Looks like the Hans Zhang and Zheng Shuang onscreen pairing is nowhere near flaming out despite the two of them starring in three dramas together as the OTP already. I think they are the male-female mirrors of each other – perfectly pretty and perfectly mediocre at acting. It’s a good thing they have great chemistry with each other and continue to get offered dramas with each other. Coming off the compelling ratings success of SOP Queen with Cheng Qiao En and Godfrey Gao, Hans has agreed to return as the lead of the spin-off drama called 胜女的时代 (there is no English title yet but I would translate it literally as the The Era of the Leftover Woman). I confess to eagerly anticipating SOP Queen and being thoroughly bored and disappointed with the actual drama. It was pretty to look at but poorly edited and the story was not compelling in the least. The spin-off has a similar name and is borrowing the same conceit of a career woman looking for life, but this time the synopsis adds a decidedly makjang element to it. Zheng Shuang plays a pair of identical twins born to a rich family, but one of them is switched out by a poor mother who wants her dying daughter to get medical treatment. The older twin and the poor woman’s daughter are raised as fraternal twins, while the younger identical twin is raised by the poor woman.
After the girls grow up, the older twin is in love with an ordinary man that her mother disapproves of, played by Hans, and she elopes to be with him. She dies in a car accident and the rich mother happens to see her real other daughter and makes a deal with her – pretend to be the dead twin and the rich mother will pay for the poor mother’s medical treatment, not knowing that they are in fact real mother-daughter. Jessie Chiang plays the daughter of the poor woman switched to be raised as the fraternal twin. Hans thinks his beloved has suddenly had a change of heart towards him and vows revenge, only to fall in love with the other twin pretending to be his girlfriend. You guys still with me here? I thought SOP Queen was boring and none of the leads had chemistry with each other, but it was surprisingly not too melodramatic and had moments of comfortable ease. This spin off? It sounds insanely wack. I’ll probably check it out for the heck of it, especially since the official characters stills are as pretty and luxe as the ones for SOP Queen. The cast is rounded out by Kimi Qiao and Cindy Sun, with the drama slated for premiere during the high television season of Summer 2013.
It sounds intriguing
Chen qiao en is not in the 2nd one 🙁 sadface
Ooh Koala! Which ep did you stop at? I remember not being impressed with the pilot, but as the show went on the OTP turned out to be one of my top favorites in twdramaland.
Anyone else getting major F4 vibes from the 3rd pic?
Just realized that now that you pointed it out XD I quite liked the series until the end where it dragged. Really don’t think it needed a spin off.
I would definitely watch this if not just to see the scenes Zhang Han and Zheng Shuang have together. And I’m a sucker for the melodramatic sometimes. 🙂 Although, I do wonder how “ordinary” Zhang Han’s character is, considering his fancy suit, hairstyle and ring from his pictures. What mom WOULDN’T approve of that??
I’m guessing that part of his revenge involves some sort of miraculous business acquisition.
Seeing a NG post followed up by this reminds me that Song Joong Ki and HZ were in a movie together with the most adorable pups in the world…talk about cute overload
Hmmm… Oh… Now, if this is a kdrama… I can see lots of great actors/actresses taking this drama with great music and lots of OTP scenes… Please make it happen kdrama gods….
lol… dramas, where human ceased to be human…
the writer of this story seemed to have ripped a page of chuing yao’s novel.