The Star Always Follows You is a Vietnamese BL series about a teenager who moves to the countryside. Due to his poor grades, the protagonist's mother brings her son to live with his grandmother in a rural village. She wants to remove him from the city's distractions before university entrance exams. He begins remedial lessons with a private tutor. As they grow closer, their sessions go from academic to romantic.
Carried by its countryside charm, The Star Always Follows You is a cozy and mellow BL drama lacking in excitement. This series contains several unique details, including sign language communication and a character with hearing impairment. However, the mundane plots, dull romances, and shallow protagonists don't inspire me. Too many boring storylines are vying for attention, leaving little development for the leads.
The Star Always Follow You Summary
Lấp Lánh Tựa Ánh Sao Trời
Around 3 hours
Nice and gentle
Around 15 to 30 minutes
Dang is a high school student who lives in the city with his widowed mom. He is obsessed with playing video games on his phone instead of studying. As a result, he has failed the university entrance exam twice. His exasperated mother hires private tutors for her son. Nonetheless, Dang is barely invested in his academic responsibilities. Many tutors quit because he is a difficult student to teach and manage.
Fed up with his unruliness, Dang's mother makes a drastic decision. She brings her son to the countryside, where his grandmother resides. This rural village is so remote that it doesn't even have Wi-Fi signals. Dang's mom believes removing her child from the city's distractions will force him to pay attention to his studies. Dang is deeply unhappy with the living arrangement. However, he has no choice. His mom threatens to keep him in this village forever unless his grades improve.
Dang's grandmother knows about a tutor who works in the village. Son is a young schoolteacher who mentors the children. Recently, he has helped another villager enrol in university successfully. Son isn't confident about coaching Dang. He doesn't have the credentials to help someone with university entrance exams. Nonetheless, Dang's family is confident in his abilities. Son and Dang reluctantly work together during one-on-one remedial lessons.
Dang soon discovers an upside to spending time with Son. The school and Son's home are the only places with an online signal. Although Dang doesn't take his studies seriously, he starts hanging out with Son more. They are similar in age and get along with each other. Dang likes teasing his teacher with playful banter. Over time, Son convinces Dang to focus more on his studies. They bond over their one-on-one remedial lessons.
Meanwhile, Dang meets the other villagers around the rural town. There's Quynh, a single deaf woman who lives with her younger sister My. There's also Quan, a recent university graduate who returns to the village and takes an interest in Quynh. In addition, Son's friend Vi arrives in his hometown. Son's mother wants him to get married and start a family with a woman. However, he hides a secret from her. Vi befriends An, the orphaned town outcast.
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The Star Always Follows You Cast
Truong Van Ngoan (Trương Văn Ngoãn)
Dang is a high school student from the city. In the past, he has failed the university entrance exam twice. Dang's mother is upset that he doesn't take his studies seriously. She brings him to live in the rural village with his grandmother, away from the distractions. Reluctantly, Dang must work with his tutor, Son, to raise his grades.
Hao Dan (Hạo Dân)
Son is a schoolteacher who works in a rural village. He mentors the children with daily classroom lessons. Recently, Son has helped another villager pass his university entrance exams. Dang's family asks Son for similar help. However, he doesn't feel confident about his teaching credentials.
Dang Phuong Thao
Cao Tieu Thanh
Nguyen Thai Khang
Pham The Bang
Duong Kien Hao
- The two leads (Ngoan Truong and Hao Dan) previously appeared in the 2021 drama Stupid Boys Stupid Love and its 2022 sequel You Are My Stupid Boy. The actress who portrays Quynh (Cao Tieu Thanh) also appears in those series.
- Vi's actor (Pham The Bang) starred in the 2020 Vietnamese drama You Are My Sunshine.
The Star Always Follows You Review
Drama Review Score: 6.4
The Star Always Follows You has several unique features that differentiate it from other BL dramas. I enjoy the cozy and mellow countryside environment, a refreshing location from the usual city landscapes. The characters live in huts, work at pastures, interact with animals, or spend their time outdoors. The rural setting offers a relaxed tempo, giving this series a distinct vibe. Similarly, the cinematography and production values feel comfortable. My minor quibble is that it films too much at nighttime or in darkness.
I appreciate the inclusiveness of the casting. There's a healthy mix of age and gender among the supporting characters, including several older performers. Many BL series tend to have homogeneous casts. There's just a bunch of young guys without much diversity. In contrast, The Star Always Follows You is authentic and welcomes people from different walks of life. 7 out of the 13 cast members are female, achieving almost an even gender split. That's not a bad number for BL dramas, which typically have one token woman or fewer.
The Star Always Follows You features Quynh, a supporting character with a hearing impairment. She brings fascinating storylines about a woman living with a disability. Admirably, the actress (Cao Tieu Thanh) and various cast members use sign language to communicate. This series shows an impressive commitment to depicting her condition gracefully. However, the story doesn't delve as deeply into the themes of deafness as it could have. It would've been great to see more prominence in the representation, not just limiting it to a secondary character.
The Star Always Follows You struggles because it has many storylines vying for the spotlight. In addition to the three romances, the background characters have minor subplots across multiple episodes. There's too much going on for a relatively short series, resulting in shallow emotional arcs. The overpacked narrative detracts from the character development, especially for the protagonists. Dang and Son feel bland because they don't have enough focus. A BL drama should highlight the leads instead of making them compete against the secondary couples for attention.
I can't connect with the romance in The Star Always Follows You. The uninspiring relationship scenes lack sparks. Dang and Son share a decent kiss, but that's the sole highlight of their love story. Otherwise, the forgettable couple fails to enthuse me with their mundane chats and casual flirting. The leads face homophobic drama in the later episodes, which I found stressful. There was a point where I'd rather watch the straight pairing instead. However, the secondary romances aren't any better. Everyone suffers from flat characterizations and superficial development.
Worst of all, The Star Always Follows You commits the offence of being boring. My main criticism of this series is its dullness. None of the plots stimulate me. Despite the potential for complex themes or exciting conflicts, the low-stakes story feels uneventful. I finish the last episode without emotional investment. Overall, The Star Always Follows You is an average BL drama. It has some positive qualities and doesn't deserve a scathing review. I recognize this small-studio project contains lots of sincerity. Nonetheless, it isn't something I'd watch more than once.
The Star Always Follows You has an uneventful story without much excitement. Too many secondary couples, background characters, and minor subplots are vying for the spotlight.
Other than one decent kiss, the relationship scenes are uninspiring. The leads have mundane chats and forgettable interactions, failing to enthuse me. The secondary pairs aren't better.
The low-stakes plot doesn't challenge these actors, who give okay performances. However, I appreciate that many cast members use sign language to communicate.
The Star Always Follows You has a happy ending for the leads, who resolve the drama with the homophobic mom. However, a shockingly tragic fate befalls a supporting character.
This series takes place in the charming countryside, supported by comfortable production values. It tends to film too many scenes at nighttime or in darkness, which aren't my favourite.
The Star Always Follows You is a sincere BL series, particularly admirable for its graceful portrayal of hearing impairment. However, the dull story and unmemorable romance fail to excite me.
The Star Always Follows You Episodes
The Star Always Follows You has a total of 9 episodes. Each episode is around 15 to 30 minutes long. The last episode is around 18 minutes long. It is a medium-length BL drama, and you can finish the entire series in around 3 hours. The Star Always Follows You started on November 26, 2022 and ended the series on January 14, 20223.
This first episode is okay. It's a solid starting point that introduces the characters, the conflicts, and the setting. The countryside location is refreshing, unlike other BL series.
I like the inclusiveness in the cast, including older actors and a character with a hearing impairment. I'm not a fan of the straight couple. Are they necessary? Let's focus on the BL romance.
It's impressive the characters are communicating in sign language, but I want even more. Imagine an entire BL drama where everyone just signs. Now, that would be groundbreaking!
I hate to say it, but this story is boring me. I don't connect with the characters, the romances, or the storylines. Can the series introduce a more exciting plot? The events are too mundane.
The kiss is nice, but I want more development for the leads. There are too many subplots vying for attention. Not all the supporting characters need backstories, especially when they aren't BL.
I like the flashback depicting Son's family trauma with shadows. That's creative! Ugh, the straight couple gets too much emphasis. However, I admire his effort to communicate with sign language.
Oh my god, this homophobic drama is so annoying and stressful. The scenes are also a bit preachy. I can't believe I'm saying this, but I'd rather watch the straight couple's mundane scenes.
I like the story's gentle messages. However, I don't feel enthusiastic about this series. The banal storylines and light romantic scenes aren't exciting enough. Nothing grabs my attention.
Why is there such a tragic death!? The rest of the finale is cozy and pleasant, but that one supporting character dies horribly in the end! I can't get over how jarring that random death is lol.
The Star Always Follows You Information
Thu Ha is a Vietnamese director who worked on the 2022 drama, The Star Always Follows You.