I wanted to write this post since I finished watching the movie version. The book Just One Smile Is Very Alluring also called Love O2O was adapted into a movie starring Angelababy and Jing Boran and a drama starring Zheng Shuang and Yang Yang. Both got released in August 2016. Personally, I prefered the movie to the drama. I have watched half of the drama and the whole movie, so this is not an opinion based on a few scenes nor my liking of the actors. Now, let’s get into this review!
- Number of episodes: 30
- Chinese name: 微微一笑很傾城
- Stream the episodes directly on Croton MEGA HIT channel on youtube (or hunt videos on Baidu, Youku and Dailymotion)
- Read recap on Ninja Reflection (so far summary for 27 episodes) or Avirtualvoyage (so far two episode).
- You can catch the eng sub from DramaFever as they are the ones subbing the show.
The movie was released a few weeks ago and as soon as it got released, a few filmed-at-the-theater versions got leaked. I immediately decided to watch it since I was anticipating it very much (I mean, the promotional tactics were pretty badass). Oh my god was I blown away by the quality, the execution and the acting. Angelababy was a true gem in this drama and it is a delight to discover her as Bei Weiwei. She is godly pretty with just enough sassiness to win over the whole audience. I didn’t read the novel before watching so I had no specific idea of what Weiwei is supposed to be. But Angelababy gave me the definition: Good person who loves her friends, play hard, work hard, a bit tomboy, a bit goddess and is not afraid to be herself. Jing Boran played the campus’ most popular guy, Xiao Nai. Handsome, but warm, he is always by Weiwei’s side and ready to protect her. The role didn’t need much acting prowess, just to be the white knight by the female lead’s side. So he accomplished his role perfectly. The friends on both sides are sweet and supportive and the love bloomed out beautifully. I especially loved the joke when Xiao Nai asks Weiwei what she will be doing tomorrow (after the basketball game) and she says to study, only to realize right after that she just finished her exams that day. Oh honey!
No need for extra blahblah, they meet in the game world, gets married in the game world and the meet to start dating in real life. Although there weren’t any angsy scenes, when Xiao Nai lost his deal for the video game’s rights, I truly felt bad as I looked at him isolated and crying. Weiwei’s support until the end and the (sexy) kiss they shared in the elevator fulfilled my every demand by the end of the movie. To end it all, they became success in a reasonable time frame and you see them happily going back to their favorite place in the game world. A nice ending that made me satisfied and craving for more.
Archidisign’s review: With such high expectations, I waited patiently for the drama to get released. And as soon as it aired, I started watching nonstop, following the crazy two episodes a day schedule. With only 30 episodes, Just One Smile Is Very Alluring or Love O2O is definitely on the short end of the cdramaland. Promoted as a drama written by the author Gu Man herself and produced by the people behind Boss&Me and My Sunshine, I knew that this drama has everything to make it the hit of the summer. And boy was that right as Love O2O gets the most viewership right now and is trending every day, with the beautiful face of Yang Yang for everyone to see.
As the script has been written by the author, most dialogues are directly transferred from the book . A lot of scenes are also, of course, exactly like in the movie. Zheng Shuang does a very appropriate Weiwei as she is smart, independent, sassy and kind. Yang Yang’s Xiao Nai becomes more handsome than what I knew before. He can play games, do programming, organize his own business, play Chinese chess, play basketball, etc, etc. It is at a level where I feel annoyed at their perfection, but I truly have no reason to since… there is nothing to hate on! And the drama makes the other friends so lacking in comparison that is hard to not see them as ideal (for example, Rachel Mao’s character is really annoying, loud and cause troubles to others). From episode one, it is clear that there is no way these two can even think of dating anyone else. They are proud of themselves, extremely similar in personality and just too perfect for anyone else to even try to approach.
I know Just One Smile Is Very Alluring is a fan service book, but the perfection of the characters make doubtful. For me, it Is important to at least relate a bit to the characters, but it is impossible to do so! I think why I love Boss&Me more than this drama is because in Boss&Me, we can relate to the silly and cute Shanshan who loves to eat. Also, Boss &Me makes it obvious that she lives in a fairy tale (recall all these comic like scenes). In Love O2O, the story shows real life cases with realistically/classic mean love rivals and real business situations. Hence, it puts the viewer in an awkward position: do I see this as a real life based story or a fairytale like story?? Of course, these complaints are more of minor details and do not destroy the drama quality overall.
Intellectualkitten’s review: First, I want to congratulate the crew for the excellent casting of Zheng Shuang. Hehe, ZS is perfect as Wei Wei and satisfies 100% all my shoujo fantasies. She portrays the happy-go-lucky, smart and elegant university student perfectly. Maybe it is because of ZS’s own lack of self esteem, but Wei Wei is such a beautiful girl, yet she is unaware of her own qualities. She is perfect, but also very subtle… it feels good to see an awesome guy such as Xian Nai taking care of her. As for Yang Yang, there is no doubt he is the obvious choice to play the perfect and dreamy Xiao Nai. He is sophisticated and upright, but each time he smiles… my cheesy heart melts instantly ><. And how can he say so many heartbreaker lines with such a straight face?? The two makes a beautiful couple and instead of been jealous, I think they suit each other very well. They make me feel calm.
I believe the beginning of the drama is draggy and the second half is a lot more interesting. The whole drama is very short and the lack of content is balanced by the cheesy dialogues and interesting conversations. And the second half managed to bring a lot of interesting topics on friendship, life, rivalry, and university life, and young love. I haven’t watched the movie and the story can definitely be summed up in less than two hours, so I will definitely give it a try. I would suggest the drama to everyone who need an easy feel good drama for the summer. The love story is portrayed perfectly in this project and I am so happy about the casting choice!
Oh ads of my heart ~ (drama version)
Did you spot the same products as we did? I don’t know the brand names but here are the recurrent ones:
- Squirrel Snacks (they were also heavily promoted in Ode to Joy!~ Good strategy)
- Orange Juice (“Gain the beauty to make Da Shen falls in love with you”)
- Drinking Yogurt
- Rio Alcoholic Drinks
- Laptop (used by everyone at Xiao Nai’s company)
- Online shopping (the roommates of Wei Wei)
- OPPO Cellphone “charge 5 minutes, talk 2 hours”
- (maybe) Face Mask
Steamy gifs of the main couple ^^
This is really really a side note. Am I the only one not playing video games? Well, this may not be a shock if I say that I pass all my free time blogging, reading blogs/articles and meeting friends. It takes all my time outside of work! And I never really noticed before, but I do feel like this summer a lot of people are playing games. Ranging from Pokemon Go to LoL/WoW, etc, is everyone that addicted to gaming? Or is it only a phenomenon in China; only in the drama? Please enlighten me!
In the movie, the focus is more on Angelababy’s Weiwei. In the drama, I find a lot more focus on the male god Yang Yang’s Xiao Nai. For me, it is more important to relate to the girl before fangirling to the guy so my choice goes to the movie! All in all, this is simply my opinion. I know full well that the drama is getting a lot more attention and many people believe it is the best Gu Man work. So, feel free to contradict me. I won’t take it personal! 😉