The constant reshuffling of C-drama pairings continues and this time it’s a new pairing but one that was totally expected to happen at some point or another given the actor and actress pool in C-drama land. Wallace Chung and Tang Yan will take a shot at winning audience hearts in the upcoming C-romance drama You Are My Sunshine. That’s the English title but the Chinese title is He Yi Sheng Xiao Mo 何以笙箫默 which is a combination of the names of the two leads: male lead He Yi Chen and female lead Zhao Mo Sheng. The drama is a long-awaited adaptation of a very popular chick lit Chinese novel published in 2002 by writer Gu Man, which means the fans of the novel have been waiting over 12 years for their dream live action version to finally show up onscreen. I guess fans of other novels waiting merely two to three years to see the drama version might need to get in line before bitching.
I haven’t read the novel but its apparently got quite a cult following and follows a pair of college lovers who are separated for seven years but find their way back together again. Heard this has some daddy-lrelated angst but not terribly makjang in execution, and the fans of the novel claim the entire story is oh so romantic without the usual overwrought emotional baggage. I’m so in already since anything is better than Wallace majorly getting shafted after slaying the hearts as the perfect lover male lead Lu Li Cheng in Best Time, the drama adaptation of Tong Hua‘s craptastic modern novel Secrets Hidden in Time. That novel ought to have remained hidden in Tong Hua’s brain and never seen the light of day. I love Lu Li Cheng but would rather have not met him then to see the hell he went through for a thoroughly undeserving leading lady. Here’s to hoping Tang Yan’s character in You Are My Sunshine is actually likable considering how the male lead in the novel already has fans waxing rhapsodic about him.
The two leads attended a press conference last week to kick off filming and Tang Yan got the usual questions about how she’s always getting into alleged romantic scandals with her leading men like with Wallace Huo, Hu Ge, Roy Qiu, and Luo Jin. Both Tang Tang and Wallace laughed it off with their collaboration, and considering all the tabloids were buzzing earlier this year about Wallace actually secretly being married to former C-actress Qi Fang and then having a son together, I think he’ll be immune to the Tang Tang gossip train. Another C-drama to look forward to with leads I like, I totally can’t complain at all.