Wow. I can’t believe it’s been two years since the last time I wrote about youth drama, The Left Ear (左耳). As a refresher, it’s adapted from a Chinese novel about teenage love and regrets written by Rao Xue Man. It was adapted before into a movie featuring Yang Yang and Sandra Ma in 2015. The drama version features a wagon of pretty faces and let’s hope for more emotional beats with depth and developments.
Author Rao Xue Man of The Left Ear is back again with another project, Secret Fruit (秘果), and she has secured two adorable rising stars to play the OTP. One is a familiar face in the music scene, Ou Yang Nana, and the other is Chen Fei Yu (Sacrifice). Both of them are of the same age, awww. It’s gonna be cute! The story follows the secrets held dear in our OTP’s hearts; he has a crush on a sweet teacher during school and his best friend (our heroine) carries a torch for him. Until she finds out an unusual bond developing between him and her best friend, forcing her to enact a revenge plan with an unexpected outcome. WHUT. You guys are supposed to be cute, not entangling in love pentagon crap!
In light of the drama version news, I finally sat down to watch Alec Su‘s directorial debut of the movie adaptation and I’m left emotionally unmoved. The plot moved so quickly without a moment for the characters to breathe and for repercussions to sting, leaving me without a connection to the characters. It didn’t help that the characters were pretty unlikable. Lol. I think a drama version would’ve been better road to take. The Left Ear is a Chinese novel about teenage love and regrets written by Rao Xue Man. Our heroine, Li Er, is a 17-year old high-school student with a deaf left ear. She has a crush on the top kid at school and befriends a rebellious bar girl of the same age. Her world takes a turn when the said bar girl is tasked by the boy’s half brother to ruin him. The bar girl accomplishes her mission but at a great price.