“Born After 80s” First Impressions

Tang Yan is a Young Step-Mom and Bossy GF in this drama
(the kid in the left picture is the hilarious son and macho man on the right is her ex-turned-bf)

I went in this drama watching for Tang Yan, but it was our two male leads who stole the show. Dialogue-heavy, sometimes quite frustrating, but generally light fare. You can expect lovely bantering between our young step-mom (Tang Yan) and her step-son (kickass Zhang Yi Shan!!!) – that’s a highlight of the show besides her love story… Oh, but as for romance, don’t look for too much into that department, if you are only looking for that you might be disappointed.

Gist: Girl marries to a single-dad. He’s a decently well-known pianist. She is only 6 years older than her husband’s teen rebel son, so he’s obviously not happy living under the same roof. Her husband suddenly leaves her and the son in a car accident with a mysterious lady. She’s furiously trying to figure out what happened that night. Meanwhile her hawtayyyy Ex-boyfriend helps her sort things out. Will she find out what happened that night? How will the girl fare with this step-son who hates her for marrying into the family? And what will she do about the ex who wants to get her back? Bonus, there’s bromance, well, sorta, you’ll see! Find out when you watch BORN AFTER 80s. Yeah 🙂 Hehe. I usually like to skip summaries. If you want to have a peek at this drama, here’s the real summary to check out!

This should totally be the follow up series to My Youth. There’s a lot of fast and furious Beijinger/Shanghaiese dialogue thown about – extremely entertaining. I have to confess that this always a selling point for me because it’s so much more realistic and fun than say – exaggerated babyish talk that would dominate most modern dramas. Admittedly, the charismatic actors brought this series to life. Without Zhang Yi Shan – who delivers a stellar performance as a fiesty, stubborn step-son – Born After 80’s would be almost 2-dimensional because the story offers not much to work with. He is for certain, our resident B.A. comedian. For those who find this child actor familiar, ZYS played the middle child from Jia You Er Nv (Chinese sitcom that shot him to fame, circa 2005, think something along the lines of Mary Kate from Full House). Tang Yan, who plays the female lead, An Wen, is only cute when she’s not screaming or lecturing. However she does a pretty decent job in her role as widowed-step-mom in this 2009 series. Oh, and the curly, ahjumma hair she sports in the later episodes annoys me. On the opposite spectrum, Gao Yun Xiang the male lead, has SEXYBEAST acting capabilities on top of his SEXYBEAST looks. Yes, this guy not only has a deep and masculine voice, a model’s body, but YX gets it spot on when he’s supposed to be giddy, lonely, or sad.

Status: I’m currently at Episode 13/26. Halfway to go! So what if this series doesn’t have as much magnetic pull as My Youth? It’s entertaining and an easy watch.

*What the title refers to: The 80s or the Post-80s refers to the generation whose members were born between 1980 to 1989 after the introduction of the One-child policy.

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About Bumbleberri

Founder and editor of Asian Entertainment Blog, UnderratedGems. What I do in my free time: trying to get more sleep and satisfying my TV addiction.

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