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Wednesday 15 April 2020

Living Toward the Sun

Living Toward the Sun China Drama
Drama: Living Toward the Sun
Chinese Title: 向阳而生 / Xiang Yang Er Sheng
Broadcast Network: Hunan TV
Broadcast Website: Mango TV
Broadcast Date: October 12, 2020
Air Time: Daily Primetime Drama 20:00 (2 eps) except Friday and Saturday, released online 22:00 (See Viewing Calendar)
Genre: Modern, Romance
Language: Mandarin
Episodes: 40
Director: Liu Jiacheng
Screenwriter: Bo Tong
Production Company: Mango Entertainment, IM-Power (Innovation Media Power), Dingli Jiacheng
Producer: Liu Hongxia
Origin: China
Source: Based on the life of Xiong Dun who wrote the popular webcomic Goodbye Mr. Tumor
Watch Episodes On: Youtube

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Synopsis and Plot Summary

It is based on the story of young cartoonist Xiong Dun who encounters double setbacks in love and the workplace. In the face of adversity, she bravely fights her illness and spreads positivity with her infectious smile.

Xiang Yang (Jiang Xin) is a carefree young woman who comes to Beijing to fulfill her dreams of becoming a manhua artist. After persuading her family and finally finding a job and a house, Xiong Dun settles down in Beijing. Life may be hard but Xiang Yang is surrounded by people that she loves.

Unfortunately, life does not treat her kindly. Xiang Yang's boyfriend cheats on her and she experiences a setback in her career. Misfortunes come in threes as she starts to get sick. When her childhood friend forces her to go to the hospital for an examination, Xiang Yang learns that she has a tumor. From being unwilling and unable to accept her circumstances, Xiang Yang gradually finds the strength to live her life to the fullest. 

Fun Facts

  • Filming took place in Hangzhou.
  • After receiving the script, the first thing director Liu Jiacheng did was to visit Xiong Dun's hometown to see where she grew up. Afterwards, he made changes to the set accordingly.
  • Xiong Dun wrote a comic based on her life after being diagnosed with cancer. She died in 2012 at the age of 30.
  • Living Toward the Sun is the drama adaptation of Go Away Mr. Tumor. It was also adapted into a movie starring Bai Baihe and Daniel Wu that went on to become a box office hit. 

Living Toward the Sun Jiang Xin Jiang Xin as Xiang Yang
Living Toward the Sun Vengo Gao Weiguang Vengo Gao Weiguang as Lin Zhiheng
Living Toward the Sun Christina Dan Lin Christina Dan Lin as Ai Mi
Living Toward the Sun Gao Xuyang Gao Xuyang as Zheng Zhong
Living Toward the Sun Mi Lu Mi Lu as Xia Meng
Living Toward the Sun Fu Tianjiao Fu Tianjiao as Lu Ao

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