Our Interpreter

Our Interpreter

Translation leads to misunderstanding in this dragging drama

6.7

TV Show

China
Mandarin
Comedy, Drama
2024
ZHANG TONG
Bi Yanjun, Chen Xingxu, Chen Yi Jing
45 min

TLDR

Is it really romantic to delve into the industry that could potentially eliminate your lover’s whole career?

What it's about

Known as the best of the best in the translation industry, Lin Xi is the only translator chosen for top communications company Yuyi Technology Limited, which happens to be headed by Xiao Yicheng, the man who she broke up with eight years ago.

The take

When a romance drama is centered around the translation industry, it’s expected that Our Interpreter would involve communication issues. As Lin Xi meets her ex Xiao Yicheng, eight years after their breakup, there’s an interesting push and pull between technology and human labor, analytics versus artistic interpretation, as well as speed over quality, and this dynamic is likened to their conflicting desires in forging their lives. The drama also happens to highlight the linguistic beauty of the Chinese language, particularly at the times Lin’s translation work is tested against AI. That being said, the drama doesn’t really delve into these interesting themes, as the show prioritizes the romance more as the drama progresses.

What stands out

Being a master translator but not being good at communicating is an interesting characterization for a protagonist, and had this been done well, it would have made the classic romcom miscommunication trope fresh again, but the show doesn’t delve into Lin Xi’s background or even give us something to root for until after half the season.

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