Unrequited Love cast visuals fail to impress some viewers

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Ever looked forward for something so badly but end up disappointed when it finally comes?

Well, I guess fans of Unrequited Love 暗恋橘生淮南 might be feeling somewhere close to that zone. Those who have been earnestly waiting for the drama adaptation of the novel, which is a part of Ba Yue Chang An's Zhenhua trilogy, don't seem too happy after its premiere.

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Comments such as the actor, Zhao Shunran who played the main lead, Sheng Huaianan, looked too ordinary that the kind of crush the female lead had for him was impossible to develop cropped up. Fans also mentioned how they don't feel anything during the couple's interactions. The female lead, Luo Zhi, who is portrayed by Zhu Yan Man Zi, doesn't really give the "I'm-secretly-in love-with-you" kind of vibe that was intensely depicted in the novel. 

Currently, the drama has Douban ratings of 7.2, which is lower than its predecessors With You with ratings of 8.9 and My Huckleberry Friends with ratings of 8.7.

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Considering the popularity of the novel, it is expected for the drama to receive some heavy critique although I personally did not expect the negativity for this. It does seem like the main concern of the viewers was the cast. For a youth drama, many thought that the cast looked quite mature. There are comments singling out leading lady Zhu Yan Man Zi when in fact, she is only in her mid-twenties. 

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Nevertheless, fans were not all disappointed as there are others who have expressed their support for the drama and its cast. As it is, there's always two sides of a coin, or in this case, two kinds of viewers. So, which side are you on? Furthermore, there's another Unrequited Love starring Hu Yitian and Hu Bingqing based on the same story that finished filming last March. 

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13 comments:

  1. They should have used the actors who played Sheng Huaianan and Luo Zhi in With You. Eventhough they have very short appearance in it, they have so much chemistry especially during the proposal scene. Plus, that girl is so beautiful and it's really obvious from how she acts that she has a crush on Huaianan.

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    1. Hmm. I was also wondering why they didn't use the same actors.

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  2. Yeah, well watch the other version with Hu Yitian gets super popular because there's a "pretty boy" male lead worthy for a girl to crush on for years because apparently a good nature personality boy isn't good enough nowadays. How shallow these c-netizens are???

    And the male lead here isn't that bad. While watching, I've noticed in certain angles he reminds me of Dylan Xiong from My Mr. Mermaid. I mean, he's no Liu Haoran in the visual department, but he's not any worst than that male lead in My Huckleberry. I don't find him attractive at all but his acting make up for it.

    The only thing that bothers me about the male lead here is that his voice is dubbed. Is he not from mainland China??? Everyone else voice is not dubbed except for his.

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    1. Huh? Wdym? Zhang Xin Cheng is handsome, even with his baby-face

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    2. Everyone has their own personal taste. I mean he's not ugly or anything like that, but I don't find him attractive. Like how so many people think Hu Ge is super handsome, but I don't see it. But I do appreciate Hu Ge for his acting though. Funny because I find the male lead in Unrequited Love more attractive than Zhang Xin Cheng, guessing that's his name. He's a good actor though, so I like him for that. For actors, look isn't always the number one thing I look for. It's his/her ability to bring the character to life.

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  3. the dude is not even ugly. I like his looks. When these things happen I'm more concerned about the actors self esteem.

    As for Hu Yitain everyone calls him a 'pretty boy' even though I think he's not even that handsome. I don't find him attractive.

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    1. Yeah, he's not bad-looking. Maybe they just expected too much based on the description in the novel?

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    2. the problem is that the fans always have an unrealistic mindset.

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    3. No matter how negative people said about this webdrama, I like this. The least point is only that this drama is dubbed, it would be better if it's not. But it's not like a new thing for chinese drama to be dubbed.

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  4. I wanted to watch this drama and give it a try.people have their own preferences and there is so much hype it good looking actors are casted.appearance wise people would go crazy and forgets other details of the show such as the potrayal ot storyline.there is much bias though that other dramas tend to be overrated than giving other dramas the recognition it truly deserved.

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  5. I think the male lead isn't exactly visual material, but other than that I'm quite satisfied with the adaptation. In any case, it cannot be worse than Hu Titian's version.

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  6. I find this drama interesting. The acting and direction is nice. The leads are not bad looking, They shouldn't be compared but I find the male lead a better actor than Hu Yitian.

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