A Love So Beautiful (2017)
A Love So Beautiful (2017)
It starts off with high school classmates Chen Xiao Xi and Jiang Chen who are also neighbors. Xiao Xi, a cheerful girl who doesn't study much, is expressive about her admiration towards Jiang Chen, the popular guy known for his looks and high grades. Together with their fellow classmates the funny Lu Yang, athletic but loyal Jing Xiao, and cool swimming team member Wu Bo Song, they embark on high school life to university until their adult life.
Ramen Noodles Rating :
2019 | PG-13 | 45 min | Romance / Comedy
No of Episodes :
Wu Tong, Zhao Qian Qian, Wang Yan Bei
Republic of China
I remember I found out about this drama on Facebook feed. I was about to not click on it, but I'm glad I did. The trailer was so cute and it quickly got me on hook. This drama is generally about a girl who is the childhood friend of the boy she likes. They go to school together, and eventually mutual feelings develop. While this happens, a new male student is introduced, and happens to become the male lead's rival (there is a female rival too, but she isn't a major part of the story). Although there is a love triangle, nothing overly dramatic or harsh happens between the male characters, except for a little jealousy here and there. This is mainly because they share the same friend circle, and the boys are pretty mature although the male lead gets jealous quite a lot XD. Also, the story secretly highlights some real issues people face in life, and that not everything in life goes as smoothly as planned (work, college, relationships). On a side note, the high school portion of the story does take up a majority of the drama (meaning there are more episodes focused on it), but nevertheless it is still a wonderful drama.
I personally found this drama very cute, funny, and light-hearted. It has just the right feel and even though it's supposed to be a romance drama, it didn't feel overwhelming. What I mean by that is the drama didn't have one scene after another that was solely focused on the main characters, at least in the beginning when they were still in high school. It didn't shout "ROMANCE" all the time. It was balanced, and focused in on other relationships too and the overall "story", if you get what I mean; which I think is something Chinese dramas excel in. For me, I prefer when dramas develop an exciting plot and not just an exciting romance story. As the story goes on, I noticed that towards the last few episodes where it is focusing on their adulthood, that the pace of the story picked up. Although it did not affect my experience in watching the drama, I wish the drama could have slowed down a little bit and been a little longer. There were multiple times where the story suddenly jumped through a period of time in their life ("one month later").
Overall, I would definitely recommend this drama. A Love So Beautiful has a simplistic storyline but such a powerful one too, conveying all sorts of emotions.
P/S : I know recently Netflix just aired a Korean adaption for this drama, but my personal recommendation, if you haven't watch this yet...GO AND WATCH THIS VERSION! I promise you this is worth to watch. No hate for Korean adaption.
Hu Yi Tian as Jiang Chen
Shen Yue as Chen Xiao Xi
Wang Zi Wei as Lin Jing Xiao
Sun Ning as Lu Yang
Zhou Zi Xin as Su Mu