This post has been a loooooong time in the making. Like, since 2017. 😀 It’s just been sitting there in my draft-folder, waiting patiently for me to finally get back to it. Which I’ve laways inteded to do but… stuff happened. Anyway, it’s done now.^^
There doesn’t seem to be any official translation to the original title 愿有人陪你颠沛流离, but Willing to Drift With You is what it mostly seems to be called around the internets, so I’ll go with that. Though, I’m actually pondering if something akin to ‘Willing to accompany you through the ebb and flow of life’ would be more appropreate.
This is a lovely little drama which I believe completely flew under the radar for most when it was airing and I don’t think many have watched it even after. There are no subs so it probably never even registered with the international viewers. Well, as for me, no subs is never going to hinder me from watching something I want to watch. 😉 I have no idea how I actually came across Willing to Drift, some random YT rec I surmise, but I was instantly charmed by Drama.
Willing to Drift With You is set in college and is centered on He Tan, a senior who isn’t all that interested in studying. He’s got a crush on the ‘campus queen’ Wang Dan Sui and starts to pursue her, only to be told to ace the next exam and she will consider going on a date with him. So of course the lad wows to sudy hard and win her over. Easier said than done, as he soon finds out. On the day of his public decleration to Dan Sui, he catches the eye of Tian Tian, who starts to think that He Tan may be the key to solving a problem she has. She kinda pesters him and finally succeeds in persuading him to help her, in exchange of tutoring him. Then after an outing with Tian Tian, He Tan sees a news article about her and makes a surprising discovery. At that point we viewers already know what it, as it’s revealed pretty early on in EP1. I’m not going to spoil it here though, in case someone actually decides to watch the drama. I did not expect the twist, but it was a fun surprise. After the discovery, He Tan is introduced to a group of Tian Tian’s friends. The whole thing totally freaks him out at first but in the end he accepts the new reality. With a little ‘help’ from his new aquintances, he manages to pass the exam with full score, which gains him his dream date with Dan Sui.
I loved the warm and whimsical feel to the drama and really liked all the main characters. He Tan is bit of a brat to begin with but he has a good heart and never conciously sets out to hurt anyone. Being kinda slow when it comes to certain things, he inevitably does, but he always makes amends when he does realise what he’s done wrong. Sometimes he just needs a bit of a poke from someone else to see the light. And when he finally realises that Tian Tian and her friends truly need a helping hand, he fully commits to the task. He Tan’s early interactions with them allows for some low key hilarity, I had a good chuckle with those. The group has formed a sort of family unit due to circumstances and the way they support and comfort each other is heartwarming. They may not always agree on things but they always have each other’s back. Gradually He Tan is also included into the little circle, though not everyone in the group is all that welcoming to begin with. All have their own, interesting stories to tell but also regrets to work through. With He Tan’s assistance they are able to get things sorted out and to move on. It wasn’t just once or twice I felt my eyes get misty.
Despite of the somewhat shaky start, He Tan and Tian Tian become friends who cheer each other on. Everything seems to be shaping up splendidly but Tian Tian realises that her feelings for He Tan are more than just friendship. She doesn’t want to become an obstacle to his happines though, so we get a bit of noble idiocy. What follows is bittersweet but there is another little twist, which I kinda didn’t see coming either. I still think about the ending occasionally and which part of the story in a story (yes, I’m being intentionally cryptic here^^) was real and which belongs to the realm of ‘a good yarn’. Drama ended in a happy note and perhaps with a peek of things to come. It left me with a warm afterglow, edges of which I can still feel.
The Opening Song ~ Jia Jia / 家家 – Still Missing / 還是想念 – This is basically the very beginning of EP1, ha. Starts with the intro to the story and then goes on to the opening credits. I love the song!
The Trailer, which is rather spoilery, including the twist at the begining, so watch at your own discretion. 🙂