Zhang Xin Cheng and Lin Yun confirm Chinese Remake of Nodame Cantabile

Read about this and thought it was interesting casting of the week. Nodame Cantabile is a manga by Tomoko Ninomiya and has been adapted as live-action television dramas by Japan (with Hiroshi Tamaki and Juri Ueno) and Korea (with Joo Won and Shim Eun Kyung) and now it’s China’s turn to dip its toes in the franchise. Now called Cantabile Youth (让全世界都听见), the main leads are Zhang Xin Cheng of My Huckleberry Friends and Lin Yun of Battle Through The Heaven. I personally haven’t finished either version but have heard of numerous praises for the Japanese version, for capturing and meshing the quirkiness of its characters and classical music seamlessly.

The plot from Wiki: Shinichi Chiaki, an arrogant, multilingual perfectionist, is the top student at Momogaoka College of Music and has secret ambitions to become a conductor. Born into a musical family, he is talented in piano and violin and once lived abroad in the music capitals of the world as a young boy (namely Prague), but is trapped in Japan because of his childhood phobia of airplanes and the ocean. In contrast, Megumi Noda, or “Nodame”, is a piano student at Momogaoka, notorious for messiness and eccentric behavior. Despite being very talented, Nodame prefers to play by ear rather than according to the musical score; thus, she is regarded as sloppy and playful.

When they meet by accident, Nodame quickly falls in love, but it takes much longer for Chiaki to even begin to appreciate Nodame’s unusual qualities. Their relationship causes them both to develop and grow. Along the way, they meet some crazy people (like Masumi, Mine, and Stresemann) and make lasting friendships. Because of Nodame, Chiaki gets the opportunity to lead a student orchestra and begins to have a broader appreciation of people’s musical abilities. Because of Chiaki, Nodame faces her fears and enters a piano competition. Opportunities open up as both begin taking risks, stretching themselves far more than they ever thought possible.

After graduation, Nodame succeeds in curing Chiaki from his phobias and they both move to Paris, where Nodame continues her piano studies at the Conservatoire de Paris while Chiaki starts a professional career as a conductor. In Europe, they encounter new friends and rivals, as well as keep in touch with their friends from Japan.

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Japanese Version.

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Korean Version.

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  1. 8 thoughts on “Zhang Xin Cheng and Lin Yun confirm Chinese Remake of Nodame Cantabile

    The casting news are puzzling because I see neither actors as the leads, unless it’s a loose adaptation of the manga.

  2. 8 thoughts on “Zhang Xin Cheng and Lin Yun confirm Chinese Remake of Nodame Cantabile

    Holy… Unimaginable amount of filler added to this adaptation!!!

    • 8 thoughts on “Zhang Xin Cheng and Lin Yun confirm Chinese Remake of Nodame Cantabile

      Estimated total episode is 60.

  3. 8 thoughts on “Zhang Xin Cheng and Lin Yun confirm Chinese Remake of Nodame Cantabile

    Oh boy…..
    Japanese drama adaptions of their own mangas are always the best. They always capture the essence of the manga.
    Nodame Cantabile is so captivating because of their exaggerated actions, quirkiness and the music. And the Jap adaption did it so well! Classic drama! Which I hope this adaption don’t ruin. Oh boy..

  4. 8 thoughts on “Zhang Xin Cheng and Lin Yun confirm Chinese Remake of Nodame Cantabile

    Yikes 60 episodes? The story is good for about half that, maybe 40 if you stretch a bit. (I only have jdrama and anime to go by, haven’t read the manga yet) Wait it’s youku web drama, why the hell are web dramas so long???? what????? I do like Zhang Xin Cheng, but I’m not sure he can do Chiaki? We’ll see? I’m more worried about the musical peformance tbh. I haven’t seen Lin Yun in anything but Nodame is comparatively easier. That reminds me, I don’t think I ever watched the europe arc of the jdrama lol, or if I did, I don’t remember anything.

  5. 8 thoughts on “Zhang Xin Cheng and Lin Yun confirm Chinese Remake of Nodame Cantabile

    I don’t think Nodame is an easy character to capture.
    Shim Eunkyung is one of the best younger actresses in Korea and her portrayal was badly criticized.
    Lin Yun’s acting skills… don’t make me optimistic.
    And what’s with that episode count? Yucks.

  6. 8 thoughts on “Zhang Xin Cheng and Lin Yun confirm Chinese Remake of Nodame Cantabile

    Goodness, I have to just lower my expectations. But it will be hard as I am a huge fan of Japanese version. I can see Bai Yu acting as Chiaki, but I cannot cast any female Chinese actress that is suited for Nodame currently. But that is not the direction the Chinese production wants. It will be a Youth version. So it will be a loose adaptation of the story.

  7. 8 thoughts on “Zhang Xin Cheng and Lin Yun confirm Chinese Remake of Nodame Cantabile

    Argh. Leave Nodame alone ! The Korean’s botched it, bungled it and befouled it. No hope the Chinese can do better.

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