Negotiator is a newly released Chinese romance drama. The story revolves around Tong Wei, a woman who is bold, vigilant and never loses a battle. She crosses paths with Xie Xiao Fei, a self-absorbed successor of a large conglomerate, hellbent on opposing her on the negotiation table. After watching the first couple episodes I’d say the story is intriguing, with a mix of seriousness and flamboyancy.
Tang Wei (Yang Mi) is a fabulous protagonist who embraces her femininity and values self-worth. As an occupational hazard, Wei has excellent retorts and resolves problems with level-headedness. In addition, she treats others with respect and sifts through their qualities to discover their strengths. Wei has a cute, lovable side to her. For example, she and her friend throw their high heels at a certain obnoxious someone, the pair then runs off giggling and shoeless.
Xe Xia thus far has not been an appealing lead character. The immaturity of his actions and arrogant attitude makes it difficult to respect him. All that said, Xia may inevitably mature and blossom before our eyes, but for now the verdict is still out on him. Huang Zitao does well in portraying the character and is easy on the eyes.
The supporting characters are a mixed bag, some are bothersome and others quite fun. Yang Xiao (Zhao Chu Lun) surprised me when he switches from villainous to endearing. The transformation happens while listing all the specific desires people have and his examples become increasingly detailed, the reactions of his subordinates are priceless.
As for the rest of the drama, I have only two qualms. The first being the background music, which I find dramatically distracting (often muting till it passes). The second is the USA-China overlapping narrative during the first two episodes. Like many dramas (including Korean) these moments are cringey. Luckily this is easily solved with the fast-forward button.
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