Roy Chiu (邱泽) as Xiang Tian Qi
Tang Yan (唐嫣) as Liu Xiao Bei
Jones Xu (徐正曦) as as Ji Ru Feng
Qi Wei (戚薇) as Mu Zhi Qing
Wen Sheng Hao (曹艳艳) as Qiu Yan
Ji Ru Feng / Eric (star)
TianQi finally ditches ZhiQing at the altar to be with XiaoBei and RuFeng goes berserk, hurting for his beloved ZhiQing. RuFeng's hatred towards TianQi is also fueled by the knowledge that his parents might have been killed by TianQi's parents. He embarks on a path of revenge, stripping TianQi of everything he owns, including Haoli Hotel Group and XiaoBei.
This drama is not unlike a typical taiwanese idol drama, with its pretty cast, a Cinderella-ish plot and a healthy dose of silliness. I never saw the original so the plot, however cliché kept me reasonably interested. I have to say I was not particularly fond of the heroine, who annoys me a little. Roy Qiu is gorgeous to look at, his acting more subtle opposite some over-the-top acting by TangYan. Jones Xu and Qi Wei make a lovely couple and I was pleasantly surprised that I was at times, more invested in the second leads. Wen Sheng Hao is kind of wasted here, his character not developed much. Among the supporting cast, worthy of note is the performance of child star, Xiao Bao as the precocious little brother of Xiao Bei. He was absolutely adorable.
I try not to balk at the awful awful CGI (note: the underwater scenes) and the sometimes unrealistic scenes (note: masquerade ball scene) and just enjoy the sweeter moments between the leads. The OST mostly composed of songs by JJ Lin and By2. Maybe because I'm too familiar with JJ's songs, they sometimes seem out-of-place when used as OST. There is this song I like though: 很美丽 (Very Beautiful) by 吕雯 (Lu Wen).
Would I recommend this to anyone? I suppose to those of you not quite seasoned by cliche romance, this can be a light-hearted watch. It's definitely not perfect but there were certain scenes that left me grinning like a fool. And I'm such a sucker for Roy Qiu's killer smile! (I'm so smitten with Roy right now, I'm thinking of watching his other projects :P) At 40 episodes with 40 minutes each, Love Waking Up is rather easy to breeze through. And there's always the FF button when it gets a little boring. LOL.