I know that a fair number of our readers are Liu Shishi fans and let’s be real, we all saw her grew up from her young girl years in Legend of the Condor Heroes 2008 to today, the respected and irrepleceable Liu Shishi! She recently came out with her modern drama Precious Youth with Zheng Kai. Although I didn’t watch it myself, we are extremly lucky to have a commenter (angie) who did and felt like sharing her thoughts. And she generously let me share the say comment/review/rant with the viewers of this blog! 😀
Context: One commenter was asking about opinions on the drama Precious Youth in an entertainment update post and luckly, someone was able to give a complete answer! Because she wrote so much and so well, I thought it would be a shame to leave this comment in the comment section and hence decided to give it a bit more spotlight ^^
Words as written by angie:
Oh my god if you guys are talking about “precious youth” with Liu Shi Shi avoid the drama at all costs. I had high blood pressure from watching it and I truly only watched it because I love Liu Shi Shi and Zheng Kai. I want my time back though, because the drama was horrible. Imagine every cliche on Earth rolled into a ridiculous drama and sob at the horror. I’ll write a short synopsis of the drama in a moment so anyone who still plans on watching look away or read at your own caution. Also keep in mind that these are my opinions, although it seemed as if a lot of the comments I was reading on the videos mirrored what I thought: most people stuck around only for Liu Shi Shi’s beautiful self and hated themselves for putting themselves through the drama.
———-SPOILER ALERT FOR “Precious Youth”———
It starts out alright with the entire crew being students and having complicated relationships that carry over into their adult life. A bunch of unnecessary stuff happens and they’re pretty much all grown adults trying to adult and failing at it. I’ll skip the really really secondary characters and focus on the meat of the story. Liu Shi Shi and Zheng Kai’s characters love each other yet can’t be together because Zheng Kai thinks he’s doing the “right” thing by pushing her away as he has no stable career and is poor; classic example of a character being a noble idiot. Of course he regrets this and spends the majority of his time chasing after money/building his career and looking at her from afar. In the mean time one of the secondary leads from their school crew is chasing after Liu Shi Shi’s character romantically. Long story short, he’s a psycho and a huge backstabber who tries to ruin Zheng Kai’s life, but somehow cons Liu Shi Shi’s character into marrying him. It’s a horrible marriage built upon lies and backstabbing and he never gets over the fact that Liu Shi Shi and Zheng Kai’s characters once dated. It drives him cray cray actually and he does a bunch of really underhanded things to get her to stay with him including not letting her go to Paris for a one year fashion design internship or something at a famous fashion design place, switching out her medicine to make her especially fertile, and the list goes on. Eventually he snaps because he doesn’t believe that she is “just friends” with Zheng Kai’s character and he beats her, causes her to miscarry, and attempt to murder her with a huge vase. I know, it sounds incredibly stupid. What makes the drama worse is that her character is somewhat passive the entire drama. Zheng Kai’s character is a noble idiot. The multitude of side characters are also touched in the minds — the secondary female holds an entire wedding ALONE giving her sob story about how much she loves Zheng Kai and wants to marry him, while he’s off saving Liu Shi Shi’s character. If your eyes are rolling into the back of your heads I understand. I was ready to spew blood at this point in the drama which thankfully is almost the end in this point of my summary. But it gets worse. For absolutely no reason at all, after Liu Shi Shi’s character gets her divorce from the psychopath and starts an ambiguous relationship with Zheng Kai’s character again she goes off to Paris for the mentioned prestigious fashion thing and everyone merrily becomes friends again. Yes. Including the psycho. For no reason at all everything is fine again after he ruined the reputation and business of multiple people, sabotaged their businesses, beat one of their friends (Liu Shi Shi) which caused her to miscarry and then attempts to murder her, and is a general asshole of a person, they all become friends again minus Liu Shi Shi who is in Paris. The drama ends with Zheng Kai’s character going to Liu Shi Shi’s character’s fashion show in Paris and they stare at each other. The last 20 minutes or so are also so cheaply produced I’m amazed it was even aired, you’ll know what I mean if you watch it. Imagine someone using Windows Movie Maker from back in the day, that’s how cheap it looked. So I finally spat blood at the end, just kidding I didn’t spit actual blood but I was close to it, and thought to myself that if I could use a time machine I’d go back in time to tell myself that watching the drama isn’t worth it. Never have I ever felt so genuinely frustrated at a show, the characters, and the productions team. I’ll admit, the characters all looked physically nice minus the psycho who I ended up just hating on sight by the end of the drama. I wish Liu Shi Shi had chosen any project but this one, because she spends the majority of it looking so miserable that I wanted to pat her on the shoulder and tell her that things would be okay — her character I mean, not actual Liu Shi Shi who is living a great life. So that’s the end of my long summary of that horrifying drama.
———-END SPOILER ALERT FOR “Precious Youth”———
Hope that was enlightening for anyone who read that!
source: in the comment section of this entertainment update.