Gu Li, heiress and CFO of the style bible known as M.E. magazine, goes to attend a fashion show in Rome. When in Rome, Gu runs into her cousin Neil, an Ivy League law student who’s as idle. Lin then flying home for the funeral of her lover, Chong Guang, who’s also Gong’s half-brother. Gu Zhun comes out of nowhere, claiming to be Gu’s illegitimate half-brother and holder of 20% of their father’s company, Shenggu. Since the company has been forcibly acquired by M.E., the siblings together plot to take back their inheritance.
Cast & Credits
Although trailers bring a lot of attention to Lin Xiao, there's a lot of focus on Gu Li as well. Gu Li's family members come back after her father's death. Finding out more information about her father's assets, it begins the adventure of unraveling more secrets whether it's about the company M.G., or about each person they call a friend or family. Although a bit messy with the story line, they broadly wrap up situations that can happen in a life that is not impossible, just highly unlikely. Loan sharks chasing after debts, girlfriends stealing boyfriends, boyfriends faking deaths, parents forcing their children to do whatever is told, and ultimately, friends keeping secrets from each other to protect each other. Looking aside from the cg effects and the slow motion scenes (in my opinion, were too much), director Guo Jing MIng incorporates life lessons and shows us that you can't judge situations just from one perspective. Seeing one situation from all the characters make you realize that a lot of problems in life have multiple sides and you have to think from another person's shoes. Once again, a bit messy and alternates between different scenes. It also didn't go as much in-depth as I would have liked about the new characters introduced.
There's really not much to say about the acting but Yang Mi's stomach really shows. If you didn't know, Yang Mi was still carrying her child during filming, and thankfully her baby is now born and really healthy, despite the cold scenes! I'm satisfied that she came back to film Lin Xiao though because as Guo Jing Ming once stated in an interview, Tiny Times isn't the same without the four girls. Vivian Dawson wasn't bad as Gong Ming so kudos to him! Chen Xue Dong as an M.G. model is a nice change. You can see his character conflicting between Zhou Chong Guang and Lu Shao (his new identity) and I personally don't feel good when I see his face scrunched up in pain, especially when he can't confront Lin Xiao and tell her everything. Bea as Nan Xiang has more scenes this time around and definitely shows us infinitely more sides to her innocent, goddess-like aura. Even Xie Yi Lin as Tang Wan Ru brings more to the table than being a happy simpleton.
Also, Chen Xue Dong's "Never or Ever" (lit. translation "No Goodbye") and Sodagreen's "Glimmer" are amazing additions to the Tiny Times OST. Overall, a wonderful movie to pass time and reminisce about certain relationships.
After 4 version of Tiny Times, it's time to stop here, kind of innovative, the plot up to good, liked, nothing to complain about, the cast and soundtrack were also amazing, what even impressed was the wig Of Hayden Bea interpreting Nan Xiang should of the greatest hassle take care of all, there is shampoo and conditioner, but it is fitting that long hair is all good.
Overall it's a medium length because it's that old story, more of the same, had some scenes very similar to other Chinese version of fashion movies, which is not legal, because it saturates.
In the end it is worth watching because the story is good!