Intense Love: Drama Review

Intense Love is a 2020 Chinese drama that stars Zhang Yuxi and Ding Yuxi as leads. img_5139_originalSynopsis: Actress Su Jin Bei and the genius doctor, Zhou Shi Yun, were betrothed to each other from a young age. Now, as adults, they both refuse the idea of an arranged marriage. Yet fate has other plans for them as they meet coincidentally and begin to fall in love.

(warning – spoilers ahead)

Review:

Intense Love is a sweet romance story. I genuinely enjoyed every minute of it, including the cheesy aspects. I really appreciate what Chinese dramas have been doing recently with their modern romance stories. They show more natural skinship and conversations, so the couples seem very real, unlike Korean shows. No shade, it’s just an observation. The main couple in Intense Love had fantastic chemistry right off the bat, and I personally think this is one of Zhang Yuxi’s best pairing. img_2105Su Jin Bei and Zhou Shi Yun were adorable and quite mature together because they never dragged out their misunderstandings. I also love that there wasn’t much emphasis on love triangles. Both leads were sure of what they wanted and stayed focused until the end. While watching, I couldn’t get over how beautiful Jin Bei and Shi Yun were together. Honestly, both actors are remarkably good looking. The only part of their story that threw me off was Jin Bei’s supposed pregnancy in the last episode. I don’t remember when they showed or implied that this couple had sex, so the pregnancy troupe was totally out of place for me. Was I the only one confused, or did I miss something? Let me know in the comment section.

The side couples were also great together. Although I didn’t care much for Zhou Su Ying and Xu Jia Wei’s relationship because of how both characters started out. img_2102We all have to admit that Su Ying was pretty disrespectful at first with all her schemes to break up her brother and Jin Bei. Of course, she got better, but by then, I was no longer invested in her story. Nevertheless, I was still happy that she matured and got a happy ending. Now in Jia Wei’s case, I didn’t appreciate how he kept telling Shi Yun that he was the better partner for Jin Bei because of their similar careers. I also did not understand why he went ahead to prepare the big confession event while unsure of Jin Bei’s feelings. At least have a small talk with her before going all out. He was definitely a pleasant supporting character, but his earlier actions did not rub off well on me.

Moving on to Xiao Yuan Song and Wu Di –img_2103As much I love these two together, their arc and story development did not have me intrigued in them 100%. All the same, they were fun together and balanced out each other’s personalities flawlessly. I love that this drama showcased very assertive ladies with both Wu Di and Su Jin Bei. Both women were willing to take the first steps for certain things in their relationships.

Character Analysis:

I only want to touch on three roles, starting off with Gao Zi Tongimg_2128

  • Her anger and bitterness were utterly misplaced. I just couldn’t comprehend her hatred for Xu Jin Bei because she was well aware that Jin Bei only considered Jia Wei as a colleague. While watching, I gave her a lot of chances to improve, but she always disappointed. Now once she went further to attack Jin Bei’s and Shi Yun’s relationship, I was done and dusted with this character. I’m relieved she changed and moved on at the end, but I wouldn’t want to cross paths with such a person in real life.

Zhou Shi Yun – img_5605_original

  • He started out quite cold and couldn’t care less about BeiBei, or at least that is what he wanted everyone to believe. As the story progresses, he becomes more accepting of Jin Bei. I enjoyed how he played along with BeiBei’s dramatic antics even though he knew she was faking most of the time. This shows Shi Yun’s supportive and understanding personality. While watching, the only flaw I could pick on was that Shi Yun seemed too perfect. Though, before the show wrapped, we saw that he could also do some wrongs when he doubted Jin Bei’s ability to get a role through her own hard work. In the end, he apologized, and we got our happy ending.

Last is my favourite character, Su Jin Beiimg_2111

  • She is very innocent, kind, understanding and quite naive to negative people around her. However, that does not make her weak because she isn’t easily bullied. I absolutely enjoyed her dramatic personality. Whenever she had those weird inner monologues or all the numerous times she tried to seduce Shi Yun, I stayed laughing. How can someone be that cute?😂 Especially when she started calling Shi Yun – Zhou baby(honey)😂😂😂. Another thing I loved about this character is that she acknowledged her flaws and did her best to work on them.

To round up, here is a compilation of my favourite moments from this drama –

Also, my favourite ost from this show is “When Love Comes” by Li Ruo Xi

With all that said, my rating for Intense Love is 9/10. It was a beautiful story from start to finish, but I still think they could have done a better job with the side couples. To get a better understanding of how I rate each movie or drama, click 👉🏼Drama|Movie Rating Guide. All English subbed episodes of this series are available with this link 👉🏼 Intense Love on YouTube.

If you have seen this drama, feel free to share your thoughts in the comment section.

 

 

My Pictorial|Poster Faves: Posters Exclusive II

Just like my previous posters exclusive, this post is dedicated to drama posters that caught my attention recently.

(Please Note: none of these images are mine. I got them from official websites and social media sites.)

 First off is the upcoming Chinese modern entrepreneurship drama Love Advanced Customization. This series will star Dilraba Dilmurat and Jonny Huang as main leads. The release date hasn’t been announced. 

Synopsis: It tells the story of a fashion designer Zhou Fang and an E-commerce Boss Song Li that met due to commercial lawsuits. They are forced to cooperate because of ties between their private life and work. The two stubborn people collide with each other a lot, but at the same time, they gradually begin to fall in love. (source – MyDramaList)

Official Trailer:

 

Next up is the upcoming Chinese drama We Are All Alone. The main cast is Qin Lan and Godfrey Gao. I believe this is Godfrey’s last work before his tragic passing last year, and there’s no set release date yet. These are new posters for the series. 

img_4950img_4951Synopsis: Mo Xiang Wan is known as the iron-willed agent of showbiz. Despite her stature, she suffers a crisis that deals a big blow to her career. She learns many things in the process of finding herself as she reclaims her road to success. Through her encounters, Mo Xiang Wan begins to appreciate the ingenuity and passion of veteran actors. She overhauls her methods and decides to focus on doing good projects. Mo Bei is the hotshot lawyer who specializes in commercial law. Their paths cross as Mo Xiang Wan tries to fulfill her dreams. (source – MyDramaList)

Official Trailers:

 

Third on this list is the currently airing Chinese series Legend Of Awakening. This drama stars Arthur Chen, Dylan Xiong, Cheng Xiao and Ancy Deng as main leads. Although I don’t have plans to see this drama, I like the posters. img_4935_original

img_4930_originalimg_4932_originalimg_4931_originalimg_4933_originalSynopsis: In the Five Dynasties and Ten Kingdoms era, young Lu Ping escapes the evil forces of Shanhai Tower and discovers his spiritual identity in a moment of enlightenment. When Lu Ping begins to train and grow under his teacher’s masterful guidance, he meets eternal brethren and earns the affection of the young miss Qin along the way. All is going well until a vision reveals his relationship to an unsolved crime in the martial arts world of a decade earlier. (source – MyDramaList)

If you’re interested, you can watch this drama with this link 👉🏼 Legend of Awakening with English subs on Viki.

 

Last on today’s list is yet another 2020 Chinese series. Intense Love is an upcoming drama that stars Zhang Yuxi and Ryan Ding as main leads. Apparently, this is a romance story between a doctor and an actress. It premieres on May 2nd.img_5139img_5097