The story itself is not very complicated. My Sunshine is about two young lovebirds, He Yi Chen (Wallace Chung) and Zhao Mo Sheng (Tang Yan) who got together during their college days but broke up due to some misunderstandings. Mo Sheng leaves for USA and their paths only cross again when she returns 7 years later. Therefore we are treated to double the romance and just one half of the angst. Sounds good?
The college romance is undoubtedly the sweeter one, with Mo Sheng falling in love at first sight with Yi Chen and doggedly chasing after him all over the campus. It doesn't help that Yi Chen is smart, handsome, popular but aloof while she's the polar opposite. He's got an acerbic tongue as well, being a lawyer in the making, but she's just so adorably thick-skinned and counters everything he says with a bright smile. Eventually he just melts (well, my impression haha) under her incessant "attacks".
There are quite a few scenes which I like from the college days because fearless and bubbly Mo Sheng is just so irresistible. In one instance, Yi Chen asks her why she is following him around all the time. And she just looks at him and teases, "Yi Chen, are you the stupid one or am I the stupid one? Sigh*, you are very smart so I must be the stupid one. I'm such a failure. I've been courting you forever and still you have no idea what I'm doing." Speechless eh? LOL.
Mo Sheng is no longer the cheerful and fearless girl she was. She is more timid and hesitant. She has been through some rough patches in the 7 years they have been apart and it's not as easy to pick up where they left off. Plus, she was married at one point in the USA.
There are several other main characters as well. Well, they aren't fleshed out much in the novel but here they get more screen time. He Yi Mei is Yi Chen's non-blood related sister. She crushes on him since young.
Then there is Lu Yuan Feng, a photographer cum colleague of Mo Sheng. He likes Yi Mei initially but develops a bickering romance with Xiao Xiao, Mo Sheng's model friend also from college days. I quite like this other pair too.
Most importantly, there is Ying Hui. Mo Sheng's ex-husband. His character here is more antagonistic than in the book but ultimately he is a second lead and fares as such.
Yi Chen's fellow partners in his law firm don't have huge roles, but Lao Yuan provides some of the funnier comic relief.
One more thing that bugged me was the blatant product placement. ROFL. I suppose they are necessary evils but man I wish they could exercise some restraint and practice subtlety. I just burst out laughing everytime I see the drinks.
I did love the songs even though I found them a tad overused. As for the directing not so much. I feel like they try too hard to incorporate the sunlight in all the college scenes. Then again maybe that's the point. Well, for all my grumblings I did catch the show religiously every night during its entire run. So if you are prepared to waddle through some chunky flashbacks, My Sunshine is not a bad watch.