Starring: Vivian Dawson as Walker, Xin Swan as En Cai, Wesley Wong as Trey, Heidi Wong as Hui, and Yu Lin as Jule
Rating: PG-13/R, subject matter and violence
Running Time: 105 min
Twinkies: 4 stars
Synopsis: With only six months to live and nothing to live for in Vancouver, Walker decided to go back to China, where he was born and adopted from when he was very little, and go look for his biological parents and twin sister (Chu). Walker knew that it wasn’t going to be easy to find them, but everything changed when he ran into the girl (Encai) who he’d saved from a few street thugs several months back.
Musings: I know. A lot of people don’t like remakes of dramas or movies. Me? The old saying “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery” comes to mind first. I like them especially when they stay true to the basic story and on that rare occasion, they actually do it better!
With trepidation and hesitation, I watched this movie not expecting much; however, just like “Love Through the Millennium” (Chinese version of Queen Inhyun’s Man), you will be pleasantly surprised at how well the story not only mirrors a lot of the drama but in some cases does a better job! The movie was a great introduction to Vivian Dawson. Not only is he a handsome man but I thought his acting wasn’t that bad considering this was his first leading role as well as Xin Swan (En Cai) in her very first role ever.
Staying true to a lot of the events but making very few changes, I was surprised at how well the story ebbed and flowed in the little time there was to complete the story. One thing I felt that the movie did better was the ending. Those of you that have seen the ending, will not be shocked by it but one thing for sure; it was done so much better! While the drama ending felt ridiculous, the Chinese version was simply beautiful in its execution. Death is never pretty; En Cai made me believe in true love right until the end.
Trailer is available on on YouTube Website only. The movie is available on various streaming websites.
Once again, I will review some of the KBSWorld Drama Specials that are readily available on YouTube. These specials are totally overlooked by many even though they are easily accessible worldwide.
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