The Romance of Tiger and Rose
Genre: Romance, Comedy, Historical, Fantasy
Air-date: May 18, 2020 – June 1, 2020
Starring: Zhao Lusi as Chen Xiaoqian/Chen Qianqian, Ding Yuxi as Han Shuo, Sheng Yinghao as Pei Heng, Zhou Zixin as Chen Chuchu
Picture this: a 2020 Nicki, being completely flabbergasted by the sudden intense popularity of Zhao Lusi. Nicki was also very confused as to how Zhao Lusi had such a strong hold on cdrama twitter. There is no way that a drama with a plot as simple as a woman falling into a novel and becoming a supporting character who is supposed to die can be that good? Now flash forward to 2021 and Zhao Lusi has been casted with Nicki’s favorites, so she really needed to understand what was in the Kool Aid that everyone was drinking and she finally succumbed to the pressure and watched The Romance of Tiger and Rose.
This was a really fun drama. I understood why it had cdrama twitter in a chokehold. I was shocked at the fact that the episodes were just skirting by without me feeling bored or annoyed. I enjoyed the way that they tried to have a conversation about the way women were treated especially in period pieces. For the most part, we had a consistency with the storyline. However, I do think that it did fall back on some tropes which made the show a little bit of a moot point after a while. For example, I thought it was refreshing at first to not have the sister sibling rivalry, but Chuchu’s descent into a villain was warranted tbqh. Also, I don’t know if I enjoyed Qianqian as a female lead overall. I just have issues with self sacrificing heroes a lot tbqh, but I do enjoy the selfishness of some actions.
The real reason why I am eating my words when it comes to this drama is that I understand now, why Zhao Lusi has such a hold on international fans. This is the best acting I have seen from her to date (I watched a bit of The Long Ballad and Oh My Emperor!) I actually really felt the emotional scenes were so well done and the chemistry with Ding Yuxi was off the charts. I think that is what makes this drama so excellent. THE CHEMISTRY IS THE CORE OF THIS ROMANTIC COMEDY. THEY ARE EXPLOSIVE TOGETHER. I be squealing and having to pause every couple of scenes. Yeah they did that. We also need to discuss how I am gonna marry Ding Yuxi? Like this man is so fine for why?
I guess I just need to say that I would definitely recommend this drama. Especially if you enjoy romantic comedies. In conclusion, I come humbly to you all issuing a formal apology for daring to say that you all have no taste. I get it, I understand it, I was wrong. The Romance of Tiger and Rose definitely deserves all the hype.
Rewatch Value: 8/10