飛魚高校生Swimming Battle [UPDATED]

Taiwan always has this weird pattern where in one season they have a great lineup of dramas and in the next, it’s shit. Luckily this drama appeared. I chose it mainly because of the cast with Kingone Wang and Mandy Wei. Mandy Wei is steadily improving as an actress. Kingone has always had the talent. The storyline isn’t particularly original but it’s a fun watch and they cut a lot of the bullshit many dramas have. There’s also a bonus of muscular shirtless guys in swim trunks because the theme of the drama is swimming.

Mandy Wei plays He Yu Die, a girl who’s father is the owner of the Flying Fish Swim Team that hasn’t been doing very well. Kingone plays Gao Hai Fei, the CEO of a company that’s in the water sports industry, he is also a swimmer. Hai Fei met Yu Die when they were kids at a swimming summer camp and he fell in love with her. She encouraged him and protected him from bullies. Before they parted, she gave him a necklace made by her mother.

Hai Fei returns to the town as an adult to look for her. This is the part that I’m grateful for. He finds her almost immediately and recognizes her by the necklace she is wearing which is identical to the one he received as a kid. He first encounters her when he jumps into the ocean to save her. Yu Die denies ever knowing him or teaching him how to swim but she agrees to help him find that person who did. Hai Fei hides his identity as a big CEO and lies that he’s a random person from a nearby town. He sees the struggles Yu Die’s father is going through with the Flying Fish Team. After helping them sort of hold the team together by bringing back some straying member, he agrees to become their coach. He wants to find out why Yu Die keeps denying everything. She becomes the manager of the team, helping Hai Fei with the training.

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Normally in these dramas they would make it super laggy with the guy taking forever to find the right girl and the girl taking ages to realize her identity. Luckily this drama sort of cuts that short. Yu Die knows there’s something odd about her past, there was a period of time where she has no memory of and her dad told her she got some really bad sickness from a venomous bug bite. She tells Hai Fei this, who finds no reason for her to lose her memory over a bug bite. As they work together, Hai Fei is looking for clues to help her remember everything. Yu Die has fond feelings for him but thinks he’s looking for someone else that’s not her. Hai Fei eventually finds a photo of them when they were little and shows Yu Die who realizes she was the person he was looking for all this time. Of course she can’t remember anything but convinces Hai Fei to re-teach her swimming so she can remember that period of time including memories of her mother.

Of course with the leading couple, you need some antagonists on the side. Cindy Yen plays Fiona, the vice president of Hai Fei’s company who is in love with him. She’s supposedly his fiance or something but he doesn’t have those kind of feelings for her. Fiona is of course feeling very threatened by Yu Die. Even before Hai Fei found Yu Die, he was always reminiscing about their past with the necklace she had given him. Cindy Yen is an okayish actress, obviously lacking in experience, but maybe she’ll improve the more she acts (she’s a great singer though!). Fiona is looking for ways to separate Hai Fei and Yu Die but hasn’t done anything too overboard yet. Although she’s an antagonist at least as a professional, she’s pretty competent.

On Yu Die’s side, she has a good friend called Lin Ke Le (Zhang Yan Ming) Their relationship is like siblings. It doesn’t seem like Ke Le has romantic feelings for Yu Die, but he’s protective of her and doesn’t like the fact Hai Fei is around digging up her past.

This drama also involves a lot of side relationships like the ones in the swim team. The swimmers have a drama of their own that they deal with that I won’t be getting into at the moment. The swim team is absolutely hilarious.

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OKAY I know it’s been a hell of a long time since I’ve touched this blog. I’ve been way too occupied with school, BUT I do still keep up with the dramas. In order to keep Yu Die away from Hai Fei, Fiona tries to use Ke Le. She convinces him that Yu Die is in to him. Interestingly on Yu Die’s side, she thinks that Ke Le likes Fiona and attempts to match make them. Fiona wanted to use herself to make Yu Die jealous by hanging around Ke Le but instead Yu Die encourages Ke Le. I felt kind of bad for Ke Le where he’s stuck in the middle with Fiona trying to use him and Yu Die misunderstanding him.

For a good part of their budding relationship, Yu Die isn’t aware that Hai Fei is actually the CEO of his own company. She’s still under the impression he’s from a nearby village who needed a job and so took on coaching the Flying Fish team. The closer they get, the more panicked Fiona is. I do sympathize with her a little though. Because Hai Fei is always out coaching the team, she has to take on a lot of the work. She does it out of love for him and overworks sometimes while he’s taking care of personal affairs which involves wooing another woman. Her anger is understandable but it shouldn’t be aimed at Yu Die and doesn’t give her an excuse to try to screw them over. It is a little hard for me to watch Fiona’s portions sometimes because Cindy isn’t the best actress although a great singer.

Yu Die slowly gains back bits and pieces of memories with her mother but her father on the other hand is getting really quite worried. Hai Fei, trying to get to the root of why her father and Ke Le are trying so hard to prevent her from remembering. He manages to get Ke Le drunk and he tells him Yu Die would lose her mind if she remembered how her mother died. After digging around some more, Hai Fei discovers her mother died while saving her in water. Wanting to protect Yu Die, he tries to discourage her from trying to remember her past.

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During this time, the Flying Fish Team and the rival team, Marlin Team have their own little drama going around. Fan Yi Lei (Guan Lin) from the Flying Fish and Ah Lang (Tu Shan Cun) from Marlin are both vying for Xiao Mi (Qiu Si Qin) who is an assistant from the Flying Fish Team. She likes Yi Lei but some how got mixed into their bet where if Ah Lang beats Yi Lei then she has to date him or some immature wager like that. The two teams are really quite funny when together it feels like a bunch of middle school boys who are trying to figure themselves out.

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