Remembering Lichuan is like a guide on how not to breakup.
1. Breakup always requires a reason.
If there is none, make up one. Things like, “I don’t feel the same way for you like I once did” or “the way your squeeze the toothpaste drives me nuts,” should suffice.
2. There is no such thing as staying friends.
Either I’m your honey-pie or I’m not. Exception is made for longtime friends, who after hooking up, realize they are much better as friends.
3. Don’t act like you are responsible for my future.
Just go. Leave. Disappear. Drop off the face of the earth. Clearly you don’t want to be in my future, so get lost.
4. Don’t be the other man/woman.
It’s bad enough as it is for current bf/gf to compete with your cat. Don’t make it any harder on them.
5. Breakup gift is hush money.
No matter how you wrap this one, it screams, “Gold-digger, we were never truly in love, so take the money and go.”
I have a soft spot for families that don’t always give us what we want but always give us what we need. And not so much for families that make decisions for us because they think they know what is best. Wang Jichuan definitely fits the former. He may not win the Best Brother Award, yet we will be lucky to have a brother like him.
On the other hand, I will probably develop heartburn if I had a brother like Xie Xiaodong. Although we can always count on him to be on our side but sometimes he is more trouble than he’s worth.
This boy lets his sister travel through a rural country side, into the wilderness, then hitch a ride from a stranger into the city by herself on a bicycle. I know Xiaoqiu is a strong and self-reliant woman. But his confidence in his sister goes above and beyond.
Facial hair is not something Asian men are known for. Most of them look better clean shaven. Take Luhan for example. The director of Time Raiders probably lost his eyeglasses (or his mind?) when he decided that Luhan needed a mustache to look more mature. I can tell you it did not achieve its goal. Gasp!
But the upside is it inspired me to write about three Chinese actors who look 10x hotter with facial hair.
Remembering Lichuan (遇见王沥川) is a tear-jerking love story about an iron-willed English interpreter refusing to breakup with her disabled Chinese-Swiss architect boyfriend. Their famous last word is “No.” That one syllable word conveys the whole spectrum of human emotions and the entirety of their relationship. Get your tissues out because you will need them.
The best part of this drama is watching him looking at her. It’s so, so, so sweet.
Which only makes the other moments all the more heartbreaking.
Lichuan: You have to move on.