The companion piece to the immensely popular “idol drama” Stuggle, Wo De Qing Chun Shui Zuo Zhu/who controls my youth?, easily reached the popularity of its prequel. So popular, in fact, that the director has announced a third in the series – Bei Jing Shao Nian/ Beijing youth.
This drama would be to Meteor Garden, what BOBO is to Top Combine. The first two are quintessentially Chinese, no offense meant to the others. It has all the romance, young cast and plot-twists of a typical K/J/TWdrama, but I love its capturing of a more complete picture and thus greater audience range by involving three generations and multiple plotlines. At the same time, it also caters to the idol drama audience. The filming and costumes are also high-qualitied, and the dialogue is cleverly written, layering the drama, and giving it the nuances that make it one of those dramas that can be watched over and over. Synopsis below the line.
synopsis of Who Controls My Youth? (Wo de Qing Chun Shei Zhuo Zhu):
My Youth, a companion piece to the popular 2006 drama Struggle, involves around three cousins and their struggles with love and
Wang Luodan plays Qian Xiaoyang, a nurse in her early 20’s who wants to explore the world. Caring and effervescent, she’s somewhat of the typical idol drama lead, with contract dating and all that good stuff. But when her impulsive love led to an accident that left her father on the bed, she must face the responsibilities of real life.
Zhao Ziqi plays a young law school graduate in her mid-20’s.
Adventurous and intelligent, she sets out seeking to make a name for herself by taking on the hardest cases. During one of them, she falls in love with the accused -a handsome real estate tycoon played by Lu Yi. Their love is constantly restrained by his vegetable ex-girlfriend and the possibility of him playing a part in her hospitalization.
High-schooler Li Pili is played by newcomer Lin Yuan. Pili’s dream is to become a chef, but her mom sent her off to England for three years hoping she’ll get into Cambridge. In those three years, her parents get divorced and father plans to remarry. When she returns rejected from Cambridge, she’s uncertain about both her own future and that of her family.
With a good-looking cast, classy clothes, clever dialogue and a wide audience, it’s no surprise that it topped the rating charts since it began airing.