Few weeks after ending, “Best Lover” hit 1 Billion views on Youku and this surely something deserve the celebration.
This is a drama that was in danger of not airing at all but although it didn’t succeed to air on TV channel and all the issues facing Korean dramas airing in China and without having promotions, it still reached this and among 700 web dramas that aired in China in 2016, it came out in 5th place in the second half of the year and the 15th for the year overall and the 7th among Korean dramas.
I’m honestly happy for our girl, the cast and crew for achieving this despite my own issues with the drama.
Celebrating the event, Lee Da-hae joined the drama cast and crew gathering in Korea on the 22nd. It is great seeing them again together after a year since the drama finished filming but sadly Zhou Mi is filming a new drama in China and seems he couldn’t join them.
Also from Da-hae’s international fans celebrating this occasion, the revised and final English subtitle version of the drama is now out on subscene. Thanks to our little subbing team in Soompi Ely_397, Annya and Emok for their amazing efforts once again and a big congratulation on their first subbing project ❤
Now check below for more pictures from the party ^^
Finally here I am with a review about “Best Lover“. Thanks to the translation provided by Lee Da-hae fans Ely, Annya and Emok in Soompi, I am able to write this quite soon after the drama just ended. But let me tell you, this wasn’t an easy one to write mainly because of my mixed feeling about the drama.
Actually the first question I asked myself after done watching is, did we get to see the best lover or the best couple in this drama? Or were we even supposed to see that?
Before answering this, let me first share some thoughts about the drama and our girl there.
[Warning: this review may contain spoilers]
First Happy New Year everyone!!
With the end of 2016 we are also came to the end of Lee Da-hae‘s drama “Best Lover” on 27th of December with the whole episodes released for all users on Youku.
I will save my opinion about the drama for a review post that I hope I can finish soon. But regardless of that and although it is not a drama that had any buzz but it did gain a decent success recording about 800 Million views and rating of 9.7 by the end of its run. So congrats to the staff and actors involved in the project.
Celebrating the ending, Da-hae’s agency JS Pictures released many stills of our girl from the drama. Check all below in addition to the latest NG videos released from Youku ^^
We know Lee Da-hae is no singer but she has a passion for music. I am always happy that despite her knowing her limits as well, she never was afraid to sing and perform for us at many occasions and now we can add another song to the list as she sang a duet with her “Best Lover” singer co-star Zhou Mi for the drama’s OST.
The song is called “Best Couple”/”最佳情侣” (as the Chinese title for the drama) and it is used as the opening theme and also played at many scenes in the drama. It is a very cute song and our girl’s voice is so cute as well singing in Chinese ❤
No official full version of the song is released (I really hope they do release one soon) but because I wanted to listen to it repeatedly, I extracted the audio from the drama scenes and did some editing to cut the dialogues. Although it is not perfect but I hope it is decent to listen to. Hope you enjoy it ^^
Also another good news, thanks to our dedicated Da-hae Soompi fans (Ely and Annya) we are finally getting English subs for the drama, YAAY!!!
I didn’t expect us to get subs for the drama any time soon but they stepped in to provide the subs for us all to enjoy the drama more. Can’t thank them enough and I’m proud that this translation project coming out from Da-hae fans ❤
Check below for the “Best Couple” Song and English subs link 🙂
After about 2 weeks since it started airing, Lee Da-hae‘s drama “Best Lover” hits 200 million views Youku and got 9.6 rating on the site. Also it has been ranking in the Top 10 online ratings in almost all days since released. I’m quite glad to see our girl’s drama getting good response specially after being away from the drama scene for more than 2 years so congratulation to the her and all the drama cast and staff.
Through those 2 weeks seems that Youku changed their strategy in the release the episodes, may be in trial to use the decent success of the drama. Till now they released 6 episodes for free users while episode 7 and 8 are only available for members and seems they will open those for free users and release 9 and 10 for members on Monday (00:00) which is few hours from now and will keep releasing 2 episodes per week every Monday and that would mean that “Best Lover” will end its run by the end of December.
OK, those were the good news but on the other side, our girl’s cameo in “Love Through a Millennium 2” which was supposed to air on the 16th was cut from the 1st episode of the drama. I am quite angry with this specially that we got a confirmation news from Da-hae’s agency about it but seems that things may be getting worse and China started to really take more actions with the ban of Korean celebrities in the country which we knew about before.
With “Best Lover” now already airing and seems safe from such actions, I hope that her other Chinese drama “My Goddess, My Mother” will be safe as well and already got the approval for airing since some of the latest reports about this issue said that “Programs that have been approved by reviews and meet the official guidelines of entertainment programs have been excluded.” I am glad that I have “Best Lover” to keep me away from thinking about that too much.
Now here are some stills and BTS pictures released from the drama ^^
It is finally here! I’m partying here because seeing Lee Da-hae on my screen again is enough reason 😉
And seems our girl is also quite excited about her drama airing since she is updating her Weibo with all the new previews and episodes links.
“Best Lover” started airing on Chinese popular online video website Youku on Midnight, November the 14th. They uploaded 6 episodes for VIP members but free users can watch one episode per day.
So you can now watch the 1st two episodes on Youku even if you are no member. Here are the links.
Episode 1 | Episode 2
You can also check the latest previews and BTS from the drama below 🙂 Continue reading
It is just 2 days chingus till we see Lee Da-hae‘s on screen again and I can’t help but feel excited and also worried because I really don’t want this drama to left me disappointed after such a long waiting time.
Youku have been releasing new trailers daily for “Best Lover” and while I have learned not to judge a drama through those but at least I am satisfied with how they are giving the introduction to this drama through the trailers although I really wanted to see more of our second male lead and other secondary characters.
Check the released trailers below and let me know what you think 🙂