Lazy Unnie’s Couch: Bromance

Because of one simple word from a soothsayer, Pi Ya Nuo has been raised as a boy all her life. By chance she saves underworld mob boss Du Zi Feng and his sister. His sister falls in love with Pi Ya Nuo at first sight. Things gets complicated when the she becomes “sworn brothers” with the mob boss, just as her 26th birthday comes closer, and with it her chance to finally live as a woman. As her 26th birthday approaches, she must decide if she wants to return to a woman or continue to be Du Zi Feng’s best pal.

  • Starring: Baron Chen | Megan Lai | Bii | Sean Lee | Katie Chen | Mandy Tao
  • Episodes: 30 (45 Min.)
  • Aired: October 18, 2015 – February 21, 2016
  • Network: TTV

I’ve finally finished a show! It’s been a while since I actually had the mental ability to focus enough to finish something but here we are. Anyway, back in August, I was in the mood for some cheesy dramas, and Bromance was one of the shows that made the cut. Now when I say cheese, I mean a plot so unbelievable that it could only be played out in dramaland. The plot is barely that but the power of actors chemistry and ridiculous circumstances kept me going.

So that plot, we had our lead… person? Pi Yanuo was born a female but because of her superstitious parents, lived her life as a male until her 26th birthday. If she didn’t, there would be so much bad luck that death may even come to her. Yikes! Then we have Du Zifeng, an orphan who was adopted by gang chief and raised well to do. But due to a tragedy, Du Zifeng’s father goes missing at sea. Both Pi Yanuo and Du Zifeng meet by chance and become swore brothers. ALL IN EPISODE ONE! So the whole series is basically them falling for one another, but what I kind of liked about this was Du Zifeng fell for Pi Yanuo before her secret was revealed. He basically resolved himself to his feelings for Pi Yanuo regardless of gender. I thought that was really sweet.

A lot of the show had funny moments and outrageous ones with a whole gangster subplot which was insane. There was even a love triangle sprinkled in there but it wasn’t that important because the dynamic between Pi Yanuo and Du ZIfeng was so strong, you know there was no coming between the two of them. There were other aspects of the show that I could have done without. The second leads and their love story was dull as hell. Yang Na Na and Wei Qing Yang just didn’t have the chemistry nor was it a storyline that could hold up to the main. If their story was its own show, maybe. Both had parent issues and even a health scare. It just seemed too much jammed in for a second lead. I found myself skipping their scenes.

Overall, I did compare a lot of it to Coffee Prince and yes, there were similarities but I think the biggest difference for me was the fact that when presented with the idea of falling in love with a man, Du Zifeng, went for it more willingly than Gong Yoo’s Choi Han Gyul. There were moments when I would be yelling at my screen, wondering WHY they don’t realize that Pi Yanuo is a she, even when “he” dressed up as a woman MULTIPLE times, and even played his pretend sister! But that just falls into the unbelievable things we’re made to believe.

Acting : 7/10
Story : 6/10
Music : 8/10
Overall : 7.5/10
Recommended For : Coffee Prince lovers

Fave Song : ‘Back In Time’ by Bii

Published by Unbothered Unnies

A couple of ladies who love to express their opinions from anything and everything. That includes shows and music and anything in between. This blog is dedicated to our love and appreciation for Asian entertainment and culture.

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