I’m quite impressed with Taiwan for willing to go in a more whimsical direction like this drama; they usually play it pretty safe. I’ve been bored to death by many of the recent dramas that are similar stories with different characters and professions. Wolf packs and dogs? Count me in! And oh my god the wolves/dogs are so adorable. (You’re going to see a lot of dog photos in these posts because I have an obsession with anything in the canine family) I just want to cuddle with them every time they appear. Interesting fact, most of the time a husky is playing the role as the wolf father although in the beginning, their pack was a mix of huskies and Alaskan malamutes, it was quite amusing to me. I’m still not the biggest fan of Amber An but I’ve learned to accept her acting. I remember there was a funny comment about who cuts his hair and what not.
Tian Mi Mi (cheesy name by the way, played by Amber An) is a photographer and out to hunt for the photograph that’s going to win her a photography competition in the legendary wolf mountains that’s said to be inhabited by a werewolf. For a photographer she doesn’t have that much equipment but that’s besides the point. She runs into Du Ze Ming (Zhang Xuan Rui), a boy who was raised by wolves in the mountains after getting lost when he was really really young. She can’t take him seriously at first until she hears out his story. They bond and he takes her around the mountains so she can photograph the environment. She stays in his cave-like shelter overnight with his wolf dad. Ze Ming is tightly bonded with the wolves and does everything he can to protect them from poachers.
Zhang Xuan Rui isn’t the most amazing actor but passable enough and has the necessary puppy eyes for the role haha. I like how simple their relationship is although when he’s put into society, things will get complicated for him as his knowledge lies in the wilderness he was raised in. The one thing I’m really nervous about is the wolves/huskies dying in the middle of the dramas. I’m always wary when animals are involved because they often die sometime during the story line. Ze Ming has moments where he gets into a zone and starts acting like a wolf and has superhuman strength. I wonder how much that’s going to play into the story but for now its sort of interesting?
It was absolutely adorable in the second episode when the “wolf” dad threw Ze Ming’s belongings at him, telling him to go back to his world. It was also sad but in my mind, I can only see the wolves as huskies so I thought it was really cute.
Despite the fresh direction this drama provides, it’s also important to understand the truth of feral children. Although it may sound bad ass to grow up with wild animals, it’s really not that glamorous. The reality is that feral children don’t grow up to be pretty princesses like Princess Mononoke or Xin Yue (Ballad of the Desert). Most don’t learn how to speak properly and instead make similar sounds to the animals they grow up with. Their bodies are often deformed because they behave like wild animals. Many are also known to die young because a human’s body isn’t made to be consuming the raw food other animals eat. BUT at least they pay attention to Ze Ming’s character’s lack of knowledge about society and customs. For example, he thinks it’s normal to kiss anyone he wants and doesn’t understand a lot of principals Mi Mi talks about. His character is also quite childish which accurately reflects the living conditions he grew up in. He picks up random things around the forest that travelers leave and one of them is a radio in which you are to assume is how he learns to eloquently speak Mandarin. Anyway, its an enjoyable watch and I encourage others to also watch it, it’s not like dramas are meant to be realistic anyway.