Across The Ocean To See You is a 2017 Chinese Tv Show that tells the story of Su Mang, an executive for MG, a global tourism company. After failed attempts to have a child and dealing with an unfaithful husband, her marriage ends in divorce. In order to get a fresh start, Su Mang transfers to the company’s headquarters in Shanghai as a director. Unfornutely rumours start to fly among the employees about Su Mang’s life overseas and Zheng Chu is the unlikely employee who steps forward to protect her, despite the rocky start to their working relationship. This leaves a good impression on Su Mang and the two become friends but how will the rest of their story play out?
#1. Zhu Ya Wen as Zheng Chu#2. Claudia Wang as Su Mang#3. Julia Ye as Tang Guo Guo#4. Wang Yan Lin as Su Chang#5. Denny Huang as Tang Ming #6. Gao Yang as Yan Xiao Qiu#7. Ma Qiu Zi as Chen Shan Shan#8. Xie Gavin as Tony Okay now that I have the basic info. listed out, it is time for the main course. Going into this drama I expected romance, drama, comedy and some form of character development because I had a strong gut feeling that I was going to be dealing with a few immature characters.
(Warning – spoilers ahead)
Review: Well I got some of what I asked for, romance, very little character development and LOTS OF DRAMA. Honestly, this drama frustrated me to the point that I had to drop it for a long time, cool off and then somehow find the courage to complete it. Now, this does not mean that it was bad all through. It started out great but it got draggy and repetitive towards the end. What I have to give to this drama is that the comedic scenes were always on point. I was really excited to start this show because the synopsis seemed promising but the execution was not the best. In order to explain my loves and hates for this drama, I have decided to break down my review according to character groups. Firstly let us discuss our main leads.
– Su Mang and Zheng Chu: The drama opens with Su Mang visiting the hospital for her IVF (In vitro fertilization) treatments and she only realizes after her divorce that she is pregnant. Now right from the start, I had a feeling that her sperm donor was our male lead and I WAS RIGHT. He is the baby’s father but this is not known until the very last episodes of the show. I found this to be the usual fate troupe, so I had no issue at all. I only wished that her pregnancy was depicted more realistically. All pregnant women at some point develop baby bumps but here we are at about 3 – 4 months with an extremely flat stomach. Is that even possible? That aside, both leads had amazing chemistry, their bickering was fun to watch at the beginning. The woman being the boss was a nice switch up from the usual male boss vs. female employer and plus Su Mang had a very strong personality. But what I did not enjoy was the way their relationship progressed. The push and pull game with both of them was excessively done. Zheng Chu is a very caring character but he seemed to be a pushover and super clingy with Su Mang. Like if you keep on asking a lady out and doing everything to please her but she still does not want you, GIVE HER SOME SPACE. Also in this situation, he could clearly tell that she felt the same way but she just was not ready to commit. Him begging her all the time and receiving all the nasty treatments from her was honestly frustrating to watch. Due to this little issue I had with their relationship, I was not exited even when they finally got married. To me, it was more like good riddance to bad drama. All the same, I still have a few moments I enjoyed from the leads, so here is a good one.
– Tang Ming and Yan Xiao Qiu VS. Chen Shan Shan: Now these three characters were the biggest problem I had with the entire show. This has to be the most annoying love triangle mess that I have ever watched in my life. Xiao Qiu and Shan Shan are sisters but they have been separated for years due to their parent’s divorce and their relationship is not great either. Shan Shan also happens to be Zheng Chu’s ex-girlfriend and Tang Ming is Zheng Chu’s best friend. MY LEVEL 1 FRUSTRATION – Tang Ming clearly knew that Shan Shan broke up with Zheng Chu because she did not want to date someone who was not rich enough to cater to all her needs. Any normal person would have the common sense to keep away from such an individual and plus she is your best friend’s ex, what happened to BRO CODE? The heartbreak for your friend was still fresh, not even a week old, like for real? Tang Ming is a doctor but honestly, throughout the show, I kept on wondering if he was ever using his brain. He misunderstood the intentions of the good person and kept on falling for the schemes of the wrong person. Even when his family was against it, he still stubbornly went along with Chen Shan Shan. MY LEVEL 2 FRUSTRATION – I absolutely adored Yan Xiao Qiu as a character. She is a sweet and loving friend but I must admit that she lacked a backbone. I get it that not everyone can be outspoken about their feelings but there has to be a breaking point. When you are constantly pushed to the wall, it gets to a point that you have to speak up. No matter how many times her sister lied, threatened and insulted her, she just took it all in silence. It became too tiring to watch. MY LEVEL 3 FRUSTRATION – What was the writer, director, and producer thinking when they made the decision to kill off Xiao Qiu character. She died so unexpectedly and to me after her death, the happy ending for the other characters became meaningless. Like I already said, I did not like that she could not speak up for herself but I respected her decision to give up on Tang Ming, go back to her hometown and stay away from all the drama her sister was creating. I feel that her character could have been given a chance to maybe travel abroad and focus more on her career because her death proved nothing to me. AND FINALLY MY BREAKING POINT – What gave Chen Shan Shan the right to blame Tang Ming for her sister’s death. EXCUSE ME but what drama have I been watching, am I still in the right show? Suddenly she is now a changed person and has reconciled with her dad. I am sorry but this is not adding up for me because I do not feel that she deserves that happy ending. I know that in life, the unexpected always happens but did Xiao Qiu really have to die. I rest my case on these three.
– Tang Guo Guo and Su Chang: This was one couple that I did not really care about. Both characters were super annoying at the start but they were actually the only ones to show some form of character development. Although at first, I was not the biggest fan of Tang Guo Guo, she actually grew to be the saving grace for me in this drama. She was funny and straight forward with everyone but I just did not care much for her romantic relationship with Su Chang. The only scene from them that really stood out to me was when Su Chang finally spoke some well deserved harsh truths to immature Guo Guo. So here is that scene.
– Tang Guo Guo and Tony: Like I mentioned already I really loved Guo Guo’s character as the story progressed and I was even more invested in her relationship with her manager, Tony. They had more chemistry together compared to her and her boyfriend Su Chang, JUST MY OPINION. I admired the trust, loyalty, and friendship that both characters showcased and their amazing comedic timing. They had this little funny song and dance that they do and it was so adorable to watch. I can state for sure that they were my favourite part of this drama. Here is a clip that shows exactly why I love them.
Although I did not really enjoy this drama, I must give credit, where credit is due. The cinematography for this drama was stunning and each scene showcased vibrant colours. Also, the actors did great in portraying their characters as directed and their emotional and comedic scenes were top notch so I will be looking out for other projects from them. That concludes all I had to say about Across The Ocean To See You. I will rate this drama a 6/10. Will I be giving it a second watch anytime soon? The answer is NO. I would not mind watching the funny clips or the first half episodes of perfection but I will definitely not be watching the entire show again. If you will still like to check out this drama for yourself and form your own opinion, here is the link: Full Episodes Of Across The Ocean To See You
So until my next post, have a lovely week