Review: Fall in Love (2019)

Fall in Love is a Chinese web drama from YouKu that was released in June-July 2019. You can watch it on YouTube, although the subtitles are automatically generated and not particularly accurate.

I came across this drama on my YouTube homepage and randomly decided to give it a chance. The summary on MyDramaList was so vague that I had no idea what to expect, but I soon understood why.

Short version of my review: in the beginning, curiosity about the mysterious female lead compels you to watch Fall in Love, but once all the pieces are on the table the story becomes rushed and uneven and falls into some classic drama clichés.

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Fall in Love (2019): Episode 1 Recap

Fall in Love (当她恋爱时) is a Chinese drama airing from June 11 to July 11 with 30 episodes total. It’s available on Youku’s YouTube channel, and it appears that English subtitles are currently being added (but there’s a note that they are automatically generated).

The only info I could find about this drama was vague. The female lead, Feng Ping (Camille Hua), is a mysterious young woman who works multiple jobs and her identity is unclear. The male lead, Tang Jia Nan (Wang Rui Chang), is the carefree second son of a wealthy family who seems to be ladies man. So far there are about seven supporting characters, and it’s the male characters that are more intriguing so far.

The only members of the cast I recognized were the male lead Wang Rui Chang, who played the second male lead in Eternal Love (which I dropped) and Luo Zheng, who was a trainee in the first season of iQiYi’s boy group competition show, Idol Producer.

I noticed that the actress who plays the female lead is 29 while everyone else is in their early 20s—I actually wish everyone else was older as it’d make the story more realistic and mature. But it’s too soon to decide how I feel about this drama yet. Onto the recap!

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