Here it is! I had a hard time downloading this drama because it has so many versions released. It was released in China earlier but those episodes have been edited so there are missing scenes. The version I have should be GTV/TTV which begins airing in August 4th. For those who want to watch the first episode subbed, head on over to Viki Channel.
The first episode is entertaining with stupidity here and there (ahum). I hope future episodes contain A LOT of WuYang scenes because their chemistry sustains this whole story.
We kick off with a dream sequence by our heroine, Yang Guang aka Sunshine (Rainie Yang), as she knocks down the bad guys to save her “Wang Zi (aka “Prince”) in a Wuxia setting. Can they star in a Wuxia period drama next?
Standing at the door is a angry mob of neighbors demanding to meet Yang Guang for their money. Turns out that her parents are swindlers and they’ve scammed these innocent folks. Yang Guang’s grandma (let’s call her Grandma Yang) begs them to leave Yang Guang alone, she has nothing to do with this. Unyielding in their pursuit, Grandma kneels to ask for forgiveness. Sympathy crosses on their faces as they say, “Forget it, but not everyone is as reasonable as us!” Yang Guang, teary eyed, vows to turn her sadness into strength, in order to make money. Ganbatte, Youkou (her Japanese name). Yes, she’s living in Okinawa on a island called “Sunny”, and she’s speaking Japanese. So cute, she speaks like a native.
Yang Guang is working hard in a restaurant when two debtors – a big man and a pretty girl – drag her out and threaten to bring her into the police station if she doesn’t pay. Her parents, who are hiding behind a trashcan nearby, witness the scene. Her father insists that they remain calm while her mother is fidgety but follows his lead.
The debtors drag Yang Guang all the way to the front of a police station. Her parents have conned them of 1 million dollars (approximately $35,000 USD). Either she pays up or spends 300 days in prison. She asks for a third option. 3) Find a job that pays a monthly salary of $10,000. She calls it an impossible task but they chuckle happily.
And now, introducing our young, ambitious businessman, Di Yaxin (Wu Chun). He’s exercising in the sun of Shanghai and arranging business trips. Yaxin will head to Okinawa this afternoon to hold a press conference.
Yang Guang flashes back to the scene with the debtors. Having no other choice, she agrees to work as a maid in a rich household for a year. Her monthly salary will be transferred to the debtors’ account.
That day, she goes grocery shopping, with a heavy heart, wanting to make the best meal for her grandma. Yang Guang jokes that they need to celebrate because she’s getting married to a rich man. Grandma Yang laughs at the cheeky joke and tells her not to wasteful. Only spend money on the things you like, which Yang Guang answers to be making her grandma happy. Aw!
Finally at Okinawa, Yaxin is preparing for his big day. As the young manager of a beauty-product company, A Lovera, Yaxin relays that beauty products doesn’t just beautify women anymore, it’s a necessary weapon to compete in today’s society. For his company, this is a battle, a war to bring Alovera into the international markets. His first task as the general manager is to gather a special research team in Okinawa. He assures them that despite his young age, he’s here to conquer with determination.
After the conference, Yaxin’s childhood friend, Gun Fei (Zhang Jun Ning) introduces him to Japanese businessmen and women. Gun Fei’s dad isn’t pleased at the sight.
Talking on the side is another childhood friend of Yaxin, Angela (Liu Zi Yan). She’s been in love with Yaxin since forever and wants her mother to place her as Yaxin’s special secretary. Or anything that have her next to him. I don’t think she cares much for the title.
In the male bathroom, Gun Fei’s father berates his son for his childish thinking. Him and Yaxin are no longer innocent classmates. Yaxin’s position at the company can be his too. He doesn’t want his son to follow his footsteps as he was Yaxin’s father’s loyal dog for three decades. Gun Fei defends his own abilities saying that he’s not beneath Yaxin. He will use his own methods to obtain what should have been his. Eekk! Dark streaked friend! MUHHAHA He’s a looker too….
Enjoying the beautiful summer days, Yaxin goes cruising and then parachuting. He admits his shortcomings – age and inexperience – but promises to work harder because Alovera is the only thing his dad left him.
Mid way, his parachute rips and he goes tumbling down on top of a roof, feet deep in. It’s actually Yang Guang’s shower house. Seeing dangling feet in her shower, Yang Guang grabs a back scrubber and SPANK! Unfortunately, the poorly-built shower house can’t handle the pressure and collapses, exposing a naked Yang Guang.
She asks in Japanese, “Who the hell are you?” He replies in Chinese and she quickly changes her language. Yang Guang proceeds to turn off the shower faucet. And I’m literally ogling her at strange calmness to all this….because, well, er, GIRL! You’re freakin NAKED! EXPOSED! NEKKID! And this stranger, albeit handsome and young, is STARING at you up and down. I know you may argue you have no assets, but a body is still one….
Rest assured folks, in the behind the scene, she’s actually wearing a towel with pants. Weapons down. =D
Yaxin tells her not to worry, he’ll compensate for this fiasco. But Yang Guang is not talking about money but merely his insolent attitude. He walks away and she grabs hold of his arm. And of course, here comes the infamous heroine talk “Not everything can be bought with money! You jerk!” Exactly how many times have we heard of this speech? Too many to count. He chuckles at her gumption and advises her to put something on…which is when it dawns on Yang Guang that she’s naked….Oh girl, I’m worried about your days ahead.
He walks in circle around the beach, failing to get reception for his cell. Basking in the sun is a snake and Yaxin cowers in fear. hahaha! I love handsome men who are wimpy.
Hearing his girly scream, Yang Guang appears, fully dressed (thanks god!), and picks up the snake which is apparently a fake. Yaxin calls her behavior savage and gives her a wad of bills in compensation. Fed up with his rich ways of dealing everything with money, she lectures him. The shower house that he destroyed was the result of her hard work all summer long, money can’t buy that. To her growing irritation, he pulls out more bills. Yang Guang continues, money can fix her bathroom, but what about the destroyed coral reef, what about the pollution he’s caused?!
Yaxin looks at her, incredulous, and demands to know what exactly is it that she wants? Yang Guang lowers her eyes in disgust and calls out in Japanese, “Pervert! Help ME! There’s a peeping Tom!” haha XD
He promises to do anything just don’t resolve to violence. Cracks me up. Smiling from ear-to-ear, Yang Guang instructs him to apologize to her bathroom. He gasps, “HAA?” and calls her crazy.
She nods her head, it’s okay if you don’t want to do it. And turns to the curious crowd. Sniffing fake tears, she cries in Japanese, “He not only peeked at me…but he…he….” and cups her face in shame. Together, they promptly raise their weapons and Yaxin is quick to apologize. Yang Guang is not happy, he doesn’t sound sincere. She turns to the crowd again and he clasps her shoulders, bringing her to face him. “Okay lah!” He bows and apologizes, to Mr. Bathroom. Pshhhhhh….wahahha.
Afterwards, Yang Guang says he can leave but please leave behind his contact details. Why, he asks. Just in case her bathroom suffers from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, she can contact him for compensation, yunno, like medical bills. HAHA! I’m going to die at the ridiculousness of this show. He scoffs and gives her a business card. For his own precautions, he snaps a photo of her on his cellphone. heeeeeeheee!
Later, Yang Guang discovers a necklace, containing two rings, in her broken shower house and notes that it must belongs to the rich guy.
Over the dinner table that night, Yang Guang apologizes to her grandma in her head. She’s going to leave quietly. She watches the sky after dinner, hoping to see a shooting star. She wishes that grandma will remain healthy and for her parents to stay out of trouble. She will work hard to pay back the debt. Grandma Yang watches her granddaughter in silence.
Back at the hotel, Yaxin is flaunting his body shirtless! Dayum, is that the body underneath?! *fans myself* He checks himself in the mirror and notices the missing rings. He searches around the whole place to no avail. Dejected, Yaxin returns to his room and takes out his wallet. Inside is a photo of him and his parents.
The rings belonged to his deceased parents. And he remembers that fatal cruising trip that took away their lives. Yaxin chides himself for the carelessness and suddenly recalls his crash on Yang Guang’s shower house. Ding, Ding, Ding!
Unfortunately, Yang Guang leaves early in the morning, nailing a letter on the wall for grandmother. Yaxin comes by later and fails to communicate with Grandma Yang. A duck speaking to a chicken. The hilarious thing is Grandma knows that he’s looking for Yang Guang but she doesn’t understand the reason behind it. She comes to the decision, “You must be Yang Guang’s boyfriend!” He quickly clarifies, “No! No boyfriend! No girlfriend!” and I about to die….
Yang Guang is saying good bye to her neighbors, and her irresponsible parents are watching from afar. They vow to rescue her but the moment the debtors see them, they start running away.
Yaxin is nearby and is flung to the side by Yang Guang’s parents, the debtors, and finally Yang Guang. She confirms that she has his necklace and rings but this is not the time to talk. He chases after her.
The sibling debtors fail to capture Yang Guang’s parents. Father and mother see that Yaxin is preying on their precious daughter and devise a plan to stall him. Okay, they’re gaining my favor bits by bits…but still!
Giving up on finding her parents, the siblings get on a boat with Yang Guang, ready to take the plane to Taiwan. Yaxin looks on from the dock, exasperation written all over his face. Moreover, his wallet is stolen by Yang Guang’s parents as they use it to pay for boat fare. Oh beejezzzbus!
Yaxin calls his secretary, Ying Shan, and asks for a speedboat. He also sends the boy a photo of Yang Guang, calling in the help of his whole crew to find her.
Meanwhile, Yang Guang’s parents have made it to the other dock, before Yang Guang and the debtors. They wait patiently for a chance to help Yang Guang escape. A man in black approaches and shows them a photo of Yang Guang, asking for her whereabouts. They shake their head. Father comes up with a plan. He comes near Ying Shan and tells him that he has seen this girl in the bathroom. Ying Shan and the men rush to the bathroom where Mother is stationed to act her part. She confirms that the girl is indeed inside. Mother steps away and joins father. Ying Shan follows her and realizes they put on a show.
Yaxin reaches the dock but Ying Shan announces that he fails to capture the girl because a couple led them away. Yaxin plans to reschedule his flight but Gun Fei tells him Elizabeth is already at the airport. They head back to Taiwan.
Destination confirmed, Yang Guang is welcomed to the house where she’s going to work by the head chef, Mother Zhao. Or Zhao Ma.
At the office, Yaxin speaks to a woman who he deeply respects. He calls her Elize, short for Elizabeth. She senses that he’s troubled but Yaxin says it’s a minor thing.
Helping in the kitchen, Zhao Ma asks Yang Guang to clean up the mansion where Mr. Di lives. In short, Yang Guang’s working at the Yin’s house, but because of family connection, the Yins also take care of the Di’s house, where Yaxin resides. She heads over and stares in awe at the mansion. Yeaaa, me and you both.
She punches in the code and enters the luxurious place. It even has an elevator. WHOA. May I ask, how many people live here? One. Bloody hell!!! Yang Guang muses in agony, “When am I going to finish cleaning?” Good question. She notices a fish tank which is currently holding things other than fish and takes it upon herself to buy fish.
On the way home, lo and behold, a car scares the living daylights out of her and she lets go of the pouch. The driver dismounts from his car and asks if Yang Guang is okay. Yaxin comes face-to-face with Yang Guang. He immediately demands for his necklace and Yang Guang insists she must save the dying fish first! They’re living creatures! They go on for a few rounds before Yaxin gives up. It’s too late and the fish aren’t moving anymore.
Driving close by the curb, Yaxin follows her all the way back to the Yin’s house. He’s elated to know she’s working here. Torture time. She returns the necklace and happily tells him to wait, she has something else to give him. Just then a car pulls up into the main entrance….and Yang Guang comes out with a bowl of water, aiming it directly at him. SPLASH! This is the water that could’ve saved the fish!
Angela shrieks at the sight and demands an apology. Yang Guang is confused at all the master-calling and refuses to do so. Angela’s mother, owner of the Yin’s house, tells Angela to bring Yaxin inside since his clothes are wet. She calls Yang Guang inside to have a few words.
Yang Guang bites her lip in disbelief. Then she smiles at a man standing next to the car, driver? His face quickly darkens and Yang Guang turns around to taste her own medicine because Yaxin dumps a whole bucket of water down her head. HOHOHO!
Inside the house, Mrs. Yin elegantly tells Yang Guang to be careful not to commit another mistake, since Yaxin is considered her master too. Mustering up her hopes, Yang Guang wonders if it’s okay for her to work part-time because she really wants to complete her study and get a diploma in children’s education. She knows this request is beyond that of a maid but assures her she’ll be hard-working. Mrs. Yin takes it into consideration.
At the dining table, Angela bulges her eyes out at Mrs. Yin for taking the outrageous request to mind. Mrs. Yin puts her daughter in place by saying that a person’s career is not determined by their financial status. Yang Guang brings out another dish and takes this opportunity to apologize to Master Yaxin. Angela sits by the side and nitpicks at everything. Mrs. Yin tells Yang Guang that she can go to school. Yay!
Yang Guang wanders outside the entrance, trying to remember where she placed the fish pouch earlier. The man who smiled to her earlier has saved the fish, they’re alive! Yang Guang introduces herself and finds out his name is Qi Lei, the Yin’s driver.
Later, Yang Guang resumes her earlier task – bring life into the fish tank. Yaxin sneaks up behind her and she corrects his name, he’s no longer the fish murderer because they’re all alive. He scoffs, “So I got drenched for no reason?”
Kap: So far, it’s light and fluffy, mainly because of the bantering between our leads. The water fight proves one thing – they’re equally as forceful and obstinate. I didn’t think I would like Wu Chun but he’s charming here. I couldn’t finish his drama Romantic Princess with Angela Zhang mainly because I was busy cringing!
I have read that this storyline is the same/similar to Korean’s Successful Story of A Bright Girl but let me just say that I don’t remember single thing about that drama! It was that memorable.
So for now, I’m only interested in the sweet chemistry between Wu Chun and Rainie Yang because they’re funny together.