that unexpectedly kills the mayor's son. This leads to have him thrown in prison and to have the pharmacy closed down. The story is about how his daughter struggles through the aftermath - having everything taken away from her and meeting new friends who help her. She also attempts to prove her father's innocence by investigating the ingredients to the medicine created by her father, and along the way uncovers an even bigger secret.

Acting/Cast: Initially I decided to watch this because of the leads Ruco, Linda, Natalie and Raymond. I however, found their acting a bit mediocre. This could be because of the terrible story and scripting. At first I was very intrigued with Raymond's story development, but as it progressed I lost interest especially when Natalie was always around. I found her character very annoying that I couldn't find myself to like her scenes at all. The only pulling factor left now was Ruco and Linda, but I was overly disappointed as they barely had much screen time together nor any development until the very last episode. I was also pleasantly surprised to see Sammy in this though he played the villain and it made me hate seeing him on screen. This was rather different from swooning over him in Line Walker XD His character was just too despicable.The supporting characters didn't help with the story either - especially Pierre and Shirley were both equally annoying to watch. I did however like Jazz in this. He was a quirky little character.

Music: I guess the theme song sets the whole mood for the drama - slow and dull.

Rewatch Value: I actually regret picking this up in the first place.

Overall: As this was my first pre-modern drama I was very disappointed. I've never been interested in pre-modern and had hoped that this would change my mind. Unless you're a diehard fan of Linda and Ruco, I'd suggest giving this a pass. Even with the great casting, this wasn't enough to save a disaster of a drama when the script does not allow it to do anything. I found this drama very boring and non-progressive. I would have dropped this if I wasn't hoping for some miracle ending for Ruco and Linda and there wasn't. I felt like I wasted my time on this drama and do no recommend it at all. There are much better dramas out there.

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  • Drama: All That is Bitter is Sweet
  • Country: Hong Kong
  • Episodes: 30
  • Aired: Sep 8, 2014 - Oct 17, 2014
  • Aired On: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
  • Original Network: TVB Jade
  • Duration: 45 min.
  • Rating: Not Yet Rated


  • Score: 6.9 (scored by 61 users)
  • Ranked: #33179
  • Popularity: #99999
  • Watchers: 175

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