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I know it’s been a while since my last post, I apologize for that and the delay…
I have a couple of reviews that you can say were at a back burner, need a refresher, look over and to be worked on more…and this was one of them. Either way I apologize for being behind schedule on posting this review. But on the bright side, I was able to touch this up … To make sure I gave all of my thoughts on this…especially since this is my 1st Chinese drama review I am posting for month of May!!! Hehe… Woohoo!!
Anyways been a long time coming and finally presenting…
Youth Chinese Drama Review
Disclaimer: Pictures of the show, cast are not mine. And just add, info on the cast I got from Wikipedia, MyDramaList and Asian wiki.✌️ By the way, just to sneak in, you can find this Chinese tv series version on YouTube channel Huace Global Fun and on Viki…and also Amazon Prime Video!
First off… please don’t take what I say seriously… just with a grain of salt, like with music. I do not have a professional degree in film, literature and television… Not at all…nada zilch degree. But I love movies books and tv shows, most especially if they capture my interest somehow. Despite the lack of degree on this area, I will still do this review as a tv drama lover… And just to clarify too, sorry if at some points I might run on with my words or have any grammatical errors… but I will definitely be honest about my thoughts and feelings in this review.
By the way the drama is a Chinese adaptation of the popular Korean youth-oriented drama, Age of Youth aka Hello, My Twenties! which can be watched on Netflix and on Viki… so go check it out as was as my review of this version which I have posted on the same time as this review for the Chinese version…
Moving on… I will first talk about the main leads of the Chinese Drama, Youth… Haha He, Esther Yu, Katherine Yang, Vian Wang and Wang Yan Zi…
Haha He is an actress who made her first debut in 2018.
In Youth, Haha He plays Lin Xiaochun. The Chinese counterpart of Park Hye-soo / Ji Woo’s character…. Yoo Eun-jae in Age of Youth aka Hello, My Twenties!. Like Yoo Eun-jae, Xiaochun, she is 20 years old and is the youngest of the Belle Epoque dormitory girls. She is shy and is from the countryside. She is a Psychology Major. She over time experiences her first love at college and has deal with family issues.
Esther Yu is a Chinese actress and singer. After making her acting debut in the 2016 drama Border Town Prodigal, she gained recognition for her roles in the 2017 hit television series The Advisors Alliance and 2020’s Find Yourself.
In Youth, Esther Yu plays Chen ChenChen. The Chinese counterpart of Han Seungyeon’s character….Jung Ye-eun in Age of Youth aka Hello, My Twenties!. Like Jung Ye-eun, Chenchen is 22 years old and a Culinary Arts major with a religious background. She loves make-up and wearing alot of pink. She has lots of friends, has a steady boyfriend who is happens to be bad but she loves him so much and has a habit of eating alot when she is nervous.
Katherine Yang is a Chinese actress.
In Youth, Katherine Yang plays Ni Jin. The Chinese counterpart of Ryu Hwayoung’s character…. Kang Yi-na in Age of Youth aka Hello, My Twenties!. Like Kang Yi-na, Ni Jin is 24 years old and is not studying. She is sugar baby with expensive taste who likes keeping fit. She pretty much dates rich men who buy her expensive clothes. She easily get impatient but she is a loyal friend.
Vian Wang is a Chinese actress.
In Youth, Vian Wang plays Zhang Shengnan. Han Yeri’s Yoon Jinmyung’s Chinese counterpart from Age of Youth aka Hello, My Twenties!! Shengnan is a hardworking business major with a complicated family situation. She is very serious and strict about the house rules for saving energy. She has three part time jobs to pay for her school and is always tired when she gets home.
Wang Yan Zi is a Chinese actress.
In Youth, Wang Yan Zi plays Han Yi Tong. The Chinese counterpart of Park Eunbin’s character….Song Ji-won in Age of Youth aka Hello, My Twenties!. Like Song Ji-won, Han Yi Tong is 22 years old and a journalism major. She is the Belle Epoque’s quirky adventurous roommate who claims she sees ghosts. She always dresses extravagantly and has a habit of lying. She wants to lose her virginity before she graduates and takes every opportunity to openly talk about sex and say a lot of dirty jokes.
Now…I will move on about Youth…
Like the original Korean drama, Age of Youth aka Hello, My Twenties!….this Chinese adaptation Youth is a slice-of-life story about five college students who connect over the growing pains in their youth. This story comforts and sympathizes with the pain of youth (mostly those in their twenties) and it is based on the problems that generations can face such as peer pressure, dorm life, bullying, scandals and dating violence.Like the original Korean drama, Age of Youth aka Hello, My Twenties!….this Chinese adaptation Youth…this story begins when the youngest and last member of the dormitory girls…Lin Xiaochun…finally arrives. Upon her arrival, especially meeting the rest of the girls in order…Chen Chenchen, Ni Jin, Zhang Shengnan whom she met first. While with Han Yi Tong she meets a week later…. But even before meeting the last dorm-mate a lot of things already went on respectively and between Lin Xiaochun with the first three roommates. But they soon come to an understanding. When Han Yi Tong finally joins them more things come along…whether it is their own individual issues and issues amongst themselves; to heartwarming bondings, understanding eachother, watching out for eachother…
Only slight difference between the original Korean drama, Age of Youth aka Hello, My Twenties!….this Chinese adaptation Youth…is that the original k-drama has two seasons while this Chinese adaptation lasts only for one season. But like the original Korean drama, Age of Youth aka Hello, My Twenties!‘s season one….this Chinese adaptation Youth’s season one ends if not the same similarly…
Anyways, I will not expound anymore then that as to make sure I don’t spoil anything even though this adaptation did came out in 2018…
Finally, I will talk about my thoughts and overall review about Youth…
Like the original K-drama Age of Youth aka Hello To My Twenties, atlthough an adI thought is an awesome slice of life youth-oriented drama. It brings you through the motions… You get amused, excited, sad, frustrated, angry and /or get moments like …does that really happen…and then get an overthought that there are things that do happen. Then when things get relatable you get through motions of nostalgia of college life, dorm life and feelings of all the changes and events that come to play thinking of those times.
Like the original K-drama Age of Youth aka Hello To My Twenties, the Chinese adaptation is a mix of hilarious, heartwarming, some drama but as I said an awesome slice of life youth-oriented drama that will bring you through the motions. Also unlike most Korean dramas that show and have alot of fluff and has an unrealistic world, this one is definitely better compared to those and is more relatable and it has such a good plot that is quite unpredictable. Slight difference…there is a little more to the storyline, but I didn’t find anything wrong about that cause Youth is still overall enjoyable.
Anyways, this is a female-centered drama and like the main cast of Age of Youth aka Hello To My Twenties…Youth the Chinese adaptation cast…Haha He, Esther Yu, Katherine Yang, Vian Wang and Wang Yan Zi…also did exceptionally well in their respective roles as Lin Xiaochun, Chen Chenchen, Ni Jin, Zhang Shengnan, and Han Yi Tong. And like the original kdrama versions, I thought that the Chinese adaptation characters’ versions are not lame and the actresses were also tailor-made for their roles. But what I can input though for the characters of the Chinese version’s is that they are a little more one the cutesy side, but to me it is not a bad thing. I enjoyed watching the Chinese counterparts of the original drama…Lin Xiaochun, Chen Chenchen, Ni Jin, Zhang Shengnan, and Han Yi Tong come to light!
…This is what I notice though, somehow in all adaptations…like this one… they give a slightly more indepth background story to the characters and that’s what happened here. And I find that quite interesting. I will not expound any more on that…but I honestly love these five! Both the Korean and Chinese character versions ! Both versions are awesome and the dynamics amongst the characters was absolutely amazing, cute and realistic in my opinion…
Anyways… like I mentioned in the summary, unlike the original k-drama Age of Youth aka Hello, My Twenties!…which had two seasons. Youth, this Chinese adaptation is only up to one season. But season one for both versions both end with all of the girls personal issues resolved and had talked about them with eachother. It also ends with Yoo Jin-myung, in this case the Chinese version, Zhang Shengnan has decided to leave for Europe for at least a month…to recuperate and take a break after her work and family issues…
But the slight difference between both versions…Age of Youth aka Hello, My Twenties! and the Chinese adaptation Youth‘s respective season ones..is how many episodes for the first season… This Chinese version is slightly longer than the Korean one, which has 12 episodes in all of the first season. The Chinese adaptation Youth, has 26 episodes which is definitely longer than the original Korean one…I can say it is reasonable amount of episodes to watch especially to accommodate the more in-depth background story of characters as well as the extra scenes and the important scenes that have more details added.
But I just got to add, Haha He who plays Lin Xiaochun. The Chinese counterpart of Park Hye-soo / Ji Woo’s character…. Yoo Eun-jae in Age of Youth aka Hello, My Twenties!… Well, she is adorable but…he bangs bugged me…*bug sigh*…
Oh, just to add as well…slightly getting off topic…Esther Yu who plays Chen ChenChen. The Chinese counterpart of Han Seungyeon’s character….Jung Ye-eun in Age of Youth aka Hello, My Twenties!... She is currently an Chinese idol trainee is Youth With You Season two! The same talent show Lisa of BLACKPINK is the dance mentor in. You can watch the show or the clips on iQIYI or on its YouTube channel also called iQIYI!
Anyways… like Age of Youth aka Hello, My Twenties!, the Chinese adaptation Youth…there is a lot bonding and each girls secret is revealed thus leading to the dorm girls’ much stronger friendship. But like I mentioned earlier…there is a slightly more in-depth background story to the characters.
Overall…like Age of Youth aka Hello To My Twenties, this Chinese adaptation is an awesome show to watch and I highly recommend it! Cross fingers on season two with the all the original girls cast… Haha He, Esther Yu, Katherine Yang, Vian Wang and Wang Yan Zi!
Anyways if you made it up to here… Thank you so much for taking the time to read my review of Youth!!! Hopefully, this review builds your curiosity in checking out this awesome youth-oriented series!!!
Once again…you can find this Chinese tv series version on YouTube channel Huace Global Fun and on Viki…and Amazon Prime Video!
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