CAST:  Xu Kai, Cheng Xiao, Zhou Yiran,  Zhai Xiao Wen, Lee Jun Hyuk , Rachel Wang, Yao Chi

DIRECTOR: Qiu Zhong Wei

Falling into Your Smile” offers a refreshing portrayal of love and ambition set against the vibrant backdrop of China’s esports industry. In a world where the lines between virtual and real blur, this drama brings to the forefront relationships, aspirations, and the essence of team spirit.

At its core, the story revolves around Tong Yao (played by Cheng Xiao), the sole female professional esports player in China’s top-tier male-dominated league, and her journey navigating the challenges and intricacies of her new environment. The narrative is multi-layered, juxtaposing the gaming universe’s thrills with the real-world intricacies of love, rivalry, and camaraderie.

She is spotted and invited to be part of the ZGDX team, stepping in for Yu Ming who’s bidding adieu to his gaming career due to the degradation of the muscles in his hand.

Seizing the opportunity, Tong Yao breaks barriers by becoming the inaugural female contender in the national championship. Yet, her groundbreaking entry doesn’t come without its pitfalls; whispers and unwanted attention threaten her standing, forcing her to skillfully maneuver the treacherous waters of the pro-gaming world.

Initially, the team’s captain, Si Cheng (played by Xu Kai), with his inflated ego and icy demeanor, makes it hard for her to train from being a gamer to a pro-sportsperson, however, it is later revealed that he is working to have her understand and amalgamate into the treacherous world of pro-gaming while trying to protect her.

His interactions with Tong Yao drive much of the story’s emotional heft. Their relationship, fraught with initial misunderstandings, gradually evolves into one of mutual respect and understanding.

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As they work together, they start understanding each other better and slowly fall in love.

While they do not want their relationship and its reaction to their fans to take away the work that they put into playing and training, the news of their relationship creates new challenges for both of them.

The drama is neither purely a love story nor strictly about esports. It finds a delicate balance, interweaving the protagonist’s personal and professional journey, thereby adding depth to its storyline.

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Visually, “Falling into Your Smile” is a treat. The gaming sequences are crafted with precision and flair, making them immersive and exciting. Moreover, the use of music, both in terms of original score and chosen tracks, complements the narrative beautifully.

One cannot overlook the importance of this drama in shedding light on China’s booming esports industry and breaking gender norms. By presenting a female protagonist in a traditionally male-dominated field, the series highlights the challenges faced by women in esports, from stereotypes to overt discrimination, thereby initiating crucial conversations around gender equality.

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“Falling into Your Smile” is an engaging blend of romance, competition, and personal growth. It deftly navigates the world of esports, offering a unique perspective on the gaming industry while also delivering a compelling love story.

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With a robust cast and an intriguing premise, it stands as a testament to the evolving nature of Chinese dramas. For those looking to delve into a drama that strikes a balance between heart-fluttering romance and adrenaline-pumping competition, this is a must-watch.

Streams on Netflix and Youku


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