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[Upcoming Chinese Drama] My Sweet City 甜蜜都市

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Henry Lau returned to work today at the My Sweet City film set. (Photo from weibo.com)
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Chinese actress Zhang Xinyi covers OK magazine's October issue. Zhang Xinyi is a Chinese mainland actress, who gained recognition after appearing in Chen Sicheng’s TV series Beijing Love Story. OK Magazine is one of the world's biggest and brightest celebrity weekly magazines. [ Xinhua Ent]

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Director Yang Yun Ho (center) poses with the cast of My Sweet City. (Photo from baike.baidu.com)
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Henry Lau and Zhang Xinyi filming earlier today. (Photo from weibo.com)
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A member of the My Sweet City filming crew is microblogging from the set and posted this photo a few hours ago (weibo.com).
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Zhang Xinyi and Henry Lau filming another scene. (Photo from weibo.com)
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Henry Lau posted photos from the filming on his weibo microblog.
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CCTV news story about Zhang Xinyi. In previous television dramas her leading men were all much older than her. Now for the first time Zhang Xinyi has a leading man who is much younger than her.
 

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Actress Zheng Rosie plays the girlfriend in the story that quits her job to pursue her dream of working in musical theater. She posted this photo on her weibo microblog.
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My Sweet City is based on the novel, My Sweet Seoul by Jung Yi-hyun.
Goodreads.com gives the following review of the book:The life of a 30-something single career woman seems “ordinary” in every sense of the word, yet integrating love and money brings exceptional challenges.
It is easy to say that something is standard or ordinary. But living an ordinary life could be the most difficult task to achieve, since the adjective “ordinary” is just a grand illusion that exists only in our mind. When asked to pick the most ordinary person, one might be deeply baffled. After all, each individual is unique and special. Jung Yi-hyun stages an entertaining battle against the illusion of the banal by depicting a Korean woman’s ordinary life and work in a rather extraordinary fashion.

Thirty-something Oh Eun-su is a deputy manager at a publishing company who has a seven-year career under her belt. She is an ordinary Korean in every aspect. Nothing in her family background, education, appearance, or even personality can be categorized as other than ordinary. Strangely enough, her everyday life is full of deviation and struggle. The novel chronicles Oh’s ordinary office life and romantic relationships in Seoul, but the way they are described is far from ordinary.

Love, marriage, and dating are three different things in modern life, but Oh and other “ordinary” Korean women want the three things to be integrated into a single, perfect harmony. But what if such integration is just an urban myth or illusion? The novel’s delicate depiction of the character in her 30s is telling because her everyday life is full of frustrations. The chief stumbling blocks to the integration of the three modes of a single woman’s life are none other than money and temptation. A younger man, though charming enough, lacks money; a rich man, however, seriously lacks attractiveness. A young woman’s heart swings rapidly and recklessly in accordance with the intensity of such temptation, creating a potentially lethal emotional cycle. What’s more lethal is that in this world, even romantic love depends heavily, if not entirely, on money.

The sheer dilemma facing young women in the metropolitan city of Seoul makes it tricky to blame them for preferring an expensive Starbucks coffee whose price is almost double that of a cheap lunch. For adult women who cannot imagine their lives without all the conveniences that the metropolis offers. The novel is a kind of second initiation. For readers who are drawn to Oh, who “is 32 years old, doesn’t have anything, no achievement, no man I deeply love, or no man who deeply loves me,” the novel will leave a subtle aftertaste like the caffeine in a Starbucks caramel macchiato.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15769461-my-sweet-seoul

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Actresses Zheng Rosie and Wang Shi Meng play the heroine's two girlfriends.
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@jwand Ah! I get it now! That's why it's a joint production: Chinese show, but South Korean produced. Then I have high hopes for it. 

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The latest publicity photos for My Sweet City attempt to show contrast between the two men pursuing Zhang Xinyi's character.
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Zhang Xinyi and Henry Lau preparing to film the scene where they attend the wedding of one of her girlfriends.
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I was already on the Henry ship, but that other guy is kinda hot. What's his name? 

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