DRAMA TITLE: CORNER WITH LOVE
OTHER ALTERNATIVE TITLES: 轉角*遇到愛 / ZHUAN JIAO * YU DAO AI
GENRE: ROMANCE, COMEDY
BROADCAST PERIOD: JANUARY 7, 2007 – APRIL 22, 2007
NO. OF EPISODES: 16
- Barbie Hsu as Yu Xin Lei (俞心蕾)
- Show Lo as Qin Lang (秦朗)
- Chen Zhi Kai as Yin Shang Dong (尹尚東) – Xin Lei’s fiancé
- Jozie Lu as Cai Xiao Yang (蔡小陽) – Xin Lei’s rival
- Dean Fujioka as An Teng Feng (安藤楓) – Qin Lang’s rival
- Fang Fang (方芳) as Du Dan Po (牡丹婆) – Qin Lang’s grandmother
- Harlem Yu as Lian Sheng Quan (連勝全) – Xin Lei’s family friend
- Carolyn Chen as Wen Bi Zhu (溫碧珠) – Xin Lei’s workmate in Taiwan
- Zhang Li Wei (張立威) as Ah Da (阿達) – Qin Lang’s family friend
- Chen Yan Ru (陳彥儒) as Jiu Ba Dao (九把刀) – Qin Lang’s friend and author
- Huang Hong Sheng as Ah Yi (阿義) – Qin Lang’s friend
- Jiang Chao as Xiao Pang (小胖) – Qin Lang’s workmate in Shanghai
- Fan Ming as Cui Ge (崔哥) – Qin Lang’s boss in Shanghai
- Xiao Jian as Bao Che Ren (包車仁) – Qin Lang’s workmate in Shanghai
- Wu Yan Xuan as childhood Qin Lang
- Shen Meng Sheng (沈孟生) as Qin Hai – Qin Lang’s father
- Li Sheng as Shi Hanyu
Xin Lei (Barbie Hsu) is an intelligent, confident and beautiful girl who has never known a day of hardship. Her father is a wealthy business tycoon in Shanghai and she is engaged to Yin Shang Dong (Chen Zhi Kai) who in her eyes is also perfect in every way. She lives a life of fairytale as everyone dote and treat her like a princess. Until one day, she meets Qin Lang (Show Luo), when her car and his bicycle crash into each other by accident at a corner. Qin Lang is a frustrated artist whose father abandoned him and his mother to pursue his passion for painting. He went to Shanghai with the hopes of pursuing his dream of becoming an artist but was cheated out of his money, passport and plane ticket. In order to earn enough money to go home to Taiwan he works as a cook, making oyster omelette, a skill passed down by his grandmother.
Xin Lei and Qin Lang meet again when she goes to a restaurant that specialises in Taiwanese food, that Qin Lang happens to works at. She wanted to learn how to make oyster omelette (ô-á-chian or 蚵仔煎), in order to impress her fiancé’s parents with her cooking skills. He is initially reluctant to teach her as he is annoyed by her princess complex but at the same time, he is drawn to her. After much bickering and mis-understanding they become friends.
Then, Xin Lei’s parents’ company goes bankrupt and they go into hiding to escape their debtors. They mis-guidedly thought that Shang Dong would take care of her, hence only left her a plane ticket and a key to their house in Taiwan. Unfortunately, Shan Dong breaks off their engagement, at the insistence of his parents, and becomes engaged to another girl whose family can help them financially. Meanwhile Xin Lei is left to rely on her best friend Xi Xian and Qin Lang, who found himself wanting to protect her and does everything in his power to cheer her up. However at the bidding of his grandmother, he had to leave Xie Lei to return to Taiwan, thinking that they would never meet again. Then, after seeing Xin Lei at his engagement party, Shan Dong is unable to go thru with it. So his parents asked her to break away and leave Shanghai. Whereupon she goes to Taiwan to stay in the house her parents left her.
Coincidentally, it turns out that the house that was left to Xin Lei by her parents is Qin Lang’s house. Xin Lei tried to drive Qin Lang’s family out of the house which infuriated his grandmother and wanted Xin Lei out of the house since she can show no proof of ownership of the house. Knowing that Xin Lei has nowhere else to go, Qin Lang lied to his grandmother saying that Xin Lei is his girlfriend who is now penniless and homeless and plead to let her stay. The grandmother reluctantly lets her stay under the condition that she has to help with the household chores and she has to find a job and pay her rent for staying in the house.
A series of unfortunate events happen which leads Xin Lei to face up to her life’s situation and learn to adapt to her new environment. She is unable to give up her princess complex but little by little, warmed up to Qin Lang’s family and the kind of life they live. In the end, she would have to make a choice between staying as a princess in her castle or to lead a simple life of a commoner for love.
When I first tried to watch this drama, honestly I easily got bored that I didn’t even finish the first episode. I don’t know why but somehow the story didn’t really appeal to me that much. I was thinking that the story line was a little bit off and too ordinary. Aside from that somehow I still couldn’t get Barbie Hsu’s Shan Cai image out of my mind. I really loved that (Meteor Garden) drama so much that I somehow couldn’t imagine her being with another leading man. But after a few months of having the Corner With Love dvd tucked away, I finally gave this drama another chance. I again tried to watch this until the third episode. I was really out of dramas to watch at that time since I couldn’t go out and buy a new one. So after finishing the 3rd episode, I was kinda interested already. I really liked some of the hilarious parts between Show Lo and his friends at the restaurant and even when he was already with his grandmother and his friends in Taiwan. Aside from that Barbie Hsu’s high and all mighty personality kinda really suits her in this drama. She has that certain classy and snobbish look that’s perfect for the character plus I suddenly realized that this somehow brought out her funny side that I wasn’t able to fully see in Meteor Garden. All in all the drama had a light story but quite enjoyable to watch. It is perfect if you’re looking for something to watch that you wouldn’t need a whole box of tissue beside you. You will surely laugh, feel sad and get angry at some parts of this whole drama. The twists and turns certainly adds more interest. I think it took me more than a week to finish all the episodes. But after finishing it until the end, I was really glad that I gave this drama another shot. It was quite fun to watch actually so if you have some spare time, do give this drama a shot too.