Eighteen Springs

Eighteen Springs cdrama Jiang Xin Carina Lau
Eighteen Springs 半生缘 is a 35-episode Chinese drama based on the famous novel Half a Lifelong Romance by Eileen Chang. Two sisters struggle against societies expectations, telling a heart-wrenching tale of romance in twentieth century Shanghai. 

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As the Gu family loses its glory, Gu Manzhen (Jiang Xin) gets hired as an assistant in a factory, while her sister Gu Manlu (Carina Lau) becomes a hostess in a nightclub. 

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Shen Shijun (Joe Cheng) is the colleague and true love of Gu Manzhen. Despite being engaged to Shi Cuizhi (Dong Yue), Shen Shijun still chooses to form a forbidden relationship with Gu Manzhen in the name of love. Shi Cuizhi on the other hand, falls in love with Shen Shijun's good friend, Xu Shuhui (Zou Tingwei).

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Gu Manlu eventually marries the cunning and manipulative Zhu Hongcai (Guo Xiaodong) and leaves her old life to start anew and become a respectable housewife, but she discovers how her husband had violated her sister. 

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Years pass as Gu Manzhen and Shen Shijun once again meet both wedded to someone else. Yet, the two still remember their love from almost a decade ago.

While writing this summary of Eighteen Springs, I think I can smell an Austen-type love story, with our love interests fighting against societal standards but with the tragedy dialled up tenfold. Maybe this type of plot is what made readers consider the novel to be a modern classic. 

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As the story's punchline goes, "Life is too short to be too late," (quoted from Eileen Chang) I feel like aside from love tips, I will pick up some life lessons along the way.

The cast include Jiang Xin (Ordinary Person Character), Joe Cheng (Partners), Carina Lau (The Destiny of White Snake), Guo Xiaodong (Tong Tian Detective Dee), Zou Tingwei (Ashes of Love) and Dong Yue (Born in the 70's).

Release date: TBA

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4 comments:

  1. Wow I’m amazed everytime hk movie actors/actresses would go do a tv drama. Carina should persuade tony to do one too

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  2. i read the novel and it was heart wrenching! i cried so much at the ending and i still think about it once in a while and feel the sadness. love that quote, "life is too short to be late".

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  3. Sounds interesting. I hope the number of episodes stay.

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  4. Nope. I've heard of the story before. Too tragic for me.

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