Zhao Li Ying to melt Zhang Han in Shan Shan Comes to Eat

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Hey, hey, don’t look at ZLY with those eyes. Two people won’t be happy! šŸ˜›

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.

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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. šŸ™‚ 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?

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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.

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Second leads. Huang Ming as a new character. Ivy Lee (Li Cheng Yuan) as Feng Teng’s childhood sweetheart (??)

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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! šŸ™‚

Source: Baidu

  1. 6 thoughts on “Zhao Li Ying to melt Zhang Han in Shan Shan Comes to Eat

    Kappy! Thank you for surfacing! Stay afloat while we throw you a liferaft!!

    I know you’re going to hate me for this, but I am on of the discontent peoples T_T Seeing the trailers and stuff, I feel really disappointed. The novel is quite funny due to the internal monologue of the heroine and cos of the male lead’s fuhei-ness (belly black? err… Ore-sama?) personality… but it all seems to be watered down. Plus, there’s no love triangle in the novel (chinese net novels are sometimes really good that way) but they seem intent on putting one in here. Much like the Harry Potter adaptations, the director seems to have thrown away important plot points.

    Plus, FT in my head always seemed more along the lines of Zhu Zi Xiao or Xu Hao En, not Zhang Han… we were actually discussing it on Hui3r. Zhao Li Ying always manages to star in stuff I’m not interested in, so no comment on her. But all I’m saying is that if they chose a puffy-cheeked co-star instead of a skinny one (dude, Shan Shan LOVES to EAT, didn’t the title give it away??), I wouldn’t really be complaining ^u^

  2. 6 thoughts on “Zhao Li Ying to melt Zhang Han in Shan Shan Comes to Eat

    When you’re the IT girl, you’re just IT for a hot while. She’ll make it big once she lands all those movie contracts instead of dramas.

    LOL @ swallowed youth in red coats. I have doubts wondering if the models are getting smaller in size/frame, or are those really humongous coats on our Chinese and Korean actors??

  3. 6 thoughts on “Zhao Li Ying to melt Zhang Han in Shan Shan Comes to Eat

    OMG Nutella, you read my mind. I was thinking of Zhu Zi Xiao too, with less drawn on eyebrows. LOL As you know, I ship ZLYxZZX like a mad girl. I’m still waiting for that hot mess Ji Xiang Tian Bao to air! So we can fulfill our little secret of train wreck! heh!

    Yep. If ZLY had puffy cheeks, she’d be perfect. It’s hard to find an actress with chubby cheeks though. May Chan from Coffee Cat Mama fits the bill but I doubt she’d get the role.

    Keane, ROFL@ “swallowed youth in red coats” PERFECT Catch phrase. Now, I’m gonna laugh every time I see skinny lads in red coats. Is it like a fashion statement to wear coats bigger than one’s frame? Cause apparently, these actors love them….a bit too much…. šŸ˜›

  4. 6 thoughts on “Zhao Li Ying to melt Zhang Han in Shan Shan Comes to Eat

    Gui gui would be a better bubbly shan shan!! Zly isnt the cutie type, she’s quite mature in interviews, like liu shi shi.

  5. 6 thoughts on “Zhao Li Ying to melt Zhang Han in Shan Shan Comes to Eat

    In my opinion, this drama is well written and the castings are perfectly fine, with ZH and ZLY, as well as the second leads. Both ZH and ZLY have shown a mature and improved acting skills. ZH portrays the character as the CEO of a big corporation,really well; as well as ZLY.

  6. 6 thoughts on “Zhao Li Ying to melt Zhang Han in Shan Shan Comes to Eat

    Boss and Me 2/ Shan Shan come to eat 2 please!! šŸ™‚ I really love the drama. And the team up of the characters are great.. I love all the pairings especially shan shan and feng teng. šŸ™‚

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