If you’ve been keeping up to day with our content, you’ll know that this isn’t the first time we’re reviewing a Chinese series. In the last one, we looked at Meteor Garden, a lengthy series that follows the tempestuous romance of two characters who are really bad at communicating. This time, we’ve found a series that not only takes less time to get through, but also has fewer ridiculously unlikely plot twists and drama in general – Put Your Head on My Shoulder.
Put Your Head on My Shoulder, or 致我们暖暖的小时光 in Chinese, is based on the novel of the same name. It follows the very cute – and Doraemon obsessed – Situ Mo ( played by Xing Fei) as she prepares to graduate from university, and starts working at an advertising firm.
Situ Mo is still hung up on her high school crush, but starts to gain some distance from him when she moves into an apartment off-campus – an apartment owned her her mother’s friend, who happens to have a son of the same age. Her life begins to change when this handsome and somewhat strange genius, Gu Weiyi (played by Lin Yi) comes home to his mother’s apartment to find Situ Mo living there as if she owns the place.
The best thing about this show is that it lacks the absurdity that’s common in a lot of Asian romantic comedies. There are a few predictable moments, sure, but they leave the viewer feeling satisfied rather than rolling their eyes. There are even a few surprising turn of events, that somehow don’t seem overly unrealistic. I really enjoyed the fact that, unlike in a lot of series, the main male character isn’t an absolute asshole. Quite the opposite, actually.
For the duration of the show, we root for the protagonists. As usual, they’re not great at communicating their feelings, but it’s a lot more endearing and a lot less frustrating than it is in a show like Meteor Garden. It helps that everyone in the show is sweet and cute and a little bit dorky – From Momo’s childlike fanaticism about Doraemon and River snail noodles, to Gu Weiyi’s love of his Roomba, which he names “circle”. It’s a truly wholesome viewing experience, great for those days when you just want to sit back and feel at peace.
My only criticisms would be that I find it weird that Situ Mo would go to her first day at a new job in a distressed, denim mini-skirt (is work culture that different in China?), and that she managed to fall in love with her high school crush, Fu Pei – who is a largely unlikeable character, at least until we learn a little more about him– in the first place.
Furthermore, I watch Chinese shows in an effort to learn a bit of the language, and for that purpose I found Meteor Garden a lot more helpful. I struggled to pick up new words and phrases in Put Your Head on My Shoulder as easily. For those who just want to chill out and enjoy a series that will leave them feeling warm and fuzzy on the inside, though, this one does the trick.
If you’ve never ventured into the massive and entertaining world of Chinese series (Netflix is bursting with them) do yourself a favour. They’re often well produced (great for screengrabs) and quite amusing, and it’s so easy to fall in love with the characters. Put Your Head on my Shoulder is no exception.
Essential Millennial Rating: 4 out of 5 Avocados