遠得要命的愛情 Far Away Love

The cover is very deceiving because of how poorly designed it is but I assure you the drama is better than the cover. I was skeptical about the drama at first because I get annoyed when China uses Korean actors and dub over them. The dub is always very bad and besides China has SO many actors that could have played this role. But I think Park Hae Jin’s awkwardness adds to the drama in a way? So this is one of those REALLY long, predictable and dramatic shows. Like the screenwriter just vomited a bunch of drama and you can tell from the first episode.

The main star is a woman, Chu Xia (Li Fei Er), who has had a very, very tragic life. Well unfortunate would probably be a better word. So long story short, her sister left her son (Meng Xiang) to go to American fifteen years before the start of the drama. Chu Xia raises her nephew as her own son. And because of this responsibility she decided to take on, she keeps away from romance. Her parental responsibilities hinders her work a lot and she finds herself killing herself (metaphorically) to just support her family. She’s incredibly kind and a bit of a push over which makes it easy for people to take advantage over her. To be honest, I’ve been really mixed about her. I like her but at the same time her weakness becomes very frustrating to watch. She’s very protected by her best friends Fei Fei and Ruo Nan. It’s actually warm heartening to see how close they are. Ruo Nan says that the only time she’d be okay with her boyfriend dumping her for someone else is if the other person is Chu Xia.

Like I mentioned this is a cliche drama, so when you have a poor girl trying to make ends there’s a rich heir somewhere in the story. Sheng An (Park Hae Jin) is rich heir who’s romantic relationship ended on really bad terms a long time ago and never expects to find love again. He’s not terribly mean and does nice gestures for people in a cold way. He bumps into Chu Xia under unfortunate circumstances a bunch of times.

In the beginning of the drama, Li Tai Di, who was very close with Chu Xia in college comes back after years overseas. They both liked each other but Chu Xia rejected him during that time because she wanted him to make the most out of his future. But he’s back now, and plays the typical nice and caring guy in the drama. All of Chu Xia’s friends are rooting for him and Chu Xia. Oh did I mention Tai Di also happened to be best friends with Sheng An? Small world. Tai Di is similar to Chu Xia in that they’re both sort of push overs sometimes and very unassertive. Well Tai Di tries hard to do what he can for Chu Xia and I guess it’s nice that he tries to give her some space, knowing she’s not ready for love. But still though, I think you have to work to get what you want.

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So basically what happens is Chu Xia runs into Sheng An multiple times. Sheng An gets forced into a blind date with Ruo Nan. Rou Nan develops interest in Sheng An which Chu Xia really supports since it’s not like she liked him (at least not yet). Ruo Nan gets along with Sheng An but she realized they don’t have much to talk about. By chance, Chu Xia does Ruo Nan a favor by texting Sheng An using Ruo Nan’s phone while Ruo Nan went to take care of some business. Ruo Nan realizes that Sheng An opens up a lot more when texting Chu Xia and so Chu Xia continues to pose as her to get Sheng An to talk.

Sheng An begins to develop more interest in Ruo Nan as a result. Ruo Nan catches on and starts to feel uncomfortable and insecure because she knows that the person he’s interested in is really Chu Xia. Sheng An decides that Ruo Nan is a good person to marry although he straight up tells her that he’s not looking for romance, just someone to help stabilize his position in his company. Ruo Nan accepts these conditions but is still very unsure about the whole engagement. Jia Yin (Song Yi) is a girl who Sheng An always saw as a sister, but who really loves him was always pretending to be nice to Ruo Nan. She finds out that Chu Xia had been texting for Ruo Nan and so threatens to reveal the truth. On the night Ruo Nan decided to break it off with Sheng An, she dies in a car accident while looking for Meng Xiang who had ran away from home.

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Fast forward 6 months, Chu Xia still feels really guilty about Ruo Nan. She visits her grave often and on one such visit, she meets Sheng An. They drink wine together in front of her grave and Chu Xia gets drunk because she still feels terrible. Sheng An ends up taking her to his house to make sure she’s okay. He opens up a social media app and sees a message he never read from Ruo Nan. She tells him the truth about all the text messaging that went on between them and how it was Chu Xia he really got along with.

Now here is where things get sort of weird. I feel like I missed something but Sheng An is suddenly really interested in marrying Chu Xia. Obviously she thinks it’s insane and tells him to stop playing these kinds of jokes. I thought his sudden actions was strange even if it was Ruo Nan who asked him to take care of her. I guess one of the reasons is to piss off and rebel against his mother who screwed up his relationship in the past. He wanted to show her that he was going to make his decisions and not follow what she says anymore. However his methods are sort of immature and quite selfish because Chu Xia keeps getting shit from his mom.

During this time when Sheng An is courting Chu Xia he had no idea Tai Di still really loved Chu Xia. I really like Fei Fei in that she knows what’s best for Chu Xia. She was always supporting and trying to set Tai Di up with Chu Xia but realized that Tai Di was too much of a puppy to take the initiative to move their relationship to a further stage. Anyway so the typical rich guy poor girl drama thing happens on their wedding day. Chu Xia has no idea what’s going on and is tricked into dressing up in expensive clothes, which like, who the heck is that clueless? Anyway she dresses up and then is suddenly thrown into an environment filled with her friends in family and Sheng An in a tux telling her that they’re getting married. She is about reject everything and run away until Sheng An makes an exchange with her in which she reluctantly agrees.

Tai Di, I think was about to confess his love for Chu Xia on that same day but instead came across her getting married with his best friend. Tough love buddy. =/

 

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