When a Snail Falls in Love (Chinese Drama 2016)

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Synopsis:

Detective Ji Bai has to train a new recruit, the criminal profiler Xu Xu. Although she is great at determining one’s thoughts, she doesn’t know how to interact well with people. But that’s not the reason why Ji Bai intend to fire her. She’s very talented in the art of profiling, yet lacks in physical ability, running as slowly as a snail. Still, impressed by each other abilities, the teacher-student pair slowly fall in love in the midst of their investigations.

Excerpted from: MyDramalist

Words from Me:

This drama was surprisingly good! I didn’t expect to like it since Chinese dramas tend to get draggy but this one simply captured me by episode one. I also learned that the drama was an adaptation from Ding Mo’s book. The same writer who wrote “Love Me if You Dare” which was also adapted into a drama and became one of my favorites. There is also a huge difference between the book and the drama but it is forgivable because Wang Olivia and Wang Kai has awesome acting ability that could capture hearts of any viewers. They really have a good on screen chemistry too. Another thing about this drama is that it’s aired in a cable channel in China, therefore it has better terms with regards its airing time and script writing. I love how cable channels are not being limited in their creativity unlike in the major channels where they have to follow some concept and are more into ratings than the actual development of the drama. That’s the sad reality of any entertainment business.

The drama only has 20 episodes and runs approximately 35 minutes each. It doesn’t feel that long that I’m glad I was able to get hold of the complete episodes prior to watching or else I would have been too impatient on waiting per episode as it was only aired twice a week. The cinematography was breathtaking since they filmed the drama in different countries and the videographer definitely has an eye for creativity. The videography was colorful and vibrant it’s so nice to look at and make screen captures. It was in contrast with the genre, since the drama was about violent investigative criminal cases and such. There might be tidbits of romance inserted here and there between the main character Ji Bai and Xu Xu but there’s still the grim fact that someone is getting killed somewhere along the storyline. For me though, that’s what makes this drama more interesting as it diverts me from my usual watch list of rom-coms. I need some mystery and suspense to make the romantic development seem more palpable.

Another thing I liked about the drama were the actors. Wang Kai as Ji Bai was very effective as the team lead officer since he has a charismatic on screen presence. He has that leader quality going on for him that makes him interesting to watch. The role he took on was someone who’s skilled in fighting, that’s why seeing him do the action sequence was very much entertaining. On the other hand, Wang Olivia as Xu Xu was the complete opposite of her counterpart. Her role was someone who was small, weak and frail. I’m pegging on her character though since despite her physical shortcoming, she made up with her brilliant mind and utmost perseverance. They wouldn’t train her in the police field if she wasn’t an upcoming profiler who could make their investigations faster to solve. I really liked how Olivia portrayed her character. She was able to put up a woman who looked vulnerable and yet was able to survive the harsh world of the police department with her diligence. Lastly, there’s Xu Yue as Yao Meng. I initially liked her for her pretty face but somehow along the way her character became more significant that I felt attached to her as well.

Music wise, I loved their opening and closing OST. It sort of gave me some upcoming preview on what I’m supposed to feel for the whole drama. It gave me this mixed emotion of fear, excitement and romantic notion. I would love to re-watch this drama again and rated it 9/10 for the reason that it felt too short and I would have gladly watched another 20 episodes more. Over all it was a fine watch, I would recommend it to those who would want to watch something out of their comfort zone of romcom and yet would want some romantic concept inserted here and there.

By the way I also finished the book which was translated by team MerakiTranslations from this blog site: Tranzgeek. They are quite a dedicated team because they have several other books as their project. The book version has more chapters than the drama wherein it has painstaking details and dialogues in which the team took time to research and explain in their translations that makes me very grateful for their work. Do note that they translate the book for the love of it and are not getting paid, so if you’re going to read and check it out, a nice comment would definitely make their day.

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