Title: My Sunshine
Genre: Chinese drama (mini-series), melodrama, romance
Leads: Zhao Mo Sheng (played by Tang Tiffany), He Yi Chen (played by Chung Wallace)
Quick Synopsis: They dated back in university. She left all of the sudden for the USA. Years later she comes back and runs into a very bitter ex-boyfriend.
A couple days ago I decided to gently ease back into some drama watching. I watched My Sunshine on Netflix since 4 episodes seemed very unintimidating. What I didn’t realise at the time was that this was a condensed version of a 32 episode Chinese drama (oops). At first I was a little disappointed I didn’t opt for the longer version, but I feel like the main essence of the story was well portrayed in this shorter version. I went back after completing the mini series version and read a bunch of chapters from the novel.
Here are my thoughts on the director’s cut, four episode version:
It starts off over the top melodramatic. They really just dump you into a freezing tub of cheesy melodrama. Without any context for the intensity, I thought it was a little much, but not enough to make me turn it off. I was rather amused by the Punch in the face dramatisation of it all. We knew there was a huge falling out between the two leads, but we had no idea what lead to this dramatic state.
The lead couple is cute, despite the male leads obvious anger-jealousy issues and the female leads naiveté.. and perhaps over-acceptance of the non-okay aggressive physical contact which borderlines abuse.
So, why did I like it? It was short, easy to watch and my curiosity got the best of me. I am a sucker for melodrama, so the makjang-esque plot left me wanting the next episode. Even though parts of me didn’t like characteristics of the male lead, I wanted to understand what made him tick. He was clearly flawed, but it was fun watching him go mad over his irrational love. You cannot deny he was passionate. A little crazy.. but also passionate.
The female lead was a little bizarre. She would put up with a lot but also go along with it. Yet, she was a really adorable character.
I liked it… it worked for me. The leads were good. It was a bit of a hot-mess, but that’s where the allure came in.
I’m not sure if it’s better to watch the full version or not. There were definitely some interesting scenes I read in the novel which were not in the four episode version of the story.
Would be curious to know which one is better.