The currently airing C-drama My Sunshine is beyond addicting. It’s like tasty empty calorie fluffy drama popcorn. Adapted from the popular C-novel Silent Separation (He Yi Sheng Xiao Mo 何以笙箫默), the C-drama stars suitably cast Wallace Chung and Tang Yan but what keeps me addicted are the two youngsters and the college era sweet romance. That, and Wallace occasionally cracking a knee-softening smile in the present timeline despite Tang Tang basically sleepwalking through her character having a personality lobotomy after she grew up.
The underlying story has proven its popularity with the drama doing gangbuster ratings which bodes well for the currently filming big screen movie version starring A-list popular stars Huang Xiaoming and Yang Mi. Yes yes, there is massive irony in two best friends Tang Yan and Yang Mi playing the exact same character in different mediums. The movie also stars Tong Dawei in the thankless role of Ying Hui but ups the idol ante by having EXO‘s Tao (Huang Zitao) in his acting debut playing the flashback young version of Huang Xiaoming’s male lead. This ought to be interesting so count me in for a second serving in a different bowl.
For those who watched Return of the Condor Heroes 2008 with Huang Xiaoming and Crystal Liu, seeing his reunion here with Yang Mi, who played teenage Guo Xiang in the drama, will be an extra special treat. I’m game for the movie version to see if it ups the intensity to strip out all the padding and filler in the story.
The official posters for the movie version aren’t out yet but the fan created ones are quite lovely already. The C-drama really had some of the prettiest posters and stills, not to mention Wallace basically stepped straight out of the novel as the perfect He Yi Chen. Huang Xiaoming would not have been my first choice as Yi Chen, there’s just too much energy in him and Yi Chen is soooooo placid like water (most of the time). Anyone else looking forward to the movie and ready for a round 2?
On a side note, aside from Tang Tang and Yang Mi being real life besties playing the exact same character, drama afficianados ought to remember the Huang Xiaoming-Wallace Chung connection. They played Wei Xiao Bao and Emperor Kangxi, respectively, in the 2008 Zhang Ji Zhong adaptation of The Duke and the Cauldron (also called The Duke of Mount Deer but this C-version got the English name of The Royal Tramp). They spent a year playing best friends! LOL, I’m forever going to hold up the bromance in Duke as the single best bromance ever written in fiction, between the illiterate son of a prostitute and the young Emperor of China. And now Xiao Bao and Kangxi are both playing Yi Chen, who woulda thunk it?