Love Contract

愛情合約 / 爱情合约 / Ai Ching Ho Yueh / Ai Qing He Yue

Cast:

  • Ariel Lin (Cheng Xiao Feng)
  • Mike He (Liu Jian Dong / Ah Ken)
  • Zhang Rui Jia (Lin Kai / Ah Kai)
  • Sa Sa (Li Xin Lei)

Year: 2004

Episodes: 20 (60 minutes)

Opening: “中间” (Middle) by Fish Leong

Ending: “孤單北半球” (Lonely Northem Hemisphere) by Ariel Lin

Story/Synopsis:

Outwardly, Xiao Feng is a stubborn tomboy and the captain of the Kendo Club at her college. In her group of friends, she is the leader with her demanding nature and abrupt ways. Inwardly however, Xiao Feng is a girl scarred by her past and searching for what she wants most, love. Her friends, Ah Kai , Xiao Bai , Mu Tou , Xin Lei , and, Xiao Xiao don’t know about that part of her past but they are all loyal friends to Xiao Feng; that is, until Xiao Bai and Ah Kai leave the Kendo Club for the Swim Team.

Xiao Bai and Ah Kai are immediately regretful when the captain of the Swim Team, Ah Ken, turns out to be a captain as grueling as Xiao Feng. When one night Xiao Feng announces to her friends she wants love the most, Xiao Bai and Ah Ken devise a prank called the love contract. In exchange for finding swim team members to recruit, Ah Ken must court Xiao Feng.

Trailer:

StrawBan’s Review:

65%

Okay so, this was one of the first dramas I watched. I’m sure you know that I don’t like watching very suspenseful dramas, and this drama is completely the opposite of it. However, to be honest, I didn’t really like this drama, because it lacks action o-o. But if you enjoy watching deep love stories, this is the PERFECT drama for you! I’m just not that kind of person, unfortunately.

On the other side, I think Ariel Lin excelled in her actings skills in her role. Even in real life, Ariel Lin isn’t so much of a girly girl, and as a tomboy in the drama, it was almost realistic. And no need to say that her facial expressions and emotions are insanely well done.  Mike He, of course beside an amazing actress wasn’t that amazing, but we can definitely feel the chemistry between those two.

The opening song is a must have! I really really really reaaalllyyy loooove it x). Both opening and ending songs are very peaceful to listen to, in my opinion.  Furthermore, it’s really relaxing and totally fist the drama. I would say, the only problem that made me not like this as much it deserves is the plot. At first, I thought it’d be pretty interesting, you know, a love contract, never saw this in any other drama. But as I started watching it, it sort of dragged and the plot in every episode was changing slightly and when you finally think you understood something, something else happens and you’re completely clueless, once again. Oh, and the lack of action, most definitely.

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