Just finished watching the 12- episodes Chinese production show lead-starred by Cherrie Ying, Xiong Naijin, LiuYun and GanWei. I almost never watch Mainland China show (usually I only watch American, British, Taiwanese or Hongkong show). But because I am quite a fan of Cherrie Ying, I decided to give a go of the show.
The plot was about these four girl friends born around mid 80′s to late 80′s who lived in Metropolitan Beijing who struggled with their professional life, sex life, love life, finances and even the very new culture adapted from the west. To summarize it, it was basically about the lifestyle of those young girls.
At the beginning of the first episode, I could identify their lifestyle almost immediately, if not all then a big part of it. Unlike Sex and The City, Cashmere Mafia, and Lipstick Jungle which the women were of different age group (who were much more established in their careers, some were married and loaded for sure), the girls in 女人帮·妞儿 were basically of my age group.
I have been a big fan of Cherrie Ying since my early adolescent and she was the reason I watched this show. But after a few episodes, I now like Xiong Naijin very much.
I am not sure if this show is demoting or promoting feminist chauvinism but I would say that it’s a huge change to be see in the ASIAN culture, especially ASIAN women.
The show managed to portray how women could play any role in society, relationship, friendship and marketplace. It also brought up many subjects which are still perceived as taboo in Asian culture like free sex, excessive drinking, constant cursing, substance abuse, luxurious indulgence, materialism and lots of clubbing.
The charactereplayed by Cherrie named Soso, an executive in advertising company who slept around and played men around (even with married men), but was a loyal friend to the girls. Constantly looking for love in the wrong places despite her intelligence and quick-witted. She always used her charm to get an easy way out. Among her other 3 friends, she was considered the smartest and the most sexually attractive, that made every man fell for her. She once had a scare of having AIDS.
Then Xiong Naijin played KaSi, who was an p.a to a gay boy superstar. Always ended up getting hurt in her relationship and occasionally numbed herself with drinking. She was actually a hard-working simple women whose dream was to be a “superstar in her love life”. She was also a great singer who had a gig in the club they frequented. Thus, she always put up the tough rockstar-badass attitude despite her fragile heart. She also cussed a lot.
Liu Yun played Shajing who was a super materialistic women, and blinded by branded stuff most of the time. She was also a reseller of branded bags at Taobao, and her biggest dream was to own a(n) Hermes Birkin. To her, owning the different branded bags was better than orgasm. She graduated from UK and she had a grandmother at hometown to be cared for. She kinda did not make the best of her qualification, instead she managed her Taobao shop. She lost her business due to a(n) Hermes Birkin her client cheated her off.
Ganwei played an innocent, soft-spoken XiaoCun, a nice girl who came from a rich family background. It portrayed her to have an OCD whence she would demand the guys who were about to have sex with her to take shower repeatedly. She was easily disgusted by men, and in many episodes, strong indication that she was a lesbian. She finally had sex with her best friend/house-mate KaSi. XiaoCun also had to have Soso to pretend to be her girlfriend so her dad would not keep having her to have blind dates with random men.
Just say, the show managed to portray a materialistic life of a big-city. I would not say it empowered feminism or not, but it was definitely give a strong representation the raunchy lifestyle that is evolving in most Asian countries. Lines are blurred, and old values are forsaken, more exposure of towards what was previously viewed as taboo in Asian culture (i.e free sex, homosexuality, substance abuse, cheating, lying, scheming, office politics, sexual exploitation, blackmailing, bar fight, etc).