Chinese Drama: Stay With Me (放弃我，抓紧我)
Total Episodes: 45
Airs: Sunday - Thursday/ 2 episodes, Friday & Saturday/1 episode.
Leads: Joe Chen & Wang Kai
Crazy in love with one another once upon a time, our two leads Li Wei Wei and Chen Yi Du have sadly become fierce enemies who compete with each other at every step of the way. A famous wedding gown designer well known for her "witch" personality, Li Wei Wei no longer dreams of love but instead treat her career AND beating Yi Du as her only goals in life.
Shocked to find out that her 30 year old self has achieved everything she had ever dreamed of as an aspiring young designer, the mentally 23 year old Wei Wei instinctively trusts everything her best friend Huo Xiao tells her - including the fact that Yi Du is their arch enemy. Of course the dramagod is never kind to male second leads, which means our two leads' paths will cross constantly giving them plenty of chances to fall in love...again.
Ninja's First Impression:
Cute! The plot is not quite what I expected but I actually like it more! For some reason from the promo I had assumed that after losing her memory the heroine would still remember being in love with the hero and just forget the part about their bitter breakup. With that assumption, I had thought the plot would be more about an amnesia heroine chasing the hero around believing he is still her boyfriend. However, I like the set up of Wei Wei completely forgetting Yi Du even more since this means the our hero will face the interesting situation of being bitter alone and fighting his growing attraction to the 23 year old Wei Wei.
Other than the plot the other thing that surprised me was the silly comedic vibe of the show. Unfortunately not all of the funny parts worked for me but there were some really cleaver silly scenes that amused me.
One of my favorite was probably the scene of Wei Wei dressing up in Joe Chen's previous role in Swordsman (2013). Those are such obvious fan service scenes that one can't help but smile.
I don't know why Wang Ki's character is a vampire in these scenes...but...why not?
At this point I wouldn't call this an addicting drama yet but I certainly think the star power of Joe Chen and Wang Kai make Stay With Me simply too irresistible to not follow. It doesn't hurt either that the two leads' chemistry is plenty sizzling (not as obvious at first since they are usually fighting when ever they see each other but give it a few more episodes.) I will admit that the amount of the "silly" fantasy scenes are a bit distracting but I figure I will just look at those as funny commercial breaks.