The Confidence Review. This is a drama with a dark and twisted plot, if you don’t like dark, twisted dramas then don’t choose this one.
Title: The Confidence ( 阳光之下 )
Release Date: December 26, 2020
Original Network: Mango TV
Available On: WeTV
Synopsis and Plot Summary
It tells the story of talented economics lecturer Ke Ying finding himself forced to help sociopath Feng Xiao Sheng gain power within his company.
Once street police informant Xiao Wu discovered Feng’s company was laundering money into foreign bank accounts.
He then used his position as Xiao Sheng’s right-hand man to gather evidence. He also cooperates with Ke Ying to dismantle the criminal organization.
The Confidence Review
The Confidence is a drama with quite a dark and twisted plot, so if you don’t like dark, twisted, gritty dramas then don’t go for this one.
The first episode also had a potential rape scene, which we later found out didn’t happen, but the way it’s presented is absolutely terrifying and dark.
I sometimes skip the first episode entirely for this reason.
They do the whole Face/Off trope here. Where we should believe that one human’s face could be instantly transferred to another human’s completely different bone structure so perfectly, that he came out exactly like Peng Guan Ying.
We all know that you can’t get plastic surgery to look exactly like Peng Guan Ying, no matter how much you want to, that’s why I called this drama “gritty”, not “realistic”.
The fact that the antagonist looks like Peng Guan Ying, who is such a fine actor, makes it hard not to support him, even when (or perhaps, especially because) he falls into a dark and toxic love obsession with the main female character.
The story is dense and fast-paced with a well-organized plot. While it may not be entirely clear in the first few episodes, each character and storyline is closely linked to the main plot, and the characters are intelligent people with clear motivations.
Here you will see highly intelligent people making costly mistakes. You will also see bad people doing good things and good people doing bad things.
This means you are never completely sure what will happen next. Because the stakes are so high and also don’t know who is right. There are also some genuinely tense moments.
The acting is also excellent. Specifically, all three prospects got everything right. They all keep secrets from each other and you can really see the layers in their looks.
A significant flaw in this drama is that they had to cut a lot of scenes to get broadcast approval because it is a dark genre.
As a result, certain parts of the drama don’t feel continuous. You can tell there are missing scenes, but that shouldn’t cause any confusion.
There are also some supporting characters that annoyed me, such as Ke Ying’s fiancé, his journalist friend, Officer Chen’s daughter, etc. But it won’t have much effect on the story. The protagonist and antagonist are charismatic and interesting to watch.
The Confidence Chinese Drama Cast
Elvira Cai as He Yan
Liu Kai as Xiao Wu
Peng Guan Ying as Fu Shen Xing
Yue Yang as Xiao Tong Bing
Li Dong Heng as Yang Yu Ze
Leah Ma as Lian Lian
Feng Lei as Feng Meng
Li Yan as Yu Cheng Bo
Sun Zhi Hong as Feng Rui Chi
Zhou Yun Ru as Chen He Miao
Ling Zi Tong as A Gang
Wang Wei as A Kun
Xi Lu as Ya Ya
Dong Bo as Ba Lian
Jin Yang as Sister Kan
Jiao Ti Yi as Father Ke
Zhang Yi Xin as Mother Ke
Overall, I think this is a good drama. But I wish they could show us the deleted scenes. Is The Confidence worth watching? This is suitable for those of you who like the dark genre by solving mysteries and betrayals in it. My The Confidence review score is 7,8/10