The love pea grows in southern lands.
In spring its slender tendrils twine.
Gather for me some more, I pray,
For it is the most precious remembrance.
At the beginning of 2017, a nine-minute short animation titled Love Sick engulfed the Internet. Since its initial release on December 23, the animation has already reached 100 million hits within ten days on Chinese social media platforms.
Originating from Love Pea, a renowned poem written by Wang Wei, as the creation inspiration, overall Love Sick tells a sentimental love story between a notable figure from the Qing Dynasty called Wang Chutong and his childhood sweetheart Liu Niang. In the animation, they fall in love with each other but Liu Niang's family forces her to marry a wealthy man, resulting in a failed marriage. After many ups and downs, Wang and Liu meet again and decide to take care of each other in the future as a brother-and-sister relationship, not as lovers.
When Wang first sees love bean,he treats it like Columbus discovered the new continent,so he loses no time to come to Liu Niang for showing his precious red bean.
As time went by,Liu Niang has grown into a beautiful girl and Wang has became a grown-up man.Wang spares no efforts to preparing for the coming exam while Liu Niang spends her time in embroidering.
Liu Niang is forced to marry a wealthy man,sadly,her marriage is a failure.In the only nine-minute short animation, at the endding,there is a dolorous scenery with endless umbrellas.
As usual,we always adore the sentimental love stories,like always and forever, sometimes they give us back the thing that had been beaten out of us,faith in those we love.When seeing the animation,something inside our hearts may crack wide open and the flowers grow.