That’s it. I’m settled with the belief that this girl is not a normal human being, who sleeps at night. Rather, she spends her beauty-sleeping hours reading a mountain pile of scripts, choosing her next leading man. This explains why she continuously hops from one drama to the next. I thought she was only filming A Wife’s Secret with Hawick Lau, but as it turns out, she has also started filming a new drama in December with Zhang Han, called Shan Shan Comes to Eat. From the title, food is obviously one drawing point for food lovers.
Shan Shan Comes to Eat is actually adapted from a internet novel, with the same name, written by Gu Man, who has become increasingly popular with her feel-good novels. The name sounds cute but the premise worries me a bit – it’s cute on paper and in manga-style literature, but would it work as a lengthy tv drama? Zhao Li Ying plays Xue Shan Shan, a naive and kind-hearted employee at a big corporation. She loves to eat and finds herself at the mercy of her big boss, Feng Teng (Zhang Han) when he literally fattens her up with a not-so-nice motive of being his sister’s blood donor (when needed), as they share the same rare blood type. Hilarity ensues as our heroine melts the ice-cold prince Feng Teng with her dose of charms and exceptional appetite.
See how cute and predictable this sounds? Part of me thinks this is better as an anime where humor can be delivered more effectively with cartoonish effects. Or this could be another humorous and entertaining series like Ouran High School Host Club? When it comes to quirky entertainment, I personally feel that Japan is THE top dog. They don’t shy away from being ridiculously funny through using outrageous antics.
I’m not even sure about the pairing. For the most part, readers readily accept Zhao Li Ying as the adorable Shan Shan, though she’s missing a pair of pinchable cheeks. 🙂 The issue raised relates to casting Zhang Han as the imposing boss. Fans don’t think he has that air of authority. In this case, I have to agree. I feel his bony skinniness is not helping. And for goodness’ sake, could he please get a new hairstyle?! Hasn’t he been sporting the same hair since Queen of Sop?
haha. Zhang Han in a pitiful red/pink coat. This reminds me of the cbox discussion regarding Sung Joon‘s unfortunate wardrobe in I Need Romance 3! (No, I haven’t watched it yet. Reading your discussion tickles me though!) This coat has got to go. Not many actors can withstand its engulfing power.
Second leads. Huang Ming as a new character. Ivy Lee (Li Cheng Yuan) as Feng Teng’s childhood sweetheart (??)
I have also discovered a lovely blog run by three enthusiastic bloggers (Peanuts, Lidge, and Atsu) and they have been translating the Chinese novel of this drama. Amazing isn’t it? A blog dedicated to Chinese novels! 🙂