After 4 years I finally watched and finished the Taiwanese drama Summer's Desire starring Barbie Hsu, Peter Ho and Huang Xiao Ming. It's a TV adaptation of the same title novel written by Ming Xiao Xi produced by Ho.
Since I didn't read the novel, I'll stick with the show it self so don't get me wrong about the original Summer's Desire or Bubbles of Summer.
Almost impossible turns of events
If you are gal who like old type of series you'll probably praise how they present the love triangle angle in the show. You'll like Xia Mo's (Hsu) masochistic persona, possessive trait of Ou Chen ( Ho) and jealousy of Lu Xi ( Xiao Ming). I, myself, love the intense love among the three. But to be honest, their characters are poorly established because of the obvious pushy circumstances.
I remember the time I'm watching Devil Beside You, which is the same with this drama. Sort of preachy and unnatural flow of events. You'll ask in real life...
1. Are you going to hire strangers to act as parents of your only grandson and compensate them for the rest of their lives?
2. Are you going to sing the same song or wear the same green lace from the start of your drama in life till your last scene on earth?
3. Is your kidney type is same with your brother and father?
4. Is the media people (especially in Taiwan) can be manipulate by powerful businessman?
5. And oh yeah, how come that you'll leave your greatest love-- who you snatch from other man, push to marry you and so on so forth when you finally get her pregnant and tell you she's already fall in love with you? Is that called love?
These are the questions slash doubts slash confirmations why Autumn Concerto rated better, which if I'm not mistaken showed almost the same time of this drama. Actually, when it comes to plot I like Summer's Desire than Autumn Concerto ( starring Vaness Wu and Ady An) because the latter offers obvious cliches in drama. The advantage of it, it has better story line and believable scene. You can relate and have time to connect with the problems of lead characters because they are well establish.
Top 1: Huang Xiao Ming as Lu Xi
Barbie is good and elegantly beautiful even in those scenes where she's just wearing white blouse and blue jeans. But in my opinion, of all the characters in the show it's Lu Xi who is real and finely portrayed by Huang Xiao Ming (HXM).
It is my first time to watch a HXM's work and I'm impressed. even he sings the same song again and again, act as if there's always camera around him... he just simply believable.
From the start, Ou Chen is someone I really don't know how to explain. He drinks a lot as if that's the only thing he works on in his extravagant office. He manages different business but his routine indicates he has time for thinking for almost irrelevant things like "how to avenge to a woman who slaps you so many times?" While watching those scenes, my heart says he just giving justice for his love but in my mind, wow! Where can I find this man?
I don't know also if its only because Ou Chen is badly written and establish or Peter Ho is also ineffective in his role. He has cool stand, nice body and model like walk but in expression hmmmm.
But I hope Peter Ho will continue to produce series. As a I said this show has a nice plot so he has eyes for good project and he gets good actors. Perhaps, next time they see first what's applicable on TV series, what to change and how they gonna interpret it.