Title: Autumn’s Concerto/ Next Stop, Happiness/ 下一站，幸福
Status: Complete [21 episodes]
Ren Guang Xi (Vaness Wu), a cocky law student, seems to lead the perfect life. He’s the sole successor to a huge and famous business and a talented ice hockey player. But in reality, his lonely life lacks joy, laughter and motivation. That is until he meets Liang Mu Cheng (Ady An), the new bento seller at his school canteen. Although orphaned at a young age, Mu Cheng does not let her past affect her and lives life with great passion and determination. A harmless bet brings the two together and Guang Xi slowly changes as Mu Cheng teaches him how to give and love. Tragedy strikes when Guang Xi suddenly has to go through a major brain surgery which causes him to lose his memory. His mother begs Mu Cheng to leave him and the latter has no choice but to do so. Little does she know that she already has Guang Xi’s child.
Six years pass. Mu Cheng lives a quiet life with her young son in the countryside while Guang Xi is now a successful lawyer and is engaged to He Yi Qian, the kind and beautiful doctor who took care of him after his surgery. A strangely familiar piano piece stirs Guang Xi’s heart as he struggles to recall his past romance with Mu Cheng. How will the couple make up for six years of lost time? Happiness, which stop do I alight at?
This was my introduction to Taiwanese drama and I couldn’t have asked for a better one. The plot line was fresh, something I hadn’t heard before, and the actor’s versatility was beautiful. Vaness Wu pulled off the rich heir & playboy personality beautifully but acted with extreme depth in each scene. Parts of this drama was frustrating, especially Ady An’s character because she simply wouldn’t tell the truth. But, in retrospect, the stubbornness made so much sense, because it just suited her character. Mu Cheng is definitely a frustrating character, primarily because of the fact that she often has only one expression, but it made sense in her character, especially because when the monotony finally breaks, we see a beautiful transformation. And I could rant on and on about this drama.
I think the entire beauty of the drama also lies in the way that places where used, the significance of each place, of each little thing is beautiful. It’s very interesting because something that you consider insignificant, like a dish she cooks once in the beginning, reappears as a cornerstone towards the end. The actors, especially the kid, Xiao Xiao Bing has done a wonderful job portraying his character with a little bit of depth, adding emotions and thoughts, where otherwise, the characters would have fallen flat.
If you’ve never watched Taiwanese drama’s before then, let me just tell you, that most Taiwanese drama’s are 40+ episodes long. Which can be the perfect thing if you’re marathoning it, then these are perfect. The reason I say this is a perfect introduction because if you’re used to Japanese or K-dramas, where there are usually only 20 episodes, then, this is a good idea as a place to start. Even if you’re used to watching English shows, with all their seasons, even then, this is a beautiful introduction, because it gives you a unique storyline.
When you’re watching it, first of all, don’t watch it if you’re under the age of 17. There are some pretty mature concepts in there. Also, fair warning, this drama should come with a trigger warning. This drama can fall under the genres of romance, slice of life, and family. A heart-warming, tear-jerking and smile-inducing drama, it is definitely a good watch
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