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Love this FMV! Really showcases all the cute moments they had together. Thanks for sharing @kokodus!

 

I think Dylan did a really good job with the character and casting him was spot on. His pineapple hair was the least ridiculous out of the different adaptations. Boys over flowers was the worst. The hair was so weird! I really like Dylan’s awkward smile as DMS here too. It’s so adorkable. 

 

I’ve always believed that DMS and SC are meant to be together in all the different versions... but I’ve usually felt sadder for Lei. Maybe as this version is emphasising more on Lei’s love for not just SC but also DMS that I don’t feel as sad for Lei and see it less as unrequited love. 

 

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OMG that US version of HYD :crazy:

The biggest mistake in my life to watch the trailer

 

Anyway I just watch Eps 41 from fan sub. When DS broke up with SC, I find it more sad rather than in manga version or any version. Because in manga or korean or japan version, DS give a hateful words to SC so she can hates and leave DS. But in this version, DS just plainly 'give up' on SC, the thing that DS never did before. The thing that more affected SC to leave him.

 

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On 8/22/2018 at 11:56 PM, 7psyche7 said:
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Yes to no amnesia arc!! I think DMS mother is going to still insist on the wedding to XZ. I’m guessing the remaining episodes and angst will probably focus on this. 

 

@elle_cha I also think the forehead kiss was really sweet! I can’t really translate everything but essentially SC was scared he really forgot her and that DMS said he would never forget her. 

 

I’m sure subs of that scene will be out really soon!

 

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Just saw the eng sub for that scene :D. Yeah I also think that we will see the forced wedding scene.

 

Apparently some manga fans are dissapointed because of no amnesia arc in this version. They said it's an important part for the story because that's when DMF will change her thought about Ah Si's relationship with Shancai. Well I don't read the manga but I can understand them since all previous adaptation have the amnesia part. But I really appreciate Angie and the MG2018 team for changing the story and give us the unexpected twist about this. MG2002 was too painful for me to watch because of that very long amnesia thing. Keep seeing Shancai cry because she can't find Ah Si and when she find him, he really can't remember her and fall in love to another girl instead. Their last break-up was really sad, until now I even wanna cry everytime I hear Broken Vow. Someone said in twitter that this might be Angie's way to apologize to MG fans for what she did to Ah Si and Shancai in MG2002 and that's what I thought after find out about the amnesia part. 

 

Does anyone know what is Didi's next drama project? Really looking forward to see him playing a different character :D

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I just finished watching episodes 40 and 41 and... onions! Onions everywhere!!! :tears:

 

I got so hurt:

- for Lei when SC said DS is the one always protecting her so she must follow him to London this time around. Did you see the way Lei looked at her? What is he, chopped liver?? :tears: He's protected you from the very start, SC! :( ouch for my Lei!

- for SC when DS brushed her off just like that. She traveled all the way to London, lost her phone and the bracelet you gave her. And you tell her those things, DS?? OUCH!

- for DS when he had to say those terrible things to SC because his witch of a mother is right inside his room, hiding in plain sight from SC!

- for DS again when he was lying in bed, still in disbelief he told SC to go away.

- for Lei again when he got left behind in the cab. This beautiful, selfless boy... it's ok *pat, pat* I wish we can write the most perfect girl for him and give him the happy ending he deserves for being the BEST best friend of DS and protector/admirer of SC.

- that %!##&*^$&*#@ hotpot scene. NOT MUCH TO BE SAID but omg this was soooo painful!!! DS's eyes were already red and they haven't even started eating!

 

The only reason why I'm not a total wreck right now is because of the SC and Lei scenes. How protective was he? Call me when you arrive, when you check in, when you see Ah Si, do you have your passport, you wallet etc etc :lol: so cute! Then flew all the way to London to look for her. My heart...

 

I feel like that's how their first date should have been too! Ice cream, rose, dinner, performing in front of her. I was so touched when he used his earned money to buy a rose for SC. And I laughed so much when Thomas figured out it was Lei SC mistook him for when she got drunk and then asking SC if she'll date Lei if not for DS. Then, Lei asking her the same thing plus the 2 boys chiming in. Poor SC for being put on the hot seat :lol:

 

What a rollercoaster ride, these 2 episodes were! I'm all :bawling: and :love: at the same time!

 

edit: and because I'm a masochist, I'm playing Rang Wo Ai Ni (Vic and Barbie's song) in the background. Yes, it's from a different drama, but it's still Lei and SC!

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5 hours ago, rocky689 said:

 

Ummm...there's actually an unofficial American version with a dollar store budget called Boys Before Friends. Watch at your own risk.

 

Oops, seems like it has been removed

 

You can still watch the trailer though - https://www.viki.com/videos/1026882v-trailer?locale=en

 

I saw the pic of the cast and HELL NOPEd my way out! I need to wash my eyes now, thanks!

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So I just watched NF 40-41 too.. my eyes are so swollen! Even with all the spoilers, I am a total mess. I will need some time to process this. I thought the necklace throw breakup was bad.. but this!!! Omg!!! Kudos to the writers, they’ve really really done such a wonderful job with this adaptation. 

 

1 hour ago, parksooha said:

OMG that US version of HYD :crazy:

The biggest mistake in my life to watch the trailer

 

Anyway I just watch Eps 41 from fan sub. When DS broke up with SC, I find it more sad rather than in manga version or any version. Because in manga or korean or japan version, DS give a hateful words to SC so she can hates and leave DS. But in this version, DS just plainly 'give up' on SC, the thing that DS never did before. The thing that more affected SC to leave him.

 

 

I feel the same. The giving up is just so devastating. Somehow it makes it more realistic though and wayyyyyy sadder. With the original, I feel like there was always a clear cut reason or misunderstanding behind all the heartbreaking moments. It made these moments less threatening. Right now I’m comforted by the fact that I KNOW they end up together because we already know the story. But if I was watching this without knowing anything at all, it would destroy me. I think I wouldn’t be able to get on with work and life until the next eps come out haha... 

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Hua Ze Lei and Shancai will always be my OTP.  I feel that everything is gonna be alright if Shancai is with Lei.

 

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Now that I’m stuck patiently waiting for the next few episodes, I have lots of time to process the series. As in, every waking minute of every single day.

 

Can I ask that we please take a minute to look again at those ugly richard simmons jackets that they forced Mei Zuo to wear? 

 

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I mean, seriously think about Dylan Wang’s wardrobe in Meteor Garden.

 

And then take a look at this jacket again. Ahahaha 

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11 hours ago, bccem99 said:

Random question...The 2018 version is the first version I've watched but now I'm 1/2 through the manga and the original series. Curious if people think it is the character of DMS that is so compelling or Dylan, in particular, as DMS? When I first found the show suggested in Netflix and knowing nothing about it, I really thought this was a story about SC. And, it is to an extent, but I really think a lot of it is DMS's story. He is the more compelling character and to me he show's the most personal growth. But, I don't feel the same about the character when I read the manga or watch the original. Anyone else?

 

Also, totally unrelated, but do Chinese dramas ever have another season? Is this truly the end or could international popularity cause them to continue the story like popular dramas in the US?

 

You bring up an interesting point. I think I would have to say...both. I've seen Taiwan (MG2001), Korea, and Japan versions of this story, and I've also watched the anime version.  The DS character is very layered and complex, and he has the greatest growth journey I think. The character is compelling, and we as the audience/viewer get invested in his story and character journey. The anime is pretty flat and we just hear the voice acting there which was serviceable. However, I was still interested in DS character the most when watching the anime, so that's why I feel that the character of DS is really a compelling character.

That being said, I also feel that the actor portraying DS brings a lot to the role for each version. For me the standout portrayals of this character of Daoming Si in past versions are Lee Min Ho and Matsumoto Jun. Frankly, Lee Min Ho is the best thing about  the Korea version, and he owned the character of Gu Jun Pyo. That role made him a star, and deservedly so. You really can't take your eyes off him.  In Japan version, Matsumoto Jun also really embodies the character of Tsukasha. He brings a lot to the role and when he is on screen, your focus is on him. 

The character of DS is written a bit differently for this version, he is softer and smarter than in the past. And Dylan Wang has totally nailed him!  He is doing a phenomenal job of bringing this character to life. His physical acting skills, with all those expressions, and just the way he inhabits the character are spot on. He has a lot of onscreen charisma too. He's easily the standout for this production, and is giving a star making performance here. I have to say, I think his portrayal may be my favorite of all the versions of DS character.

 

I do think that there is something compelling about the character of DS as this character has been a "starmaking" role for almost every actor that has played him. 

 

10 hours ago, ck1Oz said:

I just want to ask after days of reading about DMS and SC. Are there any Xiaoyu and Ximen scenes at all? After they went up to the rooftop? I read so many spoilers here there is no incentive/ rush to watch anything. I am just going to wait till next week and go to the end.

 

This whole slow NF release vs thd raw episodes schedule is so irritating. It is like the Legend of Fuyao. I don't see how anyone can watch any Cdrama and avoid spoilers. Luckily the conversation here is much simpler than Fuyao so I can watch the raw episodes. But the quality is so low. And the male lead needs to be watched on HD.

 

Yes. There are a few more Ximen/Xiaoyu scenes after the rooftop, but I think their story will be wrapped up next week. 

 

7 hours ago, bccem99 said:

I agree that DMS in this version is nicer than in the manga. In the manga, I just don't find myself forgiving him for some of the earlier stuff (e.g. having those guys attack her) but for some reason I can get past the  food in the face and forced kiss scenes in MG 2018 even though I found them very shocking the first time I watched it. It's amazing to me the emotion both leads bring to the screen. I don't understand the original language so I know a lot may be lost in translation, but they frequently move me to tears. And, then I remember he is a 19 yr old kid moving me to tears in his first real acting job. He's either got a great career ahead of him or he is always going to be in the shadow of this role because his DMS has epic romantic hero quality. Part of me would love to see an American version of this story because I love the story. But, part of me doesn't because I feel like they've done such a wonderful job with this cast. Plus the morality is totally different here. The characters would not be so platonic so long. 

 

Regarding the "guys attacking" scene early in the drama: I don't think DS sent those 2 people. I believe they just happened by at that time, and Lei was able to save SC. For me, it was poor writing when all of a sudden SC was blaming DS for meeting those 2 strangers. It really didn't make any sense to me. I understood that this was how the writers were handling the attempted gang rape scene due to the China rules, but I think they could have just left it that SC was accosted by 2 men on the street. 

Part of me would love to see a proper American version of this story too, but I agree there would have to be some changes to make it palatable to an American audience. I agree with you that the chaste kisses would have to go for sure, but I don't think that an American version would necessarily have to have sex scenes. 

 

7 hours ago, rocky689 said:

 

Ummm...there's actually an unofficial American version with a dollar store budget called Boys Before Friends. Watch at your own risk.

 

Oops, seems like it has been removed

 

You can still watch the trailer though - https://www.viki.com/videos/1026882v-trailer?locale=en

OMG! That Unoffcial American version... do yourself a favor and STAY AWAY from it! LOL! It's just so bad. DIY filmaking at its worst, IMO.  So embarrassing.  If only we could have a proper  US adaptation some day.

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Idk if the full video of f4 for ELLE magasine has been posted already ?

but its a total eye candy 

they all look flawless in their own way 

and im here to share 

 

 can you spot the two puppies ?!

yes its didi and the actual dog xD

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7 hours ago, parksooha said:

 

 

Anyway I just watch Eps 41 from fan sub. When DS broke up with SC, I find it more sad rather than in manga version or any version. Because in manga or korean or japan version, DS give a hateful words to SC so she can hates and leave DS. But in this version, DS just plainly 'give up' on SC, the thing that DS never did before. The thing that more affected SC to leave him.

 

I 100% agree with you. In all other versions, the sadness is masked by DS's hateful words. That is instead of feeling sad I hated him for saying such cruel things to her. This DS actually did explain why he chose to break up their relationship but he just put up a brave front that he is not affected by it all. And I was actually trying to wrap my head around on why he chose to give up that easily, while I can kinda understand his reasons, I actually really got mad when he said they should be together in the next lifetime. Are you kidding me, Si??? You are not the type of person who would wait for another lifetime to be together with your love of the life. That's not you. Fight for it IN THIS LIFETIME. Before the bus chase, when Lei asked if his love brings problems to her, how can she be happy with you or something like that and he tells her that he will keep her happy no matter what. Guess baby boy realized its not that easy and he let her go. While SC has every right to be mad at him that she can pull him by his collar and ask why did he chase her like that a d made her fall in love with him if he is going to give up like this in the middle. Well Lei did that job for her, lol, and seriously I think SC has always known that their relationship won't last long because i remember in one of the scenes during when he stayed next door, she said something like they won't have a happy ending. Also after knowing how much it kills him inside to leave her like that, she can't possibly bring herself to hate him. The truth is she can never bring herself to hate him. All she can do is to create as much memories possible while he is still within her reach so that she can cherish them for life. Sighhh. 

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A bunch of you say he gave up on SC and I see that perspective. But, I took that scene a little differently. I viewed it as he literally was given no choice because of time. His relationship with SC taught him to grow up and actually care about other people. And, his mother said she was thinking of their thousands of employees with no time for another solution. I found it less about giving up on SC and more about realizing he had a greater responsibility that he couldn't just turn away from - all those people who depend on their family for their livelihoods. Now of course his mother should have had a better solution than a forced marriage in 2018. But, when you look at it that way, it feels less like he just gave up on their relationship and in to the will of his crazy mother and is more forgivable. 

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2 hours ago, Table122000 said:

 

You bring up an interesting point. I think I would have to say...both. I've seen Taiwan (MG2001), Korea, and Japan versions of this story, and I've also watched the anime version.  The DS character is very layered and complex, and he has the greatest growth journey I think. The character is compelling, and we as the audience/viewer get invested in his story and character journey. The anime is pretty flat and we just hear the voice acting there which was serviceable. However, I was still interested in DS character the most when watching the anime, so that's why I feel that the character of DS is really a compelling character.

That being said, I also feel that the actor portraying DS brings a lot to the role for each version. For me the standout portrayals of this character of Daoming Si in past versions are Lee Min Ho and Matsumoto Jun. Frankly, Lee Min Ho is the best thing about  the Korea version, and he owned the character of Gu Jun Pyo. That role made him a star, and deservedly so. You really can't take your eyes off him.  In Japan version, Matsumoto Jun also really embodies the character of Tsukasha. He brings a lot to the role and when he is on screen, your focus is on him. 

The character of DS is written a bit differently for this version, he is softer and smarter than in the past. And Dylan Wang has totally nailed him!  He is doing a phenomenal job of bringing this character to life. His physical acting skills, with all those expressions, and just the way he inhabits the character are spot on. He has a lot of onscreen charisma too. He's easily the standout for this production, and is giving a star making performance here. I have to say, I think his portrayal may be my favorite of all the versions of DS character.

 

I do think that there is something compelling about the character of DS as this character has been a "starmaking" role for almost every actor that has played him. 

 

 

@Table122000 love your thoughts on the actors who have played DS and I totally agree with you on all accounts. Like you said, DS is one of those layered characters and it’s quite the job to play him. Not only must the actor look the part but also be able to show all the different sides of his personality while at the same time having a certain sex appeal. I’m actually really surprised at how well this MG has been casted. 

 

Lee Minho for sure made the Korean version. I don’t think i would have liked it so much if he hadn’t been in it. Of all the roles he has ever played, playing Gu Jun Pyo was the best for me. 

 

Personally, this version of MG has the best version of F4 I think. I like the way they really show the close friendship between the 4 guys and how they truly care for and support each other. 

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Hoping against hope that Netflix will release 2 eps today...

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10 hours ago, kokodus said:

This is one of my fav FMV. I usually like the OST music videos more, but MG fandom has reached another level in doing FMVs, it's soooo great. 

 

@kokodus thanks for sharing! I love it! The song is perfect for them!

 

 

For those interested:

 

 

 

 

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Netflix has released 2 episodes today! And there’s about 10 minutes footage that has not been shown yet due to the differing length for China aired episodes and Netflix episodes! :wub:

 

Here’s hoping for lots of cute moments for next week’s episodes! 

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1 hour ago, kokodus said:

Hoping against hope that Netflix will release 2 eps today...

 

@kokodus the NF gods have heard you and they released 2 episodes today!!! :thumbsup:

Just now, 7psyche7 said:

Netflix has released 2 episodes today! And there’s about 10 minutes footage that has not been shown yet due to the differing length for China aired episodes and Netflix episodes! :wub:

 

Here’s hoping for lots of cute moments for next week’s episodes! 

 

@7psyche7 looks like you and I checked NF at the same time! LOL eager much?!

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3 hours ago, rimjayc said:

Idk if the full video of f4 for ELLE magasine has been posted already ?

but its a total eye candy 

they all look flawless in their own way 

and im here to share 

 

 can you spot the two puppies ?!

yes its didi and the actual dog xD

 

Omg! Thanks for sharing! Conner Leung looks so sweet here. And Dylan Wang... 

 

*sighs* 

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