Life Is Beautiful (2015 TV series)


Life Is Beautiful (Chinese: 初一的心愿) is a Singaporean Chinese drama produced by MediaCorp Channel 8. The drama is a collaboration between MediaCorp and the National Kidney Foundation (NKF), which hopes to raise awareness of kidney-related diseases. A lensing ceremony was held on 30 June 2014. The show aired at 9pm on weekdays and had a repeat telecast at 8am the following day. [1] It will be aired from 5 March 2015. The Series is repeated at 12pm to 2pm on Channel 8 on Sunday.

Life Is Beautiful
初一的心愿
GenreModern
Medical
Written byNg Kah Huay 黄佳华
StarringRui En 瑞恩
Pierre Png 方展发
Ya Hui 雅慧
Jeffrey Xu 徐鸣杰
Aileen Tan 陈丽贞
Chen Shucheng 陈澍城
Lin Meijiao 林梅娇
Theme music composerMelody - Lin Si Tong 林思彤
Lyricist - Lin Si Tong 林思彤 , Tan Puey Yee 陈佩仪
Opening themePerfect treatment (完美治疗者) by Lin Si Tong
Ending theme1) Don't Misunderstand Me (我们不都是这样) by Lin Si Tong
2) Life Is Beautiful (初一的心愿) by Lin Si Tong
(No commentaries for News Tonight)
Country of originSingapore
Original language(s)Mandarin, with some English dialogue
No. of episodes20 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)Wong Kuang Yong 黄光荣
Producer(s)Wong Kuang Yong 黄光荣
Running timeapprox. 45 minutes
Release
Original networkMediacorp Channel 8
Original release5 March 
8 April 2015
Chronology
Preceded byGood Luck
Followed byTiger Mum
External links
Website

No new episodes were aired between 23 and 27 March 2015 during the period of National Mourning.

Synopsis

Shen Chuyi (Rui En) is a happy-go-lucky girl who, since she was a child, has seen how much her father has suffered from kidney dialysis. Thus, she has cultivated the good habit of eating healthily, and often reminds people around her to maintain a healthy diet. Chuyi works in the events company of Yu Yang (Pierre Png), the fiancé of her bosom friend, Cai Jiayi. The three of them volunteer regularly in the charity activities of NKF.

Sadly, when Chuyi grown older, she realised that she has some conditions that is similar to that of her father's. Chuyi was worried if she have kidney disease, like her father. After the checkup, Chuyi is diagnosed with acute kidney disease. Chuyi’s boyfriend, Ding Zhanpeng (Allen Chen), leaves her as his parents disapprove them from being together. Chuyi's mother, Chen Miaoyu (Aileen Tan) is devastated and tries to donate her kidney to save Chuyi but is unable to do so because of her own health problems. Jiayi cannot bear to see Chuyi tormented by kidney disease, she decides to donate a kidney to her. Chuyi is adamant about refusing it, not to mention that Jiayi’s parents oppose the decision vehemently. Before Jiayi manages to convince her parents, she is killed in a car accident at an early age. In accordance with the organ pledge form that she had signed before her death, Jiayi’s kidney is donated to Chuyi….

After being given a new lease of life, Chuyi and Junkai (Dasmond Koh), a fellow kidney patient, set up a mutual support group with several other patients. A strong and cohesive group, they meet regularly for activities and exercises every week.

Ever since Jiayi died, the Cai family has been living in grief. Out of gratitude and her wish to take care of Jiayi’s parents, Chuyi begins to associate with the family. She becomes “acquainted with” 85-kg Cai Jiajia (Ya Hui) who indulges in binge eating, and Jiayi’s parents, Cai Qingde (Chen Shucheng) and Huang Cuijiao (Lin Meijiao). Having had a taste of the lifestyle and eating habits of the family, Chuyi tries to change their extremely unhealthy ways. Ever since Qingde and Cuijiao lost their beloved daughter, they have been wallowing in misery. When Chuyi enters their lives, they discover that she shares similar characteristics with Jiayi. For some strange reasons, they develop a fondness for her, and started to regard Chuyi as their daughter. Jiajia feels indignant that Chuyi means more to her parents than she does….

As for Yu Yang, Jiayi’s death drives him to shut himself away. He furiously buries himself in work. Yu Yang has a bosom friend, Lin Zhongken (Jeffrey Xu). He counsels Yu Yang to accept the truth that Jiayi is gone, and points out that it is unrealistic for him to let his feelings die off.

Zhongken is an instructor at a fitness academy who has a psychological issue with “complete honesty”; he suffocates for no reason the moment he tells a lie. Through Yu Yang, Zhongken gets to know Jiajia. His inability to tell lies leads to several unpleasant encounters with her, but deep down, he develops feelings for Jiajia.

Zhongken spares no effort in helping Jiajia to lose weight, and reveals his love for her. Jiajia naturally refuses to believe him, let alone accept his love. She finds that the two of them are incompatible. Accepting Zhongken will only put undue pressure on herself. Zhongken feels helpless.

Chuyi is well aware of the pain that Jiayi’s death has inflicted on Yu Yang. In helping Yu Yang to emerge from his emotional abyss, the two of them unknowingly develop feelings for each other. Unexpectedly, Chuyi meets Zhanpeng, her former boyfriend. It turns out that after jilting Chuyi, he married Simone, his new girlfriend and had a son with her. Unfortunately, the baby was born with a heart condition. Simone deserted both of them, leaving Zhanpeng to take care of their ailing child singlehandedly. Upon learning the situation, Chuyi selflessly extends a helping hand and shows concern for father and son. Zhanpeng regrets his stupid decision to leave Chuyi. His love for her is rekindled.

At the same time, Chuyi discovers that a client of hers, Lin Shaoping (Hong Huifang) is actually Yu Yang’s mother who abandoned him when he was a child. Yu Yang was six when his mother left him to elope with her boyfriend. The sight of his devastated and humiliated father made Yu Yang hate her to the core. After marrying her boyfriend, Shaoping built up a furniture empire. The remorse she feels towards her son increases by the day. By chance, she finds out about his events company. She conceals her identity and becomes a client of the company. Chuyi finds out the secret but promises Shaoping that she will keep the truth from Yu Yang. She often creates opportunities for mother and son to spend time together. Shaoping, stricken with heart disease, dies with regret. As Yu Yang feels guilty about behaving callously towards his mother, he is reluctant to inherit the fortune she has left for him. In the end, he uses part of it to set up a charity foundation in his mother’s name…

Jiajia’s weight problem becomes serious and she has a bad fall one day. With her legs rendered immobile, it makes her even more discouraged. Yu Yang hopes that Jiajia will take good care of her health for the sake of her parents. Jiajia finally overcomes her resentment towards Chuyi and accepts help from both of them by embarking on a health regimen of diet and exercise…. Love grows between Yu Yang and Chuyi as they spend more and more time together. Slowly but surely, Chuyi enters Yu Yang’s life. Be it in his daily activities or areas of work, Chuyi plays an indispensable role. Yu Yang cannot help but fear that he is falling for her so naturally. He is afraid of betraying the late Jiayi and forgetting her by loving Chuyi. He forces himself to curb his feelings. Will Yu Yang be able to open his heart to embrace Chuyi’s love?

On the other hand, Zhanpeng, who is increasingly reliant on Chuyi, is doing his best to touch her heart. He pleads with her to renew their relationship, and to take care of his sickly son together. Chuyi is hesitant. Should she accept Zhanpeng?

Cast

Main cast

Cast Character Description
Rui En
瑞恩
Shen Chuyi 沈初一Healthy Babe (健康宝贝)
Zhanpeng's ex-girlfriend
Yu Yang's girlfriend in Episode 20
Pierre Png
方展发
Yu Yang 于洋Jiayi's fiancé , Shaoping's son
Chuyi's boyfriend in Episode 20
Ya Hui
雅慧
Cai Jiajia 蔡嘉嘉Jiayi's elder sister
Jeffrey Xu
徐鸣杰
Lin Zhongken 林忠恳Fitness Instructor
Yu Yang's best friend
Allen ChenDing Zhanpeng 丁展鹏Chuyi's ex-Boyfriend
Bryan's father

Supporting cast

Cast Character Description
Esther Yang
阳咏存
Cai Jiayi 蔡嘉怡Qingde and Cuijiao's daughter
Jiajia's younger sister
Yu Yang's fiancé
Died after being run over by a car
(Deceased - Episode 6)
Aileen Tan
陈丽贞
Chen Miaoyu 陈妙玉Chuyi's mother
Lin Meijiao
林梅娇
Huang Cuijiao 黄翠娇Jiajia and Jiayi's mother
Chen Shucheng
陈澍城
Cai Qingde 蔡清德Jiajia's and Jiayi's father
Hong Huifang
洪慧芳
Lin Shaoping 林少萍Yu Yang's Mother
Ian Fang
方伟杰
Zai Zai 仔仔Suffered a stroke In Episode 8
Cavin Soh
苏梽诚
Fei Ge 肥哥
Cynthia Koh
许美珍
Fang Jie 芳姐
Dasmond Koh
许振荣
Zhang Junkai 俊凯Junxiu's Brother
Seraph Sun
孙欣佩
Zhang Junxiu 俊秀Junkai's Sister
Chen Tianwen
陈天文
Albert ZhangMiaoyu's Admirer
Sora Ma
马艺瑄
AnnShaoping's PA
Tracy Lee
李美玲
Zhou Huimin 周惠敏Junkai's Admirer

OST Soundtrack

Song title Song type Performer Lyricist(s) Composer(s) Song Arranger(s) Producer(s)
完美治疗者
(Perfect Healer)
Theme Song Lin Si Tong 林思彤 Lin Si Tong, Tan Puey Yee Lin Si Tong Clement Yang, Jim Lim Jim Lim
初一的心愿
(Life Is Beautiful)
Sub-theme Song Lin Si Tong, Darren Lim Eric Wong Lin Si Tong, Eric Wong
我们不都是这样
(We Are All The Same)
Sub-theme Song Lin Si Tong Clement Yang, Lin Si Tong Jim Lim

Trivia

  • The theme song performer, Lin Si Tong, served as Pierre Png and Dasmond Koh's music instructor for the series. She had guided their music scenes during the drama shoot, and also produced their versions of her songs for the series in the recording studio.[2][3]
  • Rui En's second drama collaboration with Dasmond Koh after A Toast of Love.
  • Esther Yang's first Singaporean drama series.
  • The series was repeated at 8am.
  • NKF quick facts are shared at the end of each episode. This is the eighth series to have no commentaries for News Tonight.
  • The Series repeat its telecast on Channel 8 at 5.30pm.

Awards & Nominations

Life Is Beautiful was nominated for only one technical award in Star Awards 2016. Lim Hap Choon was nominated for Best Cameraman, but lost to Steve Wong Kwok Chung from The Journey: Our Homeland.

Star Awards 2016

Awards
Award Category Recipients (if any) Result
Star Awards 2016 Backstage Achievement Awards
红星大奖2016之幕后英雄颁奖礼
Best Cameraman (for Drama Programmes) 最佳戏剧摄影 Lim Hap Choon 林合存 Nominated

Fame Awards 2016

Awards
Award Category Recipients (if any) Result
Fame Awards 2016
星光大奖2016
Best Actress in a Leading Role 最佳女主角 Rui En 瑞恩 Nominated
Ya Hui 雅慧 Nominated

See also

References

  1. "Rui En & Pierre Png celebrate life". todayonline. Retrieved 2014-07-12.
  2. "Artistes - Lin Si Tong 林思彤". Haha Music & Entertainment. Archived from the original on 7 April 2015. Retrieved 3 April 2015.
  3. "听方展发许振荣唱歌 洪慧芳台下笑到飙泪" (in Chinese). MyPaper 我报. 18 March 2015. Archived from the original on 6 April 2015. Retrieved 3 April 2015.
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