Drama Review: Loving, Never Forgetting (恋恋不忘)
Synopsis:Five years ago, Wu Tong (Tong Liya) had a one-night stand with Li Zhong Mou (Jerry Yan) resulting in her giving birth to their son Tong Tong. She never thought of telling Li Zhong Mou about Tong Tong's existence but an accident gave her no choice but to inform him that he has a 4-years old son. After he discovers that he actually has a son, he goes into a custody battle with Wu Tong. His girlfriend Zhang Man Di (Jing Feng) recommends lawyer Xiang Jun (Denny Huang) to Wu Tong so that she can win the custody of her son. Unexpectedly, Wu Tong loses the fight and Li Zhong Mou wins the custody of their son. But through his interactions with Wu Tong, he understands her more and is moved by her actions so they finally get married. However, their relationship is interfered by Xiang Jun whose hatred is the product of the conflict between Li's mother and Xiang's father.
I was so glad when I heard this series was airing soon especially in the summer because I can catch it every day once it aired. This has officially become my favorite drama (this year) because of its happy ending (a super happy ending although it may be a bit unrealistic to some viewers).
☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆ 10/10 stars
Interesting premise, good chemistry between the main leads, the adorable child star, no particular extreme antagonist in the drama, and last but not least the happy ending! The insert song - 我懂了 by Jin Sha is pretty good.
Tong Li Ya as Wu Tong
Tong Liya plays a single mother. She admires Jerry's character and gives birth to his son without letting him know. She only tells him when Tong Tong is in danger and needs a blood transfusion to save his life. She loses the custody of Tong Tong but because of Tong Tong she and Li Zhong Mou have the chance to interact and understand one another. I like her outfits and styles in here. I really wish she can gain some weight, she is too skinny! Unlike other actresses, she doesn't need too much makeup because she is a natural beauty!
Jerry Yan as Li Zhong Mou
Li Zhong Mou is a ruthless and cold businessman. When he finds out that he has a son, he fights over his custody because as a child without a father figure when he was young, he doesn't want his son to go through a childhood like his. His icy exterior is ultimately "melted" by Tong Tong and Tong Liya's interference in his life. Jerry can really portray these cold and ruthless characters well because he has the right facial features. He doesn't really have to do anything and he already emits this "cold" aura. That is why I love it when I see him smile genuinely in the drama especially his scenes with Tong Liya and the child actor Tong Tong. His smiles are rare to spot in the drama.
Wang Yin Tong as Wu Tong Tong
The little kid is too adorable! But I just wished they kept his original voice because the voice-dubber was trying too hard to sound like a kid. Maybe I'm wrong but the voice sounds a lot like an adult's voice. I like the child actor in Autumn Concerto more because it was his original voice and it felt more natural.
Lu Xing as Lin Jian Dong
Lu Xing portrays the assistant of Jerry's character. Initially, I didn't like his character since he was really rude to Wu Tong in the beginning. But from his scenes with Li Zhong Mou and Liang Yu Qi, I began to enjoy watching his character.
I want to ask what happened to him? Did he deliberately gain weight for this drama or the above photo is overly PS? I didn't even recognize him until I saw the photo above. He was the second lead in Mischievous Princess alongside Alec Su and Jang Nara.
Jing Feng as Zhang Man Di
Zhang Man Di is Li Zhong Mou's celebrity girlfriend. She devises a plan to urge Zhong Mou to marry her but her plan backfires and he breaks up with her instead. I like her character. Unlike the annoying and scheming typical "other woman", she actually helps Jerry find Tong Liya towards the end. She is intelligent, classy, and sophisticated.
Denny Huang as Xiang Jun
Xiang Jun first appears as a lawyer who helps Wu Tong fight over her son's custody. As the story goes on, it is revealed that he is actually Li Zhong Mou's half-brother. The conflicts from their parents' generation cause enmity between the brothers. Basically, there is no "the most evil" character in this drama. But if there is, he would be considered the one. He finally understands his wrongs towards the end though it might be sort of abrupt. However, I think he changed because he didn't really want to hurt Tong Liya from the start but he had to use her to get his revenge since it was the only way to truly hurt his half-brother.
Veronique You as Liang Yu Qi
Liang Yu Qi is the spoiled daughter of a powerful businessman. She has a crush on Xiang Jun since she was young. When he went overseas to study, she followed along but he avoided her ever since. She finally understands in the end that he doesn't like her. Sometimes her character can get annoying but most of the time she is a fun lovable character especially her scenes with Lu Xing when she calls her "uncle" for his age. I just wished she sported a different hairstyle in this series because I think she looks really pretty in real life with her long hairdo. I personally like to sport a short hairdo but I don't think this particular short one is right for her face shape and neck length.
I wanted to watch this series because:
2. The cast - The two leads are so beautiful! Jerry Yan plays cold and arrogant characters well due to his facial features. Tong Li Ya is just really pretty but she should gain more weight, she looked super skinny in some scenes.
3. The characters - No particular character is really evil. Jerry's half-brother in the series Xiang Jun is considered the ultimate villain but he is actually not a bad person, he is just insecure and affected by his mother's death.
4. The happy ending - I knew there would be a happy ending from a still I've seen on a blogger post. A sucker for happy endings, I knew I would like this even though there would be some angsty parts.
Out of the opening, ending, and insert songs, I liked the insert song that most by Jin Sha.
Opening Theme: 叶枯过 by Matilda Tao
Ending Theme: Only One of Me (有一个我) by Jerry Yan
Insert Song: What To Do? (这么办?) by Zhu Jie
Insert Song: I Understand (我懂了) by Jin Sha