Formerly known as Passion Heaven and Summer Tears in Paradise, it is now called Sweet Sixteen and is based on a novel (夏有乔木，雅望天堂) written by Zi Yue about the complicated romance between one woman and three men. One man is enough problem, and she has three?! It’s a joint production between China and Korea and is being directed by Jo Jin Kyu (My Wife Is a Gangster, Man on the Edge). I read some spoilers and Sweet Sixteen is not what I would call the movie… here we go..
The gist of the story I got from the book: Amber Lu Shan plays our heroine Shu Ya Wang. At 16, she takes on the job of teaching a child named Xia Mu (Kris Wu). He’s described as being detached from the world after witnessing the death of his mother at an early age (he spent days with the corpse.) Ya Wang’s bright and warm personality melts his heart and she unknowingly creates a Xia Mu who only lives for her. However, she does have a childhood sweetheart in Tang Xiao Tian (Han Geng) who enlists in the army shortly after graduation. In the army, he meets and befriends rich boy Qu Wei Ran (Joo Won). Wei Ran becomes extremely jealous of the sweet love between Xiao Tian and Ya Wang and desires to possess her for himself. They meet officially when her company works with his company. Then after a company party, Ya Wang is drugged and raped by the devil himself…and the rest is just melo all the way through. Two people die and no one gets a happy ending.
Oh gosh. This is the book’s ending so whether the movie follows through is up for debate.
Kris Wu. Looks like the bulk of the story surrounds his character’s tragic story. A challenging role.
Han Geng as the heroine’s childhood sweetheart.
Joo Won as the rich illegitimate son who wants to be in control of everything in his life. He’s vindictive and will be the source of everyone’s misery. WHY JOO WON?!! WHYYY??!!
Tong Da Wei Bao Bei Er! Omg. Lol.
Sweet Sixteen hits theaters on April 29th, 2016.