Genre: Romance, melodrama
Episodes: 21, approximately an hour each (Episode 20 is super long, and episode 21 is way shorter)
Average Rating: 5.79% nationwide in China (lowest was 2.89% while highest was 8.23%)
Where to watch: Youtube, Viikii
Vanness Wu as Ren Guang Xi:
About: Vanness Wu is a singer and actor who grew up in the United States. He was part of F4 in famous Taiwanese drama Meteor Garden and also part of the singing group F4.
Character in Drama: Ren Guang Xi is a player who is considered the hottest guy at school. His father died when he was young and his mom is the chairman of the university that he attends.
Ady An as Liang Mu Cheng:
About: This is actually the first drama that I’ve seen with Ady An in it.
Character in Drama: Liang Mu Cheng was born into a rich family, but after her father’s death, she becomes instantly poor. She wanders around with her step-mom, who later marries a man that is abusive. Liang Mu Cheng goes around the university that Ren Guang Xi attends selling food.
Chris Wu as Hua Tuo Ye:
About: This is the first drama I’ve seen with Chris Wu, so I actually don’t know much (if anything) about him.
Character in Drama: Hua Tuo Ye is the nice guy in this drama. He has a big heart, always helping Liang Mu Cheng when she needs it. Although she only sees him as friend, he really likes her as more than a friend.
Tiffany Xu as He Yi Qian:
About: Tiffany Xu was also in the popular Taiwanese drama It Started With a Kiss. She is actually half Caucasian and half Chinese, and only fluent in Chinese.
Character in Drama: He Yi Qian’s father is friends with Ren Guang Xi’s mother. He Yi Qian starts to like Vanness, and even after a series of horrible events happen, she is still with him. They start a relationship, but nothing comes out of it.
Synopsis (from Dramawiki):
Ren Guang Xi, a cocky law student, seems to lead the perfect life. He’s the sole successor to a huge and famous business and a talented ice hockey player. But in reality, his lonely life lacks joy, laughter and motivation. That is until he meets Liang Mu Cheng, the new bento seller at his school canteen. Although orphaned at a young age, Mu Cheng does not let her past affect her and lives life with great passion and determination. A harmless bet brings the two together and Guang Xi slowly changes as Mu Cheng teaches him how to give and love. Tragedy strikes when Guang Xi suddenly has to go through a major brain surgery which causes him to lose his memory. His mother begs Mu Cheng to leave him and the latter has no choice but to do so. Little does she know that she already has Guang Xi’s child.
Six years pass. Mu Cheng lives a quiet life with her young son in the countryside while Guang Xi is now a successful lawyer and is engaged to He Yi Qian, the kind and beautiful doctor who took care of him after his surgery. A strangely familiar piano piece stirs Guang Xi’s heart as he struggles to recall his past romance with Mu Cheng. How will the couple make up for six years of lost time? Happiness, which stop do I alight at?
I did not find this drama by chance; a few of my friends actually recommended it to me. They were really into it and told me to watch it. During winter break, I started watching. The plot of the drama was pretty fast paced, but it wasn’t too fast. I liked how the storyline developed, but after 6 years passed, things started getting pretty slow..I’ll admit, at around episode 16, I started to feel like the drama was lagging and it was just getting worse and worse. I only watched the drama for Xiao Le, the adorable and witty child that Ren Guang Xi and Liang Mu Cheng had. In terms of Taiwanese dramas, Autumn’s Concerto did not follow the norm of romantic comedies, which are pretty common amongst Taiwanese dramas. I generally like all genres of dramas, but sometimes within Taiwanese dramas, it’s nice to have a little variation, and Autumn’s Concerto brought about such a difference. Another aspect of this drama that I liked was the fact that Hua Tuo Ye and He Yi Qian were not like the mean characters that would lie and do anything to get the other person to like them. Both characters were very kind-hearted and were not clingy to Liang Mu Cheng and Ren Guang Xi at all. Another part of this drama that was enjoyable was its OST. What’s a good drama without an addicting OST? The songs conveyed the emotions of the drama perfectly, and the music came in at the right times. However, like I already mentioned, there were still a few flaws in this drama. For one, the fast pace of the drama become laggy and there were way too many misunderstandings for many episodes. Finally, in the last episode, all misunderstandings are cleared up, but I felt like they suddenly rushed to make everyone reunite together right at the end and the transition just wasn’t that smooth. Despite this serious flaw, I have to admit, the ending blew me away. Although it was very rushy, it left me with a fuzzy feeling at the end and unlike some dramas, the ending to Autumn’s Concerto was very complete- it didn’t leave me hanging at all, which was nice.
I was initially going to give it a 3.5 but I gave it a 4 for various reasons- many people I know liked this drama, Xiao Le is the cutest thing in the world, and the ending also changed my mind about the rating. (:
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