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Prince Who Turned Into A Frog
Network
Episodes
20
Also Knows As
Frog Prince
Directed by
Liu Jun Jie, Chen Ming Zhang
Written by
Luo Cai Juan
Producer
Chen Yu San
Cast
Ming Dao, Sam Wang, Chen Qiao En, Zhao Hong Qiao
Release Date
June 05, 2005

Shan Jun Hao, the CEO to a large hotel chain, is the stereotypical heir – spoiled, coldhearted, and ruthless. He meets Ye Tian Yu, a schemer and somewhat of a gold-digger and after a series of events, Tian Yu “accidentally” runs Jun Hao over. Turns out, Jun Hao has lost all of his memories and became a kindhearted and loving person. Just when love is in the air, Jun Hao’s family came looking for him and he has a fiancée who loves and misses him. Some more “accidents” occurred, and Jun Hao lost all of his memories of Tian Yu and went back to being a spoiled heir. However, Tian Yu fights for their love even though Jun Hao thinks of her as a lying schemer. Will Jun Hao remember his love for Tian Yu? Who will Jun Hao choose? And who is the person causing all the “accidents”?

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Prince Who Turned Into A Frog 2009-10-04 01:29:17 spritetime
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spritetime Reviewed by spritetime    October 04, 2009
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Finding Love through Head Trauma

Prince Turns Into Frog first made headlines in 2005 when it made what was then historic records in television ratings. It also established Chen Qiao En and Ming Dao, the male and female lead of the series, as a premier on-screen couple. With their tangible chemistry, they made their characters' fated love believable even in its most unbelievable moments.

The series tells the story of two strangers from different levels of society that meet by chance in the small fishing village of Mei Guan. Shan Jun Hao is the cold-hearted, efficiency-first luxury hotel guru that wants to destroy the village for profit, and the Ye Tian Yu is a money-scamming but deep-down-kindhearted resident of the small village. The two meet under antagonistic circumstances, but as fate would have it, Shan Jun Hao and Ye Tian Yu are involved in an accident that results in Shan Jun hao losing his memory. These two, bound by the circumstances of the accident, slowly falls in love, but just as it seemed happily ever after was around the corner, they are torn apart by yet another twist of fate. The story of the rediscovery of their love dominates most of the plot to follow.

While overall the story is well-constructed, it suffers from a certain amount of meandering and over-the-top coincidences, which at some points shatter the mood of the story with its incredulity. The love affair between the two main characters feel forced at the beginning of the series, as if the writers needed to convince us of their feelings in a hurry. As such, it was harder to feel for the couple until much later in the story, as they struggled to find their way back to each other.

Chen Qiao En, as she predictably does in her idol drama roles, fills the shoes of the abused yet perpetually kindhearted Ye Tian Yu well. Her facial emoions never cease to draw the audience in, and makes them feel for the plight of her characters. She also shows off moments of comedic talent, but they fall short of wonderful. Her slapstick feels forced and contrived, but these moments are compensated by her talent in portraying the tragic nature of Ye Tian Yu's predicament.

Ming Dao is the reliably good-looking male model casted to play Shan Jun Hao, who starts the series as a villanous character. However, while Ming Dao possessed the cool looks required for the role, failed to truly convey the ruthlessness that would be the contrast to Dong-Ou's (the alter ego) innocence later. His portrayal of Dong-Ou is comparatively more convincing, but in failing to fully explore that contrast, the story feels like it lost a certain amount of power when the two characters ultimately had to face one another.

Prince Turns Into Frog is a love story that at some points overly relies on plot devices to force a somewhat unbelievable relationship. However, the strong chemistry between the two lead actors were able to pull this off, and bring the audience into the relationship with them. The story always feel forced during the crucial plot moments where the characters' relationships were facing momentous twists, but these moments reliably find footing again in these two actors' performances. Without that strong chemistry, this series may have fallen far short of its historic accomplishment.

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