First rule of thumb in idol dramas: if you’re the well-to-do daughter of a well-to-do businessman, it’s probably too good to be true. Especially if you’re Qi Wei.
In Love Destiny (爱情自有天意), Qi Wei stars as Cheng Xi, the daughter of the president of Landscape Corporation. In reality, though, her last name is Tang and her real father is the owner of a small restaurant. Due to an accident more than twenty years ago, she got mixed up with Tang Zheng (Malaysian actor Melvin Sia), although I’m not really sure how…? Anyway, this, of course, leads to all sorts of trouble when twenty years later, the now grown-up children meet and fall in love.
I wish I could provide a more informative synopsis, but the trailer is pretty much just people dramatically yelling at each other, while dramatic music plays in the background, so it’s not of much help there. Love Destiny is set to begin airing on February 11th, and it’s helmed by Taiwanese director Chen Hui-ling (Autumn’s Concerto, Material Queen), so at the very least, we’ll be getting a lot of prettiness. Check behind the cut for the recently released preview and for a lot of stills.
Watch the HD preview for Love Destiny:
Love Destiny is the first time Melvin Sia has acted in a mainland idol drama. Although he was well received in the 2011 movie Love Love You (夏日乐悠悠) and is often dubbed “the Andy Lau of Malaysia,” netizens expressed doubt that he would be able to compare to some of Qi Wei’s previous co-stars, such as Baron Chen and Roy Qiu. Melvin magnanimously attributed this to their love and protection of their idol Qi Wei, but added that he believes viewers will approve of their characters’ relationship after the drama airs.
Also on the list of actors are Chen He and Lou Yixiao, who play a popular sort-of-couple on iPartment but act out fraternal twins in this drama. Tang Li (Chen He) is involved in a Romeo and Juliet-esque story, in which he falls in love with the sickly Tian Xin (Re Yizha), although their families are against the relationship. Tang Tang (Lou Yixiao) has her own set of problems, since she’s fallen for bad boy Cheng Chaoqun (Zhang Danfeng), who’s in love with his adopted sister Cheng Xi (yes, Qi Wei’s character) and whose interest in Tang Tang extends only as far as he can exploit her.
Many iPartment fans hoped that Chen He and Lou Yixiao would act out a couple again, but one netizen joked that being twins was even better, since then they would really “be together.” It’s been reported, however, that the two will act out the Tang parents in a flashback scene.
Qi Wei and Zhang Danfeng have also worked together before, when they played an unlikely couple in the 2011 hit drama My Daughter. But their characters here do a little of a switch: Zhang Danfeng is no longer playing a Nice Guy, while Qi Wei drops the cold and domineering image of her past roles and takes on a gentler and quieter character. Since she’s often called “Brother Qi,” she joked on her Weibo that she’d become more of a “sissy” for this role. Nevertheless, she’s excited to show audiences a different side of her.
Underlying all of these crazily interconnected dysfunctional relationships is the promise of yummy-looking food, since the Tang family runs a restaurant and Tang Zheng is supposed to be a culinary genius. I’m assuming Tang Li is learning the ropes, since there are some pictures of the brothers wearing chef hats. In one interview, Chen He shared that when he was a kid, he wanted to become a chef because he really liked to eat.
For more stills, check out the drama’s Weibo, and be sure to watch the theme song of Love Destiny, which is a beautiful duet by Qi Wei and Taiwanese singer Aska Yang. If I ever wrote a ballad and had enough money to hire whatever singer I wanted, Aska would most likely top that list. I also included a picture of Qi Wei from the MV, since the MV both sounds and looks beautiful.