Le Coup de Foudre (我只喜欢你) is a 2019 Chinese drama that really surprised me! Adapted from a novel based on the author’s life, Le Coup de Foudre is the sweet story of two high school classmates who grow close only to be separated for several years, and meet again as adults. You can watch it with English subtitles on Viki or on YouTube.
This is a lighthearted series with little drama and a likable group of characters. There are plenty of fun, humorous moments, as well as a lot of emotional depth when it comes to family and relationships. Note: There are no spoilers in my review.
In interview-style scenes throughout the drama, the main characters reflect and reminisce about the events of their past with the wisdom of hindsight. The story initially alternates between various time periods in their lives but soon stops bouncing around, and the high school portion does not dominate the drama.
Things are finally happening. More people learn the truth, Mei Ya begins to move on, and Chen Zhe reveals his true colors. Despite all the pain of recent episodes, there are some bright moments like this fun amusement park scene.
I’m combining these recaps because not enough happens in one episode, and there are still 14 more episodes left for me to recap.
Mei Ya tries one more time to get some answers, while Ou Yang continues to look listless. Chen Zhe and Ou Rui’s dad continue their scheming.
If you don’t watch at least two episodes in one sitting (like the way the show airs), you’d really feel like things were developing at a snail’s pace, but hopefully we’re building up to something dramatic.
Finally, Ou Yang and Mei Ya have a conversation face-to-face. Li Dong and Wei Wei support Mei Ya, while Ou Yang agonizes alone. Ruo Nan and her dad grow closer.
This episode is a downer and it both begins and ends in the hospital. Will this show ever have a happy moment again?!
With no word from Ou Yang, Mei Ya feels lower than ever even with Li Dong and Wei Wei by her side. Ou Yang seeks out Si Yu, and then finally confides in Li Dong.
In the most painful storyline of the show, the Li family stands out as heroes. I say, hurry up and reveal the truth already.
Mei Ya reaches a breaking point as her life falls to pieces, and turns to drastic measures to pay her father’s hospital bills. Meanwhile, Ou Yang is on a mission to find out the truth.
It’s at times like this that you find out who your real friends are, and luckily Mei Ya still has some loyal ones by her side.
Things get painful in this episode, and I’m certain it’s only the beginning but I’m too invested to stop watching. My reactions to this episode will be at the bottom so skip to that part if you’ve already seen this episode.
(I know it’s random that I’m recapping episode 44, I might go back and recap a couple episodes before this one.)
To Be With You (我要和你在一起) is a Chinese drama that is currently airing. With 65 episodes and not a single cast member I recognized, I wouldn’t have given it a try if it hadn’t appeared in my YouTube suggestions, but I’m SO glad I did because I am 22 episodes in and enjoying it so much! The leads have excellent chemistry, there is plenty of humor, and it’s well-paced. You can watch it on YouTube but there are no English subtitles.
Quick Intro to the Story:
Lin Meiya (Chai Biyun) returns to China after studying abroad in France for the past few years, excited to reunite with her boyfriend, Chen Zhe (Zhang Tao), whom she has known for 20 years. However, instead of proposing, Chen Zhe coldly breaks up with her, leaving Meiya devastated. Unbeknownst to Meiya, Chen Zhe has been secretly dating Ou Rui (Chang Shixin), the president of the company he works at, for the past two years.
On the same flight back, Meiya and Ou Yang (Sun Shaolong) accidentally take home each other’s luggage and soon find that Ou Yang’s best friend, Li Dong (Wan Siwei), has known Meiya for years due to his family’s one of many restaurants being across from Meiya’s dad’s food stall. It just so happens that Ou Yang is Ou Rui’s brother and the vice president at the company—which Meiya’s professor has recommended her for a job at. (What a small world, right? lol.) Ou Rui is smart and diligent, but her father outlooks her as his successor in favor of Ou Yang, causing her to resent her brother.
Rounding out the characters are Li Weiwei (Zoe Shen Tao Ran), Li Dong’s spoiled younger sister who has her eyes set on Ou Lin, and Xu Siyu (Wang Yuanhui), Meiya’s best friend who is from a rich family.
I Hear You (最动听的事) is a 24-episode Chinese drama that aired in January-February 2019 and is available on Netflix with English subtitles.
TLDR; version of this post: I thought I Hear You was boring and not memorable, but also not terrible in comparison to all the frustrating modern C-dramas out there.
Riley Wang plays the male lead, Ye Shu Wei, a talented and successful violin maker. This is the first drama I’ve seen him in. Zhao Lusi plays the female lead, Bei Er Duo (lol yes her name translates to ‘ear’, why do they do this), an aspiring voice actress. I’d seen her play a supporting character in last year’s Untouchable Lovers and I watched a few episodes of the webdrama she starred in, Oh! My Emperor. She has a rather distinctive raspy voice.
I was soooo excited for Huang Zitao and Janice Wu’s The Brightest Star in the Sky and even recapped the first episode. But the promising start quickly turned into a questionably-paced and poorly-written disappointment… I only made it through seven episodes and then skimmed through the last 20 episodes out of curiosity. I’ve decided to recap the final episode in case you also couldn’t finish the drama but want to know how it ends.