Absolute Darling

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Absolute Darling
Absolute Boyfriend-poster.jpg
Promotional poster for Absolute Darling
Also known as 絕對達令
Genre Romance
Based on Absolute Boyfriend
by Yuu Watase
Directed by Liu jun Jie (劉俊傑)
Starring Jiro Wang
Ku Hye-sun
Kun Da
Opening theme "Mr. Perfect" by Fahrenheit
Ending theme "假装我们没爱过" (Pretend We Have Never Loved) by Jiro Wang
Country of origin Taiwan
Original language(s) Mandarin
No. of episodes 13
Production
Producer(s) Wang Xin Gui (王信貴)
Location(s) Taiwan
Running time 90 minutes
Production company(s) GTV
Release
Original network FTV, GTV
Picture format NTSC
First shown in Taiwan
Original release 8 April (2012-04-08) – 1 July 2012 (2012-07-01)
Chronology
Followed by Once Upon a Love
Related shows Zettai Kareshi
External links
GTV official website web.archive.org/web/20120505204811/http://www.gtv.com.tw/Program/S051420120414U/
Absolute Darling
Chinese name
Traditional Chinese 絕對達令
Simplified Chinese 绝对达令
Japanese name
Kana 絶対彼氏

Absolute Darling (simplified Chinese: 绝对达令; traditional Chinese: 絕對達令) is a Taiwanese romance drama television series based on the original manga novel Absolute Boyfriend by Yuu Watase. Jiro Wang, member of Taiwanese boy band Fahrenheit played Night Tenjo's role while South Korean actress Ku Hye-sun played Riiko Izawa.[1][2][3]

Cast[edit]

Note: Characters' names displayed as "in-drama Taiwanese name / original Japanese name"

Actor Character
Jiro Wang Wan Naite (萬奈特) / Night Tenjo
Ku Hye-sun
Chien Shih-Yin (young)
Guan Xiaofei (官筱菲) / Riiko Izawa
Hsieh Kun Da Yan Zongshi (嚴宗史) / Soushi Asamoto
Uei Hsun-Na Lei Wuwu (雷霧霧) / Gaku Namikiri
Cherry Hsia Luo Meijia (羅美佳) / Mika Ito
Tsai Han-Tsen Fang Zhixi (方智希) / Satori Miyabe
Im Jun-yeong SKY
Bi Xiao-Hai Jiang Baiqi (江白奇) / Yuki Shirasaki
Shiou Chieh-Kai Jiang Junshu (江俊樹) / Toshiki Shirasaki
David Chen Shi Lun (石綸) / Ishizeki

Plot[edit]

Guan Xiaofei, an ordinary office worker, is disheartened when she once again gets rejected by a man she loves, Shi Lun. While walking through a park, Xiaofei picks up a cellphone dropped by an eccentric salesman, Lei Wuwu. In return for retrieving the phone, Wuwu gives Xiaofei a website address dedicated to the "Absolute Darling" project. Still skeptical, Xiaofei decides to fill up her order anyway and requests her own "darling", codenamed "Nightly 01" with hundreds of wish fulfillment. Xiaofei is surprised when Kronos Heaven, the company that Wuwu works for, delivers Nightly 01 the next day, and is even more flabbergasted when Nightly 01 turns out be a hyper-realistic, human-like male sex robot whose power activation requires a kiss. Despite his function as a sex robot, however, Xiaofei refuses the offer for sex and instead wants the robot, whom she names "Wan Naite", to be her boyfriend.

However, Xiaofei is informed that after three days of trial period, Xiaofei has to buy the robot for NT$100,000,000. Attempt to search for work at a club goes unfounded when Naite reacts violently in seeing Xiaofei becoming harassed, so instead Naite applies for a job at Xiaofei's office. His unusual attachment to Xiaofei becomes a sensation at the office and attracts the attention of Xiaofei's friend, Luo Meijia, who is revealed to be the one stopping Xiaofei from having a boyfriend, since she intentionally spread rumors about the latter's infidelity to all the men she is close with, including Shi Lun. At a company retreat, Meijia tries to sabotage Xiaofei and attracts Naite's attention, but her plans are unsuccessful and she herself later quits the office in humiliation when everyone discovers her true nature. At the same time, Naite also incites jealousy on the part of Yan Zongshi, a childhood friend of Xiaofei who has long been in love with her.

Wuwu later tells Xiaofei that she does not need to pay for the original price, but instead she merely has to pay for Naite's service costs as well as recording all emotions to be displayed in Naite's emotion ring: calm (white), happy (red), pleasure (pink), upset (blue), sad (black), and an increased libido (yellow). To earn more money, Naite works at a club servicing female customers, though this only makes Xiaofei jealous. One of Naite's customers is Meijia, who kisses him, causing his allegiance to switch to her due to his simple programming. Despite this, though, the fact that he still remembers Xiaofei makes Wuwu realize that there is still hope for him to return to Xiaofei, who then goes through a swimming challenge to finally be able to kiss Naite back, a task that she is successful with.

Agitated with the hard road for libido, Wuwu arranges for Xiaofei and Naite to have a honeymoon at a private island, to no avail due to Zongshi's appearance. Kronos Heaven's leader, Jiang Baiqi, also sends another model, Nightly 02 under the name Xiaofei's childhood friend, Jiang Junshu, to steal Naite's place in Xiaofei's heart, which ends in Naite's pyrrhic victory, resulting in him having to be sent to Kronos Heaven to be scrapped. Nevertheless, Naite works his way to Xiaofei and defeats a doppelganger sent in his place for Xiaofei. Realizing that he has grown beyond his programming, Baiqi decides to let him go. Afterward, Naite finally consummates his relationship with Xiaofei.

However, it is revealed that due to developing his own will, Naite is slowly dying from battery failure. Despite this, he does not tell Xiaofei and continues to make her happy in the days before his "death", all the while asking Zongshi to take care of Xiaofei once he is not around. In the final episode, Xiaofei and Naite arranges for a wedding, where Naite finally shuts down, much to Xiaofei's grief.

Production[edit]

It was announced at a press conference on October 5, 2010 that a live-action adaptation of Absolute Boyfriend will be filmed,[4] starring singer-actor Wu Chun as "Night" and Korean actress Ku Hye-sun as "Riiko."[5] On May 3, 2011, Jiro Wang replaced fellow Fahrenheit band member Wu Chun as the male lead of the drama series.[6] The series premiered on April 1, 2012 on FTV.

Broadcast[edit]

Channel Country Debut date Finale date Broadcast date & time Info
FTV Taiwan Taiwan 8 April 2012 Sundays, 9.40pm
GTV Taiwan Taiwan 14 April 2012 Saturdays, 10.30pm
MediaCorp Channel U Singapore Singapore 8 April 2012 Sundays, 9.30pm
ABS-CBN Philippines Philippines 24 June 2013 16 August 2013 Monday-Friday, 5:00pm
Channel 7 Thailand Thailand 4 May 2016 23 June 2016 Wednesday-Fraidy, 1.10am

This is the first GTV idol drama to air in Singapore first before its premiere in Taiwan, although the Singapore broadcast didn't include bloopers/behind the scenes.

Reception[edit]

Formosa Television (FTV) (民視) Ratings
Episode Original Broadcast Date Average Rank Remarks
1 8 April 2012 1.00 5 This includes bloopers.
2 15 April 2012 0.91 5
3 22 April 2012 0.92 5
4 29 April 2012 0.76 3
5 6 May 2012 0.67 3
6 13 May 2012 0.67 3
7 20 May 2012 0.64 3
8 27 May 2012 0.70 2
9 3 June 2012 0.58 4
10 10 June 2012 0.60 3
11 17 June 2012 0.81 2
12 24 June 2012 0.66 3
13 1 July 2012 0.86 3
Average 0.75 -

Source:China Times

Ratings (Philippines)[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lee, Gyeong-Ho (8 March 2012). "Ku Hye Sun appearing in pink pajamas in a Taiwanese drama series Absolute Darling". Star News. Retrieved 2012-05-01. 
  2. ^ Sunwoo, Carla (10 March 2012). "Ku Hye-sun to star in magic world with custom-order boyfriends"[permanent dead link]. Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2012-05-01.
  3. ^ Choi, Eun-hwa (24 April 2012). "Author of Absolute Boyfriend Comic Applauds Gu Hye Sun′s Acting". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2012-05-01.
  4. ^ "吳尊當機器人男友 與具惠善譜戀曲". The Epoch Times (in Chinese). 6 October 2010. Retrieved 2010-12-22.
  5. ^ "吳尊具惠善《絕對達令》現場照公開 吳尊王子很帥". CRI Online (in Chinese). 22 October 2010. Retrieved 2010-12-22.
  6. ^ "汪東城難甩背後靈 聞吳尊一派恍神". Apple Daily (in Chinese). 3 May 2011. Retrieved 2011-05-03.

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